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CORY GOSSETT Salutes & Awards

MRA graduates 11,000 strong

Airman 1st ClassCORY GOSSETT Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron mission-ready Airmen perform a preflight check July 21 on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. The MRA program teaches Airmen F-16 launching, recovering, and pre and post-flight inspections preparing them to maintain aircraft at their duty stations. Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron graduated…

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Life, Liberty, pursuit of happiness brings Kenyan student to America

Senior Airman Jenna Sarvinski Senior Airman Robert Cheruiyot, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, greets Gen. Julius Waweru Karangi, chief of the defense forces, Kenya. Karangi and Cheruiyot met in a chance encounter at flightline medicine, following Karangi’s medical evaluation in preparation for his familiarization flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force…

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From Spikes to Ducks to graduates

Photos by Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer FROM LEFT: 1st Lts. Adam Fuhrmann, Mike Vasilou, Wesley Womble, Cody May, Aaron Frey, Ryan Loyd, Bryce Turner, Pete Fritz, Alex Tovani and Sean Rush graduate today from the 309th Fighter Squadron Class 14-ABC. America’s newest fighter pilots are ready to join the most lethal combat air force the…

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GRACE LEE Salutes & Awards

Luke salutes new OG commander

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, passes the 56th Operations Group guidon to Lt. Col. William Bailey, incoming commander, July 25 at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Operations Group changed leaders July 25 as Col. John Hanna relinquished command to Lt. Col. William Bailey during a change of command…

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Luke welcomes new MSG commander

The 56th Mission Support Group got a new leader July 24 as Col. Nathan Mooney relinquished command to Col. James Kossler during a change of command ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base.


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AETC commander retires after 35 years of service

Posted  October 11, 2013

Courtesy Photo Edward Rice Jr. JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – The commander of Air Education and Training Command retired Thursday, ending a 35-year career of service and commitment to the U.S. Air Force. Gen. Edward Rice Jr., a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours, retired after handing AETC’s reins over to Gen….

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New leader takes reins at MAJCOM

Posted  October 11, 2013

Courtesy Photo Gen. Robin Rand JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Gen. Robin Rand took command of Air Education and Training Command from Gen. Edward Rice Jr. during a ceremony Thursday. Gen. Mark Welsh III, Air Force Chief of Staff, presided over the ceremony. Rand previously served as the 12th Air Force, Air Combat Command,…

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Thunderbolt wins national nurse award

Posted  October 11, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Maj. Betty Venth, 56th Medical Group Family Health Flight commander, stands in front of Airmen she leads Oct. 1 in the 56th MDG Assembly Room. Venth recently received a national top nurse award for excellence in patient and staff management. A Luke Air Force Base Airman was named one of the top…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  October 11, 2013

Airman 1st Class Joshua Pant 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Operations Management apprentice Hometown: Austin, Texas Years in service: One Inspirations: Friends, family, God Goals: Score at least 90 on career development courses, complete a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine and retire from the Air Force Greatest feat: Completing Basic Military Training along with Basic Expeditionary…

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News Briefs October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

Water interruption in base housing Water services will be interrupted to repair a water leak from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 24 in base housing. After repair is completed, allow water to run for 10 minutes to allow system to clear. For more information, call Balfour Beatty Communities housing office at 623-388-3515. Tres Rios…

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Hard work, mentors lead to big block party success

Posted  October 11, 2013

Photo by Staff Sgt.NESTOR CRUZ Luke Airmen engage their opponents in a game of tug-o-war Oct. 4 at Fowler Park. LEAD council members hosted a block party featuring games, food, music and a bouncy castle for children. Summer may be over, but the weather was just right Oct. 4 at Luke Air Force Base for…

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Lead from the front

Posted  October 11, 2013

As a senior NCO, I often wonder if we are grooming our Airmen for success. Are we grooming NCOs to be responsible, to take seriously our core values, embrace them as we should so they become the future senior NCOs we need them to be? Are we grooming our Airmen to know that sometimes the…

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Got wisdom?

Posted  October 11, 2013

I remember a story about two friends deer hunting in the woods and as fortune would have it, they acquired their prey with one swift and timely shot. It was a large and heavy six point buck that would fill the freezer and keep their families fed through the winter months. They dressed the deer…

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This week reminder to be safe around flames

Posted  October 11, 2013

Photo by Staff Sgt.C.J. HATCH Members of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire and Emergency Services hold a parade of historic fire trucks through base housing Oct. 5 to launch Fire Prevention Week festivities. October’s fire prevention week, reminds people of the dangers and destructive power fire holds when it burns out of control. In…

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Sports Shorts – October 18, 2013

Posted  October 18, 2013

Security forces wins flag football championship Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Staff Sgt. Michael DiCicco, 56th Security Forces Squadron, avoids defenders during the championship flag football game Oct. 10 against the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. SFS defeated AMXS 33-11. Flag football clinic A flag football clinic for youth program members,…

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