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Airmen reach terminal velocity

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Community Relations chief, takes in the expansive view after the chute was pulled at 3,000 feet. Luke Air Force Base Airmen were chosen to tandem jump with the Wings of Blue U.S. Air Force Parachute Team for their accomplishments during service. Terminal velocity is…

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Military children celebrated for courage, resilience

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, signs the Month of the Military Child proclamation April 1 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The Month of the Military Child recognizes the role children play in the Armed Forces community. Every day, military members are being deployed to…

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Ruck march honors fallen

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS March of the Fallen participants hike a trail Saturday in the White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell. The MOTF is a 4.5-mile rucksack march dedicated to honoring those who gave their lives during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Airmen and local community members came together Saturday…

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Arizona entrepreneurs learn benefits of hiring vets

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Master Sgt. Stephen Hunter, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal program manager, helps Jack Weiner, Arizona Chapter Entrepreneurs Organization member and business owner, don a bomb suit March 27 during the Entrepreneurs Organization tour at Luke Air Force Base. Ten Arizona Chapter Entrepreneur Organization members held their annual retreat March…

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Scottsdale SWAT train with Reserve medics

Staff Sgt.LAUSANNE KINDER Tactical Combat Casualty Care students provide treatment to simulated wounded patients during a field training exercise at the Luke Auxiliary Field. The class was taught by the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron to Luke reservists and members of the Scottsdale Fire Department and SWAT Team. The 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron recently conducted Tactical…


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People First – November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Leaders advise…

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Air Force News – November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

European partnerships vital to global security, says Breedlove It makes fiscal and strategic sense for the United States to continue to base troops in Europe, the officer who serves as NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command said Monday. Together, the United States and Europe make up half of the…

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AF culture shift for Navajo Airman

Posted  November 1, 2013

Tradition runs deep for Senior Airman Justine Paramo, 56th Medical Group internal medicine technician and a full-blood Navajo. Hailing from Shiprock, N.M., Paramo is familiar with the traditions and customs of her tribe. “One of the traditions my parents would follow was to have my brother, sister and me stand outside in the snow in…

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This week in history

Posted  November 1, 2013

1918: America’s Ace of Aces makes final kill Capt. Edward Rickenbacker, America’s Ace of Aces, claimed his final kill 95 years this week. Like Frank Luke, he was also born to German-speaking immigrant parents. But, Rickenbacker’s rise to fame was much different than the Arizona Balloon Buster. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Rickenbacker was 13 when…

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MDG earns ‘outstanding’ rating on HSI

Posted  November 1, 2013

Photo by Staff Sgt.C.J. HATCH Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, announces an “outstanding” score Oct. 25 for the 56th Medical Group’s Health Services Inspection. The score came with accolades from inspectors praising the customer service, care and process improvements in the MDG. The Combined Unit Inspection may have been canceled, but some…

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New chief invigorates mentorship at Luke

Posted  November 1, 2013

Staff Sgt.NESTOR CRUZ Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with Airman Leadership School students Oct. 21 at Luke Air Force Base. As the wing command chief, Mazza is responsible for the morale, welfare, training, management and professional growth of more than 3,000 enlisted members assigned to the Air Force’s largest…

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MDG announces award winners

Posted  November 1, 2013

The following individuals are quarterly award winners 56th Medical Group Airman: Senior Airman Letitia Eiss, 56th Dental Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Maria Oliver, 56th Medical Support Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Percel Crudup, 56th Medical Operations Squadron Company grade officer: Capt. Sarah Cossette, 56th MDG Field grade officer: Lt. Col. Robyn Kramer, 56th Aerospace Medicine…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  November 1, 2013

Airman 1st Class Michelle Justiniani 56th Operations Support Squadron Air traffic control apprentice Hometown: Garden Grove, Calif. Years in service: One Education: Golden West College, basic public safety dispatcher and criminal justice studies certification, currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communications Inspirations: Jesus, my strength and guidance; husband, Michael, challenges me to expand my horizons;…

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News Briefs November 1, 2013

Posted  November 1, 2013

Retiree Appreciation Day The 56th Fighter Wing Retiree Appreciation Day is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Club Five Six. Health education booths, flu shots, Veterans Affairs and state information, refreshments, prizes and grab bags are included. For more information, call Capt. Melissa Parra at 623-856-9045. Health expo, golf tourney, car show The 56th Medical…

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Longest-serving Air Force civil servant retires

Posted  November 1, 2013

Courtesy photo Dorothy Rowe, 56th Comptroller Squadron chief financial analyst, poses for a photo in 1979. She retires Tuesday as the longest serving civil servant working for the Air Force. Most dream of crossing the retirement finish line after 20 to 35 years of service. For one civil servant, her date of retirement after 70…

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