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Thunderbolts celebrate wingman day

Senior Airmen Grace Lee Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, shoots a basket Nov. 7 in the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Luke commanders went up against the Phoenix Banner Wheelchair Suns basketball team in celebration of wingman day. Luke’s Wingman Day offered Airmen a pause in the day-to-day mission to…

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Luke conducts CBRNE exercise

Senior AirmanDevante Williams Members of the 56th Medical Group and Southwest Med Evac air ambulance team members prepare to air evacuate a simulated victim during the exercise Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise was conducted for first responders, base personnel and local agencies to practice real-world events. Luke Air Force Base conducted…

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Enlistment highlights total force

Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr. The 944th Fighter Wing’s newest recruits stand next to a new F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter and raised their hands to enlist into the Air Force Reserve during a “Total Force” mass enlistment held during the October unit training assembly at Luke Air Force Base. The excitement was palatable…

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Bottom line up front: You are needed

Courtesy Photo The 56th Force Support Squadron Parents Advisory Board is made up of, from left, Erin Salvador, 21st Fighter Squadron, vice president; Master Sgt. Denise Johnson, 56th Medical Operations Squadron, secretary; and Wil O’Meara, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron, president. Not pictured is Senior Airman Angela Saralequi, 56th MDOS, volunteer coordinator. Are you caught up…

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Luke Airman, Family Readiness Center hosts fall job fair

Businesses from across the region gathered to participate in a job fair hosted by the 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center. The event was open to active-duty service members, dependents and retirees Nov. 5 in Club Five Six.


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This week in history

Posted  December 13, 2013

1973: YF-16 rolls out General Dynamic (now Lockheed-Martin) rolled out the first YF-16 prototype aircraft 40 years ago today from its Fort Worth, Texas, plant. Tail number 72-1567 was to compete with the YF-17 in a fly-off. The winner would win the contract to replace the aging Republic F-105 Thunderchief and McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom…

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Salutes & Awards

Posted  December 13, 2013

AETC announces yearly SFS awards The following individuals are 2013 AETC Security Forces individual award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Ann Sweigart Civilian: Loran Allen Annual, quarterly staff agency winners named Fighter Wing staff agencies The following individuals are annual award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Jenna Sarvinski, Public Affairs NCO: Tech. Sgt. Bruce Thompson, Information…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  December 13, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jessica Williams 61st Fighter Squadron Aviation resource management Hometown: Orlando, Fla. Years in service: Eight Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business Inspirations: My family and friends Goals: Complete a master’s degree in education Famous last words: “Never give up!” Off-duty interests: Skiing, reading, spending time with friends Commander’s comments: “Sergeant Williams has…

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News Briefs December 13, 2013

Posted  December 13, 2013

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Wednesday which will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. Those traveling on base should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting individuals with…

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Entering Air Force same as joining new family

Posted  December 13, 2013

Grace Lee Airman 1st Class Oumaima Lehnoud, 56th Security Forces Squadron security patrol and entry controller, guides a vehicle through the South Gate search pit Nov. 12 on Luke Air Force Base. Taking a step to “cross into the blue” can be intimidating, exciting and full of unknowns, but once in, it not only brings…

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LRS refuels German C-160

Posted  December 13, 2013

Courtesy photo A German C-160 aircraft sits at the Phoenix Goodyear Airport Nov 14. Senior Airman Kyle Barna and Staff Sgt. Tabius Smith, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, were dispatched to refuel the aircraft and support the German air force who conducts basic flight training there. Airmen from the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight…

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The dirty dollar

Posted  December 13, 2013

Have you ever glanced down at the ground to see the distinct green of a crisp, clean dollar bill? I am willing to bet if you did, you would have picked it up. The question is if that dollar was crumpled up and dirty, would you have picked it up anyway? Would you have straightened…

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Be prepared

Posted  December 13, 2013

Leading Airmen happens at every level and preparation is the key to success. A couple of weeks ago I watched two Airmen lead the clinic through resiliency training. As I looked at the members of the family health clinic I felt many things. The medics unabashedly participated in the training led by two Airmen who…

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AETC commander visits Luke

Posted  December 13, 2013

The top officer in Air Education and Training command, Gen. Robin Rand, a former wing commander here, and his wife, Kim, visited Luke Air Force Base Dec. 4 through 6 to talk to Airmen about his priorities and vision for the command. “The best part of the job is to come out here and have…

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Sports Shorts – December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

Winter games bring out unusual events Second Lt. Jonathan Warzeka, 56th Security Forces Squadron Logistics Flight officer in charge, takes on the challenge of the dizzy bat race on day one of the winter games. Participants made ten full clockwise rotations before running to first base. The games were Dec. 9 through 13 and included…

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