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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…

Photos by Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Salutes & Awards

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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62nd AMU makes way for F-35

Posted  August 10, 2012

The 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit moved to building 495 July 14 to provide space for the F-35 project. Chief Master Sgt. Jeffery Ewing, 62nd AMU superintendant, said that it was an important move. “As the F-35 jets transition here to Luke, we needed to get out of that building so we can start to build…

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Rebuttal could be Airman’s friend

Posted  August 10, 2012

In today’s Air Force we are smaller in numbers and expected to do great work in support of the warfighting mission. Commanders and supervisors deal with personnel issue’s on a daily basis and expect everyone to have the integrity to do what is right to ensure the mission succeeds. Why then do commanders and supervisors…

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Leadership necessary for Airman morale in 21st century

Posted  August 10, 2012

It is our duty as NCOs to ensure that we maintain high morale in ourselves and our Airmen.

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F-35 beckons press

Posted  August 10, 2012

Local Phoenix media representatives record Luke Air Force Base officials Aug. 1 during a press conference held in the wing headquarters building announcing the decision for the F-35A Lightning II to be at Luke.

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Base housing changes underway

Posted  August 10, 2012

Over the past few months there have been several changes made in base housing such as to its appearance, who is allowed to live there and what Balfour Beaty Communities offers for residents. According to Robert Worley, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Asset Management Flight chief, BBC has renovated older homes and built 101 new homes,…

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News Briefs – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

62nd FS change of command Lt. Col. Brian Jackson, 62nd Fighter Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann at 8 a.m. today in Hangar 1022.   Operation KIDS Operations KIDS is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Camp Thunderbolt, Bldg. 400 on Luke Air Force Base. It is a simulated…

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Thunderbolt of the week – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

Staff Sgt. Cambria Odell

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ALS graduates 40

Posted  August 10, 2012

The John J. Rhodes Airman Leadership School graduated four staff sergeants and 36 senior airmen June 28 in Class 12-5. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted:   56th Comptroller Squadron Wade Williams   56th Operations Support Squadron Clayton Legare and Staff Sgt. Courtney Ramstead   308th Fighter Squadron Michelle Stauffer   56th Maintenance…

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Reserve unit gives back to Anchorage hosts

Posted  August 10, 2012

The 944th Fighter Wing Annual Tour in Alaska this July allowed members of the team to volunteer in the local community. Twenty-eight members of the 944th Force Support Squadron split their day between...

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Chaplain thoughts – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

"Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.” ~ Jesse Owens

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