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Luke ‘deploys’ youngest Airmen

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Gabriel Gutierrez, age 5, son of Staff Sgt. Arlene Gutierrez, 56th Security Forces Squadron, gives high fives as he goes through the welcome home line during Operation KIDS Saturday at Luke Air Forces Base. Veterans of Foreign Wars, United Service Organization and members of the community greeted the children when they returned…

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CES inspects base infrastructure

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Staff Sgt. Steven Stein, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical subject matter expert, points out a damaged water heater Oct. 24 to Senior Airman Sandham Challis, 56th CES structural subject matter expert, in Bldg. 700 during a building inspection at Luke Air Force Base. The heater is more than 20 years old…

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Airman changes lanes in life

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Kelton Rall Those who have had a hard life often say it is hard to overcome the past. “It’s almost like climbing out of a dark hole – one mistake and you fall deeper into the abyss,” said Airman 1st Class Kelton Rall, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron intrapersonal protective equipment…

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Present arms!

Daniel “Nanoo” Mayer, pilot for a day, salutes in front of an F-16 Fighting Falcon Oct. 24 at the 310th Fighter Squadron. The pilot for a day program focuses on children who have serious or chronic conditions and invites them to be a part of a flying squadron for a day. Mayer was diagnosed with…

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New Luke unit to stand up in Oregon

Courtesy photo An F-15 Eagle flies over the 173rd Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field, Oregon Air National Guard. In an effort to meet Air Force demands for F-15C Eagle pilots, a new Luke Air Force Base detachment will stand up at the 173rd Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field, Oregon Air National Guard. The 56th Operations Group Detachment…


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Fly Over: ‘Everything Must Go’

Posted  May 24, 2012

What’s the success rate for marriage when one person gets sober and the other doesn’t? Almost zero, we’re told by Frank Garcia (Michael Pena), the 12-step sponsor for relapsed alcoholic Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell), who discovers for himself the wages of alcoholism and the toll it can take on relationships when he comes home one…

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Educating the sky’s eyes

Posted  May 24, 2012

Senior Airman Leslie Eccles, 56th Operations Support Squadron, briefs pilots on where possible threats will be located during their mission at Luke Air Force Base May 1. The OSS’s intelligence section is responsible for ensuring all personnel are aware of potential threats to the mission, whether they’re on the ground or in the air.

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Det. 12 drives tomorrow’s crew chiefs today

Posted  May 18, 2012

Ross Magedoff grew up watching the Navy’s Blue Angels and Air Force’s Thunderbirds perform at air shows thinking, ‘It’s amazing what they do; that’s something I may want to do one day.’ Little did he know, the now Airman first class’s career would take him to the exact jet the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s Aerial…

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It’s your career…take care of it

Posted  May 18, 2012

There once was a time where you could safely assume that if you did a decent job and stayed out of trouble you could carry your career out until 20 years or more and retire. If you had a few bumps in the road or slowly progressed through the ranks, no worries, your retirement was…

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Know how to manage your money

Posted  May 18, 2012

I was listening to the radio the other day and heard a staggering statistic: 78 percent of all NFL players are in some sort of financial distress three years after leaving the NFL. While divorce was cited as the most common cause, “basic financial irresponsibility” played a large factor. While I don’t know what the…

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Top Hats graduate 15 combat pilots in ceremony today

Posted  May 18, 2012

The mission of the 56th Fighter Wing is to, “Train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots and maintainers, while deploying mission ready warfighters.” Fifteen graduates of the F-16 Initial Qualification Course, Class 11-EBG, will cross the stage today and enter the Combat Air...

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Thunderbolt of the Week May 18, 2012

Posted  May 18, 2012

Staff Sergeant Roger Tremblay 56th Training Squadron/OLB NCOIC of Weapons and Tactics Hometown: Lugoff, South Carolina Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Savanna; Daughters, Ansley and Emery Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle…

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E-7 promotions

Posted  May 18, 2012

The following individuals were selected for promotion to Master Sgt.: 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Edward Bates Jr., John Costa, James Craig, Terrance Hathaway, Lon Henderson, Raymond Hetrick, Travis Hochsprung, Kevin Kilbride, Damian Lay, Bryan Longellow, Christopher McGhee, Leon Montgomery, Steve Radnor, Justin Romo, Brian Schweitzer, Gerald White, David Winter   56th Fighter Wing Charles Beers,…

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ALS graduates 37

Posted  May 18, 2012

The John J. Rhodes Airman Leadership School graduated two staff sergeants and 35 senior airmen May 10 from class 12-4. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted:   The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Staff Sgt. Scott Avis, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Distinguished graduates: Sylvia Calmelat, 162nd Force Support Squadron; Jarod Martinez,…

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Ground, flight and weapons: Luke safety triad

Posted  May 18, 2012

They inspect. They train. They investigate – on the ground and in the air. Their job is to set the conditions so the 56th Fighter Wing can safely accomplish its mission to train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots...

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