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Fabrication flight handles intricate things

The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Fabrication Flight handles precise structural repair and inspection for aircraft and support equipment. “For all the F-16s and F-35s at Luke, we provide the back shop fabrication, inspection and repair for both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on and off the flightline,” said Senior Master Sgt. Brian Leonard, 56th EMS low…

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F-35 egress trainer arrives at Luke

Over the past two months, major components of the new F-35 Lightning II egress trainer, an advanced replica of the F-35 cockpit designed to simulate the mechanical layout of the ejection and emergency evacuation system, have arrived at Luke Air Force Base. Upon completion of the build, the third of its kind in the nation,…

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3-time Super Bowl champ, AF pilot reflects on America’s game

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Super Bowl 50 was just a few days ago, and it’s hard not to wonder how one of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s best all-time players fits into that history. Chad Hennings won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys during the 1990s, and his first appearance was within…

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Airman abroad achieves Army commendation

Every ribbon on an Airman’s ribbon rack tells a story. All have the basic training ribbon, most earn a ribbon for length of service but it’s the medals that tell a unique story. Senior Airman Carlton Mickles, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems journeyman, was awarded an Army achievement medal for his efforts in supporting…

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Fallen hero awarded DFC 46 years later

The air was thick with emotion. She had been waiting for this moment since the love of her life passed away more than 46 years earlier. Andi Dice was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross Jan. 27 at Luke Air Force Base on behalf of her husband, Maj. Carl Dice, for his extraordinary heroism and aerial…

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Thunderbolts pass it forward …

Posted  December 17, 2015

I was at a store on a Thursday night when I noticed an older woman leaning on a display table.  She didn’t look well, and I asked if she needed assistance.  She said she was fine and left the store. I checked out and once outside, I noticed the same woman in her car and…

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Year in Photos – November 2015

Posted  January 7, 2016

Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan Airmen experience welding and other metallurgy practices during an immersion exercise Nov. 13 in the 56th Maintenance Group. The 56th Force Support Squadron plans and organizes each immersion program which rotates among the wing groups and allows Airmen to learn about and experience jobs performed outside their career fields. The…

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Year in Photos – February 2015

Posted  January 7, 2016

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a six-ship formation flyover Feb. 1 during opening ceremonies for Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Senior Airman Devante Williams Misty Hyman, Olympic Gold Medalist, receives a standing ovation during her speech Feb. 13 at the 56th Fighter Wing Annual…

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Year in Photos – July 2015

Posted  January 7, 2016

Senior Airman Devante Williams Luke Thunderbolts await the beginning of the 15-minute fireworks display, which capped off the Luke Air Force Base 2015 Fourth of July Freedom Fest July 4. Face painting, climbing wall, water slide, music, food and refreshments, and raffles for prizes were included. Senior Airman James Hensley Airmen from the 56th Civil…

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Year in Photos – March 2015

Posted  January 7, 2016

Senior Airman Grace Lee Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Harris, 56th Security Forces Squadron law enforcement patrolman, looks at an exercise alarm activation using the Emergency Response System Common Operating Picture System March 4 at Luke Air Force Base. The ER COP system is an application made available to only emergency response personnel from security forces, fire,…

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