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Grace Lee Salutes & Awards

Pilot saves six Marines earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

Grace Lee Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, pins the Air Force Combat Action Medal onto Capt. Aaron Cavazos, 61st Fighter Squadron weapons officer, Jan. 16 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. Cavazos was awarded the Air Force Combat Action Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for his…

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Chrach saves lives, earns recognition

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Chrach, 56th SFS MWD, pose for a photo in Afghanistan during their 2012 deployment. Chrach was recently awarded the 12th Annual Animal Hero Award from the Arizona Friends of Animals Organization for his service to the community and deployment to…

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Civilian answers AF call, gets dream job

Courtesy Photo Senior Airman Kristina Inocencio, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron engineer technician, measures the distance from the tree to the building Jan. 15 during survey training at Luke Air Force Base. One of Inocencio’s career field tasks is to map out the entire base and update the maps. There are many reasons why people join…

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White Sands ‘Vipers’ – F-16 training thrives at Holloman

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Jerod Rick, 54th Fighter Group chief of standardization and evaluation, and 1st Lt. Taylor Roberts, 311th Fighter Squadron basic course student, prepare to taxi Nov. 13, 2014, in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Roberts became the first F-16 basic course student to get airborne in the…

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WWII veteran shares story

Posted  May 30, 2014

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Retired Chief Master Sgt. Harold Bergbower, 26th Cavalry Regiment air mechanic, is assisted by Debra Bergbower, his daughter, during a visit to Focus 56 as guest speaker May 15 at Luke Air Force Base. Bergbower spoke about his time in the Army Air Corps and Air Force, and his experience during World…

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Air Force News – May 30, 2014

Posted  May 30, 2014

Louisiana The Air Force Global Strike Command validated the command’s ability to support its conventional and nuclear missions while simultaneously participating in two exercises May 12 through 20. As a service component to U.S. Strategic Command, AFGSC participated in Global Lightning and Constant Vigilance. To improve their combat readiness to use strategic capabilities to deter,…

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McChord, Luke civil engineers help Hickam save $1.5M

Posted  May 30, 2014

MCCHORD FIELD, Wash. — Reserve Civil Engineers converged at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for training that helped the Air Force save $1.5 million in repair costs in process. About 40 reservists from the 446th Civil Engineer Squadron, McChord Field, Washington, and the 944th CES, Luke Air Force Base, have been working to relieve the…

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People First – May 30, 2014

Posted  May 30, 2014

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. Risk management…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  May 30, 2014

Beginning July 1, Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance will increase. The SGLI premium rate will increase from the current level of 6.5 cents per month per $1,000 of coverage to 7 cents per month per $1,000 of coverage. This will increase the premium for Airmen with the maximum coverage of $400,000, for example, from $26 to…

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Mini Thunderbolts build bikes

Posted  May 30, 2014

It’s an exciting moment, seeing children’s faces full of joy and anticipation as they wait to start building a new bicycle.

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This Week in History

Posted  May 30, 2014

Courtesy photo Remains of an enemy ammunition train after a P-47 strafing attack at Compiegne, France. May 21, 1944: Operation CHATTANOOGA CHOO-CHOO The 56th Fighter Group was taking part in Operation CHATTANOOGA CHOO-CHOO 70 years ago this week. The Allied Air Forces operation began on May 21, 1944. It was part of the larger transportation…

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310th AMU: Keeping the Tophats ‘Bad to the Bone’

Posted  May 30, 2014

It takes a lot of work to keep an F-16 Fighting Falcon flying, and it takes a lot of people to keep the seven fighter squadrons at Luke Air Force Base mission-ready.

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Fly Over: ‘Sala Thai’, and ‘Godzilla’

Posted  May 30, 2014

Eating out: Sala Thai Where does one go in the West Valley when the craving for exotic Asian food strikes and Chinese super buffets just don’t cut it anymore? Since my wife and I moved to Phoenix a year ago, I noticed more and more people turn to Thai restaurants to get their Asian food…

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Street Beat

Posted  May 30, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 12 through 19: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 13: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a privately owned vehicle and a fixed object in the Bldg. 1541 parking garage. The…

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