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Commons provides ‘crib’ for Airmen

Courtesy graphic The Community Commons concept design. Renovation has begun and will be completed in May 2016. The Luke Air Force Base Community Center, Bldg. 700, where the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Wellness Center resides, is being renovated and will include a name change to Community Commons. “The building is getting a total overhaul from…

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Roberson takes command of AETC

Johnny Saldivar Lt. Gen Darryl Roberson, Air Education and Training Command commander, speaks during the AETC change of command ceremony Tuesday at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Roberson is a command pilot who has more than 5,000 flight hours including 865 combat hours. Roberson will oversee the operation of 10 major installations in five states….

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Salutes and Awards

FWSA announce awards The following individuals are quarterly awards winners: 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies Airman: Senior Airman Leanne Mathews NCO: Staff Sgt. Natalie Nelson Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Deanna Commack Company grade officer: Capt. Elizabeth McCourt Field grade officer: Maj. David Barnes Civilian (Category I): Yvonne Godwin Civilian (Category II): Sharon Kozak Civilian (Category…

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A historian with his own history

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Richard Griset, 56th Fighter Wing historian, shows an old pilot uniform that is part of a preservation collection on Luke Air Force Base. Richard Griset seems like a very quiet and reserved man and appears to be just another face at Luke Air Force Base. That is until people meet him. Serving…

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Need help? Trust your ‘Shirt’

When young Airmen need help or are looking for guidance, a good place to start is with a senior NCO. Making it into the top 3 percent in the U.S. Air Force is a major accomplishment.


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Female AF pilot takes road less traveled

Posted  November 7, 2014

Cliff Patrick Lt. Col. Michael May, 308th Fighter Squadron commander’s special assistant and F-16 instructor pilot; son, Gunner, 6; Lt. Col. Melissa May, 56th Fighter Wing F-16 instructor pilot and Community Initiatives Team current operations specialist; and daughter, Gianna, 4, pose for the camera Feb. 21 on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base. While…

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News Briefs November 7, 2014

Posted  November 7, 2014

Native American Indian Heritage November is Native American Indian Heritage Month. The theme this year is “Native Pride and Spirit: Yesterday, Today and Forever.” Activities include a 5k fun run at 7 a.m. at the 944th Fighter Wing building and a luncheon at 11 a.m. Nov. 14 at Club Five Six. Clark Tenakhongva, an award-winning…

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Veteran’s life one of service to country, MLB

Posted  November 7, 2014

Courtesy photo Top Gun — In 1971, Ensch was assigned to Navy Fighter Squadron 161, NAS Miramar, California. He continued deployments to Southeast Asia on the USS Midway. He was credited with two confirmed MiG-17 shoot-downs and nearly 300 combat missions. In 1965, the Voting Rights Act was passed, popular music was dominated by the…

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ALS graduates 31 senior airmen

Posted  November 7, 2014

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 31 senior airmen Oct. 23 from class 14-7. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Andrea Romo, 162nd Force Support Squadron Distinguished graduates: Frederick Anglin, 56th Comptroller Squadron; and Aaron Norfleet, 56th Communications Squadron Commandant’s Award: Aaron Norfleet, 56th CS Academic Achievement Award: Frederick Anglin, 56th…

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Mentoring Laveen elementary students for the future

Posted  November 7, 2014

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Luke Air Force Base Airmen talk to students Oct. 24 at Laveen Elementary school in Laveen. The Airmen talked about their careers in the Air Force and some goals the students should think about for their future. Everyone needs help from time to time, and children are no different. Airmen from…

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Kilroy was here

Posted  November 7, 2014

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland “Kilroy was here” is drawn on the back of the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. Kilroy was a famous icon of the war and served as a symbol to let troops know an area was safe and cleared by U.S. troops. He guided Soldiers through ravaged Europe and served…

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A different kind of vet MWDs in the fight

Posted  November 7, 2014

Mayo, a 10-year-old 56th SFS MWD German shepherd has been on eight deployments and 45 missions where he found multiple explosives, saving numerous lives and earning an Air Force Combat Action Medal. Mayo was diagnosed with lumbar disease and lupus a few months ago and will officially retire in February 2015. “Mr. Mayo is a…

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Air Force News – November 7, 2014

Posted  November 7, 2014

F-35 engine fix coming Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the head of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program office, said by the end of December he expects to have decided on a permanent solution for a design issue that caused an F-35A engine to fail in June at Eglin Air Force Base,…

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Retired chief bleeds blue

Posted  November 7, 2014

Courtesy photo Ret. Chief Master Sgt. Geno Piccoli Fighting for something you believe in means it is very important to your life. Retired Chief Master Sgt. Geno Piccoli, 56th Force Support Squadron administrative assistant, and Luke Volunteer Program manager, has served more than 40 years in the U.S. Air Force. His love and devotion for…

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Fly Over: ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘Fury’

Posted  November 7, 2014

On DVD: ‘Apocalypse Now’ The movie opens with a beautiful scenic view of a Vietnamese jungle. A guitar is heard softly playing “The End” by The Doors. Helicopters buzz past the jungle which then ignites in huge clouds of fire. This is the beginning of the critically acclaimed movie “Apocalypse Now,” directed by Francis Ford…

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