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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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Life of single Airman full of opportunities

Posted  February 28, 2014

Many of the programs and talking points of our Air Force leaders center on taking care of families. Making sure our military dependents are taken care of is crucial for leaders at every level. However, with the ever-present emphasis on family first, many single Airmen find themselves asking, “Where do I fit into this?” Though…

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Changing times challenge leadership

Posted  February 28, 2014

Over the next several months our leadership’s prowess will be tested. On Dec. 11, 2013, Air Force senior leaders announced the rollout of several programs that may reduce our force by as much as 25,000 over the next five years. Unfortunately, several of our fellow Airmen will be saluted for their years of faithful service…

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News Briefs February 28, 2014

Posted  February 28, 2014

Careers for spouses An opportunity for a transportable career for spouses is now being offered. The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, in partnership with the National Military Family Association and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, announced the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship for the Accredited Financial Counselor Program. The application period is Monday…

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New active-duty education requirements coming up

Posted  February 28, 2014

For Airmen who wish to pursue their education after completion of a Community College of the Air Force degree, there are upcoming changes active-duty Airmen should prepare for. “Once tuition assistance was brought back, new requirements for TA approval were set forth,” said Sandy Cooper, 56th Force Support Squadron guidance counselor.” Prior to the changes,…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  February 28, 2014

Staff Sgt. Bronson Criddle 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Flight Service Center journeyman Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz. Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Nikki; and son, Travis Education: Pursuing degrees in business management and a health care field at Mesa Community College and University of Maryland Previous assignments: Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, England Inspirations: My father…

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MOS Airman – one of fastest on track

Posted  February 28, 2014

Pedro Mota Airman 1st Class Melissa Franks, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, runs past the F-16 display outside wing headquarters Monday after completing a six-mile run. Franks has aspirations of competing with the Air Force cross-country team. Airman 1st Class Melissa Franks, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, started running cross-country at age 15….

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CFP brings it all together

Posted  February 28, 2014

JASON COLBERT Staff Sgt. Miguel Hurtado, 56th Communications Squadron client systems technician, cleans the inside of a computer Feb. 18 at Luke Air Force Base. Hurtado is part of the comm focal point, helping to ensure the 5,000 clients on base are compliant with standards. There are more than 5,000 people on Luke Air Force…

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February is Black History Month

Posted  February 28, 2014

CDC children learn about civil rights Col. Yolanda Bledsoe, 56th Medical Group commander, reads to children Feb. 19 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center in recognition of Black History Month. Throughout February the CDC invited guest readers to read books highlighting civil rights.

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Planning, scheduling core of MXG mission

Posted  February 28, 2014

It usually goes unnoticed when the heart is operating as intended, but let it skip a beat, and even the strongest will take note. Almost the same can be said for plans and scheduling. Overlooked by some, it is the heart of the 56th Maintenance Group.

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Air Force News – February 28, 2014

Posted  February 28, 2014

California Travis Air Force Base firefighters responded with Vacaville firefighters in battling a blazing trailer and grass fire Feb. 18. Greece There was a two-week flying and training deployment designed to increase interoperability with the U.S. Air Force and the Hellenic air force Feb. 2 to 14. The mission provided the U.S. and Hellenic air…

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