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CORY GOSSETT Salutes & Awards

MRA graduates 11,000 strong

Airman 1st ClassCORY GOSSETT Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron mission-ready Airmen perform a preflight check July 21 on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. The MRA program teaches Airmen F-16 launching, recovering, and pre and post-flight inspections preparing them to maintain aircraft at their duty stations. Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron graduated…

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Life, Liberty, pursuit of happiness brings Kenyan student to America

Senior Airman Jenna Sarvinski Senior Airman Robert Cheruiyot, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, greets Gen. Julius Waweru Karangi, chief of the defense forces, Kenya. Karangi and Cheruiyot met in a chance encounter at flightline medicine, following Karangi’s medical evaluation in preparation for his familiarization flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force…

Photos by Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Salutes & Awards

From Spikes to Ducks to graduates

Photos by Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer FROM LEFT: 1st Lts. Adam Fuhrmann, Mike Vasilou, Wesley Womble, Cody May, Aaron Frey, Ryan Loyd, Bryce Turner, Pete Fritz, Alex Tovani and Sean Rush graduate today from the 309th Fighter Squadron Class 14-ABC. America’s newest fighter pilots are ready to join the most lethal combat air force the…

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GRACE LEE Salutes & Awards

Luke salutes new OG commander

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, passes the 56th Operations Group guidon to Lt. Col. William Bailey, incoming commander, July 25 at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Operations Group changed leaders July 25 as Col. John Hanna relinquished command to Lt. Col. William Bailey during a change of command…

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Luke welcomes new MSG commander

The 56th Mission Support Group got a new leader July 24 as Col. Nathan Mooney relinquished command to Col. James Kossler during a change of command ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base.


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Salutes & Awards

56th MXG announces awards

Posted  January 25, 2013

2012 Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Award The following individuals are Gen. Leo Marquez Award winners and will compete at the Air Education and Training Command level: Aircraft technician Airman: Airman 1st Class Henry Eichorn, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Supervisor: Staff Sgt. Derek Kreiner, 310th AMU Supervisor manager: Master Sgt. David Justice, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron…

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News Briefs – January 25, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

Savings on homes Balfour Beatty Communities (Luke family housing) is currently offering three-bedroom renovated homes for $1,100 per month with a one-year lease for E-1 through E-5 active-duty military members only. With an allotted base allowance for housing of $1,287 for those ranks and $1,461 for E-5, members can save money through the basic allowance…

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Health & Safety

Depression has many signs

Posted  January 25, 2013

Senior Airman Sandra Welch The symptoms of depression include not sleeping enough or too much, losing interest in activities one typically enjoys, experiencing significant feelings of guilt, lack of energy, loss of concentration, changes in appetite, unexplainable weight loss or gain, loss of sex drive and thoughts of suicide. Most people have experienced sadness in…

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Commentary

Be inspiring: observations about leadership

Posted  January 25, 2013

Many could say that the best leaders they’ve encountered were inspiring individuals. From religious icons to heads of state and military leaders, they all seem to have one common trait — they inspire others. I have always been a history buff, specifically the history of the middle ages. As such, I belong to a very…

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Open house around corner

Posted  January 25, 2013

Master Sgt. Cindy Dorfner Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with minor league participants of the Kansas City Royals Winter Camp Jan. 16. Staton talked with some of the team’s best prospects at the Royals’ clubhouse in Surprise and answered a variety of questions for about an hour. The 56th…

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Sports

Sports Shorts – February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

Thunderbolts power pounds All photos by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Timothy Noel, 56th Fighter Wing Safety, begins to lift 350 pounds Jan. 25 in the deadlift portion of the power lifting competition at the Luke Air Force Base Warrior Fitness Training Center. Noel completed the deadlift segment lifting a total of 700 pounds over…

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Fly Over: ‘Movie 43’, ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’

Posted  February 1, 2013

In theaters: ‘Movie 43′ I’ve always been a little wary of movies with a big ensemble cast, and recently I’ve begun to hold the same feelings toward anthology films (thanks in part to the horrible V/H/S). “Movie 43,” however, looked to be a pretty decent comedy at the least, with all these famous actors getting…

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Air Force News – February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

Air Force officials aim to eliminate sexual assault Following a nine-month investigation into sexual misconduct at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, the Air Force has implemented a comprehensive program aimed at eliminating sexual assault; senior Air Force leaders told Congress recently. Air Force Chief Of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III and Air Force Gen. Edward Rice…

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Salutes & Awards

Honoring Luke’s best

Posted  February 1, 2013

Photos by Senior Airman Sandra Welch The 56th Fighter Wing 2012 Annual Awards were presented Saturday. Annual award recipients gather for a group photo with Luke leadership and the guest speaker. FROM LEFT: Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief; Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th FW commander; Susan Andrews, category I civilian;…

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Health & Safety

Most healthy people can avoid flu

Posted  February 1, 2013

Nine out of 10 healthy people who get a flu shot don’t get the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It takes two weeks for a flu shot’s immunity to build completely, so now is the time to get vaccinated. TRICARE will cover flu shots or flu mists at no cost…

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