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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…

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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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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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Spike students combat train with Navy Super Hornets

Posted  August 30, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing recently hosted four F/A-18E Super Hornets from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. The aircraft were brought in to provide joint air combat training for students undergoing initial F-16 qualification training. Pilots from Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 14 planned, briefed and debriefed at the 62nd FS and flew in support of 10…

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It’s football season! Get coach’s perspective on leadership

Posted  August 30, 2013

How many times over the course of your military career were you given the title of a leadership oriented book to read written by a mega-millionaire CEO of a Fortune 500 company? Can you relate what you do to that CEO? How about a book that analyzes the traits of our nation’s greatest generals? I…

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People, mission entwined – smart to not compromise

Posted  August 30, 2013

By now, most of us of have been in the presence of a first-class leader who stated his personal and professional beliefs were twofold – people and mission. Which bears more importance? If you were to survey 100 people, half would say people and the other half would say mission. The truth is the people…

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Airman overcomes tough past

Posted  August 30, 2013

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Lloydon Adler Balili, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron optometry technician, sits on his father’s lap as his family has their picture taken in the back yard of their home on the outskirts of Manila, Philippines. He was 5. He stepped out his door and looked down the street. He saw homes…

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Local Briefs August 30, 2013

Posted  August 30, 2013

Cinderella, Prince Charming closet The Cinderella and Prince Charming Closet is looking for 100 new or gently used formal gowns, cocktail dresses and prom dresses in all sizes, colors and styles, as well as handbags and accessories to complete an outfit. For men, they are looking for 25 new or gently used business suits or…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  August 30, 2013

Staff Sgt. Ronnie Saldana 607th Air Control Squadron Weapons director evaluations NCO-in-charge Hometown: Buena Park, Calif. Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Jessica; children, Gwendolyn, 6, Gavin, 2, and Mila, 6 months Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in computer and information science Previous assignments: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.; Spangdahlem Air Base,…

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AFRC announces O-5 selects

Posted  August 30, 2013

The following Air Force Reserve majors were selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel: 944th Operations Group Shawn Ortiz 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Richard Valdes 69th Fighter Squadron Keith Gempler Jon Giulietti Chad Jennings Peter Scholl David Scott Rodney Thurman Edsel Wooten II 924th Fighter Group Brian Cusson 45th FS Scott Petts Joseph Rucker 307th FS…

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This week in history

Posted  August 30, 2013

Aug. 25, 1953: Peacemaker becomes flying aircraft carrier The Air Force announced Aug. 25, 1953, that the Convair B-36 Peacemaker had become a “flying aircraft carrier” that could launch and recover Republic F-84 Thunderjet aircraft. It’s hard to believe this story began with the German Blitz of England in 1940 to 1941. England took such…

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Stress management vital to Airmen

Posted  August 30, 2013

Everyone has experienced stress. At times it can be overwhelming while in other instances it comes in small spurts. “People often talk about stress as if it is some type of emotion, but in reality, stress is nothing more than the body’s signal that something is needed,” said Capt. Neal Kennington, 56th Medical Operations Squadron…

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From court to cockpit, vice wing commander brings A-Game

Posted  August 30, 2013

Col. Jeremy Sloane, who last month took over as the new vice wing commander at Luke Air Force Base, has always been a high achiever. As a basketball star at Federal Way High School, Wash., he set the all-time school record for points scored. Two players have since broken that record, and both went on…

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