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The 56th Fighter Wing’s mission is to train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots and maintainers, while deploying mission ready warfighters. The wing, part of Air Education and Training Command, is home to more than 170 F-16 aircraft and 26 squadrons of which eight are F-16 fighter squadrons. The 56th Fighter Wing graduates more than 400 F-16 pilots and 470 crew chiefs annually.

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Luke Air Force Base News

Air Force revamps AEF

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September 9, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force construct October 1.

The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as possible to present a consistent Air Force capacity to the warfighter.

While the construct was approved in April 2013 by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the first deployments under this construct will be October 2014. Under the revised AEF construct, installations will deploy larger numbers of Airmen from the same unit under a 1:2 deploy-to-dwell ratio for active component, ACS Airmen. The revised construct establishes an 18-month battle rhythm where an Airman may deploy for six months and be home for 12. This will allow wings to more effectively posture their forces to meet global mission requirements as well as continue home station training.
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Tuition assistance program changes Oct. 1

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September 9, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Effective Oct. 1, new changes will go into effect that impact the Air Force Tuition Assistance Program.

Personnel using the TA program will now be required to pass all undergraduate courses with a grade of "C" or higher. A grade of "D" will be considered a failing grade and members who do not meet the passing grade requirements will receive reimbursement paperwork to repay the amount of tuition paid to the school.

TA applications will now have a shorter submittal window of no sooner than 45 days from the course start date and no later than seven days from the course start date. If a TA request is submitted 46 days or more prior to the start date of the course, the application will be denied.
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Airmen help pilots survive in wilderness

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September 9, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

There are many measures taken to ensure pilots are safe, from detailed jet maintenance to the inspection of the pilot's gear, but on rare occasions the unexpected happens and a plane crashes.

When the pilot safely ejects from the aircraft, the rescue operation process begins, and the pilot needs to survive until being picked up. That's where the Airmen in the 56th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment survival kits and floatation section step in.

"We maintain and inspect all the survival kits that go into each and every F-16 Fighting Falcon on Luke Air Force Base," said Staff Sgt. Ryan Babauta, 56th OSS AFE craftsman. "When the pilot ejects, the survival kit and the life raft eject with him."
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Close call in AOR didn’t discourage Airman

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September 9, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

This Indiana native wanted to be part of something bigger in life. His high school graduation date was coming up and he had to make a decision, find a job to pay the bills or join the Air Force. He chose to serve his country, and he never imagined it would enable him to pursue his college education and be part of something so much bigger than himself.

"I wanted to get out and make a difference," said Senior Airman Alten Hayes, 56th Security Forces Squadron pass and registration journeyman. "I've always had a passion for helping others, and by joining the Air Force I knew I would have plenty of opportunities to do so."
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7th annual triathlon: T-Bolts swim, ride, run

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September 9, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Luke Air Force Base held its seventh annual fall triathlon with 59 participants competing for the win.

The fall triathlon consisted of three events, each timed by personal cycling event promotion timers strapped to the ankle of each competitor.

The first event, a 400-meter swim, took place at the Silver Wings Pool. Time began at the starting line before the competitors entered the water to swim eight laps.

After the swim, participant's timers were paused until they crossed the next starting line for the 13.1-mile bike race around the base. They had the option to change into dry clothing to prepare for the cycling event.
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EMS routs CMS in flag football

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September 9, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron faced off with the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron in flag football Aug. 21 at Luke Air Force Base. EMS won with a final score of 32-14.

The game began with both teams in high spirits and EMS winning the coin toss. The first quarter ended with both teams scoring with EMS in the lead 14-7. CMS was off to a rough start, but they didn't lose hope. EMS was confident they could keep their lead.

"We came out good offensively especially compared to our last game," said Rafael Lopez, 56th EMS teammate. "Everyone brought their A-game tonight, and hopefully we can keep it up."
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Luke 1 holds first commander’s call

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September 4, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Brig. Gen Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, held his first commander's call Monday at the Luke Air Force Base theater.

The day was divided by Airmen, NCOs, senior NCOs, civilians and officers. It began at 7 a.m. with the Airman tier being the first to hear the commander speak about where he came from, why he joined and why he has chosen to stay in the Air Force.

He spoke of his grandfather, Carl Pleus, a successful lawyer during the 1920s, who owned two planes back when they were the newest invention. His grandfather passed away when he hit a mountain hidden by the clouds on a flight, leaving behind his wife and 2-year-old son Ned, Pleus' father.
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No one flies until flight med gives OK

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September 4, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The mission at Luke Air Force Base is to train the world's greatest F-16 and F-35 fighter pilots, which is impossible without the help of 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Flight Medicine. Flight medicine ensures pilots and air crew are fhealthy enough to take to the skies.

"We are the people that determine whether or not a pilot is fit to fly," said Staff Sgt. Jovanny Reyes, 56th AMDS medical technician. "We provide medical care for air crews, controllers and special operations duty personnel. Our personnel have to be ready to respond at any given time."
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Motivated Airman dedicated to AF

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September 4, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The absence of a father can be detrimental to a child, but in the military, the circumstances surrounding the absence can change the child's outlook. To Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Roman, 56th Communication Squadron cyber support technician, her father was a hero.

"My father was in special operations for the military and was always deployed, so I spent most of my time with my mother," she said. "I looked up to my father. I missed him when he was gone, but I never took it in a bad way. He made me proud to be his daughter."
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Luke F-35 mission scores 100th sortie

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September 4, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Luke Air Force Base launched its 100th F-35A Lightning II sortie at approximately noon on Tuesday, August 26.

"Flying the 100th F-35A sortie at Luke is a tremendous accomplishment," said Maj. William Andreotta, 61st Fighter Squadron chief of standardization and evaluations. "It is also a tribute to all the hard work and dedication put forth by the men and women of the 61st FS and 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit."

The 61st AMU has been dedicated to keeping the new fighter technology in flying condition.
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Sponsoring Airmen makes big difference for them

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September 4, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

A permanent change of station can be overwhelming for the Airman coming from technical training school or for the family who feels as though they have moved a thousand times, but having a sponsor can make all the difference when arriving at a new station.

A sponsor is the first person who will meet the Airman and can put him on the right path by showing him around base, getting him settled into the dorms or helping him to find a house. A sponsor opens the way to meeting co-workers and learning the details of their career and what support they provide the base.
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Avoiding hazards, using right equipment good fall prevention

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September 4, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

As summer comes to a close and the fall season looms, relief from heat is right around the corner, and working inside or outdoors is a welcomed idea.

As the heat dies down and fall rolls in, the chores left abandoned during summer resurface. With the upcoming holidays, decorations are almost assured to go up inside and outside, even at work.

As beautiful as some of these decorations and housing projects can be, one still needs to be concerned with safety. Safety shouldn't be thought about only during the fall, which leads into the holiday season, but year round at work and at home.
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LUKE AIR FORCE BASE LAUNCHED 100TH F-35 SORTIE

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August 27, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Luke Air Force Base launched its 100th F-35A sortie at approximately noon on Tuesday.
"Flying the 100th F-35A sortie at Luke is a tremendous accomplishment," said Maj. William Andreotta, 61st Fighter Squadron chief of standardization and evaluations. "It is also a tribute to all the hard work and dedication put forth by the men and women of the 61st FS and 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit."

The 61st AMU has been dedicated to keeping the new fighter technology in flying condition.
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Program smooths change from military to civilian life

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August 22, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

It can be difficult to find work in today's economy, even more so for families that are moving to a new area or families that are transitioning from military to civilian life.

One program available to veterans is the Workforce Investment Act, which can help veterans have a smooth transition to civilian work.

The 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center is a good place to start looking for civilian employment. The A&FRC can provide employment assistance through job fair information, perform resume reviews and help active-duty spouses find work. They also have contact with local employers.

"The Workforce Investment Act is a federally funded program that helps pay for training and education," said Terry Grossman, Arizona veteran employment advocate for the Arizona Department of Economic Security. "Military personnel can use this
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Commandant challenges students to be best

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August 22, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Being a senior NCO in charge of a unit or a superintendent is one thing, but to be a senior NCO of Airman Leadership School and responsible for the future leaders of the U.S. Air Force is a completely different challenge all together.

Master Sgt. Sheris Poisson, 56th Force Support Squadron ALS commandant, takes this challenge to heart.

"I come from a family that believes in serving a higher purpose and broadening horizons," Poisson said. "So when I started researching military service, the Air Force really stuck out as the right path for me for a number of reasons. I wanted to serve my country, continue my education and travel the world."

Poisson has reached many of her goals over the course of her career ranging from travel to fitness.

"This year makes 20 years of service with a total of seven assignments, both overseas
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