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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

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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Airman gives civilian second chance at life

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

It was just another night out dancing July 3 for Staff Sgt. David Patton, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron support section floor chief and his girlfriend, Ann Strasser, until the unthinkable happened.

Patton and Strasser frequent the Brookside 2 Bar and Grill to see their favorite country band and enjoy a night of music and dancing. The evening carried on as usual until Patton heard a woman screaming. He looked behind him and saw a man slumped in his chair lying on his arms. At first Patton thought the man may have had a bit too much to drink and that the woman was just upset with him. She then became more hysterical and that's when Patton walked toward the couple.

The woman was yelling that he was having a heart attack. Patton pulled out his phone and dialed 911. Talking to the dispatcher, he quickly positioned himself behind the man. Following the 911 dispatcher's instructions
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Engraving, framing gets crafty at Luke

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

Throughout Luke Air Force Base there are beautiful frames lining the walls and gifts from previous bases decorating many offices, each with its own unique symbol or message from prior colleagues.

Luke has the benefit of having its own Arts and Crafts shop that is available to take care of the needs of all squadrons pertaining to going away gifts, awards, custom framing, wood work and engravings.

One department of the Arts and Crafts shop is engraving, which is responsible for engraving all names, logos or personalized messages on gifts or awards. The goal of the engraving shop is to make the customer feel as though they are a part of the process. A customer can sit down, choose the text font, the picture they desire or the size and shape that will be placed on the product. The laser engraving machines are capable of engraving wood, metal, acrylic, plastic and glass.

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Airmen encouraged to vote, obey AFI on political activities

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

As the political season approaches, we should all be encouraged to do our civic duty and go out and vote. However, as an Air Force member, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here is a short noninclusive list to help you determine what is or is not permitted when it comes to participating in political activities.

Air Force members may:

· Vote, register to vote, and express personal political opinions on candidates and issues, but not as a representative of the Air Force

· Contribute money to a Political Action Committee

· Attend political meetin
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MDG stuns CES in B-ball championship win

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

The 56th Medical Group battled the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Aug. 11 during the intramural basketball championship game at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. The score 53-36 gave MDG a decisive win, declaring them undefeated tournament champions.

High speed and intensity were on both ends of the court with both teams scoring back and forth early in the game, but MDG went on a 4-0 run to bring the score to 13-9 with nine minutes left in the first half. CES slowly lost their momentum as MDG continued to rack up the points and build the lead. With a ferocious dunk from Kyle Smith, 56th MDG teammate, the lead climbed another 16 points at the end of the first half a score of 29-14.

MDG was determined to win the championship.

"Our main focus was to play as a team," said Tarue Nroady, 56th Medical Operations Squadron pediatric clinic NCO in ch
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Contract signed to improve base for years to come

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August 18, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Being the largest fighter wing in the Air Force has its costs. Everything from school quality, the local economy, crime rates, traffic and climate, to on-base amenities, such as commissaries, are assessed to determine the best Air Force bases in the US. In order to keep the living standards high for all Airmen at Luke Air Force Base, maintenance is required.

The 56th Contracting Squadron signed a $95 million contract Aug. 4 ensuring Luke AFB maintenance and upkeep expenses will be met through July 27, 2019.
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Nursing fellows take on trauma training

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August 18, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Nurses from the 56th Medical Group, in partnership with the Critical Care and Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship, headed to Scottsdale to help train incoming officers aspiring to become nurses during a 12-month long military training program.

The fellows, nurses in training, must complete three phases of training, the first consisting of five weeks of advanced classroom education with lectures and simulations while utilizing mannequins. The lectures are given by personnel at Scottsdale Healthcare. The second and third phases consist of having the fellows rotate through different sections for training and to gain experience in intensive care units such as the burn and pediatric ICUs along with prehospital care. This program's goal is to prepare soon-to-be nurses for real-world scenarios. Upon completion of the program, the nurses will be competent in their professions to care for patients.
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First generation Marine has passion for sport

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August 18, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

When military personnel take the oath to serve their country, they enlist to serve a purpose greater than themselves.

The military life is a selfless journey, but there are times one must make room in the schedule to enjoy the smaller things in life.

Marine Corps Cpl. Mauricio Sandoval, Bulk Fuel Company Charlie administrative NCO in charge was born in Chile and came to the United States when he was 13.

"I'm the first person in my family to join the military," Sandoval said. "When I walked into the Armed Forces Career Center, I didn't have a set choice of what branch to join. I chose the Marine Corps because they share a family like bond."
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Entomology: Keeping food, base pest free

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August 18, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Entomology Airmen have a wide mission, from responding to nuisance calls to preventing bird strikes. These Airmen are also responsible for keeping the food we eat safe.

"We assist public health with pest management to ensure food safety and prevent the spread of diseases that can affect the food supply," said Tech. Sgt. John Hackler, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron entomology craftsman. "We make sure there are no significant arthropods or insects that could endanger the food supply."
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Lt. Gen. rolls out F-35 program priorities during all call

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August 18, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 Lightning II program executive officer, visited Luke Air Force Base and held an all-call to brief the F-35 program.

Bogdan discussed the bottom-line issues with the F-35 program such as costs, international interests and distribution as well as changes from when the program first started 14 years ago. It began with the choice of the Lockheed Martin and Boeing Joint Strike Fighter concept demonstration phase. In October 2001, The X-35 from Lockheed was chosen and Lockheed, teaming up with Northrop Grumman, began production with the first F-35 rolling off the line at Ft. Worth, Texas, in 2006.
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