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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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Utah outdoors adventures: Camping at Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon

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

One day my friends came up with a great idea--camping. The last time I recalled "camping" was during Vacation Bible School, which consisted of sleeping in a tent at our church's playground for one night. As hesitant as I was I agreed, and the next thing I knew we were in the car on our way to Lake Powell.

Prior to our arrival, we stopped at the lower part of Antelope Canyon located 15 minutes east of Page, Arizona. We decided to go on Ken's Guided Tour of the canyon. Known as "Hasdestwazi," which means The Corkscrew in Navajo, lower Antelope Canyon is a great gathering spot for photographers and tourists from around the world. For those who don't know, Antelope Canyon was formed over thousands of years by the forces of water and wind that eventually formed what we see as the canyon today.
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MDG defeats FWSA in intramural b-ball playoffs

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

The 56th Medical Group battled the 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies during an elimination intramural basketball playoff game Aug. 4 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center Gym. MDG won 42-30, moving the team to the next round.

The game began with high speed and intensity on both ends of the court. FWSA began the game with a 6-0 run, but that did not stop MDG from giving it all they had. The first half was evenly matched, making it a nail-biter with the score at 21-21.

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AETC command chief mentors Luke Airmen

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August 8, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Command Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, Air Education and Training Command, visited Luke Air Force Base Aug. 1 to attend various mission briefings, visit squadrons and speak with Airmen.

During his visit, Tapia took time to speak and mentor Airmen fresh out of technical school and Airmen getting ready to put on the rank of staff sergeant.

Tapia first spoke with Airman Leadership School students.

"This weekend I want you to think about what you'd really like to get out of Airman Leadership School, whether it's to make a new friend, be that good supervisor everyone wants to work for, pick up some writing techniques, or get help with your Community College of the Air Force degree classes," Tapia said. "In AETC we own all professional military education, so it's very important for me to be here."
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Luke civilian earns Air Force Marquez Award

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August 8, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

An aircraft armament systems technician distinguished himself by earning the 2013 Air Force Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Award for Outstanding Munitions/Missile Maintenance Person of the Year, civilian technician category. It was announced during standup July 22 at Luke Air Force Base.

David Moore, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, surpassed his peers at the base and MAJCOM levels to go on and earn the award at the Air Force level. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, presented Moore with the award.
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Critical find by Airman just doing job

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August 8, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Every Airman plays an essential role in the Air Force  mission, but sometimes it only takes one Airman to discover something so great it not only saves Air Force lives and money, but affects bases worldwide.

Senior Airman Jessica Reitano, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance journeyman, received the Wing Quarterly Flight Maintenance Award July 22 at wing standup for going above and beyond to ensure the F-16 Fighting Falcons at Luke Air Force Base are safe to fly.
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EFMP day camp inspires play, education

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August 8, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

More than 50 people participated in the free Exceptional Family Member Program Summer Day Camp Saturday at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. The event provided an opportunity for children to enjoy an array of activities while parents learned about programs that are available to them.

"Many parents don't know what's available to help them out," said Sarah Youngman, Association for Supportive Child Care resource and referral assistant coordinator. "For example, some EFMP parents may not be aware they are eligible for in-home respite care. This could provide some relief the family needs, and that's the kind of thing we can help an eligible family with."
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Keeping PII secure to be top concern

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August 8, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The threats that loom with modern day technology range from people hacking into e-mail and cell phones to rummaging through garbage at home and work, but what are some ways that can prevent thieves from stealing our most valuable information?

Personally Identifiable Information is personal information maintained by an agency which is used to distinguish or trace an individual's identity. It is linkable information to a specified individual such as their name, social security number, date and place of birth, driver's license number or identification card number, age, military rank, civilian grade, marital status, race, salary, home/office phone numbers, personnel, medical, demographic and financial information, and criminal or employment history, according to the Air Education Training Command Quick Guide to Safeguarding Personally Identifiable Information pamphlet.
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F-35 rollout strengthens Australian-U.S. partnership

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August 8, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The unveiling of two new F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft labeled AU-1 and AU-2 at the Lockheed Martin aviation facility in Fort Worth, Texas, marks the beginning of F-35 operations for the Royal Australian air force.

The Australian partnership with the U.S. has grown stronger with the delivery of the F-35s in addition to contributions from numerous countries around the world that aided in the building of this aircraft.

"In this case it takes a community of nations, it takes a community of companies, it takes a community of militaries and departments within the U.S. and around the world, and all of our partners," said Frank Kendall, Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics undersecretary. "It takes a community of industries to come together. This aircraft is a testimony to our ability to do that."
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MRA graduates 11,000 strong

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August 1, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron graduated its 11,000th mission-ready Airman at Luke Air Force Base. With their training complete at Luke, the newly graduated crew chiefs will be able to use their specialized skills at their first permanent assignment.

"Every F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief since 1994 has completed this program prior to going to their first duty station," said Senior Master Sgt. Joseph Garcia, 372nd TRS, Det. 12 chief. "Luke Air Force Base is the only base that teaches this course."
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Life, Liberty, pursuit of happiness brings Kenyan student to America

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August 1, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Most Americans understand prosperity and success can be achieved through hard work. It is also known as the American dream.

One Airman sacrificed being with his family in Kenya to achieve the American dream.

Senior Airman Robert Cheruiyot, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, was born and raised in Kericho, Kenya, where he worked and lived on a farm with his family.

"My homeland is in the highland part of the country where the main economic activity is farming," he said. "Our family's farm raised cattle, goats, sheep and poultry, and also harvested crops, with tea being the main cash crop."
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From Spikes to Ducks to graduates

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August 1, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

America's newest fighter pilots are ready to join the most lethal combat air force the world has ever known. The seven active-duty and three Air National Guard officers of class 14-ABC have successfully completed the F-16 Basic Course and will celebrate this accomplishment today with loved ones, academic instructors and instructor pilots.

Class 14-ABC's stay at Luke Air Force Base began nine months ago with an intense initial phase of academic and simulator training. Much of the course's 236 hours of academic training, 10 formal exams and 42 simulator missions were concentrated in this initial phase, although ground training continued throughout the course.
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Luke salutes new OG commander

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August 1, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The 56th Operations Group changed leaders July 25 as Col. John Hanna relinquished command to Lt. Col. William Bailey during a change of command ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base.

Prior to his arrival to Luke, Bailey served as the chief of operations branch in the Current Operations Division at North American Aerospace Defense Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, presided over the ceremony.

"Lieutenant colonel Bailey, you are here at a critical point in Luke's history," Pleus said. "You've deployed three times and wrapped up almost 500 hours of combat time to include time as a squadron commander in the Fujin's. You've held operational and staff jobs, and on top of it all, you've been an instructor at Luke Air Force Base. So I think you've got it down. I think you're ready to rock and roll."
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Luke welcomes new MSG commander

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August 1, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

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.

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, presided over the ceremony.

"Colonel Kossler knows how to make a mission support group run, and I could not think of a better person to lead our group," Pleus said. "I ask that you take care of the Airmen, and they will take care of the mission."
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Healthy fuel for back to school

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August 1, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

At the pinnacle of summer, when children are swimming, sleeping in and catching up on their favorite video game or television program, the idea of staying active and eating healthy isn't exactly a top priority.

With August already upon us, school will soon begin for another year for many of Luke Air Force Base's youngest Thunderbolts. The biggest concerns for the new school year are typically new clothes, shoes, backpacks and the over-all hustle of getting children back into the swing of things. But how do you get your child away from the technology to enjoy a healthy lifestyle?
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EOD called out for expertise

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July 25, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Fireworks weren't the only explosive devices that were detonated on the Fourth of July.

The Phoenix Fire Department was called July 3 to the scene of an auto repair facility in Phoenix that had been struck by lightning, sparking a fire that lasted from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. July 4.

"During the incident the fire department heard several explosions from inside the structure," said Capt. Edmund Spivak, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal commander. "Once the fire in the building was subdued, the fire department team saw what looked like a 90 mm high explosive projectile warhead. They immediately backed off, quarantined the area, and called Luke Air Force Base's EOD team."

The area surrounding the facility was littered with smoldering wood pallets, wooden cargo crates and dry grass, which had the potential of setting fire to the neighborin
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