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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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Social puts mustaches to marching

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April 3, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

During the month of March, Airmen across Luke Air Force Base build camaraderie in a visual way. Mustache March is an Air Force tradition where Airmen grow mustaches in a good-natured protest against facial hair regulations. The act of growing a mustache is attributed to Air Force triple-ace Robin Olds who grew an extravagantly waxed handlebar mustache, which did not comply with Air Force regulations.

To make the tradition even livelier, Club Five Six hosted a Mustache March Social March 28 in which Airmen across base came by to support the cause and have a good time. The social was filled with free food and beverages, plus a Mustache March competition in which female judges played a part in celebrating the tradition by judging the mustaches.
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April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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April 3, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

"The biggest danger is that we could feel or believe that our individual actions don't matter and we can't change anything when the opposite is true."

These are the words of Joice Jones, 56th Fighter Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response coordinator. With the advent of this year's Sexual Assault Awareness Month, commonly known as SAAM, it is important to remember that everyone has a role in prevention.

"It takes everyone in every work center to normalize respect," Jones said. "We all have a responsibility to look out for each other, positively influence the culture around us and control our environment."
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S4, clearing house of SFS

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April 3, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Those who have deployed in a joint tasking with the Army may have learned the Army uses a single letter and a number to identify a specific duty. In 1997, when security police changed to security forces, the duty identification system used by the Army was adopted. S4 means logistics or supply. Request for new supplies and replacement equipment is made to S4.

The S4 section is part of the 56th Security Forces Squadron and currently has five jobs it performs: unit deployment manager, combat arms training and maintenance, vehicle control, resource advisor, and supply and logistics.
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Use responsible drinking guideline ’0-0-1-3′

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April 3, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Many people would agree that in today's society alcohol has been commercialized to the point one would believe drinking is a rite of passage, much like learning to drive. Alcohol is typically portrayed in commercials as a party enhancer, as a means to become instantly cool, or as an indispensable relaxation aide. However, the most important message in those commercials is normally found at the very end and in fine print, "Please Drink Responsibly." The simple three-word message is typically the last thing on the screen before it fades to black. However, what does drinking responsibly actually mean?
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Maintenance pros stand out at banquet

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March 31, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

When one thinks of the Air Force and its mission, the words pilots, jets, bombs and missiles may come to mind, but without the efforts of the maintainers at Luke Air Force Base, the jets wouldn't fly and weapons wouldn't be loaded.

To recognize the outstanding performance, achievements and professionalism of the maintenance Airmen and civilians who go above and beyond what is expected of them, the 56th Maintenance Group held its annual Maintenance Professional of the Year banquet March 8 in Hangar 915 on Luke Air Force Base with the theme of "A Tradition of Honor ... A Legacy of Valor."
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Single Airman Program builds resiliency

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March 31, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

For single Airmen, both officer and enlisted, arriving at a new base means having to adjust to being away from friends and family. But there is a program designed to ease transition for these service members.

"The Single Airman Program is for the Airmen of the base who are single and want to get off the base to see the geographical surrounding areas," said Sam Harvey, 56th Force Support Squadron Outdoor Recreation manager.

Some of the activities outdoor recreation offers are day trips, cooking classes, fitness classes, tours, hunting, kayaking and much more. Activities are offered year round and sent to unit first sergeants to let people know what is coming up.
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PT challenge: EOD style

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March 31, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

In the movie "The Hurt Locker," actor Jeremy Renner gave the audience a fanciful rendition of what it was to be an explosive ordnance disposal technician in the U.S. military. But the men and women of the 56th Force Support Squadron, in cooperation with the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, are set to show what it takes physically to do the job the movie stars made look easy.

The Warrior PT Challenge is an annual series of physical events held by the Bryant Fitness Center. Each year, a mission set is chosen for the challenge. This year, the Airmen at EOD get a chance to show what it takes to do their job. Most of the physical challenges are derived from the movements and physical abilities required for EOD technicians to do their job while deployed or at home station.
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Top Hats graduate 14 into combat air force

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March 31, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Basic F-16 Course Class 13-FBG of the 310th Fighter Squadron is well on its way to being "Dressed to Kill" as combat-ready F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots. They graduated on March 21 and will continue the legacy of 310th FS-trained fighter pilots who have fought in every war or operation from World War II to Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

The graduation culminates nine months of intense training and hard work by the 310th FS and 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit team, the 56th Training Squadron and countless support agencies that ensured these Top Hat students could fully focus on their mission. This team contributed to 831 sorties, 319 hours of academics and 675 simulators to mold fighter pilots for the combat air force.
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Trip reduction not just silly survey

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March 31, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Luke Air Force Base is conducting the annual trip reduction survey.

The Trip Reduction Program began in the late 1980s as part of the state of Arizona's response to a court ruling requiring greater efforts to reduce air pollution. One outcome was a statute that went into effect focusing on employers and schools. The 70 million commuter miles driven each weekday are a major source of air pollution.

"Luke AFB has been an integral part of the West Valley community for the past seven decades," said Jeff Rothrock, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron environmental chief. "It is our community responsibility to be good stewards of the environment and seek ways to reduce pollution. In fact, maintaining an effective pollution prevention program is a tenant of the Luke Air Force Base Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health policy. Luke's participation in the survey is an important way to fulfill our own pollution prevention goals, as well as be a good neighbor."
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Resiliency: Transforming abuse victims from survivors to ‘thrivers’

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March 31, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Resiliency is the key ingredient to shifting people's lives from survivors, or victims of domestic abuse, to "thrivers."

Recovery from domestic violence is based on the belief that healing from relationship violence is a social, spiritual, cultural and psychological process. Within the context of a supportive community, women and men can transition through stages of healing by creating an image of themselves and their future that is drastically different from their past. These progressive steps can draw them away from an identity rooted in trauma and violence toward a sense of wholeness entrenched in health, completeness and strength. It is critically important for the community here at Luke Air Force Base to understand the astonishing resiliency, courage and power it takes to thrive against domestic violence.
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Luke 1 highlights open house success, F-35 mission

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March 28, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

At a series of commander's calls on March 21, Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, discussed the recent open house, the new F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter mission, and gave Airmen his assessment of how things are going in the wing.

The March 15 and 16 open house was a tremendous success, he said, and the estimated attendance of 360,000 people easily shattered the previous record of 250,000.
"I could not be happier with how you all did," he said. "It was a lot of hard work by a lot of people, and we did a great job of putting it on."
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Luke Experience: The Show Must Go On

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March 28, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The movie theater on Luke Air Force Base has not hosted a movie in more than seven years. But that doesn't mean the theater has nothing to offer the base. Its hallowed stage is still in use, even if the screen isn't.

The Luke Experience theater group puts on live performances for Luke Thunderbolts. Consisting of active duty, retiree, dependents and base guests, the group provides entertainment for the base.

"We are an all-volunteer, nonprofit group," said Lacey Quattlebaum-McCalmon, 56th Force Support Squadron library technician and Luke Experience president. "We pay for everything ourselves. We do this because we love to perform."
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Airmen must revalidate dependents

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March 21, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

By Dec. 31, every Airman will be required to provide their servicing finance office with documentation for all dependents as part of Air Force audit readiness efforts.

This one-time, Air Force-wide recertification process will allow the Air Force to validate Airmen's basic allowance for housing entitlements, ensuring every dollar of the $5.4 billion the Air Force spends annually on BAH is fully auditable.

"When we say the Air Force is not audit compliant, that doesn't mean that money is missing or being misspent," said Doug Bennett, the deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for financial operations. "Generally, it means that we lack the required documentation for our spending to be considered auditable. In the case of BAH, we need Airmen's marriage certificates, birth certificates for children and divorce decrees that require child support properly documented by our finance offices to ensure we can audit $5.4 billion in Air Force spending."
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Marine awarded Purple Heart

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March 21, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The Purple Heart is one of the most recognized awards given to military members injured in the line of duty. A marine recently received the award at the Marine Corps detachment on Luke Air Force Base for injuries sustained while fighting in Afghanistan.

He vividly recalls the events that led up to his injury and the difficult road to recovery that earned him one of the United States' oldest awards.

"I was on patrol with a squad from the 1st Light Armor Reconnaissance Battalion based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.," said Keith Darnall, a retired Marine Corps staff sergeant who served as a counter intelligence specialist. "We stopped at an area frequently visited to check its potential to be developed into a fortified position. I was holding a security position with my interpreter when I noticed a male Afghan watching us from the south side of the river."
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56th AMXS best in AETC maintenance effectiveness

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March 21, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron won the Air Education and Training Command's Maintenance Effectiveness Award for the small unit category. What makes the squadron so unique is the number of squadrons it supports and the many missions it performs every year.

The 56th AMXS supports the 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, the 61st AMU, 62nd AMU, the 425th Fighter Squadron and the 21st FS.

While the 56th AMXS used to support the 61st, 62nd and 63rd fighter squadrons, the 61st and 63rd were deactivated and their jets were moved to another base. In October, the 61st FS and 61st AMU were reactivated to take care of the incoming F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jets. The first F-35s at Luke will be assigned to the 61st FS.
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