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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

vESD new way to fix e-issues

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October 15, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Air Force cyber support is changing. No longer will users call the Enterprise Service Desk and wait for a technician to solve their issue. Starting early November, Air Education and Training Command base computers will have a Virtual Enterprise Service Desk application installed which can be used to fix users' and Information Assurance Officers' electronic issues.

"vESD is a software application that will be placed on everyone's computer that Air Force Network users will use to fix information technology issues such as computer, network, printing, mobile, or telephone problems instead of calling the ESD like they do now," said Maj. Raymond Chester, 56th Communications Squadron commander. "It will empower users to resolve some of their own issues as well as get status updates on existing tickets."
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Fire Prevention Week kicks off with parade

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October 15, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

National Fire Prevention Week is Saturday through Oct. 10 and is designed to raise awareness of fire prevention with a focus on ensuring that people check their smoke detectors every month.

Fire prevention week began in 1920 when President Woodrow Wilson declared Oct. 9 as National Fire Prevention Day. The day was chosen because of its historic connection to the Great Chicago Fire, which took 300 lives, left 300,000 people homeless and destroyed more than 17,500 buildings.

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Det. 12 routs FWSA in football tragedy

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October 15, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The first pass of the game fell short, foretelling the future for the 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies flag football team as they took on the Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron.

The final score of the game was 40-14, Det. 12.

As the FWSA gained first downs and approached the end zone, Det. 12 defended harder, resulting in the first interception of the game just five minutes in. Antonio Flores, Det. 12, completed a pass to his receiver for a touchdown, which was followed up with a 2-point conversion.
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Island Breeze comes in full force

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

From the commissary to the food court in the Luke Air Force Base Exchange, there are many food establishments Airman can go on base to satisfy their need for feed. And, now, there's one more that flew completely under the radar.

Island Breeze recently opened its doors on the third floor of Bldg. 1150. With competitive prices and a variety of food choices, Island Breeze is shaping up to be the go-to spot for Airmen on base.

Island Breeze opened on Sept. 16 as a result of Grace Meyer, co-owner and cook, teaming with Paul Aarons, co-manager, to remodel space on base.
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TBolt fuels singing passion through sacrifice

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

The sound of the cheering crowd was overwhelming as she sang the national anthem in front of nearly 60,000 people. You may think she was nervous but she wasn't.

Staff Sgt. Samantha Renner, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution supervisor, has been singing for Luke Air Force Base since she was first stationed here eight years ago.

It began in the most unlikely of ways.

"When you first come to any petroleum, oil, lubricants flight, you need to either sing, dance or tell a joke to introduce yourself, so I broke out into some Reba," Renner said. "They figured maybe I could carry a tune and were surprised to find out I could sing. Then one of the guys who worked here asked me if I would sing at his retirement ceremony and my phone has been ringing ever since."
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Any cruelty harmful to family

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

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves." Shakespeare

October in the Valley of the Sun is a time for outdoor barbecues and football tailgating parties. But October is also Domestic Violence Prevention Month.

Domestic violence is one of those topics not often raised at those barbecues and tailgating parties. Yet, it is a fact. Domestic violence enters the lives of many in our larger community, and it is part of the lives of far too many at Luke Air Force Base. In fact, there is a strong possibility that a percentage of people at those barbecues and tailgating parties have experienced it.
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Program promotes ‘Street Smart’ resiliency

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

"Click it or ticket." "Drive sober or get pulled over."

These familiar sayings are what Street Smart Resiliency is all about.

"Street Smart Resiliency is a standalone program for traffic safety education," said Ben Bruce, 56th Fighter Wing ground safety manager. "The program was started in Florida by a group called Stay Alive From Education. SAFE receives grant money from Anheuser-Busch, the parent company of Budweiser to promote highway safety."

Unlike the typical PowerPoint or lecture presentations, Street Smart gets the message across in a captivating way presented by trained paramedics.
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Tip line reports illegal acts to AFOSI

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

Reporting suspicious activity has become much easier.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations established a tip line for the Air Force to support the insider-threat mission. The tip line is an anonymous reporting mechanism to advise law enforcement of illegal activities. It provides an easily accessible avenue for individuals to deliver information to AFOSI. Tips can be submitted to report all types of suspected criminal activity, such as fraud, theft, drug use, rape and espionage. There are three reporting methods individuals can use to send tips: Web based, SMS and a smart-phone application.
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Enterovirus spreads throughout country, launches Flu season

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

Enterovirus is spreading throughout the country starting from the East Coast, making its way to the West.

From mid August to Sept. 18, a total of 153 people in 18 states were confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. In the upcoming weeks, more states will have confirmed cases of EV-D68 infection. Specimens are still being tested for EV-D68. It can take a while to test specimens and obtain lab results. That's because the testing is complex and slower, and can only be done by the Centers for Disease Control and a small number of state public health laboratories. The cases of EV-D68 infection were confirmed by the CDC or state public health laboratories that notified CDC.
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Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial brings memories, emotions to Goodyear

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

Emotions were high as a crowd of more than 500 people gathered in Goodyear, Arizona, for the opening ceremony of The Moving Wall exhibit Oct. 3.  The memorial is a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., and features the names of more than 58,000 Vietnam veterans who gave their lives or remain missing in action. 

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, served as the keynote speaker for the ceremony and used a Valley landmark to highlight just how large a group of 58,000 actually is.
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Honorary commanders bid farewell

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September 26, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The United States military is made up of less than 1 percent of the total population, and for most of the other 99 percent, understanding the inner workings of military operations and training is not an option. At Luke Air Force Base, however, there is an opportunity designed to give local community members that inside look known as the Honorary Commander Program.

Outgoing honorary commanders joined squadron, group and wing leadership Sept. 17 at Club Five Six for a farewell ceremony in celebration of their time spent at Luke. The honorary commanders in attendance at the farewell ceremony served for two years, and "retired" their positions as honorary commanders.
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POW/MIA day commemorated at Luke

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September 26, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

A warm, breezy late summer afternoon offered the backdrop for more than 200 people to be part of the annual POW/MIA Recognition Day Retreat ceremony Sept. 19 in front of the wing headquarters building.

The event served as a reminder of the high price courageous people have paid, and are still paying, for the freedoms Americans enjoy.

The itinerary was highlighted by speeches from retired Air Force Col. Philip Smith, who spent seven years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, and Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander.
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TAP changes to better prepare Airmen for civilian life

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September 26, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center Transition Assistance Program has recently undergone a major overhaul for the first time since its inception in 1989.

The objective of the TAP Goals, Plans, Success workshop is to provide each transitioning service member a broad range of information, such as skills building and counseling services, to strengthen the transition from military to civilian life, and prepare for success in the next phase of life.

"The three-day program was optional before, but new legislation has made the course a mandatory five-day program," said James Knuckles, A&FRC TAP manager. "There are also required assignments that must be completed in order to get credit for attending the course."
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JAG Corps announces 2015 law school programs

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September 26, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Legal Officers interested in continuing to serve the Air Force as judge advocates are invited to apply to the Funded Legal Education Program and Excess Leave Program.

Officers selected for FLEP have the opportunity to attend law school at Air Force expense while also continuing to receive full pay, allowances and tuition. Officers chosen for ELP are responsible for law school expenses and do not receive full pay, allowances and tuition. However, ELP participants remain eligible for active-duty benefits and continue to accrue time toward retirement and promotion.
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EMS shuts out FSS 32-0

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September 26, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The first pass of the game was thrown short setting the tone for the matchup between the 56th Force Support Squadron and the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron flag football teams.


The final score of the game was 32-0 with EMS delivering a sound thrashing to FSS.

FSS moved the ball up the field completing first downs, but EMS turned up the heat and FSS turned over the ball six minutes into the first half. EMS took the lead after FSS failed to defend the red zone from repeated attempts by EMS. There were multiple conversion passes by EMS during the first half, and they were determined to win the game.
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