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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

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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Command post chief averts potential disaster

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

Capt. George Normandin, 56th Fighter Wing Command Post chief, received the Aviation Safety Well Done Award Sept. 2 for his decisive action during a training mission where he averted a potential disaster. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander, presented the award in wing headquarters.

Normandin has always loved being around planes since he was a child. He grew up watching his father work as an American Airlines mechanic. This love would lead him to join the Air Force, commission as a pilot and train to fly different aircraft.
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Helping people goal of CPTS Airman

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

Some people join the Air Force to travel the world while others join for the money and medical benefits. Airman 1st Class Scott Giles, 56th Comptroller Squadron customer service technician, had a different mindset before committing his life to the Air Force.

Giles worked multiple jobs to make ends meet and went to school full time. But, he realized that wasn't the life for him, so he decided to join the Air Force.

"It was hard trying to go to school while having only dead-end jobs to depend on," Giles said. "It was time for me to advance myself, so I signed up for the Air Force, which eventually remotivated me to continue my schooling."
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Supreme allied commander comes home

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

U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO supreme allied commander for Europe and the commander of U.S. European Command, visited Luke Air Force Base Sept. 12 to speak with Airmen, receive updates on the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training program and attend a B-Course pilot graduation ceremony.

During his visit, Breedlove also met with Fighter Country Partnership associates, spoke with Airmen at the base theater about the new enlisted performance report and answered questions, toured the newly built F-35 academic training facility and more.
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Women’s support group to end domestic violence

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

It can start unexpectedly maybe with a few harsh words that escalate into throwing an object or being physically hurt or hurting someone in the heat of the moment.

To prevent and treat domestic violence for women, the 56th Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy program has a support group called the Women's Emotions Management/Relationship Skills Group available to all active duty, National Guard and Reserve members, dependents and retirees.

"The group is offered for women to learn about themselves, their emotions and how to handle them appropriately," said Kim Montero, 56th MDOS family advocacy treatment manager. "We discuss topics such as how to stand up for themselves without being aggressive, how their past experiences may impact them and their relationships today, and how to handle conflict."
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Program ALIS initiated

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September 12, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

No, it isn't the Program Alice from the "Resident Evil" movies. It is the Autonomic Logistics Information Systems, also known as ALIS, which enables F-35 Lightning II operators to plan ahead to maintain and sustain its systems over the life cycle of the fighter jet.

The program ALIS comes with the F-35 as a package deal. The program provides the ability to capture and analyze the F-35 fleet operational readiness, and provides support to the U.S. and its partner nations working with the F-35 program.
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Thunderbolts save volts

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September 12, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

With resources dwindling and the earth's population growing, it has never been more important to save energy, fuel and other natural resources to save money, keep costs reasonable, and also ensure it lasts for generations to come.

"Luke is one of the biggest customers for Arizona Public Service, where the majority of our energy use comes from," said Master Sgt. Adam Kelley, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron base energy manager. "For fiscal year 2013, we used $5.7 million in electricity."
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CES builds, maintains Luke’s ‘house’

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September 12, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The most high-tech gadget will malfunction or break down every now and then, but when it does break a specialized team works together in order to maintain the functional capacity of the item.

The men and women of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron ensure the base is up and running at all times to its maximum potential.

"Basically, CES maintains the entire base along with every facility and piece of equipment that is attached to it," said Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Lebourveau, 56th CES Operations Flight superintendent. "We also oversee projects to make sure they are on schedule and under budget."
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Ice bucket challenge – What does DOD say?

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September 12, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

If you have been following social media lately, you've seen the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge all over your newsfeed and Instagram. This has become an internet phenomenon in which people get doused with ice water to raise money to combat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Many military members have been taking part in this great cause and so far the Ice Bucket Challenge has already raised more than $111 million for the ALS Association. However, before you decide to help raise funds in uniform there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind.
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PTs human body ‘maintainers’

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September 12, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Similar to how a jet needs to be maintained, the human body needs help to recover after sustaining an injury or going through surgery.

The 56th Medical Operations Squadron physical therapy Airmen work with patients every day to help them achieve full mobility of the injured part of their body, improving their quality of life and returning them to service.

"Our job is to accelerate the recovery process after a patient has surgery or suffered an injury," said Staff Sgt. Kellie Kasischke, 56th MDOS physical therapy NCO in charge. "Patients commonly come in for back pain, knee pain or shoulder pain, to name a few reasons."
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Core elements work together

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September 12, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force has built a suicide prevention program based on 11 overlapping core elements that stress community involvement and leadership in the prevention of suicides in the military:

Leadership involvement -- Air Force leaders actively support the entire spectrum of suicide prevention initiatives in the community.

Addressing suicide prevention through professional military education -- PME provides periodic and targeted suicide prevention training for Airmen, specifically oriented to the individual's rank and level of responsibility.

Guidelines for commanders about the use of mental health services -- Commanders receive training on how and when to use mental health services and guidance on their role in encouraging early help seeking behavior.

Unit-based preventive services -- Helping-agency professionals partner with
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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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