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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

MDG team takes all in B-ball championship

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February 13, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The buzzer went off, and the ball swished through the net. MDG defeated CE in a nail-biter 42-40.

Last year, the 56th Medical Group became the winners of the 2014 intramural basketball championship. This time around, they faced the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Feb. 3, and once again MDG proved to be the best in 2015.

The basketball was thrown into the air for the tip-off, and the game began with high speed intensity on both ends of the court. Both teams were scoring back and forth, but CE was able to take the lead with 12 seconds left on the clock during the first half. MDG had an opportunity to tie the game but failed and CE finished the first half 19-16.
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Thunderbolts Newest Major and Colonel Selects

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February 10, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Please join Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, in congratulating our Team Luke members who promoted to the next rank! Great job, Thunderbolts! Continue to Rise Above!

Colonel (select):
John C. Peterson, 309th Fighter Squadron

Major (selects):
Christopher A. Behrens, 56th Operations Support Squadron
Bradford J. Brizek, 54th Operations Support Squadron
Mark S. Browning, 308th Fighter Squadron
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VH1 brings Super Bowl concert to Luke

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February 6, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Hundreds of Thunderbolts waited in line, some with faces painted and signs ready, in anticipation of seeing their favorite artists -- Fall Out Boy and Charli XCX.

The VH1 and Papa John's Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops event was hosted by Nick Lachey, former 98 Degrees band member, in Hangar 999 at Luke Air Force Base.

Speaking for the group, Fall Out Boy's bass guitarist shared some words.

"I think it's important to give back to people who are of service to you, and it seemed like it was a cool opportunity to go up and meet our troops, interact with them and see what life on the base is like as well," said Pete Wentz, Fall Out Boy bass guitarist.
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‘First Faces’ shines light on Thunderbolt

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February 6, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

A Luke Thunderbolt has been nominated for the First Faces award, a monthly Air Education and Training Command Chaplain Corps program that honors Airmen who do great work that highlights diversity while doing the mission.

Airman 1st Class Arta Rexhepi, 56th Medical Group public health technician, has overcome tremendous odds to be where she is today. Her story is different from her peers.

Rexhepi was born in the small town of Uglar, Kosovo, located in the central Balkan Peninsula. She lived there until age 4 when her life took a drastic turn.
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FSS squeaks by AAFES 49-44

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February 6, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The 56th Force Support Squadron basketball team took on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service basketball team Jan. 28 at Luke Air Force Base and picked up a 49-44 victory.

The 56th FSS stayed on top, but the game got closer as halftime approached. The first half ended with a score of 20-23.

"We played smart and made sure we kept control of the game the first half," said Koraye Williams, 56th Comptroller Squadron customer support technician from the FSS team. "They really made us work for that lead."
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Luke 1 takes last Viper ride

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January 30, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, took his last flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon Jan. 23 symbolizing another step forward in realizing Luke Air Force Base's new mission -- training the world's greatest F-35 fighter pilots.

"My last flight in an F-16 is a personal milestone, but it also represents a big change for all the 56th Fighter Wing Airmen," Pleus said. "I have been flying the F-16 for 22 years, so I am going to miss the jet. But I am excited to start my F-35 training and learning how to fly our amazing new jets."
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61st AMU assigns first F-35 dedicated crew chiefs

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January 30, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Even though being a crew chief may not seem like the most rewarding, their role is crucial in today's Air Force.

Crew chiefs have played an invaluable part through the advancement of aviation over the past 100 years. They are technically proficient in most, if not all, aspects of aircraft maintenance and work with specialized maintainers to keep aircraft flying and mission capable. Without crew chiefs, the mission to train the world's greatest fighter pilots would not happen.

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Luke hosts NFL Pro Bowl practice

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January 23, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

NFL Pro Bowl players came to the Luke Air Force Base football field January 22 to practice and sign autographs for service members and their families.

Since 1938, the Pro Bowl has been an NFL tradition during which players are selected by the coaches, players themselves, and the fans. Players who are accepted into the Pro Bowl are considered to be elite.

This year, Pro Bowl players were separated into two teams--Team Carter, named after Chris Carter, former NFL Hall of Famer, and Team Irvin, named after Michael Irvin, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver.
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Pilot saves six Marines earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

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January 23, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

It was October 2008 in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. A Marine had been shot twice in the arm, another in the helmet and the Marine Special Operations Team had three of their weapons damaged by fire. They were outnumbered 11 to one and in desperate need of air support.

The enemy began overwhelming them with rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and small-arms fire. The last building they found cover in had been struck by more than 20 rocket-propelled grenades causing the walls to crumble forcing the team into their last few defensible rooms. For more than two hours the team repelled three attempts by the enemy to breach their cover. They were approaching a hand-to-hand combat situation.
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Chrach saves lives, earns recognition

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January 23, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

"He has supported U.S. Secret Service missions for the president and vice president, as well as then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton," said Richard Harris, 56th Security Forces Squadron kennel master.

This would be an impressive resume for any Airman, but tack on identifying a couple of improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and possibly saving the lives of a U.S. Army Special Forces detachment, and there is no question some recognition is in store.

Heroes are defined by their actions, but not limited by their species.
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Civilian answers AF call, gets dream job

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January 23, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

There are many reasons why people join the Air Force. Some do it for the educational benefits, while some join to travel the world and find adventure.

For Kristina Inocencio, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron engineer technician, the Air Force is her calling.

Inocencio worked as a pharmacy technician and as an assistant manager for her local doctor's office before she joined the Air Force. She was working full time while going to school to pursue a degree in chemical engineering, but realized she didn't have time to handle both school and work. She kept seeing Air Force ads in her workplace and decided to make a fresh start and joined.
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MDOS heartbeat of MDG

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January 23, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The experts say it's OK not to be OK. The experts say those who get help and don't give up are the ones who make it through the tough times.

The 56th Medical Operations Squadron plays an important role in helping and giving hope to those who need it in the Luke Air Force Base community.

"We operate as the primary healthcare for the active-duty and civilian population at Luke," said Col. Constance Jackson, 56th MDOS commander. "Within the MDOS we have four flights that enable us to see to the fifty-five hundred people here on base."
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607th ACS defeats 56th OSS in intramural B-ball action

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January 23, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The first shot of the game was taken by the 56th Operations Support Squadron and was thrown short, setting the tone for a 607th Air Control Squadron win in an early Luke Air Force Base intramural basketball season games. The final score was 60-44.

ACS scored through the first half, and as it wore on, OSS defended harder resulting in penalties, but it didn't stop ACS from pulling ahead 34-13 by the end of the half.
As the second half began, it looked like OSS was going to make a comeback, getting the ball down the court and building a rhythm. Two ACS players answered by working in unison making rebounds and using their speed to gain momentum down the court.
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Luke hosts NFL Pro Bowl practice

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January 22, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

NFL Pro Bowl players came to the Luke Air Force Base football field January 22 to practice and sign autographs for service members and their families.

Since 1938, the Pro Bowl has been an NFL tradition during which players are selected by the coaches, players themselves, and the fans. Players who are accepted into the Pro Bowl are considered to be elite.

This year, Pro Bowl players were separated into two teams--Team Carter, named after Chris Carter, former NFL Hall of Famer, and Team Irvin, named after Michael Irvin, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver.
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Luke announces Pro Bowl, Super Bowl involvement

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January 16, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

In celebration of the NFL's Pro Bowl and Super Bowl events, Luke Air Force Base has teamed up with several organizations to plan the following events, highlighting the Air Force leading up to the Super Bowl Feb. 1.

- Jan. 21 NFL PLAY 60: Held at Luke Elementary School, NFL PLAY 60 is the NFL's campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity. The event is closed to students not attending Luke Elementary School. 
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