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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

Injured EOD Airman returns to fuller life

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November 10, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

In an instant, he went from living his dream to being utterly destroyed on a dusty road in Iraq. An improvised explosive device exploded about two feet from his face, throwing him about 20 feet and leaving him unrecognizable. As his arm dangled to his side, he stumbled up and yelled for the medic. His teammates raced to begin the long battle to save his life.

Retired Tech. Sgt. Matthew Slaydon, an explosive ordnance disposal technician from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, was critically injured Oct. 24, 2007, while serving to protect convoy routes in Iraq. The explosion left him completely blind. His left eye was gone. Doctors amputated his left arm above the elbow. He also suffered a collapsed lung and numerous facial fractures and lacerations in the attack.
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Unknown ‘Soldier’ returns home

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November 10, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The Vietnam War was one of the longest wars for the United States, not only for those involved, but for the families of those fighting. Making sure everyone returned home from war was a priority and for one Unknown Soldier that was just the case.

"First Lt. Michael Blassie represents those who gave their all," said retired Master Sgt. Ed Barrett, a Vietnam War veteran.

Blassie was shot down during a low-level bombing run over South Vietnam in 1972. The following day an Air Force chaplain informed his parents that their son had been killed in action and his body couldn't be recovered.
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EOD Airman always ready for dangerous missions

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November 10, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

In the 1950s there was a popular show called "Danger is my Business," which featured people who had jobs that involved a lot of risk and danger.

Staff Sgt. Adam Clement, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight range operations coordinator, has such a job. He is a vital part of a 49-person shop.

Clement, a Westfield, New Jersey, native, joined the Air Force in 2003, and said he really didn't have any idea of what he was getting involved with.

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Thunderbolts raise $s with burpees

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November 10, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

A Combined Federal Campaign fundraiser took place Oct. 31 at the Luke Air Force Base Combat PT Center. Joint Strike Crossfit hosted the event and featured volunteers from across base as they completed as many burpees as possible in a seven-minute period. Pledges were $1 for each completed burpee performed during that period.

The event began with a warm-up lap around the chapel and multiple stretches before the competition. Staff Sgt. Clemente Fernandez, 56th Medical Support Squadron outpatient records NCO in charge, demonstrated a proper burpee.
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CES inspects base infrastructure

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

Assess, prioritize and quantify: the Defense Department has mandated DOD installations to inspect and rate their facilities and components by the end of 2018.

The DOD has adopted software called "Builder," a sustainment management system developed by the Army Corps of Engineers, which creates a standardized rating system for buildings and equipment across all military branches in an effort to prioritize repair and replacement funding. The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron has already inspected facilities and equipment on base and a new team will be coming to Luke Air Force Base Monday to finish the remaining inspections.
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Airman changes lanes in life

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

Those who have had a hard life often say it is hard to overcome the past.

"It's almost like climbing out of a dark hole - one mistake and you fall deeper into the abyss," said Airman 1st Class Kelton Rall, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron intrapersonal protective equipment apprentice.

He's an individual with a positive attitude and great work ethic. Nobody would ever suspect that his past was filled with dark twists and turns.

"I come from a relatively unstable background and a difficult family life," Rall said. "I've always aspired to rise above it."
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New Luke unit to stand up in Oregon

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

In an effort to meet Air Force demands for F-15C Eagle pilots, a new Luke Air Force Base detachment will stand up at the 173rd Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field, Oregon Air National Guard.

The 56th Operations Group Detachment 2, whose mission will be to train the world's best air superiority pilots, will activate on Saturday and personnel will begin arriving between the end of November and the spring of 2015.

The only Airman currently in place is Lt. Col. Christopher Clark, 56th OG/Det. 2 commander, who sees this Total Force Integration effort as an excellent way to effectively and efficiently align equipment, missions, infrastructure and manpower.
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Airman smoke free for two years

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

There's a killer on the loose -- tobacco. It entices many each day. More than 3,200 people smoke their first cigarette under the age of 18 each day, and about 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers, according to BeTobaccoFree.gov.

Tobacco also prematurely kills more than 10 times as many U.S. citizens than all those who have died in every U.S. war. It has been the cause of more deaths than AIDS, cocaine, heroin, alcohol, vehicular accidents, homicide and suicide combined, according to the American Lung Association.
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Ebola education minimizes fear

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

Halloween time is upon us, and while this is the time of year we all love a good scare, one thing not to fear is Ebola. 

Ebola has been in the news on a daily basis, and with the emergence of a few cases in the United States, it is important to know the facts and how to protect yourself and your family.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains.  Ebola is spread through direct contact, through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth with blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola.  Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food.
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Expert discusses domestic violence

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

October became National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1981. The observance serves to educate communities, individuals, couples and families about the family advocacy program services and other community resources that can help prevent, raise awareness of community responsibility and inform the community of the many ways to report domestic abuse.

Paul Denial, New Life Center Refuge from Domestic Violence director, served as the guest speaker on domestic violence at the NDVAM event Oct. 23 at Luke Air Force Base.
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Luke deploys youngest Airmen in AF history

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October 27, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Sweat dripped from their brows as they began their deployment in the desert heat.

Children of service members participated in the sixth annual Operation Kids event Saturday at Luke Air Force Base. The event was geared to help children understand the things their parents do when preparing for a deployment and what it's like to be in a deployed environment.

"This is a deployment exercise for children," said Master Sgt. Anthony Drew, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness noncommissioned officer in charge and Operation Kids project officer. "Mom and dad go away and get deployed to various locations while the children are left at home and don't always know what mom and dad are doing. This gives them an example of what mom and dad could do when they get deployed."
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Unaccompanied housing to be upgraded

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October 24, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Funds have arrived from Air Education and Training Command for unaccompanied housing to use to take care of Airmen in the dorms, from reconstruction of dorms to fixing a door knob.

"With these funds we are able to maintain dorm integrity and provide for more Airmen coming to the base," said Master Sgt. Robert Sheipline, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron superintendent unaccompanied housing. "One of the biggest projects that funds are going toward is redesigning the two dorm buildings that are not in use at this time to look like the newest dorms."
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Speed mentoring hustles info to Airmen

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October 24, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The room was filled with the sound of success as more than 30 NCOs and senior NCOs set the tone for a speed mentoring event Oct. 15 at Luke Air Force Base.

Tech. Sgt. Mark Adams, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron jet engine intermediate maintenance assistant section chief, said he wanted to bring this event to Luke after seeing it done over the years at other bases across the Air Force.

"I knew I shouldn't sit on this idea any longer, so I pitched it to the executive councils of Focus 5/6 and L.E.A.D.," he said.
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Thunderbolts play role in energy awareness

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October 24, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

October is Energy Action Month, an Air Force-wide effort to empower Airmen to play a key role in achieving energy goals and fostering a culture of energy awareness.

The Air Force is focusing on energy conservation to reduce energy demand and assure supply through advanced planning tools for air operations, more energy efficient aircraft technology, smarter building designs and the pursuit of alternative and renewable sources.

Luke Air Force Base is striving toward these goals through supporting future energy projects.
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Nothing stops an Air Force mom

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October 24, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

October is recognized as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and it's designed to raise awareness about disability employment issues and the contributions made by employees with disabilities.

For Master Sgt. Douglas Caldwell, 308th Fighter Squadron independent duty medical technician, this month serves as a reminder of the challenges and triumphs of his mother, Sheri Caldwell.

In August of 1960, at the age of 6, Sheri had received the live polio vaccination along with 600 other people in Los Angeles.
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