Posted on March 27, 2013 by Fighter Country
By SENIOR AIRMAN KATE VAUGHN 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs One of the dirtiest jobs on base may be in the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant Flight. Every time a jet takes off, it’s powered by fuel. But where does that fuel come from and how does it make it into the jets? The POL flight is ready to respond around the clock in order to ensure each jet gets the fuel it needs. It all starts at the preventive refueling maintenance section where each of the 18 R-11 fuel trucks is inspected to ensure nothing malfunctions…
Posted on October 12, 2012 by Fighter Country
AZ Heroes to Hometowns is working behind the scenes to provide our injured/wounded warriors, deployed military families, Guard, Reserves, and active duty military with a Thanksgiving dinner for their families. AZ Heroes to Hometowns has entered a partnership with local food banks to support military families for this upcoming Thanksgiving season.
To have a successful project, AZ Heroes to Hometowns is in need of $10 grocery gift cards or monetary donations for a turkey or ham for Thanksgiving dinner to complete the food boxes. Donations of grocery gift cards and checks can be mailed to: AZ Heroes to Hometowns, P.O. Box 31646, Mesa, AZ 85275. For your convenience, PayPal is also being utilized for donations; information can be located at www.azheroestohometowns.org.
Posted on September 5, 2012 by Fighter Country
8/31/2012 – LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Enlisted men and women at Luke Air Force Base have a new ambassador.
Chief Master Sgt. Dave Staton, the 56th Fighter Wing’s new command chief, arrived July 31 with clear expectations of Luke Airmen.
“I expect everybody at every level to be a leader,” he said. “I have some pretty big expectations for NCOs and senior NCOs, specifically,” the chief said. “We’re going through a real rough time right now and we can do better across the Air Force.”
Posted on April 5, 2012 by Fighter Country
The Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center will host its Annual Job Fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 1 at Club 56 on Luke Air Force Base. The event is open to all Luke AFB personnel, their families and other personnel with a military or DoD Civilian ID card for base access. The center won’t promise you that you will find the perfect job, but they will promise you the opportunity to find a job. An average of 70 employers can be expected to attend the job fair. A complete listing of the employers who will…
Posted on April 2, 2012 by Fighter Country
It was a warm January afternoon, when more than 1,000 people gathered at the CAF Arizona Wing Aviation Museum at Falcon Field in Mesa. They were there to pay tribute to 13 (eight still survive) Tuskegee Airmen with Arizona ties. Among those paying homage to the airmen who produced an “unprecedented” record of performance in World War II was Col. Dick Toliver, USAF, Ret. His address was lengthy, but it is important to note the passages that resonated with the crowd in that huge airplane hangar. Toliver began with a greeting to crowd, then said, “It is an esteemed honor…
Posted on June 23, 2010 by Fighter Country
The Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, commonly known as the Thunderbirds, have announced incoming officer selections for the 2011 demonstration season. “Each person and position is carefully selected based on the individual’s record of performance, capabilities in their particular field and a demonstrated commitment to excellence that matches the Airmen we represent every day,” said Lt. Col. Case Cunningham, the squadron commander/leader and Thunderbird No. 1, in an Air Force news release. Pilots selected for the team who currently fly a different airframe will undergo several months of F-16 familiarization training before they begin practicing the aerial demonstrations with the…
Posted on June 1, 2010 by Fighter Country
by Airman 1st Class Melanie Holochwost 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs 5/28/2010 – LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Enlisted service members with promotion testing in their near future can take advantage of a free and convenient flashcard study tool recently developed by one of Luke Air Force Base’s own. First Lt. Brian Reese, 56th Mission Support Group Commander’s Action Group chief, is the co-founder of TestSoup, a Web site and mobile application devoted to helping individuals prepare for standardized tests. Although the Web site charges a small fee for civilians ($9.95 for GMAT, GRE, or ACCUPLACER flashcards), Lieutenant Reese…
Posted on May 20, 2010 by Fighter Country
5/18/2010 - LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base will soon begin looking for a new wing weapons officer. Maj. Josh Wood, current 56th FW Weapons officer, will soon be departing Luke AFB and no longer fly F-16s, but the next generation aircraft, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. With Air Force bases across the globe submitting recommendations, Major Wood is one of five pilots selected out of approximately 150 candidates to fly the F-35. “First off, I’m extremely humbled and it means the world to me,” said Major Wood. “I can’t describe what an unbelievable opportunity this is.”…
Posted on April 22, 2010 by Fighter Country
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.: It’s not every day the morning starts with a phone call from a NASCAR driver, but that’s exactly how a 56th Maintenance Group Quality Assurance inspector began work April 8 here. Staff Sgt. Damon Thurman’s supervisor handed him the phone and Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 Crown Royal Black car, was on the other end, inviting him to be his honorary pit crew member for the Subway Fresh Fit 600 April 10 at the Phoenix International Speedway. “I didn’t know what to say,” Sergeant Thurman said. “I don’t get overly excited, but I…
Posted on March 15, 2010 by Fighter Country
The Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s F-16 aerial demonstration team, recently selected Captain Hubbard, 62nd Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, as their newest member. She will be Thunderbird 8, meaning she will narrate the Thunderbirds’ performances. She will also serve as the advance pilot. “It’s awesome,” she said. “I’m overwhelmed with excitement, honor and responsibility that come with being the No. eight. As the advance pilot, I’m the first person to show up at a location, the first to meet the media and the first person to meet kids and talk to them about what I do.” Captain Hubbard says she is…
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