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Thunderbolt of the Week:  Senior Airman Timothy Saar Thunderbolt of the Week: Senior Airman Timothy Saar
Senior Airman Timothy Saar, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, End-of-runway team member Hometown: McKees Rocks, Pa. Years in service: Three Education: Glendale Community College, pursuing a degree in electrical engineering Inspirations: My family and brother-in-law Capt. Jason West, who was killed in action in Iraq Goals: Become an officer and
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2007
Default Air Force Logo Air Force recognizes 2006 environmental award winners
The 56th Fighter Wing was recognized as the recipient of the 2006 Gen. Thomas D. White Environmental Award at the Pentagon June 7. Luke won the Pollution Prevention Award nonindustrial category for its commitment to avoiding pollution. "By making effective environmental education the primary focus, finding innovative ways to recycle solid and
0 6/21
2007
Capt. Hank McKibban, 61st Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, prepares to fly Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon in an F-16 orientation flight June 8. The purpose of the flight was to promote understanding to community leaders of Luke’s F-16 training mission and the airspace requirements to accomplish it. Members of the 61st Fighter Squadron gave Mayor Gordon the call sign, “Flash.” Photo by Staff Sgt. David Miller. Phoenix flies with Falcons

0 6/15
2007
Default Air Force Logo Plan to manage BMGR natural resources gets OK
The Record of Decision for the Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan for the Barry M. Goldwater Range has at long last been signed. It took an act of Congress and seven years have passed, but it's finally accomplished. The Military Lands Withdrawal Act of 1999 withdrew the majority of the Goldwater Range for military use and delegated land
0 6/15
2007
Col. Robert Givens, 56th Operations Group commander, reviews aircraft forms with Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning, center, and Senior Airman Jacob Spiller, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chiefs, prior to flight Wednesday.  Photo by Staff Sgt. David Miller OG commander sets stage for accomplishing mission
Col. Robert Givens took command of the 56th Operations Group June 1 in a ceremony in Hangar 913. In a recent interview he expressed his thoughts on taking command, his vision for the operations group and how the mission will be accomplished at Luke. "I am thrilled to take command of the 56th OG," said Colonel Givens. "I can think of no greater way
0 6/15
2007
Default Air Force Logo Sigelnski, pilot for a day
A nine-year-old pilot-for-a-day visited the 309th Fighter Squadron June 6, where she met with the 56th Fighter Wing commander and other 309th FS members. Maya "Ski" Sigelnski was selected to participate in the pilot-for-a-day program here at Luke through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Ski arrived at the 309th with her family, where they met Brig.
0 6/15
2007
A giant voice system is being mounted on speaker towers installed throughout the base. The speakers, which range from 400 to 1600 watts, could be operational as soon as June 30.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Zoellner Giant Voice System
Exercise, exercise, exercise echoes the voice coming from the speakers, alerting Thunderbolts that preparedness training is about to begin. The alert message, though similar to the one released to base computers will soon come from a giant voice system mounted on speaker towers installed throughout the base. The towers, which hold two-to-four
0 6/14
2007
Thunderbolt of the Week:  Jennifer Medved Thunderbolt of the Week: Jennifer Medved
Staff Sgt. Jennifer Medved, 56th Dental Squadron, Dental Laboratory technicianHometown:  Kemah, TexasYears:  12Previous Assignments:  Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, United Kingdom, and Cannon AFB, N. M.Inspirations:  My husband , he always pushes me to be better, my mother who I try to be like; my son who taught me that
0 6/14
2007
Airman 1st Class Nicholas Weber, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant dedicated crew chief, bolts an engine removal and installation trailer Monday to an F-16 Fighting Falcon in preparation to remove the engine. Photo by Staff Sgt. Phillip Butterfield 
Why we pull engines
The business of aircraft maintenance demands perfection; documentation mirrors work performed, resulting in safe, airworthy aircraft. This past week on the 62d Aircraft Maintenance Unit ramp, Spike maintainers continued upholding the 56th Maintenance Group standard of excellence as they pulled an engine for scheduled maintenance. A variety of
0 6/13
2007
Members of the Filipino American Association of Arizona perform an artistic dance May 30 at Luke's Asian Pacific American Heritage luncheon.  More than 200 Thunderbolts and family members came to experience authentic Asian cuisine and artistic performances.  (Photo by Staff Sgt. Darren Dean) Luke celebrates APAH with luncheon
Dancers performing to the traditional music of the old country entertained even the youngest of the crowd as they watched the performers' every move. More than 200 Thunderbolts and family members came to support the Asian Pacific American Heritage luncheon May 30 at the Desert Star Club. Following the National Anthem and the Honor Guard
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2007
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