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Airman 1st Class Jacqueline Ruiz-Santos, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion specialist, tightens coke bottle mounts on a jet engine prior to an engine transfer in the jet engine intermediate maintenance shop January 12. In JEIM the engine comes in from the line to be fixed. (U.S. Air Force photo by SSgt Phillip Butterfield) 56 CMS Airmen provide 'thrust you can trust'
The 56th Component Maintenance Squadron is comprised of several different maintenance back shops that must work in harmony to accomplish the wings mission.The propulsion flight also known as "props," has four secondary shops: non-powered aero space ground equipment, jet engine intermediate maintenance, accessory repair and test cell. Non-powered
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2009
Default Air Force Logo WWII ace shoots to high rank
Francis "Gabby" Gabreski was commissioned a second lieutenant in March 1941, and just three years later he traded gold bars for the silver oak leaves of a lieutenant colonel. This would be the first of many surprises for this legendary fighter pilot. He never dreamed that the same air cadet who struggled to complete pilot training would go on to
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2008
1st Lt. Justin Dumais, student F-16 pilot assigned to 310th Fighter Squadron, stands with his brother, Troy, at the 2005 World Championships in Montreal. The brothers completed in the 3-meter men's syncronized dive and earned a bronze medal. Troy (left) competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (courtesy photo) Diving Olympian now flies high in F-16
Few can fathom the intensity of sitting in the cockpit and commanding an F-16 Falcon. Even fewer can comprehend the feeling of competing in the world Olympics - even more so, to represent your nation as a world-class athlete alongside a brother. For 1st Lt. Justin Dumais, 310th Fighter Squadron student pilot, this is a reality. It was at age 7,
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2008
Default Air Force Logo CAP members fill gap at Luke
Richard Frazier is a busy man. Not only has he spent the last 22 years as a member of the Civil Air Patrol, but he dedicated 25 years to the Coast Guard Auxiliary, another all-volunteer organization. Now, Mr. Frazier is providing his services to Luke AFB as the first participant in the Volunteer Support to the Air Force program, which is designed
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2008
SSgt. Andrew Richert, 756th Maintenance Squadron, is more than a mechanic. One of Sergeant Richert's true passions lies in artwork. Above is one of his paintings.(Courtesy photo) Luke mechanic shows artistic side
Jet engine mechanic by trade and artist by passion -- Tech. Sgt. Andrew Rickert, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, possesses a nonchalant attitude about his artistic ability, yet his paintings are considered by many as gallery worthy. Sergeant Rickert has sold many of his masterpieces and what appears to be perfection to art enthusiasts does not
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2008
Retired Senior Master Sgt. Frank Galindo, entered the Air Force Oct. 18, 1974, and
attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. (courtesy photo) HERITAGE TO HORIZONS: Recruiter’s persistence paid off for local retiree
Thirty-four years ago, a young man working in a labor camp saw an opportunity to get an education and better himself, after walking into a post office. Frank Galindo, Detachment 1, ACC Training Support Squadron instructional system designer, lived and worked in California as a young man. "After working all day cutting cauliflower I stopped at the
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2007
Retired Col. Walter Douglass, World War II P-51 Mustang pilot, looks through a book of Stalag Luft III, a German prison camp where he was a POW. Douglass was shot down in 1944 and taken prisoner on D-Day. The book included drawings of the prison camp and photos that were smuggled out. (photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Zoellner) HERITAGE TO HORIZONS: Airman enlists in Army Air Corps, becomes pilot
In 1940, Woody Woodpecker made his big screen debut, the smooth-singing Smokey Robinson was born and the average cost of a gallon of gas was 18 cents. And 1940 was the same year that Walter Douglass enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. "I just graduated from high school and it looked like we were going to get in the war," said Douglass, a 30-year
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2007
Emilio Munoz, 2, and his mother, Lydia, share a good time at the July 21 Hearts Apart meeting held at Bounce U in Goodyear, Ariz. (photo by Staff Sgt. Ian Dean) Airman, Family Readiness Flight: Supports Luke above and beyond
As a means to help Luke members manage stress and ease some of life's challenges, the 56th Mission Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Flight offers support services to today's war-time military, Defense Department civilians, retirees and eligible family members. From transition assistance, to Air Force Aid, financial and life education,
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2007
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Wallace Liggett, one of the first-ever chief master sergeants in the Air Force, shows off his Charter Chief medallion which was presented to him after being inducted into the Air Force Heritage Hall of Fame. (photo by 2nd Lt. Bryan Bouchard) ‘Charter chief’ reflects on adventurous career
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Wallace Liggett's career didn't go as he had planned in the beginning, but maybe it shouldn't have. By the end of his Air Force career, he had made history. After graduating as an air cadet in 1944, he found himself without a plane and without a slot into pilot school. "I was planning on being a pilot," Chief Liggett said.
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2007
Lt. Gen. Fredrich Obleser, German air force chief of staff, and Gen. Wilbur Creech, Tactical Air Command commander, attended a March 16, 1983, ceremony marking the end of the German air force F-104 training program at Luke. (Courtesy photo) Pilots return to relive memories
German air force fighter pilots who trained at Luke more than 24 years ago will be returning for a reunion Monday through Wednesday. After World War II, Germany was left without an air force. In 1955 with Germany's entrance into NATO, the country was faced with the problem of rebuilding one. On Aug.15, 1957, the first class, 57-T, of 15 German
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2007
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