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   56th FSS finalist for                 Best-of-best load crews compete                                             56th FW makes history ...                      307th FS has legendary story                                                             Tuskegee Airmen speak at Luke
   award; receives evaluation                                                                                        Receives maintenance award                                                                                                                                           Retired Col. Richard Toliver, mem-
                                                                               Staff Sgt. Katrina Stuhl, 310th Aircraft   two consecutive years                                                                                                                                           ber of the Archer-Ragsdale Arizona
                                                                               Maintenance Unit weapons load crew                                                                                                   The 307th Fighter Squadron August 1943                                chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Incor-
                                                                               chief, prepares an inert munition to be                                                                                              in Termini Immerse, Sicily. Duty, determi-                            porated, shakes hands with Tracy
                                                                               loaded onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon                                                                                                  nation and bravery line the history of the                            McGregor, 56th Civil Engineer
                                                                               Jan. 24, 2020, during the Annual Load                                                                                                307th FS. From their days attacking the                               Squadron Fire and Emergency Ser-
                                                                               Crew Competition at Luke Air Force                                                                                                   beaches of Normandy, to now, the roots                                vices, Feb. 27, 2020, after a Black
                                                                               Base. Eight AMUs competed in a timed                                                                                                 of their history have been firmly estab-                              History Month panel discussion
                                                                               event to load munitions onto an F-16                                                                                                 lished. Their legacy carries the thread of                            at Luke Air Force Base. Members
                                                                               Fighting Falcon or F-35A Lightning II                                                                                                their strength and steadfast spirit, like a     Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez  of the TAI visited Luke to educate
                                                                               with the highest level of safety, accu-                                                                                              beacon of perpetual stability in an ever-                             Airmen on the history of Tuskegee
                                                                               racy and speed. The 56th Fighter Wing                                                                                    Courtesy photo changing world.                       Airmen and share their experiences from their time in the Air Force.
                                                                               hosted the competition to determine
                                                                               the load crew team of the year and                   Staff Sgt. Franklin R. Ramos
                                                                               recognize maintenance Airmen for      Retired Lt. Gen. Nicholas Kehoe, Order         Remembering: A WWII vet’s story
                                                                               their proficiency in arming aircraft with   of Daedalians national commander,
                                                        Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder  munitions.                                                                                                                                       Luke AFB namesake                                                World War
              Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder                                                                         presents the Maj. Gen. Clements Mc-                                     1st Lt. Ralph Richard Hayes, 20th Air Force,                                                                 I flying ace,
   Mike Sabella, John L. Hennessy Food                                                                               Mullen Weapons System Maintenance                                       Army Air Corps, 421st Bombardment Squad-                                                                     Frank Luke
   Service Excellence Award assess-      Innovation leads 56th SFS to Air Force-level award                          Award to Brig. Gen. Gregory Kreuder,                                    ron bombardier, poses  for a photo June 7,                                                                   Jr., was
   ment team member, speaks to Airmen                                                                                56th Fighter Wing commander and                                         1945, during World War II. Hayes and his crew                                                                called the
   from the 56th Force Support Squad-                                    Senior Airman Ross Cordova, 56th Security   Col. James Greenwald, 944th FW                                          of 10 men completed 35 missions during the                                                                   Arizona Bal-
   ron appropriated fund food service                                    Forces Squadron defense force member, and   commander, Oct. 6, 2020, at Luke Air                                    war: 14 precision daylight,  11 low-altitude                                                                 loon Buster.
   team during an evaluation Feb. 3,                                     Tech. Sgt. Jose Martinez, 56th SFS defense force   Force Base. Awarded annually by the                              night fire raids and 10 night-mining missions                                                                He is the
   2020. The 56th FSS appropriated fund                                  day-shift flight sergeant, participate in a 360-de-  Secretary of the Air Force, the award is                       in  Japanese and  Korean waters.  As Hayes                                                                   namesake of
   food service team was one of 12 final-                                gree active shooter virtual reality simulation.   presented to an Air Force maintenance                             shared  his WWII stories  for one of the last                                                                Luke Field,
   ists out of 70 bases worldwide to be                                  The 56th SFS earned the Headquarters Air Force   unit with the greatest weapon system                               times, he laughed at the drinking antics of his                                                              which later
   selected for the Air Force’s 2020 John                                2019 Best Medium Security Forces Unit Award.   maintenance record for the previous                                  old crew and the interesting people he met,                                                                  became Luke
   L. Hennessy Food Service Excellence                                   The squadron won for its innovations and efforts   year. The 56th and 944th fighter wings                           all the while his story continued. It continued                                                              Air Force
   Award. The Hennessy evaluation                                        such as implementing a 360-degree virtual reality   earned the award for two consecutive                            until his last breath. At 100-and-a-half years                                                               Base.
   team assessed the 56th FSS facilities                                 system to enhance training; fitting tactical vests   years, 2018 and 2019 — the first time                          old Aug. 27, 2020, Hayes passed away peace-
   on kitchen, serving and dining opera-                                 to individuals with gender specific options; and,   in the award’s 60-year history. The                             fully in his home while surrounded by loved                                               LEFT: Second Lt. Frank Luke Jr.
   tions, sanitation and repair mainte-                                  being a test unit for the Security Forces Center’s   most recent win is Luke’s fourth time             Courtesy photo  ones. He is one of the last to have actually                                           with his SPAD S.XIII on Sept. 19,
   nance, and more.                                          Courtesy photo Squadron of the Future initiative.       earning the trophy.                            lived what many people just learn about. He is the history of this nation.    Photos courtesy of 56th Fighter Wing History office  1918.

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