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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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