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June 21, 2013

This Week in History: June 21

The Phoenix metro area had been growing for several decades.

The original Community Initiatives Team was made up of, from left, Rusty Mitchell, Eric Binkley, Mike Hanson and Bob Dubsky.

As a result of a number of local development decisions and the 1991 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, Williams Air Force Base, 50 miles east of Luke AFB, closed March 31, 1993. With its closure, development in the East Valley dramatically slowed, but continued to boom in the West Valley.

By 2001, local development decisions began to impact Luke’s training operations. The Community Initiatives Team formally stood up June 16, 2003, by then Col. Philip Breedlove, 56th Fighter Wing commander. He selected Rusty Mitchell to lead the team. Over the last ten years, the team has worked managed-growth issues by improving communication with West Valley cities and other stakeholders.




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Airman leaves AF to pursue college B-ball career

Courtesy Photo Senior Airman Patrick Paul, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, shoots a jump shot during a game against the 56th Security Forces Squadron at the Bryant Fitness Center. Paul is finishing out his Air Force commitme...
 
 
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Airmen shave heads for pilot’s son battling cancer

Senior Airman David Owsianka Airmen from the 62nd Fighter Squadron recently shaved their heads to support a deceased officer’s son who is battling with cancer. Second Lt. Dave Mitchell, former 62nd FS pilot, lost his life dur...
 
 

Three steps to avoid ‘toxic leadership’

Toxic leadership. Sadly, this term has recently become vogue in the lexicon of the Defense Department to describe leaders possessing unfavorable leadership characteristics and whose actions eventually rot an organization from the inside out. Examples of these leaders drape across the weekly headlines and sound bites of newspapers, radio and television. “Leaders” who become drunk...
 

 

Personal improvement, goal setting all part of leadership

In preparation for the changes in regard to officer and enlisted performance reports, and force management issues, it is important to reflect on personal improvement and goal setting. This topic is close to my heart and revolves around leadership. As officers, leaders and mentors, we can all benefit from refreshing our vigilance and attention to...
 
 
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Instructor pilot selected as Olmsted scholar

Courtesy photo Capt. Daniel Wynn, 56th Operations Support Squadron operations flight commander, prepares to refuel in an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a combat mission over Afghanistan in August 2011. For many U.S. military membe...
 
 

News Briefs April 11, 2013

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct a natural disaster exercise today, which will include military, local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. Those traveling on base should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting individuals with...
 




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