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Instructor pilot selected as Olmsted scholar

Posted April 11, 2014 by Capt. AMY WEST

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 members, living in a foreign country is common place. In fact, many Americans join the military for that opportunity, but few can…

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News Briefs April 11, 2013

Posted April 11, 2014 by

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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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted April 11, 2014 by

Staff Sgt. Perry Vitali Jr. 56th Security Forces Squadron Element leader Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz. Years in service: Eight Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in criminal justice and a master physical trainer certification at the International Sports Sciences Association Previous assignments: F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Osan Air Base, South…

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AF reservist finds new mission in Ethiopia

Posted April 11, 2014 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Courtesy photo Capt. Amy West, an individual mobilization augmentee assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office, poses with her husband and son July 27, 2013, in front of the Blue Nile waterfall in Ethiopia. West works as a civilian for the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia as a community liaison office coordinator. Capt. Amy…

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Thunderbolts take on Viking Challenge

Posted April 11, 2014 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Senior Master Sgt. Leroy Ridgel, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron acting chief, runs with the American flag April 4 during the Viking Challenge at Luke Air Force Base. Part of Team America, Ridgel, along with nine others of his team, completed the 10-hour long relay marathon to raise money for the Enlisted Scholarship…

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DARLENE SELTMANN
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Luke volunteers make difference

Posted April 11, 2014 by Staff Sgt. DARLENE SELTMANN

Staff Sgt.DARLENE SELTMANN Steven participates in a relay race April 4 with team members from Sky View Elementary School during the Special Olympics event held at La Joya High School in Avondale. Special needs children from across the valley participated in track and field events at several high schools. The sun shined brightly over La…

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Day taken to commemorate Tuskegee Airmen

Posted April 4, 2014 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Grace Lee David Toliver, Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. president, speaks March 27 at the inaugural Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day ceremony at the Luke Air Force Base Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park. The ceremony was the first of its kind after Gov. Janice Brewer signed legislation designating the fourth Thursday of March as a…

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Mustache Mania

Posted April 4, 2014 by Senior Airman Jason Colbert

Capt. Andrew Stolten, left, 56th Security Forces Squadron operations officer, and Lt. Col. Charles Jones, 607th Air Control Squadron commander, were voted best mustache and runner-up Monday at the Mustache March mustache contest on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base.

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Culture trumps strategy any day

Posted April 4, 2014 by Col. YOLANDA BLEDSOE

With more than 24 years in the military, I have come to realize the old adage, “Culture will eat strategy for lunch every day of the week” is a true statement, and we as Airmen have a responsibility to cultivate an inspiring and healthy workplace culture. Every organization has a culture. Some are very toxic…

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Be successful no matter where you are

Posted April 4, 2014 by Master Sgt. TRACY BUECHLER

It’s human nature to be competitive, and with the Air Force having to make tough decisions during force shaping, no one can afford not to be competitive. In order to be competitive in the Air Force, it will take a whole-person concept, which has been around for years and consists of work ethic, self-improvement and…

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