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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 commitment and plans to pursue a spot on the Morris College Hornets basketball team in South Carolina. Some Airmen have…

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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 during a training mission in 2008 at Luke Air Force Base. Five years later, his son Brayden was diagnosed…

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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 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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AF reservist finds new mission in Ethiopia

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

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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Luke Air Force Base Integrated Delivery System

Posted  April 12, 2013

Support and resilience inventory is a self-assessment resilience tool that can be used by Airmen, family members and base leaders to gauge resilience levels. The SRI helps members and leaders identify actions needed to strengthen resilience. These actions are seen as a summary report once you’ve completed the 10 minute survey. Survey results are confidential….

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  April 12, 2013

“Faith makes the uplook good, the outlook bright, the inlook favorable and the future glorious.”   ~ V. Raymond Edman How does your faith make you see? Are you blind with ambition? Are you so busy you can’t see straight? Have you lost sight of what’s really important in life? Faith is “the” linchpin that will…

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Survey helps leaders see needs

Posted  April 12, 2013

“A Strong Community Depends on You” is the theme of the 2013 Air Force Community Assessment Survey. The survey is sponsored by the Air Force Integrated Delivery System. Its goal is to make known the opinions and needs of the entire Air Force community including active-duty members, Reservists, Air National Guardsmen, their spouses and Air…

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Fly Over: ‘Evil Dead’, and ‘Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor’

Posted  April 12, 2013

In theaters: ‘Evil Dead’ Should’ve stayed that way Contrary to popular belief, not everyone goes to see a remake of a classic movie just to complain about it later. Sometimes, they want to see a movie worth the 50-cent increase in fountain drink prices. That said I was willing to give “Evil Dead” a chance,…

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NEVER AGAIN: Heeding the warning signs

Posted  April 12, 2013

More than 60 years ago hundreds of thousands of people were brutally murdered because of their beliefs, disabilities or skin color. On Monday members of Luke Air Force Base gathered for a Days of Remembrance luncheon to remember them and to make sure it “Never Again” happens.

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Justice Report – April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

The following is a list of Article 15 and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in March: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for failure to obey a no-contact order. The member received a reduction to E-4, suspended forfeiture of $1,201 pay per month for two…

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Street Beat – April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

The 56th Security Force Squadron handled the following incidents March 22 through 28: Tickets Security forces issued citations for nine moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 29: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the intersection of Mustang Street and Bong Lane. There were no injuries. March 29:…

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Sports Shorts – April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Michael Rossi, 56th Communications Squadron, lines up before bowling the second frame of the first intramural bowling game against the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron team April 4 at Thunderbolt Lanes. Rossi spared in the frame. CS won the first game 820-757. Link up 2 golf   Iquinna Byrd,…

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March calls to mind fallen

Posted  April 5, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota March of the Fallen participants hike up the White Tank Mountains March 30 located in Waddell, Ariz. Their weighted backpacks represented the gear that deployed members carry everyday and to honor fallen warriors. The three weight classes consisted of 45 pounds, 60 pounds and 75 pounds. All the…

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AF faces retention problem

Posted  April 5, 2013

The Air Force is facing tough times. Sequestration is forcing many of you to work overtime to run “what if” drills, cut mission essential training, forgo any real ability to plan and prepare for a potential civilian workforce furlough. Yet, we have a bigger problem and the impact will be felt for years to come….

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