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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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Course ramps up safety mindset

Posted  April 5, 2013

An instructor watches a rider practice tight cornering. The advanced rider course also covers how to avoid objects in the road and safely avoid collisions.   Participants receive instructions before beginning the advanced rider course.   Motorcycles sit ready for riders during an advanced motorcycle safety riding course held at Luke Air Force Base. The…

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YMCA tour

Posted  April 5, 2013

Senior Airman Sandra Welch Tech. Sgt. Sara Abel, 56th Fighter Wing command chief executive assistant, speaks to high school students March 28 at Hangar 913 at Luke Air Force Base. The Youth to Leaders group toured the 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and watched F-16s launch for night flying.

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Wing, union sign first NAF contract

Posted  April 5, 2013

Staff Sgt. C. J. Hatch The 56th Fighter Wing and the American Federation of Government Employees 1547 Local signed the first-ever nonappropriated fund, or NAF, contract March 25. Wing commander Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein and union president Harley Hembd signed for their respective organizations. Based on cooperation and communication, this unprecedented milestone is designed to…

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Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  April 5, 2013

James Gilmore 56th Medical Operations Squadron Mental health technician How do you stay fit? Fitness is having a positive mindset toward exercise and eating properly. I also drink protein shakes all the time. What drives you to keep working out? I want to improve my personal performance. Being physically healthy is the best way to…

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Street Beat – April 5, 2013

Posted  April 5, 2013

The 56th Security Force Squadron handled the following incidents March 22 through 28: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 27: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in the exchange parking garage. There were no injuries. March 27: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle…

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Stop the pop, sugar Be smart, protect pearly whites from acid

Posted  April 5, 2013

Enamel is the hardest substance in the body and protects the crowns of the teeth; however, it is susceptible to demineralization from acids. Acids are produced when bacteria colonize the tooth surface and metabolize carbohydrates. If this process continues, it may eventually lead to carious lesions, known as cavities, in the enamel and dentin. Soda…

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Fly Over: “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, and the ‘Canton Dragon’

Posted  April 5, 2013

In theaters: “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” Redemption is more like it Everyone has one TV show they loved as a kid and even up into adulthood. For many people, it was the cartoon “G.I. Joe,” a military action series that not only provided curiously bloodless battles, but also life lessons. Considering its popularity, it’s no shock…

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April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted  April 5, 2013

12 main reasons incidents go unreported: Didn’t know how to report Feared retaliation or that the incident would happen again Did not trust the reporting process Concern over protecting identity Did not want to cause trouble in the unit Fear of being treated badly if reported (44 percent female – 31 percent male responses) Didn’t…

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San Diego: Five hours to sun fun

Posted  April 5, 2013

About five hours from Luke Air Force Base is one of the most visited places on the West Coast. San Diego, if done right, can be an experience to remember.

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Sports Shorts – March 29, 2013

Posted  April 5, 2013

Alex Balok, 56th Medical Group, steps on third base as Dustin Barnes, 56th Security Forces Squadron, slides during the fifth inning of an intramural softball game played Oct. 10 2012, at a Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center softball field. The umpire called Barnes safe. Commander’s cup up for grabs Photo and story by Airman…

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