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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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What leadership means to me

Posted  April 12, 2013

A good leader in our Air Force profession of arms is one who strives to live, uphold and emulate our core values – integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. These are not just words a leader spits out without first understanding their meaning. These are not just words one casually…

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month under way

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, signs the Sexual Assault Awareness Month ribbon during an opening ceremony in Flag Park April 3 at Luke Air Force Base. The theme for this year’s awareness month is “We own it. We’ll solve it … Together.” The commander encouraged supervisors and leaders…

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Days of Remembrance

Posted  April 12, 2013

Identification cards with information on one of the many victims in the holocaust sat on a table as people entered the Days of Remembrance exhibit Monday at the Luke Air Force Base Chapel. The exhibit featured displays describing what happened not only during World War II but even more recent genocides such as Cambodia. For…

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Sports Shorts – April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 2013

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Patrick Paul, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, lays up the ball during the first intramural basketball championship game April 10 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center gym. Paul scored 22 points in the game. LRS captures crown by defeating FSS 2 out of 3 by Airmen 1st Class DAVID…

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Street Beat – April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 29 through April 4: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 17 moving and seven nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 9: Security forces assisted with a major vehicle accident off base at Litchfield Road and Camelback Road. April 10: Security forces responded to a report of a…

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CGOs immerse with SFS

Posted  April 19, 2013

Several officers from the 56th Mission Support Group received an in-depth look at how the 56th Security Forces Squadron fits into the Luke Air Force Base mission during a squadron immersion April 12.

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Fly Over: Scary Movie V’, and Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria

Posted  April 19, 2013

In theaters: ‘Scary Movie V’ In desperate need of Ritalin Let me just start by saying every spoof movie that will ever come out again has already lost an approximate 40-percent chance of not being any good since the death of Leslie Nielson. However, I always have my fingers crossed for the next hilarious parody…

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News Briefs April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 2013

21st FS change of command Lt. Col. Sean Routier will relinquish command of the 21st Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Paul Willingham at 3:21 p.m. April 26 in Hangar 408. Adult craft group Create candy topiaries using Dum-Dum Pops at the adult craft group at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Luke Air Force Base Library….

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  April 19, 2013

“Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” ~ Vaclav Havel How do you define hope? More importantly, where do you find hope? Hope is much more than just desiring a good outcome to an event. Psalm 33:20 teaches…

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Don’t get caught in a ‘bind’

Posted  April 19, 2013

There are only a few individuals on base who have been authorized to bind the government in a contract with an outside entity. Those members are also bound to the extent of their appointment limitations. A commitment made to obligate the government by any employee other than a contracting officer or purchase cardholder is an…

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