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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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Events

Luke campout …

Posted  April 19, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class James Hensley Luke Air Force Base families roast marshmallows during a family campout April 12. The campout featured fire pits, volleyball, Frisbee, a bounce house and movies. Children make sugar tubes during a craft session at the campout. Dinner, treats and a pancake breakfast were free to participants. Luke Air…

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Archaeologists tour Luke’s 5,000 year old site

Posted  April 19, 2013

Thirty professional archaeologists and students toured the Luke Air Force Base Solar-Power-Array project area April 12 to learn about the find at the site and its rich history.

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Health & Safety

Resting muscles, body, mind vital to fitness success

Posted  April 19, 2013

Although it is great to be fit, it is also important to properly rest muscles and get enough sleep. Overtraining is bad and can cause a lot of problems, said Marlyn Shults, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron exercise physiologist. “If you experience a decline in performance, your times are slower or you aren’t able to lift…

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Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  April 19, 2013

Sascha Blasko 56th Medical Group Medical Information Systems NCO-in-charge How do you stay fit? High intensity interval training, long-distance running, lifting weights and maintaining a healthy diet. What drives you to keep working out? Seeing results physically and being able to accomplish workouts with less fatigue. Favorite music to work out to? Rock. Favorite workout?…

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Fallen hero’s dedication honored with ride

Posted  April 19, 2013

Webster’s Dictionary defines dedication as “Devoting or setting aside for a particular purpose.” The 56th LRS POL Flight defines dedication with a picture of Master Sgt. Randy Gillespie who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country.

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People First – April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 2013

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. New resources…

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A view to all …

Posted  April 19, 2013

Staff Sgt. Christopher Hatch FROM LEFT: Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Arizona Senator Don Shooter, District 13, viewed construction sites across Luke Air Force Base and the location of the solar array April 12 from the catwalk of the air traffic control tower with Col. Robert Webb, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander.

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Air Force News – April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 2013

DOD releases FY 14 defense budget proposal President Barack Obama sent to Congress a proposed defense budget of $526.6 billion in discretionary budget authority April 10 to fund defense programs in the base budget for fiscal 2014. The budget continues the department’s commitment to good stewardship of taxpayer dollars by seeking further consolidation of defense…

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Gearing up for Earth Day 2013

Posted  April 19, 2013

Earth Day is Monday and Luke Air Force Base leaders are encouraging Airmen, civilians and families to help conserve base resources. “Conserve Today – Secure Tomorrow” is the Air Force’s theme for this year’s Earth Day. The focus is on water conservation and resource management. Air Force leaders have set a 26 percent reduction goal…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  April 19, 2013

Airman 1st Class Yadira Chaidez 56th Medical Operations Squadron Aerospace medical technician Hometown: Torrance, Calif. Years in service: One Family: Single, two brothers Education: Community College of the Air Force associate degree in applied sciences Inspirations: My family in California, who continuously support me; the people I’ve met at Luke who encourage me daily. Goals:…

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