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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

MDG goes all out at bash

Posted  April 26, 2013

Guy McAdams, 56th Medical Group, starts a water fight April 19 during the 2013 MDG Mash Bash at Luke Air Force Base Fowler Park. The event featured activities including a kickball tournament.   Justin Harris, civilian, and Senior Airman Cortney Davis, 56th Medical Operations Squadron, lift a tire during the warrior-fit event at the mash…

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People First – April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 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. VA expedites…

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Air Force News – April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 2013

Sequestration will affect force readiness The four branches of the military delivered another warning to Congress April 18 that a prolonged budget sequester will significantly affect military readiness, and could leave the services unable to carry out defense strategy. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer told lawmakers sequestration has forced the cancellation…

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Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center looks for more patients – no waiting list

Posted  April 26, 2013

Airmen who are sick of living day to day with their glasses and contacts have an opportunity to leave them all behind. The Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center at Travis Air Force Base’s David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center has no waiting list and is looking for new Airmen who wish to eliminate their dependency…

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Health & Safety

STREET BEAT

Posted  April 26, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 12 through 18: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 15 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 16: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the Lightning Gate. There were no injuries. Emergency responses April 12: Security forces responded…

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What goes down stormdrain will come up

Posted  April 26, 2013

Do you know what is going down your storm drain? At Luke Air Force Base, we have more than 1,400 industrial processes that could potentially harm Arizona’s watershed. Now consider the 1.5 million residents in the Valley! Rain storms can flush the smallest amounts of pollutants from parking lots, streets, driveways, pressure washing activities or…

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Salutes & Awards

MXG announces AETC, quarterly awards

Posted  April 26, 2013

The following individuals are Air Education and Training Command award winners: 2012 Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award winners Munitions missile maintenance Technician: Senior Airman Brian Runyan, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Civilian technician: Dale Wollschlager, 56th EMS Manager: Master Sgt. William McClannan, 56th EMS Civilian manager: Lester Alexander, 56th EMS Aircraft maintenance Civilian manager: Paul Shows,…

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Navajo Code Talkers turned course of WWII

Posted  April 26, 2013

Airman 1st ClassGRACE LEE FROM LEFT: Bill Toledo, Robert Walley and Alfred Newman, World War II Navajo code talker veterans, pose for a photo April 12 at the Luke Air Force Base exchange. The three veterans visited Luke to educate the public about the Navajo Code Talkers and their role in WWII. Three World War…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  April 26, 2013

Airman 1st Class Adrian Moreno 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron>br/> Maintenance scheduler Hometown: Melrose Park, Ill. Years in service: One Family: Mom, dad and two brothers Education: Two years at Marquette University; would like to pursue a career in astronomy and physics Greatest feat: Traveled to Zambia, Africa, for humanitarian purposes Famous last words: “Better to…

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Local Briefs: April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 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. today in Hangar 408. CES change of command Lt. Col. Chad Bondurant will relinquish command of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron to Lt. Col. Kenneth Herndon at 8 a.m. May…

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