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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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D-Day threat …

Posted  March 15, 2013

Courtesy photo Maj. Lucian Dade Jr., 62d Fighter Squadron, flew this P-47D-25 with a bubble canopy in June 1944. Shown is Tail Number 42-26417, painted with the D-Day paint scheme. Dade later commanded the 56th Fighter Group. He also commanded the 3600th Maintenance and Supply Group in the mid 1950s at Luke Air Force Base.

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Local Briefs March 15, 2013

Posted  March 15, 2013

Assumption of command Maj. Kathryn Roman will assume command of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron in a ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Hangar 485. LOSC raffle The Luke Officers Spouses Club will be hosting a Bunny Basket Raffle at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Club Five Six. For more information or to RSVP, email lukeOSCReservations@gmail.com…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 15, 2013

Senior Airman Robin Hansen 56th Dental Squadron Dental assistant Hometown: Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. Years in service: Three Family: Husband, Senior Airman Randall Lee Hansen II Previous assignments: Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England Goals: Become a pediatric dentist in the Air Force Greatest feat: Winning Air Force-level 2011 Airmen of the Year for Dental Off-duty interests:…

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Fighting Falcon hails proud heritage at Luke

Posted  March 15, 2013

Courtesy photo Tail number 78-0081, the first F-16 Fighting Falcon permanently assigned to Luke Air Force Base, sits on the flightline Dec. 6, 1982. The F-16 Fighting Falcon has served the U.S. Air Force as one of the world’s premier fighter aircraft, and for nearly a quarter of a century Luke Air Force Base has…

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World War I ace, hero Luke AFB namesake

Posted  March 15, 2013

Courtesy photo 2nd Lt. Frank Luke, who was second only to Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, referred to as the Ace of Aces of American fliers overseas, poses next to one of three German observation balloons he brought down in 30 minutes in 1918. America’s second ranking ace in World War I and Medal of Honor recipient,…

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F-16 bread, butter of LAFB for 30 years

Posted  March 15, 2013

Mission The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the U.S. and allied nations. Features In an air combat role, the F-16’s maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can fly…

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Air Force News

Posted  March 15, 2013

Oct. 21: Fighter ‘Brain’ fully automatic, flies and fights The Air Force and Hughes Aircraft Co. have announced the development of an electronics system which flies interceptor planes automatically “from take off to touch down” and accurately could seek out enemy bombers before they struck American cities. The pilot’s only function in the new, almost…

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People First – March 15, 2013

Posted  March 15, 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. Oct. 7:…

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944th FW closes chapter in history

Posted  March 15, 2013

Sends remaining F-16 Fighting Falcons to other locations, assignments Reservists from the 944th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base bid farewell Feb. 12, 2007, to the last three F-16s after almost 20 years. The unit’s F-16s are being reassigned to other locations on the recommendations of the Base Realignment and Closure. “This is like…

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Squadron symbols embrace significance

Posted  March 15, 2013

Air Force shields and symbols are created to identify and set apart each organization and convey a specific meaning created to describe the purpose, warrior ethos and passion to complete the mission of that organization. These are just a few from the 56th Fighter Wing....

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