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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

Tres Rios Spring Festival

Posted  March 1, 2013

Courtesy photo Local community members line up to test their boating, kayaking and canoeing skills in the Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival Oct. 12, 2012, at the Base and Meridian Wildlife Area in Avondale, Ariz. The festival focuses on educating participants about the Gila, Salt and Agua Fria rivers as well as the surrounding…

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DUI – Decisions under the influence

Posted  March 1, 2013

First, let me start off by saying if you missed the 56th Fighter Wing Annual Awards banquet, you may have missed the opportunity of your Air Force career to learn from one of our greatest leaders and spokesmen, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor, the fifth Airman to serve with that distinction….

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Servant leadership applied

Posted  March 1, 2013

Most of us have had a leadership class of some kind as we continue formal education or complete professional military education. In the process we have been exposed to many different leadership theories and the support behind each one. The Air Force does a great job of sifting through those and passing on the best…

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Council gives dorm Airmen voice

Posted  March 1, 2013

Whether it’s a clogged sink to talk about or planning an outing, dorm council Airmen meet once a month to voice concerns, brainstorm ideas on ways to improve dorm life and plan activities to boost morale.

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News Briefs: March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

MOAA meeting The Luke Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America meeting is 5 p.m. for social hour and 6 p.m. for dinner March 11 at Club Five Six. Special guest Ryan Reeves, Lux Air Jet Centers-GYR general manager, will present the history of Goodyear Airport at 7 p.m. Active-duty and retired officers, and…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

Staff Sgt. Magen Baker 56th Comptroller Squadron Budget analyst Hometown: Salem, Ill. Years in service: Eight Family: Father, Danny; mom, Lisa; and son, Maddox Education: Community College of the Air Force associate degree in financial management; Park University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management Previous assignments: Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Inspirations: Friends and…

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SMSgt selects announced

Posted  March 1, 2013

The following master sergeants have been selected for promotion to senior master sergeant: Derick Crosdale, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Brett Evanicki, 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Christopher Foster, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Plez Glenn III, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Michael Hansell, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Scott Harris, 56th Operations Group Christopher Lebourveau, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron…

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‘Salad Wednesdays’ big savings at Exchange restaurants

Posted  March 1, 2013

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service restaurants are offering $2 off any salad priced $4 or above on “Salad Wednesdays” purchased at Burger King, Subway, Anthony’s Pizza, Robin Hood or Charley’s. “Guests save an additional 10 percent when paying with a Military Star® card or exchange gift card,” said Pete Alaniz, Luke Air Force…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  March 1, 2013

“The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI How do our moral and ethical values today compare to those just a decade ago? Why have our “internal deserts” become so vast? Why is there a spiritual crisis in our nation? Whatever the reasons…

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Eating healthy food keeps gray matter ‘in pink’

Posted  March 1, 2013

Eating the right foods not only affects a person’s physical performance, but also the brain’s performance. Leslie Dana-Kirby, 56th Medical Operations Squadron clinical psychologist, said the human brain is responsible for all thinking, reasoning, memory, judgment and decision-making. It also controls fundamental life functions such as hunger, thirst, sleeping, breathing and temperature regulation. As well…

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