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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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Vet shares thoughts on black history

Posted  March 1, 2013

African-American Heritage Month just concluded, and as I reflect on the event some thoughts have come to mind. Why do we celebrate Black History Month is a question that you might get from younger Airmen and NCOs. As a leader I thought I would give you at least my perspective on the value of a…

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Sports Shorts – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

Flag football all-stars get challenged   Photo by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Morgan Gore, 56th Communications Squadron, runs backwards toward the end of the cone during the flag football all-star quarterback challenge Feb. 20 at Luke Air Force Base. Gore completed the drill in 21 seconds.   Photo by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams…

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Pronghorn continue to thrive

Posted  February 22, 2013

Aaron Alvidrez Dan Garcia, 56th Range Management Office En­vironmental Sciences chief, holds the head of a pronghorn while the marking and veterinary team members process it for relocation. An estimated 85 percent of the U.S. population of Sonoran pronghorn died during a severe drought in 2001 and 2002. They inhabit the Barry M. Goldwater Range,…

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Trip reduction survey gauges success

Posted  February 22, 2013

Maricopa County Air Quality Department recently sent out the annual trip reduction survey and Luke Air Force Base is within the area affected by the survey. The Trip Reduction Program began in the late 1980s as part of the State of Arizona’s response to a court ruling requiring greater efforts to reduce air pollution. One…

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Exceeding standards, expectations must be daily goal

Posted  February 22, 2013

Every Airman’s ability to go above and beyond what’s expected of him begins long before joining the U.S. Air Force. Along the way, we do it for spouses, family, friends, supervisors, community and maybe even ourselves. But is it done rarely, occasionally or often? Whatever the answer, as Airmen we now must challenge ourselves to…

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Health & Safety

Weather keeps lives, resources safe

Posted  February 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Jerry Conley, 56th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight forecaster, checks forecasts of the local area Feb. 12 at the base operations building on Luke Air Force Base. The weather section helps keep Luke’s pilots safe by providing up-to-date information about the weather and potential hazards that may occur….

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News Briefs: February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

MiCARE Luke Air Force Base outpatient clinic will soon start using MiCARE to communicate with patients assigned to primary care managers through a confidential secure online email messaging service called MiCare. To register, complete a MiCare registration form within the next two months. Adults must register in person. For pediatric patients, a parent must complete…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 22, 2013

Staff Sgt. Steven Jones 56th Training Squadron Air Education and Training Command Formal Training Instructor – Weapons Director Hometown: Fresno, Calif. Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Lindsey Education: Community College of the Air Force air and space operations technology and instructor of technology and military science Previous assignments: Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho…

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Black and White Ball

Posted  February 22, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Lt. Col. Zachary Warakomski, 56th Communications Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Timothy Farr, 56th Force Support Squadron commander, and Lt. Col. Gregory Coleman, 56th Medical Support Squadron commander, chat during cocktail hour of the Black and White Ball Saturday at Luke Air Force Base. The ball, themed “At the crossroads of freedom…

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Viking challenge back for third time

Posted  February 22, 2013

The Logistics Officers Association Viking Challenge is a 10-hour, 10-person team, one-mile continuous relay marathon held annually as a fundraiser benefiting the LOA Enlisted Scholarship Fund on Luke Air Force Base. This is the third annual event here at Luke, and last year’s event raised $7,500 in scholarship money given to local Airmen. The goal…

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