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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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MWD team takes training downrange

Posted  May 17, 2013

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron kennel master, and Chrach, 56th SFS military working dog, pose in front of a Polaris Ranger vehicle in Herat Province, Afghanistan, during a deployment with an Army Special Operations Task Force West unit. The MWD team received a Bronze Star Medal for actions during their…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  May 17, 2013

Airman 1st Class Renee Polk 308th Fighter Squadron Squadron aviation resource manager Hometown: Crestview, Fla. Years in service: One year Family: Parents, Roosevelt and Ella Polk; brother and sister-in-law, Trey and Melchar Polk; and brother, Rhys Polk Education: Bachelor’s degree in sports management at the University of West Florida and an associate’s degree in exercise…

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Emerald Knights Graduate 18

Posted  May 17, 2013

Eighteen of the U.S. Air Forces’ newest Viper pilots will culminate nine months of demanding training and receive their graduation certificates today. Class 12-EBG from the 308th Fighter Squadron “Emerald Knights” will join the ranks of a select group of aviators fortunate enough to fly the F-16. They did not achieve this goal on their…

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Positive attitude leads to success

Posted  May 17, 2013

Everyone wants to be successful, and there are many books, internet tests, and programs people try to market and sell to guarantee that success. But, I believe your success is greatly dependent on your attitude. So, what is attitude? Attitude is defined as manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing;…

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Followership key to being a leader

Posted  May 17, 2013

Maybe you played “follow the leader” at school during recess or in some neighbor’s yard down the street. It’s a fun game, requires no expensive equipment and can be played indoors or outdoors – just about anywhere. But the game only works if you actually follow the leader, and everyone else in line, well ……

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Lightning Leadership

Posted  May 17, 2013

Nearly a year ago, I arrived at Luke Air Force Base to be your command chief. Since then, I’ve spent the majority of my time digging into the biggest challenges for the enlisted corps. Through hundreds of discussions with Airmen of all ranks, I keep hearing the same thing; we want guidance, we want discipline,…

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Emerald Knights graduate 18

Posted  May 17, 2013

The 308th Fighter Squadron Emerald Knights will graduate 18 pilots today. They are, from left, 1st Lt. Connor Flynt, Capt. Eric Broyles, 1st Lt. Joe Walz, Capt. Nathaniel Halley; 1st Lts. Stephen Grace, Patrick Nolan, Kyle Bell, John Johnston, Christopher Hartman, Alex Kimber, Philip Messer, Mike Gallinoto, Nathan McCaskey, Benjamin Baci, Dan Doohen, Tyler McBride;…

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Senior enlisted advisers mark Armed Forces Day

Posted  May 24, 2013

To mark Armed Forces Day, the services’ senior enlisted advisers joined the senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in an inaugural wreath-laying ceremony here at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

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New grants to help end homelessness

Posted  May 24, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced two new grants to support Secretary Eric K. Shinseki’s goal of ending veterans’ homelessness in 2015. Under these new programs, homeless providers can apply for funding to enhance the facilities used to serve homeless veterans, and acquire vans to facilitate transportation of this population. “Those who have served…

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Redefining care, services for Gulf War veterans

Posted  May 24, 2013

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki recently announced that the Department’s Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force will publish a comprehensive draft report in the Federal Register for public feedback and comment. The report describes how the Department of Veterans Affairs has been, and will continue to address the concerns of Veterans who deployed…

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