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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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Realistic financial goals set path for success

Posted  February 15, 2013

Whether it’s money needed for a college fund, car, future home or credit card debt, it is essential to plan ahead and create financial goals. “Financial goals enable us to properly plan where our money should be saved and spent,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist….

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Air Force News – February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

AF leaders: Sequestration, more budget cuts will be devastating Sequestration would leave the Air Force with untrained people, a lack of equipment and be “devastating” to the service, officials said Feb. 7. The warning echoes what Defense Department officials have stated for months about across-the-board defense cuts, in addition to an ongoing continuing resolution. “Now…

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People First – February 15, 2013

Posted  February 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. AF chief…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 15, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb.1 through 7: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 1: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 966. There were no injuries. Feb. 1: Security forces responded to a report…

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New fees for pets traveling to Germany

Posted  February 15, 2013

Germany has instituted new import fees for animals entering the country from outside the European Union. These fees took effect Feb. 1 and are being charged to cover the costs of examination by a German veterinarian at the port of entry into the country. The new program is in accordance with the EU regulation for…

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Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  February 15, 2013

Airman 1st Class Kyle Young 607th Air Control Squadron Cyber transport systems apprentice 1. How do you stay fit? I vary activities throughout the year so that I don’t become bored or complacent. They include weights, running, swimming, push-ups, pull-ups and abdominal exercises. 2. What drives you to keep working out? My personal desire to…

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Firearm safety goes distance to prevent mishaps

Posted  February 15, 2013

Combat Arms Training and Maintenance members went out to the Ben Avery Shooting Range Jan. 31 to maintain their qualifications as advanced designated marksmen.

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Financial classes offered on base

Posted  February 15, 2013

Some people are feeling the financial pain from the holiday hangover? Those with any money concerns at all, should take action now to improve their financial future. Now is the time to take a serious look at your spending habits, emergency fund, account balances, savings and investments. Make time during the 2013 Military Saves Week,…

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Fly Over: ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’, ‘Identity Thief’

Posted  February 15, 2013

In theaters: ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ Broomstick riders beware Being a big fan of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, I was excited to see that they were recreating the old bedtime story “Hansel and Gretel.” I was also curious to see how this film would do after sitting on the shelves for almost two years waiting…

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Verde Canyon railroad, glimpse of old Southwest

Posted  February 15, 2013

The train crosses a bridge Feb. 9 during the Verde Canyon railroad tour in northern Arizona. The 38-mile trip begins in Clarkdale and goes to the Santa Fe/Burlington Northern track at Drake.     Known for many scenic vistas and glimpses of animal and bird life along the way, the tour offers views of the…

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