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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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Family child care center opens doors

Posted  January 18, 2013

Oftentimes, Luke Air Force Base members contribute to two missions. One is the job but the other can be just as important — the one at home. The 56th Force Support Squadron Family Child Care office knows the importance of home life, especially for those with children. That’s why the FCC provides countless resources to…

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Law school education programs looking for hopefuls

Posted  January 18, 2013

Applications for the Funded Legal Education Program and Excess Leave Program are being accepted until March 1, and interested officers are encouraged to compete. The number of FLEP and ELP applicants selected in any academic year is determined based on the needs of the Air Force. “Our Air Force missions are constantly changing, and commanders…

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Special Victims’ Counsel eligibility expanded to include unprofessional relationships

Posted  January 18, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The new Special Victims’ Counsel Program starting Air Force-wide Jan. 28 will be expanded to basic military trainees and technical training students who have been involved in unprofessional relationships of a physical and sexual nature. The SVC pilot program is designed to provide victims of sexual assault, support throughout…

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Air Force News – January 18, 2013

Posted  January 18, 2013

State of the AF is ‘strong’ WASHINGTON — The Air Force’s top leaders said Monday the service has accomplished much while dealing with many challenges in the last year. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III briefed members of the media on the state of…

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People First – December 14, 2012

Posted  January 18, 2013

Military OneSource provides tax assistance service As tax season nears, Military OneSource and H&R Block have joined forces again to provide a free online tax preparation service for service members. During an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Tony Jackson, a program analyst for the Military OneSource program office, detailed the…

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Improving pushups simple routine using form, repetition

Posted  January 18, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Michael Hunt, 56th Force Support Squadron fitness assessment technician, demonstrates a proper pushup Jan. 8 at Luke Air Force Base. The Air Force physical fitness assessment requires males and females to perform a number of proper pushups in one minute to prove their fitness level. Being able to do a proper…

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Ounce of preventing shin splints well worth it

Posted  January 18, 2013

Fitness is a priority at every base in the Air Force and in every career field. Because most Airmen incorporate running into workouts, it is important to protect against shin splints. According to WebMD.com, whether you jog daily or sprint to catch a bus, you are at risk for medial tibial stress syndrome, or shin…

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Runners vs. cars: cars always win

Posted  January 18, 2013

When exercising at Luke Air Force Base, runners are often forced to share the road with drivers, unless at the base track or on a treadmill. This can be dangerous, especially in high traffic areas, like near the base exchange, commissary, hospital and South Gate, according to Ben Bruce, 56th Fighter Wing Ground Safety manager….

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Load crews give it all to be top

Posted  January 18, 2013

A four-way contest between the 425th, 310th, 309th and 308th AMUs.

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Cervical cancer: Four unknown risks

Posted  January 18, 2013

You might know that getting regular Pap tests is the number one way to protect against cervical cancer … but are you at high risk? Cervical cancer occurs most often in women older than 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It used to be the leading cause of cancer death…

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