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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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Holiday hours

Posted  December 14, 2012

The 56th Force Support Squadron organizations holiday hours of operation and closures are: Arts & Crafts Shop closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 1, 2013 Auto Hobby Shop closed Dec. 23, 30, 31 and Jan. 1 Wood Hobby Shop closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 1 Outdoor Recreation closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 1 Falcon Dunes Golf…

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Pseudo shooter rampages gym

Posted  December 14, 2012

The Crown Talon 1206 exercise at Luke Air Force Base was an Air Education and Training Command facilitated active-shooter exercise designed to test Luke AFB’s response.

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Luke Air Force Base road closures

Posted  December 14, 2012

To prepare for the arrival of the F-35 Lightning II at Luke Air Force Base, construction will begin Dec. 22 on the F-35 academic training center. All affected buildings will be accessible via alternate routes as shown in the map. • Fighter Country north of Mustang to south of Phantom • Mustang from Fighter Country to 141st…

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Air Force announces awards

Posted  December 14, 2012

The following individual received an Air Force award: Secretary of the Air Force Special Achievement Small business: Gabriel McKenna-Groves, 56th Contracting Squadron AETC names 2012 winners The following individuals and units received an Air Education and Training Command award: 56th Force Support Squadron Family child care program Golf program Library program 56th Contracting Squadron Installation…

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Sports Shorts – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

The 56th Medical Group softball team defeated the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron 14-7 during the intramural softball championship Dec. 6, topping this week's sports news

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Viper 30-year belle of ball at Luke

Posted  December 7, 2012

It was a Monday morning 30 years ago thursday when Col. Malcom Bolton, 58th Tactical Training Wing commander, stepped into a moment in history as he prepared to take off in the first permanently assigned F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base.

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Learning to lead comes from observing good, bad styles

Posted  December 7, 2012

One day, one of my Airmen asked me a question, “How do you know how to lead?” This simple question really made me think. Let me frame this from my perspective.....

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CSAF reading list worthwhile

Posted  December 7, 2012

Truth be told, it took me a few years of active-duty service before I fully realized what the “Chief of Staff Reading List” entailed. Like many, I heard the term thrown around, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized it was a relatively short list of books recommended each year by…

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New G-suit comes to Luke

Posted  December 7, 2012

The anti-gravity suit, or G-suit, doesn’t help pilots at Luke Air Force Base by reversing gravity; it helps them withstand the acceleration forces put on their bodies while maneuvering in the F-16.

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In Brief – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

AFSA meeting The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Club Five Six Barcelona Room. For more information, go to www.afsachapter1260.weekly.com or call Master Sgt. Dustin Withrow at (623) 856-2985. LOSC event The Luke Officers Spouses Club annual wreath and tree raffle, at 11 a.m. Tuesday in…

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