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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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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduates 33 Airmen in class 13-5

Posted  July 12, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated one staff sergeant and 32 senior airmen June 27 from Class 13-5. Graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Stephen Dobbins, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Distinguished graduates: Michael Imler, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron and Riley Watson, 162nd LRS Commandant’s…

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Air Force announces E-6 promotions

Posted  July 12, 2013

The promotion list for technical sergeant was released Air Force wide June 27. The following staff sergeants have been selected for promotion at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Fighter Wing Christopher Huckins 56th Comptroller Squadron Magen Baker 56th Training Squadron Thomas Duggan, Ramon Escobedo and Jonie Escorpiso 56th Operations Support Squadron Angela Gonzalez, Christopher Moylan…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  July 12, 2013

Airman 1st Class Lloydon Balili 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Optometry apprentice Hometown: Walnut Creek, Calif. Years in service: Two Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in ophthalmic technician and bachelor’s in Christian ministry Inspirations: My mother and older sister always made me want to be better; they both work hard to…

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News Briefs July 12, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

AF ball – Save the date The Air Force Ball is Sept. 14 at the Wigwam Resort and Spa in Litchfield Park in the Main Ballroom. The theme is Evolution of Airpower. Invitations will follow. Look for more details in upcoming issues of the Thunderbolt. Finance office hours change The finance customer service office will…

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Health & Safety

Inner drive pushed All-American to qualify for 2008 Olympics

Posted  July 12, 2013

2nd Lt.CANDICE DILLITTE Airman 1st Class Kyle Young, 607th Air Control Squadron cyber transport systems apprentice, squats 225 pounds July 2 as part of his workout at the 607th ACS gym. Young works out ten times a week to maintain fitness. Every Airman has a story to tell. However, not every Airman’s story involves them…

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Commentary

Education – it’s free, take advantage of it

Posted  July 12, 2013

One benefit we have as military members is the opportunity for a free education. Surprisingly, many individuals do not take advantage of this and go their entire careers without ever stopping by the education center. This is extremely common, but hopefully this article will provide some resources to those thinking about pursuing educational goals. The…

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Getting details right matters

Posted  July 12, 2013

“If we can’t get the simple things right – patients worry about the rest of care.” My Medical Corp Chief, Brig. Gen. Daniel Wyman, spoke those words at a quality and patient safety meeting several years ago, and the words continue to resonate with me. In the Air Force medical service our patients’ health is…

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Additional F-35s coming to Luke

Posted  July 12, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Arizona Governor Janice Brewer speaks to reporters about Luke Air Force Base being chosen as the location for 72 additional F-35A Lighting II aircraft June 27 in the Luke AFB Wing Headquarters Conference Room. The additional aircraft bring the total number of fifth-generation fighters to 144. Aircraft are expected to begin…

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Sports

Sports Shorts – July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

Indoor soccer camp An indoor soccer camp is July 29 through Aug. 2 for Youth Programs members at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. For more information, call 623-856-6225. Fitness fun camp A fitness fun camp is Monday through July 26 for Youth Programs members at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. For…

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Youth learn basketball skills

Posted  July 19, 2013

The children of Luke members had a unique experience this summer during a week-long camp sponsored by the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center.

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