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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

JAG Airman gets spot in NECP

Posted  July 19, 2013

She enlisted in the Air Force at age 18, cross-trained later in her career and now she is earning a commission in the Nursing Enlisted Commissioning Program. Tech Sgt. Tiffany Ebueng, 56th Fighter Wing Staff Judge Advocate NCO-in-charge of military justice, has worked hard to get where she is. She always wanted to be a…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  July 19, 2013

Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Gladney 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Assistant dedicated crew chief Hometown: San Antonio Years in service: Two Family: Wife, Laura; and daughter, Kairi Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Previous assignments: Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas Inspirations: My wife and daughter. They make me want to be a…

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Command chief shares message with Airmen

Posted  July 19, 2013

Senior AirmanKATE VAUGHN Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with Luke Air Force Base Airmen during an enlisted call July 12 at the Bryant Fitness Center. Topics included driving under the influence prevention, wingmanship and leadership. The top enlisted leader of Luke Air Force Base hosted a series of enlisted…

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News Briefs July 29, 2013

Posted  July 19, 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. Backpacks of Love The annual Backpacks of Love drive has…

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Commentary

What is your leadership style?

Posted  July 19, 2013

As leaders in today’s Air Force, we are presented early on with the rewarding challenge of leadership. But what is your leadership style? When you first joined the military, you were greeted by a military training instructor. After your ears stopped ringing, you unknowingly came to the conclusion that your MTI was using an authoritarian…

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Who will go? Send Me

Posted  July 19, 2013

One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 6:8, “I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” I can think of few better words to describe the servant leader. In our day-to-day struggles, it is easy to…

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Shoplifting can take base access, career, more

Posted  July 19, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series on the effects and consequences of shoplifting at Luke Air Force Base. Next week the article will address the effects shoplifting has on the base exchange and highlight the security system that has cut the number of thefts in half since 2009, according to Luke’s Loss…

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Egress makes difference between life, death

Posted  July 19, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. FROM LEFT: Luis Berrelez, Airman 1st Class Cameron Weston and Harry Webber, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, examine the ACES II ejection seat July 9 at the 56th CMS egress section. Aircrew egress systems specialists maintain and repair items associated with aircraft escape and survival systems such as warning lights, emergency oxygen…

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Sports

Sports Shorts – July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

Beat-the-heat run The beat-the-heat 5k fun run is 6:30 a.m. Aug. 9 outside the 944th Fighter Wing headquarters, Bldg. 988. Awards, prizes and refreshments are included. For more information, call 623-856-6241. Warrior PT challenge A warrior PT challenge, with all military branches, first responders, police and off-base gym members invited to participate, is scheduled for 6…

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Single Airmen offered free bowling lessons

Posted  July 26, 2013

Have you ever wanted to learn how to bowl? What if you could receive free lessons? Although it’s open to everyone, the Single Airman Program is offering the lessons at no cost to single Airmen.

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