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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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England tour provides total force initiative for 944th LRS

Posted  July 26, 2013

The 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels section traveled across the Atlantic July 15 for its annual tour at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England.

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Street Beat – July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 12 through 18: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and two nonmoving violations. Emergency responses July 17: Security forces and firefighters responded to a report of fire in the base exchange. A small fire on the roof was quickly put out. There were no…

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Fly Over: ‘The Conjuring’, and ‘Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles’’

Posted  July 26, 2013

‘The Conjuring’ Why do I see horror movies in theaters? There will always be that 15-year-old girl who screams at every sound and that jerk who’ll take out his incredibly bright cell phone. Ironically, horror is the one genre better seen in a quiet, tense setting; so, you know, bring the kids. That nightmare aside,…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  July 26, 2013

“Ethics is defined as knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is the right thing to do.” ~Potter Stewart Potter Stewart, former Supreme Court justice, defined ethics as, “Knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is the right thing to do.” Do you…

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Justice Report

Posted  July 26, 2013

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in June: 56th Maintenance Group Article 15s A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for failure to obey a lawful order. The member received a suspended reduction to E-4, forfeiture of $500 pay and a reprimand. Demotions A senior airman was…

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Construction on track for F-35 basing

Posted  July 26, 2013

Once just plans on paper, the F-35 training facilities at Luke Air Force Base are quickly becoming a reality.

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Commissaries offer ‘Back to School’ savings

Posted  July 26, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. — Commissaries are offering significant savings on back-to-school products to help children in the classroom. “Your commissary is the very best choice to get food products for your children’s healthy breakfasts; easy-to-prepare, healthy pack lunches; after-school snacks and other school-related items,” said Michelle Frost, the Defense Commissary Agency’s chief of promotions and…

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Slowest of suicides

Posted  July 26, 2013

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting — again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before…

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People First – July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 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. Special duties…

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Air Force News – July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

Fiscal 2014 force management programs announced The Air Force will implement several officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal 2014, officials recently said. Force management programs enable the Air Force to both size and balance the force, with the goal of meeting mandated end-strength numbers in the right career fields and at the right…

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