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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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SFS trains for real-world shooter

Posted  August 2, 2013

Members of the 56th Security Forces Squadron recently completed active shooter scenario training at the Luke Air Force Base SFS training building June 19 and at the Phoenix Police Academy “shoot house” July 24.

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No decisions yet on cutting furlough days

Posted  August 2, 2013

WASHINGTON — Despite media reports that say Defense Department civilians may face up to five fewer furlough days, “no decisions have been made at this time,” a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday. More than 640,000 civilian employees are being furloughed one day a week for 11 weeks, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said. These unpaid days…

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Top Hats graduate 15 into combat air force

Posted  August 2, 2013

Basic F-16 course class 13-CBG of the 310th Fighter Squadron is well on its way to being “Dressed to Kill” as combat-ready F-16 pilots. When they graduate today, they will continue the legacy of 310th Fighter Squadron trained fighter pilots who have fought in every war from World War II to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya….

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U.S. Air Force Academy ranks among top colleges in nation

Posted  August 2, 2013

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The U.S. Air Force Academy is ranked as one of the top universities in the nation with the latest rankings from Forbes. Forbes released its annual best college rankings July 24, listing the Academy as the 31st best university in the nation. The U.S. Military Academy ranked 7th and…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  August 2, 2013

  “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape 100 days of sorrow.” ~Chinese proverb There is a Chinese proverb that says, “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape 100 days of sorrow.” Who among us doesn’t know the truth of this proverb? How often have…

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Military exchanges remove 891 magazines from stores

Posted  August 2, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is removing 891 magazines from its stock, an assortment that includes The Saturday Evening Post, SpongeBob Comics, the Home Buyers Guide, Playboy and many others. AAFES officials said they want to reduce space for the magazine product category in exchange stores by 33 percent. The additional…

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People First – August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 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. Services continue…

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Air Force News – August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 2013

No more redundant inspections: AF implements new inspection system The Air Force recently implemented a new inspection system, aimed at giving more power to wing commanders. With the signing of Program Action Directive 13-01, Air Force inspection system Implementation Tiger Team transitions from the planning phase to the execution phase. The program, which was beta tested…

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Critical Days of Summer mid-campaign message

Posted  August 2, 2013

As your new Air Force Chief of Safety, my sole purpose is to preserve our most critical asset – you! We’re halfway through the Critical Days of Summer campaign, an important milestone since we’ve historically seen an upsurge in fatalities in the second half of the season. We can help turn this trend around by…

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Former Luke boss takes reigns of Air Force safety enterprise

Posted  August 2, 2013

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer assumed the duties of Air Force chief of safety and commander of the Air Force Safety Center July 15. Reporting directly to the Air Force chief of staff, Neubauer develops, executes and evaluates Air Force aviation, ground, weapons, space and system mishap prevention and nuclear…

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