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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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Sports Shorts – August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

UFC fight night UFC fight night is Aug 31 at Club Five Six. Doors open at 5 p.m., preliminary bouts are 7 p.m. and the main event is 9 p.m. Free admission to club members and $5 per nonmember. For more information, call 623-856-6446. Start Smart Tennis Start Smart Tennis is a tennis program for…

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Luke teams play in softball tournament

Posted  August 9, 2013

Three teams from Luke Air Force Base took to the fields to compete in the Goodyear Guns vs. Hoses softball tournament Saturday

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General Welsh shares message with Airmen

Posted  August 9, 2013

I am the very proud son of an American fighter pilot, one of that treasured group who served in three wars, built an Air Force, and gave it an enduring example of courage and mission success. My dad was a hero. As a young man, I asked him who his combat heroes were; he gave…

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This week in history August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

Courtesy photo Officiating the activation ceremony was then Col. Gilmary Hostage III, 56th Operations Group commander and currently the Air Combat Command commander. Accepting the guidon was the new 21st Fighter Squadron commander, Lt. Col. James “Rusty” Mitchell. Now retired, Mitchell runs the Community Initiatives Team at Luke.   Aug. 8, 1996: 21st FS activates…

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Fly Over: ‘The Fall of Reach’, and ‘Planes’

Posted  August 9, 2013

‘The Fall of Reach’ Prologue to groundbreaking video game I’m sure I may be a little behind the curve by recently starting the book series “Halo,” considering the first novel was released in October 2001, but in my search for a new series to read, a friend recommended it to me. He didn’t steer me…

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Health & Safety

Street Beat – August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 26 through Aug. 1: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 33 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents July 26: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the waste water treatment plant. There were no injuries. July 26: Security forces…

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Hundreds attend Back-to-School Bash

Posted  August 9, 2013

It’s that time of the year when parents and children start preparing for the upcoming school year. The Luke Chapel and Luke Airman Fund sponsored a Back to School Bash Aug. 2 at Fowler Park to help give back to those who support the Airmen.

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Health & Safety

Take huge steps to better health — rethink sugary drinks

Posted  August 9, 2013

  There is no shortage of diets on the market nowadays. There are low-fat diets, low-carb diets and many more, each with their own unique benefits. However, watching what you drink is just as important as what you eat when it comes to successful dieting. “It is easy to consume plenty of calories just through…

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Natural disaster training

Posted  August 9, 2013

  56th Medical Group Airmen strap down a patient to a litter who simulated passing out during the exercise. The exercise gave responders the opportunity to use life-saving skills in a training environment.     Airmen from the 56th MDG set up a decontamination shower tent during a severe thunderstorm exercise Aug. 1 on Luke…

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Heat injuries — No time to get complacent

Posted  August 9, 2013

The high temperatures for Phoenix through the month of August continue to stay in the low 100s. But, it’s only halfway through the summer and heat injuries can still happen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, people who work in hot environments may be at risk for heat stress. Exposure to…

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