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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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Commissary Rewards Card to offer mobile app

Posted  August 16, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. – Your Commissary Rewards Card celebrated its one-year anniversary Aug. 8 by delivering a gift – to you. “A mobile application has been released and is available from the app store for customers who use the iPhone or iPad,” said Marye Carr, DeCA’s Rewards Card program manager. “The app will allow you…

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Luke commissary returns to normal operating hours

Posted  August 16, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. – Military commissaries worldwide will return to normal operating schedules Sunday. That announcement came from DeCA Director and CEO Joseph Jeu in the wake of the Defense Department’s Aug. 6 decision to reduce furloughs of its civilian workforce from 11 to six days. “This is welcome news for us all,” Jeu said….

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People First – August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 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. TRICARE moves…

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AF Space Command to cease space surveillance system

Posted  August 16, 2013

Due to resource constraints caused by sequestration, Air Force Space Command officials have directed the 21st Space Wing to prepare to discontinue operations

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Air Force News – August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

Enlisted Airmen may be eligible for medical prep school Active-duty enlisted Airmen who qualify can now apply for a new pilot program designed to prepare them for medical school, but “intent to apply” emails must be submitted no later than Sept. 6, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Monday. The Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory…

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Getting to know you …

Posted  August 16, 2013

Jenn Rothstein, right, spouse of Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, welcomes spouses new to Luke Air Force Base Aug. 8 during a spouse talk and tour. The tour, sponsored by the 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center, is designed to introduce spouses to their new Air Force community.

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Beat the heat 5k

Posted  August 16, 2013

Luke Air Force Base members begin the Beat the Heat 5k fun run Aug. 9 at Super Sabre Street. The first- through third-place winners in the female category are, respectively: Ally Catana, Leonila Celestino and Kassandra Parot. The first- through third-place winners in the male category are, respectively: Robert Amrich, David Lemery and Jason Mila….

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Using USB devices on base computers big no-no

Posted  August 16, 2013

The first thing that pops up after logging onto a government computer is a message: “Effective immediately, the following removable flash media are unauthorized on all Department of Defense information systems until further notice: memory sticks, thumb drives and camera flash memory cards.” Many people may not read this message and click through the pop-ups…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 16, 2013

Senior Airman Wesley Bohde 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Structural Maintenance Journeyman Hometown: New Haven, Ind. Years in service: Three Family: Wife, Emily; mother, Linda; and father, Matthew Education: Pursuing an aerospace maintenance technology degree at Indiana University Inspirations: Making my family proud; they’re excited about what I’m doing Goals: Make staff sergeant the first…

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News Briefs August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

AF ball The Air Force Ball is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Main Ballroom of the Wigwam Resort and Spa in Litchfield Park. Luke Air Force Base members can purchase tickets from their group representative today through Aug. 30. For more information, call 623-856-7009. 607th ACS changes command Lt. Col. Sean Slaughter…

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