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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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October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted  October 5, 2012

Domestic violence is a pervasive problem in virtually all countries, cultures, classes and income groups, and the Air Force is not excluded. It is a type of abuse that involves injuring usually a spouse or partner, but it can also be a parent, child or other family member. It is the willful intimidation, physical assault,…

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Time for dos, don’ts reminder of political season

Posted  October 5, 2012

Military members and Defense Department employees are encouraged to vote and participate in the political process. At the same time, the appearance of military influence of the political process must be avoided. Thus, participation in political activities by military members and DOD employees is limited by law in order to ensure that a real or…

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Sports Shorts

Posted  October 5, 2012

 756th AMXS defeats 607th ACS 28-20   Timothy Schonfeld, 607th Air Control Squadron, waits to catch the football Sept. 25 during an intramural football game at the Luke Air Force Base football field. Schonfeld caught the ball for ACS’s first touchdown of the game.           Rakeem Redd, 607th Air Control Squadron,…

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‘Baby of Bataan’ shares story, wisdom

Posted  September 28, 2012

Most 14-year-old boys are starting high school and concerned with meeting girls or playing sports, but not so for retired Staff Sgt. Joseph Johnson, who at that tender age enlisted in the Army in 1940.

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In Brief – September 28, 2012

Posted  September 28, 2012

Commander’s calls Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will hold commander’s calls at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. today in the Bryant Fitness Center gym. Small business briefing A small business administration briefing is 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 1113. For more…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – Sept. 28, 2012

Posted  September 28, 2012

Senior Airman Chelsie Nelson 56th Fighter Wing Protocol specialist Hometown: Waynesboro, Va. Years in service: Three Family: My husband, Earl; and three dogs, Marley, Giana and Akia Education: Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing through the Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program Inspirations: Martin Luther King, Jr. When others were afraid to speak up about injustices,…

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Chaplain thoughts – September 28, 2012

Posted  September 28, 2012

“Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.” ~ John Hancock Imagine that just by signing your name to a document in essence you were signing your own death sentence. That is the price that John…

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Command Priorities

Posted  September 28, 2012

Commands at all levels have priorities, which serve to focus an organization’s efforts. Here is an overview of priorities for the Air Force, Air Education and Training Command and the 56th Fighter Wing.

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Health & Safety

Street Beat and Justice Report – September 28, 2012

Posted  September 28, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following issues Sept. 14 through 21: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 18: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 1130. Sept. 20: Security forces responded to an off-base accident at Glendale Avenue…

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Sports Shorts – September 28, 2012

Posted  September 28, 2012

Staying fit and keeping active: a busy week at Luke

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