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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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Failure spurs great leaders

Posted  September 13, 2013

Failing at leadership on the surface might seem to be somewhat of an oxymoron, but as we explore this phenomenon as a reality of leadership, we will discover that failing at leadership has spurred many leaders and entrepreneurs to greatness. History is replete with men and women who in spite of their failures, persevered to…

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Air Force tuition assistance undergoing changes

Posted  September 13, 2013

Changes to the application process and some of the guidelines for the Air Force tuition assistance program go into effect with classes that begin after Oct. 1. These changes will require supervisors to bear more responsibility for their Airmen filing for TA. “Supervisors will have in-depth control and will now be held accountable,” said Joan…

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Sports Shorts – September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

Airman 1st Class Dontae Smith, 56th Communication Squadron, attempts a lay-up Sept. 11 during an intramural basketball playoff game at Luke Air Force Base. CS defeated Army 44-42. CS basketball team eliminates Army in close match Photos and story by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Communications Squadron battled the…

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Health & Safety

Street Beat – September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations from Sept. 6 through 12, 2013 Tickets Security Forces issued citations for 11 moving violations. Traffic related incidents Sept. 6: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident involving two privately owned vehicles at the Lightning Gate. There were no injuries. Sept. 6: Security forces responded…

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Air Force Ball

Posted  September 20, 2013

Photos from the Air Force Ball held Sept.14 at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park.

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Fly Over: ‘Prisoners’, and ‘Don Jon’

Posted  September 20, 2013

In theaters: ‘Prisoners’ Director Denis Villeneuve (“Incendies”) embarking on his first major Hollywood film after years as an independent filmmaker wrote a letter to the audience humbly expressing his reservations about working with big film producers, but assured the audience that if the film was a flop it was entirely on him. Well sir, you…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  September 20, 2013

  “I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” – Anne Frank Having an attitude of gratitude doesn’t happen on its own. It takes intentionality to survey our lives and the world around us and see the beauty. There are many negative things that seek to cast a shadow…

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Bioenvironmental: keeping people safe

Posted  September 20, 2013

An Airman begins to prepare an F-16 for a new paint job. Another works on maintaining the base radar. A spouse begins cooking a meal by bringing water to a boil, and a retiree sits in the clinic waiting to see the doctor

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This Week in History: September 20

Posted  September 20, 2013

Courtesy photo 1st Lt. Tom Selfridge Sept. 17, 1908: Selfridge flies with Wright Thomas Selfridge was born on Feb. 8, 1882, in San Francisco. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1903. That was the same class as Douglas MacArthur. Selfridge graduated in the top third of his class. After graduation,…

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People First – September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 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. Senior leaders…

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