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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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Giving kids a boost

Posted  September 7, 2012

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Staff Sgt. Erin Watson, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, receives a new booster seat Aug. 30 after being briefed on its proper use and installation by Senior Airman Jessica Crotta, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, during the Booster Bash at Luke Air Force Base. A new law went into effect Aug….

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Make immune system healthy, strong

Posted  September 7, 2012

The body’s immune system has many jobs, including fighting against bacteria, parasites and fungi; it is also essential in keeping the body healthy from infection. The immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues and organs that together prevent and defend against attacks to the body, according to Rachel Perkins-Garner, 56th Medical…

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ITT offers travel discounts

Posted  September 7, 2012

Army Spc. Christian Lopez, 258th Engineer Company engineer, left, and Pvt. Andrew Romero, 258th EC engineer, check out brochures at the Information, Tickets and Travel office on Luke Air Force Base Aug. 29. ITT is located in Bldg. 1150 and offers deals on tickets, airfares and more to military personnel, family members and Defense Department…

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SFS turns to traumatic stress expert for help

Posted  September 7, 2012

Courtesy photo Susan Simons, Under the Shield president, speaks to personnel from the 56th Security Forces Squadron along with members of local law enforcement agencies Aug. 29 at the military working dog kennels on Luke Air Force Base. Simons works with the 56th SFS and local police Wednesdays teaching them how to be mentally prepared…

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People First

Posted  September 7, 2012

Redesigned program eases transition to civilian life A redesigned program will help ease every Airman’s transition to civilian life and better apply their military experience, Air Force officials said. The program is the first major overhaul of the transition assistance program for military members in nearly 20 years. The effort began in response to a…

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New BTO to help Airmen make USAFE processes more efficient, effective

Posted  September 7, 2012

Before becoming the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark Welsh challenged the U.S. Air Forces in Europe to find more efficient and effective ways to use its resources. “Current fiscal realities require commanders to take a hard look at how to most efficiently support and execute our missions within growing budget constraints,” said Welsh…

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People First

Posted  September 7, 2012

Redesigned program eases transition to civilian life A redesigned program will help ease every Airman’s transition to civilian life and better apply their military experience, Air Force officials said. The program is the first major overhaul of the transition assistance program for military members in nearly 20 years. The effort began in response to a…

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Street Beat – September 7, 2012

Posted  September 7, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 24 through 30. Tickets Security forces issued citations for 19 moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 24: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the Luke Air Force Base exchange parking garage. There were no injuries. Aug. 25:…

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Ounce of pest prevention worth pound of bug killer

Posted  September 7, 2012

There are many positive aspects of living in Arizona like sunshine and beautiful scenery, but the one thing not many enjoy is the surprise visits from pests such as cockroaches, ants and scorpions. Although most people don’t want pests in their homes, the pests have reasons to want to be there. “Pests want food, water…

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Luke exchange takes bite out of crime

Posted  September 7, 2012

According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, losses due to thefts from retail stores alone amount to more than $35 million a day. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, which has contributed more than $2.4 billion to morale, welfare and recreation programs in the past 10 years, continues to focus its efforts on…

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