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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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Heat, grime combine for the dirtiest jobs

Posted  September 7, 2012

There are many types of jobs at Luke Air Force Base, from office jobs to veterinary services. Many of the jobs that keep Luke running can get a person pretty dirty, but someone has to do them.

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10 ways to work exercise into your life

Posted  September 7, 2012

Between a job, children and maybe even a deployed spouse, you often wonder how you can exercise more, or even at all. Perhaps if the day expanded to 48 hours, regular exercise would seem more reasonable. Since that won’t happen, here are some tips to work more exercise into your busy life. 1. Make it a…

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33rd FW visits 56th TRS

Posted  September 7, 2012

Members of the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., visited Luke Air Force Base to gain and share knowledge about government contracts, academics and course development. “They came here to learn from our government contract oversight team manning,” said Greg Daniels, 56th Operations Group F-16 Weapons System Support Contract project officer quality…

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In Brief – September 7, 2012

Posted  September 7, 2012

In Brief AFSA meeting The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Club Five Six Barcelona Room. For more information, go to www.afsachapter1260.weebly.com or call Master Sgt. Dustin Withrow at (623) 856-2985. Hispanic Heritage Month Events Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. This…

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‘Deadly Quartet’ harmful to health

Posted  September 7, 2012

You may have heard of musical quartets, some of them famous singing groups (Beatles, anyone?). But did you know one particular quartet can be harmful to your health? It’s known as the “four chronic conditions”— or the Deadly Quartet. And when this group of health issues comes together, the last thing you’ll hear is music….

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Sports Shorts – September 7, 2012

Posted  September 7, 2012

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Fly Over: “Lawless”, “Age of Aztec”

Posted  September 6, 2012

“Lawless” a prohibition-era true story about three bootlegging brothers is a visually compelling and superbly acted film derived from Matt Bondurant’s 2008 family novel “The Wettest County in the World.” Set in the 1930s Virginia backwoods, brothers Forrest, Howard and Jack Bondurant produce a highly intoxicating brand of moonshine, White Lightning, and sell their wares…

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Thunderbolt of the week – August 31, 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

Staff Sgt. Kevin Carpenter II 56th Dental Squadron Oral maxillofacial surgery assistant Staff Sgt. Jonathan Martell Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Specialist Instructor Hometown: Napa, Calif. Years in service: Nine Family: Wife, Mindy; and son, Jonathan Education: Community College of the Air Force degrees in aviation maintenance and instructor of technical military…

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Professional enhancement course builds Senior NCOs

Posted  August 31, 2012

When technical sergeants become master sergeants they go through a three-day Senior NCO Professional Enhancement Course to equip them to assume the role of senior NCO. “This course helps newly selected master sergeants determine a career progression and find out what they need to do to excel in their career,” said Master Sgt. Dustin Withrow,…

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Justice Report – August 31, 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

The following is a list of Article 15s issued at Luke Air Force Base in July: 56th Maintenance Group • A senior airman received an Article 15 for using spice. The member received a reduction to E-2, forfeiture of $835 pay per month for two months with half the amount suspended, 15 days extra duty and…

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