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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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Luke’s own selected for Heroes Cup

Posted  October 4, 2013

Senior Airman Ronald Gore, 56th Communications Squadron Airfield Systems journeyman, winds up his swing at Falcon Dunes Golf Course. Gore has been selected to participate in the Heroes Cup later this month. Scheduled to be broadcasted on The Golf Channel later this year, the Heroes Cup Foundation will hold its aptly named Heroes Cup, a…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  October 4, 2013

Staff Sgt. Janessa Nuzzi 56th Dental Squadron Dental assistant Hometown: Wolcott, Conn. Years in service: Nine Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in dental assistance; bachelor’s degree in management/human resources from Park University Previous assignments: Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas; Aviano Air Base, Italy Inspirations: My family shows me what’s important in life;…

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News Briefs October 4, 2013

Posted  October 4, 2013

Free club membership Join Club Five Six by Dec. 31 to receive free dues for three months, be enrolled in the free cash back rewards program and receive an instant win scratch-off ticket worth $5 to $100. Air Force Clubs offer members numerous free and inexpensive activities including discounts on meals, an annual $25,000 scholarship…

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Health & Safety

Prevent kitchen fires

Posted  October 4, 2013

Luke Fire Emergency Services is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association and United States Fire Administration to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme, “Prevent Kitchen Fires,” focuses on the importance of awareness, good working appliances and safe cooking practices. Along with learning fire safety, family members need to know and…

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Drug demand reduction program tests Airmen

Posted  October 4, 2013

Photo by Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Michael Gorske, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron drug demand reduction assistant, places a tamper-resistant tape on a collection bottle Sept. 25 at the drug demand reduction building on Luke Air Force Base. The goal of the DDR program is to stop the use and abuse of controlled and illegal…

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Leadership has many forms

Posted  October 4, 2013

Leadership comes in many forms such as skill, knowledge, appearance and rank. There are other forms of leadership that are used less but greatly needed in today’s military. A few of these are inspiring, caring, nurturing and growing your personnel. It’s been said by many past leaders that if you support your people they will…

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Make it personal

Posted  October 4, 2013

In my opinion, leadership is most effective when it is personal. In a large organization, it is difficult to have a personal connection with everyone. Your personal leadership sphere of influence may be limited to one or two layers deep, but if they in turn made personal leadership a priority, it would drill down to…

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Combined Federal Campaign kicks off

Posted  October 4, 2013

The annual Combined Federal Campaign began Sept. 23 in support of helping various organizations and charities raise money for their respective causes. “The CFC began in the early 1960s to coordinate the fundraising efforts of various charitable organizations so the federal donor would be solicited only once in the workplace and have the opportunity to…

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Fighter squadrons improve community

Posted  October 4, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Airmen from the 310th Fighter Squadron shovel rock into a wheelbarrow Saturday during a Habitat for Humanity event in Surprise. Airmen completed landscaping and painted a courtyard for four homes. More than 40 Luke Airmen stepped up to help the community in a home improvement challenge. Four Luke Air Force Base…

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Sports Shorts – October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

Harold Cade, 56th Communications Squadron, runs the ball for the end zone during a flag football game with Navy Oct. 2 at Luke Air Force Base. The Navy dominated 56th CS with a score of 24-6. Navy breaks 56th CS streak, remains undefeated by Airman 1st Class JAMES HENSLEY, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The first pass…

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