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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the week – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 2012

Staff Sgt. Diann Cunningham 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Unit training manager Hometown: Glendale, Ariz. Years in service: Seven Family: Husband, Joseph; and son, Joshua, 3 Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University; Community College of the Air Force degrees in electronic systems technology and education and training management Previous assignments: Spangdahlem, Germany Inspirations:…

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Sports

Airman wins tournament by one-stroke

Posted  August 17, 2012

A 56th Training Squadron Airman proves that age doesn’t matter when he defeated an opponent 18 years younger and won the 88th Arizona Amateur Championship at Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Ariz....

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Air Force News – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 2012

Combat training supports 21st century strategy As the nation winds down from a decade of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Defense Department is shifting its focus to the future and recently introduced new strategic guidance describing the projected security environment and key military missions for which the department will prepare. “Our strategy review…

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Health & Safety

It’s not all about cardio

Posted  August 17, 2012

When one thinks about getting a fit, toned body what comes to mind may be spending countless hours on the treadmill or track, since it’s said that cardio is the most effective way to burn fat and calories. But what one may not know is strength training is equally important....

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USB devices ‘non grata’ to DOD computers

Posted  August 17, 2012

The use of USB flash drives is prohibited on Defense Department systems. Below are the most frequently asked questions: Q. What’s the harm if I’m just using a little power? A. Anything that plugs into a government system via USB can draw power, as well as transfer data. Q. But I turned it off. So…

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Commentary

Planning finances pays off big-time

Posted  August 17, 2012

For those living paycheck to paycheck or wondering where all the money goes every month, making a budget may be worth looking into. Budgeting can allow for financial freedom, according to Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist. “A properly executed budget with enough income to cover all…

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People First – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 2012

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. Program to…

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Street Beat – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 3 through 9: Tickets Security forces issued citations for three moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 7: Security forces responded to a report of a major vehicle accident at Bldg. 1223. There were no injuries. Aug. 9: Security forces responded to a report…

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Chaplain thoughts – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 2012

“You must love soldiers in order to understand them, and understand them in order to lead them.” ~Henri Turenne

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Welsh ‘humbled’ to serve as Air Force chief of staff

Posted  August 17, 2012

The Air Force chief of staff flag passed to the service’s 20th chief in a ceremony here Aug. 10. Gen. Mark Welsh III, a 36-year Airman, stepped into the position, taking over for Gen. Norton Schwartz, who also retired from the Air Force during the ceremony....

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