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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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F-35 beckons press

Posted  August 10, 2012

Local Phoenix media representatives record Luke Air Force Base officials Aug. 1 during a press conference held in the wing headquarters building announcing the decision for the F-35A Lightning II to be at Luke.

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Base housing changes underway

Posted  August 10, 2012

Over the past few months there have been several changes made in base housing such as to its appearance, who is allowed to live there and what Balfour Beaty Communities offers for residents. According to Robert Worley, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Asset Management Flight chief, BBC has renovated older homes and built 101 new homes,…

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News Briefs – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

62nd FS change of command Lt. Col. Brian Jackson, 62nd Fighter Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann at 8 a.m. today in Hangar 1022.   Operation KIDS Operations KIDS is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Camp Thunderbolt, Bldg. 400 on Luke Air Force Base. It is a simulated…

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Thunderbolt of the week – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

Staff Sgt. Cambria Odell

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ALS graduates 40

Posted  August 10, 2012

The John J. Rhodes Airman Leadership School graduated four staff sergeants and 36 senior airmen June 28 in Class 12-5. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted:   56th Comptroller Squadron Wade Williams   56th Operations Support Squadron Clayton Legare and Staff Sgt. Courtney Ramstead   308th Fighter Squadron Michelle Stauffer   56th Maintenance…

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Reserve unit gives back to Anchorage hosts

Posted  August 10, 2012

The 944th Fighter Wing Annual Tour in Alaska this July allowed members of the team to volunteer in the local community. Twenty-eight members of the 944th Force Support Squadron split their day between...

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Chaplain thoughts – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

"Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.” ~ Jesse Owens

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Health & Safety

Stretching muscles no small matter

Posted  August 10, 2012

There are various opinions out there in the fitness world on whether one should stretch before or after a workout. The answers may vary depending on who you ask, but here’s what the experts at Luke Air Force Base have to say.

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Street Beat – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incident July 27 through Aug. 2:   Tickets Security forces issued citations for three moving and 11 nonmoving violations.   Traffic-related incidents July 30: Security forces responded to a report of a trailer dislodged from a truck at the intersection of Eagle Street and Bong Lane. Patrols…

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Credit score: Good to have, use wisely

Posted  August 10, 2012

Having good credit can be beneficial in many ways, and when used correctly it can be an important tool to help pay for college, a new vehicle, furniture or a home. According to Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist, credit is what permits one to borrow money…

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