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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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Health & Safety

Red Ribbon week approaches

Posted  October 18, 2013

This year Red Ribbon Week is Wednesday through Oct. 31, and the theme is “A Healthy Me is Drug Free.” The 56th Fighter Wing Drug Demand Reduction Program’s goal is to raise awareness and reduce drug abuse in the Luke community. On Feb. 7, 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped, tortured…

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Happy feet …

Posted  October 18, 2013

Joel Bledsoe, husband of Col. Yolanda Bledsoe, 56th Medical Group commander, and other guests at the National Hispanic Heritage Month luncheon, dance to salsa music Oct. 10 at the Naval Operations Support Center at Luke Air Force Base. NHHM is observed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to celebrate the heritage and culture of American citizens…

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Being active comes loaded with benefits

Posted  October 18, 2013

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Airman 1st Class Kory Hickok, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, spots Staff Sgt. Kris Steele, who is also a weapons load crew member, Oct. 8 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Staying active is key to lowering the likelihood of diseases such as diabetes, high blood…

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944th Airman has two careers, one love

Posted  October 18, 2013

Courtesy photos Senior Master Sgt. Stephen Brook, in his early years as a member of the Royal Air Force, left, and currently at Luke Air Force Base. A 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron transportation manager has served more than 30 years in both active-duty and Reserve status in the U.S. Air Force but started his career…

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Salutes & Awards

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  October 18, 2013

Staff Sgt. Melissa Holmes 56th Comptroller Squadron Financial services customer service technician Hometown: Phoenix Years in service: Four Education: One class away from a Community college of the Air Force degree at Rio Salado Rio. Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in educational studies with Ashford University Previous assignments: Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Inspirations: Helping people…

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News Briefs October 18, 2013

Posted  October 18, 2013

61st FS reactivation The 61st Fighter Squadron will reactivate as an F-35 Lightning II training squadron in a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in Club Five Six. Lt. Col. Michael Ebner will assume command. Boots to business The Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center is featuring a two-day transition assistance program…

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Gospel service celebrates 40 years

Posted  October 18, 2013

Courtesy photo The contemporary gospel service poses for a group photo during their first anniversary in 1974. The Luke Community Chapel contemporary gospel service celebrated its 40th anniversary Sunday with the theme “Forty Years of Grace and Mercy.” “The gospel service has such a rich history, but one of the facts that most people might…

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Airman trains for core-value experiences

Posted  October 18, 2013

It was 3:30 a.m. and the temperature outside my armored truck was zero degrees Fahrenheit and the snow was coming down hard. I watched a figure on my thermal imager walk across the Polish-controlled forward operating base Ghazni, Afghanistan, and I thought to myself, “Who would be crazy enough to be out for a stroll…

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Mentoring without mentoring

Posted  October 18, 2013

It seems that about every other week, there is a new article about leadership in the Thunderbolt expressing myriad theories and pet practices that the author has found successful to use. Frankly, I believe that leadership is much simpler than we in the military make it out to be at times. I do not have…

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At ‘tip of spear,’ passion keeps pilots sharp

Posted  October 18, 2013

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann, 62nd Fighter Squadron commander, flies an F-16 Fighting Falcon over the Gulf of Mexico. Mann deployed to Iraq in 2001 and 2003. It’s a dark night over Baghdad. Storm clouds rumble with the sound of thunder. In poor weather, Air Force pilots move in to escort a navy strike…

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