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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 AFB selected for F-35A pilot training

Posted  August 3, 2012

It’s official, the F-35 is coming to Luke Air Force Base. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley announced Wednesday that Luke AFB has been chosen as the location of the Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II...

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Leadership, take care of people

Posted  August 3, 2012

Leadership sometimes comes to those who really didn’t expect it and for the most part probably didn’t ask for it. But, when the opportunity arises, take it and run with it.

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Focus on Appearance – August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

Did you know… Artwork known as tattoos and brands, anywhere on the body, that are obscene or advocate sexual, racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination are prohibited in and out of uniform. Tattoos and brands that are prejudicial to good order and discipline or of a nature that tends to bring discredit upon the Air Force…

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Airman, child survive car crash

Posted  August 3, 2012

A 56th Security Forces Squadron Airman, his two-year-old daughter and another passenger survived a rollover accident sustaining only minor injuries July 16 while driving home from Disneyland. He credits the training he received through a safety course on base.

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News Briefs – August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

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.   Military family fun night There is a military family fun night 5 to 7:30 p.m….

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Thunderbolt of the Week – August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

“Airman Garza combines a professional and dedicated work ethic with an infectious positive attitude that sets the tone for her office,” said Col. John Hanna, 56th OG commander.

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Air Force announces E-5 selects

Posted  August 3, 2012

The Air Force announced E-5 promotions Thursday. More than 13,400 senior airmen — 40 percent of those eligible — have been selected for promotion. The following senior airmen have been selected for promotion to staff sergeant at Luke Air Force Base:   56th Fighter Wing Christopher Hatch, Melanie Holochwost, Austin Kelley, Chelsie Nelson and Jessica…

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56th MDG invites healthcare leaders to Luke

Posted  August 3, 2012

The 56th Medical Group held an executives healthcare seminar July 26 at Club Five Six. “Our primary purpose was to allow Arizona's...

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CCAF announces solution to residency requirement

Posted  August 3, 2012

Airmen who attend a Defense Department or Tri-Service technical school can earn their Community College of the Air Force degree sooner than once thought.

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Chaplain thoughts – August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

  “For six years, I kept my five Olympic medals wrapped in a plastic bread bag beneath my bed.” ~ Mary Lou Retton   Wow … not displayed on the mantle, not kept in a curio, not even hanging up in a shadow box? Out of sight for no one to see. So much blood,…

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