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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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Fly Over: ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’

Posted  August 3, 2012

In light of the tragic events that unfolded on the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo., I found it somewhat challenging to devote my full attention to the movie I had waited such a long time to see.

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Fly Over: “iPic Theaters”

Posted  August 3, 2012

For most moviegoers, the whole theater experience can be frustrating, stressful and tedious. Stand in line for ticket, then stand in line for popcorn, freeze to death in the theater and walk away with someone else’s candy stuck to the bottom of your shoe. No matter how good the film may be, the overall movie…

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Make immune system healthy, strong

Posted  August 3, 2012

The body’s immune system has many jobs including fighting against bacteria, parasites and fungi. It is also essential in keeping the body healthy from infection. The immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues and organs that together prevent and defend against attacks to the body, according to Rachel Perkins-Garner, 56th Medical…

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Ouch!

Posted  August 3, 2012

Airman 1st Class Joel Dominguez Correa, 56th Medical Operations Squadron ambulance operations, gives Osvaldo Almeida-Sanchez, 15, his hepatitis A and chicken pox vaccines at Luke Air Force Base July 17.

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MOS drives past LRS, sinks more shots

Posted  August 3, 2012

Brandon Smith, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, takes his second shot on the third hole July 19 during an intramural golf match.

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Sports Shorts – August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

Fall triathlon The fall triathlon featuring a 400-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5k run is 7 a.m. Sept. 22 at Silver Wings Pool. The cost is $20 per military person and $45 for others. Register by Sept. 14 and receive a free T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the…

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Airfield management gets call when in-flight, ground emergencies occur

Posted  July 27, 2012

Hundreds of phones ring across Luke AFB each day and sometimes go to voicemail. There is one phone, however, that has to be picked up no matter what. It’s called the primary crash phone and it’s red.

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CMSGT of AF talks technology

Posted  July 27, 2012

The United States Air Force is the world’s most advanced air, space and cyberspace force. Most of that can be attributed to you — our outstanding Airmen — but technology also plays a huge role.

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Integrity first

Posted  July 27, 2012

Editors note: This section highlights the perspectives of Airmen from professional organizations on base.   A famous quote by Stephen Covey, author of “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” reads “Integrity includes but goes beyond honesty. Honesty is telling the truth; in other words, conforming our words to reality. Integrity is keeping promises and fulfilling…

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MDG adopts Thompson Ranch Elementary

Posted  July 27, 2012

The 56th Medical Group adopted Thompson Ranch Elementary School in December 2011 to promote education, mentor the students and provide...

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