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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 officer saves drowning victim

Posted  July 13, 2012

June 23 was just a normal day at the Balfour Beatty community pool on Luke Air Force Base. That was until one medical officer overheard a child say, “What’s wrong with him; is he dead?”

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News Briefs – July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 2012

Changes of command 56th TRS Lt. Col. Charles DeLapp, 56th Training Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Matthew Liljenstolpe at 8 a.m. today in Hangar 1022. 56th MOS Maj. Christopher Chestnut, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Maj. James Schieser at 7:30 a.m. July 23 in Bldg. 485.   Load…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 2012

Airman 1st Class Taylor LeBlanc 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Optometry Apprentice

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Familiar faces

Posted  July 13, 2012

Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, 7th Air Force vice commander, receives the oath of office from Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Force commander, after pinning on the rank of major general July 3 in Buckeye.

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Quarterly awards announced – July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 2012

The following individuals are quarterly award winners: 56th Fighter Wing Airman: Senior Airman: Lakindra Favors, 56th Comptroller Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Keith Sue, 56th FW Inspector General Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Rayshieta Cole, 56th FW Judge Advocate Company grade officer: Capt. Karlton Edison, 56th FW Chapel Field grade officer: Maj. Jacqueline Stingl, 56th FWJA Civilian…

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Lightweight ABU arrives at Luke

Posted  July 13, 2012

Temperatures around Phoenix often stretch beyond 110 degrees during the summer months. That heat has forced Airmen at Luke Air Force Base to develop ingenious ways at cooling down. Some of these include water mist sprayers on the top of outdoor break areas and shifting work schedules so each Airman is outside for a shorter…

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How does high blood pressure cause stroke?

Posted  July 13, 2012

Did you know that one in every three U.S. adults has suffered from high blood pressure, a major risk factor for stroke? And, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Those facts came straight from the American Stroke Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The relationship between stroke…

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Staying active keeps heart healthy, prevents disease

Posted  July 13, 2012

Staying active doesn’t just help get or keep weight off; it helps lower the chances of getting weight-related diseases. It also can improve one’s sleep, self esteem and ability to handle everyday stresses. Unfortunately, not everyone leads an active lifestyle and the consequences of an inactive lifestyle may increase the risk of developing heart disease….

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New AMDS commander

Posted  July 13, 2012

Col. Yolanda Bledsoe, 56th Medical Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Daniel Smith July 2 as he assumes command of the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron during an assumption-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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Luke exchange makes good health its business

Posted  July 13, 2012

Understanding that a large part of the military’s focus is on a fit mind and body to ensure top performance, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service values the importance of wellness. To that end, the exchange is feeding shoppers’ minds with information. Healthy nutrition options, fitness programs, family activities and overall wellness information are…

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