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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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People First – July 6, 2012

Posted  July 6, 2012

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story.   Officials…

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Airman leaves mark on base by overcoming fears

Posted  July 6, 2012

He had been asked to paint it several times, but he didn’t think it could be done. A known artist, Tech. Sgt. Andrew Rickert, 56th Component...

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ACC Det. 9, TRSS changes command

Posted  July 6, 2012

Lt. Col. Charles Law, Air Combat Command Training Support Squadron commander, passes the guidon June 28 to Lt. Col. James Warf as he assumes command of the ACC Detachment 9, TRSS during a ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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Chaplain thoughts – July 6, 2012

Posted  July 6, 2012

  “I’ve missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot 26 times … and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”   ~ Michael Jordon   As leaders we need to communicate and…

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Street Beat – July 6, 2012

Posted  July 6, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 22 through 28:

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Fly Over: ‘Warrior’

Posted  July 6, 2012

While there may be a few female characters in “Warrior,” the testosterone-charged 2011 drama set against the backdrop of a high-stakes mixed martial arts tournament, there’s no question this movie is set firmly in the world of men.

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Fly Over: ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

Posted  July 6, 2012

The legend of our beloved 16th President continues to grow as an axe-wielding Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) slays vampires in the Tim Burton-produced and Timur Bekmambetov-directed “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

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Motorcycle safety

Posted  July 6, 2012

One of the easiest things a rider can do to help prevent injuries is to wear the necessary gear required by all Air Force members. For more information on protection gear or courses available at Luke Air Force Base, call the 56th Fighter Wing Safety Office at (623) 856-6104.

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Kids snack on books

Posted  July 6, 2012

Cupcake, the puppet, joined Lacey Quattlebaum, June 21, for the announcement of the “Reading is so delicious” summer reading program.

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Airmen dive into swim meet

Posted  July 6, 2012

Quoc-Nam Nguyen, 56th Communications Squadron, swims in the 50-meter freestyle event. He placed 1st in the event.

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