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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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Sports Shorts – July 6, 2012

Posted  July 6, 2012

Youth soccer camp A youth soccer camp is Mondaythrough July 13 for youth program members. Classes for youth, ages 8 to 12, are 9 a.m. to noon and youth, ages 13 to 18, are 1 to 4 p.m. Sign up at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. For more information, call (623) 856-6225.  …

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Air Force leaders issue Independence Day message

Posted  July 3, 2012

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy...

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Health & Safety

Firework safety: Leave it to professionals

Posted  June 29, 2012

"More fires are reported on July 4 than any other day of the year in the United States. More than half of these fires are caused by fireworks.”

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Fired up to vote with FVAP

Posted  June 29, 2012

Mark your calendar for Nov. 6. It is an important date to remember this year. This date is commonly known as Election Day. Americans across the nation will be casting their ballots. This constitutional right is also just as important for uniformed service members and our families. There’s no better way to exercise this right…

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3-M concept of leadership serves chief well

Posted  June 29, 2012

Whenever I am asked about my leadership methods, I always say, “I apply my Three-M concept: mentor, motivate and monitor.” Most people will discover at one time or another they have been in a leadership role, whether as a sibling, parent, boss, coach or sometimes as a team member. Realizing the profound impact one person…

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Health & Safety

Resources available at Luke for domestic abuse prevention

Posted  June 29, 2012

Domestic abuse is a problem that can affect many families, including military families. According to the Defense Department Family Advocacy Program report, victims of domestic abuse include both men and women.

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News Briefs – June 29, 2012

Posted  June 29, 2012

Changes of command 56th OG Col. Douglas Miller, 56th Operations Group commander, will relinquish command to Col. John Hanna at 8 a.m. today in Hangar 913. 56 LRS Lt. Col. Michael Davis, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Erin Cluff at 8 a.m. July 6 in Bldg. 291. 56th SFS…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week – June 29, 2012

Posted  June 29, 2012

Airman 1st Class MariaIsabel Cruz 56th Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Control Apprentice

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56th EMS change of command

Posted  June 29, 2012

Col. Deborah Liddick, 56th Maintenance Group commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Jeffrey Campbell June 22 as he assumes command of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron during a change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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E-6, E-7 selects announced

Posted  June 29, 2012

The following individuals have been selected for promotion:   Master sergeant 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Robert Sheipline   Technical sergeant 56th Security Forces Squadron Brad Brown

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