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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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This week in history

Posted  December 13, 2013

1973: YF-16 rolls out General Dynamic (now Lockheed-Martin) rolled out the first YF-16 prototype aircraft 40 years ago today from its Fort Worth, Texas, plant. Tail number 72-1567 was to compete with the YF-17 in a fly-off. The winner would win the contract to replace the aging Republic F-105 Thunderchief and McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom…

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Salutes & Awards

Posted  December 13, 2013

AETC announces yearly SFS awards The following individuals are 2013 AETC Security Forces individual award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Ann Sweigart Civilian: Loran Allen Annual, quarterly staff agency winners named Fighter Wing staff agencies The following individuals are annual award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Jenna Sarvinski, Public Affairs NCO: Tech. Sgt. Bruce Thompson, Information…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  December 13, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jessica Williams 61st Fighter Squadron Aviation resource management Hometown: Orlando, Fla. Years in service: Eight Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business Inspirations: My family and friends Goals: Complete a master’s degree in education Famous last words: “Never give up!” Off-duty interests: Skiing, reading, spending time with friends Commander’s comments: “Sergeant Williams has…

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News Briefs December 13, 2013

Posted  December 13, 2013

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Wednesday which will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. Those traveling on base should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting individuals with…

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Entering Air Force same as joining new family

Posted  December 13, 2013

Grace Lee Airman 1st Class Oumaima Lehnoud, 56th Security Forces Squadron security patrol and entry controller, guides a vehicle through the South Gate search pit Nov. 12 on Luke Air Force Base. Taking a step to “cross into the blue” can be intimidating, exciting and full of unknowns, but once in, it not only brings…

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LRS refuels German C-160

Posted  December 13, 2013

Courtesy photo A German C-160 aircraft sits at the Phoenix Goodyear Airport Nov 14. Senior Airman Kyle Barna and Staff Sgt. Tabius Smith, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, were dispatched to refuel the aircraft and support the German air force who conducts basic flight training there. Airmen from the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight…

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The dirty dollar

Posted  December 13, 2013

Have you ever glanced down at the ground to see the distinct green of a crisp, clean dollar bill? I am willing to bet if you did, you would have picked it up. The question is if that dollar was crumpled up and dirty, would you have picked it up anyway? Would you have straightened…

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Be prepared

Posted  December 13, 2013

Leading Airmen happens at every level and preparation is the key to success. A couple of weeks ago I watched two Airmen lead the clinic through resiliency training. As I looked at the members of the family health clinic I felt many things. The medics unabashedly participated in the training led by two Airmen who…

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AETC commander visits Luke

Posted  December 13, 2013

The top officer in Air Education and Training command, Gen. Robin Rand, a former wing commander here, and his wife, Kim, visited Luke Air Force Base Dec. 4 through 6 to talk to Airmen about his priorities and vision for the command. “The best part of the job is to come out here and have…

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Sports Shorts – December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

Winter games bring out unusual events Second Lt. Jonathan Warzeka, 56th Security Forces Squadron Logistics Flight officer in charge, takes on the challenge of the dizzy bat race on day one of the winter games. Participants made ten full clockwise rotations before running to first base. The games were Dec. 9 through 13 and included…

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