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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 20, 2013

Courtesy photo Dec. 17, 1903: First flight One hundred and ten years ago this week, Orville Wright flew the Wright Flyer 125 feet in 12 seconds at 10:35 a.m. Dec. 17. His was the first-ever manned heavier-than-air, sustained, controlled and powered flight. Orville designed and built his own printing press and began a printing business…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  December 20, 2013

• All Airmen (active-duty, Reservists, Air National Guard, Defense Department employees, etc.) must submit a travel claim within five working days of completing travel. Contact the 56th Comptroller Squadron Financial Services Office for exceptions or special circumstances. • For TDYs, excess baggage expenses are a reimbursable expense. However, a member should always refer back to…

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AF officials announce FY14 civilian workforce shaping

Posted  December 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Air Force will reduce the size of its civilian workforce by about 900 positions in addition to maintaining approximately 7,000 vacancies across the force to meet the demands of a constrained fiscal 2014 budget, officials announced. Specific reductions by location have not been determined. The Air Force will implement civilian workforce shaping…

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Street Beat

Posted  December 20, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Dec. 2 through 16: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving violation. Traffic-related incidents Dec. 5: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident in Bldg. 219 parking lot. An individual disengaged the brake after failing to place the vehicle in park…

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Fly Over: ‘Battlefield 4’, and ‘Escape Plan’

Posted  December 20, 2013

On DVD: ‘Battlefield 4’ This “Battlefield” was hyped up over new features like destructive multiplayer game play and insanely new campaign mode. As a new player to the “Battlefield” franchise, I was not disappointed except for a couple of minor flaws in the game system itself. The multiplayer was nothing like I have ever experienced…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  December 20, 2013

Dr. Suess Traditions are an important part of the holiday season. Gathering the family to watch a favorite Christmas movie is one that many enjoy. For some it’s the old classics like “Miracle on 34th Street” or “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Others enjoy cartoons like “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Rudolph” or “Frosty the Snow Man.”…

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How do you win?

Posted  December 20, 2013

Aim High … Fly, Fight and Win! Our motto … our mission. However, if you think about it, not everyone flies and not everyone fights. So how do we win? Only 5 percent of our Air Force flies. Moreover, up to 12 percent are involved in direct combat operations. So what do the other 83…

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ALS unit sponsorship program ‘win-win’ for all

Posted  December 20, 2013

To help Airman Leadership School students grow as future leaders there is a program available to help immerse them into a career field outside their own

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Santa sighted east, west sides

Posted  December 20, 2013

Senior Airman Grace Lee Children play in a bouncy castle Dec.14 inside the Luke Air Force Base fire station prior to meeting Santa Claus. Children got presents and pictures with Santa while also bringing families together.   Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann Pritchett Landen, 3, son of retired Tech. Sgt. Charles Landen, smiles back at “Spiderman”…

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Luke Airmen outfit future Air Force leaders

Posted  December 20, 2013

The Air Force uniform. It’s a part of an Airman’s life that many don’t give a second thought to. But for the cadets of the Agua Fria High School Air Force Junior ROTC, getting enough uniforms to outfit their entire flight was a challenge.

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