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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 – December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

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. Synthetic marijuana…

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Air Force News – December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

Luke fighter pilot gets hero’s burial ARLINGTON, Va. — Maj. Troy Gilbert’s former wife and their five children placed roses behind a small box beside his grave. Ginger Gilbert Ravella then knelt down, kissed her finger and placed it gently on the box after the Dec. 11 ceremony that partially fulfilled the family’s quest to…

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SFS trains MDG on responding to active shooters

Posted  December 20, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Staff Sgt. Daniel Lennon, 56th Security Forces Squadron unit scheduler, speaks to 56th Medical Group members about active-shooter scenarios Dec. 9 during active-shooter awareness training. The 56th Security Forces Squadron held active-shooter awareness training for 56th Medical Group Airmen Dec. 9 in the 56th MDG assembly room as it has been doing…

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Spikes produce 7 fighter pilots for CAF

Posted  December 20, 2013

Courtesy Photo The 62nd Fighter Squadron, class 13-DBC, graduates seven pilots today to the combat Air Force. They are, from left, 1st Lts. Adam Crow, Sean Foote and Steven Fox; Capt. Ryan Wade; 1st Lts. Jason Bright and Tyler Hill; and Capt. Matthew Zenishek. Seven of America’s newest fighter pilots are ready to join the…

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ALS graduates 38 in Class 14-1

Posted  December 20, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 37 senior airmen and one staff sergeant Dec. 12 from Class 14-1: The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: John Dunlap, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Distinguished graduates: Robin Hansen, 56th Dental Squadron; Corey Ingraham, 56th Operations Support Squadron;…

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756th AMXS handed over

Posted  December 20, 2013

Lt. Col. Dominick Martin, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, passes the guidon to Col. Victor Mora, 56th Maintenance Group commander, Dec. 11 during the 756th AMXS relinquishment of command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  December 20, 2013

Senior Airman Rodney Yolangco 56th Operations Support Squadron 56th Fighter Wing protocol specialist Hometown: San Diego Years in service: Three Family: 1st Lt. Samantha Yolangco, spouse Education: Bachelor of Science in biology, preprofessional, University of Nevada Las Vegas Inspirations: My parents Goals: To get accepted to the Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program Greatest feat: Convincing my…

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News Briefs December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

Thunderbolt hiatus The Thunderbolt will not be published Dec. 27 or Jan. 3, 2014. Look for the 2013 Year in Review Special Edition Jan. 10. The first regular edition of the Thunderbolt is Jan. 17, 2014. For more information, call 623-856-5998. AAFES holiday hours Hours for concessionaires and kiosk vendors are 10 a.m. to 3…

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Air Force skydiving team in town

Posted  December 20, 2013

Look in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s the Wings of Blue! The Wings of Blue skydiving demonstration team is scheduled to arrive in the Phoenix area Dec. 27 where they will be visiting various areas to do practice jumps, perform and give back to the community. The primary mission of the…

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Just looking …

Posted  December 20, 2013

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Steve Gillette, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 commander, explains the capabilities of the F-35B Lighting II joint strike fighter to Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Singapore minister of defense, Dec. 10 at Luke Air Force Base. Ng’s visit also coincided with Forging Sabre, a Singapore armed forces exercise. The jet came…

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