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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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February: Month to increase security, force protection awareness

Posted  January 31, 2014

February is Security Awareness Month. The purpose is to increase security and force protection awareness and provide training and exercises that focus on that awareness. Ultimately, we want to perpetuate a culture in which each and every person in our Air Force community is aware. Each individual is a critical element in the force protection…

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People First – January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

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. DOD releases…

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Air Force News – January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

Alaska While recently deployed to Papua New Guinea for a Joint Prisoner of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command mission, Staff Sgt. Joseph Riemer, 354th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, put his combat life-saver skills to work to save the life of an injured local. Florida Fire detailers from the U.S. Forest Service…

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What Airmen need …

Posted  January 31, 2014

Senior Airman Darryl Pruitt, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels specialist, places a stroller in a shopping cart Jan. 21 at the Airman’s Attic located in Bldg. 750. Pruitt stopped by the Airman’s Attic to pick up a few items for a new baby. The Airman’s Attic supports active-duty service members from all branches in the…

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Come prepared for next A&FRC job fair

Posted  January 31, 2014

For those transitioning out of active-duty service or for those who are inexperienced with the process of applying for a new job, the prospect of interviewing for a job can be daunting, but coming prepared can make the difference between who gets hired and who does not. “It is important to be prepared for an…

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Airmen complete hands-on SABC training

Posted  January 31, 2014

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA First Lt. Marissa Rossi, 56th Fighter Wing protocol chief, tightens a tourniquet on the arm of Master Sgt. Cindy Spivey, 56th Comptroller Squadron financial analysis NCO-in-charge, Jan. 17 during the hands-on portion of the self aid buddy care training. Five Airmen from the 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies completed the hands-on portion…

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Safety: Priority 1 to kick off year right

Posted  January 31, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Hunt, Naval Operations Support Center avionics technician chief, demonstrates proper form to reduce the risk of injury Jan. 27 in the warrior fitness center. Since 2004, the Air Force has lost approximately 400 personnel due to recreational activities, according to Ben Bruce, 56th Fighter Wing ground safety…

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Safety award winners named

Posted  January 31, 2014

The following individuals are quarterly safety award winners: Wing Flight Maintenance: Staff Sgt. Matthew Jones, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Wing Flight Safety: Maj. Matthew Chisam, 310th Fight Squadron

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  January 31, 2014

Staff Sgt. Seth MacDougall 310th Fighter Squadron Squadron aviation resource management assistant NCO in charge Hometown: Duluth, Minn. Years in service: 12 Family: Wife, Jessica; and son, Warren Education: Pursuing a human resource management degree in at Columbia Southern University Previous assignments: Recruiter in Milwaukee, Wis., and Iron Mountain, Minn.; Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.;…

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News Briefs January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

Professional development op Participants of the Luke Air Force Base Library Reading Rewards program can receive a free copy of USA Today 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the library. Select two articles with unfamiliar words and meet in a group or one-on-one with an instructor at…

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