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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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March: Women’s History Month

Posted  March 26, 2012

Senior Airmen Taylor Philpot, Jamel Stallings and Landon Moore, Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard, lower the flag March 8 during the Women’s History Month retreat ceremony. This year’s theme is Women’s Education-Women’s Empowerment and recognizes the pioneering leadership of women and their impact on diverse areas of education. For more photos…

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New policy means faster access to emergency funds

Posted  March 26, 2012

The Air Force Aid Society released a new policy that can help some Airmen needing cash for emergencies. As of March 1 the AFAS Falcon Loan policy allows active-duty Air Force members to borrow up to $750 for emergency needs for authorized purposes. The repayment period will continue to be three to 10 months. The…

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Movie Review: 21 Jump Street

Posted  March 26, 2012

“21 Jump Street,” the new action/comedy flick from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, starts off strong and has some truly funny moments, but it ultimately proves uneven, falling prey to the pitfalls of this hybrid genre. The film is a remake of the 1987-1991 TV series of the same name, with a few modern twists and a few more laughs. The movie stars Jonah…

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Movie Review: The Science of Sleep

Posted  March 26, 2012

Imagine you’re able to render through a visual medium a collection of your most colorful, emotional and insightful dreams. Now imagine if those dreams came from a creative, intellectual genius like Friedrich Nietzsche, Leonardo da Vinci or Edgar Allen Poe. Michel Gondry is to visual media…

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Colorectal cancer survivor visits Luke during awareness month

Posted  March 26, 2012

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, which calls attention to the disease and recognizes those who lost their lives due to it. However, it’s also a time for survivors to communicate to those currently battling the cancer and provide guidance on how to survive the disease. DeeDee Tart…

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Women’s History Month: Women at Luke

Posted  March 26, 2012

From young Airmen to chiefs, supply technicians to pilots, women at Luke Air Force Base make a difference every day. Every person has a different story “” a different reason for joining and continuing to serve. Here are the stories of six Luke women, gathered by six 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs…

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Chaplain thoughts…

Posted  March 26, 2012

“We have an unknown distance to run, an unknown river to explore. What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls ride over the river, we know not. Ah, well! We may conjecture many things.” ~ John Wesley Powell Fear of the unknown: it can stop us…

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Vintage – Title to the post

Posted  March 26, 2012

The T-33A Shooting Star was on display Saturday during the annual Classic Jet Aircraft Association convention held March 15 through Sunday at Luke Air Force Base. This aircraft was built in 1956 and served as a basic military trainer jet.

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People First

Posted  March 27, 2012

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. Women’s roles…

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Air Force News, March 23, 2012

Posted  March 27, 2012

AF extends retroactive stop loss application window Airmen eligible for the Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay Program who did not apply before the fall deadline will have another opportunity to do so, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Airmen who were unable to submit a claim will be able to do so through Oct. 21,…

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