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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 May 11, 2012

Posted  May 11, 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. Officer development…

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Cactus Starfighter brings fight to range

Posted  May 11, 2012

Staff Sgt. Jacob Torgerson, 116th Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller, watches an airstrike he called in during the exercise at the Barry M. Goldwater Range Complex May 3. JTACs let the pilots know if the airstrike was successful or if they need to fly in...

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Street Beat May 11, 2012

Posted  May 11, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 27 through May 3: Tickets Security forces issued citations for nine moving and seven nonmoving violations.   Traffic Related Incidents April 27: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Lightning Gate. There were no injuries. One traffic ticket was issued…

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The flying V

Posted  May 11, 2012

A formation of seven F-16 Fighting Falcons perform a flyover at Luke Air Force Base April 30. These aircraft represent Luke’s six fighter squadrons and are flying with the 56th Fighter Wing’s flagship aircraft.  

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Mighty Medical MASH BASH

Posted  May 11, 2012

Kai, 4, son of Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Aldridge, 56th Medical Group, goes one-on-one against Airman 1st Class Robert Schlattman, 56th Medical Support Squadron, during a round of pugil sticks at the Mash Bash at Luke Air Force Base May 4. The Mash Bash is an event hosted by the 56th MDG that features many activities…

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Without batting an eye

Posted  May 11, 2012

Airman 1st Class Taylor Leblanc, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Optometry technician, receives a slit lamp examination to check ocular heath at the clinic Apr. 12. The slit lamp is an instrument consisting of high-intensity light that can be focused to shine a thin sheet of light into the eye.

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Fitness center renamed to honor fallen Airman

Posted  May 4, 2012

Team Luke officially renamed its fitness center to the Bryant Fitness Center during a re-dedication ceremony Monday to honor of an Airman killed while serving in a combat zone last year. Lt. Col. Frank Bryant Jr., the fitness center’s namesake, was among the nine Americans killed…

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AETC Commander: Airmen must eliminate sexual assault

Posted  May 4, 2012

Integrity First — it’s our first core value and the cornerstone of our ability to eliminate sexual assault from our service. Integrity is about doing the right thing and as we focus our attention on sexual assault this month, we must renew our commitment to uphold the dignity of, and respect for, every human being….

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Mentorship, our responsibility

Posted  May 4, 2012

Gen. T. Michael Mosley, former chief of staff of the Air Force, introduced in 2007 the new Airman’s Creed that Airmen proudly recite at promotion ceremonies, professional development graduations and other Air Force events. The Airman’s Creed is a reminder of our great heritage that we continue to uphold. We are also reminded of our…

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