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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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Wild Ducks fly east for spring training

Posted  March 27, 2012

Ducks may not have teeth, but try telling them they can’t bite. The Air Force version of the Grapefruit league’s best got to see what their Cactus League brothers had to offer on the Florida panhandle last week. Almost 90 Airmen from the 309th Fighter Squadron and aircraft maintenance unit’s Wild Ducks…

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Salutes & Awards

Graydon Williams award winner announced

Posted  March 27, 2012

Senior Master Sgt. Steve Brook, 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron transportation manager, was selected as the 2011 Graydon Williams Award recipient. The Tempe Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee presented the award during a recent luncheon held at Club Five Six…

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Thunderbolt of the Week, March 23, 2012

Posted  March 27, 2012

Staff Sgt. Timothy Noel, 56th Fighter Wing Safety Ground safety technician, Hometown: West Mansfield, Ohio, Years in service: Seven Family: Wife, Krissy, Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree at Rio Salado and a bachelor’s degree at University of Ottawa, Previous…

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MDG ‘sticks’ it to Navy in B-ball

Posted  March 27, 2012

L.J. Magee goes through a defender March 12 in an intramural basketball game against Navy at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Medical Group defeated Navy 53-33. Guy McAdams, goes for a lay-up during an intramural basketball game March 12 against the Navy at Luke Air Force Base. The play resulted in a foul and…

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Sports Shorts

Posted  March 27, 2012

Start Smart baseball Start Smart Baseball is a developmentally appropriate introductory baseball program at 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through April 25 at the youth center. Parents work one-on-one with their child. The cost is $20 per person and includes a T-shirt. Space is limited. Sign up now. For more information, call (623) 856-7470. Bunny…

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In Brief, March 23, 2012

Posted  March 27, 2012

Blue Cross Blue Shield Q&A A representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield will be available 10 to 11:30 a.m. today in Bldg. 1150, Room 1163, to answer health care coverage questions for federal civilian employees. For more information, call Kristina Rightweiser at (623) 856-2120. Lose weight Get up in elevation to get down in pounds…

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Health & Safety

Medical team goes Lean to save

Posted  March 27, 2012

Do you like long waits for medical appointments? I didn’t think so. The 56th Medical Group doesn’t like you waiting either, and they chose to do something about it. They decided to get “Lean.” More than 40 students from a handful of Air Force bases attended the Lean For Healthcare course taught March 5 to 9 on Luke Air Force Base. The students included…

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Good foundation must for leading

Posted  March 27, 2012

In its simplistic form, leadership is defined as getting others to do what you want. Those who follow this thought process typically revert to using conniving tactics to persuade their followers. Many view this as a shortcut to leadership and find it being an ineffective way to lead, without any long-term value. To build a…

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Leadership is action, not position

Posted  March 27, 2012

I recently read a quote in an article that I believe defines a true leader. The quote is from Donald H. McGannon and says, “Leadership is action, not position.” This phrase epitomizes my leadership philosophy; specifically, I feel people are leaders by virtue of what they do, not the authority they are given or the…

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Medal of Honor recipient visits Luke, speaks to 308th Fighter Squadron

Posted  March 27, 2012

A Medal of Honor recipient who earned distinction as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War visited the 308th Fighter Squadron March 16 at Luke Air Force Base.
James Fleming, 69, who retired as a colonel in 1996…

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