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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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Sports

Sports Shorts – April 11, 2014

Posted  April 11, 2014

A glass box displays boxing equipment available for use at the Bryant Fitness Center. Members can sign out equipment at the fitness center information desk during normal operating hours. Punch your way to good health Story and photo by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs “A boxing workout is the heaviest thing, but it’s…

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Salutes & Awards

Day taken to commemorate Tuskegee Airmen

Posted  April 4, 2014

Grace Lee David Toliver, Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. president, speaks March 27 at the inaugural Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day ceremony at the Luke Air Force Base Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park. The ceremony was the first of its kind after Gov. Janice Brewer signed legislation designating the fourth Thursday of March as a…

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Mustache Mania

Posted  April 4, 2014

Capt. Andrew Stolten, left, 56th Security Forces Squadron operations officer, and Lt. Col. Charles Jones, 607th Air Control Squadron commander, were voted best mustache and runner-up Monday at the Mustache March mustache contest on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base.

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Commentary

Culture trumps strategy any day

Posted  April 4, 2014

With more than 24 years in the military, I have come to realize the old adage, “Culture will eat strategy for lunch every day of the week” is a true statement, and we as Airmen have a responsibility to cultivate an inspiring and healthy workplace culture. Every organization has a culture. Some are very toxic…

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Be successful no matter where you are

Posted  April 4, 2014

It’s human nature to be competitive, and with the Air Force having to make tough decisions during force shaping, no one can afford not to be competitive. In order to be competitive in the Air Force, it will take a whole-person concept, which has been around for years and consists of work ethic, self-improvement and…

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AFR has options for separating Airmen

Posted  April 4, 2014

Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr. A 944th Security Forces Squadron Airman fires on the enemy March 3 during Combat Operations Readiness Training at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The Air Force Reserve works with active-duty Airmen to help with exercise-related missions. Active-duty Airmen at Luke Air Force Base interested in joining the Reserve should call Master…

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News Briefs April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Jon Wheeler, 310th Fighter Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Matthew Warner in a ceremony at 8:31 a.m. April 18 in Hangar 913. LOSC social The Luke Officers Spouses Club is featuring the annual bingo social at 11 a.m. April 15 at Club Five Six. The cost of…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  April 4, 2014

Senior Airman Zachary James 607th Air Control Squadron Cyber Transport Systems Journeyman Hometown: Kingsland, Texas Years in service: 3.5 years Education: Pursuing Community College of the Air Force degree in electronic systems technology Inspirations: Henry David Thoreau, Ernest Hemmingway and retired Senior Master Sgt. John Howard James Goals: To provide for the people I value…

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ALS graduates 38 senior airmen

Posted  April 4, 2014

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 38 senior airmen March 27 in class 14-3. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Jacob Haydon, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Distinguished graduates: Joshua McIntosh, 56th Operations Support Squadron; Jonathan Sigerson, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron; and Joseph Vandervennet, 56th Maintenance Group Commandant’s Award: Jonathan Sigerson, 56th…

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Health & Safety

April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted  April 4, 2014

“The biggest danger is that we could feel or believe that our individual actions don’t matter and we can’t change anything when the opposite is true.” These are the words of Joice Jones, 56th Fighter Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response coordinator. With the advent of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, commonly known as…

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