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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 Shorts – April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 2014

5k shines light on Women’s History Month Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann Airmen at Luke Air Force Base take-off March 28 at the start of the Women’s History Month 5k fun run at Luke Air Force Base. The Woman’s History Month Committee also a held a luncheon to recognize contributions made by women in history. The…

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Fly Over: ‘Catch a Contractor’, and ‘Titanfall’

Posted  March 28, 2014

On Spike TV: ‘Catch a Contractor’ Spike TV has created a fantastic new reality show, “Catch a Contractor,” which is hosted by comedian and master carpenter Adam Carolla. Except instead of catching sexual deviants like on the NBC series the show’s title is a take on, Carolla and co-host Skip Bedell are busting incompetent and…

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Luke 1 highlights open house success, F-35 mission

Posted  March 28, 2014

Senior Airman Jason Colbert Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks at a commander’s call March 21. He discussed the recent open house and the new F-35 Lightning II mission. He also told Luke Airmen he was pleased with how the wing is meeting his expectations concerning mission, leadership and community. At a…

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Maintenance pros stand out at banquet

Posted  March 28, 2014

Grace Lee The 56th Maintenance Group held its annual Maintenance Professional of the Year banquet March 8 at Luke Air Force Base. The theme was “A Tradition of Honor … A Legacy of Valor.” When one thinks of the Air Force and its mission, the words pilots, jets, bombs and missiles may come to mind,…

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Health & Safety

First-time motorcycle experience long time coming

Posted  March 28, 2014

I was in my sophomore year of high school and was about to cross the street to the school’s main courtyard when I heard a loud low vroom. I looked over and there it was – a blue Yamaha R6. It was as if everything went into slow motion and what I noticed, just as…

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‘Burn the boats’

Posted  March 28, 2014

Though I have read a little about history and a little more about business and leadership, the first time I heard the expression, “Burn the boats,” was just a few weeks ago. It prompted me to look into this theory a little further. The phrase is most attributed to Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortez when he…

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Mentorship builds better Airmen at all levels

Posted  March 28, 2014

Mentorship is an important topic that comes with many views and questions, such as, “Why is mentorship important?” “Why do we need mentorship?” and “What are the causes and effects of mentorship?” Here are my personal views on why mentorship is important. First, I would like to specify that every person in the Air Force…

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Single Airman Program builds resiliency

Posted  March 28, 2014

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Brando Sompie, 56th Force Support Squadron, freefalls from 13,000 feet with a skydiving instructor during a tandem skydiving event at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. The Airmen freefell for nearly a minute, reaching speeds of approximately 120 mph, or 200 feet per second, before opening the parachutes. The event was hosted…

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News Briefs March 28, 2014

Posted  March 28, 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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 28, 2014

Staff Sgt. Andrew Hannah Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron Tactical Aircraft Maintenance specialist instructor Hometown: Sacramento, Calif. Years in service: Six Family: Wife, Ashley Education: Community College of the Air Force degrees in aviation maintenance and technical military science instructor Previous assignments: Osan Air Base, South Korea Inspirations: My wife who earned a bachelor’s degree…

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