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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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Emergency Management Flight: Keeping Thunderbolts at ready

Posted  September 20, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Airmen 1st Class Jacob Brewer, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Readiness and Emergency Management apprentice, examines unexploded ordnance Sept. 10 at the 56th CES REM Flight building. Airmen receive chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive defense survival skill training prior to deploying. September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management…

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News Briefs September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

Chapel open positions The 56th Fighter Wing Chapel has four open positions. Resumes are required for all positions and must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. Oct. 8. Bid documents and full requirements are available at the Luke Air Force Base Community Chapel, 13968 West Shooting Star Street. Protestant contemporary gospel worship service music…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  September 20, 2013

Senior Airman Brittany Thompson 56th Communications Squadron Client Systems Technician Hometown: Martin, Tenn. Years in service: Three Family: Son, Braden, 7 Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in information systems technology Inspirations: My son inspires me to be a better person; my grandmother’s faith in me Goals: To become a nurse Greatest feat:…

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AF announces E-5, 6, 7 promotions

Posted  September 20, 2013

The following individuals have been selected for promotion: Staff sergeant Toby Demarigny, 56th Maintenance Group Philip Nichols, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Anthony Coleman, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Technical sergeant Nicholas Sevaaetasi, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Master sergeant Glenn Styles, 56th Medical Operations Squadron

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AGE gets lean, increases production

Posted  September 20, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Senior Airman Eric Tillman, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment journeyman, troubleshoots an electrical system on a turbine generator set Sept. 9 at the Luke Air Force Base AGE shop. The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment flight held a Lean event recently in an effort to operate more…

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Ellen Ochoa: Took all America offered

Posted  September 20, 2013

America has long been thought of by many as a melting pot. People from all over the planet gave up everything to immigrate to the United States. Many took that risk because they saw an opportunity here that their homeland did not provide for them and their descendants. As cliché as it might sound, America…

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U. S. Air Force legal assistance website increases efficiency, tracks satisfaction

Posted  September 20, 2013

When active-duty and Reserve component members, retirees and dependents need wills, powers of attorney, or have legal questions, they can go to https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil/lass/lass.html. The purpose of the site is to increase efficiency and track client satisfaction with the Air Force legal assistance program. Because it is a public site, clients may access the site’s features…

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Air Force News – September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

Aviano couple receives first same-sex joint spouse assignment They waited patiently each day, week and month checking the news, filing repeals and losing hope. But, Master Sgt. Angela Shunk and Tech. Sgt. Stacy Shunk received the news they had been longing for on Sept. 3, 2013, when the two Aviano Airmen were informed that they…

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People First – September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

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. Senior leaders…

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This Week in History: September 20

Posted  September 20, 2013

Courtesy photo 1st Lt. Tom Selfridge Sept. 17, 1908: Selfridge flies with Wright Thomas Selfridge was born on Feb. 8, 1882, in San Francisco. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1903. That was the same class as Douglas MacArthur. Selfridge graduated in the top third of his class. After graduation,…

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