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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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No delivery, but it’s fast

Posted  April 13, 2012

The Falcon Flight Kitchen sits alone on the west side of the base isolated from the main dining facility similar to the Airmen on the flightline, and it can be hard sometimes for them to leave long enough to travel all the way to the main dining facility. “We provide lunch and dinner to those…

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Fly Over: Touchback

Posted  April 13, 2012

What if you could go back and have a chance to redo the most important, tragic and pivotal day of your life? Would you make different decisions, knowing it would change your life’s trajectory? That is the opportunity, and dilemma, facing Scott Murphy (played by Brian Presley) in “Touchback,” a film written and directed by Don Handfield.

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Fly Over: The Hunger Games

Posted  April 13, 2012

The Hunger Games, a sci-fi novel, is the first book in “The Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins and was released in 2008. The Hunger Games is written for the young adult, which is not my age group, but I found myself unable to put it down and stayed up all night reading it. It was an easy read and fast-paced.

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Luke NCOs take study break

Posted  April 13, 2012

Standing, Tech. Sgts. Lee Evertsen, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; Allen Limjoco, 56th Medical Group; Kelly Belcher, kneeling, 56th Force Support Squadron; Kristine Gamilla, 56th FSS; Mark Adams, 56th Maintenance Group; and Darien Connor, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, and others visit with U.S. Army veteran, Robert Callaway as he…

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Choosing to act: Stories of Rescue

Posted  April 13, 2012

Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. Holocaust remembrance week is Sunday through April 22. The theme designated for the 2012 observance is “Choosing to Act: Stories of Rescue.” The…

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Street Beat – April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 30 through April 4: Tickets Security forces issued citations for one moving violation. Traffic-related incidents March 30: Security forces responded to a report of a major vehicle accident off Glendale Avenue adjacent to base housing. One individual was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital. April 4:…

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Justice Report – April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 2012

The following is a list of Articles 15 and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in March. Courts-Martial A senior airman was found guilty of four specifications of Article 92, violation of a general regulation for use and possession of spice and bath salts. The member received a sentence of confinement for 15…

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Civilian employee survey underway

Posted  April 13, 2012

56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Have you ever wanted a greater opportunity to change how your office works or give input on how you see the work environment? The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is giving Luke Air Force Base’s civilian employees that chance. The OPM opened its Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to Air Force…

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Air Force News – April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 2012

Virginia Air Force pararescuemen were able to bring home one of their fallen comrades April 6. As the ceremonial caisson rolled to a stop in Arlington National Cemetery, Tech. Sgt. Allen Avery, an Air Force pararescueman who lost his life during combat operations in Vietnam, was escorted to his final resting place. Morocco U.S. Air…

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People First – April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 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. Official provides…

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