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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 9, 2013

Senior Airman Lance Housh 56th Security Forces Squadron Confinement NCO-in-charge Hometown: Clark Air Force Base, Philippines Years in service: Four Family: Wife, Amittys; daughter, Mia Education: Pursuing an associate degree in criminal justice at Rio Salado Previous assignments: Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia Inspirations: My father, retired SFS Master Sgt. Peter Housh, for his continuous support…

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Wing names quarterly award winners

Posted  August 9, 2013

The following individuals are 56th Fighter Wing quarterly award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Douglass Kennemore, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Nicole Eisenbarth, 56th Force Support Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Russell Eberle, 56th Communications Squadron Company grade officer: 2nd Lt. Bradford Shields, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Field grade officer: Maj. William Maclin, 56th…

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MWDs honored at Dog Days of Summer event

Posted  August 9, 2013

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Lindsey Thompson, 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, and Wax, 56th SFS military working dog, are interviewed by local media about their participation in the annual Dogs Days of Summer event. Thompson and Wax have worked together as a team for more than a year. A military working dog…

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Future soccer champs train at Luke

Posted  August 9, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Children dribble soccer balls Aug. 2 during the U.K. International Soccer Camp at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. The camp took place from July 29 through Aug. 2 for children ages 6 to 12. For more information on 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center activities, call (623) 856-7470.

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Air Force News – August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

DOD praises Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, gives Airmen financial peace of mind The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act has proven to be an effective tool to give troops and their families some financial peace of mind, Army Col. Paul Kantwill recently told the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Kantwill, the director of legal policy for the undersecretary…

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Local

Top Knife program produces cutting-edge flight doctors

Posted  August 9, 2013

Growing up in Lebanon, 2nd Lt. Billy-Joe Liane never dreamed he would be where he is today. However, the opportunity to be a part of the American culture he had closely followed as a child presented itself, and he took it.

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People First – August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 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. PLAYpass gives…

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Commentary

Chaplain thoughts

Posted  August 9, 2013

  “When I was a young man, I vowed never to marry until I found the ideal woman.” ~Robert Schuman Robert Schuman, former Prime Minister of France, once said, “When I was a young man, I vowed never to marry until I found the ideal woman. Well, I found her, but alas, she was waiting…

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Health & Safety

Heat injuries — No time to get complacent

Posted  August 9, 2013

The high temperatures for Phoenix through the month of August continue to stay in the low 100s. But, it’s only halfway through the summer and heat injuries can still happen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, people who work in hot environments may be at risk for heat stress. Exposure to…

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Natural disaster training

Posted  August 9, 2013

  56th Medical Group Airmen strap down a patient to a litter who simulated passing out during the exercise. The exercise gave responders the opportunity to use life-saving skills in a training environment.     Airmen from the 56th MDG set up a decontamination shower tent during a severe thunderstorm exercise Aug. 1 on Luke…

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