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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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CCAF important for career progression

Posted  August 2, 2013

The Air Force is all about improving its personnel. We’re always learning on the job. There are Airmen at Luke right now who are working to achieve their 3 level. We have the career development courses to become even further tasked, eventually leading to the mystical 0 rating held by chiefs. But learning doesn’t stop…

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Gettin’ picky …

Posted  August 2, 2013

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Capt. Anthony Generous, 308th Fighter Squadron, volunteers with others to remove trash and debris along Glendale Avenue on July 26. The 308th FS adopted a mile of road to help keep up the overall appearance of local streets.

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In Briefs August 2, 2013

Posted  August 2, 2013

Air Force Ball golf tournament The 2013 Air Force Ball golf tournament is a four-person team scramble at 7 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park. Registration is 6 a.m. and the sign-up deadline is Sept. 3. The cost is $40 per military and retirees and $50 per civilian and distinguished…

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Luke IPs use downrange experience to train F-16 pilots

Posted  August 2, 2013

What is the most useful way to train an Airman? Using career development courses? What about using knowledge that one has gained from working at their home station? Maj. Andre Senay, 56th Training Squadron air-to-air subject matter expert, and Maj. Ryan Savageau, 310th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, use what they have gained from…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  August 2, 2013

Staff Sgt. Leslie Eccles 56th Operations Support Squadron Intelligence Operations Fighter Squadron Support NCO-in-charge Hometown: LaVergne, Tenn Years in service: Four Family: Parents, Donna and Joseph Eccles and brother, Joseph Education: Have completed a Community College of the Air Force degree Previous assignments: Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England Inspirations: My first inspiration is from my…

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Luke members prepare to walk across country

Posted  August 2, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Retired Chief Master Sgt. Barry Lewis walks around the track during the Viking Challenge April 5 at the Luke Air Force Base track. Lewis walked during the 10-hour event in preparation for walking from Phoenix to his home town of Fredericktown, Penn. What is the first thing you intend to do after…

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LFE pulls out stops, final test of skill

Posted  August 2, 2013

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 310th Fighter Squadron takes off during a large force exercise July 19 at Luke Air Force Base. An LFE is the capstone to a pilot’s B-Course that tests the skills learned throughout the course. Every student pilot taking the B Course must take part in…

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Enlisted spouses give back to community

Posted  August 2, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Members of the Luke Air Base Enlisted Spouses’ Club discuss items from the agenda July 23 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Airmen and Family Readiness Center. Luke’s ESC is a diverse group of spouses from all walks of life that represent a variety of skills, talents and interests. In the entrance…

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Former Luke boss takes reigns of Air Force safety enterprise

Posted  August 2, 2013

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer assumed the duties of Air Force chief of safety and commander of the Air Force Safety Center July 15. Reporting directly to the Air Force chief of staff, Neubauer develops, executes and evaluates Air Force aviation, ground, weapons, space and system mishap prevention and nuclear…

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Critical Days of Summer mid-campaign message

Posted  August 2, 2013

As your new Air Force Chief of Safety, my sole purpose is to preserve our most critical asset – you! We’re halfway through the Critical Days of Summer campaign, an important milestone since we’ve historically seen an upsurge in fatalities in the second half of the season. We can help turn this trend around by…

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