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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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News Briefs July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 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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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  July 26, 2013

Senior Airman John Standley 56th Comptroller Squadron Contingency Operations Budget Analyst Hometown: Azusa, Calif. Years in service: Four Family: Wife, Courtney, and sons, Tyson Miller, 3, and Peyton, 2 months Education: Pursing a Community College of the Air Force degree in financial management Inspirations: My grandfather, as a World War II veteran I wanted to…

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308th FS under new management

Posted  July 26, 2013

Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, passes the squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Christopher Bacon, incoming 308th Fighter Squadron commander, during a change-of-command ceremony July 11 at Luke Air Force Base.

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O-5 selects announced

Posted  July 26, 2013

The following majors have been selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel: Ben Aronhime, 56th Training Squadron David Lemery, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Benjamin Bartlett, 56th Fighter Wing Dennis Lincoln, 56th Operations Group Robert Mason, 309th Fighter Squadron Jeffrey Montgomery, 308th Fighter Squadron Nathan Smith, 62nd FS Steven Whisler, 309th FS

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MXG recognizes best-of-best, quarterly award winners

Posted  July 26, 2013

The following individuals and units are best-of-the-best: Load crew Crew 94 ME2 Lee Kok Foong, ME2 Winston Lim and ME1 Deepanraj, 425th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Maintenance professional Airman: Airman 1st Class Mark McClary, 308th AMU NCO: Staff Sgt. Russel Houser, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Andres Vasquez, 62nd AMU Maintenance support professional…

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Class gives tips on making move smooth

Posted  July 26, 2013

Every year hundreds of military families move from one base to another and each move gets a little easier, but who said it didn’t have to be easy to start with. The 56th Force Support Squadron’s Airman and Family Readiness Center is here to help make it easy for everyone, whether it’s the first or…

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Running clinic gets Airmen fired up about fitness

Posted  July 26, 2013

Courtesy Photo Marlyn Shults, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron exercise physiologist, participates in a spin class with Airmen July 17 at the 56th AMDS Health and Wellness Center. The class is part of the running clinic, a six-week-long program designed to improve fitness test scores. Running is part of the physical training test and as such,…

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Second job entails procedures, approval

Posted  July 26, 2013

Unexpected events in life such as family issues, education needs and even career progression can make getting a second job helpful for active-duty Airmen. However, if an Airman seeks off-duty employment, certain protocol must be adhered to. Factors such as upgrade training, upcoming deployments and duty performance can effect whether or not an Airman receives…

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Air Force News – July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 2013

Fiscal 2014 force management programs announced The Air Force will implement several officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal 2014, officials recently said. Force management programs enable the Air Force to both size and balance the force, with the goal of meeting mandated end-strength numbers in the right career fields and at the right…

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People First – July 26, 2013

Posted  July 26, 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. Special duties…

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