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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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Leaving comfort zone deals with doldrums

Posted  December 14, 2012

Do you feel stagnant in your job and don’t know what to do, or do you just have that fear of something new? You will never know how things will turn out until you make that move and take a step. We tend to not want to venture beyond our comfort zone; however, if we…

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Knowing ‘why’ powerful motivator

Posted  December 14, 2012

Recently I’ve been making my way through a book called “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek who believes absolutely in the motivating power of the people you lead knowing the why of what they’re asked to do. Although this book and the majority of the analogies within are business centric, the message they convey can…

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Civilian police enter new territory at Luke

Posted  December 14, 2012

A civilian police officer running a police station is a common occurrence across Arizona, but civilian police running a military “police station” is something new. The 56th Security Forces Squadron is trying “something new” by having three Department of the Air Force Police Officers, officers Phillip Mulherin, Rolando Gonzalez and Randolph Miller, serving as flight…

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Sports Shorts – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base Women’s Varsity Basketball team poses for a photo after winning the PacWest Championship in Las Vegas, Nev. The team defeated Davis-Monthan in the championship game. Lady ’Bolts take Vegas by storm With a new coaching staff leading the way, the Luke Air Force Base Varsity Women’s Basketball team has made…

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In Brief – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

No Thunderbolt for two weeks The Thunderbolt will not be published Dec. 28 or Jan. 4, 2013. Look for the 2012 Year In Review edition Jan. 11, 2013. For more information, call (623) 856-7996. Annual wing warrior run The 2.2-mile 3rd annual wing warrior run will take place at 7 a.m. Jan. 2 at the north…

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Chill out, not stress out during holidays

Posted  December 21, 2012

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. Yet for many, it’s anything but. “If the holidays have you overwhelmed, you are not alone,” said Kristin Musch, TriWest Healthcare Alliance Behavioral Health educator. “Expectations are high, to-do lists are long and the budget tight, which can result in sadness, anger, frustration and…

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Street Beat – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Dec. 7 through 13: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 13 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Dec. 9: Security forces and firefighters assisted Glendale police with an off-base vehicle accident. Dec. 10: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at…

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All I want for Christmas … Daddy!

Posted  December 21, 2012

Sometimes, not every member of the family can be home, and when a family member is deployed it can change how a family spends the holiday season.

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Justice Report – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions at Luke Air Force Base for October and November. 56th Maintenance Group Courts-martial • A technical sergeant was found guilty of two specifications of Article 92, failure to obey a lawful order, wrongful use and possession of spice and one specification of Article 134, wrongful distribution…

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Winter games last chance to win commander’s cup

Posted  December 21, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base Winter Games were the final fitness center organized sporting event of the year for squadrons to receive points to increase their chances of taking home the commander’s cup....

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