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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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Father, son duo share deployment together

Posted  July 3, 2013

If people were to look at the last names, they wouldn’t be able to tell these two Air Force members were father and son, but for the last 18 years they have been inseparable, even on a deployment.

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Labor Department Website features women vets’ issues

Posted  July 3, 2013

Labor Department officials have launched a new website devoted to issues and challenges affecting women veterans. The site is a collaborative effort between the Labor Department and the Veterans’ Employment Training Service and the Women’s Bureau. The site highlights potential challenges that may affect the economic security of women veterans, including: • Disability: Women veterans…

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Reunions

Posted  July 3, 2013

Army Sec Agency (ASA) Korea 351st Comm Recon Co (1952-1953) Great Barrington, Mass. July 15-18 For more information, call George Fleck at (413) 528-9233 or email pennies11@verizon.net. 96th Inf OCS Co Class 64-67 (Fort Benning, Ga.) Colorado Springs, Colo. July 15-19 For more information, call Fred Beckman at (609) 894-9673 or email fbbeckman@comcast.net. C Trp…

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Concentration camp survivor to fighter pilot: ‘Freedom a beautiful thing’

Posted  July 3, 2013

From concentration camp survivor to fighter pilot in the world's greatest Air Force

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Events for July 2013

Posted  July 3, 2013

July 7-12 – 19th IAA Humans in Space Symposium, Cologne, Germany http://iaaweb.org/content/view/501/671/ July 7-12 – 8th Conference on the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena, New York, N.Y. www.amnh.org/our-research/hayden-planetarium/insap-viii July 7-12 – ASA Annual Science Meeting 2013, Melbourne, Australia www.atnf.csiro.au/news/news.php?action=show_item&item_id=1156 July 7-13 – 20th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation/10th Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves, Warsaw,…

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Luke holds stand-down day

Posted  June 28, 2013

Luke Air Force Base held a stand-down day on June 24 to focus on sexual assault prevention and the importance of treating fellow Airmen with dignity and respect. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a directive to each branch of service to use the stand-down to mitigate an ongoing trend of sexual misconduct across the Defense…

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Improving organizational trust perks results

Posted  June 28, 2013

Have you ever looked back at all the organizations you’ve been a part of and evaluated what makes an organization great? There is one characteristic that underlies every successful organization I have ever been a part of — trust. Organizational trust is a great characteristic for unit leadership and members to focus on improving in…

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Entrepreneurial talent found throughout military

Posted  June 28, 2013

When you think of an entrepreneur, perhaps an individual such as Henry Ford, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, or even the owner of your favorite local small business comes to mind. Quite often we think of entrepreneurs as men and women in the private sector who forge ahead on their own, armed with a dream, a plan…

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Luke AFB civilian furloughs begin next month

Posted  June 28, 2013

Federal budget cuts have hit home for Luke Air Force Base as hundreds of civilian employees will face furloughs beginning next month. Starting July 8, approximately 702 employees at Luke will be furloughed two days per pay period, for a total of 11 days through the end of September. This unpaid time off will cut…

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MOS says goodbye, functions move to MXG

Posted  June 28, 2013

The 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron will inactivate during a ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Monday in Hangar 914. As a squadron, the MOS is responsible for many aspects of what happens on the flightline. They do maintenance training for the 56th Maintenance Group, analyze maintenance data, do the planning and scheduling of flying hours, oversee quality…

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