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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  June 28, 2013

Staff Sgt. Andrea Sanchez 62nd Fighter Squadron Aviation resource manager Hometown: Cameron, Ariz. Years in Service: Seven Education: Completing a Community College of the Air Force degree in aviation management Previous assignments: Aviano Air Base, Italy; Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea; Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom Inspirations: My mother showed me no matter how…

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This week in history: June 28

Posted  June 28, 2013

First air-to-air refueling Today, air-to-air refueling is a daily occurrence across the U.S. Air Force. But it was not always so. Ninety years ago this week, two Airmen successfully completed the first air-to-air refueling. On June 27, 1923, Lts. Lowell Smith and John Richter made the Army Air Service’s first complete hose refueling between two…

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Health & Safety

Fireworks explode into holiday, could cause injury

Posted  June 28, 2013

The National Council on Fireworks Safety is urging Americans to take extra care when celebrating with fireworks this Fourth of July. For most Americans, the celebration is a time for food, fun and fireworks, but in 2012 nearly 10,000 Americans were treated in emergency rooms for firework-related injuries. Burns were the most common, accounting for…

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Street Beat

Posted  June 28, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations June 14 through 20: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 19 moving and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 19: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the commissary parking lot. There were no injuries. June 19: Security forces responded to…

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Justice Report

Posted  June 28, 2013

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in May: 56th Maintenance Group Article 15s A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for failure to go, dereliction of duty and making a false official statement. The member received a reduction to E-4, suspended forfeiture of $1,201 and a reprimand….

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Events

In Brief – July 28, 2103

Posted  June 28, 2013

Freedom Fest The Fourth of July Freedom Fest is 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Fowler Park. Kids splash zone, live music, food and beverages for purchase, and prize drawings are included. A fireworks show will be held at 9 p.m. The Kachina Gate will be open 5:30 to 10:15 p.m. MOS inactivation The 56th Maintenance…

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Air Force News – June 28, 2013

Posted  June 28, 2013

Air Force sets plan to integrate women in combat jobs by 2016 The Air Force released details of the service’s plan to fully integrate women into previously closed career fields June 18. The implementation plan was recently submitted to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for review. More than 99 percent of Air Force positions are…

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People First – June 28, 2013

Posted  June 28, 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. Joint strike…

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Airmen inspired to run marathon

Posted  June 28, 2013

She was never a runner, and when she did run, it was during mandatory physical training sessions. One day someone challenged and inspired her to run more than she ever imagined.

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62nd FS ‘lends’ helping hand

Posted  June 28, 2013

To assist families in having affordable homes to live in, members of the 62nd Fighter Squadron volunteered in support of Habitat for Humanity Saturday in Avondale.

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