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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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Missoula Children’s Theatre visits

Posted  June 28, 2013

A group of crabs (Tahlia Mudimurema, Qadiira Hicks, Aden Sandiford and Alexadrea Manlucu) prepare to protect Blackbeard’s treasure during a production of “Blackbeard the Pirate” June 21 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center. The Missoula Children’s Theatre, a nonprofit travelling theatre company, travels to military installations to help develop children’s life skills such…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  June 28, 2013

“A living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.” ~Mahatma Gandhi This past weekend Nik Wallenda became the first person to cross the Grand Canyon on a wire without a safety tether or net. He had to balance and walk on a two-inch wire stretched across the 1,400 foot canyon. While crossing…

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Fly Over: ‘The Divide’, and ‘The Heat’

Posted  June 28, 2013

On DVD: ‘The Divide’ I was visiting with Michael Biehn last year at the 2012 Phoenix Film Festival, and he told me about a movie he had recently filmed called “The Divide.” He was really proud of the project and said it was the best ensemble cast he had ever been a part of –…

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Ducks offer warriors to CAF

Posted  June 28, 2013

Class 13-BBG will take their next step today on the long road to becoming combat mission-ready fighter pilots in the most lethal Air Force in the world.

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Luke water safe by EPA standards

Posted  June 28, 2013

The drinking water at Luke Air Force Base is deemed safe by Environmental Protection Agency standards, according to a report released this month by the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineer Flight. The study, an annual Consumer Confidence Report on drinking water quality, is available on the Luke AFB website. The report describes the presence…

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Sports Shorts – June 28, 2013

Posted  June 28, 2013

SFS squeaks by MOS in golf tourney Joshua Hoffman, 56th SFS, prepares to drive the golf ball downrange on the 5th hole. The 56th Security Forces Squadron defeated the 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron 73-72 during an intramural golf tournament June 20 at the Falcon Dunes Golf Course. The 56th SFS team remained confident despite the…

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Academy cadets get taste of real AF life

Posted  June 21, 2013

Photo by Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Air Force Academy Cadet 2nd Class Joshua Burdge, left, installs a 20mm gun drum on an F-16 June 14 on the flightline. The cadets spent the day shadowing armament systems specialists from the 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. The cadets also visited the medical group, public affairs, finance and security…

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Wisdom ‘pearls’ practical, useful for leaders

Posted  June 21, 2013

Recently, I had the pleasure of putting together a leadership course for the Medical Group’s company grade officers. The focus was on ensuring good leadership. In preparation for this course I studied material that listed laws of leadership aimed at making better leaders, no matter where they are in the leadership journey. I want to…

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Thunderbolts show up for good cause with ‘service-before-self’ attitude

Posted  June 21, 2013

Service before self is a mantra we tend to repeat but not always in a truly positive manner. I often hear it as an exasperated sigh when someone volunteers or is “voluntold” for an event. The true spirit of this mantra really came out at the Boston Marathon relief run that took place in May….

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Make safety personal this summer

Posted  June 21, 2013

Courtesy photo A damaged government vehicle awaits repair on Luke Air Force Base. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that driver distraction, driver fatigue, drunk driving, aggressive driving and weather conditions are the top five causes of motor vehicle-related mishaps. Recent statistics show there has been an abrupt increase in Airmen involved in motor…

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