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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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Steer away from drinking, driving

Posted  January 18, 2013

Every year people die because of others who drive under the influence of alcohol, but the most tragic fact is that they all could have been prevented. However, despite a clear zero-tolerance drinking and driving policy, there are still Airmen who make poor choices, said Senior Airman Christopher Vonhatten, 56th Security Forces Squadron police services….

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Lead from the front

Posted  January 18, 2013

I recently graduated from the NCO Academy at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. During the seven-week course we were given helpful tools meant to guide us on the path to becoming unit managers and senior NCOs. The course focused on topics from the profession of arms and team building concepts, to resource stewardship and negotiating….

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Dissent, better part of loyalty

Posted  January 18, 2013

How many of us have heard a new commander say, “I expect your loyalty, and I hope to earn your respect?” I believe that the meaning of this saying is often misinterpreted by its audience. The second half of that statement is easy enough to understand, but what do military commanders mean when they demand…

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Thunderbolts run for Sandy Hook

Posted  January 18, 2013

Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Luke Air Force Base members begin a 5k run Dec. 21, 2012, at the 944th Fighter Wing headquarters building. The run raised money for the Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown Victims Relief Fund. The event and others on base raised $2,553. More than 150 Thunderbolts…

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Mobile Field Exchanges go where needed

Posted  January 24, 2013

DALLAS — For the first time in four years, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service does not currently have a Mobile Field Exchange deployed in the United States. But while things may be peaceful now, they are continually standing at the ready for the next emergency or training exercise. MFEs are specially configured semitrailers…

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Sports Shorts – January 25, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

Photo by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Airmen swing away during men’s varsity softball tryouts Photo by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Joe Rivera, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, takes a swing during the batting practice portion of tryouts. Photo by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Alex Hernandez, civilian, catches the ball during a fielding drill…

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Fly Over: ‘Broken City’, ‘Mistborn: The Final Empire’

Posted  January 25, 2013

In theaters: ‘Broken City’ Personally, I occasionally have a hard time following plots that involve politics or business, mostly due to all of the little technical details that get thrown around. Because of that, I can get disinterested fairly quickly while watching these movies. Fortunately for Broken City, despite some of these same issues, its…

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NOSC drops anchor at Luke

Posted  January 25, 2013

In March of 2012, the Navy Operational Support Center relocated to Luke Air Force Base. The U.S. Navy packed up ship in Phoenix not to move closer to a large body of water but to drop anchor back in the deserts of Arizona.

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Avengers assemble in Luke exchange

Posted  January 25, 2013

Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk and Black Widow are all making their way to military installations around the world, including the Luke Air Force Base Exchange, via one million free comic books published exclusively for the Armed Forces by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Marvel Custom Solutions. The new full-color comic, titled…

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Well-baby doctor visits important

Posted  January 25, 2013

You’ve missed your baby’s scheduled well-baby doctor exam; should you be concerned? Your baby isn’t sick, so it’s not that important … is it? Because babies grow so quickly, regular well-baby doctor visits help keep them happy and healthy. Wellness visits start two days after discharge from the hospital and should continue on the following…

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