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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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STREET BEAT

Posted  June 7, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 24 through 30: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 21 moving and seven nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 28: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident in Bldg. 1130 parking lot. There were no injuries. May 28: Security forces responded to…

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Thunderbirds birthed at Luke

Posted  June 7, 2013

The history of the now famous Thunderbirds began at the end of World War II. After the war, a number of commands decided to develop teams to demonstrate the capabilities and flying precision of their pilots and new jet aircraft.

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This Week in History – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

It was June 6, 1944, during a short break in the weather along the Normandy coast, when 160,000 allied troops landed upon a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline as part of the largest amphibious invasion in history. The operations surrounding D-day signified the opening of a second front in the invasion of German-held…

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Luke at Night SFS

Posted  June 7, 2013

Base access is a function of security forces, with regular training to keep SFS members up to date in law enforcement tactics and skills.

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Fly Over: ‘Fast & Furious 6’, and ‘The Internship’

Posted  June 7, 2013

In theaters: ‘Fast & Furious 6’ I’ve always been a fan of the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise. After hearing how great the sixth movie is, I had to see it. “Fast & Furious 6” is about a team of criminal gang members led by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) who retired after their heist in…

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Safety fair heats up critical days of summer

Posted  June 7, 2013

Thunderbolts brought the sizzle into summer fun with a safety fair May 23 inside the former officer’s club.

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607th ACS to become AETC unit

Posted  June 7, 2013

Changes are on the horizon for the 607th Air Control Squadron as members prepare to switch from Air Combat Command to Air Education and Training Command next month.

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Practicing safety around water makes for fun, avoids mishaps

Posted  June 7, 2013

When the weather turns hot many people head for water. It’s a good way to beat the heat. Yet, because of all the activity going on, people can forget about water safety. Playing in and around water comes with risks. Every day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children age…

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‘Every dollar counts’ ushers in new savings culture

Posted  June 7, 2013

WASHINGTON — With budgets shrinking, Air Force leaders are calling on Airmen to share their best money-saving ideas through the “Every Dollar Counts” campaign. In the wake of sequestration, the initiative marks a cultural shift that empowers Airmen to find and recommend areas for savings that may be used to support readiness needs, said Air Force…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  June 7, 2013

“There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.” ~ Clare Booth Luce, 20th century American congresswoman/playwright Hopelessness among today’s service members continues to make headlines with ever increasing suicide rates. However, for every suicide there are countless others who feel hopeless. Two things we should remember: The first is…

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