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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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12th Air Force commander visits Team Luke

Posted  May 31, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, holds an officers’ call at Luke Air Force Base May 17. Rand discussed his priorities that include mission, Airmen, family and the U.S. Air Force core values. He emphasized the importance of being a wingman and leaders being invested…

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Deploying on dime demands readiness

Posted  May 31, 2013

Our nation’s readiness has never been tested like it will be in the remainder of the fiscal year. Our Air Force has squadrons standing down and our readiness, despite global tensions being on the rise, will suffer in the coming months. Luke Air Force Base Airmen need to be ready to deploy in support of…

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Setting goal, staying course reap reward

Posted  May 31, 2013

I have always enjoyed running. In elementary school, I won countless field-day blue ribbons for fastest runner. In high school I ran track and cross country. Cross country quickly became my favorite. I was extremely excited when the U.S. Air Force did away with the bike test and started the 1.5 mile run to measure…

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Spikes graduate 7 to combat air force

Posted  May 31, 2013

Today America’s newest fighter pilots joined the most lethal combat air force on the planet. Seven officers from class 13-ABC successfully completed the F-16 Fighting Falcon basic course and will celebrate this momentous accomplishment with family, friends, academic instructors and instructor pilots from the 62nd Fighter Squadron. Their training at Luke Air Force Base began…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  May 31, 2013

Senior Airman Justin Irvin 56th Medical Support Squadron Medical Logistics technician Hometown: McDonough, Ga. Years in service: Two Family: Father, Jon; mother, Carrie; and sisters, Katie and Hannah Education: Rio Salado Community College Inspirations: Family, first and foremost Goals: Obtain a degree in engineering and have an Air Force career Greatest feat: Skydiving out of…

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Luke announces master sergeant selects

Posted  May 31, 2013

The following technical sergeants have been selected for promotion to master sergeant: 56th Fighter Wing Scott Batson, Bruce Thompson and Elliott Velez 56th Maintenance Group Phillip Banton and Aaron Lerding 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron Janice Galloway, Heriberto Gonzalez 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Robert Amric, Joseph Dole, Christopher Roscoe and Eric Stromski 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron…

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Cactus Squadron keeps close ties to base

Posted  May 31, 2013

The 310th Fighter Squadron hosted 25 members of the famed Cactus Squadron for a commander’s call May 13 at Luke Air Force Base. Retired Lt. Gen. Peter Vogler, former chief of staff of the German air force and current Cactus Squadron commander, visited and toured Luke and dedicated the new Cactus Starfighter Conference Room in…

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Thunderbolt named 2012 AETC Honor Guard Member

Posted  May 31, 2013

Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th FW command chief, present Senior Airman Kyle Wisecarver, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, with the 2012 Air Education and Training Command Honor Guard Member award May 21 at Luke Air Force Base. During…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  May 31, 2013

He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity. ~ King Solomon New York Yankees greats Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera had a tense exchange of words a few weeks ago over a relatively minor issue. How the players handled the situation illustrates the truth of this wise saying. Rivera humbly apologized…

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S.S. Mayaguez lost remembered, honored at Luke

Posted  May 31, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class James Hensley Members of the Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard lower the American flag during the S.S. Mayaguez Memorial Retreat Ceremony May 16 at flag park. The ceremony was held to honor the security forces members who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The 56th Security…

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