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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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CGOC hosts deployed spouses dinner

Posted  May 17, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Capt. Aaron Gershbock, 56th Fighter Wing judge advocate, serves food to the attendees during the Deployed Spouses Dinner at the Chapel Annex May 9. Families of service members that are deployed or those members who recently returned from a deployment were treated to dinner, massages, and a coloring area for…

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People First – May 17, 2013

Posted  May 17, 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. Air Force…

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Pilot for a Day

Posted  May 17, 2013

The newest member of Team Luke left the base May 10 with a smile on his face. Steven “SteveO” Boyd, 15, visited Luke Air Force Base and became an honorary member of the 309th Fighter Squadron through the “Pilot For a Day” program.

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Take Aim

Posted  May 17, 2013

Marines from the Bulk Fuel Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, a reserve unit stationed at Luke Air Force Base, conducted weapons training May 4 at the Arizona Army National Guard’s Florence Military Reservation

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STREET BEAT

Posted  May 17, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 3 through May 9: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 11 moving and two nonmoving violations. Emergency responses May 3: Security forces assisted the Luke fire station evacuate individuals out of a house with an active fire alarm. The house was secured and later cleared for…

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Fly Over: ‘When in Doubt’, and ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’

Posted  May 17, 2013

In bookstores: ‘When in Doubt’ My female hormones sometimes hijack my body. On one such occasion, I decided to read “When in Doubt, Add Butter” by Beth Harbison. The novel was like romantic crack, laden with optimism and romantic sweetness. It satisfied my hormones but left a bad taste in my soul, momentarily tricking me…

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56th SFS, local units host Police Week

Posted  May 17, 2013

Glendale special weapons and tactics (SWAT), Phoenix police department, Silent Witness, Office of Special Investigations (OSI), Luke Air Force Base K-9 units, and local Luke police set up their information booths May 13 at Luke Air Force Base all line up for the opening day of the nationwide Police Week event.   Senior Airman Brandon…

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In Brief – May 17, 2013

Posted  May 17, 2013

756th AMXS COC Lt. Col. James Upchurch will relinquish command of the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to Lt. Col. Dominick Martin in a change-of-command ceremony at 8 a.m. Thursday in Hangar 913. Clothing Drive The 56th Fighter Wing Chapel is hosting a clothing drive through Wednesday to help provide Veteran’s clothes suitable for business casual…

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Thunderbolts make mad dash for Boston relief

Posted  May 17, 2013

Approximately 120 Luke Thunderbolts ran, walked and cheered during a charity run May 10 at the base track to raise funds for victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing.

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Sports Shorts – May 17, 2013

Posted  May 17, 2013

Angela White, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, hits the ball over the net during the first game of the 3-on-3 sand volleyball championship game May 9 at the Balfour Beatty Community Center sand volleyball court. MOS scored a point on the play. The 56th Security Forces Squadron team won the game 25-16. Volleyball championship by Airman…

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