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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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MWDs, handlers train for deployment

Posted  May 16, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Senior Airman Justin Lopez, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and his dog Oscar, 56th SFS MWD, perform a tactical obedience maneuver at the kennels Dec. 14 on Luke Air Force Base. Lopez and Oscar practice this maneuver as a form of providing cover for the dog during…

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Shaking a tail feather …

Posted  May 10, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Members of the Filipino American association of Arizona show children how to perform “Gangnam Style” during the Funtastic Friday May 3 at the Luke Air Force Base youth center. The association was the special guest for the event held to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

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Police Week recognizes law enforcers

Posted  May 10, 2013

National Police Week, Monday through May 17, is a celebration and remembrance of law enforcement officials and agencies throughout our great nation. Every year police departments and law enforcement agencies come together to honor and remember those who have served our communities and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The week is a simple “thank…

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CONS: Who we are, what we do

Posted  May 10, 2013

When people ask me what my job is in the Air Force, I tell them contracting. The typical response is, “You’re a contractor?” Then, I have to explain that I am not a contractor but actually an active-duty Air Force officer who has been given the authority to spend taxpayer dollars in order to keep…

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Motivation: Starts with a goal

Posted  May 10, 2013

Last week when I visited family in California, my father mentioned to a family friend that I was in the Air Force. After exchanging pleasantries, he asked me how long I had been in the military, and I said, “Nine and a half years.” He fired back to me with a question that I hadn’t…

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News Briefs: May 10, 2013

Posted  May 10, 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. May 23 in Hangar 913. LOSC luncheon The Luke Officers Spouses Club will host a Murder Mystery Luau at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Club Five Six. For…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  May 10, 2013

Staff Sgt. Zachary Milne Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron Tactical aircraft maintenance specialist instructor Hometown: Rochester, N.Y. Years in service: Seven years Education: Community College of the Air Force aviation maintenance and instructor of technical military science Previous assignments: Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: My family supports me…

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AETC, 56th Fighter Wing announce awards

Posted  May 10, 2013

The following individual is a 2013 Air Education and Training Command award winner: Honor Guard: Senior Airman Kyle Wisecarver, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron 56th Fighter Wing The following indivduals are 2013 first quarter award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Samantha Sarmiento, 56th Operations Support Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Aaron Kain, 56th Force Support Squadron Senior NCO:…

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310th FS Top Hats remember lost warrior

Posted  May 10, 2013

Staff Sgt.C.J. HATCH Members of the 310th Fighter Squadron raise their glasses in a toast to Lt. Col. Frank ”Bruiser” Bryant in front of the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center April 26. Bryant was killed two years ago when an Afghan opened fire in a meeting at the Northern Kabul International Airport killing…

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When it comes to weather, don’t sweat it – be smart

Posted  May 10, 2013

It’s not called “The Valley of the Sun” for no reason. With a very mild winter, summers are hot in Arizona and can take a person by surprise. There are three types of heat conditions people need to be aware of so steps can be taken to avoid them. If not prepared to work or…

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