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Weather: Exercise component

First responders prepare to transport a simulated injured patient during an extreme weather exercise April 11 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise was designed to train and evaluate Luke Airmen on readiness and preparation for a hurricane-force winds scenario.

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Plane crash, coma doesn’t deter pilot

Courtesy photo Retired Capt. David Berling, 56th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, stands in front of his 1977 Cessna RG March 23, 2012, at the Glendale Airport. Berling lost his legs in a 2007 plane crash, the subject of which he has written about in a book. After a 2007 plane crash, nine days in a…

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Energy office helps keep lights on

Senior AirmanJASON COLBERT Master Sgt. Adam Kelley, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron base energy manager, explains the value of low wattage light bulbs to Robert Wimp at the Energy Conservation Month booth April 9 at Luke Air Force Base. Anyone who has spent a summer in the West Valley knows when the temperature goes up, the…

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Heroes walk amongst us every day

Courtesy photo “The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.” ~Abraham Lincoln One Airman did just that when he found himself downrange in the thick of war. It was April 2008 and Maj. Scott Smith, 56th Comptroller Squadron commander, had been on Phoenix base in Iraq for almost a…

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944th FW CS team takes out trash

Senior Airman Ashlynd Fine, 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron medical technician, picks up trash March 22 at the South Gate Visitor Reception Center as part of a community service team at Luke Air Force Base. The 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Airmen spent time after work hours March 22 helping pick up trash around the South Gate…


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54th Fighter Group activates at Holloman AFB

Posted  March 21, 2014

Airman 1st Class Aaron Montoya An F-16 Fighting Falcon is displayed during the 54th Fighter Group activation March 11 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 54th FG, a tenant unit at Holloman, is a detachment the 56th Fighter Wing and will ultimately operate two F-16 Fighting Falcon squadrons. The 54th FG plus three squadrons…

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News Briefs March 21, 2014

Posted  March 21, 2014

Finance office hours The 56th Comptroller Squadron offices will be closed Wednesday and resume normal business hours at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 2nd Lt. William Liaw at 623-856-6035. Health fair There will be a Blue Cross Blue Shield representative on base to answer questions from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. There will…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 21, 2014

For week of March 17 Airman 1st Class Koraye Williams 56th Comptroller Squadron Customer Service financial technician Hometown: Melbourne, Fla. Years in service: One Family: Mother, Odessa; and father, Freddie Education: Florida Institute of Technology, bachelor’s in business administration Inspirations: Own a gym or YMCA to help children of the future Goals: Receive a master’s…

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Marine awarded Purple Heart

Posted  March 21, 2014

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann U.S. Marine Corps Capt. David Sierleja, Bulk Fuel Company inspector instructor, pins the Purple Heart on medically retired Staff Sgt. Keith Darnell Feb. 7 at Luke Air Force Base. Darnell received the award for injuries he sustained while deployed to Afghanistan. The Purple Heart is one of the most recognized awards…

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56th AMXS best in AETC maintenance effectiveness

Posted  March 21, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Staff Sgt. Daniel Baur, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew chief, performs a 90-day weapons inspection March 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The weapons inspection was of the LAU-129 missile launcher section of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron won the Air Education and Training Command’s…

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People First – March 21, 2014

Posted  March 21, 2014

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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Air Force News – March 21, 2014

Posted  March 21, 2014

Idaho Col. Sherrie McCandless, the first woman selected to command the 124th Fighter Wing and first female wing commander in Idaho Air National Guard history, assumed command in a ceremony on March 2, at Gowen Field, Boise. Poland In an attempt to augment U.S. military presence in the region, 12 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting…

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Cardinals’ Fitzgerald rides with Thunderbirds

Posted  March 21, 2014

Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, visited Luke Air Force Base March 13 to ride in a Thunderbirds’ jet.

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Thunderbirds make wish come true for AZ children

Posted  March 21, 2014

Children watched in delight March 14 as the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Thunderbirds, flew across the skies over Luke Air Force Base. The demonstration team brightened the day for a group of special-needs children during their practice demonstration and meet-and-greet.

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Lightning in the Desert

Posted  March 21, 2014

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota The Thunderbirds performed at Luke Air Force Base during the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show.   Senior Airman Jason Colbert Luke Air Force Base F-16 Fighting Falcons demonstrate close air support, which was simulated with pyrotechnics.   Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota A Thunderbirds jet flies…

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