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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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Girl scouts get ‘dog show’

Posted  April 26, 2013

Senior Airman Justin Lopez, center, 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, talks to girl scouts about the kennel facility and his experience working with the MWDs April 16 when the girls visited Luke Air Force Base. The girl scouts delivered 300 cases, about 2,600 boxes, of cookies in support of Operation Thunderbox, a…

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Learned behavior must match Air Force standards

Posted  April 26, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – Sexual assault and harassment are rightfully in the forefront of Defense Department and Air Force leadership concerns. Leaders speak continually about the damages sexual assault and harassment inflict upon Airmen, the unit and the mission. Their command emphasis helps highlight a problem endemic in our ranks. At the end of the…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  April 26, 2013

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be strong. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for powers equal to your task.” ~ Phillips Brooks Where do you set “the bar” for yourself in life? Do you put your standards and goals within easy reach? Or do you put them just…

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Sports Shorts – April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 2013

Golfers get primer on basics Ed Wieczkiewicz, lead golf instructor, coaches Hee Lee, 56th Fighter Wing legal office, the proper way to hold a golf club during the Link Up 2 Golf event.   Participants take turns hitting golf balls during the Link Up 2 Golf event April 16 at the Falcon Dunes Golf Course…

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Luke 1 gives feedback, guidance

Posted  April 19, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, discusses issues such as sequestration and the F-35 bed down, and gave Luke Air Force Base members a state-of-the-wing feedback during a commander’s call April 12 at the Luke AFB Bryant Fitness Center gym. After six months of command, Brig. Gen. Mike…

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We can learn from history

Posted  April 19, 2013

The philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This quote is more popularly credited to Sir Winston Churchill, “Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” The point isn’t so much who said what as much as the…

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Change management never easy

Posted  April 19, 2013

Implementing change in an organization is never easy. More often than not, change fails on more than one level of an organization for many reasons. Maybe it’s lack of buy-in from those affected or a poor strategy from the start. Whatever the reason, change management is quite simple in theory, but in reality, it is…

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Make paycheck go further

Posted  April 19, 2013

There’s an old business adage, “It’s not what you make, it’s what you spend.” Airmen of any rank can make their paychecks go further with a few money saving tricks. “Being frugal is about making a conscious effort to stretch your hard-earned dollars,” said Sandra Gray, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman Family and Readiness Center…

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Local Briefs April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 2013

21st FS change of command Lt. Col. Sean Routier will relinquish command of the 21st Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Paul Willingham at 3:21 p.m. April 26 in Hangar 408. Adult craft group Create candy topiaries using Dum-Dum Pops at the adult craft group at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Luke Air Force Base Library….

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  April 19, 2013

Airman 1st Class Yadira Chaidez 56th Medical Operations Squadron Aerospace medical technician Hometown: Torrance, Calif. Years in service: One Family: Single, two brothers Education: Community College of the Air Force associate degree in applied sciences Inspirations: My family in California, who continuously support me; the people I’ve met at Luke who encourage me daily. Goals:…

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