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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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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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Gearing up for Earth Day 2013

Posted  April 19, 2013

Earth Day is Monday and Luke Air Force Base leaders are encouraging Airmen, civilians and families to help conserve base resources. “Conserve Today – Secure Tomorrow” is the Air Force’s theme for this year’s Earth Day. The focus is on water conservation and resource management. Air Force leaders have set a 26 percent reduction goal…

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Air Force News – April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 2013

DOD releases FY 14 defense budget proposal President Barack Obama sent to Congress a proposed defense budget of $526.6 billion in discretionary budget authority April 10 to fund defense programs in the base budget for fiscal 2014. The budget continues the department’s commitment to good stewardship of taxpayer dollars by seeking further consolidation of defense…

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A view to all …

Posted  April 19, 2013

Staff Sgt. Christopher Hatch FROM LEFT: Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Arizona Senator Don Shooter, District 13, viewed construction sites across Luke Air Force Base and the location of the solar array April 12 from the catwalk of the air traffic control tower with Col. Robert Webb, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander.

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People First – April 19, 2013

Posted  April 19, 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. New resources…

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Fallen hero’s dedication honored with ride

Posted  April 19, 2013

Webster’s Dictionary defines dedication as “Devoting or setting aside for a particular purpose.” The 56th LRS POL Flight defines dedication with a picture of Master Sgt. Randy Gillespie who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country.

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Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  April 19, 2013

Sascha Blasko 56th Medical Group Medical Information Systems NCO-in-charge How do you stay fit? High intensity interval training, long-distance running, lifting weights and maintaining a healthy diet. What drives you to keep working out? Seeing results physically and being able to accomplish workouts with less fatigue. Favorite music to work out to? Rock. Favorite workout?…

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Resting muscles, body, mind vital to fitness success

Posted  April 19, 2013

Although it is great to be fit, it is also important to properly rest muscles and get enough sleep. Overtraining is bad and can cause a lot of problems, said Marlyn Shults, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron exercise physiologist. “If you experience a decline in performance, your times are slower or you aren’t able to lift…

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Archaeologists tour Luke’s 5,000 year old site

Posted  April 19, 2013

Thirty professional archaeologists and students toured the Luke Air Force Base Solar-Power-Array project area April 12 to learn about the find at the site and its rich history.

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Luke campout …

Posted  April 19, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class James Hensley Luke Air Force Base families roast marshmallows during a family campout April 12. The campout featured fire pits, volleyball, Frisbee, a bounce house and movies. Children make sugar tubes during a craft session at the campout. Dinner, treats and a pancake breakfast were free to participants. Luke Air…

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