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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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Promotion wisdom comes from retired chief

Posted  March 29, 2013

In my 40-plus years serving on both active duty and working as an Air Force civilian, one question seems to surface each time the promotion list is released. What does it take to get promoted? The question applies to our newest Airmen, NCOs and our senior NCOs. Although each Airman’s experiences differ, I believe to…

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Steps for ‘Mustang’ no easy ride

Posted  March 29, 2013

In the military, Mustang is a term used for someone who is commissioned after being enlisted. It’s not a walk in the park for enlisted Airmen to earn a commission. In fact, there are various steps needed to be taken prior to applying to a commissioning program. One of the first steps is to attend…

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Werewolf hits 3,000 hours in F-16

Posted  March 29, 2013

Reaching 3,000 F-16 flying hours is a milestone few pilots reach in their entire career. On the first day of spring, the list of pilots who have reached that milestone added one more name.

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 29, 2013

Senior Airman Leonila Celestino 607th Air Control Squadron Command support staff Hometown: Oak Harbor, Wash. Years in service: Four Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in information management from Rio Salado Community College Previous assignments: Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: My parents taught me that nothing is free and…

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News Briefs March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

Notice to claimants In accordance with Air Force Instruction 34-511, paragraph 3.1.5, notice is hereby given that Staff Sgt. Matthew L. Dennison is deceased. The undersigned has been appointed summary court officer for the purpose of estate settlement in accordance with AFI 34-511. All persons having claims for or against the estate should call 2nd…

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Legal helps Airmen, brings justice

Posted  March 29, 2013

The Airmen who work in the staff judge advocate office do more than handle powers of attorneys and wills; they are involved in assisting commanders with disciplinary actions and help prosecute those who break the law to bring justice to the victims.

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Making challenges into opportunities, hard work

Posted  March 29, 2013

We all ask, “What’s the secret to success?” I wish I knew the answer, although my standard reply is “hard work.” Hard work may sound simplistic, but trust me, it stems from a lifetime of trying harder. You see, I have attention deficit disorder. This article is not about ADD, rather how I overcame my…

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Education center offers college funding options

Posted  March 29, 2013

The Air Force has had to make difficult choices to preserve readiness, and as a result, Air Force leadership suspended tuition assistance. However, Airmen have many options to help pay for education. Air Force base education centers, staffed with professional, well-trained counselors and advisors, are ready to assist Airmen. “We have the latest information on…

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Sports Shorts – March 29, 2013

Posted  April 5, 2013

Alex Balok, 56th Medical Group, steps on third base as Dustin Barnes, 56th Security Forces Squadron, slides during the fifth inning of an intramural softball game played Oct. 10 2012, at a Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center softball field. The umpire called Barnes safe. Commander’s cup up for grabs Photo and story by Airman…

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San Diego: Five hours to sun fun

Posted  April 5, 2013

About five hours from Luke Air Force Base is one of the most visited places on the West Coast. San Diego, if done right, can be an experience to remember.

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