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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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March calls to mind fallen

Posted  April 5, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota March of the Fallen participants hike up the White Tank Mountains March 30 located in Waddell, Ariz. Their weighted backpacks represented the gear that deployed members carry everyday and to honor fallen warriors. The three weight classes consisted of 45 pounds, 60 pounds and 75 pounds. All the…

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AF faces retention problem

Posted  April 5, 2013

The Air Force is facing tough times. Sequestration is forcing many of you to work overtime to run “what if” drills, cut mission essential training, forgo any real ability to plan and prepare for a potential civilian workforce furlough. Yet, we have a bigger problem and the impact will be felt for years to come….

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Leadership comes from every level

Posted  April 5, 2013

Are people born with natural leadership traits or are they created? Is this ability based on position, rank and/or even character? Do you believe the Air Force has an effective career progression plan in developing leaders? Although leadership is defined in many ways, the best definition heard to date and a myth is that leaders…

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Inspiring change through imagination

Posted  April 5, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Col. Yolanda Bledsoe, 56th Medical Group commander, speaks to the audience March 27 during the Women’s History Month luncheon at Club Five Six. Bledsoe spoke about women’s history in the military and how they have been given opportunities to have more dominate roles in the military. March was Women’s History…

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News Briefs April 5, 2013

Posted  April 5, 2013

Military and veterans expo A military and veterans exposition will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 in Wheeler Park and an Armed Forces Day parade at 11 a.m. in historic downtown Flagstaff. There will be military vehicles and equipment, history, simulators, recruitment, band and drill presentations, and veteran organization promotions. For more…

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Air Force News – April 5, 2013

Posted  April 5, 2013

Obama selects former Luke commander for NATO post The Air Force’s top commander in Europe is President Barack Obama’s choice to be NATO’s next supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command. During a news conference today with Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Chuck…

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People First – April 5, 2013

Posted  April 5, 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. DOD works…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  April 5, 2013

Senior Airman Robb Williams 56th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment Journeyman Hometown: Rogersville, Mo. Years in service: Two Family: Parents, Kevin and Cheryl Williams; and brother, Adam Williams Education: Currently working on a degree in criminal justice Inspirations: My parents taught me that nothing I want is out of my reach Goals: Finish my…

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Air Force announces NDAA implementation plan of mandated force structure changes

Posted  April 5, 2013

Washington, DC – The Air Force released its plan March 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements, and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  April 5, 2013

“I can do what you can’t do, and you can do what I can’t do. Together we can do great things”   ~ Mother Teresa You there reading this! You’re valuable. You make a difference. You’re valuable to our Thunderbolt family. You may not be able to do all things that keep Luke AFB functional, but…

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