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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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New AETC command chief makes first base visit

Posted  March 1, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Senior Airman Shawn Dyer, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Maintenance Flight crew chief, briefs Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, Air Education and Training Command chief, Feb. 22 when the chief visited Luke Air Force Base. On his first base visit as Air Education and Training Command’s newest enlisted leader, Chief Master Sgt….

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Tres Rios Spring Festival

Posted  March 1, 2013

Courtesy photo Local community members line up to test their boating, kayaking and canoeing skills in the Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival Oct. 12, 2012, at the Base and Meridian Wildlife Area in Avondale, Ariz. The festival focuses on educating participants about the Gila, Salt and Agua Fria rivers as well as the surrounding…

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DUI – Decisions under the influence

Posted  March 1, 2013

First, let me start off by saying if you missed the 56th Fighter Wing Annual Awards banquet, you may have missed the opportunity of your Air Force career to learn from one of our greatest leaders and spokesmen, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor, the fifth Airman to serve with that distinction….

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Servant leadership applied

Posted  March 1, 2013

Most of us have had a leadership class of some kind as we continue formal education or complete professional military education. In the process we have been exposed to many different leadership theories and the support behind each one. The Air Force does a great job of sifting through those and passing on the best…

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Council gives dorm Airmen voice

Posted  March 1, 2013

Whether it’s a clogged sink to talk about or planning an outing, dorm council Airmen meet once a month to voice concerns, brainstorm ideas on ways to improve dorm life and plan activities to boost morale.

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News Briefs: March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

MOAA meeting The Luke Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America meeting is 5 p.m. for social hour and 6 p.m. for dinner March 11 at Club Five Six. Special guest Ryan Reeves, Lux Air Jet Centers-GYR general manager, will present the history of Goodyear Airport at 7 p.m. Active-duty and retired officers, and…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

Staff Sgt. Magen Baker 56th Comptroller Squadron Budget analyst Hometown: Salem, Ill. Years in service: Eight Family: Father, Danny; mom, Lisa; and son, Maddox Education: Community College of the Air Force associate degree in financial management; Park University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management Previous assignments: Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Inspirations: Friends and…

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SMSgt selects announced

Posted  March 1, 2013

The following master sergeants have been selected for promotion to senior master sergeant: Derick Crosdale, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Brett Evanicki, 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Christopher Foster, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Plez Glenn III, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Michael Hansell, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Scott Harris, 56th Operations Group Christopher Lebourveau, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron…

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‘Salad Wednesdays’ big savings at Exchange restaurants

Posted  March 1, 2013

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service restaurants are offering $2 off any salad priced $4 or above on “Salad Wednesdays” purchased at Burger King, Subway, Anthony’s Pizza, Robin Hood or Charley’s. “Guests save an additional 10 percent when paying with a Military Star® card or exchange gift card,” said Pete Alaniz, Luke Air Force…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  March 1, 2013

“The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI How do our moral and ethical values today compare to those just a decade ago? Why have our “internal deserts” become so vast? Why is there a spiritual crisis in our nation? Whatever the reasons…

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