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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 named 2012 AETC Honor Guard Member

Posted  May 31, 2013

Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th FW command chief, present Senior Airman Kyle Wisecarver, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, with the 2012 Air Education and Training Command Honor Guard Member award May 21 at Luke Air Force Base. During…

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Cactus Squadron keeps close ties to base

Posted  May 31, 2013

The 310th Fighter Squadron hosted 25 members of the famed Cactus Squadron for a commander’s call May 13 at Luke Air Force Base. Retired Lt. Gen. Peter Vogler, former chief of staff of the German air force and current Cactus Squadron commander, visited and toured Luke and dedicated the new Cactus Starfighter Conference Room in…

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Luke announces master sergeant selects

Posted  May 31, 2013

The following technical sergeants have been selected for promotion to master sergeant: 56th Fighter Wing Scott Batson, Bruce Thompson and Elliott Velez 56th Maintenance Group Phillip Banton and Aaron Lerding 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron Janice Galloway, Heriberto Gonzalez 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Robert Amric, Joseph Dole, Christopher Roscoe and Eric Stromski 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  May 31, 2013

Senior Airman Justin Irvin 56th Medical Support Squadron Medical Logistics technician Hometown: McDonough, Ga. Years in service: Two Family: Father, Jon; mother, Carrie; and sisters, Katie and Hannah Education: Rio Salado Community College Inspirations: Family, first and foremost Goals: Obtain a degree in engineering and have an Air Force career Greatest feat: Skydiving out of…

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Spikes graduate 7 to combat air force

Posted  May 31, 2013

Today America’s newest fighter pilots joined the most lethal combat air force on the planet. Seven officers from class 13-ABC successfully completed the F-16 Fighting Falcon basic course and will celebrate this momentous accomplishment with family, friends, academic instructors and instructor pilots from the 62nd Fighter Squadron. Their training at Luke Air Force Base began…

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Setting goal, staying course reap reward

Posted  May 31, 2013

I have always enjoyed running. In elementary school, I won countless field-day blue ribbons for fastest runner. In high school I ran track and cross country. Cross country quickly became my favorite. I was extremely excited when the U.S. Air Force did away with the bike test and started the 1.5 mile run to measure…

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Deploying on dime demands readiness

Posted  May 31, 2013

Our nation’s readiness has never been tested like it will be in the remainder of the fiscal year. Our Air Force has squadrons standing down and our readiness, despite global tensions being on the rise, will suffer in the coming months. Luke Air Force Base Airmen need to be ready to deploy in support of…

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12th Air Force commander visits Team Luke

Posted  May 31, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, holds an officers’ call at Luke Air Force Base May 17. Rand discussed his priorities that include mission, Airmen, family and the U.S. Air Force core values. He emphasized the importance of being a wingman and leaders being invested…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  June 7, 2013

“There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.” ~ Clare Booth Luce, 20th century American congresswoman/playwright Hopelessness among today’s service members continues to make headlines with ever increasing suicide rates. However, for every suicide there are countless others who feel hopeless. Two things we should remember: The first is…

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‘Every dollar counts’ ushers in new savings culture

Posted  June 7, 2013

WASHINGTON — With budgets shrinking, Air Force leaders are calling on Airmen to share their best money-saving ideas through the “Every Dollar Counts” campaign. In the wake of sequestration, the initiative marks a cultural shift that empowers Airmen to find and recommend areas for savings that may be used to support readiness needs, said Air Force…

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