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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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People First – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 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. Nation pours…

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310th FS raises funds for leukemia awareness

Posted  June 7, 2013

Members of the 310th Fighter Squadron raised money to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society May 20 at the Links Fore Leukemia Golf Tournament in Chandler.

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Safety saves lives for Luke motorcyclists

Posted  June 7, 2013

The Luke Air Force Base Exchange knows that safety is no accident. That’s why they are committed to providing a wide selection of personal protective equipment, which could make the difference between life and death for military motorcyclists. According to Army and Air Force safety centers, 65 Soldiers and Airmen lost their lives in motorcycle…

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Fit Warrior of the Week – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

Airman 1st Class Melissa Franks 56th Medical Operations Squadron Medical technician 1. How do you stay fit? I stay active and am aware of what I eat by planning meals. I mostly drink water to avoid sugars and calories and have a balanced diet. 2. What drives you to keep working out? I love food!…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

Staff Sgt. Aaron Anstrom 56th Force Support Squadron Readiness and Mortuary Affairs NCO Hometown: Bradley, Ill. Years in service: Four Family: Father, Mike; mother, Madonna; sister, Kelsie; and brother Luke Education: Community College of the Air Force in restaurant, hotel and fitness management Inspirations: My father has always pushed me to do my best; he…

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In Brief – June 7, 2013

Posted  June 7, 2013

56th CS change-of-command Lt. Col. Zachary Warakomski will relinquish command of the 56th Communications Squadron to Maj. Raymond Chester in a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. June 14 at Club Five Six. 56th FSS change-of-command Lt. Col. Timothy Farr will relinquish command of the 56th Force Support Squadron to Lt. Col. Todd Ladd in a change-of-command…

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Luke Airmen join Arizona StandDown, helps homeless vets

Posted  June 7, 2013

Members of Luke Air Force Base joined to help homeless veterans in the state during the 12th annual Arizona StandDown.

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Redemption + renewal = stronger you

Posted  June 7, 2013

According to dictionary.com, redemption is the act of redeeming or atoning for a fault, mistake or the state of being redeemed. After bouncing back from any situation, the road to redemption begins. This is an opportunity to learn from a mistake or mistakes and to make you a stronger person. However, that it is easier…

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What do you radiate?

Posted  June 7, 2013

Col. Daniel Smith I am a believer in the power of positive influence. I buy into such phrases as “your attitude determines your altitude.” I have been the benefactor of being led by those who radiate positive vibes. Not in a heads in the clouds Pollyanna kind of way, but a glass half full ……

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Thunderbolts lead by lightning

Posted  June 7, 2013

Luke Air Force Base Airmen gathered May 29 and 30 to attend a seminar hosted by the Lightning Leadership committee. The kickoff to the Lighting Leadership initiative included two sessions daily, one for Airmen and one for NCOs. Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, handpicked leaders from across base to be…

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