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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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Local Briefs February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

MOAA meeting The Military Officers Association of America Luke Chapter will hold the monthly meeting Feb. 14 at Club Five-Six. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and “The Arizona Trio” at 7 p.m. Active-duty, retired, warrant officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health Service, and…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 1, 2013

<h3Staff Sgt. Haley Mestey 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Aerospace Medical Craftsman Hometown: Decatur, Ill. Years in service: Six Family: Husband, Jose; and son, Adrian Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Florida Previous assignments: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Inspirations: 2nd Lt. Kelly Sampson (previously Staff Sgt. Sampson) showed me…

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AF, AETC name annual winners

Posted  February 1, 2013

Air Force The following individuals or units are 2012 Air Force award winners: Aircraft maintenance effectiveness 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Air Education and Training Command The following individuals or units are 2012 AETC award winners: Maintenance Daedalian 56th Fighter Wing Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Aircraft maintenance Civilian manager: Paul Shows, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Munitions/missile…

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Lower risk for heart disease

Posted  February 1, 2013

One out of every four women dies from heart disease in the U.S., according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. It’s the top killer of U.S. women and men. Heart disease begins with damage to the lining inside the heart’s arteries. Certain factors contribute to this damage, including smoking, high cholesterol, high blood…

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Posted  February 1, 2013

Staff Sgt. C.J. Hatch Kevin Hurley, 56th Medical Operations Squadron, tees off during the February African American Heritage Month golf tournament. The tournament was a four-person scramble with a shotgun start. The money raised from the tournament went to support AAHM activities throughout the month.

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Teens don’t always recognize dating violence

Posted  February 1, 2013

Though the consequences of dating violence are serious and the need for safety and support may be clear to adults, it is often difficult for young people to recognize and respond to abuse within their intimate relationships. Recognizing that the person you love, who professes to love you, is controlling, abusive or violent may be…

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Justice Report

Posted  February 1, 2013

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions for December 2012: 56th Maintenance Group Courts-martial An airman was found guilty of two specifications of Article 92, failure to obey a lawful order, wrongful use and possession of spice. The member received a sentence of confinement for 19 days, reduction to E-1 and forfeiture…

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People First – February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 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. AF to…

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Street Beat – February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 18 through 24: Tickets Security forces issued citations for nine moving and nine nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 18: Security forces responded to a major vehicle accident at Super Saber Street and 143rd Avenue. An individual had minor injuries but declined medical treatment. Jan. 24:…

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Most healthy people can avoid flu

Posted  February 1, 2013

Nine out of 10 healthy people who get a flu shot don’t get the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It takes two weeks for a flu shot’s immunity to build completely, so now is the time to get vaccinated. TRICARE will cover flu shots or flu mists at no cost…

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