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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 OF THE WEEK

Posted  January 18, 2013

Staff Sgt. Michael McCormick Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment instructor Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo. Years in service: Eight Family: Daughters, Madisyn and Faith; and son, Logan Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health at Columbia Southern University Previous assignments: Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Inspirations: My parents — very…

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Family child care center opens doors

Posted  January 18, 2013

Oftentimes, Luke Air Force Base members contribute to two missions. One is the job but the other can be just as important — the one at home. The 56th Force Support Squadron Family Child Care office knows the importance of home life, especially for those with children. That’s why the FCC provides countless resources to…

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Law school education programs looking for hopefuls

Posted  January 18, 2013

Applications for the Funded Legal Education Program and Excess Leave Program are being accepted until March 1, and interested officers are encouraged to compete. The number of FLEP and ELP applicants selected in any academic year is determined based on the needs of the Air Force. “Our Air Force missions are constantly changing, and commanders…

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Special Victims’ Counsel eligibility expanded to include unprofessional relationships

Posted  January 18, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The new Special Victims’ Counsel Program starting Air Force-wide Jan. 28 will be expanded to basic military trainees and technical training students who have been involved in unprofessional relationships of a physical and sexual nature. The SVC pilot program is designed to provide victims of sexual assault, support throughout…

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Air Force News – January 18, 2013

Posted  January 18, 2013

State of the AF is ‘strong’ WASHINGTON — The Air Force’s top leaders said Monday the service has accomplished much while dealing with many challenges in the last year. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III briefed members of the media on the state of…

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People First – December 14, 2012

Posted  January 18, 2013

Military OneSource provides tax assistance service As tax season nears, Military OneSource and H&R Block have joined forces again to provide a free online tax preparation service for service members. During an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Tony Jackson, a program analyst for the Military OneSource program office, detailed the…

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Improving pushups simple routine using form, repetition

Posted  January 18, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Michael Hunt, 56th Force Support Squadron fitness assessment technician, demonstrates a proper pushup Jan. 8 at Luke Air Force Base. The Air Force physical fitness assessment requires males and females to perform a number of proper pushups in one minute to prove their fitness level. Being able to do a proper…

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Ounce of preventing shin splints well worth it

Posted  January 18, 2013

Fitness is a priority at every base in the Air Force and in every career field. Because most Airmen incorporate running into workouts, it is important to protect against shin splints. According to WebMD.com, whether you jog daily or sprint to catch a bus, you are at risk for medial tibial stress syndrome, or shin…

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Runners vs. cars: cars always win

Posted  January 18, 2013

When exercising at Luke Air Force Base, runners are often forced to share the road with drivers, unless at the base track or on a treadmill. This can be dangerous, especially in high traffic areas, like near the base exchange, commissary, hospital and South Gate, according to Ben Bruce, 56th Fighter Wing Ground Safety manager….

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Load crews give it all to be top

Posted  January 18, 2013

A four-way contest between the 425th, 310th, 309th and 308th AMUs.

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