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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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Sports

Sports Shorts – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

Athletic highlights and upcoming events

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Fighting ducks graduate 14 pilots

Posted  November 30, 2012

The 309th Fighter Squadron Fighting Ducks graduate 14 pilots today. They are, from left, 1st Lts. Ryan Mendenhall and Bryan Beasley; Capt. Jake Rohrbach and 1st Lts. Clancy Morrical, Clancy Daniels, Bryson Thomas, Dustin Carey, Scott Portue, Brandon Dobbs, Austin Buller, Miklos Preysz and Ryan Neely; and Capts. Jared Ames and Dennis Simerly. Class 12-CBG…

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Leaders avoid holding to bad decisions

Posted  November 30, 2012

Don’t let YOU get in the way of YOU making the right decision, because … it’s not about YOU! What do I mean by this? Have you ever knowingly stuck with a bad decision because you made the decision? Or struggled over a decision worrying about what others will think of you? Everyone has decisions…

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Practice, plan makes perfect in active shooter exercise

Posted  November 30, 2012

You’re waiting to talk with a TRICARE specialist on the third floor of the Medical Group building. Suddenly, you hear muffled shots ring out and screaming. What do you do? What will the base do? To answer this question, the 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an AETC-directed active-shooter exercise Wednesday and Thursday to test whether…

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Are you ‘that guy?’

Posted  November 30, 2012

Recently the Defense Department sponsored an ad campaign to show how binge drinking can make you look, well … pretty stupid. It’s titled, “That Guy,” where images of young people are taken in compromising positions (drawings on face, sleeping on toilets, etc.) to show people it isn’t cool to be “That Guy.” Go to www.thatguy.com…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  November 30, 2012

Air Force announces supplemental promotions The following individuals were selected for promotion to the next rank: Master sergeant Christopher Seltmann, 56th Fighter Wing Weapons Safety Staff sergeant Damian King, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Senior airman Ikaisha McCoy, 56th Security Forces Squadron; Jason Reed, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron; David Trott, 56th Operations Support Squadron; and Christopher…

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Thanksgiving Day

Posted  November 30, 2012

Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Amador, 56th MSG superintendent, carve turkey Nov. 22 during Thanksgiving Day brunch in the Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility at Luke Air Force Base. Approximately 200 military members and retirees, along with their families, were served throughout the day. Col. Yolanda Bledsoe,…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

Airman 1st Class Daniel Rakowski 56th Contracting Squadron Contract specialist Hometown: Tehachapi, Calif. Years in service: One Family: Parents, Ed and Sherri Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Inspirations: My family, friends and everyone who has shown me support Goals: Make below-the-zone and cross train into tactical air command and control…

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Health & Safety

Keep holiday weight off dinner plate

Posted  November 30, 2012

Temperatures are dropping, holidays are approaching, stress levels are rising and, for many, weight starts increasing. In fact, the average American gains approximately two to five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Is it really a problem if a person gains one to two pounds during the holidays? According to TriWest Healthcare Alliance Registered Dietician…

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New info out on requesting Citibank credit balance refunds

Posted  November 30, 2012

With GTC and CSA accounts merged back under the GTC program, requesting an eligible credit balance refund from Citibank when an account has been overpaid requires several things to think about. Remember … split disbursement is no longer required for 100 percent of travel voucher reimbursement. A traveler should calculate expenses charged to the GTC…

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