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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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Serving in AF equals opportunity

Posted  August 9, 2013

While some may view their time in the Air Force as drudgery, I have always viewed the Air Force as an organization that offers unlimited opportunity. I could discuss multiple Air Force benefits such as education, health care or retirement, but instead I will focus solely on opportunity. Merriam-Webster defines opportunity as a favorable juncture…

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AF moves require many hands

Posted  August 9, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Members of the 56th Medical Group carry a decontamination tent to a setup location during a natural disaster exercise Aug. 1 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise gave Airmen the opportunity to use their life-saving skills in a training environment. During the summer, many military families go through a…

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E-5 selects announced

Posted  August 15, 2013

The following senior airmen have been selected for promotion to staff sergeant: 56th Comptroller Squadron Lakindra Favors and Wade Williams Jr. 56th Operations Support Squadron Ashley Barth, Trevon Brinkley, Mariaisabel Cruz, Corey Ingraham, Anthony Meadows, Theodore Pelfrey, Marcellus Pouncil, Michael Seymour, Alexena Simien, Raul Valdez, Voss Rojelio Jr. and Austin Zacker 56th Training Squadron William…

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Sports Shorts – August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

Jabari Johnson, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, avoids defenders during a game Aug. 7 against the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron team at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. CES defeated LRS 55-49.   CES holds off LRS in close matchup — wins 55-49 Photo and story by Airman 1st Class JAMES HENSLEY, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs…

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This Week in History

Posted  August 16, 2013

The Air Force accepted its first production model F-16, aircraft 78-0001, Aug. 17, 1978, from the General Dynamics plant, now Lockheed Martin, in Fort Worth, Texas. Up until 1959, U.S. fighter aircraft production starts were fairly constant.

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Fly Over: ‘Monster Brawl’, and ‘Sharknado’

Posted  August 16, 2013

‘Monster Brawl’ It’s my fault, really. Nobody forced me to go on Netflix, surf through the movie selections and pick this. But what was I supposed to do? It was called “Monster Brawl,” it promised monsters brawling. I had to give in to my passion for stupid and violent movies. “Monster Brawl,” however, is stupid…

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Tombstone – town too tough to die

Posted  August 16, 2013

Steely-eyed gunslingers, the rumble of galloping hooves and the sweet chill of sarsaparilla on a hot Arizona day may sound like items from a western movie but in Tombstone, these elements are still as alive as they were in the late 1800s.

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Street Beat – August 16, 2013

Posted  August 16, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations Aug. 2 through 8: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving and five nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 8: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the intersection of Super Sabre Street and Johnson Lane. There were no injuries. Nonemergency responses Aug….

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It takes a village …

Posted  August 16, 2013

Luke Air Force Base features many services that support the military community. From chaplain services to the education center, the base has much to offer for Luke Airmen.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  August 16, 2013

  “You can only govern men by serving them.” ~Victor Cousin, French philosopher (1792-1867) A mark of a great leader is that he puts the needs of those he leads ahead of his own. You will never be effective at any level, no matter your leadership title, if you disregard the needs of those you lead….

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