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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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This Week in History

Posted  August 23, 2013

  56th Fighter Group’s first ace On Aug. 19, 1943, Capt. Gerald Johnson, 61st Fighter Squadron, was the first 56th Fighter Group pilot to claim and be credited with five kills, thus becoming its first ace. Much later, it was determined that one of his Aug. 17 kills was also claimed by 1st Lt. Frank…

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SFS Airmen fire away …

Posted  August 23, 2013

When Airmen receive orders to deploy, there are multiple tasks they have to complete before leaving the home station, such as filling out paperwork to out-process. And for those going to a combat area, they must qualify on certain weapons.

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People First – August 23, 2013

Posted  August 23, 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. Tuition assistance…

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Air Force News – August 23, 2013

Posted  August 23, 2013

DOD announces extending same-sex spouse benefits The Defense Department announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and DOD civilian employees, according to a DOD news release recently issued. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage…

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607th ACS changes command

Posted  August 23, 2013

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Charles Jones Monday at the 607th Air Control Squadron change-of-command ceremony. The squadron’s mission is to train operators and maintainers, deploy warfighters and provide world-class in-garrison radar control to flying units.

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Keesler, Sheppard, Vance shine in King of Hill game

Posted  August 23, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The King of the Hill game has ended, and three Air Education and Training Command bases have been spotlighted for best idea, individual participation and wing participation. Keesler Air Force Base’s idea on “C3 Multifunctional Device Initiatives,” which involved renegotiating print, copy, scan and fax lease agreements, won the…

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Self-help services available

Posted  August 23, 2013

Courtesy photo Ronnie Peele , civilian, works on his car in one of the Luke Air Force Base Auto Hobby Shop’s liftless stalls. When it comes to some “do-it-yourselfers,” fixing up one’s own car is gratifying and worthwhile, more so than simply having a mechanic take care of everything. For such people here on base,…

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Ops desk beating heart of flying squadron

Posted  August 23, 2013

Every fighter squadron at Luke Air Force Base has a central area manned by Airmen who make sure pilots are able to fly daily. “The operations desk is where each pilot stops to get important information and the green light to fly before stepping to their aircraft,” said Staff Sgt. Jessica Williams, 309th Fighter Squadron…

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Med group rewards physical fitness

Posted  August 23, 2013

Just as other groups on Luke Air Force Base have their own competitions, like the Aircraft Maintenance Unit of the Month award, the 56th Medical Group has created a Commander’s Cup to help raise fitness awareness amongst its Airmen. The trophy and title of “Most Fit Corps,” is given to the team from the 56th…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 23, 2013

Senior Airman Jeanette Backhaus 56th Medical Support Squadron Medical Laboratory Journeyman Hometown: Las Vegas Years in service: Three Family: Husband, Dustin and daughter, Sasha Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Inspirations: Jane Goodall Goals: Obtain a medical laboratory technician certification; become an officer Greatest feat: Scoring 92.3 on the physical training…

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