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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 Shorts – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

The 607th Air Control Squadron defeated the 56th Communications Squadron Oct. 11 at the Bryant Fitness Center football field by a final score of 19-6 to become the intramural flag football champions.

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Nurse Transition Program ticket to new career

Posted  October 12, 2012

There are many paths Airmen take to become nurses whether being prior enlisted or commissioning immdiately after college. Whatever the case, the Nurse Transition Program is here to prepare them for their future endeavors. “The NTP helps provides a solid foundation for brand new Air Force nurses,” said Col. Carol Andrews, 56th Medical Group chief…

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Are you a great teammate?

Posted  October 12, 2012

Accountability is the cornerstone of any organization. Accountability equals trust and each member of an organization or team must be able to trust that their teammate is accountable and will always execute the mission at the same high standard. The standard is excellence and as Airmen we should accept nothing less, but we often do….

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‘Missing Man’ symbol of loss

Posted  October 12, 2012

The missing man formation is one of the most profound demonstrations of honor and respect a flying unit can bestow. The very makeup and maneuvering of this formation demonstrates the concept of a cohesive team and how each member of that team counts. When a member of that team is lost, the others not only…

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Calling all thrifty shoppers

Posted  October 12, 2012

At Luke Air Force Base there is a place where military personnel can buy items at a bargain price while at the same time helping the base and a variety of charities the proceeds go to.

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In Brief – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

Contemporary Gospel Service celebration The Luke Air Force Base chapel will offer two services at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Luke Community chapel in honor of the Contemporary Gospel Service celebrating 37 years of history. Dr. Alfred Craig from the Arizona USA World Ministries and Rev. Gregory Chambliss from Solid Rock Baptist Church…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

Airman 1st Class Jan-Michael Wood 62nd Fighter Squadron Squadron Aviation Resource Manager Hometown: McLouth, Kan. Years in service: One Education: Associate degree in liberal arts Inspirations: This is my first time away from home, and the 62nd FS men and women have made me feel at home Goals: Complete a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering,…

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‘I am Air Force Energy’ campaign kicks off

Posted  October 12, 2012

October is Energy Action Month, and it provides an opportunity to promote energy and water conservation awareness to Airmen as part of a national campaign led by the Department of Energy. This year’s theme, “I am Air Force Energy,” puts the Airman at the center of the campaign. The goal is to inspire the Total…

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Continuing ed …

Posted  October 12, 2012

FROM LEFT: Staff Sgt. Jessica Williams, 309th Fighter Squadron, Senior Airman Eric Laughbaum, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Senior Airman Dedra Roach, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, Tech. Sgt. Andrew Combs, 56th Communications Squadron, Senior Airman Michael Palmer, 56th Medical Operations Squadron, Tech. Sgt. Mark Adams, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, Staff Sgt. Carlos Cruz, 56th CMS, Tech….

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Chaplain thoughts – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.” ~ Lao Tsu         We often think in order to make a difference we must do something big. Yet I would contend it is often the small, random acts of kindness that can make a real difference in the lives of others. It may…

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