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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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Spike students combat train with Navy Super Hornets

Posted  August 30, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing recently hosted four F/A-18E Super Hornets from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. The aircraft were brought in to provide joint air combat training for students undergoing initial F-16 qualification training. Pilots from Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 14 planned, briefed and debriefed at the 62nd FS and flew in support of 10…

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Gently used formal wear available to E-5, below

Posted  August 30, 2013

Staff Sgt. C.J. HATCH Members of the Luke community look through dresses at the opening of the Cinderella and Prince Charming Closet at the Airmen’s Attic. The closet provides one free formal outfit for spouses of staff sergeants and below so they can attend formal events like graduations or the Air Force Ball. The closet…

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Sports Shorts – September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

CE takes on SFS for bragging rights Jaren Etheridge, CES, attempts a lay-up during the game against SFS. Etheridge scored ten points in the game. by Airman 1st Class DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron battled the 56th Security Forces Squadron for bragging rights during an intramural basketball game Aug. 26…

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Street Beat – September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 23 through 29: Tickets Security forces issued citations for nine moving and four non-moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 26: A civil arrest was made on a military member who caused an accident while driving under the influence eastbound on Interstate-10. There were no injuries. Aug….

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K-9: Bond between handler, dog strengthens base defense

Posted  September 6, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jacob Morgan Mayo, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, bites on his reward Aug. 8 given to him by Staff Sgt. Justin Lopez, 56th SFS MWD handler, after searching for explosives or narcotics during training in a warehouse at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The training tested the MWD’s senses for…

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HVAC keeps base cool during summer months

Posted  September 6, 2013

In a region where temperatures can get above 100 degrees every day during the summer, the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing looks to its heating, ventilation and air conditioning specialists to keep people and equipment cool.

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Fly Over: ‘Orange Is the New Black’, and ‘Getaway’

Posted  September 6, 2013

On Netflix: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ One day as I was perusing Netflix for a show to watch, I saw one that stood out. It read “Orange Is the New Black: a Netflix original series.” I thought to myself, “I didn’t know Netflix made its own shows. Would it even be good?” At that…

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Education: more is better

Posted  September 6, 2013

Workers with only high school-level education had an unemployment rate of 9.4 percent, while those with a bachelor’s degree had an unemployment rate of just 4.9 percent, according to a 2011 Forbes study.

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CE challenges ALS to readiness

Posted  September 6, 2013

Students attending the John J. Rhodes Airman Leadership School were the first to participate in the ALS unit mentorship program Aug. 27 with the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, which took them through a mini course of the jobs CE does.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  September 6, 2013

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” ~ Beverly Sills While visiting Grand Canyon this year I picked up a book recounting numerous ways people have met their fate at the canyon. One of the surest ways is trying to shortcut the canyon’s trails. Grand Canyon is often unforgiving of those who attempt…

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