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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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Captain selects announced

Posted  October 5, 2012

The following first lieutenants have been selected for promotion to captain: 56th Fighter Wing Ryan Decamp 56th Operations Group Chad Haring and Francisco Torres 62nd Fighter Squadron Justin Bellamy, Christopher Cady, Brad Hunt and Derek Kirkwood 308th FS Kyle Davis, Evan Farren, Michelle Hamland, Matt Martenson, Nathan McCaskey, Bryan Mussler, Houston Pye, Tim Six, William…

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Success guru shares secret to peak performance

Posted  October 5, 2012

We are familiar with stories of people who overcame what seemed like impossible odds and made it to the top.

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Fire prevention is everyone’s job

Posted  October 5, 2012

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6 through 12and is designed to raise awareness of fire prevention and will focus on having two ways out during a fire. Fire prevention week began in 1920 when President Woodrow Wilson declared Oct. 9 as National Fire Prevention Day. The day was chosen because of its historic significance….

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Emergency mass notification system saves lives

Posted  October 5, 2012

What do you do when you’re on base and severe weather is fast approaching or a gunman has started randomly shooting people on base? The installation command post will warn and provide instructions simultaneously to all government computers, telephones, building public address systems, the outside ‘giant voice’ public address system and social media. Each base…

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Air Force News – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

First F-35 training commander: ‘This jet is our future’ Five months of flying the Air Force’s newest fighter jet has left one Airman convinced of the aircraft’s substantial combat capability. Lt. Col. Lee Kloos is the commander of the 58th Fighter Squadron, the Defense Department’s first F-35 Lightning II training squadron, located at Eglin Air…

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People First – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

Wolfenbarger: AFMC 5-Center reorganization on track After some 18 months of planning and careful transition, Air Force Materiel Command officials are ready to declare initial operational capability of AFMC’s 5-Center reorganization Oct. 1. In early July, the command began activating its new centers and consolidating others as it transitioned from operating with 12 centers to…

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Chaplain thoughts – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

“Riches don’t make a man rich; they only make him busier.” ~ Christopher Columbus A basic definition of contentment is being satisfied with what you already have. I believe this is something most people need to learn a little bit more. Now don’t get me wrong, wanting to better ourselves financially or professionally is OK…

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607th ACS bulilds home, future for family

Posted  October 5, 2012

Sounds of hammering and sawing filled the air as members of the 607th Air Control Squadron spent the day working with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a family in need.

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Street Beat – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 21 through 27: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 24: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in base housing. There were no injuries. Emergency responses Sept. 21: Security forces responded to a report of…

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Men, cars need tune-ups

Posted  October 5, 2012

The body is very similar to a car. It needs proper maintenance and an occasional tune up. The problem is most men take better care of their vehicles than they do their bodies, according to Michelle Hoyt, 56th Medical Group health manager and registered nurse. “They only go to the doctor when something is broken,”…

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