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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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Why do you serve?

Posted  September 6, 2013

People often ask me what I do. That question is quite easy to answer. “I’m an officer in the United States Air Force.” Every once in a while someone will follow up with, “What do you do in the Air Force?” That’s another easy answer. “I command the communications squadron at Luke Air Force Base…

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Best minds join together for F-35 conference

Posted  September 6, 2013

How fast can you solve a Rubik’s Cube? Now imagine the cube reaches more than 51 feet in length, 14 feet in height and 35 feet wide. Also, the cube has hundreds of squares, unlike Rubik’s traditional 54. Your only reprieve? This cube only has five colors, not six like the toy. More than 90…

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Monsoon brings it! Dust, rain, light show

Posted  September 6, 2013

Staff Sgt.C.J. HATCH Lightning strikes over the White Tank Mountains Aug. 26 during a thunderstorm as seen from the end of the runway. Residents of Luke Air Force Base and the surrounding area were treated to nature’s light show, high winds and heavy rain. The blue skies quickly turn to a steel gray, the wind…

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Sports Shorts – September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

David Hicks, center, 56th Security Forces Squadron, attempts to drive in the lane Sept. 3 during a playoff intramural basketball game at Luke Air Force Base. LRS defeated SFS 56-48.   LRS moves to next round in B-ball playoff by Airman 1st Class DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron battled the…

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Street Beat – September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 27 through Sept. 5: Tickets Security forces issued citations for three moving and one non-moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 1: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident in the base exchange parking lot. There were no injuries. Sept. 3: Security forces…

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Flagstaff: The Other Side of Arizona Holds Tuthill treasure

Posted  September 13, 2013

Phoenix residents are familiar with the local topography consisting of dry brush and cacti. But a two-and-a-half hour drive north on Interstate 17 shows a different side of Arizona as desert sand and vegetation give way to verdant grass and pine trees.

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Fly Over: ‘Jayden’s Revenge: A Story of an American Family’, and ‘Insidious 2’

Posted  September 13, 2013

In print: ‘Jayden’s Revenge: A Story of an American Family’ Despite their length, I would argue that short stories are more difficult to write than full-fledged novels. Not that novels are easy (believe me …), but short stories are constrained by their general need to be self-contained, focused and, well, short. Dirk Knight’s first short…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  September 13, 2013

“Time is passing.” Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting Sept. 11, 2001.” ~George W. Bush On Nov. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush said, “Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting Sept. 11, 2001. We will remember every rescuer who died…

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Warriors compete in memory of ‘Hot Shots’

Posted  September 13, 2013

While this was its fourth consecutive year, the competition took on additional meaning this time around. The final stage of the contest was filled with challenges dedicated to the memory of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives battling the Yarnell wildfire July 1 in Central Arizona.

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Holidays full of sugary culprits of tooth decay

Posted  September 13, 2013

With the holiday season approaching, people often add more sweets to their diets. When eating sugary foods, like candy, most people will eat several pieces continuously throughout the day, not knowing that this can actually hurt their teeth. When a person eats, the germs in the mouth produce an acid that can break down the…

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