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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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People First – September 14, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

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. AF finishes…

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Fly Over: ‘Madden 13’, ‘Bunraku’

Posted  September 14, 2012

In stores: ‘Bunraku’ by Jayson Burns Once in a while I will come upon a movie by pure chance, either randomly searching through Netflix or looking at the “suggestions” column on IMDB.com. Most of the time, the movie wouldn’t be any good, completely worthy of its obscure status. On those rare occasions I find something…

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Sesame Street performs for youth

Posted  September 14, 2012

The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families has been helping children understand the process of moving with the family when a parent receives orders to a new assignment.

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Street Beat – September 14, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 31 through Sept. 6: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug 31: Security forces responded to a report of an off-base vehicle accident near Falcon Dunes Golf Course. Security forces provided traffic control for the helicopter landing…

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SFS defeats CES, wins championship 61-45

Posted  September 14, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron took home the title as they defeated the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron in the intramural basketball championship Aug. 16 at the Bryant Fitness Center. In the double elimination tournament format, CES needed to win only one game to take home the trophy, while SFS needed to go back-to-back for the…

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Chaplain thoughts – September 14, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

“Today, we gather to be reassured that God hears the lamenting and bitter weeping of Mother America because so many of her children are no more. Let us now seek that assurance in prayer for the healing of our grief stricken hearts, for the souls and sacred memory of those who have been lost.” ~…

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Sports Shorts – September 14, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

New pool hours The Silver Wings Pool offers open swim and lap swim 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The pool closes for the season Sept. 21. For more information, call (623) 856-9334. Ghostly Ghoul run The Ghostly Ghoul 5k fun run is…

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F-16 pilot reaches flying hour milestone

Posted  September 7, 2012

Maj. Frank Bricel, 69th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, prepares to exit his aircraft Aug. 31 after crossing his 3,000 flying hour mark in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. Bricel has been flying for 18 years. On a scorching afternoon in the skies over Luke Air Force Base, one F-…

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Luke 1 departs, praises Thunderbolts

Posted  September 7, 2012

Brig. Gen. JD Harris, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and his wife, Heather, prepare to depart Luke Air Force Base after a two-year tour here. Harris has been selected to serve as vice commander of the 5th Air Force at Yokota Air Base, Japan. We serve the Constitution of the United States; that is the oath…

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308th FS graduates 18 in class 12-AGB

Posted  September 7, 2012

The U.S. Air Force’s newest Viper pilots will culminate nine months of demanding training today and receive their graduation certificates. Class 12-ABG from the 308th Fighter Squadron Emerald Knights will join the ranks of a select group of aviators fortunate enough to fly the F-16. They did not achieve this goal on their own; it…

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