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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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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  September 7, 2012

Staff Sgt. Andrea James 56th Operations Support Squadron 309th Fighter Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment NCO-in-charge Hometown: Henrico, N.C. Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Staff Sgt. Shira James, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; daughter, Jaden, 5; and son, Jaxon, 1 Education: Pursuing a degree in criminal justice at Rio Salado College. Previous assignments: Robins Air Force…

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Giving kids a boost

Posted  September 7, 2012

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Staff Sgt. Erin Watson, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, receives a new booster seat Aug. 30 after being briefed on its proper use and installation by Senior Airman Jessica Crotta, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, during the Booster Bash at Luke Air Force Base. A new law went into effect Aug….

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Make immune system healthy, strong

Posted  September 7, 2012

The body’s immune system has many jobs, including fighting against bacteria, parasites and fungi; it is also essential in keeping the body healthy from infection. The immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues and organs that together prevent and defend against attacks to the body, according to Rachel Perkins-Garner, 56th Medical…

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ITT offers travel discounts

Posted  September 7, 2012

Army Spc. Christian Lopez, 258th Engineer Company engineer, left, and Pvt. Andrew Romero, 258th EC engineer, check out brochures at the Information, Tickets and Travel office on Luke Air Force Base Aug. 29. ITT is located in Bldg. 1150 and offers deals on tickets, airfares and more to military personnel, family members and Defense Department…

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SFS turns to traumatic stress expert for help

Posted  September 7, 2012

Courtesy photo Susan Simons, Under the Shield president, speaks to personnel from the 56th Security Forces Squadron along with members of local law enforcement agencies Aug. 29 at the military working dog kennels on Luke Air Force Base. Simons works with the 56th SFS and local police Wednesdays teaching them how to be mentally prepared…

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People First

Posted  September 7, 2012

Redesigned program eases transition to civilian life A redesigned program will help ease every Airman’s transition to civilian life and better apply their military experience, Air Force officials said. The program is the first major overhaul of the transition assistance program for military members in nearly 20 years. The effort began in response to a…

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New BTO to help Airmen make USAFE processes more efficient, effective

Posted  September 7, 2012

Before becoming the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark Welsh challenged the U.S. Air Forces in Europe to find more efficient and effective ways to use its resources. “Current fiscal realities require commanders to take a hard look at how to most efficiently support and execute our missions within growing budget constraints,” said Welsh…

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People First

Posted  September 7, 2012

Redesigned program eases transition to civilian life A redesigned program will help ease every Airman’s transition to civilian life and better apply their military experience, Air Force officials said. The program is the first major overhaul of the transition assistance program for military members in nearly 20 years. The effort began in response to a…

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Street Beat – September 7, 2012

Posted  September 7, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 24 through 30. Tickets Security forces issued citations for 19 moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 24: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the Luke Air Force Base exchange parking garage. There were no injuries. Aug. 25:…

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Ounce of pest prevention worth pound of bug killer

Posted  September 7, 2012

There are many positive aspects of living in Arizona like sunshine and beautiful scenery, but the one thing not many enjoy is the surprise visits from pests such as cockroaches, ants and scorpions. Although most people don’t want pests in their homes, the pests have reasons to want to be there. “Pests want food, water…

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