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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 – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 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. High year…

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The Military Family

Posted  August 24, 2012

We all make choices. Some choose to be service members; others choose to be married to one. In my case, I chose both....

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Run to get fit, warrior ready: Keep safety in mind

Posted  August 24, 2012

Running is part of the physical training test and as such, many people on Luke Air Force Base spend much of their PT time running, whether it be on the track or around the base. Running has many health benefits but done incorrectly can cause injuries ranging from blisters to serious life-threatening circumstances. “Proper footwear…

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Fly Over: “The Bourne Legacy”, “Fifty Shades of Gray”

Posted  August 24, 2012

While not as numerous or historic as the Bond films, the Bourne series has become an example of how secret agent movies are done right. They put together all the ingredients like action, espionage, tension and the like without burning it to an inedible mess. So, with their success, it’s no surprise that they wish…

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Competition displays body of work

Posted  August 24, 2012

Members of the master weight division pose for judges Saturday during the 56th Force Support Squadron bodybuilding competition at Luke Air Force Base. The event is held twice a year at the Luke Theater. Female competition winners Bikini short: Olivia Wanzo Bikini tall: Brianne Brown Bikini overall: Brianne Brown Figure short: Lizeth Jimenez Figure overall:…

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Sports Shorts – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 2012

Fall triathlon The fall triathlon featuring a 400-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5k run is 7 a.m. Sept. 22 at Silver Wings Pool. The cost is $20 per military person and $45 for others. Register by Sept. 14 and receive a free T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the…

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SFS, EOD join forces in exercise

Posted  August 17, 2012

While many people may be getting ready for bed at 9 p.m. most evenings, on Aug. 8 approximately 40 personnel from the 56th Security Forces Squadron and 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal, as well as a few members of local law enforcement, participated in an exercise involving a suspicious package at the security forces building on Luke Air Force Base....

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Benign deeds may be mayhem in making

Posted  August 17, 2012

With recent incidences of violence occurring in the world, people can never be too careful about the dangers that may lie even in their own community. There is a program to help keep members of the civilian community and Airmen safe; it’s called the Eagle Eyes. “The EE program encourages all Air Force members and…

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Doing right not always easy

Posted  August 17, 2012

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” – C. S. Lewis “To see what is right and do it not is cowardice.” – Confucius Who hasn’t heard the saying, “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when nobody is watching?” Integrity is one of our Air Force core values; it…

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Operation Air Force and you

Posted  August 17, 2012

Thanks for what you do in supporting the mission and sustaining the largest fighter wing in the Air Force. It is especially comforting to see the continual outpouring of effort and support for this year’s Operation Air Force visit by U.S. Air Force Academy cadets throughout the summer, as the third and final group of…

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