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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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Welsh ‘humbled’ to serve as Air Force chief of staff

Posted  August 17, 2012

The Air Force chief of staff flag passed to the service’s 20th chief in a ceremony here Aug. 10. Gen. Mark Welsh III, a 36-year Airman, stepped into the position, taking over for Gen. Norton Schwartz, who also retired from the Air Force during the ceremony....

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Dogged determination wins training day

Posted  August 17, 2012

While police have long relied on dogs to sniff out drugs, the military’s embrace of dogs trained to detect bombs is saving lives on the frontline. K-9 officers from all across the region got a chance to see those furry heroes in action at a series of training events last month in Payson, Ariz.....

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Sports injuries hurt more than just today

Posted  August 17, 2012

If a professional athlete dislocates a joint or tears a ligament, it makes the news. But anyone who plays sports can be injured. While all Airmen should be in good physical condition, family members may not be as ready for summer activities. Whether or not a person is conditioned, injuries can happen. “Staying active lowers…

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Fly Over: “The Campaign”, “Space Marine”

Posted  August 17, 2012

Through the eyes of a foreign friend of mine Will Ferrell embodies the American male – unseemly, dull-witted, loud and ignorant, but with a ton of misguided confidence whose moral compass wanes in the presence of power, greed and faux beauty...

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News Briefs – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 2012

Natural disaster exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an emergency management exercise Thursday within the perimeter of the base. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. Expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Those on base may see explosions, smoke,…

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Luke dominates the diamond

Posted  August 17, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base softball team has taken to the field in six tournaments this season and has dominated the play by placing in three of them. Teams receive points based on tournament placing. “We try our best to have fun, represent ourselves and represent the name on our chest (Luke AFB) the best…

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Sports Shorts – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 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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Civil Air Patrol helps Luke grow

Posted  August 10, 2012

Unbeknownst to many, there is a small squadron at Luke Air Force Base with the sole purpose of helping the base in unconventional ways.

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62nd AMU makes way for F-35

Posted  August 10, 2012

The 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit moved to building 495 July 14 to provide space for the F-35 project. Chief Master Sgt. Jeffery Ewing, 62nd AMU superintendant, said that it was an important move. “As the F-35 jets transition here to Luke, we needed to get out of that building so we can start to build…

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Rebuttal could be Airman’s friend

Posted  August 10, 2012

In today’s Air Force we are smaller in numbers and expected to do great work in support of the warfighting mission. Commanders and supervisors deal with personnel issue’s on a daily basis and expect everyone to have the integrity to do what is right to ensure the mission succeeds. Why then do commanders and supervisors…

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