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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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Leadership necessary for Airman morale in 21st century

Posted  August 10, 2012

It is our duty as NCOs to ensure that we maintain high morale in ourselves and our Airmen.

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F-35 beckons press

Posted  August 10, 2012

Local Phoenix media representatives record Luke Air Force Base officials Aug. 1 during a press conference held in the wing headquarters building announcing the decision for the F-35A Lightning II to be at Luke.

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Base housing changes underway

Posted  August 10, 2012

Over the past few months there have been several changes made in base housing such as to its appearance, who is allowed to live there and what Balfour Beaty Communities offers for residents. According to Robert Worley, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Asset Management Flight chief, BBC has renovated older homes and built 101 new homes,…

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News Briefs – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

62nd FS change of command Lt. Col. Brian Jackson, 62nd Fighter Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann at 8 a.m. today in Hangar 1022.   Operation KIDS Operations KIDS is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Camp Thunderbolt, Bldg. 400 on Luke Air Force Base. It is a simulated…

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Thunderbolt of the week – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

Staff Sgt. Cambria Odell

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ALS graduates 40

Posted  August 10, 2012

The John J. Rhodes Airman Leadership School graduated four staff sergeants and 36 senior airmen June 28 in Class 12-5. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted:   56th Comptroller Squadron Wade Williams   56th Operations Support Squadron Clayton Legare and Staff Sgt. Courtney Ramstead   308th Fighter Squadron Michelle Stauffer   56th Maintenance…

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Reserve unit gives back to Anchorage hosts

Posted  August 10, 2012

The 944th Fighter Wing Annual Tour in Alaska this July allowed members of the team to volunteer in the local community. Twenty-eight members of the 944th Force Support Squadron split their day between...

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Chaplain thoughts – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

"Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.” ~ Jesse Owens

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Stretching muscles no small matter

Posted  August 10, 2012

There are various opinions out there in the fitness world on whether one should stretch before or after a workout. The answers may vary depending on who you ask, but here’s what the experts at Luke Air Force Base have to say.

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Street Beat – August 10, 2012

Posted  August 10, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incident July 27 through Aug. 2:   Tickets Security forces issued citations for three moving and 11 nonmoving violations.   Traffic-related incidents July 30: Security forces responded to a report of a trailer dislodged from a truck at the intersection of Eagle Street and Bong Lane. Patrols…

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