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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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Chaplain thoughts – August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

  “For six years, I kept my five Olympic medals wrapped in a plastic bread bag beneath my bed.” ~ Mary Lou Retton   Wow … not displayed on the mantle, not kept in a curio, not even hanging up in a shadow box? Out of sight for no one to see. So much blood,…

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EPRs, read before signing

Posted  August 3, 2012

Military members know that a single number can affect their career for either good or bad — a five helping and a one leading to separation. The number on the enlisted performance report may be the one thing most people are concerned about, but it’s not the only thing that can impact a career. “It…

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Air Force News – August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

The Air Advisor Academy hosted a dedication ceremony July 27 for the new Air Advisor Memorial at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

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Luke’s civilian job openings listed online

Posted  August 3, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas — With Luke Air Force Base’s transition to the resume-based single staffing tool, all Air Force civilian employment opportunities are now listed on the USAJobs site, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. In 2010, AFPC announced that the Air Force would transition to a resume based system…

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People First – August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 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.   Special…

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Airmen share 10 grand for IDEA

Posted  August 3, 2012

Two 56th Training Squadron Airmen received $5,000 each July 24 from the Luke Air Force Base Innovative Development through Employee Awareness program. After going through Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century events, Maj. Matthew Russell, 56th TRS programmed flying training chief, and Maj. Derrick Vincent, who has been reassigned to the 4th Fighter…

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Good grades pay off at the Luke AFB Exchange

Posted  August 3, 2012

According to the Military Child Education Coalition, an estimated 80 percent of military connected children are forced to move between six to nine times a s they complete their K-12 education, and along with geographical moves come changes in educational settings and curriculums. With these unique challenges in mind, the Army & Air Force Exchange…

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Street Beat – August 3, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 20 through 26:

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CDC, packed with mini ’Bolts

Posted  August 3, 2012

The Child Development Center provides a safe, supervised environment for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old. The CDC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children that provides activities that entertain and assist the growth of children.

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Protecting skin from sun full time job

Posted  August 3, 2012

The sun in Arizona beats down almost all year long. The thing that brings many people to the state can also be harmful to one’s health if precautions are not taken. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation’s website www.skincancer.org, more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S. More…

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