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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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This Week in History

Posted  November 8, 2013

Col. Hubert Zemke, 56th Fighter Group commander, made a promise to his group, which was to be the first fighter group in the European theater to reach 100 aerial victories by Sadie Hawkins Day, Nov. 6, 1943.

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Part-time door gunner, full-time Soldier

Posted  November 8, 2013

Bill Medinger walked past the long line of customers at the Luke Air Force Base commissary and greeted each one.

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Ashby turns dream into reality

Posted  November 8, 2013

Sometimes someone’s life can take a profound and unexpected turn by being in the right place at the right time.

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Pilot realizes childhood dream, still serves

Posted  November 8, 2013

Courtesy photo Retired Lt. Col. James “Rusty” Mitchell poses with his A-10 Thunderbolt II in 1979 at the Royal Air Force Bentwaters, England. Mitchell’s military flying career took him around the world to places like South Korea, Colorado, and more, flying the A-10, then the F-16 Fighting Falcon. As a child he always dreamed of…

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Vet turns tragedy to triumph

Posted  November 8, 2013

Courtesy photo Steve Martin, retired Army military police officer, performs a fire hose drag Sept. 6 at the Luke Air Force Base Warrior Fitness Center. Martin, currently an Arizona Highway Patrol officer, deployed to Afghanistan embedded with an Army infantry unit. He lost both of his legs after his humvee hit a roadside bomb. It…

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Tuskegee Airman conquered many frontiers

Posted  November 8, 2013

Courtesy photo Retired Lt. Col. Asa Herring We often hear the term, “larger than life,” which defines a person’s life as being filled with extraordinary events and accomplishments; a life in which a person overcame obstacles and had achievements, which at the time seemed impossible. Meet retired Lt. Col. Asa Herring, whose body of work…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  November 8, 2013

Staff Sgt. Erin Watson 56th Medical Operations Squadron Aerospace Medical Technician Hometown: Peoria, Ill. Years in service: 11 Family: Son, Kaleb, 6; daughter, Kamryn, 4 Education: Pursuing a public health science degree at American Military University Previous assignments: Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany Inspirations: My mom raised five kids on her own, working full and part…

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Acting SecAF visits Luke AFB

Posted  November 8, 2013

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning speaks to Luke Airmen at an all-call Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. Fanning discussed issues facing the Air Force, including sequestration and the importance of preventing sexual assault. Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning visited Luke Air Force Base…

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PME – Building Air Force future

Posted  November 8, 2013

Leadership is a trait that we all desire and strive to become better at no matter what level we are. Leadership knows no one specific career field or specialty. It is applicable across all aspects of life. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower said it best, “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you…

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Veterans: Never stop serving

Posted  November 8, 2013

As our nation prepares to celebrate its 94th Armistice or Veterans Day, it is surprising to find out that there is no standardized legal definition of a military veteran. Generally, each time Congress passed a new law authorizing and creating a new veteran benefit, they included eligibility requirements, for example the Post-9/11 G.I. educational benefits….

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