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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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MDG adopts Thompson Ranch Elementary

Posted  July 27, 2012

The 56th Medical Group adopted Thompson Ranch Elementary School in December 2011 to promote education, mentor the students and provide...

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News Briefs – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 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. Aug. 10 in Hangar 1022.   MSG commander’s call The 56th Mission Support Group will hold a commander’s call 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday in the base theater. As a result,…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

Airman 1st Class David Owsianka 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Public Affairs Specialist

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56th MOS change of command

Posted  July 27, 2012

Col. Victor Mora, 56th Maintenance Group commander, passes the guidon to Maj. James Schieser during the 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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MXG announces awards

Posted  July 27, 2012

The following individual or units are quarterly best-of-the-best award winners:   Foreign object debris prevention program Individual: Senior Airman Thang Huyhn, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Flightline: 425th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Backshop: 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron FOD poster: Staff Sgt. Troy Anderson, 56th EMS   Quality assurance TAMS: 308th AMU Specialist: 62nd AMU Weapons: 62nd AMU…

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Street Beat – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 13 through 19:

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Mouth guard may save pearly whites

Posted  July 27, 2012

The Tooth Fairy loves to visit at night and leave money in exchange for teeth that have fallen out, right? But, you wouldn’t want her to visit uninvited just because that hockey stick blind-sided you in the face at yesterday’s game. Now you’re two teeth shy of a perfect grill (smile) because you chose not…

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Justice Report – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

The following is a list of Articles 15 and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in June:   Courts-martial A senior airman was found guilty of Article 92, failure to obey general regulation by wrongful use of bath salts, two specifications of Article 112a, wrongful use of a controlled substance and Article 128,…

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Pilot for a day

Posted  July 27, 2012

Capt. Mark Vahle, 308th Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, speaks with pilot for a day Jensen Harris, 13, July 18, and her mother during the pilot for a day event at Luke Air Force Base. Vahle took Harris to...

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Air Force News – July 27, 2012

Posted  July 27, 2012

Colorado An Air Force Reservist was killed and another was wounded during the mass shooting at an Aurora theater July 20. Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress, 29, was among the 12 fatalities and another Air Force Reservist was among 58 wounded during a midnight shooting rampage at the Century 16 multiplex, about 10 miles from downtown…

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