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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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Know people part of leadership

Posted  July 13, 2012

The U.S. Air Force and military as a whole face a challenging future. They are fiscally constrained, resource constrained and in the process of restructuring the military and civilian force.

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Luke officer saves drowning victim

Posted  July 13, 2012

June 23 was just a normal day at the Balfour Beatty community pool on Luke Air Force Base. That was until one medical officer overheard a child say, “What’s wrong with him; is he dead?”

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News Briefs – July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 2012

Changes of command 56th TRS Lt. Col. Charles DeLapp, 56th Training Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Matthew Liljenstolpe at 8 a.m. today in Hangar 1022. 56th MOS Maj. Christopher Chestnut, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Maj. James Schieser at 7:30 a.m. July 23 in Bldg. 485.   Load…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 2012

Airman 1st Class Taylor LeBlanc 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Optometry Apprentice

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Familiar faces

Posted  July 13, 2012

Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, 7th Air Force vice commander, receives the oath of office from Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Force commander, after pinning on the rank of major general July 3 in Buckeye.

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Quarterly awards announced – July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 2012

The following individuals are quarterly award winners: 56th Fighter Wing Airman: Senior Airman: Lakindra Favors, 56th Comptroller Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Keith Sue, 56th FW Inspector General Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Rayshieta Cole, 56th FW Judge Advocate Company grade officer: Capt. Karlton Edison, 56th FW Chapel Field grade officer: Maj. Jacqueline Stingl, 56th FWJA Civilian…

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Lightweight ABU arrives at Luke

Posted  July 13, 2012

Temperatures around Phoenix often stretch beyond 110 degrees during the summer months. That heat has forced Airmen at Luke Air Force Base to develop ingenious ways at cooling down. Some of these include water mist sprayers on the top of outdoor break areas and shifting work schedules so each Airman is outside for a shorter…

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How does high blood pressure cause stroke?

Posted  July 13, 2012

Did you know that one in every three U.S. adults has suffered from high blood pressure, a major risk factor for stroke? And, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Those facts came straight from the American Stroke Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The relationship between stroke…

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Staying active keeps heart healthy, prevents disease

Posted  July 13, 2012

Staying active doesn’t just help get or keep weight off; it helps lower the chances of getting weight-related diseases. It also can improve one’s sleep, self esteem and ability to handle everyday stresses. Unfortunately, not everyone leads an active lifestyle and the consequences of an inactive lifestyle may increase the risk of developing heart disease….

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New AMDS commander

Posted  July 13, 2012

Col. Yolanda Bledsoe, 56th Medical Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Daniel Smith July 2 as he assumes command of the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron during an assumption-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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