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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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Luke exchange makes good health its business

Posted  July 13, 2012

Understanding that a large part of the military’s focus is on a fit mind and body to ensure top performance, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service values the importance of wellness. To that end, the exchange is feeding shoppers’ minds with information. Healthy nutrition options, fitness programs, family activities and overall wellness information are…

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New sheriff in town

Posted  July 13, 2012

Maj. Sean Gibbs receives his first salute as the new 56th Security Forces Squadron commander July 6 during the 56th SFS change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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Air Force News – July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 2012

South Dakota Four Airmen died and two others were seriously injured when a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130 Hercules crashed July 1 while fighting a woodland fire in southwestern South Dakota.   Washington D.C. Twenty-five U.S. service members took their citizenship oath July 4 before their commander-in-chief. They were among more than 4,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen…

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People First – July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 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.   New…

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Dental lab puts teeth into work

Posted  July 13, 2012

The sounds of drills and suction tubes strike fear in many people, but in the 56th Dental Squadron, not everyone makes patients cringe.

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Street Beat – July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 29 through July 5:   Tickets Security forces issued citations for 13 moving and five nonmoving violations.   Traffic-related incidents June 29: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 1514. There were no injuries. June 29: Security forces responded…

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Chaplain thoughts July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 2012

“If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.” ~ Hamilton Fish   We often speak in the military of laying our lives down in defense of our nation — the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. What…

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Luke celebrtes freedom

Posted  July 13, 2012

The base held its annual Freedom Fest event July 4 at Fowler Park. Events included face painting, music, concessions, dancing and...

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Hiking safety

Posted  July 13, 2012

During the summer, especially during excessive heat warnings, the safest course is to avoid hiking. If you must hike, the safest times are before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

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Fly Over: Magic Mike: Mike not nearly so magic

Posted  July 13, 2012

I had no real intention of going to see “Magic Mike.” To be honest, I didn’t even know it was a movie until a few days before I saw it.

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