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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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Sports Shorts – December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 2013

Matthew Corcoran, 56th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist instructor, coaches participants during the last five minutes of their warrior fitness routine Nov. 22 at the Warrior Fitness Center. Warrior fitness includes gymnastics, weightlifting and endurance, with variations of those exercises. Variety, challenge key to warrior fitness Photo and story by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. If…

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Street Beat

Posted  December 6, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 17 through Sunday: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 24 moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 18: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving three privately owned vehicles in the Bldg. 1130 parking lot. There were no injuries….

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Justice Report

Posted  December 6, 2013

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in October: 56th Operations Group Articles 15 • An airman first class received an Article 15 for being incapacitated for duty and driving under the influence of alcohol. The member received a reduction to E-2, forfeiture of $849 pay,…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  December 6, 2013

How will this affect my life, and others? ~Alfred Montapert A Carolina mountaineer said to a young man, “See here, you been a-courtin’ my daughter for goin’ on four years. You got to tell me about your intentions. Be they honorable or dishonorable?” The young man’s face brightened and he asked hopefully, “You mean I…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  December 6, 2013

Smartphone users beware! Using a third party App to access your Defense Finance and Accounting Services myPay account can compromise your access information potentially leading to a theft of funds. There are no Apps sanctioned by the Defense Department or DFAS. Apps that claim to allow access to military or other government sites should only…

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EOR team: Taking care of business first, last

Posted  December 6, 2013

“First and last line of defense” may sound like a line from a movie, but it’s a no-nonsense way of doing business for a small band of crew chiefs on the Luke Air Force Base flightline.

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Fly Over: ‘Call of Duty – Ghosts’, and ‘Oldboy’

Posted  December 6, 2013

In stores: ‘Call of Duty – Ghosts’ While “Call of Duty” often gets scolded for its rinse-and-repeat gameplay, I’ve always defended the series and given previous games a thumbs-up for enhancing the gameplay. Whether it’s the storytelling of “Modern Warfare” or the effort to change the COD formula with “Black Ops,” the popular series always…

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Luke tax center seeks volunteers for 2014 tax season

Posted  December 6, 2013

The Luke Air Force Base tax center opens its doors to file returns for the entire Luke community beginning Jan. 27, 2014. Last tax season, the tax center assisted more than 1,500 clients file federal and state returns, saving the Luke community more than $316,000. To offer this great service again, the tax center requires…

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Exam keeps eye on enamel

Posted  December 6, 2013

Airmen are informed they have a dental appointment once a year. Some show up to this appointment not knowing what to expect. Well, it’s time to shed some light on Airmen’s annual dental appointments. Before poking around mouths, there are a few things the dental squadron needs to know. This is where the medical history…

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CES tests cadets leadership skills

Posted  December 6, 2013

Cadets attempt to lift a log during the exercise obstacle course. Obstacles put cadets in various situations to test decision making and Airman leadership skills.   Blindfolded cadets navigated concrete barriers with the help of their wingmen.   Arizona State University ROTC Cadets attempt to drag a humvee Nov. 22 during the 56th Civil Engineer…

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