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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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Fly Over: Magic Mike: In Florida, male strippers earn their keep

Posted  July 13, 2012

When Channing Tatum was 19, he worked for a while as an exotic dancer in Tampa, Fla., going by the moniker “Chan Crawford,” and wow, does this dude have some moves.

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Biosphere 2: Where science lives

Posted  July 13, 2012

Biosphere 2 offers one of Time Life’s 50 must-see “Wonders of the World,” and a great weekend destination right in our own backyard.

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TRICARE travel tips: keeping members covered

Posted  July 13, 2012

When you’re leaving on vacation or changing duty stations, TRICARE is your medical coverage. These five small steps can help you avoid unexpected issues during your travels – even if you change TRICARE regions.   Keep DEERS updated No matter which TRICARE program you use, your Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System record is the key…

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Command post

Posted  July 13, 2012

Senior Airman Tyler Rawlings runs a quick-reaction checklist as Senior Airman Austin Kelley broadcasts the termination of an in-flight emergency over the 56th Fighter Wing commander’s net at the command post.

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Fitness center offers Thunderbolts ways to exert

Posted  July 13, 2012

Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron personal trainer, instructs Julie Kenkel on proper technique during her workout routine July 3 at the Combat PT Center.

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Sports Shorts – July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 2012

Scuba diving classes Two-day scuba diving classes will be held Saturday and Sunday, and Sept. 1 and 2 at Silver Wings Pool. The cost is $99 and includes all instruction materials and equipment. For more information or to sign up, call (623) 856-7120.   Youth dance class A youth dance class teaching hip-hop, stepping and…

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OG leadership changes hands

Posted  July 6, 2012

Col. Douglas Miller relinquished command of the 56th Operations Group to Col. John Hanna during a ceremony held June 29 at Luke Air Force Base. Hanna joins Team Luke after serving as the director of the...

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Focus on Appearance – July 6, 2012

Posted  July 6, 2012

Hairstyles:  Women may not have military high-and-tight or flat-top haircuts. The minimum length is one inch and hair will not exceed three inches in bulk. Men’s hair must have a tapered appearance on the sides and back. With and without headgear, hair will not exceed one and a quarter-inch in bulk, regardless of length, and…

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Team, leadership successfully draw down preventive health at Joint Base Balad

Posted  July 6, 2012

Preventive health members from Luke Air Force Base, Lackland AFB, Texas, and Kirtland AFB, N.M., were lucky enough to have the opportunity to deploy during the closure of vaunted Joint Base Balad during the June through November 2011 rotation. For some, it was their first deployment; for others, it was another in a long line…

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756th AMXS COC

Posted  July 6, 2012

Col. Deborah Liddick, 56th Maintenance Group commander, and Lt. Col. James Upchurch, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, salute June 28 as Upchurch assumes command of the 756th AMXS during a change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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