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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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Mentorship: Not just senior NCO thing

Posted  December 6, 2013

When people talk about mentorship, they may think of a senior NCO guiding an NCO or an Airman. However, this should not always be the case. Mentorship can occur at any level and is a useful tool for all Airmen. A mentor is someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced…

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CDC caregivers recognized for years of service

Posted  December 6, 2013

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Todd Ladd, left, 56th Force Support Squadron commander, and Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander, pose with child caregivers Nov. 18 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The women were awarded for more than 20 years of dedicated service to the CDC. Caring for children from…

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How do we lead?

Posted  December 6, 2013

One of my favorite scenes from the movie “Independence Day” was the motivational speech by actor Bill Pullman. My wife pokes fun at me as I stop to watch it every time it comes on. As the president eloquently bellows his closing line, “Today is our Independence Day,” the background music builds to a perfectly…

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Luke has perfect air permit inspection

Posted  December 6, 2013

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann An F-16 model sits in the foreground of a clear Arizona sky Nov. 20 at Luke Air Force Base. The base recently received its air permit inspection which evaluates about 465 pieces of air emitting equipment listed in Luke AFB’s Title V air operating permit. The base received a perfect rating,…

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AETC announces winners

Posted  December 6, 2013

The following unit won a 2013 Air, Education and Training Command best maintenance unit award for the fourth year in a row: Maj. Gen. Clements McMullen Weapons System Maintenance Daedalian Award 56th Maintenance Group

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History buffs

Posted  December 6, 2013

Members of the 56th Range Management Office Environmental Sciences Management, with naturalist and historian Bill Broyles, conduct a survey for historical artifacts Nov. 7 along a roadway in the East Tactical Range at the Barry M. Goldwater Range-East. Cultural and natural resource surveys are required before a new road may be opened for official administrative…

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Sports Shorts – December 13, 2013

Posted  December 13, 2013

Jingle bell run The jingle bell 1.5-mile fun run is 7 a.m. Dec. 20 and begins at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. There will be awards for first through third-place male and female finishers and best-dressed squadron, prizes, and refreshments. For more information, call 623-856-6241.   Red eye open The red eye open…

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Luke gets thunderstruck during Marine combative course

Posted  December 13, 2013

Bulk Fuel Company C Marines are giving Luke Air Force Base Airmen a taste of Marine life through a two-week combative course which began Monday and will go to Dec. 20 at the Luke Warrior Fitness Center.

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Justice Report

Posted  December 13, 2013

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in November: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for damaging government property. The member received a suspended reduction to E-4, forfeiture of $300 pay per month for two months and a reprimand….

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  December 13, 2013

The Real Saint Nicholas Saint Nicholas of Myra, a fourth-century Christian bishop is considered the real-life model for our modern-day Santa Claus. Bishop Nicholas came from a rather wealthy family. It is said that he used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick and the suffering. He became known throughout the land for…

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