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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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Airmen dive into swim meet

Posted  July 6, 2012

Quoc-Nam Nguyen, 56th Communications Squadron, swims in the 50-meter freestyle event. He placed 1st in the event.

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Sports Shorts – July 6, 2012

Posted  July 6, 2012

Youth soccer camp A youth soccer camp is Mondaythrough July 13 for youth program members. Classes for youth, ages 8 to 12, are 9 a.m. to noon and youth, ages 13 to 18, are 1 to 4 p.m. Sign up at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. For more information, call (623) 856-6225.  …

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Air Force leaders issue Independence Day message

Posted  July 3, 2012

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy...

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Firework safety: Leave it to professionals

Posted  June 29, 2012

"More fires are reported on July 4 than any other day of the year in the United States. More than half of these fires are caused by fireworks.”

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Fired up to vote with FVAP

Posted  June 29, 2012

Mark your calendar for Nov. 6. It is an important date to remember this year. This date is commonly known as Election Day. Americans across the nation will be casting their ballots. This constitutional right is also just as important for uniformed service members and our families. There’s no better way to exercise this right…

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3-M concept of leadership serves chief well

Posted  June 29, 2012

Whenever I am asked about my leadership methods, I always say, “I apply my Three-M concept: mentor, motivate and monitor.” Most people will discover at one time or another they have been in a leadership role, whether as a sibling, parent, boss, coach or sometimes as a team member. Realizing the profound impact one person…

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Resources available at Luke for domestic abuse prevention

Posted  June 29, 2012

Domestic abuse is a problem that can affect many families, including military families. According to the Defense Department Family Advocacy Program report, victims of domestic abuse include both men and women.

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News Briefs – June 29, 2012

Posted  June 29, 2012

Changes of command 56th OG Col. Douglas Miller, 56th Operations Group commander, will relinquish command to Col. John Hanna at 8 a.m. today in Hangar 913. 56 LRS Lt. Col. Michael Davis, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Erin Cluff at 8 a.m. July 6 in Bldg. 291. 56th SFS…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – June 29, 2012

Posted  June 29, 2012

Airman 1st Class MariaIsabel Cruz 56th Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Control Apprentice

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56th EMS change of command

Posted  June 29, 2012

Col. Deborah Liddick, 56th Maintenance Group commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Jeffrey Campbell June 22 as he assumes command of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron during a change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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