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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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Make current job best so far in Air Force

Posted  June 22, 2012

I have the best job in the Air Force, and I’ve had it 14 times in my career. Soon to be 15, as a matter of fact. That’s because I’m a firm believer that you make your own success and opportunities, and that you make every assignment, every job, the best it can be.

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56th MDSS change of command

Posted  June 22, 2012

Col. Yolanda Bledsoe, 56th Medical Group commander, presents the guidon to Maj. Gregory Coleman June 15 as he assumes command of the 56th Medical Support Squadron during a change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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Squadrons support SFS with augmentees

Posted  June 22, 2012

In today’s Air Force it can be difficult to relinquish an Airman from a unit. But in some cases, it’s got to be done. The 56th Security Forces Squadron augmentation duty program at Luke Air Force Base is one of those cases where Airmen are needed to provide security. According to Staff Sgt. Michael Dicicco,…

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News Briefs June 22, 2012

Posted  June 22, 2012

Changes of command 56th EMS Lt. Col. Dominic Clementz, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Maj. Jeffrey Campbell at 7:30 a.m. today in Hangar 485. 56th AMXS Lt. Col. James Upchurch, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Maj. Jason Mitchell at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Bldg. 431. 756th AMXS…

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Thunderbolt of the Week June 22, 2012

Posted  June 22, 2012

Staff Sgt. Michael Miller 607th Air Control Squadron Electronic Protection Technician Hometown: Memphis, Tenn. Years in service: Five Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in air and space operations technology; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health science at Arizona State University

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CONS under new management

Posted  June 22, 2012

Col. Philippe Darcy, 56th Mission Support Group commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Quoc-Nam Nguyen Monday as he assumes command of the 56th Contracting Squadron during a change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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E-6 selects announced

Posted  June 22, 2012

The promotion list for technical sergeant was released Air Force-wide Thursday. The following individuals were selected at Luke:   56th Fighter Wing Olivia Luque   56th Operations Group Marquia Giles and Terry Maxwell   308th Fighter Squadron Tiffani Taylor   56th Maintenance Group Charlton Dubose, Scott Lackey, Troy Schuler, Cory Veronese and Oryan White  …

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New 310th FS leader

Posted  June 22, 2012

Lt. Col. John Wheeler, 310th Fighter Squadron commander, speaks during a change-of-command ceremony June 15. Wheeler assumed command from Lt. Col. Todd Murphey.

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Asthma: Serious but controllable

Posted  June 22, 2012

Asthma is a serious condition that can surface without warning. But, asthma can be controlled, thus eliminating dangerous symptoms. Asthma causes inflammation or swelling of the airways in the lungs. Often the person with asthma does not feel this inflammation, but the lungs do. Uncontrolled inflammation (swelling) makes airways more sensitive to asthma triggers such…

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Fit Warrior of the Week June 22, 2012

Posted  June 22, 2012

Airman 1st Class Rebecca Murphy 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Avionics technician 1. How do you stay fit? I do a combination of things like P90X, Insanity and Turbo Fire. I also use the base gym for weight lifting, cardio and abs. 2. What drives you to keep working out? I honestly enjoy it. I like…

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