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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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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  January 17, 2014

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” ~ Albert Schweitzer All of us have been there — a point in time in our lives when…

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Physical resiliency: Stay fit all year — keep New Year’s resolution

Posted  January 17, 2014

Physical resiliency is only one of the collaborative pillars that contribute to an individual’s overall resiliency. Regular physical activity has been shown to decrease an individual’s physiological reactivity such as increased blood pressure as well as demonstrate faster pulse rate recovery when exposed to a stressor. Being physically active can act as a buffer against…

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Load Crews test skills in contest

Posted  January 17, 2014

Handling weaponry Jan. 9 on the flight line at Luke Air Force Base.

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Air Force skydiving team jumps into Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Posted  January 17, 2014

Imagine freefalling several thousand feet from the air, feeling the rush of adrenaline kicking in before deploying your parachute, then sailing for a few minutes before landing into a stadium filled with several thousand cheering fans.

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People First – January 17, 2014

Posted  January 17, 2014

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Enlisted quality…

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Air Force News – January 17, 2014

Posted  January 17, 2014

Texas An Airman from the 82nd Medical Support Squadron was sentenced to a reprimand, three months hard labor, two months restriction to base, forfeiture of $600 a month for three months and a bad conduct discharge related to drug and obstruction charges during a general court-martial Jan. 9. England Members of the 48th Aircraft Maintenance…

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Flightline feast feeds Airmen across Luke

Posted  January 17, 2014

Staff Sgt.Luther Mitchell Airmen line up for lunch Jan. 9 at the chapel-sponsored Flightline Feast at the 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit pavilion. The feast is open to all Airmen at Luke. Airmen from around Luke Air Force Base gathered for a flightline feast Jan. 9 at the 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit pavilion. The flightline feast…

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This week in history

Posted  January 17, 2014

Jan. 15, 1994: Eastern Bloc countries grant overflight rights Courtesy photo An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Spangdahlem Air Base flies over Germany. Twenty years ago, three former communist countries authorized overflight rights to a U.S. Air Force unit. That unit flew F-16 Fighting Falcons and was stationed in Germany. Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria authorized the…

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The future of Air Force Blue …

Posted  January 17, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Air Force Junior ROTC students from Gilbert High School walk toward the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit building Jan. 9 on Luke Air Force Base. The students toured the base to learn about what life is like in the active-duty Air Force as well as about the process of becoming a fighter…

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Salutes & Awards

Posted  January 17, 2014

MXG recognizes best-of-best Annual The following individuals received 56th Maintenance Group annual awards: Airman: Senior Airman Joseph White, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit NCO: Tech. Sgt. Sara Abel, 309th AMU Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Heather Parker, 56th Maintenance Group Company grade officer: 1st Lt. Christie Taylor, 310th AMU Civilian: Michael Dodge, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron First…

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