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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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Marine, AF pilots temporarily swap services

Posted  June 8, 2012

Two instructor pilots at Luke Air Force Base are currently on very similar, rare and overlapping career paths. Meet Marine Corps Maj. Jason Ladd and Air Force Capt. Michael McGrew. Both are assigned to the...

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News Briefs June 8, 2012

Posted  June 8, 2012

56th MDSS change of command Lt. Col. Scott Suckow, 56th Medical Support Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Maj. Gregory Coleman at 10 a.m. June 15 in the Navy Operational Support Center Drill Hall. Due to the ceremony, some delays in patient services should be expected.   310th FS change of command Lt. Col. Todd…

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309th FS change of command

Posted  June 8, 2012

Lt. Col. Stephane Wolfgeher assumes command of the 309th Fighter Squadron during a change-of-command ceremony May 24 at Luke Air Force Base.

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CES reduces energy to save money

Posted  June 8, 2012

The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron will receive approximately $54,500 from an energy program by reducing the amount of electricity Luke Air Force Base uses from June 1 to Sept. 30. It’s estimated that Luke will help with a megawatt-hour reduction if called upon in the four-month period. The energy program is called Peak Solutions Program…

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Chaplain thoughts June 8, 2012

Posted  June 8, 2012

  “The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.”  ~ Corrie ten Boom   What we invest in ourselves, our families, our friends, and those we supervise is part of what defines our life. How have you invested yourself? The dash between the years of birth and death tell…

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56th DS sinks teeth into mission

Posted  June 8, 2012

More than 8,000 people in Alabama received free dental treatment from total and joint forces April 29 through May 12 as part of “Operation Alabama Black Belt 2012.” Master Sgt. Lee Walton, 56th Dental...

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Seat belts save lives

Posted  June 8, 2012

– Car accidents are the leading cause of death for ages 5 through 34 in the U.S. – More than 2.3 million drivers and passengers were treated in emergency rooms as the result of being injured in car accidents in 2009. – If you’re in the front seat during a crash, wearing a seat belt can improve your…

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Fit Warrior of the Week June 8, 2012

Posted  June 8, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Istvan Kertesz 107th Air Control Squadron Maintenance Operation Control    1. How do you stay fit? I do a combination of cardio and weights six days a week. I also keep my daily calorie count below 1,800. 2. What drives you to keep working out? I like the physical and mental benefits I…

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Air Force News June 8, 2012

Posted  June 8, 2012

Kentucky Airmen and volunteers from the 19th Air Support Operations Squadron are restoring a C-47 Skytrain at Fort Campbell. The plane was involved in every major airborne and glider-borne assault in the European Theater of operations, to include operations Dragoon, Market-Garden and Varsity.   North Carolina Col. Jeannie Leavitt became the first female to lead…

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