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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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Street Beat May 24, 2012

Posted  May 24, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 11 through 17:   Tickets Security Forces issued citations for four moving and two nonmoving violations.   Traffic related incidents May 11: Security forces responded to a report of report of a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 1130. There were no injuries. May 15: Security…

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Chaplain thoughts May 24, 2012

Posted  May 24, 2012

“They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast, And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.”  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow This weekend and specifically this coming Monday, we commemorate and celebrate Memorial Day. A time for us as a nation to pause and reflect upon the greatest sacrifice that so many have given…

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Fly Over: ‘Harold and Kumar’ Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Posted  May 24, 2012

Watching a film is like reading a book in that viewing a motion picture accomplishes one of two goals — the film entertains or stimulates the viewer intellectually. Occasionally, a movie accomplishes both. “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,” does not. However, anyone familiar with…

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Fly Over: ‘Everything Must Go’

Posted  May 24, 2012

What’s the success rate for marriage when one person gets sober and the other doesn’t? Almost zero, we’re told by Frank Garcia (Michael Pena), the 12-step sponsor for relapsed alcoholic Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell), who discovers for himself the wages of alcoholism and the toll it can take on relationships when he comes home one…

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Educating the sky’s eyes

Posted  May 24, 2012

Senior Airman Leslie Eccles, 56th Operations Support Squadron, briefs pilots on where possible threats will be located during their mission at Luke Air Force Base May 1. The OSS’s intelligence section is responsible for ensuring all personnel are aware of potential threats to the mission, whether they’re on the ground or in the air.

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Det. 12 drives tomorrow’s crew chiefs today

Posted  May 18, 2012

Ross Magedoff grew up watching the Navy’s Blue Angels and Air Force’s Thunderbirds perform at air shows thinking, ‘It’s amazing what they do; that’s something I may want to do one day.’ Little did he know, the now Airman first class’s career would take him to the exact jet the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s Aerial…

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It’s your career…take care of it

Posted  May 18, 2012

There once was a time where you could safely assume that if you did a decent job and stayed out of trouble you could carry your career out until 20 years or more and retire. If you had a few bumps in the road or slowly progressed through the ranks, no worries, your retirement was…

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Know how to manage your money

Posted  May 18, 2012

I was listening to the radio the other day and heard a staggering statistic: 78 percent of all NFL players are in some sort of financial distress three years after leaving the NFL. While divorce was cited as the most common cause, “basic financial irresponsibility” played a large factor. While I don’t know what the…

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Top Hats graduate 15 combat pilots in ceremony today

Posted  May 18, 2012

The mission of the 56th Fighter Wing is to, “Train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots and maintainers, while deploying mission ready warfighters.” Fifteen graduates of the F-16 Initial Qualification Course, Class 11-EBG, will cross the stage today and enter the Combat Air...

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Thunderbolt of the Week May 18, 2012

Posted  May 18, 2012

Staff Sergeant Roger Tremblay 56th Training Squadron/OLB NCOIC of Weapons and Tactics Hometown: Lugoff, South Carolina Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Savanna; Daughters, Ansley and Emery Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle…

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