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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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Spending below income results in fiscal freedom

Posted  February 21, 2014

Many Americans may have been told the importance of saving money whether by parents, mentors or friends but how many actually have an ample amount in savings to last them through an emergency situation? According to survey results released by Bankrate more than 75 percent of Americans don’t have enough money saved to cover their…

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Leaders push others to discover strengths

Posted  February 21, 2014

Picture, for a moment, being in the midst of a challenge. How will you deal with that challenge? Will you shy away? Will you hide in the shadows of another’s motivation and know-how? Or, will you move into the forefront and say I’m ready to lead? Leadership is not something found in a book, Air…

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Are you carrying the FLAG?

Posted  February 21, 2014

With so many challenges and distractions hitting us every day, it can sometimes be difficult to keep focused and maintain a healthy perspective. Many things can affect your outlook – the daily grind (“Ground Hog Day”), changes in processes and procedures, a different work environment or just knowing it’s your turn to deploy. Occasionally when…

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Water tower welcomes all to Fighter Country

Posted  February 21, 2014

Driving down Litchfield Road in front of Luke Air Force Base, one can’t help but see three things: F-16 Fighting Falcons, the Maj. Troy Gilbert Memorial Bridge and the “Fighter Country” water tower. One of these things has been part of the base’s history longer than the others combined. The water tower, managed by the…

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Thunderbirds, F-35 to headline Luke open house

Posted  February 21, 2014

Graphic illustration by Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer The public is invited to the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 15 and 16 at Luke Air Force Base. The air show will include the Air Force Thunderbirds, the Wings of Blue parachute team, the Marines MV-22 Osprey,…

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Sports Shorts – February 28, 2014

Posted  February 28, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron team huddles Feb. 19 before the start of the second half of the 2014 intramural football season championship game at Luke Air Force Base. They beat the 56th Communications Squadron 19-18 in intramural play. 56th SFS wins 2014 intramural football championship Story and photo by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr., 56th Fighter…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 28, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 17 through 23: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 20: Security forces received a report of a civil arrest for DUI on Bell Road and West Point Parkway in Surprise. Surprise police responded after receiving a…

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Fly Over: ‘Robocop’, and ‘The Lego Movie’

Posted  February 28, 2014

In theaters ‘Robocop’ Honestly, I have never seen so much hate for a movie. In the months before 2014’s “Robocop” release I heard people complain over and over again about this thing or that thing, every little tidbit the studio released to the public (in a few cases, I’ve seen people complain about things that…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  February 28, 2014

Courtesy photo Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I say to you, ‘I love you. I would rather die than hate you.’ And I’m foolish enough to believe that through the power of this love somewhere, men of the most recalcitrant bent will be transformed.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. What does it take to…

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Tips to ‘take to heart’

Posted  February 28, 2014

February is American Heart Month with the mission to increase awareness about heart health. Everyday things people can do to increase daily heart-healthy activity: Park further away when visiting the commissary and walk For those sitting at desks, standing for periods of time can increase blood flow, burn calories and assist with energy balance Take…

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