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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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Providing a helping hand

Posted  May 18, 2012

Roughly 20 Airmen volunteered to help Cartwright Elementary School successfully host the Yee Haw Fun Run, which coordinator Lorain Marquez, 5th grade teacher, hopes will become an annual event.

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Street Beat May 18, 2012

Posted  May 18, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 4 through 10: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving and one nonmoving violations.   Traffic Related Incidents:  May 9: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 1540. There were no injuries.   Emergency Responses: May 7: Security…

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Fly Over: Blu Burger Grille is burger royalty

Posted  May 18, 2012

Blu Burger Grille is burger royalty! While it looks more like a trendy Manhattan martini bar than a burger joint its offerings are definitely tailored toward burger blue bloods. The restaurant is located in Peoria in the Park West shopping center at the corner of 99th Ave. and Northern, directly across from…

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Fly Over: ‘Across the Universe’

Posted  May 18, 2012

“You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.” – John Lennon I’m rarely at a loss for words, rarely unable to detail my thoughts or express my views. Yet, this past weekend I found myself dumbfounded. I turned to my lady friend, disregarding the popcorn kernels wedged between my teeth and butter freshly splattered on my t-shirt…

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Military spouse stays strong through thick and thin

Posted  May 18, 2012

The Air Force recognizes May 11 as Military Spouse Appreciation Day, but despite all the challenges, one local spouse understands how much she appreciates not just being thanked but also for what her family has done for her. Kristy Mancuso, wife of Staff Sgt. Ramon Mancuso, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, said she was introduced to…

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Family Advocacy Celebrates Month of the Military Spouse

Posted  May 18, 2012

This month we honor the extraordinary contributions of the men and women who serve our country in the Armed Forces. We all are proud of the 2.4 million Americans in the active-duty, guard and reserve forces who have chosen to take the oath to defend our Constitution.

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Scanning the sky

Posted  May 18, 2012

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cody Kaphenght and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jared Clark, 56th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controllers, monitor the aircraft traffic from inside the Radar Approach Control facility at Luke Air Force Base April 24. The RAPCON facility controls all of the aircraft, both civilian and military, that…

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News Briefs May 18, 2012

Posted  May 18, 2012

Fallen Airman Memorial today A memorial ceremony for Senior Airman Kenneth M. Lee Jr. is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at the chapel, building 799. The ceremony is open to the base community. Lee was a munitions maintenance crew member with the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron on Luke Air Force Base. He joined the Air…

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Scanning for errors

Posted  May 18, 2012

Staff Sgt. Evelyn Baxter, 56th Medical Support Squadron ultrasound technician, performs a thyroid scan on Airman 1st Class Quenterous Harris, 56th MDSS diagnostic imaging apprentice, during an appointment at the medical center here Apr. 23. The lab at Luke provides a wide range of services such as x-rays, ultrasounds, mammography…

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IFTU graduates 1,000th student

Posted  May 11, 2012

Senior Airman Melanie Holochwost Staff Sgt. Nicholas Mansour, 56th Operations Group intelligence instructor, provides feedback to 1st Lt. Kevin Lukowiak, Tech. Sgt. Mark Miller and Senior Airman Ariana Evans, F-16 Intelligence Formal Training Course students, on their...

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