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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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Pilot for a day …

Posted  March 31, 2012

Capt. Anthony St. Aubyn, 62nd Fighter Squadron, shows Joshua Jimenez the maintenance book March 21 during his visit to Luke Air Force Base as pilot for a day. Jimenez and family members toured the base and visited the flightline to see an F-16.

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DTS to process TDY school-funded orders

Posted  March 31, 2012

TDY to school funded authorizations/orders are being processed in the Defense Travel System again. DTS courses work somewhat differently than a routine TDY; travelers receive instructions via e-mail on how to build their TDY authorization/orders. It’s important to read the instructions carefully and complete the orders within five working days upon receipt of the letter….

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Street Beat March 30, 2012

Posted  March 31, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 16 through 22: Tickets Security forces issued citations for two moving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 19: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in Bldg. 339. There were no injuries. March 20: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident in…

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People First March 30, 2012

Posted  March 31, 2012

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. Air Force…

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Air Force News March 30, 2012

Posted  March 31, 2012

Maryland Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley highlighted cyberspace as an important Air Force priority and joint force enabler during remarks to Airmen, industry officials and Air Force Association members March 23 at the Air Force Association’s 2012 CyberFutures Conference and Technology Exposition in National Harbor. Afghanistan The massive golf-ball looking object perched on…

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AFSO21 works on reducing ER visits

Posted  March 31, 2012

Tricare Regional Office West recently identified Luke as having one of the highest emergency room visit rates in Tricare’s western region. Because of the high number of emergency room visits, which average 800 to 900 a month and cost roughly $500,000 during that time, the Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century set out…

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Nation urged to advance cause

Posted  March 31, 2012

Each year, the president, along with local government officials, proclaims the month of April to be National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Throughout the month, the nation is urged to rally together against the growing epidemic of child abuse and to initiate and participate in programs and activities that help prevent and treat abuse as well…

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10th Air Force commander throws first pitch in Surprise

Posted  March 31, 2012

Brig. Gen. William Binger, 10th Air Force commander, threw out the first pitch during a Spring Training game Monday at Surprise Stadium. The commander, visiting from Headquarters in Ft. Worth, Texas, donned a Texas Rangers cap for the special event hosted by the city of Surprise. “It is an honor to have our Air Force…

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Cookie monsters

Posted  March 31, 2012

Master Sgt. Renee Huggins, 607th Air Control Squadron first sergeant, accepts cookies from a member of Daisy Scouts Troop #2636 at Primrose School March 20 in Palm Valley, Goodyear. The Girl Scouts donated 600 boxes of cookies to the  First Sergeants Council for distribution to Airmen at Luke Air Force Base.

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Posting pride

Posted  March 31, 2012

Staff Sgt. Samantha Renner, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, sings the national anthem Tuesday as the Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard post the colors before the San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game at the Peoria Sports Complex.

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