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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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Fighter squadrons improve community

Posted  October 4, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Airmen from the 310th Fighter Squadron shovel rock into a wheelbarrow Saturday during a Habitat for Humanity event in Surprise. Airmen completed landscaping and painted a courtyard for four homes. More than 40 Luke Airmen stepped up to help the community in a home improvement challenge. Four Luke Air Force Base…

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Combined Federal Campaign kicks off

Posted  October 4, 2013

The annual Combined Federal Campaign began Sept. 23 in support of helping various organizations and charities raise money for their respective causes. “The CFC began in the early 1960s to coordinate the fundraising efforts of various charitable organizations so the federal donor would be solicited only once in the workplace and have the opportunity to…

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Make it personal

Posted  October 4, 2013

In my opinion, leadership is most effective when it is personal. In a large organization, it is difficult to have a personal connection with everyone. Your personal leadership sphere of influence may be limited to one or two layers deep, but if they in turn made personal leadership a priority, it would drill down to…

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Leadership has many forms

Posted  October 4, 2013

Leadership comes in many forms such as skill, knowledge, appearance and rank. There are other forms of leadership that are used less but greatly needed in today’s military. A few of these are inspiring, caring, nurturing and growing your personnel. It’s been said by many past leaders that if you support your people they will…

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Drug demand reduction program tests Airmen

Posted  October 4, 2013

Photo by Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Michael Gorske, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron drug demand reduction assistant, places a tamper-resistant tape on a collection bottle Sept. 25 at the drug demand reduction building on Luke Air Force Base. The goal of the DDR program is to stop the use and abuse of controlled and illegal…

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Prevent kitchen fires

Posted  October 4, 2013

Luke Fire Emergency Services is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association and United States Fire Administration to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme, “Prevent Kitchen Fires,” focuses on the importance of awareness, good working appliances and safe cooking practices. Along with learning fire safety, family members need to know and…

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News Briefs October 4, 2013

Posted  October 4, 2013

Free club membership Join Club Five Six by Dec. 31 to receive free dues for three months, be enrolled in the free cash back rewards program and receive an instant win scratch-off ticket worth $5 to $100. Air Force Clubs offer members numerous free and inexpensive activities including discounts on meals, an annual $25,000 scholarship…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  October 4, 2013

Staff Sgt. Janessa Nuzzi 56th Dental Squadron Dental assistant Hometown: Wolcott, Conn. Years in service: Nine Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in dental assistance; bachelor’s degree in management/human resources from Park University Previous assignments: Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas; Aviano Air Base, Italy Inspirations: My family shows me what’s important in life;…

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Luke’s own selected for Heroes Cup

Posted  October 4, 2013

Senior Airman Ronald Gore, 56th Communications Squadron Airfield Systems journeyman, winds up his swing at Falcon Dunes Golf Course. Gore has been selected to participate in the Heroes Cup later this month. Scheduled to be broadcasted on The Golf Channel later this year, the Heroes Cup Foundation will hold its aptly named Heroes Cup, a…

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Kudos and farewell

Posted  October 4, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, receives an award Sept. 26 from Staff Sgt. Maddie Baker, 56th Dental Squadron lab technician, during his going away ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. Staton has been selected as the 2nd Air Force command chief at Keesler Air Force…

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