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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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Burgers and goodbyes …

Posted  October 4, 2013

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Staff Sgt. Stanley Shields, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment craftsman, seasons hamburgers Monday for a going-away event for departing Airmen. The event is an opportunity to present plaques and recognize the Airmen for their contributions to the mission while stationed at Luke Air Force Base.

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Air Force News – October 4, 2013

Posted  October 4, 2013

Fire Emergency Services makes every dollar count Air Force firefighters are accustomed to confronting danger on the job, but recent Defense Department budget cuts have brought a different kind of heat. Faced with an aging vehicle fleet and the need to modernize equipment, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Fire Emergency Services Division took steps…

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Day commemorates Tuskegee Airmen

Posted  October 4, 2013

He was 17 years old when he became part of an experiment allowing blacks to fly in the Army Air Forces. What he didn’t know then was he would be a part of history.

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People First – October 4, 2013

Posted  October 4, 2013

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. Single logon…

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Thunderbolts drive to benefit MDA

Posted  October 4, 2013

More than 20 Thunderbolts recently teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help raise money during this year’s MDA Lockup event in downtown Phoenix. Luke’s Airmen volunteered their time to act as “arresting officers” and transport “jailbirds” to the event site. The event was an opportunity for Airmen to help the local community, according…

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Vegas: Family Friendly

Posted  October 4, 2013

Popular culture has painted an image of Las Vegas as an adult playground filled with booze, exotic dancers and mobsters.

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This Week in History: October 4

Posted  October 4, 2013

Courtesy photo Frank Luke Jr. Sept. 29, 1918: Frank Luke Jr. shot down, dies from wounds This week 95 years ago the leading ace of the American Expeditionary Force was killed in combat in northern France during World War I. Frank Luke, Jr., the son of German immigrants, was a 20-year-old Phoenix native. He excelled…

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Many players join Luke in Operation Swift Savior

Posted  October 4, 2013

The 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron and the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center collaborated to make history Sept. 16 through 20 during Operation Swift Savior, a patient evacuation exercise, at Luke Air Force Base.

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Enemy among us not apparent

Posted  October 4, 2013

The enemy is out there like a sleepless unstoppable force, ever watchful for an opportunity to strike.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  October 4, 2013

Courtesy photo Thomas Edison “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison During the California Gold Rush, there was a man who sold all he had and bought a gold mine. He worked for many months and found nothing. Finally,…

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