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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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April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted  April 4, 2014

“The biggest danger is that we could feel or believe that our individual actions don’t matter and we can’t change anything when the opposite is true.” These are the words of Joice Jones, 56th Fighter Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response coordinator. With the advent of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, commonly known as…

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Social puts mustaches to marching

Posted  April 4, 2014

DEVANTE WILLIAMS Capt. Myles Cheatum, 607th Air Control Squadron, shows the judges his upper lip March 28 during the Mustache March Social at Club Five Six. The social was held to celebrate the heritage of Mustache March and to allow Luke Air Force Base Airmen to have some fun. During the month of March, Airmen…

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Air Force News – April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 2014

Nebraska A new tool called the Wolf Blending Scope, no bigger than a yard stick, is making work a lot easier for maintenance professionals of the 55th Wing who are responsible for keeping Offutt Air Force Base aircraft flying. The tool is used to fix damaged compressor blades and stands to save the Air Force…

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People First – April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 2014

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.  CSAF: Budget cuts affect combatant commands Painful budget reductions will reduce the future capabilities of combatant commanders, Air…

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Use responsible drinking guideline ‘0-0-1-3’

Posted  April 4, 2014

Many people would agree that in today’s society alcohol has been commercialized to the point one would believe drinking is a rite of passage, much like learning to drive. Alcohol is typically portrayed in commercials as a party enhancer, as a means to become instantly cool, or as an indispensable relaxation aide. However, the most…

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MDG takes it outdoors for annual Mash Bash

Posted  April 4, 2014

Water guns sit ready for use in the water wars during the event.   56th Medical Operations Squadron Airmen celebrate after a tug-o-war win during the Mash Bash. The Mash Bash included kickball, jousting and a water war with water guns and water balloons.   Staff Sgt. Chelsie Nelson, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental technician,…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  April 4, 2014

Courtesy photo William James “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” ~ William James Just what do you believe about the value of human life? The statement above does not say belief will create life worth living but will help. This may sound quite pragmatic, but there is…

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Fly Over: ‘Game of Arms’, and ‘Zelda: Ocarina of Time’

Posted  April 4, 2014

On AMC: ‘Game of Arms’ If you’ve ever wanted to see a man roll up a frying pan with his bare hands, the new AMC series “Game of Arms” is for you. This reality TV series focuses on five regional arm wrestling clubs from around the country: the Sacramento Arm Benders, New York City Arms…

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Veterans in need receive hope

Posted  April 4, 2014

Hope can come in many forms, but for veterans in need, hope can be a simple business suit and a tie.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  April 4, 2014

All Airmen are required to revalidate their housing pay entitlements if they are receiving the Basic Allowance for Housing at the “With Dependent” rate or the “BAH-Diff” rate. During the month of April, all Airmen with a social security number with the last two digits between 11 and 20 will be required to revalidate their…

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