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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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Thunderbolt of the Week March 30, 2012

Posted  March 31, 2012

Hometown: Vandalia, Ill. Years in service: Two Family: Father, Brad; step-mother, Alyssa; mother, Monica; brothers, Joshua and Tristan; and sisters, Makaela and Isabella Education: Community College of the Air Force in information systems technology Inspirations: People who are willing to work…

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ASTS receives life-like training tool

Posted  March 31, 2012

The newest member of the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron allows operators to create “real-life” situations for medical training. Laerdal SimMan 3G, a new mannequin, is a life-like patient able to produce audible breathing and bowel sounds, and heartbeats. He can sweat, cry and bleed. Even…

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Moral courage takes action despite consequences

Posted  March 31, 2012

Physical courage is a quality rightfully associated with military members. Tales of battlefield heroics from Greek mythology through present day are replete with names synonymous with great physical courage. Hearing names such as Hercules, Perseus, Levitow, and Sijan summon powerful images of…

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Out-of-town visitors

Posted  March 31, 2012

Maj. Justin Robinson, 69th Fighter Squadron pilot, explains the control panel of an F-16 to Ambassador Sichan Siv during a recent visit to Luke Air Force Base as part of a San Antonio civic leader tour. The group joined the 433rd Airlift Wing from Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The group of 23 arrived on…

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Four pilots selected for test pilot school

Posted  March 31, 2012

Four pilots and two alternates were recently selected from Luke Air Force Base to attend the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and the U.S. Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River, Md., after a nearly nine-month selection process. “This was my first application,” said Major…

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James Ray

Posted  March 31, 2012

A civilian who works in the 56th Force Support Squadron at Luke Air Force Base has been an FBI agent, a flight attendant, a detective and a suicidal prisoner. He’s even been a hit man. Twice. His name is James Ferris, and he has played each of those parts as an actor. You won’t find his…

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SFS squeaks by 56th MDOS 57-53

Posted  April 13, 2012

 

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Safety first for Green Knights

Posted  April 13, 2012

As an avid rider for more than 30 years, it never surprises me to see the “other” drivers not paying attention to the task at hand. It is important for us as two- and four-wheel vehicle operators to be aware of, not only what we’re doing, but what others are as well. We live in…

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Sports Shorts – April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 2012

Soccer game The Phoenix Monsoon, a semipro team, is coming to Luke Air Force Base to play against the Luke Falcons at 7 p.m. Thursday at the soccer field on the base track. For more information, call Benjamin Lemus at (623) 856-7965. Pitch, hit and run A MLB pitch, hit and run competition is at…

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Gimme’ some O

Posted  April 13, 2012

Staff Sgt. Angela Gonzalez, 56th Operations Support Sqadron continuation training instructor, demonstrates how to connect an oxygen hose to a pilot’s G-suit at Luke Air Force Base. Continuation training instructors also teach water survival, proper ejection techniques and help pilots identify hazardous or venomous animals on the ground.

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