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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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E-5 selects announced

Posted  August 15, 2013

The following senior airmen have been selected for promotion to staff sergeant: 56th Comptroller Squadron Lakindra Favors and Wade Williams Jr. 56th Operations Support Squadron Ashley Barth, Trevon Brinkley, Mariaisabel Cruz, Corey Ingraham, Anthony Meadows, Theodore Pelfrey, Marcellus Pouncil, Michael Seymour, Alexena Simien, Raul Valdez, Voss Rojelio Jr. and Austin Zacker 56th Training Squadron William…

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AF moves require many hands

Posted  August 9, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Members of the 56th Medical Group carry a decontamination tent to a setup location during a natural disaster exercise Aug. 1 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise gave Airmen the opportunity to use their life-saving skills in a training environment. During the summer, many military families go through a…

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Serving in AF equals opportunity

Posted  August 9, 2013

While some may view their time in the Air Force as drudgery, I have always viewed the Air Force as an organization that offers unlimited opportunity. I could discuss multiple Air Force benefits such as education, health care or retirement, but instead I will focus solely on opportunity. Merriam-Webster defines opportunity as a favorable juncture…

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Everyone matters

Posted  August 9, 2013

As Airmen, we experience leadership, core values, morale and standards each day, although we don’t always realize it. At times it is good to take a moment to reflect on these values and think about what role we play in the bigger picture. It is important to understand how vital every Airman is in meeting…

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Youth program points teens to success

Posted  August 9, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Members of the Keystone Club Teen Council meet July 26 to discuss upcoming events at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. The council is a teen character building and citizenship program enabling members to network and resolve issues impacting military teens. Preteens and teens at the Luke Air Force Base Youth…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 9, 2013

Senior Airman Lance Housh 56th Security Forces Squadron Confinement NCO-in-charge Hometown: Clark Air Force Base, Philippines Years in service: Four Family: Wife, Amittys; daughter, Mia Education: Pursuing an associate degree in criminal justice at Rio Salado Previous assignments: Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia Inspirations: My father, retired SFS Master Sgt. Peter Housh, for his continuous support…

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Wing names quarterly award winners

Posted  August 9, 2013

The following individuals are 56th Fighter Wing quarterly award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Douglass Kennemore, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Nicole Eisenbarth, 56th Force Support Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Russell Eberle, 56th Communications Squadron Company grade officer: 2nd Lt. Bradford Shields, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Field grade officer: Maj. William Maclin, 56th…

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MWDs honored at Dog Days of Summer event

Posted  August 9, 2013

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Lindsey Thompson, 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, and Wax, 56th SFS military working dog, are interviewed by local media about their participation in the annual Dogs Days of Summer event. Thompson and Wax have worked together as a team for more than a year. A military working dog…

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Future soccer champs train at Luke

Posted  August 9, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Children dribble soccer balls Aug. 2 during the U.K. International Soccer Camp at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. The camp took place from July 29 through Aug. 2 for children ages 6 to 12. For more information on 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center activities, call (623) 856-7470.

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Air Force News – August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

DOD praises Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, gives Airmen financial peace of mind The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act has proven to be an effective tool to give troops and their families some financial peace of mind, Army Col. Paul Kantwill recently told the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Kantwill, the director of legal policy for the undersecretary…

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