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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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62nd FS, family help feed homeless

Posted  December 21, 2012

While many people may have been preparing for the holidays, 20 Airmen and family members from the 62nd Fighter Squadron helped feed the homeless Dec. 19 and 20 at the André House of Hospitality in Phoenix. “Since it was the holiday season, I thought it would be nice to find a local soup kitchen in…

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Chaplain thoughts – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” ~ Mother Theresa How do you give hope to others? What actions do you take that instills hope in the people around you? During the business and “busy-ness” of the holidays,…

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Pilot for a day

Posted  December 21, 2012

Senior Airman Sandra Welch Maj. Steven Fargo, 56th Training Squadron instructor, shows Kordell Wilcox, 13, the air intake of an F-16 Fighting Falcon Dec. 14 during Pilot for a Day at Luke Air Force Base.

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Firefighters rely on good nutrition

Posted  December 21, 2012

Most would think the highest risk for firefighters would be fire related. However, that’s not the case. “The number one killer of firefighters is heart disease,” said Marty Yates, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron health assistant chief and safety officer. “Proper nutrition, cardio, strengthening and rest can help lower the risk.” Aaron Anderson, 56th Aerospace Medicine…

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ALS graduates 53 Airmen in class 13-1

Posted  December 21, 2012

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated one staff sergeant and 52 senior airmen Dec. 13 from class 13-1. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow: Christopher Williamson, 56th Contracting Squadron Distinguished graduates: Kassandra Parot, 56th Force Support Squadron; Christopher Pearce, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; Alfredo…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  December 21, 2012

Airman 1st Class Sharonda Walker: 56th Fighter Wing Command Post Emergency actions controller Hometown: Meridian, Miss. Years in service: One Family: Husband and 2-month-old son Education: Pursued an accounting degree from Alcorn State University, Miss. Previous assignments: Air National Guard, 186th Air Refueling Wing, Key Field, Miss. Inspirations: Mother, husband and an older sister Goals:…

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Leadership: Matter of ABCs

Posted  December 21, 2012

Leadership, depending on who you ask, can have many definitions. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines leadership as: “1. the office or position of a leader; 2. capacity to lead; and 3. the act or an instance of leading.” Wikipedia defines leadership as “organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal.” In a military environment, these…

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Life experience leaves lasting impression

Posted  December 21, 2012

Easter vacation had begun, I had a good 6th grade term report card in hand and my mind was filled with multiple ideas of how I would use the forthcoming week of freedom as I walked home from school. Mom had told me she would be off doing errands, and I was to come straight…

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Thunderbirds headline 2013 open house

Posted  December 21, 2012

The U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds, will join Luke Air Force Base March 16 and 17 for Luke’s biennial open house and air show. Performing alongside the Thunderbirds in the air show lineup thus far include an F-16 close air support demonstration and a Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier demonstration, among others. Previous…

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Ducks train in high desert

Posted  December 21, 2012

One Luke Air Force Base fighter squadron spent last week in a cold, unforgiving high desert environment doing training with remote piloted aircraft, F-22s and German Tornadoes. The 309th Fighter Squadron might not have actually been cold, but they did spend Dec. 7 through 14 flying and training in the 5,000′ elevation high desert of…

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