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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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VA processes nearly all two-year-old disability claims

Posted  July 3, 2013

Moves to complete those older than one year The Department of Veterans Affairs announced recently that as a result of the initiative launched in April to expedite disability compensation claims decisions for veterans who have a waited a year or longer, more than 65,000-claims – or 97 percent of all claims over two years old…

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Father, son duo share deployment together

Posted  July 3, 2013

If people were to look at the last names, they wouldn’t be able to tell these two Air Force members were father and son, but for the last 18 years they have been inseparable, even on a deployment.

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Labor Department Website features women vets’ issues

Posted  July 3, 2013

Labor Department officials have launched a new website devoted to issues and challenges affecting women veterans. The site is a collaborative effort between the Labor Department and the Veterans’ Employment Training Service and the Women’s Bureau. The site highlights potential challenges that may affect the economic security of women veterans, including: • Disability: Women veterans…

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Reunions

Posted  July 3, 2013

Army Sec Agency (ASA) Korea 351st Comm Recon Co (1952-1953) Great Barrington, Mass. July 15-18 For more information, call George Fleck at (413) 528-9233 or email pennies11@verizon.net. 96th Inf OCS Co Class 64-67 (Fort Benning, Ga.) Colorado Springs, Colo. July 15-19 For more information, call Fred Beckman at (609) 894-9673 or email fbbeckman@comcast.net. C Trp…

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Concentration camp survivor to fighter pilot: ‘Freedom a beautiful thing’

Posted  July 3, 2013

From concentration camp survivor to fighter pilot in the world's greatest Air Force

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Events for July 2013

Posted  July 3, 2013

July 7-12 – 19th IAA Humans in Space Symposium, Cologne, Germany http://iaaweb.org/content/view/501/671/ July 7-12 – 8th Conference on the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena, New York, N.Y. www.amnh.org/our-research/hayden-planetarium/insap-viii July 7-12 – ASA Annual Science Meeting 2013, Melbourne, Australia www.atnf.csiro.au/news/news.php?action=show_item&item_id=1156 July 7-13 – 20th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation/10th Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves, Warsaw,…

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Luke holds stand-down day

Posted  June 28, 2013

Luke Air Force Base held a stand-down day on June 24 to focus on sexual assault prevention and the importance of treating fellow Airmen with dignity and respect. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a directive to each branch of service to use the stand-down to mitigate an ongoing trend of sexual misconduct across the Defense…

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Improving organizational trust perks results

Posted  June 28, 2013

Have you ever looked back at all the organizations you’ve been a part of and evaluated what makes an organization great? There is one characteristic that underlies every successful organization I have ever been a part of — trust. Organizational trust is a great characteristic for unit leadership and members to focus on improving in…

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Entrepreneurial talent found throughout military

Posted  June 28, 2013

When you think of an entrepreneur, perhaps an individual such as Henry Ford, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, or even the owner of your favorite local small business comes to mind. Quite often we think of entrepreneurs as men and women in the private sector who forge ahead on their own, armed with a dream, a plan…

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Luke AFB civilian furloughs begin next month

Posted  June 28, 2013

Federal budget cuts have hit home for Luke Air Force Base as hundreds of civilian employees will face furloughs beginning next month. Starting July 8, approximately 702 employees at Luke will be furloughed two days per pay period, for a total of 11 days through the end of September. This unpaid time off will cut…

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