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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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56th MXG announces awards

Posted  January 25, 2013

2012 Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Award The following individuals are Gen. Leo Marquez Award winners and will compete at the Air Education and Training Command level: Aircraft technician Airman: Airman 1st Class Henry Eichorn, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Supervisor: Staff Sgt. Derek Kreiner, 310th AMU Supervisor manager: Master Sgt. David Justice, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron…

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News Briefs – January 25, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

Savings on homes Balfour Beatty Communities (Luke family housing) is currently offering three-bedroom renovated homes for $1,100 per month with a one-year lease for E-1 through E-5 active-duty military members only. With an allotted base allowance for housing of $1,287 for those ranks and $1,461 for E-5, members can save money through the basic allowance…

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Depression has many signs

Posted  January 25, 2013

Senior Airman Sandra Welch The symptoms of depression include not sleeping enough or too much, losing interest in activities one typically enjoys, experiencing significant feelings of guilt, lack of energy, loss of concentration, changes in appetite, unexplainable weight loss or gain, loss of sex drive and thoughts of suicide. Most people have experienced sadness in…

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Be inspiring: observations about leadership

Posted  January 25, 2013

Many could say that the best leaders they’ve encountered were inspiring individuals. From religious icons to heads of state and military leaders, they all seem to have one common trait — they inspire others. I have always been a history buff, specifically the history of the middle ages. As such, I belong to a very…

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Open house around corner

Posted  January 25, 2013

Master Sgt. Cindy Dorfner Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with minor league participants of the Kansas City Royals Winter Camp Jan. 16. Staton talked with some of the team’s best prospects at the Royals’ clubhouse in Surprise and answered a variety of questions for about an hour. The 56th…

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Sports Shorts – February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

Thunderbolts power pounds All photos by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Timothy Noel, 56th Fighter Wing Safety, begins to lift 350 pounds Jan. 25 in the deadlift portion of the power lifting competition at the Luke Air Force Base Warrior Fitness Training Center. Noel completed the deadlift segment lifting a total of 700 pounds over…

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Fly Over: ‘Movie 43’, ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’

Posted  February 1, 2013

In theaters: ‘Movie 43′ I’ve always been a little wary of movies with a big ensemble cast, and recently I’ve begun to hold the same feelings toward anthology films (thanks in part to the horrible V/H/S). “Movie 43,” however, looked to be a pretty decent comedy at the least, with all these famous actors getting…

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Air Force News – February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

Air Force officials aim to eliminate sexual assault Following a nine-month investigation into sexual misconduct at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, the Air Force has implemented a comprehensive program aimed at eliminating sexual assault; senior Air Force leaders told Congress recently. Air Force Chief Of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III and Air Force Gen. Edward Rice…

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Honoring Luke’s best

Posted  February 1, 2013

Photos by Senior Airman Sandra Welch The 56th Fighter Wing 2012 Annual Awards were presented Saturday. Annual award recipients gather for a group photo with Luke leadership and the guest speaker. FROM LEFT: Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief; Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th FW commander; Susan Andrews, category I civilian;…

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Most healthy people can avoid flu

Posted  February 1, 2013

Nine out of 10 healthy people who get a flu shot don’t get the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It takes two weeks for a flu shot’s immunity to build completely, so now is the time to get vaccinated. TRICARE will cover flu shots or flu mists at no cost…

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