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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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Money pitfalls common

Posted  February 1, 2013

A common complaint that is often bemoaned among Airmen is that they don’t have enough money. There are many pitfalls into which bad money decisions can lead us. Some are common to many who find themselves making the same mistakes repeatedly. One of the biggest money sinkholes for Airmen can be their vehicles. Between payments,…

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Loyalty critical to AF success

Posted  February 1, 2013

Chief Master Sgt. Cisco Johnstone As a long-suffering Dallas Cowboys fan, I like to think I can tell you a little bit about loyalty. They are certainly a team that polarizes football fans everywhere, but whether they do well or not, I stick to my team. There is some degree of stubbornness to this, but…

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5th CMSAF shares wisdom, humor

Posted  February 1, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor, fifth CMSAF, speaks with Luke Airmen during an enlisted call Jan. 25 at the Luke Air Force Base Theater. Gaylor shared with Airmen his four steps to success that included training, technology, tribe and trust. Retired Chief Master Sgt. of…

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Wing luncheon honors Dr. King

Posted  February 2, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Arizona Corporation Commissioner Sandra Kennedy speaks to the crowd Monday at the Luke Air Force Base MLK Day luncheon in Club Five Six. Kennedy spoke on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his message as it pertains to today’s issues. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of…

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Sports Shorts – February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

Wallyballers get air time   Michael Imholte, 56th FSS, spikes the ball over the net in the second wallyball game. Imholte’s hit scored a point for FSS.   Caitlin Williams, 56th Force Support Squadron, hits the ball to a teammate during the second wallyball game against 56th MOS. MOS defeated the FSS 25-21 during the…

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Troops-to-teachers program

Posted  February 8, 2013

For service members who have a passion for serving and are interested in continuing to serve in a different fashion outside the military, there is a program called Troops-to-Teachers. The TTT program assists eligible military personnel in taking the next steps to transition into a new career as an elementary, secondary, vocational or technical school…

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Healthy restaurant eating possible

Posted  February 8, 2013

For most people trying to cut calories, keep an eye on cholesterol or simply improve overall health, “Would you like to go out to eat?” can be eight frightening words. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Every meal away from home increases an adult’s average daily calorie count by about 135 calories.” That probably…

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Training straight shooters

Posted  February 8, 2013

A look at combat arms training at Luke Air Force Base.

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Fly Over: ‘Warm Bodies’, ‘DmC: Devil May Cry’

Posted  February 8, 2013

In theaters: ‘Warm Bodies’ Zombies are so misunderstood I’ll be honest, I groaned (pun intended) when I first heard about the new zombie-romantic comedy film, “Warm Bodies.” While I wasn’t in-line with those claiming Hollywood is trying to do to zombies what they did to vampires, I thought it made for kind of a stupid…

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On-the-go app makes it easier to ‘be ready’

Posted  February 8, 2013

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Whether it’s an active shooter or natural disaster, when emergencies occur, it’s important to be prepared. Now, thanks to Air Force Emergency Management, there’s an app for that. The Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Emergency Management Division here has developed an Air Force “Be Ready” mobile app, or application, for…

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