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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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Luke outpatient clinic will soon start using MiCARE to communicate with patients

Posted  February 8, 2013

Patients assigned to primary care managers at Luke Air Force Base Outpatient Clinic will soon be able to communicate with their PCM through a secure online email messaging service called MiCare. MiCare is an Internet-based Web portal with a confidential secure online email messaging service that allows beneficiaries to easily interact with their military healthcare…

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Hit, run exercise hones response

Posted  February 8, 2013

Senior Master Sgt. Sandra Nunes, 56th Medical Operations Squadron superintendent, mixes costume makeup Jan. 30 to create the illusion of a compound leg fracture in preparation for a hit-and-run response exercise at Luke Air Force Base. By having mock wounds such as these, first responders are better able to react to the situations they come…

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Short sale assistance offered to military homeowners with government loans

Posted  February 8, 2013

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced changes to short sale policies that will make it easier for military homeowners with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages to honor financial commitments when they are issued a permanent-change-of-station order. Under the new policy Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will not pursue a deficiency judgment or any…

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Air Force News – February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

TRICARE Service Center closes early The 56th Medical Group TRICARE Service Center will close at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 in preparation for the TRICARE West transition from TriWest Healthcare Alliance to United Healthcare Military and Veterans. The center is located at the Luke Air Force Base Outpatient Medical Clinic, third floor. Normal operations will resume…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  February 8, 2013

“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” ~ Hank Aaron “Hammerin’ Hank” also went on to say, “If we were to give up every time we experienced failure in our personal and…

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People First – February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Air Force…

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Air Force News – February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

AF implements voluntary FY13 force management programs The Air Force will implement several voluntary officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal year 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today. Announced in the January release of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2013, the authorized active-duty Air Force end-strength is 329,460; a reduction…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 8, 2013

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 25 through 31: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 14 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 29: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 1245. There were no injuries. Jan. 29: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident…

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First dental visit for children comes early

Posted  February 8, 2013

It’s never too early to care for a child’s teeth. Properly caring for children’s teeth and gums can prevent many dental issues such as cavities and gum disease. Dental health starts at a very early age. The first dental visit should coincide with the child’s first birthday. This allows the dentist to look for dental…

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Two-wheelers not always visible on road

Posted  February 8, 2013

Luke Air Force Base has more than 420 motorcycle riders. As a rider on Luke, it is required to complete a basic rider’s course. It is also mandatory to wear personal protective gear. It never hurts to be too safe especially with the number of deaths and injuries from motorcycle accidents. In 2012, Luke had…

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