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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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Turkish industry takes off in support of F-35

Posted  May 24, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph Murad Bayar, Turkish Undersecretary for Defense Industries, and Steve O’Bryan, Lockheed Martin F-35 VP, Program Integration and Business Development, stand together after an F-35 Industry Recognition Event at IDEF 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey, May 8.  Undersecretary Bayar expressed his support for the F-35 program and the Turkish Industry, which could realize more…

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Boeing rolls out 787 Dreamliner at increased production rate

Posted  May 24, 2013

Boeing has rolled out of the factory the first 787 Dreamliner to be built at the increased production rate of seven airplanes per month. The airplane, which rolled out earlier this week, is the 114th 787 to be built overall and the 100th 787 to be built at the Everett, Wash., factory. Boeing’s 787 program…

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C-130J worldwide fleet soars past a million flight hours

Posted  May 24, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin delivered three C-130J Super Hercules to the Iraqi Air Force, two months ahead of schedule, the third of which departed the Marietta, Ga., Dec 12, 2012. The Iraqi Air Force will use the airlifters for intra-theater support for its troops and to provide humanitarian relief operations in various locations. The…

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Base houses Oklahoma aircraft during tornado

Posted  May 24, 2013

Six U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry and two U.S. Navy E-6B Mercury aircraft arrived here from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., during the weekend of May 17 due to severe weather in Oklahoma.

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Karzai says U.S. can have nine Afghan bases after 2014

Posted  May 24, 2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has irked Washington with his frequent criticism of American military operations in his country, said May 9 that his government is now ready to let the U.S. have nine bases across Afghanistan after most foreign troops withdraw in 2014.

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198th RSG change of command

Posted  May 24, 2013

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Alberto C. Gonzalez, the Arizona National Guard assistant adjutant general, passes the guidon to Col. Steven Smith signifying the assumption on command of the 198th Readiness Support Group, May 5, 2013, at the Papago Military Reservation in Phoenix, Ariz.   U.S. soldiers bow their heads as the invocation is given during…

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Hagel issues memo directing preparations for civilian furloughs

Posted  May 24, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced May 14 that he has signed a memorandum directing defense managers to prepare to furlough most Defense Department civilian employees for up to 11 days between July 8 and the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. Here is the text of the memo in its entirety: This memo directs…

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Joint effort aims to promote use of fully developed claims

Posted  May 24, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Disabled American Veterans and The American Legion have announced a new partnership to help reduce the compensation claims backlog for veterans. The effort – the Fully Developed Claims Community of Practice – is a key part of VA’s overall transformation plan to end the backlog in 2015 and process claims…

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Veteran’s Resources

Posted  May 24, 2013

Veterans Administration www.va.gov Burial, Death Pension, Dependency Indemnity Compensation, Direct Deposit, Directions to VA Benefits Regional Offices, Disability Compensation, Disability Pension, Education, Home Loan Guaranty, Medical Care and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment: 1-800-827-1000 Beneficiaries in receipt of Pension Benefits: 1-877-294-6380 Debt Management Center (Collection of Non-Medical Debts: 1-800-827-0648) Children of Women Vietnam Veterans, Foreign Medical…

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Redefining care, services for Gulf War veterans

Posted  May 24, 2013

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki recently announced that the Department’s Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force will publish a comprehensive draft report in the Federal Register for public feedback and comment. The report describes how the Department of Veterans Affairs has been, and will continue to address the concerns of Veterans who deployed…

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