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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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Copying military identification cards prohibited by law

Posted  March 26, 2012

Has anyone ever requested a photocopy of your military photo identification card? Did you know that photocopying any type of federal government ID card may be prohibited by law under TITLE 18 U.S.C. § 701: U.S. Code. The law states: “Whoever manufactures, sells or possesses any badge, identification card or other insignia of the design…

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Fly Over: Blu Burger Grille is burger royalty

Posted  May 18, 2012

Blu Burger Grille is burger royalty! While it looks more like a trendy Manhattan martini bar than a burger joint its offerings are definitely tailored toward burger blue bloods. The restaurant is located in Peoria in the Park West shopping center at the corner of 99th Ave. and Northern, directly across from…

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Thunderbolt of the Week May 18, 2012

Posted  May 18, 2012

Staff Sergeant Roger Tremblay 56th Training Squadron/OLB NCOIC of Weapons and Tactics Hometown: Lugoff, South Carolina Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Savanna; Daughters, Ansley and Emery Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle…

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Fly Over: ‘Blue Valentine’

Posted  June 8, 2012

If you’re a newlywed in the throes of a blissfully romantic honeymoon phase, optimistic about finding your soul mate amongst the billions populating planet Earth, in the process of courting a potential significant other or simply a romantic at heart who still clings to the notion that finding ever-lasting love is somehow more likely than…

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56th CONS civilian salutes military father’s lessons

Posted  June 15, 2012

When I was a senior in high school, my father served as the Hill Air Force Base commander. Understandably, the unwelcomed public scrutiny of a teenager’s life that occurs when your father is the base commander naturally created tension at times. As my father approaches his 80th birthday though, my reflection on that period provides…

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Program enables disabled to serve on base

Posted  August 17, 2012

With the economy struggling, it’s competitive enough for those without a disability to find a job. Fortunately, there is a program available that helps nonprofit organizations hire disabled workers....

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Pentagon seeks less for construction, more for conservation

Posted  March 23, 2012

The Defense Department is asking for less money for military construction and more for energy conservation in its fiscal 2013 budget request, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment told a Senate panel March 21. Dorothy Robyn said her staff uses joint planning and rigorous analysis to ensure that the right mix of…

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Baby needs new shoes

Posted  March 26, 2012

Retired Senior Master Sgt. George Casillas throws the dice March 16 during a game of craps at casino night at Club Five Six. Casino night is held a few times a year and offers games such as craps, black jack, Texas hold ‘em and roulette. Prizes ranged from $50 gift cards to a TV.

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I scream, you scream …

Posted  March 26, 2012

Jake Alefosio, 3, son of 1st Lt. Jeremiah Alefosio, 56th Logistic Readiness Squadron, holds a bag of ice cream mixture over his head during an ice cream making event March 16 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center. The Hearts Apart program sponsored the event, which provides free services for family…

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Air Force Assistance Fund campaign launches Monday

Posted  March 26, 2012

The 2012 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign runs Monday through May 4 at Luke Air Force Base­­­­­­­­­­­. The annual campaign collects donations to support the Air Force Aid Society’s various charitable programs. The AFAS assisted more than 40,000 Air Force members and their families in 2011 with almost $18 million in assistance. The sudden need…

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