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Steven Kinkade, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant fire chief for training, and Tech Sgt. James Hickman, 56th CES fire fighter, demonstrate how to use an automated external defibrillator Sept. 20, 2016, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Proper use of an AED is a core requirement for the CPR recertification class. (U.S. Air Force Photos by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota) Luke fire fighter retrain life saving skills
According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Every 90 seconds someone dies from cardiac arrest. Early recognition and high quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation is crucial to saving lives.On Sept. 20, 2016, the Luke Air Force Base Fire Department's leadership team held a
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Staff Sgt. Garrett Christensen, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron logistics NCO in charge, displays safety gear from his current job as a fire fighter and his dream job of a fighter pilot April 14, 2016 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Christensen has been selected for Basic Officer Training School with the ultimate goal of becoming a fighter pilot.  (U.S Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller) Firefighter to fighter pilot
Firefighting takes teamwork, guts, commitment and the courage to go into harm’s way. Similarly, being a fighter pilot requires precision, skill and bravery to fly into combat and face off against an enemy.
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Airman 1st Class Demetrius Smith, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, checks the oil on a street sweeper at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 5, 2016. The street sweepers get utilized primarily for the airfield and secondly for the streets on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley) Keeping airfield clean, aircraft flying
There is one group of Airmen, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operators, whose efforts have the potential to save the Air Force millions of dollars in aircraft repairs and keep pilots safe in flight."Whenever jets are flying we have a sweeper on standby just in case there is any FOD which could interfere with aircraft taking off," said
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2016
Sherri Biringer, Bryant Fitness Center fitness specialist supervisor, engages contestants as they weigh-in to start off their entry into the 2016 Luke Biggest Loser competition, Jan. 4, 2016 at Luke Air Force Base. The Luke Biggest Loser competition is a weight-loss competition stressing healthy sustainable weight-loss and exercise habits which rewards successful contestants with prizes and the chance to be featured as the face of Bryant Fitness Center’s Facebook page. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan) Annual Biggest Loser Competition Kicks Off
The Biggest Loser weight loss competition and fitness program run by the personal trainers of the Bryant Fitness Center began Jan. 4, 2016, at Luke Air Force Base.The 6th annual competition lasts from January until April and offers both a kick start to a healthier lifestyle and prizes for competitors who lose the highest percentage of body fat by
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Senior Airman Melissa Franks, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight medicine medical technician, runs on the track at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Franks can run 1.5 miles in 9:15 and has placed first in all the 5-kilometer runs she’s attended at Luke in the female category. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Lee) She has a need for speed
She runs the 1.5-mile run in 9:15 and she's placed first on all the 5-kilometer runs she's attended. Like a machine, she zones out and focuses on the task at hand--running."I've been running for 15 years," said Senior Airman Melissa Franks, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight medicine medical technician.  "I started running as a means to get in
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2015
Senior Airman Christina Varland, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron administration specialist, participates as a mentor for the Transition Assistance Program for Survivors camp in Scottsdale, Arizona Dec. 5, 2015. TAPS is different from other grief programs in that the directors make a point to match the children with active-duty mentors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller) Gone, never forgotten
Losing a loved one who served in the military can be devastating to a child, but one program aims to show children they're not alone and are still part of the military family.Thunderbolts from Luke Air Force Base participated as mentors in the Transition Assistance Program for Survivors camp Dec. 5 in Scottsdale."TAPS provides an opportunity for
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2015
Rango, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, licks Staff Sgt. Justin Gonzalez, 56th Security Forces Squadron MWD handler, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Nov. 17, 2015. It’s important for MWD handlers to develop a good working relationship with their dogs to strengthen the bond between them, Gonzalez said. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley) MWD handlers--more than just dogs
While most view dogs as pets, a select few Airmen view them as partners and the difference between life and death for more than just themselves. These Airmen are trained to deploy with Military Working Dogs who detect explosive devices in order to save the lives of other deployed members.One Airman came into the Air Force with the goal of becoming
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2015
Courtesy graphic Air Force Academy LEAD visits Luke
The Air Force has officers to lead the enlisted core, and through programs such as the Leaders Encouraging Airman Development, enlisted Airmen can commission to second lieutenant. An Air Force Academy representative came to Luke Air Force Base, Nov. 17, 2015, to provide information about opportunities for young Airmen looking to commission in the
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2015
Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Straight, 56th Medical Group aerospace medical technician, took her grandfather’s advice and joined the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams) Pediatric Clinic Airman aims for success
The U.S. Air Force has been a stepping stone for many Airmen. Some people join the Air Force to travel the world while others join for the money and medical benefits. Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Straight, 56th Medical Group aerospace medical technician, had a different mindset before committing her life to the Air Force.Straight worked a full time job
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2015
Luke Thunderbolts look for common ground with other members during the ice breaker at the Lightning Leadership Gold Course at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 19, 2015. With a variety of Thunderbolts coming from across base, the course was focused on connecting with one another and becoming better leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams) Lightning Leadership course opens to all personnel
Airmen from across the base gathered to learn about leadership techniques in a professional development program designed to promote leadership through a series of guided discussions on Nov. 19, 2015."Lighting Leadership Gold is about learning and growing together," said Master Sgt. Ida Bushey, 56th Force Support Squadron career assistance advisor. 
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