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CMS aircraft fuel systems provides push for pilot

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Airman 1st Class Gary Esposito, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron aircraft fuel systems apprentice, prepares to inspect a 370-gallon external fuel tank on Luke Air Force Base. Esposito inspected the tank for any reading malfunctions or leaks. Whether cruising at 35,000 feet or performing a low-altitude strafing mission, the last thing a pilot…

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Latest F-35 has fastest induction to ALIS

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE The 14th F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter to arrive at Luke Air Force Base is shown Dec. 5 on the flightline. Airmen at the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit worked quickly to get the aircraft ready to fly in less than 48 hours, making it the fastest F-35 acceptance at Luke since…

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Thunderbolts lend helping hand to veterans in need

AirmanPEDRO MOTA Airmen from the 56th Comptroller Squadron help serve a holiday meal to the homeless Dec. 5 at the Central Arizona Shelter Services. The money was donated by the Veterans Administration in an effort to feed homeless veterans. CASS helps homeless veterans get back on their feet with job opportunities and supplies. When someone…

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LRS adds white R-11 refueling truck to fleet

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Senior Airman Jacob Hartman, 56th Logistic Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, checks out the newly painted R-11 refueling truck at the LRS vehicle yard. After receiving waiver approval from the Air Education and Training Command, the 56th LRS had the truck painted white to keep the fuel inside from overheating. The…

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F-35 arrival ignites memories for retired fighter pilot

Courtesy photo Retired Col. Richard Toliver poses in front of an F-15 Strike Eagle while temporarily stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, in 1975. Toliver participated in the operational test and evaluation program at Luke Air Force Base from July 1974 to July 1975. F-15 pilot training began at Luke Air Force Base 40…


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AF officials announce FY14 civilian workforce shaping

Posted  December 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Air Force will reduce the size of its civilian workforce by about 900 positions in addition to maintaining approximately 7,000 vacancies across the force to meet the demands of a constrained fiscal 2014 budget, officials announced. Specific reductions by location have not been determined. The Air Force will implement civilian workforce shaping…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  December 20, 2013

• All Airmen (active-duty, Reservists, Air National Guard, Defense Department employees, etc.) must submit a travel claim within five working days of completing travel. Contact the 56th Comptroller Squadron Financial Services Office for exceptions or special circumstances. • For TDYs, excess baggage expenses are a reimbursable expense. However, a member should always refer back to…

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This week in history

Posted  December 20, 2013

Courtesy photo Dec. 17, 1903: First flight One hundred and ten years ago this week, Orville Wright flew the Wright Flyer 125 feet in 12 seconds at 10:35 a.m. Dec. 17. His was the first-ever manned heavier-than-air, sustained, controlled and powered flight. Orville designed and built his own printing press and began a printing business…

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Sports Shorts – December 20, 2013

Posted  December 20, 2013

Winter games bring out unusual events Second Lt. Jonathan Warzeka, 56th Security Forces Squadron Logistics Flight officer in charge, takes on the challenge of the dizzy bat race on day one of the winter games. Participants made ten full clockwise rotations before running to first base. The games were Dec. 9 through 13 and included…

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AETC commander visits Luke

Posted  December 13, 2013

The top officer in Air Education and Training command, Gen. Robin Rand, a former wing commander here, and his wife, Kim, visited Luke Air Force Base Dec. 4 through 6 to talk to Airmen about his priorities and vision for the command. “The best part of the job is to come out here and have…

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Be prepared

Posted  December 13, 2013

Leading Airmen happens at every level and preparation is the key to success. A couple of weeks ago I watched two Airmen lead the clinic through resiliency training. As I looked at the members of the family health clinic I felt many things. The medics unabashedly participated in the training led by two Airmen who…

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The dirty dollar

Posted  December 13, 2013

Have you ever glanced down at the ground to see the distinct green of a crisp, clean dollar bill? I am willing to bet if you did, you would have picked it up. The question is if that dollar was crumpled up and dirty, would you have picked it up anyway? Would you have straightened…

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LRS refuels German C-160

Posted  December 13, 2013

Courtesy photo A German C-160 aircraft sits at the Phoenix Goodyear Airport Nov 14. Senior Airman Kyle Barna and Staff Sgt. Tabius Smith, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, were dispatched to refuel the aircraft and support the German air force who conducts basic flight training there. Airmen from the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight…

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Entering Air Force same as joining new family

Posted  December 13, 2013

Grace Lee Airman 1st Class Oumaima Lehnoud, 56th Security Forces Squadron security patrol and entry controller, guides a vehicle through the South Gate search pit Nov. 12 on Luke Air Force Base. Taking a step to “cross into the blue” can be intimidating, exciting and full of unknowns, but once in, it not only brings…

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News Briefs December 13, 2013

Posted  December 13, 2013

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Wednesday which will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. Those traveling on base should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting individuals with…

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