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D-models return to flight after longeron repair

Air Force officials removed 82 two-seat F-16D Fighting Falcons from flight earlier this summer after discovering cracks along the canopy sill longeron between the front and rear pilot seats.

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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  December 13, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jessica Williams 61st Fighter Squadron Aviation resource management Hometown: Orlando, Fla. Years in service: Eight Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business Inspirations: My family and friends Goals: Complete a master’s degree in education Famous last words: “Never give up!” Off-duty interests: Skiing, reading, spending time with friends Commander’s comments: “Sergeant Williams has…

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Salutes & Awards

Posted  December 13, 2013

AETC announces yearly SFS awards The following individuals are 2013 AETC Security Forces individual award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Ann Sweigart Civilian: Loran Allen Annual, quarterly staff agency winners named Fighter Wing staff agencies The following individuals are annual award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Jenna Sarvinski, Public Affairs NCO: Tech. Sgt. Bruce Thompson, Information…

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This week in history

Posted  December 13, 2013

1973: YF-16 rolls out General Dynamic (now Lockheed-Martin) rolled out the first YF-16 prototype aircraft 40 years ago today from its Fort Worth, Texas, plant. Tail number 72-1567 was to compete with the YF-17 in a fly-off. The winner would win the contract to replace the aging Republic F-105 Thunderchief and McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom…

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Active-shooter exercise front, center next week

Posted  December 13, 2013

You’re conducting business as usual, shopping at the commissary or waiting to talk with a TRICARE specialist in the Medical Clinic. Suddenly, gunshots ring out and you hear screaming. What do you do? What will the base do? To answer this question, the 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Wednesday to test military…

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Events

Thunderbirds to headline Luke open house March 15-16

Posted  December 13, 2013

Luke AFB will host “Luke Days 2014,” an open house and air show, March 15 and 16, 2014. The U.S. Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, will headline the weekend’s activities with performances both days. A static display of Luke’s newest aircraft, the F-35A Lightning II, should also be available for viewing. Previous…

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Commentary

Dollars and Sense

Posted  December 13, 2013

• Military annual leave, or ordinary leave, begins and ends in the local area. All supervisors should ensure that leave is charged for duty days and nonduty days (for example, Friday through Monday) when members take leave on the day before and the day after nonduty days. This applies to leave taken in the local…

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People First – December 13, 2013

Posted  December 13, 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. Steps for…

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Cookie drive makes statement — ‘We care’

Posted  December 13, 2013

A decades-long tradition brought a little taste of home during the holidays to Airmen living in the dorms last week. Luke Air Force Base supporters collected and packaged cookies Dec. 5 for first sergeants to deliver to dorm residents.

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Health & Safety

Keep holidays happy with safety in mind

Posted  December 13, 2013

For many, the holidays are made up of the smell of pine trees, warm eggnog, hot chocolate, Christmas lights, decorations, traveling long distances and being in the company of family and friends. It may be easy to forget how dangerous they can be if safety precautions aren’t taken.

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HOLIDAY MAGIC

Posted  December 13, 2013

Snow flies around Ronny Hamilton, 6, son of Staff Sgt. David Hamilton, currently stationed at Kunsan Air Base, Korea, as he makes snowballs during Holiday Magic at Luke Air Force Base.   Imani Maxwell, 2, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Terry Maxwell, 56th Operation Support Squadron intelligence formal training unit NCO in charge, gets her face…

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