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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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How do we lead?

Posted  December 6, 2013

One of my favorite scenes from the movie “Independence Day” was the motivational speech by actor Bill Pullman. My wife pokes fun at me as I stop to watch it every time it comes on. As the president eloquently bellows his closing line, “Today is our Independence Day,” the background music builds to a perfectly…

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CDC caregivers recognized for years of service

Posted  December 6, 2013

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Todd Ladd, left, 56th Force Support Squadron commander, and Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander, pose with child caregivers Nov. 18 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The women were awarded for more than 20 years of dedicated service to the CDC. Caring for children from…

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Mentorship: Not just senior NCO thing

Posted  December 6, 2013

When people talk about mentorship, they may think of a senior NCO guiding an NCO or an Airman. However, this should not always be the case. Mentorship can occur at any level and is a useful tool for all Airmen. A mentor is someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced…

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Call signs represent more than name

Posted  December 6, 2013

Courtesy photo Then Capt. Sean “LOBO” Canfield, now a major and the 62nd Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, smiles in February 2002 at Nellis Air Force Base after performing a re-enlistment ceremony for his brother, Staff Sgt. Clark Canfield. Sean Canfield’s call sign was the result of an incident with his dogs and his…

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News Briefs December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 2013

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Dec. 18 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…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  December 6, 2013

Senior Airman Houston Brittain 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Avionics journeyman Hometown: Tahlequah, Okla. Years in service: Two years Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in applied science in professional aeronautics Goals: Finish my degree and obtain an airframe and power plant license Greatest feat: I read 255 books in the fifth grade and received a trophy…

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Through paintball, commanders focus on team building

Posted  December 6, 2013

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Lt. Col. Patrick Launey, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, returns fire to the opposing team during a paintball game Nov. 25 at Fighter Town Paintball in El Mirage. Luke Air Force Base commanders participated to build camaraderie and esprit de corps. Wing, group and squadron commanders from Luke Air Force Base…

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This week in history

Posted  December 6, 2013

1978: Gen. George Brown dies Gen. George Brown, former 56th Fighter Interceptor Wing commander, succumbed to prostate cancer 35 years ago this week. Son of a career Army officer, young George became an Eagle Scout, played football, rode horses and played polo. After high school, he attended the University of Missouri for one year after…

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Air Force News – December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 2013

Welsh: Airmen should use common sense in missions Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody told Airmen Nov. 27 at the 28th Bomb Wing, S.D., they need to use common sense as they go about their duties. “No one knows your jobs better…

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‘Thor’ brings heat in Exchange, Marvel’s latest military-only free comic book

Posted  December 6, 2013

Arriving now after the release of “Thor: The Dark World,” the Asgardian Thunder God will star in the new, military-exclusive, free comic book from Marvel Custom Solutions and the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. The 32-page comic features Thor defending New York City from the fearsome Frost Giant, Ymir, in a new adventure by…

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