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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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LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Air Force

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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Commissary, place for holiday savings

Posted  December 6, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. — The holidays are right around the corner, and special in-store promotions make the commissary the place to go to save on holiday groceries, according to an official at the Defense Commissary Agency. “We’ve got some great promotions lined up for the holiday season,” said Randy Chandler, DeCA sales director. “Customers will…

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People First – December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 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.  Commissary CEO shares sequestration consequences Offering a glimpse at what commissary and military exchange services could become in light…

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Don’t settle for being effective; be great

Posted  December 6, 2013

“I’m stuck in a rut.” “I have no life.” “I’m burned out, exhausted.” “I’m bored. I’m just putting in my time.” “Most of my satisfactions come off the job.” “I can’t change things.” These are the voices of people at work and at home. The pain is personal, and it’s deep. You may relate with…

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CES tests cadets leadership skills

Posted  December 6, 2013

Cadets attempt to lift a log during the exercise obstacle course. Obstacles put cadets in various situations to test decision making and Airman leadership skills.   Blindfolded cadets navigated concrete barriers with the help of their wingmen.   Arizona State University ROTC Cadets attempt to drag a humvee Nov. 22 during the 56th Civil Engineer…

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Exam keeps eye on enamel

Posted  December 6, 2013

Airmen are informed they have a dental appointment once a year. Some show up to this appointment not knowing what to expect. Well, it’s time to shed some light on Airmen’s annual dental appointments. Before poking around mouths, there are a few things the dental squadron needs to know. This is where the medical history…

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Luke tax center seeks volunteers for 2014 tax season

Posted  December 6, 2013

The Luke Air Force Base tax center opens its doors to file returns for the entire Luke community beginning Jan. 27, 2014. Last tax season, the tax center assisted more than 1,500 clients file federal and state returns, saving the Luke community more than $316,000. To offer this great service again, the tax center requires…

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Fly Over: ‘Call of Duty – Ghosts’, and ‘Oldboy’

Posted  December 6, 2013

In stores: ‘Call of Duty – Ghosts’ While “Call of Duty” often gets scolded for its rinse-and-repeat gameplay, I’ve always defended the series and given previous games a thumbs-up for enhancing the gameplay. Whether it’s the storytelling of “Modern Warfare” or the effort to change the COD formula with “Black Ops,” the popular series always…

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EOR team: Taking care of business first, last

Posted  December 6, 2013

“First and last line of defense” may sound like a line from a movie, but it’s a no-nonsense way of doing business for a small band of crew chiefs on the Luke Air Force Base flightline.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  December 6, 2013

Smartphone users beware! Using a third party App to access your Defense Finance and Accounting Services myPay account can compromise your access information potentially leading to a theft of funds. There are no Apps sanctioned by the Defense Department or DFAS. Apps that claim to allow access to military or other government sites should only…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  December 6, 2013

How will this affect my life, and others? ~Alfred Montapert A Carolina mountaineer said to a young man, “See here, you been a-courtin’ my daughter for goin’ on four years. You got to tell me about your intentions. Be they honorable or dishonorable?” The young man’s face brightened and he asked hopefully, “You mean I…

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