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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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GRACE LEE Air Force

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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Fly Over: ‘Solomon Kane’, and the Anise Café

Posted  October 11, 2013

On Netflix: ‘Solomon Kane’ Ever have that experience where one movie seems to be everywhere and looks fairly interesting, yet the effort and time just aren’t made to sit down and watch it? That happens to me more times than I like, and half the time the movie doesn’t prove to be worth it (You…

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107th inactivates

Posted  October 11, 2013

Brig. Gen. Edward Maxwell, Arizona Air National Guard commander, holds the 107th Air Control Squadron flag Sept. 30 as Maj. Trey Shewbert, 107th ACS outgoing commander, slides the cover over the top of the flag, signaling the inactivation of the unit at Luke Air Force Base. The 107th ACS provided command and control for thousands…

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Street Beat – October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 30 through Oct. 4: Tickets Security forces issued citations for seven moving and one nonmoving violations. Nonemergency responses Sept. 30: Security forces administered a breathalyzer test to an on-duty Airman who was escorted to Bldg. 179. The individual blew a .170 blood alcohol concentration. Sept….

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Sports Shorts – October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

Harold Cade, 56th Communications Squadron, runs the ball for the end zone during a flag football game with Navy Oct. 2 at Luke Air Force Base. The Navy dominated 56th CS with a score of 24-6. Navy breaks 56th CS streak, remains undefeated by Airman 1st Class JAMES HENSLEY, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The first pass…

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Fighter squadrons improve community

Posted  October 4, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Airmen from the 310th Fighter Squadron shovel rock into a wheelbarrow Saturday during a Habitat for Humanity event in Surprise. Airmen completed landscaping and painted a courtyard for four homes. More than 40 Luke Airmen stepped up to help the community in a home improvement challenge. Four Luke Air Force Base…

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Combined Federal Campaign kicks off

Posted  October 4, 2013

The annual Combined Federal Campaign began Sept. 23 in support of helping various organizations and charities raise money for their respective causes. “The CFC began in the early 1960s to coordinate the fundraising efforts of various charitable organizations so the federal donor would be solicited only once in the workplace and have the opportunity to…

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Make it personal

Posted  October 4, 2013

In my opinion, leadership is most effective when it is personal. In a large organization, it is difficult to have a personal connection with everyone. Your personal leadership sphere of influence may be limited to one or two layers deep, but if they in turn made personal leadership a priority, it would drill down to…

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Leadership has many forms

Posted  October 4, 2013

Leadership comes in many forms such as skill, knowledge, appearance and rank. There are other forms of leadership that are used less but greatly needed in today’s military. A few of these are inspiring, caring, nurturing and growing your personnel. It’s been said by many past leaders that if you support your people they will…

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Drug demand reduction program tests Airmen

Posted  October 4, 2013

Photo by Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Michael Gorske, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron drug demand reduction assistant, places a tamper-resistant tape on a collection bottle Sept. 25 at the drug demand reduction building on Luke Air Force Base. The goal of the DDR program is to stop the use and abuse of controlled and illegal…

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Prevent kitchen fires

Posted  October 4, 2013

Luke Fire Emergency Services is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association and United States Fire Administration to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme, “Prevent Kitchen Fires,” focuses on the importance of awareness, good working appliances and safe cooking practices. Along with learning fire safety, family members need to know and…

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