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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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Sports

Sports Shorts – September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

Airman 1st Class Dontae Smith, 56th Communication Squadron, attempts a lay-up Sept. 11 during an intramural basketball playoff game at Luke Air Force Base. CS defeated Army 44-42. CS basketball team eliminates Army in close match Photos and story by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Communications Squadron battled the…

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Air Force tuition assistance undergoing changes

Posted  September 13, 2013

Changes to the application process and some of the guidelines for the Air Force tuition assistance program go into effect with classes that begin after Oct. 1. These changes will require supervisors to bear more responsibility for their Airmen filing for TA. “Supervisors will have in-depth control and will now be held accountable,” said Joan…

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Commentary

Failure spurs great leaders

Posted  September 13, 2013

Failing at leadership on the surface might seem to be somewhat of an oxymoron, but as we explore this phenomenon as a reality of leadership, we will discover that failing at leadership has spurred many leaders and entrepreneurs to greatness. History is replete with men and women who in spite of their failures, persevered to…

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Certainty of combat shapes thoughts

Posted  September 13, 2013

“And through all this welter of change and development, your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable: it is to win our wars. Everything else in your professional career is but a corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purposes, all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small, will find others for their…

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Attitude key to overcoming adversity

Posted  September 13, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka John Acosta, 56th Force Support Squadron Fitness Center sports director, speaks with referees about intramural basketball rules during halftime of a game Monday at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center gym. Imagine you’re a 36-year-old technical sergeant at the top of your game in aircraft maintenance. The year is…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

Senior Airman Joel Alfaro-Salazar 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Aircrew Egress Systems journeyman Hometown: El Paso, Texas Years in service: Four Family: Son, Paxton Jay Alfaro, 2 Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in aviation maintenance Previous assignments: Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas Inspirations: Being a good role model for my son;…

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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduates 44 Airmen

Posted  September 13, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated two staff sergeants and 42 senior airmen Aug. 29 from class 13-6. Graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Michael Brideau, 56th Maintenance Group Distinguished graduates: Staff Sgt. Michael McNew, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron; Letitia Eiss, 56th Dental Squadron;…

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Air Force

Mixed martial arts gains popularity

Posted  September 13, 2013

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Staff Sgt. Keli Manglona, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, sweeps his opponent at the MMA Lab, a mixed martial arts studio in Glendale. Fighters like Manglona use proper positioning to overcome larger or stronger opponents. Mixed martial arts, a combat sport that combines striking and grappling techniques from a variety of disciplines,…

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World

Youngest Navy enlistee becomes admiral

Posted  September 13, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles highlighting Hispanic Heritage Month and featuring individuals of hispanic decent and the contributions they made to the U.S. ‘Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!’ Those famous words were shouted by James Glasgow Farragut. Born July 5, 1801, he would go down in history as…

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News Briefs September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

Third-party insurance collections All nonactive-duty beneficiaries using 56th Medical Group facilities must sign the electronic Department of Defense Form 2569 on an annual basis. This allows the military to bill other health insurance companies for medical care, including pharmaceuticals. Electronic DD Form 2569s can be signed at any clinic within the 56th Medical Group and…

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