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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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Monsoon brings it! Dust, rain, light show

Posted  September 6, 2013

Staff Sgt.C.J. HATCH Lightning strikes over the White Tank Mountains Aug. 26 during a thunderstorm as seen from the end of the runway. Residents of Luke Air Force Base and the surrounding area were treated to nature’s light show, high winds and heavy rain. The blue skies quickly turn to a steel gray, the wind…

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Best minds join together for F-35 conference

Posted  September 6, 2013

How fast can you solve a Rubik’s Cube? Now imagine the cube reaches more than 51 feet in length, 14 feet in height and 35 feet wide. Also, the cube has hundreds of squares, unlike Rubik’s traditional 54. Your only reprieve? This cube only has five colors, not six like the toy. More than 90…

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Why do you serve?

Posted  September 6, 2013

People often ask me what I do. That question is quite easy to answer. “I’m an officer in the United States Air Force.” Every once in a while someone will follow up with, “What do you do in the Air Force?” That’s another easy answer. “I command the communications squadron at Luke Air Force Base…

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Invest in your Air Force career

Posted  September 6, 2013

How many of us have attempted to withdraw money from an ATM and received an “insufficient funds” response? We all know that in order to receive money from an ATM, money must be deposited into the account. I was once asked to compare my Air Force career to a bank account. I was asked to…

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Munitions storage vital to AMMO

Posted  September 6, 2013

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Master Sgt. Howard Suggs, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Storage NCO-in-charge, ties a special ammo knot securing the wooden crates in one of the munitions storage units Aug. 26 on Luke Air Force Base. Munitions storage is responsible for managing and storing 18 million pounds of munitions on base, which is worth…

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Local Briefs September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

Base blood drive Donate blood at the times and locations below: Sept. 23 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Sept. 24 8 a.m. to noon at the 607th Air Control Squadron 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bldg. 913 1 to 5 p.m. at Bldg. 917 2 to 6 p.m….

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  September 6, 2013

Staff Sgt. Michael Giles Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron F-16 Armament Systems instructor Hometown: Charlotte, N.C. Years in service: 12 Family: Wife, Tech. Sgt. Marquia Giles; children, Jaylen, 11; Christian, 10; Micah, 4; Arianna, 1 Education: Community College of the Air Force degrees in armament maintenance, instructor of technical military science and instructor of certification…

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Luke personal trainer overcomes obstacles

Posted  September 6, 2013

Courtesy photo Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron Bryant Fitness Center fitness specialist supervisor, second from the left, poses for a photo with his track teammates in May 1979 in California. This photo was taken 11 months after Johnson recovered from a serious car accident. Looking at Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist…

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Know home-buying basics before becoming owner

Posted  September 6, 2013

There comes a time when one may want to look at purchasing instead of renting a home and if done smartly, the advantages of owning a home can be greater than renting. “Given a long enough time line, a good home can be an appreciating asset,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and…

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This week in history: September 6

Posted  September 6, 2013

September 1989: Northrop military sales training ends Courtesy photo An F-5 sits on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base sometime in the early ‘80s. The Northrop F-5 Foreign Military Sales training program ended after locally producing 1,499 graduates and 200 more using mobile training teams. That training program was somewhat unusual. The program was…

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