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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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APAH luncheon gets warriors fired up to dance …

Posted  May 31, 2013

Peiholani Tuiaki Jr. of the Luke Samoan Group performs a Samoan fire dance during the Asian Pacific American Heritage luncheon May 23 at the Navy Operations Support Center on Luke Air Force Base. May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and recognizes the culture, traditions and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the…

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Fly Over: ‘The Hangover III’, and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

Posted  May 31, 2013

In theaters: ‘The Hangover III’ The Wolfpack is back, and unfortunately they have nothing new to offer. Granted, I didn’t think the first movie “The Hangover” was really that great – though I’m told it was. The sequel was worse. The third and final film “The Hangover III” falls right in the middle. The boys…

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Gunslinger shootout …

Posted  May 31, 2013

  Vern Brink, Phoenix Police Department downtown operations unit sergeant, reloads during the moving target portion of the police week shootout May 14 at the Luke Air Force Base Combat Arms Training and Maintenance firing range. His team tied for sixth out of 13 teams.   Staff Sgt. Brady Craddock, 56th Security Forces Squadron combat…

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In Brief – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

56th FSS change-of-command Lt. Col. Timothy Farr will relinquish command of the 56th Force Support Squadron to Lt. Col. Todd Ladd in a change-of-command ceremony at 8 a.m. June 10 at Club Five Six. Home-buying seminar The Luke Housing Management Office and Airman and Family Readiness Center is sponsoring a home-buying seminar for military members,…

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Street Beat – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 17 through 24: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 37 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 20: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the Lighting Gate. There were no injuries. May 22: Security forces responded to a report…

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Base practices response to bomb attacks

Posted  May 31, 2013

Luke Air Force Base Airmen and civilians conducted a Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High-Yield Explosives exercise May 22.

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Sports Shorts – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

Lady Thunderbolts fall short in semifinals, 41-40   Janai Nesby, civilian, shoots the ball in the semifinal basketball game against the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base basketball team during the Peach Classic Basketball Tournament May 19 at the Luke AFB Bryant Fitness Center gym. Nesby made the basket, her only 2 points of the game.  …

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X-47B launch a pivotal moment in Naval aviation

Posted  May 24, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is the first aircraft carrier to successfully catapult launch an unmanned aircraft from its flight deck. The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from…

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AETC furlough numbers announced

Posted  May 24, 2013

Air Education and Training Command manpower officials announced furlough will affect 14,434 civilian employees throughout the command beginning July 8. May 14, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined a furlough implementation plan, stating civilians will take up to 11 days of unpaid leave before Sept. 30, down from the 22 days that were originally estimated in…

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F-35A instructor pilots qualify in aerial refueling

Posted  May 24, 2013

Air Force photo by MSgt. John Nimmo An F-35A Lightning II approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker during aerial refueling May 13, 2013, near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The initial cadre of Air Force F-35 instructor pilots at the 33rd Fighter Wing recently qualified in aerial refueling for the joint strike fighter. The 33rd FW is…

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