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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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PEDRO MOTA Local

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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If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you

Posted  April 26, 2013

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. – “Hey sexy … you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had…

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First sergeant nothing to fear; here to help

Posted  April 26, 2013

This goes out to everyone in the 56th Fighter Wing, “Do not be afraid of your first sergeant.” We are not the people some may portray us to be. I have heard many times during my six years as a shirt that the only people in the shirt’s office are getting in trouble. That is…

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Knowledge, tips help with PT test prep

Posted  April 26, 2013

Airman 1st ClassGRACE LEE Senior Airman Nicholas Liuzzi, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health technician, performs a pushup at the Luke Air Force Base track April 17. Pushups help in strengthening abdominal muscles. Core muscles engage while helping to support the body during a pushup. Physical fitness is a priority in the Air Force. While…

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Local Briefs: April 26, 2013

Posted  April 26, 2013

21st FS change of command Lt. Col. Sean Routier will relinquish command of the 21st Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Paul Willingham at 3:21 p.m. today in Hangar 408. CES change of command Lt. Col. Chad Bondurant will relinquish command of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron to Lt. Col. Kenneth Herndon at 8 a.m. May…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  April 26, 2013

Airman 1st Class Adrian Moreno 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron>br/> Maintenance scheduler Hometown: Melrose Park, Ill. Years in service: One Family: Mom, dad and two brothers Education: Two years at Marquette University; would like to pursue a career in astronomy and physics Greatest feat: Traveled to Zambia, Africa, for humanitarian purposes Famous last words: “Better to…

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Navajo Code Talkers turned course of WWII

Posted  April 26, 2013

Airman 1st ClassGRACE LEE FROM LEFT: Bill Toledo, Robert Walley and Alfred Newman, World War II Navajo code talker veterans, pose for a photo April 12 at the Luke Air Force Base exchange. The three veterans visited Luke to educate the public about the Navajo Code Talkers and their role in WWII. Three World War…

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MXG announces AETC, quarterly awards

Posted  April 26, 2013

The following individuals are Air Education and Training Command award winners: 2012 Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award winners Munitions missile maintenance Technician: Senior Airman Brian Runyan, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Civilian technician: Dale Wollschlager, 56th EMS Manager: Master Sgt. William McClannan, 56th EMS Civilian manager: Lester Alexander, 56th EMS Aircraft maintenance Civilian manager: Paul Shows,…

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What goes down stormdrain will come up

Posted  April 26, 2013

Do you know what is going down your storm drain? At Luke Air Force Base, we have more than 1,400 industrial processes that could potentially harm Arizona’s watershed. Now consider the 1.5 million residents in the Valley! Rain storms can flush the smallest amounts of pollutants from parking lots, streets, driveways, pressure washing activities or…

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STREET BEAT

Posted  April 26, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 12 through 18: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 15 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 16: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the Lightning Gate. There were no injuries. Emergency responses April 12: Security forces responded…

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Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center looks for more patients – no waiting list

Posted  April 26, 2013

Airmen who are sick of living day to day with their glasses and contacts have an opportunity to leave them all behind. The Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center at Travis Air Force Base’s David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center has no waiting list and is looking for new Airmen who wish to eliminate their dependency…

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