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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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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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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  April 5, 2013

Senior Airman Robb Williams 56th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment Journeyman Hometown: Rogersville, Mo. Years in service: Two Family: Parents, Kevin and Cheryl Williams; and brother, Adam Williams Education: Currently working on a degree in criminal justice Inspirations: My parents taught me that nothing I want is out of my reach Goals: Finish my…

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Air Force announces NDAA implementation plan of mandated force structure changes

Posted  April 5, 2013

Washington, DC – The Air Force released its plan March 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements, and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  April 5, 2013

“I can do what you can’t do, and you can do what I can’t do. Together we can do great things”   ~ Mother Teresa You there reading this! You’re valuable. You make a difference. You’re valuable to our Thunderbolt family. You may not be able to do all things that keep Luke AFB functional, but…

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Sexual assault has no place in DOD, official says

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON – Sexual assault has no place in the Defense Department, a senior Pentagon official said April 2, calling on the workforce to be part of the solution. In a keynote address kicking off Aberdeen Proving Ground’s observance of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica L….

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Salutes & Awards

Posted  April 5, 2013

O-4, 5 promotion selects announced The following major was selected for promotion to: Lieutenant colonel David Hagerty, 56th Medical Support Squadron The following captains were selected for promotion to: Major William Andreotta, 56th Operations Group Joshua Arki, 62nd Fighter Squadron Joseph Ball, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Brandon Baughman, 310th FS David Breuer, 756th Aircraft Maintenance…

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Course ramps up safety mindset

Posted  April 5, 2013

An instructor watches a rider practice tight cornering. The advanced rider course also covers how to avoid objects in the road and safely avoid collisions.   Participants receive instructions before beginning the advanced rider course.   Motorcycles sit ready for riders during an advanced motorcycle safety riding course held at Luke Air Force Base. The…

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YMCA tour

Posted  April 5, 2013

Senior Airman Sandra Welch Tech. Sgt. Sara Abel, 56th Fighter Wing command chief executive assistant, speaks to high school students March 28 at Hangar 913 at Luke Air Force Base. The Youth to Leaders group toured the 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and watched F-16s launch for night flying.

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Wing, union sign first NAF contract

Posted  April 5, 2013

Staff Sgt. C. J. Hatch The 56th Fighter Wing and the American Federation of Government Employees 1547 Local signed the first-ever nonappropriated fund, or NAF, contract March 25. Wing commander Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein and union president Harley Hembd signed for their respective organizations. Based on cooperation and communication, this unprecedented milestone is designed to…

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Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  April 5, 2013

James Gilmore 56th Medical Operations Squadron Mental health technician How do you stay fit? Fitness is having a positive mindset toward exercise and eating properly. I also drink protein shakes all the time. What drives you to keep working out? I want to improve my personal performance. Being physically healthy is the best way to…

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Street Beat – April 5, 2013

Posted  April 5, 2013

The 56th Security Force Squadron handled the following incidents March 22 through 28: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 27: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in the exchange parking garage. There were no injuries. March 27: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle…

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