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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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Mentorship: Not just senior NCO thing

Posted  December 6, 2013

When people talk about mentorship, they may think of a senior NCO guiding an NCO or an Airman. However, this should not always be the case. Mentorship can occur at any level and is a useful tool for all Airmen. A mentor is someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced…

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CDC caregivers recognized for years of service

Posted  December 6, 2013

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Todd Ladd, left, 56th Force Support Squadron commander, and Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander, pose with child caregivers Nov. 18 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The women were awarded for more than 20 years of dedicated service to the CDC. Caring for children from…

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How do we lead?

Posted  December 6, 2013

One of my favorite scenes from the movie “Independence Day” was the motivational speech by actor Bill Pullman. My wife pokes fun at me as I stop to watch it every time it comes on. As the president eloquently bellows his closing line, “Today is our Independence Day,” the background music builds to a perfectly…

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Luke has perfect air permit inspection

Posted  December 6, 2013

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann An F-16 model sits in the foreground of a clear Arizona sky Nov. 20 at Luke Air Force Base. The base recently received its air permit inspection which evaluates about 465 pieces of air emitting equipment listed in Luke AFB’s Title V air operating permit. The base received a perfect rating,…

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AETC announces winners

Posted  December 6, 2013

The following unit won a 2013 Air, Education and Training Command best maintenance unit award for the fourth year in a row: Maj. Gen. Clements McMullen Weapons System Maintenance Daedalian Award 56th Maintenance Group

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History buffs

Posted  December 6, 2013

Members of the 56th Range Management Office Environmental Sciences Management, with naturalist and historian Bill Broyles, conduct a survey for historical artifacts Nov. 7 along a roadway in the East Tactical Range at the Barry M. Goldwater Range-East. Cultural and natural resource surveys are required before a new road may be opened for official administrative…

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Sports Shorts – December 13, 2013

Posted  December 13, 2013

Jingle bell run The jingle bell 1.5-mile fun run is 7 a.m. Dec. 20 and begins at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. There will be awards for first through third-place male and female finishers and best-dressed squadron, prizes, and refreshments. For more information, call 623-856-6241.   Red eye open The red eye open…

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Luke gets thunderstruck during Marine combative course

Posted  December 13, 2013

Bulk Fuel Company C Marines are giving Luke Air Force Base Airmen a taste of Marine life through a two-week combative course which began Monday and will go to Dec. 20 at the Luke Warrior Fitness Center.

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Justice Report

Posted  December 13, 2013

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in November: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for damaging government property. The member received a suspended reduction to E-4, forfeiture of $300 pay per month for two months and a reprimand….

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  December 13, 2013

The Real Saint Nicholas Saint Nicholas of Myra, a fourth-century Christian bishop is considered the real-life model for our modern-day Santa Claus. Bishop Nicholas came from a rather wealthy family. It is said that he used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick and the suffering. He became known throughout the land for…

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