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D-models return to flight after longeron repair

Air Force officials removed 82 two-seat F-16D Fighting Falcons from flight earlier this summer after discovering cracks along the canopy sill longeron between the front and rear pilot seats.

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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

Staff Sgt. Magen Baker 56th Comptroller Squadron Budget analyst Hometown: Salem, Ill. Years in service: Eight Family: Father, Danny; mom, Lisa; and son, Maddox Education: Community College of the Air Force associate degree in financial management; Park University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management Previous assignments: Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Inspirations: Friends and…

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SMSgt selects announced

Posted  March 1, 2013

The following master sergeants have been selected for promotion to senior master sergeant: Derick Crosdale, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Brett Evanicki, 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Christopher Foster, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Plez Glenn III, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Michael Hansell, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Scott Harris, 56th Operations Group Christopher Lebourveau, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron…

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‘Salad Wednesdays’ big savings at Exchange restaurants

Posted  March 1, 2013

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service restaurants are offering $2 off any salad priced $4 or above on “Salad Wednesdays” purchased at Burger King, Subway, Anthony’s Pizza, Robin Hood or Charley’s. “Guests save an additional 10 percent when paying with a Military Star® card or exchange gift card,” said Pete Alaniz, Luke Air Force…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  March 1, 2013

“The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI How do our moral and ethical values today compare to those just a decade ago? Why have our “internal deserts” become so vast? Why is there a spiritual crisis in our nation? Whatever the reasons…

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Health & Safety

Eating healthy food keeps gray matter ‘in pink’

Posted  March 1, 2013

Eating the right foods not only affects a person’s physical performance, but also the brain’s performance. Leslie Dana-Kirby, 56th Medical Operations Squadron clinical psychologist, said the human brain is responsible for all thinking, reasoning, memory, judgment and decision-making. It also controls fundamental life functions such as hunger, thirst, sleeping, breathing and temperature regulation. As well…

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Air Force News – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

DOD implements secure program for mobile devices WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is rolling out a program that will allow users of a range of mobile devices — working anywhere from remote battlefields to the Pentagon to rapidly share classified and protected data across all components. More than 600,000 DOD employees, from soldiers on the…

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People First – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 1, 2013

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Registration for…

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Vet clinic serves base members

Posted  March 1, 2013

One of Luke Air Force Base’s best kept secrets is that it offers vet services for pets of active-duty members and retirees.

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Health & Safety

TRICARE service center changes

Posted  March 1, 2013

“There is nothing permanent except change,” are words credited to Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher. In the coming months members can expect to see some changes in the administration of health benefits locally. One change has been UnitedHealthcare Military and Veterans moving Feb. 19 into the 56th Medical Group TRICARE service center. This was the first…

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Be worthy of admiration – act like a superhero

Posted  March 1, 2013

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — I was recently picking up a few items at a local retail chain at lunchtime. Everywhere I walked, someone wanted to shake my hand or say, “Thank you for your service.” It made me proud to be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Air Force. While waiting in…

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