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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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News Briefs: February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

TRICARE Service Center closes early The 56th Medical Group TRICARE Service Center will close at 1 p.m. today in preparation for the TRICARE West transition from TriWest Healthcare Alliance to United Healthcare Military and Veterans. The center is located at the Luke Air Force Base Outpatient Medical Clinic, third floor. Normal operations will resume Tuesday….

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 15, 2013

Airman Joshua McDaniel 56th Communications Squadron Airfield Systems Technician Hometown: Springfield, Ill. Years in service: One Family: Father, Chris; mom, Luann; and brother, Daulton Inspirations: Uncle Larry Bilyeau who served three tours in Vietnam Goals: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree, seeking a career with the Federal Aviation Administration Greatest feat: Living…

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ALS graduates 42 Thunderbolts

Posted  February 15, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated three staff sergeants and 39 senior airmen Feb. 7 from class 13-2. Graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow: Jeremy Trowbridge, 56th Operations Support Squadron Distinguished graduates: Shawn Hanger, 56th OSS; Sandrene Mc Farlane, 56th Aerospace Medical Squadron; and Semmi…

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Sleep your way to better fitness

Posted  February 15, 2013

Many people exercise well over what is required. Some people become addicted to running, lifting weights, CrossFit or playing their favorite sport. Although it is great to put extra effort into being fit, it is also important to properly rest muscles and get enough sleep. Overtraining is bad and can cause a lot of problems,…

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Homeschoolers get assist from Luke

Posted  February 15, 2013

For service members with children, home schooling can be a way to spend more time together as a family and can give parents more control over a child’s education. Across the country, home schooling is a trend that continues to gain popularity. In fact, according to the Department of Education Center for Education Statistics, the…

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Realistic financial goals set path for success

Posted  February 15, 2013

Whether it’s money needed for a college fund, car, future home or credit card debt, it is essential to plan ahead and create financial goals. “Financial goals enable us to properly plan where our money should be saved and spent,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist….

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Air Force News – February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

AF leaders: Sequestration, more budget cuts will be devastating Sequestration would leave the Air Force with untrained people, a lack of equipment and be “devastating” to the service, officials said Feb. 7. The warning echoes what Defense Department officials have stated for months about across-the-board defense cuts, in addition to an ongoing continuing resolution. “Now…

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People First – February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 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. AF chief…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 15, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb.1 through 7: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 1: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 966. There were no injuries. Feb. 1: Security forces responded to a report…

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New fees for pets traveling to Germany

Posted  February 15, 2013

Germany has instituted new import fees for animals entering the country from outside the European Union. These fees took effect Feb. 1 and are being charged to cover the costs of examination by a German veterinarian at the port of entry into the country. The new program is in accordance with the EU regulation for…

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