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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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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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Events

People First – December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

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. OTS transforms…

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Civilian volunteer at tax center gives back

Posted  December 14, 2012

I started volunteering at Luke Air Force Base Tax Center in January. It has been a great experience. As a retired high school teacher of 33 years, I have no affiliation with the military, but I enjoy being able to give back to them for all they have done. How can we help those who…

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Health & Safety

Risk factors, warning signs predictors of suicide

Posted  December 14, 2012

Before intervention. Before support. Even before treatment … there is prevention. Tragically, 36,000 lives are lost to suicide each year in the U.S. Tens of thousands more attempt suicide. Every day families, friends, coworkers and neighbors lose someone they care about. Intervention, support and treatment can help, but to get to the heart of suicide,…

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Luke puts on happy holidays

Posted  December 14, 2012

This year's Holiday Magic included a petting zoo, bouncy house, gift bazaar, rock climbing, hay rides, snow and more.

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Fly Over: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’, ‘Rise of the Guardians’

Posted  December 14, 2012

On DVD: ‘Starship Troopers: Invasion’ It’s never fun being a fan of a series that constantly disappoints, as I’m sure most fans of the “Starship Trooper” films will confess. Now to handle the inevitable questions about the use of “film” in a plural sense, yes there have been direct-to-DVD sequels to the 1997 original and…

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Local

Holiday hours

Posted  December 14, 2012

The 56th Force Support Squadron organizations holiday hours of operation and closures are: Arts & Crafts Shop closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 1, 2013 Auto Hobby Shop closed Dec. 23, 30, 31 and Jan. 1 Wood Hobby Shop closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 1 Outdoor Recreation closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 1 Falcon Dunes Golf…

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Pseudo shooter rampages gym

Posted  December 14, 2012

The Crown Talon 1206 exercise at Luke Air Force Base was an Air Education and Training Command facilitated active-shooter exercise designed to test Luke AFB’s response.

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Local

Luke Air Force Base road closures

Posted  December 14, 2012

To prepare for the arrival of the F-35 Lightning II at Luke Air Force Base, construction will begin Dec. 22 on the F-35 academic training center. All affected buildings will be accessible via alternate routes as shown in the map. • Fighter Country north of Mustang to south of Phantom • Mustang from Fighter Country to 141st…

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Salutes & Awards

Air Force announces awards

Posted  December 14, 2012

The following individual received an Air Force award: Secretary of the Air Force Special Achievement Small business: Gabriel McKenna-Groves, 56th Contracting Squadron AETC names 2012 winners The following individuals and units received an Air Education and Training Command award: 56th Force Support Squadron Family child care program Golf program Library program 56th Contracting Squadron Installation…

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Sports

Sports Shorts – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

The 56th Medical Group softball team defeated the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron 14-7 during the intramural softball championship Dec. 6, topping this week's sports news

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