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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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Events

Thanksgiving Day

Posted  November 30, 2012

Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Amador, 56th MSG superintendent, carve turkey Nov. 22 during Thanksgiving Day brunch in the Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility at Luke Air Force Base. Approximately 200 military members and retirees, along with their families, were served throughout the day. Col. Yolanda Bledsoe,…

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Salutes & Awards

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

Airman 1st Class Daniel Rakowski 56th Contracting Squadron Contract specialist Hometown: Tehachapi, Calif. Years in service: One Family: Parents, Ed and Sherri Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Inspirations: My family, friends and everyone who has shown me support Goals: Make below-the-zone and cross train into tactical air command and control…

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Health & Safety

Keep holiday weight off dinner plate

Posted  November 30, 2012

Temperatures are dropping, holidays are approaching, stress levels are rising and, for many, weight starts increasing. In fact, the average American gains approximately two to five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Is it really a problem if a person gains one to two pounds during the holidays? According to TriWest Healthcare Alliance Registered Dietician…

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New info out on requesting Citibank credit balance refunds

Posted  November 30, 2012

With GTC and CSA accounts merged back under the GTC program, requesting an eligible credit balance refund from Citibank when an account has been overpaid requires several things to think about. Remember … split disbursement is no longer required for 100 percent of travel voucher reimbursement. A traveler should calculate expenses charged to the GTC…

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Street Beat – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 9 through 23: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and 15 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 14: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 545. There were no injuries. Nov. 19: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident at…

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Air Force News – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

F-35 begins integration phase of weapons testing The F-35 Lighting II, Joint Strike Fighter began the integration phase of weapons testing Oct. 26 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., when the F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing aircraft successfully completed the first in-flight test with an AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. It was the first…

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People First – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 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. Woof! “Major”…

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Local

Base tax center seeks volunteers for 2013 tax season

Posted  November 30, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base Tax Center will open its doors to file returns for the Luke Air Force Base community Jan. 14, 2013. Last year, the tax center filed more than 1,800 federal and state returns, saving the Luke community over $300,000. To offer this service once again, the tax center requires the support…

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Health & Safety

Diet, exercise takes diabetic to living medication-free

Posted  November 30, 2012

George Varrato, real estate agent specializing in military home loans and sales, has helped service members for years with real estate needs. Four months ago, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Varrato said diabetes runs in his family. His mother and sister both had it, so he believed he could develop it as well….

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Chaplain thoughts – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

“Some people are making such thorough plans for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine.” ~ William Feather Are you an optimist or a pessimist? I hope and pray you are an optimist … and a planner as well. Rainy days will certainly come (maybe you’re even having one now, maybe it even feels like…

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