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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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PEDRO MOTA Local

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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Health & Safety

Street Beat – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 28 through Oct. 4: Tickets Security Forces issued citations for three moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 28: Security Forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent at the outbound lane of Lightning Gate. There were no injuries. Oct. 2:…

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Luke law enforcement attends DUI enforcement training

Posted  October 12, 2012

In an effort to bolster Luke Air Force Base’s DUI prevention tactics, the Prescott Police Department, in conjunction with the 56th Security Forces Squadron, hosted a three-day Driving Under the Influence Enforcement training.

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Local

New exchange GM takes reins at Luke

Posted  October 12, 2012

Luke Air Force Base has a new resident, Pete Alaniz, who is ready to make an impact on quality of life here as the Luke Exchange’s new general manager. “I’m extremely excited to be at Luke,” he said. “Taking care of Airmen and their families is my number one priority. I will strive to ensure…

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Contracting, helping get what’s needed

Posted  October 12, 2012

You may not have known it, but on Sept. 30, the last day of fiscal 2012, there were Thunderbolts working late into the night. Luke’s comptroller and contracting squadron’s worked late closing out accounts and making sure money was properly spent. The 56th comptroller and contracting squadrons work closely together to ensure that Luke has…

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Commentary

Fly Over: ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘The Master’

Posted  October 12, 2012

On DVD: ‘Wrath of the Titans’ by Jayson Burns Two years ago, Warner Bros. gave us a remake of “Clash of the Titans.” It didn’t see much critical acclaim, and it all but threw Greek mythology out the window, but I thought it had fun action sequences and was set at a decent pace with…

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Sports

Scorpions sting Thunderbolts in exhibition game

Posted  October 12, 2012

The Arizona Scorpions, an American Basketball Association semiprofessional team, defeated the Luke Air Force Base varsity basketball team 124-90 in an exhibition game Saturday at the Bryant Fitness Center.

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Sports

Sports Shorts – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

Camron Tellinghuisen, 11, son of Staff Sgt Michael McCord, 8th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load maintainer, prepares to throw the football Sept. 28 during the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick event at the Youth Center on Luke Air Force Base. The NFL PPK program is a national skills competition for boys and girls ages 6…

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Local

Luke 1 shares command priorities

Posted  October 5, 2012

Luke Air Force Base Airmen heard Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, highlight his beliefs and expectations during commander’s calls Sept. 28.

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Air Force

Operation Angel in Nepal win-win

Posted  October 5, 2012

Editor’s note: The opening and closing paragraphs are paraphrased from an Air Force Print News article. A team composed of American, Australian and Nepalese military and civilian members accomplished a plethora of tasks, which included treating more than 4,000 villagers, repairing and renovating three schools and sharing expertise with the locals Sept. 10 to 15…

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Forty aces credited to 56th

Posted  October 5, 2012

The Air Force Historical Research Agency recently credited Capt. Eugene O’Neill Jr. with his fifth victory during World War II, making him the 40th ace of the 56th Fighter Wing. As I learned of this major milestone in our wing’s history, I couldn’t help but think back on one of the most rewarding experiences of…

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