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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

West Nile Virus prevention

Posted  August 24, 2012

In the peak of summer dealing with itchy mosquito bites can be irritating, but getting bit by a mosquito with West Nile Virus can cause more than temporary irritation. It can be life-threatening. As of Tuesday, Arizona has had seven cases of the disease that involved the nervous system and five that did not, and…

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Chaplain thoughts – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 2012

“(God) has given our people stout hearts and strong arms with which to strike mighty blows for freedom and truth. He has given to our country a faith which has become the hope of all peoples in an anguished world.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt There is no question God has blessed this great nation. We…

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Street Beat – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 10 through 16: Tickets Security forces issued citations for ten moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 14: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 954. There were no injuries. Aug. 15: Security forces responded to a report…

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Retirement options available for Airmen, federal employees

Posted  August 24, 2012

Saving money for retirement may seem overwhelming, but there is help for military personnel and federal employees. Some of the retirement plans available are the Thrift Savings Plan, Roth Individual Retirement Account and the new Roth Thrift Savings Plan option, which is scheduled to be available to Air Force and Army personnel in October, according…

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People First – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 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. High year…

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The Military Family

Posted  August 24, 2012

We all make choices. Some choose to be service members; others choose to be married to one. In my case, I chose both....

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Run to get fit, warrior ready: Keep safety in mind

Posted  August 24, 2012

Running is part of the physical training test and as such, many people on Luke Air Force Base spend much of their PT time running, whether it be on the track or around the base. Running has many health benefits but done incorrectly can cause injuries ranging from blisters to serious life-threatening circumstances. “Proper footwear…

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Fly Over: “The Bourne Legacy”, “Fifty Shades of Gray”

Posted  August 24, 2012

While not as numerous or historic as the Bond films, the Bourne series has become an example of how secret agent movies are done right. They put together all the ingredients like action, espionage, tension and the like without burning it to an inedible mess. So, with their success, it’s no surprise that they wish…

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Sports

Competition displays body of work

Posted  August 24, 2012

Members of the master weight division pose for judges Saturday during the 56th Force Support Squadron bodybuilding competition at Luke Air Force Base. The event is held twice a year at the Luke Theater. Female competition winners Bikini short: Olivia Wanzo Bikini tall: Brianne Brown Bikini overall: Brianne Brown Figure short: Lizeth Jimenez Figure overall:…

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Sports Shorts – August 24, 2012

Posted  August 24, 2012

Fall triathlon The fall triathlon featuring a 400-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5k run is 7 a.m. Sept. 22 at Silver Wings Pool. The cost is $20 per military person and $45 for others. Register by Sept. 14 and receive a free T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the…

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