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D-models return to flight after longeron repair

Air Force officials removed 82 two-seat F-16D Fighting Falcons from flight earlier this summer after discovering cracks along the canopy sill longeron between the front and rear pilot seats.

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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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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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News Briefs June 27, 2014

Posted  June 27, 2014

CONS change of command Maj. Quocnam Nguyen will relinquish command of the 56th Contracting Squadron to Maj. Rochelle Smith at 8:56 a.m. Tuesday in Club Five Six. Relinqish/assume command Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann will relinquish command of the 62nd Fighter Squadron at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Hangar 913. At the same time Maj. William McKibban…

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New rules for safety during monsoon season

Posted  June 27, 2014

Staff Sgt. C.J. Hatch Lightning strikes over the White Tank Mountain Range Aug. 26, 2013, during a thunderstorm as seen from the end of the runway. Residents of Luke Air Force Base and the surrounding area were treated to nature’s light show, high winds and heavy rain. June 15 marked the beginning of monsoon season…

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Culture change requires new way to think

Posted  June 27, 2014

The racist comments made by Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, shocked the nation and were met with extreme displeasure by most Americans. Though the details can be heavily debated, it’s safe to say that most Airmen believe the comments were inappropriate for one reason or another. In the infamous recording, Mr….

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Make time for Airmen, NCOs

Posted  June 27, 2014

We are all very busy these days. Our force is shrinking but our mission stays the same. I often hear people complain that they just do not have enough time. Two things leaders at all levels need to make time for are our Airmen and junior NCOs. Leaders are often stretched so thin that they…

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Team Luke welcomes new commander

Posted  June 27, 2014

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks to the audience after assuming command of the wing at a ceremony on Luke Air Force Base on June 20. The general is accompanied at Luke by his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons and daughter: Jared, 16; Jack, 11; and Jamie,…

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Sports Shorts – July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

Nothing but net Story and photo by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs June 23 marked the beginning of the summer 2014 Intramural Basketball Season at Luke Air Force Base and features the East and West regions with 11 teams representing each region. The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment squared off with the…

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Street Beat

Posted  July 11, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 23 through July 5: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 23: An active-duty member was arrested by Glendale police on Glendale Avenue for driving under the influence with a BrAC of .084 percent. The individual was later released to…

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Summer reading program off, running

Posted  July 11, 2014

Luke Air Force Base children view 56th Security Forces Squadron tactical gear June 25 during the “Paws to Read” summer reading program at the 56th Force Support Squadron Library. “Paws to Read” summer reading program is 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays through July 30.   Round up your “two-legged pups,” ages 4 to 12, and send them…

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Fly Over: ‘The Terminator’ and ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It?’

Posted  July 11, 2014

On DVD: ‘The Terminator’ “The Terminator” starring the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator), Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor), and Michael Biehn (Kyle Reese), and directed by James Cameron features a human-looking, almost indestructible cyborg sent from the year 2029 back in time to 1984 to execute Sarah Connor. At 1:52 a.m. an alleyway is lit up by…

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Financial readiness campaign kicks off Wednesday

Posted  July 11, 2014

The complexity of today’s financial environment combined with the realities of military life present special financial challenges for service members and their families. Frequent relocation, a steady paycheck, separation from family and friends, and the stresses of deployment can make military households an attractive target for scam artists. In recognition of these challenges and the…

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