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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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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

Freedom Fest Celebration

Posted  July 11, 2014

Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams The sky was bright with fireworks July 4 over Luke Air Force Base at the annual Freedom Fest, which drew more than 2,000 spectators. The show, set to music, was the finale of the base’s Independence Day celebration at Fowler Park.   Attendees enjoy a line dance July 4…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  July 11, 2014

Who wants to be a millionaire? Time is the precious asset for building a roadmap toward this goal. If you start saving for retirement at age 25, you only have to save about $4,830 annually to reach $1 million by age 65, assuming an annual return of 7 percent. That equates to $365 a month,…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  July 11, 2014

Courtesy photo William Hersey Davis “Reputation is what men say about you on your tombstone; character is what angels say about you before the throne of God.” ~ William Hersey Davis How do you wish to be remembered? I hate to break this to you, but we are all going to “buy the farm” one…

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This week in history

Posted  July 11, 2014

Courtesy photo Capt. Fred Christensen July 7, 1944: Six in one day Seventy years ago this week, Capt. Fred Christensen, 62nd Fighter Squadron, was the first American fighter pilot to shoot down six Luftwaffe aircraft in one day. In fact, it took him under two minutes. Christensen was already a triple ace with 15.5 kills…

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People First – July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

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. Unique developmental opportunities…

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Air Force News – July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

South Carolina Tech. Sgt. Joseph Charleston, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron fire station captain, and Senior Airman Boyd Korb, 20th CES firefighter, at Shaw Air Force Base received a Defense Department level award for heroism based on the lifesaving rescue of a downed civilian firefighter in Sumter, S.C. Italy Airmen and Soldiers integrated combat search and…

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Luke observes LGBT Pride Month

Posted  July 11, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Attendees of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month luncheon watch a video June 24 at Club Five Six which showed gay active-duty personnel speaking about their experiences, as well Eric Fanning, undersecretary of the Air Force, giving a speech. Civilians and Airmen of all ranks attended the event to…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  July 11, 2014

ALS graduates 32 senior airmen The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 32 senior airmen June 26 from Class 14-5. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Jaimie Fleming, 56th Medical Operations Squadron Distinguished graduates: Richard Sparkman and Wesley Wagner, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Commandant’s Award: Orlando Calzadillas, 161st Security Forces Squadron Academic…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  July 11, 2014

Staff Sgt. Joshua White 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Occupational health NCO-in-charge Hometown: Waldorf, Maryland Years in service: 10 Family: Wife, Angela Education: Pursuing a public health bachelor’s degree at Wayland Baptist University Previous assignments: Andersen Air Base, Guam; Kadena AB, Japan, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri Inspirations: My dad for being a good role model,…

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News Briefs July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Aug. 15. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. On and off-base residents should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting…

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