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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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Wheelchair racing becomes Marine’s passion

Posted  May 16, 2014

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Marine Cpl. Ivan Sears races around the track May 8 at Luke Air Force Base where he trained during the Paralympics Desert Challenge in Mesa. Sears is a fourth generation Marine, who, after being injured in 2010, became a silver and gold medal winner during the Wounded Warrior Games. For more photos…

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ACF path to total well being

Posted  May 16, 2014

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Mind Your Health.” Mental Health America designated May as Mental Health Month 65 years ago to raise awareness about mental illnesses and the importance of mental wellness for all. Their goal this year is to communicate across America that mental wellness is central to…

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Leadership: Develop your style

Posted  May 16, 2014

We all may have heard the saying, “Lead from the front and not from a chair.” We are familiar with those supervisors who stand out on the front lines, leading the way, and sometimes we work to fit that specific mold. However, we must take the time to develop a leadership style that best suits…

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News Briefs May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Kevin Cruikshank will relinquish command of the 425th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. John Forino at 8:42 a.m. May 30 in Hangar 840. 309th FS stand down Lt. Col. Stephane Wolfgeher will relinquish command of the 309th Fighter Squadron in a stand down ceremony at 5:03 p.m. May 30 in…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  May 16, 2014

Tech. Sgt. Bret Toliver 56th Dental Squadron Dental Laboratory NCO in charge Hometown: Glendale, Arizona Years in service: 14 Education: Community College of the Air Force in avionics systems technology and dental laboratory Previous assignments: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom Inspirations: My wife who accomplishes anything she puts her mind…

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Luke hosts 56th FW quarterly awards luncheon

Posted  May 16, 2014

The following individuals are 56th Fighter Wing quarterly award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Delos Prestia, 56th Operations Support Squadron NCO: Tech Sgt. Daniel Carter, 607th Air Control Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Brandon Christian, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Company grade officer: Capt. Ambrosia Tomaino, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Field grade officer: Maj. John Wilson,…

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“Daddy, you’re my hero!” Airman reflects on being a young parent

Posted  May 16, 2014

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Jacob Leal, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter apprentice, poses during training at Luke Air Force Base. Being a young parent can be challenging in the best of conditions. Having a child while still in high school can hardly be considered the best of circumstances. Add to the mix joining the…

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ITT: One stop shop for travel, recreation

Posted  May 16, 2014

Courtesy Photo Alyssa Gorby, 56th Force Support Squadron recreation aide, talks with a customer May 2 at the ITT satellite facility located in the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. ITT offers discounted tickets on travel destinations, sporting events and lodging. Looking for a discount on a vacation getaway or tickets to the latest show? Information,…

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Air Force News – May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 2014

Alaska Dirt Boyz from the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron clean up Eielson Air Force Base throughout the year to keep the base operational. The Dirt Boyz work regardless of season, temperature or weather conditions. France The people of Avord dedicated a memorial May 8 honoring the crew of a U.S. B-17 Flying Fortress shot down…

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People First – May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 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. SecAF relates…

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