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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week March 30, 2012

Posted  March 31, 2012

Hometown: Vandalia, Ill. Years in service: Two Family: Father, Brad; step-mother, Alyssa; mother, Monica; brothers, Joshua and Tristan; and sisters, Makaela and Isabella Education: Community College of the Air Force in information systems technology Inspirations: People who are willing to work…

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Health & Safety

ASTS receives life-like training tool

Posted  March 31, 2012

The newest member of the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron allows operators to create “real-life” situations for medical training. Laerdal SimMan 3G, a new mannequin, is a life-like patient able to produce audible breathing and bowel sounds, and heartbeats. He can sweat, cry and bleed. Even…

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Moral courage takes action despite consequences

Posted  March 31, 2012

Physical courage is a quality rightfully associated with military members. Tales of battlefield heroics from Greek mythology through present day are replete with names synonymous with great physical courage. Hearing names such as Hercules, Perseus, Levitow, and Sijan summon powerful images of…

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Out-of-town visitors

Posted  March 31, 2012

Maj. Justin Robinson, 69th Fighter Squadron pilot, explains the control panel of an F-16 to Ambassador Sichan Siv during a recent visit to Luke Air Force Base as part of a San Antonio civic leader tour. The group joined the 433rd Airlift Wing from Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The group of 23 arrived on…

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Four pilots selected for test pilot school

Posted  March 31, 2012

Four pilots and two alternates were recently selected from Luke Air Force Base to attend the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and the U.S. Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River, Md., after a nearly nine-month selection process. “This was my first application,” said Major…

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James Ray

Posted  March 31, 2012

A civilian who works in the 56th Force Support Squadron at Luke Air Force Base has been an FBI agent, a flight attendant, a detective and a suicidal prisoner. He’s even been a hit man. Twice. His name is James Ferris, and he has played each of those parts as an actor. You won’t find his…

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SFS squeaks by 56th MDOS 57-53

Posted  April 13, 2012

 

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Safety first for Green Knights

Posted  April 13, 2012

As an avid rider for more than 30 years, it never surprises me to see the “other” drivers not paying attention to the task at hand. It is important for us as two- and four-wheel vehicle operators to be aware of, not only what we’re doing, but what others are as well. We live in…

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Sports Shorts – April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 2012

Soccer game The Phoenix Monsoon, a semipro team, is coming to Luke Air Force Base to play against the Luke Falcons at 7 p.m. Thursday at the soccer field on the base track. For more information, call Benjamin Lemus at (623) 856-7965. Pitch, hit and run A MLB pitch, hit and run competition is at…

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Gimme’ some O

Posted  April 13, 2012

Staff Sgt. Angela Gonzalez, 56th Operations Support Sqadron continuation training instructor, demonstrates how to connect an oxygen hose to a pilot’s G-suit at Luke Air Force Base. Continuation training instructors also teach water survival, proper ejection techniques and help pilots identify hazardous or venomous animals on the ground.

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