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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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Base celebrates Native American heritage

Posted  November 21, 2014

Grace Lee Clark Tenakhongva, Hopi Tribe guest speaker, sings a traditional song from his tribe Nov. 14 in celebration of Native American Indian Heritage Month during a luncheon in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. The purpose of the luncheon was to reach out to the local community and also to educate Luke…

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Family counselor teaches Airmen life skills

Posted  November 21, 2014

Military life can be stressful, and it’s good to know you have someone in your corner to talk to. The 56th Force Support Squadron Airmen and Family Readiness Center military and family life counselors are there to support service members and their families during difficult times. “Military families face unique challenges,” said a 56th FSS…

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Keeping things purring …

Posted  November 21, 2014

FROM LEFT: Senior Airmen Greg Sarabia and Nick Valentine, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment journeyman, replace a boost pump Oct. 30 on a self-generating nitrogen servicing cart at Luke Air Force Base. AGE Airmen maintain the equipment necessary for crew chiefs to keep aircraft on the flightline.

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National driver license compact connects dots of poor driving

Posted  November 21, 2014

As military and Defense Department employees, we travel throughout the United States whether we’re changing stations, going on temporary duty or taking a vacation. In many cases, we are unaware of the impact of out-of-state driving violations and convictions on our Arizona or home state driver’s license. There are some facts for which we all…

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Exchange holiday return policy gives peace of mind

Posted  November 21, 2014

To make gift-giving easier, the Army & Air Force Exchange service is extending its return policy for items purchased from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24. The Luke Air Force Base Exchange’s standard policy allows returns from 15 to 90 days of purchase with a sales receipt. The holiday return/exchange policy extends these terms through Jan….

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Sky gets coined …

Posted  November 21, 2014

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, coins Sky “Raider” Schipper, 5, Nov. 14 at Luke Air Force Base. Schipper participated in the pilot for a day program. He joined the 309th Fighter Squadron for a meet-and-greet with the commander and other staff, was shown how pilots suit-up, got an up-close-and-personal look at an…

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Air Force News – November 21, 2014

Posted  November 21, 2014

Alaska Pope Francis has appointed Chaplain (Maj.) Chad Zielinski, the 354th Fighter Wing deputy wing chaplain, as the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska. Zielinski is scheduled to be ordained Dec. 15 at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. Japan Personnel from the Japan Self Defense Force teamed with the 33rd Rescue Squadron…

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People First – November 21, 2014

Posted  November 21, 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.  DOD, AF nuclear force reviews consistent with force improvement efforts The secretary of defense recently announced the results of…

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Chaplain’s thoughts

Posted  November 21, 2014

President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation on Oct. 23, 1863, which established Thanksgiving Day as a national observance. The proclamation highlighted the prosperity and expansion of the country even while it was engaged in civil strife. It acknowledged that no foreign country had used the civil war as an opportunity to “provoke their aggressions.” Lincoln’s…

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CAF: Physical domain helps get Tbolts through holidays

Posted  November 21, 2014

The holidays are usually associated with parties, family gatherings, buying gifts, over indulgences in our favorite foods and stress. One way to enjoy the holidays and improve personal resilience is by strengthening the physical domain of Comprehensive Airman Fitness.

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