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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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GRACE LEE Air Force

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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310th AMU keeps fight in sky

Posted  November 21, 2014

They arrive to their work centers ready for whatever the day has for them and often find themselves on long shifts during all hours of the day. They always come prepared to do whatever it takes on the ground to make sure jets remain ready for the sky. They are the Airmen of the 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit.

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Fly Over: ‘Big Hero 6′ and ‘Interstellar’

Posted  November 21, 2014

In theaters: ‘Big Hero 6′ It was bound to happen: when the entertainment juggernaut Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel, it was only a matter of time before a mash-up movie was produced. “Big Hero 6,” produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, is very loosely based on a late-1990s Marvel comic book miniseries. Part of the…

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56th MDG celebrates 40th

Posted  November 21, 2014

The 56th Medical Group celebrated the 40th birthday of its building Nov. 14 at Luke Air Force Base. The MDG provides physical and mental health care for military and retirees in the surrounding area. While the event was for the building, it centered on the accomplishments of the Airmen.

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944th FW dietitian competes, walks talk

Posted  November 21, 2014

Living healthier by eating right and working out regularly is ideally most peoples’ blueprint for looking good and feeling confident.

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Street Beat

Posted  November 21, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 10 through 16: Tickets Security forces responded to 10 moving violations and three nonmoving violations. Vehicle accidents: Security forces responded to two minor accidents. Emergency responses Nov. 11: Security forces was informed a 56th SFS military working dog collapsed while walking in a Veterans Day…

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Sports Shorts – November 21, 2014

Posted  November 21, 2014

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Tech. Sgt. Derek Geske, 56th Security Forces Squadron unit security manager, closes in on home plate Dec. 9, 2013, during the tricycle relay race during last year’s Luke Winter Games. Let the games begin! by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Force Support Squadron Bryant Fitness…

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Thunderbolts celebrate wingman day

Posted  November 14, 2014

Senior Airmen Grace Lee Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, shoots a basket Nov. 7 in the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Luke commanders went up against the Phoenix Banner Wheelchair Suns basketball team in celebration of wingman day. Luke’s Wingman Day offered Airmen a pause in the day-to-day mission to…

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AF needs Airmen to maintain identity

Posted  November 14, 2014

Some of us may remember playing the pool game “Marco-Polo.” Some of us may still use this game to entertain our children at the pool today. One player closes his or her eyes and repeatedly shouts out “Marco” while the other players tread water and respond “Polo.” All the while, they attempt to shift quickly…

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New evaluation system calls for accountability

Posted  November 14, 2014

It seems that everyone is overly concerned with the new evaluation system the Air Force is releasing. We should ask ourselves if it is really that scary to have an assessment which fits each of us in a more realistic way. This new system is going to hurt a lot of egos when they are…

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Luke conducts CBRNE exercise

Posted  November 14, 2014

Senior AirmanDevante Williams Members of the 56th Medical Group and Southwest Med Evac air ambulance team members prepare to air evacuate a simulated victim during the exercise Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise was conducted for first responders, base personnel and local agencies to practice real-world events. Luke Air Force Base conducted…

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