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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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News Briefs Nov, 14, 2014

Posted  November 14, 2014

Kachina Gate closure The Kachina Gate will be closed to inbound traffic Dec. 8 through 19 for gas valve repair. Outbound traffic will not be affected. For more information, call 623-856-7051. Scholarships The Air Force Aid Society is offering scholarships to dependent children of active duty, Title 10 Reserve, Title 32 AGR, retired, retired Reserve…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  November 14, 2014

Staff Sgt. Dustin Rysavy-Hollis 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Aircrew Egress Systems Journeyman Home town: Apopka, Florida Years in service: Five Family: Father, Tim Hollis and mom, Roxann Rysavy Previous assignments: Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom Inspirations: My father is a huge inspiration; he works hard for what he gets Greatest feat: Performed a recovery…

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Enlistment highlights total force

Posted  November 14, 2014

Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr. The 944th Fighter Wing’s newest recruits stand next to a new F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter and raised their hands to enlist into the Air Force Reserve during a “Total Force” mass enlistment held during the October unit training assembly at Luke Air Force Base. The excitement was palatable…

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AFRC CC, CCC visit 944th …

Posted  November 14, 2014

Lt. Gen. James Jackson, back right, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Chief Master Sgt. Cameron Kirksey, AFRC command chief, listen to the heartbeat of the Laerdal 3G Simulation Manikin while Tech. Sgt. Tymmothy Roy, 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Air Reserve Technician health services manager, demonstrates its capabilities Nov. 6 during a tour of the…

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Volunteer groups gift wrap perfect present to raise $s

Posted  November 14, 2014

The Luke Air Force Base Exchange is actively soliciting partners for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s annual community gift wrap program. Community groups can raise funds for their causes while spreading some holiday cheer. “In order to make the holidays a little easier, we partner with local military groups to ensure gifts purchased…

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NASCAR action

Posted  November 14, 2014

Luke Air Force Base Airmen hold U.S. flags during the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 introduction ceremony Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. Veterans, active-duty military members and their families were front and center for the race as NASCAR honored their service and sacrifice for the nation.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  November 14, 2014

I was minding my own business the other evening when my phone rang. “Hello,” I said, trying to sound at least a wee bit chipper. A pregnant pause on the other end, you know the pause that means a computerized message is on the way, and then it came: “Hi, I once got a phone…

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Bottom line up front: You are needed

Posted  November 14, 2014

Courtesy Photo The 56th Force Support Squadron Parents Advisory Board is made up of, from left, Erin Salvador, 21st Fighter Squadron, vice president; Master Sgt. Denise Johnson, 56th Medical Operations Squadron, secretary; and Wil O’Meara, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron, president. Not pictured is Senior Airman Angela Saralequi, 56th MDOS, volunteer coordinator. Are you caught up…

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Air Force News – November 14, 2014

Posted  November 14, 2014

California The Air Force awarded the Launch and Test Range Integrated Service Contract to RGNext on Nov. 6. The total contract value is $2 billion. LISC will provide the government with a single contractor responsible for operations, maintenance and sustainment at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and Vandenberg Air Force Base. Florida Tyndall Air…

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People First – November 14, 2014

Posted  November 14, 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, click on the link in the title of each story. Air Force Aid Society…

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