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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

Posted  February 7, 2014

Airman 1st Class Tanisha Pressley 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Aerospace medical technician Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Years in service: One year Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science, concentration in prelaw Inspirations: My family and the person I want to be Goals: To obtain a master’s degree in public administration and commission as a nurse Self-description:…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  February 7, 2014

AETC names 2013 media contest winners The following individuals received 2013 Air Education and Training command awards: 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Story series: Senior Airman David Owsianka New writer: Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell TV news report: Senior Airman Jenna Sarvinski TV sports report: Senior Airman William Branch MAJCOM announces prestigious maintenance honors The following…

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Au revoir flightline, bonjour France

Posted  February 7, 2014

The Air Force provides many opportunities for Airmen to advance their careers. Some of those opportunities are Airmen Leadership School, Military Training Instructor School and the Air War College. One officer here at Luke is preparing to further his Air Force career by relinquishing command of the 310th Fighter Squadron and moving to France to…

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Ducks graduate 11 to combat air force

Posted  February 7, 2014

Today, Class 13-EBG will take the next step on the long road to becoming combat mission-ready fighter pilots in the most lethal Air Force in the world. Their journey continues a long legacy of 309th Fighter Squadron fighter pilots who have fought in every war and conflict since World War II. Today’s graduation culminates eight…

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This week in history

Posted  February 7, 2014

Luke logs 1 million flying hours Courtesy photo FROM LEFT: Col. John Nissley, then commander at Luke Field, shakes hands with Lt. Col. Lester Harris, director of training at Luke, Feb. 7, 1944, as Maj. Hugh Griffith Jr., base operations officer, and Capt. William Payton, assistant operations officer, look on. Since Feb. 7, 1944, the…

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Security Information File Alert

Posted  February 7, 2014

A security information file is a collection of unfavorable information having a bearing on an individual’s loyalty, judgment, reliability or trustworthiness to protect classified information. The criterion for an SIF establishment is set forth in DOD 5200.2R, Appendix 8 (criminal conduct, drug involvement, alcohol consumption, etc.). This file is established by an individual’s unit commander….

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Air Force News – February 7, 2014

Posted  February 7, 2014

Alaska Eielson Airmen put their Self-Aid Buddy Care skills to the test during an Operational Readiness Exercise Jan. 27 through 31. Various SABC scenarios were used to evaluate the Iceman Team’s reaction and response to emergency situations. Nevada Jan. 30 was anything but a normal day for the patients and staff at the Mike O’Callaghan…

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People First – February 7, 2014

Posted  February 7, 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. AF addresses…

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Air Force introduces Volume VIII of Portraits in Courage

Posted  February 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Air Force released its eighth volume of Portraits in Courage, highlighting three teams and 13 Airmen for their honor, valor, devotion and selfless sacrifice in the face of extreme danger to themselves and others. “Our Airmen are faced with situations like this each and every day around the globe,” wrote Air Force…

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Firefighters gear up for day

Posted  February 7, 2014

Airman 1st Class Ellyn Shults, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, loads an oxygen tank onto a truck Tuesday during her morning checks at Luke Air Force Base. Firefighters check equipment daily for functionality since it can help save their lives. Shults is conducting training with the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron.   Staff Sgt. Jon Wilson,…

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