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D-models return to flight after longeron repair

Air Force officials removed 82 two-seat F-16D Fighting Falcons from flight earlier this summer after discovering cracks along the canopy sill longeron between the front and rear pilot seats.

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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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Money pitfalls common

Posted  February 1, 2013

A common complaint that is often bemoaned among Airmen is that they don’t have enough money. There are many pitfalls into which bad money decisions can lead us. Some are common to many who find themselves making the same mistakes repeatedly. One of the biggest money sinkholes for Airmen can be their vehicles. Between payments,…

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Loyalty critical to AF success

Posted  February 1, 2013

Chief Master Sgt. Cisco Johnstone As a long-suffering Dallas Cowboys fan, I like to think I can tell you a little bit about loyalty. They are certainly a team that polarizes football fans everywhere, but whether they do well or not, I stick to my team. There is some degree of stubbornness to this, but…

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5th CMSAF shares wisdom, humor

Posted  February 1, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor, fifth CMSAF, speaks with Luke Airmen during an enlisted call Jan. 25 at the Luke Air Force Base Theater. Gaylor shared with Airmen his four steps to success that included training, technology, tribe and trust. Retired Chief Master Sgt. of…

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Wing luncheon honors Dr. King

Posted  February 2, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Arizona Corporation Commissioner Sandra Kennedy speaks to the crowd Monday at the Luke Air Force Base MLK Day luncheon in Club Five Six. Kennedy spoke on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his message as it pertains to today’s issues. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of…

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Sports Shorts – February 8, 2013

Posted  February 8, 2013

Wallyballers get air time   Michael Imholte, 56th FSS, spikes the ball over the net in the second wallyball game. Imholte’s hit scored a point for FSS.   Caitlin Williams, 56th Force Support Squadron, hits the ball to a teammate during the second wallyball game against 56th MOS. MOS defeated the FSS 25-21 during the…

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Troops-to-teachers program

Posted  February 8, 2013

For service members who have a passion for serving and are interested in continuing to serve in a different fashion outside the military, there is a program called Troops-to-Teachers. The TTT program assists eligible military personnel in taking the next steps to transition into a new career as an elementary, secondary, vocational or technical school…

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Healthy restaurant eating possible

Posted  February 8, 2013

For most people trying to cut calories, keep an eye on cholesterol or simply improve overall health, “Would you like to go out to eat?” can be eight frightening words. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Every meal away from home increases an adult’s average daily calorie count by about 135 calories.” That probably…

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Training straight shooters

Posted  February 8, 2013

A look at combat arms training at Luke Air Force Base.

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Fly Over: ‘Warm Bodies’, ‘DmC: Devil May Cry’

Posted  February 8, 2013

In theaters: ‘Warm Bodies’ Zombies are so misunderstood I’ll be honest, I groaned (pun intended) when I first heard about the new zombie-romantic comedy film, “Warm Bodies.” While I wasn’t in-line with those claiming Hollywood is trying to do to zombies what they did to vampires, I thought it made for kind of a stupid…

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On-the-go app makes it easier to ‘be ready’

Posted  February 8, 2013

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Whether it’s an active shooter or natural disaster, when emergencies occur, it’s important to be prepared. Now, thanks to Air Force Emergency Management, there’s an app for that. The Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Emergency Management Division here has developed an Air Force “Be Ready” mobile app, or application, for…

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