September 7, 2018

Thunderbolt Digital Edition – September 7, 2018

Frank Luke

Luke AFB Thunderbolt – Base Newspaper for Luke AFB, serving the West Valley region of Phoenix, AZ

Thunderbolt Digital Edition September 7, 2018
Thunderbolt Digital Edition – September 7, 2018

Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! Sept. 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of Lt. Frank Luke, Jr., for whom Luke AFB is named. Luke, a WWI flying ace known for his daring and independent spirit, was killed in action on Sept. 29, 1918 in Murvaux, France. Born in Phoenix, he earned the nickname “Arizona Balloon Buster” for his successful targeting of numerous enemy observation balloons. Famed aviator Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker deemed Luke “the most daring aviator and greatest fighter pilot of the entire war.” Litchfield Park Field was redesignated Luke Field June 6, 1941. Since that time, Luke Field/Air Force Base has trained and graduated more than
60,000 pilots who fly in the spirit and tradition of Lt. Frank Luke. Learn more about Luke and his accomplishments on page 8.

Also this week, we have the latest round of Salutes and Awards (page 4). Check out the list and see if any of your friends or coworkers deserve congrats! On page 3, we share the story of Tech. Sgt. Michael Cleary, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, whose selfless actions saved the lives of three families in the path of California wildfires earlier this summer. And click through to our center spread for a great photo feature highlighting the 310th Fighter Squadron and their efforts to maximize pilot production to combat the Air Force’s pilot shortage.

All this, plus information on Luke community and family resources, in this month’s issue of the Thunderbolt! Copies of the newspaper hit the streets on base starting September 7th. Pick one up when you’re out and about this weekend, or click on the link below to access a digital copy of this month’s edition of Thunderbolt, viewable on your computer or mobile device. “Like” our Facebook page for daily updates on news coming out of Luke and other military and defense installations in the desert southwest. It’s our privilege to serve you – have a great weekend! #aerotechnews #lukeafbnews

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AGE flights across Luke AFB become centrally located in a bigger building

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid Airman 1st Class Connor Blankenship, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment maintainer inspects a jammer lift plate, March 14, 2019, at Luke Air Force ...

March of the Fallen held to remember heroes who passed

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez Participants in the March of the Fallen ruck march climb a hill in Buckeye, Ariz., March 16, 2019. Attendees rucked 4.5 miles to honor fallen troops and to give back to the...
Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez

New CATM facility to train combat ready Airmen

Valerie Berube, community partnerships director at Luke Air Force Base, fires a rifle at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Firing Range in Buckeye, Ariz., Feb. 25, 2019. Berube is a key member in the partnership between Lu...