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Fallen hero awarded DFC 46 years later

The air was thick with emotion. She had been waiting for this moment since the love of her life passed away more than 46 years earlier. Andi Dice was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross Jan. 27 at Luke Air Force Base on behalf of her husband, Maj. Carl Dice, for his extraordinary heroism and aerial…

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Load crews face off in test of best

This year’s annual Luke Air Force Base weapons load competition took place on Jan. 28, 2016. The competition featured three teams of F-16 Fighting Falcon load crew Airmen from the 309th, 310th, and 425th Aircraft Maintenance Units, and two teams from the 311th and 314th AMUs out of Holloman Air Force Base. Additionally, a team…

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Luke pilot flies 500th hour in F-35

Lt. Col. Matthew Hayden, 56th Fighter Wing chief of safety and pilot attached to the 61st Fighter Squadron, made history Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base as the first Air Force pilot to achieve 500 flight hours in an F-35 Lightning II. Hayden achieved this milestone flying his 270th sortie, a routine training mission, which…

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Every scarf tells a story

Within a dusty room, a simple conversation took place among four officers stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, which would not only change their lives, but the lives of oppressed women struggling to survive in a Taliban-ravaged province. In 2011, Capt. Joseph Stenger III, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 instructor pilot, deployed to Afghanistan as a…

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HVAC keeps it cool

Training the world’s greatest 607th Air Control Squadron battle managers wouldn’t be possible without the cool temperatures provided by the air conditioning units. These units are maintained and installed by the heating ventilation and air conditioning Airmen, enabling the training in the 607th ACS to happen. The conex boxes used by the 607th Airmen are…

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Italy takes delivery of first Lightning II

Posted  December 10, 2015

ROME — Italy took formal delivery Dec. 3 of its first joint strike fighter — the first F-35 Lightning II to be built outside the US. The handover took place at Italy’s Cameri Air Base, where Italy’s joint strike fighters are being assembled, after the aircraft made its first flight at Cameri in September. The…

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Health & Safety

Mayo Clinic cardiologist joins AFRC

Posted  December 10, 2015

Both a father’s dream for his son’s success and a son’s desire to serve his country came true Oct. 24. Dr. John Beshai, Arizona Mayo Clinic cardiologist and senior associate consultant, took the oath of office for the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command, and more specifically the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, during a short ceremony…

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Thunderbolts compete in winter games

Posted  December 10, 2015

Thunderbolts showed off their competitive spirit Dec. 8 through 12 during the 2015 Luke Air Force Base Winter Games, hosted by the 56th Force Support Squadron Bryant Fitness Center. The events started on Tuesday with a 3-on-3 sand volleyball tournament, Humvee push and home-run races. The home-run races were a series of relays consisting of…

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MWD handler — not an ordinary Airman

Posted  December 17, 2015

While most dogs are considered pets, in the Air Force a select few Airmen view them as partners and lifesavers for not just themselves, but for others. These Airmen are trained to deploy with military working dogs who detect explosive devices in advance of lives being in danger. One Airman came into the Air Force…

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In Brief

Posted  December 17, 2015

Thunderbolt The Thunderbolt will not be published Dec. 25 or Jan. 1, 2016. Look for the 2015 Year in Review edition available Jan. 8, 2016. Regular editions of the Thunderbolt will resume Jan. 15. DFAC Christmas Day lunch The Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility will serve Christmas Day lunch 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and…

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