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Thunderbolts venture to El Salvador

Posted May 29, 2015 by Airman PEDRO MOTA

Airman PEDRO MOTA Medical technicians from the 56th Medical Support Squadron gather personal gear May 22 outside the 56th Medical Group building at Luke Air Force Base as they prepare to leave on a 15-day humanitarian mission to El Salvador. A team of Luke Air Force Base Airmen departed May 22 on a training mission…

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Air Force News – May 29, 2015

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Florida The final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Air Force recently landed for the last time at Hurlburt Field in front of more than 400 people, during an MC-130P heritage flight. Aircraft 66-0217 and 69-5819 were built in 1969 and received their P designation in 1996. Washington Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark…

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People First – May 29, 2015

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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. DOD protects members from deceptive practices In…

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F-35 pilot training underway

Posted May 15, 2015 by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Travis Byrom, Lockheed Martin instructor pilot, briefs students in the first F-35 Lightning II training course before the start of class May 5 at Luke Air Force Base. The students are Lt. Col. Sean Holahan, and Maj. Eric Puels, former F-16 Fighting Falcon instructors, Capt. Michael Hobson and Capt. Kyle Babbitt, former…

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Wild Weasels reunite

Posted May 15, 2015 by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The Wild Weasels gather for a group photo during their reunion May 1 at Luke Air Force Base. The Wild Weasels were formed during the early days of the Vietnam War. Their mission was to seek out and engage surface-to-air missile sites. Luke Air Force Base hosted the 81st Fighter Squadron Wild…

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LRS Airmen undertake unusual engine repair

Posted May 15, 2015 by Airman PEDRO MOTA

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Kyle Saunders, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance journeyman, works on a destroyed valve inside the engine of a 2006 Ford Bobtail at Luke Air Force Base. The type of maintenance on this vehicle is considered unique because the cab was lifted off the frame to access the parts requiring repair….

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Air Force News – May 15, 2015

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Germany Gen. Frank Gorenc, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, presented the 86th Airlift Wing in Ramstein a $250,000 check and a trophy May 1, for winning the USAFE-AFAFRICA Innovation Madness tournament. The tournament-style match determines which wing promotes the best innovative culture. Bulgaria The 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron was…

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People First – May 15, 2015

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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. AF establishes four new key reporting identifiers…

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Next Week in History, May 21, 1960: B-25 retires

Posted May 15, 2015 by Rick Griset,

Editor’s note: The Thunderbolt will not be published May 22 due to the holiday down day. The following was provided for that edition. Fifty-five years ago next week, the Air Force retired its last World War II North American Aviation B-25 Mitchell bomber. The B-25’s first flight was 20 years earlier on Aug. 29, 1940….

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Marksmen have eyes that go the distance

Posted May 8, 2015 by Airman PEDRO MOTA

AirmanPEDRO MOTA Staff Sgt. Brady Craddock, 56th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, zeros the scope of a Barrett M107 April 27 at Luke Air Force Base. The advanced designated marksmen at Luke have the role of surveying the area for potential danger for high-profile visits such as Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Air…

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