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Around Luke – Heavy metal …

Posted May 5, 2016 by Photo by Senior Airman James Hensley

Senior Airman James Hensley Marie Henning, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron material handler, moves a 55 gallon drum of hydraulic fluid at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th LRS storage section signs in and out 50 products daily to customers.

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70+ years of weekly news makes move to monthly

Posted April 28, 2016 by by DEBORAH LEUTHOLD

One of the staples at Luke Air Force Base is the weekly newspaper, the Thunderbolt. The base newspaper is nearly 72 years old and has had five names, but the common denominator has been keeping the base population up to date with events. Today we say goodbye to the weekly edition as the Thunderbolt transitions…

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F-16 pilots learn to fight at night

Posted April 28, 2016 by by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

Student pilots at Luke Air Force Base are learning important skills and combat tactics essential to flying and fighting at night. Training to master nighttime operations enables a pilot to utilize a vast set of tools and strategies to increase their lethality in combat situations. “Night flying requires more detailed attention,” said Maj. Michael Blauser,…

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Texas ANG comes to Luke …

Posted April 21, 2016 by Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo A Texas flag is displayed near an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. The F-16 is assigned to the Texas Air National Guard’s 149th Fighter Wing, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The flag was displayed during the loading portion of the load crew competition. For more photos, see Page 10.

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Exchange shoppers can show mom they mean it with Mother’s Day flowers

Posted April 21, 2016 by Courtesy of AAFES

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is giving military families an opportunity to show mom how much they care this year with fresh-cut Mother’s Day flowers. From May 4 through Mother’s Day, May 8, authorized shoppers can purchase floral bouquets and roses just for mom at the Luke Air Force Base main store and…

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ATAAPS becomes mandatory for all civilian employees on Luke AFB

Posted April 14, 2016 by

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) directing the use of the Automated Time and Attendance Production System (ATAAPS) was approved between Local 1547 (Union) and Luke AFB on, 29 March 2016.  This MOU implements the requirement for bargaining unit employees to input their time and attendance into ATAAPS and covers all appropriated funded employees represented by…

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STREET BEAT

Posted April 14, 2016 by Courtesy of 56th Security Forces Squadron

Tickets: Security Forces issued citations for 6 moving and 0 non-moving violations. Alarm Activations: Security Forces responded to 6 alarm activation on base. Traffic Related Incidents: April 5: Security Forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in the parking lot of Bldg 1150. Both drivers exchanged information after Security Forces verified the damage. No injuries…

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Comedy is the cure …

Posted April 7, 2016 by Photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Comedian Bernie McGrenahan presents an innovative prevention program which focuses on safety, respect, resiliency and bystander responsibilities. With an emphasis on prevention and risk-reduction training, he delivered a standup comedy performance March 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The performance “Comedy is the Cure” encourages the audience to have the…

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56th Fighter Wing 1941 – 2016

Posted April 1, 2016 by by RICK GRISET

The 56th Fighter Wing, one of the most highly decorated aviation units in history, traces its heritage to the 56th Pursuit Group, which first activated on Jan. 15, 1941, at Savannah Air Base, Georgia. Redesignated a fighter group, the unit was equipped with the P-47 Thunderbolt and then reassigned to England. On April 13, 1943,…

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F-35 Joins Heritage Flight Team

Posted April 1, 2016 by

Staff Sgt. Nikolas Kinder, F-35 Lightning II Heritage Flight crew chief, participates in the conference. The F-35 Heritage Flight Team will officially start their historic first season at home during Luke’s 75 Years of Airpower air show April 2 and 3. Staff Sgt. Jeremy Miller, F-35 Lightning Heritage Flight Team avionics technician, communicates with the…

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