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Air Force skydiving team jumps into Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Posted January 17, 2014 by Senior Airman Grace Lee

Imagine freefalling several thousand feet from the air, feeling the rush of adrenaline kicking in before deploying your parachute, then sailing for a few minutes before landing into a stadium filled with several thousand cheering fans.

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Load Crews test skills in contest

Posted January 17, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

Handling weaponry Jan. 9 on the flight line at Luke Air Force Base.

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2013: The Year in Photos

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Published in January Senior Airman Jason Colbert Members of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron and 56th Medical Operations Squadron emergency medical technicians tend to a simulated victim Jan. 30 during an exercise designed to test the ability of emergency teams to respond quickly and efficiently to an emergency. Senior Airman Devante Williams Retired Chief Master…

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News Briefs December 20, 2013

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Thunderbolt hiatus The Thunderbolt will not be published Dec. 27 or Jan. 3, 2014. Look for the 2013 Year in Review Special Edition Jan. 10. The first regular edition of the Thunderbolt is Jan. 17, 2014. For more information, call 623-856-5998. AAFES holiday hours Hours for concessionaires and kiosk vendors are 10 a.m. to 3…

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Luke Airmen outfit future Air Force leaders

Posted December 20, 2013 by Senior Airman JASON COLBERT

The Air Force uniform. It’s a part of an Airman’s life that many don’t give a second thought to. But for the cadets of the Agua Fria High School Air Force Junior ROTC, getting enough uniforms to outfit their entire flight was a challenge.

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Santa sighted east, west sides

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Senior Airman Grace Lee Children play in a bouncy castle Dec.14 inside the Luke Air Force Base fire station prior to meeting Santa Claus. Children got presents and pictures with Santa while also bringing families together.   Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann Pritchett Landen, 3, son of retired Tech. Sgt. Charles Landen, smiles back at “Spiderman”…

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AETC commander visits Luke

Posted December 13, 2013 by Capt. TRISTAN HINDERLITER

The top officer in Air Education and Training command, Gen. Robin Rand, a former wing commander here, and his wife, Kim, visited Luke Air Force Base Dec. 4 through 6 to talk to Airmen about his priorities and vision for the command. “The best part of the job is to come out here and have…

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News Briefs December 13, 2013

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Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Wednesday which will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. Those traveling on base should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting individuals with…

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Cookie drive makes statement — ‘We care’

Posted December 13, 2013 by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

A decades-long tradition brought a little taste of home during the holidays to Airmen living in the dorms last week. Luke Air Force Base supporters collected and packaged cookies Dec. 5 for first sergeants to deliver to dorm residents.

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HOLIDAY MAGIC

Posted December 13, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

Snow flies around Ronny Hamilton, 6, son of Staff Sgt. David Hamilton, currently stationed at Kunsan Air Base, Korea, as he makes snowballs during Holiday Magic at Luke Air Force Base.   Imani Maxwell, 2, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Terry Maxwell, 56th Operation Support Squadron intelligence formal training unit NCO in charge, gets her face…

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