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Local family continues legacy at 944th

Posted December 2, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. NESTOR CRUZ

It’s not unusual for people to follow in the footsteps of their parents when choosing a career. One family has taken that notion a step further by having three generations serve in the 944th Fighter Wing. Senior Airman Ashlynd Vaughn, 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron medical technician, is the daughter of Tech. Sgt. Jeff Fine, an…

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Ammo Airmen prepare for first-ever munitions competition

Posted July 6, 2018 by Story and photos by Senior Airman RIDGE SHAN

Members of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions flight formed a team to compete in the first-ever Air Force Combat Munitions competition, which took place June 11-14 at Beale Air Force Base, California. The competition challenged seven teams of ammo maintainers from bases around the world to compete in various tasks that simulated the range…

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Citizen Airmen participate in National Police Week

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Tech. Sgt. LOUIS VEGA Jr.

Citizen Airmen in local law enforcement uniforms joined forces with defenders from Luke Air Force Base on May 18 during the S.S. Mayaguez retreat ceremony. The event was one of many taking place during National Police Week, which ran from May 15 to 19 and recognizes the service and sacrifice of law enforcement personnel. The…

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Book tells of early Arizona aviation

Posted July 7, 2017 by by STEPHEN DELGADO

We often hear fighter jets flying over the skies of Arizona, or we catch a flight at Sky Harbor or Tucson International Airport. Hundreds of modern jet aircraft fly over the skies of Arizona every day in an orderly manner carefully controlled by military or FAA rules. However, it wasn’t always like this. Have you…

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Changes align gate access with REAL ID Act

Posted December 2, 2016 by Courtesy of Chief Master Sgt. Blake Holm

The Department of Homeland Security announced Dec. 20, 2013, a phased enforcement plan for the REAL ID Act, as passed by Congress, which will implement the Act in a measured, fair and responsible way. For states and territories, whose extensions expired Oct. 10, 2016, and were not renewed, federal agencies may continue to accept driver’s…

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – May 4, 2018

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Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! If you’re looking for news and information serving “Fighter Country” in the West Valley region of Phoenix, you’ve come to the right place!

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2016 in Photos — 3

Posted January 6, 2017 by

Staff Sgt. Grace Lee Senior Airman Anna Sherman, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron individual protective equipment journeyman, practices fitting an Improved Outer Tactical Vest on Senior Airman Georgette Moore, 56th LRS IPE journeyman, at Luke Air Force Base. IPE Airmen issue mobility oriented protection gear, outer tactical vests, helmets and more. Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan…

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Exchange shoppers save with Salad Wednesdays

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DALLAS — Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers can put green on their plates while keeping some green in their wallets with Salad Wednesdays at their Exchange food court. Every Wednesday, diners can take $2 off any salad priced $4 or more at participating Exchange direct-operated restaurants. Salad Wednesday is part of the Exchange’s…

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Paralegal career field opens

Posted August 4, 2016 by Courtesy of 56th FW Legal Office

The paralegal career field is opening up for those interested in training for a change. “Retraining into the 5J0X1 paralegal career field provides a great environment for those looking for a career that offers a sense of pride, independence, personal growth and accomplishment at the end of each work day,” said Senior Master Sgt. Deanna…

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Maj. Josh Larsen, 61st Fighter Squadron fighter pilot, helps Brig. Gen. Brooke Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, prior to his first flight with the F-35 Lightning II at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 12, 2016. The F-35 is the U.S. Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)
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First flight …

Posted November 4, 2016 by Senior Airman James Hensley

Maj. Josh Larsen, 61st Fighter Squadron fighter pilot, assists Brig. Gen. Brooke Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, Oct. 12 prior to his first flight in the F-35 Lightning II at Luke Air Force Base. The F-35 is the U.S. Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighter.

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