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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – September 7, 2018

Posted September 7, 2018 by

Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! Sept. 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of Lt. Frank Luke, Jr., for whom Luke AFB is named.

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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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Teen dating: The critical practice run

Posted March 3, 2017 by by Jim Yang-Hellewell, LCSW

This is the time of year when we focus on Teen Dating Violence Awareness. As the Centers for Disease Control has reported, 23 percent of females and 14 percent of males who have ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17…

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Mom, dad likely have different parenting styles

Posted January 5, 2018 by

In society, people tend to fall in love with those who “fill” a missing place. This is why we see couples who are opposite in character and qualities. Passive Pam falls in love with Take-charge Tom. Many times the qualities that caused them to fall in love initially, may be the reasons they grow apart….

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Air Force awards Long Range Strike Bomber contract (Pt. II)

Posted October 28, 2015 by Stuart Ibberson

The Air Force announced Oct. 27 that it has awarded the Long Range Strike Bomber contract to Northrop Grumman. The announcement was made jointly by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Mark A. Welsh III. The other competitor for the…

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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 restaurants open to base visitors, civilian workers

Posted April 7, 2017 by Courtesy of AAFES

While Army & Air Force Exchange Service shopping privileges are only open to military members and their families, anyone can dine in Luke Exchange restaurants or pick up grab-and-go fare from Express locations. Army Regulation 215-8/Air Force Instruction 34-211 (I) lets anyone, including visitors, contractors and Defense Department civilians, dine at the Exchange’s more than…

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Lightning II strikes in sky over ILA Berlin air show

Posted May 4, 2018 by

Two F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron landed in Berlin, Germany, April 20 as part of the United States delegation for the 2018 Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace Berlin Air and Trade Show. The F-35 logged its longest nonstop flight to date, lasting just over 11 hours before touching down in Germany…

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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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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)
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Water: Where does it come from?

Posted February 3, 2017 by Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

There are more than 3,000 military personnel and dependents living on Luke Air Force Base who receive ground water pumped to the base water tower from a two-well system on base. Beginning this year, the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron will now receive supplemental water from Valley Utilities. The connection the 56th CES is constructing will…

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