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Airman seeks to rejoin pararescue team despite loss of leg

Posted April 28, 2016 by by JEREMY GERLACH

In July 2011, Staff Sgt. August O’Neill, a pararescueman, was sent to rescue a group of Marines pinned down in Afghanistan when enemy insurgents opened fire on his team’s helicopter. A round bounced off the helicopter’s door, tearing through both of O’Neill’s lower legs and critically wounding his left. Over the next 3 1/2 years,…

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2016 in Photos — 6

Posted January 6, 2017 by

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, signs the memorandum of understanding identifying the structure of the Luke Community Partnership program during the Luke West Valley Council meeting June 16 at Luke AFB. The Luke Community Partnership program is part of the Air Force’s Public-Public, Public-Private initiative, known as P4,…

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Know before you fly: New drone policy on base

Posted May 5, 2017 by by Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA

A policy released March 12 restricts the use of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) from flying on or near Luke, with some recreational exceptions. “On base, use of sUASs is permitted from sunrise to sunset on weekends and holidays, at or below 100 feet above ground level, and only within the boundaries of Fowler Park,”…

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition June 1, 2018

Posted June 4, 2018 by

Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! Check out the beautiful mural and the talented group of artists gracing this month’s front page.

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STREET BEAT

Posted September 1, 2016 by Courtesy of Staff Sgts. Christopher Washburn and Henry Perez, 56th SFS

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 1 through 28 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 25 moving violations and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 3: Security forces identified a nonaffiliated civilian attempting to enter the installation with an odor of alcohol emitting from the vehicle….

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2017 TSP contribution limits announced

Posted February 3, 2017 by by Master Sgt. LISA KREJCI

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board and Internal Revenue Service have announced the annual contribution limits for the Thrift Savings Plan for 2017. They will remain unchanged from 2016 except for a traditional tax-exempt increase. Those limits are: • Traditional deferred\ROTH\Combination limit: $18,000 • Traditional deferred\ROTH\Combination catch-up limit: $6,000 • Traditional tax-exempt: $54,000 NOTE: The…

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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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After crash, Pentagon says temporary pause in F-35 flights

Posted October 11, 2018 by by Lolita C. Baldor

The Pentagon on Oct. 11 ordered a temporary pause in all F-35 fighter jet flights in order to inspect the fleet in the wake of a crash last month in South Carolina. The decision involves a potentially bad fuel tube and affects more than 250 U.S.-owned jets, as well as nearly 100 that belong to…

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People First

Posted December 2, 2016 by

Deployed electronic health records training available The Air Force Medical Service is developing an Electronic Health Record that will enable medical Airmen to treat those who are wounded while deployed in a harsh or isolated environment. Electronic Health Records track Airmen’s medical needs and document real-time data at every point of the Airman’s journey from when…

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Heritage Flight training, certification takes team to Tucson

Posted March 3, 2017 by Story and photos by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

The heritage flight program has flown aircraft during open houses and airshows across the country. This is the second year in which the F-35 Lightning II participated in the heritage program. From Feb. 9 to Feb. 12 the F-35 flew in formations with several aircraft including the F-22 Raptor, A-10 Thunderbolt, F-16 Fighting Falcon, P-38…

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