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Refugee to Airman

The memories are vivid for her. A recent trip to a Jamba Juice had stoked a particularly powerful one after a sip of a wheatgrass beverage. The fields around the camp were wheatgrass, and she could remember their taste, the way they felt against her skin as she ran through them in one of the few ways she could play.

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Luke AFB remembers 9/11

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, four aircraft were hijacked and flown into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, N.Y., the Pentagon, Va., and into a field in Stonycreek Township, Penn.


Thunderbolt Digital Edition – September 7, 2018

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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Thunderbolt takes action, saves three families

Powerful gusts waded between the rows of houses lining the street of a sunny suburb of Manteca, California. It was a hot July day and Tech. Sgt. Michael Cleary, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintainer, noted that it was unusually windy in his hometown. He had just left his aunt’s house, a stop along…

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Luke to remember namesake’s death in WWI

Imagine thinking of Phoenix with only 5,000 people and only one high school, the Salt River with running water, Arizona State University being known as Tempe Normal, and horses and horse-pulled buckboards as the standard means of transportation. This setting was Phoenix in 1897, and on a warm May day of that year an aerial-combat…

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Salutes & Awards

36 senior airmen graduate ALS

Posted  August 4, 2017

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 36 senior airmen June 29 from Class 17-5. The award winners are: John L. Levitow: Moriah Farnam, 61st Fighter Squadron Distinguished graduates: Taylor Wellnitz, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron; Jacob Mraz, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron; and Ashlynd Vaughn, 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Commandant’s award: Jacob Mraz, 56th CMS…

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People First

Posted  August 4, 2017

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Air Force…

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Top Dogs pump out six combat-ready F-35 pilots

Posted  August 4, 2017

Class 17-ABL from the 61st Fighter Squadron makes history on Aug. 5, graduating as the first F-35A Lightning II initial qualification course in the Air Force. It has taken eight months of tremendous teamwork from across the 56th Fighter Wing and Team Luke to produce these six F-35 fighter pilots for the combat air force….

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AF announces Enlisted Professional Military Education redesign

Posted  August 4, 2017

WASHINGTON — Air Force officials announced major changes to the enlisted professional military education program July 18 via an initiative called Enlisted Professional Military Education for the 21st Century, or “EPME 21.” A major initiative of EPME 21 is that time in service will no longer dictate an Airman’s EPME enrollment — Airmen will only…

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