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Australia F-35s leave in historic launch

The Royal Australian Air Force launched two F-35A Lightning II’s Dec. 3, starting the multi-day journey to a historic arrival in Australia.

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Reservist serves underserved communities

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Native Americans make-up about 1.5 percent of the U.S. population. Tech. Sgt. Renelle Conner, 944th Medical Squadron dental flight chief and Reserve Citizen Airman, is working toward becoming an orthodontist. A member of the Yakama Native American Nation, in her hometown of Toppenish, Washington, Conner is committed to serving…

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F-35 HFT prepares for new demonstration profile

The F-35 Heritage Flight Team is officially transitioning to the F-35 Demonstration Team for the 2019 air show season taking their current flying profile to new heights. “The past year’s demonstration was sort of like an ‘appetizer,’ if you will,” said Capt. Andrew Olson, F-35 Demonstration Team pilot and commander. The new profile this year…

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – December 7, 2018

Holiday Greetings to all in Fighter Country, from the staff of Aerotech News! Click on the link below for a digital copy of this week’s Luke AFB Thunderbolt. Here are some highlights from the Dec. 2018 issue:

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CDC preschool class acts out kindness

The students were able to gather78 gallon bags of toiletries, snacks and other items to be handed out to homeless veterans around Phoenix. The Falcon preschool class poses for a photo with items collected during their “Simple Act of Kindness” drive to provide personal items to local veterans. FROM LEFT TOP ROW: April Castronova and…

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Luke Veterinary Treatment Facility keeps working animals; service member’s pets healthy

Posted  October 13, 2017

A gentle rub against your leg, lick in your face and fur on your clothes — the tell-tale signs of owning a furry friend. For most, pets are more than just animals, they are family members and for many government agencies, they are a vital part of the team. The Luke (Air Force Base, Ariz.)…

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Luke AFB blood drive

Posted  October 11, 2017

Thunderbolt Nation steps up to replenish Phoenix blood banks after Las Vegas tragedy.

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Around the Air Force: Oct. 11

Posted  October 11, 2017

On this look around the Air Force the Air Force hurricane cleanup efforts continue and the Pacific Air Forces Commander discusses PACAF’s mission.

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Propulsions Flight

Posted  October 9, 2017

Luke Air Force Base Propulsions Flight is tasked with making sure the engines for the F-16s are ready for flight, having a record breaking 13 spares in their shop ready to go in the air!

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The Book 2017: Luke AFB Edition Seven Page 1 & 2

Posted  October 6, 2017

56th Comptroller Squadron Mission: Deliver world-class decision support on all financial matters while deploying mission-ready Airmen. Demographics: CPTS consists of three officers, 19 enlisted and 17 civilian employees. Leadership Commander: Lt. Col. Joseph Nicholas Superintendent: Senior Master Sgt. Patrica Helderman First sergeant: Master Sgt. Randolph Rundio Responsibilities: CPTS is responsible for planning and executing an…

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