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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Local

56th Force Support Squadron renovates Club Five-Six

Ongoing renovations have temporarily closed down Club Five-Six at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., but is scheduled to reopen to the Thunderbolt community in August.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Local

Airman finds recipe for Improvement

To further hone their culinary skills and inspire food service Airmen at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., to think outside the box when it comes to cooking, Thunderbolts at the Ray V. Hensman and Falcon Inn Dining Facilities created the Chef Mentoring Program.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Local

Armament Thunderbolts keep pilots armed and mission ready

When an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot returns from a day of target practice at the Gila Bend Auxiliary Field, the weapons systems are inspected for routine maintenance.

Airman 1st Class Julian Nieto Sports

TBolts hit ice in new hockey club

The Luke Thunderbolts Hockey Club was launched in February but has already made a name for itself in the Arcadia Summer-C hockey league. With a record of 8-1, the regular season wrapped up last week with the first semifinal game July 6. The club’s first skate was held in late April at Arizona Ice Peoria….

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A&FRC provides blended retirement system training

Online training designed to educate Airmen about the new Blended Retirement System, the Defense Department system with changes on the current military retirement system, is now available via Joint Knowledge Online course number P-US1330. The course is also available to those without a Common Access Card — to include family members — via an alternate…


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Events

PHX Suns nothing but net at Luke

Posted  November 12, 2015

The Phoenix Suns basketball team visited Luke Air Force Base and treated Airmen and families of the Luke community to a training practice in support of personnel in the armed services. Before practice, the team toured Luke’s feature jet, the F-35 Lightning II. Lt. Col. Matthew Vedder, 62nd Fighter Squadron director of operations, escorted team…

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U.S.

Norway’s first F-35 sortie, jets arrive on air force’s birthday

Posted  November 12, 2015

The first two Norwegian F-35 Lightning II jets arrived Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. Shortly after, a Norwegian pilot flew the F-35 for the first time Tuesday, in conjunction with the Royal Norwegian air force’s birthday. The F-35 program took its first step forward integrating partner nations with the arrival of the first Australian…

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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduates 47 airmen

Posted  November 12, 2015

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 47 senior airmen Oct. 29 from class 15-7: The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Sharonda Walker, 56th Fighter Wing Distinguished graduates: Shane Hinton, 56th Dental Squadron; JoAnne Baum 56th Medical Support Squadron, Philemon Sehne, 56th Force Support Squadron; and Teresa Anaya-Hernandez, 56th Operations Support Squadron…

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Events

Phoenix Suns basketball clinic

Posted  November 12, 2015

Larry Keen The 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center Phoenix Suns Basketball Clinic was Saturday on Luke Air Force Base. The event, which included coaching from Bob Lanier, NBA Hall of Fame; Tom Chambers, four-time NBA All Star; Steve Hunter, Phoenix Suns ambassador and alumni player; the Phoenix Suns Gorilla, Go; and Phoenix Suns staff…

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World

F-35: Italians first mission highlights partnerships

Posted  November 12, 2015

Two Italian pilots completed their initial training flight in the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base marking the first F-35 flights under control of an Italian pilot. Today marks another significant step forward for the F-35 program as today’s missions showcased the full partnership aspect of F-35 operations here. One Italian…

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