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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Monsoons in the desert

Posted  August 12, 2016

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland A monsoon approaches Luke Air Force Base Aug. 8, 2016. From June 15 until Sept. 30, strong storms affect Luke with heavy rain, lightning, thunder and dust storms. From June 15 until Sept. 30, strong storms, known as the North American Monsoon System, darkens the skies, peaking between…

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AF releases criteria for basing new F-16 training squadrons

Posted  August 12, 2016

The Air Force released basing criteria Aug. 11 that will be used to select candidate bases to establish additional permanent formal training units using F-16 Fighting Falcons from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The Air Force needs to increase fighter pilot production as part of the service’s efforts to address its fighter pilot shortage. However,…

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AF leaders discuss budget, operations during State of the Air Force

Posted  August 12, 2016

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff of the Air Force David L. Goldfein discussed the State of the Air Force during a press conference Aug. 10 at the Pentagon.

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Air Force seeks nominations for 2017 Outstanding AF Civilian Employees of the Year Award

Posted  August 12, 2016

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas–Air Force officials will accept nominations for the 2017 Air Force Association Outstanding Air Force Civilian Employees of the Year Award through Jan. 6. Each year the AFA recognizes four Air Force civilian employees for outstanding achievement in four categories:  Civilian Wage Employee of the Year, Civilian Program Specialist (GS-1 through…

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CSAF letter to Airmen

Posted  August 12, 2016

Fellow Airmen, I am now completing my first month as the 21st Chief of Staff. What an honor to serve with you! Attached is the first in a series of short papers I will share that outlines my thinking in key focus areas. You will find each in our Strategic Master Plan and Air Force…

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