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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.

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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Air Force on display

Posted  August 4, 2016

Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri An HH-60 Pave Hawk returns from an exercise mission July 12 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., as part of Red Flag 16-3. The exercise is one of four Red Flags at Nellis AFB, with this iteration focusing on air, space and cyberspace operations. Senior Airman Mozer Da Cunha Airman 1st…

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Crews vie for competition best

Posted  August 4, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The annual Second Quarter Weapons Load Crew Competition took place July 1 on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base. Teams composed of Airmen from aircraft maintenance units of the 56th Maintenance Group competed to be the first to complete the loading of weapons onto an F-16 fighting Falcon…

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Chrach: Decorated MWD retires

Posted  August 4, 2016

After eight years of serving in the military, Chrach (pronounced “crash”), 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog, retired in May and was given into the care of his first trainer at Luke Air Force Base. An 8-year old German shepherd from the Netherlands, he was a puppy when he joined the Air Force and…

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New command chief takes reins

Posted  August 4, 2016

Luke Air Force Base,  Ariz. — Charged with leading professional development for the enlisted at Luke Air Force Base, Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski has taken the reins as the 56th Fighter Wing’s newest command chief, replacing Chief John Mazza in June. Kwiatkowski focuses his effort on creating and maintaining high-quality enlisted Airmen that lead…

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Commentary

Ending silence opens door to triumph over abuse

Posted  August 4, 2016

Editor’s note: The author’s name was redacted to protect the person’s identity. ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — I’m tired of the sound of silence. At a recent Green Dot leadership training session, I was asked to write down on a piece of paper an action I would do as a leader to help implement…

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