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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.

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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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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  July 7, 2017

Policy letters and life Policy letters are documents that declare a commander’s position on any given topic. For example, your commander may produce a policy letter on physical training requirements, or a policy related to leave or off-duty activities. These policy letters serve the purpose of making the decision-making process simpler. Simply put, one doesn’t…

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Thunderbolt of the Week: Master Sgt. Stanley Sutton

Posted  July 7, 2017

56th Logistics Readiness Squadron — Report of survey program manager Sutton identified a blind spot in the program, created a fix, and pushed for implementation, including convincing the entire chain of command of the improvements this change would realize. As a result, an average of six hours is saved per report of a survey.

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Thunderbolt of the Week: Staff Sgt. Kyle Quigg

Posted  July 7, 2017

56th Security Forces Squadron — Kennel Master Sets the standard for subordinate handlers to perform under stressful and rapidly evolving situations as he demonstrated during a recent call from Surprise police to conduct an explosive detector dog sweep.

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Luke celebrates Independence Day

Posted  July 7, 2017

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel An Airman from Luke Air Force Base grabs food provided by the Talking Stick Resort Arena personnel during an Independence Day military appreciation event hosted by World Wrestling Entertainment July 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Ariz. WWE supports the military by enhancing morale for armed forces both…

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Former SEAL speaks of faith, experiences

Posted  July 7, 2017

Senior Airman James Hensley Former Navy SEAL Chad Williams, talks with Airman 1st Class Makarios Eshoo, 56th Communications Squadron network infrastructure technician, June 7 after a speech he gave at Luke Air Force Base about being a Navy SEAL. He stayed for a question and answer session afterward.

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