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Airman takes action, saves three families

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. 

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CATM instructors ensure Luke Airmen’s combat readiness

The cacophony of bangs that ring off of insulated walls are a routine sound during weapons qualification classes, which the 56th Security Forces Combat Arms Training and Maintenance flight conducts for more than a thousand Airmen each year.

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – August 3, 2018

Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! On our cover this week, we bring you news from the 56th Maintenance Group here at Luke. Members of the Group have been hard at work implementing changes in weapons load training processes.

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56th Mission Support Group leadership development

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Vern Findley spoke to the 56th Mission Support Group at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., on the 56th Fighter Wing training day July 23, 2018.

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Commander of AETC visits Luke

Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast, commander of Air Education and Training Command, visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., July 20, 2018.


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Salutes & Awards

CCAF turns out 188 with diplomas

Posted  June 2, 2017

The following individuals graduated from the Community College of the Air Force in a ceremony held on May 18: Aerospace Ground Equipment Technology Staff Sgts. Thomas Carter, Alberto Escamilla, Shawn Graham, Tech. Sgt. Eugene Lofton, and Staff Sgt. Jimmy White Air and Space Operations Technology Staff Sgt. Alicia Cutrell, Tech. Sgt. Shawn Finnegan and Senior…

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June16: Thunderbolt Nation “Selfless” Community Blitz

Posted  June 2, 2017

Luke Air Force Base Service Blitz is the second in a two-part action-orientated platform to pause our day-to-day mission and reinforce our focus on daily service and the difference we can make in the lives of others, our organizations and our community. The goal of this two-part platform is to demonstrate how serving and working…

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AAFES programs improve lives of Airmen

Posted  June 2, 2017

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service has been improving the lives of service members around the globe since 1895. AAFES provides Soldiers and Airmen a place to shop, dine, grab a snack, get a haircut, have their cars repaired and so much more, according to Aileen Rivenburg, 56th Fighter Wing Base Exchange General Manager….

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Air Force to release F-35 weight restrictions

Posted  June 2, 2017

WASHINGTON — Air Force leaders recently removed the restriction that kept pilots weighing less than 136 pounds from flying the F-35A Lightning II. The restriction was imposed in 2015 due to concerns about the risk during ejections in a portion of the flight envelope. After rigorous testing to ensure the escape system works reliably and…

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944th FW maintainers maintain morale

Posted  June 2, 2017

Tech. Sgt. Nestor Cruz, 944th Fighter Wing Public Affairs  FROM LEFT: Airman Gabriel Coronado and Senior Airman Luis Pizarro, 944th Fighter Wing Detachment 1 munitions systems apprentices, play horseshoes May 7 during their unit’s family day picnic at Luke Air Force Base. Representatives from Benevilla Family Resource Center, Exceptional Family Member Program, Airman and Family…

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