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Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Clinton Atkins Local

56th MXG frees up time for leaders to connect with Airmen

The 56th Maintenance Group at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., implemented a trial run of what they’re calling a “Gemba” event June 5-7, which allows leaders more time to connect with Airmen in the work centers and on the flightline.

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Ridge Shan Local

Luke ammo Airmen prepare for first ever combat munitions competition

Members of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions flight at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., have formed a team to compete in the first ever Air Force Combat Munitions competition, taking place June 11-14, 2018, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif.

Thunderbolt Digital Edition June 1, 2018 News

Thunderbolt Digital Edition June 1, 2018

Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! Check out the beautiful mural and the talented group of artists gracing this month’s front page.

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham Local

425th Fighter Squadron celebrates 25 years at Luke

The 425th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., celebrated 25 years of United States Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force partnership with a parade ceremony May 22.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolts receive PACE Leadership Impact Award

Two Thunderbolts at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., recently received the 2017 Profession of Arms Center of Excellence Leadership Impact Award for their contributions in shaping Air Force culture by impacting Airmen’s professional growth and development within the 56th Fighter Wing.

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STREET BEAT March 11, 2016

Posted  March 10, 2016

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 1 through 7 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 23 moving violations and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 1: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident near Bldg. 458. There were no injuries. Emergency responses…

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AF announces Enlisted Professional Military Education redesign

Posted  August 4, 2017

WASHINGTON — Air Force officials announced major changes to the enlisted professional military education program July 18 via an initiative called Enlisted Professional Military Education for the 21st Century, or “EPME 21.” A major initiative of EPME 21 is that time in service will no longer dictate an Airman’s EPME enrollment — Airmen will only…

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Looking good or being good? What works best?

Posted  January 14, 2016

Leadership can be defined in many different ways. The American dictionary defines it as “the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group.” Most commonly leadership can be characterized as leading, setting the example. However, what is setting the example? Does setting an example mean you must do things…

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Salutes & Awards


Posted  December 4, 2015

Tech. Sgt. Dwight Parrish Jr.  56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron F-35 Structural Maintenance Craftsman Hometown: Jacksonville, North Carolina Years in service: 14 Family: Wife and four (five by Dec. 19) children Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force through Rio Salado College Previous assignments: Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri; and Elmendorf AFB, Alaska Inspirations:…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  March 17, 2016

One summer’s day, a grasshopper was enjoying the beautify day. He hopped about the fields and hills, singing and chirping to his heart’s content. Not long into the day an ant passed by his way, busy at work gathering food. Seeing the ant hard at work, the grasshopper implored the ant to come and play…

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