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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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Citizen Airmen participate in National Police Week

Posted  June 2, 2017

Citizen Airmen in local law enforcement uniforms joined forces with defenders from Luke Air Force Base on May 18 during the S.S. Mayaguez retreat ceremony. The event was one of many taking place during National Police Week, which ran from May 15 to 19 and recognizes the service and sacrifice of law enforcement personnel. The…

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People First

Posted  June 2, 2017

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Mental health…

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944th FW donates blood

Posted  June 2, 2017

Tech. Sgt. Nestor Cruz Senior Airman Taqla Eidson, 944th Force Support Squadron food service specialist, donates blood May 7 during the 944th Fighter Wing blood drive. United Blood Services, a nonprofit community blood center, founded in Phoenix in 1943, provides blood and blood products to more than 500 hospitals across the United States.

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Exchange gives shoppers chance to win trip for two to M&M’s World

Posted  June 2, 2017

Soldiers, Airmen and their families have the chance to win a trip for two this summer to one of three M&M’s World locations courtesy of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. From now to June 30, authorized Exchange shoppers can enter the M&M’s World Sweepstakes at shopmyexchange.com/sweepstakes. The grand prize winner will receive a…

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Airmen ensured PCS privileges

Posted  June 2, 2017

It’s the season for permanent changes of station and every Airman should know the basic PCS entitlements. PCS entitlements (current 2017 rates) Per diem for driving A combined flat rate calculation cost (includes lodging plus meals and incidental expenses) Member: $142 Dependents per diem when traveling with the military member: • Age 12 or older…

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