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President Trump visits Luke

President Donald Trump visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 19, 2018, to discuss military weapons and technology capabilities and learn about the 56th Fighter Wing’s pilot training mission.

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Astronaut, cosmonaut safe after abort during launch to ISS

American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin resting comfortably in the city of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, after an anomaly shortly after their launch. The Soyuz-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m., EDT, Oct. 10 carrying Hague and Ovchinin. Shortly after launch, there was an…

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After crash, Pentagon says temporary pause in F-35 flights

The Pentagon on Oct. 11 ordered a temporary pause in all F-35 fighter jet flights in order to inspect the fleet in the wake of a crash last month in South Carolina. The decision involves a potentially bad fuel tube and affects more than 250 U.S.-owned jets, as well as nearly 100 that belong to…

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – October 5, 2018

Luke AFB Thunderbolt – Base Newspaper for Luke AFB, serving the West Valley region of Phoenix, AZ – October 5, 2018 Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition. This month, we have the 2018 edition of “The Book.” This is the annual mission update for Luke AFB, which includes information for each organization on…

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RIDGE SHAN People and Places

Refugee recalls horrors

She remembers the smell. Without a functioning sanitation system, raw sewage lined the rows of tents in the camp. Families would shower by poking holes into cups and pouring small amounts of their rationed water into them. Not enough to clean a child. She had no friends, save for her siblings. With no schools, the…


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Logistic Readiness Squadron

Posted  July 17, 2017

The Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels flight does more than just refuel jets. They area vital piece of getting the aircraft off the ground every day and making our mission of building the future of air power possible.

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Air Force rolls out phased retirement program for eligible civilians

Posted  July 17, 2017

Eligible Air Force civilian employees now have the option of working part time in a “semi-retired” status, according to new Air Force Instruction 36-817, Civilian Phased Retirement Program. The civilian phased-retirement program allows eligible full-time employees to request to work on a part-time basis and receive a portion of their retirement annuity. Under the program,…

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Luke hosts run clinic, maintains fit to fight Airmen

Posted  July 14, 2017

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel An Airmen assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing participates in a 1.5 mile run at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., July 10, 2017. The run clinic is held at the base track every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5 a.m. and includes different segments of running,…

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Harness training

Posted  July 12, 2017

Staff Sgt. Jose Ochoa talks about the importance of parachute safety for all personnel who fly or may fly.

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Air Force releases first-term Airman retraining quotas for FY18

Posted  July 12, 2017

Eligible active-duty first-term Airmen may choose from more than 1,400 approved retraining quotas in over 20 career fields for fiscal year 2018. Retraining allows enlisted Airmen, to include staff and technical sergeants on their first enlistment, to retrain into skills where a shortage exists, in conjunction with a reenlistment. “A first-term Airman can apply to…

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