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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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A taste of Asia

Posted  June 2, 2017

Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan Volunteers from the Luke Air Force Base Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Group prepare desserts for a Taste of Asia lunch event May 2 at the Luke Air Force Base Chapel. The Taste of Asia lunch kicked off Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage month in the month of May for…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt receives Air Force award for Small Business outreach

Posted  May 31, 2017

The Air Force Small Business Program awarded Mary Peetz from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., the 2016 Small Business Specialist Award for her excellent work advocating small businesses for the war fighter.

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Norway’s fifth F-35 Lightning II touches down at Luke

Posted  May 31, 2017

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel For the first time May 25, 2017 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. With nine countries involved in its development (United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Australia), the F-35 represents a new model of international cooperation, ensuring U.S. and Coalition partner…

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Health & Safety

Critical Days of Summer; vehicle, swimming and physical fitness top concerns

Posted  May 26, 2017

Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook With summer approaching and temperatures on the rise, more people are active, traveling, and participating in various outdoor activities. Due to the increase in safety concerns that comes with this time, it has been named the ‘Critical Days of Summer’, and it starts on Memorial…

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AF proposes 1,600 personnel increase to command support staffs

Posted  May 26, 2017

The U.S. Air Force plans to increase commander support staff manning across the force by 1,600 by fiscal year 2022 increasing total authorizations to more than 6,300.  Currently, the personnel increase calls for 170 officers, 469 enlisted and 961 civilians with all civilian hires authorized for fiscal 2018.  The increase in CSS manning ties directly…

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