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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel Local

Metals Technology Airmen maintain the future of Airpower

Keeping aircraft mission capable requires a multitude of skills, equipment and Airmen able to perform proper maintenance at a moment’s notice.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Local

56th Force Support Squadron renovates Club Five-Six

Ongoing renovations have temporarily closed down Club Five-Six at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., but is scheduled to reopen to the Thunderbolt community in August.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Local

Airman finds recipe for Improvement

To further hone their culinary skills and inspire food service Airmen at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., to think outside the box when it comes to cooking, Thunderbolts at the Ray V. Hensman and Falcon Inn Dining Facilities created the Chef Mentoring Program.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Local

Armament Thunderbolts keep pilots armed and mission ready

When an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot returns from a day of target practice at the Gila Bend Auxiliary Field, the weapons systems are inspected for routine maintenance.

Airman 1st Class Julian Nieto Sports

TBolts hit ice in new hockey club

The Luke Thunderbolts Hockey Club was launched in February but has already made a name for itself in the Arcadia Summer-C hockey league. With a record of 8-1, the regular season wrapped up last week with the first semifinal game July 6. The club’s first skate was held in late April at Arizona Ice Peoria….


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LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.
Health & Safety

EOD Airmen provide combat support anytime, anywhere

Posted  June 30, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — “Our primary mission at Luke is to support the pilot training mission,” said Senior Airman Kyle Lyon, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordinance Squadron team member. “Whether it is a hung gun or a hung flair, we take care of it.” In addition to supporting the flightline, EOD Airmen…

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS
News

CPTS directs $s to sustain mission

Posted  June 30, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The 56th Comptroller Squadron has two sections, finance and budget. Finance handles payroll and the budget section ensures the mission gets funded. “We make sure everyone gets paid correctly,” said 2nd Lieutenant Shaun Chaplin, 56th CPTS flight commander. “Maintainers can’t fix aircraft and pilots can’t fly without money.” The…

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Events

AZ Reserve unit dominates at Hawgsmoke

Posted  June 30, 2016

DAVIS MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Pilots from the 47th FS with the Air Force Reserve Command demonstrated their experience and expertise on the ground and in the air by winning the Hawgsmoke 2016 competition. Thirteen teams competed in biennial A-10C Thunderbolt II competition June 1 through 3. This year’s event concentrated on two…

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Local

Equipment maintainers keep jets viable

Posted  June 30, 2016

Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. — Imagine driving your car down the freeway. You are halfway to the destination with only four hours left to drive when the check engine light comes on, a tire blows and the car begins to overheat. You pull over and look at your phone, which has no signal, and…

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Commentary

Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  June 30, 2016

A message for every Airman, especially Chaplain Corps personnel: It’s a privilege to serve I shared something similar to this with my team recently. If it sounds a little preachy, well consider the fact that I’m a chaplain … Hope you enjoy it. You’ve been given the privilege of serving in the U.S. Air Force….

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