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Refugee to Airman

The memories are vivid for her. A recent trip to a Jamba Juice had stoked a particularly powerful one after a sip of a wheatgrass beverage. The fields around the camp were wheatgrass, and she could remember their taste, the way they felt against her skin as she ran through them in one of the few ways she could play.

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Luke AFB remembers 9/11

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, four aircraft were hijacked and flown into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, N.Y., the Pentagon, Va., and into a field in Stonycreek Township, Penn.

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – September 7, 2018

Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! Sept. 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of Lt. Frank Luke, Jr., for whom Luke AFB is named.

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Thunderbolt takes action, saves three families

Powerful gusts waded between the rows of houses lining the street of a sunny suburb of Manteca, California. 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. He had just left his aunt’s house, a stop along…

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Luke to remember namesake’s death in WWI

Imagine thinking of Phoenix with only 5,000 people and only one high school, the Salt River with running water, Arizona State University being known as Tempe Normal, and horses and horse-pulled buckboards as the standard means of transportation. This setting was Phoenix in 1897, and on a warm May day of that year an aerial-combat…


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Around the Air Force: May 31

Posted  June 2, 2017

On this look around the Air Force, the Air Force plans to increase command support staff and the vice chief of staff discusses the nuclear triad.

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In Brief

Posted  June 2, 2017

Changes of command 56th Component Maintenance Squadron — Maj. Edward Romero will assume command of the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron at 7:56 a.m. June 8 in Hangar 999. 61st Fighter Squadron — Lt. Col. Mike Gette, 61st Fighter Squadron commander, is relinquishing command to Lt. Col. Rhett Hierlmeier at 7:56 a.m. June 12 in Hangar…

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Salutes & Awards

SAIGE award goes to E6

Posted  June 2, 2017

The following individual received a Society of American Indian Government Employee award: Military Meritorious Service Award Tech. Sgt. Andrea Sanchez, 310th Fighter Squadron Aviation Resource Management NCO in charge. The award is presented to those who have supported the Defense Department mission, overseas contingency operations and whose attributes best symbolize the qualities and core values…

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CCAF turns out 188 with diplomas

Posted  June 2, 2017

The following individuals graduated from the Community College of the Air Force in a ceremony held on May 18: Aerospace Ground Equipment Technology Staff Sgts. Thomas Carter, Alberto Escamilla, Shawn Graham, Tech. Sgt. Eugene Lofton, and Staff Sgt. Jimmy White Air and Space Operations Technology Staff Sgt. Alicia Cutrell, Tech. Sgt. Shawn Finnegan and Senior…

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June16: Thunderbolt Nation “Selfless” Community Blitz

Posted  June 2, 2017

Luke Air Force Base Service Blitz is the second in a two-part action-orientated platform to pause our day-to-day mission and reinforce our focus on daily service and the difference we can make in the lives of others, our organizations and our community. The goal of this two-part platform is to demonstrate how serving and working…

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