Featured Headlines

Thunderbolt – Base Newspaper for Luke AFB, serving the West Valley region of Phoenix, AZ News

Thunderbolt Flipbook – March 2, 2018

Thunderbolt – Base Newspaper for Luke AFB, serving the West Valley region of Phoenix, AZ. In this month’s edition, we recognize SSgt. Geoffrey Rigby of Luke’s 56th Medical Operations Squadron, whose training was recently put to good use when he assisted an injured driver in the aftermath of an auto accident in Glendale.

Courtesy photo Events

Blue Angels: 72 Years of aviation excellence

Blue Angels History In 1946, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester Nimitz, created a flight exhibition team to raise the public’s interest in naval aviation and boost Navy morale. It began with precision combat maneuvers in the F-6 Hellcat, F-8 Bearcat and F-9 Panther. During the 1950s, aerobatic maneuvers performed in the F-9 Cougar…

Courtesy photo Events

Wings of Blue

Age 49 and still going strong In the spring of 1962, a group of Air Force Academy cadets made their first parachute jump. Using condemned SERE rigs and local aviation pilots, these cadets made several jumps in the Colorado area. When word of their jumping got back to the superintendent, academy leadership faced a dilemma…

30 Events

John Klatt

Excellence, professionalism & distinction These are the principles upon which John Klatt Airshows, Inc. was founded in 1999. For nearly two-decades, John Klatt has brought world-class, breath-taking aerobatics to airshow audiences all across the world. The goal is to entertain with a unique blend of precision, power and performance.

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Ridge Shan Local

Luke’s newest chiefs recognized

Six Airmen were recognized for their promotion to chief master sergeant during the Chief Master Sergeant Recognition Ceremony which took place at Luke Air Force Base, March 3, 2018.

All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.



DOD releases new for harassment prevention, response policy

Posted  February 9, 2018

On Feb. 8, the Department of Defense announced the release of DOD Instruction 1020.03, “Harassment Prevention and Response in the Armed Forces,” effective immediately.  The comprehensive policy for service members addresses harassment, including sexual harassment and harassment through social media. The policy strengthens and reaffirms the department’s position that it does not tolerate any kind…

Full Story »

Air Force

Air Force to institute new method to protect PII

Posted  February 9, 2018

Air Force officials announced Feb. 6, 2018, emails containing personally identifiable information, and similar numeric constructs, will be blocked from transmission unless the email is encrypted. For members unable to send or receive encrypted emails, members will be directed to utilize the AMRDEC SAFE application. This is not a change in policy, but a new…

Full Story »

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel

Luke hosts Haboob Havoc 2018

Posted  February 7, 2018

The 2018 fighter pilot competition known as Haboob Havoc was hosted by Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 29-Feb. 2. The competition was held for pilots to hone their skills in aerial combat, build camaraderie and revitalize fighter pilot culture.

Full Story »

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Devante Williams
Health & Safety

Luke celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month

Posted  February 5, 2018

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Devante Williams Airmen from the 56th Dental Squadron show children how to properly brush their teeth during their visit to the base library at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 15, 2017.The 56th Dental Squadron is celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month and wants to educate parents on how…

Full Story »


More than I asked for

Posted  February 2, 2018

I left home for the first time in my 20 years of living on Jan. 10, 2017, to become an Airman. I saw the Air Force as an opportunity to better myself through professionalism, education and experience. As a first generation Airman I went in blind, but I knew what I wanted, and I wasn’t…

Full Story »