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Emerald Knights go out with bang

Engulfing a 100-year old piano in flames would normally be frowned upon, but on this day Airmen encouraged pilots to set it ablaze.

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here.

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Hecker assumes command of 19th Air Force

Maj. Gen. James Hecker assumed command of 19th Air Force in a ceremony here June 23.Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Education and Training Command who presided over the ceremony, spoke to the importance of the 19th Air Force and the opportunity that awaits Hecker.

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CDC mission includes playtime

Placing a child in the arms and care of a stranger can be a terrifying experience for a first-time parent, but with the help of the staff at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center, the transition from mom to CDC becomes one of trust and appreciation.

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Finding perfect shape takes out-of-box look

Weight gain has been a constant struggle for me since I was 12 years old. If I could count how many times I yo-yo dieted and how many pounds I’ve lost over the years, it would probably be more than 100.


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DAR honors retiree

Posted  May 15, 2015

Senior Airman Devante Williams Col. James Kossler, 56th Mission Support Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Smith, 56th MSG superintendent, presents Theodore Meyer with a certificate granted to him by the National Society of the Daughters of American Revolution May 7 at Luke Air Force Base to honor his 20 years of military service….

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Air Force News – May 15, 2015

Posted  May 15, 2015

Germany Gen. Frank Gorenc, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, presented the 86th Airlift Wing in Ramstein a $250,000 check and a trophy May 1, for winning the USAFE-AFAFRICA Innovation Madness tournament. The tournament-style match determines which wing promotes the best innovative culture. Bulgaria The 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron was…

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People First – May 15, 2015

Posted  May 15, 2015

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, click on the link in the title. AF establishes four new key reporting identifiers…

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Health & Safety

May: Asthma Awareness Month – Controlling symptoms important to quality of life

Posted  May 15, 2015

World Asthma Day was May 5. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states that Asthma is one of the most common lifelong diseases.

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Weapons loading team under watchful eye

Posted  May 15, 2015

Freelove loads an AIM-120 missile onto an F-16.   Staff Sgt. Jacob Freelove, right, 56th Maintenance Group weapons standardization team chief, and Airman 1st Class Emmylou Hermanson, 56th MXG weapons standardization team member, perform weapon loading procedures at Luke Air Force Base. The team was evaluated on their performance every step of the process.  …

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Air field manager learns to fly

Posted  May 15, 2015

Almost everyone has a hobby. Some hike or bowl, while others paint or sculpt. Staff Sgt. Mark Smith, 56th Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of air field management training, flies a plane.

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This week in history

Posted  May 15, 2015

Forty years ago today, U.S. combat in Southeast Asia ended. Three days earlier, communist Khmer Rouge gunboats seized the U.S.-flagged merchant container ship, SS Mayaguez, off the coast of Cambodia.

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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  May 15, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 4 through 10: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 21 moving violations and one nonmoving violation. Traffic-related incidents May 8: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a privately owned vehicle and a fixed object at Bldg. 1514. There were…

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Fly Over: ‘Furious 7’ and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Posted  May 15, 2015

In theaters: ‘Furious 7’ “It’s been a long day, without you my friend. And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.” You’ll be singing this song for days once you watch “Furious 7.” And it’s probably biased of me to say this, but “Furious 7” had one of the best tributes…

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Next Week in History, May 21, 1960: B-25 retires

Posted  May 15, 2015

Editor’s note: The Thunderbolt will not be published May 22 due to the holiday down day. The following was provided for that edition. Fifty-five years ago next week, the Air Force retired its last World War II North American Aviation B-25 Mitchell bomber. The B-25’s first flight was 20 years earlier on Aug. 29, 1940….

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