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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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Air Force to release F-35 weight restrictions

Posted  June 2, 2017

WASHINGTON — Air Force leaders recently removed the restriction that kept pilots weighing less than 136 pounds from flying the F-35A Lightning II. The restriction was imposed in 2015 due to concerns about the risk during ejections in a portion of the flight envelope. After rigorous testing to ensure the escape system works reliably and…

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944th FW maintainers maintain morale

Posted  June 2, 2017

Tech. Sgt. Nestor Cruz, 944th Fighter Wing Public Affairs  FROM LEFT: Airman Gabriel Coronado and Senior Airman Luis Pizarro, 944th Fighter Wing Detachment 1 munitions systems apprentices, play horseshoes May 7 during their unit’s family day picnic at Luke Air Force Base. Representatives from Benevilla Family Resource Center, Exceptional Family Member Program, Airman and Family…

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Citizen Airmen participate in National Police Week

Posted  June 2, 2017

Citizen Airmen in local law enforcement uniforms joined forces with defenders from Luke Air Force Base on May 18 during the S.S. Mayaguez retreat ceremony. The event was one of many taking place during National Police Week, which ran from May 15 to 19 and recognizes the service and sacrifice of law enforcement personnel. The…

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People First

Posted  June 2, 2017

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, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Mental health…

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944th FW donates blood

Posted  June 2, 2017

Tech. Sgt. Nestor Cruz Senior Airman Taqla Eidson, 944th Force Support Squadron food service specialist, donates blood May 7 during the 944th Fighter Wing blood drive. United Blood Services, a nonprofit community blood center, founded in Phoenix in 1943, provides blood and blood products to more than 500 hospitals across the United States.

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