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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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A&FRC provides blended retirement system training

Online training designed to educate Airmen about the new Blended Retirement System, the Defense Department system with changes on the current military retirement system, is now available via Joint Knowledge Online course number P-US1330. The course is also available to those without a Common Access Card — to include family members — via an alternate…


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AF vocalist mom sings at son’s graduation

Posted  June 2, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — Master Sgt. Anne Baker, soprano vocalist with the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, sang the national anthem for her birth son’s pilot graduation May 20 at Luke Air Force Base. 1st Lt. John Lorbiecki was adopted shortly after birth by John and Patti Lorbiecki of Hubertus, Wisconsin. In 2007,…

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Luke Airmen help save life

Posted  June 2, 2016

Airmen are trained to respond to emergency situations anytime and anywhere. On March 13, two Airmen put that training to use. Senior Airman Keith Schultz, 56th Maintenance Squadron commander’s support staff airman, and Senior Airman Elizabeth Roman, 56th Communication Squadron infrastructure technician, were driving home after volunteering at the Phoenix International Raceway when they noticed…

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Events

F-35 flies for 5,000 hours

Posted  June 2, 2016

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Lt. Col. Gregory Frana, 62nd Fighter Squadron commander, removes his helmet May 19 at Luke Air Force Base after flying Luke’s 5000th F-35 Lightning II sortie. Paul Linski, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Lockheed Martin crew chief, stands by to assist Frana in safely removing his gear and exiting the jet.

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Salutes & Awards

Top Hats present combat-ready fighters …

Posted  June 2, 2016

Courtesy photo FROM LEFT: Capts. Brian Leber and Michael Lengyel; 1st Lts. Jacob Jerzewski, John Lorbiecki, Michael Seis, Robert Kouwe and Daniel Thompson; Capt. John Hamilton; 1st Lt. Michael Radosevich; Capt. Alan Pippin, and 1st Lts. Anthony Pipe, Ian Faulkenberry, Gregory Sabol, Christopher Villanueva and Jonathan Hagan graduated May 20 from Class 15-CBG. The 15th…

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Pilot program remains laser-focused in the face of an Air Force pilot shortage

Posted  June 2, 2016

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Officials with the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program remain laser-focused on maximizing training production as the Air Force faces a growing pilot shortage. “The Air Force is currently about 500 pilots short of requirements,” said Col. Paul Moga, 80th Flying Training Wing vice commander. “And that number is…

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