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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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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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Exchange gives shoppers chance to win trip for two to M&M’s World

Posted  June 2, 2017

Soldiers, Airmen and their families have the chance to win a trip for two this summer to one of three M&M’s World locations courtesy of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. From now to June 30, authorized Exchange shoppers can enter the M&M’s World Sweepstakes at shopmyexchange.com/sweepstakes. The grand prize winner will receive a…

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Airmen ensured PCS privileges

Posted  June 2, 2017

It’s the season for permanent changes of station and every Airman should know the basic PCS entitlements. PCS entitlements (current 2017 rates) Per diem for driving A combined flat rate calculation cost (includes lodging plus meals and incidental expenses) Member: $142 Dependents per diem when traveling with the military member: • Age 12 or older…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … Perspective on fatherhood

Posted  June 2, 2017

When irritants become treasured memories Growing up, one of the most aggravating and irritating things I endured was the Sunday ritual associated with my tie. Being raised the son of a church-going attorney-at-law I had the requirement of wearing a tie on Sundays. Additionally, I had the joy, aka chore, aka obligation aka drudgery of…

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AF announces Squadron Revitalization Idea Site

Posted  June 2, 2017

WASHINGTON — Air Force officials developed a crowd-sourcing/idea website May 15 to leverage knowledge and expertise from Airmen in the field. The CAC-enabled milSuite website provides an online presence for Airmen to offer ideas on how to revitalize Air Force Squadrons. Airmen are encouraged to address specific topics presented in the form of challenges and…

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