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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel Local

Metals Technology Airmen maintain the future of Airpower

Keeping aircraft mission capable requires a multitude of skills, equipment and Airmen able to perform proper maintenance at a moment’s notice.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Local

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.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Local

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.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Local

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.

Airman 1st Class Julian Nieto Sports

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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Commentary

Mantra must be ‘People first, mission always’

Posted  June 2, 2016

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — If you’ve been around long enough, you’ve heard the phrase “Mission first, people always.” Today’s Airmen are busy. Whether its high ops tempo, constant deployments or low manning, our Airmen are being asked to do more and more every day. Nothing is more important than accomplishing the mission —…

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Events

In Brief June 2016

Posted  June 2, 2016

Home-buying seminar The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Housing Management Office and 56th Force Support Squadron Airmen and Family Readiness Center will conduct a home-buying seminar for active-duty military members, retirees and their families 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the AFRC, Bldg. 1113. There will be a representative from the Veterans Affairs Office with information on…

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Senior airman James Hensley
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MDG clinic renovates, reduces footprint

Posted  June 2, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — The 56th Medical Group clinic is currently undergoing renovations to modify the building layout and reduce the energy footprint. Construction on the $35-million project began early February and will be completed November 2017. “A lot of the old infrastructure, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical are being…

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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduates 46 in class 16-14

Posted  June 2, 2016

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 46 senior airmen May 12 in class 16-14. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Derek Wagner, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Distinguished graduates: Jermaine Smith, 56th Force Support Squadron; Matthew Moore, 56th Contracting Squadron; Nicholas Ensminger, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; and Alexandrialyn Alberto, 56th Communications Squadron…

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World

Partner support complex readies coalition countries

Posted  June 2, 2016

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The 53rd Wing activated on May 11 the F-35 Partner Support Complex, a U.S.-owned facility here that handles F-35 Lightning II testing. Robert Kraus assumed the new position as the complex’s director, making it the first civilian-led unit in the wing. Kraus, a retired lieutenant colonel, served as the…

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