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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Local

Thunderbolt nation mural highlights Luke’s heritage

“When I first drove onto the base, I noticed the wall and how blank it was,” said Staff Sgt. Brandon Garza, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron logistics planner at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. “That’s when I knew something had to be done.”

Thunderbolt Digital Edition - May 4, 2018 News

Thunderbolt Digital Edition – May 4, 2018

Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! If you’re looking for news and information serving “Fighter Country” in the West Valley region of Phoenix, you’ve come to the right place!

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Clinton Atkins Salutes & Awards

AF Honor Guard training team graduates Luke honor guardsmen

An Air Force Honor Guard mobile training team from Joint Base Anacostia Bolling, Washington, D.C., graduated a group of 24 local honor guardsmen at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., April 25, 2018.

Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid News

LRS wins ‘Roadeo’ fuel truck competition

A team of 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels management Airmen won the 2018 Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricants “Roadeo” competition hosted at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, April 8 and 9. The competition pitted teams of POL Airmen from Luke AFB, Davis-Monthan AFB and Nellis AFB against each other in a series of challenges related to…

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham Local

Second Lady Karen Pence speaks to military spouses at Luke AFB

Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., for her first time to talk to military spouses May 1.


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National & World Briefs

Posted  November 25, 2015

Two dead in U.S. military helicopter crash in South A U.S. military helicopter crashed in South Korea during a routine training mission Nov 23, killing both pilots on board, the U.S. Army and South Korean police said. The AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed on a road in Wonju, about 80 miles east of Seoul, a Wonju…

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Air Force photographs by SrA. James Hensley
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Luke military working dogs

Posted  November 25, 2015

Staff Sgt. Justin Gonzalez, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Boss, 56th SFS MWD, search for explosives during training with local police departments at Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 18, 2015. Gonzalez stayed back to allow Boss to search freely. Boss detected nearly 260 pounds of explosives during the training. SSgt. Justin Gonzalez, 56th…

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Air National Guard photograph by Lt. Col. Gabe Johnson
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Arizona tankers, NATO E-3s connect over Germany

Posted  November 25, 2015

Air National Guard photograph by Lt. Col. Gabe Johnson Mission accomplished. An Arizona Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker finishes refueling a NATO E-3A Sentry over northern Germany during a training mission Nov. 16. Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing based in Phoenix are supporting aircrew training operations Nov. 9-20 at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen,…

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Health & Safety

2016 FEHB open season effective through Dec. 14

Posted  November 25, 2015

The 2016 Open Season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program, and the Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program runs through Dec. 14. During open season employees and retirees will have the chance to review their current plans and make any changes they desire. For the first time,…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Andrea Posey
Air Force

Eglin crew chiefs advance with F-35

Posted  November 25, 2015

As the Air Force continues to develop their newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, the 33rd Fighter Wing ensures the airmen tasked with taking care of it receive the training they need to advance with it. Crew chiefs who have worked alongside the F-35 since its production, have transformed into a new breed of…

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