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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

Lt. has ‘Georgia on my mind’

Posted  June 2, 2016

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Republic of Georgia Army Pvt. 1st Class Vasil Kulijanishvili was patrolling the perimeter of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, with his unit Sept. 22, 2015, as one of 885 Georgian soldiers supporting NATO’s Operation Resolute Support when he was attacked and killed by Taliban militants. The next day, Georgian Prime Minister…

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Local

STREET BEAT

Posted  June 2, 2016

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 2 through 29 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 39 moving violations and 12 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 5: Security forces responded to reports of a minor vehicle collision near Bldg. 330. There was damage to property and a…

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Air Force

Changes of command begin

Posted  June 2, 2016

The following units will change command this year. Dates are subject to change. June 3 56th Fighter Wing command chief Relinquishing: Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza (Chief Master Sgt. Todd Kirsch acting CCC) Taking: Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski 56th Operations Support Squadron Relinquishing: Lt. Col. Jason Hokaj Taking: Lt. Col. Paul Jelinek June 24…

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Health & Safety

T-Plus patients benefit from civilian network

Posted  June 2, 2016

The 56th Medical Group strives to provide all beneficiaries with the absolute best care, and their health is our number one priority. Due to continued provider manpower constraints, the 56th MDG has had to make necessary enrollment adjustments. In order to continue to meet patient needs and expectations accessing primary care services a review was…

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News

LFE includes F-35 for first time

Posted  June 2, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — After eight months of intense training, the 310th and 309th fighter squadron students of the Basic F-16 Fighting Falcon course were put to their final test as they joined forces with the F-35II Lightning and a multitude of other platforms during their capstone large-force exercises April 18 through 29,…

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