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Honorary commanders bid farewell

The United States military is made up of less than 1 percent of the total population, and for most of the other 99 percent, understanding the inner workings of military operations and training is not an option.

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POW/MIA day commemorated at Luke

A warm, breezy late summer afternoon offered the backdrop for more than 200 people to be part of the annual POW/MIA Recognition Day Retreat ceremony Sept. 19 in front of the wing headquarters building.

Senior Airman Grace Lee Air Force

TAP changes to better prepare Airmen for civilian life

The Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center Transition Assistance Program has recently undergone a major overhaul for the first time since its inception in 1989.

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Supreme allied commander comes home

Gen. Philip Breedlove, left, NATO supreme allied commander, Europe, visited Luke Air Force Base Sept. 12. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, right, 56th Fighter Wing commander, briefed the general on Luke’s evolving mission to train F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter pilots and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter pilots. For story and more photos, see Page 12.

Senior Airman Grace Lee Air Force

Command post chief averts potential disaster

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. George Normandin, 56th Fighter Wing Command Post chief, received the Aviation Safety Well Done Award Sept. 2, presented by Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander. Normandin took control of an F-16 Fighting Falcon and landed it safely after an internal malfunction occurred during a training mission over Luke. Capt….


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Fly Over: ‘End of Watch’, and ‘Pacific Rim’

Posted  July 19, 2013

‘Pacific Rim’ Let me start by making this very clear: anyone who does not care about watching giant, computer-generated robots punching giant, computer-generated monsters should lower my rating down a point or two. That is what Guillermo Del Toro set out to do with “Pacific Rim,” and this movie has it. Other aspects of filmmaking…

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EOD takes to mountains for training

Posted  July 19, 2013

Few tasks require as much attention to detail as disarming an explosive device, and in the mountains of Arizona, searing heat and rugged terrain add complexity to an already difficult task.

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Youth learn basketball skills

Posted  July 19, 2013

The children of Luke members had a unique experience this summer during a week-long camp sponsored by the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center.

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Sports Shorts – July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

Indoor soccer camp An indoor soccer camp is July 29 through Aug. 2 for Youth Programs members at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. For more information, call 623-856-6225. Fitness fun camp A fitness fun camp is Monday through July 26 for Youth Programs members at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. For…

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Additional F-35s coming to Luke

Posted  July 12, 2013

Senior Airman David Owsianka Arizona Governor Janice Brewer speaks to reporters about Luke Air Force Base being chosen as the location for 72 additional F-35A Lighting II aircraft June 27 in the Luke AFB Wing Headquarters Conference Room. The additional aircraft bring the total number of fifth-generation fighters to 144. Aircraft are expected to begin…

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Getting details right matters

Posted  July 12, 2013

“If we can’t get the simple things right – patients worry about the rest of care.” My Medical Corp Chief, Brig. Gen. Daniel Wyman, spoke those words at a quality and patient safety meeting several years ago, and the words continue to resonate with me. In the Air Force medical service our patients’ health is…

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Education – it’s free, take advantage of it

Posted  July 12, 2013

One benefit we have as military members is the opportunity for a free education. Surprisingly, many individuals do not take advantage of this and go their entire careers without ever stopping by the education center. This is extremely common, but hopefully this article will provide some resources to those thinking about pursuing educational goals. The…

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Health & Safety

Inner drive pushed All-American to qualify for 2008 Olympics

Posted  July 12, 2013

2nd Lt.CANDICE DILLITTE Airman 1st Class Kyle Young, 607th Air Control Squadron cyber transport systems apprentice, squats 225 pounds July 2 as part of his workout at the 607th ACS gym. Young works out ten times a week to maintain fitness. Every Airman has a story to tell. However, not every Airman’s story involves them…

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News Briefs July 12, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

AF ball – Save the date The Air Force Ball is Sept. 14 at the Wigwam Resort and Spa in Litchfield Park in the Main Ballroom. The theme is Evolution of Airpower. Invitations will follow. Look for more details in upcoming issues of the Thunderbolt. Finance office hours change The finance customer service office will…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  July 12, 2013

Airman 1st Class Lloydon Balili 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Optometry apprentice Hometown: Walnut Creek, Calif. Years in service: Two Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in ophthalmic technician and bachelor’s in Christian ministry Inspirations: My mother and older sister always made me want to be better; they both work hard to…

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