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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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A&FRC provides blended retirement system training

Online training designed to educate Airmen about the new Blended Retirement System, the Defense Department system with changes on the current military retirement system, is now available via Joint Knowledge Online course number P-US1330. The course is also available to those without a Common Access Card — to include family members — via an alternate…


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November: Native American Heritage Month

Posted  December 3, 2015

Luke Air Force Base invited a group of Arizona Native Americans to celebrate Native American Heritage Month Nov. 19 outside the base theater. “We took the time to recognize the Native American culture,” said Master Sgt. Jessica Jolan, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron assistant propulsion flight chief. “We invited Native American artists from different tribes to…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … December 4, 2015

Posted  December 3, 2015

A letter to parents of Airmen Through the years I, as a chaplain, have received numerous phone calls from parents who were concerned about their sons or daughters. Perhaps a grandparent had died, or a relationship had ended or perhaps they sensed that their child was beginning to make bad decisions. Whatever the reason, they…

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STREET BEAT

Posted  December 3, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 16 through 29 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 13 moving violations and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 23: Security forces and firefighters responded to a report of a major single-vehicle accident at Fighter Country Avenue and Johnson Lane….

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Sports

61st AMU sprints past 56th MDG for win

Posted  December 3, 2015

The 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit softball team charged to victory over the 56th Medical Group team late in the evening Nov. 17 at Luke. Through a combination of steadfast defense throughout and heavy hitting in the late innings, especially in the last inning drive, the 61st AMU overtook the 56th MDG by a score of…

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F-35A enters Edwards’ BAF for first time

Posted  November 25, 2015

An F-35A Lightning II entered the Benefield Anechoic Facility at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for the first time Sept. 14. The aircraft is undergoing Electromagnetic Environmental Effects testing, called E3 or “Triple E” by the team. “What that means is we’re testing the different electronic components on the jet and making sure they don’t…

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