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Australia F-35s leave in historic launch

The Royal Australian Air Force launched two F-35A Lightning II’s Dec. 3, starting the multi-day journey to a historic arrival in Australia.

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Reservist serves underserved communities

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Native Americans make-up about 1.5 percent of the U.S. population. Tech. Sgt. Renelle Conner, 944th Medical Squadron dental flight chief and Reserve Citizen Airman, is working toward becoming an orthodontist. A member of the Yakama Native American Nation, in her hometown of Toppenish, Washington, Conner is committed to serving…

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F-35 HFT prepares for new demonstration profile

The F-35 Heritage Flight Team is officially transitioning to the F-35 Demonstration Team for the 2019 air show season taking their current flying profile to new heights. “The past year’s demonstration was sort of like an ‘appetizer,’ if you will,” said Capt. Andrew Olson, F-35 Demonstration Team pilot and commander. The new profile this year…

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – December 7, 2018

Holiday Greetings to all in Fighter Country, from the staff of Aerotech News! Click on the link below for a digital copy of this week’s Luke AFB Thunderbolt. Here are some highlights from the Dec. 2018 issue:

Photos by Staff Sgt. Local

CDC preschool class acts out kindness

The students were able to gather78 gallon bags of toiletries, snacks and other items to be handed out to homeless veterans around Phoenix. The Falcon preschool class poses for a photo with items collected during their “Simple Act of Kindness” drive to provide personal items to local veterans. FROM LEFT TOP ROW: April Castronova and…


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Luke AFB Exchange offers new, old programs

Posted  September 11, 2015

‘Disney at the Exchange’ Saturday A cast of Disney, Marvel and “Star Wars” brands is joining forces with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service to bring a special, dedicated section to the Luke Exchange.    The standalone section, called “Disney at the Exchange,” showcases merchandise from Disney Consumer Products, including characters from Disney Junior,…

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Commentary

Chaplain’s thoughts … September 11, 2015

Posted  September 11, 2015

Air Force life, indeed life in general, and religion have this in common — they are influenced and sustained by the use of symbols. Consider the symbols that mark our lives as Airmen. Our duty badges identify what we do, our unit seals identify which squadron we work in, and we have RMOs in our…

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Events

STREET BEAT September 11, 2015

Posted  September 11, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 31 through Sept. 6 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 17 moving violations. Emergency responses Sept. 3: Security forces responded to a report of a medical emergency at the base exchange involving a retiree, whose head was injured upon falling…

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Around Luke – Rango …

Posted  September 11, 2015

Senior Airman James Hensley Staff Sgt. Justin Gonzalez, 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, and Rango, 56th SFS MWD, stand in the kennel training yard at Luke Air Force Base. Gonzalez and Rango work on obedience training, drug detection, deterrence, patrol, subduing suspects and search pit.

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Sports

Fall flag football season opens

Posted  September 11, 2015

The 2015 fall flag football season has begun at Luke Air Force Base with 13 teams competing to show who has what it takes to win. “I feel pretty good about this season,” said Benjamin Williams, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron head coach. “There was a good showing of people, and we have a very talented…

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