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Astronaut, cosmonaut safe after abort during launch to ISS

American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin resting comfortably in the city of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, after an anomaly shortly after their launch. The Soyuz-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m., EDT, Oct. 10 carrying Hague and Ovchinin. Shortly after launch, there was an…

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After crash, Pentagon says temporary pause in F-35 flights

The Pentagon on Oct. 11 ordered a temporary pause in all F-35 fighter jet flights in order to inspect the fleet in the wake of a crash last month in South Carolina. The decision involves a potentially bad fuel tube and affects more than 250 U.S.-owned jets, as well as nearly 100 that belong to…

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – October 5, 2018

Luke AFB Thunderbolt – Base Newspaper for Luke AFB, serving the West Valley region of Phoenix, AZ – October 5, 2018 Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition. This month, we have the 2018 edition of “The Book.” This is the annual mission update for Luke AFB, which includes information for each organization on…

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RIDGE SHAN People and Places

Refugee recalls horrors

She remembers the smell. Without a functioning sanitation system, raw sewage lined the rows of tents in the camp. Families would shower by poking holes into cups and pouring small amounts of their rationed water into them. Not enough to clean a child. She had no friends, save for her siblings. With no schools, the…

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Thunderbolts, Arizonans remember Lieutenant Luke’s sacrifice

The 56th Fighter Wing and members of the local community memorialized the 100th anniversary of the death of Arizona-native 2nd Lt. Frank Luke Jr., a World War I ace fighter pilot and the namesake of Luke Air Force Base, Sept. 26, 2018, in a ceremony at the state capitol in Phoenix.


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2017 in Photos: November

Posted  January 5, 2018

Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel Arizona State University ROTC cadets scale an obstacle Nov. 3, 2017, during the 4th annual Luke Mudder at Luke Air Force Base. Working in teams of four, cadets competed for the fastest time finishing the 17-obstacle, mile-and-a-half course.

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Salutes & Awards

Det. 12 graduates last MRA class

Posted  December 4, 2015

  History was made when Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron graduated its last class of mission-ready Airmen at Luke Air Force Base. Since the MRA program’s conception in 1994, the combined total of students graduated is 11,840. “Every F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief has gone through our program for the last 21 years,” said Master…

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JAMES HENSLEY
Sports

CommBats defeat Marines in fitness challenge

Posted  March 24, 2016

Airmen from the 56th Communications Squadron accepted and won a fitness challenge against Bulk Fuel Company Charlie Marines. The event took place March 11 at the base track. The challenge was a six-person relay race consisting of a 400-meter run, 20 pullups, 50 air squats, 25 pushups and the fireman carry run to the start…

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Events

IN BRIEF

Posted  October 16, 2015

Local 1547 office has moved The Air Force Government Employee, Local 1547, office has moved from Bldg. 445 to Bldg. 156, the first floor east end of the Airman Leadership School building. For more information, call Harley Hembd at 623-856-6957 or email afge1547@qwestoffice.net. AFGE cookout Defense Department, nonappropriated fund, Army, Air Force Exchange Services and…

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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduates 47 from class 17-7

Posted  December 1, 2017

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 45 senior airmen and two civilians Oct. 26 from class 17-7. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Ryan Holland, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Distinguished graduates: Jacob Skawski, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; Damon Shimabukuro, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; Robert Newton, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron and Keith…

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