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Airman takes action, saves three families

It was a hot July day and Tech. Sgt. Michael Cleary, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintainer, noted that it was unusually windy in his hometown. 

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CATM instructors ensure Luke Airmen’s combat readiness

The cacophony of bangs that ring off of insulated walls are a routine sound during weapons qualification classes, which the 56th Security Forces Combat Arms Training and Maintenance flight conducts for more than a thousand Airmen each year.

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – August 3, 2018

Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! On our cover this week, we bring you news from the 56th Maintenance Group here at Luke. Members of the Group have been hard at work implementing changes in weapons load training processes.

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56th Mission Support Group leadership development

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Vern Findley spoke to the 56th Mission Support Group at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., on the 56th Fighter Wing training day July 23, 2018.

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Commander of AETC visits Luke

Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast, commander of Air Education and Training Command, visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., July 20, 2018.


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Knocking Leukemia out of the park

Posted  October 7, 2016

Through love, hope, and the help of Phoenix Children’s Hospital a Citizen Airman and his family celebrated defeating cancer with a trip to the ballpark.

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Events

Luke Air Show 2016: Static Displays

Posted  April 1, 2016

TBM Avenger The roar of the TBM Avenger echoed off countless carrier decks throughout the world more than 65 years ago. Constructed in 1940 as a replacement for the obsolete Douglas TBD Devastator, Grumman’s team ended up creating one of the most influential aircraft of the Second World War. The Avenger’s line of service began…

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Justice Report

Posted  June 2, 2017

The following is a list of administrative actions issued in March and April at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • A staff sergeant received nonjudicial punishment for failing to follow a technical order. The individual received a reduction in rank to senior airman, forfeiture of $400 pay, suspended, 30 days extra…

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Salutes & Awards

Dedicated crew chiefs: A step above the rest

Posted  February 2, 2018

From the early days of Charles Edward Taylor, a vital contributor to the building and maintaining of the first aircraft engine, to the approximately 100,000 maintainers who ensure air superiority today, crew chiefs work to keep aircraft flying and mission-ready.

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JAMES HENSLEY
Sports

Luke shirts dominate ALS students in V-ball

Posted  February 25, 2016

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School is an intense six-week course for senior airmen and staff sergeants to learn the basics of leadership. Luke Air Force Base first sergeants have a tradition of playing volleyball with the students at the end of the course to build comradery and interact with the students. First sergeants…

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