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Construction plan supports F-35 program

A multi-disciplinary team across the 56th Fighter Wing is preparing Luke Air Force Base to become the largest F-35 Lightning II training base in the world.

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Munition flight’s isolation strengthens unit

The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Flight involves all types of conventional munition systems and is an essential component to the Luke Air Force Base mission.

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Reservist lends hand

Master Sgt. Steven Joubert, 944th Fighter Wing Detachment 1, is the first Air Reserve technician aircrew chief to hold a position within the 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit since the base realignment and closure in 2007.

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This week in history

Forty years ago, I stood with 4,400 other academy cadets listening to a motivational speech about patriotism. It was a short speech because Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. knew he stood between us and our allotted 20 minutes for lunch.

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U.S. service members receive ‘heroic welcome’ at Ramstein

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone arrived safely Aug. 24 at Ramstein Air Base via military airlift after receiving emergency medical care for injuries sustained while subduing an armed gunman aboard a French train Aug. 21.


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Who will go? Send Me

Posted  July 19, 2013

One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 6:8, “I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” I can think of few better words to describe the servant leader. In our day-to-day struggles, it is easy to…

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What is your leadership style?

Posted  July 19, 2013

As leaders in today’s Air Force, we are presented early on with the rewarding challenge of leadership. But what is your leadership style? When you first joined the military, you were greeted by a military training instructor. After your ears stopped ringing, you unknowingly came to the conclusion that your MTI was using an authoritarian…

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News Briefs July 29, 2013

Posted  July 19, 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. Backpacks of Love The annual Backpacks of Love drive has…

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Command chief shares message with Airmen

Posted  July 19, 2013

Senior AirmanKATE VAUGHN Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with Luke Air Force Base Airmen during an enlisted call July 12 at the Bryant Fitness Center. Topics included driving under the influence prevention, wingmanship and leadership. The top enlisted leader of Luke Air Force Base hosted a series of enlisted…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  July 19, 2013

Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Gladney 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Assistant dedicated crew chief Hometown: San Antonio Years in service: Two Family: Wife, Laura; and daughter, Kairi Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Previous assignments: Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas Inspirations: My wife and daughter. They make me want to be a…

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JAG Airman gets spot in NECP

Posted  July 19, 2013

She enlisted in the Air Force at age 18, cross-trained later in her career and now she is earning a commission in the Nursing Enlisted Commissioning Program. Tech Sgt. Tiffany Ebueng, 56th Fighter Wing Staff Judge Advocate NCO-in-charge of military justice, has worked hard to get where she is. She always wanted to be a…

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308th AMU earns award 3 months straight

Posted  July 19, 2013

The 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit’s Emerald Knights recently earned the AMU of the Month award, proving for a third time in a row their dedication to excellence. The 308th AMU is part of the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, which serves Luke Air Force Base through F-16 repairs and provisions. “The 308th AMU leadership team will…

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CPTS changes command

Posted  July 19, 2013

Tech. Sgt. Scottie McCord Col. Robert Webb, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Scott Smith, incoming 56th Comptroller Squadron commander, during a change-of-command ceremony July 12 at Luke Air Force Base.

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This week in history July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

Courtesy Photo Aircraft from the 62nd and 63rd fighter squadrons, of the 56th Fighter Group, land in 1948 in Germany after the first transoceanic jet fighter deployment in history. Operation Fox Able One Sixty-five years ago this week, Lt. Col. David Schilling, 56th Fighter Group commander, led 16 of the group’s Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star…

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Air Force News – July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

Cash allocation reinstates critical training, tests operations to Combat Air Force Combat Air Force units from multiple commands began flying again this week after many stopped flying in April of this year due to sequestration. The restored flying hour program represents $208 million of the $1.8 billion reprogramming allocation authorized by Congress. The money reinstates critical training…

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