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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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Pilot for a day

Posted  May 2, 2014

Garret “Halo” Ray, 7, is pilot for a day April 18 as Capt. Mark Browning, 308th Fighter Squadron pilot, shows him the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. Ray also visited with Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, and experienced the flight simulator.

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Salutes & Awards

Practice makes precision …

Posted  May 2, 2014

Members of the 56th Force Support Squadron Honor Guard practice a casket sequence April 23 at Luke Air Force Base. The honor guard’s mission is to provide military honors for veterans and retirees.

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Writing skills key to good EPRs

Posted  May 2, 2014

Are you capturing what your Airmen are really doing for the Air Force when giving feedback and writing performance reports? Communicating well what Airmen do for the Air Force is the goal of military strategic writing. “Good communication has always been vital to the efficiency of our military mission,” said Master Sgt. Dustin Withrow, 56th…

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Stress: Everyday occurrence for T-bolts

Posted  May 2, 2014

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Luke Air Force Base offers resources to Airmen and family members dealing with stress. With the unique challenges that the busy Air Force lifestyle presents to Airmen and family members, some can easily be overcome by stress. However, here at Luke Air Force Base there are resources available to help Airmen…

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Thunderbolt reflects on disaster

Posted  May 2, 2014

Many people know what it’s like to live through a natural disaster. Growing up in California may allow someone to know what an earthquake is like while someone in the Midwest may be more familiar with tornados. But most of the natural disasters that have occurred in the United States in recent years pale in…

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Salutes & Awards

310th changes command

Posted  May 2, 2014

Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Matthew Warner, incoming 310th Fighter Squadron commander, April 18 during a change-of-command ceremony in Hangar 913 at Luke Air Force Base.

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  May 2, 2014

Staff Sgt. Raymond Morace 607th Air Control Squadron Instructor weapons director Hometown: Sierra Vista Years in service: Six years Family: Wife, Alysia; and son, Caden Education: Pursing a bachelor’s degree in software engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Previous assignments: Kadena Air Base, Japan Inspirations: My parents, wife and son Goals: A short-term goal is…

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News Briefs May 2, 2014

Posted  May 2, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Gerald Brown will relinquish command of the 69th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Korey Amundson at 9 a.m. today in Hangar 999. Library subscription refunds Offices that receive subscriptions or items through the Luke Air Force Base Library and request a cancellation must return any refund checks received to the…

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BAH recertification happening now

Posted  May 2, 2014

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Senior Master Sgt. Robert Towler, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Armament Flight chief, helps his daughter, Rihanna, 5, learn to ride a bicycle April 29 behind his house at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen receiving with-dependent rate BAH are required to recertify by December. An Air Force-wide basic allowance for housing recertification…

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Respect: Give it, get it

Posted  May 2, 2014

In preparation for this article, the one thing that kept coming to mind was respect. We all hold a key position in the military where respect plays a huge part in our daily interaction. Unfortunately, I’m sure you have all encountered a lack thereof at some point in your career. Respect is a feeling or…

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