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Luke 1 flies first ‘student’ F-35 sortie

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, prepares Wednesday for the first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training sortie at Luke Air Force Base with Senior Airman Patrick Murphy, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief. The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 pilots today when the first…

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Club Beyond: Where friends, fun, faith connect

Courtesy photo Charles and Joe compete to see who can attach the most clothespins to their faces Dec. 1, 2014, at Club Five Six. Club Beyond has more than 100 trained staff and hundreds of volunteers at over 40 locations worldwide. Teenagers face many difficult issues today such as online bullying, educational stress, sexual pressures,…

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AFAF campaign: Committed to caring

Courtesy photo Air Force senior leaders review Air Force Assistance Fund affiliate web sites in preparation for the 2015 AFAF drive at the Pentagon. Seated are Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III, and standing from the left are Air Force Vice Chief of…

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56th Fighter Group longest mission

Courtesy photo Maj. James Carter, 61st Fighter Squadron commander Seventy years ago this week, the 56th Fighter Group and many others in Eighth Air Force flew over Berlin. Previously, the Allies sporadically targeted Berlin, the capital of the Third Reich. On the ground, the Allies were about to cross the Rhine River. Crossing the Rhine…

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Qualification training

Staff Sgt. Rakim Redd, 607th Air Control Squadron instructor, instructs Senior Airman Rachel Mach, 607th ACS interface control technician, on how to set up a datalink March 10 during 607th ACS initial qualification training at Luke Air Force Base. The 607th ACS operates and maintains radar and communications to train highly-qualified weapons directors and surveillance…


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Chill out, not stress out during holidays

Posted  December 21, 2012

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. Yet for many, it’s anything but. “If the holidays have you overwhelmed, you are not alone,” said Kristin Musch, TriWest Healthcare Alliance Behavioral Health educator. “Expectations are high, to-do lists are long and the budget tight, which can result in sadness, anger, frustration and…

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In Brief – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

No Thunderbolt for two weeks The Thunderbolt will not be published Dec. 28 or Jan. 4, 2013. Look for the 2012 Year In Review edition Jan. 11, 2013. For more information, call (623) 856-7996. Annual wing warrior run The 2.2-mile 3rd annual wing warrior run will take place at 7 a.m. Jan. 2 at the north…

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Sports Shorts – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base Women’s Varsity Basketball team poses for a photo after winning the PacWest Championship in Las Vegas, Nev. The team defeated Davis-Monthan in the championship game. Lady ’Bolts take Vegas by storm With a new coaching staff leading the way, the Luke Air Force Base Varsity Women’s Basketball team has made…

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Civilian police enter new territory at Luke

Posted  December 14, 2012

A civilian police officer running a police station is a common occurrence across Arizona, but civilian police running a military “police station” is something new. The 56th Security Forces Squadron is trying “something new” by having three Department of the Air Force Police Officers, officers Phillip Mulherin, Rolando Gonzalez and Randolph Miller, serving as flight…

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Knowing ‘why’ powerful motivator

Posted  December 14, 2012

Recently I’ve been making my way through a book called “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek who believes absolutely in the motivating power of the people you lead knowing the why of what they’re asked to do. Although this book and the majority of the analogies within are business centric, the message they convey can…

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Leaving comfort zone deals with doldrums

Posted  December 14, 2012

Do you feel stagnant in your job and don’t know what to do, or do you just have that fear of something new? You will never know how things will turn out until you make that move and take a step. We tend to not want to venture beyond our comfort zone; however, if we…

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Steps to finding federal job easy

Posted  December 14, 2012

Often the task of finding a job with the federal government seems overwhelming. A person can have the feeling of not knowing where to begin, but it’s not as daunting a task as many people fear it to be. It is a fairly straight forward process. Cari Morrison, 56th Force Support Squadron Human Resources specialist,…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  December 14, 2012

Airman 1st Class Zachary Zellner 607th Air Control Squadron Weapons simulation technician Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis. Years in service: One Family: Mom and a sister Education: A finance degree from West Virginia University Inspirations: My mom inspired and taught me to endure and attain my goals Goals: Complete a master’s and PhD by age 30 Greatest…

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Local Briefs December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

Fitness center renovations Bryant Fitness Center floor will be undergoing renovations Monday through Dec. 31. There will be limited access to the main entrance of the fitness center. Signs will be posted for alternate entrance and exit points. For more information, call the fitness center at (623) 856-6241. Thrift shop holiday hours The thrift shop…

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Shirts bearing gifts …

Posted  December 14, 2012

Senior Airman Sandra Welch Tech. Sgt. Jermaine Jones, 56th Communications Squadron first sergeant, hands cookies to Airman 1st Class Brian Lefevere, 56th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, Dec. 10 at the door to his dorm room. The first sergeants delivered cookies to 578 Airmen living in the dorms and work centers around base. The officers and…

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