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Refugee to Airman

The memories are vivid for her. A recent trip to a Jamba Juice had stoked a particularly powerful one after a sip of a wheatgrass beverage. The fields around the camp were wheatgrass, and she could remember their taste, the way they felt against her skin as she ran through them in one of the few ways she could play.

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Luke AFB remembers 9/11

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, four aircraft were hijacked and flown into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, N.Y., the Pentagon, Va., and into a field in Stonycreek Township, Penn.

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – September 7, 2018

Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! Sept. 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of Lt. Frank Luke, Jr., for whom Luke AFB is named.

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Thunderbolt takes action, saves three families

Powerful gusts waded between the rows of houses lining the street of a sunny suburb of Manteca, California. 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. He had just left his aunt’s house, a stop along…

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Luke to remember namesake’s death in WWI

Imagine thinking of Phoenix with only 5,000 people and only one high school, the Salt River with running water, Arizona State University being known as Tempe Normal, and horses and horse-pulled buckboards as the standard means of transportation. This setting was Phoenix in 1897, and on a warm May day of that year an aerial-combat…


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310th FS maximizes ops to combat pilot shortage

Posted  September 6, 2018

Airman 1st Class Joseph Jensen, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainer, signals the chocks are pulled Aug. 8 at Luke Air Force Base. The 310th Fighter Squadron is the largest producer of F-16 pilots in the Air Force. Currently the 310th FS is conducting three initial qualification classes, also called B-courses, with 10 students each. (Airman…

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Health & Safety

September Blood Drive

Posted  September 6, 2018

Squadron Time Date Location 63rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 5 Equipment Maintenance Squadron parking lot, Bldg. 859 56th EMS Noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 6 EMS parking lot, Bldg. 859 56th Medical Group 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 6 East hospital parking lot 56th Civil Engineer Squadron 10 a.m….

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Follow your dreams …

Posted  September 6, 2018

Airman 1st Class Jacob Wongwai/Rich McManus Graduating basic training is an exciting achievement for many but for Airman 1st Class Akwasi Agyeman-Prempeh, 56th Force Support Squadron Food Services apprentice, it was a dream come true. After dealing with hardships in his past, he now makes it his goal to support his family and become the…

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In Brief

Posted  September 6, 2018

Retiree Appreciation Day Luke Air Force Base Retiree Appreciation Day is 8 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20 in the Navy Operations Support Center. Flu, shingle, pneumonia and tetanus shots will be given. Displays and demonstrations include weapons, military working dogs and more. The commissary and exchange will also feature sidewalk sales. Participants must have an…

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Military members at higher risk of being affected by TBI

Posted  September 6, 2018

Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month is a time to educate individuals on the importance of prevention and treatment of these types of injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year 153 people in the United States die from injuries that include TBI. Military service members are deployed to areas where they…

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