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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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Local

Desert Destinations: Humphreys Peak

Posted  January 29, 2018

Humphreys Peak towers over Coconino National Forest located just north of Flagstaff, Ariz. Humphreys Peak is Arizona’s highest landmass with an elevation of 12,633 feet.

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Salutes & Awards

Park U graduates students from local area

Posted  June 1, 2018

Park University Luke Air Force Base campus graduated 15 students who live locally May 19 at Club Five Six: Vincent Beckwith, Buckeye; Larry Blunt, Surprise; Nikeva Dominquez, Glendale; Mark Fraser Frye, Chandler; Danielle Hansen, Surprise; Jeffrey Scott Hansen, Surprise; Anthony Hoover, Avondale; Todd Johnson, Surprise; Terry-Anne Maxime, Laveen; Brian Quintana, Buckeye; Donaciano Salinas, Waddell; Gus…

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Air Force

Luke announces F-35 heritage flight program

Posted  December 17, 2015

The Air Force Heritage Flight program features modern U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft flying alongside World War II, Korean and Vietnam era aircraft in a dynamic display of our nation’s airpower history. “These flights will allow all Americans to learn more about the F-35 and at the same time see just how far airpower has…

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Commentary

Airpower starts here

Posted  February 18, 2016

I walked into a recruiter’s office looking for a change in my life on Feb. 11, 1999. What I knew about the Air Force was very little except what my two older brothers had told me. It all happened fast as I started my first day of Basic Military Training 14 days later. Once I…

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Sports

Sports Shorts February 5, 2016

Posted  February 4, 2016

Valentine’s Day 5k The 56th Force Support Squadron Bryant Fitness Center is featuring a Valentine’s Day 5k fun run at 7 a.m. Feb. 12 at the 944th Fighter Wing headquarters, Bldg. 988. There will be prizes for the top three male and female finishers. For more information, call 623-856-6241. Horseback riding Outdoor recreation is offering…

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