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Astronaut, cosmonaut safe after abort during launch to ISS

American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin resting comfortably in the city of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, after an anomaly shortly after their launch. The Soyuz-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m., EDT, Oct. 10 carrying Hague and Ovchinin. Shortly after launch, there was an…

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After crash, Pentagon says temporary pause in F-35 flights

The Pentagon on Oct. 11 ordered a temporary pause in all F-35 fighter jet flights in order to inspect the fleet in the wake of a crash last month in South Carolina. The decision involves a potentially bad fuel tube and affects more than 250 U.S.-owned jets, as well as nearly 100 that belong to…

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – October 5, 2018

Luke AFB Thunderbolt – Base Newspaper for Luke AFB, serving the West Valley region of Phoenix, AZ – October 5, 2018 Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition. This month, we have the 2018 edition of “The Book.” This is the annual mission update for Luke AFB, which includes information for each organization on…

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RIDGE SHAN People and Places

Refugee recalls horrors

She remembers the smell. Without a functioning sanitation system, raw sewage lined the rows of tents in the camp. Families would shower by poking holes into cups and pouring small amounts of their rationed water into them. Not enough to clean a child. She had no friends, save for her siblings. With no schools, the…

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Thunderbolts, Arizonans remember Lieutenant Luke’s sacrifice

The 56th Fighter Wing and members of the local community memorialized the 100th anniversary of the death of Arizona-native 2nd Lt. Frank Luke Jr., a World War I ace fighter pilot and the namesake of Luke Air Force Base, Sept. 26, 2018, in a ceremony at the state capitol in Phoenix.


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Air Force

56th Maintenance Group

Posted  October 4, 2018

56th Component Maintenance Squadron Mission: We build the future of airpower by providing safe and reliable component repair of propulsion, avionics, accessories, and test, measurement, and diagnostics equipment systems. Leadership Commander: Maj. Edward Romero Superintendent: Chief Master Sgt. Brian Bowers First sergeant: Master Sgt. Brian Shaw Responsibilities: Comprised of 284 military and 50 civilian personnel…

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56th Fighter Wing

Posted  October 4, 2018

56th Fighter Wing Mission To train the world’s greatest fighter pilots and combat-ready Airmen. Training (Fiscal 2017) F-16 B-course graduates 188 F-35 B-course graduates 105 MRA graduates 843 Intelligence specialists 79 Nurse graduates 39 Medical lab technician graduates 8 Critical care/emergency trauma fellowship graduates 16 Leadership Wing commander: Brig. Gen. Todd Canterbury Vice wing commander:…

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56th Operations Group

Posted  October 4, 2018

56th Training Squadron Mission: Train the world’s greatest F-35 and F-16 pilots by providing peerless instruction, virtual training and training systems management. Demographics: There are 16 officers, nine government civilians and more than 200 contract employees. Leadership Commander: Lt. Col. Matthew Hayden Director of operations: Lt. Col. Andy Pitts (F-35) and Lt. Col. Nathan Harrold…

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‘Rock rules’ imperative

Posted  October 4, 2018

‘Rock rules’ imperative The Rock* rests quietly on the north side of the 56th Fighter Wing Headquarters, Bldg. 452, and is ready for all challenges. 1. The 56th Fighter Wing commander (Luke 1) is the owner of the Rock. 2. Luke 1 delegates care and painting of the Rock to any unit (group, squadron, flight,…

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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduates 35 from class 18-6

Posted  October 4, 2018

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 33 senior airmen and two staff sergeants Aug. 23 from class 18-6. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: John Schwanderlik, 56th Medical Support Squadron Distinguished graduates: Christian Bish, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; Haleigh Reaves, 56th MDSS; and Cody Ferrara, 56th Security Forces Squadron Commandant’s Award:…

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