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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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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  September 6, 2018

What choice will you make? Not many people know this, and please don’t tell my mom — but during my freshman year of college, I almost got kicked out! Apparently, they’re serious when they tell you to go to class, and read books … who knew?! The dean of students called me into his office,…

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Cadet reflects on importance of diversity

Posted  September 6, 2018

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Sept. 17, 2014. U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — America is great for a vast number of reasons and although we can point out many reasons why our country is so remarkable, I say we owe our success largely to our diverse backgrounds and culture within our nation….

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Fiscal fury: AF I&MS portfolio exceeds 83 percent execution by deadline

Posted  September 6, 2018

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-Lackland, Texas — Strong communication and a program to incent budget execution performance helped the Air Force exceed a goal to execute more than 83 percent of its $6.6 billion installation and mission support portfolio by the July 31 deadline. Managed by the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, the record…

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Only you can prevent storm water pollution

Posted  September 6, 2018

With the arrival of monsoon, storm water is flowing once again into the drains. Storm water runoff is mostly transported along streets, curbs, open channels, and other conveyances that flow directly to retention or infiltration basins, city parks, green zones, community lakes, washes, and nearby canals. Storm water picks up debris and other pollutants while…

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Salutes & Awards

Salutes and Awards

Posted  September 6, 2018

Induction ceremony welcomes new SNCOs The following technical sergeants (unless otherwise noted) were recognized as senior NCOs in a ceremony Aug. 17 at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Operations Support Squadron Tranisha Brown, Ricardo Garcia, Nicole Headley and Anthony May 607th Air Control Squadron Andrew Hardie, Shawn Finnegan, Brian Leverenz and Robert Young 62nd Fighter…

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