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AZ Air Guard trains with 48th Fighter Wing in United Kingdom

Several Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Phoenix, Ariz., conducted an overseas training mission with the 48thFighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 21 to June 8.   

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Clinton Atkins Local

56th MXG frees up time for leaders to connect with Airmen

The 56th Maintenance Group at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., implemented a trial run of what they’re calling a “Gemba” event June 5-7, which allows leaders more time to connect with Airmen in the work centers and on the flightline.

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Ridge Shan Local

Luke ammo Airmen prepare for first ever combat munitions competition

Members of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions flight at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., have formed a team to compete in the first ever Air Force Combat Munitions competition, taking place June 11-14, 2018, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif.

Thunderbolt Digital Edition June 1, 2018 News

Thunderbolt Digital Edition June 1, 2018

Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! Check out the beautiful mural and the talented group of artists gracing this month’s front page.

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham Local

425th Fighter Squadron celebrates 25 years at Luke

The 425th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., celebrated 25 years of United States Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force partnership with a parade ceremony May 22.


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Veterans

Vietnam vet continues 50-year journey of discovery

Posted  November 3, 2017

The summer of 1967 can be remembered as a time of profound change. Many cities in America were aflame, the airwaves were full of music that a few years earlier wasn’t thought of, and the Vietnam War was raging a world away. In a small town that summer — Blanchard, Washington — 18-year-old Jerry Prentice…

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Air Force offers chief ‘excellent adventure’

Posted  November 3, 2017

In January 1975, the music of Elton John and Barry Manilow topped the music charts. The Waltons, All in the Family and The Jeffersons were popular television shows, and Gerald Ford was president of the United States. That same month, a 23-year-old man from Pennsylvania joined the Air Force and began a three-decade-long career that…

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People First

Posted  November 3, 2017

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Art contest…

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Changes made in security clearance, background checks

Posted  November 3, 2017

It is everyone’s responsibility to report potential derogatory information to the designated unit security manager when an incident occurs on or off Luke Air Force Base. Failure to report potential information could impact a person’s clearance, the mission and ultimately a person’s career. Continuous Evaluation is a new requirement and process that has been implemented…

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Events

Veterans Day Events

Posted  November 3, 2017

Nov. 11 • Military Appreciation Game – Airmen unfurl the American flag during the playing of the national anthem in major league baseball’s Arizona Fall League. • Veterans Day tribute at 3 p.m. – Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard speaks at Goodyear Ballpark. An F-35 flyover will also take place. • Apache Junction Veterans Day Parade…

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