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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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Chaplain’s thoughts … Airman grateful for wife’s sacrifice

Posted  February 2, 2018

Last month, my wife and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary. “Celebrate” is perhaps an exalted expression, but we did splurge a bit and went out to Olive Garden with our youngest son. Obviously, we know how to throw a celebration. Perhaps it was the passing of another year, or maybe it was just my…

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Posted  February 2, 2018

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Dec. 18, 2017, through Jan. 15 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets SFS issued citations for 86 moving violations and 17 nonmoving violations. Traffic accidents Dec. 18: SFS responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the parking lot at Bldg. 325. The driver…

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Salutes & Awards

Dedicated crew chiefs: A step above the rest

Posted  February 2, 2018

From the early days of Charles Edward Taylor, a vital contributor to the building and maintaining of the first aircraft engine, to the approximately 100,000 maintainers who ensure air superiority today, crew chiefs work to keep aircraft flying and mission-ready.

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Airmen, Marines compete in physical competition

Posted  January 31, 2018

  Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham Marines are timed while performing an ammo can lift during a combat fitness test challenge at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 26, 2018. The challenge was held between Marines and Airmen to build esprit de corps between the two services. During the CFT, a 30-pound…

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DOD studying implications of wearable devices giving too much info

Posted  January 30, 2018

DOD photograph by Jim Garamone The Defense Department urges service members and DOD civilians with wearable electronic devices to use the strictest privacy setting. Officials made the suggestion after publication of a “heat map” showing concentration of U.S military personnel overseas. Defense Department officials are studying security issues raised by physical conditioning trackers that also…

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