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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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Time for ‘Your Holiday Bill is on Us’ sweepstakes

Posted  December 1, 2017

The nation’s military exchanges and the Defense Commissary Agency are joining forces to put some jingle back in military shoppers’ pockets by picking up the tab on their MILITARY STAR cards with the Your Holiday Bill Is On Us sweepstakes. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has offered the sweepstakes to its customers for…

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AETC welcomes new commander

Posted  December 1, 2017

Sean Worrell Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, commander of Air Education and Training Command, officially addresses the men and women of the First Command for the first time as their commander during a change of command ceremony Nov. 16 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Kwast, a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, assumed command after spending…

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Ghost towns of Arizona

Posted  December 1, 2017

As Airmen, we have the unique opportunity to live in different places across the world, and this presents endless adventures to be pursued. In Arizona, there are more than 275 ghost towns to explore. Some of the largest and most prosperous towns were those that boomed during the gold, silver and copper rushes of the…

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Thunderbolt of the Week: October & November

Posted  December 1, 2017

Oct. 20 Loida Lagang Catholic Religious Education Program manager Lagang goes above and beyond her job requirements by volunteering to serve Airmen in numerous ways. She, along with her team of volunteers, prepare, transport and serve meals to Airmen for the monthly 56th Fighter Wing Chapel’s flightine feast feeding 250 to 300 people. Friday nights…

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Finance policy, procedure gets update

Posted  December 1, 2017

Below are three announcements concerning finance travel programs across the Air Force affecting the Defense Travel system, permanent changes of station, airfare charges and temporary duty-flat-rate per diem. Lost receipts in DTS: DTS is designed to maintain substantiating records (i.e., receipts, orders and other required back-up documentation) in conjunction with official travel. An incident occurred…

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