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Thunderbolts, trainers kickoff New Year’s wellness challenge

Thunderbolts at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., have taken the first step toward self-improvement by beginning the Force Support Squadron’s “New Year, New You” Weight Loss Challenge. 

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2018 Haboob Havoc: Legacy of Airpower Celebrating Frank Luke’s sacrifice

The 2018 Haboob Havoc, held Jan. 29 through Feb. 2, will be hosted by Luke Air Force Base. It is an annual competition where fighter pilots hone their skills in aerial combat, bringing together fighter pilots from across the Air Force to build comradery as well. This competition builds on the legacy of Frank Luke…

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We are leaders and work best in teams

The 56th Operations Support Squadron Airfield Ops team leads from the front! The extreme cold and hot swings of winter weather plays havoc on the concrete runways at Luke Air Force Base. Monolithic concrete structures, like runways require expansion joints to keep concrete from failing. Here at Luke, just like other airfields, we use a…

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Legendary pilot inspires new generation of air warriors

In March of 1967, a flight of F-4 Phantom IIs from the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron based out of Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, flew through clear skies for a bombing run on a steel mill in North Vietnam.

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Thunderbolts pursue F-16 seat raise initiative

Since 1976, the F-16 Fighting Falcon has seen a multitude of maintenance improvements which have enhanced its systems, simplified costs and reduced man hours needed to keep it in the air.


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Luke civil engineers partner to tackle B.A.S.H.

Posted  July 7, 2017

Airmen from seven bases across the country partnered with Luke Air Force Base civil engineers to accomplish the annual Bird/Wildlife Air Strike Hazard mission, which began in March and was completed in June. Known as BASH, the program exists to deter wildlife from nesting in areas where they can pose a threat to the flying…

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Book tells of early Arizona aviation

Posted  July 7, 2017

We often hear fighter jets flying over the skies of Arizona, or we catch a flight at Sky Harbor or Tucson International Airport. Hundreds of modern jet aircraft fly over the skies of Arizona every day in an orderly manner carefully controlled by military or FAA rules. However, it wasn’t always like this. Have you…

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STREET BEAT

Posted  July 7, 2017

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 23 through June 25 at Luke Air Force Base Tickets SFS issued citations for 42 moving violations and 14 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 24: SFS responded to a report of a government-owned vehicle vs. fixed-object accident at Bldg. 957. The individual struck an overhang…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  July 7, 2017

Policy letters and life Policy letters are documents that declare a commander’s position on any given topic. For example, your commander may produce a policy letter on physical training requirements, or a policy related to leave or off-duty activities. These policy letters serve the purpose of making the decision-making process simpler. Simply put, one doesn’t…

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Thunderbolt of the Week: Master Sgt. Stanley Sutton

Posted  July 7, 2017

56th Logistics Readiness Squadron — Report of survey program manager Sutton identified a blind spot in the program, created a fix, and pushed for implementation, including convincing the entire chain of command of the improvements this change would realize. As a result, an average of six hours is saved per report of a survey.

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