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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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PEOPLE FIRST September 11, 2015

Posted  September 11, 2015

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. New website…

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Honorary commanders visit BMGR

Posted  September 11, 2015

Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams Senior Airman William Langston, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, briefs business and government leaders from the community who have been selected as honorary commanders at Luke Air Force Base on how the robot functions Aug. 31 during a tour of the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Gila…

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Be informed, plan, prepare for disasters

Posted  September 11, 2015

While the greater Phoenix area is considered a low-risk area for natural disasters, according to national disaster databases, it is wise to be prepared for longer than expected power outages due to monsoons. National Preparedness Month is a month dedicated to increasing the number of individuals that understand how to prepare and perform possible actions…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK September 11, 2015

Posted  September 11, 2015

Airman 1st Class Jose Arbelo-Rodriguez 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle operator/dispatcher Hometown: Camuy, Puerto Rico Years in service: Two Family: Dad, Jose Arbelo-Nieves; mother, Marilyn Rodriguez-Valpais; sister, Yaritza and brother, Luis Arbelo-Rodriguez Education: Certificate of pharmacy technician at University Inter Americana of Puerto Rico, certificate of culinary arts at ICPR Junior College Inspirations: My biggest…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK September 11, 2015

Posted  September 11, 2015

Airman 1st Class Anthony Capanear Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron F-16 tactical aircraft maintenance apprentice Hometown: Tuscon Years in service: Seven months Family: Wife and 3-year-old son Inspirations: Family friends Goals: Make a career of the Air Force, possibly cross-train into the medical field, pursue a bachelor’s degree in wildlife sciences Greatest feat: Helping people…

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