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Refugee to Airman

The memories are vivid for her. A recent trip to a Jamba Juice had stoked a particularly powerful one after a sip of a wheatgrass beverage. The fields around the camp were wheatgrass, and she could remember their taste, the way they felt against her skin as she ran through them in one of the few ways she could play.

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Luke AFB remembers 9/11

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, four aircraft were hijacked and flown into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, N.Y., the Pentagon, Va., and into a field in Stonycreek Township, Penn.


Thunderbolt Digital Edition – September 7, 2018

Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! Sept. 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of Lt. Frank Luke, Jr., for whom Luke AFB is named.

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Thunderbolt takes action, saves three families

Powerful gusts waded between the rows of houses lining the street of a sunny suburb of Manteca, California. 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. He had just left his aunt’s house, a stop along…

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Luke to remember namesake’s death in WWI

Imagine thinking of Phoenix with only 5,000 people and only one high school, the Salt River with running water, Arizona State University being known as Tempe Normal, and horses and horse-pulled buckboards as the standard means of transportation. This setting was Phoenix in 1897, and on a warm May day of that year an aerial-combat…

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Disabled veterans now eligible for Space-A travel

Posted  August 31, 2018

Air Force photograph The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act was recently signed, which included a measure that will allow fully-disabled veterans the ability to utilize Space-Available travel. Travelers should contact their local Passenger Terminal for further details and review travel information found on the AMC Travel Page for specific details on the Space A travel…

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Thunderbolts compete in division championship game

Posted  August 31, 2018

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Clinton Atkins Second Lt. Ryan Allen (right), Luke Air Force Base Thunderbolts goalie, defends against Puck Hunt’s attack during the Summer League C Division championship game at AZ Ice in Peoria, Ariz., Aug. 27, 2018. Puck Hunt defeated the Thunderbolts 3-1.   Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Clinton…

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Air Force secretary visits Luke

Posted  August 29, 2018

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 24, 2018, to familiarize herself with the F-35A training mission of the 56th Fighter Wing and meet with Airmen around the base.

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Air Force Marathon announces Race Transfer Program

Posted  August 27, 2018

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Scott Johnson Runners registered for the 2018 Air Force Marathon who can no longer participate can transfer their registrations to others soon. Upwards of 15,000 runners participate annually in various marathon events over three days in September. Registered runners unable to participate in the Air Force Marathon Sept. 15…

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Spikes lead the way for international training

Posted  August 24, 2018

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Ridge Shan Lt. Col. Christopher Hubbard, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II pilot, receives a brief before stepping to his jet for a sortie Aug. 22, 2018, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The 62nd FS flies an international F-35 pilot training mission with Italian and Norwegian students.  …

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