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Luke celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Every November, “Thunderbolts” at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., observe Native American Heritage Month. This year, Luke celebrated by hosting a 5K run and a Native American luncheon scheduled for Nov. 28 at the community commons.

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Gunfighters complete first F-35 transport

An F-35A Lightning II belonging to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. was moved for repairs after being grounded in Idaho for the past year.

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Luke opens Military and Veteran Success Center

Transitioning from the military to civilian life can be a challenging experience for service members, veterans and dependents.

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Wilson, Goldfein emphasize need for fiscal 2018 budget

The Air Force must have a higher and more stable budget to provide security for the nation, said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein during the State of the Air Force address Nov. 9, 2017, at the Pentagon.

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Military aviation leaders discuss readiness, urge budget certainty

Top aviation military officials from the four services addressed Congress today on aviation readiness, all underscoring the urgent need for predictable budgets.


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WW II vet grateful for life of blessings

Posted  November 3, 2017

We hear the term ‘larger-than-life’ often, which can mean someone who led a life of adventure and was never afraid to try something new. Flay Randolph is such a person. He served in the Navy in World War II and joined at age 16. “My dad was reluctant to sign the enlistment papers because I…

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Thunderbolt of the week: September and October

Posted  November 3, 2017

Sept. 13 Airman 1st Class Dorothy Zurlinden 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Armament technician Zurlinden has the characteristics of a true leader with her dedication constantly displayed on- and off-duty through her commitment to her fellow Airmen and unit. Sept. 30 Staff Sgt. Caitlin Carter 56th Fighter Wing Legal Office NCO in charge Carter has been…

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Soldier, wife, mom says leaving hardest part of job

Posted  November 3, 2017

It was a typical cold, bleak winter morning in Germany. Dark clouds hovered just overhead, hugging the landscape. Soft, fluffy snowflakes drifted gently to the ground. Off in the distance, thin wisps of smoke floated to the sky and a faint smell of fireplaces burning permeated the air. I sharply inhaled the crisp air and…

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Vietnam vet continues 50-year journey of discovery

Posted  November 3, 2017

The summer of 1967 can be remembered as a time of profound change. Many cities in America were aflame, the airwaves were full of music that a few years earlier wasn’t thought of, and the Vietnam War was raging a world away. In a small town that summer — Blanchard, Washington — 18-year-old Jerry Prentice…

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Air Force offers chief ‘excellent adventure’

Posted  November 3, 2017

In January 1975, the music of Elton John and Barry Manilow topped the music charts. The Waltons, All in the Family and The Jeffersons were popular television shows, and Gerald Ford was president of the United States. That same month, a 23-year-old man from Pennsylvania joined the Air Force and began a three-decade-long career that…

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