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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.

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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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Events

Getting their flamenco on …

Posted  October 22, 2015

Senior Airman Devante Williams Members of the audience danced with Linda Machado as they performed the flamenco during the Hispanic Heritage Month luncheon Oct. 15 at Luke Air Force Base. The luncheon brought Airmen together to enjoy Hispanic food and entertainment. The luncheon was held to share the Hispanic culture and highlight the contributions Hispanics…

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Commentary

Humility in leadership — people chief asset

Posted  October 22, 2015

The definition of humility is “the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people.” This is not a trait we commonly attribute to our leaders. In fact, when we think of a leadership role we often imagine one who is telling others what to do and how to do it with…

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Health & Safety

Keep kids happy, safe on Halloween

Posted  October 22, 2015

With Halloween looming on the horizon, children and adults will soon be donning costumes and out in the streets trick-or-treating. Halloween is on a Saturday this year, and as is true every year, it comes with a responsibility to make sure everyone stays safe. While children and adults eagerly await the night to be here,…

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Hill commemorates new era in combat air power

Posted  October 22, 2015

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Hill Air Force Base and the Top of Utah community officially welcomed the F-35 Lightning II at a ceremony Oct. 14, an event that formally marked the beginning of F-35 operations for the 388th and 419th fighter wings. Members of the Utah congressional delegation, Lockheed Martin, and the Air…

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3-D printing taking larger role in depot ops

Posted  October 22, 2015

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex is finalizing a strategic plan to integrate 3-D printing technology into nearly every aspect of its airpower sustainment mission. OC-ALC experts foresee 3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, filling needs ranging from making aircraft engine parts to printing electronic components designed by the…

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