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Astronaut, cosmonaut safe after abort during launch to ISS

American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin resting comfortably in the city of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, after an anomaly shortly after their launch. The Soyuz-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m., EDT, Oct. 10 carrying Hague and Ovchinin. Shortly after launch, there was an…

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After crash, Pentagon says temporary pause in F-35 flights

The Pentagon on Oct. 11 ordered a temporary pause in all F-35 fighter jet flights in order to inspect the fleet in the wake of a crash last month in South Carolina. The decision involves a potentially bad fuel tube and affects more than 250 U.S.-owned jets, as well as nearly 100 that belong to…

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – October 5, 2018

Luke AFB Thunderbolt – Base Newspaper for Luke AFB, serving the West Valley region of Phoenix, AZ – October 5, 2018 Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition. This month, we have the 2018 edition of “The Book.” This is the annual mission update for Luke AFB, which includes information for each organization on…

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RIDGE SHAN People and Places

Refugee recalls horrors

She remembers the smell. Without a functioning sanitation system, raw sewage lined the rows of tents in the camp. Families would shower by poking holes into cups and pouring small amounts of their rationed water into them. Not enough to clean a child. She had no friends, save for her siblings. With no schools, the…

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Thunderbolts, Arizonans remember Lieutenant Luke’s sacrifice

The 56th Fighter Wing and members of the local community memorialized the 100th anniversary of the death of Arizona-native 2nd Lt. Frank Luke Jr., a World War I ace fighter pilot and the namesake of Luke Air Force Base, Sept. 26, 2018, in a ceremony at the state capitol in Phoenix.


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In Brief

Posted  January 5, 2018

Illusionist Mike Super Illusionist Mike Super will perform at 5 p.m . Jan. 18 at Club Five Six. The free, family friendly event is open to the Luke community. For more information, call 623-856-6446. Annual Awards Banquet The Luke Air Force Base 2017 Annual Awards Banquet is Jan. 20 at the historic Wigwam Resort located…

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Salutes & Awards

T-bolt gets AF hat tip

Posted  January 5, 2018

The following individual received an Air Force level award: Communication Civilian (Category II): Kiley Dougherty, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

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Salutes & Awards

4th quarter FWSA winners named

Posted  January 5, 2018

The following individuals received fourth quarter wing staff agency awards: Airman: Airman 1st Class Clayton Selman, 56th FW Legal Senior NCO: Master Sgt. James Byers, 56th FW Inspector General Company grade officer: Capt. Christian Gordon, 56th FW Legal Field grade officer: Maj. David Clementi, 56th FW Civilian (Category I): Patricia Piconi, 56th FW Legal Civilian…

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Salutes & Awards

Luke announces annual group award winners

Posted  January 5, 2018

The following individuals received an annual award from their wing staff agency or group: 56th Fighter Wing staff agencies Airman: Airman 1st Class Ariel Ciprian, 56th Comptroller Squadron NCO: Master Sgt. Nikki Walberg, 56th FW Legal Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Colette Roe, 56th FW Company grade officer: Capt. Derek VanderMolen, 56th FW Chapel Field grade…

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Salutes & Awards

AETC announces awards

Posted  January 5, 2018

The following individuals and unit received Air Education and Training Command of the year awards: Aircrew flight equipment NCO:  Staff Sgt. Derek Baskin, 56 Operations Support Squadron Senior NCO:  Master Sgt. Timothy Navarre, 56 OSS Large program: 56th OSS Medical services Medical Information Services: 56th Medical Information Systems Flight, 56th Medical Support Squadron Medical Service…

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