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Medical Group staff observe NDEAM at Luke Elementary School

Every October Luke Air Force Base in Arizona observes National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This year Luke had three major points of outreach to the community and a display honoring NDEAM in the Luke AFB library.

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Luke Thunderbolts donate blood for troops

The Armed Services Blood Program teamed up with Bryant Fitness Center at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., staff to facilitate blood donations within the Thunderbolt community for overseas troops in need Dec. 7.

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Luke’s newest AMU supports F-35 program

Since the arrival of the first F-35A Lightning II to the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., earlier this year, maintainers, crew chiefs and other respective maintenance positions have been steadily working to continue developing Airmen toward building the future of Airpower.

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Ghost towns of Arizona

As Airmen, we have the unique opportunity to live in different places across the world, and this presents endless adventures to be pursued. In Arizona, there are more than 275 ghost towns to explore. Some of the largest and most prosperous towns were those that boomed during the gold, silver and copper rushes of the…

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Thunderbolts participate in Great American Smokeout

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. The event encourages smokers to use the date to quit smoking or begin making a plan to quit.

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Installation access procedures for everyone – guests, friends, family members

Posted  June 2, 2017

Editor’s note: The following ran in the May 2, 2017, issue of the Thunderbolt. The content has undergone some changes since and is being rerun. Purpose: Base access control is designed to restrict and/or control entrance to property and/or installation to authorized persons and their guests. Persons authorized access will be either escorted or unescorted….

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A taste of Asia

Posted  June 2, 2017

Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan Volunteers from the Luke Air Force Base Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Group prepare desserts for a Taste of Asia lunch event May 2 at the Luke Air Force Base Chapel. The Taste of Asia lunch kicked off Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage month in the month of May for…

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Thunderbolt receives Air Force award for Small Business outreach

Posted  May 31, 2017

The Air Force Small Business Program awarded Mary Peetz from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., the 2016 Small Business Specialist Award for her excellent work advocating small businesses for the war fighter.

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Norway’s fifth F-35 Lightning II touches down at Luke

Posted  May 31, 2017

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel For the first time May 25, 2017 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. With nine countries involved in its development (United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Australia), the F-35 represents a new model of international cooperation, ensuring U.S. and Coalition partner…

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Critical Days of Summer; vehicle, swimming and physical fitness top concerns

Posted  May 26, 2017

Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook With summer approaching and temperatures on the rise, more people are active, traveling, and participating in various outdoor activities. Due to the increase in safety concerns that comes with this time, it has been named the ‘Critical Days of Summer’, and it starts on Memorial…

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