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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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Air Force saves Airmen time, no longer requires first year evaluations

Posted  January 5, 2018

Air Force officials announced Jan. 4, 2018, that Enlisted Performance Reports are no longer required for regular Air Force Airmen in the grade of airman first class and below with less than 36 months’ Time-In-Service or Air Reserve Component Airmen below the grade of senior airman.  This policy change supports Air Force senior leaders’ focus…

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2017 Fiesta Bowl Parade

Posted  January 5, 2018

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Ridge Shan Luke Airmen stop for a photo prior to walking through downtown Phoenix during the 2017 Fiesta Bowl Parade. Luke Airmen participated in the event which is part of Phoenix’s Fiesta Bowl event the Fiesta Bowl game itself in which Luke Airmen will be honored.   Air Force…

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2017 in Photos: November

Posted  January 5, 2018

Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel Arizona State University ROTC cadets scale an obstacle Nov. 3, 2017, during the 4th annual Luke Mudder at Luke Air Force Base. Working in teams of four, cadets competed for the fastest time finishing the 17-obstacle, mile-and-a-half course.

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2017 in Photos: December

Posted  January 5, 2018

Senior Airman Devante Williams A Team Luke child speaks with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the United Fantasy Flight Dec. 1, 2017, in Phoenix. Several children from Luke, who have a family members currently deployed, were invited to the special event. The North Pole experience included festive activities, games, holiday treats and a visit from…

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We are leaders and work best in teams

Posted  January 5, 2018

The 56th Operations Support Squadron Airfield Ops team leads from the front! The extreme cold and hot swings of winter weather plays havoc on the concrete runways at Luke Air Force Base. Monolithic concrete structures, like runways require expansion joints to keep concrete from failing. Here at Luke, just like other airfields, we use a…

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