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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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Sports

Sports Shorts

Posted  April 21, 2016

Track & field The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center is featuring a track and field competition 7:30 to 11 a.m. April 29. Events include the 100, 400 and 800-yard dashes, and the 800 and 1800-yard relays along with a one-mile run in male and female divisions. There will be awards for the top…

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Salutes & Awards

Major selects announced

Posted  February 4, 2016

The following captains were selected for promotion to major: 56th Operations Group Ryan Reeves and William Sullivan 56th Operations Support Squadron Chelsea Hall and Nathan Mondul 56th Training Squadron James Kotowski 21st Fighter Squadron Clayton Bailey and Jondavid Hertzel 61st FS Casey Manning, Luke Outwater and Daniel Toftness 62nd FS Joseph Stenger and Joseph Walker…

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Sports

Sports Shorts February 26, 2016

Posted  February 25, 2016

T-Ball/pitch baseball T-Ball and pitch baseball registration is March 1 through 18 for children ages 5 to 8. The cost is $35 per youth program member and $45 per nonmember. Practice begins April 4. Volunteer coaches are needed. For more information, call 623-856-7470. March of the Fallen The 2016 March of the Fallen is March…

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Salutes & Awards

Pediatric clinic Airman aims for success

Posted  November 19, 2015

The U.S. Air Force has been a stepping stone for many Airmen. Some people join the Air Force to travel the world while others join for the money and medical benefits. Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Straight, 56th Medical Group aerospace medical technician, had a different mindset before committing her life to the Air Force. Straight…

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Health & Safety

Pet safety

Posted  July 20, 2018

Tips on how to beat the heat, but make sure you're taking care of your furry friends too!

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