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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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Ghost towns of Arizona

Posted  December 1, 2017

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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Thunderbolt of the Week: October & November

Posted  December 1, 2017

Oct. 20 Loida Lagang Catholic Religious Education Program manager Lagang goes above and beyond her job requirements by volunteering to serve Airmen in numerous ways. She, along with her team of volunteers, prepare, transport and serve meals to Airmen for the monthly 56th Fighter Wing Chapel’s flightine feast feeding 250 to 300 people. Friday nights…

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Finance policy, procedure gets update

Posted  December 1, 2017

Below are three announcements concerning finance travel programs across the Air Force affecting the Defense Travel system, permanent changes of station, airfare charges and temporary duty-flat-rate per diem. Lost receipts in DTS: DTS is designed to maintain substantiating records (i.e., receipts, orders and other required back-up documentation) in conjunction with official travel. An incident occurred…

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Gift-giving fun with right toy selection

Posted  December 1, 2017

With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us have made our list and checked it twice. Toys are often the gift of choice for children. Following the guidelines below can help ensure the best selections for each child. Tips for selecting toys: 1. Ensure the toy is developmentally appropriate. It should be challenging yet not…

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AFSA represents enlisted

Posted  December 1, 2017

Air Force Sergeant Association was founded in 1961 by four U.S. Air Force NCOs who recognized the need for an organization to represent the voice of all enlisted personnel to America’s elected and military leaders. Over the past five decades, AFSA has represented its members by advocating for their interests, ensuring the military and veteran…

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