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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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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid
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Active and reserve forces come to together on Luke

Posted  August 22, 2018

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid U.S. Navy Operational Support Center Phoenix stands at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Aug. 17, 2018. The NOSC supports 19 Navy Reserve units with more than 660 Sailors, with daily support by the 56th Fighter Wing as an example of how Total Force Integration occurs across…

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Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Clinton Atkins
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New memorandum grows manpower, partnerships at Luke

Posted  August 20, 2018

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Clinton Atkins Leadership from Luke Air Force Base poses for a group photo with staff from the West Maricopa Education Center Aug. 14, 2018, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The 56th Medical Group at Luke has opened up the pharmacy, medical logistics, public health and bioenvironmental services as…

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310th FS maximizes ops to combat pilot shortage

Posted  August 13, 2018

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid Airman 1st Class Joseph Jensen, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainer, signals that the chocks are pulled, Aug. 8, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The 310th Fighter Squadron is the largest producer of F-16 pilots in the Air Force. Currently the 310th FS is conducting…

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook
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Airman takes action, saves three families

Posted  August 10, 2018

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. 

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Zoie Rider
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Luke firefighters lead training advancements

Posted  August 10, 2018

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Zoie Rider Airman 1st Class Damian Proano, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, tests equipment on a fire engine Aug. 6, 2018, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Luke’s firemen train constantly to maintain competency in all procedures, whether military or civilian. As firemen arrive at the residence they…

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