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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.


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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PEOPLE FIRST – January 15, 2016

Posted  January 14, 2016

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. More sexual…

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Team Luke runs for Air Force Assistance Fund

Posted  May 21, 2018

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Ridge Shan Luke Airmen run down the road during the Air Force Assistance Fund 5-kilometer Fun Run May 11, 2018, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The run helped to raise awareness for the AFAF campaign that offers financial assistance to Active Duty and retired Airmen and their families…

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Posted  April 6, 2018

The following is a list of administrative actions issued for November and December 2017 and January at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Maintenance Group Courts-martial • A staff sergeant was found guilty of two charges and two specifications in violation of Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 134, procuring acts of prostitution and indecent language….

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Salutes & Awards

AETC announces awards

Posted  December 1, 2017

The following units and individual received Air Education and Training Command annual awards: Flying training Fighter category: 61st Fighter Squadron Top Maintenance Group Gray Jet Division: 54th Fighter Group Top Operations Group Gray Jet Division: 56th Operations Group Top Gray Jet Wing (fighters): 56th Fighter Wing Financial management Financial Analysis Office: 56th Comptroller Squadron Wing…

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Luke’s newest chiefs recognized

Posted  March 9, 2018

Six Airmen were recognized for their promotion to chief master sergeant during the Chief Master Sergeant Recognition Ceremony which took place at Luke Air Force Base, March 3, 2018.

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