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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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Wilson, Goldfein emphasize need for fiscal 2018 budget

Posted  November 13, 2017

The Air Force must have a higher and more stable budget to provide security for the nation, said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein during the State of the Air Force address Nov. 9, 2017, at the Pentagon.

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Military aviation leaders discuss readiness, urge budget certainty

Posted  November 13, 2017

Top aviation military officials from the four services addressed Congress today on aviation readiness, all underscoring the urgent need for predictable budgets.

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Federal Benefits Open Season runs through Dec. 11

Posted  November 13, 2017

This year’s Federal Benefits Open Season runs from Nov. 13 through Dec. 11, 2017, and includes the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program and the Federal Flexible Spending Account program. Open Season gives federal employees and retirees the opportunity to review the 2018 rates and benefits and enroll…

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Kristin Chenoweth visits Luke

Posted  November 13, 2017

American actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth performed as a part of the NFL’s Salute to Service program, Nov. 8 at Luke Air Force Base. The event kicked off with Airmen and their families gathering to see her perform as well as a meet-and-greet with Arizona Cardinal Cheerleaders.

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Around the Air Force: Nov. 13

Posted  November 13, 2017

On this look around the Air Force Nellis Air Force Base Airmen paint an F-15 Eagle in tribute to Las Vegas, and the secretary of the Air Force and chief of staff of the Air Force interview a NASA astronaut.

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