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56th Force Support Squadron renovates Club Five-Six

Ongoing renovations have temporarily closed down Club Five-Six at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., but is scheduled to reopen to the Thunderbolt community in August.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Local

Airman finds recipe for Improvement

To further hone their culinary skills and inspire food service Airmen at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., to think outside the box when it comes to cooking, Thunderbolts at the Ray V. Hensman and Falcon Inn Dining Facilities created the Chef Mentoring Program.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Local

Armament Thunderbolts keep pilots armed and mission ready

When an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot returns from a day of target practice at the Gila Bend Auxiliary Field, the weapons systems are inspected for routine maintenance.

Airman 1st Class Julian Nieto Sports

TBolts hit ice in new hockey club

The Luke Thunderbolts Hockey Club was launched in February but has already made a name for itself in the Arcadia Summer-C hockey league. With a record of 8-1, the regular season wrapped up last week with the first semifinal game July 6. The club’s first skate was held in late April at Arizona Ice Peoria….

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A&FRC provides blended retirement system training

Online training designed to educate Airmen about the new Blended Retirement System, the Defense Department system with changes on the current military retirement system, is now available via Joint Knowledge Online course number P-US1330. The course is also available to those without a Common Access Card — to include family members — via an alternate…


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Sports Shorts

Posted  October 29, 2015

White Tanks hike The White Tank Mountain Hike is 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 6 and is open to the Luke Air Force Base community. Children ages 7 to 12 may attend. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Round-trip transportation departs from the Bryant Fitness Center. Guides, breakfast and lunch…

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Volunteers improve earth …

Posted  October 29, 2015

Christina Underhill More than 175 volunteers (26 from Luke Air Force Base) reported Saturday for a day of cleanup to Tres Rios at the Base and Meridian Wildlife area just north of Phoenix International Raceway. Volunteers picked up trash, painted over graffiti, and installed and cleaned signage. The beautification effort was to produce a healthier…

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Commentary

Partnership: the Luke way

Posted  October 29, 2015

A few years back, I went on a 365-day deployment and was struck by the international cooperation going into the fights in Iraq and Afghanistan. On a daily basis, I coordinated with folks from the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands and France. On a routine basis, I worked with Canadians and dealt with representatives from…

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS
Salutes & Awards

Honor Guard pays tribute to those who serve

Posted  October 29, 2015

Military veterans are the reason why the military is where it is today. With their dedication, they paved the way for America’s freedom. When veterans or service members pass away, they may get provided full funeral honors to recognize their time in service. That’s where the honor guard comes in. The Luke Air Force Base…

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JAMES HENSLEY
Health & Safety

Airmen, bot refills meds for TRICARE recipients

Posted  October 29, 2015

The Arizona Refilling Center is a little known unit located behind the Block House and 56th Medical Group. “At the ARC we handle all beneficiaries’ prescriptions that come to Luke,” said Staff Sgt. Aaron Munoz-Case, 56th Medical Support Squadron ARC acting NCO in charge. “With the changes in TRICARE, our work load has increased along…

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