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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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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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PEOPLE FIRST

Posted  October 29, 2015

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. ‘Unprecedented’ challenge in…

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Health & Safety

Going out on Halloween?

Posted  October 29, 2015

If driving, stay aware of the surroundings. Watch for children wearing dark clothing or crossing streets, medians or parking lots. Parents should ensure children are properly clothed and visible when walking the streets. Choose light-colored fabrics for greater visibility. If costumes include darker colors, make sure to use reflective tape or wear a reflective belt….

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