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Thunderbolts participate in Great American Smokeout

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. The event encourages smokers to use the date to quit smoking or begin making a plan to quit.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Local

Luke celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Every November, “Thunderbolts” at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., observe Native American Heritage Month. This year, Luke celebrated by hosting a 5K run and a Native American luncheon scheduled for Nov. 28 at the community commons.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Jeremy D. Wolff Air Force

Gunfighters complete first F-35 transport

An F-35A Lightning II belonging to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. was moved for repairs after being grounded in Idaho for the past year.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel Local

Luke opens Military and Veteran Success Center

Transitioning from the military to civilian life can be a challenging experience for service members, veterans and dependents.

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Wilson, Goldfein emphasize need for fiscal 2018 budget

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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Salutes & Awards

56th Fighter Wing announces annual awards

Posted  April 7, 2017

The following individuals received 2016 56th Fighter Wing annual awards in a ceremony Feb. 25 at the Wigwan in Litchfield Park: Airman Senior Airman Jaypee Simpliciano 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron NCO Tech. Sgt. Sean O’Hagan 56th Force Support Squadron Senior NCO Senior Master Sgt. Marc Sellers 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Company grade officer Capt. Lauren Chaffee 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Field grade officer Maj….

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Don’t be an ‘Airman Z’

Posted  April 7, 2017

It started when he got his first rum and coke at a party in 9th grade. Airman Z had always been curious about alcohol, and his brother, a senior and one of the “cool guys” in high school, always talked about drinking whenever he hung out with the other cool kids in school. To Airman…

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Posted  April 7, 2017

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. TFS center…

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Pearl Harbor vet honored on 99th birthday

Posted  April 7, 2017

There are days and events in history that are etched in people’s minds forever. One of those days is Dec. 7, 1941, the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, and a day that President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed in a speech before a joint session of Congress would live in infamy. Although most people in the…

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Tuskegee Airmen legacy thrives

Posted  April 7, 2017

The fourth Thursday in March has become a significant date in Arizona as a day to celebrate the famed Tuskegee Airmen who helped shape the diverse culture of the United States Air Force. Luke Thunderbolts, members of the Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen and community members came together to take part in the Fourth…

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