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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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Chaplain’s thoughts …Holiday, Thanksgiving and gratitude: Some thoughts

Posted  November 3, 2017

November is the Thankful Month. OK, we observe a national holiday in the month. Note with me that it is called a national holiday, but in a historical sense it is not truly a holiday i.e. a “holy day.” Bear with me for a moment, I’m not suggesting you change the way you use the…

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Ex-NFL player visits base …

Posted  November 3, 2017

Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Former professional football player, bobsledder, sprinter and mixed martial artist Herschel Walker shakes hands with Staff Sgt. Ned McCaster, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-35 integrated avionics specialist, Oct. 3 after a speech he gave at Luke Air Force Base. Walker spoke about his life, facing adversity, resiliency and described some…

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Air Force photograph by Senior Airman James Hensley

Teamwork, planning results in end of year funding for Luke projects

Posted  November 3, 2017

The 2017 fiscal year ended and money distributed to fund all projects on the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., consolidated resources and requirements list.

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Kachina Gate temporarily closed

Posted  November 3, 2017

The Kachina Gate will be closed on Nov. 2, 3, 6, and 7 for construction. The North Gate will be opening at 6 a.m.to accomodate for the Kachina Gate being closed. Normal gate hours will continue on Nov. 8.

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota
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Luke honors prior service patriots

Posted  November 1, 2017

Service men, past and present, gathered at the Navy Operations Support Center at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., during a Retiree Appreciation Day event Oct. 28, to commemorate retired veterans in the area.   As the event began, retirees gathered in the main assembly room for the presentation of the colors, invocation and a brief…

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