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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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Luke firefighters lead training advancements

Posted  August 10, 2018

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Zoie Rider Airman 1st Class Damian Proano, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, tests equipment on a fire engine Aug. 6, 2018, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Luke’s firemen train constantly to maintain competency in all procedures, whether military or civilian. As firemen arrive at the residence they…

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2018 Cardinals Salute-to-Service Boot Camp

Posted  August 8, 2018

The Arizona Cardinals, in collaboration with local organizations, invited Thunderbolts to the University of Phoenix stadium to participate in the 2018 Cardinals Boot Camp, where Airmen ran drills and tested their football skills in a mock-combine.

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Back-to-School Bash 2018

Posted  August 8, 2018

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Ridge Shan A child picks out school supplies during the Back-To-School Bash July 25, 2018, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The event allowed on-base and local organizations to provide hundreds of backpacks, notebooks, folders, pencils, and other school supplies to military families preparing for the new school year….

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CATM instructors ensure Luke Airmen’s combat readiness

Posted  August 6, 2018

The cacophony of bangs that ring off of insulated walls are a routine sound during weapons qualification classes, which the 56th Security Forces Combat Arms Training and Maintenance flight conducts for more than a thousand Airmen each year.

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – August 3, 2018

Posted  August 3, 2018

Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! On our cover this week, we bring you news from the 56th Maintenance Group here at Luke. Members of the Group have been hard at work implementing changes in weapons load training processes.

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