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Astronaut, cosmonaut safe after abort during launch to ISS

American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin resting comfortably in the city of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, after an anomaly shortly after their launch. The Soyuz-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m., EDT, Oct. 10 carrying Hague and Ovchinin. Shortly after launch, there was an…

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After crash, Pentagon says temporary pause in F-35 flights

The Pentagon on Oct. 11 ordered a temporary pause in all F-35 fighter jet flights in order to inspect the fleet in the wake of a crash last month in South Carolina. The decision involves a potentially bad fuel tube and affects more than 250 U.S.-owned jets, as well as nearly 100 that belong to…

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – October 5, 2018

Luke AFB Thunderbolt – Base Newspaper for Luke AFB, serving the West Valley region of Phoenix, AZ – October 5, 2018 Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition. This month, we have the 2018 edition of “The Book.” This is the annual mission update for Luke AFB, which includes information for each organization on…

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RIDGE SHAN People and Places

Refugee recalls horrors

She remembers the smell. Without a functioning sanitation system, raw sewage lined the rows of tents in the camp. Families would shower by poking holes into cups and pouring small amounts of their rationed water into them. Not enough to clean a child. She had no friends, save for her siblings. With no schools, the…

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Thunderbolts, Arizonans remember Lieutenant Luke’s sacrifice

The 56th Fighter Wing and members of the local community memorialized the 100th anniversary of the death of Arizona-native 2nd Lt. Frank Luke Jr., a World War I ace fighter pilot and the namesake of Luke Air Force Base, Sept. 26, 2018, in a ceremony at the state capitol in Phoenix.


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Taking care of your Airmen?

Posted  October 29, 2015

Many years ago I was just starting out as a young flight chief and senior NCO. I had traveled back east to attend the Maintenance Production Superintendent Course and was headed back home. After I dropped off my rental car I hopped on the bus that would take me back to the terminal. It is…

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AFOSI seeks top-quality Airmen at recruiting fair

Posted  October 29, 2015

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Luke Air Force Base will soon hold its annual recruiting fair. AFOSI is responsible for investigating major crimes against the Air Force, Defense Department and the United States. AFOSI directly denies the abilities of terrorist networks and foreign intelligence efforts. With more than 2,700 members, AFOSI has…

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JAMES HENSLEY
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From pharmacist to Airman

Posted  October 29, 2015

Some of the reasons people join the Air Force are the education benefits and job security. Many Airmen had jobs before joining. “I was a pharmacy technician back when it didn’t require formal education,” said Staff Sgt. Ashley Byers, 56th Force Support Squadron commander’s support staff NCO in charge. “When the requirement changed I knew…

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Luke issues first Gen lll helmet

Posted  October 29, 2015

The world’s most advanced aircraft is getting a new helmet to match. Luke Air Force Base issued its first Generation III F-35 Lightning II Helmet Mounted Display System to Norwegian Air Force Maj. Morten Hanche, 62nd Fighter Squadron training pilot, Oct. 16. The new system, built and issued by Rockwell Collins at the pilot fit…

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Sports Shorts November 6, 2015

Posted  November 6, 2015

Turkey Trot 5K fun run The Annual Turkey Trot 5k Fun Run begins at 7 a.m. Nov. 20 at the 944th Fighter Wing headquarters, Bldg. 988. T-shirts, prize drawings and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center at 623-856-6241. Power-lifting competition The Bryant Fitness Center is…

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