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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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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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Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan
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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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RIDGE SHAN
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AAFES advances with win over SFS

Posted  November 6, 2015

  The Army and Air Force Exchange Services flag football team beat the 56th Security Forces Squadron team Oct. 26 in a heated and closely contested dogfight to advance to the second round of the championship tournament at Luke Air Force Base. AAFES started strong, scoring early in their first drive and then forcing a…

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Drive much?

Posted  November 6, 2015

Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Zelia Mersinger, 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center educational technician, helps a baby onto a walker at Luke Air Force Base. The CDC accepts children with reservations and on a space-available, drop-in basis. A child may stay for a few hours or spend the entire day on a limited basis….

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