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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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500th F-35 pilot takes to the sky

Posted  October 6, 2017

The U.S. Air Force trained and graduated the 500th F-35 Lightning II pilot across the joint and international enterprise Sept. 19, 2017, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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‘Rock rules’ imperative

Posted  October 6, 2017

The Rock* rests quietly on the north side of the 56th Fighter Wing Headquarters, Bldg. 452, and is ready for all challenges. 1. The 56th Fighter Wing Commander (Thunderbolt 1) is the owner of the Rock. 2. Thunderbolt 1 delegates care and painting of the Rock to any unit (group, squadron, flight, section, unit, or…

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The Book 2017: Luke AFB Edition Seven Page 3

Posted  October 6, 2017

309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks Mission: Build the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots. Demographics: Thirty-two assigned and attached instructor pilots who train approximately 40 student pilots each year, three enlisted squadron aviation resource management professionals, one civilian, one enlisted personnelist, attached contract employees and enlisted aircrew flight equipment professionals. Leadership Commander: Lt. Col. Kathryn Gaetke…

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Herschel Walker visits Luke, speaks to Airmen about resiliency

Posted  October 6, 2017

Former professional football player, bobsledder, sprinter and mixed martial artist, Herschel Walker visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 4 to see the base and speak to Thunderbolts during an all-call.

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The Book 2017: Luke AFB Edition Seven Page 4 & 5

Posted  October 6, 2017

56th Maintenance Group staff Mission: Plan, monitor, train, manage, and adapt through precise scheduling, and efficient execution to produce the world’s finest maintainers, and fighter pilots. Demographics: There are 167 active-duty and 14 civilian members. Leadership Section commander: Maj. James Hodges Maintenance operations superintendent: Senior Master Sgt. Heather Tufty Weapons standardization superintendent: Chief Master Sgt….

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