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General Canterbury takes command of 56th FW

Luke Air Force Base in Arizona welcomed its new wing commander June 20, as Brig. Gen. Todd Canterbury assumed command of the 56th Fighter Wing from Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard.

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AZ Air Guard trains with 48th Fighter Wing in United Kingdom

Several Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Phoenix, Ariz., conducted an overseas training mission with the 48thFighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 21 to June 8.   

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56th MXG frees up time for leaders to connect with Airmen

The 56th Maintenance Group at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., implemented a trial run of what they’re calling a “Gemba” event June 5-7, which allows leaders more time to connect with Airmen in the work centers and on the flightline.

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Ridge Shan Local

Luke ammo Airmen prepare for first ever combat munitions competition

Members of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions flight at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., have formed a team to compete in the first ever Air Force Combat Munitions competition, taking place June 11-14, 2018, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif.

Thunderbolt Digital Edition June 1, 2018 News

Thunderbolt Digital Edition June 1, 2018

Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! Check out the beautiful mural and the talented group of artists gracing this month’s front page.


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Around the Air Force: Aug. 4

Posted  August 7, 2017

On this look around the Air Force, senior leaders release new priorities, F.E. Warren AFB Airmen launch a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile and the Secretary of the Air Force discusses space funding at an Air Force Association dinner.

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Commentary

Be S.M.A.R.T. when setting goals

Posted  August 4, 2017

Have you set goals for your future? A goal is the result or achievement toward which effort is directed. Goals can be short or long-term, personal, professional, spiritual or physical, and are usually specific to a person or group. According to Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, you are 42…

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Commentary

Don’t underestimate importance of sacrifice

Posted  August 4, 2017

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Feb. 19, 2015. As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my…

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Local

In Brief

Posted  August 4, 2017

Retiree Appreciation Day Retiree Appreciation Day is to acknowledge the service of the veterans in the local metropolitan area, and to inform veterans of the services and activities that are available to them and their dependents. RAD is 8 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Naval Operations Support Center, Bldg. 300, at Luke Air…

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Salutes & Awards

36 senior airmen graduate ALS

Posted  August 4, 2017

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 36 senior airmen June 29 from Class 17-5. The award winners are: John L. Levitow: Moriah Farnam, 61st Fighter Squadron Distinguished graduates: Taylor Wellnitz, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron; Jacob Mraz, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron; and Ashlynd Vaughn, 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Commandant’s award: Jacob Mraz, 56th CMS…

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