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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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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduates 45 from Class 17-6

Posted  October 6, 2017

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 44 senior airmen and one petty officer first class Aug. 31. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Ericks King 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Distinguished graduates: Jeremy Johnson, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; Silver Gonzales, 56th CMS; Daniel Keum, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron; and Anna Burke, 56th…

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AETC announces award

Posted  October 6, 2017

The following individual received an American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration award: 2018 National Public Service Award Master Sgt. Nina Brown, 54th Maintenance Squadron, 56th Fighter Wing, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico “Sergeant Brown expertly reflowed engine cycle consumption, which prevented 32 early engine removals, saving 7,600 man…

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Quarterly awards announced

Posted  October 6, 2017

The following individuals are quarterly award winners: 56th Fighter Wing staff agencies Airman: Airman 1st Class Ariel Ciprian, 56th Comptroller Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Chris Moore, 56th CPTS Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Vilma Cantu, 56th FW Public Affairs Company grade officer: Chaplain (Capt.) Derek VanderMolen, 56th FW Chapel Field grade officer: Maj. Rebecca Heyse, 56th…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK — Aug. 30

Posted  October 6, 2017

Tech. Sgt. Thomas Tedesco 56th Range Management Office — Air Combat Training Systems contracting officer Sergeant Tedesco ensures the Barry M. Goldwater Range has all the resources it needs to train 20 different joint units each year. He is the proud dad to nine children and is a highly respected, knowledgeable, and self-motivated Airman. His…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK — Sep. 8

Posted  October 6, 2017

Airman 1st Class Deven Augustine 56th Operations Support Squadron —Air traffic controller Airman Augustine provides command and control to the 100 daily flights in and out of Luke Air Force Base while keeping lines of communication open with the FAA and civilian aircraft as well. He is vital to ensuring the safety of our Airmen…

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