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Airman finds recipe for Improvement

To further hone their culinary skills and inspire food service Airmen at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., to think outside the box when it comes to cooking, Thunderbolts at the Ray V. Hensman and Falcon Inn Dining Facilities created the Chef Mentoring Program.

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Armament Thunderbolts keep pilots armed and mission ready

When an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot returns from a day of target practice at the Gila Bend Auxiliary Field, the weapons systems are inspected for routine maintenance.

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TBolts hit ice in new hockey club

The Luke Thunderbolts Hockey Club was launched in February but has already made a name for itself in the Arcadia Summer-C hockey league. With a record of 8-1, the regular season wrapped up last week with the first semifinal game July 6. The club’s first skate was held in late April at Arizona Ice Peoria….

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A&FRC provides blended retirement system training

Online training designed to educate Airmen about the new Blended Retirement System, the Defense Department system with changes on the current military retirement system, is now available via Joint Knowledge Online course number P-US1330. The course is also available to those without a Common Access Card — to include family members — via an alternate…

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Luke civil engineers partner to tackle B.A.S.H.

Airmen from seven bases across the country partnered with Luke Air Force Base civil engineers to accomplish the annual Bird/Wildlife Air Strike Hazard mission, which began in March and was completed in June. Known as BASH, the program exists to deter wildlife from nesting in areas where they can pose a threat to the flying…


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Events

In Brief

Posted  November 4, 2016

Deployed family dinner The deployed family dinner is 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Luke Community Chapel Annex and is hosted by the Frank Luke Chapter of the Air Force Association. To RSVP by Nov. 7 or for more information, call 623-856-6211. FitFamilies Program The FitFamilies Program promotes fitness for the whole family….

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Knocking leukemia out of the park

Posted  November 4, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Through love, hope and the help of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a Citizen Airman and his family celebrated defeating cancer with a trip to the ballpark. Mason Weedman, 6, son of Carrie and Maj. Aaron Weedman, 69th Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 3….

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T-bolt, twin brother have one mission: Service before self

Posted  November 4, 2016

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — What greater contribution can a person make than to commit to the service of the Air Force and the nation? That is exactly what twin brothers Tech. Sgts. Nicholas Jackson, 56th Communications Squadron, and Nathan Jackson, 375th CS, have done. Growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the brothers shared a…

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VIP visits Luke …

Posted  November 4, 2016

FROM LEFT: Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, head of the Air Education and Training Command, Brig. Gen. Brooke Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, 56th FW command chief, depart the flightline Oct. 19 following Roberson’s arrival at Luke Air Force Base. Roberson, along with a group of civic leaders from communities…

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DOD civilians, service members must remain apolitical

Posted  November 4, 2016

WASHINGTON — Service members and Defense Department civilians swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. It doesn’t matter who is elected or what party that person represents. DOD personnel will follow the lawful orders of the commander in chief. Tradition There is a long tradition of being apolitical in…

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