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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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Around Luke: Luke heritage …

Posted  November 6, 2015

Airman 1st Class Gossett A static SPAD XIII airplane is on display in the at Luke Air Force Base air park. The SPAD XIII was a French-built airplane built for U.S. Air Service Pursuit Squadrons in World War I and was also the aircraft used by Phoenix native Lt. Frank Luke to down 18 enemy…

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Sports

T-bolts kick up dust for CFC …

Posted  November 6, 2015

Senior Airman Devante Williams Senior Airman Eric Burrell, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron electrician, kicks the ball during the Combined Federal Campaign kickball tournament Oct. 30 against the 56th Security Forces Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. The kickball tournament was to raise awareness for the CFC, which supports eligible nonprofit organizations that provide health and…

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Events

Together everyone can make a difference —

Posted  November 6, 2015

  America Recycles Day is Nov. 15. While recycling is increasing across the United States for many materials, there is so much more that can be done. Many consumer packaging items can be diverted from the landfill to conserve important resources. As of 2013, less than 50 percent of papers, aluminum/steel cans, glass and plastics…

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One step closer to combat …

Posted  November 6, 2015

Courtesy photo The F-35A Lightning II completed the first three airborne gunfire bursts from its internal Gun Airborne Unit-22/A 25mm Gatling gun system during a California test flight Oct. 30. This milestone was the first in a series of test flights to functionally evaluate the in-flight operation of the F-35A’s internal 25mm gun throughout its…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … November 6, 2015

Posted  November 6, 2015

“Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi Today marks the start of our final week of the annual Combined Federal Campaign. This annual event calls and challenges every Airman regardless of rank or position to give. Unapologetically this campaign asks us to put our money…

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