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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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Luke Air Force Base Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8 through 14 2017 theme: ‘EVERY SECOND COUNTS’ Plan two ways out!

Posted  October 6, 2017

Oct. 9 through 13: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Luke AFB commissary and Exchange • Learn about smoke detectors, home escape plans, kitchen fires and how to use a fire extinguisher • Visit information booths, see videos and get fire prevention materials for all ages • Get a photo taken with Sparky the Fire Dog,…

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October is … Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted  October 6, 2017

We have been through the required training, yet the issue of domestic violence is personal. Many of us have stories. I was not aware, at the time, when a very close family member of mine watched her dog brutally killed in front of her by her partner, that hurting pets is now an acknowledged warning…

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New Parent

Posted  October 6, 2017

Moms prep by month to prepare for baby on-the-way Having a baby? Here is a helpful checklist to pace yourself as you prepare for the new arrival. Month 1 (4 to 6 weeks pregnant) Congratulations on finding out you are pregnant! • Spend this month learning about nutrition; begin prenatal vitamins if you haven’t already,…

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Street Beat

Posted  October 6, 2017

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 21 through Sept. 24 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets SFS issued citations for 114 moving and 13 non-moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 22: SFS responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident at the base chapel. One driver backed into the other. There were…

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54th Fighter Group

Posted  October 6, 2017

Description: The 54th Fighter Group is the U.S. Air Force premier F-16 training organization. This selectively manned unit conducts formal graduate-level F-16 initial, requalification, senior officer, and instructor training for Air Combat Command, Pacific Air Forces, United States Air Forces in Europe, Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Reserve Command, and the Air National Guard….

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