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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Local

Thunderbolt nation mural highlights Luke’s heritage

“When I first drove onto the base, I noticed the wall and how blank it was,” said Staff Sgt. Brandon Garza, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron logistics planner at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. “That’s when I knew something had to be done.”

Thunderbolt Digital Edition - May 4, 2018 News

Thunderbolt Digital Edition – May 4, 2018

Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! If you’re looking for news and information serving “Fighter Country” in the West Valley region of Phoenix, you’ve come to the right place!

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Clinton Atkins Salutes & Awards

AF Honor Guard training team graduates Luke honor guardsmen

An Air Force Honor Guard mobile training team from Joint Base Anacostia Bolling, Washington, D.C., graduated a group of 24 local honor guardsmen at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., April 25, 2018.

Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid News

LRS wins ‘Roadeo’ fuel truck competition

A team of 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels management Airmen won the 2018 Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricants “Roadeo” competition hosted at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, April 8 and 9. The competition pitted teams of POL Airmen from Luke AFB, Davis-Monthan AFB and Nellis AFB against each other in a series of challenges related to…

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham Local

Second Lady Karen Pence speaks to military spouses at Luke AFB

Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., for her first time to talk to military spouses May 1.


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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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Air Force

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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Commentary

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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Photo by Staff Sgt. 
MARCY COPELAND
Salutes & Awards

Commander cuts ribbon on TLF

Posted  November 6, 2015

  There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 29 at Luke Air Force Base to celebrate the completion of the base’s new temporary lodging facility. In attendance was Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, his wife, Jennifer, Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th FW command chief, Col. James Pease, Air Education Training Command director…

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Staff Sgt. Staci Miller
U.S.

Greatest generation vet survived capture

Posted  November 6, 2015

  Retired Chief Master Sgt. Harold Bergbower was born May 11, 1920, in Newton, Illinois. He joined the Army Air Corps May 12, 1939. One year later, he went to school at Chanute Field, Illinois, and became an air mechanic. In January 1940, he volunteered to go to the Philippines and stayed there for a…

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