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President Trump visits Luke

President Donald Trump visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 19, 2018, to discuss military weapons and technology capabilities and learn about the 56th Fighter Wing’s pilot training mission.

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Astronaut, cosmonaut safe after abort during launch to ISS

American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin resting comfortably in the city of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, after an anomaly shortly after their launch. The Soyuz-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m., EDT, Oct. 10 carrying Hague and Ovchinin. Shortly after launch, there was an…

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After crash, Pentagon says temporary pause in F-35 flights

The Pentagon on Oct. 11 ordered a temporary pause in all F-35 fighter jet flights in order to inspect the fleet in the wake of a crash last month in South Carolina. The decision involves a potentially bad fuel tube and affects more than 250 U.S.-owned jets, as well as nearly 100 that belong to…

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – October 5, 2018

Luke AFB Thunderbolt – Base Newspaper for Luke AFB, serving the West Valley region of Phoenix, AZ – October 5, 2018 Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition. This month, we have the 2018 edition of “The Book.” This is the annual mission update for Luke AFB, which includes information for each organization on…

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RIDGE SHAN People and Places

Refugee recalls horrors

She remembers the smell. Without a functioning sanitation system, raw sewage lined the rows of tents in the camp. Families would shower by poking holes into cups and pouring small amounts of their rationed water into them. Not enough to clean a child. She had no friends, save for her siblings. With no schools, the…

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Luke Veterinary Treatment Facility keeps working animals; service member’s pets healthy

Posted  October 13, 2017

A gentle rub against your leg, lick in your face and fur on your clothes — the tell-tale signs of owning a furry friend. For most, pets are more than just animals, they are family members and for many government agencies, they are a vital part of the team. The Luke (Air Force Base, Ariz.)…

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Luke AFB blood drive

Posted  October 11, 2017

Thunderbolt Nation steps up to replenish Phoenix blood banks after Las Vegas tragedy.

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Around the Air Force: Oct. 11

Posted  October 11, 2017

On this look around the Air Force the Air Force hurricane cleanup efforts continue and the Pacific Air Forces Commander discusses PACAF’s mission.

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Propulsions Flight

Posted  October 9, 2017

Luke Air Force Base Propulsions Flight is tasked with making sure the engines for the F-16s are ready for flight, having a record breaking 13 spares in their shop ready to go in the air!

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The Book 2017: Luke AFB Edition Seven Page 1 & 2

Posted  October 6, 2017

56th Comptroller Squadron Mission: Deliver world-class decision support on all financial matters while deploying mission-ready Airmen. Demographics: CPTS consists of three officers, 19 enlisted and 17 civilian employees. Leadership Commander: Lt. Col. Joseph Nicholas Superintendent: Senior Master Sgt. Patrica Helderman First sergeant: Master Sgt. Randolph Rundio Responsibilities: CPTS is responsible for planning and executing an…

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