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AZ Air Guard trains with 48th Fighter Wing in United Kingdom

Several Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Phoenix, Ariz., conducted an overseas training mission with the 48thFighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 21 to June 8.   

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56th MXG frees up time for leaders to connect with Airmen

The 56th Maintenance Group at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., implemented a trial run of what they’re calling a “Gemba” event June 5-7, which allows leaders more time to connect with Airmen in the work centers and on the flightline.

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Ridge Shan Local

Luke ammo Airmen prepare for first ever combat munitions competition

Members of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions flight at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., have formed a team to compete in the first ever Air Force Combat Munitions competition, taking place June 11-14, 2018, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif.

Thunderbolt Digital Edition June 1, 2018 News

Thunderbolt Digital Edition June 1, 2018

Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! Check out the beautiful mural and the talented group of artists gracing this month’s front page.

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham Local

425th Fighter Squadron celebrates 25 years at Luke

The 425th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., celebrated 25 years of United States Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force partnership with a parade ceremony May 22.


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Health & Safety

New annual Mental Health Assessment requirement begins July 31

Posted  July 24, 2017

Starting July 31, 2017, Airmen undergoing their annual Periodic Health Assessment may notice something new. A Mental Health Assessment will now be part of every annual PHA, to help ensure that Airmen suffering from undiagnosed mental health issues are referred to the necessary care. Mental health issues are a serious problem for U.S. Armed Forces…

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Around the Air Force: July 21

Posted  July 24, 2017

On this look around the Air Force, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright shares the major changes made to Enlisted Professional Military Education for the 21st century, Air Force medical practitioners work with their Fijian counterparts, and Edwards Air Force Base, California, engineers hosted a one-day innovation challenge.

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Local

56th Force Support Squadron renovates Club Five-Six

Posted  July 21, 2017

Ongoing renovations have temporarily closed down Club Five-Six at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., but is scheduled to reopen to the Thunderbolt community in August.

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F-35 B-Course Capstone Flights

Posted  July 19, 2017

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel A 56th Fighter Wing F-35A Lightning II pilot takes off from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., July 17, 2017. F-35 pilots faced off against F-16 Fighting Falcons during a capstone flight exercise as part of the first F-35 basic course at Luke.   Air Force photograph…

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AF announces Enlisted Professional Military Education redesign

Posted  July 19, 2017

Air Force officials announced major changes to the enlisted professional military education program today via an initiative called Enlisted Professional Military Education for the 21st Century, or “EPME 21.” A major initiative of EPME 21 is that time in service will no longer dictate an Airman’s EPME enrollment — Airmen will only be required to…

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