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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.


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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Lightning II to touch down at air shows around the world

Posted  March 10, 2016

F-35 Heritage Flight Team 2016 Air Show schedule April 2 and 3 at Luke Air Force Base April 22 and 24 at Langley AFB, Virginia May 7 and 8 at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida May 28 and 29 at Jones Beach, New York June 18 and 19 at Ocean City, Maryland June 25 and 26 at…

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Salutes & Awards

USFWS selects BMGR for award

Posted  June 30, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Barry M. Goldwater Range has been selected as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2015 Military Conservation Partner Award recipient. The award, presented in a ceremony June 9, is a national award presented annually to a military installation whose efforts represent significant conservation accomplishments achieved in partnership with…

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STREET BEAT – January 22, 2016

Posted  January 21, 2016

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 11 through 18 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 26 moving violations and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 11: Security forces responded to a report of a minor single-vehicle accident involving a fixed object at Burger King adjacent to…

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56th LRS Individual Protect Equipment Journeymen ensure an efficient deployment line

Posted  June 6, 2018

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid Airman 1st Class Jasmyn Marshall, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Individual Protection Equipment journeyman, rehearses a deployment equipment distribution scenario with Staff Sgt. Hannah Hendry, 56th LRS IPE supervisor, June 4, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Practicing pre-deployment processes helps ensure a fast and efficient…

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In Brief

Posted  June 2, 2017

Changes of command 56th Component Maintenance Squadron — Maj. Edward Romero will assume command of the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron at 7:56 a.m. June 8 in Hangar 999. 61st Fighter Squadron — Lt. Col. Mike Gette, 61st Fighter Squadron commander, is relinquishing command to Lt. Col. Rhett Hierlmeier at 7:56 a.m. June 12 in Hangar…

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