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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel Local

Metals Technology Airmen maintain the future of Airpower

Keeping aircraft mission capable requires a multitude of skills, equipment and Airmen able to perform proper maintenance at a moment’s notice.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Local

56th Force Support Squadron renovates Club Five-Six

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.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Local

Airman finds recipe for Improvement

To further hone their culinary skills and inspire food service Airmen at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., to think outside the box when it comes to cooking, Thunderbolts at the Ray V. Hensman and Falcon Inn Dining Facilities created the Chef Mentoring Program.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Local

Armament Thunderbolts keep pilots armed and mission ready

When an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot returns from a day of target practice at the Gila Bend Auxiliary Field, the weapons systems are inspected for routine maintenance.

Airman 1st Class Julian Nieto Sports

TBolts hit ice in new hockey club

The Luke Thunderbolts Hockey Club was launched in February but has already made a name for itself in the Arcadia Summer-C hockey league. With a record of 8-1, the regular season wrapped up last week with the first semifinal game July 6. The club’s first skate was held in late April at Arizona Ice Peoria….


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‘Black Widows’ arrive at Bagram for final F-16 deployment

Posted  November 6, 2015

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Airmen assigned to the 421st Fighter Squadron arrived Oct. 28 for its last F-16 Fighting Falcon deployment in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and NATO’s Resolute Support mission as the unit begins to shift to a newer aircraft. During their six-month tenure at Bagram Airfield, the squadron from Hill Air Force…

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ALS takes a field trip …

Posted  November 6, 2015

Senior Airman Devante Williams Staff Sgt. Brandon Rowe, left, 56th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment training NCO in charge, shows members of Airman Leadership School Class 15-7 the inside of an F-16 Fighting Flacon cockpit training module Oct. 28 during a tour of the 62nd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. The 62nd…

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Father remembers son gone too soon

Posted  November 6, 2015

  Editor’s note: The following is a story of Airman 1st Class Wheeler Nichols, 56th Dental Squadron, written by his father. Our son loved the U.S. Air Force. His young life ended in service almost exactly one year ago. Wheeler D. Nichols was born in Peru December 1991. A few weeks later, after a lengthy…

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PEOPLE FIRST November 6, 2015

Posted  November 6, 2015

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Air Force…

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AF leaders testify on F-35 progress

Posted  November 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — Leaders in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office and the Air Force F-35 Integration Office testified on the fifth-generation aircraft’s development before a House Armed Services subcommittee Oct. 21 on Capitol Hill. Fielding a number of questions from Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee representatives, Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the F-35 program…

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