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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.

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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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Accessories Flight

Posted  August 30, 2017

The Airmen of Accessories Flight have a wide range of missions. Although they’re not on the flightline, the jets aren’t getting in the air without them.

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Chapel hosts faith and leadership seminar for Airmen

Posted  August 30, 2017

The 56th Fighter Wing Chapel team hosted a Faith and Leadership Seminar at the Academic Training Center at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 23, 2017.

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High definition featured at base theater

Posted  August 30, 2017

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham Six competitors are introduced during a bodybuilding competition at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 26, 2017. Each competitor chose one category, physique, figure or bikini to compete as well the overall category for male or female.   Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham Master…

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Aircrew Flight Equipment Airmen sustain F-16 survival mission

Posted  August 25, 2017

Equipment efficiency can be the determining factor between life and death in a survival situation.

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel
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Combined police training benefits team Luke and local communities

Posted  August 25, 2017

Members of the 56th Security Forces Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Calif., participated in an evasive driving training program this week in conjunction with police departments from the surrounding communities.

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