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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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Air Force Selects Airmen for the 2017 All-Air Force Golf Championship

Posted  August 25, 2017

The Air Force has selected candidates to participate in the 2017 All-Air Force Golf Championship to be held in Millington, Tenn., from Sept. 4-9, 2017. Included in the selection is Master Sgt. John J. Accorso of Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. If selected, candidates will move on to represent the Air Force at the 2017…

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Luke hosts annual triathlon

Posted  August 23, 2017

Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., held its 11th annual triathlon on Aug. 19, 2017. Airmen of all ranks participated with those in the community in teams and individuals to compete in the event.   Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel A Team Luke triathlon participant swims during the Luke Triathlon at Luke…

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Shoot for the future

Posted  August 23, 2017

Ever since he was in diapers, Tech. Sgt. Bradley has been in love with basketball. Now, with his final season of playing Air Force Basketball, he balances his career with his true passion.

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Around the Air Force: Aug. 22

Posted  August 23, 2017

On this look Around the Air Force the new Space Operations Directorate has achieved operating capability, the Pathfinder Initiative protects cyberspace assets, and starting Sept. 1st, 2017, the Express Scripts Tricare pharmacy home delivery program begins.

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Detachment 12,the future F-35 maintainers

Posted  August 21, 2017

Airmen at Detachment 12 are the future F-35 maintainers. They hone in on their skills and use what they learn to get help get the pilots in the air every day.

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