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Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Ridge Shan Local

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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Citizen Airmen give civilian bosses behind-scenes look

Posted  November 12, 2015

The 944th Fighter Wing Air Force Reserve unit at Luke Air Force Base hosted Boss’s Day 2015 on Nov. 7 providing more than 85 employers a peek into the military service of their employees. In an action-packed day designed to show local and out-of-state civilian employers a day in the life of citizen Airmen, the…

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The importance of mentorship

Posted  November 12, 2015

When I worked at U.S. Africa Command, the organization took steps to connect its member countries and cultures, to include referencing local proverbs during meetings. The most frequently mentioned saying was, “If you want to travel fast, travel alone; if you want to travel far, travel together.” This was an effective rallying cry that reminded…

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LRS does Wingman Day

Posted  November 12, 2015

The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron conducted Wingman Day Nov. 6 at the Luke Air Force Base ability to survive and operate area. The day consisted of the squadron running an eight-station obstacle course, three miles of team jogging and a squadron barbecue. The day also included small-group resiliency discussions facilitated by viewing scenes from the…

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Sports Shorts November 13, 2015

Posted  November 12, 2015

Turkey Shoot-Out Tourney Falcon Dunes Golf Course is featuring the Turkey Shoot-Out Tournament Nov. 22. Shotgun start is 8 a.m. The cost is $42 per club member, $47 per nonmember, $52 per guest and includes green fee, range balls, cart rental and lunch. Prizes will be awarded. Sign up by Thursday. For more information, call…

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS
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CMS downs AAFES, advances to semi-finals

Posted  November 12, 2015

The 56th Component Maintenance Squadron team and the Army and Air Force Exchange Services team stepped onto the field Nov. 2 for an intramural football playoff match at Luke Air Force Base. CMS defeated AAFES 32-12. This was the second meeting of the teams. The last time they played, AAFES defeated CMS with a last-second…

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