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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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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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Spiritual Maintenance Center opens to all Airmen

Posted  August 18, 2017

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Brig. Gen. Brooke Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Kevin Connauton, Arizona Coyotes hockey player, cut the ribbon with members of the Luke community at the Spiritual Maintenance Center on Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Aug. 15, 2017. The Spiritual Maintenance Center was a place established…

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook
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Going the extra mile

Posted  August 18, 2017

Airman 1st Class Wyatt Weaver, 56th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment journeyman, poses for a portrait at White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Buckeye, Ariz., July 28, 2017. Running approximately 35 miles a week, Weaver is currently training for the 21st Air Force Marathon held Sept. 16, 2017, at Wright Patterson Air Force Base,…

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Around the Air Force: Aug. 15

Posted  August 18, 2017

On this look around the Air Force, the Secretary of the Air Force swears in a new undersecretary, B-1B crews deployed to Guam fly their first mission and the SecAF speaks on the light attack experiment.

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota
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Luke’s hydraulics shop adds to the Air Force stockpile

Posted  August 16, 2017

Airmen from the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., work together with squadrons across the base to maintain the hydraulics systems for various aircraft systems.

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