Thunderbolt Digital Edition – April 2022

Digital and Print Publication for Luke AFB, serving the West Valley region of Phoenix, AZ. An Publication

Hello, everyone and welcome to the April 2022 issue of Luke AFB Thunderbolt! We lead off this month’s issue with a very special story: coverage of the annual Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day, held this year at Luke AFB Hangar 999. The event honored the late Tuskegee Airman, Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee, who died Jan. 16, at the age of 102. McGee flew 409 combat missions in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal. Other honorees at this year’s event included surviving Tuskegee Airmen, retired Lt. Col.Asa Herring, and retired Maj. Fannie McClendon, who was also part of the legendary 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. The Fighter Country community is honored to pay tribute to these legendary Airmen, and we have full coverage for you in this month’s issue of Luke AFB Thunderbolt.

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Here are some highlights from our April issue:

All this and much more, in this month’s edition of Luke AFB Thunderbolt! Hard copies of the paper will be available at various distribution points on base and in surrounding areas starting April 1st. Pick one up when you’re out and about, or visit our website,, for much more military and defense industry news. “Like” our page for daily news updates – we now regularly cross-post news and features from the military bases we serve throughout the desert Southwest, as an extension of our military and defense community. As always, THANK YOU for your support – it’s our privilege to serve you! Be safe and be well.  #aerotechnews #lukeafbnews #lukethunderbolt

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