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  • Thunderbolt of the Week: Staff Sgt. Theron Canale

    Staff Sgt. Theron Canale, 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Dedicated crew chief Hometown: Craig, Colo. Years in service: Seven Education: Three classes away from Community College of the Air Force degree Previous assignments: Osan Air Base, Korea, and Aviano AB, Italy Inspirations: Father's constant push Goals: Make chief and maintain the Joint
  • Thunderbolt of the Week: Senior Airman Alonzo Medley

    Airman Alonzo Medley, 56th Fighter Wing, Chaplain assistant Hometown: Philadelphia Years in service: Four Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in social services Previous assignments: Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: My family Goals: Become a teacher in an inner-city public
  • Thunderbolt of the Week: Staff Sgt. Edward Williams

    Staff Sgt. Edward Williams, 56th Contracting Squadron, Acquisitions Flight assistant NCO-in-charge Hometown: New Orleans Years in service: Nine Education: Community College of the Air Force associate in applied science degrees in contracts management, avionics systems technology, electronic systems technology; and a National School of Ministry
  • Thunderbolt of the Week: Airman 1st Class Luis Guzman

    Airman 1st Class Luis Guzman, 56th Operation Support Squadron, Airfield Management Operations Coordinator Hometown: El Paso, Texas Years in service: One Education: Pursuing a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a Community College of the Air Force degree in aviation resource management Previous assignments: Keesler Air Force Base,
  • Thunderbolt of the Week: Senior Airman Carrie Zent

    Senior Airman Carrie Zent, 607th Air Control Squadron, Surveillance Technician Instructor Hometown: Richardton, N.D. Years in service: Four Education: Currently attending American Military University, pursuing a medical transcription certificate and Community College of the Air Force degree Previous assignments: Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and Naval
  • Thunderbolt of the Week: Staff Sgt. Joseph Bihms

    Staff Sgt. Joseph Bihms, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, Aerospace Propulsion journeyman Hometown: San Diego, Calif. Years in service: Four years Education: Pursuing an associate degree in computer science at Estrella Mountain Community College Inspirations: Family and friends Goals: To complete my bachelor's degree within two years Greatest
  • Thunderbolt of the Week: Senior Airman Melissa Johnson

    Senior Airman Melissa Johnson, 56th Medical Operations Squadron,  Pediatric Clinic Aerospace Medical Technician Hometown: El Paso, Texas Years in service: Five Education: Pursuing Community College of the Air Force degree at Rio Salado Community College Inspirations: My husband and family because they always believe in me and push me to be my
  • Thunderbolt of the Week: Senior Airman Timothy Saar

    Senior Airman Timothy Saar, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, End-of-runway team member Hometown: McKees Rocks, Pa. Years in service: Three Education: Glendale Community College, pursuing a degree in electrical engineering Inspirations: My family and brother-in-law Capt. Jason West, who was killed in action in Iraq Goals: Become an officer and
  • Thunderbolt of the Week: Jennifer Medved

    Staff Sgt. Jennifer Medved, 56th Dental Squadron, Dental Laboratory technicianHometown:  Kemah, TexasYears:  12Previous Assignments:  Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, United Kingdom, and Cannon AFB, N. M.Inspirations:  My husband , he always pushes me to be better, my mother who I try to be like; my son who taught me that
  • Thunderbolt of the Week: Staff Sgt. Stephanie Ruepp

    Staff Sgt. Stephanie Ruepp, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Unit Fitness Program Manager Hometown: Blanco, Texas Years in service: Six Education: Working on my Community College of the Air Force degree in professional aeronautics Previous assignments: Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: My mother and
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Thunderbolts - have you heard there were updates to AFI 36-2903? Check out some of the major changes in this short video and then get smart on all of them by reviewing the full list here: https://go.usa.gov/xU9kX
Krav Maga instructors visited Luke Air Force Base last week to teach our Security Forces #defenders combative techniques that they can use in their daily operations to ensure the safety of themselves and our personnel. Upon completion of the seven-day Krav Maga training, the members became instructor certified to teach military and government employees.
Did you know the AFMS - Luke - 56th Medical Group​ operates a pharmacy in Scottsdale 2 days a week to better serve the beneficiaries in the east valley? Here’s what you need to know: 1️⃣ open Mon & Thur 0900-1500 2️⃣ located at 7301 E 4th St, Suite 7 Scottsdale AZ 3️⃣ call 623-856-3450 for assistance 4️⃣ to refill a prescription call 623-856-3969
Each week an Airman is recognized from the 56th Fighter Wing as the Thunderbolt of the Week for their outstanding performance and dedication to duty. Join us in congratulating the amazing Airmen of Thunderbolt nation!
Have you seen those scenes in movies where the computer geniuses track the bad guys trying to break into a network and stop them?! Well we just got our own version...kind of. 💻⛔️🔍 Luke's network security was recently upgraded with the Mission Defense Team reaching initial operating capability. The MDT monitors base network traffic and communicates any threats, anomalies, or suspicious activity. Learn more about how the Air Force is transforming Communication Squadrons to optimize #cyber security for weapons systems and networks.
“What this program is going to do is provide the stability for the AMU to produce a consistent turn-pattern of aircraft..to produce more pilots, more efficiently, with a higher quality of training.” As part of an effort to increase #F35 maintenance effectiveness and efficiency the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit created a team of unified maintenance Air Force specialties called Lightning Integrated Technicians. Learn how these #Airmen have exceeded Air Education and Training Command mission capable rates with fewer technicians than traditional manpower constructs. https://go.usa.gov/xUBHb
The U.S. Air Force F-35 Heritage Flight Team is heading to the UK to take part in the #RAF100 festivities this weekend!
Thunderbolts - don't make dinner plans for Thursday night...come out to Club Five Six and take part in the PF Chang's food truck!
We recently had the honor of hosting Under Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan. During his visit he gained insight into #F35 training operations and served as the guest speaker for the 61st Fighter Squadron F-35A basic course graduation. ⭐️ Fun Fact! Under Secretary Donovan graduated from the 426th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron at Luke in 1983 as an F-15 Eagle pilot and his initial instructor pilot was an exchange officer from the Royal Australian Air Force. The #61FS continues the legacy of #Mateship and strengthening alliances today. 🇺🇸 🇦🇺 Read more here: https://go.usa.gov/xUWUC
“As you progress in your career and you advance in rank, you find that your responsibilities change and your role in the organization changes. You take what you get and you learn from it. Every experience you have, you take something away.” For DeLand, Fla. native Capt Kristi Machado her journey from college graduate to Enlisted Airman to Force Support Officer is one of optimism and pragmatism that led her to becoming the leader she is today. Read more here: https://go.usa.gov/xUjtp #KnowYourMil
Chief Wright just announced an update to the Enlisted Force Structure. Take a few min to review and if you have any questions let us know and we’ll do our best to get them answered.
Hope everyone is celebrating big (and safe!) today! 🎇🇺🇸
We had a blast at LukeEvents Freedom Fest Friday night! If you couldn't make it or need more fireworks in your life here are a few place around the West Valley you can find them tomorrow night! 🎇Westgate Firework Fest | 5-9pm 🎇⚾️Surprise Fourth of July baseball game and fireworks | game starts at 5:30pm, fireworks 8:30pm 🎇Goodyear's Star-Spangled 4th | 6-10pm 🎇Buckeye's Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration | 7-9pm 🎇Red, White and Boom! at The Wigwam | 6-8:30pm 🎇Tolleson 4th of July Celebration | starts at 4pm 🎇Peoria's All-American Festival | fireworks at 9:15pm *some events are free and some require tickets so give them a quick google search to get all the details!* 📸: A1C Alex Cook
#DYK that servicemembers can register to vote by absentee ballot in whatever state they are a resident of? Watch this video from the Federal Voting Assistance Program - FVAP to learn more! You can also call the Luke A&FRC for help getting registered and requesting your ballot at 623-856-6550.
Every day we build fighter pilots. Airman Magazine recently spent time with the 54th Fighter Group to learn more about how we are helping the United States Air Force get after the complex issue of the pilot shortage.
Today we marked the end of our summer change of command season (13 this year!). Thanks again to all the outstanding leaders who departed for your contributions building the future of #airpower and welcome to all new commanders! Pics from all the ceremonies here at Luke (as well as many other events from around TBolt Nation) can be found on our Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56fwpa/albums
Thunderbolts time for some #SummerSafety reminders! Even though we only hit 110 degrees 5 times so far in June (compared to 11 times from 2015-2017) it’s still hot enough to need to hydrate and wear your SPF every day. 🔥🔥🔥 What else do you do to stay cool?
Today Luke Air Force Base completed our 20,000th #F35 sortie! We continue to build the future of airpower with an amazing total force, partner nation and industry team! Congrats to all who played a part! 🇺🇸🇦🇺🇮🇹🇳🇴🇯🇵 944th Fighter Wing Air Force Reserve Luke AFB F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office F-35 Lightning II
Last week Thunderbolts climbed dirt hills and dove into muddy waters as they took on the Jump in the Mud 5k. Learn how one Thunderbolt got out of her comfort zone and got more than a good workout from it. #mudrun #5K #thunderbolts LukeEvents
The 56th Dental Squadron painted the rock in honor of Chief Wright’s visit! https://t.co/LRxAeLwlr1
RT @388fw: We flew our 10,000th operational @thef35 sortie yesterday in the @388fw and @419fw - all thanks to our pilots and maintainers. #…
RT @usairforce: #BREAKING: #USAF extends High Year of Tenure for E-4 through E-6: https://t.co/YAigB5peEe https://t.co/455ltEgUMc
RT @AETCommand: Revitalizing our squadrons is a top priority for the Air Force. Check out what the First Sergeant Academy at @HQAirUniversi
If you aren’t following @SecAFOfficial for the latest info on our Air Force bows a great time to! https://t.co/uWZHCjdl0U
RT @AirmanMagazine: An F-35A Lightning II and P-51 Mustang fly in formation as part of a Heritage Flight display during the Bell Fort Worth…
RT @DeptDefence: The tenth F-35A Joint Strike Fighter to be delivered to the @Aus_AirForce has arrived at @usairforce Luke Air Force Base i…
More photos from @POTUS visit to Luke are available here: https://t.co/2QcqbxTRhp
RT @DepSecDef: Great discussion yesterday at @LukeAFB & great leadership from @POTUS Trump. The @DeptofDefense must work with Congress & de…
“We make the greatest military equipment in the world. American-made military products are more effective, more let… https://t.co/NwNuQi0by9
Team Luke was proud to host @POTUS, as well as @DepSecDef & @SecAFOfficial today to showcase defense capabilities.… https://t.co/nUh0tx5Y35
RT @DepSecDef: Happening now: Alongside @POTUS Trump, @SecAFOfficial, defense industry CEOs and local leaders at @LukeAFB, talking defense…
RT @abc15: No visit to @LukeAFB, even by @realDonaldTrump, is complete without a selfie. #abc15 https://t.co/axuqNkI3UM
RT @markknoller: Pres thanks military personnel at @LukeAFB, shaking hands and posing for multiple selfies. https://t.co/o9f7RjsKjS
RT @SecAFOfficial: Meeting some of the Airmen here @LukeAFB where we train more than 70% of the world’s #F35 pilots. #AirPower https://t.co…
RT @FoxNews: .@POTUS participates in a roundtable discussion with defense industry CEOs and local business leaders at @lukeafb https://t.co…
RT @WhiteHouse: President Trump Participates in a Defense Roundtable https://t.co/FywXuHOh1n

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