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  • Every Airman has a voice

    While Gen. Mark Welsh III was here at Luke Air Force Base, he discussed the importance of listening to your young Airmen, and making sure they feel empowered to have open dialogue and share ideas within their chain of command.As the NCO in charge of my section, I took General Welsh's words to heart and encouraged Airmen in my section to voice their
  • Have faith in the Air Force system

    Throughout our Air Force careers, we have all received extensive training covering the Air Force core values -- integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. We talk about them on a daily basis in one capacity or another using them as buzz words to drive our point home or steer a wayward Airmen back within standards. They are
  • The gift of leadership

    Gen. Mark Welsh III may have said it best, "Leadership is a gift. It's given by those who follow. You have to be worthy of it."As the people of this nation give their children up to serve in the armed forces we as leaders need to be ready to lead them as they are the future leaders that will lead our grandchildren. This is especially true for
  • Make time to mentor your Airmen

    The Air Force is comprised of Airmen with many skills and talents. The backbone to our continued success is our men and women who strive to be excellent on a daily basis. However, there are times when our focus is derailed by our own personal and professional guidelines.I was taught as a young Airman that the mission always came first, and my
  • 308th FS rich history, poignant ending

    After 21 years of continuous service as an F-16 Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, the 308th Fighter Squadron, recently recognized the 2014 Top Fighter Squadron in the 56th Operations Group, will close its doors this summer.Given this sad fact, it is only appropriate that this week's Thunderbolt commentary focus on this highly decorated and
  • Bring 'invisible class' into view

    When I was a young boy, my father explained to me that there was dignity in work. He told me to always respect the worker regardless of how thankless or menial their job may appear to be. He said that you never know the burdens a person may be carrying, or the family members that may be relying on them for financial support.My father told me about
  • Set S.M.A.R.T. goals for success

    "Goals are dreams with deadlines." ~ Diana Scharf HuntWhat personal or professional goals do you want to achieve this year? Do you want to run a marathon? Do you want to make that next rank?Goal setting is a powerful tool that can turn a vision of the future into reality. Top athletes and successful people in all fields set achievable goals. As
  • Find inspiration all around for daily grind

    SHAZAM!That is the war cry of the 56th Operations Support Squadron. It comes from the comic book character Captain Marvel, who was introduced back in 1939.SHAZAM is an acronym of six Greek and Roman gods and heroes, each defining a special ability that the superhero possesses. There is Solomon for wisdom, Hercules for strength, Atlas for stamina,
  • Forgetting past leads to repeating it

    On Jan. 17, 1991, Operation Desert Storm was initiated by the U.S. to liberate Kuwait from the forces of Saddam Hussein, the Iraq dictator.Leading up to this event, Hussein had invaded the country of Kuwait Aug. 2, 1990. He targeted Kuwait due to its extensive supply of oil and his belief that Kuwait was conspiring with other oil-producing
  • Raise a hand to volunteer

    When you hear the word volunteer, you usually associate it with fundraisers, Red Cross organizations, community projects or base functions. We do not usually think about the work itself.From the time I entered the Air Force I remember being told never to raise your hand to volunteer until you knew if it was something you wanted to do. I followed
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We’ve showed you tips for beating the heat, but make sure you look out for your furry friends, too! 🐶☀️ #summersafety #petsafety
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
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
RT @usairforce: #Airmen & families are entering @TeamTyndall to inspect living facilities & collect their belongings. All other areas of th…
RT @willcain: Amazing day thanks to @firsttake & @LukeAFB. Went on a training mission w badass F16 fighter pilot @ThumperF16 from 309th Mad…
how do you think he did? Tune in to @FirstTake live from our flightline Fri Nov 9th to see his whole flight with th… https://t.co/Lz6KBF22qk
Think energy is a given? Think again! Staying smart about energy readiness & resilience ensures our #Airmen have th… https://t.co/qvWPkrjz2X

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