• Greatest generation vet survived capture

    Chief Master Sgt. Harold Bergbower was born May 11, 1920, in Newton, Illinois. He joined the Army Air Corps May 12, 1939. One year later, he went to school at Chanute Field, Illinois, and became an air mechanic. In January 1940, he volunteered to go to the Philippines and stayed there for a year and

  • Helping those who came before us

    The Luke Bryant Fitness Center hosted the Retiree Appreciation Day Nov. 7, 2015. It was a day to give retirees a chance to come together and see what direction the Air Force is going."It was a full house with a number of activities and resources available for the retirees," said Capt. Chuck

  • Fabrication Flight: handling the intricate things

    The Fabrication flight in the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron handles precise structural repair and inspection for aircraft and support equipment."For all the F-16s and F-35s at Luke, we provide the back shop fabrication, inspection and repair for both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on

  • Luke veteran survives three wars, plane crash

    "I should have been shot down," he said, recalling one of his 133 missions in his F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. "I was patrolling a river just above the demilitarized zone. There was a large cargo boat the enemy would use to transport supplies so I figured I might as well sink it. I

  • Thunderbolts participate in San Diego veteran clinic

    Thunderbolts from Luke Air Force Base assisted with the 2015 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic in San Diego, California, from September 13 through 18.Forty-two Airmen attended the clinic to assist disabled veterans from all over the country. The clinic gave veterans an opportunity  to challenge

  • A gunfighter shares his past

    Three enemy MiGs swooped low underneath him, screaming out to intercept the U.S. Navy A-4 fighter-bombers who were unloading their payload of explosives on Kep Air Field in North Vietnam. Flying in F-8 Crusaders as fighter protection for the A-4s, he was tasked to defend them at all cost. He quickly

  • Remembering Hill: Squadron creates memorial for fallen Airman

    The 56th Operations Support Squadron held a dedication ceremony Oct. 23, 2015, at Luke Air Force Base to honor the memory of their fallen comrade Senior Airman Scott Hill, who lost his battle with cancer May 18, 2014.Airmen from the 56th OSS, who knew Hill, dedicated a wall to him. The wall is in

  • Airfield management secures safe place to land

    From filing flight plans and initiating search and rescue missions to conducting pavement evaluations, airfield management is responsible for ground and flight safety ensuring the well-being of pilots at Luke Air Force Base."We provide a safe and secure environment for aircraft to operate in," said

  • Ladies push, shove to dominate annual crud tournament

    The time-honored tradition of the annual Ladies' Crud Tournament occurred Oct. 16, 2015, at the Old Officer's Club at Luke Air Force Base.Women from around Luke, mostly Officers' wives and female Airmen, met to clash against each other in teams fashioned from their husband's squadrons or other