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309th Fighter Squadron Graduates 11 from class 15-BBC

America’s newest fighter pilots are ready to join the most lethal combat air force the world has ever known. The eight active-duty and three Air National Guard officers of class 15-BBC have successfully completed the F-16 Basic Course and will celebrate this accomplishment today with loved ones, academic instructors, and instructor pilots. Class 15-BBC’s stay…

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Airman seeks to rejoin pararescue team despite loss of leg

In July 2011, Staff Sgt. August O’Neill, a pararescueman, was sent to rescue a group of Marines pinned down in Afghanistan when enemy insurgents opened fire on his team’s helicopter. A round bounced off the helicopter’s door, tearing through both of O’Neill’s lower legs and critically wounding his left. Over the next 3 1/2 years,…

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Passion vs. priorities

Physical fitness doesn’t come easy for everyone — sometimes the drive to finish one more repetition or set a new personal best just doesn’t cut it. For 1st Lt. Christian Torres, having the spirit to stay mentally and physically strong when going through adversity is not just found in the gym, it’s a way of…

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Hill depot facility becomes first to work on all F-35 variants

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The Ogden Air Logistics Complex here became the first depot facility to perform modifications on all three F-35 Lightning II variants after it inducted a Navy F-35C carrier version April 15. The F-35C was flown in from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, by Navy Capt. Mark Weisgerber, the 33rd…

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Col. Kimberly Olson, Laughlin legacy, retires

No girls allowed Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas — Kimberly Olson had just graduated college in 1979 with an education degree and was trying to decide on a career. With two options after college — to either become a teacher or join the Air Force — Olson chose to take her mother’s advice and took…


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Mini-Bolts cardio at Luke …

Posted  February 11, 2016

Airman Pedro Mota The 56th Force Support Squadron Annex Fitness Center on the east side of the base has a parent and child workout room in which Thunderbolts can work on cardio while watching their children. The Luke Air Force Bryant Fitness Center is undergoing changes in 2016, which will include a parent and child…

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Airpower starts here

Posted  February 18, 2016

I walked into a recruiter’s office looking for a change in my life on Feb. 11, 1999. What I knew about the Air Force was very little except what my two older brothers had told me. It all happened fast as I started my first day of Basic Military Training 14 days later. Once I…

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What is your locus?

Posted  February 18, 2016

Your first thought to the commentary’s title was probably “what do you mean?” Merriam-Webster defines locus as “a central or main place where something happens or is found.” So it basically means center. Now add the words “of control.” Locus of control is a lesson that first sunk in for me when I went to…

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Retiree witnesses historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech

Posted  February 18, 2016

It was Aug. 23, 1963, in D.C. and it was hot. He was a child standing in a sea of people when he heard a man he didn’t know begin to speak. While he vaguely remembers the beginning of the speech, he clearly recalls the words, “I have a dream …” Although he was 10…

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F-35 program moving forward, addressing challenges

Posted  February 18, 2016

WASHINGTON — The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program is moving forward while addressing various challenges, the program’s executive officer recently said. “In the big picture, I would tell you that the program right now is accelerating, growing and changing,” Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan said at a media roundtable in Arlington, Virginia. He detailed…

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