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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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Local

70+ years of weekly news makes move to monthly

Posted  April 28, 2016

One of the staples at Luke Air Force Base is the weekly newspaper, the Thunderbolt. The base newspaper is nearly 72 years old and has had five names, but the common denominator has been keeping the base population up to date with events. Today we say goodbye to the weekly edition as the Thunderbolt transitions…

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Health & Safety

Civic leaders lean in …

Posted  April 28, 2016

Senior Airman James Hensley Members of the World President’s Group listen to different heartbeats through stethoscopes during a facilities tour April 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The group, made up of civic leaders from the local community, toured the base to learn more about Luke’s mission.

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Events

STREET BEAT

Posted  April 28, 2016

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 18 through 24 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 23 moving violations and one nonmoving violation. Traffic-related incidents April 19: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle collision near the Shoppette. Security forces verified the damage and…

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U.S.

PEOPLE FIRST April 29, 2016

Posted  April 28, 2016

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Eglin pathology…

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Commentary

Introspection spurs us to be better

Posted  April 28, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. — We are all created different. We think differently, perceive things differently and interpret success and failure through very different lenses. At each person’s unique period in life, he begins to look back, wondering if he truly made a difference. For many, that difference can only be defined by one’s self, regardless of…

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