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Top Hats present combat-ready fighters …

Posted June 2, 2016 by Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo FROM LEFT: Capts. Brian Leber and Michael Lengyel; 1st Lts. Jacob Jerzewski, John Lorbiecki, Michael Seis, Robert Kouwe and Daniel Thompson; Capt. John Hamilton; 1st Lt. Michael Radosevich; Capt. Alan Pippin, and 1st Lts. Anthony Pipe, Ian Faulkenberry, Gregory Sabol, Christopher Villanueva and Jonathan Hagan graduated May 20 from Class 15-CBG. The 15th…

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Top Hats graduate 14 into combat air force

Posted June 2, 2016 by by Lt. Col. MATTHEW WARNER

Basic F-16 Course Class 15-CBG of the 310th Fighter Squadron is well on its way to being “Dressed to Kill” as combat ready F-16 pilots. As they graduated May 20, they will continue the legacy of 310th Fighter Squadron trained fighter pilots who have fought in every war from World War II to Iraq, Afghanistan,…

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At 82, ‘Mama’ keeps serving soldiers, retirees at Fort Sam

Posted May 5, 2016 by Courtesy of AAFES

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON — At 82, an age when most Americans have long settled into retirement, Stella Graham keeps working, as she has for decades at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. For nearly 48 years, Graham has stayed true to her mission of serving military members, families and retirees at Fort…

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Two-time AF-level award winner PA powerhouse

Posted May 5, 2016 by by DEBORAH LEUTHOLD

You might think a girl who grew up in Warrensburg, Missouri, might not stand out in a crowd. In the four short years Kiley Dougherty, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs media relations chief, has been in the Air Force, she’s been a shining star wherever she finds herself. The Air Force took notice and gave…

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ALS graduates 48 from class 16-3

Posted April 28, 2016 by Courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Danielle Cook

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 47 senior airmen and one staff sergeant March 31 in class 16-3. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Reginald Rouse, 607th Air Control Squadron Distinguished graduates: Dean Saunders, 56th Medical Operations Squadron; Ryan Darling, 56th Civil Engineer…

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309th Fighter Squadron Graduates 11 from class 15-BBC

Posted April 28, 2016 by by Lt Col. WILLIAM McKIBBAN

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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JAMES HENSLEY
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Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award recipient

Posted April 21, 2016 by Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Retired Senior Master Sgt. Terry Nelson, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft armament systems technician, earned the 2015 Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award in the Munitions and Missile Maintenance civilian technician category. This award distinguishes Nelson as the best of the best among the Air Force’s munitions and missile maintenance personnel. Guided by 30 years of…

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Col. Kimberly Olson, Laughlin legacy, retires

Posted April 21, 2016 by

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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Family visits dedicated overpass

Posted April 14, 2016 by Photos by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller

Photos by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Ginger Gilbert visits the overpass dedicated to her husband April 8, 2016, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The overpass was dedicated to Maj. Troy L. Gilbert, who died Nov. 27, 2006, when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed while he was providing close-air support to special operations forces about…

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LOUIS VEGA Jr.
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Luke hosts Tuskegee 75th anniversary

Posted April 7, 2016 by Story and photo by Tech Sgt. LOUIS VEGA Jr.

A ceremony honoring 75 years of the Tuskegee Airmen experience and the great heritage of the “Red Tail” warriors from the 302nd Fighter Squadron took place March 24 during the Third Annual Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day at Luke Air Force Base. The commemorative ceremony, held at the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park, highlighted the incredible…

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