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‘Gunfighter’ vet shares AF past

Posted November 6, 2015 by by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

  Three enemy MiGs swooped low beneath 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 radioed his wingman,…

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Legend in skies, classroom leads F-35 training

Posted December 4, 2015 by Courtesy of Lockheed Martin

Skip Hopler was one of the first to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Now, he’s guiding the launch of F-35 Lightning II operations by training the next generation. Hopler was born to fly. With 3,800 hours in the cockpit as a U.S. Air Force pilot, his love of flying began at an early age like…

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T-bolts assist disabled vets

Posted November 6, 2015 by by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

  Thunderbolts from Luke Air Force Base assisted with the 2015 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic for five days in September in San Diego. Forty-two Airmen attended the clinic to assist disabled veterans from all over the country. The clinic gave veterans an opportunity to challenge themselves through education and recreational activities. Rehabilitation was promoted…

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Father remembers son gone too soon

Posted November 6, 2015 by by RUSS NICHOLS

  Editor’s note: The following is a story of Airman 1st Class Wheeler Nichols, 56th Dental Squadron, written by his father. Our son loved the U.S. Air Force. His young life ended in service almost exactly one year ago. Wheeler D. Nichols was born in Peru December 1991. A few weeks later, after a lengthy…

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