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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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GI Bill transfer rules unchanged, housing allowance cut approved

Posted February 25, 2016 by Courtesy of Military.com

An eleventh-hour change to Department of Veterans Affairs legislation scrapped a plan by lawmakers to increase the service obligation required for troops who wish to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouses or children. The bill, which was recently passed by the House, originally included a provision requiring troops to serve 10 years…

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AAFES Exchange named ‘Best for Vets’ employer

Posted March 24, 2016 by

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has been named a ‘Best for Vets’ employer for the third straight year by Military Times. The designation recognizes the Exchange as having a company culture and policies that cater to military veterans. The Exchange was also named a Best for Vets employer in 2014 and…

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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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‘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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