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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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Chaplain’s thoughts … April 15, 2016

Posted  April 14, 2016

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” ~Maya Angelou We live in a fast-paced world.  As airmen we operate in a competitive environment where high performance and expertise is required both for mission accomplishment and for career development.  The older I get, as family and work…

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DoD Announces Pilot Tutor Program for Service Members

Posted  April 14, 2016

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Officials with the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Program and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support announced the launch of a pilot tutoring program that will provide service members with tutoring support at no cost, anytime, anywhere. “If a service member is struggling with a college course or simply needs help…

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Sports Shorts April 15, 2016

Posted  April 14, 2016

Junior golf clinic The Falcon Dunes Golf Course is featuring a junior golf clinic 9 to 10 a.m.  April 23. The cost is $20 per clinic or $30 for both. Instruction includes grip, stance, driving, chipping, putting and golf etiquette. For more information, call 623-535-9334. Base family camp out Outdoor recreation is featuring a base…

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ATAAPS becomes mandatory for all civilian employees on Luke AFB

Posted  April 14, 2016

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) directing the use of the Automated Time and Attendance Production System (ATAAPS) was approved between Local 1547 (Union) and Luke AFB on, 29 March 2016.  This MOU implements the requirement for bargaining unit employees to input their time and attendance into ATAAPS and covers all appropriated funded employees represented by…

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Posted  April 14, 2016

Tickets: Security Forces issued citations for 6 moving and 0 non-moving violations. Alarm Activations: Security Forces responded to 6 alarm activation on base. Traffic Related Incidents: April 5: Security Forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in the parking lot of Bldg 1150. Both drivers exchanged information after Security Forces verified the damage. No injuries…

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