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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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Commentary

Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  March 3, 2016

“Discipline teaches us to operate by principle rather than desire.” ~ John MacArthur Jr. Shortly after my wife and I got married, she decided I would be the lesser of two evils to handle our finances. My father-in-law gently, or not so gently, suggested I take a financial planning class by signing me up and…

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World

Norway hits 100-sortie mark

Posted  March 3, 2016

Senior Airman Devante Williams Lt. Col. Martin Tesli, 62nd Fighter Squadron Norwegian instructor pilot, passes his gear to Ello Puga-Orozco, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, after completing the 100th flying hour milestone at Luke Air Force Base Feb. 26. By 2024, Luke is scheduled to have six fighter squadrons and 144 F-35s. Norway will…

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Events

National Black History Month

Posted  March 3, 2016

Thunderbolts ate from a lunch buffet of southern-style barbecue favorites including barbecue chicken, pulled pork, green beans and more. The chocolate-vanilla cake served at the Black History Month luncheon sits decorated with this year’s theme. During the luncheon, participants were educated about the history behind the month and the achievements by African-Americans were highlighted. Maj….

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Salutes & Awards

56th FW names winners

Posted  March 3, 2016

56th Fighter Wing staff agencies The following individuals received annual awards: Airman: Senior Airman Kyle Reaves, 56th Comptroller Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Vivian Reyes, 56th CPTS Company grade officer: 1st Lt. Amanda Steele, 56th FW Protocol Civilian (Category II): Kiley Dougherty, 56th FW Public Affairs The following individuals received quarterly awards: NCO: Tech. Sgt. Timothy…

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For want of a nail

Posted  March 3, 2016

A centuries old proverb states, “For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the battle was lost. For the failure of battle the kingdom was lost all for the want of a horse-shoe nail.” While in the modern Air Force…

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