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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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PEOPLE FIRST April 15, 2016

Posted  April 14, 2016

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Air Force…

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Understanding sergeant’s words: ‘I’ve got your back’

Posted  April 14, 2016

Seeing the newly selected staff sergeants recently brought back memories of when I was selected for staff sergeant. Actually, my thoughts went to the night I graduated Airman Leadership School. As I crossed the stage after receiving my completion certificate, my co-workers gathered to congratulate me and shake my hand. My supervisor, Staff Sgt. Todd…

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In Brief April 15, 2016

Posted  April 14, 2016

April: SAAM events April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the Defense Department theme is “Know Your Part! Do Your Part! The 56th Fighter Wing Sexual Assault Prevention Response Office is featuring a contest, Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, by supplying pedometers to track the number of steps taken during the month. Participants can…

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Lightning strikes D-Back opener

Posted  April 14, 2016

Photos by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan A two-ship formation of F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters from the 62nd Fighter Squadron flies over Chase Field ballpark in Phoenix, Ariz. on April 4th, 2016, for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 2016 season opener. The 62nd Fighter Squadron is based out of Luke Air Force Base. Staff Sgt….

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Softball season kicks off

Posted  April 14, 2016

Clear blue skies and fresh cut grass mean one thing, softball season is here. The 607th Air Control Squadron and the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit kicked of the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center intramural softball season April 11, 2016. The season is two months long and features 12 teams from across base. One…

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