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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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Luke hosts Tuskegee 75th anniversary

Posted  April 7, 2016

A ceremony honoring 75 years of the Tuskegee Airmen experience and the great heritage of the “Red Tail” warriors from the 302nd Fighter Squadron took place March 24 during the Third Annual Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day at Luke Air Force Base. The commemorative ceremony, held at the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park, highlighted the incredible…

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Exchange sweepstakes winner scores trip to Cubs game

Posted  April 7, 2016

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is teaming up with Ford Gum, maker of Big League Chew, to take one lucky winner out to the ballgame to root, root, root for the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The worldwide Ford Gum Sweepstakes’ prize, worth $5,000, includes airfare for four to Chicago (trip must originate…

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Cadet IPs teach AF Academy sophomores to soar in Arizona

Posted  April 7, 2016

Blizzard-like conditions may have struck the U.S. Air Force Academy earlier this month, but in Arizona the weather was perfect for cadet instructor pilots who taught academy sophomores the art of soaring in Coolidge, Arizona.  During their two-week trip to Arizona, 15 cadets and four officers from the 94th Flying Training Squadron’s Academy Soaring Program…

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Health & Safety

Talk early, talk often to children about drugs

Posted  April 7, 2016

The need to provide meaningful education on the dangers of underage drinking and drug use at Luke Air Force Base has never been greater and parents play a significant role. As children get older and alcohol and drugs enter the picture, parents are faced with a unique set of challenges. They can simply sit back…

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Sports Shorts

Posted  April 7, 2016

Junior golf clinic The Falcon Dunes Golf Course is featuring a junior golf clinic 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday and 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…

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