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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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Events

11th annual National Drug Take Back Initiative

Posted  April 28, 2016

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Where: Luke Air Force Base Exchange, lobby near the Starbucks. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug…

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Sports

Airman swims into university’s hall of fame

Posted  April 28, 2016

For one 96th Test Wing Airman, the wild blue yonder isn’t overhead but below and in front of his gaze as he stands on the starting block waiting for his signal. Senior Airman Francisco Perez Castillo, a 96th Maintenance Group administrator, has been swimming since age 4. He joined his first swim team a year…

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Local

F-16 pilots learn to fight at night

Posted  April 28, 2016

Student pilots at Luke Air Force Base are learning important skills and combat tactics essential to flying and fighting at night. Training to master nighttime operations enables a pilot to utilize a vast set of tools and strategies to increase their lethality in combat situations. “Night flying requires more detailed attention,” said Maj. Michael Blauser,…

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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduates 48 from class 16-3

Posted  April 28, 2016

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 47 senior airmen and one staff sergeant March 31 in class 16-3. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Reginald Rouse, 607th Air Control Squadron Distinguished graduates: Dean Saunders, 56th Medical Operations Squadron; Ryan Darling, 56th Civil Engineer…

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News

Witness to the Holocaust …

Posted  April 28, 2016

Senior Airman Devante Williams Lt. Col. Larry Fowler, 56th Fighter Wing chaplain, introduces Dr. Alexander White, holocaust survivor, during the 2016 Days of Remembrance Ceremony April 20 at Luke Air Force Base. The Day of Remembrance Ceremony is a time to recollect the victims who perished at the hands of evil, to remember those who…

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