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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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Health & Safety

Secrets of the heart …

Posted  April 21, 2016

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Senior Airman Ashley Cooper, 56th Medical Operations Squadroncardiopulmonary technician, runs an electric cardiogram on Master Sgt.Percel Crudup, 56th MDOS flight surgical services chief, as a practice testat Luke Air Force Base. The ECG looks for abnormalities in heartbeatsthrough electrodes attached to the body.

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Health & Safety

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

Posted  April 21, 2016

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates that in 2010, alcohol misuse problems cost the United States $249.0 billion dollars. TRICARE covers Substance Use Disorder Treatment when prior authorization is obtained and within TRICARE limits. If you are having trouble with substance use or abuse or have any questions about these programs or…

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Events

In Brief April 22, 2016

Posted  April 21, 2016

Stormwater Program participation The Luke Stormwater Management Program addresses nonindustrial activities and how they may affect the quality of stormwater that flows off the base. The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Element provides an opportunity for base personnel, residents, and visitors to review and comment on the program. An electronic version of the program can…

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Commentary

Know your part, do your part

Posted  April 21, 2016

PETERSON AIR FORCE AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Working in the field of sexual assault prevention and response, it’s presumable that I think about the subject more frequently than the average person. As such, my children have been subjected to a plethora of discussions regarding risk reduction and effective bystander intervention — far too many…

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Health & Safety

Talk. Test. Treat.

Posted  April 21, 2016

Many of us have heard the phrase “April Showers bring May Flowers.” Along with providing rain, the month of April also serves as the designated month to bring awareness to Sexually Transmitted Diseases. STDs are infectious diseases that spread from person to person through intimate contact including oral and anal sex. STDs can affect men…

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