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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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Fire station rescued from decades of wear

Posted  January 29, 2016

A ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly renovated fire station took place Jan. 20 at Luke Air Force Base.

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Exchange partners with Block to offer discount tax prep fee

Posted  January 29, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service expects more than 150 million tax returns to be filed this tax season, with more than 70 percent of taxpayers receiving refunds. To take the guesswork out of filing for military members and their families, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is teaming with H&R Block to provide tax preparation…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  January 29, 2016

Flat rate per diem explained What is it? The flat rate per diem rule changes for long-term temporary duty went into effect Nov. 1, 2014, and apply when government lodging and/or meals are not available at the TDY installation. Who is affected? Anyone assigned to a TDY of 31 days or longer is subject to…

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PEOPLE FIRST January 29, 2016

Posted  January 29, 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. Official urges…

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Bay orderlies on rotation to assist

Posted  January 29, 2016

FROM LEFT: Airmen 1st Class William Levert and Benjamin Ping, 56th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controllers; and Airman 1st Class Tyler Hoffmeyer, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintainer, gather equipment and supplies for a day’s work from the bay orderly supply closet at Luke Air Force Base. Bay orderlies are Airmen who are…

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