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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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STREET BEAT – January 29, 2016

Posted  January 29, 2016

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 19 through 24 at Luke Air force Base Tickets Security forces issued citations for 25 moving and seven nonmoving violations. Emergency responses Jan. 19: Security forces military working dogs and handlers assisted Surprise police with a bomb threat situation. There were no findings. Surprise police…

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Bugs, beware of cute critter

Posted  January 29, 2016

A Russian dwarf hamster resides in the Luke Air Force Base 56th Civil Engineer Squadron entomology building. Pest management, also known as entomology, manages the pest population at Luke. The hamster is used to attract pests by producing carbon dioxide.   Felder uses a bait gun containing ant killer to spread the bait around the…

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Don’t miss your chance to vote

Posted  January 29, 2016

For those planning to vote in the states below, visit FVAP.gov now to complete a registration application and request an absentee ballot for the presidential preference primaries (P) and state primaries (S): February 30-day notice New Hampshire: Feb. 9 (P) South Carolina: Feb. 20 (P, Republican primary only) South Carolina: Feb. 27 (P, Democratic primary…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … January 29, 2016

Posted  January 29, 2016

“Sometimes you have to look reality in the eye and deny it.” ~ Garrison Keillor</b? American writer and entertainer Garrison Keillor is a master story teller. He, of course, is the creator of the mythical town of Lake Woebegone, Minnesota, (circa 1950s and 60s). A place where “all the men are good looking, all the…

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Flag football makes comeback

Posted  January 29, 2016

Coaches of the 2016 flag football tournament get together for a meeting Jan. 15 in the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center gym. They discussed rule changes and schedules.

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