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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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Sports Shorts January 29, 2016

Posted  January 29, 2016

Varsity softball tryouts Luke Air Force Base varsity softball team tryouts will be held at 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Saturday at base softball field 3. For more information, call Lonnie Gore at 623-856-2903. Thrive for 5 Thrive for 5 is a free weekly running program through March 19 to help members improve their…

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PEOPLE FIRST January 22, 2016

Posted  January 21, 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. AF officials…

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Events

Thunderbolts march to honor MLK

Posted  January 21, 2016

In a familiar scene, Thunderbolts gathered in remembrance of the march on Washington D.C. that Martin Luther King Jr. led in 1963. The event was held to celebrate the success of the civil rights movement up to that point, and to honor King and those who stood with him. One guest speaker shared his thoughts…

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Pro presents perfect pushup, squat

Posted  January 21, 2016

The pushup is a stability movement using shoulders, arms, triceps and biceps. The proper position for a pushup is to start with the feet shoulder-width apart with hands directly beneath the shoulders and elbows moving backward not outward. As the body is lowered, tighten the core of the body and lower the chest to the…

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Aggressors assist 310th B-course students

Posted  January 21, 2016

The 64th Aggressor Squadron and 57th Aircraft Maintenance Unit out of Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, provided red air support for the 310th Fighter Squadron B course student pilots Jan. 4 through today at Luke Air Force Base. “Red air basically means we played as the bad guys in different scenarios for two weeks,” said…

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