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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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FWSA names annual award winners

Posted  January 21, 2016

The following are annual award winners: 56th Fighter Wing staff agencies Airman: Senior Airman Kyle Reaves, 56th Comptroller Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Vivian Reyes, 56th CPTS Senior NCO:  Master Sgt. Cindy Spivey, 56th CPTS Company grade officer: 1st Lt. Amanda Steele, 56th FW Protocol Field grade officer: Maj.  Tyler Smith, 56th FW Civilian (Category I):…

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Luke ‘Salad Wednesdays’ good for body, wallet

Posted  January 21, 2016

Airmen wanting to eat right and save money can turn to restaurants at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange for “Salad Wednesday.” Every Wednesday, Luke AFB diners can take $2 off any salad priced $4 or more at participating Exchange direct-operated restaurants. “Salad Wednesday” is part of the Luke AFB Exchange’s BE FIT initiative, designed…

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2016 Championship flyover

Posted  January 21, 2016

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller An F-16 Fighting Falcon with Staff Sgt. Staci Miller, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, on board tagged alongside a four-ship formation of F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft from Luke Air Force Base that performed a flyover prior to the 2016 College Football Playoff Championship Jan. 11 at the University of…

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45 graduate ALS

Posted  January 21, 2016

The 56th Fighter Wing graduated 44 senior airmen and one staff sergeant Dec. 17 from class 16-1. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Michelle Justiniani, 56th Operations Support Squadron Distinguished graduates: Elisabeth Yates, 944th Medical Squadron; Anthony Lopez, 944th Security Forces Squadron; Cassandra Saunders, 56th Medical Operations Squadron; and Eric Burrell 56th Civil…

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JUSTICE REPORT- January 22, 2016

Posted  January 21, 2016

The following is a list of administrative actions issued in November and December 2015 at Luke Air Force Base. 56th Maintenance Group Courts-Martial • An airman first class was found guilty of one charge and two specifications in violation of Article 112a, wrongful use of cocaine and wrongful use of promethazine with codeine, a schedule…

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