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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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Chaplain’s thoughts … The Pillar of Spirituality

Posted  April 21, 2016

We all talk to ourselves, don’t we? Someone once quipped: “That is because we like the answers we get.” Funny as that might be (it is true enough), there is more to this phenomenon than that. More often than not, what we are really doing is talking with God, aren’t we? Time and again, this…

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JAMES HENSLEY
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Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award recipient

Posted  April 21, 2016

Retired Senior Master Sgt. Terry Nelson, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft armament systems technician, earned the 2015 Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award in the Munitions and Missile Maintenance civilian technician category. This award distinguishes Nelson as the best of the best among the Air Force’s munitions and missile maintenance personnel. Guided by 30 years of…

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Texas ANG comes to Luke …

Posted  April 21, 2016

Courtesy photo A Texas flag is displayed near an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. The F-16 is assigned to the Texas Air National Guard’s 149th Fighter Wing, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The flag was displayed during the loading portion of the load crew competition. For more photos, see Page 10.

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Col. Kimberly Olson, Laughlin legacy, retires

Posted  April 21, 2016

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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Quarterly load Competition

Posted  April 21, 2016

Airman 1st Class Nadiya Frick, 309th AMU weapons load crew member, secures a weapon during the competition. Senior Airman Kory Hickok, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, inspects an AIM 9 L/M munition. Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams Senior Airman David Davidson, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, places the…

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