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AF family shares experience with child’s autism

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Four-year-old Dawson Stock loves music and instruments; his mother says he is obsessed with the violin. He knows the alphabet forward and backward and is ready to read. Dawson is teaching himself the sign-language alphabet. He knows his numbers and how to add. Dawson is a high-functioning child. This was not…

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Honor guard Airman pushes past her limits

WASHINGTON — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) It’s noon on a Saturday, and Staff Sgt. April Spilde chalks up her hands in the gym at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia, as she waits for her chance to lift during…

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McGuire hosts rapid response training with FEMA

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — The 305th Aerial Port Squadron welcomed members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Pennsylvania Task Force 1 to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for rapid air mobilization training April 21, as part of an ongoing partnership initiative. FEMA are the nation’s experts in rapid response in case of humanitarian crises and to…

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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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Local

70+ years of weekly news makes move to monthly

Posted  April 28, 2016

One of the staples at Luke Air Force Base is the weekly newspaper, the Thunderbolt. The base newspaper is nearly 72 years old and has had five names, but the common denominator has been keeping the base population up to date with events. Today we say goodbye to the weekly edition as the Thunderbolt transitions…

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Health & Safety

Civic leaders lean in …

Posted  April 28, 2016

Senior Airman James Hensley Members of the World President’s Group listen to different heartbeats through stethoscopes during a facilities tour April 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The group, made up of civic leaders from the local community, toured the base to learn more about Luke’s mission.

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Events

STREET BEAT

Posted  April 28, 2016

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 18 through 24 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 23 moving violations and one nonmoving violation. Traffic-related incidents April 19: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle collision near the Shoppette. Security forces verified the damage and…

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PEOPLE FIRST April 29, 2016

Posted  April 28, 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. Eglin pathology…

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Commentary

Introspection spurs us to be better

Posted  April 28, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. — We are all created different. We think differently, perceive things differently and interpret success and failure through very different lenses. At each person’s unique period in life, he begins to look back, wondering if he truly made a difference. For many, that difference can only be defined by one’s self, regardless of…

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