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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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Health & Safety

Bio-med folks get props

Posted  January 21, 2016

Jan. 25 through 29 is Biomedical Sciences Corps Appreciation Week. This week we recognize the achievements of the men and women who support our members with their medical service. BSC was formed more than 50 years ago on March 15, 1965. It was originally comprised of mostly scientists, dieticians and occupational therapists; however, over the…

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In Brief January 22, 2016

Posted  January 21, 2016

Lightning Leadership Reach your potential and beyond through Lightning Leadership training. Classes are 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday for senior NCOs; Thursday for NCOs and 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29 for Airman tier. To sign up, email llc@us.af.mil. VA benefits advisors on base For…

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Air Force

Legal eagles sort facts from fiction

Posted  January 21, 2016

Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams Airman 1st Class Michael Brooks, 56th Fighter Wing Judge Advocate civil law paralegal, researches in the Uniform Code of Military Justice handbook Jan. 5 at the Luke Air Force Base legal office. The Legal Office provides confidential advice to all service members, retirees and activated Reserve and Guard members…

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Salutes & Awards

AETC Marquez awards announced

Posted  January 21, 2016

The following individuals received the 2015 Air Education and Training Command Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Awards for aircraft and munitions/missile maintenance specialties: 56th Fighter Wing Aircraft maintenance Field grade manager: Maj. Jessica Williams, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Munitions/missile maintenance Company grade manager: Capt. Talon Pope, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Civilian technician: Terry Nelson, 56th EMS…

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CEOs get ‘down low’ on 5th gen jet

Posted  January 21, 2016

Chief executive officers of various companies who sponsored the College Football National Championship arrive Jan. 11 at Luke Air Force Base. Maj. Jessica Williams, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintenance operations officer, gives a tour through the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-35 hangar.

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