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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 22, 2016

Posted  January 21, 2016

Hoops for Fun Hoops for Fun Basketball Clinic is 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center for youth ages 5 to 12.  Skill building in the fundamentals will be covered. The cost is $35 per person and includes a T-shirt, lunch and a certificate of participation. The…

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Making history … again

Posted  January 21, 2016

Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan An F-35 Lightning II from the 61st Fighter Squadron takes off Jan. 11 on the 3,000th F-35 sortie performed at Luke Air Force Base. Luke currently has 34 F-35s, including two Norwegian and two Australian jets.

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STREET BEAT – January 22, 2016

Posted  January 21, 2016

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 11 through 18 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 26 moving violations and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 11: Security forces responded to a report of a minor single-vehicle accident involving a fixed object at Burger King adjacent to…

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Airmen ‘eat up’ at feast

Posted  January 21, 2016

Members of the base chapel and volunteers host a free flightline feast on the first Thursday of every month. A row of entrees and warm sides, including Frito-pie, lines the serving table at flightline feast. Enough food was prepared for an expected turnout of 300 people. A choice of desserts rounds out the meal. Pulled…

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Following nonnegotiables makes good leader

Posted  January 21, 2016

An effective leader needs to have a couple of qualities that are nonnegotiable. First, leaders need to be credible in their profession. You don’t necessarily need to be the best, although this certainly doesn’t hurt, but you need to be respected professionally for people to follow you. No CEO, coach, team captain, teacher or any…

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