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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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Air Force

Robinson tapped to be first female combatant commander

Posted  March 24, 2016

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter has named a new commander for U.S. Northern Command to be confirmed by the Senate. If confirmed, the new Northern Command chief will be the first woman to lead a U.S. combatant command. Carter made the announcement to pick Gen. Lori Robinson during a media interview March 18. President…

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Health & Safety

Study for TRICARE users helps smokers kick habit

Posted  March 24, 2016

Have you tried everything to quit smoking? TRICARE Beneficiaries now have a new resource to help them called the The Freedom Smoking Quitline. If qualified, participants will have a two-times better chance at quitting smoking. The Freedom Smoking Quitline is a National Institutes of Health-funded research study, co-sponsored by the 59th Medical Wing and University…

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Events

STREET BEAT March 25, 2016

Posted  March 24, 2016

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 14 through 20 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 22 moving and five nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 15: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle collision in at South Gate. There were no injuries. March 18:…

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Air Force

Outerwear …

Posted  March 24, 2016

Staff Sgt. Grace Lee Senior Airman Anna Sherman, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron individual protective equipment journeyman, practices fitting an Improved Outer Tactical Vest on Senior Airman Georgette Moore, 56th LRS IPE journeyman, at Luke Air Force Base. IPE Airmen issue mobility oriented protection gear, outer tactical vests, helmets and more.

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Health & Safety

Parents can’t be in the trunk

Posted  March 24, 2016

April is focused on the child; Month of the Military Child and abuse prevention. It is also a good time to focus on the goal of good parenting. Several questions parents might ask are: Into what sort of adult do I want my child to grow? Is parenting just about good behavior? Or, do I…

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