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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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Around Luke – Sparks fly …

Posted  January 21, 2016

Senior Airman Grace Lee Senior Airman Spencer Huber, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft metal technology journeyman, plasma cuts a part to proper size Jan. 7 for aerospace ground equipment at Luke Air Force Base. Aircraft metals technology Airmen weld, cut and form metal to fix aircraft parts and AGE equipment, fabricate tools to better assist…

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Air Force

Red Alert courtesy of 57th Wing

Posted  January 21, 2016

Lt. Col. Zach Manning, 64th Aggressor Squadron director of operations, checks the electronic countermeasure pod. The ECM pod is used to replicate advisory tactics. Photos by Airman Pedro Mota Staff Sgt. Zachary Jones preps the 64th Aggressor Squadron flagship Jan. 7 at Luke Air Force Base. Both the crew chief and pilot conduct prelaunch checks…

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Looking good or being good? What works best?

Posted  January 14, 2016

Leadership can be defined in many different ways. The American dictionary defines it as “the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group.” Most commonly leadership can be characterized as leading, setting the example. However, what is setting the example? Does setting an example mean you must do things…

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Health & Safety

Carefully counting capsules …

Posted  January 14, 2016

Senior Airman Grace Lee Airman 1st Class Cole Broomfield, 56th Medical Support Squadron main clinic pharmacy technician, counts capsules using a spatula and tray to refill a prescription at Luke Air Force Base. Luke pharmacy technicians dispense medications, consult patients and refill approximately 700 prescriptions daily.

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Chaplain’s thoughts … January 15, 2016

Posted  January 14, 2016

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.” ~ T.S. Eliot Words are powerful. They have the ability to lift up and create, or the destructive force to tear down and dismantle. How can words — intangible utterances of speech — have such an impact upon our…

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