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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

Program sets up runner for 5k success

Posted  January 14, 2016

Thrive for 5k is a program designed to help the normal everyday person get ready for a 5k race. Follow the beginner program and you will make your goal of a 5k, according to Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness experts. “The 10-week program includes motivation, diet and training for all participants,” said Senior Airman…

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Air Force

This week in history – January 15, 2016

Posted  January 14, 2016

Jan. 15, 1940: Groups activate at Luke Seventy-five years ago today two of the current groups in the 56th Fighter Wing activated for the first time. Today they are the 56th Operations Group at Luke Air Force Base and the 54th Fighter Group at Holloman AFB, New Mexico. The next day, another group activated for…

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Local

Street Sweeper: Heavy Equipment

Posted  January 14, 2016

Photos by Senior Airman James Hensley Airman 1st Class Demetrius Smith, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, washes the exterior of the vehicle as well as the interior Jan. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. Street sweepers are used most often after storms hit the base to clear debris left by the winds and…

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Commentary

Wake up, smell the empty coffee pot

Posted  January 14, 2016

Let’s face it, we are not going to get every resource we need or ask for, no matter how hard we try. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to be able to recognize your limitations regarding money and manpower in this time of economic uncertainty. Having an effective and efficient decision-making approach or coping procedure…

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Sports

Sports Shorts January 15, 2016

Posted  January 14, 2016

Squadron challenge The first Friday of the month, two squadrons compete in six events — bench press, 40-yard dash, vertical jump, three-cone drill, broad jump and short shuttle. Six-member teams must include one female competitor. For more information, call 623-856-6241. Winter basketball league The 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center is featuring a winter basketball…

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