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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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CMS sweeps field against AGE

Posted  February 11, 2016

The 56th Component Maintenance Squadron topped out against the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aircrew Ground Equipment team 20-6 in a dominant showing during a flag football match, Feb. 4 at Luke Air Force Base. Both teams scored early, demonstrating their play styles in the first quarter, with EMS/AGE running wide and out long-pass plays with…

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Overseers of the streets …

Posted  February 18, 2016

Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr. Master Sgt. Sean Nichols, 56th Security Forces Squadron Alpha Flight chief, writes a traffic citation for texting while driving Feb. 9 at Luke Air Base. Airmen in the 56th SFS make 10 to 15 traffic stops daily. The majority of traffic stops are due to motorists failing to stop at…

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Temporary gym ups game with new equipment

Posted  February 18, 2016

One may think the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center is closed since the perimeter of the gym is surrounded by a fence, but it’s open and fitted with new equipment. “To get to the gym’s temporary entrance, walk toward the Combat PT Center, and you’ll see two trailers in the front as well…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  February 18, 2016

Bucket list … I did it! I really did. On President’s Day I actually checked off one of my “bucket list” items. My wife and I went hiking in the White Tank Mountains. Not too impressive but, the fact that I have been on station for more than a year made this minor accomplishment that…

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Justice Report

Posted  February 18, 2016

The following is a list of administrative actions issued in January at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Maintenance Group Courts-Martial An airman first class was found in violation of one charge and one specification in Article 112a, wrongful use of cocaine. The airman received a reduction in rank to airman basic, restriction to base for…

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