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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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Events

Luke right friendly neighbor to Texas

Posted  April 21, 2016

Members of the 310th AMU and the 149th FW, Texas Air National Guard, prepare to load inert AIM-120, advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles. The 61st and 309th AMUs also participated in the competition. Master Sgt. David Smith, left, an F-16 Fighting Falcon weapons standardization lead crew member with the 149th Maintenance Group, Texas Air National Guard,…

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Air Force

Exchange offers chance to win Demetrios bridal gown

Posted  April 21, 2016

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service will make tying the knot extra special for two lucky couples this summer with the Demetrios Bridal Gown Sweepstakes. Through June 30, brides, grooms and any Exchange shopper can enter for a chance to win one of two Demetrios bridal gowns courtesy of Demetrios Bridal,  Asia Pacific and…

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AF introduces Air Superiority 2030 study

Posted  April 21, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Air Force introduced the results of a yearlong study focused on developing capability options to ensure joint force air superiority in 2030 and beyond during an Air Force Association breakfast April 7 in Arlington, Virginia. According to Lt. Gen. Mike Holmes, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and…

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Commentary

‘Cost’ of job includes what doesn’t get done

Posted  April 21, 2016

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — My 5-year-old son recently lost his first tooth and was ecstatic to buy something with the money he received from the tooth fairy. A couple days later, he counted out a few dollars from his piggy bank and asked if we could go to the store to buy a…

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Online registration for 2016 DOD Warrior Games now open

Posted  April 21, 2016

WASHINGTON — Online registration is now open to participate in the 2016 Defense Department Warrior Games at cvent.com. Volunteers, media and distinguished visitors — as well as selected athletes, family members, nonmedical attendants, staff and coaches — must register online to participate. The Army will host the DOD Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy…

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