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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 Shorts February 19, 2016

Posted  February 18, 2016

March of the Fallen The 2016 March of the Fallen is March 26 through the White Tank Mountains. Weigh-in is 7 a.m. The march begins at 8:15 a.m. The cost is $40 per person age 18 and over, and $20 per person 17 and under. For more information, call Senior Airman Scott Giles at 623-856-7028….

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STREET BEAT February 19, 2016

Posted  February 18, 2016

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 8 through 14 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 41 moving violations and 10 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 9: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in the parking lot of Bldg. 1150. Security forces…

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Health & Safety

Good oral hygiene starts early in life

Posted  February 18, 2016

Throughout National Children’s Dental Health Month, the 56th Dental Squadron will sponsor activities to raise awareness of the importance of oral health in youth. Developing good habits at a young age along with regular dental visits will help children have healthy teeth and gums. Dental health issues can cause children to miss hours of school…

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Sports Shorts February 26, 2016

Posted  February 25, 2016

T-Ball/pitch baseball T-Ball and pitch baseball registration is March 1 through 18 for children ages 5 to 8. The cost is $35 per youth program member and $45 per nonmember. Practice begins April 4. Volunteer coaches are needed. For more information, call 623-856-7470. March of the Fallen The 2016 March of the Fallen is March…

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Salutes & Awards

AETC announces 2015 awards

Posted  February 25, 2016

The following unit and individual received 2015 Air Education and Training Command awards: Security Forces Medium Unit 56th Security Forces Squadron Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Thomas N. Barnes Crew Chief Tech. Sgt. Robert James, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

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