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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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Health & Safety

Physical therapy speeds recovery

Posted  March 3, 2016

Having an injury can be difficult. It can affect fitness, daily routine and the ability to accomplish the mission. That’s why it’s the job of Luke Air Force Base physical therapists to help active-duty personnel recover from their injuries. “Physical therapy is the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage,…

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Come Laugh with Bernie McGrenahan

Posted  March 3, 2016

Luke Air Force Base Wingman Day is March 21. It reinforces the wingman concept and focuses on unit wellness. Through his “Comedy is the Cure” performance, professional comedian Bernie Grenahan hooks the audience with an earnest message on his personal and dangerous experience with high-risk behaviors. After years of denial and destruction, McGrenahan finally sought…

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PEOPLE FIRST March 4, 2016

Posted  March 3, 2016

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. AF talks…

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Sports Shorts March 4, 2016

Posted  March 3, 2016

St. Patrick’s Day fun run The St. Patrick’s Day 5k fun run is 7 a.m. March 11 and will begin at 944th Fighter Wing Headquarters, Bldg. 988. There will be prizes and refreshments. For more information, call 623-856-2291. St. Patrick’s Day golf tourney The St. Patrick’s Day golf tournament is 8 a.m. March 13 at…

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Jumping Jack flash, it’s a gas …

Posted  March 3, 2016

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman Alex Allison, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels laboratory technician, performs a flash test at Luke Air Force Base. The test checks the quality of the sample of Jet A fuel which is used for aircraft at Luke.

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