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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

Children’s Dental Health

Posted  April 14, 2016

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 every year, which is why the dental squadron would like to increase awareness about oral health and foster the importance of good home care….

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CDC Month of the Military Child Parade

Posted  April 14, 2016

Luke children at the Child Development Center April 1 held a parade to kick off the Month of the Military Child. This awareness month was established to point out the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. There are approximately two million military children; 1.3 million military children are school-aged. The care of…

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Z-Man visits Luke

Posted  April 14, 2016

Senior Airman Devante Williams Capt. Joseph Walker, 62nd Fighter Squadron flight commander, and Zack “Z-man” Anderson, 16, poses with the F-35 helmet April 7. Anderson received the tour as part of the pilot for a day program, which provides children who have serious or chronic conditions an opportunity to be part of a flying squadron…

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Air Force

FD Rappelling Training

Posted  April 14, 2016

Firefighters from Luke and Davis-Monthan Air Force Bases Civil Engineer Squadrons raise a training mannequin to the top of the water tower to begin a rappelling exercise April 8. Photos by Senior Airman James Hensley Firefighters from Luke and Davis-Monthan Air Force Bases Civil Engineer Squadrons raise a rescue basket to the top of the…

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AF names candidate bases, criteria for choosing next F-35A sites

Posted  April 14, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials announced April 12 that Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona; Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida; Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas; and Whiteman AFB, Missouri, are candidate bases for the first Reserve-led F-35A Lightning II location. The preferred and reasonable alternatives are expected to be selected in…

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