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Airman seeks to rejoin pararescue team despite loss of leg

Posted April 28, 2016 by by JEREMY GERLACH

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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FSS leader assumes command

Posted November 6, 2015 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. NESTOR CRUZ

  Reservists from the 944th Fighter Wing gathered at Luke Air Force Base Oct. 25, to witness the newest squadron leader assume command. Maj. Melissa Greene, 944th Force Support Squadron commander, received the squadron guidon from Col. Paul Theisen, 944th Mission Support Group commander, during an assumption of command ceremony thus assuming control of the…

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Fallen hero awarded DFC 46 years later

Posted February 4, 2016 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. GRACE LEE

The air was thick with emotion. She had been waiting for this moment since the love of her life passed away more than 46 years earlier. Andi Dice was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross Jan. 27 at Luke Air Force Base on behalf of her husband, Maj. Carl Dice, for his extraordinary heroism and aerial…

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Phoenix Navy Week begins at Arizona Science Center

Posted March 25, 2016 by PO2 Antonio Turretto Ramos

Phoenix Navy Week began March 21 with an opening ceremony and remarks at the Arizona Science Center.

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First class of Norwegian, Italian F-35 pilots begins

Posted October 9, 2015 by Story and photo by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

The first class of future F-35 Lightning II instructor pilots from Norway and Italy began their training Sept. 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The pilots, from countries partnered with the United States in the procurement of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, will learn how to operate the advanced aircraft under the instruction of pilots…

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EOD Airmen train for mission where mistakes are lethal

Posted December 4, 2015 by Courtesy of

EOD Airmen train for mission where mistakes are lethal HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — On a windy Utah morning, under a cold, grey sky, an Airman moves his knife blade slowly through loose dirt toward a stick of dynamite with nitroglycerine crystals sweating through the paper casing. The Airman isn’t sweating, but maybe he…

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F-35 program moving forward, addressing challenges

Posted February 18, 2016 by adriennek

WASHINGTON — The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program is moving forward while addressing various challenges, the program’s executive officer recently said. “In the big picture, I would tell you that the program right now is accelerating, growing and changing,” Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan said at a media roundtable in Arlington, Virginia. He detailed…

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Softball season kicks off

Posted April 14, 2016 by by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Clear blue skies and fresh cut grass mean one thing, softball season is here. The 607th Air Control Squadron and the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit kicked of the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center intramural softball season April 11, 2016. The season is two months long and features 12 teams from across base. One…

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Air Force awards Long Range Strike Bomber contract

Posted October 27, 2015 by Stuart Ibberson

The Air Force announced Oct. 27 that it has awarded the Long Range Strike Bomber contract to Northrop Grumman. The announcement was made jointly by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Mark A. Welsh III. The other competitor for the…

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Thunderbolts march to honor MLK

Posted January 21, 2016 by Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

In a familiar scene, Thunderbolts gathered in remembrance of the march on Washington D.C. that Martin Luther King Jr. led in 1963. The event was held to celebrate the success of the civil rights movement up to that point, and to honor King and those who stood with him. One guest speaker shared his thoughts…

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