• Pediatric Clinic Airman aims for success

    The U.S. Air Force has been a stepping stone for many Airmen. Some people join the Air Force to travel the world while others join for the money and medical benefits. Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Straight, 56th Medical Group aerospace medical technician, had a different mindset before committing her

  • Lightning Leadership course opens to all personnel

    Airmen from across the base gathered to learn about leadership techniques in a professional development program designed to promote leadership through a series of guided discussions on Nov. 19, 2015."Lighting Leadership Gold is about learning and growing together," said Master Sgt. Ida Bushey, 56th

  • A Legend in the Skies and the Classroom

    Skip Hopler was one of the first to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Now, he's guiding the launch of F-35 Lightning II operations by training the next generation.Skip Hopler is born to fly. With 3,800 hours in the cockpit as a U.S. Air Force pilot, his love of flying began at an early age like many

  • 19th AF CC speaks on future of flight training

    Maj. Gen. James Hecker, 19th Air Force commander, speaks Oct. 28 on the benefits of live, virtual, constructive training at the Military Flight Training USA conference held at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. He said new developments in flight simulator training, combined with the potential of the

  • ‘Gunfighter’ vet shares AF past

    Retired Col. Ronald Lord describes the dogfight in an animated manner. Looking forward with a steely eyed gaze, stoking the flow of a memory as clear as it was on the day that it happened, he recalls his turn to attack the enemy. His eyes widen and his hands mimic the motions of the aircraft as they

  • Female Army CST-2 members share their stories

    Today, less than half a percent of Americans serve in the U.S. military and of that number, 14 percent are women. Commonly, war stories are told through the eyes of men and it is rarely illustrated from a woman's perspective.That is why five female Army veterans who were deployed to Afghanistan

  • NASCAR honors Airmen at PIR

    Forty-three race cars, 200 laps and only one driver to win it all.Fast cars and intense action are not all NASCAR is known for. It's also known for recognizing those who serve throughout the NASCAR season.The program, NASCAR Troops to the Track, is a season-long initiative that honors members of the

  • Utah: worth the drive

    I hadn't taken a vacation in forever and decided it was time to go on a trip. I wanted to go somewhere relatively easy to get to but somewhere far enough away that it felt like a getaway. That's why I chose to go to Moab, Utah.Moab is surrounded by beautiful red rock landscapes and is only a seven

  • Hill maintainers benefit from wealth of F-35 knowledge and aircraft at Luke

    Airmen from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, finished advanced training on maintenance procedures for the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 3 at Luke Air Force Base.The Hill Airmen are part of a continuous cycle of maintainers being sent to Luke from Hill in order to develop their skills in two phases of training,