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  • 49 Years of Duty, Honor, Country

    A Soldier in an Air Force world, Dr. Charles “Doc” Merkel lost “quite a few pizzas” while maintaining his first loyalty to the Army. The West Point, Class of 1967, honorary graduate enjoyed a running bet with fellow 53rd Wing members when the cadets took on the other service schools in college football, and sometimes it cost him. “We’ve had a lot
  • Ready to Roar

    Less than two years ago, Senior Airman Terrence Ruffin became the youngest bodybuilder to become a professional.  Now with five pounds of extra muscle added and a professional contest win, he plans to reach to new heights when he ascends the stage at the largest bodybuilding competition in the world… Olympia. On Sept. 17, Ruffin will contend in
  • AF Ball tickets now on sale

    Grab them before they’re gone!Tickets for this year’s annual Air Force Ball are now on sale for the October 15 event at lower prices for a short time and in limited quantities. The formal event will be held at King Hangar this year with retired Gen. Philip Breedlove, former Supreme Allied Command commander, as the guest speaker. “Everything is
  • A family tradition

    It’s the summer of 1967. Lyndon B. Johnson is president, Rolling Stone published their first magazine and girls all over the world are going crazy over an English boy-band called The Beatles.Right now, none of that matters. With sweaty hands, a young cadet carries his helmet bag toward the F-4 Phantom, mentally preparing himself for his first
  • Campaign aims to stock local food pantries

    Eglin volunteers are giving back to their community through the Feds Feed Families campaign, aimed at putting food on the table for local families in need. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the campaign helps food banks and pantries maintain a steady stock during the summer season, a time where the need for donations
  • Munitions Airmen: Key players during combat exercises at Hill AFB

    Aircraft from several bases around the Air Force are here through August 18 to drop precision-guided munitions and employ air-to-air missiles on the Utah Test and Training Range during exercises known as Combat Hammer and Combat Archer.
  • Combat exercise ongoing at Hill AFB, UTTR

    A military exercise know as Combat Hammer continued at Hill AFB and the Utah Test and Training Range this week.
  • 53rd Wing pilot selected as T-Bird #6

    An F-16 operational test and evaluation pilot here was selected to fly with the 2017 Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s aerial demonstration team. Capt. Whit Collins, 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron flight commander, will assume the role of Thunderbird pilot number 6, the opposing “solo.” The 31-year-old Airman was in Afghanistan supporting Operation