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Second Lt. Jason Black, shown here in his 2012 Air Force Academy yearbook photo, was killed March 15, 2013, in a motorcycle accident near Del Rio, Texas. The Los Angeles native was assigned to the 47th Student Squadron at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Cadet Wing Media) 2012 Academy grad killed in motorcycle accident
A 2012 Air Force Academy graduate assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, was killed March 15 in a motorcycle accident in Val Verde County.Second Lt. Jason Black, a 26-year-old member of the 47th Student Squadron, was killed at about 3 a.m. on U.S. Highway 90 West and Spur 349 northwest of Del Rio, Texas."It is with a heavy heart that I notify
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The officer rank of major and two medals were given to U.S. Air Force Maj. Lucas Gruenther's wife during a memorial service on Aviano Air Base, Italy, Feb. 6, 2013. Approximately 1,000 people attended the memorial service for Gruenther, who lost his life when his aircraft went down during a training mission on Jan. 28. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Lotz) Aviano community pays respects during memorial for fallen pilot
Airmen, civilians, family and friends honored the life and memory of a 2003 Air Force Academy graduate and combat veteran during a memorial service today at Aviano Air Base Feb. 6.Maj. Lucas Gruenther, a pilot assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, went missing during a nighttime training mission over the Adriatic Sea Jan. 28. In the days that
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Cadets watch a 17-minute preview of "Inside Combat Rescue," a National Geographic Channel TV series featuring Air Force pararescuemen deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, during a special presentation at the Air Force Academy Feb. 1, 2013. One of the officers featured in the series, HH-60 Pave Hawk pilot Maj. Devin Ryan, is a 2001 Academy graduate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Carol Lawrence) National Geographic series to feature combat rescue Airmen
Airmen featured in National Geographic Channel's "Inside Combat Rescue" TV series, along with the series' producer, visited the Air Force Academy Feb. 1 to talk about the program and the combat rescue career field.The presentation included a question-and-answer session with Airmen featured in the series as well as a preview of an episode from the
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Capt. Lucas Gruenther, 31st Fighter Wing chief of flight safety, is pictured mountain climbing in Italy. Gruenther was declared missing during a nighttime training mission Jan. 28.

Academy graduate's body recovered from Adriatic Sea
The body of a 2003 Air Force Academy graduate whose F-16 went down in the Adriatic Sea has been recovered, officials at Aviano Air Base, Italy, said Jan. 31.The 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office released the following statement on behalf of the family of Capt. Lucas Gruenther, with the family's permission:"It is with great sadness that we
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Capt. Joshua Rasmussen, 555th Fighter Squadron pilot, begins his take off in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Oct. 24.  The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Lotz) Aviano Airmen search for missing pilot
The 31st Fighter Wing launched several of its F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft Jan. 29 to join the ongoing search effort for an Air Force fighter pilot who was declared missing during a nighttime training mission Jan. 28.The fighter jets will provide further assistance to the robust rescue operation already underway, joining U.S. and Italian aircraft
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Air Force wide receiver Chad Hall tries to juke past an Army defender during the Falcons-Black Knights game at Falcon Stadium Nov. 3, 2007. Hall accounted for 275 yards rushing, 19 yards receiving and one rushing touchdown in the Falcons' 30-10 victory. Hall signed with the San Francisco 49ers in November 2012 and is scheduled to appear with them at Super Bowl XLVII. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Air Force grad to make Super Bowl appearance
An Air Force Academy graduate and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver arrived in New Orleans Jan. 27 for Super Bowl XLVII.Chad Hall, an Air Force reservist, was signed to the 49ers practice squad Nov. 27 for scout team duty, wearing No. 14. He was released Dec. 14 as the team juggled its active and practice squad rosters but all left an impression on
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