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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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Quarterly load Competition

Airman 1st Class Nadiya Frick, 309th AMU weapons load crew member, secures a weapon during the competition. Senior Airman Kory Hickok, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, inspects an AIM 9 L/M munition. Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams Senior Airman David Davidson, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, places the…

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Luke right friendly neighbor to Texas

Members of the 310th AMU and the 149th FW, Texas Air National Guard, prepare to load inert AIM-120, advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles. The 61st and 309th AMUs also participated in the competition. Master Sgt. David Smith, left, an F-16 Fighting Falcon weapons standardization lead crew member with the 149th Maintenance Group, Texas Air National Guard,…

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Online registration for 2016 DOD Warrior Games now open

WASHINGTON — Online registration is now open to participate in the 2016 Defense Department Warrior Games at cvent.com. Volunteers, media and distinguished visitors — as well as selected athletes, family members, nonmedical attendants, staff and coaches — must register online to participate. The Army will host the DOD Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy…

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

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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Air Force

Cody talks WAPS changes, role of education, more

Posted  April 21, 2016

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody discussed the implementation of the Weighted Airman Promotion System changes during his most recent CHIEFchat at Defense Media Activity on Fort George G. Meade. During his chat, he discussed the role of education in promotion, the continued relevance of testing at all enlisted levels, and the…

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Health & Safety

Secrets of the heart …

Posted  April 21, 2016

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Senior Airman Ashley Cooper, 56th Medical Operations Squadroncardiopulmonary technician, runs an electric cardiogram on Master Sgt.Percel Crudup, 56th MDOS flight surgical services chief, as a practice testat Luke Air Force Base. The ECG looks for abnormalities in heartbeatsthrough electrodes attached to the body.

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Health & Safety

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

Posted  April 21, 2016

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates that in 2010, alcohol misuse problems cost the United States $249.0 billion dollars. TRICARE covers Substance Use Disorder Treatment when prior authorization is obtained and within TRICARE limits. If you are having trouble with substance use or abuse or have any questions about these programs or…

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In Brief April 22, 2016

Posted  April 21, 2016

Stormwater Program participation The Luke Stormwater Management Program addresses nonindustrial activities and how they may affect the quality of stormwater that flows off the base. The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Element provides an opportunity for base personnel, residents, and visitors to review and comment on the program. An electronic version of the program can…

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Know your part, do your part

Posted  April 21, 2016

PETERSON AIR FORCE AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Working in the field of sexual assault prevention and response, it’s presumable that I think about the subject more frequently than the average person. As such, my children have been subjected to a plethora of discussions regarding risk reduction and effective bystander intervention — far too many…

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