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Policy changes allow Airmen to retrain into special operations

In a move to meet the high-demand signal for the Air Force’s Battlefield Airmen, the service announced changes to retraining and cross-flow, outlined in a policy memorandum dated April 25, 2016.

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Goldfein hosts first town hall with CMSAF

The Air Force’s top officer and enlisted leader hosted a town hall forum in the Boyd Auditorium at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., July 20, 2016.

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Goldfein swears in as 21st CSAF

Gen. David L. Goldfein was sworn in as the Air Force’s 21st chief of staff by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James during a ceremony at the Pentagon July 1, 2016. As the Air Force’s most senior uniformed leader, Goldfein is responsible for ensuring the 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian airmen under his command…

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Firefighter switches to fighter pilot

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Staff Sgt. Garrett Christensen, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Logistics NCO in charge, is crossing over to the Air Force officer corps where he hopes to become an F-22 Raptor fighter pilot. “Christensen is one of 12 Airmen selected for basic officer training school program,” said Steven Kinkade, 56th CES…

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USFWS selects BMGR for award

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Barry M. Goldwater Range has been selected as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2015 Military Conservation Partner Award recipient. The award, presented in a ceremony June 9, is a national award presented annually to a military installation whose efforts represent significant conservation accomplishments achieved in partnership with…


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Budgeting could be friend in disguise

Posted  March 10, 2016

Money — many people use it every day, and it may seem to go as quickly as it comes. To ensure money is being saved or set aside toward a goal that is beneficial to the earner, creating and following a budget just might be the answer. “A budget is essentially a spending plan,” said…

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CV throws first pitch …

Posted  March 10, 2016

Senior Airman James Hensley Col. David Shoemaker, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, throws the first pitch of the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers to Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals left fielder, March 2 at Surprise Stadium. Several major league baseball teams come to Arizona for spring training including the Indians,…

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Health & Safety

T-bolt receives perfect fitness score

Posted  March 10, 2016

Physical fitness is one of the four dimension of Air Force wellness. One Airman displayed his mastery of this dimension by earning 100 percent on his fitness assessment test earlier last month and shared his story on what it took to get there. “It’s an amazing feeling scoring 100 percent on the FA,” said Maj….

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Benefits of TSP outweigh savings sacrifice

Posted  March 10, 2016

Planning for retirement can be an intimidating task as there are many variables to consider. Luckily, both military and civilian government employees have the benefit of starting a Thrift Savings Plan. “The TSP is a federal retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401k plan found in the private sector,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th…

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In Brief March 11, 2016

Posted  March 10, 2016

SkillsUSA The 56th Training Squadron is hosting high school student leaders representing SkillsUSA Arizona in a briefing at 9 a.m. March 18 in Bldg. 938, Room 119. SkillsUSA’s mission is to improve the quality of America’s skilled work force through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. The student leaders…

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