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It’s 1700 somewhere …

Posted August 3, 2018 by by Capt. DAVID LIAPIS

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Jan. 7, 2015. FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — Its side effects can range from confusion to induced sprinting for cover, to feelings of pride. It has the power to stop people in their tracks and causes self-induced paralysis for nearly two minutes at a time. Reveille and…

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Commentary

Asking for help is sign of strength not weakness

Posted August 3, 2018 by by Maj. Gen. Mark Brown and Master Sgt. Derik New

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Dec. 2, 2014. KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Growing up I was a big fan of Muhammad Ali. He was the world heavyweight boxing champion and unashamedly referred to himself as “The Greatest.” I vividly remember a reporter asking Ali, “When did you know that you were…

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Air Force

Lightning integrated techs reinvent F-35 maintenance

Posted August 3, 2018 by by Airman 1st Class CAROLINE BURNETT and Senior Airman RIDGE SHAN

As part of an effort to increase F-35A Lightning II maintenance effectiveness and efficiency at Luke Air Force Base, the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit created a team of unified maintenance Air Force specialties called Lightning Integrated Technicians. Maintainers from independent career fields, including crew chiefs, avionics technicians, weapons technicians, and low-observable technicians, who all operate…

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Local

In Brief

Posted August 3, 2018 by

Munitions storage area closure The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Storage Area will be closed Sept. 7 through 14 to conduct a 100-percent munitions inventory. Only emergency issues will be handled during this time. The last time and date for munitions turn-ins or issues is 4 p.m. Sept. 6. Normal operations will resume Sept. 15….

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DoD

Pentagon announces key changes to Post-9/11 GI Bill

Posted August 3, 2018 by

The Defense Department issued a substantive change July 12 to department policy on the transfer by service members in the Uniformed Services of “Post-9/11 GI Bill” educational benefits to eligible family member recipients. Effective one year from the date of this change, eligibility to transfer those benefits will be limited for service members with fewer…

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Local

Luke annual water quality report released

Posted August 3, 2018 by

This year’s annual water quality report has been released. The results show the Luke Air force Base potable water has been deemed safe by EPA standards. Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses…

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Local

STREET BEAT

Posted August 3, 2018 by

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 25 through July 22 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets SFS issued traffic citations for 51 moving violations and 11 nonmoving violations. Traffic accidents June 18: SFS responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the South Gate Visitor Center. The driver of…

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Local

Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted August 3, 2018 by

Solomon was one of Israel’s great kings in the Bible. He was renowned for his God-given wisdom and making Israel a prosperous nation. In spite of this, Solomon did not experience an effortless life. While composing Ecclesiastes, he reflected on his life. Just like everyone, he had a lifetime assortment of experiences. He experienced joy,…

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Commentary

‘I really shouldn’t be here’

Posted July 6, 2018 by by Capt. DAVID LIAPIS

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Jan. 31, 2015. FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — A couple of feet and a half a second. These may seem like insignificant measurements; but when combined with fatigue, a couple of feet almost cost me my career, and that half a second almost ended my life. There…

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Commentary

Don’t underestimate importance of sacrifices

Posted July 6, 2018 by by Chief Master Sgt. MATTHEW LUSSON

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Feb. 19, 2015. MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman…

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