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GRACE LEE
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Latest F-35 has fastest induction to ALIS

Posted December 12, 2014 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE The 14th F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter to arrive at Luke Air Force Base is shown Dec. 5 on the flightline. Airmen at the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit worked quickly to get the aircraft ready to fly in less than 48 hours, making it the fastest F-35 acceptance at Luke since…

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Gratitude cultivates exceptional leadership

Posted December 12, 2014 by Maj. PAUL BECKER

Several months ago I was inspired by the phrase “cultivate an attitude of gratitude.” The topic was presented in a religious context; however, I found these words significant and profound when considered as a tenent of exceptional leadership. Cultivate is an action verb. The word brings to mind images of an experienced gardener patiently tending…

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Leadership vs. management

Posted December 12, 2014 by Master Sgt. CINDY SPIVEY

Have you ever had a boss or someone that made you want to come to work every day, someone you would do anything for without question? Then you were probably working beside a leader, not a manager. The biggest difference between managers and leaders is the way they motivate people who work for or follow…

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Decking the halls …

Posted December 12, 2014 by

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Andrea Mathis, 56th Force Support Squadron Fighter Country Inn accounting clerk, decorates a Christmas tree Dec. 4 in the lobby at the Fighter Country Inn at Luke Air Force Base. Base lodging is available to active-duty service members, retirees and dependents on a space-available basis. For more information, call 623-856-3941.

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Health & Safety

Safety begins with asking ‘What could go wrong?’

Posted December 12, 2014 by Lt. Col. MICHAEL COWAN

I’m sure most of us have been told to “be safe” at some point either by a commander, supervisor or even a co-worker. This holiday season will probably not be any different. Someone will use this simple phrase in the next few weeks, and it will feel like a cliché to you, but what does…

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News Briefs December 12, 2014

Posted December 12, 2014 by

Kachina Gate closure The Kachina Gate will be closed to inbound traffic through Dec. 19 for gas valve repair. Outbound traffic will not be affected. For more information, call 623-856-7051. Tax season volunteers The 2015 tax center is looking for one volunteer to serve as site coordinator and volunteers to serve during the 2015 tax…

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Salutes & Awards

A1C takes pleasure in honoring warriors

Posted December 12, 2014 by Airman 1st Class CORY GOSSETT

Being in the Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard takes a lot of dedication and motivation. Working countless hours and memorizing numerous movements for different ceremonies is a lot for anyone to handle. There are also many emotions that come with honoring those who have lost their lives in the service, but Airman 1st Class…

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PEDRO MOTA
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Thunderbolts lend helping hand to veterans in need

Posted December 12, 2014 by Airman PEDRO MOTA

AirmanPEDRO MOTA Airmen from the 56th Comptroller Squadron help serve a holiday meal to the homeless Dec. 5 at the Central Arizona Shelter Services. The money was donated by the Veterans Administration in an effort to feed homeless veterans. CASS helps homeless veterans get back on their feet with job opportunities and supplies. When someone…

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New tool to safeguard PII

Posted December 12, 2014 by Airman 1st Class CORY GOSSETT

The Digital Signature Enforcement tool integrated Air Force-wide Dec. 5, providing Microsoft Outlook users with automated assistance to ensure security of personally identifiable information. DSET is a short-term fix to help Air Force network users protect PII included in emails. “There isn’t any new PII change,” said Maj. Raymond Chester, 56th Communications Squadron commander. “The…

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Staff Sgt. 
LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.
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LRS adds white R-11 refueling truck to fleet

Posted December 5, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Senior Airman Jacob Hartman, 56th Logistic Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, checks out the newly painted R-11 refueling truck at the LRS vehicle yard. After receiving waiver approval from the Air Education and Training Command, the 56th LRS had the truck painted white to keep the fuel inside from overheating. The…

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