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‘Hey, are you OK?’

Posted September 12, 2014 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

September is Suicide Prevention Month in the Air Force, and focuses on encouraging Airmen to get to know their wingmen and to have the courage to ask someone, “Hey are you OK?” Sometimes, all it takes to avoid the tragedy of someone committing suicide is to ask the person, “Are you all right.” To someone…

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Signs of suicidal thoughts

Posted September 12, 2014 by

Always talking or thinking about death Clinical depression — deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating Having a “death wish” by tempting fate via taking risks that could lead to death such as driving fast or running red lights Losing interest in the things one used to care about Making comments about being…

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Core elements work together

Posted September 12, 2014 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

The Air Force has built a suicide prevention program based on 11 overlapping core elements that stress community involvement and leadership in the prevention of suicides in the military: Leadership involvement — Air Force leaders actively support the entire spectrum of suicide prevention initiatives in the community. Addressing suicide prevention through professional military education —…

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Thunderbolts swim, bike, run

Posted September 5, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota

Participants take to the water Saturday at the Silver Wings Pool in the first event of the 7th Annual Luke Air Force Base Fall Triathlon. The swimming event was an eight-lap race followed by the biking and running events. For the story and more photos, see Page 18.

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Tuition assistance program changes Oct. 1

Posted September 5, 2014 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Effective Oct. 1, new changes will go into effect that impact the Air Force Tuition Assistance Program. Personnel using the TA program will now be required to pass all undergraduate courses with a grade of “C” or higher. A grade of “D” will be considered a failing grade and members who do not meet the…

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Innovative followership, leadership

Posted September 5, 2014 by Maj. RAYMOND CHESTER

Innovate, innovate, innovate. We hear this all the time in today’s leaner military. It’s a rather catchy word and sounds very impressive. However, innovation has to begin somewhere. Can followers innovate? Can leaders innovate? I submit the answer to both questions is a resounding “yes.” Unfortunately, one thing that keeps us from challenging the status…

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How to know everything, yet know nothing

Posted September 5, 2014 by Capt. Jessica Roland

You have probably heard the adage, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” What does this really mean? I’ve personally heard it referenced when discussing promotions, but I’ve also heard it when talking about getting things done. These are really interrelated. If you can work your boss’s boss’s priority, you can become your…

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Airmen help pilots survive in wilderness

Posted September 5, 2014 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Senior Airmen Grace Lee Airman 1st Class Chris Long, 56th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment journeyman, conducts a built-in test for the URT-44 personnel locator beacon, which is part of the survival kit that ejects along with the pilot. The test ensures the beacon is in proper working order. There are many measures taken…

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News Briefs

Posted September 5, 2014 by

AFSA meeting The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Club Five Six Barcelona Room. For more information, go to www.afsa1260.com or call Master Sgt. Michael Hohn at 623-856-3812. GOV service station closure The Base Service Station (government-owned vehicle gas station) will close at midnight Sept….

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Salutes & Awards

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted September 5, 2014 by

Senior Airman Dewayne Law 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Aircrew egress systems journeyman Hometown: Ft. Stewart, Georgia Years in service: Five Family: One daughter Previous assignments: Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; and Osan AB, South Korea Inspirations: God, mom and daughter Goals: Get a degree in digital cinematography Greatest feat: Being a…

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