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Standards of conduct guided by integrity

Posted December 5, 2014 by Maj. ROCHELLE SMITH

When it comes to conducting business with the federal government, there is an implicit amount of trust that contracting professionals must preserve. Transactions relating to the expenditure of public funds require the highest degree of public trust and an impeccable standard of conduct. Contracting professionals are not the only ones who are involved in the…

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More to leading than meets eye

Posted December 5, 2014 by Staff Sgt. ALICIA WILLIAMS

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when we think about leadership? Is it the seniority of an individual or the the number of stripes on the sleeve? Or could it be their personal ability to transform another’s vision into reality? Leadership is much more than what meets the eye. A simple word such…

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New house on the block

Posted December 5, 2014 by

Senior Airman Devante Williams The new 62nd Fighter Squadron is under construction at Luke Air Force Base. This will be the second fighter squadron to house F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter pilots. Luke AFB will eventually have six squadrons and 144 F-35A jets. Building construction is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of…

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My choice, my story, my pledge

Posted December 5, 2014 by Maj. NATHAN MAERTENS

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — As we prepare to kick-off this year’s Combined Federal Campaign, think about the local charities and the services they provide. Think of the families who use those services. My family was one of them. My father was diagnosed with cancer when I was in junior high school. As a…

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News Briefs December 5, 2014

Posted December 5, 2014 by

Kachina Gate closure The Kachina Gate will be closed to inbound traffic Monday through Dec. 19 for gas valve repair. Outbound traffic will not be affected. For more information, call 623-856-7051. AFSA meeting The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Club Five Six Barcelona Room….

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F-35 arrival ignites memories for retired fighter pilot

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

Courtesy photo Retired Col. Richard Toliver poses in front of an F-15 Strike Eagle while temporarily stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, in 1975. Toliver participated in the operational test and evaluation program at Luke Air Force Base from July 1974 to July 1975. F-15 pilot training began at Luke Air Force Base 40…

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Holidays change schedules around Luke

Posted December 5, 2014 by timchisham

Holiday hours Commissary Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day Exchange Closed Christmas Day Luke holiday events Chapel 623-856-6211 Luke Air Force Base Community Chapel Thursday: Catholic Immaculate Conception Mass will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 11: Catholic Advent Penance service will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 20:…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted December 5, 2014 by

Time seems to fly this time of year. Thanksgiving is behind us, and the Christmas shopping season has begun. For Thanksgiving our family did some very ordinary things. We slept in a bit, watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV and consumed copious amounts of food. I’d like to tell you that our day…

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Chief serves beyond active-duty

Posted December 5, 2014 by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Retired Chief Master Sgt. John Burden stands with a 300-gallon centerline fuel tank Nov. 24 at 56th Component Maintenance Squadron on Luke Air Force Base. When he was a buck sergeant, Burden worked as a fuel systems apprentice in 1969 at Luke AFB. John Burden retired as a chief master sergeant more…

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