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Captain asks: Why bother voting?

Posted November 2, 2012 by Capt. TODD ZIELINSKI

Why should I bother voting in elections? What does my single vote matter? It’s an all-too-common sentiment in the U.S. as voter turnout rates have historically remained very low in elections held every two years. Low voter turnout is especially surprising when considering the millions of people in the past who have fought and died…

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Making the ‘hard call’

Posted November 2, 2012 by Master Sgt. CHRISTOPHER LEBOURVEAU

When was the last time you sat down with your Airman and said, “No, you cannot take leave because we have work to do,” or “I’m sorry but you are not getting a decoration because of …,” or finally my favorite, “No, you may not leave during the middle of an exercise to go buy…

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Belgian airman brings experience to Luke

Posted November 2, 2012 by Staff Sgt. C.J. HATCH

Belgian Commandant Michael Artiges stands in front of his new home, the 308th Fighter Squadron. He came to Luke Air Force Base as part of the Military Personnel Exchange Program to serve an instructor pilot for three years. The MPEP at Luke has 10 positions – seven pilots, two maintenance officers and one logistics officer….

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In Brief – November 2, 2012

Posted November 2, 2012 by

LOSC luncheon The Luke Officers Spouses Club will have the annual Bunco luncheon at 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at Club Five Six. Wear a favorite football team jersey and eat tailgating style. Officers’ spouses are invited. For more information, go to LukeOSCReservations@gmail.com. Voting locations To vote in person Tuesday, go to http://www.azsos.gov/election/UpcomingElections.htm to find a…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted November 2, 2012 by

Senior Airman Wade Williams Jr. 56th Comptroller Squadron Customer Support technician Hometown: Riverside, Calif. Years in service: Five Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Park University in information computer science Previous assignments: Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Inspirations: My father, a successful business owner and great mechanic Goals: Finish college and make master sergeant Greatest…

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Top DOD enlisted visits Luke

Posted November 16, 2012 by Master Sgt. CINDY DORFNER

Marine Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed a packed house of Airmen and Sailors during an enlisted call at Luke Air Force Base Tuesday. As the SEAC, Battaglia serves as the principal military advisor to the chairman and the secretary of defense on all…

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AF leaders brief BMT sexual misconduct investigation findings

Posted November 16, 2012 by Master Sgt. JESS HARVEY

WASHINGTON — Air Force leaders announced Wednesday to members of the press the results of the commander-directed investigation regarding the occurrences of sexual misconduct within basic military training between October 2010 and June 2011. The CDI was commissioned by Gen. Edward Rice, Air Education and Training Command commander, June 20 based on substantiated reports of misconduct…

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Commentary

A mentoring moment: What’s your motivation?

Posted November 16, 2012 by Col. YOLANDA BLEDSOE

What gets and keeps you going? Another way to ask this question is what motivates you? I firmly believe that when we know why we do something, we can use that as a compass to accomplish more. Knowing what motivates us will help us achieve our goals, both personal and professional. Growing up, many of…

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Facial hair tradition in military goes way back

Posted November 16, 2012 by Senior Airman LIAM MILBURN

There has always been a long-standing tradition of facial hair in the military. Over the centuries this tradition has evolved depending on the style and demand of the times. The Civil War saw some of the great military commanders sporting full beards that would put ZZ Top to shame. This trend most likely would have…

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Gate schedules change to fit new culture

Posted November 16, 2012 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE and 2nd Lt. CANDICE DILLITTE

Service members throughout the Defense Department and the U.S. Air Force are experiencing extraordinary financial and manpower constraints – often both. As a result, the Air Education and Training Command has adopted the cost-conscious culture initiative, or C3, to adapt to today’s changing operational environment and shrinking budgets. In addition, units throughout the Air Force…

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