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New EPR process may change outcomes

Posted March 6, 2015 by Senior Airman SPENCER BROCKMAN

The static close-out date for enlisted performance reports is March 31. Although this shouldn’t be a shock to anybody paying attention, it does require further review. The Air Force is undergoing a dramatic change in the way it handles its personnel. The days are gone when “Firewall 5s” are the status quo. We are headed…

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Know social media dangers

Posted March 6, 2015 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Today, millions of people use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share memories and keep in touch with family and friends. Unfortunately, using these media also gathers the attention of unwanted eyes. Predators now have the capability of knowing a person’s location and personal information, which can often lead to identity theft,…

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News Briefs March 6, 2015

Posted March 6, 2015 by

MPOY banquet The Luke community is invited to attend the 2014 Maintenance Professional of the Year banquet at 5 p.m. March 21 in Hangar 914. It is held to recognize the outstanding performances, achievements and professionalism of aircraft maintainers at Luke Air Force Base and Holloman AFB, New Mexico. For more information, call Tech. Sgt….

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Ducks conquer Ragnar Del Sol

Posted March 6, 2015 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Courtesy photo Members of the 309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks cross the finish line Feb. 28 in Mesa. The more than 200-mile-long Ragnar race is held every year starting in Wickenburg and runs through the night until the race is completed. Members of the 309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks participated in a more than 200-mile…

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Punishment costly for drinking, driving, using drugs

Posted March 6, 2015 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

It’s unfortunate when it happens — an Airman making the choice to drink and drive or use drugs that are illegal in the Air Force. When hearing the story of those who drank and drove or used drugs, the thought that may come to mind is, “That will never be me.” But, when peer pressure…

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944th reservist receives F-35 firefighter training

Posted March 6, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. LOUIS VEGA Jr.

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Members from local fire departments watch and listen Feb. 26 during a PowerPoint presentation at the Luke Air Force Base fire station conference room. Local fire departments gathered Feb. 26 to receive training on F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter crisis procedures in case of an emergency here and in the…

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Women’s History Month: Remembering the past, looking toward the future

Posted March 6, 2015 by

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — During the 1900s, answering phone calls, maintaining records and providing minor health care were some of few roles women who served in the military were permitted to fill. Jobs left open because men left for war, gave women the opportunity to step up and volunteer on the home front. A…

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RMO, stakeholders keep eye on sky

Posted February 27, 2015 by SUSAN GLADSTEIN

Samuel Price The road used to get onto the Barry M. Goldwater Range lies beneath the running water July 9, 2014, that resulted from monsoon rains. With data from the additional recently installed weather stations, personnel will know what the measurable rain is before going to the area, ensuring their safety. Following are measurements during…

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Resource management — Doing more with less

Posted February 27, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. MICHAEL SCHRICK

Since I joined the Air Force in 1992, our manpower and resources have been gradually reduced with no obvious change to the mission we support. While this has been labeled “doing more with less,” I don’t believe we’re truly doing any more than we did when I entered the military 22 years ago. We seem…

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Situational awareness

Posted February 27, 2015 by Master Sgt. BRANDON CHRISTIAN

Throughout my career, the importance of situational awareness has been driven into my head. This became exceedingly clear to me when I landed in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. It was March 17, 2003, about 48 hours until Operation Iraqi Freedom kicked off. We were busy building tents, making bunkers and preparing to execute the mission. Doing…

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