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Standards: Foundation for enlisted

Posted June 13, 2014 by Master Sgt. BRIAN LEONARD

“Standards of Conduct, Character and Military Bearing” is a title familiar to us all as one of the enlisted performance report blocks. However, the term “standards” is much broader than that and includes all the rules and regulations that govern our daily lives as professional Airmen. Whether it is an Air Force Instruction, technical order,…

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New Arms Race: STEM education ensures future force

Posted June 13, 2014 by Maj. MATT BRUNO

Selecting a degree or training program is a major decision with far reaching impact. Reasons for pursuing certain degrees vary, from improving one’s current skill set to achieving long term goals. One’s decisions may be influenced by class availability or the goal of “checking a box.” However, as educational technology and funding has increased, Airmen…

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309 FS stands down, piano goes up in flames

Posted June 13, 2014 by Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA 1st Lt. Tucker Browne, 309th Fighter Squadron pilot, plays Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on the burning piano. Engulfing a 100-year-old piano in flames would normally be frowned upon, but on this day Airmen encouraged pilots to set it ablaze. The 309th Fighter Squadron invited Airmen from the 56th Operations Group to a…

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Seminar provides information on U.S. citizenship

Posted June 6, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. LOUIS VEGA Jr.

Senior Airman Jason Colbert Airman Frank Mannington, 56th Contracting Squadron contracting specialist, feared leaving his home at night when he lived in Harare, Zimbabwe, prior to his family moving to America in 2002. To be born an American citizen and the many privileges offered in this country can easily be taken for granted. If a…

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Repeal of DADT – what it means to me

Posted June 6, 2014 by Staff Sgt. CHRISTOPHER ODOM

June is LGBT History Month and is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. I’ve been in the Air Force for five years and have been openly gay in the military since the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in 2011. I came in the military without the thought of this…

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Arizona Lemon Law: Squeeze most out of car

Posted June 6, 2014 by Capt. NOAH COAKLEY II

The Arizona Lemon Law protects the legal rights of motor vehicle purchasers who buy defective cars in Arizona. It mainly pertains to the purchase of new cars, but there are some provisions for used cars as well. Before going out and purchasing that car you’ve been eyeing for the past few months, familiarize yourself with…

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MSgt selects announced

Posted June 6, 2014 by

The E-7 promotion list was released May 22. The following technical sergeants were selected for promotion to master sergeant at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Fighter Wing Andrew Henzel and Larry Littrell 56th Comptroller Squadron Adria Baker and Jeannine Wilson 56th Operations Support Squadron Marc Garcia and Timothy Lacey 56th Maintenance Group Cleveland Coley, Donald…

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MDSS Airman expresses self through spoken-word poetry

Posted June 6, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Airman 1st Class Christopher Malone, 56th Medical Support Squadron medical laboratory apprentice, swabs a patient’s arm with alcohol as he prepares to draw her blood May 7 at the 56th Medical Group laboratory. Malone writes and performs spoken-word poetry, a modern form of poetry that is spoken using theatrical expression. “Roses…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted June 6, 2014 by

Staff Sgt. Jack Price 56th Fighter Wing Command post controller Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana Years in service: Nine Previous assignments: Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and Hurlburt Field AFB, Florida Inspirations: My Father inspires me to think about the meaning of life and why we do what we do Greatest feat: As an aerial gunner…

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Paying it forward

Posted May 30, 2014 by Airman 1st Class JOSEPH ANSELMO

With tax season upon us, I had a weird thought. Being in the Air Force is in many ways similar to the process of receiving a tax return. Now bear with me on this one, and I will try to break it down for you. I’m not saying the two directly correlate or are completely…

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