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ITT: One stop shop for travel, recreation

Posted May 16, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Courtesy Photo Alyssa Gorby, 56th Force Support Squadron recreation aide, talks with a customer May 2 at the ITT satellite facility located in the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. ITT offers discounted tickets on travel destinations, sporting events and lodging. Looking for a discount on a vacation getaway or tickets to the latest show? Information,…

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS
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WWII veteran shares story

Posted May 30, 2014 by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Retired Chief Master Sgt. Harold Bergbower, 26th Cavalry Regiment air mechanic, is assisted by Debra Bergbower, his daughter, during a visit to Focus 56 as guest speaker May 15 at Luke Air Force Base. Bergbower spoke about his time in the Army Air Corps and Air Force, and his experience during World…

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MARCY COPELAND
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Air Force

Pilots take plunge for survival

Posted June 6, 2014 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Maj. Brendan Shannon, 309th Fighter Squadron director of operations, follows a parachute seam May 28 at Luke Air Force Base during annual Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training. If a parachute lands on top of the pilot during a water landing, following the parachute seam will guide the pilot from beneath the…

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Are you up for the challenge?

Posted June 6, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. SCOTT HARRIS

We in the Air Force are facing challenging times as both individuals and organizations. We are in the middle of several force shaping efforts to trim nearly 25,000 Airmen from our ranks. I want to look at the trials facing many squadrons, groups and wings across the Air Force. Initially, these organizations were tasked with…

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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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PEDRO MOTA
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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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Senior Airman Jason Colbert
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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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