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Got wisdom?

Posted October 11, 2013 by Col. DANIEL SMITH

I remember a story about two friends deer hunting in the woods and as fortune would have it, they acquired their prey with one swift and timely shot. It was a large and heavy six point buck that would fill the freezer and keep their families fed through the winter months. They dressed the deer…

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Lead from the front

Posted October 11, 2013 by Master Sgt. CHRISTINE WAGNER

As a senior NCO, I often wonder if we are grooming our Airmen for success. Are we grooming NCOs to be responsible, to take seriously our core values, embrace them as we should so they become the future senior NCOs we need them to be? Are we grooming our Airmen to know that sometimes the…

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Hard work, mentors lead to big block party success

Posted October 11, 2013 by Staff Sgt. NESTOR CRUZ

Photo by Staff Sgt.NESTOR CRUZ Luke Airmen engage their opponents in a game of tug-o-war Oct. 4 at Fowler Park. LEAD council members hosted a block party featuring games, food, music and a bouncy castle for children. Summer may be over, but the weather was just right Oct. 4 at Luke Air Force Base for…

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News Briefs October 11, 2013

Posted October 11, 2013 by

Water interruption in base housing Water services will be interrupted to repair a water leak from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 24 in base housing. After repair is completed, allow water to run for 10 minutes to allow system to clear. For more information, call Balfour Beatty Communities housing office at 623-388-3515. Tres Rios…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted October 11, 2013 by

Airman 1st Class Joshua Pant 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Operations Management apprentice Hometown: Austin, Texas Years in service: One Inspirations: Friends, family, God Goals: Score at least 90 on career development courses, complete a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine and retire from the Air Force Greatest feat: Completing Basic Military Training along with Basic Expeditionary…

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Thunderbolt wins national nurse award

Posted October 11, 2013 by Senior Airman DAVID OWSIANKA

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Maj. Betty Venth, 56th Medical Group Family Health Flight commander, stands in front of Airmen she leads Oct. 1 in the 56th MDG Assembly Room. Venth recently received a national top nurse award for excellence in patient and staff management. A Luke Air Force Base Airman was named one of the top…

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New leader takes reins at MAJCOM

Posted October 11, 2013 by Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs

Courtesy Photo Gen. Robin Rand JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Gen. Robin Rand took command of Air Education and Training Command from Gen. Edward Rice Jr. during a ceremony Thursday. Gen. Mark Welsh III, Air Force Chief of Staff, presided over the ceremony. Rand previously served as the 12th Air Force, Air Combat Command,…

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AETC commander retires after 35 years of service

Posted October 11, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. BETH ANSCHUTZ

Courtesy Photo Edward Rice Jr. JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – The commander of Air Education and Training Command retired Thursday, ending a 35-year career of service and commitment to the U.S. Air Force. Gen. Edward Rice Jr., a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours, retired after handing AETC’s reins over to Gen….

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This week in history

Posted October 11, 2013 by ick Griset

Oct. 1998: Low on parts, no spare engines Fifteen years ago this month, the 56th Component Repair Squadron, later designated the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, hit a milestone. They had no engine holes in any aircraft and had one spare engine for the first time in five years. The question is how did they get…

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Fighter squadrons improve community

Posted October 4, 2013 by Senior Airman DAVID OWSIANKA

Senior Airman David Owsianka Airmen from the 310th Fighter Squadron shovel rock into a wheelbarrow Saturday during a Habitat for Humanity event in Surprise. Airmen completed landscaping and painted a courtyard for four homes. More than 40 Luke Airmen stepped up to help the community in a home improvement challenge. Four Luke Air Force Base…

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