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Air Force OSI agents prevent online exploitation of children

Posted February 27, 2015 by

QUANTICO, Va. — Child sex crimes are not unique to any particular base but are a perpetual problem across the Air Force and society. Online exploitation of children continues to be a problem and is routinely investigated by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. As part of this effort, AFOSI field units have partnered…

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News Briefs February 27, 2015

Posted February 27, 2015 by

MDG appointment line upgrade Patients calling the 56th Medical Group at 623-856-2273 Wednesday afternoon to schedule an appointment may reach a busy signal and may have to call back if all booking agents are on the line with other callers. The queue function allowing patients to wait on hold for the next available booking agent…

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Salutes & Awards

Airmen get T-bolts to give blood, win award

Posted February 27, 2015 by United Blood Services

Tech. Sgt. Alisa Frisch, 56th Medical Group unit training manager, and Capt. Sharlott Uriarte, 56th Medical Support Squadron, were among the top 3 percent of award-winning blood drive coordinators recently honored by United Blood Services, earning a Hero Award for providing the largest impact on the blood supply. Of the 1,080 organizations that sponsored blood…

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS
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New Sniper pod helps put pilots’ eyes on target

Posted February 27, 2015 by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The 425th Fighter Squadron recently installed Sniper Pods onto their F-16 Fighting Falcons at Luke Air Force Base. Sniper pods provide improved long-range target detection/identification and continuous stabilized surveillance for all missions, including close-air support of ground forces. The F-16 Fighting Falcon, one of the world’s most iconic aircraft in the Air…

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Always improving …

Posted February 27, 2015 by

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Staff Sgt. Andrea Caldwell, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron avionics production supervisor, performs an acceptance inspection on an enhanced upgraded programmable display generator Feb. 12. The EUPDG allows the pilot to program up to twelve displays.

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Pay dates increase for civilians in 2015

Posted February 27, 2015 by af.mil with edits by Master Sgt. Russell Eberle

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Civilian employees will have 27 pay dates in 2015 compared to the usual 26, so some employees might need to adjust their Thrift Savings Plan contribution elections to receive the maximum agency matching contributions for 2015. The Internal Revenue Code imposes a limit each year on the amount that…

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Health & Safety

Center ‘brings it’ with stellar programs

Posted February 27, 2015 by SHERYL BUSH

The Luke Air Force base youth and teen centers offer a wide range of educationally enhanced programs, instructional classes, and events providing a safe and fun environment supervised by caring and well-trained staff. The center is also affiliated with the Boys & Girls Club of America and the 4-H Club, which provide various youth programs…

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Senior Airman Devante Williams
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Luke’s best shine

Posted February 20, 2015 by Staff Sgts. TIMOTHY BOYER & LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Senior Airman Devante Williams Misty Hyman, Olympic Gold Medalist, receives a standing ovation during her speech Feb. 13 at the 56th fighter Wing Annual Awards Banquet at the Wigwam. Hyman talked about the obstacles she faced during her Olympic run and how she overcame them. The 56th Fighter Wing held its annual awards banquet to…

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Commentary

Don’t get ‘Promotion Remorse’

Posted February 20, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. LEROY RIDGEL

The day I closed on my first house, my realtor and I did a final walk through to ensure there were no last-minute issues that needed addressing. Since I was a first-time home buyer, I didn’t know what to look for, so I finished my walk-through in 20 minutes. My realtor insisted on staying to…

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Keep military records in check

Posted February 20, 2015 by Staff Sgt. YOLANDA KAIN

A common issue we see at the 56th Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Section is that our military customers wait until the last minute to check their records. This can become an issue that can cause hardship on the member when it comes to promotion boards, permanent changes of station, retirement and separation. One scenario…

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