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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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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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JASON COLBERT
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Health & Safety

Biggest loser really biggest winner

Posted June 13, 2014 by Senior Airman JASON COLBERT

Senior AirmanJASON COLBERT Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, won this year’s Biggest Loser Contest by dropping 15 percent of her starting body weight. The 56th Force Support Squadron recently held a “biggest loser” contest on Luke Air Force Base. Airmen and civilians from across base measured and weighed in weekly…

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News Briefs June 13, 2014

Posted June 13, 2014 by

Free hangar concert Country-music artists Jerrod Niemann, The Swon Brothers and Laura Walsh will perform at “A Salute to the Troops,” concert 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday in Hangar 999. Admission is free and the event is open to all ID card holders and their families. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Shuttle…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted June 13, 2014 by

Staff Sgt. Andrea Sanchez 62nd Fighter Squadron Squadron aviation resource manager NCO in charge Hometown: Cameron, Arizona Years in service: Eight Family: Mother, brother and sister Previous assignments: Aviano Air Base, Italy; Kunsan AB, South Korea; Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom Inspirations: I wouldn’t be who or where I am without my family Goals:…

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS
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LRS Airman finds passion in honor guard

Posted June 13, 2014 by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Master Sgt. Keith Cooper, 56th Force Support Squadron Honor Guard NCO in charge, shows new guardsmen how to properly flare their hands June 4 during a firing party at Luke Air Force Base. The honor guard’s primary mission is to provide military honors at funerals for veterans and retirees. Few Airmen are…

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Air Force Reserve announces major selects

Posted June 13, 2014 by

The following captains were selected for promotion to major: 944th Fighter Wing Tobby Evans 69th Fighter Squadron Allyson Olson 944th Mission Support Group Sheila Kane 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Douglas Maxwell 924th Fighter Group Jessica Pisano 924th Maintenance Squadron Enrique Navarro

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LAFB water gets report card

Posted June 13, 2014 by 56th AMDS BEE

The 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineer Flight released the Luke Air Force Base 2013 Annual Consumer Confidence Report on drinking water quality May 20. The Environmental Protection Agency requires this report be available to the consuming public. The CCR describes the presence of contaminants that may be in the drinking water and any health…

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MARCY COPELAND
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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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