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Sharing geographic information big payoff for stakeholders

Posted December 14, 2012 by TERESA WALKER

When separate agencies working together have a greater outcome than the sum total of each part, there is a big payoff. So when the 56th Range Management Office hosted its annual meeting with 27 geographic information systems professionals at the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in November, it was a time to acknowledge their…

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Pilots, maintainers come together

Posted December 14, 2012 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

Training the world’s greatest F-16 pilots is no small feat. That’s why it is up to the Airmen who oversee the maintenance and those who operate the F-16s to come together and communicate with one another to keep the mission at Luke Air Force Base going strong. To accomplish this, a team of two Airmen…

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Shirts bearing gifts …

Posted December 14, 2012 by

Senior Airman Sandra Welch Tech. Sgt. Jermaine Jones, 56th Communications Squadron first sergeant, hands cookies to Airman 1st Class Brian Lefevere, 56th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, Dec. 10 at the door to his dorm room. The first sergeants delivered cookies to 578 Airmen living in the dorms and work centers around base. The officers and…

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Salutes & Awards

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted December 14, 2012 by

Airman 1st Class Zachary Zellner 607th Air Control Squadron Weapons simulation technician Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis. Years in service: One Family: Mom and a sister Education: A finance degree from West Virginia University Inspirations: My mom inspired and taught me to endure and attain my goals Goals: Complete a master’s and PhD by age 30 Greatest…

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Local Briefs – November 16, 2012

Posted November 16, 2012 by timchisham

No Thunderbolt next week The Thunderbolt will not be published Nov. 23. Look for the next edition Nov. 30. For more information, call (623) 856-5998. Finance office closed The 56th Comptroller Squadron office will be closed Wednesday for Wingman Day. This includes the customer service office. If there is an emergency, or for more information,…

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Gate schedules change to fit new culture

Posted November 16, 2012 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE and 2nd Lt. CANDICE DILLITTE

Service members throughout the Defense Department and the U.S. Air Force are experiencing extraordinary financial and manpower constraints – often both. As a result, the Air Education and Training Command has adopted the cost-conscious culture initiative, or C3, to adapt to today’s changing operational environment and shrinking budgets. In addition, units throughout the Air Force…

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Facial hair tradition in military goes way back

Posted November 16, 2012 by Senior Airman LIAM MILBURN

There has always been a long-standing tradition of facial hair in the military. Over the centuries this tradition has evolved depending on the style and demand of the times. The Civil War saw some of the great military commanders sporting full beards that would put ZZ Top to shame. This trend most likely would have…

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What you give, not what you got main thing

Posted October 26, 2012 by Lt. Col. CHAD BONDURANT

It’s no secret that I love big hair bands from the ’80s and early ’90s. My favorite movie line is from Joe Dirt. “I’m a rocker, dude, through and through. Here’s my favorite bands; AC/DC, Van Halen (not Van Hagar), Skynyrd, Def Lep.” I’m pretty sure I should have been a rock star in another…

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CONS reaches out to small business

Posted October 26, 2012 by STEPHEN DELGADO

The F-35 mission coming to Luke Air Force Base is expected to bring sweeping changes to the base and will offer local small businesses new opportunities. This was the highlight of the 56th Contracting Squadron’s Small Business Outreach and Training Day held Oct. l8 at the Falcon Dunes Golf Course. The community response was tremendous,…

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Luke hosts civilian pilots for flight safety

Posted October 26, 2012 by 2nd Lt. CANDICE DILLITTE

Civilian pilots were given the opportunity to land their aircraft at Luke Air Force Base during a two-day event held Oct. 18 and 19. The civilian fly-in greeted approximately 170 participants with about 40 civilian aircraft. “The purpose of the event was to promote safe flying operations between civilian and military aircraft,” said Maj. Raymond…

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