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Air Force News – May 15, 2015

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Germany Gen. Frank Gorenc, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, presented the 86th Airlift Wing in Ramstein a $250,000 check and a trophy May 1, for winning the USAFE-AFAFRICA Innovation Madness tournament. The tournament-style match determines which wing promotes the best innovative culture. Bulgaria The 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron was…

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People First – May 15, 2015

Posted May 15, 2015 by

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, click on the link in the title. AF establishes four new key reporting identifiers…

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Health & Safety

May: Asthma Awareness Month – Controlling symptoms important to quality of life

Posted May 15, 2015 by 56th MDG

World Asthma Day was May 5. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states that Asthma is one of the most common lifelong diseases.

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Weapons loading team under watchful eye

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Freelove loads an AIM-120 missile onto an F-16.   Staff Sgt. Jacob Freelove, right, 56th Maintenance Group weapons standardization team chief, and Airman 1st Class Emmylou Hermanson, 56th MXG weapons standardization team member, perform weapon loading procedures at Luke Air Force Base. The team was evaluated on their performance every step of the process.  …

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Air field manager learns to fly

Posted May 15, 2015 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Almost everyone has a hobby. Some hike or bowl, while others paint or sculpt. Staff Sgt. Mark Smith, 56th Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of air field management training, flies a plane.

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This week in history

Posted May 15, 2015 by Rick Griset,

Forty years ago today, U.S. combat in Southeast Asia ended. Three days earlier, communist Khmer Rouge gunboats seized the U.S.-flagged merchant container ship, SS Mayaguez, off the coast of Cambodia.

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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted May 15, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Samuel Jalomo,

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 4 through 10: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 21 moving violations and one nonmoving violation. Traffic-related incidents May 8: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a privately owned vehicle and a fixed object at Bldg. 1514. There were…

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Fly Over: ‘Furious 7’ and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Posted May 15, 2015 by Devante Williams and Grace Lee

In theaters: ‘Furious 7’ “It’s been a long day, without you my friend. And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.” You’ll be singing this song for days once you watch “Furious 7.” And it’s probably biased of me to say this, but “Furious 7” had one of the best tributes…

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Next Week in History, May 21, 1960: B-25 retires

Posted May 15, 2015 by Rick Griset,

Editor’s note: The Thunderbolt will not be published May 22 due to the holiday down day. The following was provided for that edition. Fifty-five years ago next week, the Air Force retired its last World War II North American Aviation B-25 Mitchell bomber. The B-25’s first flight was 20 years earlier on Aug. 29, 1940….

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted May 15, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

An invitation to laugh … Storyteller Garrison Keillor said, “God writes a lot of comedy … the trouble is, he’s stuck with so many bad actors who don’t know how to play funny.” Unfortunately, people without a sense of humor are ubiquitous. They come in all shapes and sizes. They come from every, social, political…

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