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A different kind of vet MWDs in the fight

Posted November 7, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller

Mayo, a 10-year-old 56th SFS MWD German shepherd has been on eight deployments and 45 missions where he found multiple explosives, saving numerous lives and earning an Air Force Combat Action Medal. Mayo was diagnosed with lumbar disease and lupus a few months ago and will officially retire in February 2015. “Mr. Mayo is a…

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Air Force

Air Force News – November 7, 2014

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F-35 engine fix coming Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the head of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program office, said by the end of December he expects to have decided on a permanent solution for a design issue that caused an F-35A engine to fail in June at Eglin Air Force Base,…

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Salutes & Awards

Retired chief bleeds blue

Posted November 7, 2014 by Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA

Courtesy photo Ret. Chief Master Sgt. Geno Piccoli Fighting for something you believe in means it is very important to your life. Retired Chief Master Sgt. Geno Piccoli, 56th Force Support Squadron administrative assistant, and Luke Volunteer Program manager, has served more than 40 years in the U.S. Air Force. His love and devotion for…

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Fly Over: ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘Fury’

Posted November 7, 2014 by Marcy Copeland and Grace Lee

On DVD: ‘Apocalypse Now’ The movie opens with a beautiful scenic view of a Vietnamese jungle. A guitar is heard softly playing “The End” by The Doors. Helicopters buzz past the jungle which then ignites in huge clouds of fire. This is the beginning of the critically acclaimed movie “Apocalypse Now,” directed by Francis Ford…

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Salutes & Awards

Injured EOD Airman returns to fuller life

Posted November 7, 2014 by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

Retired Tech. Sgt. Matthew Slaydon, an explosive ordnance disposal technician from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, was critically injured Oct. 24, 2007, while serving to protect convoy routes in Iraq.

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Veterans

Unknown ‘Soldier’ returns home

Posted November 7, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

The Vietnam War was one of the longest wars for the United States, not only for those involved, but for the families of those fighting. Making sure everyone returned home from war was a priority and for one Unknown Soldier that was just the case.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted November 7, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

I just received a phone call with a recorded message telling me that my son’s school was in a “soft” lockdown, the police were on hand, the students were in their classes and there was no need to come to school.” That is not my idea of a great phone call. Despite my very logical…

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EOD Airman always ready for dangerous missions

Posted November 7, 2014 by STEPHEN DELGADO

In the 1950s there was a popular show called “Danger is my Business,” which featured people who had jobs that involved a lot of risk and danger.

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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted November 7, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Poirier

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 27 through Nov. 3: Tickets Security forces issued citations for seven moving violations and five nonmoving violations. Traffic-related responses Security forces responded to two minor accidents and one major accident. Nonemergency responses Oct. 30: Security forces was informed of a possible assault in base housing….

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Dollars and Sense

Posted November 7, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

Have you ever wanted to invest money into a retirement account that was guaranteed to never lose value? During a 2014 State of the Union address by President Obama, the U.S. Treasury will have authority via executive order to create a MyRA program. MyRA will be a Roth account (contribution after-tax) with initial investments as…

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