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Fly, fight & win! Luke plays unique role in AF mission

Posted November 21, 2014 by Lt. Col. JOHN PETERSON

The mission of the Air Force is to fly, fight and win. The Air Force’s “motto,” as it was originally called, was adopted October 2010. Capt. Gregroy Bollrud of Hurlburt Field Florida, wrote, “It succinctly captures what our Air Force has been renowned for ever since its creation in 1947. Also, the specific choice of…

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Wingman for life

Posted November 21, 2014 by Senior Airman JEFFREY MAKI

“I look after my wingman. He looks after me. We work together. We fight together.” — Col. Gabby Gabriski, WWII ace Having a wingman has been an essential part of combat flying since the beginning. A wingman is able to watch your “6,” provide support and can offer a different perspective on a situation. These…

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Chaplain’s thoughts

Posted November 21, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation on Oct. 23, 1863, which established Thanksgiving Day as a national observance. The proclamation highlighted the prosperity and expansion of the country even while it was engaged in civil strife. It acknowledged that no foreign country had used the civil war as an opportunity to “provoke their aggressions.” Lincoln’s…

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Fly Over: ‘Big Hero 6′ and ‘Interstellar’

Posted November 21, 2014 by Nestor Cruz and Grace Lee

In theaters: ‘Big Hero 6′ It was bound to happen: when the entertainment juggernaut Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel, it was only a matter of time before a mash-up movie was produced. “Big Hero 6,” produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, is very loosely based on a late-1990s Marvel comic book miniseries. Part of the…

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AF needs Airmen to maintain identity

Posted November 14, 2014 by Master Sgt. SAMUEL SIMIEN

Some of us may remember playing the pool game “Marco-Polo.” Some of us may still use this game to entertain our children at the pool today. One player closes his or her eyes and repeatedly shouts out “Marco” while the other players tread water and respond “Polo.” All the while, they attempt to shift quickly…

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New evaluation system calls for accountability

Posted November 14, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. THOMAS LOHSANDT

It seems that everyone is overly concerned with the new evaluation system the Air Force is releasing. We should ask ourselves if it is really that scary to have an assessment which fits each of us in a more realistic way. This new system is going to hurt a lot of egos when they are…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted November 14, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

I was minding my own business the other evening when my phone rang. “Hello,” I said, trying to sound at least a wee bit chipper. A pregnant pause on the other end, you know the pause that means a computerized message is on the way, and then it came: “Hi, I once got a phone…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted November 14, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

If you contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Program, a major change will occur in January 2015. Current Roth TSP contributions are identified in terms of dollars and this contribution method will stop at the end of January 2015. This change will require members contributing to Roth TSP to re-accomplish their elections. If you wish…

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Fly Over: ‘In Country’ and ‘Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles’

Posted November 14, 2014 by Nestor Cruz, and Stephen and Vanessa E. Delgado

On Netflix: ‘In Country’ SD: We’re going into the movie vault to 1989 to take a look at a motion picture that flew under the radar at the time, but I recommend getting it from Netflix. “In Country” stars Bruce Willis and Emily Lloyd. It is directed by legendary and award winning director, Norman Jewison,…

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‘He was a warrior’

Posted November 7, 2014 by Col. RUSSELL BOESTER

Those were the last words spoken by Russell Nichols before he left the podium Oct. 17 at his son’s memorial service. Those words, and the passion with which they were spoken, have been with me since that service. As I reflect on the meaning of the words, it really makes me think about why we…

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