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People — Air Force’s greatest asset

Posted August 28, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. SHAWN THOMPSON

As I reflect on almost 25 years of military service, I find it easy to remember my assignments, the multiple jobs I’ve had and duties I have performed. I have served on four continents and for four presidents. Within that same time period, our nation has been in numerous campaigns ranging from operations Desert Storm…

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Character, good or bad, will be passed on

Posted August 28, 2015 by Master Sgt. JUSTIN KRUITHOF

Your character is who you are when no one is watching. At the same time, your character is who you are when everyone is watching. Your character is the sum of your morals and values and the quality of your character is of the utmost importance when leading others. In addition to your own values…

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This week in history

Posted August 28, 2015 by Rick Griset,

1990: Operation Desert Shield Twenty-five years ago, Saddam Hussein ordered the Iraqi military to invade Kuwait. He wanted to annex what he called Iraq’s 19th Province. The country of Kuwait was Iraq’s small neighbor on the Persian Gulf. President George H.W. Bush reacted by sending the military to the gulf. With that action, he announced,…

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Fly Over: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and ‘Banjo Kazooie’

Posted August 28, 2015 by Marcy Copeland and Pedro Mota

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ The much anticipated premiere of “Fear The Walking Dead” airs Sunday, giving new life to fans of “The Walking Dead.” The prequel was created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson who gave us “The Walking Dead.” Featured as a pilot series and set in Los Angeles, six episodes in total will…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted August 28, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

“I have $1.50 in my pocket. All other monies are ear-marked for other obligations.” That’s a line from my personal journal dated Jan. 10, 1997. I’ve kept a journal for my entire adult life. It helps my nostalgic nature be able to look back and remember where I’ve been. So here’s a snap-shot of where…

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Common sense, simplicity play lead role

Posted August 21, 2015 by Master Sgt. JOSEPH CASTILLO

There are numerous resources describing the attributes of extraordinary leaders, and one could spend countless hours sorting through data to supplement their toolkit. However, as with most things, common sense and simplicity should play a factor in any leadership situation. Throughout my Air Force experience, I have witnessed the same basic and successful qualities in…

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This week in history

Posted August 21, 2015 by Rick Griset

1955: 56th FG reactivates Sixty years ago, the 56th Fighter Group reactivated as the 56th FG (Air Defense). Three years earlier, it had inactivated at Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan. The 4706th Air Defense Wing activated at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. Upon activation, the 4706th ADW assumed control of the 56th Fighter-Interceptor Group’s…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted August 21, 2015 by Father Ronald Metha

Many people have heard of Notre Dame University mainly because of their football fame. One of the most famous people associated with Notre Dame was Rev. Theodore Hesburgh who was president there for 35 years. In his prayers he often asked God, “To those who have hunger, give bread; to us who have bread, give…

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Fly Over: ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Posted August 21, 2015 by James Hensley and Luther Mitchell Jr.

‘Fantastic Four’ Why one star you might ask? To be honest I should give it half a star for wasting my time, but that’d be a little harsh since the movie wasn’t down-right awful. I was going to write a review about how amazing “Dragonball Z Revival F” was but then I saw this movie…

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‘Comm-Bats:’ Small unit, big job

Posted August 20, 2015 by Staff Sgt. AARON NORFLEET

There is a relatively small, unknown building at Luke Air Force Base across the street from the base library. It houses nearly 50 individuals who make up a team of dedicated hard-working bats. These aren’t your run of the mill Chiroptera (Greek for bat). These are 56th Communications Squadron “Comm-Bats.” Inside the walls of Bldg….

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