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Resource management — Doing more with less

Posted February 27, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. MICHAEL SCHRICK

Since I joined the Air Force in 1992, our manpower and resources have been gradually reduced with no obvious change to the mission we support. While this has been labeled “doing more with less,” I don’t believe we’re truly doing any more than we did when I entered the military 22 years ago. We seem…

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Situational awareness

Posted February 27, 2015 by Master Sgt. BRANDON CHRISTIAN

Throughout my career, the importance of situational awareness has been driven into my head. This became exceedingly clear to me when I landed in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. It was March 17, 2003, about 48 hours until Operation Iraqi Freedom kicked off. We were busy building tents, making bunkers and preparing to execute the mission. Doing…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 27, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

There are times in our lives which are marked by a flash of inspiration. Some coincidental event takes place that brings new insight or understanding. One such event happened for me this past fall at the funeral Mass of one of Luke’s longtime friends, Katie Gillen. Miss Katie served as our base librarian for many…

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Fly Over: ‘Kingdom Hearts II’ and ‘Coaching Bad′

Posted February 27, 2015 by Marcy Copeland and Luther Mitchell Jr.

For Play Station II: ‘Kingdom Hearts II’ “Kingdom Hearts II” was released in 2005 for the Play Station 2 gaming console. The game is the sequel to “Kingdom Hearts” but the third in the series published by Square Enix. The story begins one year later after the event from “Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.” Sora,…

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Don’t get ‘Promotion Remorse’

Posted February 20, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. LEROY RIDGEL

The day I closed on my first house, my realtor and I did a final walk through to ensure there were no last-minute issues that needed addressing. Since I was a first-time home buyer, I didn’t know what to look for, so I finished my walk-through in 20 minutes. My realtor insisted on staying to…

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Keep military records in check

Posted February 20, 2015 by Staff Sgt. YOLANDA KAIN

A common issue we see at the 56th Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Section is that our military customers wait until the last minute to check their records. This can become an issue that can cause hardship on the member when it comes to promotion boards, permanent changes of station, retirement and separation. One scenario…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 20, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

“I, state your name …” With these words we begin the oath of office. During our Air Force careers we periodically stop and take this oath; at re-enlistments and officer promotions we take a vow, we make a promise. Notice with me that every Airman begins this oath with their name. One’s name is a…

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Fly Over: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ and ‘Chopped′

Posted February 20, 2015 by Nestor Cruz and Grace Lee

In stores: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ I was sitting at my desk trying to decide whether I should review a restaurant or a movie for this week’s Thunderbolt when my wife texted me and suggested we rent a DVD. That’s when inspiration struck me: “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a movie about competing restaurants in France, was recently…

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Find inspiration all around for daily grind

Posted February 13, 2015 by Lt. Col. JASON HOKAJ

SHAZAM! That is the war cry of the 56th Operations Support Squadron. It comes from the comic book character Captain Marvel, who was introduced back in 1939. SHAZAM is an acronym of six Greek and Roman gods and heroes, each defining a special ability that the superhero possesses. There is Solomon for wisdom, Hercules for…

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Forgetting past leads to repeating it

Posted February 13, 2015 by Senior Airman SPENCER BROCKMAN

On Jan. 17, 1991, Operation Desert Storm was initiated by the U.S. to liberate Kuwait from the forces of Saddam Hussein, the Iraq dictator. Leading up to this event, Hussein had invaded the country of Kuwait Aug. 2, 1990. He targeted Kuwait due to its extensive supply of oil and his belief that Kuwait was…

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