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Fly Over: Blu Burger Grille is burger royalty

Posted May 18, 2012 by by Tech Sgt. Meredith Mingledorff

Blu Burger Grille is burger royalty! While it looks more like a trendy Manhattan martini bar than a burger joint its offerings are definitely tailored toward burger blue bloods. The restaurant is located in Peoria in the Park West shopping center at the corner of 99th Ave. and Northern, directly across from…

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56th CONS civilian salutes military father’s lessons

Posted June 15, 2012 by by Mary Peetz

When I was a senior in high school, my father served as the Hill Air Force Base commander. Understandably, the unwelcomed public scrutiny of a teenager’s life that occurs when your father is the base commander naturally created tension at times. As my father approaches his 80th birthday though, my reflection on that period provides…

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Fly Over: ‘Blue Valentine’

Posted June 8, 2012 by by Macario Mora

If you’re a newlywed in the throes of a blissfully romantic honeymoon phase, optimistic about finding your soul mate amongst the billions populating planet Earth, in the process of courting a potential significant other or simply a romantic at heart who still clings to the notion that finding ever-lasting love is somehow more likely than…

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Leadership is action, not position

Posted March 27, 2012 by Master Sgt. Scott Harris

I recently read a quote in an article that I believe defines a true leader. The quote is from Donald H. McGannon and says, “Leadership is action, not position.” This phrase epitomizes my leadership philosophy; specifically, I feel people are leaders by virtue of what they do, not the authority they are given or the…

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Thank you, Thunderbolts

Posted May 24, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. Rory Wicks

Greetings Team Luke! Wow, what can I say, time flies when you’re having fun … this has been a superb ride. Unfortunately for me, I am at the end of a phenomenal tour having to leave a magnificent community. As we depart, I just want to say “thanks” to all for your acceptance, support, teamwork…

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Chaplain thoughts – July 6, 2012

Posted July 6, 2012 by Chaplain (Maj.) Scott Jobe

  “I’ve missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot 26 times … and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”   ~ Michael Jordon   As leaders we need to communicate and…

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The Military Family

Posted August 24, 2012 by Commentary by DARLENE SELTMANN

We all make choices. Some choose to be service members; others choose to be married to one. In my case, I chose both....

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‘Widows’ devoted to excellence

Posted October 19, 2012 by by Lt. Col. KEVIN CRUIKSHANK

Under the Peace Carvin II program, the 425th Fighter Squadron received nine borrowed ex-Thunderbird F-16A/Bs Dec. 30, 1992, and reactivated the squadron at Luke Air Force Base. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of this program and the U.S. Air Force’s special relationship with Singapore here at Luke. The Black Widows are a unique…

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Dissent, better part of loyalty

Posted January 18, 2013 by Lt. Col. MATTHEW LILJENSTOLPE

How many of us have heard a new commander say, “I expect your loyalty, and I hope to earn your respect?” I believe that the meaning of this saying is often misinterpreted by its audience. The second half of that statement is easy enough to understand, but what do military commanders mean when they demand…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted March 29, 2013 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson,

“Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be grateful. Conceit is self-given; be careful..”   ~ John Wooden One of the greatest coaches in NCAA basketball history was also one of the greatest coaches about life itself. John Wooden taught his players not just a game, but how to “win” in life. There is an…

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