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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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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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Fly Over: Touchback

Posted April 13, 2012 by Capt. Tristan Hinderliter

What if you could go back and have a chance to redo the most important, tragic and pivotal day of your life? Would you make different decisions, knowing it would change your life’s trajectory? That is the opportunity, and dilemma, facing Scott Murphy (played by Brian Presley) in “Touchback,” a film written and directed by Don Handfield.

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From recorder to rifle and back

Posted June 1, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka

About three and a half months ago my supervisor came to me to say I was going to be a 56th Security Forces Squadron augmentee. Augmentees are Airmen from different base units who serve 90 days at the SFS to help during deployment shortages. I worked four-days on, with three days off and a day…

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Chaplain thoughts July 13, 2012

Posted July 13, 2012 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theodore Wilson, 56th Fighter Wing Chape

“If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.” ~ Hamilton Fish   We often speak in the military of laying our lives down in defense of our nation — the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. What…

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Fly Over: “Killer Joe”, “Hope Springs”

Posted August 31, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class Grace Lee and by Macario Mora

In theaters: The plot is simple enough. The acting is great, but there is something frustrating about the Lone Star state. Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) asks his sister Dottie (Juno Temple) “what’s so special about Texas? What is there to do here? It’s big, there’s lots of space to walk.” It sounds rather boring and…

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Fly Over: ‘NBA 2K13’, ‘The Master’

Posted November 2, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams and Macario Mora

In stores: ‘NBA 2K13’ by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams 2K Sports has been releasing NBA 2K games since 2001. And since then, their basketball games have been superb. But recently, it seems as though 2K Sports have gotten lazy with the creation of their recent basketball games, and it shows. Despite that, 2K proved…

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Be inspiring: observations about leadership

Posted January 25, 2013 by Capt. ANDREW HOEFFLER

Many could say that the best leaders they’ve encountered were inspiring individuals. From religious icons to heads of state and military leaders, they all seem to have one common trait — they inspire others. I have always been a history buff, specifically the history of the middle ages. As such, I belong to a very…

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Leadership comes from every level

Posted April 5, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt. ANGELA LANGHORNE

Are people born with natural leadership traits or are they created? Is this ability based on position, rank and/or even character? Do you believe the Air Force has an effective career progression plan in developing leaders? Although leadership is defined in many ways, the best definition heard to date and a myth is that leaders…

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