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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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The enlisted perspective: Now is the time for bold leadership

Posted May 11, 2012 by by James A. Roy

A week ago, I sent an email message titled Leadership vs. Policy to Command Chiefs and Career Field Managers. You may have seen that message, or parts of it, but I’d like to take this opportunity to address it with you directly. The theme of the message was that too much arbitrary guidance could prove…

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Make current job best so far in Air Force

Posted June 22, 2012 by by Col. Douglas Miller

I have the best job in the Air Force, and I’ve had it 14 times in my career. Soon to be 15, as a matter of fact. That’s because I’m a firm believer that you make your own success and opportunities, and that you make every assignment, every job, the best it can be.

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Fly Over: “Fighting”

Posted August 10, 2012 by by Capt. Tristan Hinderliter

The Thunderbolt staff seems to be on a mission to review every movie Channing Tatum has ever done, so I took one for the team and watched “Fighting,” his 2009 film about underground street fighting.

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Forty aces credited to 56th

Posted October 5, 2012 by by Lt. Col. JON WHEELER

The Air Force Historical Research Agency recently credited Capt. Eugene O’Neill Jr. with his fifth victory during World War II, making him the 40th ace of the 56th Fighter Wing. As I learned of this major milestone in our wing’s history, I couldn’t help but think back on one of the most rewarding experiences of…

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Fly Over: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’, ‘Rise of the Guardians’

Posted December 7, 2012 by Jayson Burns and Macario Mora

In Video Stores: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ Since the series first started, I’ve had very mixed feelings toward the “Resident Evil” movies. The first one I thought was a fairly decent video game adaptation, and the sequels “Apocalypse” and “Extinction” had some redeeming qualities despite being tremendously flawed. “Resident Evil: Afterlife” I think should be chopped…

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DUI – Decisions under the influence

Posted March 1, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. BRADLEY ROBERTS

First, let me start off by saying if you missed the 56th Fighter Wing Annual Awards banquet, you may have missed the opportunity of your Air Force career to learn from one of our greatest leaders and spokesmen, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor, the fifth Airman to serve with that distinction….

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Fly Over: ‘Breaking Bad’, and ‘Hounded’ The Iron Druid Chronicles

Posted May 3, 2013 by Grace Lee and Christopher Hatch

On Netflix: ‘Breaking Bad’ Personally, I’m not the type to watch a television drama series unless it’s Korean drama, but since “Breaking Bad” was on the Netflix “top watched list,” I decided to give it a chance. The show begins with Walter White (Bryan Cranston), an over-qualified high school chemistry teacher, working a second job…

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