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Dollars and Sense

Posted October 24, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

As a new government employee, you have the opportunity to save for your retirement through the Thrift Savings Plan. The TSP is similar to a 401(k) plan in the private sector. Participating in the TSP is easy. You can use the electronic version, such as EBIS or myPay, or fill out the Form TSP-1 (www.tsp.gov/PDF/formspubs/tsp-1.pdf)….

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 24, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

It has been said that when you are struggling you are growing. We see this in athletic pursuits. No one achieves improvement or excellence by lounging about. Rather it is as we push our physical limits that we improve our performance. We see this in our academic endeavors. While our basic intelligence may be static…

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Fly Over: ‘Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter’ and ‘Gone Girl’

Posted October 24, 2014 by Nestor Cruz and Grace Lee

In bookstores: ‘Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter’ Mashup novel has bite but eventually turns to dust *Warning! This review may contain spoilers. ‘Tis the season for books, movies and TV shows featuring the scary, supernatural and unknown. From the latest Dracula movie on the big screen to the return of “The Walking Dead” on the small…

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U.S., Singapore partnership standout

Posted October 17, 2014 by Lt. Col. JOHN FORINO

The 425th Fighter Squadron is an operational squadron comprised of elite U.S. Air Force and Republic of Singapore air force personnel. December of 2013 marked the 20-year anniversary of this partnership in excellence based right here at Luke Air Force Base.

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‘Guts’ required to enforce standards

Posted October 17, 2014 by by Master Sgt. LARRY MORGAN Jr.

A few years ago, a fellow senior NCO requested I talk to her subordinate about her appearance, specifically pertaining to her hair. Naturally, I asked about what the issue was and why she couldn’t have a discussion with her own subordinate. The senior NCO replied that the subordinate was African American and she wore her…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted October 17, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

Effective Nov. 1, temporary duty travel for less than 30 days will not have per diem rate changes. However, TDY travel greater than 30 days will be limited to 75 percent of the maximum lodging rate and per diem rate. If you go TDY more than 180 days, travelers will be limited to 55 percent…

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Fly Over: ‘The Gift’ and ‘World Buffet’

Posted October 17, 2014 by Timothy Boyer and Nestor Cruz

On Amazon, Netflix and in stores: ‘The Gift’ Before beginning this review, let me just admit my bias against “scary” movies. For those who have read my past reviews, you probably noticed I appreciate stories and music that are uplifting and positive. That being said, a strong script and good acting can make a fan…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 17, 2014 by Chaplain (Capt.) Joseph Fisher

Courtesy photo Booker T. Washington “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” ~ Booker T. Washington I was one of a handful of religion majors at my undergraduate college….

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Context matters, sets stage for clarifying meaning

Posted October 10, 2014 by Lt. Col. LAUREN BYRD

The old adage is true — having children will change your entire life in ways you never imagined possible. Last year, my husband and I had our first child and overnight became two completely different people with a different set of priorities. My perspective on life, my career and my leadership style changed in a…

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What does it mean to be a leader?

Posted October 10, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. RONALD TANN Jr.

Leader — One who rules or guides or inspires others. ~Webster’s Dictionary I agree partly with this definition that a leader guides and inspires, but I don’t believe a person needs to rule their personnel to lead. Additionally, I know a leader is much more. People in leadership positions must be confident in themselves and…

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