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Are you up for the challenge?

Posted June 6, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. SCOTT HARRIS

We in the Air Force are facing challenging times as both individuals and organizations. We are in the middle of several force shaping efforts to trim nearly 25,000 Airmen from our ranks. I want to look at the trials facing many squadrons, groups and wings across the Air Force. Initially, these organizations were tasked with…

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Integrity first: Having courage to speak up

Posted June 6, 2014 by Capt. ANTHONY AROCHA

As a kid my dad always asked me questions he already knew the answers to, testing my integrity throughout my childhood. As a strict military father, he taught me at an early age that a man’s word is everything, and as I grew older, it developed into having integrity in every aspect of life. The…

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This Week in History

Posted June 6, 2014 by Rick Griset

Courtesy photo D-Day: Off the Normandy coast, Soldiers crowded in a landing craft June 6, 1944, await their turn to land on the beach. June 6, 1944: Operation NEPTUNE (D-Day) The largest invasion in world history occurred 70 years ago today on the Normandy Peninsula in France, code named Operation NEPTUNE. It is often simply…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted June 6, 2014 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson

Courtesy photo John Wooden “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” ~ John Wooden John Wooden lived a life many only dream about. A three-time All-American basketball player at Purdue, he led them to the 1932 Helms National Championship (precursor to NCAA). He played professional basketball and spent three years as…

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Fly Over: ‘Below Paradise’ by Tedashii’, and ‘Kill Bill: Volume 1′

Posted June 6, 2014 by Grace Lee and Timothy Boyer

Available on iTunes or www.reachrecords.com: Below Paradise by Tedashii A protégé of Grammy-winning rapper Lecrae, gospel rap giant Tedashii released his newest album, “Below Paradise,” on May 27. The album deals with an array of life’s problems from a refreshing perspective that is lacking in not only most music today, but in society as a…

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Justice Report

Posted June 6, 2014 by 56th Fighter Wing Legal Office

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in April: Articles 15 56th Operations Group • An airman first class received an Article 15 for underage drinking. The member received a suspended reduction in rank to airman, forfeiture of $858 pay per month for two months, 45 days restriction,…

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Airmen have responsibility to do uniform proud

Posted May 30, 2014 by Master Sgt. TOMMY CHILDERS

“You never get a second chance at a first impression.” – Unknown While this saying holds true in many facets of our daily lives, it carries an increased weight and sense of responsibility for us as service members. Not only does this apply to our physical appearance, but also in the way we carry ourselves…

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Paying it forward

Posted May 30, 2014 by Airman 1st Class JOSEPH ANSELMO

With tax season upon us, I had a weird thought. Being in the Air Force is in many ways similar to the process of receiving a tax return. Now bear with me on this one, and I will try to break it down for you. I’m not saying the two directly correlate or are completely…

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Good followers necessary for effective leaders

Posted May 30, 2014 by Staff Sgt. TIMOTHY BOYER

It is perhaps one of the most difficult duties of an Airman, yet one which we tend not to talk about after Basic Military Training or technical training. We are taught throughout our careers how to be effective leaders, but somewhere in the focus to become effective leaders, we lose the focus on being a…

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Dollars and Sense

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Beginning July 1, Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance will increase. The SGLI premium rate will increase from the current level of 6.5 cents per month per $1,000 of coverage to 7 cents per month per $1,000 of coverage. This will increase the premium for Airmen with the maximum coverage of $400,000, for example, from $26 to…

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