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There’s no ‘I’ in team

Posted March 6, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. TOMMY BELCHER

Have you ever heard anyone utter the statement, “there is no ‘I’ in team,” only to be followed by the usual comeback, “There is no ‘we’ either?” In either instance, the person making the statement is correct from a literal standpoint. That being said, consider this: there is not an “I” in teamwork but you…

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New EPR process may change outcomes

Posted March 6, 2015 by Senior Airman SPENCER BROCKMAN

The static close-out date for enlisted performance reports is March 31. Although this shouldn’t be a shock to anybody paying attention, it does require further review. The Air Force is undergoing a dramatic change in the way it handles its personnel. The days are gone when “Firewall 5s” are the status quo. We are headed…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted March 6, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

A very wise man once said, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” This line, from the book “Lorax,” by Dr. Seuss, indicates that we all need to care about those around us. One essential part of caring is seeing. Having the ability to see…

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Fly Over: ‘Jaws 40th Anniversary’ and ‘Extreme FAT smash DIET′

Posted March 6, 2015 by Marcy Copeland and Luther Mitchell Jr.

At the Luke Library: ‘Jaws 40th Anniversary’ The movie begins with a group of young adults enjoying an evening on the beach with a bonfire roaring and someone playing a guitar. The urge to take a nice swim overtakes a young woman and her drunken companion. She races toward the beach as he stumbles behind….

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Resource management — Doing more with less

Posted February 27, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. MICHAEL SCHRICK

Since I joined the Air Force in 1992, our manpower and resources have been gradually reduced with no obvious change to the mission we support. While this has been labeled “doing more with less,” I don’t believe we’re truly doing any more than we did when I entered the military 22 years ago. We seem…

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Situational awareness

Posted February 27, 2015 by Master Sgt. BRANDON CHRISTIAN

Throughout my career, the importance of situational awareness has been driven into my head. This became exceedingly clear to me when I landed in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. It was March 17, 2003, about 48 hours until Operation Iraqi Freedom kicked off. We were busy building tents, making bunkers and preparing to execute the mission. Doing…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 27, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

There are times in our lives which are marked by a flash of inspiration. Some coincidental event takes place that brings new insight or understanding. One such event happened for me this past fall at the funeral Mass of one of Luke’s longtime friends, Katie Gillen. Miss Katie served as our base librarian for many…

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Fly Over: ‘Kingdom Hearts II’ and ‘Coaching Bad′

Posted February 27, 2015 by Marcy Copeland and Luther Mitchell Jr.

For Play Station II: ‘Kingdom Hearts II’ “Kingdom Hearts II” was released in 2005 for the Play Station 2 gaming console. The game is the sequel to “Kingdom Hearts” but the third in the series published by Square Enix. The story begins one year later after the event from “Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.” Sora,…

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Don’t get ‘Promotion Remorse’

Posted February 20, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. LEROY RIDGEL

The day I closed on my first house, my realtor and I did a final walk through to ensure there were no last-minute issues that needed addressing. Since I was a first-time home buyer, I didn’t know what to look for, so I finished my walk-through in 20 minutes. My realtor insisted on staying to…

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Keep military records in check

Posted February 20, 2015 by Staff Sgt. YOLANDA KAIN

A common issue we see at the 56th Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Section is that our military customers wait until the last minute to check their records. This can become an issue that can cause hardship on the member when it comes to promotion boards, permanent changes of station, retirement and separation. One scenario…

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