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Fly Over: ’47 Ronin’, and ‘Breaking Amish’

Posted April 25, 2014 by Jason Colbert and Grace Lee

On DVD: 47 Ronin Set in feudal Japan, Keanu Reeves stars in the action-adventure epic, “47 Ronin.” After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. This band of ronin must seek help from Kai (Reeves) – an enslaved half-breed they once…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted April 25, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

When active-duty members receive their last leave and earnings statement on active duty, the LES will state that their end-of-month paycheck will be withheld. This is normal. Their final paycheck will be calculated manually by a comptroller technician to include (if applicable) leave sellback, separation/severance pay, and unpaid debts along with their regular pay. For…

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Comprehensive support system helps unit resiliency

Posted April 18, 2014 by Maj. SEAN GIBBS

In today’s Air Force environment of force restructure, budgetary constraints, continued mission requirements and resiliency, establishing a comprehensive support system in a unit is absolutely essential for success. Each organizational tier, whether at the element, flight or squadron level, must be resilient and have support mechanisms in place to not only meet, but exceed daily…

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Preparing for next rank makes successful Airmen

Posted April 18, 2014 by Airman 1st Class JOSEPH ANSELMO

As Airmen we have many responsibilities and duties we must carry out in accordance with our jobs. According to AFI 36-2618, The Enlisted Force Structure, our responsibilities are as follows: junior enlisted Airmen initially focus on adapting to military requirements, achieving occupational proficiency and learning how to become highly productive members of the Air Force….

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Dollars and Sense

Posted April 18, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

Want a copy of your leave and earning statement? LESs for separated or retired Air Force service members are not available from myPay. Requests must be sent via email to the Military Pay Historical Records Branch at ampo-verify-les-@dfas.mil or fax to 317-275-0123. For more information on the data required for the request, go to the…

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Fly Over: 43rd Express Vietnamese Restaurant, and ‘Oculus’

Posted April 18, 2014 by Grace Lee and Jayson Burns

Eating out: 43rd Express Vietnamese Restaurant For those who don’t know me, I’m a big foodie. I love trying different foods from a variety of cultures, but my favorite is Asian cuisine. Being in Arizona, where the Asian population is lower than that of the Northwest, it’s not always easy finding a good Asian restaurant….

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted April 18, 2014 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson

Courtesy photo Reinhold Niebuhr “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.” ~ Reinhold Niebuhr Continuing with the theme of wisdom from last week, many of you may recognize the quote above as the “Serenity Prayer.” This little…

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Three steps to avoid ‘toxic leadership’

Posted April 11, 2014 by Lt. Col. CHRISTOPHER BACON

Toxic leadership. Sadly, this term has recently become vogue in the lexicon of the Defense Department to describe leaders possessing unfavorable leadership characteristics and whose actions eventually rot an organization from the inside out. Examples of these leaders drape across the weekly headlines and sound bites of newspapers, radio and television. “Leaders” who become drunk…

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Personal improvement, goal setting all part of leadership

Posted April 11, 2014 by Capt. JULIE WHITEKUS

In preparation for the changes in regard to officer and enlisted performance reports, and force management issues, it is important to reflect on personal improvement and goal setting. This topic is close to my heart and revolves around leadership. As officers, leaders and mentors, we can all benefit from refreshing our vigilance and attention to…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted April 11, 2014 by 56th CPTS

Retirees, did you know that the Defense Financial and Accounting Service is the primary payroll office for military retired pay and annuity accounts? The 56th Comptroller Squadron Financial Customer Service section can assist in the transition from active-duty to retired status and make determinations for some entitlement programs. However, once retired, DFAS becomes the primary…

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