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Fly Over: ‘Pita Kitchen ‘Get your Greek on’’ and ‘American Sniper′

Posted January 23, 2015 by Luther Mitchell Jr. and Nestor Cruz

‘Pita Kitchen ‘Get your Greek on’’ I checked in on Yelp last week at a local sushi spot and I’m proud to report I earned my “Global Domination” badge (given to Yelpers who check in at restaurants of various cuisines). My latest gourmand journey brought me to the Pita Kitchen Mediterranean Grill located at 9915…

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Are we mentoring our members to success?

Posted January 16, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. RICK STILES

The Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force approved the new Airman Comprehensive Assessment to be effective July 1, 2014. The ACA is not a change to the performance feedback program but a progression in the way we execute an overlooked opportunity to tell our subordinates what we expect…

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Airmen: Ambassadors of Air Force core values

Posted January 16, 2015 by Senior Airman SPENCER BROCKMAN

Airmen are tasked and trained to keep up with myriad tasks that sometimes venture outside the scope of their assigned jobs. One of these tasks that often goes unnoticed or rarely spoken about is the job of an ambassador. Every time you are in uniform and travel off base, whether to go home for the…

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Heritage thought

Posted January 16, 2015 by Maj. Scott Smith

On Jan. 16, 1991, the war against Iraq began as Allied aircraft conducted a major raid against Iraqi air defenses. The air raid on Baghdad was broadcast live to a global audience by CNN correspondents announcing the start of Operation DESERT STORM. The initial conflict to expel Iraqi troops from Kuwait continued for five weeks….

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted January 16, 2015 by Chaplain (1st Lt.) Ben Skelton

What would your life look like if you saw obstacles and setbacks as stepping stones to a greater maturity and a stronger faith? There is nothing more motivating and encouraging than seeing a real-life underdog on the big screen! No greater example of this is the movie “Rudy,” a story about a small guy with…

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Fly Over: ‘PCU’ and ‘Home Alone′

Posted January 16, 2015 by Marcy Copeland and Nestor Cruz

On DVD: ‘PCU’ PCU is about a band of college misfits who are known as The Pit. The movie stars Jeremy Piven (James “Droz” Andrews), Jon Favreau (Gutter), David Spade (Rand McPherson), Jessica Walters (Ms. Garcia Thompson), Megan Ward (Katy), and Chris Young (Tom Lawrence). Rich, preppy Tom Lawrence (Young) travels to the Port Chester…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted January 9, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

Guided missiles and misguided men As I get older I find myself asking the question, “What happened to our moral standards?” Watching the news and personal observations of how people respond situationally continue to raise concern in my mind about the moral climate of our nation. I guess every generation has struggled with this dilemma,…

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My personal leadership philosophy

Posted December 19, 2014 by Maj. SCOTT HALL

My personal leadership philosophy can be summed up in just a few words — people first, mission always. Some may mistake the phrase “people first, mission always” as a dictum to coddle unit personnel through adversity, but actually, my focus is on preparing them to overcome adversity. The mission will always press on, but without…

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Work, family balance success marker

Posted December 19, 2014 by Master Sgt. DANIEL CARTER

“Being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.” — Zig Ziglar In our careers, we frequently hear about the importance of having balance in our life and job. Some common…

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It’s a way of life

Posted December 19, 2014 by Maj. RONALD MARQUEZ

Maj. Ronald Marquez Air Force Instruction 1-1 Paragraph 1.5 states, A way of life. “The mission must be accomplished.” Luke AFB is taking a small break from that mission, back-to-back four-day weekends for some. This means a little holiday cheer is in order. I grew up spending Christmas Eve waiting for my father to get…

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