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Civilian volunteer at tax center gives back

Posted December 14, 2012 by LUCILLE WILLIAMS

I started volunteering at Luke Air Force Base Tax Center in January. It has been a great experience. As a retired high school teacher of 33 years, I have no affiliation with the military, but I enjoy being able to give back to them for all they have done. How can we help those who…

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Fly Over: ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’, ‘Les Misérables’

Posted March 22, 2013 by Jayson Burns and Denise Willhite

In theaters: ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ It’s magical! … Sorry In most movies, magicians are usually used to show how geeky a character is, which is weird because magic can be a pretty cool thing. I mean, I had a magic kit as a kid and I’m not a geek (stop laughing). This year’s “The…

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Motivation: Starts with a goal

Posted May 10, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. JUAN HORTA

Last week when I visited family in California, my father mentioned to a family friend that I was in the Air Force. After exchanging pleasantries, he asked me how long I had been in the military, and I said, “Nine and a half years.” He fired back to me with a question that I hadn’t…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted July 19, 2013 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” ~Abraham Lincoln There is much truth in the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.” Success is in large part about trial and error. Henry Ford said about failure, “It is an opportunity to begin…

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Certainty of combat shapes thoughts

Posted September 13, 2013 by Capt. DAVID BREUER

“And through all this welter of change and development, your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable: it is to win our wars. Everything else in your professional career is but a corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purposes, all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small, will find others for their…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted November 8, 2013 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

It is reported that after the Civil War, Robert E. Lee visited the home of a Kentucky lady. During the visit she took Lee to the remains of a grand old tree in front of her house. As they stood looking at the tree, she bitterly cried that its limbs and trunk had been destroyed…

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The future: New territory or repeat of history?

Posted January 17, 2014 by Capt. ERIC RINGELSTETTER

It is easy to get overwhelmed when listening to the pervasive 24/7 news cycle broadcasting predictions of an uncertain future. Whether it is America’s supposed “failure to lead” abroad, continuous fiscal disagreements in Washington D.C., or the Air Force’s pending drawdown of 25,000 Airmen, many conclude that the future is uncertain and not promising. But…

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Quitting smoking only way to go

Posted February 21, 2014 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Every morning started the same way. After coughing up phlegm from smoking the day prior, I’d brush my teeth, do my hair, put on my uniform and have a cigarette. And every time I did this, I’d ask myself why I did this and what was so wonderful about it. It wasn’t that it tasted…

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SAAM to raise awareness, respect, change culture

Posted April 11, 2014 by JOICE JONES

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response mission is to ensure that all victims of sexual assault receive the care and support they require and to use education and intervention as a primary means of achieving an environment free of sexual assault. With the advent of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the 56th Fighter Wing…

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Fly Over: ‘American Reunion’

Posted April 20, 2012 by by Capt. Tristan Hinderliter

In an early scene in “American Reunion,” Steve Stifler (played by Seann William Scott) defecates in a cooler of beer belonging to a group of cocky, obnoxious high schoolers on the beach, after the teenagers had fled following a disagreement with our protagonists. In Stifler’s defense, they had it coming. For the next two hours,…

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