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Greetings

Posted March 11, 2014 by Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein

Welcome to “Lightning in the Desert,” Luke Air Force Base’s Open House and Air Show. We are excited to open our gates to the people of Arizona for a glimpse at our nation’s Air Force in action. The next two days will be packed with demonstrations and displays, which are sure to delight people of…

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World War I ace, hero, Luke AFB namesake

Posted March 11, 2014 by Air Force History Support office and 56th Fighter Wing History office

America’s second ranking ace in World War I, Frank Luke Jr. embodied the fighting spirit and public image of a fighter pilot of the time. He went after the toughest targets, heavily defended German Drachen observation balloons. They were protected by a ring of aircraft from planes attacking above the balloon, and balloon-mounted machine guns…

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Drawdowns make communication vital

Posted March 7, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. MICHAEL BROWN

In 1991, I departed Saudi Arabia post Operation Desert Storm. At the time I couldn’t imagine the day I would return to King Abdul Aziz Airport in Dhahran, also known as the “Kingdom,” but 23 years later I have returned. From the control tower here, I could look out over the massive equipment yards all…

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Find answer, don’t pass buck

Posted March 7, 2014 by Master Sgt. LARRY MORGAN

What do you do when your subordinate asks you a challenging question? The question could be about anything such as career progression advice, educational advancement, family emergencies or Air Force instruction clarification. How do you respond to your subordinate? Do you quickly pass the buck and refer him to the group superintendent, first sergeant, or…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted March 7, 2014 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson

Courtesy photo Craig M. Mullaney “I wanted that future officer to weigh decisions with a supple mind and to be comfortable with nuance and uncertainty.” ~ Craig M. Mullaney Are you uncomfortable with uncertainty? Are you scared of the future? The decisions we make in life are not often easy: medical issues, care for elderly…

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Fly Over: ‘Ghostbusters’, and ‘Young Adam’

Posted March 7, 2014 by Nestor Cruz and Tristan Hinderliter

Available on Netflix: ‘Ghostbusters’ I was shocked and saddened to hear the news last week of the passing of Harold Ramis. He was, hands down, one of the great comedic minds of our time, having co-wrote, directed and starred in several comedy classics including “Animal House,” “Caddyshack,” “Stripes,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “Groundhog Day.” This…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted March 7, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

In order to meet the requirements of financial improvement and audit readiness, the Air Force is directing a one-time effort for every Airman to validate their entitlement for the basic allowance for housing with dependent entitlement. Based on terminal digit spread (last two of the social security number), the 56th Comptroller Squadron will contact Airmen…

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Life of single Airman full of opportunities

Posted February 28, 2014 by Capt. AJ ZORN

Many of the programs and talking points of our Air Force leaders center on taking care of families. Making sure our military dependents are taken care of is crucial for leaders at every level. However, with the ever-present emphasis on family first, many single Airmen find themselves asking, “Where do I fit into this?” Though…

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Changing times challenge leadership

Posted February 28, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. LEROY RIDGEL

Over the next several months our leadership’s prowess will be tested. On Dec. 11, 2013, Air Force senior leaders announced the rollout of several programs that may reduce our force by as much as 25,000 over the next five years. Unfortunately, several of our fellow Airmen will be saluted for their years of faithful service…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted February 28, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

If you are a federal employee covered by the Federal Employees’ Retirement System or the Civil Service Retirement System, you may make regular or catch-up thrift savings plan contributions immediately upon employment. If you are covered by FERS, you may also receive matching agency contributions. All eligible employees are automatically enrolled in TSP at a…

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