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Every Airman has a voice

Posted May 1, 2015 by Master Sgt. GARY LILLEY

While Gen. Mark Welsh III was here at Luke Air Force Base, he discussed the importance of listening to your young Airmen, and making sure they feel empowered to have open dialogue and share ideas within their chain of command. As the NCO in charge of my section, I took General Welsh’s words to heart…

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Off-base activities build your CAF

Posted May 1, 2015 by Senior Airman SPENCER BROCKMAN

The Critical Days of Summer draw near. I know that in our shop this kicks off a slew of safety briefings about how to minimize the chance of injuries and stay out of danger. However, this shouldn’t discourage you from going out and exploring the Valley of the Sun. Luke is an amazing base because…

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This week in history

Posted May 1, 2015 by Rick Griset,

April 30, 1975: The fall of Saigon Forty years ago this week, Saigon, the capital of the Republic of Vietnam, fell. The republic was also called South Vietnam. In 1973, United States combat troops left Vietnam, and though diminished, American support continued. Therefore, several thousand Americans still worked there. In March of 1975, the Democratic…

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Fly Over: ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Mortal Kombat X’

Posted May 1, 2015 by Nestor Cruz and Devante Williams

On Netflix ‘Daredevil’ Add another hit series from the good people at Netflix. “Daredevil” joins the growing roster of original programming from the movie streaming service, including “House of Cards,” “Orange Is The New Black,” “Knights of Sidonia” and “Marco Polo.” Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is a lawyer working and living in Hell’s Kitchen, New…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted May 1, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

Confessions of a nonCatholic chaplain: Why I love attending mass Last Sunday I had the privilege of attending Mass at Fowler Park. Twice a year Luke’s Catholic parish holds an outdoor Mass. The service is followed by a fellowship meal, games, door prizes, the “whole nine yards” of ecclesiastical fun. It’s enjoyable on so many…

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The gift of leadership

Posted April 24, 2015 by Master Sgt. PERCEL CRUDUP

Gen. Mark Welsh III may have said it best, “Leadership is a gift. It’s given by those who follow. You have to be worthy of it.” As the people of this nation give their children up to serve in the armed forces we as leaders need to be ready to lead them as they are…

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Have faith in Air Force system

Posted April 24, 2015 by Master Sgt. JOSHUA BURKE

Throughout our Air Force careers, we have all received extensive training covering the Air Force core values — integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. We talk about them on a daily basis in one capacity or another using them as buzz words to drive our point home or steer a…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted April 24, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

Mercy and a Romanian MP Last year while deployed to a NATO base in Afghanistan, a Romanian military police officer stopped my chaplain assistant and me for passing a bus that had pulled off the road. He came to the window and said, “You can’t overtake bus. ID and vehicle papers, please.” Since I was…

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Fly Over: ‘R.I.P.D.’ and ‘Dark Souls II’

Posted April 24, 2015 by Marcy Copeland and James Hensley

On Netflix ‘R.I.P.D.’ R.I.P.D. stars Ryan Reynolds (Det. Sgt. Nick Walker), Kevin Bacon (Det. Lt. Bobby Hayes), Jeff Bridges (Roycephus “Roy” Pulsipher), Stephanie Szostak (Julia) and Mary-Louise Parker (R.I.P.D. Chief Mildred Proctor). Set in Boston, this movie features Nick and Bobby, two detectives who discover shards of gold during a drug raid and choose to…

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Planning for your future equals success

Posted April 17, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. MYESHIA LEE

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” ~ William Arthur Ward Success does not happen accidentally, it takes detailed planning and a vision of the future. I remember the day before I left for basic military training, I tried to imagine what my future…

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