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A premier alliance: 425th Fighter Squadron

Posted October 2, 2015 by by Lt. Col. JON FORINO

Aug. 9, 2015, marked the 50th Anniversary of Singapore’s Independence. The 425th Fighter Squadron is an operational squadron comprised of elite U.S. Air Force and Republic of Singapore air force personnel designated by an agreement between the U.S. and Republic of Singapore as PEACE CARVIN II. December of 2013 marked the 20 year anniversary of…

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AF, Navy join forces to protect

Posted September 11, 2015 by by Maj. SCOTT HASELDEN

Following force reductions in 2014, career fields around the Air Force likely experienced manpower strains in daily operations – the 56th Security Forces Squadron was no exception to these cuts. In September 2013, the squadron was authorized 185 active-duty members. By October 2014, the unit was reduced to a mere 136 active-duty members. With these…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 29, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Writer, professor, human rights activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel wrote: “The most important question a human being has to face … what is it?  The question, ‘Why are we here?’”  His question points to the existential nature of our lives; we wonder why we are here, we search for meaning and significance…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted January 29, 2016 by

Flat rate per diem explained What is it? The flat rate per diem rule changes for long-term temporary duty went into effect Nov. 1, 2014, and apply when government lodging and/or meals are not available at the TDY installation. Who is affected? Anyone assigned to a TDY of 31 days or longer is subject to…

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Show up, get involved, stay faithful to commitment

Posted November 19, 2015 by by Staff Sgt. YOLANDA KAIN

As an Airman at a new base, it can be confusing to figure out how to meet new people, develop yourself in your career and get involved. Luckily, Luke Air Force Base has many organizations that can help you navigate through not only how to develop yourself professionally, but help you network and make new…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 9, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

“Example is leadership. Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” ~ Albert Schweitzer We all set an example for others everyday as we live our lives. We may set a good example or we may be the poster child of what not to do. No matter your age,…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … December 18, 2015

Posted December 17, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” ~ Andy Rooney Andy Rooney poignantly describes what many families experience each year. He highlights what parents understand all too well – the reality that childhood is fleeting, that…

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Taking care of your Airmen?

Posted October 29, 2015 by by Master Sgt. MARC SELLERS

Many years ago I was just starting out as a young flight chief and senior NCO. I had traveled back east to attend the Maintenance Production Superintendent Course and was headed back home. After I dropped off my rental car I hopped on the bus that would take me back to the terminal. It is…

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When opportunity knocks, answer door

Posted January 29, 2016 by Master Sgt. NEEL RODGERS

Throughout our time in the Air Force, whether for four years or 30, we are presented with many opportunities. The places we go and the duties we learn to do all lend themselves to new experiences that most Americans will never get. Those opportunities can be a key component to your success in the Air…

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10 characteristics describe servant leader

Posted November 19, 2015 by by Master Sgt. AARON MILLER

Servant leader is a phrase that was first used by Robert K. Greenleaf in 1970 in an essay he wrote titled “The Servant as Leader.” In this essay, he described the concept as, “The servant leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious…

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