Commentary

What is your locus?

Posted February 18, 2016 by Commentary by Senior Master Sgt. OLUWASINA AWOLUSI

Your first thought to the commentary’s title was probably “what do you mean?” Merriam-Webster defines locus as “a central or main place where something happens or is found.” So it basically means center. Now add the words “of control.” Locus of control is a lesson that first sunk in for me when I went to…

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Finding strength, resiliency through Air Force family

Posted May 5, 2016 by by Airman 1st Class CHRISTOPHER THORNBURY

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — I joined the military to provide for my family, but I never expected the challenges my family would face and how we would evolve. When I enlisted in the Air Force, I joined another family without intent. This family has been with me ever since, especially during my family’s…

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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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Overcoming failures opportunity for growth

Posted March 10, 2016 by by Maj. ERIC TUCKER

You will fail. The question is … how will you respond? This reminds me of a parable of the carrot, egg and coffee. A senior airman was distraught when he learned he did not make staff sergeant after his first time testing. His staff sergeant supervisor saw a teaching opportunity and the next day he…

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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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Chaplain’s thoughts … April 15, 2016

Posted April 14, 2016 by Courtesy of Chaplain 1st Lt Derek C. VanderMolen

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” ~Maya Angelou We live in a fast-paced world.  As airmen we operate in a competitive environment where high performance and expertise is required both for mission accomplishment and for career development.  The older I get, as family and work…

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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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Airpower starts here

Posted February 18, 2016 by by Master Sgt. CHARLES LOFTUS

I walked into a recruiter’s office looking for a change in my life on Feb. 11, 1999. What I knew about the Air Force was very little except what my two older brothers had told me. It all happened fast as I started my first day of Basic Military Training 14 days later. Once I…

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