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Deploying on dime demands readiness

Posted May 31, 2013 by Lt. Col. Christopher Colcord

Our nation’s readiness has never been tested like it will be in the remainder of the fiscal year. Our Air Force has squadrons standing down and our readiness, despite global tensions being on the rise, will suffer in the coming months. Luke Air Force Base Airmen need to be ready to deploy in support of…

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CCAF important for career progression

Posted August 2, 2013 by Senior Airman LIAM MILBURN

The Air Force is all about improving its personnel. We’re always learning on the job. There are Airmen at Luke right now who are working to achieve their 3 level. We have the career development courses to become even further tasked, eventually leading to the mystical 0 rating held by chiefs. But learning doesn’t stop…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted September 27, 2013 by Chaplain (Capt.) Kenya Gray

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin Don’t allow the world’s pressures, bitterness, jealously and anger to rob you of your happiness. It is an inside job and a state of being. Therefore, catch yourself some happiness and maintain that state. Happiness can…

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Developmental special duty: Are you ready to answer call?

Posted November 15, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt. LEROY RIDGEL

Recently, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody introduced an initiative referred to as “development special duty” that will enhance how we currently develop our enlisted force. Commanders will nominate their best performers to serve in select special duty positions to ensure, as the chief states, “we have the right enlisted Airmen in…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted January 24, 2014 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson

Courtesy photo Virginia Woolf “If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.” ~ Virginia Woolf Have you ever been around those people who just can’t seem to tell the 100 percent, honest-to-God truth, about themselves? You might even be that person? Integrity is the first core value…

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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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NCO squanders six-figure nest egg

Posted April 27, 2012 by by Lt. Col. Charles DeLapp

It sounds almost unbelievable, and I hope the headline grabs your attention, but unfortunately it is true. I, and many of my fellow squadron commanders, have had the responsibility of informing NCOs that not only would they be out of work, but they have also lost the opportunity to collect a $2000-plus per month retirement…

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Don’t be shy: If you write it, own it

Posted June 15, 2012 by by Maj. Allen Herritage

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Two past stories on the Air Force’s web page drew significant reaction in the site’s comments section. Both a story on finance troops being awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the news that Air Force Space Command was ending wear of flight suits by nonaircrew personnel drove more comments than any…

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CMSGT of AF talks technology

Posted July 27, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. James Roy

The United States Air Force is the world’s most advanced air, space and cyberspace force. Most of that can be attributed to you — our outstanding Airmen — but technology also plays a huge role.

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Somewhere in France

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Maj. JASON MITCHELL

“Your son Sergeant Roy T. Mitchell was killed in action in the Verdun Muse, offensive September 27, 1918, by an enemy shell. In expression of my sympathy to you and to other bereaved relatives and friends, I voice the sentiments of every man from Franklin in the A.E.F. and particularly those who know him best…

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