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Recognizing issue key to resiliency

Posted March 13, 2015 by Staff Sgt. MARIA ABELLO

“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.” ~ Vince Lombardi Whether it is a financial issue, family or significant-other problem or difficulties at work, everyone goes through some sort of struggle throughout their Air Force career. Each day we are tasked with important jobs and duties to ensure that…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted March 13, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Joseph Fisher

Courtesy photo Samuel Clemens A secret of greatness … The author Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen-name Mark Twain once said,“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too can become great.” I’ve had opportunity to be…

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Fly Over: ‘Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria’ and ‘The Running Man′

Posted March 13, 2015 by Nestor Cruz and Marcy Copeland

At Park West: ‘Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria’ Pizzerias are commonplace across America. The landscape is dotted with commercial pizza chains and the occasional “Mom and Pop” spots. But Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria rises above the others like the legendary Phoenix. Grimaldi’s has multiple locations in Nevada, Texas, Florida and South Carolina, and several across Arizona….

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There’s no ‘I’ in team

Posted March 6, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. TOMMY BELCHER

Have you ever heard anyone utter the statement, “there is no ‘I’ in team,” only to be followed by the usual comeback, “There is no ‘we’ either?” In either instance, the person making the statement is correct from a literal standpoint. That being said, consider this: there is not an “I” in teamwork but you…

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New EPR process may change outcomes

Posted March 6, 2015 by Senior Airman SPENCER BROCKMAN

The static close-out date for enlisted performance reports is March 31. Although this shouldn’t be a shock to anybody paying attention, it does require further review. The Air Force is undergoing a dramatic change in the way it handles its personnel. The days are gone when “Firewall 5s” are the status quo. We are headed…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted March 6, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

A very wise man once said, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” This line, from the book “Lorax,” by Dr. Seuss, indicates that we all need to care about those around us. One essential part of caring is seeing. Having the ability to see…

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Fly Over: ‘Jaws 40th Anniversary’ and ‘Extreme FAT smash DIET′

Posted March 6, 2015 by Marcy Copeland and Luther Mitchell Jr.

At the Luke Library: ‘Jaws 40th Anniversary’ The movie begins with a group of young adults enjoying an evening on the beach with a bonfire roaring and someone playing a guitar. The urge to take a nice swim overtakes a young woman and her drunken companion. She races toward the beach as he stumbles behind….

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Resource management — Doing more with less

Posted February 27, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. MICHAEL SCHRICK

Since I joined the Air Force in 1992, our manpower and resources have been gradually reduced with no obvious change to the mission we support. While this has been labeled “doing more with less,” I don’t believe we’re truly doing any more than we did when I entered the military 22 years ago. We seem…

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Situational awareness

Posted February 27, 2015 by Master Sgt. BRANDON CHRISTIAN

Throughout my career, the importance of situational awareness has been driven into my head. This became exceedingly clear to me when I landed in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. It was March 17, 2003, about 48 hours until Operation Iraqi Freedom kicked off. We were busy building tents, making bunkers and preparing to execute the mission. Doing…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 27, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

There are times in our lives which are marked by a flash of inspiration. Some coincidental event takes place that brings new insight or understanding. One such event happened for me this past fall at the funeral Mass of one of Luke’s longtime friends, Katie Gillen. Miss Katie served as our base librarian for many…

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