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New EPR challenges status quo

Posted October 3, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. JASON BOYLE

The enlisted performance report is going to drastically change. These changes seek to combat inflated ratings, which have been a prevalent complaint from Airmen over the years. The change is right around the corner and many Airmen are asking themselves, “How will it affect future promotions, and what can I do to prepare my Airmen…

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Master self for physical fitness

Posted October 3, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. ALISA FRISCH

It’s been said one thing is a constant — change. We are seeing this more and more in the Air Force with programs such as force management, but change can be beneficial. This is especially true when it comes to mastering yourself for your physical fitness test. The Air Force Chief of Staff emphasizes that…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 3, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Kittle

This is a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. “There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry with that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted October 3, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

The Internal Revenue Code places limits on the dollar amount of contributions you can make to pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2014. The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in 401(k) and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan remains at $17,500. By comparison, the annual contributions limit to an…

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Fly Over: ‘The Maze Runner’ and ‘We Were Soldiers’

Posted October 3, 2014 by Grace Lee and Marcy Copeland

In theaters: ‘The Maze Runner’ “The Maze Runner” is a science fiction action thriller film directed by Wes Ball based on the book by James Dashner. The movie begins with Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) waking up in an elevator with no memory of where he came from or who he is. Right away he attempts to…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted September 26, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

Luke Air Force Base held a ceremony to honor America’s prisoners of war and missing in action Sept. 19. There are 83,189 personnel still unaccounted for from conflicts dating back to WWII, according to the Defense Prisoner of War and Missing Personnel Office. These numbers represent countless American families who grieve because they do not…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted September 26, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

The Defense Department, like all federal agencies, will start fiscal 2015 (beginning Oct. 1) without approval of the National Defense Authorization Act or the Defense Appropriations Bill. Both legislative bills are required to be passed by Congress and signed by the president in order for the DOD to operate. In lieu of a defense act…

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Shoplifting increases cost military community

Posted September 26, 2014 by Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

There are approximately 27 million shoplifters in America, accounting for more than $35 million a day in losses, according to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention. This fact is not lost on retailers including the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. While it may not be evident to the naked eye, the Luke Air Force…

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You are what you eat

Posted September 19, 2014 by Lt. Col. CAROL MILLER

“You are what you eat.” This is a generic statement or a notion. It implies that if you eat healthy, you will be healthy. But how true is this in the world today? What we eat, drink, wear, drive and buy is often an attempt to construct a social identity. It lets others know who…

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Knowledge equals power

Posted September 19, 2014 by Senior Airman JEFFREY MAKI

The phrase “knowledge is power” is said to originate from Sir Francis Bacon in 1597. Personally, I remember learning the phrase from the old television show “School House Rock” theme song. The key idea behind the phrase is the more knowledge you accumulate, the more “power” you will have. Here is a simple breakdown: knowledge…

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