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How do we lead?

Posted December 6, 2013 by Lt. Col. DOM MARTIN

One of my favorite scenes from the movie “Independence Day” was the motivational speech by actor Bill Pullman. My wife pokes fun at me as I stop to watch it every time it comes on. As the president eloquently bellows his closing line, “Today is our Independence Day,” the background music builds to a perfectly…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted January 31, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

Military members can create allotments using myPay (https://mypay.dfas.mil/). There are two types of allotments: discretionary and nondiscretionary. • Discretionary allotments allow members to specify individuals, institutions, or businesses to receive a definite portion of pay and allowances. No more than six discretionary allotments are allowed. • Nondiscretionary allotments are made to specifically designated agencies or…

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CCRI wraps up today

Posted March 21, 2014 by Maj. RAYMOND CHESTER

The inspectors from the Defense Information Systems Agency arrived Monday to test the Thunderbolt cyber rigor. It’s the day our Command Cyber Readiness Inspection began. Many of you may have heard the phrase “CCRI,” but may not understand what it is. Think it’s just a “Communications Squadron” thing? Read on. The enemy works tirelessly to…

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Respect: Give it, get it

Posted May 2, 2014 by Master Sgt. HEATHER HEFNER & Master Sgt. BEN TAYLOR

In preparation for this article, the one thing that kept coming to mind was respect. We all hold a key position in the military where respect plays a huge part in our daily interaction. Unfortunately, I’m sure you have all encountered a lack thereof at some point in your career. Respect is a feeling or…

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Luke 1 bids farewell to Thunderbolts

Posted June 20, 2014 by Brig. Gen. MIKE ROTHSTEIN

As I look back on the past 20 months as commander of the 56th Fighter Wing, I’m humbled by everything that this team has accomplished. I’d like to highlight a few of those successes and milestones, but first I want to start off with a heartfelt thank you to everyone at Team Luke for your…

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Serve Airmen by knowing them

Posted August 8, 2014 by Master Sgt. ERIK BENSEN

Knowing your Airmen is not a new concept in the Air Force. This concept has been mentioned in various professional development situations and throughout guidance from Air Force senior leadership for some time now. As with many processes and concepts this is easier said than done and takes significant commitment from the leader. In short…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted September 19, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

Planning for retirement is like taking a promotion test. Early preparation can improve success, and a strong test score opens doors for your future. It’s never too soon to think about test studying, and it’s never too early to think about retirement savings. Small decisions made in one’s 20s can make huge differences in life…

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‘He was a warrior’

Posted November 7, 2014 by Col. RUSSELL BOESTER

Those were the last words spoken by Russell Nichols before he left the podium Oct. 17 at his son’s memorial service. Those words, and the passion with which they were spoken, have been with me since that service. As I reflect on the meaning of the words, it really makes me think about why we…

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Financial responsibility — vital to readiness

Posted January 23, 2015 by Lt. Col. MICHAEL EBNER

In the “Band of Brothers” miniseries, there is a line in the movie where the soldiers are told to make sure they sign up for life insurance to ensure their next-of-kin gets $10,000 upon the soldier’s death. While none of us are about to make a combat jump in 1944 to fight the Nazis, Airmen…

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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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