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From recorder to rifle and back

Posted June 1, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka

About three and a half months ago my supervisor came to me to say I was going to be a 56th Security Forces Squadron augmentee. Augmentees are Airmen from different base units who serve 90 days at the SFS to help during deployment shortages. I worked four-days on, with three days off and a day…

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Chaplain thoughts July 13, 2012

Posted July 13, 2012 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theodore Wilson, 56th Fighter Wing Chape

“If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.” ~ Hamilton Fish   We often speak in the military of laying our lives down in defense of our nation — the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. What…

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Fly Over: “Killer Joe”, “Hope Springs”

Posted August 31, 2012 by by Airman 1st Class Grace Lee and by Macario Mora

In theaters: The plot is simple enough. The acting is great, but there is something frustrating about the Lone Star state. Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) asks his sister Dottie (Juno Temple) “what’s so special about Texas? What is there to do here? It’s big, there’s lots of space to walk.” It sounds rather boring and…

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Fly Over: ‘NBA 2K13’, ‘The Master’

Posted November 2, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams and Macario Mora

In stores: ‘NBA 2K13’ by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams 2K Sports has been releasing NBA 2K games since 2001. And since then, their basketball games have been superb. But recently, it seems as though 2K Sports have gotten lazy with the creation of their recent basketball games, and it shows. Despite that, 2K proved…

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Be inspiring: observations about leadership

Posted January 25, 2013 by Capt. ANDREW HOEFFLER

Many could say that the best leaders they’ve encountered were inspiring individuals. From religious icons to heads of state and military leaders, they all seem to have one common trait — they inspire others. I have always been a history buff, specifically the history of the middle ages. As such, I belong to a very…

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Leadership comes from every level

Posted April 5, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt. ANGELA LANGHORNE

Are people born with natural leadership traits or are they created? Is this ability based on position, rank and/or even character? Do you believe the Air Force has an effective career progression plan in developing leaders? Although leadership is defined in many ways, the best definition heard to date and a myth is that leaders…

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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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