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U.S., Singapore partnership standout

Posted October 17, 2014 by Lt. Col. JOHN FORINO

The 425th Fighter Squadron is an operational squadron comprised of elite U.S. Air Force and Republic of Singapore air force personnel. December of 2013 marked the 20-year anniversary of this partnership in excellence based right here at Luke Air Force Base.

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Fly Over: Food Reviews April 20, 2012

Posted April 20, 2012 by by Senior Airman Sandra Welch and Denise Willhite

Route 56 Grill Looking for a new dining experience on base besides your usual haunts? Why not try the newly remodeled Route 56 Grill at Thunderbolt Lanes. You can order anything from the “Big Lebowski” (double-sized breakfast burrito) to the half-pound grilled Texas beef melt for under $6. Route 56 Grill is open for breakfast,…

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Fly Over: ‘Blunderbuss’

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Macario Mora

Every generation has musicians who make such a significant contribution to their art form that they become classics – the music will timelessly reverberate from the headphones of youths, failed musicians and all music lovers for generations to come.

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Leaders must empower those who follow

Posted August 31, 2012 by by Col. NICOLA CHOATE

As military officers, we exist as part of a chain-of-command. As part of that chain we are both responsible to those above us in the chain, to meet their expectations and follow their directions, while at the same time empowering the people below us to make their own decisions and allowing them to grow in…

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Native American a tradition of warriors

Posted November 9, 2012 by Tech. Sgt. BARBARA PLANTE

Army Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa Throughout history Native Americans have fought for their country with honor and courage, starting with the American Revolution to Iraq and Afghanistan they have served in all the nation’s wars and have demonstrated time and time again their commitment and their dedication to the nation. November is Native American Indian…

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Call to action – Three ways to combat sexual assault

Posted January 25, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – LACKLAND, Texas — While moderating the U.S. Air Force Facebook page recently, I came across a question I found personally difficult to answer. The question was asked by a concerned parent preparing to send a daughter to basic training in light of a widespread sexual assault investigation. She asked, “Will my…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted April 5, 2013 by Chaplain (Capt.) Joseph Fisher,

“I can do what you can’t do, and you can do what I can’t do. Together we can do great things”   ~ Mother Teresa You there reading this! You’re valuable. You make a difference. You’re valuable to our Thunderbolt family. You may not be able to do all things that keep Luke AFB functional, but…

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This Week in History – June 7, 2013

Posted June 7, 2013 by

It was June 6, 1944, during a short break in the weather along the Normandy coast, when 160,000 allied troops landed upon a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline as part of the largest amphibious invasion in history. The operations surrounding D-day signified the opening of a second front in the invasion of German-held…

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Serving in AF equals opportunity

Posted August 9, 2013 by Maj. JASON MITCHELL

While some may view their time in the Air Force as drudgery, I have always viewed the Air Force as an organization that offers unlimited opportunity. I could discuss multiple Air Force benefits such as education, health care or retirement, but instead I will focus solely on opportunity. Merriam-Webster defines opportunity as a favorable juncture…

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Make it personal

Posted October 4, 2013 by Maj. DAVID LEMERY

In my opinion, leadership is most effective when it is personal. In a large organization, it is difficult to have a personal connection with everyone. Your personal leadership sphere of influence may be limited to one or two layers deep, but if they in turn made personal leadership a priority, it would drill down to…

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