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Fly Over: ‘Halo 4’, ‘Call of Duty’ Black Ops 2

Posted January 18, 2013 by Senior Airman Kate Vaughn and Airman 1st Class Devante Williams

In game stores: ‘Halo 4’ – Master Chief back for more Over the last decade, one video game has continuously raised the bar for all others. From its emotionally charged story line, to its unparalleled graphics and online experience, the Halo video game series continues to blow video gamers expectations out of the water. The…

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Promotion wisdom comes from retired chief

Posted March 29, 2013 by Retired Chief Master Sgt.GREG DANIELS

In my 40-plus years serving on both active duty and working as an Air Force civilian, one question seems to surface each time the promotion list is released. What does it take to get promoted? The question applies to our newest Airmen, NCOs and our senior NCOs. Although each Airman’s experiences differ, I believe to…

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Fly Over: ‘The Hangover III’, and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

Posted May 31, 2013 by by Macario Mora

In theaters: ‘The Hangover III’ The Wolfpack is back, and unfortunately they have nothing new to offer. Granted, I didn’t think the first movie “The Hangover” was really that great – though I’m told it was. The sequel was worse. The third and final film “The Hangover III” falls right in the middle. The boys…

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Slowest of suicides

Posted July 26, 2013 by Airman RYAN CONROY

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting — again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before…

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There’s value in the struggle

Posted September 20, 2013 by Lt. Col. MATT LILJENSTOLPE

I was watching a video of a motivational speech a few weeks ago and the speaker kept saying the same phrase over and over, “There’s value in the struggle.” In the weeks that have followed, I have found myself echoing those words many times. As an Air Force and a Luke Air Force Base community,…

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We all need to be resilient

Posted November 15, 2013 by Lt. Col. LES HAUCK

If you think you’ve had your fair share of resiliency training, I understand, but I urge you to continue reading and take this article as a book review. My hope is that after you’ve read my message, it will convince you to go to the base library to check out a copy of “Unbroken” by…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted January 24, 2014 by Courtesy of 56th Comptroller Squadron

Imminent danger pay will discontinue in several areas starting June 1. The land and airspace of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro will no longer be designated. The land areas of East Timor, Haiti, Liberia, Oman, Rwanda, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan will also no longer be designated. The following sea…

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Changing times challenge leadership

Posted February 28, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. LEROY RIDGEL

Over the next several months our leadership’s prowess will be tested. On Dec. 11, 2013, Air Force senior leaders announced the rollout of several programs that may reduce our force by as much as 25,000 over the next five years. Unfortunately, several of our fellow Airmen will be saluted for their years of faithful service…

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Fly Over: ‘The Machinist’

Posted April 27, 2012 by by Macario Mora

Christian Bale, better known for his role in the Batman trilogy, stars in Brad Anderson’s “The Machinist,” a psychological thriller set in the gloomy confines of a guilt-ridden insomniac’s psyche. Bale plays Trevor Reznik, a machine operator who hasn’t slept in more than a year. His sleep deprivation leaves him emaciated and paranoid, slipping in…

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Fly Over: ‘That’s My Boy’

Posted June 15, 2012 by by Macario Mora

In “That’s My Boy” Donny Burger (Adam Sandler) conquers the Mount Everest of adolescent quests – his math teacher Ms. Mary McGarricle (Eva Amurri Martino). An educator preying on her student is a serious crime, but then again what teenage boy hasn’t fantasized about a teacher or two? The difference between Donny and the rest…

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