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Tuition assistance — a great benefit

Posted April 17, 2015 by Master Sgt. CLIFTON BERGER

In my opinion, tuition assistance is one of the best benefits that we as active-duty military members have available. During my 17 years in the Air Force, I have seen this benefit increase from 75 percent of tuition being paid to 100 percent. Additionally, most of us experienced this benefit being eliminated for a short…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted April 17, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

Last week I quoted Dr. Billy Graham who said, “Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.” We saw the necessity of forgiveness in all relationships, including personal and divine. Forgiveness allows our relationships to flourish, while a refusal to forgive brings toxicity. The second part of Dr….

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Fly Over: ‘Divergent’ and ‘NO Excuses’

Posted April 17, 2015 by Marcy Copeland and Grace Lee

On Netflix ‘Divergent’ After a devastating war that is believed to have destroyed most of the world, a sole colony has survived and thrived, safe-guarded by a giant wall encircling the city. The founders of the city created five factions in which to divide the population based on aptitude scores which determine the faction best…

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This week in history

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April 13, 1945: Raid on Eggebek Seventy years ago this week, the war in Europe was winding down. Late afternoon April 12, 1945, in Warm Springs, Georgia, President Franklin Roosevelt died. At Royal Air Force Boxted in England, the 56th Fighter Group had a training day. Since bad news travels fast, the pilots of the…

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308th FS rich history, poignant ending

Posted April 10, 2015 by Lt. Col. CHRISTOPHER BACON

After 21 years of continuous service as an F-16 Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, the 308th Fighter Squadron, recently recognized the 2014 Top Fighter Squadron in the 56th Operations Group, will close its doors this summer. Given this sad fact, it is only appropriate that this week’s Thunderbolt commentary focus on this highly…

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Make time to mentor your Airmen

Posted April 10, 2015 by Staff Sgt. MATTHEW WERNER

The Air Force is comprised of Airmen with many skills and talents. The backbone to our continued success is our men and women who strive to be excellent on a daily basis. However, there are times when our focus is derailed by our own personal and professional guidelines. I was taught as a young Airman…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted April 10, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

Courtesy photo “Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.” ~ Billy Graham This is true on so many levels. From our day-to-day activities and interactions with others, to our deepest and most abiding relationships with those we love the most, we have a need for forgiveness and…

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Fly Over: Sala Thai and ‘Home′

Posted April 10, 2015 by Nestor Cruz and Luther Mitchell Jr.

Sala Thai Where does one go in the West Valley when the craving for exotic Asian food strikes, but Chinese super buffets won’t cut it anymore? Since my wife and I moved to Phoenix two years ago, I noticed more and more people are turning to Thai restaurants to get their Asian food fix and…

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This week in history

Posted April 10, 2015 by Rick Griset

Too little, too late: The Messerschmitt Me-262 jet fighter Courtesy photo Seventy years ago this week, the German Messerschmitt Me-262 Schwalbe, or Swallow in English, had great success against allied bombers. On April 10, 1945, near Berlin, Germany, approximately 60 Me-262s attacked American bomber formations and shot down 10 bombers. That was the biggest loss of…

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Explaining why to Generation Y

Posted April 3, 2015 by Maj. SHANE MARTIN

Who makes up Generation Y? They are the millennials, anyone born in the 90s, your kids, and our young Airmen. They are uniquely connected to each other and the world around them. They grew up with a computer in their house and now have more information at their fingertips than any previous generation. They don’t…

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