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Who’s afraid of a little blood?

Posted July 31, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. TALISHA VIRGES

I have been in the Air Force for 22 years and have been a medical laboratory technician since the beginning of my career. The medical or clinical laboratory is where specimens are tested to provide information to medical providers who directly assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in patients. After graduating basic…

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Pursue education for career’s sake

Posted July 31, 2015 by Staff Sgt. MICHAEL GORSKE

Everyone knows education can be a good bullet on an enlisted performance report, but few know the true value of an education in regard to a military career. The pursuit of an education can be just as valuable as the degree acquired at the end. The knowledge acquired in the pursuit of an education can…

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This week in history

Posted July 31, 2015 by Rick Griset

1945: P-51 Transition Training Luke Field instructors began to teach a transition course in the North American P 51 Mustang 70 years ago this month when 13 of the aircraft arrived at Luke Field. In the following months, instructor pilots taught various P-51courses. Five years earlier, the British asked North American Aviation to manufacture Curtiss…

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Fly Over: ‘Rose and Crown Pub’ and ‘Food Network Star’

Posted July 31, 2015 by Grace Lee and Michael Jackson

‘Rose and Crown Pub’ A beautiful green countryside, day after day of cloudy skies, rain and fog, and chilly winters and humid summers — if this sounds more appealing to you than sun and desert heat, you’re probably better suited for England than Arizona. Fortunately, if it’s only a small taste of English pub life…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted July 31, 2015 by 2nd Lt. Iraida Álvarez

Our generation loves to hear inspiring stories — tales about exceptional heroes who fear nothing and succeed even during difficult times. Yet these extraordinary characters, admired by the people, can only be found in the comics. They’re called super heroes; because one day, by a stroke of luck, they were given incredible powers. However, the…

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How do you stack up?

Posted July 24, 2015 by Master Sgt. NICK LEDESMA

With upcoming changes to the enlisted performance report and Air Force promotion system, it’s important to understand how you stack up against your peers, not only within your job, but within your unit as well. The days of receiving time in grade and time in service points are numbered. They are being replaced with a…

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CCAF offers jump on education

Posted July 24, 2015 by Senior Airman SPENCER BROCKMAN

The Community College of the Air Force was established in 1972 to recognize academic achievements for technical training by Air Force schools. It awards an associate in applied science degree to enlisted members of the active-duty Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command who have completed the course work. Degree programs are…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted July 24, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

“You can’t gain weight, unless you overeat!” This gem of a quote from dear old dad is just one of many homespun lines of paternal wisdom that marked my childhood. My dad left little doubt about his opinions, which of course is the stuff that I dreaded as a child, yet qualitatively appreciate as an…

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Fly Over: ‘Ant-Man’ and ‘Terminator Genisys’

Posted July 24, 2015 by James Hensley and Luther Mitchell Jr.

‘Ant-Man’ The long-awaited movie so many of my friends were skeptical about has finally arrived. “Ant-Man” is by far one of the most hilarious and awesome movies “Marvel” has released. In a way it is an origin piece, but don’t let this deter you from seeing it. In the movie, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is…

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This week in history

Posted July 23, 2015 by Rick Griset,

1965: Project Skoshi Tiger The 4503rd Tactical Fighter Squadron (Provisional F-5 Evaluation Squadron No. 1) activated 50 years ago to conduct the operational testing of the F-5A, known as Project Skoshi Tiger. In the late 1950s, most countries lacked the money for enough frontline jet fighters to defend themselves. Therefore, they often bought older, cheaper,…

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