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Plan for final out

Posted August 22, 2014 by Senior Airman LIAM MILBURN

How many of you are prepared for life outside of the military? Seriously, if you were told tomorrow was your final out, what would you do? We are currently in an environment where Defense Department rollbacks are a serious issue we must all contemplate. Fewer officers are being commissioned. Last year there was only one…

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What does it mean to be a leader?

Posted October 10, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. RONALD TANN Jr.

Leader — One who rules or guides or inspires others. ~Webster’s Dictionary I agree partly with this definition that a leader guides and inspires, but I don’t believe a person needs to rule their personnel to lead. Additionally, I know a leader is much more. People in leadership positions must be confident in themselves and…

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Standards of conduct guided by integrity

Posted December 5, 2014 by Maj. ROCHELLE SMITH

When it comes to conducting business with the federal government, there is an implicit amount of trust that contracting professionals must preserve. Transactions relating to the expenditure of public funds require the highest degree of public trust and an impeccable standard of conduct. Contracting professionals are not the only ones who are involved in the…

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Right question staves off mediocrity

Posted February 6, 2015 by Master Sgt. JODY NEDEDOG

Have you ever walked around Luke Air Force Base and noticed a piece of trash on the street? You see an individual pass by it. As you get closer to the piece of trash, you contemplate picking it up. Do you notice the Airmen who are happy with the status quo? Unfortunately, some supervisors promote…

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Fly Over: ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ and ‘Living on One Dollar′

Posted April 3, 2015 by Timothy Boyer and Grace Lee

On NBC: ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ “Mama said, knock you out!” ~ LL Cool J I cannot begin this review without providing a bit of background, so hopefully you are OK with getting to know me a little. I am a 35-year-old staff sergeant who joined the Air Force at the old age…

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Balance

Posted May 29, 2015 by Master Sgt. STEVE RADNOR

It is obvious, since the beginning of time, society in general has become more and more advanced. Today’s Air Force is absolutely no exception. As Airmen our mission is simple — to fly, fight and win. However, when we look at the essence of what each one of us do in the Air Force, that…

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Receiving, passing baton wins relay of life

Posted July 17, 2015 by Retired Master Sgt. JEROLD HAUPT

It’s funny, but as you grow older you occasionally find yourself reflecting on the life you’ve led. Through that reflection, you develop a deeper appreciation of the many people who over the years have “passed the baton” on to you. They influenced you, invested in you, encouraged you and most importantly believed in you. I’ve…

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Fly Over: March 30, 2012

Posted March 30, 2012 by Staff

Welcome to the Fly Over, Luke’s source for movie, book, video game, music and all things entertainment reviews. Using a four-point scale, the Thunderbolt staff provides in-depth reviews allowing the viewer an opportunity to decide what new and classic entertainment options are worth their time. The Know a Critic section helps the reader choose critics…

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Fly Over: ‘The Avengers’

Posted June 1, 2012 by by Denise Willhite

If you’re like me, you have been anticipating the release of Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers.” I can, without a doubt, tell you that I was not disappointed when I finally dragged my husband to the show with popcorn in hand.

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Team, leadership successfully draw down preventive health at Joint Base Balad

Posted July 6, 2012 by by Capt. Joseph Ball

Preventive health members from Luke Air Force Base, Lackland AFB, Texas, and Kirtland AFB, N.M., were lucky enough to have the opportunity to deploy during the closure of vaunted Joint Base Balad during the June through November 2011 rotation. For some, it was their first deployment; for others, it was another in a long line…

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