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World War I ace, hero, Luke AFB namesake

Posted March 11, 2014 by Air Force History Support office and 56th Fighter Wing History office

America’s second ranking ace in World War I, Frank Luke Jr. embodied the fighting spirit and public image of a fighter pilot of the time. He went after the toughest targets, heavily defended German Drachen observation balloons. They were protected by a ring of aircraft from planes attacking above the balloon, and balloon-mounted machine guns…

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Winning ways, culture lead to victory

Posted May 2, 2014 by Lt. Col. GREGORY COLEMAN

After several years of being unable to put the right pieces together, the Boston Red Sox figured it out. They developed a system, a strategy and a culture that led them back to victory. A shared vision between owner, general manager and manager resulted in the execution of their strategy and a new winning culture….

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted June 20, 2014 by Chaplain (Capt.) Joseph Fisher

“In life, the question is not if you will have problems, but how you are going to deal with your problems. Are you going to fail forward or backward?” ~ John Maxwell How are you doing at failing forward? What, you’ve never failed? Just wait, you will fail at something at some time. It’s part…

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Intentional leaders make things happen

Posted August 8, 2014 by Lt. Col. MATT LILJENSTOLPE

As I write this column I am within 48 hours of closing out my squadron command. Like most people who find themselves at the end of a long journey, I am retrospective about what I’ve learned. As such, I feel I have a unique perspective on command, more specifically on leadership. So I think it…

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Knowledge equals power

Posted September 19, 2014 by Senior Airman JEFFREY MAKI

The phrase “knowledge is power” is said to originate from Sir Francis Bacon in 1597. Personally, I remember learning the phrase from the old television show “School House Rock” theme song. The key idea behind the phrase is the more knowledge you accumulate, the more “power” you will have. Here is a simple breakdown: knowledge…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted November 7, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

I just received a phone call with a recorded message telling me that my son’s school was in a “soft” lockdown, the police were on hand, the students were in their classes and there was no need to come to school.” That is not my idea of a great phone call. Despite my very logical…

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AETC Commander: Airmen must eliminate sexual assault

Posted May 4, 2012 by by Gen. Edward Rice Jr.

Integrity First — it’s our first core value and the cornerstone of our ability to eliminate sexual assault from our service. Integrity is about doing the right thing and as we focus our attention on sexual assault this month, we must renew our commitment to uphold the dignity of, and respect for, every human being….

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If only I’d just seen ‘Twilight’

Posted June 22, 2012 by Commentary by Senior Airman Toby Demarigny

On a Thursday night in July 2010, my wife and I decided to go to the movie theater to see Twilight. Since we arrived early, we decided to get some drinks at a restaurant near the theater.

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Leadership, take care of people

Posted August 3, 2012 by by Col. Larry Evans

Leadership sometimes comes to those who really didn’t expect it and for the most part probably didn’t ask for it. But, when the opportunity arises, take it and run with it.

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Chaplain thoughts – October 5, 2012

Posted October 5, 2012 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson,

“Riches don’t make a man rich; they only make him busier.” ~ Christopher Columbus A basic definition of contentment is being satisfied with what you already have. I believe this is something most people need to learn a little bit more. Now don’t get me wrong, wanting to better ourselves financially or professionally is OK…

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