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Raise a hand to volunteer

Posted February 6, 2015 by Master Sgt. JEREMY ROBERTS

When you hear the word volunteer, you usually associate it with fundraisers, Red Cross organizations, community projects or base functions. We do not usually think about the work itself. From the time I entered the Air Force I remember being told never to raise your hand to volunteer until you knew if it was something…

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Invest in leadership development

Posted February 6, 2015 by Master Sgt. HOWARD SUGGS

A few months ago during a breakfast with the squadron commander and a group of Airmen, an airman first class asked the commander, “What are some traits of a good leader?” I was amazed that a young Airman was thinking about leadership at 7 a.m. on a Friday. It was not only that she was…

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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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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 6, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

I recently briefed our wing leadership concerning the religious make up of Luke Air Force Base. Our Air Force is very diverse — racially, socioeconomically and religiously. This diversity strengthens our service and in many ways separates us from our civilian neighbors and friends who can, at least in some aspects of their lives, associate…

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Fly Over: ‘Empire’ and ‘2014 Forest Hill Drive′

Posted February 6, 2015 by Luther Mitchell Jr. and Devante Williams

On Fox: ‘Empire’ “Empire” is a new, American musical drama television series on the FOX network directed by Lee Daniels, known for directing “Precious” and “The Butler.” The show includes an all-star cast with actor Terrence Howard, playing Lucious Lyon, music mogul and co-founder of the empire along with Taraji P. Henson, who plays Cookie…

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Let’s be an all-volunteer force

Posted January 30, 2015 by Maj. RONALD MARQUEZ

Well, we made it through the holiday season. Hopefully we have all reset and are ready to rock and roll this year. By now we should be well into fulfilling the New Year’s resolutions that we set in place to improve ourselves. I’m sure you are hitting the gym more or maybe just starting to….

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Stay out of rain; see bigger picture

Posted January 30, 2015 by Master Sgt. HEATHER TUFTY

Supervisors, you build and lead teams to the best of your abilities. You hold an umbrella of protection over your people, but what do you do when one of your members runs into the rain via a bad decision? Do you take your protective umbrella from other members to go cover your solo member? Or…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted January 30, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” -George MacDonald, Scottish author and poet One can see the self-evident truth of this statement, for trust is earned through the actions and character of the person being trusted, while love can flow from a sense of ought-ness rather than a sense of merit. For…

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Fly Over: ‘Get On Up’ and ‘American Horror Story: Coven′

Posted January 30, 2015 by Nestor Cruz and Marcy Copeland

On DVD: ‘Get On Up’ Several months ago, I rushed to the theater to watch “Get On Up” the latest music biopic on the big screen. My expectations were high as I found a seat in the theater packed with fans waiting to see the Mick Jagger-produced movie. “Get On Up” tells the story of…

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Financial responsibility — vital to readiness

Posted January 23, 2015 by Lt. Col. MICHAEL EBNER

In the “Band of Brothers” miniseries, there is a line in the movie where the soldiers are told to make sure they sign up for life insurance to ensure their next-of-kin gets $10,000 upon the soldier’s death. While none of us are about to make a combat jump in 1944 to fight the Nazis, Airmen…

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