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Drawdowns make communication vital

Posted March 7, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. MICHAEL BROWN

In 1991, I departed Saudi Arabia post Operation Desert Storm. At the time I couldn’t imagine the day I would return to King Abdul Aziz Airport in Dhahran, also known as the “Kingdom,” but 23 years later I have returned. From the control tower here, I could look out over the massive equipment yards all…

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Preparing for next rank makes successful Airmen

Posted April 18, 2014 by Airman 1st Class JOSEPH ANSELMO

As Airmen we have many responsibilities and duties we must carry out in accordance with our jobs. According to AFI 36-2618, The Enlisted Force Structure, our responsibilities are as follows: junior enlisted Airmen initially focus on adapting to military requirements, achieving occupational proficiency and learning how to become highly productive members of the Air Force….

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Dollars and Sense

Posted June 13, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

Defense Finance and Accounting Services reports to commercial credit bureaus when Defense Department members become delinquent on an account. Accounts with no payments within 30 days are considered delinquent and reported to the credit bureaus as “collection account” on the consumer credit report. The debt will remain as a collection account and monthly account activity…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted August 1, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

All Airmen are required to revalidate their housing pay entitlements if they are receiving the Basic Allowance for Housing at the “With Dependent” rate or the “BAH-Diff” rate. In August, all Airmen having a social security number with the last two digits between 81 and 90 are required to revalidate. Revalidation requires each Airman to…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted September 12, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

It was the Buddha who said, “A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.” The Jewish proverb says, “Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” These…

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Warrior ethos puts will to test

Posted October 31, 2014 by Capt. ANDREW STOLTEN

It is important for us as warriors to put our physical fitness test in proper perspective. Airmen need to be physically able to do their job, and currently the Air Force measures their fitness with a simple test. This article is not to debate if the current test actually gives an accurate indication of fitness…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted January 9, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns

Guided missiles and misguided men As I get older I find myself asking the question, “What happened to our moral standards?” Watching the news and personal observations of how people respond situationally continue to raise concern in my mind about the moral climate of our nation. I guess every generation has struggled with this dilemma,…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 27, 2015 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

There are times in our lives which are marked by a flash of inspiration. Some coincidental event takes place that brings new insight or understanding. One such event happened for me this past fall at the funeral Mass of one of Luke’s longtime friends, Katie Gillen. Miss Katie served as our base librarian for many…

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Fly Over: ‘R.I.P.D.’ and ‘Dark Souls II’

Posted April 24, 2015 by Marcy Copeland and James Hensley

On Netflix ‘R.I.P.D.’ R.I.P.D. stars Ryan Reynolds (Det. Sgt. Nick Walker), Kevin Bacon (Det. Lt. Bobby Hayes), Jeff Bridges (Roycephus “Roy” Pulsipher), Stephanie Szostak (Julia) and Mary-Louise Parker (R.I.P.D. Chief Mildred Proctor). Set in Boston, this movie features Nick and Bobby, two detectives who discover shards of gold during a drug raid and choose to…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted May 8, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

Thursday was America’s National Day of Prayer. Since you and I did not get a day off work you may have missed this national observance. Yet it is a long-standing observance, both formally and informally. In his 2015 Presidential Proclamation, President Obama declared: “Throughout our nation’s history, Americans have come together in moments of great…

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