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‘Widows’ devoted to excellence

Posted October 19, 2012 by by Lt. Col. KEVIN CRUIKSHANK

Under the Peace Carvin II program, the 425th Fighter Squadron received nine borrowed ex-Thunderbird F-16A/Bs Dec. 30, 1992, and reactivated the squadron at Luke Air Force Base. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of this program and the U.S. Air Force’s special relationship with Singapore here at Luke. The Black Widows are a unique…

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Dissent, better part of loyalty

Posted January 18, 2013 by Lt. Col. MATTHEW LILJENSTOLPE

How many of us have heard a new commander say, “I expect your loyalty, and I hope to earn your respect?” I believe that the meaning of this saying is often misinterpreted by its audience. The second half of that statement is easy enough to understand, but what do military commanders mean when they demand…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted March 29, 2013 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson,

“Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be grateful. Conceit is self-given; be careful..”   ~ John Wooden One of the greatest coaches in NCAA basketball history was also one of the greatest coaches about life itself. John Wooden taught his players not just a game, but how to “win” in life. There is an…

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Positive attitude leads to success

Posted May 17, 2013 by Master Sgt. Corey Quinn

Everyone wants to be successful, and there are many books, internet tests, and programs people try to market and sell to guarantee that success. But, I believe your success is greatly dependent on your attitude. So, what is attitude? Attitude is defined as manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing;…

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Mentoring happens on daily basis

Posted July 26, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt. DONNA FOWLER

What do teaching, coaching and mentoring all have in common? They all require communication and interaction. Teaching and coaching typically involve a controlled environment with determined settings, timeframes and performance centered on improvement in a specific skill area. Mentoring, on the other hand, is open, continues to evolve over time and allows nurturing of the…

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Fly Over: ‘Prisoners’, and ‘Don Jon’

Posted September 20, 2013 by Macario Mora

In theaters: ‘Prisoners’ Director Denis Villeneuve (“Incendies”) embarking on his first major Hollywood film after years as an independent filmmaker wrote a letter to the audience humbly expressing his reservations about working with big film producers, but assured the audience that if the film was a flop it was entirely on him. Well sir, you…

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Fly Over: ‘Dimly, Through Glass’, and ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Posted November 15, 2013 by Jayson Burns

Available online: ‘Dimly, Through Glass’ New author Dirk Knight, after publishing his first short story, has released his first novel, titled “Dimly, Through Glass.” Though its tone and subject matter may alienate some readers, the characters and story are enough to keep other readers invested. After having to kill a man in self-defense following a…

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Fly Over: ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’, and ‘The Legend of Hercules’

Posted January 17, 2014 by Jayson Burns and Macario Mora

In theaters: ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ I loved 2004’s “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” so much so that when I heard one of my friends had yet to see it I went out and bought it on Blu-Ray (why comedy needs to be high-def, I have no idea, but that’s beside the point)…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted February 28, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

If you are a federal employee covered by the Federal Employees’ Retirement System or the Civil Service Retirement System, you may make regular or catch-up thrift savings plan contributions immediately upon employment. If you are covered by FERS, you may also receive matching agency contributions. All eligible employees are automatically enrolled in TSP at a…

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Comprehensive support system helps unit resiliency

Posted April 18, 2014 by Maj. SEAN GIBBS

In today’s Air Force environment of force restructure, budgetary constraints, continued mission requirements and resiliency, establishing a comprehensive support system in a unit is absolutely essential for success. Each organizational tier, whether at the element, flight or squadron level, must be resilient and have support mechanisms in place to not only meet, but exceed daily…

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