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Dollars and Sense

Posted June 20, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

If you served in the military and now hold a civil service position, your military service time may apply toward your civil service retirement. There are specific regulations in regard to these requests that the civilian personnel office should answer that will be specific to your situation. To proceed with this request, you must “buy…

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Fly Over: ‘Crazy Love’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Posted August 8, 2014 by Timothy Boyer and Nestor Cruz

‘Crazy Love’ I must begin this review with full disclosure – the book being reviewed is about God told through the perspective of Christianity. If you are someone who is uninterested or offended by these topics, this book is not for you. If, however, you are one of the millions who are interested in learning…

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Shoplifting increases cost military community

Posted September 26, 2014 by Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

There are approximately 27 million shoplifters in America, accounting for more than $35 million a day in losses, according to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention. This fact is not lost on retailers including the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. While it may not be evident to the naked eye, the Luke Air Force…

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Taking care of yourself

Posted November 7, 2014 by Master Sgt. TIM OGAN

I was trained early as an airman first class to manage my career and take care of myself professionally. It wasn’t until this past year during our Enlisted Retention Board review that I absorbed the big picture of what I was taught. The first thing I was taught was from the now Chief Master Sgt….

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The enlisted perspective: Now is the time for bold leadership

Posted May 11, 2012 by by James A. Roy

A week ago, I sent an email message titled Leadership vs. Policy to Command Chiefs and Career Field Managers. You may have seen that message, or parts of it, but I’d like to take this opportunity to address it with you directly. The theme of the message was that too much arbitrary guidance could prove…

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Make current job best so far in Air Force

Posted June 22, 2012 by by Col. Douglas Miller

I have the best job in the Air Force, and I’ve had it 14 times in my career. Soon to be 15, as a matter of fact. That’s because I’m a firm believer that you make your own success and opportunities, and that you make every assignment, every job, the best it can be.

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Fly Over: “Fighting”

Posted August 10, 2012 by by Capt. Tristan Hinderliter

The Thunderbolt staff seems to be on a mission to review every movie Channing Tatum has ever done, so I took one for the team and watched “Fighting,” his 2009 film about underground street fighting.

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Forty aces credited to 56th

Posted October 5, 2012 by by Lt. Col. JON WHEELER

The Air Force Historical Research Agency recently credited Capt. Eugene O’Neill Jr. with his fifth victory during World War II, making him the 40th ace of the 56th Fighter Wing. As I learned of this major milestone in our wing’s history, I couldn’t help but think back on one of the most rewarding experiences of…

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Fly Over: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’, ‘Rise of the Guardians’

Posted December 7, 2012 by Jayson Burns and Macario Mora

In Video Stores: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ Since the series first started, I’ve had very mixed feelings toward the “Resident Evil” movies. The first one I thought was a fairly decent video game adaptation, and the sequels “Apocalypse” and “Extinction” had some redeeming qualities despite being tremendously flawed. “Resident Evil: Afterlife” I think should be chopped…

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DUI – Decisions under the influence

Posted March 1, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. BRADLEY ROBERTS

First, let me start off by saying if you missed the 56th Fighter Wing Annual Awards banquet, you may have missed the opportunity of your Air Force career to learn from one of our greatest leaders and spokesmen, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor, the fifth Airman to serve with that distinction….

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