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Dollars and Sense

Posted April 11, 2014 by 56th CPTS

Retirees, did you know that the Defense Financial and Accounting Service is the primary payroll office for military retired pay and annuity accounts? The 56th Comptroller Squadron Financial Customer Service section can assist in the transition from active-duty to retired status and make determinations for some entitlement programs. However, once retired, DFAS becomes the primary…

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Fly Over: ‘Below Paradise’ by Tedashii’, and ‘Kill Bill: Volume 1′

Posted June 6, 2014 by Grace Lee and Timothy Boyer

Available on iTunes or www.reachrecords.com: Below Paradise by Tedashii A protégé of Grammy-winning rapper Lecrae, gospel rap giant Tedashii released his newest album, “Below Paradise,” on May 27. The album deals with an array of life’s problems from a refreshing perspective that is lacking in not only most music today, but in society as a…

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Fly Over: ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘La Bamba’

Posted July 25, 2014 by Marcy Copeland and Nestor Cruz

On DVD: ‘The Princess Bride’ This 1987 romantic comedy fairytale stars Cary Elwes (Westley/The Man in Black), Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya), Chris Sarandon (Prince Humperdinck), Wallace Shawn (Vizzini), Andre the Giant (Fezzik), Robin Wright (The Princess Bride/Buttercup), and Billy Crystal (Miracle Max). The movie begins with a grandfather (Peter Falk) visiting his sick grandson (Fred…

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How to know everything, yet know nothing

Posted September 5, 2014 by Capt. Jessica Roland

You have probably heard the adage, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” What does this really mean? I’ve personally heard it referenced when discussing promotions, but I’ve also heard it when talking about getting things done. These are really interrelated. If you can work your boss’s boss’s priority, you can become your…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted October 24, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

It has been said that when you are struggling you are growing. We see this in athletic pursuits. No one achieves improvement or excellence by lounging about. Rather it is as we push our physical limits that we improve our performance. We see this in our academic endeavors. While our basic intelligence may be static…

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My personal leadership philosophy

Posted December 19, 2014 by Maj. SCOTT HALL

My personal leadership philosophy can be summed up in just a few words — people first, mission always. Some may mistake the phrase “people first, mission always” as a dictum to coddle unit personnel through adversity, but actually, my focus is on preparing them to overcome adversity. The mission will always press on, but without…

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Fly Over: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ and ‘Chopped′

Posted February 20, 2015 by Nestor Cruz and Grace Lee

In stores: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ I was sitting at my desk trying to decide whether I should review a restaurant or a movie for this week’s Thunderbolt when my wife texted me and suggested we rent a DVD. That’s when inspiration struck me: “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a movie about competing restaurants in France, was recently…

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This week in history

Posted April 17, 2015 by

April 13, 1945: Raid on Eggebek Seventy years ago this week, the war in Europe was winding down. Late afternoon April 12, 1945, in Warm Springs, Georgia, President Franklin Roosevelt died. At Royal Air Force Boxted in England, the 56th Fighter Group had a training day. Since bad news travels fast, the pilots of the…

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Chaplain thoughts April 20, 2012

Posted April 20, 2012 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theodore Wilson, 56th Fighter Wing Chape

    Maj. Gen. Edward King was commander of American forces at the time of surrender just prior to the Bataan Death March. In surviving the ordeal and later looking back at the horrific experiences of his men, he reflected upon the courage that was still demonstrated by a defeated force. Many of us have…

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Chaplain thoughts June 8, 2012

Posted June 8, 2012 by Chaplain (Maj.) Scott Jobe 56th Fighter Wing deputy chaplain

  “The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.”  ~ Corrie ten Boom   What we invest in ourselves, our families, our friends, and those we supervise is part of what defines our life. How have you invested yourself? The dash between the years of birth and death tell…

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