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Keep military records in check

Posted February 20, 2015 by Staff Sgt. YOLANDA KAIN

A common issue we see at the 56th Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Section is that our military customers wait until the last minute to check their records. This can become an issue that can cause hardship on the member when it comes to promotion boards, permanent changes of station, retirement and separation. One scenario…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 20, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

“I, state your name …” With these words we begin the oath of office. During our Air Force careers we periodically stop and take this oath; at re-enlistments and officer promotions we take a vow, we make a promise. Notice with me that every Airman begins this oath with their name. One’s name is a…

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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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Find inspiration all around for daily grind

Posted February 13, 2015 by Lt. Col. JASON HOKAJ

SHAZAM! That is the war cry of the 56th Operations Support Squadron. It comes from the comic book character Captain Marvel, who was introduced back in 1939. SHAZAM is an acronym of six Greek and Roman gods and heroes, each defining a special ability that the superhero possesses. There is Solomon for wisdom, Hercules for…

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Forgetting past leads to repeating it

Posted February 13, 2015 by Senior Airman SPENCER BROCKMAN

On Jan. 17, 1991, Operation Desert Storm was initiated by the U.S. to liberate Kuwait from the forces of Saddam Hussein, the Iraq dictator. Leading up to this event, Hussein had invaded the country of Kuwait Aug. 2, 1990. He targeted Kuwait due to its extensive supply of oil and his belief that Kuwait was…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 13, 2015 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

In recognition of Valentine’s Day, I would like to offer a few thoughts on the struggles that Air Force spouses face and maybe a word or two about the beautiful woman who has stood by me for the past 31 years. Being a military spouse is the most difficult job in the Air Force. They…

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Posted February 13, 2015 by 56th Fighter Wing Legal

Although the American economy appears to be rebounding and most American households are more financially stable, we must not forget the lessons learned in the Great Recession. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is an independent bureau within the Federal Reserve System that empowers consumers with the information they need to make financial decisions in the…

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Fly Over: ‘Dying Light’ and ‘Project Almanac′

Posted February 13, 2015 by James Hensley and Nestor Cruz

In stores: ‘Dying Light’ Have you ever watched a friend play a zombie outbreak or apocalypse game? Say “said friend” is new or not very good at fighting, so you watch them as they repeatedly go straight into a fight, which easily could have been avoided or won through by using the environment. “Dying Light”…

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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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