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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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You are what you eat

Posted September 19, 2014 by Lt. Col. CAROL MILLER

“You are what you eat.” This is a generic statement or a notion. It implies that if you eat healthy, you will be healthy. But how true is this in the world today? What we eat, drink, wear, drive and buy is often an attempt to construct a social identity. It lets others know who…

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Knowledge equals power

Posted September 19, 2014 by Senior Airman JEFFREY MAKI

The phrase “knowledge is power” is said to originate from Sir Francis Bacon in 1597. Personally, I remember learning the phrase from the old television show “School House Rock” theme song. The key idea behind the phrase is the more knowledge you accumulate, the more “power” you will have. Here is a simple breakdown: knowledge…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted September 19, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

Planning for retirement is like taking a promotion test. Early preparation can improve success, and a strong test score opens doors for your future. It’s never too soon to think about test studying, and it’s never too early to think about retirement savings. Small decisions made in one’s 20s can make huge differences in life…

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Protection through detection saves lives

Posted September 19, 2014 by Master Sgt. RICHARD CRIM

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — I remember the words on signs like it was yesterday. All of the business marquees outside of Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, read “Where is Adam?” There were billboards offering rewards and advertisements in newspapers requesting information for the whereabouts of 4-year old Adam Finch. The year was 1997…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted September 19, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

Courtesy photo Walter Lipmann “He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable or dangerous to do so.” —Walter Lipmann  Walter Lipmann was a distinguished American journalist during a pivotal time in the 20th Century. What he has to say about honor sounds to me a lot…

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Fly Over: ‘Anomaly’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’

Posted September 19, 2014 by Timothy Boyer and Marcy Copeland

‘Anomaly’ Grammy Award winner Christian rapper Lecrae Moore, known by fans as Lecrae, released his newest album, “Anomaly,” which debuted as No. 1 in the iTunes charts. Lecrae entered the Christian rap scene in 2004 with his first studio album “Real Talk.” The album turned off many in the Christian community because of its direct…

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‘The butterfly effect’

Posted September 12, 2014 by Maj. HANK MCKIBBAN

Shortly after taking command, the Wild Duck Aircraft Maintenance Unit officer in charge requested I explain to his Airmen exactly what the pilots would be doing on training missions during an upcoming temporary duty. I was embarrassed that he had to ask. In this specific case, I had thoughtlessly kept these details from our closest…

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Advise Airmen of rights before asking questions

Posted September 12, 2014 by Master Sgt. ERIK BENSEN

Every day supervisors are faced with challenging scenarios and situations that require them to engage in efforts to help their Airmen. When this engagement is due to a negative act such as theft, damage to property or other possible legal violations, we must resist the instinct to question them directly. One scenario I am presented…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted September 12, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

Americans owe $1,200,000,000,000 in college debt (yes, that’s a trillion). According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, students hold an average of $29,400 in debt at graduation. That monthly debt repayment plan starts upon graduation and can easily top $1,000 a month. There are federal loan forgiveness programs (www.consumerfinance.gov) but the process can be complex…

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