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Standards of conduct guided by integrity

Posted December 5, 2014 by Maj. ROCHELLE SMITH

When it comes to conducting business with the federal government, there is an implicit amount of trust that contracting professionals must preserve. Transactions relating to the expenditure of public funds require the highest degree of public trust and an impeccable standard of conduct. Contracting professionals are not the only ones who are involved in the…

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More to leading than meets eye

Posted December 5, 2014 by Staff Sgt. ALICIA WILLIAMS

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when we think about leadership? Is it the seniority of an individual or the the number of stripes on the sleeve? Or could it be their personal ability to transform another’s vision into reality? Leadership is much more than what meets the eye. A simple word such…

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Fly Over: ‘Takamatsu’ and ‘Call of Duty Advanced Warfare’

Posted December 5, 2014 by Richard McManus and Devante Williams

Dining out: ‘Takamatsu’ As a recent transplant to Luke Air Force Base, I am always in search of a great restaurant that serves authentic Japanese food. Prior to arriving at Luke, I had lived in Japan for more than 20 years and was fortunate to enjoy the finest Japanese cuisine first-hand. Since being back in…

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Fly, fight & win! Luke plays unique role in AF mission

Posted November 21, 2014 by Lt. Col. JOHN PETERSON

The mission of the Air Force is to fly, fight and win. The Air Force’s “motto,” as it was originally called, was adopted October 2010. Capt. Gregroy Bollrud of Hurlburt Field Florida, wrote, “It succinctly captures what our Air Force has been renowned for ever since its creation in 1947. Also, the specific choice of…

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Wingman for life

Posted November 21, 2014 by Senior Airman JEFFREY MAKI

“I look after my wingman. He looks after me. We work together. We fight together.” — Col. Gabby Gabriski, WWII ace Having a wingman has been an essential part of combat flying since the beginning. A wingman is able to watch your “6,” provide support and can offer a different perspective on a situation. These…

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Chaplain’s thoughts

Posted November 21, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation on Oct. 23, 1863, which established Thanksgiving Day as a national observance. The proclamation highlighted the prosperity and expansion of the country even while it was engaged in civil strife. It acknowledged that no foreign country had used the civil war as an opportunity to “provoke their aggressions.” Lincoln’s…

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Fly Over: ‘Big Hero 6′ and ‘Interstellar’

Posted November 21, 2014 by Nestor Cruz and Grace Lee

In theaters: ‘Big Hero 6′ It was bound to happen: when the entertainment juggernaut Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel, it was only a matter of time before a mash-up movie was produced. “Big Hero 6,” produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, is very loosely based on a late-1990s Marvel comic book miniseries. Part of the…

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AF needs Airmen to maintain identity

Posted November 14, 2014 by Master Sgt. SAMUEL SIMIEN

Some of us may remember playing the pool game “Marco-Polo.” Some of us may still use this game to entertain our children at the pool today. One player closes his or her eyes and repeatedly shouts out “Marco” while the other players tread water and respond “Polo.” All the while, they attempt to shift quickly…

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New evaluation system calls for accountability

Posted November 14, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. THOMAS LOHSANDT

It seems that everyone is overly concerned with the new evaluation system the Air Force is releasing. We should ask ourselves if it is really that scary to have an assessment which fits each of us in a more realistic way. This new system is going to hurt a lot of egos when they are…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted November 14, 2014 by Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

I was minding my own business the other evening when my phone rang. “Hello,” I said, trying to sound at least a wee bit chipper. A pregnant pause on the other end, you know the pause that means a computerized message is on the way, and then it came: “Hi, I once got a phone…

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