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56th Civil Engineer Squadron bivouac training

Posted November 30, 2012 by Airman 1st Class DEVANTE WILLIAMS

The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron embarked on a journey Nov. 7 and 8 to Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in Arizona to participate in bivouac training, preparing them for real deployments.

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Gate schedules change to fit new culture

Posted November 16, 2012 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE and 2nd Lt. CANDICE DILLITTE

Service members throughout the Defense Department and the U.S. Air Force are experiencing extraordinary financial and manpower constraints – often both. As a result, the Air Education and Training Command has adopted the cost-conscious culture initiative, or C3, to adapt to today’s changing operational environment and shrinking budgets. In addition, units throughout the Air Force…

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Local Briefs – November 16, 2012

Posted November 16, 2012 by timchisham

No Thunderbolt next week The Thunderbolt will not be published Nov. 23. Look for the next edition Nov. 30. For more information, call (623) 856-5998. Finance office closed The 56th Comptroller Squadron office will be closed Wednesday for Wingman Day. This includes the customer service office. If there is an emergency, or for more information,…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted November 16, 2012 by

Airman 1st Class Britney Carter-Grimes 309th Fighter Squadron Squadron Aviation Resource Manager Hometown: Orlando, Fla. Years in service: One Family: Lavar Grimes, husband Education: Associate in criminal justice at Santa Fe College, pursued a bachelor’s in criminology at University of Florida Previous assignments: Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Inspirations: My younger siblings inspire me to…

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Need for speed …

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Aric Almirola, U.S. Air Force sponsored NASCAR driver, accompanies Capt. Adam Thornton, 308th Fighter Squadron director of scheduling, to the F-16 Fighting Falcon before an incentive flight Nov. 8 at Luke Air Force Base. Almirola was in town for the Sprint Cup Series at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale.

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STREET BEAT

Posted November 16, 2012 by Senior Airman Christopher VonHatten

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 2 through 8: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and five nonmoving violations. Traffic-related Incidents Nov. 2: Security forces assisted Glendale police with a major vehicle accident off base. Nov. 5: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident at the inbound lane of…

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SFS welcomes injured comrade

Posted November 16, 2012 by Staff Sgt C.J. HATCH

When deployed, going on missions outside the wire are part of the daily routine. On a good day everyone comes back safely. But Staff Sgt. Brian Williams can tell you every day isn’t a good day. Williams, a military working dog handler with the 87th Security Forces Squadron Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., deployed to Afghanistan…

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News Briefs – November 16, 2012

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Military leave carryover extension expires Oct. 1 Unless approved for special leave accrual, active-duty and active Guard Reserve members who have more than 60 days of leave must use it or lose it by Oct. 1, 2013, when the temporary leave carryover extension provision expires, said Air Force Personnel Center officials. The 2010 National Defense…

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Pulling the emergency brake

Posted November 16, 2012 by Senior Airman SANDRA WELCH

Ever wonder how an aircraft stops when the brakes fail? What do you think a pilot does when he or she has two blown tires and is traveling at 85 knots before driving off the end of the runway?

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‘The Rock,’ deployment corner stone

Posted November 16, 2012 by Airman 1st Class DAVID OWSIANKA

When a short-fall tasking came knocking on the door at Luke Air Force Base, there was a spot on a deployment that only one Airman could fill.

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