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Teen dating: The critical practice run

Posted March 3, 2017 by by Jim Yang-Hellewell, LCSW

This is the time of year when we focus on Teen Dating Violence Awareness. As the Centers for Disease Control has reported, 23 percent of females and 14 percent of males who have ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17…

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Keep tiny teeth healthy, strong

Posted February 3, 2017 by by Capt. (Dr.) LUCAS KIM

We all know that a child’s baby teeth will eventually fall out. Does that mean they don’t need to be taken of? Baby teeth play an important role in helping a child bite, chew food and speak clearly. They also help permanent adult teeth grow into the correct position by acting as placeholders. It’s important…

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New tattoo policy invites qualified recruits

Posted February 3, 2017 by Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

The Air Force announced a new policy on dress and appearance with regard to tattoos, Jan. 9, 2017. According to the new policy, authorized tattoos on the chest, back, arms and legs will no longer be restricted to 25 percent of the exposed area while in uniform. Hand tattoos will be limited to one single-band…

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Warrior Iron Chef challenges LUKE Thunderbolts

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Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Staff Sgt. Cassie Estep, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCO in charge of documented cargo, displays the ingredients for her recipe at the contest. Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel Senior Airman Austin Harder, 56th FSS food service specialist, kicks off the Warrior Iron Chef competition by explaining the rules and setting…

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AMC enables first international F-35B deployment

Posted February 3, 2017 by by 1st Lt. Erik Anthony

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — Air Mobility Command Airmen helped mark a major milestone Jan. 18 by enabling the delivery of Marine F-35B Lightning II aircraft to Japan. The transfer of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, marks the first permanent international…

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People First

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AF faces fighter pilot shortage The Air Force is in the midst of a pilot shortage. While most platforms are affected by the shortage, the fighter pilot community has been hit the hardest. In September 2015, the Air Force Chief of Staff directed a fighter enterprise redesign to focus on developing a strategy and implementation plan…

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Protect those pearly whites

Posted February 3, 2017 by by Senior Airman DAVID EVANS

Sports activities are a common hobby that many Airmen enjoy. Unfortunately, many sports carry some risk of injury. A commonly overlooked area prone to injury is the mouth, including the teeth and gums. Basketball, for instance, is fun until a stray pass hits a player in the face leaving one less tooth with which to…

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2017 TSP contribution limits announced

Posted February 3, 2017 by by Master Sgt. LISA KREJCI

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board and Internal Revenue Service have announced the annual contribution limits for the Thrift Savings Plan for 2017. They will remain unchanged from 2016 except for a traditional tax-exempt increase. Those limits are: • Traditional deferred\ROTH\Combination limit: $18,000 • Traditional deferred\ROTH\Combination catch-up limit: $6,000 • Traditional tax-exempt: $54,000 NOTE: The…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 3, 2017 by

Meaningful backward look I’ve taught three teens to drive. One constant truth, in that terrifying process, is that one cannot focus too long on the rearview mirror without getting into serious trouble, an accident or dying. On the other hand, one must take a glance in the rearview mirror from time to time, to avoid…

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MLK walk

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Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Fatimah Halim, designer and facilitator of the Rites of Passage Programs for Phoenix area youth, and Lt. Col. David Shoemaker, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, lead the way during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day walk Jan. 13 at Luke Air Force Base. MLK day is a day to remember…

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