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Goldfein hosts first town hall with CMSAF

The Air Force’s top officer and enlisted leader hosted a town hall forum in the Boyd Auditorium at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., July 20, 2016.

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Goldfein swears in as 21st CSAF

Gen. David L. Goldfein was sworn in as the Air Force’s 21st chief of staff by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James during a ceremony at the Pentagon July 1, 2016. As the Air Force’s most senior uniformed leader, Goldfein is responsible for ensuring the 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian airmen under his command…

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Firefighter switches to fighter pilot

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Staff Sgt. Garrett Christensen, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Logistics NCO in charge, is crossing over to the Air Force officer corps where he hopes to become an F-22 Raptor fighter pilot. “Christensen is one of 12 Airmen selected for basic officer training school program,” said Steven Kinkade, 56th CES…

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USFWS selects BMGR for award

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Barry M. Goldwater Range has been selected as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2015 Military Conservation Partner Award recipient. The award, presented in a ceremony June 9, is a national award presented annually to a military installation whose efforts represent significant conservation accomplishments achieved in partnership with…

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AZ Reserve unit dominates at Hawgsmoke

DAVIS MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Pilots from the 47th FS with the Air Force Reserve Command demonstrated their experience and expertise on the ground and in the air by winning the Hawgsmoke 2016 competition. Thirteen teams competed in biennial A-10C Thunderbolt II competition June 1 through 3. This year’s event concentrated on two…


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Checking under the hood …

Posted  March 10, 2016

Senior Airman James Hensley Airman 1st Class Jerry Poot, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle mechanic technician, pours bio-blend oil into a Ford Fusion hybrid Feb. 25 at Luke Air Force Base. The bio-blend oil is more environmentally friendly and reliable than traditional oil products.

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Sports

Sports Shorts March 11, 2016

Posted  March 10, 2016

Start Smart Baseball Start Smart Baseball is for children ages 3 to 5 with a parent participating. It is 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays March 22 through April 26 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center. The cost is $25 and includes a T-shirt. A sports physical is required. For more information, call 623-856-7470….

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Events

STREET BEAT March 11, 2016

Posted  March 10, 2016

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 1 through 7 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 23 moving violations and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 1: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident near Bldg. 458. There were no injuries. Emergency responses…

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World

PEOPLE FIRST March 11, 2016

Posted  March 10, 2016

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Air Force…

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Commentary

Feedback essential to AF integrity

Posted  March 10, 2016

I was going through some old files, and I found a few notes that were written to me by the comptroller of a major command on several different occasions. One letter conveyed his best wishes on my birthday. A second one thanked me and my unit for our hospitality during his recent visit to the…

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