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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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Equipment maintainers keep jets viable

Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. — Imagine driving your car down the freeway. You are halfway to the destination with only four hours left to drive when the check engine light comes on, a tire blows and the car begins to overheat. You pull over and look at your phone, which has no signal, and…

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Wheels up: Hill shop improves F-35 tire change process

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — For years, the wheel shop at Hill Air Force Base has disassembled, inspected, repaired, built, and delivered reliable tires and wheels for F-16 Fighting Falcons. That reliability and 24-hour turnaround service will remain intact as the base’s operational mission transitions to the F-35A Lightning II. Three active-duty Airmen and…

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Retiree witnesses historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech

Posted  February 18, 2016

It was Aug. 23, 1963, in D.C. and it was hot. He was a child standing in a sea of people when he heard a man he didn’t know begin to speak. While he vaguely remembers the beginning of the speech, he clearly recalls the words, “I have a dream …” Although he was 10…

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What is your locus?

Posted  February 18, 2016

Your first thought to the commentary’s title was probably “what do you mean?” Merriam-Webster defines locus as “a central or main place where something happens or is found.” So it basically means center. Now add the words “of control.” Locus of control is a lesson that first sunk in for me when I went to…

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Airpower starts here

Posted  February 18, 2016

I walked into a recruiter’s office looking for a change in my life on Feb. 11, 1999. What I knew about the Air Force was very little except what my two older brothers had told me. It all happened fast as I started my first day of Basic Military Training 14 days later. Once I…

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MVD alternatives shorten wait

Posted  February 18, 2016

PHOENIX — By expanding the use of technology and third-party options, the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division is making it easier for motorists to renew vehicle registrations, apply for driver licenses and more without visiting MVD offices. Numbers for 2015 tell the story: 4.4 million: That’s the number of transactions by residents processed…

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Squaring off …

Posted  February 18, 2016

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman Jessica Woods, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Structural Maintenance journeyman, and Derek Weida, Army veteran of the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division and YouTube personality, pose for a photo Feb. 4 at Luke Air Force Base. Weida was accompanied by fellow wounded warriors for a meet and greet with Airmen…

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