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Policy changes allow Airmen to retrain into special operations

In a move to meet the high-demand signal for the Air Force’s Battlefield Airmen, the service announced changes to retraining and cross-flow, outlined in a policy memorandum dated April 25, 2016.

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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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Health & Safety

Marines call out squadrons after PT challenge victory

Posted  February 18, 2016

The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center hosted the first squadron physical test challenge Feb. 5 where Luke Thunderbolts faced off against a team of Marines. Staff members, maintainers and regularly visiting Airmen from the Bryant Fitness Center formed the core of the Air Force team which faced off against a group of Marines…

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In Brief February 19, 2016

Posted  February 18, 2016

Luke tax center open The on-base tax center is now open. Free tax assistance on federal and state tax returns is available to active-duty, retirees and dependents. To receive assistance, members must bring a valid military I.D., social security card for each member of the family to be claimed, all tax forms for income (e.g….

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PEOPLE FIRST February 19, 2016

Posted  February 18, 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. SecAF, CSAF…

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Sports

One man’s power behind the iron

Posted  February 18, 2016

The circumference of his arms test the strength of the fabric of the normally baggy sleeves of his Airman Battle Uniform, which stretches across his chest just far enough to look like a snug fit. It’s easy to see that he’s a large man, and though his uniform may attempt to hide it, it’s easy…

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Vehicle operators keep GOVs in top form

Posted  February 18, 2016

Goershel inspects the spare tire for damage on one of the 78 vehicles vehicle operators maintain. Casper cleans the bus windows. The vehicles are waxed to help protect the paint against the effects of the sun. Photos by Senior Airman James Hensley Airman 1st Class Tyler Casper, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator apprentice, washes…

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