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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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Comedy is the cure …

Posted  April 7, 2016

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Comedian Bernie McGrenahan presents an innovative prevention program which focuses on safety, respect, resiliency and bystander responsibilities. With an emphasis on prevention and risk-reduction training, he delivered a standup comedy performance March 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The performance “Comedy is the Cure” encourages the audience to have the…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  April 7, 2016

Blessed by a touch It was a chapel event, not unlike other chapel events in that it featured food as a part of the festivities. During the meal I greeted a couple from our congregation. They were enjoying their meal, and as I passed behind them I leaned over, placed my hands on their shoulders,…

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IMA goes from throwing dice to giving legal advice

Posted  April 7, 2016

A casino worker huddled behind a craps table pondering a life of rolled snake eyes while a gunman aimed at gamblers on a Mississippi riverboat in January of 2001. It was 15 years ago when now Tech. Sgt. Wayne Freeland, 56th Fighter Wing paralegal, found himself listening in fear to gunfire and considering how his…

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Health & Safety

Punching out for the day …

Posted  April 7, 2016

Senior Airman Devante Williams Senior Airman Adrian Cook, 56th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, spars with a trainer March 12 during a training session at Sentosa Martial Arts in Avondale. Cook trained more than three hours with different instructors in order to receive a black belt in Muay Thai, a form of martial arts.

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Pedro Mota
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So Close Yet So Far

Posted  April 7, 2016

The 56th Medical Group flag football team played against the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron team March 28, 2016 at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. This game was considered a failsafe for the 56th EMS team, but for the 56th MDG, losing this game meant losing the entire championship. “Out of eleven teams it came down…

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