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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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70+ years of weekly news makes move to monthly

Posted  April 28, 2016

One of the staples at Luke Air Force Base is the weekly newspaper, the Thunderbolt. The base newspaper is nearly 72 years old and has had five names, but the common denominator has been keeping the base population up to date with events. Today we say goodbye to the weekly edition as the Thunderbolt transitions…

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Airman seeks to rejoin pararescue team despite loss of leg

Posted  April 28, 2016

In July 2011, Staff Sgt. August O’Neill, a pararescueman, was sent to rescue a group of Marines pinned down in Afghanistan when enemy insurgents opened fire on his team’s helicopter. A round bounced off the helicopter’s door, tearing through both of O’Neill’s lower legs and critically wounding his left. Over the next 3 1/2 years,…

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In Brief April 29, 2016

Posted  April 28, 2016

Stormwater Program participation The Luke Stormwater Management Program addresses nonindustrial activities and how they may affect the quality of stormwater that flows off the base. The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Element provides an opportunity for base personnel, residents, and visitors to review and comment on the program. An electronic version of the program can…

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Exchange shoppers can win a $5,000 gift card courtesy of Promotion in Motion

Posted  April 28, 2016

Shoppers with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service can enter to win a sweet surprise this summer during the Candy Carnival sweepstakes. One lucky winner will receive a $5,000 Exchange gift card courtesy of Promotion in Motion, the makers of Welch’s and Sour Jacks. Shoppers can enter between today and July 7 at www.shopmyexchange.com/sweepstakes….

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Commentary

Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  April 28, 2016

Earlier this month I attended the Air Force Chaplain Corps Summit. The chaplain summit is the annual gathering of Air Force, major command and wing-level chaplain corps leaders to hear from Air Force leadership, review the needs of the force and determine ways to meet those needs, from our perspective as providers of spiritual care….

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