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Commons provides ‘crib’ for Airmen

Courtesy graphic The Community Commons concept design. Renovation has begun and will be completed in May 2016. The Luke Air Force Base Community Center, Bldg. 700, where the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Wellness Center resides, is being renovated and will include a name change to Community Commons. “The building is getting a total overhaul from…

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Roberson takes command of AETC

Johnny Saldivar Lt. Gen Darryl Roberson, Air Education and Training Command commander, speaks during the AETC change of command ceremony Tuesday at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Roberson is a command pilot who has more than 5,000 flight hours including 865 combat hours. Roberson will oversee the operation of 10 major installations in five states….

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Salutes and Awards

FWSA announce awards The following individuals are quarterly awards winners: 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies Airman: Senior Airman Leanne Mathews NCO: Staff Sgt. Natalie Nelson Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Deanna Commack Company grade officer: Capt. Elizabeth McCourt Field grade officer: Maj. David Barnes Civilian (Category I): Yvonne Godwin Civilian (Category II): Sharon Kozak Civilian (Category…

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A historian with his own history

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Richard Griset, 56th Fighter Wing historian, shows an old pilot uniform that is part of a preservation collection on Luke Air Force Base. Richard Griset seems like a very quiet and reserved man and appears to be just another face at Luke Air Force Base. That is until people meet him. Serving…

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Need help? Trust your ‘Shirt’

When young Airmen need help or are looking for guidance, a good place to start is with a senior NCO. Making it into the top 3 percent in the U.S. Air Force is a major accomplishment.


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Airmen’s Attic has something for everyone

Posted  November 14, 2014

For many first-term Airmen, it can be difficult to be on their own. Being able to afford basic necessities doesn’t always come easy on an Airman’s income, even more so for those with dependents. Most Air Force bases have a place where Airmen can find some goods and help ease the strain on their budget.

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Luke Airman, Family Readiness Center hosts fall job fair

Posted  November 14, 2014

Businesses from across the region gathered to participate in a job fair hosted by the 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center. The event was open to active-duty service members, dependents and retirees Nov. 5 in Club Five Six.

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Holiday Season prep: Fall into fitness … Luke offers choices

Posted  November 14, 2014

Navy Reserve Jonathan Gonzalez, Alpha Platoon equipment operator, shoots a basket over the defensive attempt of Brian Koech, brother of Staff Sgt. Wilson Koech, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron shipment planning NCO in charge, at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Gonzalez made the shot to tie up the pick-up basketball game.   Yong…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  November 14, 2014

If you contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Program, a major change will occur in January 2015. Current Roth TSP contributions are identified in terms of dollars and this contribution method will stop at the end of January 2015. This change will require members contributing to Roth TSP to re-accomplish their elections. If you wish…

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TDY policies change, affect reimbursements

Posted  November 14, 2014

Recently, the Air Force began implementing two temporary duty policy changes that will impact travel reimbursements for Airmen. The first change, which took effect Oct. 1, made changes to the joint travel regulations, reimbursable and incidental expense policy. The second will be a change in long-term TDY per diem expenses and took effect Nov. 1….

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Fly Over: ‘In Country’ and ‘Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles’

Posted  November 14, 2014

On Netflix: ‘In Country’ SD: We’re going into the movie vault to 1989 to take a look at a motion picture that flew under the radar at the time, but I recommend getting it from Netflix. “In Country” stars Bruce Willis and Emily Lloyd. It is directed by legendary and award winning director, Norman Jewison,…

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Theisen returns home to command 944 MSG

Posted  November 14, 2014

During a change-of-command ceremony Nov. 2, Col. Paul Theisen took the reins from Col. Anne Gunter as the new commander of the 944th Mission Support Group.

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Sports Shorts – November 14, 2014

Posted  November 14, 2014

Eat our dust: T-Bolts compete in Ragnar Capt. CHRISTOPHER BEHRENS, 56th Operations Support Squadron Mad Mallards finish as a team in 17 hours and 33 min, placing 4th out of 430 teams Three teams from the 56th Operations Group made a big showing at this year’s Ragnar Trail Relay Race. Out of 430 teams, the 309th Fighter…

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‘He was a warrior’

Posted  November 7, 2014

Those were the last words spoken by Russell Nichols before he left the podium Oct. 17 at his son’s memorial service. Those words, and the passion with which they were spoken, have been with me since that service. As I reflect on the meaning of the words, it really makes me think about why we…

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Taking care of yourself

Posted  November 7, 2014

I was trained early as an airman first class to manage my career and take care of myself professionally. It wasn’t until this past year during our Enlisted Retention Board review that I absorbed the big picture of what I was taught. The first thing I was taught was from the now Chief Master Sgt….

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