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Reserve IPs support F-35 mission

Senior Airman Grace Lee Lt. Col. Sean Holahan, left, and Maj. Eric Puels, 944th Fighter Wing F-35 instructor pilots, stand in front of an F-35 Lightning II on the Luke Air Force Base flightline. Air Force Reserve pilots at Luke are contributing to Luke’s mission by teaching future F-35 pilots how to fly, fight and…

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Airmen bring economic opportunity to Afghan women: T-bolt receives AETC public service award

Courtesy photo The idea for the nonprofit came from Capt. Jon Hudgins after he received a Christmas card from home with a picture in which he saw almost every woman wearing a scarf. “Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” ~ John F. Kennedy War is a destructive…

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Prevent storm water pollution during monsoon

Courtesy photo The storm drain inlet gates at the POL yard remain closed to prevent potentially contaminated storm runoff from entering the storm sewer system. Heavy winds, thunder, lightning, dust and intense, local rainfall define the Arizona monsoon. The seasonal rainfall supports the unique desert ecology of our area. In the developed parts of our…

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Mentoring provides solutions to challenging times

Senior Airman James Hensley Staff Sgt. John Morin shows Airman 1st Class Kevin Dawson, 56th Comptroller Squadron customer service technicians, where he stands in tasks completed on Air Force Training Records on the Air Force portal at Luke Air Force Base. Morin was giving Dawson advice on what tasks to complete in order for him…

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Sidewinders inaugural class go ‘Fangs out’

Courtesy photo The 311th Fighter Squadron’s inaugural class of F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots poses for a picture with 311th FS leaders after the class’ graduation ceremony July 31 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The class, 14-FBH, is the first class of F-16 pilots to graduate from Holloman. The class graduated 14 students. HOLLOMAN AIR…


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New tool to safeguard PII

Posted  December 12, 2014

The Digital Signature Enforcement tool integrated Air Force-wide Dec. 5, providing Microsoft Outlook users with automated assistance to ensure security of personally identifiable information. DSET is a short-term fix to help Air Force network users protect PII included in emails. “There isn’t any new PII change,” said Maj. Raymond Chester, 56th Communications Squadron commander. “The…

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Health & Safety

Taking care of Airmen: How Air Force mental health services helped an academy leader

Posted  December 12, 2014

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Chief Master Sgt. Max Grindstaff, the academy’s command chief, said taking advantage of Air Force mental health support services helps him cope today with the deaths of nine Americans he served with in Kabul, Afghanistan. “I sought counseling because I needed it,” the chief said. “If I feel like…

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Air Force News – December 12, 2014

Posted  December 12, 2014

Texas Twenty-nine officers from various Air Force career fields have been selected for Air Education and Training Command training and recruiting squadron command, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced Dec. 5. Colorado As the Air Force continues to upgrade its most recognizable space constellation in Schriever Air Force Base, a small team is busy testing…

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People First – December 12, 2014

Posted  December 12, 2014

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, click on the title link. AF selects 38 Airmen for test pilot school Thirty-eight Airmen have…

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Street Beat

Posted  December 12, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Dec. 1 through 7: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 11 moving violations and one nonmoving violation. Vehicle accidents Security forces responded to two minor vehicle accidents. Nonemergency responses Dec. 1: A child was left at school when it was not communicated from the step mother…

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Short-term loan interest rates too high

Posted  December 12, 2014

To those considering a payday loan or title loan, listen up. A short-term loan should be a last resort because the interest rates are extremely high. If it is an emergency, there are grants and interest-free loans to eligible Airmen and their family members through the Air Force Aid Society. Contact the Luke Air Force…

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2014 Holiday Magic — Good time had by all

Posted  December 12, 2014

Zoey Bruno, 3, daughter of Maj. Matt Bruno, 56th Operations Support Squadron chief of Intel, plays with snow Dec. 5 during Holiday Magic in the Club Five Six parking lot at Luke Air Force Base. The Holiday Magic and Christmas tree lighting event included a gift bazaar, horse-drawn hay rides, food and beverages, and more….

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Become a VITA Volunteer

Posted  December 12, 2014

Courtesy photo Volunteers Are Needed for the Upcoming Tax Season. No prior tax experience required and FREE training is provided. Luke Air Force Base is looking for volunteers to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program during the 2015 tax season (late January to April 15). Volunteers will assist individuals and families in preparing tax…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  December 12, 2014

What’s your net worth? That’s a very American question, a very western question. It conveys the idea that one’s value is determined by the bottom line. We play a silly game in our culture that goes like this. We ask the question, “What would we be worth if we cashed it all out, sold the…

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Fly Over: ‘Republic Ramen + Noodles’ and ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′

Posted  December 12, 2014

Dining out: ‘Republic Ramen + Noodles’ One of my past editors once told me a good writer worth his salt can write a story about a ham sandwich and people will want to read it. So my question is: how does one write a good story about a bowl of soup? There are several places…

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