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Luke F-35s visit Columbus AFB

Airman 1st Class Daniel Lile A T-6 Texan II roars overhead as the pilots of two Luke Air Force Base F-35 Lightning IIs prepare to exit their aircraft July 23 at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The pilots are Capt. Nicholas Rallo, left, 62nd Fighter Squadron, and Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander….

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Candid money talk improves relationship

There are many reasons why people divorce but at the top of the list are lack of communication and finances. That’s why it’s important to combine these two topics to make for a successful long-lasting relationship. “I believe communication is very important in a relationship overall and communication about money is at the top of…

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Neubauer retires from AF at Luke

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, Air Force Safety Center commander, presents Sandy, his wife, with the ceremonial flag. A former Luke Air Force Base commander retired July 24 in a ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base with family and friends in attendance. Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, Air Force chief of safety, retired…

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Home security part of Airman readiness

A home invasion, burglary or robbery can be a terrifying experience. Unfortunately, along with the possible loss or damage to possessions, it can remove the sense of security and make the victim feel vulnerable within his own home. According to the Federal Bureau Of Investigations, in 2013, there were an estimated 8,632,512 property crime offenses…

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Crossing over: Enlisted to officer

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Shaun Chaplain, 56th Comptroller Squadron flight commander, surveys his surroundings at an unnamed deployed location when he was still an enlisted member. From a technical sergeant in cyber operations, he became a second lieutenant three months ago after completing Officer Training School. Luke Air Force Base is his first assignment as…


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People First – November 14, 2014

Posted  November 14, 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 link in the title of each story. Air Force Aid Society…

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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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