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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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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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