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  • Off-base activites build your CAF

    The Critical Days of Summer draw near. I know that in our shop this kicks off a slew of safety briefings about how to minimize the chance of injuries and stay out of danger. However, this shouldn't discourage you from going out and exploring the Valley of the Sun.Luke is an amazing base because of the surrounding areas where there are tons of
  • Every Airman has a voice

    While Gen. Mark Welsh III was here at Luke Air Force Base, he discussed the importance of listening to your young Airmen, and making sure they feel empowered to have open dialogue and share ideas within their chain of command.As the NCO in charge of my section, I took General Welsh's words to heart and encouraged Airmen in my section to voice their
  • Have faith in the Air Force system

    Throughout our Air Force careers, we have all received extensive training covering the Air Force core values -- integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. We talk about them on a daily basis in one capacity or another using them as buzz words to drive our point home or steer a wayward Airmen back within standards. They are
  • The gift of leadership

    Gen. Mark Welsh III may have said it best, "Leadership is a gift. It's given by those who follow. You have to be worthy of it."As the people of this nation give their children up to serve in the armed forces we as leaders need to be ready to lead them as they are the future leaders that will lead our grandchildren. This is especially true for
  • Make time to mentor your Airmen

    The Air Force is comprised of Airmen with many skills and talents. The backbone to our continued success is our men and women who strive to be excellent on a daily basis. However, there are times when our focus is derailed by our own personal and professional guidelines.I was taught as a young Airman that the mission always came first, and my
  • 308th FS rich history, poignant ending

    After 21 years of continuous service as an F-16 Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, the 308th Fighter Squadron, recently recognized the 2014 Top Fighter Squadron in the 56th Operations Group, will close its doors this summer.Given this sad fact, it is only appropriate that this week's Thunderbolt commentary focus on this highly decorated and
  • Bring 'invisible class' into view

    When I was a young boy, my father explained to me that there was dignity in work. He told me to always respect the worker regardless of how thankless or menial their job may appear to be. He said that you never know the burdens a person may be carrying, or the family members that may be relying on them for financial support.My father told me about
  • Set S.M.A.R.T. goals for success

    "Goals are dreams with deadlines." ~ Diana Scharf HuntWhat personal or professional goals do you want to achieve this year? Do you want to run a marathon? Do you want to make that next rank?Goal setting is a powerful tool that can turn a vision of the future into reality. Top athletes and successful people in all fields set achievable goals. As
  • Find inspiration all around for daily grind

    SHAZAM!That is the war cry of the 56th Operations Support Squadron. It comes from the comic book character Captain Marvel, who was introduced back in 1939.SHAZAM is an acronym of six Greek and Roman gods and heroes, each defining a special ability that the superhero possesses. There is Solomon for wisdom, Hercules for strength, Atlas for stamina,
  • Forgetting past leads to repeating it

    On Jan. 17, 1991, Operation Desert Storm was initiated by the U.S. to liberate Kuwait from the forces of Saddam Hussein, the Iraq dictator.Leading up to this event, Hussein had invaded the country of Kuwait Aug. 2, 1990. He targeted Kuwait due to its extensive supply of oil and his belief that Kuwait was conspiring with other oil-producing
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