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                                                                                                                                           February 2021
 Luke reinforces TFI with DoD-level maintenance award

 by master Sgt.    constant excellence, the constant vigilance,
 LouiS VeGA JR.  and the constant performance that your two
 teams combine to do.”
 944th Fighter Wing Public Affairs                                             FOR YOUR SERVICE
 In the collective efforts to write the main-
 Total Force Integration across the U.S.   tenance award package for consideration,
 Air Force continues to prove its effective-  Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Abney, 944th
 ness as active-duty and Reserve Citizen   Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Tactical   Your plasma is urgently needed to help create medicines
 Airmen successfully demonstrate its   Aircraft Maintenance section chief, and a                           for people with immune deficiencies.
 potential.  small team of Reserve and active-duty TFI
 The 56th and 944th Fighter  Wings’   partners worked together to prepare the
 maintenance groups, referred to as the   package.                                 Download the BioLife Plasma Services App
 1K Maintenance Group at Luke Air Force   “The 56th could have sent in a package by
 Base, will be recipients of the 2020 Secre-  themselves,” said Abney. “We chose to do it
 tary of Defense Field-level Maintenance   as a TFI. So winning is even bigger because
 Award in the large category. The informa-  it shows how much of a force we are.”  Show your MILITARY ID
 tion was officially confirmed in a Depart-  Maintenance teams throughout the
 ment of Defense news release posted Nov.   world, in all services, competed and a total                                $
 19, 2020.  of six field-level Secretary of Defense Main-                           for an extra 50 BONUS
 “This is the best TFI organization I have   tenance award recipients were selected
 ever had the privilege to be a part of,” said   in three categories — large, medium, and
 Brig. Gen. Gregory Kreuder, 56th FW com-  small. The best of the best will be selected
 mander, during a conference call with the   from the six field-level award winners and              1655 N 107th Ave, Avondale, AZ 85392
 Honorable Barbara M. Barrett, Secretary   presented the Phoenix Trophy. All awards
 of the Air Force, as she congratulated the   were presented Jan. 13 at the Pentagon in
 team. “I would offer up the 944th and 56th   Washington D.C.                                        16480 N 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85306
 “This is a rare and commendable accom-
 Capt. Monique Roux   plishment,” said Col. Jim Greenwald, 944th
 Leadership from the 56th and 944th Fighter Wing’s along with Airmen from the 1K   FW commander. My hat’s off to the entire                   NEW DONORS ONLY
 Maintenance Group, participate in a conference call with the Honorable Barbara M.   1K maintenance team. For our team to rise   Military personnel and Military dependents present this coupon along with your Military ID prior to the initial donation and
                                                                             cannot have made any prior plasma donations at any BioLife Plasma facility. Initial donation must be completed between
 Barrett, Secretary of the Air Force, Nov. 11, 2020, as she congratulated the team for   to the level that they beat out the other   10.1.20 and 12.31.20. Donation fees will be paid in the following order $10, $20, $10 and $10. Subsequent donations must be
 winning the 2020 Secretary of Defense Field-level Maintenance Award in the large   services — the Army, the Navy, the Marine   completed within 30 days. Coupon redeemable only upon completing successful donations. Non-transferable.
 category at Luke Air Force Base.   Corps — that is an incredible accomplish-
 ment. To have the Secretary of the Air Force                                                                                           OFFER CODE 67021- 1002
 as a template for others that want to know   versity and is honorary commander alumni   call us to say congratulations is something I   Copyright © 2020 Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. All rights reserved.
 what ‘right’ looks like. I couldn’t be more   at Luke.  have never experienced. This is a testament
 proud of the 1K maintenance team and it’s   “I guess that when you add it up, you’re   to the strengths of TFI.
 a real honor for them to get the recognition   ‘batting a thousand,’” said Barrett referring   Total Force Integration, which was
 at this level.”  to the 1K MXG title. “I am proud of my past   launched in the late 1990s, refers to a   It’s Your Day.
 Barrett is serving as the 25th Secretary   association and I am thrilled to know the   blending of active, Guard, and Reserve
 of the Air Force and is an instrument-rated   recognition is coming your way from the   personnel and equipment to gain efficiency
 Graphic illustration by Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Abney   pilot trained and certified for space flight.   full department. To be the recipient of this   and effectiveness in support of the overall   We Have Your Back.
 1K Maintenance Group patch.   She earned degrees at Arizona State Uni-  award is really a great statement of the   Air Force mission.

 DISA director touts benefits

 of cloud computing, telework

 by    missions, while maximizing remote work.”
 DAViD VeRGuN  Over the last 10 months, DISA has been
 working on “cloud-based internet isolation,”
 DoD News
 an initiative which pairs industry-leading
 The Defense Information Systems Agency   technologies with a rapid-acquisition strategy,
 and Joint Force Headquarters Department   she said.
 of Defense Information Network serve on    “CBII is proving to be a game-changing
 the department’s digital frontlines in cyber   solution in our ability to protect department
 and information technology at all levels of   networks against web browser-based threats,
 classification.  making them more secure from the office or
 Some 19,000 people around the world work   from home,” Norton said.
 in that agency to ensure secure and seamless   It essentially creates a video stream of the   Courtesy photo
 communications for the warfighters.  browser, she explained. Malicious activities are   Navy Vice Adm. Nancy A. Norton, Defense Information Systems Agency director,
 “The safety of our employees is forefront in   isolated to the cloud, where they can more eas-  speaks at an AFCEA virtual luncheon, Jan. 7.
 all of our decisions,” Navy Vice Adm. Nancy   ily be contained and eliminated, rather than on
 A. Norton, DISA director, said at an AFCEA   personal computers and DoD networks. CBII   ments in its remote work capabilities. There   telework using their personal equipment.
 virtual luncheon Jan. 7.  also reduces bandwidth requirements through   are a number of tools available to the work-  “I don’t think it’s just DoD, I think the world
 “Our primary goal is to preserve and pro-  the very busy virtual private networks, or VPN.  force that support team collaboration spaces   has probably recognized the value of telework   Special U.S. Military rateS  45 minutes north of anthem in camp Verde, aZ
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