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					                                                                                                                   Nov. 18, 2011
Train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots and maintainers, while deploying mission ready warfighters           Vol. 11, No. 46




    INSIDE
  STORIES




                                                     Have a
 ▪ Hero, Troy Gilbert, 2
 ▪ ALS graduates, 4
 ▪ LRS supports Marines, 7
 ▪ Women in AF Band, 13
 ▪ Foreign officer, 25
  FEATURE




                   Senior Airman Yaya Brantley
                                                     Happy
                                                    and Safe
  56TH FIGHTER WING PICNIC
                                 See Page 16

  INDEX
  Action line..............................2
  Briefs.......................................3
  Spotlight..................................4
  Diversions..............................21
  Sports....................................31
  Around Luke.........................32




                                                   Thanksgiving
  QUOTE OF THE WEEK
    “A warrior ethos is not one dimensional,
 only applying to the area of responsibility
 or other deployed locations where harm can
 come our way. A warrior ethos applies to
 every moment of our days. From the battle-
 field, to the office we must have the spirit of
 a warrior.”
     Tech. Sgt. Jesse Pennington
      56th Equipment Maintenance
                        Squadron
            See SHIRT’S CORNER , Page 2



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                                                                                              SHIRTS CORNER
                                                                                           Warrior ethos vital
                                                                                                                                                                                                      The second line in
                                    Luke                                                                                                                                                           the Airmen’s Creed
                                                                                                                                                                                                   is very important;
                  Officers’Spouses’Club                                                                                                                                                            it sets the tone
                                     presents the                                                                      by Tech. Sgt.                                                               for the rest of
                      Airman                                                                                       JESSE PENNINGTON                                                                the creed. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                   second line states,
                Holiday Cookie Drive                                                                            56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron
                                                                                                                                                                                                   “I am a warrior.”
                       Calling all bakers!                                                    Many walk through the day blinded by the idea that it is                                             Can you say this? I
            Help share the holiday spirit by sharing                                       common, ordinary or routine. We wake up, perform our normal                                             hope you can. Each of
            your cookies with more than 700 Airmen
                                                                                           morning habit and go off to work. We think our day presents                                             us is a warrior.
                     living in Luke dorms!
                                                                                           no real adventure, no real danger … except for the common                                                  Master Sgt. Terrance
                      Cookie drop off                                                      paper jam or missing tool. A warrior ethos may rarely come                                              Washington, 56th Maintenance Group writes, “The warrior
                  6:30 to 10 a.m. Dec. 8                                                   to mind, but as U.S. Airmen we need to understand the role                                              ethos was written for our men and women in uniform, but its
              Club Five Six, South, Lightning                                              and nature of our efforts. The warrior ethos is painted in the                                          utility and message should not be limited to the sphere of literal
                    and Kachina gates                                                      Airman’s Creed requiring all Airmen to have a paradigm shift                                            armed conflict. We all fight wars, in a sense, at places of work,
                                                                                           to their everyday living.
                                             
           For more information, go to www.lukeosc.org                                                                                                                                             within our families and abroad in the wider world.” Washing-
               Email: lukecookies@yahoo.com                                                   But what does it mean? Warrior … well many of us know                                                ton’s statement reveals the deeper sense of a warrior ethos.
                                                                                           what this is. I think of King Leonidas in the movie “300” or
                                 Questions?                                                                                                                                                           A warrior ethos is not one dimensional, only applying to the
                                                                                           Alexander the Great. But the meaning of ethos may escape your
                  Call or text Vicki @ (318) 465-2006
                                                                                                                                                                                                   area of responsibility or other deployed locations where harm
                                                                                           memory. According to dictionary.com, ethos is “the fundamen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   can come our way. A warrior ethos applies to every moment of
                                                                                           tal character or spirit of a culture, character or disposition of a
                                                                                                                                                                                                   our days. From the battlefield, to the office we must have the
                                                                                           community, group, person.” Thus we see warrior ethos as the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   spirit of a warrior. A warrior ethos is multifaceted; it covers
                                                                                           character or spirit of the Air Force culture. American Airmen
                                                                                           with the spirit of warriors.                                                                            all areas of our lives.

                 ACTION LINE                                                                  In 2007, Gen. T. Michael Moseley, said, “We are a Nation
                                                                                           at war,” and “We have been at war for over 16 years,” – two
                                                                                                                                                                                                      A warrior ethos is something that might be missing from your
                                                                                                                                                                                                   everyday thoughts. At times we may forget the proud heritage
                            56fw.pa@luke.af.mil                                            serious statements, but each are very true. The Airman’s Creed                                          we represent in the present. Sometimes we may overlook the
                                                                                           is based around a nation at war. A war fought everyday by the                                           legacy of valor for the gains of the present. We may find our-
                                 (623) 856-7011                                                                                                                                                    selves thinking it is all about me, my career, my promotion,
                                                                                           selfless acts of our fellow Airmen – a warrior’s ethos.
                                                                                              At the end of General Moseley’s article he writes the Airman’s                                       instead of “I will never leave an Airman behind.” Remember
    The commander’s Action
                                                                                           Creed. Each line displays the warrior’s ethos – we must instill                                         we are a nation at war and will continue to be at war. Warrior
Line is your direct line to me
with questions or suggestions                                                              in our hearts, minds and souls.                                                                         ethos must be a part of daily thoughts and actions.
about subjects of concern to



                                                                                           Our world needs heroes
the entire Luke Air Force Base
community.
    I appreciate your feedback.
Your ideas and concerns help
build a stronger foundation                                                                              by Lt. Col.                                             rived on scene at a U.S. Army HH-60
on which we can successfully                                                                           DANIEL LASICA                                             helicopter shoot-down location. They
complete our mission and take            Brig. Gen. JD Harris                                                                                                    were in danger of being overrun by
                                                                                                         309th Fighter Squadron
care of our people.                     56th FW commander
                                                                                                                                                                 hostile anti-Iraq ground forces.
    To receive a response, leave                                                              Our world needs heroes.                                               Gilbert’s flight immediately responded
your name and telephone number. Action Lines of gen-                                          The term hero is often overused and                                and began a series of strafe attacks on
eral interest are printed in the Thunderbolt. Remember,                                    misunderstood, similar to the word                                    the enemy. During the second strafe pass
the quickest and most efficient way to resolve a problem                                   warrior. Fortunately for our country,                                 his aircraft impacted the ground, fatally
is to talk directly to the responsible agency or through                                   our military is full of heroes. Maj.                                  injuring him, but not before he destroyed
your chain of command.                                                                     Troy “Trojan” Gilbert is certainly one                                two enemy truck-mounted anti-aircraft
    The Action Line isn’t just for complaints. Send along                                  of those heroes.                                                      artillery guns and eleven enemy fighters.                                                Maj. Troy Gilbert
your kudos when someone provides exceptional service,                                         Gilbert deployed to Iraq in 2006                                      Gilbert’s selfless actions enabled                                 put, Troy saved us from certain heavy
goes out of their way to help or deserves a kind word.                                     while stationed at Luke Air Force                                     eighteen American soldiers to safely                                  casualties on November 27.”
                                                                                           Base as an F-16 instructor pilot. He                                  egress the battlefield. Maj. Derek                                      Col. David Walker, currently the
                                                                                           was killed in action in Iraq Nov. 27,                                 Thomson, the ground force commander                                   31st Operations Group commander
                                                                                           2006, while protecting U.S. Army                                      that day stated, “During these actions,                               at Aviano Air Base, Italy, was Troy’s

    PHONE NUMBERS                                                                          ground forces.
                                                                                              While flying a combat mission in
                                                                                           Iraq, Gilbert’s flight of two F-16s
                                                                                                                                                                 it was obvious to all of us on the ground
                                                                                                                                                                 that he was singlehandedly breaking
                                                                                                                                                                 apart the enemy forces. Our entire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       deployed squadron commander and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the operations supervisor on the day
    Base operator ....................................................(623) 856-1110                                                                                                                                                   Troy lost his life. He had this to say
    Chapel ...............................................................(623) 856-6211   received an urgent airborne tasking                                   ground assault force owes Major Gil-                                  about Trojan.
    Community Center ...........................................(623) 856-7152             to provide close air support for a U.S.                               bert an unpayable debt of gratitude for                                 “I firmly believe that if I had briefed
    Computer IT service desk ................................ DSN 945-2900                 special operations force that had ar-                                 the actions he took that day. Simply                                                                       See HERO, Page 6
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      “Cave Tonitrum”                                                                                  news                                                                                     Nov. 18, 2011
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                                                                                                                      Vet Day
                                                                                                                                                                       IN BRIEF
                                                                                                                                                 Support heroes employment event
                                                                                                                      Master Sgt. Lee              The 2011 West Valley Support Our Heroes job seeking
                                                                                                                      Hartwig,     756th
                                                                                                                                                 event is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Wigwam Resort, 300 E.
                                                                                                                      Aircraft Mainte-
                                                                                                                                                 Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, for returning National Guard,
                                                                                                                      nance Squadron
                                                                                                                                                 Reserve members and veterans. The event is conducted by
                                                                                                                      NCO-in-charge,
                                                                                                                                                 Rep. Jerry Weiers of Arizona District 12, with help from the
                                                                                                                      leads Luke Air
                                                                                                                                                 Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces. The event is free
                                                                                                                      Force Base vol-
                                                                                                                      unteers Nov. 11            to all employers and job seekers. For more information, call
                                                                                                                      during the 2011            (602) 926-5894 or Representative Weiers at (602) 677-0755.
                                                                                                                      Veterans Day Pa-
                                                                                                                      rade. The annual
                                                                                                                                                 Job opening
                                                                                                                      Veterans      Day            A career assistance advisor position is open for master
                                                                                                                      Parade began in            sergeants or above who meet the AFI 36-2624 requirements.
                                                                                                                      1997 in Phoenix            Applicants must submit a military resume, assignment man-
                                                                                                                      with 50 entries            agement system SURF and send a copy of the last three enlisted
                                                                                                                      and approximate-           performance reports to the 56th Force Support Squadron Force
                                                                                                                      ly 10,000 people           Development Flight chief by Dec. 8. For more information, call
                                                                                                                      watching. This             (623) 856-2197 or (623) 856-2985.
                                                                                                                      year, there were
                                                                                                                      100 entries and            Bring ‘em home breakfast
                                                                                                                      more than 40,000              The next Bring ‘Em Home Breakfast is 9 a.m. Dec. 6 at the
                                                                                                                      spectators lined           Airman and Family Readiness Center. It is a military reintegra-
                                                                                     Senior Airman Yaya Brantley      the streets.               tion process for spouses with returning service members to chat
                                                                                                                                                 about how to deal with common reactions and issues. Hear real
                                                                                                                                                 stories from experienced spouses. Breakfast and childcare are


56th CES wins prestigious award
                                                                                                                                                 provided. To sign up or for more information, call (623) 856-6550.

                                                                                                                                                 Spouse talk and tour
                                                                                                                                                   Learn everything about Luke Air Force Base and meet new
  by STEPHEN DELGADO                             team,” he said. “The CFT consists                    “Through a vigilant effort of the          spouses 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at Balfour Beatty Community
                                                 of 16 people who are group environ-               CFT and base personnel, we were               Center. To sign up or for more information, call (623) 856-6550.
         Thunderbolt staff writer
                                                 mental coordinators, environmental                able to reduce reportable self-
   The 56th Civil Engineer Squad-                program managers and ground                       inspection violations by 66 percent,”         Special duty assignment briefing
ron Environmental, Safety and                    safety and bio environmental rep-                 he said.                                         An Air Education and Training Command special duty as-
Occupational Health Management                   resentatives.”                                       Team work and good communica-              signment team briefing is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Airman
System cross functional team won                    Awards of this magnitude are won               tions are a must to have an effective         Leadership School auditorium in Bldg. 156. All aspects of special
the Air, Education and Training                  by innovation and a commitment to                 effort.                                       duty opportunities will be briefed for those interested in becom-
Command Civil Engineer Gen.                      excellence and Rothrock highlighted                  The CFT is the core group of the           ing a recruiter, military training instructor, military training
Thomas White Environmental                       some of those achievements.                       larger Pollution Prevention Council,          leader or professional military education instructor. Spouses are
Quality Award for team excellence.                  “We have a new Environmental                   whose more than 50 members meet               encouraged to attend. Senior airmen with at least 35 months time-
It was second time Luke has won                  Protection Agency requirement that                monthly to share environmental,               in-service through master sergeants with fewer than 16 years
this award, with the first time be-              all flightline waste fuel/oil bowsers             safety and occupational health                total active federal military service may be eligible to apply. For
ing in 1998.                                     sit in secondary containment in case              information. The award cited the              more information, call Master Sgt. Steve Hult at (623) 856-2985.
   The award was presented to Lt.                of a leak,” he said. “The cross func-             establishing of good relationships
Col. Chad BonDurant, 56th CES                    tional team identified an off-the-                with other agencies and the local             Home buying seminar
commander, Oct. 26 at an awards                  shelf containment system, scraping                community, Rothrock said.                        The Luke Housing Management Office and Airman and Family
dinner and again at the Oct. 28 com-             one after a field test showed it was                 “The council is the only one in            Readiness Center will be sponsoring a home-buying seminar for
mander’s call, according to Charles              not durable enough. The team then                 the command and, along with the               military members, retirees, Defense Department civilians and
Rothrock, 56th CES Environmental                 identified central locations and                  CFT and the environmental, safety             their families 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 30 at the Airman and Family
chief.                                           procured environmental funds for                  and occupational health council               Readiness Center, Bldg 1113. A representative from the VA office
   Rothrock emphasized that this                 the purchase and installation. It                 comprise our ESOS management                  will provide information on how to obtain a VA loan and the ben-
award was a team effort.                         was a great example of integrated                 system structure,” he continued.              efits of the VA loan program. An A&FRC representative will brief
   “Although the award is sanc-                  problem solving, which is why the                    The namesake of this award, Gen.           on the financial aspects of home buying. For more information or
tioned by CES, it is a team award                CFT is here.”                                     Thomas White, was the fourth chief            to sign up, call the housing management office at (623) 856-7544.
recognizing the base environmental,                 What’s more, Rothrock said that                of staff of the Air Force from 1957
safety and occupational health man-              air permit compliance is a signifi-               to 1961. He charted the course for
                                                                                                                                                 Thanksgiving Day brunch
                                                                                                                                                   The Thanksgiving Day brunch is 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thanks-
agement system cross functional                  cant aspect of Luke’s operations.                 Air Force environmental programs.
                                                                                                                                                 giving Day at Club Five Six. The cost is $20 per adult, $8 per child,
                                                                                                                                                 ages 6 to 12. Nonmembers add $2. Children 5 and younger eat free.
                                                                                                                                                 To make a reservation or for more information, call (623) 856-6446.

                                 THUNDERBOLT ALMANAC                                                                                             Meters in housing
                                                                                                                                                   Electric and gas meters are being installed throughout both
                                                      Fiscal 2012 graduates                                                                      housing communities as of Nov. 14 and should be completed by
    62nd FS.............................................................7    56th TRS......................................................25    Dec. 31. Residents will be notified when the meters are sched-
                                                                                                                                                 uled to be installed on their street. Sturgeon Electric and RPC
    308th FS............................................................2    607th ACS....................................................16     companies employees will be easily identifiable. There may be
    309th FS...........................................................3     107th ACS.......................................................5   a possibility of a two to four hour loss of power and loss of gas
    310th FS............................................................1    372nd TRS, Det. 12......................................18          during installation. Balfour Beatty technicians will visit to
                                                                                                                                                 verify water heaters are properly functioning.
    21st FS..............................................................0   56th OG (IFTU).............................................8
    425th FS...........................................................0                                                                         Turkeys for troops
                                                                                                                                                    The Annual Turkeys for Troops is noon to 3 p.m. (deployed
                                                                                                         233 Luke members are                    families noon to 1 p.m., E-4 and below 1 to 2 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.
                Hours flown: 5,199                                             T-Bolts                        deployed to                        for others) tomorrow at the Airman and Family Readiness Center
                Sorties flown: 3,893                                                                                                             in Bldg. 1113. Bring a box or bag to carry items. For more informa-

                  (As of Tuesday)
                                                                              Deployed                        14 countries
                                                                                                           around the world.
                                                                                                                                                 tion, call Tech. Sgt. Nicole Eisenbarth at (623) 856-6834. Student
                                                                                                                                                 volunteers from Millennium High School will help pass out items.
                                                                                                                                                                                                See BRIEFS, Page 22
4     Nov. 18, 2011
                                                                      spotlight                                                                                                                                     Thunderbolt
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THUNDERBOLT                                                  salutes and awards
      OF THE WEEK
    Airman 1st Class Alexander Davis
                                                      AETC announces Luke names award winners
                                                      2011 awards
      310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit
                                                                                                                                              The following individuals re-                  Field grade officer: Maj. Mat-
       Avionic Systems Journeyman
                                                                                                                                            ceived wing quarterly awards:                  thew Chisam, 56th TRS
Hometown: Albuquerque, N.M.                                                                                                                   Airman: Airman 1st Class                       Civilian (Category 1): Tracy
Years in service: Two                                   The following individuals are 2011 Air                                              Myreida Reyes-Burgos, 56th                     Dumas, 56th LRS
Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree from          Education and Training Command award                                                  Medical Operations Squadron                      Civilian (Category II): Barba-
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University                  winners:                                                                                NCO: Staff Sgt. Lily Gonzalez,               ra Baker, 56th Operations Group
Inspirations: Seeing individuals with good atti-      Female athlete: Capt. Kathy Rakel, 56th                                               56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron                 Honor guardsman: Senior
tudes, even in the worst situations. I am inspired    Operations Group                                                                        Senior NCO: Senior Master                    Airman Bradley Mowery, 56th
when a person stays optimistic, no matter how         Col. James Jarbara Award for Airman-                                                  Sgt. Kelbey Norton, 56th Medical               Component Maintenance Squad-
terrible things may be                                ship: Capt. Zachary Counts, 56th Training                                             Support Squadron                               ron
Goals: To achieve my college degree and be suc-       Squadron                                                                                Company grade officer: 1st                     Dorm resident: Airman 1st
cessful in everything I set out to do.                Gen. Thomas D. White Environmen-                                                      Lt. Roland LaFrance Jr., 56th                  Class Brittany Hurley, 56th Civil
Greatest feat: Finishing my Community College         tal Quality Award: 56th Civil Engineer                                                Logistics Readiness Squadron                   Engineer Squadron
of the Air Force degree in November will be my        Squadron
greatest feat                                         Air Force Energy Conservation Team
      Self-description: I am motivated, hard          Award: 56th CES
         working and always strive for new goals
          to obtain better things in my life
                                                      Senior Master Sgt. Gerald J. Stryzak
                                                      Award: 56th CES Explosive Ordnance
                                                                                                                                           Airman Leadership School graduates 37
           Famous last words: “Don’t hold to          Disposal Flight                                                                         The 56th Fighter          Staff Sgt. Angelo Mac-                  Commandant:
           problems and grudges; instead, cling to    Maj. Gen. Eugene A. Lupia Award                                                       Wing Airman Lead-           ugay, 56th Logistics                  Staff Sgt. Brandon
          memories and friends.”                      NCO: Staff Sgt. Andrew Drysdale                                                       ership School gradu-        Readiness Squadron                    Sheppard, 56th EMS
          Off-duty interests: School, exercising      56th Security Forces Squadron                                                         ated 26 senior airmen         Distinguished                         A c a d e m i c
                and helping out around Phoenix        Outstanding security forces individual                                                and 11 staff sergeants      graduates: Gary Nel-                  Achievement: Cory
                   through the chapel                 awards:                                                                               Nov. 3 from class           son, 56th Equipment                   Wenzel, 756th AMXS
                      Commander’s comments:           Airman: Senior Airman Lance Housh                                                     11-8.The graduates          Maintenance Squad-                    Physical training
                         “Davis is a motivated,       NCO: Tech. Sgt. Michael Newman                                                        are senior airmen un-       ron; Steven Szyman-
                          hard working and re-  re    Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Christopher                                                                                                                       Most improved:
                                                                                                                                            less otherwise noted.       ski, 56th LRS; and
                          liable technician,”         Sinerius                                                                                                                                                Micheal Magyari,
                                                                                                                                              The award winners         Cory Wenzel, 756th
                                                      Civilian (Category II): Randolph Miller                                                                                                                 756th AMXS
                          said Lt. Col. Timothy                                                                                             are:                        Aircraft Maintenance
                        Trimmell, 756th Aircraft      First-term Airman: Senior Airman                                                        John L. Levitow:          Squadron                                       See ALS, Page 6
                    Maintenance Squadron. “He         Keegan Donnely
                 achieved his five-level upgrade
                  within 12 months – faster than
                  any of his peers. He is an excel-
                  lent Airman and maintainer
                                             excel     This week in Luke history...
                   with strong integrity. He al-al      The first F-15 Eagle Zero One was placed into the Air Force’s inventory 37 years ago. It was delivered to Luke Air
                   ways has a positive attitude         Force Base and the 555th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron. The F-15 program produced 4,200 graduates while
                    and strives for excellence.         the jet posted a 95-to-0 aerial victory record through the end of the first Gulf War.




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ALS                                                                                (from Page 4)

  Fire breather: Staff Sgt. Brandon Sheppard,     756th AMXS                                       HERO                                         (from Page 2)
56th EMS
                                                   Seth Puit
  Other graduates are:                                                                             him that day that he would be called on to perform an
                                                  56th Civil Engineer Squadron                     incredibly demanding “danger close” close air support mis-
56th Fighter Wing                                                                                  sion to prevent eighteen Americans from being overrun
    Tracie Forte and Staff Sgt. Cynthia Haines     Daniel Maese and Staff Sgt. Benjamin Waltman
                                                                                                   and killed, he would have said, “roger that,” and then he
                                                  56th Communications Squadron                     would have picked up his helmet bag and pressed without
56th Operations                                                                                    another word or second thought and calmly and profes-
                                                   Staff Sgt. Michelle Pecjo
Support Squadron                                                                                   sionally executed his assigned mission with zero flinch.”
                                                                                                      Major Gilbert is a hero for many reasons, not the least
    Lawrence Stephens                             56th Force Support Squadron                      of which is that he saved eighteen American lives that day
                                                   Grace Barkley and Eric Egdorf                   in Iraq. He is also a hero because he left a wife and five
56th Maintenance Operations                                                                        young children to voluntarily deploy at a time when his
Squadron                                          56th Security Forces Squadron                    country needed him. He is a hero because of the man he
                                                   Sarah Thompson and Lamar Valentina              was. Dedicated father, husband, warrior, leader and friend
    Jonathon Plonka and Staff Sgt. Angela White
                                                                                                   are just a few of the words that people use to describe Troy.
56th Component Maintenance                        56th LRS                                         One close friend noted, “Troy was special, he was commit-
                                                   Ronnoah Buniag                                  ted, he was ... well just better than most of us in the way
Squadron                                                                                           he conducted his personal and professional affairs.”
    Lance Leisen                                  56th Medical Operations Squadron                    Let us never forget the selfless sacrifice so many have
                                                   Staff Sgt. Alexandra Davis                      made for us and for our great nation. These heroes
56th EMS                                                                                           are a vital part of our legacy and provide a humbling
  Rebecca Aguilar, Staff Sgt. Michael Cacho,      56th Dental Squadron                             example for all of us to follow.
Charles Dejohnette, James Gregory, Corey           Staff Sgt. Derek Podesta                           Maj. Gen. Robin Rand, Major Gilbert’s wing com-
McKinney, Alan Morse and Staff Sgt. Jonathan                                                       mander at Luke and Balad, had this to say about Troy.
Schneider                                         944th Medical Squadron                              “What also makes Troy’s loss so hard to come to grips
                                                   Iris Rodriguez                                  with is that he was one of those people that was just extra
56th Aircraft                                                                                      special, and here is why. When you spent time around Troy,
Maintenance                                       607th Air Control Squadron                       you were motivated to try harder to be a better person.”
                                                   Derrick Duncan and Austin Weltha                   Let’s all try to live up to the legacy that heroes like
Squadron                                                                                           Major Gilbert have left for us and try to be better people
  Lucas Culver, Staff Sgt. Loreto Marzan and      152nd Medical Group                              in all that we do.
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                                                             Iraq
                                                             In accordance with a 2008
                                                             security agreement between
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          participated in a first-of-its-kind homeland
                                                                               Afghanistan
          defense event Nov. 7 as part of the Joint-De-                         F-15E Strike Eagles from the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squad-
          ployable Integrated Air and Missile Defense                           ron and F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 121st EFS dropped more
          field training exercise. This was the first time                      than 9,000 pounds of munitions through severe weather on ene-
          live flying in defense of the homeland was                            my forces trying to overrun a combat outpost in Paktika Province.
          integrated into a scenario involving missile                          There were 70 insurgent casualties and zero coalition casualties.
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                           Panetta urges tougher                              Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made                said. “But at the same time, there continue to
                                                                              Nov. 10, Panetta said military action against         be divisions within Iran as to whether or not
                           sanctions on Iran                                  Iran “ought to be a last resort.”                     to build a bomb itself.”
                             Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called for           The United States has made clear that it’s           “So, in many ways, the IAEA report pretty
                           tougher economic and diplomatic pressures          “unacceptable” for Iran to develop a nuclear          much indicates that they continue to work on
                           on Iran Nov. 10 in light of a new International    capability, Panetta said. “We have made that          that capability,” he said.
                           Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran’s contin-      point time and time again, and we have taken            The fact that this respected international
                           ued nuclear activities.                            steps and implemented sanctions to make that          organization has come to this determination
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                           program, Panetta said at a Pentagon news              “We have always made the point that they                                  More Air Force news
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                                                   end, just in time for military families to wel-         "Universal Class courses are informational        Bethesda National Naval Medical Center.

   PEOPLE                                          come home their loved ones for the holidays.
                                                      In the meantime, the U.S. mission in
                                                   Afghanistan is beginning to wind down.
                                                                                                         and designed to enhance student knowledge,
                                                                                                         increase skills and stimulate interest in a
                                                                                                         subject," said Melinda Mosley, the Air Force
                                                                                                                                                                "This place performs miracles, it saves
                                                                                                                                                             lives," Panetta said of the Bethesda medical
                                                                                                                                                             facility. "And it renews life for the future."
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                                                                                                         Services Agency administrative librarian.
                                                                                                         "Any authorized Air Force library customer,
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                                                   bers will transition back into civilian life,         regardless of military service, may contact         Overseas photography
   Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is    he said, joining the 3 million who already            their library to receive an access code to
compiled from information from the Air Force       have done so over the last decade.                    register for the online courses."
                                                                                                                                                             project announced
Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Sup-            Although many have served with distinc-              Jennifer Swee, an Army civil service em-             The Department of Defense announced
port Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness         tion in some of the most dangerous places             ployee at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, said she         Nov. 8 that it seeks donations of photo-
Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel   on the planet, he said many face new chal-            loves the diverse fun and recreational courses      graphs of U.S. military service life overseas
office and armed forces news services. For the     lenges when they leave the military.                  Universal Class offers and is currently en-         from current and former service members
complete story, go to the web address listed at                                                          rolled in an "Italian Cooking 101" course.          for use in a photo recognition exhibition
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the end of the story.                                                                                      "It's really interesting to take a cooking        planned in conjunction with the State
                                                   Universal Class offers                                class online," she said. "They provide a            Department.
Obama urges nation to                                                                                    great history of the region and then explain           Submissions will be accepted through
                                                   personal development                                  how to stock your pantry. Each chapter              Feb. 20.
serve veterans                                       You're never too old to stop learning, and          pertains to a course of food we will learn to          The project, called "Serving Abroad ...
   President Barack Obama taped his week-          Air Force libraries offer opportunities for                                                               Through Their Eyes," will choose images
                                                                                                         master. I think this would be a fun class to
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praising the men and women and uniform               Total force Airmen, families, civilians,                                                                Selected images may be used for display in
                                                                                                         feast at the end of our studies!"
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of the most unique college basketball games        More than 1,000 users have registered since           military medical center                                "It is simply phenomenal and absolutely
I've ever seen" with them, said Veterans Day       the program's launch in September.                      Defense Secretary Leon Panetta presided           fitting that photos by America's bravest
isn't just about thanking veterans.                  The self-paced courses, led by instructors          over the opening of what he called "a 21st-         during tough duty abroad get this sort of
   "It's about rededicating ourselves to serv-     who are available to answer questions, are            century place of miracles" here Nov. 10.            national recognition," said Secretary of
ing our veterans as well as they've served         available 24/7. Some of the course subject              Panetta cut the ribbon of the new Walter          Defense Leon Panetta. "I can't wait to see
us," he said. "And right now, that's more          areas include: basic computer skills, per-            Reed National Military Medical Center.              them and take part in the new conversa-
important than ever."                              sonal finance, gardening, cooking, home-              The hospital is the result of the merging of        tions and relationships this is sure to
   Obama noted his announcement last               schooling, creative writing, dog training             the now-closed Walter Reed Army Medi-               inspire."
month to end the war in Iraq by the year's         and professional development.                         cal Center in Washington, D.C., and the              http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123279505


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Wounded Warrior Project honors veterans                                                                                                             Chaplain thoughts...
                                                                                                                                                                                   “A truly wealthy
   by Senior Airman                 American public in celebrat-                                                                                                                 person is not one
    TRACIE FORTE                    ing the accomplishments of                                                                                                                   who has what he
                                    our veterans and honoring                                                                                                                    wants, rather one
 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
                                    their sacrifices,” said Steve                                                                                                                who wants what
   Since 1919, Americans have       Nardizzi, Wounded Warrior                                                                                                                    he has.”
honored the service and sac-        Project executive director.                                                                                                                      ~ Solomon Ibn
rifice of veterans during the          As part of the two-month                                                                                                                             Gabirol
Veterans Day holiday. Among         campaign, the primary logo
these Americans are the mem-        of the WWP was displayed on                                                                                                                  I want to take
bers of the Wounded Warrior         the JTG Daugherty Racing’s                                                                                                                the next couple of
Project, who have stepped           No. 47 Toyota Camry during                                                                                                                weeks and draw
forth to put the veteran back       the Veterans Day weekend                                                                                                                  our attention to
in Veterans Day.                    NASCAR Spring Cup Series                                                                                                                  Thanksgiving. Too
   The WWP recently con-            race, the Kobalt Tools 500.                                                                                     often times we are so busy “keepin’ up with
cluded its 2011 “Believe in He-        “‘Believe in Heroes’ is giving                                                                               the Jones,” we fail to recognize “stuff” is
                                                                                                               Senior Airman Tracie Forte
roes” campaign. The campaign        Americans an opportunity to                                                                                     not the secret to contentment. An old adage
                                                                        The JTG Daugherty Racing pit crew changes tires on
began Sept. 11 and concluded        give back to the people who                                                                                     says, “It is OK to have stuff, so long as stuff
                                                                        the No. 47 Toyota Camry, featuring the Wounded War-
Veterans Day weekend with           have served our country,” said                                                                                  does not have you.” Some have and some
                                                                        rior Project logo, during Veterans Day weekend NAS-
a series of events and obser-       NASCAR’s Bobby Labonte,                                                                                         have not; yet learning to be content is a not-
                                                                        CAR Spring Cup Series race, the Kobalt Tools 500. The
vances. The campaign recog-         driver of the No. 47 car.                                                                                       so-little secret that we all need to practice
                                                                        WWP car featured the logo on the hood, sponsored by
nized and honored the many             The Wounded Warrior car                                                                                      in life. We need to turn Thanksgiving into
                                                                        The Chlorox Company, during races at the Texas Motor
sacrifices made by the newest       featured the logo on the hood,                                                                                  “Thanksliving” – to truly recognize and show
                                                                        Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway.
generation of veterans who          sponsored by The Clorox Com-                                                                                    appreciation for the blessings Almighty God
have served since the events        pany, during races at the              The Clorox Company CEO         Corps University Foundation               has bestowed upon us as individuals and as
of Sept. 11, 2001.                  Texas Motor Speedway and            Don Knauss served as an of-       Board of Trustees.                        a nation. Blessings from Above.
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                                                                                                                                    Tax center seeks volunteer
                                                                               Nov. 9: Security forces responded to a report
                                                                            of a medical emergency at the base exchange.
                   STREET BEAT                                              The individual was treated on the scene and
                                                                            released.

                                                                            Nonemergency responses                                  tax prep for 2012 tax season
    The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled                                  Nov. 6: Security forces responded to a report
  the following incidents Nov. 4 through 10:                                    of shoplifting involving a dependent at the                by Capt.                   become certified tax preparers
                                                                                       base exchange. Glendale police took              BRADLEY SAUER                 by completing the required
  Tickets                                                                                   control.                                      56th Fighter Wing Legal
                                                                                                                                                                      web-based training, even if
     Security Forces issued cita-                                                                Nov. 9: Security forces re-                                          they have volunteered in the
  tions for three moving and two                                                              sponded to a shoplifting involv-        The Luke Air Force Base         past. Classroom training will
  nonmoving violations.                                                                      ing a dependent at the base            Tax Center will open its doors    be available Jan. 9 through 11
                                                                                              exchange. Glendale police took        to file returns for the entire    at Luke for those who do not
  Emergency re-                                                                                 control.                            Luke community beginning          complete the online certifica-
                                                                                                   Nov. 10: Security forces         Jan. 16. Last year, the Tax       tion prior to Jan. 9.
  sponses                                                                                        responded to a report of dis-      Center filed more than 2,000         Once certified, volunteers
    Nov. 6: Security forces                                                                                                         federal and state returns,        will be asked to work at least
                                                                                                 orderly conduct in Bldg. 820.
  responded to a report of a                                                                                                        saving the Luke community         four hours per week in the tax
                                                                                                 The individual was compli-
  medical emergency at the                                                                                                          more than $100,000 in tax         center from Jan. 16 through
                                                                                                 ant and released.
  intersection of Bong Lane
                                                                                                                                    preparation fees. To offer this   April 13. This is an opportu-
  and Falcon Street. The in-                                                                   Alarm activations                    great service, the tax center     nity for Airmen, civilians and
  dividual was transported to
                                                                                                 Security forces responded to       requires the support of Luke      retirees to serve the Luke com-
  West Valley Hospital.
    Nov. 6: Security forces                                                                   five alarm activations.               community volunteers.             munity and learn a valuable
  responded to a report of a                                                                                                          The tax center relies solely    life skill.
  bomb threat in Dorm 640. Patrols
                                                                                             Tip of the week                        on volunteers (active-duty,          Those who would like to
  responded and conducted an explosives                                               It is illegal to use radar detectors on       civilians and retirees) who       volunteer or for more infor-
  detection sweep with negative findings.                                   a military installation. Drivers should ensure          become certified tax prepar-      mation, call Airman 1st Class
    Nov. 8: Security forces responded to a report                           they are turned off or unplugged prior to enter-        ers through the IRS Volun-        Joshua Belanger at (623)
  of a medical emergency at Bldg. 1153. The                                 ing Luke Air Force Base.                                teer Income Tax Assistance        856-6901) or Capt. Bradley
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                                                                                                             Mesa reunion links past WAF
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                                                                                                                       LARRY SCHNECK
                                                                                                                                                              between 1951 and 1961 for the WAF Band.
                                                                                                                                                              The members have gotten together every
                                                                                                                                                              year since 1997 — traveling at their own
                                                                                                                      56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
                by Master Sgt.                        which will be placed in a donation box                                                                  expense. This year they chose Arizona.
                CHRIS HUARD                           that will be near the Christmas tree.                     The Women in the Air Force Band recently         “I play in the Mesa City Band,” said Dixie
                                                        Those who choose to adopt a family                   played a 60th anniversary reunion concert        Johnson, organizer of the 60th anniversary
          56th Logistics Readiness Squadron
                                                      are asked to provide a minimum of                      Nov. 10 in a crowded Mesa Arts Center. In        reunion concert and author of The U.S. WAF
        Adopt-A-Family is one way the 56th            one gift per child. Parental gifts are                 the back row, playing tuba, was a current        Band Story. “This reunion every year keeps
     Fighter Wing First Sergeant’s Council            optional.                                              U.S. Air Force Band member surrounded            me young and healthy.”
     take care of Airmen in need during the             Ways to help:                                        by women who served in Air Force blue a             The Air Force activated the WAF Band
     holidays. The program is anonymous                 • Donate children’s toys, clothes,                   decade before she was born.                      in 1951 as part of a recruiting program to
     and benefits financially challenged              shoes, etc.                                               “The WAF Band was one of the few places       encourage women to serve in uniform. At
     Luke families that have been identi-               • Donate funds by writing a per-                     a woman could perform as a professional          the time the bands were segregated, so male
     fied the first sergeants. Each family            sonal check made out to Luke AFB                       musician in the 1950s,” said Chief Master        band members began WAF as part of the
     provides information about them-                 First Sergeant’s Council or Operation                  Sgt. Jan Duga, U.S. Air Force Band outreach      original Lackland Air Force Base, Texas,
     selves such as children’s ages, gender,          WarmHeart.                                             office NCO in charge and 29-year veteran         base band.
     clothing sizes and special gift requests           Gifts should be unwrapped and                        musician. “We combined our histories to-            “The first conductor of the band was also
     to make shopping easier.                         labeled with the adopted family’s as-                  night — women who played in a different          the first female warrant officer in the mili-
        Individuals or units can adopt a              signed number. All items should be                     era, for a different Air Force, and the women    tary,” said Jeananne Nichols, civilian biog-
     family by agreeing to donate the re-             placed in an appropriate package for                   serving today.”                                  rapher and University of Illinois professor
     quested items. These items, or dona-             transport, (i.e. open cardboard box or                    The trip across country to play the tuba in   who emceed the 60th anniversary reunion
     tions, are then given to the families            an unsealed envelope for cash, gift                    this performance began with a letter to her      concert. “Because there was no warrant com-
     before Christmas.                                cards, etc.)                                           commander in Washington, D.C.                    missioning program for women, it was illegal
        A Christmas tree will be placed in              For more information on adopting a                      Duga recalled her long friendship and as-     for women to be warrant officers, Congress
     front of the Luke Exchange entrance              family, call Master Sgt. Chris Huard                   sociation with the band and how important        had to award it to her in a special session.”
     Wednesday with paper angel decora-               at (623) 856-8352 or (623) 695-2679,                   it was for her to make this show.                   The 39th member to join the WAF Band
     tions attached. Volunteers can select            Master Sgt. Ed Keenan at (623)                            “I played for their 50th anniversary, too,”   recalled these days as the best time of her
     an angel, purchase the wish items                856-7269 or Master Sgt. Dave Garcia                    Duga said. “I’ve known Dixie Johnson (orga-      life. She found out about the opportunity
     listed and attach the angel to the bag           at (623) 856-6410.                                     nizer of the reunion concert) for ten years.”    through a bulletin board notice at BMT
                                                                                                                The reunion concerts have become an              “I was first chair in my high school band,”
                                                                                                             annual event for the women who played                                   See WOMEN, Page 13




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WOMEN                                                                       (from Page 12)

said Corrine Erickson, who served as                  pursue professional careers outside
an airman first class from August                     the Air Force.
1951 to December 1953. “I had to                         “It was hard to trace the women,”
pass an audition at basic (training).                 Johnson said. “Most of them mar-
They ended up sending me to band                      ried. Some we found by visiting
school in D.C.”                                       the Women in Military Service for
   The WAF Band took Erickson                         America Memorial in Arlington.
and the other musicians around the                    Gathering the names from the
country, promoting Air Force oppor-                   memorial, I created the first WAF
tunities for women and providing                      Band archives.”
musical entertainment for Airmen.                        Johnson rounded up memen-
   When they traveled base to base,                   toes, artifacts and anything the
they wore parachutes. The amount                      musicians had saved from their
of flying time between locations                      days in the WAF Band. She
required them to wear it as safety                    worked with Harvard University’s
gear — just in case. At first, they                   Schlesinger Library to create an
weren’t trained on anything more                      official repository and exhibit on
than how to pull the ripcord.                         the mission of the band and what
   The entire team ended up sailing                   it accomplished.
off a 40-foot parachute jump tower                       “I’m very proud of what women
at Lackland. To help the women                        are doing today,” Johnson said.
overcome their fear, the trainers                     “The women’s movement pushed
mixed experienced Airmen with the                     the doors open.”
musicians who had never jumped.                          Before society’s view on the roles
The plan went perfectly and the                       women play in the military changed,                                                                                                       Tech. Sgt. Steve Nabor
WAF Band team became qualified                        getting married was a career-ending
                                                                                                  Annie Everitt, 87, conducts the Women in the Air Force Band for an audience of 760 people, mostly
in the art of egress from an aircraft                 decision.
                                                                                                  veterans, during a 60th anniversary reunion concert Nov. 10 at the Mesa Arts Center. Everitt is the old-
in flight.                                               “Women had no choice,” Johnson
                                                                                                  est living member of the band. She served on Air Force active duty from 1953 to 1962. Chief Master Sgt.
   Former WAF Band Airmen,                            said. “If you got married, you got out.
Betty DeVaughn and Barbara Cole,                      One of the comments a male officer          Jan Duga, U.S. Air Force Band, Washington, D.C. played with the WAF Band during the performance
organized the first reunion 36 years                  made when he heard us play was,             because they needed a tuba player. The WAF Band disbanded in 1961 and women weren’t integrated
after the unit was disbanded in                       ‘You play as good as men.’”                 into the Air Force Band program until 1972.
1961. They sent a letter to each of                      The assignment of women into
the known former musicians. Many                      units across the Air Force began            integrated into the Air Force Band     60 years later is testimony to the      ing better than making music with
had gone on to graduate college us-                   in the 60s. However, the female             program until 1972.                    bonds of love and friendship they       your friends. It was true 60 years
ing the G.I. Bill, raise families and                 band members weren’t completely               “Their presence on stage (in Mesa)   share,” Nichols said. “There is noth-   ago, and it’s true today.”




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                                                                                                  Tips for successful HSI
for veterans and a
passion for helping,”                                                                        The Accreditation Association for Am-        for questions that will be asked, documents
said Jodi Geschickter,                                                                    bulatory Health Care, Inc. will conduct an      that will be requested, and members that
JTG Daugherty Rac-                                                                        accreditation survey of the 56th Medical        should be available.
ing NASCAR Sprint                                                                         Group Nov. 28 through Dec. 2. Below are            •Be professional: Attitude really can
Cup Series team co-                                                                       tips to have a successful inspection:           make a difference. Be pleasant and conge-
owner.                                                                                       •It’s an open book test; know the test and   nial. First impressions count, have a positive
   The WWP began                                                                          answers, and be honest: Take control of the     attitude, but be candid. If you don’t like what
when several veter-                                                                       inspection by preparing for assessment. This    the inspector says, don’t argue it then and
ans and friends be-                                                                       includes document gathering and writing         there; take your concerns to the supervisor.
gan providing comfort                                                                     the answers in your checklist for reference        •Be enthusiastic, proud of what you do
items to wounded ser-                                                                     and rehearsals. Whether newly assigned          and contribute: Take control of the inspec-
vice members after                                                                        or a seasoned veteran, be prepared to show      tion from the beginning. Look back one to
hearing the stories of                                                                    pride, ownership and enthusiasm.                three years and ask, “What have we done
those returning from                                                                         •Know the checklist and deficiencies:        to improve patient care or service delivery?”
Afghanistan and Iraq.                                                                     Fix what can be fixed, document and show        Make sure to accentuate the positive. Link
The program now as-                                                                       actions taken on those out of your control.     the story to documentation, teamwork, and
sists thousands of                                                                        Be candid on the deficiencies; be candid        the MDG strategic plan and wing mission.
wounded veterans                                                                          on how you plan to leave it better than         Take the inspector by the hand (not liter-
and their caregivers                                                                      you found it.                                   ally) and show off the operation, telling him
during recovery and                                                                          •Know the rules: If it’s not documented,     how things work along the way, show the
transition back to ci-                                                                    it’s not done. Make sure you gather docu-       improvements that have been made (i.e.,
vilian life.                                                                              mentation no matter what the form. You          private patient counseling area; more ef-
   The programs of-                                                                       should have at least 18 months-plus of          ficient processes, etc.)
fered are designed to                                      Senior Airman Tracie Forte     documentation ready to show.                       •Be courteous: Remember customs and
nurture the mind and     Bobby Labonte, NASCAR driver of the JTG Daugherty                   •Rehearse the inspection: Do cross           courtesies. Stand when someone enters the
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economic empower-        turing the Wounded Warrior Project logo, before the start        presented to the inspectors. If the documents   smile. You’re ready and able to answer their
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Brig. Gen. JD Harris, 56th Fighter Wing commander, participates in shenanigans clearly observed by official, Kev-
in Bruaw, Luke Fitness Center, who gave him a stern warning during the Chiefs vs. Eagles volleyball game. Chief     Volunteers grilled hotdogs Nov. 10 at the 2011 Luke Air Force Base picn
Master Sgt. Rory Wicks, 56th FW command chief, took it all in stride. The Eagles won two games over the Chiefs.     fixin’s were available.
              Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
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                                                                                                                                                                       Nov. 18, 2011
              “Cave Tonitrum”




                                                           Luke Thunderbolts and members of the community gather in celebration at the Nov. 10 at Fowler Park. The picnic offered a
                                                           barbeque, prize drawings, bouncy castles for children, and a volleyball game between the Chiefs and the Eagles.


                                                                                                                 Chief Master Sgt. Verna TM-Trice, 56th Force Support Squadron su-
                                                                                                                 perintendent, sets up for a serve Nov. 10 during the Chiefs vs. Eagles
                                                                                                                 volleyball game at 2011 Luke Air Force Base Picnic. The Eagles tri-
                                                                                                                 umphed by winning two games over the Chiefs.




                   Photos by Senior Airman Yaya Brantley
e picnic at Fowler Park. Cheeseburgers and all the
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November: National Child Mental Health Month
                                                                                                                                                                         Encourage others, care
     Raising kids today big job                                                                                                                                          for self during holidays
                                                         November is “National Child                                •Poor relationships with peers                          An important thing to                  Keep holiday stress
      by SHARON KOZAK
                                                      Mental Health Month,” a month                                 •Constant complaints of physi-                       remember this time of                  under control
     56th Medical Operations Squadron                                                                                                                                    year is that holidays are                 •Keep expectations for
                                                      dedicated to the issues of children’s                       cal illness
                                                                                                                                                                         not a time of joy for people           the holiday season real-
  Raising kids today is a complex                     mental health while addressing the                            Parents should seek professional
                                                                                                                                                                         who are lonely or sad.                 istic. Avoid being over-
and often confusing task, probably                    nation’s attention to the problem                           help and guidance for their child
                                                                                                                                                                         Christmas cheer can be                 whelmed by making and
both the most challenging and the                     of pediatric psychiatric disorders.                         when the child’s symptoms and
                                                                                                                                                                         spread by encouraging                  prioritizing lists and keep-
most rewarding thing a person will                       Parents are usually the first to                         behaviors:
                                                                                                                                                                         those suffering from de-               ing time organized.
ever do.                                              realize that their child may be hav-                          •Interfere with his or her func-                     pression to attend holiday
  But beyond the sniffles and the                     ing a problem. How can they decide                          tioning                                                                                          •Establish a budget and
                                                                                                                                                                         activities, but allowing               stick to it. Enjoy holiday
bruised knees, there are myriad                       if the difficulty is temporary or if                          •Are present in more than one                        them to leave when they
aspects to keeping children healthy                   professional help is needed? Talk-                          setting (such as home, school or                                                              activities that are free
                                                                                                                                                                         want to.                               such as viewing holiday
in today’s changing world. Parents                    ing with other adults in the child’s                        social settings)                                          During the holiday sea-
and care-givers must navigate the                     life – physician, teacher, coach,                             •Have lasted for more than six                                                              decorations or window
                                                                                                                                                                         son, too many events can               shopping.
complexities and challenges of is-                    relatives – will provide a wider                            months                                                 cause stress and stress
sues ranging from self esteem to                      picture. The following are some of                            •Include other psychiatric prob-                                                               •Avoid excessive drink-
                                                                                                                                                                         overload. Stress can be                ing, which can result in
substance abuse, from video games                     the signs suggesting a child may                            lems, such as anxiety or depression                    caused by factors such
to eating disorders, from school                      be struggling:                                                Questions to ask about these                                                                negative consequences.
                                                                                                                                                                         as family members being
yard bullying to campus violence.                        •Behavior problems in school or                          symptoms include:                                                                                •Keep in mind that en-
                                                                                                                                                                         away. It can also result
  An informed parent or care-giver                    social settings                                               •How intense is the problem?                                                                joyable holidays don’t need
                                                                                                                                                                         from what might be con-
needs to have the best information                       •Hyperactivity or fidgeting be-                            •How long has it lasted?                                                                    to be like they were “back
                                                                                                                                                                         sidered the little things,
to address all of these issues. He or                 yond what is expected for that age                            •Is it appropriate considering                                                              in the day.” Establish tra-
                                                                                                                                                                         like having house guests,
she also needs to be aware of the                        •Excessive fears, sad or anxious                         the child’s age?                                       time schedules and chang-              ditions that celebrate the
warning signs and early detection                     feelings                                                      •Does it interfere with the child’s                  es in routine.                         holidays in a new way.
methods for learning disabilities,                       •Changes in sleeping or eating                           and the family’s life?                                    To avoid a physical                    •Avoid focusing entirely
behavioral disorders and other                        patterns                                                      For more information, call Tri-                      breakdown due to stress,               on activities for family and
mental and developmental health                          •Decline in school work                                  Care at (888)-TRI-WEST, Tri-Care                       the body needs adequate                friends. Enjoy time that is
issues, as well as the current                           •Aggressive behavior                                     at (623) 856-3079, family advocacy                     rest. Without rest, indi-              just for you.
treatment options and recommen-                          •Constant disobedience and op-                           at (623) 856-3417 or pediatrics at                     viduals can become physi-                                   Courtesy of
dations.                                              position to authority                                       (623) 856-7982.                                        cally and emotionally ill.                     56th Fighter Wing Safety




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                           Luke Air Force Base Exchange extends



   Happy Holiday Tidings
                              Expanded layaway
              With the holiday season right around the corner, anxious children at                  other merchandise (excluding fine jewelry, which is eligible for 120 days of
            Luke Air Force Base will find their curiosity getting the best of them as               layaway) can be put on layaway for up to 60 days. Additionally, layaway for
            they scramble to find out what gifts may be hidden away. The Luke AFB                   toys and bikes has been extended to 90 days.
            Exchange’s variety of expanded, convenient layaway options can keep the                    Any purchase of $25 or more is eligible for layaway at the exchange. A 15
            surprise “in the bag” as some items, such as toys and bikes, can be held on             percent deposit on the total purchase price is required to hold the product.
            layaway until as late as Christmas Eve.                                                    Merchandise excluded from the exchange’s layaway program includes
              “Let the kids tear through the house looking for this year’s presents,” said Robert   clearance merchandise, computers, peripherals, major appliances, furniture,
            Carter, exchange general manager. “By extending the terms of our layaway pro-           mattresses, exercise equipment, electronics
            gram during the holidays, the exchange can help keep the surprise under wraps.”          $299 and up as well as seasonal and
              Clothing, shoes and even handbags are eligible for 30-day layaway while               outdoor living products.




Gift cards good
                   Holiday return policy
stocking stuffers Holiday return policy
  According to the National Retail         some beef jerky from the exchange
                                                                                         Recent industry statistics show that 3 to 4         an Exchange Merchandise Card.
                                                                                       percent of all retail sales are returned for refund      “The Luke Exchange’s return policy is second
Federation, more than half of shop-        or a tank of gas for the family car,        or exchange. To alleviate the worry about what        to none,” said Robert Carter, exchange’s general
pers in 2010 said they’d like to re-       the recipient gets support that is          can be returned and when, the Army & Air Force        manager. “With our amended plan during the
ceive gift cards, marking four years       tailored to their need.”                    Exchange Service is giving the gift of extended       holiday season, we have the processes to ensure
in a row that gift cards have topped         While only authorized military            hassle-free returns for the holidays.                 it’s the right color, look or fit.”
consumers’ holiday wish lists. And         shoppers can redeem exchange gift             For items purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec.            In addition to returns on locally purchased
while most any gift card will work         cards, any American can send them           24, Luke Air Force Base Exchange shoppers can         items, shoppers can return exchange catalog or
for most, military supporters have         by simply calling (800) 527-2345 or         return or exchange those items through Jan. 31,       Internet orders to the Luke Exchange for a full
long struggled with finding the right      logging on to www.shopmyexchange.           2012.                                                 refund on the product. If the return is due to an
one for troops serving far from home.      com and clicking “Support Your                If a shopper requests a refund with a sales         error on the exchange’s part, shoppers will be
  The Army & Air Force Exchange            Troops” and then the Gift and Call-         receipt, a cash refund will be made if the origi-     reimbursed the standard shipping charges in full.
Service’s 3,100 retail facilities in all   ing Cards icon.                             nal purchase was made in cash. If the original           “We take our commitment to serving those who
50 states and some 30 countries may          From there, exchange gift cards,          purchase was made by credit card, the refund          serve very seriously,” Carter said. “Exchange
be the solution.                           ranging in values from $10 to $500,         can be credited to the customer’s same credit         shoppers give the best gifts because we ensure
  “Exchange gift cards are an ex-          can be addressed to a specific Sol-         card. If a customer requests a refund without a       that Airmen get exactly what they want every
cellent way to send troops exactly         dier, Airman, Sailor or Marine or           sales receipt, the refund amount is loaded onto       time.”
what they want as they can select          sent to any service member through
their own gifts,” said Robert Carter,      the American Red Cross, Fisher
Luke Air Force Base Exchange
general manager. “Whether the ser-
vice member who receives the card
                                           House Foundation, USO, Soldier
                                           and Family Assistance Center, Air
                                           Force Aid Society or Navy-Marine
                                                                                       Black Friday store hours
                                                                                          Shoppers will get a jump on      priority,” said Robert Carter,      buster” items including laptops,
wants a cappuccino from Starbucks,         Corps Relief Society.                       morning Reveille as the Luke        Luke AFB Exchange general           televisions and large appliances.
                                                                                       Air Force Base Exchange will        manager. “While we’re opening          “Customers waiting in line
Exchange has dual mission                                                              open doors at 4 a.m. the day
                                                                                       after Thanksgiving, “Black
                                                                                                                           early Friday, the exchange’s
                                                                                                                           hours will allow shoppers to give
                                                                                                                                                               will be asked which item they
                                                                                                                                                               are there to purchase and will
   The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint command and is                     Friday.”                            thanks with loved ones and still    receive a ticket for that item,”
directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of               “We understand the industry      partake in the savings.”            Carter said. “In years past,
the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. The Ex-                push is to open earlier and ear-      The exchange is prepared for      the ‘take-a-ticket’ program
change has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles              lier with some retailers opening    customers to start lining up as     has been extremely helpful in
of merchandise and services and generating non-appropriated fund earn-                 before Thanksgiving even ends,      early as midnight Friday morn-      ensuring people get what they
ings as a supplemental source of funding for military Family and Morale,               but as a part of the military       ing. To ensure a fun and safe       came for.”
Welfare and Recreation programs. To find out more about the exchange                   community, we also understand       event, the exchange will hand          Complete details on exchange
history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web              that time with family, for both     out numbered tickets to shop-       Black Friday weekend sales
site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com.                                                 customers and associates, is a      pers waiting in line for “door      and specials are available at
      Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
      “Cave Tonitrum”                                                 diversions                                                                                                                  Nov. 18, 2011
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                                                                                                         Get three months free dues if you join before Dec. 31
                                                                                                               For more information, call (623) 856-6446
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                                                                                                                            Club Five Six
                                                                          Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert


Rain makers
Tristan Damico, 6, and Alex Nabor, 5, trace circles for rainstick end caps Nov. 14 at the 56th
Force Support Squadron Youth Center. The rain stick was used by north Chilean natives to
help call for rain and were traditionally made from dried cactus.
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                                                Buddhist or Wiccan services, call (623)
                   CHAPEL                       856-6211.

                                                Chapel activities                                                                                            KIDS BOWL
                   CORNER
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                                                Religious education
                                                •Catholic religious education is
                                                10:30 a.m. to noon in Bldg. 1150



                                                                                                         ebrate
    The Luke Chapel team is committed           •Protestant religious education is
  to ensuring spiritual care for the entire     8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Bldg. 485                                  With Paying Adult!
                                                                                                     Cel
  family. Chapel offices are in the Luke        Weddings
  Community Chapel at 139th Avenue and


                                                                                                      THANKSGIVING
                                                •Weddings are conducted in COM and
  Shooting Star Street. All services are Sun-
                                                must be scheduled several months in
  day unless noted. For more information,
                                                advance
  call (623) 856-6211.
                                                Singles ministry
  COM-Chapel on the Mall
  LCC-Luke Community Chapel
                                                •Wallyball is 5 p.m. Thursdays in the
                                                gym
                                                                                                      ALL DAY FRIDAY - NOV. 25
  Worship schedule                              •Bible study is 7 p.m. Thursdays at the
                                                Oasis
                                                                                                                                                                    856-6529
  Catholic Mass at LCC
                                                •Singles meet for dinner at 6 p.m. Fri-
                                                                                                                                                                            LUKE AIR FORCE BASE




  •Saturday is at 5 p.m.
  •Sunday is at 8:30 a.m.                       days and Saturdays at the Oasis
  •Weekdays is at noon                          Youth events
  Protestant worship                            •Catholic youth group is 6:30 p.m.
                                                Tuesdays at LCC                                                                                         • Assign a designated driver.
  •Contemporary/Gospel service is
  10 a.m. at LCC                                LDS religious classes
                                                •Call Lt. Col. Marco Galvez at (623)
                                                                                                         Have a plan ...                                • Hand the keys over to a sober friend.
                                                                                                                                                        • Don’t let a friend drive drunk.
  •Traditional service is 11:30 a.m. at LCC
  Other faith groups                            856-7535                                                  DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!                        • Call a taxi.
                                                After-duty hours, call (623) 856-5600.                                                                  • Bottom line, DON’T DRIVE.
  For information on Islamic, Jewish,
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BRIEFS                    (from Page 3)      Stephanie Canales at (623) 856-7841.

Jet dedication                               Stress reduction group
                                               Tension releasing exercises are a
   The city of Glendale will rededi-
cate an F-100D Super Sabre jet               series of six simple exercises that help
fighter at 1 p.m. Dec. 15 on display         the body access its natural method of
in Bonsall Park North at 59th                reducing stress and tension. A group
Avenue and Bethany Home Road.                will meet 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6,
The F-100, named The Hun, was                13 and 20 in Bldg. 1150, Room 1163
recently restored and has flown at           and is open to active-duty, retirees
Luke Air Force Base.                         and civilians. For more information,
                                             call Nicolette Re at (623) 856-7579.
Casino Night
   Casino night is 6 to 9 p.m. today at      Transition lecture
Club Five Six. Admission is $5 and             The Airman and Family Readi-
includes blackjack, craps, roulette          ness Center is featuring a transition
and Texas Hold’em. There will be             lecture presented by the Military
prize drawings. For more informa-            Officers Association of America,
tion, call (623) 856-6446.                   and is entitled “Marketing Yourself
                                             for a Second Career” at 8 to 10:30
Bundles for babies                           a.m. Dec. 7 at the base theater. The
  There will be a bundles for babies         speaker is retired Col. Dan Koslov.
seminar 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 9 at             All who attend will receive a free
the Airman and Family Readiness              copy of “Marketing Yourself for a Sec-
Center. For more information, call           ond Career.” For more information or
(6230 856-6550.                              to register, call (623) 856-6550.
Soccer field fence                           Big Bucks Bingo
construction                                   Club Five Six is offering Bingo at
   A fence is being constructed around       6 p.m. Wednesdays. Card sales are
                                                                                                                                                         Senior Airman Yaya Brantley
the soccer field on Bong Lane, south         5 p.m. and the early bird is 5:30 p.m.
of the Maj. Troy Gilbert memorial
bridge. Construction completion is
                                             There are prizes, a jackpot and din-
                                             ner buffet, $5 per member and $7 per
                                                                                        Men of honor
estimated to be Dec. 22. The soccer          non-member. Club members play for          Deputy Brent Borders, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Phoenix Army Reserve
field will be off limits during this time.   free. The cost is $4 per nonmember         member, pulls a flag covering a casket Nov. 9 during pall bearing training for sheriff’s
For more information, call Tech. Sgt.        E-4 and below and $8 for others.           deputies provided by the Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard.




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Ecuadorian logistics officer proud to be at Luke
               by Capt.                           the region. The Ecuador air force is always
            BRIAN FLORES                          on alert to counter these threats and keep
                                                  away the serious problems of neighboring
       56th Logistics Readiness Squadron
                                                  countries. These efforts require efficient
   The anniversary of the Ecuadorian Air          logistics management with an optimal sup-
Force was in October, the same month 18           ply chain to maintain adequate provisions
years ago I entered the Officers Academy in       to troops on the border, in the jungle and on
Ecuador in order to serve my people through       the sea, as well as air operations for fighters,
the air force. Today I‘m here at Luke Air Force   helicopters and radar. This all has to happen
Base fulfilling the role of a logistics officer   with trained personnel ready to defend and
assigned to the 56th Logistics Readiness          protect our people and national sovereignty.
Squadron as part of the U.S. Air Force-FAE           I believe the exchange program is mutu-
exchange program, a truly inspirational pro-      ally beneficial. Every day I learn a little more
gram in which I am very happy to participate.     about the extensive world of logistics. When
I am learning the logistics system, but also,     I return to my country with this knowledge
with my past experiences, am able to make         I will be able to make many improvements
a contribution to the unit. I have made new       in the logistics system.
friends and am learning about American               Meanwhile, here at Luke I can share my
culture and your immense patriotism.              experiences with my coworkers and provide
   In my homeland, Ecuador, the air force         specific expertise in the areas that they need.
has a small, but effective, number of air-           Belonging to 56th LRS is not only a great
planes. However, there are huge challenges        challenge in my career, to share knowledge in
to meet around a difficult geography and          logistics, but also a very beautiful experience
lack of access roads in certain regions of        for my family and me, a challenge to work,
the country. The mission is focused on in-        think and live in a different culture and speak
tegration of remote regions to assist with        a different language. This job is not easy but
community work, transportation, support           is rewarding and more so with the support of       Ruth Flores and Capt. Brian Flores, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron and foreign
and health care in places where only the air      my wife, Ruth, and son, Paul.                      exchange officer, are seen here in an undated photo.
force can access.                                    When I meet someone new, I am usually
   Current conflicts such as the fight against    asked, “How are you feeling here in the U.S.       and the musty smell of my land, I am grateful   air forces with different realities and size, but
guerrillas on the Colombian border and            and in the U.S. Air Force?” My answer is that,     to God for this opportunity to be part of the   with the same dedication and patriotism that
drug-trafficking are typical problems in          while I really miss my home, relatives, rain       bond between two brotherly countries, two       characterize the soldiers of the air.




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                                                                                                           Photos by Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert


                             Native American Heritage Month
                             The Ira H. Hayes Veteran of Foreign Wars Troop 84 Honor Guard presents the colors Nov. 7 at the Native
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                             LEFT: Brian Hammill, Native Spirit Dancer from the Ho-Chunk Nation, does a hoop dance Nov. 7 during the
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PUMP YOU UP!
Luke personal trainers want to
                                                                                                                                                                 Sports Shorts
                                                                                                                                                              Fight night
                                                                                                                                                                Fight Night is 7 p.m. Dec. 3 in
                                                                                                                                                              the Luke Air Force Base Fitness
                                                                                                                                                              Center. Doors open at 6 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                              Competitor’s entry fee is $15, gen-
                                                                                                                                                              eral admission is $10 and ringside
         Story and photos by                               retirement when he decided to use his 24                                                           admission is $20. Children to age
          Airman 1st Class                                 years of fitness and recreation background                                                         10 are free. To enter or for more
         DAVID OWSIANKA                                    to become a personal trainer.                                                                      information, call the fitness center
                                                              According to Judy Peterson, 56th Force                                                          at (623) 856-6241.
         56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
                                                           Support Squadron fitness specialist super-
   With more than 60 years of combined                     visor, most people have no idea where to                                                           Turkey day bowling
experience, four personal trainers at Luke                 start when it comes to fitness.                                                                      Thunderbolt Lanes will be open
Air Force Base bring a variety of style to                    “A trainer can provide direction. Train-                                                        all day Thanksgiving Day. Chil-
“lift” fitness levels.                                     ers evaluate clients and set up programs                                                           dren bowl free with a paying adult.
   They have diverse backgrounds and each                  designed to meet their goals,” she said. “If                                                       For more information, call (623)
specializes in his or her own routine.                     Luke members already work out, but need                                                            856-6529.
   Paul Johnson was a competitive athlete                  an extra push or fresh ideas, trainers can
before he was involved in a serious auto                   provide help with that too.”                                                                       Turkey shoot-out
accident. His rehabilitation, which included                  Trainers can work with clients up to two                                                          The Turkey Shoot-out Golf Tour-
strength and resistance training, sparked                  sessions per week for eight weeks. Each                                                            nament is 8 a.m. Saturday at Fal-
his desire to learn about the human body                   session is 30 to 60 minutes long.               From left: Simeon Maxwell, 56th Force              con Dunes Golf Course. For more
and become a trainer.                                         Each trainer came to Luke with the com-      Support Squadron, spots Francesca Hart-            information, call (623) 535-9334.
   Jan Trejo gained 40 pounds after leav-                  mon purpose of helping people with their        man, while Annie Moneda receives sup-
ing the Air Force. Wanting to change her                   fitness needs.                                  port from Dan Ames, 56th FSS, as she               UFC fight night
lifestyle she decided to begin working with                   “I decided to work at Luke because the       performs shoulder presses.                           The UFC Fight Night is 5:30 p.m.
a trainer. Because of the help she received                military personnel and their dependents                                                            Saturday at Club Five Six. For more
from her trainer in successfully losing the                are very structured and goal oriented indi-                                                        information, call (623) 856-6446.
weight, she decided to become a trainer                    viduals who have that ‘can do attitude’ that
and began working with the elderly and                     I love to be surrounded by,” Johnson said.                                                         Warrior PT challenge
disabled.                                                     Personal trainer hours are:                                                                       A warrior PT challenge will
   “Once I improved my fitness level, I fell                  Ames: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday,                                                         be held 6 to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at
in love with the gym and wanted to help                    Thursday and Friday and noon to 5 p.m.                                                             the commissary. There will be a
people change their lifestyles so they could               Wednesday.                                                                                         canned food drive. For more infor-
enjoy life to the fullest,” she said.                         Johnson: 6 a.m. to noon Monday through                                                          mation, call (623) 856-6241.
   Dan Ames competed in track and field,                   Thursday and 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday.
and later began training others for fun.                      Maxwell: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through                                                          Fit-2-Fight
After several years of working with friends                Thursday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.                                                                 Fit-2-Fight throwdown is 6 a.m.
and athletes, he decided to make it official                  Trejo: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through       Jan Trejo, 56th Force Support Squadron,            to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Warrior
and became a certified trainer.                            Friday.                                         aids Cheryl Thompson as she performs leg           Training Center. For more informa-
   Simeon Maxwell, a retired Airman, had                      To make an appointment, call the fitness     extensions, and Paul Johnson, 56th FSS,            tion, call (623) 856-6241.
an easy transition from military life into                 center at (623) 856-6241.                       helps Mike Coffelt with leg curls.




PICKS
of the
WEEK
                                                  Master Sgt.                     Airman 1st Class                  Tech. Sgt.                Airman 1st Class                    Staff Sgt.
                                                Cynthia Dorfner                     Akili Proctor                Michael Barber                 Iesha Jordan                     Erik Walker
                        NFL Sunday             56th Fighter Wing               56th Operations Group       56th Mission Support Group     56th Maintenance Group             56th Medical Group
             Oakland vs. Minnesota                  Minnesota                        Minnesota                       Oakland                      Minnesota                       Oakland
              Tennessee vs. Atlanta                   Atlanta                         Atlanta                         Atlanta                      Atlanta                        Atlanta
                    Buffalo vs. Miami                 Buffalo                         Buffalo                         Miami                        Buffalo                        Buffalo
          Jacksonville vs. Cleveland               Jacksonville                     Jacksonville                    Cleveland                     Cleveland                      Cleveland
            Cincinnati vs. Baltimore                Baltimore                        Baltimore                       Baltimore                    Baltimore                      Baltimore
              Dallas vs. Washington                   Dallas                           Dallas                         Dallas                        Dallas                         Dallas
                 Carolina vs. Detroit                 Detroit                         Detroit                         Detroit                      Detroit                         Detroit
          Tampa Bay vs. Green Bay                   Green Bay                        Green Bay                      Green Bay                     Green Bay                      Green Bay
                      NHL Saturday
          Philadelphia vs. Winnipeg                 Philadelphia                    Philadelphia                   Philadelphia                Philadelphia                     Philadelphia
             Detroit vs. Los Angeles                   Detroit                         Detroit                        Detroit                     Detroit                           Detroit
                 Phoenix vs. Buffalo                   Buffalo                         Phoenix                        Buffalo                     Buffalo                          Buffalo
            Washington vs. Toronto                     Toronto                      Washington                     Washington                  Washington                          Toronto
          N.Y. Rangers vs. Montreal                 N.Y. Rangers                    N.Y. Rangers                   N.Y. Rangers                N.Y. Rangers                     N.Y. Rangers
           Boston vs. N.Y. Islanders                   Buffalo                         Boston                         Boston                      Boston                           Boston
         New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay                   New Jersey                       Tampa Bay                     New Jersey                  New Jersey                        Tampa Bay
               Pittsburgh vs. Florida                Pittsburgh                       Pittsburgh                    Pittsburgh                  Pittsburgh                        Pittsburgh
           Last week’s percentage                    56 percent                      38 percent                     38 percent                  44 percent                       50 percent
                   Yearly percentage                  63 percent                      60 percent                     57 percent                  62 percent                       61 percent
                           Trash talk
                                              “Although my Colts aren’t       “Everybody else might as       “Winning isn’t everything,
                                                                                                                                                                           “Today I went shopping,
                                            doing well, at least I’m doing    well stop picking, because     but it beats anything that      “Gobble, gobble.”
                                                                                                                                                                            and talk is still cheap.”
                                            better than the other pickers.”        I’m always right.”           comes in second.”
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                                                                                                                                         Airman 1st Class David Owsianka
Lacey Quattlebaum, 56th Force Support Squadron senior library technician, looks on as Deborah Baranowski helps Brett Baranowski, 4, put beads on his dream catcher
Thursday during Native American Indian Heritage Month arts and crafts day at the Luke Air Force Base library.




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