Nov. 18, 2011
Train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots and maintainers, while deploying mission ready warfighters Vol. 11, No. 46
▪ Hero, Troy Gilbert, 2
▪ ALS graduates, 4
▪ LRS supports Marines, 7
▪ Women in AF Band, 13
▪ Foreign officer, 25
Senior Airman Yaya Brantley
56TH FIGHTER WING PICNIC
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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
Tech. Sgt. Jesse Pennington
56th Equipment Maintenance
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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,
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“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: email@example.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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
Support heroes employment event
Master Sgt. Lee The 2011 West Valley Support Our Heroes job seeking
event is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Wigwam Resort, 300 E.
Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, for returning National Guard,
Reserve members and veterans. The event is conducted by
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
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
THUNDERBOLT salutes and awards
OF THE WEEK
Airman 1st Class Alexander Davis
AETC announces Luke names award winners
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)
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.
Joshua Zuniga Dion Richardson
Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
“Cave Tonitrum” news Nov. 18, 2011
Luke ATO supports Marine redeployment
by Senior Airman
56th Logistics Readiness Squadron
The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Air Terminal
Operations center aided a contingent of redeploying
Marines who arrived in November at Luke Air Force
Base for decompression, the third Marine mission the
ATO center has supported.
During the decompression phase, the center coordi-
nated the transport of baggage and personnel, vehicles
and operators from one location to another.
Staff Sgt. Maurice Hill, 56th LRS Airlift Operations
NCO-in-charge, said they are the primary focal point
of all air travel and their function is to transport
passengers and cargo to and from deployed locations.
For this mission, they handled solely the in-transit
visibility, which helped the Marines track flight de-
tails, personnel and cargo for arrival at their home
According to a Marine Corps spokesperson, they
were very appreciative of Luke for the support ren-
dered. He said that everyone was helpful and couldn’t
speak more highly of all the aiding aspects provided. A contingent of redeploying Marines arrive in November at
If a unit is to arrive at Luke by air, it is ATO’s mis- Luke Air Force Base during the decompression phase. The
sion to carry out the task of completing the logistical 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Air Terminal Operations
aspect. Center aided the Marines during this phase by coordinating
“Supporting redeployments for the Marines definitely the transport of baggage and personnel, vehicles and opera-
shows we are a unified military and shows how we need tors from one location to another.
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For the first time, U.S. Department of
Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services agents visited Mis-
awa to test prospective U.S. citizens and
administer the oath of allegiance.
In accordance with a 2008
security agreement between
the U.S. and Iraq, Joint Base
Balad, Iraq, was transitioned
to the government of Iraq
and the U.S. military pres-
ence has ended.
A variety of military and federal organizations
participated in a first-of-its-kind homeland
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.
defense of North America.
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
The United States is in discussions with its clear to Iran,” he said. “raises serious concerns.
allies about what additional sanctions to im- However, the IAEA report reflects what in-
pose on Iran following the report released Nov. telligence assessments already have revealed
8 that indicates a continued nuclear weapons about Iran’s continued activities, he said.
program, Panetta said at a Pentagon news “We have always made the point that they More Air Force news
conference. continue to try to develop a threshold capabil- available at www.af.mil
However, referring to remarks he said Israeli ity with regard to their nuclear capacity,” he
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“Cave Tonitrum” news Nov. 18, 2011
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."
FIRST That means that within the next five
years, more than 1 million service mem-
Services Agency administrative librarian.
"Any authorized Air Force library customer,
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."
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
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
ly radio address, released Nov. 12, from the self-improvement and personal develop- that depict six specific categories: daily life,
take with other military spouses and then
bridge of the USS Carl Vinson in San Diego, ment through the Universal Class program. friendship, places, faces, loss or triumph.
to get together to prepare a large Italian
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!"
and underscoring the nation's commitment retirees and other eligible library users may a special photography exhibition planned
to them and all veterans. register for more than 500 online personal for the Smithsonian American Art Museum,
The president, who traveled to the ship
Nov. 11 to meet with the crew and enjoy "one
education courses on a wide range of subjects Panetta dedicates new the Pentagon and other prominent venues,
and course levels at www.universalclass.com. stateside and overseas.
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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10 Nov. 18, 2011
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.
“Through ‘Believe in He- Phoenix International Race- ficer of the U.S. Marine Corps “Mr. Knauss has a heart Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theodore Wilson
roes,’ we hope to re-engage the way. and is a member of the Marine See WWP, Page 15 56th Fighter Wing Chapel
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Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
“Cave Tonitrum” news Nov. 18, 2011
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
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
patient was treated on the scene and released. Courtesy of Staff Sgt. Cambria Odell 56th SFS program. Volunteers must Saur at (623) 856-6903).
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12 Nov. 18, 2011
Mesa reunion links past WAF
1st Sgts Council gears band members with present
up for Adopt-A-Family by Senior Master Sgt.
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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“Cave Tonitrum” Feature Nov. 18, 2011
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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“Cave Tonitrum” news Nov. 18, 2011
WWP (from Page 10)
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
body, and encourage Racing’s No. 47 Toyota Camry, poses next to his car, fea- checks, prepare and rehearse what will be work area or office. Introduce yourself and
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
ment. They include of the Veterans Day weekend NASCAR Spring Cup Series have been gathered and organized, and ev- questions. If you don’t know the answer, tell
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and the Warriors to Company, during races at the Texas Motor Speedway and program, update programs as necessary and acknowledge when presenting to a superior.
Work programs. Phoenix International Raceway. practice the presentation. Review protocols Courtesy of 944th Fighter Wing
2011 Base p
Nov. 18, 2011
Luke Airmen and members of the commu-
nity get food at the 2011 Base Picnic. The
events of the day included prize drawings,
bouncy castles for children and sports com-
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.
Nov. 18, 2011
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
18 Nov. 18, 2011
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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20 Nov. 18, 2011
Luke Air Force Base Exchange extends
Happy Holiday Tidings
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
Club membership drive
Get three months free dues if you join before Dec. 31
For more information, call (623) 856-6446
For details on 56th Force Support Squadron programs, visit www.lukeevents.com
Club Five Six
Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert
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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The Luke weather forecast is provided by the
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Buddhist or Wiccan services, call (623)
Chapel activities KIDS BOWL
•Catholic religious education is
10:30 a.m. to noon in Bldg. 1150
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!
family. Chapel offices are in the Luke Weddings
Community Chapel at 139th Avenue and
•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,
call (623) 856-6211.
COM-Chapel on the Mall
LCC-Luke Community Chapel
•Wallyball is 5 p.m. Thursdays in the
ALL DAY FRIDAY - NOV. 25
Worship schedule •Bible study is 7 p.m. Thursdays at the
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,
22 Nov. 18, 2011
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 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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Nov. 18, 2011
Public affairs give guidance
Dealing with the media project the image you and your commander
want to see as representative of the U.S.
How would you respond if a news re-
porter approached you to comment on a
matter related to the Air Force or your Security, policy review
If you are preparing a speech or docu-
Tips to follow:
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• Think before you speak. Contact the
subjects, contact the public affairs office
public affairs office. If you are approached
first. The appropriate authorities must
on the street by a reporter, you will be
review material relating to the plans, poli-
quoted in the newspaper or appear on the
cies, programs or operations of the Defense
10 p.m. news answering questions that
Department or U.S. Government before
may prove embarrassing.
presentation or publication.
•Don’t address Air Force policy issues
•Remember, your right of free speech For more information, call Luke Pub-
also means you can politely tell the media lic Affairs, (623) 856-6011 or e-mail
no, or to contact 56th Fighter Wing Public
inquiries to 56FW.PA@Luke.AF.Mil.
•If you are interviewed, make sure you
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Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
“Cave Tonitrum” Commentary Nov. 18, 2011
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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“Cave Tonitrum” sports Nov. 18, 2011
PUMP YOU UP!
Luke personal trainers want to
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.
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
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
“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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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.