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Vol. 8, No. 16 Train The World’s Greatest F-16 Fighter Pilots and Maintainers, While Deploying Mission Ready Warfighters April 25, 2008 Change of command Lt. Col. Lynn Scheel relinquishes Security forces fire with precision command of the 425th Fighter Squad- by Staff Sgt. ron to Lt. Col. Stephen Granger at PHILLIP BUTTERFIELD 9 a.m. today in Hangar 840. 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs When Air Force battle requirements call for Airmen to observe, report and engage a BASE target from close proximity without being seen, it’s a call for sharpshooters. A sharpshooter’s job is to deliver discrimi- BULLETIN natory, highly accurate riﬂe ﬁre against enemy targets that otherwise could not be (The base bulletin is provided for the Luke Air Force Base community and features items of in- engaged successfully by the regular riﬂe- terest to base personnel. The full product can be man due to range, size, location, ﬂeeting accessed through the Luke AFB Intranet site.) nature or visibility. Sharpshooting requires a higher degree of performance that exceeds Club membership basic infantry skills. “Being a sharpshooter doesn’t just mean appreciation lunch you are the best with a riﬂe,” said Staff The club membership appre- Sgt. Brian Davis, 56th Security Forces ciation lunch buffet is 11 a.m. to 1 Squadron patrolman. “You need to raise the p.m. Tuesday at Club Thunderbolt bar on all your basic infantry skills such as and is free for club members. The camouﬂage and evasion, orienteering and cost is $5 per spouse and $7.50 per wilderness survival.” nonmember. A sharpshooter’s training incorporates a Airman 1st Class Gustavo Gonzalez wide variety of subjects designed to increase Senior Airman Benny Prescott and Staff. Sgt. Anthony Quinn, 56th Security Forces Sexual Assault his value as a force multiplier and to ensure Squadron patrolmen and sniper school candidates, train on target detection and sketch- his survival on the battleﬁeld. The art of ing April 3 to prepare for the close precision engagement course. Awareness Month sharpshooting requires Airmen to learn In recognition of April Sexual As- and practice the skills of long range riﬂe Security forces members must be good precision engagement course. This 19-day sault Awareness Month, two plays marksmanship and field movements to with their weapons. But to reach the level course is held four times a year at Camp will be performed at the base theater ensure maximum effective engagements of proﬁciency required to be called a sharp- Wednesday. The Yellow Dress begins with minimum risk. shooter, members must attend the close See SECURITY, Page 19 at 1 p.m. and Remote Control begins at 3 p.m. The live performances fea- ture humorous bystander education and interactive learning. Admission is free; must be at least 17 years old Academy football coach shares playbook for success to attend. by Airman 1st Class ship, from co-workers to friends, Brown bag lunch time movies are C.J. HATCH people have to know you’re go- 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the ing to be honest with them.” 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Sexual Assault and Response Prevention Then one needs passion, Mr. ofﬁce. Snacks are provided by the Luke Luke Thunderbolts received Calhoun said. It’s never just commissary. For more information, call advice from the head football one foot in; the whole soul has the SAPRO at (623) 856-4878. coach of the U.S. Air Force to be in it. Academy during a visit to “Whatever job you do, do Summer hire program Luke April 18. it to the best of your ability,” High school and college students, Troy Calhoun returned to Mr. Calhoun said. “You may at least 16 years old, can apply for the Academy as the head coach be smaller than someone, but lifeguard, clerical and laborer em- in December 2006, after a you can out-perform anyone ployment for the summer. Submit 10-year absence from the Fal- Staff Sgt. Steven Nabor who lacks passion.” resumes and student transcripts to con coaching staff. He replaced Staff Sgt. Melissa McCool, 56th Operations Support Squadron Mr. Calhoun went on to talk the 56th Mission Support Squadron Fisher DeBerry, who was the Air Crew Flight journeyman, assists Troy Calhoun, U.S. Air about the importance of having Civilian Personnel Flight, Bldg. head coach for 23 years. Force Academy Falcon head coach, with his face mask prior to a plan while staying ﬂexible. 1150, Room 1179. For more infor- After graduating the Acad- an incentive ﬂight April 18 with the 310th Fighter Squadron. “In football we have game mation, call Kathy Brocksmith at emy, Mr. Calhoun joined the plans,” Mr. Calhoun said. “At (623) 856-2118. Falcon coaching staff as the before deciding to return to the “There are parallels between times, plans don’t work just the Falcon’s recruiting coordina- Falcons as head coach. football and working active way they should and we impro- tor and the junior varsity Mr. Calhoun came to Luke for duty,” Mr. Calhoun said. “Ev- vise; we use the resources we offensive coordinator. After an orientation ﬂight at the invi- ery day you need to be a quality have and we push forward.” serving six years as an ofﬁcer tation of his Academy friend, Lt. worker, and the Air Force, by The ﬁnal thing Mr. Calhoun INSIDE in the Air Force, Mr. Calhoun left the Academy football team Col. Scott Gierat, 310th Fighter Squadron commander. in large, has many.” Mr. Calhoun gave Thunder- commented on before leaving was perseverance. Action line ........................................ 2 to coach at Ohio State Univer- Before his ﬂight Mr. Calhoun bolts four points to remember “Sometimes there are bumps Spotlight ........................................... 4 sity. He also spent time in the had breakfast with 20 Luke Air- throughout life. in life’s road,” he said. “Adversi- Pet Palooza ................................... 12 NFL coaching for the Denver men where he shared some of “First, it starts with integ- ty is part of life, but if you learn Top Dog graduation ....................... 16 Broncos and Houston Texans his life experiences and advice. rity,” he said. “In every relation- from it, you become stronger.” Around Luke ..................... Back page 2 Commentary April 25, 2008 Thunderbolt http://www.luke.af.mil ACTION LINE email@example.com Shirt’s Corner (623) 856-7011 The commander’s Action Line is your direct Fitness matters more than you think line to me with questions by Master Sgt. about the policy. Leaders should take or suggestions about ROSENE GOODS this responsibility seriously, clarify the subjects of concern to the policy and hold everyone to the same standard. 756th Aircraft Maintenance Unit ﬁrst sergeant entire Luke Air Force Furthermore, to achieve this goal, Airmen need to real- Base community. In his recent The Enlisted Perspective article, Chief ize it’s their responsibly to be physically ﬁt. I appreciate your Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney Mckinley asked The Air Force recently changed performance reports to feedback. Your ideas Airmen to recognize the importance of being prepared include ﬁtness, and more precedents are being set for not and concerns help build for the challenges of an expeditionary Air Force by meeting ﬁtness standards. I have seen Airmen lose line a stronger foundation maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He also explained that numbers and retest for promotion because they failed a on which we can suc- Brig. Gen. Tom Jones being physically ﬁt boosts one’s energy and endurance physical ﬁtness test. In addition, Airmen are being demoted, cessfully complete our and reduces stress which can potentially save an Air- denied re-enlistment and administratively discharged for Brig. Gen. Tom Jones failing to meet ﬁtness standards. Are you ready to lose your mission and take care of man’s life in a deployed environment. 56th FW commander career because you are unable to keep ﬁt? Your military our people. When Airmen are ﬁt they are properly equipped to To receive a response, leave your name and telephone accomplish the mission. If we’re not physically ﬁt, how career depends on your physical ﬁtness and in deployed number. Action Lines of general interest are printed in will we win the global war on terror and prepare for locations, survival depends on it as well. the Thunderbolt. Remember, the quickest and most ef- future threats against our nation? Let’s accept and take the challenge: adapt a healthy ﬁcient way to resolve a problem is to talk directly to the The fitness program is a commander’s program; lifestyle, get ﬁt, and be prepared to meet mission chal- however, commanders need leaders to educate Airmen lenges. responsible agency or through your chain of command. The Action Line isn’t just for complaints. Send along your kudos when someone provides exceptional service, goes out of their way to help or deserves a kind word. 56th Comm Squadron … we’re not just e-mail Question: by Maj. The 139th AACS was awarded a Meritorious Service Unit I noticed the crosswalk in front of the pharmacy RASHÓNE TATE Plaque in recognition of their outstanding achievement of the no longer has access to the crosswalk by the bridge highest devotion to duty in the initial landing and occupation 56th Communications Squadron commander on the main road. Also, there is a ramp on the corner of Japan by armed forces of the Army of the United States, by the commissary that has no access to the hospital When you think of the 56th Communications Squadron, according to the AACS Communicator, November 2007. except to cross in the dirt or walk in the road. This what’s the ﬁrst thing that pops into your mind? I bet its Just as COMM provided airﬁeld support during WWII, is not a problem for people who walk, but people in e-mail or the Internet. What most people don’t realize is our airﬁeld systems branch today is directly responsible wheelchairs or with strollers have no access. that COMM does a lot more than just e-mail. for every F-16 that lands and takes off at Luke. The air- Over the course of time the COMM mission has expanded ﬁeld systems branch consisting of both air trafﬁc control Response: across all spectrums of communications, which has led to landing systems and radar certiﬁed technicians ensure all Thank you for your feedback. This is an important the cyberspace era. Today’s COMM is made up of many approach controls, radars, radio communications, telecom- American with Disabilities Act concern and one that sections: airﬁeld systems, client service center, knowledge munications voice switches, airspace management systems our 56th Civil Engineer Squadron members observed operations, network ops, infrastructure, base support, and associated computers and software are operational and quickly addressed. In addition to correcting plans programs, resource and readiness, and force develop- and fully integrated in the air trafﬁc control system. They the curbing, a project has been programmed to add ment and training. perform preventive maintenance inspections and certify all stairs and a wheelchair accessible ramp connecting I know this sounds foreign to many but, believe it or not, airﬁeld communications systems on the ﬂightline ensuring the crosswalk with the clinic parking lot. The proj- at least three of these functions affect Luke members on safe, expeditious launch and recovery of aircraft throughout ect is currently on the list of priorities for year-end a daily basis. But before I mention the key components of delegated airspace here in Arizona. funding. COMM, allow me to share a historical tidbit about one of Just as our F-16 maintenance technicians are challenged COMM’s outstanding contributions to World War II. with keeping the aging F-16 ﬂying, so are the airﬁeld tech- On Aug. 28, 1945, the 139th Army Airways Communica- nicians. Our airﬁeld communications systems produced tions Systems Squadron was the ﬁrst to land on Atsugi, Ja- in the 1950s are becoming technologically obsolete and PHONE NUMBERS pan at 8:50 a.m. These brave men with their jeep-mounted control tower, were the ﬁrst Americans to land on Japanese expensive to maintain. Despite this challenge, the airﬁeld technicians recognized this weakness and have leveraged Base operator ...........................................(623) 856-1110 soil and were ready to handle air trafﬁc before the last on technical expertise amongst themselves to ensure the Chapel ......................................................(623) 856-6211 plane at home station was airborne. At approximately mission of this base is not hindered. In ﬁscal year 2007, the Community Center..................................(623) 856-7152 11 a.m., the airﬁeld radio communications were on the air airﬁeld technicians performed more than 891 PMIs on 12 and by 7 p.m. the next day these brave men ﬁnished and primary ATCALS systems and 146 radio assets enabling Flight Medicine........................................(623) 856-2273 installed a permanent control tower enabling the runway 35,000 sorties, 46,000 ﬂying hours and graduating 378 F-16 Fraud, waste and abuse hotline.............(623) 856-6149 pilots and 275 crew chiefs. to land planes. By 5 p.m. Aug. 30 more than 341 take-offs Hobby shop...............................................(623) 856-6722 and landings were made by numerous types of aircraft to Housing ofﬁce ..........................................(623) 856-7643 include carrying the 11th Airborne Infantry. 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Submission deadline marital status, physical handicap, political afﬁliation or any other nonmerit factor of Veterinary services ..... ...........................(623) 856-6354 the purchaser, user or patron. is at noon Thursday the week prior to the desired publication date. Youth Center ...........................................(623) 856-7470 Contributions for the Thunderbolt can be made to the Public Affairs ofﬁce, Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the Public Affairs ofﬁce 14185 West Falcon Street, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., 85309 or through e-mail to of Luke AFB, Ariz. All photographs are Air Force photographs unless otherwise firstname.lastname@example.org. The editor can be reached at (623) 856-5998 and indicated. News 3 Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. April 25, 2008 “World Class ... Always!” IN BRIEF Job fair A job fair sponsored by the Airman and Family Readi- ness Flight and the Arizona Department of Economic Security, featuring law enforcement, administration, se- curity and medical employment opportunities, is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 and 8 at the Desert Star Club, and features a pay-as-you-go lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring a resume and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews. For a list of scheduled attending employers, go to http://www. lukeids.com/employers_list.html. Wood hobby shop The wood hobby shop is closed May 11, 12, 17 through Airman 1st Class C.J. Hatch 19, and 24 through 26. For more information, call Col. Ronald Mozzillo, 56th Mission Support Group commander, speaks to 56th MSG members during his ﬁnal com- (623) 856-6566. mander’s call Monday at the base theater. He relinquishes command of the 56th MSG to Col. Andre Curry at 9 a.m. May 2 in Hangar 485. 56th Mission Support Squadron The 56th Mission Support Squadron closes for a command function at 2:30 p.m. today and will resume Outgoing 56th MSG commander normal business hours Monday. OSC layette program reﬂects on mission, pride in Airmen The Ofﬁcers’ Spouses’ Club layette program gives free diaper bags ﬁlled with goodies for staff sergeants and below who recently had babies. To receive a diaper bag, by Maj. tal management and security. While diverse, the group is bring proof of birth (baby hospital bracelet or interim MIKI GILLOON postured for future success, Colonel Mozzillo said, refer- birth certiﬁcate) to the Airman and Family Readiness ring to upcoming changes resulting in the 56th Logistics 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Flight. Readiness Squadron move to the 56th Maintenance Group, The 56th Mission Support Group has continued to im- and merge between the 56th Services and 56th Mission Elevator maintenance prove Luke and its quality of life over the last two years Support Squadrons. Due to maintenance, the elevator in Bldg. 1150 is not while playing a vital role in supporting global operations, “Change is inevitable and the squadrons are postured operating 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 2. There is no handicap said the group’s outgoing commander. to continue forward in terms of taking care of the jets, the base and people,” he said. accessibility to the second and third ﬂoors during this “We’ve accomplished a lot between construction, hous- Colonel Mozzillo has served in numerous positions during time. For more information, call Michael Johnson at ing privatization and our stellar deployment record,” said Col. Ronald Mozzillo, who relinquishes command of his nearly 27-year Air Force career to include commanding (623) 856-6995. the 56th MSG to Col. Andre Curry on May 2. “Kicking the 9th Mission Support Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, off the contract for housing privatization and getting Calif. He has served as the support group commander, U.S. Golf cart/LSV shop new houses built were a huge win for the base and local Military Training Mission in Saudi Arabia, and the 2nd The golf cart, low speed vehicle shop closes May 3 and community.” Mission Support Group deputy commander at Barksdale will not reopen. A list of local repair shops is available at In addition to housing privatization, Luke worked in Air Force Base, La. He was also assigned to Headquarters the shop. For more information, call Steve Winkleblech conjunction with GMH Military Housing to construct a Air Combat Command where he served as Performance (623) 856-6502. community center that houses a picnic pavilion, tot lot, Programs Branch chief in the Directorate of Personnel, and playground, basketball and volleyball courts, and pool. the Airman Development Division chief in the Directorate WIC Colonel Mozzillo took command of the 56th MSG in July of Manpower and Personnel. Women, Infants and Children is a federally funded 2006 and since then, the group has achieved a multitude The colonel’s next assignment is to Multinational Forces program managed by the Arizona Department of Health of successes including the goal of supporting the global Iraq, where he will serve in the position of Strategic Com- Services and provides nutrition education and supple- war on terrorism. munications Operations chief for one year. mental food to pregnant women and those who have “To be able to send combat ready Airmen on deployments The highlight of Colonel Mozzillo’s time here was not children age 5 and younger. To schedule an appoint- to ﬁght the war in Iraq and Afghanistan while at the same only the mission accomplishments, but according to him, ment, call (623) 583-5977. time being able to take care of the mission here — that’s were the outstanding people. what I’m most proud of and I feel like we got a lot done,” “You pour your heart and soul into the job for two years Military and family life consultant he said. About 1,500 Airmen have deployed from the 56th knowing there’s an end date out there somewhere, and I’m very The military and family life consultant is a new MSG in the past two years. proud of what the people have done,” he said. “I’ve never seen in resource that helps with life’s challenges such as re- The 56th MSG has a diverse mission consisting of seven my life a team of such great young Airmen, and it really warms lationships and stress. To make an appointment, call squadrons that include operations such as engineering, my heart to know that the Air Force’s future is well taken care (623) 236-4123. lodging and dining, readiness, contracting, ﬁre protection, of. We are postured for tomorrow thanks to the young men and telecommunications, personnel management, environmen- women we have serving in our country today.” CCAF graduation The Community College of the Air Force graduation is 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Desert Star Club. The 56th Mis- sion Support Squadron Education Services Flight will close THUNDERBOLT ALMANAC 10:30 a.m. graduation day and resume normal business hours May 2. For more information, call (623) 856-7723. Sortie Scoreboard Airmen Against Drunk Driving Year-to-date Tuskegee Airmen convention Squadron Training Timeline Delta The Tuskegee Airmen convention will be July 17 through 61st FS -0 -46 Pickups: 171 20 at the downtown Marriott Hotel in Philadelphia, Pa. 62nd FS -12 -112 DUIs from Luke: 8 For more information, go to http://www.tuskegeeairmen. 63rd FS -8 -64 Excuses to drink and drive: 0 org/TAI_Convention.html. 308th FS 0 -39 309th FS 0 -26 Lives saved from calling AADD: www.lukeids.com 310th FS n/a -24 COUNTLESS A new Luke Web site provides information about 425th FS n/a -69 the programs and services available at Luke and can 21st FS n/a -5 More than 349 Luke be accessed at home or work. The Web site features FY08 Student pilot certiﬁcates: 240 members are deployed information about speciﬁc base agencies, a search Hours ﬂown: 20,086 Sorties ﬂown: 19,602 to 8 locations engine and a calendar of current events. To access FY08 Mission Ready Airman graduates: 250 the site, go to www.lukeids.com and fill out the (as of Monday) around the world. customer feedback form. For more information, call (623) 856-6550. 4 Spotlight April 25, 2008 Thunderbolt http://www.luke.af.mil Wounded warrior: Air Force family helps Luke Thunderbolt, wife Senior Airman Holly Jenkins by Tech. Sgt. since the moment she found out her husband was wounded. A 56th Dental Squadron MIKE HAMMOND team of Air Force members, along with ﬁnancial support from Dental Assistant Journeyman the Air Force Aid Society, has “made it possible for me to spend Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs most of my time with my husband, instead of dealing with bills Hometown: Waynesville, Ohio An insurgent’s bomb may have blown Staff Sgt. Matthew and other distractions,” Mrs. Slaydon said. Years in service: Four Family: Husband, Senior Airman Daniel Slaydon’s body apart Oct. 24 in Iraq, but he’s getting a lot In the early hours of Oct. 31, the Slaydons arrived in San Jenkins; son, Peyton; and daughter, of help keeping his life together. Antonio, where Sergeant Slaydon would continue treatment Madison Sergeant Slaydon, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explo- and begin rehabilitation at Brooke Army Medical Center. Inspirations: My family and parents sive Ordnance Disposal technician, was critically injured “Before the engines on that plane even shut off completely, Goals: Obtain a nursing degree and when an improvised explosive device detonated approxi- Chief Page was on board,” Mrs. Slaydon said, referring to Chief become a commissioned officer Greatest feat: My two children and mately two feet from his face while serving to protect convoy Master Sgt. Stephen Page, 12th Flying Training Wing com- winning 56th Medical Group Air- routes in Iraq. The explosion left him completely blind. His mand chief master sergeant. “He introduced himself and said, man of the Quarter left eye was gone. Doctors amputated his left arm above ‘You’re in Air Force country now — I’ve got you,’ and he gave Self-description: Hardworking, fam- the elbow. He also suffered a collapsed lung and numerous me an EOD coin to give Matthew so he’d have a coin on him,” ily oriented dental warrior facial fractures and lacerations in the attack. she said. “When I met Chief Page, it was the ﬁrst time I really Famous last words: “Go Buckeyes!” Off-duty interests: Attending school An agonizing trip thought everything would be OK … eventually, at least.” and spending time with my children His comrades on the scene and a host of doctors and medical On board with Chief Page was Senior Airman Dan Acos- Commander’s comments: “Airman professionals worked to save his life and transport him home. ta, a fellow EOD Airman who was also severely wounded Jenkins is a technical whiz,” said His wife of more than eight years, Annette, made the difﬁcult by an IED in Iraq on Dec. 7, 2005. Airman Acosta took over Col. Glenn Terry, 56th Dental ﬂight to meet her badly injured and unconscious husband at family liaison ofﬁcer duties from Sergeant Winger, who Squadron commander. “Her clini- cal skills contributed to Luke’s Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. returned to duty at Luke only after being assured his com- 98-percent dental readiness “It was an agonizing trip,” Mrs. Slaydon said. “I had hardly rade was in good hands. Mrs. Slaydon said Airman Acosta rate which exceeded the Air eaten or slept in the three days since I heard of his injuries.” and his wife have been incredibly supportive and helpful Force goal by three per- A family liaison ofﬁcer from Sergeant Slaydon’s EOD since they can personally relate to the various challenges cent. Her leadership was shop, Staff Sgt. Ryan Winger, accompanied her on the ﬂight the Slaydons face each day. crucial in creating the 56th MDG Airmen’s to see her husband for the ﬁrst time. “The ﬁrst several weeks were very chaotic,” Mrs. Slaydon Council — a group “It was very rough emotionally. There was no way I said. “I was there with Matthew the whole time I could be. geared to groom and could’ve handled all the details without Sergeant Winger’s My days were spent going to the hospital and back, and mentor 100 junior help,” she said. then I would go home, do essential things like laundry, and enlisted members. When she ﬁnally arrived and saw her husband for the go to sleep. Then, I’d get up and do it all over again.” Airman Jenkins works in one of the ﬁrst time since he left for the fateful deployment, she Easing the burden most clinically chal- couldn’t believe her eyes. As the couple faced severe hardships, many more people lenging dental sections “I just kept looking at him and looking at him … his whole reached out to them. where she performs a range face and head was so swollen … and really, the only thing For instance, Army policy would be to permanently move an of services from intrave- I could recognize was the top of his head,” she said. injured soldier to San Antonio during treatment. This would nous sedation, implant and oral surgery to full mouth A little help from their friends have been a hardship to the Slaydons, so Senior Master Sgt. dental reconstruction Sergeant Slaydon was not regularly conscious for the ﬁrst Debra Westmoreland, a member of the AETC command action cases. This requires a sub- three weeks after the attack. He would have no memory group who met the Slaydons while getting background informa- stantial working knowledge of the days ahead, but Annette soon discovered she was tion for a Purple Heart presentation ceremony, stepped in to of dental materials and spe- cialty specific equipment.” far from alone. A combination of people and resources has been at her service See WARRIOR, Page 11 ads Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. “World Class ... Always!” April 25, 2008 5 ads 6 News April 25, 2008 Thunderbolt http://www.luke.af.mil Luke celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month E-mail (From Page 2) Did you know the COMM squadron is also an extension of the United States Postal Service? by DEBORAH MARIE GIBSON Many of you are probably thinking mail services have dramatically decreased since the inﬂux of Thunderbolt staff writer electronic mail. Well, not really. As a matter of fact, mail services have increased with the on-line capability of shipping products. Just like the Pony Express era, your base postal ofﬁce with the Next month is Asian Paciﬁc American Heritage Month, which honors help of advanced technology still processes and delivers approximately 67,800 mail items a year the history and contributions made by Asian Paciﬁc Americans that by hand in a timely efﬁcient manner. include more than 24 ethnic groups such as Hawaiian, Cambodian and One signiﬁcant and most crucial change in our postal system today compared to the past is the Filipino. threat and potential risk of receiving explosive items or chemically laced products. Because of this Because the ﬁrst Japanese immigrants arrived in the United States in May threat the men and women working in the base post ofﬁce have been trained and certiﬁed to screen of 1843, the ﬁrst ten days of May formerly comprised APAH Week. However, all suspicious items before you receive them. As you can see your base postal workers are the ﬁrst in 1990, President George Bush declared the entire month of May as APAH line of defense to ensure you are protected from any type of mail threat. But keep in mind although Month and honoring it holds great signiﬁcance for Asian Paciﬁc Americans. the defense mechanisms are in place, nothing is 100-percent guaranteed in today’s society. “Celebrating APAH Month means lots of things,” said Master Sgt. Finally, but certainly not the least, how many of you hate getting the ‘Red Screen of Death’ Rosene Goods, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. “We are proud the history when trying to access certain Web sites from your government computer? Well believe it or not, of our ancestors traces back more than 20 generations. We are also proud it’s a necessary tactic tool we use to defend the network. to highlight the accomplishments made by Asian Paciﬁc Americans — the The red screen is a venue used to assess and validate mission requirements. In COMM, we famous individuals who worked to shatter Asian myths and stereotypes have network defenders along with many other COMM entities working extremely hard to protect and those who remain unknown in history books but whose accomplish- the base as well as the Air Force network system. Just at Luke alone, our certiﬁed technicians ments are still impressive and inspiring.” tracked, monitored and blocked more than 27.6 million SPAM e-mails per year and 2.3 million Luke will honor the month with activities that highlight Asian Paciﬁc Americans. per month. As the clever COMM geeks in the world continue to get smarter and ﬁgure out ways “There are many Asian Paciﬁc Americans serving in the military and to inﬁltrate our network, network defenders too work just as hard to detect and block more than we look forward to the base activities that honor our heritage and contri- 500 intrusion attacks. butions made to this country,” said Senior Master Sgt. Joe Mezatis, 56th But it doesn’t begin with them. You, too, can help in defending our base network by being cautious Training Squadron. to whom you give your government e-mail address. Run anti-virus checks on those e-mails you send An informational display is at the base exchange and library Thursday, from home, stay away from those e-mails that say “pass on to 10 others if …,” and most importantly and a Singapore food fair is May 2 at the commissary. In addition, there do not open or click on links within any suspicious e-mails. Just hit “shift” and “delete.” is golf tournament at 7 a.m. May 23 at the Falcon Dunes Golf Course, a Unfortunately, there isn’t enough space to go over every mission in the COMM squadron, but luncheon at 11:30 a.m. May 30 at Club Thunderbolt, and a cultural show just remember when you come to work every day and turn on the computer, pick up the phone, that features Asian Paciﬁc American performers is at 2 p.m. May 30 at talk to your buddy across the skies, your local base COMM personnel are here providing you 24/7 the youth center. support. From the Freedom of Information Act to ensuring secure entry, management and stor- For more information about the base APAH Month events, call Tech. age of information on computer systems, your base COMM squadron is standing tall and proud Sgt. Evelyn Nguyen at (623) 856-7526; Staff Sgt. Jennifer Hattig at (623) alongside you to ensure the success of the Luke mission. 856- 8970; or Senior Master Sgt. Joe Mezatis at (623) 856- 5741. ads Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. “World Class ... Always!” April 25, 2008 7 ads 8 News April 25, 2008 Thunderbolt http://www.luke.af.mil South Dakota Southwest Asia Leahy calls to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., is the ﬁrst Air Force installa- Airmen of the Singapore air save longest- tion to receive special incen- force rejoined the U.S. Air tives from the Environmental Force ﬂeet here when one of ﬂying F-16 Protection Agency based on their four KC-135 refueling Vermont Senator Patrick its exceptional example as a aircraft arrived to take its place Leahy is pushing to have the steward of the environment. with dozens of U.S. assets April nation’s longest-flying F-16 put on permanent display Chile 16 on this Southwest Asian air base ﬂightline. rather than cut up for scrap when it’s retired from service. Airmen participating in the larg- Aircraft No. 83-1165, known est air show in South America among the Vermont Air Na- took a moment between dem- onstrations and displays to Iraq tional Guard as the “Lethal Lady,” recently became the visit more than 30 preschool- Coalition and Iraqi forces killed ﬁrst U.S. Air Force F-16 with aged children April 3 at the or captured dozens of terrorists 7,000 ﬂying hours. Koinomadelﬁa Orphanage west and criminal militia members The aircraft has flown of Santiago. during multiple engagements missions in Iraq and South- in Iraq Saturday. west Asia during its 25-year career. At the end of 2008, the F-16 will be grounded for good, at the “Bone Yard” — the Air Force’s aviation graveyard, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. In a letter to the Air Force on Monday, Leahy, co-chair of the Senate’s National Guard of sovereign options.” the mindset of a nation at war Caucus, said it would be Senior leaders chart better to put the aircraft on “Air Force capabilities in air, through our joint military efforts,” future at Blue Summit space and cyberspace domains help said General Moseley. “Today’s Air display at the Vermont Guard On the 66th anniversary of the shape the global strategic environ- Force is part of America’s joint team or at the National Air Force providing air, space and cyberspace Museum at Wright-Patterson historic Doolittle Raid on imperial ment,” the secretary said. effects to the modern warﬁghter.” Air Force Base in Ohio. Japan, Secretary of the Air Force General Moseley said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force “The Lethal Lady has clocked Michael Wynne and Chief of Staff priorities of winning today’s ﬁght, Rodney McKinley said winning the record-setting hours and saved Gen. T. Michael Moseley gathered taking care of Airmen and prepar- long war is not possible without the the lives of soldiers and Ma- every Air Force general ofﬁcer and ing for tomorrow’s challenges will service’s most valuable resource — rines in combat, setting new senior civilian to chart the future of provide 21st century capabilities tactical standards,” Leahy people. air, space and cyberspace power at to the nation’s joint military team wrote. “This aircraft and the the Blue Summit. in the spirit of Jimmy Doolittle’s http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123095233 aircrew and maintainers who During this biennial two-day Airmen. helped keep it ﬂying and ca- event, Secretary Wynne noted the “When Army Air Forces’ B-25s pable stand as a symbol of the Air Force carries on the Doolittle ﬂew off of a Navy aircraft carrier to More Air Force news is dedication, endurance and val- Raiders’ tradition by “providing deliver airpower to the enemy, the available at www.af.mil ues of the Air National Guard today’s policy makers a spectrum result was a victory that transformed and the entire Air Force.” http://www.f-16.net/news_article2832.html ads News 9 Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. April 25, 2008 “World Class ... Always!” half of the private workforce. Free housing Web site Previously, nearly 80 percent of household While representing the diversity that makes goods shipments were delivered to storage fully functioning PEOPLE America great, small businesses play a critical role in supporting Air Force priorities. Small businesses help to ﬁght and by Senior Master Sgt. MATT PROIETTI facilities because military members had not secured housing before their move. http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123095388 FIRST win the war on terrorism by: • Developing a body armor plate for ﬂak vests used in Iraq and Afghanistan. Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — A free Department Funding concerns remain • Designing and building rechargeable of Defense-sponsored housing referral for morale, welfare, Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is lithium battery packs for unmanned aerial Web site is fully operational for Air Force recreation programs vehicles. members and civilian employees looking for by Staff Sgt. compiled from information from the Air Force • Developing electronic products used homes in the continental U.S. MONIQUE RANDOLPH Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Mission to deter improvised explosive devices in The Automated Housing Referral Net- Support Squadron, Airman and Family Iraq. work at www.ahrn.com contains listings Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Readiness Flight, the Veterans Administra- • Working on predictive behavior mod- for: WASHINGTON — The director of Air tion, the civilian personnel ofﬁce and armed eling and simulation to develop computer · Off-base rentals Force Services testified before a house forces news services. models so the Air Force can anticipate ter- · On-base military housing subcommittee April 17 about child care ror attacks in combat areas. · Shared rentals and other morale, welfare and recreation Air Force ofﬁcials Small businesses help develop and care · Temporary lodging issues. for our Airmen and their families by: · Homes being sold by military mem- “We’ve had signiﬁcant budget cuts, and observe National • Providing contract medical and support bers we’ve seen our programs reduced across personnel to augment in military treatment The system is designed to help custom- the board,” Arthur Myers said to members Small Business Week facilities. ers ﬁnd new homes faster and more eas- of the House Armed Services Committee’s SAN ANTONIO — Small businesses sup- • Providing gate and security guards on ily, said Judith Teague, housing program panel on military personnel. “The Air Force port the full spectrum of Air Force operations Air Force bases. manager at the Air Force’s Ofﬁce of the is getting smaller, and it’s a budget issue. that helps Airmen ﬂy and ﬁght in air, space • Providing environmental remediation Civil Engineer. We have to ﬁght for all our requirements... and cyberspace, and Air Force ofﬁcials are and cleanup on Air Force bases. It does this, she said, by including de- and the word we’re getting from the ﬁeld observing National Small Business Week that • Developing a handheld personal com- tailed descriptions of homes, pictures and (is that) Airmen are seeing their quality of runs Monday through today. puter device to streamline medical report- maps. The network also allows military life being eroded.” Small businesses deliver in a big way in ing, optimize medical stafﬁng and supplies members to send messages and place free Child care remains a major concern for innovation and technology to help the Air in combat theaters. advertisements to sell or rent a home. Airmen, he said. Over the past two years, Force remain ﬂexible, agile and respon- Members of Small businesses help re- “You can be in Baghdad and look at Air Force ofﬁcials have reduced the backlog sive, and Air Force ofﬁcials recognize the capitalize and modernize our aging air- homes with your spouse who is back in the of child care positions by 2,400, yet 4,000 important contributions of America’s small craft, spacecraft and equipment by: U.S.,” said Ms. Teague. positions are still needed, said Mr. Myers. business community. • Producing pilot ladders for F-16 Fight- The system has allowed the number of Had it not been for emergency funding the The nation’s nearly 27 million small ing Falcons, C-17 Globemaster III ground direct moves to increase, in which families Ofﬁce of the Secretary of Defense helped businesses play a vital role in our nation’s support equipment and C-5 Galaxy genera- move from their former home into a new obtain, the situation would be much worse, economy. They account for nearly 99 per- tor kits. one without staying in a temporary on-base he said. cent of all employers and employ more than http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123094671 facility as was normal practice, she said. http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123095299 “I enjoy Salt “I stay “I take my “I have pool SOUND River tubing with friends.” inside and enjoy the air conditioning kids camping at the beach.” parties.” OFF! until the sun goes down.” How do you do keep cool during Airman 1st Class Master Sgt. Master Sgt. Tech. Sgt. the summer? JORGE COTTO-VALLADARES JERRY PIER CHAD LEWIS FREDERICK SMITH 56th Civil Engineer Squadron 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron 56th Security Forces Squadron 56th Communications Squadron ads 10 News April 25, 2008 Thunderbolt http://www.luke.af.mil Dr. speaks to Thunderbolts STREET BEAT on sexual assault awareness by Senior Airman The 56th Security Forces Squadron han- April 17: Security forces and ﬁreﬁghters KARA MCGRATH dled the following incidents from April 11 responded to a medical emergency at the Thunderbolt staff writer through 17. base running track. A sexual violence prevention expert visited Luke with a message about how Tickets Non-emergency everyone can be a solution to the problem of sexual assault. Security forces issued citations for Dr. Alan Berkowitz’s “Social Norms Approach” presentation to the Luke community 51 moving violations and 12 responses highlighted how to identify the true social norms that inﬂuence our actions or non- non-moving violations. April 11: Security forces actions as bystanders. responded to a report of A bystander is deﬁned as someone who stands by and does nothing when he or Trafﬁc-related damage to government she notices a problematic situation or behavior even though they may ﬁnd the be- property at Bldg. 1540. havior to be offensive, according to Dr. Berkowitz. For almost all health and social incidents April 11: Security justice problems there are bystanders. April 16: Security forces responded to a “People need to realize sexual assault is more of a problem than they like to ac- forces responded to a report of a domestic cept,” said Dr. Berkowitz. “Sexual assault is everyone’s problem to solve.” minor government- disturbance in base The 56th Fighter Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Ofﬁce invited owned vehicle vs. a housing. Dr. Berkowitz to speak on the subject of bystander awareness. ﬁ xed object accident April 14: Security “By reframing models of change and leadership, Dr. Berkowitz’s presentation in the 56th Fighter forces responded to a encouraged attendees to use their community to create a climate of intolerance Wing mass parking report of theft of per- against sexual harassment and sexual assault,” said Joice Jones, 56th Fighter Wing area. sonal property in Bldg. SAPRO Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. “Our ofﬁce will continue to work with 810. the Luke community to create more healthy, responsible and caring behaviors. Emergency re- April 14: Security forc- When asked what future goals he has in his work, Dr. Berkowitz stated two things. He sponses es responded to a report wants to educate Airmen to avoid imposing their will on anyone physically before he or April 11: Security forces of trespassing at the base she is certain they have the consent of the other person involved. He also wants Airmen and ﬁreﬁghters responded to running track. to know they can intervene when someone else behaves in an unacceptable manner. a report of a natural gas leak in Dr. Berkowitz’s opinion is frequently sought after by the federal government and base housing. Lockouts professional organizations and is well-known for scholarship and innovative pro- April 16: Security forces and ﬁreﬁght- There were six lockouts; three in Dorm 546 ers responded to a 911 hang-up in base and one each in dorms 133, 528 and 637. See AWARENESS, Page 14 housing. Courtesy of Staff Sgt. Adam Villalobos, 56th SFS ads News 11 Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. April 25, 2008 “World Class ... Always!” Warrior (From Page 4 Great marriage starts with basics help ensure they could keep Luke as their home station. “They’ve come out to visit me, they’ve been taking care of Since then, she’s helped them with numerous other issues my house along with friends and neighbors, not to mention by Chaplain (Capt.) and treated them like family, according to Mrs. Slaydon. helping Annette in the early days after I was injured.” LARRY KITTLE The sacriﬁce required of families such as the Slaydons Finally, at a national level, John Beckett, of the Air 56th Fighter Wing chapel goes well beyond the physical injuries and emotional dif- Force Survivor Assistance Program, has worked closely ﬁculties. There is a heavy ﬁnancial toll as well. with the Slaydons to get them through current issues and Servicemembers receive military training to complete “Back home in Arizona, I’m a paralegal, and I bring in a help them look toward the future. the mission of defending life and liberty but may discover good paycheck,” Mrs. Slaydon said. “But being here with “He’s personally called to check on us regularly, and they’re ill equipped to complete the lifelong mission of fulﬁll- my husband, I’m not collecting that check anymore. We been a huge help to us,” Mrs. Slaydon said. ing their wedding vows, especially while facing the unique also own a house there, so there are mortgage payments The road ahead challenges, pressures and transitions of military life. to think about.” Sergeant Slaydon’s recovery is still a work in progress. He In some marriages, every year the assault becomes That’s where the Air Force Aid Society lightened the is learning to cope in total darkness. He has been ﬁtted with a greater. Heavy verbal artillery pounds away at the frag- load. prosthetic for his left arm and is trying to get used to that. ile strings that hold marriages and families together. Steve Mayﬁeld, at the Randolph AFB Airman and Fam- Despite a schedule full of medical and therapy ap- Relentlessly, screaming shells land with telling blows, ily Readiness Flight, arranged for the AFAS to fund the pointments, community reintegration events, and public leaving couples with bruised hearts and a choice of dig- Slaydons’ house payments for a couple of months. Air Force speaking engagements, he was able to clear some time on ging in to make their marriage better or dropping out. Aid also took care of some unexpected expenses that came his calendar for the one he loves. He and Annette renewed To help Air Force couples cope with the stresses of mar- up, like termite treatment on the home. their marriage vows April 11. That was important to them, riage compounded with the military lifestyle, the Luke Com- “It was hard to ask for help,” Mrs. Slaydon said. “We’re because in a future full of uncertainties, they could only munity Chapel is providing a discounted rate for 20 couples very self-sufﬁcient and good with our money. It can be hard be sure of their love for each other. to attend the FamilyLife Ministry seminar, A Weekend to to get over your pride to ‘stoop’ and ask for ﬁnancial assis- “A big challenge for me in the near future will be tran- Remember, June 6 through 8 at the Wigwam Resort. The tance, but Mr. Mayﬁeld explained the aid was a beneﬁt my sitioning from active duty to medically retired,” Sergeant husband earned through his service — even before he was seminar presents biblical principles that foster intimacy, Slaydon said. “Not so much the paperwork, but just being wounded. That made me feel better about it.” ready to leave active duty. I loved being in Iraq on patrols, teamwork and commitment. Meanwhile, back at Luke, Sergeant Slaydon’s co-work- manning a gun, defeating the enemy’s most dangerous Whether couples have been married for years or are ers, along with the base and local communities, pitched weapons. So it will be a different life ahead.” planning to get married, the seminar helps couples in as well. They quickly raised more than $3,000 to help Sergeant Slaydon said he’s looking to go back to school apply God’s timeless principles to their relationship. the family, according to Capt. Matthew Hileman, 56th to obtain a doctorate in clinical psychology. He wants to There’s no better way to build a marriage than in the CES EOD Flight commander. work for the Veteran’s Administration in the ﬁeld of post- seminar’s fun and friendly environment. “There is nothing the EOD community and the Air traumatic stress disorder so he can help other people just The cost for Luke couples to attend A Weekend to Force family will not do to help those who risk their lives like his Air Force family helped him. Remember is $100 for E-5 and below and $140 for all defending their country,” the captain said. “Their sacriﬁce “The bottom line for me is — yeah, I could sit around others, and includes two nights stay at the Wigwam is a debt we truly cannot begin to repay.” on the couch and collect a check for the rest of my life, Resort. To register, call the Luke Community Chapel at “The support from my home unit at Luke has really but to hell with that,” he said. “I want to do something (623) 856-6211 by Thursday. allowed me to focus on healing,” Sergeant Slaydon said. and still make a difference.” ads 12 April 25, 2008 Thunderbolt http://www.luke.af.mil Staff Sgt. Denise Aragon, 56th Communications Squad- Skelli Dedmon takes her dog, Mitzi, through Ron Quillen gives a treat to his dogs, ron client support administrator, and her dog, Makani, the obstacle course in an exhibition during Phantom of the Opera, Shoe String McK- take advantage of Pet Polooza Saturday at Fowler Park. Pet Palooza Saturday at Fowler Park. Ms. enzie, and Conti, at Pet Palooza Saturday Skelli Dedmon takes The 56th Services Squadron featured the event which Skelli is part of the Best Friends Dog Club at Fowler Park. Pet Palooza, featured by exhibition during Pet P included give-aways, prizes, pet products and shelter from Sun City that trains dogs and is open the 56th Services Squadron, was for Luke Dog Club from Sun Ci and rescue organization booths. to all dog lovers in Sun City. families and their pets. Sun City. Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. “World Class ... Always!” April 25, 2008 13 Mitzi, her dog, through the obstacle course in an Palooza Saturday. Skelli is part of the Best Friends ity that trains dogs and is open to all dog lovers in Ron Quillen quenches the thirst of pets, Phantom of the Opera, Shoe String McKenzie and Conti, at the 56th Services Squadron Pet Palooza Saturday at Fowler Park. Rex, a 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, bites the padded arm of Staff Sgt. Kyle Alltop, 56th SFS dog handler, during a Pet Palooza working dog demonstraton at Fowler Park. Pet Palooza was featured as a family event by the 56th Services Squadron. Luke members and their pets gathered at Fowler Park Saturday for the 56th Services Squadron Pet Palooza Saturday. Pet contests, a fashion show, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog and Sun City Dog Agility Club demonstrations, pet photos, children’s crafts, and visits with Sparky and McGruff Photos by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Gonzalez were included in the day. 14 News April 25, 2008 Thunderbolt http://www.luke.af.mil Awareness (From Page 10) Chief Stippel grams which address issues of substance to prevent it.” Dr. Berkowitz said. abuse and sexual assault. Dr. Berkowitz received his bachelor and The SAPRO is featuring two new plays that will be shown at the base theater near re-enlists Chief Master Sgt. Mitch Stippel, master’s degrees as well as Ph.D. in psychol- the end of the month. Remote Control and ogy from Cornell University. He has more Yellow Dress are open to members of the 56th Fighter Wing command than twenty years of experience in higher Luke community 17 and older. The plays chief, recites the Oath of Enlist- education as a trainer, psychologist, faculty explore issues of sexual assault prevention ment during his re-enlistment member and counseling center director. and model how bystanders can intervene ceremony Monday in the 56th “In the future, I hope when Airmen notice to prevent violence against women. FW conference room. Brig. Gen. someone engaging in a behavior that could For more information on Dr. Berkow- Tom Jones, 56th FW command- put that person at risk of sexual assault, itz or Sexual Assault Awareness Month er, ofﬁciated the ceremony. Airman 1st Class Tracie Forte they’ll not just stand by, but will intervene activities, call (623) 856-4878. ads Diversions 15 Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. April 25, 2008 “World Class ... Always!” COMMUNITY DIGEST LUKE WEATHER consecutive classes Instructors wanted — Teach a foreign language, martial arts, dog obedience or present a class idea; staff will help get class going FRI SAT SUN MON Casting call — Theater group forming for adults, ages 18 and older; acting, singing, improvisation, backstage support, lighting, set building, directing, make up, wardrobe; workshops held Mondays 6 p.m. at the base theater Arts and Crafts Center (623) 856-6502 Mother’s, Father’s Days gifts — Turn family photo into photo puzzle, select bronze eagles, F-16s with engraved plate with personalized message 91 96 97 97 Pitch, Hit and Run Wood shop — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; closed Monday Auto hobby shop — 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; for 58 60 60 61 more information, call (623) 856-6107 Children ages 7 to 14 Vehicle courtesy checks — Spouses of deployed military members The Luke weather forecast is provided by the 9 a.m. Saturday receive a courtesy safety check Thursday through Sunday; for appointments, call (623) 856-6107 56th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight. Mark Grace Youth Ballﬁeld Auto body repair clinic — Learn to repair minor damage 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; $120 per person does not include supplies; XTREME bowling — Music, light show and bowling 9:30 p.m. to Ribbons will be awarded limited to eight participants midnight Friday, Saturday; $13 per club member, $14 per nonmember Moonlight auto body — Paint and body repair, military discounts; Practice special — Practice bowling skills 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday; $1 receive a free estimate today (623) 536-6946 per game, $1 shoe rental per youth, $1.25 per game and $1.25 shoe rental McViper’s Irish Pub (623) 856-7152 per adult For details on Colorama — Bowl to win cash prizes starting at 6 p.m. Saturdays; bowl Guitar Hero tournament — 5 p.m. April 25 56th Services Squadron programs, McViper’s Cyber Zone — Wii system has Wii Play, Marvel Ultimate three games for $13 per person; sign up to participate starting at 5 p.m. visit www.lukeservices.com Alliance, Need for Speed Carbon; X-Box 360 has Halo 3, Call of Duty 3, Red pin bowling — Open to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays through Gears of War; World of Warcraft, Battlefield 1942 and 2142 available on Saturdays; $1.95 per game per youth to age 12; $1.70 per game per high speed computers senior Fort Tuthill (623) 856-3401 Texas hold’em tournament — 6 p.m. Tuesdays; prizes awarded weekly, Library (623) 856-7191 Outdoor adventure program trips — Register now for trips including grand prize awarded to player with most points at the end of the tournament Preschool story time — 9:30 a.m. Thursdays Grand Canyon rafting, camping trips, Sedona sunset hikes, day and Thunderbolt Lanes (623) 856-6529 Baby time — 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays; introduction to nursery rhymes, overnight cycling tours; Ft. Tuthill offers cabins, hotel rooms and RV songs, books in one-on-one setting for parents, babies, newborn to 18 Family XTREME bowling — Noon to 4 p.m. Sundays; $19.95 per spaces; for details visit www.forttuthill.com months lane for two hours of bowling or $2 per adult, $1.50 per youth to age 18; Outdoor Recreation (623) 856-9334 or 856-6267 limited to five people per lane Toddler tales — 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays; children, ages 18 to 36 months Sedona Wild West day trip — Tour Sedona by jeep, horseback, wagon; 9-pin, no tap tournament — Competitors bowl 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Family advocacy playgroup — 10 a.m. Wednesdays bus departs 9 a.m. and returns 8 p.m. June 14; $225 per person includes through Saturday; cash prizes, winning scores based on scratch four Dial-a-story — Call (623) 856-3754 to hear a story day or night transportation, cowboy cookout, campfire, wild west entertainment game total; $13 per bowler Read-to-bowl program — Luke children, ages 6 to 12, receive Bingo Mania — Customers play bingo daily for chance to win $1,000 certificate for free game with each book read; Thunderbolt Lanes Community Center (623) 856-7152 registration required cash; $1 per card, available at registers Squadron wacky triathlon — 3 p.m. May 16; events include build-a- Bowling lunch special — $1 per game with purchase of $4.50 lunch; Youth Programs (623) 856-7470 or 856-6225 boat races, tricycle races, bed races; choose team members, register to 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at snack bar inside Family funlympics — 6 to 9 p.m. May 2 at Fowler Park; relay, obstacle compete; open to all squadron team members Thunderbolt Lanes Ballroom dance classes — 6 p.m. Wednesdays; community center Rent-a-lane bowling special — $5 per person per hour from 5 to aerobics center, Bldg. 700; $35 per single, $50 per couple includes four 9 p.m. Thursdays See DIGEST, Page 20 ads 16 Top Dogs April 25, 2008 Thunderbolt http://www.luke.af.mil 61st FS graduates eight F-16 pilots by Lt. Col. their initial solo ﬂights. in a large force exercise during which they the instructors, maintainers and support JAMES SEARS Following a brief transition phase that attacked enemy targets while opposed by personnel who helped build the skills they focused on the basics of landing and ad- hostile air and ground forces. will need to ﬂy, ﬁght and win. 61st Fight Squadron commander vanced handling, the students jumped into Basic course graduation is just one step Eight members of the 61st Fighter Squad- the air-to-air and air-to-ground phases. in a tactical aviation career. From here, the ron Top Dogs, class 08-ABC, graduate today During these phases, the Top Dog instruc- class will report to the 310th FS TopHats from the F-16 basic course to become the tors helped class members build not only and receive follow-on training on night Combat Air Force’s newest Viper pilots. the technical skills, but also the mentality vision goggles, laser guided bombing and A staggering amount of resources and and discipline necessary to be combat wing- other specialized F-16 missions. Shortly personnel are required to graduate just men. I frequently reminded the class, “The after, the class will continue to develop as one basic course class. This occasion is an ability to take off and land does not make combat wingmen at their ﬁrst operational achievement not only for 08-ABC and their one a ﬁghter pilot.” units across the world from Indiana to families, but also for the Top Dog instruc- Over the next six months, the class ﬂew Japan. tors and support personnel, academic in- more than 400 demanding sorties. The mis- The members of 08-ABC are acutely structors from the 56th Training Squadron, sions ranged from one vs. one dog-ﬁghting aware they may soon get to deploy to 1st Lt. Paul Anderson the 170 men and women of the 61st Aircraft to four vs. four air combat tactics and live places like Afghanistan or Iraq. The class Idaho Falls, Idaho Maintenance Unit, and the 56th Operations munitions drops. Their training culminated is extremely grateful to their families, and Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea Support Squadron. The class began training on Oct. 4, 2007. During the initial ﬁve weeks of academics, the class built a foundation of knowledge in F-16 systems and emergency procedures. Backed by years of experience in combat aviation, civilian instructors from Lockheed Martin tested class comprehension during numerous simulator missions. Having demonstrated the ability to apply classroom knowledge to realistic situations in the simulator, 08-ABC had their ﬁrst ﬂights Capt. Max Johnson 1st Lt. Josh Larsen 1st Lt. Dennis Muller in the mighty Viper. After only ﬁve sorties San Diego, Calif. Tremonton, Utah New Orleans, La. with an instructor, the students took off on Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Hill AFB, Utah Fort Worth Navy Air Station, Texas 1st Lt. Dan Schreiber 1st Lt. Jason Spreeman 1st Lt. Travis Walton 1st Lt. Tyler Young Bell, Fla. Didsbury, Alberta, Canada Fort Wayne, Ind. Ellicott City, Md. Kunsan AB, ROK Hill AFB, Utah Fort Wayne Air National Guard, Ind. Misawa AB, Japan Student pilots from class 08-ABC are, from left, 1st Lt. Josh Larsen, Capt. Max Johnson, 1st Lts. Jason Spreeman, Dennis Muller, Paul Anderson, Nathan Strohschein, Tyler Young, Dan Schreiber and Travis Walton. Their hometowns and follow-on assignments are listed below. Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. “World Class ... Always!” April 25, 2008 17 ads 18 Diversions April 25, 2008 Thunderbolt http://www.luke.af.mil 3. USAF site 43. Image; representation 54. Periodic Table Pb Peach state base 4. 5. Actress Lupino ___ Lakenheath 44. 49. Gave away Type of test 55. 57. Brink or verge TV doctor 40. Fabled dwarﬂike creature 6. Alarm 50. Unqualiﬁed or incompetent 59. US cryptologic org. ACROSS living underground with 51. Alike 61. Chairman Zedong 7. Cry 1. Mil. duty status treasure 8. Lotion ingredient 52. Box 62. Shed tears 4. Taxing org. 41. To suppress; omit; ignore; 9. Pilot with 5+ aerial victories 53. Greek goddess of the 64. ___ Mae; Whoopi in Ghost 7. Sheep’s sound pass over dawn 10. Loathe 10. Model Klum 45. USN O-1 Courtesy of Capt. Tony Wickman 12. Raised platform 11. Before the present time; 46. Dr. Ronald ___; retired Maj formerly 14. WR-___; Peach State base Gen, astronaut; former USE- unit commanded by Maj Gen CAF 13. Jazz singing with impro- Tom Owen vised, meaningless syllables 47. Town near Peach State base 15. BG Augustine ___ Robins; 15. Natural ability to perceive 48. County where Peach State and understand; intelligence Peach State base namesake base is located 16. MAJCOM on the Peach 20. Move slightly or lightly 51. 157°30’ east of due north State base 22. Whole end wall of a building 54. Acquire knowledge of or skill or wing having a pitched roof 17. Grievous distress, afﬂiction, in by study or trouble 25. Tutelary deity or spirit of an 56. Sleep for a short time; doze ancient Roman household 18. ___ a Wonderful Life 58. Overseas mil. Address starter 19. Stomach muscles 26. Whatever or whichever it 59. Homer’s neighbor may be 21. F-15; part of the Peach State 60. MAJCOM Peach State base base’s heritage museum 27. Operation ___ Sentry is assigned 29. Advanced to the point of being 23. Offensive; 1968 Vietnamese 63. Col. Charles E. “Steve” __; attack on U.S. forces in the best condition for use Peach State base’s ﬁrst com- 30. ___ College; British school 24. Peach State capital mander 27. Japanese or Korean 31. Dampens 65. Droop person 32. Asks for as a gift, as charity, 66. Fibber 28. Make a fermented alcoholic or as a favor 67. Large sea duck malt beverage 33. Thomas Augustine ___; Brit- 68. Orange or lemon beverage ish composer 32. Sack 69. Child’s plaything 34. ___ bowl; USAF dining-in 35. Col Warren ___; current 78 ABW commander at Peach 70. Mil. Pay entitlement during instrument State base a PCS 36. Garden spot 36. Persons of the highest class 38. D-Day beach 37. Actor Flynn DOWN 41. 13 letters of the alphabet 39. Mission of Peach State 1. Relative 42. Broad ﬂat muscle on either base 2. Thought side of the back See SOLUTION, Page 20 ads News 19 Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. April 25, 2008 “World Class ... Always!” Security (From Page 1) Robinson, Army National Guard, Ark. ing pushups or running around the area,” Sergeant McKee “I learned more about shooting in 19 days than I had in said. “It was hard but important.” Prerequisites to be selected for the course, my whole life,” said Tech. Sgt. Shadd McKee, 56th Security These memory tests aid Airmen when they’re out in the Airmen must: Forces Squadron conﬁnement NCO in charge. ﬁeld observing an enemy camp. They can tell what has • Be a security forces, explosive ordnance disposal While in school, Airmen are each issued approximately changed since the last time they were out. or special operations member. 50 pounds of equipment. This includes the single-shot M-24 The shooters memory isn’t the only thing that needs to • Be active-duty, Reserve or National Guard, have a riﬂe, a handbook for writing target information and sketch- be honed to perfection. Their relationship with their spotter good performance record with no history of alcohol ing scenery and a multitude of other gear. needs to perfected as well. or drug abuse, be a volunteer, and be recommended One of the skills trainees are required to master during “Anyone can pull a trigger,” Sergeant McKee said. “It’s by the Airman’s commander. the course is target range estimation. The Airmen use a important to have a good spotter, because he’s the person complex mathematical formula and binoculars to ﬁgure the feeding the information needed like range-to-target and • Be in excellent physical condition. distance to a target. Initially, students are given a 500-meter wind corrections.” • Have a corrected vision of 20/20. target to calibrate and test their skills. After that, they’re Another reason a sharpshooter needs to be in harmony • Have no record of disciplinary action. on their own, having to range targets from 300 to 1,000 with the spotter is when both Airmen have been lying in one • Have qualified expert with the M16A2/M4 meters away. position, motionless for up to 12 hours observing a target, Carbine riﬂe within six months of course at- But the most important skill that is honed while attending they need each other to stay focused on the task, Sergeant tendance. the course is the shooter’s memory. McKee said. To keep their memory sharp, Airmen are subjected almost The sharpshooter program is an important part of the • Have normal color vision annotated on SF 88 daily to “Kim’s game.” Instructors gather students in a circle Air Force’s ability to project power forward with preci- and be tested within six months of course at- to look at a set of objects on the ground. Hours later, they sion. tendance. must remember all of the objects as well as other variables “I believe it’s a great program,” Sergeant McKee said. • Have a minimum of one year retainability. instructors throw their way. It’s allowing the Air Force to do what we’ve been count- • Pass a psychological evaluation, conducted under “The instructors would scatter small items over the ground ing on other services to do for us. It makes us more self- the direction of a qualiﬁed psychologist. and we had to memorize what they were, while we were do- sufﬁcient.” ads 20 Diversions April 25, 2008 Thunderbolt http://www.luke.af.mil Other faith groups • For information on Islamic, Jewish, CHAPEL Buddhist or other faith groups, call the chapel at (623) 856-6211. CORNER Chapel activities Baptism • Baptism seminars for parents of The Luke Chapel team is committed children below age 7 are 7 p.m. the ﬁrst to ensuring spiritual care for the entire two Mondays of the month family. Chapel ofﬁces are in the Luke Weddings Community Chapel, located between • Weddings for either chapel must be the Ofﬁcers’ Club and ﬁtness center. For scheduled several months in advance more information, call (623) 856-6211. Singles ministry • Walleyball is 5 p.m. Thursdays at the gym COM-Chapel on the Mall • Bible study is 8:15 p.m. Thursdays at LCC-Luke Community Chapel the Oasis • Singles meet for dinner at 6 p.m. Worship schedule Fridays and Saturdays at the Oasis Protestant • Gospel service is 9:30 a.m. at COM Youth events • Praise service is 11 a.m. at LCC • Catholic youth group is 6:30 p.m. • Children’s church is 11 a.m. at LCC Tuesdays at LCC Catholic • An on-call chaplain may be reached • Mass is 9:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. at LCC after duty hours by calling the command Airman 1st Class C.J. Hatch • Weekday Mass is noon at LCC post at (623) 856-5600. Rock and rollercise Vikki Sears instructs a Pilates class Tuesdays at the health and wellness center. Luke’s aerobic schedule includes classes in Yoga, cycling, step and cardio. For more information on the aerobic schedule, call the HAWC at (623) 856-8476. CROSSWORD Digest (From Page 15) SOLUTION course, rock climbing wall, bungee run, potato sack Bachelor special — Chef’s choice dinner special races, water balloon toss; preregister now to receive Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays; $4.95 two tickets for door prize drawing Triple play sports club — Teens, ages 13 to 18, Birthday certificates — Club members present club card and military identification at the Club Peach state base complete 100 hours of volunteer service for overall Thunderbolt cashier’s cage to receive a $10 birthday health, wellness, sports programs at youth center; club gift certificate during the member’s birthday month (From Page 18) members receive T-shirt, opportunity to attend summer Desert Star Club (623) 856-6446 leadership camp; 10 participants needed to form club Evening bar snacks — 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Club Thunderbolt (623) 856-6446 Fridays; free bar snacks, pool, darts, juke box Club Thunderbolt lunch — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday evening specials and entertainment Monday through Friday; sandwich line, lunch — 4 p.m. boss and buddy night; 5 to 6 p.m. free bar specials, all-you-can-eat buffet snacks; 8 p.m. karaoke Ladies’ and men’s nights — Ladies’ night, Friday evening entertainment — 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, men’s night, Thursday drink specials, snacks; 8:30 p.m. to closing DJ music ads Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. “World Class ... Always!” April 25, 2008 21 ads 22 Sports April 25, 2008 Thunderbolt http://www.luke.af.mil Falcons destroy CCV in tournament semifinals by Tech. Sgt. JOSE NEGRON Luke Falcons soccer coach The Luke Falcons faced Christ Church of the Valley for the privilege of going to the league championship game this weekend. In their previ- ous meeting, CCV beat the Falcons, so a trip to the ﬁnals wasn’t all the Falcons were thinking about. With the determination to avenge their previous loss, the Falcons took the ﬁeld and quickly estab- lished superiority in every part of the game. Ten minutes into the game, Eric Puels scored a goal to put the Falcons up. Shortly thereaf- ter, Puels added another goal to increase the Falcon lead. An unfortunate bounce resulted in a handball by the Falcons inside their own 18-yard box giving CCV a penalty kick. With the kick, CCV shortened the gap to 2-1. Just before the end of the half, the Falcons increased their lead back to two when Gabriel Anazia scored his first goal. In the second half, the Falcons came out with the intent of shutting down the CCV offense and pre- serving their lead. The plan worked as CCV was unable to score while the Falcons offense scored four more times on their way to a 7-1 route. Eric Boateng, Anazia, Puels and Richard Jones scored the four second half goals. With the win, the Falcons go to the Peoria Adult Soccer League championship game where they will face the Peoria Kickin’ It, a team they beat 6-1 in Staff Sgt. Lyndsey Lemus a previous meeting.The ﬁnal game will be played Eric Puels, center, takes off on a fastbreak with Benjamin Lemus, left, and Eric Boateng. Puels scored three goals in the 10 a.m. Sunday at Rio Vista Park. Falcon 7-1 victory over Christ Chruch of the Valley. ads Sports 23 Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. April 25, 2008 “World Class ... Always!” Sports Shorts Police week golf A golf tournament to beneﬁt the families of police ofﬁcers and ﬁre- ﬁghters who are killed or injured in the line of duty is May 8 at Falcon Dunes Golf Course with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start; registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The cost is $40 per player and includes cart, range balls, Stretching the limit greens fees, lunch and prizes. For more information, call Tech. Sgt. Participants in the Muscle Mix class at the health and wellness center use stretch bands to strengthen their Shadd McKee at (623) 856-6717. arms. The ﬁtness center and HAWC offer a variety of exercise programs to help Luke members stay ﬁt. Intramural golf For more information call the ﬁtness center at (623) Intramural golf begins June 12 Airman 1st Class C.J. Hatch 856-6241. at Falcon Dunes Golf Course. The tournament begins Aug. 21. Players must compete in one match during the season to play in the tournament. Make exercise habit forming Players must submit a letter-of-intent by May 5. For more information, call Kevin Bruaw at (623) 856-6241. Exercising regularly can be a difﬁ cult habit to maintain, • Write down a ﬁtness goal and keep it where it will be seen fre- Intramural volleyball despite all the facts on its merits. Physical activity has been quently such as in a day planner, on the computer or desk top. Intramural volleyball is May 20 shown to be the single most important factor in successful weight • Bribes — Set a goal for a set amount of time, for example a through 22 at the base recreation center. maintenance, and without it, weight loss progress may be slow. month. Establish a reward once that goal is reached. If trying Letters-of-intent must be submitted by Passing the annual Air Force ﬁtness test also requires regular to lose weight, the reward should probably not be food related, Thursday. For more information, call aerobic exercise. but otherwise only budget and imagination are the limits. Kevin Bruaw or Trever Tucker at (623) Exercise also helps decrease stress levels and reduces the risk • Focus on the beneﬁts of exercise — how it energizes the 856-6241. of many health problems such as high blood pressure and high body. cholesterol. So, why is making exercise a priority so difﬁcult? One • Avoid becoming discouraged if weight loss or other hoped-for AFA golf tournament of the most commonly cited reasons for lack of physical activity is beneﬁts are slow in coming. Stay focused on the long term and The Air Force Association Frank ﬁnding the time due to a busy lifestyle. remember the reward system in the short term. Luke Chapter 151 golf tournament is Among adults in the United States in 2006, 40 percent were found • If it’s difﬁcult to make exercise ﬁt into the day, block it out on May 9 at Falcon Dunes Golf Course to be inactive. But surely the military does a better job of keeping ﬁt. the calendar, and avoid interferences. with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start. Reg- It may come as a surprise to learn the rate of inactivity in the military • Start slowly to avoid injury. An injury will slow progress. istration begins at 6:30 a.m. There is mirrors that of civilians. • Get a doctor’s approval before starting an exercise program. a $10,000 cash prize for a hole-in-one. There are many strategies to incorporate exercise into the day Once exercise is a habit, it’s hard to break. The cost is $40 per active-duty player, and make an exercise program stick. For more information on starting and maintaining an ex- $55 for all others, and includes cart, Tips for forming an exercise habit: ercise program, call the fitness center personal trainers at range balls, greens fees and lunch. • Find a workout partner, someone at a similar ﬁtness level who (623) 856-6241. For more information, call Capt. Rex shares or has similar goals. Courtesy of Air Force Medical Service Weber at (623) 856-4016. PICKS of the WEEK Master Sgt. Staff Sgt. Staff Sgt. Airman 1st Class Staff Sgt. Michael Mack Andre Grant Justin Miller Andrew Gaither Nicole Dirickson MLS: Saturday 56th Fighter Wing 56th Operations Group 56th Mission Support Group 56th Maintenance Group 56th Medical Group New England vs. FC Dallas FC Dallas FC Dallas FC Dallas FC Dallas FC Dallas Kansas City vs. Toronto Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Houston vs. Columbus Columbus Houston Houston Houston Columbus Salt Lake City vs. D.C. United D.C. United D.C. United D.C. United D.C. United D.C. United Colorado vs. Chicago Colorado Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chivas U.S.A vs. Los Angeles Los Angeles Los Angeles Los Angeles Los Angeles Los Angeles San Jose vs. New York San Jose San Jose San Jose San Jose New York MLB: Saturday Atlanta vs. N.Y. Mets N.Y. Mets N.Y. Mets N.Y. Mets N.Y. Mets N.Y. Mets Houston vs. St. Louis St. Louis St. Louis St. Louis St. Louis St. Louis L.A. Angels vs. Detroit Detroit L.A. Angels Detroit Detroit Detroit Arizona vs. San Diego Arizona Arizona Arizona Arizona Arizona N.Y. Yankees vs. Cleveland Cleveland N.Y. Yankees N.Y. Yankees N.Y. Yankees N.Y. Yankees Baltimore vs. Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox Florida vs. Milwaukee Milwaukee Milwaukee Milwaukee Milwaukee Milwaukee Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia Boston vs. Tampa Bay Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Percentage per year 5-16 / 63 percent 8-16 / 54 percent 5-16 / 56 percent 9-16 / 53 percent 10-16 / 58 percent Monthly Percentage 50 percent 56 percent 44 percent 59 percent 59 percent Trash talk “Winning isn’t everything; but it’s sure “Chicago; even in futbol we dominate. “Looking for some “Go, Go, Power “How ‘bout some real competition? better than losing.” It must be in the water.” magic here.” Rangers.” Picking against you guys is too easy.” Around Luke Check it out Airman 1st Class Tracie Forte Airman Karl Willoughby, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron fuel shop journeymen, replaces the master clutch in a 2003 Ford Ranger at the auto hobby shop April 16. The shop is available for Luke Airmen to perform do-it-yourself tasks on personal vehicles such as oil and break ﬂuid changes. The auto hobby shop is open 9 am. through 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. ads