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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.”
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2                                                                                 Commentary
         April 25, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Thunderbolt

            ACTION LINE
                                                                                                                          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.                                                                                                                           See E-MAIL, Page 6
    Law enforcement desk ............................(623) 856-5970
    Legal assistance ......................................(623) 856-6901
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     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.

                                                                                                                                   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
   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:                             
    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 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

                                                                   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

Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
“World Class ... Always!”
                                   April 25, 2008

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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.

Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
“World Class ... Always!”
                                   April 25, 2008

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     April 25, 2008                                                                                                                                                           Thunderbolt

                                                    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
                                                                                                                                                                     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
                                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
                                                                                                                                                                  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                        ues of the Air National Guard
                                today’s policy makers a spectrum         result was a victory that transformed                                                    and the entire Air Force.”

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      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.

   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 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                          facility as was normal practice, she said.                   

                                                                       “I enjoy Salt                                             “I stay                                           “I take my                                       “I have pool

     SOUND                                                             River tubing
                                                                       with friends.”
                                                                                                                               inside and
                                                                                                                              enjoy the air
                                                                                                                                                                                 kids camping
                                                                                                                                                                                 at the beach.”

      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

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                                                                                                        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

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      “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.”

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 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

 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.
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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
                                                                                              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.

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       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                                  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                                                                                                            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

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         April 25, 2008                                                                                                                                                 Thunderbolt

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

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          April 25, 2008                                                                                                                                              Thunderbolt

                                                                           3.   USAF site                         43.   Image; representation       54.   Periodic Table Pb
Peach state base                                                           4.
                                                                                Actress Lupino
                                                                                ___ Lakenheath
                                                                                                                        Gave away
                                                                                                                        Type of test
                                                                                                                                                          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

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      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
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.”

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           April 25, 2008                                                                                                                                                               Thunderbolt

                                                                                                                                                              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 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
                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                  • 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.
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

Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
“World Class ... Always!”
                                   April 25, 2008

22                                                                        Sports
         April 25, 2008                                                                                                                                         Thunderbolt

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.

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      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.

     of the
                                                     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.”
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                                                                                                                                                   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.