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					Vol. 8, No. 3                           Train The World’s Greatest F-16 Fighter Pilots and Maintainers, While Deploying Mission Ready Warfighters                                    Jan. 25, 2008



           BASE
         BULLETIN
  (The base bulletin is provided for the Luke Air
  Force Base community and features items of
  interest to base personnel. The full product can be
  accessed through the Luke AFB Intranet site.)

  Commander’s calls
    Airman’s calls are 7 a.m. and 1 and
  4 p.m. Monday; NCO calls are 7 a.m.
  and 4 p.m. Wednesday; senior NCO
  call is 10 a.m. Thursday; civilian calls
  are 10 a.m. Wednesday and 2 p.m.
  Thursday; officer’s call is 4 p.m. Feb.1
  at Club Thunderbolt. All other calls
  are at the base theater.

  Appreciation breakfast
    A club membership appreciation
  breakfast featuring scrambled eggs,
  bacon, hash browns, biscuits and
  gravy, fruit, juice and coffee is 6:30 to
  8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Club Thunder-
  bolt. The breakfast is free for mem-
  bers and guests pay $5.95. For more
  information about club membership
                                                            Staff Sgt. Paul DeGrechie, 63rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, attaches covers to the flagship cockpit after a flight Jan. 18.
  drive results, see story on Page 19.

  Load crew competition
    The annual load crew of the year
                                                            Flagship reflects Thunderbolt pride
  competition is Feb. 8 in Bldg. 485,
  weapons standardization facility. The
                                                            Story and photo by Airman 1st Class            Staff Sgt. Paul DeGrechie, and Air-         a lot, not just because of the jet, but it says
                                                                       C.J. HATCH                        man Brandon Hohenstein, 63rd Aircraft         a lot about a person’s character.”
  61st and 62nd Aircraft Maintenance
                                                                                                         Maintenance Unit crew chiefs, were               The flagship crew chiefs are chosen much
  Units will load at 10 a.m. and the                                   Thunderbolt staff writer
                                                                                                         recently selected as crew chiefs on the       like quarterly award winners. They present
  61st and 310th AMUs will load at                            Being a crew chief for the wing flagship    special F-16.                                 themselves at boards and show the highest
  noon. All wing personnel are invited                      flown by Brig. Gen. Tom Jones, 56th Fighter     “I was honored to accept this assign-
  to attend. For more information, call                     Wing commander, is no small task.            ment,” Sergeant DeGrechie said. “It means                                   See JET, Page 6
  Master Sgt. Duane Kaholo at (623)
  856-6795.

  No IDs issued
                                                                                                                                                       Air Force Chief
  temporarily
     Due to the relocation of the DEERs/
                                                                                                                                                       of Staff releases
  Rapids server, no identification cards
  will be issued Jan. 29 through 31. The
  system will return to service Feb. 1.
                                                                                                                                                       future roadmap
  Other units affected are the 944th                                                                                                                      WASHINGTON — The Chief of Staff
  Fighter Wing at Luke, the 161st Air                                                                                                                  of the Air Force, Gen. T. Michael Moseley,
  Reserve Wing and the Army National                                                                                                                   released the Air Force’s weapon system
  Guard.                                                                                                                                               “roadmap,” a long-term plan for providing
     To avoid waiting when getting an                                                                                                                  Air Force capabilities the Nation needs in
  ID card, call for an appointment at                                                                                                                  the 21st century to meet threats to the Na-
  (623) 856-8970. For more informa-                                                                                                                    tion’s security.
  tion, call Tech. Sgt. Monique Johnson                                                                                                                   As part of the Air Force’s strategic
  at (623) 856-7832.                                                                                                                                   planning efforts, senior leaders from the
                                                                                                                                                       Regular Air Force, National Guard and Air
                                                                                                                                                       Force Reserve gathered in early December
                                                                                                                                                       to discuss this plan and collaborate on
                                                                                                                                                       this “roadmap” for the Nation’s Air Force,
               INSIDE                                                                                                  Staff Sgt. Christopher Hummel
                                                                                                                                                       a roadmap designed to meet one of the
  Action Line ....................................... 2       East meets west                                                                          Nation’s most pressing needs: recapital-
                                                                                                                                                       ization and modernization of its aging Air
  Spotlight ........................................... 4     The Litchfield Road overpass opening and dedication ceremony is 8 a.m. today at
                                                                                                                                                       Force fleet.
  Med Group ..................................... 12          the west end of the bridge east of the command post. The bridge is being dedicated
                                                                                                                                                          “Our nation’s competitors know that our
  Spikes’ graduation ......................... 16             in memory of Maj. Troy Gilbert who died in Iraq Nov. 27, 2006. A reception will
  Around Luke ..................... Back page                 follow at the Desert Star Club. The bridge opens today to vehicle traffic.
                                                                                                                                                                              See ROADMAP, Page 6
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         Jan. 25, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thunderbolt
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            ACTION LINE
         56fwcommandersactionline@luke.af.mil
                              (623) 856-7011                                         Did you know? When Airmen are on a military installation,
    The command-
er’s Action Line is                                                                  whether on or off duty, they are prohibited from displaying
your direct line to
me with questions                                                                    jewelry or ornamentation on or through the nose, tongue,
or suggestions
about subjects of                                                                    eyebrows, lips or any exposed body part. Also, body jewelry or
concern to the en-
tire Luke Air Force
                                                                                     ornamentation cannot be visible through clothing. Piercing of
Base community.
    I appreciate
                                                                                     women’s earlobes is allowed, but should not
your feedback.
Your ideas and
                                                                                     be extreme or excessive.
concerns help
build a stronger
foundation on             Brig. Gen. Tom Jones
which we can suc-
                          56th FW commander
cessfully complete
our mission and take care of our people.
    To receive a response, leave your name and tele-
phone number. Action Lines of general interest are
printed in the Thunderbolt. Remember, the quickest
and most efficient way to resolve a problem is to
                                                                                  Military medical care not bad deal
                                                                                                                     by Maj.                                                              however, to ensure that all the required coordination was
talk directly to the responsible agency or through
                                                                                                                   KEVIN TRAW                                                             complete; which it was. Remember, it’s your medical care
your chain of command.                                                                                                                                                                    so it’s important to be proactive.
    The Action Line isn’t just for complaints. Send                                            756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander
                                                                                                                                                                                            The ENT recommended eight days convalescent leave
along your kudos when someone provides exception-                                    Recently I had the opportunity to get firsthand experience                                            and faxed me a letter, which the orderly room took to the
al service, goes out of their way to help or deserves a                           with our medical system. I thought it would be good to share                                            base clinic to get approved. Remember all off base recom-
kind word.                                                                        what I learned and observed during my experience.                                                       mendations for time off, duty-limitations or physical train-
                                                                                     It all started back in late April. I went to see my pri-                                             ing limitations have to be reviewed by an on-base provider/
                                                                                  mary care manager about a breathing problem, and I was                                                  health and wellness center.
Question:                                                                         referred to an ear, nose and throat specialist downtown.                                                  Lesson 4: I asked my ENT for my prescriptions prior
  I noticed the commissary parking lot has fallen                                 I received a referral within five days and called the doc-                                               to the surgery and had them filled on base. Not only does
into disrepair. It’s difficult to push a shopping cart                             tor listed on the referral. The doctor listed was an ENT,                                               this save you from paying a co-payment, it saves the Air
across it, and if you have eggs, they are scrambled                               however, he specialized in ear problems.                                                                Force money. I had my surgery on Aug. 1, 2007, and all
before you reach the car. I also think the poor lot                                  Lesson 1: I talked to TRICARE and was told that I didn’t                                             seemed to be going well until 5 p.m. Aug. 4. My wife took
condition may pose a hazard to senior citizens.                                   have to use the referral doctor; I could use any TRICARE                                                my temperature and it was alarmingly high; I needed to
This lot needs some attention.                                                    provider. I called a doctor listed on the TRICARE Web site                                              go to the hospital.
                                                                                  and made an appointment. As instructed on the referral, I                                                 Lesson 5: I told my wife prior to my surgery in an emer-
Response:                                                                         then called TRICARE to give them the name of the doctor,                                                gency, if possible, I wanted to go to Banner-Estrella, for
   Thank you for your concerns. The disrepair of                                  time and date of the appointment.                                                                       reasons I will discuss soon. It is critical that your family
the Luke commissary parking lot has already been                                     When I called TRICARE they told me the doctor listed                                                 and friends know your desires prior to an emergency. We
noted by our 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, and                                    on the Web site was actually not a provider anymore, but                                                notified one of the first sergeants who notified the command
there is currently a project in the works to repave                               his partner was.                                                                                        post and the group commander.
it. The project is prioritized as one of the top five                                 Lesson 2: So the Web site is not always correct — af-                                                  I went to the emergency room where they ran numerous
installation projects to fund during Fiscal Year                                  ter I called TRICARE, they removed the doctor from the                                                  tests. Once at the ER, the on-call provider from the base
2008. We appreciate your attentiveness and desire                                 Web site.                                                                                               came to the ER. This is one of the critical reasons I used
to improve conditions for the base populace.                                         I had my appointment with my ENT in late June. Per                                                   Banner Estrella.
                                                                                  TRICARE guidelines, patients are supposed to be seen                                                      The 56th Medical Group has established outstanding
                                                                                  within 30 days, however, I made a choice to wait longer,                                                community relations with civilian healthcare facilities.
    PHONE NUMBERS                                                                 since I wanted to see a doctor close to home and my condi-
                                                                                  tion was not urgent. My appointment went well, and I was
                                                                                                                                                                                          For example, our orthopedic surgeons have admitting
                                                                                                                                                                                          privileges at Del Webb and our internal medicine provid-
    Base operator ...........................................(623) 856-1110       scheduled for surgery with the ENT requesting a referral                                                ers have admitting privileges at Banner Estrella. This
    Chapel ......................................................(623) 856-6211   for surgery.                                                                                            allows on-base doctors to be involved with our medical
    Community Center..................................(623) 856-7152                 Lesson 3: My referral was approved within the five days
    Flight Medicine........................................(623) 856-2273         with no issues. I called referral management and my ENT,                                                                                                            See MEDICAL, Page 22
    Fraud, waste and abuse hotline.............(623) 856-6149
    Hobby shop...............................................(623) 856-6722
    Housing office ..........................................(623) 856-7643                                           Luke Editorial Staff                                                 thunderbolt@luke.af.mil. The editor can be reached at (623) 856-5998 and the fax
                                                                                     Commander..........................................................Brig. Gen. Tom Jones              number is (623) 856-6013.
    Law enforcement desk ............................(623) 856-5970                                                                                                                            The Thunderbolt uses material from the Armed Forces Information Service,
                                                                                     Public Affairs chief ...................................... Capt. Miki Kristina Gilloon
    Legal assistance ......................................(623) 856-6901                                                                                                                 Air Force News Service, AETC News Service and other sources. All advertising is
                                                                                     News and Media Operations chief ................. 2nd Lt. Bryan Bouchard
    Library......................................................(623) 856-7191                                                                                                           handled by Aerotech News and Review, 9192 W. Cactus Road, Suite M, Peoria,
                                                                                     News and Media Operations NCOIC ........ Tech. Sgt. Janet Haliburton                                 Ariz., (623) 487-7321.
    Military Equal Opportunity ...................(623) 856-7711                     Editor .......................................................................... Deborah Leuthold        The Thunderbolt is published by Aerotech News and Review, a private firm in no
    Military pay .............................................(623) 856-7028         Assistant editor ................................................. Deborah Marie Gibson              way connected with the U.S. Air Force, under exclusive written contract with the 56th
    Outdoor Recreation .................................(623) 856-6267               Staff writer ............................................ Staff Sgt. Christopher Hummel
                                                                                                                                                                                          Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. This civilian enterprise Air Force newspaper
                                                                                                                                                                                          is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. military services. Contents of
    Pass and registration ..............................(623) 856-4880               Staff writer ................................... Airman 1st Class Gustavo Gonzalez                   the Thunderbolt are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S.
    Patient advocate ......................................(623) 856-8968            Staff writer ................................................. Airman 1st Class C.J. Hatch           government, the Department of Defense or the Department of the Air Force.
    Public Affairs ...........................................(623) 856-5853         Layout and design...........................................................Jen Kirk                      The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supple-
                                                                                                                                                                                          ments, does not constitute endorsement by the DOD, the Department of the Air
    Security Forces ........................................(623) 856-5970                                          Editorial Information                                                 Force or Aerotech News and Review of the products or services advertised.
    Sexual Assault Prevention/Response .....(623) 856-4878                                The 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office prepares all editorial content for the                    Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase,
    Theater .....................................................(623) 856-6461      Thunderbolt. The editor will edit or rewrite material for clarity, brevity or to conform with        use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age,
                                                                                     Air Force style as required by Air Force Instruction 35-101. Submission deadline is at               marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other nonmerit factor of
    Veterinary services ..... ...........................(623) 856-6354
                                                                                     noon Thursday the week prior to the desired publication date.                                        the purchaser, user or patron.
    Youth Center ...........................................(623) 856-7470                Contributions for the Thunderbolt can be made to the Public Affairs office, 14185                     Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the Public Affairs office of Luke
                                                                                     West Falcon Street, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., 85309 or through e-mail to luke.                     AFB, Ariz. All photographs are Air Force photographs unless otherwise indicated.
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      “World Class ... Always!”




OSI encourages ‘Eagle Eyes’                                                                                                                             IN BRIEF
                                                                                                                                        New DRMS hours
          by DEBORAH MARIE GIBSON                                     belong, report it,” said Special Agent Julie Lecea, Det. 421        Due to deployments, the Defense Reutilization
                                                                      commander. “The events of Sept.11 rocked this country and         Marketing Service customer service hours will change
                     Thunderbolt staff writer
                                                                      the Eagle Eyes program is just one of the many tools used         to 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
   Due to the high profile Super Bowl game next weekend,               to ensure those tragic events are not repeated.”                  Schedule an appointment for turn-ins by calling (623)
and its proximity to the base, Luke’s Air Force Office of                                                                                856-6636. For more information, call Yvonne Frazier
Special Investigations, Detachment 421, reminds people to                                                                               at (623) 856-6147.
keep “eagle eyes” open for suspicious behaviors and report
them to the 56th Security Forces Squadron.                                                                                              Luke tax center
   “Eagle Eyes is an anti-terrorism initiative that enlists                                                                               The Luke tax center is servicing active-duty mem-
the eyes and ears of everyone to help combat the war on                                                                                 bers and their families. Volunteer tax preparers are
terror,” said Special Agent Paula McKenzie, Det. 421.                                                                                   available for walk-ins Monday through Thursday from
“We need to be alert, on and off base, especially during                                                                                8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tax center opens to the greater Luke
Super Bowl weekend because it’s an attractive target for                                                                                community Feb. 4. For more information, call Meghan
terrorists.”                                                                                                                            Brinson at (623) 856-3140 or Capt. Brock Ohlson at
   The big game is expected to bring more than 123 thou-                                                                                (623) 856-6901.
sand visitors to the Valley, and law enforcement officers
cannot be everywhere. However, people do not have to wear                                                                               New traffic pattern
a uniform to help keep the community safe. The first step                                                                                  Due to the opening of the new Litchfield overpass,
is knowing what to look for.                                                                                                            the traffic pattern has changed at the hospital, base
   Suspicious behaviors include someone recording or ob-                                                                                exchange and commissary entrances. Watch for new
serving activities; attempting to gain information about the
                                                                                                                                        regulatory signs in the area. The hospital, east base
military or security operations; trying to clear security bar-
                                                                                                                                        exchange and commissary exits are right turn only.
riers; acquiring supplies such as explosives, large amounts
                                                                                                                                        For more information, call 2nd Lt. Harold Honey at
of fertilizer or military uniforms; people who seemingly do
                                                                                                                                        (623) 856-7634.
not belong in a particular location; potential acts of terror
being practiced, and supplies and people deploying into
position to commit the act.
                                                                                                                                        Transportation issues rules on
   Detachment 421 indicates the Eagle Eyes program works                                                                                lithium batteries
because terrorist acts are preceded by observable activities;                                                                             The transportation department indicates air travel-
they are always planned and practiced. When a person is                                                                                 ers can no longer pack spare lithium batteries in their
on base or out in the community, they should always report                                                                              checked baggage; they must be placed in carry-on
suspicious behaviors to the 56th Security Forces Squadron                                                                               luggage. Batteries should be in their original retail
(law enforcement desk) at (623) 856-5970.                                                                                               packaging; the tips must be covered by electrical tape
    “If you see something suspicious, something that doesn’t                                                                            or batteries must be placed in a clear plastic bag. For
                                                                                                                                        more information, go to http://safetravel.dot.gov/

Underage drinking can ruin career                                                                                                       whats_new_batteries.html.

                                                                                                                                        LOSC scholarships
          Senior Airman                         and short term lives of those individu-         Underage drinking is also a health
                                                                                                                                           The Luke Officers’ Spouses’ Club is offering scholarships
          TONG DUONG                            als. Therefore, our wing takes a hard        risk, according to 56th FW Safety.
                                                stance on this illegal behavior.”            Adolescents are vulnerable to alcohol-     to graduating high school seniors and to spouses of activity-
         Thunderbolt staff writer
                                                  According to Tech. Sgt. Jason Au-          induced brain damage, which contrib-       duty and retired military members for the 2008 to 2009
   The flashing red and blue lights             coin, 56th Fighter Wing safety techni-       utes to poor performance at school or      school year. Applications are located at Club Thunderbolt,
combined with gawking onlookers                 cian, the consumption of alcohol by a        work. In addition, youthful drinking       the Airman and Family Readiness Flight, educational ser-
makes it hard for the stumbling un-             minor is not only illegal, but extremely     is associated with an increased likeli-    vices office, base library or can also be obtained through first
derage Airman to concentrate while              dangerous.                                   hood of developing alcohol abuse or        sergeants. For more information, e-mail Whitney Turner at
performing a field sobriety test.                  “Youth who consume alcohol are             dependence later in life.                  whitneyfrancis13@msn.com or call (602) 363-9600.
   “It’s hard to speculate why an under-        more likely to be involved in traffic            Underage drinking is not only
age Airman chooses to drink, but it’s           fatalities, violence, unsafe sex, suicide,   responsible for the destruction of         Smooth move
often peer pressure or trying to fit into        educational failure and other undesir-       adolescents’ health, at Luke it contrib-      The smooth move workshop, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
a group,” said Chief Master Sgt. Mitch          able behaviors, than their peers who         utes to the destruction of government      Tuesday, includes briefs on stress of moving, financial
Stippel, 56th Fighter Wing command              don’t drink,” Sergeant Aucoin said.          property, such as the dorms.               planning, legal claims, travel pay and TRICARE at the
chief. “While we can only guess at all          “Those who start drinking before the            “Most damage happens on week-           Airmen and Family Readiness Flight. For more informa-
the reasons Airmen drink, statistics            legal age are four times more likely to      ends,” said Staff Sgt. Anna Anderson,      tion or to register, call (623) 856-6550.
have shown underage drinking carries            have serious alcohol-related problems        56th Civil Engineer Squadron dorm
over into alcohol abuse and associated          later in life than those who wait until                                                 Airman’s Attic
irresponsible behavior both in the long         age 21.”                                                       See CAREER, Page 11         The Airman’s Attic provides free clothing, furniture,
                                                                                                                                        appliances and household goods to junior Airmen. Vol-
                                                                                                                                        unteers are needed to sort and place items 9:30 a.m. to
                            THUNDERBOLT ALMANAC                                                                                         1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more informa-
                                                                                                                                        tion, call the Airman’s Attic 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays
             Sortie Scoreboard                                           Airmen Against Drunk Driving                                   and Thursdays at (623) 856-6415 or stop by Bldg. 319.

    Squadron          Training Timeline                 Delta                                Year-to-date                               Senior NCO PME
    61st FS                  5                            1                                 Pickups: 0                                     The senior enlisted joint professional military education
    62nd FS                 -3                          -10                             DUIs from Luke: 1                               online course has been moved from the Air Force Distrib-
    63rd FS                 -4                           17                        Excuses to drink and drive: 0                        uted Learning Web site to the National Defense University
    308th FS                -8                          -10                                                                             Web site. For enrollment and log-on, go to https://www.
    309th FS                -2                          -27                       Lives saved from calling AADD                         jfsc.ndu.edu/schools_programs/se_jpme/default.asp.
    310th FS               n/a                           -2                               COUNTLESS
    425th FS               n/a                            2                                                                             Range trespass
    21st FS                n/a                           -4                                         More than 408 Luke                    The combat arms ranges at Bldg. 918 and the grenade
       FY08 Student pilot certificates: 112                                                        members are deployed                  launcher training area located at the base auxiliary
    Hours flown: 14,810.5 Sorties flown: 11,043                                                                                           field are off limits to all personnel. Live fire training is
                                                                                                  to 13 locations around
    FY08 Mission Ready Airman graduates: 153                                                                                            conducted on these ranges and trespassing is illegal and
                 (as of Monday)
                                                                                                         the world.                     dangerous. For more information, call Tech. Sgt. James
                                                                                                                                        Smith at (623) 856-6678.
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       Jan. 25, 2008                                                                                                                                                  Thunderbolt
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                                                                            SALUTES AND AWARDS
         Staff Sgt. Emily Correa                               Annual, quarterly awards announced
       56th Medical Support Squadron                             The following individuals are 2007 annual award winners:     Civilian (Category II: Marty Greenberg, 56th CS
             Pharmacy Logistics NCO                                                                                           Civilian (Category III): Doug Janders, 56th Con-
                                                               56th Mission Support Group                                   tracting Squadron
Hometown: Lake Norten, S.D.                                      Airman: Senior Airman Ross Danaher, 56th Services            The following are quarterly award winners:
Years in service: Nine                                         Squadron
Family: Husband and three daughters                              NCO: Tech. Sgt. Nancy Barron-Palumbo, 56th Mission
Education: Rio Salado, pre-requisites for physicians as-
                                                                                                                            56th Mission Support Group
                                                               Support Squadron                                               Airman: Airman 1st Class Marcus Tucker, 56th LRS
sistant program
Previous assignments: Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.              Senior NCO: Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Rizzardo,
                                                                                                                              NCO: Staff Sgt. Keri Rash, 56th MSS
Inspirations: My family                                        56th Communications Squadron
                                                                                                                              Senior NCO: Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Rizzardo,
Goals: To complete the military’s physician assistant            Company grade officer: Capt. L. D. Harper, 56th
program                                                        Security Forces Squadron                                     56th CS
Greatest feat: Learning how to juggle being a mom, stu-          First sergeant: Master Sgt. David Patterson, 56th            Company grade officer: Capt. L. D. Harper, 56th
dent, wife and have a successful career                        Logistics Readiness Squadron                                 SFS
Self-description: Shy, friendly, self motivated hard worker                                                                   Civilian (Category I): Tabatha Willingham, 56th
                                                                 Field grade officer: Maj. Douglas Swift, 56th Civil
Famous last words: “Is it Friday yet?”
Off-duty interests: Spending time with my kids and get-        Engineer Squadron                                            MSS
ting them involved in sports                                     Civilian (Category I): Ronald Moore, 56th CS                 Civilian (Category II): Timothy Hughes, 56th LRS
             Commander’s comments: “Sergeant Cor-
               rea has an energetic personality, always
                displays a ‘can do’ attitude, and possesses
                a deep pride in job accomplishment,” said
                                                               Luke brings home CONS, SVS awards
                Lt. Col. Daniel Milnes, 56th MDSS com-
               mander. “Managing the pharmaceutical            56th Contracting Squadron                                    56th Services Squadron
                   inventory required to take care of our        AETC Outstanding Contracting Officer                          2008 School-Age NOTES Foundation Quest for
                     beneficiaries is no easy task. She man-     Company grade officer: 2nd Lt. Christopher Jones
                        ages one of the biggest budgets in       AETC Outstanding Contracting Civilian                      Excellence national award recipient
                         the Medical Group. Her daily tasks      GS-11 and below: Carl Henderson                              Christine Holtz
                           include coordinating with medical
                            logistics to acquire pharmaceu-
                            ticals, maintaining 1,200 line
                            items available for dispensing     56th Fighter Wing safety awards go out
                           to 131,00 beneficiaries. Within a
                         week of taking over this demanding      The following individuals are 56th Fighter Wing              Wing Ground, military working dog section:
                     and crucial position Sergeant Correa      quarterly safety award winners:                              Staff Sgts. Gabriel Bravo, Phillip Kittleson, Justin Kitts,
                      stood out, increasing all pharmaceu-                                                                  Adam Leslie, John Pillarella, Mark Quintero and Master
                      tical contract usage items from 71
                                                                 Wing Flight Maintenance: Airman Zebulon
                                                               Pritchard, Airman 1st Class Chaz Zellner, Staff Sgts.        Sgt. Curtis Crigger, 56th SFS
                      percent to 84 percent. Currently the
                      usage is 94 percent. She has proven      John Easley, Jason Fiasco, Michael Kemeliotis and Tech.       Wing Flight: Capts. Matthew Brockhaus and Garrett
                      that her unwavering dedication to        Sgt. Eric Wheeler, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Unit            Wilson, 63rd Fighter Squadron
                      duty makes her a very valuable mem-
                      ber of the Luke pharmacy team.”            Wing Weapons: Staff Sgt. Daniel Romero, 56th                 Wing Flight officer: Capt. Brandie Maxwell,
                                                               Security Forces Squadron                                     308th FS




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Jet                            (From Page 1)

caliber of excellence in their work. It’s their
                                                  Roadmap                                                                                                         (From Page 1)

                                                  Air Force provides America its decisive    give our Nation capability for vigilance,   single study and may not be initiated
job to keep the jet and themselves looking
                                                  advantage,” General Moseley said. “We      reach, and power across the globe, to       at every potential location. The find-
superior at all times. The flagship repre-
sents General Jones and the 56th FW and           need to prepare today for tomorrow’s       reassure allies, to deter, dissuade and     ings of these environmental studies,
goes everywhere he goes.                          challenges. We need one vector to best     defeat adversaries, and to protect the      and the results of required fiscal and
   “Because of this jet’s high visibility we      meet the warfighting requirements of        Homeland.”                                  operational analyses which will be
do a lot of little things other crew chiefs       our Nation.”                                 The roadmap represents a more             conducted over the next several years,
don’t,” Sergeant DeGrechie said. “We have            General Moseley’s roadmap out-          efficient and flexible force structure.       will determine the final beddown plan
to make sure the jet is presentable all the       lines where future advanced weapon         Although the Air Force will have a          and phasing.
time; you never know when someone will            systems could potentially be based in      smaller total aircraft inventory, over-       The plans released do not include
come by wanting to see it or a sudden             the continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska       all Air Force capabilities will increase    possible basing initiatives on foreign
change in schedule requires the general to        and U.S. territories. The plan calls for   with each next-generation weapon            soil. Overseas basing of Air Force
fly unexpectedly. We want people to look at        the Air Force to evaluate installations    system. In numerous instances, the          future weapon systems will be accom-
this jet and see the pride and hard work of       which currently house legacy weapon        potential locations will capitalize         plished in partnership with allies using
Luke reflected in it.”                             systems forecasted for replacement by      on Total Force Integration efforts,         normal consultative planning venues.
   When a lead crew chief is selected, the        future systems.                            creating innovative organizational ar-
Airman also selects who will work with               These “next-generation” capabilities    rangements among Regular Air Force,         Global vigilance
him.                                              are required to fight and win America’s     Air National Guard and Air Force
                                                                                                                                            Airmen provide our Nation Global
   “I was working on the flagship for just a       wars, and the roadmap represents           Reserve components. This effort takes
                                                                                                                                         Vigilance — a system of “eyes and ears”
little while before Sergeant DeGrechie got        a Total Force (Regular Air Force,          advantage of the inherent strengths of
                                                                                                                                         to see and sense anything on the face
here,” Airman Hohenstein said. “He liked          Air National Guard, and Air Force          each of the three components.
                                                                                                                                         of the Earth from the vantage of air,
my performance and attitude toward the            Reserve) approach to the beddown of          Installations that meet preliminary
                                                                                                                                         space and cyberspace. Airmen watch
work so he asked me to stay on.”                  weapon systems. Current and future         objective requirements will then un-
                                                  requirements to build the capabilities     dergo thorough environmental studies        and listen across the electromagnetic
   Crews usually consist of three-man
                                                  of international partners will also be     in accordance with the National Envi-       spectrum, and put that information
teams, two Airmen working with one su-
                                                  considered as part of the beddown          ronmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA           into context, providing decision-quality
pervisor. Sergeant DeGrechie and Airman
Hohenstein have been doing the work of            decision process.                          mandates environmental analyses             intelligence to political leaders, joint
three crew chiefs.                                   “We’re simply promising a look at       and impact studies which are critical       and combined commanders and com-
   With the flagship’s higher visibility and       these systems and installations as our     factors in determining final beddown         batants the world over.
it representing the best Luke has to offer,       planning continues,” General Moseley       bases in the U.S. as suitable locations        For information on locations and
crew chiefs like Sergeant DeGrechie and           said. “This is the Air Force’s planning    for weapon systems. These major             airframes, go to http://www.af.mil/
Airman Hohenstein continue to help sup-           process for the future, for providing      studies take time, may consider ei-         library/airforceroadmap/.
port the mission at Luke.                         the required force structure that will     ther one or several installations in a                                 Courtesy of AFPN




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                                              Iraq                                                                                                               F-16s provide
                                                                                                                                                                 show of force
                                              The Airmen assigned to Task                                                                                           SOUTHWEST ASIA —
                                              Force 586 here recently took on                                                                                    Coalition airpower integrated
                                              an additional tasking to redis-                                                                                    with coalition ground forces
                                              tribute equipment and supplies                                                                                     in Iraq and the International
                                              for the Army.                                                                                                      Security Assistance Force in
                                                                                                                                                                 Afghanistan during opera-
                                                                                                                                                                 tions Monday, according to
                                                                                                                                                                 Combined Air and Space Op-
                                                                                                                                                                 erations Center officials.
Texas                                                                                                                                                               In Afghanistan, Air Force
                                                                                                                                                                 B-1B Lancers dropped guided
    The Air Force Box-Off was                                                                                                                                    bomb unit-38s on an enemy
    held at Lackland Air Force                                                                               Thailand                                            compound near Deh Rawod,
    Base, Texas, Jan. 18 and 19                                   Djibouti                                                                                       successfully destroying the
                                                                                                             More than 100 Airmen from
    at the Bennett Fitness Center.                                                                                                                               target.
                                                                  The nine-piece U.S. Central                across Pacific Air Forces are
    Matches featured 16 Air Force                                                                                                                                   In Asadabad, shows of force
                                                                  Command Air Forces Band Live               gearing up for the field training
    members hoping to make the                                                                                                                                   were performed by Air Force
                                                                  Round kicked off their tour in             exercise Cope Tiger 2008 set
    Air Force Boxing Team, which                                                                                                                                 F-15E Strike Eagles in order
                                                                  Africa with a one-hour show for            to kick off tomorrow at Korat
    will compete in the Armed                                                                                                                                    to deter enemy activities in
                                                                  American servicemembers and                Royal Thai Air Base and at Udon
    Forces Boxing Championship.                                                                                                                                  the area. The shows of force
                                                                  local law enforcers Tuesday                Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand.
                                                                                                                                                                 were declared successful by
                                                                  at Djibouti’s national police
                                                                                                                                                                 the on-scene joint terminal
                                                                  academy.
                                                                                                                                                                 attack controller.
                                                                                                                                                                    Shows of force were con-
                                                                                                                                                                 ducted in Orgune by both an
                                                                                                                                                                 Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt
                                                                                                                                                                 II and an F-15E. The shows
                                Air-to-ground missile                    missile fired off an unmanned            have pioneered a new venue to test
                                                                                                                                                                 of force were conducted to
                                                                         full-scale aerial target,” said Major    forward-firing ordnance without
                                launched from drone                                                                                                              deter enemy activities in the
                                                                         Markle. “This test is an important       risk to valuable air assets or crew
                                                                                                                                                                 area. Both missions were
                                  HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE                     part of the Det. 1 mission because       members,” said Lt. Col. Joel Rush,
                                                                                                                                                                 reported as successful by
                                BASE, N.M. — For the first time, an       it increases survivability of our Air-   Det. 1’s commander.
                                                                                                                                                                 the JTAC.
                                air-to-ground missile was launched       men going against (surface-to-air           The detachment is currently test-
                                                                                                                                                                    A French Air Force Mi-
                                from a full-scale aerial target drone,   missile) threats. Furthermore, it’s      ing F-35 Lightning components, and
                                                                                                                                                                 rage-2000 performed a show
                                or FSAT. The test was performed          the first time the drone has been         has conducted tests for the F-22
                                                                                                                                                                 of force over a coalition forces
                                Jan. 9 by Airmen with Detach-            able to shoot back.                      Raptor as well as the Patriot and
                                                                                                                                                                 convoy in the vicinity of Musa
                                ment 1 of the 82nd Aerial Targets           “It makes airpower more lethal,”      HAWK SAM systems.
                                                                                                                                                                 Qala. The JTAC confirmed
                                Squadron.                                said Major Markle. “This is a new                       http://www.af.mil/news/story.   the mission a success.
                                  The FSAT is an unmanned QF-4           high-speed, anti-radiation missile                          asp?storyID=123082272          An A-10 conducted a show
                                Phantom drone that was operated          the Navy designed to defeat SAM                                                         of force over enemy positions
                                by remote control from a ground          threats; overall this mission is go-      More Air Force news is                        near Bagram to deter enemy
                                station, said Maj. John Markle, the      ing to benefit the Department of                                                         activities in the area. The
                                detachment’s operations officer.          Defense.”                                 available at www.af.mil                       mission was declared a suc-
                                  “This is the first air-to-ground           “With this successful test, we                                                       cess by the JTAC.
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                                                       card application form to request a ballot,           64 percent rate of the general public, accord-            degree with “a little tweaking” and approval
                                                       send it into their local election official           ing to figures published by FVAP officials.                 from the regional accrediting body, South-

   PEOPLE                                              where the voter is legally authorized to
                                                       vote,” she said.
                                                          The ballot will be sent to the voter, who
                                                                                                               In a memorandum to military secretaries
                                                                                                            and top commanders sent Nov. 26, 2007, De-
                                                                                                            fense Secretary Robert Gates underscored
                                                                                                                                                                      ern Association of Colleges and Schools,
                                                                                                                                                                      said Dr. Bruce Murphy, the Air University
                                                                                                                                                                      chief academic officer.

    FIRST                                              then votes on the ballot and sends it back
                                                       to the local election office.
                                                          Paper copies of the application form are
                                                                                                            the importance of extending voting rights to
                                                                                                            servicemembers at home and abroad.
                                                                                                               “With the calendar of primary elections
                                                                                                                                                                        What isn’t included in this year’s defense
                                                                                                                                                                      bill is an amendment proposed by U.S. Sen-
                                                                                                                                                                      ator Jeff Sessions of Mobile, Ala., that would
                                                       available at military installations, embas-          beginning early and stretching through                    authorize granting a doctor of philosophy
                                                       sies and consulates and from organizations           September, 2008,” Gates said, “it is impor-               degree in strategic studies and a master’s
Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is                                                                tant that the department and the services
                                                       of overseas citizens. Electronic forms are                                                                     in air, space and cyberspace studies.
compiled from information from the Air Force                                                                be prepared to carry out the voting assis-
                                                       posted online at the Federal Voting Assis-                                                                       “We are going to continue to look for ar-
Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Mission                                                                     tance mission to inform and educate U.S.
                                                       tance Program Web site.                                                                                        eas to give credit where credit is due and
Support Squadron, family support center, the                                                                citizens of the right to vote, foster voting
                                                          Citizens using this form should vote and                                                                    to provide appropriate, high-quality, niche
Veterans Administration, the civilian person-                                                               participation, and protect the integrity of
                                                       submit it immediately using regular mail                                                                       programs that meet the force development
nel office and armed forces news services.
                                                       or, where allowed by state law, by fax or            the electoral process.                                    needs of the Air Force,” Dr. Murphy said.
Military absentee voting                               e-mail, to their local election officials. The           “Voting is a both a right and a responsi-                Because Air University is a federal insti-
                                                       FVAP’s Integrated Voting Alternative Site            bility of citizens in our country,” Secretary             tution, it requires congressional approval to
‘primary’ concern for                                  shows citizens if fax or e-mail alternatives         Gates continued. “(Leaders of the armed                   grant accredited degrees under the South-
officials                                               are permitted in their home state.                   services must) do everything we can to                    ern Association of Colleges and Schools.
                                                          Voting assistance officers are stationed at        encourage participation and ensure that                     The concept for a Ph.D. in strategic stud-
   WASHINGTON — For Federal Voting As-
                                                       military installations abroad to help imple-         our servicemembers and families are able                  ies is that a handful of the top graduates
sistance Program officials, getting deployed
                                                       ment FVAP program initiatives. Equipped              to exercise their right to vote and have that             of the School for Advanced Air and Space
troops and their families engaged in the cur-
                                                       with state-by-state voting assistance guides,        vote counted.”                                            Studies will be chosen to return to Air Uni-
rent election season is a primary goal.
    Ahead of the November general elec-                the officers are available to assist service-              http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123083029   versity to participate in the program.
tion, officials with the FVAP, which fosters            members in navigating the registration pro-                                                                      The master of air, space and cyberspace
voting participation by uniformed and                  cess and election procedures, and inform vot-        Defense authorization bill                                degree would involve a combination of resi-
U.S. citizens abroad, are assisting eligible           ers of relevant deadlines, Brunelli noted.                                                                     dent study and distance learning targeting
                                                          FVAP officials carry out the responsibilities
                                                                                                            impacts potential degree                                  company grade officers, Dr. Murphy said.
absentee voters who wish to cast ballots in
their states’ primary election.                        of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Ab-           programs                                                    “This is a long process and we have been
   “It’s important that voters participate in          sentee Voting Act, which protects the voting           MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. —                          at it a long time,” he said. “In fact, it takes
the upcoming primary elections,” said Polli            rights of active-duty military members, Mer-         With the finalization of the 2008 defense au-              about four to six years from the time we de-
Brunelli, the program’s chief. “We have over           chant Marines, eligible family members and           thorization bill, Air University will have the            cide to develop a new program to the time we
20 primaries occurring in February, so now is          citizens residing outside the United States.         authority to grant a new master’s degree in               can actually enroll degree students because
the time, if you’ve received your ballot, to vote         Members of the U.S. armed forces tra-             flight test engineering to graduates of the                we must go through the U.S. Department
and get it back by the state deadlines.”               ditionally represent an active component             Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air                of Education, then the U.S. Congress and
   Ms. Brunelli said registering to vote is a          of overall voting-age Americans. The total           Force Base, Calif.                                        finally the Southern Association of Colleges
simple process.                                        voting participation rate among servicemem-            That program, which already resembled                   and Schools, our regional accrediting body.
   “Absentee voters fill out a federal post-            bers was 79 percent in 2004, compared to the         an academic degree program, can offer the                           http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123083124


                                                                   “Volunteering                               “My mother                                       “It gives                                     “Not only

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                                                                      back to the
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                                                                                                             whom much is
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     Why do you think                                              the community                              is one way to                                                                                 community.”
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     volunteer in your                    Maj.                                       Senior Master Sgt.                          Senior Airman                                Staff Sgt.
        community?                        GINA SABRIC                                GREG BANKS                                  CHAD HICKS                                   SHANNON GUERRA
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                   STREET BEAT
  The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following
incidents from Jan. 11 through 17.
Tickets
  Security forces issued citations for 33 moving violations.
Traffic-related incidents
  Jan. 12: Security forces initiated a traffic stop on an
individual suspected of DUI.
  Jan. 16: Security forces responded to an off-base vehicle
accident on Litchfield Road.
  Jan. 16: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle
accident at Gillespie Street and Bong Lane.
Nonemergency responses
  Jan. 11: Security forces responded to a report of shoplift-
ing at Bldg. 1440.
  Jan. 12: Security forces responded to a noise complaint
at Dormitory 533.
  Jan. 13: Security forces responded to a report of theft of
government property at Falcon Dunes Golf Course.
  Jan. 15: Security forces responded to a report of a verbal
altercation in base housing.
  Jan. 15: Security forces responded to a report of a verbal
altercation in the base gym.
                                                                                                                                                                  Staff Sgt. Joshua Garcia
  Jan. 16: Security forces responded to a report of damage
to government property on the flightline.
Lockouts
                                                                       Deployed Thunderbolt
                                                                       Senior Airman Brandon Dutton, left, and Tech. Sgt. Patrick Southard, both 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance
  There were 11 lockouts; four in Dorm 533, three in Dorm              Squadron weapons armament technicians, perform maintenance on a Bomb Rack Unit-57 at Balad Air Base, Iraq, Jan.
546 and one each in dorms 133, 528, 542 and 635.                       14. Airman Dutton is deployed from Luke and Sergeant Southard is deployed from Spangdahlem AB, Germany.
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                                                        manager. “When we come to work on Monday, beer cans            ly been in trouble the same as an Airman who has a history
                                                        and alcohol bottles are often strewn across the lawns; beer    of poor job performance and disciplinary infractions.”
                                                        boxes and food containers overfill trash cans. The thing           Underage drinking offenders can receive a Letter of
                                                        that gets me is the main receptacles are only yards away.      Counseling, Letter of Reprimand, an Article 15, or a court-
                                                        It’s unfair to our bay orderly Airmen who have to pick up      martial if there is another offense committed with the
                                                        the trash.”                                                    underage drinking. However, if a member is charged by
                                                           Measures have been taken to reduce the number of            civilian authorities the member will not be punished under
                                                        alcohol-related incidents in the dorms.                        the Uniformed Code of Military Justice but will be subject
                                                           “The installation of security cameras and first sergeants    to the civilian prosecution system. Although the member’s
                                                        walking through the dorms have discouraged drinking,           actions may not be charged under the UCMJ, the member
                                                        resulting in less damage,” said Tech. Sgt. Rodney Marks,       may still receive administrative discipline.
                                                        56th CES dorm managers NCO in charge.                             The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Treatment cen-
                                                           According to Master Sgt. Curtis Crigger, 56th Security      ter is one program available to help Luke Airmen.
                                                        Forces Squadron superintendent, patrolmen are dispatched          “Most people who walk through these doors are required
                                                        more frequently during peak drinking hours such as week-       to do so by the commander due to alcohol-related offenses,”
                                                        ends, holidays and sporting events to curb the number of       said Airman 1st Class Laquia Norment, 56th Medical Op-
                                                        alcohol-related incidents in the dorms.                        erations Squadron mental health apprentice. “However,
                                                           When a complaint is called in, the security forces          some Airmen seek help on their own and others are medi-
                                                        squadron dispatches a patrolman, who talks to the Air-         cally referred.”
                                                        men involved and checks to ensure everyone is of legal            When Airmen come to the ADAPT center, an assessment
                                                        drinking age.                                                  is done to see if they qualify for treatment.
                                                           “If an Airman is underage or over the legal limit of .08       “There are specific criteria to meet before we can diagnose
                                                        blood alcohol content, we administer a field sobriety test.     them, but that doesn’t mean we won’t provide education to
                                                        If they fail, the Airman is brought to the detention center,   those who don’t qualify,” Airman Norment said. “Coinciden-
                                                        and a BAC test is performed. The patrolman writes a            tally, we are in the same building as mental health, which is
                                                        report for the 56th FW Staff Judge Advocate office, first        staffed with licensed clinicians to help Airmen. Most people
                                                        sergeant or supervisor and refers the charges based on the     who abuse alcohol have an underlining issue.”
                                                        individual’s level of intoxication, behavior and the patrol-      The goal of the program is to guide those in need to the
                                                        man’s observations.                                            road to recovery.
                                                           The charges and disciplinary actions that Airmen receive       “We don’t handle administrative actions or punish-
                                                        vary case-by-case, according to Master Sgt. Heide Banks,       ments,” Airman Norment said. “We are here to help Air-
                                                        56th SFS first sergeant.                                        men, not punish them.”
                                                           “As a general rule, we don’t hand out the same punish-         For more information on ADAPT, call (623) 856-7579.
                                                        ment to every Airman,” Sergeant Banks said. “You don’t         The center is located inside the Mental Health Clinic,
                             Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Wolfe   punish an Airman who excels at work and has not previous-      Bldg. 317.




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Staff Sgt. Happy Sanchez, left, 56th Medical Operations Squadron hematology assistant NCO in
charge, trains Airman Dante Collins, 56th MDOS lab student, on how to evaluate red blood cells.




  Maj. David Ives, 56th Medical Operations Squadron
  Diagnostic Imaging Flight commander, views
  a chest CT scan. CT scans are used to locate
  abnormalities in the head, chest and abdomen.
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                                                                  Senior Airman Benjamin Lemus, 56th Medical
                                                             Operations Squadron optometry journeyman, takes
                                                              a photo of a patient’s retina. Retinal photos show
                                                                 the inside of the eye without requiring dilation.




                                                                                    Photos by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hummel   The finishing touches are put on a gold crown.
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                        WASHINGTON — Details on the retention              caught up with those who enroll in the program           “It’s important; however, to remember that

 Aviator             bonus offered to experienced aviators should be
                     released soon, Air Staff officials here said.
                        The aviator continuation pay incentive is in the
                                                                           and have already passed their anniversary.”
                                                                              The ACP incentive is designed to entice Airmen
                                                                           to continue their service, if the Air Force predicts
                                                                                                                                  aviator continuation pay isn’t an entitlement,”
                                                                                                                                  Colonel Turain said. “It has to be reviewed ev-
                                                                                                                                  ery year based on our end strength projections

      pay            final coordination stages and once Congress final-
                     izes and the president signs this year’s annual Na-
                     tional Defense Authorization Act, the bonus will
                                                                           a manpower shortage in their particular career
                                                                           field. It’s historically been very successful in
                                                                           retaining experienced aviators. Last fiscal year,
                                                                                                                                  in aviator career fields. It helps the Air Force
                                                                                                                                  maintain the needed experience level to fulfill
                                                                                                                                  our mission.

  details            be available for eligible members, said Lt. Col Kip
                     Turain, the Rated Force Policy Branch chief.
                        “It’s important to note that no eligible aviator
                                                                           67 percent of pilots and 60 percent of air battle
                                                                           managers chose to continue their service under
                                                                           an ACP contract rather than seek employment in
                                                                                                                                    “I would just ask anyone who is waiting to
                                                                                                                                  hear about the approved eligibility details to be
                                                                                                                                  patient and stand by,” Colonel Turain said. “As

    to be            will be penalized because of this year’s delays,”
                     Colonel Turain said. “ACP is paid in installments
                     on the member’s anniversary date. Once we have
                                                                           the commercial sector, Colonel Turain said.
                                                                              Since 2004, a $25,000 incentive for pilots
                                                                           and $15,000 for air battle managers meeting
                                                                                                                                  soon as this year’s program has been approved
                                                                                                                                  and we have the statutory authority from the
                                                                                                                                  (National Defense Authorization Act), we’ll get

released             the authority to go ahead with the ACP offer,
                     we’ll work with Air Force comptrollers to get
                                                                           program requirements has been offered to
                                                                           eligible Airmen.
                                                                                                                                  word out to the field.”
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                                    COMMUNITY DIGEST                                                                                                           LUKE WEATHER
                                                                         Thursday evening specials and entertainment — 4 p.m. boss and
                                                                         buddy night; 5 to 6 p.m. free bar snacks; 8 p.m. karaoke
                                                                         Friday evening entertainment — 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. drink specials,                    FRI              SAT             SUN              MON
                                                                         snacks; 8:30 p.m. to closing DJ music
                                                                         McViper’s Irish Pub                                      (623) 856-7152
                                                                         McViper’s Cyber Zone has new games — Wii system has Wii Play,
                                                                         Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Need for Speed Carbon; X-Box 360 has Halo 3,
                                                                         Call of Duty 3, Gears of War; World of Warcraft, Battlefield 1942 and
                                                                         2142; also available on high speed computers
                                                                         Tournaments — 6 p.m.; Tuesdays Texas Hold ‘Em; Wednesdays pool;
                                                                                                                                                              62               60               61               59
         Champagne Brunch                                                Thursdays darts, shuffleboard; prizes; sign up at McViper’s
                                                                         Community Center                                         (623) 856-7152
                                                                                                                                                              45               44               43               39
                Club Thunderbolt                                         Ballroom dance classes — 6 p.m. Wednesdays; community center                    The Luke weather forecast is provided by the
                                                                         aerobics center, Building 700; $35 per single, $50 per couple; includes
                                                                                                                                                         56th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight.
           10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday                                   four consecutive classes
                                                                         Instructors wanted — Teach a foreign language, martial arts, dog
   Adults $13.95 • Children ages 6 to 12 $5.95                           obedience, or present a class idea; staff will help get class going          Falcon Dunes Bar & Grill — Open 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through
                                                                         Arts and Crafts Center                                   (623) 856-6502      Friday; 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends; bar open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
           Children to age 5 eat free
                                                                         Wood shop — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; closed Monday          Outdoor Recreation                       (623) 856-9334 or 856-6267
                     For details on                                      Auto shop — 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; for more
                                                                                                                                                      Phoenix rock gym day trip — 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; $30 per person
           56th Services Squadron programs,                              information, call (623) 856-6107
                                                                                                                                                      Youth Programs                           (623) 856-7470 or 856-6225
                                                                         Teen basic car care class — Teens learn basic car care 2 p.m. last
              visit www.lukeservices.com                                 Sunday of month; no charge                                                   Torch Club — Youth, ages 10 to 12, discuss, set goals for 2008; 5:30 to
                                                                         Vehicle courtesy checks — Spouses of deployed military members               6:30 p.m. Thursdays in January
Club Thunderbolt                                      (623) 856-6446     receive a courtesy safety check Thursday through Sunday; for an              Open play — Open rec members, ages 9 to 12, enjoy variety of games,
                                                                         appointment, call (623) 856-6107                                             activities; 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday; appropriate shoes must be
Club Thunderbolt lunch — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday;        Auto body repair clinic — Learn to repair minor damage 5 to 8 p.m.
sandwich line, lunch specials, all-you-can-eat buffet                                                                                                 worn in gym
                                                                         Tuesdays and Thursdays; $120 per person does not include supplies;           Family memberships — Now enrolling 2008 youth program members
Mongolian barbecue — 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays; $8.95 per skillet        limited to eight participants
$7.95 per bowl; a la carte menu not available                                                                                                         $20 per child per year
Prime rib and wine for two — 5 to 8 p.m. Saturdays; $32 per couple       Library                                                  (623) 856-7191      Kids in the kitchen — Preteens, ages 6 to 12, learn to make pepperoni
includes glass of wine; a la carte menu available                        Preschool story time — 9:30 a.m. Thursdays                                   bread 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday; $3 per YP member no charge for open
Ladies’ and men’s nights — Ladies’ night is Wednesday, men’s night       Baby time — Introduction to nursery rhymes, songs, books in one-on-one       rec members; register by Monday, limited to 10 participants
is Thursday                                                              setting for parents and babies, newborn to 18 months; 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays     Thunderbolt Lanes                                      (623) 856-6529
Bachelor special — Chef’s choice dinner special Wednesdays,              Toddler tales — Children, 18 to 36 months; 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays
Thursdays, Fridays; $4.95                                                Family Advocacy playgroup — 10 a.m. Wednesdays                               Bowling lunch special — $1 per game with purchase of $4.50 lunch;
Birthday certificates — Club members present club card and military      Dial-A-Story — Call (623) 856-3754 to hear a story day or night              11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at snack bar inside
identification at the Club Thunderbolt cashier’s cage to receive a $10   Read-to-bowl program — Luke children, ages 6 to 12, receive certificate      Thunderbolt Lanes
birthday gift certificate during the member’s birthday month             for free game with each book read; Thunderbolt Lanes registration required   Rent-a-lane bowling special — $5 per person per hour from 5 to 9 p.m.
Desert Star Club                                      (623) 856-6446     Falcon Dunes Golf Course                                 (623) 535-9334      Thursdays
                                                                                                                                                      XTREME bowling — Music, light show and bowling 9:30 p.m. to
Evening bar snacks — 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; free bar         Men’s, ladies’ club days — Men’s club 8:30 a.m. Mondays; ladies’ club
snacks, free pool, darts, juke box                                       7:30 a.m. Wednesdays                                                                                                        See DIGEST, Page 20




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Spikes graduate first pilots of new year
        by Lt. Col.                  initial hurdle, they were ready      learned how to prosecute those      learning. The class will report     won skills will soon be put to the
     PABLO SANCHEZ                   to step into the real jet and take   unlucky enough to be on the         to the 310th Fighter Squadron       test in combat sorties over hostile
                                     their first flight in the F-16.        ground and within their sights.     where they will receive follow on   territory in defense of our nation
  62nd Fighter Squadron commander
                                        Spike instructors put 07-HBC      The culmination of their training   training on night vision goggles,   and its allies.
   On Saturday, 13 of the Combat     through the gauntlet, flying more     was several large force exercises   laser-guided bombs, targeting
Air Forces’ newest Viper pilots      than 620 sorties during the dura-    during which they were tasked       pod operations and other special-
will close six months of grueling    tion of their course. The students   with destroying targets while       ized F-16 missions. Once they
training and receive their gradu-    quickly learned what would be        being opposed by hostile air and    arrive at their first operational
ation certificates. Class 07-HBC      expected of them as operational      ground forces, truly demonstrat-    unit, they will undergo further
from the 62nd Fighter Squadron       fighter pilots. Each pilot had       ing the capabilities of pairing     mission qualification training
“Spikes” will join the ranks of a    only four flights to master han-      skilled pilots with such glorious   lasting up to 90 days.
select group of aviators fortunate   dling the F-16, because the fifth     weapon systems.                       Like those who have gone
enough to fly the F-16.               was their first solo in the Viper.      Graduation day signifies the       before them, this class will soon
   The Spikes did not graduate       Following this transition flying      end of initial training for 07-     find themselves in places like           1st Lt. Jesse Breau
these aviators alone. Graduation     phase, the students moved into       HBC, but not the end of their       Afghanistan or Iraq. Their hard     Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea
requires academic instructors        the air-to-air and air-to-ground
from the 56th Training Squad-        phases. First they learned to
ron, aircraft provided by the men    dogfight, refuel while airborne
and women of the 62nd Aircraft       and employ tactically in forma-
Maintenance Unit and the 56th        tions against enemy air threats.
Maintenance Group, operated on       Then they shifted to learning
and over an airfield run by the       the fundamental mission of
56th Operations Support Squad-       the Viper — putting bombs on
ron, and support provided by the     target. From gun employment,
56th Mission Support Group.          to delivery of precision weapons         1st Lt. Austin Brown               1st Lt. Corey Florendo               1st Lt. Nick Haussler
   Class 07-HBC began training       to close air support, 07-HBC             Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.                Shaw AFB, S.C.              Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany
on June 20. They spent more
than a month in intense ground
academics learning aircraft
systems and emergency proce-
dures. This academic knowledge
was quickly put to the test in
numerous simulations where
the students demonstrated the
ability to apply their classroom
knowledge to realistic emergency          1st Lt. Jon Hullsiek                 1st Lt. Chris Lowe                 1st Lt. Colin Marshall              1st Lt. Brad Nadolny
situations. Once they passed this    Syracuse Air National Guard, N.Y.           Misawa AB, Japan                     Kunsan AB, ROK                        Hill AFB, Utah




     1st Lt. Jeff Osborne                  1st Lt. Ryan Roth                   Capt. Brett Swiger                   1st Lt. Curt Voltz                 Capt. Mike Willhide
         Osan AB, ROK                       Madison ANG, Wis.                      Aviano AB, Italy                   Toledo ANG, Ohio                   McEntire ANG, S.C.
                                                                                                              The 62nd Fighter Squadron graduate 13 pilots Saturday from the
                                                                                                          07-HBC class. FROM LEFT:1st Lts. Jesse Breau, Colin Marshall, Nick
                                                                                                            Haussler, Jon Hullsiek, Curt Voltz, Chris Lowe; Capt. Mike Willhide,
                                                                                                             1st Lts. Brad Nadolny, Ryan Roth, Austin Brown, Corey Florendo;
                                                                                                                                  Capt. Brett Swiger, and 1st Lt. Jeff Osborne.
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                                                                                  3. Air Force Materiel Command            47. Clear, as in earnings          58.   USN equivalent to AFSC

MAJCOM leaders                                                                        commander
                                                                                  4. Hot espresso with steamed milk
                                                                                  5. Fury
                                                                                                                           48. ___ Moines
                                                                                                                           50. Air Force Space Command com-
                                                                                                                               mander
                                                                                                                                                              60.
                                                                                                                                                              61.
                                                                                                                                                                    Wooden dowel
                                                                                                                                                                    Yes
                                           41. Air Mobility Command com-                                                                                      63.   Deli sandwich
ACROSS                                         mander
                                                                                  6. Even score
                                                                                                                           53. More pallid                    64.   Paddle
1.    LeMay’s unit, once                                                          7. Air Combat Command commander
                                           45. Droop                                                                       55. Next US Air Forces in Europe   65.   Gun lobby
4.    Sass                                                                        8. Air Force Cyberspace Command
                                           46. Conjunction                            commander                                commander, replacing General
7.    Cartoon transparent sheet                                                                                                                               66.   Joke
                                           49. Lotion ingredient                                                               Hobbins
10.   Baseball tool                                                               9. Thin
                                           50. French military cap with flat top                                            56. Wager                                          Courtesy of Capt. Tony Wickman
13.   Health resort                                                               10. Battle of Little ___ ___; place of
                                               and horizontal visor                   Custer’s demise
14.   Notre Dame great Parseghian          51. Honey maker                        11. Pilot with 5+ kills
15.   Bullring cheer                       52. Singer Fitzgerald                  12. X
16.   Slippery spot
                                           53. Each                               18. Place
17.   Air Force Special Operations
      Command commander                    54. Monastery superiors                22. Pacific Air Forces commander
19.   Food label for nutrients, in brief   57. Talk show host                     23. Goodbye
20.   Rank of all MAJCOM command-          59. Bro, sis, etc.                     24. ___-fi; movie genre
      ers                                  60. Bad film review                     25. Aluminum coin and monetary
21.   Permit                               62. Everything                             unit of Japan
22.   Grasp firmly, grip                    63. Summer activity                    26. Bond once
                                           67. Hurricane center                   29. Formerly
24.   Any assemblage or set of cor-
      related members                                                             30. ___ it ain’t so, Joe
                                           68. Golf prop
27.   On ___ Majesty’s Secret Service                                             33. Duty status, perhaps
                                           69. Young man
28.   Charged particles                                                           36. USAF computer learning method
                                           70. USAF E-4
31.   Co. bigwig                                                                  37. Limerick Catholic saint with an
                                           71. Jelly                                  August 11 feast day
32.   Approve                              72. Mistake                            38. Olive ___; Popeye’s girl
34.   Region                               73. Attempt                            40. Chop
35.   Hostel                               74. Witch or sorceress                 41. Papua New Guinea seaport
36.   Nickel or dime
                                                                                  42. Sick
37.   Air Education and Training
      Command commander                    DOWN                                   43. Rank before Brigadier General
39.   Air Force Reserve Command            1. 157°30’ west of due north           44. Pile
      commander                            2. Kwik-E-Mart operator                46. Destroy




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                                                                      Defense Department works to eliminate gaps in medical care
                                                                        WASHINGTON — The trauma care that U.S.                  the DOD and VA, and we’ve made tremendous
                                                                      servicemembers receive is the best in the world, but      strides,” he said. “Are we where we need to be? No,
                                                                      Defense Department officials must continue to elimi-       because health records are a bit more complicated
                                                                      nate gaps in the medical process as patients move         than financial institutions or airlines and such.
                                                                      from DOD facilities to the Department of Veterans         Many more components have to be included —
                                                                      Affairs and to private hospitals, a senior Pentagon       radiology, nutrition, provider nodes — all of the
                                                                      medical official said.                                     various aspects that touch you when you are in the
                                                                        Dr. Stephen Jones, principal deputy assistant sec-      healthcare field.”
                                                                      retary of defense for health affairs, said the military      Record-sharing may be only the beginning, Doctor
                                                                      health system’s future hinges on how it will become       Jones said. “We are looking, for example, at whether
                                                                      more efficient and how it will be more transparent         it would behoove us to have one in-patient system
                                                                      to patients and families.                                 that would be used by DOD and the VA,” he said.
                                                                        Officials in the Defense Department and the De-          “That study is under way now, and we will have
                                                                      partment of Veterans Affairs are working closely to-      recommendations in March.”
                                     Airman 1st Class David Bulkley
                                                                      gether to share medical records, Doctor Jones said.          Another gap that needs to be closed is between
                                                                        “We have been working to ensure we have se-             government and private-sector health officials, Doc-
Birthday bash                                                         cure, global reach of electronic health records,” he      tor Jones said. Many private healthcare providers are
Brig. Gen. Tom Jones, 56th Fighter Wing commander, greets             explained. “The DOD and VA records would be inte-         not as far along as DOD and VA in keeping electronic
Airmen 1st Class Lord Quimson, left, and Josh Jobe, 56th              grated so when you saw that health provider in the        patient records, he explained, so the records from
Operations Support Squadron at the Luke Airman’s birthday             VA, he would have access to the records from when         a beneficiary’s visit to a private physician may not
meal Jan. 17. The meal is provided to Airmen living in the            the patient first entered the system.”                     make it into his or her military medical record.
dorms who are having a birthday during that quarter. It is put          Groups appointed to study the system identified             “We need to build a system that will allow the folks
on by the 56th Services Squadron and supported by Luke’s              the need to fix seams between military and VA medi-        working with patients and military families access
Top 3 organization, Air Force Sergeant’s Association, The Luke        cal care, Doctor Jones said.                              to the records, whether it be DOD, VA, the state or
Airmen’s Fund and the Company Grade Officers’ Council.                   “All of the task forces and commissions said we         a private institution,” Doctor Jones said.
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                                                                                                                                                                  Other faith groups
                                                                                                                                                                  • For information on Islamic, Jewish,
                                                                                                                                      CHAPEL                      Buddhist or other faith groups, call the
                                                                                                                                                                  chapel at (623) 856-6211.
                                                                                                                                      CORNER                      Chapel activities
                                                                                                                                                                  Baptism
                                                                                                                                                                  • Baptism seminars for parents of
                                                                                                                        The Luke Chapel team is committed
                                                                                                                                                                  children below age 7 are 7 p.m. the first
                                                                                                                      to ensuring spiritual care for the entire
                                                                                                                                                                  two Mondays of the month
                                                                                                                      family. Chapel offices are in the Luke
                                                                                                                                                                  Weddings
                                                                                                                      Community Chapel, located between
                                                                                                                                                                  • Weddings for either chapel must be
                                                                                                                      the Officers’ Club and fitness center. For
                                                                                                                                                                  scheduled several months in advance
                                                                                                                      more information, call (523) 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
                                                                            Buddy, can                                Worship schedule                            • Singles meet for dinner at 6 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                  Fridays and Saturdays at the Oasis
                                                                                                                      Protestant
                                                                            you spare ...                             • Gospel service is 9:30 a.m. at COM
                                                                                                                                                                  Youth events
                                                                            Senior Airman Daniel                      • Praise service is 11 a.m. at LCC          • Catholic youth group is 6:30 p.m.
                                                                            Munoz, Luke Honor Guard,                  • Children’s church is 11 a.m. at LCC       Tuesdays at LCC
                                                                            attempts to pick up a spare               Catholic                                    • An on-call chaplain may be reached
                                                                            during Xtreme Bowling at                  • Mass is 9:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. at LCC       after duty hours by calling the command
                                                                            Thunderbolt Lanes bowling                 • Weekday Mass is noon at LCC               post at (623) 856-5600.
                                                                            center Saturday. Xtreme
                                                                            Bowling is 9:30 p.m. to
                                                                            midnight Fridays and
                                                                            Saturdays and noon to
                                                                            4 p.m. Sundays.
                                                      Staff Sgt. Ian Dean
                                                                                                                          CROSSWORD
Digest                                                                                        (From Page 15)
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midnight Friday, Saturday; $13 per club member, $14        Birthday bowling parties — Birthday bowling pack-
per nonmember                                              age for youth to age 18; open to 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednes-
Family XTREME bowling — Noon to 4 p.m.                     days through Saturdays; bowlers receive two games,           MAJCOM leaders
Sundays; $19.95 per lane for two hours of bowling or       shoe rental, food, beverage, ice cream; $8 per person
$2 per adult, $1.50 per youth to age 18; limited to five   Information, Tickets and Travel (623) 856-6000                        (From Page 18)
people per lane                                            Tickets to area attractions — Harkins or AMC
Practice special — Practice bowling skills 3 to 9 p.m.     movie passes $6.50; admission to Castles and
Wednesday; $1 per game, $1 shoe rental per youth,          Coasters, $18 per person
$1.25 per game and $1.25 shoe rental per adult             California amusement parks — Purchase reduced
Colorama — Bowl to win cash prizes starting at             price admissions to southern California amusement
6 p.m. Saturdays; bowl three games for $13 per             parks including Disneyland, Sea World, San Diego
person; sign up to participate starting at 5 p.m.          Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Park, San Diego Bay
Red pin bowling — Open to 5 p.m. Mondays,                  Cruises, whale watching tours, Legoland, Magic
Wednesdays through Saturdays; $1.95 per game per           Mountain, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios,
youth to age 12; $1.70 per game per senior                 Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Hollywood Wax Museum




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                                                                                                                 Medical                                (From Page 2)

                                                                                                                 care while in the hospital, to include getting medi-
                                                                                                                 cal details of the case. More importantly, the on call
                                                                                                                 MDG provider, Capt. (Dr.) Brian White, took over
                                                                                                                 my case that night. He determined the course of ac-
                                                                                                                 tion I needed, and he admitted me to the hospital.
                                                                                                                 There is no doubt that having Dr. White come out
                                                                                                                 that night saved many hours and made everything
                                                                                                                 go much smoother. The next morning Dr. White
                                                                                                                 returned at 7 a.m. to check my progress. I had to
                                                                                                                 stay another day in the hospital and was discharged
                                                                                                                 Aug. 6 by Dr. White.
                                                                                                                    Lesson 6: I cannot over-emphasize the benefit
                                                                                                                 of being at Banner-Estrella and the care Dr. White
                                                                                                                 was able to provide. The attention and skill that Dr.
                                                                                                                 White provided was instrumental in my recovery.
                                                                                                                 I had worked with Dr. White and other Air Force
                                                                                                                 doctors when other Airmen from our squadron were
                                                                                                                 admitted to Banner-Estrella, and they have consis-
                                                                                                                 tently done a great job supporting us. Remember
                                                                                                                 Dr. White is an Airman just like the rest of us and
                                                                                                                 responds accordingly to take care of us and our
                                                                                                                 family. I certainly know he had better things to do
                                                                                                                 than come work my case on a Saturday night, but
                                                                                                                 yet there he was making sure I received the care I
                                                                                                                 needed.
                                                                                                                    Lesson 7: At the end of the day, we are as equally
                                                                                    Tech. Sgt. Michael Skinner   responsible as the medics for our healthcare. Ask
                                                                                                                 questions, get involved and have a plan.
All pumped up                                                                                                       Lesson 8: Lastly, how much did all of this cost
BounceU hosted a Hearts Apart event for more than 100 family members of deployed servicemembers. Most            me? The answer is zero. Between the surgery, ER
of the families were of recently deployed Luke members. The next monthly Hearts Apart event is Feb. 14 at        visit and hospital stay the bill was probably close to
Build-A-Bear in Arrowhead Mall. For more information or to sign up, call the Airman and Family Readiness         $10,000 and yet I paid nothing. Not a bad benefit if
Flight at (623) 856-6550.                                                                                        you think about it.




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                                                                                                                                                                                     Sports Shorts
                                                                                                                                                                                   Play Luke soccer
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Luke varsity soccer team
                                                                                                                                                                                   is recruiting new players to play
                                                                                                                                                                                   in the coed Peoria adult soccer
                                                                                                                                                                                   league. Tryouts and practices
                                                                                                                                                                                   are at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and
                                                                                                                                                                                   Thursdays. The season begins
                                                                                                                                                                                   Feb. 10 and games are played
                                                                                                                                                                                   Sunday mornings at the Rio
                                                                                                                                                                                   Vista Park on Thunderbird Road.
                                                                                                                                                                                   and Rio Vista Boulevard. For
                                                                                                                                                                                   more information, call Staff Sgt.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Jose Negron at (623) 856-5644.

                                                                                                                                                                                   Super Bowl bash
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Super Bowl Bash is
                                                                                                                                                                                   3:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Desert
                                                                                                                                                                                   Star Club and features burg-
                                                                                                                                                                                   ers, brats, wings, giant viewing
                                                                                                                                                                                   screens, a bouncy castle, contests
                                                                                                                                                                                   and prizes. For more informa-
                                                                                                                                                                                   tion, call (623) 856-6446.

                                                                                                                                                                                   Golf tournament
                                                                                                                                                                                     The President’s Day golf tour-
                                                                                                                                                                                   nament is Feb. 18 at the Falcons
                                                                                                                                                                                   Dunes Golf Course with an 8
Laura Jones, 56th Medical Group, tears flags from a member of the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit Weapons combined team as he                                                        a.m. shotgun start. The cost is
runs for a touchdown during a flag football game Jan. 17. The MDG won 26-20.
                                                                                                                                                                                   $40 per club member and $45
                                                                                                                                                                                   per nonmember and includes

Med group pulls last minute save                                                                                                                                                   greens fees, range balls, cart
                                                                                                                                                                                   rental and lunch. Prizes will be
                                                                                                                                                                                   given. For more information, call
Story and photo by Airman 1st Class                          out success. After a long battle the 61st made           repetitively and score. As they started again                (623) 535-9334.
           C.J. HATCH                                        the first touchdown. In retaliation the MDG               the 61st tried again to stop the MDG. Then
                                                             defense tried even harder to block anything              on the 10-yard line the MDG fumbled giving                   Pilates
              Thunderbolt staff writer
                                                             that came their way. As the time on the clock            the 61st quarterback the chance he needed.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Pilates classes which consist of
  The 56th Medical Group flag football team                   diminished toward the half, the 61st tried to            Juking past MDG he ran full sprint down
                                                                                                                                                                                   non-impact exercises to develop
won 26-20 after a hard fought battle with                    keep MDG from scoring, but with a possession             the field to score.
                                                             change and a sudden rush, the MDG was able                 After the shocking play MDG had to play                    strength, flexibility, balance and
the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons
combined team Jan. 17 at the base track.                     to bring the score to 7 to 6 at the half.                harder to try to even the score. The rest                    inner awareness are at 10 a.m.
  Both teams began strong as they wrestled                     As the second half started the 61st team,              of the second half was a battle for the few                  Tuesdays and Thursdays at the
for yardage and the first touchdown. The                     though tired, played with an increased de-               points. In the last minute and a half, MDG                   aerobic center, Bldg. 700. To reg-
MDG, with their bigger team, tried to hold                   termination to score. The MDG was ready                  made a successful rush for the goal line and                 ister, call (623) 856-6241.
down the seven-man team of the 61st but with-                for the 61st and were able to block them                 won the game.




     PICKS
     of the
     WEEK
                                                  Tech. Sgt.                          Master Sgt.                           Staff Sgt.                       Staff Sgt.                              Staff Sgt.
                                               Adrian Rendon                        Ronald Jensen                         Andrew Cairns                    Jason Wilbert                         Katherine Flores
                      NHL: Saturday           56th Fighter Wing                 56th Operations Group              56th Mission Support Group         56th Maintenance Group                    56th Medical Group
                    Detroit vs. Dallas                Dallas                                Dallas                              Detroit                          Detroit                                  Dallas
               Florida vs. Pittsburgh               Pittsburgh                            Pittsburgh                           Florida                           Florida                                Pittsburgh
             New Jersey vs. Boston                   Boston                                Boston                            New Jersey                        New Jersey                                Boston
            Philadelphia vs. Toronto                 Toronto                               Toronto                             Toronto                           Toronto                                 Toronto
               Tampa Bay vs. Ottawa                  Ottawa                              Tampa Bay                             Ottawa                            Ottawa                                  Ottawa
            Minnesota vs. Nashville                 Minnesota                             Nashville                          Minnesota                         Minnesota                                Minnesota
         N.Y. Islanders vs. Colorado                Colorado                              Colorado                          N.Y. Islanders                    N.Y. Islanders                            Colorado
                Anaheim vs. Phoenix                  Phoenix                              Anaheim                              Phoenix                          Phoenix                                  Phoenix
                      NBA: Saturday
                Phoenix vs. Chicago                   Phoenix                               Phoenix                            Phoenix                              Phoenix                                 Phoenix
          Cleveland vs. L.A. Lakers                 L.A. Lakers                           L.A. Lakers                        L.A. Lakers                          L.A. Lakers                             L.A. Lakers
                  Boston vs. Orlando                  Boston                                Boston                             Boston                               Boston                                  Boston
         Washington vs. Milwaukee                   Washington                            Washington                         Washington                           Washington                              Washington
                 Atlanta vs. Portland                 Portland                             Portland                            Portland                            Portland                                Portland
                   Denver vs. Dallas                   Dallas                                Dallas                             Dallas                               Dallas                                  Dallas
          New Jersey vs. Minnesota                  New Jersey                            New Jersey                         New Jersey                           New Jersey                              New Jersey
                    Utah vs. Houston                  Houston                              Houston                             Houston                             Houston                                 Houston
                  Percentage per year            7-16 61 percent                      7-16 58 percent                      5-16 55 percent                   10-16 65 percent                         7-16 61 percent
                            Trash talk   “Where do you guys get your picks;   “You can’t spell game without me.”     “Phoenix Suns I choose you!”   I’m on my way back Sergeant Flores;   “I really don’t know hockey, but what-
                                              from a fortune cookie?”                                                                                      see if you can keep up!.       ever, I’m still doing better than some!”
                                                         Luke Airmen

  Sink it




                                                                                                                                                          Staff Sgt. Ian Dean
Chief Master Sgt. Mitch Stippel, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, putts the ball Monday during the Chiefs and Eagles golf tournament at the Falcon Dunes Golf Course. The
Chiefs defeated the Eagles five games to four.




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