May 28, 2010
Vol. 10, No. 21
The base bulletin is provided for the Luke
Thunderbirds stand up at Luke 57 years ago
Air Force Base community and features
items of interest to base personnel.
Changes of command 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Lt. Col. James McCune, 310th The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will celebrate their 57th
Fighter Squadron commander, will anniversary Tuesday.
relinquish command to Lt. Col. Todd For more than a half-century the team has been perform-
Murphey at 8 a.m. today in Hangar ing air shows and other events to spotlight precision aerial
913. acrobatics during formation and solo flight.
Lt. Col. John Grivakas, 607th Air
The team got its start at Luke Air Force Base June 1, 1953,
Control Squadron commander, will
as the 3600th Air Demonstration Team, a piece of Luke and
relinquish command to Lt. Col. Car-
Thunderbird history of which many are unaware.
los Messer at 10 a.m. June 7 at Club
“A meeting in the Pentagon determined that an official
demonstration team of proven combat pilots, flying standard
Lt. Col. John Bobroski, 56th Op-
erations Group Detachment 1 com- aerial maneuvers in formation, could do much to rebuff both
mander, will relinquish command to the public’s mistaken image of the fighter pilot and ease fears
Lt. Col. Culla Yarborough at 8 a.m. of aviation cadets,” according to the Thunderbirds Museum at
June 9 at Club Five Six. Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Courtesy photo
Col. Levi Chase, wing training commander, was appointed Air show attendees check out a U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds F-
Deployed spouses dinner to create the team.
Pre, current and post deployed “The original flight team consisted of Maj. Dick Catledge, 8, 1953, at Luke Air Force Base.
military members, their spouses and team leader; twin brothers Buck and Bill Pattillo, wingmen;
cause the team needed an aircraft that was stable for formation
family members are invited to a sum- Capt. Bob Kanaga, slot; and Capt. Bob McCormick, solo pilot,”
flight, reliable enough to meet the demanding show schedule,
said David Trojan, local Thunderbirds historian. “Each pilot
rugged enough for aerobatic maneuvers, and representative of
Squadron 6 p.m. June 17 at the chapel was very skilled and most had some flight demonstration team
the Air Force’s combat aircraft,” Mr. Trojan said. “It also had
annex. Free food and entertainment experience.”
an impressive record during the Korean War.”
are included. For more information or For the first few weeks of existence, the Air Force’s newest
The newly-organized team of seven officers and 22 enlisted
to R.S.V.P., call (623) 856-6211. demonstration team was called the Stardusters, as a result
members held their first aerial demonstration while 3,000
of a name-picking contest. Although 25 percent of the entries
military members watched June 8, 1953, at Luke.
Vacation Bible school suggested Thunderbirds, the name was considered too common
The original demonstration sequence consisted of a series of
Vacation Bible school is 5:30 to in the Phoenix area.
skillful and breathtaking diamond formation aerobatics lasting
8 p.m. June 7 through 11 at the Luke Soon afterward, Lt. Gen. Robert Harper, Air Training Com-
about 15 minutes, according to Mr. Trojan.
community chapel for children, ages mand commander, changed the name to the Thunderbirds, and
The first civilian air show was held one month later at
3 through 8th grade. The theme is thus a name thought too common soon became synonymous
“Frontier Days” in Cheyenne, Wyo. The team flew a total of 26
Egypt – Joseph’s Journey from Prison with the professionalism and expertise demonstrated by the
shows by August 1953. The team was even featured in LIFE
to Palace. There is no charge and din- team.
Magazine in the same month.
ner will be served. The original mission of the team was, “to demonstrate ef-
In September 1953, as the team’s popularity grew, they were
ficiency, familiarization and orientation to people not knowing
greeted by nearly 400,000 attendees at the annual Dayton,
of the F-84G; to create interest in the training program, and
Ohio, air show, according to the Thunderbird Alumni Asso-
Education services will be conduct- to recruit aviation cadets.”
ing an hour-long commissioning brief “The F-84G ‘Thunderjet’ was chosen for the Thunderbirds be- See T-BIRDS, Page 13
at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Bldg. 1150, third
enlisted personnel interested in Air
Officer Training School or the Air
Force Academy and is open to active-
duty members and their spouses. For
more information, call (623) 856-7722.
56th FW blood drive
A 56th Fighter Wing blood drive will
be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the
base theater parking lot. All donors
will be entered into a drawing to win
roundtrip tickets aboard the Grand
Canyon Railway. For more informa-
tion or to sign up, call 1st Lt. Juliette
DelGiudice at (623) 856-4119. Airman 1st Class Ronifel Yasay
Master Sgt. Raheem Moore
Change of command ... Incoming ...
INSIDE Col. Pete Schaub, 56th Operations Group commander,
Lt. Col. Vincent Leong, the outgoing commander of the 425th
Fighter Squadron, Peace Carvin II Detachment, Lt. Col. Low
passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Daniel Lasica, incoming Say Sim, the incoming commander, perform a symbolic hand-
Spotlight............................................4 309th Fighter Squadron commander, May 21 during a ing of the sword May 21 during the PC II change-of-command
CrossFit Games...... .........................10 change-of-command ceremony in Hangar 913. ceremony held in Hangar 840.
2 May 28, 2010
Know your Airmen
ground, which can only enhance the supervisor and
subordinate professional relationship.
DON’T START! If you directly supervise a handful of folks and don’t
know their EPR closeout dates or physical fitness
evaluation dates, you should probably learn them. Put
it on your calendar if you have to; but you should know
before they are due. You don’t have to wait for the
ACTION LINE Know your Airmen.
308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit
shell to start writing the EPR. That date should never
surprise a supervisor. And please don’t wait for the
email@example.com It sounds easy, but you may be surprised how hard UFPM to contact your member for the physical fitness
it really is; or how hard is seems to be. I’m not talking evaluation before you do your own informal evaluation.
about a section chief or flight chief knowing their 25 or We’ve all heard the adage “an ounce of prevention is
The commander’s Action more people. I’m talking about the direct supervisor worth a pound of cure.” If you know anybody that
Line is your direct line to me knowing their handful of people. has reported to their commander for failing the
with questions or suggestions There are things that commanders need PT test, ask them if they’d rather have had
about subjects of concern to to help maintain mission effectiveness, and their supervisor get their attention two
the entire Luke Air Force Base one of the most important things you can months earlier and avoided standing tall
community. do to help your squadron is to know your in front of the “man.” I would guess that
I appreciate your feedback. subordinates. You don’t need to know their most all of these folks would have much
Your ideas and concerns help favorite colors, but you should probably rather avoided that altogether. You can’t
build a stronger foundation motivate everybody, but it is imperative
know more than their rank and name.
on which we can successfully
Familiarity goes a long way for a supervi- you are involved. If you’re putting your
complete our mission and take
Brig. Gen. Kurt Neubauer sor. If you have an Airman whose relative eyes on the member and performing PT
care of our people.
To receive a response,
56th FW commander passes away on a Saturday, can you help with them, you should know their relative
leave your name and tele- your first sergeant or commander find their fitness level.
phone number. Action Lines of general interest are house or apartment? There are times when All of this can be summarized with “know your
printed in the Thunderbolt. Remember, the quickest members move and somehow the recall roster never people.” Your commander has the responsibility for
sees their new address. This kind of knowledge is not hundreds; you have responsibility for a few. By taking care
directly to the responsible agency or through your only good for operational issues, but knowing the basics of your Airmen you take care of the Air Force. Being a su-
chain of command. about your subordinates can really help build common pervisor is a heavy responsibility, so don’t take it lightly.
The Action Line isn’t just for complaints. Send
along your kudos when someone provides exceptional
Drinking and driving: When I learned my lesson
service, goes out of their way to help or deserves a kind
Barbershop priority going strong, killing quite a few We head out to the police sta-
Question: Today I went to the base exchange bar- six-packs of beer. tion. You guessed it – he’s a cop.
bershop, acquired a ticket and sat down to wait my I woke up the next morning with At the station, he passes me a
turn. The waiting time mounted as one after another 56th Force Support Squadron commander
folder which has about a dozen or
a pretty good hangover to find
uniformed Airman came after me went to the head so pictures of a single car accident
As my deadline approached my loving father standing in the
of the line. Needless to say, I walked out. As the lady where the driver was drunk and
for my article in this edition of kitchen. He greets me with a smile
stated, “Airmen in uniform have priority.” Why not didn’t survive. We didn’t have
the Thunderbolt, I found myself and in a booming, louder-than-
designate several chairs for uniform personnel, as digital cameras back then, but
at a loss. What words of wisdom normal voice calls out, “Morning,
priority, and allow the rest to go by the numbers? the pictures were clear enough
on leadership or lessons learned hope your hungry. I made you
Thank you for bringing this to my for me to make another run to the
from my Air Force career could I some breakfast.”
attention. It is the policy of our base exchange to bathroom.
impart on my audience and leave Sitting in front of me is a big ‘ol
provide working military priority during the hours Another grin from dad and off
them going ‘Wow… I just had an plate of scrambled eggs, greasy
of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The base exchange should have we go, this time to the county
epiphany’? bacon, and an ice cold Budweiser.
had a barber taking care of nonactive-duty members sheriff.
during this time; and they would like to apologize As I drove on base from having Another big smile as he sees my
lunch, I saw the dreaded DUI sign face turn green. “Eat up son. We “Pictures don’t do the scene jus-
for this inconvenience. In the future, the barbershop tice son,” he said. “I want you to
staff will provide nonactive-duty customers the which shows the 56th FSS being got a long day ahead.”
the latest offender, and I found I’ll spare you the details; you see the driver’s car. Take a good,
ability to receive hair cuts during the “military has hard look and think about what
priority” time frame. myself thinking … can probably figure out the rest.
It’s summer 1983. I was eigh- After I got cleaned up, Dad put can happen the next time you get
teen years young and looking his arm around my shoulders and behind the wheel after you’ve been
PHONE NUMBERS forward to college in a couple of
weeks. Saturday night at the local
said, “Come along son; let me
show you what I was working on To this day, I will never forget
drive-in and my friends and I are the other night.” See DUI, Page 13
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“Cave Tonitrum” News May 28, 2010
Pilot-for-day visits 61st Fighter Squadron IN BRIEF
Home buying seminar
ing a home buying and information seminar for military
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs members, retirees and Defense Department civilians 9 to
10 a.m. June 28 in Bldg. 417, Room 117. To sign up for
Alex Michael Ramsperger Always Awesome Man, also
the seminar, call (623) 856-7643.
known as AMRAAM, got the chance to see what it’s like to
Air Force Base May 18.
Luke Air Force Base Community College of the Air Force
This 11-year-old boy was chosen to participate in the PFAD
2010 spring graduation ceremony is 2:30 p.m. Thurday at
program after spending more than a month in the hospital
Club Five Six. The 56th Force Support Squadron education
and having three surgeries and severe complications with
center will be closed Thursday for the graduation. For more
his appendix in September.
information, call Sandy Cooper at (623) 856-7722.
said. “About a week after I was sent home, my appendix Dads 101
Airman 1st Class Ronifel Yasay
exploded and I was sent to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.”
Seven months later his tour began at the 61st Fighter Pilot-for-a-day Alex Ramsperger, 11, stands beside an F-16 A training program for new and expectant fathers is
Squadron where Alex and his parents, Denise and Trent, - 8 a.m. to noon July 20 in the Airman and Family Readi-
met Lt. Col. Philippe Malebranche, 61st FS commander, ron May 18. ness Center Conference Room. Participants learn what
and Col. George Schaub, 56th Operations Group com- to expect during the pregnancy, home preparation, the
spouse relationship, labor, delivery and more. For more
“I was really looking forward to the simulators, and I
Capt. Spencer Godwin, 61st FS C Flight commander, information or to register, call (623) 856-3417.
knew it was going to be my favorite part,” Alex said. “And,
gave the family a tour of the squadron and took them out I had no idea I was actually going to sit in a jet; I thought it
was going to be a box or something. It was so much better
After lunch at Club Five Six, it was off to see the military RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo, a free employment,
than I thought it was going to be.”
entrepreneurship and educational opportunity event for
Captain Godwin said Alex was a double ace in the
“My favorite part of the day was watching Alex control veterans, personnel who are transitioning from active
the dogs,” Captain Godwin said. “I didn’t think the dogs duty, Reserve, Guard, and military spouses will be held
“Alex and his father were both naturals,” he said. “Alex
would listen to him, but they did. As soon as he said ‘get 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the University of Phoenix
was constantly shooting jets down and both of them suc-
em,’ the dogs took off after the bad guy.” Stadium. For more information or to register as a job-
After playing with the dogs, Captain Godwin took the seeker, visit http://www.recruitmilitary.com.
The Ramsperger family said they enjoyed their time
at Luke. Heart Link
“I have always loved airplanes,” Alex said. “But after this
Finally, they went to the simulators, which im- The next Heart Link seminar is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday at the Airman and Family Readiness Center.
Heart Link explains the language, protocols and culture
Thunderbolt invents PDG study tool of the Air Force to new spouses and teaches them about
available resources on base. For more information, call
Angela Teixeira at (623) 856-6513.
believe they should have a better way to study.”
Lieutenant Reese thought of the idea to create this
Teen Talk open forum
tool when he was studying for the GMAT. A teen talk open forum is 2 to 4 p.m. June 16 at the Bal-
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
“I was very frustrated with the other systems on four Beatty Community Center. Signed permission slips
Enlisted servicemembers with promotion testing the market because I needed to review important core are required. For more information, call (623) 856-3417.
in their near future can take advantage of a free and concepts” he said. “I wanted something quick, easy and Take control of stress
convenient flashcard study tool recently developed by convenient that didn’t cost a lot of money — TestSoup Learn to understand the stress response, stress reduc-
one of Luke Air Force Base’s own. is the answer.” tion techniques and old patterns that contribute to being
First Lt. Brian Reese, 56th Mission Support Group Airmen interested in using this tool can either stressed 3 to 4 p.m. July 19 in the health and wellness
Commander’s Action Group chief, is the cofounder of register with TestSoup.com directly or connect with center. For more information or to sign up, call (623)
TestSoup, a Web site and mobile application devoted Facebook account usernames and passwords to save 856-3417.
to helping individuals prepare for standardized tests. time, Lieutenant Reese said.
Although the Web site charges a small fee for “Once Airmen log in, they will have access to more FCP golf tournament
civilians ($9.95 for GMAT, GRE, or ACCUPLACER than 2,500 flashcards,” he said. The system is user- The Fighter Country Partnership is featuring an inau-
flashcards), Lieutenant Reese said the Air Force friendly with options to study by chapter, skip to dif- gural honorary commander’s golf tournament at 6:30 a.m.
Professional Development Guide flashcards are free ferent chapters of the PDG, and flag cards for review. June 4 at Falcon Dunes Golf Course. The cost is $100 per
for Airmen. Page numbers appear after the question so Airmen person. Sponsorships are available. Registration deadline
“Airmen have enough things to worry about at work, can find the underlying concept in the PDG textbook.” is today. For more information, call (623) 882-2191.
home and while deployed,” Lieutenant Reese said. “I See PDG, Page 13
Summer youth program
The Luke Air Force Base Youth Center offers fun, safe
THUNDERBOLT ALMANAC and supervised activities. The cost is based on family
income and the hours are 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday
2010 graduates through Friday. Children in kindergarten through 6th
grade are eligible to participate. For more information,
call (623) 856-7471.
61st FS.......................................................46 425th FS......................................................8
62nd FS......................................................41 56th TRS..................................................130 2011 ELDP
The Defense Department has allocated a minimum of two
308th FS....................................................18 607th ACS................................................109 active-duty majors or major selects to participate in the 2011
309th FS....................................................28 107th ACS..................................................24 Executive Leadership Development Program in October.
310th FS....................................................39 372nd TRS, Det. 12..................................409
education no later than Monday. For more information, call
21st FS.........................................................8 the military personnel section customer support.
344 Luke members are Dine and bowl
T-Bolts deployed to Eat dinner and bowl 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Thun-
derbolt Lanes. Menus include fried chicken, spaghetti,
18 countries tacos and more. The cost is $8 per individual and includes
(As of Tuesday) around the world. three games of bowling and shoe rental. For more infor-
mation, call (623) 856-6529.
4 May 28, 2010
salutes and awards
OF THE WEEK
Airman 1st Class Michael Conger
56th Component Maintenance Squadron
944th scores excellent in inspections
Aircrew Egress Systems journeyman
944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Bartels, 944th LRS
Years in service: Five
944th Medical Squadron Tech. Sgt. Matthew Walsh, 944th LRS
Senior Airman Kenneth Hall, 944th LRS
Education: University of Rio Grande business
management associate degree and pursuing Ashford
Maj. Mary Lyons, 944th MDS
University degree in business management
Senior Master Sgt. Troy Lillemon, 944th MDS Senior Master Sgt. Steven Mick, 944th Logistics Readiness
Tech. Sgt. Vanessa Hollein, 944th ASTS Squadron
Receive a master of business administration
Staff Sgt. Nicole Lougheed, 944th ASTS Master Sgt. Anthony Krystoff, 944th Fighter Wing
Winning a body building competition Staff Sgt. Heather McBride, 944th ASTS Master Sgt. Michelle Verduzco, 944th Mission Support Group
Self-determined, motivated and Fran Kremer, 944th Mission Support Flight
driven Ralph Tuttle, 944th FW
“Give it your all or
nothing at all!”
sports and spending time with family
And the award goes to ...
“Airman FROM LEFT: Retired Senior Master Sgt. Sandy Valdezate, Air Force
Conger continues to perform exception- Sergeants Association Division 12 vice president, hands the 2009
ally in the egress section,” said Lt. Col. Airman of the Year award to Staff Sgt. Zully Birkbeck, 56th Comp-
Robert Brinker, 56th CMS command- troller Squadron, as retired Chief Master Sgt. David Campanale and
er. “His work ethic and motivation Master Sgt. Melanie Porter, AFSA Division 11 president, look on. Di-
set a standard for all Airmen vision 12, which represents Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico, held
to follow. Airman Conger’s
a convention and competition May 14 through 17 in Albuquerque,
dedication and mainte-
nance expertise ensures
active-duty bases and met a board consisting of three chief master
the aircraft egress sys-
sergeants. She goes on to compete against 12 other division nomi-
tems are maintained to
the highest standards. nees for the AFSA International 2009 Airman of the Year Award at the
His meticulous inspections
are critical to the safety and Donald Birkbeck Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 14 through 18.
welfare of the 56th Fighter Wing
maintainers and aircrew mem-
bers. In addition to his work
This week in Luke history...
step up when volunteers are
needed for squadron morale
events. I’m proud to have him in
my squadron.” end he was a captain with 21 aerial victories, the most in the 308th FS and Mediterranean Theater.
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“Cave Tonitrum” News May 28, 2010
MOH recipients launch PTS public service announcements
General Lorenz to retire The nation’s highest heroes urge today’s military to seek servicemembers have access to numerous online resources
The Air Force announced May 10 that the highest help without delay at a time when suicides among service- and crisis hotlines, which we hope they’ll use.”
ranking Airman in Air Education and Training Com- members continue to rise. America’s Medal of Honor recipi-
mand will retire after 37 years of service. ents are launching a public service campaign urging today’s servicemembers say they fear being seen as weak for seeking
Gen. Stephen Lorenz spent the last two years provid- military to seek help for post-traumatic stress. help and half fear it will hurt their military career.
ing combat-focused training to every Airman entering The campaign, called “Medal of Honor — Speak Out!,” fea- “Central to providing behavioral health care in the military
the Air Force while leading the “First Command.” tures nearly 30 video testimonials by recipients who survived is ending the stigma that a person is weak if they seek coun-
With an emphasis on innovation, he watched the com- the most harrowing experiences in battle, including severe seling when needed,” said David McIntyre Jr., Congressional
mand morph into a force capable of training more than physical wounds as well as emotional trauma. Their mes- Medal of Honor Foundation board member. “Medal of Honor
340,000 students per year using the most advanced sage — available at www.MedalOfHonorSpeakOut.org — is
training technologies and platforms. simple: Don’t let the enemy defeat you at home — make use need — the reassurance that it is OK to seek help.”
Responsibility for Air Force recruitment, training, of the resources available today for combat stress. The campaign launched May 15 — Armed Forces Day.
education and innovation will go to Lt. Gen. Edward The “Medal of Honor — Speak Out!” Web site provides Established in 1949, the day was the result of a consolida-
Rice Jr., currently serving as U.S. Forces Japan and downloadable videos from the Medal of Honor recipients, a tion of the military services in the DOD. It was intended to
5th Air Force commander, Yokota Air Base, Japan. He replace the various Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps
was nominated by President Barack Obama March 17 servicemembers to seek assistance for combat stress issues and Coast Guard Days. However, observance of these days,
to be the Air Force’s next four-star general. that may have become problematic in their lives. The public, especially within each particular service, still continues to
He is a 1978 U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and military leadership and news organizations are invited to this day.
download and share these resources with servicemembers The Congressional Medal of Honor Society is chartered
As commander, 28th Air Expeditionary Wing, he com- and their families. by Congress, and regarded as the most exclusive organi-
zation in our country, as its membership is solely made
of Operation Enduring Freedom. recipients have participated in a public service campaign up of living Medal of Honor recipients. Today there are
General Rice returns to AETC after commanding that aims to encourage today’s servicemembers to stay both fewer than 100 members, who come from all social classes,
Air Force Recruiting Service from May 2002 to Janu- physically and mentally strong and reduce the tragic number race and economic levels. They range in age from 58 to 99,
ary 2004. Prior to his current assignment, he was vice of military suicides. and live in all areas of the country. No amount of money,
“Each of America’s Medal of Honor recipients has seen the
Further information on the change-of-command and ugliest side of war,” said retired Air Force Col. Leo Thorsness, exclusive circle, and unlike almost any other organization,
retirement will be released as it becomes available. a former Vietnam prisoner-of-war and president of the Con- the hope of this group’s members is that there will be no
gressional Medal of Honor Society. more inductees.
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health & Fitness Thunderbolt
56th LRS improves PT test scores with CrossFit
said. “I added 23 correct push-ups and 25 sit-ups
to my count since my last test, and I passed this
time with an 89.75 percent score.”
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Sergeant Soto said she also lost weight and inch- Running because it is the easiest form of workout for me.
Three months ago, three Airmen from the 56th es and will keep CrossFit in her workout schedule.
Logistics Readiness Squadron started working out “CrossFit motivates me so much more than I enjoy challenges and trying to accomplish them no matter
at CrossFit Luke in an attempt to improve their regular workouts,” she said. “I lost 12 pounds and how hard I have to push myself to achieve that goal.
several inches off my waist. I love the fact that
Tech. Sgt. Angel Cain, 56th LRS Equipment the workout-of-the-day is always different and When I’m working out for fun I listen to anything, because
Accountability Element NCO-in-charge, Senior challenging.” that’s when I have fun exercising.
Airmen Lasey Murphy, 56th LRS Second Lt. Daniel Lim, 56th
command support staff, and Staff LRS Deployment Distribution
Sgt. Jeannie Soto, 56th LRS Ma- “CrossFit motivates me so -
terial Management craftsman, much more than regular geant Cain dropped about a min-
all succeeded with improvements ute and a half off of her run time.
workouts.” My motivation comes from challenges and
between two and seven points on “She went from a 16 minute
goals I set for myself and from the Air Force
their last tests. Tech. Sgt. Angel Cain and 58 second to a 15 minute and requirements.
Sherri Biringer, 56th Force 56th LRS Equipment Accountability Element
32 second mile-and-a-half time” -
Support Squadron CrossFit super- he said. “She improved her score
visor, said she believes everyone from a 76.25 to an 83.75.”
can succeed with CrossFit, especially Airmen who Lieutenant Lim said he is glad he sent these Set goals for yourself. Challenge your-
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Operations Support Squadron both took advantage individual basis and stressed proper form on push- them on an everyday basis. Preparing
of it and saw positive results. ups and sit-ups,” he said. “As a result, not only did for the run takes a lot more preparation
Staff Sgt. Jeannie Soto said pushups and sit-ups they improve their recent test scores, but they are and dedication to reach the scores we desire.
were her weakest areas before starting CrossFit now prepared to perform under the new, stricter Try to run a few extra laps as fast as you can
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May 19: Security forces and firefighters re-
sponded to a vehicle fuel spill in the parking lot
STREET BEAT of Bldg. 547.
ed to a medical emergency in housing.
The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the Nonemergency responses
following incidents from May 14 through 20. May 14: A be-on-the-look-out was issued for an
individual from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
Tickets May 14: Security forces responded to a report of
a vehicle speeding in housing.
violations. May 14: Security forces responded to a report of
individuals tampering with playground equipment.
May 15: Security forces responded to a minor two- May 14: Security forces apprehended an indi-
vehicle accident in housing. There were no injuries. vidual for disorderly conduct and drunkenness in
May 17: Security forces responded to a minor ve- Bldg. 528.
hicle accident on the west side of Bldg. 1150. There May 14: Security forces responded to a report of
were no injuries. uninvited guests during a party in housing.
May 17: Security forces responded to a minor ve- May 15: Security forces responded to a report of
hicle accident near Bldg. 635. There were no injuries. shoplifting at the base exchange. Glendale police
May 18: Security forces responded to a minor took control.
vehicle accident at the South Gate search pit area. May 15: Security forces responded to a noise
There were no injuries. complaint in housing.
May 18: Security forces responded to a minor -
vehicle accident near the satellite pharmacy. There rest made by Phoenix police. An active-duty member
were no injuries. was arrested for extreme DUI on Camelback Road.
May 19: Security forces responded to a minor two- -
Master Sgt. Michael Miller
vehicle accident near Burger King.
Open ranks ...
May 14: - noncompliance by Goodyear police. An active-duty
ed to a medical emergency at Bldg. 1540. member was previously cited for extreme DUI.
Term Airman Center, takes notes as Tech. Sgt. Kristine Ga-
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theft of private property in Bldg. 1130.
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Construction has begun to build a $680,000 geothermal
F-16s future of net-
The F-16 demonstrated
capabilities during the U.S.
Air Force’s Joint Expedition-
ary Force Experiment 2010
at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
JEFX, planned and execut-
Texas ed by the Global Cyberspace
Integration Center, is a venue
From the Lockheed plant in Fort
Worth, Texas, F-35As flew to Afghanistan for innovative command and
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., . Japan control and targeting tech-
nologies. This year’s event
leaders of Provincial Reconstruction Team As a result of continued volcanic focused on improving the
activity in Iceland, some Air Mobility U.S. forces’ ability to conduct
at his house for a meeting and lunch May 20. Command aircraft are being re- irregular warfare. Lockheed
Martin’s participation, un-
way to support operations in Iraq der the sponsorship of Air
and Afghanistan. Combat Command, centered
Internet Protocol-based ap-
plications in an irregular war-
fare context while conducting
close air support missions.
watchdog agency that also would and they hope to prevent issues from Lockheed Martin’s efforts tied
oversee banks and lending institu- becoming problems. in with Air Force Special Op-
military readiness tions, Mr. Beauregard said. - erations Command enhanced
Through outreach and a robust Poor financial situations among sues are behind only career and mis- capabilities in an integrated
system of educating servicemembers, troops can greatly affect military sion issues as the top stressors among operational thread.
Defense Department officials are readiness and the ability of service- servicemembers, Mr. Beauregard said. During the two-week ex-
working to keep troops financially members to accomplish their mission, Noting the busy tempo and numer- periment, F-16 pilots dem-
- he said. ous requirements placed on the lives onstrated the capability of
“Financial stability helps service- of troops today, he said it’s impor- the Lockheed Martin Sniper
May 19. members (and the DOD),” he said. “If tant to the department that troops SE advanced targeting pod’s
Since the downward turn of the they’re paying more attention to their enhanced resolution sensor
credit market in recent years, Defense learn how to avoid being burdened suite for improved combat
attention to their primary mission and by obligations they may not be able -
have grown more concerned with ser- their primary jobs.” to handle. gets. Sniper SE’s ability to
Commanders have voiced concerns http://www.af.mil/news/story.
simultaneously track mul-
standing, said Marcus Beauregard, a to defense policy makers, making asp?id=123205564
tiple ground vehicles moving
senior program analyst for the Penta- them more aware of issues troops have through a complex urban en-
gon’s military community and family had in buying automobiles and repay- vironment lowers the pilot’s
workload while increasing
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said. Leaders also have learned cer- mission effectiveness.
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Story and photos by Senior Airman
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Luke CrossFit held the CrossFit Games here May 19 at the abil
and operate area where teams of four tested their physical limits.
from across Luke and included off-base participants from Scottsda
There were nine events and the team that did them the fastest
tires from one end of a mud hole to the other.
wearing body armor.
from the desert (overseas contingency locations) which is what C
19 during the Luke CrossFit Games. For this event team members performed a burpee,
rolled under the tape, did a push-up then jumped back over the tape to repeat the exercise
RIGHT: Capt. Lorraine Sult, 56th Staff Judge Advocate team, shoots an airsoft M-16 at alu-
minum cans from the prone position during the Luke CrossFit Games. Team members did
three team push-ups, then a team member had 20 shots to hit a can. If unsuccessful, the
shooter did 10 burpees before the team could continue. After another set of team push-
ups another member would shoot. The process was repeated until all team members had
Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
“Cave Tonitrum” News May 28, 2010
lity to survive
. Teams were
CrossFit is all
ABOVE FROM LEFT: Tech. Sgt.
Anthony Odell and Airman 1st
Class Daniel Lennon, from the
56th Security Forces team, do
LEFT: Staff Sgt. Ryan Cobb,
Team Taylor, runs through
muddy water while rolling a tire
during the CrossFit Games. The
CrossFit Games pushed com-
petitors to physical limits with
nine exercises from a run to
team lunges. Teams had to get
a tire from one end of a mud
pit to the other where a team
mate was waiting to push the
tire back. Cobb and his team
finished in second place with a
time of 17.28 minutes.
The 56th Security
team does team push-
ups during the Luke
CrossFit Games. Af-
ter doing three team
push-ups a team
member would shoot
an airsoft M-16 at alu-
minum cans before
returning to do three
more team push-ups.
After each team mem-
ber shoots the team
moves on to the tire
drag. The 56th SFS
with a time of 17.13
12 May 28, 2010
train at Luke for
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
More than 20 injured veterans visited Luke Air Force Base
from May 16 through Sunday to train for the Desert Challenge
Games at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Saturday and
“They were selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee Para-
lympic division as high-level, developing military athletes,”
ABOVE FROM LEFT: Travis Dodson and Peter
said John Zavada, one of the team’s coaches.
Park, retired U.S. Marine Corps corporals, prac-
Luke was home to the U.S. Paralympic “Developing Ath-
tice drafting May 19 while at the U.S. paralympics
letes Training Camp,” which prepared the competitors for
training camp held at Luke Air Force Base. Cor-
the competition. The athletes completed national or interna-
porals Dodson and Park were able to complete
a 400-meter wheelchair sprint in just over one
and competition class. This Desert Challenge Games’ results
will be used to determine their entry into the U.S. National
Paralympic Track and Field Championships June 18 through ABOVE RIGHT: Lee Randles, retired U.S. Marine
20 in Miramar, Fla. Corps sergeant, sprints down the track May 19
“We were excited to be housed, fed and trained at Luke,” while at the U.S. paralympics training camp. Ser-
said Kallie Quinn, U.S. Paralympics Emerging Sport Programs geant Randles participated in the 100-meter and
manager. “It was a great training site with helpful Airmen 200-meter dash as well as the long jump Satur-
that allowed our athletes to focus on improving their skills.” day during the U.S. Paralympics Desert Chal-
The athletes came from all over the country, and many lenge Games in Mesa.
sister services, to train and compete in the desert. RIGHT: Travis Dodson, retired U.S. Marine Corp
“This is a chance for us to show that we are just as good as corporal, works on his abdominal muscles May
you ‘two leggers,’” said retired Army Sgt. Timothy Anderson, 19 during the U.S. Paralympics training camp
team member and competitor in the shot-put, javelin and held at Luke. Corporal Dodson, competing for
discus events. his second year, participated in the 100-meter,
The team made good use of the Luke Fitness Center cardio 200-meter and 400-meter wheelchair dash event
Saturday at the U.S. Paralympics Desert Chal-
and new Combat PT Center. Here they trained and practiced lenge Games.
for events such as discus, shot-put, javelin, sprints, wheelchair
sprints and the long-jump. Photos by
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morning. I could have just as easily been that “Large enthusiastic crowds Charles Dittell, 56th Force
guy. greeted the Air Force team
I know someone’s reading this and going, senior airman back on. Salary loss: $4,154. Cost at each air show,” Mr. Trojan previously an educational ser-
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Luke Airmen “Walk miles in their shoes”
“Walk A Mile In Their Shoes” was
Critical days of summer upon us
developed in California by Frank use your seatbelt, helmet, life jacket and
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Baird, a therapist and volunteer rape other appropriate safety equipment, and
More than 150 Airmen participated crisis advocate, who had observed expect your Wingman to do the same – it
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
in the Luke Air Force Base annual that violence affects both men and may save his life!”
“Walk A Mile In Their Shoes” contest women. Starting Memorial Day and going until Third, engage in risk management,
held last month. “Violence against women does not Labor Day the Air Force will focus on know the physical limits of activities and
Each year the “Walk A Mile In just affect women,” Mr. Baird said. safety and risk management during the plan properly. Fourth, act, care and escort.
Their Shoes” men’s march has the “Men are hurt and angered when critical days of summer. “Recognize and respond to distress in
support of men, women and children women they care about are raped. The summer months increase Airmen’s your own life and the life of your wing-
who march with the high-heeled men, Men are hurt and angered when they participation in outdoor sports and rec- man,” he said. “This year there have been
said Evelyn Perez, 56th Fighter Wing try to develop relationships with reation. more suicides than private motor vehicle
Sexual Assault Readiness Center women in an atmosphere of fear, “Last summer we lost 21 Air- fatalities; be vigilant of your own
assistant. mistrust and blame. The same vio- men,” said Michael Donley, well-being and that of your
“We did things a little differently lence that targets women also targets Secretary of the Air Force in wingman.”
with our contest at Luke,” she said. men because rape isn’t about sex, it’s a letter to Airmen about the As part of the critical days
“Instead of having one march, we about power, control and violence.” critical days of summer. of summer program the
handed out pedometers and had For more information stop by “Eighteen of those died Air Force will be focusing
contestants keep track of their steps the Sexual Assault Preven- in private motor vehicle on different topics every
during the month of April.” tion and Response Of- crashes, and 71 percent of week until Labor Day.
Capt. Ivy Madson, 56th Aerospace fice located in Bldg. summer related fatalities The first week’s topic is
Medicine Squadron optometrist, 1150, Suite 1052, involved reckless behav- alcohol prevention and
was the winning female. She walked ior.” is designed to help Air-
or call (623)
320,633 steps during April. S e c r e t a r y D o n l e y f o- men make smart choices.
Tech. Sgt. Michael Moser, 56th cused on four main points i n Information on the current week’s
Maintenance Operations Squadron the letter. First, reject reckless behavior. topic can be found on the Air Force Portal.
EOR shift supervisor was the winning Drinking and driving, speeding, inappro- “Our goal this summer is to have zero
male with 325,918 total steps. priate alcohol use and extreme maneuvers preventable accidents,” Secretary Donley
The squadron with a sure way to get hurt, he said. said. “Help us accomplish this objective
the most accumu- Second, use the right equipment. by exercising good personal judgment
lated steps was the and being a good wingman. Have a great
607th Air Control year were due to a decision not to wear a summer, but be safe and remain alert for
Squadron with seatbelt,” Secretary Donley said. “Always your wingman.”
16 May 28, 2010
Dine and bowl
For more information, call (623) 856-6529
For details on 56th Force Support Squadron programs, visit www.lukeevents.com
Airman 1st Class Ronifel Yasay
Girls night out ...
Kelly Koury, left, Hot Locks Salon hairstylist, styles the hair of Sharon Elzinga,
Sun City West vendor, and hairstylist Monica Reynoso styles the hair of Airman
1st Class Lauren Estrada, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew
member, May 21 during Girls Night Out held at Club Five Six. Ladies were ran-
domly selected to get their hair cut or styled on stage by a raffle drawing.
FRI SAT SUN MON
93 92 95 96
65 64 65 69
The Luke weather forecast is provided by the
56th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight.
Buddhist services, call (623) 856-6211.
CHAPEL Chapel activities
two Mondays of the month
The Luke Chapel team is committed Religious education
to ensuring spiritual care for the entire
- 10:30 a.m. to noon in Bldg. 1150
munity Chapel, located between the old
8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Bldg. 485
For more information, call (623) 856-6211.
COM-Chapel on the Mall
LCC-Luke Community Chapel must be scheduled several months
5 p.m. at LCC the Oasis
Fridays and Saturdays at the Oasis
a.m. at LCC Youth events
Tuesdays at LCC
For information on Islamic, Jewish, or After-duty hours, call (623) 856-5600.
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Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
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“Cave Tonitrum” sports May 23, 2010
April 28, 2010
FAR LEFT: Anthony
Memorial Day tourney
A Memorial Day golf tournament
Nickel bench presses
will be held 7:30 a.m. Monday at Fal-
365 pounds Saturday
con Dunes Golf Course. There will be
a luncheon at noon. For more informa-
tion, call (623) 535-9334.
LEFT: Francesca Hart- Fishing for fun
man dead lifts 185 Join outdoor recreation at the Sur-
pounds during the
June 5. The $5 fee includes transpor-
May Fitness Month
tation and bait. The bus will depart
at 7 a.m. from the outdoor recreation
building. Register by Saturday. For
lifted a total of 1,150
more information, call (623) 856-6267.
pounds during the
three events of the Summer swim lessons
squat, bench press Red Cross swimming lessons will
and deadlift. begin in June and run through August
at the Silver Wings Pool. Classes will
be available for youth, ages 6 months
to 16. Sessions 2 to 5 registration will
be held at the Silver Wings Pool. For
more information, call (623) 856-7152.
Scuba diving classes
A scuba diving class will be held
6:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 5 and 6 at
the Silver Wings Pool. The cost is $99
per person and participants must be
18 or older. For more information or
to register, call (623) 856-7152.
Youth basketball camp
A Tom Kuyper youth basketball
camp will be 1 to 4 p.m. June 14
through 18 at the youth center. Open
for youth, ages 7 to 13. Limited to 24
participants. For more information,
Photos by Senior Airman C.J. Hatch call (623) 856-7470.
Anthony Nickel dead lifts 415 pounds Saturday during the May Fitness Month
powerlifting competition. Anthony lifted a total of 2,070 pounds combined and
Martial arts classes
Martial arts classes are held from
only competed in the bench press and deadlift.
5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
LEFT: Sherri Biringer, 56th Force Support Squadron CrossFit coach, squats 165 at the youth center. The cost is $60
pounds during the powerlifting competition. Sherri lifted a total of 1,505 pounds per student for eight classes. For more
information, call (623) 856-6225.
Airman 1st Class Senior Airman Staff Sgt. Master Sgt. Staff Sgt.
Alfredo Baking Tramil Harrington Chris Huard Robert Avila
56th Fighter Wing 56th Operations Group 56th Mission Support Group 56th Maintenance Group 56th Medical Group
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picks--in your Alphabits?” lucky.”
20 May 28, 2010
Around Luke Thunderbolt
Airman 1st Class Sandra Welch
Anna Bruen, 9, slides into the pool Saturday during the Silver Wings Pool Grand Opening. The pool provides private lessons for everyone and swimming lessons for children. For more
information, call (623) 856-7120.
gleNdale’s Premier ads o N ly 3 m i l e s
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Full-day kindergarten drama & art classes
FREE bus transportation to and from school Computer labs & library media center
Before- and after-school programs School events and community service projects
Free breakfast program Character-based curriculum
Girls’ and boys’ sports teams On-campus science greenhouse (East Campus)
East Campus West Campus www.HESGlendale.org
6805 N. 125th Avenue • Glendale, AZ 13419 W. Ocotillo Road • Glendale, AZ
Grades 1–8 • 12 acre campus Preschool & Kindergarten • 3 acre campus C a l l t o e N r o l l y o u r C h i l d t o d ay !
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Monthly Supplement to the Thunderbolt! 56th FSS • Luke AFB, AZ • June 2010
Performs Musical Revue
Theater-lovers are in for a treat, as The Luke Experience,
Luke Air Force Base’s performing arts troupe, is featuring a
free musical revue June 4th and 5th starting at 7 p.m, both
nights at the base theater.
The revue features a mix of popular songs from mu-
sicals past and present. Performing are Carmina Beedle,
Combat Toya Moore-Broyles, Janelle Donovan, Linda Johnson,
Vicki Monforte, Christina Preston, Katie Williams and Lac-
ey Quattlebaum. Quattlebaum is also the president of the
Luke Experience, and she said musical revues showcase the
Wed & Fri 0600-0730 “The musical revue offers variety, and provides a com-
fort zone for our performers. This is our third one, so musi-
Combat PT Center • Starting 2 June
cal revues are kind of our thing,” Quattlebaum said. “But we
can’t leave out the fact that the revues are a lot of fun, too!
This is a volunteer group and it’s about having fun.
Anyone 18 and older can participate in The Luke Experi-
- Self Defense ence and no experience is necessary. “We always need male
performers, and we can always use help backstage and with
- Learn Basic Fighting: Blocking, Kicking, Punching & Grappling set decorations,” Quattlebaum said. We have a really fun
time. Close to show time, stress gets above average, but it’s
- Great Workout worth it in the end. It’s a great way to meet new friends and
try something new.”
EPR bullets, as well as volunteer hours, can be earned by
For more information, call Lacey Quattlebaum at 623-
1800 - GAMES, WATER PARK, LIVE MUSIC Wings,
2100 - SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS BBQ Sandwiches
ABU/BDU’s Uniform for Active Duty Most Patriotic Family
Sno Cones &
Commanders/First Sgts. Dunk Tank More Available
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE
Watermelon Eating Contest
Ages 18 & Older 623-856-6241
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE
Please Sign-up by 29 June 623-856-7152
At Ease Lt. Col. Rodney H. Nichols
All information was accurate at the date of pub- Commander, 56th Force Support Squadron
The “At Ease” is a monthly recreation supple-
lication and is subject to change without notice. Joanne Perkins - Marketing Director
ment to the Thunderbolt. The appearance of
Douglas Hickins - Editor / Graphic Designer
advertisements herein does not constitute an Check Out Our Website:
Mary Jenkins - Graphic Designer
endorsement by the Department of the Air Force www.LukeEvents.com Jodi Jordan - Marketing Assistant
of the products or services advertised. http://ice.disa.mil Elaine Meissner - Commercial Sponsorship
2 June 2010 LukeEvents.com
Programs & Tournaments at Falcon Dunes Golf Course
Breakfast Menu Change - The Falcon Dunes’
Dine & Bowl Moves to
Summer Special Play Pass - Receive unlimited
daily play and reduced golf cart fees by purchasing a Sum- snack bar will be serving a limited breakfast menu during Wednesday this Summer
mer Special Play Pass at Falcon Dunes. This great new the summer, now through September 30. The Dine & Bowl special at Thunderbolt Lanes has
program is valid June 1 - Sept. 20, 2010. You’ll break-even moved from Tuesdays to Wednesdays this summer.
for green fees after only 13 rounds and save up to 25% off Parent & Junior 9-Hole Tournament Leave the cooking to us and make the mid-week
golf cart fees. Sunday, June 6 • 2 PM Shotgun Start special! Bring your family and friends to the bowling
$40 Per Team • Limited to 30 Teams center each Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m., for a great
First Tee Youth Golf Program - This is a FREE Includes Green Fees, Range Balls, Cart Rental and Lunch meal and an evening of bowling fun!
program for Luke youths 7 to 17 years old. Register at 9-Hole Scramble Format • Register by June 4 Cost is only $8 per person for your meal, three
the Youth Center to participate in the program which meets games of bowling and shoe rental.
each Tuesday and Thursday, June 8 through July 31 from Flag Day Golf Tournament Meal specials in June include: fried chicken,
5 to 6 p.m., at the Falcon Dunes Golf Course. Participants Sunday, June 13 • 7:30 AM Shotgun Start coleslaw and a biscuit on June 2; spaghetti with
must be dependent family members of active duty military Club Members - $30 garlic bread on June 9; chicken fried chicken, mashed
or DoD civilians only, and be a member of the Youth Center Nonmembers - $35 • Guests - $40 potatoes and vegetables on June 16; beef and broccoli
to participate. Limited to 30 participants. Includes Green Fees, Range Balls, Cart Rental and Lunch with rice on June 23; and barbecue ribs and potato
4-Person Scramble Format • Register by June 8 salad on June 30.
Summer Swimming Lessons For more information call (623) 856-6529.
Red Cross swimming lessons will be available for Call (623) 535-9334
children, 6 months to 16 years of age at the Silver Wings
Pool. Again this season, Aquatics Programs is offering the
Preschool Level lessons for children, 3 to 5 years old. Half-
hour morning lessons meet at 9:45, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. THUNDERBOLT LANES
Afternoon and evening classes meet at 3:45, 4:30 and 5:15
p.m., Monday through Thursday for a two-week period.
Cost is $20 per child, per session.
Session 1 registration will be held May 8 from 9 to 11 into EXTREME BOWLING SPECIAL
Summer 5K Fun Run
a.m. at Outdoor Recreation; Session 2 - 5 registrations will
be held at the Silver Wings Pool, on a first-come, first-served
basis on the dates specified below. SUN, 20 JUN,
No phone registrations will be taken. Payment in full is
due at registration. Children can only be registered by their
Fri, 11 Jun. • 0630
944th FW, Bldg. 988, Super Sabre St. 1200 - 1600
own parents. No registration will be accepted prior to the
registration dates. DADS BOWL
The Parent/Tot Program for children, 6 months to 3 For
years of age, must have a parent or guardian in the water
with the child. All other ages will be under the instruction
of a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. All children must
have a parent or guardian present within the facility during
Includes Three Games
Session Date Registration
& Shoe Rental
Session 1 June 7 - 17 May 8 Youths Bowl For $1.50 Per Game
Session 2 June 21 - July 1 June 11
Session 3 July 12 - 22 July 2 CALL
July 26 - August 5
August 9 - 19
July 30 T-Shirts •Trophies LUKE AIR FORCE BASE
Prizes • Refreshments (623) 856-6529
For more information call (623) 856-7152.
Silver Wings Pool 2-DAY
Sat, 19 Jun
1100 - 1800 WANTED CLASSES
5 & 6 Jun • 31 Jul & 1 Aug • 4 & 5 Sep
Silver Wings Pool
To Participate in the
Open Water Dive
Upon Completion of
8th annual the 2-Day Class
just for fun
DAY fine art show
Drawings • Paintings • Photography
Mixed Media • Ceramics
Wood & Metal Art
submissions accepted until july 15
PARTY! Luke Library
7424 N. Homer Drive • Bldg. 219
Includes All Instruction Materials & Equipment
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE
LEARN TO SCUBA DIVE!
GAMES & PRIZES • FOOD & BEVERAGES
CALL (623) 856-7152 LUKE AIR FORCE BASE
SILVER WING POOL (623)856-7120 • AQUATICS OFFICE (623) 856-7152
LukeEvents.com June 2010 3
Earn $1,000 Toward
Your College Degree!
Club Members and Their Dependent
Family Members Including: Spouse, Son,
Daughter, Stepchildren & Grandchildren
Douglas Hickins, 56th Force Support Squadron
You could be one of 25 students selected to receive a
$1,000 scholarship through the exclusive Air Force Club
Members Scholarship Program.
To enter, just write and submit an essay of 500 words or
less on this year’s topic: “What Does It Mean to Be Part of
the Air Force Family.” Essays exceeding 500 words - ex-
cluding title - will be disqualified (strictly enforced).
Applicants must be full- or part-time students accepted
by or enrolled in, an accredited college or university for the
2010 fall term. Student enrollment status may involve ei-
ther undergraduate or graduate curriculum. In addition, ap-
plicants must provide a copy of their college or university
acceptance letter or official transcript.
Essays should be submitted by July 1, 2010 to 56FSS/
FSV, 56th Support Center, Bldg. 1150, Ste. 3090, Luke
AFB, AZ 85309 or call (623) 856-3246.
Final scholarship awards for school year 2010-2011 will
be announced by September 17, 2010. All nominees will be
advised of scholarship selection or non-selection. Only one
essay per eligible person will be accepted.
Girls Night Out, a sold-out event, was held at Club Five Six on Friday, May 21. This For rules and eligibility see the application brochures
available at all 56th Force Support facilities.
hugely successful event included a large variety of vendors and specialty services,
For more information visit us online at www.afclubs.net.
free giveaways and “goodie” bags for each attendee, dozens of great door prizes, mu- Sponsored in part by: Chase Bank and YoAF.
sic, line dancing, free food and snacks. “No federal endorsement of sponsors intended.
Membership Dinner Prince & Princess
Club Five Six
Tue., Jun. 15
Chicken & Dumplings
Honey Glazed Carrots
Salad & Dessert
Iced Tea & Coffee
Fri., 18 June • 1800
Members FREE - Baked Chicken
- Rice Pilaf
Club Five Six Dinner, Dancing,
Guest $5 - Steamed Broccoli &
$8 - Members
$10 - Non-members
Crowns or Sashes
- Prince & Princess Cake $5 -Children 6 & up & FUN!
Membership Pays - Lemonade & Iced Tea $3 -Children 5 & under
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE
4 June 2010 LukeEvents.com
Summer Programs at the Youth Center 56th Force Support Squadron
Tom Kuyper Summer Fun Camps! (Area Code 623)
Youth Basketball Camp Returns Command Section .............................................. 856-3845
Coach Tom Kuyper, well-known throughout the valley COMPARE & SAVE! Airmen & Family Readiness ............................. 856-6550
Aquatics Programs........................ 856-6538 or 856-9334
for his work with local youth, is bringing all of his expe- YP Members - $10 • Nonmembers - $20 Arts and Crafts Center................. 856-6502 or 856-6722
rience to Luke for a five-day basketball camp, 14-18 June Auto Shop ........................................................... 856-6107
from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Youth Center. Basketball Camp • 14 - 19 June Child Development Center................................ 856-6338
This is the perfect opportunity for Luke children, 7 - 13 Youths, 7-13 Years Old ... 1 - 4 p.m. Club Five Six ...................................................... 856-6446
years old, to learn skills like dribbling, passing, shooting Club Thunderbolt .............................................. 856-6446
and team building from a pro! Besides professional instruc- Missoula Children’s Theatre Community Center ............................................ 856-7152
Crustano’s Plaza Deli......................................... 856-3141
tion, the cost of $10 for YP members and $20 for nonmem- 21 - 25 June Falcon Dunes Golf Course................................. 535-9334
bers includes a free t-shirt for each participant. Register by “King Arthur’s Quest” Falcon Dunes Restaurant .................................. 856-0004
June 11. The camp is limited to 40 participants. Kindergarten - 12th Grade Falcon Inn Flight Kitchen ................................. 856-6420
Coach Kuyper has been a basketball player for nearly as Family Child Care......................... 856-7472 or 856-6998
long as he can remember. A successful high school career Volleyball Camp • 7 - 9 July Fighter Country Inn (Lodging)......................... 856-3941
led to a basketball scholarship at Arizona State University 9-13 Years Old ... 9 a.m. - Noon Fitness Center..................................................... 856-6241
(ASU), where he was a four-year letterman (1979-1983) 14-18 Years Old ... 1 - 4 p.m. Fitness Center Annex ......................................... 856-8299
and was selected to the all-PAC-10 academic team dur- Fort Tuthill Lodge & Recreation Area............. 856-3401
ing the 1981-1982 season. After graduating from ASU, he All Sports Camp • 12 - 16 July Hensman Dining Facility................................... 856-6396
played for two years in France with the European Profes- Youths, 7-13 Years Old ... 1 - 4 p.m. ID Cards and DEERS........................................ 856-8970
sional League. Information Tickets and Travel........................ 856-6000
A clause of Tom’s professional contract stipulated that he Soccer Camp • 26 - 30 July Library ................................................................ 856-7191
coach children’s basketball and in 1983, he began coach- Preteens, 6-12 Years Old ... 1 - 4 p.m. Marketing and Publicity.................................... 856-3245
ing basketball to five-year-olds who spoke no English! In McViper’s Irish Pub .......................................... 856-7152
working through that situation, he found that he had a gift Sideline Sports Camp NAF Human Resources ..................................... 856-7755
2 - 6 August Outdoor Recreation ...................... 856-9334 or 856-6267
for working with children.
School Age Programs ......................................... 856-7471
After returning to the U.S., Tom coached high school bas- 9 - 12 Years Old ... 9 a.m. - Noon
Silver Wings Pool ............................................... 856-7120
ketball, ran physical education programs and began teach- 13 - 18 Years Old ... 1 - 4 p.m. Thunderbolt Lanes............................................. 856-6529
ing basketball camps to area youths. Vet Clinic............................................................. 856-6354
For information call (623) 856-7470 or 856-6225. Call (623) 856-7470 Wood Shop.......................................................... 856-6566
Youth Programs............................. 856-7470 or 856-6225
Hey Kids! Students 1st thru 12th Grade
Mon., 21 Jun. 1000
$10 Members • $20 Non-members
Fri., 25 Jun. 19 • 1900
Wed, 9 Jun • 1300
Register by 8 Jun
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE
Air Force Services
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE
For more information call the Youth Center
For More Information Call, 623-856-7470
(623) 856-6225 or 856-7470