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					                                                                                                                                                                                  May 28, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                   Vol. 10, No. 21

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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
Five Six.
                                                         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-
Action line.........................................2
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.
Around Luke....................................20
2         May 28, 2010
                                                                                                  Commentary                                                                                                                                                 Thunderbolt

                                                                                                                                          SHIRTS CORNER
              BE SMART!
                                                                                           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                                                 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.
                                 (623) 856-7011
                                                                                           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
                                                                          pressed everyone.
                                                                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                                                 Opportunity expo
  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
                                                                            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 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
                                                                    spotlight                                                                                                                        Thunderbolt

                                                                                   salutes and awards
         Airman 1st Class Michael Conger
     56th Component Maintenance Squadron
                                                             944th scores excellent in inspections
      Aircrew Egress Systems journeyman
              Jackson, Ohio
                                                             944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron                                                   Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Bartels, 944th LRS
 Years in service: Five
                                                             944th Medical Squadron                                                               Tech. Sgt. Matthew Walsh, 944th LRS
         Wife, Laken
                                                                                                                                                  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
              My wife
                                                             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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                                                                 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 — 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,
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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
                                                                                                                                     lease stress.
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-
                                                                    Airmen to CrossFit.                                              self on your weaknesses. We can all pre-
up with a program to help. The 56th LRS and 56th                         “Ms. Biringer worked with each of them on an                pare for push-ups and sit-ups by doing
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
in March.                                                           testing standards that take effect July.”                        and for as long as you can and then bring it
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     “Cave Tonitrum”                                                             News                                                                               ,
                                                                                                                                                              May 28, 2010
                                                           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.

Emergency responses
                                                                                                                   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-
                                                     -                                                             milla, FTAC supervisor, performs an open ranks inspection
                                                         theft of private property in Bldg. 1130.
                                                                                                                   on Airmen from Class 07-10.
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                                                                                                                                                           F-16s future of net-
                                                                                                                                                           enabled warfare
                                                                                                                                                              The F-16 demonstrated
                                                                                                                                                           enhanced network-enabled
                                                                                                                                                           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
    test operations.
                                                                                                               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          
                                                                                                                                                           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
                                                                      ing short-term loans, Mr. Beauregard            More Air Force news
                                                                      said. Leaders also have learned cer-                                                 mission effectiveness.
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      “Cave Tonitrum”                                                                                                                    News                                                                                           May 28, 2010
                                                                          awareness within key military commands                           way we do business today,” said Col. Mer-                    Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve.

    PEOPLE                                                                of DARPA’s technology development efforts
                                                                          and enhance the professional development
                                                                                                                                           rily Madero, the AETC director of staff.

     FIRST                                                                the Air Force Personnel Center’s chief of                        Program links troops
                                                                                                                                           with career resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                        MSgt promotion list
                                                                                                                                             As the United States’ economic crisis                      21,829 eligible technical sergeants for promo-
  Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is                                                                                                                                                          tion to master sergeant for a selection rate of
compiled from information from the Air Force                                                                                               harder to translate the skills they have                     24.85 percent.
Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Sup-                                management tool                                                                                                                  The average score for those selected was
port Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness                                    Air Education and Training Command of-                       but some employers are working with the                      341.18, with an average time in grade and
Flight, the Veterans Administration, the civilian                                                                                          military to bridge the gap.                                  time in service of 4.49 and 15.88 years respec-
                                                                          called the Task Management Tool, which                             Staff members with the Employer Part-                      tively. The average score was based on the
                                                                          is designed to support the task manage-                                                                                       following point averages: 134.27 for enlisted
                                                                          ment process for AETC headquarters, Air                          providing the resources needed to help                       performance reports, 11.40 for decorations,
Defense research program                                                  University, 2nd Air Force, 19th Air Force                        enlisted servicemembers, veterans, retirees
                                                                          and wing staff leadership beginning in                           and spouses secure employment after their                    and 63.59 for the specialty knowledge test.
nominations through June 17 for the De-                                   September.                                                       tours of duty end.                                             The master sergeant promotion list will be
fense Advanced Research Projects Agency                                      The TMT program provides increased                               The program, formerly known as the U.S.                   released publicly May 27 at 8 a.m. Central
Service Chiefs Program beginning in Sep-                                                                                                   Army Reserve Employer Partnership Ini-                       Time on the Air Force Personnel Center’s
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                                                                                                                                 Story and photos by Senior Airman
                                                                                                                                            C.J. HATCH
                                                                                                                                           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
                                                                                                                 the winner.

                                                                                                                 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
ale CrossFit.
 was declared



CrossFit is all

                                                  ABOVE FROM LEFT: Tech. Sgt.
                                                  Anthony Odell and Airman 1st
                                                  Class Daniel Lennon, from the
                                                  56th Security Forces team, do
                                                  burpee rolls.
                                                  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
                                                             Forces       Squadron
                                                             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
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  Future Paralympians
  train at Luke for
  local competition
                        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
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     “Cave Tonitrum”                                                                                       News                                                                                                                  May 28, 2010
DUI                                                                                                                      (from Page 2)
                                                                                                                                                        T-BIRDS                 (from Page 1)

the valuable lesson my father taught me that                           after consuming a six-pack of beer.                                              ciation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PDG             (from Page 1)

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-
“Cute story, colonel, but that won’t happen to                         per beer, $692.                                                                  said. “The simple idea of show-
me.” For your sake and for those whose lives you                                                                                                        ing off U.S. Air Force skill and                              excited about
touch, I hope you’re right. When this incident                                                                        -                                 promoting goodwill paid off as                                  “Not only will this Web site
occurred, I wasn’t in the military, but more than                      cal sergeant back on. Salary loss: $24,678. Cost                                 the Thunderbirds’ reputation                                  give Airmen an excellent, free
likely you are. From that angle and as a squad-                        per beer, $4,113                                                                 continued to build with each                                  tool to use for Weighted Air-
ron commander, let me share with you what you                                                                                                           show,” according to Mr. Trojan.                               man Promotion System test-
can expect if you decide to “roll the dice.”                           to technical sergeant. Retires as a technical                                      In 1954, the team embarked                                  ing, but it can also help them
   If you get busted downtown, Arizona has some                        sergeant due to high-year tenure. Loss of retire-                                on the first of many foreign                                  when they decide to start
of the toughest DUI punishments in the nation.                         ment pay over life (30 years), $192,024. Cost per                                tours as the Thunderbirds made                                college or begin preparing
                                                                       beer, $32,004                                                                    a historic 12-country tour of                                 for a graduate program,” Mr.
community service and mandatory attendance                                Did that grab your attention? And I haven’t                                   Central and South America.
in a substance abuse education course. It’s also                       even talked about the impact this DUI will have                                    The F-84G was last featured                                 see this concept catching
going to put a hurt on your checkbook to the                           on your unit. Who has to pick up the slack and                                   at a Feb. 7, 1955, air show.                                  on with K-12s, universities,
                                                                       do your job when you’re behind bars, standing in                                 Later in 1955, the Thunderbirds                               Air Force and Defense De-
increased insurance premiums. You’re also look-                        front of the judge, or doing your community ser-                                 moved their operational home                                  partment — especially since
ing at a letter-of-reprimand and an unfavorable                        vice time? That’s right, your coworkers. And who                                 to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.,                               people can study both online
                                                 -                     picks up the tab when your security clearance                                    where they’re stationed today.                                and on-the-go.”
tion which could prevent you from testing, being                       has been suspended and you can’t perform your                                      “From these humble begin-                                     Lieutenant Reese said pro-
promoted, getting an assignment, etc.                                  primary job? Right again, your coworkers. And                                    nings the Air Force Thunder-
   If you are busted on base, there will be no                         since they’re busy covering your job, their job                                  birds legend was born,” Mr.                                   NCOs and mobile applica-
court costs, but expect an Article 15 along with                       suffers. As a result our mission at Luke suffers.                                Trojan said.                                                  tions for iPhone and Android
forfeiture of pay and/or loss of a stripe or two.                        Getting behind the wheel after you’ve been                                       Today, 57 years later, the                                  should be available by late
Had a line number for promotion? That’s prob-                          drinking has a far greater impact than you prob-                                 Thunderbirds strive “to cap-                                  summer. The Blackberry ap-
ably gone too, along with a referral performance                       ably imagined. Not only are you endangering                                      tivate and overwhelm every                                    plication is already up and
report, possible assignment cancellation if one                        your life and those on the road, you’re impacting                                onlooker with a sense of pride                                running.
was projected, suspended security clearance and                        the lives of your family, friends and coworkers,                                 in America and its Air Force,”
other job-impacting repercussions depending                            plus you’re jeopardizing the ability of this wing                                and whether demonstrating
on your job.                                                                                                                                            efficiency or overwhelming air
   Now let’s peel that onion back a little further                     and maintainers.                                                                 show attendees, the Thunder-                                          Don’t drive
for some hidden costs you may not have thought                           I learned my lesson 27 years ago. When will                                    birds perform with the greatest
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     “Cave Tonitrum”                                                        News                                                                           May 28, 2010
Luke Airmen “Walk miles in their shoes”
                                         3,780,844 steps.
                                            “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
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                                                                                                                                                          Memorial Day tourney
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                                                                                                                       Nickel bench presses
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                                                                                                                                                          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.

of the
                                        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
                      MLB Friday
      Cleveland vs. N.Y. Yankees           N.Y. Yankees                     N.Y. Yankees                  N.Y. Yankees                        N.Y. Yankees                        N.Y. Yankees
      St. Louis vs. Chicago Cubs           Chicago Cubs                       St. Louis                      St. Louis                          St. Louis                            St. Louis
               Oakland vs. Detroit             Detroit                          Detroit                      Oakland                              Detroit                            Oakland
           Houston vs. Cincinnati             Houston                         Cincinnati                     Houston                            Cincinnati                           Houston
             Baltimore vs. Toronto            Toronto                          Toronto                       Toronto                             Toronto                             Toronto
          Philadelphia vs. Florida          Philadelphia                    Philadelphia                      Florida                         Philadelphia                            Florida
Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay          Chicago White Sox                   Tampa Bay                  Chicago White Sox                      Tampa Bay                        Chicago White Sox
             Pittsburgh vs. Atlanta          Pittsburgh                       Pittsburgh                      Atlanta                           Pittsburgh                            Atlanta
       L.A. Dodgers vs. Colorado           L.A. Dodgers                     L.A. Dodgers                    Colorado                          L.A. Dodgers                          Colorado
                   MLS Saturday
      New York vs. New England               New York                         New York                     New England                         New York                             New York
     Chivas U.S.A vs. D.C. United          Chivas U.S.A.                    Chivas U.S.A.                   D.C. United                       D.C. United                         Chivas U.S.A.
       Los Angeles vs. Columbus             Los Angeles                      Los Angeles                   Los Angeles                        Los Angeles                          Los Angeles
         Philadelphia vs. Houston           Philadelphia                     Philadelphia                  Philadelphia                       Philadelphia                         Philadelphia
              Seattle vs. Colorado             Seattle                          Seattle                       Seattle                            Seattle                              Seattle
    Kansas City vs. Salt Lake City          Kansas City                     Salt Lake City                 Kansas City                        Kansas City                         Salt Lake City
             Toronto vs. San Jose             San Jose                         San Jose                      San Jose                           San Jose                             San Jose
        Last week’s percentage               48 percent                       56 percent                    56 percent                         54 percent                           54 percent
               Yearly percentage             52 percent                       57 percent                    58 percent                         58 percent                           56 percent
                        Trash talk                                                                                                                                         “Not the norm, but I’m feeling
                                                                       “Pickin’s what I do best.”        “Why so serious?”                    “Philly pride!”
                                      picks--in your Alphabits?”                                                                                                                      lucky.”
20      May 28, 2010
                                                                Around Luke                                                                                       Thunderbolt

  Splashdown ...
                                                                                                                                                         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.

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                                                                                                                           Luke Experience
                                                                                                                           Performs Musical Revue

          2 Classes
                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                           group’s talents.

           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-



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                                                                                                                               Watermelon Eating Contest
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  2 June 2010
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

                                                                                                                                                          FATHER’S DAY
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
instructional classes.
 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
Session 4
Session 5
                    July 26 - August 5
                    August 9 - 19
                                                   July 16
                                                   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
                                                                                                                                                      SCUBA DIVING
      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
                                                                                                                                                             will be
                                                                                                                                                      Coordinated through
                                                                                                                                                         the Instructor
                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                              ONLY $99!
                                                                                                                                                       Includes All Instruction Materials & Equipment
                                                                                        (623) 856-7191
                                      LUKE AIR FORCE BASE

                                                                                                                                LUKE AIR FORCE BASE

                                                                                                                                                       LEARN TO SCUBA DIVE!
                                                                                                                                                                  CALL (623) 856-7152                  LUKE AIR FORCE BASE

SILVER WING POOL (623)856-7120 • AQUATICS OFFICE (623) 856-7152
                                                                           June 2010 3
                                                                                        Earn $1,000 Toward
                                                                                                    Your College Degree!
                                                                                                                           WHO’S ELIGIBLE?
                                                                                                                      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
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
                                     Steamed Rice
                                     Corn Fritters
                                     Honey Glazed Carrots
                                     Salad & Dessert
                                     Iced Tea & Coffee

                                                                                  Dinner Dance
                                                                                             Fri., 18 June • 1800
                                       Members FREE                      - Baked Chicken
                                                                         - Rice Pilaf
                                                                                                 Club Five Six Dinner, Dancing,
                                           Guest $5                      - Steamed Broccoli &
                                                                              Cheese Sauce
                                                                                                         $8 - Members
                                                                                                      $10 - Non-members
                                                                                                                                                   Crafts -
                                                                                                                                          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
               Summer Programs at the Youth Center                                                                                          56th Force Support Squadron
                                                                                                                                      TELEPHONE DIRECTORY
        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
                                                                                                                     Youth Center
                                                                                                                     THEATER CAMP
                                                                                                                     $10 Members • $20 Non-members
                                                                                                                     Fri., 25 Jun. 19 • 1900
                                                                                                                     Youth Center
                                                                                                                     Free Admission

                     Wed, 9 Jun • 1300
                     Thunderbolt Lanes
                                                                                Three Games
                                                                                Shoe Rental

                      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

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