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					Vol. 8, No. 18                          Train The World’s Greatest F-16 Fighter Pilots and Maintainers, While Deploying Mission Ready Warfighters                                                  May 9, 2008



    Happy Mother’s Day
    Remember, Sunday is Mother’s
   Day.
                                                            MSG welcomes new commander
                                                                     by JUSTIN OAKES
   Changes of command                                               56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
   63rd Fighter Squadron
                                                               “One constant in our Air Force is certain
     Lt. Col. Jeffrey Lovelace relin-
                                                            – when a great leader leaves, somehow
   quishes command of the 63rd Fighter
                                                            we always find an equally talented officer
   Squadron to Lt. Col. Jack Maixner at
                                                            to take their place,” said Brig. Gen. Tom
   9 a.m. Monday at Hangar 485.
                                                            Jones, 56th Fighter Wing commander.
   56th Training Squadron
                                                               Seats began to fill with Thunderbolts
     Lt. Col. Brian Neumann relinquish-
                                                            from security forces, services, contracting,
   es command of the 56th Training
                                                            logistics, communications, civil engineer
   Squadron to Lt. Col. Doyle Turner at
                                                            and other base squadrons for the 56th Mis-
   9 a.m. May 16 at Hangar 485.
                                                            sion Support Group change of command
                                                            ceremony here May 2.
                                                               Col. Andre Curry, former deputy sup-
                                                            port group commander, Pope Air Force
           BASE                                             Base, N.C., took command of the 56th MSG
                                                            from Col. Ronald Mozzillo.
         BULLETIN                                              Colonel Mozzillo volunteered for a
                                                            365-day tour to Baghdad, Iraq, where he
  (The base bulletin is provided for the Luke Air           will serve as the strategic communication
  Force Base community and features items of in-            operations chief.                                                                                                         Staff Sgt. Christopher Hummel
  terest to base personnel. The full product can be            “It’s been a tremendous ride,” said Colo-    Brigadier Gen. Tom Jones, 56th Fighter Wing commander, passes the 56th Mission
  accessed through the Luke AFB Intranet site.)             nel Mozzillo, as he expressed his thanks        Support Group guidon to Col. Andre Curry, the new 56th MSG commander, during a
                                                            and gratitude to his fellow Thunderbolts        change of command ceremony here May 2.
  Police Week                                               and family. “Life is full of opportunities,
                                                            and you’ve made the best of those oppor-        opportunity to lead the men and women         experienced their first official military
    Police Week is Sunday through May
                                                            tunities. Serving with the men and women        of the 56th MSG, and I will work hard to      event.
  17. Activities include:
                                                            of Luke has made a significant difference        continue its great legacy,” said Colonel        “To the men and women of the 56th,
    • McGruff the Crime Dog will pa-                        in my life and heart.”                          Curry.                                        you are gaining a leader of extraordinary
  trol through base housing Thursday                           Colonel Mozzillo relinquished his com-          He continued to express thanks to not      talent,” General Jones said. “Colonel Curry
  through May 17.                                           mand and Colonel Curry took center stage        only his new Air Force family, but also to    brings a unique blend of experience and
    • Fingerprinting with McGruff is at                     to formally accept his new position.            his family who traveled far to accompany      expertise to his new command, and I know
  the youth center 3:30 p.m. Thursday.                         “I am indeed honored to be given the         him to the ceremony — many of whom            we will see great things.”
    • A display of police vehicles, to

                                                                                                                         Luke evaluates new
  include the Glendale DUI van is
  10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 16 at the base
                                                               Luke again exceeds
                                                                                                                         CAP support system
  exchange parking lot. Also there will
  be K-9 military working dog demos,
  equipment and weapons displays, and
  face painting.                                               AFAF campaign goal
                                                                                                                                                    by Staff Sgt.
  Road closure                                                      by DEBORAH MARIE GIBSON                                                    PHILLIP BUTTERFIELD
    The road is closed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.                                         Thunderbolt staff writer                                           56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
  Monday through May 17 at Bong
  Lane between Gillespie Drive and                                The final tally is done — Thunderbolts again              Luke is one of only three bases chosen to evaluate a program that could ex-
  Mitchell Street.                                             demonstrated their generosity and exceeded the            pand the Civil Air Patrol’s role on installations throughout the Air Force.
                                                               Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign goal. The                The program, Volunteer Support to the Air Force, will provide CAP mem-
  CGOC progressive                                             campaign theme “Caring for our Own,” ran March            bers with an additional non-combat role, filling a variety of needs on bases.
                                                               17 to April 27 and raised $95,719 for charities that        The main purpose of this program is to augment the Air Force when in
  dinner                                                       support Air Force active-duty, retirees, Reserv-          need, according to Del Rubi, 56th Range Management office air and range
    A progressive dinner for all O-1s                          ists, Guard members, dependents and surviving             operations assistant.
  through O-7s is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday                      spouses in times of need.                                   CAP members could backfill positions left empty by Airmen called away
  at the new housing community center.                            Luke contributed $7,453 to the Air Force Vil-          on extended tours of duty or volunteer for any other needs identified to the
  The cost is $9 per person; For tickets,                      lage Foundation, $74,427 to the Air Force Aid             CAP through the VSAF Web site.
  see squadron representatives.                                Society, $5,602 for the General and Mrs. Curtis E.          The three areas CAP volunteers will be used the most are base service and
                                                               LeMay Foundation, and $7,886 for the Air Force            support, mission support and operations support.
                                                               Enlisted Village.                                           “Our greatest need is in administrative support,” said James Uken, 56th
                                                                  Every year the fund raising goal is set by the         RMO director. “But, we certainly will not turn away volunteers if they come
                                                               officials at the Air Force Personnel Center.               with a different skill set than administration. If they come and want to serve,
               INSIDE                                             Last year Luke donated more than $115,000              we will do everything we can to accommodate them.”
                                                                                                                           According to Mr. Uken, Luke is one of three test bases along with Randolph
  Action line ........................................ 2       which exceeded the aim of $72,000. This year
                                                               Luke’s fund raising objective was $77,000. Thun-          and Wright-Patterson Air Force bases to field this program.
  Spotlight ........................................... 4
                                                               derbolts again excelled and met the goal by 124             With the success of this program, more installations will adopt the VSAF
  Marathon........................................ 12
                                                               percent.                                                  program as a way of doing business added Mr. Uken.
  Destination ..................................... 16
  Around Luke ..................... Back page                                                  See CAMPAIGN, Page 6
                                                                                                                                                                                           See PATROL, Page 19
2                                                                           Commentary
        May 9, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Thunderbolt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       http://www.luke.af.mil




           ACTION LINE                                                                                              Shirt’s Corner
       56fwcommandersactionline@luke.af.mil
                           (623) 856-7011
    The commander’s Action
Line is your direct line to me
with questions or suggestions
                                                                               Underage drinking can ruin career
about subjects of concern to
the entire Luke Air Force
                                                                                                              by Master Sgt.                                                        off-base, however, commanders can still
Base community.                                                                                               TADD CLOUSE                                                           take administrative actions against off- base
    I appreciate your feed-
                                                                                                                                                                                    violators to include an administrative separation.
                                                                                           756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant
back. Your ideas and concerns                                                                                                                                                          Underage drinkers and enablers face harder punish-
help build a stronger founda-                                                    If you ever lived in the dormitory, you most likely                                                ments if caught on base. They are in violation of Uniform
tion on which we can success-                                                  crossed paths with an underage Airman who has con-                                                   Code of Military Justice Article 92, which can result in a
fully complete our mission                                                     sumed alcohol. The consequences for underage drinkers                                                dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of pay and allowances
and take care of our people.                                                   and enablers (someone who buys alcohol for underage                                                  and two years confinement.
    To receive a response,                                                     drinkers or is a passive witness) are severe and can end                                               Be smart; don’t drink if under age 21 and don’t
leave your name and                 Brig. Gen. Tom Jones                       Air Force careers.                                                                                   contribute to underage drinking. It’s not worth it for
telephone number. Action            56th FW commander                            Possession of an open container, soliciting the pur-                                               the drinker or enabler and is a tragic ending to an Air
Lines of general interest                                                      chase of alcohol, and presenting fake identification to                                               Force career.
are printed in the Thunderbolt. Remember, the quickest and                     enter a licensed establishment, are illegal behaviors.
most efficient way to resolve a problem is to talk directly to the              Violators can be fined $2,500, serve six months in jail
responsible agency or through your chain of command.                           and up to three years probation. These are just some of                                                  Correction to the May 2 Shirt’s Corner
    The Action Line isn’t just for complaints. Send along your                 the consequences for the underage drinker, but what                                                         The Air Force Instruction 51-902 4.8 was incor-
kudos when someone provides exceptional service, goes out of                   about the enabler?                                                                                       rectly stated. The AFI correctly states that activi-
their way to help or deserves a kind word.                                                                                                                                              ties allowed for members of the U. S. Air Force
                                                                                 Enablers are those who give, buy or allow an underage
                                                                               person to drink alcohol. They can be fined $2,500 plus an                                                 include displaying of political stickers on private
Question:                                                                      80 percent surcharge, serve six months in jail and lose                                                  vehicles and wearing political buttons when not
  Why isn’t the Airmen’s Attic open more days dur-                             their driver’s license for 30 days. In addition, enablers                                                in uniform and not on duty. The Thunderbolt
ing the week and why aren’t the hours of operation                             can be liable for underage drinkers if there is an alcohol-                                              apologizes for the error.
displayed?                                                                     related accident. These are the consequences if caught

Response:
   Thank you for your concern for our Airmen’s Attic.
Prior to significant increases in operational tempo
and cuts in Air Force end strength, the Airmen’s Attic
                                                                            “Good” wingmen: important to mission
was open eight hours a day, five days a week. It was
manned at that time by active-duty Airmen. I could                                                    by Chief Master Sgt.                                                          impart knowledge and mentor the Air Force’s most valu-
not continue to pull Airmen out of their work centers                                                  LOU ALIMONDA                                                                 able resource — people. Wingmen identify outstanding
to man the Airmen’s Attic and had to develop an                                                                                                                                     achievers and submit them for recognition without bias.
                                                                                                        56th Civil Engineer Squadron
alternate strategy to continue this vital program.                                                                                                                                  They provide timely and accurate feedback so expecta-
   The Airmen’s Attic is currently open Tuesdays                               At first look, you may wonder why the word “good” is in                                               tions are met. They rate fairly and consistently based on
                                                                            quotation marks. Look at it like this; there are no good, bad or                                        demonstrated performance. These are the wingmen that
and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the first
                                                                            indifferent wingmen. A wingman isn’t a part-time job or when                                            develop Airmen for the future.
and third Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to
                                                                            it’s convenient. You either are a wingman or you’re not!                                                   Involved wingmen refuse to settle for others just passing
2 p.m. (the hours are posted on the door).
                                                                               The term wingman was adopted from the early days of mili-                                            their annual physical training tests, but ensure that they
   It’s currently managed and operated by volunteers.
                                                                            tary flight and is all about protection and looking out for one                                          are physically fit. Allowing Airmen to score 75 percent on
Despite the continued call for volunteers in the base
                                                                            another during combat missions. The Air Force has brought                                               an assessment, although an achievement, is not fulfilling
paper and other forums, we have a difficult time
                                                                            this concept to ground level and applied it to daily activities.                                        the maximum wingman responsibilities. Most of us have
manning it for the current operating hours and are
                                                                               So who are wingmen? They are supervisors, subordinates                                               embraced the major improvements in our Air Force fitness
still relying on active-duty members to volunteer on
                                                                            and peers. Everyone needs to be a wingman without excep-                                                program, but not all. Wingmen lead by example and create
the two Saturdays every month.
                                                                            tion regardless of rank, age or gender. Our Air Force needs                                             a culture of physical fitness. This means living it by run-
   I consider the Airmen’s Attic one of our greatest assets
                                                                            wingmen, and more importantly, we have an obligation to                                                 ning, exercising and encouraging others to do the same.
to help our lowest ranking Airmen. I’m extremely grateful
                                                                            our fellow Airmen to help and protect them.                                                                Most units now perform some type of organized PT sev-
to those volunteers who have selflessly sacrificed their
                                                                               So what does it mean to be a wingman? The word itself invokes                                        eral times a week. That is a great start, but the work does
own time to continue to make it one of our top wingman
                                                                            Airmen to be fully engaged with what I refer to as the “allys” of                                       not end there. Wingmen must lead, observe and counsel
programs, albeit with reduced hours of operation. Indi-
                                                                            life; professionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.                                             Airmen who are growing horizontally and encourage them
viduals wishing to volunteer can visit or phone the Air-
                                                                               Professionally involved wingmen are Airmen who help                                                  to do as many push-aways from the table as push-ups.
men’s Attic during operating hours at (623) 856-6415.
                                                                            other Airmen develop their careers. Wingmen make sure                                                      Physical fitness has far reaching effects on the length
                                                                            others are trained and have all the necessary material                                                  and quality of one’s life, but safety is another factor in
                                                                            and equipment to be successful in completing complex
    PHONE NUMBERS                                                           Air Force missions. They take the time necessary to train,                                                                                                      See WINGMEN, Page 14

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                                                                                                                                                  IN BRIEF
                                                                                                                                  Welcome home program
                                                                                                                                    AETC has launched a new program for deployed
                                                                                                                                  military members and their families. For those who
                                                                                                                                  deployed for at least 120 days this year or in 2007, a
                                                                                                                                  free dinner for families and their guests is 5:30 p.m. May
                                                                                                                                  29 at Club Thunderbolt. Prizes will be given to include
                                                                                     Read ‘em and                                 a Fort Tuthill trip, Valley hotel accommodations and a
                                                                                                                                  chance to win a cruise.
                                                                                     weep                                         AFSA
                                                                                     Players compete in the Texas Hold
                                                                                     ‘Em Poker tournament at McVipers               The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle
                                                                                     Irish Pub April 29 at Luke. The              Chapter 1260 meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Club
                                                                                     tournament is 6 p.m. Tuesdays                Thunderbolt Tiki Hut Room. For more information, go
                                                                                     and includes prizes weekly and               to afsa1260.homestead.com, or call Senior Master Sgt.
                                                                                     a grand prize for the player with            James Robertson at (623) 856-6410.
                                                                                     the most points at the end of the
                                                                                     tournament.                                  Electrical outages
                                                           Tech. Sgt. Raheem Moore                                                  An electrical power outage will occur 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
                                                                                                                                  Saturday. The following buildings will be affected: 1365,



Multimedia moves from
                                                                                                                                  1368, 1369, 1370, 1373, 1382, 1383, 1384 and 1390.

                                                                                                                                  Blue Cross Blue Shield visit
                                                                                                                                    Representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield will be



communications to PA
                                                                                                                                  at Luke 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 in Bldg. 1150, Room
                                                                                                                                  1163, to answer questions on coverage from federal ci-
                                                                                                                                  vilian employees. For more information, call Elizabeth
                                                                                                                                  Wells at (623) 896-7761.
                   by Master Sgt.                               site, the public affairs staff posts current events and stories   Retiree shuttle service
                  WILLIAM GOMEZ                                 about the Luke community. Of note is the Luke broadcast
                                                                news page which contains broadcast news stories of Luke             A retiree shuttle service to the base may be servicing
                56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
                                                                warfighters at work and play.                                      designated sites throughout the Valley such as Sun City,
   Formerly part of the 56th Communications Squadron,              To better market the wing’s mission, the photography           Mesa, Tempe, Buckeye and Gilbert. Data is being col-
Luke’s multimedia center has moved under the umbrella           and broadcast production sections have reprioritized              lected to determine possible pickup sites. If interested
of the 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs organization.           and scaled back on some services. Self help equipment             in using the shuttle service, call the retiree activities
   In a world of constant change and with the increasing        is available on a first come first serve basis to satisfy           office 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at (623)
hunger for the latest news, information and imagery, the        unit specific events with little or no significant mission          856-3923 or (623) 856-6827.
Air Force has re-organized and merged its multimedia and        impact.
Public Affairs offices to fulfill the demand.                        In addition, PBD 720 cuts implemented in conjunction
                                                                                                                                  APAH Month
   What was formerly known as visual information, multi-        with the PA/Multimedia merge dissolved the military                 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month activities
media has moved to a new facility and joined the wing staff     graphics career field. On May 30, the last of the graphics         include:
public affairs team in an effort to focus on communicating      specialists will depart for retraining or separation and            • A golf tournament 7 a.m. May 23 at the Falcon
the Luke story to the world.                                    graphics services will no longer be available at Luke. In         Dunes Golf Course.
   In the past, Luke’s staff of photographers and videog-       most cases, technology and user-friendly software have              • A cultural show featuring Asian Pacific American
raphers primarily captured images for documentation             enabled customers to create their own products eliminating        performers 2 p.m. May 30 at the youth center.
purposes. Now the primary purpose of public affairs             the need to seek a graphics shop expertise. Most services           • A luncheon buffet with live entertainment
photographers, broadcasters and journalists is to stra-         previously available through graphics can be accomplished         11:30 a.m. May 30 at Club Thunderbolt.
tegically communicate the base’s mission. Through               through the Defense Automated Printing Service. Chris               For more information, call Tech. Sgt. Rosene Goods
these combined efforts, we are able to effectively share        Rogers is the Luke DAPS representative, and he can be             at (623) 856-6901, or Tech Sgt. Evelyn Nguyen at (623)
the wing’s mission of training the greatest F-16 fighter         reached at DSN 837-3269 or by e-mail at Christopher.              856-3910.
pilots and maintainers while deploying mission ready            rogers@dla.mil.
warfighters and release it in a variety of mediums for              In the Air Force, we’ve all seen that our only constant        North Gate closure
our internal and external audiences. Our photos, videos         is change. Though the transition of our multimedia focus           The North Gate will close Saturday. Use the South
and stories are compiled, reviewed for timeliness and           reduces some services and may cause additional burden             Gate as an alternate route.
accuracy, and disseminated to the appropriate military          for some customers, the vision of a PA strategic communi-
and civilian news agencies.                                     cation tool empowering the Air Force is valuable and will         Base exchange hours
   The fruits of our labor can be accessed through Luke’s       go far in ensuring future successes for the 56th Fighter            Effective Saturday, the base exchange is open
homepage at http://www.luke.af.mil. On this public Web          Wing and Luke.                                                    8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to
                                                                                                                                  6 p.m. Sunday.

                                                                                                                                  Wood hobby shop
                          THUNDERBOLT ALMANAC                                                                                      The wood hobby shop is closed Sunday, Monday and
                                                                                                                                  May 17 through 19 and 24 through 26. For more infor-
            Sortie Scoreboard                                   Airmen Against Drunk Driving                                      mation, call (623) 856-6566.
    Squadron        Training Timeline              Delta        Year-to-date
                                                                                                                                  OSC layette program
    61st FS                   0                      8          Pickups: 195
                                                                                                                                    The Officers’ Spouses’ Club layette program gives free
    62nd FS                 -12                    -15          DUIs from Luke: 9                                                 diaper bags filled with goodies for staff sergeants and
    63rd FS                 -12                    -17          Excuses to drink and drive: 0                                     below who recently had babies. To receive a diaper bag,
    308th FS                  0                    -15                                                                            bring proof of birth (baby hospital bracelet or interim birth
    309th FS                 -3                      4          Lives saved from calling AADD:                                    certificate) to the Airman and Family Readiness Flight.
    310th FS                 na                     -3          COUNTLESS
    425th FS                 na                     -4                                                                            WIC
    21st FS                  na                      4                                      More than 338 Luke                      Women, Infants and Children is a federally funded
      FY08 Student Pilot certifications: 296                                                members are deployed                   program managed by the Arizona Department of Health
     Hours flown: 23,259 Sorties flown: 17,111                                                   to 8 locations                     Services and provides nutrition education and supple-
    FY08 Mission Ready Airman graduates: 257                                                                                      mental food to pregnant women and those who have
                 (As of Monday)
                                                                                             around the world.                    children to age 5. To schedule an appointment, call
                                                                                                                                  (623) 623-583-5977
4                                                                            Spotlight
        May 9, 2008                                                                                                                                                                Thunderbolt
                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.luke.af.mil




                                                                                      SALUTES AND AWARDS
      Staff Sgt. William Spurling
Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron
                                                                        Air Force announces Luke
         F-16 Mission Ready Airman instructor
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
Years in service: Seven
Family: Wife, Brooke; son, Jeremiah, 4; and daughter, Lily, 2
                                                                        PA as most outstanding
Education: Pursuing a master’s degree in business administra-                by DEBORAH MARIE                      mand public affairs office where his per-   team,” said Maj. Miki Gilloon, 56th
tion at Webster University
Previous assignments: Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.
                                                                                  GIBSON                           formance merited award nomination.         FW PA chief. “He has continued his
                Inspirations: My wife and family                                                                      Among his many achievements, Mr.        legacy of outstanding performance
                                                                                 Thunderbolt staff writer          Oakes created and edited the latest        and has taken on many top projects
                  Goals: Complete my MBA and get accepted to
                    Officer Training School                                                                        Portraits of Courage, and escorted         such as coordinating recent celebrity
                    Greatest feat: Winning the T. J. Ross Me-
                                                                          The Air Force announced April 22
                                                                        that another Thunderbolt stands out in     high-profile media. He conducted in-        visits to Luke.”
                     morial Mixed Martial Arts Tournament
                     Self-description: Honest, hard working,            a crowd for his stellar performance.       terviews and authored news features           Mr. Oakes was instrumental in ensur-
                      funny and self motivated                            Justin Oakes, 56th Fighter Wing          that reached Air Force level publica-      ing that Luke Airmen met Chester Ben-
                      Famous last words: “It is better to try                                                      tion. In addition, he coordinated news     nington, Linkin Park lead singer, and
                                                                        Public Affairs specialist, garnered the
                     and fail than to never try at all.”
                     Off-duty interests: Church, family and             2007 Air Force Outstanding Public Af-      coverage with visiting international       NASCAR driver Michael McDowell.
                    sports                                              fairs Civilian of the Year, entry-level    generals and dignitaries from Argen-          “I have to say I have learned from
                  Commander’s comments: “Sergeant Spurl-                grade award.                               tina and Afghanistan, and was the          the best and owe a lot of my success
                       ing is a stellar educator,” said Capt. Kim         Mr. Oakes, a graduate of the Public      project officer for the Air Force 60th      to the great mentorship at AETC,” he
                             Hollenback, 372nd TRS, Det. 12.
                                 “Training new Airmen to be F-16        Affairs Officer Qualification Course,      Anniversary art exhibit.                   said. “I am honored to serve at Luke
                                   crew chiefs, he always strives       arrived at Luke in January after a stint      “We are extremely proud that Justin     and proud to be on such a strong and
                                      to do more and is deeply          at the Air Education and Training Com-     is now a part of Luke’s public affairs     effective team.”
                                       committed to the success
                                         of the unit. As a physical
                                          training leader he drives
                                           us to improve our fitness.
                                             Sergeant Spurling is al-
                                              ways on the move. He
                                                                        AETC, Luke names winners
                                               is very motivated in
                                                                        AETC awards                                                     Support Squadron
                                                his professional and                                                                    NCO: Tech. Sgt. Derick Crosdale, 56th Logistics Readi-
                                                 personal life. While   Anthony C. Shine award nominee: Maj. Todd Halver-
                                                                                                                                        ness Squadron
                                                 pursing his MBA, he    son, 56th Operations Support Squadron
                                                 recently took over                                                                     Senior NCO: Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Juarbe,
                                                many important
                                                                        Top operations squadron: 308th Fighter Squadron                 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron
                                               programs to include      Lt. Gen. Claire Chennault award: Capt. William Mckib-           Company grade officer: 2nd Lt. Steven Brenoskie,
                                              becoming the instruc-     ban, 61st Fighter Squadron                                      56th Security Forces Squadron
                                           tor for individual issues,
                                        physical training leader, and                                                                   Honor Guard member: Senior Airman David Chou,
                                    self aid and buddy care. He also                                                                    56th Mission Support Squadron
                                     took advantage of a slowdown       Luke quarterly awards                                           Honor Guard manager: Tech. Sgt. Samuel Teixeira,
                                     in instructor demand to            The following individuals are 56th Fighter Wing quarterly       56th Services Squadron
                                      organize our classrooms and
                                       create a new break area.”
                                                                        award winners:                                                  Civilian, category I: Sonja Williamson, 56th LRS
                                                                        Airman: Airman 1st Class Lord Quimson, 56th Operations          Civilian, category II: Richard Reynolds, 56th OSS




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Bone marrow donor gives second chance
          by Tech. Sgt.                        a large needle into a bone in his lower back.
       JANET HALIBURTON                        Two incisions were made in the skin, but
                                               approximately 100 holes were drilled in the
        56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
                                               bone to extract the marrow.
  An opportunity to give someone a second         “During the procedure you are uncon-
chance is what one Luke Airman did when        scious,” Sergeant Ray said. “I spent about
he donated bone marrow to a person in          36 hours in the hospital and the first few
need.                                          days were quite painful at the incision site
  Staff Sgt. Evan Ray, 56th Equipment          and in my lower body. I was prescribed pain
Maintenance Squadron Munitions Flight          medication.”
munitions inspection bay chief, learned           Sergeant Ray said he feels great and
about donating bone marrow at a bone           after the first two weeks he barely noticed
marrow drive at Tyndall Air Force Base,        anything except a little morning stiffness.
Fla., and decided it was something he          But he considers the experience as a whole,
wanted to do.                                  very positive.
  The process for Sergeant Ray to become          Sergeant Ray will not be notified of the                                                               Senior Airman Julianne Showalter
a donor began with blood tests.                outcome of the transplant for a year and          Staff Sgt. Paul On, 332nd Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron electrician, Balad
   “I was told I was the best possible match   a half.                                           Air Base, Iraq, draws an image of a bull on a barrier wall. To bolster morale among
for a 57-year-old woman who had leukemia          “My entire family, supervision, and all my     deployed Airmen assigned to CES, Sergeant On draws a comic strip that reflects
and only had about a month to live without     friends have been nothing but proud and           the duties of CES Airmen. Sergeant On is deployed from Luke.
the transplant,” Sergeant Ray said.            supportive,” Sergeant Ray said. “My wife,
  Two weeks prior to the procedure, Ser-       Staff Sgt. Amanda Ray, 607th Air Control
geant Ray flew to Georgetown University in      Squadron surveillance instructor, was es-
Washington D. C., where the Defense De-
partment Bone Marrow Program is based.
                                               pecially patience and supportive.”
                                                  When asked about why he decided to
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There he was given a complete medical          donate his bone marrow, Sergeant Ray had          “The base also met the     generosity will positively        “The AFAF campaign
evaluation and physical.                       this to say:                                    100 percent contact goal     impact the lives of those      is not only about caring
  After returning home, Sergeant Ray was          “If you have a chance to save someone’s      meaning every Thun-          in need.”                      for our own, it’s about be-
contacted three days later by phone and        life, why wouldn’t you?” Sergeant Ray           derbolt was confronted           The funds are used to      ing good wingmen,” said
informed he was a healthy candidate for        said. “It was the right thing to do. Besides,   with the opportunity to      support quality-of-life ini-   Brig. Gen. Tom Jones, 56th
the donation.                                  who needs all that extra bone marrow            contribute,” said Capt.      tiatives, and those who        Fighter Wing commander.
  He arrived back in Washington D.C. on        anyway?”                                        Matt Speer, 62nd Fighter     endure emergency leave         “Thank you to all the Thun-
March 26 and was scheduled for the bone           For more information on how to donate        Squadron chief of safety     travel expenses and hard-      derbolts who rose to the
marrow transplant the following morning.       bone marrow, go to http://www.dodmar-           and installation project     ships due to deployments,      challenge to make a posi-
  According to Sergeant Ray, they inserted     row.org/.                                       officer. “The Thunderbolts’   illnesses or accidents.        tive difference.”




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                                                  Colorado
                                                                                                                Southwest Asia                                      Air Force pilot
                                                  NBC’s Today Show broadcast
                                                  live Friday from a wing at Pe-                                 A Predator crashed in southern                     breaks own world
                                                  terson Air Force Base, Colo.,                                  Iraq at approximately 4 a.m. lo-
                                                  Air Force Space Command, as                                    cal time Friday. The aircraft was                  aviation record
                                                  part of their “Access Granted”                                 launched from Ali Base, Iraq.                        An Air Force Reserve pilot
                                                  series, which puts cameras in                                                                                     deployed to Balad Air Base,
                                                  high-security places.                                                                                             Iraq, broke his own world
                                                                                                                                                                    record for hours spent flying
                                                                                                                                                                    the F-16 Fighting Falcon when
                                                                                                                                                                    he surpassed the 6,000 hours
                                                                                                                                                                    milestone May 2.
                                                           Tennessee                                                                                                  Lt. Col. Michael Brill, a
                                                                                                                                                                    421st Expeditionary Fighter
                                                            Engineers at Arnold Air Force
                                                                                                                                                                    Squadron pilot, is congratu-
                                                            Base, Tenn., Engineering De-
                                                                                                                                                                    lated by his wingman, Brig.
    Honduras                                                velopment Center began test-
                                                                                                                                                                    Gen. Burt Field, 332nd Air
                                                            ing a Pratt & Whitney F100
    About 60 Joint Task Force-                              engine April 29 in the J-1 simu-                                                                        Expeditionary Wing com-
    Bravo personnel from Soto                               lated altitude jet engine test                                                                          mander, after the colonel
    Cano Air Base, Honduras, used                           cell using a blend of alternative                                                                       successfully completed more
    a day off from work to continue                         synthetic fuel. The engine is the                                                                       than 6,000 flying hours in an
    the mission of humanitarian                             power plant for the F-15 Eagle                                                                          F-16 during an OIF combat
    assistance as volunteers giv-                           and F-16 Fighting Falcon.                                                                               mission at Balad.
    ing food to local Hondurans                                                                                                                                       Colonel Brill has been
    in need.                                                                                                                                                        breaking world aviation re-
                                                                                                                                                                    cords since 1993 after he
                                                                                                                                                                    surpassed the world’s first
                                                                                                                                                                    pilot to fly 3,000 hours in the
                                                                                                                                                                    F-16. In August 1998, he be-
                                 New 506th AEG com-                      During his farewell speech, Colo-     country needed you — every one of you
                                                                                                                                                                    came the first pilot to fly 4,000
                                                                       nel Strawther hailed Colonel Scobee     is a volunteer in one way or another,”
                                 mander takes reins                                                                                                                 hours and, in November 2002,
                                                                       as the right man for the job.           Colonel Strawther said. “It wasn’t al-
                                                                                                               ways easy but making it happen here                  he was the first pilot to attain
                                   KIRKUK REGIONAL AIR                   “It’s not often you have the oppor-
                                                                                                               was the right thing to do, and we made               5,000 hours.
                                 BASE, Iraq — Airmen, Soldiers and     tunity to provide input for who your
                                                                                                               a difference in continuing to move this                “The sustained effort re-
                                 Iraqi air force leadership convened   replacement will be, but I was asked
                                                                                                               part of Iraq in the right direction.”                quired to spend 6,000 hours
                                 to welcome incoming 506th Air Ex-     and advised it be Colonel Scobee,”
                                                                       Colonel Strawther said. “He is the         During his first speech as com-                    flying the F-16 is phenom-
                                 peditionary Group commander Col.
                                 Richard Scobee during a change of     perfect intersection of personality,    mander, Colonel Scobee emphasized                    enal,” said General Field.
                                 command ceremony April 30 here.       capability, experience and energy,      the importance of Airmen to overall                  “Six thousand hours equates
                                                                                                               mission accomplishment in Iraq.                      to 250 days in the cockpit
                                   Colonel Scobee took command of      and he arrived at the right time for
                                 the group from Col. Timothy Straw-    this part of Kirkuk’s evolution.”        http://www.kirkuk.afnews.af.mil/news/story_print.   — not counting all the time
                                                                                                                                             asp?id=123097357       in ground ops before and
                                 ther, who will return to his perma-     He also thanked 506th AEG Air-
                                 nent assignment as Air Education      men for their service while deployed                                                         after the flight. That is an
                                 and Training Command Graduate         and putting forth their best effort       More Air Force news is                             incredible amount of time in
                                 Flying Training Division chief at     during his command.                       available at www.af.mil                            a high-G [force], high-speed,
                                 Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.         “Thanks for stepping up when your                                                          high-stress arena.
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                                                   analytical services necessary for effective                    signs of post—traumatic stress disorder                    vicemember’s natural cellular structure to
                                                   and efficient use of Air Force resources.                       and traumatic brain injury. VA personnel                   reconstruct new skin, muscles and tendons,

  PEOPLE                                             He said Airmen can expect continuous
                                                   refinements to the Eagle Cash program,
                                                   the Defense Travel System and the pend-
                                                                                                                  have been deployed to the military’s major
                                                                                                                  medical centers to assist wounded service
                                                                                                                  members and their families during the
                                                                                                                                                                             and even ears, noses and fingers.
                                                                                                                                                                                But asked if the quarter-billion funding
                                                                                                                                                                             is sufficient, Army Col. Robert Vandre

   FIRST                                           ing Defense Integrated Military Human
                                                   Resource System.
                                                                                                                  transition to civilian lives.
                                                                                                                    For the new call center, the second phase
                                                                                                                  will target 550,000 OIF—OEF veterans
                                                                                                                                                                             said, “I don’t think we have quite enough
                                                                                                                                                                             money yet.”
                                                                                                                                                                                Vandre, the research area director for
                                                           http://www.af.mil/news/story_print.asp?id=123097026
                                                                                                                  who have been discharged from active duty                  Combat Casualty Care Research at the

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is
                                                   Veteran’s Administration                                       but have not contacted VA for services.                    U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel
                                                                                                                    Once contacted, veterans will be informed                Command, estimates current funding will
compiled from information from the Air Force       calls all recent combat vets                                   about VA’s benefits and services. The initial               subsidize early clinical trials of the sophis-
Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Mission               WASHINGTON — On May 1, the De-                              calls will be made by a private contractor,                ticated medical science.
Support Squadron, Airman and Family                partment of Veterans Affairs will begin                        EDS, which specializes in technology “We                      But to achieve a mission that includes
Readiness Flight, the Veterans Administra-         contacting nearly 570,000 recent combat                        will leave no stone unturned to reach these                using human stem cells to regrow an entire
tion, the civilian personnel office and armed       veterans to ensure they know about VA’s                        veterans,” said Dr. Edward Huycke, chief                   limb, Vandre, in a conference call today,
forces news services.                              medical services and other benefits.                            of the Veterans Affairs — Department of                    said the newly established institute will
                                                      “We will reach out and touch every vet-                     Defense coordination office.                                need additional support.
Financial management                               eran of Operation Enduring Freedom and                                                                                       The key to tapping into private funding
services to Airmen evolving                        Operation Iraqi Freedom to let them know                       Regenerative medicine                                      is slicing investors’ fears about the future of
  SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. —                     we are here for them,” said Dr. James B.                                                                                  the sophisticated medical science, some of
                                                   Peake, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “VA
                                                                                                                  institute seeks to attract                                 which sounds almost like “science fiction,”
The assistant secretary of the Air Force
for financial management and comptrol-              is committed to getting these veterans the                     private investors                                          said Vandre. “Industry always worries
ler described a bright future for financial         help they need and deserve.”                                     WASHINGTON — If a new regenerative                       about risk,” he added.
services during a visit with Air Mobility             A contractor—operated “Combat Veteran                       medicine venture proves successful, it could                  “If something’s a sure thing, then they’re
Command financial management officials               Call Center” will telephone two distinct                       increase investors’ confidence in backing                   going to pull out their wallets and they’re
here April 28.                                     populations of veterans from Iraq and                          the cutting-edge technology, a senior mili-                going to do it,” Vandre said. “Now we have
  John H. Gibson II said current and pend-         Afghanistan.                                                   tary official said today.                                   to get enough risk out of the way so that
ing enhancements allow Airmen to work                 In the first phase, calls will go to an es-                    With piecemeal public and private fund-                  they’ll [invest].”
directly with Air Force financial systems us-       timated 17,000 veterans who were sick or                       ing and $80 million of its own money, the                     The colonel pointed out the potential
ing Web-based applications with worldwide          injured while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.                  Defense Department last month launched                     returns investors could reap if one of the
access, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.         VA will offer to appoint a care manager to work                the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative                 regenerative projects proves successful.
  “Our systems are evolving,” said Mr. Gib-        with them if they don’t have one already. Care                 Medicine. The effort will comprise seven of                   “If we could do healing without scarring,
son. “We have some Web-centric evolutions          managers ensure veterans receive appropriate                   America’s 10 foremost thinkers in the field,                can you imagine how much money that
moving forward that are geared toward bet-         care and know about their VA benefits.                          and has an overall budget of $250 million                  would be worth?” he said. “If we can come
ter customer service anywhere, anytime.”              For five years after their discharge from                    over the next five years.                                   up with something that looks even close,
  Mr. Gibson serves as the Air Force’s             the military, these combat veterans have                         Harnessing stem cell research and tech-                  that will be bought immediately and they’ll
chief financial officer and is responsible for       special access to VA health care. The                          nology, the initiative in part will aim to                 pay for the clinical trials.”
providing the financial management and              Department screens combat veterans for                         find innovative ways to use an injured ser-                 http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=49767


                                                                         “I’d get                                 “Make longer                                        “Make the                                 “Everything;

     SOUND                                                               a jacket
                                                                       that’s more
                                                                      comfortable.”
                                                                                                                  shorts because
                                                                                                                   they are too
                                                                                                                     short.”
                                                                                                                                                                     uniform less
                                                                                                                                                                       reflective
                                                                                                                                                                      so it’s not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the shirts and
                                                                                                                                                                                                               shorts are too
                                                                                                                                                                                                               uncomforable.”
      OFF!                                                                                                                                                            so readily
                                                                                                                                                                     identifiable
                                                                                                                                                                    in the area of
  What changes would                                                                                                                                               responsibility.”
   you make to the
   physical training                  Senior Airman                                      Tech. Sgt.                                 Senior Airman                                     Tech. Sgt.
       uniform?                       YERAMIEL BONTILAO                                  JAMES CHURCHILL                            ROSS DANAHER                                      ELIZABETH WOO
                                      56th Medical Support Squadron                      56th Training Squadron                     756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron               56th TRS




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                                                                                          April 26: Security forces responded
                                                                                       to a report of shoplifting in Bldg. 1540.
                                                                                       Glendale police responded and took
                              STREET BEAT                                              control of the scene.
                                                                                          April 27: Security forces responded
                                                                                       to a noise complaint in base housing.
                                                                                       The response was terminated without
                                                                                       incident.
  The 56th Security Forces Squadron         fighters responded to a 911 hang-up at         April 27: Security forces responded to
handled the following incidents from        the 56th Fighter Wing mass parking         a report of a verbal altercation in base
April 25 through May 1.                     area. The response was terminated          housing. The response was terminated
                                            without incident.                               without incident.
Tickets                                        May 1: Security forces and                              April 27: Security forces
  Security forces issued citations for 55   firefighters responded to a                                 responded to a report of
moving violations and 16 non-moving         911 hang-up in Bldg. 1114.                                  an underage driver at
violations.                                 The response was terminated                                 Lightning Gate. Glen-
                                            without incident.                                            dale police responded
Traffic-related                                 May 1: Security forces                                     and took control of
                                            and firefighters responded                                      the scene.
incidents                                   to a medical emergency in
   April 25: Security forces responded                                                                      April 30: Security
                                            base housing. The member                                      forces responded to a
to a minor two-vehicle accident at Bldg.    was transported to an off-
928. There were no injuries.                                                                             request for assistance
                                            base medical facility.                                      by an off-base agency
Emergency responses                                                                                     in base housing. The
                                            Non-emergency                                               response was termi-
   April 28: Security forces and fire-
fighters responded to a medical emer-        responses                                                nated without incident.
gency at Bldg. 1383. The victim was           April 25: Security forces responded                April 30: Security forces re-
                                                                                                                                                                      Senior Airman Julianne Showalter
transported to an off-base medical          to a noise complaint in Dormitory 546.     sponded to a report of a verbal al-
                                                                                       tercation at the base wash rack. The
facility.
   April 28: Security forces and fire-
                                            The response was terminated without
                                            incident.                                  response was terminated without
                                                                                                                                              Prepare for takeoff
fighters responded to a 911 hang-up            April 25: Security forces responded      incident.                                              Maj. Dag Grantham, 332nd Expeditionary Fighter
in base housing. The response was           to a noise complaint in base housing.                                                             Squadron F-16 pilot, prepares his equipment for
terminated without incident.                The response was terminated without        Lockouts                                               a mission at Balad Air Base, Iraq. The F-16 Fight-
   April 29: Security forces responded to   incident.                                    There were nine lockouts; four in                    ing Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft
a Maricopa County sheriff’s request for       April 26: Security forces responded to   Dorm 546, two in Dorm 634, and one                     which is highly maneuverable and has proven
off-base assistance. The response was       a report of damage to private property     each in dorms 133, 635 and 640.                        itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack.
terminated without further incident.        in base housing. The response was                                                                 Major Grantham is deployed from the 308th FS.
   April 30: Security forces and fire-       terminated without incident.                   Courtesy of Staff Sgt. Adam Villalobos, 56th SFS




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56th Security policemen,
Mayaguez remembered
                      by Airman 1st Class
                          C.J. HATCH
                     56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

  At the end of the Vietnam War, an incident claimed the lives of
18 members of the 56th Security Police Squadron.
  On May 12, 1975, the ruling political party of Cambodia, Khmer
Rouge, sent naval forces, operating former U.S. Navy swift boats,
to seize the SS Mayaguez, an American container ship, in inter-
national waters. The crew was taken by their Cambodian captors
to be questioned on Koh Tang, a small island more than 50 miles
from the southern coast of Cambodia and Vietnam.
  Soon after the ship was seized President Gerald Ford called the
seizure piracy and ordered a military response to retake the ship
and its 40-man crew.
  The main reaction force came from the 2nd Battalion, 9th Ma-
rines which had just participated in the evacuation of Saigon. Also,
sixteen U.S. Air Force Super Jolly Green Giant helicopters from
the 40th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron and the 21st Special
Operations Squadron were available in Thailand for the rescue
operation.
  On May 13, 1975, before the Marine forces had been alerted, the
Air Force moved 125 security police to U-Tapao Royal Thai Air Field                                                                                Tech. Sgt. Michael Skinner
as a back up security force. As the helicopters went through a valley,
one of the transporting CH-53s crashed, killing 18 SP Airmen.            Battlemind
  The 56th SPS, now the 56th Security Forces Squadron here,              The Airmen Family and Readiness Flight conducted a monthly Heart Link April 27 in conjunction
will be holding a remembrance retreat today at the base flag pole         with the 944th Fighter Wing drill weekend. Annette Lavelle from the Arizona Vet Center spoke to
at 4:30 p.m.                                                             spouses about having the right “battlemind.” The spouses discussed deployment and reinte-
  Today’s retreat will also honor five of the 21st SOS who gave           gration and received tips on what to expect when the servicemember returns home. There were
their lives wile rescuing the SS Mayaguez crew.                          more than 15 spouses and family members in attendance.




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                                                                                              Photos by Airman 1st Class Tracie Forte
 Staff Sgt. Roger Cole, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Ground Equipment training manager, completes his entry
 form before starting the 13.2-mile half marathon May 3 at the Luke fitness center. The half marathon consisted of more than 50
 Thunderbolts from across the base, including retirees and children.
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                                                                        Staff Sergeant Jerry Fleshman
                                              Tech. Sgt. Mark Aube, 309th Aircraft Maintenance
                                              Unit electrical environmental technician, cools off
                                              with a cup of water during the half marathon held
                                              at Luke Saturday. More than 50 runners logged
                                              over 700 miles during the run.


                             TOP LEFT: First Lt. Imie Mark, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit of-
                             ficer in charge, sprints to the finish line with daughter, Mary Kate,
                             3, along for the ride at the 13.2-mile half marathon. Lieutenant Mark
                             trained for the event by running at least five miles each weekday
                             and eight to 10 on weekends.
                             TOP MIDDLE: Captain John Klein, 56th Training Squadron flight
                             surgeon, is the first male to finish the 13.2-mile half marathon
                             at the Luke fitness center. Captain Klein runs about five to eight
                             miles daily.
                             MIDDLE LEFT: Luke Airmen start the 13.2-mile half marathon at the
                             Luke fitness center. The half marathon consisted of more than 50
                             Thunderbolts from across the base including retirees and children.
                             MIDDLE CENTER: Clementinna Zaragoza, second female finisher,
                             races past her husband, retired Staff Sgt. Julian Zaragoza, during
                             the 13.2-mile half marathon. The Zaragoza family performs daily
                             bike marathons which help keep them in shape.
                             BOTTOM LEFT: Airman 1st Class Michael Piazza, 56th Operations
                             Support Squadron air traffic controller, hydrates after completing
                             the 13.2-mile half marathon Saturday at Luke.
                             BOTTOM RIGHT: Second Lt. Sarah Hall, 56th Operations Support
                             Squadron Intel Operations deputy chief, is the first female to cross
                             the finish line of the 13.2-mile half marathon. Lieutenant Hall is her
                             squadron’s physical training leader and runs four to five miles at
                             least three times a week.
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the equation. Wingmen must ensure Airmen         consequences of a criminal DUI or causing         a part of life that can help to get us through   able to help when times are tough and not
operate safely and refrain from risky behavior   an accident that results in injury to self or     busy days. However, when stress becomes un-      just for religious activity. This may include
that may lead to injury.                         others come with a high price tag. Programs       manageable or leads to unhealthy behaviors,      looking after the family of a deployed mem-
  When people refuse to wear seatbelts or        like Airmen Against Drunk Driving are             a wingman needs to quickly engage.               ber, giving counsel, referring those in need
use personal protective equipment, they          great, but long before the night out on the         It’s important to note not all Airmen have     to base agencies or just being available to
are taking unnecessary and often illegal         town, wingmen should regularly emphasize          the same stress threshold. What one person       listen. Spiritually ready Airmen are better
risks. The consequences of an injury is          responsible drinking.                             may be able to handle may be too much for        prepared to deploy and able to focus on the
compounded for the Airman’s shop because            Mentally looking out for our Airmen in-        another. Unfortunately, the Air Force lost       mission without added distractions.
others must cover the workload while the         volves looking for stress indicators. With the    31 active-duty Airmen to suicide in 2005.           So are you engaged professionally, physi-
member is recovering.                            increased operations tempo, PBD 720 man-          Undoubtedly there were signs, but no one         cally, mentally and spiritually in the lives
  Encouraging Airmen to use alcohol              power cuts, RIFS, transformation, etc., our Air   was able to identify them in time.               of Airmen and their families? Are you a
sensibly is also the job of a wingman. The       Force has become extremely taxing. Stress is        Spiritually involved wingmen are avail-        wingman?




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                                                                         Open mic night — Teens, ages 13 to 18, display creativity, talent,
                                                                         singing, playing musical instruments, reciting poetry, comedic or
                                                                         dramatic readings, stand-up comedy, magic 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday,                      FRI              SAT              SUN              MON
                                                                         May 17 and 24
                                                                         Teen computer night — Teens, ages 13 to 18, improve keyboarding
                                                                         technique, speed 6 to 7 p.m. Monday
                                                                         4-H Club — Teens, ages 13 to 18, participate in budgeting activities
                                                                         5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; $10 per YP member annual
                                                                         membership
                                                                         Teens in the kitchen — Teens, ages 13 to 18, learn basics of quick,                   92               93                95               93
                                                                         easy food preparation, kitchen safety practices 7 to 9 p.m. May 16; no
         Four-Hour Aerobathon                                            charge, register to participate by Wednesday; program is limited to
                                                                         10 participants
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                                                                         2-on-2 basketball tournament — Teens compete for prizes in a 2-on-2
     Celebrate May Fitness Month with                                    basketball progressive tournament 7 p.m. May 23, 30; register by                 The Luke weather forecast is provided by the
                                                                         May 21; no charge                                                                56th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight.
              a super workout                                            Thunderbolt Lanes                                       (623) 856-6529
         9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday                                       Mother’s Day bowling special — Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; $1 shoe
                                                                         rental, $1 per game for mom                                                   registration required
            Luke Fitness Center                                          9-pin, no tap tournament — 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through May              Aquatic Programs                                       (623) 856-9334
                                                                         17; bowl for cash prizes; winning scores based on Scratch 4 game total;
                                                                                                                                                       Summer swimming lessons — Red Cross swimming lessons available
                                                                         $13 per bowler
                     For details on                                                                                                                    for children, ages 6 months to 16, at the Silver Wings Pool; half-hour
                                                                         Arts and Crafts Center                                  (623) 856-6502        lessons meet 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 3:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m.,
           56th Services Squadron programs,                              Adult ceramics class — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and May 24; $7 per          5:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday for two-weeks; $20 per child,
              visit www.lukeservices.com                                 person includes kiln-firing; participants provide own bisque, greenware       per session; session one meets June 2 through 12; registration begins
                                                                         pieces, supplies; location list to purchase pieces available                  Saturday; no phone registrations; payment in full is due at registration
                                                                         Decorative painting class — Learn variety of techniques, brush                Lap swimming, private lessons — Silver Wings Pool; hours to be
                                                                         strokes to paint from small to large objects; six weekly classes 10 a.m. to   announced
Youth Programs                         (623) 856-7470 or 856-6225                                                                                      Water aerobics — Classes meet 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays
                                                                         noon Tuesdays through June 24; $44 per person includes artist’s kit
Open play — Open Rec members, ages 9 to 12, participate in games,                                                                                      through May; Litchfield Park Pool; $2 per class
                                                                         Moonlight Auto Body — Paint and body repair, military discounts; free
activities 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday; appropriate shoes must be   estimates; for more information, call (623) 536-6946                          Silver Wings Pool season opening — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends;
worn in gym                                                                                                                                            pool opens daily May 26; grand opening celebration; hours to be
Computer games night — Open Rec members, ages 9 to 12, learn to          Library                                                 (623) 856-7191        announced
type with the Dance Mat Typing Gang 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday; program       Preschool storytime — 9:30 a.m. Thursdays; activities include Armed
limited to 12 participants                                               Forces Day Thursday, May flower stories May 22, celebrate our pets            Fitness Center                                         (623) 856-6241
Game room tournaments — Preteens, ages 9 to 12, compete in games         May 29                                                                        May fitness month — Activities include 3-on-3 sand volleyball
4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays in May; tournaments include foosball, Tuesday;      Baby time — 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays; introduction to nursery rhymes,               tournament 5:30 p.m. May 20 through 23, base housing recreation
pool, May 20; table tennis, May 27                                       songs, books in one-on-one setting for parents, babies, newborn to            center; bench press/dead lift competition 10:30 a.m. May 23, awards;
Kids crafts — Preteens, ages 6 to 12, learn to granny-square crochet     18 months                                                                     closing ceremony 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 30, fitness center
5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday; register by Monday; $3 per person; program     Toddler tales — 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays; children, ages 18 to 36 months
limited to 10 participants
                                                                                                                                                       Club Thunderbolt                                       (623) 856-6446
                                                                         Family advocacy playgroup — 10 a.m. Wednesdays
Career launch — Teens, ages 13 to 18, learn about educational,           Dial-a-story — Call (623) 856-3754 to hear a story day or night               Club Thunderbolt lunch — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday;
career choices to help prepare them for working world 6 to 7 p.m.        Read-to-bowl program — Luke children, ages 6 to 12, receive
Thursdays                                                                certificate for free game with each book read; Thunderbolt Lanes                                                              See DIGEST, Page 20




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Bit of Africa nestled in northern Arizona
   by DEBORAH MARIE                    Feed a tiger or watch them
        GIBSON                       perform water acrobats in the
                                     Tiger Splash show at 1:15 p.m.
       Thunderbolt staff writer
                                     The park also features the world’s
   A bit of Africa is located 90     largest snake species — Pythons
minutes north of Phoenix in Camp     and boas. They take center stage
Verde.                               during the Giant Snake show at
   The Out of Africa Wildlife Park   11:30 a.m.
is open Wednesday through Sun-         Unique souvenirs such as carved
day and features exotic animals      giraffes and ostrich eggs can be
normally found in the African        found at the gift shop and a variety
desert.                              of edible goods are at the Jungle
   Visitors can go on the 45-min-    Hut Eatery.
ute Serengeti Safari and see the       Admission to the park is $29.53
heart of Africa without leaving      per adult; $18.46 per child; and
Arizona. The narrated safari         children under age 3 are free. The
guarantees a personal encounter      cost includes the safari, tours and
with giraffes and zebras while       shows.
riding in a vehicle.                   For more information about
   The park also features preda-     Out of Africa Wildlife Park, go
tors such as lions, tigers and       to http://www.outofafricapark.
hyenas in natural habitats.          com/index.html.
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The Beehive state’s base
                                                                             8. Exercise or enjoyment of a     52. Second letter of the Greek   59. Formerly
                                                                                right or property                  alphabet                     60. Carry around
                                                                             9. Barbie’s pal                   53. Cheese type                  62. Tibetan stocky,
                                      45.   Desire                          10. Advanced degree for accoun-    54. Stadium cheer                    shaggy-haired
ACROSS                                                                          tants                          56. USAF MAJCOM the                  wild ox
 1.   Fuel                            47.   Beehive State city
                                                                            12. Farthest, innermost, or ex-        Beehive State base is        63. 23rd letter of the Greek
 4.   Kwik-E-Mart owner/operator      49.   Explosive combo                     treme parts or states              assigned                         alphabet
 7.   Black-and-white diving bird     50.   Violent, intense struggles      13. Fine grained mineral having    57. Fastened
10.   Silence                         52.   Col. Morris __; first com-           a soft soapy feel              58. Mistakes                                  Courtesy of Capt. Tony Wickman
                                            mander of Beehive State         14. Path
11.   Open grazing areas of south-          base
      ern Africa                                                            19. Pig
                                      55.   Put in order
14.   Intelligent                                                           21. Unit of resistance
                                      60.   Satellite of Jupiter that is
15.   Online journal                        ninth in distance from planet   23. Carbondale school, in brief
16.   Sleep disorder                  61.   African country                 24. Killer snake
17.   Yemen port                      64.   Ax an employee                  25. 1922 Nobel prize Danish
18.   ___ Famous                                                                physicist Neils
                                      65.   The Beehive State
20.   ____ “Pete” Hill; namesake                                            26. Over
                                      66.   Contract renting land, build-
      for the Beehive State                 ings, etc., to another          27. Sun-dried brick made of clay
22.   ___ Mountains; range sur-                                                 and straw
                                      67.   Being nothing more nor bet-
      rounding the Beehive State            ter than                        30. Sound reflection
      base                                                                  31. Rainbow ___; Beehive State
                                      68.   Female’s leg
25.   Sheep’s cry                                                               fish
                                      69.   Young child
28.   European island people                                                32. Poisonous liquid used as in
                                      70.   Music holders                       chemical warfare
29.   NY team
33.   City home to the Beehive                                              34. Otherwise
      State base; part of OO-ALC      DOWN                                  37. Direction of Beehive state
35.   DHL competitor                   1. California ___; state bird of         in relation to Washington
36.   Stick in one’s __; cause con-       the Beehive State                     D.C.
      siderable or abiding resent-     2. Smallest element                  39. Maj Gen Kathleen ___;
      ment                             3. ___ Lily; flower of the Bee-           OO-ALC commander
38.   Non-Polynesian, especially a        hive State                        41. Person or thing that absorbs
      Caucasian                        4. Incarnation of a Hindu deity          something freely
39.   Task                                in human or animal form           42. Decorative vase
40.   Barbeque item                    5. Lively spirits or energy;         43. Hawaiian dish made of taro
41.   Dine                                vigor; animation                      root
44.   Joe __; U.S. boxer, world        6. USAF deployment code              46. Water barricade
      heavyweight champion             7. Military assistant to a gen-      48. Aired
      1937–49                             eral officer                       51. Scottish Celt or Highlander                                                See SOLUTION, Page 20




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Thunderbolts                                                                                                                          Patrol                           (From Page 1)

                                                                                                                                         “The members of the CAP, all patriotic

recognized for                                                                                                                        American citizens, are proud to have this op-
                                                                                                                                      portunity to help the brave men and women
                                                                                                                                      defending our country and the loved ones they

volunteerism                                                                                                                          leave behind when they deploy,” said Brig. Gen.
                                                                                                                                      Amy Courter, interim CAP commander.
                                                                                                                                         CAP volunteers will not be used to re-
                by Tech. Sgt.                                                                                                         place existing volunteers.
             JANET HALIBURTON                                                                                                             “Our other volunteer organizations like
                                                                                                                                      the Red Cross will stay where they are,
              56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
                                                                                                                                      but if they need help CAP will supplement
  The Luke Annual Volunteer Recognition ceremony                                                                                      them,” Mr. Rubi said.
was held April 30 to honor the more than 400 volunteers                                                                                  The CAP, the auxiliary of the Air Force,
that were nominated.                                                                                                                  was founded in 1941 and was charged by
  Brigadier Gen. Tom Jones, 56th Fighter Wing com-                                                                                    Congress in 1948 with three missions —
mander and base commanders recognized Luke volun-                                                 Senior Airman Julianne Schowalter
                                                                                                                                      aerospace education, cadet programs and
teers for their volunteer efforts and service.                                                                                        emergency services. It now conducts 90
   “I can’t thank you enough for your contributions and    Never forget                                                               percent of the inland search-and-rescue
how important they are to Luke,” General Jones said.       Staff Sgt. Karl Ferree, 330nd Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron        missions in the United States.
“We had more than 1,800 volunteers contribute over         structural craftsman, measures and marks the positions of plaques             The success of this program could have a
80,000 hours of volunteer work in the past year. That is   for the Airmen memorial at Balad Air Base, Iraq. The memorial is a         long-term positive impact on the Air Force,
equivalent to $1.5 million worth of manpower that you      constant reminder of the price of war and those who have paid the          Mr. Uken said.
have selflessly donated to help us all improve.”            ultimate price for America’s freedom and security. Sergeant Ferree            “The Civil Air Patrol is a great organization,”
                                                           is deployed from Luke.                                                     he said. “I’m glad to see that they’ll be able to
                            See THUNDERBOLTS, Page 22                                                                                 have a larger role in Air Force operations.”




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                                                                                                                                                             Other faith groups
                                                                                                                                                             • For information on Islamic, Jewish,
                                                                                                                                 CHAPEL                      Buddhist or other faith groups, call the
                                                                                                                                                             chapel at (623) 856-6211.
                                                                                                                                 CORNER                      Chapel activities
                                                                                                                                                             Baptism
                                                                                                                                                             • Baptism seminars for parents of
                                                                                                                   The Luke Chapel team is committed
                                                                                                                                                             children below age 7 are 7 p.m. the first
                                                                                                                 to ensuring spiritual care for the entire
                                                                                                                                                             two Mondays of the month
                                                                                                                 family. Chapel offices are in the Luke
                                                                                                                                                             Weddings
                                                                                                                 Community Chapel, located between
                                                                                                                                                             • Weddings for either chapel must be
                                                                                                                 the Officers’ Club and fitness center. For
                                                                                                                                                             scheduled several months in advance
                                                                                                                 more information, call (623) 856-6211.
                                                                                                                                                             Singles ministry
                                                                                                                                                             • Walleyball is 5 p.m. Thursdays at the gym
                                                                                                                 COM-Chapel on the Mall                      • Bible study is 8:15 p.m. Thursdays at
                                                                                                                 LCC-Luke Community Chapel
                                                                                                                                                             the Oasis
                                                                                                                                                             • Singles meet for dinner at 6 p.m.
                                                                                                                 Worship schedule                            Fridays and Saturdays at the Oasis
                                                                                                                 Protestant
                                                                                                                 • Gospel service is 9:30 a.m. at COM        Youth events
                                                                                                                 • Praise service is 11 a.m. at LCC          • Catholic youth group is 6:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                 • Children’s church is 11 a.m. at LCC       Tuesdays at LCC
                                                                                                                 Catholic                                    • An on-call chaplain may be reached
                                                                                                                 • Mass is 9:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. at LCC       after duty hours by calling the command
                                                                            Senior Airman Gustavo Gonzalez       • Weekday Mass is noon at LCC               post at (623) 856-5600.

                Race on!
                Tyler Cheney, 7; and Logan Cheney, 3, race through an obstacle course
                during Family Funlympics May 2 at Fowler Park.



Digest                                                                                     (From Page 15)
                                                                                                                     CROSSWORD
sandwich line, lunch specials, all-you-can-eat buffet
Ladies’ and men’s nights — Ladies’ night,
                                                        Outdoor Recreation                    (623) 856-9334
                                                        Old Mexico shopping tour — Shop bargains in
                                                                                                                      SOLUTION
Wednesday, men’s night, Thursday                        Algodones, Mexico; bus departs 6 a.m. and returns
Bachelor special — Chef’s choice dinner special         7 p.m. May 17; $35 per person; no passport
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays; $4.95                   needed
Birthday certificates — Club members present
club card and military identification at the Club
                                                        Grand Canyon day trip — Sight-see Grand
                                                        Canyon; bus departs 6 a.m. and returns 8 p.m.
                                                                                                                       The Beehive
Thunderbolt cashier’s cage to receive a $10 birthday
                                                        Saturday; $35 per person
gift certificate during the member’s birthday month
Desert Star Club                    (623) 856-6446      Community Center                     (623) 856-7152
                                                                                                                       state’s base
Evening bar snacks — 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and          Squadron wacky triathlon — 3 p.m. May 16;                           (From Page 18)
Fridays; free bar snacks, pool, darts, juke box         events include build-a-boat races, tricycle races, bed
Thursday evening specials, entertainment —              races; choose team members, register to compete;
4 p.m. boss and buddy night; 5 to 6 p.m. free bar       open to all squadron team members
snacks; 8 p.m. karaoke                                  Battle of the bands — On- and off-base bands
Friday evening entertainment — 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.        participate in competition following squadron wacky
specials, snacks; 8:30 p.m. to closing DJ music         triathlon May 16




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Thunderbolts                                               (From Page 19)

   The volunteer recognition program sponsored by the Airman and
Family Readiness Flight was established at Luke to acknowledge and
honor the many Luke volunteers who work to improve the quality of
life for Luke members and their families.
   Agencies and organizations across Luke submitted more than 400
nominations for outstanding volunteer service. All volunteers were
awarded a certificate of appreciation as an official acknowledgement
of their contributions.
   Four volunteers received annual awards as volunteer of the year
in the categories of youth, non-military, retired military and active-
duty military.
   Youth volunteer is Ashley Teixeira; non-military volunteer is
Cassandra Barry-Laumann; retired military volunteer is retired
Master Sgt. Norman Adelman and active-duty volunteer is Tech.
Sgt. Michael Skinner, 56th Mission Support Squadron Readiness
NCO in charge.
   The final award was established by the U.S. Chief of Staff to
recognize outstanding volunteer service. The award acknowledges
sustained and direct contributions that are significant in character,
produce tangible results and reflect favorably on the Air Force.
   Winner of the U.S. Chief of Staff Volunteer Excellence Award is
Kathy Hall who explained why she volunteers.
   “I don’t do this for recognition; I do it because it’s in my heart to help
in any way that I can, she said. “It’s an honor to be recognized.”
   Several agencies participated in a volunteer fair after the award
ceremony and provided information for attendees on volunteer op-
portunities on base and in the local community.
   Beatitudes Center for Developing Older Adult Resources, City of
                                                                                                                                                             Staff Sgt. Jerry Fleshman
Glendale Community Volunteer Program, Enlisted Spouses Club,
Habitat for Humanity, Luke Family Services, Maricopa County
Juvenile Probation Department, Parenting Arizona, Southwest
                                                                                Pumpin’ up
Lending Closet and West Valley Child Crisis Center were among                   Staff Sgt. Joshua Tocci, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron gun cell combat armament support
the agencies in attendance.                                                     team leader, pushes 90-pound dumbbells while Airman 1st Class Jose Castro, 308th Aircraft Mainte-
   For more information on volunteer opportunities, call Angela Teix-           nance Unit weapons apprentice, spots him during his workout at the base fitness center Monday.
eira or retired Chief Master Sgt. Geno Piccoli at (623) 856-6550.




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Americans spend big on weight loss, still fat                                                                                                                   Sports Shorts
   Over $50 billion are spent annually in this country on weight tion. With its removal, many manufacturers are replacing it                       Squadron wacky olympics,
loss products. Yet excess weight continues to climb in the U.S. with other ephedrine or ephedrine-like sources such as bitter
increasing by more than 60 percent in the last 10 years.         orange and country mallow. The FDA is considering banning                         build-a-boat
   Nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese these as well. Products containing 5-HTP, Usnea and Aristo-                                The squadron wacky olympics and build-a-boat
according to the latest statistics. Many people are searching lochia should also be avoided because of serious safety issues                       competition is May 16 at the Silver Wings Pool.
for weight loss aids in the form of supplements. Pick up any involving use of these products.                                                      The tricycle preliminaries begin at 3 p.m. fol-
weight loss supplement label and a whole list of mysterious         Finally, some supplements are effective at promoting weight                    lowed by the bed race preliminaries at 4 p.m. The
ingredients and proprietary blends of herbs, nutrients and loss and are relatively safe when used at the recommended dose                          construction of cardboard boats starts at 3 p.m.
extracts can be found. The combinations are seemingly end- levels. Guarana which contains high amounts of caffeine ap-                             Finals for all three competitions begin at 5:30 p.m.
less. But do they work? And if so, are                                                          pears safe when consumed in the                    Teams of ten must have at least three females.
they safe? Without knowledge, people                                                            amounts that are typically found                   For more information, call (623) 856-7152.
throw away money on useless prod-                                                               in foods, but may be unsafe when
ucts or put themselves at risk.                                                                 large amounts are used. Guarana                    Softball, volleyball
   Some supplements, while generally                                                            is often found in combination                        Intramural softball and volleyball is June
safe to use, simply don’t work. For                                                             with Ephedra, which makes the                      23 through August 13. Softball games will be
example, Chitosan, a type of fiber                                                              potential harm of Ephedra worse.                   played at the Luke softball fields and volleyball
made from the shells of crustaceans                                                             Finally, L-Carnitine plays a                       will be played at the fitness center gym. Play-
is advertized as a weight loss aid                                                              central role in fatty acid metabo-                 ers must submit a letter-of-intent by June 2.
because it binds to fat, making the                                                             lism but has not been shown to                     For more information, call Trever Tucker or
fat unabsorbable by the body, but                                                               promote weight loss.                               Kevin Bruaw at (623) 856-6241.
obesity researchers claim it doesn’t                                                               Facts about supplements:
work. In addition, Chitosan may                                                                    1. When Congress passed the                     Water aerobics
reduce the availability of important                             Senior Airman Gustavo Gonzalez Dietary Supplement and Health
                                                                                                                                                     Classes are 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thurs-
fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, Over $50 billion are spent annually in this country Education Act of 1994, it placed                            days at the Litchfield Park Pool. The cost is
E and K. Other digestion inhibitors on weight loss products, yet excess weight contin- the burden on the FDA to prove                              $2 per class. For more information, call (623)
                                                                                                                                                   856-9334 or go to Bldg. 247.
such as Glucomannan and Guggul, ues to climb in the U.S. increasing by more than 60 that a supplement is harmful
as well as starch blockers (bean pod), percent in the last 10 years.                             before it can be removed from
also lack sufficient evidence of their                                                            the market.
                                                                                                                                                   Intramural golf
                                                                    2. Products don’t have to undergo the rigorous testing                           Players are needed for the 56th Mission
effectiveness.
                                                                 required of medications. While warnings on the label are                          Support Squadron intramural golf team. The
   Other supplements that have been tried for weight loss
                                                                                                                                                   season is June 12 through August 21. For more
include 7-keto-DHEA, Pyruvate and Chromium. Pyruvate required, most people do not heed the warnings.
                                                                    3. Claims do not need to be proven by manufacturers.                           information, call Staff Sgt. Brian Tisdall at
and 7-keto-DHEA are advertized as metabolism boosters
                                                                    One thing is for sure, no supplement will magically promote                    (623) 856-4231.
but are not recommended due to a lack of reliable evidence
and some safety concerns. Chromium is an essential nutri- weight loss by itself. It does indeed take effort and lifestyle                          Youth triathlon training
ent many Americans don’t get enough of in their diet. It is change to lose weight and sustain the weight loss. The best                               Ongoing triathlon training for youth, ages 6
reputed to aid in fat loss without harming muscle mass and strategy is to discuss the use of supplements with a physician                          to 18, is at 4:40 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at
yet whether used alone or added to an exercise program, it and ask to see a registered dietitian for nutrition counseling.                         the Litchfield Park Pool. Swimming, biking and
does not seem to help increase weight loss or decrease body In addition, the following organizations can help you research                         running are emphasized and participants must
fat in obese individuals.                                        weight loss supplements: Office of Dietary Supplements
                                                                                                                                                   be able to swim 25 meters. The cost is $25 per
   Some supplements, while they work to promote weight loss http://ods.od.nih.gov,American Botanical Council www.herb-                             month for eight classes or $3.50 per class. To
are not safe to use even at recommended doses. Ephedra (Ma algram.org and Herb Research Foundation www.herbs.org.                                  register, call (623) 856-9334.
Huang), a common ingredient in weight loss aids, can cause          For more information on weight control, call the health and
severe life-threatening or disabling adverse effects in some wellness center or the fitness center at (623) 856-6241.
people and has been banned by the Food and Drug Administra-                                        Courtesy of the Air Force Medical Service




     PICKS
     of the
     WEEK
                                                Rocky                        Staff Sgt.                       Tech. Sgt.                       Tech Sgt.                          The Molar
                                           the Roadrunner                    Chris Clair                     Chris Tipton                     Jason Carter                        Marauder
                       MLS Saturday       56th Fighter Wing            56th Operations Group         56th Mission Support Group         56th Maintenance Group               56th Medical Group
              Chicago vs. D.C. United          Chicago                          Chicago                          Chicago                         D.C. United                        Chicago
                Colorado vs. Houston          Colorado                         Colorado                         Colorado                           Houston                         Colorado
         FC Dallas vs. Salt Lake City         FC Dallas                      Salt Lake City                     FC Dallas                         FC Dallas                        FC Dallas
              Columbus vs. San Jose           Columbus                         Columbus                         Columbus                          Columbus                         Columbus
            New York vs. Los Angeles         Los Angeles                      Los Angeles                      Los Angeles                       Los Angeles                      Los Angeles
       New England vs. Chivas U.S.A.         New England                     New England                       New England                      Chivas U.S.A.                     New England
                       MLB Saturday
              Cincinnati vs. N.Y. Mets          N.Y. Mets                      N.Y. Mets                         N.Y. Mets                         N.Y. Mets                         N.Y. Mets
              N.Y. Yankees vs. Detroit        N.Y. Yankees                   N.Y. Yankees                          Detroit                       N.Y. Yankees                      N.Y. Yankees
              St. Louis vs. Milwaukee            St. Louis                      St. Louis                        Milwaukee                         St. Louis                          St. Louis
                  Arizona vs. Chicago            Arizona                        Arizona                           Arizona                           Arizona                           Arizona
       Philadelphia vs. San Francisco         Philadelphia                    Philadelphia                      Philadelphia                     Philadelphia                       Philadelphia
                 Atlanta vs. Pittsburgh           Atlanta                        Atlanta                          Atlanta                           Atlanta                            Atlanta
                Toronto vs. Cleveland            Toronto                        Toronto                          Cleveland                         Cleveland                         Cleveland
           L.A. Angels vs. Tampa Bay           L.A. Angels                    L.A. Angels                       L.A. Angels                       L.A. Angels                       L.A. Angels
            Baltimore vs. Kansas City         Kansas City                     Kansas City                        Baltimore                         Baltimore                         Baltimore
                Boston vs. Minnesota              Boston                         Boston                           Boston                            Boston                             Boston
                  Percentage per year      10-16 / 62 percent              10-16 / 53 percent                12-16 / 58 percent               11-16 / 56 percent                 9-16 / 57 percent
                  Monthly Percentage            63 percent                     63 percent                        75 percent                       69 percent                         56 percent
                             Trash talk    “You can’t out-pick             “Shake and bake.”              “Grow up and quit cryin’,        “You don’t know me man.”            “Here I come to save
                                            the roadrunner.”                                                 cause I’m winnin’.”                                                   your enamel.”
                                                         Around Luke




  Meeeee-OW
                                                                                                                                                  Senior Airman Gustavo Gonzalez
David Hunter keeps his pet, Diamond, calm as she gets treated for dehydration by Army Specialist Amy Krist, Luke veterinary clinic technician April 30. Vaccinations, health
certificates and microchipping are available by appointment only. For more information, call (623) 856-6354.




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