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Train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots while deploying mission-ready warfighters

June 14, 2013

Vol. 13, No. 22


308th cleans up, 3

F-35 mission, 4

Cost culture, 7

Alcohol-related injury, 11

Father’s Day, 19


Capt. Dakota Olsen, 310th Fighter Squadron student pilot, performs a preflight check during his training at Luke Air Force Base.

Student pilot survives lymphoma, continues dream Master sgt. david Addison


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INDEX Action line ............................... 2 Spotlight ....................................4 Briefs....................................... 18 Diversions ................................20 Sports ..................................... 23

QUOTE OF THE WEEK The Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club and 56th Fighter Wing Chapel staff gathered donations for victims of the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. “It takes a community to help in any humanitarian effort. If we all work together toward something greater, we can accomplish miracles. What gives people hope is seeing the response from the community especially the military community.” Master Sgt. David Addison 607th Air Control Squadron


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Story and photo by Senior Airman DAVID OWSIANKA 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

What if your childhood dream job became a reality? Now imagine that dream coming to a screeching halt with the possibility of not just losing the dream, but your life as well. Capt. Dakota Olsen, 310th Fighter Squadron student, had a vision of becoming a pilot at age 5. As Olsen looked into careers in high school, one of his mentors, a retired F-111 pilot, spoke with him about his experiences. The conversation led Olsen to apply for the Air Force Academy. He studied mechanical engineering and received a pilot slot for the initial pilot training course at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Six weeks before completing IPT, Olsen was diagnosed with lymphoma. “I used to watch the Montana Air National Guard execute dog fight maneuvers in F-16s over a military operating area,” he said. “Being told I had lymphoma was tough news to get, but the doctors were positive about being able to treat it.” Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that occurs when B or T lymphocytes, the white blood cells that form a part of the immune system and help protect the body from infection and disease, divide faster than normal cells or live longer than they should. The cancer may develop in the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, blood or other organs and eventually form a tumor. The tumor in Olsen was located above his heart

and in between his lungs and had spread to a small spot in his neck and one below his diaphragm. “I had a really bad cough due to the location of my tumor,” Olsen said. “It was taking up a bit of space my lungs would normally use and compressed my esophagus. When it got to the point that I began coughing all night long and prevented me from getting any sleep, I went to the flight doctor for help.” Olsen went to Memphis, Tenn., to receive treatment after being diagnosed with stage III Hodgkins Lymphoma. “My initial thoughts were ‘This can’t be happening. This is not fair,’” said Megan Olsen, Olsen’s wife. “When you’re sitting in a doctor’s office talking about someone you love and his statistical chances of survival, it hits you hard because the person is someone you can’t live without.” The treatment was seven months long, split into two sections: chemotherapy every other week for six months, and radiation every weekday for a month. “It took a toll on my body; I began losing my hair, I had a metallic taste in my mouth and was constantly tired,” Olsen said. “After completing each chemo treatment, I had little to no energy. I couldn’t do much more than lay on the couch for two days. Usually by the third day I would begin to feel well enough to begin working or do productive things around the house.” Olsen entered into a state of remission four months into chemotherapy. He continued chemotherapy and radiation to complete the treatment.

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“We grew closer as a result of the disease, and I was fortunate to see how positive and strong Dakota is,” Megan said. “When he was officially in remission, we were three months away from our wedding date and ready to move onto our next adventure.” Olsen met with a medical evaluation board approximately one year after being diagnosed, and was cleared to continue serving in the Air Force. Olsen then applied to be approved for a medical waiver to maintain his flying status. Once Olsen was medically cleared back into the jet, the next hurdle was trying to figure out what to do about pilot training. Olsen hopped back into the cockpit after more than two years of being unable to fly and began the third phase of the initial pilot training course. “It was awesome and a dream come true to fly again,” he said. “It is something I will never take for granted because it (lymphoma) gave me a different perspective on how lucky I am to do what I do.” Olsen is currently in the surface attack phase of the F-16 student pilot B-course, which is approximately two-thirds of the way through the course. “The the nine-month training program has been challenging because it’s a demanding program with a lot of studying and new things to learn,” he said. The journey has given Olsen more than an appreciation for flying. “The tough path has given me steadfast determination,” he said. “I hope to complete the F-16 training and have a long career filled with flying assignments.”

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What comes to mind when you think of the word courage? Most of us in the military automatically think about contingency operations and the actions of our brave men and women downrange. Those outside the military might say the same thing or they may speak of courage displayed by the actions of our brave police officers or firefighters. If I took a poll, I think the majority of the responses would fall into one of those categories. So, outside of what our firefighters and police officers do, how can we display courage? To answer that question, we must first define the word. What is courage? According to Webster’s Dictionary, courage is defined as “the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” The military holds the word courage sacred, but the public at large tends to overuse or misuse it. For example, just the other day I was watching the NBA playoffs on television and the commentators were talking about a player’s courage to come back from an injury and take on the challenges of competing at the highest levels. The word “courage,” along with “warrior,” have become commonplace in all types of sports to describe the actions and performances by professional athletes. As a member of the profession of arms, I find it difficult to relate to these comments or descriptions of professional athletes as courageous. However, I do think

Airmen have the opportunity to display courage in their everyday lives. You might be asking yourself, “What fear, danger or difficulty do I face?” Many of us are faced with difficult and challenging situations every day. We are put into situations where we have to make choices between what is right, easy or popular. For example, driving under the influence; I don’t know too many people who go out drinking by themselves. So it’s fair to say that someone else is usually with the person or there is a group of people. At some point during the night’s activities, someone has the opportunity to put aside his or her fear of being called the “buzz kill” or “party pooper” by stopping the friend, teammate or wingman from making a life-altering mistake. Most of us wouldn’t hesitate to keep one of our teammates from driving a clearly unsafe car, but somehow we find it difficult to keep a clearly unsafe driver from driving a perfectly good car. Real friends, teammates and wingmen have the courage to put aside their fears and face the challenge. So I ask you, are you ready to face the danger of being called a “buzz kill” to protect your fellow Airman? Are you willing to put yourself out there and make the right choices instead of the easy ones? I think Jim Hightower has a great quote on courage. He said, “The opposite of courage is not cowardice; it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.” Are you going to be like a dead fish and go with the flow, or are you going to be courageous both on and off the battlefield?

Changing times add extra stress by Capt. JENNIFER PREYER 56th Medical Support Squadron

We can all agree that 2013 has been a challenging year. Budget uncertainty, looming sequestration and potential furloughs have forced change to normal operations. Interrupting the way we do business requires us to operate in an environment of uncertainty. This uncertainty only compounds normal stress brought on by change. These changes affect our lives, increasing or decreasing working hours and removing temporary duty assignments or train-

ing opportunities typically afforded us. Having a toolbox to deal with change and the stress that comes with living is important. Key points I’ve learned in my career and keep in my toolbox include: Adjust your mindset and view the change as an opportunity versus a problem. A positive outlook enables you to cope better with stress. I have to admit, in some instances, this is easier said than done with obligations and responsibilities

Luke Editorial Staff

Commander................................................... brig. gen. Mike rothstein Public Affairs chief ........................................... Capt. tristan Hinderliter Public Affairs deputy chief ................................... Capt. ryan deCamp Chief of internal information ............................................Macario Mora editor .......................................................................... deborah Leuthold staff writer ....................................................... staff sgt. Luther Mitchell staff writer ................................................ Airman 1st Class grace Lee designer ........................................ .....................................eric Jackman

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to meet. But in every situation there is a positive, a silver lining, no matter how small it may be. In my position, challenges with a new contract are causing an immense disruption to normal operations for my team. The silver lining here is that even though every day is full of challenges, they rise to meet them. I witness them doing everything in their power to help our customers, and I am motivated to work harder. This time has

become an opportunity to step up and shine. So, like me, you may need to reframe the situation to see the silver lining. Think realistically about the change. Ask yourself what can I control? What can I influence? Focusing energies in those directions versus areas that you cannot affect is a smart approach. It does no good to spend hours fretting over things you cannot control. With our new contract there is little control at our level, so our team has identified ways to make things work for our customers. While we can’t fix everything, we See CgoC, Page 10

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Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. “Cave Tonitrum”

June 14, 2013


IN BRIEF 56th LRS change-of-command

Lt. Col. Erin Cluff will relinquish command of the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron to Maj. Pat Launey in a change-of-command ceremony at 8 a.m. July 3 in Bldg. 291.

56th CS change-of-command

Lt. Col. Zachary Warakomski will relinquish command of the 56th Communications Squadron to Maj. Raymond Chester in a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. today at Club Five Six.

Freedom Fest

The Fourth of July Freedom Fest is 6 to 9:30 p.m. July 4 in Fowler Park. Kids splash zone, live music, food and beverages for purchase, and prize drawings are included. A fireworks show is 9 p.m.

Blood drive

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, middle back row, Adopt-A-Street representatives and 308th Fighter Squadron pilots pose June 7 at the northwest corner of Glendale Avenue and Dysart Road. The Adopt-A-Street program invites the community, civic organizations, private businesses and individuals to help keep up the overall appearance of local streets.

308th signs on to clean up Story and photo by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The Glendale mayor, Glendale representatives and Luke Thunderbolts attended an Adopt-A-Street ceremony June 7 marking the 308th Fighter Squadron’s commitment to keep areas clean around Luke Air Force Base. During the ceremony, 308th FS Airmen posted AdoptA-Street signs along the roads indicating the squadron’s pledge to improve the area. “The Adopt-A-Street program enables the community, civic organizations, private businesses and individuals to actively participate in enhancing the overall appearance of the streets in the Phoenix area,” said Maj. Aaron Saul, 308th FS assistant director of operations. The two-year commitment requires volunteers to remove trash and debris at least four times a year from the adopted one-mile segments of road, Saul said.

Though the squadron is only obligated to remove trash quarterly, the 308th FS’s goal is to go above and beyond. “Our goal is to remove trash from our adopted segments, Glendale Avenue (from Litchfield Road to Dysart Road) and Litchfield Road (from Glendale Avenue to Northern Avenue) on a monthly basis,” Saul said. The 308th FS has been providing teams of six to eight pilots since the adoption to pick up trash along the roadways and sidewalks. “We’ve been picking up anything from cups, bottles, papers and more,” said Capt. Eric Gorney, 308th FS standardization and evaluation chief. “We also coordinate with the city of Glendale for pickup of larger items that are discarded.” Mayor Jerry Weiers closed the ceremony by thanking the Airmen after the signs were posted. “I think it’s marvelous that the 308th FS adopted these streets,” Weiers said. “It’s great that Luke is giving back to the community. We are very, very appreciative of what they are doing.”

THUNDERBOLT ALMANAC Fiscal 2013 graduates

62nd FS......................................................... 52 308th FS ....................................................... 51 309th FS ....................................................... 35 310th FS ....................................................... 42 21st FS ............................................................ 0 425th FS ......................................................... 0

Hours flown: 19,591.7 Sorties flown: 14,629 (As of Tuesday)

56th TRS....................................................... 91 607th ACS .................................................. 161 107th ACS .................................................... 11 372nd TRS, Det. 12 .................................... 159 56th OG (IFTU)............................................ 44

T-Bolts Deployed

158 Luke members are deployed to 14 countries around the world.

A Luke Air Force Base blood drive will take place June 24 through 28. The locations, dates and times are: June 24: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, Bldg. 302 June 25: 8 a.m. to noon by the 607th Air Control Squadron, Bldg. 1382 and 1 to 5 p.m. (tent.) by the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Bldg. 495 June 26: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (tent.) by the 309th AMU, Bldg. 919 Jun 27: 8 a.m. to noon (tent.) by the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Flight building and noon to 5 p.m. by the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, Bldg. 978 June 28: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the 56th Medical Group Assembly Room and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. by the library, Bldg. 219 For more information, call Janet Pearson, United Blood Services, at (602) 214-5139. Appointments can be made at https://www. Click on Donate Blood. The sponsor code is “LAFB.”

Camp Connect

Camp Connect is a day camp for children within the autism spectrum. The camp is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 8 through 12 and 15 through 19 at Wildflower Elementary School. Registration is $250 per one-week session. Fighter Country Partnership is offering to pay the registration for military dependents who qualify. For more information, contact Dr. Marc Boggy at

Sequestration to affect commissary

The Defense Commissary Agency will be going through sequestration. As a result, most military commissaries will close Mondays. The 148 stores that routinely close on Mondays will also close Tuesdays. The closures would be one day a week for up to 11 days between July 8 and Sept. 30. The furlough will also affect the pay of about 14,000 DeCA employees. As well as cutting pay, DeCA has also implemented a hiring freeze. For more information, visit

Thrift shop sale

The thrift shop is having a sale on all merchandise through today. The thrift shop will also close at 2 p.m. today for the summer and reopen at 10 a.m. Sept. 11.

Missoula Children’s Theatre camp

Missoula Children’s Theatre camp is Monday through June 21 at the youth center. Youth ages 6 to 18 rehearse lines, songs and choreography. The week culminates with a free presentation of “Blackbeard the Pirate” at 7 p.m. June 21. Camp participants must audition at 10 a.m. Monday and must be able to attend all rehearsals required for their role and the performance. A $20 per youth nonrefundable fee is due at sign-up no later than today. Some cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal following the audition. Youth Programs membership is required.

Home-buying seminar

The Luke Housing Management Office and Airman and Family Readiness Center is sponsoring a home-buying seminar for military members, retirees, Defense Department civilians and their families. A Veterans Affairs representative will explain how to obtain a VA loan and the benefits and details of the VA loan program. The financial aspects of home buying will be briefed. The class is 9 to 11 a.m. June 28 at the A&FRC, Bldg. 1113. Space is limited. To register, or for more information, call the housing management office at (623) 856-7643.

Boots to business

The Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness CenSee briefs, Page 10


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Airman 1st Class Joshua Parker 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Weapons load crew member

Hometown: Davison, Mich. Years in service: One Inspirations: My uncle served in the Navy and inspires me to make it up the enlisted ranks Goals: Obtain a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, live overseas Self-description: Just trying to do my part, serving my country, staying motivated, and setting and achieving goals Famous last words: “I feel you dog.” Off-duty interests: Working out, sports, hanging out with friends Commander’s comments: “Airman Parker hit the ground running,” said Lt. Col. Dominick Martin, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander. “His energetic can- do attitude and dedication to learn has set a high standard in aircraft maintenance making him a valuable asset to the 308th AMU and Team Luke. His professionalism and drive is second to none, and he exemplifies the Air Force core values.”

Samuel King Jr.

The pilot and crew chief salute each other as the F-16 Fighting Falcon taxies toward the runway for another sortie Sept. 6, 2012, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Luke looks back at F-35 mission by Tech. Sgt. JASMINE REIF 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

With an average of 106 takeoffs per day and an inventory of 138 F-16 Fighting Falcons, it would have been easy to not notice a few jets missing from the Luke Air Force Base flightline. Over the past two years Luke AFB Airmen have been supporting the F-35 mission at Eglin AFB, Fla. According to Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, the F-35 required a chase aircraft and the initial cadre of F-35 pilots needed to remain current and qualified in a fighter aircraft, and sending four F-16s fulfilled both needs. “Two years ago the 33rd Fighter

wing didn’t have aircraft assigned to them, so it was decided that Luke would support them with F-16s and the appropriate maintenance personnel,” Hanna said. “The requirement to stay current was removed. They acquired their own aircraft so our support was no longer needed, but over the past two years our Airmen have accomplished the mission with outstanding results.” The positive impact made by Luke support was seen both on the fligthline and in the community with the following accomplishments: • The F-16s enabled low-risk startup of F-35 flying operations in May 2012, leading to ready-for-training approval in December 2012. • On-time completion of first F-35

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conventional takeoff and landing block 1B course in March 2013 • Positive completion of the 33rd FW F-35 strategic communication plan • Captured invaluable F-35 vehicle system and mission systems data for initial F-35 tactics, techniques and procedures manuals • Executed successful honorary commander incentive program to help quell local concerns about the F-35’s noise footprint Even after Eglin AFB began receiving a few F-35s, the F-16s were still required for a time. “One example of how Luke Airmen helped accomplish the mission was if two F-35s were scheduled to fly (one instructor and one upgrading pilot)



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MSG evaluates services amid tight budget FSS gets new boss by 2nd Lt. CANDICE DILLITTE 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

In light of ongoing budgetary constraints, the 56th Mission Support Group and 56th Force Support Squadron are adopting a business case analysis approach to look at base activities here. “We’re using this approach to evaluate all our nonappropriated fund activities,” said Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th MSG commander, referring to funds that pay for morale events and subsidize venues such as Club Five Six, Falcon Dunes Golf Course and Thunderbolt Lanes. NAF funds are different from appropriated funds, which are allocated by Congress to directly support Luke’s mission of training F-16 pilots and deploying warfighters. “We’re looking at our activities from a profit/loss standpoint and seeing where we can be more judicious with our spending,” Mooney said. “Our goal is simple, to minimize our expenditures while optimizing our revenue. To help us meet this goal, we reached out to customers via an online survey and got some great feedback. We analyzed the data and found that when our activities weren’t profitable, we weren’t providing the type of products our customers wanted or that our operating expenses were out of line with where they needed to be.” The development of the Club Five Six

Advisory Committee is one example of the changes made based on survey feedback. The committee is comprised of active-duty, civilian and retiree representatives who now advise Club Five Six management and FSS leadership on club programs, products and services. In addition, the committee helps measure customer satisfaction with club activities so that the necessary programming adjustments can be made in a timely manner. Another base service that recently underwent business case analysis was Silver Wings Pool. Leadership evaluated the costs associated with ensuring the facility met standards for the summer season and found there were needed repairs. “We found it was going to cost approximately $162,000 in maintenance to get the pool ready, and from there, another $77,000 in operating costs,” Mooney said. “Under the fiscal constraints we have now, that would be a pretty tough bill for us.” For 2013, base leadership decided it would be better for Luke to not open the pool and instead look for alternatives for base personnel to go to, he said. Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, concurred with the decision. “I did not make this decision lightly, but after considering the current budget situation facing not only Luke Air Force Base but See budget, Page 10

Airman 1st Class James Hensley

Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Todd Ladd, incoming 56th Force Support Squadron commander, during a change-of-command ceremony June 10 at Club Five Six on Luke Air Force Base. The 56th FSS supports the Luke community by providing manpower and personnel, airman and family, sustainment, force development, and community services.



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Money doesn’t grow on trees! This is an age-old adage that everyone has probably heard from their parents at least once in their lifetime. This axiom still holds true today as the Defense Department is under sequestration and the U.S. Air Force experiences a cash flow issue during fiscal 2013. Specifically, Air Education and Training Command is experiencing a shortage of $188 million, which puts the command’s mission of producing quality Airmen for the rest of the Air Force at risk. One solution AETC has pushed to its bases is the idea of creating a cost conscious culture, also known as “C3.” C3 is a mindset, and if every Airman learns to be cost conscious of their actions, then collectively, Luke Air Force Base could help save the major command a significant amount of money over time. Besides pay and other benefits, utilities

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make up one of the largest bills paid by installations. Last fiscal year, Luke AFB spent $4.2 million in utility costs and this year the base is on track to exceed that by $700,000. If every Airman started by turning off lights when leaving a room and turning off computer monitors at the end of the day, Luke AFB could save at least $40,000 a year in utility costs. However, C3 doesn’t stop there. Remember it’s a culture. Therefore, C3 calls for Airmen to examine day-to-day processes and routines. Air Force leadership set a challenge to discontinue wasteful ways of doing business and usher in a wave of innovation to improve the mission and add to the financial bottom line. If every Airman in AETC saves just $3 per day, the command has a potential of saving $37 million. Share cost-saving ideas with leadership and submit them to AETC by visiting the command’s C3 website at library/costconsciousculture and clicking the “C3 Idea Submission” link on the right side of the page.



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italy Airmen selected for an assignment to Ghedi air base who elect to serve the accompanied tour will now be required to serve 36 months rather than 24 Air Force Personnel Center officials announced June 7.

florida California An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing aircraft completed the first in-flight missile launch of an AIM-120 over the Point Mugu Sea Test Range June 5. It was the first launch where the F-35 and AIM-120 demonstrated a successful launch-to-eject communications sequence and fired the rocket motor after launch.

The 451st Flying Training Squadron completed the final step of a long journey when a T-1A Jayhawk modified for electronic warfare training took flight on a training sortie June 4.

Security a priority in DOD move to mobile devices

The Defense Department wants to provide secure access to information from any device, anywhere and anytime, but the priority is security, the department’s principal deputy chief information officer recently said. At a defense systems seminar, Robert Carey spoke about mobile device security and architecture before an audience of military, government and industry experts. “It’s an exciting time for mobile space, and I

will tell you as we march into it and into choices and ... into smart phone utilization in the DOD, it is not without the requisite security,” Carey said. “Many an industry and federal agency that are leaping into it a little faster than the security apparatus is willing to catch up with, but we are not,” he said. “We are trying to leap in it with the security apparatus attached.” Today, DOD has more than 600,000 commercial mobile devices in operational and pilot use, including about 470,000 BlackBerry phones, 41,000 Apple operating system devices and 8,700 Android devices.

Afghanistan The 451st Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron increased their external cargo delivery expertise June 1 by conducting a joint-coalition sling load training mission at Kandahar Airfield. The unit had a successful daytime sling load mission weeks prior.

Last June, the department released a mobile device strategy that identified information technology goals and objectives for making the use of mobile devices possible from the hallways of the Pentagon to battlefields and secured spaces worldwide. The strategy focused on improving wireless infrastructure and mobile devices and applications.

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PEOPLE FIRST Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story.

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Staff sergeant-selects through master sergeants in overage career fields can apply for retraining into an undermanned career field during Phase I of the fiscal 2014 NCO Retraining Program. Retraining applications will be accepted through July 8. The two-phase program is used to balance and sustain the enlisted force by moving secondterm and career Airmen from overage career fields to shortage career fields, said Master Sgt. Lytronda Clay, the AFPC retraining policy superintendent. Approximately 970 Airmen from nearly three dozen career fields will be affected this year, compared to more than 1,400 last year. Those Airmen have an opportunity during NCORP Phase I to voluntarily retrain into the undermanned career field of their choice, if they qualify, Clay said. The list of open fields

is updated daily, and interested Airmen can access it on the myPers website. Phase II is involuntary and will implemented if Phase I objectives are not met. During Phase II, AFPC will select the most qualified and vulnerable Airmen for retraining out of overage career fields. Phase II is slated for July 8 through Sept. 8. Airmen who meet retraining eligibility criteria and who are vulnerable for non-voluntary retraining will be notified by their local personnel section in July.

New classification submission process now Air Force-wide

Air Force hiring officials can track classification requests in real time through a myPers website knowledge article, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The new process, implemented in April initially for Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System employees, is being used for position review and position establishment classification actions, said Jo Anne Dimitriou, the AFPC classification chief. “The new process has proved successful, so June 3 we began to use it for the rest of Air Force,” she said. “The only exception is Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. which will begin using the process July 8. The existing RPA process will continue to be used for all other actions.” The previous position classification process began when a manager contacted the local civilian personnel section. The CPS created a request for personnel action using the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System and submitted


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the RPA to the AFPC classification team. Once the RPA was logged, classification specialists began the multi-step classification process. “That process hasn’t been very customerfriendly,” Dimitriou said. “The onus is on position managers to call to find out a request’s status. That’s time-consuming and inconvenient for them. It also affects classification teams’ time management.”

Airmen, Sailors tested at Marine leadership course

The U.S. Marine Corps Corporals Leadership Course recently opened its door to service members from the Air Force and Navy at DavisMonthan Air Force Base. The two-week course is designed to equip new or soon-to-be NCOs with the tools and knowledge to effectively lead their troops, no matter the service. Being able to do joint operations like this — because they are going to be doing it later on in their careers — is a great way to get preconceived notions out of the way, said Marine Sgt. Timothy Taylor, a Corporals Leadership Course instructor from Bulk Fuel Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group at Luke AFB. “It makes them realize that they are on the same team, fighting the same fight,” Taylor said. “We are all brothers.” Course instructors taught students a medley of skills such as physical training — to include techniques from the U.S. Marine Corps Martial Arts Program — public speaking, counseling

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Cadet-designed trailer could power future deployments

An Air Force Academy cadet capstone project designed to build upon cadets’ research in 2012 could have broad-ranging applications from powering austere bases to supplementing stateside bases’ power grids, instructors in the computer and electrical engineering department said recently. The project, a solar- and wind-powered all-terrain trailer, or SWATT, hooks up to a cadet-built electric dune buggy made last year and can provide a full charge of energy and the vehicle to other appliances. “This is actually one of the better capstones that I’ve seen over the past several years,” said Al Mundy, an instructor in the department. “The cadets’ learning curve never stopped growing throughout the entire two semesters.” The trailer has roughly 200 cubic feet of space. Inside sits an 18-kilowatt-hour battery array that can power the vehicle or any device that can plug into a 110-volt wall outlet. The trailer can be charged via a wall outlet, a set of solar panels or a portable wind turbine designed by Class of 2010 cadets. “They’re not as fast as charging with the wall (outlet), but over the course of an eight-hour day or a 10-hour day, you can do relatively well,” Mundy said. asp?id=123351707

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have done everything we can to positively impact what we can control. Take inventory of your situation. Identify what you can do, and do it. Find your center. Your center is what guides you, builds your character and brings you back to a place of peace. Being able to access this center helps in everything we do: leading, following, making difficult decisions. A center is unique to each individual. A friend of mine looks to our Air Force core values of integrity, service and excellence. Another meditates. Yours may be religious or spiritual beliefs or quality time spent with your spouse, kids or hobbies. Identify what your center is; what brings you back to reality; back to what really matters. Use your social network. Friends, peers and family play an important role in helping manage stress levels. Talking about the changes, chatting about the latest movie, visiting church or your book club can reduce stress and build relationships. Talk with coworkers who are going through the same change. Having a laugh about the situation often helps. I enjoy talking things through with my friends. Their perspective is different and opens my eyes. Understanding that change is not going away should motivate you to action. Build your toolbox to deal with the changes life brings. You’ll be happier for it.


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ter is featuring a two-day transition assistance program self-employment intensive training workshop at 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 14 through 15 and Nov. 6 through 7 at the A&FRC. The purpose of the workshop is to learn about starting a business, if various business ideas are feasible and to get assistance in developing a plan for future ventures. To be eligible, attendees must be a transitioning service member, veteran or spouse interested in starting a business. To register, or for more information, call (623) 856-6550.

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Children ages 6 to 18 can sign up to become Youth Program members at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center. Membership of 50 entitles them to special benefits and access to events. Funtastic Friday Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration is May 3 for ages 6 to 12. Learn how to participate in the living wax museum presentation. For more information, call Sheryl Bush at (623) 856-7471.


The Luke Toastmasters club meets noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in Room 3126 of Bldg. 1150. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills in a nonthreatening environment. For more information, call Lynne Nutter at (602) 740-6124 or email



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and the instructor’s jet had a problem, having the F-16s allowed the instructor to simply shut down and jump in the back seat of one of the F-16s to complete the mission,” Hanna said. “Otherwise the entire mission would have to be cancelled. Finally, the F-16s evolved to providing adversary support for the first formal class of F-35 pilots.” While the 56th OG didn’t send pilots, the 56th Maintenance Group sent approximately 40 maintainers from the flightline and backshops, who rotated out to Eglin every 30 to 60 days. “Eglin had a few F-16s on the test side, but Luke F-16s were specifically tasked to support the F-35 mission,” said Col. Victor Mora, 56th MXG commander. “Our accomplishments far outweighed a few manning and parts issues over the past couple of years. The maintainers supported 1,717 sorties, which resulted in 30 trained F-35 pilots.” The Air Force mission is not accomplished by individual units, but by working together. “The addition of Luke F-16s and maintainers to our team here at Eglin was invaluable in helping jumpstart F-35A flight training operations at the integrated training center,” said Col. Stephen Jost, 33d Operations Group commander. “Quite simply, we would not be as far along in our mission without the help of Airmen from across our Air Force working together to get the job done.”


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the broader Defense Department, not opening Silver Wings Pool this year was the right thing to do,” he said. To help mitigate the effects of the pool closure, some West Valley pools have offered discounted rates to Airmen and their families. The YMCA in Goodyear and the Surprise Aquatics Center are two such places. For base residents, the Balfour Beatty pool remains available. “We’re looking at streamlining and enhancing our programs to be the best they can possibly be for our customers,” Mooney said. “Through initiatives such as partnering with off-base organizations and strengthening other relationships like with Fighter Country Partnership, we’re able to make beneficial adjustments to the way we do business.” By saving money, funds are available for other services such as the base youth center, child development center, summer camps and other areas, Mooney said. In an effort to be more cost conscious, Luke Airmen and families are encouraged to continue to provide feedback on base activities. “Let us know how we’re doing,” he said. “Let us know what you like and don’t like. It’s only through that type of feedback that we’re able to make the necessary adjustments so we can grow and improve.”

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Alcohol increases chances of injury during critical days by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Summertime is almost here. The smell of barbecue is in the air. Children are out of school, and it’s the perfect time to plan a getaway. Summer is all about having fun, and throwing back a few cold ones is a common way to beat the heat. The Critical Days of Summer Campaign, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, has been around for more than 20 years. One of the campaign’s goals is to raise awareness of the hazards of alcohol. “The Air Force has created this campaign to bring emphasis on these critical days and also to prepare Airmen at all levels to handle the hazards and challenges we find throughout the summer,” said Ben Bruce, 56th Fighter Wing Ground Safety manager. U.S. Air Force statistics show that summer injuries increase with the use of alcohol. “We find in a lot of our other activities, whether barbecuing or off-duty recreation, a lot of injuries hinge around the use of alcohol,” Bruce said. “We have a big chunk of our young Airmen moving through the system who are that age and engaged in high-risk activities. You put alcohol in the mix you’ve got a dangerous situation.” Statistics show that junior Airmen and officers are more often involved in alcohol-related incidents. “Between ages 18 and 26, most of us are 10-feet tall and bul-

letproof,” Bruce said. “The challenge is balancing that natural aggression and desire to push the limits by learning boundaries and using alcohol responsibly.” Airmen and family members can better prepare themselves this summer by having a plan and knowing their limits before they begin any activity. “We recommend the zero, zero, one, three plan,” Bruce said.

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culture of responsibility while enjoying summertime activities. “Everybody needs to take responsibility for themselves,” said Capt. Julie Beyer, 56th Fighter Wing Staff Judge Advocate military justice chief. “As a culture we should be looking out for each other. If you’re going to be drinking, know that there is assistance through Airmen Against Drunk Driving, taxis, having a designated driver or calling a friend to come get you. Just make the choice and have a plan in place.” Another goal during the critical days of summer is to promote responsibility through the ranks to curb incidents involving alcohol. “The most important people are the immediate supervisors of the Airmen,” Bruce said. “They are the most influential. It starts with the front-line supervisor. When they get involved good things happen.” DUIs increase during the summer, however those numbers have been declining the last three years with the help of frontline supervisors, Bruce said. “There were 19 DUIs last year and five so far this year; however, if we don’t curb them, we are on track to repeat those numbers,” he said. Though the goal of the critical days of summer campaign is to keep Airmen and their families safe during the summer, that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. “We are not prohibitionist in the safety business,” Bruce said. “We don’t want to make you stop using alcohol. We just want you to use it responsibly. That will eliminate a lot of things like underage drinking, DUIs and binge drinking.”



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Luke community rallies to help Oklahoma victims by Staff Sgt. NESTOR CRUZ


56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

he Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club and 56th Fighter Wing Chapel staff rallied their members to gather donations for victims of the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. The Luke Air Force Base chapter of the Green Knights MMC joined forces with Airman’s Attic staff to donate nearly a thousand pounds of uniforms to Airmen assigned to Tinker AFB, Okla. “It started when Shane Buss, the Green Knights international membership representative in Texas, posted a Facebook message rallying Green Knights members to donate to Tinker Airmen affected by the tornadoes,” said Master Sgt. David Addison, 607th Air Control Squadron plans and programs manager. Addison, a Green Knights member, made a few calls that same day including one to the Airman’s Attic asking for uniform donations. “I got in touch with Katrina Garza, the Airman’s Attic office manager, and she said she was delighted to help out,” he said. Garza also told Addison he could take all the uniforms in their stock since they receive uniform donations daily. The uniforms were the bulk of the Green Knights’ donation, but Addison didn’t stop there. He made a call to another organization. “We also got in touch with Packages From Home, an organization that sends care packages to our deployed military members,” he said. The organization donated more than 30 packages filled with toiletries, canned goods and food. Base chapel staff inspired parishioners to make a monetary donation to help Oklahoma citizens. A portion of the funds raised came from children attending vacation bible school June 4 to 7. “We like to have a special mission offering every year at VBS,” said Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns, 56th FW deputy wing chaplain. “This year I wanted something close to home, something the kids might have seen on the news.” Gathering donations for the residents of Oklahoma was a clear choice for VBS students, but Barns wanted to add a challenge to the activity. “We chose to make this year’s special mission offering for Oklahoma City because we wanted to explain to the kids the importance of helping our fellow man, but we also decided to have a competition between the boys and girls to make it fun for them,” he said. “Every night during VBS, we placed an emphasis on why we were doing the special offering.” During a celebration party marking the end of VBS, Barns announced to children and parents that VBS students raised $813.14 in four days. “I told the kids a story from the Bible about how God multiplies what we give,” the chaplain said. “The little that each child and family gave had a huge impact when combined with the gifts of others. The amount raised was the result of each one giving with joy and with a purpose.” Luke Airmen expressed pride in what the community accomplished when they came together for a common purpose. “It takes a community to help in any humanitarian effort,” Addison said. “If we all work together toward something greater, we can accomplish miracles. What gives people hope is seeing the response from the community especially the military community.” Master Sgt. David Addison

Above: Green Knights members fold uniforms June 6 for delivery to Oklahoma tornado victims. Nearly a thousand pounds of uniforms plus 30 care packages filled with toiletries and food were donated. right: Volunteers load a trailer with boxes of donations to go to tornado victims assigned to Tinker AFB, Okla.


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LeFt: Uniforms line an entire wall at the Airman’s Attic May 30 at Luke Air Force Base. The Luke chapter of the Green Knights MMC joined forces with Airman’s Attic staff to donate nearly a thousand pounds of uniforms to Airmen assigned to Tinker AFB, Okla.

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Above: Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns, 56th Fighter Wing deputy wing chaplain, displays a check with the help of vacation bible school students inside the base chapel June 7. The check represents the $813.14 raised by VBS students to benefit tornado victims in the Oklahoma City area.

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Firefighters focus on heart health by Airman 1st Class JOSHUA BIRD 56th Fighter Wing Legal

“What are you usually doing at 2 a.m.?” A seemingly simple question with an obvious answer was asked by Chief Master Sgt. Charles Funkhouser, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services fire chief. Most would say sleeping. There is, however, a group of people who aren’t afforded the luxury of sleeping through every night. Firefighters are expected to respond to calls at all hours of the day or night every day. It’s these circumstances that put a strain, both mentally and physically, on those who are so heavily relied upon. The Luke Air Force Base Fire Department hosted a seminar Thursday and today at the base theater to help bring the importance of heart health to members of the local firefighting team. Presenters provided critical information on heart health and nutrition. Funkhouser and Marty Yates, deputy fire chief, spoke out about the lasting complications firefighters suffer as a consequence of their demanding occupation. Chief among health complications, and arguably the most concerning, is cardiovascular health. More than half of firefighter line-of-duty deaths are cardiac related, according to a study from the American Journal of Health Promotion on health concerns of the U.S. Fire Service. The heart beats most slowly during sleep. On-call firefighters who may be sleeping are often abruptly awakened, forcing the heart from a resting rate to a more adrenaline induced rate. This scenario has the potential

to put a great deal of strain on a firefighter’s heart and is being attributed to the rising number of cardiovascular health issues in the firefighting community. Another factor adversely affecting firefighters’ health is poor nutrition. Yates said firefighters commonly share the same nutritional patterns as a result of having to be with each other a majority of the time, and those same nutrition patterns often tend to be less than desirable. Yates explained that if the issue of poor nutrition among firefighters is going to be resolved, it needs to be a result of conscious decisions made by the firefighters as a whole. Firefighters will have to require the assistance of each other to successfully incorporate these dietary alterations. The final major issue covered by the chief and deputy chief was the concept of internal fitness. Funkhouser expressed concern that firefighters are developing their beach body muscle groups, or the aesthetically appealing muscles, instead of focusing on cardiovascular exercises. When firefighters focus on this area of fitness, they aren’t doing much to promote heart-healthy living, something that has been proven to be needed by all firefighters. Funkhouser said firefighters need to be concerned more with fitness internally, and need to be sure that overall health is not neglected at the expense of having a certain look. Firefighters provide an essential service to the society, and they are relied upon daily to respond to emergencies that cover the entire spectrum. The issue of poor cardiovascular health can follow a firefighter into their retirement, and is something that will certainly continue to be watched closely until the high number of firefighter deaths attributed to cardiac problems is reduced.

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Air Force Center • 5110 N. Dysart Ave. Goodyear Saguaro Pizza • 13821 W. Glendale Ave. Glendale Enochos Sports Bar and Grill • 10892 N 67th Ave. Peoria Holiday Inn Express • 1313 N. Litchfield Ave. Goodyear Champs Auto • 5190 W. Peoria Ave. Peoria Barro’s Pizza • 83rd Ave. Cactus #106 Peoria Denny’s Restaurant • 9856 W Camelback Glendale Desert Gardens Café • 13517 W. Glendale Glendale Rebel Tattoo • 330 N. Dysart Ave. #103 Goodyear Shooter’s World • 8948 West Cactus Peoria Schlotzsky’s • 395 N. Litchfield Rd. Avondale Chase Bank • 5006 N. Dysart Ave. Litchfield Cracker Barrel Restaurant • 1209 N. Litchfield Rd. Macayo Mexican Kitchen • 1474 N. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear Village Inn Restaurant • 2700 N. Litchfield Rd. Palm Valley Golf • 2211 N. Litchfield Rd. Domino’s Pizza • 14175 W. Indian School Rd. Sage & Sand Grill • 13831 W. Glendale Ave. Omar Barber Shop & Salon • 13722 W. Glendale Credit Union West • 6777 W. Cactus Phoenix Luke Auto Parts • 13722 W. Glendale Ave. Pizza Hut • Corner of Dysart Ave./Glendale

The Cut • 7027 N. Litchfield Rd. #5 Engraving + Hobbies • 7017 N. Litchfield Rd. The Hair Salon • 7029 N. Litchfield Rd. Falcon Dunes Golf • Camelback Rd. West of Litchfield Rd. Takamatsu Sushi • 7019 N. Litchfield Rd. Glendale Coyote Tire & Auto • 13127 W. Glendale Ashley Furniture • 1479 N. Dysart Ave. Avondale Circle K • 13843 W. Glendale Jack in the Box • 13820 W. Glendale Circle K • 13110 W. Glendale Taco Bell • 6901 N. Litchfield Rd. Geico Navy Federal Credit Union • 9449 W. Northern Ave. #107 K Hovnaniau Homes • 9066 W. Nicolet Avenue Dr. Matthew Noll • 9431 W. Thunderbird Rd. Peoria Shane’s Rib Shack • 9404 W. Westgate Blvd. Glendale All Smiles Dentistry • 551 E. Plaza Circle # A Litchfield Park Aaron’s • 700 N. Dysart Rd. Goodyear Talecris Plasma Resources • 5949 W. Northern Ave. Glendale Ollie’s Omelet House • 5160 W. Olive Ave. Glendale NYPD Pizza • 1619 N. Dysart Rd. #103 Glendale Alameda Crossing Dental • 1619 N. Dysart Rd. #105 Goodyear

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‘The Man of Steel’

‘This is the End’

by Macario Mora

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nyone expecting “The Man of Steel” to be on par with Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy will be disappointed, though it tried mightily. However, Zack Snyder’s (“300”) turn at telling the tale of the boy from Krypton is still one heck of a superhero film that lays the foundation for a trilogy moviegoers will assuredly clamor to see, unlike 2006’s “Superman Returns.” The film begins on Krypton, a planet that is dying because its inhabitants have used up all of its resources. However, the world’s lead scientist Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and his wife Lara (Ayelet Zurer) have foreseen the coming events and have taken measures to ensure their son, the first naturally born in generations, would escape the planet with the codex, which contains the DNA of all future Kryptonians. Though many comic book aficionados are well aware of Superman’s story, this film in essence is an origin tale that stays pretty close to the source material but adds to it as well. The film is already well under way before we meet our hero who is in the midst of a Christ-like journey. He’s 33 years old, shirtless, saving oil rigs and leaving a trail of good deeds in his wake. The allusions to Jesus Christ are scattered throughout the film. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) is mankind’s savior, and he lives up to that billing as General Zod (Michael Shannon) and his group of outcasts dramatically make their entrance, intrusively introducing themselves to Earth via worldwide telecommunications. Zod was cast from Krypton along with his subordinates for attempting a military coup. Shannon (“Premium Rush”) is excellent as Cavill’s archnemesis who was destined at birth to preserve Krypton’s future, at all costs. You can almost sympathize with his character who, unlike Kal-El, didn’t have a choice in who he became. And Cavill (“The Tudors”) is excellent as a brooding superhero whose limited dialogue doesn’t hinder his ability to express the frustrations you’d expect an alien would have on a strange planet learning to hone his senses. As would be expected with a screenplay by Nolan, this adaptation is much more serious and darker than the campy Superman films starring Christopher Reeves. I remember precisely one instance when the audience laughed. But, as with Batman, this new retake on the man of steel provides the audience a different and much needed perspective on one of the oldest and most revered comic book characters. It also helps that Cavill has an excellent supporting cast. Amy Adams is perfect as the investigative journalist Louis Lane. Laurence Fishburne does a lot with a little role as the Daily Planet’s editor, and Christopher Meloni plays the most hardcore Airman in the history of aviation as Col. Hardy. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane perform admirably as Superman’s earthly parents, the Kents. And of course, the film’s action sequences are in overwhelming abundance. Rarely do I appreciate 3-D, however this film was meant for it. At times it was difficult to follow the fight scenes as everything happened so quickly, but it was thoroughly entertaining for the most part. Eventually, as you could probably surmise, Superman and General Zod square off at the extreme detriment to Metropolis. And, it’s really no secret who prevails. But, the action sequences along with stellar acting and plot make for a very good film. You really find yourself caring about the characters and are left wanting a sequel, which I’m sure was no coincidence. This film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and some language.

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Macario Mora believes there are two types of movies — those that are intellectually stimulating and those that were made for pure entertainment value. His favorite movie is “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” directed by Michel Gondry and written by Charlie Kaufman. Gondry and Kaufman are also his favorite director and writer.


ho knew “The Revelation to John,” more commonly known as “Revelation,” and the coming Armageddon could be so shamefully fun. Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who previously collaborated on “Pineapple Express” and “Superbad,” team up again with “This is the End,” a film that centers on friendship with the end of times as the backdrop for what feels like an extended albeit outrageously funny running joke. The Apatow crew reunites again, but this time they play sensationalized versions of themselves. Jay Baruchel (“Knocked Up”) heads out to Los Angeles to hang out with his longtime and fellow Canadian friend Seth Rogen (“The Green Hornet.”) Baruchel has a disdain for Hollywood and those who reside in its hills, but he reluctantly accepts an invitation from the ever-lovable Rogen to attend a house party hosted by James Franco (star of everything.) Of course, a who’s who of A-list celebrities is in attendance. It’s here we meet the rest of the team: Jonah Hill (“Moneyball”) who weirdly is super nice despite having a beef with Baruchel; Franco, who’s a modern self-absorbed renaissance man with an affinity for Rogen; and Craig Robinson (“The Office”) who is flat out hilarious. But, what makes the party, and much of the movie, so entertaining is the plethora of cameos such as Michael Cera playing himself as a rowdy coke and sex addict. Later, the world’s sexiest man makes an appearance in the most weirdly amusing way. Baruchel is eventually fed up with his surroundings and heads to a convenience store with Rogen. It’s here that all hell breaks loose, or rather the Apocalypse. A gaping hole opens up in front of Franco’s home and many of the party goers meet their untimely though amusing ends. I anticipate from the party on, a few audience members may find some of the scenes too offensive and call it quits, but like one unfortunate character’s cranium, it had me rolling. Baruchel, Rogen, Franco, Robinson and Hill are left alone and spend a sleepless night completely oblivious to what’s happening around them – they initially insist it’s an earthquake. When they wake, the sixth member of their group makes a surprising and unwelcome appearance – Danny McBride (“30 Minutes or Less.”) Ever the obnoxious and completely ignorant idiot, McBride alienates himself from the group in no time. Soon, he’s voted off the island, but fear not, McBride is the type of person who would thrive in an Apocalyptic City of Angels. The comedic heavyweights are put through the ringer as you might expect. Hill is violated by a demon; Baruchel and Robinson are chased by a giant monster, and the whole group is robbed by an impish Emma Watson (“Harry Potter”) after a conversation she overhears goes amiss, etc. Eventually they figure out why they were left out of the Rapture, which would seem pretty obvious if you’ve ever seen any of their previous films. However, with an act of selfless sacrifice they soon figure out they can be redeemed. And, unfortunately for one, they figure out you can be redeemed and then unredeemed just as quickly. It felt as though Rogen and Goldberg took a single broad idea – the Apocalypse – invited some of their comedic friends to a set and rolled film. It seemed as though scene after scene was adlibed as if the screenplay simply said, “insert joke here.” And, it works. Give a group of the world’s funniest men free rein and you get “The End of Times.” Trust me it’s not for everyone, but if the thought of the raunchiest movie you’ve ever seen bumped up 10 notches sounds like a good time then head to the theaters this weekend. The film is rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence.

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Asthma diagnoses in children on steady rise by Capt. PETER EASTER 56th Medical operations Squadron

Asthma stands as a unique diagnosis in the pediatric population due to how often it is found in the general population as well as the potential for significant complications associated with symptoms suddenly worsening. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, asthma affects approximately one out of every 12 children in the United States. In addition, asthma as a diagnosis has been steadily on the rise over the past 20 to 30 years. With statistics like these it is safe to say that anyone reading this article knows at least one child with asthma. By definition, asthma is a chronic inflammation of the small airways in the lungs which leads to blockage of air flow while breathing. To meet the definition, symptoms must have been present for at least six weeks. These symptoms can include a persistent cough, cough after exercise, frequent night time cough, difficulty keeping up with peers during physical exertion and wheezing (a musical, high

pitched sound). Children with asthma often have a history of eczema (a skin condition) or allergic rhinitis (chronic runny nose), and frequently have a family history of asthma. Symptoms suggestive of an asthma attack include such things as: Chest tightness, difficulty getting full breaths, difficulty talking in full sentences, difficulty with feeds or eating in babies, and retractions (sucking in of the ribs and neck while breathing in). These symptoms are indications that the child needs immediate medical attention and should never be ignored. Unfortunately, there is no one symptom that defines asthma, and a child may only display one or two of these symptoms, making the diagnosis difficult both for the parents and doctors to recognize. In addition, symptoms are often associated with specific triggers which vary among individuals. Some of the more common asthma triggers include exercise, seasonal allergies, food allergies, changes in seasons or temperatures, viral illnesses like common cold, irritant exposures (including cigarette smoke, perfumes, dust and strong vapors), stress, drugs and for some patients, even strong emotions.

Any parent who has concerns their child may be exhibiting symptoms consistent with asthma should seek a medical evaluation from the child’s primary care manager. Parents should be prepared to answer questions regarding these symptoms and anticipate that coming to a full diagnosis may take time, additional testing and multiple visits to the clinic. Once diagnosed, children are initially monitored closely by their PCM every few weeks to adjust medications, answer questions and provide ongoing asthma education. As the patient’s symptoms become well controlled these visits are spaced out to every three to six months. With patient education and the right asthma management plan, patients and families can learn to control asthma and its symptoms more independently, allowing them to live full and uninhibited lives. The 56th Medical Group provides a wide variety of programs and services for the diagnosis and treatment of asthma. Our approach is multidisciplinary, providing customized care based on the child’s individual needs. For more information and resources, call the child’s primary care manager at (623) 856-2273.

Official explains tuition assistance QA program

STREET BEAT The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 31 through June 13:


Security forces issued citations for 35 moving and eight nonmoving violations.

Traffic-related incidents

June 3: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 998. There were no injuries. June 3: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the base exchange parking garage. There were no injuries.

Emergency responses

June 2: Security forces responded to a medical emergency at the base track. The individual was transported to West Valley Hospital. June 5: Security forces responded to a medical emergency at the base exchange. The individual was transported to West Valley hospital. June 5: Security forces and firefighters responded to a report of a gas leak at the intersection of Kachina Street and Mohave Circle. The area was declared safe. June 6: Security forces and firefighters responded to a report of

a medical emergency at the base exchange parking garage.

Nonemergency responses May 31: Security forces responded to a warrant hit at the South Gate Visitor Center. Glendale police arrived and assumed control of the situation. May 31: Security forces responded to a domestic disturbance in base housing. Glendale police arrived and took control. June 3: Security forces responded to a warrant hit at the South Gate Visitor Center. Glendale police arrived and took control. June 4: Security forces responded to a report of damage to a government vehicle. No suspicious activity was detected. June 6: Security forces responded to a warrant hit at the South Gate Visitor Center. Glendale police arrived and took control.

Alarm activations Security forces responded to nine alarm activations on base.

Tip of the week When planning a special event on base that will include guests who do not have base access, a base entry list must be submitted to police services, Bldg. 179, seven days in advance for processing. Courtesy of Senior Airman Christopher VonHatten, 56th SFS

WASHINGTON — To increase stewardship and optimize service members’ educational experiences, Defense Department officials have developed a multifaceted quality assurance program to improve tuition assistance, the assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management said on Capitol Hill Wednesday. In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, Frederick Vollrath said new policies will mandate that all participating institutions sign a memorandum of understanding requiring them to adhere to specific principles of excellence. “This will help end fraudulent recruitment on our military installations ... address other predatory practices by bad academic actors and provide students with personalized, standardized forms outlining costs, financial aid and outcome measures,” Vollrath said. The memorandum also requires that military students have access to a streamlined tool to compare educational institutions using key measures of affordability and value through the Veterans Affairs Department’s E-benefits portal. Vollrath told the panel that 3,100 institutions and more than 1,050 subcampuses have signed the memorandum of understanding. He also reported that DOD is part of an interagency team that is finalizing the development and implementation of a centralized complaint system to resolve concerns raised by students receiving tuition assistance. The VA and departments of education, justice, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will have access to all complaints as they work to resolve issues, he said. “Underpinning this effort is the requirement that all post-secondary education participating in the Tuition Assistance Program must be accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education,” Vollrath said. Meanwhile, he said, the DOD will continue to provide lifelong learning opportunities through off-duty, voluntary education programs, noting that each year a third of service members enroll in post-secondary education courses leading to associates, bachelors and advanced degrees. In fiscal 2012, more than 286,000 service members enrolled in nearly 875,000 courses, and more than 50,000 service members earned degrees or certifications,

Vollrath said. “All service members enrolled in the voluntary education programs are nontraditional students, in that they attend school part-time while they are off duty, taking, on average, only three courses per year,” Vollrath said. But military missions, deployments and transfers frequently impinge on service members’ ability to continue their education, he said, adding that this often results in breaks of months, or in some cases years between service members taking courses and completing their degrees. With that in mind, colleges and universities are delivering more classroom instruction online as well as on military installations around the world, Vollrath said. “There are no geographical confines,” he said. “Courses are offered aboard ships, submarines and at deployed locations such as Afghanistan — this is the kind of instruction our service members want.” Vollrath also said more than 76 percent of the courses taken last year were delivered through distance learning. Still, he stressed, the rigors of military service will not relax strict requirements in place for participating service members. “Prior to enrolling in courses using tuition assistance, service members must establish an educational goal and a degree plan,” he said. An educational counselor must review tuition assistance requests outlined in the approved degree plan. Service members who either fail or do not complete the course must reimburse the DOD for tuition assistance received for that course. “Service members failing to maintain a 2.0 undergraduate grade-point average or a 3.0 graduate GPA must pay for all courses until they raise their GPA sufficiently,” Vollrath said. “Our voluntary education program is a key component of the recruitment, readiness and retention of the total force — an all-volunteer force. “To further illustrate the value of the education program, Vollrath cited an example of retired Senior Master Sgt. Eric Combs, who entered the military with a general education development certificate before earning his Community College of the Air Force and bachelor’s degrees with tuition assistance while on active duty. After retirement, he earned his master’s degree in education. Courtesy of


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Exchange launches eReceipts program Military shoppers who prefer the ease and organization that an eReceipt provides can skip the paper receipt and have documentation of their transaction emailed to them when shopping the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. Shoppers simply provide their email address and phone number at checkout to sign up to receive eReceipts. “Purchase receipts by email makes storing and organizing much easier,” said Pete Alaniz exchange general manager. “An additional benefit to

eReceipts is that it helps reduce paper consumption, which is better for the environment.” Shoppers who elect to receive an eReceipt from today through July 13 will be entered into a drawing to win their entire purchase. Each time the eReceipt option is chosen the shopper will be entered into the contest. Ultimately, five customers will win. Courtesy of Army Air Force Exchange Services

Exchange shoppers turn old phones into cash Military shoppers who have an old cell phone or two lying around gathering dust can now trade them in for credit toward a Smart Phone upgrade at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange Mobile Center. A trade-in can result in instant credit toward the purchase of a new Smart Phone, accessory or even insurance for a new phone. The new program, “Trade-Up and Save,” is available only at Exchange Mobile Center in-store locations in the continental United States. “This is an eco-friendly program that makes it even easier for military shoppers to buy that hot, new Smart Phone, upgrade early or just change their mobile look with a colorful new skin or cover,” said Pete Alaniz, exchange general manager. Shoppers can trade in up to three handsets per transaction and the credit must be applied toward a purchase at that time. Trade-in values vary depending on model, condition, age and market factors. The Exchange Mobile Center at the Luke Exchange carries the latest models and accessories as well as has experts who can assist in understanding features and plans. Courtesy of Army Air Force Exchange Services

June 14, 2013


Airman thankful for dad by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

What does it take to be a father? Leadership, guidance and love may be some of the qualities that come to mind. On Sunday, fathers are acknowledged for their part in raising children in many places of the world. Although Father’s Day is known for gifts and cards, for one Airman it’s about being thankful for his father every day. “My father was not the type to show much emotion, but I always knew he cared since he was always there for me and encouraged me throughout my life,” said Senior Airman Derek Williams, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment mechanic. “I remember one time when I made him proud I was in the eighth grade and had helped my team win the basketball conference finals. I recall my father smiling and just being happy.” Even though today Williams is grown up with a family of his own, he still takes time to update his father whether through a phone call or text message. “Almost every time I go out on an Honor Guard detail I take a picture for him and send it,” Williams said. “He loves pictures of me in my uniform.” Williams realizes the part his father had in making him the man he is today. “I can tell I take after my father here and there

as far as being strict goes, but I also know when to give in,” he said. “For me, the proudest moment I’ve had as a father was when my daughter did a back flip into the foam pit at Sky Zone. I couldn’t believe my little girl did such an amazing thing. Memories like these make being a dad worthwhile.” To Williams the day is an important date to recognize his father. “I feel that my father has played an important role since he was the one who always encouraged me and most importantly, always had my back,” he said. “For me, Father’s Day is about showing thanks and respect for my father and remembering all the things he has done for me.” Though it is celebrated every year, Father’s Day wasn’t always a welcomed idea. A florist once said, “Fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have,” according to A West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first Father’s Day on July 5, 1908. The next year, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official nationally recognized day for fathers equal to Mother’s Day. She travelled throughout Washington State to raise support and on July 19, 1910, Washington celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day. While Father’s Day was accepted in Washington, it took several decades to make it an official holiday. Then in 1972, in the middle of a presidential re-election, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday.



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The Luke Air Force Base Airman’s Attic offers a wide variety of gently used items including furniture, books, kitchen tools and children’s clothing. The attic, located inside Bldg. 750, is operated by volunteers and is open to active-duty Airmen E-1 to E-5. To volunteer, make a donation or for more information, call (623) 856-6415.







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CHAPEL CORNER The Luke Chapel team is committed to ensuring spiritual care for the entire family. Chapel offices are in the Luke Community Chapel at 139th Avenue and Shooting Star Street. All services are Sunday unless noted. For more information, call (623) 856-6211. COM-Chapel on the Mall LCC-Luke Community Chapel

Worship schedule Catholic Mass at LCC

• Saturday is at 5 p.m. • Sunday is at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (COM) • Weekdays is at noon

Protestant worship

• Contemporary/Gospel service is 10 a.m. at LCC • Traditional service is 11:30 a.m. at LCC

other faith groups

For information on Islamic, Jewish,

Buddhist or Wiccan services, call (623) 856-6211.

Chapel activities religious education

• Catholic religious education is 10:30 a.m. to noon in Bldg. 1150 • Protestant religious education is 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Bldg. 485


• Weddings are conducted in COM and must be scheduled several months in advance

singles ministry

•Wallyball is 5 p.m. Thursdays in the gym • Bible study is 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Oasis • Singles meet for dinner at 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at the Oasis

Youth events

• Catholic youth group is 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at LCC






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June 14, 2013


Sports Shorts

607th ACS defeats MOS 16-4

Hook up 2 bowling

Hook up 2 bowling is an eight-week class on bowling for adults. The lessons, taught by a professional instructor, are 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays July 13 through Aug. 3 at Thunderbolt Lanes. For more information, call (623) 856-6529.

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Luke members receive one free game of bowling when another is purchased by saying the code, LMB2 at the time of the transaction. The offer is good through Aug. 30. For more information, call (623) 856-6529.

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Warrior training Joshua Hood, 56th MOS, throws the ball to the infield to keep the base runner from advancing to third base during the game Monday. MOS held the 607th ACS team scoreless during the first inning, securing a 2-0 lead.

Warrior training classes are every 45 minutes continuously from 6 to 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Warrior Fitness Center. For more information, call (623) 856-6241.

Silver Wings Pool

Silver Wings Pool is closed for 2013. As an alternative, consider using the Northwest Valley YMCA pool near the intersection of Litchfield and Thomas roads or Surprise Aquatics Center on at 15831 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise. For more information, call Luke Air Force Base Outdoor Recreation at (623) 856-6267.

Salt River tubing

Photos by senior Airman david owsianka

Gustavo Bautista, 607th Air Control Squadron, catches a pop fly during the first inning of an intramural softball game Monday against the 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron team at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center softball field. The catch was the second out of the inning.

Joshua Hood, 56th MOS, runs to first base as Aaron Stauffer, 607th ACS, catches the ball for the final out of the game. Hood went 1 for 2 with a walk.

There will be a Salt River tubing day Aug. 10. Single Airmen get free roundtrip transportation and rental tube. For more information, call outdoor recreation at (623) 856-6267.

PICKS of the WEEK MLb saturday Chicago Cubs vs. N.Y. Mets Boston vs. Baltimore Toronto vs. Texas San Francisco vs. Atlanta L.A. Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Milwaukee vs. Cincinnati Philadelphia vs. Colorado St. Louis vs. Miami Kansas City vs. Tampa Bay N.Y. Yankees vs. L.A. Angels Washington vs. Cleveland Seattle vs. Oakland MLs saturday Portland vs. FC Dallas D.C. United vs. Toronto FC Columbus vs. Montreal Colorado vs. San Jose Last week’s percentage Yearly percentage trash talk

Airman 1st Class Kyle Reaves 56th Fighter Wing Chicago Cubs Boston Texas San Francisco L.A. Dodgers Milwaukee Philadelphia St. Louis Tampa Bay N.Y. Yankees Cleveland Seattle

Capt. Joseph Walker 56th Operations Group Chicago Cubs Boston Texas Atlanta Pittsburgh Cincinnati Colorado St. Louis Kansas City N.Y. Yankees Cleveland Oakland

Staff Sgt. Jerad Keesling 56th Mission Support Group Chicago Cubs Boston Texas Atlanta L.A. Dodgers Cincinnati Colorado St. Louis Kansas City N.Y. Yankees Washington Seattle

Airman 1st Class Robert Shilander 56th Maintenance Group Chicago Cubs Baltimore Texas San Francisco L.A. Dodgers Milwaukee Philadelphia Miami Tampa Bay L.A. Angels Cleveland Oakland

Staff Sgt. John Huff 56th Medical Group N.Y. Mets Baltimore Texas San Francisco L.A. Dodgers Cincinnati Philadelphia St. Louis Kansas City N.Y. Yankees Washington Seattle

FC Dallas D.C. United Columbus San Jose 55 percent 57 percent “There will be no Harlem Shake.”

FC Dallas D.C. United Columbus Colorado 49 percent 59 percent “Better lucky than good.”

Portland Toronto FC Montreal San Jose 51 percent 59 percent “I'm on a roll, I can't be stopped!”

FC Dallas D.C. United Montreal Colorado 40 percent 60 percent “#TeamAndroid”

Portland Toronto FC Columbus San Jose 50 percent 56 percent “The Mets = world champs! Mark my words!”

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