Events

November 26, 2013

More than just a tour

Tags:
Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook)
1st Lt. Rolland Holland, 355th Operations Support Squadron airfield operations manager, holds the microphone for the air traffic control tower simulator as Evelyn Chavarin, Arizona School for the Deaf and the Blind third grade student, speaks during a school tour of D-M on Nov. 14. The ten students that participated in the tour attend local public schools, but receive weekly training from ASDB teachers.

Students from schools around the Tucson community were given a tour of D-M Nov. 14.

The visit was sponsored by the Southeast Regional Cooperative of the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. Ten students with hearing impairments, accompanied by teachers and parents, were treated to an A-10 display and guided on a tour of the air traffic control tower to include the simulator.

The trip was set up by 1st Lt. Rolland Holland, 355th Operations Support Squadron Airfield Operations manager.

“My daughter, McKenzie, actually attends the ASDB and I worked with her teacher to get this set up,” Holland said. “When McKenzie first enrolled, I told the school that I worked with the tower on base and if they ever wanted to come over I’d try and set it up. This was the year they decided to take me up on the offer.”

Holland began coordinating with D-M agencies during a deployment.

“I was talking to my daughter while downrange and she said ‘daddy we’re coming to your work!’” he said. “Then I got an e-mail from her teacher and I immediately got the ball rolling on setting up this tour.”

Maintenance Airmen assisted with the tour by setting up an A-10 static display in a hangar and air traffic control Airmen acted as the tower tour guides.

“Children with hearing impairments don’t hear incidentally like we do, so they don’t have the chance to develop that vocabulary like their hearing peers do,” said Karen Feldman, ASDB supervising teacher for the Tucson campus. “They don’t overhear adults talking about D-M or A-10s, so this is a good way to show them what’s going on in their community.”

Most of the students and chaperones had never been on the base.

“We don’t have any students, aside from McKenzie, that have any connection to the base,” said Kristina Manning, ASDB teacher at the Tucson campus. “We thought it would be a great experience for the kids. How many people get to go up in an Air Traffic Control Tower? I was an Air Force officer, and this was my first time ever being in one.”

The children who attended the tour are non-traditional ASDB students.

“None of these kids go to school on the main [ASDB] campus,” Feldman said. “The Southeast Regional Cooperative provides support for hearing and visually impaired kids that attend classes in their own public school district. We go to their schools and provide direct instruction there.”

Due to these students not actually attending the ASDB, the school organizes an annual field trip to encourage camaraderie and to let them know they are a part of ASDB even if they don’t sit in a seat on campus.

“Each one of these kids goes to a different school, and usually they’re the only kid they know with a hearing aid,” Manning said. “It’s hard to feel different all the time. This is an environment where they don’t have to feel different; it’s a chance to make friends and share experiences.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey)

9/11 Tower Challenge held at UofA

The Never Forgotten 9/11 Tower Challenge was held at the University of Arizona Football Stadium on Sept. 11. Approximately 350 participants, including personnel from D-M, attempted the challenge of climbing 2,071 stairs. This f...
 
 

Core elements work together

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Air Force has built a suicide prevention program based on 11 overlapping core elements that stress community involvement and leadership in the prevention of suicides in the military: Leadership involvement — Air Force leaders actively support the entire spectrum of suicide prevention initiatives in the community. Addressing suicide...
 
 

Keep sports safe

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Playing sports is fun and it helps people keep in shape and relieve stress. However, if one is not careful, playing sports can result in injuries that keep Airmen on the sideline and out of work. “The main cause of sports-related injuries is over aggressive play and people going...
 

 
DoD

Ice bucket challenge – What does DOD say?

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — If you have been following social media lately, you’ve seen the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge all over your newsfeed and Instagram. This has become an internet phenomenon in which people get doused with ice water to raise money to combat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease....
 
 

Air Force Enlisted Village: Not just a place to live, a place to call home

I first visited the Air Force Enlisted Village as a young first sergeant in 2009, when I was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. I went to visit with the Tyndall Active Airmen’s Association, Tyndall’s E-1 to E-4 Professional Association, and was amazed at what I saw. This was also the first time I...
 
 

Advise Airmen of rights before asking questions

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Every day supervisors are faced with challenging scenarios and situations that require them to engage in efforts to help their Airmen. When this engagement is due to a negative act such as theft, damage to property or other possible legal violations, we must resist the instinct to question them...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin