Events

June 1, 2012

Airmen represent Edwards, AF this Memorial Day Weekend around AV

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by Kenji Thuloweit
95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit
Maj. Scott Smith, 95th Comptroller Squadron commander, throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Lancaster JetHawks game May 26. Smith, along with other veterans, were honored at the beginning of the game on Military Appreciation Night sponsored by the Edwards Federal Credit Union. Smith a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan who holds two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars. The JetHawks defeated the Inland Empire 66ers, 5 to 4.

Over the Memorial Day Weekend, members from Edwards community participated in several events, to help commemorate the national holiday and kickoff the official start of summer.

Maj. Scott Smith, 95th Comptroller Squadron commander, threw out the first pitch of the Lancaster JetHawks game May 26. It was Military Appreciation Night sponsored by the Edwards Federal Credit Union. Anyone wearing a military uniform was admitted free and t-shirts were handed out to the crowd.

Smith, along with family and members of the 95th CPTS, were treated to a suite at the game where they had refreshments and snacks.

On base, 1st. Lt. Chris Talbot, 95th Electronic Warfare Group, had an idea to help out members of the 95th Security Forces Squadron who had to work over the weekend. While many celebrate the Memorial Day Weekend by enjoying time off and relaxing with friends and family, Edwards AFB has personnel that have to continue the mission. Talbot’s idea was to bring the traditional Memorial Day BBQ to them.

Following throwing out the first pitch, Maj. Scott Smith, along with several other veterans and sponsors each threw out a pitch to members of the Lancaster JetHawks May 26. Smith (left) throws alongside Stan Turner, Edwards Federal Credit Union president/CEO, who sponsored the Military Appreciation Night event. Fans were treated to free JetHawks t-shirts and military members and veterans in uniform were admitted free.

Members of the William J. “Pete” Knight Chapter of the Air Force Association set up operations at the 95th SFS, and as the Defenders came on or left their weekend shifts, there was a smile, a cold drink, a hamburger and hot dog with all the trimmings waiting for them. It is estimated that close to 200 were fed. There were interesting exchanges of “thank you’s” as the well-fed defenders thanked the AFA, who were there solely to thank the SFS personnel.

Airman, Sailors, Marines and Soldiers visited Rancho Vista Elementary School May 25.

Borrowing a page from the military handbook, the school kept the event a surprise from 800-plus students. Twenty honorees stood in formation while school officials pulled the fire alarm which brought students outside to see the set-up for the first time which consisted of an American Flag, the honorees, a local reporter, and the school staff.

The Honorees were treated to a morning feast provided by the school staff, given rotating classroom schedules, then spent the morning talking to students about subjects ranging from “What Memorial Day means” to “How Life in the Military was for Each.” The special day ended with honorees signing yearbooks and being “Thanked for their Service” over and over again.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Mabry, Global Vigilance Combined Test Force director of operations, participated in the event.
“Enjoy and celebrate today; be happy and make use of the freedom we have grown to call normal life. But as you do, be sure to remind yourself how this came to be our normal lives, and why that has never been interrupted. This is not meant to be a sad day; it’s a day of remembrance, and thanks. Thank a veteran, and thank their spouse for their support too. Pause to consider how many can’t be with us, and people who miss them every day,” said Sharpe, during his speech.In Bakersfield, 2nd Lt. Danial Sharpe, Air Force Flight Test Center, spoke at the Cal State Bakersfield observance, at the campus’ Memorial Grove May 28.

A view from the complimentary suite where 95th Comptroller Squadron Airmen and family members got to watch the Lancaster JetHawks game May 26 on Military Appreciation Night.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Mabry, Global Vigilance Combined Test Force director of operations, visited Rancho Vista Elementary School in Palmdale, May 25, along with 20 other military members and veterans for the school’s Memorial Day commemoration. Mabry showed children what different helmets are used for different types of aircraft.

Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Richards, 95th Medical Group superintendent, speaks to more than 50 Rosamond residents at Glendower Park on at the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars-sponsored Memorial Day observance, reminding them of the sacrifices American service men and women have made in defense of their country.




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