Local

March 29, 2013

Building camaraderie the prickly way

FROM LEFT: 2nd Lt. John Patten, Capt. Dakota Olsen, 1st Lt. Jeffrey Whitford, Capt. Pete Sailhamer and 1st Lt. Joseph Valdez, 310th Fighter Squadron student pilots, ponder mustaches March 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The tradition of growing mustaches during March is attributed to Air Force triple-ace Robin Olds who grew an extravagantly waxed handlebar mustache which did not comply with Air Force regulations.

Camaraderie is built in a multitude of ways, such as lending a helping hand, working together on projects or playing team sports. But, during the month of March, Airmen from across base strengthen their camaraderie in a visual way.

Mustache March is an Air Force tradition where Airmen grow mustaches in a good natured protest against facial hair regulations. The act of growing a mustache is attributed to Air Force triple-ace Robin Olds who grew an extravagantly waxed handlebar mustache which did not comply with Air Force regulations.

“This is important because mustaches bring people together, and we wait for it all year,” said 2nd Lt. Rigel Valverde, 56th Contracting Squadron commodities team officer-in-charge. “It brings morale up in the work environment and is part of our Air Force culture.”

According to Valverde, this month is celebrated by thousands of Airmen around the world who have a true respect for the most stylish of all facial hair types, the mustache.

Airmen learn about it and begin participating in many different ways. For Master Sgt. Scott Harris, 56th Operations Group first sergeant, he first learned about it at U.S. Army Garrison, Yongsan, Republic of Korea.

“Upon arriving there March 10, 2010, members of my new unit said ‘Oh, you’re just in time,’ and I had no idea what they were talking about,” he said. “They brought up Mustache March. Even though I don’t grow facial hair very well, I decided to participate for the first time to be part of the team.”

It’s neat to see other Airmen become interested and take part in this event, Harris said.

“I encourage Airmen to participate in our tradition and heritage,” he said. “It’s not very often one gets to look hideous in uniform.”

Harris and Valverde take a “hairy look to the future as they envision how Mustache March will become.

“Every year it seems as though it grows more and more popular amongst Airmen,” Harris said. “I believe as new Airmen embrace the idea of upper lip foliage, it will really take off.”




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


 
 

 
Airman 1st Class 
PEDRO MOTA

MMA ramps up combat training

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Team Ill Brasil brings a new style of martial arts to the base. The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center now offers discipline specific martial arts training Monday through Friday at the Combat T...
 
 

DUI in Arizona: You can’t afford it

Arizona has some of the toughest drunken driving laws in the United States. The average overall cost of a DUI in the state of Arizona is around $10,000. Crazy, right? Ten thousand dollars may seem hard to swallow at first, but first time offenders often find themselves paying considerable unforeseen expenses throughout the course of...
 
 

Is being good, good enough?

In today’s Air Force can you settle with just being good? I say, “No.” With the Air Force executing the deepest force cuts since the end of the cold war with programs such as the Quality Force Review Board and the Enlisted Retention Board, what you do and how well you do it matters more...
 

 

Your career – as easy as 1, 2, 3

Oftentimes at retirements we hear the phrase, “This is one chapter in my life.” No matter what our goal is, whether it is to serve for four years or 20 years, each of us will leave the Air Force at some point. This leads to the question, “What does it take to have an Air...
 
 
Tech. Sgt.
LOUIS VEGA, Jr.

Reserve recruiter has heart of bull

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA, Jr. Master Sgt. Stanley Iakopo, Air Force Reserve Command recruiter with the 944th Fighter Wing, puts Joe Vigil, pro fighter and assistant trainer, in a hold while training at Peraza Boxing and Mixed Marti...
 
 

News Briefs July 18, 2014

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Aug. 15. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. On and off-base residents should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting...
 




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