56th FSS change-of-command
Lt. Col. Timothy Farr will relinquish command of the 56th Force Support Squadron to Lt. Col. Todd Ladd in a change-of-command ceremony at 8 a.m. June 10 at Club Five Six.
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.
‘Arsenic and Old Lace’
The Luke Experience is featuring “Arsenic and Old Lace” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at the base theater. Admission is free and the show is family friendly. The Luke Experience is also looking for adults, 18 and older, who are interested in acting, singing, improvisation and backstage support. For more information, call (623) 856-9949.
For each book read at the appropriate age level, Luke Air Force Base children, 6 to 12, receive a certificate for one free game of bowling at Thunderbolt Lanes after submitting a book report verified by library personnel. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call (623) 856-7191.
Boots to business
The Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center 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.
A Luke Air Force Base blood drive will be June 24 through 28. Times and locations will be announced in future issues of the Thunderbolt. By donating blood at this drive, Luke members support the local community during summer months when more accidents happen.
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.
Dial 9-1-1 in all emergencies including security, fire, medical, hazardous material, suspicious packages, active shooters, etc. All base emergency response agencies receive information from the emergency communication center located in the fire department including calls from cell phones. Cell towers pick up the location and route the call to dispatchers or in the case of cell tower saturation, the call is sent to Glendale then automatically rerouted to Luke without a noticeable time lag. For nonemergency events, call fire at (623) 856-6641 or security at (623) 856- 5970. For more information, call Chief Master Sgt. Charles Funkhouser at (623) 856-7424.
The Luke Air Force Base Library offers children’s programs. Babies and their moms are welcome at Baby Time that meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Toddlers and preschoolers meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Stories, songs and interactive play are part of each program. No registration is required. For more information, call (623) 856-7191 or come to Bldg. 219 at 7424 N. Homer Drive.
The Luke Toastmasters club meets noon to 1 p.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.