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. June 14 at Club Five Six.
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. Monday at Club Five Six.
The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Club Five Six Barcelona Room. For more information, go to www.afsa1260.com or call Master Sgt. Dustin Withrow at (623) 856-2985.
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 Marc.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.commissaries.com.
Thrift shop sale
The thrift shop is having a sale on all merchandise through June 14. The thrift shop will close at 2 p.m. June 14 for the summer and reopen at 10 a.m. Sept. 11.
Due to funding cuts, subscriptions funded through the Air Force Libraries program will not be renewed. Squadron funds may be used to renew subscriptions. For more information or cost and account information, call Pam Lum at (623) 856-7191.
Firefighters heart health
More than half of firefighter line-of-duty deaths are cardiac related. The Luke Air Force Base Fire Department is featuring a cardiovascular health seminar Thursday and June 14 at the base theater. The firefighting community is invited to attend where information on heart health and nutrition will be provided. For more information, call Chief Master Sgt. Charles Funkhouser, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services, at (623) 856-7424.
Missoula Children’s Theatre camp
Missoula Children’s Theatre camp is June 17 through 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. June 17 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 June 14. Some cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal following the audition. Youth Programs membership is required.
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 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 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 email@example.com.