Local

June 28, 2013

62nd FS ‘lends’ helping hand

Capt. Nick Rallo, 62nd FS C flight commander, is handed shingles Saturday as part of the Habitat for Humanity volunteer opportunity in Avondale. HFH is an international, nonprofit agency that builds and repairs houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations.

To assist families in having affordable homes to live in, members of the 62nd Fighter Squadron volunteered in support of Habitat for Humanity Saturday in Avondale.

HFH is an international, nonprofit agency that builds and repairs houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. The organization also helps families purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.

“We wanted to be involved with this agency because part of our focus is on developing our Airmen to be involved in our community,” said Capt. Brandon Roth, 62nd FS B flight commander. “In an effort to rally behind that focus, we strive to get out into the community on a regular basis to help where we can.”

Volunteers were split into two groups. One team worked on a roof, nailing shingles, while the other built frames to secure air vents around multiple homes.

Capt. Brandon Roth, 62nd FS B flight commander, nails down a shingle Saturday during the construction of a house being built by HFH and volunteers. HFH is an ecumenical Christian housing organization welcoming people from all walks of life to partner in building and/or renovating homes for families in need.

“We are definitely a hand up and not a handout,” said Marcella Martina, HFH Central Arizona volunteering support manager. “Habitat for Humanity started with someone just trying to do what the Bible says: ‘Help your neighbor.’”

HFH was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller and since then has built more than 500,000 houses in nearly 3,000 communities. More than two million people worldwide live in a house built by Habitat.

There are 13 active HFH affiliates in Arizona. HFH Central Arizona has built, renovated and repaired more than 825 homes throughout Maricopa Country, from Apache Junction to Avondale, but none of this could’ve been possible without the efforts of volunteers.

“We are very grateful the 62nd Fighter Squadron came out to help,” Martina said. “They were very enthusiastic about the idea of volunteering and we are glad to have their support.”

For Capt. Nick Rallo, 62nd FS C flight commander, lending a helping hand is a way to build appreciation for things that are often taken for granted.

“I’m glad I was able to aid in building a home for a family that truly needs it,” he said. “This volunteer opportunity is an eye-opening experience and really makes you thankful for what you have.”

Maj. Travis Swan, 62nd FS chief of scheduling, assists Capt. Brandon Roth, 62nd FS B flight commander. Volunteers were split into two groups. One team worked on a roof, nailing shingles, while the other built frames to secure air vents around multiple homes.

 

Maj. Travis Swan, 62nd FS chief of scheduling, nails shingles on the edge of a roof during the project. Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona has built, renovated and repaired more than 825 homes throughout Maricopa County.

 

Maj. Andrew Stockman, 62nd FS assistant director of operations, hammers down a nail to secure an air vent. HFH exists because, there is a critical need for affordable housing for low-income families.




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