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July 19, 2013

News Briefs July 29, 2013

AF ball – save the date

The Air Force Ball is Sept. 14 at the Wigwam Resort and Spa in Litchfield Park in the Main Ballroom. The theme is Evolution of Airpower. Invitations will follow. Look for more details in upcoming issues of the Thunderbolt.

Backpacks of Love

The annual Backpacks of Love drive has begun. The backpacks collected are donated to the New Life Center, a domestic violence shelter in Avondale. The backpacks filled with school supplies go to the almost 300 children a year living at the shelter. Donations can be dropped off now through Aug. 15 at Bldgs. 1010 or 931. To have donations picked up or for more information, call Tech. Sgt. Nina Brown at 623-856-7315.

Youth Employment Skills Program

The Luke Air Force Base Youth Center has openings for the 2013-2014 YES Program. This on-base volunteer program offers students, grades 9 through 12, an opportunity to learn work skills while banking dollar credits toward their education. Students may accumulate 250 volunteer hours for a maximum of $1,000 over all four years of high school. For more information, call the youth center at 623-856-7470.

Keystone Club Teen Council

The Keystone Club Teen Council is for teens to gain leadership and service experience. Teens conduct activities in three areas: academic success, career exploration and community service. Members elect officers, work to solve issues impacting military teens and voice concerns to the highest level of Air Force leaders. For more information, call the youth center at 623-856-7470.

Military youth of the year

This youth recognition program is for Luke Air Force Base Youth Center members, age 14 through 18. All members can benefit from participation in this program which promotes and celebrates service to the youth center, community and family, academic performance, moral character, life goals, poise, and public speaking ability. The program fosters character, personal growth and leadership qualities. The winner travels to Washington to represent Luke and may win college scholarships. For more information, call the youth center at 623-856-7470.

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.

Give parents a break

Free childcare is offered 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 10 for families with a member deployed or on an extended temporary duty assignment, or remote tour; families experiencing crises or emergencies such as illness, death in the family or a birth; families with special-needs children; or families with unique circumstances or hardships. Families must be referred by a squadron commander, first sergeant, chaplain, medical professional, family advocacy personnel, Airman and Family Readiness Center personnel or child development center personnel. Reservations are required by Aug. 2. For more information, call 623-856-6550.

Children’s reading club

“Have Book, Will Travel” is 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Luke Air Force Base Library. Dancers and entertainers from Asia and the Pacific will perform. For more information, call 623-856-7191.
Toastmasters

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 lynne.nutter@yahoo.com.




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News Briefs August 1, 2014

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Grilled to perfection …

Senior Airman Shalaya Morris Smith, 56th Force Support Squadron Dining Facility food service journeyman, checks the doneness of a chicken breast July 24 in the Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility at Luke Air Force Base. The dining facility serves all enlisted personnel as well as those on temporary duty.
 
 
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Mental health-seeking campaign rolls out

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Dental lab techs keep Airmen mission-ready

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Luke kids ‘Paws’ for balloon art fun

Children enact the “Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf” July 23 on Luke Air Force Base. The Paws For Reading summer reading program took place at the Luke AFB Library encouraging children to read more.   Arizona Ri...
 




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