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August 2, 2013

In Briefs August 2, 2013

Air Force Ball golf tournament

The 2013 Air Force Ball golf tournament is a four-person team scramble at 7 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park. Registration is 6 a.m. and the sign-up deadline is Sept. 3. The cost is $40 per military and retirees and $50 per civilian and distinguished visitors. Lunch is included. For more information, call Master Sgt. Howard Suggs at 623-856-8118.

Luke Experience

The Luke Experience is looking for adults, ages 18 and older, who are interested in acting, singing, improvisation and backstage support. For more information, call 480-414-8129.

607 ACS changes commander

Lt. Col. Sean Slaughter will relinquish command of the 607th Air Control Squadron to Lt. Col. Charles Jones at 8 a.m.
Aug. 19 at Club Five Six.

Calling all vets

The Nov. 1 issue of the Thunderbolt will be a special Veterans Day edition containing the stories of those who have served. If you would like your story told, or know of someone whose story should be told, email luke.thunderbolt@us.af.mil. For more information, call 623-856-5853.

FTAC position open

Team Luke’s Career Assistance Advisor is seeking a highly motivated technical or staff sergeant for the First Term Airmen Center team leader volunteer position. FTAC is an Air Force level program mandatory for all first-duty-station Airmen. It is five days in length with 26 mandatory academic briefings, lessons, and training blocks that cover 28 hours, followed by additional blocks, which are base specific. The FTAC team leader reports on a 120-day rotation and trains with the outgoing team leader for one class session. This position should be used to reward already proven outstanding performers by giving them additional opportunities to improve their organizational, interpersonal and supervisory skills. Packages are due by close of business Aug. 14. Interviews take place Aug. 15. The report-no-later-than date is Aug. 15. For more information, call Master Sgt. Dustin Withrow at 623-856-2985.

LOSC event

The Luke Officers Spouses Club will host a “Back to School” fashion show and base expo at 11 a.m. Aug. 20 at Club Five Six. Get to know other spouses and the club. To RSVP, go to the Evite or contact Cindy at LukeOSCReservations@gmail.com

Down payment grant

A 5 percent down payment/closing cost assistance grant is available to qualified military families and vets in Maricopa County that qualify to obtain a 30-year fixed rate loan. For more information, go to http://www.mcida.com.

Temporary early retirement program

Enlisted Airmen seeking early retirement should read PSDM 13-73, which has been posted to https://myPers.af.mil, for guidance. For more information, email afpc.dpsor.retsepbranch@us.af.mil.

AF ball – save the date

The Air Force Ball is scheduled for 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.

Munitions area closure

The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Flight will be conducting a 100-percent inventory Sept. 6 through 14. During this time, only emergency requests submitted and approved by the group commander will be processed. All other transactions must be processed no later than close of business Sept. 5.

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 from 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.




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