Events

August 9, 2013

Hundreds attend Back-to-School Bash

Luke family members visit a Disney display featuring the upcoming movie “Planes” at this year’s Back to School Bash Aug. 2 held at Fowler Park on Luke Air Force Base. Tickets to the premiere of the movie, as well as school supplies, were passed out.

 

It’s that time of the year when parents and children start preparing for the upcoming school year. The Luke Chapel and Luke Airman Fund sponsored a Back to School Bash Aug. 2 at Fowler Park to help give back to those who support the Airmen.

“Airmen serve and families sacrifice,” said Capt. Kevin Rash, 944th Fighter Wing chaplain. “This is just a small way we give back to our families.”

The event was open to active-duty military, Reserve, civilians and family members.

“As new residents, it’s a great opportunity to come to a community event such as this one,” said Jaycee Boyer, a Luke family member.

The event also included school supplies for the first 250 children who attended. Activities included face painting, two jump houses, water slides and sports games.

“The purpose of the event was to build a community family event for Luke families,” said Staff Sgt. Rachel Lane, 56th Fighter Wing chaplain assistant. “When Airmen spend so much time away from their families, it can take a toll.”
 

A Luke family member and his child check out the inside of an ambulance provided by the 56th MDG. Squadrons and units from across base brought along military gear used to carry out their mission for family members to have an up-close and personal look.

 
Luke’s chapel sponsored the event as a gesture of support to the families at Luke.

“The response was truly amazing – 500 people,” said Maj. David Barns, 56th FW deputy wing chaplain. “Our goal was to provide a fun, family-friendly event. The turnout, the smiling faces and the comments we received validated the need for such an event. Building community through events like this help strengthen the resilience of our Airmen and their families.”

Several squadrons set up interactive displays to give children a glimpse of what they do. Members from the 56th Security Forces, Medical support and Civil Engineer squadrons showed children some of the equipment they use and answered questions.

A booth was also set up to promote the upcoming Disney film “Planes” and offer attendees premiere tickets and school supplies.

“This was awesome that the community gets together right before school starts,” said Master Sgt. Romney Scheirer, 56th FW chapel superintendent.

 

Staff Sgt. Dustin Barnes, 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, and Maxo greet Luke family members at the Back to School Bash.

 

Maj. Cristina Franchetti, 56th Medical Operations Squadron general surgery officer-in-charge, watches as her son climbs through a fire engine, an interactive display provided by the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services.

 

A Luke family member gets his face painted during the the Back to School Bash Aug. 2 at Fowler Park on Luke Air Force Base. The event was sponsored by the Luke Chapel to give back to the community as well as prepare children for the upcoming school year. More than 500 people came out for the event.

 

Master Sgt. Romney Scheirer, 56th Fighter Wing Chapel superintendent, and her family take advantage of the sports equipment provided for the event. Stars Soccer and Sports program representatives provided sports equipment for children to play with.

A Luke family member gets his face painted during the the Back to School Bash Aug. 2 at Fowler Park on Luke Air Force Base. The event was sponsored by the Luke Chapel to give back to the community as well as prepare children for the upcoming school year. More than 500 people came out for the event.




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