Salutes & Awards

September 6, 2013

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Staff Sgt. Michael Giles
Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron
F-16 Armament Systems instructor

TBOTW-SSgt
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.

Years in service: 12

Family: Wife, Tech. Sgt. Marquia Giles; children, Jaylen, 11; Christian, 10; Micah, 4; Arianna, 1

Education: Community College of the Air Force degrees in armament maintenance, instructor of technical military science and instructor of certification level 1 and 2

Previous assignments: Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.

Goals: Get an organizational management degree, open my own business

Famous last words: “Tough times don’t last forever, but tough people do.”

Commander’s comments: “Sergeant Giles is a highly motivated professional instructor with endless compassion for his students, peers and family,” said Maj. Richard Boatman, 372nd TRS, Det. 12 commander. “In the past year, he’s compiled 1,183 instructional hours and graduated 60 F-16 armament specialists. He serves as the morale coordinator and completed five classes this year toward a bachelor’s degree at Ashford College. He coaches youth sports and works with charities to raise funds for underprivileged children. He’s Det. 12’s AFAF representative and has inspired many to contribute to the cause. He is a shining example of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
140805-F-LW839-135cropped

Ramping up …

An F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter prepares to land Aug. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. This is the fifth F-35 aircraft currently assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron with more on the way before the end of the year.
 
 

Contract signed to improve base for years to come

Being the largest fighter wing in the Air Force has its costs. Everything from school quality, the local economy, crime rates, traffic and climate, to on-base amenities, such as commissaries, are assessed to determine the best Air Force bases in the US. In order to keep the living standards high for all Airmen at Luke...
 
 

Knocking it out of park means excellence

Over the past several years the Defense Department has seen an unprecedented reduction in force. Twenty years ago when I was a young Airman learning the Air Force ropes, our active-duty force was more than 421,000 strong. Today, our end strength stands at just over 323,000 Airmen, a reduction of roughly 100,000 personnel. Because of...
 

 

Gut check: Where do you stand?

Since the beginning of our Air Force careers, the majority of us have been taught that in order to lead, we need to lead by example and lead from the front. Today, that has not changed. However, as we all know, it is virtually impossible for all to be in front at the same time,...
 
 
Airman 1st Class 
JAMES HENSLEY

Nursing fellows take on trauma training

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, and Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander, congratulate the 56th Medical Group nurses who graduated from the Critical Care and Eme...
 
 

News Briefs August 15, 2014

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise today. 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 indiv...
 




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