Events

October 4, 2013

Thunderbolts drive to benefit MDA

More than 20 Thunderbolts recently teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help raise money during this year’s MDA Lockup event in downtown Phoenix.

Luke’s Airmen volunteered their time to act as “arresting officers” and transport “jailbirds” to the event site.

The event was an opportunity for Airmen to help the local community, according to Tech. Sgt. Michael Nelson, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels facilities supervisor and base representative for MDA.

“It’s a great event because people realize it’s all going to a great cause,” he said. “Our Airmen are happy to give to the community.”

Volunteers rode in teams of two, serving “arrest warrants” and driving prisoners to the MDA jail. After checking in at the event site, jailbirds call family, friends, coworkers and business colleagues to raise sponsorship money for children living with muscular dystrophy or other neuromuscular diseases.

Approximately 63 jailbirds attended this year’s event and helped raise $105,000 to send 131 boys and girls to the MDA summer camp next year. Business leaders and lawyers were among the jailbirds who generously donated their time and efforts to support MDA.

Melissa Mundt, MDA director of business development, said the MDA in Phoenix has always enjoyed a good relationship with the men and women of Luke.

“We like to work with the military and government employees because we know they are a trustworthy group for these events,” Mundt said. “They always come through for us, and we always get the number of volunteers we need.”

Mundt said a large part of the event’s success rests with the participation of volunteers from Luke.

“The volunteer drivers are a crucial part of the event,” she said. “We’re very thankful whenever we ask for volunteers and we get them. It’s nice to see people are willing to take a day off from work and help strangers.”

Luke Airmen look forward to opportunities to make a positive impact.

“It’s part of our responsibility as Airmen to support our local community and part of that is helping those who can’t help themselves,” Nelson said.




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


 
 

 
Airman 1st Class James Hensley

Luke cuts ribbon on F-35 Academic Training Center

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Gen. Robin Rand, Air Education and Training Command commander, cuts the ceremonial ribbon Oct. 9 marking the completion of the academic training center building at Luke Air Force Base. The buildin...
 
 
Forino_J

U.S., Singapore partnership standout

Lt. Col. John Forino Aug. 9 marked the 49th anniversary of Singapore’s independence. The 425th Fighter Squadron is an operational squadron comprised of elite U.S. Air Force and Republic of Singapore air force personnel design...
 
 
shirts-graphicbw

‘Guts’ required to enforce standards

A few years ago, a fellow senior NCO requested I talk to her subordinate about her appearance, specifically pertaining to her hair. Naturally, I asked about what the issue was and why she couldn’t have a discussion with her o...
 

 
141008-F-HT977-008

Airmen get new ‘Community Commons’

Renovations on Bldg. 700, which houses the Health and Wellness Center, will take place April 2015 through spring 2016 at Luke Air Force Base. Subway and the barbershop will remain open during construction. Other amenities, such...
 
 

News Briefs October 17, 2014

Keep good mental health Calling all Airmen! Sleep disturbances such as insomnia and nightmares can affect people personally and professionally. Reaching out to a medical provider is a step in the right direction to good health. Courtesy of the 56th Medical Group Haunted house The 56th Mission Support Group is featuring Operation: Haunted Block House...
 
 

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Jessica Behrens 56th Medical Support Squadron Pharmacist Hometown: Seneca, Missouri Years in service: Three Family: Husband, Chris; daughter, Katelyn, 2; son, Levi, 5 months Education: Bachelor’s degree from University of Arkansas and doctor of pharmacy from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska Previous assignments: Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida; Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma; Spring...
 




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