Local

October 11, 2013

Hard work, mentors lead to big block party success

Tags:
Staff Sgt. NESTOR CRUZ
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Luke Airmen engage their opponents in a game of tug-o-war Oct. 4 at Fowler Park. LEAD council members hosted a block party featuring games, food, music and a bouncy castle for children.

Summer may be over, but the weather was just right Oct. 4 at Luke Air Force Base for a good old-fashioned block party complete with music, burgers on the grill, games and a pie-eating contest.

Airmen, officers and NCOs gathered at Fowler Park with friends and family members to enjoy the LEAD council-sponsored event.

“It’s a chance for everybody to unwind and to boost morale,” said Senior Airman Brian Runyon, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron line delivery crew chief and LEAD council president.

LEAD council members had their work cut out in planning the event before the first dollar was spent as they were called into a meeting with Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, former 56th Fighter Wing command chief.

“We had a talk with Chief Staton, and he told us he wanted this year’s block party to be a big success,” Runyon said. “We didn’t want to let him down.”

The council members turned to their mentors for advice on putting together the party.

“I’m one of many mentors who attend LEAD meetings throughout the year,” said Master Sgt. Larry Morgan, 56th Medical Group first sergeant. “I was just there to give advice, but the council members did all the hard work in planning and coordinating. They pushed the information to the first sergeants council and we were able to push that out across the base and help with advertising the event.”

Obstacles arose as LEAD council members worked to create a fun event for the entire Luke community.

“One challenge was figuring out the budgeting and how to make an event from scratch,” said Senior Airman Kevin Powers, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics technician and LEAD council vice president. “The big turnout definitely inspires me and shows all the hard work that was put into this event.”

The proof was certainly in the pudding as the smell of the grill and the sounds of dance music enticed a large crowd to gather at the park and enjoy good conversation, good food and the occasional raffle prize.

“I hope everybody had a great time,” Runyon said. “We wanted people to relax and just enjoy themselves. If it’s a bigger success than last year’s block party, then we’ve done our part.”




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


 
 

 
Courtesy photo

EOD called out for expertise

Courtesy photo The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team recovers military ordnance July 4 from the rubble of a burnt down building at an auto repair facility in Phoenix. The Luke EOD team recovered nume...
 
 

Strong followers challenge authority

It’s not surprising that when I tell subordinates to challenge authority, I often get a look of confusion. Admittedly, this is a step used to provoke thought. Obviously, we don’t need subordinates undermining their leader’s authority. My intent is not to create insubordination — it is to underscore the importance of strong followership. Great leaders...
 
 

Travel access, opportunities not to be ignored

Possibly one of the greatest and overlooked gifts we have in the military is our ability to travel. More often than not, we are stationed at bases around the world where we have the access and opportunity to travel and see the local sites. However, it happens way too often that we ignore those opportunities....
 

 
Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

Thunderbolt joins elite Thunderbirds

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, took this photo March 15 during Luke Air Force Base’s Open House and Air Show. She had no idea at the time that just a few months later she would b...
 
 

News Briefs July 25, 2014

Wanted: Airmen selfie videos The Air Force wants to hear from Airmen with unique stories about what led them to the Air Force, who are proud of their job and how it impacts the Air Force mission, or work in an exceptional unit. The 2014 American Airman Video Contest is open to all Airmen who...
 
 

Thunderbolt of the Week

Airman 1st Class Anna Valdez 56th Contracting Squadron Contracting specialist Hometown: Moscow Years in service: One Family: Husband, Phil; mother, Natalia; and father, Oleg Education: Russian State University of Trade and Economics bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics Inspirations: My parents demonstrated excellence and success in a loving environment, taught me to never give up...
 




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