Local

December 20, 2013

Luke Airmen outfit future Air Force leaders

Agua Fria Junior ROTC Group Cadets and Luke Air Force Base Airmen bring boxes of uniforms to a classroom Dec. 4 at Agua Fria High School in Avondale. The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron unit advisory council held a drive to acquire gently used ABUs, Battle Dress Uniforms and boots, collecting more than 84 individual pieces.

The Air Force uniform. It’s a part of an Airman’s life that many don’t give a second thought to. But for the cadets of the Agua Fria High School Air Force Junior ROTC, getting enough uniforms to outfit their entire flight was a challenge. Enter the Airmen at Luke Air Force Base.

Members of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Unit Advisory Council held a uniform drive for the Agua Fria High School Junior ROTC. They collected more than 34 sets of gently used Airman Battle Uniforms and BDUs, along with boots to complete the ensemble, for distribution to the cadets.

“EMS UAC does quarterly community involvement events,” said Staff Sgt. Chad Calhoun, 56th EMS munitions inspection bay chief and UAC president. “During an event in October, we met retired Lt. Col. Rodney Clements, AFJROTC senior aerospace science instructor. He told us that more than half of the students do not have uniforms, and due to this, they are not able to participate in formations and drill. So we decided to help out by having a squadron-wide uniform drive to help the students who could not afford uniforms.”

Uniforms for Airmen help to inspire a sense of pride and camaraderie; a sense of belonging, according to Master Sgt. Sheris Poisson, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School commandant. For members of the Junior ROTC, their use of uniforms helps to serve the same purpose. Junior ROTC cadets are held to a similar standard as their service member counterparts. Cadets who aren’t in proper uniform are not allowed to participate in formations.

“I appreciate all the donations to our corps,” said retired Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Siau, Agua Fria High School aerospace science instructor. “We have 175 cadets this year and receiving these uniforms will mean a lot to them.”

Air Force Junior ROTC Headquarters does not provide units with uniforms. With Agua Fria being a Title 1 school in which more than 68.1 percent of the students on the free and reduced lunches program, the cadets must resort to other means to procure uniforms. Army Reserve and Guard units have helped supply them in the past. Some of the older students had uniforms, but many of them are torn and unserviceable, Siau said.

The attitude of giving back to the community is one Airmen are encouraged to exemplify. By holding this drive, EMS Airmen hope to teach the Junior ROTC cadets how the Air Forces core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do help to define them and make a lasting impression on them and their choices later in life.

“This has been a rewarding semester and this gift of uniforms is a reward for all their hard work,” Siau said. “This act provides some of the cadets ABU uniforms to wear when authorized. It means a lot to them to receive these uniforms.”




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


 
 

 
NEW_1

Luke F-35s visit Columbus AFB

Airman 1st Class Daniel Lile A T-6 Texan II roars overhead as the pilots of two Luke Air Force Base F-35 Lightning IIs prepare to exit their aircraft July 23 at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The pilots are Capt. Nichola...
 
 

Gillespie Loop: Honors Airman who made ultimate sacrifice

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — The men and women of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing came together for a road dedication ceremony to honor Master Sgt. Randy Gillespie, a fallen Airman who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Master Sgt. Randy Gillespie was a career fuels specialist who died July 9, 2007, from wounds sustained during small...
 
 

Who’s afraid of a little blood?

I have been in the Air Force for 22 years and have been a medical laboratory technician since the beginning of my career. The medical or clinical laboratory is where specimens are tested to provide information to medical providers who directly assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in patients. After graduating basic...
 

 

Pursue education for career’s sake

Everyone knows education can be a good bullet on an enlisted performance report, but few know the true value of an education in regard to a military career. The pursuit of an education can be just as valuable as the degree acquired at the end. The knowledge acquired in the pursuit of an education can...
 
 
Pg-3--photo-illustration

Candid money talk improves relationship

There are many reasons why people divorce but at the top of the list are lack of communication and finances. That’s why it’s important to combine these two topics to make for a successful long-lasting relationship. “I bel...
 
 

News Briefs July 31, 2015

Total body conditioning class A new total body conditioning class is 6:30 and 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday. The 6:30 a.m. class is broken into two half hour segments to accommodate squadron or individual physical training. The 9 a.m. class is one hour. The class consists of body weight movements and the use of equipment...
 




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=""> <s> <strike> <strong>