Local

February 14, 2014

Thunderbolts assist Heroes of Silent Angels

Staff Sgt. Phoeteama Neal, 56th Communication Squadron information assurance technician, hangs banners Feb. 7 for the Heroes of Silent Angels tournament in Phoenix. The event is run by the Society for Creative Anachronisms to raise money for the cure of Rett Syndrome, a form of autism.

When most people think of medieval times, knights, and squires, it doesn’t usually also bring modern medical disorders to mind. But the members of the Society for Creative Anachronisms are striving to do just that.

Airmen from Luke Air Force Base came out last weekend to assist setting up for the Heroes of the Silent Angels event held in Phoenix.

“The SCA is a historical medieval society re-enacting the chivalrous aspects of that society in modern times,” said Solomon Galyon, squire in the central Phoenix chapter of the SCA, known as the Barony of Atenveldt. “The Heroes of Silent Angels is a charity tournament to fund the International Rett Syndrome Foundation.”

Rett Syndrome is a devastating genetic mutation that primarily affects girls. Most girls affected by it have a maximum life expectancy of 25 years. Features of the syndrome include inability to speak, seizures, uncontrollable body movements and inability to walk without assistance. Most of the girls affected with Rett Syndrome, however, are cognitively intact.

The Airmen were introduced to someone afflicted with this disorder in order for them see exactly who their participation is going to help. Dierdre Galyon, 13, is Solomon’s daughter.

“Events like this one, and the people who volunteer to help out, give the families who live with this syndrome hope for a cure,” said Maj. Andrew Hoeffler, 56th Medical Operations Squadron family nurse practitioner and squire in the SCA. “And a cure is actually within sight. It is probable that there will be a cure available within the next couple of years due to advances in gene therapy. As this event grows, it becomes more and more daunting a task to run. Without these Airmen’s help, it would have been very difficult for us to have the success we did.”

Solomon Galyon, a member of the Society for Creative Anachronisms, introduces his daughter Dierdre, 13, to Luke Air Force Base Airmen who helped set up the Heroes of Silent Angels event. Dierdre is afflicted with Rett Syndrome, a form of autism that renders those who have it unable to speak, often unable to walk or care for themselves, and can cause seizures.

Airmen assisted with setup of pavilions, tents and stalls.

“It’s a lot of work to get the initial setup done,” Galyon said. “Normally, the society does this for itself. Their help cut the time it takes to set up the event area by one third. It was a really big boon to have people out to help.

“I do this game for fun, but working for a cure for my daughter’s condition has become a huge aspect of my life,” Galyon said. “This tournament is really a big deal for me and my family. The Air Force guys coming out and being willing to help is really touching. I appreciate it in ways I can’t express.”

This year’s event helped raise more than $9,000 to help with the research.

“As much as we in the SCA enjoy dressing up in funny clothes and doing the activities we do, the feeling we get from helping one of our own, as well as countless other families, can’t be quantified,” Hoeffler said. “The dedicated work of the volunteers from the 56th FW was inspiring, and they have my respect and gratitude for their efforts.”
 

Luke Air Force Base Airmen raise a tent during the event.

 

Aerin Rosenberg, Knight of Barony of Atenveldt, practices with Maj. Andrew Hoeffler, 56th Medical Operations Squadron family nurse practitioner and squire of Atenveldt, during the Heroes for Silent Angels event setup Feb. 7 in Phoenix. Rosenberg and Hoeffler are both part of the Society for Creative Anachronisms, helping raise funds for Rett Syndrome research.




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


 
 

 
Grace Lee

Pilot saves six Marines earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

Grace Lee Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, pins the Air Force Combat Action Medal onto Capt. Aaron Cavazos, 61st Fighter Squadron weapons officer, Jan. 16 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. Cavazos was...
 
 

Financial responsibility — vital to readiness

In the “Band of Brothers” miniseries, there is a line in the movie where the soldiers are told to make sure they sign up for life insurance to ensure their next-of-kin gets $10,000 upon the soldier’s death. While none of us are about to make a combat jump in 1944 to fight the Nazis, Airmen...
 
 

Adapt, overcome, succeed

Change is inevitable, especially in today’s Air Force. If you’ve been serving for more than a few years, it’s likely you’ve experienced everything from new physical fitness requirements to the implementation of force management programs. Enlisted performance reports and feedback forms have been altered and changes to the promotion system are rapidly approaching. We expect...
 

 
Courtesy Photo

Chrach saves lives, earns recognition

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Chrach, 56th SFS MWD, pose for a photo in Afghanistan during their 2012 deployment. Chrach was recently awarded the 12th A...
 
 

News Briefs January 23, 2015

VH1 concert VH1 and sponsors supporting the event are hosting a Super Bowl Blitz concert featuring Fall Out Boy and Charli XCX at 5 p.m. Jan. 30 in Hangar 999 as a “Thank you” to those who serve in the U.S. military. Members of the Luke community are invited and the concert is free. Service...
 
 
Courtesy Photo

Civilian answers AF call, gets dream job

Courtesy Photo Senior Airman Kristina Inocencio, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron engineer technician, measures the distance from the tree to the building Jan. 15 during survey training at Luke Air Force Base. One of Inocencio’s ...
 




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