Salutes & Awards

February 21, 2014

Air Force Association gives back to AF family

Tags:
Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, congratulates Airman 1st Class Tanisha Pressley, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight medic, Feb. 4 after being awarded Thunderbolt of the Week in the Wing Conference Room. Thunderbolt of the Week is just one of the many programs on base that the Air Force Association supports.

The Air Force Association is best known for its first effort at establishing an independent Air Force in 1947. Since then, the AFA has been able to educate its peers and support the Air Force while advocating the efforts of the United States Air force.

The AFA is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes public understanding of aerospace power and pivotal roles it plays in the security of the nation while giving back to Airmen and their families.

“Here at the base, we give back through various events like Thunderbolt of the Week, and quarterly and annual awards,” said Tech. Sgt. Bruce Thompson, 56th Fighter Wing Information Protection chief. “We also donate to various cultural events throughout the year and donate more than $2,000 to the Luke Airman’s Fund.”

Educating the public on key issues surrounding the U.S. Air Force, airpower and national defense is a critical role for the AFA. For instance, the Air Force Magazine, the U.S. Air Force Almanac, and the electronic news brief Daily Report reaches more than 130,000 readers worldwide.

“We are part of a military coalition comprised of 33 organizations in pursuit of educating, advocating for and supporting Air Force members,” Thompson said. “AFA conducts national symposiums and disseminates information through outreach programs.”

When the AFA brings together Air Force leadership, industry experts, academia and current aerospace specialists from around the world, they hold an annual Air and Space Conference and Technology exposition to discuss the issues and challenges facing America, the Air Force and the aerospace community.

Not only does it inform the public of its Air Force, the AFA encourages and sponsors professional development seminars and recognizes excellence in education and aerospace fields through national award programs. They also present scholarships and grants to active-duty personnel, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members and their dependents, while awarding grants to promote science and math education at the elementary and secondary school levels.

“The strength of these individual organizations is represented by the number of members,” said Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief. “Airmen of all ranks should consider joining to demonstrate support for the organization, which benefits the whole Air Force team.”




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


 
 

 
Airman 1st Class 
CORY GOSSETT

MRA graduates 11,000 strong

Airman 1st ClassCORY GOSSETT Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron mission-ready Airmen perform a preflight check July 21 on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. The MRA program teaches Airmen F-16 launching, recove...
 
 

Thunderbolt of the Week

Staff Sgt. Gregory Scharp 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Phase floor chief Hometown: Sparta, New Jersey Years in service: Six Family: Wife, Maggie Education: Community College of the Air Force aircraft maintenance technology Previous assignments: Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; and Osan Air Base, South Korea Inspirations: Music and my wife Goals: To complete a bachelor’s...
 
 

MXG announces best of quarter

The following individuals and unit are 56th Maintenance Group quarterly best-of-the-best award winners: Weapons load crew 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Crew 201 Staff Sgt. Tyler Pacitti, Senior Airman Robert Shilander and Airman 1st Class Gerald Casteel Jr. Maintenance professional Airman: Senior Airman Bryan McCanna, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron NCO: Staff Sgt. Christopher Thompson, 56...
 

 
Photos by Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer

From Spikes to Ducks to graduates

Photos by Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer FROM LEFT: 1st Lts. Adam Fuhrmann, Mike Vasilou, Wesley Womble, Cody May, Aaron Frey, Ryan Loyd, Bryce Turner, Pete Fritz, Alex Tovani and Sean Rush graduate today from the 309th Fighter Squad...
 
 
Senior Airman 
GRACE LEE

Luke salutes new OG commander

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, passes the 56th Operations Group guidon to Lt. Col. William Bailey, incoming commander, July 25 at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Operations Group chang...
 
 

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