Commentary

March 11, 2014

Greetings

Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein
56th Fighter Wing commander

Welcome to “Lightning in the Desert,” Luke Air Force Base’s Open House and Air Show. We are excited to open our gates to the people of Arizona for a glimpse at our nation’s Air Force in action. The next two days will be packed with demonstrations and displays, which are sure to delight people of all ages.

We will showcase the sights and sounds of some of the military’s most advanced aircraft, and our neighbors will be able to meet the Airmen who make the U.S. Air Force the best and most respected in the world.

Leading the way for this year’s show are the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team. The Thunderbirds are best known for their amazing precision performances, designed to exhibit the capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

One of the Thunderbirds’ primary missions is to inspire young people to serve their country in the U.S. Air Force. Since 1953, when the team officially activated here at Luke, they’ve had the privilege of performing for more than 400 million people worldwide. We are honored to host them here at their airfield where they started.

You’ll also have the opportunity to see the Air Force’s newest fighter jet, the F-35A Lightning II, which now calls Luke home. While the F-16 arrived on base in 1982, the F-35 will become the mainstay in the West Valley for years to come.

While enjoying this weekend’s performances, displays and other attractions, I encourage visitors to take the opportunity to speak with some of the men and women who have accepted the challenge of serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. They are our country’s finest, proudly demonstrating their commitment to this great nation.

Team Luke has worked hand-in-hand with our local partners and state leaders to make this year’s air show worthy of the patriotic citizens of the great state of Arizona. We couldn’t have organized an event of this size without the support of our local communities and the many generous sponsors whose contributions have been critical to the success of Luke Days 2014.

On behalf of all the Thunderbolts of the 56th Fighter Wing, the largest fighter wing in the Air Force, I extend you a heartfelt invitation to this world-class event. It’s our honor to serve. We thank you for your patriotism and support, and look forward to meeting you at “Lightning in the Desert.”




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


 
 

 

New form second chance to do EPRs right

Without fail, every time I am around a group of young NCOs, there is one subject guaranteed to come up — the enduring question of “How can I write a stronger EPR for my Airman?” My answer to this question is fairly standard and is one that a chief shared with me many years ago....
 
 

Plan for final out

How many of you are prepared for life outside of the military? Seriously, if you were told tomorrow was your final out, what would you do? We are currently in an environment where Defense Department rollbacks are a serious issue we must all contemplate. Fewer officers are being commissioned. Last year there was only one...
 
 

Dollars and Sense

As the economy has slowly moved along, the total amount Americans owe has increased 5 percent from last year. Revolving credit card debt has increased $12 billion in the last three months, according to the Federal Reserve. Airmen mired in debt may be tempted to take out payday loans or title loans, transfer balances to...
 

 
Stonewords-pic

Fly Over: Haus Murphy’s Authentic Bavarian food in Glendale’s historic district and ‘Stonewords: A Ghost Story’

Haus Murphy’s Authentic Bavarian food in Glendale’s historic district The West Valley landscape is dotted with fast food franchises, Mexican restaurants and Chinese super buffets, so it’s a rare treat to find a local rest...
 
 

Knocking it out of park means excellence

Over the past several years the Defense Department has seen an unprecedented reduction in force. Twenty years ago when I was a young Airman learning the Air Force ropes, our active-duty force was more than 421,000 strong. Today, our end strength stands at just over 323,000 Airmen, a reduction of roughly 100,000 personnel. Because of...
 
 

Gut check: Where do you stand?

Since the beginning of our Air Force careers, the majority of us have been taught that in order to lead, we need to lead by example and lead from the front. Today, that has not changed. However, as we all know, it is virtually impossible for all to be in front at the same time,...
 




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