The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct a natural disaster exercise today, which will include military, local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. Those traveling on base should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting individuals with injuries, and emergency responders to include fire, police, ambulances and medical evacuation helicopters.
Change of command
Lt. Col. Jon Wheeler, 310th Fighter Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Matthew Warner in a ceremony at 8:31 a.m. April 18 in Hangar 913.
Unused or expired drugs in the wrong hands present a danger to the community, according the Drug Enforcement Agency. The 56th Medical Support Squadron and 56th Security Forces Squadron are teaming for a prescription or over-the counter drug take-back day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. For more information, call Senior Airman Zacharia Schmitz at 623-856-7958.
Lightning Leadership session
The Lightning Leadership Committee will hold conflict resolution discussions at the Naval Operations Support Center, Room 412 according to the following schedule:
Senior NCOs – 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday
NCOs – 9 a.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m. Thursday
Airmen – 1 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday
For more information, call Senior Master Sgt. Myeshia Lee at 623-856-5999.
Legal office hours change
The 56th Fighter Wing Staff Judge Advocate legal assistance hours have changed. For issues concerning powers-of-attorney, notaries and vehicle tax exemption forms, the hours are
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday. For same-day appointments, call 623-856-6901 between the hours of 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Legal assistance walk-ins for legal issues not involving wills are 4 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call 623-856-6901 or visit http://www.luke.af.mil/library/lukestaffjudgeadvocate.asp.
National anthem singers
For those interested in auditioning to sing the national anthem at wing events, call 56th Fighter Wing Protocol at 623-856-5604.
Honor guard scheduler
The Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard is accepting applications for a six-month scheduler tour for a senior airman or staff sergeant from any specialty code with a report no later than June 1. Requirements include unit leadership approval. The application deadline is May 14 with details available upon request. For more information, call Master Sgt. Keith Cooper at 623-856-7800.
The Luke Officers Spouses Club is featuring the annual bingo social at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Club Five Six. The cost of the meal is $16 per person. Dues-paying members are eligible to win prizes. RSVP by April 8 by emailing Cindy at LukeOSCReservations@gmail.com.
A class for Airmen dealing with ADHD is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Airman & Family Readiness Center. For more information, call 623-856-6550.
The 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center is featuring a teen lock-in 6 p.m. to midnight April 25 featuring an alcohol awareness activity and pizza party. The cost is $10 per teen and includes door prizes. For more information, call 623-856-6225.
Resilience training assistant course is a three-day class that teaches ways Airmen can be resilient: physical, mental, spiritual and social. Airmen in this class will go to their units as RTAs and provide other Airmen with the tools to balance all forms of resiliency. The next class is 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Airman & Family Readiness Center. For more information, call Sharon Kozak at 623-856-2716.
Scholarship deadline extention
The Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation has extended accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors and undergraduate students who live in a Balfour Beatty Community and are attending or planning to attend an accredited educational/technical institution for the 2014 to 2015 academic year. To apply for a scholarship go to www.bbcommunitiesfoundation.org and submit the application and all required materials by May 2 to Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation at 10 Campus Boulevard, Newtown Square, Pa. 19073.
3rd Annual Gillespie Memorial Ride
The Luke Air Force Base fuels family is hosting the 3rd Annual Gillespie Memorial Ride on May 3 at Jimbo’s on 51st Avenue and Cactus Road in Glendale. The ride is in honor of Master Sgt. Randy Gillespie who was killed in action in July 2007. Registration/sign-in is 7 to 9 a.m. at Jimbo’s. The cost is $15 per single rider and $20 with a passenger. For more information, call Master Sgt. Joe Williams at 623-856-7393.
The April 30 deadline is approaching to apply for the Air Force Association Mike & Gail Donley Spouse Scholarship. The scholarship is available to military spouses and will provide $2,500 to the best qualified candidate. For more information, visit www.afa.org/SpouseScholarship or email Jill Westeyn at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 800-727-3337, ext. 4807.
The Luke community is invited to the Toastmasters weekly meeting at noon Thursday in Bldg. 1150, third floor meeting room near the testing area. Learn speaking and communication skills. For more information, call Lynne at 623-856-8711.
The Phoenix Federal Women’s 2014 scholarship is offered to undergraduate college students with a GPA of 2.0 to 3.5. Applicants must submit transcripts as proof of eligibility and must be an Arizona resident as well as a U.S. citizen or have legal status. Applications must be postmarked by April 22. For more information, call Nichole Olsker at 623-773-6258.