Air Force

April 18, 2014

News Briefs April 18, 2014

Change of command

Lt. Col. Jon Wheeler relinquishes command of the 310th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Matthew Warner at 8:31 a.m. today in Hangar 913.

Days of Remembrance

The 2014 Days of Remembrance of the Holocaust Victims is May 2 at Club Five Six. A Holocaust exhibit of masks of holocaust survivors and paintings of holocaust events is
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A luncheon is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Oskar Knoblauch, a holocaust survivor, as guest speaker. Tickets are $5 for lunch. For more information, call Chaplain (Capt.) Kenya Gray at 623-856-3507.

Finance office closed

The Finance office will be closed noon to 3 p.m. today for an official function. Regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., will resume Monday. For more information, call 623-856-6035.

Child care providers

Applications are being accepted for those interested in becoming Family Child Care Program providers. A license is required and complete training is provided at no charge. Active-duty or retired military spouses living on base or within a 10-mile radius of the base can become licensed providers through the FCC Program and provide child care for 10 or more hours per week on a regular basis. Providers must be 18 or older, speak, read and write English, have a high school diploma or GED, be physically and mentally capable of providing care, complete a background investigation and obtain liability insurance. The free training includes Air Force guidance on setting up a home, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the children, CPR/First aid, and training on the USDA Child Care Food meal reimbursement program. Supplies are provided at no cost. Providers for special needs children and care for nontraditional shifts are needed also. For more information, call Alexis Holsey at 623-856-7470.

DFAC no longer busses tables

Effective May 1, the Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility will no longer provide table bussing service. Customers will be required to remove dining trays from tables and place them in the utility cabinets located in the dining areas. For more information, call 623-856-6396.

Prescription “take-back”

Unused or expired drugs in the wrong hands present a danger to the community, according to 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.

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 Air Force specialty 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.

Scholarship deadline

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.

Spouse scholarships

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 jwesteyn@afa.org, or call 800-727-3337, ext. 4807.

Toastmasters

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.

Women’s scholarship

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.




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