Salutes & Awards

April 25, 2014

Thunderbolt of the Week

Airman 1st Class Aja’ Simpson
61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit Scheduler

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Hometown: Douglasville, Ga.

Years in service: one

Family: Father, David Simpson; mom, Tracey Simpson; and brothers, Terrell and Michael Simpson

Inspirations: My parents

Goals: To go to Japan, get 90 percent or higher on my physical training test and someday have a family

Greatest feat: Being voted most valuable player on my high school basketball team

Famous last words: “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Donald Kendall

Off-duty interests: Watching anime, writing poetry and drawing

Commander’s comments: “Airman Simpson is a dedicated scheduler,” said Maj. Melinda Santos-Hughes, 56th Maintenance Group maintenance operations officer. “She was hand-selected to work as the F-35 Lightning II maintenance scheduler and work through the challenges of a new mission design series. She has taken time to learn autonomic logistics information system and how to extract what is required to get her job accomplished. The 61st AMU’s leadership praises her work. Not only is she standing up a new program, but we continue to reach back and ask her to help with the 309th AMU, which she does with ease. She is truly a team player.”




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Rain

Lakefront property …

A staff sergeant watches as water continues to flood a parking lot Monday in front the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit on Luke Air Force Base. The base experienced a two-inch rainfall causing flooding and delays around Luke.
 
 
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Program ALIS initiated

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‘The butterfly effect’

Shortly after taking command, the Wild Duck Aircraft Maintenance Unit officer in charge requested I explain to his Airmen exactly what the pilots would be doing on training missions during an upcoming temporary duty. I was embarrassed that he had to ask. In this specific case, I had thoughtlessly kept these details from our closest...
 

 

Advise Airmen of rights before asking questions

Every day supervisors are faced with challenging scenarios and situations that require them to engage in efforts to help their Airmen. When this engagement is due to a negative act such as theft, damage to property or other possible legal violations, we must resist the instinct to question them directly. One scenario I am presented...
 
 
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Thunderbolts save volts

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE A solar array panel stands on a dormitory roof Sept. 3 at Luke Air Force Base. There are currently four active solar arrays on base. The solar array shown will produce hot water to the dormitory. With res...
 
 

News Briefs September 12, 2014

GOV service station closure The Base Service Station (government-owned vehicle gas station) will close at midnight Sept. 28 and reopen at midnight Oct. 1. For more information, email Staff Sgt. Bradley Ahlemeyer at bradley.ahlemeyer@us.af.mil or call 623-856-7391. Quit tobacco for 31 days The Stoptober Challenge is to be smoke free for the month of October....
 




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