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June 20, 2014

News Briefs June 20, 2014

56th FW change of command

Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will relinquish command to Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus at 7:56 a.m. today in Hangar 431.

Relinqish/assume command

Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann will relinquish command of the 62nd Fighter Squadron at 8:30 a.m. July 2 in Hangar 913. At the same time Maj. William McKibban will assume command of the 309th Fighter Squadron.

TRS change of command

Lt. Col. Matthew Liljenstolpe will relinquish command of the 56th Training Squadron at Lt. Col. Michael Dunn at 7:56 a.m. July 3 in Hangar 913.

56th AMXS change of command

Lt. Col. Jason Mitchell will relinquish command of the 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to Maj. David Lemery at
8 a.m. July 8 in Hangar 913.

DS change of command

Col. Larry Evans will relinquish command of the 56th Dental Squadron to Col. Russell Boester at 8:56 a.m. Wednesday in Club Five Six.

CMS change of command

Maj. David Lemery will relinquish command of the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron to Maj. Scott Hall at
9 a.m. June 27 in Navy Operations Support Center.

CONS change of command

Maj. Quocnam Nguyen will relinquish command of the 56th Contracting Squadron to Maj. Rochelle Smith at
8:56 a.m. July 1 in Club Five Six.

Pride month social

There will be a social 3 to 5 p.m. June 24 in Harlow’s Lounge in Club Five Six. There will be a guest speaker, off-base resource display and an opportunity to sign up for a new pride support group. For more information, call Staff Sgt. Amanda Vargas at 623-856-2471.

Road closures

Repaving and water line installation will close Bong Lane from Marauder Street north to Gillespie Drive, Gillespie Drive from Litchfield Road south to Harris Lane and 139th Drive along Litchfield Road June 30 through Aug. 30. For more information, call 1st Lt. Joseph Matejcik at 623-85607051.

Partial road closures

Road construction will partially close 137th Avenue between Thunderbird and the Airman Family Readiness Center through June 27. For more information, call 1st Lt. Joseph Matejcik at 623-856-7051.

Lightning Leadership brief

The Lightning Leadership Committee is featuring the “Balance: Success On and Off Duty” briefing at the following times and dates at the Naval Operations Support Center, Bldg. 300, Room 412:

  • Senior NCOs at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday
  • NCOs at 9 a.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m. Thursday
  • Airmen at 1 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday

For more information, call Master Sgt. Ida Bushey at 623-856-7958.

Trip reduction program

The Trip Reduction Program pays 100 percent of the cost for Luke Air Force Base employees to ride the bus to work. Bus cards were suspended in October 2013 due to lack of funds. Funds have been restored and employees can now ride the bus for free again. Cards with the following numbers that were already issued have been reactivated: 508081767, 517422976, 775007847, 1848749671, 2117185127, 2383069031, 2922425959, 3191516775, 3191582311, 3199090560, 4001317760 and 4277682048. To obtain a bus card, call Cris Cristoffer at 623-856-6501 or email cris.cristoffer@us.af.mil.

Autism support group

A monthly support group for parents of children with autism is 7 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center. For more information, call 830-237-6726.

Camp Connect

Camp Connect is a summer day camp for children ages 6 to 12 within the autism spectrum. Camps are
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 7 through 11 and 14 through 18 at Wildflower Elementary School. The cost is $250 per one-week session and is waived for active-duty military dependents. To sign up or for more information, call Neil Stafford at 623-772-5034 or email nstaffo@avondale.k12.az.us.

Family advocacy classes

  • Parenting Made Easy is Monday
  • Couples 101 is Tuesday
  • What? Me angry? Is June 27

The classes are 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Luke Air Force Base Chapel Conference Room. For more information or to sign up, call Jim Yang-Hellewell at 623-856-3417 or email james.yang-hellewell.1@us.af.mil.

Jade Room reservations

Effective July 1, reservations for the Jade Room in the Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility can be made only by sending an email to the 56th Force Support Dining Facility organization mail box at 56fss.fsvf@us.af.mil.




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News Briefs February 27, 2015

MDG appointment line upgrade Patients calling the 56th Medical Group at 623-856-2273 Wednesday afternoon to schedule an appointment may reach a busy signal and may have to call back if all booking agents are on the line with other callers. The queue function allowing patients to wait on hold for the next available booking agent...
 
 

Always improving …

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Staff Sgt. Andrea Caldwell, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron avionics production supervisor, performs an acceptance inspection on an enhanced upgraded programmable display generator Feb. 12. The EUPDG allows the pilot to program up to twelve displays.
 
 

Pay dates increase for civilians in 2015

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Civilian employees will have 27 pay dates in 2015 compared to the usual 26, so some employees might need to adjust their Thrift Savings Plan contribution elections to receive the maximum agency matching contributions for 2015. The Internal Revenue Code imposes a limit each year on the amount that...
 

 
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RMO Stakeholders keep eye on sky Pt. 2

Susan Gladstein Christian Black, 56th Range Management Office geographer, replaces the antenna on the Bender Springs weather station at the Barry M. Goldwater Range East. The new multidirectional antenna allows for a 360-degree...
 
 
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Full service wash …

Tech. Sgt. William Rotroff, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-35 dedicated crew chief, rinses an F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter after it gets a scrubbing Feb. 11 at the Luke Air Force Base wash rack. Crew chiefs are trai...
 
 
Senior Airman Devante Williams

Luke’s best shine

Senior Airman Devante Williams Misty Hyman, Olympic Gold Medalist, receives a standing ovation during her speech Feb. 13 at the 56th fighter Wing Annual Awards Banquet at the Wigwam. Hyman talked about the obstacles she faced d...
 




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