Local

June 20, 2014

Splish splash, Silver Wings pool is back!

Tags:
Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Thunderbolts swim laps in the Silver Wings Pool May 30 on Luke Air Force Base. With help from the 56th Fighter Wing, 56th Contracting Squadron, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron and Marsh Development, the pool reopened after a year-long closure.

 
As the temperature rises and every day is marked by triple digit degrees, summer has declared its unofficial arrival and pools across Arizona are opening their doors to provide relief from the extreme heat.

The Silver Wings Pool on Luke Air Force Base has reopened after a year-long closure due to lack of funds. Only a few options were available for what to do with the pool. The options were demolition, dry storing or reopening. The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron and 56th Contracting Squadron put together a package estimating the cost to save the pool at $169,000. It was determined the quality of life for Luke Thunderbolts would benefit from the pool reopening.

“Being able to provide a pool and activities for the base populace was more important,” said Col. Nathan Mooney II, 56th Mission Support Group commander. “We weighed all the options and the determination was made to open it for the swimming season for Airmen and their families.”

The pool was renovated by the 56th CES and the 56th CONS. Refurbishing to the bath house, pool slide, decking, surface and equipment has made the pool area sparkle like new, and provides a fun, safe, and clean place for Luke Airmen and their families to cool down this summer.

Retired Staff Sgt. Martin Hailey and his daughter, Ava, 13, shoot hoops in the pool

“Saving the pool was key to providing Luke Airmen an affordable place to swim and cool off during the hot summer months,” said Kevin Haponek, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron project manager. “Not only is the pool open to all Luke Airmen and their families for open swim, it also allows another exercise alternative for our Airmen to stay in fighting shape. Finishing this project on budget and ahead of schedule is a perfect demonstration of teamwork between the 56th CES, 56th CONS and Marsh Development.”

With lifeguards on standby at the pool, and classes available through the Outdoor Recreation Center, the Silver Wings Pool has much to offer pool-goers. Scuba diving classes will be held in July and August, swim classes are available June 16 through 27, and July 7 through 18, and Glow Nights are held every Saturday.

Daily open swim costs $2 per person, single season passes cost $25 and season passes are available to four-person groups for $60.The Beat the Heat event scheduled for Independence Day is free of charge. For those who like swimming for exercise or enjoy watching competitions, the Fall Triathlon is scheduled to be held Aug. 30.

Pool hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit http://www.lukeevents.com/sections/outdoor%20rec/PDF/Pool-Brochure_2014.pdf.
 

Airman 1st Class Cory Gossett
Lifeguards participate in a race June 14 as one of the Beat the Heat events.

 

Youth participate in an underwater coin gathering game June 14 during the Beat the Heat event at the Silver Wings Pool at Luke Air Force Base. They were required to dive underwater to gather as many quarters as they could to win a prize.




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


 
 

 

Air Force News – July 25, 2014

Utah The combined efforts of Hill Air Force Base’s Ogden Air Logistics Complex and several Defense Department organizations culminated in the initial delivery of three of 24 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft to the government of Indonesia. The Ogden ALC refurbished this initial batch of F-16s, and is scheduled to deliver 21 more F-16s to the...
 
 

People First – July 25, 2014

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Official highlights...
 
 

Dollars and Sense

Understanding the benefits of compounding are important. Would you rather take $1 million today, or take one cent today with a payment every day for 30 days, each payment doubling from the previous day’s amount? A wise person would take the penny today, because the compounding impact of doubling the previous amount results in a...
 

 

This Week in History

July 25, 1944: Operation COBRA For several weeks following D-Day, the U.S. Army was mired in Normandy’s hedgerow countryside. Hedgerows were a mix of woods, small farm fields and winding sunken roads that lay between low banks topped with rows of tall thick hedges. The hedgerows gave the German defenders considerable cover and they used...
 
 
Comprehensive-Airman-Fitness

EFMP offers respite care to families

In Dec 2013 the U.S. Air Force Exceptional Family Member Program launched the Respite Care program for active-duty families enrolled in EFMP. Luke Air Force Base was one of 22 bases selected to participate. Respite Care was cre...
 
 
dt-140718-F-NG006-432

AMUs ‘Throw-Down’ to show who’s best

Senior Airman Jarod Davis, 56th Maintenance Group weapons lead crew member, evaluates Airman 1st Class Kaden Allred, 308th AMU load crew member, as he installs the 1760 cable on the guided bomb unit 38. Airman 1st Class Dustin ...
 




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