Salutes & Awards

June 27, 2014

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Staff Sgt. Jay-Paul Gaubault
61st Aircraft Maintenance
Support section technician

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Hometown: Germantown, Maryland

Years in service: Seven

Family: Spouse, Staff Sgt. Charlene Gaubault; daughters, Taliyah, 5, and Jayda, 1

Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in aircraft maintenance technology

Previous assignments: Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; Kunsan Air Base, South Korea; and Kadena AB, Japan

Goals: To own a house before age 30 and be reunited with my wife

Greatest feat: Being on the team that is standing up Luke Air Force Base’s first F-35 Lightning II aircraft maintenance unit.

Self-description: Motivated, dedicated but most of all, no nonsense

Famous last words: “Get it done!”

Off-duty interests: Avid sneaker collector, which I’ve found to be an expensive hobby

Commander’s comments: Lt Col Mitchell—
“Staff sergeant Gaubault is a talented and motivated NCO who is willing to go the extra mile to get the job done,” said Lt. Col. Jason Mitchell, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander. “We gave him the daunting task of setting up our support section from scratch. His dedication and performance enabled his AMU to begin flight operations in an unprecedented six days.”




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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

No, it isn’t the Program Alice from the “Resident Evil” movies. It is the Autonomic Logistics Information Systems, also known as ALIS, which enables F-35 Lightning II operators to plan ahead to maintain and sustain its sy...
 
 

‘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...
 
 
Senior Airman 
GRACE LEE

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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