Events

February 5, 2014

Community welcomes F-35 European members

Lancaster High Eagles robotic student Ruth Nuttall (center) gives a hands-on demonstration of Eniac, a frisbee tossing robot to a Jolie, Abbey and Edward Littlejohns while parents Hayley and Glenn look on during a Civ-Mil Meet and Greet that welcomed team members from Europe. Wing Cmdr. Glenn Littlejohns is the U.K. commander for the F-35 Joint Operational Test and Evaluation at Edwards Air Force Base. Approximately 150 families – 75 from the United Kingdom – are expected to move to the Antelope Valley this summer.

Civ-Mil and businesses from around the Antelope Valley welcomed European families stationed at Edwards Air Force Base that are assigned to the F-35 Joint Operational Test and Evaluation program during a ‘meet and greet’ mixer the Larry Chibole Cultural Center in Palmdale, Calif.

Upon entering the event, ladies were given a red rose compliments of Larry Chimbole and Chris Spicher of AV Florist.

Community leaders, business and education advisers were on hand to inform guests of services offered while living in the Antelope Valley. With about 150 families scheduled to move into the are this summer – 75 from the United Kingdom – Civ-Mil is leading the way to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

“We are not in the middle of nowhere, we are in the middle of everywhere,” Civ-Mil President Danny Bazzell told guests. “And we are here to help you in any way we can.”

Guests helped themselves to a fajita/nacho-bar sponsored by Schooners and were given a demonstration of Eniac, a frisbee tossing robot by the Lancaster High Eagles robotic team. “We are happy to be here and share Eniac with these kid because Edwards has always been there for us,” said Eagles co-manager Natalie Wenzell.

Birgitte, Cecilie, Frederikke, SMSgt. Niels Petersen and son, Alexander, enjoy a little family time with other families from Europe at the Civ-Mil Meet & Greet. The Petersen family came from Denmark in January and will be stationed at Edwards until 2016. Petersen is a technical supervisor working on a Danish F-16 for the F-35 program. The children are attending Pine Crest and Paraclete school, adjusting to the transition and learning a lot of new words.

“In Europe we have free health care and very little paper work. Here in America, you have a different system and a lot of paper work,” joked Wing Cmdr. Glenn Littlejohns, the United Kingdom F-35 commander. “I’m not sure what it is, but everyone who is coming over seems to be having babies.” He was thankful for the services provided by local medical centers and hospitals.

Yvette Emard, founder of Kids Charities of the AV, encouraged guests to enjoy many family orientated events throughout the year including: Concerts at Marie Kerr Park in Palmdale; ‘Thunder on the Lot’ a premier classic car and motorcycle event, ‘GraceFest AV’ a Christian concert that features national and local artists; and W.O.W., a women’s faith based conference that takes place at the Painted Turtle Camp. “There is plenty to do right here in the AV,” said Emard. The Kids Charities has been operating since 2000 and has raised and dispersed over $4 million to more than 30 local children’s charitable organizations.

Many had questions about driving privileges, schools, housing and entertainment but left feeling better about being a long way from home.

“Thank you for making us feel so welcomed,” Hayley Littlejohns told Barbara Childs and other community members. “We appreciate you paying attention to our particular needs and I’m confident that future British families will be well looked after by the community.”

Civ-Mil is an organization established 25 years ago by founder Aida O’Connor to establish a friendly benevolent association of civic leaders and military personal, to act as a host group whenever needed and to consider an annual service project to benefit all working at Edwards. www.eafbcivmil.org www.kids-charities.org




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


 
 

 

Headlines July 30, 2014

News: Software to power F-35 running as much as 14 months late - Software needed to operate Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet, the Pentagon’s costliest weapons system, may be as much as 14 months late for required flight testing, according to a Pentagon review.   Business: Lockheed will turn on JLTV production line In August; 6-D truck...
 
 

News Briefs July 30, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,197 As of July 29, 2014, at least 2,197 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,819 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds

F-35B successfully completes wet runway, crosswind testing

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds F-35B aircraft BF-4, piloted by Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Dan Levin, starts down the runway as part of wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards AFB, Calif. In an important program ...
 

 
boeing-chinook

Boeing delivers first U.S. Army multiyear II configured Chinook

Boeing July 29 delivered the first multiyear II configured CH-47F Chinook helicopter to the U.S. Army one month ahead of schedule. The delivery was celebrated in a ceremony at the production facility in Ridley Township, Penn. ...
 
 
Army photograph by SSgt. Angela Stafford

Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round

Army photograph Tracer rounds enable the shooter to follow the projectile trajectory to make aiming corrections. However, the light emitted by these rounds also gives away the position of the shooter. Engineers at Picatinny Ars...
 
 
NASA photograph by Carla Thomas

Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong employee scholarship

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas Katherine Lott, the recipient of the 2014 NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship, is congratulated by NASA Armstrong center director David McBride. Flankin...
 




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>