In Brief February 19, 2016


Luke tax center open

The on-base tax center is now open. Free tax assistance on federal and state tax returns is available to active-duty, retirees and dependents. To receive assistance, members must bring a valid military I.D., social security card for each member of the family to be claimed, all tax forms for income (e.g. W-2, W-2G, 1099), a copy of the 2014 tax return, and a checking or savings document (e.g. check or bank statement) with routing number from the member’s bank. The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday through Thursday in Bldg. 1150, Room 1020. For more information, call Capt. Jheremy Perkins at 623-856-3140.

MPOY banquet

The 2015 Maintenance Professional of the Year banquet is at 5 p.m. March 5 in Hangar 913 to recognize outstanding performances, achievements and professionalism of aircraft maintainers at Luke Air Force Base, Holloman AFB, New Mexico, and Klamath Falls Air National Guard Base, Oregon. The Luke community is invited to attend. For more information, call Senior Master Sgt. Kyle Krug at 623-856-3232. Reservation deadline is Thursday.

Munitions storage area closure

The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Storage Area will be closed March 4 through 11 to conduct a 100-percent munitions inventory. Only emergency issues will be handled during this time. The last date/time for munitions turn-ins is by 4 p.m. March 3. Normal operations will resume March 12. For more information, call Tech. Sgt. Donnie Roos at 623-856-5493.

Cross-Cultural Communication class

An Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication class begins March 24 and is open to enlisted members who are enrolled in Community College of the Air Force. Enrollment for the free three-semester hour course begins March 1. For more information, go to for further information.

Volunteer ops

Opening Day at Goodyear Ballpark: Forty-five Airmen needed to hold a giant flag before the game at noon March 1 at 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, 85338. Participants must wear ABUs and can stay to watch the game.

• Read to students: Airmen read for 30 minutes to kinder through 3rd grade students March 1 through 4 at Discovery Elementary School, 7910 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 85303.

• Read to students: Airmen read for 30 minutes 9 a.m. to
2 p.m. to students age 5 through 12 March 2 at Countryside Elementary School, 15034 N. Parkview Place, Surprise, 85388. For more information, email Tech. Sgt. Tim Boyer.

Thrift shop is open

The Luke Air Force Base Thrift Shop, located at  Bldg. 750 is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Consignments will be taken until 1 p.m. Please “like” us on Facebook at

Toastmasters on base

Toastmasters meets noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in Bldg. 1150, 3rd Floor Conference Room. Improve communication and leadership skills through friendly, constructive exercises involving prepared and impromptu speaking, and group leadership. Instructional materials are provided. The cost is $20 to join and $7 per month thereafter. For more information call Lynne Nutter at 623-856-8711.

NCO Professional Enhancement

The next NCO Professional Enhancement Course will be
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 8 through 11 in the Airman Leadership School Auditorium. The course is for staff and technical sergeants who have completed Airman Leadership School at least three years prior and/or who have not yet attended the NCO Academy. NCOs must have approval from their leadership to attend the four-day course. For more information or to sign up, email Master Sgt. Ida Bushey.

Women’s History Month

The Women’s History Month luncheon at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
March 9 at Club Five Six. A 5k fun run is 7 a.m. March 25 at the 944th HQ auxiliary parking lot. There will be an essay contest at Luke Elementary School and WHM items on display at the Luke Air Force Base library. For more information, call 1st Lt. Katie Pane at 623-856-4119.