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Luke Service Blitz Sends 3,000 Airmen into Community

Airman assigned to the 56th Medical Group repairs a bird cage at the Fallen Feathers Wildlife Rescue operation center June 16, 2017 at Peoria, Ariz. The Luke Service Blitz featured more than 3,000 Airmen that volunteered at over 100 locations Valley-wide. Airmen spent the day giving back to organizations such as homeless shelters, community parks and trails, as well as foodbanks and animal shelters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams)

Airman assigned to the 56th Medical Group repairs a bird cage at the Fallen Feathers Wildlife Rescue operation center June 16, 2017 at Peoria, Ariz. The Luke Service Blitz featured more than 3,000 Airmen that volunteered at over 100 locations Valley-wide. Airmen spent the day giving back to organizations such as homeless shelters, community parks and trails, as well as foodbanks and animal shelters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams)

Airmen assigned to the 56th Medical Group cleans up the Fallen Feathers Wildlife Rescue operation center June 16, 2017 at Peoria, Ariz. The Luke Service Blitz featured more than 3,000 Airmen that volunteered at over 100 locations Valley-wide. Airmen spent the day giving back to organizations such as homeless shelters, community parks and trails, as well as foodbanks and animal shelters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams)

Airmen assigned to the 56th Medical Group cleans up the Fallen Feathers Wildlife Rescue operation center June 16, 2017 at Peoria, Ariz. The Luke Service Blitz featured more than 3,000 Airmen that volunteered at over 100 locations Valley-wide. Airmen spent the day giving back to organizations such as homeless shelters, community parks and trails, as well as foodbanks and animal shelters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams)

Luke Airmen remove dirt, rocks and roots from a pond June 16, 2017, at White Tanks Regional Park, Ariz. as part of the Luke Service Blitz. The Blitz had Airmen from all over Luke volunteer at more than 100 locations in Arizona to give back to the local community.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)

Luke Airmen remove dirt, rocks and roots from a pond June 16, 2017, at White Tanks Regional Park, Ariz. as part of the Luke Service Blitz. The Blitz had Airmen from all over Luke volunteer at more than 100 locations in Arizona to give back to the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)

Luke Airmen prepare and paint walls at Mountain View Elementary School June 16, 2017, in Waddell, Ariz. The Blitz had Airmen from all over Luke volunteer at more than 100 locations in Arizona to give back to the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)

Luke Airmen prepare and paint walls at Mountain View Elementary School June 16, 2017, in Waddell, Ariz. The Blitz had Airmen from all over Luke volunteer at more than 100 locations in Arizona to give back to the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)

Luke Airmen sort food at St. Mary’s Food Bank, Surprise, Ariz. as part of the Luke Service Blitz June 16, 2017. The Blitz had Airmen from all over Luke volunteer at more than 100 locations in Arizona to give back to the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)

Luke Airmen sort food at St. Mary’s Food Bank, Surprise, Ariz. as part of the Luke Service Blitz June 16, 2017. The Blitz had Airmen from all over Luke volunteer at more than 100 locations in Arizona to give back to the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)

Staff Sgt. Eric Flahaut, 56th Communication Squadron cyber transport system craftsman, clears a dryer vent at Streetlight USA site June 16, 2017, in Peoria, Ariz. Flahaut with 70 other Airmen from the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron and 56th CS volunteered in the surrounding community during the Luke Service Blitz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland)

Staff Sgt. Eric Flahaut, 56th Communication Squadron cyber transport system craftsman, clears a dryer vent at Streetlight USA site June 16, 2017, in Peoria, Ariz. Flahaut with 70 other Airmen from the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron and 56th CS volunteered in the surrounding community during the Luke Service Blitz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland)

Airmen from the 56th Medical Support Squadron bag brush and debris at a Habitat for Humanity site June 16, 2017, in Peoria, Ariz. More than 3,000 Airmen volunteered in the surrounding community at more than 100 locations during the Luke Service Blitz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland)

Airmen from the 56th Medical Support Squadron bag brush and debris at a Habitat for Humanity site June 16, 2017, in Peoria, Ariz. More than 3,000 Airmen volunteered in the surrounding community at more than 100 locations during the Luke Service Blitz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland)

Capt. Peter Laughlin, 56th Dental Operation Squadron smiles while tying a ribbon on a care bag at Hospice of the Valley, June 16, 2017, in Peoria, Ariz. More than 3,000 Airmen volunteered in the surrounding community at more than 100 locations during the Luke Service Blitz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland)

Capt. Peter Laughlin, 56th Dental Operation Squadron smiles while tying a ribbon on a care bag at Hospice of the Valley, June 16, 2017, in Peoria, Ariz. More than 3,000 Airmen volunteered in the surrounding community at more than 100 locations during the Luke Service Blitz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland)

An Airman assigned to the 56th Contracting Squadron serves lunch to a child at Wigwam Creek Middle School June 16, 2017 in Litchfield Park, Ariz. Airmen from Luke Air Force Base volunteered their time as part of a Service Blitz helping surrounding community organizations which support Luke. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Worpel)

An Airman assigned to the 56th Contracting Squadron serves lunch to a child at Wigwam Creek Middle School June 16, 2017 in Litchfield Park, Ariz. Airmen from Luke Air Force Base volunteered their time as part of a Service Blitz helping surrounding community organizations which support Luke. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Worpel)

Airmen assigned to the 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron interact with a dog at Sun Valley Animal Shelter June 16, 2017 in Glendale, Ariz. Luke Air Force Base held a Service Blitz in which more than 3,000 Airmen volunteered across 100 different locations giving back to organizations such as homeless shelters, community parks and trails, as well as foodbanks and schools. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel)
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Airmen assigned to the 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron interact with a dog at Sun Valley Animal Shelter June 16, 2017 in Glendale, Ariz. Luke Air Force Base held a Service Blitz in which more than 3,000 Airmen volunteered across 100 different locations giving back to organizations such as homeless shelters, community parks and trails, as well as foodbanks and schools. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel)

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. --


On June 16, 2017, more than 3,000 Airmen visited more than 100 sites across the valley to volunteer in the community during the Luke Service Blitz.

The Luke Service Blitz is the second part in a two-part action orientated platform designed to pause the day-to-day mission and focus on service to the community.

“The goal of this two-part platform is to demonstrate how serving and working as a team creates momentum, improves morale, nourishes our selfless culture, and fosters trust through an amazing sense of accomplishment by serving the lives of others and our community,” said Sharon Kozak, 56th Fighter Wing community support coordinator. “This service initiative is about putting the needs of others above our own, it’s about taking action to make the world a better place.”

Conceptualized by Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Kozak, the first Wingman Day event was held at University of Phoenix Stadium in January and featured guest speakers sharing their experiences with the Airmen of Luke.

The second part focuses on serving the community with the general’s vision coming full circle so that Airmen are part of something greater then themselves fueling the “whole person concept” of Comprehensive Airman Fitness. Balancing the four key areas of health - mental, physical, social and spiritual - by promoting a culture of “people first” is fundamental to keeping an Airman resilient, adaptable, mission-focused and able to perform under challenging circumstances.

“It is pretty awesome to give back,” said Airman First Class Elliott Brown, 56th Operation Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment. “I’ve lived in Phoenix my whole life and now being in a position to give something back is personally rewarding and reaffirms why I joined the Air Force, to have the opportunity to give back.”

Since the base first opened in 1941, the surrounding community has been supportive, generous, and caring for each Airman at Luke. By working in the community, Airmen are able to reaffirm and strengthen those relationships and forge new ones while showing appreciation for Luke’s extended family beyond its gates.

“The Airmen of the 56th Fighter Wing not only live in the community, we are part of the community,” said Leonard. “We have been planning this day since January with the goal of serving others. We know that when you take your focus off yourself and serve others, you build resilience and community.”

By encouraging the four pillars of health and taking a step back from the daily routine, Airmen have an opportunity to evaluate and reinforce their commitments to the Wingman concept of integrity, service before self, and excellence in all they do.