Slug/Title: Milestone Student Graduates
Location: Luke AFB, AZ
Shoot Date: 25 Jul 2011
Brief one-line synopsis: The 10,000th F-16 crew chief graduates from the Luke Mission Ready Airman course.
(0:02) A1C Katherine Vaughn – Reporting
(0:26) A1C Drake Shoup- 10,000th Graduate- FAST FONT BARELY 5 SECS
(0:56) SSgt Matthew Palesky -- Instructor
This year Luke Air Force Base, Arizona celebrates its 70th anniversary and this week Luke celebrates another milestone. Airman First Class Kate Vaughn has the story.
Since 1994, every F-16 crew chief in the Air Force begins training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas before moving on to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona where they go through the Mission Ready Airman course and learn to handle operational missions. For one student in this latest class, graduation day brings unexpected excitement…because today, he is the ten thousandth graduate.
A1C Drake Shoup – 10,000th M-R-A Graduate:
“It was kind of just like a surprise. They were just like here you go… so, amazing actually.”
It shows that with a little bit of hard work, you can actually achieve whatever you want. It is really difficult at first. Especially if you don’t do anything mechanically just make sure that you pay attention and you’ll get a hold of it and it really starts to come together, especially when you make it to Luke.”
Students spend 20 days in the M-R-A program. It’s the last hurdle before students graduate, and move on to their first duty stations.
Staff Sergeant Matthew Palesky:
“First they go through cold training which is six months. Right there they learn all their theater of operation and how everything works. Once they graduate that program they then come to Luke Air Force Base where they will learn the hot training with live aircraft.”
For 17 years, Luke Air Base was part of the beginning of every F-16 Crew Chiefs career in the Air Force. Now the Air Force has reached a milestone of ten thousand graduates… making July 2011 a moment of Air Force History.
Airman First Class Kate Vaughn, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona