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Goodyear Mayor co-chairs Luke AFB West Valley Council

The city of Goodyear remains front and center when it comes to being poised and prepared for the arrival of the F-35 Lightning II Fighter Jet pilot training program at Luke Air Force Base in early 2014.

But right now, members of the Luke West Valley Council – the regional group promoting the success of Luke and the economic vitality the F-35s are projected to bring to the region, are moving forward with Goodyear helping to steer more success for the future.

Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord was nominated and elected to be the incoming Co-Chair of the Luke West Valley Council during its quarterly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 19. Mayor Lord was thrilled to be elected to co-chair the group, along with Luke Air Force Base Brigadier General Michael Rothstein.

Mayor Lord succeeds El Mirage Mayor Lana Mook as co-chair to the council, which has more than 20 members.

“It’s an honor to be nominated and elected by my peers to serve on the group that represents our region,” Mayor Lord said. “Not only is the future of Luke Air Force Base vital to our city, but it is important to the region and state of Arizona and our country. Many people serving in the military or military-related jobs call Goodyear their home, and we’re proud that we were part of the partnership that was able to help secure the F-35 Fighter Jet program at Luke through strong community support.”

In her role as co-chair, Mayor Lord will lead the meetings and discussions in how to further the success of the base as it moves forward with expansion and other programs. Luke expects to see $260 million of construction over the next decade and other support businesses are expected to open with the arrival of the F-35A fighter pilot training program next year.

Luke West Valley formed in the 1980s to garner regional and community support for the importance of Luke’s success in the region. The group is comprised of Luke AFB officials, elected officials from 12 West Valley cities and Maricopa County as well as representatives from the governing bodies of Sun City and Sun City West. The meetings are also often attended by West Valley legislators and outside organizations that support and partner with Luke Air Force Base.

The Air Force has credited the strong community support as a factor that led to Luke Air Force Base being awarded the F-35 Mission by the Department of Defense.

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Military RN program dedicated at Scottsdale Healthcare

The U.S. Air Force Critical Care & Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship at Scottsdale Healthcare was dedicated Oct. 31 during a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Maj. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, Assistant Air Force Surgeon General for Medical Force Development and Chief of the USAF Nurse Corps.

Based in the Military Training Center at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Fellowship is the only one of its kind in a civilian hospital, and one of only two in the United States. A similar program is offered at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas.

“The need to prepare nurses who are ready for all contingencies never ends. As a matter of fact, it becomes more critical as well as more challenging. Programs like these here at Scottsdale Healthcare help us maintain clinical proficiencies not available within our own military treatment facilities,” said Maj. Gen. Hogg.

The 12-month-long U.S. Air Force Critical Care & Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship at Scottsdale Healthcare includes five weeks of in-depth classroom education followed by hands-on learning with preceptors in the specialty care units and Level I Trauma Center at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center.

The Fellowship is designed for five to seven participants, rotating in winter, spring and summer each year. Air Force Nursing Fellows also complete rotations to gain experience in areas such as burn ICU, pediatric ICU and prehospital care at affiliated sites.

Lt. Col. (select) Susie Everly of Luke Air Force Base, whose experience ranges from multiple deployments as an aeromedical evacuation nurse to serving as the Senior White House Nurse, is director of the new Fellowship.

The initial Fellowship class consists of three Air Force Nurses, Capt. Patrick Nugent of Sparta, Wis.,
Capt. Weston Winn of Knoxville, Tenn. and 1st Lt. Katrina Chu of New York, New York. The next Fellowship class is expected to begin in approximately three months.

“By the end of the fellowship, these nurses will emerge as experienced critical care and emergency trauma nurses with the education, clinical skills and confidence to care for the highest acuity patients,” said Jerry Zabokrtsky, director of Corporate & Community Preparedness for Scottsdale Healthcare.

The program also included special recognition for Arizona Rep. Heather Carter (R-Cave Creek) for her support of the Scottsdale Healthcare Military Partnership and sponsorship of HB 2064 facilitating training in Arizona for military medical professionals. Gov. Jan. Brewer signed HB 2064 in law in April, allowing military medical professionals to cut through licensing red tape to get needed real world training at Scottsdale Healthcare.

Also attending the dedication were Luke AFB Brigadier General Michael Rothstein, Commander, 56th Fighter Wing and Col. Yolanda Bledsoe, Commander, 56th Medical Group.

Scottsdale Healthcare’s Military Partnership provides military medical personnel with training, education and the clinical experience needed to perform successfully in combat and humanitarian missions while building relationships that can be used in potential disaster response situations. More than 1,900 service members have been trained.