President’s Message: Nancy Cole

Things are popping in the Lilac Festival! Starting this weekend with the 𝗥𝗼𝘆𝗮𝗹 𝗧𝗲𝗮 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘆, we are rolling into festival time which is loaded with fun events.
If you like to golf, sign your team up for our 2018 our Armed Forces Appreciation Golf Tournament on May 4th at Indian Canyon.
If you’re an art aficionado, you won’t want to miss our 𝗟𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗰 𝗟𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗰𝘆 𝗔𝗿𝘁 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘄 and Awards Party on May 14th from 6-8 PM at Paints and Pints.
If you want to see some amazing talent, buy a ticket to our first annual 𝗟𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗰 𝗖𝗶𝘁𝘆’𝘀 𝗚𝗼𝘁 𝗧𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁! show on May 15th at 6:30 PM at Ferris HS.
If you like to dress up, honor our military and donate to a good cause, register for the 𝗦𝗽𝗼𝗸𝗮𝗻𝗲 𝗟𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗰 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗚𝗮𝗹𝗮 on May 18th at 6 PM. There will be dinner, dancing, entertainment and great food at the historic Davenport Hotel!
The day of the parade we have lots of fun activities in the park to celebrate our 80th anniversary. There’s something for everybody and we hope to see you there!

Royalty Wednesday

This week, the Royal Court participated in Ben and Jerry’s Free Cone Day! They had fun scooping free ice cream for the public to enjoy! How can anyone not enjoy giving people free ice cream?

They will also be doing a meet and greet on Friday, April 13th at Fred Meyer on N. Division from 3-5 pm!


Fairchild Airman saves two children

Master Sgt. Joshua O’Brien was taking a stroll through Medical Lake with his family, as they made their way towards the water front O’Brien noticed two girls fall through the ice.

O’Brien took action and jumped into the water to help save these girls. He struggled to get out, and was punching through the ice with his fist. “I started punching down the ice with my fist, trying to find my way out when Dave Dormaier, a Medical Lake Middle School teacher, helped pull me up,” said O’Brien, 92nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron section chief. “I couldn’t have done it alone; it was truly a community effort.”

Blankets were provided by bystanders until the fire department could arrive.

“It was a heroic thing he did rescuing those kids,” said Corey Stevens, Medical Lake assistant fire chief. “If he didn’t, they could’ve been seriously hurt or ended up with hypothermia.”

It was his military training and many years of service that enabled him to act quickly and decisively.

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Director Friday

Michael and Cynthia Noyes

SLFA Title: Past President 2003

Michael and Cynthia have been Involved with Lilac Festival since 1983.

They are now we are both retired.

They like volunteering for the Spokane Lilac Festival because they have the opportunity to support the community. They also enjoy working with the other directors

Michael Noyes’s favorite Lilac Festival memory is riding in the parade as President. He also was proud to represent the Spokane Lilac Festival Association at other events and parades.


92nd OG partners with 375th AES Airmen, expand KC-135 capabilities

Airmen from the 92nd Operations Group partnered with the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron to learn how to turn a KC-135 Stratotanker into a mobile hospital at Fairchild Air Force Base March 1.

This partnership provides increased resiliency, capacity and ability of the Rapid Global Mobility mission by integrating and leveraging total force, joint, and allied partners to strengthen capabilities.

“Our aircraft also has two distinct characteristics to help support the AE mission; speed and range,” Gaskins said. “It’s the fastest and longest range AE aircraft, which is significant because it provides AE teams access to more locations in the least amount of time.”

AE teams consist of two flight nurses, three aeromedical technicians and a flight crew. The familiarity of safety checks and equipment operation is critical to caring for and transporting patients around the world with safety and urgency.

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Updated Kennels for Military Working Dogs!

As of March, 15th 2018, construction on the $1.7 million 92nd Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog kennel upgrade has been completed.

The size of living space in each canine kennel has increased from 24 square feet to 96 square feet.

According to Sgt. Daniel Tabita, 92nd SFS MWD trainer, “The upgraded complex allows for more hands-on training while on-site and gives handlers the space they need to learn and maintain new skills. It also gives the handlers and canines their own space to decompress and relax after work and training.”

The updated building provides the 92nd SFS MWD section with equipment, tools, and space for more efficient training conditions.

Royalty Wednesday

This weekend the Spokane Lilac Royal Court participated in their first parade of the year. They rode in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Spokane. They enjoyed fulfilling their princess duties while throwing candy out to the crowd.

They continued their work as princesses by visiting the Veteran’s Home. The Court prepared a dance to entertain the vets in the home. The Royalty also spent time talking with the residents.

To round off the weekend, the girls in the Royal Court stopped by the float barn to help build the official 2018 Spokane Lilac Royalty float. They didn’t mind getting their hands a bit dirty to add the final touches to the float.

All photos by Hawkinson Photography

Finding Resiliency Through Breakdance

Comprehensive Airmen Fitness provides a foundation to grow resiliency by using a model of four pillars: mental, social, physical, and spiritual.

Senior Airman Simon Vang, 92nd Maintenance Group analyst and Chaplain, Capt. Juan Reyes, 92nd Air Refueling Wing have their own way of fulfilling the four pillars. They enjoy breakdancing to balance work stress and home life.

““Resiliency… we hear it a lot in the Air Force Comprehensive Airman Fitness training… to the point where we become numb to it, but we still need to manage the four areas it entails,” Chaplain Reyes said. “In break dancing, we get to work with our physical, mental and social areas, and for some, even the spiritual area.””

Vang and Reyes believe that principles of breakdance can be applied to the work that airmen do every day. For example, a single breakdance move can be practiced several times until it is mastered.  Chaplain Reyes believes that just like mastering a dance move, work needs to be mastered too.

Using dance, these two airmen are able to focus the mind, have some fun, and build up the resiliency they need to live a military lifestyle.

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