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Lightning, T. Bear, FBI Agent

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Hello Everyone!

WOW, this last internship was full of surprises … some were very scary!  I spent the day with Abigail’s dad, who is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  When I showed up for work I was arrested because I was mistaken for one of the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted fugitives.  I went from being on the Top 10 Most Wanted list to helping the FBI solve a bank robbery mystery that has been unresolved for years!

...mistaken identity!

…mistaken identity!

A case of ...

A case of …

I learned a lot about the FBI today.  Primarily I learned that FBI agents are like Police Officers but with some different responsibilities.  FBI agents are responsible for enforcing over 300 federal laws.  This means that FBI agents investigate cases involving foreign spies (foreign counterintelligence/espionage), bank robbers, kidnappers, drug traffickers, terrorists, cyber (computer) and white collar (accounting fraud) criminals and a host of other people that break the law.  The FBI has agents working all over the world who help to protect not only our community but American citizens all across the globe.

FBI agents must be in good physical condition to defend themselves (this is called defensive tactics).  They must also be comfortable using firearms to protect themselves during arrests of some of the worst criminals in the world.  There is no such thing as a typical day for an FBI agent.  Every day can be different and that is what makes it so much fun.  Some of the different things that FBI agents get to do include testifying in federal court (answering questions before a judge), executing a search warrant at someone’s home or office to collect evidence, meeting/debriefing a source to gather information on illegal activities, making an arrest, or meeting with your squad (other FBI agents) and catching up on paperwork.  FBI agents are always on duty to protect their community and country; this is definitely not a 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. type of job.  Although the work is challenging and exciting, FBI agents still have the opportunity to spend quality time with their families (Abigail told me this was true!).

I helped...

I helped…

FBI agents work very closely with all other law enforcement officers and agencies.  However, most importantly is the FBI’s interaction with the general public because it is the honest people who provide most of the information needed to solve crimes worked by the FBI.  I was even able to help the FBI solve the bank robbery mystery for which I was wrongly accused (see my pictures conducting an interrogation and arrest).

... catch this bad guy!

… catch this bad guy!

If we didn’t have the FBI, I think there would be more criminals walking free around the world to victimize other people like me … phew!  I’m glad the FBI realized that I’m not a criminal and I’m especially glad that those handcuffs are off … they REALLY hurt!

Well, I think I’ll take a nice hot bubble bath, get some rest and recover from my short incarceration by the FBI.  I’m not sure I could have made it through the weekend in jail … what would my supervisor (Mrs. Crosby) think?

Lightning practicing his new FBI skills on Abigail.

Lightning practicing his new FBI skills on Abigail.

I will be back and ready to go on Monday for my next adventure!

Thanks!

Lightning T. Bear (an innocent bear)

Lightning Learns About Radiology

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Hello Class!
 
What an awesome time I had working with Dr. Schimmel (Kate’s Dad) as a radiologist.  The human body is so fascinating.  It’s amazing we can use technology to look inside the human body to find out what’s wrong when we are sick.  I interviewed Dr. Schimmel about his job and this is what I learned:

Lightning with Mr. Skeleton.

Lightning with Mr. Skeleton.

 
1.  What is your job?
 
I am a Radiologist.  A Radiologist is a doctor who uses technology such as x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine to evaluate individual’s bodies to see what is wrong with them.  I analyze the pictures and then dictate a report for the patient’s doctor.  Sometimes I have to stick needles into my patients organs to collect some cells so they can be looked at under the microscope to see what is wrong.  

Lightning analyzing a chest x-ray.

Lightning analyzing a chest x-ray.

 
2.  Do you provide goods or services?
 
I provide services, both to other doctors who need help with a diagnosis and to patients.  
 
3.  Is your job located in the city, suburbs, or rural community?
 
I work at the Air Force Academy Clinic.  However, Radiologists can work in all of these locations.  
 
4.  How do you interact with other members of our community in your job duties?
 
I interact with other types of doctors as well as patients.  Sometimes I have really good news if my patient doesn’t have a disease but sometimes I have bad news if a patient is really sick.  I might have helped a few of your moms and dads and maybe you as well.
 
5.  How does your job support our community?
 
My job is important to help our community be healthy.

Lightning getting a CT scan.

Lightning getting a CT scan.

 
6. What would happen if your job did not exist in our community?
 
It would be more difficult for other doctors to make a diagnosis, that is to find what is wrong with the patient.  For example, it would be difficult to know if a bone is fractured (broken) or if a patient has a tumor.
Thanks to everyone on base for making me feel so welcome. I learned a lot about being a radiologist!
Until next time,
Lightning

Lightning T. Bear, Certified Public Accountant (for a day)

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Thunder with Elizabeth before school and work

Thunder with Elizabeth before school and work

Lightning helping Mr. Gandy with the first cup of coffee for the day.

Lightning helping Mr. Gandy with the first cup of coffee for the day.

Getting in good with the Managing Partner (The Boss!!)

Getting in good with the Managing Partner (The Boss!!)

Communication is a very important aspect of our job. Lightning talking on the phone

Communication is a very important aspect of our job. Lightning talking on the phone

Lightning working on a tax return.

Lightning working on a tax return.

Lightning with Mr. Gandy at the conclusion of a fun day at the office.

Lightning with Mr. Gandy at the conclusion of a fun day at the office.

 

Hello Class!

Wow! I had a great internship day with Mr. Gandy, Elizabeth’s dad. I learned a lot about being an accountant, working with numbers, and why understanding math, math facts, and problem solving is so important. During our lunch break I had a few minutes to interview him. Here is what we talked about:

What is your job:
I am a Certified Public Accountant and the Senior Tax Partner at BiggsKofford, P.C. I have worked here for almost 20 years.

Do you provide goods or services:
We provide accounting and consulting services to individuals, businesses and not-for profit organizations.

Is your job located in the city, suburbs or rural community:
BiggsKofford is located in the south part of Colorado Springs — between the suburbs and urban area of the city. We do most of our work in the urban areas of town.

How do you interact with other members of our community in your job duties:
I interact with members of the community by providing accounting and consulting services to individuals and businesses. The interaction with the client will also then provide the opportunity to interact with their bankers, attorneys, insurance agents and other financial advisors. We also interact with the community by sitting on Boards of non-profit organizations.

How does your job support our community:
Beyond our day to day responsibilities of client service our company supports the community in the following ways:

1.  We use our financial expertise to sit on non-profit boards to provide guidance and strategy that allows the Organizations to meet their  philanthropic goals.

2.  We work closely with UCCS to ensure their students are getting the proper accounting and finance educations and hoping they choose to begin their career in Colorado Springs. We work very closely with the school on the curriculum of accounting majors.

What would happen if your job did not exist in our community:
I would like to think that our businesses would not be operated as efficiently, but in reality, the community would go on if CPA’s did not exist.

I’m looking forward to my next internship. Mrs. Crosby hasn’t told me where I will be going, but I’m sure it will be great!
Until next time,

Lightning

Interview with Michael Johnson — Director of Sales

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Hello Class!

This weekend I spent some time with Michael Johnson, Marc’s dad. Mr. Johnson works in the gas software industry. I interviewed him for my first report of the year:

  • What is your job?
    My job is Director of Sales in the oil and gas software industry.
  • Do you provide goods or a service?
    Thunder interviewing Mr. Johnson, Director of Sales

    Thunder interviewing Mr. Johnson, Director of Sales

    I provide goods and services. I provide software to help gas and oil company’s stay competitive in the market place. I provide services by training other sales people to help them become the best sales executives they can be.

  • Where is your job located?
    My job is located in the city of Colorado Springs.
  • How do you interact with other members of our community?
    I interact with other members of our community by teaching those in the oil and gas industry about software to help their business stay competitive to help our economy grow. I also train other sales members how to sell in the most effective way.
  • How does your job support our community?
    My job supports our community by helping our economy stay productive and growing. It helps determine what the price of gas is that everyday people buy all the time.
  • What would happen if your job did not exist?
    If my job did not exist in our community it would mean that there would be less information in our world about technology, specifically software, and the ability that software has to make our lives better.

I can’t wait for my next internship! This year is starting off great.

Thunder T. Bear

Lightning Works in Healthcare

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Lightning and Nurse Practitioner Maureen Storch keeping our community healthy at the Urgent Care.

Lightning and Nurse Practitioner Maureen Storch keeping our community healthy at the Urgent Care.

Hello!
 
What a busy weekend I had! This weekend I worked with Maureen Storch, Meghan’s mom. She is a nurse practitioner. I learned a lot about health care in Colorado Springs.  A nurse practitioner is a specially trained nurse who can evaluate, diagnose and treat health problems. She take’s care of patients who come to Memorial Health System Urgent Care.   She works either at Briargate Urgent Care or Circle Urgent Care (closer to downtown).
 
She works with other providers (doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants), nurses and technicians at Urgent Care and sometimes she transfers patients to the emergency room if they need additional care there. She also refers patients to specialists such as Orthopedic surgeons or physical therapists if they need specialty care.
 
Nurse practitioners increase patients access to health care.  If the clinics that Maureen works in didn’t exist, some patients would have no professional health care.
 
I hope you stay healthy!!
 
I can’t wait for my next assignment. Signing off for today,

Lightning T. Bear

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