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Thunder Takes to the Skies

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Hello again, to Mrs. Crosby, and to the coolest first graders in all of Colorado!  
It’s Thunder the Teaching Assistant, back with another report about a fun intern experience I had with Tyler Willard’s Dad this past week.
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Tyler’s Dad is a pilot for the largest airline in the world, United Airlines.  He is currently assigned to fly a big airplane called the Airbus A-320.  This airplane seats 150 passengers, and flies to most big airports in the United States, and to other destinations as far south as South and Central America, and as far north as Alaska!  I found out a lot of cool things about being a pilot, and I got to see and do some neat things too!
Thunder with the flight crew.

Thunder with the flight crew.

 

Mr. Willard sits in the cockpit during the flight.  The cockpit, also known as the flight deck, is at the front end of the plane.  There are two pilots.  A Captain, and a First Officer.  They share their flying and non-flying duties, alternating every other flight.  I found out some interesting things when I was able to sit with them before and during the flight.

 

Prior to their flight, they plan the routing, check weather reports, make decisions about mechanical issues and fuel loading, and then head to the gate on the concourse where the airplane is

Thunder helps the ground crew.

Thunder helps the ground crew.

parked.  Before they leave to go fly, one of the pilots goes out and inspects the plane.  This is called a pre-flight inspection to ensure there is nothing damaged or leaking that might affect the safety of all the passengers.  I took some pictures of me sitting on the Tug, which pushes the airplane back from the gate.  I also helped the ramp people load some mail and luggage, and helped Tyler’s Dad inspect the all the plane’s parts.  Those engines sure are big!  While all the people were getting on the plane, I watched the pilots set up all the computers and controls, and then it was time to go!

 

My trip started on Friday night very late, and lasted 4 days.  We visited cities in Florida like Orlando, where Disney World is, and Mickey Mouse lives.  We also got to visit the Atlantic Ocean in Ft. Lauderdale, which had a really nice beach.  Then we got to see Chicago which is up north in Illinois, and then finally back to Denver.  Airplanes fly at all hours of the day and night, and our first flight left Denver at Midnight, after all of you were already asleep.  We flew all the way to New York City, and landed at 5:30 in the morning.  The sun wasn’t even up yet!  I was so sleepy when we landed.  We flew at 38,000 feet above the ground.  That is more than 7 miles up in the sky.  We flew really fast, sometimes going more than 600 miles per hour.  That is the same as traveling 1 mile, every 6 seconds!  Some other cool things I learned about his plane…When they take off, they sometimes weigh almost 170,000 pounds, and carry as much as 43,000 pounds of gas!

 
Thunder takes a well-deserved break.

Thunder takes a well-deserved break.

I learned that pilots and airplanes make it much easier for all of us to get to almost anywhere we want to go.  Aviation, which involves all types of aircraft, also provides other critical services for our community in so many ways.  Can any of you give me some examples of different kinds of jobs pilots do?

Remember, aviation does not include only airline jets, but also propeller planes and helicopters.  Aircraftcan help us get to far away places like England and China, or to closer places like Aspen or Vail a lot faster than driving or taking a boat.  Pilots and their aircraft perform all sorts of other duties, too.  Police can use aviation to arrest bad guys by flying above them when they try to get away.  Doctors can use aviation to carry a hurt person to the hospital really fast, and we can even use aviation to help us fight fires or monitor traffic jams!  Of course, we cannot forget the brave pilots in our military, who protect us from bad people and keep our country safe.
After spending four days flying around with Tyler’s Dad, I learned a lot of things about being a pilot and what they do.  It is a very rewarding job, because pilots help bring our big world much closer together, so everyone can visit those people and family members they want to see.  Fire fighters use pilots, as do hospitals, police departments, the post office, and our military.  I learned that boys and girls can be pilots.  I was also reminded by the pilots I met how important it is for you kids to always do your best in school.
Thanks for this opportunity to tell you a little about being a pilot.  I hope you enjoyed reading my research report.

Thunder gets the best view ever!

Thunder gets the best view ever!

Lightning Goes to the 3rdSpace Operations Squadron

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Today I got to intern with Katelyn’s daddy, Technical Sergeant Rob Henneman. He’s in the Air Force and he flies satellites in space. We started our day at the gym this morning. People in the Air Force exercise a lot! I tried lots of different things. After the gym I got to see where they fly satellites. They use the same kind of computers you have in your Technology discovery. I was kind of sad that they wouldn’t let me take any pictures but Mr. Henneman said that it was classified. I got to meet lots of very nice Airmen and I even got to help write a report. 
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What is your job?  I am a Technical Sergeant and Flight Chief at the 3rdSpace Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base.

Do you provide goods or a service? I provide a service. My unit provides
Satellite Communications to our military around the whole world. Our
satellites let us use phones to talk to each other on the other side of the
world. They even give the internet to our troops out in the middle of the
ocean or the desert.

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Is your job located in the city, suburbs, or rural community? Schriever Air
Force Base is waaay out East, far from the city. And the Satellites that we
control from there are 22,000 miles away from Earth in outer space.

How do you interact with other members of our community in your job duties?
We talk with people all over the world, from Colorado to England, Japan, and
even the Indian Ocean to make sure our satellites are working properly. Here
in Colorado we have a BIG antenna that we can use to talk to our satellites
out in space.

How does your joDSC_2076b support our community? The military uses our satellites to talk to each other in order to protect us here in America from bad guys that want to hurt us. We also like to help our community by volunteering. I like to volunteer at my church.

What would happen if your job didn’t exist in our community? If the military didn’t have our satellites, we would only be able to talk to each other with walkie talkies (which don’t work very far away). And our Airmen, Soldiers, Seamen, and Marines would not be able to talk to their families when they have to go far away from home.

What a great day! I can’t wait for my next assignment.

Lightning T. Bear

Lightning Spends the Day atFirst Baptist Church Black Forest

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Hello Cool Cats!

This week I spe20140219_092715nt some time with Lauryn’s mom, Mrs. Carlos, at her job. Here is a little about what she does.

 

She is a Ministry Assistant/front office at First Baptist Church Black Forest.

She provides a service.

The church is lo20140219_153014cated in a rural community – serving all of CS.

She helps with planning and organizing events/prayer needs/ children and youth activities/church administration functions, etc.

The church helps the community by meeting their spiritual needs.

 

20140219_152910I’m off to my next assignment!

Lightning

Thunder Learns About Missiles and Space

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Date of Internship: Tuesday January 21, 2014

Hi, it’s me Thunder T. Bear.

I started my internship this week with Nathan’s Dad, Ralph, working for the Space Dynamics Lab.  It took some time to get my security clearances (special badges that allow me to enter buildings) at the Missile Defense Space Center but once I got authorized I was able to gain

Thunder on base at Schriever.

Thunder on base at Schriever.

access to the Missile Defense Integration and Operations facility.  My job was to identify data collection opportunities for the special spacecraft (satellites) that can track missiles and rockets launched from Earth.  My job provides a service to the protection of our country, the United States of America.   The job is located in a rural area east of Colorado Springs at Schriever Air Force Base.   In my job, I interacted with other community members such as research organizations and military services (Army, Air Force, and Navy) to help gather data from space for researching ways to improve missile defense capabilities.  My job supports our community by contributing to the protection of the United States from anyone that wants to do harm.  If this job did not exist, then we would not be advancing our Nation’s defenses using spacecraft that orbit our Earth.   Because of the sensitive nature of information at my job, I was not able to take any pictures of my adventure and I have been sworn to secrecy.

Until next time,

Thunder T. Bear

Thunder Works in Special Forces

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Hello Everyone,

It’s Thunder and after a little rest I am ready to file some reports again. Recently I went to work with Mr. Hollingsworth, Tate’s dad. He has a very interesting job with the US Army.

Thunder: What is your job?
Officer. H: I am a Special Forces Officer in the United States Army.

Thunder checking out military transportation.

Thunder checking out military transportation.


Thunder: What do you do in this position?
Officer. H: I provide a service to all citizens by defending the Constitution of the United States.

Thunder: Where is your job located?
Officer. H: I am stationed at Fort Carson (approximately 25 miles south of DCC), but I perform my job all over the world.

Thunder: What would happen if your job did not exist?
Officer. H: I am not sure how the freedoms in our community would look like, if my job did not exist.


Thunder: How do you interact with our community?
Officer: H: Since I have been performing my job, I have been deployed all over the US for training, Kuwait, Africa, Afghanistan (numerous times), Iraq and just got back from a trip to Germany.

I have a tough job and sacrifice greatly, but the entire family sacrifices as well.  Without them, I could not do my job.


I never realized just how many different jobs our military has until I started working for Mrs. Crosby reporting on our community. Every year I seem to come across a new job, like I did with Tate’s dad today. With each military job I learn about, the more I appreciate all they do.

Until next time,

Thunder T. Bear

 

 

Lightning Becomes and Engineer

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Hello Class!!

Airplanes that Mr. Wendall works with.

Airplanes that Mr. Wendall works with.

Today I worked with Julia and Jordan Lambert’s Dad, Wendel. He is a Project Engineer for a large Aircraft Engine Overhaul Company.

Lightning working hard.

Lightning working hard.

I spent my day helping with sales calls and answering engine problem questions, which is very important to get right, since you can’t pull over to the nearest cloud if you have a problem.
Mr. Lambert’s company provides a service to the community by overhauling turbine engines on commercial airlines, Fortune 500 Companies, general aviation, and the agricultural industry.
If this job did not exist, people would not be able to travel by air, all around the world for work or play.
Mr. Lambert’s job is located all over the United States, as he has to travel a lot. When he isn’t traveling, he

Off to work!

Off to work!

works from his home office. His company has 17 overhaul facilities, located all over the world to better serve the aviation community. Each company contributes and supports many charitable projects to numerous to list.

Until next time,

Lightning!!

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
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