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Joint Base Charleston Patriot Vol. 2, No. 39 Team Charleston – One Family, One Mission, One Fight! Friday, October 7, 2011 A day of fun in the sun U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt Chrissy Best INSIDE SMILES Kayla Helferich smiles at her kitty cat face at the Child Find/Exceptional Family Member Program Extravaganza ‘Special Needs Fair’ Oct. 1, at Marrington Plantation, Joint Base CharlestonWeapons Station.The fair is designed to help families with children who have special needs by providing entertainment while keeping them aware of the resource available on and off base. The extravaganza featured fun, food, games, prizes and music provided by more than 20 local resource agencies. Kayla is the daughter of Michelle and Master Sgt. Joe Helferich assigned to the 628th Communications Squadron. See more photos on Page 12. Denton Program, 437th APS support humanitarian missions Story and photo By Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Dental techs at work See page 16 OMBUDSMEN Celebrating 41 years See page 8 TRICARE Adjusted annual fees See page 17 Charleston, SC Friday, October 7 PM Showers (30% precip) High 80º Low 61º Saturday, October 8 Thunder showers (40% precip) High 77º Low 64º Sunday, October 9 Scattered Showers (30% precip) High 79º Low 69º There are currently 24,800 pounds of humanitarian aid stored at the 437th Aerial Port Squadron waiting to be shipped to Colon, Honduras on Oct. 25. Twenty reverse osmosis water purification systems and two anesthesia machines are being sent to provide clean water and medical supplies to more than 20,000 Hondurans who are in need. There are currently 15 more humanitarian missions just like this one being managed by the Denton Humanitarian Assistance Program. The program was designed to allow private U.S. citizens and organizations to use space available on military cargo planes to transport humanitarian goods, such as food, clothing, medical and education sup- Airman 1st Class Brandon Fritz guides Staff Sgt. Michael Shaw while loading a water purification sysplies, agricultural equipment and vehicles tem onto a pallet Oct. 5, at Joint Base Charleston-Air Base. Humanitarian, aid including 20 reverse osmosis water purification systems and two anesthesia machines, will be sent to Colon, Honduras to countries in need. "The Denton Program was originated by Oct. 25. These supplies will assist more than 20,000 Hondurans in need. Fritz is an air transportation specialist and Shaw is an air transportation journeyman from the 437th Aerial Port Squadron. Jeremiah Denton, who was a former Alabama state-senator, presidential advisor final destination. This includes finding the million pounds of Denton cargo in the form of to President Ronald Reagan on Latin American closest aerial port and an aircraft from active- 260 pallets. affairs, a retired Navy rear admiral and a duty, Reserves or Air National Guard with "Our port is a main hub for humanitarian Prisoner of War during Vietnam," said Jim space available." relief efforts," Lee said. "We are honored to Bailey, Denton Program Logistics manager. Capt. Nick Lee, 437th APS Cargo work with the Denton Program to provide a "During the anti-communist movement of the Operations Flight commander, said, "Aerial humanitarian need to those in poverty." 1980's he spent a lot of time in South America porters play a major role in setting up humaniThe water systems are being sent by Water and recognized the poverty there. tarian aid cargo by loading the materials onto Missions International, a non-profit organiza"He noticed that planes being sent to South pallets and transporting them on an aircraft. tion based out of Charleston, and were made by America usually had extra space for more Airmen from the 437th APS have palletized volunteers, Bailey said. Water Missions cargo which could be used for humanitarian shipments of food, water and supplies to coun- International utilizes the Denton Program three support. He started the Denton Program in tries all over the world for humanitarian aid." to four times a year to transport the water sys1985 to fully utilize aircraft while helping The 437th APS has been palletizing the tems to different countries free of charge. those in poverty in South America." water purification systems and putting them in The Denton Program benefits the U.S. govThe process of shipping humanitarian aid to a storage until a C-5 Galaxy from the 439th ernment, the donors sending the supplies and country in need is regulated by the U.S. Agency Airlift Wing from Westover Reserve Base, the people receiving them, Bailey said. for International Development, the Department Mass. will fly the equipment to Honduras. The "The program supports U.S. government of State and the Department of Defense. 437th APS has 50 pallets and storage space foreign policy objectives and helps those in "When a private organization such as a non- available for the Denton Program and humani- need," he said. "It also ensures we are fully utiprofit organization wants to send humanitarian tarian relief efforts. lizing aircraft cargo capacity. Units who volunaid to a specific country, they must submit an "This port doesn't just support the base," Lee teer and work with the Denton Program proapplication detailing what they are sending," said. "Aerial porters support missions world- vide their Airmen with many training opportuBailey said. "USAID and the Department of wide, from bringing ammo and supplies to nities. The pilots can stay current with their State validate the mission and inspect the ship- troops on the frontline to bringing clean water training requirements and units with small aerment to ensure it is for a good cause and the to those in poverty." ial ports provide their Airmen with real world supplies won't be put on the black market. The Denton Program facilitates movement operations training. All participating units are "After the mission has been cleared, the all over the world and shipped nearly 2 million recognized and their hard work is greatly Denton Program sets up the logistics needed to pounds of humanitarian goods in 2010. The appreciated. We are all humans and we all need find an aircraft which can send the cargo to it's 437th APS has accommodated more than one clean water." ORI Tip of the Week Operational Readiness Inspection Countdown: 7 weeks In coordination with the 437th and 628th leadership; all personal electronic devices are to be stowed in personal bags after PAX are complete and are not to be used until arriving in the dorms at Gulfport CRTC. Joint Base Charleston Facebook Now Live! - Follow Discussions, Connect With Your Base! CYAN-AOOO MAGENTA-OAOO YELLOW-OOAO BLACK 01/29/08

10-07-2011 The Patriot (Joint Base Charleston)

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