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Vol. 78, No. 14 NEWS BRIEFS

March Air Reserve Base, California

Friday, April 12, 2013

Team March members jump with Les SkyHawks

452 MXG SETS UP FOR SQUADRON PHOTOS by Sgt. Tracy Ellingsen The 452d Maintenance 452 AMW public affairs volunteer Group has set aside a KC-135 and C-17 static for squadron PERRIS, Calif.-- The Canadian Army’s photos, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., premier parachute demonstration team, The Saturday, April 20. After this SkyHawks, arrived in southern California event, the next opportunity last week to begin their annual, 5-week for squadron photos will be training camp. Over the course of the next the September UTA. To take month, The SkyHawks will learn and then advantage of this opportunity, perfect the show they will perform throughplease contact Tech. Sgt. An- out Canada during the upcoming year. Aldrew McLaughlin at andrew. though there are similar training facilities Note: available in Canada, the Perris Skydive airSquadrons are responsible for port offers the team one important advanproviding their own photogra- tage – better weather. pher and only squadron photos “We received six inches of snow right at the C-17 or KC-135 are al- before I left,” said Sgt. Louis Vincent Richlowed. Photos towards the F16s ard Roy, one of the team’s two tandem masor any other areas on the flight- ters. “The facility here is really nice.” line are not authorized. In addition to the teams formations and trick jumps, the two tandem masters must REGISTRATION IS practice as many tandem jumps as possible. NOW OPEN FOR 2013 “We don’t want to conflict with the busiYELLOW RIBBON ness of the airport, which charges up to 300 EVENTS dollars for a tandem jump,” said Richard The events will provide pro- Roy. “So instead, we invite members from grams, resources, referrals and the (March Air Reserve) base to jump with services to minimize stress on us.” families during all phases of Maj. Amber Marcella, executive officer deployment. The following up- for the 452d Air Mobility Wing, was one of coming events are now open for registration: • Apr. 19-21, Denver, Colo. (waitlist only – B UTA) • Apr. 26-28, Orlando, Fla. For more information, by Col. Bob Thompson contact SMSgt. Jo Carrillo Air Force Reserve public affairs at extension 2571 or Email WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Harry S. Truman signed legislation on April 14, 1948, establishing the modern-day Air Force Reserve. The new organization reaffirmed the “Citizen Airmen” concept that Use your smartphone to connect to the reaches back to the Army Air Service reMarch Air Reserve Base official public servists of the first world war. website via the Microsoft tag app. This came seven months after Truman established the fledgling U.S. Air Force as a separate service from the Army in the aftermath of World War II. Truman envisioned a new Reserve component to continue the tradition of service -- “being ready when called upon.” Today, Citizen Airmen perform leading roles in military operations, humanitarian

the first base personnel to jump this time. “It is the most exhilarating experience I have had in my Air Force career,” said Marcella, who was “peer pressured” into signing up by a coworker. Marcella was out-

fitted in a red SkyHawks jumpsuit and an altimeter, in preparation for her jump. After a brief period of instruction she waited with See LES SKYHAWKS, page 7

SkyHawks courtesy photo/The crew

Maj. Amber Marcella, 452d Air Mobility Wing, free falls at 120 miles per hour during her tandem jump with the Sky Hawks, April 2.The SkyHawks are the Canadian Army’s premier parachute demonstration team, that travels to Perris, Calif., yearly to practice skydiving skills and routines.

Air Force Reserve celebrates 65 years of historic service crisis and disaster relief around the globe. The Air Force Reserve consists of officers, enlisted and civil servants who are tasked by law to fill the needs of the armed forces whenever more units and people are required than are in the Regular Air Force. More than 860,000 people make up the Ready, Standby, Retired and Active Duty Retired Reserve. This includes more than 70,000 Selected Reservists who are readynow and participate in every job specialty and on the front lines of daily military operations around the globe. The earliest roots of the Air Force go back to the Aeronautical Division of the U.S. Army’s Office of the Chief Signal Officer, which took charge of military balloons and air machines in 1907. This division grew into the Army Air Service,

authorized by Congress and the National Defense Act of 1916. Later, the first two air reserve units were mobilized and one of them, the First Aero Reserve Squadron from Mineola, N.Y., deployed to France as the United States entered World War I, in 1917. The new “Air Service” reserve program provided the war effort about 10,000 pilots who had graduated from civilian and military flying schools. In addition, reservists played a critical role in World War II, when 1,500 reserve pilots along with 1,300 non-rated officers and 400 enlisted Airmen augmented the Army Air Corps in the war’s early days. This included the legendary Jimmy DooSee AF RESERVE, page 4

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If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you by Senior Airman Kelly Galloway 439th Airlift Wing public affairs

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. -- “Hey sexy... you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about five foot eight inches tall, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had an eye for; it was a handful of my new girlfriends as well. We all had just completed basic training, preparing to leave for technical school to begin a new chapter in our military careers, so why make enemies at the start. We just laughed him off. About a month in, I grew tired of the cheesy pick-up lines and over-used sexual innuendos. I asked one of our student leader, or ropes, to step in to have a chat with the guy regarding how uncomfortable he made me. Unfortunately, that chat did not have much of an effect on the Airman and as “luck” would have it, I had to sit next to him during class. Lucky me, right? I was pretty good at letting his suggestive comments flow in one ear and out the other, careful not to show it bothered me, because that would only added fuel to his fire. Up to that point, his words were the only offensive thing he had been doing, until I dropped my pencil one day. As I stooped over to pick it up, I heard a loud voice boom throughout the classroom. “Are you serious, Airman?” Startled, I nearly smacked my head on the table trying to sit back up. With our entire class now looking back toward us, our two class leaders, U.S. Marines, shrugged them away and stated “We’ll talk about this at break -- carry on.”

Unbeknownst to me, this guy had just committed one of the foulest, sexually suggestive hand gestures behind my head. Luckily, the class leaders sitting behind us saw the entire incident. That was the final straw. The class leaders already knew how annoyed I was by his behavior and asked if I wanted to take this latest development up the chain of command; however, I still did not have intentions of getting anyone in trouble. I hoped the class leaders scared him enough at this point and decided against it -- asking only to move seats to get away from him. With my new location in the classroom, I felt a bit more at ease. Although the Airman now had one of his male friends start to jeer me because I had gotten him in trouble. I felt beaten and angry. I had no control over the situation, it wasn’t “my” fault he did what he did. About a week after the hand gesture incident, I’d had it with the remarks from him and his friend, so I asked one of our former ropes to have a talk with these two guys. This former rope commanded the respect of all the guys in the Airman dormitory; certainly he would be able to have an impact on this guy. Shortly after the discussion this time, the jokes and rude remarks stopped all together. The Airman and his friend completely avoided me -- victory at last! Three months later, two weeks before our class graduation date, a female instructor came up to me when I was on my way back from a class assignment.“Airman Galloway, follow me, please,” she said. I proceeded down the hallway and into a small room with a handful of computers and two girls from my class already in place. Confusion and a spark of panic over-

came me when the door was shut and I realized something serious was going on. One of my fellow female Airmen had been crying -- her eyes were still puffy and red. “Galloway, as I understand, you had a harassment issue with a particular Airman?” my instructor asked. I acknowledged her question, explained my experience with the Airman and asked why this was now becoming known, because the incident happened nearly three months prior. Her response shook me to the core, as she explained how the two female Airmen, fellow classmates, had just had the same type of harassment, only it had gone above what this man had done to me. The Airman allegedly grabbed one of the girls and cornered her in an area where we kept our equipment. He put his hand over her mouth and pushed her back against the lockers -- pressing his body against hers and proceeded to kiss his hand in a suggestive way. This was why I was being called into the room, the other girl was witness to what happened and they both wanted to open an investigation after speaking with the sexual assault response coordinator on base. They knew I had been in a situation and wanted to know if I also wanted to open an investigation. I realized that what I thought to be simple, annoying jokes, had turned into something much more serious. How much more would his behavior deteriorate? What if I had reported this incident when it happened to me? Would this still have happened to this girl? The thoughts in my mind raced. I agreed to speak to the SARC. See COMMENTARY, page 8

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Prepare to survive: Building an earthquake kit by Robert Kaschak 452 AMW Emergency Management technician

The next phase of “Preparing to Survive” is building an emergency kit. There are many sources of information on state and federal websites that provide basic recommendations on the contents of kits; however, keep in mind these are general suggestions. A standard kit should be complimented with personal supplies that will increase your family’s chances of survival during a recovery period. Families need to analyze their situations and determine what essential items are required in their kit. Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones might be unavailable for days, so the kit should contain enough items to manage. A rule of thumb is

ensuring the kit contains enough supplies for 72 hours. The following are a list of recommended items to have in an emergency kit: • One gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation • Three-day supply of non-perishable food, infant formula and diapers, pet food and extra water for your pet • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio ( *National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio with tone alert) • Flashlight, matches in a waterproof container • First-aid kit, medical essentials • A whistle to signal for help See PREPARING, page 3

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Reductions won’t affect most TRICARE prime beneficiaries From a Military Health System News Release

FALLS CHURCH, Va.,-- Despite upcoming service area reductions, TRICARE Prime will remain a health care option for 97 percent of the more than 5 million beneficiaries eligible for the health care plan, Military Health System officials said. The 3 percent difference that comprises about 171,000 beneficiaries who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, automatically will revert to the TRICARE Standard health care option Oct. 1, officials said. Those beneficiaries recently received a letter explaining their options and they will receive a reminder letter in June or July. “The first thing TRICARE beneficiaries should know about the reduction in the number of Prime service areas is that it doesn’t mean they’re losing their TRICARE benefit,” said Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. “Next, it’s important to remember this change does not affect most of the more than 5 million people using TRICARE Prime and [it affects] none of our active duty members and their families.” As a follow-up to the initial notification, he noted, a second letter will be mailed in early summer to make sure all affected beneficiaries have the time and information to make important decisions about their future health care options. The TRICARE website has the most current details at and gives beneficiaries the option to sign up for email updates. A ZIP code tool is available on the site to help beneficiaries determine if they live in an affected Prime service area. As always, officials said, TRICARE beneficiaries still are covered by TRICARE Standard. For those living

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within 100 miles of a remaining Prime service area, they added, re-enrolling in Prime may be an option, depending on availability. To do this, beneficiaries must waive their drive-time standards and possibly would need to travel long distances for primary and specialty care. “I urge all impacted beneficiaries to carefully consider their health care options -- they should talk them over with family members and their current health care provider,” Woodson said. “Many beneficiaries may be able to continue with their current provider using the Standard benefit. Being close to your health care team usually offers the best and safest access to care.” In TRICARE Prime, those enrolled are assigned a primary care provider who manages their health care. Retirees pay an annual enrollment fee and have low out-ofpocket costs under this plan. TRICARE Standard is an open-choice option with no monthly premiums and no need for referrals, but there are cost shares and an annual deductible. Defense Department officials first planned to reduce the number of Prime service areas in 2007, when it requested bids for the third generation of regional health care support contracts. The areas being eliminated were not close to existing military treatment facilities or sites affected by base realignments and closures. Prolonged protests resulted in a staggered transition, officials said and the decision was made to keep all Prime service areas in place until all three contracts were in place. The West region completed its transition April 1. Eliminating select Prime service areas allows TRICARE and the Defense Department to better control costs while continuing to deliver a high-quality health care benefit to all 9.6 million TRICARE beneficiaries, officials said.

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• Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape to help filter contaminated air • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and household chlorine bleach for personal sanitation • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, manual can opener for food, fire extinguisher • Local maps, emergency reference materials • Cell phone with inverter or solar charger • Spare clothes and shoes, sleeping bag or warm blankets • Safe storage of important papers, documents and cash • Hygiene supplies, eating utensils, paper and pens, activities for children • Extra batteries Maintaining an emergency kit is just as important as building one. It is paramount to ensure perishable items remain current and if expired, replaced at the soonest opportunity. Make sure the kit is prepositioned in an easily accessible place and everyone knows where it is located. Next week’s article will provided more in depth details on food and water supplies. Preparation is the key to survival and recovery. For more information, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency website, Again, I say, not if, but when.


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from AF RESERVE, page 1 little who was ordered to active duty to work in Detroit to convert automobile manufacturing plants into aircraft factories and later went on to lead “Doolittle’s Raiders,” the first American bombing attack on the Japanese mainland. After World War II ended, the young Air Force Reserve was barely two years old when it mobilized nearly 147,000 reservists for the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. In the 1960s, five AFR C-124 aircraft units along with 5,613 reservists were mobilized for a year to support the Berlin Crisis. By 1962, an additional mobilization of 14,220 reservists and 422 aircraft were supporting operations during the Cuban Missile Crisis. During the Vietnam War, the AFR provided strategic airlift as well as counterinsurgency, close air support, tactical mobility, interdiction, rescue and recovery, intelligence, medical, maintenance, aerial port and air superiority until U.S. involvement ended in 1973. For the most part, the nation was at peace for the next few years with the AFR periodically engaged in emergency-response missions. This included the

rescue and return of American students from Grenada in 1983, aerial refueling of F-111 bombers during the El Dorado Canyon raid on Libyan-sponsored terrorists in 1986 and Operation Just Cause, which ousted Panama’s General Noriega in 1989-1990. In addition, Air Force reservists supported humanitarian and disaster relief efforts, including resupply and evacuation missions in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo. More than twenty years of continual combat operations began with Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in response to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. In the aftermath of coalition victory, Air Force reservists continued to serve and were heavily involved in enforcing the no-fly zones over northern and southern Iraq as well as in humanitarian relief missions to assist the uprooted Iraqi Kurds. In 1993, Air Force Reserve tanker, mobility and fighter units began operations in Bosnia and in 1999 supported Operation Allied Force over Serbia and Kosovo. When terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, Air Force re- servists responded in full measure. Air Force Reserve F-16 fighter aircraft flew combat air patrols to protect American cities while KC-135 tankers and AWACS aircraft supported security efforts. In October 2001, Operation Enduring Freedom began as U.S. military forces entered Afghanistan to combat the Taliban and terrorist sanctuaries. In March 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom began in order to end Saddam Hussein’s regime. AFR units and reservists played key roles in all combat operations as AFR MC-130 Combat Talon aircraft became the first fixed-wing aircraft to penetrate Afghan airspace while Air Force Reserve F-16 crews performed the first combat missions. In recent years, Citizen Airmen have supported every Air Force core function and every Combatant Commander around the world. Air Force reservists were engaged in surge operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. They supported combat and humanitarian missions in Haiti, Libya, Japan, Mali and the Horn of Africa. In addition, they have provided national disaster relief at home in the U.S. after Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the gulf oil spill and the wildfires in the

western states. Throughout their history, Citizen Airmen have volunteered continually, allaying concerns that reservists would not be available when really needed. Since its inception in 1948, the Air Force Reserve has evolved from a unitmobilization-only force into an operational reserve that participates daily in missions around the globe. Today, Air Force reservists safeguard nuclear weapons and guide Global Positioning Satellites. From bases in the United States, reservists fly remotely piloted aircraft in combat half a world away. They track hurricanes out at sea and bring medical supplies and food into disaster areas to save lives around the world. Spanning six and a half decades, with the last two decades of continuous combat, the AFR has fulfilled the legacy of early air pioneers and exceeded the potential seen by the visionaries who created it in 1948. Congratulations to all Citizen Airmen, past and present, on the 65th Anniversary of the Air Force Reserve on April 14, 2013. For more information on the history of the Air Force Reserve, go to: www.

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Help for those lost in the smog: Getting ready for ECARS by Michael Cullen 452 AMW legal office intern

The Employee-vehicle Certification and Reporting System, or ECARS, will soon be at March Field. This is an Air Force program that will ensure the base aligns with Clean Air Act, section 118(d), which requires vehicles operated by federal military and civilian employees (not contractors) on Federal facilities for 60 or more days per year, be in compliance with the emissions standards. The new guidance will apply to the vehicle inspection and maintenance program area where the facility is located and affords members the opportunity to actively participate in helping improve the environment and health of personnel stationed here at March. Smog inspections, or enhanced tests, are required unless your vehicle is of the following: • a hybrid or electric • gasoline powered 1975 year model or older

• diesel powered 1997 year model or older • diesel powered with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 14,000 lbs • natural gas powered with a GVWR rating of more than 14,000 lbs • a motorcycle, or • a trailer If a vehicle fails a Smog Check, it must be repaired and retested. If repairs prove too costly, members have access to options that can be found on various California government websites. The Consumer Assistance Program provides qualified consumers who fail a Smog Check inspection, up to $500 in financial assistance towards certain emissions-related repairs, according to Major Deric Prescott, Staff Judge Advocate. In order to qualify, an applicant must have a household income that is less than or equal to 225 percent of the federal poverty level, as published in the Federal Register by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. To obtain an application,

go to or call the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Consumer Information Center at 1-800952-5210. In addition, the CAP program allows consumers to retire a qualified vehicle and receive $1,000 or $1,500, if the consumer meets low-income eligibility guidelines -- the same guidelines and website apply. Both of these programs will issue a letter of eligibility to qualified applicants, with specific instructions on how to repair or retire their vehicle. Lastly, a Repair Cost Waiver can be requested through the Referee Network, which is available if a consumer already had some repairs performed, but cannot afford any future repairs. The repair cost minimum is $450 and a licensed smog technician, in a licensed smog station must have made all repairs. To make a Referee appointment call 1-800-622-7733. Helpful link: Overview of financial options: http:// html.

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March ARB triumphs over IG team U.S. Air Force photos/Master Sgt. Linda Welz

The 452d Air Mobility Wing leadership used an unconventional commander's call to recognize teams and individuals on their performance during the Operational Readiness and Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspections. Col. Samuel Mahaney (right), commander; Col. James Finney (below left), vice commander; and Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, command chief, beat the unofficial Air Mobility Command Inspector General basketball team to represent the wing's recent, successful completion of both inspections.

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The The Beacon from LES SKYHAWKS, page 1 the rest of The SkyHawks for the plane to arrive for their jump. During the flight up, Marcella kept an eye on her altimeter waiting to put her training into action. When the altimeter finally registered 8,000 feet, she sat in front of her tandem master, Sgt. Sebastien Tremblay and he attached himself to her with five different straps. When the plane finally reached 12,500 feet, Marcella and Tremblay shimmied to the door as the big moment approached. Just as the duo had practiced, Marcella rested her head on her tandem master’s shoulder and trusted him with the flying. As they exited the aircraft, they quickly picked up speed and began plummeting toward the earth at 120 miles per hour. After 45 seconds they had traveled more than half the distance back to solid ground. When they reached 5,500 feet, Tremblay reached back, pulled the chord and released the parachute, that safely floated

the pair towards the grassy landing strip. Under The SkyHawks signature Canadian Flag parachute, Marcella safely descended while getting a bird’s-eye view of the entire valley. “It was an out-of-body experience,” she said. After landing, Marcella was presented with a shirt from Tremblay that boasted across the back “I jumped with The SkyHawks,” in both English and French. Many Team March members will follow in Marcella’s footsteps to jump with The SkyHawks during their stay in Perris. Although the vacancies for this year’s tandem jumps are all filled, The SkyHawks hope to return to Southern California next spring. As for Marcella, although she enjoyed it, she said it’s a once-in-a lifetime experience and she probably would not do it again. “This wasn’t on my bucket list,” she said. “This isn’t something I had planned to do, but I’m so glad I did it.”

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Master Sgt. Kelly Lundgrin, 452 Air Mobility Wing is shown how to properly exit the airplane door prior to taking her turn at skydiving with the Les SkyHawks, April 2. The SkyHawks are the Canadian Army’s premier parachute demonstration team, that travels to Perris, Calif., to practice their skydiving skills and routines.

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Master Sgt. Kelly Lundgrin, left, and Maj. Amber Marcella chat after their tandem jump with The SkyHawks, the Canadian Army’s premier parachute demonstration team, April 2.



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from COMMENTARY, page 2 The concept of an entire office committed to sexual assault boggled me. I had no idea what was in store, as the three of us walked into the SARC office to begin explaining what happened. To my relief, the officer was approachable and sincere; she made every effort to ease our minds and explained what was going to happen. All three of us had to give her our written statements separately and without prejudice. After reviewing our statements, she concluded that there was a definite issue and asked us individually if we wanted to proceed with a restricted or unrestricted report. A restricted report requires the member be in status and can only report the incident to medical personnel, SARC or a victim advocate. However, an unrestricted report means the member can report the incident to investigative agencies, such as the Air Force Office of Special Investigation or security forces, as well as to members in their chain of command such as the first sergeant, supervisor, or commander. All three of us wanted the unrestricted report. We were sent back to the dormitory after meeting with the SARC, to speak with our military training leaders. Upon arrival, the captain was already waiting for us. As we entered her office, at attention and visibly shaken, she asked us to sit down. Up until this point, we had not had any personal interaction with this busy officer and had grown to fear having to report to her. “Ladies, first of all I want you to know that you are not alone,” she said. “Secondly, I want to assure you that this Airman will be dealt with and I will do everything to ensure your safety and confidentiality of this situation, but you need to ensure the confidentiality on your end as well.” “Yes, Ma’am,” we simultaneously spoke out. We had already signed confidentiality agreements and were ordered not to talk about the situation to any of our classmates. After an hour of conversing with the captain, she released us to go back to our rooms to deal with what had just occurred in our own manner. What had started as a normal day had taken such a dramatic turn of events. Our minds were warped. We were mentally exhausted. A team of OSI agents came to our dormitory along with military police, who went through the Airman’s room seeking incriminating evidence. They pulled him from class and brought him back to the dorms so that he could pack his belongings. He was being isolated from the rest of the dorm, moving onto the first floor near our military training leader’s offices. We were only two weeks from graduating. Because of this incident, the Airman jeopardized his marriage, his security clearance -- and his military career. Beginning in basic training, the advice from my

military training instructor had prepared me for something like this, though I never thought I would be involved in a “SARC” case. It was something we had joked and laughed about during training. Yet, my MTI knew better. Before we left his watchful eye, he warned us that an alarming number of technical school SARC cases do happen and will happen -- we should prepare ourselves. His words still ring in my ear like reveille in the morning. “If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you.”

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MilPDS upgrade complete: Review emergency contact information by Debbie Gildea Air Force Personnel Center public affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIORANDOLPH, Texas -- If you married, have a new address or experienced significant life changes in March, you should review your emergency contact information to ensure it is accurate, Air Force Personnel Center officials advised. The Military Personnel Data System manages military personnel and pay information as accessions, separations, retirements, promotions, reenlistments, training, mobilization and casualties. Because the system was outdated and required a complete upgrade, officials shut down the system for 17 days in March. “During the upgrade, some individual information in the virtual Record of Emergency Data could not be updated, like marital status and personal addresses,” said Matt Siwicke, with AFPC casualty affairs.

The DD Form 93, “Record of Emergency Data,” is the source document required by law to provide emergency contact information and beneficiary designations in the event an Airman becomes a casualty. The vRED, accessible through virtual Military Personnel Flight, satisfies that requirement. “It is your responsibility to keep this information current and completion of the document is mandatory,” Siwicke said. “If any of your applicable information changes, your vRED should be updated as soon as possible.” Siwicke also urged Airmen to review and make appropriate changes to the unpaid pay and allowance recipient, death gratuity recipient, and person authorized to direct disposition fields to ensure they are accurate, now that the conversion is complete. For more information about the MilPDS conversion, emergency contact data and other personnel issues, visit the myPers website at https://

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GET YOUR RECREATION ON RecOn is a new Air Force program operated by Outdoor Recreation, that offers free trips to Airmen who have deployed within the past year, including their immediate family members. The following trips have been scheduled: • Apr. 20. Tandem hang gliding (San Bernardino mountains); Deadline Apr. 12 •Apr. 27. Tandem hang gliding (San Bernardino mountains); Deadline Apr. 19 •May 18–19. Whitewater rafting (Kern River); Deadline May 3 •May 31–Jun. 2. Whitewater rafting (Kern River); Deadline May 17 For more information, contact Outdoor Recreation at 951-655-2816. TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM SLOTS AVAILABLE Los Angeles Air Force Base will conduct Fiscal Year 2013 TAP classes for interested military and family members. The following dates are

available: May 13–17 Jun. 10–14 Jul. 15–19 Aug. 12–16 Sept. 16–20 Reservists will not be reimbursed for travel or per diem. To make reservations, call 310-653-5428.

enter the Flightline through the gate at Security Forces (Bldg. 470). The gate will be closed for approximately one year.

452D FM OFFERS DTS LAB Financial Management will conduct DTS computer labs every Unit Training Assembly, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Building 466. The lab is for any member who has DTS issues or requires assistance with completing their voucher. For more information, contact John Florence at 951-6555260 or email mil.

MARCH COMMISSARY HOLDS COUPON CONTEST The March commissary will hold a contest to see which customer can redeem the most coupons in a single transaction during the month of April. To enter, write your name, address and phone number on the receipt and drop in the entry box located at the ID desk. The top three winners will be announced at the end of the month. 1st place - $150 in gift cards 2nd place - $100 in gift cards 3rd place - $50 in gift cards

SAFETY ADVISORY CONTINUED Drivers and pedestrians traveling near the Air Traffic Control Tower, Bldg. 1220, should proceed with caution due to the construction of the new tower. In addition, the gate entering the Flightline at Base Ops (F18) is now closed. All personnel needing access will still sign in at Base Ops, then

VOLUNTEER FIT TO FIGHTER’S NEEDED FOR MARATHON Lt. Col. Jason Ausdemore and the March Company Grade Officer Council are forming a team to run the upcoming San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon, June 2. The Knights of Heroes empowers children who have lost their fathers during military service

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Life Safety Tip of the Week Fireworks

• Do not use Consumer Fireworks; leave them to professionals. • Do not pick up any fireworks after they have been used. • Ages 5 through 14 are at the most risk around fireworks.

Points of Contact Harold Sterne, Asst. Chief, x5001 John Martin, Inspector, x3073 Tim Williams, Inspector, x2161

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April 12, 2013

A day of remembrance: National Holocaust commemoration PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- This year, the Holocaust Days of Remembrance week will be observed from April 7 to 14, 2013. The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, as a permanent, living memorial to those victims. The Museum designated “Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs” as the theme for the 2013 observance. “As depicted in the photo, the train station is modeled after Radegast Station outside of Lodz, Poland,” said Peter Hemmer, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute illustrator. “It was the main rail line in and out of the Lodz ghetto, sending Jews to both Auschwitz and Chelmno concentration

camps. The rail car is a standard German G10 freight car, which was one of the types of cars used in deportations.” The idea for the station sign text was taken from observance materials released by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for this year’s observance. It includes a picture of a woman sitting on a park bench labeled “Nur Fur Juden!” or “Jews Only!” The museum’s theme looks at the events of 1938 and the successive waves of antiSemitic laws and violence that happened that year. “The lighting of my model is supposed to infer a looming darkness. The diorama I built showcases two items that are benign in their own right -- a train station and a train car -- but in the context of this subject were used as instruments of discrimination and deathby the Nazis,” he explained.”

Beacon - April 12, 2013  
Beacon - April 12, 2013