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Maj. Richard Worcester, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron commander, presents the Purple Heart to Stanley Clark here Feb. 20. Clark was awarded the decoration for injuries he received during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore)

D-M honors Vietnam vet Senior Airman Timothy Moore 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Many Vietnam veterans did not come home to open, welcoming arms. Many people did not honor these veterans for their service, but members of the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron on D-M got to honor one Vietnam veteran on Feb. 19. In 1969, as a field maintenance squadron personnel, Stanley Clark was deployed to Vietnam, where he was injured during an attack. During a bombardment in the early part of his 365-day deployment, Clark received injuries to both of his knees while trying to

make it to a hardened cover. After receiving the injuries, Clark still managed to get himself to safety. Clark’s knees were never the same; however, he not only managed to finish his tour, but also served for 10 years in several career fields. Over 40 years after the injury, Clark was awarded the Purple Heart for the injuries he sustained during the attack. In a show of respect for the decoration he would receive and the career field in which he served at the time of the injury, Clark requested the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron on D-M present him with the Purple Heart.

Field maintenance squadrons were re-designated as equipment maintenance squadrons around the 1980s. Clark along with Maj. Richard Worcester, 355th EMS commander, decided that holding the ceremony, which few current military members have ever seen, in front of the 355th EMS would be best. Before the ceremony ended, Clark left the men and women of the 355th EMS with some advice that he says took him years to figure out. “Everyone that serves in the military has been given the greatest gift,” Clark said. “You have been given the gift of honor to serve your country.”



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Dental Squadron Airmen educate children about dental care Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Oral care starts at a young age, and Airmen from the 355th Dental Squadron are getting the word out to children on base during Children’s Dental Health Month, preparing them for healthy teeth in the present and future. Six members from the 355th DS went to several locations on base and educated children on what good dental hygiene is as well as how to perform it. “We just did a big event on Feb. 4,” said Staff Sgt. Kristy Stowell, 355th Dental Squadron dental technician. “We went to both Child Development Centers and

Borman Elementary School, and we talked to kids from preschool through fourth grade. We talked about their teeth, how to brush and how to floss.” A variety of demonstrations were illustrated through the use of songs, videos and skits. “I enjoy showing the children how to take care of their teeth and showing them how to brush and floss,” Stowell said. “I just love the look on their faces and how they’re all excited when we’re there.” The 355th DS reached out to approximately 476 children on base who received individual dental health kits that included toothbrushes, dental floss and workbooks.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Job Torres-Gomez, 355th Dental Squadron dental assistant, shows a student from Borman Elementary School the proper technique used when brushing teeth as part of the National Children’s Dental Health month Feb. 18. Airmen from the 355th DS at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.,visited the school to educate the children on good oral hygiene. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jerilyn Quintanilla)

‘Birdies for the Brave’ honors local military at Accenture Match Play 1st Lt. Angela Walz 162nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Professional golfers in the 2013 Accenture Match Play Championship took time to honor local military members here today as Air and Army National Guardsmen in uniform lined the walkway to the 1st tee before the beginning of play Feb. 22 at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz. “We’re proud to represent the military here today, and proud to be a part of this event,” said Colonel Philip Wielhouwer, 355th Operations Group commander at nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Col. Wielhouwer addressed a crowd of golf fans to kick off the day’s events with the posting of the colors, the singing of the national anthem and an A-10 flyover. The top 64 golfers in the world convened on the greater Tucson area only to be delayed by wind and rain that later turned to snow as the first round of play hit a delay on the first day of the tournament before all four No. 1 seeds could get on the course. Behind schedule, and with many of the top-seeded golfers eliminated early, golfers still took time to honor local military members. “Thanks for all you do. We can’t thank you guys enough,” said pro golfer Matt Kuchar as he headed toward the first tee box. Local military members were out in full force at the tournament to cheer on their favorite golfers and formed a receiving line as the pros walked to the 1st tee. “It’s a privilege and an honor to represent the 162nd Fighter Wing at such a high-profile event,” said Staff Sgt. Ty Gocken, a Phase Dock worker at the 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Senior Airman Jose Roman, a Supply craftsman here. “I’m honored to represent the Arizona National Guard here,” he said. Birdies for the Brave, a PGA Tour Charities, Inc. program is a military outreach initiative supported by the PGA Tour. Since 2005, the tour has joined with players, corporate partners, club members, fans and tour employees to raise more than $6.5 million for charities that provide vital services and programs for military men and women and their families. Birdies for the Brave was established by tour player Phil Mickelson and his wife. Since the program’s inception, Birdies for the Brave has grown to include a variety of military outreach efforts, including Patriots’ Outpost military hospitality chalets and military celebrations held during tournaments;

letter-writing campaigns for the troops; distribution of care packages to troops stationed abroad; awarding honorary memberships to the Wounded Warrior Project for the benefit of a local wounded warrior; and a series of fund-raising events. Birdies for the Brave enables fans, club members, sponsors and the public the opportunity to participate in charity golf tournaments and other activities that directly benefit military men and women and their families, while at the same time play the same golf courses where the world’s best golfers compete. The Navy SEAL Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project are just two of the many groups that benefit from the Birdies for the Brave program. To learn more about the many ways the PGA Tour supports the U.S. military and their families, go to

U.S. Army 1st Sgt. William Aragon, a soldier with the 285th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, ‘coins’ PGA Tour golfer Bubba Watson as he makes his way to the first tee of the day at the Accenture Match Play Championship, held at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., Feb. 22. Air and Army National Guardsmen from the 162nd Fighter Wing and the 285th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion in Tucson, Ariz. lined the walkway to the first hole to greet golfers before the beginning of play. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Hollie A. Hansen)

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Staff Sgt. David Salanitri Air Force Public Affairs Agency

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air Force senior leaders recently released Air Force policy on the Pay and Allowance Continuation program for Airmen who become wounded or ill while supporting a combat contingency. With the release of the Air Force PAC program policy, AFGM 34-02, Airmen will now officially have their own policy, tailored specifically for the Air Force. PAC, which replaced the Combat-Related Injury Rehabilitation Pay program, was implemented in 2008. With the signing of the PAC policy, benefits for Airmen have been clarified. “If an Airman gets injured or wounded in (the combat) theater, and is evacuated, there will be no gap in the Airman’s specialty pay or incentives,” said Tim Townes, Air Force

Survivor Assistance program manager.. “Any special pay or entitlements that the Airman was receiving for the conditions of their deployment will continue up until the Airman is fit to return to duty, or up to 12 months.” A major concern motivating publication of the policy was the uncertainty Airmen had of their benefits. “There were a lot of Airmen who would receive the benefits of PAC, but not know why they’re getting it, or when it would turn off,” said Townes. “Some didn’t understand the difference between other service’s and the Air Force’s PAC.” Like most people, Airmen make financial plans. With the Air Force PAC program, those plans become easier to make, and remove one variable that comes with a deployment. “We know that many Airmen make financial plans based around deployments,” said Townes. “If their deployment pay stopped,

it could have a devastating impact on their financial situation. That’s why the PAC is important.” One major change included in the new policy is the granting of more authority to unit commanders. This benefits Airmen by leaving certain major decisions up to leaders who know them, and their specific mission in that unit. “The unit commanders are now the ones who will determine if the Airman is fit to return to duty,” said Townes. “According to our criteria, Airmen stop receiving PAC when they can consistently make a positive contribution to the unit’s mission. Only the commander can make that decision, not an organization or office unrelated to what that unit or member does.” For more information on the PAC program, contact your installation’s casualty assistance representative.

Military Saves teaches DLT Airmen importance of saving Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Desert Lightning Team Airmen gathered at the Airman and Family Readiness Center from Feb. 25 through Mar. 1 to educate themselves on the importance of saving money throughout the year. “Military Saves Campaign is a campaign to encourage service members and their families to take a military saves pledge which is a commitment to begin a journey towards financial freedom,” said Michael Starkey, AFRC financial counselor. During the week -long event, active duty Airmen were put in a drawing for each class that they participated in. Airmen chosen

in the drawing will win a stayat-home movie night gift basket, which includes DVD’s, gift cards for movie rentals off base, sodas, and movie box candy. First term Airmen, Senior Airman and below, can sign up for a class to help set up a budget. After taking the class, Airmen will receive a free oil change at either the auto hobby shop or Firestone on base. “The other thing is we are having a walk-in service. And anyone who walks in will have 15 minutes where they can pull up their free credit report and it comes with a free credit score as well,” Starkey said. “It’s a nice thing to have to see where your credit score is and it gives you some tips and pointers to

improve the number.” Units around the base also participated in competitions. One competition was to see which unit could come up with the most Military Saves Pledges throughout the year. Another was to see which unit could collect the largest number of cut up credit cards. The winning unit will receive a $200 gift certificate. “On our Facebook page each day we are going to have some video tips on savings,” Starkey said. “Following the video there will be some quizzes available on the Facebook page. Individuals wishing to participate have an opportunity to win $10 Starbucks gift cards for answering correctly by a random drawing each day.”

For those who were unable to participate the campaign activities, one of the biggest tips the AFRC offers is to set a goal and make a plan to save money. “We have some tools in place to set it up automatically to set up an allotment into an emergency savings account and making it a little difficult to access that account. If making it hard to access it, it will allow us to say it’s not worth the trouble to access it for a want versus a need and that money can continue to accumulate. Another way is a Thrift Savings Plan which is also through an allotment but it’s one of those long term investments.”

Focusing on more than the bystander Senior Airman Saphfire Cook 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response officials across the Air Force are revamping their training programs. Bystander Intervention training is slated to be replaced with annual Sexual Assault Response Training in March. The SART will be an hour-long classroom course. Airmen can attend one of the three classes a week. Bystander Intervention Training emphasized those around the victim and their responsibility to act. The new program is a comprehensive training that touches on sexual assault preven-

tion from a variety of angles. “The focus of BIT was on those that see something happening intervening,” said Vicky Jo Ryder, 355th Fighter Wing Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. “With the new training we’re going to cover more aspects, such as the importance of consent, and restricted and unrestricted reporting.” Unlike the BIT classes, SART will be coed. Instead of gender specific classes, they will have rank specific classes. The leadership classes will be master sergeant and up for enlisted members, and major and up for officers. All other ranks will attend the Airmen classes. “Th is training is also different in that it is

mostly interactive,” Ryder said. “One of the main requests the instructors made was ‘No PowerPoint slides, we want to talk.’ So we have one slide to welcome everyone, and from then on the class is actively involved with the course.” The 2013 training cycle is slated to run from March to December. “One of the major facets of the training is instituting a culture change,” Ryder said. “The Air Force is taking steps to change the way people view things. They want them to know that certain things are not appropriate and don’t fit into the Air Force core values.” If you are interested in becoming a SART instructor, contact Ryder at 228-7272.


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Becoming a support system Commentary by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

When I decided to attend Victims Advocate training I didn’t know what to expect. I wanted to help victims because, as a big sister, I always worry about my three little sisters’ safety. One of my sisters is in her first year of college, another is going to college this fall and the last is in her first couple of years of high school. I am always worried that they do not have someone at home to protect them now that I am far away. I also have a little cousin, who is only a few years younger than me. I worry about her safety as well, because we grew up together. All of them are beautiful young women who have been sheltered from things I have seen and experienced. During the first day of training, I watched a documentary about military members who were raped and what happened to them. The documentary is called “The Invisible War”, and it was intense. As a woman in the service, what I learned about these victims hurt me. It honestly scared me. I was taken aback by what happened and how their reports were treated. When women sign up for the service, they take as much pride in serving as a man does. They are excited and proud to serve their country; maybe even a little bit more than men, since originally women couldn’t serve. However, when female military members are assaulted, they quickly lose faith in their branch. I know I am very proud to put this uniform on every day, but after seeing the documentary and how those women were treated, I was ashamed. How can something I stand for, am so proud of, not care or do anything about it? The victims’ reports were not

taken seriously, and they were told they brought this on themselves. The documentary brought tears to my eyes several times. The Department of Defense does not have a registry for offenders and, unless they spend at least a year in confinement and are discharged, offenders are not put on the national registry for sexual offenders. People get kicked out immediately for drugs and underage drinking, but with sexual assault it is such a ‘he-said-she-said situation’ that some perpetrators get a slap on the wrist and go back to work while the “witness” gets paperwork or released from active duty. If people just ignore it because it is a touchy subject it does not mean it is going to go away. I spoke to some people and explained my frustration. They asked me how I was going to deal with it when people I am helping are not taken serious or do not go to court. My answer was I do not know, but I am going to do it anyway, because it is not about me. I cannot just sit back and not help people when there is a possibility that one day it could be me or someone I know in that position. I feel like when I started this training it was for personal gain, but in that first day of training before lunch it changed. I feel the need to help someone. I have to stand up for these victims. I can feel a pain that doesn’t amount to theirs, and if I am hurting, I can only imagine how they feel. If my soul feels cracked from learning about these tragic stories and experiences, how do their souls feel from going through it? We also learned about domestic violence. I discovered that there are different categories and stages that predators use to their advantage. A light bulb went off in my mind. I started to recall memories of domestic abuse I had witnessed or been a victim

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‘Citizen Soldier’ to compete in local MMA championship fight 1st Lt. Angela Walz 162nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The first thing I noticed was the cut above his left eye and the puffiness that gave it an askew appearance. “Yo, Adrienne!” came to mind, but I pushed the thought away, shook his swollen hand and offered a somewhat apologetic smile. Tech. Sgt. Michael Parker, an F-16 jet engine mechanic at the 162nd Fighter Wing here, is also a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He’s meeting with me today to escort a documentary crew onto the Tucson Air Guard Base to promote his upcoming title fight for the World Fighting Federation, an Arizonabased MMA organization. He’s in week eight of a 10-week training program to prepare for the featherweight championship to be held March 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Casino Del Sol event center against opponent Julian Samaniego. Sgt. Parker must cut weight to reach the 145 pound featherweight maximum - a mere 30-something pounds from his usual 175-180 off-season weight. But Sgt. Parker is no stranger to taking on difficult tasks or situations. He gave up his active-duty Air Force career in 2009 to turn pro after having fought at the amateur level since 2006. With a current professional record of 7-5, he’s a team player with his (swollen) eye on the title fight in an individual sport.

“Sgt. Parker is the drill status Guardsmen we all want on our team,” said Senior Master Sgt. Mark Franklin, propulsion element supervisor here. “When help is needed to complete essential tasks in order to accomplish the mission, Sgt. Parker can always be relied upon to volunteer,” he said. Tech. Sgt. Michael Parker prepares for an MMA training session at his gym of choice in Tucson, Apex Mixed Martial Arts.

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If sequestration triggers, furloughs begin in late April tenance. If sequestration hits, this pain will seem minor by comparison. Operations and maintenance funding is the only way to provide the $47 billion in required cuts for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Within a year, two-thirds of the Army combat brigade teams will be at unacceptable levels of readiness, Hale said. Most Air Force units not deployed will be at an unsatisfactory readiness level by the end of the year. Navy and Marine Corps readiness also suffer, Hale said. The process of furloughing civilians began today, with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta sending notification to Congress. “That starts a 45-day clock ticking, and until that clock has run out, we cannot proceed with furloughs,” Hale explained. If sequester happens, each employee will be notified. “That starts a 30-day clock -- waiting period -- before we can take any action,” the comptroller said. “The bottom line is furloughs would not actually start for DOD employees until late April, and we certainly hope that ... in the interim, Congress will act to de-trigger sequestration.” The vast majority of DOD’s almost 800,000 civilian employees will be furloughed, Wright said. DOD civilians in a war zone and political appointees who are confirmed by the Senate will not be furloughed. Nonappropriated fund employees and local national employees will not be affected. Limited exceptions will be made for the purposes of safety of life and health, Wright said, such as firefighters and police. And if a military hospital has only one neo-

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WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- If sequestration is triggered next week, unpaid furloughs for civilian Defense Department employees will start in late April, Pentagon officials said here today. Sequestration is a provision in budget law that will trigger major across-the-board spending cuts March 1 unless Congress agrees on an alternative. DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale told reporters at a Pentagon news conference that if sequestration happens, the department will cut virtually every program and investment, and that almost all civilian employees will feel the pain. Jessica L. Wright, the acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said that sequestration and the continuing resolution -- a temporary funding measure for the federal government that’s set to expire March 27 -- also will have a devastating on military personnel. “But on our civilians, it will be catastrophic,” she added. “Everything is going to be affected, should sequestration go in effect,” Wright said. “That’s a guarantee. I think that everybody will be impacted by this action. And I think it’s incumbent upon us to try to ease that where we can.” The department already has taken actions to alleviate some of the pressures. DOD has slowed spending, instituted a hiring freeze, ordered layoffs for temporary and term employees and cut back base operations and main-



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Self-cleaning clothing: wear without wear Alexandra Foran NSRDEC Public Affairs

NATICK, Mass. -- Imagine a world without dirty clothes. Quoc Truong, physical scientist at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, wants to make that a reality. “As a single father of four, I fully understand the rationale for self-cleaning clothing, especially when I look back to the time when my children were younger,” Truong said. “So, when former Army General John Caldwell challenged me to come up with clothing that our Soldiers won’t have to wash, I thought that was a great and stimulating challenge.” Soldiers cannot avoid getting their uniforms dirty while carrying out their missions, especially on the battlefield. Laundering clothes is time-consuming, adds to the logistics burden on the force, and is

not always available to forwarddeployed Soldiers, who may come into contact with mud, dirt, water, and an assortment of contaminants such as petroleum, oils, and chemicals. The fabric Truong helped create has a special durable, superrepellent coating with “dual microand nano-size architecture.” When this special coating is applied onto clothing, it will give the surface of the clothing a low critical surface energy, or surface tension. When this surface tension is lower than that of the surface tensions of harmful, toxic liquid chemicals, the toxic chemicals would roll off the fabric on contact. Additionally, fabrics that are coated with this special super-repellent coating showed minimal to no attraction to dust and dirt. “With minimal or no attractions to dirt and other contaminants, textiles’ frequent launderings will

not be necessary, and wash-free clothing could be developed,” Truong said. Earlier researchers studied microscopic, naturally non-stick surfaces such as the leaves of the lotus and lily flowers, duck feathers, and the feet of a floating water bug, known as the water strider. They found a uniform, repeating “pimples” structure, and they also observed liquid drops’ contact angle as they sit on these micro- and/ or nano-structures. “We go one step further to make our self-cleaning clothing with a special surface coating to resist wetting by oil and dangerous chemicals,” said Truong, who wanted to apply these findings to benefit Soldiers. Truong submitted a Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR, topic on Development and Applications of superoleophobic coatings for textile applications in

2007 based on earlier work on selfcleaning, but more importantly, it was based on Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s recent breakthrough discovery about designing superoleophobic surfaces. By leveraging MIT’s technical findings, Truong believed he could develop self-cleaning clothing for Soldiers. “It took me years to realize that I could address our former Army general’s challenge and make his dream comes true,” Truong said. The Army accepted the SBIR topic in 2008 to develop self-cleaning clothing based on the use of superoleophobic coatings, which are coatings that do not allow oils, solvents, or chemicals to wet the surface. Since then, Truong has worked with two leading academic and industry partners -- MIT and Luna Innovations, Inc.

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AF releases criteria for new combat medal Senior Master Sgt. David Byron Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Distinguished Warfare Medal Feb. 15, following defense officials’ announcement of the new decoration days prior. The DWM will be awarded to honor individuals for single acts of extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor, that directly impact combat or other military operations approved by the secretary of defense. Unlike other combat-related medals, service members may be awarded the DWM for actions completed from either in or outside an actual combat zone. The action must include hands-on employment of a weapons system, including remotely controlled assets, or any other activity, in any domain, that had a direct and immediate on-site effect on an engagement or operation against a target. The domain is expansive in scope and includes air, land, maritime, space and cyberspace, according to Air Force Personnel Center guidance. “In modern warfare, one individual can have a truly ‘extraordinary’ impact on combat operations, whether they are located on the front

lines, elsewhere in the (area of responsibility) or half way around the world,” said Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services. “DOD has authorized the DWM, allowing the services to recognize their members, in our case Airmen, whose single act of extraordinary achievement directly and significantly impacts critical combat operations.” Though involvement in a combat operation is required, the medal will not be awarded for acts of valor under any circumstances. Actions involving valor should be considered for other decorations. Valor is defined as “an act or acts of heroism by an individual above what is normally expected while engaged in direct combat with an enemy with exposure to enemy hostilities and personal risk,” said Senior Master Sgt. Diana Gonzalez, the AFPC awards and recognition chief. The criteria needed to be considered for the medal requires that the extraordinary achievement must result in an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding as to clearly set the individual apart from comrades or others in similar situations. The approval chain sets the bar high as to what meets the criteria. “The approval level (service secretary), in our case the Secretary of the Air Force, testifies to

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the importance of this award and the importance of the action on combat operations,” Jones said. For Airmen, the final approval authority for the medal is the secretary of the Air Force. One step of the approval chain rests with the commander of air forces in the respective area of responsibility. For an Airman nominated for action taken from outside the combat zone, the commander of Air Force forces will verify the direct impact of the action on the combat operation. The DWM will immediately follow the Distinguished Flying Cross in order of precedence. Enlisted Airmen who earn the medal will receive five promotion points. Eligibility for the medal is retroactive to Sept. 11, 2001. Nominations for currently-serving Airmen will be processed through their respective chain of command. “Former Airmen who have since retired or separated can contact us for information on how to submit the medal request,” Gonzalez said. “The medal can also be presented posthumously, so family members can query us as well.” For more information and full eligibility criteria, go to the myPers website at https://mypers. and enter “DWM” in the search window.

U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin

This mural is located in the 355th Operations Group conference room. The 355th OG provides warfighters with forces for close air support, forward air control and combat search and rescue. It also conducts all formal course directed aircraft initial qualification/requalification training.

The 355th Operations Group consists of five squadrons and over 300

and an AN/TPS-75 radar system. It provides war-fighters with forces control, combat search and rescue. Maj. Aaron Celusta (left), 355th Operations Group chief of standardization and evaluation, reviews paperwork with Maj. Matt Kaercher, 355th Operations Group A-10 pilot here Feb 21. The 355th OG employs 83 A-10C aircraft and an AN/TPS-75 radar system.

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Start home-based business by providing family child care Airman 1st Class Monet Villacorte 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Changing diapers, creating meal plans, conducting learning sessions and making playtime fun are just some of the many tasks family child care providers take on. The FCC program exists to help military spouses create their own businesses at a very minimal cost to them. Requirements for becoming a child care provider are not as complicated as some people may think. Spouses must be able to read, write and speak English, be 18 years of age, have a high school or general equivalency diploma, and pass background screenings. Training is also required for spouses who would like to offer their services as a provider.

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From combat boots to cowboy boots Staff Sgt. Heather Davis 162nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Few individuals readily exchange their combat boots for cowboy boots, and even fewer have donned a cowboy hat encircled with a crown, but Tech. Sgt. Lacey Johnson, a member of the 162nd Fighter Wing host aviation resource management office here, wears them all with pride, enthusiasm and love. A princess from the 2001 Tucson rodeo court, Johnson recently debuted with Quadrille de Mujeres, a women’s speed and precision equestrian drill team, for the 2013 La Fiesta de los Vaqueros -- Tucson Rodeo. She will be performing with the Quadrille de Mujeres Friday through Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. “I’m having a blast,” said Johnson. “We ride really fast, perform coordinated drills, wear shiny outfits and smile,” she said. “It’s exciting to ride so close to one another at such high speeds, and also a little scary, but that’s the thrill of it,” she said. Johnson’s earliest memories are of riding horses and the rodeo. Her mother was brought up riding and is performing alongside Johnson with the Quadrille de Mujeres at this year’s Tucson Rodeo. Johnson’s father began riding after meeting her mother, and found his passion in training horses. “My parents have always attended the Tucson Rodeo and numerous other rodeos around the country,” she said. “I grew up on the rodeo scene,” said Johnson. “I love the people; they’re a good, genuine and down-to-earth group. I

also love animals. I get along with them, and it’s good to feel that trust relationship with them. The rodeo combines my two favorite things, I never want to be away from that environment,” she said. While her brother and parents competed together in team roping and steer wrestling events with the Arizona Junior Rodeo Association, Johnson competed in Gymkhana’s, pattern

Tech. Sgt. Lacey Johnson, a member of the 162nd host aviation resource management office, performs precision equestrian drill maneuvers with the Quadrille de Mujeres Thursday at the Tucson Rodeo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather Davis)

races on horseback like barrel-racing and pole-bending. Although she still loves barrel-racing, and still races from time to time, her newest passion is mounted shooting. Mounted shooting is an up and coming sport that combines the dif-


ficulty of target shooting with a .45 Long Colt single action revolver, and the complexity of pattern racing on horseback. “I like mounted shooting because it’s fresh and I can get a jump on it,” said Johnson. The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, like the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, is an organization that holds nation-wide competitions throughout the year, and an annual national championship. Johnson travels to Tombstone, Ariz. two weekends per month to practice mounted shooting with her horse, Pete. Although much of her time is spent riding, practicing, competing or performing with her horses, Johnson spends one weekend a month serving her country with the 162nd Fighter Wing. She joined the unit at the age of 17 after having grown up in a military environment, the daughter of two prominent Arizona Air National guard members. In her 14 years with the unit, Johnson has travelled to numerous locations, supported post 9/11 efforts, has been involved in countless charity projects throughout Tucson, Ariz. and currently heads the Operations Group mentorship program in addition to her regular job. “The guard has been a huge part of my whole life,” said Johnson. “It’s even where I met my husband,” she said. Although her time is divided amongst so many things she loves, she always makes time for her family. In addition to her husband, Johnson has two little girls that she affectionately refers to as “her little cowgirls.” “Any extra time we have, we spend as a family riding,” said Johnson.

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Sitting down with World War II veterans

Commentary by Master Sgt. Kevin Wilske

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Throughout my career, I have volunteered several times. Most have been your standard bullet-worthy events; however, a recent opportunity caused me to look at volunteering in a whole new light. The event was an Honor Flight ceremony for World War II veterans held at the Pima Air and Space Museum. My job was to assist Honor Flight with checking in the World War II veterans and their guests, and to act as a table host to help them with anything they may need. As I watched attendees file in, it hit me. These were not just your ordinary veterans; these were men and women with stories that we only read about in our Professional Development Guides. I got the opportunity to aid a few of the veterans through the check-in and to their tables, and I was honored to hear their stories. Mr. Rosenblum, a former corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, proudly said, “Once a Marine, always a Marine!” and told me of the numerous places he’d had the opportunity to visit while serving his country, listing them with a zest for duty and pride for serving. Still full of life, he informed me that he had all his stories catalogued, along with pictures, for his family. Another gentleman, a rather serious individual named Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Harold

Butler, told me he was actually one of the first Chiefs in the U.S. Air Force. After aiding a few more members and hearing their stories, it came time to take my own seat. I needed to find a table that had an open seat, and to my surprise, there weren’t many. The event was so full the committee had to set up another table to accommodate all the attendees. When I finally grabbed a seat, it was at a table full of men and their wives who were smiling and joking around with each other, just the way a group of active servicemen would. The heckling and commentary put me at ease and allowed me to ask them about their experiences. I sat next to a gentleman who was drafted and sent over to Europe only to get taken as a prisoner of war during the last few months. He shared that about 800 POWs were marched across Germany for three months, with a little over 300 men left standing at the end. He was amazed at how men twice his size would just fall down and never get back up. As he finished his story, his wife leaned forward to tell me about her experience as a military spouse and how it was part of her life even to this day. She has been part of several groups throughout her life, and when putting together events, she had to make sure everything was orderly and streamlined, even down to the pictures on the wall. The commitment they and their spouses had toward

each other was also amazing. Mr. Rosenblum mentioned that he wrote his wife a letter every day during the 32 months he was gone. Today, we could not imagine that, with the world of Skype, e-mails and web-chatting. As I sat there listening, I was amazed of the camaraderie that they all shared. Regardless of if they knew each other previously, they shared a common bond of patriotism and heroism. After the event, I left with the realization that these men and women are of the greatest generation this country may ever know, and they set the bar very high. However, I believe we can all achieve this same level of commitment and heroism. We should all assess why it is we serve this country ourselves. Is it for the pay? The benefits? Or is it because we all have a common interest in preserving the rights and the way of life that our predecessors laid for us? Honor Flight of Tucson is a volunteer-run organization that takes World War II veterans on sponsored trips to Washington, D.C. to visit the WWII memorials. Honor Flight also assists veterans in attending ceremonies put on in their honor. If you would like to learn more about getting involved with Honor Flight, visit

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During the past four years, many tests were done on omniphobic coated fabrics that were produced by MIT to understand the relationship between omniphobic coated fabric’s texture and design, and its surface chemistry. Luna developed the fabrics using its omniphobic coating chemistry under Truong’s technical guidance. Currently, the Army Combat Uniform and Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology chemical protective overgarment have a durable water repellent, or DWR, treatment to repel rain. However, this DWR-treated clothing would lose its water repellency after wear, repeated washing, and coming into contact with petroleum, oils, and lubricants. Performance goals were set to improve the fabric development of self-cleaning clothing. “In making sure that our selfcleaning clothing does not attract

March 1, 2013 dust, dirt, or get wet, is comfortable and durable to wear, and requires minimal or no laundering to stay clean, we have used many standard tests and also came up with many special non-standard tests and demonstrations,” Truong said. “This is because in certain scenarios such as testing with mud and dirt, there are no test standards out there for us to use.” Some specific tests that Truong has conducted to create and improve self-cleaning clothing include contact angle measurement, liquid drop roll-off testing, spray testing, abrasion testing, durability testing, and low pressure hydrostatic resistance testing. These tests and others were designed to develop effective, durable omniphobic fabrics. In 2011 the Luna self-cleaning clothing was produced using a commercial scale coating process, where 25 sets of clothing were subsequently fabricated using a 60-inch-wide omniphobic coated

fabric. Twenty self-cleaning garments were field tested in June 2011 for 10 days; Soldiers wore their clothing for up to almost 15 hours each day. “The results were very promising,” said Truong. All of the 20 participating Soldiers said their garments shed water well to very well when assessing liquid repellency performance. Sixty-seven percent of the Soldiers said their garments shed oil well to very well. Sixty-nine percent said their Luna omniphobic treated ACU had improved their missions, and 73 percent said their suits should be adopted for use.” Luna’s omniphobic treated ACU fabric met all of Natick’s performance goals for having high contact angle, moisture vapor permeability, laundering, wash durability, abrasion resistance, tensile strength, air permeability, and flexibility. After the field testing, the omniphobic coating technology was given Air Force Research

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• Active Duty Military Stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB and their dependents.*

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Pets - Free To Good Home Roommate Wanted Lost & Found Cars & Trucks (Except RV’s) Furniture & Appliances Misc. For Sale Garage & Yard Sales Motorcycles Misc. Wanted All other categories are paid.

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• Garage & Yard Sales • Motorcycles • Misc. Wanted • Roommate Wanted • Rooms For Rent

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Desert Lightning News - March 1, 2013