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Vol. 6, No. 12

Serving Southern Arizona’s military community, including Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

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Airman provides emergency care to fellow wingman Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden 12th Air Force (Air Force Southern) Public Affairs

A senior non-commissioned officer faced a near death experience when he was thrown from his motorcycle on I-19 in Tucson, March 27, prompting a fellow Airman to pull-over to rush to his side. Master Sgt. David Alderton, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Force Protection, was traveling north-bound at the rate of 75 miles-per-hour, when a semi-truck tire shredded and blew into the path of his motorcycle. He was unable to avoid the shredded tire and was thrown from his motorcycle, skidding across the interstate... totaling his motorcycle. After recovering from the initial shock, Alderton sat in disbelief trying to process what had happened just a few seconds prior. While watching a steady stream of vehicles pass by him during the morning rush to get to work, he tried to regain his composure. “It all happened in the blink-ofan-eye,” said Alderton. “The tire blew, came into my lane and I knew (I just knew) that I was going to hit thing I know, I’m rolling down the interstate. I was pretty shook-up from the whole ordeal and was sure I had some serious injuries but wasn’t feeling them because I thought I was in shock.” Many cars stopped but only one individual stood out to Alderton, a fellow Airman assigned to the 355th Maintenance Group at Davis-Monthan AFB. Tech. Sgt. Aaron Metrejean was just two cars behind Alderton when the accident happened. He watched the semi-truck next to Alderton blow a tire and fly directly into Alderton’s path.

Master Sgt. David Alderton, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Force Protection, thanks Tech. Sgt. Aaron Metrejean, 355th Maintenance Group, for helping him during a near fatal motorcycle accident on I-19 in Tucson, March 27. Metrejean rushed to Alderton’s side after Alderton was thrown from his motorcycle when a semi-tire tired shred flew into his path. (USAF photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden)

“The car directly behind him swerved around and then I saw Master Sgt. Alderton tumble down the freeway directly in front of my truck,” said Metrejean. “I’ve been in a motorcycle accident I had a good idea of where he was mentally and knew he needed someone to help him, so I pulled over, ran up to him, got right in front of him asked ‘are you alright,’ but he didn’t know...I told him to lay down and that help was on the way.” While another passerby called 9-1-1, Metrejean checked Alderton for signs of bleeding and broken bones. “I knelt down next to him, checked him over, told him that he wasn’t bleeding and had no broken

bones and reassured him by saying ‘just hold still and help will be here right away,’” said Metrejean. While Metrejean waited for emergency responders to arrive, he calmed Alderton by asking him about where he worked, his family, told him about himself and tried to keep him from stressing out about the situation. “In the end he held it together like a champ,” said Metrejean. “We’ve been able to touch base with each other through email and text messaging and he told me he came out with just a few bumps and bruises and thanked me for helping him.” “In my eyes, Tech. Sgt. Metrejean acted as a true wingman

and a selfless hero,” said Alderton. Luckily, Alderton was wearing all of his motorcycle personal protective equipment. “I always wear a helmet when I ride, but if the weather is nice I don’t wear the protective coat with pads... I just wear a long sleeve shirt,” said Alderton. Had that been the case that morning, he would have received serious injuries to both his elbows and arms, which is apparent by the damage that occurred to his Kevlar motorcycle jacket and his helmet. Alderton was transported to the trauma center at The University of Arizona Medical Center, treated for minor abrasions and released a couple of hours after the accident.



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12th Air Force gives back to Tucson homeless at local soup kitchen Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Public Affairs

Civilian and military members of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) spent six hours feeding Tucson homeless at the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen in Tucson, Ariz., 27-28 March. Over the course of two days, 14 members of the organization put together approximately 900 sack lunches, distributed 200 bags of food for needy families, and served more than 400 cups of soup. “I think it is important for us as

military members to get out into the community, give back, and show our appreciation to a city that has always been so supportive of us,” said Staff Sgt. Elvira Ortiz, 12th AF (AFSOUTH) Protocol. The Casa Maria Soup Kitchen is located at 352 E. 25th Street and is open every day of the year from 8:3011:30 a.m., except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. For volunteer information, call 520-624-0312, or fill out a volunteer application at

Tech. Sgt. Tiffany Alteri-Brown, Tech. Sgt. Linda Hodgson, Ms. Mary -Claire Avery and Master Sgt. Donnie Brown, all from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), prepare sack lunches for homeless individuals at the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen in Tucson March 28. Over the course of two days, members of the organization put together approximately 900 sack lunches, distributed 200 bags of food for needy families, and served more than 400 cups of soup. (USAF photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden

D-M SNCO wins ACC Outstanding Airman of the Year award Air Combat Command Public Affairs LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- Air Combat Command announced the 2013 Outstanding Airmen of the Year winners during a spring leadership conference at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 26. Included in those winners was one of D-M’s own, Senior Master Sgt. Matthew J. Junglas. “ACC’s Outstanding Airmen of the Year represent superb Airmen doing great work,” said Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of ACC. “They represent

the leading edge and high quality work of all our Airmen.” Hostage however wasn’t alone in offering praise; sentiment echoed from the ACC command chief ’s office as well. “Congratulations to all our OAY winners and their families,” said Chief Master Sgt. Richard Parsons, ACC command chief. “Due to your individual efforts and sacrifices you have been selected to represent an amazing team of ACC Airmen who provide operational combat power which ensures America of her freedoms.”

Outdoor Rec hosts wildlife expo Senior Airman Camilla Griffin 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Outdoor Recreation held an expo at Bama Park here, March 27. The expo is a bi-annual event that ODR coordinates to showcase their products and services to the Desert Lightning Team. Many of ODR services go unused. The recreation specialists put together this event to combat this issue. This year, ODR teamed up with The Reid Park Zoo for National Wildlife Week to bring a reptile exhibit to the expo, where children were able to learn about the animals, and pet them. Jennifer States, 355th Force Support Squadron recreation assistant, said the event was a success with ap-

proximately 500 people showing up. “We ran out of food in the first hour,” States said. “We planned for 300 people, so we were very excited to see almost double that.” ODR displayed different rentals including tents, campers, kayaks and dunk tanks for people to see and explore. “Quite a few people learned about the many items we have to offer,” States said. “Everyone got a chance to try out and see what we offer for free.” ODR thanked the customers who came to the expo with raffle prizes. “We had several raffle giveaways,” States said. “We raffled off everything from rentals to theme park tickets to guided tours.” For more information on rentals contact ODR 228-3736.

A dependant pets a bearded dragon at the wildlife expo here, March 27. Outdoor Recreation teamed up with The Reid Park Zoo for National Wildlife Week to bring a reptile exhibit to the expo. Children were able to learn about the animals, and pet them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin)

Triplets enlist in the162nd Fighter Wing Col. Mick McGuire, commander of the 162nd fighter wing, will enlist Adrianna Aubuchon on April 6, 2013 at 10 a.m., at the 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson, AZ. Adrianna Aubuchon is the final of three triplet siblings to enlist in the 162nd Fighter Wing. Her siblings, Christopher Aubuchon and Andrew Aubuchon, enlisted the beginning of January 2013. The triplets turned 18-years old on March 31. Christopher Aubuchon will be going into avionics, Andrew Aubuchon

into the nondestructive inspection work center and Adrianna Aubuchon will become a dental assistant. Christopher Aubuchon is scheduled to attend Basic Military Training August 2013, and Andrew and Adrianna Aubuchon are awaiting their training dates. The siblings are excited to embark on their military careers, and are happy to be serving together as they serve their country. Their parents are thrilled and very supportive of their decision to become military members, especially doing so while close to home.

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AF to implement force structure changes Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFNS) -- The Air Force released its plan Mar. 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements, and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined in the Air Force’s Total Force Proposal, developed in coordination with the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. Others were Congressionally-directed. “Our Air Force continues efforts to maximize the strength of our Total Force, and we are pleased with the progress that is being made on this front,” said Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley. “This implementation plan illustrates the Air Force’s continued commitment to transparency as it completes the force structure requirements directed and authorized by the NDAA.”

The NDAA directs a reduction of 65 aircraft and approximately 1,400 military billets from the Air National Guard, 57 aircraft from the Air Force Reserve, and 122 aircraft and approximately 6,100 military billets from the active-duty Air Force. “Working together we can combine the personnel, equipment and readiness necessary to build a total Air Force equal to all the challenges our nation faces,” said Lt. Gen. Stanley (Sid) E. Clarke III, director of the Air National Guard. The Air Force’s implementation plan includes a state-by-state description of changes for each base and the associated timeline. Each major command developed activation, reassignment, re-missioning or divesture options. “We’ve developed guiding principles to ensure that as we make decisions, we continue to have a strong foundation for what is best for our Air Force,” said Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, chief, Air Force Reserve and commander, Air Force Reserve Command. “We must leverage regular and reserve component strengths and align our decisions with a commitment as one total force team.”

Key principles include: ensure personnel readiness, training and retention for transitioning units to remain at the highest level practicable and minimize mission gaps for units transitioning to new or different missions. Each of the components embraces these principles. The Air Force will apply this collaborative approach to facilitate open communication with key stakeholders on future total force efforts. Recently, the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force created a Total Force Task Force. TF2 will create an enduring strategic process to determine how to correctly balance the strengths of each component to sustain capabilities required to defend our nation now and into the future. “Our active, Reserve and Guard components are increasingly integrated --training, deploying and conducting a full range of missions together as one Air Force,” said Donley, “and we’re committed to ensuring that our active and reserve component mix correctly balances the strengths of each component, meeting our strategic requirements and our fiscal demands as well. The FY13 implementation plan gets us on a path toward that end.”

TSA expedites airport screening for wounded warriors WASHINGTON (AFNS) -The Transportation Security Administration now offers expedited airport screening to severely injured members of the armed forces. In addition to offering curbto-gate service, TSA now allows wounded warriors to move through security checkpoints without having to remove shoes, light outerwear jackets or hats, officials said.

“In recognition of the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, we have revised our screening requirements to allow expedited screening for this trusted group of citizens,” said John Halinski, TSA’s deputy administrator and 25-year Marine Corps veteran. To be eligible for this service, a wounded warrior or traveling See TSA, page 14 _______________

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Anonymous crime tips possible with mobile app QUANTICO, Va. (AFNS) -- Suspicious or illegal activity can now be anonymously reported directly to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations using a mobile phone application or by texting ‘AFOSI’ and the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) in an SMS text message. AFOSI launched these methods to capitalize on cyberspace capabilities and engage the Air Force community more effectively to prevent crime. “This tool allows anyone to provide OSI with completely anonymous tips on everything from illegal drugs, theft and terrorist activities to potential insider threats,” said Special Agent Daron Hartvigsen, OSI Cyber Investigations and Operations. “Even better, the online and app version allow individuals to send in photos.” “We want to give Airmen a convenient, and most importantly, anonymous means to report activity detrimental to fellow Airmen. With this system they can get involved without fear of exposure or retribution from others,” said Christian

Oliver, superintendent of AFOSI Detachment 116. “Airmen really want to do the right thing, but are often hesitant because of perceived social repercussions,” added Oliver. Of special concern to Air Force officials are violent crimes against Air Force members, sexual assaults, and drug use. The application uses industry standard Secure Socket Layers connection, which encrypts information exchange to ensure anonymity. When accessing the app to submit a tip, a file number is created for retrieval. Later, the tipster can check back and see comments by an OSI agent and provide more information. “With SSL, the agent can only review the posted information, which is only accessible by the tipster and the OSI,” says Oliver, “Air Force members and the OSI agent can continue to converse anonymously through the secure system.” Once downloaded, a video describes the app’s features to emphasize its secure use and value to the Air Force and other community law enforce-

ment agencies. The direct link to the anonymous Internet tip line is aspx?AgencyID=1111. Individuals can find the app in both the Android and Apple store as “TipSubmit Mobile” or use the WR code and select AFOSI as the agency when reporting a tip. Tips can also be sent in a SMS text message by texting ‘AFOSI’ and their tip to 274637 (CRIMES). To download a trifold with detailed instructions on the program, click here: http://www.osi. Or, if you need to contact AFOSI directly, either to provide a tip or share a concern, consult your base phone book or call your base operator for the telephone number of your base’s AFOSI unit. If you do not have a base telephone book and don’t know the number to the base operator, call toll free 1-877-246-1453 for the phone number of the AFOSI unit nearest you.


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Hagel announces fewer furlough days for civilians Nick Simeone American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department has revised from 22 to 14 the number of days hundreds of thousands of civilian employees could be furloughed this year because of the budget sequester, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today. In addition, a senior Defense Department official speaking on background told reporters the start of the furloughs will be delayed until mid-to-late June, after more than 700,000 department employees receive furlough notices now set to go out in early May. Furloughs would happen over seven twoweek pay periods until the end of September, when the current fiscal year ends, the senior official said, with employees likely to be told not to come to work for two days during each of those pay periods. Department officials say they are still working to determine which employees might be exempted. Hagel characterized the reduced furloughs as well as a revised estimate of sequestration’s

impact on the defense budget as good news. The changes follow Congressional approval last week of a defense appropriations bill that prevented an additional six billion dollars in cuts, ordered under sequestration, from taking effect. “It reduces a shortfall at least in the operations budget,” the secretary told reporters at a Pentagon news conference. “We came out better than we went in under the sequester, where it looks like our number is $41 billion [in cuts] now versus the $46 billion.” But despite a Congressional reprieve, Hagel said the Pentagon is still going to be short at least $22 billion for operations and maintenance, “and that means we are going to have to prioritize and make some cuts and do what we’ve got to do,” including making sharp reductions in base operating support and training for nondeployed units. More critical in the long run, he said, is how budget cuts will affect readiness and the department’s overall mission. Because of that concern, he said he has directed Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,


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Giving back to those who served Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Two Airmen from the Desert Lightning Team shared the Washington D.C. experience with veterans from the Tucson community through Honor Flight Southern Arizona March 26-29. Twenty-seven veterans and guardians got to see The World War II, Vietnam, Lincoln, Korean, Women’s and Air Force Memorials as well as Arlington National Cemetery through Honor Flight Southern Arizona. Honor Flight Southern Arizona is one of hundreds of centers throughout the U.S. The non-profit organization is made possible through the many volunteers who give through either volunteering or donating. Senior Airman Sammie Ervan, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron base support planning manager, and Tech. Sgt. Darren Firth, 355th Operation Support Squadron non commissioned officer in charge of air traffic control training and standardization, were selected by their leadership to take part in guiding a U.S. military veteran through the nation’s capitol. “Guardians” are assigned one or two veterans.Their responsibilities are to escort them throughout the trip, as well as make sure he or she wakes up at a proper time, takes their medication and stays hydrated throughout the day. Both Ervan and Firth went through mandatory, essential training prior to the excursion.

“The training went over what the trip’s going to be like and what to expect,” Ervan said. “We also went over what should be done if something were to happen in an emergency situation. The veteran I’m guardian of is in a wheelchair. So, I had to learn how to set him in a wheelchair and the proper way to push him. With older people, they can injure themselves by just sitting a certain way in the wheelchair, so this ensures that they don’t get hurt.” The veterans Ervan and Firth escorted shared many stories, but one story stood out. “Mr. Jones, the veteran I escorted, was captured as a Prisoner of War for 23 months,” Firth said. “He was a tail gunner who was shot over the Baltic during WWII. He explained that he floated towards the land for a while and the Polish picked him up. About the time they got to land the Germans were waiting and they captured them. When they started breaking up the camps; Jones marched 600 miles over two and a half months in the winter to be liberated.” Ervan and Firth said they both learned more than expected and would like to be involved with Honor Flight again. “The whole trip was way better than I expected,” Ervan said. “The things I learned, the looks on the veteran’s faces when we got to the WWII Memorial were just breathe taking.” Both Ervan and Firth would recommend anyone, especially active duty, be

part of an Honor Flight if given the opportunity. “I think it’s great for active duty, because many of us don’t fully appreciate and realize what they did,” said Firth. “I thought it was a once in a lifetime experience. And honestly, it was more than I expected. It kind of touches your heart

seeing people at the terminals at the airport standing up clapping for the veterans. And 13-year-old kids coming up and shaking their hands, it’s pretty moving.” For more information or to volunteer with HFT, visit them at or Airmen can contact their First Sergeant.

U.S. Air Force retired WWII veteran Mr. Thomas Perrow and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sammie Ervan, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron pose for a photo while being welcomed home at the Tucson International Airport March 28. Both Perrow and Ervan participated in Honor Flight Southern Arizona where they toured national monuments of wars they fought in around the Washington D.C. area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths)


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Hurts one, affects all Senior Airman Camilla Griffin 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The Desert Lightning Team is hosting several events in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, here Vickie Jo Ryder, 355th Fighter Wing sexual assault response coordinator, says surveys show that one in four women will be sexually assaulted while on active duty, and one in 33 men are sexually assaulted while on active duty. D-M has scheduled special events to raise awareness and promote prevention of sexual assault. “April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month,” Ryder said. “We want everyone to know that the motto for sexual assault is ‘hurts one, affects all’, because it is not just that one person who is affected by it. It affects families, coworkers and friends, and for those in the Air Force it affects the mission.” Agencies, both on and off-base, are stepping up their efforts to support victims during this month. Throughout the month of April, the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault closet at the Tucson Medical Center will be collecting clothing for survivors of sexual assault. The

SACASA closet is in need of new sweatshirts, sweatpants, t-shirts, underwear, etc. Donations can be dropped off at the Airman & Family Readiness Center (Bldg 2441), Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (Bldg 2300), 355th Medical Group, 355th Communications Squadron and 355th Operations Support Squadron. Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 8-11 and April 22-25. The free basic physical defense class is open to women and female children ages nine and up. Participants must attend all four sessions. Contact Jerry Conner at to sign up. The Clothesline Project will be held from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. April 8 at the Base Exchange, April 22 at the 355th MDG and again on April 29 at the Benko Fitness Center. There will be a display and information table. Visitors will have the opportunity to decorate and write inspirational messages to survivors on shirts. Denim Day will be held on April 24. Victim Advocates and others with commander’s approval will wear denim to work and answer questions to help dispel harmful attitudes about sexual assault. For more information, contact the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office at 228-7272.

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Vickie Jo Ryder, 355th Fighter Wing sexual assault response coordinator, educates an airman about Sexual Assault Awareness Month at here April 2. The Desert Lightning Team is hosting several events in support of SAAM. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin)

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Dagger Point with Command Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Williams

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Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Williams is the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) command chief. He began his 24-year Air Force career as an Administration Communications Specialist and has since served in several leadership positions to include his most recent a 365-day tour to Kabul, Afghanistan, as the Command Chief Master Sergeant, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force. Question: You’ve been in the Air Force for 24-years, how has it changed? Williams: The biggest change is the complexity of the mission set and the level of expertise that Airmen bring to the fight. We also

didn’t have the operational tempo, deployment rate and constant state of change that we have today. Today, Airmen are a lot smarter, more educated and are able to multi-task...they never cease to amaze me. Question: What is your advice to enlisted members who are trying to “do it all?” Williams: First, know that the mission comes first. My advice is to “know yourself” and how you relate to the mission and its requirements. However, it’s also important to shoot for that “whole person concept,” which includes pursuing educational goals, volunteering in the community to give back (vitally important), and striving to go above-and-beyond; however, balance is the key variable here. Question: What is your biggest pet peeve? Williams: Fitness. We’ve been fitness testing our Airmen for the past 11-years; however, people are still slow to grasp the importance of physical fitness from a quality of life standpoint versus the “checking-the-box” approach. Fitness is important to the mission and supervisors need to lead by example by not only giving Airmen opportunities to excel, but by holding them accountable when they fail to meet the standard. Airmen also need to have personal responsibility in their own fitness as well. Question: What does it mean to be a NAF command chief and how do you hope that this organization grows from your leadership? Williams: To me, being a chief master sergeant and a command chief is one in the difference. It’s all about service to your country. I’m as humble today as I was when I first entered the Air Force as an Airman Basic. I’m only as good as the people in


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WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- TRICARE has affordable healthcare programs available for all Air Force Reserve retirees - including “gray-area retirees”

and actively-participating Air Force reservists, no matter what orders they are on. Reservists who retire before age 60 are eligible for TRICARE Retired Reserve coverage while they are in the “gray area.” This is the waiting period

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Diamond Sharp Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Jessica Nail / 612 AOC (CPD) First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Jennifer Wampler Duty title: ATO Production Technician When joined the AF: Aug. 16, 2011 Hometown: Cambridge, Illinois Hobbies: Soccer, Playing musical instruments, and Auto-mechanics Selection reasons: Airman Nail was nominated for the Diamond Sharp Troop Award because she singlehandedly produced the first ever ATO to support the 355 FW ORE which consisted of 45 A-10 sorties. The Chief of Wing Weapons and the OSS Commander praised it as “perfect” and said it integrated seamlessly with their mission planning program/processes. As

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Women’s History Month Series: Tech. Sgt. Marie Garcia Senior Airman Timothy Moore 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

It has been almost 65 years since Staff Sgt. Esther Blake became the “first woman in the Air Force”, and paved the way for countless women to come after her. Women have joined the U.S. Air Force under various career fields, and many hold jobs that are generally considered male-only fields. This series will recognize these pioneering women who are leading the way for future female Airmen and the Air Force in general. Of the more than 300 Airmen in the 355th Security Forces Squadron here, there are only 25 females. Tech. Sgt. Marie Garcia, 355th SFS noncommissioned officer in charge of plans and programs, is one of those females. Garcia joined the Air Force in August 1999, following in her family’s footsteps. “Law enforcement has always been in my family,” Garcia said. “I wanted to pursue that and keep the legacy going. My grandfather and uncle were in law enforcement.” Garcia’s grandfather was in the Army, while her uncle started out in the Marine Corps but eventually went to the Army as well. Both held positions equivalent to security forces in their respective branches. “I’m a cop at heart,” Garcia said. “What I do now is write and review all the publications and regulations we have to make sure they are up-to-date. I make sure our procedures are in place for security and any policies that we enforce, to include those covered in support agreements between us and other agencies.” In her 14-year career, Garcia has deployed three times. All three deployments were to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Each one brought its own unique experiences. “It’s different every time,” Garcia said. “You get there expecting one thing, and a lot has changed. In a deployed location, our job depends on what we are tasked for.” While deployed, Garcia has done many things, ranging from security for the flight line and other secure areas to being a fly-away security manager, working with Air Combat Command to coordinate flights into Bagram. Garcia said her assignments and her deployments have prepared her to be an NCO. “I was sent to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, which is closed now,” Garcia said. “That place helped me grow. I got to meet so many people and different cultures. It was a real eye-opening experience.” Garcia uses own her experiences to guide and mentor her Airmen. “I have been here at D-M for a while, and I have a pretty good reputation,” Garcia said. “It’s kind of like that tough-love mentality. I’ll be there for somebody to talk to, but if you are not doing your job I will let you know. I’ll be sweet about it at first. If you continue doing it, I will get in your cheerios.”

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Garcia said she is cautious about being what she calls the “soft-love mommy” because some people will take advantage of it. Nonetheless, her Airmen do still come to talk with her. “They know that Sergeant Garcia will, ‘Get in my cheerios if my hair is a mess,’” Garcia said. “I used to work quality control here. So at first, they were timid to approach me once I got out of QC as an evaluator. Once they knew I was a real person and not an evaluator, they got to see my personal side and that they could talk to me.” Garcia says she loves to help people and get things accomplished, whether it is to assist a person become a better Airman or just a better person. “My favorite part is actually teaching somebody something and they retain it,” Garcia said. “I’ve been an evaluator, but you have to teach them first, and then evaluate them later. If you clearly see they are struggling, then you take the evaluator hat off and talk to them like a normal person.” Garcia says seeing someone learn from her and learn from their own mistakes is the best part of her job.

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Medic shows courage after rocket attack Tech. Sgt. Vanessa Kilmer Air Force News Service

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) -- Three weeks after arriving to her deployed location in Afghanistan, insurgents showered then-Tech. Sgt. Angela Blue’s base with 80-millimeter mortars, rocketpropelled grenades and machine gun fire. During the attack, she received a radio request to report to the Afghan National Army side of the compound. Three local nationals had been hit by shrapnel and were in need of assistance. As an aeromedical technician for Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul, Blue was directly responsible for 15 Army Soldiers assigned to her unit; a team she called, ‘my guys.’ As a medical professional, she took on the role of medic for about 230 additional patients on Forward Operating Base (FOB) Sweeney. As Blue entered the Afghan aid station, she said it took her about three to four seconds to assess and comprehend the overwhelming sight of the patients’ severe injuries. Then she went to work. Blue triaged the wounded, while she simultaneously directed additional medical care and arranged for medical evacuation. While Blue tended to her patients awaiting medevac, she noticed a patient bleeding from his already bandaged leg. She promptly applied a second tourniquet to stop the bleeding until the medevac arrived. As rockets and mortars continued to fall just behind the aid station, Blue said she was oblivious to the explosions. “I didn’t hear it because I was so focused on taking care of his bleeding that I could hear people talking, but I couldn’t hear the explosions anymore. They had to tell me (about the indirect fire) afterward.” A few weeks later Blue found out the patient lost his leg, but her efforts saved his life. In her remote location with limited supplies, she saved many lives over the course of her nine-month deployment. Citing her Cajun roots, her Army unit nicknamed the East Texas native, the witch doctor. “It was always a huge deal to me whenever I had to work on these guys, anytime,” she said, adding that while she was treating patients with severe injuries she would send up small prayers that her methods would keep her patient alive until the medical evacuation helicopters arrived. Toward the end of her deployment Blue and her team were traveling as part of a resupply convoy when they heard a loud explosion. An Afghan Humvee transporting four soldiers triggered a pressure-plate improvised explosive device about a half a mile away from her Humvee. As one of the only combat medics assigned to the convoy, the potential for casualties called her to action. Escorted by her team of Army Soldiers, men she called, ‘brothers,’ Blue said they jumped out of the truck and took off running to the front.

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After a half-mile run with more than 50 pounds of gear, a winded Blue said she went straight to the casualties and started working on them. Throughout her nine-month deployment, Blue had been preparing herself for the worst case scenario, repeatedly thinking about what she would do in the most traumatic situations. “You just have to train in your mind. ‘Ok, what if this happens....what if he’s not breathing,’ I would think about these things as I was getting ready to go to sleep at night,” she said. “You think about this 24/7 because you want to make sure that when it’s time to go, you are perfect.” At the site of the IED explosion, Blue performed initial triage, and directed the team to treat other casualties with less severe wounds. She immediately tended to the driver who had open fractures to both of his lower legs, severe head injuries, and third-degree burns to his body. Blue placed a tourniquet on one leg and instructed a teammate to place one on the other leg. Upon further evaluation, she noticed that the patient’s breathing was labored and his vitals were diminishing, “’The commander came over and said the helicopter will be here in half an hour,’” she said. “I told him, ‘This guy doesn’t have half an hour, he has about 10 minutes.’” With little options left, she directed a Romanian medic on the scene to begin intravenous drips. As the patient’s vitals improved, Blue continued to monitor all four patients until the medevac arrived. Despite their traumatic wounds, all of the Afghan soldiers survived. Three hours after treating casualties from the

first IED, the truck Blue was riding struck another IED. By the time her truck hit the IED, she said that the convoy had already cleared 12 IEDs along the road. “We found them and blew them in place, so I was pretty used to the explosions at this point,” she said. “But when our truck blew up, I was not used to that explosion, it was a little too close for comfort.” Blue sustained combat-related injuries and needed to be medically evacuated herself. Today, Master Sgt. Blue uses her real-life experience to enhance training for Self-Aid Buddy Care instructors at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Blue said she emphasizes to her instructors that, “You may not have a medic to care of you. You may be the first person on the scene, so you need to know how to do this stuff to save lives. “Or you may have one medic and 15 guys, but what are you going to do if 12 of them are injured,’” she said. “I think it really hits home to the nonmedical personnel. You never know how you will react in these situations, so you have to be prepared.” Blue was featured in the seventh volume of the Air Force series Portraits in Courage for her actions while deployed. She also earned the Air Force Combat Action Medal and a Purple Heart. Additionally she was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Combat Action Badge, and Army Combat Medical Badge. Subsequently, she was also honored with a flight room dedicated in her name at the Airey NCO Academy at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.


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Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Tues, Apr. 16, 9-10 a.m. - Airman & Family Readiness Center Learn why the Thrift Savings Plan has been called the Model for all 401k Plans! No matter the amount of time you plan on serving in the Air Force military or civilian the TSP is a savings and retirement plan that you will Teach Your Kids about Money thank yourself for contributing to Tues, Apr. 9, 9-10 a.m. - Airman & when you reach your retirement age. Family Readiness Center Money is an important concept for Smooth Move Brief children to learn. Parents can help Mon, Apr. 22, 9-11 a.m. - Airman them learn to use money responsibly. & Family Readiness Center Join us in learning some easy ways Do you have an assignment to a to incorporate money concepts into new base? Sign up for this presentayour children’s lives. Please RSVP at tion to help make your PCS a smooth 228-5690. move. Information presented by TMO, Legal, Family Advocacy, FiBrain Waves for Fathers nance, Airman & Family Readiness Fri, Apr. 12, Noon-4 p.m. - Airman Center, and the Housing Office. & Family Readiness Center Please RVSP at 228-5690. Learn more about the mechanics of early childhood brain development. Credit & Debt Management This exciting new program is for fathers Tues, Apr. 23, 9-10 a.m. - Airman of young children (ages birth through & Family Readiness Center five). Please RSVP at 228-5690. Class covers the good and bad uses

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Desert Lightning News - April 5,2013  
Desert Lightning News - April 5,2013