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Vol. 6, No. 20

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

May 31, 2013


Rescue Group Airmen pull hiker from Arizona mountain range

Two pararescuemen with the 306th Rescue Squadron fast rope from a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 305th Rescue Squadron. Both rescue squadrons are assigned to the 943rd Rescue Group here. The 943rd RQG trains personnel with equipment to preform day or night combat search and rescue missions, and the group also provides humanitarian and disaster relief operation support. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Luke Johnson)

Master Sgt. Luke Johnson 943rd Rescue Group Public Affairs

Airmen from the 943rd Rescue Group here set out in a HH-60G Pave Hawk for a training mission May 22, when they were notified that a hiker was unconscious from a fall and needed help. The aircrew flew back to base, offloaded their weapons, fueled up, and picked up a Guardian Angel team, special operators trained in trauma medicine and high-angle rescue -- and then went to the hiker’s aid. Earlier in the evening, operators with the Arizona Department of Safety attempted to do a long-line rescue with their helicopter, but could not make it up the canyon as darkness was setting in. Wearing night vision goggles, the Airmen of the 943rd RQG hoisted the 17-year-old hiker to safety around 11 p.m. “We do so much training together as a rescue team

that even with some of the limited communications we were experiencing with the (pararescuemen) on the ground; we knew exactly what their objectives were and what they were doing; it made this rescue mission seamless,” said Capt. Brough McDonald, an HH-60G Pave Hawk pilot with the 305th Rescue Squadron. The hiker who needed help was in the Dragon Mountains, part of the Chiricahua National Monument, about 50 miles east of Tucson, Ariz. “The initial report on the patient was a very severe head injury,” said Senior Master Sgt. Maurice Bedard, a pararescueman with the 306th Rescue Squadron. “When we got on scene, he was already on a back board, so we hoisted him up to the helicopter. He was not as bad as the initial report had indicated.” Once the patient was hoisted out of the mountain, he was transported to a Life Flight helicopter in a landing zone about two miles away from where he had

initially fallen. The 943rd RQG Airmen also hoisted up the civilian search and rescue personnel, and returned to base. “Because of the location of where the hiker fell, it was a difficult hoist and the aircrew from the 305th Rescue Squadron did an excellent job with the hoist operations,” Bedard said. According to the rescue summary report, Airmen from the 943rd Maintenance Squadron got the HH60G Pave Hawk helicopter prepared in record time. “We train as we fight, and the great part about rescue is that does not have always have to be combat rescue,” said Col. Harold Maxwell, 943rd RQG commander. “As Citizen Airmen we are always ready to help out our local community. The rescue mission is one of the noblest missions in the Air Force, and I’m extremely proud of the team work and effort by all involved with this mission.”



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D-M receives last A-10s out of Europe Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Five A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft arrived here from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 23. The A-10s were part of the 81st Fighter Squadron, which will be inactivated in June. The event marks the removal of all A-10s stationed in Europe. D-M has received multiple A-10 aircraft from Spangdahlem during the last few months. These aircraft have been transferred to D-M due to budget cuts. This is an historic event as some of these aircraft have never operationally f lown in the states. The event doesn’t just affect Spangdahlem, but the pilots as well. This f light was the last for Lt. Col. Clinton Eichelberger, 81st FS commander. “It’s a little bittersweet,” Eichelberger said. “There is a time and place where everything

Five A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft land at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 23.The A-10s were part of the 81st Fighter Squadron out of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and were the last A-10s in Europe.

needs to come to an end, and I have been very fortunate throughout my career.” Eichelberger was commander of the 81st FS for almost a year. With the squadron being shut down, Eichelberger is scheduled to attend a professional military education. Captain Joshua Jones, 81st FS B-f light commander, is also affected. He will transfer to D-M and continue to f ly the A-10 under new command.

“It’s nice to f ly into D-M where these jets will continue to f ly,” Jones said. “It’s also very sad to put the jets away, and see the tailf lashes go away eventually.” The tail-f lash is two letters with a design on the tail indicating which base and squadron an aircraft is assigned. The “SP” with a yellow strip above it will soon be painted over ending the A-10 identification in Germany.

DLT Airmen selected for promotion 355th Fighter Wing Adrianne Smith, Ross Weatherford Seventy-eight Desert Lightning Team Airmen here were notified May 23 355th Force Support Squadron David Bushnell, Lorenzo Livingston, Clayton Woodall that they have been selected for promotion to the rank of master sergeant. Air Force-wide there were 20,528 Airmen eligible for promotion to the 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron senior noncommissioned officer tier. The selection rate was 18.71 percent Craig Ezell, Tammy Kerr, Daniel Little, Steven Nichols, Joseph Sayles, Jason Taylor, Joseph Valdez resulting in 3,841 eligible technical sergeants being promoted. 355th Maintenance Operations Squadron The promotes are: Jesse Beasley, Verdelle Holloway, Daniele Ossi , James Thompson 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) 355th Maintenance Group Carrie Ezell, Eric Haselby, Latasha Hill, Jo Kaiser, Fredy Molano Willie Kramer 41st Electronic Combat Squadron 355th Operations Support Squadron Jon Hauge, Khadjah Peterson-Carvalho, Erwin Wogau Tommy Tam, Christina Ward 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron 355th Security Forces Squadron Michael Colangelo, Geoffrey Wilson James Parker 48th Rescue Squadron 372nd Training Squadron Marcquis Simon Joe Champion, Nathan Wik 55th Rescue Squadron 563rd Operations Support Squadron Christian Corella Brian Graham 79th Rescue Squadron 612th Air Communications Squadron Michael Mueller Nathan Weisbeck 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Jack Behar, Daniel Connolly, Jodi King, Jason Larsen, Michael Mahaffey, 612th Air Operations Center Jonathan McGuire, Michael Nelson, Adam Schlingman, Joshua Weneck, Melinda Bell, Danette Blagburn, Daniel Folyer, Joshua Holliday, Terry Little 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron John Williams Bryan Greeley, Matthew Holtan, Fred Massow, Travis Ray 355th Civil Engineer Squadron Adam Boubede, Charles Curnutte, Matthew Deel, Travis Keale, Chad Louis, 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Brian Clay, Christopher Goslin, Erin Jacobs, Daniel Rhodes Lillian Smith Air Force Legal Operations Agency 355th Communications Squadron Jaime Lewis Jarrod Blanchard Projected incoming DLT members 355th Component Maintenance Squadron Walter Alamo, William Carlton, Joshua Fetrow, Jared Hann                                 Wesley Going, from 8th Maintenance Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea; Talisha Green, 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron, Aviano Air 355th Contracting Squadron Base, Italy; Edward Gutierrez, United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Ian Lutjens AB, Germany; Brian Reynolds, Air Force Office of Special Investigations 355th Dental Squadron Field Investigations, Osan AB, Republic of Korea; Rosa Ismael, 344th TrainAvegail Cariaga ing Squadron, Port Hueneme Naval Air Station, Calif; Stephen Washington, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Matthew Coburn, Nicholas Pravecek, Christopher Smith, Sean Smith, John Air Force Element, Dover AFB, N.J.; Ryan Zacher Pacific Air Forces, JointBase Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii Spiekermeier

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101 Critical Days of Summer kicks of season of safety 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- With summer almost here, it will soon be time to uncover boats, dust off motorcycles, take a dip in the pool, go for a hike or just lie in the sun enjoying the outdoors with the smell of barbeque in the air. Unfortunately these beautiful summer days come with increased hazards and risks. According to the National Safety council, more than 400 fatal vehicle crashes and 43,500 medically-consulted injuries are estimated to take place on Memorial Day weekend alone. To combat these staggering statistics, the U.S. Army and Air Force designate May 25 through Sept. 4 of every year as the 101 Critical Days of Summer, a campaign dedicated to ensuring Soldiers and Airmen have an injury-free summer. The safety campaign is intended to increase service members’ knowledge

and understanding of dangers involved with recreational activities, as well as common summer endeavors. “The summer months are when service members tend to travel, vacation or partake in other activities that inherently come with a higher risk for danger,” said Master Sgt. Harold V. Joe, 633rd Air Base Wing Safety superintendent. “While the [Services] have a year-round safety campaign, there is a bigger push during the summer months because of the increase of outdoor activities.” Arguably one of the most dangerous hazards, impaired driving is common during summer months marked with holidays, vacations and cook-outs. In 2010, one third of vehicle fatalities were attributed to drivers with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher, averaging to a death every 51 minutes. Although impaired driving is a serious risk, there are other safety

concerns associated with driving that are prevalent during the summer months, such as motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian safety. While driving mishaps are severe, they are far from the sole focus of the summer safety campaign. According to the NSC, more than 3,800 people died in water and watercraft-related incidents in 2008, and the trend has continued to been on the rise. To reduce the risk of mishaps while swimming, ensure a life guard is on duty at pools or beaches, have a swimming buddy and wear proper gear when participating in water sports. Sunshine and warm weather are the most appealing aspects of summer, but it is important to know the risks associated with them and practice safe outdoor routines. Two sunburns before the age of 18 can double the risk of melanoma, according to

the NSC. During the overly hot, humid days, make sure to stay hydrated and limit intense, outdoor exercise. Focus on replacing lost salt and minerals with water and sports drinks and avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks. It is also important to recognize the signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, fatigue, heavy sweating, confusion, extreme thirst, dizziness, cramps and nausea are all symptoms and must be taken seriously. Joe said no matter the activity, practicing safety and responsibility has a direct effect on mission requirements. “What we want to communicate most is to just have a plan, even if you’re doing something as simple as barbequing,” he said. “Think before you do anything - and most importantly, look out for each other. [Service members] are the most important part of our mission and without them, nothing can get done.”

Commissaries plan for Mondays furlough Kevin L. Robinson Defense Commissary Agency

FORT LEE, Va. (AFPS) --  When furloughs are implemented, most military commissaries will close one day a week on Mondays, the Defense Commissary Agency’s top official said. The closures will be for up to 11 days between July 8 and Sept. 30. “We know that any disruption in commissary operations will impact our patrons. “Also, we understand the tremendous burden this places on our employees, who, when furloughed, will lose 20 percent of their pay,” said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA’s director and CEO. “We determined that Monday closures would present the least pain for our patrons, employees and industry partners,” Jeu added. Closing commissaries on Mondays would be in addition to any day stores are routinely closed. The 148 stores that routinely close on Mondays would also close the next normal day of operation. Other than the furlough day, there are no other

changes planned for store operation hours. The announcement comes as DeCA follows Department of Defense protocols related to the automatic federal government budget reductions, known as sequestration, which began March 1. Like most DOD activities, DeCA is mandated by DOD to furlough its civil service employees. Furlough notices are scheduled to be delivered to DeCA employees between May 28 and June 5. DeCA has 247 commissaries with more than 16,000 employees operating in 13 countries and two U.S. territories. Furloughs will impact all of DeCA’s more than 14,000 U.S. civilian employees. As sequestration continues, commissary customers can quickly find out about any changes to their local store’s operating schedule by going to www.commissaries. com, clicking on the “Locations” tab, then “Alphabetical Listing,” finding their store and clicking on “local store information.” Patrons are reminded that because sequestration is so fluid, DeCA’s plan for this budget-cutting measure is subject to

change. DeCA decided on Monday closures after weighing the potential disruption to patrons and suppliers of having rolling furloughs, where closure dates would differ from store to store. Universal Monday closures are less disruptive to shoppers and the agency’s industry partners -- vendors, suppliers and distributors -- who deliver products daily to DeCA’s commissaries. Store staffs overseas include a mix of U.S. and local national employees. Because they are not U.S. government employees, local national employees are not subject to this furlough actions. Select locations overseas will open if they have an adequate local national staff. However, if an overseas store is closed, its local national staff will report to work and perform other store-related duties. “We are in this together,” Jeu said, “and though limited in our ability by circumstances we cannot control, I assure you we will do all we can to mitigate the impact of sequestration on our patrons, employees and industry partners, and on our mission.”


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What’s your Air Force relationship status? Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Tamala Hartz 97th Security Forces Squadron

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFNS) --  How are things between you and the Air Force these days? Would you say the two of you are in a committed relationship? Are you happy with the Air Force? Is the Air Force happy with you? Are either of you thinking of ending the relationship? These may sound like silly questions, but when you really think about it, your relationship with the Air Force is a lot like your relationships with friends and loved ones. A career in the Air Force will require work, maintenance and sacrifice similar to those efforts given to our personal associations. Just like any extensive time spent with a person, extended time spent with the Air Force will mean a series of good times and not-so-good times. There will be times when you’ll wonder why you’re in this relationship, and there will be times when you can’t imagine yourself without the Air Force. Like all other relationships, the Air Force will give and take. A few of the great opportunities you have in the Air Force that you may not find in civilian companies include: the sense of being part of an organization bigger than yourself, travel, fair promotion opportunities, competitive pay and benefits, protection from unfair work practices, and other quality of life options for you and your family. Just like in other relationships,


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Dedication to the fallen Senior Airman Camilla Griffin 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

When U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Moon was a young child, he dreamed of becoming a U.S. soldier and always wanted to be a sniper. He did not have anyone in his immediate family who served, but knew distant family members who served in the armed forces. Marsha Moon, Christopher Moon’s mother, said he was a very active child and enjoyed being outdoors. Christopher Moon was into BMX biking and baseball as a child. He was a gifted athlete and usually the youngest players on his teams. He was a very talented kid, and whatever he didn’t have in raw talent he made up for with his work ethic and great attitude. Christopher Moon loved being around people and always thought things through. Marsha Moon is very grateful for the moments she got to spend with her son. “He was a really amazing son,” she said. Christopher Moon received several awards for his athleticism. In 2006, he was named Southern Arizona High School Player of the Year. In 2008, he received a baseball the scholarship to University of Arizona and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves.

On May 20 the Midvale Park Neighborhood Association, the Tucson Unified School District, the City of Tucson, Pima County and countless friends throughout the community, dedicated the multi-use field in Grijalva Park in honor of Christopher J. Moon. The field is used by the same elementary school Christopher Moon attended as a child. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin)

In his first year of college, he decided he no longer wanted to play baseball or go to school. He decided to join the U.S. Army. Before he attended U of A, Christopher Moon asked his parents to sign waivers for him to join because he was under the age of 18. His parents asked him to try school first, so he did.

His mom said he was a humble person. He didn’t brag about his athletic abilities, the fact that he was drafted by a major league baseball team straight out of high school or even that he received an offer for a full ride to U of A.

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D-M completes Comprehensive Airman Fitness Week Vincent Howard 355th Fighter Wing Community Support Coordinator

D-M concluded its quarterly Comprehensive Airman Fitness Week on May 23. The week’s activities were focused on highlighting safety, resiliency and the social pillar of CAF and started with a wing run, followed by a wingman scavenger hunt where teams of four had to work together to find information and objects related to CAF’s social pillar and resiliency. A “Baker’s Rules” bowling tournament followed on May 2. Under the format, teams of four had to roll one ball each in tandem, picking up each other’s spares when necessary, further emphasizing teamwork and the social aspect of CAF. Nearly 100 Airmen participated in the base’s first ever Zombie 5K Run, where runners had to avoid designated “zombies”, and team up to conquer various physical challenges placed around the course, such as a four-man litter carry. Almost simultaneously, 20 teams of four competed in the base’s every growing Build-A-Boat competition. The event was the biggest Build-ABoat competition to date.

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The week’s activities culminated May 23. In addition to various teambuilding activities at unit-level, a few D-M married couples tried their hand at the Newlywed Game held in the base theater to test their knowledge of their partners. After viewing imaginative unit-produced safety and CAF-related videos in the base theater, supervisors and wingmen tried their hand at the “Wingman Game” and tested their mutual knowledge of their respective supervisors, subordinates and wingmen. The D-M First Sergeants Council and the D-M Top III organization donated hundreds of dollars in prizes, such as Breakers Water Park season passes, personal massages, gift cards and movies passes to support CAF Week activities. Senior Airman Sia Babonjo, 355th Mission Support Group, said she was energized by the experience. “The events were a huge success, but what was inspiring was seeing so many come together as a military family,” said Babonjo. “This week’s activities made me even prouder to stand strong with my fellow wingmen.” Chief Master Sergeant Dawna Cnota, 355th Fighter Wing command chief, echoed her pleasure of CAF Week’s impact.

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355 SFS battle for top shot Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Approximately 40 Airmen competed in a shooting competition, here May 17. It provided Airmen the chance to display their skill and accuracy with the M9, the standard sidearm of the U.S. Air Force since 1985. The competition is part of this year’s Police Week and is traditionally held between Airmen from the 355th Security Forces Squadron, as well as members of the local law enforcement agencies. “We need to continually build that camaraderie between our security forces brethren, as well as the local outside agencies,” said John Badey, shift supervisor for the department of Air Force civilian police officers, DMAFB. “This is an opportunity for relationships and connections to be formed between Airmen and the Different agencies.” In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in

which that date falls as Police Week. This year 12 teams of four Airmen from the 355th SFS competed for the top spot. The teams took turns shooting targets from three different distances and used the combined hits for the team score. The competitors shot index cards, center mass circles, and 100 point scoreable rings at seven meters, 15 meters, and 25 meters. The final Challenge was a steel target silhouette 100 meters away. Each member was given 10 shots with the M9 to hit the target. The winning team was awarded a picture frame with their team photo and an attached plaque etched with the previous winner’s names. The trophy will stay with the winning team until the next competition. Tech. Sgt. Zachariah Brignoli, Senior Airman Morgan Esguerra, Airman 1st Class Travis Lage, and Airman 1st Class Ryan Mason made up the winning team. A contestants fires off rounds during the shooting competition Staff Sgt. Thomas Webb was the “Top Shot” here May 17. The competition is part of national Police Week. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin) with a score of 304 out of 380.


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Seven Summits team reaches peak of Mount Everest Heather Uberuaga, Seven Summits Team Air Force Safety Center Public Affairs

On May 19, the U. S. Air Force Seven Summits team reached Mount Everest, the highest point of the world, 29,035 feet. This success marks the first time a team of military members from any nation has reached all seven summits: Mount Elbrus in Russia, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, Mount McKinley in Alaska, Mount Vinson in Antarctica, Mount Kosciuszko in Australia, and Mount Everest in Nepal. The team included: Maj. Rob Marshall, 34, a CV-22 acceptance pilot from Mercer Island, Wash., currently stationed at Bell Helicopter in Amarillo, Texas. Capt. Andrew Ackles, 29, a TH-1N instructor pilot from Ashland, Ore., and stationed at Fort Rucker, Ala. Capt. Marshall Klitzke, 30, a KC-135R pilot from Lemmon, S.D., currently an instructor pilot at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Capt. Colin Merrin, 28, a GPS satellite operations mission commander from Santee, Calif., stationed at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Capt. Kyle Martin, 29, a T-38/F-16 pilot from Manhattan, Kan., currently stationed at Langley Air Force Base, Va. Staff Sgt. Nick Gibson, 36, a Reserve pararescueman and physician-assistant student from Gulf Breeze, Fla., stationed at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.

“Fifty years after the first American boots stood on top of the world, the first American military team has followed in those footsteps,” said retired Col. Rob Suminsby, USAF Seven Summits team support. “The team unfurled the Stars and Stripes and the U.S. Air Force flag on the summit right after 5 a.m. in Nepal.” Though unable to make the journey themselves, Suminsby and Maj. Mark Uberuaga, co-founder of the USAF Seven Summits project, supported the team at home by keeping the blog updated and relaying key messages to friends and family members of the team. “We were all on this journey with them. The day they took off for the summit we received 12,000 hits to the website,” said Uberuaga. “The Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark Welsh, commented on one of the blogs a couple days prior to the summit attempt. The team knew the entire Air Force was rooting for them. I know they carried that with them to the top.” The 7 Summits Challenge began eight years ago when Wrath 11, an Air Force Special Operations Command MC-130H ‘Talon II’ crashed in Albania in March 2005. “Rob and I had been planning a climb of Mount Elbrus in Russia, which is the highest point in Europe, before the crash,” said Uberuaga. “We decided to dedicate the climb to our fallen friends. It was something we could do to honor them and it helped us deal with the loss.” As the planning continued, Marshall and Uberuaga decided to launch an effort to climb all of the

seven summits to raise funds and awareness for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a charity that provides full scholarship grants, as well as educational and family counseling, to the surviving children of special operations personnel who lose their lives in operational or training missions. Two of the climbers, Capt. Colin Merrin and Staff Sgt. Nick Gibson, turned back before the summit due to illness and concerns over frostbite. “These guys deserve a huge amount of credit, as they made one of the toughest decisions a climber can make, turning around short of the summit,” said Col. Suminsby. “Both made a good decision to turn back. The team was committed to safety throughout the process, and their actions are shining examples of how to do the right thing even when it’s disappointing and not easy. A lot of people have been willing to sacrifice fingers or toes to reach the summit, but this team defined success from the outset as bringing everyone back in one piece.” Key to the team’s success was including risk management in the planning and execution process. All members of the team are trained in risk management and use the principles in their day jobs and while mountaineering. “The Air Force Safety Center has been a strong supporter of this effort,” said Suminsby. “They recognized early on that this is an opportunity to promote a risk management mindset in all Airmen.” Learn more about this effort by going to USAF 7 Summits Challenge at


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Live to ride, ride to live another day Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel Air Force News Service

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) --  Some memories are Kodak moments - the kind you want to recall again and again. Others are more sinister, hanging around unwanted, as a reminder of life’s darker side. One such ominous memory combines one of my greatest joys and my greatest fear into a valuable life lesson. On a beautiful, warm summer evening, the alarm bell rang at the fire-station where I volunteered during college. Within a few minutes, my crew and I arrived at the scene of a downtown motorcycle accident. A lifeless body lay several feet away from the wreckage. After a collision with a car, only a mangled ball of iron was left of the motorcycle. The rider was dead on arrival, while the driver of the car walked away unharmed. Despite this experience, last year I decided to get a motorcycle. It is the best way to travel on a summer day, whisking through traffic while en-

joying easy parking at my destination. For me, it is the only true way to explore America’s highways--in a community of riders, who greet each other like friends, even in the big cities. Knowing full well that my decision brought inherent risks, I applied through the base for a certified new rider’s course. I relearned basic bike operation, traffic rules and safety techniques that would give me a safe start on a machine more than three times my own body weight. And it was time well spent: While road signs and laws translate directly for motorcyclists, the actual dynamics of the road change dramatically for bikers: Riding a motorcycle places you low on the totem pole of road safety. Because automobile drivers often have no idea how fast motorcycles travel, they misestimate their approach or breaking distances. Very often drivers don’t even see riders until it’s too late. Add to that drivers distracted by texting, cell phone conversations or other disruptions, and the possibility of an accident rises drastically. As much as possible, I try to increase my personal safety by anticipating others’ actions and making

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Airmen from the 355th Fighter Wing kicked off highlighting safety, resiliency and the social p together to find information and objects relat

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Airmen from Davis-Monthan participated in the Motorcycle Mentorship Ride as part of Comprehensive Airman Fitness Week . The ride consisted of a tour through Bisbee.

Airmen from the 355th Fighter Wing Legal Office participated at the Build-A-Boat Competition during Comprehensive Airma Fitness Week’s Build-A-Boat competition h May 23. This was the biggest Build-A-Boat competition held at D-M to date consiting 20 teams of four members each.

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Airmen from the 355th Fighter Wing participate in Comprehensive Airman Fitness Week’s Newly-Wed Game May 23. The week’s activities were focused on highlighting safety, resiliency and the social pillar of CAF and started with a wing run, followed by a wingman scavenger hunt where teams of four had to work together to find information and objects related to CAF’s social pillar and resiliency.

ff Comprehensive Airman Fitness Week with a mile-and-a-half run May 20. The week's activities were focused on pillar of CAF and started with the wing run, followed by a wingman scavenger hunt where teams of four had to work ted to CAF's social pillar and resiliency.

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Air Force Civilian Gregory Padilla, 355th Security Forces Squadron attacks the ball during the racquetball tournament held May 22 for Comprehensive Airman Fitness Week. Both Senior Master Sgt. Terry Hennings and Staff Sgt. Covito Redman, 355th Medical Group were rewarded a day off from work for winning the tournament.

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Beware financial consequences: manage your money wisely Tech. Sgt. Taylor Worley 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. --  Starting in basic military training, through technical school, to their first duty station and beyond, Airmen are advised to stay in control of their finances. According to Air Force Instruction 36-2906, Personal Financial Responsibility, military members, “will pay their just financial obligations in a proper and timely manner.” Becoming financially irresponsible comes with consequences, especially in the military. Master Sgt. Cristy Anderson, 53rd Test and Evaluation Group first sergeant, says leadership does not want to get their Airmen in trouble. Instead, they encourage them to contact their leadership be-

fore there is a financial problem so administrative punishment doesn’t become a factor. “We can’t make someone do an allotment, we can’t make you pay your bill, [or] order you to do that. But if you’re not going to do it, there will be a consequence,” she said. “We want to help you; we want to get you on the right road to success. If we continue to have a problem, then some people may document a verbal [counseling], and if that still doesn’t fix it, you are looking at a [letter of counseling], [letter of reprimand], or all the way

up to an Article 15. “Discipline is progressive, you may find yourself discharged and out the gate” Anderson said. Letting your finances get out of hand and falling into trouble can not only affect your military career, but it can affect your life outside of uniform as well. “[Financial trouble] can harm your credit score, and these days your credit score means a lot,” said Quan Franklin, airman and family readiness center community readiness specialist. “A poor credit score can affect security clearances,

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His kind is that good regular guy on the street. He put on that great mask that everyone thought he was a good guy.” 81st Medical Operations Squadron family advocacy outreach manager Later, Ramsey was interviewed for a segment KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- The na- on “Good Morning America.” He responded to tional news has been quite captivating lately. I’m the talk show host’s questions in his now-familreferring to that astounding discovery of three iar humble, self-deprecating style. When asked young women - missing 10 years -- in an oth- whether he had noticed anything unusual in his erwise ordinary Cleveland suburb. Because abductions don’t often result in such a positive outcome, this particular story was pretty wonderful. I just can’t help pointing out that this situation, in particular, provides all of us an outstanding opportunity to learn a very valuable lesson. Consider the comments made by Charles Ramsey, the next door neighbor who helped facilitate the escape of the three women. He described moving into the neighborhood a year be- neighbor’s behavior over the course of the past fore and befriending Ariel Castro, the man who year, he admitted he hadn’t. He paused, then kidnapped and held the women captive for all stated, “Either I’m that stupid or his kind is that good.” those years. Or his kind is that good. When Ramsey was interviewed by investigaRamsey’s comment, in fact, is frighteningly actors, he said, “He was a fun guy. I mean, parents trusted him. He talked to parents. He was just a curate. Castro’s kind is that good. They feel safe, Paula Spooner

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ordinary, even kind. They can be charismatic and genuine and charming. They appear to be the kind of people that you would trust with your car, your house, and yes - even your kids. These are the very traits that make “his kind” so dangerous. As leaders it is critical to understand that you cannot pick out these people when you meet them. I can guarantee that there are some of you reading this right now, saying to yourself... “Maybe most people can’t, but I can. My gut never fails me. I can always tell when one of my Airmen is lying to me.” If this sounds like you, be very careful. The folks who stand to perpetrate the most damage often look the best. They are smooth, pleasant, polite and don’t make waves. They blend in. We like them, usually a lot. So, if and when you should look further into a concern about an Airman, don’t allow that person’s stellar work performance, engaging charm, reassurances, regular church attendance, volunteer work, direct eye contact, number of friends, poise under pressure and so on divert you from what you need to do.

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From fallen, page 5 Once Christopher Moon turned 18, he sat his parents down and told them he was going to join the Army, but he wanted to do so with their blessing. Moon became a sniper, just as he’d planned, within his first year in the Army. He achieved a perfect score in training. Before every mission Christopher Moon would call his parents to tell them he would be going on a mission and they wouldn’t hear from him for a while. He let his family know he was being shot at on a daily basis. “My husband and I had a sit-down talk about the ‘what if ’ and we had to accept the possibility of something happening to him,” said Marsha Moon. “Also, being a faithful Christian, I had a talk with Chris about if the Lord wanted to take him home, that it was his time, and that I accept that. We were very honest and open about the possibilities.” Christopher Moon, a Tucson native, died as a result of wounds sustained when he stepped on a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2010. His comrades were very grateful for him. He was the youngest of the crew,

but he was very aware of what was going on. They admitted he saved their lives on several occasions. “When he got hit, he said let me go. You guys go you have families,” said Marsha Moon. On May 20 the Midvale Park Neighborhood Association, the Tucson Unified School District, the City of Tucson, Pima County and countless friends throughout the community, dedicated the multi-use field in Grijalva Park in honor of Christopher J. Moon. The field is used by the same elementary school Christopher Moon attended as a child, where he had perfect attendance from first through fifth grade. Marsha Moon, is very proud to see the community recognizing veterans and is happy to know that the young children of the community are learning about the sacrifices our veterans make. The baseball field will have a mural and a fountain in the name of Moon. Tucson High School has retired Christopher Moon’s number, 11, and is working on funding a life size bronze sculpture of him for their baseball field.


Warrior Web prototype takes first steps A soldier carries a 61-pound load while walking in a prototype DARPA Warrior Web system during an independent evaluation by the U.S. Army. Warrior Web seeks to create a soft, lightweight under-suit that would help reduce injuries and fatigue common for Soldiers, who often carry 100-pound loads for extended periods over rough terrain. DARPA envisions Warrior Web augmenting the work of Soldiers’ own muscles to significantly boost endurance, carrying capacity and overall warfighter effectiveness - while using no more than 100W of power. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory Human Research and Engineering Directorate (ARL HRED) is nearing completion of a five-month series of tests to evaluate multiple Warrior Web prototype devices. The testing evaluates how each prototype incorporates

different technologies and approaches to reduce forces on the body, decrease fatigue, stabilize joints and help Soldiers to maintain a natural gait under a heavy load. The testing uses a multi-camera motion-capture system to determine any changes in gait or balance, a cardio-pulmonary exercise testing device to measure oxygen consumption and a variety of sensors to collect force, acceleration and muscle activity data. The Warrior Web program consists of two related program tasks. Currently underway, Task A seeks to develop a mix of core technologies deemed critical for the program’s success. Scheduled to commence in fall 2013, Task B aims to develop and fabricate an integrated suit that would eventually undergo real-world testing to evaluate its performance.

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Stress Management Workshop Wed, June 12, 5-6:30 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Having a disability or chronic illness, or having a family member with special needs can be very stressful. Come Reintegration & Welcome Home Banner Event learn more about ways to identify and manage stress.  Mon, June 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m. - Airman & Family Read- From 5-5:30 p.m. we will have social time where you can iness Center meet new friends or catch up with one another.  After the Is your loved one coming home soon? Food & drinks presentation, there will be time to ask questions of Diane, will be provided, along with all banner making supplies.  our Military Family Life Counselor.  You are also welcome Please RSVP at 228-5690. to share with others tips you have for reducing stress.  Please call 228-5690 by June 7 to sign up. Financial Readiness and Investing 101 Wed, June 12, 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. - Airman & Family Eegee’s Party Readiness Center Fri, June 21, 3-4:30 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness This class is designed to provide objective and general Center investing information. If you have an emergency savings Beat the heat!  Stop by the A&FRC patio for a free froand are ready to take it to the next level, this class is for zen treat.  Please call 228-5690 by June 19 to sign up. you. Please RSVP at 228-5690. Summer Camp for Youth with Autism Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) There is still time left to register for Tucson Alliance Tue, June 25, 9-10 a.m. – Airman & Family Readiness for Autism Summer Day Camps.  The Explorer Camps Center are for children ages 7 to 14 with high functioning autism.  Learn why the Thrift Savings Plan has been called the The focus will be on leisure skills, social communication, Model for all 401(k) Plans! No matter the amount of time friendship and fun.  The Wildcat Teen Camp is for teens you plan on serving in the Air Force (military or civil- ages 15-25 with high functioning autism or Asperger’s.  ian) the TSP is a savings and retirement plan that you will The focus is to work on the transition from high school to thank yourself for contributing to when you reach your college.  For more information, visit www.tucsonallianceretirement age. Please RSVP at 228-5690.  There is funding available for military families, so the total cost is only $75.  To register, contact Money on the Road Program Allison at 319-5857. Money on the Road is an Airman & Family Readiness program designed to bring financial readiness/counseling Changes to Early Intervention TO YOUR unit! Our counselors can teach classes and be The referral process to the Arizona Early Intervenavailable for one-on-one counseling or to answer general tion Program (AZEIP) has changed.  Families who have questions.  We tailor our visit to your unit specific needs. a child between the ages of birth and three who suspect a You provide a temporary location for us and we provide significant developmental delay (or have a known medical efficient financial counseling services. If your unit is in- condition that will result in disability) can call 1-888-592terested in our Money on the Road program, please call 0140. us at 228-5690.

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PLAYpass available at the Airman & Family Readiness Center The PLAYpass Program provides deployed/remote Single Airmen and Air Force families respite from the challenges of deployment. Single Airmen returning from deployment and families of deployed members can receive special discounts and rewards to help make their deployment easier. PLAYpass offers discount cards that provide members and eligible family members the opportunity to participate in Force Support Squadron programs (e.g., Outdoor Recreation, Youth Programs, Bowling, Golf) for free or at a reduced cost. Each card is valued in excess of $500. PLAYpass cards may be picked up at the Airman & Family Readiness Center, Bldg 2441, from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon-Fri. For more information or to find out if you are eligible for PLAYpass, visit or call the A&FRC at 228-5690.

Attention all Airmen -- Volunteers Needed! Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas on D-M and

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