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June 14, 2013


66th RQS honors PEDRO 66 crew

The name of Capt. David Wisniewski is displayed on a street sign in front of the 66th Rescue Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. During a ceremony June 10, three streets were renamed in honor of the PEDRO 66 crew, whose HH60G Pave Hawk helicopter was shot down during rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - -- The 66th Rescue Squadron took a step on June 10 to ensure that their fallen comrades will never be forgotten, during a ceremony where they named three roads after Airmen who died exactly three years ago in the Sangin District of Afghanistan. The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, call sign “PEDRO 66,” was en route to rescue British service members in Southwest Afghanistan June 9, 2010, when it was hit by enemy fire and crashed, killing five of its seven crew members. Covers were pulled off the signs to reveal three new street names during the ceremony, all of which will serve as a constant reminder to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Smith Avenue will honor Staff Sgt. David C. Smith, 58th RQS flight engineer. Wisniewski Way will honor Capt. David Wisniewski, 58th RQS Pave Hawk pilot. Pedro Drive will honor the entire crew comprising seven Airmen from Nellis AFB and Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., who lived every day of their Air Force careers under the motto, “These things we do so that others may live.” “Today was all about remembering our brothers who lived true to [that motto]” said Master Sgt. Christopher Aguilera, 58th RQS acting first sergeant and the aerial gunner onboard PEDRO 66 when it went down. “I need people to remember; everybody who comes in here will see the names and see the pictures and remember that those are the people who made the ultimate sacrifice.” Lt. Col. Daniel Duff y, 66th RQS commander, spoke to members of the 66th and 58th Rescue Squadrons

as well as family members and friends of those who gave their lives that day during the ceremony. Duff y explained that he wanted the ceremony to be as modest as possible, in the same way Airmen in the rescue community carry out their often perilous duties on a daily basis both at home and down-range. “It’s wonderful that the family members were able to come out and experience this with us as we’re all one big family in rescue.” Duff y said, in a crowded parking lot full of service members exchanging stories about the fallen and expressing gratitude after the conclusion of the ceremony. “[These men] wouldn’t claim to be heroes but they were, so we’re going to remember them every day when we come into work.” For Aguilera, who survived the crash along with Capt. Anthony Simone, remembering and celebrating the lives of those who died is vital. “It’s the thing that keeps me going,” he said. “In everything that I do I carry them with me.”



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HC-130J prepares for first ever deployment Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Since the arrival of the first HC-130J Combat King II to D-M Nov. 15, the men and women of the 563rd Rescue Group have been working to get the aircraft to full-operational capability. The 79th Rescue Squadron is preparing to take the new HC-130J Combat King II on its first ever deployment. They will be rotating personnel and aircraft during the next 20 months for this deployment in support of contingency operations. “This upcoming deployment represents the culmination of years of work and training,” said Lt. Col. Michael Guischard, 79th RQS commander. “The men and women of the 79th RQS are ready to apply their skills in the new aircraft on the battlefield to save lives.” Gen. Mike Hostage, Air Combat Command commander, declared initial operational capability of the HC-130J Combat King II effective April 25, with no restrictions. The 79th RQS recently converted from the HC-130P Combat King to the HC-130J Combat King II. The new $66 million aircraft has enhanced safety, avionic features and air conditioning system, expanded cargo handling and is more fuel efficient. It can also give and receive in-flight refueling. It normally takes 12 months to get a new aircraft ready to deploy. The 563rd RQG has done it in 10 months. “The most rewarding part of preparing the new aircraft for the deployment has been seeing everyone come together with the limited resources to get the squadron ready in a short amount of time,” said Tech. Sgt. John Lemoine, 79th RQS loadmaster. While the aircraft may look like a C-130 on the outside, the new technology contained inside dictated an extensive nine- to ten-month training program. To prepare the new aircraft for this deploy-

A New U.S. Air Force HC-130J Combat King II stands positioned on the flight line at here Dec. 15, 2011. The HC-130J conducts missions from homeland defense to contingency operations. The aircraft conducts civilian and combat search and rescue, medical evacuations, disaster and humanitarian relief, security cooperation and non-combatant evacuations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths)

ment, members of the 79th RQS had to go on temporary duty to Little Rock AFB, Ark. and Kirtland AFB, N.M. Two crew positions were removed in the new aircraft. The aircrew had to learn the differences in the aircraft by hands-on experience. The preparations included testing the new features, rewriting publications and post flight meetings were conducted to discuss lessons learned. “The most significant thing that we had to do was training,” said Senior Master Sgt. John Hammonds, 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant superintendent. “The initial cadre of trainers were assigned to the test and evaluation team. Once we successfully tested the initial aircraft, we came to the operational squadrons to form the core of expertise for others to learn.” The 79th RQS now has six HC-130J Combat King II aircraft in their inventory, with one additional aircraft assigned for operational testing. The HC-130J conducts missions from home-

land defense to contingency operations. The aircraft conducts civilian and combat search and rescue, medical evacuations, disaster and humanitarian relief, security cooperation and non-combatant evacuation. In order to conduct these missions, the 79th RQS trains to contour low-level operations, conduct airdrops of equipment and personnel to isolated and injured personnel, provide refueling to helicopters and communications for the search and rescue task force. According to the Air Force fact sheet, the HC-130J Combat King II, along with the HC130 legacy fleet, is the U.S. Air Force’s only dedicated fi xed-wing personnel recovery platform. HC-130Js are currently flown by ACC and Air Education and Training Command. “The 79th RQS was selected to receive the first HC-130J Combat King II because they had the oldest C-130s in ACC and the Air Force’s personnel recovery function was recognized as a mission area in dire need of recapitalization,” Guischard said.

Furloughs close Commissary on Mondays Senior Airman Timothy Moore 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The Commissary here is slated to close on Mondays beginning July 8, as a result of the civilian furloughs. The decision comes from the Defense Commissary Agency following Department of Defense protocols related to automatic federal government budget reductions. The Defense Commissary Agency chose Mondays, as they are one of the slowest sales days for commissaries. “We know that any disruption in commissary operations will impact our patrons,” said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA’s director and CEO. “Also, we understand the tremendous burden this places on our employees, who, when furloughed, will lose 20 percent of their pay.”

The Monday closures will be in addition to any days that the store locations are normally closed. For example, commissaries that are normally closed on Mondays are also slated to close on Tuesdays. The decision will impact nearly all commissaries with a few overseas exceptions. This is due to store staffs overseas having enough local national employees, who are exempt from furlough action, to keep the stores opened. The Defense Commissary Agency Headquarters will also close on Mondays as part of the furloughs. The change is expected to run through Sept. 30. For more information about store changes, customers can visit use the “Locations” link, then “Alphabetical Listing,” to find a store and then check out the “Local Store Information” link.

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D-M honors three Purple Heart recipients 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Three Desert Lightning Team members received Purple Heart medals for an event that occurred during their recent deployment. On Oct. 5, 2012, a 107mm rocket hit the air conditioning unit directly outside the Metals Technology shop at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan injuring three Airmen deployed from D-M. Airman 1st Class Michael Kristopik and Airman 1st Class Garron Reeves, both 355th Equipment maintenance Squadron structural maintenance technicians and Airman 1st Class Tyler Angelo, 355th Equipment maintenance Squadron aircrafts metals technology journeyman, were on a 6-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Angelo was working on a lathe making a bushing when he heard a couple of loud bangs. He wasn’t entirely sure what it was, because the warning sirens had not gone off. As he turned around to gauge a co-worker’s reaction a rocket hit the shop.

“I saw Kristopik and Reeves about 50 feet away from me. The next thing I saw was a bright flash of light, then dust and smoke everywhere; and Kristopik and Reeves were gone,” Angelo said. “I was almost 100 percent sure they were dead, because they were right next to where the rocket hit.” Angelo took cover behind a maintenance mill. Angelo felt pressure on the right side of his head but was more concerned with putting on his battle rattle than finding the source of the pressure. When the opportunity presented itself, Angelo ran to the bunker where other Airmen pointed out he had shrapnel sticking out of his head. Kristopik and Reeves was sitting in the break room getting ready for the shift to turn over when the chaos began. “I suddenly heard what sounded like a car door slamming,” Kristopik said. “Almost simultaneously, one of the National Guard Airmen took off as two blasts shook the building.” Kristopik and Reeves realized it wasn’t a car door at all. “I was on the phone with my mom

when we heard the first rocket hit,” Reeves said. “I didn’t want to alarm her so instead of using the word ‘rocket’, I asked Kristopik ‘Is that thunder?’ hoping he would understand the reference.” Once they determined it was, in fact, an attack, both Airmen followed protocol. “I started to run for the bunker as did everyone else in the room,” Kristopik said. While running for the door, Kristopik heard more explosions and wished he had his battle rattle on. Once he was out of the building, he heard another explosion behind him and was thrown to the ground. The 107mm rocket hit the air conditioning unit, which was located 10 feet from the shop door and about 15 feet behind Kristopik and Reeves. “The force of the explosion slammed me to my hands and knees. It felt like I was tackled by a defensive lineman,” Kristopik said. “While on my hands and knees, I noticed blood on the ground in front of me. The first thing that ran through my mind was that

someone was hurt, and then realized that it was me that was bleeding. It looked as though I had been peppered with a shot gun.” Kristopik lost sight of Reeves, and was worried because he heard him give out a yell. “I took cover on the side of a storage container and yelled his name out three times, but did not get a reply,” Kristopik said. “I was really worried about him. But with the shop covered in a dust cloud, and metal and hardware scattered everywhere, there was nothing I could do but get to the bunker, let everyone know that I was okay and then get help so search for Reeves.” The Airmen credit their military training for their reaction during the attack. Angelo says as the ‘flight or fight’ training kicked in, he knew what he had to do to survive. Kristopik feels that it is due to his training that he was aware of what to do and how to react. “Had I never received that training I would have freaked out,” Kristopik said. “I would have been more concerned about myself, as opposed to making sure everyone else was alright.”

D-M closes library for remainder of fiscal year Senior Airman Timothy Moore 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

D-M Library here will close its doors June 14 for the remainder of fiscal year 2013. Base leadership decided to close the base library due to fiscal challenges. “As we continue to face these challenges, we are forced to make tough decisions with regard to where our valued dollars are invested,” said Lt. Col. Donald Bohney, 355th Fighter Wing director of staff, in an email to D-M personnel. “Recently, we took significant cuts in appropriated fund dollars that support personnel programs. Although, we were able to save most of those programs, we no longer have the funding to support the library contract.” Bohney went on to remind members of the D-M community that the larger Tucson community has several library facilities, within 10 to 15 minutes of the base, which could possibly fulfill the needs that the base library once supplied. Although the library will be closing,

some materials and services will still be available through the Lending Library in the Education and Training section. Graduate Management Admission Test and Graduate Record Examination study materials will be available through the Lending Library, located in the Kennedy Professional Development Center room 120. It is scheduled to be available June 17. Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support and College Level Examination Program study materials will be available through the Pima Community College office here. “Pima actually stepped up to the plate,” said Marie Lankford, 355th Force Support Squadron Force Development Flight chief. “They are the ones that manage the national test center here, where you do your DANTES and CLEP tests. They took it upon themselves to take the study materials and lend them to the students who will be taking the tests.” Additionally, leadership is looking at options to provide an information learning center to give access to the Air Force

Library online, through the Air Force Portal, since many books are now available online. In his email, Bohney also reminded personnel that many programs are accessible at home. These include educational tools such as Overdrive Digital Media, Zinio Digital Magazines, the Universal Class program and many more. Any books and other items borrowed from the D-M Library should be returned as soon as possible, but no later than June 14. “This was not an easy decision for our leadership to make,” Lankford said. “We had to cut something, and we have to take care of the mission first.” Though the closure does create an inconvenience, base leadership does anticipate better times. “We recognize that the library is a valuable resource for our Airmen and look forward to reopening the library at a time in the future when we are less fiscally constrained,” Bohney said.


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Keeping service in perspective Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. James Powell 97th Medical Group

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFNS) -- If you were approached by a coworker, civilian or family member and asked the question, “Why do you serve?” What would your answer be? How would you internalize what you do for the Air Force to the point where you could answer that seemingly simple question? Over the past several years, I’ve heard the full array of reasons from the events of 9/11 to family traditions. It wasn’t until the sequestration events during this past spring, specifically the suspension of tuition assistance, that I thought harder about the reasons why we serve. Let me start by saying that I am not against tuition assistance or any other benefit that the Air Force has given us. I personally have benefited from the use of TA and believe that our Air Force reaps the rewards from members who have taken the initiative to further their education. I bring up this subject because the news about terminating TA seemed to have invoked an enormous response and I wanted to try and put some things into perspective. As Air Force members, we sometimes have a tendency to take things for granted. We have no problem when the first and the 15th of the month come around and our paycheck is waiting for us in the bank. We have grown to expect that. When we take a look at our leave and earnings statement, we see different benefits such as housing allowance or subsistence allowance and maybe even some type of special-incentive pay that is unique to our particular job or career field. Most of those benefits remain largely intact during this fiscal crisis. Many of us have gone over to the clinic and received treatment and medications that would’ve been very costly if we had to procure this treatment in the civilian sector on our own dime. I didn’t see much effect on these benefits either. While not every temporary duty or permanent change of station assignment was perfectly timed or to the perfect location, we found some type of benefit whether it was the opportunity to travel or the associated allowances we received from being relocated for a period of time. In regards to TDYs, this area definitely saw some adjustments and some heartburn but nowhere on the level I saw with the discontinuance of TA.

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This revocation happened in the wake of post 9/11 education benefits, various scholarships offered through professional organizations and Pell Grants. Also, local colleges were working with members to make special arrangements to ease the financial burden. I truly don’t think members serve simply for the education benefits, despite the fact that there were many who made comments to the contrary. I can’t tell you how many indicated that they were planning to separate just because this one benefit was on the verge of disappearing. I can happily report that I did not see one individual who made such a threat log onto the Virtual Military Personnel Flight and start the separation process. I am convinced there are different attitudes toward serving, such as education benefits or sense of family, patriotism or job security. I use the word “attitudes” because they are subject to change. We can all attest that we have taken a certain position or attitude toward something one minute and in the next, it can be swayed to change. Hence why I didn’t see one person who said they joined the Air Force merely for the education benefits try to separate when TA was not available. This led me to believe that in actuality we all serve for the same purpose, which can be summarized by one word: commitment. We all took an oath of service upon enlistment and during reenlistment. Did that oath say anything about serving for the promise of getting medical or educational benefits? Does it even say anything about pay and allowances or patriotism? The obvious answer is no. Our oath uses words such as “support and defend” and “obey,” all of which require commitment. Commitment requires a deep inner conviction and an obligation that is not limited to any one individual. Our commitment encompasses our Air Force, our families and our nation. When we can acknowledge that the reason we serve is because of our commitment, we set aside our individual attitudes towards a particular benefit or belief and take up a cause that is much bigger than any one of us combined. Hopefully we can all take a step back when asked the question why we serve and say that it wasn’t because of a particular benefit or promise. As we have seen, as fiscal environments change, so too can benefits. So let us keep our perspective of our commitment to “serve and defend” and sustain our Air Force as the most commanding power on the face of the earth.

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D-M OSI Agent saves drowning child Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Special Agent Christopher Martin, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 217, saved an eightyear-old boy from drowning at a youth football team pool party in Marana, Ariz., June 2. Martin was poolside talking with his wife and daughter, scanning the pool for his other children, when he noticed something was motionless under the water. “I didn’t really know what it was,” Martin said. “I got up and started walking towards the edge of the pool. I walked probably 35-40 meters when I realized that it was a child, a brother of one of my son’s friends. I thought to myself, ‘This kid is just holding his breath, playing with his friends,’ because there were a couple of kids about 10-15 feet from him.” This was not the case; the child wasn’t moving, and Martin came to the realization that he needed to jump in to save him. “When I got him to the top, the lifeguard had arrived and we both checked his pulse,” Martin said. “He had a pulse, but wasn’t breathing. During that time, another mother came over and asked how she could help.” They found the child had no open airway. The mother assisting literally took matters into her own hands. “She opened up his mouth with her fingers,” Martin said. “It was just enough for him to get his airway open, because about 45 seconds later he began breathing again.”

Staff Sgt. Alvina Smith and Special Agent Christopher Martin, both Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 217, view an investigation on a computer here June 5. Martin saved a child from drowning at his son’s youth football team pool party, June 2. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths)

The child had been underwater for approximately four minutes before Martin noticed him. “The mother was with a three and four-year-old, while the father was talking to another father,” Martin said. “The father must’ve taken his eyes off his children for five minutes or so just walking around the pool. I guess that was just enough time.”

“I think we’ll keep in contact,” Martin said. “His brother and my son are on the same football team. I know they start playing again in August, so I’m sure we’ll see them then. The father has informed me that his son was released from the hospital, and that he’s doing okay. I believe we’ll stay in contact, not just because of this but because we had a relationship prior.”


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Benko hosts monthly 5K Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The Benko Fitness and Sports Center here hosts a 5K run once a month for Desert Lightning Team members. The fitness center holds these runs to encourage Airmen health and morale. A 5K is five kilometers, or 3.1 miles. The runs are usually held on Sunglow Road, located right inside the Swan gate. The most recent run, the Family Just for Fun 5K, was held June 7 and had approximately 86 participants. Some squadrons around base use these runs for physical training. “I enjoy doing these runs,” said Airman 1st Class Ariel Heller, 355th Communications Squadron base communications planner. “They encourage me to be fit and give me the chance to push myself to do better than those around me.” Water is provided during each run at the halfway point and the end. After the run, participants can choose to get a free raffle ticket to win t-shirts and wa-

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Desert Lightning Team members prepare to start the Family Just for Fun 5K Run here June 7. The run was held by Benko Fitness and sports Center and invited DLT members to bring family and pets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Betty R. Chevalier)

ter bottles. “These runs are to help promote fitness,” said Cesar Vinueza, 355th Force Support Squadron fitness center manager. “It’s also a great chance for avid runners to keep track of their running time and to help with community involvement.” Each run has a theme, usually based on the month.

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A ceremony recognizing the 612th Air and Space Operations Center’s contributions to Tucson’s Adopt-a-Street program was held here, June 6. The 612th AOC adopted Kolb Road (from Golf Links to Escalante Road) in March of 2012 and have since performed more the 220 hours of regular cleanups. In addition, the organization has also taken on the responsibility of reporting adverse road conditions and alerting officials of any emergency needs. “I just want to say that we are so grateful for the work that you’ve done,” said Jean Hickman, Adopt-a-Park coordinator for Tucson Clean & Beautiful. “You’ve helped the Transportation Department, who has been adversely affected by recent budget cuts, allowing them to redirect their focus to maintaining and fixing the roads.” Shirley Stott, Tucson City Council Member from Ward 14, also thanked the 612th AOC members for their dedication to the community. “I salute you and thank you for your double service,” Stott said. “You not only do your mission to keep us safe from bad also mix and mingle with us in the community to help keep Tucson beautiful.” At the end of the ceremony, Senior Airman Benjamin Honken, 612th AOC, renewed the organizations’ pledge to serve the Tucson’s Adopt-A-Street program by signing an additional “contract.” Tucson Clean & Beautiful celebrates this 279th adoption and is proud to sponsor the Adopt-A-Park and Public Areas Program, providing community service opportunities which unite public and private sectors in making Tucson a cleaner and safer place.

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Outdoor Recreation here is giving Airmen an opportunity to participate in outdoor activities around Arizona through the Single Airmen Initiative program. SAI is an Air Force-wide program that allows each base a set amount of money during phases to provide Airmen an opportunity to have fun at a low-cost. There are 4 phases in year, said Jennifer States, 355th Force Support Squadron Outdoor Recreation programmer. Each phase is about three months long. SAI offers a large variety of activities to include horseback riding, tandem skydiving, pilot flight training, rock climbing, kayaking and more. SAI is designed to meet the needs and interests of the Airman community. “Our most popular event is skydiving,” States said. “There is always a waiting list for skydiving, so that is our most common activity.” The program targets single, active-duty or reserve, officer or enlisted members without dependents. However, the program is open to all patrons authorized to use FSS programs. The SAI program is held year round with different activities to accommodate the seasons. Outdoor Recreation tries to offer at least one event per month. For more information about the SAI program, contact Outdoor Recreation at 228-3736.

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Why enforce the standards? viate from? The Air Force uniform standard, Air Force instruction  362903, was developed to provide us 8th Operations Group first sergeant with guidance on how to maintain a KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Ko- professional image at all times. rea (AFNS) -- In the military we conHow we wear our uniform is not stantly refer to “the standard.” Most only important to how the populastandards are developed within Air tion of our great nation views us, Force instructions or technical orbut also how we pay respect to the ders.  They are what sets us apart men and women who have worn it from our civilian counterparts. before us and will continue to wear Webster’s dictionary defines a it long after we are all gone. standard as “something established In my humble opinion, there by authority, custom, or general Commentary by Master Sgt. Vincent Brass

“When we begin to pick and choose what standards we will enforce, we begin to accept mediocrity as the standard . . . When mediocrity becomes the standard is when the mission will fail.” consent as a model, or example.” We weigh our performance reports and sometimes administrative actions off of our ability to meet the standard. As a first sergeant, I consistently find myself reminding Air Force members from all Air Force specialty codes of the standards. Most times I get a similar response; the member corrects the action and continues on. Sometimes I get asked, “Shirt, is it really that big of a deal to have my hands in my pockets?” I ask you, is it? What or whom will be impacted by the staff sergeant or captain with their hands in their pockets? Honestly, probably no one. Ultimately, what it comes down to is, which standard is OK to de-

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355th Operations Support Squadron U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook


he 355th Operations Support Squadron directs operational support functions such as base operations, air traffic control and intelligence. They also develop flying schedules for roughly 14,000 sorties a year.

Senior Airman Ralph Ruiz and Airman 1st Class Chris Greg, both from the 355th Operations Support Squadron base operations, complete paperwork after coordinating with other agencies, such as 355th Fighter Wing Command Post, on runway activities at Davis-Monthan. One of the primary duties of Airmen assigned to base ops is to track inbound and outbound aircraft.

Senior Airman Shane Beauchem, 355th Operations Support Squadron flight records, updates an aeronautic order. An AO is a helps to track a flyers aeronautic history.

Staff Sgt. Amanda Villarreal, 355th Operations Support Squadron noncommissioned-officer-in-charge of wing scheduling, reserves air space for installation aircraft at Davis-Monthan on June 4. The map sitting on her desk illustrates the airspace by sections, allowing her to quickly and easily schedule airspace over areas such as Tombstone, Ariz.

Senior Airman Tyrone Hobbs, 355th Operations Support Squadron flight records, separates paperwork to be placed in squadron members’ Annual Products. An Annual Product is a collection of records, such as flying hours, that is compiled by flight records and reviewed by squadron members once a year.

Airmen from the 355th Force Support Squadron weather unit train on the assembly of the Tactical Meteorological Observation System. The TMOS is a deployable asset that transmits up-to-date climate analysis to weather Airmen, when set up on the flightline, while in theater.

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Financial aid available to Airmen Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The Air Force Aid Society is helping Desert Lightning Team members meet needs in times of emergencies through the Airman & Family Readiness Center here. The AFAS offers many different programs to aid members, from loans and grants to child care for active duty, retired Air Force personnel and Air Guard or Reserve members. However, there are certain restrictions. The AFAS offers two kinds of loans: the Falcon Loan and Standard Loan. Neither loan affects the recipient’s credit score. The Falcon Loan is intended for certain categories of financial emergencies and has a limit of $750. It must be repaid in 10 months or less. Unlike the Falcon Loan, the Standard Loan does not have a set limit, and is considered on a case-by-case basis. The Standard Loan is also differ-

ent as it can be a grant, and not have to be repaid back. The AFAS also has education grants and loan programs to help with college, as well. Help with child care is also available. The AFAS works with Air Force services to fund these programs. One program funds paid daycare for a certain period of time during a permanent change of station. There are various other programs that AFAS helps families with, too. “We are happy to help,” said Elodia Medina, A&FRC Air Force Aide officer. “Don’t think were only here for a specific situation. It’s always best to come in, talk to us and give us the information, so we can help them as much as possible.” For more information on programs available to Airmen and their families, visit the Airman & Family Readiness Center located at 5355 E. Granite St. or call 228-5690.

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Col. Maxwell: Goodbye to wing but not Arizona Staff Sgt. Heather Davis 162nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Col. Edward Maxwell has spent much of his career serving the state of Arizona as well as his country. Although his service with the 162nd Fighter Wing has come to an end, his service to the state continues on. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer selected Maxwell to be the Assistant Adjutant General, Air Commander of the Arizona National Guard, May 29, 2013. Maxwell will continue serving the state of Arizona by providing oversight for the air missions here. “I’m honored by the opportunity to continue serving the Airmen of Arizona by advocating for all three

of the Arizona flying missions,” said Maxwell. May 31 signaled the end of Maxwell’s time with the 162nd as he embarked on his fini-flight, the final F-16 flight of his career. “It was a great experience to go out one more time and fly the jet, even though I knew I’d never get the opportunity to do it again,” said Maxwell. Maxwell will say his goodbyes taking with him 14 years of wonderful memories. “I have a lot of great memories of the wing,” said Maxwell. “But most of all I will remember the people, the opportunities and the friendships I’ve built over the last 14 years,” he said.

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Take Control of Your Air Force Career Senior Airman Camilla Griffin 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The fiscal year 2014 retraining advisory is out. The purpose of the Noncommissioned Officer retraining program is to optimize the enlisted force structure to best meet the current and future Air Force requirements. The program consists of two phases. Phase one retraining gives Airmen identified from over manned Air Force Specialty Codes a chance to submit a voluntary retraining application to fill requirements in critical AFSCs. All Airmen within an overwhelmed career field may apply for any AFSC that is undermanned. During Phase one, if the retraining objectives for the fiscal year are not met voluntarily, implementation of Phase two is necessary. Phase two retraining will select Airmen for mandatory retraining based on Air Force needs to balance the force. Phase one began June 4 and ends July 7. Phase two is slated to begin July 8. Air Force Personnel Center will begin selecting the most qualified for mandatory cross training up until Sept. 8. “They take NCOs in over manned career fields that meet specific criteria and move them,” said Master Sgt. April Little, 355th Force Support Squadron career advisor. “For example, security forces Air Force-wide has

more than 100 technical sergeants that need to move into either the combat arms training instructor job or the canine handler job.” According to Air Staff there are more than 900 NCOs that will need to cross train, or will be forced to separate. “It kind of forces NCOs to make a move before Air Staff picks for them,” Little said. “It gives NCOs a chance to have a say in what will happen to their Air Force career.” Not every NCO is on the chopping block. “NCOs that have been in the career field for a shorter period and have just put on staff, tech, or master will be the most vulnerable as long as they meet all other

requirements,” Little said. Airmen must submit all retraining paperwork by the given suspense. Failure to do so will require completion of the AF Form 964 rendering the Airman ineligible for promotion, assignment, reenlistment, extension and they will separate on their Date Of Separation or sooner if mandated under an announced Force Management Program. The Military Personnel Services Career development office will complete the AF Form 964 and update Military Personnel Data Systems appropriately. For more information visit https://gumcrm.csd.disa. mil/app/answers/detail/a_id/25279/p/8,10/c/787, or contact Master Sgt. Little at 228-1605.

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Outbound Assignments office busy year round Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

D-M’s Outbound Assignments office deals with 650 to 900 assignments during the busiest permanent change of station periods. Though there are many steps, the process does not have to be very troublesome. “We only have six people working in assignments, and the number of assignments at any given time can get very difficult,” Cardnell said. When beginning the PCS process, Airmen receive a notification of assignment from the Air Force Personnel Center. Within seven days a person is required to acknowledge receipt of the notification on the Virtual Military Personnel Flight website. “That’s the big thing,” Cardnell said. “There’s a bunch of information in there; however, a lot of it is slightly outdated. So we advise that people don’t do anything big after acknowledging, until they’re contacted by us. They need to give us time, because sometimes the report on an individual person doesn’t necessarily flow down expeditiously from AFPC. It might take us a week or two to actually get you scheduled for an initial assignment briefi ng with us.” After attending the initial assignment briefi ng, Airmen are given a checklist that they need to complete in order to receive orders. Normally, orders are not sent to AFPC until 120 days from an Airman’s departure date. For an overseas PCS, the 355th Medical Group can’t medically clear an Airman until 90 days from the departure date. “Continental United States PCS’s tend to be quick and easy, because people don’t generally need the medical clearance, such as dental or immunizations records, like they would when going overseas,” Cardnell said. Some assignments require personal processing codes, which come with detailed information about

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Airman gets unusual gift along with dental cleaning since she first posted them on the bulletin board, about five years ago. After Szatkowski’s exam, she told Torres, “you’re not going to believe what I’m Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Public Affairs going to tell you.” At first, the dental hygienist thought maybe Szatkowski was suddenly feeling ill, BETHESDA, Md. (Army News Service) -- When Air Force 2nd Lt. Jennifer Szatkowski came to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a dental exam, or had concerns about the screening, but when the USU student began explaining that she created the bag, Torres said she was amazed. she discovered an unusual coincidence that made her “It gave me the chills,” Torres said. visit not-so-routine. Szatkowski remembers drawing the number “50” inWhile having her teeth cleaned May 3, she noticed side a star, next to the flag, to show she knew 50 stars two brown paper bags hanging on a bulletin board in were supposed to be on the flag, but she couldn’t fit them the exam room. Each bag was decorated with patriotic all. To be certain the bag was hers, she asked Torres if artwork. One of those, she was certain, had been made she could take the bag down for a closer look. Szatkowsby her, more than a decade ago, when she was in grade ki said they would find “Jenny,” lightly written in pencil school. in the bottom right corner. The inscription was there. “When I first saw the bag, I thought my mind was “It was unbelievable that it was still around, and that playing tricks on me,” Szatkowski said. “I couldn’t believe it had traveled so far, from Butler, Wis.,” said Szatkowssomething I had made so long ago, was hanging on the ki. wall across from me in a dentist office at Walter Reed.” Szatkowski is currently fulfilling her dreams of beThe second year medical student at the Uniformed coming a doctor. She was moved by the experience, Services University of the Health Sciences recalled drawing an American flag on the paper bag as part of a project 2nd Lt. Jennifer Szatkowski holds up a decorative brown reflecting on what her younger self thought of service about 12 years ago at her elementary school in Wiscon- bag she made for service members more than a decade members. “The coincidence is unreal,” Szatkowski said. sin, more than 700 miles away. On the bag, she spelled ago while in grade school. Szatkowski, a second year She said that she would not take the bag home with out what she thought “Soldiers” stood for: strong, out- medical student with the Uniformed Services University standing, loyal, dedication, intelligent, enthusiasm, re- of the Health Sciences, saw the bag on a bulletin board her. “I would rather have it serve its original purpose of spected and strength. where she was having her teeth cleaned. letting America’s Soldiers know that they are loved and The candy-filled bags made their way to the former appreciated,” she said. National Naval Medical Center, where they were handed Word of Szatkowski’s discovery quickly spread through Primary Care Dentistry. out by Red Cross volunteers. Carmen Torres, a registered dental hygienist in the Primary Care Dentistry Department, took three bags: one for her father, an Air Department head Dr. Kim Rumanes told her he appreciated the “heartfelt sentiForce veteran, and two for decoration. They’ve remained on display in the clinic ment that went into creating [the bag] in the first place.”

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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.

*Retirees and DoD employees do not receive ads for free.

If you are eligible use the form below:


One word, phone number, price per space.


The following categories are paid ads:

• Homes For Sale • Houses For Rent • Apartments For Rent • Lots • Hotels & Motels • Commercial Rentals • Loans • Investments • Business Opportunities

• Recreational Vehicles • Work Wanted • Condos For Sale • Townhomes • Industrial Properties • Mobiles For Sale • Mobiles For Rent • Misc. For Rent

• Acreage • Income Property • Farms & Ranches • Services • Employment Opportunities • Child care • Condos For Rent

The following ads are also considered paid ads if you do not qualify under FREE ADS Guidelines. • Pets - Free To Good Home • Lost & Found • Cars & Trucks (Except RV’s) • Furniture & Appliances • Misc. For Sale

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

For PAID ADS, use the form below:





CASH __________________ CHECK # _______________


DATE ___________________


One word, phone number, price per space. Four lines ($18.00) minimum. Payment must accompany ad copy

20 Words Maximum.Limit 2 Free Ads Per Family, Per Week

To this line - $18.00 (minimum)

Code:________________________________(For Aerotech Office Use Only)

To this line - $22.00


To this line - $26.00 Each additional line $4.00

Address:______________________________________________________ City:____________________________State:__________Zip:____________ Home Phone:_______________________ Duty Phone:____________________ Organization:___________________________________________________

(For Aerotech Office Use Only) Code: Name: Address: City: State: Zip: Visa/Mastercard/American Express # Exp. Date: Daytime Phone:


Public Affairs will no longer accept classified ads! Please submit your ads via one of the following methods: BY MAIL: Paid And Free Ads 456 E. Ave. K-4, Ste 8 Lancaster, CA 93535

BY FAX: Paid And Free Ads (877) 247-9188

BY EMAIL: Paid And Free Ads

BY PHONE: Paid Ads Only (877) 247-9288


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