COMMENTARY Being on the frontline of suicide prevention, Page 2
Service as a way of life, Page 11
JBA pays tribute on 9/11, Page 3
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Charles H. Flowers recognized as 2015 Best High School
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 | VOL. 4 NO. 37
JBA Air Show: It’s Here!
BY BOBBY JONES STAFF PHOTOJOURNALIST
The staff and students of Charles Herbert Flowers High School are still basking in the celebration of winning Steve Harvey’s Best High School in the nation for 2015 during the 12th Annual Neighborhood Awards held at the Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on Aug. 8. Formerly named the Hoodie Awards, producer Rushion McDonald created the community recognition awards show with actor, comedian and talk show host Harvey in 2001. The event originated in Los Angeles, before relocating to Las Vegas for seven years and was broadcasted over Harvey’s radio show in Atlanta. Flowers competed in the fan-nominated awards, which offer 12 competitive categories, including best church, beauty salon, barbecue restaurant, community
see AWARD, page 5
Family programs highlighted at AFA conference BY STAFF SGT. CHRIS GROSS
AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE
Programs geared toward assisting caregivers and helping children of military families with resiliency skills were highlighted during the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 15 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lynda Davis, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors executive vice president, and Chrissy App,
see FAMILY, page 10
New Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics, Surgery Center update
The new roads are coming into focus as the construction of the New Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center takes shape. BY KATHLEEN CANFIELD 779TH MEDICAL SUPPORT SQUADRON
U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/STAFF SGT. BRIAN FERGUSON
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the 2015 Joint Base Andrews Air Show, Sept.19.
Among other commemorations, the Joint Base Andrews Air Show is the culmination The 2015 Joint Base An- of many weeklong activities in drews Air Show has arrived and the National Capital Region, to with it comes many changes to include the Air Force’s Birthnormal base operations. day Week celebration, which Friday, Sept. 18 kicks off the runs from Sept. 14-19. The Air JBA Air Show with a full pro- Show will celebrate the 100th gram open to Department of anniversary of the U.S. Naval Defense cardholders and spe- Reserves. cial invitees only. While there will be a full Saturday, Sept. 19, JBA will show rehearsal on Friday with open it’s gates to the public as gates opening at 9 a.m., the a way of saying “thank you” to Friday show will be limited to the community, the state and DoD cardholders as well as spethe National Capital Region for cial invitees. We encourage all all their support. DoD cardholders to attend the “Attendees will get the Friday show. There will be spechance to see the United States cial parking on base both days Air Force Thunderbirds, the for DoD cardholders and their F-22 Raptor Demonstration guests on the East Side of base. Team, and the United States No general admission tickets Special Operations Command are required to see the show. jump team Para-Commandos, Attendance is free and open to just to name a few,” said Maj. the public. Special access seatJim Crum, air operations direc- ing is available for purchase, tor for the events. “We’re hop- but show center will be open ing to see the entire community and visible to all attendees for come out when the gates open free. at 9 a.m.” Guests will experience aerial What you need to know demonstrations and learn more about DoD-Only Day: The DoD-only day of the about the military personnel and equipment JBA uses to 2015 JBA Air Show on Sept. 18 is open to valid ID DoD-cardcarry out the missions here. BY TECH. SGT. ROBERT CLOYS 11TH WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
holders and their guests and requires any form of standard issued military ID that would grant access to the installation on a normal day. Personnel with a valid DoD credential can escort up to 10 personnel, in the same vehicle as the cardholder, on to the base. On DoD only day Air Show attendees should follow instructions of security forces and posted signs to the designated parking area on the east side of base where they will be shuttled to the ﬂightline. The pedestrian entrance will be located at C Street.
Getting to the Air Show Sept. 19:
Saturday, Sept. 19 the 2015 JBA Air Show is open to the public. Metro usage is highly encouraged. Riders of the Green Line can use free shuttles from Branch Avenue Metro Station. Riders of the Blue or Silver Lines may go to Morgan Boulevard Station or Largo Town Center and walk to FedEx Field. No public parking is available on Joint Base Andrews.
see AIR SHOW, page 12
The new Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center (MGMCSC) continues to take shape. The new 345,000-square foot facility will enhance the 79th Medical Wing’s ability to provide world-class medical services to the nation’s wounded warriors and the area’s service members, retirees and their families who are part of the National Capital Region (NCR) healthcare network. The mission of MGMCSC has shifted from an inpatient focus to ambulatory care, diagnostic, surgical and therapeutic services. MGMCSC is part of an integrated military medical center without walls. You will find Air Force medics everywhere you go in the NCR. The new facility will have state of the art operating room capability, very similar to those you find at Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir. And actually by design very similar so that their surgeons can operate here just as ours go up there now. The new multi-story building is configured with two towers, situated between a smaller, middle structure shown in the photo. The new facility will have three levels.
Hot tickets around town September 19
Joint Base Andrews 2015 Air Show Joint Base Andrews, Camp Springs The air show returns featuring a myriad of attractions on the ground to include static displays of modern and vintage/legacy aircraft, and Joint Base Andrews assets such as the USAF Honor Guard and the USAF Band. Call 240-612-4428 or visit www.andrews.af.mil
Bill Picket Rodeo 1:30 p.m. The Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro Come experience the rodeo at its ﬁnest. Bill Picket Rodeo will delight all ages. Call 301-952-7900 or visit www.billpickettrodeo.com
Hyattsville Arts Festival 11a.m.-5p.m. Hyattsville Arts District, 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville Join more than 4,500 DC-area art lovers at the Arts District Hyattsville shopping center to experience amazing arts with over 70 exhibiting artist, and crafts, numerous live performances, as well as tasty local food and drink. Call 301-683-8267 or visit www.hyattsvilleartsfestival.com
Bluebird Blues Festival 12:30-6 p.m. Prince George’s Community College, 301 Largo Road, Largo, MD 20774 This popular annual event has become one of the county’s premier events. Each year the festival attracts more than 10,000 people, dozens of vendors and national and local blues artists. Call 301-4463232 or visit www.pgparks.com
Greenbelt Blues Festival 1-10 p.m. Roosevelt Center, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt A full day and evening of acoustic and electric blues. Call 301-474-5642or visit www.newdealcafe.com
Hispanic Festival 12-6p.m. Lane Manor Park, 7601 West Park Drive & University Blvd., Adelphi Celebrate the rich heritage of Hispanic communities. From carnival games, crafts, entertainment, delicious ethnic food and more. Visit www.pgparks.com
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Friday, September 18, 2015
Being on the frontline of suicide prevention BY MAKEDA KNOTT
11TH WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Every September, the nation brings greater attention to suicide prevention. But suicide prevention doesn’t end when October rolls in, it continues. As Airmen, there is a responsibility to look out for our wingmen, coworkers, family, friends and community. According to the Department of Defense quarterly report, there were 57 active-duty suicides for the first three months of 2015, 15 in the Reserves and 27 in the National Guard. In 2014, the DOD reported 273 active- duty suicides and a total of 169 in the Reserves and National Guard component. “The Air Force, and the DoD, is going to great lengths to bring awareness to suicide prevention. Annual suicide prevention training is regularly updated so that it becomes more relevant and thought-provoking,” said Maj. JoLyn Tatum, clinical health psychologist at the Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center. When someone commits suicide, it’s often a result of despair which can stem from depression, mental disorders, alcoholism, drug abuse, as well as financial difficulties, bullying, and interpersonal relationships. In this life, setbacks will arise, and the Air Force has a number of options available when intervention is needed, whether it’s a visit to the chaplain, the mental health clinic, military and family life consultants (MFLCs),
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Military One Source or medication management. “We provide a safe outlet for them to express their feelings in confidence--a listening ear; we offer hope and counsel,” said Maj. Raphael Berdugo, deputy wing chaplain. “In the military, you are never alone. Chaplains are available 24/7 to care for all people,
those who may be religious or not affiliated with a religion, to show genuine care and compassion.” As a clinical psychologist, Tatum regularly monitors the individuals and their safety. If someone exposes suicidal thoughts, as a provider, most of what she does is
from Tricare Home Delivery, you still have access to a pharmacist 24/7. Call Express Scripts with your questions at 1 877 363-1303.
see PREVENTION, page 14
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Your pharmacist should be the ﬁrst resource to answer questions about your drugs. If you are taking an over-the-counter (OTC) medication like acetaminophen (Tylenol®), cough medicines, herbal supplements or aspirin, those drugs can interfere with other medications. Because you purchased these products OTC, there is no record in the pharmacy’s computer system to prevent harmful drug interactions. Tell your pharmacist about taking OTC products when you ﬁll a prescription. Most frequently asked questions: Possible side effects of my medicine; where can I ﬁnd information about the drugs I take; are generic drugs the same as brand name drugs; how can I ﬁnd out when a generic will be available for a medicine I take; and how do I discard medicine that I no longer need? If you get your prescriptions
Veterans Affairs’ Community Employment Services relies on Community Employment Coordinators (CECs) to work with local employers to identify suitable jobs based on a veteran’s skills and abilities. Each VA medical center has a CEC responsible for connecting homeless and at-risk veterans to appropriate VA and communitybased employment services. The goal is to establish relationships with employers to hire veterans while VA provides a variety of services, including health care and housing assistance to increase potential on-the-job success. For more information, go to www.va.gov/ homeless or call 1 877 424-3838.
The quickest way to get your 2015 IRS Form 1095 is through myPay. Once it becomes available from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) in January, you can view, print or save your 1095 in PDF format. Mail delivery takes about 7-10 business days. To switch from mail delivery to electronic, log into myPay at https:// mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx and select “Turn on/off Hard Copy of IRS Form 1095. For more information, contact DFAS at 1-888 332-7411, Option 5. The Retiree Activities Ofﬁce is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit the ofﬁce in Building 1604 at California and Colorado Avenues or call 301 9812726. Call before your visit to ensure a volunteer is on duty. The RAO has a website at www.andrews.af.mil.
Friday, September 18, 2015
JBA pays tribute on 9/11
BY AIRMAN 1ST CLASS J.D. MAIDENS
11TTH WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Members of Joint Base Andrews and their families paid their respects for Patriot’s Day at Heritage Park on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 11. This year marks the 14th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. “We should take time to reflect on those who gave their lives that day, modern day heroes, and the service of countless Airmen, Marines, Sailors and Soldiers in the fight for freedom,” said Col. Bradley Hoagland, JBA/11th Wing commander. The flight of first responders from JBA memorialized distinguished first responders from the attacks on Sept. 11. The event also featured a large American flag suspended from a firefighter cherry-picker, a UH-1N Twin Huey from the 1st Helicopter Squadron and formations of first responders and base personnel. Reveille was played at 8 a.m., preceding a moment of silence and the playing of taps to remember and pay respect to those who died in the attacks. The event also honored the 113th D.C. Air National Guard wing, in addition to other National Capital Region entities, that sprang into action on 9/11. “The 113th launched two F-16 Fighting Falcons to protect the skies over Washington D.C.,” Hoagland said. “The two pilots were ordered to intercept flight 193, without any munitions. That meant they would need to crash into the plane to bring it down. However, the heroes onboard Flight 193 did it instead.” JBA personnel, Layne Hoppman, who was a member of the Presidential Air Lift Group Phoenix Ravens, and Patricia Mosely a Staff Sgt. With the 11th Force Support Squadron, who directly contributed during the attacks on Sept. 11th were specially recognized. “I was a member of the Presidential Raven
First responders salute during a Patriot’s Day Reveille Ceremony at Heritage Park, Joint Base Andrews, Sept. 11. They paid tribute to the ﬁrst responders and victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
team at the time of 9/11,” Hoppman said. “I was flying on Air Force One with the President. It was terrible. You never forget what happened when you’re closely involved in a national emergency of that magnitude.” “I was working at the fitness center during the attack,” said Mosely. “The building had to be evacuated and military members had to be recalled. I was deployed to Dover to escort bodies. Every anniversary of 9/11 makes me feel like I just got back from Dover today.” To pay respects to those who were effected by 9/11, taps was also played four times during Patriot’s Day, at 8:46,
U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTOS/AIRMAN 1ST CLASS PHILIP BRYANT
Members of Joint Base Andrews, Md., pay tribute to the ﬁrst responders and victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, during a Patriot’s Day Reveille Ceremony at Heritage Park, Joint Base Andrews, Sept. 11.
9:03, 9:37 and 10:07 a.m. “Let us re-dedicate ourselves to the ideals that make our nation great, and remember the heroes that have gone before us - and the heroes in our midst today,” Hoagland said.
Tech. Sgt. Matthew Miser, U.S. Air Force Band’s Ceremonial Brass trumpeter, plays Taps during a Patriot’s Day Reveille Ceremony at Heritage Park, Joint Base Andrews, Sept. 11. The ceremony paid tribute to the ﬁrst responders and victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
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Friday, September 18, 2015
AWARD, from page 1 leader, high school, barbershop and church choir for their contributions and excellence within their own neighborhoods – with the winner succeeding based on voting. Flowers Principal Gorman Brown accepted the award on behalf of his school, competing against several schools, to eventually dethrone six-time award winner, Cass Technical High School, a four-year university preparatory high school in Detroit. Brown noted some of the key components for winning the award came from the belief of people who belong to this school community. “The talk became the energy behind the actual vote-piece that overcame Cass Tech. So to be able to unseat them was a pretty monumental task. This was our ﬁrst win,” Brown said. “I’m excited, and I think it speaks to the work that is being done here at Flowers High School and what we need to accomplish moving forward,” Brown noted. Brown explained, “We’re pushing to have more students become national merit scholars, more in AP classes, more working toward scholarships, and more to take dual enrollment classes while they’re in high
Kevin Sandoval and Cameron Wilcher conduct tests on the ﬂight simulator in the ROTC Class.
Principal Gorman Brown, center, poses for photo opportunity with his group of national merit scholars with the 2015 Neighborhood Award for Best High School in the nation.
school. We’re pushing for more students to actually embrace the piece of being a member of the best school in the nation, not just being one the best schools in the area.” Expounding on the school’s quality programs and student initiatives, Brown noted, “When I got here four years ago, I found the school already in a strong position. So what we’ve done is to kind of differentiate learning experiences for young people so that we could connect them to their passion and therefore accelerate them toward being college and career ready. And do so in a manner that allows them to have a track that connects them to what they want to do as a career.
“We have not yet arrived, but we’re doing well,” said Brown, quoting a graduation rate equivalent to the best in the county. “I don’t want to be just a great school in our county; I want to be considered a great school nationally.” Among the programs highlighted was Science Technology, Academy Finance, Air Force ROTC and the T.V. Production class. Air Force ROTC cadet, Second Lieutenant Paris Fosten, noted, “It was very exciting to win the award, considering I never thought we would get best high school in the nation. But, with Principal Brown and his way of trying to progress the school forward, it didn’t come
as a complete shock, because he encouraged all of us to go vote and win,” said the high school senior, who wants to major in computer science with programming and codes in college. “We have one of the best T.V. Production programs in the county, ran by Tara Jones, our Television Production instructor,” exclaimed Brown. Jones noted, “I’ve been teaching television production at Flowers for 14 years and the program has grown exponentially over that time. The class sizes have quadrupled in interest from students who are thinking about their chosen career path earlier,” said Jones. “They get hands-on opportunities to learn how to produce, direct, write scripts, learn how to operate all of the equipment in the studio and they truly learn how to create television from concept to execution,” Jones explained. “I think that overall Flowers
holds up to its image as a Mecca of excellence, because of the many departments we have here. The teachers strive to make us as successful as possible; especially with all the teachers that I’ve had,” said Maya Cherry, T.V. production student. “They’ve done everything possible to help us get to where we need to be, especially Ms. Jones. I was getting interviews to go to journalism programs and she helped me with recommendations. They didn’t necessarily hold our hands, but they’re teaching us how to transition into the real world. We’re not just a number here; you’re actually a student and have a name,” Cherry added. “We believe that you develop or get kids to be motivated by creating strong relationships; because that’s how you get to know what their dreams are; what they aspire to. Those relationships have translated into a positive school culture here. So when the call came for Steve Harvey, it was easy for us to get everyone together and focus our efforts in winning this award. Not just within our school, but our alumni, community members – everybody – galvanized this support; showing that the work here at Flowers is being recognized,” Brown noted.
Friday, September 18, 2015
VIRTUAL REALITY ENHANCING DEFENDERS
U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION BY AIRMAN 1ST CLASS PHILIP BRYANT
The 11th Security Forces Squadron on Joint Base Andrews uses a projection system, Milo, to run through different simulated use of force scenarios to better prepare themselves for possible real world responses.
Staff Sgt. Gerald Kelley, 11th Security Forces Squadron training instructor, manipulates exercises during a training session at the 11 SFS training building Sept. 3 on Joint Base Andrews. The Milo system allows instructors to choose from multiple scenario actions.
An 11th Security Forces Squadron member prepares to unholster his modiﬁed M9 during a simulated projection exercise at the 11 SFS training building Sept. 3 on Joint Base Andrews. The course and system is there to build conﬁdence in use of force scenarios.
Security Forces Police Blotter
The Security Forces Blotter is intended to keep members of the Joint Base Andrews Community informed and aware of the crimes and offenses that occur throughout the base each week. If you have any information that may help Security Forces solve a crime or prevent a criminal act, please contact BDOC (Base Defense Operations Center) at (301) 9812001, CRIME STOP LINE 981-2677 COPS or the investigations section at (301) 981-5656). ·
ism in Liberty Park Base Housing. The individual reported an incision on the side of the vehicle. The appropriate paperwork was accomplished. Sept. 12 at 10:30 p.m.: Security Forces responded to an anonymous tip through the “LiveSafe” App reporting a loud noise complaint in Liberty Park Base Housing. Further investigation revealed the noise generated from outside the installation.
Sept. 9 at 11:10 a.m.: Security Forces responded to an individual suspected of being drunk on duty. The individual was processed and charged accordingly. Sept. 10 at 9:22 a.m.: Security Forces responded to a vehicle accident involving a government owned vehicle. The operator rear ended another vehicle causing minor damage. All paperwork was accomplished at the scene and the drivers were released. Sept. 10 at 9:53 p.m.: Security Forces responded to a report of vehicle vandalism at Andrews Club. The individual reported major damage to the gas cap and both side mirrors. The vehicle was deemed unsafe to drive and was towed. Sept. 11 4:46 p.m.: Security Forces responded to a report of vehicle vandal-
Please remember, while driving on the installation you must have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, vehicle registration and proper Military Identiﬁcation or approved installation access credentials. All credentials must be up to date and presented at the time they are asked for. For reporting any emergencies or non-emergencies please feel free to utilize the “LiveSafe” App. “LiveSafe” is an anonymous reporting app that can be downloaded for free on your smart device. There has been an increase in reported vandalism on the installation. If you witness any vandalism taking place call Security Forces at (301) 981-2001.
As A Reminder
Friday, September 18, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY FAIR HELD SEPT. 10-13 The 173rd Prince George’s County Fair, ﬁrst established in 1842, was held Sept. 10-13 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington. Along with government agency and company exhibitors, the fair featured rides, games and a petting zoo with special projects and livestock exhibitions from Prince George’s County 4-H. Many of the same events and exhibits will be offered at the 92nd Charles County Fair on Sept. 17-20 in La Plata. For more information, visit http://charlescountyfair.com/.
The Prince County Fair featured exhibits from the Prince George’s County 4-H.
PHOTOS/LESLIE C. SMITH
Willa Johnson and Cooper Johnson enjoy a trip on the merry-goround at the Prince George’s County Fair.
Jasmine the Camel was the “star” of the petting zoo at the Prince George’s County Fair.
The-5-1-2 Experience Band entertained the audience at the Prince George’s County Fair.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Obama discusses national security during Worldwide Troop Talk BY AMAANI LYLE DOD NEWS
President Barack Obama addressed a variety of national security topics during his unprecedented live multimedia Worldwide Troop Talk at Ft. Meade on Sept. 11. The president’s broad discussion ranged from Russia’s effect on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the Middle East to the future of U.S. cyber efforts. It took place at the Defense Media Activity’s television studio. “Here at Fort Meade, we do some of the most important work in helping to coordinate our efforts to make sure that we are bringing to bear all elements of American power against those who would try to do us harm here in the homeland or overseas” he told the military audience gathered in the studio. In addition to the troops with him in the studio on Fort Meade, Obama answered questions and addressed issues brought up by service members around the world, who spoke over teleconference lines or submitted them through social media channels.
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President Barack Obama answers questions from service members while hosting a worldwide troop talk from Fort Meade, Md., Sept. 11, 2015, on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
continue pressure on Iraq and Syria. “We are going to be engaging Russia to let them know that you can’t continue to double down on a strategy, if it’s doomed to fail,” the president said. “If they’re willing to work with us and the 60-nation coalition that we put together, then there’s the possibility of a political settlement in which Assad would be transitioned out and a new coalition of moderate, secular and inclusive forces could come together to restore order in the country,” he said.
Still, the president acknowledged signiﬁcant threats from “Our airmen are doing extraor- that a peaceful ceaseﬁre and terrorist organizations and idedinary work with the support of political settlement will not ologies persist in Iraq, Syria, all the other service branches, be possible. “You’ll continue to Afghanistan and North Africa. and we’re providing training, have this vacuum that’s ﬁlled The military must also assistance and support to the by extremists,” he said. be prepared for traditional Iraqi security forces on the According to the president, threats, from a new Paciﬁc reground, as they continue to the “good news” is that Russia gion, where historically the push back ISIL from the terri- and the United States share United States has underwrittory that they have taken.” concerns about countering vio- ten the security and prosperity lent extremism and concur that of a region that returned after Leverage air power ISIL remains a danger. World War II, and where the Obama explained that the U.S. role continues as the corUnited States’ strategy has Converging interests nerstone of NATO. consistently been to leverage “Despite our conﬂicts with Ultimately, Obama stressed air power to support the Iraqi Russia in areas like Ukraine, the need to work at every levsecurity forces’ ground efforts this is an area potentially of el to ensure service members and, where when possible, the converging interests,” the presi- have the strategy, resources, ‘An incredible job’ “We’ve done an incredible job efforts of opposition groups in- dent said. “The bad news is that equipment, and training they Russia continues to believe that need to succeed. in going after and systematical- side Syria to push back ISIL. These push-back efforts, he Assad, who is their traditional ly dismantling the core al-QaiBut, the president asserted, da network that was operating said, include thwarting their partner, is somebody … worthy in this era those elements are primarily in the Fatah region ﬁnancing, networks, supplies of continuing support.” not just a matter of “tanks and The president recounted riﬂes.” between Afghanistan and Paki- and infrastructure. However, Obama lamented that Russian President Vladistan,” the president explained in response to a question from a that Syrian President Bashar mir Putin ignored his advice Cyber adversaries “Cyber security is opening deployed service member about al-Assad has brought such de- in recent years to cease ﬁnanstruction upon his people and cial support and arms sales to a whole new era in which we the situation in Syria. Radical violent extremism, cities, and created sectarian Assad. “[Putin] did not take my have to watch out for our adverObama said, has “metastasized” conﬂict between Shia and Sun- warnings and as a consequence saries,” Obama said of the new and spread to other areas. He ni populations inside Syria, so things have gotten worse,” he theater for potential conﬂict. Obama said he’s seen State noted that currently ISIL has the country has become “a mag- said. As the situation in Syria de- and non-state actors have demsettled in Syria as “ground ze- net for jihadists throughout the teriorated, Obama said the Syr- onstrated an increasing soro” for violence, which he said region.” Also, the president ex- ian president has invited Rus- phistication of hacking and the calls for U.S. presence and air plained, if Assad remains in sian advisors and equipment ability to penetrate systems domination. “We are pounding [ISIL] place, he will have alienated so in, but that won’t change the previously thought to be secure. every single day,” Obama said. much of the Syrian population United States’ core strategy to “Offense is moving faster than
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defense,” he noted. At least part of the problem, he said, lies in the original design of the internet. “It was not designed with the expectation that there’d end up being 3 or 4 or 5 billion people doing commercial transactions … they thought this would be an academic network to share papers and formulae.” Although the United States continues to best understand cyber, the president acknowledged that other countries such as Russia, China and Iran have “caught up.”
As a result, Obama said the United States in recent years has developed a coordinated response, bringing together the military and other government agencies with the private sector to better strengthen defenses. There is still work to be done, and the president anticipates the United States will need to do more and coordinate with other actors more effectively. “We going to have to both strengthen overall networks, but we’re also going to have to train millions of individual actors, small businesses, big vendors, [and] individuals in terms of basic cyber hygiene and be much more rapid in responding to attacks,” he said. “One of our ﬁrst and most important efforts has to be to get the states that may be sponsoring cyberattacks to understand there comes a point at which we consider this a core national security threat, and will treat it as such.” On a more personal note, looking down the road to a time when he will no longer be commander in chief -- his term concludes on Jan. 20, 2017 -Obama said one of the things he will miss most will be working with service members, whom he described as “ambassadors who spread good will” at enormous sacriﬁce to themselves.
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FAMILY, from page 1 Sesame Workshop’s U.S. Social Impact director, highlighted their programs and the opportunities that exist for military families. Military and Veteran Caregiver Peer Support Network Davis spoke about the Military and Veteran Caregiver Peer Support Network, a site offered through TAPS that allows caregivers to interact with one another. Caregivers, who are taking care of ill, injured or wounded veterans from an era of war, are able to reach out for help and ask for advice from others who have dealt with similar circumstances. For example, spouses who have a wife or husband suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder, can reach out through a private forum asking about ways to cope or how to better help their spouse. “The point of this … is to get peers supporting peers to reduce isolation, increase connectivity, engagement, hopefulness, knowledge and skills,” Davis said. Davis said peers supporting peers, whether it be a similar operation, illness or death, has proven to be the best method of support. It reduces the challenges that occur with a caregiver’s mental and physical health, family relationships, and work relationships. Davis pointed out that it’s impossible to address all the behavioral and medical health challenges that caregivers may face. Having somebody who can empathize with a caregiver and share their story will help ﬁll many of those gaps.
Whether a civilian or veteran, and whether or not the wounds are even visible, “one of the things that helps most all of us, under all circumstances, is this ability to afﬁliate with other people with a common lived experience,” Davis said. “It’s somebody who can get it, who understands,” she added. “There’s no need for lengthy elaboration. There is no stigma, there’s no judgment, and they have the beneﬁt of having perhaps gone through the same thing you are and they can pass on their experience.” Helping children be resilient App talked about how Sesame Workshop has focused on and addressed issues concerning military families for the past 10 years. They’ve made tools available through their site and produced USO shows that help children cope with deployments, reintegration, moving, transition and more. Helping children to be resilient was a topic App stressed, and she broke down a ﬁve-step approach parents and guardians can follow to help. Steps included: setting routines; helping children understand their emotions; having honest communication; helping children break down a situation by breathe, think and do; and ﬁnally, having a caring adult around. “Research shows (that having a caring adult) is the most important factor - not any of the tools and techniques but just that there’s a person there that the child can go to who cares about the child,” App said. Resources and more information are available through the Sesame Workshop website.
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Service as a way of life
Luncheon celebrates thrift shop volunteer’s 46 years
that was St. Patrick’s Day 1950. They were married in October of the same Lorraine Peterson year. They were married knows what service to for 55 years until his community is and has passing. been a faithful volunteer Having served 22 at the Andrews Thrift years in the Army, the Peshop on Joint Base An- tersons lived in Virginia, drews for more than 46 Louisiana, Texas and Geryears. On, Sept. 9 they many. All along the way, held a farewell luncheon Lorraine Peterson served to celebrate and recog- her different communinize her for all her years ties in various capacities. of selﬂess service. She has served with variBorn and raised in Bal- ous organizations such as timore, it was there that Lighthouse for the Blind, she met her husband when American Red Cross and he came in to trafﬁc court the Girls Scouts. Peterson for a parking ticket. “We even served with a local looked at each other and sheriff ’s ofﬁce when fundthat was it” said Peterson. ing was low. Peterson explained she All those around her went in to see the judge, were quick to highlight “I said, ‘Judge, there is her dedication and capaca good looking army sol- ity for giving. dier out there coming in “She comes in every to stand trial for a park- week and works non-stop. ing ticket.’” That “good She loves to volunteer,” looking army soldier” said Paula Hausenphepwas John Peterson. And her. BY LESLIE C. SMITH STAFF WRITER
Lorraine Peterson shares a moment with Ret. Army Lt. Col. Sarah Sandefur at a luncheon held for Peterson recognizing her 46 years of volunteering at the Andrews Thrift Shop.
Hausenphepher also shared how Peterson’s husband would cut out articles about his wife and collected them throughout the years and compiled them in a book. “One day when I was visiting, I saw all of this. I said, ‘My goodness, Lorraine, I know you volunteer here, but your whole life you’ve been busy.’ ”
Lorraine Peterson and Paula Hausenphepher share a smile at a luncheon held for Peterson to celebrate her 46 years of volunteering at Andrews Thrift Shop.
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Denise Gardiner, president of the Andrews Spouses Club, presents Lorraine Peterson with a certiﬁcate recognizing her for all her years of dedicated service volunteering.
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AIR SHOW, from page 1 Free public parking is available with shuttles to the show at FedEx Field and Branch Ave Metro Station. The shuttles will be running inbound to the show from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday. Shuttles will run continuously for guests returning to Branch Avenue Metro Station and FedEx Field from 9 a.m. until shortly after the show is over and all guests have departed the base. Disabled visitors will have designated parking areas available with proper parking certiﬁcation. For FedEx parking, those requiring Americans with Disabilities Act parking access are encouraged to use Morgan Boulevard entrance to the arena.
What DoD ID cardholders need to know about escorting guests to the Air Show:
Personnel with a valid DoD credential can escort up to 10 personnel. NonDoD personnel must be in the same vehicle as the DoD cardholder and park on the east ramp Valid ID cardholders walking can escort 10 personnel through the pedestrian entry on Arnold Street; visitors must remain with escort. Personnel without DoD ID cards will be directed to FedEx or Branch Avenue Metro Station
Closures during the 2015 JBA Air Show:
Both the Exchange and the Commissary will be closed Sept. 18 and 19 to make parking available for Air Show workers. Pharmacy hours will remain unchanged.
Trafﬁc Pattern Changes on JBA:
For safety purposes Security Forces will have many detours to be followed
for those driving on base. Please follow the instructions at the Trafﬁc Control Points and they’ll ensure members still have access to the show, housing and the hospital.
Prohibited and Authorized Items at the Air Show:
Guests will not be able to bring food but water in clear containers may be brought. Food and beverages will be available for purchase as well as free Hydration Stations where free water will be available. Families with small children will be allowed to bring a small diaper bag/kit with snacks, formula, etc. Drones and radio scanners will not permitted at the Air Show or on the installation. The public is reminded that although the District of Columbia legalized marijuana this year, its use is still against federal law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Federal law enforcement agents may arrest anyone for possession of marijuana on federal property, which includes military bases. The THC contained in marijuana is classiﬁed as a Schedule I controlled substance, and not permitted on base. A longer list of prohibited and authorized items can be found at http://www. andrews.af.mil/library/2015airshow faqs.asp. This list is not all-inclusive. Any illegal items, or substances, and items perceived to pose a threat will not be allowed. The most current information can be found on our Facebook, Twitter and website. Please contact the 11th Wing Public Affairs Ofﬁce at 240-612-4428 with any questions. www.facebook.com/AndrewsAirshow www.facebook.com/jointbaseandrews www.twitter.com/AndrewsAirForce www.andrews.af.mil/library/2015join tbaseandrewsairshow.asp
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Prince George’s County Department of Parks & Recreation museums join Smithsonian Magazine’s 11th Annual Museum Day Live! Free admission on Sept. 26 with a Downloadable Museum Day Live! Ticket
ciate the beauty of yesteryear. The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Prince George’s County, has many such College Park Aviation Museum, treasurers. The personnel who Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site, day-to-day contribute in enabling Riversdale House Museum and the public to appreciate these hisSurratt House Museum will open torical sites is exceptional. It is an their doors free of charge on Sep- extremely worthwhile trip to fully tember 26, as part of Smithsonian admire their splendor not only on magazine’s 11th annual Museum Museum Day but anytime of the Day Live! year,” said Stu Kohn, Montpelier On this day only, participating Mansion volunteer and Friends of museums across the United States Montpelier board member. emulate the spirit of the SmithsoFor more information about Mnian Institution’s Washington DC- NCPPC’s Prince George’s County based facilities, which offer free ad- museums, visit www.history.pgmission every day, and open their parks.com. doors for free to those who downMuseum Day Live! tickets for inload a Museum Day Live! ticket. cluded M-NCPPC’s Prince George’s Inclusive by design, the event County museums are available for represents Smithsonian’s commit- download at Smithsonian.com/mument to make learning and the seumday. Visitors who present the spread of knowledge accessible to Museum Day Live! ticket will gain everyone. Last year’s event drew free entrance for two at participatmore than 400,000 participants, ing venues for one day only. One and this year’s event is expected to ticket, per household, per email attract more museum goers than address is permitted. For more inever before. formation about Museum Day Live! “Museum Day is an important 2015 and a full list of participating event for all to fully enjoy the his- museums and cultural institutions, tory that our forbearers bestowed please visit Smithsonian.com/muupon us by their labor of love, re- seumday. --Smithsonian Media sulting in us being able to appre-
PREVENTION, from page 2 guided by best practices. The initial step is determining the risk level of someone. Does the individual require hospitalization to keep them safe or should that person be closely monitored and maintained on an outpatient status? She also mentioned that there are a number of self-help smart phone apps developed by the Defense Center of Excellence that can be helpful, such as Breathe2Relax, Moving Forward, LifeArmor and Virtual Hope Box. Identifying the level of risk is important in order to ensure safety and support, by coordinating with the individual’s social support system, through their family members, and/or chain of command. “Events like Wingman Day are another way that the Air Force draws focus to looking after one another, and to start the discussions about suicide prevention,” said Tatum. Through efforts of our ﬁrst sergeants and other members of the chain of command, they promote an atmosphere where Airmen regularly take care of one another in a peer setting. Master Sgt. Marcus Washington, 11th Wing first sergeant, frequently walks around the building to establish a constant rapport and an air of accessibility with the
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Airmen. “I ensure that everyone is aware of suicide prevention and that’s done through ADLS [Advanced Distributed Learning System] training, and small group sessions where they talk about, in intimate details, situations regarding suicide prevention issues.” If Washington sees someone displaying signs or symptoms, he steps in. “If I can’t help them, I’m aware of referral agencies to not leave that person alone and to make sure they understand that if they don’t cite an answer that is sufﬁcient to my book I’ll help them along and tell them this is what you do. But, more importantly, understand that everyone is different. Look for abnormal, atypical behavior in an individual.” However, Chaplain Berdugo explains from experience that many don’t show any symptoms at all. The best way to help another person in distress is to show genuine concern in the person’s welfare and that you really care about them. “A kind gesture can be a very powerful antidote for someone having suicidal thoughts.” If you, or someone you know, are seeking help, contact the 11th Wing Chaplain’s ofﬁce at 301-981-2111 to speak with a chaplain, or call 301-325-9724 to speak with a Military and Family Life consultant. You can also call the Military Crisis Line to speak to a counselor by dialing 800-273-TALK. Visit the Defense Suicide Prevention Ofﬁce website for more resources.
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