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FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014 | VOL. 3 NO. 17

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CHRISTMAS IN APRIL DAY

BY STAFF SGT. TOREY GRIFFITH

11TH WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Team Andrews members gathered at the club here to honor the legacy of 80 men who, 72 years ago, completed the executed one of the most important and dangerous missions in military history. On April 18, 1942, Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle led a team of 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers from the flight deck of the USS Hornet to deliver the first strike against the empire of Japan since the Pearl Harbor attacks of Dec. 7, 1941. Each member knew they would not have enough fuel to complete the mission at hand and return to friendly territory, but, true to their motto “Toujours Au Danger,” or “Ever Into Peril,” volunteered nonetheless. “The same thing that inspired the Doolittle Raiders inspires us today,” said Col Bill Knight, 11th Wing/ Joint Base Andrews commander. “People often tell the military, ‘you can’t make this happen,’ and that tends to become a burr under our saddle. We make the impossible possible every day.” Richard Cole, son of retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the sole surviving raider from crew one, spoke about his father and the Doolittle raiders, and the role these members of the “greatest generation” played in history. “I consider it a privilege to be able to talk about the raid, my father and the men who were on the raid, because I believe it goes to the very core of who we are as a nation,” said Cole. “I’ve grown up around these guys, because we’ve been going to these reunions. I can tell you not one of them would ever think they were the greatest generation. They believed in these truths,” he said, pointing to a slide displayed on a screen referencing the Declaration of Independence. “They knew that if they needed to go out and spill blood to preserve these truths, that’s what their job was. They knew what we all

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The Army in our midst BY AIRMAN 1ST CLASS AARON STOUT

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PHOTOS/BOBBY JONES

Tech. Sgt. Kwame Opoku, left, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems craftsman, shines a flashlight on a ceiling fan for Staff Sgt. Erick Rodriquez, 11 CES electrical systems craftsman, as rewires the lighting.

Andrews Airmen help out a fellow veteran BY BOBBY JONES

STAFF PHOTOJOURNALIST

Tech. Sgt. Chad Colgate, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron heating and air conditioning technician scrapes paint from the fascia of the car port.

Joint Base Andrews’ 11th Civil Engineer Squadron has a long history of supporting humanitarian efforts in the Prince George’s County community. On April 26, the unit loaned their technical skills to fix up a home as part of the 26th Christmas in April Day Anniversary event. The recipient was retired Army Col. James Simpson, a veteran with 30 years of service who’s home fell into disrepair due to his failing health. Simpson was elated at the bee hive of activity going on inside and outside of his 40-year-old home. “This was a surprise to me,” said Simpson, a Hillcrest Heights resident. “I

Joint Base Andrews is best known as the home of Air Force 1 and for the mission of the 89th Airlift Wing. However, they are not the only unit that supports distinguished guests. Andrews has been home to the United States Army Priority Air Transport or USAPAT since 1988 when it was activated. USAPAT provides worldwide executive airlift in support of U.S. Army senior leaders, Department of Defense executives, congressional delegations and combatant commanders. The commanders of U.S. Army Forces Command, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Army Materiel Command are USAPAT’s most frequent flyers. “As a result of the clien-

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You Made the Grade program rewards students

don’t know how my daughters got in touch with these people,” said Simpson, as he sat in his living room chair listening to music from the radio. “But they’re doing a wonderful job. While I was in the service, I travelled so much I wasn’t home enough to tend to the house, and my wife wasn’t well enough to do it,” said Simpson, who wife was bed ridden during the renovation. The contingent of volunteers could be seen everywhere; atop the roof applying gutter guards, replacing old windows with new ones, scraping paint from the underside of the porch soffit, painting window seals, mulching, digging holes for Azalea bushes, to beautify the backyard, carrying bags

BY RENEE M CARTER Military students can turn good grades into rewards with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s You Made the Grade program. From first-graders to high school seniors, pupils who maintain a B average or higher are eligible for the program that recognizes academic excellence. The You Made the Grade program rewards military students with a coupon booklet filled with free offers and discounts, including a free regular 6-inch Subway sandwich and a Burger King Tendergrill chicken sandwich. Those who make the grade will also score Snack Avenue coupons for a free 16-ounce drink, a complimentary hot dog and more.

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see EXCHANGE, page 2

Andrews bomb squad trains ANG neighbors BY STAFF SGT. ROBERT CLOYS

11TH WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/STAFF SGT. ROBERT CLOYS

Members of the 11th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit and 113th Wing Operations Support Flight observe a cloud created by their M18 smoke grenades during training.

Purple clouds of smoke twisted and swirled through the air on the east side of Joint Base Andrews, April 17. Intermittent explosions could be heard echoing off nearby buildings. Though those near by may have wondered what the commotion was, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians were busy training members of District of Columbia Air National Guard’s 113th Wing on the use of M18 smoke grenades as well as ground burst and boobytrap simulators.

“We’re often associated with the people who come out during suspicious package incidents,” said Senior Airman Brian Mink, 11th CES EOD technician. “But, that takes up just a small part of what we do.” Training the JBA populous takes up a larger part of their time, with courses that range from unexploded ordnance training to land navigation. “If units want to take their training to the next level, they often come to us and we will teach them how to use [different explosive devices] and how to stay safe while doing so,” said Mink. Airman 1st Class K’Shawn Joseph, 113th

Wing Operations Support Flight, was training for a similar reason, but would have an added bonus after attending. “We came out for annual training,” he said. “After we complete this course with EOD, we’ll be able to teach and qualify others on what we’ve learned.” EOD must have a vast amount of knowledge on a plethora of explosive devices in order to train others to use them safely. The Operations Support Flight isn’t the only unit from the 113th that EOD works with. One of their primary missions is acting as the response unit for F-16 Fighting Falcons,

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Around Town May 3

Around the World Embassy Tour Complimentary shuttle bus service runs throughout the day, departing from Massachusetts Avenue and P Steet, N.W. Washington D.C. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. An annual celebration of international culture in Washington D.C. that showcases embassies from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas, with artists and artisans, performers, lecturers, teachers, and others. For more information www.culturaltourismdc.org/portal/ signature-events.

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National Harbor Food and Wine Festival National Harbor Noon - 6 p.m. The waterfront food and wine festival emphasizes food and wine pairing, artisanal and organic products, and boutique wines. The event includes tastings, cooking demonstrations and educational seminars on culinary and wine trends, sustainability issues, and supporting local farmers and resources. For more information www.wineandfoodnh. com.

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National Cinco de Mayo Festival National Mall between 8th & 12th Street; Closest metro station is Smithsonian Noon - 6 p.m. A celebration featuring live music and dance, children’s arts and crafts workshops, food, games and activities for the entire family. For more information http://marumontero.com/cinco.htm.

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Account statements

Your Retiree Account Statement (RAS) is a two-page document issued by the Defense Accounting and Finance Service (DFAS) that summarizes your pay, benefits and deductions. It is a description of what you can expect on the next pay date. A monthly electronic account statement (eRAS) is available to those receiving retirement payments. The eRAS is only available on myPay, the online account management system for military members and DoD employees. Statements are available each month and you can access up to 12 statements. In addition to the eRAS, retirees receive a RAS whenever there is a change to their account and each December. If you cannot access myPay or you need a RAS that is no longer in your myPay account, send a detailed written request to: DFAS Retired Pay, P.O. Box 7130, London, KY 40742-7130 or Fax: 800-469-6559. Include your name, Social Security Number, signature and date of request. Specify what information you need. Allow

EXCHANGE, from page 1 Other offers include $5 off a $25 iTunes gift card as well as discounts on clothing and shoes, among others. Students with a B average or better can also enter the You Made the Grade semiannual sweepstakes to receive gift cards worth $2,000, $1,500 or $500. “The Joint Base Exchange is proud to reward military students who make it their mission to do well in school,” said Joint Base Andrews Exchange General Manager Tony Pares. “Military men and women’s children face unique challenges inside and outside the classroom,” he said, noting MilitaryFamily.org reports that most military children will attend nine differ-

up to 60 days to process an extended audit of your account.

New cap NCOS

The Civil Air Patrol has restructured its noncommissioned officer corps to align with the Air Force. For 72 years, CAP volunteer forces completed emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs, with the guidance and expertise of their NCO corps. Only former activeduty NCOs were allowed to be a part of the corps, with no upgrade training for promotion. The CAP now uses a chevron system similar to the Air Force, but includes CAP on the chevrons with a propeller in place of the star.

Autism pilot program

A congressionally mandated pilot program enhances an existing Defense Department program that provides care and treatment for military children with autism. An estimated 8,500 children of activeduty military families have a form of autism. An expansion of services through the autism pilot program will also allow retirees and their families to receive ASD benefits. There’s no change in benefits to

ent schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. “The Joint Base Andrews Exchange recognizes these students’ challenges, and they deserve to be rewarded.” Students, including those who are home schooled, can receive a You Made the Grade coupon booklet by presenting a valid military I.D. and proof of an overall B average at the Joint Base Andrews Exchange’s customer service department. Eligible students can pick up one coupon booklet for each qualifying report card. Entries for the gift card sweepstakes drawing can be submitted twice a year, with drawings typically held in June and December. Students and guardians can visit the Joint Base Andrews Exchange for more information about the You Made the Grade program.

anyone enrolled in the basic medical program that began last year. The pilot program was developed by crafting requirements through consulting with experts in the field and advocacy groups to find validated tests and the best strategy for focusing on what would be the right care at the right time. There is “an expanding need and recognition” of military families with children who have autism, according to a spokesman. “We continually try to improve … [and] expand our network of providers. I think we have one of the most robust networks available,” he added. 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 us at 301-9812726. Our e-mail address is rao@ andrews.af.mil. Call the office before your visit to ensure a volunteer is on duty. The RAO has a website at www.andrews.af.mil; Under “Helpful Links” click on “Retirees Activity Office” for information on retiree subjects, including past copies of “Retiree Corner.”

DOLITTLE, from page 1 know; what my generation knows, what your generation knows and my prayer is that every generation knows is that we have to go out and rewrite this in the blood of every generation to preserve it, because tyranny cannot stand in this world.” Retired Col. Dick Cole closed the event, speaking through a video played to the attendees. “On behalf of the Doolittle Raiders, I would like to thank you for your joining the toast on this special day. The Raiders and family members are very appreciative of your support,” said Col. Cole. “With that, I’d like to propose a toast: To those who helped make our mission successful, and those who have passed away since, may they rest in peace.”


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PHOTOS/BOBBY JONES

Lynn Hancsak, Joint Base Andrews Chief Installation Management Flight, plants Azaleas in the homeowner’s back yard.

CHRISTMAS, from page 1 of refuge from the house to a 30-yard metal dumpster, sanding cast iron porch rails and building a wheel chair ramp from scratch. The Simpson’s also received a newly retiled basement floor, new electrical outlets, rewired ceiling fan, replacement smoke detector, Asbestos abatement and installation of new pipes and fittings for a water heater. Simpson would periodically walk around his home, helping the volunteers with trash disposal or anywhere else he could lend a helpful hand. “I’m glad my daughters found these people to work on our home. While I was serving, I was away more than I was at home,” said the 85-yearold veteran. Walking around also seemed to serve the purpose of working out the stiffness in his knees due to numerous jumps as a former paratrooper. He enjoyed talking with the veteran and civilian volunteers. Both of Simpson’s daughter’s were also on hand to help with the workload. “We found out about Christmas in April from a social worker named Carolyn Davis from In House Services,” said daughter, Kim Ferguson. “She takes care of my mother, who has Alzheimer’s and multiple myeloma,” said Ferguson, a Silver Springs resident. “So through that organization, she asked me if we wanted to apply for Christmas in April and I told her yes. She came over and we looked around my parent’s home and saw some things that could be accomplished,” said Ferguson. “She mentioned that she saw my parents had a need and put our application in and we were accepted,” Ferguson said, smiling. “Getting support from Christmas in April is seeded and abundantly more than I expected. I’m just so thankful, because my parents are elderly and definitely needed the help,” said Ferguson. “My sister and I are getting rid of things they’ve had for more than 40 years, and with the dumpster that they provided we’re able to do it. And the people are just so

Homeowner, James Simpson, helps volunteers with trash disposal during his home’s renovation.

Military and civilian volunteers work in unison while using a leveler to ensure the framework of a wheel chair ramp is plumb.

Volunteers line up the rail on a wheel chair ramp being built for the homeowner’s wife.

kind and willing to help. It’s just a blessing. Who would’ve thought … we had been wanting to get them new windows, but with of the expense of my mother’s health care, it’s really taken a lot because they’re on a fix income. It’s a blessing to get this work done on a voluntary basis. They have been good parents to us. So we both do what we have to do to help them.” The continguent of Andrews’ volunteers was comprised of first timers and seasoned veterans, with three house captains overseeing Andrews’ contribution to the project. For Staff Sgt. Derrick Jones, a heating and air conditioning technician assigned to the 11th Civil Engineer Squadron, the event was

his way of giving back to the community. “We get a request in from the community from time to time,” said Jones, a native Washingtonian and veteran volunteer. “This is kind of what we do on a daily basis on Andrews. It’s fun getting everyone together outside of the base in the community. I was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, so it’s always good to give back to the community. That’s what the Air Force taught us.” For House captain, Master Sgt. Miguel Rodriguez, it was a bittersweet time in his life, because it would be his last time working with Christmas in April in Prince George’s County since he will be transferring to a new duty station in the near future. “I’ve been doing Christmas

James Simpson, homeowner, center, takes a group photo with house captains, Master Sgt. Craig Newman, bottom left, Master Sgt. Miguel Rodriguez, center, and retired Chief Master Sgt. Walt Poliansky, a former 11th Civil Engineer Squadron member.

in April for roughly the past 14 years. For me, it’s a way of giving back to the community,” said Rodriguez. “It’s also a way of teambuilding outside the unit, providing more camaraderie for our unit in Civil Engineering and a kind of cross talking and networking between the various shops because we’re a diverse squadron.” Rodriguez noted that variety of people were involved in the daylong event. “Right now for example, we have a lot of operations folk, two flight chiefs, we have a couple of retirees present. So it’s a total force mix that I really enjoy. Plus at the end, you see the difference that you make in somebody’s life. That’s the biggest part. How you interact with the homeowner at the beginning, go through the transformation and at the end when you see tears of joy in their eyes because for them it’s really a random act of kindness,” said Rodriguez. All of the volunteers donated their work skills, transforming a fellow veteran’s home back into a safe, livable environment. “As I walked around I could see people working in teams, completing tasks. And the whole event was beautiful when they closed out the event with a lunch and we went go back and at the end of the day, the homeowner was amazed,” said Rodriquez.

“So really what we do is take people from all different demographics, different cultures, and different areas of the country and unite for one special cause,” he said. “Helping out a fellow veteran who’s in need of home repairs. It’s a beautiful thing. To me it’ almost like what we’re supposed to do, perpetuating a better image in the community. We go abroad defending the country, but we’re also taking care of people at home. I will continue to do this wherever I go.” Rodriguez also had the benefit and support of Master Sgt. Craig Newman and retired Chief Master Sgt. Walt Poliansky, a former 11th Civil Engineer Squadron member and 20-year volunteer with Christmas in April. According to the Christmas in April organization Prince George’s County branch to date has repaired more than 2,339 homes with the help of over 77,900 volunteers, with an estimated $40.3 million dollars worth of donated work. This year, Prince George’s County’s Christmas in April organization enlisted 3,500 volunteers to perform much needed repairs for 83 local home owners in celebration of its 26th anniversary. Christmas in April, one of the county’s leading volunteer organizations, has been providing low income houses in communities since 1989.

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Camp Springs Civic Association support Clean Up, Green Up initiative BY BOBBY JONES

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Members of the Camp Civic Association put boots to the ground to support Prince George’s County’s Third Annual “Clean Up, Green Up” in Temple Hills and Camp Springs areas April 26. Armed with safety vests, bags, plastic gloves and grabbers, CSCA members and Public Works employees cleaned the areas of Old Branch Avenue and Allentown Road, underpass, Henderson Road Allentown Road, Brinkley Road to Temple Hills Road. The CSCA and Public Works employees participated in the clean up event, picking up debris from the street and wooded areas. The event which was sponsored by the Department of Public Works and Transportation, Office of Highway Maintenance purpose is to encourage local residents to participate in the beautification of their neighborhoods.

Dan Phillips, long-time Clean Up, Green Up volunteer, disposes of plastic bottles and debris from a wooded area on Allentown Road.

Former CSCA President, Leon Turner, cleans debris along the median on Allentown Road and Old Branch Avenue.

The current CSCA president, Arlene Wilson, CSCA vice John E. Bailey IV, and former CSCA President, Leon Turner, were among the working body of volunteers. Under the leadership of Rushern L. Baker, III, Prince George’s County Executive, kicked off the first

“Clean Up, Green Up” project Oct. 22, 2011. Originally the initiative encouraged residents to join together to complete a number of individual neighborhood projects, such as planting trees, bulbs, and shrubs and cleaning up trash.

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Prince George’s County Department of Public Works employees, Jimmie Person, left, and Gerald Knott load their truck with bags of trash left by homeowners on Henderson Road in Camp Springs April 26.

Warrior of the week

CAPTION THIS

BY AIRMAN 1ST CLASS RYAN J. SONNIER

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Send your silly captions for this week’s photo to bjones@dcmilitary.com. The funniest ones will be used in a future edition of The Andrews Gazette.

Airman 1st Class Patricia Harris was recognized as the 11th Wing Warrior of the Week, April 23 at the Jones building here. Harris embodied the Wingman concept when she noticed a fellow Airman’s sign of distress. Harris, a U.S. Air Force Honor Guard ceremonial guardsman, noticed her friend posted something on social media that worried her. Recognizing her friend may have been suicidal, she called security forces to intervene. The intervention was successful, and Harris’ quick action saved the Airman’s life. A Guam native, Harris, joined the Air Force in August 2013, after spending several months in the Delayed Entry Program. This is her first assignment. “I joined because I’ve always liked structure and I wanted to serve,” said Harris. “I wanted to be part of

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Airman 1st Class Patricia Harris was recognized for noticing an Airman in distress on and notified security forces, saving the Airman’s life, on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, DC on March 25. Harris, United States Air Force ceremonial guardsman, is this week’s Warrior of the Week for fully embodying the Wingman concept.

the best of the best; I think the Air Force is the best.” Harris’ ceremonial guardsman duties include Air Force and Joint Service ceremonies in the National Capital Region. She also assists with arrival and wreath-laying ceremonies

for military leaders at the Pentagon and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. “I plan on staying in for at least 20 years,” said Harris. “The military has a lot of opportunities.”

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CEFC joins base intramural league BY SENIOR AIRMAN MARIAH HADDENHAM

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Last year, service members from the 11th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel systems maintenance shop here started playing soccer during their designated physical training on Friday mornings. Now, these individuals are known as the Civil Engineer Futbol Club and are preparing to enter the base intramural league. “We started going to DC United games last year and I’ve played soccer for 15 years,” said Senior Airman Philip Vohwinkle, 11th CES water and fuels maintenance journeyman. “So I asked others in my shop if they wanted to play soccer on option day and it just started being a usual thing.” The group started as a small group of Airmen from their shop and, over time, came to include members from all over the squadron. “There are about 15 of us with jerseys,” said Staff Sgt. Shane Simpson, 11th CES water and fuel systems maintenance craftsman. “It seems that the other members of the squadron could be forming another team so it could be the start of an everlasting rivalry.” Each practice helps contribute to unit cohesion, stress relief and their skills as a team. “We exchange witty banter, talk about what we did the night before, then next thing we know we are sprinting for the ball,” Simpson said. “It’s a great workout for speed and endurance and it’s become healthy competition that we look forward to every week.”

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Capt. Phil Blong, 29th Intelligence Squadron operations engineer, crosses the finish line first during the Joint Base Andrews Half Marathon on JBA, Md., April 26. Blong was the first place finisher with a run time of 1:20:41. BY SENIOR AIRMAN NESHA HUMES 11WG/PA

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Staff Sgt. Frank Murphy moves down the field during a scrimmage April 18, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. The Civil Engineer Futbol Club meets every Friday morning during physical training and sometimes after work to practice their skills, relieve stress, build camaraderie, and get a workout.

The CEFC members have also traveled to multiple states and Canada to support their favorite professional team and say they enjoy atmosphere of soccer as well. “My favorite thing about the team is the culture it brings,” Simpson said. “We have members that were stationed overseas in Germany and England where soc-

cer is very big and they brought that culture with them here.” Rather than focusing on the competitive aspect of the sport, these footballers focus on the enjoyment it brings them. “What sets our team apart is that we play to have fun,” said Vohwinkle. “We’re here to have fun so we’ve got nothing to lose.”

As the sun ascents to warm the chill morning air, 171 pair of running shoes made their mark as competitors began their 13.1 mile journey here April 26, for the second Annual Joint Base Andrews Half Marathon. From novel to veteran shoes, participants’ running experience ranged everywhere in between and represented all enlisted, officer and civilian ranks as well as all military branches in the National Capital Region. Phillip Blong kept a strong lead throughout the race and finished first overall with a time of 1:20:44. Matthew Andrade took second in the male category at 1:25:22 and Nick Wong took third place with a time of 1:26:11. After competing in the Boston Marathon days before, Deanna Merriman took first for the female category at 1:34:40. Fol-

lowed by Brianna Schmid at 1:40:40 and Lisa Rodman finished third with a time of 1:45:43. “It was very well supported, with fantastic support on the course,” said the first-place-finisher, Capt. Phillip Blong, 29th Intelligence Squadron operations engineer. Totaling in at approximately $12,000 donated, the entire registration fee for all participants was contributed to charities such as the Air Force Assistance Fund, Malcom Grow Fisher House and the Andrews Community Fund. The 13.1-mile course started near the West Fitness Center, stretching down, around and on the flight line, with a turnaround point at Freedom Park. “It was a good time; I had a lot of fun out there,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Deanna Merriman, Defense Intelligence Agency Joint Military Attaché School instructor and first overall female title winner. “I’m going to be back next year.”

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ARMY, from page 1 tele we fly, we are very particular in our selection process for crew members,” said Army Maj. Matt Baldwin, USAPAT executive officer. Unlike most Army units, USAPAT screens, recruits and selects their pilots, flight engineers and flight stewards. USAPAT flight stewards, more commonly known as food-service specialists throughout the Army, are the face of USAPAT, and provide executive service to the customers during flight, to include preparation and serving of gourmet meals. “Stewards are comprised of the most-elite culinary specialists the Army has and have usually gone to an advanced culinary training course,” said Sgt. 1st Class LaWan Stanley, USAPAT food services specialist. In addition to support from the unit’s flying crew, execution of USAPAT’s dayto-day operations is only made possible with help from USAPAT soldiers back on station. “Without the operation guys here on the ground supporting us by making and verifying all the plans, reserving hotels and rental cars and ensuring we have the clearance to fly over foreign countries, none of this would be possible,” explains Baldwin. Furthermore, everyone

BOMB, from page 1 the aircraft used by the Air National Guard wing here in defense of the Nation’s Capital Region. With a payload of two

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Gary Schaefer performs preflight checks on a Gulfstream C-37. Schaefer is a pilot with United States Army Priority Air Transport.

on USAPAT’s team is needed to operate the fleet’s total six aircraft. “We have three Gulfstream C-37s, a modified military version of the G550 and three Cessna UC-35As, which are Army-modified Citations,” explains Army Staff Sgt. Erik Burns, USAPAT flight engineer. “We are the only unit in the Army with Gulfstreams.” In addition to carrying the Army’s senior leadership around the world, the three C-37s carries a piece of Army history with them on every flight. “The three C-37s in USAPAT’s inventory were dedicated and named after an 2,000-pound bombs, a 20mm multi-barrel cannon with 500 rounds of ammunition and external stations that can carry up to six missiles and electronic countermeasure pods, the role EOD plays

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Sgt. Nicole Kanyer serves a passenger in a United States Army Priority Air Transport training flight to Puerto Rico, March 12. Kanyers, a steward with USAPAT is responsible for servicing customers in-flight needs, preparing and serving meals.

important moment in Army history with tail number corresponding to the year of that event” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Randall Reynolds a standardization instructor pilot with USAPAT.

“There is 1778: Valley Forge, 1863: Gettysburg and 1944: Normandy.” With their global mission, the UC-35A is primarily used for shorter trip in the continental U.S. but the

C-37 has a much greater range and can span a quarter of the globe on a single flight. “The aircraft can take off from Andrews with a full crew and make it to Turkey

before needing to stop for fuel and even further if not fully loaded,” said Burns. As the only Army unit here, USAPAT is a valued asset on Joint Base Andrew team.

is critical in returning the aircraft to normal operating procedures in the event of an emergency. According to Mink, the 113th trusts EOD to know how to handle explosives and in turn EOD trusts

the 113th to teach them everything they need to know about the aircraft they’ll be working around. “They work with us so that if there is an emergency our turn around is faster and they can get

the aircraft back where it needs to be,” said Mink. The training received by the 113th is reciprocated to EOD with their own specialized training. “Because they handle the birds we’ll go to egress classes with their survival guys, receive training from the bomb loaders to understand their procedures, and learn from the

crew chiefs about different parts of the aircraft and the best ways to move around it,” said Mink. EOD specialists also employ tools like C4 and robots to dispose of explosives, whether they are decommissioned missiles on base, or roadside bombs in deployed locations.

SGLI premium adjustment effective July 1 DEFENSE MEDIA ACTIVITY

The Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program will adjust its monthly premium rate from 6.5 cents per $1,000 back to the 2006 rate of seven cents per $1,000 of insurance, a modest increase to ensure the SGLI program remains in a strong financial position. The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to place the interests of service members first and foremost by keeping SGLI premiums as low as possible while also maintaining the necessary reserve levels to ensure funds are available to pay claims to service members’ beneficiaries. Since the start of the SGLI Program in 1965, monthly premiums have decreased from 20 cents per $1,000 to the current 6.5 cents per $1,000. There have been periodic increases and decreases, but over the past 30 years, premiums have fluctuated only 2.5 cents per $1,000 of insurance. In order for the program to remain in good financial condition, it is now necessary to increase the premium rate. Since 2008, as a result of the half-cent

reduction and decreases in interest rates, reserve funds have decreased. Insurance companies hold reserve funds to ensure they can pay future claims. It is common practice in the group insurance industry to adjust premium rates as reserve funds increase and decrease. VA also uses actuaries, individuals who deal with financial impact of risk, to conduct program experience studies when evaluating and adjusting reserve assumptions; and each year, an independent auditor verifies the accuracy of their reserve calculations. For a service member with the maximum $400,000 of life insurance, this change will mean an increase of two dollars per month. The new premium rate will take effect July 1, 2014. Individual ready reserve members who are drilling for points toward retirement or who do not receive pay for other reasons will be billed by their branch of service for the higher premium beginning July 2014. For information on the new rates, visit http://benefits.va.gov/insurance/sgli.asp.

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ATTN ALL PERSONNEL: Second Lieutenant John A. Quadrino regretfully announces the death of Airman Shane A. Pettit. Anyone having claims against or indebtedness to the estate of Airman Shane A. Pettit please contact 2nd Lt. John A. Quadrino, Summary Court Officer, at 301981-5206.


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