Vol. 49, No. 29
628th Air Base Wing, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Photo by Senior Airman Timothy Taylor
Purified petrol power Staff Sgt. Mark Heitkamp dumps fuel samples into the reclaimable waste bowser behind the fuel pump house July 20, 2010 on Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Once the bowser is full, hydrants take the bowser to storage and pump it into the product recovery tank and the fuel is then pumped back into the fuel system for use. Sergeant Heitkamp is the noncommisioned office in charge of the fuels laboratory with the 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron. See more photos on Page 12.
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Airlift Dispatch â€˘ July 23, 2010
Command Chief Master Sgt. Mike Ivey 628th Air Base Wing command chief
It seems like some things here in Charleston never change. The summers are still hot, Airmen are working hard to accomplish the mission, friends leave and new Airmen and their families arrive. Lt. Col. Susan Ferrera, the director of staff for the 628th Air Base Wing, and Lt. Col. Barb Shestko, the Judge Advocate for 628th Air Base Wing, have moved on, but we welcome their replacements, Lt. Col. Mike Smith and Lt. Col. Robert Burton. Also, we welcome Chief Master Sgt. Stephanie Burroughs, the 628th Medical Group Superintendent, Senior Master Sgt. Paul Cornell, the first sergeant for the 437th Maintenance Squadron, and we'll soon tell Col. Tammy Livingood farewell as she retires from active duty. I wish each of these leaders the best of luck. Recently, some of the chiefs had a chance to enjoy lunch with members of the Team Charleston Honor Guard, and we all agree that these young men and women are doing a great job representing Team Charleston and the United States Air Force wherever they serve. They provide respect to our departed veterans, they showcase our service in the community and they add even more professionalism to our formal ceremonies. Staff Sgt. Chanice Reid and Senior Airman Derrick Gonzales are doing a fantastic job of leading the team, and I look forward to seeing the newest members in action. Also, please congratulate Senior Airman Arthur Eschenburg from the 437th
Maintenance Squadron on his selection to become a member of the United States Honor Guard team. His hard work certainly paid off. Speaking of hard work, it takes a dedicated, year-round effort to maintain the proper fitness level needed to pass our new physical fitness test. We now have to meet minimum standards in all four areas of the test to pass, and quite honestly, our failure rates are disappointing and unacceptable. While our fellow Airmen, commanders, first sergeants and others within our units can help us, each individual has to make the personal choice to get fit. It may not always be a lot of fun, but exercising regularly and eating healthy is the key. Some of our Airmen are taking fitness to the next level. Master Sgt. Chris Greek, the 628th Medical Group first sergeant, is leading a team of medics preparing for the Air Force marathon. I know several more members of Team Charleston will also participate this year, and I look forward to seeing them on the course. It's great to get out and enjoy all Charleston has to offer, and thanks to our Airmen Against Drunk Driving program, we can get home safely. I welcome and thank our newest AADD executive council members for their leadership and for providing such a valuable service for Team Charleston: President, Staff Sgt. Amy Lotspeich; Vice President, Staff Sgt. Stephen Kohn; Secretary, Staff Sgt. Shawna Badillo; and Treasurer, Staff Sgt. Michael Elsik. Please help make theirs and all of the volunteers' jobs easier by having a plan to get home before you drink. Enjoy your time here at Charleston, but please enjoy it responsibly.
DIAMOND TIPS By Tech. Sgt. Craig Carpenter Additional Duty First Sergeant, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Motor Vehicle Operator Requirements It's been a long day at work and you just want to get to the house. Kick your feet up, grab some chow and "veg" out on the couch. You are driving home, stuck in traffic and there is absolutely nothing on the radio. You grab the ole' iPod, put on your ear phone and start jamming. You probably play the best "steering wheel drum" and "dashboard piano" (I know I do), but did you know that according to Air Force Instruction 31-204 you are prohibited from wearing headphones and earphones while driving a motor vehicle on base? "But what about my cell phone...?" Not to worry I got your back. Charleston Air Force Base Instruction 31-204 prohibits the use of "headphones, earphones and other listening devices; except for hands-free cellular phone devices." Unless you have 3 points to spare on your license, let the on-air DJ spin your tunes.
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Airlift Dispatch â€˘ July 23, 2010
Learning protocol for Joint Base Charleston Courtesy of the 628th Joint Base Charleston Protocol Office Many wonder what protocol is and how it is relevant to us as military members. Protocol can be defined as "the set of rules, customs and regulations, prescribing good manners in official life and in ceremonies involving governments, nations and their representatives." (Sand, 2002) Examples include: when to salute, how to give an introduction and what is appropriate to say. This may seem like common sense, but can easily be forgotten. For most, protocol is the initial and continued impression you give to others you interact with. In 628th Joint Base Charleston Protocol Office we have a saying, "impression is everything" and can be interpreted either good or bad regardless of your intentions. For most members of Team Charleston, you have only known the Air Force Protocol. However, with the emergence of Joint Base Charleston there will be many new ways of conducting protocol. The Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force have all developed their own ways of protocol since the founding of their respective service. The term "you're on our base, you follow our rules," will no
longer suffice. It is imperative that we show each military member their due respect, regardless of their service or location. During the weeks to come, protocol will provide tips on what members should know. For this week it is important to know the other service's rank, especially those we will be working with. While the Army and the Air Force share similar rank structures, the Navy is very different from ours. Just as we address e-mails and letters with rank abbreviations, the Navy abbreviations differ significantly from ours. Also, there is an approved form when addressing certain ranks. Just as we may say, "hello, Chief" to a chief master sergeant in the Air Force, there is certain forms of addressing those in the Navy. While the Go-By column provides the generic forms of address, the Navy Go-By's can change significantly by their "rating" -similar to the Air Force's Air Force Specialty Codes. These ratings can be identified on their rank. Identifying these ranks can be difficult, as they vary in shape, color, and design. Altogether, it is necessary to be able to identify and properly communicate with those we are working with or those we will be working with in the future. Next week we will cover the rank structure of the Naval officers.
Follow-through: a necessity for communication By Lt. Col. Robert Pavelko 21st Space Operations Squadron SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. â€“ Recent sporting events reminded me of the importance of follow-through to guarantee results. Whether it was a golf swing at the British Open, a tennis swing at Wimbledon or an at-bat in a baseball game, good form and follow-through are needed to achieve results. Each athlete practices countless hours to perfect his or her swing to include the follow-through. Golf has many shots: driving off the tee, laying up in front of a water hazard or sinking a short putt. Each particular shot requires a specific approach, but all require a good follow-through. Similar circumstances are present in tennis and baseball, and specific situations require different approaches. None are executed properly without correct follow-through. Follow-through has an equally important place in our mission execution every day. Whether it is satellite operations, personnel actions, finance transactions or response to a security incident, each requires proper and consistent follow-through to guarantee results. What would happen if actions taken during shift were not documented and briefed to the relief crew? Would a promotion raise take effect if proper information was not
entered into the Defense Finance and Accounting System? Any of these examples, and many more, would fail to be executed properly if the actions were not completed with correct follow-through. Communication is the critical bedrock in any endeavor, relying on the basic premise that individuals both receive and understand a message. Without an acknowledgement of receiving the communication and feedback, does the sender know the receiver perceived the instructions correctly? In our day-to-day operations, communication is essential to guarantee mission success. Communication and management in daily activities has focused on the ever-insular e-mail to transmit information. An e-mail sent does not equate to the message being received, much less read, understood or acted upon. Far too many times, technical issues cause information not to be received. Once received, does the recipient understand the message and intent? Follow-through is needed to verify the message has been received. Communication can be an impersonal exchange, such as reading this article. There is no instant feedback from the reader. Communication in person provides ample opportunity to ensure messages have been received. Phone calls assist with real-time exchange, but are not always feasible. E-mail and instant messaging have accelerated the pace of exchange, but not necessarily our
understanding of the communication. So how do we ensure everyone understands the message? Each of us must practice proper follow-through and not presume "fire and forget" applies to communication. Action is required by both parties. Feedback completes the communication loop, ensuring parties understand the intent. Proper follow-through by both the sender and receiver increases good communication. Communication goes both up and down the chain of command, conveying critical information and providing direction. A commander issuing an order does not know if the intent is understood unless we relay acknowledgment and our comprehension of the message. Each message, no matter how small, is an opportunity to provide accurate follow-through to assist successful communication and ultimately affect action. Every message, no matter how trivial or innocuous, is critical to keep your unit operating at peak efficiency. Similar to those household names on the professional golf tour and in major league baseball, practicing followthrough is critical. Communication is the responsibility of both sender and receiver. Both must practice good follow-through. Refrain from going "comm out;" acknowledge every message and convey feedback each time. Strive to be a good communicator with outstanding follow-through, and it will ultimately ensure mission accomplishment.
Airlift Dispatch • July 23, 2010
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' inbox continues to solicit feedback WASHINGTON – In his State of the Union Address this year, President Barack Obama called on Congress to repeal the law commonly known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. A comprehensive review of issues associated with the possible repeal led Defense Secretary Robert Gates to create an intra-Department, inter-Service working group. The working group is in place to systematically engage the force and their families to assess the implications of repeal, should it occur. To solicit feedback, an online inbox was also created as one method the group will use to gather opinions. Since its debut in early May, the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" online inbox continues to help assess the implications of a possible repeal. Noting the importance of getting the opinions of those who would be affected most by a repeal of the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, Secretary Gates urged servicemembers to provide their input. "I think it is very important for us to under-
family members in August. stand from our men and The survey is confidential, women in uniform the challenges that they see," the secretary pointed out. Secretary Gates said, noting "I strongly encourage that the department needs gays and lesbians who are their views on the subject and in the military to fill out the challenges they see to these forms," Secretary implementing a possible Gates said. "We've organized this in a way to protect change to the law. their privacy and the confiUsing the inbox, servicemembers and their families A new online inbox that enables dentiality of their responsmay comment anonymously service members and their fami- es through a third party, lies to comment anonymously and it's important that we to offer their thoughts about about the impact of a possible how a repeal of the law might repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't hear from them as well as everybody else. But I think affect military readiness, mili- Tell" law has gone live. we're satisfied that this is tary effectiveness and unit an important element of cohesion, recruiting and retention, and family readiness. A non-Defense this effort, and that it's being done in a very proDepartment contractor will monitor comments fessional way." For common access card holders who did not made through the inbox and eliminate any identifiable information inadvertently submitted to receive a survey, the DOD continues to encourage use of the online inbox at http://www. ensure anonymity. In addition to the online inbox, the Defense defense.gov/dadt. Department also released 400,000 e-mail surveys July 8. Another survey will go to 150,000 (Courtesy of American Forces Press Service)
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437th Maintenance Squadron welcomes new commander
By Airman 1st Class Ian Hoachlander Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs
The 437th Maintenance Squadron welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony June 22, 2010 here. Maj. Jeffrey Darden, former operations officer for the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., replaced Maj. Sara Huiss who now works at the Pentagon. Major Darden was born at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio and grew up in Beavercreek, Ohio. He attended Beavercreek High School and upon graduating high school he attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps. Major Darden received his commission when he graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. Major Darden's first assignment was at McChord AFB, Wash., followed by Tinker AFB, Okla., Hickam AFB, Hawaii, and Little Rock AFB. He has served in the Air Mobility Command, Air Force Materiel Command and Pacific Air Forces and worked with C-141B, C-17, B-52 and C130 aircraft. He has held assignments on the flightline, back shops, Air Logistics Center and Program Integration Office levels. He was also the maintenance officer for the C-17 bed down team, responsible for logistics and the integration of the first Active-Associate Total Force unit. As the new commander of the 437 MXS, he said he is excited to come back to the C-17 mission and command for the first time. "My push is to encourage the squadron to use their amazing creativity to develop better and smarter ways to do things," stated Major Darden. What is your most memorable moment in the Air Force? Lots of great memories and great moments, but recently, watching aircraft 62-1817, C-130E - nicknamed "Patches" after it got shot up at Khe Sahn, taxi out of Little Rock for the last time on its way to Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group. What do you expect from your Airmen? Integrity, effort and teamwork.
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Maj. Jeff Darden is the 437th Maintenance Squadron commander at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Major Darden enjoys spending time with his family and is usually seen chasing his curious and energetic 2year-old daughter, Katie. He and his wife, Joyce, are expecting a baby boy in September, so his golf game will continue to be neglected. Otherwise, he enjoys sports and spending time outdoors.
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