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Patriot Vol. 3, No. 4

Team Charleston – One Family, One Mission, One Fight!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Tested by Fire!

U.S. Air Force photo / Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn

1st Lt. Nicholas Mercurio helps lead firefighting efforts which ultimately saved a forward operating base from destruction Nov. 15, 2010. Mercurio was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal with Valor for his efforts and is assigned to the 1st Combat Camera Squadron at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base. See the story on Page 4.

INSIDE SAFETY FIRST

Basic Riders Course See page 6

OUR PETS Keeping them healthy See page 8

AADD You can save a life See page 10

IA Sailors on the move See page 11

HPU-the first line of defense Story and photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Hudson Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Joint Base Charleston's 628th Security Forces Squadron Harbor Patrol Units received crew-serve weapons training during a timed stress test at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at JB Charleston - Weapons Station, Jan. 19. The test serves as a simulation of a real-life scenario, training members on their proficiency should a water-borne attack occur. The Harbor Patrol units patrol the Cooper River as it borders JB Charleston - Weapons Station, providing security for more than 16 miles of waterfront which cuts through Goose Creek, North Charleston and Hanahan. "Our harbor patrol units are our first line of defense if there was a water-borne attack," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Bradley Nguyen, a Gunner's Mate assigned to the 628th SFS as range safety officer. "Any attacks have to be averted as quickly as possible so it is crucial for members to be up to par in their training. In a real-life scenario there is little time to think or plan ahead, so this training helps create a simulated See HPU, Page 5

Petty officer 2nd Class Bradley Nguyen (left) and Petty Officer 2nd Class Fredrick Favors (right), instruct Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Harkey on how to properly handle, load and fire a M240B during crew-serve weapons stress-test training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at Joint Base Charleston Weapons Station, Jan. 19. Nguyen is a Gunner’s Mate assigned to the 628th Security Forces Squadron, Favors and Harkey are Master-atArms assigned to the 628th SFS.

JB Charleston Tax Centers open Courtesy of the 628th Air Base Wing Legal Office It is that time of year again. As members of Team Charleston receive their W-2s and other related tax documents the question on everyone's mind is when will the tax center open? The tax center opened Jan. 25 and will remain open until April 17. Joint Base Charleston's Tax Center is a free service provided to all active duty, dependents, retirees, Department of Defense civilians and activated reservists and activated guard personnel. The centers are located at Bldg. 246, 203 South Davis, JB Charleston - Air Base, and Bldg. 206, 2314 Red Bank Road, Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station. These items must be brought to prepare your appointment to prepare your tax return: • Proof of identification • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration

• Individual Taxpayer Identification Number assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099) • A copy of last year's federal and state returns if available • Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security Number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number) • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms. A power of attorney will suffice in cases where one spouse is unavailable. Call 963-1040 on the Air Base or 764-2002/3 on the Weapons Station to make an appointment.

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The Patriot • January 27, 2012

COMMENTARY

First sergeants are priceless assets to their units Joint Base Charleston Air Base & Weapons Station About The Patriot The Joint Base Charleston Patriot is published by Diggle Publishing Co., (843) 412-5861, a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Air Force or the U.S. Navy, under exclusive written contract with the 628th Air Base Wing. This civilian enterprise newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the military services and their families. Its contents are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Air Force or the Department of the Navy. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by DoD, Air Force, Navy or Diggle Publishing Company of the products or services advertised. Editorial content is edited, prepared, and provided by the 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office of Joint Base Charleston. All photographs are Air Force or Navy photographs unless otherwise indicated. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. The Publisher and Public Affairs offices of both bases reserve the right to refuse any advertisement deemed to be against DoD regulations or which may reflect poorly on the bases or personnel.

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Commentary by Master Sgt. Brian McFarland 92nd Medical Group FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – In the first few years of my Air Force career and more recently over my four month tenure as an interim first sergeant, I've become increasingly familiar with a negative connotation associated with the position of the first sergeant. More often than not, when I ask the question: "What's the first thing you think of when you think of a first sergeant?" The responses I've received include, "trouble, discipline, problems, standards, and Article 15's." The majority of these responses come from, but are not limited to; first term Airman with less than one year on station. If you were to reference AFI 36-2113, The First Sergeant, it's there in black and white ink. Words like "disciplinary actions, standards, and authority." While all of these attributes are vital to the force and serve a very necessary purpose in each and every unit, squadron, and group across the Air

Force, that's not all a first sergeant is about. A first sergeant is a priceless asset to the men and women in the unit he/she is assigned to. According to Webster's Dictionary, "asset" is defined as "a useful or valuable quality, person, or thing; an advantage or resource." Every piece of Webster's definition of an asset correlates to an Air Force first sergeant and what they are to the Airmen, NCOs, senior NCOs, and officers assigned to their respective unit. The unfortunate truth about the successes had by first sergeants is that nine out of 10 times, they occur behind closed doors and stay between the member requiring some level of assistance, their immediate supervisor, and the "shirt." You may hear about the trouble going on in the squadron and the discipline as a result of it, or you may see the "shirt" correcting a dress and appearance issue on the spot, and you might know that if an active duty member goes to jail, it's the first sergeant that gets the call and facilitates the member's release. At first glance, the aforemen-

tioned examples seem to have negative connotations behind them. If you were to look a little deeper and "peel back the onion" on these situations, the positive effect of the first sergeant's actions will be staring you square in the face. So, when the first sergeant discussion takes place with a first term Airman, whom for the most part, has a blank active duty canvas eagerly waiting to be painted with positive Air Force images and memories, my challenge to you all is to mention the good in the same breath you mention the bad. First sergeants work 24-hours-a-day, sevendays-a-week for the members of their respective unit and should the phone ring at three in the morning on a Saturday, your "shirt" will answer, wipe the sleep out of his/her eyes, and provide you with whatever level of assistance you need to facilitate a positive outcome. Take care of the mission first, take care of each other to build trust and an unbeatable team and take care of yourself with a personal commitment to be the best.

The tyranny of 'now' Commentary by Lt. Col. Shawn Smith 6th Space Warning Squadron commander CAPE COD AIR FORCE STATION, Mass. – Be careful what you wish for. George Bernard Shaw is famously quoted as saying, "There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it." Our modern colloquial version of the sentiment is expressed in the proverb, "Be careful what you wish for; you might get it." In no aspect of our lives is this truer than in our roles as leaders and supervisors, especially in the direction we give our subordinates and teams. Our direction carries the weight of authority and, by virtue of its source, has the power to redirect, reprioritize, correct course and even disrupt other important work. There is no doubt that subordinates and teams should respond professionally and promptly to legal and moral direction from their leaders. However, in this age of technologically-enabled immediacy, what is in doubt is the increasing need for "now." I call this the "tyranny of now": the increasingly common demand for immediate responses and action, where an otherwise dispassionate assessment might instead reveal a less urgent, less disruptive timeframe for response. I call it tyranny because tyranny is defined as the arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power. In this case, it is probably restraint that is lacking. Tyranny implies a degree of unjustness that could be simply unjustified rather than morally unjust. "Now" has a high cost. Now tells teams to stop or defer other work. Now is inherently less efficient and consumes more resources than the same task with the same suspense date given sufficiently early to deconflict other work and ensure availability of key resources. Now often results in poor results because there is less time to gather and organize information, less time to

develop and employ tools, less time to employ critical thinking, analyze the problem from different angles, and prepare an adequate or even excellent response. Is now worth the cost? Sometimes, the answer will be obvious: secure the gate, take cover, evacuate, return fire, batten down the hatches. In those cases, the question of "now" answers itself. In less obvious circumstances, the authority and power of the leader to give authoritative direction entail a corollary obligation to examine and understand the costs and impacts of the direction. When do I need it, is it more important than other work inprogress, will the team sacrifice themselves, their families or their future capacity to meet the task? When I know the answers to these questions, I am better prepared to give direction that meets my intent and keeps faith with my team. Now affects everyone; leaders are not immune. We may be driven by the now of a higher authority, by necessity, by a perceived need originating in a habit of immediacy or by our well-intentioned desire to portray our organizations as responsive. Our teams and subordinates often lack insight into the pressures leading to now tasks. Lacking this insight, they try to meet their leaders' requirements at the task level rather than the potentially more effective, efficient and resilient level of intent. Under the worst of circumstances, with a steady stream of other now tasks flowing at them, they will spend little time developing better processes, honing tools, and developing integrated, collaborative capacity. Not every task needs an eight-step process or a comprehensive analysis. As Voltaire said, "The perfect" is often "the enemy of the good." However, when "now" is involved, particularly when the task is resource intensive, we owe our missions and teams a measure of deliberation to ensure the urgency is justified, the importance is valid and supports our strategic goals, and the method sufficient and efficient. Leaders, start your engines of change: Choose your "nows" carefully.

Reflecting on Naval History during the 2012 Black History Month Commentary by Ensign Amber Lynn Daniel Diversity and Inclusion Public Affairs WASHINGTON – As announced by NAVADMIN 026/12 released Jan. 24, the Navy joins our nation in celebrating African American/Black History Month throughout the month of February. With a national theme of "Black Women in American History and Culture," commands are encouraged to learn more about the contributions of African Americans to the Navy, including the Navy's female Sailors. African Americans have a long and notable history of service, first with state and continental navies and continuing with the establishment of the Department of the Navy in 1798. During the Civil War, black Sailors fought against slavery on every type of Union warship and eight were Medal of Honor recipients. During the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, landsman John Lawson was seriously wounded. A member of the ship's berth deck ammunition party, Lawson remained at his post despite his injuries and continued to supply USS Hartford's guns. For his heroism in that action, Lawson was the awarded the Medal of Honor. In the 1880's, Ordinary Seaman Robert Sweeney was awarded the Medal of Honor twice within three years. Sweeney's first Medal of Honor was awarded for saving a shipmate from drowning while serving on board USS Kearsarge at Hampton Roads, Virginia on October 26, 1881. In addition while USS Jamestown was at the New York Navy Yard on December 20, 1883, Sweeney rescued another shipmate, A.A. George, who had fallen overboard and was drowning. Sweeney received a second Medal of Honor for his rescue of George. On December 7, 1941, America was attacked by Japanese forces at Pearl Harbor. During the attack, Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris "Dorie" Miller remained steadfast at his post, machine-

gunning inbound Japanese planes. Miller received the Navy Cross for his actions during the attack, and became one of America's first national heroes of World War II. In 1942, Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. began his career as a seaman apprentice in the U.S. Navy. Gravely rose through the ranks and achieved many firsts for African Americans during his career, including becoming the first African American to command a combatant ship. Gravely was also the first African American to be promoted to flag rank and the first to command a Naval fleet. On May 16, 2009, an Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer was christened the USS Gravely in his honor. Following in Gravely's footsteps was J. Paul Reason. Raised in Washington, D.C., Reason initially chose to enter the U.S. Naval Academy because it seemed the most economical way to get an excellent education. Reason went on to make the Navy his career, and in 1996 he broke one of the most significant color barriers left within the Navy, becoming the first African American fourstar admiral. "I totally attribute my success to those who have gone before me - all minorities," Reason said during a 2009 interview with American Forces Press Service. "People who have broken down barriers by showing others they're capable of doing the expected task, that they can perform and it has nothing to do with color of skin or ethnicity - nothing to do with anything other than a person's capabilities." The contributions of African Americans in Navy history aren't just reserved for men, however. In December 1944, Lt. j.g. Harriet Ida Pickens and Ensign Frances Wills made history when they became the first African American officers in the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service program. African American females first enlisted in the Navy during World War I and continue to serve with distinction and honor today.

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When she was 12 years old, Michelle Howard told her older brother she wanted to join the Navy. A quarter century later, Commander Howard became the skipper of the USS Rushmore and the first African American woman to command a U.S. warship. Howard went on to lead an amphibious squadron, serve as senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and ultimately achieve flag rank. In 2010, she was selected to two-star rank and began serving as Chief of Staff to the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Staff. African American/Black History Month serves as an important time for all Sailors to reflect on the history of our Navy, as well as its future. More information, including the many milestones achieved by African American Sailors and the history of the African American Navy experience can be found at the Naval History and Heritage Command http://www.history.navy.mil. More information on Navy diversity events, including African American and Black history, can be found on the Navy Diversity and Inclusion calendar. To view a list of all of the upcoming diversity events, visit www.npc.navy.mil/commandsupport/diversity. Complete educational presentations on African American/Black History month can also be found on the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute website. Links include special observance presentations and a downloadable commemorative poster.

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The Patriot • January 27, 2012

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Story and photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brannon Deugan Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Office

they need to improve." Petty Officer 2nd Class April Butler, the first place finisher for the female participants, improved her own personal best time to 34:14 in the race. "When I first arrived at this command I was struggling to finish these races, but now I'm in much better shape," said Butler, a Ship's Serviceman assigned to the JB Charleston Weapons Station Unaccompanied Personnel Housing. "Running the monthly 5ks has helped me. We do it so often that when the PFA comes up, I have no trouble passing the mile and half run." A racing atmosphere is also motivational because it increases competiveness and encourages socializing which isn't available when working out alone. "The idea behind events like the Road Rage is to keep our service members motivated about working out," said Foley. "Whenever individuals get together to work out they are more motivated because they can compete against each other. It makes fitness more fun and enjoyable."

Team Charleston service members raced in a monthly Morale, Welfare and Recreation challenge known as the Road Rage at Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station, Jan. 25. The Road Rage is held the last Wednesday of every month and is a five kilometer race that starts outside of Sam's Gym and winds through base housing. "MWR promotes exercise in order to get people into shape and the 5k is a good exercise," said MWR Fitness Trainer Edie Foley. "We love having a good turnout. The 5K is a great opportunity for the participants to receive a beneficial workout." Running a 5k can have positive effects for an individual, both physically and psychologically. Physical benefits include strengthening the heart, lowering blood pressure and creating new white blood cells to improve the immune system. Psychological benefits include boosting self-confidence, reducing stress and improving your overall mood. "The 5k is a good challenge and it improves fitness while giving Sailors and Airmen more energy and a better focus for the day ahead of them," said Master Chief Petty Officer Billy Cady, JB Charleston - Weapons Station command master chief. Cady finished the Road Rage in a time of 24:01 to take first place. "One of the side benefits of this monthly event is its abili- Master Chief Petty Officer Billy Cady is given his place card from ty to measure our service Edie Foley for finishing first during the Road Rage challenge at Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station, Jan. 25. Cady finished member's fitness," said Cady. with a time of 24:01 in the five kilometer race that is sponsored by "With the upcoming Physical Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Cady is the Joint Base Fitness Assessment, Sailors Charleston – Weapons Station command master chief and Foley need to understand where is an MWR fitness trainer and event coordinator.

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The Patriot • January 27, 2012

Tested by Fire: Airman battles 63,000 gallons of burning jet fuel, receives medal for heroism By Airman 1st Class Tom Brading Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs 1st Lt. Nicholas Mercurio, 1st Combat Camera Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., didn't set out to receive the Air Force Achievement Medal with Valor while deployed with Provincial Reconstruction Team Kunar. "My hope was that I could just go out there and do my job," said Mercurio. His job was Public Affairs Officer for the ongoing reconstruction mission in Kunar Province. However, on Nov. 15, 2010, three weeks into his first deployment to Afghanistan, he was awakened to the sound of his roommate yelling, "We're under attack!" At approximately 6 a.m., an insurgent fired a rocket-propelled grenade. The grenade scored a direct hit to a helicopter fuel bladder which was perched at a Forward Arming and Refueling Point overlooking the base. The refueling station was the site of armed vehicles, helicopters, rockets, ammunition and more than 60,000 gallons of jet fuel. The station immediately burst into flames as black smoke and fire towered more than a thousand feet into the air above Kunar Province of Afghanistan. The western mountains were covered by the smoke hanging over the Forward Operating Base as twisted bits of metal and shrapnel rained down from the sky. "It was baptism by fire," said Mercurio, in regards to his first experience with combat. "We trained and retrained both

mentally and physically, however, you never know how you'll react until you're in that moment." "A second RPG was fired into a building near us," said Mercurio. "It was so close our supply officer said it felt like it gave him a haircut." When the fuel bladder was hit, the gas started slowly burning a path down the hill. As seconds passed, the slow-burning fuel became an ocean of gasoline, leaving a trail of fire in its wake and heading straight toward the barracks housing the majority of service members stationed there. Without any firefighting equipment, Mercurio, along with other service members, immediately took action to stop the fire. They started loading nearby sandbags into a pick-up truck and drove up to the fire to try to stop the blaze. Sacrificing their own safety, they cut open bag after bag of sand, forcing the fire back uphill inch by inch. Adding to the danger was the .50 caliber ammunition and Hellfire missiles detonating due to the heat on top of the hill. If that wasn't enough, there was another variable to overcome. Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, stocked with C-4 explosives, were parked on the flight line and engulfed in flames. One of the MRAPs exploded in the midst of the chaos, flipping an officer backwards. The turret from the MRAP shot across the flight line and Mercurio witnessed one of the doors from the vehicle shoot above his head. An hour into the battle, firefighters from Asadabad, the

capital city of Kunar, arrived at the scene in fire trucks. "We took turns using the water hoses to fight the fire," said Mercurio. "Shoulder-to-shoulder, we fought the fire until it felt like we were going to hack out our lungs, then we'd trade with Afghan firefighters and they'd fight it, too." Eventually, the team brought the extensive wall of flames under control and kept the fire away from any structures. The fire finally burned itself out. Mercurio credits his actions to his instincts and the combat training provided to him during his time at Camp Atterbury, Ind. prior to deploying to Afghanistan. In addition, he credits the group of officers that assisted in fighting the fire with him. Lieutenant Col. Aaron Burgstein, 1st Combat Camera commander, presented Mercurio with the Air Force Achievement Medal with Valor Jan. 19. According to the citation signed by Lt. Gen. David Goldfein, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, commander, the valor device was in recognition of Mercurio's heroic actions while in direct contact with an enemy force and his courageous leadership in the face of grave danger. Mercurio was an example to his peers and directly impacted the command's ability to avoid a catastrophic loss of infrastructure, equipment and personnel. "It's not about winning medals," said Mercurio. "It's about doing your job. Our job was to help the Afghan people and the better we do that job, the faster we won't be at war in Afghanistan."

Spouse Appreciation Dinner scheduled for Feb. 16 Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs The Joint Base Charleston Airman and Family Readiness Center, in collaboration with the Chapel, is hosting the Quarterly Deployed Spouse Appreciation

Dinner at the JB Charleston - Air Base Chapel Annex Feb. 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This dinner is for all spouses of deployed military members. If you know a spouse of a deployed military member, please encourage them to attend for an evening

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Black History Month events announced Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs The African American Heritage Council has announced the following events for the upcoming Black History Month at Joint Base Charleston. This year's theme is Black Women in American Culture and History and honors the efforts of women of African descent who have played a myriad of roles in helping to shape the nation.

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Petty Officer Harkey loads a M240B with dummy rounds through a feed tray with guidance from Petty Officer Favors during a crew-serve weapons stress-test training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at Joint Base Charleston Weapons Station, Jan. 19.

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Basic Rider Course Senior Airman Lakan Ello prepares to perform his next move during the Basic Rider Course at Joint Base Charleston Weapons Station, Jan. 19. Ello is a services journeyman with the 628th Force Support Squadron.

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JB Charleston vet cares for four-legged family members Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Tom Brading Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs The health of our furry four-legged companions is important, especially to the well-trained staff at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Veterinary Treatment Facility. The primary purpose of the VTF is to care for military working dogs and keep them fit. However, the VTF staff made up of U.S. Army and civilian personnel, also provides healthcare for family pets. The facility is run by Army Capt. (Dr.) Andrew Schrader, Veterinarian - VTF officer in charge. JB Charleston is his first duty assignment. Schrader was commissioned as a captain after he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University. "The VTF provides the same high quality veterinary care that is expected from civilian clinics," said Schrader. "The price is often lower for many services such as spaying, neutering, dental cleanings and mass removals. These procedures are treated on an outpatient basis. Spaying and neutering your pet not only decreases the number of unwanted animals, but also lowers or eliminates the risk of many forms of cancer." The VTF fees are based on a U.S. Army standardized rate. Currently, the cost for a pet to be seen by a doctor is $25. If additional care is necessary, the price varies. "We try keeping the fees low," said Schrader. "However, the money we make pays our civilian staff's salaries. The clinic is also responsible for purchasing all the medicines we provide to customers." When Schrader arrived at JB Charleston more than a year ago, the biggest complaint he heard was from pet owners having to wait for their pets to be seen by a medical professional. According to Schrader, along with his staff, he has successfully shortened wait times for pet owners. "By wait times, we mean the time it takes from when someone calls to schedule an appointment to when we can actually see their pet," said Schrader. "Today, in most cases, we can see a client's pet within the same week they call for an appointment. Once the schedule is made, we try to see everyone during their scheduled appointment to prevent from them waiting in the reception room."

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AADD - An Alternative to Drinking and Driving By Senior Airman Anthony Hyatt Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs What if your wingman, who was originally supposed to be your designated driver, had a couple of drinks and your "get home safely" back-up plan has failed? There are other wingmen you can rely on to get you home safely: Airmen Against Drunk Driving. AADD is an all-volunteer program which provides free, safe, confidential rides home to military members, their families and Department of Defense civilians who make the responsible decision not to drink and drive. "This organization provides personnel with an alternative to drinking and driving," said Staff Sgt. Stephen Kohn, 628th Security Forces Squadron Police Services non-commissioned officer in charge and JB Charleston- Air Base AADD president. The program is activated on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. AADD also operates on Sunday if Monday is a federal holiday. "The impact of providing a safe ride home to someone who is too intoxicated to operate a vehicle is far greater than just a simple ride," Kohn said. "It's the life of the family driving home from a vacation that you saved because you didn't allow your wingman to drive drunk. It's the financial stress that you saved your wingman by not letting him suffer the Air Force consequences of a DUI."

How it works When an individual's first and second plan have fallen through, they can call 963-AADD or 2233. The dispatcher will collect the following information: first name, location, descriptive clothing and amount of people to be picked up. After this, the dispatcher will relay the information to a volunteer driver and the driver will provide the requester a safe ride home. Volunteers Last year, Airmen volunteered more than 4,700 hours at JB Charleston according to Kohn. Any military member can volunteer any weekend. To volunteer, members must fill out the AADD Volunteer Waiver and send an e-mail to aadd.charleston@ charleston.af.mil. Volunteers can receive the form from their squadron representative or request one from the e-mail address above. "I've seen what drinking and driving can escalate into. I had a friend who decided to ride his motorcycle home one

night after drinking too much. He t-boned a car going 90 mph. He barely lived through the accident. They had to reconstruct his face and he was in a coma for a month," said Senior Airman Gregory Greathouse, 628th Communication Squadron transmission systems technician and AADD volunteer. "I want to do my part to help prevent anyone from making the same mistake." "AADD is a great service, but it only operates with the help from you," said Kohn. "Support from the units is critical to the overall success of the organization. Prevent a DUI this weekend by volunteering." For more information on AADD or to volunteer, call 9635809. (AADD is a purely voluntary organization. If you are involved in an accident, it is your responsibility to have adequate insurance to cover the cost involved. Neither AADD, the U.S. Air Force nor the Department of Defense carries any liability concerning your volunteer efforts. Do not solicit funds for picking up a member. If you choose to drive the member's vehicle, you accept all risks that come along with that decision.)

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From GITMO to Afghanistan: JB Charleston Sailors serve as Individual Agumentees Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Nicole Mickle Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs The sky is blue and cloudless, waves slap against the side of a 1,000 foot-long aircraft carrier while a crowd of wives, children, mothers and fathers say their goodbyes to more than 5,000 Sailors about to head off for a deployment at sea. Although this is the picture most of us have in mind when we think of a Navy deployment, Sailors leaving home as Individual Augmentees are in for an entirely different experience. There were more than 8,000 Navy IA deployments last year taking Sailors to 14 different locations from Central America to the Middle East to serve in an array of different

combat support roles. Sailors from Joint Base Charleston were among them and this year will be no different. Petty Officer 2nd Class Frank Newsom is a Master-at-Arms assigned to the 628th Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station. He is only weeks away from departing for a year-long IA deployment to Afghanistan. He will be assigned to the International Security Assistance Force where he will provide protective services for a senior officer. This is a job that he has spent most of his career in the Navy dreaming about. "Protective Services is something I have wanted to do since about two years into my career," says Newsom. "I found out there was

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a slot open in Afghanistan while I was still deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I volunteered immediately." The process to get ready for an IA deployment differs from a traditional Navy deployment. After notification, the Sailor is required to complete an expeditionary screening checklist and then report to a Navy Mobilization and Processing Site in Norfolk, Va., San Diego, Calif., Gulfport, Miss. or Port Hueneme, Petty Officer 1st Class Nicus Griffin reflects on his Individual Calif. Following NMPS, Augmentee deployments, Jan. 19 at Joint Base Charleston they report to an Army Weapons Station. There were more than 8,000 Navy IA deploytraining site to complete ments last year taking Sailors to 14 different locations from Central basic combat skills training America to the Middle East to serve in an array of different combat support roles. Griffin recently returned from a one-year IA deploywhich can last three to four ment to Guantanomo Bay, Cuba. Griffin is a Master-at-Arms weeks. assigned to the 628th Security Forces Squadron. Depending on the Griffin's last deployment presented a new assignment, there may be additional training before reporting to their forward operating set of challenges to overcome because he was now a married man. location. "On my first two IA's I wasn't married, so Newsom will attend the Protective Services Specialist school at Fort Leonard all I had was the deployment to focus on; this Wood, Mo. which lasts 18 days. After gradu- time was different," Griffin explains. "My ating, he will attend Army Combat Skills wife and I had to learn patience and we communicated as much as we could. I think overtraining in Fort Bliss, Texas. "The training I will receive at Fort all though, this deployment made our relaLeonard Wood will open doors for me in my tionship stronger." The Fleet and Family Support Center military career as well as after," says Newsom. "My ultimate goal is to become a offers IA services to deployed member's famprotective service agent in Washington D.C. ilies which include deployment readiness briefs, IA family discussions, the Family after completing my military service." During his 10-year career, Newsom has Connection Newsletter and information on had the opportunity to work with every mili- the Families of Warriors in Transition tary branch. While stationed at Tinker Air Homecoming. These programs are similar to Force Base, Okla. as a Master-at-Arms, he others offered across the board in the other got his first taste of working with the Air military branches. Griffin is no stranger to working with joint Force. His next assignment would take him to the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston forces. His first encounter with the Army was where he worked side by side with Soldiers, when he arrived at Fort Bragg, N.C. for comMarines, Airmen and Sailors. He felt right at bat skills training. "Fort Bragg was my first training experihome working in a joint services environment at Guantanamo Bay which is where one ence with the Army," says Griffin. "It brought of his co-workers, Petty Officer 2nd Class back memories from boot camp. I had to Nicus Griffin, just returned from a one-year adjust quickly and I learned a lot. " Some of his fondest memories from his IA deployment. Griffin, a Master-at-Arms, has been in the deployments were picking up the Soldiers Navy for 12 years and has completed three unique lingo. "I found myself saying things like "trackIA deployments, two in Afghanistan and his most recent, in Guantanamo Bay where he ing" which means do you understand and worked in Detainee Operations. All were "hooah" instead of "hooyah" which is what we say in the Navy," said Griffin. "Working one-year tours. "Going on these deployments has been a with other branches really gave me a better great life experience for me," he says. "It has understanding of what each service brings to the fight." definitely helped me advance in my career." Griffin is back at JB Charleston - Weapons Station and he is helping Newsome prepare for his IA to Afghanistan. "Their IA deployments stand out to the other Sailors and leadership," said Chief Petty Officer Vince Stephens, 628th SFS leading chief petty officer at JB Charleston Weapons Station. "Their deployments really add a lot to their professional knowledge in the comPetty Officer 1st Class Frank Newsom holds up a photo of him- mand. They came back self on his first Individual Augmentee deployment, Jan. 19 at charging hard and have set Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station. There were more than 8,000 Navy IA deployments last year taking Sailors to 14 differ- the example. They have ent locations from Central America to the Middle East to serve shown they are willing and in an array of different combat support roles. Newsom is prepar- able to go above and ing for another one-year IA to Afghanistan where he will provide beyond their job. They protective services for a senior officer. Newsom is a Master-at- have raised the bar for our Arms at the 628th Security Forces Squadron. guys."


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The Vice Commander of 4th Air Force, Brig. Gen. Pamela Milligan, visits Reservists with the 315th Airlift Wing during the B-flight Unit Training Assembly weekend Jan. 21 and 22.

Fourth Air Force vice commander visits Charleston Reservists Courtesy of 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The Vice Commander of 4th Air Force, Brig. Gen. Pamela Milligan, visited Reservists with the 315th Airlift Wing during B-flight Unit Training Assembly weekend, Jan. 21 and 22, at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base. The general toured the various workplaces of the 315th from a maintenance hangar to the flight operations building. She met with Airmen at every level of the chain of command and in most work areas. The general also held an officers call where she discussed the importance of career development and planning. In most work places she visited,

Reservists told the general about their contributions to the overall mission of the 315th Airlift Wing and ultimately the Air Force Reserve Command. This was Milligan's first visit as 4th Air Force vice commander. The 315th AW changed its higher headquarters from 22nd Air Force to 4th Air Force Oct. 1, 2011. Fourth Air Force provides leadership, management and oversight to 11 flying wings, one flying group and two regional support groups which provide strategic airlift, airdrop, aeromedical, air refueling and associated expeditionary support activities. Fourth Air Force responsibilities encompass 300 units and more than 21,000 personnel.

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Feb. 25 ❏ Heart Link - Charleston Spouse Orientation to the U.S. Air Force: If you are a new Air Force spouse, join us and learn about the Air Force mission, culture, traditions, military language, benefits and services while making new friends, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Childcare issues will be addressed at time of registration. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to register. RSVP by Feb. 12.

Special Announcements Events Jan. 30 ❏ Making Sense of the TSP (Both Civilian & Military): This workshop, Jan. 30 from 1 to 2 p.m. provides simplified language to help even the novice investor understand the purpose of the TSP, whether it is a good choice, strategies to use when investing in the TSP and much more. Call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 963-4406 to register. Feb. 1 ❏ Individualized Education Program Training for Parents: This training, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., covers special education terms, the IEP process, development of the IEP, parent's rights, goal development, sample checklists and resource information. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to register. Feb. 2 ❏ 437th Airlift Wing Annual Awards Banquet: The 437th Airlift Wing will host their Annual Awards Banquet, Feb. 2 at the Charleston Club. Social Hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at half past six. The guest speaker is (Retired) Major Gen. Ronald Ladnier. See your first sergeant for tickets. ❏ Newcomer's Tour: Join this fun bus/walking tour of downtown Charleston, Feb. 2 from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Let a professional tour guide show you the sights and tell you all the secrets that make Charleston a wonderful place to live. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to reserve your seat. ❏ Veterans Job/Health Fair: There will be a Veterans Job and Health Fair for military personnel and their spouses, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Greer National Guard Armory, 105 Old Woodruff Rd., Greer, S.C. Employers will be interviewing and hiring for immediate openings. For additional information, contact VFW Post 3433 at 871-0607. Feb. 3 ❏ Homeless Connect Event: Beginning Feb. 3, a free clinic for the homeless will be held the first Friday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lighthouse Ministries, 201 E. Elm St., Florence, S.C. The clinic will provide legal help, food, clothing, vouchers and hygienic supplies as well as helping with VA claims and benefits. Contact VFW Post 3433 at 871-0607 for additional information. Feb. 4 ❏ Chiefs Recognition Ceremony: The Joint Base Charleston Chief's Group is hosting the Annual Chiefs Recognition Ceremony, Feb. 4 at the Charleston Club. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. Uniform for military is mess-dress/semi-formal; civilian is equivalent attire. Contact Chief Master Sgt. Jeanette King at 963-5410 for more information. Feb. 7 ❏ Interviewing Techniques: Learn and practice the skills needed to have a successful interview, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to register. ❏ Unleashing the Power of a Budget: Learn how to create a budget and how it can help you accomplish your financial goals, Feb. 7 from 3 to 4 p.m. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to register. Feb. 8 ❏ Spouse Employment / Scholarship Orientation: Learn about free available resources, services, employment, resumes, the local job market, scholarships and more, Feb. 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to register. Feb. 11 ❏ Joint Base Charleston Valentine's Banquet: For all military, DoD civilians and their guests, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 5055 International Blvd, North Charleston. Join us for fine dining, music (DJ) and dancing. Dress is casual to formal and free on-site childcare will be provided (no food). For more information or to purchase tickets, call the JB Charleston - Air Base Chapel at 963-2536 or the JB Charleston Weapons Station Chapel at 764-7222. RSVP by Feb. 6. Feb. 14 ❏ Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Workshop: Learn how to transition from the military to civilian life with ease during this four day workshop, Feb. 14 to 16 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 and Feb. 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to sign up.

❏ Clinic Announcement: The Health and Wellness Center has changed phone numbers. To contact the HAWC, call 843-963-4087. ❏ LEAN Awareness Class: Learn how to create a more efficient and effective environment in the workplace and learn proven techniques and methods to eliminate waste in processes. The Lean Awareness Class is held every Tuesday in Bldg. 16,000, Mission Support Group Conference Room from 8 to 11 a.m. Call George McDowell at 4698378 for more information. ❏ Over Pricing (ZOP) Program: Per Air Mobility Command, everyone that orders parts through the Department of Defense stock system is requested to file a report when large discrepancies in prices exist for parts received. An example would be a $5 part that costs $500. All personnel should contact the 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron Customer Service office to file a complaint. For questions, concerns or further instruction on ZOP, contact Staff Sgt. Charles Brown at 963-4831. ❏ Workforce Specialist: A workforce specialist is now available by appointment on Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The specialist can help with job referrals, resume and interview assistance and provide information about educational opportunities for active duty, retirees, dependents and Department of Defense civilians. Call 963-4406 to schedule an appointment. ❏ Spouse Introduction to Joint Base Charleston: Held the first and third Wednesday of each month, this is a fun and fast-paced introduction to JB Charleston for all military spouses who have recently moved here. Meet other newlyarrived spouses, connect with your sponsor's unit Key Spouse and learn where to shop, dine and play in the Lowcountry. Get the information you need to make this your family's best assignment ever. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to register. ❏ Coupon exchange: The AFRC has a coupon exchange that is open to all ranks. Bring in your unused coupons between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday and help yourself to coupons for you and your family. For more information on the coupon exchange, call 963-4408. ❏ Stress coping workshops: Learn how to cope with life's stresses without pulling your hair out. Workshops meet the second Wednesday of every month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Health and Wellness Center classroom and are open to everyone. Call 963-4007 to sign up. ❏ Sleep habits: Learn effective sleep habits and how to get your best Z's during this workshop which meets the fourth Wednesday of every month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the HAWC classroom. This class is open to everyone. Call 963-4007 to sign up.

Meetings and Registrations ❏ Healthy Thinking Workshop registration: Do you find yourself feeling angry or stressed more often than you would like, or regret how you act when you are upset? Do you wish you could express yourself more clearly and be more assertive? Consider registering for the Healthy Thinking Workshop. The workshop is divided into four, 90-minute sessions held on consecutive Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with a new group beginning the first Wednesday of every month. To sign up or for more information, contact Family Advocacy at 963-6972. ❏ Palace Chase, Palace Front briefings: The in-service recruiter conducts Palace Chase and Palace Front briefings at 9 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month in Bldg. 503, Room 201. Air Force Instruction 36-3205 mandates eligible Airmen who are separating to be informed about the benefits and opportunities available to them within the Reserve, such as cross training, continued service, retirement, education, medical insurance and promotion. For more information, call 963-4499.

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Movie Schedule: Weapons Station Movie Theater: Call 764-7516 for show times. Admission is free. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each showing. ❏ Dream House: Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13 ❏ I Don't Know How She Does It: Jan. 28, 5 p.m., Rated PG-13 ❏ What's Your Number?: Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m., Rated R ❏ Dream House: Jan. 29, 2 p.m., Rated PG-13

Movie Schedule: Air Base Movie Theater: Due to a lack of revenue, the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Theater will show its last Jan. 27. Beginning Jan. 28 the theater will be closed indefinitely. Admission is $4.50 for adults 12 years and older, and $2.25 for children 6-11 years old. ❏ Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13

Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station ❏ Birthday bowling parties: Looking for something different to do for your next birthday party? Marrington Bowling Center has birthday bowling parties that are great for kids of any age. Call the bowling center for party options and availability. ❏ Stroller Rollers offers "Fitness for Mom, fun for baby!" Attention new mothers, now there is a way to get fit while spending quality time with your baby. With the Stroller Rollers program, you'll shape up with a power walk and body sculpting while strolling with your baby. It's a great chance to interact with other new moms. Classes meet at the Naval Support Activity gymnasium on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Classes are free. Materials are provided. For more information, call MWR Fitness Director Nancy Haynsworth at 764-4067. ❏ Free on-line tutoring service: Tutor.com for Military Families is the Defense Department's offi-

Events Feb. 2 ❏ Veterans Job/Health Fair: There will be a Veterans Job and Health Fair for military personnel and their spouses, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Greer National Guard Armory, 105 Old Woodruff Rd., Greer, S.C. Employers will be interviewing and hiring for immediate openings. For additional information, contact VFW Post 3433 at 871-0607. Feb. 3 ❏ Homeless Connect Event: Beginning Feb. 3, a free clinic for the homeless will be held the first Friday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lighthouse Ministries, 201 E. Elm St., Florence, S.C. The clinic will provide legal help, food, clothing, vouchers and hygienic supplies as well as helping with VA claims and benefits. Contact VFW Post 3433 at 871-0607 for additional information. Feb. 6 ❏ Transition Assistance Program: TAP helps ensure all separating and retiring service members receive information that focuses on skills identification, labor market information, resume preparation, networking, job search strategies, interview techniques and veterans' benefits and entitlements and more. Spouses are encouraged to attend. The next class is Feb. 6 to 9. For more information, call the Fleet and Family Support Center at 764-7480. Feb. 7 ❏ Interviewing and Job Search Strategies: Military spouses can learn about launching a job search, career planning, resume writing, interview techniques, federal employment information, conducting self-assessments, goal setting and vocational tests, Feb. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information call the FFSC at 764-7480. Feb. 8 ❏ Tax Preparation Information: This class provides information about the latest tax changes and every facet of individual income tax preparation, , Feb. 8 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. No prior tax experience is necessary to enroll. For more information call the FFSC at 764-7480. Feb. 9 ❏ Operation Clip and Save: Operation Clip and Save: Learn how to save hundreds of dollars each month on groceries by clipping coupons. The next class is Feb. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information call 764-7480. Feb. 11 ❏ Joint Base Charleston Valentine's Banquet: For all military, DoD civilians and their guests, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 5055 International Blvd, North Charleston. Join us for fine dining, music (DJ) and dancing. Dress is casual to formal and free on-site childcare will be provided (no food). For more information or to purchase tickets, call the JB Charleston - Air Base Chapel at 963-2536 or the JB Charleston Weapons Station Chapel at 764-7222. RSVP by Feb. 6. Feb.13 ❏ Command Financial Specialist Forum: Quarterly financial training for Command Financial Specialists is Feb. 13 - 16 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call the FFSC at 764-7480. Feb. 14 ❏ Sponsorship Orientation: This workshop ensures designated command personnel have the necessary education and training to successfully fulfill their roles as command sponsors, Feb. 14 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. For more information call the FFSC at 764-7480. Feb. 15 ❏ Advanced Resume Writing: This workshop allows participants to speak with experts from the human resources community and provides the opportunity to ask questions, interact with others and have your resume critiqued. The next class is Feb. 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more information call the FFSC at 764-7480. Feb. 19 ❏ Military Saves Week: Protect your family and your future by increasing your financial readiness, Feb. 19 - 26. Take the Saver's pledge at www.militarysaves.org, and join a community that is working to build wealth and reduce debt. You'll get access to free services and resources, plus tips on how to make savings automatic. Military Save is

Part of the Department of Defense Financial Readiness Campaign and is supported in part by the NASD Investor Education Foundation, sponsors of SaveandInvest.org. Feb. 21 ❏ Education and Scholarships: This workshop provides information on college scholarships and grants available for military spouses, the proper way to fill out scholarship applications and completing your financial aid forms. The next class is Feb. 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Call the FFSC at 764-7480 for more information. ❏ Stress Continuum: Staying in the Green: Learn techniques to slow down, take a deep breath, prioritize and relax. Keep stress at a manageable level. To register for the next class, Feb. 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., call the FFSC at 764-7480. Feb. 22 ❏ Thrift Savings Plan Simplified: Come learn the about your TSP and what it can do for you. Learn the different funds available, what they consist of and how to invest in them. The next class is Feb. 22 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call the FFSC at 764-7480. Feb. 23 ❏ Smooth Move Workshop: Learn about who pays for your move, how to ship your personal property and about the sponsorship program, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Representatives from the FFSC, Housing, Personal Property and TRICARE will be available to answer your questions. For more information call the FFSC at 764-7480. Feb. 28 ❏ Basic Resume Writing: The Basic Resume Writing workshop, Feb. 28 from 10 to 11 a.m. assists attendees in completing a professional looking resume. For more information call the FFSC at 764-7480. ❏ Military Spouse 101: Learn about military culture, jargon, rates, ranks, the chain of command and core values Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call the FFSC at 764-7480 for more information.

Special Announcements ❏ LEAN Awareness Class: Learn how to create a more efficient and effective environment in the workplace and learn proven techniques and methods to eliminate waste in processes. The Lean Awareness Class is held every Tuesday in Bldg. 16,000, Mission Support Group Conference Room from 8 to 11 a.m. Call George McDowell at 4698378 for more information. ❏ Budget for Baby: The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society offers a basic budgeting class for expecting mothers. Class is held the every second Thursday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to noon. After completing the class, each mom will receive a Layette filled with free baby items such as crib sheets, onesies and a homemade blanket. Call 7647662 or come in to sign up for the class. Our temporary office is located in Bldg. 301 (PSD), Room 212. ❏ Work & Family Life Specialists: Work & Family Life specialists are available by appointment. Get help with job referrals, resume and interview assistance, first move and information about educational opportunities for active duty, retirees, family members and Department of Defense civilians. Call the FFSC at 764-7480 for an appointment. ❏ Personal Financial Management: Let an FFSC certified financial specialists assist you in accessing and explaining your credit report. They can provide the tools and information to improve your score and make the right decisions about collections and debt. Call FFSC at 764-7480 for more information. ❏ Wise credit Choices: Did you know that your credit score is a huge deciding factor for interest rates, mortgages, insurance costs, employability, loans, deposits, etc.? Call a personal financial manager at the FFSC for an appointment at 764-7480. ❏ Developing your spending plan: Let a financial education specialist at the FFSC on Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station provide you the tools and resources needed to develop a financial plan of your dreams. The purpose of a financial plan is for you to determine where you are now, where you want to go and how you plan to get there by starting today. Contact the FFSC 764-7480 for more information.

See more briefs at www.charleston.af.mil To submit a news brief, send an e-mail to patriot@charleston.af.mil. Make the subject line "NEWS BRIEFS." Submissions must be received no later than close of business the Friday prior to publication.

cial, online, on-demand tutoring and homework help service for military members and their families. The site, http://www.tutor.com/military offers roundthe-clock professional tutors who can assist with homework, studying, test preparation, proof-reading and more. Active-duty military members and National Guard, Reserve personnel and Defense Department civilians on active duty in a deployed status and their family members are eligible to participate. Tutor.com's network includes more than 2,500 professional tutors who have delivered more than six million, one-on-one tutoring sessions since 2001. Each tutor is certified through the site, and all sessions are recorded for quality control. The program can also be accessed through a free app for the iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. ❏ Make your next party a movie party at Cinema One: Looking for a unique idea for your next group party? Why not make it a movie party? Cinema One offers private showings of your favorite feature films. Cinema One movie parties are perfect for birthday celebrations, command socials, class trips, youth groups and lots more. Movie parties are free to groups of 40 or more (with concessions purchase) and are $40 to groups of less than 40 people. Call theater manager, Teresa Stuckey, at 764-4107 for reservation information.

Joint Base Charleston - Air Base ❏ Girl Scouting: Girls in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to join Girl Scout Troop 895 at the Chapel Annex on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Contact Patti Donahue at 618-363-5230 or pdonahue@sc.rr.com for more information. ❏ Story Hours at the Library: The Base Library has two fun story hours every week. Mondays at 10 a.m., is the home day care story hour. Please call ahead each week to sign-up your group for this day. Tuesdays is the toddler open story and craft hour starting at 10 a.m. Reservations are not required for this session. Both sessions are free. Call 963-3320 to sign up. ❏ Tennis Lessons: Lessons are held at the Outdoor Recreation tennis courts. Children six through 17 and adults can enroll for one-hour sessions, twice a week for $80 per month. Lessons are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.


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