Joint Base Charleston
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.
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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.
437th Airlift Wing quarterly award winners Charleston, SC Friday, January 27 Thunder Storms (80% precip)
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Colonel Erik Hansen (left) and Chief Master Sgt. Larry Williams (right) recognize Staff Sgt. Shawn Goggin, Richard Larkins, Capt. Rebecca Logan, Senior Airman Ronald Sangston, Master Sgt. Christopher Wilson, 1st Lt. Roy Jefferson and Jeremy Olive as the 437th Airlift Wing Quarterly Award winners during a ceremony Jan. 19 at the Charleston Club. Hansen is the 437th AW commander, Williams is the 437th AW command chief, Goggin is from the 14th Airlift Squadron, 437th AW, Larkins is from the 437th Maintenance Squadron, Logan is from the 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Sangston is from the 437th AMXS, Wilson is from the 437th Maintenance Operations Squadron, Jefferson is from the 437th Aerial Port Squadron and Olive is from the 437th APS. Not pictured is Tech. Sgt. Michael Morris from the 15th Airlift Squadron, 437th AW.
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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
Road Rage 5k held Jan. 25 Proud To Support Our Local Military!
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
of great fellowship, support, activities and good food ... all courtesy of the A&FRC. There will also be activities for the children. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to register or for more information.
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.
Feb. 26 - Musical Unity Tribute and Dinner at the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Chapel at 4 p.m. A free dinner immediately follows the tribute. Feb. 29 - Luncheon featuring guest speaker Dr. Annette West at the Charleston Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pay in advance or at the door. For information, contact Staff Sgt. Veronica Garrison at 963-5497, Master Sgt. Terrence Whitehead at 963-4813 or Master Sgt. Aleisha Jordan at 963-4568.
Free tours offered to Charleston residents and military Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Two of Charleston's tour companies are offering a free harbor and carriage tour to Charleston area residents and military
personnel Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All you need is a photo identification card with a local address or your military ID. The free harbor tours, located at the Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St., are scheduled for 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
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