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Joint Base Charleston

Patriot Vol. 3, No. 5

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

Friday, February 3, 2012

Fahs takes helm at NNPTC Admiral Kirkland Donald (center) observes as Capt. Jon Fahs (right) assumes command of Navy Nuclear Power Training Command from Capt. Thomas Bailey, Jan. 27 at Joint Base Charleston Weapons Station. Donald is the Naval Reactors Director.

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Silver Wings Scholarship Program takes flight Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs The Team Charleston Spouses Club is calling for applications for their Silver Wings Scholarship Program. The scholarship program is open to dependents of active duty, Reserve, retired or deceased military members affiliated with Joint Base Charleston and who are seeking higher education. Applicants must be current high school seniors or military spouses and must be current Department of Defense ID cardholders. Applications must be submitted or postmarked on

or no later than March 1. Applications may be picked up at the Consignment Shop at JB Charleston – Air Base, at any TCSC function and are also available for download at Completed applications may be submitted via mail to: TCSC Silver Wings Scholarship Program, C/O Gaylie Walker, 101 W. Simpson St., Bldg. 306, Joint Base Charleston, S.C. 29404. For more information contact Gaylie Walker at 704-804-8580 or send an email to

A place for all See page 11

CMSGT WILLIAMS 437th AW command chief See page 2

SMILE Children's Dental Health Month See page 5

DUI Field Sobriety Testing See page 7

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The 628th Air Base Wing Annual Awards Banquet was held Jan. 27 at the Charleston Club. This year’s winners pose with Col. Richard McComb, Joint Base Charleston commander (right), and Capt. Ralph Ward, JB Charleston deputy commander (second from right), along with Chief Master Sgt. Jose LugoSantiago, JB Charleston command chief (left), and Master Chief Petty Officer Billy Cady, JB Charleston – Weapons Station command chief (second from left). The winners are listed in the order they received their awards.

628th Air Base Wing Annual Awards Banquet Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Charleston, SC Friday, February 3

Sailor of the Year Petty officer 1st Class Jacob Moore, 628th Security Forces Squadron

628th Air Base Wing Category 1 Civilian of the Year William Mann, 628th Contracting Squadron 628th Air Base Wing Category 2 Civilian of the Year David Hunt, 628th Inspector General Office

Junior Sailor of the Year Petty officer 2nd Class Eugene Smith, 628th Communications Squadron

628th Air Base Wing Category 3 Civilian of the Year William Dean, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron

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Blue Jacket of the Year Petty officer 2nd Class Eric Martin, 628th SFS

628th Air Base Wing Junior Enlisted of the Year Staff Sgt. Joel Yerkey, 628th CONS

Saturday, February 4

628th Air Base Wing Honor Guard Member of the Year Senior Airman Andrew Siththisakd, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing

628th Air Base Wing Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Staff Sgt. Lynette Ras, 628th Command Post

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628th Air Base Wing Volunteer of the Year Airman 1st Class Christopher Chicarelli, 628th CS

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628th Air Base Wing First Sergeant of the Year Master Sgt. Steve Hart, 628th SFS

628th Air Base Wing Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Master Sgt. Stephen Boice, 628th Medical Operations Squadron 628th Air Base Wing Junior Company Grade Officer of the Year 1st Lt. Lyndon Bartlett, 628th CS 628th Air Base Wing Senior Company Grade Officer of the Year Capt. Melissa Thurman, 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron

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By Col. Darren James 437th Airlift Wing vice commander "Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." - Vince Lombardi On the eve of Super Bowl weekend, what individual could provide a more poignant perspective regarding commitment, teamwork and success than the greatest football coach of all time and the namesake of the Super Bowl Championship Trophy, Vince Lombardi. In his nine years as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, the Hall of Famer led his team to five championships to include Super Bowls I and II. With this in mind, we should take his words to heart as Team Charleston strives to demonstrate America's resolve each and every day. While the New York Giants and the New England Patriots prepare for the final game of their respective seasons, I'd argue that Team Charleston has been operating at a post-season pace and at Super Bowl-level for the 3,798 days since Sept. 11, 2001. From flying the first night combat mission into Afghanistan in 2001, to delivering humanitarian assistance to earthquake ravaged Haiti in 2010, it is the individual commit-

Whether supporting ongoing operations or building partnership capacity, our collective mission focus and the committed resolve of Team Charleston must never waiver. As we look to the future, the 437th Airlift Wing's mission remains to safely provide precise, reliable airlift worldwide. What is your individual role within and commitment toward that crucial mission? I'd ask that you find and embrace your connection to that mission. It doesn't matter whether you wear Col. Darren James the 437th AW, 315th AW or the 628th Air 437th Airlift Wing vice commander Base Wing patch. Our ability to deliver combat capability and hope throughout the world is only possible with a total team effort. In ment of our Airmen that has ensured our the end, we all support the C-17 mission; whether unequalled success, or in Coach Lombardi's servicing, generating, loading or providing crews words, it is what makes our team work. to operate the aircraft, we all contribute to the Within the recently released "Priorities for 21st Century Defense," President Obama highlights that goal of demonstrating America's resolve through air mobility. "our Nation is at a moment of transition." Our role No matter who you root for this weekend, in Iraq has significantly diminished and we continremember Charleston forms a Super Bowl-caliber ue to make progress in Afghanistan, yet numerous team each and every day. We continually answer challenges still face our nation. Also within the strategic guidance, the Secretary of Defense clearly the call, whether delivering combat power to the combatant commanders or humanitarian assisarticulates the primary missions of the U.S. Armed tance to ravaged countries. Thank you for your Forces. I'd encourage all Airmen to read and digest individual commitment to our worldwide airlift the 10 outlined mission sets, as both the C-17 and mission. As Coach Lombardi points out, this is Team Charleston will likely play a role in the sucwhat makes our Team work. cess of each one of these integral missions.

worth repeating

“No matter who you root for this weekend, remember Charleston forms a Super Bowl-caliber team each and every day.”

Meet the 437th Airlift Wing command chief By Airman 1st Class Tom Brading Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Ensuring that issues affecting Airmen travel through the proper levels of leadership is just one of the key roles Chief Master Sgt. Larry Williams does every day as the 437th Airlift Wing command chief. “It’s essential to be visible and involved with Airmen,” said Williams. “They are my top priority and it’s my job to ensure the communication chains remain open and flows through the proper levels of leadership, in our case, to Col. Erik Hansen, 437th AW commander.” Along with advising the wing commander, Williams also advises two group and nine squadron commanders on the proper and effective utilization of more than 2,200 Airmen who ensure the 437th AW’s combat readiness. Williams also serves as the commander’s representative for numerous committees, councils and boards charged with meeting quality of force as well as quality of life needs. According to Williams, the most challenging aspect of his job is delegating his time to the most actionable items. “Fitting everything that needs to be done into my calendar is challenging,” said Williams. “However, I dedicate my time on important issues where I’ll see results.” Williams credits his past experience in previous Air Force career fields to helping him fit into his current role as the 437th AW command chief. Williams entered the Air Force in April 1989. Upon graduating technical school at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas,0 as an aircraft maintenance specialist, he was assigned to Dover AFB, Del.,

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Chief Master Sgt. Larry Williams plans his schedule with Staff Sgt. Ryan Yeager. Williams is the 437th Airlift Wing command chief and Yeager is 437th AW command chief executive assistant.

where he worked in a variety of assignments in his career field. Williams cross-trained to become a Career Enlisted Aviator in 1998. “All those moments throughout the course of my career serve me now as command chief of an airlift wing, especially when the wing’s mission is to fix, load and fly air planes,” said Williams. Williams understands the work-related issues Airmen face at the 437th AW. He understands because, he has walked in their shoes and experi-

Words of Wisdom – Everybody is a Genius By Chief Master Sgt. Jose A. LugoSantiago 628th Air Base Wing Command Chief Sunny morning or afternoon...wherever you are today, carry the sun within you! "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." –Albert Einstein This week's thought reminds us about the talents inherent in all of us. Everyone is a genius – Ok, I admit, these words make me feel pretty good. These words came from a theorical physicist, a person who is considered one of the most prolific

intellects in human history. Regardless, the wisdom in his thought comes from the discovery that we all have been given brilliance. Of course, not all of us in the same way, but each of us and those around us hold the key to unveiling mysteries. Our work this week is to discover those talents, the brilliance in us and others. Then, set the stage and opportunities to align with talents so we can discover the genius among us. This week, Share and BE GREAT! Always motivated, Chief LugoSantiago

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“Our work this week is to discover those talents, the brilliance in us and others.”

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enced many of the same problems they face today. As a leader, Williams lists Airmen as his top priority. According to Williams, Air Force policies and organizational structure change throughout the years. However, one lasting impression that won’t change is how you treat people. “At the end of the day,” said Williams. “My measure of success is how well I’ve taken care of the Airmen.”

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Giving back to the community is the trademark of any well-rounded military unit. The 437th Operations Group, 437th Airlift Wing, along with the hard work from their spouses, completed a food drive last month to provide 1,072 pounds of food to the Lowcountry Food Bank located in Charleston, S.C. The drive was launched during the holiday season and according to estimates, placed 825 meals on the tables of the local community. What started as a good idea soon became a grassroots effort that swept the group thanks to the support of Col. Trevor Nitz, 437th OG group commander and his wife. “We started at the squadron level” said Jacquelyn O’Connor Ayers, 16th Airlift Squadron, 437th AW key spouse. “Everyone I spoke to wanted to elevate it so it became an entire group effort.” “We placed donation boxes in all squadrons and items were collected over the course of the month and picked up by the Lowcountry Food Bank,” said

O’Connor Ayers. The group holiday party was also turned into a collection point which provided one last push for the volunteer effort. A variety of foods, canned items and dry goods made up the total gift to the community. Despite a blistering operations tempo and ongoing efforts for deployment preparations, the drive was a success. “We were certainly blown away by how much we could collect, considering the time of year, the ORI and deployments” said O’Connor Ayers. The winning unit of the food drive was the 15th Airlift Squadron, 437th AW; an accomplishment made even more notable since the unit was deployed during the drive. Volunteerism was not limited to the food drive; spouses and family members also lent their support and donations to sponsor the unit children’s holiday party. Donating time and effort to a volunteer cause can be seen as a burden during busy times, but the Airmen and loved ones of the 437 OG have shown that it can be done and during these difficult times, absolutely necessary.

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Dorm 473 takes home the green Senior Airman Cory McClure (right) accepts a crisp $100 bill on behalf of Dorm 473, from Staff Sgt. Chiquita Frazier, Jan. 26 at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base. Dorm 473 won the quarterly dorm competition and the Dorm 473 advisory council plans to use the money to benefit the dorm residents. McClure is assigned to the 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron and is the Dorm 473 council president. Frazier is assigned to the 628th Civil Engineer Squadron and is the Dorm 473 Airmen Dorm leader.



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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.

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.

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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Schwartz: Smaller Air Force will still be effective By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – The Air Force will get smaller, but will retain the capabilities needed to support the joint force, Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, the Air Force chief of staff said here today. The general told reporters at a Pentagon news conference that the Air Force will drop 10,000 airmen in fiscal 2013 as the service reshapes itself to meet new challenges. Schwartz also said that if Congress approves another round of base realignment and closures that Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has recommended, that the Air Force would shutter bases. He said in the last round of closures, the Air Force shifted assets but did not close any bases. Now the service is smaller and has fewer planes. “We certainly support the proposal to go through another round of base closure analysis and execution,” Schwartz said. “Our expectation is that we would actually close bases in a future base closure round.” Economic problems compound the strategic problems. “Against a backdrop of fiscal challenge and diminishing resources, the security environment continues to evolve and become ever more complex,” the general said. “That’s driving the need for a new defense strategic guidance.” Defense Department officials used the guidance to build

the fiscal 2013 defense budget request. The Air Force starting point is the air fleets are already smaller and older than at the end of the post-Cold War downsizing. By trading size for quality, Schwartz said, “the Air Force has made the hard choices [needed] to support the new strategic guidance in the fiscal year ’13 budget submission. And we will be a smaller but superb force that maintains our agility, our flexibility and readiness to engage a full range of contingencies and threats.” Even as the changes continue, the service will retain its global reach, providing full-spectrum operations wherever needed. This includes nuclear deterrence; air, space and cyberoperations; counterterrorism; and global intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance. “Although smaller, we will sustain global operations through our continuing presence in the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East and by tailoring our presence in Europe,” the general said. The strategic guidance calls for refocusing military attention in Asia. While this is a constrained fiscal environment, the Air Force must be careful to protect critical capabilities, Schwartz said. “Confronted by a more complex and dynamic security environment as well as significant reductions in defense resources, the Air Force determined that the best path forward was to become smaller, emphasizing multirole systems and common configurations,” he said.

The general also vowed to protect airmen – the service’s most precious resource. The service will avoid the hollow force syndrome “and we will protect readiness at any force level and strengthening our integration of the total force team of active, Guard and Reserve airmen,” Schwartz said. The service will slow modernization and will protect key capabilities represented by the KC-46 tanker, the F-35 joint strike fighter and the long-range strike bomber. “Despite the many challenges that we have faced, today the Air Force is still, by any objective standard, the world's best,” Schwartz said. “It is our intent – indeed, it is our obligation to the American people and to our airmen and their families that we remain the world’s finest air force in the years and the decades to come.” The service will examine the mix of active, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard forces to recognize the tempo that is inherent in the defense strategic guidance, the general said. “Our goals will be to … manage the active duty force at a deploy-to-dwell ratio of not less than 1:2,” he said, “and not less than 1:4 for the Reserve and the Guard, or better.” The service needs to ensure deployments are predictable and able to be sustained. “You can surge, but the sustainable level of effort will be 1:2 and not less than 1:2, not less than 1:4,” the general said.

DOD testing program to screen for more prescription drugs By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – The Defense Department's drug-testing program is expanding to add screening for two additional prescription medications to the range of legal and illegal drugs it currently detects. Joe Angello, the department's director of operational readiness and safety, told Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service reporters the two drugs added to the screening program – hydrocodone and benzodiazepines – are nationally among the most abused prescription drugs now on the market. The program already tests for codeine and morphine, he noted. As patterns of drug misuse change, the drug testing program responds by adding more testing procedures, he noted.

Hydrocodone is a component of a number of prescription painkillers, including Vicodin, while benzodiazepines are a class of antidepressant medication present in a range of drugs that includes Xanax and Valium. Angello said DOD announced the new screenings 90 days before they would take effect, which is unprecedented in the more than 40 years since military drug testing began. The memorandum went out yesterday. "The memorandum is giving you a 90-day warning order," Angello said. A service member addicted to prescription drugs, he added, should seek medical help. "Don't get caught in a drug test," Angello urged. "There [are] no penalties, there's no stigma, attached to [self-referral for medical] help here." Service members with prescriptions for the two drugs will not be subject to disciplinary action for using them within the

dosage and time prescribed, Angello said. To anyone who has medication remaining from an expired prescription, he added, "Don't use those." Such drugs should be turned in for disposal, but should not be flushed, he noted, as they can contaminate the water supply. "If nothing else, you can always turn them in through your local military police," Angello said. Drug abuse among service members is significantly lower than in the civilian population, he said, but has a potentially much greater effect in the military. "You're not at your peak mental acuity when you're using drugs," he said. "The military has some of the finest men and women this nation has to offer; we cannot have people in the business of arms with drug impairments."

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Congratulations to the following Airmen who achieved a score of 95 or better on their Career Development Course.

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Airman 1st Class Michael Graves 15th Airlift Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing

Airman 1st Class Dylan Sheets 628th Civil Engineer Squadron

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Dental clinic keeps children smiling By Airman 1st Class Tom Brading Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Every February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness of the importance of children's oral health. According to the 2012 NCDHA website, the campaign brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and others to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults, caregivers, teachers and many others. Joint Base Charleston - Air Base dental professionals are scheduled to participate in the month-long observation. The 628th Medical Group - Dental clinic is scheduled to have representatives at the Child Development Center at JB Charleston - Air Base Feb. 9, to educate children on the benefits of practicing and reinforcing positive dental hygiene. "Children's dental health is extremely important," said Senior Airman Kristin Bruce, 628th Medical Group dental assistant. "Good dental care and dental hygiene is vital to good overall health. Children need strong, healthy teeth to

chew their food, speak and have a good-looking smile. Baby teeth also keep a space in the jaw for permanent teeth. When a baby tooth is lost too early, that space is not maintained. This can cause permanent teeth to come in crooked or crowded." Children's dental health starts even before the teeth arrive. "Parents should begin cleaning the baby's mouth during the first few days after birth," said Bruce. "After every feeding, wipe the baby's gums with a damp gauze pad to remove plaque." The ADA recommends a visit to the dentist within six months of the eruption of the first tooth and no later than the child's first birthday. In addition, it isn't recommended to permit a baby to nurse continuously from bottles of milk, formula, sugar water or fruit juice during naps or at night. Early signs of tooth decay may be a result. "Around the age of seven, children are able to brush their teeth on their own," said Bruce. "Until then, it's recommended that parents brush and floss their children's teeth as soon as they start to erupt." The 628th Medical Group Dental Clinic hopes that continuing education of dental health keeps children smiling for many years to come.

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Marrington Middle School of the Arts nominated for National Blue Ribbon Recognition By Kathie Sizemore Berkeley County School District public information officer State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais recently announced that Marrington Middle School of the Arts, along with four other South Carolina schools, will be nominated by the South Carolina Department of Education for recognition in the 2012 National Blue Ribbon School Program. Marrington is the only middle school in the state to be nominated for the prestigious award. The program, run by the U.S. Department of Education, honors public and private K-12 schools that are either high

performing or demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement despite having a high percentage of students with disadvantaged backgrounds. Marrington Middle qualified on both criteria. Marrington Middle School Principal, Jim Spencer, said, "I am just so proud of our students and our staff. This is a dedicated and talented staff that is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that all of our students are learning at a high level. This nomination is a true testament to the hard work from our students and staff, and the support we receive from our parents." Per federal guidelines, South Carolina is allowed to nominate five schools per year for the award. Each school has to

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Joint Base Charleston receives new C-17 Globemaster III Col. Steven Chapman (right), presents a commemorative "T-tail" plaque to Maj. Gen. Robert Kane as he receives the latest C-17 at Joint Base Charleston Air Base Jan. 26. This delivery brings the number of C-17's assigned to JB Charleston to 56. The 437th Airlift Wing owns the base’s C-17 fleet and is a mission partner with the 315th AW. Kane is the Global Reach Programs director and Chapman is the 315th AW commander.

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The 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base receives the latest C-17 to join the base’s fleet Jan. 26. The aircraft was flown from the Boeing assembly facility in Long Beach, Calif., by aircrew from the 315th AW. Accompanying the flight crew was Maj. Gen. Robert Kane, Global Reach Programs director, who is responsible for Air Force acquisitions for aircraft, air refueling, training and special operations programs. The C17 Globemaster III is the most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force. It is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. The C-17 can perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions and can also transport litters and ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations when required.

Shayla Degregorio, daughter of Maj. Robert Degregorio, 315th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, finished second place in the worldwide Air Force talent competition.

Talent Contest winner continues to shine By Capt. Wayne Capps 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Since winning second place in the 9 to 12-year-old category for the worldwide Air Force talent competition, Shayla Degregorio has continued to flourish and will release her first single this month. Shayla, the daughter of Maj. Robert Degregorio, 315th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, finished second in the worldwide contest in July 2011 and recently recorded a single titled, "Take me away," which was released by Platinum Vybe Recordings. According to her father, the Air Force talent competition helped her further her ambitions. "Shortly after that competition, she and friends from school created a band called Fuzion. Since then, Fuzion has played at multiple festivals and events including a "Month of the Military Child,� said Maj. Degregorio. Recently, Shayla's mother Tricia noticed a Facebook contest sponsored by a radio station in Charlotte, N.C.

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DUI Detection: field sobriety testing By Staff Sgt. Nicole Mickle Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs It is two o'clock in the morning and a car swerves in and out of lanes, barely missing on-coming traffic. The car speeds through a red light at an intersection almost causing an accident with another vehicle. A police officer witnesses the event, pursues the driver and speeds up to initiate a traffic stop. The officer approaches the driver's vehicle and the driver's window slowly rolls down as the overwhelming smell of alcohol escapes and hits the officer's nose. "Is there a problem officer?" the driver says in a slurred voice that is almost impossible to understand. After the officer speaks with the driver and gets his information, he asks him to step out of his vehicle. The driver has trouble opening his car door and when he finally does, he staggers out and almost falls as he tries to regain his balance. The officer already has a pretty good idea what he is dealing with. Most of us can make the assumption that the driver of this vehicle is probably under the influence of alcohol. We all know the signs of someone who is "wasted." The real question is; how does a police officer identify someone who is at or is just above the legal blood alcohol content and is behind the wheel? For some, this can be only two or three drinks. Joint Base Charleston's 628th Security Forces Squadron members participated in a standardized field sobriety testing course, Jan. 23 to 26 to find out. The four day course is designed to train and certify law enforcement officials to use driving under the influence detection techniques and national standardized field sobriety tests. "This is the first time we have conducted the training here at the air base," said Benjamin McSwain, a 628th SFS law enforcement officer and a certified instructor for the course. "Before, it was only conducted at the weapons station but now that we can offer it at both locations, more SFS members will benefit from receiving this training."

Students practice the walk and turn test during the standardized field sobriety testing course at Joint Base Charleston Air Base, Jan. 23 to 26.

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A student administers the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test to Corey Harvey during the standardized field sobriety testing course at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, Jan. 23 to 26. 628th Security Forces Squadron personnel participated in the four day course which is designed to train and certify law enforcement officials in the use of driving under the influence detection techniques and national standardized field sobriety tests. Harvey is a law enforcement officer with the 628th SFS.

NHTSA created the standardized field sobriety test in 1981. The test uses three tests in combination: the one-legstand, the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test and the walk and turn. The HGN test is considered by many law enforcement officers to be the most effective technique to provide evidence of alcohol in a driver's system. HGN refers to a lateral or horizontal jerking when the eye gazes to the side. Alcohol consumption hinders the ability of the brain to correctly control eye muscles causing nystagmus, the jerk or bounce associated with HGN. "People vary in their physical and cognitive capabilities and tolerance to alcohol," said McSwain. "Some experienced drinkers perform physical or cognitive tests accurately, even with a BAC greater than 0.10 percent. However, they can't hide the physiological effects of alcohol from an officer who is trained in administering the HGN test because HGN is an involuntary reaction and the individual has no control over it." While the students administered the HGN test, they were looking for several clues: lack of smooth pursuit, distinct nystagmus where the sclera, or white part of the eye is not visible when the subject is looking towards the edge of their peripheral vision for four seconds, and the onset of nystagmus before the eye has moved 45 degrees. The students were given time to practice each of the tests on each other and then they administered the tests on volunteer participants who had consumed alcohol. "I really saw a difference from administering the tests Petty Officer 2nd Class Bradley Nguyen blows into a breathalyzer so an instructor can get his blood alcohol content percentage during the standardized field sobriety testing course at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, Jan. 23 to 26. Nguyen is a Master-at-Arms assigned to the 628th SFS.



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628th CES ‘primes the pump’ Staff Sgt. Christopher Pruett prepares a fire suppression diesel engine for hoisting into place at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, Jan. 24. The engine had been overhauled by the Civil Engineering Maintenance, Inspection and Repair Team at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Pruett is a power production craftsman with the 628th Civil Engineer Squadron.

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By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – The $50 billion military health system will plan for its future by slowing the growth rate of health care costs, strengthening partnerships and focusing on prevention, primary care and chronic disease management, the Defense Department’s top health official said this morning. Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and director of the TRICARE Management Activity, addressed some of the 3,000 attendees at the 2012 Military Health System Conference here. The military health system includes more than 133,000 military and civilian doctors, nurses, medical educators, researchers, health care providers, allied health professionals and health administration personnel around the world. “The federal government, the Department of Defense and the military health system are at an inflection point,” Woodson said. “We must begin to plan for how our system will operate in the long term.” In the background of everything that will be discussed at the conference this week, the vascular surgeon said, is the question of resources and prioritization. Slowing the growth rate of health care costs, Woodson added, “will require a new commitment to collaboration among the services, where joint interests exist to reduce redundancy and waste.” The military health system, he said, will expand partnerships and implement major initiatives addressing patient-centered medical homes, tobacco and obesity reduction, patient safety improvements and system-wide innovation. A patient-centered medical home is a team-based way to care for a patient led by a personal physician who provides coordinated care throughout the patient's life, Woodson explained. “We are in the second full year of implementing the patientcentered medical home,” he said. “The early returns, with 2 million beneficiaries enrolled in medical homes, are very encouraging.” Fully functional medical homes are improving the delivery of preventive services, reducing inappropriate emergency room use and hospitalizations, and improving patient care experiences, he added. Woodson said he will announce a new multi-year program this year to help service members deal with tobacco use and obesity. “Our service members are using tobacco and tobacco products at a much higher rate than their peers in the civilian sector,” he said, and entry-level service members and retirees tend to develop weight problems. “We have the legal, statutory, moral and financial responsibility for care of retirees,” Woodson said, “and we must ensure that they maintain their health.” This month, Woodson said, he will announce the implementation of a new comprehensive safety model for the military health system, establishing a performance model that is the best in the country. “We have already shown on the battlefield that we have the ability to rapidly process information, understand best practices and disseminate them into the worldwide medical community,” he said. “We need to do the same in patient safety practices.” Innovation is not a new concept in the Defense Department or in the military health system, Woodson said, “but we’ve got to undertake the process of innovation in a more strategic manner.” To that end, he added, “I’ve tasked our innovation team with responsibility for finalizing and disseminating the knowledge sharing system within the military health system, open to the entire community and easily accessible so we can communicate across the enterprise and across silos.”

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Providing better care at reduced costs with improved outcomes and a focus on prevention, primary care and chronic disease management is not the role of doctors, nurses and pharmacists alone, Woodson said, but requires the work of the entire military community. “We have engaged Gallup and Healthways to look at measures of overall community wellness and their insights into how communities can change behaviors,” he said. “We will move from health care to health by involving a larger set of partners.” Strengthening partnerships is one way the military health system is preparing for the future. “With the Department of Veterans Affairs, we have one overarching committee called the Joint Executive Committee,” said Jo Ann Rooney, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. “That’s where we address the large issues facing us between the two departments,” she added, “not only involving health care, but also how we continue to support service members and their families.” One issue involves facilities, Rooney said, in determining “how the Defense Department can best use its resources and dollars to jointly develop facilities that take us … into the future focused on the idea of health as well as health care.” Other issues include how to streamline disability and evaluation processes and how to best address pharmacy use. “It’s not just about specific formulary or nonformulary drugs,” Rooney said. “It’s about shaping behavior so that we can best use our resources in pharmacy and pharmaceuticals to support warfighters and their families.” Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, a registered nurse, said the Army has executed the health care mission with remarkable success through trying times, but that’s not good enough. Despite a 90.1 percent survival rate in Afghanistan and 2011 investments of $315 million in enhanced behavioral health programs and $50 million in patient-centered care, Horoho described Army health problems still to be addressed. In 2011, she said, more than 21,460 Army soldiers were medically nondeployable, 2,290 sexual assaults – which Horoho considers a medical problem – occurred, 278 soldiers committed suicide, and one soldier died from rabies, a preventable disease. “My challenge and my personal belief,” she said, “is that we can be better. We absolutely must be better.” The Internet and social media also will play a role in improving health, not just health care, for service members and their families, Horoho said. In the future of military medicine, Horoho said she sees the support of military leadership, family and friends and outreach to patients through the Internet and social media with health care apps for vital signs, behavioral health and chronic disease management. “Should we continue to invest in brick and mortar to enable our 100 minutes of health care,” she said, “or should we arm our beneficiaries with a Bluetooth-enabled scale and bloodpressure cuff for their home?” Such technology will become more and more influential, she said. “World class health care is what we do. We do it well, and we have international recognition for that,” the Army surgeon general said. “But we have to focus on health” – what Horoho calls the 99 percent of a patient’s life that occurs when they’re not spending 100 minutes at their annual medical appointment. For military health patients, health happens between the 100-minute medical visits, Horoho said, “and that is where we as individuals, we as the military health system and we as a nation absolutely must go.”


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Reducing energy demand increases effectiveness, official says By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – The Defense Department’s announcement of $18 million to fund six military programs designed to reduce energy demand is primarily about increasing military effectiveness, a senior Pentagon official said. “The real reason to do this is for military effectiveness to give our forces better tools, better capability and less risk,” said Sharon E. Burke, assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs. Though one of the outcomes will be that the department will save money, she added, “this is ultimately about giving our forces a better capability, taking risk out of the system, [and] putting fewer lives at risk moving fuel around.” DOD teams representing the military services will lead the programs, Burke said. “What these six programs focus on is reducing the demand for energy on the battlefield,” she explained. “How do you actually get the job done with less energy – with less fuel, more to the point?” Burke’s office provided the following details on the programs: – The Innovative Cooling Equipment Development/Demonstration Program will receive $2.5 million as it seeks to reduce fuel consumption for heating and cooling by 10 to 30 percent, translating to fewer fuel convoys on the battlefield and reduced risk; – The Navy Expeditionary Technology Transition Program is slated to receive $3.19 million for research aimed at making significant advances in heating and cooling technologies to reduce fuel consumption for heating and cooling by 20 to

50 percent; – The Advanced, Energy Efficient Shelter Systems for Contingency Basing and Other Applications program will receive $5.997 million as its program team works to demonstrate and transition shelter systems that will reduce the heating and cooling required by 50 percent while providing improved capabilities and quality of life; – The Super Energy Efficient Containerized Living Unit Design and Development program will receive $1 million as the program team works to redesign existing containerized living units and to develop a new highly efficient units, beginning in Djibouti, where they seek to reduce energy use in renovated units by 54 to 82 percent; – The Transformative Reductions in Operational Energy Consumption program is slated to receive $3.85 million as it works to identify and assess new and existing technologies that would reduce the energy demand of expeditionary outposts in tropical environments. Its goal will be to reduce total energy use of forward operating bases in these environments by 50 percent in 2016; and – The Operation Enduring Freedom Energy Initiative Proving Ground program will garner $1.425 million as it works to establish a baseline for energy and fuel use in expeditionary operations in Afghanistan as it seeks to rapidly analyze the effect of energy-related technologies on fuel consumption and determine which provide the highest operational impact and the best return on investment for deployment in Operation Enduring Freedom. “So all of these programs are looking at how to lighten the fuel sustainment, lighten the footprint, for our deployed forces,” Burke said. “The reason that we chose this is there have been a number

of really important studies, including one done by the Marine Corps, and one done by the [Army] Corps of Engineers for me,” she explained. “[These studies] identified that we’re wasting a huge amount of fuel on the battlefield, and that a lot of it goes to generators and to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.” Burke noted one study said 75 percent of the generator power goes to air conditioning and heating, while another demonstrated “anywhere from 20 percent to upwards of 50 percent of the fuel used at any given location in places like Afghanistan may be going to generators and heating and cooling.” She also cited a Marine Corps study from 2011 stating heating and air conditioning accounted for 13 percent of its total fuel demand in Afghanistan and 46 percent of its electrical demands. “So a lot of it’s wasting, and it’s a huge target area,” Burke said. “But it’s not an area that the department has focused a lot of research, development, testing and evaluation in. So that was why we wanted to target these specific areas.” Burke noted the funding of these programs is just one part of the Defense Department’s efforts to improve energy use toward a more effective and capable force. “This is a research, development, test and evaluation effort,” she said. “But we’re also seeing this in the requirements process, the acquisition process, in contracting [and] in rapid fielding to forces in the fight. “We’re doing all this because we really think this will help us meet the defense mission,” she continued, “particularly, the changing defense mission, as we go forward. So this is part of a broader effort across the department.”

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Defense Department launches website for military children By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – The Defense Department launched a new website today for children experiencing the challenges of military deployments. The highly interactive website, www.MilitaryKidsConnect .org, was created by psychologists at DOD's National Center for Telehealth and Technology here. It helps children of deployed parents cope with the stress, changing responsibilities, and concern for the safety of their parents, officials said. The center, known as T2, developed the website with informative videos, educational tools, and engaging games and activities for three age groups: 6 to 8, 9 to 12 and 13 to 17. The site features monitored online social network forums for the groups to safely share their experiences with deployments. is the first DOD website to connect children in the widely separated active, reserve, and National Guard military communities, officials said. "Since 2001, an estimated 2 million children have said goodbye to a parent headed to deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan, other places around the globe, and on ships at sea," explained Kelly Blasko, a T2 psychologist. "Military children are deeply affected by the separation of their parent's deployment. We've seen that in their hearts, kids deploy too." The website has features that will help children, parents, and educators navigate the wide range of practical and emotional challenges military families must live with throughout the deployment cycle, Blasko said. "While military children are very adaptable given the constant changes and stressful nature of military life," she added, "deployment puts a unique stress on family relationships at home, which can also affect the deployed service member. The DOD now has a website to help the youngest members of the military community." The National Center for Telehealth and Technology serves as the primary DOD office for cutting-edge approaches in applying technology to psychological health.

Official outlines absentee voting options By Lisa Daniel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – Federal officials are urging military members, their families and other Americans living outside the United States to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. Both can be done easily by downloading a federal postcard application on the Federal Voting Assistance Program website, Bob Carey, the program's director, said in an interview today with the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service. A digital "wizard" takes applicants through the process in about five minutes, allowing them to avoid the 390-page federal voting assistance guide, and provides a preprinted, stamped envelope for the application that must be signed and mailed back to the appropriate voting registrar, the program's Carey said. Several states allow signed applications to be faxed or scanned, then emailed in, including Florida, where 14 counties used online ballot delivery for yesterday's presidential primary election. Some 800 service members downloaded ballots for the election, Carey noted. Service members should update their address on the site every time they change duty stations and before deployment or upon their return, Carey said. "The big thing is sending the ballot back," he emphasized, noting that delivery can encounter delays. "As soon as you get your ballot, try to send it back." Most states allow registration very close to Election Day, which is Nov. 6 for federal offices. However, because most ballots are due back by the election, Carey recommended using a federal write-in absentee ballot,

available on the website, for those who haven't received their postcard application within 45 days of the election. The FVAP website includes deadlines for registration, state voting laws, sample ballots and absentee ballots for every state, Carey said. "We've really expanded the online delivery systems by working closely with the states," he said. "We can reduce delays from 20 to 30 days to 20 to 30 milliseconds." Several states, including California, are moving toward full online applications by automatically using driver's license signatures, he said. Program officials are working to make voting easier for troops and civilians overseas, whether by working with states to improve voting laws, or by easing the process, Carey said. "We have worked closely with all the states," he said, including sending letters about legislation affecting voting to every state. Carey has testified before legislatures in Minnesota, South Carolina, Texas and New York already this year. "We will go wherever we need to, to get these laws changed so that the military and overseas voters can have adequate opportunities" to vote, he said. The program's workers also are making practical improvements, including sending computer printers and ink cartridges to all combat outposts and forward operating bases to ensure an easy application process, Carey said. And the efforts are paying off, he added. After sending 2.2 million emails about absentee voting in January, 60,000 postcard applications have been downloaded so far this year, compared to 90,000 in all of 2010, Carey said. The program also d sends out reg-

ular voting tips to people who "like" the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Facebook page, he said. "We've really had a banner year this year in getting the word out, letting people know they have these opportunities and how to successfully use them," Carey said. A Pew Center report issued last week shows substantial improvement for military and overseas voters, Carey said, concluding that this year will see substantially fewer registration and absentee voting problems than in the past. Some problems the program has worked to alleviate include getting laws passed in every state requiring that absentee ballots be mailed out at least 45 days before an election and doing away with requirements that a notary public or a voter from the same state must

witness an absentee vote, Carey said. "The problem is, these are very complex election systems that develop over decades," he said. "It's not like we can change one small part without changing the rest." But, he added, "that's what we do – we work with these state legislatures to help them figure out how to do that." Most importantly, Carey said, more service members are voting, with participation up 21 percent between 2006 and 2010, including a 33 percent rise in voting among 18- to 24year-olds, who traditionally have the lowest voter turnout. In 2010, voting among military members was 46 percent, compared to 45.5 percent in the civilian population, he said. "Everyone has a right not to vote," he said. "But if they want to vote, we want make sure they have every opportunity to vote."



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Events 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 guest, 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. 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 ❏ 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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Events Feb. 6 ❏ Transition Assistance Program (TAP): 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, Feb. 8 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., will provide information about the latest tax changes and every facet of individual income tax preparation. 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 guest, 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, Feb. 14 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., ensures designated command personnel have the necessary education and training to successfully fulfill their roles as command sponsors. 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.

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❏ 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: for Military Families is the Defense Department's official, online, on-demand tutoring and homework help service for military members and their families.

❏ 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 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.

Movie Schedule: Weapons Station Movie Theater: Call 764-7516 for show times. Admission is free. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each showing. ❏ 50/50: Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m., Rated R ❏ Puss in Boots: Feb. 4, 5 p.m., Rated PG ❏ 50/50: Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., Rated R ❏ Puss in Boots: Feb. 12, 2 p.m., Rated PG

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The Patriot • February 3, 2012

SecAF visits Colorado Springs, highlights budget priorities By Auburn Davis Air Force Space Command Public Affairs COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley received a warm welcome from the local community here Jan. 27 during remarks at the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce to approximately 40 local community, military and business leaders. Donley said his trip to Colorado Springs provided a chance to visit with local leaders and highlight the strategic priorities and choices made by the Air Force and Department of Defense for fiscal 2013 and beyond. "We will reduce our force structure," he said. "We will prioritize readiness, and we intend to preserve our investments in key programs that are crucial to

future Air Force capability." Donley explained that the Air Force has made difficult choices by sacrificing size to ensure a highquality force in support of new strategic guidance. "This is hard, but it is manageable," he said. The secretary stressed that taking care of Airmen is a top priority. He said that it is not the hardware or equipment of the services that make mission success possible, but rather it is the people. Donley explained that all the branches of military service are essential and make up a ready and capable force. "It is the Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines that make all this work," he said. "We have become a stronger joint force over the last 10 years, since 9/11, and stronger as a joint team than we have ever been."

Space Foundation CEO Elliot Pulham (right) explains the foundation's headquarters renovation to Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley during his visit to Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 27, 2012. Donley was in Colorado to welcome President Obama to Buckley Air Force Base, near Aurora, Colo., on Jan. 26, 2012, and to discuss Defense Department budget priorities with local community, military and business leaders. U.S. Air Force photo / Duncan Wood

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Official cites innovation as hallmark of future force By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – The same budget constraints that are helping to produce a smaller, more agile and technologically enabled joint force by 2020 also will drive the growth of innovation in the Defense Department, a senior Pentagon official said today. "We have objectives for the United States as a leader in the international environment that are aggressive," said Kathleen Hicks, deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans and forces, in an interview with the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service. To achieve such objectives, U.S. forces and other instruments of national power must think through innovative approaches for executing their mission, Hicks said. "I think you'll see an era of real innovation – a transformation, we would have called it maybe 20 years ago in the U.S. military," she said. Innovations, she said, are under way in the cyber domain and in space, as well as in the Navy-Air Force air-sea battle concept, in which air and naval forces integrate capabilities across domains. They're also taking place in missile defense,

and in leveraging advantages in undersea warfare and in prompt global strike – an effort to develop a system that can deliver a precision conventional weapon strike anywhere in the world within an hour, she added. Other new approaches acknowledge realities of the recent defense budget preview delivered Jan. 26 at the Pentagon by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The preview provided a first-order representation of the hard choices involved in implementing President Barack Obama's defense strategy guidance, she said, including cutting force structure, drawing down ground forces, maintaining the current focus in the Middle East and increasing the commitment in Asia. Partnerships and smaller footprints will take up the slack for the Defense Department in places such as Africa and Latin America, where the Budget Control Act has curtailed growth in military capacity building, Hicks said. "The net effect on an area like Africa should be relatively minimal," she added. "The strategy clearly calls for the United States military to continue to engage with nations throughout the world – like-minded nations that have common values and can help us partner in areas like counterpiracy and counterter-

rorism and humanitarian and disaster relief – and certainly that applies in regions such as Africa ... and Latin America." In those regions, Hicks said, the Defense Department "will continue to ensure that combatant commanders are resourced so they can engage effectively." The strategy, she added, calls for defense leaders to think about low-cost, small-footprint approaches to doing that. "And frankly," she added, in both [U.S. Southern Command and the U.S. Africa Command], we already undertake a lot of innovative, small-footprint approaches, and we'll continue to explore new ways to do that." In areas of increasing importance, such as Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean region, DOD is seeking new ways to partner, Hicks said. In Australia, she noted, there will be a rotational deployment of U.S. service members part of the year, and growing opportunities to operate and train with an ally. "That will really be the hallmark of our approach going forward," Hicks said. An agreement with Singapore, she added, will base four U.S. littoral combat ships there. "These seemingly small investments are incredibly beneficial in terms of what we get and what the partners get in terms of engagement and stability," Hicks said.

Agency sends Super Bowl party food to Afghanistan By Nick Sistrun Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support PHILADELPHIA – When U.S. military forces serving in Afghanistan watch the New England Patriots and New York Giants battle it out in this year's Super Bowl, they can enjoy a wide variety of home-style American finger foods, thanks to the efforts of the Defense Logistics Agency. The agency has shipped thousands of pounds of mozzarella cheese sticks, jalapeno poppers, chicken mini bites, chicken wings, pork and beef meatballs, turkey wings, chili, pizza, french fries, onion rings, potato chips and nonalcoholic beer to forces downrange. DLA Troop Support employees here began planning for the Super Bowl meal in June. "We take pride in providing deployed service members with memorable meals for special occasions," said Navy Rear Adm. David Baucom, DLA Troop Support commander. "It can cer-

tainly be a morale booster for those serving in Afghanistan to savor a taste of home while watching one of America's most celebrated sporting events." From its headquarters here, DLA Troop Support ensures that soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines around the world have high-quality, nutritious meals daily. As a Defense Department combat support agency, DLA provides the services, other federal agencies and joint and allied forces with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services. The agency sources and provides nearly 100 percent of the consumable items America's military forces need to operate -- from food, fuel and energy to uniforms, medical supplies, and construction and barrier equipment. DLA also supplies more than 80 percent of the military's spare parts. With headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Va., DLA has about 27,000 employees worldwide and supports nearly 2,200 weapon systems.

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02-03-2012 The Patriot (Joint Base Charleston)  

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