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Friday, March 11, 2011

JB CHS annual motorcycle safety event - riding season is here By Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs All Joint Base Charleston's military members who drive motorcycles must attend this year's annual motorcycle safety briefing Mar. 25 at 8:30 a.m. at the Joint Base Charleston Air Base theater. After the hour-long brief, riders will have the opportunity to participate in a motorcycle mentoring ride throughout the Lowcountry ending at Marrington Plantation on JB CHS Weapons Station. "Although the safety event is not mandatory for civilians and dependents who ride motorcycles, the motorcycle safety brief is highly recommended," said Stuart Wyatt, 628th Air Base Wing chief of ground safety. "No matter how often you ride your bike, you'll still learn something." The motorcycle safety brief will satisfy JB CHS military rider's annual safety requirement. Approximately 200 bikers participated in last year's safety briefing, and this year the safety office expects at least double that number, said Master Sgt. Robert Carman, 628 ABW Traffic Safety manager. "This year's safety event is going to be more in-depth and longer than last year's," Sergeant Carman said. "We are going to the North Charleston Coliseum to experience a motorcycle rodeo by the North Charleston Police Department motor patrol. The motor patrol will discuss motorcycle safety tips and South Carolina's motorcycle laws. Then we'll ride to the Navy's outdoor recreation facility, Short Stay, where we will eat and have a safety briefing from a comedian to put a lighter note on a serious subject."

The topics to be discussed are protective equipment, avoiding accidents, bike maintenance and suspension setup. "Motorcycles are set up to fit 150 pound riders when you first purchase your bike," Mr. Wyatt said. "If you weigh more than 150 pounds, your bike's suspension is set up wrong which can cause an accident. We want to make sure you know how to adjust your suspension to fit your size and your style of riding." Motorcyclists are encouraged to read their motorcycle owner's manuals, or MOMs, in order to become familiar with a bike’s operation and to avoid a crash, he said. "Motorcyclists account for 1 to 2 percent of all military drivers and account for 40 to 50 percent of non-combat related deaths," Mr. Wyatt said. In 2009, there were more Marines killed riding motorcycles than in combat according to safety records, he said. "That's a huge concern for the military," Mr. Wyatt said. "Doing annual safety briefings, ensuring the proper training is conducted and safety events like this have lowered the military death rate from military motorcycle accidents. Safety is the number one concern in the motorcycle world and that's why we take it so seriously." Members of the Air Force Safety Center and the Green Knights motorcycle club will be supporting the event and providing safety briefs. There will be a bike show for riders to show off their motorcycles. The four categories of bikes will be sport, standard, touring and custom. A plaque will be presented to the 'best of show' bike. Before the ride, a base chaplain will say a 'blessing of

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One hundred thirty-four bikes sit in the parking lot of the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base theater as members of JB CHS receive an annual mandatory briefing, kicking off Air Mobility Command’s Spring Safety Focus, March 19, 2010. More than 200 participants from Joint Base Charleston showed up to compete in a "best in show" contest and had the opportunity to participate in a motorcycle mentoring ride to the Navy Recreation Facility, Short Stay, after the meeting.

the bikes' to ensure a safe trip, Sergeant Carman said. "The reason for the ride is to make learning fun," he said. "Yes, we can throw all motorcycle riders in a room and show them a power point presentation on safety, but how many people will actually want to attend? Even though it is mandatory for some, we want to make it as entertaining as possible and full of information. We want to encourage riders to be safe."

Airman returns from USMC Staff NCO Academy By 2nd Lt. Susan Carlson Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs If you’re looking for a challenge, Master Sgt. Steve Hart, 628th Security Forces first sergeant, can fill you in on a tough one: the U.S. Marine Corps Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy Advanced Course held at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. While this is not the typical or most popular route for Air Force Senior NCOs when it comes to professional military education, it is an option, and a demanding one at that. “I was on the alternate list to our [Air Force] SNCO Academy. Once you’re on the list for the SNCO Academy you can apply to any other service academy, and the one that intrigued me the most was the Marines,” said Sergeant Hart. “The two reports I saw said ‘physically demanding’.” Sure enough, once Sergeant Hart put in his application to the Air Force Personnel Center he received a phone call with one main question. “They called me and said ‘what is your PT

started, I was the only sisscore?’ and I said 100, so they ter service individual in said okay, and they let me go,” attendance.” Sergeant Hart recalls. The academics of the Bright and early Monday school are completely morning on the first day of class Sergeant Hart along with more Marine oriented, said than 90 other Marine SNCOs Sergeant Hart. In order to grasp a basic understandtook the Marine physical fitness ing of what the instructest, which is based on a scale of tors were referring to, he 300 and consists of a three mile had to do a lot of reading run, as many pull-ups you can during his off time, as do and two minutes of sit-ups. much of the tactics, terms Then the real work began; Courtesy photo and reports were Marine nearly nine weeks of constant Master Sgt. Steve Hart academic, leadership and fit- 628th Security Forces first sergeant Corps based and completely foreign to him. ness evaluation with the ultiThankfully, the instructors were more mate goal of graduating individuals “with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume than willing to help without any hesitation, leadership roles of greater responsibility,” even after hours, Sergeant Hart added, as he according to the USMC Staff NCO had little background on Marine Corps administration. Unlike Air Force academics, Academy Advanced Course website. “I thought it was definitely beneficial to students were constantly being evaluated on see how another service conducts, not only their leadership abilities and the personal their senior NCO academy, but themselves skills each individual brought to the group. as well,” Sergeant Hart said. “Of the 92 that However, despite the differences,

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The 628th Medical Group will close March 22 at 11:30 a.m. and will re-open March 23 for normal business hours. Please plan accordingly.

National Prayer Breakfast Join your fellow Airmen for a morning of good food and fellowship at the Charleston Club, March 15, at 8 a.m. for the National Prayer Breakfast. The Key Note speaker is Air Force Brig. Gen. David Cyr, deputy chief of chaplains. Tickets are $6 and available through the Chapel and the First Sergeants.

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Sergeant Hart was able to gain great information from the USMC Academy, both in the classroom and out, that he will use to better himself as an Airman and a leader. The Advanced Course teaches graduates how to advise subordinates in stress management, the performance evaluation system, financial planning and more. In addition, the course instructs the graduates in warfighting skills, applying the fundamentals of offensive and defensive tactics according to the website. While this may not directly relate to Air Force capabilities, Sergeant Hart was still able to obtain valuable lessons. The group conducted a field exercise where they spent a week writing orders and planning an engagement and during the next week, simulated the scenario of attack. “I gained a lot from that. I was able to observe my peers and how they acted and reacted – it was a great opportunity to see what the Marine infantry guys can do and actually understand what our sister services are capable of,” Sergeant Hart said. See NCO Academy, Page 10

Change of Command set for Col. Wood Mark your calendar as Col. John M. Wood will relinquish command of the 437th Airlift Wing to Col. Erik. W. Hansen, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Bldg. 578 on JB CHS – Air Base.

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Commentary by Col. Steven Chapman 315th Airlift Wing commander As commander of the 315th Airlift Wing here at Joint Base Charleston, I sometimes wonder how many people actually know what we, in the Air Force Reserve, bring to the fight. We wear the same uniform, we use the same equipment, we maintain the same training requirements, and we proudly serve side by side on deployments, in times of war and during humanitarian emergencies. We are virtually indistinguishable in just about every way, so why does the Air Force have an active duty and Reserve force? In a nutshell, the Air Force Reserve is a force multiplier. Throughout the Air Force you'll find Reservists in every career field and every theater of operations. You'll find our Reservists working as security forces, as firefighters on the flight line, aircraft maintainers in the hangars and on the flight line, air crew members, logisticians, aerial port specialists, administrative specialists, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Intel, medical specialists and more. While fulfilling about 20 percent of the Air Force's capability, the Reserves consumes only about 4 percent of the total Air Force budget – the cost/benefit speaks for itself. Of the almost 72,000 authorized Reservists in the Air Force, roughly 2,500 make up the 315. But who are the men and women behind the 315th Airlift Wing's patch? As Reservists, they

While this is a delicate balancing act, the added pressures are taken on freely by Reservists. Imagine being “Reservists must called to the base to work on an constantly address three essential mission then discover your civilian employer is not happy key components of their because you have been spending "too personal and profesmuch time away" from your job. It sional lives, often called happens, and happens a lot. This balancing act requires clear the reserve triad.” communication, effective utilization of Col. Steven Chapman the Reservist's time (remember, 315th Airlift Wing commander Reservists have the same training requirements as any Airmen) and an overwhelming desire to serve. Despite really are not part time Airmen; they are citithese demands, our Reservists answer our zen Airmen who often put their civilian lives nation's call with the same quality and dedicaand careers on hold to serve in uniform and tion as our active duty brothers and sisters here they do it in superb fashion. at Joint Base Charleston. Regardless of their A typical Reserve aircrew member spends career field, I am always impressed by their approximately 120 days a year participating while a maintainer or ground support personnel commitment to serve their country, and in many participates approximately 80 days a year. This cases, put their lives on the line while doing so. After serving in the Air Force Reserve for is a tremendous amount of time when you consider these same people work roughly 240 days about 30 years now, I am pleased to see the lines distinguishing active duty and the a year with their civilian employer. Add in Reserve blur while not losing our "Reserve" family obligations and this becomes a balancidentity. We train the same and we fight the ing act of immense portions. Reservists must constantly address three key same. We serve for the same reasons – for love of country and freedom. I am proud of our components of their personal and professional Reservists' ability to answer our nation's call lives, often called the Reserve triad. A Reservist must balance the needs of family, the with the same quality and dedication as our active duty brothers and sisters at Joint Base needs of a civilian employer and also meet Charleston. stringent reserve requirements.

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Personal safety nets ... a must pay bill By Maj. David Joerres 628th Communications Squadron commander As the world continues to struggle through this global economic recession, I wanted to take a moment to talk about resources. Specifically, the most finite and fixed of resources ... time. The thing about time is that whether you're a four-star general, the most junior service member, or a newborn child, we all have the same amount - just 24 hours a day. It's arguably the most precious resource we have and consequently we need to be judicious in how we "spend" it. I'd ask that we consciously invest some of it in building our own personal safety nets. How many times have you found yourself day dreaming about the perfect life you wish you had? The one where your house is always clean, the kids always get along, your spouse always agrees with you, and somehow the bills find a way to pay for themselves. Then the phone rings and snaps you back to reality where there are groceries to buy, the kids are hungry, tired and bored and the car's in the shop ... again. It's easy to fall into the Disney dream where a fairy godmother or a knight in shining armor saves the day and everything wraps up with a neat and happy ending. But as we all know, Disney isn't real. Sooner or later life is going to throw us some hard punches. It's

not a question of if, but rather when, how many and how fast. Despite our best efforts, we simply can't control life. Loved ones pass away, relationships fail, illnesses strike ... these are the realities that come with the ups and downs of life. While we can't control these things, we can control how we react to them and how we ready ourselves to absorb their inevitable impact. Accepting that, we need to prepare for them, but how? The answer is through the construction of our own personal safety nets ... safety nets viewed through the lens of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness. As many of us discussed during our Feb. 18 Wingman Day, Comprehensive Airmen Fitness is an approach geared towards improving our individual and collective resiliency. Personally, I view it as a good way to describe that critical emotional safety net that keeps me on my feet in spite of life's punches. I look at it this way; my safety net's frame has four pillars (or posts) that serve to suspend and anchor it: physical fitness, social fitness, mental fitness and spiritual fitness. While my safety net will still cushion my fall if one or two of my pillars aren't as solid, it's easy to see that it'll work best with all four pillars fully in place and firmly planted. So it's in my best interest to invest some of my 24hour day in keeping the foundation of all of my pillars solid and

in good shape. Pillars alone though, won't do the trick as I still need my net. My safety net is where the five "C's" of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness (care, commit, connect, communicate and celebrate) come into play. Teammates (my family, friends, coworkers, chaplain, Wingmen and Shipmates) are what make up the fabric of my safety net. They are the people on which I plan to depend and lean on when life throws that next combination of body blows. The key is to invest and strengthen those relationships now so that they'll be there for me when the time comes for me to depend on them down the road. The same is true for you. So how do we build those relationships? We do it by caring for our teammates, respecting them for who they are and for the unique perspectives they bring. We do it by committing to them, letting them know that we'll be there for them in their time of need, just as we know they'll be there for us. And we do it by connecting with them, reaching out to learn what it is they value and understand their unique life circumstances. Caring, committing and connecting are done through communication, and it's through that communication that our teammates will come to know us just as we come to know them. The celebratory piece of the five "C's" then comes naturally to us as we recognize and applaud the personal and professional accomplish-

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ments of our teammates and their families. In bringing this back full-circle, let me revisit that precious resource of time. We're all inundated with an endless stream of suspenses at work; we have personal responsibilities to maintain the house, pay the bills, and keep the car running and yet somehow on top of that, many of us are finding time to pursue degrees. These are all important things and they have to be done. Considering that, you may be thinking you don't have time to solidify your pillars and expand your safety net. What I would ask is can you afford not to? I started this article stating time is arguably the most precious resource we have and that consequently we need to be judicious in how we spend it. Having personally absorbed multiple body blows, shortly followed by a hook and an upper cut when my pillars and safety net weren't in the best of shape, I'm convinced there's a much more precious resource out there ... friendship. True friendships don't happen overnight and they don't happen without effort and sacrifice. But they are the strength of that safety net that allows us to weather the barrage of punches life is guaranteed to throw at us. How could we not choose to spend some of that precious resource of time on the most precious resource of friendship? From where I sit, we simply can't afford not to.

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Ratios can be key in managing money By Master Sgt. Brady Durr Aviation Resource Management Office assistant chief Why do so many people seem to struggle with money? Most likely, it is a lack of understanding how the power of ratios impacts our lives. Thanks to creative marketing, most people habitually consume, never recognizing the impact a single purchase has on a larger scale. We have forgotten the rules-of-thumb to live by concerning spending because lenders no longer care about the consumers' quality of life as much as their track record to pay. These obstacles can be overcome by hard choices and determination. The drive to consume skews the perception of true cost. For example if a person's take home pay is typically $1,200 per month and their cell phone bill is $120 a month, they are spending 10 percent of their pay on a

cell phone. Impulse buys can be are extremely costly. Did you know that a one ounce Slim Jim stick that costs $1 each translates to $16 per pound? A good T-bone steak at the commissary only cost around $7 a pound. A 16 ounce bottle of water at $1 each comes out to $8 per gallon rendering gasoline cheaper than water. Creative marketing can chip away at a consumer's bottom-line unless they adopt some rules of thumb to live by. Money experts' opinions vary on the ratios for living expenses such as rent, mortgages and cars. Some say a home should be 30 percent of take home pay, others say 40 percent to include utilities. However, they all agree that a car expense ratio should not be any greater than 20 percent of take home pay. For example if take home is $1,200 per month, a car payment shouldn't be more than $240. After adding in insurance, fuel and maintenance,

CAREER ASSISTANCE TIP By Master Sgt. Donald Leydig, Career Assistance Advisor Joint Base Charleston's Professional Enhancement Center

Air Force Benefits Fact Sheet How many of you have heard of or seen the Air Force Benefits Fact Sheet? Do you know when you are supposed to see this document? Do you know where you can find a copy of this document or what information is included? The Air Force Benefits Fact Sheet is reviewed every time you are provided a feedback or when you are giving a feedback. This document can be found on MyEDP under the Feedback section, or on the Joint Base Charleston’s Professional Enhancement Center’s Community of Practice. This document provides a review of many of your entitlements and benefits that you have as a military member. It explains military pay and entitlements, the Thrift Savings Plan, retirement pay, education benefits and many other benefits you and your family members have. I encourage you as an Airman and a leader to review this document, print one out and keep it with you. The more you know about your benefits, the more you can pass on during those feedback sessions. If you have any question about this document, or any other career decisions, contact Master Sgt. Donny Leydig, JB CHS – Air Base Career Assistance Advisor at 963-2768, or for Navy personnel, contact Petty Officer 1st Class Bradley Tracy at DSN 764-7261.

NAVY CAREER NOTES By Electronic's Technician 1st Class Brad Tracy Naval Support Activity Career Counselor Let's face it, the Post 9/11 GI Bill can be pretty confusing, and some find it pretty intimidating. Many service members wonder if they should stick with the Montgomery GI Bill or go with the Post 9/11 bill. Others don't even know which program they are eligible for. Then, once they decide, there's the confusion involved surrounding the process of actually signing up for it and transferring benefits. If this sounds like you, visit Navy

Personnel Command's pages dedicated to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. There is information on who is eligible, how to get enrolled, how to transfer benefits and how to use these benefits for your academic institution. NPC even has a new six part video series on how to accomplish all of this. So before you visit the VA website, go to and click on Career Info, Education, then GI Bill. There you will find FAQs, self-assessment checklists, related NAVADMINs and everything else you will need to become well versed on the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

the total quickly approaches the 30 percent mark. By using ratios, it is easy to understand why it is so hard to get ahead with money. However, there are some steps to make money work for you. 1. Give every dollar a purpose with a budget and stop impulse buys. 2. Dump debt first and never look back. Being debt free provides a great sense of freedom. 3. Live on the pay ratios of the grade below you. In other words, when promoted to E-5, maintain the ratios set at an E-4 level. Live within your means. 4. Take 10 percent and pay yourself by investing in a ROTH IRA and the Thrift Savings Plan. Creative marketing techniques seek to extract as much wealth from consumers as possible. Knowing spending ratios and the true cost of items can be tools to turn the tide against marketers and put money in your pocket.

DIAMOND TIPS Commentary by Master Sgt. Brian Collins 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Enforcing Standards is Everyone’s Responsibility How often have you seen someone in uniform with their hands in their pockets? How about wearing their Physical Training uniform with the shirt untucked? These are examples of military members violating standards. When you see these violations, have you corrected them? AFI 36-2618, paragraph 3.1.5. states, "Exhibit professional behavior, military bearing, respect for authority and high standards of dress and personal appearance, on and off duty. Correct other Airmen who violate standards." We've all seen these types of standards violations and we're all guilty of not always correcting them on the spot. Sometimes we are in a hurry or we don't want to face a possible confrontation. We might also believe that it's someone else's job to take care of it. These are not good excuses when it comes to ensuring we all exhibit professional behavior and appearance. Every time we fail to correct a violation, we effectively lower the standard. Most military members do not start the day with the intention of violating standards. We might overlook something like the name tag we took off of our service coat for the semi-formal event and forgot to put back on the next time we wear our Full Service Dress. Or maybe we have a hard time keeping up with the changes and simply aren't aware of a new requirement, like tucking in our PTU shirt. Don't put a negative spin on correcting other Airmen who are violating standards. You are helping them out. What if you were the person that was walking around with your PTU shirt untucked or in your full service dress without a name tag without realizing it? I imagine you would rather be corrected by your Wingman than by senior leadership in your squadron, group or wing. So what do I hope you take away from this commentary? The quote in the first paragraph is from Chapter 3, "Junior Enlisted Airman Responsibilities." The first line in this chapter states "Junior enlisted Airmen must...," followed by the list of responsibilities (including paragraph 3.1.5.). My hope is that after reading this you understand that as soon as you earn the rank of Airman Basic, you are already expected to ensure you and the people around you are meeting the standard, a responsibility that never goes away.

Reflections of a chief's devotion By Senior Master Sgt. Juan Benavidez 376th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron WASHINGTON – Today I witnessed what I believe is the best chief in the Air Force. He is a most selfless chief; one who truly cares for his Airmen. It is fresh in my mind so I am writing this down so that I may never forget. On Feb. 28, my traffic management office team was processing weapons for deployers who were fighting in Afghanistan. These warriors saw their fair share of combat. Our task was to ship their weapons home, so they could get to their decompression training quickly and get home to their families, whom they had not seen for more than a year. While going through some advance paperwork, I noticed that some of the weapons were for killed in action Airmen. Nevertheless, we met their chief at the

processing point to transfer weapons from his unit to our team TMO. Any Airman or NCO could have validated serial numbers to transfer weapons, but it was the chief who took on this task. It was evident that he was tired. His team had arrived about six hours earlier, and I'm sure his team was already settled in and bedded down. Not the chief. This was one more task this chief performed for his team – selfless. As we were validating weapons and serial numbers, the chief eventually came across the weapon of one of his KIA Airmen. He paused. Then he told us how the Airman had fallen. We went through a couple more weapons and he came across the weapon of one of his wounded Airmen, and he told us how that warrior sustained injuries. He then opened up a case and stopped what he was doing.

The chief was visibly shaken. In his hand, he held the KIA Airman's orders, which appeared to have blood on them. He didn't say a word; I could see his hand trembling. He read off the serial number, and we proceeded. After we had processed about 60 weapons, my team proceeded to load them in our truck. The chief stepped away from me and began to help us load the weapons – selfless. I could not believe this chief was trying to help the TMO team load weapons. As respectfully as I could, I told the chief we would take care of everything. I was not going to take no for an answer. He could easily have pulled rank, but I believe he knew how important it was for us to serve him, and for that, I appreciate the chief. I thought all night about what happened, and realized how lucky our country is to have this chief serving.

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NMCRS helps with financial burdens By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer Hudson Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs In the course of a lifetime, unexpected events happen. These events can be breath-taking, joyous and unfortunately, sometimes devastating. For more than 100 years, the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society has been here to offer Sailors and Marines their services, providing financial assistance in order to help individuals through life's unexpected 'bumps-in-the-road.' "My job and primary goal is to help Sailors and Marines reach financial self-sufficiency," said David Hastings, director of NMCRS on Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station. "We can help them reach self sufficiency through services such as budgeting guidance and raising their awareness about financial stability overall." Many Sailors and Marines may feel as though they are financially sound when dealing with costly events such as funerals, flights home to reach an ailing family member or even an unexpected car repair. However, many of those same individuals often find themselves falling victim to predatory lenders or other fast money lenders to help them during that time of need. "Unfortunately, a lot of the young Sailors in today's Navy have very little financial experience," said Mr. Hastings. "Predatory lenders with high Annual Percentage Rates targeting these young members bank on the fact that they do not understand how much that APR is going to cost them in the long run. "With the help of Fleet and Family Support Center's financial specialists, we try to raise the level of knowledge in financial stability by providing individuals with both guidance and funds to help them through the time of emergency they are facing at that moment," he continued. NMCRS not only offers loans and grants, but offers their

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newest program to members, the Quick Assist Loan, where members can request up to $300 and receive the funds within 15 minutes with no questions asked. "The QALs is the NMCRS's way of answering the problems we were having with individuals using predatory lenders in order to get themselves out of financial problems," said Mr. Hastings. "We want Sailors and Marines to avoid these places. Here in South Carolina it is actually against the law for any of the money lender services to assist military members with loans having an interest rate more than 35 percent, which is still comparably high in comparison to our loans which have no interest rate at all." For one Sailor, Seaman Stephen Hargis from Navy Munition Command, who found himself in a financial hiccup, NMCRS helped relieve him of his financial burden quickly. "The NMCRS is a great source to reach out to if you should find yourself in a bind," he said. "I have never run into any problems when dealing with them. Do not be afraid to ask for their assistance; they are definitely there to help individuals financially in any way that they can, not to judge people on why they may be asking for the money." According to JB Charleston-WS NMCRS fund drive coordinator, Lt. j. g. William Sever, the NMCRS is one of the many benefits offered to service members that can be used as a quick financial relief to take care of emergency situations. "On average, a service member should be saving up and setting aside at least two months worth of their pay just for emergency purposes," he said. "Unfortunately, that emergency fund only goes so far and a lot of times it's just not enough to cover all the expenses that get thrown at you during those times of need. "NMCRS is not there just for the financially ill-prepared individuals, but for the unlucky ones too," Lieutenant Sever concluded. "Being financially stable is each individual's own responsibility, but for those unexpected bumps in the road, NMCRS will help."

By Tech. Sgt. Marcus Clayton 628th Communications Squadron Effective Oct. 1, 2010, Charleston Air Force Base and Naval Weapons Station Charleston ceased to be two distinct installations and merged to form Joint Base Charleston. Beginning March 21, 2011, the city name of Charleston AFB will be replaced by Joint Base Charleston for all residents on the Air Base side of the installation. The Weapons Station will remain a part of Goose Creek for the foreseeable future. With this new name change, it is imperative that all incoming and outgoing mail be addressed with the Joint Base Charleston city name as shown in the following example: 628th Communications Squadron 103 N. Graves Ave, Bldg 302 Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404 It is each member's and organization's responsibility, including dorm and base housing residents, to inform all correspondents and vendors of this name change. For questions or concerns regarding the name change on official or unofficial mail, contact the Official Mail Center at 963-3281. Crossword answers to puzzle on page 19



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Lt. Col. Todd Hohn’s wife and son stand outside waiting for the return of their dad. More than 130 Airmen returned home safely from their 120-day deployment to Turkey. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt Jennifer L. Flores

A couple embraces on the flight line as members of the 16th Airlift Squadron re-deploy March 3 on Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Staff Sgt. Magic Thomas greets his wife with a kiss March 3 on Joint Base Charleston. Sgt. Magic Thomas returned from a 120-day deployment to the Middle East with the 16th Airlift Squadron.

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Controlled Spend Account travel card training offered By 2nd Lt. Timothy Slechta 628th Air Base Wing Financial Services Flight commander The current Government Travel Card has substantial shortcomings and delinquency management can be burdensome for service members, first sergeants and commanders. The GTC travel card is being replaced by a completely different Controlled Spend Account travel card within the calendar year for all active duty members and civilians where applicable. The 628th Comptroller Squadron is offering training sessions on the new CSA card, March 14 through 18 in the base theater on Joint Base Charleston - Air Base. We encourage all current active duty and civilian GTC cardholders to attend one of the training sessions. For more info, contact 2nd Lt. Tim Slechta at 963-3723 or Larry Wallace at 963-4909.

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Air Force and Navy News Gates urges new Air Force leaders to think creatively U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates urged Air Force Academy cadets here March 4 to have the courage to speak up as they move forward as the next generation of military leaders. "As officers, you will need to show great flexibility, agility, resourcefulness and imagination," Secretary Gates said. "Because your Air Force will face different kinds of conflict than it has prepared for during the past six decades, it will need leaders who think creatively and decisively in the manner of Air Force legends like Billy Mitchell, Hap Arnold, Bernard Schriever and John Boyd. "You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things as you see them to subordinates and superiors alike," he added. Accountability is another important quality for leaders, the secretary told the cadets. "Great leaders embrace accountability in all they do, and are willing to accept criticism from within or outside their organization," Secretary Gates said. "Holding leaders to a high standard of performance and ethics is a credit to the Air Force. But to meet that standard going forward, you must have the discipline to cultivate integrity and moral courage from here at the Academy, and then from your earliest days as a commissioned officer. "Those qualities do not suddenly emerge fully developed overnight, or as a revelation after you have assumed important responsibilities," the secretary continued. "They have their roots in small decisions you will make here and early in your career and must be strengthened all along the way. And you must always ensure that your moral courage serves the greater good, that it serves what is best for the nation and our highest values, not a particular program or ego or service parochialism." Secretary Gates thanked the cadets for choosing the military path in a time of war, knowing they would be at war. "For my part," he said, "know that I feel personally responsible for each and every one of you, as if you were my own sons and daughters, and will for as long as I am secretary of defense. My only prayer is that you serve with honor and return home safely." The secretary plans to retire this year, and told the cadets that today's visit to the Air Force Academy would be his last as defense secretary. After his speech, Secretary Gates, the former president of Texas A&M University, taught a political science seminar and a class on the politics of national security.

Officials announce selections to captain RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Air Force officials selected 276 first lieutenants for promotion during the 2010D Line of the Air Force, Chaplain Corps, Judge

Advocate General Corps, Nurse Corps, Medical Services Corps and Biomedical Sciences Corps quarterly captain selection process. The entire list can be found on the Air Force Personnel Center's public website. The board considered 279 lieutenants for promotion. The results are as follows: Selection statistics in-the-promotion-zone for captain: LAF - 168 selected from 170 considered, for a 98.8-percent select rate LAF-J - 26 selected from 26 considered, for a 100-percent select rate NC - 49 selected from 49 considered, for a 100-percent select rate MSC - 12 selected from 12 considered, for a 100-percent select rate BSC - 19 selected from 19 considered, for a 100-percent select rate Selection statistics above-the-promotionzone for captain: LAF -1 selected from 2 considered, for a 50-percent select rate BSC - 1 selected from 1 considered, for a 100-percent select rate

Teams search for missing Americans in China JOINT BASE PEARL HARBORHICKAM, Hawaii – Cooperative efforts between the United States and China for accounting of Americans missing from the Korean War broadened last month with the arrival of a specially trained archeological team in Guangdong province. The group from the U.S. Joint Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command arrived in China in mid-February. Some 19 JPAC recovery team members will search for 12 missing Americans lost as the result of an alleged November 1950 U.S. aircraft crash, officials said. Recovery teams will search for human remains, life-support items and other material evidence that may further the identification of missing Americans. JPAC is a jointly manned U.S. Pacific Command organization of more than 400 military and civilian specialists that has investigated and recovered missing U.S. service members since the 1970s. The United States and China have cooperated during POW/MIA accounting missions in the past, officials said, with both countries recognizing the significance of these humanitarian operations.

Navy ROTC returns to Harvard WASHINGTON – Department of the Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Harvard University President Drew Faust signed an agreement March 4 that will bring the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program back to Harvard for the first time in 40 years. Under the agreement, the NROTC pro-

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between ironclads occurred when USS Monitor and CSS Virginia exchanged fire.

March 6, 1942 - U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers bombarded Vila and Munda, Solomon Islands, sinking two Japanese destroyers.

March 10, 1948 - The first jets were assigned to an operational squadron (VF5A) on board an aircraft carrier, USS Boxer.

March 7, 1994 - The Navy issued the first orders to women, assigning them aboard a combat ship, USS Eisenhower. March 8, 1958 - The battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) was decommissioned, leaving the Navy without an active battleship for the first time since 1895. March 9, 1862 - The first battle

March 11, 1942 - In a PT boat, Lt. Cmdr. John Bulkeley left the Philippines to take Gen. Douglas MacArthur to Australia. March 12, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated Adm. Ernest King to serve as the Chief of Naval Operations as well as Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet, to which he was appointed Dec. 30, 1941.

gram will have an office on the Harvard University campus. This returns an NROTC presence to Harvard, one of the six original partner institutions of NROTC when the program was established in 1926. "NROTC's return to Harvard is good for the university, good for the military, and good for the country," said the Secretary Mabus. "Together, we have made a decision to enrich the experience open to Harvard's undergraduates, make the military better, and our nation stronger. Because with exposure comes understanding, and through understanding comes strength." "Our renewed relationship affirms the vital role that the members of our Armed Forces play in serving the nation and securing our freedoms, while also affirming inclusion and opportunity as powerful American ideals," Mr. Faust said. "It broadens the pathways for students to participate in an honorable and admirable calling and in so doing advances our commitment to both learning and service." NROTC active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers will meet with Harvard NROTC midshipmen on the Harvard campus during routinely-scheduled office hours. This partnership will enhance the mentoring and development of Harvard NROTC midshipmen and provide an opportunity for the Harvard community to learn more about the Navy and Marine Corps. "The commitment of the university to educating active duty officers and military veterans is absolutely tremendous; more than 100 current members of the university are serving or have served. And it is a relationship that, quite literally since the birth of our nation has benefited and enriched the experience of both Harvard and the military,” said Secretary Mabus. The NROTC program develops young men and women morally, mentally, and physically, and instills in them the highest ideals of honor, courage, and commitment. The program educates and trains young men and women for leadership positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.

MCPON sends Seabee birthday message WASHINGTON – Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West released the following Seabee birthday message to the Fleet March 5. "Shipmates, for 69 years our Navy Seabees have been protecting the nation and serving the U.S. Navy with pride and outstanding dedication. The men and women of the Seabees, have been engaged globally, constructing bases, building airfields, roads, bridges and other support facilities, as well as below the world's oceans and waterways conducting underwater construction. Seabees play a very essential role in supporting the Fleet and Combatant Commands while carrying out our Navy's maritime strategy. I've had the opportunity to visit Bees all

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College degrees can increase Sailors’ advancement percentage PENSACOLA, Fla. – Sailors with college degrees can increase their chances for advancement, according to data provided by the Navy Advancement Center, March 7. According to the NAC data on the September 2009 through September 2010 advancement cycles for E4/5/6, Sailors with a college degree advanced at a rate higher than their counterparts without a degree. For example, on the September 2010 cycle 208 exams, 22.9 percent of Sailors with a degree advanced, while 16.4 percent of Sailors without a degree advanced. "The September 2008 exam cycle was the introduction of education points into the calculations for the E4-E6 final multiple score," said Lt. Cmdr. Jim LeViness, director of the NAC. "This review of the data shows the difference a degree can make, but only if it's combined with sustained, superior performance and excellent test scores. An important point is that degrees must be verified and recorded properly to earn points." Details of the education points process can be found in Naval Administrative Message 301/07. Sailors competing for advancement to paygrades E4 through E6 will be awarded two points for an accredited associate degree, and four points for an accredited baccalaureate degree or above. Education points will be awarded for the highest degree held, and will increase the overall FMS points with no reduction in points from other factors. "According to our data, most of the Sailors with degrees would have advanced even without the education points," said Master Chief Electrician's Mate Jeromie Cook, Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center command master chief. "Education enables and reinforces the critical thinking skills that make a better Sailor, and a more efficient, more technical future force. Education points help, but a degree alone won't get you there. Sailors need to remember that the biggest point makers will always be their evaluations and exam score."

This week in Air Force history Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs March 6, 1972 - American aircraft and warships began heavy, sustained attacks on North Vietnam, the first time since the October 1968 cessation of bombing. March 7, 1942 - The first class of Tuskegee Airmen graduated from U.S. Army Air Force Tuskegee Army Air Field, Ala. March 8, 1965 - Strategic Air Command phased out its first B-52 from the 22nd Bombardment Missile Wing at March Air Force Base, Calif. The bomber went to Chanute Air Force Base, Ill., for use in training.

March 9, 1977 - The 354th Tactical Fighter Wing at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, S.C., received the first A-10 for hands-on-training. March 10, 1959 - A Snark missile flew a several-thousand-mile round trip after launching from Cape Canaveral, Fla. March 11, 1964 The 500th Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile rolled off the assembly line at Air Force Plant No. 77 at Ogden, Utah. March 12, 1915 - 1st Lt. Byron Q. Jones, Cpls. Carl Hale and Robert Houser flew a Burgess-Renault to a three-man duration record of seven hours and five minutes.



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Military spouses: Free training opportunity in the personal finance profession Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation together with the National Military Family Association and The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education are pleased to announce the application period for the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Accredited Financial Counselor Fellowship is now open. This program will provide up to 200 military spouses with the education necessary to enter the financial counseling career field.

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Navy League Charleston honors Sailors The Navy League Charleston honored local area Sailors of the Year at a ceremony held on Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station, Feb. 24. Pictured (left to right) are Lt. Cmdr. Erica Hoffman, executive officer of Nuclear Power Training Unit, Mrs. Howart, Machinist's Mate 1st Class Nicholas Howart, NPTU Sailor of the Year and Master Chief Petty Officer, Wayne Robbins, NPTU command master chief.

Women in Defense luncheon to be held March 25 Chief Master Sgt. Gigi Manning will be the guest speaker at the next Palmetto Chapter of Women in Defense luncheon, March 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chief Manning is the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 315th Airlift Wing on Joint Base Charleston and advises the 315 AW commander on matters influencing the health, morale and welfare of more than 2,500 reserve members, 20 percent of whom have been on long term orders. Reservations are required. RSVP to by March 21. For more information contact Melony Are at Melony.are@thevesper- or 225-0574, or Chris Ward at at 703-589-4538. For chapter information, upcoming events or contact info visit: Women In Defense is a National Security Organization and an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association and cultivates and supports the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security. Part of a non-profit organization, WID was established in 1985 to provide women a formal environment for professional growth through networking, education and career development.

Another simple take away learned from the academy came from outside the classroom – having pride in the service you are in and what it stands for. “I’ve never seen so many stickers on the back of cars,” Sergeant Hart said. “I think it was at least a 50/50 split. They are proud to be Marines, period.” “The Marine mentality is definitely different, if anyone is looking to go from an Air Force school to a Marine school, you’ve got to have thick skin,” Sergeant Hart said. “They are very competitive and Marines are fanatical about being Marines. They are always testing and challenging each other.” But there is one important common denominator. Just like in the Air Force, people still care about people, Sergeant Hart said. “They will correct each other fast, but the attitude is such that only a Marine can pick on a Marine. Don’t let anyone else pick on a Marine; their brotherhood is thick and they are definitely in sync with one another just by the fact they are Marines.” So the question stands then, how can an Air Force member fit into this mix? The answer: physical fitness. “Marines are of the mindset that PT is the basis of everything they do; if you are not doing well at PT, they look at that as a microcosm of everything else,” Sergeant Hart said. With PT conducted three to four times a week, and in “boots and utes,” or in Air Force terms, the Air Battle Uniform without the blouse, it was vital to be, and stay, in excellent shape. “This is where I gained some credibility. Not only did I not quit when a lot of others were quitting, I was able to excel and even compete with them,” he said. And compete he did. Sergeant Hart scored ‘1st Class,’ which equates to the Air Force’s ‘Excellent’ on both the initial PFT as well as the combat fitness test, which is taken near the end of the course and entails a grueling list of events including low craw, high crawl, sprinting, buddy carry, pushups, ammo can carrying and so much more that it’s exhausting just to hear about. Sergeant Hart attributes his success solely to CrossFit, the fitness craze that is sweeping the nation, and what it has done for his physical fitness. “I know I’m a big proponent, but I can honestly say that’s why I was successful,” he said. Through this challenge, both physically and academically, Sergeant Hart was able to bring back to his Air Force career one last and most important thing – leadership skills. The Marine academy sharpens those skills in order to build consistent, quality leaders. Because of the nature of their business, this is absolutely vital – it’s impossible to engage the enemy without that ultimate trust in their leaders. “Rank does matter,” Sergeant Hart said. “But what really matters to them is the brotherhood of Marines. Marines take care of Marines, it is evident in all they do, and that mentality should carry over into the Air Force as well.” When recommending this academy to other SNCOs looking to pursue different service academies for PME Sergeant Hart offered a few tips. “Be physically fit, because it’s a measuring stick for everything else. Be thick skinned because you’ll take a lot of ribbing, and be willing to put in the time to learn – it’s a completely foreign environment,” Sergeant Hart said. “I enjoyed it! I would definitely classify the Academy it as a good experience; it’s just another opportunity the Air Force has given me. The right person can go there and excel without any doubt. You just have to put yourself in the right position,” he said. For more information on the Marine Staff NCO Academy or how to apply, contact Sergeant Hart at 963-3507.


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SSC Atlantic takes part in Lego League state competition Courtesy of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic public affairs SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic sponsored six robotics teams while employees served as volunteers during the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology - Lego League South Carolina state competition, an all-day event held March 5 at the North Charleston Convention Center. The event marked the end of the FIRST Lego challenge for South Carolina. Several teams coached by SSC Atlantic personnel made it to the finals following the Lowcountry regional competition held in late January. SSC Atlantic provided a number of judges and referees, including its highest ranking civilian employee, Technical Director Christopher Miller and Courtesy photo Chief Engineer Bruce The Nano Hawks from Hanahan Middle School anxiously Carter. wait for their score at the For Inspiration and Recognition The competition brought of Science and Technology - Lego League competition together some of South March 5. Carolina's brightest students and gave them a chance to demonstrate their engineering and problem-solving skills, critical thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship and sense of community. Eighty South Carolina FLL teams, featuring children in fourth through eighth grade competed. A record number of children from kindergarten to third grade competed in Junior FLL contests. Sixteen teams competed and showed their Body Forward solutions, including topics such as wheelchair manufacturing, helicopter and boat transportation, the use of various prosthetics, a stress test simulation and a flashing, beating heart. Each team was awarded a certificate and each child an FLL medal. This year's theme, "Body Forward," challenged the children to investigate biomedical engineering. Teams could choose any part of the body or anything related to the body, such as testing diseases or equipment and then had to perform research and build a model featuring a moving piece. For the Junior FLL, the competition required that a piece be moved by hand or motor, and for the Senior FLL, a motorized component was required. The teams also had to make a poster and present their concepts. SSC Atlantic employees participating as judges were Michelle Rehr-Matash and Jessica Eisen. SSC Atlantic personnel who participated throughout this year's competition and coached teams that also went to the state competition were Amanda Womble-Patterson, Karen Cooke, Sarah Leitner, Glenn Hoffman, Tim Gardner, David Kappel, Gabriel Magwood, Solomon Nkwocha, Jack Ellis and Cager Clemon. SSC Atlantic-coached teams winning awards were the Nano Hawks, coached by Ms. Womble-Patterson and Ms. Cooke from Hanahan Middle School who won the Programming second place award, and the Arthrobots, coached by Ms. Leitner, from Marrington Middle School of the Arts, who won the Programming third place award. The Knowbots from Buist Academy were crowned South Carolina champions and are now eligible to compete in the North American Open at Lego Land in Carlsbad, Calif. Participation in Lego League events is only one of the various SSC Atlantic outreach activities designed to inspire, develop and attract the science, technology, engineering and math talent needed to deliver innovative solutions for the nation's and SSC Atlantic's current and future challenges.

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Stroller rollers = fitness fun at Weapons Station Story and photo by Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Brannon Deugan Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs As the morning sun rises, the dew covering the grass begins to evaporate and the barking of the neighborhood dogs begins to fill the silence. A crisp breeze carries a bird's song through the tree branches and the sounds of tires rolling over the payment along with a cadence of footsteps are smothered by joyful laughter of children and boisterous voices of women as they power walk through the base neighborhood, propelling strollers to burn calories and stay fit. Welcome to the Stroller Roller program offered by Joint Base Charleston - Weapon Station's Morale, Welfare and Recreation office. “Stroller roller is a free program which supports active duty family members,” said Nancy Haynsworth, fitness and aquatics coordinator for JB CHS - WS MWR office. “Moms, along with their toddlers and preschoolers, meet for one hour of walking, strength and balance training. The program is offered six times weekly and provides the opportunity for moms who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend exercise programs due to childcare expenses to exercise, bond with their children and meet other military spouses.” “The stroller roller program is the only exercise program available through MWR for parents where child care is not an issue,” said Brittany Casey, the stroller

roller instructor. “Moms are with their children the entire time and the kids seem to really enjoy being able to go for a ride in a stroller.” Some of the benefits of the program are losing weight, promoting physical health and improving emotional well-being. “There is a socializing aspect to the program because it gives mothers an opportunity to get out of the house and spend time with other military spouses and they can relate to each other's stressors,” said Mrs. Casey. “The mothers come out and have fun talking and building relationships Lisa Talbot (left), Nicole Hammock and Nancy Luciani, walk a two-mile course with with each other and that allows their children at Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station, March 2, during the them to have a strong underStroller Roller class offered by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation office. standing friend to confide in.” Exercising in a small group “It is nice for mothers to be able to exercise with the offers emotional benefits such as companionship, motikids while spending quality time with other mothers,” vation and friendship. When children are brought along said Lisa Talbot, a Stroller Roller participant and mother for the ride many of the same benefits can be developed. of two with another on the way. “The kids also get to Children are stimulated from the ride though the neighhave a play date during mom's workout in which they borhood with all the different sights and sounds they get to interact with other kids which typically would not experience as they explore the world around them. happen if we just stayed home.”

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AROUND Mullen urges communities to assist returning troops WASHINGTON – As the men and women who serve in today's military leave active duty, communities around the country should tap their potential as employees for the benefit of the nation, the top U.S. military officer said yesterday. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed hundreds of participants at a meeting here of the National Association of Counties, which provides essential services to the United States' 3,068 counties. Admiral Mullen characterized those fighting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as "a generation wired to serve." "What I'm asking communities to do throughout the country is to recognize ... that they are coming home, recognize that they will be able to deliver a huge upside potential, and in welcoming them back, create a bridge as they transition from this military experience to the experience back home," the admiral said. Admiral Mullen also praised the association for its initiatives in support of service members and their families. Its president, Glen Whitley, created a Veterans and Military Service Task Force to encourage association members to promote innovative programs, services and benefits. "Counties should do what they can to meet the diverse needs of our veterans," Mr. Whitley said in a recent announcement, "and work hard to help service members and families successfully transition after deployment." In April, the theme of National County Government Month will be "Serving Our Veterans, Armed Forces and their Families." Admiral Mullen described the decadesold transition process of service members from the Defense Department to the Veterans Affairs Department and back to their communities. Priorities for these returning service members are education, health care and employment, he said. "I think once you tap it, once you get into creating opportunities for these young men and women, they will continue to serve for decades to come," Admiral Mullen said. "That's not to say that these young men and women won't bring challenges," the chairman acknowledged, noting that tens of thousands who have been in combat bring back physical wounds and the challenge of post-traumatic stress. "We're going to have to work our way through meeting some of those mental health challenges," he said, "and we can only do this together." Such efforts take "inspired local leadership," Admiral Mullen said, and must be "customized to each community throughout the country, whether it's a city, a town, whether it's rural or urban." "It takes leaders who understand their own communities to create the kind of structure that would identify and work to create opportunities to tap this potential," he added. "DOD, VA and you," Admiral Mullen told the audience, can make a difference for young men and women and their families who have made such a difference for the nation. "I'm looking for local leadership in your counties willing to take this on," he said, "tied to the initiative you've put in place."

National Defense Authorization Act, issued the findings yesterday of its 18-month research with recommendations for how the Defense Department can improve the promotion of women and minorities at a time when the nation is expected to become increasingly diverse. "The armed forces have not yet succeeded in developing a continuing stream of leaders who are as demographically diverse as the nation they serve," the report says. The disparity between the numbers of racial and ethnic minorities in the military and their leaders "will become starkly obvious without the successful recruitment, promotion, and retention of racial/ethnic minorities among the enlisted force," the report says. "Without sustained attention, this problem will only become more acute as the ... makeup of the United States continues to change." The commission's chairman, retired Air Force Gen. Lester L. Lyles, told American Forces Press Service that while the military is free of the institutional biases of decades past, it retains the appearance of bias because so few women and minorities occupy senior positions. "There are no institutional biases in the United States military today, ... and probably have not been for many, many years," General Lyles said. "But there are some people who think there are, because when you look statistically at the demographics in the United States, and you look at the demographics in the military, then you look at the senior leadership positions, both in officer and senior enlisted ranks, to some it may give the appearance that there are biases that prevented women and minorities from achieving those senior ranks." The commission found four reasons for low representation of women and minorities in senior military positions: - Low representation of women and minorities in initial officer accessions; - Lower representation of women and minority officers in career fields associated with higher officer rank; - Lower retention of midlevel female service members; and - Lower rates of advancement among female and minority officers. "Our recommendations were to ensure we remove any potential barriers that exist today; that we make recommendations that enhance the culture, career progression and



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recruiting [of women and minorities]; and that we grow the pool of eligible candidates," General Lyles said. The commission recommends that the services consider commitment to diversity in officer promotions and require diversity leadership education and training at all levels. To further promote diversity, the services must increase their pool of eligible recruits and officer candidates, the report says. Pentagon statistics show that three out of four Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are not eligible to enlist because of low education or test scores, past criminal history, or because they can't meet health and fitness requirements. "This is a national security issue requiring the attention and collected effort of top public officials," the commission's report says.

Plan bridges gaps in homeland responses WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has agreed to a plan that will allow for one commander to be in charge of both National Guard and reserve forces when they are called up to respond to domestic emergencies. Mr. Gates, along with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the Council of Governors - a group President Barack Obama formed in January 2010 to represent all of the states' governors - signed off on the agreement, known as the Joint Action Plan, during a March 1 Pentagon meeting, Defense Department officials said. Paul Stockton, assistant secretary of defense for homeland security, today called the agreement "a breakthrough" in the military's ability to effectively respond to domestic emergencies, whether natural or manmade. "This will be much more efficient, much more effective, and it will be a partnership that never existed before," Mr. Stockton told American Forces Press Service. The plan creates a dual-status commander for each state, approved by the president and governor, to have simultaneous authority over both National Guard and reserve forces called up to respond to a state emergency, Mr. Stockton said. Under the Constitution, Guard forces must be under state control for domestic


events, and reservists and any active-duty forces must remain in federal control. The dual-status commanders can operate in both the state and federal chains of command without legal changes, Mr. Stockton said. In fact, he added, dual-status commanders have been used before for domestic events that are planned months in advance, such as political party conventions. State and federal officials realized through the response to Hurricane Katrina, which killed thousands of people and destroyed much of the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts in August 2005, as well as in other natural disasters, that better coordination is needed in emergencies, he said. "During Katrina, leadership didn't have an understanding of what was happening on the ground," Mr. Stockton said. "We need a better common operating picture of where the units are, their level of readiness, their response capabilities." Commanders also need to know the local area, he said, such as roadway and building capacities. "This is a whole new way to bring lifesaving capabilities to bear," Mr. Stockton said. "Those first 72 hours are precious for saving lives." The Joint Action Plan will provide uniformity to plans that vary greatly from state to state, he said, and all dual-status commanders are expected to be appointed and trained by early fall. More than 30 dual-status commanders already have been chosen in key locations, he said. "That commander is the nexus, the coordinating person to ensure that forces work in collaboration," he said. A second aspect of the agreement calls for a legislative change to give the president the authority to call up reservists for domestic emergencies – a change Mr. Stockton said is needed to streamline the process. Currently, if federal forces are needed to augment the Guard, a governor must make the request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the Homeland Security Department, then FEMA must seek the assistance through U.S. Northern Command, which oversees North America and will oversee dual-status commander training, Mr. Stockton said. Most dual-status commanders likely will be National Guard officers with a distinguished record of command experience, he said.

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Panel recommends ways to improve military diversity WASHINGTON – A commission created to improve diversity among military leaders has issued 20 recommendations its members say will make the military better reflect the composition of the United States in its ranks. The Military Leadership Diversity Commission, created as part of the 2009

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Maureen Robinson (left), wife of Col. Brian Robinson, 437th Airlift Wing vice wing commander, and Cari Whitehill, wife of Lt. Col. Trevor Whitehill, currently deployed 628th Comptroller Squadron commander, look at a dress during a leadership spouse preview of the on-base Consignment Shop March 7, at it’s new location. The Consignment Shop re-opened March 8 and is now located next to the Air Base Youth Center.



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Smart savings starts at your local Commissary Story and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer Hudson Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs We hear it all the time, 'take advantage of those military benefits', and for the most part many of us do. We use Tricare for medical coverage, Navy College and Community College of the Air Force for education and financial investments through the Thrift Savings Plan to help with retirements. However, many military personnel and their families fail to take full advantage of one the smartest and tastiest savings plans we have; the local commissary. Established in 1991, the Defense Commissary Agency is responsible for all commissaries regardless of military service. Each commissary serves active duty, Retirees, National Guard and Reserve members and their families. Here on Joint Base Charleston, two commissaries are conveniently available, one at Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station and the other at JB CHS - Air Base. The commissaries are there to help assist military families in saving time and money on name brand items, allowing them to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year on groceries alone. "Saving money is like finding money. It is unexpected cash in your pocket that can build up your savings so that you may invest in your future," said JBS CHS - WS Store Director Iveena Henderson. "Trading your grocery store for the local commissary could potentially save your military family hundreds of dollars a month!" On average, shopping at the commissary can save a shopper $2 or more on most name brand items according to This website shows that during the course of a year, a family of four could save approximately $4,400 by shopping at the commissary, saving a family, on average, 30 percent or more on their monthly food budget. Family Size Single Married

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"The commissary is a smart way to go for anyone looking to save money on name brand items," said Don Petersen, a retired master chief. "The commissary has a great selection, always a great line of fresh produce and you really can't beat the prices. Even though I'm retired, I shop here all the time and can definitely say that the prices here definitely stretch my retirement check." "I come from a long line of military members; in fact, my daughter is currently in the Air Force, so I see all the benefits that are offered to service members and their families," said Mrs. Henderson. "Those that utilize the commissary know about the savings. We encourage everyone to come to the commissary at least once and see for themselves how much they can save." While there is a 5 percent surcharge on commissary items, it is considerably cheaper than the 7 percent sales tax charged in town. "Many people are under the impression that the surcharge is a tax given back to the

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Special Notice Appointment of Summary Court Officer: It is with deep regret that we announce the untimely demise of Master Sgt. Daniel C. Daiber, 701st Airlift Squadron. Capt. Cory Kemble, 701 AS, is detailed as Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal effects of Sergeant Daniel C. Daiber. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased estate may contact Captain Kemble at (843) 9632417 (office), (843)-475-0447 (cell) or e-mail

Events Saturday ❏ Education grant program: Time's running out as the application deadline for the 2010-2011 Gen. Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program is March 12. Download the application form from the Air Force Aid Society's web site at Look under Education and Arnold Grant. Fill out the application, print it, attach required documents and put it in the mail today. Don't pass up this chance to help pay for your family's education with a $2,000 grant! For more information please call 963-4406. Tuesday ❏ Transition Assistance Workshop: Learn how to transition from the military to civilian life with ease, March 15 through 18. The first three days are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the final day is from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to sign up today. Seats fill up quickly. Wednesday ❏ Joint Base Charleston spouse orientation: Join other spouses for a Joint Base Charleston orientation, March 16 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Child care is available through Child Care for PCS and Mom's Day Out at various local venues. Spouses can still attend the Quick Start with their sponsor. Class held at the AFRC, Bldg. 500. Call 963-4406 to register! Friday ❏ Budget your way to financial freedom: 18 MAR, 0800-0930. Learn how something as simple as budgeting can help you become organized financially and accomplish your financial goals, March

18 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Briefing held at AFRC, Bldg. 500. Call 963-4406 to register today. March 22 ❏ Caring for an aging parent: Learn how to navigate the elderly care system from the experts. Meet the agencies, resources and services identified in our community for our elderly, March 22 from noon to 1 p.m. Class held at AFRC, Bldg. 500. Call 963-4406 to register. March 25 ❏ Joint Base Charleston Annual Motorcycle Safety Day: The annual Motorcycle Safety Day Rodeo is March 25. The briefing is mandatory for all Joint Base Charleston military motorcycle riders. Civilians, dependants and all other riders are encouraged to attend. The briefing starts at 8:30 a.m. the Air Base theater with multiple events thru out the day. Ride your motorcycle to the briefing and be entered in the bike show. Some of the planned events include a bike show, slow races, guided rides, and much more. Contact Master Sgt. Rob Carman at 963-5594 for more information.

Special Announcements ❏ Joint Base Charleston Air Force hockey team: If you are interested in playing organized ice hockey at the Carolina Ice Palace adult B league contact Airman 1st Class James Richardson at 832-4951 or, or Master Sgt. Jeff Cliff at 822-0165 or ❏ 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. ❏ Sleep habits: On average we spend one third of our lives asleep. Shouldn't you know more about it? Learn effective sleep habits and how to get your best zzzzz's. Workshop meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the HAWC classroom and is open to everyone. Call 963-4007.

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Joint Base Charleston - Air Base ❏ Destination ImagiNation Camp: Destination ImagiNation Camp will be held at the Youth Center April 18 to 22. Fourth through 12th graders should contact the Youth Center at 963-5684 for more information on this exciting camp. There will also be a family night event during the week so the whole family can participate in the fun. Deadline to register is 31 March. Destination ImagiNation Camp is a camp that takes your brain to a whole new level, and did we mention that it's FUN! ❏ Education grant program: Time's running out as the application deadline for the 2010-2011 Gen. Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program is March 12. Download the application form from the Air Force Aid Society's web site at Look under Education and Arnold Grant. Fill out the application, print it, attach required documents and put it in the mail today. Don't pass up this chance to help pay for your family's education with a $2,000 grant! For more information please call 963-4406. ❏ Marriage Encounter Retreat: Reconnect with your significant other at a Marriage Encounter Retreat, March 25 to 27, at the Embassy Suites in Columbia, S.C. Unfortunately, space is limited to the first six couples and one spouse must be active duty. Sign up by March 20. Call the Chapel at 963-2536 ❏ Summer swim lessons: Summer swim lessons registration begins April 13 at 9 at the Outdoor Recreation Center, Bldg. 647. All classes will be at the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base pool. The cost is $35 per participant. Summer 2011 Learn-to-Swim class schedule is as follows: · Session I June 7 - 17 · Session II June 28 - July 8 · Session III July 19 - 29 · The 45 minute lessons will be held during each session from 9 to 9:45 a.m., 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 6 to 6:45 p.m. · The Parent & Infant (Mom & Tots) class will be from 6 to -6:30 p.m. during Session III, July 19 to 29. ❏ Easter Egg Hunt: Join the Base Library, April 19 at 10 a.m. for an Easter story hour and Easter Egg Hunt. Registration is required. For more information or to register call 963-3320. 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 Tues., Wed. and Thurs. from 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 6:00 p.m. ❏ Homeschooler's fitness time: Meet and enjoy recreation time with other home-schoolers every Mon., from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Youth Center Bldg. 1993. ❏ Free family craft nights: Join your favorite Arts and Crafts staff every month for a free hour of family fun and creativity. Each month we'll feature a new take-home craft everyone can help make or build. Family craft nights are held Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dates for upcoming sessions Mar. 11 and Apr. 6. Call 963-4936 for more details. ❏ Story and craft hour: Join us every Tuesday on Joint Base Charleston - Air Base for a free toddler story and craft hour at 10 a.m. For more details or to register, call 963-3320. ❏ Daycare story & craft hour: Join us every Monday at 10 a.m. on Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, where we will be reading the same stories and doing the same crafts as the regular story time on Tuesdays, just on a different day. Due to limited seating re-registration is required by the Monday before

Events Tuesday ❏ Career Connection: Transitioning from the military? Is your spouse seeking employment or are you just looking to change your career? Check out the Career Connection workshops offered at Fleet & Family Support Center, Bldg. 755. Job Search Strategies is scheduled Mar.15, from 10 to 11 a.m. Call 764-7480 to register. Wednesday ❏ Federal Job Search Strategies: Are you looking for a job with the federal government and aren't sure where to begin? Join the FFSC for an interactive workshop designed to provide tips on how to apply for a federal job. Call 764-7480 today to reserve your seat for this workshop, March 16, from 10 to 11:00 a.m., at the FFSC, Bldg. 755. ❏ Million Dollar Sailor: This two-part workshop, March 16 and 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a major step toward financial success. Military personnel can become millionaires with the right planning. Included in this modular workshop are topics and tools to assist in goal-planning, credit enhancement, consumer awareness and saving to succeed. Spouses are invited to attend. Laptops are welcome. To register call the FFSC at 764-7480. March 22-23 ❏ Till Debt Do Us Part: This course, March 22 and 23 from 6 to 8 p.m., will educate couples on the importance of working together when it comes to personal finances. Although this twopart workshop targets couples, all are welcome. Attendees will be provided the tools to learn how to knowledgeably and successfully discuss family financial dynamics with significantly less stress. To register, call FFSC at 764-7480. ❏ Silver Wings Scholastic Assistance Award: Team Charleston Spouses Club is pleased to offer the Silver Wings Scholastic Assistance Award to eligible military dependents (spouse, son, or daughter) for the 2011-2012 academic year. The three page applications are available at the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Airman and Family Readiness Center and the Air Base library. The application and all required paperwork must be postmarked by March 22, 2011. Incomplete or late application materials will not be considered.

❏ Job Search strategies: Transitioning from the military? Is your spouse seeking employment or are you just looking to change your career? Check out the Career Connection workshops offered at FFSC, Bldg. 755. Basic Resume Writing is scheduled Mar. 22, from 10 to 11 a.m. Call 764-7480 to register. March 23 ❏ Military spouse 101: This workshop is for military spouses who are new to the military. Spouses get great information and network to build support systems and friendships that can last a lifetime. Come to FFSC, March 23, from 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m., and get your military checklist. For more information, call FFSC at 764-7480. March 25 ❏ Joint Base Charleston Annual Motorcycle Safety Day: The annual Motorcycle Safety Day Rodeo is March 25. The briefing is mandatory for all Joint Base Charleston military motorcycle riders. Civilians, dependants and all other riders are encouraged to attend. The briefing starts at 8:30 a.m. the Air Base theater with multiple events throughout the day. Ride your motorcycle to the briefing and be entered in the bike show. Some of the planned events include a bike show, slow races, guided rides, and much more. Contact Master Sgt. Rob Carman at 963-5594 for information.

Special Announcements ❏ Personal Financial Management: Are you bit intimidated by looking at your credit report and need help trying to decipher this elusive and lengthy (but extremely important) document. Let your FFSC certified financial specialists assist you in accessing and explaining your credit report to you. We can provide the tools and information to improve your score and make the right decisions about collections and debt. Call FFSC at 764-7480. ❏ Wise credit Choices: Did you know that your credit score is a huge deciding factor for interest rates, mortgages, insurance costs, employability, loans, deposits, etc.? Many people are unaware of the impact debt can have on not just your financial life, but your whole life. Call our personal financial manager at the FFSC for an appointment at 764-7480. ❏ Women's personal training offered: The Weapons Station fitness program is offering women's small group personal training free of charge at Sam's Gym. The service is offered Monday-Friday from noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m., and focuses on muscular strength, endurance and increased functionality of gross body movements. This program is offered to all fitness levels, so bring some water and a positive attitude and be ready to work. Call 764-4173 for information.

day care story hour. Call 963-3320 to sign up. ❏ 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. Come join us to have fun, experience new activities and meet new friends. Contact Patti Donahue at 618-363-5230 or for more information.

Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station ❏ Go to the extreme with Xtreme bowling: Xtreme bowling at Marrington Lanes is held every Friday and Saturday from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The features include a fabulous light show with glow-in-the-dark bowling balls and pins, fog machines, music and dancing. The cost is $10 per person. Family Night Xtreme Bowling is held every Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Family Night features country music, oldies and rock 'n' roll (you can even bring your own favorite CD's if you want). ❏ 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. ❏ Make your next party a movie party at Cinema One: Looking for a unique idea for your next group party? Why not make it a movie party? Cinema One offers private showings of your favorite feature films! Cinema One movie parties are perfect for birthday celebrations, command socials, class trips, youth groups and lots more. Movie parties are free to groups of 40 or more (with concessions purchase) and are $25 to groups of less than 40 people. Simply and get ready to enjoy a unique party experience at a price that can't be beat. Call manager Teresa Stuckey at 764-4107 for reservation s.

Movie Schedule: Weapons Station Movie Theater: Call 764-7516 for show times. Admission is free. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each showing. ❏ How Do You Know, March 11, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13 ❏ Tangled, March 12, 5:00 p.m., Rated PG ❏ How Do You Know, March 12, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG 13 ❏ Tangled, March 13, 2:00 p.m., Rated PG ❏ Burlesque, March 17, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13

Movie Schedule: Air Base Movie Theater: Call 963-3333 for individual show times. Admission is $4.50 for adults, 12 years and older, and $2.25 for children 6-11 years old. “G” rated movies are $2.25 for children 3-11 years old. Visit for full movie schedules. ❏ Sanctum, March 11, 7:30 p.m., Rated R ❏ No Strings Attached, March 12, 7:30 p.m., Rated R


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CLUES DOWN 1. Coarse files 2. Opposite of digital 3. Lilongwe is the capital 4. Slender long-tailed parrots 5. Obeahs 6. Political action committees 7. Expungings 8. A very large body of water 9. Jr. to a sergeant (abbr.) 11. Disappear beyond the horizon 13. Bonxie 16. Metacomet of Pokanoket 18. Two-year-old sheep 21. Mister 24. New Zealand red pine 26. Irish Republic 27. One point E of due S 29. 7th avatar of Vishnu 32. Woman making her debut (abbr.) 33. A guiding spirit 34. Town of Jesus’ 1st miracle 35. Surmounted 36. Prayer beads 37. Picasso’s mistress 38. Rich in decorative detail 39. Unit of time 43. A set of steps 44. Toilet powder 46. Paddle 47. Doctor of Medicine 48. Board cutters 51. Port of ancient Rome 53. River in South Africa 54. Tense 56. 74820 OK 57. Opposite of LTM 58. Br. University town river

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03-11-2011 The Patriot (Joint Base Charleston)  
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