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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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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.
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 http://www.npc.navy.mil/ 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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16 AS comes home after four-month deployment
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Jared Becker
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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Family is reunited with members of the 16th Airlift Squadron who returned home March 3.
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The South Carolina Stingrays will salute the 315th Airlift Wing this weekend when Col. Steven Chapman drops the opening puck during their game against the Cincinnati Cyclones March 13. Unfortunately game attendees won't see the 315 AW commander donning a pair of skates or taking up a hockey stick at the game, but Colonel Chapman said he is honored and looking forward to representing Charleston area military members. 315 AW reservists can pick up free tickets to the game at the public affairs office in bldg. 60. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. in the North Charleston Coliseum. For more information about the Stingrays, visit their website www.stingrayshockey.com.
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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