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Vol. 2, No. 11
Patriot Team Charleston â€“ One Family, One Mission, One Fight!
Friday, March 25, 2011
Team Charleston bids farewell to 437 AW commander Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Col. John Wood will be turning over command of the 437th Airlift Wing to Colonel Erik Hansen, March 29. "I arrived in May 2009 to a great wing with great history. I've seen our Airmen and Civilians in action for the last two years, and I know why the 437th Airlift Wing has such a wonderful history: the people at Team Charleston are the best the Air Force has to offer! Thank you for your efforts volunteering to serve our Nation, it has been an honor to serve with you..." Col. John Wood, USAF 437th Airlift Wing commander Join Team Charleston in bidding farewell to Colonel Wood at the following events scheduled for March 28: Golf Tournament - Wrenwoods Golf Course The cost is $28 per person for 18 holes and cart rental. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. RSVP to Wrenwoods Golf Course at 963-1834 or e-mail aaron.sales@ us.af.mil. Farewell at the Charleston Club The cost is $13 per person and guests are asked to come dressed in their favorite baseball jersey or shirt. The social and buffet begin at 4 p.m. and presentations begin at 4:45 p.m. RSVP to 963-3201 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. See more photos on Page 2
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Team Charleston, led by Col. John Wood, brought home awards for best C-17 air refueling crew, best C-17 short field landing crew and best maintenance pre-flight team when they returned to Charleston Air Force Base July 25, 2009 after participating in Rodeo 2009 at McChord Air Force Base, Wash.
JB CHS tests emergency response for upcoming expo By Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs
Team Charleston participated in a mandatory major accident response exercise March 22, at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, in preparation for the upcoming Air Expo April 9. The MARE tested the response and capabilities of base emergency personnel during a simulated aircraft mishap when two airplanes clipped wings and collided. "The exercise was a joint effort between JB CHS and local community first responders," said David Hunt, 628th Air Base Wing deputy inspector general and exercise team chief. "Our goal was to practice for the air show to ensure we are prepared to handle any incidents." The morning began with a table top discussion where all of the first responders and commanders from their units talked through different scenarios. "During the table top we discussed even the smallest details, ranging from somebody's vehicle being disabled or a lost child, to responding to a major aircraft incident," Mr. Hunt said. "When you get a 100,000 people together, those things might happen and we need to be prepared." The afternoon brought a hands-on approach as the scenario kicked in. In the exercise, an aircraft crashed on the flight line causing numerous injuries. Inflatable dummies and 36 live role players with various injuries assumed positions on the flightline. Emergency personnel and first
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response units were quickly on scene. "We use the role players because it challenges all of our first responders as well as our commanders to deal with different situations," Mr. Hunt said. "The role players allowed us to make the exercise more realistic and as a consequence a much better test of our response procedures." Lt. Col. Pamela Smith, 628th Aerospace Medical Squadron commander, said the exercise provided training that goes beyond the upcoming air show. "This gets us out from our normal day-to-day routine in the clinic," she said. "When we participate in these drills it hones our disaster preparedness skills. We also do these drills on a monthly basis because this is what we might be doing at deployed locations. We are trained to handle any type of disaster, such as a plane crash or even a pile-up of cars right outside our gate." According to Mr. Hunt, the exercise was a success and showcased the base's ability to handle any given situation. "Our first responders and their civilian counterparts worked well together," he said. "Our command and control functions activated to provide oversight to the incident and we were able to test our communications and response procedures and discovered areas where we can improve. Most importantly we were able to test and adjust our plans for handling incidents that could occur during the upcoming Air Expo." "We hope that the Charleston community has a great day at the Air Expo and we want them to know we are pre-
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Capt. Holly Kingston assists a simulated victim onto a litter during a major accident response exercise at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., March 22. The MARE is a necessary step to prepare all Joint Base Charleston members for the upcoming 2011 Air Expo. The exercise is used to help test and train the supporting agencies who would respond in case of an emergency. Capt. Kingston is assigned to 628th Medical Group.
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Col. John Wood, right, and Col. Benjamin Wham lead the 437th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight members on a ruck march here Oct. 27, 2009. The EOD personnel train with ruck sacks to prepare for embedding with sister services and foreign special forces in a dismounted capacity while deployed. Colonel Wham is the 628th Mission Support Group commander.
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Chief Master Sgt. Terrence Greene sprays Col. John Wood with a water gun during the opening of the 437th Airlift Wing’s combat dining out at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Sept. 17, 2010. The soaking continued throughout the evening as Airmen were pitted against each other. Chief Greene is the 437 AW command chief.
Col. John Wood bows his head for the invocation at the 628th Air Base Wing assumption of command ceremony here Jan. 8, 2010. The ceremony served as a key moment in Charleston AFB's ongoing transition to merge with Naval Weapons Station Charleston as Joint Base Charleston.
Col. John Wood serves Airman 1st Class Joe Pears during the Thanksgiving dinner held at the Robert D. Gaylord Dining Facility here Nov. 26, 2009. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, ham and all the fixings were served to activeduty military and their families. Airman Pears is a passenger service agent with the 437th Aerial Port Squadron.
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Col. John Wood gives his opening remarks during the 437th Airlift Wing’s combat dining out on Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Sept. 17, 2010. The 437 AW hosted the event to promote esprit de corps within the ranks with food, drinks, fun, games and entertainment.
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Col. John Wood passes the 437th Maintenance Group guideon to Col. James Clavenna at Nose Dock 2 on Joint Base Charleston, S.C., during the the 437 MXG change of command ceremony Aug. 12, 2010. Command of the group was relinquished from Col. Tammy Livingood, who took command in June 2007 and retired from active military service. Colonel Clavenna came to Charleston after his previous assignment with the Air Force Fellows Program at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch, Germany.
Air Force Lt. Gen. Allen G. Peck hands the keys to Col. John Wood after delivering the newest C17A to the 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston, S.C., Dec. 9, 2010. The arrival of the aircraft brought the total number of C-17s assigned to the wing to 58. General Peck is the Air University commander. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marie Brown
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"A Boy Named Sue" - challenges as an Airman By Lt. Col. Aaron Burgstein 1st Combat Camera Squadron commander I was first introduced to Johnny Cash during Officer Training School by a flightmate. Since then, I've listened to him on and off, but several of his songs are on multiple playlists of mine. "A Boy Named Sue" never fails to bring a smile to my face when it begins to play. The other day when it came on, I was thinking about mentorship and the two seemed to combine naturally. A quick synopsis for those unfamiliar with the song; a man leaves his family, but before he does so, he names his son "Sue," which as you might imagine, causes all sorts of issues for the boy as he grows up. Sue swears revenge and searches for his father and when they finally meet a battle ensues, with the end result being they make up. Rather than go through the song line-by-line, I'd like to analyze a few key lyrics. "But the meanest thing that he ever did was before he left he went and named me Sue... I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named Sue." "Well, I grew up quick and I grew up mean, my fist got hard and my wits got keen..." These two lines set the stage for the entire song and the reason for me writing this article. What did our Military Training Instructors, flight commanders and other trainers do during our initial entry into the Air Force? They made life difficult for us. They threw challenges at us and made us think, learn and become the Airmen we are today. They knew we were going to go in harm's way, face challenges yet unimagined and need the ability to survive and operate under any and all conditions. What do we do today as leaders? We prepare our Airmen for combat and contingences. We prepare them
to deploy at a moment's notice anywhere in the world and to accomplish the mission when they get there. It's not out of cruelty, but out of responsibility. We train like we fight, if not harder, so that when that fight comes, be it in the air, on a physical fitness test or in a firefight on a convoy, our Airmen react promptly, properly and most importantly, successfully. "Well, it was Gatlinburg in mid-July, and I just hit town and my throat was dry..." This one's pretty straightforward. It's always important to stay hydrated, especially in austere locations. "Well, I knew that snake was my own sweet dad, from a worn-out picture that my mother'd had..." It's always important to document. That means from training records to after-action reports and everything in-between. This also means document the great achievements your Airmen accomplish, be it via performance reports or awards and decorations. Take care of your Airmen by documenting their successes. This is just as true with disciplinary cases. Initial documentation is a great way to course-correct an Airmen before misbehavior gets out of line. In the unfortunate event that the misbehavior does go too far, documentation allows you to take the appropriate action. "He kicked like a mule and he bit like a crocodile. I heard him laugh and then I heard him cuss, He went for his gun and I pulled mine first..." Never underestimate the importance of combined arms and the joint warfight. It's how we do business. Also, remember, everyone has something to contribute, no matter the rank, specialty, or in this case, species. Most important, always be prepared. "He stood there lookin' at me and I saw him smile ... and he said: "Son, this world is rough And if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough and I knew I wouldn't
CAREER ASSISTANCE TIP By Master Sgt. Donald Leydig, Career Assistance Advisor Joint Base Charleston's Professional Enhancement Center Are you coming up on a promotion or have an Airman who is unsure when they are eligible to promote? The following information will help you determine when you are eligible for promotion. Promotion to Airman - six months Time in Grade. Promotion to Airman 1st Class (four year enlistee) - 10 months TIG. Promotion to Senior Airman - For six year enlistees awarded Airman 1st Class upon completion of technical training, or 20 weeks of technical training, 36 months Time in Service and 20 months TIG; or 28 months TIG, whichever occurs first. If an airman is selected for Below-the-Zone, they will pin on Senior Airman six months prior to their fully qualified date. They also must possess a Three skill level. Promotion to Staff Sgt. – Must be a Five skill level, have six months TIG, and three Total Active Federal Military Service years. Promotion to Tech Sgt. – Must be a Five level as of the Promotion Eligible Cutoff Date, and a Seven skill level prior to their promotion. They must have 23 months TIG and five years TAFMS. Promotion to Master Sgt. - Must be a Seven level, 24 months TIG, and eight years TAFMS. Promotion to Senior Master Sgt. – Must be a Seven level, 20 months TIG, and 11 years TAFMS. Promotion to Chief Master Sgt. – Must be a Nine skill level, 21 months TIG, and 14 years TAFMS. The TIG is computed on the first day of the month before the months promotions are normally made in the cycle and the TAFMS is computed on the first day of the last month of the promotion cycle. I hope you now have a better understanding on when you, or your Airman, are eligible for promotions. Remember, for any promotion, you must get your commander’s recommendation. For more information on this, you should refer to AFPAM 36-2241, para. 15.41, and Table 15.3, or contact the Total Force Contact Center at DSN 665-5000. Questions and comments can be directed to the editor. The Patriot can be reached at: 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office, Building 302, Room 312. Phone: (843) 963-5608, Fax: (843) 963-3464 Mail to: 628 ABW/PA, 102 East Hill Blvd., Charleston AFB, SC 29404-5154. E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org All news releases should be sent to this address.
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be there to help ya along. So I give ya that name and I said goodbye I knew you'd have to get tough or die and it's the name that helped to make you strong." We're back to the gist of the song and this commentary. Sue's dad wanted to ensure his son's success and ability to survive without his presence. Our initial instructors wanted the same for us, and we as leaders should want the same for our Airmen. You've probably heard the saying that it's your responsibility to train your replacement. Well, it is. You're not always going to be there. Ensure your Airmen, of all ranks, are ready and able to step up when needed because you don't know when that moment will come. "I got all choked up and I threw down my gun and I called him my pa, and he called me his son, And I came away with a different point of view. And I think about him, now and then, every time I try and every time I win, and if I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name him Bill or George! Anything but Sue! I still hate that name!" Ok, perhaps this part seems a little weird. Sue vows to never name any of his sons "Sue" because he hates that name. This seems like it counters everything I've just written. I see it from a different point of view. Sue has learned from his dad's example, both the good and the bad, just as we can learn from our own and others' experiences. Just because he's not going to name his son "Sue" doesn't mean he won't teach him to be strong, keen and ready. My challenge to you is to do the same. Take both the good and bad you learned from your mentors, trainers and supervisors and apply it to your Airmen. Mentor them. Train them to become Airmen who are ready and can step up when needed, because they're already needed.
DIAMOND TIPS Commentary by Master Sgt. Stephen Wilkerson 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron first sergeant
Be a great rater with better feedback sessions We all have had some good and bad raters; I would hope more good than bad. We all can be better raters if we follow some of the tips in AFPAM 36- 2241, Professional Development Guide. First, raters need to know their people. There needs to be lines of trust developed between the two. Raters need to know their Airmen on a personal and professional level to be better prepared for the feedback session. During the rating session, the rater needs to be specific about items being discussed. As a rater, you should discuss areas that individuals need to change or work on; not just tell them to change but help them come up with solutions and ideas to make changes. A good rater helps guide the individual in the right direction but ultimately, it is up to the individual to make the right choices. During the session, raters should discuss what they have seen in the ratees performance. Raters should base their feedback against Air Force standards, not their personal opinions or biases. Listening is a big issue during feedbacks. Raters need to listen to their ratees and actually hear and understand what their Airmen are saying. By listening, you may pick up ways of helping the individual being rated or find out what is going on with your Airmen. Do not make your feedbacks a one-sided conversion; let your Airmen speak. Feedback sessions are very important and should be taking seriously. As a rater you can develop great Airmen during these sessions or let them fall by the way side. Feedbacks should always end on a positive note. Let the Airman know they are important and worthwhile. Remember communication is the key during feedback sessions.
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authority, inappropriate conduct and to ensure resources are used effectively, she said. "We want people to use their chain of command first, but if that's not working or you don't feel comfortable with the issue, we are here to help," Colonel Watson said. What is an interesting fact about yourself? Growing up as a military child I was surrounded by military aircraft because my father flew on many different planes. Yet, when I went through ROTC I could not identify any of the planes. What is your favorite movie? Crimson Tide. I like the battle between the two lead characters. One has experience, the other, book knowledge. You have to use both to be an effective leader in the military. To me, that movie cased that perfectly. What is your favorite television show? Crime Scene Investigation (CSI). I like the geeky science aspect of them solving the crime and how they use that evidence to find the criminal. What is a major pet peeve of yours? Sitting in traffic on a beautiful day. You can never get that time back. What is your favorite quote? Philippians 4:13 "I can do anything through Christ who strengthens me." Why did you join the Air Force? Initially, I joined the Air Force ROTC because my dad made me. By the time I was commissioned I learned to appreciate what the Air Force does and I embraced the values. Who is your role model? My parents. My father taught me to always do my best and my mother taught me to be faithful in my spiritual walk. How would you describe your leadership style? I tend to use a team leadership approach. I want to make sure I'm using everyone's talent.
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JB CHS tests emergency response for upcoming expo Capt. Melissa EllisYarian examines a training card on a simulated victim describing the individual’s symptoms during a major accident response exercise March 22 on Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Captain Ellis-Yarian is a flight surgeon with the 628th Medical Group.
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Above: Tech. Sgt. Chun Fong evaluates a simulated victim during a major accident response exercise March 22 on Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The MARE is a necessary step to prepare all Joint Base Charleston members for the upcoming 2011 Air Expo. Sergeant Fong is an Independent Duty Medical Technician with the 628th Medical Group. Tech. Sgt. Cristy Preslar and Senior Airman Imelda Corvetto discuss patient care during a major accident response exercise March 22 on Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Sergeant Preslar and Airman Corvetto are both assigned to the 628th Medical Group.
Emergency responders from the 628th Civil Engineer Squadron roll a simulated victim onto a litter during a major accident response exercise March 22 on Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The exercise is used to help test and train the supporting agencies who would respond in case of an emergency.
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