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Joint Base Charleston, S.C.


Vol. 4, No. 18

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

Friday, May 17, 2013

CMSAF James Cody holds Airmen’s Call

U.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Rasheen Douglas

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody speaks to the crowd during an Airmen’s Call May 9, 2013, at the Charleston Club at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, S.C. Cody talked about sequestration, potential changes to the enlisted evaluation system, and the idea of using a board to select Airmen for promotion to the rank of master sergeant.


NAVCONBRIG 100% accreditation recommendation See page 4


Celebrating its one-year anniversary See page 7


437th AMXS wins softball season opener See page 10

Weekend Weather Update

Fleet and Family Support recognizes Military Spouse Appreciation Month

Story and photo by Seaman Jason Pastrick Naval Nuclear Power Training Command Public Affairs

Members of the Fleet and Family Support Center at Joint Base Charleston – Weapons Station, along with the Men-Riv Park Navy Wives Club, invited all JB Charleston military spouses to a cake and ice cream social in recognition of Military Spouse Appreciation Month May 10, 2013. Nearly 50 servicemembers’ spouses attended the event held in building 755. Attendees used the opportunity to network with other military spouses and also learned of the various services provided by JB Charleston’s 628th Force Support Squadron and Fleet and Family Support Center. “We wanted to thank the spouses for their patience, understanding and support,” said Cmdr. Marquis Patton, Navy Support Activity Charleston executive officer. “Our spouses understand the pressures our Sailors are under, and it’s important we recognize them.” “It’s not a dress-up type event,” said Hazel Cole, Men-Riv Park Navy Wives Club vice president. “We want spouses to come as they are and just enjoy the party.” While providing information and resources to spouses is a primary goal of FFSC, it is events like this one that afford spouses the opportunity to network with other spouses and make connections they would otherwise not make. “The JB Charleston FFSC offers several serv-

ices to families and spouses, such as financial counseling, communication classes and networking opportunities,” said Angela Cottman, JB Charleston FFSC Work Life consultant. “It’s nice to meet other spouses because they know what you and your spouse are going through,” said Chelsea Blankenship, wife of a Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit staff member. “Our [spouses] work so hard and so much, so it’s great to come togeth- Weapons Station Fleet and Family Support Center staff and volunteers discuss family services provided to military spouses in recognition of er as a group.” Military Spouse Appreciation Day during an ice cream social May 10, Military spouses 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Weapons Station, S.C. The event was sacrifice time with their held to thank spouses for their patience, understanding and support service member, prox- while informing them of services provided by the FFSC. imity to friends and family, and sometimes their own careers. Just as the sacrifices and challenges my mom went shipmates support each other in the fleet, it is through as a working spouse.” The FFSC is slated to hold a Military Spouse important for military spouses to have a similar 101 class June 12, where attendees will receive support system in their community. “I know first-hand how challenging it can be training in finance, benefits, communication to take care of yourself and your family when with their spouse and understanding military jaryou’re separated from your military spouse,” gon and acronyms. “I just want them to know we’re here for said Cottman. “My father was in the Army for 26 years and was always deployed. I witnessed them,” said Cottman. “They’re not alone.”


Friday, May 17

Sunset over Joint Base Charleston

Isolated T-Storms (30% precip)

High 89º Low 67º

Saturday, May 18

(30% precip)

Sunday, May 19

Scattered T-Storms (50% precip)

High 82º Low 71º

Weapons Station Phone Number Prefix Change

Starting May 1, 2013, and until Sept. 3, 2013, the current dialing prefixes are migrating to one common prefix for future dialing. Both the new and old numbers will work until Sept. 3. After that date, all Weapons Station calls will be 794-xxxx for commercial and DSN. This is a base wide change. Details are below: CURRENT DIALING 574-xxxx, 743-xxxx, 764-xxxx, 794-xxxx, 863-xxxx '8' for DSN Calls, '91' for Long Distance Calls, '9' for Local Calls

Isolated T-Storms High 86º Low 70º


U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Dennis Sloan

C-17 Globemaster IIIs are aligned on the flightline as the sun sets May 9, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. The aircraft can perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions and can transport litters and ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations when required.

FUTURE DIALING All Weapons Station numbers will be 794-xxxx '94' for DSN Calls, '98' for Long Distance Calls, '99' for Local Calls

MIGRATION PLAN No one will lose the last four of their current phone number. For example: Current customer has 764-1234, their new number will change to 794-1234

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When in doubt, innovate!

Commentary by Col. Albert Miller 437th Airlift Wing vice commander

"The story of the Air Force is a story of innovation. Airmen, using their unique perspective, have long stood for and pioneered innovative ways to win the fight while shaping the future." Gen. Mark Welsh, Chief of Staff, USAF It is no secret we are in the midst of a challenging fiscal environment. Recent manning reductions, and now the impacts of sequestration are combining to challenge our abilities to accomplish the mission, maintain readiness and care for our Airmen and their families. Despite the situation, we endure and continue to provide safe, precise and reliable world-wide airlift. We are the team our nation depends upon during the toughest times. We have never, and will never, let them down. We will continue to succeed despite harsh fiscal realities and manning constraints because Airmen across Team Charleston are innovators. In April, one only needed to look to the sky to see Team Charleston innovation in action. On the morning of April 10, 2013, 13 airdrop rigged C-17s departed Joint Base Charleston in a Large Force Exercise dubbed "Exercise Furious Moose." Aircrews from the 437th Airlift Wing and 315th Airlift Wing flew in tight formation to the drop zone at North Auxiliary Airfield; each dropped their cargo in a text book display of "mass on DZ." Training did not stop there. The formation broke into separate elements to accomplish additional training, including formation aerial refueling and personnel airdrop at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., and Moody Air Force Base, Ga. After completing their events, several of the elements rejoined as a larger formation and landed safely at JB Charleston. This was an invaluable training opportunity for our aircrew, maintenance and several other support agencies, and it was also innovative. Launching 13 C-17s for a large formation airdrop costs a significant amount of time and money. The

the maintenance groups honed their gen437th and 315th maintenance eration skills, we did not fly local traincrews and aerial port personing missions - that saved money. Instead nel spent hundreds of manour aircrews accomplished ground trainhours preparing for this exering hosted by our Aircrew Flight cise. Our flight kitchen preEquipment, Tactics, Intel and L3. We pared meals for 13 aircrews. maximized our aircrew availability to The 628th Air Base Wing supaccomplish these mandatory training ported with logistical and events, reducing the number of classes security support. Several other required for the year, and saved more agencies also contributed to money. this massive team effort. Tanker availability was an important With everything factored part of the equation. Air Force tanker flyin (fuel, manpower costs, ing hours have been cut, a direct casualty maintenance, etc.) it costs Col. Albert Miller 437th Airlift Wing vice commander of sequestration. There are simply fewer approximately $20,000 an tankers to train with. We needed a force hour to fly a C-17. Flying is multiplier. Normally, a single C-17 training sortie expensive! In an environment of tight fiscal constraints, there was significant pressure to cancel or with air refueling, provides training to only one C-17, a 1:1 training ratio. During formation refudelay Exercise Furious Moose. Some had legitieling, three aircrews receive training using one mate concerns as to whether this was the best use tanker, a 3:1 ratio! Bottom line: we trained more of the limited funding we have for flying hours, especially following the announcement of reduced people, more effectively, more efficiently and saved time and money. flying training for some fighter units. Innovation like this will help us through these At the end of the day, however, Exercise difficult times. We will continue to leverage our Furious Moose actually saved the Air Force time innovative culture to meet the challenges ahead of and money. us. Our leadership recognizes this. Gen. Larry How? The answer is efficiency. First, the exercise was conceptualized by the maintenance group Spencer, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, just launched the "Airmen Powered by Innovation" to practice their generation skills and processes. campaign, a call for ideas on how we can cut The operations group quickly seized the opportunity when they heard there would be a large num- costs and better fly, fight, and win. During the month of May you should submit your innovative ber of aircraft all ready to fly at the same time ideas to their website, which will be linked to the all the aircraft that were generated flew, wasting AF Portal and AF Public site. none of the maintenance groups' hard efforts. Every idea will be answered and seriously conSecond, we found users who could benefit from the platforms created by this exercise, elimi- sidered. Visit the Air Force Portal site for more information. I challenge every member of Team nating their need to seek out other limited resources. Our aircrews logged more than 600 fly- Charleston to look around their workplaces, identify areas where we can save money, remove non-value ing training events during only 13 sorties. To accomplish the same number of events, we would added processes, and when in doubt, innovate! I know we will not only weather these tough times, have had to fly twice as many local sorties. we will excel and be stronger for the experience. During the days leading up to the exercise, while

Resiliency ... make it more than a buzzword Commentary by Col. Judith Hughes 628th Medical Group commander

My family and I were watching television this week when a commercial came on promoting resiliency. We commented on how popular that word has become as I have even heard it referred to as the "new Air Force buzzword" during past Wingman day events. But interestingly, I ask every group of newcomers to the medical group if they have ever heard of Comprehensive Airman Fitness or CAF and I still get a lukewarm response at best. There is just not a clear link or understanding yet between CAF and resiliency. When Air Mobility Command adopted the philosophy of CAF, it promoted the premise that our Air Force ... our individual Airmen ... can become more resilient. Resiliency is something that can be nurtured and developed in Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and their families! There is strong research that supports when a person behaves positively in everyday situations, it shapes how they react when tough times hit. In July 2008, my daughter was involved in a serious jet-ski crash, hitting a brick sea wall at full throttle on a stand-up jet-ski resulting in a significant head injury. She had to be life-flighted to a children's trauma hospital and spent two days on a ventilator and 10 days in ICU before she even could speak. I will never forget that day or the anguished call I got from my son telling me that my daughter had been hurt. I was a busy squadron commander and had just dropped my car off to be shipped overseas as we were preparing to PCS to Hawaii. Our household goods were packed and we were living out of suitcases. I was trying to sell a condominium in Florida and the

air-conditioning unit had just stopped working. There were a lot of stressors in my life but I want to highlight the fact that we weathered the storm. My daughter had an amazing recovery after five weeks in the hospital and returned to school in the fall. We still PCS-ed to Hawaii, and I was promoted to the rank of colonel and selected for the awesome opportunity to command the 628th Medical Group. I am convinced that routine resiliency habits helped me get through a tough place and made us a stronger family in the end. I am confident that intentional actions/work on my part to make connections in the spiritual, mental, social and physical pillars of my life before my daughter's accident ever occurred helped me cope and prevented a total personal and professional meltdown. I had a lot of help from great Wingmen. I work with a resilient group of Airmen, Sailors and civilians every day. They all have challenges and struggles, but many choose to make great choices and persevere. I am confident it is because they have some strong personal and/or family habits that help them build resiliency on a daily/weekly basis. Hopefully many of you have heard of the five Cs: Caring, Connecting, Committing, Communicating, and one of my favorites Celebrating. They are all great ways to help promote and build resiliency in individuals, in units and in families - I am living proof they work! Our major command has mandated eight hours of resiliency training for all Airmen. I encourage each of you to look forward to this training and line up to be next to go in your unit. Make the effort to actively grow resiliency in your own environments instead of dismissing it as the next AF buzzword. Getting good at new things can be hard but it really is never too late to learn.

Diamond Tip: A lesson in professionalism

Commentary by Master Sgt. Jennifer Crerar 16th Airlift Squadron first sergeant

the color of your nail polish or an earring change how well you do your job? Not necessarily. But, before you have the opportunity to perform your job, or specialty, you are an I was recently in a meeting with all of the 437th Airlift Airman. You wake up and put your uniform on properly. Wing leadership. Group and squadron commanders, chiefs You arrive at your duty location on time. You stop and and first sergeants were called together to answer tough render the proper respect to reveille or retreat. You salute questions regarding some troubling trends in our Air Force. higher-ranking officers and call your superiors by their We were asked two questions. Due to fiscal and manrank and last name. All these minor details help identify ning constraints, what missions or tasks are we no longer you as a professional Airman. able to accomplish? And, do we as an Air Force have a When discussing professionalism today, senior Airmen problem with our professionalism? can often be heard saying that young Airmen are different The first question will take some honest scrutiny of our today than they were years ago. But, professionalism starts processes and procedures. Before we can answer the second with leadership. Leaders must exemplify, maintain and Master Sgt. Jennifer Crerar question, we need to know what professionalism means in enforce standards of professional behavior. Leaders need 16th Airlift Squadron first sergeant the Air Force. Webster's dictionary defines professionalism to recognize and reward professional behavior. as, "professional standing, techniques, attributes, or ethics." One way first sergeants do this is with our Diamond That just doesn't cut it. Sharp program. Senior Airman Brian Hadraba, 437th Maintenance In the Air Force, I think professionalism is being an Airman first and Squadron, and Airman 1st Class John Mackey, 437th Aerial Port foremost ... not a medic, personnelist, maintainer, loadmaster, pilot, docSquadron, were highlighted at our most recent event not only for their tor, nurse or however your specialty defines you. As enlisted Airmen, we duty performance but also for their professionalism. attend Basic Military Training first to learn how to dress, move, talk and Hadraba and Mackey are not just a great maintainer and "port dawg" think like an Airman. Then we are sent to technical school to learn our who happen to be Airmen. They are amazing Airmen in the best Air specialty. Basic Military Training and being an Airman make up the foun- Force in the world who happen to also be an outstanding maintainer and dation on which our service is built upon. Does the length of your hair, "port dawg."

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Appreciating military service

Commentary by 2nd Lt. Leah Davis 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs media operations officer-in-charge

As I grew up, my family had to do things other families never had to do since they weren't part of the military. Moving every couple of years, making new friends and having my dad gone on trips were just a few of the sacrifices my family made. Once my dad retired from the Air Force, we moved to Florida where he became an Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps teacher. I finished high school and went on to college ... the Air Force decided I was worthy enough to use their money to earn a degree and I graduated with a commission as a second lieutenant. I received a stipend, book money and all of my classes were paid for during those four years and I was able to graduate college relatively debt free. Now I am serving my active-duty commitment and receive benefits most of my peers just out of college can only dream of, if they even find a job in their field of study. My health insurance is top notch; I get to do physical training as a part of my job and I have a promising career with a world of opportunities available to me that

May is Military Appreciation Month and while it is customary for civilians and military organizations to honor those of us in uniform, I want to take a somewhat different approach and tell you why I appreciate the military I am so fortunate to be a part of. The Air Force has always been a part of my life and although I have only been in the service for two of my 23 years, the Air Force and military lifestyle has shaped who I am as a person. My father retired from the Air Force in 2001 after 21 years of service. As a child, I never once worried where my next meal would come from or if I had clean clothes to wear. My parents never had a problem providing for my sister and me. We weren't rich by any means, but we lived a comfortable life and until I got older, I never knew other people struggled to enjoy the quality of life we were fortunate to have.

some may not have. As an active-duty officer, I earn a steady paycheck while some of my friends back home are still looking for a job that pays more than minimum wage. I actually enjoy waking up in the morning and going to work where I get to team up with some of 2nd Lt. Leah Davis the most dedicated, hard 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs working people I have ever media operations officer-in-charge met. And best of all, I will soon have the opportunity to travel the world. The Air Force has provided me with the opportunity to have an amazing life. Sometimes I think I am the lucky one and I know, without our military, my life may not be where it is today.

Low Country A/TA to host National Board of Officers Spring Meeting

By Rose Alexander Low Country A/TA Community Relations

erals, along with other officers, senior noncommissioned officers and civilians, and is led by their chairman, Ret. Gen. Walter Kross, United States Air Force. They are all volunteers The Low Country Chapter of the Airlift/Tanker Association who meet quarterly to manage association affairs, discuss will host the National A/TA Board of Officers Spring Board continuous process improvement and new agenda items like Meeting May 23-24, 2013. the annual A/TA convention/symposium. The National A/TA Board of Officers consists of approxiThe board meetings, which are held quarterly at different mately 25 retired military, ranging from one- to four-star gen- military bases, also provide the opportunity for the board members to get to know local chapter members on their own "turf," provide mentorship and enjoy camaraderie in a relaxed atmosphere. The Low Country Chapter, head155 TOTAL SAVES FOR 2013 ed up by their president Lt. Col. Joseph Meyer, hopes to # of Days Since Last use this visit as a springJB Charleston DUI - 49 board to reinvigorate the (March 29, 2013) Low Country Chapter. There are a number of Total # of DUIs for JB events associated with the Charleston 2013 - 5 A/TA Board visit. To kick the morning off on May 23, Gen. Walter Kross, Lt. Gen. Joint Base Charleston’s Airmen Against Drunk Driving offers free, confidential rides home. John Sams and Lt. Gen. To volunteer, email Chris Kelly will host a Mobility Heritage Panel



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where they will discuss the history of mobility and its role in the U.S. Air Force. The panel discussion will be held at the Charleston Club from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. All Team Charleston military and civilians are invited to attend and should plan to be in place no later than 9:15 a.m. Following the Mobility Panel, the Low Country A/TA Chapter will host a golf tournament at Wrenwoods Golf Course on the Air Base from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For additional details or to register for the tournament, call Capt. James Ellison at 678-524-7274. Deadline for registration is May 21, 2013. At 5 p.m. following the golf tournament, the 437th Airlift Wing will host a reception at Rookies Sports Grill for all JB Charleston Airmen to meet the board members. To conclude their visit, the Spring Board meeting will be held at the Charleston Club on May 24, from 8 2:30 p.m. Senior leaders and local chapter board members are invited to attend. The A/TA is dedicated to ensuring that American military forces continue to have the air mobility capability required to implement national security strategy. Their purpose is to recognize and honor those people or mission groups who have distinguished themselves in the outstanding performance above and beyond their duties as members of the United States Air Force and as Airlifters and Airborne Tankers. If you have any questions regarding these events, call Maj. Joseph Harding, event POC, at 843-377-9716.

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The mission keeps rolling at JB Charleston

Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Tom Brading Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Squadron repair and reclamation section chief . "Not only are we repairing the aircraft flight conEvery day, rain or shine, the 437th Maintenance Squadron trols, landing gear, door systems at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base goes the extra mile to keep and rebuilding tires, we are also aircraft safely in the sky, but one shop makes sure they roll trained and prepared to conduct safely on the ground. And, without reinventing the wheel, aircraft crash recovery at short these Airmen and civilians focus on the foundational aspect of notice." the aircraft: the wheels and tires. The 437th MXS Repair and On average, the shop changes out and repairs 2,000 aircraft Reclamation shop is trained and tires a year. equipped to be dispatched at The Airmen and civilians of the 437th MXS Repair and short notice to crash sites for airReclamation shop are dedicated to ensuring the wheels and craft recovery. tires of JB Charleston's 51-strong C-17 Globemaster III fleet "We aid support to the keep the mission rolling. They accomplish this by constant Charleston International Airport, maintenance, evaluations and scheduled refurbishments of the North Auxiliary Field and when 437th Airlift Wing's C-17s' wheels and tires. it comes to our inventory, we've "Our shop conducts primarily heavy maintenance on the deployed to Southwest Asia to C-17," said Master Sgt. Robert Wilkinson, 437th Maintenance provide maintenance support and assisting in getting our aircraft Staff Sgt. Justin Brandt, 437th Maintenance Squadron repair and reclamation specialist, uses a torque wrench to put the finishing touches on a reassembled C-17 Globemaster III mission ready," said Wilkinson. wheel and tire May 14, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C.. Once complete, "Once we're at the sight, we're the wheel and tire will be sent to supply and distributed as needed. The 437th MXS Repair able to access the damage, then and Reclamation shop is trained and equipped to be dispatched on short notice to crash depending on the damage get the sites for aircraft recovery. aircraft ready to be removed tasks and scenarios that may come their way," said Wilkinson. from location and repaired." Due to the heavy workload, the Airmen and civilians must "But, we want our Airmen to be ready for anything, so we're constantly training them, so when those moments happen, work as a group. "We are averaging two aircraft per one Airman in our they're ready." According to Wilkinson, before the airlift mission even shop," said Wilkinson. "This is because of the number of Airmen and civilians we have maintaining volume of inven- leaves the Lowcountry, the tires play the first step in providtory. Due to this, along with the mission demands, we are ing airlift support to the warfighter. Without the consistent work from this small group of Airmen and civilians, the working around the clock." Training to become a repair and reclamation specialist impact on the mission would be substantial. "Our leadership makes sure we're capable to take on the begins at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. However, it's not until Airmen arrive at JB Charleston that they can take spe- mission at a successful level with corrected, balanced overMembers of the 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron line up cialized training on flight controls and maintenance aircraft sight," said Wilkinson. "We're ready at a moment's notice to parts to a C-17 Globemaster III tire, lay out bolts, and prepare doors. But according to Wilkinson, the majority of learning be anywhere in the world we're needed and it's a testament to to reassemble the aircraft parts May 14, 2013, at Joint Base happens with on-the-job training. not only the 437th MXS leadership, but also the Airmen I Charleston – Air Base, S.C. "It takes an Airman roughly two years to understand all the work with every day."

Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston receives eighth consecutive accreditation recommendation

Courtesy of NAVCONBRIG Public Affairs

The Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston at Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station, received its eighth consecutive 100 percent compliance accreditation recommendation during an April audit and inspection from the American Correctional Association. NAVCONBRIG Charleston is the only correctional facility in the United States to achieve the unique feat in ACA's 143 year history. ACA is a national accreditation agency that inspects prison and correctional facilities, while auditing 500 standards ranging from prisoner treatment to security and tool control. The primary inspection is conducted by a team of three or four auditors examining two categories of standards. The first is "non-mandatory" items, which must pass with 90 percent. The second and most critical category is "mandatory" items, which must meet all standards with 100 percent efficiency. NAVCONBRIG Charleston received 100 percent on both. "The auditors carefully examine each standard and ensure their compliance by evaluating the administrative folders, and

more importantly, how we conduct business on a day to day basis," said Steve Laird, NAVCONBRIG Charleston's technical director. Laird explained the three-day audit is similar to military inspections even though the ACA is a non-military organization. NAVCONBRIG Charleston Commanding Officer, Navy Commander Chadwick Bryant, was proud of his command and the exceptional job of his crew and staff. "The command's outstanding achievement is a testament to our daily commitment of bearing the standard in correctional excellence and I couldn't be more proud of the dedication and hard work of my Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, and civilians," Bryant said. Since its commissioning on November 30, 1989, the medium security level II correctional facility has been reaccredited eight times by ACA. NAVCONBRIG Charleston representatives will attend an upcoming ACA Congress, in which they will appear before an accreditation panel to receive the actual accreditation award. NAVCONBRIG Charleston's mission is to ensure the secu-

rity, good order, discipline and safety of prisoners and detained personnel; to return as many personnel to honorable service as possible; and to teach skills necessary to become productive citizens.

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437th OSS Airman earns Levitow Award for ALS Class 13-D

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Col. Richard McComb, Joint Base Charleston commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Al Hannon, 628th Air Base Wing command chief, present Senior Airman Drew Cody, 437th Operations Support Squadron intelligence analyst, the Levitow Award during the Airman Leadership School Class 13-D graduation ceremony May 9, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C. The Levitow Award is awarded for a student's exemplary demonstration of excellence, both as a leader and scholar.

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Hagel announces fewer furlough days for DOD employees

By Nick Simeone and Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON – After weeks of review, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded budget cuts will require most of the department's civilian employees to be furloughed beginning in July, but that because of other efforts to deal with the shortfall, only half of the 22 days originally envisioned as temporary layoffs will now be necessary. During a town hall meeting May 14 at the Mark Center in Alexandria, Va., Hagel told Defense Department employees that most will be required to take 11 furlough days beginning July 8, one per week, through the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. In a statement, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III explained the service's efforts to reduce impacts of sequestration on personnel, but furloughs will be unavoidable. "While the Air Force and Department of Defense have made every effort to minimize impacts to readiness and people, the resource choices we have available are now very limited, and we've reached the point where we simply can't avoid furloughs," they said. In a memo to senior department leaders, Hagel said he had "very reluctantly" concluded that major budgetary shortfalls triggered by a $37 billion cut in defense spending for fiscal 2013 forced a decision he said he deeply regrets, and one that he acknowledged will disrupt lives and impact DOD operations. However, he credited congressional passage of a defense appropriation bill in March in part for helping to reduce from the number of days civilians would be temporarily laid off by half. It may be possible later in the year to "knock that back" to an even lower number, the secretary said, but he emphasized that he could not promise such an outcome. "As Secretary Hagel stated, the Department of Defense will decide later this year whether our budgetary situation permits

us to end furloughs early," Donley and Welsh stated. "In the meantime, we will keep working to prevent actions which will further impact our people and Air Force missions." Hagel said the furloughs will affect every military department and almost every agency, with limited exceptions. "We will except civilians deployed to combat zones and civilians necessary to protect life and property," he wrote in his memo, adding that others will be excepted if forcing them to stay off the job would not free up money for other needs. Regardless of the exceptions, Donley and Welsh stressed how much the Air Force will be impacted due to the essential role that civilian Airmen play in ensuring a strong and ready force. "Our civilian Airmen are critical to everything we do," they said. "We simply could not be the world's greatest Air Force without (the civilian Airmen). During this challenging time, we want you to know how much we appreciate your service. We also want you to know we will continue to look for every possible way to minimize furloughs and to prevent further any other actions that would affect you and your family in negative ways. Thank you for the great professionalism you continue to bring to the job every day. We're proud to stand beside you." The Air Force's top two leaders said they hoped furloughs could be avoided entirely, but they noted these unprecedented times have called for tough decisions. "This is something we had hoped to avoid," Donley and Welsh wrote. "We recognize the significant impact this action will have on our civilian Airmen, their families and our mission. But the unprecedented budget choices we've faced during this extraordinary year have forced painful decisions to avoid further degradation in our missions." Employees set to be furloughed will begin receiving written notification May 28 to June 5. (Staff Sgt. David Salanitri, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs, contributed to this story)


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Rookies celebrates one year serving JB Charleston

By Senior Airman Dennis Sloan Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The Rookies Sports Grill staff and Team Charleston patrons celebrated Rookies' one-year anniversary by hosting a party for Joint Base Charleston diners May 8, 2013, at JB Charleston - Air Base. The celebration included a live band, hot dog eating contest and a buffet for service members, retirees and their families, to try out new menu options. "We really wanted to show the community how much we appreciate them for supporting Rookies," said Jeff McClure, 628th Force Support Squadron Charleston Club manager. "We also wanted to showcase some of the new food items we have added to the menu." Rookies now has a revamped menu with new specials, and some of the old customer favorites have been brought back. "The fish hoagie and Rubin sandwich were a couple of specials we brought back to the menu as result of customers requesting them," said Sue Weeks, 628th FSS Charleston Club operation's manager. "We also added evening specials and a kids menu, so families have a wider range of items to choose from if they decide to come in for dinner." The sports club features trivia nights, Bingo and several sports games and venues throughout the week. Their hours of operations are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday 4 to 10:30 p.m. For more information about Rookies Sports Grill call 963-3922.

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Master Sgt. Jim Davenport, 437th Medical Support Squadron superintendent, helps himself to the buffet line during the Rookies Sports Grill one-year anniversary celebration May 8, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C. The event included a live band, hot dog eating contest and buffet for service members, retirees and their families to try out new menu options.

Team Charleston personnel enjoy food and entertainment during the Rookies Sports Grill oneyear anniversary celebration May 8, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C.

The Larry David Band performs during the Rookies Sports Grill one-year anniversary May 8, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C.

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SAI/AFSA host Dorm Tailgate Party

Staff Sgt. William O'Brien, 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs noncommissioned officer in charge of media operations, eats a hot dog during the Dorm Tailgate Party Hot Dog Eating contest May 10, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C.

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Contestants rush to eat as many hot dogs as they can during the Dorm Tailgate Party Hot Dog Eating contest May 10, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C. The Tailgate Party was designed to strengthen social ties among dorm members and enhance their esprit de corps. The party was sponsored by the Single Airman Initiative Program and the Air Force Sergeants Association, and included a dirty truck competition, a hot dog eating contest, a basketball tournament and a live DJ. Dorm residents make their way through a buffet line during the Dorm Tailgate Party May 10, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, S.C.

Staff Sgt. Eric Genther, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron structures craftsman, tosses a bean bag during a game of cornhole at the Dorm Tailgate Party May 10, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, S.C.

Airmen prepare for a 3-on-3 basketball tournament during the Dorm Tailgate Party May 10, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, S.C.

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437th AMXS tops 628th SFS in Softball Opener By Staff Sgt. AJ Hyatt 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron defeated the 628th Security Forces Squadron 15 – 7 in the 2013 Intramural Softball Season Opener May 14, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C. – Game highlights 1st inning Both teams came out of the gates rusty as they were unable to score in the first inning. 2nd inning AMXS’ clean-up batter began the second inning with a lead-off triple and scores when Clifford Hartley, SFS left-center outfielder, misplayed a ball in the outfield. AMXS shortstop hit another triple to right field scoring the runner on second base. An error by Gary Reash, SFS’ second baseman, led to another AMXS run. AMXS was only able to get three runs in the top of the second inning. SFS was able to answer back in the bottom half of the inning by scoring four runs off of five straight singles and a couple of sacrifice flies. SFS ended the inning up 4 – 3. 3rd inning The bats came alive in the top of the third inning, when AMXS combined five hits in the inning and scored four runs. SFS wasted a lead-off double and went into the fourth inning down 4 – 7. 4th inning AMXS added a couple more runs to their total when Johnathon Haney, AMXS right fielder, and Stephen Gasperic, AMXS left fielder, both hit RBI singles. The combination of hits and an AMXS error lead to SFS scoring two runs in the bottom half of the inning. AMXS went into the fifth inning with a 9 – 6 lead. 5th inning In the top of the inning, AMXS went three up and three down. SFS was able to add one run to their score, when Reash hit a lead-off triple and scored on a sacrifice fly. The score was now 9 – 7 AMXS. 6th inning AMXS exploded for six runs in the top half of the sixth. The team nearly batted around their line-up as they added six hits to their total.

Photos by Senior Airman George Goslin

A 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron batter delivers a hit to the outfield during the 2013 Intramural Softball Season Opener May 14, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C. The 437th AMXS team defeated the 628th Security Forces Squadron 15 – 7.

Despite a lead-off single by Robert Trout, SFS pitcher, and a walk by SFS right fielder Joseph Draper, SFS could not manufacture a run in the bottom half of the inning. 7th Inning SFS was able to strike out an AMXS batter in the seventh inning and turn a 6-4-3 (shortstop to second baseman to first baseman) double play to put the bats back in their hands. But the cops could only manage one hit in the bottom of the last inning; AMXS went on to win the game 15 – 7. – The season continues until August 2013, and games will be played on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Fields 1 and 2.

A 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron pitcher delivers a pitch during the 2013 Intramural Softball Season Opener May 14, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C.

The 628th Security Forces Squadron team competes against the 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron team in the 2013 Intramural Softball Season Opener May 14, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C.

Players from the 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and 628th Security Forces Squadron congratulate their opponents after the 2013 Intramural Softball Season Opener May 14, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C.

The Intramural Softball season offers Airmen a sports program with competitiveness and diversity, additional alternatives for leisure time, opportunities to promote teamwork, enhance esprit de corps, advance JB Charleston cooperation, and aids commanders in their physical fitness programs, according to Staff Sgt. Matthew Irick, 628th Force Support Squadron sports director. Anyone interested in JB Charleston – Air Base’s Intramural Sports program can contact their unit sports representative or contact the Air Base Fitness Center at 963-3347. Those interested in the Weapons Station Intramural Sports Program can call Randy Moseley at 764-4118.

A 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron player slides safely into second base in the 2013 Intramural Softball Season Opener May 14, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C.

A 628th Security Forces Squadron player drives a ball up the middle during the 2013 Intramural Softball Season Opener May 14, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C. Opening Day for the Intramural Softball Season began May 14, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C. Home teams are responsible for ensuring scorebooks are put in press boxes and scoreboards and ball field lights are turned off immediately after the end of the last scheduled game on the evening.


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LOA members participate in Professional Development

By 2nd Lt. Andrea Gehrman 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

In an environment of increased fiscal constraints it is still possible to get the much needed professional development for our Air Force Logistics Officers. The Middle Georgia Chapter Logistics Officer Association hosted nine Charleston Globemaster Chapter members at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., April 11 - 12, 2013. With recent budgetary constraints, the Globemaster Chapter members took the initiative and organized this professional development trip, made possible by leadership approving permissive temporary duty, personal vehicles used for transportation, and government lodging at the expense of the members in attendance. The LOA is an organization comprised of more than 3,000 military officers and civilians in logistics fields around the globe. LOA membership opportunities include all logistics officers, to include the Air Force Specialty Codes of 21A (Aircraft Maintenance), 21M (Munitions Maintenance), and 21R (Logistics Readiness), as well as logistics professionals from other military services. The Charleston Globemaster LOA Chapter highly encourages civilian membership - both officer equivalent federal employees and private sector civilians who are members of military-related civilian organizations. The purpose of LOA is to enhance the military logistics profession and provide an open forum to promote quality logistical support and logistics officer professional development. The tour began with the Team Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System Maintenance Group where members were able to tour the E-8C JSTARS in the 116 Air Control Wing, the avionics back shop, the LRS warehouse, and the 461st Maintenance Squadron Propulsion Flight and test cell before getting a "full power" tour of a static E-8 aircraft. The afternoon tour included briefings from the Warner Robins Defense Logistics Agency and a High Velocity Maintenance representative. On April 12, the tour included the C-17 Globemaster III Programmed Depot Maintenance depot line and the Commodities Maintenance Group to include the Computerized Numeric Control Shop, the F-15 Wing Shop, the C-130 Prop Shop, concluding with the sheet metal manufacturing section. The tour concluded with a briefing on the Air Force Sustainment Center by a Logistics Career Broadening Officer stationed at Robins AFB, Ga. This trip ended in plans for a reciprocal trip for the Middle Georgia Chapter to visit Joint Base Charleston in the summer of 2013.

Naval Air Forces Commander calls X-47B catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush a pivotal moment in Naval Aviation

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USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, at sea – The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia today. "Today we saw a small, but significant pixel in the future picture of our Navy as we begin integration of unmanned systems into arguably the most complex warfighting environment that exists today: the flight deck of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier," said Vice Adm. David Buss, commander, Naval Air Forces, the Navy's "Air Boss." The unmanned aircraft launched from the deck of George H.W. Bush at 11:18 a.m. It executed several planned low approaches to the carrier and safely transited across the Chesapeake Bay to land at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., after a 65-minute flight. Buss called the launch a "watershed event" in naval aviation and said he expects that decades from now, a future "Air Boss" will have a picture of the X-47B launching from Bush behind his or her desk just as he has a picture of aviation pioneer Eugene Ely's first-ever landing on the deck of a ship in 1911 behind his desk today. "This ship and her crew continuously meet the challenges placed before them," said the ship's commanding officer, Capt. Brian Luther. "The successful launch of the X-47B is yet another first on USS George H.W. Bush. We were excited to host the experimental aircraft, and are proud to know we have played a part in a significant milestone in naval aviation." Completing another important first for the UCAS-D program, the team demonstrated the ability to precisely navigate the X-47B within the controlled airspace around an aircraft carrier at sea and seamlessly pass control of the air vehicle from a "mission operator" aboard the carrier to one located in the Mission Test Control Center at NAS Patuxent River for landing. "The flight today demonstrated that the X-47B is capable of operation from a carrier, hand-off from one mission control station to another, flight through the national airspace, and recovery at another location without degradation in safety or precision," said Matt Funk, lead test engineer for the Navy UCAS program. Prior to the catapult launch on Tuesday, the UCAS test team also conducted deck-handling and ship-integration testing to demonstrate the capability to safely operate the X-47B in the dynamic, unforgiving environment of an aircraft carrier flight deck. "This event is a testament to the teamwork, professionalism and expertise of everyone involved with X-47B program," said Rear Adm. Mat Winter, program executive officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons. "Their work will positively impact future unmanned aviation development for years to come." Over the next few weeks, the X-47B aircraft will fly approaches to the ship multiple times and eventually land on the pitching flight deck, said Navy UCAS Program Manager Capt. Jaime Engdahl. The UCAS team will conduct additional shore-based testing with the X-47B at NAS Patuxent River in the coming months before its final carrier-based arrested landing demonstration later this summer.

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Members from the Middle Georgia Robins and Charleston Globemaster Logistics Officer Association tour the avionics back shop, April 11, 2013, at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. The Middle Georgia Chapter Logistics Officer Association hosted nine Charleston Globemaster Chapter members at Robins AFB, Ga., April 11 – 12, 2013. With recent budgetary constraints, the Globemaster Chapter members took the initiative and organized this professional development trip, made possible by leadership approving permissive temporary duty, personal vehicles used for transportation, and government lodging at the expense of the members in attendance.

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from 3 to 4 p.m. Whether you want to build, maintain or fix your credit score, this class will cover every aspect of credit reports and credit scoring.

May 23 / Mandatory TAP pre-separation briefings will be provided for separatees from 8 to11 a.m. and for retirees from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Per Public Law 107-103, in the case of anticipated retirement, retiring service members can receive pre-separation counseling up to 24 months prior to DOS. And a separating service member can receive pre-separation counseling up to 12 months prior to DOS. This is the first step in the process to making you "career ready" to leave the service; and this briefing/counseling is required prior to attending the TAP GPS Workshop. June 1 / A women's self-defense seminar will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at the MWR Athletics, building 725 at the Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station. The female participants will learn self-defense techniques from experienced black belt instructors. For more information contact Dr. Ronald Allan Charles, 8th Degree black belt, at (843) 553-6702 or email

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May 21 / A Navigating Stress class is scheduled for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Attendees will learn techniques to slow down, take a deep breathe, prioritize, and relax. Learn to bounce back and keep stress at a manageable level.

May 18 / A 7 Habits of Highly Effective Military Families (Habit 4: "Think Win - Wing") class is scheduled for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Being a member of a military family poses its own set of hurdles. This workshop provides principles that enable family members to communicate more effectively about their problems and resolve them successfully. This will be a monthly workshop rotating each habit throughout the year.


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May 15 / A Pre-Separation Counseling class is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m., May 15 (for separatees) and May 16 (for retirees). Are you within 24 months of retiring or 12 months of separation from the service? If so, it's time to schedule your pre-separation counseling and TAP GPS class. First, talk with your Command Career Counselor and then request to do your Pre-Sep counseling session.


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May 22 / A "What's Your Score? Credit Know-How" class will be held


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May 16 / A Conflict Resolution class is scheduled for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Are you experiencing conflict in the work place or at home? If so, join this class and learn how to identify ways to effectively resolve conflict.


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May 23 / A Smooth Move class is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon. Are you relocating soon? If so, learn from the experts on how to PCS smoothly to your new location.

May 30 / A Cooking on a Budget class is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn about your personal budges and how to cook on a budget. Each attendee will receive free recipes and will get to sample food.

June 1 / A women's self-defense seminar will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at the MWR Athletics, building 725 at the Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station. The female participants will learn self-defense techniques from experienced black belt instructors. For more information contact Dr. Ronald Allan Charles, 8th Degree black belt, at (843) 553-6702 or email

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05-17-2013 The Patriot (Joint Base Charleston)  
05-17-2013 The Patriot (Joint Base Charleston)  

The official base paper for Joint Base Charleston, S.C. (Charleston Air Force Base & Naval Weapons Station) This 12,000 circulation newspap...