Joint Base Charleston
Vol. 3, No. 20
Team Charleston – One Family, One Mission, One Fight!
Friday, May 18, 2012
Retired Marine Staff Sgt. Dean Suthard sits with his new service dog, Esther, during a ceremony at the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston May 9. During the ceremony, NCBC, in partnership with Carolina Canines for Service, presented Suthard, a wounded service member, his service dog. CCFS is a nonprofit health and human services organization that trains service dogs for veterans with disabilties.
Wounded Warrior receives a 'Helping Paw'
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437th MXS works metals shop to maintain C-17’s See page 5
Grand opening of new sports grill See page 3
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Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Ashlee Galloway Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs
Esther may look like an ordinary dog, but to retired Marine Staff Sgt. Dean Suthard, she is a lifesaver. Suthard took possession of the two-year-old Labradoodle during a May 9 ceremony at the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston, where Esther had spent almost a year training for her new mission in life as part of the Carolina Canines for Service program. Suthard is a veteran of deployments to Panama where he helped provide security during the turnover of the Panama Canal, relief assistance in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as well as three deployments to Iraq. It was on his second deployment with the 1st Battalion 8th Marine Regiment in 2004 that he sustained injuries during a combat patrol, breaking his spine in several places. After recovering, Suthard pushed on through the pain and discomfort and continued to serve in the Marine Corps, completing a third tour of duty in Iraq. However, in 2009, while out jogging, the fragile bones in his spine shifted and his condition worsened. He lost most of the feeling in both of his legs. Suthard was left with limited mobility and was
only able to walk with the use of two canes. The pain didn't let him sleep for more than two hours each night. Now, with the help of Esther, Suthard is able to start putting his life back together. With Esther by his side, he is able to combat his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and can go places on his own when only weeks ago, he had to have his wife with him for the fear that somebody was always behind him. "I am already walkRetired Marine Staff Sgt. Dean Suthard stands with his new service dog, ing without my canes Esther, during a ceremony at the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston May 9. and I've slept a full seven hours every which are rescued from local animal shelters, are night; it is a miracle," said Suthard. "Esther has trained by military prisoners at the NCBC. The changed my life in just the four days that I have dogs accompany and provide help to warriors had her." who were injured while serving their country. CCFS is a national program that understands "Esther is like a life partner," said Suthard. the instinctive bond dogs have with their human "She is there when I need her, she knows when I counterparts and provides disabled veterans with feel bad, and she knows how to make me feel quality, trained service dogs. The dogs, many of better. I couldn't ask for more."
COMPASS: guiding tool for military spouses
By Airman 1st Class Dennis Sloan Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs
When people hear the word compass, they often think of a device that assists individuals with direction and the Navy program COMPASS does just that. Instead of using a needle and the earth's magnetic field, the program COMPASS uses veteran military spouses to help young Navy spouses navigate through military life a little smoother. COMPASS is a spouse-to-spouse mentoring program that introduces participants to all aspects of the military lifestyle. The program offers military spouses the opportunity to establish a peer network, acquire knowledge and develop skills necessary to successfully meet future challenges of military life. The program was started by Rosemary Ellis, a Navy spouse, in the early nineties for submarine spouses, but quickly grew into a program for all Navy spouses. "COMPASS is geared toward Navy spouses and the Navy community, but all military spouses can benefit from some of the topics," said Antonia Wilber, COMPASS team leader and spouse of Chief Petty Officer Keith Wilber. COMPASS is a three-day, 12-hour program, with veteran spouses and a chaplain teaching seven separate classes: • Navigating the Maze - Learning the benefits and services available to military members and their families
• Anchors Aweigh - Learning how to deal with deployments, separations and reunions • Local Insights - Exploring the local community • I$ that all there I$? - Learning some personal financial tips • Changing Ports - Learning the moving process • Getting Along - Learning healthy communication (Only course taught by a chaplain) • U.S. Navy - Learning about the history of the Navy as well as its traditions "All of the mentors are volunteers who have gone through the course at least once before and have experienced military life for an extended period of time," said Wilber. Those interested in becoming a mentor in the program need to have gone through the course at least one time, been a military spouse for at least three years and have experienced their spouse deploying. A large majority of the spouses that attend the Joint Base Charleston COMPASS program are spouses of Navy students attending the nuclear training schools on the Weapons Station side of the base. "We get a lot of spouses whose husbands have just come out of boot camp," said Robin Hastings, COMPASS mentor and spouse of Chief Petty Officer Daniel Hastings. "We want to get them into this program before they go out into the fleet and have to deal with deployments, moves and other aspects of military life."
The program is free and includes breakfast, lunch and childcare for those with children. "The fact that this program offered free babysitting got me in the seat," said Wilber. "After going through the course I learned so much and continue to pass that information on to my fellow spouses." A graduation ceremony is held upon completion of the course. During the ceremony, spouses get a little more time to interact than they would in the classroom. "The program is not all work and no play, but we do focus on the material so the attendees get the most out of the course," said Michelle Taylor, COMPASS mentor and spouse of Petty Officer 1st Class Craig Taylor. "The attendees are going to make a lot of new friends by coming to the program." The next session is scheduled for July 17 through 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Reagan Center, Bldg. 717 on Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station. To sign-up for the COMPASS program, spouses can go to www.gocompass.org and register. Spouses can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information from mentors here. The program is funded by Navy Services FamilyLine. "I highly encourage the spouses to come and try out this program," said Wilber. "It's free and will help you to transition from the civilian lifestyle into the military lifestyle."
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Commentary by Navy Captain Mark Glover Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center commanding officer
Airlift Wing and 315th Airlift Wing; the 841st Transportation Battalion; Army Strategic Logistics Activity Charleston and Coast Guard Sector Charleston. Veterans Affairs In July, I will celebrate one year as the commanding officer of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic. As a SSC Atlantic's Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill Long-Term Solution Lowcountry native, it's great to be back home. I began this great team delivered an automated IT capability to the Department of Navy journey from my hometown of Walterboro, S.C., some 30 Veterans Affairs that has assisted more than 726,665 veterans and years ago. warfighters in realizing their educational goals and receiving $18.3 When I raised my hand and took the oath back in 1982, I billion in education benefits. The Long-Term Solution system has never in my wildest dreams would have imagined I'd return to Captain Mark Glover enabled the VA to efficiently process, administer and manage the Space and Naval the Lowcountry to lead an amazing organization of more than delivery of educational benefits to service members, veterans and Systems Center 12,000 dedicated, great Americans that comprise our civil serv- Warfare their beneficiaries attending college under the Post-9/11 Veterans commanding officer ice workforce, military personnel and industry partners. Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math SSC Atlantic is a Department of the Navy organization dedicated to making Information Technology count for the warfighter and the nation. Our SSC Atlantic participates in outreach activities designed to inspire, develmission is to rapidly deliver and support solutions that enable information op and attract the science, technology, engineering and math talent needed to dominance for naval, joint, national and coalition warfighters. deliver innovative solutions for the nation's current and future challenges, One year later, I am still proud to be a member of this world class team. either in or out of the military. SSC Atlantic sponsored a record number of Here are a few examples of our efforts and the direct support we provide the youth teams in FIRST ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and warfighter: Technology) Robotics League competitions this past winter. The energy at Data Center Consolidation these competitions is unbelievable and it is truly inspiring to see the students SSC Atlantic unveiled a new data center in October 2011 that is playing a so excited about science and engineering. SSC Atlantic also participates in key role in consolidating Navy data centers to increase effectiveness and shadow days, lunch buddy programs, summer employment programs for efficiency and reduce costs while still meeting the Navy's security and opera- youth, tours, lab visits and career day visits to schools. Cyber Defense Competitions tional requirements. The 20,220 square-foot facility is located on Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station. The data center provides the Navy a state-ofSSC Atlantic recently supported the 2012 Collegiate Cyber Defense the-art platform that gets us another step closer to Information Dominance. Competition, which gives teams from universities all over the nation a The data center allows us to support significantly more work, cheaper, withchance to show their skills in information assurance and cyber security. SSC out sacrificing service or capability to the warfighter. Atlantic supported 10 regional competitions and one on the national level in Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected which students competed to defend systems and networks. SSC Atlantic's Our synergy with Joint Base Charleston tenants has helped make SSC support and related recruiting efforts lead to the collection of more than 300 Atlantic's Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected and MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle resumes from some of the best and brightest from these universities, which integration effort a huge success. After a full complement of communication, will help SSC Atlantic continue to grow our engineering expertise to further computers, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissupport the warfighter in cyber. sance systems is installed in the vehicles, they are shipped from Naval These are but a few of the examples of the significant projects we have Weapons Station deep water piers or via C-17 to warfighters from all U.S. underway in support of the warfighter. As I mentioned earlier, the strength of military services to give them information dominance over their enemies. So our organization comes from our talented and dedicated workforce, and I far, SSC Atlantic has integrated 30,000 in the MRAP family of vehicles, with look forward to what we will continue to achieve over the next two years. military collaborators including the U.S. Transportation Command; 437th
How do you measure success? Commentary by Master Sgt. Lisa Peele 628th Civil Engineer Squadron first sergeant
Everyone measures success differently - from athletes who win championships to business owners making the Fortune 500. But how do we as professional Airmen measure success? Throughout my career, my ideas of success have changed greatly over the years. When I first enlisted, I thought success was getting through my first four years without getting kicked out. Then, as I found myself married and starting a family,
my idea of success was making it to 20 years and retiring at 38. A few years later, some good supervisors gave me the motivation and instilled confidence in me that I could be a "Chief one day." There was a good 10 years where I could say I had it all - fantastic marriage, perfect children, beautiful home and a very promising career. Unfortunately, a tragic accident taking my husband of 15 years helped open my eyes to what success truly means to me. I hadn't realized how many things in life I had taken for granted. The successful career I had did not come
without sacrifice. There were many months spent away from family and friends and long hours on the job even when I was home. As a widowed mother of three, it became very clear to me that I did not need a promotion to validate my worth. Rather, my greatest success is the three children I have raised. So when faced with the decision to retire or accept another stripe, the decision for me was easy and I am looking forward to my retirement. However you measure success, I wish you all the very best. Just remember that life is short so don't ever take your family for granted.
Illicit drug use ruins lives Commentary by Special Agent Gilbert Rivera Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 310
The Airman sat in a military courtroom nervous with palms sweaty, waiting to hear how his life would change. The jury finished its deliberation and announced that he was found guilty for violating Article 112a, use of controlled substances, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He felt his heart skip a beat because he knew he was going to jail, leaving his wife and children behind. Not only was he leaving his family behind, he was being forced out of the Air Force with a bad conduct discharge. Ten years of honorable military service down the drain. He had blamed his drug addiction on a hard childhood, a difficult adult life, and numerous deployments. He felt that he had never had a fair chance at real success because others held him back. He knew he had "real" friends though because they aided his drug habits and introduced him to Spice, a synthetic cannabis, and assured him it could never be found by urinalysis testing. They also stated it would help him deal with his stressful life. His friends were wrong on both counts. The day of his court martial was a blur. Several family members and his supervisors and friends attended the court martial. After serving 15 months in jail he was released and found he had no career, home, family or money. This story unfortunately ends with his untimely death by his own hand. The story, while very depressing, is intended to let you know that illicit drug use is not the answer to any problem. It wasn't twenty years ago, and it isn't in 2012. Simply put; illegal and illicit drug use ruins lives. It only takes one time, when you are eventually identified in a random urinalysis sweep, to put your life in a fast, downward spiral. In today's internet savvy culture, drug use continues to be a huge contributor to marital problems, sexual abuse, work difficulties, troubled relationships, poor health and ruined careers. As special agents, we speak to many individuals who did not think about the consequences of their actions before they decided to use Spice, marijuana, cocaine or any other illegal or controlled substance. The unfortunate part is they only thought about the consequences after they were caught. Some believe Air Force Office of Special Investigations finds pleasure in running investigations that ruin careers. However, as members of the greatest Air Force in the world, we would prefer to never see a career or a life damaged by wrongful drug use. We know from experience how it feels to look into the eyes of a service member's loved one trying to
cope with the after effects of a poorly thought out action. Below are some topics to reflect on before making a bad decision: Re-evaluate your friendships. Have you ever heard the expression, "birds of a feather flock together?" Choosing friends that are up to no good and not terminating friendships with these types of individuals can lead to an ill reputed association that can ultimately involve you in activities that go against Air Force regulations or the good order and discipline of our military values. Set Short term/long term goals. Goals keep you focused and driven to succeed. If unsure what your goals should be, seek out dependable positive sources for assistance. Your supervisors, first sergeants and commanders all have your best intentions at heart and should be your first stop. They want you to make the right decisions and can often help you define your goals. There are also several other base agencies such as the base Chapel or the Airmen's Center that can provide additional assistance. Get Involved. Spend time on constructive hobbies. Pursue a personal project, pursue an athletic endeavor, or find a church group suited to you, and most importantly continue your education. Choose activities that help better yourself and keep you moving in a positive direction. Stop projecting yourself as a victim. Everyone falls on tough times. However, there's never a reason to stay victimized. If you believe in yourself and that accomplishment is molded by your own hands, then success will surely follow. Remember, it takes hard work and thoughtful decisions to be successful and happy. In short, learn from your mistakes, take responsibility for your actions, and move forward with your life. Do what is right. If you know or hear of illegal activities occurring in our Air Force, and you've ignored it ...you're wrong. Every Air Force member has an inherit duty to report when aware of another member's illicit use of drugs or any other criminal behavior. Besides doing what is required, you may be saving that individual's life. Doing the right thing isn't always easy but the rewards, both personally and professionally are certainly felt. When life gets tough, do what is right and take responsibility for your actions, get help if you need it, get involved, and surround yourself with people who want you to succeed. Live your life the best way you can and stay true to the core values you've sworn to abide by. In closing, remember, it only takes one bad decision to turn your life, and that of your loved ones, upside down unnecessarily. Keep in mind a popular athlete's motto and "Live Strong." That's sound advice.
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Feedback results in opening of JB Charleston Sports Grill
By Senior Airman Anthony J. Hyatt Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs
"The sports grill was a great idea, because it was something this base needed," said Senior Airman Michael Thorndike, from the 628th Communications Squadron. "It gives Airmen another place to hang out or eat at, instead of the going off base. It also makes the club a more attractive place to go to." The new grill was not developed for only younger Airmen. According to Lt. Col. Danny Davis, 628th FSS commander, Rookies exists for the Airmen, their families and the retirees. One of FSS's goals is to help build a sense of community, which Rookies is doing. "Rookies is an entirely new concept to the Charleston Club," said Rob Cocker, Joint Base Charleston club manager. "Rookies offers a sports grill themed menu featuring pizzas, sandwiches, wings, pasta, salads, ribs and even some foods under 400 calories. There is something for everyone."
Joint Base Charleston introduced its new Rookies Sports Grill during the grand opening May 11, at the Charleston Club thanks to feedback from its Airmen. The opening of the sports grill included welcoming comments from Col. Richard McComb, JB Charleston commander, Rookies new buffet line, a pizza eating contest and a Texas Hold'em Tournament. Calvin Taylor, singer and guitarist from the Original Drifters, was the special musical guest for the event. Many Airmen have expressed their need for a location for the younger crowd on base and the feedback was received by the 628th Force Support Squadron.
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The sports grill, decorated with sports memorabilia and a full service sit down dining experience, has four big screen projectors and 10 television sets stationed throughout Rookies. Tables also include table speakers, so customers can listen to any sports game on any TV. Rookies will also offer monthly programming to include Trivia, Open Mic Night and live entertainment from some of Charleston's best musicians, according to Cocker. Rookies Sports Grill is open Monday through Friday with table service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rookies Grill is available Wednesday through Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. For more information on JB Charleston's Rookies Sports Grill, visit www.jbcharleston.com. To see photos, visit www.charleston.af.mil
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