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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.

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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 and register. Spouses can also email 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'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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JB Charleston teens AF camp bound By Airman 1st Class Dennis Sloan Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Two teens from Joint Base Charleston were selected to attend Air Force specialty camps this summer. The teens, both active members in the base's youth programs, submitted applications to Karen Hudson, 628th Force Support Squadron teen coordinator. "We have the teens fill out the applications and if they don't get them in on time then we are not able to submit them," said Hudson. "We do this so they learn responsibility and really show they want to attend these amazing camps." Mai'Ana Sirena Artero, daughter of Air Force retiree Clarissa Artero, attended the Teen Leadership Camp last summer, applied and was selected for the camp again this year.

"I want to attend this camp because I had so much fun last year that I wanted to learn more," said Artero. Each applicant is required to state why they should attend camp at the bottom of their application. "I am a great student and enjoy meeting teens that are motivated to learn," stated Artero. "I understand getting selected is a great privilege and I will represent my base, my parents and myself responsibly." Curtis Stauffer, son of Lt. Col. Curtis Stauffer, 317th Airlift Squadron pilot, was selected for the Teen Aviation Camp. "Curtis has been looking forward to this camp for awhile now," said Hudson. "He is very focused on becoming a pilot." Stauffer was also required to provide a written essay on why he should be selected to attend the camp. "My father is a graduate of the Academy and my career

plan is to attend the Air Force Academy to become a pilot," stated Stauffer. "This camp will give me an opportunity to learn from the best of our military professionals." The camps will teach both Artero and Stauffer leadership and team building skills. "They will be going non-stop from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m.," said Hudson. "The camps are exhausting, but very rewarding." Stauffer added that even though sometimes being a military dependent is hard, other times it is very rewarding. "I know that without my dad being in the military, many things I enjoy during the summer and from what the military provides, would not happen and I am grateful for every moment of being a military dependent," said Stauffer.

21st Century Sailors on the rise

By Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Hudson Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

After the Navy-wide announcement of the establishment of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, March 5, Sailors at Joint Base Charleston - Weapons station are striving toward the goal of maximizing Sailor and Marine personal readiness by raising the bar in physical fitness. The initiative consolidates a set of objectives and policies, both new and existing, setting a fleet-wide goal to maximize personal readiness throughout the ranks. The program is divided into five categories placing emphasis on readiness, safety, inclusion, continuum of service and physical fitness. According to the Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus during his announcement of the initiative, Sailors and Marines must be ready to meet the demands of performing in a tactical environment, and physical readiness is a crucial link to ensuring Sailors and Marines are ready to take on the challenges the Navy and Marine Corps face today and in the future. As part of the 21st Century initiative, Sailors and Marines must maintain the highest level of sustained fitness with the ultimate goal of having the fittest, most deployment-

ready force in the history of the Navy and Marine Corps. "We ask for only the very best from our Sailors," said Master Chief Petty Officer Billy Cady, JB Charleston - Weapons Station command master chief. "To be the best, Sailors must have sound mind and body to be successful and combat ready. That means each and every Sailor must be physically fit, deliberately incorporating physical fitness routines and living a healthy lifestyle instead of simply just doing enough to get by on the Physical Readiness Tests twice a year. The more that we do each day to improve our physical fitness level, the more prepared we will become to handle any situation." To help reach this goal in superior performance in physical fitness, Naval Support Activity's Command Fitness Leader Petty Officer 1st Class Jacob Moore, a Master-atArms, oversees group physical fitness training three times a week - pushing Sailors to reach their maximum capability. "The Navy requires all Sailors to be physically fit, and here at NSA, we strive for only the very best," he said. "We encourage our Sailors to push harder and longer to help them reach their maximum capability and once they've reached that level we go one step fur-

ther by pushing them to exceed their own standard." "We train three times a week and in cycles to help build upper and lower body strength over a period of time. We also train to improve Sailors' cardio," said Moore. "We train for PRTs in a progressive state, meaning that over a period of six months the PT sessions become more and more strenuous to ensure that Sailors can exceed the set standard and pass the test when the time comes." Moore discussed the transition from a 'culture of testing' to a 'culture of fitness,' explaining how programs under the 21st Century initiative, such as Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling System and 'Fueled to Fight,' will help achieve the transformation. "There are some Sailors who approach exercise like they do studying for a test; cram before a PRT, and then give it up as soon as they pass," Moore said. "With this new initiative in place, we have already seen many changes taking place, for example, all waivers for body composition assessments are removed. You have to get a BCA even if you score an 'outstanding' on the PRT. The program has placed emphasis on physical fitness, raising the bar in what used to be the standard and expecting more from Sailors.

The goal is to have fitness more of a priority in a Sailor's life both on and off duty." For one Sailor, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kirsten DeVaughn, a Machinist's Mate who works at NSA, after having a child five months ago, PT has not only been helpful in losing some of the added pounds from the baby, but also very challenging. "It was hard getting back into a routine of physical fitness after the baby," she said. "But through the encouragement of the CFL and fellow shipmates, I now have a set routine that has pushed me to my limit and beyond. I incorporate fitness during my off time as well by implementing healthier foods and a more active lifestyle which goes hand-in-hand with the Navy-wide effort in promoting a higher standard of physical fitness of the 21st Century Sailor." "With the Navy needing to do more with less across the board, it is even more important for Sailors to be able to exceed past standards in physical fitness," said Moore. "Top physical performance is a must in today's 21st Century Sailor in order to reach the wide spectrum of arduous duties world-wide. My goal as the command CFL is to push our Sailors to excellence and help ready them for any challenge they are faced with."

Joint Base Charleston hosts Street Smart 2012

By Glenda Middleton 628th Air Base Wing Safety Office safety technician

The Joint Base Charleston Safety Office will host the Stay Alive From Education "Street Smart" program May 21 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the JB Charleston - Air Base Theater and from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the JB Charleston Weapons Station Theater. Street Smart is not a lecture. It is an audience interactive workshop designed for young adults offering attendees a reallife view of their options. S.A.F.E. members take the audience

into the real-life drama experienced by firefighters and paramedics as they work to save the lives of individuals who have made poor choices when it comes to drinking and driving, using drugs or not wearing seat belts. The goal of the S.A.F.E. program is to offer young adults information allowing them to make rational decisions concerning their safety and well being, thus reducing injuries and fatalities, giving them the opportunity to become responsible and healthy adults. The leading cause of death and injury among young adults in the United States is from trauma caused by accidents. Driving behaviors of young adults cause the majority of these

Bank of America closing on base

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The Bank of America branch located within the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Commissary and the ATM machine located outside of the Commissary will be permanently closing today. Customers can visit any of Bank of America's branches, to include several located within a few miles of the base. Individuals requiring banking services on base can visit Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union located at 2375 White Circle on Joint Base Charleston - Air Base. ATMs are available at the following Air Base locations: • Outside the Express • Inside the JB Charleston Club • Inside the Base Exchange Lobby • Inside the Passenger Terminal • Bowling Alley

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Staff Sgt. Evan Kidd, a non-destructive inspector with the 437th Maintenance Squadron out of Joint Base Charleston, S.C., performs a magnetic particle inspection on bolts used on a C-17 Globemaster III May 9, 2012. The inspection tests for fractures in the metal.

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Air Force Reserve Staff Sgt. James Jordan, an aircraft metals technology craftsman with the 315th Maintenance Squadron out of Joint Base Charleston, S.C., masks letters spelling “U.S. Air Force” on a C-17 Globemaster III before it is painted May 9, 2012. The Airmen mask parts of the C-17 to prevent them from being painted with the rest of the plane. Airman 1st Class Tashma Antoine, an aircraft metals apprentice with the 437th Maintenance Squadron out of Joint Base Charleston, S.C., uses a mill to reduce the diameter of a metal rod to fulfill training requirements May 9, 2012.

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Airman 1st Class Tashma Antoine, an aircraft metals apprentice with the 437th Maintenance Squadron out of Joint Base Charleston, S.C., cuts a steel rod with an abrasive saw to fulfill training requirements May 9, 2012. Antoine works in the aircraft metals fabrication shop where he uses several different pieces of equipment to bend, cut and combine metals together. Antoine is originally from Fort Myers, Fla.

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Airman 1st Class James Rogers, a non-destructive inspector with the 437th Maintenance Squadron out of Joint Base Charleston, S.C., looks inside a torque tube for water or residue before applying a special dye May 9, 2012. The inspection line uses chemicals and ultraviolet lights to detect cracks and flaws in metal. The inspection process can take up to an hour for each tube, running them through three separate chemical baths and a special drying machine.

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Airman 1st Class James Rogers, a non-destructive inspector with the 437th Maintenance Squadron out of Joint Base Charleston, S.C., demonstrates the use of the Nortec 2000D+ at JB Charleston - Air Base, S.C. May 9, 2012. The instrument is another method the Airmen have to detect cracks and flaws in metal.

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Airman 1st Class Justin Marcum, an aircraft metals technology apprentice with the 437th Maintenance Squadron out of Joint Base Charleston, S.C., masks parts of a C-17 Globemaster III before being painted May 9, 2012. The Airmen mask parts of the C-17 to prevent them from being painted with the rest of the plane.


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Firefighters from the 628th Civil Engineer Squadron take off during a paintball match against defenders from the 628th Security Forces Squadron while competing in the "Guns and Hoses" fitness challenge, May 15 at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, S.C.

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Airman 1st Class Andrew Bradley, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, takes off during a paintball match against defenders from the 628th Security Forces Squadron during the "Guns and Hoses" fitness challenge, May 15 at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, S.C. The 628th SFS hosted the firefighters in a day full of competition known as the "Guns and Hoses" fitness challenge. The competitions included a paintball match, defender ball and a softball game. The event kicked off National Police Week, which occurs annually during the week of May 15. National Police Week recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement personnel.

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Col. Richard McComb, Joint Base Charleston commander, and Al Cannon, Sheriff of Charleston County, were judges at the 628th Security Forces Squadron Chili Cook-Off, May 15 at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base. This event was part of National Police Week, which occurs annually during the week of May 15, recognizing the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement personnel.

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Senior Master Sgt. Jason Heilman, 628th Security Forces Squadron, gets a pie in the face May 16 at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, S.C. For the Pie-in-the-face contest, personnel from the 628th SFS placed money down toward who they wanted to be picked. The highest and the lowest number of votes were the chosen ones. The money raised for this event will go toward the Special Olympics in South Carolina.

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By Tech. Sgt. Karen Tomasik Air Force Public Affairs Agency

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, LACKLAND, Texas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Airmen and families have a new resource at their fingertips with the recent release of an updated and revised social media guide by the Air Force Public Affairs Agency in San Antonio, Texas. The guide features sections geared toward all Total Force members and their families as well as Air Force leaders. It highlights topics including using social media effectively, security awareness, social media platforms, public affairs programs and social media policy among others. "Our social media team has made great strides in updating this guide," said Larry Clavette, Air Force Public Affairs Agency director. "Airmen and families will see a lot of information they can apply to their social networking practices, whether they've been using social media for years or are just coming onboard with the technology." While information on social media has been around for several years, the types of platforms people use evolve and new ones start up nearly every day. No matter which social media platform you use, and whether you use social media personally or professionally, many basic principles apply. Operations security ranks first and foremost in the minds of many military members, but the casual nature of social media can easily lead to inadvertent sharing of sensitive personal information via personal profiles and accounts. Everyone should make sure they share personal information only with people they trust and understand that no matter how secure they set up their own accounts friends can unintentionally share details about their lives with people who may have mali257867C02 cious intentions.

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The Patriot • May 18, 2012

Transportation Day and National Fleet & Automotive Services Transportation Week 2012

By The President of the United States of America: A Proclamation

OFFICE OF PRESS SECRETARY – From the railroads that connected our continent in the 19th century to the highways that drove progress during the 20th, American infrastructure has fueled our Nation's growth for generations. Our roads, rails, runways, and shipyards have formed the foundation for a thriving global marketplace, and our transportation networks have enabled our first responders and service members to react with speed and efficiency during crisis. On National Defense Transportation Day and during National Transportation Week, we celebrate that rich legacy and recommit to building robust infrastructure that will accelerate our economy in the years ahead. The need for strong and sustainable transportation networks has never been greater. While transportation systems across our country continue to connect millions of Americans to new economic opportunities, for too many businesses, the state of our roads and railways creates a competitive disadvantage that discourages investment and slows the pace of progress. Crumbling bridges put our safety at risk, and antiquated infrastructure limits our capacity to respond to threats, emergencies, and hazards at home and abroad. These situations diminish our security, our prosperity, and our resilience, and we must do more to address them. That is why my Administration has prioritized strategic, long-term investments in transportation infrastructure that will keep America safe and ensure we can compete and succeed in the global economy. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program, all 50 States have launched new highway and infrastructure projects, and many have funded passenger rail development that


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May 18 / Chief Master Sgt. Savidge Retirement: There will be a retirement ceremony for Chief Master Sgt. Tonia Savidge, May 18 at 2 p.m. at the Joint Base Charleston Club. / National Transportation Week Golf Tournament: The 437th Aerial Port Squadron is hosting a four-player, Captains Choice golf tournament May 18 at 10 a.m., at the Wrenwoods Golf Course. For more information contact master Sgt. Wimmer at 963-4898, Master Sgt. Burkhart at 963-7144 or Lt. Hayes at 963-3071. May 22 / Homeschool Overview Workshop: Interest in homeschooling? This workshop is scheduled for 11 a.m. May 22 at the Fleet and Family Support Center. It investigates the homeschooling world by answering questions and meeting other families who home school. Learn how to get started, the type of curriculum required, and support for homeschooling efforts. For information, contact Cicely McCray at 963-5444. May 23 / Ten Steps to A Federal Job (Resume): Learn the process for landing a federal job, May 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 963-4406 for more information. / Hurricane Preparedness Brieifing: Special guest presenter Live 5 Chief meterorologist Bill Walsh will brief hurricane information and answer questions about the current hurricane season at 12 p.m. May 23 at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. May 24 / Master Sgt. Peele Retirement: There will be a retirement ceremony for Master Sgt. Lisa Peele, May 24 at 9 a.m. at the Joint Base Charleston Club. / Deciphering The Career Status Bonus (CSB/Redux): Individuals must select between two retirement systems between their 14 ½ & 15 year mark of service. This brief workshop explains the financial of impact of both, May 24 from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Call 963-4406 for more information. May 29 / Making Sense of The TSP (Both Civilian & Military): Simplified language to help the novice investors understand the purpose of the TSP, whether it's a good choice, strategies to use when investing in the TSP, and more, May 29 from noon to 1 p.m. Call 963-4406 for more information. / Field Grade Officer Notification Training: Training for FGOs in the notification process for casualties, May 29 from 10 to 11 a.m. Call 963-4406 for more information. May 30 / Smooth Move: Learn from numerous experts, such as Finance & TMO, on how to PCS smoothly, May 30 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Call 963-4406 for more information. May 31 / Exceptional Family Member Program Support Group: Support Group for families enrolled in the exceptional family member program, May 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. For information, contact Okereta (Reta) Mills at 963-4411.

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/ The base Honor Guard team is recreating their Heritage Hall and is accepting contributions of any and all old air force uniforms, coins, flags, pictures, items etc. These items can be dropped off at the Honor Guard Bldg. 4450 New Mexico Ave, Hunley Park Base Housing Area, or they will pick them up. Call 767-2134. They will also be gathering names of the individuals who donate so they can be invited to the unveiling of the new Heritage Hall when it is complete. / Over Pricing (ZOP) Program: Per Air Mobility Command, everyone that orders parts through the Department of Defense stock system is requested to file a report when large discrepancies in prices exist for parts received. An example would be a $5 part that costs $500. All personnel should contact the 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron Customer Service office to file a complaint. For questions, concerns or further instruction on ZOP, contact Staff Sgt. Charles Brown at 963-4831. / Workforce Specialist: A workforce specialist is now available by appointment on Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The specialist can help with job referrals, resume and interview assistance and provide information about educational opportunities for active duty, retirees,

dependents and Department of Defense civilians. Call 963-4406 to schedule an appointment. / Girl Scouting: Girls in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to join Girl Scout Troop 895 at the Chapel Annex on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Contact Patti Donahue at 618-363-5230 or for more information. / Story Hours at the Library: The Base Library has two fun story hours every week. Mondays at 10 a.m., is the home day care story hour. Please call ahead each week to sign-up your group for this day. Tuesdays is the toddler open story and craft hour starting at 10 a.m. Reservations are not required for this session. Both sessions are free. Call 963-3320 to sign up. / Tennis Lessons: Lessons are held at the Outdoor Recreation tennis courts. Children six through 17 and adults can enroll for one-hour sessions, twice a week for $80 per month. Lessons are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. / Spouse Introduction to Joint Base Charleston: Held the first and third Wednesday of each month, this is a fun and fast-paced introduction to JB Charleston for all military spouses who have recently moved here. Meet other newly-arrived spouses, connect with your sponsor's unit Key Spouse and learn where to shop, dine and play in the Lowcountry. Get the information you need to make this your family's best assignment ever. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to register. / Coupon exchange: The AFRC has a coupon exchange that is open to all ranks. Bring in your unused coupons between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday and help yourself to coupons for you and your family. For more information on the coupon exchange, call 963-4408. / Stress coping workshops: Learn how to cope with life's stresses without pulling your hair out. Workshops meet the second Wednesday of every month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Health and Wellness Center classroom and are open to everyone. Call 963-4007 to sign up. / Sleep habits: Learn effective sleep habits and how to get your best Z's during this workshop which meets the fourth Wednesday of every month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the HAWC classroom. This class is open to everyone. Call 963-4007 to sign up. / Healthy Thinking Workshop registration: Do you find yourself feeling angry or stressed more often than you would like, or regret how you act when you are upset? Do you wish you could express yourself more clearly and be more assertive? Consider registering for the Healthy Thinking Workshop. The workshop is divided into four, 90-minute sessions held on consecutive Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with a new group beginning the first Wednesday of every month. To sign up or for more information, contact Family Advocacy at 963-6972. / Palace Chase, Palace Front briefings: The inservice recruiter conducts Palace Chase and Palace Front briefings at 9 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month in Bldg. 503, Room 201. Air Force Instruction 36-3205 mandates eligible Airmen who are separating to be informed about the benefits and opportunities available to them within the Reserve, such as cross training, continued service, retirement, education, medical insurance and promotion. For more information, call 963-4499. / Trespassing notice: The small arms firing range is located at 125 Range Road near the munitions operations area and explosive ordnance disposal building. Do not trespass into the surface danger zones; they are identified by posted warning signs. Trespassing is not only illegal; it is dangerous because of gunfire. Personnel requesting entry into firing range impact zones must contact the security forces combat arms noncommissioned officer in charge at 963-1121 or via e-mail at / Airman's Attic in need of donations: The Airman's Attic needs household items, children's clothing to size eight, appliances, food and furniture. If anyone has items that have been gently used, consider donating them to the attic. Donations can be dropped off at Bldg. 500, Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Betsy Crump at 963-4411. / Online legal assistance: The Air Force Legal Assistance website can be viewed at Airmen, their families and retirees have access to this website to complete worksheets for wills, advance medical directives and powers of attorney. The 628th Air Base Wing Legal Office provides notary services from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on normal duty days. In addition, the office provides attorney consultation on a walk-in basis Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. for active-duty members in uniform, and 1 to 3 p.m. for all others.

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May 21 / A Car Buying class will be held at 9 a.m. May 21 at Bldg. 755 on the Weapons Station. Obtain smart basics for purchasing the right car for you and your budget. Call the Fleet and Family Support Center at 764-7480 to register. May 22 / A Volunteer Orientation will be held at 10 a.m. May 22 at Bldg. 755 on the Weapons Station. Find out how volunteering may be just what you need at this time of your life; and learn about the many opportunities available for you. Call the FFSC at 764-7480 to register. / An "Understanding Credit Reports" class will be held at 2 p.m. May 22 at Bldg. 755 on the Weapons Station. Learn about budgeting, credit management, and how thru basic financial techniques, you can possibly become a millionaire! Call the FFSC at 764-7480 to register. May 23 / Ten Steps to a Federal Job class (Resume) class will be held at 9 a.m. May 23 at Bldg. 755 on the Weapons Station. Learn to navigate through the Federal Job process and land the Federal job for you. Call the FFSC at 764-7480 to register. / An Advanced Resume class will be held at 1 p.m. May 23 at Bldg. 755 on the Weapons Station. Learn how to enhance your current resume and get some tips from human resource experts. Call the FFSC at 764-7480 to register. May 29 / A Saving and Investing class will be held at 10 a.m. May 29 at Bldg. 755 on the Weapons Station. Find out how you can start saving and learn the basics of investing. Call the FFSC at 7647480 to register. May 31 / Exceptional Family Member Program Support Group: Support Group for families enrolled in the exceptional family member program will be held at 6 p.m. May 31. For information, contact Okereta (Reta) Mills at 963-4411.

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/ Coupon Exchange: The FFSC has a coupon exchange station in Bldg. 755 and is open to all military and family members. Bring in unused coupons between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and help yourself to coupons for your family. Call the FFSC at 764-7480 for more information. / Stepping Stones Pre-school Story Time: Parents and pre-school children learn together through stories, songs, arts & crafts and play time with the "Stepping Stones" Pre-school Story Time program at the Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station Branch Library. Children must be pre-school age and accompanied by a parent or guardian. This free program is every Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. To register call 764-7900. / Birthday bowling parties: Looking for something different to do for your next birthday party? Marrington Bowling Center has birthday bowling parties that are great for kids of any age. Call the bowling center for party options and availability. / Stroller Rollers offers "Fitness for Mom, fun for baby!" Attention new mothers, now there is a way to get fit while spending quality time with your baby. With the Stroller Rollers program, you'll shape up with a power walk and body sculpting while strolling with your baby. It's a great chance to interact with other new moms. Classes meet at the Naval Support Activity gymnasium on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Classes are free. Materials are provided. For more information, call MWR Fitness Director Nancy Haynsworth at 7644067. / Free on-line tutoring service: for Military Families is the Defense Department's official, online, on-demand tutoring and homework help service for military members and their families. The site, offers round-theclock professional tutors who can assist with homework, studying, test preparation, proof-reading and more. Active-duty military members and National Guard, Reserve personnel and Defense Department civilians on active duty in a deployed status and their family members are eligible to participate.'s network includes more than 2,500 professional tutors who have delivered more than six million, one-on-one tutoring sessions since 2001. Each tutor is certified through the site, and all ses-

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Call 764-7662 or come by 1004 Jefferson Ave., Bldg. 717 to sign up for the class. / Work & Family Life Specialists: Work & Family Life specialists are available by appointment. Get help with job referrals, resume and interview assistance, first move and information about educational opportunities for active duty, retirees, family members and Department of Defense civilians. Call the FFSC at 764-7480 for an appointment. / Personal Financial Management: Let an FFSC certified financial specialists assist you in accessing and explaining your credit report. They can provide the tools and information to improve your score and make the right decisions about collections and debt. Call FFSC at 764-7480 for more information. / Wise Credit Choices: Did you know that your credit score is a huge deciding factor for interest rates, mortgages, insurance costs, employability, loans, deposits, etc.? Call a personal financial manager at the FFSC for an appointment at 764-7480. / Developing your spending plan: Let a financial education specialist at the FFSC on Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station provide you the tools and resources needed to develop a financial plan of your dreams. The purpose of a financial plan is for you to determine where you are now, where you want to go and how you plan to get there by starting today. Contact the FFSC 764-7480 for more information. / Stepping Stones Pre-School storytime: Parents and pre-school children learn together through stories, songs, arts & crafts and play time with the Stepping Stones Pre-school Story Time program at the JB CHS - Weapons Station Branch Library. Children must be pre-school age and accompanied by a parent or guardian. This free program is Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. To register, call 764-7900. / MWR's Recycling Department calling for all metal: Containers for empty aluminum cans are located throughout the Naval Support Activity. Aluminum cans are the mainstay of the recycling program; however, all types of metal are accepted. If you have heavy metal products that need to be picked up, call the Recycling Department at 743-0510. All recycling proceeds go towards enhancing your Morale, Welfare, Recreation facilities and programs. / Become a Family Child Care Provider: Do you like children? Need extra cash? The Family Child Care program offers you a chance to provide childcare in your home. The options available to Family Child Care providers are numerous and include: · Before/after school care · Part-time/drop-in care · Full-time care for infants, toddlers or preschool ages · Evening and weekend care As an FCC provider, you determine your fees and hours. Although the Navy determines the maximum childcare ratios, you can choose and interview families that have children fitting the hours and ages you are looking for. If interested or for more information, please call 764-7347. / Parents, need a night out? The Child Development Homes program has certified providers available for Friday night child care. Call the CDH office for a list of available providers at 764-7347. / Resale vehicle lot: Selling a car, truck, camper, boat or motorcycle? MWR's "Hot Deals on Wheels" used vehicle lot offers the only authorized place to display vehicles for sale on Naval Support Activity. The lot is located near Red Bank Road in the New Wave Pool parking lot. The cost is $8 per week for military and immediate family and $10 per week for retirees and DoD civilians. Reservations and payment are accepted at the Information, Tickets and Tours Office. Call 764-2120 for more information. / "Early Bird" drop-off service: The Auto Skills Center, located on Fletcher Street, offers "Early Bird" drop-off service for your convenience. Vehicles in need of service can be dropped off prior to our normal operating hours using the key drop-box, located outside the facility. Patrons can simply fill out the provided envelope with an explanation of the mechanic services needed, place the vehicle keys in the envelope, and drop them in the box. Call the Auto Skills Center during their normal operating hours to receive an estimate or to provide any additional information concerning the work needed.

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REFUELING RAPTOR – A 1st Fighter Wing F-22 Raptor from Joint Base LangleyEustis, Va., pulls into position to accept fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 756th Air Refueling Squadron, Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility, Md., off the east coast on May 10, 2012. The first Raptor assigned to the Wing arrived Jan. 7, 2005. This aircraft was allocated as a trainer, and was docked in a hanger for maintenance personnel to familiarize themselves with its complex systems. The second Raptor, designated for flying operations, arrived Jan. 18, 2005. On Dec. 15, 2005, Air Combat Command commander, along with the 1st FW commander, announced the 27th Fighter Squadron as fully operational capable to fly, fight and win with the F-22.

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CHEERFUL CHAT – U.S. Navy Cmdr. Michael Yesunas chats with children while members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Kunar conduct quality checks and speak to residents as part of a patrol in Afghanistan's Kunar province, May 12, 2012. Yesunas, a naval helicopter pilot, is the team's commander.

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SNIPER'S SCOPE – U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alyssa Gomez peers down the scope of her M24 Sniper Weapon System at the Nevada Test and Training Range on Nellis Air Force Base, Nv., May 11, 2012. Gomez, a sniper assigned to the 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron, is the ninth female in Air Force history to become a sniper after graduating from a 19-day sniper course on Fort Bliss, Texas. RIVERINE EXERCISE – Navy sailors board a Riverine patrol boat during a live-fire training exercise on Fort Knox, Ky., May 10, 2012. Squadron members completed a three-day field exercise to prepare for their final evaluation problem to qualify for deployment. The sailors are assigned to Riverine Squadron 1.

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MEDAL OF HONOR – President Barack Obama presents Rose Mary Brown, widow of Spc. Leslie H. Sabo Jr., 101st Airborne Division, the Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to Sabo, a Vietnam-era veteran, during a White House ceremony in Washington, D.C. May 16, 2012. Sabo was killed in action on May 10, 1970.

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MISSION SMILE – U.S Air Force Staff Sgt. Shirly Polk chats with Maria, 4, during a donation mission at the Mother Teresa Orphanage in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 10, 2012. Polk is a member of the International Security Assistance Force headquarters volunteer community relations program, which distributes donations, supplies and clothes to area organizations for residents.

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COMBAT MEDIC – U.S. Army Pfc. Kristina Batty dons a headscarf to meet with female Afghan villagers in Afghanistan's southern Ghazni province, May 5, 2012. Batty, a medic for a female engagement team, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team.

SUPERSONIC SIGHT – An FA-18C Hornet flies supersonic over the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during an air power demonstration in the Pacific Ocean, May 14, 2012. The Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 are deployed to the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. The Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 2.

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05-18-2012 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...