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Friday, August 26, 2011

Panetta: Any retirement changes won't affect serving military By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – In his clearest statement on the subject to date, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said today that if the military retirement system changes, it will not affect serving service members. "I will not break faith," the secretary said during a roundtable meeting with military media representatives in the Pentagon. Panetta's predecessor, Robert Gates, asked the Defense Business Board to look at the military retirement system and make recommendations. The final report is due later this month, but Panetta said he is familiar with the outlines of the proposal. "I certainly haven't made any decisions on retirement,” he said. "People who have come into the service, who have put their lives on the line, who have been deployed to the war zones, who fought for this country, who have been promised certain benefits for that – I'm not going to break faith with what's been promised to them," Panetta said. People in the service today will come under the current retirement system, which gives retirees 50 percent of their base pay after 20 years of service. "Does that stop you from making changes?" Panetta asked. "No, because obviously you can 'grandfather' people in terms of their benefits and then look at what changes


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you want to put in place for people who become members of the all-volunteer force in the future." One aspect of the retirement issue is one of fairness, the secretary said. Most service members do not spend 20 years in the military and therefore do not get any retirement benefits when they leave the service. "They are not vested in any way," Panetta said. "The question that is at least legitimate to ask is, 'Is there a way for those future volunteers to shape this that might give them better protection to be able to have some retirement and take it with them?'" Health care is another area that has to be dealt with, the secretary said. In fiscal 2001, the DoD health care bill was $19 billion. It is more than $50 billion now, he said, and it soars to the neighborhood of $60 billion in future years. Among proposals Congress is contemplating is an increase in some TRICARE military health plan premium payments. "I think those recommendations make sense," Panetta said. "Especially with tight budgets, it does make sense that people contribute a bit more with regards to getting that coverage." The Defense Department – which is responsible for a large part of the nation's discretionary budget – will do its part to reduce the budget deficit, the secretary said. But while Defense has a role to play, he added, Congress has to deal with the more than twothirds of the federal budget that represents the

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, right, holds a roundtable discussion with members of the press in his office at the Pentagon Aug. 19, 2011. Writers representing American Forces Press Service, Stars and Stripes and the Military Times Media Group interviewed Panetta on issues related to security and military forces.

mandatory spending. "If you are serious about getting the deficit down," Panetta said, "you have to deal with the mandatory side of the budget and taxes." DOD has a responsibility to look at all aspects of the budget, the secretary said, and officials at the Pentagon are doing that.

"This is not because it is necessarily going to hurt areas," he added, "because frankly, a lot of this can be done through efficiencies, a lot of it can be done looking at the administrative side of the programs: What can we do to make these programs more efficient?" See Retirement, Page 2

628 LRS supports upcoming ORE, ORI By Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs November's Operational Readiness Inspection is quickly approaching and exercises are helping members from Joint Base Charleston prepare. Mobility exercises and inspections test how efficiently the base can mass deploy Airmen for a real world contingency. The 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron plays a major role in the base's ORI success, specifically the Materiel Management Flight within the squadron. "The Materiel Management Flight plays a huge role in the ORE and ORI that many people don't get to witness due to the fact that we mainly work behind the scenes," said Staff Sgt. Charles Brown, customer service noncommissioned officer. "Without the team work and support from our staff, the minute details of deploying approximately 700 Airmen at once would never be met." The Materiel Management Flight is made up of three sections: customer support and equipment, individual protective equipment and mobility readiness spare packages. "In the customer support and equipment section, we track all pieces of equipment going to the deployed location," Brown said. "We are in charge

of processing everything, from weapons to generators on the flight line. Our main mission is to ensure all assets are accounted for and every piece of equipment gets to where it needs to go." Days before an ORE, equipment custodians work with customer service to request the equipment that will be needed during the fly away, Brown said. "It is extremely important to mark equipment that is being used for the exercise," he said. "If a [Mine Resistant Ambush Protected] vehicle doesn't have proper deploying status for the exercise or a real world deployment, it won't be loaded onto a C17. This can cause a delay, which can lead to an unsatisfactory grade." Every Airman participating in the ORE has to get their individual protective equipment to ensure their safety during their deployment. Brian Jones, the mobility bag manager from the Materiel Management Flight, said, "We have an important role in the ORE to outfit 700 players with field gear. We have to make sure everyone gets the proper size equipment: flak vest, helmet and chemical warfare suit. Though the ORE is just an exercise, we treat it as a real world threat. This is life saving gear, we can't afford to make mistakes." Besides having size labels, all pieces of equipment have a shelf life, he said. "We spend many days

ensuring all equipment is within its expiration date." The individual protective equipment shop also deploys two Airmen to set up an armory at their given location, Jones said. The individual protective equipment helps protect the troops, but the mobility response spare package shop ensures C-17s are always operational. Airman 1st Class Chasity Davis, a mobility readiness spare packages apprentice from the Materiel Management Flight, said, "Our mission is to build an airplane parts store in a deployed environment. During the ORE we send two Airmen with kits full of spare parts to ensure aircraft maintainers have what they need in case a C-17 is in need of repairs." "We can only take so many parts so before the ORE we spend a lot of time communicating with maintainers to make sure we take the right equipment," she said. The next ORE is set for the end of October and Airmen have already started their daily duties preparing, Brown said. "Without the support from the 628 LRS and the Materiel Management Flight, OREs and the ORI wouldn't move as smoothly," he added. "We have some of the best Airmen in the world working in this squadron and we are ready for an 'excellent' in November's ORI."

Reserve pilot spearheads Air Force's efforts to go green By 1st Lt. Joe Simms 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs office Lieutenant Colonel Stan Davis from the 317th Airlift Squadron was recognized Aug. 25 for his work introducing new approach and descent procedures here at Joint Base Charleston. The historic agreement between the Department of Defense and Federal Aviation Administration establishes procedures for pilots called Optimized Profile Descent which will reduce noise, fuel costs and emissions. "Historically, pilots have been instructed to approach the airfield using a stairstep approach while communicating with several air traffic control centers," Davis said. "This new procedure allows pilots to fly descent profiles using idle thrust based on current conditions reducing the amount of fuel consumed." Effective Aug. 25, the new guidelines established four dedicated corridors of the airspace around Charleston to allow any pilots the flexibility to descend at any gross weight on a predetermined track guided by waypoints. "The FAA was gracious enough to allow us to name waypoints which are unique to Charleston and the 315th Airlift Wing," Davis said. "Some of the names are Palmetto, Loggerhead, Swampfox and Turtle, in honor of the 701st AS." Davis spent part of two years in C-17 simulators putting inputs from professors at Georgia Tech to the test. The data gathered from optimized descents in civilian aircraft was then used in C-17 simulator trials to discover the best way to reduce fuel consumption. "Fuel efficiency is one of Air Mobility Command's top priorities," said Jimmy Krogh, Airspace Maintenance Branch chief, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base Ill. "The Air Force is the largest user of energy in the DoD with Air Force aviation operations accounting for 79 percent of the

service's energy usage and all opportunities to improve fuel efficiency are being considered." The initial discussion of military OPDs was the focus of a July 2008 conference. At this conference the Federal Aviation Administration approached the DoD to find more efficient ways for military aircraft to decrease fuel consumption and reduce emissions. The DoD then approached Air Mobility Command and Joint Base Charleston was the logical choice due to the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and FAA facilities in the area. Davis' military and civilian pilot experience, as well as his history working with Boeing on aircraft software, made him an easy choice to be the lead Air Force representative on this project. "This was truly a joint effort between the Air Force and the FAA to make the procedure a reality," said Davis. He also enlisted the help of the Aerospace Science Department from Georgia Tech in his research. The first OPD was completed by the FAA at Miami International Airport and has been implemented at airports in Los Angeles and Atlanta. This civilian OPD meets the FAA's objectives of reducing fuel burn, reducing carbon emissions and noise footprints around the airports. "Specific fuel savings from OPD procedures are hard to determine precisely, but previous FAA demonstrations at Los Angeles, Miami and Atlanta indicated a fuel savings of approximately 50 gallons or 340 pounds per arrival," said Krogh. "Those figures were based on commercial aircraft and we aren't certain what the results will be for the C-17, however, we hope to see similar results." Estimates for the annual cost savings at Joint Base Charleston alone are in the millions of dollars while saving millions of gallons of fuel. The next round of OPD development and coordination is expected to begin Sept. 8 at Travis AFB Calif. with a projected date of completion in 18 to 24 months.

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The future is now: The Expeditionary Combat Support System By Lt. Col. Craig Punches 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander The Air Force is in the midst of a historical transformation. The ways the Air Force is organized and airpower is employed are changing in revolutionary ways. Changing, too, are the ways in which Air Force logisticians provide support to warfighters. The Expeditionary Combat Support System is the cornerstone enabler of the logistics transformation effort. Using an Enterprise Resource Planning software solution, ECSS applies the best commercial practices and uses industryproven tools to establish the Air Force's first capability to globally view and manage its logistics resources (i.e., major end items, materiel, people and funds). But ECSS is much more than an IT system. It will fundamentally change business processes, personnel roles and jobs across the spectrum of the Air Force logistics community. Locally, ECSS will drive dramatic changes and improvements in the way logistics is done. For example, the process of scheduling a repair currently means setting a repair date at the base level without the ability to ensure technicians, parts, facilities, tools, etc., are available Air Force-wide. With ECSS, an integrated global view of people and parts availability will enable greater scheduling effectiveness and ultimately increase availability of repaired components or major end items. Simply put, Air Force

logisticians will have what they need to get the job done when repairs are system-scheduled under ECSS. Citing another example, today Air Force logisticians collectively rely on paper forms and enter data into multiple base-level systems. This labor-intensive effort will be replaced by entering data once into one system. When fully implemented, ECSS will replace hundreds of logistics information systems and will be the single source of truth for logistics information. While it will be several years before ECSS reaches full operational capability and its benefits are fully realized, the implementation process is already underway. And, that process will affect Joint Base Charleston very soon. ECSS will be fielded throughout the Air Force in multiple releases and JB CHS will see ECSS fielded in February 2013. While that may seem to be well in the future, the reality is we need to begin preparing for ECSS now. To help with that preparation, the ECSS program conducted its kickoff meeting with JB CHS leaders and ECSS users. During this meeting, ECSS program officials delivered an informational and educational briefing about ECSS, its goals, program timelines and how the Air Force will be affected. The kickoff represented the beginning of the ECSS organizational change management program which is designed to help prepare everyone for this transformation effort. History tells us that no change is ever successful until indi-

Diamond Tip: STP By Master Sgt. Christopher Robinson 628th Medical Group first sergeant Are you familiar with the term "STP"? I'm not referring to the motor oil or the rock band from the 1990's, but to the "Same Ten People." I am talking about the concept in which it is always the same 10 people supporting causes or attending events. Is this your unit? I have had several conversations with various units' noncommissioned officers recently regarding the reasons behind unit morale changes, how workload is sometimes unevenly distributed and the inconsistent support of professional organizations. As a result, I have come to the conclusion that the STP concept may be in effect here at Joint Base Charleston. Ask yourself this: Who are the most dependable and impacting members of your unit's booster club? I bet they are sharp, hard charging Airmen that when tasked to execute morale events or unit fundraisers, get the job done. But, how often are these Airmen expected to perform these tasks? Are we asking them to do more than their share? In addition to unit booster club requirements, units often get tasked to support special projects outside of their normal duties. Most of the time supervisors ask proven performers to complete these special projects because we, as leadership, trust that they will get the job done. Now, think about the last professional organization meeting; can you remember who you saw in attendance? How many of the same individuals that support booster clubs or lead special projects were in attendance? Why do we usually see the same individuals consistently stepping-up? Are we over-tasking our best performers and in effect, becoming guilty of endorsing the STP concept? Air Force Instruction 36-2618 provides guidance and defines our enlisted responsibilities. It states we all have the responsibility to promote organizational esprit de corps and to promote professional organizations as well as unit, base and Air Force events. Also, per the Air Force Core Values, we all have the responsibility to accomplish our assigned duties to the best of our ability. Each member in the organization contributes to the morale and mission of the unit. It is everyone's responsibility to be involved, not just the STP.

Retirement From Page One The secretary said he believes the budget crunch can represent an opportunity to make DoD a more efficient, effective and agile force that still can deal with the threats of the future. The department also needs to ask how to provide benefits for troops and their families that will be effective at ensuring the nation always has a strong volunteer force, Panetta said. "That's a debate and discussion that is important for the Defense Department to have, the White House to have, the Congress to have and the country to have," he said. "(We) need to have that debate about 'How are we going to do this in a way that maintains the best military in the world?'" The Defense Department will face some tough choices, Panetta acknowledged. "I think the bottom line is this can be an opportunity to shape something very effective for the future that can still represent the best defense system in the world," he said.

vidual behaviors change. The people who perform Air Force logistics processes (from all functional communities) must personally engage in the transformative aspects of ECSS in order for it to succeed. As is always the case, these sweeping changes will not be easy, as long-standing ways of doing business will either dramatically change or completely disappear. ECSS will pull people from their comfort zones and cause them to perform new tasks in different, unfamiliar ways. To help logisticians navigate these changes, the ECSS program will provide education and training programs for those who will use the new system. An Air Force-wide change agent network, supported by an ECSS program team, will share information on ECSS activities, schedules and lessons learned and conduct local problem-solving meetings to help smooth implementation at each installation. This same network will support the sustainment of ECSS after fielding is completed. As ECSS changes the way the Air Force does business and the way logisticians perform their jobs, the result will be an Air Force enterprise better enabled to provide its warfighters the right materiel at the right time. ECSS will also enable logisticians to use their time more productively, significantly reducing the cost of accomplishing the Air Force Logistics mission. To learn more about ECSS, contact Mr. Jude Meyer at 963-4901 or visit

The relevance of OPSEC By Maj. Robert Sweeney 65th Operations Support Squadron LAJES FIELD, Azores – During the Vietnam War, a special team was established to address the alarming number of pilot casualties and aircraft lost from enemy attacks. The team, known as "Purple Dragon," was established to take a critical look at operational tactics and mission planning. What the team eventually discovered was a host of "open source" information that linked aircraft call signs to mission related activities or indicators. Since the call signs were easily intercepted via radio transmissions and behaviors were neither random nor cleverly concealed, enemy insurgents were able to accurately predict what, where, when and how missions would unfold. Operations security, or OPSEC, became the moniker and the program established processes to protect key assets and critical information. The goal is to prevent competitors or adversaries from accurately deducing or predicting critical or sensitive information. The process includes not only identifying critical information, but analyzing threats and vulnerabilities to determine associated risks, and develop effective countermeasures to negate viable risks. It focuses on information or activities that require protection and assists in understanding how someone might attempt to acquire that information. OPSEC is an important part of any successful organization. Blending OPSEC into everyday activities is important to satisfying mission requirements and accomplishing organizational goals. Service members and civilians alike must be mindful of any information that might violate OPSEC. What happens when OPSEC is violated? Omission of any OPSEC element results in a security program liable to provide inadequate protec-

tion or require unnecessary or expensive protection measures. At the basic level, a combined definition of critical information can be summed up as "a collection of absolutely necessary facts and data about a specific subject." An indicator can be defined as "something observed or calculated that is used to show the presence of a condition or trend." The old World War II advertising campaign is simple, but true ... "Loose lips sink ships." OPSEC is everyone's responsibility; we must all do our part to manage our unit's critical information and adhere to the countermeasures in place to protect information or capabilities. Each unit has a developed listing of critical information (also known as a Critical Information List) along with associated countermeasures to manage their indicators. CILs present unclassified categories of information and should be easily accessible in each unit. Whether in times of war or peace, we must all be careful to recognize what a unique role we all play for the U.S. Air Force. Each member is an important brick in the foundation of our mission. As such, when one of those bricks has compromised its mass or integrity, the foundation is no longer secure. When we operate under the old premise of "loose lips sink ships," we protect those men and women executing the tactical requirements at all levels, so they are free to operate in an uncompromised environment. The next time you are sitting at your terminal, engaging in friendly conversation locally or over the telephone, or posting something on Facebook, think critically about the information you convey. If someone was listening or watching, are you perhaps compromising or inadvertently divulging critical information? Disclosure by multiple areas or people can easily tear down the countless number of hours spent on managing information. Be careful, and most importantly, be aware.

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MCPON sends Labor Day message By Rick West Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

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WASHINGTON – Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West released the following Labor Day message to the Fleet Aug. 17: Shipmates and Navy Families, The symbolic end to summer is just around the corner ... Labor Day weekend. Have you started making plans yet? Do your plans involve drinking and driving or driving long distances while fatigued? Do they involve water sports after a long day of drinking alcohol? How about driving a motorcycle at excessive speeds just to feel a rush? Of course Sailors don't plan to do these things, but we continue to lose shipmates because of the bad choices they make. So far, we have lost 15 Sailors this summer: six in four-wheel motor vehicle mishaps, six on motorcycles and

“Stay safe and let's close out summer and Labor Day weekend with zero fatalities or injuries.” Rick West Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

three during recreation mishaps. Last year we lost a total of 14 Sailors from Memorial Day to Labor Day and we have unfortunately exceeded that total with a few weeks left before Labor Day. The loss of one trained and ready Sailor

is unacceptable, and in most cases preventable. I encourage all of you to practice off-duty risk management while planning your activities, and avoid cramming too many activities into a short period of time. Use caution when driving and think SAFE: no Speeding; no Alcohol before driving; no Fatigue (get plenty of rest) and no Ejections (wear your seatbelts). Also use caution when participating in water activities, and if drinking, always have a plan to get home. Stay safe and let's close out summer and Labor Day weekend with zero fatalities or injuries. Enjoy your muchdeserved time off with your family and friends, and as always, keep in mind our Sailors who are deployed and can't be with their loved ones. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and HOOYAH! Very Respectfully, MCPON


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M-ASAP program enhances aviation safety Courtesy of 437th Maintenance Group The 437th Maintenance Group is leading the way in aviation safety through adept utilization of the Military Aviation Safety Action Program. M-ASAP is an anonymous mishap reporting system program designed to enhance aviation safety by encouraging subject matter experts within affected work centers to report possible safety concerns. This self-reporting system model is similar in design to many programs in place within the commercial airline industry. This system encourages voluntary reporting of operations and logistics safety issues and events. Designed to provide a non-punitive environment for the open reporting of safety concerns, M-ASAP provides information critical to identifying precursors to accidents

and may be observed or experienced by the submitter. The goal is to prevent mishaps by addressing unintentional errors, hazardous situations and events or high-risk activities not identified and correctable by other methods or through traditional safety reporting sources. Reported information is used to reduce mishaps through operational, logistic, training or procedural enhancements. M-ASAP offers significant potential for avoiding mishaps due to its capability to provide early identification of necessary safety improvements. The following types of events are not normally reported or captured by other methods, but are highly encouraged to be reported through this program: • Personal errors which could have led to a mishap or incident. • Observed unintentional errors by others which could

have led to a mishap or which resulted in a "close call." • Errors committed by other individuals or organizations which adversely affected or could have adversely affected the safety of flight to include procedural errors, problems with standard operating procedures or aircraft systems or design concerns. • Any unsafe action, event or condition encountered during any portion of a flight or mission from mission planning, ground operations, mission execution or crew rest. • Observed hazards that may not have directly affected your operation, but may affect another's. • Any event or series of events considered worthy of reporting to ensure aviation safety. If you have questions about accessing the M-ASAP, contact your Unit Safety Representative or the 437th Quality Assurance office at 673-2413.

New addition to the 628th Medical Group By Col. Consuella Pockett 628th Medical Group commander Congratulations ... it's a Teddy! The 628th Medical Group will welcome a new addition Sept. 7 with a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open Teddy's Child Watch. Located in the former Immunizations Clinic on the first floor of the main clinic, Teddy's is a free, children's waiting room with short-term staff supervision of children of military members or civilians who are authorized to utilize services at the 628 MDG. This new service allows parents or guardians seeking medical care or care for other sick family members to receive medical services while being assured their chil-

dren's safety, health and well-being are protected. A $67,000 renovation project, funded by Headquarters Air Mobility Command, transformed the former Immunizations Clinic into a cheerful, child-friendly facility. Many of the toys and furnishings were donated by the Child Development Center. Additional furnishings were purchased with a $2,500 grant approved by the Joint Base Charleston Community Action Information Board as a quality of life initiative. The remainder of the toys and furnishings were donated by members of Team Charleston. The 628 MDG Teddy's Child Watch joins the seven child waiting rooms already established throughout the Department of Defense sponsored by a $25,000 annual

grant from the Armed Services Young Men's Christian Association. "The ASYMCA is very pleased to support the children's waiting room at Joint Base Charleston," said Mike Landers, national director and chief executive officer of the ASYMCA. "We know from our experience at other military installations that this program has been quite successful. We anticipate our efforts here at Charleston to be no different." Parents can register their children, ages six weeks to 11 years old for Teddy's by filling out a registration form available at the 628 MDG and providing a current copy of each child's shot record. Once in the system, reservations can be made by phone or in person. Teddy's reservations are limited to two hours which may be extended with

prior approval of the program manager and are reserved for parents or guardians with scheduled medical appointments at the 628 MDG. Due to limited space and fire code regulations, a maximum of 12 children will be able to attend Teddy's at any one time. The 628 MDG is hiring a part-time program manager and volunteer trainer to oversee and train volunteers for the on-site child watch services. Volunteers will be required to complete an application, have a clean background check and provide proof of required immunizations prior to being hired. Although the hours of operation have not been firmly established the goal is to have Teddy's Child Watch services available for a minimum of four hours daily, Monday through Friday.

2011 National Day of Caring needs volunteers Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Servicemembers and civilians working at Joint Base Charleston will have the opportunity to give back to the local community by participating in the United Way's 2011 National Day of Caring Sept 9. Volunteers will be conducting neighborhood service projects in Charleston. More than 35 projects were requested within local neighborhoods and volunteers can expect a myriad of projects

involving landscaping, debris removal, painting, organizing and light repairs. This community service project is open to all military and is designated as an alternate duty location. Department of Defense civilians will be able to take an excused absence. Dependents and retirees are also welcome to participate. JB CHS is partnering with the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command to make this a joint effort. The Air

Make plans now for the JB CHS annual military ball Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Military Ball committee The Joint Base Charleston Annual Military Ball will be held Sept. 24 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in North Charleston from 6 to 10 p.m. Attire for the evening is mess dress or semi-formal for military and jacket and tie or evening dress for civilians. Childcare will be provided by the First 6 organization and must be scheduled prior to the event by contacting Tech. Sgt. Robert Alvarado at 963-2896. Valet parking and a professional photographer will be available at the event. Contact your unit's Military Ball point of contact for Ball tickets and more information. Retirees may purchase their tickets through the Retiree Affairs Office, Bldg. 503 at JB CHS - Air Base or call 963-2228 for more information. Prices are as follows: ¡ $45 --- E9 / O4-6 / GS12-14 / WS14-19 / NF5 ¡ $35 --- E7-8 / O1-3 / GS9-11 / WG12-15 / WS9-13 / NF4 ¡ $30 --- E5-6 / GS5-8 / WG6-11 / WS5-8 / NF3 ¡ $20 --- E1-4 / GS1-4 / WG1-5 / WS1-4 / NF1-2

Force is looking for 300 volunteers and the Navy will be match that number. Transportation to and from the neighborhood will be provided. Civilians, dependents and retirees who volunteer should dress appropriately in long pants and closed toe shoes. If you are interested in volunteering or for more details, contact 2nd Lt. Susan Carlson at 963-8714 or send an email with the subject line "Day of Caring" to

Riverdogs Military Appreciation Night The Charleston RiverDogs will host their final Military Appreciation Night of the season Sept. 1, at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park as the RiverDogs take on the Ashville Tourists. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. All military personnel, support staff and family members will be admitted free with a military I.D. Free tickets are also available at the Joint Base

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POW/MIA vigil scheduled for Sept. 15 Joint Base Charleston's annual Prisoner of War/Missing in Action 24-hour vigil run will begin Sept. 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the commissary parking lot. This event is open to all military, civilian and dependent personnel. This year's goal is to have 24 teams participating with a minimum of four people per team. Each team will be responsible for the continuous movement of the POW/MIA flag for a one-hour block of time or they may elect to run for the full 24 hours.

A lottery to select time slots is scheduled for Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. If you or your organization is interested in providing a team, contact Tech. Sgt. Matthew Blackwell via email at Matthew.Blackwell4 or phone 963-6109. Volunteers are also needed to monitor the runners. If you are interested in volunteering as a PTL, contact Staff Sgt. Robert Proffitt via email at Robert. or phone 963-2806.

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Continuing Promise mission team to return to Haiti after Hurricane Irene By Lt. Stephanie Homick Continuing Promise 2011 Public Affairs PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The Continuing Promise 2011 mission team, embarked aboard USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), is scheduled to return to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Aug. 24 to resume medical, dental, veterinary and engineering operations. The ship weighed anchor and got underway the evening of Aug. 21 in anticipation of the approaching Tropical Storm Irene. Comfort was directed by Commander, United States Naval Forces Southern Command (COMUSNAVSO) to depart the area and seek safe haven until the storm had passed. Comfort waited as Hurricane Irene passed north of Haiti and then made her way back towards Haiti Aug. 23. Haiti is the ninth and final stop of the CP11

deployment, a five-month humanitarian assistance mission providing medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support to the Caribbean Basin and Central and South America. Comfort initially arrived in Port-au-Prince Aug. 18 and treated approximately 1,450 patients and performed 15 surgeries over two days of operations. COMUSNAVSO is the naval component command for USSOUTHCOM and is responsible for all naval personnel and assets in the area of responsibility. COMUSNAVSO conducts a variety of missions in support of the U.S. Maritime Strategy, including Theater Security Cooperation, relationship building, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, community relations, and counter-illicit trafficking operations. An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 lands near the Terminal Verreux medical site during Continuing Promise 2011 (CP11). Continuing Promise is a five-month humanitarian assistance mission to the Caribbean, Central and South America.


This week in Navy history

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Aug. 21, 1980 - USS Truxtun rescued 42 Vietnamese refugees and USS Merrill rescued 62 Vietnamese refugees 200 miles southeast of Saigon.

Aug. 24, 1814 - The British invaded Maryland and Washington, D.C.; Sailors burned ships at the Washington Navy Yard to prevent capture by the British. Aug. 25, 1942 - Five U.S. Navy nurses who became Prisoners of War on Guam were repatriated.

Aug. 22, 1945 - The first surrender of a Japanese garrison at the end of World War II occurred when USS Levy received the surrender of Mille Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Aug. 26, 1865 - The Civil War ended. At the time, the Union Navy had more than 58,500 men and 600 ships.

Aug. 23, 1864 - Rear Adm. David Farragut's squadron captured Fort Morgan and won control of Mobile Bay, Al.

Aug. 27, 1945 - Pacific Fleet ships entered Sagami Bay near Tokyo, Japan, as World War II came to an end.

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Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Aug. 21, 1968 - An Air Force UH-1F helicopter evacuated 260 people and 52,000 pounds of personal belongs and food during a four-day period to aid flood victims in northern Nicaragua.

Aug. 24, 1965 - A 341st Strategic Missile Squadron from Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mo., launched the 100th Minuteman I test missile from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Aug. 25, 1995 - Eleven C-17 Globemaster IIIs from the 315th Airlift Wing and 437th Airlift Wing participated in their first exercise. The aircraft moved nearly 300 tons of cargo and personnel to Kuwait through Aug. 29.

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ALS awards John Levitow award

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Col. Richard McComb and Chief Master Sgt. Jose LugoSantiago present Senior Airman Philip Consolo the John Levitow award at the Airman Leadership School Graduation Ceremony at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Aug. 18.The John Levitow award is presented to the Airman that displays the best overall performance evaluation, peer to staff rating and academic ranking while attending ALS, a six-week course designed to develop Airman into effective leaders and supervisors. McComb is the JB CHS commander, LugoSantiago is the 628th Airbase Wing command chief and Consolo is a Loadmaster for the 17th Airlift Squardron.

Caring for People Survey results provide insight By Erin Tindell Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs SAN ANTONIO – More than 100,000 total force Airmen voiced their opinions in the online Caring for People survey conducted from Dec. 1, 2010 to Jan. 3, 2011. After experts performed a comprehensive analysis, officials have released results to force support leadership. The survey allowed active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen, civilians, retirees and spouses an opportunity to tell Air Force leaders how they can better address services within health and wellness; Airmen and family support; education and development; and housing and communities. Respondents expressed satisfaction in areas such as housing, installation schools and military benefits. Additionally, dining facilities, fitness centers, child development centers and youth programs received customer satisfaction ratings of 70 or higher. "The Air Force customer satisfaction index score was good overall," said Curt Cornelssen, chief of future operations for Air Force Services at the Pentagon. "Information, Tickets and Travel and the Air Force Food Transformation Initiative were standouts, competing with comparable

industry leaders in the travel and food service industries respectively." Areas of concern include a sense of Air Force community, the economy and financial issues, spouse support, medical care for families and job satisfaction. Survey results were released to senior Air Force leaders and force support leadership to gain insight on how to improve quality of life programs, Cornelssen said. "Air Force leaders will continue to prioritize activities and initiatives to best support quality of life satisfaction and readiness," Cornelssen said. "Additionally, detailed customer service data will be provided to the installation level for improvement action planning and ongoing management." The Caring for People Survey was a merger of previous quality of life and customer satisfaction surveys conducted in 2008. Insights from the 2008 surveys and subsequent focus groups spurred the development of several initiatives for improving fitness facilities, dining

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Enjoy your camping trip while staying healthy along a portable stove or will you build a campfire? Many camping areas prohibit campfires, so check first or assume you will have to take a stove and bring any equipment you will need. Leftover food should be burned, not dumped. Be sure to pack garbage bags to dispose of any other trash and carry it out with you.

Courtesy of 628th Air Base Wing Safety Office Cookouts and picnics are frequent and honored traditions of summer, a time for family and friends to gather, socialize and have fun. But, summer outings can be ruined if safe food handling and preparation techniques aren't observed. Hot summer temperatures can help food-borne bacteria multiply at a rapid pace, spoiling food and causing illness. The Food Safety and Inspection Service recommends the following when handling food outdoors: Keep hot foods hot & cold foods cold Whether in your kitchen or enjoying the great outdoors, there are some food safety principles that remain constant. The first is keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Meat and poultry products may contain bacteria that cause foodborne illness. They must be cooked to destroy these bacteria and held at temperatures that are either too hot or too cold for these bacteria to grow. Most bacteria do not grow rapidly at temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or above 140 F. The temperature range in between is known as the danger zone. Bacteria multiply rapidly at these temperatures and can reach dangerous levels after two hours. If traveling with cold foods, bring a cooler with a cold source. If cooking, use a hot campfire or portable stove. It is difficult to keep foods hot without a heat source when traveling, so cook foods before leaving home, cool them and transport them cold. Keep everything clean The second principle is that bacteria present on raw meat and poultry products can be easily spread to other foods by juices dripping from packages, hands or utensils. This is called cross-contamination. When transporting raw meat or poultry, double wrap or place the packages in plastic bags to prevent juices from raw products dripping on other foods. Always wash your hands before and after handling food and don't use the same platter and utensils for raw and cooked meat and poultry. Soap and water are essential to cleanliness, so if you are going somewhere that will not have running water, bring it with you. Even disposable wipes will do. Food safety while hiking & camping One meal and some snacks are all that is needed for a short hike. Planning meals for a longer hike requires more thought. Choose foods that are light enough to carry in a backpack and can be transported safely. Hot or cold? The first principle is to keep foods either hot or cold. Refrigerate or freeze food overnight. For a cold source, bring frozen gel-packs or freeze some box drinks. The drinks will thaw as you hike and keep your meal cold at the same time. For a day hike, just about any food will do as long as it can fit in your backpack and keep cold – sandwiches, fried chicken, bread and cheese and even salads – or choose non-perishable foods. Clean The second principle is to keep everything clean. Bring disposable wipes if you are taking a day trip. Safe drinking water Don't depend on fresh water from a lake or stream for drinking, no matter how clean it appears. Some pathogens

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Joint training moves Blackhawks U.S. Army Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Air Field, Ga. and loadmasters from the 15th Airlift Squadron, prepare to offload a MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from a C-17 Globemaster III at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Aug. 23. The joint trainer exercise between the 437th Operations Group and the 160th SOAR was designed to meet both organizations’ training needs. The off-station trainer began at Hunter Army Airfield where loadmasters from the 437 OG and the 160th SOAR conducted static helicopter winching of the Blackhawk. After a short flight, they landed at Joint Base Charleston where the helicopters were offloaded and then assembled.

U.S. Army Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Air Field, Ga. and loadmasters from the 15th Airlift Squadron, guide a MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from a C-17 Globemaster III at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Aug. 23. Two helicopters were available to practice multiple load plans and tie-downs on a C-17. After landing at Joint Base Charleston the helicopters were off-loaded and then assembled. Five student loadmasters from Joint Base Charleston were able to direct a loading event and members from the 160th SOAR helicopter crews were certified for airlift.

A U.S. Army Air Crew chief from the 3rd Battalion, 60th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Air Field, Ga. and a loadmaster from the 15th Airlift Squadron prepare to offload a MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from a C-17 Globemaster III at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Aug 23. A U.S. Army Soldier from the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Air Field, Ga., guides a MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from a C17 Globemaster III at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Aug. 23.

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Air Field, Ga., guides a MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from a C17 Globemaster III at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Aug 23.

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Kandahar crews load F/A-18 on C-5 Story and photos by Senior Airman David Carbajal 451st Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – For the first time in history, a U.S. cargo aircraft transported a U.S. fighter jet back to the United States after sustaining damage to its fuselage. The 451st Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron aerial port flight assisted the C-5 Galaxy's loadmaster crew in successfully loading an F/A-18 Super Hornet into the Galaxy's cargo bay Aug. 18, 2011, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. In March, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, the Hornet experienced malfunctions which caused it to divert and land at Kandahar Airfield. Upon landing, the aircraft experienced hot brakes and upon stopping, both brakes were engulfed in flames. The Kandahar, Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire, but the right fuselage was severely damaged. Charles Miller, the F/A-18 deputy program manager, and a team of four Defense Department civilians have been preparing to recover the aircraft in order to bring it back to the U.S. to Fleet Readiness Center Southwest to perform the necessary repairs since July. The preparation included coordinating with senior leadership at the Navy's Commander Naval Air Forces and the Air Force's Air Mobility Command in order to obtain the required certification to transport the aircraft back on a C-5 to Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. "Typically, an aircraft would be flown back to the states if the damage was minor," said Miller. "But this F/A-18 sustained substantial damage which our engineering support team determined to be critical and unflyable." "Having it transported back to the States and repaired will most likely cost a third of what a new aircraft would cost," said

Miller. The production cost of a new Super Hornet is about $65 million. Since this transportation task had never been attempted before, the plan to load the aircraft was not taken lightly. "Being that this is the first time we've ever done anything like this, the coordination and extensive planning to get the aircraft loaded and transported has been ongoing since March," said Miller. Once the plan was approved, the C-5 aircrew was eager for the opportunity. "We're willing to help any of our sister services who need it," said Air Force Maj. Steven Hertenstein, the pilot of the C-5 who is deployed from Travis Air Force Base, Calif. "Carrying cargo is what this aircraft was designed to do, and we're glad to be a part this." Even before the crews began the upload, Hertenstein was confident that it would be successful. "These loadmasters will get it done. They have the skills to take different loads and find a way to get it on the aircraft safely and effectively," said Hertenstein. The load crew and aerial port weren't the only units to contribute to this successful load. "Units from all across the base came together to make this happen," said Miller. The Air Force's RED HORSE unit built the tiered wooden ramps called "shoring" which were used to get the fuselage up the C-5's ramp. The Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40, Detachment Bravo, assisted Miller and his team with the necessary support equipment in order to disassemble of the aircraft. The NATO Base Operations Command provided hangar space in the Kilo Ramp which allowed them to perform the task out of the elements. "I want to thank all the units that contributed to this mission," said Miller. "We couldn't have done this without them."

Above and below, members of the 451st Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron aerial port flight and 22nd Airlift Squadron prepare to load an F/A-18 Super Hornet onto a C-5 Galaxy at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, on Aug. 18, 2011. This marked the first time ever that a U.S. fighter jet has been loaded into a cargo aircraft for transport back to the United States. After months of coordination and planning, senior leaders at the Navy’s Naval Air Forces and the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command approved a plan to transport the aircraft back to its home station at Naval Air Station North Island near San Diego, Calif.

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Program supports military families with special needs By Elaine Sanchez American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – About a year ago, Maj. Nicholas Sabula received word of an upcoming assignment following his deployment in Afghanistan. He became concerned, however, when he learned that his new duty station and the local area didn't have adequate services for his son, who was diagnosed with autism in 2006. But shortly after, based on a recommendation from his Exceptional Family Member Program coordinator, Sabula's assignment was cancelled and he moved here instead. "The benefit to our son was tremendous," he said. "It showed the availability of services at one location versus another can make an incredible impact on that child. "Knowing that EFMP took care of my family, that was critical to me," he added. Ensuring military families with special medical and educational needs receive the best care and support possible is the goal of the Exceptional Family Member Program, said Rebecca Posante, deputy director of the department's office of community support for military families with special needs. The program assists these families with everything from assignments, as in Sabula's case, to referrals for military and community resources, Posante said, with a focus on three key areas: identification and enrollment, assignment coordination and family support. Family members – whether a spouse, child or dependent adult – with a chronic medical condition or special educational requirement are eligible to enroll, Posante explained. Conditions run the gamut, she noted, covering everything from asthma and allergies to autism and Alzheimer's disease. "If you've got something that requires you to see someone beyond your family doctor, you probably should come and see if you need to be enrolled," she advised. An enrollment referral can come from several sources, Posante explained, including a military treatment facility or school, or from the service or family member. A pro-

gram coordinator at the local military treatment facility handles the enrollment process, she added. Once enrolled, the service member's records would include a "flag," Posante explained, which serves as an alert that the member's family may need special consideration when up for an assignment, whether stateside or overseas. This ensures a family member's special needs are considered in the assignment process, she added. "There may be places where if a family member has a particular issue, it may not be advisable for you to go to this area," she noted, citing asthma as an example. The condition might be fine at one location, but exacerbated at another, she explained. Or, a child or spouse may need a specialized orthopedic program that's only offered in certain locations. The program also helps to avoid treatment disruptions, Posante noted. If a cancer patient is undergoing treatment at one base, a program coordinator can recommend that patient not be moved until therapy is completed. "We're saying, 'Let's take this into consideration before we put you into an untenable situation,'" she said. "We're looking only at medical and educational needs to be met where they're going."

When notified of a move or upon arrival, Posante recommended families contact their local installation family support providers. The program recently added these providers, she explained, and they're now situated in family centers at every installation. These providers help families identify and access programs and services, both on base and within the community. Their services include information and referrals for military and community services, local school information, referral to other family center providers, and education and training about issues related to the special need. The support providers also provide a "warm handoff" to the gaining installation, she said, by sending information, with the family's permission, to the program contact there. Families with special needs often feel like they're starting from scratch at a new duty station, Posante noted, as they work to enroll in new programs and ensure education plans are up-to-date. "If I'm getting ready to move, it's helpful to have one person I can contact for information and points of contact," she said. "They can help navigate these systems." Military families who aren't near an installation, including those of the National Guard and Reserve, can call a Military OneSource consultant for support and to discuss special-needs concerns. Families can receive 12 free consultations per year by calling 1-800-342-9647 or by visiting the OneSource website. Posante said her office is planning to host a panel next month during which active and reserve service members with special needs family members – from children to adults – will explain what challenges they face and offer suggestions to improve the program. This information will help shape the program in the years ahead, she added. More than 120,000 military families with special needs are enrolled in the program, but Posante said there could be twice that many with enrollable conditions, ranging from the minor to the severe. She'd like to see more service members enroll so they can receive the care and support their families need. "It's in their benefit, their family's benefit, to be enrolled," she said.

Navy convenes Phase I Enlisted Retention Board Courtesy of Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Phase I of the quota-based Enlisted Retention Board convened Aug. 22 at Navy Personnel Command. Due to record-high retention and low attrition the board will review the records of enlisted retention board-eligible E-4 and E-5 Sailors from 31 overmanned rates to determine who will be recommended for retention. A second phase of the ERB will convene in September to review the records of eligible Sailors in pay grades E-6 to E-8. "Each record reviewed by the ERB represents years of service by the individual candidates facing the board," said Quinn. "The board affords each eligible candidate fair and

equitable consideration for the opportunity to stay Navy." The board is composed of a flag officer as president with officers and master chiefs serving as board members and each phase will have separate memberships according to Navy administrative message 129/11. Board membership is comprised of members from different ratings, geographic locations and warfare specialties. The number one factor considered by the board is sustained superior performance according to NAVADMIN 129/11. The board will examine the official military personnel file of all candidates for declining performance, such as recent documented misconduct and substandard performance indicators. In addition to these performance indicators and any correspondence the member submitted, board members will

be given retention quotas to apply based on rating, pay grade and years of service and must determine the most fully qualified Sailors. These will be key factors in determining whether retention is in the best interest of the Navy, according to the message. Each phase is expected to last four weeks. The ERB was announced earlier this year to help Navy meet its congressionally mandated end-strength and to rebalance the force. For more information on ERB, including Phase I Precepts, visit the Navy Personnel Command ERB Web page at For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit

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BASE BRIEFS to Sept. 18 ❏ The Hurt Locker Charity Golf Tournament: The Hurt Locker Charity Golf Tournament is Sept. 18 at the Redbank Golf Course. The tournament is Captain's Choice with teams made up of four players. The start time is 8 a.m. For more information email Tuck LaBree at

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Events Aug. 27 ❏ Heart Link Orientation: Learn about the Air Force mission, culture, traditions, military language, benefits and services while making new friends, Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Childcare issues will be addressed at time of registration. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register. Aug. 30 ❏ Clinic Closure: The 628th Medical Group Clinic will close Aug. 30 at noon and re-open Aug. 31 at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 1 ❏ Newcomer's Tour: Join other JB CHS newcomers, Sept. 1 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for this fun and free bus tour of downtown Charleston and the surrounding area. The bus departs from the AFRC, Bldg. 500, JB CHS - AB. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to reserve your seat. ❏ Exceptional Family Member Program Support Group: Civilians and military members who are enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program and their dependents are invited to participate in this support group Sept 1 from 6 to 8 p.m., to discuss concerns, share ideas and gain support. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register. ❏ Charleston Top 3 Golf Tournament: The Charleston Top 3 Golf Tournament is Sept. 1. The tournament is Captain's choice with teams made up of four players. The start time is 8 a.m. with free range balls starting at 7 a.m. Email Master Sgt. Davenport at or Master Sgt. Tawney at to register or for more information. Sept. 2 ❏ Clinic Closure: The 628th Medical Group Clinic will be closed Sept. 2 for the Labor Day weekend and re-open Sept. 6 at 7:30 a.m. for normal operations. The clinic will not be closed Sept. 6 for its normal training day. Sept. 7 ❏ First Impression and Personal Branding Seminar: This program, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon, is conducted by the Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette and focuses on understanding that companies and products are not the only things that brand. Learn the importance of personal branding, its components and how to use business etiquette to help display your personal brand with excellence. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register. Sept. 16 ❏ 628th Communications Squadron Booster Club Golf Tournament: The 628 CS Booster Club Golf Tournament is Sept. 16. The tournament is Captain's Choice with teams made up of four players. The start time is 8 a.m. For more information contact Michael Heckendorn at 963-2933 or email

❏ 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. ❏ Spouse Orientation to JB CHS: Spouses are invited to this orientation the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call 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.

Meetings and Registrations ❏ 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. To submit a news brief, send an e-mail to Make the subject line "NEWS BRIEFS." Submissions must be received no later than close of business the Friday prior to publication.

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Movie Schedule: Weapons Station Movie Theater: Call 764-7516 for show times. Admission is free. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each showing. ❏ Your Highness: Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m., Rated R ❏ Soul Surfer: Aug. 27, 5 p.m., Rated PG ❏ Happy Family: Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13 ❏ Soul Surfer: Aug. 28, 2 p.m., Rated PG

Movie Schedule: Air Base Movie Theater: Call 963-3333 for individual show times. Admission is $4.50 for adults, 12 years and older, and $2.25 for children 6-11 years old. “G” rated movies are $2.25 for children 3-11 years old. Visit for full movie schedules. ❏ Zookeeper: Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG ❏ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2: Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13

Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station ❏ 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 764-4067.

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Events Aug. 30 ❏ Basic Resume Writing: Receive guidance on content, format, grammar and punctuation to develop your first resume Aug. 30, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Fleet & Family Support Center, Bldg. 755. Call 7647480 to pre-register or for more information. Sept. 1 ❏ Charleston Top 3 Golf Tournament: The Charleston Top 3 Golf Tournament is Sept. 1. The tournament is Captain's choice with teams made up of four players. The start time is 8 a.m. with free range balls starting at 7 a.m. Email Master Sgt. Davenport at or Master Sgt. Tawney at to register or for more information. Sept. 6 ❏ Career Connection: If you are transitioning from the military or looking to change your career, check out the Career Connection workshops offered at the FFSC, Bldg. 755. Job Search Strategies is Sept. 6 from 10 to 11 a.m. Call 764-7480 to register. Sept. 7 ❏ Retirement Planning: Do you know how to start planning for retirement? If you have a retirement account and would like to learn more about investing, join us Sept. 7 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the FFSC, Bldg. 755 to learn about making the most of your money in retirement. Call 764-7480. Sept. 18 ❏ The Hurt Locker Charity Golf Tournament: The Hurt Locker Charity Golf Tournament is Sept. 18 at the Redbank Golf Course. The tournament is Captain's Choice with teams made up of four players. The start time is 8 a.m. For more information email Tuck LaBree at

Special Announcements ❏ 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 man-

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ager at the FFSC for an appointment at 764-7480. ❏ Women's personal training offered: The Weapons Station fitness program is offering women's small group personal training free of charge at Sam's Gym. The service is offered Monday-Friday from noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m., and focuses on muscular strength, endurance and increased functionality of gross body movements. This program is offered to all fitness levels. Call 764-4173 for more information. ❏ 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.

Updates and Notices ❏ 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 7642120 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.

Meetings and Registrations ❏ Join the Redbank Plantation Golf Association: The Redbank Plantation Golf Association invites you to become a member at a cost of only $20 per year. Benefits of the Golf Association membership include: USGA Handicap, participation in monthly tournaments, participation in Association Club Championship and participation in the Association Blitz. Membership is open to all military and civilian golf patrons. Membership applications are available in the golf course club house. Applications and payment may be placed in the silver locked box near the Pro Shop. For more information, contact Tournament Chairman Tina Bohannon at or call the Pro Shop at 764-7802.

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Application window opens for reenlistment bonuses Courtesy of Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs Office WASHINGTON – The Navy released an updated selective reenlistment bonus award plan Aug. 22 in Navy administrative message 253/11 which officially opens the application window for Sailors to seek those benefits in fiscal year 2012. While the Navy has 31 overmanned ratings there are 91 specific critical skills that use SRBs as a special incentive pay to help meet critical skill reenlistment benchmarks. The intent of the SRB is to reward those who attain special training in skills most critical to current needs and mission requirements. "We continue to provide incentives for our most critical skills and top-performing Sailors. However, constant review and occasional change is required to ensure the program is as efficient and effective as possible," said Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, director, military personnel plans and policy. "This update will continue to maximize retention behavior in our most critical skills within the constraints of our budget." The changes contained in this update include the return of five skills that were removed in a previous update due to reaching their FY11 reenlistment quotas, while four skills were deleted from the Intelligence Specialist rating. All other SRB award levels remain unchanged from NAVADMIN 166/11, released in May 2011. The quota management policy established in NAVAD-

Navy achieves $50 million savings in weapons procurement on amphibs Courtesy of Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communications WASHINGTON – Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems announced Aug. 18 that the command has realized a $50 million savings in procuring weapons systems on new construction amphibious ships in fiscal years 2009-2011. The cost reduction efforts, which started in early 2010, put PEO IWS on track to support the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics' "better buying initiative" to restore affordability and productivity in defense spending. PEO IWS generated savings in acquiring combat systems with quantity buys, and not just across amphibious ships. The PEO worked with stakeholders to bundle combat system purchases for LHA 7 and LPD 26 and 27, with other platforms. "We worked with [participating acquisition resource managers] and other stakeholders to coordinate a single quantity buy," said Capt. Joseph "Ike" Iacovetta, systems integration program manager for amphibious ships. "If you're able to group the buys, you get a reduction. Whether it's going on a destroyer, amphib or a carrier, we all get the reduced cost for the unit." Cost-avoidance measures were also identified in nonhardware support services, consisting of integrated logistics support, software support and system engineering support. PEO IWS again negotiated requirements to ensure the same combat configuration was maintained across new construction ships to prevent additional costs. "Applying the same methodologies on cost efficiencies across hulls garnered significant cost avoidances," Iacovetta said. "We were able to recoup those dollars and to get the ship on contract." PEO IWS is working to establish a systematic approach to apply these cost-saving principles to future acquisitions. "We meet three times a year with the PARMs to discuss fielding plans and where we're going and our different modernization efforts," said Andrei Sapsai, deputy systems integration program manager. "This is a great forum to discuss schedules, move delivery dates and coordinate funding to procure weapons systems at reduced rates." PEO IWS, an affiliated program executive office of the Naval Sea Systems Command, manages surface ship and submarine combat technologies and systems, and coordinates Navy Enterprise solutions across ship platforms. For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit

MIN 166/11 is still in effect and requires Navy Personnel Command's approval of SRB requests based upon the availability of reenlistment quotas. Sailors should be aware that within 30 days of a particular skill reaching the needed quota for reenlistments, a "shutdown date" is posted on the PERS-811 webpage of the Navy Personnel Command website. Sailors desiring a reenlistment bonus are encouraged to work with their chain of command as early as possible within their reenlistment window to maximize potential for SRB. Command career counselors can use the Force Management System U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jenniffer Rivera or the Officer Personnel Capt. Robert Rabuse, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Naples, delivers the Information System to submit an oath of enlistment during a chief petty officer mass reenlistment as a part of the celebration SRB request. For commands with of the 118th birthday of the Navy chief petty officer rank. limited internet access, career Sailors can read the complete list of SRB award levels counselors should contact PERS-811 directly at (901) 8742526/DSN 882, FAX (901) 874-2623/DSN 882 or e-mail and policy in NAVADMIN 253/11 at For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit EMCM(SS) Irish at, Mr. Frank Palomo at, or PSC Bellew at>


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The Patriot • August 26, 2011

Wounded warriors move into new barracks at Bethesda By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexandra Snyder National Naval Medical Center Public Affairs

get dressed, I can't do those things and my mother helps me. My fiancé is the one who pushes me to do things for myself and having them here in the same room with me is going to help me exponentially in my recovery. These barracks are a blessing." "It's awesome being here in these barracks with Liam," added Laurie Parmbentier, Dwyer's mother. "Getting Liam out of the hospital and in an environment where he can be more independent is also doing amazing things for him emotionally. There were times I spent the night in the hospital room with him, so I am looking forward to being able to sleep in U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James G. Pinsky the comfort of my own bed and Lt. Andrew Takach, left, project manager for the Wounded Warrior Barracks at Naval still be able to be there to assist Support Activity (NSA) Bethesda, gives Army Cpl. Jeremey Kuehl, right, and Army Staff Sgt. him." Loriann DeMelis, assigned to the Warrior Transition Brigade, a tour of the new Wounded In its quest to meet all the Warrior Barracks. Patients will transfer from facilities at Walter Reed Army Medical Center potential needs of its residents, to the new Wounded Warrior Barracks before Sept. 1. Tranquility Hall also boasts the Warrior Café, run by Morale, Welfare and Recreation on 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Parents must attend a 10the building's first floor. The 206-seat restaurant allows minute orientation and bring in their child's shot record residents and staff at NSAB to purchase healthy lunch, din- prior to using the facility. Above all, said Ruhl, every aspect of Tranquility Hall ner and snack options seven days a week. Also located on the first floor is Tranquility's new was designed to relieve the worries of wounded warriors patient childcare facility, Austin's Playroom, which offers and their families. "This building allows families to live together and heal respite care for children ages six weeks to 12 years, for up together," he said. "It's in very close proximity to our top to 25 hours a week. With space for 27 children, Austin's Playroom will give notch medical facility and offers all injured service mempriority to the children of wounded warriors, but will also bers the peace of mind of knowing they're in capable hands accept other children by appointment. The facility is open 24/7."

BETHESDA, Md. – Wounded warriors began moving into new specialized barracks on board Naval Support Activity, Bethesda Aug. 20 following the official opening of the Tranquility Hall barracks. The barracks will service outpatient military members from both the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center. The new 306-bed facility features 153 two-bedroom, two-bath suites equipped with common kitchens and seating areas, washer and dryer units, flat screen televisions and computers with printers. Tranquility Hall is one of several barracks outpatient wounded warriors will live in while continuing to heal aboard NSAB. "These suites are mini-apartments, specifically tailored to the needs of wounded service members," said Marlin Ruhl, NSAB's director of Fleet and Family Readiness. "They feature walk-in closets and wheelchair accessible showers in each bedroom and bath." Tranquility Hall provides a home-like environment for patients and because of the additional bedroom, multiple caregivers, such as parents and spouses, are now able to stay and assist their loved ones as well. "Being able to be in the same room as my mother and fiance every day is such a blessing," said Marine Sgt. Liam Dwyer, who moved into the barracks Thursday. Dwyer, who was injured by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan May 22, said that his recovery would have been impossible without the help of those two. "The fact that my mother is here is the biggest help in the world to me," he said. "Just the simple things that people take for granted, like bending down to pick up things or

TRICARE expands retail pharmacy vaccine program FALLS CHURCH, Va. – TRICARE is expanding the number of preventive vaccines covered at retail network pharmacies. Until now, the majority of vaccines were only covered when obtained through a physician’s office. “Vaccines are a critical part of every family’s preventive health program,” said Rear Adm. Christine Hunter, TRICARE Management Activity deputy director. “We are very pleased to offer this expanded convenience to our beneficiaries and, best of all, there’s no copay.” TRICARE covers age-appropriate vac-

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