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Patriot Vol. 2, No. 37

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

Friday, September 23, 2011

Becoming today’s leader for tomorrow’s Sailor Story and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer Hudson Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Their voices were raised in unison, united as one, above the sounds of morning traffic and the rhythmic pounding of footsteps. The cadences thundered and echoed throughout the streets, each voice loud and full of pride, patriotism and honor. Onlookers who were privileged to witness the event saw a 'once-in-a-lifetime' inside look at a group of more than 200 Navy chief petty officer selects and experienced chiefs, senior chiefs and master chiefs running together as one, spreading Navy pride, naval heritage and the Navy Core Values of honor, courage and commitment. The group run was part of the 10th annual Heritage Run held at Patriot's Point; just one of many events the Fiscal Year 2012 chief selects participated in during the Chief's Induction Season at Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station. The chief selects also held several fund raising events, received extensive classroom instruction, experienced strenuous physical conditioning and were provided one-on-one guidance by more senior chief petty officers. "The chief's training period has made some dramatic changes since I made chief," said Master Chief Billy Cady, JBC-WS command master chief and coordinator for the CIS program. "When I made chief, it was referred to as an initiation period which has since been rightly viewed as hazing. Now we have the induction season, during which we place more emphasis on naval heritage and traditions. We work at making sure each chief select understands what it means to become and be a chief petty officer so that they are not left wondering what it is all about." The CIS is a six-week training period in which newly promoted first class petty officers transition into chief petty officers. During CIS, chief selects are paired up with a sponsor; a

Sideboys salute Chief Machinist’s Mate Christopher Huggins as he is piped aboard the Chief's mess after receiving his anchors during the Chief Petty Officer Pinning Ceremony held at Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station Sept. 16. Huggins is assigned to the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston.

more senior, chief petty officer who will mentor them throughout the process, help them shop for their new uniforms and motivate them during physical training.

Along with PT, the chief selects learn about giving back to the community and also spend long hours in the classroom See Today’s Leader, Page 9

Air Force EFMP families eligible for EFMP Respite Care From the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies website Finding and paying for quality child care for children with special needs can present significant challenges for military families. The Air Force Exceptional Family Member Program has now established a quality respite care program for families with children having special needs and who are enrolled in the United States Air Force EFMP. USAF EFMP Respite Care is specially designed for Air Force families who have children diagnosed with moderate or severe special needs under EFMP. This includes excep-


tional family member children whose medical conditions require assignment near major medical facilities in the continental United States, or whose needs are complex and require specialized continuity of care. The program is available to Air Force families in Charleston, Colorado Springs, Colo., Hampton Va., Honolulu, Hawaii, the national Capital Region, San Antonio, Texas, and Tacoma, Wash. The free service provides eight to 20 hours per month of respite care based on the Airman's status and the EFM's condition (moderate or severe) Approved providers are background screened and have training in CPR, first aid, medica-

tion dispensation and child abuse recognition and prevention. To be eligible for the USAF EFMP Respite Care, the family must be enrolled in the USAF EFMP. EFM children can't be older than 18 and must be diagnosed with moderate or severe special needs. Additionally, the EFM children must reside with the Airman; the Airman must be stationed at one of the above duty locations and must be on active duty. Families interested in the program should call Child Aware at 1-800-424-2246 or 803-360-2548 or go to h t t p : / / w w w. n a c c r r a . o r g / m i l i t a r y p r o g r a m s / a i r force/EFMP/#1

JB CHS hosting special needs fair By Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs


Airmen and soldiers See page 8

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PAYING TRIBUTE POW/MIA day photos See page 10


Joint Base Charleston will host the Child Find/Exceptional Family Member Program Extravaganza 'Special Needs Fair' Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marrington Plantation, Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station. The event is for families who have children 18-years-old and under who have special needs. The extravaganza will feature fun, food, games, prizes, music and more than 20 local resource agencies. "The fair is designed to help families with children who have special needs while having a good time and keeping them aware of the resources available on and off base," said Okereta Mills, EFMP coordinator from the 628th Air Base Wing Force Support Squadron. "It's also a great way for families to network, talk about their struggles and share their solutions." Child Find is a program designed to help identify children with disabilities who are in need of early intervention or special education, she said. The event is sponsored by the Air Force Aid Society, Youth Programs Child Find Grant, Exceptional Family Member U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Lauren Main Program, School Liaison Office, Child Development Center, Jack Kordenbrock braces himself to get his face painted at the Exceptional Family Members Fair Youth Programs and JB CHS. Aug. 13, 2010. The EFM Fair was held at the base picnic grounds to help military families with speMore than 150 people attended last year's event, but due to cial needs children network and talk about the struggles they face on a daily basis. Jack is the son joint basing, Mills expects the number to double. of Tiffany Kordenbrock and Airman 1st Class Nicholas Kordenbrock. "Last year's fair was a great success," Mills said. "This year For more information, contact Okereta Mills at 963-4411. we are expecting more than 300 people to attend. It's going to be a good time Volunteers interested in helping out during the event should contact Master for the children and their parents and a great tool for more information regardSgt. Ricky Smith at 963-5630. ing children with special needs." Friday, September 23

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Commentary by Col. David Coley 60th Maintenance Group commander TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Leadership is not given, ordained or a right. It doesn't come from position or rank. Leadership must be earned every day. Any Airman can be a leader as long as they are disciplined in their positive daily habits. Andrew Carnegie once said, "The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do." The acronym RESPECT provides the foundation to foster the right mindset and actions to become a leader. R - Responsibility. A leader must be an example; someone who takes responsibility for their actions and understands all leaders live in a fish bowl. "Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life," Field Marshall Erwin Rommel said to explain responsibility. "Never spare yourself, and let the troops see that you don't in your endurance of fatigue and privation. Always be tactful and well-mannered and teach your subordinates to do the same. Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, which usually indicates the man who has shortcomings of his own to hide." E - Empowerment. The ability to empower is a skill that must be learned to be an effective leader. Empowerment creates a force multiplying effect, as you are able to accomplish so much more than by simply holding the reins yourself. "A leader takes people where they want to go, a great leader takes people where they don't neces-


excellence in all we do. Commitment is often the difference between continual success or failure. Leadership in the profession of arms requires selfless commitment. "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things," said English economist and philosopher John Stuart Mills referring to patriotic commitment. "The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." T - Teamwork. The merit of a great leader is their ability to build, develop and foster teamwork. Andrew Carnegie defines this concept in simple terms. "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision," he said. "The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." Today more than ever the Air Force needs Airmen with the ability to lead. A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. Most people don't set out to be a leader, but become one by the quality of their actions and the integrity of their intent. Understanding that leadership must be earned everyday is important. Using the RESPECT model develops a leader's ability to succeed. .

“Don’t Ask, Don't Tell” repealed Commentary by 628th Air Base Wing Staff Judge Advocate On July 22, 2011, President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, certified to Congress that the U.S. Armed Forces were prepared for repeal of Title 10, United States Code, Section 654 - otherwise known as the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law. The repeal was to become effective 60 days after certification, so the law officially came off the

books Sept. 20. Title 10, United States Code, Section 654 and its associated policies are repealed and gay, lesbian and bisexual service members can be open about their sexual orientation. The repeal means that gay, lesbian or bisexual orientation will no longer be a disqualifying factor for entering military service. In addition, service members will no longer be subject to administrative separation for homosexual conduct. This policy change recognizes that the most valuable component of our national defense is the men and women in uniform who

make up America's all-volunteer force. During these historic times it is important to remember that service members, military and civilian, have chosen a higher calling - a noble and honorable profession - where it is critical that we work together as one powerful, united team. It is Team Charleston's ability to respect one another that makes Joint Base Charleston a special place to live and work. Please direct any questions you have about the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to your local legal office.

Mullen offers 40-year perspective on social, military issues By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – As the last month ticks down in a career that began with his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, today offered his view of how war, peace, society and the world have changed over those 40-plus years. He's seen some of the most significant military changes ever during his tenure as chairman, he told the audience gathered here at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "This has been a tumultuous four years," the admiral said. "I do remember when I took over this job ... the state of Iraq; the despair that was there in so many corners, the vector we were on, which was certainly headed for failure." In contrast, during his last trip there a few weeks ago, he flew over Baghdad at night with some "Army guys" who served there early in the conflict, Mullen said. "It looked like a sea of lights, like you were in Las Vegas," he said. "They'd never seen traffic on the streets of Baghdad at night, and it was jammed." The turnaround in Iraq will be debated by historians, Mullen said, but he credits two primary military factors: courageous leaders at the top, and the uniformed men and women who carried out their orders. Mullen said his three priorities as chairman have been the broader Middle East, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and defeating al-Qaida; the health of the force; and the rest of the world. The best day of his term of chairman was "the day we got [Osama] bin Laden," he said. "That also represents 30 years of work since 'Desert One,' when we failed in the Iranian hostage rescue. And we rebuilt not just our Special Forces and our special operators, but our military." Blood, sweat, tears and a lot of losses have resulted in an adaptive force that is the world's best, the chairman said. "Obviously we're in the middle of executing a very difficult and challenging campaign in


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sarily want to go, but ought to be," Rosalynn Carter said. S - Support. Great leaders know how to support someone else's personal dreams and goals. A leader developing self-confidence through personal growth best accomplishes this. Ultimately, if you help enough people get what they want then you will accomplish what you want. "Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself," Jack Welch said. "When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." P - People. Every leader recognizes that people are our most valuable resource. Understanding what motivates people is essential to good leadership. "Leadership is solving problems," said retired Gen. Colin Powell. "The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership." E - Enthusiasm. Many key traits are identifiable for leaders; enthusiasm is definitely one of them. More importantly, a good leader has honed their ability to have contagious enthusiasm. As a leader, no matter how challenging the obstacle or task, enthusiasm more often than not, is the equalizer. "What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog," Dwight D. Eisenhower said. C - Commitment. Any Airman who wants to be a leader must be committed to the Air Force Core values: integrity first, service before self and

Afghanistan," he said. There has been steady security progress in that country "since we put 10,000 Marines in Helmand in the summer of [2009]," he noted. The counterinsurgency fight in Afghanistan has implications for that entire region, including Pakistan, India, Iran, China and "the 'stans," he said. Responsible nations need to focus on the entire region, so the situation there doesn't deteriorate into civil war or a failed state with nuclear weapons, Mullen said. The United States today faces security challenges different in both number and nature from those he knew as a young officer serving in Vietnam, he said. "This is not 1990; this is not 1970," he said. "This is a world that, from my perspective, still is very, very dangerous." "I talk about two existential threats to the United States right now," he said. "One is obviously the nuclear weapons that exist in Russia; we think that we've got that well controlled inside the [current strategic arms reduction, or New START] treaty and inside the relationship." The other is cyber attacks, which "I think ... actually can bring us to our knees," he added. The cyber threat has no boundaries or rules, and can issue from other nations, nongovernment actors – "You pick it," – but the danger it poses warrants a structure of doctrine and regulation like that used to control the nuclear threat, he said. "We're a long way from that right now," he said. As the United States and Russia reduce their nuclear arsenals, the traditional nuclear triad of bomber aircraft, land-based missiles and ballisticmissile submarines "at some point ... becomes very, very expensive," the chairman said. "I think a decision will have to be made in terms of whether we keep the triad or drop it down to a dyad," Mullen said. Mullen said he has worked to strengthen the nation's military communication with China, and worries that the United States and Iran have had no formal communication since 1979. "Even in the darkest days of the Cold War, we had links to the Soviet Union," he said. "We are

not talking to Iran. So we don't understand each other. If something happens, it's virtually assured that we won't get it right, that there will be miscalculations." While the military now uses different doctrine to counter different threats than it did when Mullen began his career, the force today is more capable and more professional than he dreamed of then, he said. Mullen noted that people who wear the nation's military uniforms now make up less than 1 percent of the population. "Our major units now are on their fourth, fifth or sixth deployments since 2003," he said. While service members and their families have been "incredibly resilient," the chairman said, the average American has no idea of the depth of stress with which they live. While he feels strongly that the nation does not need a military draft, the chairman said, military leaders must work to connect service members with the greater nation. "American citizens are stunned at what we've been through," he said. "I do worry ... that over time, our connection is eroding. I think that's a very bad outcome for America; an outcome this democracy could not stand – to have its military essentially detached from its people." Mullen said he's seen 18-year-olds enter the military and leave it changed for the better. "I believe broadly, a couple years of service -- in any capacity would be good for our young people in the country," the chairman said. "In neighborhoods, in communities, with the Peace Corps, with the military ... something that exposes them to the broader world, and gets [them] a connection to the challenges and recognition of the opportunities." Mullen said during his own career, he has relied on the partnership of Deborah Mullen, his wife of more than 40. During his term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he also has relied on his military colleagues, he added. "I have had the great privilege of leading young men and women who are the best I've ever seen," the chairman concluded, "but doing that with a group of four-stars that are exceptionally strong. I think we're in pretty good shape."

“To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.” Confucius

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JB CHS welcomes Forest City privatized housing By Steve Campbell Housing Element chief Forest City Military Communities will become the second privatized housing partner on Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Oct. 1, when it is slated to take ownership of JB CHS - AB housing units. Balfour Beatty Communities manages the housing located at JB CHS - Weapons Station. Forest City is no stranger to military housing privatization with a current portfolio of more than 13,800 housing units across the country to include Navy Hawaii, Pacific Northwest communities, Navy Midwest and the Air Force Academy. Forest City plans include 335 new homes for JB CHS - AB residents with features that include: two car garages, a minimum of three bedrooms, hardy board finish as well as interior and exterior bulk storage. Demolition and construction will start almost immediately on the south side of Hill Blvd. The development period will last two to three years with the first new homes expected to be available in the summer of 2012.

required to enter into a lease with Forest City by Sept 30. to continue to occupy base housing. Residents are encouraged to contact Forest City at 552-0600 to make an appointment. More information as well as answers to frequently asked questions can be found at Family housing at the Weapons Station has been privatized for almost four years. Privatization partner, Balfour Beatty, has constructed and turned over 318 new homes to military family members with an additional 330 new or renovated units planned. Families living on the Weapons Station enjoy new housing, garages, landscaping that includes grass mowing and the many social events held by Balfour Beatty at the community center. For information about housing at the Station, contact Balfour Beatty at Weapons Illustration by Forest City Military Communities An artist's rendition of the proposed new Joint Base Charleston - Air Base housing expected to 797-5631 or visit their website at be available in the summer of 2012. Additional information on both privatization deals may be obtained from the JB CHS The ground breaking ceremony has not tenant meetings to keep occupants informed 628th Civil Engineering Family Housing been determined but Forest City will be hold- of their progress. ing social activities, community events and Current Air Base housing residents are Office at 963-3858.

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Qualitest Pharmaceuticals recalls oral contraceptives By Jeff Kelly Naval Health Clinic Charleston public affairs officer Based on recommendations issued Sept. 16 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Naval Health Clinic Charleston is recalling different lots of Qualitest Pharmaceutical oral contraceptives. The recall includes Cyclafem 7/7/7, Cyclafem 1/35, Emoquette, Gildess FE 1.5/30, Gildess FE 1/20, Orsythia, Previfem and TriPrevifem. Qualitest Pharmaceuticals issued a nationwide, retaillevel recall of multiple lots of oral contraceptives because a

packaging error may result in the daily regimen for these products being incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception and at risk for unintended pregnancy. Select blisters were rotated 180 degrees within the card, reversing the weekly tablet orientation and making the lot number and expiration date no longer visible. These packaging defects do not pose any immediate health risks. Pharmacies are being instructed to contact consumers who have received affected products. Consumers exposed to affected packaging should begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately and consult their health care provider or pharmacist.

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Exchange enlisted advisor visits Charleston By Lisa Neidinger Army and Air Force Exchange Service public affairs The senior enlisted advisor for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service visited Joint Base Charleston Sept. 20 through 22. During his visit, Chief Master Sgt. Jeffry Helm met with base leadership, toured Exchange facilities, met with employees and addressed Exchange-related issues. Helm is one of 72 active duty servicemembers assigned to the Exchange. The Exchange employs more than 43,000 civilian associates world-wide and is a joint military command with a retail mission that is two-fold; providing quality products services and food to servicemembers, their families, Reserve and Guard members and military retirees, all while generating earnings to supplement Air Force Services programs as well as Army Morale Welfare and Recreation activities. "For every dollar earned, 67 cents comes back to the military community from the MWR dividend. Last year Charleston received more than $419,000, so shopping at the

Exchange is a win-win," said Helm. "You get great products at a great price and your money comes back to the installation through the dividend." During his visit, Helm met with Exchange associates and toured the facilities. He also met with customers and answered Exchange questions and concerns. "Part of my job as the senior enlisted advisor is to visit bases throughout the world and find out what the Exchange can do better to serve its customers and fix existing problems," said Helm. "Also, educating our customers on the Exchange benefit is the most important part of my job. Our goal is to be your number one choice for retail shopping. You can go anywhere to purchase an iPod or a TV, but when you buy from the Exchange, that's money going back to support our troops," said Helm. "More importantly, clothing sales is the only place our military troops can buy uniform items on base without mailordering them. Our goal is to have what they need when they need it so they can be outfitted properly," he added.

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437 AW celebrates Air Force birthday (Left to right) Robert Dunbar, Airman 1st Class Michael Jefferies, Airman 1st Class Don Howerton and Charles Jackson prepare to cut a birthday cake in honor of the Air Force's 64th birthday at the Charleston Club Sept. 16. Jefferies and Howerton were chosen to cut the cake because they are the youngest Airmen assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing. Howerton is assigned to the 437th Maintenance Squadron and Jefferies is assigned to the 437th Operation Support Squadron. Jackson and Dunbar were both prisoners of war and were also attending the POW/MIA luncheon held at the Charleston Club.

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The Patriot â&#x20AC;˘ September 23, 2011

Are You â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Inâ&#x20AC;?? By Catherine Hallett JB Charleston ADAPT program manager

In 2009, a joint Secretary of the Air Force and Chief Sergeant Major of the Air Force letter to all Airmen addressed their deep concern about Airmen who commit suicide. The letter emphasized an "all in" approach for us to support each other in getting the necessary help to prevent suicide. Their stand of 'one suicide is too many' is meant to convey that we need to remain vigilant and must not let our guard down in order to prevent the next suicide. Preventing the next suicide requires each of us to be on the lookout for warning signs and then be willing to act accordingly using the ACE principle of Ask, Care, and Escort the person to the safety of mental health professionals. Suicides in the military remain a concern. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 25 to 44-year-olds in the United States with a rate of 19.2 suicides per 100,000. Historically, the suicide rate has been lower in the military than among the general civilian population. However, that all changed in 2008 when the Army had 140 suicides at a rate of 20.2 suicides per 100,000 Soldiers. This trend was also seen in the Marine Corps which lost 41 Marines at a rate of 19 per 100,000. The Navy had 41 deaths at a rate of 11.6 per 100,000 and the Air Force reported 40 suicides at a rate of 12.4 per 100,000. In 2009, the Air Force reported 41 suicides but in 2010, suicides rose to an alarming 54, changing the rate of suicides to 16.2 per 100,000. These facts underscore just how serious a problem suicide is and should spark everyone to realize that if any suicide prevention program is going to be effective, it must involve all of us. The all in stance our leaders are promoting, that even one suicide is one too many, must be adopted by all Air Force members - active duty, civilian and contractors alike. Two products that have been developed can be found at These useful tools are the Leader's Guide to Managing Personnel in Distress and the Frontline Supervisors Training. The Leader's Guide is designed to help unit leaders at all levels recognize distress-related behaviors, provide support to individuals within the unit and collaborate with helping agencies. The guide describes a broad range of supportive interventions, resources and strategies for supporting individuals in distress. The Frontline Supervisors Training is a four-hour workshop that provides in-depth training on assisting personnel in distress as well as in suicide prevention. It can be taught by any experienced leader, educator or helping professional. Commanders' calls and weekly roll calls are also an effective means to promote programs and services and encourage Airmen to get help. Central to any suicide prevention program is recognizing distress-related behaviors, both in ourselves and others. We

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don't need to wait until a person has reached the threshold of debilitating distress before reaching out. We can't always tell when an Airman is having emotional difficulties. Anxiety, depression or problems with alcohol or other substances can often remain hidden from others. Angry outbursts at work, relationship problems, increased drinking, accidents and mishaps can sometimes be warning signs. Sometimes, a caring friend who will listen can make a difference. Air Force and DoD senior leaders recognize that seeking help is a sign of strength and can assist people to function at their peak at work and at home. Everyone needs help with certain aspects of their lives and we should all seek help when needed and encourage others to do the same. We must eliminate the stigma attached to asking for help and realize there is no shame attached to offering or receiving mental health services. We need to recognize when an individual is clearly in distress and intervene. The ACE model of Ask, Care, and Escort is easy to remember and act upon. Asking a person if they are suicidal shows concern. Caring about the individual enough to listen is being a responsible Wingman. And finally, stay with the person and Escort them to the mental health clinic or hospital. That just might make the difference between life and death. The following is a personal account from a former ADAPT client who has asked to remain anonymous: "I almost died! In fact I came so close to suicide, I'm surprised I'm still around. I had so many problems and felt I couldn't tell anyone how much pain I was in. Everyone thought I had it all together; when in fact, I hated my life. I kept getting more projects at work and with each additional duty I became increasingly worse. I tried to concentrate but lost focus. I was staying later and later at work and then going home every night and drinking until I fell asleep, often in the easy chair in front of the TV. My wife knew I was unhappy but she didn't know how bad I was. I couldn't tell her just how unmanageable my life had become. I became remote at work, distant to my family, an absent parent to my children and

began having thoughts of killing myself. To this day, I don't know how I ended up in the Mental Health Clinic. I always believed that if you went to mental health your career was over. At the point when I thought I had nothing left to lose, I called to make an appointment. "The counselor was incredibly kind, but made it clear to me that I needed to go to a hospital where my problems, especially with alcohol, could be addressed. She contacted my chain of command and my wife. My boss drove me to the hospital where I stayed for 28 days. It was there I learned so much about myself, my demons and how to cope with the day-today stressors of my life. "My leadership worked very closely with me. They reassured me my career was not over and that they had every confidence I would be back in top form. "When I was released from the hospital, everyone worked with me to find the right balance between work and home. I accomplished more at work, had time to work out and had energy left over at the end of each day. I went to counseling and Alcoholics Anonymous regularly and soon felt better than I had in years. I began enjoying life again. I became a better Airman and leader, a more loving husband and father and most importantly, I am alive today." The above reflection illustrates the importance of suicide prevention and how the "all in" approach saved a life. If you or someone you know is stressed, don't be afraid to ask for help. Call the Mental Health Clinic on the Air Base at 9636852, or Navy Mental Health at 794-6450 at the Weapons Station, or Military One Source at 1-800-342-9647 for assistance. If you are suicidal, get help now. The following numbers are also available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year: â&#x20AC;˘ Military/Veterans Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-273-TALK â&#x20AC;˘ National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-784-2433 This article first appeared in the November/December 2009 Combat Edge Magazine and has been updated for use at Joint Base Charleston.

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JB CHS libraries offer online learning resources By Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Charleston students have been in school for nearly one month, and the Joint Base Charleston libraries are now offering online learning resources for students of all ages. There are two online programs currently available, the Transparent Language Online program and tutoring services through The Transparent Language Online program contains pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary building lessons for more than 80 languages. The program is available to all service members, civilians, retirees and family members online at "More than 80 languages are available through the program and it's a quick way to learn another language," said Ashley Barrineau, reference librarian from the 628th Air Base Wing Force Support Squadron. The program is designed for recreational use, self development and even as a resource for students taking a language class, she said. The program contains video-based grammar lessons, social media resources and cultural learning resources for language learners at all proficiency levels. "A great use for the program is for service members and their families who have received permanent change of station orders to a foreign speaking location," Barrineau said. Air Force users must register in person at the JB CHS-Air Base library to gain access to the website and Navy families may register through their Navy Knowledge Online account. Those who are deployed can register by visiting a location with a learning resource center. For a broader source of different subjects is available for students in kindergarten to college. " is an online tutoring program designed to help students who are struggling with school in any subject," said

Chris Gerry, JB CHS-Air Base school liaison. "All tutors are certified in their fields and it's a great tool for any student; whether you are in middle school, high school, college or getting a GED." Gerry said the program has proven to be a hit among students and is a great success. "There are currently more than 100 students a month using the online help and the numbers continue to grow," he said. "All feedback received from the program has been positive." One anonymous 11th U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicole Mickle grade student from JB CHS left a comment on Jennifer Marsh explains to children from the Joint Base Charleston Youth Center, the site which read, "My September 21 at Joint Base Charleston Air Base. is an online tutoring program tutor was amazing and I designed to help students who are struggling with school in any subject. Marsh is a trainer. think I'll actually pass my test tomorrow." The site is available for active-duty service members and children," he said. "When a student is struggling in a math their families. Additionally, Guard members, Reservists and class and one of his parents is deployed and the other hasn't Department of Defense civilians in a deployed status and their been in school for a long time, it's hard for that student to get families are eligible for the program. Those who are eligible personal attention. provides that attention to all students. And when you have a student who was struggling in a can register at Providing students free access to is another way class succeed, there is no better feeling of relief for the parthe military is helping develop and care for service members ents." and the families through quality of life programs, Gerry said. Erin Tindell contributed to this story. "Being in the military can be stressful for both parents and

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Joint Base Charleston Airmen participate in JOAX U.S. Air Force Capt. Keith Grawert gives a crew brief in preparation for Joint Operation Access Exercise, Sept 7. JOAX is a weeklong exercise to prepare the Air Force and the Army to respond to worldwide crises and contingencies. Grawert is a pilot from the 15th Airlift Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston.

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U.S. Air Force pilots and loadmasters discuss airdrop procedures on a C-17 Globemaster III on the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base flightline Sept. 7.

U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class James Richardson

U.S. Army paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division descend to the ground after jumping out of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, over drop zone Sicily during Joint Operations Access Exercise at Ft. Bragg, N.C., Sept. 10. JOAX is a one-week exercise to prepare the Air Force and the Army to respond to worldwide crises and contingencies.

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Seth Dunworth runs through a preflight checklist on the ramp of a C-17 Globemaster III on the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base flightline Sept. 7. Dunworth is a loadmaster with the 15th Airlift Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing.

U.S. Army paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division descend to the ground after jumping out of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, over drop zone Sicily during Joint Operations Access Exercise at Ft. Bragg, N.C., Sept. 10.


The Patriot • September 23, 2011


Becoming today’s leader for tomorrow’s Sailor Continued from Page 1 studying the Navy's heritage and traditions and learning from their fellow chiefs what it means to be a CPO. "The season teaches our future leaders what it means to be a chief, how they are supposed to act and what their new role will now encompass," said Cady. "It is not just a promotion; it is a whole new way of life and a new way of thinking." For Chief Electronics Technician Bradley Tracy from Naval Support Activity Charleston, the CIS period was one of the most challenging trials that he has ever experienced in his career. But it has also left him with genuine pride and a sense of belonging to something greater than himself. "There is the mentality of a first class and then there's the mentality of a chief petty officer: we have six weeks to change that outlook," he said. "One of the first things that we are taught when going through this program is that we are no longer an individual, it is not just about ourselves. It is about a group, being part of something bigger, a brother and sister-

hood which relies on each other and would do anything for a fellow chief. I am honored to become part of that." Transitioning from a first class petty officer to a chief petty officer brings with it increased responsibilities as well as becoming one of the most recognized symbols of the Navy. "I'm sure people have heard the phrase 'Ask the Chief'," said Cady. "A chief petty officer is the symbol of the Navy. They are the 'go to' person for everything, from running programs to taking care of Sailors and making sure the Navy runs and operates smoothly on a daily basis." Being selected for the rank of E7 is a career milestone for any Sailor, a memorable event that transforms a Sailor into today's deckplate leader, a chief petty officer. "I hope this year's selectees understand that being a chief petty officer and becoming part of the chief's mess is such a profound event, it is life changing; life changing forever," said Cady. On the morning of Sept. 16, this proved true as emotions

ran high as each chief select stood in formation waiting for their turn to be pinned with their new collar devices: chief petty officer anchors and their new combination covers. "There is only one word I can say that expresses my feelings," said Chief Hospital Corpsman Barbara Williams from Naval Health Clinic Charleston. "Wow, plain and simple. It was like a dream, surreal in a way because as a Sailor, you don't know if you are ever going to have that opportunity to become a chief before retiring. I never thought I would get to this point in my career, but now that I have I am so elated." "The transition period is so very important," she continued. "It breaks that 'I' perspective and really hones in on naval heritage and traditions. The season pushed us to the limit and made us work together as a team. By the end of the season, we created a whole different family for ourselves, a brother and sisterhood that I can say I am proud to be part of. As a newly frocked chief petty officer my job is to take care of my fellow chiefs and Sailors, and I am ready to do just that. "

Captain Ralph Ward congratulates new chief petty officers after the Chief Petty Officer Pinning Ceremony held at Joint Base Charleston Weapons Station Sept. 16. Ward is the JB CHS deputy commander.

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After a six-week Chief Petty Officer Induction Season, chief selects are able to wear the coveted fouled anchor signifying that they are now "the Chief."

Newly pinned chief petty officers receive their new combination covers after a pinning ceremony at Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station, Sept. 16. Eleven newly announced chief petty officers received their collar devices after completing the six-week chief petty officer induction season.

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The Patriot â&#x20AC;˘ September 23, 2011

JB CHS remembers POW/MIA day

U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Nicole Mickle

Senior enlisted leaders from each of the military branches run the last leg of the 24-hour POW/MIA rememberance run that ended at the retreat ceremony Sept. 16, at Joint Base Charleston. Team Charleston observed POW/MIA day with a 24-hour run that began Sept. 15, a luncheon at the Charleston Club and a retreat ceremony which included a wreath laying and a fly-over by a C-17 Globemaster III from the 437th Airlift Wing.

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Katie Gieratz U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Katie Gieratz

United States Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Coast Guard service hats rest on a ceremonial POW/MIA table during the POW/MIA luncheon Sept. 16 at Joint Base Charleston. The setting of the POW/MIA table is a time-honored tradition in recognition of captured, killed in action and missing comrades from each service. More than 20 former POWs from throughout the state of South Carolina attended the luncheon as honored guests.

Colonel James Clavenna stands at parade rest prior to the start of the POW/MIA retreat ceremony Sept. 16 at Joint Base Charleston. Clavenna is the 437th Maintenance Group commander.

U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Nicole Mickle U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Nicole Mickle

A flag detail, composed of military members from various Lowcountry commands, folds the American flag during the POW/MIA retreat ceremony Sept.16 at Joint Base Charleston.

Colonel Richard McComb, Phylis McComb, Col. Erik Hansen, and Navy Capt. Ralph Ward observe the POW/MIA Retreat Ceremony Sept. 16 at Joint Base Charleston. McComb is the Joint Base Charleston commander, Phylis McComb is the wife of Col. McComb, Hansen is the 437th Airlift Wing commander, and Ward is the Joint Base Charleston deputy commander.

Captain Ralph Ward speaks with former prisoner of war Jacob Scott, after the POW/MIA retreat ceremony Sept. 16 at Joint Base Charleston. Scott was one of four former POWs in attendance at the ceremony and served in the Army as a corporal during the Korean Conflict. Ward is the Joint Base Charleston deputy commander. U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Nicole Mickle

Joint Base Charleston honor guard members participate in the POW/MIA retreat ceremony held Sept. 16 at Joint Base Charleston. The honor guard members performed a 21-gun salute in honor of the nation's prisoners of war and missing in action.

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Chuck Jackson and Col. Richard McComb lay a wreath during the POW/MIA retreat ceremony Sept. 16 at Joint Base Charleston. Jackson is a former POW and McComb is the Joint Base Charleston commander.

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2011 - 2012 Influenza Vaccination season underway From Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs and U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs WASHINGTON – Navy officials reminded all Navy active duty Sailors and Reservists Sept. 22 they must receive the seasonal influenza or "flu" vaccine upon its availability at their local installation's medical treatment facility (MTF) as directed by NAVADMIN 207/11. The Navy's goal is to have 90 percent of all Navy personnel vaccinated for the flu by Dec. 1. "It's important for all the active duty personnel to realize that the single best way to prevent the flu is with vaccination," said Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson Jr., U.S. Navy surgeon general and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. "Without it, the influenza virus could have a sweeping impact on our force

readiness and ability to meet our mission." Each year in the U.S., there are more than 25 million reported cases of the flu with more than 150,000 hospitalizations due to complications and more than 24,000 deaths. Navy personnel and their family members can take preventive measures to reduce the risk of exposure to and spread of the flu. These methods include washing hands, maintaining a clean home and work environment, teleworking, and staying home from work when sick. To learn when the flu vaccination will be available at your local MTF, check your installation newspaper, social media sites, or contact your local MTF. For more information, NAVADMIN 207/11 details the Navy's influenza vaccination and reporting policy and is located at AV2011/NAV11207.txt. .

Deadline nears to apply for special ‘Stop Loss’ pay WASHINGTON – Only a month remains for eligible service members, veterans and their beneficiaries to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Officials extended a previous deadline to Oct. 21 to allow more time for eligible people to apply. “The nation has rallied behind this effort -- the military services have been joined by the White House, Congress, the [Veterans Affairs Department], veteran and military service organizations, and friends and family members around the world,” said Lernes Hebert, the Defense Department’s director of officer and enlisted personnel management. “Despite these remarkable outreach efforts, some people may still not yet have applied. If you think you are eligible, and have not yet applied, now is the time to do so.” The special retroactive pay was established to compensate for the hardships military members encountered when their service was involuntarily extended under Stop Loss authority between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009, officials said. Eligible members or their beneficiaries may submit a claim to their respective military service to receive the benefit of $500 for each full or partial month served in a Stop Loss status. When the special pay began Oct. 21, 2009, the services estimated 145,000 service members, veterans and beneficiaries were eligible for the benefit. Because the majority of those eligible had separated from the military, officials said, the services have engaged in extensive and persistent outreach efforts, including multiple direct mailings, public service announcements, and continuous engagements with military and veteran service organizations, social networks and media outlets. To apply, or for more information – including submission requirements and service-specific links – go to

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Festival of Fitness scheduled Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Joint Base Charleston's Festival of Fitness will be held Oct. 7 at the Air Base from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The all day event will include physical and mental challenges along with music, demonstration booths and more. Teams will be composed of six members and must have at least one female per team. Teams will need to create their own appropriate team shirt as all team members must be dressed the same. Prizes will be awarded for the best team uniform. Colors for uniforms will be on a first come, first serve basis and no two teams will be allowed to wear the same colors. Teams are open to all military services, Reservists, civilians and family members. Volunteers are also needed to help with the event. Volunteers will serve as grounds keepers and will assist with setting up and breaking down the bleachers and stage. To register your team or to volunteer for the event or for more information, contact: Tech Sgt. Zack Chappell at 963-7407, Tech Sgt. Laci Brokaw at 963-6831 or Tech Sgt. Jen Wilson at 963-6957

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Phase I Enlisted Retention Board adjourns Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Maria Yager, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs MILLINGTON, Tenn. – The first phase of the Enlisted Retention Board adjourned and forwarded its recommendations to Navy Personnel Command , officials said Sept. 16. ERB Phase I results will likely be released in mid-to-late October after the Bureau of Naval Personnel reconciles the results and processes those who applied for conversion, according to Rear Adm. Don P. Quinn, acting chief of naval personnel. As announced in NAVADMIN 180/11, conversion applications were held until the board completed deliberations. Only those Sailors not selected for retention in-rate by the ERB will be considered for conversion into selected undermanned ratings for which they qualify. Conversion waivers will be granted based on the needs of the Navy. Once BUPERS reviews the recommendations for conversion opportunities, board results will be forwarded to the Chief of

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The Patriot â&#x20AC;˘ September 23, 2011

2011 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Update

AMC provides wartime capability, humanitarian assistance By Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle Air Force Public Affairs Agency NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The same machines that deliver critical capabilities to U.S. joint forces have also proven their mettle in humanitarian missions, said the Air Mobility Command's top officer at the Air Force Association's 2011 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition here Sept. 19. This year, the command will spend $2.5 billion with its commercial partners in industry to streamline the processes and assets that move 90 percent of the Air Force's passengers and 37 percent of its cargo, Gen. Ray Johns said. The general lauded the 135,000 active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen and civilians who comprise the command he called the "grand ballet" of global vigilance, global power and global reach. "We deliver hope with our airlift capabilities, we fuel the fight with our air refueling and we save lives with our aeromedical evacuation," Johns said, adding AMC ensures the rapid element of the U.S. Transportation Command's air, land and sea capabilities can be anywhere in the world in 18 hours. "The heart of what we really do (is in our) Airmen: our support, our tacticians, maintainers, porters and aircrews, who focus on helping others." Johns explained that simultaneous needs to support approximately 30,000 troops in Afghanistan, three major exercises in Korea, Singapore and Thailand, presidential movements, and missions in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, and Bahrain had seemingly pushed the command to its limit - until the news in Japan broke. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the ensuing tsunami wave devastated much of the nation and soon AMC found

itself embroiled in a triple effort of "humanitarian assistance, consequence management and brilliant evacuation," Johns said. Approximately 7,800 dependents were evacuated to Seattle and Travis Air Force Base, Calif., initial estimations projected the potential need to move 90,000 dependents, Johns said, adding that industry partners again stepped in to offer assistance. With ongoing combat operations in full swing, other concurrent natural disasters such as the floods in Pakistan, earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and even volU.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Tiffany Trojca canic activity have done lit- Gen. Ray Johns speaks about a variety of Air Force mobility missions Sept. 19, 2011, at the Air tle to hamper the command's Force Association's 2011 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition in National Harbor, wartime capabilities, Johns Md. Johns highlighted the mobilization of equipment and mobility Airmen â&#x20AC;&#x153;answering the callâ&#x20AC;? for humanitarian and wartime missions. Johns is the Air Mobility Command commander. explained. AMC members were able to execute a short-notice western reroute to Atlantic transit tactical critical care evacuation teams from first surgical stalines to avoid the ash that had filled skies following the May tion to the theater hospital which may allow U.S. forces to return Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen safely to their families, 2011 eruption in Iceland, he added. Despite the barrage of humanitarian missions, Johns the general said. "We need that precision, that whole package," Johns said. emphasized the attention to the needs of the warfighter, "We want to answer the call, so that no matter who calls, they specifically in aeromedical evacuation, remains focused. In July 2011, AMC collaborated with industry to develop will prevail."

CMSAF shares enlisted perspective By Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes Defense Media Activity NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The chief master sergeant of the Air Force discussed his enlisted perspective during the Air Force Association's 2011 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition here, Sept. 21. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy shared with the audience what he feels are some of the most pressing issues for Airmen today and what Air Force leaders are doing to address them. He focused on: Airmen today, tomorrow's challenges and Airmen in the future. Roy said, during his travels around the Air Force, Airmen have brought several concerns to his attention, including the transition to electronic study materials and possibly losing retirement benefits due to budget cuts. "(Not printing study materials) was one of those secondary effects of an efficiency initiative we started and didn't look at

all the way through," he said. "That's the lesson. We cannot simply cut something without looking at what the effects are going to be." Roy reiterated points recently made by the secretary of defense and Air Force chief of staff regarding changes in retirement benefits. "In my tenure in our Air Force, personnel costs have risen over 65 percent, while the end strength has come down well over 45 percent," he said. "There's something going on that we need to address. Although senior leaders are exploring ways to address personnel costs, the chief stressed the need to take care of today's Airmen. "We have a commitment to our all-volunteer force," Roy said. "We need to stick with that commitment." While military retirement benefits have not changed, some programs will need to be adjustedin the future. "Our program and our force structure will change," Roy said. "It has to change. We are looking at this as a program,

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WASHINGTON – Military retirees would pay an annual fee for TRICARE-for-Life health insurance and TRICARE pharmacy co-payments would be restructured under the deficit reduction plan President Barack Obama released Sept. 19. “If we’re going to meet our responsibilities, we have to do it together,” Obama said during a Rose Garden speech to announce the President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction. The plan reduces $4.4 trillion from the $14.7 trillion federal deficit over 10 years through a combination of spending cuts and increased tax revenue. For the military portion, Obama said the government will save $1.1 trillion from the drawdown of forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, which are to be complete at the end of this year and in 2014, respectively. The plan includes savings of $6.7 billion over 10 years by establishing “modest annual fees” for members of TRICARE-for-Life, which becomes a second-payer insurance to military retirees who transition to the federal Medicare program upon turning age 65. The change would begin with a $200 annual fee in fiscal 2013. The plan also includes savings of $15.1 billion in mandatory funds and $5.5 billion in discretionary funds over 10 years by restructuring co-payments for TRICARE pharmacy benefits. To bring the TRICARE plan more in line with private and other federal plans, the president’s proposed plan would eliminate co-pays for generic mail-order drugs, while shifting retail copays from a dollar amount to a percentage co-pay. The change would apply to military families and retirees, but not active duty service members. These changes will ensure fiscal responsibility without compromising quality care for service members and their families, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement released today. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta “has consistently emphasized the need to keep faith with our troops and their families,” Little said. “That includes maintaining the highest quality health care for them,” he continued. “We will continue to maintain the highest possible health care, but during this period of fiscal belt tightening, we may see modest cost increases in TRICARE enrollment fees and co-pays to sustain the health system." The changes are necessary to help reduce the deficit and ensure the long-term strengths of the programs, a White House news release issued after Obama’s speech said. The changes also would help to level “a measurable disparity” between military retirees and private sector workers, it says. The statement notes that the administration has expanded GI Bill benefits, job training and veterans’ homeless prevention programs, and proposed tax credits for employers to hire veterans. “Still, as the cost of health care rises and benefit programs across the public and private sectors are being restructured to remain solvent,” the release says, “it’s important that programs that serve military retirees and veterans are modernized to be able to meet the needs of the future.” The plan also would create a commission to “modernize” military benefits through a process based on that of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, the White House release said. Under the proposal, the Defense Department would make a proposal to the commission, which can alter the proposal before sending it to the president. The president may not alter the proposals, but would decide whether or not to send it to Congress. The Congress would have to approve or disapprove without modifications. “The administration believes that any major military retirement reforms should include grandfathering provisions that ensure that the country does not break faith with military personnel now serving,” the statement said. Obama said the proposal to save $4 trillion “finishes what we started last summer” when he and the Congress agreed to $1 trillion in cost savings. Under the plan, the deficit -- the difference between revenue and spending -- would level out in 2017 where spending is no longer adding to the nation’s debt. While “we are scouring budget for every dime of waste and inefficiency,” Obama said, the proposed plan also closes corporate tax loopholes, raises taxes on millionaires and makes changes to Medicaid and Medicare in an effort to help small businesses and middle class Americans, and protects spending on education, science and infrastructure such as roads and bridges. “We’re asking everybody to do their part so no one has to shoulder too much burden,” Obama said..


The Patriot • September 23, 2011


AF officials announce civilian early retirement, separation incentive options By Debbie Gildea Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- The Air Force is implementing civilian Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay programs, Air Force officials announced today. "Our goal with these programs is to mitigate the impact of reduced fiscal year 2012 funding on our permanent civilian workforce," said Maj. Gen. Sharon K. G. Dunbar, the Air Force director of force management policy. Reduced Air Force funding starting in fiscal 2012 is the result of a Secretary of Defense efficiency initiative that holds civilian manning at fiscal year 2010 levels Department of Defense-wide. This initiative reduces previously planned growth in the Air Force civilian workforce by nearly 9 percent. Air Force officials estimate that reduced funding levels are sufficient to support just over 180,000 civilians as of October 1. "Complying with lower civilian funding levels requires adjusting the size of our civilian workforce by about 1 percent this next fiscal year," Dunbar said. "To do this, we're postured to approve up to 6,005 VSIP applications along with implementing VERA. These voluntary programs will also help generate flexibility to balance positions with mission priorities." Air Force officials also implemented hiring controls in May, followed by a 90-day hiring freeze that went into effect last month. Much like the voluntary programs, the temporary hiring freeze and ongoing hiring controls are designed to reduce the size of the civilian workforce and generate vacancies for permanent employees whose positions may be restructured, transferred or eliminated, the general explained. "Our civilians have been asking about VERA and VSIP options, so we worked to make these voluntary programs available early in the fiscal year," Dunbar said. Servicing civilian personnel offices have already started surveying eligible civilians for their interest in these programs. Surveys are targeted to those in job series that may be affected by downsizing or restructuring. Targeting the surveys requires balance, the general explained. "If we target too narrowly, the number of volunteers may fall short of what we're seeking. At the same time, an overly broad survey may cause angst among employees in posi-

tions that will not be affected. To be eligible for VERA, employees must be at least 50 years old with 20 years of creditable service, or have 25 years of creditable service at any age. Whereas VERA is a temporary measure to increase retirements, VSIP is a financial incentive to encourage eligible employees to voluntarily separate from civil service. A VSIP payment is equivalent to an employee's severance pay entitlement, up to a maximum of $25,000, before taxes. Officials are authorized to approve a maximum of 6,005 VSIP applications from eligible civilians. VSIP applications may be approved if there is a direct link between an employee's separation and avoiding adverse personnel impact elsewhere. "Employees who received surveys should familiarize themselves with the VERA and VSIP material on the Air Force Personnel Services website at," the general said. Specific VERA and VSIP information can be accessed via the News and Announcements link. In addition, servicing civilian personnel offices are postured to assist interested civilians. Employees should thoroughly consider all options therefore, prior to submitting an application for VERA or VSIP, officials said. Employees who apply for VERA and/or VSIP make a commitment to separate Dec. 31, 2011 if their application is approved. This commitment cannot be withdrawn except for extreme hardship or extraordinary circumstances. "We're grateful for the immense contributions of our civilian workforce, and are committed to providing support through the changes ahead," Dunbar said. "We'll move through these changes and challenges together as a team." The Air Force Personnel Services site includes a link to all secure applications (top right corner of the home page), as well as a VERA/VSIP link that will take users to a onestop-shop of related links and information sources. For specific eligibility information and guidance, employees who have been surveyed should go to their local civilian personnel strategic advisors in the Civilian Personnel Section. For information about other personnel issues, visit the Air Force personnel services website at

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Sept. 18, 1990 - The 436th Military Airlift Wing and 438th MAW moved 107 pallets of tents, cots and blankets as well as 360 passengers to Jordan through Sept. 28. The supplies provided relief to 100,000 foreign workers from Kuwait, who fled to Jordan after Iraq's invasion. Sept. 19, 1984 - A C-141 flew to Kinshasa, Zaire, in support of an AIDS research project conducted by the U.S. National Institute of Health. It carried three passengers and nine tons of medical supplies and equipment through Sept. 21. Sept. 20, 1951 - The U.S. Air Force recovered animals from a rocket flight for the first time, when a monkey and 11 mice survived an Aerobee flight to an altitude of 236,000 feet.

Sept. 21, 2005 - The U.S. Air Force's last remaining active-duty C-9 Nightingle left Ramstein AB, Germany for Andrews AFB, Md. The C-9 flew to its final resting place at the Andrews air museum. Sept. 22, 1947 - A U.S. Air Force C-54 flew 2,400 miles from Stephenville, Newfoundland, to London on the first transatlantic robot-controlled flight.

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Events Sept. 23 ❏ Retirement Ceremony: Senior Master Michael Pawlak will have a retirement ceremony Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. in the 15th Airlift Squadron auditorium in Bldg. 74. ❏ Budget Your Way to Financial Freedom: Learn how something as simple as budgeting can help you become organized financially and accomplish your financial goals, Sept. 23 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register. Sept. 27 ❏ Clinic Closure: The 628th Medical Group clinic will be closed Sept. 27 at noon and will reopen Sept. 28 at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 28 ❏ Smooth Move Workshop: Learn how to ease through a PCS move and receive valuable take-aways, Sept. 28 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register. ❏ Professional Style Dress: Women's session, is Sept. 28 from noon to 2 p.m. and the men's session is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Understand the dos and don'ts of looking your best with your professional dress. Learn what proper and appropriate dress is for everything from business casual to professional. This program is conducted by Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette and will be held at AFRC. Call 963-4406 to RSVP. Sept. 29 ❏ Learn How to Adopt/Foster parent: Learn to navigate the Adoption and Fostering system from the experts, Sept. 29 from noon to 1 p.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register. ❏ The Career Status Bonus/Redux: Is it a wise choice? Make an informed decision. Learn whether or not the CSB/REDUX is the best retirement choice before you make a decision you may regret, Sept. 29 from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to sign up. ❏ Junior Smooth Move Workshop: This program is for children ages 5-16 who will PCS soon. The workshop will be held at the JB CHS - AB Youth Center, Sept. 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to sign up. Oct. 2 ❏ Ecumenical Picnic: The chapel is in need of volunteers for their 2011 Picnic scheduled Oct. 2. Volunteers will help with set-up and tear down. The picnic is open to all Joint Base Charleston families and is free. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Tech Sgt. Veronica Dudley at 9636675. Oct. 3 ❏ Investing Demystified: Oct. 3, from 10 to 11 a.m., this workshop is ideal for the first time investor and explains the most common types of

investments and simplifies terminology for a better understanding of investing. Call the AFRC at 9634406 to sign up. Oct. 4 ❏ First Time Homebuyer Workshop: This workshop will take you through the entire home buying process; everything from choosing the location of your home to financing, Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 for reservations. ❏ Heartlink-Charleston Spouse Orientation to the Air Force: Are you a military spouse? Join us Oct. 4 from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. and learn about the Air Force mission, culture, traditions, military language, benefits and services while making new friends. Childcare issues will be addressed at time of registration. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register. Oct. 5 ❏ The Thrift Savings Plan simplified: Civilians and military can learn about the pros of enrolling in the TSP, what it can do to help supplement your retirement income and how to invest based on the lifecycle financial planning concept, Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to sign up. ❏ Resume I and Cover Letter: Learn the basics of writing a resume and cover letter Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register. Oct. 6 ❏ Newcomer's Tour: Join other Joint Base Charleston newcomers Oct. 6 from 8:15 to 3:30 for this fun and free bus tour of downtown Charleston and the surrounding area. The bus departs from the AFRC, Bldg. 500, JB CHS - Air Base. Call 9634406 to reserve your seat.

Special Announcements ❏ 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. ❏ 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. ❏ 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.

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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. ❏ X-Men: First Class: Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13 ❏ Prom: Sept. 24, 5 p.m., Rated PG ❏ X-Men: First Class: Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13 ❏ X-Men: First Class: Sept. 25, 2 p.m., Rated PG-13 ❏ Priest: Sept. 29: 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13

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. ❏ Final Destination 5: Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., Rated R ❏ Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13

Joint Base Charleston Oct. 2 - Ecumenical Picnic: The chapel is in need of volunteers for their 2011 Picnic scheduled Oct. 2. Volunteers will help with set-up and tear down. The picnic is open to all Joint Base Charleston families and is free. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Tech Sgt. Veronica Dudley at 963-6675.

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

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Events Sept. 27 ❏ Anchoring Your Finances: Feel like you've got a juggling act going on with the bills? Do you have too much month at the end of the money? Learn about the resources available to help boost your financial knowledge and other numerous tools for learning to increase your income while decreasing your debt. Join FFSC, Bldg. 755 Sept. 27 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Call 764-7480 to register. ❏ Basic Resume Writing: Receive guidance on content, format, grammar and punctuation to develop your first resume. Join us Sept. 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the FFSC, Bldg. 755. Call 7647480 to pre-register or for more information.

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 manager 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.

❏ 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. ❏ 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. 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.

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. ❏ Make your next party a movie party at Cinema One: Looking for a unique idea for your next group party? Why not make it a movie party? Cinema One offers private showings of your favorite feature films. Cinema One movie parties are perfect for birthday celebrations, command socials, class trips, youth groups and lots more. Movie parties are free to groups of 40 or more (with concessions purchase) and are $25 to groups of less than 40 people. Call theater manager, Teresa Stuckey, at 764-4107 for reservation information. ❏ 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-the-clock 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 sessions are recorded for quality control. The program can also be accessed through a free app for the iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad.

Joint Base Charleston - Air Base ❏ 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.



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Officer years commissioned service requirement reduced Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrea Perez Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs Office

ment. Now certain officers eligible for retirement through Sept. 30, 2013 only have to satisfy eight years of commissioned service to receive the same retirement benefits. "To clarify, if an officer who is retirement eligible and will MILLINGTON, Tenn. – The minimum years of commissioned service (YCS) required for selected officers for retire- have eight years of active commissioned service between the ment purposes has been temporarily reduced from 10 to eight release date of the message and Sept. 30, 2013, he or she can request retirement under this option if they are in an eligible years, officials said Sept. 15. designator and no other service obligations are in place," said "This change mainly affects prior-enlisted officers who PALMETTO PRIMARY CARE Urgent Care Center with their prior service and active commissioned service will Walker. Waivers from years of required ACS will not be approved satisfy their minimum payback towards 20-plus year active duty retirement," said Lt. Shane Walker, assistant limited duty for officers: • With pending permanent change of station orders; officer/chief warrant officer community manager. "This tem• Identified to fill a general services administration assignporary change will help the Navy achieve, in part, its desired ment; end-strength goals." • Under a bonus entitlement (or special pay); ALNAV 057/11 temporarily minimizes that YCS require-

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NPC completes Sea Shore Flow implementation By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Maria Yager Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Navy Personnel Command has concluded a recent review and update of projected rotation dates for all active-duty enlisted Sailors, officials said Sept. 19. Detailers reviewed all active-duty enlisted records and adjusted PRDs for more than 60,000 Sailors impacted by the revised Sea Shore Flow enlisted career paths announced in NAVADMIN 201/11. The revisions were made to better reflect the Navy's current billet inventory. "Since 2008, the number of sea duty billets has increased, while the number of shore duty billets has decreased," said Capt. Michael White, NPC assistant commander for Career Management. "The updated career paths provide optimal balance between sea duty and shore duty, enhances stability, and improves predictability of the career paths for every Sailor in a sea-centric Navy." Thirty-six ratings have increased sea time, and 18 ratings are now classified as sea intensive. Specific Sea Shore Flow timelines for individual ratings are listed by rating in the NAVADMIN. Commands can review PRDs for their Sailors in the Enlisted Distribution and Verification Report. Individual Sailors can review their PRD online by logging into Career Management System/ Interactive Detailing at and clicking on the "My


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(JBC) Chapel Protestant Community is in need of a Young Adult Director. This individual must be a member of the Protestant Faith group and have a broad background of Protestant denominations and be familiar with their beliefs and practices. Must have a B.A. in ministry or 2 years experience as a Young Adult Director/Coordinator and satisfactorily demonstrate the ability to fulfill the duties. Individual should be knowledgeable in areas of Air Force Instructions relevant to chapel functions. Potential candidates may obtain a copy of the bid documents from the Base Chapel, bldg 1005 on JBC. All bids and resumes must be submitted to one of the POCs for this position, which are TSgt Tansa Ayazgok or TSgt Mitchell McNair. The criteria used in selecting for this position will be “best value” to the government. Candidates may be required to interview. The close-out date to apply for this position is 3 Oct 11. A selection will be made by 7 Oct 11. The individual selected must complete a background check as directed by DoDI 1402, Criminal History Background Checks on Individuals in Child Care Services. For questions or concern please call the chapel at 963-2536.


Chapel Catholic Community is in need of a Youth Coordinator. This individual must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church, who can demonstrate familiarity with the Catholic faith and practices. Must have an associate's degree and/or two years experience as a church/chapel youth coordinator or certification in Catholic Liturgical from an accredited Catholic Institution. Potential candidates may obtain a copy of the bid documents from the Base Chapel, bldg 1005 on JBC. All bids and resumes must be submitted to one of the POCs for this position, which are TSgt Tansa Ayazgok or TSgt Mitchell McNair. The criteria used in selecting for this position will be "best value" to the government. Candidates may be required to interview. The close-out date to apply for this position is 3 Oct 11. A selection will be made by 7 Oct 11. The individual selected must complete a background check as directed by DoDI 1402, Criminal History Background Checks on Individuals in Child Care Services. For questions or concern please call the chapel at 963-2536.

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