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Vol. 4, No. 36

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

Friday, October 4, 2013

Maintainers help 437AW stay mission ready!

U.S. Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Chacarra Neal

Obama lauds DoD workforce, encourages budget resolution


By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service

Giant Voice to be heard See page 3

PREVENTION Fire safety in the kitchen See page 5


Depoyment reunion See page 7

UEI COUNTDOWN 60 Days Begins December 2, 2013

Weekend Weather Update JB CHS, SC

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Staff Sgt. Nathon Andrews, 437th Maintenance Squadron crew chief installs a tire Oct. 1, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, S.C. Staff Sgt. Nathon Andrews, 437th Maintenance Squadron crew chief performs an engine tylon inspection Oct. 1, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, S.C. Aircraft maintenance engineers maintain and repair aircraft frames and mechanical parts. They use instruments to measure wear and test controls, replace defective components with hand tools, inspect their work to be sure it meets established standards and maintains records of actions. See more photos on Page 8.

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama thanked the Defense Department workforce Oct. 1 in a video message and expressed his disappointment in Congress’ failure to approve a budget, resulting in a government shutdown. “As president, and as your commander-in-chief, I’ve worked to make sure you have the strategy, the resources and the support you need to complete the missions our nation asks of you,” he said. “And every time you’ve met your responsibilities and performed with extraordinary professionalism, skill and courage,” Obama said. Unfortunately, the president said, Congress has not fulfilled its responsibility and failed to pass a budget. “As a result, much of our government must now shut down until Congress funds it again,” Obama said. Obama noted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other commanders would provide more information on how the shutdown will affect the DoD civilians and their families. “I want to speak directly to you about how what happens next,” he said. “Those of you in uniform will remain in your normal duty status. The threats to our national security have not changed, and we need you to be ready for any contingency.” “Ongoing military operations, like our efforts in Afghanistan, will continue,” Obama said. “If you’re serving in harm’s way, we’re going to make sure you have what you need to succeed in your missions.” The president said Congress has passed, and he would sign into law, legislation ensuring those personnel receive their paychecks on time. “We’ll continue to work to address any impact this shut down has on you and your fam-

ilies,” the President said. “To all our DoD civilians, I know the days ahead could mean more uncertainty, including possible furloughs,” he said. “And I know this comes on top of the furloughs that many of you already endured this summer.” Obama said DoD civilians and their families deserved “better than the dysfunction we’re seeing in Congress.” “Your talents and dedication help keep our military the best in the world,” he said. “That’s why I’ll keep working to get Congress to reopen our government and get you back to work as soon as possible.” Obama said the shutdown is occurring against the background of broader changes with the war in Iraq over and the war in Afghanistan slated to end next year. “After more than a decade of unprecedented operations, we’re moving off a war footing,” he said.

“Yes, our military will be leaner, and as a nation, we face difficult budget choices going forward.” “But here’s what I want you to know. I’m going to keep fighting to get rid of those across-the-board budget cuts – the sequester – which are hurting our military and our economy.” We need a responsible approach, Obama said, that deals with our fiscal challenges and keeps our military and our economy strong. “I’m going to make sure you stay the greatest military in the world – bar none,” he added. “That’s what I’m fighting for. That’s what you and your families deserve.” The president thanked the Defense Department for their commitment to protecting the nation. “On behalf of the American people, thank you for your service which keeps us free,” Obama said. “And thank you for your sacrifice which keeps our nation and our military the greatest force for freedom that the world has ever known.”

US Rep. Tim Scott speaks at AF Ball

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

U.S. Representative Tim Scott addresses the audience during the 2013 Air Force Ball Sept. 28, 2013, at the North Charleston Convention Center in North Charleston, S.C. The ball is an annual Air Force-wide tradition to celebrate the heritage and history of the Air Force. This marks the 66th anniversary of the Air Force.

CFC, Government Shutdown: a challenging combination

By Capt. Frank Hartnett Joint Base Charleston CFC Coordinator

It's almost impossible to be generous without steady income. Over three months ago, planning and coordination started for this year's Combined Federal Campaign at Joint Base Charleston. Each year, the CFC is the campaign for federal workers to benefit local and national charities. Joint Base Charleston resides in the Coastal Carolina CFC region, which is made up of federal offices and installations along South Carolina's Coast. Last year, the region brought in over $1.8 million to benefit needy charities and a variety of efforts that benefit the underserved. During the planning phase, discussions focused on getting printed

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materials delivered and appointing unit representatives. However, the biggest challenge was not discussed since it wasn't foreseen. Due to a lapse in federal funding, many federal workers are on unpaid leave status. Those workers on exempted or excepted status continue working but some will have to wait for back pay. Uniformed service members continue on with uninterrupted pay, but the future offers very few reasons to be optimistic. Speaking honestly, this is the worst-case scenario. I understand if workers feel less generous since many are struggling to make ends meet. But I would also remind you; it's during times like these, that charitable organizations need your help. Donations from the CFC allow charities to assist wounded warriors, military children and those grappling with illnesses or any other of life's problems. Some of the people helped by charities have no other support networks to rely on. We all have new burdens and times are tough, however take a moment and see what's possible. Any donation large or small makes a difference, and your generosity could make a positive change in the lives of those who are in great need or have nowhere else to turn.

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Commentary by Master Sgt. Matthew Meier 628th Contracting Squadron first sergeant

I received an e-mail the other day showing the Office of Special Investigations' highlights of the most recent contracting-related criminals within the Air Force arrested for bribery. I immediately said to myself ... "Wow, was it worth it?" The list was rather small ... only four people; however they were all enlisted personnel. One was a staff sergeant who was a contracting officer representative who threw everything away for a mere $8,230 and an empty promise of a job after the military. The other three were master sergeants serving as contracting officers. The master

sergeants received a higher payout of $30,000, but in the end they were still caught and lost everything for basically the price of new car. Now I know you're thinking that this is a contracting issue alone, but that's where you're wrong. Anyone in a position of responsibility and entrusted with taxpayer provided resources is subjected to the same temptations. So if you are in a position where you are dealing high value contracts, expensive equipment or large sums of money, keep these guidelines in mind: - Avoid accepting any type of gifts. When you do it the first time, a second time is sure to follow, probably bigger than and just as illegal as the first. If you have any questions, always contact

your supervisor or your local legal office. - Only a contracting officer is authorized to obligate the government, so don't make deals or promises you can't keep. - And finally, remember, on a contract, you are the eyes and ears of the government; if it seems suspicious ... it probably is, so report it. Remember these key issues when you represent the government or are entrusted with a contract and you won't find yourself on OSI's list ... or any other list for that matter. Just remember, in five years when those master sergeants are getting out jail, that $30,000 car will be paid off.

Leadership lesson: My biggest mistake as an NCO

Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. David Duncan 319th Air Base Wing Command Chief

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. – What was the most important leadership lesson you learned during your career? This question has been asked of me quite a few times as I get the awesome opportunity to speak with our Airmen around base. I have been asked this question from such groups as the First-Term Airmen Center, Airmen Leadership School and the Senior NCO Induction class this past July. I think they are expecting me to come up with some incredible quote or leadership principle from one of a hundred authors we have the chance to read during our times in profession military education. When answering this question, I usually set people back a little by telling the story of what I think was my biggest mistake as a young NCO. Back in 1990, when I was a brand new staff sergeant, I thought the world revolved around me. Up to that point, I had been named the Squadron Airman of the Year, I was promoted to senior airman below-the-zone and had made staff sergeant in the second cycle of my first year eligible. Anyone with such an impressive resume was all that and a box of chocolates. I fell into the trap of believing my own press. One day, a young airman 1st class who worked on my engine crew came to work with a very strong body odor. Everyone on my crew was complaining to me about this situation. Being the straight forward person I am, I sat him down and discussed this issue with him. My intent was to straighten this Airman out and make things right. It turned out the neighborhood he, his wife and four-month old daughter were living in was being torn down to allow for the construction of a new highway overpass just outside of the base. Theirs was actually the last house being occupied in this particular area. As a result, they had no electricity and no water. He had a house to move into in base housing, but wasn't able to get the key for another two weeks. However, he and his wife came from very poor families deep in the woods of Louisiana and they were quite content to "camp" for a few weeks until they could move to their new house. I quickly realized just how bad I was at this whole leadership thing. Not only was I unaware of where my Airman even lived, I was unaware of this entire situation until this very discussion. In short, I failed my Airman and his family in a very big way. To make matters even worse, I was still selfishly only interested in taking care of his body odor condition only, mainly because I couldn't see the bigger picture that was put before me. I am embarrassed to admit all I could come up with was that he and his family begin using the fitness center for taking showers. There, problem solved. When I let my supervisor, Tech. Sgt. Miller, know of my "brilliant" solu-

tion to this problem, he said something that sticks with me to this very day. He said, "Staff Sgt. Duncan, that is the most stupid thing I ever heard come out of our mouth and you did not earn your pay today." Then he quickly proceeded to ask me some very basic questions concerning their ability to do laundry, wash dishes, provide healthy food, and even baby formula for their new daughter. I remember we had a very long and informative discussion about helping agencies and how it was my job as an NCO to know them and know how to use them. He was very disappointed in my performance that day. Long story short, Tech. Sgt. Miller, my Airman and I walked out of the housing office less than one hour later with a set of keys to his new house and the rest of my crew and I moved his family into their new house by the end of the day. So the most important leadership lesson I ever learned in my career is very simple. Being an NCO or Leader is not about you. Rather, it is about everyone one around you. Surely, it is about the Airmen and their families who the Air Force trusts you to care for. It is not about having the right answer all the time. But it is about being smart enough and humble enough to admit that you don't know the right answer and you might be in over your head. It is about having situational awareness and knowing you have resources and helping agencies all around you which are available to assist you in taking care of your people. To be an effective leader one must know their people. A leader knows not just where their people live, but under what conditions they (and their families) are living. A leader is not concerned with building their resume. They are concerned with developing their subordinates to become the best Airmen our Air Force deserves. Where are your Airmen in terms of Career Development Courses, their Community College of the Air Force degree, physical fitness? How is your Airman's family doing? What is their spouse's name? What about the names of their children? What school does your Airman, their spouse, their children attend? How are their parents doing? What about their brother who has been sick lately, how is he doing? The word sergeant means servant. NCOs are expected to serve the sons, daughters, nieces and nephews of our country. Those very moms, dads, aunts and uncles send their most precious gifts to us and expect us to be good stewards of these gifts. Be the good sergeant they expect you to be. In the end, this Airman thanked me for taking care of his family and for the lesson I taught him about taking care of people. Tech. Sgt. Miller is the one who deserved all the credit for the final outcome of this situation. Truth be known, I should have been thanking both my Airman and my supervisor for the lesson they taught me that day – a lesson, which has stuck with me for the rest of my career.

Squadron Officer School: Tax dollars well spent? Commentary by Lt. Col. Jeff Donnithorne 31st Student Squadron, Squadron Officer School

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – At a time when every dollar counts, the Air Force continues to spend scarce resources to send thousands of captains every year to Squadron Officer School. With flying hours slashed, we are prioritizing eight-week TDYs to Maxwell instead of converting JP-8 into thrust, lift and airpower. Can SOS really be worth that kind of prioritized investment? Our Airmen and the American taxpayers deserve a compelling answer, so, as a squadron commander entrusted with executing the SOS mission, I offer one perspective. Captains arrive at SOS with varying degrees of skepticism about the value of the two months they will spend here. Moreover, such skepticism about professional military education is by no means confined to the company-grade ranks of our force. Limited resources demand tough choices, so PME is, no doubt, being scrutinized as a potential source of dollars. So why should we take 750 captains away from their tactical environment and family communities for eight weeks of teambuilding and guided discussion? Part of the answer lies in the difference between training and education. Many Air Force captains have spent their entire careers training in technical fields, learning to operate sophisticated technology for a very specific warfighting purpose. Such technical training operates by a logic of direct effects, much like battlefield interdiction or close air support in an air campaign. The purpose and benefit of these endeavors are easily discerned. Consequently, most captains can intuit the correlation between their technical training and its utility in the Air Force mission.

Education, however, operates by a more subtle logic. PME generates its effects in the aggregate, more like strategic bombing or industrial web targeting – slowly, indirectly, across thousands of Airmen over many years. As a leadership-focused school, SOS hurls intellectual and experiential challenges at our students to spur their growth as leaders. We firmly believe that we accomplish our mission successfully and with excellence, but the direct effects of our eight-week leadership laboratory defy easy capture or quantification. An SOS education – like nearly all education – is, thus, a calculated gamble, rooted in the proposition that negotiating a complex team leadership problem or a demanding Project X task will slowly but ultimately generate the desired behavioral and cognitive effects. PME, like SOS, therefore offers the strategic educational balance to the tactical focus of technical training. In light of these acknowledged risks, our approach to SOS education is to make every learning event relevant by exposing its connective tissue and strategic potential. Every guided discussion or lecture must be connected and not isolated – connected to the rest of the curriculum, to the students' career specialty, to the Air Force mission, and ultimately to their role as professional military officers who serve on behalf of the American people. We do not deliver a sterile lesson on Air Force doctrine, for example, simply because the lesson plan or daily schedule says we must. Instead, our conversations about doctrine get stitched into the fabric of Air Force history and culture, showing the ways in which our unique ideas about air power ultimately birthed and sustained our existence as a separate military service. Similarly, every experiential event gets con-

nected to the cognitive and affective purposes behind it. Every TLP and Project X task serves as a metaphor for an exportable learning objective that can bear fruit across disparate career fields and locations. As instructors, we strive to make these practical connections convincing and clear. With these long-view strategic purposes in my mind, my personal philosophy of delivering an SOS education is to explain the why, explore the what and make the connections. We start with why to provide a compelling context for new intellectual discoveries. We then explore each lesson's content – the what – through empathic discourse and, at times, through tactile experience. Finally, we make the explicit and implicit connections from each lesson to the overarching context of serving our nation as Airmen and professional military officers. As we do this more and more effectively, we begin to counter the myopic student impatience that breeds disillusionment. We begin to foster the long view, encouraging our students to regard each SOS experience like another sortie against another strategic target, with small but important effects in the present that ultimately yield game-changing effects in the future. SOS Commandant Col. Mark Czelusta frequently reminds us that the chief of staff of the Air Force in 2040 could be walking our SOS hallways today. The future chief will, no doubt, be technically superb in a particular career specialty, but that chief also must have the diverse knowledge, character and professionalism that only long-view strategic education can provide. This time at SOS may be the only formal PME the future chief receives from the Air Force, so we commit ourselves every day to make sure that time – and the American tax dollars we obligate – are well spent.

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Joint Base Charleston testing new Giant Voice system By 1st Lt. Htein Lin 628th Communications Squadron

A new system will provide service members and on-base residents of Joint Base Charleston a seamless mass alert notification system between the two bases. The new system, the Giant Voice project, will covers gaps that existed in the old system, such as Hunley Park housing area and all of the

Weapons Station. One of the distinct features of the new system is that it is very audible. Base residents may find this change most noticable. The Giant Voice serves a dual purpose – to provide the base with emergency notifications and to provide a method to observe military customs and courtesies. The 628th Communications Squadron is working to ensure

that during the times of Reveille, Retreat and Taps, the system will play at a reduced volume. The squadron has received feedback from the base and are working at making changes to the system. They ask for residents’ and service-members’ understanding and patience as they find the correct levels for the system. At all other times for emergency notification, the system will still play at full volume to ensure that notifications are made clearly and are audible to all base residents.

EM is there in times of emergencies

By Steven Gottula 628th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency manager

The Joint Base Charleston Emergency Management Office has a huge job. Keeping an installation the size of JB Charleston ready in case of an emergency requires military and civilians working together 24-7, to keep the installation prepared to respond to the hazards that could affect the mission and personnel who work, reside and play on the joint base. Base EM personnel accomplish this task every day by writing plans, checklists, staffing the Emergency Operations Center and conducting briefings and training. The Installation Emergency Management Plan 10-2, IEMP 10-2, is an all hazards plan that covers aircraft crashes, hazardous material incidents, natural disasters, terrorists' use of chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear devices and active shooters. Exercises with base units and civilian agencies are conducted to ensure the effectiveness of 10-2. Though most EM personnel work behind the scenes ensuring the safety of our unique community, one place you have probably seen us is during newcomer's orientation. This briefing informs personnel of the natural disasters and other hazards that could have impact our joint base mission and ways to prepare for them. When disaster strikes, don't assume one of the many federal agencies will immediately come to your rescue. Response to past events has shown it takes some time for these agencies to arrive, set up and distribute aid. Prudence dictates that you have a disaster kit with enough supplies to get you through the first seven to 10 days after a disaster. Here is a list of items that should be in your disaster kit: • Water, one gallon per person per day for three days

• Three day supply of non-perishable food • Battery operated radio and NOAA Weather radio with tone alert • Flashlight and batteries • First aid kit • Whistle • Dust masks • Moist towelettes and garbage bags • Prescription medications • Infant formula and diapers • Pet food and extra water for pets • Important documents ie. insurance paperwork

For a more inclusive disaster kit list go to Your JB Charleston EM office has a natural disaster guide free for the asking and contains many suggestions on how you can be ready to weather any disaster. Having a disaster kit is a great thing, but it will not help you if the items are not rotated as food expires and children grow out of their clothes. Your kit will not be of use if you do not have a plan on how or when to use it. Your family disaster plan does not have to be elaborate, but it should be written down in an easy to read and understand format for all family members. And don't forget to add your pets to the process. Their food, water and shelter needs must be considered so they don't take away from your family kit. To learn more about disaster plans contact the Joint Base Emergency Management office at 963-5333 on the Air Base or 794-7652 on the Weapons Station or go to

Dempsey gives hints on priorities for future

By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service

SEOUL, South Korea – In his first twoyear term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey hasn't blinked when facing challenges that would make some men quit – the Iraq withdrawal, the Afghan surge, the sexual assault epidemic, green-on-blue killings in Afghanistan, sequestration, Benghazi, the Arab Spring, the Syrian War, a colder relationship with the Russians. And it goes on day after day after day. The chairman began his second two-year term Oct. 1. But he, and his wife Deanie, will make it through the second two-year term. He

is in South Korea discussing the 31-year-old communist dictator that rules North Korea. And the challenges elsewhere will pile up – the arguments over the East and South China Sea, trying to cajole allies to see the wisdom of your ways. Some challenges he will expect, but other will crop up and he will have to deal with them along with all the things he has to do. And now the money that was there when he first took office is gone. In fact, instead of finding just $487 billion in savings in the defense budget, he needs to find an additional $500 billion – forcing a $1 trillion cut to defense. And add that to the fact that the U.S. government just closed.



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When he started his first term as chairman he issued four priorities. The first was to achieve the national objectives that the military forces had – Iraq and Afghanistan, deterrence in the Persian Gulf and so on. Second was to build Joint Force 2020 which was a look to the future to build the capabilities we will need in the future and not just today. The other two priorities dealt with the profession of arms. "It occurred to me that after 10 years we needed to take a look at the values to which we claim to live to determine whether the personnel policies, training, deployment, all of that was contributing to our sense of professionalism or whether we had some points of friction," he said. His final priority was keeping faith with the military family. Dempsey is an Armor officer by trade, and an English professor by heart and he is choosy about his words. "I chose family not families, because it's not just spouses and children; it's about veterans and it's about the many, many young men and women who will transition out of the military under my watch," he said. These priorities will remain the same, he told reporters traveling with him. "But what I've learned over the past two years is where I have to establish some initiatives, some milestones, some programs and processes to achieve progress in those areas over the time remaining to me."

He notes it is a much different budgetary and fiscal environment than when he started. In fact, it's twice as bad. "It was $487 billion when I started, and now it's a trillion-dollar challenge," Dempsey said. "Expectations about levels of support, the pace of training the pace of deployments are all going to change in the next couple of years, and I have to make sure the force adapts to that," he said. "We're going to transition 100,000-plus out of the military, and I have to make sure those young men and women are ready for that change," Dempsey said. "I have to slow the growth of pay and health care – I don't have to reduce it – I have to slow the growth [and] make it sustainable." "And I've got to reshape the force both in size and capability, and we've got [to] renew our sense of professionalism because it is through that, that we'll get through this incredible uncertainty," he said. Dempsey is most worried about uncertainty in the force and what that is doing to the military family. "Now, we are far more adaptable than we are given credit for," he said. "There's this notion of the cumbersome military bureaucracy. Some is true, but there is also underneath the Pentagon an incredible group of young men and women leaders who change as they need to change to address the challenges as they find them. And they will continue to do that."

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POW/MIA Golf tournament a success By Capt. Kent Germaine 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron

On the morning of Sept. 18, the weather was cool and flawlessly conducive to a day on the greens at Wrenwoods Golf Course at Joint Base Charleston. This day however, was no ordinary trip to the fairways, evidenced by the sight of dozens of Prisoner of War/Missing in Action golf shirts and the unique flags at each green bearing the symbols of our fallen and missing heroes. The POW/MIA Golf Tournament was the first for Joint base Charleston and plans are to hold the event annually. Organized by Master Sgts. Harold Bordeaux, James Kasch and Christopher Cobb, the tournament was held in honor of visiting POW/MIA members and their families.

"It was challenging due to the volume of tournaments leading up to our event, but thankfully we were able to pull off everything very well," said Bordeaux. During the tournament, more than 80 participants, raised $600. The event was the first of what is planned to be a yearly tradition, a tradition that honors the men and women who have made costly sacrifices. Following the tournament, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas Hanton spoke at the POW/MIA luncheon at the Charleston Club. Hanton was taken as a prisoner in North Vietnam after his F-4 Phantom was shot down during a search and rescue mission June 27, 1972, and held until his release on March 28, 1973. As we stand privileged on the greens and see the waiving POW/MIA flags, we should be humbly reminded to reflect on those sacrifices.

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Energy conservation is everyone’s responsibility By Master Sgt. Bill Lipsett 628th Civil Engineer Squadron operations management

I can still here my father telling me, "Turn off those lights if you're not in your room," or "Put on a pair of socks and a sweatshirt if you're cold," or better yet, "Close the door! We're you raised in a barn?" I'm now a proud father of eight children ... yes, eight ... and I can tell you that the proverbial apple didn't fall far from the tree when it comes to energy conservation in my home. I'm sure many of you can relate to my story. For many of us, energy conservation was just a part of growing up. Nationwide, October is Energy Action Month, highlighting the importance of the energy we use in day-to-day living, as well as informing us of ways to reduce the energy that we waste. For a long time, I primarily associated energy management with cost savings. As I've become older, I realize it's about much more than just dollars and cents. Don't get me wrong, saving a few dollars is a huge plus, but so is preserving our finite resources for future generations. As a father, I plan to do my best to ensure my one-month old daughter has access to the same resources we've all become accustomed to in our day-to-day lives. As Airmen, we're serving during a time of unprecedented resource constraints. It's imperative we use those resources wisely. Energy is a critical resource each of us can influence directly. For many, there's a tendency to treat their work environment differently than their home in regards to energy consumption. Is that because you don't pay the utility bill? Sadly, many folks see it that way, or simply just don't think about it. What can you do to help reduce wasteful energy consumption? For starters, be "owners" of your facilities. Treat your work spaces as if you had to pay the utility bill. If a light is left

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Fire Prevention Week: Prevent Kitchen Fires

By Christopher Shaw 628th Civil Engineer Squadron fire inspector

It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from Oct. 6 through12, the Joint Base Charleston Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association to remind local residents to prevent kitchen fires. During this year's fire safety campaign, firefighters and safety advocates will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires, most which result from unattended cooking, and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place. According to the latest NFPA research, two

of every five home fires begin in the kitchen, more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home, fire-related injuries. "Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said Greg Russell, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron chief of fire prevention. "Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they've suffered a damaging lesson," he added. Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing:

• Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling or boiling food. • If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove. • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home and use a timer to remind you. • If you have young children, use the stove's back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove. • When you cook, wear clothing with tightfitting sleeves. • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels and

anything else that can burn away from your stovetop. • Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops. Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country and is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The base fire department will be conducting static displays, information booths and training sessions at various times throughout the week at the Air Base and Naval Weapons Station Exchanges. For more information contact your fire prevention office at 963-3122 on the Air Base or 7647890 on the Weapons Station.

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partners. And we are.” The United States is taking a whole-ofgovernment approach to the region, he said. From the military side, the United States is looking to see how to assist the Lebanese armed forces. U.S. service members are working with the Jordanian military and the United States is working with Turkey – a close NATO ally. “Through the whole-of-government [approach,] we’re trying to apply economic factors assistance of other kinds to help identify a moderate opposition so as this thing develops we can have some influence in a positive way on the outcome,” he said. Dempsey has been in touch with concerned chiefs of defense throughout the Middle East and Europe. “We’ve got incredible experience with building partners, and building military and police formations,” he said. “And so we’ve been in discussion about whether if we could find a way to collaborate on … the issue of whether we could develop a moderate opposition, in particular to stabilize some of the humanitarian issues in northern Jordan and southern Turkey.” These discussions have not risen to the level of a plan, he said, more as a concept. “And I think it’s a valid concept to be thinking about in particular if [Syrian President Bashir] Assad – after the chemical issue is reconciled – if he fails to come to Geneva 2 with an intent to seek a political settlement,” Dempsey said. “Then I think like-minded nations might have the opportunity to contribute in different ways if we’re asked to.”

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Commander discusses future of Air Force Reserve By Col. Bob Thompson Air Force Reserve Public Affairs

they will be adjusting the active component and reserve component mix. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Air Force Reserve is part Discussing the future of the Air Force, of every Air Force core mission. senior military and industry leaders gathHowever, the future roles and ered at the Air Force Association's 2013 missions of the Reserve Air and Space Conference and Component will be a key part of Technology Exposition, at the Gaylord leveraging the cost advantages National Resort and Convention Center at while keeping the right balance National Harbor, Md., Sept. 16-18. of Air Force capability and More than 5,000 U.S. and allied-nation capacity. Airmen along with corporate and media "The biggest challenge to Air representatives attended the annual event Force Reserve is funding and U.S. Air Force photo / Andy Morataya to discuss challenges and financial auster- Chief of the Air Force Reserve Lt. Gen. James how we keep 'Tier One' ready," ity facing the Air Force and aerospace F. Jackson tells the Air Force Association said Jackson during a conference community. 2013 Air and Space Conference that when the breakout session. "The most important thing we have is Air Force fills combatant commander require"Tier One" means being ready our Airmen," said Lt. Gen. James F. ments, every single Airman should be in that now. Currently, Air Force Jackson, chief of Air Force Reserve at the planning. All three components bring some- reservists train to same standards Pentagon and commander of Air Force thing to the table. “Together, we provide as regular component Airmen Global Vigilance, Global Reach and Global Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Power better than anyone else,” he said. More and prepare to deploy in 72 Base, Ga. than 5,000 attended the 3-day event at the hours or less. "Our Reserve Component programs Gaylord National Resort and Convention "We need to figure out which retain the Air Force's investment," said Center at National Harbor, Md., Sept. 16-18. missions are best suited for the Jackson. "Retaining 'Airmen for Life' Air Force Reserve," said saves recruiting, training and education dollars." Jackson. "We need to do what's best for the Air Force. Take As senior leaders make structure and budgetary decisions, mission sets and put them into the component that can make

the best use of them. Mission and functional areas also need to be big enough for a force development pyramid so our Airmen can clearly see their path to success." In many cases, the Reserve Component reduces life-cycle costs to the Air Force by recruiting and retaining reservists who have leading-edge, high-tech skills that they use in their civilian jobs. These reservists bring valuable insight and innovation to military programs. "Citizen Airmen want to serve," Jackson said. "They want to put their combat-tested operational experience to use." "Together, we provide Global Vigilance, Global Reach and Global Power better than anyone else," Jackson said. "Three components are what the Air Force needs to get the most capability and capacity out of it. Three components actually helped to mitigate some of sequestration's effects." In the coming months of 2014, Congressional leaders will review Air Force structure and budget plans for fiscal year 2015. New-updated enterprise-wide actions will make the Reserve Component Airmen more accessible to planners who wish to capitalize on the strengths of each component. "When the Air Force fills combatant commander requirements, every single one of our Airmen should be in that planning," Jackson said. "We are now using all of the Total Force and that is a good thing. "We are a combat-ready force with operational capability, strategic depth and surge capacity," he said. "We're going to keep on doing what we've been doing - providing combatready Airmen."

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Commissaries collect nearly 740,000 pounds for Feds Feed Families From DeCA Public Affairs Division

FORT LEE, Va. – Commissary customers and employees came together to donate nearly 740,000 pounds of needed items to local food banks and other charitable organizations during the annual Feds Feed Families campaign. The accomplishment, a 10 percent increase over last year's effort, was done as commissaries again served as collection points on their installations.

"Commissary customers and employees showed with their actions the importance they place on giving back to their local communities," said Joseph Jeu, DeCA director and CEO. "Even during times of economic uncertainty, our customers and employees still try to make sure their communities have what they need." In 2012, more than 660,000 pounds of items were collected and donated through commissary collection points. DeCA, as an agency, collected 30 percent of the

Department of Defense's 2012 total donations. During the 2013 campaign, DeCA collected about 40 percent of DOD's total donations. This year, the DeCA total of 739,611 pounds represents a 10 percent increase. Both years, commissaries also sold prepared donation packages, allowing customers to purchase the package and then drop it in donation bins as they left the store. At many installations across the country the commissaries' industry partners donated manpower and transportation to deliver the

donated items from commissaries to local food banks. One installation - Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, donated more than 10,000 pounds to their local food banks this year. That's a dramatic increase over last year when 480 pounds were collected at the commissary. "Our customers have really embraced this program," said Jeu. "And our military communities have demonstrated their noble character through their generosity."

Face of Defense: Brother, sister reunite during deployment By Marine Corps Cpl. Corey Dabney Regional Command Southwest

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – As she stepped off a bus at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Air Force 1st Lt. Jamie Underwood looked around the nearly empty terminal, searching for her brother. Her body was exhausted, but her mind was overwhelmed with excitement. She feverishly looked around the terminal, hoping to find his familiar face, her eyes hidden by a pair of dark aviator sunglasses. Across the terminal, Marine Corps Cpl. Tyler David stood against a metal rail waiting patiently for his sister to arrive. He, too, was anxious. Noting that he hadn't seen his sister in nearly six months, just before she deployed to Afghanistan, David said he was worried that combat might have "hardened" his sister. Underwood spotted David leaning on the rail and clasped her hands over her mouth in an attempt to hide her smile. She darted across the parking lot toward him, tears rolling down her face. David grabbed his sister and held her close to him. For a moment, the two stood there just holding each other and smiling. "It was such a surreal feeling," said David, an assistant patrol leader with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. "It was very comforting, because you don't expect to see family or friends on a deployment. Being able to see my sister definitely made this deployment worthwhile." Most families typically are separated for months at a time during deployment; however, Underwood has been remarkably lucky. Over the course of her deployment, she has been able to see several family members. "My aunt and cousin are also here," said Underwood, a liaison officer with the 495th Expeditionary Intelligence Squadron. "I haven't gotten to see my cousin, because he is in the northern region of Afghanistan, but I did get to see my aunt and baby brother, which is a huge morale booster."

Leaders in the siblings' respective units encouraged them to meet and spend time with one another. "I can't thank my commanders enough for giving me the opportunity to hang out with my little brother," Underwood said. "They told me they would do everything in their power to ensure I got to meet up with my brother here, and that means a lot to me." David said he also is thankful to his command for giving him a chance to spend time with his sister before he moved to his forward operating base. "I couldn't think of a better way to begin my deployment," he said. "I thought I wouldn't be able to see my sister until I came back from Afghanistan. It just made everything that much easier."

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Staff Sgt. Nathon Andrews, 437th Maintenance Squadron crew chief gears up to performs an engine tylon inspection Oct. 1, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C. Aircraft maintenance engineers maintain and repair aircraft frames and mechanical parts. They use instruments to measure wear and test controls, replace defective components with hand tools, inspect their work to be sure it meets established standards and maintains records of actions.

Staff Sgt. Andrews gears up to performs an engine tylon inspection Oct. 1, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C.

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FOAM FORCE Air Force Staff Sgt. John Sherman finds himself in a snowstorm of fire retardant foam unintentionally released in an aircraft hangar on Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 24, 2013. Sherman is assigned to the 60th Engineer Squadron fire fighter. The nonhazardous foam is similar to dish soap, which dissolves into a liquid.

Airmen from the 437th Maintenance Squadron prepare to inspect a Globemaster C-17 Oct. 1, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C.

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Airmen from the 437th Maintenance Squadron prepare to inspect a Globemaster C-17 Oct. 1, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C.

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SPIRIT OF MISSOURI During the Year of the B-2 Gala a rainbow made a brief appearance over the “Spirit of Missouri” at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 28, 2013. The gala celebrated the 20th anniversary of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, which made its first landing at Whiteman in December 1993.

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SEAHAWK SUPPLIES An SH-60S Seahawk helicopter delivers supplies to the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble during a replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 26, 2013. The Preble is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to support security and stability in the Indo-AsiaPacific region.

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THE GRIND - Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul Decoteau grinds rough edges off a plate for shop renovation aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in San Diego, Sept. 26, 2013. The Makin Island is undergoing a 13-month phased maintenance availability at Naval Base San Diego.

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WET WORK - U.S. Navy Seabees carry a mock casualty on an improvised stretcher through shoulder-high muddy water while running a six-hour endurance course at the Marine Corps Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 22, 2013. More than 60 Seabees attended the eight-day course. TUNNEL PATROL - The silhouette of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clarence C. Elicio shows inside a tunnel at QalaI-Jangi in northern Afghanistan's Balkh province, Sept. 30, 2013. Elicio is using a flashlight to observe another pathway. Elicio is the squad leader for Company A, 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment, Guam Army National Guard.

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Hagel says national security assured during shutdown

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SEOUL, South Korea – The Defense Department and other government agencies responsible for national security will carry out their missions despite the government shutdown, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Oct. 1. The secretary, traveling in the Asia-Pacific region this week for high-level meetings here and in Japan, sat down with reporters traveling with him to explain what is known, and what isn’t, as nonessential government services are temporarily mothballed. The secretary said he left last night’s state dinner honoring the U.S.-South Korea alliance, at which he spoke, “a little early” for a teleconference with Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, comptroller Bob Hale and acting general counsel Robert Taylor. During that conversation, he said, the four discussed possibilities for minimizing the shutdown’s effects on some 400,000 civilian employees who will be furloughed. “Our uniformed military are taken care of” and will be paid, the secretary said, because President Barack Obama signed that exemption. Hagel said most Defense Department civilians who will be furloughed will receive official notification when they report to work today, and “will be asked to go home.” Those who are exempt from the shutdown will remain at work and will be paid, he added. Government agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget, have issued guidance to the civilian workforce in

recent weeks on how to implement a shutdown. Hagel said the department is working to identify whether some civilians may be called back from furlough based on the nature of their duties, but he cautioned the question might not be answerable immediately. “Our lawyers are now looking through the law that the president signed … to see if there’s any margin here, or widening in the interpretation of the law of exempt versus nonexempt civilians,” he said. “But it’s a priority that we have, that we’re working on right now. It’s, in fact, the priority in our general counsel’s office.” The secretary noted he has been asked repeatedly by South Korean officials here why the shutdown occurred. Hagel, this week, called the action irresponsible, and he said today it affects “our relationships around the world.” He added, “It cuts straight to the obvious question: can you rely on the United States … to fulfill its commitments to its allies?” The secretary continued, “Here this great republic and democracy, the United States of America, shuts down its government. The Pentagon, even though we are exempted – our military – has no budget. We are still living under this dark cloud of uncertainty, not knowing what’s going to happen.” The shutdown affects missions around the world, the confidence of the nation’s allies and planning for pending budget cuts, he said, but core missions will be carried out. “We’re going to be able to fulfill our mission of keeping this country … secure, we will fulfill our mission of maintaining the alliances we have and our troops in South Korea (and)


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Japan, and other treaty obligations,” Hagel stated. He warned, however, that the shutdown casts a significant pall over America’s credibility with its allies. “It is nonsensical … it is completely irresponsible,” the secretary said. “It’s needless. It didn’t have to happen. And I would hope that our Congress can find a new center of gravity of responsibility, and start to govern.” Hagel said the shutdown “puts us all in a very difficult spot.” A strong military is essential to the nation’s security, he said, but civilian employees, not only in DoD, but across government, also play a vital role in that mission. “To think of what this is doing to these civilian employees and their families … they’ve taken furloughs already this year – administrative furloughs,” the secretary said. “Now we have legal furloughs. This is going to impact the future of a lot of our employees.” Hagel said a number of senior DoD civilians have spoken to him in recent months about their future. “Their spouses are not happy; they have families – (they ask) how can we rely on a paycheck, how can we rely on a future … when this is the way we’re going to be treated?” He added, “And I don’t blame them. That human dimension often gets lost in this great arena of debate in Washington – what we’re doing to our people … who make the government function.” Without quality employees, he added, “you will have a dysfunctional system; a dysfunctional government. This is serious.” Military and civilian leaders from himself and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – who is also in Seoul this week – on down have sent out messages this week to the military and civilian workforce and “are upset about” the shutdown, Hagel said. “When you take that number of civilian employees out of the mix of everyday planning and working … you’re going to impact readiness,” he said. “There’s no point in kidding about that. But (Americans) should not be concerned that their security is now in jeopardy. It is not; it will not be.” Hagel said he tries to reassure civilian employees, but he knows the events of the last year haven’t been “very reassuring to people who have begun to build very promising, important careers, and their families rely on that – their wives, their husbands, their children. To see this kind of uncertainty, now, become almost a regular dimension of their career is very unsettling, and I don’t try to convince them otherwise.” Hagel said he does believe “we will find a new center of gravity of governing in the United States of America; I think we are seeing an evolving new coalition of governance start to appear.” It may take an election cycle or two for that evolution to take hold, Hagel said. “I do have confidence in our country,” he said. “I do have confidence in our people … (and) almost a uniquely American self-correction process. We can fix our own problems, and we always have.”

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