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Joint Base Charleston

Patriot Vol. 2, No. 40

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

Friday, October 14, 2011

Team Charleston Airman reaches new APEX milestone By Staff Sgt. Kali Gradishar 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey – In August 2009, Staff Sgt. Nathan Dunn hit a major milestone as the first C-17 Globemaster III aerial port expeditor to reach 500 cargo loads. Dunn reached another landmark as he doubled that figure Oct. 3 with his 1,000th load under the APEX program. "Today I loaded my 1,000th C-17 as an APEX director ... I wanted to get to 1,000; and I wanted to do that here," said Dunn, who volunteered to deploy to the 728th Air Mobility Squadron from the 437th Aerial Port Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. To increase productivity time, the APEX program was launched in October 2006 as an initiative to allow aircraft to be loaded and unloaded without the supervision of the loadmaster. "APEX is a program we have in the Air Force that helps aircrew get to crew rest quicker while we load and unload aircraft without a loadmaster," said Master Sgt. Mark Lee, 728th AMS superintendent of air freight. "As long as we have an APEX person on site, we can unload and load an aircraft." APEX directors are in demand. APEX Airmen are spread between four major commands and 11 locations worldwide, noted the master sergeant. Dunn was one of the first Airmen to enter the APEX program, graduating from the training program in May 2007. Training consists of two weeks in the classroom reviewing operational risk management, aircraft characteristics, load planning, weight balance, aircraft limitations and winching procedures. The final week entailed hands-on training on the aircraft. The Charleston Port Dawgs were the first personnel to test the "Deployed APEX" at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey in 2007. Dunn, then a Senior Airman, was one of the four individuals chosen for the test. Since then he has deployed to Incirlik three more times. His achievement of 1,000 APEX loads is a significant milestone not only for the Air Mobility Command, but also for the 437th ALW. "It doesn't surprise me at all that Dunn accomplished this incredible feat," said 1st Lt. Edward Yearage, 437th APS Ramp Operations flight commander. "He is a hard charger and understands the importance of mission accomplishment. This is just another example of the importance of what Port Dawgs contribute to the mission and what kind of impact our Airmen have on this war and global mobility support." Approximately four years after graduating from the program, Dunn is now an instructor for the hands-on portion when in-garrison- which is a rarity for the sergeant as he's on his fourth six-month rotation here since August 2007, he said. "I'm here out of cycle. There was another person Charleston, SC who was supposed to come here but had an assignment and would have missed his (report for duty Friday, October 14 date). So I raised my hand to volunteer to go in his Sunny place," said Dunn. "I also knew that if I didn't come (0% precip) here, I wouldn't reach 1,000. "Work ebbs and flows. The first time I was here, High 80º we were doing 12 launches a day during the surge Low 54º in Iraq," Dunn recalled. "Since that's died down, we're still supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, Saturday, October 15 but we're (doing less)." Sunny "This is an ongoing mission to support (0% precip) Afghanistan. A lot of times you only hear 'Afghanistan, Afghanistan, Afghanistan,'" said Lee. High 79º "Incirlik is in it, too. We're getting the warfighter Low 52º material to the warfighter downrange." Lee credited Dunn for being a hard-charging APEX Airman and jeered his insistence on being Sunday, October 16 humble. Sunny "What's fun about our career field is we can be pret(0% precip) ty gung-ho ... We like our jobs. (Dunn) likes doing his job - 100 degree heat and he doesn't care," Lee said. High 80º "He's great at what he does. He's got so many coins, Low 55º he'd beep going through a metal detector."

ORI 12-01C: Are you Ready?

INSIDE FITNESS FESTIVAL

By Lt. Col. Steve Noll 437th Airlift Wing Lead ORI planner

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U.S. Air Force photo / Senior Airman Clayton Lenhardt

Staff Sgt. Nathan Dunn, 728th Air Mobility Squadron, is soaked with water to celebrate his 1,000th load as an aerial port expeditor Oct. 3, 2011, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Dunn is the first APEX Airman to reach this milestone. The APEX program allows cargo to be loaded onto aircraft without a loadmaster. Dunn is deployed from the 437th Aerial Port Squadron. See more photos, Page 5.

Forty-four days from today, Air Mobility Command inspector general inspectors will arrive at Joint Base Charleston for our Operational Readiness Inspection Nov. 29 through Dec. 6. For those unfamiliar with an Air Force ORI, it is an all-encompassing look at our ability to receive a (notional) deployment tasking, generate personnel and equipment and deploy and redeploy $1.2 billion of C-17 aircraft, crews, equipment and nearly 700 personnel to a forward operating base. This inspection, which occurs every three years, is our "report card" on our ability to deploy forces and operate in a threat environment. It is the first ORI for JB Charleston. Additionally, JB Charleston personnel will be required to function in mission oriented protective posture gear and respond to numerous simulated conventional and chemical threats. So, are you ready? What is readiness? I like to define it by three key areas: functional, physical, and mental readiness. Functional readiness is your ability to perform your job, whatever it is, to your utmost ability regardless of Air Force specialty code. This not only includes performing your

duties but also maintaining currency and preparedness like computer based training, circuit training, weapons qualification, etc. It is a high level of preparedness to be ready to deploy with little or no notice. Physical readiness is maintaining your body in a state to perform your duties regardless of environment. You will be asked to perform duties in chemical gear for two to three hours at the CRTC in Gulfport during the ORI. The best way to succeed is to keep your body in good physical condition to endure the additional stresses and heat. Finally, mental readiness is putting you mind in the correct attitude and mindset for the inspection. Act and react to ORI scenarios with a sense of urgency as if your safety was truly threatened. Also, keep your mind sharp and refer to checklists and procedures developed for scenarios, but most importantly, remember to "Fight the war, not the IG." Never, ever argue with IG inspectors, even if you are positive you are correct. Up-channel any issues or concerns with IG inspectors through your chain of command and allow deployed Wing leadership to address the issue with the IG Team Chief. So, what can you do to get ready for the ORI? First, make sure your deployment

requirements (shots, computer based training, qualifications, on-the job training records, etc.) are up to date and will remain current through Jan. 2012. Next, get with your unit deployment manager to complete monthly ORI Special Instructions testing, monthly Airman's Manual testing, circuit training, and mobility equipment sizing. Finally, read and understand three core ORI documents: AFP 10-100 Airman's Manual, AMC/IG Special Instructions, and the AMC/IG Simulations and Limitations. A majority of how you will be expected to act, react and perform during the ORI will be guided by these three documents. For those that aren't "lucky" enough to deploy to Gulfport for the ORI, be advised that AMC/IG inspectors will look at several items around JB Charleston prior to heading down to Gulfport. Items such as seatbelt and hands-free cell phone use on base will be observed. In fact, any safety practice violation observed by IG inspectors will be written up during the inspection. Therefore, all personnel on JB Charleston could fall under scrutiny by inspectors. We still have much work to do to be completely prepared for our upcoming ORI. So, I ask you ... are you ready?

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The Patriot • October 14, 2011

COMMENTARY

MCPON sends 236th Navy Birthday message Joint Base Charleston Air Base & Weapons Station

Commentary by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West

About The Patriot

WASHINGTON – Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West sent his 236th Navy birthday Message to the Fleet Oct. 12.

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"Shipmates and Navy families, As we honor the birth of the United States Navy 236 years ago, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all Sailors, civilians and family members for their service and dedication to our great Navy team. Our traditional maritime requirements, counterpiracy efforts and the many non-traditional missions we have adopted in support of overseas con-

tingency operations are making a difference every day. On any given day, we have at least 150 ships and 25 submarines underway, and let's not forget about our Sailors who are boots on ground. That's more than 40,000 Sailors who are deployed, on station around the world executing our Navy's core capabilities of the maritime strategy. From our beginning in 1775 with just six frigates to our present-day highly diversified, modern Fleet with a total of 285 deployable ships and submarines, our Navy is the best it has ever been. Our Navy has remained steadfast and ready for 236 years, and we continue to be ready to answer every call our nation makes thanks to your outstanding dedication and selfless support.

I also want to say "thank you" and express my sincere appreciation to our Navy families for your continued love and support of your Sailor and our Navy. You are the cornerstone of a Sailor's readiness and your role is vitally important. Please take a moment to remember the thousands of our Shipmates who are deployed around the world vigilantly standing the watch, and those who have gone before us in service to our great nation. Happy birthday shipmates ... you look pretty darn good to be 236 years old! HOOYAH!" For more news from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, visit www.navy.mil/local/mcpon/.

The Gig Line – Brag File

I Wish…

By Chief Petty Officer Brad Tracy Naval Support Activity command career counselor

Commentary by Lt. Col. Aaron Burgstein 1st Combat Camera Squadron commander

Walt Whitman once said, "If you done it, it ain't bragging." With that thought in mind, it is crucial that every service member create and maintain what is known as a "Brag File." When it comes time for midterm counseling, evaluations or perhaps your end-of-tour award, the only person who truly knows everything that you've accomplished is ... you. Quite frankly, your supervisors do not have the time to adequately track everything you do on a daily basis, both in and out of the office. So it is up to you to take a little time out of your schedule every week to jot down your personal and professional accomplishments. The question then becomes: "What should I keep in my brag file?" The short answer is "everything," but keeping track of the following items alone will help keep you way ahead of the competition: any qualifications you've received, your performance on graded exercises, correspondence courses you've completed, off-duty education, inspection results, new programs you helped develop, collateral duties and awards or distinctions you received. Also don't forget to include any volunteer work you've done community involvement goes a long way. There is certainly a fine art to writing a good evaluation it is important to remember that if you do not include specifics, your write-up will most likely be seen as nothing more than "fluff." In other words, do not simply include what you've done, but also how your work positively impacted the command. For example, don't just say "Petty Officer Jones helped develop a great new inventory tracking system." Instead, write: "Petty Officer Jones played a key role in developing the command's new inventory tracking system, directly saving the Navy X amount of dollars and X man-hours each week." If you can't substantiate your accomplishments, chances are your write-up won't count for much. A brag file is not difficult to maintain, but it does take a conscious effort on your part to keep it up-to-date on at least a weekly basis. If you can spend 10 to 15 minutes a week writing down what you've accomplished, you will not have to pull your hair out trying to think of a year's worth of accomplishments when it's time to provide evaluation inputs. In the end, you should be able to put at least two or three items in your brag file each week or you are not really trying ... or you're not doing your job.

"I wish..." My daughter says this a lot. She may wish for a toy or a big bowl of ice cream or to sprout wings and fly off to Neverland. These are all important and possible things in the mind of a seven year old. Wishing can be a wonderful thing. One can wish for a better career, a promotion or a good assignment, but this is not the way for an adult to achieve their goals and dreams. You can wish for a better career or you can make a better career. You can wish for that promotion or work to make it happen. You can wish for a better assignment or become involved in the process and make the assignment a reality. Life does not operate on wishes, neither does the Air Force. So be sure to take charge of your career and of your life. No one cares more about your career than you do. Get involved! How can you make things happen? Seek feedback: It's required annually, but that doesn't mean you can't get it more often. Whether formal or informal, feedback will help guide you in your career, course correcting when needed and ensuring you're heading in the right direction. Find a mentor: Actually, find a few. Once again, this doesn't have to be something formal. It could just be someone you go to for advice or that you trust to run ideas about life, the universe and everything by. Advise and mentor others: You're getting advice and help, it's just the right thing to pass it along. Take care of the mission, yourself and your Airmen: That's the role of a wingman, of a leader, of an Airman. Mission first, people always. Instead of I wish, make it "I will." My daughter wishes for things ... a lot. That's ok, she knows she will figure out that she's not going to Neverland and that a unicorn is most likely not in her near future. We, as Airmen, need to have that same understanding and instead of wishing for things, make things happen.

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Changing the energy culture Commentary by Gen. Donald Hoffman Air Force Materiel Command commander WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The absolute lifeblood of the modern military is energy. It allows us to be expeditionary and go anywhere on the globe. For true energy assurance as an Air Force, we need to be able to find energy solutions and strategies anywhere, even in hostile nations. At the most basic level, that assurance starts with reducing demand, diversifying supply and changing the culture. It can seem overwhelming to think about energy in terms of the entire military, so I want to emphasize saving energy at the point of consumption – it all begins at the lowest levels. Indeed, I believe that conserving resources, and using them judiciously, is a personal responsibility as well as an organiza-

tional responsibility. Whether at home or in our professional lives, being good stewards of energy is simply a matter of changing the culture of how individuals and organizations view and use energy. To initiate this change in culture, some Air Force Materiel Command bases are participating in contests that pit organizations, and even buildings, in a competition against one another to see which has contributed the most to energy savings. This might translate simply as flipping off light switches and turning off monitors at the end of the day – essentially treating the Air Force's energy consumption as we would our own residences. As an example of how seemingly small changes can make a big difference, a simple project to detect water leaks has saved Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., approximately 179,000,000 gallons of water annually. On a more strategic scale, all of our

'Buy in': Do you have it? Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Robert Carter 62nd Aerial Port Squadron JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – "Buy in." Is it a buzz word for the not quite committed? Today's continuously changing military environment requires people who can adapt to change, think on their feet, make decisions and think through problems and issues, all for mission accomplishment. So what does this have to do with buy in? If you as a military member, do not have a buy in at different levels, you will fail to maximize your success. These levels are with your people, your job and the Air Force. As a chief master sergeant, I didn't adopt the idea until I was a young NCO, but it progressively grew from there. My first real experience was when a close friend overheard a conversation between two Airmen in the dormitories talking about potentially creating some turmoil. She told them, "Not in my Air Force!" I thought to myself wow, that's real ownership. She's a stakeholder in this great Air Force (and that's how I want to be). First, as a young NCO, you are a trainer of younger Airmen, and the knowledge, skills and attitudes that you display to those you train must be honest, accurate and provide growth. As one grows in rank, that same hon-

est, accurate mentoring is shared with peers, senior enlisted leaders and junior and senior officers alike. Second, to take care of your people on all levels must always be first in your mind When they are late, find out where they are. When they are sick, ensure they receive medical care. When they do things well, be sure they are acknowledged. The phrase, "We are entrusted with the care of our countries sons and daughters" doesn't just relate to senior leaders or commanders. We all must care for those under our control and at times even those who are not. Lastly, our core values really drive home the keystone of how we act, react and operate in our military microcosm. Do you really think integrity is just a buzz word? Try operating in a combat environment without it. You fail. In a flightline or operational environment without it, you fail. In a customer service environment without it, you fail. Would settling for mediocrity on the battlefield allow for success? The Army expects and receives excellence each and every time when they call upon the Air Force in joint operations. Your buy in at all levels -- your people, your job and in your Air Force -allows us to be the most feared and respected air and space force in the world! Own your piece of the mission. Are you bought in?

bases are working toward being better stewards of energy through space optimization and facility condition assessments, as well as by forging partnerships with industry to understand how companies organize, prioritize and sustain their facilities. There is a reason "protect, conserve and consume resources under your control as if they were your own" is one of my leadership principles. I'm proud of the work AFMC members have done to reduce demand, diversify supply and change the culture, thereby helping the Air Force secure a proactive energy mindset. The one energy source that I think we can expend freely, as it is 100 percent renewable, is the energy I see daily in the workforce as you collectively and individually think of new and innovative ways to address this challenge. Thank you for your continued dedication to changing the energy culture.

Did you know that . . . The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society provides need-based education grant assistance to children of service members who died on active duty or while in a retired status? Enrollment opens Dec. 1 and applications are available on the Society’s Web site, or by writing or calling NMCRS at 875 N. Randolph Street, Suite 225, Arlington, Va. 22203; telephone: (703) 696-4960. Applications for the Children of Deceased Service members Scholarship Program must be received by March 1.

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The Patriot • October 14, 2011

What Is A "Yellow Card" and what does it mean to me? By Bill Stoops 628th Medical Group So, you have come to the 628th Medical Group to see a provider or to drop off and pick up a prescription. When you check in, you are asked to present your "yellow card". What makes this little piece of brightly colored cardstock so important that everyone wants to see it? Commonly mistaken as the "authorization to pick up medications" card, the yellow card is used to show that non-active duty patients have completed the annual requirement of filling out the Department of Defense Form 2569, Third Party Collection Program form. The Third Party Collection Program was legislated by Congress in 1986. It obligates DoD Military Treatment Facilities to bill private health insurance carriers such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Mail Handlers, Aetna, etc., for the cost of medical care furnished to retirees and family members covered by their own health insurance policies. This includes all medical benefits such as inpatient care, outpatient care and ancillary services such as pharmacy items. Private health insurance policies are billed, that is why we use the term third party. MTFs can only collect for services covered by your third party health insurance plan according to your benefits with the plan. By law, your insurance policy rates cannot go up or be cancelled just because a claim is filed. Health insurance is not like automobile insurance; your rates

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Give that ‘Port Dawg’ a bone

Staff Sgt. Nathan Dunn, 728th Air Mobility Squadron, pushes a pallet on a C-17 Globemaster III Oct. 3, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Dunn is the first aerial port expeditor to reach 1,000 cargo loads. The APEX program allows cargo to be loaded onto aircraft without a loadmaster.

Staff Sgt. Nathan Dunn, right, 728th Air Mobility Squadron, guides cargo into a C-17 Globemaster III Oct. 3, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

Above, Staff Sgt. Nathan Dunn, 728th Air Mobility Squadron, is awarded a bone to celebrate his 1,000th load as an aerial port expeditor Oct. 3, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Right, Staff Sgt. Nathan Dunn, 728th Air Mobility Squadron, celebrates his 1,000th load as an aerial port expeditor Oct. 3, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

Staff Sgt. Nathan Dunn, 728th Air Mobility Squadron, is awarded a bone to celebrate his 1,000th load as an aerial port expeditor Oct. 3, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Dunn is the first APEX Airman to reach this milestone. Air transportation Airmen are nicknamed "Port Dawgs," and aerial ports use the bone to recognize Airmen who show dedication and passion to air transportation.

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Galley uses sun to reduce energy consumption By Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs The Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station Galley is a five-star award-winning dining facility located at the Navy Nuclear Power Training Command complex and provides nearly 4,000 meals daily to students, active-duty and Reserve service members who work on base. The facility, which is open seven days a week, uses more than 6,240 gallons of hot water per day. The Galley uses massive amounts of energy to heat the water. Before the implementation of a solar panel water-heating system, the Galley relied on electricity and natural gas alone to handle the task. "Heating more than 6,000 gallons of water per day using natural gas and electric pumps alone was expensive," said Bill Bradshaw, a Johnson Controls project manager who oversaw the installation of the solar panel water-heating system on JB Charleston-Weapons Station. "The price of natural gas fluctuates and the Galley was looking for a way to reduce consumption. The solar panel heating system was put in place to utilize an alternate energy source, and so far has been a success." Since Oct. 2010, the Galley has been using electricity, natural gas and 36 solar powered panels to heat water used for sanitation, washing dishes and cooking food. "Solar power alone isn't enough to heat up all the water required by the Galley," Bradshaw said. "However, it provides approximately 65 percent of the energy needed to heat the water. Since the solar panels collect their power from the sun, its free energy. It also helps lower the carbon dioxide emissions by using less natural gas." Each panel is 40 square feet and sits on top of the central energy building located next to the Galley. The solar panels collect heat from the sun and transfer the energy to two water tanks which hold more than 2,000 gallons of water, Bradshaw said. The water in the tanks is heated to 140 degrees Fahrenheit

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Prevent the abuse- JB Charleston observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month By Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Hudson Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Domestic violence cuts across all ages regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religion or nationality. Domestic violence occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships and can happen to intimate partners who are married, living together, or dating. Often times, domestic violence is overlooked, excused or even denied especially when there are no clear signs of physical abuse. However, domestic violence is not just physical, it also includes emotional and sexual abuse which can leave its victims with deep, lasting scars. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Department of Defense is observing the month of October as an opportunity to inform service members and spouses about domestic violence, how to prevent it as well as provide reporting options for victims. "Our goal is to prevent domestic violence throughout the ranks," said Albertha Powell, Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station Family Advocacy treatment manager. "We observe this month by encouraging service members and their loved ones to take steps to learn and practice healthier behaviors by offering counseling and courses provided through the Joint Base Family Advocacy Program." Domestic violence can be devastating for any service member's career. They could find themselves having to deal with non-judicial punishments in accordance with the Uniform Code of Military Justice, fines, penalties, or even jail time. "The majority of the time a service member will reach out for help before a problem escalates to a domestic violence situation," Powell said. "Unfortunately this is a very common problem, but even one instance of domestic violence is one too many." A common misconception is that an abuser is unable to con-

trol their behavior, however according to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, this is a deliberate choice made by the perpetrator in order to control their partner, often utilizing tactics to manipulate a situation or exert their power such as: dominance, humiliation, isolation, threats, intimidation, denial and blame. "There are many signs of an abusive relationship. The most tell-tale sign is if a person fears their partner," said Brenda Edmond, JB Charleston Air Base Family Advocacy Outreach program manager. Other signs include a partner who belittles, degrades, isolates or tries to control their loved one. "If a person feels like they have to walk on eggshells around their partner, constantly watching what they say and do in order to avoid a blowup, then most likely that relationship is unhealthy and abusive," said Edmond. Studies conducted by National Domestic Violence organizations show that most of the time after an abuser has hit or attacked their victim they may feel remorse for their actions and apologize profusely. However, once a person has rationalized their actions, they will more than likely cycle back to hurting their victim again. "Often the abusing partner will fall into a common pattern or cycle of violence, going from abuse to guilt, followed by excuses. They will then fall into their 'normal behavior' and from there they begin to escalate, blaming their partner for their loss of control, going back to the beginning of the cycle again," said Edmond. Domestic violence not only affects those who are abused, but also has a substantial effect on family members, friends and co-workers. If there are children involved and growing up witnessing domestic violence, they can become seriously affected by this crime. "Even if a child is not hit, the emotional abuse is substantial to a child. As we get older we learn how to handle conflict

and anger but our methods are usually taught to us by our parents," said Edmond. "Long-term exposure to violence in the home will teach a child that violence is a normal way of life which may increase their risk of becoming a victim or abuser themselves." While it is impossible to know what goes on behind closed doors, there are obvious signs and symptoms of domestic violence. Those signs and symptoms include: frequent injuries or 'accidents', missing work or social functions, dressing in heavy clothing to cover bruises or scars, wearing sunglasses indoors or long sleeves during the summer. A person may appear depressed or suicidal, seem afraid, overly anxious to please their partner or are constantly checking in. "If you suspect someone is a victim of domestic violence, talk to them and express your concern. We prefer the victim and offender to call the office in order to receive help, but anyone can call if they suspect that there is any domestic violence going on," said Powell. "We have victim advocates who can help by providing them with military and civilian resources as well as give information on safe places to reside and their reporting options." There are two types of reporting options for victims; restricted and unrestricted. The restricted reporting procedure does not involve the military chain of command or law enforcement. Unrestricted reports will include some type of investigation by command and or law enforcement. Both options allow a victim the full range of advocacy, medical and counseling services. There are a variety of courses that teach healthy relationship skills offered by Family Advocacy. These include anger and stress management, conflict resolution and others that may help before a conflict arises. All courses are free and available to both active duty military and spouses. "These services are available because we believe in the importance of preventing abusive behavior," Edmond said. "If you suspect that someone you know is being abused, speak up. Abuse occurs but there are programs available to help. Express your concern, it may just save a person's life." For more information or to make a report call the Family Advocacy Program at: 963-6972 (Air Base) or 764-4192 (Weapons Station).

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437th Airlift Wing hosts 3rd Annual Run the Runway 5K Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs The 437th Airlift Wing, along with 628th Air Base Wing, will host the 3rd Annual Run the Runway 5K here, Nov. 11. The run will include portions of the flightline and is open to all military, Department of Defense civilians and the local community. Cost to run the certified 5K is seven dollars per person; this includes a race chip, bib number and a finisher medal if registered by Oct. 28. T-shirts will be available for purchase at the event through a third party vendor.

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9 a.m. until Nov. 10 at 9 p.m. DoD civilians, military members and dependents can pick up packets at the Joint Base Charleston Fitness Center during duty hours starting Nov. 9. Civilians must enter the base on race morning through Dorchester Rd (Commissary entrance) starting at 7 a.m. DoD civilian and military I.D. card holders should enter through the Rivers or Main gate. Additional information can be found on the registration page.

NHCC now offering flu vaccine for dependents and retirees By Jeff Kelly Naval Health Clinic Charleston Public Affairs The flu vaccine is now available for active duty dependents and retirees at the immunizations clinic located inside Naval Health Clinic Charleston at Joint Base Charleston Weapons Station. Dependents and retirees can receive their flu vaccines at a family flu line event that will take place daily in the NHCC atrium from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. with no appointment necessary. Intranasal FluMist and the traditional flu shot will be available. The influenza virus can spread from infected persons primarily through coughing and sneezing. People can spread the virus even before they realize they are sick. The time from infection until symptoms develop can range from one to four days. Adults remain infectious for around five days after symptoms begin and children may remain infectious for up to 10 days. Symptoms of the flu include abrupt onset of fever, chills, coughing, headache, runny nose,

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School liaisons ease transitions for military children By 2nd Lt. Leah Davis Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Ask any military parent what their first concern is when they receive permanent change of station orders and they will reply, "Where will my child attend school?" Parents have many stressors when moving and must begin planning for transfers between schools as soon as they can. There are avenues to ease the process. The school liaison program at Joint Base Charleston has assisted more than 200 families with children who have gone through a moving process in the past year alone. Although Chris Gerry, JB Charleston- Air Base, school liaison officer, and Cicely McCray, JB Charleston-Weapons Station, school liaison officer, have only been managing the school liaison program for less than one year, they have been providing many parents advice about inbound and outbound transfers, helping families understand the special education process and assisting with post secondary preparation. According to McCray, since the school liaison program works with children in grades preschool through high school, and trans-

fers from all over the world, every situation is different. "We give families the correct information about [tri-county] schools and empower them to make the best choice," she said. "The information given to the families varies from graduation rates to clubs the school may offer." The school liaison program also works with administrators, guidance counselors and teachers through "Educator Boot Camps" to ensure parents and schools have the most current information. The base hosted one of these boot camps Sept. 23. "The educators had a firsthand glimpse of what a child feels like when a parent is deployed," Gerry said. "The boot camp also taught the educators to look for certain warning signs of a stressed child due to a deployed parent and gave them resources for the students such as online tutorials, SAT, and ACT study material." The school liaison office is also an advocate of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children Implementation, an agreement between the states which ensures military children moving from a different state have no barriers on continuing their education. The Interstate Compact helps military children in many differ-

ent ways such as entering kindergarten, McCray said. "Some students have problems when transferring to a different state, such as the county wanting the child to restart their kindergarten year over," she said. "This will hold the child back a year and the Interstate Compact can help justify the student continuing in the grade they are already in. The compact also helps with course placement and an understanding of absences related to deployment activities, to name a few." Though military children don't wear a uniform, they face different challenges than there non-military peers, McCray said. "Our military children truly do serve our country and they deserve our appreciation," McCray said. "They need extra support along the way; that's what we do and that's our business to make sure our military children are not left behind while their families are on the front line serving our country. They need to know we are going to take care of them." The JB Charleston-Air Base school liaison office is located at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg 500, and can be reached at 963-4438. The JB- Charleston- Weapons Station is located in the Youth Center Annex Bldg. 788B, and can be reached at 764-7869.

Reservists deliver ‘Quilts of Valor’ to injured troops By 2nd Lt. Jeff Kelly 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs RAMSTEIN AB, Germany – A Lowcountry group belonging to the national organization, Quilts of Valor, recently donated 12 quilts to the 315th Airlift Wing. Since 2004, the local group has donated more than 1,200 quilts which took the quilters hundreds of thousands of hours to make. On a trip to Germany's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center last week, members from the 315th Airlift Wing’s Public Affairs office were able to hand deliver the quilts to the hospital's chaplain, and follow him as he delivered each quilt to an injured service member who had been evacuated from either Iraq or Afghanistan. Landstuhl is the first stop for injured service members when returning to the US. As expected, the beautiful quilts were received with appreciation for the Lowcountry quilt makers. "Thank you so much for this lovely quilt," said one wounded warrior. "It will find its place of honor on my bed in Kentucky. It will be a reminder to me that we do live in the richest country. Rich in love for our fellow humans - where you would make this terrific quilt for someone you would probably never meet. I will cherish this quilt for the rest of my life." The admiration for the quilt makers did not stop with the

injured servicemen. Family members expressed their gratitude as well. "To the many kind hearts and souls of Quilts of Valor, your quilt warmed our family in more ways than you can imagine," said the spouse of another wounded warrior. Formed in 2004 with only seven members, today the South Carolina Quilts of Valor group has grown to more than 50 individuals from across the Lowcountry. The backgrounds of these individuals vary as much as the quilts they create. Some have children in the military and some have served in the military themselves. Some are content making just one quilt, while others average one per month. "The time we spend making quilts is insignificant compared to the sacrifices being made by each of these military men and women," said Donnita Cook, a Quilts of Valor participant. " Another member of the South Carolina Quilts of Valor organization says that there is one key reason that so much time and love is poured into each quilt. "The quilts let them know they haven't been forgotten," said Cheryl Wheeler. "It's an opportunity to say thank you for their war efforts and thank you for protecting us." For more information on South Carolina Quilts of Valor, visit them online at wwwscqov.org.

Reservists from the 315th Airlift Wing delivered quilts much like the ones pictured here to injured troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center near Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Members of the "Quilts of Valor" organization hand-stitch each quilt to express their gratitude for the enormous sacrifices our servicemen and women are making each day

Photo courtesy of Quilts of Valor.

New TRICARE Prime enrollees pay adjusted annual fees WASHINGTON – Military retirees enrolling in the TRICARE Prime health plan after Oct. 1 will begin paying slightly higher annual fees, Pentagon officials announced Sept. 29. The fee change for fiscal 2012 means the plan will cost $260 per year for members and $520 per year for members and family. The increase amounts to an additional $2.50 per month for individual members and $5 per month for members and family, officials said. Active-duty service members receive health care with no out-of-pocket costs.

Annual fees for retirees enrolled in TRICARE Prime before the Oct. 1 change will remain at $230 and $460 until Oct. 1, 2012, officials said. Retirees in TRICARE Prime have a catastrophic cap of $3,000, and TRICARE Prime co-pays are not changing, they added. "We are committed to offering the best possible health care system for our entire military family," said Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. "This modest annual fee increase allows us to responsibly manage our costs in

line with other secretary of defense initiatives announced earlier this year." Survivors of active-duty deceased sponsors and medically retired services members and their dependents will be exempt from an annual increase, effective from the time they renew their enrollment or first enroll in TRICARE Prime, officials said, noting that the TRICARE benefit is among the nation's most affordable health care plans. All service members, military retirees and their eligible family members have TRICARE benefits regardless of prior health con-

ditions. "The department is committed to maintaining the same unique health care protection we have always offered our warriors, both current and retired," Woodson said. "To sustain our military health system we are working hard to streamline, become more efficient, and achieve cost savings. Together, we can manage our costs responsibly and continue to provide care for our service members, retirees and their families." For more retiree news and information, please visit www.retirees.af.mil.

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Staying proficient - Aeromedical Evacuation stays sharp By Capt. Wayne Capps 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs RAMSTEIN AB, Germany – As the war in Afghanistan passes the 10-year mark, the need for trained, proficient Aeromedical Evacuation crews is as important today as it was a decade ago. The 315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron continues to care for wounded patients, while simultaneously training new flight nurses and medical technicians. "The job of the Aeromedical Evacuation is to preserve the fighting strength," said Lt. Col. David Ball, a flight nurse with the Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Joint Base Charleston. "We have people all over the world and sometimes they get hurt. Those people need medical care." On a recent training mission planned for Ramstein Air Base, Germany, the Aeromedical Evacuation crew simulated a C-17 full of patients and ran scenarios to increase their proficiency in everything from medical advances to standard procedures. "Everything we do here on the aircraft in training is what we do in the real world," said Senior Airman Carly Dennison, a medical technician on the training flight. "It is important

for us to be up to par as we go over new equipment, the process of getting people on and off the flight and work with new people in the squadron." The crew converted the C-17 Globemaster III into a usable medical facility, quickly processing mock patients. "This is a wonderful aircraft for aeromedical evacuation. When they built this aircraft they thought of us. We can convert a C-17 from a cargo plane to an ambulance in a span of 30 to 45 minutes," said Ball. Ball also stressed the importance of keeping skills honed as an Aeromedical Evacuation member. "In the same way that a pilot has to do proficiency flying, we have to do it as well," he said. "Some of the things you do at altitude are very different from the way you do it on the ground. Imagine putting in an I.V. in dark conditions bouncing around in the back of an airplane." Dennison and Ball both enjoy their job and find it rewarding. Dennison sees it as her way of giving back and Ball sees his position as the most rewarding job of his life. "There is nothing better than to be able to go someplace and say to someone who is hurting, I am here to take you home," said the colonel. "That is the best job there is."

Lt. Col. David Ball (left facing forward), a flight nurse with the 315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, supervises a group of Airmen as they load a mock patient on litters during a recent Aeromedical Evacuation training flight.

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SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic unveils Data Center By Lonnie Cowart Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic unveiled a new data center that will play a key role in consolidating more than 100 Navy data centers to increase effectiveness and efficiency and to reduce costs while still meeting the Navy's security and operational requirements, Oct. 7. The Department of the Navy's Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen and Dave Weddel, assistant deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance, were keynote speakers at the ribbon-cutting event. "This data center will be part of the Navy's data center consolidation effort. Not only is this data center efficient, it's green. That is another big piece of what we want to do. We need to protect the environment and the resources that we have. This data center will help us do that," said Halvorsen, who is the Navy's senior official on matters related to information management, information technology/cyberspace and information resources management. He is also the Department of the Navy's lead for IT/cyberspace efficiency. "We are here today to support the Sailors and Marines underway and in harm's way. The demand for IT efficiencies and demand for efficiencies at large across our Navy are increasing. Through facilities like this and efforts like this, we are able to not

only increase our IT efficiencies and reduce our spending in IT, but also build up a core of quality professionals, diverse IT professionals, that can man, manage and engineer such a facility and maintain it," said Weddel. Construction began on the 20,220-square-foot facility on Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station Oct. 15, 2010 and was recently completed. The $9.498 million data center was designed to the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design silver rating standard. The Navy's data center consolidation initiative will provide cost-savings due to reductions in physical locations, power and data center management contracts. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus laid out five aggressive energy goals in October 2009 to improve energy security and efficiency, increase energy independence, and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy. This initiative assists in achieving the energy goal of increasing alternative energy afloat and ashore where by 2020, the Department of the Navy will produce at least 50 percent of shorebased energy requirements from alternative sources and 50 percent of DON installations will be net-zero. For more news from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/spawar/.

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Festival of Fitness tests Sailors and Airmen

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Technical Sgt. Jory Ohmer and Airman 1st Class Bryan Queen from the Purple Cobras team, move through the cones while competing in the human wheel barrel competition during the Festival of Fitness Oct. 7, at Joint Base Charleston. Seventeen, six-man teams competed in the Festival of Fitness which included a 5k run, tug-of-war, trivia questions and a team fitness relay. The 628th Civil Engineer Squadron Lime Green Team was named the overall winner. Airmen pull litters while competing in the team relays at the Festival of Fitness Oct. 7, at Joint-Base Charleston. Seventeen, six-man teams competed in the Festival of Fitness which included a 5k run, tug-of-war, trivia questions and a team fitness relay.

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Senior Airman Christopher Ramos, from the Go Pink team, participates in the tug-of-war challenge during the Festival of Fitness Oct. 7, at Joint Base Charleston. Seventeen, six-man teams competed in the Festival of Fitness which included a 5k run, tug-of-war, trivia questions and a team fitness relay. Ramos is from the Logistics Readiness Squadron.

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The 628th Communication Squadron's team finish the team fitness relay by running with a pallet and sand-bags during the Festival of Fitness Oct. 7, at Joint Base Charleston. Seventeen, six-man teams competed in the Festival of Fitness which included a 5k run, tug-of-war, trivia questions and a team fitness relay.

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The 628th Civil Engineer Squadron's Lime Green Team pose for a photo after accepting the trophy for winning the Festival of Fitness, Oct. 7, at Joint Base Charleston. Seventeen, six-man teams competed in the Festival of Fitness which included a 5k run, tug-of-war, trivia questions and a team fitness relay.

Senior Airman Amy Lexon from the Navy blue team finishes the low crawl during the team relay race at the Festival of Fitness Oct. 7, at Joint Base Charleston. Lexon is a Phoenix Raven with the 628th Security Forces Squadron.


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Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Oct. 9, 1945 - A parade in New York City honored Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz and 13 other Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor awardees. Oct. 10, 1845 - Naval School, later the Naval Academy, opened in Annapolis, Md. with 50 midshipmen and seven faculty.

Oct. 11, 1963 - A Navy medical team from Norfolk, Va., began a massive inoculation program to safeguard against the outbreak of typhoid in the wake of Hurricane Flora. Oct. 12, 2000 - Terrorists in a boat made

a suicide attack on USS Cole (DDG-67) while the ship refueled in the port of Aden, Yemen. Seventeen Sailors were killed. Oct. 13, 1775 - Birthday of U.S. Navy. The Continental Congress established the Continental Navy, later the U.S. Navy. Oct. 14, 1918 - Naval Aviators of Marine Day Squadron 9 made the first raid-in-force for the Northern Bombing Group in World War I when they bombed a German railroad at Thielt Rivy, Belgium. Oct. 15, 1960 - USS Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) began a test successfully firing four Polaris test vehicles under operational rather than test conditions. Tests were completed Oct. 18.

this week in air force history

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Oct. 9, 1912 - Lt. Henry Arnold, the only contestant, won the first Mackay Trophy competition. Lt Thomas De Witt Milling withdrew because of illness shortly after the competition started. Oct. 10, 1963 - The seven original Mercury astronauts received the Collier Trophy for their flights to orbit the earth. Oct. 11, 1984 - Military Airlift Command flew U.S. Secret Service vehicles to Puerto Rico to protect Pope John Paul II during his visit to San Juan. Oct. 12, 1977 - The U.S. Air Force's first class of five women navigators graduated. Three of the five women were assigned to Military Airlift Command aircrews. Oct. 13, 1970 - Training started for 203 Airmen to serve as air marshals on U.S.

commercial aircraft. Oct. 14, 1994 - Two C-17 Globemaster IIIs flew equipment and supplies from Langley Air Force Base, Va. to Saudi Arabia in the aircraft's first operational mission lasting through Oct. 16. The first C-17 airlifted a "rolling command post," five vehicles and assorted supplies of the U.S. Army's 7th Transportation Group, Fort Eustis, Va. Enroute to the Persian Gulf, the C-17 received fuel from KC135s twice. A second C-17 mission to the Gulf region left Charleston AFB, S.C. Oct.15, after on-loading cargo at Langley AFB, Va. This C-17 also received two refuelings on a 14.7 hour nonstop flight. After a four-hour layover, the C-17 returned to Charleston Oct. 16. Two aerial refuelings allowed the C-17 to make a 17.2 hour flight, the largest mission to date. Oct. 15, 1964 - General Dynamics unveiled its TFX fighter at Fort Worth, Texas. The U.S. Air Force version became the F-111A.

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Updating your VRED Courtesy of 628 ABW Legal Office Military members should be aware that the handling of their remains as laid out in the Virtual Record of Emergency Data may not control in all jurisdictions. There are a limited number of jurisdictions that have discounted the decedent's intentions as expressed in the VRED. All military members should update the Virtual Record of Emergency Data to coincide with their Last Will and Testament, their prepaid funeral contract or their Power of Attorney for the Control and Disposition of Remains. Under South Carolina law, the surviving spouse has a primary right to possess and control the burial or cremation of their spouse, unless the decedent has by Last Will and Testament or otherwise made a different disposition. If members have specific questions with regard to this matter, please make an appointment with a Judge Advocate at the Charleston Law Center at 963-5502 for clarification.

A crash course on deer collisions

By Nathan Erb Air Force Safety Center

Deer mating season can be a dangerous time for drivers, deer and car hoods. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 1.6 million deer-vehicle collisions occur each year, resulting in 200 fatalities, tens of thousands of injuries and more than $3.6 billion in vehicle damage. Being prepared can help prevent you from being part of these statistics. When driving this fall, you should: 1. Watch for the rest of the gang. Deer are pack animals and rarely travel alone. If a deer crosses in front of you, chances are there are more nearby. Slow down and keep an eye out for more deer darting across the road. 2. Timing is everything. Deer are most active at dusk and dawn, periods when your vision is most compromised. To add to their terrible timing, deer are on the move during mating season (between October and January) when you're more likely to travel after the sun sets. Slow down and stay alert, especially after dark. 3. Wear your seatbelt. It may not prevent a collision but if the inevitable happens, a seatbelt can reduce injuries. This is especially true if you lose control and collide with something bigger and more stationary than a deer. 4. Take a moment to reflect. First, look for the road signs. The yellow diamonds with the deer on it are placed in high-traffic areas for deer. You may also spot a deer because their eyes will brightly reflect a car's headlights, making them easier to spot. 5. Stay in the center. On a multi-lane road, the center lane is your safest bet for avoiding a deer collision, as long as your local traffic

laws permit it. This gives deer plenty of space; and in case your vehicle does startle them, it gives you more time to react if one darts onto the road. 6. Stay the course. If you see a deer, brake firmly and calmly and stay in your lane. Swerving could make you lose control of your vehicle and turn a bad situation much worse. Not to mention, deer are unpredictable and you could swerve directly into their changed path. 7. Honk! Some experts recommend that one long blast of the horn will scare deer out of the road. Do not rely on hood whistles or other devices designed to scare off deer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; studies have shown them to be largely ineffective at minimizing accidents. We hope you'll never need this section. If the above seven-step plan fails (and it happens to the best drivers), you should take the following steps in the deer collision aftermath. 1. Pull to the side of the road as soon as it is safe to do so. 2. Turn on your hazard lights and remain in the vehicle until you are sure it is safe. 3. Call emergency services if injuries are involved or the local police for property damage. 4. Stay away from the deer. If it is still alive, it could be confused, injured and dangerous if approached. When contacting the authorities, let them know if the deer is in a dangerous spot on the road so that it can be removed. 5. Contact your insurance provider as quickly as possible to report any damage to your vehicle. Knowing what to do when you encounter a deer on the highway can be a life-saver.

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AMC saves energy in the office, on the road By Thomas G. Kistler Air Mobility Command Public Affairs SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – With an annual energy bill of more than $100 million, not including aircraft fuel, Air Mobility Command officials are exploring ways to save energy and the money spent on it. While the most obvious energy savings might come from the flying mission, AMC is working just as hard to save energy on the ground. One ongoing effort to save energy in the workplace is the use of smart power strips. According to Steve Kalmer, the AMC/A7OO energy and utilities engineering program manager for AMC at Scott AFB, these devices automatically cut power to designated peripherals when the controlling outlet senses a change. For example, when a computer monitor turns off due to inactivity, the task lighting, computer speakers, radio and other peripherals would also turn off if they were plugged into a smart power strip. How many times have office workers left for "just a minute" only to be called into a meeting or become involved in a detailed, work-related conversation in the hallway? When they come back to their desks 30 minutes later, they find the lights, radio and

everything else turned on and wasting energy. Jeanine Dunn, the AMC productivity programs and Productivity Enhancing Capital Investment, or PECI program manager here, says that AMC is purchasing $449,325 worth of smart power strips using PECI funds. PECI officials calculate the lifecycle savings from using smart power strips to be $990,000 for a 2.2 to 1 return on investment. The smart power strips will be distributed to all AMC installations at no cost to each base. Other energy saving initiatives in AMC include occupancy sensors and dimmer switches for lights. Speaking of lights, Kalmer says the days of humming fluorescent lights are coming to an end as the old P-12 lights with magnetic ballasts are replaced with P-8 lights that have electronic ballasts. What's more important, he said, is they save energy. While smart power strips and occupancy sensors save electricity in buildings, AMC is also saving energy on the road. "All diesel powered vehicles [in AMC] are capable of using B20 bio-diesel," said Michael D. Stebbins, a vehicle management specialist in AMC's Logistics Directorate. "Approximately 1300 vehicles, or 33 percent of the general purpose fleet, can use E85 gasoline. We also have 48 hybrid electric

vehicles within the command." Stebbins also said that Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., has been chosen as one of the locations for a Department of Defense study on the use of plug-in electric vehicles. Writing about the study, an Air Force News article by Senior Master Sgt. Paul Dean from the Air Force Public Affairs Agency, explained that it is not only exploring the viability of plug-in vehicle use on the base, it is also investigating the use of vehicle-to-grid technology. Vehicle-to-grid technology is the ability to use the battery in an electric vehicle as a power source. In the event of a brownout or power outage, the base could tap into the electric vehicle fleet to power lights, computers and other necessary electric items during an emergency. Automatically turning off a radio might seem to be a waste of technology on one desk, but every kilowatt and gallon of fuel saved adds up to significant savings for the installation, the command, the Air Force and the taxpayer. AMC/A7O, Installation and Mission Support Directorate's Operations Division, ensures major infrastructure systems such as airfields, roofs, heating and cooling, electrical

distribution, water, wastewater and natural gas are supporting the mission. They work closely with the installations to determine impacts on mission, energy conservation and efficiency measures. Their energy vision is to "reduce demand through conservation and efficiency, increase supply through alternative energy sources where cost effective and create a culture where all Airmen make energy conservation a consideration in everything they do." The PECI program's mission is "To provide expedited funding for capital acquisition projects which provide measurable benefits and real savings to the Air Force." Each year, PECI invests an average of $10-$11 million that will net an average life cycle savings of approximately $112 million. These investments have funded a wide variety of productivity improvements -- from technology upgrades that increase administrative speed to major equipment purchases that increase base capabilities. While the details of each PECI project may vary, they all have two key elements in common: measurable benefits and real savings. (Senior Master Sgt. Paul Dean contributed to this report.)

AMC offers incentives for ideas during Energy Awareness Month By Capt. Kathleen Ferrero Air Mobility Command Public Affairs SCOTT AFB, Ill. – Air Mobility Command is offering free incentives for energy-saving ideas during its second annual Fuels, Energy, and Environment Idea Campaign Oct. 1-30 during Energy Awareness Month. AMC military members and civilians who submit eligible fuel, energy or environmental conservation initiatives to the Air Force Innovative Development through the Employee Awareness Program will be recognized with a special incentive gift. In addition to AMC's incentive gift, if the idea is approved by the Air Force program, individuals can receive up to $10,000 for suggestions producing tangible savings. The purpose of the incentive gift is "to thank (those who

submit their ideas) for sharing their vision of doing business smarter, more efficiently and more effectively," said Greg Clark, deputy director of AMC Manpower, Personnel, and Services. "The command is relying on those closest to the process to lead cultural change in the effort to make energy a consideration in everything we do," Clark said. The program is part of AMC's broader campaign supporting Air Force measures to reduce energy consumption and reduce waste generation. The first AMC energy idea campaign ran in July 2010, Clark said. Out of the eligible submissions, "25 percent were related to efficiency measures we intended to capture," he said. Initiatives sought pertain to, but are not limited to, aviation and ground fuel efficiencies, facility energy conservation, renewable energy sources, water conservation measures and

cultural change and related awareness campaigns. Once captured in the IDEA Program, initiatives are analyzed and evaluated. The AMC promotion will not hinder the normal processing of an idea submitted to the Air Force IDEA Program. Incentive items will be forwarded after the campaign ends and are limited to one per person. To submit an idea, contact the base manpower office at the force support squadron or visit the Web site https://ipds.randolph.af.mil. For those submitting ideas directly on the IDEA Web site to qualify for the incentive gift, submissions must clearly identify "AMC2011FEECAMPAIGN" in the tracking/control number and pertain to fuels, energy or environmental conservation measures. For more information about AMC's energy initiatives, visit the Web site www.amc.af.mil/energy.

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Events Oct. 18 ❏ Blended Parenting: Learn how to understand blended family issues, common complaints from adults and kids, stages of adjustment, characteristics of a successfully blended family, household rules and discipline, establishing new traditions, and things to do and not to do, Oct. 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Couples only and no children. A light snack is provided. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register. Oct. 20 ❏ LEAD Briefing: This briefing is designed to provide information to enlisted Airmen interested in the United States Air Force Academy and its preparatory school. The briefing is from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Education and Training Center, Bldg. 221, Rm. 130. Call 963-4578 for more information. Oct. 21 ❏ Clinic Closing: The 628th Air Base Medical Clinic will close Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. and will reopen Oct. 24 at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 25 ❏ Interviewing Techniques: Learn to successfully interview through guidance and practice, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. Call the AFRC at 9634406 to register. Oct. 27 ❏ The Career Status Bonus/REDUX: Learn whether or not the CSB/REDUX is the best retirement choice before you make a decision you may regret, Oct. 27 from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Call AFRC at 963-4406 to sign up. ❏ Exceptional Family Member Program Support Group: Civilians and military members who are enrolled in the EFMP and their dependents are invited to participate in this support group to discuss concerns, share ideas and gain support, Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Call the AFRC at 9634406 to register or for more information.

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.

❏ Workforce Specialist: A workforce specialist is now available by appointment on Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The specialist can help with job referrals, resume and interview assistance and provide information about educational opportunities for active duty, retirees, dependents, and Department of Defense civilians. Call 963-4406 to schedule an appointment. ❏ Spouse Orientation to JB CHS: Spouses are invited to this orientation the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call 963-4406 to register. ❏ Coupon exchange: The AFRC has a coupon exchange that is open to all ranks. Bring in your unused coupons between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday and help yourself to coupons for you and your family. For more information on the coupon exchange, call 963-4408. ❏ Stress coping workshops: Learn how to cope with life's stresses without pulling your hair out. Workshops meet the second Wednesday of every month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Health and Wellness Center classroom and are open to everyone. Call 963-4007 to sign up. ❏ Sleep habits: Learn effective sleep habits and how to get your best z's during this workshop which meets the fourth Wednesday of every month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the HAWC classroom. This class is open to everyone. Call 963-4007 to sign up.

Meetings and Registrations ❏ Healthy Thinking Workshop registration: Do you find yourself feeling angry or stressed more often than you would like, or regret how you act when you are upset? Do you wish you could express yourself more clearly and be more assertive? Consider registering for the Healthy Thinking Workshop. The workshop is divided into four, 90 minute sessions held on consecutive Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with a new group beginning the first Wednesday of every month. To sign up or for more information, contact Family Advocacy at 963-6972. ❏ Palace Chase, Palace Front briefings: The in-service recruiter, Master Sgt. Robert Denehy, will be conducting Palace Chase and Palace Front briefings at 9 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month in Bldg. 503, Room 201. Air Force Instruction 36-3205 mandates eligible Airmen who are separating to be informed about the benefits and opportunities available to them within the Reserve, such as cross training, continued service, retirement, education, medical insurance and promotion. For more information, contact Sergeant Denehy at 963-4499.

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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. ❏ Bad Teacher: Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m., Rated R ❏ Cars 2: Oct. 15, 5 p.m., Rated G ❏ The Hangover 2: Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., Rated R ❏ Cars 2: Oct. 16, 2 p.m., Rated G ❏ Zoo Keeper: Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG

Movie Schedule: Air Base Movie Theater: Call 963-3333 for show times. Admission is $4.50 for adults 12 years and older, and $2.25 for children 6-11 years old. Movies rated "G" are $2.25 for children 3-11 years old. Visit www.aafes.com for full movie schedules. ❏ Apollo 18: Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13 ❏ Warrior: Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13

Events ❏ Oct. 15 - Mutt Strut: Join us for a free dog-friendly walk and run, Oct. 15 at 9 a.m at the Quad outside of Sam's Fitness Center at JB CHS - Weapons Station. The event is open to all JB CHS patrons and no registration is required. Dress your dog in a costume for a chance to win a prize. Walkers and runners without pets are also welcome. Call Edie Foley at 866-0472 for more information.

Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station ❏ Birthday bowling parties: Looking for something different to do for your next birthday party? Marrington Bowling Center has birthday bowling parties that are great for kids of any age. Call the bowling center for party options and availability. ❏ Stroller Rollers offers "Fitness for Mom, fun for baby!" Attention new mothers, now there is a way to get fit while spending quality time with your baby. With the Stroller Rollers program, you'll

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Events Oct. 29 ❏ March of Dimes Golf Tournament: Members of the Naval Health Clinic Charleston and the March of Dimes are hosting a golf tournament, Oct. 29 at Shadow Moss Plantation Golf Course. It will be a 4-person, best-ball format. Contact Petty Officer 1st Class David Tinoco at 794-6701 for more information. Nov. 14 ❏ Transition Assistance Program: Learn how to transition from the military to civilian life with ease at this workshop Nov.14-17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the FFSC, Bldg. 755. Call 764-7480 to preregister today.

Updates and Notices ❏ 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 7430510. All recycling proceeds go towards enhancing your Morale, Welfare, Recreation facilities and programs. ❏ Become a Family Child Care Provider: Do you like children? Need extra cash? The Family Child Care program offers you a chance to provide childcare in your home. The options available to Family Child Care providers are numerous and include: · Before/after school care · Part-time/drop-in care · Full-time care for infants, toddlers or preschool ages · Evening and weekend care As an FCC provider, you determine your fees and hours. Although the Navy determines the maximum childcare ratios, you can choose and interview families that have children fitting the hours and ages you are looking for. If interested or for more information, please call 764-7347.

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❏ 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 tinab@sc.rr.com or call the Pro Shop at 764-7802.

Recreation ❏ BINGO: If you like to play BINGO, Marrington Bowling Center has two great ways for you to play! Enjoy Quick-Play (electronic) BINGO in our game room or stop by the front desk to purchase Bonanza Bingo cards where the numbers change daily. ❏ RV/boat storage area: Morale Welfare and Recreation operates the Recreation vehicle and boat storage area located on Fletcher Street, across from the Housing Office. There are currently 54 sites available at a cost of $35 per month (paid quarterly). Reservations are handled at the Auto Skills Center located on Fletcher Street, directly across from the storage site.

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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: Tutor.com 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, http://www.tutor.com/military 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. Tutor.com'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 pdonahue@sc.rr.com for more information. ❏ Story Hours at the Library: The Base Library has two fun story hours every week. Mondays at 10 a.m., is the home day care story hour. Please call ahead each week to sign-up your group for this day. Tuesdays is the toddler open story and craft hour starting at 10 a.m. Reservations are not required for this session. Both sessions are free. Call 963-3320 to sign up. ❏ Tennis Lessons: Lessons are held at the Outdoor Recreation tennis courts. Children six through 17 and adults can enroll for one-hour sessions, twice a week for $80 per month. Lessons are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.


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Partnership is ‘Win-Win’ for spouses, employers By Elaine Sanchez American Forces Press Service

employers, Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, said during the annual partners meeting at the Association of the U.S. WASHINGTON – The Military Spouse Employment Army 2011 Annual Meeting and Exposition here. The nation has 1.2 million military spouses – 85 percent of Partnership is successfully connecting highly qualified, jobseeking military spouses with employers who are ready and whom want or need to work, he noted. Yet, one in four milieager to hire them, the official who oversees the program said tary spouses is unemployed or looking for work, and when they find it they earn, on average, 25 percent less than their today. The Defense Department launched the program in June civilian counterparts. Spouses aren’t seeking preferential treatment, Gordon with about 60 employers on board, and it has grown to encompass 96 corporate partners who have committed to aiding added, they just want a level playing field and the same job spouses in finding and identifying portable jobs. The partner- consideration as their civilian counterparts. Meanwhile, companies are seeking skilled, loyal workers ship also features an online job search site, http://www.msepjobs.com, and career and education counsel- with the ability to team-build and organize while working in diverse settings, and “our spouses get that through their expeing. The partnership is about finding a good fit for spouses and riences,” he said. Military spouses represent “an unbelievable pool of talent,” agreed Deanie Dempsey, wife of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who also spoke at the event. As a 35-year military spouse, Dempsey said she’s seen firsthand the struggles military spouses have encountered maintaining employment and education due to frequent moves. Employers are hesitant, she added, to hire someone Courtesy of Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs who may be moving in a year or two. But they would be missMILLINGTON, Tenn. – Remembering to ACT can make ing out to bypass a military spouse, she said. Spouses are “dedicated, they’re patriotic and resilient,” she all the difference in preventing suicide, Navy officials reminded Sailors and Families in a suicide prevention update released said. “If the last 10 years has proven nothing else, it’s proven Oct. 7. "This year, more than 1,400 Sailors at some level of personal crisis were reached by a shipmate, family member, friend or leader who remembered to ACT and found help," said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Rick West. "I want to thank each of you who had the courage to seek help and those of you who recognized a need and reached out to help a shipmate." ACT, which stands for Ask, Care, Treat, is an acronym to remind Sailors and their families of what they can do if they encounter a shipmate, friend or loved one who may need help.

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Warning signs include: * Suicidal ideation * Substance abuse * Purposelessness * Anxiety * Hopelessness * Withdrawal * Anger * Recklessness Everyone should familiarize themselves with warning signs for depression and suicide and review resources available to help service member in crisis. Medical, base or shipboard chaplains and Fleet and Family Support Centers are resources where Sailors can get help for themselves or their shipmates. "Just remember to ACT - ask the question, care and help them find treatment," said West. NAVADMIN 299/11 highlights additional information and resources that can help Sailors to ACT. Preventing suicides and connecting those in need of support is a top priority among leadership. "I ask that our Sailors take time to strengthen their capacity to reach out and help. Know the warning signs and be familiar with where to go for help," said West. "We have a duty to seek support, reach out to one another and to live life to the fullest." For more information, read the NAVADMIN available or www.npc.navy.mil and visit www.suicide.navy.mil.

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that for our spouses.” Over the past 10 years, spouses have juggled households, kids, careers and education -- and done so singlehandedly during deployments and separations, Dempsey said. These spouses have a “wealth of experiences,” she added. Dempsey cited Army spouse Tiffany Smiley whose husband, Army Capt. Scott Smiley, was blinded in a car bomb attack in Iraq in 2005. When it didn’t look like her husband would be able to continue service, Tiffany stood by her husband and supported his choice to stay in the Army. He became the Army’s first active-duty blind soldier and the couple went on to have two children, she said. “Wouldn’t you want to have someone like that on your side?” Dempsey said. As for the partnership, “I truly believe it’s a win-win situation for employers and for the spouses,” she said. Gordon recalled a day early in his tenure when an employer came into his office and said he loved military spouses because they were “highly skilled and cheap.” “That’s not how it’s going to be,” he said. But the DOD can’t do it alone – it will take a community to level that playing field, he said, noting that 70 percent of the military community lives in the civilian community. “When we think about solutions to empower our military community to be the very best they can be, it’s not just about DOD, it’s about working on this together. “Our spouses deserve it, and so do our employers,” he added.


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BOWLING SPECIALS • Bowl for just $1 a game every Monday!

• Purchase any combo meal weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and receive two free games of bowling. • All E-1 through E-4 Airmen and Sailors bowl for free on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays with a $2.50 shoe rental • Charleston Club Members and their spouses receive free bowling every Sunday, 4 to 7 p.m. • Purchase any combo meal on Sunday and receive same-day bowling for just $1 per game.

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Great Smoky Mountain Train Ride Oct. 22-23

Wednesday, Oct. 19 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Live music by “Talk of the Town” Polka ∙ Swing ∙ Down-home, toe-tapping music Autumn beer samplings Lunch & dinner buffet Members - $7.50 All others add $2 Sauerbraten in sweet and sour sauce, steamed knockwurst with sauerkraut, red cabbage with apples, Brussels sprouts with ham, parsley buttered potatoes, hot German potato salad, dark Bavarian bread and Britches, along with homemade apple strudel.

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PRCOs uphold new Physical Readiness Program policy By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrea Perez Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs Office MILLINGTON, Tenn. – The newly established Physical Readiness Control Officer program will serve as a vital link between command fitness leaders and Navy Physical Readiness Program coordinators, officials said Oct. 11. "We decided it would be beneficial to put a link between the commands and the Physical Readiness Program Office, where policy is written, to ensure accuracy and fairness to Sailors and commands," said Bill Moore, director, Navy Physical Readiness Program, OPNAV N135. "It lets us provide command fitness leaders with more direct assistance and also gives each one of the echelons an opportunity to monitor the commands within their area to ensure compliance with the program." In accordance with NAVADMIN 203/11, echelon III commanders must now appoint a PRCO to liaise with OPNAV and provide assistance to subordinate commands on physical readiness program policy and compliance and also ensure physical fitness assessment compliance reporting semiannually. The new collateral duty PRCO position and changes to the Physical Readiness Program took effect in July when the Navy announced the revision of OPNAVINST 6110.1J in NAVADMIN 203/11. It was the first major revision to the physical readiness program since 2005. "Over the last two years we have turned over every component of this program to make sure that it's fair, equitable and standardized across the board," said Moore. "We have addressed the PRT, developed PRIMS 2011, and come up with new policy and associated operating guides that can be updated on an as needed basis to ensure a good, accurate pro-

gram." NPC officials hosted training for the first group of PRCOs in September. "During training, the PRCOs went through everything that CFLs learn during the five-day CFL certification course," said Moore. "They learned all the major components of policy, frequently asked questions that we receive at headquarters, everything about the PRIMS 2011 and also what their role and responsibilities are as a PRCO." "The Navy will benefit by having collateral duty PRCOs in place through the assurance that all commands are in compliance with the U.S. Navy photo / Petty Officer 1st Class Nathanael Miller physical readiness program, Command Fitness Leader Chief Petty Officer Bryant Burnett, right, and CFL Assistant Petty Officer how it is run, that it is admin- 1st Class Felix Phillips, left, monitor Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock USS istered in a standardized, Ponce (LPD 15) as the crew takes the biannual physical readiness test. Ponce is part of the efficient way and benefits Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and is homeported at Naval Station Norfolk. each one of the Sailors, but most of all that it's fair," said Moore. The new guide incorporates policy guidance from A Physical Readiness Program Operating Guide is also OPNAVINST 6110.1H and NAVADMINs 293/06, 277/08, now in place and accompanied by an updated version of the 073/09, 247/09 and 131/10. Navy Nutrition Guide and Fitness Enhancement Program For a full explanation of physical readiness program guidance available at www.npc.navy.mil. changes, read NAVADMIN 203/11 or OPNAVINST 6110.1J.

Interagency exercise hones rescue operations By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – The largest federal interagency exercise for personnel rescue and recovery began at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Oct. 9, with joint, coalition, interagency and international participants all focused on saving lives. The annual Angel Thunder exercise, sponsored by the Air Force's Air Combat Command, continues through Oct. 21 and is using an earthquake scenario to prepare participants for rescue and recovery missions, officials said. Brett Hartnett, a former Air Force combat rescue helicopter pilot who founded and manages the exercise, attributed its continued suc-

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cess to networking, partnerships and the "whole of government" approach to saving lives. "It is like working in Afghanistan with the International Security Assistance Force," he said, noting that the exercise covers the gamut of rescue missions. Participants are evaluated on the performance and effectiveness of a personnel recovery force, he added. This year's exercise involves 1,400 people from U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Africa Command and the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, officials said. Also taking part are key U.S. agencies such as the State Department, Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Drug Enforcement Agency, and U.S. Agency for International Development.

Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore and Sweden also are taking part, and Chile, Egypt, El Salvador, Lebanon, Peru, Uruguay and Qatar are observing the exercise this year. Hartnett noted the value of close, regular exercises with countries such as Colombia, which returned this year for its fourth Angel Thunder. "We know they're good, we know who to contact, and we're used to working with them," he said. Local participants in the network also contribute to the exercise's success, Hartnett said. This year, two hospitals, three sheriff's offices, a fire department and three universities are participating. "We've quilted together facilities, loca-

tions, governments and agencies," he said. "It's a very low-cost exercise because it's based on networking, rather than reinventing the wheel." Hartnett called Angel Thunder the "biggest bang for the buck in training dollars." It is the only personnel rescue exercise that has been nominated for joint certification and accreditation, he added. Angel Thunder grew quickly in 2005 without a budget, but soon "exploded" in participation, Hartnett said. "Everyone wants to get in this exercise," he said. "The Air Force recognized it, and ACC put the official [exercise] stamp on us." The goal of Angel Thunder is simple: "The mission comes down to saving lives," Hartnett said.

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$$

UMMERVILLE SUMMERVILL

18,995 18,995

2011 Ford Expedition EL Limited, moonroof, price to sell $

2010 BMW 328i Loaded, extra clean $

$$

10 10Dodge DodgeGrand GrandCaravan CaravanSXT SXT

25,995

25,995

27,995

10 10Jeep JeepGrand GrandCherokee Cherokee

2010 Chrysler Sebring Touring V6, Convertible, extra clean $

15,995

2009 Ford F-150 FX-4 Crew cab, side steps, lthr., 1 owner $

$$

MSRP MSRP$34,000. $34,000.Includes Includes$4500 $4500Rebate Rebate$1,000 $1,000FMC FMCdealer, dealer, $500 $500military $1,000trade militaryrebate, rebate,$2000 $2000cash/trade, cash/trade,$1,000 tradeasst. asst.

2008 Nissan Sentra SE-R Loaded, one owner, extra clean $

Auto, Auto,loaded, loaded,sunroof, sunroof,xtra xtraclean clean

26,995

10 10Honda HondaAccord Accord

14,995 14,995

$$

2011 Nissan Maxima Loaded, moonroof, auto $

Only Only3k3kmiles, miles,auto, auto,like likenew new

$$

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew Dual power sidedoors, auto $

Loaded, xtra SAVE Loaded, xtraclean, clean, SAVEBIG BIG 2010 Ford Edge Limited $$ $$ V6, Leather, CD/MP3 $

10 10Dodge DodgeJourney Journey

Auto, Auto,only only6k6kmiles miles

18,995

Auto, Auto,like likenew, new,save savebig! big!

14,995 14,995

06 06Nissan NissanMurano Murano

Auto, Auto,loaded, loaded,like likenew new

10 10Nissan NissanVersa Versa $$

2008 Nissan Maxima 3.5 XE Auto, moonroof, loaded $

10 10Nissan NissanCube Cube

Moonroof, Moonroof,loaded loaded

$$

2011 Ford Mustang Coupe Auto, leather, 29K miles $ $$

13,995 13,995

18,995

Auto, Auto,air, air,power powerpkg, pkg,one oneowner owner

12,995 12,995

17,995

Auto, Auto,power powerpkg, pkg,low lowmiles miles

2010 Ford Escape XLT V6, Auto, Loaded $

18,995

04 04Acura Acura3.2TL 3.2TL

06 06Nissan NissanAltima Altima2.5S 2.5S $$

13,995 13,995

2007 Ford Edge SEL Lloaded, one owner, extra clean $

13,995 13,995

11,995 11,995

$$

13,995 13,995

9,995 9,995

06 06Mercury MercuryGrand GrandMarquis MarquisLS LS

17,995

Leather, Leather,moonroof, moonroof,11owner owner

Auto, Auto,power powerpkg, pkg,loaded, loaded,xtra xtraclean clean

$$

2010 Ford Mustang VW Beetle Leather, Loaded, xtra Leather,power powerpackage, package,xtra xtraclean clean Loaded, xtraclean, clean,must mustsee see $$ owner $ one owner Auto, racing$stripes, Convertible, leather, one $ $

06 06Suzuki SuzukiGrand GrandVitara VitaraSport Sport

11,995 11,995

$$

9,995 9,995

2008 V6, new V6,auto, auto,like like new

Loaded, Loaded,xtra xtraclean clean

Leather, Leather,moonroof, moonroof,11owner owner

$$

9,995 9,995

$$

6,995 6,995

16,995 04 04Dodge DodgeDurango DurangoSLT SLT 05 05Jeep JeepGrand GrandCherokee CherokeeLtd Ltd 16,995

$$

9,995 9,995

08 JeepPatriot Patriot 08Jeep

V8, V8,auto, auto,11owner owner

$$

2010 Honda Civic Auto, Power Pkg, Loaded $

$

03 03Ford FordExcursion ExcursionLimited Limited

Lthr, Lthr,loaded, loaded,xtra xtraclean, clean,just justserviced serviced

$$

$$

4,995 4,995

2010 Mazda 3 Auto, loaded

2005 Infinity G35 Coupe Leather, moonroof, one owner $ Leather, Leather,loaded, loaded,xtra xtraclean clean

$$

23,859

V8, V8,auto, auto,power powerseats, seats,power power locks, locks,AM/FM/CD, AM/FM/CD,driver’s driver’spackage, package, SYNC, SYNC,&&trailer trailertow, tow,&&much muchmore. more.

00 00Ford FordF150 F150Ext ExtCab Cab

Auto, Auto,very verylow lowmiles, miles,xtra xtraclean clean

$$

$$

15,995

00 00Saturn SaturnSL1 SL1

Auto, Auto,air, air,xtra xtraclean clean

Loaded, Loaded,xtra xtraclean, clean,must mustsee see

05 05Mercury MercuryGrand GrandMarquis MarquisLS LS

2010 VW New Beetle Hatchback, Leather, Low miles $

14,995

$$

Auto, Auto,cruise/tilt, cruise/tilt,air, air,power powerpackage, package, AM/FM/CD, AM/FM/CD,Mykey Mykey&&much muchmore. more. MSRP MSRP$22,995. $22,995.Incldues Incldues$2000 $2000rebate, rebate,$500 $500 Military, Military,$2000 $2000Cash/Trade Cash/Trade

13,995

V6, V6,Auto, Auto,Power PowerPkg, Pkg,Tilt, Tilt, Cruise, Cruise,AM/FM/CD/MP3, AM/FM/CD/MP3,&& much muchmore. more.Pre-Owned, Pre-Owned, Low Lowmiles. miles.

Auto, Auto,air, air,power powerpackage, package, tilt, tilt,Mykey Mykey&&much muchmore. more.

2008 Kia Sorento LX V6, auto, extra clean $

9,995

Auto, Auto,air, air,AM/FM/CD/MP3, AM/FM/CD/MP3,power power package, package,tire tirepressure pressuremonitor monitor &&much muchmore. more.

MSRP MSRP$17,365. $17,365.Includes Includes$3500 $3500Rebate, Rebate,$500 $500 Military, Military,$2000 $2000Cash/Trade Cash/Trade

Starting Starting at 2006 Ford F-150 Lariat 2005 Dodge Durando Ltd. at Leather, DVD, Extra clean Customized, loaded $ $

13,870

$$

Air AirConditioning, Conditioning,tilt tiltsteering steeringwheel, wheel,power power doorlocks/remote doorlocks/remotekeyless, keyless,ABS ABSbrakes brakes

2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Moonroof, 4x4, extra clean $

2000 Mercedes ML320 Loaded, xtra clean, very low miles $

Starting Startingat at

VALID /LINCOLN VALIDONLY ONLYON ONFORD FORD /LINCOLN/MERCURY /MERCURYVEHICLES VEHICLESEXCLUDING EXCLUDING DIESELS .. DIESELSUP UPTO TO55QUARTS QUARTSAT ATSUMMERVILLE SUMMERVILLEFORD FORD 10/31/11 MUST . .EXPIRES EXPIRES MUSTPRESENT PRESENTCOUPON COUPON EXPIRES1/31/11. 1/31/11.

ON FORD COMPANY SALES REPORTS THRU ALL PAYMENT PLUS TAX, TAG, SUBJECT TOTOPRIOR SALE. APR *BASED ONCOMPANY FORDMOTOR MOTOR COMPANY SALESJANUARY REPORTSJANUARY JANUARY THRUOCTOBER OCTOBER 2010.PRICES, ALLPRICES, PRICES, PAYMENT PLUS TAX, TAG,TITLE, TITLE,&&&$349 $349ADMINISTRATION ADMINISTRATIONFEE. FEE. SUBJECT PRIOR SALE.SEE SEEDEALER DEALER FORDETAILS. DETAILS. 0% APRININLIEU LIEU OFREBATE. REBATE. *BASED ON FORD*BASED MOTOR SALES REPORTS THRU OCTOBER 2010. 2010. ALL PAYMENT PLUS TAX, TAG, TITLE $349 ADMINISTRATION FEE. SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE. SEE FOR DEALER FOR0% DETAILS. 0% OF APR IN LIEU OF REBATE.

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10-14-2011 The Patriot (Joint Base Charleston)  

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