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SECAF visits JB Charleston By Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Team Charleston welcomed Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley during his visit to Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Oct. 18. Donley was greeted by Col. Richard McComb, Joint Base Charleston commander, and Col. Erik Hansen, 437th Airlift Wing commander, along with other senior staff members. Donley visited commanders from units throughout the joint base to discuss local missions and later toured the Airman and Family Readiness Center, the base dormitories, the 437th Operations Group, the 437th Aerial Port Squadron, a C-17 Globemaster III and received a forward aerial refueling point presentation by the 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron. The secretary also had the opportunity to have lunch with Airmen and Sailors. During an All Call, Donley spoke to U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Chrissy Best Airmen and Sailors about the importance Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley is greeted by the Joint Base Charleston Honor Guard after arriving of balancing current operations with at Joint Base Charleston, Oct. 18. The Secretary of the Air Force is responsible for the affairs of the building for the future. Department of the Air Force, including organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of nearly "We are committed to ensuring the U.S. 370,000 men and women on active duty, 180,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, continues to have the world's finest Air and 160,000 civilians and their families. With an annual budget of approximately $119 billion, the secretary Force for now and generations to come," ensures the Air Force can meet its current and future operational requirements. See more photos, Page 5. Donley said. Forty percent of the DoD's budget is spent on the spouses and families who support you in this To achieve this, he said that balance is the key feature of the service's resourcing strategy: bal- the salaries and benefits of government person- effort," he said. "This is not your typical eight to five work. It involves a much deeper commitance among the core functions of the Air Force; nel, Donley said. "Taking care of the men and women doing ment. But we don't do this work alone. We need balance among force structure, readiness, and modernization; and balance among active duty, our national security is job one, but along with the support of the people and the families who that comes a significant responsibility to make support us." guard and reserve components. The secretary closed his remarks by remindThe secretary spoke in-depth about the reali- sure the pay and benefits that you all earn are ing the service members of JB Charleston that ties of the nation's current fiscal environment sustainable going forward," he said. Donley also spoke on the success of Joint the Air Force is still the world's best. and its future impact on the Department of Base Charleston and the mission carried out by "The U.S. Air Force is the envy of every air Defense. "I know you are concerned about how policy the hard working service members who make it force in the world," Donley said. "We are committed to ensuring that it stays that way in the and budget strategy decision are going to affect all possible. "The joint basing process is working," he future. Whatever the future may bring, I know your lives and careers in the immediate future and down the road," Donley said. "We are all said. "You are all part of its success and are mak- you are all up to the challenge." interested in making sure that we get through ing it a success for the Air Force, the Navy and this challenging and difficult period ahead of the DoD in general. Your efforts make it possible for the United States to move people and us." The secretary also addressed the recent budg- supplies wherever we need them, when we need Beginning Nov. 1, Finance will et law passed by Congress which requires DoD them. Joint Base Charleston has been busy and to find more than $450 billion in savings over 10 committed to Air Force and joint operations for be open for customer service years, including more than $230 billion over the many years, and you are living it every single at 7:30 a.m. every day. day." next five years. Military Pass and I.D. and the The secretary made a few remarks to thank "It's going to be tough, but these reductions Military Personnel Section will are considered achievable," he said. "We are those who support the military behind the be open at 7:30 a.m. on going to have to make some tough choices to scenes. "I want to take this opportunity to not only accept these savings and get to the numbers we Mondays and Wednesdays. thank the men and women who work here, but are asked to get."


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CFC underway at JB Charleston By Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs The 2012 Combined Federal Campaign is currently underway for Team Charleston until Nov. 11. The CFC is a program designed to give all federal employees an opportunity to donate to eligible non-profit organizations which provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. The CFC is the largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 300 CFC campaigns held worldwide to help raise millions of dollars each year. "CFC is an annual effort supported by federal employees who donate to local, national and international non-profit organizations of their choice," said Capt. Jason Evans, 437th Airlift Wing CFC co-coordinator. "There are many organizations from which to choose, from local food banks and homeless shelters to international religious organizations and health awareness societies." Although Joint Base Charleston has not set a monetary goal, it's important to make sure everyone has the opportunity to give. "Our goal is to make sure we contact 100 percent of JB Charleston personnel," Evans said. Each year, thousands of non-profit human health and welfare charities benefit from the millions of dollars that are donated through the CFC. Joint Base Charleston falls under the Coastal Carolina region of the CFC and last year the Coastal Carolina region contributed more than $1.5 million. "The Coastal Carolina region has set a goal of raising $1.6 million in order to top last year's donations," Evans said. Since the campaign is the only authorized solicitation of

dinator, said, "One thing that makes the CFC unique is getting to choose which organization receives your donations. In the CFC handout is a list of all the organizations, and it is your choice to look through them and research what the organizations do. If you are unsure, but still want to contribute, a lump sum contribution can be divided evenly among all organizations." Evans said, contributing money toward the organization of the donor's choice is easy. "You can donate by giving a one-time payment or you can choose payroll deductions which won't take into effect until Jan. 2012," he said. "The money donated makes a difference to people all around the world and even those who live right here in our community." U.S. Air Force photo / Tech. Sgt. Chrissy Best Those who donate $600 - $999 become an (From left to right) Chief Master Sgt. Jose LugoSantiago, Col. Richard McComb, Col. Erik Hansen, Chief Master Sgt. Terrence Greene and Master Chief Billy Eagle club member and receive a personalized Cady sign their 2012 Combined Federal Campaign donation slips Oct. 18 at Eagle statue. Those who donate more than Joint Base Charleston. The CFC is currently underway for Team Charleston $1,000 are recognized as Keeper of the Light until Nov. 11 and is designed to give all federal employees an opportunity to members and receive a plaque. donate to eligible non-profit organizations. LugoSantiago is the 628th Air Base "Although no one should donate just to Wing command chief, McComb is the Joint Base Charleston commander, receive a plaque, it's important to remember Hansen is the 437th Airlift Wing commander, Greene is the 437th AW command every dollar counts," Evans said. chief and Cady is the JB Charleston-Weapons Station command master chief. According to Evans, the military does so much to support the freedoms and rights of our employees within the federal workplace, the CFC stresses that donors determine how their money will be used. This is an country, and donating to the CFC is just another way to go opportunity for those donors to decide which charities will above and beyond the call of duty. "It's a privilege to be part of the military and have the receive their gift. This year there are more than 2,500 charities to choose opportunity to do what we do," he said. "The CFC is a great way to give back and help those who are less fortunate." from. Master Sgt. Paul Walter, 437th Airlift Wing CFC co-coorTrisha Gallaway contributed to this story.

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Commentary by Army General Martin Dempsey Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff WASHINGTON – In my first blog entry, I discussed the four themes that are important to me as I start my tenure as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Among them I mention keeping faith with our Military Family. I was recently

reminded of the importance of this when I testified before the House Armed Services Committee with Secretary of Defense Panetta last week. During that testimony I was asked by several Representatives to comment on the recent recommendations of the Defense Business Board regarding changing the military retirement system to something more like what is available to civilians in the commercial sector.

What I told them and what I want to reiterate here is that I reject the comparison of military to civilian retirement and that I am adamantly opposed to changing the retirement benefits for those who are currently on active duty. We will undoubtedly have to change our retirement system in the future to make it affordable, but we have made a commitment to those currently serving, and I aim to keep it.

AMC command chief plants seed of expectations in Airmen Commentary and photo by Airman Ryan Throneberry Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – Chief Master Sgt. Andy Kaiser, Air Mobility Command's newly-appointed command chief, shared his expectations and hopes for the Airmen here, while outlining what is to come in the future. Kaiser, from AMC's headquarters at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., visited Joint Base McGuire-DixLakehurst as well as Dover AFB, Del., and Joint Base Andrews, Md., from Sept. 25 through Oct. 1 as part of his immersion tour of AMC. Going to Joint Base MDL was Kaiser's first visit to the joint base, but not the first time he has influenced Airmen here. Kaiser served as the 621st Contingency Response Wing command chief from 2006 through 2008 prior to the joint base merger. "I consider this base my stomping ground since I served here as the command chief for the 621st Contingency Response Wing," said Kaiser during an enlisted assembly here. "I was not here during the base's transition into a triservice environment, but I feel the joint environment is a fantastic experience for the Airmen. The more we can expose our Airmen to our sister services, their standards, and their cultures, the more well-rounded Airmen we will be." Kaiser said deployed environments all over the world are primarily joint service, so the Airmen here have a special opportunity to expand their joint lexicon. While learning all we can in this joint base environment, Airmen must continue to live by the Air Force core values. "Be the absolute epitome of our core values, and a successful career will follow" said Kaiser. He continued by advising Airmen on base to exceed expectations, keep a humble spirit and to avoid a self-serving nature. He explained how we need to set the bar of expectations high for our Airmen, and then provide them with the resources (training, equipment, etc), encouragement, and if needed, tough love. If we do this, we will be amazed by what these high-caliber, professional Airmen will do. Exceptional Airmen are in demand more than ever. Complacency, however, is the enemy of excellence. Kaiser said some Airmen can tend to have a mindset that says, "OK, I'm qualified in my duty position now, so I can just rest on my laurels." That is not good, emphasized the chief, and we need to avoid that mindset at all costs. We need to continue to be stretched and challenged, as well as commended when we exceed expectations, for that is how we grow. Never quite be satisfied with the quality and quantity of your performance. Recognize excellence in others, and the mission is enhanced. All

the while, keep a humble heart, said Kaiser. "I want Andy Kaiser, 'version 2012,' to be a better husband, dad, grandpa, and a more effective Airman than the 2011 version," said Kaiser. Kaiser said to have a self-serving nature is anathema to mission success and team cohesion. We also have to be compassionately candid with those we lead and with each other on a day-today basis. While not "cutting a person off at the knees", we need to show the Airmen we lead where they are missing the mark, and show them how to improve. Also, for those who are already high-caliber Airmen, leaders need to help them reach even high levels of performance and conduct. Even professional athletes have personal trainers, coaches, and mentors that all focus on improving their already strong performance levels. Kaiser thinks candor is the key. This piece of advice applies especially to young noncommissioned officers finding themselves in a new leadership role. "Airmen need to have a 'no-kidding' care and concern for the Airmen under Chief Master Sgt. Andy Kaiser, Air Mobility Command’s newlytheir charge," said Kaiser. "I believe appointed command chief master sergeant, walks down the leadership boils down to having a isle of the joint base theater to kick off his enlisted all-call strong mission focus, and a genuine Sept. 27, 2011, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. He spoke to the joint base Airmen about the importance of followlove for your people." Because of our ongoing high-ops ing the Air Force core values and remaining resilient. tempo and today's demands on our consider our contribution, so if you ever wonder Airmen, we are striving to increase the level of if you really make a difference in this world, resiliency in our Airmen and families. you absolutely do," said Kaiser. "Life after a That is why Comprehensive Airmen Fitness successful military career can tend to be antiis so critical, he said. The four pillars of CAF – climatic, because virtually no other opportunity mental fitness, physical fitness, spiritual fitness allows us to have such a significant impact in and social fitness – enable Airmen to handle the this world". challenges of an Air Force career. The next generation air refueler, the KC-46A, "It's not a question of "If life applies strong will begin operations in the next few years. It pressure", it is a question of "when". The will eventually replace the aging KC-135 greater the resiliency to these unexpected chalStratotankers with more refueling capacity and lenges, the more effective we will be supporting enhanced capabilities for cargo and aeromedical the mission, and greater joy we will experience evacuation. There also has been a lot of buzz in life, says Kaiser. regarding the new version of the Airman Battle Quoting AMC's commander, Gen. Raymond Uniform. Kaiser said Airmen should expect the E. Johns Jr., Chief Kaiser said, "AMC is busier new lightweight ABU's to be available as early than we've ever been. Our missions of 'deliveras next summer, if not sooner. ing hope, fueling the fight, and saving lives' will As the Airmen of AMC look toward the continue in 2012, perhaps in even greater ways future, so does AMC's newest command chief. as we continue to support our fellow Airmen, "The Airmen of this global command do amazSoldiers, Sailors, and Marines in Afghanistan, ing things every day that make your eyes water. Iraq, and around the globe. AMC answers the Debbie and I are blessed to be a part of this call so that others may prevail." incredible team of Airmen and families, and we Kaiser emphasized the tremendous role U.S. serve all of them." service members play in keeping America free. Kaiser finished by conveying his utmost gratLess than 1 percent of Americans today wear a itude toward the Airmen and families at Joint military uniform – including active duty, Guard, Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. and Reserve forces – and yet they literally make "Debbie and I are very thankful for the hardall the difference in the world. working Airmen and families here at JB MDL," "We have much to be proud of when you said Kaiser. "We can't thank you enough!"

Support the formation: Be a wingman Commentary by Lt. Col. Eric Carney 7th Airlift Sqaudron commander JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – What does it mean to be a Wingman? This is tough question and the answer can vary greatly depending on the situation. Yes, it may depend on the situation, but what if it mattered more about how much you were involved? As a squadron commander in Air Mobility Command, I attend a video teleconference which covers in detail the events surrounding every fatality in the command. I have attended far too many! What is interesting to me is the number of chances Wingmen may have as fellow service members to save a person's life. It is important to understand where the Wingman philosophy came from. In aviation, it is mutual support to get the mission done. The formation must succeed for the mission to succeed. It means you do whatever you have to do in order to be successful. This is the same requirement of the Wingman duties in our lives as Airmen. Being a good Wingman does not mean you sit back waiting until the last minute to make a "Wingman save." Get involved sooner in the situation to try and prevent the save from being needed in the first place. It may mean I refuse to ride my motorcycle with you because you do not obey the traffic laws. Maybe I do not rock climb with you because you take too many chances. Maybe I will not go to the bars with you because you cannot control your drinking. As a Wingman, I want to avoid any situation which could risk "the formation" success. This

should preclude the need for last second Wingman saves. There is no position in the Air Force with too many people or a mission too little. It may only get worse due to the economic position of our country. This means every member we have in uniform is critical to make the team stronger. As the wing commander says, "Everyone plays a role and every role matters." Everyone must be ready and capable of getting the mission done. I think of it this way, do not do something that could place your life or another service member's life needlessly at risk. If you do, you are doing the enemy's job for him. A story to illustrate my point: Not too long ago there was motor vehicle fatality which took the lives of a couple of young Airman from the command. The completely preventable event literally happened on the first night back from a deployment. The event in effect accomplished the enemy's mission without the enemy firing a single bullet, detonating an improvised explosive device or rocket attacking a single base. What we ask of each other is enormous. What our country asks of our service members is humbling. Only those who serve know what a life of service is like. For these reasons, only we know how to support each other. Frankly, we must support each other to get the mission done. Here is a little secret: Not everyone in a flying unit gets along with each other but as professionals we work together to get the mission done. The same rules apply in our personal lives; you do not have to be a friend of a person to be a good Wingman. Do not walk by a problem or an issue

and think "That guy really could use a friend." Odds are, if you are already asking yourself the question, you already know the answer. Get involved, support the formation, be a Wingman!

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AMC meets, exceeds Air Force ground energy goals By Thomas G. Kistler Air Mobility Command Public Affairs SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Air Mobility Command has saved millions of dollars through energy-efficient projects across its 13 installations. With an annual energy bill of $100 million, it plans to save even more. As a leader in energy and water conservation efforts, AMC continues to aggressively pursue the federally mandated goal of a 30 percent reduction of facility energy use and a 16 percent reduction in water use by fiscal year 2015. The command met the FY 2010 Air Force energy goal of a 15 percent reduction and more than tripled the 6 percent water goal with a 21 percent in savings. Figures aren't in yet for FY 2011, but the command expects to exceed that year's interim goals as well. AMC continues to look across a wide spectrum of efficiency opportunities, said Steve Kalmer, the command energy and utilities engineering program manager. "We've looked at every base," Kalmer said. "We've looked at solar, wind and biomass. There's a lot of renewable potential out there." For example, Joint Base Charleston, S.C., reduced its energy use significantly through projects such as geothermal heat pumps and the retrofit of a chiller plant that air conditions four dormitories and the base dining facility. The retrofit cost approximately $50,000 but has already paid for itself in savings, Kalmer said. Using the newly installed energy management controls, civil engineers monitor the chiller plant at a central location and adjust the output as the demand and conditions change. Now, rather than running constantly at full speed, the chiller can slow down and save energy when full speed is unnecessary. Other AMC installation energy saving examples include: • At Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., studies have shown that a solar photovoltaic system could generate 16 mega watts of electricity. This would be enough electricity to power approximately 8,100 computers, 24 hours per day for a whole year. The project is currently under development through a power purchase agreement that results in zero upfront costs to the Air Force. • A study at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., established that a series of wind turbines built on old missile silos 20 miles from the base could save eight mega watts per year. This would be more than 35 percent of the base's electricity requirement and would save the equivalent CO2 emissions from approximately 2,800 cars each year. Feasibility studies are ongoing to compare the savings versus the cost of constructing the wind farm. • Other projects in development are ground source heat pumps at JB Charleston, Scott AFB, Ill., McConnell and Grand Forks AFB, N.D. Unlike geothermal heating, which goes deep underground, these heat pumps use the earth just 20 feet below the surface to pre-heat or pre-cool the air. Studies have shown the four bases would save the command 200,000 million British Thermal Units (BTUs) per year. This is enough energy to power more than 2,000 homes annually. • Studies have also identified the potential for both direct

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Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley answers questions during an All Call as part of his visit to to Joint Base Charleston, Oct. 18. The Secretary of the Air Force is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of more than 334,000 men and women on active duty, 176,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve and 170,000 civilians, and their families. He also oversees the Air Force's annual budget of more than $119 billion.

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Staff Sgt. Michael Leimbach briefs Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley on night vision capabilities used during Forward Aerial Refueling operations as part of his visit to Joint Base Charleston, Oct. 18. Leimbach is with the 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

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Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley coins members of the 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron during his visit to Joint Base Charleston, Oct. 18.

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Military retiree and spouse information fair Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs The Air Force and Naval Retiree Activities offices and the 628th Air Base Wing are sponsoring a Military Retiree/Spouse Information Fair and Appreciation Day, Nov. 5 at 9 a.m. at the Charleston Club. The event is held to provide information and to show appreciation to all military retirees and spouses for their service to our country. Col. Richard McComb, Joint Base Charleston commander will give a briefing on current activities and an update on Joint Base Charleston. There will also be a keynote speaker from the local Veterans Administration Center. Today's military retiree lives in a constantly changing environment. There are changes to existing federal programs and changes to benefits and base support facilities that affect the

retirees and their families. The fair is designed as a one-stop shop for retirees and their families to get the latest information on these changes. There will be approximately 20 booths available with information on various base services. Medical personnel will provide basic health screenings and representatives from the 628th ABW legal office will be available to discuss legal issues. There will also be opportunities for I.D card renewal, a TRICARE advisor on hand to assist retirees with health insurance questions, and information on recreational activities available. The Air Force and Naval Retiree Activities offices serve as an information center for retirees of all military services and their spouses to include those spouses who are widows or widowers. For more information, contact the RAO at 963-2228.

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

Civilian Health Benefits fair Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs The Civilian Personnel Office is sponsoring the 2011 Health Benefits Fair, Nov. 9, from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 500, on Joint Base Charleston - Air Base. The fair will continue at the Fleet and Family Support Center, Bldg. 755 on Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station from 1 to 4 p.m. Civilian employees will have the opportunity to ask questions and obtain information concerning current policy changes to their health plans. Employees should request to be excused from duty to attend. Supervisors can approve or disapprove based on workload.

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Stingrays honor military Colonel Erik Hansen waves to the crowd as he rides the "Fan Zam" during an intermission at the Stingrays Hockey Game Military Appreciation Night at the North Charleston Coliseum, Oct. 15. Hansen is the 437th Airlift Wing commander.

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Red Ribbon Week kicks off By Airman 1st Class Tom Brading 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs “It’s up to me to be drug free" is the theme for the 2011 Red Ribbon Week campaign, Oct. 23 to 31. Red Ribbon Week is the nation's oldest and largest drug prevention program, reaching millions of Americans every year during the last week of October. The Department of Defense has officially participated in this event to raise public awareness and mobilize communities to combat tobacco, alcohol and drug use among military personnel, civilians and their families.

According to The National Family Partnership, "Red Ribbon Campaign is an opportunity to send a consistent 'AntiDrug' message to young people.” Each year the DoD and the military services sponsor Red Ribbon Week activities to focus attention on the destructive effects drugs have on America. Team Charleston will be participating in this year's campaign. Selwyn Stephens, 628th Air Base Wing's Drug Demand Reduction Program manager, is scheduled to speak to children at Marrington Elementary, Lambs Elementary and Hunley Park Elementary about the dangers of drug use.

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Keeping them flying – Maintainers train overseas By Capt. Wayne Capps 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs RAMSTEIN AB, Germany – Amongst the hustle and bustle of the busy Ramstein Air Base flight line, reserve maintainers train while keeping missions flying in and out of the war zone. Approximately 40 Reservists from Joint Base Charleston, S.C. and Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass. are participating in a two-week enroute training mission to Ramstein AB, Germany, augmenting the active duty workforce and receiving valuable training in the process. "Enroute trips are trips Reservists take to go out into the real world to learn and to help train active duty members," said Master Sgt. Robinson, 315th Aircraft Hampton Maintenance Squadron, Joint Base Charleston. "Some of our Reservists also have extensive knowledge on the C-17 and will be used to train active duty members." Tech. Sgt. Georgia Wuorio, also with the 315th AMXS, is one of the reservists being used to provide training to personnel at Ramstein AB. "Typically on one of these trips, I end up learning a lot from the people

who work here on the flight Robinson. "A lot of members line, this time I am the experifrom the 315th spend all their enced one," said Wuorio. "I get time at Charleston and have not to teach people who have been abroad. We get so much worked on C-130s their whole from the whole bag and drag career. My active duty counterexperience. It gives our people a parts have only been here six bigger view our global mission." months, so I get to stretch my While the training these wings and teach some Reservists receive is invaluable Ramstein people about the Cfor professional reasons, it is also 17." significant for personal reasons. The versatility of the main"Nothing gives you a better tainers is evident while watchsense of accomplishment than to ing them work and learn from know the aircraft you are actualeach other. Senior Airman ly working on is about to go on a Brandon Johnson, 315th real world mission," said U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Jeff Kelly AMXS, is an Air Reserve Robinson. Technician trainee who was on Tech. Sgt. Georgia Wuorio, 315th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Joint This sentiment was echoed by the receiving end of the train- Base Charleston, trains an active duty Airman at Ramstein Air Base, Wuorio. Germany. Sergeant Wuorio is one of about 40 reservists from Joint Base ing. "Knowing that when I fix a Charleston and Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., who are participating in "They operate a little differ- a two-week enroute training mission to Ramstein AB, augmenting the plane and it immediately goes to ently here; it is more of a tran- active duty workforce and receiving valuable training in the process. where it needs to go, it really helps sient base so I am learning a me feel closer to the mission," said Whether acting as the trainee or as the Wuorio. "I can take that feeling back home and lot," said Johnson referring to the sheer number of flights at the base. "It is my first trainer on this mission, the maintainers are let everyone know that when you send a jet enroute mission so I am learning a lot about receiving important lessons that will surely be overseas, you may not see anything onboard how the Air Force operates overseas and a lot used in their future careers. now but when it gets there it will be full and it "These trips are so valuable," said is going to be doing the job." about the mission as a whole."

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Navy Captain Ralph Ward delivers remarks to audience members during the Navy Birthday Celebration onboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, Oct. 14. The celebration commemorates the Navy's 236th birthday, when the Continental Congress established the procurement, fitting out, manning and dispatching of armed vessels in 1775. Ward is the Joint Base Charleston deputy commander.

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Nationwide Tour Championship offers free tickets to military and families By Michael Saia Family Circle Tennis Center The Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island has partnered with Navistar Defense to offer the Military Weekend Presented by Navistar, a program offering all military personnel and their families free admission to the Nationwide Tour Golf Championship, Oct. 27 through 30. The Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island,

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Adopt-A-Highway litter cleanup Set for Nov. 5 Charleston County Adopt-A-Highway will hold its next litter cleanup on Saturday, Nov. 5. In case of bad weather, the clean-up will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12. Throughout the county, volunteers will be picking up trash on our roadsides during the cleanup event. Volunteers can pick up supplies on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at S.C. Department of Transportation’s Charleston Maintenance facility located at 2401 Maintenance Way in North Charleston. “On the cleanup day, drivers are asked to be especially alert and mindful of pedestrians who are working to beautify our

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Seaman Andrew Jacobson and retired Navy Captain Bert Howard cut the cake celebrating the Navy's 236th birthday onboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, Oct. 14. In keeping with naval custom, the youngest and oldest Sailor at the ceremony receive the honor of cutting the birthday cake with a cutlass. Jacobson joined the Navy in June 2011; Howard joined in 1951 and retired in 1979.

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HAWC provides healthy cooking alternatives By Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi Joint Base Charleston Public Affair More than 20 Airmen and their family members participated in a free cooking class provided by the Health and Wellness Center Sept. 24, at the Culinary Institute of Charleston. The class was taught by local chef Ken Immer and was themed, “Cooking Healthy on a Budget.” The class made massaged kale-arame slaw, curried coconut quinoa with roasted sweet potatoes, grilled chicken and watermelon carpaccio with fruit salsa for dessert. The three-course meal was designed for chefs of all levels, from those who have never stepped foot in a kitchen to those who have been cooking for years. “The food was delicious,” said Senior Airman Amanda Hastings, HAWC office manager. “It was easy to make and everyone had a good time. It’s important for people to know how to make healthier meals for their families.” Though most ingredients were foreign to the participants, the chefs were eager to learn something new, Hastings said. The class was offered as a Comprehensive Airman Fitness incentive designed to help Airmen and family members become more resilient and better-equipped to deal with the rigors of military life. Greer Gowen, HAWC dietitian said, “This cooking classed focused on two pillars of Comprehensive Airman Fitness: the physical pillar and social pillar. Not only were the participants learning how to eat a healthier diet, they also engaged is socializing and discussing healthier habits.” According to Hastings, the meal was worth making a second time at home. “I bought all the ingredients and made the three courses at home,” she said. “It came out just like it did in the class.” These cooking classes will be made available every quarter and more information will be released as the classes are scheduled.

Watermelon Carpaccio and Fruit Salsa

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 Watermelon, small, personal size work best here 1 C Strawberries 1 C Kiwi 1 C Mango 1 C Pineapple Lime, juiced 1

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More than 20 Airmen and their families participate in a free cooking class Sept. 24 at the Culinary Institute of Charleston. The class, themed ‘Cooking Healthy on a Budget,’ was provided by the Joint Base Charleston Health and Wellness Center and taught by local chef Ken Immer.

“I recommend signing up as soon as the classes are available,” Hastings said. “They fill up quickly.”

2 T Mint, julienned 3 T Raw honey

*Optional Non-dairy whipped topping (aerosol is fun!) Directions Cut ends off of watermelon, then, standing on a cut end, peel entire watermelon with a knife taking off all of the white rind. Cut the watermelon into two hemispheres, and then in half again. This should make nice 3-4” quarter-round

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shapes. Using an Asian mandolin, cut watermelon into very thin slices. Arrange on plates in a layered fashion. Make the salsa by chopping the fruit into small dice, topping with lime juice, mint leaves and raw honey. Stir to combine, being careful not to mash all of the fruit. Spoon the salsa into a small mound in the center of the carpaccio, and drizzle the rest of the watermelon with the juice that occurs in the bottom of the bowl. Garnish with mint sprig.


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Learning to Tase ... the hard way Airman 1st Class Heather Ives reacts to being tased by Staff Sgt. Neil White after volunteering to be tased at Joint Base Charleston Oct. 18. The taser is a preventive measure and often prevents unnecessary loss of life. Both White, a Security Forces Trainer and Ives, a Security Forces Apprentice, are with the 628th Security Forces Squadron. U.S. Air Force photos / Staff Sgt. Katie Gieratz

628th Security Forces Squadron members watch a volunteer being tased during an annual Use of Force and Taser Certification training at Joint Base Charleston Oct. 18. The taser is a technique security forces members can use if a situation requires the escalation of necessary use of force.

Halloween safety information for parents Courtesy of The National Safety Council ITASCA, Ill. – Halloween is an exciting time for children, but it can also be a dangerous time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are four times more likely to be in fatal pedestrian accidents on Halloween than on any other night of the year. This statistic isn't meant to scare you - it's meant to help you prepare your children for a safe Halloween. There are seven basic reasons why children are more likely to be hurt in pedestrian accidents: 1. They often choose to take the shortest route, which may mean darting out between parked cars rather than take the safer route of crossing at corners. 2. They're poor at evaluating potential traffic threats. 3. They're more likely to disregard their peripheral vision and are less attentive of their street surroundings. 4. They have a tendency to believe they're indestructible and are more likely to take risks. 5. They need to be told that some people driving cars will not slow down for them. 6. They can't cross streets as rapidly as adults. 7. They may be distracted by other children's costumes, behaviors, and home decorations. Here are some important Halloween safety tips that every parent should know:

• Purchase or make Halloween costumes from flameresistant materials. • Pick brightly colored costumes or add your own reflective tape so motorists can see them. • Attach your child's name, address, and phone number somewhere inside the costume. • An adult should always accompany children under age 12. • To avoid tripping, make sure your child's costume is not too long, and that shoes are the proper size. • Use washable face paint instead of masks so your child's vision isn't compromised. • Plan the route your children are going to take, especially if they're going out unsupervised. They should go in a group. • Teach your children never to respond to a driver or pedestrian that calls out to them. • Provide your children with a healthy meal ahead of time, so they don't get hungry before returning home. • Make sure your children don't eat any candy or food without checking with you first.

• Keep your walkway free of debris so that children coming to your house won't trip or fall. • Keep your pets away from the front door so they won't scare trick-or-treaters. • Tell your children not to go to homes with barking, jumping dogs and not to approach any stray animals. • Make sure your children have flashlights, especially if they're staying out after dark. • Establish an appropriate curfew for children to return home. • Make sure your children have change for a phone call and know their phone number. • Don't let young children carve pumpkins. Get them involved by drawing the outlines before you cut them out as well as helping with other decorations. • Don't hand out candy that could be a possible choking hazard to younger children. • Teach your children to stay on the sidewalks and cross only at corners. • Teach your children to look, listen and be aware of cars not stopping at corners. • Teach your children to only go to houses with porch lights on and to never enter anyone's house.

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Sailors mentor NJROTC Cadets By Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Hudson Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs More than 20 students from Summerville High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Program, ranging from freshmen to seniors, participated in the third annual Job Shadowing Project held at Joint Base CharlestonWeapons Station Oct. 14. The cadets were paired with Sailors whose career matched their own professional ambitions. Military personnel volunteered to participate in the project to provide students with hands-on experience that linked schoolwork to real-life. "We are bringing these students onboard the base in hopes of steering them in the direction in which they are most interested," said Chief Petty Officer Shawn Sorensen, Naval Support Activity command career counselor and event coordinator. "This is our opportunity to shine, show them what we have to offer and help clear up any questions they may have, or even at the very least, show them what opportunities the Navy can offer once they get out of high school." Students were grouped with Sailors from the Security, Galley, Administrative and Public Affairs departments as well as the Naval Health Clinic Charleston, where they learned the ins and outs of specific career fields. "These trips give students the opportunity to see and experience various careers they might be interested in pursuing for themselves later down the road," said retired Marine Col. Claude Davis, NJROTC senior naval science instructor. "Some of these cadets have the intent of joining the military and some do not, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter because these experiences make them more well-rounded, marketable in the civilian or military sector and helps structure them for success both professionally and personally," Davis said. Taking the classroom and applying it to real life practical application, students were given the opportunity to perform some of the duties a Sailor does on a daily basis. "I love seeing the awe in the students' eyes when I show them a piece of equipment or let them do something that per-

tains to my everyday job. It is something I do routinely so I don't look at my job like it's something special," said Chief Petty Officer Justin Sweat, IT Department information systems technician and event coordinator. "But to them, they are just so amazed and fascinated by my daily duties that it reminds me of how I was when I first joined and why I continue to do the job that I do." Cadet Donna Mason, a junior who shadowed Petty Officer 3rd Class Chris Roberts, a ship's serviceman at the galley, helped bake a cake at the WS Galley. She said that touring the galley was exciting and has plans on becoming a culinary specialist someday. U.S. Navy photo / Petty Officer 3rd Class Brannon Deugan "I knew a few years ago that I want- Summerville High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps visited Joint ed to be doing culinary arts so this Base Charleston-Weapons Station Oct. 14. A day of mentorship was offered by JB experience has taught me a lot and it Charleston Sailors to the cadets in an effort to educate them on opportunities offered has been great," she said. "We had by the Navy. hands-on experience by baking a cake "After seeing the base I realized that the opportunities are and that was a little challenging because of how tough it was endless and it really opened up my eyes to all the jobs that are to mix the batter but I had a lot of fun." Some Cadets who had no plans of joining the Navy later available in the Navy," Abel said. Davis said that he hopes the students learn from their trip changed their minds, saying that this trip to JB Charleston WS opened their eyes to the vast opportunities the Navy has to JB Charleston-WS, gain appreciation of the work Sailors do on a daily basis and hopefully learn that they too can be a to offer. "I had originally wanted to join the Coast Guard Maritime successful career Navy Sailor. "It's all about the students and what we can do to make Security Unit or even the Army's Airborne or Special Forces Unit but I didn't realize the Navy had a security force. I am them better than they already are," he said. "If we can make still undecided as to which I will join but now I am really con- even the smallest impact on a student's life to make them sidering the Navy," said Cadet Morgan Abel who was paired believe that they can do it, at the end of the day I'm ecstatic. with the Security Department at JB Charleston-WS. "My dad All the military personnel who volunteered, their collective was in the Army so I am used to the military lifestyle. I think efforts will go far in making our cadets successful in their that it provides purpose, discipline and structure that will help future efforts and it is great to have been able to offer our cadets opportunities like these." me become successful."

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Transition benefits: Panetta, Shinseki discuss more support for Vets By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service

fessional credentials and certifications based on applicable military experience, Kirby said. Obama told the American Legion Convention in August WASHINGTON – The Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta that he had directed DoD and VA to create a "reverse boot visited Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Oct. 17 to dis- camp" to help the newest veterans prepare for civilian jobs cuss ways to help separating service members and veterans and translate their military skills into industry-accepted licenses and credentials. prepare for and launch civilian careers. Panetta and Shinseki addressed a range of other issues yesShinseki hosted the latest in a series of quarterly meetings about ways to help smooth the path for military members as terday, Kirby said, including ongoing efforts between the two departments to establish joint integrated electronic health they transition to civilian life and careers. Panetta and Shinseki lead a joint task force President Barack records and improve the disability evaluation system. The meeting came two days before the president travels to Obama established to promote veteran employment and boost separating and retiring military members' career readiness. Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., to discuss efforts under way to They agreed during yesterday's talks on the need to provide create more jobs for veterans and encourage more employers Urgent Center PALMETTO PRIMARY CARE to hire them. each veteran with a cohesive employment search strategy andCare Obama lamented the unemployment rate among veterans improve direct connections between employers and veterans, during an Aug. 30 address to the American Legion's national Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby said. Separating service members also need access to improved convention, and called on employers to take advantage of the career counseling services that include information about GI "incredible talents" they have to offer. Saluting the 5 million Americans who have served in uniBill benefits and guidance on small-business opportunities, form since 9/11 as a "generation of innovators" who have the secretaries noted. Additionally, discussed creating a system to provide pro- "changed the way America fights and wins its wars," he said

veterans also are the very people the nation needs to jumpstart its economy. "After a decade of war, it's time to focus on nation building here at home," the president said. "And our veterans, especially our '9/11-Generation' veterans, have the skills and the dedication to help lead the way." Panetta reemphasized during congressional testimony earlier this week the need for the nation to support and keep faith with the men and women in uniform, even in the face of budget constraints. "They're the ones that have made us strong, and they're the ones that put their lives on the line every day in order to protect this country," he told the House Armed Services Committee during the Oct. 13 hearing. "We have got to maintain our faith with those that have deployed time and time and time again. And that's something I intend to do." The task force headed by Panetta and Shinseki is just one of the programs in place designed to help put veterans and separating Sailors to work including those affected by the Enlisted Retention Board. For the latest ERB information visit Navy Personnel Command's ERB website;

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Revamped Transition Program to benefit troops, families By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – Officials soon will unveil a fully revamped Transition Assistance Program that’s aimed at better reaching service members throughout the world, a senior Defense Department official said. TAP is a collaboration of the Defense, Veterans Affairs and Labor departments, explained John R. Campbell, deputy assistant secretary of defense for wounded warrior care and transition policy. “This year [we] realized that we really needed to make some significant changes – which all of us have done,” he said. “We’ll be able to unveil the new TAP from our three agencies by Veterans Day – that’s our intention.” Campbell talked about the revitalization of TAP to reach a younger, more modern audience. “These programs needed to be revamped because they really weren’t speaking to this young generation of service men and women,” he noted. “We really needed to get information to them that was more topical, more pertinent to the job market today.” Campbell said he believes this “young generation” is interested in a virtual environment. “A virtual space where they can go and get information and provide information,” he said. “That currently is not the way TAP works. "TAP is generally given at the end of a service man or woman’s career,” he added. “It’s in a physical place; it’s a short period of time.” TAP’s goal will be to reach service members earlier in their career, the deputy assistant secretary said. “We want to initiate TAP much earlier so that service members have an opportunity to

digest it and get more and more information as their career progresses,” Campbell said. “So they will have an opportunity to understand what’s going on in the outside employment market, for example, as well as what they will need if they wish to progress in their particular [military career field].” Campbell said another change to the transition program is a digital delivery of services and information. “We’ve done that with a couple of initiatives that we have,” he said. “One is Turbo TAP, which is really a Guard and Reservedirected website [that] gives topical information on what Guard and Reserve members really need to know.” Campbell also pointed out a new virtual webinar program that is available to service members and their families worldwide. “We give those once every two weeks and they are on topics of acing the interview, how to get a federal job, how do I dress for success, how do I negotiate for a salary,” he said. “These topics are being received, signed up [for] and registered by members of the military, their families [and] veterans all over the globe,” he added. Campbell noted participants in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea and Germany, in addition to the United States. “We’re quite excited about the range of different programs that we have in process,” he said. “They’re going to get better and we’re really excited.” Campbell said TAP is an enduring product that is always available. “It’s important that after the war fighting [we are] taking care of the wounded, ill and injured,” he said. “Transitioning service members is really as important,” he continued, “so that we can ensure that these young men and women get all the advantage that they deserve and are successful in their careers as well as when they leave the military.”

this week in air force history

Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Oct. 16, 1972 - The U.S. Air Force flew its A-7D Corsair II in combat for the first time. A-7s assigned to the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing deployed from Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, S.C., to Korat AB, Thailand, six days earlier. Oct. 17, 1989 - Military Airlift Command aircraft delivered more than 250 tons of relief equipment and 100 passengers to the San Francisco Bay area after a 7.1 earthquake through Oct. 24.

Oct. 18, 1984 - the first B-1B flight was completed at Palmdale, Calif. Oct. 19, 1964 - Military Air Transport Service received its first C-141A Starlifter, when Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in

Marietta, Ga., delivered tail number 38078 to the 1707th Air Transport Wing at Tinker AFB, Okla. Oct. 20, - General Dynamics conducted its rollout ceremony for the F-16A at its plant in Fort Worth, Texas. Oct. 21, 1981 Sheppard AFB, Texas, started training pilots from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Turkey and the United Kingdom under the Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training program. Oct. 22, 1957 - The first casualties from Vietnam, eight U.S. servicemen injured in an explosion in Saigon, were evacuated to Clark AB, Philippines, for treatment at the 6208th U.S. Air Force Hospital.

this week in navy history

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Navy ordered African American women to be accepted into the Naval Reserve.

Oct. 16, 1943 - The Navy accepted its first helicopter, a Sikorsky YR-4B (HNS-1) at Bridgeport, Conn.

Oct. 20, 1983 - Due to political strife, USS Independence (CV-59 ) was ordered to Grenada.

Oct. 17, 1922 - Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Griffin, in a Vought VE-7SF, made the first takeoff from a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, USS Langley (CV-1) anchored in the York River, Virginia.

Oct. 21, 1797 - The USS Constitution was launched at the Hartts Boston shipyard in Boston, Mass. The ship is now the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy.

Oct. 18, 1944 - 3rd Fleet Carrier aircraft attacked Japanese ships in the harbor and land forces around Manila.

Oct. 22, 1962 - President John Kennedy ordered a surface blockade (quarantine) of Cuba to prevent Soviet offensive weapons from reaching Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Oct. 19, 1944 - The Secretary of the

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Events 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. ❏ College of Charleston Women's Volleyball: The College of Charleston women's volleyball team is hosting a Military Appreciation Night, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., at the College of Charleston TD arena. The game is free for military I.D. cardholders. 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. Oct. 29 ❏ American Military Retirees Association: The American Military Retirees Association will meet Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Ashley Park Independent Living Retirement Community, 1451 Tobias Gadson Blvd. All AMRA members and qualified military retirees are invited. Call Ken Anderson at 884-5526 for more information. Nov. 2 ❏ The Thrift Savings Plan Simplified: Learn about the pros of enrolling in the TSP, what it can do to help supplement your retirement income, and how to invest based on the lifecycle financial planning concept, Nov. 2 from 8 to 9 a.m. The workshop is for both military & civilian members eligible to enroll in the TSP. Call the AFRC at 9634406 to sign up. ❏ Spouse Introduction to Joint Base Charleston: This is a fun and fast-paced introduction to Joint Base Charleston for all military spouses who have recently PCS'd. The next session is Nov. 2 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Meet other spouses, connect with your sponsor's unit Key Spouse and learn where to shop, dine and play in the Lowcountry. Get the information you need to make this your family's best assignment ever. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register.

Nov. 3 ❏ Newcomer's Tour: Join other JB Charleston Newcomers for this free and fun bus tour of downtown Charleston and the surrounding area, Nov. 3 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The bus departs from the AFRC, Bldg. 500, Joint Base Charelston - Air Base. Call 963-4406 to reserve your seat. Nov. 7 ❏ Investing Demystified: Ideal for the first-time investor, this class explains the most common types of investments and simplifies terminology for a better understanding of investing, Nov. 7 from 10 to 11 a.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to sign up. Nov. 8 ❏ Ten Steps to a Federal Job: Learn the process for landing a Federal job, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register. ❏ Managing the Challenges of Family Separation: Learn how to proactively identify and manage issues families face during deployment, coming from each member's perspective, Nov. 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A light snack provided. Call 963-4406 to register. Nov. 9 ❏ Post Secondary Access Workshop: The Joint Base School Liaison Office will host this presentation by the Educational Opportunity Center - a program fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Nov. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. Contact Cicely McCray, 764-7869, to reserve a seat at the AFRC. ❏ Spouse Employment/Scholarship Orientation: Learn about free available resources, employment services, resumes, the local job market, scholarships and other job search issues, Nov. 9 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Call the AFRC at 9634406 to sign up. ❏ Credit Repair Solutions: Learn what it takes to improve your credit score without paying a service to do it for you, Nov. 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to reserve your seat. Nov. 10 ❏ Key Spouse Quarterly Update: Updated information for appointed, trained key spouses, Nov. 10 from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Call the AFRC at 9634406 to sign up. ❏ Spouses Dinner: Fun, great networking and good food all on us, Nov. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to reserve your seat. ❏ 628th Communication Squadron Golf Tournament: Shotgun start at noon, Nov. 10. Tournament is four-player, Captain's choice. Contact Mike Heckendorn at 963-2933 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.

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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. ❏ Green Lantern: Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13 ❏ Mr. Popper's Penguins: Oct. 22, 5 p.m., Rated PG ❏ Green Lantern: Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13 ❏ Mr. Popper's Penguins: Oct. 23, 2 p.m., Rated PG ❏ Super 8: Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13

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 for full movie schedules. ❏ Colombiana: Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13 ❏ The Help: Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., Rated PG-13

Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station ❏ Birthday bowling parties: Looking for something different to do for your next birthday party? Marrington Bowling Center has birthday bowling parties that are great for kids of any age. Call the bowling center for party options and availability. ❏ Stroller Rollers offers "Fitness for Mom, fun for baby!" Attention new mothers, now there is a way to get fit while spending quality time with your baby. With the Stroller Rollers program, you'll shape up with a power walk and body sculpting while strolling with your baby. It's a great chance to interact with other new moms. Classes meet at the Naval Support Activity gymnasium on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Classes are free. Materials are provided. For more

The Patriot • October 21, 2011

Events Oct. 21 ❏ College of Charleston Women's Volleyball: The College of Charleston women's volleyball team is hosting a Military Appreciation Night, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., at the College of Charleston TD arena. The game is free for military I.D. cardholders. 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. ❏ American Military Retirees Association: The American Military Retirees Association will meet Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Ashley Park Independent Living Retirement Community, 1451 Tobias Gadson Blvd. All AMRA members and qualified military retirees are invited. Call Ken Anderson at 884-5526 for more information. Nov. 9 ❏ Civilian TSP: TSP is a retirement savings and investment plan that allows members to set aside an amount to build for retirement. Join us Nov. 9 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. to learn more about TSP. For more information call 764-7480. 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. Nov. 17 ❏ Financial Bright Holidays: Learn how to develop a holiday spending plan with a gift list and an overall survival plan that will assist you in enjoying a less stressful holiday season, Nov. 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the FFSC, Bldg. 755. Call 764-7480.

Special Announcements ❏ Budget for Baby: The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society offers a basic budgeting class for expecting mothers. Class is held the every second Thursday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to noon. After completing the class, each mom will receive a Layette filled with free baby items such as crib sheets, onesies and a homemade blanket. Call 7647662 or come in to sign up for the class. Our temporary office is located in Bldg. 301 (PSD), Room 212. ❏ Work & Family Life Specialists: Work & Family Life specialists are available by appointment. Get help with job referrals, resume and inter-


view assistance, first move and information about educational opportunities for active duty, retirees, family members and Department of Defense civilians. Call the FFSC at 764-7480 for an appointment. ❏ Personal Financial Management: Let an FFSC certified financial specialists assist you in accessing and explaining your credit report. They can provide the tools and information to improve your score and make the right decisions about collections and debt. Call FFSC at 764-7480 for more information. ❏ Wise credit Choices: Did you know that your credit score is a huge deciding factor for interest rates, mortgages, insurance costs, employability, loans, deposits, etc.? Call a personal financial manager at the FFSC for an appointment at 764-7480. ❏ Developing your spending plan: Let a financial education specialist at the FFSC on Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station provide you the tools and resources needed to develop a financial plan of your dreams. The purpose of a financial plan is for you to determine where you are now, where you want to go and how you plan to get there by starting today. Contact the FFSC 764-7480 for more information.

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. ❏ 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.

information, call MWR Fitness Director Nancy Haynsworth at 764-4067. ❏ Make your next party a movie party at Cinema One: Looking for a unique idea for your next group party? Why not make it a movie party? Cinema One offers private showings of your favorite feature films. Cinema One movie parties are perfect for birthday celebrations, command socials, class trips, youth groups and lots more. Movie parties are free to groups of 40 or more (with concessions purchase) and are $25 to groups of less than 40 people. Call theater manager, Teresa Stuckey, at 764-4107 for reservation information. ❏ Free on-line tutoring service: for Military Families is the Defense Department's official, online, on-demand tutoring and homework help service for military members and their families. The site, offers round-the-clock professional tutors who can assist with homework, studying, test preparation, proof-reading and more. Active-duty military members and National Guard, Reserve personnel and Defense Department civilians on active duty in a deployed status and their family members are eligible to participate.'s network includes more than 2,500 professional tutors who have delivered more than six million, one-on-one tutoring sessions since 2001. Each tutor is certified through the site, and all sessions are recorded for quality control. The program can also be accessed through a free app for the iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad.

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Modernized Voting Assistance Program simplifies process By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – Significant improvements have taken place over the last five years in making military people more aware of the Federal Voting Assistance Program and the resources it makes available, the program’s director said. In a recent interview with the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service, Bob Carey said military voter participation rates in the program went up 21 percent over that period, and military voter awareness of the voting assistance resources available to them show increases ranging from 50 to 85 percent. The program saw a 25 percent increase in the number of ballots received and returned by military voters, he added. Carey attributed the program’s recent success to a transition toward more convenient, user-friendly opportunities for voters. “We’ve focused our program on trying to get away from traditional paper-based forms and hierarchical notification of people [about] voter assistance,” he said, as program officials have relied more on online and print advertising and emails to the entire military to get the word out.

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A Federal Voting Assistance Program kickoff event to prepare for the 2012 election is slated to take place in conjunction with the Nov. 11 “Carrier Classic” basketball game between the University of North Carolina and Michigan State University aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in San Diego. “We really want to impress upon people that if they want to participate in the presidential preference primaries, they need to be getting their absentee ballot applications in in November,” Carey said. “Some of these presidential preference primaries are going to be starting in January, and the ballots are going to be sent out in December, so those local elections officials need to know that you want a ballot in November.” Carey stressed the need for voters to get their absentee ballot applications submitted as the program seeks continued success. “Overall, we’re really happy,” he said. “We’re seeing more voters being able to get their ballots, more voters being able to return their ballots, and we’re seeing – most importantly, from our agency’s perspective – more voters knowing how to get the assistance they need to be able to successfully vote.”


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Face of Defense: Airman earns $10,000 with simple 'IDEA' By David Bedard Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – While performing a routine test procedure, a 90th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons expediter's heart sunk when he heard a sound no maintainer ever wants to hear: "Crunch." The airman had accidentally damaged an F-22 Raptor configurable rail launcher that mounts the fighter's AIM-9 Sidewinder heat-seeking missiles. He reported the incident to Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joshua Lopez, the senior 90th AMU weapons expediter. Upon closer inspection, Lopez verified the airman had followed the technical order data to the letter. The process Lopez then initiated would quickly earn him $10,000 through the Innovative Development through Employee Awareness, or IDEA, program. Lopez said he determined the order of steps outlined in the technical order data exposed the launcher detent assembly, which is responsible for weapons release, to damage during testing procedures. The quarterly check ensured the rail would successfully function when the pilot needed it in combat. Lopez said he spoke to another technical sergeant who recently relocated from another F-22 base to see if the issue was widespread. It was. Though Lopez said he could have told his airmen to perform a workaround, which contravened the established order, he instead decided to follow the official technical order data change request procedure to ensure weapons expediters here and at other installations were within published guidance. "[Weapons expediters] knew it wasn't right, and the way they would train the guys was a workaround, and I submitted the change request because workarounds are not how we

operate," Lopez explained. "We Ortiz said an IDEA must be subhave to follow our tech order line by mitted using the IDEA Web link at line.", where Lopez said the technical order a submitter creates a user profile. If data steps were accurate, but were the IDEA requires a separate out of order. In his request, he sugimprovement process, such as a gested the steps be reordered to technical order data change request, ensure the $13,980 detent assemas in Lopez' case, the approved blies wouldn't be damaged during forms must be submitted as confirtesting. The maintainer said order matory or after-the-fact separate data changes can be quite common, improvement process IDEAs. especially for relatively new equipLess than six months after subment such as the F-22. mitting his initial paperwork, U.S. Air Force photo / David Bedard "It's still a new jet, even though Lopez was presented with a Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joshua Lopez stands by an $10,000 check. it's been here for four years," he said. "There are still things that can F-22 Raptor configurable rail launcher Oct. 6, 2011, "All these guys out there, when at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. they submit a [technical order data be improved." Lopez identified a problem and provided a soluAfter an hour's work, Lopez said, change request], they can get paid tion with the launcher, which netted him $10,000 he submitted the change request through the Air Force's Innovative Development for it," Lopez said. "As long as they through the proper channels, and the through Employee Awareness program. include what it's going to save the change was promptly evaluated and Air Force." approved by officials at Headquarters Ogden Air Logistics The airman said his initial reasoning for submitting the Center at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. change request was twofold. Lopez then initiated the IDEA process with help from "The most important consideration was maintaining the airLisandra Ortiz, the 673rd Air Base Wing IDEA coordinator. craft – making sure the reliability and safety is there when the "An IDEA is the submitter's own thought or a new applica- pilot needs it," Lopez said. "No. 2 is saving the Air Force tion of an old principle," Ortiz said. "Good ideas are those that money. It's something so simple in the long run that can cost are submitted in writing and include the current method, pro- the Air Force a lot of money." cedure, task, directive or policy affected. The IDEA also Though he has been working with fighters for years, Lopez includes the proposed method, change or idea, and why the said, he encourages an innovative mindset for younger airmen change would be beneficial to the Air Force and [Defense when they encounter a problem or an area that can benefit by Department]." greater efficiency.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month promotes screening By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – The Defense Department and the nationwide Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign are partnering to encourage women to get regular mammograms as directed by their doctors. The year-round campaign to fight breast cancer with early detection and prompt treatment gains momentum during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the United States, and mammograms can detect early-stage breast cancer as early as three years before a lump can be felt, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga. “Mammograms are important because they play a key role in early breast cancer detection and help decrease breast cancer deaths,” said Kathie McCracken, director for women’s health patient advocacy and medical ethics in the Military Health System.

“They can be used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease,” she said, “or to check for breast cancer after a lump or other sign or symptom of the disease has been found.” The National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., reports that more than 192,000 U.S. women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Early diagnosis, officials agree, is the key to ensuring the best-possible outcome. The five-year survival rate of patients diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer is 95 to 98 percent, the National Cancer Institute’s research reveals. The military’s TRICARE Management Activity is working to get the word out, too, reminding its beneficiaries that mammograms save lives. TRICARE covers yearly screening mammograms for women ages 40 and older, at no cost to them. For those considered at high risk, TRICARE covers mammograms beginning at age 35, officials said. TRICARE officials reported the stories Mara Street and Heather Cooke, military spouses who initially balked when

their TRICARE doctors suggested mammograms. An Air Force spouse and mother of six, Street said she didn’t think she needed a mammogram because she was healthy at age 40 and had no family history of breast cancer. But when the clinic staff called to press her to make an appointment, Street listened. Street had her first mammogram and was diagnosed with breast cancer. “If it hadn’t been for [the clinic] making two phone calls, we may have waited until she was 50 years of age, and our opportunities and options would have been grossly limited,” said Street’s husband, Timothy. Heather Cooke, age 52, married and mother of four, also learned after a routine mammogram that she had early-stage breast cancer. After undergoing a series of procedures, she is now cancer-free. “My doctors have told me that because I was able to detect [the cancer] early and aggressively attack it, that my chances of not having another cancerous growth are 99 percent,” she said.


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HOMES/APTS FOR RENT 3 Bedroom Home Near Base; Nice Neighborhood; Expansive Great Room, Large Master Bedroom; Kitchen with Atrium Ceilings; Separate Dining Room. Rent $1175; Please Text and also Call 860-639-1270 Great Condo-1 blk from King, nr MUSC/CofC/Law. 1bed/1bath/wd/pool/off-street pkg/full kit. Avail 12/1 - $950, Room for rent Ladson area. $400 per month, plus 1/3 electric. Rent includes all other utilities + wi-fi. Call: 843-412-0881

Ashley Villa 2 BR, 1 1/2 BA, TH, close to Air Base, nice yard, end unit. $725 mo. Craig & Co. 763-3939 Goose Creek 4 BR, 2 1/2 BA, 2 car gar. 2300+ sf, fenced yard. $1490 mo. Craig & Co. 763-3939 Tired Of Renting To Rent? Rent To Own Your Home NOW! Build Equity & Repair Credit Credit Issues? NO PROBLEM. Call me 843.410.4177 ext 411 (24/7 rec msg)

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We do not take ads by phone. Please do not call to confirm your free ad was received.

KITCHEN CABINETS- Beautiful. Never Installed. Cost $4800, Sell $1650. Call 843-856-4680.

* Business-related ads (even home businesses) cost $3 per line (42 letters and spaces per line). Additional lines (over the 3 free) for personal ads may be purchased for $3 per line as well. To pay for an ad or additional lines, please submit your credit card number and expiration date - as well as the name of the cardholder - with your ad via fax, email, or by phone.

Amazing NEW Queen P-top Mattress $95! Delivery Available. 843-696-5712 6 Pc. Cherry Bedroom Set with Mattress set, Still in the Box! $350! Delivery Available 843696-5212 Microfiber Sectional $495 with Military Discount. NEW IN BOX Delivery Available 843637-6360 5 Pc Solid Wood Dinette $250,Coffee & End Tables $99. All New! Delivery Available. 843-696-5212

CLUES ACROSS 1. Currently fashionable 5. Free from gloss 10. Licenses TV stations 13. Pop 14. Wakes a sleeper 15. Not light 17. 13-19 18. Sets of statistics 19. Ultimate image 20. Rescued by payment of money 22. Vowel sound 23. River in Florence 24. European money 26. Electronic data processing 27. Carriage for hire 30. Not out 31. Bird homes 33. Helps little firms 34. Challengingly approaches 38. Taxis 40. 007’s creator 41. Scoundrels 45. Landed properties 49. Dash 50. Yemen capital 52. Atomic #89 54. One point E of due S 55. Kilocalorie (abbr.) 56. Ed Murrow’s home 58. A braid 60. Czech writer Karel 62. Examines in detail 66. W. Rumania city on the Muresel 67. A citizen of Oman 68. Cain’s brother 70. Add alcohol beverages 71. N. Swedish lake & river 72. Fury 73. Prohibition 74. Birthday sweet 75. Frozen rain

You know how to earn your stripes. But don’t forget: the more you learn, the more you earn.

Ten years ago, I relocated here from New York to get away from the cold winters and enjoy the beauty of the Lowcountry. ...Can you blame me?

Diggle Publishing Company, accepts free three-line personal* classified ads from active duty, reserve and retired military personnel and their dependents.

12” Thick Pillowtop mattress Set. Never opened, still in plastic. Must sell ASAP. Was $600, Sell $245. Call Keith, 843-375-5908.

See the Answers, Page 16

Do you know me?

www.charlestonmilitary.c om fax 856-0358 Diggle Publishing PO Box 2016, Mt. Pleasant SC 29465 843-412-5861

Grey Leather LR set;sofa,loveseat;2 endtables cof tble;2 lamps;rug+mat: din set w/4 chairs. $850. Call Kenneth 843-771-2802

2000 Ford Mustang 5spd manual transmission V6. Black good condition, a/c and heat works great, $4100obo call 843-693-2604

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One ad per military family per issue. Ads which do not adhere to submission guidelines may be rejected without notice.

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PEPPERHILL-3br 1 1/2 ba brick house, fenced yard. new paint/carpet, near I-26, AFB, mall. $950+dep, 200 off military - 843.767.0112


I own two companies Centerline Builders and Centerline Plumbing. With over 25 years of custom home building experience and over 30 years of plumbing experience, I can do it all.

Deadline to submit an ad is 9 a.m. Monday morning - no exceptions - ads printed on a first come-first serve, space available basis

CLUES DOWN 1. Time in the central U.S. 2. Garden digger 3. The content of cognition 4. Indian shot lily 5. Pop star Ciccone 6. “l836 siege” of U.S. 7. Murdered by Manson 8. An equal exchange 9. M M M 10. Insures bank’s depositors 11. Indication of superior status 12. Large groups 16. Chip stone with sharp blows 21. ___ Lanka 22. Fat for birds 25. The brain and spinal cord 27. Reciprocal of a sine 28. Goat and camel hair fabric 29. Founder of Babism 32. Strategic Supply Chain 35. Former OSS 36. Feline mammal 37. Smallest whole number 39. Brunei monetary unit 42. Public promotions 43. Tap gently 44. The woman 46. Terminate someone’s job 47. The bill in a restaurant 48. Rushes out to attack 50. Divine Egyptian beetle 51. Llama with long silky fleece 53. A coral reef off of S. Florida 55. 1000 calories 57. A S. Pacific island group 58. A special finish for velvet 59. Former Russian rulers 61. Home of Adam & Eve 63. Informer (British) 64. Israeli politician Abba 65. Lily flower of Utah 67. Securities market 69. Soul singer Rawls

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Reach the local military with you r message. Y our ad could g o here! Call 972-2356 today or visit www.Charleston

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