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Patriot Vol. 2, No. 41
Team Charleston – One Family, One Mission, One Fight!
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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
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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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The Patriot • October 21, 2011
SECAF visits Joint Base Charleston
U.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Nicole Mickle
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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Team Charleston leadership view aircraft metals technology equipment with Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley during his visit Joint Base Charleston Oct. 18. Donley is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of more than 334,000 active duty men and women, 176,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve and 170,000 civilians and their families. The 437th Maintenance Squadron’s metals shop is responsible for designing, welding, fabricating and creating machining parts for aerospace equipment.
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The Patriot â€˘ October 21, 2011
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.
purchase at the event through a third party vendor. Registration for the run is online at active.com, and can be found by searching "3rd Annual 437th Airlift Wing Run the Runway 5K.â€? Registration closes Nov. 4 or after the maximum number of participants have registered. The race will be capped at 1,000 participants. Early packet pickup for civilians is Nov. 9 at the Holiday Inn Express, 7670 Northwoods Blvd, North Charleston from
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.
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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The Patriot • October 21, 2011
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.
“It’s important to encourage young people to make responsible choices,” said Stephens. “The goal is to inspire the community to live a drug free life.” "The Drug Demand Reduction Program is designed to deter as well as prevent illegal drug use," said Stephens. "We have the added responsibility of conducting outreach and prevention activities and the Red Ribbon Campaign is one of the ways we do this." The National Family Partnership encourages parents to play a significant role in their child's life and take their pledge to prevent children's substance abuse. TRICARE Public Affairs contributed to this article.
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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The Patriot â€˘ October 21, 2011
AMC offers incentives for ideas during Energy Awareness Month By Capt. Kathleen Ferrero Air Mobility Command Public Affairs SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. â€“ Air Mobility Command is offering free incentives for energy-saving ideas during its second annual Fuels, Energy, and Environment Idea Campaign Oct. 1 through 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, 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 at Joint Base Charleston, contact Tech Sgt. Antwon Parker, 628th Force S u p p o r t Squadron Manpower Analyst/IDEA program manager at 963-3073 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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