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Joint Base Charleston

Patriot Vol. 1, No. 4

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

Friday, October 22, 2010

U.S. Air Force photo/James M. Bowman

Sailors keep Weapons Station waterways secure - Master at Arms 1st Class Jacob Moore mans an M-60 machine gun while patrolling the waters of the Cooper River Oct. 19, 2010, on Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station, S.C. With the merging of the Weapons Station and the Air Base, the Security Department previously under Naval Weapons Station Charleston now operates under the 628th Security Forces Squadron. The members of the 628 SFS on the Weapons Station patrol the waters of the Cooper River 24/7 to provide protection for facilities along the shoreline. See more photos, page 6.


JB CHS spouses experience thrill of flight on C-17 See page 9

WARNING Penalties to increase for phone use while driving

Last call for Military Ball By Eric Sesit Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs It still isn't too late to get your tickets to the Joint Base Charleston Military Ball. In fact, tickets will be on sale through the end of the day Oct. 22. This year's ball is being held at the North Charleston Convention Center, Saturday, Oct. 23, with cocktails beginning at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The ceremony for this year's celebration will include the best traditions from both Air Force and Navy. The guest speaker will be Medal of Honor recipient, Marine Corps Major Gen. (Ret.) James Livingston. Music for the evening will be provided by local band The Cool,

which will be playing hits from the last four decades. On-site child care will be available at $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child. Additionally, government room rates will apply for those wishing to spend the evening. A shuttle will provide round-trip transportation to the ball from both the Air Base and Weapons Station Commissaries starting at 5 p.m. for people who don't wish to drive. Tickets for the event can be purchased through Information, Tickets and Tours on the Weapons Station and through the 628th Air Base Wing Protocol office on the Air Base. ITT on the Weapons Station can be reached at 764-2120. The 628 ABW Protocol office can be reached at 963-8002.

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JB CHS tops charts for CFC; United Way drive to continue through fall By Staff Sgt. Daniel Bowles Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Contractors team with military to keep mission moving See page 12

FLU SEASON Latest information on vaccinations See page 3

Between Sept. 9 and Oct. 15, Joint Base Charleston participated in the single largest campaign in the U.S. to give aid during the Combined Federal Campaign, surpassing the base’s goal by nearly $50,000. The total offering has already exceeded $174,000. Figures are not yet final, but one thing is for sure – Joint Base Charleston is ahead in Air Mobility Command. “We were the first to have 100 percent contact, and we were the first to finish our campaign,” said Maj. William Skinner, the base CFC

project manager. “We finished about a month before everybody else, which was sooner than some bases had started.” In addition, the major received accolades from the United Way on this year’s campaign as having the best coordination and planning in more than a decade. “In fact, we had an airman first class, a crew chief, that donated $1,200 in cash,” he said, which placed the Airman in the “Keeper of the Light” category, the next tier above “Eagle Givers.” In all, the base had approximately 20 Keepers of the Light and 40 Eagle Givers, he said. While Joint Base Charleston members have

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helped to top the charts and surpass the base’s monetary goal, the campaign is still on through November outside the gates to make 2010 a record-breaking year for the Coastal Carolina Combined Federal Campaign. The major stressed that even though JB CHS’s campaign has come to a close, donations will still be accepted from those who missed their chance. “Just because our campaign is over, it’s not really an excuse not to donate,” he said. For those who may have missed the opportunity to give, Major Skinner will be available to assist in making a donation at 963-3813 or

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The Patriot • October 22, 2010


‘DePLAYment’ provides happy homecomings Joint Base Charleston Air Base & Weapons Station About The Patriot The Joint Base Charleston Patriot is published by Diggle Publishing Co., (843) 412-5861, a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Air Force or the U.S. Navy, under exclusive written contract with the 628th Air Base Wing. This civilian enterprise newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the military services and their families. Its contents are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Air Force or the Department of the Navy. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by DOD, Air Force, Navy or Diggle Publishing Company of the products or services advertised. Editorial content is edited, prepared, and provided by the 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office of Joint Base Charleston. All photographs are Air Force or Navy photographs unless otherwise indicated. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. The Publisher and Public Affairs offices of both bases reserve the right to refuse any advertisement deemed to be against DOD regulations or which may reflect poorly on the bases or personnel.

Deadlines The deadline for submitting stories for space-available publication is prior to noon of the Friday preceding the desired publication date. The Patriot staff reserves the right to edit all copy submitted for publication.

Editorial Content Questions and comments can be directed to the editor. The Patriot can be reached at: 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office, Building 302, Room 312. Phone: (843) 963-5608, Fax: (843) 963-3464 Mail to: 628 ABW/PA, 102 East Hill Blvd., Charleston AFB, SC 29404-5154. E-mail to: All news releases should be sent to this address.

By Lt. Col. (Dr.) Howard Givens 628th Medical Operations Squadron commander As part of the Year of the Air Force Family, the Air Force sponsored the DePLAYment Program, which ended July 31. Reports indicate that more than 10,000 families participated in the program with free access to base classes and sports programs for children of deployed military members as well as free and discounted family programs for the deployed members' entire family. Locally, some of the benefits enjoyed by participating families of deployed military members included: • Ten hours of free child care at the Child Development Center • Free annual Youth Center membership worth $30 • Up to $50 per child in free Tae Kwon Do or dance classes • Up to $50 per child in free team sports • Free Starlifter Lanes quarterly family bowling night • Free family ready golf clinics • Free family arts and crafts events, including pottery classes and scrapbooking classes • Free bicycle tour of historic Charleston • Free family canoe trip on Edisto River • Free family day trip to Darlington Motor Speedway's "Nationwide 200" In my experience, both as a physician and as a military member who has recently deployed, many families do not recognize the significant stress that a deployment will put on each person in a family - including the spouse and each child. Families are already busy with school, sports, and community activities and may plan to continue all their normal

Commander’s Action Line The Commander's Action Line is your direct link to me as the commander of Joint Base Charleston. I would ask that you first give the appropriate base agency a chance to solve the problem, but if you don't get a satisfactory answer, call me at 963-5581, or send an e-mail to This forum is your opportunity to make Joint Base Charleston a better place to live, work and play. This is also your venue to tell me how our Airmen, Sailors, Air Force and Navy Civilians and Contractors are supporting you as a customer. To ensure you receive a response to your concerns, please leave your name and the information needed to contact you. Question: The Commanders Action Line received a few phone calls with regards to the Medical Group Closure on Oct. 1 during the Full Operational Capability Event for Joint Base Charleston. The callers wanted to know why the Medical Group was closed and they

activities without considering the additional stressors associated with the deployment. A significant body of medical research exists which shows the physical and psychological impact that stressful life events can have on an individual. Most people recognize that traumatic events such as the death of a spouse or a divorce are stressful events that can lead to depression or physical illness. However, we often fail to recognize that a combination of less stressful events may also result in similar physical or mental symptoms. During a deployment for example, family members may experience stress related to separation from the military member, changes in responsibilities at home, and changes in recreation because the deployed family member is not available to participate. These stressors may not seem intimidating by themselves, but taken together and over a period of months, they begin to have an effect on the individual - and on the family. Each individual responds differently to stress in their life. Some children will be able to "soldier on" through a deployment with little apparent effect on their physical or psychological health. Other children in the same family may struggle at school or in relationships, have sleep difficulties or even physical illness while trying to cope with the stress of their parent's deployment. A good approach to a pending deployment is for the family to plan a variety of fun activities during the deployment - try including at least one activity for each family member. Ideally, the military family member will help plan these activities prior to the deployment and make sure that the family is connected to the on-base and community resources they will need. Even though the DePLAYment Program ended on July 31, many activities and events are available to families every day. Take advantage of these activities to help all members of the family cope with the inevitable stress of a deployment and make homecoming day happier and healthier for everyone.

were unable to gain access to the pharmacy. Additionally, the callers wanted to know why the pharmacy couldn't be open on Saturday's to accommodate the retiree population as well. Response: Thank you for your concerns about the closure of the Medical Group on Oct. 1. I authorized the closure of the Medical Group on Oct. 1 so that all of the Airmen and civilians were afforded the opportunity to witness a historic event for Joint Base Charleston. The closure was advertised via the base paper, base marquee and through our retiree affairs office, and we'll continue to explore other venues to ensure we reach 100 percent of our beneficiary population when medical care is affected. Our Medical Team has explored the option of opening up the clinic and pharmacy on Saturday's to support our beneficiaries. After the research, we determined we didn't have enough funding to keep a staff and all the support functions that work with the staff at the clinic on Saturday. Once again, thank you for contacting our Commander's Action Line! Col. Martha Meeker - Joint Base Charleston Commander

Editorial Staff 628 ABW commander Col. Martha Meeker Public Affairs Officer Scott Bassett Patriot Editor Staff Sgt. Daniel Bowles

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Career assistance tip By Master Sgt. Donald Leydig Career Assistance Advisor - Air Base Post 9/11 GI Bill Did you know that you are able to transfer this benefit to your dependents? Did you know that to be able to do this transfer you could incur an active-duty service commitment? The following is a breakdown on how many more years you will be required to transfer benefits: Retirement eligible before Aug. 1, 2009 = 0 years Retirement eligible between Aug. 2,

2009 - July 31, 2010 = one year Retirement eligible between Aug. 1, 2010 - July 31, 2011 = two years Retirement eligible between Aug.1, 2011 - July 31, 2012 = three years Retirement eligible after Aug. 1, 2012 = four years For more information about the Post 9/11 GI Bill or any other career decision you might have, please contact Master Sgt. Donny Leydig, Joint Base Charleston-Air Base's career advisor at 963-2768, or visit the Community of Practice "Joint Base Charleston's Professional Enhancement Center" website.

DIAMOND TIPS By Master Sgt. Timothy Smith 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron, first sergeant As the weather turns colder, service members are not to stand or walk with their hands in their pockets while in any combination, other than to insert or remove items. Additionally, service members are not to drink, eat or smoke while walking. Furthermore, do you know what your individual responsibilities are in accordance with Air Force Instruction 36-2903? These, along with your commander's authority are outlined in Chapter 1, Page 6 of this AFI. Remember, every time we put on our uniform, we represent something larger than ourselves.

JB CHS Hurricane Tip of the Week

Hurricane season will continue through November, with the highest probability of a major hurricane occurring between midAugust and the end of this month. Due to a hurricane's capacity for damage, preparation is the key to everyone's safety. Weekly hurricane tips provide need-to-know information for staying ahead of the weather and staying safe.

This week's hurricane tip is: Know the risks for living in the Charleston area, such as local flood zones. Call the numbers listed below for the county in which a home is located for information on flood zones. Berkeley County: 723-3800 Charleston County: 202-7200 Dorchester County: 832-0070

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Give your immune system the edge during flu season By Staff Sgt. Daniel Bowles Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs With peak season for influenza just around the corner, local vaccinations have begun. In an effort to keep Team Charleston on task and healthy, medical clinics on Joint Base Charleston have started administering the vaccine - both in mist and shot form. Influenza - better known as the flu - is an invisible enemy that strikes without warning, taking a sickly toll. Fever and headache are just the beginning. Aches and pains follow. Appetite is all but gone with the stomach discomfort that sets in and a runny nose with a sore throat doesn't help. Chills and sweats join with the other symptoms, making a myriad of misery that can last days. Contracting the flu is simple. Getting rid it, not so much. Whether spread from work to home or from home to school, the virus knows few boundaries. Fortunately, prevention can be as easy receiving an annual flu vaccination. The Center for Disease Control recommends annual vaccination as the most important step in protecting against the disease. The 2010-2011 flu vaccine is designed to protect against three main flu viruses: the H3N2 virus, the influenza B virus and the H1N1, previously called "swine flu," which emerged last flu season. The H1N1 virus caused the first influenza pandemic, a global outbreak of disease caused by a new flu virus, in more than 40 years. According to the CDC, flu epidemics occur each year, but the timing, severity, and length

depends on many factors. So, the CDC strongly recommends receiving the flu vaccine soon after it is available to benefit from the protection. On Joint Base Charleston, vaccination for activeduty and Reserve members is mandatory and must be administered at the 628th Medical Group Clinic or Naval Health Clinic Charleston. After receiving the vaccine, the clinic will provide the member documentation for their immunization record. For non-military members the vaccination is optional, but highly recommended. For those non-military members who wish to receive the vaccine from the 628 MDG Clinic, enough vaccine is currently stocked to service all approved customers, U.S. Navy photo/Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Jennifer Hudson which include military dependents, retirees and govern- The Center for Disease Control recommends an annual vacciment civilian employees with a valid Common Access nation as the most important step in protecting against the flu. Card. The clinic hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., On Joint Base Charleston, vaccination for active-duty and Monday through Friday. For more information, call Reserve members is mandatory and must be administered at the 628th Medical Group Clinic or Naval Health Clinic Immunizations at 963-6714 or 963-6719. Charleston. Additionally, all dependent and retiree TRICARE Appointments for vaccination by request at NHC beneficiaries may receive the vaccine in the local community at Charleston are currently limited to pediatric patients TRICARE-approved pharmacy locations. above the age of six months. Active-duty and Reserve military will be scheduled appointments by the clinic eficiaries may receive the vaccine in the local community through their unit. Walk-in vaccinations for military, depend- at TRICARE-approved pharmacy locations. Below is a ents, retirees and government civilians began Oct. 20. The listing of pharmacies in the Charleston area provided by clinic is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 the TRICARE office. Government civilians should not use p.m. For more information, call the Immunizations Clinic at the listing as a guide unless they are also covered under 794-6850 or Preventive Medicine at 794-6560. TRICARE, otherwise they will be billed at their own Additionally, all dependent and retiree TRICARE ben- expense.

TRICARE promotes mail-order pharmacy option By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – As TRICARE officials explore ways to control costs while continuing to provide the best health care possible, they're encouraging beneficiaries, especially those taking long-term medications, to get their prescriptions delivered to their doorsteps. Navy Rear Adm. Christine S. Hunter, deputy director for the TRICARE Management Activity, cited increased usage of the health care system's home delivery option as a win-win situation that saves patients, as well as the government, money. TRICARE's almost 9.7 million beneficiaries filled 10.5 million prescriptions through home delivery in 2009, officials noted. That's up from just more than nine million in 2007, but still represents only about eight percent of the 130 million prescriptions filled in 2009. Thirty-seven percent of those prescriptions, just over 48 million, were filled at military medical facilities, which is the least expensive delivery method for the Defense Department, and patients pay no copayment, Hunter said. But getting prescriptions filled at a military facility isn't always convenient for beneficiaries, who are increasingly turning to retail pharmacies within the TRICARE network. Last year, beneficiaries filled more than half of their prescriptions, 71.4 million, at retail pharmacies. This is the fastest-growing of the TRICARE delivery options, officials noted, up from more than 67 million retail pharmacy-provided prescriptions in 2008 and just under 63 million in 2007. While retail pharmacies may be convenient and often the best choice for patients needing short-term medications, Admiral Hunter noted that they're also the most expensive, all around. Beneficiaries pay the same co-payment for a 30-day supply of medication at the corner drugstore that they'd pay for a 90-day supply delivered through TRICARE's home-delivery option. "So the cost to them is one-third" using home delivery,"

Admiral Hunter said. "That's a real incentive there." "Mail order is the hands-down best choice even for those who value convenience over cost. I don't know how it gets more convenient than in your own mailbox at your house, not having to go anywhere to get your prescription," she said. TRICARE can mail-order prescriptions almost anywhere in the world, including deployment sites where specific medications may not be available. The only exceptions are extremely hot climates that may affect some temperature-sensitive drugs. In addition, beneficiaries who sign up for home delivery can get automatic refills, a big plus for anyone taking medications for a chronic, long-term condition. "We'll send you an e-mail saying, 'It looks like your refill is due. Unless you say you don't need it for some reason, we are going to ship it,'" Admiral Hunter said. That eliminates last-minute dashes to the drugstore when a prescription runs out, or worse, gaps before patients resume taking the drugs they need. "The key to staying healthy and using medications to help you manage your health is to take them," Admiral Hunter said. "And if you don't have them, you can't take them." Regardless of where beneficiaries get their medications, they're protected by a safety feature built into the TRICARE pharmacy program, Admiral Hunter said. The patient data transaction service monitors the medications every TRICARE beneficiary receives to flag potential adverse drug interactions or allergic reactions. "Both the military services and TRICARE are very focused on prevention and keeping people healthy," Admiral Hunter said. "All of these programs are designed to support patients partnering with us to stay healthy." Partnering is a new emphasis in health care, she said, with patients playing an increasingly key role in their health. "We are really moving toward partnering for health, and giving you the information and the services you need to be active and healthy for as long as possible," Admiral Hunter said.

Extended dependent coverage up to age 26 Courtesy of 628th Medical Group Have you wondered how the changes to civilian health plans will affect the TRICARE coverage as it pertains to the age 26 changes? The TRICARE Management Activity has issued the following information to clarify the status of these changes. Please be aware, this is not currently a TRICARE covered benefit even though it was implemented Sept. 23,

2010 in the civilian sector. The recent Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111148) requires civilian health plans that provide medical coverage to children to make that coverage available until the child turns 26 years of age. The act did not give the Department of Defense the authority to offer this benefit through TRICARE. There are provisions in the pending National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2011 that would extend

dependent medical coverage up to age 26 via a premium-based program. If enacted into law, the Department of Defense will make every effort to implement its provisions as soon as possible. We at TRICARE are proud to serve our nation's military heroes and their families and are committed to providing them the best possible health care. Please check the TRICARE website at for more information as it becomes available.

Alternate flu vaccination pharmacy list No Age Restrictions Medcare Express - 8720 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston, (843) 552-3629 No Age Restriction $25 Copay Palmetto Primary Care - 2550 Elms Center Rd., North Charleston, (843) 5727727 West Ashley Family Medicine - 1483 Tobias Blvd., Charleston, (843) 402-0367 Age Restricted to 4 Years and Older Costco - 3050 Ashey Towne Center, Charleston, (843)763-0756 Heath First Rapid Care - 8740 Rivers Ave., North Charleston (843) 572-5990 Option 4 Age Restricted to 18 Years and Older CVS - 2152 Savannah Hwy., Charleston, (843) 556-8974 - 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston, (843) 556-9295 - 1015 King St., Charleston, (843) 723-9481 - 4400 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston, (843) 744-1915 - 5215 Ashley Phosphate Rd., North Charleston, (843) 767-4500 - 1506 East Montague Ave., North Charleston, (843) 5548867 - 65 Sycamore Ave., Charleston, (843) 571-4461 - 2566 Ashley River Rd., North Charleston, (843) 5716567 - 59 George St., Charleston, (843) 720-8523

- 1739 Maybank Rd., Charleston, (843) 795-0792 - 983 Harborview Rd., Charleston, (843) 795-3216 - 8995 University Blvd., North Charleston, (843) 4140701 Publix - 520 Folly Rd., Charleston (843) 762-5676 - 8409 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston (843) 767-5975 Kmart - 1535 Savannah Hwy., Charleston, (843) 766-2366 - 8571 Rivers Ave., Charleston, (843) 863-762-5676 Target 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston, (843) 763-0756 - 7250 Rivers Ave., North Charleston (843) 572-8918 Plantation Pharmacy - 531 Wappoo Rd., Charleston, (843) 556-1994 Delta Pharmacy and Medical Supply 320 E. Bay St, Suite A, Charleston, (843) 937-0960 Walgreens - 907 Folly Rd., James Island, (843) 795-5452 - 1861 Remount Rd., North Charleston, (843) 740-6977 - 4975 Lacross Rd., Charleston, (843) 529-2514 - 8395 Dorchester Rd., Ladson, (843) 207-1578 Rite Aid - 1115 Old Town Rd., Charleston, (843) 766-5593 - 1934 Ashley River Rd., Summerville, (843) 5566551 - 325 Folly Rd., Charleston, (843) 795-7956 - 1195 Remount Rd., North Charleston, (843) 744-8896 - 334 East Bay St., Charleston, (843) 723-0263 - 261 Calhoun St., Charleston, (843) 805-6022

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The Patriot • October 22, 2010

Texting and chatting while driving? Think twice By Eric Sesit Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The first offense will result in an Armed Forces Traffic Ticket, three driving record points for cell phone infractions, four Despite numerous public awareness points for seat belts and an 18-calendar campaigns, many base personnel continue day suspension of driving privileges on to insist on driving while texting or talking any installation. on cell phones, and despite statistics showA second offense will cost an additional ing seatbelts save lives, many drivers are AFTT four-point ticket and a 90-day susstill flexing their personal freedom by not pension of driving privileges. wearing proper seatbelt restraints. If the first two punishments don't get a In order to combat this disturbing trend, person's attention and they are caught a Joint Base Charleston will be implement- third time, the individual will be hit with ing a new policy dealing with offenders, an AFTT five-point ticket and a full oneNov. 1, 2010. year suspension of driving privileges on If caught driving on Joint Base any installation. Charleston, either the Navy or Air Force If at any time an individual is found to be side, without a seatbelt, or while texting or operating a vehicle while under suspension, using a cell phone without a hands-free an automatic two-year revocation of driving device, the consequences will be severe. privileges on any installation will immediately be invoked. These measures are instituted to emphasize the importance of the law and the safety of all JB CHS military and civilian members. The policy goes into effect Nov. 1, and applies to everyone entering the installations. Avoid the hassle and humiliation of not being able to drive on base. Buckle-up and remember to use a proper restraint device for children. If you have to text or talk on the phone, pull over or invest in a hands-free device. U.S. Air Force photo illustration

AF starts migration of information, services to new total-force website By Staff Sgt. Steve Grever DCS, Manpower, Personnel and Services RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Air Force personnel specialists are in the process of migrating personnel information and services to the new Air Force Personnel Services website. The transfer aims to move the Air Force toward its goal of establishing a single, online knowledge base for active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, civilian members and retirees. "The Air Force is transforming the delivery of personnel information and services for total force Airmen through responsive, effective and modernized processes and capabilities," said Chief of the Air Force Manpower and Personnel Program Integration Office Col. Steven Talley. "The new website incorporates total force personnel information -- what we call knowledge -- and makes it available to all Airmen, online." Each Air Force component did its part in the overall planning, coordination and execution phases of migrating more than 3,400 total force knowledge articles to the personnel services website, said Tom Oates, AFPC's knowledge management branch chief for the active-duty component "We reconfigured the website to have the capability to serve all total-force Airmen and retirees," Mr. Oates said. "The website reconfiguration plan included modifying our existing drop-down menus, specific customer segment menus and categories for knowledge articles to accommodate total-force component content." The new knowledge base is designed to offer "one-stop-shopping" for personnel information and services for customers. Knowledge articles from all components continue to be phased into the new website as they are updated and approved by component representatives, offering the most current and applicable information for customers, according to Senior Master Sgt. George Macaluso, Air Force Reserve knowledge management operations superintendent. The consolidation of personnel information will ensure total force Airmen have only one official source to receive personnel-related content. Currently, there are numerous online resources for personnel information, and the content is not standardized for customers, said Thomas Pague, Air National Guard Personnel Services Delivery Transformation documentation management chief "We worked together to make the collaboration happen for all rather than focus on one component," Mr. Pague said.

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Air Force gears up with Eagle Eyes in full force By Special Agent Jonathan Nelson Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 310 Recent news reporting has focused on the possibility of terrorists attacks occurring around the world. As members of team Joint Base Charleston who contribute to the greater Department of Defense mission, it's incumbent upon all of us to always remain vigilant. One of the best ways to ensure vigilance contributes to security is Eagle Eyes. Eagle Eyes, is a "global neighborhood watch program" created to promote an aware and involved community. The program encourages those on, as well as those off base, to be aware of the planning activities of a terrorist attack and to report them. Eagle Eyes ensures the community knows what to look for and how to report suspicious activity because with a well-informed community, terrorist acts can be prevented or at least mitigated. The first important element to be aware of is surveillance. Overt surveillance may involve a person standing outside the gate jotting down notes or drawing a rough map, taking pictures, or using binoculars or other vision-enhancing devices. However, some surveillance is more covert, such as a "broken down" car in a place that allows its occupants the ability to observe on-base activities while waiting for "help." In order to plan an attack, terrorists must acquire information about the base and its personnel. In the early stages this can be done by reading published information or searching the Internet, but at some point the terrorists will try to obtain undisclosed information; this is usually done through elicitation, which is the attempt to obtain security-related information without the proper clearance or need to know. Elicitation may occur by phone, fax, e-mail,

"snail" mail, or in person. A terrorist may call and pose as an Air Force member, asking to speak to a high-ranking Air Force official to find out if he or she is deployed or away from base. A stranger may approach an Air Force member in uniform at an off base restaurant and, feigning curiosity, strike up a conversation. The third stage of planning a terrorist attack involves tests of security. This occurs when the terrorists attempt to measure the base's security reaction time and to assess its strengths or weaknesses. This may include someone driving at a high speed toward the gate to gauge the guards' reactions or it may involve a person hopping the fence and seeing how long he or she can elude the guards. At this stage, terrorists are interested in finding out the capability of the security they are up against, and how much they can get away with. The very last step before a terrorist attack is the dry run. This is when the terrorists rehearse their plan, map out routes, and determine the timing and flow of their attack. After the rehearsal, the terrorists deploy their assets and get into position. At this point, they are putting on their masks and readying themselves to carry out their mission. This is the last opportunity to catch the terrorists before the attack , so it is crucial to alert authorities immediately. Law enforcement officers cannot be everywhere, so they need the eyes and ears of the entire community -- active duty, guard and reserve, military family members, civilian employees, defense contractors, merchants, neighborhoods, churches, schools, and civic groups. The community's assistance is critical in protecting the base, the community, and the country. Anyone observing anything out of the norm or suspicious, on or off base, should report it immediately to the 628th Security Force Squadron, available 24 hours a day at 963-3600.

The Patriot • October 22, 2010


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Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Nicholas Green steers a security boat while patrolling the waters of the Cooper River Oct. 19, 2010, on Joint Base CharlestonWeapons Station, S.C. MA2 Green and his team on the Weapons Station also provides landbased security for the entire Weapons Station. MA2 Green is a security forces member with the 628th Security Forces Squadron. U.S. Air Force photos/James M. Bowman

Master at Arms 1st Class Jacob Moore and Master at Arms 2nd Class Nicholas Green patrol the waters of the Cooper River Oct. 19, 2010, on Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station, S.C. The merging of operations for the Navy and Air Force has combined some of the operating instructions for Sailors performing security on the Weapons Station, but their day-to-day mission has remained the same, providing security and patrol along the Cooper River and its tributaries. Both MA1 Moore and MA2 Green are security forces members with the 628th Security Forces Squadron.

Family Care Plan change addresses custody questions By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON - A recent change in Defense Department policy highlights why service members and deployable civilians who also are custodial parents may want to seek legal help in arranging their children's care during deployment. DOD Instruction 1342.19, "Family Care Plans," was revised in May to require such plans from troops and expeditionary civilians who have legal custody or joint custody of a minor child. The new policy requires these parents to attempt to obtain the consent of the noncustodial or adoptive parent to any family care plan that would leave the child in the custody of a third party. "We hadn't even required those people who were married, but had a blended family, to even consider what's going to happen to that child when they're [deployed]. You can't just assume that the child will be placed with a new spouse, because you've got another parent in the picture," a Pentagon legal spokesman said. "Our new policy is focused on ensuring the noncustodial biological parent is contacted, and that [deploying service members and civilians] discuss arrangements with that person." Army Col. Shawn Shumake, director of the Pentagon's office of legal policy, said many servicemembers may believe mistakenly that their family care plans allow them to transfer temporary custody to a child's stepparent or grandparent during a deployment. But when another biological parent is in the picture, state courts have unani-

mously ruled that a parent's custodial rights take precedence. "If you see that there's going to be a conflict [over custody], then you need to go into court before you deploy, and get the court to resolve any issues," Colonel Shumake said. While developing a family care plan, filers identify short- and long-term care providers, supply documentation of financial arrangements ensuring the self-sufficiency of family members, complete transportation arrangements and designate escorts for family members, and otherwise prove their families' needs will be met during their absence. Each military branch has its own regulation covering family care plans, and the services are revising those regulations to comply with the DOD instruction, Colonel Shumake said. The instruction, originally published in 1992, initially applied only to single-parent service members. Beginning in 2008, dual-military couples with children were required to file such a plan. The policy now applies to: • Service members and civilian expeditionary work force members who have legal custody or joint custody of a minor child; • Single parents; • Dual-service couples with dependent family members under the age of 19; and • Service members and expeditionary civilians legally responsible for others of any age who are unable to care for themselves in their absence.

The revised instruction also incorporates Section 556 of Senate Report 111-35, National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2010, which advises the Defense Department to: • Ensure that commanders inform service members of the overriding authority of state courts to determine child custody arrangements; • Strongly encourage service members to seek legal assistance; and • Advise service members that failure to inform the noncustodial parent about the family care plan in anticipation of an absence can undermine the family care plan or even render it useless. More than half of the 2.2 million U.S. men and women serving in the military are married, and 43.7 percent of the active duty force has at least one child. More than 1.7 million American children under the age of 18 have at least one parent in the military. Colonel Shumake said service members in such families, and their civilian counterparts, carry a dual responsibility. "You've got to ensure the mission can be accomplished. But of course, we can't have our folks deploying and leaving children unattended," he said. "The push behind the family care plan is to get people to think about, in a logical, established way ... how to take care of the children, and who they're going to leave them with, and to come up with contingency plans. "It's taking care of the mission," he continued, "but it's also making sure you can be a good, responsible parent."

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Chantil Stoddard looks out the C-17's window during a spouse orientation flight, Oct 16. The event was held to familiarize military spouses with their Airman's job and showcase the unit's mission. Mrs. Stoddard is the wife of 1st Lt. Eric Stoddard, a pilot with the 15th Airlift Squadron. Capt. Justin Jarrell shows Chantil Stoddard a map of the area where the aircraft was flying during the spouse orientation flight, Oct. 16. Captain Jarrell is a pilot with the 17th Airlift Squadron and Mrs. Stoddard is the wife of 1st Lt. Eric Stoddard, a pilot with the 15th Airlift Squadron.

Spouses watch as a C-17 aircraft taxis after landing on Joint Base Charleston-Air Base. More than 60 spouses were given the opportunity to take a spouse orientation flight to learn what their spouse's job entailed during a routine training flight onboard a Charleston C-17, Oct. 16.

Janelle Yarolimek shows her husband, 1st Lt. Nate Yarolimek, photographs she took during a spouse orientation flight, Oct. 16. The event was held to integrate new members and spouses with the team and to familiarize them with their spouse's job. Lieutenant Yarolimek is a member of the 16th Airlift Squadron.

Airlift squadrons from the 437th Operations Group hosted a spouse's orientation flight, taking more than 60 spouses on a flight from Joint Base Charleston-Air Base to the North training fields onboard a C-17 and allowing them an inside look at training and the daily operations performed by their spouses, Oct. 16.

Rachel Kerr dons a safety harness in preparation for landing at Joint Base Charleston-Air Base after a spouse orientation flight onboard a Charleston C-17, Oct. 16. The orientation flight is a way to familiarize spouses with their military member's job and help educate them on the Airlift mission. Mrs. Kerr is the wife of Capt. Rick Kerr, a member of the 16th Airlift Squadron.


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NATO partners strengthen bonds with Airmen through discussion KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Senior NCOs met with NATO partners Oct. 13 for a panel discussion to gain insight on other nations' military standards, customs and courtesies, and traditions. In addition to the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and Belgium were represented at the panel. The American SNCOs took turns asking questions to the panel to get a better understanding of how the other militaries operate. "The biggest benefit to the panel was the audience's understanding that as much as the military services are different in so many ways, we do share some of the same challenges," said Chief Master Sgt. Antonio Hickey, the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing command chief. "The concerns regarding promotions, performance reports and fitness were very similar to what we experience in the Air Force." The members covered a variety of topics including their retirement plans, time of serv-

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ice, type of education mandated for promotion, warrant officer programs, whether their local population supports their troops and several other points. "The other take away for many was the discussion on enlisted development through education and professional military education," Chief Hickey said. "We all gained some very good insight into the various programs and requirements of the other services. I think many walked away with a renewed respect for the education and training of our enlisted counterparts." Another topic discussed was which attributes NATO partners would like to adopt from the U.S. military. They agreed on one general point: the way U.S. military takes care of its service members and the high-quality equipment they receive. "Support your guys ... keep taking care of them," said Belgian air force Chief Warrant Officer Dirk Knuts. "We may have great planes in our military, but when it comes down to taking care of the people working on (them), that's a different story." With a base population of nearly 30,000 people representing dozens of countries, Airmen at the board found the information shared at the panel useful. On any given day, people on base are bound to cross paths with people in all sorts of camouflage uniforms from many different countries. "I hope this was rewarding for them, because it was great getting to share the information about our services," said Canadian Forces Petty Officer 1st Class Martin Cashin. "Now, (it would) be interesting to see how the Americans do things. I would like to do a panel where they answer the questions we have."

CNO releases 2011 guidance WASHINGTON - The Chief of Naval Operations released his Guidance for 2011 to the fleet Oct. 18. Adm. Gary Roughead's CNO Guidance emphasizes the important issues regarding the future of naval operations. CNOG reaffirms Admiral Roughead's three focus areas: to build the future force, maintain the Navy's warfighting readiness, and develop and support Sailors, Navy civilians and their families. In the guidance, Admiral Roughead addresses a multitude of issues including maritime strategy, operational tempo, building and sustaining strong international relationships, maintaining a competency-based and mission-focused force and the importance of science and technology initiatives. The current CNOG continues to emphasize the CNO's 18 intentions with a focus on five specific areas: continue to be the dominant, ready naval force across all maritime missions; build a Navy with appropriate force structure and strategic laydown; maintain decision superiority; align the requirements, resources and acquisition processes; and evolve and establish international relationships.


Get to know a civilian Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Billham Pay Grade: Civilian, GS-11 Unit/Job: 628th Contracting Squadron, Services Flight contracting officer for both small and large dollar contracting actions. Age: 59 Married? Yes. I am married to Senior Master Sgt. (Ret.) Darrell J. Billham, who I met while serving in the active-duty Air Force. Children: I have a daughter, Renee Billham and a stepson, Darrell G. Billham. I also have two awesome grandchildren, Amber Billham and Brian Billham. Pets: I have a Maine Coon cat named “Annie” after Little Orphan Annie. She appeared on my doorstep one morning and chose to never leave; I think she adopted me. Favorite Activity: I love to travel and plan to do lots of that after I retire Oct. 31, 2010. But I can truly say that after serving 37 years of combined military and civilian service, my passion and heart is to do all I can to support our men and women who have served and are still serving in our armed forces through the Daughters of the American Revolution. Favorite Quote: “Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.” – Albert Einstein What is one thing you are proud to have accomplished while at Joint Base Charleston? I am so very proud to have worked with one of the greatest contracting squadrons in the Air Force. It is very rewarding to me to work with all our Joint Base Charleston customers. I am so proud to have the opportunity to purchase the services and items that are necessary to meet their vital missions. What has been your favorite assignment in the military? Charleston Air Force Base. I arrived at Charleston in 1978 while on active duty in the Air Force. I have a special place in my heart for Charleston because of the warm hospitality of the area and great friends I have made here. My husband and I met at Charleston and we will retire here. Favorite task within your specialty/rate: Within the contracting career field, I think the most important task is to be able to keep the communication lines open. I have always enjoyed meeting my customers and establishing a working-team relationship to assure them our squadron’s support. By having that attitude, I have made many great long-lasting friends and met many outstanding people.

This week in Navy history Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

more than 60,000 Army troops on Leyte, Philippines, while Japanese aircraft attack.

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

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

Oct 18, 1859 - U.S. Marines reach Harper's Ferry, Va., and assault the arsenal seized by John Brown and his followers. Oct. 19, 1944 - Secretary of the Navy orders African-American women accepted into the Naval Reserve. Oct. 20, 1944 - The 7th Fleet lands

Oct. 22, 1962 President John F. Kennedy orders a surface blockade (quarantine) of Cuba to prevent Soviet offensive weapons from reaching Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Oct. 23, 1983 - Terrorist bombing of Marine barracks at Beirut airport in Lebanon kills 241 members of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit.


The Patriot • October 22, 2010


Civilian contractors spot for a driver as he tows a CH-47 helicopter to a temporary storage lot at the TC dock Oct. 14, 2010, on Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station, S.C. The CH-47 Chinook's primary roles are troop movement, artillery emplacement and battlefield resupply and can travel at speeds above 155 miles per hour.

Helicopters float from port to port Chief Warrant Officer 2 Glen Simpson watches over a CH-47 and it's crew as it's off-loaded at the TC dock, Oct. 14, 2010, on Joint Base Charleston Weapons Station, S.C. The average travel time from over-seas to the U.S. for most cargo vessels is three weeks but can vary depending on weather and location of ports. CW2 Simpson is the mobility warrant officer and operations chief with the Army's 841st Transportation Battalion.

CH-47 Helicopters sit on a temporary storage lot until contractors can inspect and reassembled them for further transport at the TC dock Oct. 14, 2010, on Joint Base Charleston Weapons Station, S.C. The CH-47 Chinook is a twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter that was designed by Boeing Vertol in the early 1960s.

Civilian contractors detach CH-47 helicopters from the hull of a commercial cargo ship at the TC dock Oct. 14, 2010, on Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station, S.C. Contractors off-loaded eight CH-47 helicopters in just under two hours to be inspected and reassembled with blades and other parts for transportation.

Photos by Senior Airman Timothy Taylor

A civilian contractor signals for spotters to move the CH-47 forward down the off-ramp at the TC dock Oct. 14, 2010, on Joint Base CharlestonWeapons Station, S.C. Different cargo vessels have smaller or larger storage capacities and require different lengths of time for offloading. Some of the larger vessels arrive at the docks with more than 1,900 pieces of equipment and can take more than two weeks to off-load.

A civilian contractor signals for spotters to move the CH-47 forward down the off-ramp at the TC dock Oct. 14, 2010, on Joint Base Charleston Weapons Station, S.C. The TC dock is open to cargo vessels dock around the clock but only offloads and on-loads cargo during a 12-hour window.

AROUND Officials tout post-9/11 GI Bill benefits WASHINGTON – With more than 260,000 students attending about 6,000 colleges and universities this fall under the Post9/11 GI Bill, officials are continuing an active outreach effort to ensure current military members and veterans don't miss out on the new program's education benefits. Participation is up significantly from last year, when 180,000 students used Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to start the fall 2009 semester, Keith Wilson, director of education service for the Veterans Benefits Administration, told American Forces Press Service. For the first time since the U.S. government offered the original GI Bill benefits after World War II, about 50,000 of the students covered have been family members – wives, husbands and children of enrollees. This "transferability" feature was a big draw of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Defense Department officials said, and remains an important recruiting and retention incentive. Last week, Pentagon Personnel Chief Clifford Stanley and the service recruiting chiefs called the education benefit a huge factor in helping them achieve recruiting and retention successes in fiscal 2010. The vast majority of the students currently taking advantage of GI Bill benefits attend public universities. However, Mr. Wilson said, there is continued growth within the Yellow Ribbon program that enables students to attend some of the country's most prestigious and high-end private schools. The 3,000 participating colleges and universities agree to waive or offset up to 50 percent of costs above the highest public instate undergraduate rate, and the Veterans Affairs Department matches the same amount. As VA officials laud the Post 9/11 GI Bill's popularity and growth, officials are continuing to tweak the systems that drive it to make them faster, more responsive and more customer-friendly. Last fall, as VA experienced some "hiccups" rolling out the new benefit, it took an average of 48 days to issue payments after receiving enrollment notification from a college of university, Mr. Wilson said. This fall, he said, it took about 17 days. "We have experienced a fundamental improvement in our ability to pay people timely," Mr. Wilson said. "But we hope to cut it down even more. What we would like to see is a 10-day turnaround on these things, and we are confident we will get there."

• Through the normal program and budget process Gates seeks to shift $100 billion "from overhead accounts into warfighting accounts," Lynn said, "from tail to tooth." • Secretary Gates also seeks outside advice from advisory boards, think tanks and DOD employees "on how we might get more efficient," Secretary Lynn said, noting DOD employees have supplied 15,000 ideas. • A process-reform track targets the acquisition process and seeks "to develop more efficiencies and a more effective way of buying equipment," Secretary Lynn said. Ashton B. Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, is leading the acquisition reform effort. • Secretary Gates also announced a series of initiatives to reduce headquarters, Secretary Lynn said, "to reduce flag and general officers as well as [Senior Executive Service] employees, to reduce support contractors, to eliminate unnecessary boards and commissions and a variety of other efforts, to develop greater operational agility and to reduce layers, overlap and bureaucracy in the department." Efficiencies alone "won't be enough to get the $100 billion in saving the secretary is seeking," Secretary Lynn said. "What we're going to need to do is eliminate some lowerpriority functions and tasks and organizations to get that kind of savings." Standing down the U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., is "one of the important elements," Secretary Lynn said, in achieving cost efficiencies. "The secretary feels very strongly that we need to eliminate excess headquarters, excess bureaucracy [and] unnecessary layers and the Joint Forces Command is one of the signature efforts in that regard," he said. The biggest challenge in instilling a culture of savings at the department is changing the way people think, Secretary Lynn said. "We've been the last decade in an era of pretty substantial budget increases and we're probably not going to [continue to] have those," he said. "We need to change people's thinking so they think about the costs of things they're doing as well as the value ...



The Patriot • October 22, 2010

It's the biggest challenge, but it's probably the most important endeavor."

Defense Department launches online sponsor program WASHINGTON – The Defense Department has launched an online sponsor training and resource tool intended to boost the quality of the decades-old sponsor program and better assist relocating service members and their families, a defense official said. The sponsor program connects incoming service members with a trained sponsor, typically a service member of similar rank and job position, at the gaining installation. Sponsors operate as the unit’s “welcome wagon,” assisting families with everything from lodging and schools to spouse employment opportunities and housing, explained Barbara Thompson, director of the Pentagon’s office of family policy/children and youth. Previously, the sponsor program was “hit or miss” across the services, Ms. Thompson noted. The mandatory program is run, not at the service or base level, but the unit level, she said, and as a result, the quality of training and program management varied significantly. Now, through the e-Sponsorship Application and Training site, or e-SAT, leaders can ensure all sponsors are uniformly trained and equipped to provide top-notch assistance to families, she said. The site offers sponsors a one-stop-shop resource for information, including training, links to relocation resources and an e-mail function designed to facilitate communication between sponsors and incoming families. “It’s a fact of life that over a military lifecycle, a family will move every two to three years,” Ms. Thompson said. “That’s a lot of upheaval. Our families need support to make sure each move goes smoothly.” A spouse, for instance, who is looking for

an area dry cleaner or handyman, can go online and ask the sponsor for recommendations. “It’s always helpful to be connected to someone who knows the area,” Ms. Thompson said. The sponsor, she said, also can create a quick connection between the family and their relocation manager, who supports the relocation process and adds another layer of support. To ensure the program runs smoothly, the application allows unit leaders to review the information flow between sponsor and newcomer, and to intervene if necessary, Ms. Thompson said. “We tried to produce something that will be very helpful to our families and sponsors,” she said. “Before, there may have been training, but we didn’t know what that training included or whether it was effective. Now, there’s a learning objective and the information that sponsors need to better support the individual needs of families.” Officials “soft launched” the program in March, and since then more than 10,600 sponsors have taken the online training. “And that’s without advertising,” Ms. Thompson said, noting that the success points to a clear need. “We are learning how to leverage technology better than ever before while boosting efficiency in the process,” she said, “It avoids each service having to go out and create its own program,” Ms. Thompson said. “Whether you’re at a joint base or dealing with a different service, you’re getting the same information.” Families who haven’t been assigned a sponsor can request one online by visiting Military Installations at or Plan My Move at The application is part of a series of new online resources the department has created to improve the relocation experiences of service members and their families, Ms. Thompson said. Next up, department officials are looking at launching a similar application for military children on the move, she added.

On patrol night and day

Spending reforms top Defense priorities WASHINGTON – The Pentagon should start seeing results from major spending reforms Defense Secretary Robert Gates launched this summer, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn III said. The entire Defense Department is working to change the way it does business to become more efficient, Secretary Lynn said during an Oct. 14 Pentagon Channel interview. "There's great work going on in the Pentagon," he said. "All of the military departments, all of the combatant commands and all of the various agencies and organizations throughout the Defense Department are working very hard to achieve what the secretary has asked them to do. The top-priority spending reforms began in 2009 with an effort to change the department's approach to military acquisition and continued in May, when Secretary Gates directed DOD "to take a hard and unsparing look at how the department is staffed, organized and operated," the secretary said during a Sept. 8 news conference. Secretary Gates said he concluded that defense military and civilian headquarters and support bureaucracies "have swelled to cumbersome and top-heavy proportions, grown over-reliant on contractors, and grown accustomed to operating with little consideration to cost." Secretary Lynn described Secretary Gates' four-track approach to move defense agencies toward a more efficient, effective and cost-conscious way of doing business:


A U.S. Coast Guard boat patrols the waters during a cargo off-load at the TC dock Oct. 14, 2010, on Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station, S.C. The USCG supports the Transportation Command by providing 24-hour protection for all vessels traveling in and out of port at the JB CHS-WS. The USCG has many missions and duties ranging from drug interdiction, search and rescue, migrant interdiction and other law encorcement duties.

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Timothy Taylor



The Patriot • October 22, 2010

First 6 volunteer opportunities can make the most of your career By Airman 1st Class Michael Thorndike Membership Officer for the First 6 The Joint Base Charleston First 6 is a professional organization which focuses on providing junior enlisted service members a forum for making the most of their military careers. The organization extends the invitation to all service members in pay grades from E-1 through E-6 to join. First 6 meetings, which include free food, are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. on the second floor of Building 246 in the First Term Airmen Center classroom on JB CHS-Air Base. The volunteer opportunities listed below are just a few of many the First 6 supports and are available to all members of Joint Team Charleston. Points of contact are listed for each event, as well as websites to make an informed decision on which to volunteer for. In an effort to highlight base members actively volunteering, the First 6 will be tracking hours worked by volunteers. Contact the First 6 at 963-8278 to be counted in the running or e-mail Second Annual AIDS Walk: Nov. 13 at Hampton Park: This event is in need of 50 volunteers to help stuff registration bags, set up for the walk, direct walkers to parking areas, serve water and other activities. Volunteers will need to attend a volunteer meeting prior to event. To find out more or volunteer, contact Ella Fleming at 402-1096. Charleston Miracle League: "2010 Fall Baseball Season": Charleston Miracle League provides baseball for special needs children. The 2010 season is underway and they need at least 50 volunteers to be fans or buddies. Volunteers must be 10 or older to be on the field. Games are every Saturday through Nov. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Connie Dreusicke at 225-7940, e-mail or visit for more information. Mentors Needed: St. Andrews Middle School needs mentors to work with students. We ask our mentors to try to come to our school once or twice a week to spend about an hour with their student, either a 6th, 7th or 8th grader. Perhaps you will have lunch together, shoot some hoops or just spend time talking in the library. Having someone to care about and to take an interest in one of our young people can do them tremendous good. If you are interested in becoming a mentor contact Jim Brooks at 402-7815 or Magdalene House of Charleston: Magdalene House is

a non-profit transitional/recovery aftercare facility for homeless, disadvantaged women that are recovering from substance abuse, and recently released from prison or a treatment center. We offer the critical undergirding to these women as they seek jobs and logistical support that ultimately mainstream them into acceptable, social and legal norms. We offer safe, secure transitional housing with daily counseling in spiritual and life skills, self-esteem, jobs skills and maximum independence. Magdalene House of Charleston seeks female drivers to drive residents to various appointments and errands. If interested in volunteering, contact Freda Lewis at 724-9292 or Charleston Habitat for Humanity: Through the end of the year, Charleston Habitat for Humanity is looking for help every day. Volunteers are needed to help the box truck driver make donation pickups throughout the Charleston area and all aspects of running the ReStore, which includes cleaning, pricing, arranging, customer service, inventory and online sales. To volunteer, contact Laurel Prichard at 7227145 or by e-mail at Check out the website for more information at Increasing H.O.P.E.: Increasing H.O.P.E. has impacted the lives of many other people in the community through partnerships with local churches, prisons, women's centers, local businesses, other nonprofit organizations and individuals in transitional programs, as well as through holding classes open to the public. There is an ongoing need for volunteers to facilitate classes, support community events and act as volunteer coordinators. The entire organization is 100 percent volunteer driven, so volunteers are always needed. To volunteer, contact Dorothea Bernique at 225-4343 or by email at Trident United Way: The Benefit Bank is an innovative network system for delivering benefits and enhancing antipoverty efforts. The goal is to create a sustained, multiyear antipoverty campaign which brings together faith based, community based and other organizations to serve people forced to live in poverty. Hundreds of volunteers are needed. Scheduling is very flexible at many sites across the area. To volunteer, contact Cathy Easley at 740-9000, ext. 243 or by e-mail at My Sisters House seeking Spanish-speaking interpreters: Family violence reaches across all cultures, ages and socio-economic levels. Volunteers who can speak Spanish are needed to help victims of domestic violence. The organization's need is an ongoing opportunity. To volunteer, please contact Sarah Baird at 747-4069 or by e-mail at Fields to Families: The gleaning season has begun full

force and volunteers are needed to help - sometimes on very short notice. To help an organization committed to ending hunger, visit the website at and choose "Volunteer" to check out upcoming opportunities. For more information, contact Christina Lor at 388-2487 or by e-mail at Good Neighbor Center: "Breaking the cycle of homelessness" provides transitional housing for homeless veterans. Volunteers will be preparing meals, landscaping or assisting in the office. To volunteer, contact Faye Parker at 566-9344 or visit Lowcountry Orphan Relief: The Lowcountry Orphan Relief is looking for volunteers to help at their office in North Charleston. The LOR is a non-profit organization which provides support and services to local children and their families. Volunteers would be asked to assist at their facility with sorting, organizing and preparing clothing and school supplies to be given to local children. To volunteer, contact Cathy Keagy at 747-4099 or e-mail her at You can also check out the website at Susan G. Komen for the Cure: The Lowcountry Susan G. Komen for the Cure division is always in need of volunteers. They need help with administrative work and various events throughout the year. To find out what you can do to help with the fight against breast cancer, contact Taffy Tamblyn at 556-8011 or e-mail her at To find out more details on the opportunities, visit their website at International Center for Birds of Prey: The International Center for Birds of Prey in Charleston is looking for dedicated volunteers to help with the care of a large number of raptors from around the world. Volunteers will be working intimately with these majestic birds on a regular basis. Volunteers must attend a quarterly volunteer orientation. To sign up for the next briefing, contact Joe Kowalis at 971-7474 or e-mail him at For more information visit the International Center for Birds of Prey website at Big Brothers, Big Sisters: As a local program of the Carolina Youth Development Center, the mission of BBBS is "to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth." Volunteers meet with their Little Brother or Sister either in the community or at one of the site-based programs, offering friendships through activities. Training is provided and volunteers must be at least 18. To volunteer, contact Mandy Scherer at 266-5256 or by e-mail at For more information, visit To see more opportunities, visit

628 LRS provides base shuttle for trial period Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs The 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron began operating an installation shuttle Oct. 4 to move personnel between Joint Base Charleston Air Base and Weapons Station. Currently the shuttle service is operating a 15 passenger van for a 30-day trial run to measure the actual need of added transportation between the bases. The shuttle will complete three round trips at 7 a.m., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The route will begin at the Air Base, proceed through all stops, and then continue to the Weapons Station to accomplish the route there.

The bus will then return to the Air Base and cycle through all the Air Base stops. The shuttle stops on JB CHS-AB are at the medical clinic, Airmen Leadership School, passenger terminal, and the 628 LRS mobility section. The shuttle stops on JB CHS-WS are at the Naval Medical Clinic, command headquarters building, security office, public works, Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit, and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. Pick-up and drop-off will be at the street-side entrance to each facility. For more information, contact the 628 LRS vehicle operations office at 963-4236

The 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron is operating a 15 passenger van to provide a shuttle service for a 30-day trial run to measure the actual need of added transportation between Joint Base CharlestonAir Base and Weapons Station. U.S. Navy photo/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer Hudson

Annual Red Ribbon campaign fights drug abuse Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs "I am drug free" is the theme for the 2010 Red Ribbon Week campaign set for Oct. 23 to 31. Red Ribbon Week originated as a tribute to Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" S. Camarena, a narcotics agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration. In 1985, Mr. Camarena was kidnapped by drug traffickers in Guadalajara, Mexico. Mr. Camarena's death enraged many Americans in his hometown of Calexico, Calif., and they began to wear red ribbons to commemorate his sacrifice. The anti-drug message spread quickly, and in 1988, the National Family Partnership took the Red Ribbon Celebration nationwide. The focus of the celebration is to educate individuals, families, and communities on the destructive effects of drugs and the positive life choices available.

Red Ribbon Week is now the nation's oldest and largest drug prevention program, reaching millions of Americans every year. 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. As in years past, Team Charleston will be participating in this year's campaign. The 628th Security Forces Squadron's military working dog kennels will be conducting drug search demonstrations for several local elementary schools. "The Drug Demand Reduction Program is designed to deter as well as prevent illegal drug use," said Selwyn Stephens, the 628th Air Base Wing's Drug Demand Reduction Program manager. "We have the added responsibility of conducting outreach and prevention activities, and the Red Ribbon Campaign is one of the ways we do this."

Also, as a national supporter of the initiative, 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. Pledge To Prevent Children's Substance Abuse 1. As parents, we will talk to our children about the dangers of drug abuse. 2. We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs. 3. We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription. 4. We will monitor our children's behavior and enforce appropriate consequences, so that our rules are respected. 5. We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children safe from substance abuse. I pledge to set guidelines to help children grow up safe, healthy and drug-free.


Proper nutrition, exercise is essential to mission success By Senior Airman Scott Saldukas 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – Like an aircraft needs jet fuel, a person's body needs proper nutrition to replenish itself and function at peak performance. In today's military environment, with increased deployments and new physical testing requirements, it's even more imperative that Airmen know the importance nutrition can play in overall health, and its potential impact on mission success. "You need adequate nutrition to sustain life; you need an appropriate nutrition life to sustain a healthy life and prevent the onset of aging diseases," said 1st Lt. Lindzi Howder, the Ramstein Health and Wellness Center nutrition program manager. "You are what you eat. If you choose to eat unhealthy, most likely, you will subsequently be unhealthy. Ultimately, health begins from the inside out and this is accomplished through sound nutrition." Making wise decisions when it comes to food is important so that a person consumes the needed vitamins and minerals to replenish the body, she said. "Food is the fuel for your body," Lieutenant Howder said. "Your body requires specific vitamins and nutrients. It is important to optimize the intake of necessary nutrients through wholesome and varied foods to optimize one's health." Lieutenant Howder also noted some simple tips to help get on track to a healthier lifestyle. "Portion control," she said. "In order to gain weight, you have to eat more calories than you expend. In order to lose weight you have to create a calorie deficit. By

controlling portion sizes, you are able to better control your calorie intake, to avoid overeating." She explained that weight loss should not to be drastic. A person's goal should be no greater than one to two pounds per week. She also suggested keeping a food diary to track daily dietary intake, and expressed the importance of eating breakfast. "It is the most important meal of the day," she said. "You spend, on average, five to eight hours fasting, so when you wake up you need to refuel your body. It is like driving a car without gas -- it's eventually going to break down." And although being proactive with one's health at an early age will help prevent the onset of aging diseases such as osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis, it's never too late to start a healthy eating lifestyle. "As the body ages, certain bodily functions begin to deteriorate," said Lt. Col. Peggy Ann Cain, the Ramstein HAWC flight commander. "With optimal nutrition and exercise, you can prolong the onset of many age-related diseases." While nutrition is the key factor in weight loss and healthy living, physical activity should not be overlooked. "Regular activity is pivotal to maintaining warfighter status, and ultimately health," Colonel Cain said. "Exercise reduces the risk of cardiovascular events such as stroke (and) heart attack, as well as heart disease. Physical activity can reduce stress and anxiety. With deployments, exercises, and a career in the military, it is important to always be mentally and physically fit, to meet all obstacles."

Transitional assistance available for TRICARE beneficiaries FALLS CHURCH, Va. – When some service members and their families leave the military they don’t always lose their health care coverage right away. There are situations where these valuable benefits may extend into the post-military life. The Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) is temporary TRICARE coverage for certain separating active duty service members and their eligible family members. It provides 180 days of transitional health care benefits to help service members’ and their families’ transition to civilian life. Generally, there are four situations that make service members and their families eligible for TAMP coverage: • Guardsmen and reservists who have served more than 30 days in contingency operations are eligible after deactivation. • Service members who are involuntarily separated from active duty under honorable conditions. • Service members who are separated from active duty following involuntary retention (stop-loss) in support of a contingency operation. • Service members who are separated from active duty following a voluntary agreement to stay on active duty for less than one year in support of a contingency

operation. However, service members should check with their service personnel departments to see if they qualify because TAMP eligibility is determined by the services and information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). For qualified members, the 180-day TAMP period begins when the sponsor separates. There are no enrollment fees, and during TAMP sponsors and family members are eligible to use one of the following health plan options: • TRICARE Prime (enrollment required) • TRICARE Standard and Extra • TRICARE Prime Overseas (enrollment required) • TRICARE Standard Overseas While covered by TAMP, a sponsor is no longer considered an active duty service member and is treated as an active duty family member for benefits and cost sharing purposes. Learn more about TAMP at Members may also contact their regional health care contractor or TRICARE Service Center representative found at

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The Patriot • October 22, 2010


Crossword of the Week

CLUES ACROSS 1. Scallywag 6. Part of actomyosin 11. Dr. Ross on “ER” 14. Shaft horsepower (abbr.) 15. Nerd 16. Mama 18. Nonreligious person 21. Talk (Olde English) 23. 19th C. couples dance 25. Carried out systematically 26. Heroic tales 28. Fawning in attitude or behavior 29. Ardent followers 31. Personal computer 33. Household god (Roman) 34. M.D. designation 35. Exterior faces of an object 38. More leprose 40. Orchis mascula 44. Pallidly 45. Mama partners 47. Organisms of the same ancestor 48. Removed a fish skeleton 50. Direct toward a target 51. Famous chair designer 56. Old world, new 57. Did the job 62. Move sideways 63. Incontrovertible truths CLUES DOWN 1. Reddish browns 2. 38th state (abbr.) 3. Atomic # 18 4. Million gallons per day (abbr.) 5. Long bench with back 6. Brew 7. Stocky short-legged harness horse 8. Toward 9. Not out

10. Greek goddess of vengeance 11. Albanian dialect 12. Atomic # 58 13. A bumpkin 14. 40th state (abbr.) 17. Person born in Media 19. Patti Hearst’s captors 20. Clothe 21. Small torn piece 22. Lays pavement 24. Hip living quarters 25. A kept animal 27. Scad genus 28. Skin lesions 30. Holiday (informal) 31. Whined 32. Co-founder of The Cleveland Clinic 35. Highly seasoned dried sausages 36. Slightly insane 37. Not happy 38. Prevents harm to creatures 39. Civil and religious muslim leader 41. Scientific workplace 42. Yeddo 43. Flat sections of a door 46. Sew up the eyelids of hawks and falcons 49. White House city 51. Snakelike fish 52. Sweet fruit juice beverage 53. Metric ton 54. Extremely high frequency 55. A very large body of water 58. Chinese distance measure 59. Initials of “Titanic” star 60. Prior to AD 61. Exclamation “I’ve got __!”

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The Patriot • October 22, 2010

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Events Tuesday ❏ Team Charleston Spouse's Club: Join us for a book exchange, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charleston Club, Joint Base Charleston. Bring a book, any book! Whether you've read it five times or couldn't get past the first chapter, whether you loved it, hated it, or haven't really decided, wrap it up and write one quote on the cover and come have fun with spouses just like you! RSVP to Order off the grill or help yourself to the buffet! (Club Members $6.50/NonClub Members $8.50) ❏ Resume II: Receive 1-on-1 assistance with the finalization of your rough draft resume and cover letter. Briefing will be held at the Military and Family Readiness Center, Bldg 500., Oct. 26, 9 to 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 963-4406 to sign-up. ❏ FreshSTART tobacco cessation class: Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. The American Cancer Society FreshSTART class can help you quit smoking once and for all. Call the Health and Wellness Center at 963-4007 to register. ❏ Commissary grocery store tour: Meet the HAWC's registered dietician at the entrance of the commissary for an educational grocery tour 10 to 11 a.m. Learn about food labels, portion sizes, organic vs. non-organic and how to shop for healthy meals. Register by emailing Wednesday ❏ Smooth Move workshop: A permanent change of station can be challenging! Get a jump start on your move and receive an organizer. Class is held Oct. 27, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Military and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 500. Call 963-4406 to reserve your seat. Thursday ❏ Job Fair: Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charleston Club. This is your opportunity to network and connect with employers who are seeking you as a part of their organization! Oct. 29 ❏ Superintendent's Vengeance Tournament: Eighteen holes not challenging enough? What if the course superintendent moves holes and forgets to put equipment away? Add lots of prizes, festive Halloween theme, a chance to win $10,000 and you have a morning of pure fun. Join the Force Support Squadron's Booster Club Friday Oct. 29 at Wrenwoods Golf Course for a Superintendent's Vengeance Tournament. Shotgun start at 8 a.m., $40 fee covers golf and lunch. Contact your First Shirt or Wrenwoods Golf Course at 963-1834 for sign up information. ❏ Port of Pirates: The 437th Aerial Port Squadron presents, "Port of Pirates" Oct 29. Family members of active duty military, Reserve and Department of Defense civilians can climb aboard the haunted pirate ship, The S.S. Port Dawg. Tour the shipyard and market, try your luck at "sink the ship," "man over-board," "pirate-pirate-scallywag" and other games. Learn to sing and dance like a pirate, and watch a sword-duel demonstration. Games and prizes available for all age groups and free grilled hamburgers and beverages will be provided. Dress in your finest pirate gear, or the costume of your choice. The "Port of Pirates" will open at Bldg 178 (APS warehouse) at 6 p.m. and the "Best Dressed" costume contest will begin at 8 p.m. Oct. 30 ❏ Pumpkin Patrol: 628th Security Forces Squadron is looking for volunteers to assist with the Annual Pumpkin Patrol, Oct. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. Pumpkin Patrol provides us the opportunity to ensure a safe environment for our military families with active foot patrols through on-base family housing while trick-or-treating. Anyone interested in helping, contact Tech. Sgt. Elizabeth Sadler at 963-3643 or elizabeth.sadler@ Showtime for sector assignment and equipment issue will be at Bldg. 254,


Security Forces Squadron at 5 p.m. Nov. 5 ❏ South Carolina Stingrays Military Appreciation Night: A military appreciation night will be hosted by the Stingrays ice hockey team Nov. 5 for their season opener. Special military only pricing for this event will be in effect for groups of 10 or more. Pricing includes a lower-level ticket close to the ice, all you can eat buffet, a Stingrays hat, the group's name in lights during the game on the stadium video board, as well as a welcome announcement over the public address system. For ticket sales, call 744-2248. Nov. 6 ❏ Retiree Appreciation Fair: The annual retiree appreciation and information fair is scheduled for Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charleston Club. For more information call the Retirees Activities Office at 963-2228. ❏ Children's deployment line (Operation Panda Drop): Bring your family out for an experience of a lifetime, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bldg. 610. Your child will see what it is like to deploy. giveaways, C-17 tour, personalized dog tags, and more!! RSVP no later than Nov. 5 at 963-4406.

Special Announcements ❏ Nationwide Tour Championship: If you love golf, the PGA is coming to Ralston Creek Course at the Daniel Island Club, Daniel Island, Charleston, Oct. 25 to Oct 31. Free admission to military I.D. card holders. Practice starts Oct. 25, Pro-Am is scheduled for Oct. 26 to Oct. 27 and tournament play begins on Oct. 28. ❏ Free Golf: The Hampton Hall Men's Golf Society is pleased to invite all active duty, retired military and disabled veterans to a round of golf with complimentary green fees, Nov. 8 to 12, at the Pete Dye Golf Course at Hampton Hall, Dolphin Head and other local courses (a $20 cart fee applies). Call 815-8720 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday, to book a tee time. Space is limited. 300 rounds are available. Military or Veterans Service Identification will be required. ❏ Great American Smoke Out: Quit Cold Turkey! Come to the HAWC Nov. 18 to make your pledge to quit smoking. All participants who make the pledge will be eligible for a free Thanksgiving turkey. For more information call 963-4007. ❏ Riverfront Race Festival Volunteers: Volunteer opportunities are available for the Riverfront Race Festival, Jan. 15 to 16. The marathon, half-marathon, 10k and 5k road races benefit Youth Endowment for the Arts. For more information, e-mail Volunteer Coordinator Marsha Alterman at or go to ❏ Riverfront Race Festival Charleston Youth Marathon: For children 7 to 17 and in good health, the Riverfront Youth Marathon is a modified marathon where your child can run or walk 25 miles prior to the actual Riverfront Race Festival. On Jan. 24, 2011, the children will then run or walk the last 1.2 miles of the race course. Children must keep a log of the miles they run prior to the event. For more information contact Mike Campbell at or go to ❏ Become an MUSC Research Hero: The Pediatric Metabolic Syndrome Study is recruiting overweight children, teens and young adults (ages 4 to 21) to assess risk factors for diabetes and heart disease. Participants will receive a free state-of-the-art assessment including a nutrition analysis, labwork, body composition, metabolic rate and heart ultrasound. Parking is free and compensation is available. Contact Janet Carter, 792-4717 or e-mail ❏ Charleston Concert Association: The CCA is offering active-duty military and their families 50 percent discount on classical music shows this concert season. Performances are held at the Gaillard auditorium in downtown Charleston. To obtain tickets, active-duty military members must call 727-1216 and offer the discount code, 20101001. For more information, visit ❏ Free golf clinic: Kiawah Island Golf Resort is pleased to announce a series of complimentary golf clinics as a thank you for military service. Each clinic will be available to the first 10 active-duty members to register. The clinics will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 30 at Turtle Point Golf Club. To register, contact Josh Wagaman at 266-4054 or e-mail at before noon the Monday prior to the clinic.

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Events ❏ Career Connection: Transitioning from the military? Is your spouse seeking employment or are you just looking to change your career? Check out the Career Connection workshops offered at Military and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 755, JB CHS-WS. Register today to reserve your seat. Call 843-764-7480. • Basic resume writing: Oct. 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. • Interviewing tips: Oct. 27 from 9 to 10 a.m. • Job Fair etiquette: Oct. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday ❏ Go to the extreme with Xtreme bowling!: Xtreme bowling at Marrington Lanes is held every Friday and Saturday from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The features include a fabulous light show with glow-in-the-dark bowling balls and pins, fog machines, music, and dancing. The cost is $10 per person. Family Night Xtreme Bowling is held every Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Family Night features country music, oldies and rock 'n' roll (you can even bring your own favorite CD's if you want). Saturday ❏ Individual augmentee event: Join us for a day of pumpkin decorating! Free for all families of IA/GSA or deployed. Come join the fun at Balfour Beatty Community Center on Fletcher Street Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event includes a pumpkin, decorations, and Halloween goodies. Sponsored by the Navy Wives Club of America Men Riv #240, Military & Family Readiness Center, Balfour Beatty Communities. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, contact Military & Family Readiness Center at 7647480. Tuesday ❏ Library book club: Do you love to read? Join the book club and share your reading experiences while making new friends. The book club meets once a month on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. to discuss many exciting and stimulating book titles. If you are interested in participating, we'd love to have you! Contact the library at 7647900. Wednesday ❏ Job Fair Etiquette Workshop: Oct. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Military & Family Readiness Center, 1005 Jefferson Avenue, Bldg. 755 (across from Sam's Gym), Goose Creek, S.C. This workshop will answer questions like: "What do you need to have with you?" - "What you shouldn't take with you?" - among others. Learn tips and techniques to help you make the most professional, desirable and memorable impression. Registration is required. Call 764-7480. ❏ Job interviewing workshop: Come to Military & Family Readiness Center, JB CHSWS, for our Job Interviewing workshop, Oct. 27 from 9 to 10 p.m. Learn how to deal with interview stress and tough interview questions, how to handle illegal interview questions, and much more. Sign up today and prepare yourself to make a great first impression on your next job interview. Call 764-7480 to register. Thursday ❏ 2010 Joint Base Charleston Job Fair: Transitioning from the military? Is your spouse seeking employment? If so, come to the 2010 Joint Base Charleston Job Fair, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The primary purpose of a job fair is to match employers with people who have skills and are looking for employment. The fair attracts local, national and international employers. The Joint Base Charleston Job Fair is at the Charleston Club, 100 Hill Blvd., JB CHSAir Base. (Must be a military/dependent/civilian /CAC ID cardholder) Additional information may be obtained by calling 764-7480. Oct. 29 ❏ MWR Halloween event offers fundraising opportunities: Morale, Welfare and Recreation is offering your command or affiliated organization an excellent fundraising opportunity by participating in our Halloween Carnival and Haunted Hayride at Marrington Plantation, Oct. 29 from 5 to 9 p.m. This community event will feature a Haunted Hayride, "Trunk or Treat" candy giveaways, games, costume contests, and lots more! Commands and affiliated organizations are invited to participate in the areas of food concessions,

game booth operations or haunted house and hayride operations at one of MWR's most popular events. This is one of few authorized fundraising opportunities per year offered to commands and affiliated organizations so don't miss out! Space is limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. Decorate your booth and join the Halloween fun! Call event coordinator, Amanda Young at 200-5904 to register your organization or e-mail her at ❏ "Trunk or Treat" at Halloween Festival: What is Trunk or Treat? It's a unique way to provide a safe family environment for trick-ortreaters. Participants decorate their cars, trunks, or truck beds and are parked in a designated spot to prepare to hand out candy to the "Trunk or Treaters." Participants can decorate with a Halloween theme such as spiders, pumpkins, etc., or select a unique theme that suits their personality. As part of this year's Halloween Carnival, MWR is sponsoring a "Trunk or Treat" activity to be held at Marrington Plantation on Oct. 29, beginning at 5 p.m. Participants will be asked to provide enough candy for all Trunk or Treaters. All candy must be individually wrapped. To register or for more information, call 764-2120.

Special Announcements ❏ Nationwide Tour Championship: If you love golf, the PGA is coming to Ralston Creek Course at the Daniel Island Club, Daniel Island, Charleston, Oct. 25 to Oct 31. Free admission to military I.D. card holders. Practice starts Oct. 25, Pro-Am is scheduled for Oct. 26 to Oct. 27 and tournament play begins on Oct. 28. ❏ Developing Your Spending Plan: Would you like to increase your cash surplus? Do you have any extra money at the end of the month? Let a Financial Education Specialist at the Military and Family Readiness Center, Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station show you how to develop a financial plan and give you the tools/resources you need to achieve 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 Military and Family Readiness Center at 764-7480 for more information. ❏ South Carolina Stingrays Military Appreciation Night: A military appreciation night Nov. 5 will be hosted by the Stingrays ice hockey team for their season opener. Special military only pricing for this event will be in effect for a groups of 10 or more. Pricing includes a lower level ticket close to the ice, all you can eat buffet, a Stingrays hat, the group's name in lights during the game on the stadium video board, as well as a welcome announcement over the public address system. For ticket sales, call 744-2248. ❏ Annual retiree appreciation and information fair: The fair is scheduled for Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the JB CHS-AB Charleston Club. For more information, call the retiree activities office at 963-2228.

Updates and Notices ❏ Volunteer needed for pre-schooler's program: Do you have a couple of hours per week to spend volunteering at the library for our preschool program? This program is designed for pre-schoolers with story time, crafts and a lot in interaction. Parent or guardian must attend. The program meets on Thursday mornings, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information call 764-7900. ❏ NSA Library is a computer "Hotspot:" The Naval Support Activity Library is a computer "hotspot" for wireless-ready laptop work and surfing the web from a patron's personal computer. Some service providers charge for this convenience; it's free at the Library. Just show up with your wireless-ready laptop, equipped with a network card, find yourself a seat anywhere in the building, and go to work! ❏ DVDs wanted: Do you have DVDs you have viewed that are just setting around gathering dust? Why not donate them to the library so others can enjoy them. Drop them by the library or use the after- hours book drop box. ❏ MWR's Recycling Department calling for all metal: Containers for empty aluminum cans are located throughout the NSA. Aluminum cans are the mainstay of the recycling program, however, all types of metal are accepted. If you have heavy metal products that need to be picked up, call the Recycling Department at 743-0510. Remember, all recycling proceeds go towards enhancing your Morale, Welfare, Recreation facilities and programs!

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The Patriot • October 22, 2010




The Patriot • October 22, 2010

“I was one piece of the puzzle...� Story and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer Hudson Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs On his normal workdays, Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Sherman Whidbee patrols the streets of Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station, watching out for the safety of military members and their families. He also is one of the few members onboard Naval Support Activity that has deployed overseas. Born and raised in Richmond, Va., MA2 Whidbee decided to join the Navy in 2003 when he was 18-years-old. Growing up, he learned to walk his own path, not succumbing to the peer pressures of others. His mother was a special needs teacher and his father a Korean War veteran. "I grew up in an old fashioned type environment. When I was younger most kids had the Nintendo system, but I didn't get one until I was 12-years-old. I played outside a lot, played sports and played in bands. I learned to play the piano by ear. I also played the guitar, trumpet, drums and string bass," he said laughing. "I learned how to read music before I could read anything else." "I looked into college but I didn't think that it was for me. I wanted to do more with my life. I didn't want to just sit around in my hometown and hang with the wrong crowd. I wanted more, I wanted a future and a chance to travel the world," said MA2 Whidbee. He said that he had never looked at the military as an option, but after seeing the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks, he said he had found his calling. "I remember the 9/11 attacks when I was 16-years-old; watching them on the television at school. That was my first real taste of terrorism and it got me to question what is was," he said. "I found that I didn't like the idea of people living in fear. Everyone has the right to be happy and live the American dream. That was one of my biggest motivators for joining." MA2 Whidbee's previous stations were Navy Base Guam, followed by Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay before joining the security department team here in September 2007. During his tour here, MA2 Whidbee deployed to Iraq under an Individual Augmentee billet from March 2009 to October 2009. While deployed, Petty Officer Whidbee worked in a special operations unit as operational support, dealing with security, detainee operations and even some communications work. "It was an incredible difference working in Iraq vice in the states, a big eye-opener. You definitely have a newer, more profound appreciation for stateside assignments," MA2 Whidbee said. "I was one piece of the puzzle that kept the chain operating smoothly. We all worked as one and leaned on each other for support. "I worked every day while I was over there, but it never felt that way. Work wasn't work, but a way of life, a way of living. I did my job so that at the end of the day, my team went home, and they did their job so that I could go home. At no point was it every man for himself; everything we did it was for the team, never for the glory of one. If I failed the team failed," MA2 Whidbee said. Petty Officer Whidbee said that while deployed, he was proud to be part of a team that had such high camaraderie and morale. He said every service member was made to feel as


though they were part of the team, like family. "The most memorable time I had while over there involved my commanding officer. He was a great role model, really down to earth and treated everyone with tons of respect. We were playing around, doing what's called a Toyota Hilux pull, where we pull the toyota vehicle 50 yards. Well, when it was my turn I was paired up against the Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Sherman Whidbee pulls out of commander; I ended up the security departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking lot ready to start his day beating him with a 49.6at Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station. second time," he said laughing. "He was a very competitive person so he ended up doing the whole thing again. He ended up doing it three times, just so he could beat my time, which he did, but it was just funny how he kept at it to beat me. It was great, because everyone was standing around cheering and all you can feel is your muscles from all the pulling. It was exhausting but one of the best times I had." Since Petty Officer Whidbee's return to NSA, he has been selected as the Blue Jacket of the Year for 2009 and made second class petty officer (E-5) off the March 2010 exam. "MA2 Whidbee is a stand-up Sailor, the go getter," said Master-at-Arms 1st Class Jake Moore, security department leading petty officer. "I wish I had a hundred Sailors just like him. He always has a positive attitude and never shirks any of his responsibilities. I know that if I need something to be completed, I can go to him and get the job done professionally." This dedicated, squared away Sailor not only takes pride in his work but in his home life as well. Along with his wife and their two children, he explains that he couldn't be who he is today without them. "I'll never forget how I met my wife. I met her on Sept. 11, 2009, through a mutual friend while I was in Iraq. We started by talking online until we finally met face-to-face Oct. 23. As soon as I saw her, I fell in love with her," he said reminiscing. "I never smiled so hard in my life! I didn't know that I would smile like that again. "My family understands my passion for what I do and has always stood beside me and that really gives me the strength to keep going. "I have accomplished many things, but my newest goal that I've set for myself is going to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL School," he said. "I want to get as close to the fight as I can. I believe in the red, white and blue and I gladly stand my duties with pride while serving my country," MA2 Whidbee concluded.




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The Patriot • October 22, 2010


Volunteers unveil new headquarters foyer at ribbon cutting

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Airmen and civilians gather for a picture during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of the Air Base headquarters foyer renovation project Oct. 18, 2010, on Joint Base Charleston-Air Base, S.C. Fifteen volunteers spent hundreds of man-hours constructing a replica of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge to lay over a 12-foot by eight-foot photo that had been mounted on the wall. To finish the project, 1st Lt. Kipp Williams ordered a scale model of a C-17 Globemaster III to be hung in front of the bridge making it a three-dimensional display. The project took more than nine months to complete from start to finish. The volunteers in the photo from left to right are Airman 1st Class Ronald Williams, Staff Sgt. Nathan Hargett, Senior Airman Julio Rodriguez, Airman 1st Class James Moreland, Tech. Sgt. Raemon Kimbrell, Airman 1st Class Justin Marcum, Senior Airman Shawn Milligan, Tech. Sgt.Tim Thornton, Tech. Sgt. Randall Pearce, Tech. Sgt. Nick Rykal, Senior Master Sgt. Guy Toney, Randall Gillum, Master Sgt. Larry Madison and James Bowman.

Brothers in Arms: Flightline meets frontline at Veterans Victory House Nursing Home

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Airman 1st Class Aaron Glover visits with Clark Baker, a World War II veteran, at the Veterans Victory House Nursing Home in Walterboro, S.C., Oct. 14, 2010. Mr. Baker served in the Army as an infantryman with the 83rd Division, 329th Infantry, 2nd Battalion, Company D, 3rd Army from October 1942 to November 1946. During his time in service, Mr. Baker fought in the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge and served his entire four-year enlistment in Central Europe. Mr. Baker now lives in the Veterans Victory House Nursing Home where his family members and loved ones frequently visit. Mr. Baker's wife of 68 years still lives in their home in Estill, S.C. Airman Glover is a rail specialist with the 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

Quarterly birthday meal makes for meaningful evening By Staff Sgt. Daniel Bowles Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Clustered together at the doorway of the Palmetto Room of Joint Base Charleston-Air Base’s Dining Facility, senior leaders gathered and warmed up their windpipes. The room was decorated with shiny banners and colorful ballons, with cake ready to be cut and ice cream for all. Only thing missing was a celebratory chorus. Lined up neatly in a row, the audience waited patiently – their young eyes staring forward during the pause. It’s not a regular occurrence at the dining facility to behold such a sight, but on a special night for about a dozen young enlisted members, it was the highlight of evening. The young men and women hail from locations across the U.S., but they all now call JB CHS home, more specifically, the Air Base dormitories. That night they all shared one thing more in common. “Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you …” filled the room. Voices were in full swing as senior leaders serenaded the men and women of the hour during the quarterly birth-

day dinner held Oct. 14. “It was such a humbling experience … and it really shows they care,” said Airman 1st Class Eboni Bailey, 628th Force Support Squadron personnel apprentice. “I had no idea they were all going to be here, so that was a big surprise.” Airman Bailey, who will be 20 in November, heard about the event through her unit and said she thought it was a good way to spend an evening. It’s not every day she gets to rub shoulders with the base’s top leadership, she said, especially in such a setting. All around the room, senior leaders waited on the guests of honor hand and foot as they ate their meal, drank sparking juices and enjoyed birthday cake and ice cream. The smorgasbord of a meal included t-bone steak, fried shrimp, grilled chicken, corn-on-the-cob, steamed broccoli, tossed salad, dinner rolls and shrimp cocktail. By the time cake rolled out, the junior enlisted members were quite stuffed, but Airman Bailey was still up for taking on the honor of cake cutting duty. “They went around the room and asked for everyone’s birthdays,” she said. “I ended up being the youngest person

there, so I got to cut the cake.” The festivities went off without a hitch, but the meal was actually a new event for the Air Base DFAC, said Master Sgt. Shawn McKeen, dining facility manager. Since his arrival in 2006, there had not been a birthday meal celebrated. Rumor has it, the occasion was not a regular event since the building was established in 2003, he said. He said he’d seen such programs at other installations. So, when the idea was bought up by the food service officer and superintendent, he and his team in the 628 FSS were onboard and took off running in preparation for the event, he said. The birthday dinner is planned to be held quarterly, with the Oct. 14 celebration held in honor of all birthdays falling within the last quarter of 2010. Depending on popularity among Airmen, Sergeant McKeen said the DFAC staff is prepared to hold the event on a monthly basis. “We want to do something to give back to the Airmen that live in the dorms to make them feel more at home,” he said. “We’re all one team here, so we want to take care of the part of our team that lives in the dormitories too.”

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BASE INFORMATION • The Commissary doors open for disabled patrons 30 minutes early. Health and Wellness Center: Monday—Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Provides nutritional counseling, tobacco cessation, Bod Pod testing, blood pressure screening, wellness information, jogging strollers, massage, relaxation room

Hours of Operation Movie Theater: Call 963-3333 for individual show times. Admission is $4.50 for adults, 12 years and older, and $2.25 for children 6-11 years old. “G” rated movies are $2.25 for children 3-11 years old. This month’s movies: Fri., Oct. 22, 7;30 p.m. - Resident Evil: Afterlife Sat., Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. - The American Fri., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. - Alpha and Omega Sat., Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. - Devil. Family Practice Medical Clinic: Monday–Friday 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fitness and Sports Center: Monday–Friday: 4:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. / Saturday–Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Outdoor Recreation: Monday–Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shoppette: Monday—Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. / Saturday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. / Sunday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Base Veterinarian: Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Commissary: Monday: Closed / Tuesday—Saturday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. / Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Base Exchange/Mall: • Main store: Monday–Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. / Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Burger King: Mondays - Saturdays: 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. / Sundays: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Charley’s Grilled Subs: Mondays - Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. / Sundays: Closed • Anthony’s Pizza: Mondays - Saturdays: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. / Sundays: Closed • Barber Shop: Mondays - Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Sundays: Closed • Beauty Shop: Mondays - Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Sundays: Closed • GNC: Mondays - Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Sundays: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. • Laundry/Dry Cleaners: Mondays – Fridays: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. / Sundays: Closed • Stripes – alterations shop: Mondays – Fridays: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sundays: Closed Chapel: Monday—Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. • Catholic Services: Daily mass is offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday Reconciliation is held at 4:15 p.m. and Mass at 5 p.m. Children’s Church is held Sunday at 9:30 a.m. • Protestant Services: Inspirational Gospel Worship Service is held Sunday at 8 a.m. Traditional Worship Service with Children’s Church is held Sunday at 11 a.m. Truth Seekers Bible Study is held Thursday at the Chapel Annex at 7 p.m. For information on other faith groups, call the Base Chapel.

Chapel: Monday—Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. / Friday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. • Sunday Catholic Mass: 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. • Sunday Protestant Services: 10 a.m. • Catholic services during week: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and first Friday of each month at 11 a.m.

Frequently Called Numbers

Hours of Operation Movie Theater: Call 764-7516 for individual show times. Admission is free. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each showing. This month’s movies: Killers: Thur., Oct 21, 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Oct 23, 7:30 p.m. Twilight Saga: Fri, Oct 22, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 23, 5 p.m., Sun., Oct. 24, 2 p.m. Jonah Hex: Thur., Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Oct 30, 7:30 p.m. Grown Ups: Fri, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Oct 30, 5 p.m., Sun., Oct. 31, 2 p.m. Base Exchange: • Main store: Monday –Saturday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. / Sunday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. • Barber Shop: Monday—Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Saturday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. / Sunday: Closed • Mini Mart: Monday—Saturday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. • Uniform Center: Monday—Friday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. / Saturday—Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Commissary: Monday: Closed / Tuesday—Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. / Saturday—Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The commissary doors open for disabled patrons at 9 a.m.

• Emergency (On and Off Base): 911 • American Red Cross: 764-2323 • Bachelor Housing: 764-7646 • Chaplain’s Office: 764-7222/7912 • Commissary: 764-2020 • Military and Family Readiness Center: 764-7294/7480 • Morale, Welfare and Recreation: 764-7601 • Navy College: 764-4493 • Navy Exchange: 764-7042 • Navy Marine Corps Relief Society: 764-7662 • Pass & Badge Office (Auto Registration): 764-4231 • Personal Support Detachment: 764-7431/7432 Health Clinic: Information Central Appointments Commanding Officer Public Affairs Officer Legal Security Safety Red Cross TRICARE Information Officer of the Day Outpatient Records Pharmacy Pharmacy Refill Only General Surgery Immunizations Wellness Radiology Internal Medicine Preventive Medicine

794-6000 794-6221 794-6200 794-6213 794-6225 794-6020 794-6557 794-6220 794-6030 794-6000 794-6050 794-6100 794-6120 794-6150 794-6850 794-6910 794-6250 794-6300 794-6560

The Patriot • October 22, 2010


Frequently Called Numbers • Emergency (On and Off Base): 911 • Medical Appointment Line: 963-6880 • American Red Cross: 963-3377 • Base Chapel: 963-2536 • Military Family Housing: 963-3859/ 963-3858 • Inns of Charleston: 963-3806 • Golf Course: 963-1833 • Health and Wellness Center: 963-4007 • Unaccompanied Housing: 963-3859 • Commissary: 963-5695 • Military and Family Readiness Center: 963-4406 • Education Office: 963-4575 • Base Exchange: 552-5000 • Visitor’s Center: 963-5729 • Military Personnel - ID Cards, Separations, Awards & Decorations, etc.: 963-0677

Helpful Websites Joint Base Charleston – Air Base • Official Base Web Site: • 628th Force Support Squadron - MWR, Readiness, Fitness, Jobs, Lodging, Dining, Recreation, Education, Veterinary Clinic: Medical Support • Base Clinic: – Search “628th Medical Operations Squadron” for clinic factsheets • TRICARE: • TRICARE Dental Plan: Relocation Information • Military One Source: • Automated Housing Referral Network: • DoD Installations/Relocation Information: • Household Goods Shipment: • Military Spouse Employment:

Military Medicine Pediatrics Physical Therapy Mental Health Occupational Health Primary Care Orthopedics-Podiatry OBGYN Lab Optometry Management Information Logistics Facilities

794-6700 794-6350 794-6400 794-6450 794-6550 794-6800 794-6750 794-6650 794-6600 794-6880 794-6500 794-6951 794-6953

Helpful Websites Joint Base Charleston – Weapons Station • Official Base Web Site: • On-Base Housing: • Morale, Welfare and Recreation: • Naval Nuclear Power Training Command: • Navy Region Southeast: Navy Medical Support, Charleston • Naval Health Clinic Charleston: • NWS Branch Medical Clinic: • Charleston Naval Pharmacies: • TRICARE: • TRICARE Dental Plan: Relocation Information • Military One Source: • DoD Installations/Relocation Information: • Household Goods Shipment: • Military Spouse Employment: • Navy College Program:

To see the Patriot (and back issues) online, visit www.Charleston For display advertising information, call 412-5861.




The Patriot • October 22, 2010


Charleston Club on the Air Base

Membership Drive

Now through Dec. 13 Receive three months of free dues when you sign up during the drive. Other “welcome aboard” benefits include free lunches, free Starbucks coffee and the opportunity to enter drawings to win one of three big, flat-screen TVs.

Mongo BBQ Create your own mongo bowl stir-fry from a choice of meats, fresh veggies, sauces & spices... freshly cooked Mongolian-style. Lunch inclues soup, salad bar, egg rolls & beverage.

thursday Oct. 28

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Members - $6.50 All others - $8.50

and NFL Sunday ticket •Every Sunday •No cover •Everyone welcome! •Doors open at noon

The Patriot • October 22, 2010


Bowling bargains at their best · Weekday Lunch Bowl - Purchase any combo meal weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and receive two free games of bowling. · Rainy Day Bowling – No need to put money away for a rainy day with Starlifter Lanes Rainy Day bowling special. Everybody bowls for only $1 per game while the rain is coming down… and shoe rental is free! · Airmen, Sailors bowl free – All E-1 through E-4 Airmen & Sailors bowl for free on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays with a $2.50 shoe rental · Sunday Family Fun Pack – Bring the whole tribe to Starlifter Lanes on Sundays and enjoy one hour of bowling on one lane for up to five people, a freshly-made one topping pizza and a pitcher of soda, all for $20. And, shoe rental is free! · After School Special – Thursdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m., up to five people can enjoy one lane for one hour for only $8, along with free shoe rental. Also, come hungry because there will be plenty of great deals in the Snack Bar. · Shipmate/Wingman Night – Every Friday night from 10 p.m. to midnight, “buy one, get one free” pricing on games and shoe rental when you bowl with someone.

Starlifter Lanes Bowling Center on the Air Base 963-3315 Experience Biltmore Estate at Christmas Dec. 11-12

Charleston Club Big Bucks featuring Lucky 54 & Bonus 54 progressive jackpots

Every Wednesday night Buffet opens at 5 p.m. Card sales start at 5:30 p.m.

Youth Fall Festival Oct. 29, 7-9 p.m. Youth Programs Costume contest Food Prizes


5 activity tickets for $1 Receive two tickets for every canned good you donate. Air Base Youth Programs 963-5684

Rec Review

Rec Review is produced by the 628th Force Support Squadron Marketing Office as a supplement to The Patriot. All prices for events and services advertised are subject to change without notice. For questions about Rec Review, call the Marketing Office at (843) 963-3809. Mention of any sponsor or sponsorship in this publication is not a federal endorsement for the product or service. For more information on Force Support facilities, visit our website at

Contact the Outdoor Recreation Center at 963-1732 or visit for more details.


The Patriot • October 15, 2010


76 Triumph Spitfire. Red. AM/FM/Cass. Completely restored. Engine rebuilt. 4 Speed. $16,500 Negotiable. Call Bobby, 843-760-1001.

Military: Want To Place A Free Ad? Go To


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Come Join the Fun at info, playdates & meet other Moms on the base! group "Moms on the NWS in Charleston SC"

Yard Sale in Grand Oaks Preserve in Ladson, SC this Saturday. Follow the signs. Furniture, clothing, kitchenware & other items for great prices. 843-771-2884 for more info & directions

Military Mommies Group for JB Charleston. Visit our website for playdates and more MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) For Moms with kids birth through kindergarten. Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Old Fort Baptist Church, 10505 Dorchester RD. Summerville, SC 29485. Contact Heather Hansen 873-2283 for more information.

ServICeS Triple Military Discount - Free Move In Truck 1 Free month, rules may apply All Safe Storage 3674 Ladson Road Ladson, (843) 871-5151 and All Safe Storage 1025 Baconsbridge Road Summerville (843) 873-0083 Home Day Care 6wks-4yrs full/part time/wkends/eves/hol. off Ashley Phos. Rd. call 568-8609 / 364-4140 Charleston Auto Storage 843 767-0112 Short/Long Term Parking. Cars, boats, bikes, RVs and ATVs. Special Military Rates. Near AFB and Navy Base The holidays are coming and AVON offers everything from stocking stuffers to bath products and electronics. Experience hassle free shopping with a phone call or click of the mouse. There is something for everyone with exciting new products always coming in. Shop on line @ or call me 843324-2676.

PeTS CKC registered American Bulldog 1yr old Male House & Crated Trained crate included. $150 obo call Brian @ 843-298-2933 75 pound dog for sale. Must be a "forever home". Good, trained, & sweet. Call 437-3418

Community Yard Sale The Refuge @ Whitehall Sat Oct 23 0700 - 1200. 8500 - 8548 Refuge Pointe Circle

HOMeS/APTS FOr renT VERY NEAR BASE: Nice 3 Bedroom Home; Spacious Great Room, Kitchen & Dining Room; Atrium Ceilings; Large Master Bedroom and Bath; Private Back Yard; Military Appreciation Discounted Rent of $1175; call 860 639 1270 Beautiful 4 bdrm + study home in Mt. Pleasant. Large fenced in yard, oversized porch, laminate flooring throughout first floor. Park West amenities include best schools in Charleston County. $1800/month. Call 843-224-7657. Avail. 11/1 Spacious home for rent $1025 per mth Moncks Corner 1600 sqft, 3 beds, 2 baths, 1 car, W/D Call Alex 843-270-4541 BED/3BATH Townhouse for rent/sale. Liberty Hall Plantation $1050/month. Please call for more info, 706-570-7794 Like New Wescott Plantation 3BR-2.5BA. NEW Carpet/Paint! $1050/mo + dep. Call 850-7970978 for pics/info Roommate Wanted, 2br 1ba house w/garage full use of house, no pets rent $450, call 609-9707873 Adam For rent 5419 Blufton Ct $1150 (325)651-3923 No Pets. No Smokers. Minutes from AFB 2b/1 bth condo Hanahan $600 mo inc water;boat, dock;pool;gated conv 2 TTC & shpg;15 min to both mil. bases;$250+1st mth 843-442-0126 3Bed 2bath 1600 sqft 1car House 20 min to NWS. 30 to AFB $1100 per month pets okay washer dryer included community pool Alex 2704541


Boeing Welcome-3 br. 1 ba. brick, lg. yard, applinces, new carpet & paint. conv. to AFB, No pets. $ 725+dep. (843) 767-0112

2006 Mazda5 Touring, 35K, Grey exterior. Excellent condition. Tinted windows. Sunroof. MUST SELL Asking $10,700. 406-250-7513

Beautiful 4bd/2.5ba, Whitehall Sub 2441 SQ FT ADT security, 2 car garage, shed, pets ok. $1500/mo 850-543-3048 or 850-549-8447

Stamina Body Trac Glider Rower-95. Sony Home Theatre System-180 w/warranty. or 797-1133

2300 sq ft 4 bd 2.5 bth 2 car gar home. 9 min frm cafb/air port. in westscott plantation. $1450 mo contact B. Smalls 843-345-8875

1995 Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer Black/Tan, 4x4, 5.0 V8, Goodrich Tires, Tow Package, Keyless Entry, CD player, 143K mi, $3200, 576-9804



Great Location! 3BR, 2BA home, minutes to AFB. Call Joyce 843-442-5794

2007 Harley-Davidson Soft Tail Standard. 7100 miles, Craftsman motorcycle jack icluded. $11,500 call anytime 843-303-4528

4BR, 2.5BA home. Immaculate condition. Wood floors downstairs. Minutes to AFB. Call Joyce, 843-442-5794. REALTOR - Kim Coolican of Century 21 Specializing in Summerville Area Call 843-324-7861

AUTOMOTIve ALL MILITARY - $0 DOWN! NO CREDIT CHECK! - 843-873-5656 OVER 150 CARS ONLINE! 0% Down *SIGN-N-DRIVE* Easy financing through NFCU and USAA. Regional Quality Award Winner, Chiefs Wholesale Autos. ALL cars eligible for mechanical bumper to bumper four year warranty! Chief is on YOUR side! Apples to Apples, our cars are in better condition AND cost less. All military families eligible to receive up to $500 off! Call for details; 843-568-9856


Crossword answers to puzzle on page 15

2006 Honda Civic 4dr EX, well maintained & clean, new tires/brakes/tinted win, 47K mi, Blue, $11,000 OBO Call AJ 843-696-3209

4 bed/2.5ba, Whitehall Sub. 2441 Sq Ft. Pvcy fence, shed, 2 car garage, ADT security. 1 yr lease. $1500/mo & dpst. 850-543-3048

Beautiful 3 bed 3 bath, Wescott Plantation home. Minutes from Chas AFB. On 5th hole of Wescott Golf course. 1618 sq/ft, priced to sell! $154,900. Call Corbett for showing, 843-9711695.

The Patriot • October 22, 2010

Large L-shaped Desk ~60"x60" craigslist, see pic item #1970114513 Near AF base. 843-8177868 $200 obo NICE DESK

A 6 Piece Cherry Bedroom Set w/matt & box. Never used. Can Del $350. 696-5212

8.8 cub ft Chest Freezer MUST SELL Moving. 1 yr old,Wht, paid 289, asking 125. perfect, call Rick 843-729-7110

A must see. Furnish your entire house: Bedroom set with mattress, Dining room set and living room set $1400 (includes military disc.) All new box/plastic with warranty. Call Todd @ 725-8563. Delivery available


"55 inch Samsung TV. Beautiful pic, supreme cond! Local delivery. $475. Anthony 843) 754- 8298

Washer dryer sets $250/$350, sofas and sofa sleepers $60/$200, dressers & chest drwrs $40/$250, kitchen & dinette sets $50/$200. Call 452-2229

Kitchen Cabinets. Never installed. All wood & dovetailed. Cost $5500. Sacrifice $1650. Call after 4 p.m. 843-856-4680 or 843-881-5803.

GO GREEN - Non-powered push lawnmower. Excellent for trim work or small lawn. $75. Call: 821-0399 between 9AM-7PM LV message


Invisible Pet Fence. 2 collars. $200. 607-3277 Dark Green microfiber, full sized couch and chaise lounge. Excellent condition. $200. (304)320-3105. USAF Blues for sale. Mbr on term leave. Have, 46R lt/w Bl Jkt, nvr worn,$50; full messdress, 46R top/38 pts & all, $150; call 843-513-6818

Sofa and Loveseat. New in package Must Sell $350. Call 696-5712 Can Deliver. • • fax 856-0358 Diggle Publishing - PO Box 2016, Mt. Pleasant SC 29465 • 843-972-2356 Diggle Publishing Company, the private contract publisher of the Joint Base PATRIOT (formerly the Airlift Dispatch & Navy Shoreline), accepts free personal classified ads from active duty, reserve and retired military personnel and their dependents. Ads which do not adhere to submission guidelines may be rejected without notice.

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Wood dining table with 4 chairs. Excellant Condition - $250. 843-875-3098

• Free Ads Can Be emailed (no Attachments, Please) or They Can Be Faxed. We Cannot Take Free Ads By Phone - Do Not Call To Confirm Your FREE Ad Was Received • Free Ads Can Only Be 3 lines (42 letters & Spaces per line) * • Only One Free Ad Per Family Per Issue * • Free Ads MUST Be For Personal Use (garage sale, selling your furniture or car, etc *** Business related Ads (daycare, babysitting, yard work, etc.) Are nOT Free *** • Free Ads MUST Be Accompanied By name, rank and Duty Station/Home Phone of Sponsoring Military Personnel • Ads Submitted in All CAPS Will not Be run • Ads Will Only run One Issue Per Submittal - To rerun your Ad, you Must resubmit It

46’ Sony Bravia LCD Digital Color TV. Like new, excellent condition $550.00. Call 843-478-3620 for details.

* Business-related ads cost $4 per line (42 letters and spaces per line). Additional lines (over the 3 free) for personal ads may be purchased for $4 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 (972-2356).

12” Thick Pillowtop mattress Set. Never opened, still in plastic. Must sell ASAP. Was $600, Sell $235. Call Keith, 843-375-5908.


The Patriot • October 22, 2010

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1999 Jeep Cherokee SE

2006 Mercury Mariner Premier

2009 Dodge Caliber SXT

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2003 MINI Cooper S

2009 Chrysler Sebring Touring

2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

SP3828 6 Speed

SP1091 Convertible

EP1080A Free Warranty





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2005 Chevrolet Impala

2003 Ford Ranger XLT

2006 Chevrolet Colorado LT

2002 Acura TL

P1026 Great Condition

SP1105 Low Miles, Bedliner

SP1107 5 Speed, CD/MP3, Tow Pkg.

EP1086B V6, Leather,CD/Mp3













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2004 Lexus ES 330

2009 Honda Fit Sport

2006 Chevrolet Equinox LS

SP1106A AWD, 16V, CD/MP3

P1048 Leather

P1033A 5 Speed Manual, Hatchback

EP1076A V6, Loaded








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