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Joint Base Charleston, S.C.

Vol. 7, No. 21

Patriot Joint Base Charleston: ‘Launch Point For The Nation's Resolve’

November 18, 2016

Molly Qerim, ESPN First Take host, is joined by Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Darius Rucker, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, broadcasting live here as part of their week of Veteran’s Day program, Nov. 7, 2016. Every year ESPN First Take honors service members near Veterans Day by telecasting their show from a different base and highlights service members who go above and beyond in their career. See more photos at

ESPN takes on Joint Base Charleston

Story and photos by Airman Megan Munoz Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – ESPN honored nearly 300 service members from Joint Base Charleston by broadcasting a top-rated morning sports talk show live from the base Nov. 7, 2016. Each year, ESPN telecasts an episode of First Take on a different military base around Veterans Day as part of their America's Heroes tribute, accoding to ESPN producer Antoine Lewis. “We think it is important to honor America’s military men and women," said Lewis. "It is also a great experience for us to interact with and entertain the troops.” Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and host Molly Qerim were joined by Darius Rucker, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, and an audience of Joint Base Charleston service members as the hosts discussed sports topics of the day. “They were very entertaining,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick O’Brien, 628th Communications Squadron information systems technician. “I’ve seen the show a few times and

it was great to see ESPN coming out and supporting us for Veterans Day.” During the program Smith, Kellerman and Qerim discussed various sports subjects and debated football and basketball related questions from the audience. “It was greatly appreciated that ESPN came out to support our military,” said Sgt. First Class Damon Holland, 841st Transportation Battalion operations NCO in charge. “It was a lot of fun to see the show and we all had a good time.” Along with service members from the Air Force, Navy, Army and Coast Guard in the audience, the show set highlighted Team Charleston’s joint mission with static displays including a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, a Humvee, a 628th Security Forces Squadron harbor patrol boat, a 628th SFS patrol car and an 841st Transportation Battalion rail car. “On behalf of our service members, civil servants and their families representing the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines and Coast Guard, I would like to thank First Take for visiting the Lowcountry to salute America’s heroes serving across the globe,” said Col. Robert Lyman, JB Charleston commander.

Members of Team Charleston cheer during ESPN’s First Take television program being broadcasted live here as part of First Take’s week of Veteran’s Day program, Nov. 7, 2016.

Joint Base Charleston conducts local combat skills training course By Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos 1st Combat Camera Squadron


Keeping Charleston airspace safe


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Squadrons return from deployment

Coast Guard trains for rescue operations


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U.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Andrea Salazar

Joint Base Charleston Airmen carry a litter with a simulated casualty during the first JB Charleston Combat Skills Training course here recently. The intent of CST is to ensure Airmen possibly deploying to hostile theaters in support of the joint service operations have the knowledge, skills and abilities to survive and support the mission in and out of combat. See more photos, Page 5.

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – Fourteen Airmen from various units here participated in a locally developed combat skills training course (CST) recently at McCrady Army National Guard Training Center, Eastover, South Carolina. This was the first evolution of the course, the “proof of concept,” with plans to make it enduring in the future. The course provides actual field training to Airmen deploying to locations that do not require attendance to U.S. Air Force sanctioned in-residence combat skills training. “We wanted to make sure our warriors were ready for anything when they deploy. Now that hands-on training isn't mandatory for most career fields before deployments, we decided to get back to basics and come up with a modified field craft training course to make sure we are prepared to the fullesst extent before heading downrange,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Lyman, 628th Air Base Wing commander. South Carolina Army National Guard’s Pre-mobilization Training Assistance Element (PTAE) conducted the course. The instructors trained Airmen in various skills, to include land navigation, rifle marksmanship, reacting to enemy contact, small squad movement and treating and evacuating casualties. The tried and true Army concept of “Shoot, Move, Communicate, Medicate, and Survive” was used throughout the course.

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“A lot of it was self-discovery, accountability and situational awareness,” said U.S. Army Guard Staff Sgt. Michael McCall, South Carolina Army National Guard PTAE instructor. “We directly instructed them in certain parts of the training but they also learned by realizing if they made certain decisions, they had to deal with the possible outcomes.” On the last day, during the Airmen’s final training mission, the instructors used smoke bombs, simulated artillery rounds and even posed as opposing forces. “We can train all day in the classroom with no pressure but by adding realism to the equation, the student is more likely to perform what they learned in training when facing high-stress situations,” McCall said. The four-day training was made possible by the combined effort of multiple units on base, included the 628th Mission Support Group, 628th Security Forces Squadron, 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 628th Force Support Squadron, and 628th Comptroller Squadron to name a few. At the conclusion of the training course a robust after action review was conducted to determine areas of potential improvement. “We did a hot wash right after finishing the training to make sure everything was fresh in everyone’s minds. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ralph “E.T.” Taylor, 628th Mission Support Group deputy commander and JB lead for this project.” See Combat Skills Training, Page 5

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Thanksgiving message Commentary by Col. Rob Lyman Joint Base Charleston commander

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – Team Charleston, Thank you for your service! As we move toward the long holiday weekend, my wife, Nancy, and I would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving! Each year Thanksgiving provides us the opportunity to reflect on the many things we have to be thankful for and to refocus on what really matters. I thank each of you for your dedication to advancing the many missions of Joint Base Charleston, both locally and abroad. Your efforts have a positive impact on our nation's Col. Rob Lyman security. Your service and sacrifices matter, as do those of your Joint Base Charleston commander families. Nancy and I are grateful for that service, and the many family memories sacrificed for service to country. We know often times it is not easy - making it all the more precious. Thank you. Although we have much to be thankful for, the holiday season can bring stress for many. Today, we still have many military members serving around the world, separated from their loved ones. As you celebrate this Thanksgiving, take time to reach out to those who may feel they are celebrating alone. Please make sure they know their larger service family is here for them. Thank you for all you do - I am grateful for this team, and the excellence you display every day. Nancy and I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! U.S. Navy courtesy photo With my gratitude, U.S. Navy mess cooks at the Charleston Navy Yard prepare Col. Rob Lyman turkeys for Thanksgiving Day 1943.

Birthday Message from Commandant of the Marine Corps

Commentary by Gen. Robert B. Neller Commandant of the Marine Corps

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – Each year on or around 10 November, Marines gather in groups large and small to celebrate our history, honor the memory of those who have gone before us, and rekindle the bond that unites all generations of Marines. This year, we mark the 241st anniversary of our Corps—241 years of uncommon valor, innovation, and combat excellence. Marines, we are part of something bigger than any of us could imagine. Whether you fought in the battles of World War I, in the Pacific during World War II, in Korea or Vietnam, in Desert Shield or Desert Storm, or in the streets of Iraq and Afghanistan—or you are just starting out on your Marine Corps journey—we are all part of an elite family of warriors. For the rest of your life, the first term people use to describe you will be “Marine.” When the Continental Congress stood up two battalions of Marines in 1775, a culture of discipline, vigilance, professionalism, and military

excellence was born that has characterized our Corps for nearly two and a half centuries. As Marines, we have a profound respect for our traditions and heritage, and for taking care of each other. We know we’re strongest when we’re together as a team. Wherever you are celebrating our Corps’ birthday this year, look around at the Marines beside you and remember the bonds forged in training, in garrison, and in combat. Take this time to reconnect. We are Marines for life. It’s our responsibility, our duty, to maintain and build upon the legacy of those who have gone before us. What we do today, guided by what we’ve learned from past generations, will determine the future of our Corps. So as we celebrate this 241st anniversary of our Corps, we also look ahead and prepare for our next success. Take pride in carrying our legacy forward. Happy Birthday, Marines! Semper Fidelis, Robert B. Neller General, U.S. Marine Corps Commandant of the Marine Corps

Jimmy Stewart: True American Patriot Commentary and illustration by Senior Airman Tom Brading 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – Jimmy Stewart once said, “What’s wrong with wanting to fight for your country? Why are people reluctant to use the word patriotism?” What would Stewart, who proudly wore the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm, among other decorations, think of the term “patriotism” in 2016? The United States seems to be filled with topics of division, especially during the 2016 political cycle. But, when did an emotional investment in our nation become one of those topics? Is it controversial to be patriotic? As a military member, I’ve volunteered to serve and sacrifice for the greater good of the United States, however possible. Yet, it’s not hard to notice a division on the term “patriotism” in today’s society. Stewart didn’t just believe in patriotism, he stood for it, too. In fact, he entered the military two months after winning an Academy Award in 1941 and before the country went to war. It was a different time, a different culture. As the United States entered World War II, Hollywood executives stepped forward to aid the warfighter. Stars, like Charlie Chaplin, were sent across the country on war bond drives, patriotic movies, documentaries, and other films were produced, and some public figures even participated in USO shows abroad. A number of stars, most notably Elvis Presley, enlisted into the military. However, nearly all of those individuals were put into roles that used their fame, and kept them away from actual combat. Still, patriotic forms of expression through actions remained. For me, Stewart is a once in a generation kind of public figure. He was one of the most famous actors on the planet, who firmly held onto the idea of patriotism, and did not shy away from defending the country. Entering the Army Air Corps at the age of 32, he was already a household name. As a famous actor, the public urged him not to volunteer for combat missions. However, his patriotism weighed heavier than the pleas of millions. Stewart flew more than 20 combat missions into enemy territory as a command pilot. His missions included bombing raids in Berlin, Brunswick, Bremen, Frankfurt, and Schweinfurt. By the end of World War II, Stewart had risen to the rank of colonel. He remained in the Air Force Reserve, and eventually became a brigadier general in 1959. In 1968, he retired from the Air Force and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, and ultimately, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. To put it into today’s terms, it would be like Tom Hanks commissioning into the Air Force as a pilot prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. I’m singling out Mr. Hanks due to his celebrity status and not because of anything he’s done personally. However, what happened to celebrities like Jimmy Stewart? Are today’s celebrities morally enlightened in comparison of the folks from yesterday? Whether it be refusing to stand for the national anthem or whatever the case may be, I’d prefer a role model like Stewart. Whatever patriotism means in 2016 is up for debate. Perhaps it’s the cynical Twitter age, or 24-hour news cycle that are reflections of our time. For me, what Stewart meant by “patriotism” doesn’t need labels to define it other than one: pride. Instead of patriotism being a dividing tool, it should be a uniting one. I believe in a united America. Regardless of political affiliation, race, reli-

Brig. Gen. James “Jimmy” Stewart (painted right, during tenure as colonel) flew more than 20 combat missions into enemy territory as a command pilot. His missions included bombing raids in Berlin, Brunswick, Bremen, Frankfurt and Schweinfurt. By the end of World War II, Stewart had risen to the rank of colonel. He remained in the Air Force Reserve and, eventually, became a brigadier general in 1959. In 1968, he retired from the Air Force and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and, ultimately, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

gion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or ability. During a time in our country when it’s difficult to find common ground with others, even while serving, perhaps remembering what makes America unique will help. That’s not only the America I believe in, but serve proudly. The United States is the land of the free, and it only keeps that title as long as it’s also the home of the brave. You don’t need to be a household name, or Academy Award recipient to be remembered for your patriotic duty to serve in the nation’s military. With Veteran’s Day around the corner, we’ll honor and thank all veterans. From prior service members like my father, to iconic figures like Jimmy Stewart, for their heroic service to our country by not only saying thank you, but never forgetting their dedication and patriotism.

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American shipbuilding and the Charleston Navy Yard: A link to the past Commentary by Joshua Mayes 628th Air Base Wing Historian

lier than previously thought. In 1979, Dr. Richard Steffy of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M stated it was, JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – “The most important single nautical discovery in the United States to date.” In the 1720’s a large merchant ship sank at Browns Ferry on As Charleston’s trade and transportation the Black River in Georgetown County approximately an network grew in the late 17th and early 18th hour northeast of the Naval Weapons Station Charleston. At centuries the need for a variety of watercraft the time of the sinking, Benjamin Franklin was a young man increased. The abundance of building materiin his 20’s and George Washington was not yet born. The als made Charleston one of the earliest proBrowns Ferry carried 25 tons of bricks made on a local planductive ports along the Atlantic seaboard. At tation, English wine bottles, oars, millstones, iron pots and the time of the sinking of the Brown Ferry smoking pipes made of gourds ship, many merchants were turning from the Fast forward to 1973 when local recreational divers found sea and building large agricultural plantathe wreck lying just off the bank in 20 feet of water. Dr. tions. Thus, the shipbuilding enterprise Ralph Wilbanks of the state Institute of Archaeology and slowed until the American Revolution and Anthropology spent six weeks preparing the wreck for the formation of the U.S. Navy in 1775. removal from the Black River. The archaeologists used milk The merchant ship, like the one found at crates to bring up the 10,000 bricks that lay atop the boat and SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology courtesy photo Brown’s Ferry, would have aided in the war in the mud. A few years later, in 1976, 8,000 people lined the riverbank In 1976, approximately eight thousand people line the banks of the Black River effort of the colonists during the American as the boat was finally lifted from its watery grave and driven in Georgetown, South Carolina to watch as the early 18th century colonial Revolution by transporting men and supplies merchant ship at Brown's Ferry is raised. along the southeastern river systems. It is on a flatbed tractor trailer to Columbia. The trailer had to stop every 10 miles to borrow water hoses from local gas stations to soak the boat to prevent decay likely that the designs of early American shipbuilding also helped win the war in the from being exposed to oxygen. The boats’ construction consisted of oak, cypress and pine Lowcountry but, by the end of the American Revolution, the shipping industry in the newly and had to be meticulously preserved by replacing the water in the cells of the wood with independent United States was all but destroyed. From the late 18th century to 1865, polyethylene glycol. The process of conservation, from start to finish, lasted nine years. The Charleston was supported by 14 shipyards although the heyday of shipbuilding had passed vessel now resides in the Georgetown Rice Museum and a model of the ship is in at the South into history. The Charleston shipyards provided a legacy that dimmed briefly to be reignited by the Carolina Maritime Museum. Both museums are located on Front St. in Georgetown, South establishment of the Charleston Navy Yard on the west bank of the Cooper River in 1901. Carolina. Eighteenth and nineteenth century boats, although rare, are discovered periodically in the The Charleston Navy Yard eventually became the Charleston Navy base serving as a homerivers and lakes of the United States. However, this Black River find is the rarest. The dis- port for numerous ships and submarines. The Navy base supported the nation through all U.S. covery is primary evidence that American shipbuilding was occurring perhaps 50 years ear- conflicts until its closing in 1996.

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841st participates in tactical exercise

Members of the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade tour the Maritime Administration vessel, CAPE Decision, during a tactical exercise held Nov. 2, 2016 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Ninety company grade officers and NCO's traveled from Ft. Bragg, N.C. to participate in the exercise.

By Sergeant First Class Damon Holland, NCO In Charge 841st Transportation Battalion Operations

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – Accompanied by 90 of their battalion and company grade officers and noncommissioned officers, U.S. Army Col. Jay Walker, commanding officer and Command Sergeant Major Edward Baptiste of the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade (MI Bde.), Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, visited the 841st Transportation Battalion (Bn.) here, Nov. 2, 2016, to conduct a Tactical Exercise Without Troops (TEWT). During the exercise, Lt. Col. Dennis Major, 841st Bn. and Maj. Helen Wallace, 841st Bn .executive officer, conducted an operational overview and terrain walk of Charleston, S.C., and Wilmington, N.C., strategic ports. Major said, “It’s always a pleasure to share what we know with those who need to know.” Chris Zahner, supervisor, Traffic Management Division, delivered a rail operations brief and Carnall Williams and Trenny Jenkins, 841st Bn. Marine Cargo specialists, demonstrated port rail operations using the 841st Bn. shuttle wagon. During the demonstration, the audience received instructions on the safety and procedures for loading, moving and staging railcars for onward movement. The 525th MI Bde. completed their visit with a tour of the Maritime Administration (MARAD) vessels CAPE Decision and CAPE Douglas at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. The commander and leadership of the 525th MI Bde. were happy to gain valuable knowledge about port operations, the 841st Bn. and the multi-modal training platforms available at Joint Base Charleston. “The Chief of Staff of the Army’s number one priority is readiness,” Major commented. “Coupled with the U.S. TRANSCOM commander’s intent, our 841st team works hard to find innovative ways to enhance units’ readiness by hosting leader professional development engagements and other training events.” Walker and Major agreed this engagement was a win for both the 841st Transportation Battalion and the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade.

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Lt. Col. Dennis Major, 841st Transportation Battalion commanding officer, briefs members of the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade on the capabilities of the Port of Wilmington, N.C. during a tactical exercise held Nov. 2, 2016 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Ninety company grade officers and NCO's traveled from Ft. Bragg, N.C. to participate in the exercise.

MACA highlights Charleston airspace safety

Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Kevin West Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – Joint Base Charleston hosted its first Mid-Air Collision Avoidance event with local pilots to bring awareness to the program here Nov. 5, 2016. The event is anticipated to occur biannually with locations alternating between JB Charleston and Shaw Air Force Base. The MACA program brings together military and local community pilots to focus on flight safety. Avoiding a near miss and mid-air collisions is of the utmost importance. “Every Air Force safety office has a MACA program,” said Maj. Brian Butler, chief of flight safety from 437th Airlift Wing. “The purpose is to provide awareness of what we do here at Charleston and how we train. All of which impacts the local flying airspace we share with all the civilian aviation. By bringing these folks here to fly their own airplanes, we give them the opportunity to experience the military aspect for a day.” Sharing the mission of JB Charleston with community civilian pilots offers a better understanding of why specific procedures are put in place. The event gives pilots, both military and civilian, a forum to discuss flying and aviation safety. “I’m a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, former com-

mander and former wing group safety officer,” J.D. Nelson, lead pilot for LifeNet and Air Methods medevac helicopter. “I’m very familiar with the whole Air force program and emphasis behind all safety, flight safety in this case. We continue to look for ways to be safe in the air. My unit and the Air force JB Charleston unit operate in shared airspace frequently, so I see the value in the program and want, through the MACA program, to keep us all safe.” Air safety is the key element behind the MACA program. It allows civilian and military pilots to understand each other’s missions. “It’s great to have everyone out here and to learn about, not only what they do, what we do and why we have to do it,” said Capt. Jeffrey Riesterer, a pilot from the 15th Airlift Squadron, “Also, to encourage open communications pro- U.S. Air Force Maj. Brian Butler, chief of safety at the 437th Airlift Wing, greets local pilots as they arrive on the flightline for moting aviation safety in the local area.” Joint Base Charleston’s first Mid-Air Collision Avoidance event The MACA event gave pilots from both sides the opporNov. 5, 2016. The MACA program is designed to promote aviatunity to share their experiences and learn from each other. tion safety between military and civilian pilots who share the “It is a great opportunity,” said Butler. “The fly-ins in the local airspace. Sharing the mission of JB Charleston with comcivilian community is a great way for these people to come munity civilian pilots offers a better understanding of why spein and see each other’s airplanes, talk about flying and their cific procedures are put in place. The event gives pilots, military experiences. A lot of what we learn as aviators is through and civilian, a forum to discuss flying and aviation safety. experience. So it’s time in the airplane, but a lot of that is talking to other people, learning from other people’s expeyour own flying. Additionally, the interaction between the riences and taking those learning points and applying them to military and civilian pilots is great for our comradery.”


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Combat Skills Training from Page 1

“We are looking at potentially adding one more day of instruction to be able to ensure we capture the most effective skills needed for combat,” Taylor said. “Our Army National Guard partners are very enthusiastic about the course and we are all looking forward to the next one potentially in the early spring of 2017. “At the moment, this is solely a JB Charleston program,” he continued. “We are going report feedback to higher headquarters once we collect all the data, solidify the program and, hopefully, inspiring other bases to benchmark off what we started.”

U.S. Air Force photos / Staff Sgt. Andrea Salazar

U.S. Staff Sgt. Michele Lazurka, 628th Medical Support Squadron member, provides security during the first Joint Base Charleston Combat Skills Training course here, Sept. 28, 2016. This course was created to help future deployers receive “hands-on” CST with basic tactical combat skills such as: weapons training, combat life saver skills, counter improvised explosive device tactics, communications and land navigation.

NHCC conducts uniform inspection

U.S. Navy photo / Kris Patterson

Naval Health Clinic Charleston Command Master Chief Robert Miley, center, checks the placement of the neckerchief of Seaman Dylan Cox, a hospitalman at NHCC, during a Service Dress Blue uniform inspection Nov. 4 at NHCC. Seaman Brianna Grindle, left, hospitalman, records inspection results.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michele Lazurka, 628th Medical Support Squadron member, plots coordinates on a map during the first Joint Base Charleston Combat Skills Training course here, Sept. 28, 2016. The four day course trained Airmen on basic tactical combat skills such as: weapons training, combat life saver skills, counter improvised explosive device tactics, communications and land navigation.

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JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service are helping military children hone in on the perfect holiday gift idea at the exchange here, starting when its 2016 Toyland toy book was released Oct. 21 in the continental United States and then Nov. 4 world-wide. Stocked with the hottest fall toys for boys and girls of all ages, the Toyland toy book features a special assortment of toys tested by real military children, identifiable by the Military BratApproved logo. “The Military Brat Approved program is just another example of the Exchange’s efforts to serve the unique needs of the greatest customers in the world,” said General Manager, Common Orris. “We want to make sure the holidays—or any gift-giving occasion—leaves a smile on the faces of our customers’ military brats.” The toy book’s cover features a caricature of Alexander Johnson, who received a $500 Exchange gift card for winning the Exchange’s 2016 Toyland sweepstakes. Johnson was selected from nearly 200 young Exchange shoppers worldwide who submitted in 10 words or less what it means to them to be a military brat. His entry read, “What it means to be a Military Brat.....It means coming home to a hero every day!!!” The Exchange is also offering fee-free layaway through Dec. 24 to help parents keep their military brats’ gifts away from prying eyes before the holidays. For information on fee-free layaway, contact your local Exchange’s customer service desk. Shoppers can also visit to browse the season’s hottest toys. Online purchases of $49 ship for free when paying with a MILITARY STAR® card.

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Dual purpose exercise delivers vaccine

Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Thomas T. Charlton Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – Joint Base Charleston participated in a three-day public health emergency exercise Nov. 7-9, testing the base’s capability to respond to a biological virus outbreak. As the host base for two airlift wings responsible for providing a significant portion of Air Mobility Command’s global reach capability, members of Joint Base Charleston who deliver that capability have the potential to be exposed to a wide range of viruses while performing their missions. This exercise was held to prepare base units to respond to potential outbreaks after the return of units exposed to viruses. “In the exercise scenario an aircrew returned from overseas

Senior Airman Adriana Saenz, 628th Medical Group (MDG) public health technician, right, briefs members of Joint Base Charleston about receiving their annual flu vaccine at a point of distribution during a public health emergency exercise on Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, Nov. 9, 2016. The 628th MDG processed more than 1,000 patients as part of the exercise.

with this virus. They went to a base military members, it seemed the obvipicnic, spreading the disease,” said ous and practical decision was to do Maj. Emily Dietrich, 628th Medical them together.” Group (MDG) pharmacy flight comTo conduct an exercise of this size mander. “Once noticing the mass required participation from numerous flu-like symptoms, we spent the secagencies across the base. ond day setting up a disease contain“From when we first started planning ment plan as well as learning as the exercise to actually executing it much about the disease as we could. took about six months,” said Capt. On Wednesday, we executed the Allen Hauser, 628th MDG pharmacy plan by establishing a Point of element chief. “Thanks to the 628th Distribution (POD).” Logistics Readiness Squadron, the The purpose of a POD is to pro628th Security Forces Squadron, all vide mass vaccinations or medicasections of the 628th MDG and memtion during biological incidents. bers of the 628th Air Base Wing POD exercises are performed bianInspector General team, they were able nually to test how quickly the base to make the exercise run smoothly. responds. Outside groups like Roper St. Francis With flu season underway, the Members of Joint Base Charleston receive theirHospital the Department of Health and 628th MDG needed to provide annual flu vaccines from the 628th MedicalEnvironmental Control, Medical Team Charleston members their flu Group (MDG) at a point of distribution during aUniversity of South Carolina and the public health emergency exercise on Joint Base shots and the POD provided them Charleston, South Carolina, Nov. 9, 2016. Veterans Administration were beyond with the perfect venue to do that. helpful in the planning stage.” The 628th MDG vaccinated more Joint Base Charleston is one of the than 1,000 people in a single day and individuals received largest mobility bases on the East Coast with a 63,000 patient candy to simulate the medication they would be given in a reach in Charleston, South Carolina. Having this reach real world situation. requires preparation for these possible situations. “Executing the flu vaccine with the exercise was like “I think that the POD was conducted as efficiently and as killing two birds with one stone,” said Master Sgt. Deanna safely as we possibly could,” said Hauser. “I couldn’t be more Shore-Rees, 628th MDG dental flight chief. “Because the proud of everyone who was involved in the exercise. Their exercise required a great deal of participation from the base help made the exercise as simple as it possibly could have populace already and the annual flu vaccine was due for all been.”

Arleigh Burke Sailor remembers his time onboard

By Petty Officer First Class Sean Stafford Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – Having earned his plankowner certificate more than 20 years ago, one former Sailor thought about his time aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG51), when it pulled in for a port visit here, Veterans Day weekend. The term plankowner dates to a time when wooden naval ships sailed the seas. As ships were being built, Sailors would choose wooden planks and nail them into place themselves. Upon the ship's decommissioning, the Sailors could retrieve their planks as mementoes from their time on board. Timothy Reed became a USS Arleigh Burke plankowner serving aboard her from 1991-1993. Decades after the ships commissioning, Reed, now a police officer with the 628th Security Forces assigned to Naval Weapons station, reflects on his experience as a plank owner. “I enlisted in the Navy August 2, 1990 and shipped out to Recruit Training Command (RTC) Orlando, Florida.” Reed said. “I was an undesignated seaman under a two year enlistment. While in boot camp, I received orders in a letter and mini poster signed by the Captain John Morgan, USS Arleigh Burke commanding officer. The letter said congratulations you’ve been selected to be a crew member of the first AEGIS class destroyer.” The USS Arleigh Burke, the first ship of the AEGIS guided missile

destroyer class, was commissioned on July 4, 1991. This ship was designed to take advantage of evolving technology while reducing ship construction costs. “As a recruit about to graduate from training, you’re kind of like, what does this letter mean?” said Reed. “My recruit division commander (RDC) explained that the Arleigh Burke commanding officer could hand pick Sailors from boot camp to become plankowners and commissioning crew members. It was an outstanding feeling being selected, I had done well in training and Capt. Morgan noticed. Being selected is an honor I will always have.” Even before the Arleigh Burke destroyer was completely built, Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force started the initial phases of testing. New systems, operated by fleet sailors ashore, were examined at land-based test facilities. The combat system test took place at the Combat System Engineering Development Site in Moorestown, New Jersey. The propulsion plant test occurred at the Gas Turbine Ship Land-Based Engineering Site in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. These test results supported the decision build this type of ship and limited production began. The Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers are warships designed to provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities. Destroyers can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups and underway replenishment groups.

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The USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) arrives in Charleston, South Carolina, Nov. 10, 2016. The destroyer was named for U.S. Navy Adm. Arleigh A. Burke who served in World War II, the Korean War and as the Chief of Naval Operations. The USS Arleigh Burke is the lead ship of that class of Aegis-equipped guided missile destroyers.

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The Patriot • Nov. 18 - Dec. 1, 2016


Chapel Corner

NHCC Pharmacy Brown Bag event

The chapel has new customer service hours to accommodate your needs. Please note the Airbase Chapel will ONLY be open (including phone calls, walk-ins and e-mail) during the days/hours listed below: Sunday: 0900 - 1500 (Worship Services ONLY) Mondays: 0900 - 1500 Tuesdays: 0900 - 1500 Wednesdays: Closed for Training Thursdays: 0900 - 1500 Fridays: 0900 - 1500 Saturday: Closed

CATHOLIC SERVICES Daily Mass Wednesdays @ 11:30 a.m. - Air Base (AB) Chapel Thursdays @ 11:30 a.m. - Weapon Station (WS) Chapel The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is open for prayer between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. Sunday- Mass 9 a.m. - AB Chapel • 11:30 a.m. - WS Chapel PROTESTANT SERVICES SUNDAY 10 a.m. - WS Traditional Service - With Children’s Church 10:30 a.m. - AB Evangelical Protestant Service - With Children’s Church

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Jennifer Rogers, a pharmacist at Naval Health Clinic Charleston, displays information about NHCC's new drop box for unused medicines during NHCC's Prescription Brown Bag Event Oct. 21 at NHCC. In celebration of National Pharmacy Week Oct. 17-21, beneficiaries were invited to bring their current medications in a "brown bag" to NHCC, where pharmacists reviewed the medicines and provided information regarding their common uses, side-effects, interactions with other medications, and other safety factors. The pharmacists gave away medicine log books, blood sugar diaries and more. For beneficiaries who could not make it to the week-long event, NHCC extends an open invitation for patients to receive medication counseling by visiting the NHCC Pharmacy, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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The Patriot • Nov. 18 - Dec. 1, 2016


Welcome home!

Staff Sgt. Theodore Clever III, of the 15th Airlift Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing, reunites with his children upon returning home from a deployment to southwest Asia Nov. 2, 2016, at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Members of the 14th and 16th Airlift Squadrons returned as well. The 437th AW commands the base's premier active-duty flying wing. The wing flies and maintains one of the largest fleets of C-17 aircraft in the Air Force, providing a significant portion of Air Mobility Command’s global reach airlift capability.

U.S. Air Force photos / Airman 1st Class Kevin West

Staff Sgt. Theodore Clever III, of the 15th Airlift Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing, kisses his wife upon returning home from a deployment to Southwest Asia Nov. 2, 2016, at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina.

Col. Johnson assumes command of 315th MXG

Story and photos by Senior Airman Jonathan Lane 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. – Members of the 315th Maintenance Group welcomed a new commander for their unit during a change of command ceremony Nov. 6, 2016, at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Col. Richard Gay relinquished his command of seven years to Col. Sharon Johnson as Gay prepares for his retirement later in the year. “Our Airmen and NCO’s are the best and they have been so successful in their work,� Gay said. “I’m so proud of them and their dedication to their duty.� Col. Gregory Gilmour, 315th Airlift Wing commander, led the ceremony with opening remarks. “We’re not a group of individual units here, we’re Team Charleston,� said Gilmour. “When they look for a mission to be done, they know that we will complete it successfully and the maintenance group has been a big part of that confidence.� As the ceremony continued, Gay passed the guidon to Gilmour, who then presented it to Johnson as the new

commander. “I want our airmen to be valued whether they’re here at home station, or whether they’re out in the community, or whether they’re out there in the Air Force overall,â€? Johnson said. “I want to make sure every Airman knows they are valued‌that’s what I want to leave behind.â€? Prior to taking command of the 315th MXG, Johnson was 440th Maintenance Group commander at Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina. The 315th MXG provides training for over 596 Reservists assigned to three diverse units 315th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 315th Maintenance Squadron and 315th Maintenance Operations Squadron. Their goal is to maintain proficiency to augment active duty forces in any contingency so C-17 aircraft capability is sustained in support of Joint Base Charleston's global mission.

315th Airlift Wing Commander, Col. Gregory Gilmour passes the guidon to new 315th Maintenance Group Commander, Col. Sharon Johnson Nov. 6. Members of the 315th Maintenance Group welcomed the new commander to their unit during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Col. Richard Gay relinquished his command of seven years to Johnson as Gay prepares for his retirement later in the year.

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The 597th Transportation Brigade was responsible for the movement of about 34,000 pieces of unit equipment and vehicles in Fiscal Year 2016. The 597th's 841st Transportation Battalion, based out of Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, recently uploaded about 350 vehicles onto the Motor Vessel Arc Honor before it set sail toward the U.S. Army Europe area of operations. However, before all that happened, there was an extensive process involved in getting the wheels of those vehicles in motion to be transported. "It starts off with a port call message that lets us know a vessel is coming in," said Sgt. 1st Class Julian Alvarez, 841st terminal operations NCOIC. "Once the arrival date for the vessel is published, the process of booking cargo to it begins." Alvarez said vessels can come from anywhere including directly from the Middle East or right up the street in the downtown Port of Charleston. Once the arrival date for the vessel is in place, the cargo starts to come in. In the case of the MV Honor, most of the cargo comes from the Army Strategic Logistics Activity Charleston (ASLAC). "They (ASLAC) support pushing out armored vehicles and equipment for this area," Alvarez said. Cargo can come from manufacturers or refitting stations as it did with the MV Honor, but that's not always the case. "Sometimes unit equipment is sent directly from a home station in preparation for a deployment," Alvarez said. "If it's an aviation unit, they have the capability to fly down here and then we'd designate landing zones and stage the birds." The time it takes for cargo to arrive to the staging yard can vary depending on where it's coming from and how it is being transported. "It can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks," Alvarez said. "It's really dependent on the mission itself." Alvarez said once the cargo arrives on site, it's verified by checkers who are out physically at the yard primarily using the Global Air Transportation Execution System (GATES). "From that, we build an on-hand report," he said. "Once the on-hard report shows that everything was booked in the system through the integrated booking system (IBS) sustainment, then we know we have everything on ground that's supposed to be loaded. Once we verify we have everything in the yard, we prep for the vessel arrival." The 841st operations section then develops a stow plan on board the vessel using the Deployment Integrated-Computerized System (I-CODES). "When the stow plan is developed, they have a layout of the ship, the I-CODES, so they can 'plug-and-play' where each piece of equipment is going to go with proper dimensions," Alvarez said. "Before anything touches the vessel, they already know where it's going to go." He added that it's important to make sure the vessel isn't loaded top-heavy so the vessel can move safely. Vehicles are tracked and documented using a transportation control number and model number. "It pretty much tells you what it is and where it's going," said Sgt. Lekisha

Montgomery, 841st I-CODES NCO. Montgomery said she likes her job, despite its tedious nature. "I love seeing all the different trucks and boxes that come through," she said. "You get to learn what they are, where they're going and how they'll get there. One of the best parts is that I'm on a ship. It's really awesome. This is the bread and butter. This is why I joined up." Montgomery, who's been a cargo specialist since 2013, has learned how to deal with the controlled chaos involved with an upload. "You have to stay very alert," she said. "The workers (stevedores) are here to do a job and that's to make sure everything comes on board. We try to stay out of their way as much as possible and still do our job at the same time." Staff Sgt. Jasmin Powell, 841st marine cargo specialist, works to make sure vehicles are uploaded in accordance with the stow plan and that they are latched in a secure and orderly manner. "My favorite part of this job is ensuring that our warfighters have what they need -- making sure that cargo gets loaded correctly -- that there are no damages and no one gets injured," Powell said. "The teamwork and cohesion is good. Everybody stays on the same page. Communication is great between us and the stevedores. We work great together." The workload for upload procedures is delved out between Soldiers and stevedores. "For our AO (area of operations) specifically, we work with the civilian stevedores who do the physical aspect of actually moving the equipment on the vessel," Alvarez said. "Soldiers from the unit will provide oversight and expertise and make sure everything is done safely and in accordance with appropriate guidelines. They also provide oversight of the vehicles and equipment." Alvarez added that a safety brief takes place before anyone starts touching equipment. "After the safety briefing, they immediately start moving the first few pieces on board," he said. For a 350-piece movement, it takes an estimated 10 hours and a team of about 17, about eight of which are Soldiers who upload and properly stow the equipment properly on board a vessel with a goal to begin shipment the same day. "Accountability is paramount because there are so many moving pieces," Alvarez said of the process. "It's almost controlled chaos in that you have equipment being uploaded going to different areas of the ship simultaneously." If equipment is loaded in the wrong spot, vehicles may have to be unlatched, which can be time-consuming and costly. The accountability is anything to avoid delays -- making sure everything is done safely and correctly, Alvarez said. He added that communication and teamwork between the Soldiers and stevedores is important and also a challenge they have to overcome. "If you're deep on a vessel, cell phone reception doesn't work," Alvarez said. "Radios won't always function because it's a metal vessel." Vehicles typically shipped may include Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAPS), armored vehicles or unit-level equipment, according to Alvarez. "If it moves or if it supports the warfighter out in the field, then we move it," he said.


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Nov. 19 / Key Spouse Training (Initial): 19 Nov 8:00 – 4:00 Initial training for new Key Spouses. Must bring copy of key spouse appointment letter to class. Nov. 23, 30 / Educational Opportunities Counseling: 2, 9, 23, 30 Nov, 1300-1600. Meet one-on-one for 30 minutes with an expert who will help you reach your educational goals. Nov. 29 / VA Disability Claims Workshop: 8 or 29 Nov, 08001400. The VA representative will cover the VA claims and filing process. Members (who do not have a copy of their med-


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