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Vol. 3, No. 47

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

Friday, November 30, 2012

Service members and dependents stretch as a group before a CrossFit class Nov. 19, 2012, at the Joint Base Charleston – Air Base Fitness Center. The group conducts weightlifting, calisthenics and running during an hour-long workout session. The CrossFit classes are open to all military members, DoD employees and dependents. See more photos, Page 16.

JB Charleston stays fit through the cold months

Story and photos by Senior Airman Dennis Sloan Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Whether it’s jumping rope, running, performing squats or push-ups, the community members at the Joint Base Charleston – Air Base Fitness Center are not letting the cooler fall weather put a freeze on their fitness regiments. The fitness center offers CrossFit classes every week for community members looking to break out of their rut of just lifting weights or hours of cardio. “We are all volunteers who take turns teaching and running CrossFit classes throughout the week,” said Senior Airman Michael Sellers, a volunteer CrossFit coach from 315th Airlift Wing. The one-hour classes consist of several different exercises such as weightlifting, calisthenics and running. “We rarely do the same workout from one day to the next,”

said Master Sgt. Steven Hart, 628th Security Forces Squadron first sergeant and volunteer CrossFit coach. “The whole point of CrossFit is to not get in a routine – we use muscle confusion to stay fit.” Whether a person has been performing CrossFit for years or has no experience, the coaches guide them throughout the workout. “If someone is new, we make sure to take them to the side and demonstrate the exercises so they do not hurt themselves,” said Sellers. “We encourage everybody to come out and try CrossFit.” CrossFit classes are held Monday through Friday at 6 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. A class is also held Saturday at 10 a.m. “I recommend that people try the class more than once,” said Sellers. “It took me about three sessions to really understand it and get into a groove. Once that happened, I was hooked and have not stopped.”

The CrossFit classes are open to anyone who is able to use the fitness centers on base. The Fitness Center offers several other fitness classes including Yoga/Pilates, step aerobics, spin and even Salsa classes for those that like to dance their way to a healthy lifestyle. • Yoga/Pilates- Monday and Wednesday from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. • Step Aerobics- Monday and Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. • Spin- Wednesday and Friday from 6:15 to 7 a.m. • Salsa- Tuesday at 6 p.m. for beginners and 7 p.m. for intermediate. For more information regarding the CrossFit classes and other fitness classes at the Air Base Fitness Center call 9633347. The Weapons Station Fitness Center also hosts several fitness classes to include: circuit training, Yoga, High Intensity Interval Training and Zumba. For more information on fitness classes at the Weapons Station Fitness Center call 764-4173.

Crouching Sailor, Hidden Airman

Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Tom Brading Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

style of karate throughout the United against an adversary in a combat style fight judged States, and Boykin volunteers his time by Master-level black belts. to train service members at Joint Base "After the tournament, the dojo Master offered To some, martial arts is not a sport, it is a way of life. Charleston. me a drink," said Boykin. "Being accepted into a Tim Boykin, Space and Naval Warfare Systems operations According to Boykin, volunteering traditional Japanese dojo was one of my greatest research analyst and retired U.S. Navy commander, has dedi- time to teach others is his duty as a achievements." cated his life to not only serving his country but also to mar- Master black belt. It's a duty that began Years of crafting his martial arts artistry has tial arts. He has excelled in the Isshin-ryū style of karate, years ago, thousands of miles away on garnished Boykin many successes over the years, becoming an 8th degree Master Isshin-ryū black belt, as well the far east corner of the globe. including an induction into the Isshin-ryū Hall of as a black belt in Ju-Jitsu and the first Navy officer to receive It's the late 1970s and inside a large Fame in 2010, IHOF Instructor of the Year in the Marine Corps black belt. dojo somewhere in the Japanese coun2009, Spirit of Isshin-ryū in 1996 and many other Isshin-ryū, Boykin's first martial arts love, is an Okinawan tryside, the red sun rises over the recognitions. karate style founded in Japan after World War II. Military snowy mountain tops and countryside, However, according to Boykin, some of the members, especially Marines stationed at Okinawa, were light radiates through translucent paper greatest achievements he's experienced in martial almost immediately drawn to the striking arts and stand-up walls of the dojo and golden beams arts haven't come from earning trophies. Its fighting style Isshin-ryū offered. Today, it remains a popular from the misty dawn illuminate the always came from earning respect, from his early sacred training ground. days in the military in Yokosuka, Japan, to his Meanwhile, more Tim Boykin, Space and Naval years in the Cajun country of Louisiana with the than 30 Japanese Warfare Systems operations U.S. Marines. Weekend natives have already research analyst and retired For three years, Boykin trained Marines in Weather dedicated countless Navy commander, trains serv- hand-to-hand combat in New Orleans . Update hours toward training ice members and civilians in Wooden planks weren't the only thing Boykin martial arts Nov. 26, 2012, at the on the same hallowed broke as he trained Marines preparing for deployJB CHS, SC Joint Base Charleston – Air ground as their ances- Base fitness center. ment. He also broke barriers by becoming the first Friday, November 30 tors. Tradition and naval officer to receive the Marine Corps black honor are just as imporbelt. Traditionally, Marines wear their martial arts Mostly tant to them as the precision which they prac- belt color as their webbed rigger's belt earned through the Sunny tice their martial arts. Marine Corps Martial Arts Program on their Marine Corps (0% precip) Boykin, a young naval officer and martial Combat Utility Uniform. arts brown belt at the time, is an outsider as he "It was very difficult for me to receive the black belt from High 69º cautiously enters the dojo. He began his marthe Marines," said Boykin. "But, I trained all the judges that Low 45º tial arts training outside of Charlotte, N.C., were qualifying me, so it was hard for them to consistently Saturday, December 1 EFMP holds but has never trained inside a traditional deny my ability. And I'll be honest; it felt great to be an old Japanese dojo. The locals were often weary of Navy officer wearing that black belt with my blue uniform." Partly Special Olympics at outsiders. However, instead of being banished To this day, his time spent with the Marines are some of his Cloudy Joint Base Charleston by the disciplined locals inside, the Master proudest moments. (10% precip) trainer requests him to stay. Boykin challenges JB Charleston Airmen and Sailors to See page 7 "They didn't understand a word I said, and challenge themselves and step into his dojo and learn the High 73º I couldn't understand them," said Boykin. basics of martial arts. Low 50º "But, what we lacked in communication, we "Nobody expects new members to run across bamboo Sunday, December 2 made up through martial arts." sticks like a kung-fu movie their first night," said Boykin. Throughout that day, Boykin took part in "But if anyone wants to better themselves, maybe build selfPartly 437th AW and more than 25 fights, including a kumite tour- confidence or just want to get a good work out, then attending Cloudy nament. For hours, he fought through the pain one of my classes is a great way to do that." (20% precip) 628th ABW earn awards and sweat and with every advancing round in Master Tim Boykin's Isshin-ryū classes are offered free See page 13 the tournament, he gained a little more respect Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m., and beginning High 71º from his opponents. The kumite is a sparring Nov. 29, Thursdays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the JB Charleston Low 46º style tournament, where individuals face off Air Base fitness center.




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Continuous process improvement begins with you Commentary by Col. Albert Miller 437th Airlift Wing vice commander

As our civilian leaders search for solutions to the country's mounting fiscal challenges, we must continually find ways to work smarter, not harder. With possible manning and budget reductions on the horizon, finding efficiencies in everyday operations is vital to the success of our mission at Joint Base Charleston and of the United States military as a whole. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley touched on this in September when he said looming budget reductions would drive our force to protect readiness by "trading size for quality." The message is out there; we must all look for ways to find efficiencies as we can no longer afford to apply brute force manpower to overcome a problem. We have to learn to work smarter. Therefore, it is no secret where we stand now or where we need to go. However, how do we get there? First, we all must examine our workplaces to find efficiencies. Not simply making change for change's sake, but if there is a possible improvement - make your voice heard. Squadron, group and wing leadership want and need your help. The wing has a select group of trained and highly skilled individuals who are ready to help facilitate and take your Continuous Process Improvement ideas to the next level. Not every idea has to go through a full eightstep problem-solving process to be successful. Most ideas brought forward culminate in a "justdo-it" and the problem gets resolved very quickly. The important lesson here is to speak up if you have an idea, because your leadership realizes the best ideas come from the men and women on the front line getting the job done every day.

Make your plan known and you will get the support you need to realize efficiencies in your shop. One of the best parts of my job is I often get the opportunity to sit in on Rapid Improvement Event out-briefs. I see firsthand the progress our Col. Albert Miller Airmen and civilians make as they take ownership of their work centers and seek to find efficiencies wherever possible. At the RIE out-briefs, I always ask the participants a few questions: Did they have any reservations before beginning the RIE? Did they know what to expect during the RIE? After working through the process, do they feel their time was worthwhile and do they see how the RIE could benefit them? Without fail, the responses are always the same. Before beginning the process, they have all had reservations about the worthiness of an RIE. This was probably due to the answer they give to the second question, which is they really did not know what to expect during the RIE. The best part is the answer to the final questions, which validate the process when they are believers who feel the time spent on the RIE was worth it, and they see how the recommendations and action plan will benefit them. As we strive to streamline our processes, the 437th Airlift Wing has conducted several RIEs in the last year. For example, the 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron recently examined an issue they were having with repeat and recurring maintenance discrepancies. Essentially, the rates

had exceeded Air Mobility Commands standards for five out of six months, so they held an RIE to determine a root cause and ways to address it. After gathering subject matter experts together with a facilitator and providing a distraction-free environment, they combed through two years' worth of data, identified areas for improvement and developed six JDIs to combat the problem. By recognizing the issue and addressing it, the 437th AMXS not only has a way forward, but also a history of steps taken to fix this issue. The 437th Aerial Port Squadron has conducted RIEs to fix inefficiencies in the pre-deployment process and also vehicle and Material Handling Equipment tracking. After implementing several ground-level training and procedural changes for vehicle tracking, the squadron expects to see a work force savings of 95 percent on 33 percent of the vehicle fleet. As I mentioned earlier, not all good ideas will require an RIE. More often, an Airman's idea will result in a JDI project. The 437th Operations Group completed 19 JDIs and/or projects this year alone, ranging from training improvements to decoration tracking. Perhaps most importantly, by maintaining a record of these improvement efforts and countermeasures, the group can easily reference the lessons of the past and better understand the necessary steps required to make the process even more efficient in the future. Clearly, we will face some challenges as the defense budget changes and priorities shift in the next few years, however, it is important for all of us to work toward improving our processes now. By eliminating what is not necessary and focusing on what is necessary, we 'can' do more with less -less effort. If you can do your job more efficiently, get your chain of command involved and document your progress ... CPI starts with you!

Have an old-fashioned conversation

Commentary by Maj. Joseph Wingo 628th Communications Squadron commander

As we move into the holiday season, we generally consider it to be a time of the year that brings friends and family closer together. We emphasize strengthening the bonds of relationships that support us through tough times and create lasting meaning. All of that being said, it's interesting that some of the most popular gifts given during the holidays are "gadgets" that enable us to act like hermits, only peeking out of our technological caves to gather food and verify that the sun indeed still rises. At all levels of leadership training, we're taught the importance of "leadership by walking around" and the value of face to face interaction with our Airmen and Sailors. However, as we continue to become inundated by technology, it's easy for our face-to-face social skills to get a bit rusty. I strongly doubt anyone on Joint Base Charleston, no matter what their level or position, began their leadership journey with a goal of "accomplish stacks of email daily ... " We don't start out that way, but it's easy to get swept up by the demands an inbox creates. Before you know it, your daily priorities have been determined by Microsoft Outlook.

The same can be said for our home lives. Social media is a great tool for keeping in touch with family and friends, but when we allow it to replace face-to-face conversation and real interaction, we've then allowed the medicine to become the poison. And it's not just social media that can be a problem. Have you ever asked your kids to take off their headphones and found that it was every bit as painful as asking them to pull out teeth? What about those days when you speak more to your family via text messages than personal conversations? Have you ever disciplined your child via a text message? Does your kid know more about HALO 4 than about your personal values and why those values are important to you? Recently, I swapped a few text messages with my son, and in one of his replies he typed "ROTFL." As I read the text it actually made me kind of sad. I really would have rather seen him roll on the floor laughing, and been part of that laughter. For you single Airmen, personal interaction is just as crucial. The technology might be great for keeping up with the folks back home, but when was the last time you spent 30 minutes just shooting the breeze with somebody in an actual face-toface conversation?

There is a lot of scientific research showing the positive mental, emotional and physical health benefits of personal social interaction. The Institute of Mind and Biology conducted a study on rats, comparing those housed by themselves to those living in groups. Those living in groups lived 40 percent longer and also recovered more quickly from illness. Additionally, studies show that people who are lonely display more cardiovascular problems than people with friends. I once knew an Airman who wouldn't say two words during a face-to-face conversation, but he was a total extrovert in his online gaming community. His disproportionate emphasis on his "virtual" life ended up resulting in such severe physical and psychological issues that he had to be hospitalized. I'm sure this isn't anything you haven't heard or thought about before, so please just consider this a friendly reminder. As we go through the holiday season, think about putting down the headphones, turning off the TV, setting down the tablet, or stepping away from your desk. Instead, spend some time strengthening a relationship, swapping some stories, venting about what's stressing you out, and sharing a laugh. The best way to do all of that is with an old-fashioned conversation.

Yes, we are held to higher standards Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Gigi Manning 315th Airlift Wing command chief

"Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases." - John Adams Recently, I had the privilege of sitting with four ladies on the Palmetto Chapter of the Women in Defense panel in recognition of Veterans Day. I, along with guests from the Navy, Coast Guard and Army, shared our stories on how we came into the military and why we've stayed. The floor was then opened to questions from the audience. The last question of the day was, "What is your instantaneous response to what has

been happening in the news these last couple of days? I know I'm being vague, but I want to hear your answers." Everyone knew the question was referring to the news surrounding Gen. David Petraeus. One response was about separation from the family, heat of battle, being human, bonding in the field, etc., and you were left wondering whether or not this individual condoned the general's actions. I wondered what message this sent to the individual's subordinates and peers. Our words and actions directly influence those we work with and the general populace as a whole. Regardless of which uniform we wear, the public sees us as the military and therefore held to

a higher standard. When each of us voluntarily raised our hands, we accepted the charges leveled against us, to include justice, morality and ethical standards. If we, especially senior leaders, don't uphold the standards, how can we expect those we lead to do the right thing? Everyone has a story, and there will always be shades of gray, but we all know that for many, perception is reality. So ask yourself: Are you living and upholding the standards you were charged with every day? Are you taking the necessary steps to ensure those in your circle of influence are doing their part? It's not always easy and there are times when one falls short, but at those times is when accountability and integrity means the most.

What’s your attitude toward fitness? Commentary by Master Sgt. Mark Thompson 628th Comptroller Squadron additional duty first sergeant

I want to take a few minutes and address how we have transitioned in the fitness arena since my entry into the United States Air Force. In doing so, I will ask you the ultimate question: Are you fit to fight or fit to test? Since enlisting back in 1996, the Air Force has continuously transformed and will continue to evolve well beyond my retirement from active duty. Transformations are critical to ensure our dominance and superiority across the globe, and enhance our ability to fulfill our Air Force mission to fly, fight and win ... in air, space and cyberspace. Fitness is critical to overall mission readiness and has gone through changes in criteria and testing. The Air Force vacated the customary ergometry cycle stationary bike test in 2004 and adopted a more comprehensive fitness evaluation which measures aerobic, body composition, push-ups and sit-ups for all members except individuals with physical limitations. Prior to 2004, Airmen were subjected to yearly fitness testing based on ergometry cycle assessments which measured the heart rate response to a given workload. These tests often produced invalid results, which led to changes to develop a system to precisely determine standards of fitness. Fast forward to 2004 and beyond, the fitness program required a systematic change in our approach toward fitness and outlined specific components for testing. The program expectation was to promote a year-round fitness culture where proper dieting and exercising regularly had to be incorporated into our daily lives.

The fitness instructions clearly emphasized each military members' inherent responsibility to meet and maintain fitness standards. Some of our Airmen have internalized the fit to fight mentality by constantly working out and maintaining acceptable fitness standards throughout the year. Others have adopted the fit to test mentality, take months off after their last physical training test, only to ramp up their fitness regimen within weeks of their next PT evaluations. A PT test should be no more than a formality for most Airmen who are steadfast in year-round fitness and have made lifestyle choices through proper dieting and nutrition. Individuals who employ the fit to test mentality sometimes result in failures. Inherent responsibility and personal accountability should never be removed from the equation when addressing PT failures. Airmen sometimes expect leniency when they fail to attain acceptable scores, and supervisors put their credibility on the line when lobbying for exception to the fitness standard. As supervisors, you are not hurting your subordinates' careers; they are doing that all by themselves. They are stakeholders and are responsible for their own careers. Fit to fight versus fit to test is a personal choice with associated positive or negative career defining consequences. Airmen must attain and maintain excellent physical conditioning and be physically ready to accomplish the mission. We must all meet the Expeditionary Air Force requirements and deployment taskings ... and a key component of readiness is your level of fitness. As we bring 2012 to a close, what choice will you make in 2013? Will you be fit to fight or fit to test?


The Patriot • November 30, 2012


Prescribed fire season begins at JB Charleston in December

By Terrence Larimer 628th Civil Engineer Squadron Natural Resources manager

The smell of wood smoke will soon be in the air. Prescribed fire season begins on Joint Base Charleston in December and extends through May 2013. A prescribed or controlled fire is a low-intensity, carefullymanaged fire set under exacting conditions for specific purposes by experienced, trained personnel. This is a type of fire used by military land managers across the country, especially in the southeast, to responsibly manage large blocks of timberland found on many Department of Defense installations, to include JB Charleston. "Properly conducted prescribed fires have multiple benefits," said Roger Sparwasser, JB Charleston Forester and certified Prescribed Fire manager. "Prescribed fires help restore and maintain habitat for wildlife, including bobwhite quail, grassland songbirds, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, fox squirrels and red-cockaded woodpeckers. Besides the many wildlife species that require fire-dependent habitat, a variety of plants also thrive only in regularly burned areas, to include insectivorous pitcher plants, sundews and the Venus' fly trap." Prescribed fires can also enhance public safety, according to Sparwasser. They reduce or even eliminate forest fuel loads, thereby making destructive wildfires in a prescribed burned area impossible or unlikely for some time afterwards. In most cases wildfires either lose intensity or go out when they reach an area that has been prescribed burned. Fire is a natural, inevitable part of the ecology of southeastern pine forests. With constantly building fuel loads, fire will occur at some point. It is better to deal with a predictable amount and direction of smoke at a known time, under prescribed conditions, in a planned fire than to deal with a wildfire on that same land. A wildfire that may burn under danger-

ous weather conditions such as during drought, with low humidity and high winds makes the fire dangerous and hard to control. In addition to wildfire control, prescribed fires also provide many benefits to timber management, wildlife habitat enhancement and outdoor recreation. These benefits greatly outweigh the challenges that accompany the use of prescribed fire. Danger of property loss, smoke management and air quality issues are manageable challenges that trained fire managers can Courtesy photo overcome. Prescribed fire season begins on Joint Base Charleston in December and extends through May, "With prescribed fires, 2013. A prescribed or controlled fire is a low intensity, carefully managed fire set under exacting conwe now stand at a cross- ditions for specific purposes by experienced, trained personnel. road with a great challenge JB Charleston Natural Resources personnel annually preand opportunity facing us," Sparwasser said. "At stake is the responsible management of land and public safety. We must scribe burn approximately 3,700 acres of woodlands. If you always heed Smokey the Bear's call to never use fire careless- have concerns about a woods fire, controlled burning activity ly or with ill intent, but the benefits and importance of con- can be confirmed by the Base Defense Operations Center trolled fire in our southern landscapes are of great value. By Dispatch at 764-7555. For additional information on conadhering to the principles of careful burning, within the con- trolled burning, call the JB Charleston Natural Resources straints of the law and common sense, we can manage our Office at 764-7951. And remember, if you smell smoke this land responsibly while protecting lives and property for our- winter, not all fire is bad. selves and for future generations."

JB Charleston to launch new civilian timekeeping interface in December

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Hyatt Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Joint Base Charleston’s 628th Comptroller Squadron is scheduled to implement a new, standardized timekeeping program that will interface with the current civilian pay system. It will go live for civilian employees in December. JB Charleston's civilian timecards will move to the Automated Time Attendance and Production System, which will eliminate the old paper timecards beginning Dec. 16, 2012.

Currently, many Air Force civilians manually report their hours using paper timecards, according to 2nd Lt. Steven Parker, 628th CPTS financial services officer. ATAAPS allows users to enter their time and allows supervisors to approve it electronically, providing an audit trail, while increasing the accuracy of financial statements. Why transition to ATAAPS? "The current timekeeping process is labor intensive and not easily auditable," said Staff

Sgt. Lourditha Quintanilla, 628th CPTS financial services supervisor. "ATAAPS will support audit readiness." Time and attendance processes are part of the Civilian Pay Assessable Unit supporting the Statement of Budgetary Resources, which must be auditable by FY14, said Quintanilla. The new interface will also address civilian pay financial reporting risk as identified by the Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness Team. To get started with ATAAPS, visit "ATAAPS has been in use with the Army and other organizations for years now and has a good track record," said Parker. "Transitioning to a standardized, paperless timecard will streamline the civilian pay process and allow for more focus on the mission." The system is expected to be in use Air Force-wide by June 2013. For more information, visit https://eim. or contact your timekeeper.

Face of Defense: NCO provides holiday mail deadline

By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Christmas is right around the corner, and with the holidays comes an influx of mail sent to service members stationed overseas. The United States Postal Service recently released their deadlines for ensuring mail sent overseas arrives in time for the busy holiday season. The fastest way to send mail is through Express Mail. In order to take advantage of this service, the mail must be sent by Dec. 17 for it to arrive on time when sending to a military installation overseas. First-class mail, which includes letters, cards and parcels

13 ounces or lighter, should be mailed no later than Dec. 10. Priority mail is first-class mail weighing more than 13 ounces, and it should also be sent by Dec. 10. Parcel airlift mail needs to be mailed by Dec. 3. As of Nov. 15, the U.S. Postal Service is able to once again ship lithium batteries to international locations, including Army, Fleet and Diplomatic Post Offices overseas. The lithium batteries must already be installed in the device requiring the battery by the time they are mailed, or packaged alone. If they are being sent alone, they must be in their originally sealed packaging. Multiple batteries must be separated and cushioned within the parcel to prevent short-circuiting, movement or damage. The package itself cannot exceed five pounds.

, w o n k t ’ n o d If you t go. jus When do you need to go to the ER and when can you just go to your doctor’s office to receive care? Here are a few examples:


Crushing Chest Pain Any Sign of Stroke Loss of consciousness

Doctor’s Office

Earache Sprain or Strain Mild Allergic Reactions

We accept TRICARE.

Dr. Clarkson, Roper St. Francis ER

A Marine stacks packages for his unit during daily mail call at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, Oct. 10, 2011. Mail is collected and delivered at the base seven days a week.


The Patriot • November 30, 2012


Personal accountability and Comprehensive Airman Fitness

By Senior Airman Tiffany Whitmore 628th Comptroller Squadron financial analyst

"It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do for which we are accountable," said Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, a French playwright and actor from the 1600's, also known by his stage name Molière. In today's Air Force, that statement should stand true no matter what tier of the enlisted force structure you may fall into. With 2012 coming to an end, we are reminded of our charge as an Air Force to maintain a continuous level of personal accountability and as an Air Force, this should go hand in hand with our core values. With the development of Comprehensive Airman Fitness, we are responsible for maintaining a continuous level of accountability in all four levels of fitness; physical, social, mental and spiritual. First, our Air Force fitness standards are here to stay. With the need to remain combat ready around the clock, personal health and fitness is a must. Many units implement and maintain a physical training program which helps Airmen meet our standards; but the

Air Force emphasizes personal accountability when it comes to PT. Airmen are aware of this standard and what they need to do to comply. Three PT sessions a week may be enough for some Airmen to score an excellent; others may need extra work on their own time. This is where personal accountability comes into play. Airmen know what they need to do in order to meet the standard, and they are held accountable if they do not. It is our job as an Air Force to take initiative to do what needs to be done. On the flip side, the fitness level of CAF does not relate only to physical training. In order to maintain a balanced lifestyle, diet and healthy lifestyle choices come into play. The Health and Wellness Center offers many classes on nutrition and the importance of health conscious choices. It is our responsibility as Airmen to stay informed and take advantage of the resources made available to us. Two of the most important aspects of CAF are the mental and spiritual pillars. With the ever increasing challenges in today's Air Force, we are faced with more stressors and added pressure. Coping skills, commensurate with increased responsibilities, are extremely important to remaining

resilient. Being mentally fit enables us to take on these challenges and bounce back quickly. Continuous stressors can lead to altered decision making which makes identifying the signs of overstress much more important. It might mean asking the hard questions of those we work with, or swallowing our pride to get help when needed. Getting an issue under control before it becomes a problem is essential; but the accountability falls back on the Airman and those around him. Another way of coping with everyday stressors is to become spiritually fit. Spiritual fitness does not have to be limited to religion. Spirituality can represent many different things to many individuals but ultimately ties back to our own sense of personal purpose and meaning. Being in control of our spiritual fitness can directly impact our mental levels by allowing us to maintain a sense of peace. In the community in which we operate, each decision we make has the capability to affect multiple individuals and sometimes an entire organization. The CAF model reminds us of the balances in our lives we need to remain resilient. It is our duty as Airmen to step up and hold ourselves personally accountable.

JB Charleston - Air Base Exchange spreads holiday cheer with industry-leading return policy Courtesy of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

Nearly 20 percent of Americans will return at least one holiday gift item this holiday season, according to Lavi Industries, a provider of public guidance. To take the stress and confusion out of the return process, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service has extended the terms of its hassle-free return policy for the holidays. "We want to make returns as simple as possible for our holiday shoppers," said Mary

Anderson-Taylor, JB Charleston - Air Base Exchange manager. "Our relaxed refund policy will guarantee customer satisfaction." The Exchange's standard policy limits returns anywhere from 15 to 90 days with a sales receipt, but the holiday return exchange policy extends these guidelines through Jan. 31, 2013, for any item purchased between Nov. 1, 2012 and Dec. 24, 2012. According to Anderson-Taylor, refund requests with sales receipts are processed in accordance with original forms of payment; cash for cash, credit for credit card. Refund

requests without sales receipts receive an Exchange gift card. In addition to returns on items purchased at the JB Charleston - Air Base Exchange,, orders can be returned to the nearest Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy or Coast Guard Exchange. Online returns due to an error on the Exchange's part are reimbursed standard shipping charges as well. The AAFES is a joint, non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense and is directed by a board of direc-

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Balfour Beatty Communities Town Hall meetings explain mock billing

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Hyatt Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Representatives from Balfour Beatty Communities recently held a town hall meeting to discuss mock billing with base housing residents at the Joint Base Charleston – Weapons Station. The mock billing will begin Jan. 1, 2013, and continue for three months. Live Billing will begin April 1, 2013. In 1998, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense established a policy requiring residents of privatized family housing to pay utilities to encourage energy conservation under the Resident Energy Conservation Program.

What is mock billing? Residents should receive their first mock billing statement on or around Feb. 15, 2013. “During this time, residents will not be financially responsible for their utility usage,” said Patti Stanley, Balfour Beatty Community Manager. “Residents also will not be eligible to receive a rebate for savings.” The goal of the mock billing is to inform the residents of their energy consumption and their potential savings or payments and allow them to modify their behavior before live billing begins.

“Those who go over the average and 10 percent buffer will have to pay the balance,” said Stanley. “But those residents whose usage is below the normal usage band will be eligible for a refund.” Residents may choose to bank their rebates to offset future payments. Statements will be generated by YES Energy Management, according to Stanley. YES Energy Management is Balfour Beatty’s third-party provider for meter reading. Payments can be made online via the Resident Portal, by phone, by mail or at the Community Management office. Residents may opt-in to receive text or Twitter messages to help save energy, said Stanley. Residents can also sign up for a free home energy audit. JB Charleston – Air Base housing will not be implementing this program until 2014. Wounded Warriors, Exceptional Family Members and others with disabled family members may apply to be excluded from the program. Wounded Warriors will automatically be exempt if they apply. EFM and those with disabled family members will need to go through an application process at which their exemption could be denied at the Navy’s discretion. For more information on mock billing, call 843-797-5631 or visit cnrserecp or

Live Billing Residents can expect to receive their first live billing statement on or around May 15, 2013, and will be responsible to pay for their usage above the normal usage band.

How does the RECP work? During the mock billing period, houses will be divided into a specific type group, which is determined by the neighborhood, size, construction type, type of dwelling and stories above grade. The average usage will be calculated for each like-type group and a 10 percent buffer will be placed around that average usage to create a normal usage band. The average is recalculated monthly to account for changes in seasonality.

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More than 90 Sailors assigned to various units at Joint Base Charleston received the good news last week that they are being promoted to their next pay grade. Congratulations to all JB Charleston Sailors and their families on this major achievement. Naval Munitions Command

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(Right) Master Sgt. Jason Broadus, 437th Airlift Wing Maintenance Squadron resource advisor, watches his 7-year-old son, Alexander Broadus, dunk a ball into a basketball hoop during the Joint Base Charleston Exceptional Family Member Program’s Special Olympics Event Nov. 17, 2012, at the JB Charleston – Air Base Fitness Center, S.C.

Malik Rock plays a game of stack the cups with Airman 1st Class Gardy Banks, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Nov. 17, 2012, during a Special Olympics Event at the Joint Base Charleston – Air Base Fitness Center, S.C. The event provided Exceptional Family Member Program members the opportunity to develop physical fitness skills and make connections with other children. Banks volunteered to be Rock’s ‘buddy’ and escorted him through the various challenges.

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The Patriot • November 30, 2012


628th ABW awarded AF Outstanding Unit Award

Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The 628th Air Base Wing was recently awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for its service from Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2012. The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award is awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units that have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units. “Winning the Air Force Outstanding Unit reflects great credit upon all the Airmen, Sailors, civilians and their families who have served here during the past two years,” said Col. Richard McComb, Joint Base Charleston commander. “It took

a team effort to make this transition to a joint base and accolades like this show that not only were we able to make the transition, but able to excel in doing so.” JB Charleston served as the hub that directly supported the President’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative, according to the award citation. The 628th ABW also helped enable the unique mission sets of the Air Force’s largest C-17 Wing, the Navy’s core Nuclear Power Training Unit, the Army’s Strategic Logistics Support Activity Charleston and the 841st Transportation Battalion. Those Air Force personnel who were stationed at Joint Base Charleston from Oct. 1, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2012, are permitted to wear the AFOUA ribbon. “We [the 628th Force Support Squadron] are currently

doing a mass update on Virtual Military Personnel Flight for Air Force personnel to have the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award entered into their record,” said Staff Sgt. Rosa Hernandez, 628th FSS Military Personnel Section force management technician. “Airmen will be able to officially wear the ribbon Dec. 14, 2012.” "Joint Base and Naval Support Activity leadership are currently submitting the paperwork through the appropriate channels to request approval for Navy personnel to wear the equivalent ribbon as well for their many contributions during the Joint Base transition," said Lt. William Sever, Naval Support Activity Charleston administration officer." For questions concerning eligibility of the ribbon, contact the 628th FSS MPS at 963-4527.

CFC exceeds goal at Joint Base Charleston By Airman 1st Class George Goslin Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

This year’s Combined Federal Campaign, which began Sept. 14th, recently wrapped up. Joint Base Charleston met and exceeded its goal for 2012 by 30 percent totaling $169,548.01, compared to the 2011 total of $130,066.60. The totals for all three wings are $78,734.61 for the 628th Air Base Wing, $78,950.40 for the 437th Airlift Wing and $11,863 for the 315th Airlift Wing. “We did outstanding,” said Master Sgt. Sheddrick Simpson, 437th AW CFC assistant

point of contact. “We exceeded our goals and got 100 percent contact for all groups and squadrons. It was a great year for CFC.” The mission of the CFC is to support and promote philanthropy through a voluntary program that is employee-focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. CFC is the only authorized charitable fundraising campaign among federal employees. For more information on CFC, contact Capt. Jane Callender, 628th Force Support Squadron Operations officer, at 963-5904.

437th Airlift Wing earns Meritorious Unit Award

Courtesy of Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The 437th Airlift Wing recently earned the Air Force Meritorious Unit Award for their actions in direct support of combat operations from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. The Meritorious Unit Award is given to Air Force active duty, Reserve and Guard units for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding achievement or service in direct support of combat operations for at least 90 continuous days during the period of military operations against an armed enemy of the United States on or after Sept. 11, 2001. During its award period, the 437th AW served as a lead hub

for operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. The unit distinguished itself by delivering more than 4,900 short tons of low cost, high velocity parachutes to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. They airlifted 42 percent of all air requirements with a 95 percent logistics departure reliability rate. "I would like to congratulate the 437th Airlift Wing in receiving the Meritorious Unit Award, it is well deserved," said Col. Darren Hartford, 437th AW commander. “The Wing showed exceptional skill and professionalism during support of operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. Not only has the wing supported these operations, but our crews executed over 1,300 airdrops of critical warfighter material to

austere combat outposts, setting the 2011 combat airdrop record in Afghanistan – a tremendous display of dedication. “Although one unit is the recipient of this award, it is truly a reflection on the teamwork between the 437th AW, the 628th Air Base Wing and 315th AW. The mission success of the 437th comes from all of the outstanding Airmen at Joint Base Charleston.”

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628th SFS captures JB Charleston’s 2012 Intramural Golf Season, playoffs

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Staff Sgt(s). David Corter, Vincent Bustillo, Brandon Edwards and Brandon Brown, all assigned to the 628th Security Forces Squadron, accept their trophies for the 2012 Intramural Golf Season and Playoff championship Nov. 5, 2012, at Wrenwoods Golf Course at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C. The 628th SFS came out on top against the 437th Aerial Port Squadron to win this year’s intramural golf season. Players from the 628th Communications Squadron, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron, 373rd Training Squadron, 628th SFS, 1st Combat Camera Squadron, 437th APS, 437th Maintenance Squadron and 14th Airlift Squadron participated in the golf league.

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Holiday Tree Lightings Air Base - Dec. 5, 5 p.m. Corner of Hill Boulevard and O’Neal Avenue

Weapons Station - Dec. 6, 5 p.m. Cypress Tree in front of Bldg. B-84 Both locations will have hot chocolate, cider, hot dogs, chips and cookies. Santa is stopping by both events for pictures with the children. This is a free event and open to all active duty, Reservists, DoD civilian employees, retirees and all family members. Proud, local sponsors for these events are Boeing, Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, Lennar Homes, First Command and Santee Cooper. Call 963-3816 for more details or visit

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U.S. Air Force photos / Senior Airman Dennis Sloan Service members and dependents perform kipping pull-ups during a CrossFit class Nov. 19, Senior Airman Joseph Schlank, 437th Aerial Port Squadron passenger terminal attendant, gri- 2012, at the Joint Base Charleston – Air Base Fitness Center, S.C. The group will combine maces while performing a power clean during a CrossFit class Nov. 19, 2012, at the Joint Base weightlifting, calisthenics and running during an hour-long workout session. CrossFit classCharleston – Air Base Fitness Center, S.C. CrossFit classes can accommodate individuals es are open to all military members, DoD employees and dependents. with different strength abilities and experience and there is always someone on hand to assist with proper form and technique.

Lt. j.g. John Campion, Naval Nuclear Power Training Command student, runs back to the gym after completing a 400-meter sprint during a CrossFit class Nov. 19, 2012, at the Joint Base Charleston – Air Base Fitness Center, S.C. CrossFit uses random physical challenges so each workout is varied and high in intensity.

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315th AW Airmen assist at scene of major traffic accident By Staff Sgt. Shane Ellis 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The routine drive home on I-77 Nov. 16 was quickly replaced by a call to action for four 315th Airlift Wing Airmen who came upon a multiple-car accident. "I was driving by the scene when I noticed a body on the side of the road and fire coming out of one of the vehicles," said Tech. Sgt. Jesse Heywood, 38th Aerial Port Squadron air transportation craftsman. "Realizing the seriousness of the situation, I pulled off the road, called 911 and requested immediate assistance.” Heywood ran across the highway to the accident scene where he met up with Army Staff Sgt. Raymond Wray who was already administering first aid to one of the accident victims. According to Heywood, the passenger who was ejected from one of the vehicles suffered massive injures at the scene and there was nothing he or anyone else could do for him. He turned his focus toward survivors and how he could best help them.

"I couldn't believe it when I looked up and saw a man trying to remove items from the car that was on fire," said Heywood. "I ran up to the man who appeared distressed and requested that he get away from the vehicle immediately. It didn't take long before the entire car was engulfed in flames." Heywood continued to provide assistance to distraught and shaken family members until medical personnel arrived at the scene. Tech. Sgt. Catherine Desilles and Senior Airman Alison Bowker, from the 38th APS, were traveling together when they approached the accident and noticed a man walking on the side of the highway in an unsteady manner. According to Desilles and Bowker, the man looked unstable and they were afraid he was going to stumble into moving traffic. The two Airmen stopped to give assistance to the man and soon realized he was somehow involved in the accident and was in shock. Desilles and Bowker moved him to a safe location and treated him for shock. Desilles and Bowker then turned their attention toward the

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/ Air Base Library - Day Care and Toddler Story times are cancelled for Dec. 3 and 4.

All classes or events will be held at the Airman and Family Readiness Center unless otherwise specified. For more information, call 963-4406. December 4 / An Interviewing Techniques class will be


/ Weapons Station Library - The Stepping Stones reading program is cancelled for Dec. 13. / Fleet & Family Support Center building 755, Weapon Station, is happy to announce that we now have two consultants who are available for scheduling individual appointments for member/spouse employment assistance. Whether your needs are resume basics/review, interviewing skills/practice, or job search strategies, call F&FSC at 764-7480 to schedule your one-on-one appointment.

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December 5 / A "Spouse Introduction to Joint Base Charleston - Air Base" class will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. This is a fun and fast-paced introduction to JB Charleston - Air Base for military spouses who have recently moved here. Meet other newly-arrived spouses, connect with your sponsor's unit Key Spouse and learn where to shop, dine and play in the Lowcountry.

December 6 / A free newcomer's tour will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A guided tour of Charleston's Historic districts including the Citadel


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December 15 / The Joint Base Charleston Honorary Commanders Advisory Council invite the children of currently deployed members to their third annual children's holiday party. The party will be at the Chapel Annex of JB Charleston - Air Base from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come dressed in your holiday attire, for a visit from Santa Clause, individualized gifts and refreshments.

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