Joint Base Charleston
Patriot Vol. 2, No. 49
Team Charleston – One Family, One Mission, One Fight!
Friday, December 16, 2011
2011: A quick look back By Eric Sesit Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs This is the final edition of the Patriot for 2011 and it has been quite a year. To prepare this article, the staff at the 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs office went back and looked at every story published since January and came up with a top 10 list of what we feel were the most important stories of the year. Now, for the purpose of this article, the word 'important' can have many different meanings as you will discover when you read the list. Many of you will probably have your own top 10 events of the past year, and this article is in no way intended to trivialize all the great accomplishments that have occurred during the past 12 months. We just wanted to recap what we thought were the highlights of an extraordinary year. So, without further adieu.... #10. Charlie the Alligator moves home: Okay, the story wasn't about Airmen or Sailors, but nothing says Weapons Station to more people than Charlie, the twelve foot, 600pound alligator who moved back into his pond in April after a remodeling job cleared away more than 60 years of accumulated silt and vegetation. Charlie has been a fixture at the Weapons Station since the 1960s and the Navy, now along with the Air Force, will continue to provide him a home well into the future. #9. Housing demolition begins on Joint Base Charleston Air Base: Not only did Forest City Military Communities take U.S. Air Force Photo / Tech. Sgt. Chrissy Best over as the privatized managers of JB Charleston - Air Base's Nearly 80,000 people came out to Charleston Air Expo 2011 at Joint Base Charleston April 9. Performances included the U.S. Air housing, they began demolition of the 468 existing housing Force Thunderbirds, the Black Daggers U.S. Army Special Operations Command parachute demonstration team, the units to make room for 335 new homes. The new units are Commemorative Air Force's Tora! Tora! Tora! and other aerial acts as well as dozens of static displays. scheduled to become available in the fall of 2012. #8. Brig places service dogs: The Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston has teamed up with the Rodeo team's preparations for the Air Force-wide competition. All the hard work paid off the Carolina Canines for Service organization and has placed several dogs with wounded war- as the Rodeo team departed for JB Lewis-McChord on a Black Letter aircraft, a designation riors during the past year. The prisoners train service dogs that are then placed with wounded only given to aircraft that have zero discrepancies. #4. The 628 ABW and 437th Airlift Wing change commanders: It's a ritual as old as the warriors. The prisoners learn new skills, the dogs are saved from shelters and our wounded warriors get a partner to help them continue with their lives. A win, win, win for all involved. armed services themselves ... the change of command ceremony in which the authority and #7. General Raymond Johns visits Joint Base Charleston: It was a whirl-wind visit lasting responsibility of command is passed on from one leader to another in front of their troops, sigonly two days, but nothing turns on the sweat pumps like a four-star visit. In typical fashion, nifying an unbroken chain in leadership. Col. Richard McComb assumed command of the 628 Team Charleston rolled out the red carpet for the general who visited several commands and ABW and Col. Erik Hansen took over as commander of the 437 AW. New leadership brings in new ideas and new methods to accomplish the mission and both colonels are leading from coined a number of Airmen. #6. U.S. Navy ships visit Charleston: The hardest thing about being a Sailor in Charleston the front. #3. Joint Base Charleston hosts Gov. Nikki Haley: In another whirlwind visit, South is there are no great big gray things floating in the water, so when a ship visits, it's a pretty big deal. USS Vicksburg, USS Gunston Hall and USS Farragut visited Charleston this year, Carolina governor Nikki Haley came to JB Charleston to ceremoniously sign S.404, the enabling the Navy side of the base to familiarize their Overseas Citizens Absentee Voters Act which makes it easier for South Carolinians abroad to Air Force brethren on what it means to go down to the participate in federal, state and local elections. Haley commented that, "The people in South Carolina feel a strong connection to the military because it's our families that we see deployed sea in ships. #5. The Air Mobility Command Rodeo: over and over again. It's our men and women that we watch sacrifice for our rights and liberPreparations for the AMC Rodeo held at Joint Base ties every day." #2. The Air Show: When almost 80,000 of your closest friends and families drop in for an Lewis - McChord, Wash., dominated much of the news for the first half of the year as we documented air show, it can make for a pretty big traffic jam. Not only did the Air show go off without a hitch with headliner acts like the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds and Tora, Tora, Tora thrilling the crowd, but excellent pre-planning ensured traffic on and off the base during the event never stopped moving. The show was so good that the Thunderbirds recently named the JB Charleston Air Show as their best air show of the year. #1. The Operational Readiness Inspection: Our number one story Giving should come as no surprise. The ORI loomed over JB Charleston throughout the year. Operational Readiness Exercises helped tune back Team Charleston for the final inspection which wrapped up last See page 7 week. So many people were involved in the inspection and the preparations were so extensive, that it is nearly impossible to recognize everyone's contributions, but that is just what the base leadership did at the ENDEX party held Dec. 13. So there you have it, some of the highlights of 2011. Holiday The 628 ABW Public Affairs office publishes The Patriot 49 times hours a year and our goal has been and will continue to be to inform you as well as keep you "in the know" about base events. We have tried to See page 6 be as inclusive as possible, representing and reporting on all the branches of service that make JB Charleston their home. Most times, U.S. Air Force photo/James M. Bowman we do a pretty good job, but there is always room for improvement. Charlie the alligator stands his ground as employees from Gator Getters We want to tell your stories. Let us hear from you. If you know of Consultants attempt to move him from his home Nov. 17, 2010, at Joint Base Life after Charleston-Weapons Station S.C. Charlie was temporarily moved for pond clean- an event, or know of an Airman or Sailor with a special story to ing, overflow structure improvements and increased pond depth of eight feet. Two share, we want to know about it. Who knows, perhaps your story will cancer dens were also built in the pond so Charlie and the other alligators can hibernate. be on next year's top ten list!
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For Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station Personnel from the 628th Civil Engineer and 628 CES and SFS personnel will also per628th Security Forces form vehicle barrier maintenance and squadrons will perform testing on Gate 4 at the intersection of vehicle barrier mainteRemount Rd. and Perimeter Rd. on JB nance and testing at Joint Charleston - Weapons Station Dec. 17 Base Charleston - Air Base from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gate 4 will be Dec. 17 from 7 a.m. to 4 closed while the testing is underway. p.m. Gate 3 at the intersection of Remount As a result, the Rd. and Virginia Ave will be open durDorchester Road gate will ing this period. Both in- and out-bound be closed. The commissary commercial and privately owned vehigate will be open for all cle traffic may use this gate; however, non-commercial traffic commercial deliveries are requested to during this time. The be kept to a minimum due to traffic Hunley Park housing area limitations at Gate 3. Security officers gate will be open for sinand schedulers should inform all comgle-lane use only in both mercial delivery drivers that service directions. Please use cauyour units. tion when entering and We regret any inconvenience this exiting the housing area may cause. U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Lauren Main and obey security forces' Tech. Sgt. Brian Saylors checks an identification card at Charleston Air For more information, contact Mr. directions and signage. The Force Base July 7, 2010. Scheer at the 628 SFS at 764-7897.
Note: The Patriot will be on hiatus for the remainder of the year. The next issue will be January 6, 2012.
The Patriot • December 16, 2011
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Commentary by Rick West Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy WASHINGTON – Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West released the following holiday message to the Fleet Dec. 12. "Shipmates and Navy families, Can you believe another year is almost over? It's amazing how quickly time passes when you're staying busy! It seems we were kicking off 2011 just yesterday and here we are, about to usher in 2012. With the traditional festivities of December upon us, I want to wish you all the happiest possible holidays, and to say thank you for the outstanding service and support you provide to our Navy and nation. I continue to be humbled by your selfless dedication and the outstanding job you do every day around the globe. We faced some challenges this year and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future, but
we will get through them together as we have done for the past 236 years. The Navy, after all, is a team sport and in 2011, we enjoyed many operational successes together that are worth celebrating. They are your legacy ... the deployments, the steady presence in difficult places, the helping hand when natural disasters left vulnerable people in their wake. You and your Shipmates worked hard and sacrificed often. As you visit with loved ones, scour the shopping malls, or hit the ski slopes during these joyous weeks, take a moment to reflect on the special appreciation America has for you and your family. Be proud of your accomplishments, and share sea stories with moms, dads, siblings, aunts, uncles, and old buddies. Most of all, be safe and enjoy the holiday season to its fullest. Celebrate responsibly: You are important to our Navy family and we need every one of you to return recharged for the next adventure. Don't let bad judgment ruin the New Year or
Commentary by Col. Allison Bowden 45th Medical Group PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Many holidays, celebrations and family and cultural traditions often center on food. As a result, many people gain weight between Thanksgiving and the New Year. The problem is not that we celebrate and over indulge, but how we eat. It's the tempting treats during the holiday season and the pressure from family, friends and coworkers to overeat. Maybe it's the increased emotional eating, whether from holiday stress or joy. It is not necessary to avoid holiday festivities in an attempt to maintain your weight. Watching your portions and your calories is not enough.
Make time for exercise in your schedule -- walk around the neighborhood after dinner. For those who every year lose weight but then gain it all back during the holidays, we should focus on weight maintenance versus weight loss. If you are currently overweight and are trying to lose weight, the holiday season is not the time to do it. Don't set yourself up for failure, make realistic goals. It is well known that restrictive diets don't work in the long run; knowledgeable dieters know metabolism slows down when calories are restricted. What all of this means is, when calories are scarce, the body goes into survival mode and makes every calorie count. It starts handling the food you eat more sufficiently to protect its fat stores.
Take steps to avoid recreational eating. While some foods are more calorie-dense than others, no food will make you gain weight unless you eat too much of it. At parties and holiday dinners, we tend to keep eating beyond our body's physical hunger simply because food is there and eating is a "social thing." To avoid recreational eating, consciously make one plate of the food you really want. Eat it slowly -- enjoying and savoring every tasty bite -- get a glass of water and sip it throughout the evening. Eat up and enjoy the holiday season, but remember to go back to healthy eating and regular exercise after the holidays. If you need more information, contact your local health and wellness center.
Family heritage, Air Force heritage go hand-in-hand Commentary by Maj. Doug Leedy 92nd Contracting Squadron Commander FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – My dad likes to tell stories. I can rarely relate them to the situation of the moment, but they are all interesting...no matter how many times I hear the same story. The common theme to his stories is family. He was the second youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm, milked cows every morning before school, loved his dogs, fought with his siblings, felt the bite of a willow branch when he misbehaved, shared a bed with his younger brother, etc. The stories are endless. Needless to say, I've learned alot about my family from my dad's stories. I've developed pride for my uncles who served in the Pacific during World War II, for my dad, who was Lt Gen Charles Westover's personal driver in England while he served as Commander of the 7th Air Division, for one of my aunts and her husband, who were Christian missionaries in Japan shortly after World War II, and even for one of my crazy cousins, who gave Evil Kenevil stiff box office competition jumping motorcycles. What I really learned from my dad was our heritage...those people and events that define us as a family. My Air Force family has a strong heritage, too. As much as my family heritage swells my heart, my pride in our Air Force heritage swells it even
more. I devour the Air Force History blocks in PME and I enjoy chatting-up retirees in the BX at lunch. There's a line in The Airman's Creed that states, "I am faithful to a proud heritage, a tradition of honor, and a legacy of valor." Being faithful to one's heritage is difficult without knowledge of that heritage! One doesn't have to read a 500-page book or develop an organized research plan. Sometimes, a single spark of curiosity followed by a quick Google search gives enlightenment. When I moved to Fairchild, I learned of our wing's recent challenges with split operations. Moses Lake is close, but it's definitely not five minutes from base housing. Oddly enough, I also learned that 17 years before Lt. Gen. Westover called my dad out of his bed above the General's garage in the middle of the night for a ride to base operations, the same, but younger man was organizing and moving the 396th Bombardment Group from Mountain Home Army Airfield to Moses Lake Army Air Base, Washington. I discovered my personal connection with our local Air Force heritage. My family heritage blends at multiple points in history with my Air Force heritage. It can be a bit like playing the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game, but I've discovered many connections over the years. However, as interesting as I find both my family and our Air Force history, I can't help but think about and appreciate the future heritage we're building together today.
Have a plan: lessons learned from the Coast Guard Commentary by Lt. Col. Jeremiah Monk 66th Training Squadron Commander FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – I recently had the distinct privilege to be aboard a Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat off the coast of Oregon in support of our survival, evasion, resistance and escape, or SERE, Specialist Training Program. Many of us will have the pleasure to work with our sister services at some point in our careers, but it is a rare opportunity that Air Force personnel get to experience the mission of the Coast Guard first-hand. Having done so, I believe I can speak for the dozen Air Force personnel aboard in saying we gained a newfound appreciation for what the United States Coast Guard does for our country and our citizens, day-in and day-out. En route to our open water training location, our vessel was diverted to escort six civil fishing boats back to safe harbor amidst a quickly-developing inclement weather situation. Waves had begun to swell to dangerous heights at the entrance to the bay, and threatened to capsize any small vessel attempting to sail through. A warning had gone out over maritime radio channels, which
these six vessels had either ignored or not received. All of them were completely unprepared, and were caught out at sea without provisions, fuel or a safe route home. The Coast Guard crew of our lifeboat instantaneously transitioned from a training to an operational posture, as we settled into our newfound spectator roles. They herded all of the fishing boats into a safe holding area as a second USCG vessel illuminated the night with flares. Our lifeboat then ran point for each boat, breaking a channel through the daunting waves to allow each civil boat a stable path through the breakers. For two hours we watched this drill, and witnessed a safe return to harbor for each of the six boats. Naturally, my first instinct was to share this inter-service experience right here in the Fairchild Flyer. But more so, as commanders, we can never emphasize safety enough. I figured I'd take the opportunity to use my experience as a gratuitous excuse to further champion safety. Each one of those six boats went to sea on a nice, calm, sunny day. Each one failed to properly plan ahead for developing weather conditions, failed to heed warning signs, and got caught in a potentially dangerous situation. If not for the
The Patriot to be on holiday hiatus This is the last issue of the Patriot for 2011. The next issue will be published Jan. 6, 2012. The deadline to reserve space for a display ad for the Jan. 6 issue is Jan. 2. The deadline to submit a classified ad for the Jan. 6 issue is Jan. 3. Please do not submit classified ads prior to Jan. 1.
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your life. Look out for each other, and keep an eye on your Shipmates who may be having a difficult time. It's also important that we remember the thousands of our Shipmates who are deployed, on station around the world vigilantly keeping the watch, ready to answer our nation's call. They are there ensuring we have this chance to deck the halls, gather around family dinner tables, and belt out Auld Lang Syne in a storm of confetti. Thank you again for serving our great Navy and preserving our nation's freedom. Sailors and families, you are truly among this country's greatest gifts. Happy holidays Shipmates and HOOYAH! Very Respectfully, MCPON"
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courage of our fearless crew, those ships certainly could have been lost. Boats, waves, ports and Coasties are hard to come by here in Spokane.... but dangerous weather is definitely not. As we set sail into another winter driving season, I want to remind each of you to make the necessary preparations. Prepare your vehicle and your families for the hazards of winter driving. Ensure your vehicle has chains or snow tires. If you are unfamiliar with driving on ice, find an open parking lot to practice in. Heed warning signs. Carry winter survival gear. Have a plan, and a means to contact help. Even a nice sunny day can turn into a winter ice storm in the course of your trip, but you won't always have someone like the Coast Guard there to help you get back to safe harbor.
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The Patriot • December 16, 2011
Family Care Plans critical for deployment preparations Courtesy of the 628th Air Base Wing Legal Office
Daniel Diaz holds welcome home balloons while waiting for his mother, Staff Sgt. Karen Cruz to return from a 120day deployment to Southwest Asia at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Nov. 5. Airmen must have an up-todate and accurate Family Care Plan to ensure their children are cared for during deployments.
Deployments can pop up when you least expect them. Airmen always have to be ready and prepared to go. Is your Family Care Plan up-to-date, accurate and legally sound? If you are a single, custodial parent of your child, who are you going to entrust with your child's care while you are deployed? If the answer is a non-custodial parent, you need to verify the legal requirements of your resident status, your divorce decree or your child custody agreement. AFI 36-2908, Family Care Plan guidance, published new requirements addressing this issue Nov. 1. When custody arrangements must be considered, the responsibility falls entirely on you to consult a legal assistance attorney before designating a non-custodial parent as the caregiver (paragraph 184.108.40.206). Every effort should be made "to the greatest extent possible," to obtain the documented consent of the non-custodial parent to the custody arrangement before you deploy. Failure to do so could undermine or negate the intent of your Family Care Plan. Familiarize yourself with the revised Family Care Plan guidance to create a solid plan. Your child's welfare is paramount to you and you have the ultimate obligation to ensure his or her placement is appropriate. For more information, contact the 628th Air Base Wing Staff Judge Advocate office at 963-5502.
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AtHoc system improves emergency preparedness Courtesy of the 628th Air Base Wing Command Post From acts of terror and war to extreme weather and chemical or biological hazards, today's all-hazard threats necessitate a comprehensive mass notification capability to quickly and effectively reach personnel in times of emergency. Joint Base Charleston recently awarded a contract to AtHoc for an installation-wide, network-centric emergency mass notification system for notification and accountability. The AtHoc IWSAlerts system is capable of notifying everyone on both sides of the installation within 10 minutes of an emergency event from a single centralized web-based entry. Notifications can range from force protection condition changes and anti-terror warnings to natural disaster alerts for approaching tornados, hurricanes or other emergency situations such as an active shooter. AtHoc is an alert system used to provide information to all military, civilians, contractors and possibly their families at work or at home via their cell phones, text messages and email. AtHoc gives the installation leadership the capability to send out real time information for personnel to respond appropriately in an emergency. For AtHoc to work properly, personnel need to register and input their personal data which
only takes a couple of minutes. It is mandatory that all government employees, military and civilians, enter their work email and work number. It is also mandatory that military and "key" or "emergency essential" civilians enter their after-hours number. Instructions for adding contact information are: • Right-click on the AtHoc Self Service client (Purple Globe) icon in the user's system tray, at the bottom right of the computer screen. If your computer doesn't have the purple globe, email 628 firstname.lastname@example.org. • Select "Access Self Service" from the pop-up menu. • The Athoc Self Service client will open. Select the "My Info" tab. Enter your first name, last name, display name, office symbol, location, building number, duty status and county. Click save. • Select the "Devices" tab and enter your contact information in the appropriate fields and click save. • This completes the registration process. For assistance with these instructions or other technical issues, send emails to 628 email@example.com or call Brian Dillo at 963-3038.
Keep your personal life secure during the holidays By Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Hudson Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Joint Base Charleston leaders are spreading the word to Airmen and Sailors about how to keep their personal life secure and stressing the importance of taking a few extra precautions during the holiday season. The holidays are the time of year when many American's enjoy shopping, visiting friends and family members. Many of us also would like to believe the holidays bring out peace on earth and good will in all men. Unfortunately, the holidays are a prime time for theft. "My job is to try to make everyone at JB Charleston, from service members to family members, aware of the dangers that are out there in society these days," said Jeffrey Morey, 628th Air Base Wing base information assurance officer. "I put out information on new scams, what thieves target and how to keep your personal life secure." "It is important for people to remember to not post personal information on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter. Displaying pictures of high priced gift items on these sites, or mentioning they are going out of town leaves posters vulnerable for a theft to take place," Mr. Morey continued. "Thieves are not as dumb as some of us may like to think.
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Most of the thieves who haven't gotten caught yet are taking the time to plan their crimes before striking." According to JB Charleston 628th Air Base Wing Information Security Specialist Vernon Hayward, "It is important that we all pay attention to detail. For example, on Facebook there is an application available called 'geotagging' which allows people to tag photographs with the location where they were taken. It also allows people to post their own location. But when you are displaying your whereabouts to Facebook friends, you are also letting them know no one is home, leaving your home vulnerable. People need to be mindful on what they are sharing on social networks because the information can be used against them." Thieves are becoming more sophisticated in other ways as well. Morey shared this story: A couple had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Thieves stole a garage door opener, some money and a Global Positioning System. When the victims arrived home, they found their house had been ransacked and almost everything of value had been stolen. According to Morey, the thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the victim's home. Knowing the owners were at a football game, the thieves were able to take their time cleaning out the house. "This is definitely something people don't think about," said Morey. "If for some reason you need directions to your home, input a nearby store or gas station into the GPS instead of your address. That way, even if your GPS gets stolen a thief won't be able to find out where you live." Morey related another story about cell phone safety: A woman had her handbag stolen. It contained her cell phone, wallet and credit cards. Twenty minutes after the incident she used a pay phone to call her husband to tell him what took place. Her husband replied that he had received a text asking for their bank account PIN and replied to it. When the couple arrived at the bank, staff members told them all their
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"I never thought of this myself and I now no longer have 'home' listed in my phone," Morey explained. During the holidays, people often carry more cash and often leave shopping bags in their vehicles in plain sight. There are many preemptive steps that can be taken to ensure service members do not become a victim. Hayward said that when holiday shopping keep the following safety measures in mind: • Don't park in unlit areas at night. • Put your shopping bags in your trunk. Don't try to cover items on your seats with a blanket. Better yet, take your packages straight home after a shopping spree and then go back out. • Don't carry large amounts of cash with you. Otherwise, keep it in your front pocket, not in your purse or wallet. • Be extra careful when carrying a purse - they are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas. If you must carry one, make sure it has a strap that can go over the shoulder and be held under the arm, making it more difficult for purse snatchers to grab. • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home. • Beware of strangers approaching you. This is the time of year when thieves may try various methods to distract you with the intention of taking your money or belongings. At home: • When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail. • Leave a light on when you leave your home at night or put your lights (including Christmas lights) on an automatic timer. • Make sure your holiday gifts are not visible through the windows and doors of your home. • Never announce that you are away from home on outgoing messages left on your answering machine or voice mail. Simply say you are unable to get answer the phone at the time.
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Santa lands, visits children at JB CHS Courtesy of 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Santa Claus arrived at Joint Base Charleston Saturday afternoon to check on who has been naughty or nice and hand out some early presents to a few good girls and boys. This visit, one of many on Santa's list, did not include Rudolph and the other eight reindeer, but featured Santa arriving aboard a C17 Globemaster III aircraft. "The C-17 is one of the finest airlifters in the world," said Santa. "However, I think my reindeer could pull it and give it some more firepower." When asked if the C-17 could haul more presents compared to his sleigh, Santa said that his sleigh definitely carries more. Joining Santa on this trip was Senior Airman Leah White from the 317th Airlift Squadron. This was White's first mission helping Santa deliver presents and checking his list. "He is easy to work with and still enjoys his milk and cookies," said White as she sorted the presents around Santa's chair in the cargo bay. "He is a very rocky flier with the C-17, though." Loading Santa's presents on the aircraft is
no easy task and takes a specialized individual to coordinate the process that starts at the North Pole. Senior Airman Cody Rogers, a loadmaster assigned to the 701 AS, was on-hand to assist Santa with this task and recently returned from the North Pole after extensive training. "It is a year-round job and not many people are privileged to work with Santa," said Rogers. "Just like the military, we have to protect his secrets." As Santa passed out the last present, signed a few autographs, checked and double-checked his list, he provided a message for all the parents and children he has yet to visit. "Santa always knows whether you're naughty or nice. So boys and girls, make sure you do your chores, clean up after yourselves and most importantly, do your homework because Santa is watching U.S. Air Force photos / Staff Sgt. Shane Ellis you!" Santa Claus delivers a present to his adorable new friend at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Starting at midnight Mountain Standard Dec. 10. However, this pretty little girl is still trying to figure out what this Santa stuff is all about. Time Dec. 24, website visitors can watch While visiting Charleston, Santa spent time with friends and families of the 315th Airlift Wing. Santa as he makes all the preparations for his flight. Then, at 4 a.m. MST, trackers the toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1- "Santa Cams" will also stream videos as worldwide can talk to a live phone operator to 877-446-6723) or by sending an email to Santa makes his way over various locations inquire about Santa's whereabouts by dialing firstname.lastname@example.org. NORAD's worldwide. Santa Claus waves while aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during his visit to Joint Base Charleston Air Base Dec. 10. While visiting Charleston, Santa spent time with friends and families of the 315th Airlift Wing.
Santa Claus delivers a present to a happy little girl at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Dec. 10. Even though Christmas is right around the corner, Santa took time out of his busy schedule to spread lots of joy to friends and families of the 315th Airlift Wing. Santa Claus delivers another present at Joint Base Charleston Air Base Dec. 10. Santa set up his workshop in the cargo compartment of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft which is well known for delivering valuable cargo around the globe.
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FSS Christmas and New Year’s Holiday hours Courtesy of the 628th Force Support Squadron • Aero Club Administration Office (Air Base) - The Aero Club Administration Office will be closed Dec. 24-26, 31 and Jan. 2, 2012. • Airman and Family Readiness Center (Air Base) - The A&FRC will be closed Dec. 23 and 26 and Jan. 2, 2012. • Arts and Crafts Center (Air Base) - The Arts and Crafts Center will be closed from Dec. 26, 2011-Jan. 2, 2012. • Auto Hobby (Air Base) - The Auto Hobby will be closed from Dec. 24, 2011-Jan. 2, 2012. • Auto Skills Center (Weapons Station) - The Auto Skills Center will be opened from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 21-23. It will be closed Dec. 24-26. It will be open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dec. 27-30 and closed Dec. 31, 2011- Jan. 2, 2012. • Base Library (Air Base) - The Base Library will be closed Dec. 4 and 11. It will also be closed Dec. 18, 2011- Jan. 2, 2012. • Base Library (Weapons Station) - The Base Library will be closed Dec. 18, 2011- Jan. 2, 2012. • Car Wash (Weapons Station) - The Car Wash will be open Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31, 2011- Jan. 2, 2012. • Charleston Club (Air Base) - The Charleston Club will be open Dec. 27-30 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The office will open only for New Year's Eve ticket sales. The club will be closed Dec. 22-23, 25-26. It will be open Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. • Child Development Center (Air Base) - The Child Development Center will close at 4 p.m. Dec. 23 and will be closed Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 2012. • Child Development Center (Weapons Station) - The Child Development Center will close at 4 p.m. Dec. 23 and will be closed Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 2012. • Cooper River Café (Weapons Station) - The Cooper River Café will be closed Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31, 2011- Jan. 2, 2012. • Dive Bar and Grill (Weapons Station) - The Dive Bar and Grill will be closed Dec. 21, 2011- Jan. 3, 2012. • Education & Training Center (Air Base) - The
Education and Training Center will be closed Dec. 26, 2011 and Jan. 2, 2012. • Family Child Care Office (Air Base) - The Family Child Care Office will close at 4 p.m. Dec. 23. It will be closed Dec. 26, 2011 and Jan. 2, 2012. • Fitness Center (Air Base) - The Fitness Center will be open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Dec. 24. It will be closed Dec. 25 and it will be open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Dec. 26, 2011 and Jan. 1, 2012. • Fitness Center (Sam's) (Weapons Station) - The Fitness Center will be open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31, 2011- Jan. 2, 2012. • Fitness Center (Eastside) (Weapons Station) - The Fitness Center will be closed Dec. 23-26 and Jan. 2, 2012. • Fleet and Family Support Center (Weapons Station) The Fleet and Family Support Center will be closed Dec. 23, 26 and Jan. 2, 2012. • Flight Kitchen (Air Base) - The Flight Kitchen will be closed Dec. 25, 2011. • Gaylor Dining Facility (Air Base) - The Gaylor Dining Facility's hours of operation for Dec. 25 are 10:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. for midnight meal. Breakfast hours are from 5:30 a.m. 8 a.m. Christmas meal is from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dinner meal is from 4 - 6 p.m. • Human Resources Office (Weapons Station) - The Human Resources Office will be closed Dec. 23, 26 and Jan. 2, 2012. • LIBERTY Office at NNPTC (Weapons Station) - The Liberty Office at NNPTC will be closed Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31, 2011- Jan. 2, 2012. • Manpower & Personnel Flight (Air Base) - The Civilian Personnel Section and Manpower and Organizations Section will be closed Dec. 23, 26 and Jan. 2, 2012. • Military Personnel Section - The Military Personnel Section will be closed Dec. 23, 26 and Jan. 2, 2012. • Marrington Lanes Bowling Center (Weapons Station) - The Marrington Lanes Bowling Center will be open from 11 a.m. - 1p.m. Dec. 22 and Dec. 27-29. It will be closed Dec. 23-
26. It will be open from 9 a.m. - noon Dec. 30 and will be closed Dec. 31, 2011- Jan. 2, 2012. • Outdoor Recreation Center/ITT (Air Base) - The Outdoor Recreation Center will close at 1 p.m. Dec. 23, 2011. It will be closed Dec. 26, 2011 and Jan. 2, 2012. • Outdoor Recreation Center/ITT (Weapons Station) The Outdoor Recreation Center will be open from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dec. 17-23 and 27-30. It will be closed Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31, 2011 - Jan. 2, 2012. • Private Animal Care Clinic (Air Base) - The Private Animal Care Clinic will be open by appointment only. • Recycling Site/Office (Weapons Station) - The Recycling Site Office will be closed Dec. 25-26 and from Dec. 31, 2011- Jan. 2, 2012. • Redbank Club (Weapons Station) - The Redbank Club will be closed from Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31, 2011- Jan. 2, 2012. • Redbank Plantation Golf Course (Weapons Station) The Redbank Plantation Golf Course will be open from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dec. 24, 26 and Dec. 31, 2011- Jan. 2, 2012. It will be closed on Dec. 25. • Short Stay Outdoor Recreation (in Moncks Corner) The Short Stay Outdoor Recreation will be open from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dec. 24, 26, 31 and Jan. 2, 2012. It will be closed Dec. 25, 2011 and Jan. 1, 2012. • Starlifter Bowling Center (Air Base) - The Starlifter Bowling Center will be close Dec. 24-26. It will be opened Dec. 31 from 5 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. and closed Jan. 1, 2012. • Theater - Cinema One (Weapons Station) - The Theater will be closed Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31, 2011-Jan. 2, 2012. • Wrenwoods Golf Course (Air Base) - Wrendwoods Golf Course will be closed Dec. 25, 2011 and Jan. 1, 2012 • Youth Programs (Air Base) - Youth Programs will be close at 4 p.m. Dec. 23 and will be closed Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31, 2011- Jan. 2, 2012. • Youth Programs (Weapons Station) - Youth Programs will be close at 4 p.m. Dec. 23 and will be closed Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31, 2011- Jan. 2, 2012. (All other dates are regular hours.)
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JB CHS NEWS By Senior Airman Anthony Hyatt Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Many children outside of the Air Force, Army, Marines or Navy don't get the opportunity to visit a military installation first hand. But that wasn't the story for one group of students. Joint Base Charleston's Airman Leadership School invited more than 30 third grade students from Memminger Elementary School to tour the base Dec. 8. This tour, part of an on-going community service project from ALS, helps bring awareness to the opportunities the Air Force has to offer. Each third-grade student was paired up with an ALS student, their "buddy." After the pairings, the students were split into three groups to view different areas of the base. The tour allowed the students to board a JB Charleston's C17 Globemaster III and witness 628th Security Forces Squadron military working dog training in action. They also had the chance to visit the 628th Explosive Ordnance Disposal shop where they operated bomb-disposing robots and sat in a high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle, also known as a Humvee.
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When the senior commandant asked the students about their favorite part of the day, there was a mixture of "the airplanes!" and "the dogs!" "These children don't get to see these kinds of things often," said Senior Airman Joel Yerkey, ALS student from the 628th Contracting Squadron. "This is something they can really remember." At the end of the tour, the children were presented gifts from the members of the ALS class. "I am so proud of Team Charleston. Today was a true example of total force intergration, which is something we teach here at ALS," said Senior Master Sgt. Michelle McMeekin, 628th Force Support Squadron ALS interim commandant. "An event of this U.S. Air Force photos / Airman 1st Class Ashlee Galloway nature is so important to our Airmen so they can see our lessons Ja-Rease Skinner and mentor Senior Airman Vincent Gutierrez take a tour of Joint Base come to life as well as giving them Charleston - Air Base Dec. 8. JB Charleston's Airmen Leadership School invited more than an opportunity to experience first- 30 third grade students from Memminger Elementary School to tour the base. The tour is part of an on-going community service project to bring awareness to the opportunities the hand the various missions JB Air Force has to offer future generations. Berglund is a loadmaster from the 17 Airlift Charleston has." Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing. For the children, the event provided a chance to learn about military life and history. For the designed to develop Airmen into effective front-line superviAirmen, it was an opportunity to mentor and give back to the sors. It is the first professional military education that enlisted Air Force members encounter. ALS focuses on developing local community. ALS is a five-week long United States Air Force program leadership abilities as well as effective communication.
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Life After Death: 45 tumors didn't slow this Airman down By Airman 1st Class Tom Brading Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs For Master Sgt. Scott Kapanke, 437th Maintenance Squadron flight chief, 437th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., cancer wasn't a death sentence, no matter how unfavorable his odds were. To him, it was just another challenge to face. In 1995, Kapanke was a 23-year-old, C-130 maintenance student at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., when doctors' detected he had testicular cancer and it had spread throughout his body. The cancer had reached Kapanke's neck and although he didn't know it at the time, one of the tumors was pressing against his nerves. This caused chronic pain in his arm. Kapanke first thought he was suffering from a bad reaction to a flu shot. He attempted using pain relievers to cope with the agony in his arm. After enduring constant torture from the physical suffering on a daily basis, Kapanke finally agreed to see a doctor. After initial testing, the doctors’ diagnoses was much more severe than a bad reaction to a flu shot. The testicular cancer had metastasized into 45 tumors between his waist and neck. Doctors wanted to medevac Kapanke immediately to Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB, Texas. However, Kapanke refused to be flown. "I wasn't going to die overnight," said Kapanke. "So, there was no reason to fly when I could easily drive. I didn't want to leave my truck at my temporary duty assignment." Against doctor's wishes, Kapanke drove himself to Wilford Hall where he remained for more than a year and underwent treatments to remove the tumors. The first treatments were multiple rounds of chemotherapy. "Each session of chemo had little to no effect on the tumors," said Kapanke. "The fourth round of chemo was the most potent dose and it did very little to help." Chemotherapy was no longer an option. The once energetic and muscular Kapanke was reduced to a frail shell of his former self. He went from 206 lbs. to 130 in just a few weeks. After losing all of his hair, weight and confidence, Kapanke detached himself from the world and everyone he knew. "I separated myself from everyone," said Kapanke. "My family would visit, but I didn't feel very social. After chemo failed, my only option was bone marrow transplants." Kapanke had given up hope. He regularly witnessed death at Wilford Hall. He also noticed none of the other patients had cancer as severe as his. Kapanke reached a point where he accepted the likelihood he was going to die. "After I accepted death," said Kapanke. "I was at peace. I had done more things and seen more places than any man
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could have dreamed of. The Air Force had given me the opportunity to travel the world." But the bone marrow transplants were beginning to gradually work. They were very dangerous procedures and after the second transplant, Kapanke still had six tumors in his chest. Doctors suggested surgically removing the remaining tumors. Kapanke was given a Computerized Axial Tomography Scan by the Wilford Hall medical team prior to his operation. "The doctors analyzed my CT scan results," said Kapanke. "They told me surgery would be a waste of time. I initially took the remark as my death sentence. However, surgery wasn't necessary anymore because all my tumors had vanished." The news hit Kapanke like a ton of bricks. Although the reason why the tumors vanished remain a mystery, his battle with cancer was over. More than a year of having his health on a spiral downward, losing his hair and anticipating his own death, Kapanke was able to breathe fresh air again and he walked out of Wilford Hall Medical Center with his life. moved to Kapanke Colorado after his release but continued to travel to Wilford Hall for checkups. Being an Airman was always Kapanke's passion, but everything he underwent had taken a toll on his body. In early 1996, he was forced into medical retirement from the U.S. Air Force. The retirement was due to the progression of the cancer and intensity of the treatU.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Nicole Mickle Master Sgt. Scott Kapanke displays some of the coins he has received throughout his Air Force ment. "After medically retiring," career. Kapanke was diagnosed with stage four cancer in 1995 and was medically retired while he underwent treatment. said Kapanke. "I had month-
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ly check ups with doctors. My health seemed great. Eventually, the doctors started seeing me less often." After a year and a half, Kapanke felt healthy enough to serve again. He pushed his forced retirement up the chain of command to Sheila Widnall, former Secretary of the Air Force. "I was skinny and bald," said Kapanke. "But, I could still turn a wrench, so I fought to get my job back." The Wilford Hall medical team tested Kapanke's condition and determined he was fit for active duty. In May 1997, Kapanke was reinstated into the Air Force. "The transition back was flawless," said Kapanke. "I was doing what I loved again." Kapanke challenged himself by taking a special-duty assignment at Nellis AFB, Nev., when he became a crew chief for the Air Force flight demonstration squadron, the Thunderbirds. "Working with the Thunderbirds was great," said Kapanke. "It taught me attention to detail which helped a lot when I got to my next assignment with the 437 MXS here at JB Charleston." In August 2007, Kapanke deployed from JB Charleston for 365 days with the Coalition Air Force transition team to Southwest Asia to train the Iraqi air force to perform maintenance on C-130 aircraft. The year-long deployment was Kapanke's first combatzone assignment. However, it wasn't his first time he felt death lingering around every corner. "During the deployment, I survived 57 rocket and 16 mortar attacks," said Kapanke. "Death could have come at any time and from any direction. I've faced it before, so I wasn't going to let fear stop me from doing my job." "The Iraqis didn't fear anything," said Kapanke. "Rockets would explode all around us and they would casually enjoy a cup of hot tea. It was just the way of life to them." The cancer earlier in his career was an internal battle. However, it left him stronger and like the Iraqi service members, he was able to fearlessly stand up and stare death in the eyes. Kapanke beat cancer nearly 15 years ago and owes every step he succeeds to the previous ones he's taken. "I look forward to having more challenges during my Air Force career," said Kapanke. "I'll be able to face them with confidence because of all the challenges I've had."
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The Patriot â€˘ December 16, 2011
Christmas is for children at JB CHS Captain Brent Robbins' son, Michael, hits a golf ball at the Youth Holiday Party at Joint Base CharlestonAir Base Dec. 10. The Youth Center held a holiday party for kids of all ages and had stations including: "VanDoren" the Magician, a bounce house, dart throwing, mini-golf, face painting, free food and a surprise appearance from Santa Claus. Robbins is from the 14th Airlift Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing. U.S. Air Force photos / Airman 1st Class Ashlee Galloway
Retired Master Sgt. Theresa Green's son, Quinton Dorsey, sits on Santa Claus' lap at the Youth Holiday Party at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Dec. 10. The Youth Center held a Holiday Party for kids of all ages, and had stations including: "VanDoren" the Magician, a bounce house, dart throwing, mini-golf, face painting, free food and a surprise appearance from Santa Claus. Retired Master Sgt. Theresa Green's nephew, Vincent Cooper, looks at the Christmas tree painted on his face at the Youth Holiday Party at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Dec. 10.
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Chief Master Sgt. Jose LugoSantiago and his son, Adrian, eat pizza at the Youth Holiday Party at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Dec. 10. LugoSantiago is the 628th Air Base Wing command chief.
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