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JAN. 18, 2013 | VOL. 67, NO. 3



908th deploys more than 100 Airmen By Staff Sgt. Sandi Percival 908th Airlift Wing Public Affairs


Gunter NCO wins AF Award Page 6A


MLK Day speaker

The Rev. Fer-Rell Malone Sr. will be the guest speaker at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance event at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 23 at the Senior NCO Academy. While attending Troy University, he was mentored by Dr. E. D. Nixon, who helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955. Malone currently is a pastor at Macedonia Baptist Church in Waycross, Ga.

Advocates needed

The 42nd Air Base Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program is looking for victim to survivor advocates to provide crisis intervention and non-clinical support. Male and female civilians, family members and military of all ranks are invited to a class March 1-7. Call 953-4416/7116 or email 42abw. for information on the program and interview process.

Valentines for Vets

Volunteers, both military and civilian, are needed to deliver valentines and flags to veterans at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System in Montgomery on Feb. 14. To volunteer or for information, call Amy Richardson at 953-1517 or email

Magnet school applications

Applications for Montgomery magnet schools are due by Tuesday. For applications and information, visit www.mps. To compare area schools, visit For information and assistance, contact Randy Stokes, the school liaison officer, at 953-9694.

Wing annual award ceremony

Col. Trent Edwards, 42nd Air Base Wing commander, hosts a dinner honoring the wing nominees Jan. 25 at the Maxwell Club. The medallion ceremony is at 5:30 p.m., social time is at 6 p.m. and the award ceremony is at 6:30 p.m. The menu options are chicken and beef combination plate for $33 or vegetarian lasagna for $23. The reservation deadline is today. Call 953-2415/4117 for information.

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fter months of training and planning, more than 100 members of the 908th Airlift Wing deployed to Southwest Asia last week. “We’ve been preparing for this deployment for over a year,” said Tech. Sgt. Dwayne Curtis, 908th Reserve Deployment Readiness Cell NCO in charge. “A lot of work went into making sure they were ready to go out the door.” The last of the airmen flew out on C130’s Jan. 10 after a heartfelt farewell gathering attended by U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers from Anniston and Martha Roby from Montgomery. “I want to tell you from the bottom of my heart thank you for what you do. To the wives and husbands and children of all of you leaving today, we’re here for you during this deployment and we want you to call on us if there is ever anything we can do to make this time less burdensome for you,” said Roby. Rogers said that he is honored to represent the members of the 908th, and wished them a safe deployment. The deploying Airmen bid farewell to their loved ones and loaded onto the C-130’s. The Airmen will be deployed for four months in support of

Photo by Lt. Col. Jerry Lobb

Members of the 908th Airlift Wing are greeted Jan. 10 prior to embarking on a C-130 by Chief Master Sgt. Garth Meade, 42nd Air Base Wing command chief; Col. Paul Knapp, vice commander of the 908th Airlift Wing; U.S. Rep. Martha Roby and Col. Trent Edwards, 42nd Air Base Wing commander. Additional photos are on page 3A.

Operation Enduring Freedom. Col. Brett Clark, commander

of the 908th Airlift Wing, said he has full confidence in these

airmen and looks forward to their safe return.

Guardsman only legal scholar on SAASS faculty By Capt. Peter Shinn

Instructor at the Officer Training School

The only legal scholar on the faculty of the Air Force’s graduate school for air and space power strategists is also the school’s only Air National Guardsman. Lt. Col. David “Woody” Woodworth, a member of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard originally from Fishkill, N.Y., believes having a guardsman as a professor at the Air University’s School for Advanced Air and Space Studies is extremely worthwhile. “I’d say it’s very important because as the Guard takes on additional roles and operational missions, you need an Air National Guard member to be able to represent and be an advocate for the value that the Guard brings to our Total Air Force,” he said. However, Col. Tim Schultz of Portsmouth, R.I., former SAASS commandant and current professor of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College, emphasized the importance of having the right Air National Guardsman on the SAASS faculty. “Woody offered a superb mix of operational experience and academic acumen, and SAASS deemed him as critically valuable to fostering the essential relationship between the Air National Guard and active-duty Air Force,” said Schultz. Each SAASS professor holds a doctorate

"You need an Air National Guard member to be able to represent and be an advocate for the value that the Guard brings to our Total Air Force," Lt. Col. David “Woody” Woodworth SAASS faculty member

or equivalent in his or her field of academic expertise, and Woodworth, the SAASS professor of strategic studies, is no exception. His academic credentials include undergraduate degrees in Russian and history from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts degree from Georgetown University in Russia area studies and a Juris Doctorate specializing in national security law from the George Washington University.

Woodworth also is a command pilot and former flying squadron commander with more than 5,500 hours in the C-130 Hercules aircraft. Those qualifications, Schultz added, make Woodworth “a force multiplier” who provides a superior strategic education experience to both Guard and active-duty officers alike. In 1988, the Air Force established SAASS to educate its future strategic thinkers. It is part of the Department of Defense Advanced Study Group Program, which takes field grade officers who have completed intermediate developmental education and puts them through a yearlong intensive study of strategy. The Air Force places SAASS graduates in key strategy and policy positions. Some SAASS graduates are selected to continue their studies toward a doctorate at Air University. Col. Edward Vaughan, Air National Guard advisor to the commander and president of Air University, said the Guard is getting better at leveraging the value SAASS graduates bring to the fight. “Recently, the new vice chief of the National Guard Bureau assembled a team of Air National Guard SAASS graduates to help him address a pressing strategic challenge,” he Guardsman, Page 3A

Raising awareness of human trafficking crimes By Donovan Jackson Dispatch staff writer

January has been declared the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, by President Barack Obama, as an effort to convey exposure to the crime against humanity. Trafficking in persons has become the second largest criminal activity in the world after illicit drugs. In compliance with the Air Force’s zero tolerance agenda toward trafficking in persons, all service members are required to be aware of the negative impacts that TIP can have on the mili WEB: FACEBOOK: TWITTER: PODCAST: YOU TUBE:

tary’s readiness and professional atmosphere. Trafficking in persons is classified as the act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring and abducting of another human being for commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. “We hope that through TIP awareness we can educate our Airmen and help them to continue to make sound decisions about their activities when deployed,” said Bruce Barton, 42nd Air Base Wing chief of force development flight. “I would like for all service members to learn as much as they can about human trafficking

Award winners

so we can put an end to this horrific continuous cycle.” According to the State Department, in 2012 there were 7,909 human trafficking related prosecutions and 42,291 newly identified human trafficking victims worldwide. Among the different types of illegal groups that partake in human trafficking, transnational organized crime syndicates are considered to be the most heavily involved. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s website, transnational organized crime TIP, Page 5A @MaxwellAFB – @AirUnivBoss –

Air Education and Training Command 2012 Public Affairs Individual Communication Excellence Awards Outstanding Communication Senior Grade Civilian (GS-13 -GS-14 or equivalent) Award Ethan F. Stoker Air University TV Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Frost Outstanding Communication Noncommissioned Officer (E-5 - E-6) Award Tech. Sgt. Rose McGuffin Air University TV

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