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Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning answers Airmen’s questions during a visit to Langley Air Force Base, Sept. 5. Fanning toured the 94th Fighter Squadron, the 497th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing and the Air Force Targeting Center. Additionally, Fanning spoke to Langley Airmen about current Air Force issues, including sequestration, sexual assault prevention and force shaping.


Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning visited Langley Air Force Base Sept. 5 and discussed the ever-changing mission, civilian furloughs and budgetary concerns impacting the service. “I am continually impressed with both the mission and the Airmen,” the acting secretary said. “The Air Force is a more complicated story – but one worth telling.” Fanning praised Airmen for their ability to fulfill such a diverse and sometimes taxing mission. He said the Air Force is more than just aircraft; it encompasses space, cyber space and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. “Yours is a more kinetic service,” Fanning said. “Without the Air Force, the other branches could not accomplish their missions. You are truly a technically oriented service.” Despite the adaptability and perseverance of Airmen, Fanning said he recognizes how difficult operations have been in such a turbulent fiscal climate. “What we are doing to our Airmen really bothers me,” he said. “Right now, if this were an ideal world, we would be submitting our budget for the 2015 fiscal year. Unfortunately, this is not an ideal world.

“In my view, our ultimate and highest commitment is to make sure the men and women we send into harm’s way are properly trained and prepared. We are going to go. We are going to win. We are still the world’s greatest Air Force.” — Eric Fanning Acting Secretary of the Air Force

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“We limped through fiscal year 2013 by making short-term, reversible decisions,” Fanning continued. “That parked a lot of bills into fiscal year 2014.” These delayed expenses could make the upcoming fiscal year more difficult for the Air Force, its Airmen and civilian employees who just came off a furlough period, he added. “The civilian furlough was one of the hardest decisions the DOD has faced,” Fanning said. “We broke faith with our civilian employees.”

The decision to implement furloughs came down to a choice between reducing civilian hours or reducing flying hours. Fanning said the mission had to take precedence. “In my view, our ultimate and highest commitment is to make sure the men and women we send into harm’s way are properly trained and prepared,” he said. “We are going to go. We are going to win. We are still the world’s greatest Air Force. But, right now we are in danger of sending Airmen into combat without the proper training.”

Despite the retroactive and broadsweeping cuts from sequestration, Fanning is convinced the Air Force will continue to fulfill its purpose and accomplish its mission. “We are committed to making the hard decisions now, and shaping the Air Force into a stable entity, not a hollow one,” Fanning said. “This is what we do. We succeed. We take impossible situations and make them into achievable solutions. The Air Force is truly remarkable, and I am proud to be part of it.”

Airmen to be nominated for special duties By Staff Sgt. Candice C. Page HEADQUARTERS AIR COMBAT COMMAND

Approved changes to the Air Force special duty program will require Airmen to be nominated and vetted through an approval process beginning Oct. 1. Changes to the special duty program allow leadership and commanders to nominate their top performing Airmen for positions such as military training instructors, Airman and family readiness noncommissioned officers, enlisted accessions recruiters, professional military instructors and honor guard noncommissioned officer positions, which were filled previously on a volunteer basis. The 10 special duties and T-pre-

fix duties selected for the program have been identified as enlisted developmental positions due to leadership responsibilities and the ability to mentor young Airmen. Airmen who have demonstrated a record of exceptional performance in their primary duties are sought to fill the developmental special duty positions. Airmen selected for the positions may also have the opportunity to enrich their careers, gaining leadership skills and broadening their experiences. “I think if we encourage Airmen through a nominative process and allow leadership to encourage them by saying ‘you’re ready and we believe that you are the quality person to go do this job’ then we will have a highly motivated and diverse group of

developmental special duty personnel affecting our Airmen,” said Chief Master Sgt. Rick Parsons, Air Combat Command command chief. Although the assignment selection process will change to a nominative process, Airmen motivated to volunteer for a developmental special duty may still have the opportunity to do so. “Airmen need to make contact with their leadership, voice their desire to be nominated on one of the lists and if their leadership agrees that they are the right person or right caliber to go and do the job, they will be nominated,” Parsons said. “When we need to fill vacancies, we will certainly go to the list and pick volunteers first.” SEE DUTIES PAGE 7

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U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team visits Langley Air Force Base, during a recruitment visit March 29. Approved changes to the Air Force special duty program will require Airmen to be nominated and vetted through an approval process beginning Oct. 1.


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Langley Air Force Base is hosting its fourth annual POW/MIA Recognition Day events Sept. 19 and 20 to honor Service members lost in battle. The events will include a 24-hour run, which will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 19 at the Shellbank Fitness Center outdoor track and conclude at the Langley POW/MIA memorial. Directly after the run, a Recognition Ceremony will take place at 10 a.m., Sept. 20 at the memorial. “The event is a moment where we can slow down and pay our respects to POW and MIAs,â€? said Master Sgt. Jeffrey A. Koenig, 633rd Air Base Wing noncommissioned ofďŹ cer in charge of wing protocol and Air Force Sergeant’s Association chapter 358 president. Originally, Congress passed a resolution authorizing the observance of POW/ MIA Recognition Day to take place July 18, 1979. Dates varied in the years following, until 1986 when it was designated as


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the third Friday in September. According to the Defense Prisoner of War and Missing Personnel OfďŹ ce, more than 83,000 Service members are still unaccounted for from conicts including World War ll, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Iraq and other conicts. The AFSA chapter 358 will be organizing the POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony where retired U.S. Army brigadier general and former POW, Dr. Rhonda Cornum, will be the guest speaker. Cornum was commissioned into the U.S. Army in 1978, with a doctorate in nutrition and biochemistry from Cornell University.

Before retiring as the Director of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness in the Army, Cornum achieved much in her distinguished career, including senior ight surgeon wings and airborne, air assault, and expert medic badges. Her decorations include the Legion of Merit (with two oak leaf clusters), Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Purple Heart, Air Medal and POW Medal. In August 1990, Cornum was assigned as the ight surgeon to the 2/229 Attack Helicopter Battalion in Iraq. Her world changed the last week of Feb-






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ruary 1991, when during a search and rescue mission for a downed Air Force F-16 and injured pilot, her Black Hawk helicopter was attacked and brought down. She was working with an eight-person crew; ďŹ ve of the eight didn’t make it. The survivors, including Cornum, were captured by Iraqi forces, and were released on March 6, 1991. In an interview with Joellen Perry for a “heroesâ€? issue of U.S. News and World Report, Cornum said she remembered thinking as the helicopter fell, “At least I’m dying doing something honorable.â€? Koenig said that all Service members can beneďŹ t from learning about Cornum’s experiences and sense of duty during the POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony. “The event is for us to pay respect to all of the POW/MIA,â€? said Koenig. “It shows everybody the Joint Base LangleyEustis family has not forgotten about the prisoners of war and ones [Service members] still missing in action.â€? For more information on the events, or to sign up for the run, register at tinyurl. com/POW-MIA-Run or contact Master Sgt. Alfredo Perez at 764-42510.






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Soldiers from the 359th Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, were welcomed home by friends, family and coworkers during a ceremony at McClellan Fitness Center at Fort Eustis Sept. 9, after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The gymnasium was packed with a crowd that would rival any sporting event, who stood on their feet and roared as members of the 359th ICTC made their entrance. Among the crowd was U.S. Army Lt. Col. Megan Gumpf, 10th Trans. Bat. commander. “Nine months ago, we gathered right here to bid our Soldiers and loved ones farewell,” Gumpf said in a speech to the Soldiers and their families. “Now we proudly welcome our heroes home.” During their deployment, the 359th ICTC was responsible for conducting duties as a convoy escort team. The Soldiers also provided support ensuring the safe transport of personnel and equipment across their area of responsibility. Although they completed their mission successfully, the 359th ICTC lost some of their own while serving in Afghanistan. “This deployment has not been without sacrifice,” Gumpf said. “Three of our heroes paid the ultimate price for our freedom.” SEE HOME PAGE 7

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Five-year-old Kailee Lawless waves her American flag as she awaits the return of her brother, U.S. Army Private 1st Class John Hite, during a welcome-home ceremony for the 359th Inland CargoTransfer Company.The 359th ICTC completed a nine-month tour in Afghanistan where they conducted 62 missions across 480,000 miles, earned 17 Purple Hearts, 55 combat action badges and two battlefield promotions.

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HOME FROM PAGE 6 The Soldiers lost in the line of duty were Staff Sgt. Justin R. Johnson, Staff Sgt. Eric T. Lawson and Sgt. Caryn E. Nouv. Johnson was killed in Afghanistan, June 18 while at an entry control point of Bagram Air Base when he was struck by indirect fire. Lawson and Nouv were killed July 27 in Ghanzi Province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. “This evening, we honor their memory as we reunite our Soldiers with their family members,” said Gumpf. While deployed, the 359th ICTC collectively conducted 62 missions across 480,000 miles, earned 17 Purple Hearts, 55 combat action badges and two battlefield promotions. “Each and every Soldier has served our nation in the most honorable manner that any U.S. citizen could ask for,” she said. “We are truly proud of this unit.”

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DUTIES FROM PAGE 3 Air Staff will provide major commands nomination quotas twice a year, in March and September, based on their enlisted population of staff sergeants, technical sergeants and master sergeants. ACC has received their quotas, which request nominations for 98 staff sergeants, 106 technical sergeants and 115 master sergeants. “Not everyone will be nominated for these positions. The Air Force is looking for the best qualified Airmen that have qualities of a leader and will be able to prosper in these positions,” said Chief Michael J. Helfer, chief enlisted manager manpower, personnel and services directorate. Commanders will be allotted 30 days to nominate individuals based on rank and developmental special duty quotas. “Quotas have been set to establish a minimum of nominations for MAJCOMs so Air Staff can have a pull that will fit their needs,” said Helfer. “The quotas received will be distributed equally amongst ACC wings, but if a wing does not receive a levied quota they should still be nominating the best of the best to serve these duties.” ACC has a deadline of Sept. 30 to have nominations submitted to the Air Force Personnel Center. Although Airmen will be nominated for developmental special duty positions by their leadership, they still have to meet basic eligibility requirements listed in Personnel Services Delivery Memorandum 13-62, as well as specific criteria for the special duty listed in the Special Duty Catalog, which is currently under revision. “Once an Airman has been nominated and selected for an assignment, they will need to meet the eligibility requirements, detailed in the assignment selection instructions, within 45 days of notification,” said Helfer. He said no indication of a timeline has been set on when Airmen will receive assignment notifications, but April 2014 is the month when most Airmen can expect to report to their new special duty assignments. For more information about developmental special duties refer to PSDM 13-62 and the SPECAT.

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FeatureStory “Horrific. Seeing your fellow Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines lying dead in an area where you would think it was impossible was hard to deal with.” – Clifford Bauman, U.S. Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4

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By Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton

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The text on the page began to blend together as his eyes scanned the Washington Post, aimlessly jumping through the headlines. Almost by accident, he found himself staring at three words he couldn’t ignore: “One Year Later.” “Just look away,” he thought. “Turn the page. You don’t need to read about this.” Even as U.S. Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Clifford Bauman tried to pull his gaze from the story, his mind took him back in time to a place and time he never wanted to see again. Sept. 11, 2001 – The Pentagon, Washington, D.C. “There was stuff floating everywhere,” Bauman said, as he described his journey through knee-deep water into the Pentagon’s E-corridor. “We made our way back around between C and B-corridor and saw where the nose of the aircraft detached and shot through the building.” Immediately, the team stepped outside, set up equipment designed to locate active cell phones and went to work searching for signals. “Once we started pinging I reentered the building, crawling,” he said. “We were there all day and into the night, looking for people – eighteen hours and no survivors – not one.” Looking back at what he did – what he forced himself to do – Bauman said there was only one word to describe everything he experienced. “Horrific,” he said. “Seeing your fellow Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines ly-

reflecting on search and rescue missions at the Pentagon after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks

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U.S. Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 Clifford Bauman, while at Langley Air Force Base, Aug. 22, reflects on the boots, gloves and hat he wore during search and rescue missions at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. After the missions were over, Bauman placed the work gear in closet and did not touch them again until 12 years later.

ing dead in an area where you would think it was impossible was hard to deal with.” Even though Bauman had steeled himself to seeing the remains of fallen Service members and comrades, he continued to work through the night, and the painful reality began to fester inside him like a cancerous wound. “When I went home, I really didn’t talk

about it,” he said. “I took my uniform off and threw it in the wash. I took my boots, gloves and hat off and stuck them in a box - they’re still in that box to this day.” For Bauman, the shutdown was automatic. He would discuss general details, but never mention the bodies. He would never talk about the sights, sounds and smells from the flooded hallways and burned-out corridors that stayed buried deep inside his soul like a cancer, slowing eating away at him. “I didn’t talk about it,” he said, quietly. A year after he put those memories away, Bauman felt them bubble to the surface as he read the stories and personal accounts printed in the Washington Post. One particular article caught his eye: a letter, written by a son whose mother had died at the Pentagon. “I had found her body when I was searching through the wreckage,” he said, swallowing a lump in his throat. From that moment, Bauman’s life entered a downward spiral into darkness. “I felt guilty,” he said. “I wasn’t able to find anyone alive. When I would go to sleep at night I would have vivid dreams about what I saw – what I crawled through.” Nights were the worst, as Bauman was relentlessly tormented by his own memory. During the day, tired and exhausted from restless and intermittent sleep, Bauman tried to find solace at the bottom of a bottle. “As you start going down that road, things change inside you,” he said. “People started noticing there was something

different about me, even though I didn’t see it within myself.” The more differently people began to treat Bauman, the more stressed he became. That stress permeated every aspect of his life – including relationships with his family. “My family knew something was wrong,” he said, “but I couldn’t explain to them what was wrong. I couldn’t express it.” This vicious cycle was propagated when those close to him tried desperately to reach out to Bauman, which only caused him to withdraw further from his family, friends and coworkers. As time dragged on, Bauman withdrew more and more. He internalized his feelings and memories, lying to counselors and hiding the post-traumatic stress disorder he would later be diagnosed with. Weeks turned to months as Bauman said the stress and guilt he felt became “poison” in his veins. “I didn’t have an outlet for the stress I was feeling because I wasn’t talking to my psychologist about how I truly felt,” he said. “I just wanted to get the counseling over with because I was fearful for my military career.” With his days spent worrying over his future in the Army, and his nights spent in torment, Bauman decided he needed to get away for the Christmas season and returned home to Kansas City, Mo. Unfortunately, home was where he felt the entire weight of the world crash down upon him. SEE SURVIVOR PAGE 22

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Service members from Joint Base Langley-Eustis joined the Hampton community at the 12th annual “Day of Remembrance and Hope” to remember those lost during and affected by the terrorist attacks against the nation 12 years ago on Sept. 11. Those in attendance included military personnel, first responders, community leaders, veterans of foreign wars, local school students and family members of 9/11 victims. The event was hosted by the city of Hampton to unite the community in demonstrating America’s hope during darkness. Inspired by a memorial prayer for the victims of 9/11, the community planted “Trees of Hope” in “Soils of Justice” inside Gosnold’s Hope Park to honor fallen victims, first responders and Service members. The “Soils of Justice” are comprised of

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“I want them (U.S. Service members) to keep on, we have to keep on every day. We have to keep pushing and do what we can do to protect others.” — Gloria Murray Hampton resident who lost her daughter in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon Photos by Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton

ABOVE:A single red flower sits nestled in a field of grass at Gosnold’s Hope Park during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony, Sept. 11. The flower represents a commitment to remember the lives lost during the terrorist attacks.

soils from the three sites of the terrorist attacks – New York City, Washington D.C., and Stonycreek Township, Pa. The “Trees of Hope” are evergreen trees reminiscent of the sprigs George Washington chose as our country’s emblem of hope.

LEFT: Gloria Murray holds a photograph of her daughter, Sondra White, who was killed 12 years ago when a plane, hijacked by terrorists, crashed into the Pentagon, in Washington, D.C., where she worked.


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SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 Molly Ward, left, Hampton city mayor, thanks U.S. Air Force Col. John J. Allen Jr., 633rd Air Base Wing commander, during a remembrance ceremony at Gosnold’s Hope Park, Sept. 11. Both Ward and members of the local Military Affairs Committee recognized the sacrifices and commitment of Service members from every branch of the military. The ceremony honored those who lost their lives as a result of the 9/11 attacks.


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“While tears were shed, there was exuberant pride in the individuals who were here today,” said U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Ryan Sattelburg, 149th Seaport Operations Company, Fort Eustis, “We honored the sacrifices victims of 9/11 suffered, as well as the fallen Service members and first responders.” Hampton resident, Gloria Murray, lost her daughter, Sandra Murray-White, in the attack on the Pentagon.

“I want them to keep on; we have to keep on every day,” Murray said of U.S. Service members’ efforts in the fight against terrorism. “We have to keep pushing and do what we can to protect others.” Sattelburg said despite the adversity the U.S. faced, the nation and its people remain resilient and prepared to overcome it. “Don’t allow this day to be defined by sadness, but as a day to reflect on yesterday, today and tomorrow,” he said, “God bless America.”

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RIGHT: U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Ryan Sattelberg, from the 149th Seaport Operations Company, 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, speaks about his experiences surrounding the 9/11 attacks.

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Construction is set to begin on roads at Langley By Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

In an effort to improve traffic flow on Langley Air Force Base’s Sweeney Boulevard, near the Armistead Gate, construction is scheduled to begin on the new, partially completed, Lee Road extension and the new Sweeney Blvd. and Lee Road intersection the week of Sept. 16. “As the mission and base expands to the northern side of the installation, more traffic is expected,” said Jim Wampler, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron engineering flight chief. “These projects are designed to alleviate both future congestion as well as the current traffic challenges at the Lee Road and Sweeney Boulevard intersection.” Wampler said the overall road construction project is divided into several segments, all meant to improve the inbound and outbound traffic flow through the Armistead Gate. The first segment will tie in the new Lee Rd. extension to Sweeney Blvd. at a newly formed intersection just west of the existing marquee and add a left-hand turning lane for inbound motorists heading to the other side of the base. “The new turning lane will widen Sweeney Boulevard to five lanes at the new intersection,” Wampler said. “This will allow motorists to turn left onto Lee Road without backing up traffic as it does now at the current intersection.” Motorists attempting to exit onto Sweeney Blvd. from Lee Rd. now find the task tedious and often dangerous. In addition to a turning lane, Wampler said a traffic light would be added once the new intersection and extension to Lee Rd. are complete. During this phase of construction, Sweeney Blvd.will remain open; however, motorists should expect congestion and possible delays. “Both inbound and outbound lanes could be narrowed and traffic flow affected throughout the construction period,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dee Jay Katzer, 633rd CES commander. The Lee Rd. tie-in phase is scheduled for Sept. 16 – 27, and the widening of Sweeney is scheduled from Sept. 30 – Nov. 13. In addition to this construction, NASA’s Durand Gate will be closed Sept. 19-20, while NASA begins its own project to repave roads and perform gate maintenance. Traffic will not be allowed to travel through NASA to access or depart Langley, during this particular closure. Force protection measures are also scheduled to be upgraded during this effort. New pop-up barriers and guardrails will be installed to improve the defensive posture of the installation. By early 2014, as these projects are near completion, the old Lee Rd. intersection is scheduled to close for two weeks while the final new Lee Rd. tie-in is completed. The final phase of work will be the milling and overlaying with new asphalt on Sweeney Blvd. from the new intersection out to the Armistead Gate. “Throughout the course of this new work, we will keep the base informed on any changes or updates that could impact their commute,” said Wampler.

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ABOVE: Participants begin the Out of Darkness suicide awareness walk in Virginia Beach, Sept. 7. After the walk, participants could seek counseling for depression or coping with the loss of a loved one. RIGHT:Volunteers and participants make paper cranes, which are used as a symbol of healing, happiness and hope. BELOW: A wall of photos of suicide victims is used as a remembrance wall. The wall was used to remember and celebrate the lives of participants’ loved ones.

More than 4,500 participants attendeed the 8th annual “Out of Darknessâ€? suicide aw wareness walk held at Mount Trashmore in n Virginia Beach, Sept. 7. The event, hosted by the American FounF dation for Suicide Prevention and the H Hampton Roads community, raised awarenesss and assisted in suicide prevention aid. Prior to the walk, members directly affecta ed by suicide gave emotion-ďŹ lled deta ails of their experiences. Some lost family mem mbers and others almost lost themselves until a suicide attempt offered them the chance to o seek help. Participants ranged from Service mem mbers from all military branches stationed in n the Hampton Roads area, to grandparentss and children, all walking for the same causee. Some participants honored their loved l ones by wearing T-shirts with photos, w while others hung photos of loved ones on a remembrance wall with emotional messages attached. U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Caitlin n Gillaspie, Air Combat Command comm mand center emergency actions controller, atttended the event for the ďŹ rst time this yearr and was deeply impacted. “Hearing personal stories from people who have been affected by suicide and hearing the chaplain read off names of people who have committed suicide made me m realize how common suicide is,â€? said Gilllaspie. “I have lost multiple family memberrs and friends to suicide and this is my way of remembering them and hoping it helps ssomeone else.â€?

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Members of the Virginia Beach ďŹ re department raise the American ag over participants during the Out of Darkness suicide awareness walk in Virginia Beach, Sept. 7. More than 4,500 participants attended the walk to aid raise awareness about depression and suicide prevention.

As a leading national nonproďŹ t organization, the AFSP uses all proceeds to beneďŹ t individuals diagnosed with mental disorders or impacted by suicide. The AFSP is exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy. Master Sgt. Neco Johnson, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron heating, ventilation and air conditioning noncommissioned ofďŹ cer in

charge, assisted in organizing a group from Langley Air Force Base to attend the walk. “I enjoy the sincerity of the program. There is love and support for victims’ family members and individuals currently battling depression,â€? said Johnson. “There were professional counselors on site who volunteered their time to provide on-the-spot assistance to anyone who needed it.â€? According to the AFSP, family and friends can help by watching for warning signs including depression, substance abuse, anxiety, aggression, impulsivity, family history of a suicide attempt, serious medical conditions or stress. 1st Lt. Sarah Whiddon, 633rd Medical Operations Squadron family advocacy ofďŹ cer, volunteered as a counselor during the walk. “I had the opportunity to listen to stories of survival and strength,â€? said Whiddon. “The military is not immune to suicide and depression and unfortunately we have lost troops and family [members] to suicide. An event like this provides awareness, support and strength for military members and their families.â€? While Whiddon, Johnson and Gillaspie all participated for their own personal reasons, they had a common desire to bring awareness to suicide prevention. Johnson also felt the walk built strong ties between Service members and the local community. “Military members face the same issues as community members,â€? said Johnson. “It is very important we support our community just as they show their support for us. Our goal is to reach those who are in need of help and to make as many people as possible aware of the effects of untreated depression.â€?

Any individuals suffering from depression or considering suicide should contact Joint Base Langley-Eustis’ various resources. For Langley AFB, contact Behavioral Health at 764-6840, Military and Family Life Consultants at 284-4365 or a Chaplain at 764-7847. For Fort Eustis, contact Behavioral Health at 314-7558, Family Life Consultants at 878-3638 or a chaplain at 878-1317.

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Members of the Hampton Roads community walk through hanging origami paper cranes during the Out of Darkness suicide awareness walk inVirginia Beach, Sept. 7. The cranes are used as a symbol of healing, happiness and hope.

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Signs mark the walking path during the Out of Darkness suicide awareness walk. Each sign displayed a message about the event and suicide prevention.

“I had the opportunity to listen to stories of survival and strength. The military is not immune to suicide and depression and unfortunately, we have lost troops and family [members] to suicide. An event like this provides awareness, support and strength for military members and their families.â€? — U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Sarah Whiddon 633rd Medical Operations Squadron family advocacy ofďŹ cer


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An air of uncertainty hung in the candle-lit room. A group of men were clustered inside, clad in ruffled shirts, waistcoats and silk stockings. For several months, these men met continually inside the Philadelphia room, debating the future of the free states. In the end, one document emerged as a result of the result of countless arguments. The Constitution of the United States of America, the product of many great minds, became a vital piece of American history that guides the nation to this day. All U.S. Service members who solemnly swear to support and defend that document celebrate the day commemorating its creation, Constitution Day. U.S. Service members at home and abroad celebrate the signing of the Constitution in various ways, such as concerts, community events and observance ceremonies. Members of Joint Base Langley-Eustis

The Constitution was signed by the members of the Constitutional Convention on Sept. 17, 1787. Those founding fathers, which included George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton, altered history that day in the State House, now known as Independence Hall. show their patriotism annually by attending a Constitution Day celebration in Colonial Williamsburg. On Sept. 17, Soldiers of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band and Airmen from the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band will unite to perform patriotic songs, memorializing the 226-year-old document. SEE CONSTITUTION PAGE 15

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CONSTITUTION FROM PAGE 14 The Constitution was signed by the members of the Constitutional Convention, Sept. 17, 1787. Those founding fathers, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton, altered history that day in the State House, now known as Independence Hall. According to, in February 1787, delegates from 12 of the 13 states began meeting in Philadelphia to redesign the Articles of Confederation. Instead, they began drafting a constitution – the basic principles and laws of a nation. The Founding Fathers aimed to create a government with enough power to act on a national level, without jeopardizing the fundamental rights of the people. For U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Danny Weatherly, A Company, 1st Battalion, 210th Aviation Regiment Advanced Individual Training instructor, the Constitution is the “basis of our system of government, adaptable to each generation’s needs.” As a Soldier, he believes it is his duty to protect the ideals presented in this “living document”. Through the generations, many have fought for that shared sense of duty. “Defending the Constitution, and by extension, the United States, is the entire reason for having a military,” he said. “With the guidance of the Constitution and the leaders appointed over us, the military is the embodiment of the might of the nation.” After seven months of careful debate, 39 of 55 delegates signed the document, creating “the might of the nation” that protects the rights of all U.S. citizens. Decades later in 1956, Congress requested that each year, the U.S. president declare the week of Sept. 17 as Constitution Week. The proclamation was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, but not officially declared until 2002 by President George W. Bush. Today, the national commemoration represents a time to continue the convention’s legacy to “...form a more perfect union, establish justice and ensure domestic tranquility,” by annually recognizing the Constitutional Convention’s efforts in creating the makeup of American rights and laws. Constiution Day events are held not only to mark one of the most significant days in history, but to also remember the 39 men who threw uncertainty and doubt to the wind, solely to “provide for the common defense,” and “secure the blessings of liberty” to all. This sense of patriotism has endured 226 years, beginning with 39 strongwilled men who had the common goal to effectively unite the 13 states, unaware their decision would have a lasting impact on the nation for centuries to come.

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 U.S. Army Sgt. Clevaun Fluellen, 3rd Military Police Detachment dog handler, says his goodbyes to Duuk, 3rd MP Det. explosives detection military working dog at Fort Eustis, Sept. 9. Duuk was adopted after eight years of military service.

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Duuk’s departure: Military working dog adopted at Eustis By Airman 1st Class Austin Harvill 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Many of the military working dogs employed by the U.S. Army have experienced multiple deployments throughout the world and some have paid the ultimate sacrifice while dutifully conducting their missions. After years of faithful service – usually upwards of 10 years – some MWDs have a chance to take off their vests and put on a collar as a family pet. On Sept. 9, Duuk (pronounced “Duke”) became one such pet. Duuk, an 11-yearold explosives detection dog, served for the past eight years and was previously assigned to the 3rd Military Police Detachment at Fort Eustis. Following years of faithful service including four deployments to Iraq, numerous demonstrations at various community events, law enforcement support to the installation and worldwide missions, Duuk was submitted to the MWD adoption program. The program began in November 2000 when then-President Bill Clinton signed a bill called “Robby’s Law,” which allowed for the adoption of MWDs that are declared “excess” by the military and are deemed adoptable. Since then, families and prior handlers across the nation have adopted these warriors and brought them home to enjoy their retirement in the comfort and love of a home. Duuk, as with other MWDs, went through a vetting process conducted by the 37th Training Wing at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The dogs eligible for adoption

To adopt a dog, e-mail mwd.adoptions@ to receive an application. Applicants should expect to wait up to 18 months before a dog becomes available, as the adoption office currently has 300 to 400 applications in their files. are usually young dogs who did not meet the training requirements and have little to no training, or older dogs who are medically incapable to perform military duty. Duuk has minor hip problems, which is not surprising given his record, said U.S. Army Sgt John Nolan, 3rd MP Det. dog handler. “Duuk has been with the [3rd MP Det.] since the very beginning of the unit,” said Nolan. “He is a gentle pup, and he definitely deserves a few years of rest after all of his hard work.” Andrew Lou, Newport News Police Department detective, adopted Duuk after hearing his story. “My wife and I have been looking for a dog for quite some time,” said Lou. “When we saw a [MWD] up for adoption, I called her and told her I found one.” Lou said he heard about Duuk and immediately looked into the adoption process to give the dog the rest he deserves. “Being in the NNPD, I have seen a number of working dogs and I know how much they train and endure in their line of duty,” said Lou. “Duuk, and every other dog like him, have more than earned a retirement, and I know he will be a great companion to my family.”

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Ask any group of elementary schoolaged kids what they want to be when they grow up and more than a few will answer, “firefighter” or “policeman.” At Fort Eustis, Service members, DOD civilians and family members learned what firefighters from the 733rd Civil Engineer Division and military police from the 221st MP Detachment do every day whether at home or deployed, Sept. 10 during Community Day. The firefighters and MPs had multiple displays and activities open to the community including a fully-equipped fire truck, a Surrey trailer, or fire safety house, an exercise in apprehending an MP in a padded suit, a paintball firing range and equipment displays. Participants also had access to pamphlets and fliers containing important information about fire prevention, carbon monoxide poisoning and techniques to put out a fire if possible. Peter Taylor, 733rd CED fire department lieutenant, believes giving the public information as often as possible will keep them safe. “We hold these events about four to five times a year,” said Taylor. “The more often the general public can train, the more likely it is they will be able to either stop a fire before it starts or save themselves and call for help.” Taylor said having a fun learning environment helps children absorb the training better, and they won’t be as afraid when they are in danger. “We let the kids move around the fire truck, honk the horn and put on our helmets because we want them to trust us,” said Taylor. “Also, it gives us a chance to interact with the public and see the children having a good time learning.” Spc. Gary Greene, 221st MP Det. patrolman, said these interactions build trust between officers and the community while reinforcing the protection capabilities of military police. “We want the community to get a gist of what we do every day,” said Greene.

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Candace Carter (right), a Community Day participant, swings at U.S.Army Spc. Richard Patenaude, 221st Military Police Detachment patrolman, Sept. 7, at Fort Eustis. The 221st MP Det. and the 733rd Civil Engineer Division firefighters presented multiple activities for the community to educate them on fire safety and law enforcement duties.

“Giving them access to parts of our career shows the community we will keep them safe and lessens any fear they might have of us.” Furthermore, Greene said the community can get to know its protectors so they know who to turn to if a dangerous situation arises. “We want them to come to us for help, whether we are in uniform or not,” said Greene. “If they can trust us at any instance to help them, the relationship within the community improves, and we can protect them better.” Protecting and serving as a first responder can be dangerous, however, thanks to community days, Taylor and Greene both believe the Fort Eustis community will continue to stay safe, strong and willing to seek the assistance of these everyday heroes.

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BBC leasing incentive Balfour Beatty Communities is offering a “refer a friend” leasing incentive for Fort Eustis family housing. If your friend signs a BBC lease, you could earn $500. For more information, call the Community Management office at 369-8335.

Summary court officer The summary court officer detailed to secure and make proper disposition of the personal effects of Staff Sgt. Eric T. Lawson is Capt. Joseph Thompson, 7th Sustainment Brigade. Anyone having knowledge of money or property due to the deceased or has claims against the deceased’s estate, contact Capt. Thompson at 878-5112, ext. 328 or

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Ammunition Supply Point Inventory JBLE Job Fair The Joint Base Langley-Eustis Job Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 19, at the Fort Eustis Club. More than 40 employers and transition service providers will be on hand to network and offer employment opportunities. This event is open to active-duty Service members, veterans, retirees, reservists, National Guard and their spouses. Children are not allowed. Come dressed for success and bring several copies of your resume. Job seekers can register online at www.facebook. com/forteustisacs/events or For more information, call 878-0906 or 878-4955.

Hispanic Heritage Month observance The U.S. Army Training Support Center will host the Hispanic Heritage Month observance from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Sept. 24, at the Fort Eustis Club. Lunch will be served immediately following the program.The cost is $10 per person. For more information, contact Tracy Campbell or Victoria Pierce at 878-3096, ext. 4083.

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Army Career and Alumni Program classes and briefings for September will include: ■ Transition GPS (TAP Workshop) – Sept. 23-27, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The senior enlisted workshop is scheduled for Sept. 16-20. This training provides transitioning Soldiers and their family members with the skills necessary to succeed in civilian employment and educational pursuits. Topics will include financial planning, resume writing, interviewing techniques, job search tips, VA benefits (disability ratings, filing claims, and vocational rehabilitation) and MOS Crosswalk. ■ VA ClaimsWorkshop – Sept. 16, 9 a.m.This workshop is held the second Monday of each month at Bldg. 804. Unless otherwise noted, classes and briefings will take place in Bldg. 705, suite 71. For more information, call 878-4955.

The Family Advocacy Program is offering the following classes: ■ 1-2-3 Magic – Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to noon. This is a positive-discipline technique program for parents of children ages two to 12. ■ Couples Communication – Sept. 24, 3 to 4 p.m. ■ Family Advocacy Safety Education Seminar – Sept. 19 9 to 11 a.m. No children allowed. Classes will take place at Bldg. 213, Calhoun Street. For more information or to register, call 878-0807.

The 733rd Force Support Division will host its “Oktoberfest” celebration from 4 to 9 p.m., Sept. 20, at the Bowling Center’s parking lot. The Happy Dutchmen Band will provide musical entertainment from 5 to 9 p.m., and German food and beverages will be available for purchase. To reserve a table for your unit or family and friends, call 878-4430. For more information, call 878-3694.

GoArmyEd tuition assistance Due to the Army’s fiscal year closeout, Sept. 23 is the last day for Soldiers to request GoArmyEd tuition assistance for classes that begin on or before Sept. 30. No exceptions will be made. This policy does not affect requests for courses starting Oct. 1 or later. For more information, Soldiers can call their school or the Bateman Army Education Center at 878-2083, ext. 221.

Warrant Officer professional development The 93rd Signal Brigade will host a warrant officer professional development “Financial Seminar” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 26, at the Fort Eustis Club. This event is free and open to all warrant officers. The guest speaker will be Glinda Bridgforth, author and financial consultant. For more information, contact Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jerlyn Allen at 878-3359.

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The summary court officer detailed to secure and make proper disposition of the personal effects of Sgt. Caryn E. Nouv is Capt. Joseph Thompson, 7th Sustainment Brigade. Anyone having knowledge of money or property due to the deceased or has claims against the deceased’s estate, contact Capt. Thompson at (757) 878-5112, ext. 328 or

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Appointments will not be accepted during the Fort Eustis Ammunition Supply Point’s scheduled inventory on Sept. 23-27. For more information, contact Chief Warrant Officer 5 Carolita Green at 878-1330.

Army Community Service Army Community Service classes and briefings for September will include: ■ Baby and Me Play Group – 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays at Bldg. 501. ■ Credit Reporting, Scores and Debt Management – Sept. 17, 9 to 10 a.m. ■ Developing Your Financial Plan – Sept. 24, 9 to 10 a.m. ■ Effective Resume Writing – Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to noon. This workshop is free and open to the community. ■ Federal Employment Navigation – 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 26. ■ Financial Readiness Training – Sept. 20,11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ■ Job Search Strategies – 10 to 11 a.m., Mondays. ■ Managing Your Checking Account – Sept. 19, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. ■ Spouse Master Resilience Training – Sept. 24-27, 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is required. Unless otherwise noted, classes and briefings will take place in Bldg. 650 on Monroe Ave. For more information, call 878-3638.

Ranges, training areas and associated facilities are off limits to personnel not engaged in scheduled firing, operations or inspections unless clearance is obtained (in person) from the Range Control Fire Desk or a designated Range Control technician. The Range Control office telephone number is 878-4412, ext. 226 or 878-3834, ext 234. The range operations schedule through Sept. 18 is: ■ Friday – Range BTRACS, 1, 2, 5, 6 (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) ■ Saturday and Sunday – No scheduled ranges ■ Monday – Range BTRACS, 1, 3 (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) ■ Tuesday – Range BTRACS, 1, 2, 3 (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) ■ Wednesday – Range BTRACS, 1 (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) All personnel are required to check in and out with Range Control before going into or departing from any range or training area.

Motorcycle Rider Course The Experienced Riders Course (BRC-2) will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 17, Oct. 1 and 22, and Nov. 5 and 19, at the Fort Eustis motorcycle range.The BRC-2, offered to active-duty Service members, is for experienced riders who own a motorcycle and have completed the Beginner Rider’s Course. Currently, the Beginner Rider’s Course is not offered on Fort Eustis; however, active-duty Service members can take the BRC or Military Sport Bike Rider’s Course (MSRC) at Fort Lee or Little Creek free of charge. To register for the BRC-2, email usaf.jble.633-abw.mbx. and include the following information: desired course date, first and last name, last four digits of social security number, rank, age, branch of service, unit, and phone number. For more information about the motorcycle rider course, call 878-3740, ext. 222 or 228.

Exchange ‘e-Receipt’ Program The Fort Eustis and Langley Exchanges have launched an “e-Receipt” program for customers, where shoppers can opt to have their receipts e-mailed to them, rather than receive a paper copy. To enroll, shoppers can provide their e-mail address and phone number at the checkout counter. For more information, call 887-0293.

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Child Passenger Safety Week Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept. 15-21, and the Joint Base Langley-Eustis fire departments are sponsoring free child seat safety checks: ■ Langley Fire Department: Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ■ Fort Eustis Fire Department: Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Order of the Sword induction Lt. Gen. William J. Rew, former Air Combat Command vice commander, has been nominated by enlisted Airmen for induction into the Order of the Sword in a ceremony to be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Bayview Commonwealth Center at Langley Air Force Base. The ceremonial presentation was adopted during the Revolutionary War, and is used to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the enlisted corps. Invitation and RSVP information will be provided at a later date.

Order of Daedalians lunch meeting The Order of Daedalians, the Fraternal Order of Military Pilots, will host its first luncheon of the season at the Langley Club at noon Sept. 19. The Order’s membership of commissioned, warrant and flight officer military pilots and Women’s Air Service Pilots, with its worldwide network of Daedalian Flights and its comprehensive awards program, supports the military services and other aerospace activities. The Awards and Scholarship Programs of the Order and Foundation encourage patriotism, integrity and good character in our nation’s youth; military careers as commissioned pilots; safety of flight; and excellence in the performance of military duties. The Daedalian Foundation’s scholarship program also promotes study in aerospace disciplines. For more information, contact Maj. Joe Stallings at 225-9101 or by email at, or email

Armed Services Blood Program Blood Drive The Armed Services Blood Program Blood Drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 24, Oct. 9 and Nov. 26 in the Langley Chapel Annex. Whole blood donors can donate every 57 days. Donations directly support troops overseas and hospital patients on Langley Air Force Base. For more information, contact Ralph Peters at Ralph. Online appointments can also be scheduled at

Shipment of classified cargo Langley personnel are reminded that in accordance with AFI24-203, paragraph, Transportation Officers (TO) must process all “CLASSIFIED” freight shipments for the base unless the TO establishes other arrangements. For more information, contact Ray Twine at

Catholic positions The Langley Chapel is seeking three separate positions for Leader of Song/Accompanist for mass (10:15


Langley Saddle Club vacancies Hispanic Heritage Month Taster’s Choice The Hispanic Heritage Month Committee will be hosting their annual Taster’s Choice from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Static Display Hangar. Enjoy Latin food, music and festivities in support of Hispanic Heritage Month. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Jose Perez at 764-1735.

Hispanic Heritage Month Fun Run The Hispanic Heritage Month Committee will host their annual Fun Run at 7 a.m. Sept. 25 at the ACC Fitness Center. Prizes will be awarded to the first place 5K male and female participants, and the first place 10K male/female participants. Registration tables will be located in the Shellbank and ACC Fitness Centers from 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 17 and 23. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Jose Perez at 764-1735.

a.m. Sunday, 12:15 p.m. Sundays and 5 p.m. Saturdays). They are also seeking a Coordinator of Ministries and Religious Education and Coordinator of Youth Ministry and High School Religious Education. These positions are available as of Oct. 1. A resume and three letters of reference are required. Bids must be received by 4 p.m. Sep. 10. Public opening of the bids will take place at 10, 10:15 and 10:30 a.m., respectively on Sept. 11 at the Langley Chapel School Annex. For more information and specific position/application requirements, contact the chapel at 764-7847.

The Langley Saddle Club, located by the Education Center across from the nature boardwalk, has a few vacancies and is still accepting applications for new members. While the Saddle Club is not affiliated with the Department of Defense, membership is open to active duty, retirees and civilians of all branches. Members will be given 10x10 lighted horse stalls with full-time feeders. Members will also get a tack room for storage, on-site trailer parking, access to the clubhouse and more. For more information, visit http://langleysaddleclub., or contact or 879-6248.

Safety education seminar A safety education seminar will be held Sept. 26 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Langley Health and Wellness Center. This seminar will review the dynamics and impact of domestic violence and child maltreatment, as well as offer tools for promoting healthy relationships and positive parenting. For more information or to register, contact the Family Advocacy Program at 764-2427.

Co-parenting class A co-parenting class will be held Sept. 26 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Langley Chapel Annex. This class will discuss the emotional impact of divorce and separation on children, as well as ways to reduce conflict and improve communication for the benefit of the children. For more information or to register, contact the Family Advocacy Program at 764-2427.

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The Medical Service Corps (MSC) has more than 1,000 Air Force officers who serve as professional healthcare administrators throughout the world. For those interested in applying, accession packages are due Sept 13. For more information, contact 2nd Lt. Irene Mitchell at 764-8203.

A four-week anger management class will be held every Monday beginning Sept. 9 from 2 to 3:30 the Langley Health and wellness Center. This class will examine the causes of anger management difficulties, as well as ways to manage it effectively. For more information or to register, call the Family Advocacy Program at 764-2427.

Stress management class A stress management class will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Health and Wellness Center in classroom two. The Class will focus on ways to can control the stress in everyday life. For more information or to register, contact the Family Advocacy Program at 764-2427.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study Military Ministries sponsors Morning Bible Study from 6:15 to 7:15 a.m. every Wednesday in the Langley Chapel Annex auditorium. A seven-week series, “Heaven,” started Aug. 28, and will address topics like “What Happens When We Die?” and “What Will Our Lives Be Like in Heaven?” For more information, contact Joe Shirey at 764-5527 or, or Chuck Macri at 928-7220 or

Tuition Assistance approval date change Due to a pending release of the fiscal year 2014 Military Tuition Assistance program, Airmen will not be able to apply for FY14 courses before Sept. 9. Applications for FY14 will be accepted on or after Sept. 9. Airmen will be able to apply for courses using the existing system in place via the Air Force Virtual Education Center. For courses starting before Oct. 1, Airmen may still apply for tuition assistance under the current guidelines.

‘Walk to End Alzhiemer’s’ The Alzheimer’s Association will host a “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” at Styron Square in Newport News, Oct. 19. Registration is free, and the walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. For more information, call (800) 272-3900 or contact


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Submit Outside The Gate announcements to will feature raffles, door prizes, a silent sports memorabilia auction, live music, and food and craft vendors. Registration is $20 plus two cans of food. All food will be donated to the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank. Spectator parking and admission is free. Dash plaques will be issued to the first 100 registrants. For more information, contact Lt. K.L. Gross at 926-3991.

Indie Music and Arts Festival Norfolk Festevents will host the Indie Music and Arts Festival from noon to 10 p.m., Sept. 14, at Town Point Park in downtown Norfolk. This event is free and open to the public. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome; coolers, food and soft drinks are permitted. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. For more information, visit or call 441-2345.

Community Health and Safety Fair The Coliseum Central Business Improvement District will hold its annual community Health and Safety Fair from 3 to 6 p.m., Sept. 14, at the Peninsula Town Center in Hampton. This event will feature entertainment and family-friendly activities. For more info, visit

‘Try Transit Week’ Program The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is sponsoring “Try Transit Week,” a statewide educational event designed to encourage Virginia residents to stop driving and try a form of transit such as bus or rail. “Try Transit Week” is scheduled for Sept. 16-20. Participants who pledge to try transit are automatically entered for a chance to win a one-year transit pass to the Virginia transit operator of their choice. Pledges will be accepted through Sept. 20. To submit your pledge or to learn more about the contest, visit

Jobs for Veterans Program Peninsula Worklink, in partnership with Thomas Nelson Community College and the Virginia Employment Commission, will sponsor a “Jobs for Veterans Program” information session from 5 to 6 p.m., Sept. 17, at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center, 600 Butler Farm Rd., in Hampton. The program trains eligible veterans for immediate employment in the following high-demand career fields: precision welding; sheet metal fabrication; computer numeric-controlled machining; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; industrial electrician; and broadband and fiber optics installation. For more information or to apply, contactThomas Goodman (Peninsula Worklink) at 766-4914, Leslie Holthoff (TNCC) at 825-2767 or Paige Glass (VEC) at 865-3166.

Square Dance lessons The Tidal Waves Square Dance Club invites couples, singles and families to its free open house from 7:30 to 9

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p.m., Sept. 17 and 24, at Palmer Elementary School, 100 Palmer Lane, in Newport News. Square dance lessons will take place onTuesdays at the same time and location. A contribution of $4 per person per lesson is requested. The community is also invited to the free “Club Night” at 8 p.m., Sept. 13, to experience a full dance evening. Entertainment and snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Marc Rodriquez at 3332360 or G.T. Richardson at 867-6721.

Constitution Day celebration The fifth annual “To Support and Defend” Constitution Day celebration will be held at 7 p.m., Sept. 17, at Merchants Square, 134 N. Henry St., in Williamsburg. This event is free and open to the public. The program will feature guest narrators including Colonial Williamsburg interpreters. Musical entertainment will be provided by a combined ensemble composed of members of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band and the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band.The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums will also perform. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. In the event of inclement weather, the rain date will be Sept. 18. For more information, visit

Fall Native Plant Sale The Virginia Living Museum will hold its annual fall native plant sale on Sept. 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., in Newport News. The sale will take place rain or shine, and admission is free. A large selection of native wildflowers, shrubs, grasses and small trees will be available for purchase. All plants are nursery propagated. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call the museum’s horticulture staff at 595-1900 or visit

Car and Motorcycle Show The Newport News Sheriff’s Office will host its Project Lifesaver Car and Motorcycle Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 22, at 401 Oriana Rd., in Newport News. Project Lifesaver provides free transmitters for location and rescue of individuals with cognitive disorders. This event

The University of Virginia is hosting an accelerated master’s degree information session from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 25, at its new Academic Center at 600 Thimble Shoals Blvd., in Newport News. The event is free and open to the public. Come join us and learn how you can earn a master’s degree in Systems Engineering in one year. A light supper will be provided. To register, visit or e-mail For more information, contact Alan Fiorello at 594-0792 or

Homeschool Appreciation Day The Virginia Air and Space Center, in partnership with NASA, invites the community to Homeschool Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 26, at 600 Settlers Landing Rd., in Hampton. Come out and learn about homeschool workshop opportunities and classes, how the NASA Educator Resource Center can enhance your curriculum and how you can participate in the Exploration Design Challenge program. The cost is $1 per person. RSVP by Sept. 24 to Swee Hart at

Preparedness Day Workshop The city of Hampton will host its Preparedness Day Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 28, at the Northampton Community Center, 1435-A Todds Lane. This event is free and open to the public. Emergency preparedness stations will feature information on food, water and home safety, first aid, hygiene, identity protection, home security, planning documents, and “ready kits” for families and pets. Due to limited seating, registration is required. To register, visit or call Hampton’s Community Call Center at 3-1-1 or 727-8311.

School Beautification volunteers needed The Hampton Clean City Commission is seeking military and “Adopt-A-Spot” volunteers to assist with school beautification projects on Sept. 20 in Hampton. Clean-up projects include weeding, planting and other activities. About 15-20 volunteers are needed at the following schools: ■ Armstrong Elementary School for the Arts – 3401 Matoaka Rd. ■ Asbury Elementary School – 140 Beach Rd. ■ Bethel High School – 1067 Big Bethel Rd. ■ Hampton Christian Elementary School – 2424 N. Armistead Ave. ■ Kecoughtan High School – 522 Woodland Rd. For more information, call 727-1130.

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SURVIVOR FROM PAGE 8 “To this day I have no idea what triggered it,” Bauman said. “I was alone at my brother’s house when an overwhelming sense of guilt came over me. Everything I had been dealing with just built up all at once, and I didn’t want to deal with it anymore.” Life, Bauman said, had become too much for him to handle. Slowly, almost robotically, he penned a note on a napkin. “I didn’t want to live with the guilt of not finding anybody alive,” he said. “I told everybody I loved them, then took 20 sleeping pills and laid on the couch.” Darkness enveloped Bauman as he prepared to close his eyes for the last time. However, instead of emptiness and oblivion, Bauman began to see light enter his world again. Slowly and weakly, Bauman opened his eyes and found himself lying in a hospital bed a mile from where he tried to take his own life. As errant thoughts and unanswered questions ran through his mind, Bauman kept returning to one inescapable fact – he had woken up alive. “My brother was there,” Bauman said. “He was a nurse who worked at the hospital about a mile from his house. After my brother tried to call and couldn’t reach me, he started getting worried.” Bauman’s brother left work and raced home. “He found me, unconscious,” Bauman said. “He threw me in a car and rushed me to the hospital.” As Bauman lay in his bed, taking in everything he had done to himself, he began to feel differently. “I started feeling like a big weight had been lifted off me,” he said. “At that point I realized what I was doing wasn’t the right way to do things. I no longer cared about my career; I only cared about fixing what was wrong with me.” Three days after Bauman tried to take his own life, he was released from his mandated stay at the state mental facility. The psychiatrist at the facility, having helped Bauman open up and share more of his pain, communicated with the counselor in Virginia on the best road forward. “I was honest at that point,” Bauman said. “I went back into therapy and talked in detail about what I felt and why I felt that way.”

Firefighters and U.S. Army Soldiers unfurl an American flag over the side of the Pentagon during the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack against the building.The Pentagon was the third U.S. building to be struck by al-Qaida militants, Sept. 11, 2001. Photo courtesy Reuters

At first, sharing his pain did not come naturally to Bauman. “It was hard for me,” he said. “My generation didn’t talk about our problems – that’s how we were raised. Men just didn’t do it.” Despite the difficulty, Bauman pushed forward, and almost immediately felt his world begin to change. He began opening up with his therapist, which led to a proper diagnosis and treatment of his PTSD. As his story flowed out, he began to feel that overwhelming pain and stress melt away. “My life changed from night to day,” he said. “It’s still a process, though. It never really goes away, but you learn how to control the triggers that lead you down negative paths.” Now, 12 years after Sept. 11, 2001, Bauman stands a changed man. A staunch supporter of the Army Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) program, he is always looking for ways to help Service members in need. “I went through the CSF2 program in 2011,” he said. “At the end of the course I told my story to the class. It was the first time I spoke publically about it.” Bauman said he told his story because he truly felt the techniques taught at CSF2 could be used to save someone from committing suicide. “I’m a firm believer,” he began. “Had I been taught those techniques, it might have kept me from going down the path I did.” After Bauman told his story, he said Soldiers who had gone through the class with him were shocked. “I had six Soldiers come up to me,” he said. “Two of them told me about their suicidal thoughts and attempts.” Their confessions floored Bauman. “Their courage showed me, at that point,” he said, “that no matter how

hard or how painful it was for me, I had to tell Soldiers my story to convey the message that PTSD doesn’t have to end your career.” Today, he proudly wears his uniform, and celebrates the two promotions he earned since that fateful day at the Pentagon. Neatly pressed and perfectly arranged, Bauman’s uniform also boasts a small, unassuming ribbon that represents the highest non-combat award available – the Soldier’s Medal. Bauman earned this distinction when he saved three men from drowning in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay, Oct. 3, 2009. He freely admits that none of it would have been possible had he not made the decision to take control of his life. “It’s okay to go and get help when you need it,” Bauman said. “There are some things you just can’t handle yourself. I understand what it means to get to that point where you think suicide is the answer. I’ve been there. I understand what it’s like when you don’t want to deal with the family anymore, to deal with the stress of trying to explain what you’re going through. But suicide is not the answer.” Looking down, Bauman eyed a cloth bag sitting on the floor next to him. As if he saw it for the first time he reached inside and pulled out the boots, hat and gloves he wore when he crawled through the Pentagon. For the first time in more than a decade, Bauman ran his fingers along the smooth leather of the boot and the rough fabric of the gloves. “It’s hard,” he said, as his hands trembled slightly. “Even after all this time, it’s still hard to hold these.” Bauman sighed deeply and smiled broadly. “But, I’m alright,” he said, confidently. “I’m really alright.”

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