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Rhode Island National Guard

The Ocean State Guardian Summer 2015

> CONTENTS FEATURES 04 > A Message from the Adjutant General 06 > K-9 Training at quonset Air National Guard Base 07 > 143d operations group off station trainer

The Governor of Rhode Island and the Captain General of the Rhode Island National Guard

The Honorable Gina M. Raimondo

The Adjutant General of Rhode Island and the Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard

BG Christopher P. Callahan

The Director of Joint Staff and Land Component Commander of the Rhode Island National Guard

BG Charles E. Petrarca Jr.

The Deputy Adjutant General of the Rhode Island National Guard

Brig. Gen. Marcus Jannitto

The Assistant Adjutant General for Air of the Rhode Island National Guard

Brig. Gen. Matthew Dzialo

State Public Affairs Officer and Managing Editor

08 > leapfest 2015 13 > civil engineer squadron conducts annual training 14 > ocs class 58 commissioning ceremony 15 > Gold star teens: sailing adventure 16 > brigadier general callahan assumes command 18 > rhody run for the troops 20 > rhode island suffers the loss of army aviator 22 > public affairs detachment returns from africa 23 > Applied suicide intervention skills trainer

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on the cover... Brigadier General Christopher P. Callahan, Adjutant General of Rhode Island and Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard addresses attendees at his Assumption of Command ceremony at the Rhode Island State House in Providence on August 5, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Janeen Miller/Released)

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From the Adjutant General of Rhode Island and Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard

Dear Friends, Family, and Colleagues:

Today’s Rhode Island National Guard

It has been sixty days since I assumed the duties and responsibilities as the Adjutant General and Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard. I am extremely proud of what the Soldiers and Airmen have accomplished in this short time, and I am humbled by their selfless service and dedication. I wanted to take a moment to once again reflect on our organization’s rich heritage and accomplishments, and to describe some of my priorities and vision for the future.

Your Rhode Island National Guard currently consists of more than 3,000 traditional part-time and 750 full-time military service members. These highly trained individuals are branched through the Army or Air Force and work together in their various technical specialties to serve both Rhode Island and the nation. This dual mission and the blending of complementary Army and Air Force skill sets and assets, make the Guard a powerful and swift responder during state and federal emergencies.

Rhode Island National Guard History The Rhode Island National Guard has a rich and proud heritage and traces its roots back to the first colonial defensive force established in 1638. The Guard has served proudly during every major conflict and war this nation has endured in the past 377 years. Although national and international borders have been re-drawn and the world has evolved, the citizen-soldier concept has remained the same. Men and women who are members of our families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers put their lives on hold in the defense of freedom and American values. 4| Ocean State Guardian

State Duty Rhode Islanders will always remember the floods of 2010, Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, and the Blizzards Nemo and Juno. Many families were affected by these events. In a time of need, the National Guard was there to serve with speed, strength, and efficiency. Local Guard members also serve daily in other lesser known, but important support capacities such as providing military funeral honors for veterans and improving the safety of communities through counter-drug programs. Cyber terrorism is a growing threat to our vital information systems and infrastructure and the

Rhode Island National Guard is uniquely poised and equipped to participate in Governor Raimondo’s Cyber Security Commission. We will work collaboratively with members of the public and private sectors to assist in the development of appropriate cyber safeguards. Federal Duty National Guard soldiers and airmen have served and remain engaged in the Global War on Terrorism, with units deployed worldwide in direct support of national security objectives. Since 2001, the Rhode Island National Guard has mobilized individuals and units at a substantial rate: 5,500 Guard members have been called up to active duty. Through multiple deployments in various theaters, our soldiers and airmen have become exceptional leaders, technical specialists, and conciliators. As the incoming Adjutant General, I plan to leverage their capabilities in both our state and federal mission sets. Much of what our Guard members do – and the positive impact we have on our many stakeholders – often goes unnoticed. I am committed to making


sure you know about their accomplishments. Economic Impact Your Rhode Island National Guard is an economic engine that brings thousands of federally funded jobs to the state, making it an important part of Rhode Island’s Defense Industry Sector. In 2014, Rhode Island National Guard operations and training and logistics functions brought more than $173,000,000 in federal funds to our state. We participate in various public and private initiatives, including the Special Legislative Commission on Defense Economy Planning. We will continue to seek ways to provide jobs and drive economic success for Rhode Islanders. Experience and Mentors As I reflect on my time in the Guard, I am grateful to have learned from many accomplished military and civilian leaders at home and abroad. The learning

and mentorship cycle is continuous, especially as the nature of local, state, and national challenges become more complex. Our skills must remain agile to sustain future missions. My Commitment and Philosophy I will align my efforts with an approach I have learned from mentors during my career: Character, Commitment, and Capacity. I ask each of our military service members to embrace the Character demanded by the Army and Air Force values. I ask each of our military service members to re-Commit to a work ethic and standard of excellence worthy of wearing the military uniform. Now is the time for us to work together to engage our fellow citizens and show them the full potential and Capacity of the Rhode Island National Guard. The Road Ahead We must be prepared to adopt innovative strategies to meet the

unique needs of Rhode Island and the nation. By managing diverse talent and through persistent engagement with our stakeholders, the Rhode Island National Guard will demonstrate its ability to provide leadership in new ways in support of our federal and state mandates, and to contribute to the economic development of the state. I will work diligently each day to honor my family, our citizens, and all fellow military service members, especially those who are no longer with us. I am committed to being an active contributor to our national military design and to serving as a responsive and accountable team member within our Rhode Island government leadership. Though I have been in Rhode Island for “only” 30 years, I have received a warm welcome from many as I begin this new role. Thank you again for attending today’s ceremony and for your support. Much work ahead! ■

Master Sergeant Jodie Dove (left), and Master Sergeant Robert Fortin (middle) present newly promoted Brigadier General Christopher P. Callahan (right) with his general officer flag on August 5, 2015 at the Rhode Island State House in Providence, R.I. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Janeen Miller/Released)

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Members of various law enforcement agencies take a photo with members of the Rhode Island Army and Air National Guard after conducting K-9 training on August 25, 2015 at the Quonset Air National Guard Base, North Kingstown, R.I.

K-9 TRAINING IN QUONSET Photos by Army Staff Sgt. Peter Ramaglia, 110th Public Affairs Detachment

K-9 handlers from local, state, and regional agencies gathered on August 25, 2015 at the Quonset Air National Guard Base in North Kingstown, R.I. to participate in various types of training with their canine counterparts.

(below) Trooper Damien Maddox of the Rhode Island State Police and his partner Sam search vehicles during bomb sniffing training on August 25, 2015 at the Quonset Air National Guard Base, North Kingstown, R.I.

(above) Master Sgt. Brian Sedgley, 143d Airlift Wing Security Forces Squadron, informs K-9 handlers from a variety of local, state and regional law enforcement agencies, of the training locations across the Quonset Air National Guard Base in North Kingstown, R.I. on August 25, 2015 prior to the officers conducting K-9 training.

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(above) Air Force Staff Sgt. Charlie Cornacchio, 66th Security Forces Squadron out of Hanscom Air Force Base and his military working dog Renato, search a Rhode Island Air National Guard C-130J Super Hercules for explosives during bomb sniffing training on August 25, 2015 at the Quonset Air National Guard Base, North Kingstown, R.I.


143d OPS GROUP OST

by Air Force Major Mike Collins, 143d Airlift Wing, Operations Group

On June 13, 2015, the 143d Operations Group participated in an Off Station Trainer (OST) in Newport Rhode Island. The goal of this team-building day was to foster camaraderie and esprit de corps. As Saturday the 13th neared, all eyes were on the weather. Plans had been coordinated for sunny or rainy weather. As luck would have it, the weather forecast changed from a high probability of thunderstorms to clear skies and warm temperatures, and the sunny day plan was a go! The day started with the 143d Operations Group meeting at Carr Point in Newport. Carr Point is a military recreation area on the east side of Narragansett Bay (north of Navy Newport). The group sat in eager anticipation as roll call was held at 8:00 a.m. Following a safety briefing and a review of the agenda for the day, group members boarded buses for transit from Carr Point to the Navy Newport gym for the first half of the day’s activities. Group members had the entire gym available for teambuilding activities such as basketball, volleyball and wallyball. The group split itself into teams and spread out

to make use of the entire facility. an optional social event was held Friendly challenges were made and at a restaurant in downtown Newcompetitive games ensued. “Old” port. All 143d group families were rivalries were rekindled from preinvited and we had an impressive vious deployments. Basketball, in turnout. Stories of the day were particular, was an event to be seen. enjoyed over appetizers. It proved As during our last deployment, to be a great ending to a successful team “CCC” remained victorious day! and undefeated. This OST The team-buildbrought the 143d ing morning at Operations Group the gym also closer together. proved to be Many families, great exercise. who had never The group met enjoyed each bussed back to other’s company. Carr Point for the Children played second half of the Members of the 143d Operations Group participate outside, made day and we were in a game of volleyball during their Off Station new friends and Trainer on June 13, 2015 at the Navy Newport Gym joined there by enjoyed the day in Newport, R.I. our families for with their fama catered clam boil/cook out lunch. ilies. Away from the office, our This second portion of the OST OST strengthened relationships served to get families together to and fostered camaraderie amongst socialize and continue team-buildthose that work so hard to serve ing events. There were fun activiwell together. ■ ties for the kids too which included potato sack races, face painting, egg-on-spoon races, and threelegged races. Drill concluded with a hot wash, Commander’s comments and photographs. After the OST, Members of the 143d Operations Group pose for a group photo during their Off Station Trainer on June 13, 2015 at the Navy Newport Gym in Newport, R.I.

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Story by Spc. Kaidian Smith, 110th Public Affairs Detachment

A Canadian paratrooper races to the finish point inside the drop zone during familiarization jump for Leapfest 2015 in West Kingston, R.I., July 29. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Kaidian Smith/Released)

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(below) A British paratrooper prepares to execute a parachute landing fall during Operation Leapfest in West Kingston, R.I., July 29, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joseph Cathey/Released)

(above) U.S. Army jumpmaster Staff Sgt. Jacob Brittian, of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, conducts a jumpmaster personnel inspection on a German paratrooper during Operation Leapfest in West Kingston, R.I., July 29, 2015. Leapfest is an international parachute competition hosted by the 56th Troop Command, Rhode Island National Guard to promote high level technical training and esprit de corps within the international airborne community. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joseph Cathey/Released)

‘One Minute!’ echoes throughout the CH-47 Chinook as the paratroopers pass along the signal given by the jumpmaster. A team of four paratroopers makes their way to the rear of the helicopter. ‘Thirty seconds!’ echoes through the aircraft as the drop zone approaches. The paratrooper in front steps out closer to the edge. “Go! Go! Go! Go!” says the jumpmaster before the four men disappear off the edge of the ramp. Then suddenly four parachutes reappear as the men descend the fifteen hundred feet to the drop zone. The team set out to have a successful jump, but they also are competing in an international airborne competition, Leapfest. Retired 1st Sgt. Robert Perry, a Leapfest founder, said the event was formed to inspire camaraderie of the international airborne 10| Ocean State Guardian

community. In the early 60s and 70s there were many parachute competitions sprinkled throughout the country, Perry stated. Perry and a few others wondered, “Why can’t we have a parachute competition in Rhode Island?”

“We needed a reason to start the Rhode Island competition,” said Perry. “Our first goal in our operations order was to inspire camaraderie of airborne troopers from around the world.” Throughout the years Leapfest became very diverse, with a wide

An Italian paratrooper jumps from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during the familiarization jump at Leapfest, July 29, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Josephine Carlson/Released)


range of countries attending the event. Teams from places like Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa attended Leapfest. “Leapfest is a time to get with our international brothers and spread the esprit de corps of the airborne community internationally,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Allen, Det. 1, 165th Quarter Master Company. “It’s a bonding experience,” Allen added. “I’ve known some of them from the last time. I’ve made friends with some of the British guys.” British Army Lance Bombardier John Entwistle, of the 21st Air Assault Battery, 47th Regiment Royal Artillery, said that Leapfest is his, “Best military experience.” Capt. Mvuyisi T. Veleko, of

the 44th Parachute Regiment, South Africa, said that Leapfest has been an eye opener. During his time at Leapfest, he said he has learned a lot. Veleko continued by saying it’s a privilege to attend Leapfest. “Never landed so soft in my career,” Veleko said. He was pleased with the MC-6 parachutes. He continued to say that everything was smooth. Leapfest is definitely something he would recommend. South African Army Col. Adrian Schofman, 44th Parachute Brigade, said how he was impressed with Leapfest’s high level of quality. Schofman continued to say how he found jumping out of a CH-47 Chinook a unique experience. “It was very pleasant meeting other comrades,”

Schofman said. “Fantastic!” was Italian Army Pierluigi Schintu take on Leapfest. He said he enjoyed making comrades and that attending Leapfest is an honor. Perry said that he is pleased to see how Leapfest has blossomed and hopes for it to grow even more in the future. “I was one of the 10 people that started [Leapfest], it’s hard to put into words,” Perry said with a smile. “It’s a legacy I will leave to my grandchildren.” ■

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A member of the Civil Engineer Squadron operates equipment in North Kingstown, R.I. during the Civil Engineer Squadron’s annual training in August.

CIVIL ENGINEERS CONDUCT

ANNUAL TRAINING

by Air Force Major Kathleen Mahoney, 143d Airlift Wing, Civil Engineer Squadron

The Civil Engineer (CE) Squadron conducted their two-week annual training in August at the Quonset Air National Guard Base in North Kingstown, R.I. where they accomplished needed maintenance and repairs to facilities and infrastructure. A total of 42 carpenters, plumbers, HVAC and power production technicians, heavy equipment operators, electricians, production controllers, engineers, and engineering assistants completed 34 work orders; putting in 467 manhours and saving $27,300 in contract labor costs. One example of the work performed by the CE Squadron involved the pump station motor. The pump motor drives the pump station that forces sewage away from the base, and the constant failure of this motor requires emergency overtime hours spent by state maintenance personnel to prevent an overflow. An overflow of this system could have severe human

health and ecological consequences. Due to the repairs by base electricians, the likelihood of this happening has been reduced significantly. The CE Squadron also made some important improvements to various facilities which will help keep the 143d Airlift Wing mission ready in the event of a power outage. Power production technicians were able to equip two facilities with quick disconnects which will make it possible for building occupants to connect emergency generators without having to call in civil engineering personnel. The CE Squadron not only made improvements to buildings and systems, but also greatly improved the base’s perimeter and roads. During their two weeks at the base the CE Squadron renovated a shower stall in the fuel facility building, installed counters for desk space at the fire department, changed filters, performed inspec-

tions, fixed sinks in the base headquarters facility, repaired air conditioning units, made minor safety repairs, upgraded base utility maps, and painted the hallways of the Civil Engineering facility. The majority of military training for CE Airmen has been on contingency assets manufactured for austere conditions, often encountered during real world missions. During this home station training our engineers accomplished 714 training hours on equipment. Most importantly, Airmen in the Civil Engineer Squadron were able to come together and work as a team and gain trust in their skills as well as each other. Learning how to manage an extensive base facility maintenance and repair program, tracking work requirements, material needs, and equipment purchases, gave the entire squadron a chance to understand how a full-time Civil Engineer Squadron works. ■

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OCS CLASS 58

COMMISSIONING

CEREMONY

(right) Brigadier General Christopher P. Callahan administers the oaths of state and federal offices to the newest officers of the Rhode Island National Guard on August 23, 2015 at the Quonset Air National Guard Base in North Kingstown, R.I. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class James Duncanson/ Released)

(above) Brigadier General Christopher P. Callahan awards the Distinguished Honor Graduate, 2nd Lieutenant Rebecca Gard, on August 23, 2015 at the Quonset Air National Guard Base in North Kingstown, R.I. for her efforts in Officer Candidate School. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class James Duncanson/Released)

(right) Brigadier General Christopher P. Callahan awards 2nd Lieutenant Melissa Depalma, on August 23, 2015 at the Quonset Air National Guard Base in North Kingstown, R.I. with the Adjutant General’s Leadership Award. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class James Duncanson/Released)

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Gold Star Teens and conselors take a photo before embarking on a sailing adventure in August, 2015.

GOLD STAR TEENS: SAILING ADVENTURE by Jessica Rivard, Survivor Outreach Coordinator

The Rhode Island Survivor Outreach and the Rhode Island Youth Program partnered with SALTY (Seamanship And Leadership Training for Youths) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for Rhode Island’s first annual Gold Star Adventure from 2-8 August 2015. The sailing adventure kicked off at the West Bay Yacht Club and took the teens, whose ages ranged from 14 to 18 years old, for six nights aboard two sailing vessels. The program encouraged skill building and responsibility, and also promoted the development of strong leadership and decision making skills. All sailing was on done on the Narragansett Bay, while visiting exciting anchorages and beaches. This Gold Star Teen Sailing Adventure provided the teens with a wide variety of opportunities such as swimming, kayaking, sailing instruction, and seamanship skills from credentialed United States

Coast Guard (USCG) Captains. The teens had a schedule each day consisting of touring Fort Adams, walking the Newport Cliff Walk, ghost tours in Newport, participating in the Combat Bridge Simulator at the Newport Naval Station, playing and learning Polo at the Glenn Farms Polo Club in Portsmouth, and enjoying a clam and lobster bake hosted by the United Service Organization on a private beach in Middletown. The teens also enjoyed the weapons simulator at Camp Fogarty in East Greenwich, an orientation ride aboard USCG Station Castle Hill Assault Boats, a world-class sail and tour aboard the USCGC Eagle, and a special tour of the Rhode Island Army National Guard’s Blackhawks and the Rhode Island Air National Guard’s C-130J. Staff members were credentialed adult volunteers with a combination of sailing, leadership, military and counseling experience.

SALTY sailboats were skippered by experienced USCG Licensed Captains and the teens were able to learn seamanship skills first hand aboard the two sailing vessels. Funds were raised from communities around Rhode Island, so that each child could attend at no cost. The six teens left with new friendships, enhanced self-confidence, and an experience of a lifetime. Forging a bond with fellow Gold Star teens is a special type of friendship that they often don’t have in their own daily life, at school or with their fellow peers. For many of the teens, the experience was so remarkable, they will be returning next year, some as junior counselors. ■

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BG CALLAHAN ASSUMES

COMMAND by Army Staff Sgt. Peter Ramaglia, 110th Public Affairs Detachment

(left) Rhode Island Governor, Gina M. Raimondo swears newly promoted Brigadier General Christopher P. Callahan in as the 44th Adjutant General of Rhode Island and the Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard during an Assumption of Command ceremony on August 5, 2015 at the Rhode Island State House in Providence. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Janeen Miller/Released)

(right) Brigadier General Christopher P. Callahan, Adjutant General of Rhode Island and Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard offers his remarks after being sworn in on August 5, 2015 as the state’s 44th Adjutant General. Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo looks on as the Adjutant General addresses attendees at the Rhode Island State House in Providence. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Janeen Miller/ Released)

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state of Rhode Island,” said Brigadier General Callahan. Most recently, Callahan was the Commander of the 56th Troop Command at Camp Fogarty, where he led, trained, and supported operations of six unique military units representing 900 Soldiers. Previously, he was the Director of Operations for the Joint Force Headquarters at the Command Readiness Center. From 2006-2011, he served as the Director of Aviation and Safety at Quonset. He also served overseas in Balad, Iraq as a Battalion Commander within the 18th Aviation Brigade. Brigadier General Callahan holds a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. ■

Newly promoted Brigadier General Christopher P. Callahan is presented his general officers flag by Master Sgt. Robert Fortin on August 5, 2015 at the Rhode Island State House in Providence. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Janeen Miller/ Released)

On August 5, 2015 Colonel Christopher P. Callahan was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and assumed command of the Rhode Island National Guard during two separate ceremonies at the Rhode Island State House in Providence. The first ceremony held was a promotion ceremony where Callahan was promoted and presented his general officers flag by Master Sgt. Jodie Dove, and Master Sgt. Robert Fortin, both of the Rhode Island Army National Guard. An Assumption of Command ceremony followed immediately after. Governor Gina M. Raimondo presided over the Assumption of Command ceremony naming Callahan the 44th Adjutant General for the State of Rhode Island and the Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard. “I know Brigadier General Cal-

lahan will use his, over 25 years of experience, serving in multiple roles in the Rhode Island Army National Guard, to strengthen our service here in Rhode Island,” Raimondo said. “His dedication and skills honed over the course of a long career are ones that will propel the Rhode Island National Guard into the future to help protect against 21st century threats.” Callahan succeeds Maj. Gen. Kevin R. McBride who retired in June after 35 years of service to our state and nation, overseeing multiple overseas unit deployments and responses to natural disasters within Rhode Island. “I am honored to have been selected as the 44th Adjutant General of Rhode Island and am looking forward to leading our state’s Soldiers and Airmen, as well as working with our state partners, and serving the citizens of the great

Master Sgt. Jodie Dove passes the Rhode Island National Guard Command colors to State Sergeant Major Michael Lewis prior to Brigadier General Christopher P. Callahan at the Rhode Island State House on August 5, 2015. Lewis will pass the flag to Brigadier General Christopher P. Callahan representing Callahan’s acceptance of responsibility for the Rhode Island National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Janeen Miller/Released)

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RHODY RUN FOR THE TROOPS by Tech Sgt. Jamie Moore. 143d Airlift Wing, Security Forces Squadron

In 2005, the Struck Family launched the “Rhody Run for the Troops” to support Packitup.org. The race was run through the Bonnet Shores area in Narragansett, RI. Through various fund-raising efforts, care packages were sent overseas to deployed service members as a reminder that they were away but not forgotten. For more than nine years, the Rhody Run for the Troops raised a truly impressive amount of money and provided tangible donations to military friendly organizations. In 2014, the 143d Security Forces Running Club 18| Ocean State Guardian

stepped in to take ownership of the event. After the Struck family generously offered to allow the use of their race name, it then became the “NGARI Rhody Run for the Troops,” and moved its home from Bonnet Shores to Quonset Point. The first annual NGARI Rhody Run for the Troops was held on Sunday, August 24, 2014. The five-kilometer race on improved roadways throughout the Quonset Point Industrial Park area was officially timed by SNERRO (Southern New England Road Race Organization). By all accounts

the course was well mapped with a good mix of low hills and flat expanses. Free use of the area was granted by the Quonset Development Corporation, and parking space was provided by Electric Boat. Immediately following the finishing announcements and prize awards, there was a free after party with catered food, children’s activities, and a DJ. The food was generously provided by B and M Catering Company out of Pawtucket, RI and served by race volunteers. Due to the many runners, generous contributions, and discounted fees,


a substantial amount of money was raised to support several charitable causes and allow the race to continue for a second year. The second annual NGARI Rhody Run for the Troops was held on Sunday, August 23, 2015. The course followed the same route as the year before and was officiated once again by SNERRO. Unfortunately, due to a poor weather forecast leading into the weekend, turnout was not quite up to the previous year’s numbers. However, the weather turned out perfect and those that did show up were in

great spirits and ran an excellent race. The funds that were raised in both years were donated to multiple troop friendly organizations and charitable causes in line with the race’s original purpose. Donations in material goods were made to the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol and to the families of local veterans who were in need. Monetary donations were also given to the National Guard Association of Rhode Island in support of their charitable causes: the Soldiers and Airmen Relief Fund, and college

scholarship programs. Donations to other worthy causes will continue to be made as long as the race lives on, to include future donations to Operation Stand Down, Rhode Island. If anyone would like more information on the race or is interested in helping out with future events please contact Technical Sergeant Jamie Moore at Jamie.a.moore. mil@mail.mil or visit the race Facebook page. ■

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RHODE ISLAND SUFFERS THE LOSS

OF A DECORATED

ARMY AVIATOR

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER

THOMAS M. MCNULTY 19 57-2015

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Chief Warrant Officer Thomas M. McNulty, 58, of East Greenwich, R.I., and member of the 1-126th Aviation, passed away on April 14, 2015 at his family’s home in Braintree, Mass. Throughout his military career, McNulty distinguished himself by meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to his country in times of war and peace for more than 30 years, highlighted by four overseas deployments. In 1984, McNulty attended Warrant Officer Training and Flight School at Fort Rucker, A.L. and then began his active duty career with the 101st Airborne Division. He distinguished himself as an AH-1 pilot in command training fellow aviators for the battalion’s transformation to the modern day AH-64 attack helicopter. On April 26, 1990, McNulty was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for heroism for his actions following a mid-air collision with another AH-64. Never accepting defeat and with total disregard for his safety, McNulty rescued a trapped pilot of the other aircraft while it was consumed in fire. Upon recovering and moving the injured pilot to safety, McNulty passed out from his own injuries sustained from the accident and rescue. His dedication to unit success was highly noted amongst his unit leadership during his first deployment in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm where he served as the armament platoon leader charged with keeping the battalion’s attack assets in the fight. His unwavering leadership resulted in the AH-64 weapon systems performing flawlessly in all combat operations.

Compelled to continue his service after leaving active duty, McNulty joined the United States Army Reserve as a UH-1 pilot assigned to B Company 4-158th Aviation, and then continued his service with the Maine Army National Guard. During his tenure, McNulty trained junior pilots and

Iraqi Freedom. During his second combat deployment, his knowledge and leadership were relied on heavily to execute Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) operations in support of the ground invasion of Iraq. In 2008, he transferred to the Rhode Island Army National Guard to serve as a MEDEVAC pilot in Detachment 1, 249th Medical Company. He provided valuable knowledge and experience as the unit began its transition from the UH-1 to the UH-60 Blackhawk. In 2011, McNulty deployed for the third time in support of combat operations to Afghanistan serving as the safety officer for his MEDEVAC Company. McNulty’s last assignment as the Safety Officer and Instructor Pilot for Company F 1-126th Aviation is a testament to the respect and admiration the unit has for him and his expertise. Over the course of his incredible Army Aviation career, McNulty selflessly served in three overseas armed conflicts, a peace keeping operation, multiple training deployments, and has flown 3860 flight hours, with 361 of those hours in combat. Army Aviation suffers from prepared them for aircraft modern- the loss of McNulty but thanks to ization. his unwavering devotion to Army In 1998, he qualified in the UH- Aviation, his loss is more than 60 Blackhawk, his seventh airframe compensated by the multitude of qualification. Upon completion he Soldiers, officers and aviators who became the safety officer of the are better trained and combat ready. 112th Medical Company charged McNulty epitomizes the Ameriwith overseeing the safe execution can Fighting Soldier, Officer and of aviation operations during a Aviator. ■ deployment to Bosnia, his second of four overseas deployments. In 2003 McNulty answered his country’s call to service when he deployed in support of Operation Rhode Island National Guard |21


U.S. Army Soldiers assume formation alongside soldiers from the Zambia Defense Force during the opening day ceremony for Exercise Southern Accord 2015 in Lusaka, Zambia, August 3, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kimball/Released)

PAD RETURNS FROM AFRICA

by Army Staff Sgt. Peter Ramaglia, 110th Public Affairs Detachment

(left) Sgt. Michael Iacona, 110th Public Affairs Detachment videographer, shows members of the Zambian Defense Force a video he just shot on August 14, 2015 while they were training during Southern Accord 2015 in Lusaka, Zambia. (Photo courtesy of Michael Iacona)

Four members of the 110th Public Affairs Detachment (PAD) recently returned from Lusaka, Zambia where they supported Southern Accord 2015 from Aug 3-14. Southern Accord 2015 was an exercise that brought together the U.S. Army, Zambian Defense Force, Southern African Development Community and other partner nation participants for two weeks of command post and field training exercises. The members of the 110th PAD arrived in Lusaka, Zambia on July 30, 2015 where they met members of the American Forces Network (AFN), Department of Defense News, and U.S. Army Africa, which comprised the public affairs team for the exercise. The overall mission of the PAD was to support the exercise by providing video products, still photography, and written articles of the day-to-day training events 22| Ocean State Guardian

as they happened. For the PAD internally, the goal was not only to accomplish the main mission, but to enhance their own skillsets while working closely with such a diverse group of public affairs professionals. Throughout the exercise, the 4-man team received valuable training from their active-duty counterparts. “The Airmen from AFN and DoD News do this all the time,” said Michael Simmons, Non-commissioned officer in charge, 110th Public Affairs Detachment. “The training we received were from people who do this day-in and day-out on active duty, combined with the backdrop of a real-world multi-national exercise in Southern Accord 2015, the training is invaluable.” While the Southern Accord exercise is meant to build stronger partnerships between participating nations, the same could be said

for individual units supporting the exercise. “After getting a chance to sit down with a broadcaster from AFN who does every day, what I do on the weekends, has been outstanding for me,” said Michael Iacona, Broadcaster, 110th Public Affairs Detachment. “In these short three weeks, I have picked up and will be going home with skills that will increase my workflow.” As the exercise came to a close, the PAD, along with the rest of the public affairs team received nothing but praise from the Public Affairs Officer Captain Jason Welch, U.S. Army Africa Public Affairs. It has been an honor working with all of you, the job you’ve done was outstanding and if we get the chance, I am looking forward to working with you in the future, said Welch. ■


Service members attended Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) on September 10th at the Army Aviation Support Facility on the Air National Guard Base, North Kingstown, R.I. ASIST is a twoday workshop. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Kaidian Smith/Released)

there’s a suicide or potential suicide, is really an important part of what I do.” Bennett found ASIST essential as she comes into contact with many Soldiers. “A lot of times, when we get Soldiers that are in trouble, they’re already in a crisis situation,” said Bennett. “We never know what by Spc. Kaidian Smith, 110th Public Affairs Detachment we’re going to encounter. So this training has given me the ability be interactive on purpose so the Service members attended to learn about how to intervene in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills members can get a live feel of those situations, how to identify a intervention. Training (ASIST) on September suicide risk, and what to do when I “We asked people to wear 9th and 10th at the Army Aviation identify them.” Support Facility on the Quonset Air civilian clothes, we take rank out It’s not just the higher-ranking National Guard Base, North Kings- of it and we want everyone to feel officials that benefit from this trainas comfortable as possible,” said town, R.I. ing, but all service members who Weber. “You learn by doing, and ASIST is a two-day workshop, interact with people both in and out you learn by watching what other demonstrating a framework for of the military. people do.” intervention through the model: “There are some higher-ups that ASIST is a universal program Pathway for Assisting Life. are in this class. It definitely helps where anyone can benefit from this them because they have Soldiers For Suicide Prevention Month ASIST was held to provide service training, whether military or civilthat report to them,” said Spc. Ian ian. members with the skills needed to Bowen, ASIST participant. “It also “I think it’s not just in our prevent fellow service members helps me, I’m just a specialist, but military careers, I think that in our from harming their selves. yet I have an idea of what to do.” civilian lives and personal lives Anne Weber, the Suicide PreIf anybody is interested in vention Program Manager, said that people can really benefit from attending ASIST training please ASIST was developed to teach the training,” said Weber. contact Anne Weber at 401-275participants how to successfully For people that meet with Sol4115. Weber, alongside Chaplain navigate a suicide intervention and diers and interact with them often, Maj. Tim Bourquin, will host more this training teaches them how to how to recognize the signs and training in the months to come. intervene if there are signs of posymptoms of someone at risk to “Just as anyone can be at risk of tential suicides. suicide. suicide, anyone of us can encounter “The ASIST training has been “We work through the different someone who is at risk,” said Bensteps in the model and show the an eye-opening experience for me,” nett. “The more people we have said Cpt. Kelly Bennett, a legal participants how to navigate an equipped to handle that situation, assistance attorney. “Having this intervention,” said Weber. the better the outcome for those at tool, being able to intervene when The workshop is designed to risk.” ■ Rhode Island National Guard |23

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Ocean State Guardian - Online Issue #5  

In this issue of the Ocean State Guardian, the 44th Adjutant General of Rhode Island assumes command, the 110th Public Affairs Detachment re...

Ocean State Guardian - Online Issue #5  

In this issue of the Ocean State Guardian, the 44th Adjutant General of Rhode Island assumes command, the 110th Public Affairs Detachment re...

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