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Friday, May 16, 2014 Vol. 49, No. 19 Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C.

“The noise you hear is the sound of freedom.”

n Entertainment n News Briefs n Weather n In The Community n Around The Corps

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Appreciating military spouses Page 4

Fire at Night fires up Fightertown Page 8

Summer camp opportunities for youth Page 15

Marines, airmen, sailors take to the skies Cpl. Sarah Cherry Staff Writer

Marine Aircraft Group 31 trained alongside Airforce and Navy units in a Large Force Exercise over the Atlantic Ocean, May 6. Participants conducted a long range strike which reinforced a variety of capabilities such as combatting surface-to-air threats, eliminating threats by enemy aircraft, and increasing interoperability. Marine Fighter Attack Squadrons 115, 312 and 251, Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533, Marine Aircraft Group 31 and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31 participated in the exercise. “This exercise required Marines to fight their way in and out of hostile territory with Marine Corps and Air Force assets on each see Lfe, page

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Be involved, know your Marines Cpl. Brendan Roethel Staff Writer

See Page 5 Sgt. Marcy Sanchez

Adam Vasquez, a 3rd-grade student at Bolden Elementary/Middle School and son of Chief Warrant Officer Ramon Vasquez of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115, recites his portrayal of famous Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., during the school’s Live Wax Museum aboard Laurel Bay Housing Community, May 8. Throughout the museum, students portrayed various historical figures that, once activated, would come to life and deliver an oral presentation of that person’s biography and accomplishments.

Suicide accounts for more deaths than combat in the military and occurs more often during the summer months. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 349 United States service members were lost due to suicides in 2012. A ten year seasonal analysis of Marine Corps suicide data revealed a higher rate of suicide in the summer compared to other seasons. According to the Department of Defense, the increase is usually associated with increased transition and reduced unit cohesion. Periods of transition and relocation may also cause or worsen stressors for Marines and family members. Those stressors include travel, financial strain, relationship problems, and separation from support systems and resources. see

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Stay safe during 101 Critical Days of Summer Cpl. Brendan Roethel Staff Writer

With summer fast approaching it will soon be time to uncover boats, dust off motorcycles, put on swim shorts and head outside. Although the summer months offer more time for outdoor enjoyment, it is often the period when there are more mishaps and accidents. This period of time is referred to as the 101 Critical Days of Summer, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, or May 23 through Sept. 1 this year. The 101 Critical Days of Summer campaign is intended to remind Marines of the importance of safety both on and off duty. Family barbecues, swimming, fishing, sports, hiking, boating, and camping are just some of the activities Marines participate in during the summer. Each activity has risks, and knowing how to mitigate those risks can help keep Marines safe.

“While we enjoy the summer weather, we often fail to recognize the risks associated with our activities,” said Gunnery Sgt. Moses Lozano, the ground safety manager aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. “Many of us tend to engage in risky activities that take us to the ‘edge.’ What might begin as a day of fun in the sun might end up as trip to the emergency room, or worse. Summertime should be spent having fun with friends and family, but let’s do it safely.” During the summer months, people tend to travel or partake in activities that are inherently risky. More than 400 fatal vehicle crashes are estimated to take place on Memorial Day weekend alone, according to the National Safety Council. By packing emergency items and preparing for long road trips with vehicle inspections, Marines can help mitigate travel risks. see

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The 101 Critical Days of Summer campaign is intended to remind Marines of the importance of safety both on and off duty. Family barbecues, swimming, fishing, playing sports, hiking, boating, and camping are just some of the activities Marines participate in during the summer. Each activity has risks, and knowing how to mitigate those risks can help keep Marines safe.


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MCAS Beaufort Movie Schedule

Saturday 2 p.m. G (1:41)

mess HaLL menu Monday - Friday Breakfast: 6 - 7:30 a.m. Lunch: 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Dinner: 4 - 6 p.m.

Saturday 4:30 p.m. PG (1:50)

Saturday 7 p.m. R (1:44)

MCRD Parris Island Movie Schedule

Saturday, Sunday and holidays Brunch: 8:30 - 11 a.m. Dinner: 4 - 6 p.m.

Midrats Sunday - Thursday 11:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. Takeout Window Hours: Breakfast - Mon. - Fri. 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Lunch - Mon. - Fri. 12:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. Dinner - Mon. - Fri. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday Dinner Lunch Bayou jerk pork loin Beef short ribs and and rice roasted zucchini Lunch Salmon with cucumber relish

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Dinner Baked ziti with italian sausage

Sunday 2 p.m. G (1:41)

Sunday 4:30 p.m. PG (1:50)

Camping Word Search Word Bank

Monday - Friday Breakfast Hot farina, hot hominy grits and oven-fried bacon Monday Dinner Lunch Spicy shrimp with Baked smoked ham cheesy grits and sweet potatoes Tuesday Dinner Lunch Herbed roast pork Chicken and dumploin with pan gravy lings and rice Wednesday Dinner Lunch Manhattan clam Roast turkey and chowder green beans Thursday Dinner Lunch Apple glazed corn Arroz con pollo and beef and squash garlic bread

Camping Tent Lantern Fire Picnic Outdoor Swimming Fishing Barbecue Beach Forest Lake Boat Sports Baseball Fun Sun Shade Breeze Heat

Friday Lunch Herbed baked chicken and carrots

Dinner Chili macaroni and green beans

cHapeL services Roman Catholic • 9:30 a.m. - Sunday Mass • Confession takes place before Mass • Confession Monday - Thursday at noon Protestant • 9:45 a.m. - Protestant Church School (Sunday School) • 11 a.m. - Protestant Sunday Worship Service (Children’s church is also available at this time) • 5 p.m. - Wednesday Protestant Bible Study • 5 p.m. - Saturday Worship Service at Laurel Bay Youth Center Buddhist • 11 a.m. - Saturday Worship Service in the Chapel Fellowship Hall Labyrinth Walk • 8 a.m - 4 p.m. - Monday in the Chapel Fellowship Hall

Sunday 7 p.m. PG-13 (2:16)

Answer key will be available on facebook.com/MCASBeaufort on May 21.

Sudoku

Other Faith Groups • For Jewish, Mormon and Islamic support, contact the Chaplain’s Office at 228-7775

Mission Assurance

Hotlines

MCAS Beaufort Station Inspector Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Force Protection information and concerns PMO Dispatch Severe Weather and Force Protection

228-7789 228-6904 228-6924 228-6710 1-800-343-0639

Sexual Assault The contact number for a Uniformed Victim Advocate is 592-0646. This number can get you in contact with a UVA 24 hours a day.

Fraud, Waste and Abuse

If you know of or suspect any fraud, waste or abuse aboard MCAS Beaufort, call 228-7777. If you know of or suspect any fraud, waste or abuse within MAG-31, call (252) 466-5038. The automated answering service on these lines is available 24 hours a day.

Answer key will be available on facebook.com/MCASBeaufort on May 21.


Command Information

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Happenings A Night in Paris Father Daughter Dance is scheduled to take place May 17, at the Lyceum aboard MCRD Parris Island from 4:30 - 7 p.m. Tickets cost 15 dollars per person. For more information call 228-7640.

The Second Quartlery Road Race is scheduled to take place May 21, at the fitness center aboard MCRD Parris Island at 7 a.m. For more information call 228-1587.

The 2014 Marine Corps Community Services graduation ceremony is scheduled to take place May 27, at the Lyceum aboard MCRD Parris Island. All confirmed graduates of the 20132014 school year are eligible. For more information call 228-3889.

The MCAS Beaufort Pistol Range has cancelled Recreational Fire until further notice due to range maintenance. For more information call Station Training at 228-6642.

Forecast according to weather.com

A Troops to Teachers brief is scheduled to take place May 24, at the Education Office aboard MCAS Beaufort. For more information call 228-7484.

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May 22, 1912, 1st Lt. Alfred A. Cunningham, the first Marine officer to be assigned to “duty in connection with aviation” by Maj. Gen. Commandant William P. Biddle, reported for aviation training at the Naval Aviation Camp at Annapolis, Maryland, and Marine aviation officially began.

Spring temperatures bring destructive weather. Monitor local news and if you encounter flooded roads, “turn around, don’t drown.” More people die annually from floods than any other weather event.

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The photocopying of U.S. Government identification cards is a violation of Title 18, U.S. Code Part I, Chapter 33, Section 701 and punishable by fine and imprisonment.

Contact us: 228-7225 mcasbeaufort@gmail.com BFRT_JPAO@usmc.mil Commanding Officer MCAS Beaufort Col. Peter D. Buck

Brain Teaser Billie was born on December 28th, yet her birthday always falls in the summer. How is this possible?

Public Affairs Officer Capt. Jordan Cochran

Public Affairs Chief

Gunnery Sgt. Stephen Traynham

Press Chief

Staff Sgt. Terika S. King

Comm/Media Relations Chief Sgt. Marcy Sanchez

Answer for this week’s brain teaser will be available on facebook.com/MCASBeaufort on May 21.

Ought-ness and Is-ness Lt.Twig Sargent

rines meet and often exceed the physical fitness standard, the proof is then “in the pudding.” The Marine Corps is best at what they do and boasts of being the most “ready” military force. History and practice shows that their standard of physical fitness works. The Marine Corps standard is the right standard to follow based on demonstrated success. I encourage you then, to put these two questions into practice for yourself. Everyone has a belief system that says “This is how I should act in a given situation.” Whether you are Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Atheist or non-religious, you have some expectation of appropriate behavior; some standard or reason that you should behave in a given situation in an appropriate manner. What

every human with value; a value that comes from God himself. With that value, everyone deserves to be treated with I once had a co-worker who would often dignity because they are God’s creatures. say, “Do the right thing for America.” It beThe standard in Christianity is that everycame a somewhat comical and sometimes one (Christian or not) deserves to treated welcome phrase to lighten the tension of with value and dignity. Sexual assault is the workday. Ironically enough, this coan act of unspeakable violence that, at worker was later found to have deep and the very least, is an act that devalues andark secrets of inappropriate behavior that other person. The aggressor is effectively put that phrase in stark contrast with his saying, “You (the victim) are not worth actions. His motto, “Do the right thing” beanything and the God who made you came meaningless when his secret behavior did not know what he was doing when came to light. he made you.” Sexual assault violates the American theologian and philosopher, victim’s God-given dignity and the God R.C. Sproul, in his book How Should I Live in who made him/her. This is why ChristianThis World? states that there is a difference ity states that sexual assault is a horrible between ethics and morality. act to be confronted and the Ethics is “oughtness” (how someguilty should be punished. one should behave) and moralIs the Christian response the “God in his grace is in the midst of a rescue ity is “isness” or how someone right standard to follow for mission by means of one who ALWAYS uses does behave. My co-worker’s Christian believers? As sexual His power to benefit others. He uses his ethics were “Do the right thing assault is punished and Chrisfor America.” His morality was tians act according to their bepower to rescue us from the wrongs done the behavior that he actually liefs, then people are treated to us AND the wrongs done BY us.” lived out. The two are at odds with dignity and the Marine with each other. In Sproul’s Corps functions with good orLt. Twig Sargent book, he goes on to state that der and discipline. Christianity one ethical theory textbook deshares common ground with scribes eighty different theories other belief systems as they on ethics (“oughtness”) that compete for does your faith/values/belief system say to agree on this particular question. modern minds. Where do we go from here? you about the standard of behavior you are We are reminded of the freedom to Which belief system of appropriate behavior expected to follow? Then ask yourself, is it practice and explore the myriad of differis correct? the right standard to follow? ent religions/belief systems. I encourage Before we can possibly answer the quesThe burning issue in the Marine Corps you to explore and ask the hard questions tion we need to ask ourselves two ques- is the recent increase and problem with of how your faith/belief/value system antions. What is the standard that my belief sexual assault (in the broader military also). swers questions like, “Why is sexual assystem expects of me? Then, how do I know If we ask “Why is sexual assault is wrong in sault wrong?” The Marine Corps (as well if that standard is the right standard to fol- the Marine Corps?,” the President, Congress as the military and culture at large) is in a low? When a Marine takes his semi-annual and our military leadership expect our be- crisis surrounding the issue of sexual asPFT and CFT (physical fitness tests), he/she lief systems to have the right answer to this sault. Ask yourself the hard questions of has a standard to follow. His/her run time, question. I will use my belief system, Christi- your faith. Evaluate the answers against curl-ups and pull-ups must meet the mini- anity, to answer the question, “Why is sexual the standard of your faith system. Then, mum standard to be considered a Marine assault wrong?” evaluate if your belief system gives an within physical standards. If a Marine falls First, what is the Christian standard appropriate answer the hard questions. short of this standard, eventually they no of behavior regarding sexual assault? As you do this hard work, your faith is longer have the privilege be in the Marine Christianity affirms that sexual assault is strengthened, horrible behaviors will not Corps. How does one know if this standard wrong and should not be tolerated. In be tolerated in our culture and our Corps is the correct standard to follow? When Ma- Genesis 1, the Bible states that God made and we will become a stronger nation. MCAS Beaufort Staff Chaplain

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Air Station celebrates military spouse appreciation day Cpl. Sarah Cherry Staff Writer

Marines aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort held a luncheon for military spouse appreciation day at mess hall 2080, May 9. The Friday before mother’s day each year recognizes the support, sacrifice, and resiliency military spouses have, which strengthens the operational readiness of the Marine Corps. “It’s nice to know we’re being thought

of,” said Christina Grubbs, spouse of Gunnery Sgt. Jeremiah Grubbs with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251. “Leaving my family and friends, not knowing anybody and him being gone all the time was difficult, especially without anybody to talk to. We sacrifice a lot.” Military spouses adjust to the culture of the Marine Corps and learn the importance of duties and responsibilities related to the Corps. In some cases, they pack up and move at a moment’s notice when their spouses get orders, some-

times thousands of miles. “She is a companion and it’s good to have someone to look forward to coming home to,” said Jeremiah Grubbs of his wife. “She supports me, encourages me, and keeps me on the straight and narrow.” Spouses work through many difficulties while providing support for their spouses, holding down the fort at home and some raising children. They make countless sacrifices and share the burdens their Marines carry throughout their careers. Military spouse appreciation day shows

spouses that their contributions do not go unnoticed and they are appreciated. In a message to all Marines, Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, said “Bonnie and I want to take this opportunity to recognize the important role military spouses play every day in keeping our Marine Corps strong and our country safe. We appreciate all you do in support of the Marine Corps and encourage all Marines to take the time to recognize and honor your sacrifices.”


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Students from all grades participate in Bolden Elementary/ Middle School’s Live Wax Museum at the school aboard Laurel Bay, S.C., May 8. Throughout the museum, students portrayed various historical figures that, once activated, would come to life and deliver an oral presentation of that person’s biography and accomplishments. The wide array of figures presented included notable African Americans, presidents, first ladies, authors, musicians and many others that worked in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related fields.

Bolden museum makes history come to life Sgt. Marcy Sanchez

Comm/Media Relations Chief

Walking through the hallways of Bolden Elementary / Middle School was a walk through history as a few students from all grades participated in the school’s Live Wax Museum aboard the Laurel Bay Housing Community, May 8. Students lined the hallways portraying various historical figures that, once activated, would come to life and deliver an oral presentation of that person’s life and accomplishments. Portrayals went beyond memorizing and reciting a Wikipedia article, the project included displays, multimedia, attire of the era and even some make up here and there. “They are really getting it down, engaging with the audience and learning to put

together a script and outline,” said Jamie Vasquez, mother of Adam Vasquez, a third grade student at Bolden. “It’s a lot of memorization, dates, names, this and that.” Parent involvement was also essential in the success of the student’s project. “You have to be involved as a parent. They do some of this stuff in class but they don’t have enough time for it all, so a lot of it has to be done at home,” said Jamie Vasquez. “[Students] need to put themselves in that time period with everything that person was going through. If we can get them to make that connection then they’ll understand.” Aside from parental involvement, peer review and encouragement is also helpful to some students. “You really need teamwork to come up with stuff,” said Chloe Pratt, daughter of David

Pratt, a civilian police officer with the Provost Marshal’s Office at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. “Your friends can always help review your presentation.” The wide array of figures presented included notable African Americans, presidents, first ladies, authors, musicians and many others that worked in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related fields. Adam, the son of Chief Warrant Officer Ramon Vasquez, a Material Maintenance Control Officer with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115, participated in the museum by portraying one of the most influential individuals in the civil rights movement of the ‘60s, Martin Luther King Jr. “They are practicing public speaking, which is great for later on,” said Jamie Vasquez. “It helps them not be so scared because it could

be nerve-racking, we all get nervous being up there.” Chloe Pratt, a 6th-grade student at Bolden who portrayed Amy Beach, the first successful female composer of large-scale art music, started working on gathering all the material and information for her project over three months prior to the event. “It was a lot of work,” said Chloe. “It has helped me learn more about history and speaking in front of groups.” From the Norse explorer Leif Erikson to Google co-founder Sergey Brin, the museum featured many figures in history that have changed the way we live today. The museum offered students an interactive and inspiring walk through history. For more pictures check out Facebook. com/MCASbeaufort


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MWSS-273 visits Port Royal Elementary School

Sgt. Marcy Sanchez

Corporal Michael Button, a motor transportation operator with Marine Wing Support Squadron 273, explains the functions and purpose of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), also referred to as Humvee, during a career day at Port Royal Elementary School, May 8.

Corporals Michael Button (left) and Craig Ledyard (right), both motor transportation operators with Marine Wing Support Squadron 273, explain the functions and purpose of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), also referred to as Humvee, during a career day at Port Royal Elementary School, May 8. MWSS-273 provides all essential aviation ground support to a designated fixed-wing component of a Marine Aviation Combat Element to include internal airfield communications, weather services, expeditionary airfield services, aircraft rescue and firefighting, aircraft and ground refueling, essential engineering services, motor transport, messing, chemical defense, security and law enforcement, airbase commandant functions, and explosive ordinance disposal.

A Port Royal Elementary School student enjoys herself in a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), also referred to as Humvee, during a career day at the school featuring Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 273, May 8.


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Gunnery Sgt. Charles Mitchell, the pitcher for the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Installation Personnel Administration Center team, throws the first pitch of the game during the Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Softball Tournament, May 9. The tournament was held to provide the Marines with friendly competition. Cpl. Diego Hurtado, the shortstop for the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Installation Personnel Administration Center team, picks up the ball during the Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Softball Tournament, May 9. The tournament was held to bring different sections of the squadron together to build unit cohesion and morale.

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Marines train to land Osprey in rough terrain OKINAWA, JAPAN -- Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, executed confined aerial landings and flight instrument training May 6 on Kadena Air Base and Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The squadron is with MAG-36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Confined aerial landings and flight instrument training are some of the most important skills that an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft crew must master, according to Lance Cpl. Branden I. Mangus, a tiltrotor crew chief with the squadron. Confined aerial landings give the crew experience with landing in unfamiliar or limited-space landing zones. During flight instrument training, pilots fly using only their instruments and directions given by air traffic control towers. The training ensures the crew’s takeoff and landing procedures remain efficient even during inclement weather, when visibility may be limited. After arriving at KAB, the crew executed five confined aerial landings and one instrument pattern, and then flew back to MCAS Futenma to perform two more landings on the runway. This training is conducted frequently to give the crew the skills needed to operate in any environment, according to Mangus. VMM-265 flies four to five days a week and conducts various training exercises, and confined aerial landings are highly prioritized. “Whenever we have an opportunity to do some of our own training, we’re doing confined aerial landings,” said Capt. Ivan C. Morin, an Osprey pilot with the squadron. The crew recently put this training to use when VMM-265 was attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. “We happened to be in the vicinity of the ferry that sunk (near the Republic of) Korea, so we did some search and rescue,” said Morin, a Houston, Texas, native. The training enhanced the crew’s ability to react quickly, giving them the confidence to handle difficult situations efficiently, according to Morin. “Landing is the most critical phase of flight,” said Morin. “When we need to land, whether it’s to drop off troops or cargo, we want to get it right the first time.”

U.S. Marines, Spanish Army train infantry skills MORON AIR BASE, Spain - U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response and soldiers from the Spanish Army combined together for bilateral training April 28 to May 1 at Cabo Noval Barracks, Asturias, Spain. A platoon of Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines – which is the ground combat element for SPMAGTF Crisis Response – spent four days training with a platoon from their Spanish counterparts with the Light Infantry Battalion. This training was planned to sustain both units’ infantry skills while also developing the relationships necessary for future engagements. The event began when the GCE Marines inserted into a helicopter landing zone via MV-22B Osprey. Once on the ground, they consolidated with the Spanish forces and proceeded to conduct a bilateral reinforcement of a simulated embassy compound. The training was designed to mirror one type of operation which SP-MAGTF Crisis Response may be tasked with. They conduct regular training such as this to hone their capabilities in the event rapid response support is needed to non-combatant evacuation operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel, theater security cooperation or other missions as directed. Other training conducted by the Marines and soldiers included patrolling, room-clearing, foreign weapons familiarization and martial arts instruction. Also, since SP-MAGTF Crisis Response operates out of Moron Air Base, Spain, this training provided the Marines with a chance to integrate themselves with their Spanish hosts. The partnered training culminated in a live-fire platoon assault. The Marines provided blocking forces for the Spanish platoon which then assaulted the designated objective. Building familiarity between international partners was critical to the success between the two platoons.

Corporal Brendan O’Bryant, a team leader with 1st Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, kneels during a security patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, Dec. 22, 2010.The Marines frequently patrolled from their company’s position to an established patrol base to keep the road clear of improvised explosive devices and monitor changes in the area.

The Sangin Story: last coalition service members leave

Staff Sgt. John Jackson Regional Command Southwest

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Multiple mounted patrols totaling 174 tactical vehicles with approximately 700 service members entered Camp Leatherneck’s North Gate during the early morning hours and throughout the day, May 5. Tactical vehicles driving through a gate on the Marine Corps’ central-Helmand base is a regular occurrence; however, this was a significant occasion for Marines, coalition forces and their Afghan counterparts. The armored vehicles were returning from Sangin, Afghanistan, an infamous battleground in northern Helmand province, and a village that will be remembered in Marine Corps and British history. The Battle for Sangin: During September 2010, there was a reorganization of ground forces throughout Helmand province. A more than 1,000-strong British Battle Group based in the northern portion of the province transferred security responsibility of Sangin District to U.S. service members. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, who had been fighting alongside British service members since May 2010, took command. Sangin is a small city of approximately 14,000 that sits on the Helmand River roughly 60 miles northeast of Helmand province’s capital of Lashkar Gah. It was infamous for Taliban influence and played a significant role in the poppy cultivation and opium trade in southern Afghanistan. More than 100 British troops were killed in the region, which accounts for approximately 25 percent of their fatalities throughout Afghanistan. A month after the Marines took charge in Sangin, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, arrived to begin their six-month deployment in an area at the time known as the most dangerous place in Afghanistan. From October 2010 until the

3rd Battalion, 5th Marines’ deployment concluded during April 2011, 25 of the battalion’s Marines were killed in action, with more than 200 injured. Despite their losses, the “Darkhorse” Marines were able to improve security in the area. Marines operated out of more than 35 bases in the Sangin area since 2010. Working together with their 2nd Brigade counterparts from the Afghan National Army’s 215th Corps along with Afghan National Police, the Marines had closed or transferred all but Forward Operating Base Nolay and FOB Sabit Qadam by the beginning of 2014. Forward Operating Base Nolay housed the 2nd Brigade headquarters as well as a team of approximately 40 Marine Corps advisors, while FOB Sabit Qadam was home to ANA infantry soldiers and a company of infantry Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines. On May 5, Marines at both remaining FOBs said goodbye to their Afghan counterparts and left the two bases as well as the security of the region in the hands of the capable and credible Afghans. The MAGTF Retrograde: Beginning during the late hours of May 4, Marines at FOB Nolay and FOB Sabit Qadam began to load their vehicles and drive out the gates for the final time. Prior to a long convoy down a highway once riddled with improvised explosive devices, Marines across Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan as well as soldiers with the 215th Corps worked together to plan and prepare for a successful retrograde. Aircrews with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466, a Marine Corps Air Station Miramar-based CH-53 Super Stallion squadron, began flying equipment and personnel out of northern Helmand weeks prior to the final departure. Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion left two days prior to the retrograde to ensure the route Marines would use to return to Camp Leatherneck

was cleared of any IEDs. Infantry Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, posted security along the route to ward off any wouldbe attackers looking to strike the Marines one last time as they left the area. And Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 7 arrived at both remaining FOBs a day before the retrograde to load up last-minute gear and equipment to be driven back to Camp Leatherneck in central Helmand. In addition to Marine assets throughout the Marine Air Ground Task Force, ANA soldiers from the 215th Corps’ 2nd and 3rd Brigades also provided layered security throughout the region and along the route. They also sent a team of soldiers to clear the route Marines took. Final planning for the retrograde of Marines out of Sangin took place May 1 when Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo, the commander of Regional Command (Southwest), Maj. Gen. Sayed Malouk, the commander of the 215th Corps, and their respective staffs came together aboard Camp Shorabak, an ANA base adjacent to Camp Leatherneck, to conduct a Rehearsal of Concept exercise. Success of Sangin : The success in Sangin has not only been seen in the city, but heard around Camp Leatherneck following the Marines’ return from the region. Marines like Sgt. Troy Garza, a squad leader with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, who was in Sangin during the most intense fighting the Marines saw in northern Helmand. Garza previously served with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, during 2010 and 2011. He remembers the long days of patrolling, the high kinetics in the region and the intense firefights. However, during this deployment, Garza and his Charley Company Marines only saw outside the confines of their small forward operating base while standing a security post. Their ANA soldiers were patrolling the region and keeping Sangin secure. Many Marines with 1st Battal-

ion, 7th Marines and the 2-215 Security Force Assistance Advisor Team tell similar stories of the difference four years has made in Sangin. Another sign of success in the city nestled on the Helmand River was the tremendous turnout of local citizens for the April 5 elections. Afghanistan held its third democratic election and the first one where current President Hamid Karzai’s name was not on the ballot. During the previous 2009 election, only 177 votes were cast. This year an estimated 5,000 votes were cast in the Sangin District, according to the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan. Not only did the locals come out to vote, they came out knowing their country’s own security forces were keeping the polling cites secure and safe, a testament to the change in the local populace’s confidence in the Afghan National Security Forces. Always Remembered: Despite the Marines’ departure from FOB Nolay and FOB Sabit Qadam for the final time May 5, Sangin will forever be etched in Marine Corps history. For four years Marines fought tirelessly to rid the city of enemy fighters and not allow insurgents a safe haven in Sangin. More than 50 Marines paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting for Sangin and hundreds were seriously wounded. Marines had bittersweet feelings when arriving back to Camp Leatherneck after the more than 60-kilometer journey. They were happy to be leaving the area that claimed the lives and limbs of so many of their brothers-in-arms, but sad to leave their newfound brothers of the ANA and Afghan National Police. May 5 marked the end of an era for Marines in northern Helmand province, but started a new chapter for the Afghan National Security Forces and the local Sangin civilians, and the Marines are confident the soldiers and police will continue to succeed in Sangin just as they did.

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CROW VALLEY, Phillipines -- Philippine Army Special Forces freefall jumpers with Special Operations Command, stationed at Fort Magsaysay jump from a KC-130J “Sumos”, assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, based at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, during High Altitude Low Opening military freefall jumps during the Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise for Balikatan 2014 at Crow Valley, Republic of the Philippines, May 15.


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a detachment is currently deployed to the Western Pacific supporting VMFA(AW)-224.

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VMFA-122 Werewolves are currently deployed to the Western Pacific as part of the Unit Deployment Program.

Corps Battle School trains Afghan National Army Sgt. Jessica Ostroska

Regional Command Southwest

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan – Soldiers with the 215th Corps, Afghan National Army conducted D-30 122 mm howitzer training aboard Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 7. The training is part of a sixweek course that gives Afghan instructors the opportunity to train their fellow soldiers on the howitzer weapons system. Prior to the course, the soldiers are assigned one of three roles required to operating the D-30. They either become a gun lineman, forward observer or become part of the fire direction cell. All three trades must fluidly work together to ensure the howitzer operates properly and effectively. Each job has a role in ensuring the accuracy of the D-30. The gun linemen are respon-

sible for setting up the weapon system, ensuring it is level, loading the artillery for firing, and making proper firing adjustments based on the data they receive. The role of the forward observers is to gather and relay target information to direct artillery fire. The forward observers pass this information to the fire direction cell. Once the fire direction cell receives the information from the forward observers, they are responsible for converting that into data to pass to the gun linemen to use for firing the howitzer. “It is important we teach this structure to the Afghan soldiers because they need to understand it all, by the book, to operate the howitzer correctly,” said Bombardier Edward Toma, British Army instructor with Regional Corps Battle School, Regional Command (South-

west). “They need to learn it well so they can eventually carry out their own operations without the support of the International Security Assistance Force. This structure also helps with making the artillery being fired more effective, more efficient and accurate.” The Afghan instructors, who were students themselves not too long ago, are now responsible for training their fellow soldiers. Afghan National Army Lt. Shahedullah, a gun line instructor with 215th Corps, RCBS, who was recently a student himself, said he was grateful for the coalition instructors’ patience when teaching him and passing on all of their knowledge of the weapon system when he attended the training. “They trained us very well,” said Shahedullah. “It was very

important that I learned everything and made sure I understood it all because now it is my turn to teach. I feel confident in my training, and that I can teach these students well because of everything I have learned from my instructors.” Afghan National Army Staff Sgt. Jumakhan, a gun lineman student with 215th Corps, said his Afghan instructors are doing a good job at teaching them how to work the weapon system. “This is good for us to learn,” said Jumakhan. “I need to learn all this to protect my country. They are teaching me so I can go back to my unit and will be able to teach and share my knowledge with my fellow soldiers. Learning is important for everyone. We must learn all we can to make our country and ourselves better and stay ahead of the enemy.”

Afghan artillerymen with the 215th Corps, Afghan National Army, fire a 122 mm howitzer D-30 during a live-fire exercise aboard Camp Shorabak, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

UK Army Crimson Eagle Exercise With 1st MEF Lance Cpl. James Marchetti

Marine Corps Air Station Yuma

GILA BEND, Ariz. - The United States and coalition forces have battled against terrorism in the Middle East for more than a decade – upgrading their tactics, techniques and procedures to dispose of an evasive and unpredictable enemy. In order to take advantage of the vital knowledge gained in the War on Terror, and to prepare for future joint conflicts, the United Kingdom Army conducts their Crimson Eagle exercise at Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field, Ariz., during the months of April and May. Army Air Corps squadrons rotate in and out of AAF Gila Bend to partake in Crimson Eagle, a pre-deployment training exercise that has been proven valuable over the years in acclimating UK pilots and aircrew to the unfamiliar and austere operational environment common in the Middle East. “The first thing we’re looking to do is to get our pilots finely qualified in their aircraft,” explained Capt. Thomas Bannister, a Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter pilot with No. 662 Squadron Army Air Corps of the UK. “We’re conducting our environmental qualifications: doing our dust landings, operating in the desert and hot, high conditions in the moun-

tains. For us, it’s a massive change in scenery and familiarity, as we’re used to training in the cold, wet UK.” An additional benefit to Crimson Eagle includes the realistic training it provides to the troops on the ground. Joint terminal attack controllers (JTAC) with 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., joined their UK comrades during Crimson Eagle to call in, coordinate and conduct close air support. Perched on a mountain peak and overlooking their target point nestled in the awing abyss below, the integrated JTACs are tasked with laying out the blue print for an air strike; fabricating hostile maneuvers and activity, determining necessary action, pinpointing direct firing coordinates, and giving final approval for attacks all while communicating feedback to the aircraft overhead. Major Jason Edholm, the air officer for 11th Marine Regiment of 1st MEF, explained how this training is advantageous to both parties involved. “It’s good for the JTACs from 11th Marine Regiment, because there are not a lot of opportunities to get live aircraft with live ranges, live ordnance and realistic target sets like we have here,” said Edholm, who operated as a JTAC during Crimson Eagle. “It’s an op-

portunity for us to come out, cross train and practice our tactics, techniques and procedures with them. From the aircraft and aircrew perspective, they get to hear two different types of voices. The way they talk and say things is slightly different.” Bannister believes the linguistic, environmental and operational challenges presented over the course of Crimson Eagle produces a better product on both the individual and joint force level. “There are quite a lot of lingo differences, but over the past ten years of operating in Afghanistan and Iraq, everything

has kind of come together,” said Bannister. “Working with the American JTACS has been very valuable, as we’ll be doing so in theatre alongside other coalition controllers. Unfamiliar controllers in unfamiliar locations with unfamiliar procedures – it builds your experience as an aviator.” At the end of the day, the depth of training provided to the Marines and UK soldiers during Crimson Eagle not only prepares the coalition forces for whatever the future may hold, but also speaks to the operational efficiency demonstrated over the last decade against the War on Terror.

A United Kingdom Army AH-64 Apache helicopter soars over the Barry M. Goldwater Range, located in Southern Arizona, after providing close air support as part of the UK’s Crimson Eagle exercise.

MAG-24 max launch provides training for ground, air units KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii - Marines and sailors with Marine Aircraft Group 24 conducted a maximum launch, May 6, flying to the island of Molokai and around Oahu. The MAG launched a total of 11 AH-1W SuperCobra and UH-1Y Huey helicopters assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463. The units were notified of an emergency beacon going off on the island of Molokai, simulating a downed aircraft and pilot, and began prepping their aircraft for takeoff immediately. A Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel team was dispersed with the aircraft to assess the situation and rescue the pilot. The helos dropped off the team and returned to Oahu to continue flight operations during the max launch. After conducting several flight operations, the aircraft refueled at several forward arming and refueling points manned by Marine Wing Support Detachment 24 and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24. On the ground, Marines worked alongside soldiers with 25th Cavalry, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, to teach them proper procedures to guide incoming aircraft into the fueling stations as well as identifying the appropriate fuel for each type of aircraft. After refueling at different FARPs on Oahu, HMLA-367 and HMH-463 flew in a final formation over the runway at MCAS Kaneohe Bay. Every quarter, MAG-24 conducts a max launch utilizing their aircraft to enhance training, unit cohesion and camaraderie between HMLA-367, HMH-463, MWSD-24 and MALS-24.

Marines, sailors with BSRF-14 train in mountains VATRA DORNEI, Romania - With the first week of Exercise Platinum Lynx coming to a close, Marines and sailors with Black Sea Rotational Force 14 from 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment received the unique opportunity to undergo mountain training with Romanian soldiers of the 17th Mountain Troop Bn. in the Carpathian Mountains May 7-8. The specialized training accustomed the Marines and sailors to hiking and operating in rocky, snowy and mountainous terrain; something many of the group hadn’t experienced before. The American service members were led around the edge of a mountain by Romanian soldiers experienced with the training and terrain. After the hike, the Marines and sailors spent a day and a half learning the basics of climbing and maneuvering through mountainous terrain by being given the chance to rock climb small cliffs under the supervision of the Romanians. They also rappelled down steep cliffs and rode on a zip line as part of the training. “This is definitely a new experience for most of us,” said 2nd Lt. Andrew Blacker, a platoon commander with Weapons Company. “Some guys are comfortable doing it and others are a little out of their element, but everyone is pushing through and overcoming fears. It’s a good experience for all of us out here.” Some Marines had to learn the basics of the mountain training from the Romanians who spend most of their time in the rocky terrain. “The Romanians are very nice,” Blacker said. “We taught them some things earlier this week, and they’re teaching us things now. We’ve been sharing military knowledge back and forth.” The Marines are looking forward to working more with the 17th Mountain Troop Bn. during the next week of Platinum Lynx, which includes several days of live-fire exercises. “We’re all excited to get out to the ranges next week, train with the Romanians, and finish the exercise strongly,” Blacker said.


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One of the most dangerous hazards, impaired driving, is common during summer months marked with holidays, vacations and cook-outs, Lozano said. In 2010, over 30 percent of vehicle fatalities were attributed to drivers with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher. According to the NSC, more than 3,900 people died in water and watercraft-related incidents in 2012, and the trend has continued to rise. When boating, be sure to know the limits of the boat so it doesn’t overload, be aware of other boats, swimmers and objects in the water, speeding, and make sure all passengers wear approved flotation devices. It’s also important to check the weather conditions and inspect the boat before going out on the water. To reduce the risk of mishaps while swimming, ensure a life guard is on duty at pools or beaches. Another safety concern during the summer is heat injuries. By properly using sunscreen and avoiding outside activities

during the hottest part of the day, Marines can avoid sunburns. By wearing light or loose clothing and staying hydrated, Marines can avoid dehydration and heat injuries. It is also important to recognize the signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion. According to the Centers for Disease Control, fatigue, heavy sweating, confusion, extreme thirst, dizziness, cramps and nausea are all symptoms of heatstroke and heat exhaustion, and must be taken seriously. When barbecuing, wear fitted clothing to avoid contact with fuel or fire and stand up-wind when lighting the fire to avoid getting burned. Also remember to remove all flammable liquids from the grilling area before lighting up the grill and never leave the fire unattended. According to the NSC, grills should not be used within eight feet of a home to avoid fires. “The best thing Marines can do to mitigate risks is take a good look at every activity they are doing,” Lozano said. “If they break down their activities step-by-step and identify potential hazards, they can then reduce those hazards.”

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side,” said Maj. Alexander Goodno, standardization and evaluation officer with Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron aboard the Air Station. “It prepares Marines for the realism of combat.” Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility Jacksonville (FACSFACJAX) provided air coordination and ground control. 21st Fighter Squadron from Luke Air Force Base, Az., flew F-16 Fighting Falcons during the exercise. 159th Fighter Squadron with the Florida Air National Guard flew F-15 Eagles for the exercise. Air Station squadrons flew F-18s,

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“The leadership trait of ‘knowing your Marines’ is challenged during the summer months as Marines transition between units,” said Jeanette Smith, the suicide prevention specialist for Marine Corps Community Services. “For the individual Marine, changing units may temporarily erode a sense of belonging, a known protective factor against suicide.” To mitigate the impact of these stressors, leaders can follow up consistently with transitioning Marines and offer support as Marines move from one unit to another, or prepare to leave active duty. Even brief, periodic contact can reduce suicide risk. This is especially important when a transition is unwanted or disciplinary in nature, because the Marine’s sense of belonging is already threatened. “By maintaining strong sponsor or mentorship programs, especially for Marines who are new to a unit, and by encouraging team-building activities, we can get Marines acclimated and comfortable with their commands,” Smith said. “When Marines feel connected to the mission and to each other they will be more willing to let others know if they need help, and more willing to step away from considering committing suicide.” Leaders can also connect transitioning Marines with resources that offer assistance such as Marine for Life, inTransition Mental Health Coaching and Support Program, Military Family Life Consultants, and the DSTRESS Line. They can also provide information on counseling resources for family, financial, behavioral or other concerns, particularly in cases where it is known the Marine is dealing with these stressors. “As the summer months approach, it is a good time for units to complete their required Never Leave a Marine Behind suicide prevention training,” Smith said. “It’s also the perfect time for units to get together and discuss suicide and suicide prevention. For more information on suicide prevention call 2281569.

provided ordnance and oversaw and coordinated the exercise. “This training is valuable because it integrates Marines with other units and gives them a good understanding of how to work in harmony with other services,” said Goodno. “It requires a lot of assets, so it is a rare opportunity.” The exercise extended from the coast of South Carolina down to Daytona, Fla. and inland to Pinecastle Bombing Range in Ocala National Forest, Fla. “When there are a lot of aircraft flying at the same time, it can get very complex,” said Goodno. “One of the challenges is coordinating with not only Marine air crew here, but communicating across a broad range of entities.”

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Other units and assets from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort to Naval Air Station Jacksonville assisted with the exercise. Some of these assets tracked and recorded aircraft positions for analysis and review. “This training allows them to think more critically and dynamically, and requires them to attack a challenging and unique situation,” said Goodno. “The Marines did outstanding. They had a safe plan that was executed well and handled complex coordination.” The mission of MAG-31 is to conduct anti-air warfare and offensive air support operations. Training such as the Large Force Exercise makes sure that MAG-31 has a high level of readiness and ability beyond their call of duty.


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Beaufort Middle School tours Fightertown

Students with Beaufort Middle School visited Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, May 13. During the tour the group learned about the Air Station and its impact on the local community, the introduction ofthe F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and visited Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533 to understand more about the F/A-18 Hornet mission both in garrison and overseas.

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The United States Department of Agriculture has partnered with the military to provide over 50 summer opportunities for children of military service members, May 2014 through April 2015. Camps are available across the United States, from Washington and Colorado on the West Coast to Georgia and South Carolina on the East Coast, and many in between. Nearby camps include the Florida Water Adventure Camp, Georgia Mountain Adventure Camp, and the Military Adventure Expeditions Camp.

Summer: sun, fun, adventure camps! Cpl. Sarah Cherry Staff Writer

The United States Department of Agriculture has partnered with the military to provide over 50 summer opportunities for children of military service members, May 2014 through April 2015. Camps are available across the United States, from Washington and Colorado on the West Coast to Georgia and South Carolina on the East Coast, and many in between. Nearby camps include the Florida Water

Adventure Camp, Georgia Mountain Adventure Camp, and the Military Adventure Expeditions Camp. Teen adventure camps feature activities like rock climbing, white water rafting and primitive camping for children age 14 to 18. Deployment and re-integration camps are available for children ages six to 18 who have had family deployed in recent years. These camps focus on bringing military youth together and providing skills to thrive through deployments. “The nurturing staff and thoughtful pro-

gramming will empower [campers] to take initiative, cooperate to accomplish exciting goals, develop self-confidence and become more resilient,” according to the 2014 Military Kids Camp website. “[Campers will] return from camp having built new skills, an enhanced sense of what it means to live in a military family and having made lifelong friendships with a great group of your peers.” Families can camp out together and enjoy campfires, canoeing, horseback riding, and hunting for shark teeth.

Programs support a variety of mental, physical and emotional needs, and are also available for families. Staff members at all camps are trained in risk management, safety, and military life. Local summer camps include a Junior Golf Camp for children six to 17 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island’s The Legends golf course and numerous camps hosted by Beaufort County schools which can be found at http://www.beaufort.k12. sc.us/pages/BCSD/Parents_Students/Summer_Camps

Hagel: The United States remains an unrivaled power

Terri Moon Cronk

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2014 – While some around the world believe the United States is a weakening superpower, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today defended America as the world’s dominant force. “I have seen some of [that perception], yes,” Hagel said, during an interview on the ABC program “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”. “But we are still the dominant power. No one’s in our universe, whether you apply a metric or measurement of an economic power or military power.” But that doesn’t mean the United States can solve every problem alone, he said. “No nation can do that. I do think there’s a sense out there by some that somehow America has powers eroding, or we’re not going to use our power, or we’re too timid about our power. I think we have been wise on how we use our power.” “I don’t think you can run foreign policy or lead a nation and be president of the United States based on what other people think of you,” he added. Hagel was asked about several issues in the news, including the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria, the situation in Ukraine and problems at the Veterans Affairs Department, in addition to cyber security threats, and

questions regarding transgender people serving in the military. The United States has sent a team of experts from the FBI, the intelligence community and the military to Nigeria to help authorities in the West African nation find the girls, kidnapped in the remote northeast last month. “It’s a vast country, so this is not going to be an easy task, but we’re going to bear every asset we could possibly use to help the Nigerian government.” However, he said the United States has no plans to put American troops on the ground. On the crisis in Ukraine, Hagel said even though Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week that Moscow was withdrawing tens of thousands of its troops from along the border with Ukraine, Russian forces appear to be still there. “Russia continues to isolate itself for a short-term gain,” he said. “The Russians may feel they’re somehow winning, but the world is not just about short term,” Hagel noted. Regarding the growing threat of cyber attacks, Hagel said the United States is paying full attention to cyber security threats, but added it’s difficult to be confident. “You can’t be,” he said. “The fact is, [cyber security issues] are as dangerous a threat as the world is dealing with, especially the United States. It’s quiet, it’s insidious, it’s deadly.” Hagel was also asked whether department policy regarding transgender individuals serving in the military should be revisited now that gays and lesbians are allowed to serve openly. He called the issue complicated because of its medical component. “These issues require medical attention. In austere

locations where we put our men and women in many cases [those military posts] don’t always offer that kind of opportunity,” he explained. “I do think it should continually be reviewed … because the bottom line [is] every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity, if they fit the qualifications and can do it. This is an area we’ve not defined enough,” Hagel said. Hagel also said he continues to support Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki amid reports that some veterans have died because they were unable to receive timely medical care through the VA system. “There’s no one who understands accountability more than [retired Army] Gen. Shinseki,” Hagel said. “I do support [him], but there’s no margin here.” The Defense secretary said if these reports prove accurate, “Accountability is going to have to be upheld, because we can never let this kind of outrage, if all of this is true, stand in this country.” But the situation didn’t start with Shinseki’s term at VA, Hagel emphasized. “This is something that should have been looked at years and years ago. Yes, we missed it.”


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