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Paratroopers of 3-509th Inf. tighten their shot group with sharpshooter training at JBER
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ARINES TOOK TO THE outskirts of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at the Baumeister Military Operations in Urban Terrain Site June 24 to put into action the combined skills of Air Force, Army and Navy members with their annual deployed location training. The Marine unit, Detachment Military Police Company D, 4th Law Enforcement Battalion, 4th Marine Division, which is in a transitional phase of training from mainly an infantry company to that of a law enforcement company, was able to incorporate the knowledge they already knew as infantrymen. “We’re here at Baumeister conducting hands-on training with the knowledge and skills we were taught from the various military entities provided here on JBER,” said Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Melvin, D/4th LEB military policeman. Here on JBER, there is an established Marine Reserve unit. Marines in attendance came from places such as Wasilla, Eagle River, Anchorage and Kenai. During their training, the Marines simulated various hostage situations with the scenario simulating a place in southern Africa and involving hostile villagers as well as the extraction of a suspect in a murder. “The total training spanned 14 days,” Melvin said. “We had refresher courses highlighting procedures such as rules of engagement, use of force and host-nation training.” As this is not the first time Marines have gone out to do this training, they continually prepare for the final steps of their military occupational specialty migration.
By Airman 1st Class Ty-Rico Lea JBER Public Affairs
At approximately 5 a.m., June 30, Airman 1st Class Douglas Wyatt, 673d Communications Squadron client systems apprentice and driver, and three passengers were involved in a major vehicle accident with another vehicle carrying four civilians. The accident resulted in the death of 20-yearold Citari Townes-Sweatt and multiple injuries. “Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of those who have been needlessly affected by this tragedy,” said Air Force Col. Brian Duffy, JBER and 673d Air Base Wing Commander. Anchorage Police Department arrested and charged 22-year-old Wyatt, with manslaughter, four counts of first-degree assault, three counts of third-degree assault and one count of operating under the influence. Initial indications from the APD are the Airman was driving while intoxicated. He is being held at the Anchorage jail with bail set at $50,000. According to Anchorage officials, Wyatt had recently left Chilkoot Charlie’s, where he had allegedly been drinking, when his Chrysler 300 apparently ran a red light, at high speeds, at the intersection of Boniface and Debarr and “T-boned” the Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Townes-Sweatt. “The Air Force has a strict policy on operating motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol and this type of behavior is not tolerated,” Duffy said. “APD and the civilian courts have the lead, and we are supporting their investigation.” JBER has in place Joint Base Against Drunk Driving, a free ride service without questions, to help prevent service members from drinking and driving. To contact JBADD, for transportation or to volunteer, call 384-7344 or 552-4663.
JBER Marines continue their transition to Military Police
“It was a service decision to incorporate great number of new aspects of the Marine the realignment of the U.S. Marine Reserve life,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Forces and involves switching from an in- Lemus, D/4th LEB corpsman. “Originally, fantry deployed-combat mindset to a more when I enlisted as a Navy Corpsman, my military police functionality,” said Marine recruiter suggested to me a program known Capt. Sean Smith-Kearon, D/4th LEB ex- as New Accession Training, which ultiecutive officer. “The training that comes mately landed me a position here with the with this requires us to focus on possible Marine unit.” situations in Eastern Europe, South America Details of the program were provided and Africa; these are areas of large concern by a fellow Navy service member on JBER. outlined by foreign policy.” “NAT is a reserve accession program Marine Staff Sgt. Rafael Yumo Jr., for members enlisting into the Navy and D/4th LEB military policeman, stated that offers active-duty status so that they can atas military police, in any branch of service, tend full recruit training before serving in a they are trained to maintain law and order, reserve component,” said Petty Officer 1st perform police intelligence operations, Class Marilyn McCormick, Navy Operamaintain security posts and security opera- tional Support Center Medical Department tions, and perform internment and resettle- representative. ment operations. Lemus served as the unit’s medic during “As a Marine Corps Reserve unit, we their training. wouldn’t be able to put together any kind Marines are also being taught to teach of decent annual training package for our foreign nation forces their rules of engageMarines if we weren’t able to work with the ment. other services,” said Marine “By cooperating with Sgt. Edwin Anderson, D/4th “It’s imperative to foreign nation forces, we enLEB military policeman. take the ideas, skill- sure they are better equipped “We exist on JBER and use to handle hostile situations,” sets, and knowledge Smith-Kearon said. “Our facilities provided by the Army and the Air Force so from those who are Marines have gone over this we count on the support skilled at what they training repeatedly, coming of all our sister branches d o t o b e c o m e a up with new ideas to tackle to complete the mission at superb Marine.” the situation.” hand.” After the Marines last segAnderson went on to ment of training, Yumo explained reiterate the Marines’ goal for this training. to them the “Three Block War” concept as “The purpose of this training is not only emphasized by Gen. Charles Krulak, 31st to prepare Marines transitioning from infan- Commandant of the Marine Corps. trymen to the military occupational specialty “The ‘Three Block War’ concept was of military police but to also demonstrate described as contingencies in which Marines the type of environment our Marines will may be confronted by the entire spectrum of be exposed to,” Smith-Kearon said. tactical challenges in the span of a few hours As demonstrated by the tension and ma- and within the space of three contiguous city neuvers displayed by the Marines’ training, blocks,” Yumo said. “Our Marines need to infantrymen are trained to locate and destroy be ready to transition from humanitarian, the enemy by fire and maneuver, or repel the peacetime, or all out military assault openemy’s assault by fire and close combat. eration, within the same location, on a very The Air Force, Army and Navy provided short time period.” a helping hand in developing tactics for Smith-Kearon emphasized the imporfuture Marine military police. The 673d tance of team building during the exercise. Security Forces Squadron military dog units, “I’m definitely a firm believer that there 673d Civil Engineer Squadron’s Explosive are subject matter experts out there that can Ordinance Disposal Flight, and the Army’s perform above and beyond only by functionCriminal Investigations Command were ing as a team,” he said. “So it’s imperative involved. Among Marines, a Sailor was to take the ideas, skill-sets, and knowledge present as well. from those who are skilled at what they do “With the training, I was introduced to a to become a superb Marine.”
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Air Force Staff Sgt. Gregory Maata, 673d Security Forces Squadron military dog handler, and Military Working Dog Sandor observe Marine service members during the Marine military police training at the Baumeister Military Operations in Urban Terrain Site June 24. The training was to prepare the Marines for their migration to military police. The training spanned 14 days and reviewed concepts such as rules of engagement and use of force when deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ty-Rico Lea)
JBER Airman’s vehicle collision results in civilian fatality
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APD reinforces DUI patrols during holiday Anchorage Police Department news release Thanks to funding from the Alaska Highway Safety Office, the Anchorage Police Department will increase patrols through the July 4 holiday week strictly enforcing impaired driving violations. Celebrate safely – make the choice this holiday to not drive impaired. The Anchorage Police and Fire Departments would also like to take this opportunity to remind Anchorage residents that Anchorage Municipal Code prohibits the sale or the possession of fireworks by the public (AMC8.75.040). The Anchorage Police Department will be enforcing this ordinance during the holiday. The fine is $300, and users of illegal fireworks may be held civilly responsible for damage, which results from their use. The Anchorage Fire Department and the Anchorage Police Department strongly discourage the illegal use of fireworks within the Municipality of Anchorage this week.
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Readiness key to financial fitness Commentary by Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas Aranda Air Force News Service Imagine a technical sergeant who retired after 20 years of service, had little to no savings, and the civilian job he had lined up before retirement was cut due to tightening federal budgets. He would be facing 70 percent pay cut without enough income to pay his mortgage. Now picture a staff sergeant who is debt free and separating from the Air Force, with money in the bank, a bachelor’s degree and solid plan to complete law school using the GI Bill without borrowing any money. Why did these two real people with similar incomes end up in very different places? One practiced financial fitness. Unfortunately, many military families are struggling financially. According to a 2010 Financial Industry Regulatory Authority study, more than 36 percent of military families reported trouble making ends meet, and more than 27 percent of military households had $10,000 or more in credit card debt. Other sources report food stamp use in commissaries nearly tripled from 2008 to 2011 and a 32 percent increase in military home foreclosures during the same period. Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said, “The number one reason people in the service lose their security clearance is because of financial problems.” How does one conquer financial problems and achieve financial fitness? The answer is very simple to explain, but difficult to execute. The staff sergeant in our story became financially fit by spending less than she made. That’s it. Through budgeting and hard work, she saved money instead of borrowing it. However, going on a spending diet is hard to do. The best way to control spending is to create a detailed written budget where you spend every dollar on paper before you see a dime. Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck and many could not tell you where all of their money went at the end of the month. By simply planning your spending,
you are taking control of your money and making it work for you. It will feel like you got a raise, and more importantly you, will have the peace and security of knowing you are in control of your finances. When I did a budget, I quickly realized spending $5 a day on coffee cost me $150 a month and $1,800 a year. That is the financial equivalent of a family vacation. Even more eye opening was the fact $150 a month saved from ages 20 to 65 while earning the stock market average of nine percent per year would grow to $1.1 million. That is some expensive coffee. If you are married, I strongly recommend you and your spouse discuss and agree on the budget. This will put both of you in control of your family’s spending and improve your communication. The number one cause of divorce in America is financial problems. Many of these problems can be avoided by cooperating on a spending plan. Lack of financial fitness also affects
deployment readiness. A financial consultant claims 55 percent of military spouses reported problems managing expenses during their spouse’s deployment, and 17 percent reported major financial hardships or bankruptcy. These facts really hit home for me as I prepare for my first deployment as a married man. Fortunately, my wife and I are in full agreement about our financial goals and how we should spend our money. She is confident she can handle any financial situation while I am away, and I do not have to worry about coming home to a financial mess. All of this peace stems from the fact we agree on a detailed written budget every month. What if you are in a serious financial hole? First of all, you are not alone. Americans who have at least one credit card have an average of $15,950 of debt on their cards. Many are there because unexpected events impacted their lives. The good news is by following a detailed budget, you can get out
of debt. He claims most people take 18 to 24 months to pay off their debts. Examples abound of people who have paid off $10,000 while only making $30,000 a year. Mathematically it can be done. The biggest factors are discipline, motivation and a willingness to sacrifice. Base financial readiness agencies provide financial education, information and consultation to help military members and their families. They have counselors who can help you plan a budget and get out of debt. Like physical fitness, financial fitness is 10 percent knowledge and 90 percent effort. Only you can decide to do what it takes. If a life free from financial stress, peace of mind while deployed and a secure financial position in the future appeal to you, then take control of your finances today. Editor’s note: For financial readiness help, call 384-7509 for JBER-Richardson and 552-4943 for JBER-Elmendorf.
Be a friend: Understand the signs and symptoms Commentary by Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon Shapiro Air Force News Service The intrinsic responsibilities bestowed upon us as wingmen, supervisors and members of the military, revolve around a creed of looking out for one another. Why is it that we tend to ignore those who are spiraling downward? Often times, we as military members get fixated on our job and tasks-at-hand, overlooking the cries for help given off by those closest to us. I recently had the honor and privilege to supervise one of the hardest working, technical professionals I have ever met; what many don’t know is that early in his career he received an Article 15 and Uniform Code of Military Justice punishment for the use of illegal substances. Often times I would ask him, “What were you thinking?” “Why didn’t anyone help you?” and “What have you learned?” To my
dismay, he informed me he was overwhelmed with his change in lifestyle, was looking for acceptance from the wrong individuals, and felt he had no one to turn to. Despite his own wrongdoing, how was it that his supposed wingmen, who worked eight to 10 hours a day, five days a week with him, did not steer him in the right direction? After all of the resiliency training, substance abuse campaigns, and computer based training, how can this continue to happen? The answer is simple, it can’t. Whether it be alcohol, illegal substances, or prescription medication abuse, we must be well versed in recognizing the signs, knowing how to counsel and identifying when to refer. Don’t be caught up in the stereotypes of the common abuser either. Not too long ago, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Fridovich, the former deputy commander of U. S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, stood before a crowd of 700 and
gave a testimony, sharing that for nearly five years of his career he was addicted to prescription narcotics. The fact of the matter is, substance abuse is not discriminatory; it can consume anyone. Understanding the signs and symptoms of substance abuse is one of the many integral ways we accomplish this “wingman” ideology and make sure our brothers and sisters are stable. What we have to understand is substance abusers are likely looking for someone to confide in and help them find an out from the destructive lifestyle they have fallen into. It is important to establish a more intimate work relationship with our coworkers. Simply getting to know each other on a one-on-one level greatly increases our ability to identify subtle changes indicating a problem. Take time to ask personal questions, such as, “How was your weekend?” “How is your family doing?” “What do you do for fun?” Building this rapport is a dou-
ble-positive; it builds trust and an understanding of how the individual thinks and reacts. It establishes a baseline of their demeanor. In a perfect world there would be a rubric that could be used to pinpoint a substance abuser by actions, emotions and behaviors, but there’s not. There are, however, signs medical professionals have designated as associated behaviors. The following are recognized by the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence: • Waning duty performance • Frequent absences • Errors in judgment • Financial irresponsibility and shortcomings • Arrests or legal problems • Increased use of alcohol • Morning drinking and hangovers • Memory loss • Health problems related to drinking • Violent behavior • Expression of suicidal
thoughts or behaviors • Dramatic mood swings • Denial or dishonesty about use • Failed attempts to stop or cut down • Concerns expressed by family or friends • Reporting to work drunk or hungover or smelling of alcohol • Changes in behavior that are out of character for the individual It is up to us to recognize and respond. We cannot let complacency and tunnel-vision be a pestilence in our workforce. Make it a standard to be cognizant of those around you. It may be a coworker, family member, or just someone who crosses your path who has succumbed to substance abuse. You may be the person who reaches out and saves their life. As American philosopher Elbert Hubbard once said, “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.”
SMA: Review of standards first step in ‘Soldier 2020’ By Spc. Leon Cook Army News Service Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord for two days last week. Chandler, the Army’s highest-ranking enlisted Soldier, spoke with senior noncommissioned officers about the direction the Army is taking as it transitions into the future. One topic of discussion was the future of women in the Army and recent policy changes. As part of a Department of Defense requirement, last week the Army announced its “Soldier 2020” plan, which describes how it will open up all the remaining combat arms career fields to qualified female Soldiers.
Part of the plan includes development of gender-neutral standards for every military occupational specialty. These new standards will aid leadership in selecting the most qualified Soldiers for any job, regardless of gender, Chandler said. The new gender-neutral standards should be implemented by 2016, according to the Soldier 2020 plan. A precursor to the development of these standards is the Training and Doctrine Command review of current standards for each military occupational specialty, which Chandler said has not been done since the 1970s for some career fields. “Many of our standards are outdated and very old,” Chandler said. “What we’re doing now is looking at the physical requirements for
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson/ 673d Air Base Wing Commander Col. Brian P. Duffy (USAF) Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson/ 673d Air Base Wing Vice Commander Col. William P. Huber (USA) Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson/ 673d Air Base Wing Command Chief Chief Master Sgt. Kevin L. Call Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson/ 673d Air Base Wing Sergeant Major Sgt. Maj. Jesse R. Pratt
any person, male or female, to serve in an MOS, and once the revised standard is implemented, that will be the standard for anyone to serve in that MOS.” Chandler said this will allow the Army to better “manage talent and make sure that talent is best applied to the positions where it can best serve the Army and its needs.” “As we move to a smaller force but the demand to deploy, fight and win our nation’s wars is still very high, we need to manage the available talent pool to the best of our ability,” the SMA said. “This is about maximizing an individual’s ability to serve in our Army the best they can so that we’re more effective and efficient.” After addressing the audience, Chandler answered questions
about this policy change, including one about misconceptions. “There’s a misconception that female Soldiers won’t have to meet the same standards as male Soldiers or that we’re going to lower standards. That’s just not the case,” Chandler said. “This is about one standard applied equally across the force.” Chandler acknowledged, however, this change won’t, and shouldn’t, happen overnight. “We are doing this deliberately and incrementally,” he said, noting that conducting needed surveys and developing policies and procedures take time. “The first and largest obstacle the Army must overcome for integration is the culture,” Chandler said. “There is still a perception
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in some parts of the Army that female Soldiers won’t be able to do the same things as their male counterparts, or that we won’t be as successful if we have them in combat arms organizations. I think the people saying these things are a vocal minority. “Female Soldiers have bled and died and sacrificed the same as men have for the past 12 years in this long war,” Chandler continued. “If they can meet the requirements to be an infantryman or an armored crewman or an engineer or a field artilleryman, then so be it. We’ll be a better Army for it. “I am extremely excited about this and I look forward to seeing more of our female Soldiers as they take advantage of opportunities in the combat arms,” Chandler said.
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SPARTAN SNIPERS HONE THEIR SKILLS
Army Spc. Wesley Cullman, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, engages targets during M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System qualifications at Grezelka Range June 25. Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment (U.S. Army Sniper School), Fort Benning, Ga., came to JBER to train Soldiers of 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. (U.S. Air Force photos/Percy G. Jones)
ABOVE: Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Corter, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment (U.S. Army Sniper School), Fort Benning, Ga., observes student progress June 25. LEFT: Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Hecht, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, re-confirms his spotter’s aiming instructions June 25.
The 3d MUNS arm JBER Raptors By Johnathon Green JBER Public Affairs When it comes to things that go BOOM for the Air Force at Joint Base ElmendorfRichardson, it is the men and women of the 3d Munitions Squadron who keep the munitions safely silent until ready. Originally under the 3d Equipment Maintenance Squadron as two flights – an Armament Flight and a Munitions Flight – the 3d MUNS had yet to be born. On July 26, 2011, the 3d MUNS came to life. Not just as two flights as it had, but four flights: Production Flight, Materiel Flight, Systems Flight and Armament Flight. Working together as a cohesive unit, these Airmen store, build, move and maintain the explosive power our Air Force has here on base. “Production Flight is just what it says. They put stuff together, build bombs, maintain missiles and service trailers,” explained Air Force Capt. Joshua Trebon, 3d MUNS maintenance operations officer. “Materiel Flight is stockpile management. They store the explosive assets, conduct inspection cycles and ensure the utmost reliability of the 3d Wing’s stockpile. They keep the accountability of said assets and manage the Combat Ammunition System; our worldwide munitions tracking database. “Systems Flight is the C2 Node (command and control systems) of the squadron; they control all the munitions movements, liaison with the flight line, manage our training and keep mobility functional,” Trebon said. “If we get a deployment order, our mobility Airmen are getting to build, stage and palletize equipment; getting it ready to roll to the C-17 [Globemaster III] to head out to wherever the nation needs us. “Armament Flight maintains the equipment that our munitions are connected to on the aircraft. They handle all the racks, guns, pylons, etc., that our munitions are loaded into, making the 3d Wing’s F-22 Raptor fleet lethal.” The space necessary to do what the 3d MUNS does every day is enormous. To store and maintain all the munitions takes up 88 acres of land on JBER. Everything is widely spread out from each other – and wisely so when it comes to items, which can explode. The most distant and secluded are the munitions bunkers overseen by the Materiel Flight. These are fondly referred to as igloos. Just one igloo, which was not even close to being full, contained more than 60,000 pounds of net explosive weight (TNT equivalent) of munitions and there are many igloos in secured and isolated areas. Even though
Tech. Sgt. William Mann, assigned to the 3d Munitions Squadron, assistant noncommissioned officer in charge in Production Flight, inspects the analog connection that a computer is linked to in order to test the Global Positioning Unit and tail fins on the Guided Bomb Unit-32, June 7. (U.S. Air Force photo/Johnathon Green)
these igloos are storage for munitions, they need to be monitored and checked. “Right now I am running the operations as a crew chief,” said Airman 1st Class Abraham Camacho, crew chief of the Materiel Flight. “Yes, even as an airman first class, I run the inventory for a bunch of munitions and we also inspect their service ability as a pool every morning.” “I look over everyone that you just talked to [on this crew],” said Air Force Staff Sgt. Derek DeVos, 3d MUNS munitions storage crew chief and noncommissioned officer in charge for their shipping and receiving in Material Flight. “I make sure that everything is getting done safely. That is our big thing out here. Safety is key.” When the request for munitions comes down from 3d Wing headquarters, Airmen cannot just simply gather the requested munitions, put them in the back of a truck and drive to the flight line. This movement of munitions falls to Systems Flight. A munition must be sourced, delivered to an explosive operation build site, then dispatched and delivered to the end user. Every single movement of any munition is carefully tracked and monitored by Munitions Control. In this room, three Airmen monitor all movements of munitions. Their tools consist of telephones, radios, white boards and a program called Combat Ammunitions System. Through the use of these tools, they can monitor and track every single part of a
munition asset from storage, to production, to the delivery, to the flight line, which will ensure the jets meet their take off time. “We monitor everything that goes on in the munitions area, work orders, personnel status, everything like that, making sure that it all fits together,” said Tech. Sgt. Kyle Cooley, senior controller in Systems Flight. “So, with all the different sections of the munitions area, each part needs to fit together and we are here to make sure those parts fit and work smoothly.” All the equipment that is used to confirm the marriage of munitions to an aircraft and the maintenance of weapons on an aircraft falls to the Armament Flight. “We maintain about 400 different pieces of alternate mission equipment,” said Senior Master Sgt. Larry Ferris, Armament Flight chief. “It is the AME that an aircraft uses to configure it for different missions: air-to-air, air-to-ground and other capabilities.” For bombs, they have three different types of racks, the Bomb Rack Unit-46, the BRU-47 and the BRU-61, the newest rack design. These two racks, the BRU-46 and 47, can be used to accommodate different munitions mission configurations. “We are the first F-22 units to be able to bring these [the BRU-61’s] online in conjunction with the Small Diameter Bomb,” said Air Force Maj. Jerrod Duggan, commander of the 3d MUNS. The BRU-61 with the SDBs connected was successfully tested during an exercise
called Combat Hammer in October 2012. To transport and load ammunition onto an aircraft, they use a Universal Ammunition Loading System. An F-22 has an M-61A2 Vulcan 20-mm canon. To fully load this weapon’s magazine with 20-mm shells takes the UALS 15 to 20 minutes. When the fighters require ammunition, it needs to be designed, built, monitored and maintained. So when it comes time to put bombs and missiles together and the maintenance of these munitions and equipment, the Production Flight is called in. There are quite a few munitions that the Production Flight monitors. “Here, in Conventional Munitions Maintenance, we deal with counter measures, 20mm ammunition, weapons systems for our airframes, SDB’s and the Joint Direct Attack Munition or JDAM bombs,” said Tech. Sgt. William Mann, assistant noncommissioned officer in charge in Production Flight. “What we are doing here is a specific inspection of our [Captive Air Training Missile] AIM-9m missiles,” said Air Force Staff Sgt. Paul Leprohon, Precision Guided Munitions Crew Chief in Production Flight. “These missiles have come back for a 20-flight inspection, which is where an F-22 has flown these missiles 20 times and we do an overall inspection to make sure they’re still serviceable and ready for use.” For all the pieces of equipment and tools used in the 3d MUNS to move, inspect and maintain, the most important piece of equipment they use to do their job, and do it safely, are trailers. It is the trailer that safely moves all munitions from Point A to Point B. “If you have a bad trailer, you’re towing it, and say a wheel falls off, and you have a bunch of explosives on that trailer; what do you think is going to happen?” said Senior Airman Geoff George, Precision Guided Munitions Crew Chief in Production Flight. “They are going to fall off. Somebody could get hurt; somebody could blow up, anything like that. Our handling units [trailers] all have to be in tip-top shape as well as our munitions.” Trebon detailed how all of 3d MUNS’ flights come together to support the munitions requirements for JBER’s F-22s. “They are really a unique bunch of Airmen,” he said. “They are very hard working and dedicated, but a bit misunderstood as to what goes into putting bombs on target. A lot of people do not realize how much work happens behind the fence and what those 270 bodies do day in and day out to prep munitions, prep aircraft, prep bombs and racks to make those airplanes more than just airliners.”
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Pool closed The Buckner Physical Fitness Center pool is closed for maintenance from July 15 until an anticipated opening date of Aug. 12. Commissary furloughs Due to sequestration, the JBER Commissary is closed Mondays until Sept. 30. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Priority placement The Priority Placement Program and executive order 13473 provide non-competitive appointment for spouses of active duty service members, including full-time National Guard and Reservists, who are relocating to accompany their service member during a permanent change of station. The program allows spouses to register for Department of Defense positions and to be considered for jobs offered internally. Spouses are matched against potential positions, which meet their qualifications and preferences. Job placement will vary with each individual. The spouse remains eligible for a maximum of two years from the date of the PCS orders and are in the program for one year. Military spouses who have never filled a federal position can now register for PPP. This program had previously been limited to spouses on a current federal appointment or had a former federal position in the past. Military spouses can register at the Civilian Personnel Office at JBER-Elmendorf or the personnel office at JBER-Richardson. The JBER point of contact is Brenda Yaw at 552-9203. Volunteers needed JBER’s Attic is looking for permanent volunteers to perform duties as assistant manager of the Attic. Please contact Senior Master Sgt. Jens Rueckert at 580-6820 or Susan Hoversten at 854-5959 if interested in the position.
Community survey The 2013 Air Force Community Assessment Survey is sponsored by the Air Force Integrated Delivery System, and the goal of the survey is to make known the opinions and needs of the entire Air Force community including active duty members, Reservists, Air National Guardsmen, their spouses and Air Force civilian employees. IDS will send email invitation to selected personnel. Postcard invitations will be mailed to spouses, inviting them to complete the survey. Each invitation will include a link to the online survey. The survey is scheduled to begin this month and participants’ replies are completely anonymous. Neither the Air Force, the government nor the contractor can link any aspect of community members’ responses to personal identifiable information. Through the completion of the community assessment survey, responses can directly influence family services and related support activities at local bases and throughout the Air Force. For any questions regarding the survey, please contact Stevan Cady at 552-0644. Richardson Thrift Shop The JBER-Richardson Thrift Shop, located in building 724, Quartermaster Drive, is open Tuesdays and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and first and third Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call the Thrift Shop at 384-7000. JBER’s Attic Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Attic (formerly known as the Airman’s Attic) located in building 8515 off of 20th Street is open on Tuesdays for paygrades E-1 to E-4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9.875 in. 8 p.m.; Wednesdays for paygrades
E-1 to E-6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the first Saturday of the month for all paygrades from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call the Attic at 552-5878. Article 139 claims A Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 139 claim is a claim against any service member for willfully damaging or wrongfully taking property while the service member is not on duty. Claimants are eligible to file an Article 139 claim whether they are civilian or military, a business, a charity, a State or local government. Claims covered by Article 139 are: • Claims for damage to property inflicted intentionally, knowingly, purposefully, and without a justifiable excuse. • Claims for property wrongfully taken. A wrongful taking in an unauthorized taking or withholding of property not involving a breach of a fiduciary or contractual relationship, with the intent to deprive the owner of the property temporarily or permanently. Claims not covered by Article 139 are: • Claims resulting from negligent acts such as normal “fenderbenders” or other such accidents; • Claims for personal injury or death; • Claims resulting from acts or omissions of military personnel acting within the scope of their employment (these may be payable as a tort claim); • Claims resulting from the conduct of Reserve Component personnel who are not subject to the UCMJ at the time of the offense; • Subrogation claims. That is a claim where your insurance company pays you and then seeks reimbursement; • Claims for theft of services. Claimants should submit claims within 90 days of the incident from which the claim arose unless there is good cause for the delay. Your claim must be presented either orally or in writing. If presented orally, the claim must be reduced to a signed writing within
School physicals The 673d Medical Group recommends children receive their well child examinations, school physicals and sports physicals
from their assigned clinic team at the 673d MDG Pediatric Clinic or Family Health Clinic. A child’s primary care provider is most familiar with the child and can most efficiently complete the physical. Call 580-2778 to schedule an appointment.
10 days after oral presentation. Claims should be filed by branch of service. For claims against Army members, contact the Army claims office in Bldg 600, Suite 313, at 384-0330. For claims against Air Force members, contact the JBER claims office in the People Center, Suite 330 at 5523048. Claims relating to members of any other branch may be made at the Army claims office and will be forwarded to the proper service. Find housing Visit the Automated Housing Referral Network at www.ahrn. com, or www.ahrn.org/mobile if using a mobile device, to find housing before packing up. Sponsored by the Department of Defense, the website listings include available community rentals, military housing, shared rentals, temporary lodging and military for sale by owner listings. Listings include property descriptions, pictures, maps, links to local schools, and contact information. Service members who would like to rent their homes, sell their homes, or are looking for another service member as a roommate in their current homes, may post an ad free of charge on the site. For more information, call the 673d Civil Engineer Squadron Capital Asset Management Office at either 552-4439 for JBERElmendorf or 384-3088 for JBERRichardson. Furnishing Management The Furnishings Management Office offers 90-day loaner furniture. Appliances may be issued for the duration of the service member’s tour. FMO typically delivers items as far as Peters Creek or Rabbit Creek. Service members must make special arrangements beyond these areas. When requesting furniture, service members must provide a copy of their reporting orders. For JBER-Elmendorf, visit the Capital Asset Management Office at Building 6436, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or call 552-2740. For JBER-Richardson, visit the Housing Management Office
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at Building 600, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or call 384-2576. Home buyer’s seminar The 673d Civil Engineer Squadron Capital Asset Management Office offers a first-time home buyer’s seminar two times each month through the Volunteer Realtor Program. The seminar covers home loan prequalification, negotiations, offer acceptance, inspection, title search, available types of loans, and the closure process as well as many other aspects of interest to a prospective home owner. Please contact the JBER-Elmendorf office at 552-4439 or the JBER-Richardson office at 384-3088 for specific times to be included in the sign-up roster. Pharmacy volunteers The 673d Medical Group Pharmacy needs volunteers to provide the best possible customer service to beneficiaries. Pharmacy volunteers can help perform such critical tasks as bagging and handing out medication. For more information on how to volunteer, call 580-6807 or email email@example.com. Arctic Watch The JBER Antiterrorism Office encourages all personnel to be vigilant against threats and report suspicious activities to iWatchArmy at 384-0824 or Eagle Eyes at 552-2256. Giant Voice testing Giant Voice mass notification system testing occurs every Wednesday at noon. If the announcement is difficult to hear or understand, please call 552-3000. If the announcement is difficult to hear or understand in any base housing area, please contact JBER at Facebook.com/JBERAK. Dining facility survey ARAMARK is conducting a survey to evaluate how the contractor can better offer dining service to JBER. The 17-question survey can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/ bm5koz6.
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Offers microchippping at PetZoo, once a month. Keep your pet safe, w/ a HomeAgain microchip! Please check our website for the next event date www.Advocatesfordogandpuppywellness.org
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Spaying and Neutering is Important to us! Bring us your puppies and we will spay your Momma dog at NO COST! For more info call Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue (907)745-7030 662 Sporting Goods EAGLE Fish Finder, Go Anywhere, one touch $90 obo Ray @ 337-5090
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