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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.

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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.

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“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)

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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,

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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

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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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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

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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 christina.mcquaide@elmendorf.af.mil. 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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Families of deployed service members enjoy food, games, and prizes at the Deployed Spouses Dinner, June 27. The dinner, supported by the JBER Company Grade Officers’ Council, the First Sergeants’ Council and other service member volunteers, provided parents with a respite from having to cook for their families and a chance to connect with other spouses, while their loved ones are serving abroad. (U.S. Air Force photos/Staff Sgt. William Banton)

Spouses get an evening off duty By Air Force Staff Sgt. William Banton JBER Public Affairs

For a few hours during the evening of June 27, a group of volunteers came together to provide the families of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s deployed Airmen and Soldiers a respite from the hardships of having loved ones protecting their freedoms overseas. The Deployed Spouses Dinner, sponsored by the JBER Company Grade Officers’ Council with support from the First Sergeants’ Council and other service member volunteers, provided deployed service members’ families a chance to enjoy a free meal and to connect with other families going through the same thing. The volunteers attempted to provide the temporarily single parents with a night of rest by watching, and entertaining, the children with games, prizes, face painting, animal balloons and a tour of an ambulance from the 673d Medical Group. The event also offered base leadership the chance to say thanks while providing access to information Nevaeh Clark receives food from volunteers while the Deployed Spouses Dinner June 27. The dinner was a way for on resources available to spouses while their partners are away. spouses to connect with one another and with unit personnel while their loved ones are deployed around the world.

3rd Wing, 477th FG conduct SAPR stand down By Air Force Capt. Ashley Conner 477th Fighter Group Public Affairs Air Force Col. David Nahom, 3rd Wing commander, and Air Force Col. Tyler Otten, 477th Fighter Group commander, have directed a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response stand-down day for their units June 28 and July 14, respectively. This SAPR stand-down day follows direction from the Secretary of Defense to conduct training for active duty military and civilian personnel before July 1 and for Air Force Reserve members by August 31. “Sexual assault is a cancer on our great Air Force which has devastating impacts for our Airmen and their families,” Nahom said. “Taking a day to reflect on our priorities and have a candid discussion about sexual assault will make us stronger as an organization and reinforce honor and respect for all Airmen.” During their unit stand-downs the active duty 3rd Wing and the Reserve 477th FG will focus on definitions of sexual assault, reporting options, the changing culture of the Air Force, and the newly created Special Victims’ Councils. The Special Victims’ Council provides lawyers with specialized training to advise sexual assault victims, and guide them through the criminal justice system. “This stand-down will allow us to focus on this critical problem and how we can cure it.

Personnel from JBER attend the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response stand-down briefing at Talkeetna Theater Monday. The standdown day follows direction from the Secretary of Defense to conduct training for active duty military and civilian personnel focusing on definitions of sexual assault, reporting options and Special Victims’ Councils. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera)

“It is important that we all pause from our busy work schedules and ensure we are all crystal clear in our understanding that sexual assault is absolutely incompatible with our service to our country,” Otten said. “After this stand-down, all of our Airmen will find themselves

fully empowered, and in fact, expected to intervene in any high-risk situation to change the outcome for the better.” While the 3rd Wing and the 477th FG share the F-22 Raptor mission here, the 477th FG will hold their SAPR stand-down day during

the July Reserve Unit Training Assembly weekend, to ensure the 70 percent of 477th Fighter Group members, who are traditional Reservists and may only serve one weekend a month, will receive the training alongside the fulltime Reservists.

“The 3rd Wing and 477th Fighter Group are fully integrated TFI teammates with our mission success directly linked to maintaining a strong partnership in every phase of our operations – to include the prevention of sexual assault,” Nahom said.


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Every season has its ups and downs – ďŹ nd the best Commentary by Army Chaplain (Capt.) Dale DuMont 6th Engineer Battalion chaplain Coming to Alaska, I was told there were only two seasons: winter and construction. I was told folks don’t go out in winter because it was dark and cold. Then in the summer they don’t go out because of the mosquitoes. Then I began to look at Alaska, the last frontier, before we took our trip here. I looked at artistic renderings of the moon on a sunny day over snow-covered mountains with a bright blue sunny sky wondering if it was real. I saw pictures of the night sky with what looked like green floating rivers of light, what I would soon learn is called Aurora Borealis. I saw vibrant rushes of nature with salmon, moose, and giantsized vegetables untamed by suburban infrastructure. My journey here brought to mind a Pete Seeger song made famous by the Byrds: “Turn! Turn! Turn!â€? For those who may be unfamiliar, the lyrics read, “To everything (turn, turn, turn), there is a season (turn, turn, turn). “And a time to every purpose, under Heaven. A time to be born, a time to die. A time to plant, a

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time to reap. A time to kill, a time to heal. A time to laugh, a time to weep‌ A time to gain, a time to lose. A time to rend, a time to sew. A time for love, a time for hate. A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late.� Most of this song is a direct quote from Ecclesiastes 3:1. The songs content seems the same as the Ecclesiastes writer, but the message is quite different. The folk song by the Byrds was a call for peace in a time for war. The song and media of its day portrayed all that was bad concern-

ing a situation and quoted a bible verse to keynote their perspective. The context in which the Byrds sing the song is one where people choose the end or meaning they want and order in a political season. The context from Ecclesiastes’ writer, Solomon, is, however, quite different. Solomon was a prince and then king of Israel. His life, like that of his father David, was consumed by the seasons. The seasons dictated necessary action for survival and rituals of

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THROUGH SUNDAY Girdwood Forest Fair Experience summer as it only is in Girdwood. Hand-crafted items, exotic foods, entertainment and more. Everything starts at the Girdwood Fairgrounds at mile 2.2 of the Alyeska Highway. Events run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 5 and 6, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, with the annual Forest Fair parade at 10 a.m. July 6. For information, visit girdwoodforestfair.com. TUESDAY Concussion and TBI class Has your spouse or partner suffered a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury? This class is Tuesdays in July from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Conference room in the hospital’s Lynx wing. Child care is available. For information, call 580-0014. THURSDAY THROUGH JULY 14 Bear Paw Festival This is Eagle River’s summer extravaganza, which features a Teddy Bear Picnic, a 5K Bear Paw Classic and the Slippery Salmon Olympics. A carnival and many other activities are on tap. For information, visit www. bearpawfestival.org or call 6944702. JULY 13 Arctic Warrior running The Company Grade Officer Council hosts the Arctic Warrior Half-Marathon and 5K beginning at 9 a.m. near the North Star Inn on JBER-Elmendorf. Register at www.active.com or call 552-3246. Dropkick Murphys The famed Boston Celtic-punk band The Dropkick Murphys visit the stage at the intersection of Spenard Street and 25th Avenue for an all-ages outdoor show. A high-energy band with a distinctly Irish-American sound, the Dropkick Murphys will play rain or shine with the concert kicking off at 5 p.m. For information, call 279-1692. JULY 19 AND 20 Governor’s Family Picnic The Anchorage family picnic

with the governor is a decadelong tradition. Meet Governor Sean Parnell and cabinet members at the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer July 19 from 4 to 7 p.m., or in Anchorage at the Delaney Park Strip on July 20 from noon to 3 p.m. For information, visit gov. alaska.gov.

competition, ride the carnival rides, and enjoy traditional midway fare. Extensive concert offerings are on tap from Aaron Tippin and 3 Doors Down to Bill Cosby and Foreigner. This huge extravaganza is a must-attend. For information, visit alaskastatefair.org.

JULY 20 Salmon Daze Celebrate the abundant natural resources of Alaska – including salmon. Alaskan artists and galleries round out the day, which runs from noon to 6 p.m. at 4th Avenue and E Street. For more information, visit www.anchoragedowntown.org.

ONGOING Anchorage Market The summertime farmer’s market kicks off at the 3rd and E Street parking lot downtown Saturdays. Seven acres of vendors offer produce, exotic goods, Alaska souvenirs, local meat and so much more. For information, call 272-5634.

JULY 27 Crow Pass Crossing One of the toughest backcountry races in Alaska, Crow Pass Crossing is 24 miles from the trailhead to Eagle River Nature Center. The rocky Crow Pass, a ford of Eagle River, and Raven Glacier are just some of the challenges. Signups are limited to 140 runners. For information, visit goseawolves.com.

Potter Marsh Bird Walk This guided tour on the Potter Marsh boardwalk is a familyfriendly event for birdwatchers of any skill level. Plan for rain or shine and dress accordingly. Binoculars and guide books are available for loan. The boardwalk is wheelchairaccessible and children are encouraged. Meet at the entrance kiosk at Potter Marsh; tours are Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m. or Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For information, call 267-2281.

AUG. 3 AND 4 Garden Club Flower Show The 70th annual flower show at the Alaska Botanical Garden highlights what can be grown in Southcentral Alaska along with the floral design talents of Alaskans. The show is free and open from 1 to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 4. For information visit alaskabg. org. AUGUST 10 AND 11 Alyeska blueberry festival Celebrate blueberry season with this family-oriented event. Dozens of arts and crafts booths, live music, and all the blueberry concoctions you can try. Find your own blueberry patch and enjoy. For information, visit alyeskaresort.com. AUGUST 22 THROUGH SEPT. 2 Alaska State Fair The 77th year of the Alaska State Fair kicks off at the fairgrounds in Palmer. Witness the giant cabbage

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Moose Crossing, July 9 at Mount Spurr Elementary, and July 23 at the JBERRichardson Library. For more information, email jber.ak.pwoc@gmail.com or call 384-1461. Model railroading The Military Society of Model Railroad Engineers meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 p.m. Saturdays in basement Room 35 of Matanuska Hall, 7153 Fighter Drive. Anyone interested in model railroading is invited. For information about meetings, work days, and shows, call 952-4353, visit their site at www.trainweb.org/msmrre or email bjorgan@alaska.net. Motorcycle training Military motorcycle riders and civilians using motorcycles for their jobs on JBER must attend an approved safety course. The deadline for active-duty military personnel to submit a training request form is Aug. 15. All training must be complete by Sept. 1. Contact your commander, first sergeant or safety officer, or call the JBER Safety Office at 552-5035. Riders must wear all personal protective equipment – including approved helmet; shatter-resistant goggles, glasses or face shield; long sleeves and trousers, full-finger gloves; sturdy footwear and a reflective vest or jacket. For information, contact a unit safety representative or the 673d Air Base Wing Ground Safety Office at 552-6850.

Live After Five This is a free Friday-night concert series in Town Square Park. Enjoy outdoor seating with beverages and soak up the summerevening sun from 5 to 8 p.m. For information, visit www. anchoragedowntown.org. AER scholarships Army Emergency Relief is taking applications for scholarships. Scholarships are available for children or spouses of active duty, retired and deceased Soldiers. Applications and instructions are available at aerhq.org. For information, call 384-7478.

Borealis Toastmasters Conquer your fear of public speaking with Toastmasters. This safe, friendly club helps build confidence through speeches, presentations, feedback and listening. The club meets every Thursday in Room 146 of the BP building from 7 to 8 p.m. For information, call 575-7470.

Protestant Women of the Chapel meetings Wo m e n a r e i n v i t e d t o meet with Protestant Women of the Chapel. Meetings will be at parks throughout the summer, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The June 11 meeting takes place at Cottonwood, June 25 at

Wired Cafe for Airmen The Wired Cafe is located at 7076 Fighter Drive, between Polaris and Yukla dormitories. The cafe has wireless Inter-

Catholic Mass Sunday 9 a.m. – Soldiers’ Chapel 10:30 a.m. – Elmendorf Chapel 1 Monday through Friday 11:40 a.m. – Soldiers’ Chapel Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11:30 a.m. – Elmendorf Chapel Center Thursday 11:30 a.m. – Hospital Chapel

Confession 30 minutes before Mass at the chapel in which Mass is being celebrated, or anytime by appointment. Call 552-4422 or 384-5907

Protestant Sunday Services Joint Liturgical Service 9 a.m. – Elmendorf Chapel 2 Traditional Service 9 a.m. – Elmendorf Chapel 1 Contemporary Protestant Service 11 a.m. – Soldiers’ Chapel Gospel Service Noon – Elmendorf Chapel 1 Contemporary Protestant Service 5 p.m. – Elmendorf Chapel 1 net and programs throughout the week for single Airmen living in the dorms. There are also free homestyle meals Fridays at 6 p.m. For information, call 552-4422. Sing-along at the zoo Pre-school-aged children can explore the world of animals through music. They can sing along or play with instruments, beginning 10:30 a.m. Mondays at the coffee shop greenhouse. For information email klarson@alaskazoo.org.

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12:22 p.m. to Rachel Marie Donica and Airman 1st Class Tyler Don Donica of the 537th Airlift Squadron.

JUNE 15 A son, Dylan Lucas Ballao, was born 19 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces at 2:22 a.m. to Sheena Marie Ballao and Spc. Victor Jesus Madueno-Guerrero of the 307th Brigade Support Battalion.

A son, Aiden Michael Gum, was born 20 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces at 7:04 a.m. to Jessica Michael Gum and Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael David Gum of the 176th Maintenance Squadron.

JUNE 23 A son, Jordan E. Jasper, was born 18 inches long and weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces at 4:48 p.m. to Spc. Demeotra J. Jasper of the 109th Transportation Company and Sgt. Jesse P. Jasper of the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment. A son, Carter Tyson McWilliams, was born 21 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces at 2:31 a.m. to Rebekah Danielle McWilliams and Airman 1st Class Alex Corbin McWilliams of the 673d Security Forces Squadron.

A daughter, Zoe Jane Hadaway, was born 21 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces at 6:33 a.m. to Bonnie Hicks Hadaway and Senior Airman James Timothy Hadaway of the 525th Aircraft Maintenance Unit.

JUNE 25 A daughter, Addison Lynn Donica, was born 17.5 inches long and weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces at

A son, Jackson Edward Schleuker, was born 20 inches long and

weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces at 11:17 a.m. to Hope Elizabeth Schleuker and Air Force Staff Sgt. Jared Daniel Schleuker of the 381st Intelligence Squadron. JUNE 26 A son, Israel Hyman Finkelstein, was born 19.5 inches long and weighing 10 pounds at 10:04 a.m. to Jacqueline Elizabeth Finkelstein and Spc. Damian Finkelstein of the 545th Military Police Company. JUNE 27 A son, Enrique Lio NuĂąez, was born 21 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces at 9:49 p.m. to Jacqueline Marie NuĂąez and Air Force Staff Sgt. Jorge Luis NuĂąez of the 673d Force Support Squadron.

JUNE 28 A son, Randy Colton Hall, was born 20 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces at 11:17 a.m. to Amie Beth Hall and Sgt. Carey Logan Hall Sr. of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, US Army Alaska. A daughter, Kaylee Sophia Harpham, was born 19.5 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces at 11:31 a.m. to Amanday Kay Harpham and Army 1st Lt. Richard Adam Harpham of the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment. A son, Cooper Benton Plumlee, was born 21 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces at 5:16 a.m. to Monica Ann Plumlee and Spc. Bryan Scott Plumlee of the 725th Brigade Support Battalion. JUNE 29 A son, Huck Bear Brown, was born 20 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces at

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July 5, 2013 4:08 a.m. to Lucy LeeAnna Brown and Air Force Staff Sgt. Albert Thomas Brown III of the 703d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. A daughter, Ella Mae Pacheco, was born 20.5 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces at 8:16 p.m. to Mariah Brook Pacheco and Tech. Sgt. Matthew Pacheco of the 381st Intelligence Squadron. A son, Ryder Theron Trout, was born 22 inches long and weighing 9 pounds, 8 ounces at 7:40 p.m. to Katee Callahan Trout and Sgt. Uriah Cody Trout of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment. JUNE 30 A daughter, Kendall Rae Ayers, was born 20.75 inches long and weighing 8 pounds, 12 ounces at 9:15 p.m. to Samantha Wyatt Ayers and Cpl. Jarred Dwayne Ayers of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment.

Be bear aware while out and about this weekend

Commentary by Chris McCann JBER Public Affairs

Salmon season is in full swing, and whether you’re hitting the Kenai Peninsula for a sockeye run or up in the valley for silvers, keep an eye out for other wildlife. Moose often have calves with them this time of year, and the calves are old enough they might not be right next to the cow. That doesn’t mean that the mother won’t attack, though, so maintain situational awareness. The biggest threat now is bears – brown and black alike. Brown bears (also known as grizzly bears) are putting away fat stores in the form of salmon. That means they’re prowling the same waterways and salmon runs as most fishermen. Additionally, many sows have cubs just like the moose have calves, and they’re just as fiercely protective. On the Russian River, it’s not uncommon for fishermen to pull tackle out of the water and make way for a bear or family of bears. And while the cubs are cute, fluffy and adorably awkward as baby animals tend to be, they’re not made for snuggling. They’re learning to be lethal salmonkilling machines, and it’s a full-time job with their survival on the line. What is easier than catching salmon is catching the discarded carcasses, or the peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich you left on the bank behind you. Keep your pack and other gear close, and avoid bringing strong-smelling food. When a bear makes an appearance, attempt to avoid it and leave it an escape route. With bears, discretion is the better part of valor.

When hiking, make noise; if you find bear bells irritating, sing or talk loudly with other people in your group. Don’t wear headphones, and keep pets leashed – there’s no unpleasant surprise quite like your dog running back to you with an angry bear in tow. Be aware of bear scat in the area and when you see a bear in the area, maintain a safe distance. And never get between a sow and cubs. Bears are also prevalent in Anchorage and on JBER, so be aware of attractants around your home. Avoid placing trash and recycling bins outside the night before pickup. Wait until the morning – the extra five minutes it takes may save a bear’s life. If your community has bear-resistant dumpsters, ensure you use them properly. Many children aren’t strong enough to close and latch the doors. When you take out trash to a dumpster, be alert. Some people throw a rock at the dumpster before approaching to see if a bear pops its head out. Don’t put up bird feeders in the summer; seeds and nuts are a bear favorite. When grilling this summer, clean the grill thoroughly of any grease or spills, or let it cool and put it in the garage or shed. Your Independence Day picnic is just as delicious to bears as to your guests.

A mother brown bear and her two yearling cubs made an appearance amongst hundreds of fishermen along the Russian River, approximately 100 miles south of Anchorage, June 23. JBER personnel and their families should be aware of their surroundings and stay s a f e w h i l e e n j o y i n g A l a s k a ’s myriad outdoor activities during the Critical Days of Summer. (U.S. Air Force photos/Staff Sgt. Blake Mize)

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Retired Army Staff Sgt. Frank DeRosa, a World War II 793d Military Police Battalion veteran, delivers remarks before the battalion cases its colors. Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 793d MP, marked an impending nine-month deployment to Afghanistan during an Oct. 12 deployment ceremony at JBER’s Buckner Physical Fitness CenBy Petty Officer 3rd Class ter. HHD will function as the headquarters for other Jonathan Klingenberg companies from other states, and the consolidated 17th Coast Guard District unit will be known as Task Force Spartan. (U.S. Air Affairs Airmen of the 673d Security Forces Squadron advance in multiple formations asPublic part of civil-disturbance training. The Airmen Force photos/David Bedard) are preparing during Exercise Polar Force 12-7 for real-world situations. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Omari Bernard) Sgt. Brent S. Barnett-Lamothe The crew of a Coast Guard

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in Barrow, one was in Cold Bay and the remaining two were down WASHINGTON — The Federal Emerfor maintenance. gency Management Agency continues to Until a Jayhawk was available, coordinate federal government assistance – Air Station Kodiak was able to use including Department of Defense-provided their MH-65 Dolphin helicopters, a By David Bedard aid – to support states in response and reAir Station Kodiak Jayhawk hesmaller and shorter ranged helicopJBER Public Affairs covery of Hurricane Sandy, according to a licopter, tail number 6005, geared ter, to ferry parts and personnel to FEMA news release issued today. up and set out on a mission on the scene of the stranded Jayhawk. eployed to the other side of FEMA Administrator William Craig the evening of Oct. 11, in search More than four trips were made the world with the 793d MiliFugate continues to ensure federal partners of a crewman who was reported alternating between delivering tary Police Battalion, Army bring all available resources to bear to supoverboard from the fishing vessel crew, tools and parts necessary Staff Sgt. Frank DeRosa found port state, local, territorial and tribal comFlying Ocean southwest of Kodiak for the repairs. The maintenance himself in a place wholly difmunities in Hurricane Sandy-affected areas, Island near Shelikof Strait. crew, working to change out the PAO staff report ferent than his native Chicago. the release said. While the helicopter crew was tail gear box, where often dropped By Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf It had been a few years since a surprise “Our thoughts and prayers are with conducting a search pattern in an at the scene not long after sunrise A JBER noncommissioned officer died JBER Public Affairs attack on U.S. soil spurred military action on those in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic attempt to locate the missing man, and worked until sunset. In one from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot two major fronts to ensure American security states who’ve been affected by this storm. a caution light drew their attention instance the maintenance crew Sirens blared and a voice called over the wound early morning Oct. 10 while sitting and prosperity. But DeRosa wasn’t called We encourage individuals to continue to to a tail gearbox high oil temperastayed overnight, periodically firpublic address system. In response, Airmen in his car outside his home on Matthew Paul to action in response to the 9/11 attacks. He follow the direction of local officials so that ture indication. ing up the engines of the helicopter Way in Anchorage. donned gas masks and protective gear. Some was called because the Imperial Japanese first responders can focus on life saving ef“We had the potential of a very to stay warm. Sgt. Brent Steven Barnett-Lamothe, 25, Airmen searched around their building for Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on forts,” Fugate said in today’s FEMA release. real catastrophic failure of the tail According to Cmdr. John Holunexploded ordinance, while others checked of Highland, Calif., who was a signal NCO Dec. 7, 1941. “FEMA continues to provide the full support rotor drive system,” said Lt. Scott lingsworth, the Air Station Kodiak with the 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavpaper to see if the simulated attack was a DeRosa didn’t deploy to the rugged, of the federal government for the life-saving Wilkerson, one of two pilots on engineering officer, the time it alry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team chemical one. mountainous semi-arid eastern region of and life-sustaining activities such as search the mission. “That’s a helicopter would take to switch out a part like Although this scenario was an exercise (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, at JBER, Afghanistan like his modern counterparts and rescue, power restoration and debris pilot’s worst nightmare. You lose the tail gear box would be close to was found dead at the scene by the Anchorthat happened last week on Joint Base are scheduled to in the coming weeks. The removal that remains the top priorities of the tail rotor and the aircraft is gotwo days with optimal conditions, Elmendorf-Richardson, it provided effective age Police Department officers. retired Soldier deployed to the pastoral state, tribal and local governments.” ing to want to spin, which was a in house. In the field however, esThe incident is under investigation by training to keep JBER ready to handle such expanse of World War II France, where he Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta divery real possibility, but we were pecially in a remote location like Force Staff Sgt.Department. Albert Brown communicates with the flight deck crew of an E-3 Anchorage Police events and prepare for the 2014 Operational theAir helped secure the Allied supply route known rected the Department of Defense to provide all prepared. We executed emerLow Cape, repairs took six days Sentry Airborne Warning System aircraft prior to take off at JBER, during Barnett-Lamothe joinedand theControl Army in Readiness Inspection. as the Red Ball Express. Air Station Kodiak crewmembers work to complete repairs of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter’s tail gear due in part to weather. gency procedures to try andtostack Exercise Polar Forceat 12-7 Oct. 24. The was designed test base prepared- any available disaster response resources and was stationed JBER since Mayexercise Polar Force 12-7 was designed Police Battalion commander, fromin 2005 box in the remote location of Low Cape at the south end of Kodiak Island Oct. In the field, such a reNearly 67 years after completing his Army Lt. Col. Stephen Gabavics, 793d Military “Our oddsAircraft in our favor, but we knew The tail gear box was sucnessHe forrecently variousreturned scenarios. Brown is athe 962nd Maintenance Unit E-3 crew chief 2011. from a 10-month Oshkosh, Wis., and Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan Lynch, 793d MP command sergeant pair can take more than six days to complete. The same repair would take two days at the air station’s wartime service with the 793d MP, DeRosa it was only Sgt. a matter of time before cessfully repaired on Tuesday, but See Polar Force, Page A-3 deployment See Response, Page A-3 from Redding, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Robert Barnett) major, from Mineola, N.Y., case the battalion colors held by Spc. Rick Flowers of Hatto Afghanistan. maintenance shop. (Photo courtesy of Air Station Kodiak) it failed on us.” due to weather, the crew of the See Military Police, Page A-3 tiesburg, Miss. The next of kin have been notified. The Jayhawk crew called in a grounded Jayhawk, was not able mayday and quickly executed an out on location before they could the crew and cameraman from the helicopter. to perform trial flights until the emergency landing to the beach move the helicopter again. This the beach. They launched their “The Hickory played a vital following day. With the success of at Low Cape at the south end of was only one of their problems small boat crew and headed to the role in ensuring the safe recovery the trial flight the helicopter crew Marines to overcome, Airman 1st Class Kodiak Island, more than 85 miles however; darkness was setting in had of our folks,” said Cmdr. Mark returned safely to Kodiak. stranded helicopter from crew. things their clothes Omari Bernard southwest of the air station. and a Kodiak brown bear was spot-like layering Hollingsworth explained that a According to Wilkerson, it felt Vislay, operations officer, Coast and keeping to rescue. the issues JBER Public Affairs zone. likewarm a surf Theoffollowing Guard Air Station Kodiak. “In field level repair is one of the most By Airman 1st Class The planning for the rekey “It’s something that we train ted not far from the landing batteries not as long. made After the small Alaska we are called on to cover challenging tasks to accomplish, for,” Wilkerson said. Along with All four helicopter crewmembers seaslasting and darkness Omari Bernard begins six months out. Members econnaissance Marines that first day, validated their many other types of equipment and one Al Roker Entertainment boatthey landing extremely challenging vast distances and operate with especially in Alaska, and with JBER Public Affairs of COMSEC communicate with from the Force Reconandthe procedures to the techniques but he added Hickory coxswain very little infrastructure. The bears in the area. the maintainers four months out.failures and emergency situation cameraman had to retreattactics, naissance Company, 1st forbear the elements they encountered training, Wilkerson explained helicopter and wait until the “To say this is a professional made the best of a very difficult sit- ability to self rescue our crews is A team of Airmen from the “We would never be able to Reconnaissance Batand beganuation the reconnaissance and that, as helicopter pilots, they are moved on. and deftly maneuvered the critical whether that takes the form group of people who went down 3rd Wing and the 673d Air Base accomplish this without the Airtalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif., portion theirfrom tem-the beach of launching another aircrew to get there to do the job would be an unrequired to go through simulated The Coast Guard Cuttersurveillance Hick- small boat of to and Wing here helped JBER become men working around the clock,” performed a high-altitude lowporary deployment tail rotor failure training annually. ory crew and a Kodiak-based recoveringtraining. all the crewmembers them or in this case relying on the derstatement,” said Hollingsworth. the first base in the Air Force to Cogburn said. “They are all profesopening jump and parachuted in They safely went through various support of the cutter.” “We hand-picked these guys, we and returning to the cutter. successfully rekey all of their F-22 sionals and individually want to After safely touching down and HC-130 Hercules airplane crew through the frigid Alaska air Oct. training as urban upon further inspection of the tail were both operating nearby and missions With such the crew safe aboard The stranded helicopter is one knew that their talents and abiliRaptors for the next year. complete the mission. Sometimes, 18. training, theythe forcefully rotor, the crew found that all the responded to the helicopterraid crew’s thewhere Hickory, command at Air of five MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters ties were far beyond anyone else The effort of maintainers from you have to pry them off the maFor four days, they stayed in The focused Marineson devel- stationed in Kodiak. At the time of on the hangar deck, and their level oil had drained out of the gear box mayday. The Hickory’sbreached crew buildings. Station Kodiak the 3rd Maintenance Group and the chine.” the subarctic elements where other also performed clearing with and it would require being changed quickly made plans to extract opingroom a salvage plan to recover the emergency, one helicopter was of professionalism is boundless.” communications security office of “Over the years, just the reMarines who were embedded in buddy teams and live-fire training the 673d ABW directly contributed lationship we have – the level of their platoon evaluated them, beas well as their bread and butter to this accomplishment. As a direct respect that they have for us and we fore the unit was picked up. reconnaissance and surveillance result, JBER has been first to anhave for them and our ability with The Marines left San Diego, mission. nually rekey all their F-22s, not communication,” he said. Calif., with 86-degree balmy one training scenario, the MaintenanceIndiscipline.................A-2 JBER and the Municipality of once, not twice, but three years in Rekeying the jets this year was weather, said Marine Capt. ChrisMarines planned a tactical recovAnchorage will test the “Energy a row – setting the pace and stana challenge, Coleman said. “If that JBER Raptors refuel......................A-2 topher Brock, future operations Marine Cpl. Charles ery of aircraft and personnel, where Cegan, Chugach dard for other bases operating the material is not1st in Reconnaissance that jet, then that Battalion, steels himself for the cold of theBriefs and announcements...........A-7 Watch” system Tuesday from 6 to officer with 1st Recon. They em- mountains, while in a UH-60 Black Hawk, Oct 18. Cegan was moulaged to play the role of an both 176th Pararescue Airmen and Raptor. jetriding is considered broken.” 8 p.m. to gauge how much natural Hispanic Heritage Month...............B-1 barked on a four-hour flight and aircraft crash victim. the Reconnaissance Marines paraAir Force “Every year we meet up with “If(U.S. you have a fleetPhoto/Airman that is actu- 1st Class Omari Bernard) arrived in Alaska airspace via chutedfriend’s into an aptly named landing gas can be saved through conserthe maintainers and discuss the ally flying, then we have a small Airman saves life.............B-2 of the JBER-Richardson Range. 15 degree winds,” Brock said. “It temperature with the gear they C-130 Hercules. zone in a valley between mountains challenges,” said Eric Coleman, window of time to figure out how Community Calendar.....................B-3 vation efforts. For more informa“Next thing to they know, was atheir big fldeal There, they had to transition the 673d ABW COMSEC Security do this andthey not impede y- the first day or so. have. What things worked and code named Drop Zone Geronimo. of the back of A lot of it was survival mode, how what things didn’t.” Sports.............................................B-4 tion, visit JBER Energy Watch’s from the warm temperature of San are jumping out ing Manager. “Last year, the fleet was mission,” heaexplained. Facebook page. See Recon, Page A-3 C-130 at 11,000 feet into negative they were going to deal with the He gave examples of things the Diego to the subarctic temperatures grounded so it was simple to do. Four members were recognized This year with them constantly flyand coined by Air Force Col. Brian $ IN THOUSANDS ing, we have to work around their Duffy Commander of the 673d 330 schedules. Basically, we worked ABW, and Air Force Col. Dirk around the clock (shift work) with Smith, commander of the 3rd 290 our maintainers in order to get our An F-22 Raptor of the 3rd Wing’s 90th Fighter Squadron taxis, Sept. 17. The F-22 was deployed toStay Wing, for their accomplishments Arctic Tough..........................A-2 As of Thursday, JBER troops 250 fleet rekeyed.” that represented the synchronizaAndersen Air Force Base, Guam, as part of the Theater Security Package. Despite having a sizeableCoast 210 Guard Hercules...................A-2 and civilian employees have The rekey of the F-22 is the proportion of their Raptor fleet deployed to Andersen, Airmen of 3rd Wing and 673d Air Base Wing tion of the team and the foundation 170 and announcements...........A-7 given $139,700 to Combined communications security portion were able rekey their F-22s before any other Raptor base was able to accomplish the same feat. (U.S.Briefs of this accomplishment. 130 Federal Campaign charities, of the aircraft maintenance. Like Air Force photo/Senior Airman Carlin Leslie) “Today at we the recognize four inHalloween hospital.............B-1 90 the keys to a car, the rekey is vital dividuals for their excellence and 42 percent of JBER’s goal Chaplain’s Corner..........................B-2 to the operations of the F-22. helps to establish a secure line of to be changed out,” he said. “The assistant manager. leadership,” Smith said during the 50 of $330,000 total before the Calendar.....................B-3 “We don’t actually key the communication. whole F-22 fleet changes out an“They have a good understand-Community coin ceremony. “But you really are 10 campaign ends Nov. 9. jets ourselves,” Coleman said. “It is not strictly between nually.” ing of what our job is,” ColemanPotstanding on the shoulders of many can cause psychosis..............B-4 “We work hand-in-hand with the aircraft,” Coleman said. “It is De“I can’t stress enough the im- said. “We have a good understand- others that worked as a team, with maintainers. The actual maintain- partment of Defense wide, since it portance of the teamwork portion ing of what their job is. With that your leadership, to accomplish this ers are the ones that go out and involves everyone, it is important between the COMSEC office and kind of understanding, we know achievement. We know there are touch the jet.” that we are all communicating the maintainers that were out in the what to expect – look for ways to scores of additional Airmen and The rekey itself is a change correctly.” cold doing the work,” said Tech. help them out and make the process civilians that deserve a piece of made to the encryption key and “Every year the material needs Sgt. Samuel Cogburn, COMSEC easier.” this recognition as well.”

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We are located at 629 Hollywood Drive (right outside the Government Hill gate) For more information or transportation contact us at (907) 272-2252 or www.lighthousealaska.org

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