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Artillery captain top student at Indian army school

By Army Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith 4-25th IBCT Public Affairs

Army Col. Peter Andrysiak speaks during the ceremony in which he took command of the 2d Engineer Brigade at Hangar 1 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Thursday. Andrysiak takes over for Army Col. Thomas Roth in commanding the unit, the heritage of which dates back to the early 1940s and conflict in World War II and Korea. The brigade was reactivated in September of 2011 on JBER, and deploys Soldiers around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Ty-Rico Lea)

Andrysiak now in command of 2d Engineers

By Air Force Staff Sgt. Blake Mize JBER Public Affairs In a ceremony with roots that pre-date the United States itself, Army Col. Peter Andrysiak took command of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s 2d Engineer Brigade from Army Col. Thomas Roth Aug. 22 at Hangar 1 on JBER. The 2d Eng. Bde. is a modular deployable headquarters able to function as a higher headquarters for several subordinate engineer units, and could potentially function as a joint headquarters including Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine components. Andrysiak is the second commander of the 2d Eng. Bde. since it was activated on JBER Sept. 21, 2011. As commander, Andrysiak will oversee the preparation and deployment of two battalion headquarters, six companies, two detachments and two teams in support of operations in the Central Command area of responsibility and throughout Pacific Command. “Without question, the privilege to command Soldiers is the goal of every professional officer,” Andrysiak said. “The opportunity to serve alongside the very best our nation has to offer has no equal. These selfless Soldiers,

noncommissioned officers, officers and their families are the one percent of our nation who volunteered to pursue this noble calling. They made this decision in a time of war knowing the risks. They are the reason we have the world’s finest Army.” Although the 2d Eng. Bde. has only been active on JBER for two years, it can trace its roots all the way back to the 1940s. “Though the recent history of the 2nd Eng. Bde. may be light, its World War II and Korean conflict history is rich with valuable

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lessons,” Andrysiak said. “I am confident that the Soldiers and leaders of this brigade will give their best effort to tackle today’s complicated mission sets.” Roth spoke fondly of his time as commander of 2d Eng. Bde., which began when the unit was activated. “I am humbled to have been the commander of the 2d Engineer Brigade.,” he said. “To command the superb Soldiers standing here today, those on duty at some other location and those who came before is the highlight of my Army career.”

The 2d Engineer Brigade traces its lineage to the 2d Engineer Amphibian Brigade, activated at Camp Edwards, Mass., in June 1942, as part of the U.S. Army Engineer Amphibian Command. Before it was inactivated in 1955, the brigade conducted 82 combat landings in World War II. It also supported the initial amphibious invasion at Inchon, Korea, in 1950. The brigade was reactivated at Joint Base ElmendorfRichardson in September 2011, as part of U.S. Army Alaska. Soldiers of the brigade have deployed to Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

962nd AACS coordinates Red Flag Alaska 13-3 By Air Force Staff Sgt. Joe Chignola 962 AACS With aircraft from multiple nations and joint U.S. forces training together in realistic combat practice, Red Flag-Alaska offers a truly dynamic experience for participants. Because the exercise is large-scale, takes place over a two-week period in multiple locations, and involves joint and coalition forces, the Airmen and aircraft of the 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron play a critical role in the action. Red Flag-Alaska 13-3 began Aug. 12th and concluded Aug. 23rd. It was operated from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The 962nd AACS operates the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System platform. The E-3 chiefly contributes as an ‘eye in the sky,’ said Royal Canadian Air Force Maj. Darren MacIsaac, an E-3 mission crew commander. He said the E-3 oversees

the planned mission, provides accountability of forces and threat awareness for fighters and other assets as well as air refueling management, de-confliction and coordination of combat searchand-rescue assets. The E-3 also functions as a conduit of information for other participants, MacIsaac said. This information enables the 962nd, sister services and coalition partners gain valuable experience in what an actual large-scale conflict might look like. They also learn what it takes to win the war in a safe training environment. “We get to see many more organizations and aircraft that we normally would in our training,” said Air Force 1st Lt. Denise White, 962nd AACS air weapons officer and Red Flag project officer for the unit. “We are really able to validate our tactics, techniques, and procedures,” she said. White said the integration with other nations and organizations while controlling the battle space is a challenge and a benefit during Red Flag exercises.

The 962nd Airmen work with command and control assets such as the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force’s E-767 AWACS and Royal Australian Air Force’s E-7 Wedgetail AWACS. Also, the Republic of Korea and Japanese Air Self-Defense Force fighter aircraft, along with Marine Corps F-18 Hornets, Air Force and Marine Corps KC-135 Stratotanker air refueling tankers, and Navy EA-18G Growler aircraft, make up the active components with which the 962nd coordinated. With Red Flag simulating the sometimes chaotic nature of battle and all that goes into succeeding in such an environment, the 962nd and the crew of the E-3 is better prepared for the inherent stresses of an actual large scale use of force. Crew coordination on the E-3 is critical to mission success, as the greater number of aircraft and maneuvers means a greater need for airspace control than usual. This also adds to the daunting task of maintaining a stable airframe, equipment and

communications on the aircraft itself. Proper flow of information and coordination between all participating agencies is critical to the E-3’s management of contingency situations. The exercise creates more opportunities to experience these contingencies -- such as a loss of an air refueling tanker due to maintenance issues or inclement weather in the airspace. White described how challenging it was for the E-3 crews to consider their own capabilities and limitations, but also all other players’ capabilities and limitations and how to employ those assets in battle. “Command and control has been pivotal since the Battle of Britain,” White said. “The 962 AACS’s integration in Red Flag-Alaska is is just another example of an enduring legacy that proves the ‘Eyes of the Eagle’ are here to stay.”

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Eleven weeks of rigorous high-elevation training in India culminated with the “Best Student” trophy awarded to U.S. Army artillery officer Capt. Matthew Hickey with the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. Hickey, a 26-year-old officer hailing from St. Paul, Minn., attended two courses while training at the Indian Army’s HighAltitude Warfare School in the Himalayan mountain range near Sonamarg in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Hickey’s first course in high-altitude training was the Mountain Warfare Basic Course, which lasted seven weeks. He successfully completed the basic course and spent another four weeks at the Mountain Warfare Advance Course, where he distinguished himself by earning the best student award. Mountain Warfare Basic training began in early May 2013 with a class size of approximately 225 service members. The top 75 students progressed to the Mountain Warfare Advance Course which was completed in late July. Hickey said HAWS, which dates back to India’s inception in the 1940’s, is a wellknown and prestigious school within the Indian Army and around the world. “It’s akin to our Airborne school a little bit, like how we pioneered this idea of putting paratroopers behind enemy lines … HAWS is kind of like that. It has evolved into this very important and advanced mountain warfare school that has a training side and an operation side, and it has a lot of strategic value…It was a neat place to be at because of the history associated with it.” High-Altitude Warfare School students are predominately Indian Soldiers, but Hickey was joined by three other American Soldiers: a sergeant first class from the 1st Special Forces Group, a sergeant first class with the 19th Special Forces Group, and a staff sergeant with the 2nd Ranger Battalion. Hickey’s class also included soldiers from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Botswana and Bhutan. Main curriculum points at HAWS include mountain warfare and survival skills. “It’s just as much of a warfare course as it is a mountaineering course … Everything is taught with military operations in mind. It’s not just, ‘How do I climb a mountain?’ It’s, ‘How do I get a lot of Soldiers to a particular place on the mountain to achieve a particular objective?’” According to Hickey, the course is broken down into five rated categories: Rock Craft, Ice Craft, Endurance Testing, Tactical Operations, and Written Exams. Rock craft, the school’s core curriculum, measures a Soldier’s skills in knot tying, rope fixing, rock climbing, and choosing the best route to employ a group of Soldiers for a cliff assault. Ice craft measures skills in traveling across glaciers and establishing camps in a snowbound environment. An endurance test is performed every week. The test includes running over undulating terrain for distances typically ranging between 10 to 15 km. Soldiers are tested in low-oxygen, high-elevation conditions of around 12,000 feet while carrying loads ranging between 20 to 50 pounds. The tactical exercises, generally 36-hours in length, employ skills learned at the school. Tasks include moving squads and platoons through mountainous terrain in order to set up patrol bases to conduct combat operations. All events were graded, and upon completion of the course, written exams were taken. The daily routine was physically demanding. Rock craft required a hike of anywhere between eight to 15 kilometers

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‘Guardian Angels’ save hunter mauled by bruin Air Force pararescuemen from the 212th Rescue Squadron and members of B Company, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, load a “casualty” into an Air Force HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter. Training like this helped them reach the hunter Aug. 16. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Alaska Air National Guard Press release CAMP DENALI, Alaska — Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued a man, in the early morning hours of Aug. 16, who was mauled by a brown bear 30 nautical miles north of Anaktuvuk Pass. Initially the North Slope Bureau Search and Rescue Department deployed teams that attempted to reach the victim, who was part of a guided hunting party, on multiple occasions by helicopter but were turned back because of dense fog in the area. After the North Slope Bureau’s final attempt to reach the victim was again hampered by weather, they called the Alaska State Troopers requesting assistance. Ultimately, Troopers were unable to execute the mission also because of the poor weather conditions. The 11th Air Force Rescue Coordination Center contacted Troopers and the North Slope Borough Aug. 15 regarding another ongoing mission and realized the two agencies were having difficulty reaching this bear mauling victim. According to the RCC, the man had been suffering for approximately 36 hours with severe injuries and possible loss of life, so the RCC offered assistance to Troopers and the North Slope Borough with the

mission. Both accepted the offer and requested the RCC to proceed. The Alaska Air National Guard’s 211th Rescue Squadron launched an HC-130 King aircraft from Joint Base ElmendorfRichardson with an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crew onboard from the 210th Rescue Squadron along with Guardian Angel pararescue teams from the 212th Rescue Squadron. “The HC-130 transported the HH-60 aircrew and Guardian Angels to Eielson Air Force Base where a Pave Hawk helicopter was prepositioned,” said Master Sgt. Armando Soria, a search and rescue controller with the 11th Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. “It is a common practice to save on fuel and to maximize our required

crew rest.” By 12:27 a.m. Aug. 16, both the HC-130 and HH-60, with Guardian Angel teams on both airframes, launched from Eielson en route to the location of the victim and arrived on site shortly before 3 a.m. The victim, who had sustained severe blood loss, was stabilized by medical professional who happened to be in a neighboring hunting group. “The medical professional was able to get to the victim shortly after the attack,” Soria said. “He was able to decrease the blood loss and maintain life until help could arrive. The pararescuemen credit him for saving the man’s life. He provided expert care with limited resource for several hours, ultimately stabilizing, warming and rehydrating the victim.”

The Pave Hawk was able to land near the site, and the patient was loaded onto the helicopter for transport to Fairbanks. The Guardian Angel team onboard the Pave Hawk continued to stabilize the victim on the flight back, and he was delivered to medical care on the ground at Eielson Air Force Base at 4:55 a.m., then transferred to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital via ambulance. Fog on the ground at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital prevented the helicopter from landing directly there. According to the RCC, the mission was made difficult because the weather in Anaktuvuk Pass dropped from scattered ceilings at 7,500 feet when the crews departed Anchorage to overcast ceilings at 400 feet when they were leaving Eielson. Further, the crews were operating during the darkest part of night-time hours on night vision goggles. The HC-130 had to dispense illumination flares to help the helicopter crew get through the pass and find the site and guide them back through the pass on the return. The HC-130 also flew ahead of the HH60 to find the best weather and provided fuel between cloud layers at night to the helicopter. The Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons were awarded one save for this mission.

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TFrom X INDIA, A1 from base camp to arrive at the training site, while the ice craft portion required an ascent from 12,000 to 14,000 feet to get to its training area. “It hardens people…It’s difficult to live and operate in a mountainous environment,” said Hickey. “The course was taught in Hindi … It was translated to us, but a lot of the language of mountaineering is not necessarily spoken. It’s in the actions: tying knots, inspecting knots, inspecting harnesses, knowing the sequences, so it wasn’t all that difficult to pick up on things, even when it was in Hindi.” Learning mountain warfare was the biggest objective for Hickey, but he also obtained insight into the Indian culture and how the Indian Army operates. He said Indian cultural norms hold economic and social status in high regard, and these fundamental norms reciprocate into their Army and how they operate militarily. “The Indian Army is hard working. Their enlisted Soldiers work extremely hard … When their Soldiers get into the Army they are excited to get the opportunity to prove to the junior commissioned officers, and the officers that they are capable of accomplishing things.” “As much as I learned about mountaineering and military tactics, I learned just as much about the Indian culture and how it affects the way they do their operations.” “I developed some relationships with some of their NCOs and their officers, both on the student side and the instructor side, that hopefully I can maintain as we (U.S.) and India continue to develop a relationship.” In another cultural and humorous learning opportunity, Hickey’s roommate, an officer from Kyrgyzstan, showed up at the training with little guidance and a small amount of gear. “We called him Eddie. He was a lieutenant from Kyrgyzstan. His real name was Elzair Abdykaimov. When he showed up, he said his real name, and he said it kind of funny, so I told him I would call him Eddie if it was alright, which he said it was alright to.” “My name for almost the entire time was Michael instead of Matthew,” Hickey said. “They couldn’t pronounce my last name either, so my name was Capt. Michael Hankey, instead of Matthew Hickey. I knew I was going to butcher a lot of their names, so if Michael Hankey was easy, I was good with it, same thing with Eddie.” “Everybody was pretty laid back and low key. Even some of

By Jim Garamone Armed Forces Press Service

Army Capt. Mathew Hickey (left), with the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, leads the way up a steep slope while on his way to winning an endurance test during training at the Indian Army’s High-Altitude Warfare School June 10 near Sonamarg, Jammu and Kashmir, India. (Courtesy photo)

the instructors, if they had difficult names we would just give them a nickname, and they loved it. We would nickname guys after animals. We had Rhino, and Cobra, and Tiger, and all sorts of stuff, and they loved it. It was a lot of fun.” Abdykaimov spoke very little English, and did not know Hindi. He relied on another officer from Tajikistan, Lt. Rajabov Umedjon, to translate English and Hindi to his primary language, which was Russian. “The funny thing about Eddie was, not only did he not speak English or Hindi, and he was at this course where they only spoke English and Hindi, he didn’t know what course he was going to. His Army just kind of sent him out, telling him he is going to this course in India…So all he brought with him was one suitcase. In it he had his combat uniform, his boots, his beret, he brought a couple of gifts from Kyrgyzstan, and the rest of it was full of Marlboro red cigarettes.”

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“And, that’s all he brought with him … Eddie had never climbed a day in his life. He didn’t know anything about mountaineering, and by the end of the course, he was the number one rock climber,” Hickey said. “It was pretty remarkable how he just showed up there, not knowing what he was going to do, not even knowing what people were saying, and he just had this incredible natural ability to feel the rock, and understand balance, and rhythm, and the techniques associated with rock climbing. By the end, he was head and shoulders above anyone else.” “In between every rock climb, and in between every endurance event, and before PT, he’d be sitting there smoking a Marlboro cigarette … He was just going with the flow – so long as he had a cigarette nearby, he’d be doing just fine.” “Eddie and I got to know each other pretty well. His English improved, and then for some reason

it got worse as the course went on, so we goofed around about that. I’ll stay in touch with Eddie. He has a bright future. So does Umed (Rajabov Umedjon), from Tajikistan. I probably became closest friends with those guys. Any time you go to a foreign school, and you find some other foreign officers, you kind of latch on, because you have that in common.” In addition to the Best Student award, Hickey was given a pin for his uniform, and officially certified in the Indian Army’s Basic, and Advanced Mountain Warfare courses. He said he was honored to be one of four American service members selected for the training. “It’s important to understand that the High Altitude Warfare School has a long history…Ever since the 1940s they have been doing some remarkable stuff, so High Altitude Warfare School is regarded as one of the top and most prestigious schools in their army.” Army Capt. Mathew Hickey (left), with the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, a native of St. Paul, Minn., and Indian Army Maj. Sanat Kumar, pause for a photo after reaching the summit of Machoi Peak July 7, 2013 in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Hickey and Kumar were there for training at the Indian Army’s High-Altitude Wa r f a r e S c h o o l . (Courtesy Photo)

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WASHINGTON — Department of Defense facilities are gearing up to issue identification cards to same-sex spouses beginning Sept. 3, Pentagon officials said today. “All spousal and family benefits, including ID cards, will be made available no later than September 3, 2013,” said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen. The Supreme Court decision to overturn portions of the Defense of Marriage Act made it possible for the department to recognize samesex marriages. “The department will make the same benefits available to all military spouses, regardless of sexual orientation, as long as service member-sponsors provide a valid marriage certificate from a jurisdiction – including those overseas – that recognizes samesex marriage,” Christensen said. Entitlements such as basic allowance for housing and family separation allowance are retroactive to the date of the Supreme Court’s decision – June 26, 2013. For service members married after that date, the entitlements will be paid from the date of the marriage. TRICARE is tied to the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. TRICARE will be available to same-sex spouses beginning Sept. 3. There are 15 countries that recognize same-sex marriage. In the United States, 13 states and the District of Columbia recognize it. Many U.S. service members live in jurisdictions that do not recognize same-sex marriages. As operational requirements permit, commanders may allow military personnel up to 10 days of nonchargeable leave for the purpose of travelling to a jurisdiction that allows same-sex couples to be married if they are stationed more than 100 miles from one of those areas. “Personnel stationed within the continental United States may receive up to seven days non-chargeable leave and those stationed at overseas assignments may receive up to 10 days non-chargeable leave,” Christensen said.

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Sappers battle for title of best Soldier, NCO

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By Air Force 2nd Lt. Michael Harrington JBER Public Affairs Most of us would prefer to fish in Ship Creek – not dangle inches above it. Laden with 35-pound packs, boots and M-4 rifles, 30 Soldiers did just that – and more – as they sweated through four exhaustive days of physical and mental competition to be named the 6th Engineer Battalion’s “Best Engineer.” From Aug. 12 to 15, top NCOs and Soldiers competed in written tests, a non-standard physical fitness test, land navigation, weapons round-robin, reflexive fire, marching, water crossings, rappelling, drill and ceremony, urban orienteering, obstacle courses and faced a board of senior NCOs. This was the first best engineer competition not specific to a certain military occupation or skillset. Army Lt. Col. William Conde, 6th Engineer Battalion commander, said his team sought to build an event which emphasized Sol-

A Soldier, assigned to the 6th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), crosses Ship Creek on a single-rope bridge during the unit’s Best Soldier Competition Aug. 14. (U.S. Air Force photos/Justin Connaher)

dier skills over more job-specific abilities. “The higher-stress training of the competition was geared toward what we expect them to do in combat,” he said. “The competitors were some of the best Soldiers and NCOs in their companies already, and we needed something even more difficult to challenge them

fully.” Most of the tasks were common skills with an extra combat and competitive edge. The non-standard physical fitness test, for instance, was administered with no rest between events – which included a draining sequence of tire flips, kettle bell swings, bear crawls, elevated

Spc. Travis Hebig, assigned to the 6th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), strains to pump out one last elevated pull-up in a non-standard physical fitness test during the unit’s Best Soldier Competition, Aug. 13. Competition events include a written test, a non-standard PT test, land navigation, weapons proficiency, a road march, drill and ceremony, common tasks testing, urban orienteering, rappelling, an obstacle course and appearing before a board of senior noncommissioned officers.

Sgt. Nick Gilbert, assigned to the 6th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), rappells down a cliff overlooking Ship Creek Aug. 14. Soldiers of the battalion competed for best Soldier and NCO during a three-day event.

pull-ups and a shuttle run with two ammunition cans. Soldiers began the third day in the dark, trekking with their packs through the woods on a rough and narrow trail marked with tape. Outlined against the backdrop of a gray and drizzly morning, the Soldiers stood at the summit of a stark ravine above the Ship Creek dam in northern Anchorage. The Soldiers rappelled down the rocky face, testing their footing and their nerve, lowering themselves as quickly as they dared. Next they reached a onerope bridge stretched between the riverbanks, where most clambered rapidly through the first two-thirds of the passage. Shooting out over the rushing waters and the rocks, the barrel of his rifle dipping to inches away from the surface, Spc. Steve Sersha, 240th Engineer Company, thought he was across. Starting to feel the efforts of the past hours and days, he stopped and looked back. “Suddenly, I still had ten or fifteen feet left to go,” he said. He wasn’t alone. Most competitors said they found their limbs tired from three physical days and a twelve-mile march, straining and pulling against a suddenly heavier gravity with the far shore a few taunting yards away. Most made it, however, with some posting times of less than 20 seconds. The reflexive-fire event showcased the battalion’s efforts to heighten the realism of its units’ training and strengthen Soldier skills. Course cadre led the competitors in calisthenics and physical training until their turns were called. On a timer, Soldiers evacuated a Humvee and then hauled a “wounded” 150-pound plastic dummy to the firing line. Fellow Soldiers and senior NCOs

joined in to offer instruction and encouragement to the competitors, politely reminding them the proper sequence of target – a rapid sequence of shapes, levels, positions and ranges – and the handling of their weapons – right- and lefthanded, as well as M-9 pistols at close range. “The key is to block out the noise and just cancel out all the stress and the screaming in your ears,” said Army Sgt. Robert Blanco, Forward Support Company, the top scorer on the test. “It carries over into combat. Your surroundings are chaotic, and you know how to react.” For others the most grueling moments came indoors. Each of the competitors underwent a rigorous uniform inspection, trading grime and grit for polish and, in a few cases, more than they had bargained for in spit. One Soldier, hesitating in his recitation of the Ranger’s Creed, found himself doing one-armed push-ups until he delivered it cleanly. Ribbon racks and insignia were measured to fractions-offractions of an inch. The event sought to strengthen espirit de corps, bolster unit pride and challenge Soldiers and NCOs in rigorous competition against themselves and their surroundings. “It was challenging but generic enough that any Soldier or NCO in any company could compete on an equal playing field,” Conde said. “There’s nothing really hard, specifically. You just don’t quit,” Blanco emphasized. “I probably would not do it again next week,” Sersha said. “But I’d definitely do it again.” Army Sgt. Kyle Ashley, 56th Engineer Company (Vertical) won the NCO category, and Pfc. Ryan Fitzhugh, 23rd Sapper Company, captured victory among the junior enlisted members.

Spc. Steve Buchta, assigned to 6th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), shows his nervousness prior to appearing before a board during the unit’s Best Soldier Competition Aug. 15.

ABOVE: Sgt. Nick Gilbert, assigned to the 6th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), takes a knee in exhaustion in a non-standard physical fitness test during the unit’s Best Soldier Competition. The grueling competition, over a three-day period, involved all aspects of Soldier fitness. “I wouldn’t do it again next week, but I’d do it again,” said competitor Spc. Steve Sersha. (U.S. Air Force photo/Justin Connaher) LEFT: Spc. Ryan Valente of the 6th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), makes his way across a single-rope bridge over Ship Creek as part of the competition. Many Soldiers clocked times of less than 20 seconds in crossing the bridge – and some fell into the water. The event was just one of many designed to tax Soldiers’ brains and brawn to determine the best in the battalion. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Michael Harrington)

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Disposition of effects Air Force Capt. Kyle Van Peursem, 3rd Operations Support Squadron, is authorized to make disposition of personal effects of Senior Airman Lee Davis, 3rd OSS, as stated in Air Force Instruction 34-511. Any person or persons having claims for or against the estate of the deceased should contact Van Peursem at (907) 552-4504. Special Operations recruitment The Special Operations Recruiting Battalion team will visit JBER Aug. 26 through 29 at the Education Center on JBER-R. Aug. 26 through 28, briefings for Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations will be conducted at 10 a.m., and for Special Forces at noon daily. An Army Physical Fitness Test will be administered Aug. 29 at 8 a.m. For information, call (253) 967-0284. Fill station limitations Until further notice mid-grade and premium-grade fuel will be unavailable at the AAFES Joint Mall Express gas station. Please see the JBER-Elmendorf Express for premium fuel or the JBER-Richardson Express for mid-grade and premium fuel needs. Please address questions and concerns to AAFES Joint Mall Express at 753-0323. 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, 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 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. 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. MiCare registration MiCare, the online personal health record and secure messaging application, has been available to patients and medical group staff at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson since 2011. Patients can take advantage of the ability to communicate with their primary care clinicians online. Registered patients also have access to electronic records, al-

lowing them to view and maintain their health records. Once registered, patients have the ability to participate in the study by completing a short series of surveys during the course of the next year. This provides an opportunity for all active-duty, retired and dependent patients to have an impact on shaping the future of Air Force health services. To register, visit the Military Treatment Facility, where enrollment specialists are available in each primary care clinic. All beneficiaries who are enrolled in the family health, pediatrics, flight medicine and internal medicine clinics are eligible to participate. Patients need to show a military identification card and provide information, including name, social security number, birthday and email address. The enrollment specialist will enter the information and patients will receive an email which contains a link and instructions for completing the process. Rental Partnership The Rental Partnership Program at JBER is available to all eligible active-duty members and consists of two options. The first option, RPP Plus, includes utilities and sometimes cable costs providing an easier budget with a set rental payment year round. The other option, RPP 5 Percent below market, saves the member five percent off the rental fee that other tenants pay however utilities are paid for by the tenant. Both options are made available with no deposits or fees to the member with the exclusion of pet fees as applicable. This program is designed to provide active-duty military personnel, enlisted and officers, accompanied and unaccompanied with affordable off-base housing. An allotment must be executed under either option of the RPP for the rental payments which is made directly to the landlord resulting in a more trouble free transactions. JBER-Elmendorf can see RPP

officials at the Capital Asset Management Office, Building 6346, Arctic Warrior Drive, or call at 552-4328 or 552-4374 for further information and assistance regarding this program. At JBER-Richardson, visit the Housing Management Office, Building 600, Richardson Drive, or call at 384-3088 or 384-7632. Hazard communication All workplace supervisors should be aware of the new, basewide, changes to the hazard communication program for hazardous materials, which is effective immediately. These changes have been introduced through various multimedia presentations sent out by both the 673d Aeromedical Squadron Public Health, and bioenvironmental engineering flights. Each Industrial work area, Army or Air Force, is required to have an individual HAZMAT/ HAZCOM program established per Air Force Instruction 90-821, Hazard Communication and Occupational Safety. Training presentations have been emailed to all shop/flight supervision; which detail the numerous changes to be made. Compliance with these changes is mandated at a federal level by 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.1200, Occupational Safety and Health Standards. For an additional copy of the mentioned training, or for a more detailed explanation of all changes, call the Bio-environmental Flight at 384-0482. Quartermaster Laundry The Quartermaster Laundry, located at 726 Quartermaster Road, cleans TA-50 gear for free and is open Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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

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107 Homes for Sale /Wasilla

200 Apts. for Rent/Palmer

large home on 2.07 Ac. Incl. 24x24 shop bldg., $197,000 Call 916-715-9587

Must be in-state. One item per ad. 4 lines. Price must appear in ad. Must be $200 or less. Private parties only. No firewood, animals, rentals, employment, etc. 8) Items only for sale. 9) Limit 3 Free Ads per household per week.*


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RENTAL, DEVELOP FSBO: 2 Acres with 3/2 MH. View, privacy. Located in Wasilla Zoned RR Call Gary 232-5068


Like new, 2632 sft. 1000 sft garage, 190 ft of lake front. Prudential JWV

Call Eric Bushnell 907-360-7471

5 min’s from Palmer. 2BD, W/D, DW, hot water, heat & trash incl. Great recreational area $1000/mo (907) 715-4326 205 Apts. for Rent/Wasilla

PALMER HOME $299,000 Like New 4 BD, 3248 sft., plus basement Eric Bushnell 907-360-7471 Prudential JWV

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1BD, 1BA, Lrg. LR, Kitchen. New owner of land will transport,

3BD 2bath, 5 star energy, 2-car garage, lake access, on cul-de-sac. 5 min’s to Elmendorf. $1,900 per month. 907-230-3028 or 907-250-9191.


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Lake Access, Und. power/tel., $11,500 at $500 down, $200/ 6%. Near Parks Hwy. mile 88. 299-1706


3BD, 1 BA, wood floors, garage, laundry on site, No pets. $11250/mo. $1000 dep. (907)351-8834 245 Duplex for Rent/Mat-Su area ON PRIVATE 2 AC CLEAN, 2 BD, DW, W/D, Heat Pd. $825 mo., $700 Deposit., No P/S. (907)373-2884

Matanuska Electric Association is currently recruiting for a

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The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman in Wasilla, Alaska has an immediate opening for a Web Press Operator.

FOR SALE BY OWNER MEADOW LAKES AREA Well maintained 2300 sq ft home, 3 bed, 2 full bath & office. Spa room with hot tub, upper level deck, patio and fully landscaped, .67 acre. Included is a finished three bay detached 1400 sq ft heated

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is recruiting for a Project Manager for our Eagle River office. Are you an ENGINEER or EIT who would like to learn the field of hazmat design? Or do you possess construction or building trades experience? You must be computer literate, able to lift 70 lbs, work at heights and travel to rural Alaska, and work in a team environment. We offer Medical and Dental, 401K, paid vacation and tuition reimbursement. Employee owned firm. EOE. Email your resume to ecloudy@

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Carriers Wanted!! Be Your Own Boss

The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman is seeking independent contractors to deliver the local newspaper in the Palmer, Wasilla, Big Lake & Houston areas. As a carrier you will be responsible for delivery of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman on Tuesdays, Fridays & Sundays and must have the route finished by 5am Requirements: At least 18 years old, valid Alaska driver's license, dependable vehicle and proof of auto insurance. Routes average 2-4 hours per night. Excellent customer service skills are required as the subscribers you serve are your customers. If you take pride in being your own boss & if you meet these requirements, please stop by our office to pick up an application.

The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman 5751 E Mayflower Ct Wasilla, AK 99654

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is seeking a newspaper route driver.

MUST have JBER Military Base Access Delivery Friday mornings 8:00 am. Pay is conducted every 2 weeks. Contact Mike at:

907-360-8731 or Health Care

Youth Counselor

Family Centered Services of Alaska hasa rewarding and challenging job opportunity working with children. The Youth Counselor provides a therapeutic family environment, for up to 5 children with mental health issues, while working in our Foster Homes in Wasilla, Alaska. If you are seeking a challenging position that can absolutely make a positive change in a kid's life, we want to talk with you! This is an entry level position that requires an Associate's Degree or equivalent work and/or educational experience in a human service field. Two years of experience working with children who experience a mental health disability is strongly preferred. This position is Fulltime (30-40 hrs/wk) and requires a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and overnights. FCSA offers excellent starting pay. FCSA is an EEO employer. Submit resume to:

FCSA Attn:HR 1825 Marika Rd. Fairbanks, AK 99709

Fax: 907-451-8945

4200+sf in Palmer, 4bd, 4ba, granite counters, all stainless steel appliances, htd floors throughout. 2 car attached heated garage, 1500sf detached htd shop, 2+ Acres. Up to 2 horses ok. Call Brian or Karen for appointment, 907-745-0406. Co-op w/ realtors at 3%

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BEWARE Employment offers that suggest guaranteed out of state or overseas positions, glamorous travel, gifts or high wages for limited experience may be deceptive or unethical in nature. Please contact the following for possible information: Better Business Bureau at (907)562-0704 Wage & Hour Admin AK Dept of Labor at (907)269-4900


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105 Homes for Sale Palmer

DROP OFF: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm at 5751 E. Mayflower Ct. off Palmer-Wasilla Hwy.

Come work for our growing printing operation. The Frontiersman is a three-times-a-week newspaper with a thriving commercial printing operation. This is a full-time, 40-hour-per-week job that comes with a full benefits package. The candidate needs to have a minimum of two years' experience printing full-process color on a Goss Community or similar web press.

Applicants must be in good physical condition, able to lift 80 pounds, and available to work nights and weekends.

E-mail inquiries to:, or pick up an application at our office, 5751 East Mayflower Court, just off the Palmer-Wasilla Highway near Mile 4.5.


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Gray/white cat w/ left ear tip folded back. Lost Sunday, 8/18 E.Tamarak, Wasilla 907-357-4085.

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RECONDITIONED TOYOSTOVES Steve’s Toyo Stove Repair, Mi. 3.4 KGB 907-376- 9276 Firewood for Sale Tree length Birch Saw log Spruce

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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 ATTENTION Frontiersman Readers!

It has been brought to our attention that a puppy scam is targeting animal lovers. Readers are asked to wire money to a seller who is either out of the country or out of state, with the promise that the seller will ship the animal once the wire transfer has been received.


If you can not speak to a person locally through a phone call or email without verification, please make sure not to give out ANY personal information.


We at the Frontiersman take every precaution to protect our readers and ask that they look for red flags and consider the following when purchasing an animal: • Purchase locally • Be wary of ads that do not list a telephone number, but an email address only • Have the animal examined by a vet before purchasing • Never wire money or send a check • Be sure to obtain the pet at the time of purchase.

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Set of 3, Museum Quality Lmtd. Edition #35 of 350 Excellent Condition (Largest piece is 12” high) $2,500

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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

Rescue Cats for Adoption Fixed, with shots and Microchip Money back Guarantee Find out about our reduced adoption fees.

Call 980-8898 TELL YOUR MOTHER-IN LAW THE GUEST ROOM IS TAKEN! Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue invites you to join our group and become a foster parent to a homeless dog. All supplies are provided - food, crates, toys, and blankets. YOU PROVIDE THE LOVE… Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue 745-7030

695 Misc. for Sale SOFA & LOVESEAT Light earth tones, $150.00, Please call (907) 357-1708 905 Auto Parts/ Accessories AUTO PARTS 3rd seat; new cond, gray; from mid 2000 Ford Excursion $100 OBO Call 745-2554 940 Pickups/Trucks


8 ft. bed w/liner, 4x4, 6 cylinder automatic 160k miles, new tires with spare, good shape and great on gas! $4,200 (firm) 907-376-3048 946 Sport Utility Vehicles

'99 EXPEDITION 4x4, 8 CYL 180,000 mi., 4dr with rear entry seats 8, runs good and is very reliable



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U.S. ConStitUtion 101 Free online CoUrSe Constitution 101 is Hillsdale’s first online course. It follows closely the one-semester course required of all Hillsdale College undergraduate students as part of the College’s rigorous Core Curriculum.

America’s Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson said, was the product of “the American mind.” Our Constitution was made with the same purpose as the Declaration—to establish a regime where the people are sovereign, and the government protects the rights granted to them by their Creator. Knowing the meaning of the Declaration and Constitution is vital to the choice before us today as to whether we will live under a Constitution different than the one bequeathed to us.

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6810 Cranberry St. #3, Anchorage 2657 Aspen Heights Loop Great Rental Property East Side Beauty

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eployed to the other side of the world with the 793d Military Police Battalion, Army Staff Sgt. Frank DeRosa found himself in a place wholly different than his native Chicago. It had been a few years since a surprise attack on U.S. soil spurred military action on two major fronts to ensure American security and prosperity. But DeRosa wasn’t called to action in response to the 9/11 attacks. He was called because the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. DeRosa didn’t deploy to the rugged, mountainous semi-arid eastern region of Afghanistan like his modern counterparts are scheduled to in the coming weeks. The retired Soldier deployed to the pastoral expanse of World War II France, where he helped secure the Allied supply route known as the Red Ball Express. Nearly 67 years after completing his wartime service with the 793d MP, DeRosa

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Sirens blared and a voice called over the public address system. In response, Airmen donned gas masks and protective gear. Some Airmen searched around their building for unexploded ordinance, while others checked paper to see if the simulated attack was a chemical one. Although this scenario was an exercise that happened last week on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, it provided effective training to keep JBER ready to handle such events and prepare for the 2014 Operational Readiness Inspection. “Our Polar Force 12-7 was designed in

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to coordinate federal government assistance – including Department of Defense-provided aid – to support states in response and recovery of Hurricane Sandy, according to a FEMA news release issued today. FEMA Administrator William Craig Fugate continues to ensure federal partners bring all available resources to bear to support state, local, territorial and tribal communities in Hurricane Sandy-affected areas, the release said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states who’ve been affected by this storm. We encourage individuals to continue to ������������������������������������������������ ��������������������������������������������� forts,” Fugate said in today’s FEMA release. “FEMA continues to provide the full support of the federal government for the life-saving and life-sustaining activities such as search and rescue, power restoration and debris removal that remains the top priorities of state, tribal and local governments.” Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta di����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� rected the Department of Defense to provide �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Exercise Polar Force 12-7 Oct. 24. The exercise was designed to test base prepared- any available disaster response resources

See Polar Force, Page A-3

See Response, Page A-3

Airmen of the 673d Security Forces Squadron advance in multiple formations as part of civil-disturbance training. The Airmen �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������

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ness for various scenarios. Brown is a 962nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit E-3 crew chief ���������������������������������������������������������������������

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helps to establish a secure line of communication. “It is not strictly between aircraft,” Coleman said. “It is Department of Defense wide, since it involves everyone, it is important that we are all communicating correctly.” “Every year the material needs

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Marines had to overcome, from things like layering their clothes and keeping warm to the issues of batteries not lasting as long. After econnaissance Marines ������������������������������������� tactics, techniques and procedures from the Force Reconfor the elements they encountered naissance Company, 1st Reconnaissance Batand began the reconnaissance and talion, Camp Pendleton, Calif., surveillance portion of their temporary deployment training. performed a high-altitude lowopening jump and parachuted in They went through various through the frigid Alaska air Oct. training missions such as urban raid training, where they forcefully 18. breached buildings. The Marines For four days, they stayed in the subarctic elements where other also performed room clearing with $ IN THOUSANDS Marines who were embedded in ����������������������������������� 330 as well as their bread and butter their platoon evaluated them, before the unit was picked up. reconnaissance and surveillance 290 The Marines left San Diego, mission. 250 In one training scenario, the Calif., with 86-degree balmy 210 Marines planned a tactical recovweather, said Marine Capt. Chris170 topher Brock, future operations Marine Cpl. Charles Cegan, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, steels himself for the cold of the Chugach ery of aircraft and personnel, where 130 �������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� both 176th Pararescue Airmen and 90 the Reconnaissance Marines para������� ��� �� ���������� ������� ���� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� arrived in Alaska airspace via chuted into an aptly named landing 50 of the JBER-Richardson Range. 15 degree winds,” Brock said. “It temperature with the gear they zone in a valley between mountains C-130 Hercules. 10 “Next thing they know, they ������������������������������������ have. What things worked and code named Drop Zone Geronimo. There, they had to transition from the warm temperature of San are jumping out of the back of a A lot of it was survival mode, how what things didn’t.” See Recon, Page A-3 He gave examples of things the Diego to the subarctic temperatures C-130 at 11,000 feet into negative they were going to deal with the


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������������������������� A team of Airmen from the 3rd Wing and the 673d Air Base Wing here helped JBER become ���� ������ ����� ��� �������� ������ ��� successfully rekey all of their F-22 Raptors for the next year. The effort of maintainers from the 3rd Maintenance Group and the ���������������������������������� the 673d ABW directly contributed to this accomplishment. As a direct ���������������������������������� nually rekey all their F-22s, not once, not twice, but three years in a row – setting the pace and standard for other bases operating the Raptor. “Every year we meet up with the maintainers and discuss the challenges,” said Eric Coleman, the 673d ABW COMSEC Security ������������������������������������ grounded so it was simple to do. ����������������������������������� ing, we have to work around their schedules. Basically, we worked around the clock (shift work) with our maintainers in order to get our ��������������� The rekey of the F-22 is the communications security portion of the aircraft maintenance. Like the keys to a car, the rekey is vital to the operations of the F-22. “We don’t actually key the jets ourselves,” Coleman said. “We work hand-in-hand with the maintainers. The actual maintainers are the ones that go out and touch the jet.” The rekey itself is a change made to the encryption key and

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August 23, 2013

August 23, 2013



Volume 4, No. 33

673d FSS hosts Back to School Bash

By Airman 1st Class Tammie Ramsouer JBER Public Affairs

The Arctic Oasis Community Center hosted the annual Back to School Bash Friday to end the summer with a family fun day before school started. “Our goal was to get the kids excited about going back to school,” said Michelle Carpenter, 673d Force Support Squadron Arctic Oasis Community Center director. Students and parents were welcomed with a fun-filled day that included vendors from off and on base. Activities like the frozen Tshirt contest and an opportunity to open a locked chest to win a backpack were included. Vendors included Home Depot, the Pampered Chef, the School Age Program and many other small vendors selling products to families. This is the second year Home Depot has been out to the Back to School Bash by providing children with aprons and crafts such as wooden sail boats, tool boxes and helicopter kits they could create with their parents, Carpenter said. Parents had the opportunity to get information from other vendors like the School Age Program, which provided parents with information on available services, Carpenter said. A before-and-after school program is available for students who are unable to be dropped off or picked up at school by their parents. This program is only available to military members and families who live on Joint Base ElmendorfRichardson. The program shuttles those students to and from school, which allows students to have fun before and after school. The frozen T-shirt contest was the main event, which the community center members saved for last. Children were given the challenge of thawing a fully frozen, rolled, T-shirt and putting it on

ABOVE: Heather Foley, 673d Force Support Squadron recreation assistant, helps a child attempt to open a chest during the Back to School Bash on JBER Friday. A chance to open the chest was a chance to win a back pack. BELOW: Claire Keeley, 6, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Andrew Keeley, 715th Air Mobility Operations Group, and Staff Sgt. Kimberly Keeley, 477th Operations Support Flight, wins the six and under group during frozen T-shirt competition.(U.S. Air Force photos/Airman 1st Class Tammie Ramsouer)

faster than other contestants within different age groups with the help of their parents. The prize for the winner of the frozen T-shirt contest was four free H2Oasis family passes for a day and a backpack filled with school supplies inside. The prize was awarded to the child who was able to thaw their shirt the quickest. The winner from the youngest age group was Claire Keeley, 6, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Andrew Keeley of the 715th Air Mobility Operations Group.

With the help of her parents, she finished with a time of just under 30 minutes. Claire said she had fun watching her parents help her defrost the T-shirt so she could win the contest. “The Arctic Oasis hosts the Back to School Bash every year so all the families on and around base can come enjoy one last big event before school starts,” Carpenter said. “We all enjoy spending quality time with our families, and this is a great event to make longlasting memories.”

Traffic safety: know your responsibilities By Tech. Sgt. Vernon Cunningham JBER Public Affairs Mr. Jones woke up earlier than usual for a very important day. A newly-single parent, he looked forward to the challenge of making breakfast for his daughter and sending her off to the bus stop across the street on time for the first day of school. Having fed her and filled her brand new backpack with school supplies, Mr. Jones kissed his daughter and watched her leave with 10 minutes to go and only a three-minute walk to overcome. Watching his daughter enter the crosswalk on her way to start seventh grade was one of the proudest moments of his….. Screeeeech! Silence. According to, more than 23,000 children between the ages of 5 and 15 were injured and nearly 250 more were killed when they were struck while walking or bicycling in a school zone. This represented 25 percent of all children’s traffic fatalities and 15 percent of all children’s traffic injuries. Shareen Youngs, a parent on JBER, said drivers need to ensure they are being as vigilant as possible when approaching a school zone. “With school starting, there will be a lot more kids on the sides of the road and crossing the streets,” Youngs said. “Not every kid looks both ways before crossing. It is ultimately the adults’ responsibility for our children’s safety. Whether we are walking their children to school or driving on the road, we are responsible.” One way of maintaining awareness and safety standards while operating a motor vehicle is to know your responsibilities as a driver. JBER’s Safety Office provides information, year round, to remind drivers of the rules outlined in Air Force Instruction 91207, U.S. Air Force Traffic Safety Program. Some of the reminders are intended to combat operator distractions. They address how the use of headphones, earphones or cellular telephones hinder the recognition of emergency signals, alarms, announcements, and the ability to determine the direction from which sounds are coming. In addition, all persons operating a vehicle on a Department of Defense installation are prohibited from text messaging while driving. The AFI states that listening to cell phones, any listening device or other handheld electronic device takes attention away from driving and is discouraged unless the vehicle is safely parked. Fatigue can also play a factor in traffic accidents. The ‘duty-related operator driving time’

With children back in school, drivers should be extra aware of traffic signals and school zones. (Courtesy photo)

section of AFI 91-207 addresses duty hour limits. Drivers must know and obey the command-directed limitations to help reduce the potential for mishaps caused by vehicle operators being too tired to stay alert. Besides protecting everyone outside of the vehicle, drivers have a responsibility to those who ride inside as well. One message that is pushed continuously to service members by the safety office, and a lot of state laws, is that occupants of a vehicle must wear seatbelts if they were installed in the vehicle. Seat belts, child restraint systems or booster seats need to be properly installed and used, per the AFI. Child restraint seat systems and booster seats should be placed in the back seat and center of vehicle when possible. The Anchorage Fire Department offers help with installing and checking child car seats. “Nine out of 10 seats that we check, there’s something wrong,” said Travis Reier, firefighter and car seat installation instructor at AFD station 1. “It may be minor; it may be major. That’s not an exaggeration – nine out of 10. Sometimes it’s eight, sometimes it’s more – and that’s just among the people who care enough to come in and get it checked. “

Other information delivered by the safety office to protect people in the vehicle and drivers cover the motorcycle program, requirements for all-terrain vehicle operation, protective clothing, footgear requirements, and other data that should be reviewed to increase the safety of the operator. All of these rules and more can be found in AFI 91-207. Although traffic safety relies heavily on vehicle operators recognizing their responsibilities, the pedestrians and bicyclers also have a role outlined in the instruction. Individuals are not authorized to jog, run, or walk on roadways with high traffic density and during peak traffic periods, which are determined by the installation commander. Formation runs or running events require the use of road guards or safety spotters. Running or walking (except on tracks) with headphones is forbidden. Also, personnel are required to wear clothing with reflective properties or a retroreflective accessory while jogging or running on roadways at night or inclement weather. They must also remember to wear a highly visible outer garment, vest or jacket during the day and reflective outer garment

or material at night when exposing themselves to traffic hazards. The JBER Safety Office continuously distributes information and rules to protect drivers, passengers, and others who are exposed to traffic for one basic reason. “Our ultimate goal is to keep the mission going by preventing mishaps,” said Tech. Sgt. Darren Morris of the JBER Safety Office. “When we have a mishap, it can cripple a unit. We are always trying to increase everyone’s safety awareness and keep it in their minds.” Along with the flyers, slides and pamphlets, the safety office provides additional courses and training to help improve traffic safety. Most are required for service members at various points of their career. There is a class for first-term Airmen and new officers, motorcycle and ATV operators, driver improvement and rehabilitation, supervisor safety, local conditions, and others. To take advantage of the AFD child car seat installation assistance service, call (90) 267-5045 and leave your phone number and address. A fire fighter will call back to coordination assistance.

Matters of Faith B-2

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August 23, 2013

The fruits of democracy: value your right to choose By Air Force Chaplain Maj. Elbert Fadallan 673d Air Base Wing Chaplain On June 25, 2013, voters in the state of Massachusetts went to the polls for a special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Senator John Kerry who assumed the position of U.S. Secretary of State. The long-time state Representative Ed Markey won the special election. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ordered a special primary election this coming August with a special state election scheduled in October to allow New Jersey voters to choose who will succeed the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. These two special elections – out of the normal election cycle – and all other elections remind us of the beautiful right vested on us and guaranteed by our Constitution – the right to vote. Most of us agree we prefer to live in a democracy rather than in a monarchy, anarchy or dictatorship. Of the many benefits of living in a democracy, the most important one is in a democracy we can choose our leaders. We have the privilege of deciding who will legislate laws regulating our lives – and those who advocate for policies that direct our nation. As the recent mid-term and presidential elections have shown, the process is key to success in a democracy and can be tedious and at times brutally painful. Most of us can rightfully complain the length of the campaign period is simply too long. Election ads and rhetoric are often misleading and negative while basic decorum and civility are hardly to be found. Perhaps these factors, combined with others such as bland or boring candidates, are the reasons that most people do not take elections seriously. But we cannot be discouraged by such reasons to lose our enthusiasm and interest in the electoral process. History has shown taking elections lightly can lead people to making tragic mistakes. After all, Hitler was elected to his first public office. Once elected, he became one of history’s cruelest dictators. As in so many experiences in life, “not-deciding is deciding.” Our military leaders are to be commended in making

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sure we have our unit voting assistance officers. These men and women make sure that we are aware of any electoral issues on the local, state and national levels – issues that impact all of us as military personnel and citizens of this great nation. They remind and assist us in exercising our right and fulfilling our civic duty. Do you know your unit voting assistance officer? Do you appreciate the informational emails you get from him? Or do they remain unopened and quickly go to the delete folder?




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In appreciation of all our veterans, on August 27, all day, JBER Golf, during Tee Times, Eagleglen & Moose Run will offer a reduced price for all veterans. Greens Fees will be $25 for all Veterans and their spouses. This special price includes a power cart. Show your I.D. Card & play away. Please make your Tee Times through the automated system.

I encourage you to be aware and continue to be involved. The practice of deciding by not deciding affects our lives in many other ways than in elections. Another right guaranteed in our Constitution is the free exercise of religion. All of us have the right to subscribe to any faith tradition or not to subscribe to any at all. Our decision must be conscious, deliberate and free. This is where we – your chapel team – come in. We are here to guarantee the free exercise of religion for every Airman, Soldier, Sailor, Marine, and Coast Guardsman – and their families – whether active, Guard or Reserve. Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Howard Stendahl, our Air Force chief of chaplains, in a recent Air Force Times interview, was crystal clear regarding this matter. He said, “We have free exercise of religion. We don’t impose religion. The government is neutral in such things, and that’s a great virtue.” Indeed, whether you are a “religious person” or not, we are here to assist you in any way we can. Do you need a listening ear to share your challenges, frustrations, and problems? Do you need a shoulder to unburden those things that weigh you down? Do you need advice on a variety of personal and relationship issues? Do you need guidance or encouragement in your own faith journey? Do you need help on how to be spiritually resilient? Do you have questions and/or need more information about your chapel programs? We are here for you. Just as we have celebrated the 237th birthday of our nation and look forward to next year’s commemoration of 4th of July, we constantly thank our Founding Fathers for their wisdom ensuring among other democratic rights, we have the right to vote and the right to free exercise of religion.

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Community Happenings August 23, 2013

August 23, 2013




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 and pumpkin competitions, ride the carnival rides, and enjoy traditional midway fare. Concert offerings on tap rangefrom Aaron Tippin and 3 Doors Down to Bill Cosby and Foreigner. This extravaganza is a mustattend. For information, visit SaTurday Alaska Fair Train Avoid the headache of traffic – enjoy the scenery and relax aboard the Alaska Railroad Fair Train. Depart morning or afternoon the weekends of Aug. 24 and 25 or Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Three afternoon and evening return trips are offered. The railroad is not selling admission tickets to the fair this year. For information call 264-2494 or visit auguST 30 Through SepT. 1 Girdwood Fungus Fair Celebrate the Alaska mushroom season and the abundance of edible fungi at the Alyeska Resort. Guest speakers and fungi experts will be on hand to teach about the finer points of harvesting. For information visit SepT. 6 Taste of Mardi Gras The 9th annual celebration recreating Bourbon Street brings cajun cuisine, live music, street performers and more from 5 to 10 p.m. If you can’t get to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, get your fix in Anchorage between K and L streets. SepT. 6 Vertical Challenge The 6th annual climb-a-thon is an endurance event in which contestants walk, hike and run up the North Face Trail of Mount Alyeska as many times as possible. Top competitors climb more than 20,000 vertical feet, equivalent to climbing Denali in 10 hours starting at 9 a.m.For information, visit

SepT. 14 Annual Air Force Ball The Air Force invites service memebers to celebrate their 66th Anniversary with the Air Force Birthday Ball beginning at 6 p.m. at the Dena’ina Center. For more information, call 551-6508 or 552-7485; or visit SepT. 14 and 15 Great Alaska Quilt Show Join quilters at the ConocoPhillips Alaska Atrium each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and peruse all kinds of quilts, as well as quilted garments. A silent auction takes place on Sept. 15, and demonstrations of quilting techniques. For information call 360-6570. SepT. 21 Alaska Whole Life Festival Alaska’s premier holistic spiritual event features spiritual consultants, aura photos, handwriting analysis, jewelry and more. Workshops are also on tap. Events run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Coast International Inn. For information, call (817) 894-5208. SepT. 27 - SepT 29 Alaska Womens Show Vendors celebrate everything that makes Alaska women unique at the Sullivan Arena. The show features financial seminars, fashion shows, jewelry, health care information and more. For more information call 5629911. SepT. 28 National Public Lands Day Registration is 8:30 a.m. at Bureau of Land Management’s Campbell Creek Science Center. Outdoor projects start at 9 a.m. Wear warm clothes, boots and gloves. BLM will provide tools, equipment, and free pizza luncheon for all volunteers. The annual Science Center open house follows from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. with educational games, live music, and free copies of the Science Center’s new poster calendar. Visitors may call the Science Center at 267-1247 for more details or to preregister volunteer groups in advance of the event.

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 2725634. 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. Binoculars and guide books are available for loan. 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 2672281. 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 For information, call 3847478. 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. Fall Bible study begins Aug. 27 at 9:30 a.m. at Soldiers’ Chapel. For more information, email 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.

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 was 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. For information, contact a unit safety representative or the 673d Air Base Wing Ground Safety Office at 552-6850.

Sing-along at the zoo Pre-school-aged children can sing along or play with instruments, beginning 10:30 a.m. Mon-

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Let’s make life convenient for families & make sure that every child has something warm for the winter! Please see center for details! August 30: PACAF Family Day. See center for details Denali 552-8304 | Sitka 552-6403 | Katmai 552-2697 | Kodiak 384-1510 | Talkeetna 384 - 0686

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 days at the coffee shop greenhouse. For information email New JBER Library Hours The library on JBER-R is once again open from Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 384-1788.

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Soldiers teach elementary teachers to lead By Mary M. Rall USARAK Public Affairs Soldiers with 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion taught the staff of Ursa Major Elementary School lessons in leadership by hosting a leader reaction course at the school Monday. The event kicked off the school year for the partnership between the unit and the school in support of the Joint Base ElmendorfRichardson School Partnership Program, said Ursa Major Principal Ben Hardwick, who hoped the event’s activities would stress the importance of collaboration to the 42 participating staff members. “I wanted to get an experiential activity together that shows teachers what can be accomplished when they use teamwork to accomplish what they couldn’t do on their own,� Hardwick said. The need for cooperation was stressed through four interactive activities the Soldiers set up for the staff members to rotate through, said Army Capt. Anthony Stong, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 17th CSSB commander. Success at each station could only be achieved when the participants worked together to navigate their way through mock quicksand, minefield, broken window and river-crossing scenarios. “Hopefully at the end they’re thinking as a group,� Stong said, emphasizing that the teams reviewed the challenges they faced following each scenario to better understand their successes and failures. Some of the teachers

Megan Wilcoxson, an Ursa Major Elementary School special education teacher’s aide, guides her team across the school’s gym floor during a leader reaction course event. (U.S. Army photo/Mary M. Rall)

were surprised at how difficult something as simple as shuffling a blindfolded team across the gym floor on a poncho could be. “I didn’t think we’d be able to get through it, to tell you the truth,� said teacher Jeannette Hayden, who discovered that being blindfolded was the most daunting aspect of the task. “It threw off my balance,� she said. Teaching such lessons in team-

work and communication to Ursa Major’s staff is just the first part of the leadership training to be implemented at the school, Stong said. “We’re using this as a foundation, and then we’ll transfer that to the sixth graders,� Stong said, noting that the students are apt to be drawn to the course’s entertaining, yet educational activities. “It is fun, but it really does

Guard supports veterans By Airman 1st Class Francine St. Laurent Alaska Air National Guard Public Affairs FAIRBANKS, Alaska —Veterans rushed to have their blood sugar tested before flocking to enjoy a hearty breakfast prepared and served by members of the 168th Air Refueling Wing. It’s all part of the Veteran Stand Down, hosted Saturday in Fairbanks, aimed to help local veterans with a variety of services. The Veteran Stand Down at Pioneer Park Civic Center, is organized by a group of community members, agencies and businesses who donate supplies and funds used to purchase food and follow-up medical care, said Nancy Smoyer, who began organizing the event 15 years ago. Since the event’s conception, the 168th Medical Group has led the medical component each year. Roughly 160 patients received medical, optometry, dental and podiatry exams this year. Airman 1st Class Taylor Runyon, 168th Medical Group aerospace medical technician, administered blood sugar and cholesterol tests. For her, giving the best possible care to

veterans is a Saturday well spent. “The military is a big part of our community in Fairbanks and North Pole,� Runyon said. “Going out and helping the area that we live in is something I think we sign up for as military members.� Smoyer said it was a one-stop shop. “The services are brought together and it’s easier for them to get their needs met,� Smoyer said. About 465 people picked up clothing items such as socks, coats, boots, gloves and fleece pants, said Heidi Mattson, Fairbanks Vet Center team leader. Sleeping bags, laundry bags and waterproof bags were also provided. From medical to legal, mental health, counseling and taxes the Stand Down follows a tradition of helping those who have served sort things out and rest. It’s a place for veterans to gather and catch up. “A lot of them are getting to a point where they’re losing people in their lives as they get older and coming out and interacting with people in uniform who have that camaraderie with them, something similar that we all share, is good for them,� Runyon said. George Shoogukuwuruk, who served as

foster leadership,� he said. According to Hardwick, the leadership reaction course is the first of many upcoming activities the school has lined up to enhance the educational experiences of the school’s students with the support of the 17th CSSB school partnership volunteers. “We have a plan in place, we have a commitment to follow through with the plan, and we have

planned experiences with teachers to help them know who to turn to for support,� he said. Emphasizing the need to meet the volunteer needs of the school is integral to the success of the unit-school partnership, said 17th CSSB Commander Lt. Col. Brian R. Formy-Duval, who is now in his second year as the commander of a partnership unit. “We owe that to the school. We owe that to the community,� Formy-Duval said. Many of his Soldiers have students attending Ursa Major, which gives them an opportunity to volunteer in support of their children as well. Formy-Duval said he makes a point of meeting with Hardwick monthly to better understand the school’s needs and how his Soldiers can help contribute to the students’ academic and civic success. According Sgt. Lanita Clark, the 17th CSSB partnership noncommissioned officer in charge, 28 unit volunteers contributed 451 hours of volunteerism to that end last school year and are poised to exceed that goal this year. In addition to leadership training, Stong said the Soldiers interacted with the students and their families at the school’s Back to School Bash and challenged older students by teaching them arctic survival skills. “We’re fostering that skill set to another generation of Alaskans,� Stong said, noting one more aspect of the volunteers’ military training that can set the students, Soldiers and the unit-school partnership up for success for many years to come.

Senior Airman Courtney Higley, 477th Aerospace Medical Dental Flight optometry technician, screens a veteran for eye health during Veteran Stand Down in Fairbanks Saturday. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Francine St. Laurent)

a cook in the Marine Corps and Army from 1968 to 1984, said he feels veterans receive more recognition today than before the Iraq War began in 2003.

“This is really helpful for veterans because some of us veterans weren’t treated right, and now years later, they are trying to make up for that,� Shoogukuwuruk said.

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in Barrow, one was in Cold Bay and the remaining two were down WASHINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Federal Emerfor maintenance. gency Management Agency continues to Until a Jayhawk was available, coordinate federal government assistance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Air Station Kodiak was able to use including Department of Defense-provided their MH-65 Dolphin helicopters, a aid â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to support states in response and reAir Station Kodiak Jayhawk hesmaller and shorter ranged helicopcovery 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;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 whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 efâ&#x20AC;&#x153;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,â&#x20AC;? Fugate said in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. â&#x20AC;&#x153;FEMA continues to provide the full support rotor drive system,â&#x20AC;? said Lt. Scott lingsworth, the Air Station Kodiak paper to see if the simulated attack was a with the 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th CavDeRosa didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worst nightmare. You lose the tail gear box would be close to that happened last week on Joint Base was found dead at the scene by the Anchorare 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.â&#x20AC;? 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 helicopterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our oddsAircraft in our favor, but we knew The tail gear box was sucnessHe forrecently variousreturned scenarios. is athe 962nd Maintenance Unit E-3 crew chief fromBrown a 10-month 793d MP command sergeant 2011. days to complete. The same repair would take two days at the air stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cessfully repaired on Tuesday, but wartime service with the 793d MP, DeRosa Oshkosh, Wis., and Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan Lynch,See it was only Sgt. a matter of time before pair can take more than six See Polar Force, Page A-3 deployment 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.â&#x20AC;? 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;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 Airman 1st Class Marines had to overcome, from Kodiak Island, more than 85 miles however; darkness was setting in stranded helicopter crew. of our folks,â&#x20AC;? said Cmdr. Mark returned safely to Kodiak. Omari Bernard things their clothes southwest of the air station. and a Kodiak brown bear was spot-like layering According to Wilkerson, it felt Vislay, operations officer, Coast Hollingsworth explained that a JBER Public Affairs and keeping to rescue. the issues zone. likewarm a surf Theoffollowing Guard Air Station Kodiak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In field level repair is one of the most By Airman 1st Class The planning for the rekey â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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,â&#x20AC;? 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 training, Wilkerson explained helicopter and wait until the made the bestencountered of a very difficult sit- ability to self rescue our crews is â&#x20AC;&#x153;To say this is a professional A team of Airmen from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;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,â&#x20AC;? performed a high-altitude lowporary deployment training. tail rotor failure training annually. ory crew and a Kodiak-based recovering all the crewmembers them or in this case relying on the derstatement,â&#x20AC;? said Hollingsworth. the first base in the Air Force to Cogburn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are all profesopening jump and parachuted in They safely went through various â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hand-picked these guys, we and returning to the cutter. support of the cutter.â&#x20AC;? 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 crewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Hickoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sbreached crew buildings. Station Kodiak the 3rd Maintenance Group and the chine.â&#x20AC;? 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.â&#x20AC;? communications security office of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the years, just the reMarines who were embedded in buddy teams and live-fire training the 673d ABW directly contributed lationship we have â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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,â&#x20AC;? 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Energy a row â&#x20AC;&#x201C; setting the pace and stana challenge, Coleman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;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 Watchâ&#x20AC;? 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.â&#x20AC;? 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every year we meet up with â&#x20AC;&#x153;If(U.S. you have a fleetPhoto/Airman that is actu- 1st Class Omari Bernard) arrived in Alaska airspace via chutedfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 degree winds,â&#x20AC;? Brock said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It temperature with the gear they zone in a valley between mountains C-130 Hercules. challenges,â&#x20AC;? said Eric Coleman, window Range. of time to fi15 gure out how Community Calendar.....................B-3 vation efforts. For more informaâ&#x20AC;&#x153;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 didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? Sports.............................................B-4 tion, visit JBER Energy Watchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from the warm temperature of San are jumping out ing Manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year, the fleet was mission,â&#x20AC;? heaexplained. Facebook page. See Recon, Page A-3 into members negative were they were going to deal with the He gave examples of things the Diego to the subarctic temperatures C-130 at 11,000 feetFour grounded so it was simple to do. 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 Wingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.â&#x20AC;? 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) â&#x20AC;&#x153;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 Chaplainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corner..........................B-2 42 percent of JBERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal to the operations of the F-22. helps to establish a secure line of to be changed out,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The assistant manager. leadership,â&#x20AC;? Smith said during the 50 of $330,000 total before the Calendar.....................B-3 â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually key the communication. whole F-22 fleet changes out anâ&#x20AC;&#x153;They have a good understand-Community coin ceremony. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But you really are 10 campaign ends Nov. 9. jets ourselves,â&#x20AC;? Coleman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is not strictly between nually.â&#x20AC;? ing of what our job is,â&#x20AC;? ColemanPotstanding on the shoulders of many can cause psychosis..............B-4 â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work hand-in-hand with the aircraft,â&#x20AC;? Coleman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is Deâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stress enough the im- said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;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.â&#x20AC;? that we are all communicating the maintainers that were out in the what to expect â&#x20AC;&#x201C; look for ways to scores of additional Airmen and The rekey itself is a change correctly.â&#x20AC;? cold doing the work,â&#x20AC;? said Tech. help them out and make the process civilians that deserve a piece of made to the encryption key and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every year the material needs Sgt. Samuel Cogburn, COMSEC easier.â&#x20AC;? this recognition as well.â&#x20AC;?

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