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									                                Inside this Issue:

                                Ordinary Airman performs Extraordinary feat
                                Communication Group & Squadron return home
                                Bosses Day at the 149th Fighter Wing
                                Retirement at TXANG HQ

           “Happy is the person who knows what to remember of the past,
        what to enjoy in the present, and what to plan for in the future.”
           – Arnold H. Glasow, author and humorist (1905 – 1998)

Vol. 8, Issue No. 12     Texas Air National Guard, Camp Mabry          December 2008

                       Texas Air National Guard, Camp Mabry
  Headquarters Headlines is a funded newsletter published by the Texas
  Air National Guard Headquarters Public Affairs, Camp Mabry, Building 9,
  2210 W. 35th Street, Austin, Texas 78703-1222. Contents of Head-
  quarters Headlines are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed
  by, the U. S. Government, the Defense Department, or the Department
  of the Air Force. Direct questions to the public affairs chief at
                        (512) 782-5050 or DSN 954-5050.

       Texas Air National Guard Commander            Cover page
           Maj. Gen. Allen R. Dehnert                First Lt. Aaron Bandy, an F-16 stu-
                                                     dent pilot with the 149th Fighter
                Public Affairs Chief
                                                     Wing conducts pre-flight inspection.
       Chief Master Sgt. Gonda Moncada
                 Newsletter Editor
                                                     Photo Staff Sgt. Andre Bullard
          Chief Master Sgt. Norm King
                   Historian NCO
             Staff Sgt. Jim Levine, Jr.

2008 Year End Greeting

Our 2008 calendar year ends soon and between the holiday activities and faith-based
celebrations, we ought to pause to thank those nearest us for their support and affec-
tion. Many members of the Texas Military Forces have been very busy this year with
overseas deployments, domestic response missions and just the daily challenges of
work and making a living. Through all the smiles and stresses, our community of
friends, co-workers and relatives have been generously beside us, sometimes visibly
and more often in support of us with their prayers and occasional lonely vigil. They pay
a daily price of patient endurance while we have worked diligently for our civilian em-
ployers and for the Texas Guard.

So, our year-end reflections rightly should include our sincere expression of thanksgiv-
ing and reciprocal affection to those who have backed us up and “covered our six.” We
stand today where we do because many nearest us have themselves exerted mightily
and paid a very high price in tears and self-sacrifice for our sakes.

To our family members, parents, kids, spouses, and civilian friends and supporters –
thank you so very much for standing by your Guardsman. Thank you for your sacrifice
and love. You are our very heart, hope and treasure.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Charles G. Rodriguez
Lt. Gen. (TX)
The Adjutant General Texas

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere.”

                                             Ronald Wilson Reagan
                                         40th US President, 1981-1989

Texas Military Forces Family Support Foundation received a check in the
amount of $15k from TriWest, a contractor to the DoD administering the TRI-
CARE program in the 21-state region including Western Texas.

 L-R Donna Brooks, Texas National Guard Family Support Foundation Board Member, Alice Demarais, Tri-
 West’s Mountain Market VP, Richard Essick, TriWest’s Service Area Director NM and W-TX, Mary Gold-
 smith, Texas Miltiary Forces Family Assistance Specialist, Lt. Col. Paul D. Hernandez, Texas Military
 Forces Read Det OIC.

                                            By Staff Sgt. Ivyann N. Caraballo

       A traditional guardsman doesn’t have a “normal life,” as most will admit. He or she works a civilian job
all week, finds time to cook dinner then coach a kids soccer team. In addition there are preparations for a
monthly drill only to find out the day before drill weekend that there is an activated for a six-month over-
seas deployment.

      As Maj. Gen. Allen R. Dehnert, Texas Air National Guard Commander, stated during his visit to the
136th Airlift Wing back in September, “It is a tough job to balance military career, civilian career, family,
church and community.”

       That was the case for Tech. Sgt. Shonda
L. Winkler, vocalist and French horn player,
531st Air National Guard Band. Sergeant
Winkler was one of the 136 Airlift Wing band
members asked to sing the National Anthem at a
Grapevine High School pre-football game on
September 12, 2008, to promote Air National
Guard recruiting.

        That night after she sang the National
Anthem, she had to rush home and prepare for
Hurricane Ike Relief duties early the next
morning. “It was a long day,” Sergeant Winkler
recalls. “I was activated that morning, taught all     Tech Sgt. Shonda Winkler, French horn player along with MasterSgt. Shawn Cloakey,
day, then after school drove to Grapevine to sing      trombone player, Master Sgt. August Weck, tuba player, and other members of the
                                                       531st Band of the Gulf Coast, perform during a Veterans Day celebration on November 9,
at the game and afterwards go home and pack.”          2008 in Keller, Texas Photo by: Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert

       However going home to pack had to wait. Just minutes after leaving the game she saw a vehicle speed-
ing by recklessly clipping a convertible that was a few feet away from her. “After it was hit the convertible
careened across three lanes hitting another vehicle, then it hit the median, spun a couple of times and finally
stopped,” stated Sergeant Winkler.

        It wasn’t just the shock of watching a major accident but the fact that the convertible began to light
up in flames with the driver still trapped in the vehicle. Sergeant Winkler parked a few feet away from the
convertible and rushed to try and get the victim out of the vehicle while simultaneously calling 9-11 to tell
the operator about the accident.

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The driver of the third vehicle hit by the projectile convertible was an off-duty fire fighter. He
pulled over to assist Sergeant Winkler in taking the victim out of the vehicle. Just moments after
saving her from the burning car, it was engulfed in flames. “It was literally covered by fire and I
couldn’t believe it. I was so grateful we were able to take her out of the car in time,” said Sergeant

What was going through the vocalist’s mind when she saw the accident? Some would probably feel he-
roic or others might be scared but Sergeant Winkler knew instinctively and through military training
that she would have to help the victim. “I was shocked at first and for one second couldn’t believe
what happened but when I saw her car light up, I knew I needed to get her out of that vehicle,” said
Sergeant Winkler.

        Once emergency vehicles ar-
rived on scene, Sergeant Winkler
stayed to make a statement. But
aside from making a statement, she
also called the injured girls family to
inform them about the accident and
let them know what hospital she would
be going to. “I think that's an impor-
tant thing people should think of dur-
ing these situations,” Sergeant
Winkler added. However her day was-
n’t over. “I stayed to give my state-
ment to police but I still had to go
home and prepare for Hurricane Re-
lief duties the next morning.”
                                          Tech. Sgt. Shonda Winkler, 531st Band of the Gulf Coast sings the National Anthem at the North
                                          Texas Veterans Day on November 9, 2008 in Keller, Texas, to commemorate the local area
                                          veterans who have served and are still serving in the Military. Photo: Senior Master Sgt.
       No one really knew about the       Elizabeth Gilbert.

accident, except by word-of-mouth,
and that is what makes Sergeant Shonda Winkler a silent hero. In her civilian job she is a music
school teacher for Wells Elementary in Plano. She is an outstanding individual with a friendly personal-
ity and dedication. She has the ability to be a grade school music teacher by day, a singer and instru-
ment player in the Air National Guard, she was activated at a moments notice and still had the frame
of mind to save someone’s life during an emergency.

       “What she did was amazing considering that she was experiencing a stressful hurricane relief
activation.” She is truly a hero whose story should be told,” said Lt Col. Trevor Noel, Deputy Com-
mander, 136 Mission Support Group proudly.

                                   By 1st Lt. LaDonna Singleton

GARLAND, Texas (Oct. 31, 2008) Airmen from the 254th Combat Communications Group and the 221st
Combat Communications Squadron, Garland Air National Guard Station, Texas returned home from their de-
ployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the U.S./Mexico border and were greeted with a warm welcome home
ceremony Oct. the Bill Bates Cowboy Ranch in Celina, Texas.

The troops were able to celebrate with their families during the combined Welcome Home and Family Day
festivity that was attended by more than 450 people consisting of troops, family members, and community,
military and civic leaders to the resounding theme of “Celebrate 2008.”

The ceremony was officiated and opened by the 254 CCG commander, Col. Will Allen with inspiring remarks
and then followed by remarks and special presentations by Texas Air National Guard military leaders and
local civic leaders. Such leaders were Brig. Gen. Don Harvel, Vice Commander Texas Air National Guard, Col.
James Brown, Vice Commander, Texas Army National Guard, and the Honorable Ronald Jones, mayor of Gar-
land, and Mr. Paul Meyer, president of the Garland Chamber of Commerce, who all gave motivational ac-
knowledgements to the troops.

Bill Bates, former Dallas Cowboy defensive back (1983-1997) really got the crowd going with his words of
thanks to the troops and their families. He also met and greeted numerous troops and their families during
the event.

To also honor these deployed Airmen, Master Sgt. Erica Stevens, a vocalist from the        Air National
Guard Band of the Gulf Coast, performed a stirring National Anthem and other patriotic songs during the
presentation of the Texas State Flag and commander’s coin by Brig. Gen. Harvel and Col. Allen.

The Mayor of the city in addition, presented certificates to Area of Operation, AOR respective leaders.

 “I thought the welcome home/family day event was awesome and the largest that I’ve seen to date,” said
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Young, commander 221 CBCS. “The guest speakers including the Mayor of Garland and the
President of the Garland Chamber of Commerce were unexpected and outstanding. I was especially happy
to see large number of families attending.”

As part of an honorable tradition during the celebration, the troops and their families were able to ring the
traveling Liberty Bell. “It is always important to honor our families and our troops when they leave and when
they come home,” said Phyllis Hall, spokesperson for Proclaim Liberty. US. According to Hall, the Liberty
Bell travels all over the country to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom.

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After the welcome home event, honorees along with other station military members and their families en-
joyed hayrides, a petting farm, crafts, hole-in-one contest, two-legged races, visit to the Big Orange
Pumpkin Farm, catch and release fishing with live bait, horse shoes, volleyball, face-painting and numerous
other activities.

“This was the best Family Day event that I’ve ever attended in all of my years of serving in Air National
Guard,” stated Col. Kevin, Turnbo, vice commander of 254 CCG.

The face painting was a huge success; the children could not get enough. “The children talked about how
they really enjoyed the face painting which included butterflies, flowers, dragons and snakes, and they
thought they were cool,” stated Master Sgt. Leah Dillard, training manager, 221 CBCS. Master Sgt. Dillard
was one of the volunteers at the event.

“This was an excellent event. I felt welcomed, honored and glad that we could be a part of it. I felt very
appreciated from the public with greetings upon my arrival at the airport through the welcome home
event; and all for doing a position that I volunteered to do,” stated Master Sgt. Philip Bisby, a telecommu-
nications specialist with 221 CBCS.

Master Sgt. Quinton Holloman, an information manager from the 254 CCG stated that the event was very
appropriate. He also volunteered for the day. “Having returned from deployment in the past, I understood
how this impacted the troops; they all had positive remarks and appreciated the time put into the event.”
Master Sgt. Holloman continued on, “The troops need to know they are appreciated when they come home.
It helps in their transition to normal life. You go and you serve your country and when you come back, you
deserve to be thanked.”

“The Garland unit always impresses me. The people are so knowledgeable in the communications field. It is
amazing what they do during deployments,’ said Brig. Gen. Harvel smiling proudly. “I would not have missed
this Welcome Home/Family Day event for the world. When I knew they returned, I made sure I was here.
I am so proud of them.”

                                                By Tech. Sgt. Gregory Ripps

                                             149th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

      Twenty-six civilians visited the 149th Fighter Wing Nov. 8 to see what the Air National Guardsmen with
whom they work do when they are in uniform.
        The wing hosted Bosses Day in coordination with the local commit-
tee of the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Wing
members gave the visitors a close look at an F-16C aircraft and a Small
Portable Expeditionary Aeromedical Rapid Response (SPEARR) unit and a
glimpse of the world through night vision goggles. They also arranged for
them to ride on a KC-135 while it refueled F-16s in flight.
        In a preliminary briefing in the wing operations building auditorium,
the guests may not have known what they were in for when a man entered
wearing a heavy firefighter’s jacket and helmet. As the fireman removed
these items to reveal his Air Force uniform underneath, he introduced
himself as Maj. John Pollard, commander of the 149th Security Forces
Flight. Donning the distinctive beret, he pointed out that, like other
Guardsmen during training weekends and other periods of duty, he wears
“another hat.”
        The self-described cop boss acknowledged the important role civil-
ian bosses – to include employers, managers and supervisors – play in
keeping the Air National Guard a viable and effective force by accommo-
dating their Citizen-Airmen when they must be absent from their civilian
        “It’s tough on you [because] you need to fill the void when we’re Col. Michael Ogle, 149th Maintenance
gone,” said Major Pollard to the bosses. “Without you all, we can’t fulfill Group commander, briefs guests at
our mission at the 149th…. Thank you for spending the time to come out the beginning of their visit to the
and see what we do.”                                                        149th Fighter Wing on Lackland Air
                                                                                 Force Base, Texas, Nov. 8. The civil-
       One of the visitors was David Splitek, superintendent of the              ians visited the unit as part of the Air
Lackland Independent School District, which employs the spouse of one            National Guard wing’s Bosses Day in
the unit members nearby.                                                         conjunction with Employer Support of
      “I pass by this [unit] all the time,” said Mr. Splitek. “But I didn’t
know there were so many people here in the National Guard.”
       In fact, there are about 900 Airmen in the Lackland-based unit, whose activities revolve around the F-
16 Fighting Falcon and its operation.
        Bill Jones, one of three visitors from DPT Laboratories, Ltd., a pharmaceutical company, took special
interest in the static aircraft display. Invited by Maj. Art Tamayo, who works for DPT, Mr. Jones enthusiasti-
cally accepted the invitation because his adopted son had joined the Air Force two years ago and is currently
serving overseas.
         “I’m interested in all aspects of Air Force aviation,” said Mr. Jones, who asked many questions of his

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Capt. Harold Hill of the 149th Medical Group answered questions about the SPEARR unit, which he termed
a “small trauma team.” The SPEARR tent, designed to be erected within minutes, displayed some of the
equipment the unit’s medical professionals use – and very recently used in response to Hurricane Ike. The
visitors “That was my favorite part,” said Elisa Carter, a principal in the Seguin ISD, which employs Staff
Sgt. Troy Depalermo. However, she made that statement while she and the other guests shared box
lunches … before they rode on the KC-135, courtesy of the 465th Air Refueling Squadron, from Tinker
AFB, Okla.
        The guests also had the opportunity to wear Night Vision Goggles, which the F-16 pilots use in fly-
ing night operations. Although the civilians were confined to a darkened room, they could briefly experi-
ence viewing their surroundings and what resembles a miniature train layout (minus the train) in an eerie
greenish tint.
       The refueler took off around noontime and flew a round trip toward Laredo, Texas. After attaining
a comfortable altitude, the aircraft was joined by successive “four-ship” flights of the 149th Fighter
Wing’s F-16s that took turns refueling. The passengers likewise took turns, working their way to the back
of the aircraft where they could watch the refueling in process.
       After the two-hour flight, Ed Cooper, chief executive officer and president of Acuity Healthcare,
LP, who acted on the invitation of Maj. Scott Galliardt, exclaimed, “What a great way to spend the after-
       The visitors clearly enjoyed themselves, but they learned some things as well, not only about what
their employees or co-workers did but also about the rest of the 149th Fighter Wing.
        For example, Randy Boehme, laboratory services director for Nix Healthcare, said that, before his
visit, he didn’t really know what Ruben Garcia, a technical sergeant in the medical group, did in the Na-
tional Guard.
       “I’ve never been in the military and didn’t know much about the
National Guard,” he said. “I had no idea all the maintenance it takes to
keep the F-16 flying. I learned a lot about the 149th [and] that it did
much more than fly F-16s.”
        In the final session before Bosses Day concluded, Col. John Nich-
ols, wing commander, reminded the guests of the special contribution
they made when they support their employee-Guardsmen who respond to
natural disasters within the state.
       “Our theme is ‘Texans helping Texans,’” he said. “When we have
the opportunity to assist our fellow Texans, it’s a good thing.”
       He noted that the experience National Guard members bring from
their civilian jobs helped them succeed in their mission.
       “The two careers meld together,” he said. “Great people make this
unit go.”
       Caryl Hill, employer outreach director for the Texas Committee,
ESGR, invited the guests to sign the
                                            Master Sgt. Arsenio Garza, of the 149th Maintenance Group,
“Statement of Support for the Guard and
                                            talks about the landing gear of the F-16C Fighting Falcon with
Reserve.” All of the guests took a copy
                                            visitors during the 149th Fighter Wing’s Bosses Day, Nov. 8.
with them or signed it on the spot.
                                             The civilians visited the Air National Guard unit on Lackland
                                             Air Force Base, Texas, in conjunction with Employer Support
                                             of the Guard and Reserve. ((Texas Air National Guard photo by
       CAMP Mabry, Austin, Texas – He started his military career in 1974 and was recognized during
the observance of his retirement here on 1 Nov, 2008.

       In a ceremony attended by his family, friends, peers
and superiors, Senior Master Sgt. Jose Arroyo was recog-
nized for his many accomplishments, but before the cere-
mony started, Sergeant Arroyo introduced his family:
his wife of many years, Blanca, and his two daughters,
Monica Flores and Anna Arroyo who not surprisingly, is a
staff sergeant in the Texas Air National Guard as well. The
family is complete with one more daughter Veronica Almo-
dovar, sons Joey Najera, Joe Arroyo III and grandchildren
ranging in ages from 2 to 17 years.

        Colonel Malesky, Director of Staff, HQTXANG, in-
troduced Sergeant Arroyo: “Senior Master Sgt Arroyo was
born in Chihuahua, Mexico, moved to El Paso and began his
military career by enlisting in the U.S. Army n May 1974.
In September 1981 Sergeant Arroyo enlisted in the Texas
Air National Guard and was the fifth member to join the       Senior Master Sgt. Jose Arroyo accepts one of
    st                                                        the many gifts during his retirement ceremony
101 Operating Location Air Base (OLAB) now known as the
204 Security Forces Squadron. In October 1989 he ap-          Photo: Chief Master Sgt. Gonda Moncada
plied for and was selected for the position of Recruiting and
Retention non-commissioned officer (NCO). He served in that position until his selection to Recruiting
and Retention Superintendent in 2002 at Camp Mabry.”

       After this introduction, Colonel Malesky said: “Attention to orders,” as Sergeant Arroyo was
presented the Meritorious Service Medal first Oak Leave Cluster, the Lone Star Distinguished Service
Medal, and a certificate from the Governor of Texas which read: “It is often been said that the ac-
tions of the brave defend the principles of our life ‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness whether
within our borders or during dangerous times on foreign soil. These courageous men and women have
sacrificed much so we may live in freedom. It is evermore evident that liberty does not come without
cost. We salute you for your service to the United States, signed and sealed under my hand this 25th
of September, 2008, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas.” Next Sergeant Arroyo was presented with a
Certificate of Appreciation from Maj. Gen. Allen R. Dehnert, Commander Texas Air National Guard.
It read in part: “I extend to you my personal thanks and the sincere appreciation of our nation for
your honorable service. You helped to maintain the security of the United States with a devotion to
duty that is in keeping with our proud service. My best wishes to you for happiness and success in the

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        The next presentation was the Texas flag from the Texas House of Representatives flown over
the Capitol on September 26, 2008 in honor of Sergeant Arroyo’s retirement and finally the United
States Flag flown over the Texas Air National Guard headquarters in recognition of outstanding leader-
ship and dedication. Several gifts were presented from the Headquarters Staff followed by a presenta-
tion of the Yellow Rose of Texas to Mrs. Arroyo from Sergeant Arroyo with a citation that read: “I would
like to present the Yellow Rose of Texas to my best friend, my wife Blanca Arroyo, because she has al-
ways supported my military service and made many a sacrifice so that I could serve. She has always gone
the extra mile, all with incredible grace. Without her support I would not be where I am today. She has
traveled with me for thousands of miles during the performance of my military duties, often as my sound-
ing board; patiently listening as I described the challenges before me. Her thoughtfulness and unwavering
support have always made my days a little brighter, and general, she has been my biggest ally and I have
been truly blessed.” She was then commissioned the Yellow Rose of Texas, on behalf of Governor Rick
       Brig. Gen. Donald Harvel, Deputy Commander Texas Air National Guard, presented the children
with a Certificate of Appreciation that read: “Thank you for the support you have given your father dur-
ing the countless projects that served the critical needs of the United States Air Force and the Texas
Air National Guard. You have been a true stay-at-home patriot. We appreciate the sacrifices you have
       General Dehnert said: “ During the reading of your bio I was struck by something . Time and time
again I heard the words ‘service’ Meritorious Service, Lone Star Distinguished Service, that word service
describes your career - Service to the military, service to your community, your church and love of family.
Folks from all over the state came here today to honor you.”
        When it was Joe’s turn he said “Wow – what a wonderful day. Thanks to my family and friends
                                                               and to my parents for their inspiration.
                                                               Thanks to my mother who lives in El Paso
                                                               and could not be here today and my father
                                                               Jose who is in heaven witnessing this event
                                                               today with a big smile on his face - ‘Gracias
                                                               papa.’ I will always remember my father
                                                               when he would hold up his hand and say:
                                                               ‘Pretty good, pretty good.’ I want to thank
                                                               my wife Blanca for her friendship and un-
                                                               wavering support – I love you. To my chil-
                                                               dren and grandchildren – thank you for your
                                                               patience and support throughout my military
                                                               career.” He went on to thank many in the
                                                               audience. He said: I truly believe that you
                                                               are the best of the best in the Air National
                                                               Guard. I leave you with mixed feelings be-
                                                               cause I do know that there is so much more
to do, so much more to accomplish, but I also know that you will enjoy great successes in the future, and I
wish you all the best in the future.” He extended a special thanks to the person he called his mentor, for-
mer Recruiting and Retention Superintendent, Senior Master Sgt. (Ret) Bill Alexander and Lt. Col. Al
Lloyd, whom he called a ‘heavyweight,’ during his early years.

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           Senior Master Sgt. Jose Arroyo’s decorations before today’s pres-             Continued from page 14

   entations included: Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation
   Medal with one oak leaf, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Air Reserve Meritorious Service
   Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humani-
   tarian Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass,
   Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle), Air Force Training Ribbon, Texas Outstanding Service Medal,
   Texas Medal of Merit, Texas Humanitarian Award, Texas Governors Unit Citation Award, Texas Adjutant Gen-
   eral’s Individual Award.

                                                                    Senior Master Sgt,. Jose Arroyo presents his
                                                                    wife with a bouquet of yellow roses Photo: Chief
                                                                    Master Sgt. Gonda Moncada

Maj. Gen. Allen R, Dehnert, and
Brig. Gen. Donald Harvel recognize
Senior Master Sgt. Jose Arroyo
and his family for the sacrifices
made during a long military career.

Crackdown in Robstown courtesy Joint Counterdrug Task Force

                                                        Staff Sgt, Jim Levine greets the 4th and 5th graders of
                                                        Lotspeich elementary on the morning of Nov 11, 2008 as the Joint
                                                        Counterdrug Task Force and the local community kick of Operation
                                                        Clean Sweep.

 Staff Sgt, Jim Levine allows the Student Council President
 to give the “Go-Ahead” to bulldoze a crack house amidst
 cheers of “Knock it Down! Knock it Down!.”

                                                                        In a matter of minutes a crack house is all but
                                                                        destroyed and represents only one of 22 tore
                                                                        down in Robstown that day.

                                                                      Photos: Ms. Cheryl Barbeau


      What: Chaplain Contact Information

     Who: Texas Military Forces members and their Families

     How: Email: (not case sensitive)

     Phone toll free: 1-866-822-7685 then select 8 #

     When: Phone is forwarded to an on-call Chaplain and is answered promptly.

A    ir Force launches 'BlueTube' site for online videos
     Now the Air Force has its own channel, called AirForceBlueTube, for interesting and funny Air Force
     videos on the popular video-sharing site
     Because content is extracurricular in nature and typically not work-related, people will
     have to send the link to another e-mail address to view the videos on a computer that is not part of a
     DOD network
     Videos are subject to approval before they're posted based on the guidelines of the host site and
     Air Force News Media. AirForceBlueTube can handle videos up to 100 MB and about 10 minutes a
     piece. Videos fewer than 10 MB can be e-mailed directly to the site manager at, or

Tricare Reserve and Guard family benefit now permanent
     Eligible families of activated National Guard and Reserve members will continue to save up to $300 in
     annual deductibles now that a Tricare "demonstration" program is a permanent benefit.
     Eligible family members of Guard and Reserve personnel activated for more than 30 days under fed
     eral orders in support of a contingency operation are eligible for Tricare Standard and Tricare Ex
     Since eligibility for Tricare benefits is determined by the services, activated Reserve and Guard
     members should visit their local military ID card-issuing facility to ensure family members are eligi
     ble for the Tricare Reserve Family Benefit and update their information in the Defense Enrollment
     Eligibility Reporting System.

E   xecutive order eases employment for military spouses
     President Bush has signed an executive order that will make it easier for spouses of servicemembers to get
    federal jobs. The order authorizes noncompetitive hiring of spouses and should make the hiring process
      easier and faster for those in this category.
     To be eligible, individuals have to be the spouse of an active-duty member or of a reservist on active duty
     called on to relocate. Also eligible are the spouses of servicemembers listed as 100 percent disabled and
     separated or retired, as well as widows or widowers of servicemembers who died on active duty, and who
     have not remarried.

Safety Notes

            Saturday 6 December 08 -- Duty Hours: 0730-1615
                 UNIFORM OF THE DAY: Optional

TIME        ACTIVITIES                    PLACE         OFF/NCO

0730-0800   Roll Call w/slides            Conf. Room    Col. Malesky
0900-1200   Exec Selection Panel          Conf. Room    Maj. Gen. Dehnert
1200-1300   Lunch                         Dining Hall
1615        Dismissal
1730        Christmas Party               Main Event
            (Ugly Sweater Contest)

            Sunday 7 December -- Duty Hours: 0715-1530
                    UNIFORM OF THE DAY: Optional
TIME        ACTIVITIES                    PLACE         OFF/NCO
0715-0800   Roll Call                     Conf. Room
0800-0830   Church Services               Chapel        Chaplain
0830-0900   CIB                           Intel
1100-1200   Lunch                         Dining Hall
1300-1400   Directors Meeting             Conf. Room
                                                                       Click for
1430-1530   Baby Shower                   Conf. Room                   message
1530        Dismissal

Member of the Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas, Lyndon
Alec, performed at Camp Mabry on 13 Nov, 2008 during
National Native American Heritage Month.
Photo: Ms. Cheryl Barbeau

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