934th Airlift Wing (AFRC) Minneapolis-St. Paul IAP Air Reserve Station, Minn. October 2005 Vol. 27, No.10
AES Helps out with Katrina - page 5
Chaplains journey from Vietnam to Iraq - page 10
Family Day photos - pages 8 and 9
The life of a loadmaster - page 11
Around the Wing
Aerial Port Evan Matthew Gulenchyn. Congratula-
The Port welcomes Airman Christo- tions on your new arrival.
pher Richardson, a split option currently Staff Sgts. Inez Morales and Salina
attending Air Transportation Techincal Padilla received letters of recognition for
School at Lackland AFB, Texas. their work during the Patriot Voice exer-
Congratulations to our September cise.
promotees. Master Sgt. Jack Pegg was
promoted to senior master sergeant. Tech.
Sgt. Gregory Ott was promoted to mas- Jim Mueller was promoted to mas-
ter sergeant. Staff Sgts. Rebecca Felix, ter sergeant.
Patrick Sommer and Kevin Lynch were Airman 1st Class Greg Greseth re-
promoted to the rank of technical sergeant. ceived a score of 99 percent on his upgrade
EDITORIAL STAFF training course.
Senior Airmen Andrew Fischer and Jus-
934th Airlift Wing commander Maj. Erick Holman was a distin-
Col. James J. Muscatell Jr. tin Omlie were promoted to staff ser-
geant. guished graduate from LRO.
Tech. Sgt. Allan Garnet received a Senior Airman Kelly Jabas returned
Chief of Public Affairs
letter of appreciation for his exceptional from deployment to Mountain Home AFB,
Lt. Col. Margaret McGlinn
work in GATES data entry while at New Idaho and also scored a perfect 100 percent
NCOIC Cumberland, Pa. from Mar. 1 to May 31. on the Fit to Fight test. Congratulations.
Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey S. Williams Master. Sgt. Jon Juliot and Senior
Master Sgt. Charles Nelson retired in Security Forces
Editor The squadron welcomed new mem-
September. The Port wishes them many
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Olson ber Staff Sgt. Matthew Sargent who
happy healthy years to enjoy family and
friends. joined us from the Army National Guard
Staff Sgt. Jennifer A. Johnson Thank you to Honorary Port Com- 79th Military Police Company in Roches-
Senior Airman Curtis Holden mander Les Hanson for his donation of ter, Minn.
28 bicycles to the Family Day festivities. Staff Sgt. Michael Bier completed a
Photographers The unit welcomed back to Senior triathlon on Sept. 10 in Stillwater, Minn.
Staff Sgt. Josh Nason Master Sgt. Gregg Nordwall from his Congratulations to newlyweds Mas-
123 day TDY to Bosnia. ter Sgt. John Peterson, 934th SFS, and
Congratulations to Porter of the Quar- Tech. Sgt. Mandy DeForrest 934th ASTS,
This funded Air Force newspa- ter Tech. Sgt. Ronald Salargo. who were married on Sept. 17.
per is an authorized publication for Congratulations to Tech. Sgt. Glenn
members of the U.S. military ser- Civil Engineer Kramlinger and new wife Dina who were
vices. The content of the Viking Flyer Maj. Donald Kom was promoted married on Sept. 3.
is not necessarily the views of or en- to Lieutenant Colonel. Colonel Kom
dorsed by the U.S. government, the assumed the helm as the new squadron Services
Department of Defense or the De- commander. The out-going commander, Services had a surprise welcome home
partment of the Air Force. Lt. Col. J.D. Larson, was chosen as the from folks deployed over at Manas AFB
The editorial content is edited, new deputy commander of 934th Kyrgyzstan for four months. The unit will
prepared and provided by the 934th Mission Support Group. give them a warm welcoming at the Octo-
Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office Two groups, totaling 56 personnel, ber 2005 bivouac.
(U.S. Air Force Reserve Command), deployed to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. from Senior Airman Alika Wong received
Minneapolis-St. Paul International July to August for annual tour. The engi- recognition for achieving 100 percent on
Airport Joint Air Reserve Station, his Fit To Fight Test.
neers dug, poured, fitted, pounded, bolted,
760 Military Highway, Minneapolis,
and wired together a K-span building, the
MN 55450-2100. For more infor-
likes of which has never been seen before On the Cover
mation, call (612) 713-1217.
and was truly a sight to behold.
The Viking Flyer is mailed to Hannah Harwell, daughter of
reservists’ homes. Copies of the Roads and grounds poured cement for
Jenell Harwell, 934th
Viking Flyer are also available at a parking lot near the new gate.
various locations on base. Firefighters supported the 96th Airlift
civilian contractor, claims her
All photos are Air Force photo- Squadron at Camp Ripley in Little Falls,
raffle prize from Family Day
graphs unless otherwise indicated. Minn. during their flight training.
on Sept. 11. Twenty-eight
The deadline for all submissions bicycles were donated in all.
is the Sunday of the UTA one Communications
Tech. Sgt. Paul Gulenchyn and his See story on next page for
month prior to publication.
wife Karla gave birth on Sept. 10 to son more details.
2 VIKINg FLYER
Looking the part of an Airman
By Staff Sgt. polishing our new boots and approach your work in the A final thing to make
Nicholas Olson would try to outdo each other military. Along with customs sure of is the condition of
Staff Writer to see who could be the best. and courtesies, it is your your hair. For males it is
There is a mirror in my Now that I have been out calling card for first impres- actually recommended that, if
shop that has the question of school for 10 years, I still sions. men have hair on our heads, it
“Are you in proper uniform?” try to maintain my boots to A good suggestion is worn in a tapered look, not
on a sticker at the top. I have the standards I set back then. would be to inspect your to exceed one and one quarter
looked in this mirror several The same can be said uniform anytime before you inch in bulk. For females with
times over the years and I can about the uniform. Before a attend a drill weekend or non- long hair, it is to be put up
honestly say that I fit the drill weekend, I will inspect UTA event. Make sure behind the head or, if worn
profile. my uniform for creases and everything is in its right place short, that it not go beyond
However, when I happen stains to make sure I look and, even though they are the bottom edge of the shirt
to be walking around the good. I also make sure I sewn on, make sure your collar.
base, I often notice when follow the authorized rules patches are aligned and do not Having pride in appear-
people are either out of for wear of the sleeves and, show visible wear. If your ance can make the difference in
uniform or are showing little particularly, for the placement uniform is worn out, replace how servicemembers are
respect for the equipment they of the hat. it. perceived and what we can
were assigned. This past drill weekend I When it comes to the achieve. It is a small sacrifice to
One of the first things I actually saw a number of dress uniform, make sure benefit our careers now and
notice in someone’s uniform senior noncommissioned your ribbons and pins are into the future. It is also a part
is their boots. Going back to officers with crooked covers. centered and to the regula- of our motto: “Integrity first,
my days in the Army, I can This is not how to lead by tions. I ran into an Airman service before self, excellence in
remember the pride in example. that was allowed to be out of all that we do.”
appearance that we took in Pride in the uniform uniform because someone did For more information on
well-polished footwear. should be the same as pride in not correct her ribbons and wear of the uniform, consult
During my technical school, your military service. It is the nametag placement when AFI 36-2903.
we would spend hours indicator of how you instructing her on wear.
Honorary commander and MAC member Hanson
makes Family Day more special with donation
By Staff Sgt. Nicholas Olson somewhere to collect money and buy toys and Mrs. Santa Claus. Prior to 1992, Mr.
Staff Writer for the military children,” said Hanson. Hanson had been the Santa Claus for the
When it comes to charitable giving, He began a toy drive three years ago Minnesota Vikings charity.
we all try to pitch in when we can. But for Christmas. In that time he has raised This year he will be coming to the
when one person saw that the annual over $13,000 from private donations to 934th Airlift Wing to give out toys to the
Family Day picnic was in need of raffle give to the children of military families in reservists’ families.
prizes, one man decided to up the ante. the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy. “I have been very fortunate in my
Les Hanson, member of the Military The reason for purchasing the life,” said Mr. Hanson. “Kids are my
Affairs Council and honorary commander bicycles this year was that he saw a need biggest joy. I have four things I truly
for the 27th Aerial Port Squadron, after only two being donated during the love: I love the military, I love my country
stepped forward and organized the previous year. and I love children. I would say the
donation of 28 bicycles for the children “I contacted some friends in number one thing I love is my freedom
of reservists. Colorado, Lilydale and St. Paul and used and the life that my country affords me.”
Mr. Hanson’s donations to the some of my own money to buy the bikes “One of the most touching
military began after Sept. 11, 2001 when, from Wal-Mart,” said Hanson. Wal-Mart memories I have, and I will never forget
after realizing that he was unable to was able to sell Mr. Hanson the bicycles at it, was when I went to a homeless shelter
return to military service, he decided to their wholesale price. “They were very as Santa Claus,” said Mr. Hanson. “I had
benefit the families of servicemembers generous in doing that for us.” this child on my lap and I asked him
instead. During the holiday season, Mr. “What would you like for Christmas?”
“I felt I had this calling from Hanson and his wife also perform as Mr. and he responded “A home.”
OCTOBER 2005 3
$400,000 of SLGI coverage started Sept. 1
Highest benefit amount automatically goes from $16.25 to $26. ing and paying eligible survivors could
Airmen can avoid the increase if they take several months, the colonel said.
automatic but turn in a form before Sept. 30. The increases in SGLI coverage and
servicemembers must This change does not affect coverage the death gratuity benefit came about as a
of family members under the Family result of a 2004 study evaluating the
fill out form to change Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance. adequacy of death benefits for
benefit amount in Veterans can opt for more coverage servicemembers. The study found that
person under Veteran Group Life Insurance if benefits were adequate but did not
they are covered by SGLI before separat- recognize the unique sacrifice made by
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. ing from the service. servicemembers who die in combat
– Four hundred thousand dollars of The increased SGLI coverage situations, Colonel Penrod said.
Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance becomes retroactive to Oct. 7, 2001, for “There was concern that we weren’t
automatically goes into effect for everyone survivors of servicemembers who died recognizing direct sacrifice of life in
in the U.S. military Sept. 1. in a combat zone, combat operations or service to our nation,” she said. “That’s
If people do not want the maxi- combat-related situations. If death how the increase was made for those
mum SGLI coverage, they will have to occured between Oct. 7, 2001, and Sept. particular situations.” (AFRC News
change it in writing, even if they opted 1, 2005, survivors receive $150,000 in Service from American Forces Press
for much less or none in the past. The transitional insurance, bringing the total Service)
current maximum coverage is $250,000. maximum coverage to $400,000.
In addition, a new law now requires In addition, the U.S. military’s death
the services to tell spouses if gratuity benefit increased from $12,500 to
servicemembers designate a primary $100,000 effective May 11. It too is
beneficiary other than their current lawful retroactive to Oct. 7, 2001. This means
spouse, or they turn down SGLI coverage that survivors of servicemembers who
or reduce it after Sept. 1. died between Oct. 7, 2001, and May 11,
To change insurance amounts or 2005, receive the increased benefits, said
who gets it, Airmen need to visit their Col. Virginia Penrod, director of military
unit’s commander support staff or compensation.
military personnel flight to fill out a The increased benefits are for
SGLV Form 8286. If deployed, their survivors of servicemembers who die in
personnel for contingency operation team combat zones, combat operations and
can help. combat-related situations, she said.
Air Force Reserve Command Combat-related situations include
personnel officials said changes on the airborne duty, combat training, demoli-
form will not be accepted before Sept. 1. tion duty and training exercises.
SGLI coverage still runs 6.5 cents per A policy designating combat areas
Servicemembers can change
month for $1,000 of insurance, but the and situations was given to the service
coverage amount by filling out a
increments of coverage change from departments in June, and each service is
SGLV Form 8286, available in
$10,000 to $50,000. If people take no now reviewing cases. Payments already
action, the monthly maximum premium have begun, but the process of identify-
Wing Commander’s Hotline
The hotline provides wing members with a direct link to the wing com-
mander to relay kudos, concerns or suggestions on wing matters.
To reach the hotline, call (612) 713-4685. Remember to leave your name
and telephone number.
Before relaying problems, be sure to always use your chain of command
or call the responsible agency first so it can have the chance to help you.
4 VIKING FLYER
Reservists charge into Katrina relief
Story and Photo by
Tech. Sgt. Jason Tudor
Air Force Reserve
Texas – Wanted: Nerves of
steel, the patience of a saint
and the ability to forego
substantial eating and
sleeping for days at a time.
Anyone seeking a job
coordinating the aeromedi-
cal evacuation of thou-
sands after a major disaster
need not apply unless they
have those traits. Some
dry-erase markers, a
telephone, and three white
boards wouldn’t hurt
Fortunately for the Members of the 934th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron lift a litter into a truck before
Federal Emergency leaving Kelly Field, Texas, on a mission. The Airmen from the unit made up a team that
Management Agency, the flew from Texas to New Orleans, later dropping patients off at locations around the U.S.
Defense Department and
evacuees, members of the Air Force readied tons of medical equipment, gallons Inside a small office in the staging
Reserve Command’s 433rd Airlift Wing of intravenous fluid and miles of gauze for hangar, coordinators kept track of 125
used all these abilities to run aeromedical the missions. military and civilian airplanes. The C-130
evacuation efforts during the aftermath of “It was busy,” he added. did the bulk of aeromedical evacuation
Hurricane Katrina. The aeromedical evacuation effort took work, bringing patients into San Antonio
Reservists commanded and controlled place in several locations, with a “total to 31 hospitals in the area providing help.
all aeromedical evacuation out of New force” effort between active duty, guards- Commercial aircraft, other military aircraft as
Orleans. With 125 airplanes at their men and reservists moving people away well as C-5s from the Alamo Wing helped
disposal, Citizen Airmen here were from danger. However, the bulk of the move evacuees away from danger.
ensuring victims of Hurricane Katrina were command and control work was done by Inside a 10-by-12 foot office, nine
ferried to care at points across the United reservists out of two Kelly hangars. people crammed onto three desks. Between
States. One hangar served as a staging area putting teams on airplanes, findings buses
And when did those nerves of steel where medical technicians organized piles to move them and getting patients to
come into place? Quickly, according to Capt. of medical equipment for later flights. hospitals, the office buzzed with activity
James Baugh. He served as one of a Another hangar served as a patient from morning to night.
handful of people inside the AE coordina- treatment area for incoming evacuees. From That’s when “the patience of a saint”
tion cell. He said he worked on evacuation New Orleans to Kelly Field, the Air Force came in handy. Master Sgt. Julianna
efforts in other situations, but never with Reserve managed the operation. On the Simmons deployed from March Air
an impact this close to home. ground, Airmen from Lackland AFB, Reserve Base, Calif., to work in the
“The term ‘refugee from New Orleans’ Texas, and volunteers took over, busing aeromedical evacuation coordination cell.
sends chills up your spine,” he said. “It people to one of 31 hospitals in the area. Earlier this year, Sergeant Simmons said she
certainly added more depth to what we Surrounded by dozens of ambu- finished an exercise called Lifesaver ’05 on
were doing in here.” lances, charter buses and news media the Gulf Coast dealing with similar
During a “typical” two hour and 15 satellite trucks, the hangars were ground circumstances to Katrina. She said the stress
minute period, Captain Baugh said they zero for evacuation efforts. Much of the level was much higher for the real thing.
were prepping one airplane, launching heavy lifting took place from Sept. 1-3 in
another and alerting an aircrew to go. Crews about 51 hours. See KATRINA on page 6.
OCTOBER 2005 5
Wing aircrews respond to Katrina disaster
By Staff Sgt. “There was so much traffic.” crews with five of them from has taught them to prepare for
Jennifer Johnson Both Colonel Boldenow 934th Airlift Wing. anything, there were still some
Staff Writer and Sergeant Anderson were Colonel Trezza said he things that crews didn’t expect,
Utter chaos was how most part of five 934th AES crews wasn’t surprised by the crews said Colonel Boldenow.
of the 934th Aeromedical from Minneapolis who went to response. “Some of these people
Evacuation Squadron the Gulf region to assist in the “It shows how much had all their worldly belongings
crewmembers described the relief mission. pride and overwhelming sense in a garbage bag,” she said. “For
scene Sept. 1-2 after they saw Lt. Col. Anthony Trezza, of responsibility everyone in some of them it was their first
the destruction Hurricane 934th AES operations officer, this unit has,” he said. flight and, for a lot of them,
Katrina left in its wake. said as soon as the request was Colonel Boldenow was they didn’t even know where
“It was like a war zone,” made, everything went “totally surprised” when she they were flying to.”
said Tech. Sgt. Albert Ander- extremely quick. got the call Aug. 30 but knew Sergeant Anderson said
son, 934th AES technician. “It takes a catastrophic instantly she was going to help after the devastation, the nation
“There were Army, Navy, Coast event for us to be called up, and because, “they needed us.” seemd to pull together.
Guard and news choppers this was it,” he said. “The first As soon as the crews “Whether you were civilian
everywhere, and they were all 25 people we called were willing arrived in the region, they hit or military, everyone there went
bringing people in.” to drop everything to go help. the ground running and above and beyond,” he said.
Lt. Col. Marge Boldenow, In less than three hours, we got transported people from Kelly “When it comes right down to
934th AES nurse, agreed with a commitment from everyone.” AFB, Texas, to designated it, we were ready and have
Sergeant Anderson. The colonel added that the locations, such as Miami, proven that we will be ready
“It was scarier than going Air Force Reserve Command Atlanta and Austin, Texas. when the real thing happens.”
to Baghdad,” said Boldenow. had 31 aeromedical evacuation Even though their training
KATRINA from page 5 medic and reservist from the 934th drugs were tiring. We had three dogs, but at
Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, worked one point, we were down to one,” he said.
“We had one phone line, everyone on one mission. She said the work was There was also the challenge of moving
calling in needing to call out. We were overwhelming. people who were mentally challenged and
getting a delay in information getting “I think, ‘Hey that could be me.’ You those with post-traumatic stress disorder.
missions. New Orleans was getting backed empathize with them and you come “Some of these folks would get off
up,” the reservist said. “It was stressful, but together as Americans and get it done,” she the plane and just shut down. We couldn’t
we eventually started to get into a groove. I said. move them,” he said.
learned I could juggle 100 things at once.” Fellow medical technician, squadron At one point, reservists accounted for
One of those 100 things included mate and reservist Staff Sgt. Bill Lohse 98 percent of all aeromedical evacuations.
planes backing up at New Orleans airport. agreed. The Minnesotan said he just As of Sept. 7, that number waned to 80
At one time, C-130s were being sent from returned from a deployment in Afghani- percent. The need for further medical
Kelly to New Orleans but ended up circling stan. He saw similarities to that country and evacuations dramatically dropped after Sept.
overhead for hours. Some eventually came his New Orleans experience. 4 because local medical people were able to
home. They couldn’t land because of the “We landed in New Orleans, looked handle most of the patients, but the global
number of airplanes on the ground and around and it kind of looked like Afghani- AE system remained on standby if needed,
parked on the runway. stan – helicopters flying around and rapid said Col. (Dr.) James Collier, AFRC
At the same time, the Kelly flightline deployments. It’s different, though, surgeon general.
burgeoned with as many as 87 different because we’re in America. You wouldn’t Throughout the span of days the
airframes – C-5s, C-17s, C-130s, 757s and think this kind of situation would happen Alamo Wing championed the aeromedical
more. The task saturation made the here, but when it does, it’s nice to know we evacuation efforts, nerves of steel and
forgoing of food and sleep perhaps the have people we can count on.” patience paid off. Better than 2,900 people
easiest trait to have. Compounding the aeromedical were moved to hospitals from Seattle to
Meanwhile, reservists were cycling evacuation were other displaced people San Antonio. Sergeant Lohse summed up
Reserve, Guard and active-duty aeromedical brought in from the Crescent City. Master the feelings of all the reservists involved.
evacuation teams from Minnesota, Sgt. Rob Kusterer, a C-5 flight engineer “It’s the greatest thing we can do – to
Mississippi and Texas onto flights. Made with the 433rd AW and coordinator for help others like this. It’s like sitting around
up of medical technicians and nurses, these incoming evacuees to San Antonio, said the fire hall. You hear the bell and you
teams provide care to patients in the air. some of the issues he faced were all new. go,” he said. “This is the greatest job in
Senior Airman Winter Shaler, a flight “At one point, the dogs that sniff for the Air Force.
6 VIKING FLYER
Global War on Terror Promotions and Decorations
Service Medal Lieutenant Colonel
Kirby Bauer 934th CF
Donald Kom 934th CES
Jim Mueller 934th LRS
Christopher Neitzel 934th AW
Jenna Reeks 934th MSF
Meritorious Service Medal
Lt. Col. Dennis Smith 934th ASTS
Master Sgt. Sherri Cash 934th ASTS
Awarded to servicemembers who
have participated in or served in sup- Master Sgt. Jon Juliot 27th APS
port of the Global War on Terrorism Op-
erations outside the designated areas
of eligibility for the Global War on Terror-
ism Expeditionary Medal. Retirements
This includes all members on active
duty, including Reservists or National
Master Sgt. Michael Starr
Guard activated on or after 11 Septem- Oct. 2 @ 2 p.m. at the Services Club. Contact Senior
ber 2001 to a date to be determined,
having served 30 consecutive days or
Master Sgt. Vicky Kuntz at ext. 1443.
for 60 nonconsecutive days.
Bishop Robert Pates, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis,
will be celebrating the Catholic Mass at 3 p.m. at the 934th Base Chapel (Bldg. 725).
The Protestant service will still be held at 9 a.m.
Please call Paul Ives at 651-308-6706 if you have any questions or concerns.
Bishop Pates is has been very supportive of our military and would love to meet members
of the 934th. He was invited here by Fr. Larry Blake, the auxiliary chaplain for the 934th.
SergeantS Upp & adam
Dealing with stress? Trying to
cope with life’s little or not so
little issues? Help is available
through Air Force One Source.
Counseling sessions are
available through referrals on the
Web site or by calling (800) 707-
5784. The first six visits are free
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Use login “airforce,” password
By Senior Master Sgt. Doug Johnson
OCTOBER 2005 7
Celebrating the Reservist
Lt. Col. (Ret.) John Vlahos, formerly of the 934th Tactical
Airlift Group, serves food to the unit members and their
on a bird house
with his son, Karl.
Jensen Petros, son of 96th Airlift Squadron pilot Lt. C
cockpit simulator at Family Day as his brother Davis
8 VIKING FLYER
experience on Family Day
Senior Airman Tony Byerly, firefighter, assists Mackenzie
DeWaard, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Carl DeWaard, 27th Aerial Port
Squadron, during a demonstration of the firefighting equipment.
Samuel Kline, son of Tech. Sgt. Randy Kline,
934th Family Support Center, plays the “Dart
Man” game by attaching a large cushioned dart
to his midsection and jumping onto a dart board.
Col. Don Petros, gets a chance to check out the Photos by
looks on. Staff Sgt. Nicholas Olson
OCTOBER 2005 9
Chaplain leaves behind horrors of
Vietnam, alcohol abuse to find faith
Story and photo by freedom, he knew several high frantically dropped to the confused, mixed up and
Tech. Sgt. Melissa Phillips school friends who died and ground, when they heard a fragmented.
407th Air Expeditionary some were seriously bigger boom, as a 122 mm “I would not have called
Group Public Affairs wounded. rocket went screaming directly myself an alcoholic, because I
“I consider every over their heads. It landed still had some control over my
ALI BASE, IRAQ — servicemember that fought or outside on the other end of life,” he said. “Most of my
When a rocket struck Charles died in Vietnam a close friend, the barracks. Fortunately no friends were like me. Once we
Perry’s barracks one sunny whether I knew them or not, one died, but some Airmen started drinking, we didn’t
day at Phan Rang Air Base, and it hurt when any one of were hit with shrapnel. quit until we reached the
Vietnam, it had a profound them died in war,” said “I always had a feeling of bottom of the bottle.”
impact on his life - but it Chaplain Perry, who is helplessness when things like Even though most of
didn’t cause him to rediscover stationed at Minneapolis-St. that happened,” said Chaplain his career as a crew chief on F-
his faith. Paul Air Reserve Station, Perry. “I guess it would be like 100s was surrounded by a
Instead, it opened up Minn. getting picked on by a bully cloud of loneliness and inner
more questions. It was lunch time when everyday and knowing that conflict, he still requested to
“I used to ask God about his base came under attack. you were helpless to fight extend in Vietnam. But, the
all the painful things in my His roommate had just back. You just had to take it.” planes he maintained were
life, especially, ‘Why Viet- shared some homemade That helplessness drove sent back home.
nam,’” said Chaplain (Maj.) cookies from a care package his him to fill the void. Instead Shortly after he left the
Charles Perry, 407th Air mom sent him. Joking of turning to God, he sought Air Force, he moved to
Expeditionary Group around, his friend blew up the out a homespun treatment Brooklyn, N.Y., to manage a
Protestant chaplain. bag the baked goods were plan of alcohol. baseball batting range in
Although no one he packed in and popped it “After Vietnam, I seemed Coney Island.
served with sacrificed their life loudly. to have no direction in life,” A bit of a wanderer, he
defending the ideals of A second later, everyone said Chaplain Perry. “I was so was offered a job on the
Alaskan pipeline three years
later. He married a girl from
his hometown of Chippewa
Falls, Wis., who also sub-
scribed to the same liquid
release, and together they
moved to Alaska.
There he managed an
electrical contracting business.
After some time passed, he
decided to move from one
town to another. Right before
his move, a Christian he had
met asked him to turn his life
over to God.
Chaplain Perry told him
he had already unsuccessfully
tried religion before, that he
had a long time to live and
would reconsider it when he
However, another close
Then Airman 3rd Class Charles Perry poses in front of his work center in call changed his mind. As he
Vietnam where he was an F-100 Super Sabre crew chief. He became a chaplain
in 1988 and is currently a 934th Airlift Wing chaplain. (U.S. Air Force photo) See PERRY page 12.
10 VIKING FLYER
What it takes to be a loadmaster
Story and photo by “Then we do engine start and take- we’re not jeopardizing their marriage and
Senior Airman Curtis Holden off. In the air we perform scanning duties status with their employer,” said Sergeant
Staff Writer of the aircraft and make sure the load is Murnion. “Ideally, I like to interview the
ready for an air drop to be performed,” spouse with the loadmaster candidate to
Loadmasters flying with C-130 explained Sergeant Preusse. find out if he or she is willing and able to
aircraft normally will not serve you a meal He added that usually the pilot will deal with the strains and stresses on
or snack while on board like on a land the aircraft and loadmasters will family caused by the duties and responsi-
commercial flight, but they’ll make sure perform their post-flight checklist duties bilities of the loadmaster position.”
you, your possessions and other cargo and unload, if necessary, debrief, put The second step requires a
arrive safely at your destination. their gear away, and be done with their loadmaster candidate to pass a Class III
Like every aircrew member here at the mission. flight physical examination, said Sergeant
934th Airlift Wing, loadmasters serve an “Only two percent of Air Force Murnion.
important role preparing a C-130 for members are flyers and I wanted to be The physical entails more stringent
take-off, in-flight time, and landing. part of that two percent,” said Chief sight and hearing qualifications than a
A typical day for a loadmaster Master Sgt. Tom Foss, 96th AS, chief normal physical exam, can only be
requires showing up two to four hours loadmaster. “I wanted to be a loadmaster performed by a flight surgeon, and has
prior to a mission, getting gear ready for because I wanted to fly and see the more items for which a person can be
the flight like helmets, headsets, water for world.” disqualified, said Master Sgt. Jason
the airplane, and flight publications, said The training loadmasters receive can Rebholtz, 96th AS, squadron medical
Staff Sgt. Cory Preusse, 96th Airlift ultimately be used to serve humankind element.
Squadron loadmaster. and worthwhile causes, said Chief Foss. The third phase includes an inter-
Loadmasters then conduct their pre- “Humanitarian missions have been view with the squadron chief and
flight checks and perform weights and the best rewards,” said Chief Foss. “In submission of the loadmaster
balances for take-off and landing to make 1992, I helped bring food and goods to candidate’s resume, Sergeant Murnion
sure the aircraft is within regulation limits the people who were trapped and being added.
and deliver the mission load onto the shot at by snipers in Sarajevo. That was a After they successfully interview with
aircraft, he said. challenging but rewarding experience.” the chief, loadmaster candidates have to
Despite the stringent requirements meet the board members of the 96th AS,
and demands of the position, being a said Sergeant Murnion.
loadmaster can be a rewarding career for “Once they pass the board, they can
the right person, he added. enlist and begin their journey in the Air
“We’ve seen some beautiful sunrises, Force Reserve,” added Sergeant Murnion.
sunsets and mountains, even in time of However, the candidates then have
war,” said Chief Foss. “It’s a calming to complete annual requirements
effect. It’s like God is telling us, ‘You all including attending a series of schools
have one more day of life.’ And the best for 26 weeks and passing a Class III
part is I get paid to do this and serve my flight physical, flight evaluation and 20
country.” hours of loadmaster refresher courses
Loadmasters must undergo a every year, and serve a few extra days per
thorough screening process before they month, he said.
even step on the flight line and board a Loadmaster candidates must serve a
C-130 aircraft, said Tech Sgt. Bart minimum of four years after their
Murnion, 934th recruiter. technical schools, said Sergeant Murnion.
He said that loadmaster candidates As of the September 2005 unit
must first interview with a recruiter to training assembly, there were five
determine their eligibility. Then he selects loadmaster vacancies at the Squadron. If
people who have stable family lives, you are interested in applying for one of
Staff Sgt. Patrick Haley, 96th steady employment and good relation- these loadmaster positions, visit or call
Airlift Squadron loadmaster, ships with their spouses and employers, Sergeant Murnion at the base recruiting
closing the auxilliary ground due to current six-month and frequent office at 612-713-1451. You may also call
loading ramp on a C-130 Hercules. deployments. Sergeant Murnion on his cell phone at
“It’s our responsibility to make sure 612-490-1231.
OCTOBER 2005 11
PERRY from page 10
Sadly, it was also the end
of his five-month marriage to a
woman who still wanted to
frequent bars, drink and party.
So he signed divorce
papers and headed to Prescott,
Ariz., on his Norton 850
Commando motorcycle to
attend Embry Riddle College
and get his commercial pilot
He stopped in
Leavenworth, Wash., with the
intent of camping overnight,
attending church and continu-
It was there his second
wife, Ruth, found him. He
ended up staying through the
harvest season and worked in
the apple orchards.
At a church service, she
Chaplain (Maj.) Charles Perry prays with Senior Airman Josh Jacobs, Army 2nd
told him she had a premoni-
Lt. Scott Nelles and Army Spc. Brian Collins before a contemporary gospel
tion he was meant to be her
service. He is the 407th Air Expeditionary Group Protestant chaplain.
Not quite ready to hear eventually led him to become (running to escape her village as whether that is Jew, Christian,
this, Chaplain Perry politely said an Air Force chaplain. it was bombed by napalm), I Muslim, etc.
to her through her tears, “Well, He was commissioned as felt hurt for her. I started feeling “Most of the problems
I’m sorry God hasn’t told me an Army Reserve chaplain in some responsibility for her we deal with in our lives are
that yet.” 1988, and later switched to the experience and others like her,” best dealt with from a spiritual
He told Ruth that he Air National Guard in January said Chaplain Perry. perspective.
would go to church that night, 1990 when a position opened. A thought came to him “It is proven that drug and
but was still leaving in the He often shares the story over and over, “You are guilty alcohol programs that don’t
morning. of his past with others, because of killing hundreds of people have a spiritual emphasis have a
While listening to the he said it’s unnecessary for because you prepared the very low success rate, while
sermon, he heard a voice - loud servicemembers to feel as alone weapon.” those that emphasize the
and clear - say, “You’re going to and lost as he once did. But he knew it wasn’t true spiritual aspect of recovery have
take up Ruth and be in the “They know that I have and was able to shake the a higher success rate,” he said.
ministry soon.” been where they are and have thought eventually. However, In all, Chaplain Perry has
Even though he said this hurt like they hurt,” said his emotions resurfaced as he given 29 years of his life to the
experience shook him to the Chaplain Perry, who is a father watched the Gulf War unfold military.
core, he was still going to leave. to Dustin, 24; Kim, 23 and on television, and he experi- “This is what I’ve been
However, that night a massive Alex, 13. enced vivid, painful flashbacks. called to do,” said Chaplain
snow storm hit the area, closing “I let them know that He sought successful Perry.
the mountain passes and God is not looking for perfect treatment for Post Traumatic “I only have a couple of
prevented him from traveling. people,” he said. Stress Disorder, but still years left before the military will
So he settled in for a few Even though he has a sometimes revisits the hurtful put me out to pasture, so I
more days to get to know the strong faith, Chaplain Perry said memories. want to do as much as I can
woman who referred to herself he is sometimes still has A certified addiction before I retire,” he said.
as his future wife. On Dec. 15, moments when images of his therapist, he said he strongly “I want to tell
1978, he took Ruth as his past bring tears to his eyes. believes in the power of the servicemembers, ‘If a person
“Godly wife.” “The day I heard a story spiritual role of the military has strong faith, then they have
With her support, he on the radio and remembered chaplaincy, whose mission is to assurance that their lives are in
joined the Air National Guard the picture of the little girl serve the various religious the hands of someone greater
and pursued an education that featured in Life magazine needs of all servicemembers – than any enemy force.”
12 VIKING FLYER
Did you know?
In its personnel carrier role, the C-130
can accommodate 92 combat troops or 64
fully-equipped paratroopers on side-
facing, webbed seats. For aeromedical
evacuations, it can carry 74 litter patients
and two medical attendants.
UTA Schedule FY 06
Oct. 1-2 Feb. 4-5 June 3-4
Nov. 5-6 Mar. 4-5 July 15-16
Dec. 3-4 Apr. 1-2 Aug. 5-6
Jan. 7-8 May 6-7 Sep. 9-10
OCTOBER 2005 13
Services club prime rib dinner for $18.95. details, call (612) 713-1984. lations section.
Fright Night is Oct. 1! The Mug Night starts at 4 p.m. Pre- and demobilization
Services Club will be holding a Tuesdays at the Officers’ Club Recreation briefings have also been added.
costume contest on Saturday of Order a custom-made Having a party, moving, Visit the ESGR Web site
the October UTA. mug from the bartender. Until going camping or need to at www.esgr.com.
Food will be served from it arrives, bring in a mug of your power wash a deck?
7 to 9 p.m. choice. Tap beer up to 20 oz. Call Outdoor Recreation at Recreational
A D.J. will provide music for $1.75, and brat, sauerkraut (612) 713-1496 to rent the Sports
from 8 p.m to midnight. and potato salad for $3.50. equipment you need. Club Flag football league will be
Door prizes, drink specials Two-for-one pork dinner members get a 10 percent dis- Sept. 19 to Oct. 28
and hors d’oeuvres will be on Oct. 25. count for rentals. Games will be played Mon-
served. Pork dinner for two for the days and Wednesdays 4 and 5
Prizes will be awarded for price of one. Birthday p.m.
the best costume! For more information, call All club members receive a The league is open to all
For more information, call (612) 713-3670 or 3678. $15 certificate to celebrate their civilians and military members
Margo Leslie at (612) 713-1119. Celebrate the holidays, birthday at the base clubs. of all branches of service.
The Club Membership your birthday, promotion, re- The offer is valid only on Teams must have at least
Drive is now through Decem- tirement, bridal shower, wed- the month of the member’s five starters and two reserve play-
ber. It pays to be a club mem- ding, baby shower, or any other birthday. ers. To sign up, call the Fitness
ber. Check out these Military special occasion at the Officers’ Call the Services Club at Center at (612) 713-1496.
Free Cash Rewards: Club. Call the catering manager (612) 713-1655 or the Officers’ The Top Dog Racquetball
-Earn one point for every at (612) 713-1674. Club at (612) 713-3678 for more Tournament runs from Octo-
dollar in purchases off base. information. ber to December.
-Get two points for every Spouses’ club Call the fitness center at
dollar in purchases at Services There will be a luncheon ESGR (612) 713-1496 for more infor-
activities and the base exchange. on Oct. 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the The Employer Support of mation.
Get one point for gas purchases. Officers’ Club. the Guard and Reserve’s Web Pig Out Fitness Challenge
-Travel Plus program. Retired Army Capt. Jim site has been updated. returns in November. Accom-
Choice of airline and no black- Johns will give a presentation To better serve Web site plish health and fitness activi-
out dates. on the history of Fort Snelling. visitors, changes have been ties and goals and get great
-Redeem points for every Cost $12. For reservations, call made to the reports section, prizes! For additional details,
2,500 earned. Choose from ei- Jan Olson at (952) 831-2438 or state policies section, and the call (612) 713-1496.
ther a $25 check or $25 gift cer- Roberta Gronemann at (763) basic and advanced employer re-
tificate from a wide variety of 494-3517.
merchants. To join the Officers’ This month in Flying Viking history
-Points accumulate auto- Spouses’ Club, call Lee Claar at Courtesy of Master Sgt. Russ Funaro
matically and are tallied on (952) 831-5252.
934th Airlift Wing historian
member’s monthly billing state-
ment. Lodging 1984
-No yearly program fee. Get your holiday shop- Col. Jerry Boone assumes
-To redeem points, call ping done early. Check out the Flying the position of Wing Com-
(800) 759-0294. For more club great deals on polo shirts, T- Vikings mander
membership information, call shirts, sweatshirts, hats and history
the 934th Services Squadron at other gift items at the lodging 1994
(61) 713-1662 gift shop. Ground was broken for
Space A reservations made
the construction of the Army
Officers club up to 30 days in advance for a
Come to prime rib night. three-day stay can be extended Air Force Exchange Service
Saturdays you can dine on if space is available. For more building.
14 VIKING FLYER
Health and Fitness
Changes to fitness test criteria
WASHINGTON — Air Force BMI between
officials are making a few changes to the 18.5 and 24.9 are
physical fitness test used to assess the considered to be
fitness of Airmen. normal. Those
In January 2004, the Air Force with a BMI of 25
underwent a major change in the way it or above are
looked at fitness. As part of the Fit to considered
Fight program, the service adopted a overweight.
more stringent physical fitness assess- Under the
ment that measures aerobic fitness, updated AFI,
physical strength/endurance and body Airmen with a
composition. BMI of less than
Now, 18 months into the program, 25 will earn the
senior leaders are ready to tweak the full 30 points for
assessment to make it even better, said body composi-
Lt. Gen. (Dr.) George Peach Taylor Jr., tion. For Airmen
Air Force surgeon general. who score a BMI Photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Olson
“We have gotten together a group of 25 and above, Dr. Taylor said the results ways to improve the fitness evaluation
scientists and done surveys asking folks of the waist measurement would be used and remains committed to the Fit to
if they like the assessment and are there to calculate their test score. Fight program, Dr. Taylor said, because
issues with it,” Dr. Taylor said. “This last “That will still be an important the program has proven successful.
year we brought an update to Corona and measure of their health,” he said. “Waist “Participation at fitness centers is up
are now in the middle of updating a few measure is closely related to increased risk 30 percent now,” he said. “And if you go
changes to the Air Force instruction that for metabolic syndrome, diabetes, to the field, like in Iraq or Afghanistan,
defines the fitness evaluation.” hypertension and heart disease. Fat you will find a continued focus on
Updates to AFI 10-248 will include a distribution is the critical indicator, as health.”
change in how body composition is opposed to weight.” The assessment is not the focus of
measured, a new table for the running For those who score marginal, the fitness program, but a tool to assess
portion of the test that takes into between 70 and 74.9 points, the Air Force the commander’s fitness training
account the runner’s elevation, and a plans to correct the time to retest at 90 program.
change in the number of days an Airman days; currently, re-test for the marginal “I want to make very clear that my
must wait before re-testing after having category is 180 days. This will be consis- focus is not on passing a fitness test once
scored in the marginal category. tent with the re-test time for poor scores, a year,” said Gen. John P. Jumper, Air
Under the original fitness evaluation, those less than 70. Force chief of staff, in his Oct. 17, 2003,
body composition scores were based on Changes to the AFI will also include Chief ’s Sight Picture. “More important,
abdominal circumference only. The adjustment for those at high-altitude we are changing the culture of the Air
updated AFI will now direct that body installations. This applies to those at Force. This is about our preparedness to
composition also be measured using installations with an elevation of 5,000 deploy and fight. It’s about warriors. It is
body mass index. feet or greater, Dr. Taylor said. about instilling an expectation that makes
BMI is calculated by dividing weight “We’ll use the formula for altitude fitness a daily standard — an essential
in pounds by height in inches squared, calculations recommended by the part of your service.”
and multiplying the result by 703. National Collegiate Athletic Association,” Dr. Taylor said he hopes the changes
According to the Centers for Disease he said. to the AFI will be made by late August
Control and Prevention, those with a The Air Force continues to look at or early September.
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to
both adult men and women.
You can calculate your B.M.I. online at www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/calc-bmi.htm
OCTOBER 2005 15
To purchase tickets for Camp Snoopy, Underwater Adventures, Minnesota Zoo,
Minnesota Children’s Museum and Chanhassen Dinner Theater, call the fitness
center at (612) 713-1496. Discount cards for the zoo and IMAX theater are also
Fit to Fight - Ready to Win fitness program
Participate in UTA fitness activities for incentive awards.
For more information, call the fitness center at (612) 713-1496.
Fitness center hours
5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays
5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays
Closed on federal holidays
Travel Boss & Buddy Day
Oct. 13 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Armed Forces Vacation Club offers time share units. Cost is $264 per week. Bosses, bring in your staff to the
Go to www.afvclub.com. Services Club and wind down for the
Use AFVC MLPS-ST. P AFRB Installation #333. Base Morale, Welfare and day with drink specials and FREE
Recreation program receives cash when installation number is used. appetizers.
Stay for Happy Hour starting at 4:30
p.m. and enjoy discounts on ALL
Air Force Travel - www.aftravelonline.com drinks. For more information, call (612)
Shades of Green Resort, Disney World - www.armymwr.com 713-3670.
Remember, Oct. 16 is Bosses’ Day!
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