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									Headquarters Headlines
                          August 2009
            The News of the Texas Air National Guard




Tech. Sgt. Manuel Nunez of the 272nd Engineering Installation Squadron from Laporte, Texas
 operates a Midpro bucket truck to set poles for the Giant Voice project at Volk Field, Wis.
                     TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD   HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
  Vol. 9, Issue No. 8     Texas Air National Guard, Camp Mabry         August 2009


                        Texas Air National Guard, Camp Mabry
Headquarters Headlines is a funded newsletter published by the Texas Air Na-
tional Guard Headquarters Public Affairs, Camp Mabry, Building 9, 2210 W.
35th Street, Austin, Texas 78703-1222. Contents of Headquarters Headlines
are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U. S. Govern-
ment, 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
                             Brig. Gen. John F. Nichols
                                  Public Affairs Chief
                          Chief Master Sgt. Gonda Moncada
                                  Newsletter Editor
                            Chief Master Sgt. Norm King




                   TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 2 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
        Story edited by Chief Master Sgt. Gonda Moncada




                                                    Volk Field, Wisconsin -- (19 Jul 2009)
                                              As part of Operation Joint Patriot the 272nd
                                              Engineering and Installation Squadron de-
                                              ployed 39 personnel to conduct Engineering
                                              and Installation projects as well as critically
                                              needed training to Wisconsin and Texans be-
                                              ing Texans, staked their claim with the Texas
                                              flag.

                                                 The Large Management Team consisting of
                                              the 272 EIS, 210 EIS, 217 EIS, 220 EIS from
                                              Savannah, the 214 EIS from Bangor Maine
                                              and the 243 EIS from Alpena are managing
                                              projects such as giant voice installation, net-
                                              work cabling installations, augmenting combat
                                              com with live UAV video feed to Volk Field and
                                              upgrading the base-wide network infrastruc-
                                              ture.

                                                 Lt. Col. Mark S. Eubanks, 272 EIS com-
                                              mander, said: "In addition to standard engi-
                                              neering and installation workload, the Texas
                                              J6 has provided the 272 EIS with a JISCC Lite
                                              package that our electronics troops have been
                                              training on throughout the two weeks. This will
                                              allow the 272 EIS to provide emergency com-
                                              munications in support of J6 contingency re-
                                              quirements."

                                                 He continued: "During initial stand up, train-
                                              ing was being provided on our Med-Pro
                                              (Poletruck) and we just happened to have a
                                              flag with us and in Texas tradition the flag is
                                              Texas sized. A second flag was kidnapped by
                                              Wisconsin locals but after a successful CSAR
                                              mission it was retrieved and is being used to
                                              mark drop zones for our upcoming helicopter
                                              medevac training."

                                                    To Brig. Gen. John Nichols, Com-
                                              mander Texas Air National Guard, he wrote:
                                              "Your Texans are leading the way once again."




TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 3 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
Can You Hear Me Now?
By Capt. LaDonna Singleton

   VOLK FIELD, Wis. ( July 18, 2009) The Giant Voice Installation at the Rapid Runway Re-
pair training area was installed by a project team from the 272nd Engineering and Installa-
tion Squadron, LaPorte, Texas during Patriot Exercise 2009 at Volk Field, Wis.
    The 272nd EIS Giant Voice project team chief Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Farr, explained the pur-
pose and impact of the Giant Voice Installation.
   ―The Giant Voice will be used to inform people on base of all types of information includ-
ing emergency and weather information,‖ said Sergeant Farr.
    Sergeant Farr also stated the goal is to ensure everyone on base can get information in
a timely manner.
    Capt. Harry Jimenez, the 272nd EIS team training manager, said Giant Voice was in-
stalled in three training areas to ensure all personnel are notified of emergency and weather
information.
   ―This is just one of three Giant Voice projects installed during Patriot,‖ stated Captain
Jimenez.
   ―We currently have 56 personnel from our squadron participating in Patriot at Volk Field,
who are not only installing the Giant Voice but also installing a communications infrastruc-
ture and network cabling, along with performing antenna maintenance on antenna towers,‖
said Lt. Col. Mark Eubanks, 272nd EIS commander.
    Colonel Eubanks also stressed the importance of training for real-world scenarios. The
troops are learning valuable skills which are important for what they do in a deployed envi-
ronment, but it also translates into great training for their civilian jobs as well.
    ―It‘s really a win-win situation for the troops and for their employers, ―said Colonel
Eubanks.
   Senior Master Sgt. Billy Howard, 272nd EIS superintendent of the wire and cable shop, is
the acting field supervisor for Patriot. ―Patriot is helping Airmen understand situations and
conditions that they may encounter while in field conditions during real-world deployments
overseas‖, said Sergeant Howard.


                                                                   Tech. Sgt. Keith Linebach and SrA Shelly
                                                                   Matthews, prepare to hoist the telephone
                                                                   pole that supports the Giant voice.



                                                                   The unit is participating in Patriot   2009
                                                                   at Volk Field, Wis.




                  TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 4 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
COUNTER SQUEEZE
Program that has helped pinch drug traffickers for 20 years finds itself increasingly pinched by a fickle, year
-to-year budget

By Ron Jensen
August 2009

       LAREDO, Texas - Five hundred feet beneath the belly of the OH-58 Kiowa helicopter, a
couple dozen people enjoy themselves in the glow of twilight, lounging on the Mexican bank of
the Rio Grande River or jumping into the water to escape the stubborn midsummer heat.

      But for the pilot of the aircraft, the river is no playground. Instead, it is part of a battle-
ground.

      Pointing to a spot not far beyond the group of leisure seekers, Chief Warrant Officer 4
Gerald S. says, ―We caught some people crossing there a couple weeks ago.‖

       The Rio Grande, of course, is the 1,200-mile boundary between Mexico and Texas. It is
a crossing point for illegal immigration, but the pilot is part of the Texas National Guard‘s Joint
Counterdrug Task Force and his job is combating the flow of illegal drugs across this slow,
meandering waterway.

      ―We‘ve caught people crossing there a few times,‖ Gerald S. says, pointing to another
spot during a flight last month.

(Several names in this article will be abbreviated to protect the Guardsmen from the violent
cartels south of the border.)

       While the Guard‘s involvement in the war on terror for the past eight years has raised
the organization‘s profile, its role in the war on drugs is less recognized, despite being about
20 years old and involving every state and territory.

       ―We have about 2,500 to 2,600 folks involved in the mission,‖ says Col. William S.
Carle, the chief of the National Guard Bureau‘s Counterdrug Division.

        That includes about 300 who work abroad in places like Columbia.

      At home, Guard soldiers and airmen have two main functions. They assist law enforce-
ment agencies with interdiction and they deliver an anti-drug message to young people, trying
to squeeze the cartels from both sides—supply and demand.

      Carle says the Guard is able to provide additional assets and skills to law enforcement
agencies, from federal giants to statewide agencies to small town police departments.

       ―We have a counterdrug coordinator in the state on the adjutant general‘s staff,‖ he
says. ―He coordinates with the law enforcement agencies in that state and says, ‗This is what
we can help you with. This is the type of missions that we do. Let us know what your require-
ments are.‘ And they‘ll usually ask for support.‖

       Carle said agencies credited the Guard with helping confiscate $28 billion worth of
drugs last fiscal year, as well as more than 35,000 weapons.

                       TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 5 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
       The range of help is broad. Reconnaissance. Surveillance. Analysis. Guardsmen are force
multipliers, Carle says, to cash-strapped agencies.

      ―We‘ll take as many Guard as you want to put here,‖ says Jerry Rust of the Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA) office in Laredo, Texas, smack on the northern bank of the Rio Grande. ―We
have enough work for them. I don‘t think we could do our work as effectively as we do without them.‖

       Texas‘s counterdrug program is the Guard‘s largest with 215 soldiers and airmen. Guards-
men are embedded with DEA, Department of Public Safety, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) and other agencies across the state.

          ―They‘re a big help,‖ says Raul Molina of ICE. ―If you‘re trying to take them away, please
don‘t.‖

       An intelligence analyst in the Guard, 1st Lt. Zach C., finds his work for the DEA in San Anto-
nio rewarding and challenging. He might spend more than a year on a single case, poring through
information collected on a suspected operation until he is intimately familiar with the players.

          ―I‘ll know they like soy lattes at Starbucks,‖ he says.

       Some Guardsmen work closer to the battle. The Texas program‘s Special Operations Detach-
ment, for example, may keep surveillance on a location for weeks or months to support a law en-
forcement agency‘s case. Sgt. 1st Class Eric S. remembers working a case in north Texas where
the soldiers observed a particular spot for more than two months.

        ―They were bringing in 18-wheelers [loaded with drugs], splitting them up and sending them
out,‖ he says. When the time was right, agents swooped in and arrested about 30 people thanks, in
part, to the information gathered by the watchful eyes of the Guardsmen.

       The Special Operation troops have particularly dangerous jobs because they work side by
side with law enforcement agencies in the field.

      ―These crooks aren‘t dumb,‖ says Sgt. Brian H. ―They know who the agents are and [they
know] you‘re eating dinner with them. They got their rats everywhere.‖

          Across America, Guardsmen fan out to schools to deliver a message of drug abstinence.

       For the entire story see National guard, The Official Publication of the National Guard Asso-
ciation of the United States, August Edition at http://www.ngaus.org/




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                           TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 6 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
                                   Operation Lonestar 2009
                            By Albert Hawkins, DSHS Executive Commissioner

      AUSTIN – Operation Lone Star, which provided health care to more than 11,000 South Texas
residents in just two weeks last year, is expanding this summer to provide free health clinics in even
more locations.

       Military personnel, state and county officials and hundreds of volunteers will provide free health
services at locations in Brownsville, Raymondville, Lasara, San Juan, La Joya, Laredo, Hebbronville,
Rio Grande City and Zapata this year.

       The two-week event is a joint project of the state health and human services agencies, Texas
State Guard, Army and Air National Guard, county health departments, local service groups and civilian
volunteers. Operation Lone Star covers seven counties and is the largest humanitarian effort of its kind
in the United States.

       ―People turn out for free medical services, and we also tell them about state programs that will
provide year-round access to health care,‖ said Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commis-
sioner Albert Hawkins. ―Operation Lone Star provides us with an excellent way to reach out to Texans
who can benefit from our services.‖

       State health and human services workers will provide information about health and wellness pro-
grams to prevent substance abuse, help people with disabilities and protect vulnerable children and
adults. Local nonprofit organizations also will have staff available to provide information about their ser-
vices.

       ―Every year, we see thousands of people along the border take advantage of this program,‖ said
Leonel Vela of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. ―For some, it may be their only visit
with a doctor all year. That means the information about state services could ultimately be as important
to these families as the medical care they receive.‖

       Operation Lone Star also serves as a way for state and local officials to train for a medical emer-
gency. Setting up the two-week, multi-site clinics becomes a real-time exercise on how to respond to a
public health crisis.

       Operation Lone Star sites will provide care from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 2-1-1.

Operation Lone Star Sites for July 27–31
Brownsville: Raul A. Besteiro Middle School; La Joya: Dr. Javier Saenz Middle School
Raymondville; Raymondville High School,
San Juan: PSJA High School;
Operation Lone Star Sites for Aug. 3–7
Laredo: Louis J. Christen Middle School
Rio Grande City: Fort Ringgold Middle School
Hebbronville: Hebbronville Middle School

Operation Lone Star Mobile Site for July 29
Lasara: Lasara Community Center

Operation Lone Star Mobile Site for Aug. 4–5
Zapata: Zapata Community Center

                       TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 7 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
Congress Daily (Online)
Air National Guard needs new fighter jets

         The director of the Air National Guard said Wednesday that the Air Force needs to
modernize its entire force -- Active, Guard and Reserve -- "concurrently and proportionately,"
citing an urgent need to replace the aging F-15s and F-16s now used to secure U.S. air-
space.
         The Air National Guard's needs are "a little more acute, a little more immediate, be-
cause our airplanes are a little bit older," and there is no plan "to address the early age-out of
our airplanes," Lt. Gen. Harry Wyatt said at a breakfast with defense writers.
         Eighty percent of the F-16s used for air sovereignty missions will begin to "age out" in
eight years, but the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will not arrive until the mid-2020s, "several
years too late," Wyatt said.
         Noting that the ANG provides "34 percent of Air Force's capabilities, at 7 percent of the
budget," Wyatt pushed for assigning 60 to 70 of the 187 F-22s now on order to the Guard.
         There are no F-22s in the Guard now, although Air Guard personnel fly and maintain F
-22s with an active Air Force fighter wing at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. There are also
plans to establish an Air Guard unit in Hawaii, Wyatt said. The Guard provides 16 of the 18 air
defense locations in the country.
         "That doesn't mean there aren't other airplanes out there that could provide that capa-
bility, the F-15, the F-16, the F-18," Wyatt said. Although interested in the capabilities needed
to perform his mission, the general said he is "platform agnostic."
         The Air Force currently has no plans to buy more F-15s and F-16s, but Wyatt said that
could change if the F-35 falls behind schedule.
         He also stood by his recent letter advocating F-22s for his command's mission to pro-
tect the nation, but insisted that he never called for buying more than the 187 F-22s re-
quested by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the Air Force leadership.
         Wyatt said his response to a letter
from Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., fo-
cused on the urgent need to replace the
Guard's aging fleet. The general said he
gave "very specific answers" to "very spe-
cific questions" from Chambliss, who was
fighting to include authority in the fiscal
2010 defense authorization to buy more F-
22s, which are assembled in his state.
         Wyatt said, for example, that Cham-
bliss asked if the F-22 can provide the ca-
pabilities he needed for the air sovereignty
mission, and "the answer basically was
'yes.' But I also pointed out in the letter that
there were other aircraft that also could
provide that capability."
         Most of the senior Air Force leaders
who had read both letters "did not have a
problem with it," Wyatt said, and he had re-
ceived "no feedback" from Gates. http://
www.govexec.com/
dailyfed/0709/072909cdpm1.htm




                   TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 8 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
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                                                         THE WHITE HOUSE

                                              Office of the Press Secretary
                  _________________________________________________________________________
                           For Immediate Release                            August 3, 2009

                                      SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS: THE POST 9/11 GI BILL

                                Colleges and Universities Partner with VA to Improve GI Bill Benefits

        WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama celebrated the beginning of implementa-
tion of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. This bill, through its Yellow Ribbon Programs and partnerships with
colleges and universities throughout the nation, will provide our service members with the most
generous educational benefits package since the original GI Bill of 1944.

        Over 3,400 agreements were received from the 1,100 schools participating in the Yellow
Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, funds tui-
tion expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.

         "Sixty-five years ago, a grateful nation offered a generation of World War II heroes
the chance to go to college," President Obama said. "The original GI Bill paved the way to a bet-
ter life for millions of veterans and their families while building the foundation of the American
middle class. Today, the Post-9/11 GI Bill is affording a new generation of heroes a 21st century
version of that same opportunity."

        "The President and I know that the nation’s courageous service members and their fami-
lies have shouldered the heaviest burden for our country’s security and safety over the past
eight years," VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said. "This new GI Bill is a way for a grateful nation
to tangibly demonstrate our heartfelt appreciation and abiding respect for their service."

        "More than two and half years ago, we began with the simple concept that those who
have been serving since 9/11 should have the same opportunity for a first class educational fu-
ture as those who served during World War II," Senator Jim H. Webb said. "This bill provides
a modern and fair educational benefit to address the needs of those who answered the call of
duty to our country--those who moved toward the sound of the guns--often at great sacrifice."

        With the implementation of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, our nation has an opportunity to honor
America’s veterans in a very tangible way. The maximum benefit under the Post-9/11 GI Bill al-
lows veterans, service members, Reservists and Guard members the ability to receive an in-
state, undergraduate education at a public institution at no cost.

         Further, to honor their many sacrifices, the Post 9/11 GI Bill allows for the transfer-
ability of unused benefits to eligible career service members’ families. More information on the
transferability of unused benefits can be found HERE. President Obama has directed Secretary
Shinseki to create a results-driven, 21st Century VA. Since the signing of this monumental legis-
lation, VA has made meeting the August 1 implementation deadline a top priority. As of July
30th VA has processed over 112,000 claims.




                   TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 9 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
   AIR GUARD FLIGHT CREWS UNDERGO WATER SURVIVAL TRAINING


by Staff Sgt. Phil Fountain
149FW Public Affairs

CANYON LAKE, Texas -- Thirty-five F-16 pilots and flight surgeons assigned to the 182nd Fighter
Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base underwent required water survival and rescue training at Canyon
Lake.
    Members were briefed on the availability and use of tools contained in their survival gear. The water
instruction culminated with an aerial extraction by a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, which provided joint
training with the Army National Guard's 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment,
based at Martindale Army Air Field. Additionally, coordination with local authorities allowed for training with
various forms of flare signaling devices, which would be used to help rescuers locate a downed aircrew.
    While flight over water is not a primary theater of operations for the Air National Guard unit, the poten-
tial always exists. The 182nd Fighter Squadron and other elements of the 149th Fighter Wing are sched-
uled to deploy to the Czech Republic this fall, requiring these pilots to fly their F-16s over the cold waters
of the North Atlantic. "You train like you fight," explained Col. Kenneth Nereson, commander of the 149th
Fighter Wing. "This is as close as you can get."
    Flight crews have to be prepared for the event they are forced to make an aquatic landing or ejection
from the aircraft over water. Winds can pull the parachute across the water. Consequently, in the training,
members fully suited in flight gear were dragged through the water by a boat.
    They also had to clear themselves from underneath a floating parachute canopy and negotiate climbing
aboard both a personal life raft and a 20-person raft.
    The training also involved mounting and dismounting from an aerial rescue basket lowered by the heli-
copter. Once in the basket, designed to carry two at a time, there is still a potential for danger. Lt. Col.
John Kane, squadron commander, said the water can sting their faces when they are being lifted from the
water, and sand and gravel can pelt them as they approach the exit point, making it hard to see. All the
same, each basket passenger disembarked safely onto the ground.
    The training went smoothly with all members accomplishing the training course. Colonel Kane called
this exercise a "unique joint training opportunity" and termed it "a huge success."
(Master Sgt. Gregory Ripps contributed to this article.)




                                        Lt. Col. Michael "Bones" McCoy (right), an F-16 pilot assigned to the
                                        149th Fighter Wing, Texas Air National Guard, Lackland Air Force
                                        Base, Texas, guides an aerial rescue basket to other members. Col.
                                        McCoy underwent water survival training as part of an annual training
                                        requirement at Canyon Lake, Texas, July 11, 2009. (U.S. Air Force
                                        photo/Master Sgt. Robert Shelley)




                     TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 10 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
               Col Dumble Assumes Command of 4th Air Wing

By CMSgt Norm King, Texas Military Forces Public Affairs
      Dallas, TX – The Texas State Guard Commanding General has promoted Lt. Col. Brian Dumble to Colonel
and appointed him as the Commander of the Texas State Guard‘s 4th Air Wing.


       The change of command ceremony was recently held in Dallas and was attended by Brig. Gen. Bob
Cheeseman, the Air Division Commander, Col. Edwin Floyd, the immediate past Wing Commander and Col.
Nolan Stone, the former Wing Commander.


        Colonel Dumble serves as the officer responsible for providing direction and guidance to the senior leaders
within his command, working to provide a mission-ready trained force, prepared to meet the tasks as assigned by
the Headquarters, Air Division.


         Colonel Dumble entered the military in Canada, and served more than 17 years, before being relocated to
Texas by a former employer. He was accepted into the Texas State Guard in December of 2000, and assigned
the responsibilities of Logistics Officer at the 436th Air Support Group. He has commanded a support squadron
and acted as vice-commander at the 401st Air Support Group. He has served as director of personnel, and execu-
tive officer while at the 436th Air Support Group. His involvement in deployed operations includes service during
Operation Katrina in 2005 and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008. Prior to his current position, Colonel Dumble
was Vice-Commander, Fourth Air Wing, at the Grand Prairie Armed Forces Reserve Complex, in Grand Prairie,
Texas.

         Colonel Dumble is a commercially-rated pilot with more than 1,000 hours in type. His awards include the
Texas Outstanding Service Medal. Texas Medal of Merit, Adjutant General‘s Individual Award, Commanding Gen-
eral‘s Individual Award. Texas Faithful Service Medal, Texas State Guard Service Medal and the Officer Profes-
sional Military Education Ribbon.




    L-R Col. Stone, Col. Floyd, Co. Dumble, Brig Gen.            Texas Air National Guard/ Texas State Guard
                       Cheeseman                                                Honor Guard




                          TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 11 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
                   Family Transfer with the GI Bill Finalized




        Family transferability rulings for the Post 9/11 GI Bill is quite possibly the most confusing legislation the
new GI Bill has to offer. While theDepartment of Defense made announcements on their intended rulings for
family transferability in May, nothing had been set in stone, despite this being one of the most anticipated qualities
the new GI Bill has to offer.
        Fortunately, the Veterans Benefits GI Bill blog has good news. The Department of Defense has at last an-
nounced that family members can register for transferability to their dependents on June 29. Most benefactors of
this provision to the Post 9/11 GI Bill will receive $75,000 to $90,000, the Pentagon estimates.
        Bob Clark, the Defense Department‘s assistant accession policy director and the official working on this
benefits plan, quotes transferability was established ―for the specific purpose of recruitment and retention of a ca-
reer force.‖
        Service members will be able to apply beginning June 29 through the Transferability of Educational Bene-
fits (TEB) website, which will be located at: http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/TEB/.
       They are offering re-enlistments and service extensions to make this available to early retirees. They guar-
antee that applicants will have an effective date of August 1st, regardless of their application date. This will obvi-
ously have the DoD‘s hands full.
       Once service members process their dependents through the Department of Defense, their dependent‘s
applications are handed over to the Department of Veteran Affairs as if they were active duty, reserve, or veter-
ans under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
       The following rules from the Pentagon are as follows:
       The final rules allow transferability of a portion or all of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for any member of the
       armed forces (active duty or Selected Reserve, officer or enlisted) on or after August 1, 2009, who is
       eligible for the benefit, and:
       Has at least six years of service in the armed forces on the date of election and agrees to serve four
       additional years in the armed forces from the date of election.
       Has at least 10 years of service in the armed forces (active duty and/or Selected Reserve) on the date of
       election, is precluded by either standard policy or statute from committing to four additional years, and
       agrees to serve for the maximum amount of time allowed by such policy or statute, or is or becomes
       retirement-eligible during the period from Aug. 1, 2009, through Aug. 1, 2013.
       For those eligible for retirement on Aug. 1, 2009, no additional service is required.
       For those who have an approved retirement date after Aug. 1, 2009, and before July 1, 2010, no
       additional service is required.
       For those eligible for retirement after Aug. 1, 2009, and before Aug. 1, 2010, one year of additional
       service after approval of transfer is required.
       For those eligible for retirement on or after Aug. 1, 2010, and before Aug. 1, 2011, two years of additional
       service after approval of transfer are required.
       For those eligible for retirement on or after Aug. 1, 2011, and before Aug. 1, 2012, three years of
       additional service after approval of transfer required.

                         TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 12 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 13 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 14 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
Air Force officials revise fitness program
    The new Air Force instruction, projected for publication in July 2009, will better emphasize the service's fitness ex-
pectations of its Airmen. Revisions take effect January 2010.
     Full-time active-duty Airmen will now test twice each year, and most Reservists or Guardsmen will continue to test
once per year. To maximize testing objectivity, the AFI designates trained civilian proctors to conduct fitness tests ad-
ministered at new centralized locations called fitness assessment cells. The aerobic run will now account for 60 percent
of the test (previously 50 percent), body composition will account for 20 percent (previously 30 percent), while sit-ups
and push-ups remain at 10 percent each.
    Age range requirements will be simplified to five categories: less than 30, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-plus years of
age. Additionally, because overall fitness is a readiness issue, fitness results will be categorized using operational readi-
ness or unit compliance inspection-type ratings. Those scoring 90 and above will be "Excellent;" those scoring between
75 and 90 will be "Satisfactory;" and those scoring under 75 will be "Unsatisfactory."
    For more information, read the Air Force Print News story at http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123153336.
                               TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 15 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 16 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
                                          Safety Notes




                                          AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION –TEXAS
                                            HONORS TEXAS GUARDSMEN

By Texas Military Forces Public Affairs
Plano, Texas—The Air force Association Texas honored Texas Air National Guard and Texas State Guard members
at their recent Annual Awards Banquet in Plano. Nominations for the awards are made each year by the AFA Chap-
ters for guard members in their areas. The winner for 2009 are:

           Senior NCO of the Year                     MSgt Kenneth Bishop            Fort Worth

           NCO of the Year                            TSgt James Burgess             Fort Worth
           Airman of the Year                         SrA Daniel R. Slater           Fort Worth
           Civilian of the Year                       Heidi Bearden                  Fort Worth
           AFA Texas Member of the Year               CMSgt Norm King                Austin




                               TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 17 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
       STATE GUARD 4TH AIR WING HONORS GUARDSMAN OF THE QUAR-
                                  TER
      By 4th AW Public Affairs Office

              SrA Lana McClure, who is assigned to the 4th Air Wing Honor Guard at Naval Air Sta-
      tion Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas, has received Honor Guardsman of the Quarter
      for the period of April to June 2009. She has personally performed nearly 50 ceremonial
      functions during this time period, which are over 200 volunteer man-hours. Airman McClure
      is noted for far outpacing everyone on the Joint Honor Guard team overseen by the 301st
      Fighter Wing at JRB Ft. Worth TX. She is part of a Joint Team which is made of volun-
      teers from the 4th Air Wing, Texas State Guard, supporting members from the 136th Air Na-
      tional Guard and 301st Fighter Wing members stationed at NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas.

              SrA Mcclure was also a peer trainer for the Ceremonial Honor Guard class conducted
      June 2009 at NAS JRB Fort Worth. The course was made of up of full time and reserve Na-
      tional Guardsmen and U.S. Air Force personnel, as well as volunteers from the 4th Air Wing
      Honor Guard. MSG Ross Wood, 301st Honor Guard Superintendent overseeing the joint op-
      erations of the Base Honor Guard for the DFW area, states that “She is far and away the
      top performer for the Joint Honor Guard on all the teams for that time period. Airman
      McClure leads by example, peerless in attitude, behavior, dedication and commitment to the
      team.”




SrA Lana McClure, far right, participates in
Joint Air National Guard/Texas State Guard
Honor Guard




                        TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 18 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
        Good Information & Summer Programs for Youths & Families
Youth Summer Camp Jun 5 -17 - http://www.sanantonio.gov/sapar/?res=1024&ver=true
Head Start – www.saheadstart.org or call 210-207-7851
Summer Reading – www.mysapal.org
H1N1 Swine Flu information – www.sanantonio.gov/health or hotline 210-207-5779
Movie in the Park – 210-207-3000
Emergency Flood Hurricane Safe – www.safloodsafe.com
Adopt a Park – 210-207-8480




                     TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 19 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES
                          Saturday 8 August -- Duty Hours: 0900-1500



 0900      YMCA– Family Day                     204 E Little Elm Trail
                                                Cedar Park, Texas

Civilian attire—Bathing Suits, change of clothes, sunscreen, towels, lawn chairs


                            Sunday 9 August -- Duty Hours: 0715-1530
                                     UNIFORM OF THE DAY: ABU


 TIME                   ACTIVITIES                      PLACE                   OFF/NCO
 0715-0800              Roll Call/Slideshow                     Conf. Room
 0900-0930              IG Briefing                     CC Office       Lt. Col. Santillan
1000-1130               HRA Presentation                Conf. Room Chief Master Sgt. Condon
1130-1230               Lunch                           Dining Hall
1330-1430               Directors Meeting               Conf Room
1445-1515               JA Briefing                     CC office       Lt. Col. Ryan
                        CC/CV/DS
 1530                   Dismissal



If additions, changes to the official schedule have to be made, please contact Master
Sgt. Cheryl Aldridge and/or the Executive Officer.


                  AAFES Offers Gas Discount
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Service members who use Military Star Cards to pay for fill-ups at Army and Air Force Exchange Service gas
stations will increase the discounted price to five cents a gallon, up from three cents, beginning Aug. 8. As a
promotion, AAFES gas stations will offer discounts of 20 cents per gallon during the weekend of Aug. 21-23,
for purchases of up to 20 gallons. To learn more about future Military Star card discounts, visit
www.aafes.com on the Web.




                  TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD 20 HEADQUARTERS HEADLINES

								
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