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KEESLER NEWSKEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI Train to Fight. Train to Win. NOV. 10, 2010 VOL. 71 NO. 44 Tops in Blue rocks Biloxi audience Honoring America’s veterans Page 9 Quarterly award winners Page 12 Care for wounded warriors Pages 14-15 Page 18 INSIDE Commentary, 2-3 Training and Education, 4-7 News and Features, 8-22 Sports and Recreation, 23 www.keesler.af.mil COMMENT ARY Lorenz on Leadership — Thank you, AETC team By Gen. Stephen Lorenz and love them. After all, our ability to serve the to better appreciate theirs. nation depends on their support and understanding. As a final thought, I want to express my deep Air Education and Training Command commander In many ways, their service to the nation is much thanks to the American public. It is humbling to This month I will officially retire and end my more difficult than ours. High operations tempos, know that our country entrusts us with its two most time as an active duty Airman in our beloved Air combined with our deployment culture, only add important treasures, the first being their sons and Force. Forty-one years ago, I stepped off of a bus stress to everyone. Be understanding and invest daughters. These young Americans serve gallantly at the United States Air Force Academy — time in their lives, no matter how busy or tired you in the face of adversity and are continually postured ext, we must try to always leave the camp- although it feels like only yesterday. Every day may feel. to carry out military operations across the globe. ground better than we found it. I often tell peo- since then has been a true joy — a chance to share The Airmen in today’s Air Force continue to perse- adventures and tackle challenges with each of you. vere while challenged with a dynamic and evolving When I stepped off that bus at the academy, the ple to pick two to three major issues to tackle dur- global environment. I can say with the utmost con- Air Force was only 21 years old. To me, the Air ing an assignment. Prioritize them one through fidence that the future of our nation is bright Force didn’t seem so young … it had always been three and integrate the challenges into a long-term there. I studied Air Force senior leaders of the era because brave young people raise their hand to vol- vision. Now, it may take several people and more untarily serve each day. with awe. They had been through so much . . . years than you anticipate for the beneficial effects World War II, Korea, Vietnam . . . and some even Our fellow countrymen also have entrusted us to take hold. Be patient and let your organization with our national treasury. Public funds are the had old green Army Air Corps uniforms hanging in get involved. After all, it always takes a team to contribution and earnings of hard-working Ameri- Last, we must attempt to daily make a differ- their closets behind the newer blue ones. truly improve the campground. can families, and as Thomas Paine wrote more than ence in people’s lives. Remember that each Now, I look at each of you with the same awe. The Airmen in today’s Air Force have been given 200 years ago, “Ought to be touched with the most challenges like no other during this time of moment is important. Occasionally, you will find scrupulous conscientiousness of honor.” Knowing unprecedented regional conflict. And, you all hit that people will come up to thank you for things this fact has compelled me to honor the trust our the ball out of the park each and every day — I you’ve done for them in the past. You may not fellow Americans have bestowed upon members of couldn’t be more proud or more impressed. have realized the significance of that moment, but it the United States military. We must never, ever do As I step away from active service in the long really made a difference in their lives. I am contin- anything to violate this sacred obligation. blue line, I want to leave you with three ideals. ually amazed at the emotions I experience when Of course, the things that I’ve done through the These are three unwritten rules I’ve approached someone thanks me for words that I shared with last 41 years are, as I like to say, interesting but each assignment with. They’ve helped me maintain them or something I did for their family many years irrelevant. What is important are the things each of a healthy perspective during the daily challenge of ago. This only further reinforces the value of each you will continue to do as servant leaders for our balancing limited time, money and manpower, and and every moment, and how important it truly is. force long after I’ve hung my blue Air Force uni- they complement our Air Force Core Values of Always speak and act with a purpose; always set form in the closet. If you live the aforementioned Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence the example. ideals cherishing your family, leaving the camp- in All We Do. I hope that these three principles I certainly hope that more often than not I have ground better than you found it and making a dif- The first rule is critical — we must all cherish will help you just as they have aided me. been able to leave fewer issues for others and help ference in the lives of others – then tomorrow’s Air our families. Make sure you thank your spouse, make our Air Force a better place today than it was Force will remain the premier air, space and cyber- yesterday. I hope that I’ve been able to make a space fighting force in the world. Thank you for children and immediate family every chance you positive difference in as many lives as possible, and serving our great nation and thank you for making a have — let them know how much you appreciate that while treasuring my family, I’ve helped others difference in my life. Aim High — Fly, Fight, Win! Following journey of successful former smoker By Airman 1st Class However, smoking seems so relaxing was no one I could go to. I know my After I got divorced in 2009 and Heather Holcomb because it entails rhythmic, controlled family and friends in Colorado would moved back to my parents’ house, I breathing, the smooth burn is really my have helped but they were more than began to associate cigarettes with quali- Keesler Public Affairs lung tissue being suffocated and 3,000 miles away and I had con- ty time. My Mom, Dad, sister Brittney, The smell of smoke is like a sub- clogged with tar and the thick plumes vinced myself they would just say “I best friend Rachael all smoked conscious whisper to someone who is are really toxic second-hand smoke. told you so.” (although my mom and sister have addicted to cigarettes. A mere whiff For me, smoking was a way to Within weeks I was stepping out- recently told me they are going to quit can cause emotions to simmer beneath escape my problems. side at exactly 10 minutes before each too) and we never had a conversation the skin and incite an addict to draw without chain-smoking in the garage or the sweet poison into their lungs with- I began smoking when I was 19 hour and counting down the seconds years old. Although I was married at in between. Of course, smoking did- in Rachael’s basement. I didn’t want to out a single contrary thought. quit smoking and it would have been I recently decided to end my four- the time, I was almost always alone n’t fix a thing and we were paying and searching for any way to stop the nearly $100 dollars per week just to nearly impossible when the only person year love affair with cigarettes and it I knew who didn’t smoke was my 12- has been agonizing. There’s some- dark labyrinth growing in my mind. feed an addiction. In the four years Taking that first drag was part defi- since I began smoking, I always man- year-old sister, Miah. thing calming about feeling the smooth So, why quit now? burn in my lungs and seeing the thick ance and part undiluted desperation. aged to find money for cigarettes, plumes catch the sunlight as they swirl I was at a stage in my life where I felt even if I had to use my credit card up into the air and dissipate. completely empty and I felt like there and eat ramen noodles every day. Please see Holcomb, Page 3 KEESLER NEWS ON THE COVER 81st Training Wing commander Staff Sgt. Harron Elloso sings Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” at Tops in Blue’s Nov. 4 Brig. Gen. Andrew Mueller performance at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. Sergeant Elloso is from Langley Public affairs director Air Force Base, Va. Tops in Blue is an active-duty special unit made up of talented ama- Jerry Taranto teurs that performs across the U.S. and around the world as Air Force musical ambassa- dors. More photos, Pages 14-15. Deputy director Photo by Kemberly Groue 1st Lt. Joost Verduyn Editor Susan Griggs Holcomb, sion to quit is a commitment that must come from within; not because someone He’s helped calm me down when the cravings get so bad that I’m enraged. He Photojournalist Kemberly Groue from Page 2 else wants it. Make a list of reasons for also listens while I work out my problems quitting and refer to it later when temp- aloud in my complicated way, aka ramble. Graphic designer Setting a quit date and quit plan — Once again I’m more than 1,000 tation presents itself. This helps me make sense of everything Steve Hoffmann miles away from family and friends, but going on in my head instead of leaving my Public affairs staff this time it’s because I’m finally begin- simply put, if you fail to plan you plan thoughts tangled. I don’t think I could ning to take control of my life instead of to fail. Pick a date and stick to it. Billy Bell have made it this far without him. just drifting along. I joined the Air Force Before the quit date, create a support Another thing that helped was telling Tim Coleman to do something meaningful with my life system and identify triggers that cause myself that having one cigarette isn’t Jonathan Hicks Withdrawal — although withdrawal and start acting on all my big hopes and the urge to use tobacco. failure. If I said I could never have Airman 1st Class dreams. For the first time I finally feel another cigarette again ever, I would Heather Holcomb like I’m headed in the right direction. symptoms can seem to consume your become instantly resistant and want to The next step is to be debt-free and a entire body and mind like flames, they Staff Sgt. smoke even more. Kimberly Moore little more than a month ago it really hit will usually pass within a week or two. Everyone has the power to overcome Senior Airman me that I was essentially burning money. Drinking water, snacking on low-calorie I was wasting at least $5 a day on ciga- items, staying active and taking deep an addiction. At the same time, every- Eric Summers Jr. one is different so what works for one Staying quit — avoid any triggers rettes when I could have been using that breaths can all help ease the symptoms. Joel Van Nice money to pay off my debt. person may not work for another. If one method doesn’t work, don’t give up. YoLanda Wallace Now I’ll have at least an extra $2,000 that cause the urge to use tobacco, per year that I can put toward whatever I review the list of reasons for quitting Years ago I was watching the Disney The Keesler News office is in movie, The Haunted Mansion, and one Room 201A, Wall Studio, want. Not to mention that the value of and ride out the desire to give in until it line has stuck with me ever since, “You Building 0902. The mailing quitting will only increase as the price of fades away completely. address: 81TRW/PAIN, Keesler cigarettes goes up and the amount of inter- I knew I couldn’t quit on my own. So, I try, you fail. You try, you fail. But the AFB, MS 39534-2120. Phone: est I’m paying on my debt goes down. asked my boyfriend, Brian, to hold me only true failure is when you stop trying.” 377-4130, 3837, 3163 or 9966. Patty McGruder, health promotion edu- accountable. This has meant he patiently For more information, to sign up for Published Thursday. News dead- cator at the health and wellness center, said endured a few fits where I was like a child weekly tobacco cessation classes or to line: noon Monday. Editorial Deciding to quit — making the deci- there are four steps to tobacco cessation: on a road trip asking, “Are we there yet?” take part in the Great American content edited, prepared and except it was, “I really want a cigarette.” Smokeout, call the HAWC, 376-3170. provided by the 81st TRW Public Affairs Office is in compliance with Air Force journalistic stan- dards. Photos are Air Force pho- tos unless otherwise indicated. The Keesler News is pub- lished by Gulf Publishing Co., a private firm in no way con- nected with the Air Force, under an exclusive written contract with the 81st TRW as an authorized publication for U.S. military service members. Contents aren’t necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. government, Department of Defense or Air Force. Advertising doesn’t constitute endorsement by the U.S. government, DOD, Air Force or Gulf Publishing of products or services adver- tised. Everything advertised shall be available without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mari- tal status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor. TRAINING AND EDUCATION AETC commander retiring after 37 years of service By Jessica Turner father, a graduate of St. Louis University, enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II, was Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs commissioned in 1950 and flew in combat during RANDOLPH Air Force Base, Texas — The com- the Korean and Vietnam wars. mander of Air Education and Training Command, “With an airpower pedigree running back to his Gen. Stephen Lorenz, will retire in the grade of grandfather’s participation in Billy Mitchell’s general effective Jan. 1, Air Force officials bombing of the Ostfriesland, General Steve Lorenz announced today, culminating more than 37 years has upheld the strongest traditions of our Air Force of commissioned service. His retirement ceremony and our Nation,” said Gen. Howie Chandler, Air is Nov. 17. Force vice chief of staff. Among his many accomplishments as AETC commander, General Lorenz oversaw development Pride in his family of innovative Remotely Piloted Aircraft pilot and General Lorenz points out that his middle name sensor operator training courses as well as the cre- is Randolph, honoring the base where his father ation of cyberspace courses at the Air Force Insti- was stationed in 1950 during pilot training. Simi- tute of Technology. In addition, he improved the larly, the general’s brother, who retired as an Air Battlefield Airmen training program and stood up Force lieutenant colonel, carries the middle name the Air Force’s Joint Expeditionary Tasking combat “Scott” after the base near their hometown of skills training program, enabling the Air Force to Belleville, Illinois. meet combatant commander requirements. Soon after his career began, General Lorenz mar- Leadership accomplishments lauded ried his wife, Leslie, whom he calls “the love of my life.” Together they had three children. Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force Chief of Staff, “Personally, I am most proud of my children, my said that as AETC commander, General Lorenz has sons-in-law and my grandchildren,” the general “exemplified the same great leadership qualities said. “Professionally, I am most proud of the oppor- that he has modeled for others throughout his tunity to serve our nation with so many great Air- remarkable career.” men, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines during the last “Under his leadership, AETC has helped Airmen 37 years as a commissioned officer.” around the world earn their bachelor’s degrees When discussing her priorities, Leslie Lorenz, the through Air University’s Associate to Baccalaureate general’s wife, said, “I’ve tried to make sure new peo- Cooperative Program,” General Schwartz said. ple in our units were welcomed and made to feel a part “His leadership of the Air Force task force incorpo- of the Air Force family. Steve’s priority was a consis- rating lessons learned from the tragic events at Fort tent effort to improve things wherever we were.” Hood was typical of his exceptional work on behalf of all Airmen and their families.” Improvements driven by adversity A third generation Air Force officer, General General Lorenz believes that improvement often Lorenz followed a family tradition of service soon comes from adversity, something all members of after his first career goal was accomplished — grad- the Air Force family experience. uating from the Air Force Academy in 1973. “We can study and grow by learning from others Boyhood dream drives career who have come before us and learn from the chal- lenges they faced through adversity,” he said. “We “I was 9 years old when my dad was a captain in Photo by Kemberly Groue live in the land of opportunity. If we stop reaching 1960 and we drove down to see the Air Force Acad- General Lorenz speaks to Airmen during an 81st and improving, we’ll stop achieving the goals we emy,” General Lorenz said. “At the time, it was Training Group student roll call on the parade believe in.” under construction, the chapel wasn’t built, the The general credits the Air Force for the opportu- walls of the Academy were up, some dorms were grounds during a visit to Keesler, Sept. 21, 2008. built and I said, ‘Hey, this is the place I want to go nities it continues to offer Airmen, he said. to school.’” “There is no one moment. Rather there is always to earn his Air Force commission and he soon Over the course of the next nine years, while a series of moments when an opportunity is developed a sense that education is the “great lev- dropped in your lap and you don’t even know it’s attending eight elementary schools and four high eler” in America. schools, he was driven to become a cadet at the an opportunity and, occasionally, you don’t even “It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what want to take it, but you do it anyway,” the general academy, he said. background you have,” he said. “If you’re willing While the general built a hugely successful said. “There’s an old saying, ‘When one door to work hard, never give up and show perseverance closes, another one opens.’” career over four decades, he admits the early stages and tenacity, it’s amazing what you can accomplish. were not easy. Where there is opportunity, there is leadership, “The beginning of the hard part was June 23, Education is a lifelong experience.” he said, “and we must all help each other develop 1969, when I entered the academy,” he said. “The The general’s Air Force family ties run deep. His and expand our leadership abilities.” harder part was making it academically. I liked aero- enlisted grandfather served in World War I, became General Lorenz believes strongly in sharing les- nautical engineering, electrical engineering and com- an aviation cadet and pilot, and then dropped sons learned, evidenced by his creation of “Lorenz on puter science so much I took them all twice and was bombs on the captured German battleship, Ostfries- Leadership,” a series of articles used within AETC on the dean’s ‘other’ list six of eight semesters.” land, in 1921 with Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell to General Lorenz discovered he had to work hard illustrate the might of airpower. The general’s Please see Lorenz, Page 5 For chapel service schedule, call 377-2520 or 4859. Lorenz, strategists, thinkers and leaders in this arena,” General Lorenz said. “Air Force people are just from Page 4 as smart as any other group of print and online media, as well people and all they have to do as national publications. is articulate their ideas and they General Chandler said the can affect the outcome of the “Lorenz on Leadership” arti- future of warfare and the future cles would be part of the gen- of our nation.” eral’s long-term contribution General Lorenz speaks to the Air Force. proudly when talking about “Over his tenure as the the ability of everyone in the AETC commander, he has not Air Force to change people’s only provided the Air Force lives for the better. with outstanding training and “As the First Command, it education initiatives, he has is AETC’s mission to touch also served as a beacon for every Airman, the total force leadership development — Guard, Reserve, active through his ‘Lorenz on Leader- duty and civilian — as they ship’ series,” General Chandler receive training and educa- said. “His charisma, character tion,” he said. and endless zeal for serving “I ask everyone to be the our Air Force and educating best you can be by living the our Airmen will be what I will Air Force’s core values and always remember him for.” serving others,” the general General Lorenz demon- said. “As I tell all my com- strated that “endless zeal” for manders, and this goes to the education in his roadmap for youngest Airman, ‘Always future Air Force leaders. leave the campground better “We need to encourage our than you found it and make a young Airmen who are making difference in people’s lives.’ history to sit and write down If you do that, the rest will their thoughts, and to become take care of itself.” Beacon of honor Lieutenant Danielson Captain Gautreaux Major Huff Nurses picked for training programs By Steve Pivnick 81st Medical Group Public Affairs Seven 81st Medical Group nurses have been selected for Air Force Medical Service Developmental Education Pro- grams. They are: 2nd Lt. Jennifer Danielson, critical care trauma nursing fellowship; Capt. Steven Gautreaux, master’s degree in nursing science/nurse anesthesia program; and Maj. Richard Huff, doctorate in nurse anesthesia. They are members of the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron. From the 81st Medical Lieutenant Stallworth Captain Mitchell Operations Squadron: 1st Lt. Thomas Stallworth, master’s degree in nursing science/ pediatric nurse practitioner; and Capts. Sherry Mitchell, master’s degree in nursing sci- ence/pediatric nurse practi- Photo by Kemberly Groue tioner; Shawnice Shankle, An Airman renders a salute in front of the Biloxi Light- master’s degree in nursing sci- house Monday. The Biloxi landmark is draped in red, ence/community health nurs- white and blue bunting and four candles are burning in ing; and Stephanie Amador, each of the four windows as a Veterans Day tribute by master’s degree in nursing sci- Staff Sgt. Brian Margavich, 333rd Training Squadron. ence/psychiatric mental health Sergeant Margavich, the city’s volunteer lighthouse nurse practitioner. keeper, got the idea from the Chris Lights project, in Captain Amador will attend which single tapers burn in house windows year-round the Uniformed Services Uni- versity of the Health Sciences to remember deployed military personnel. He burned in Bethesda, Md. The others a candle in the window while his wife, Staff Sgt. are awaiting word on their Amanda Margavich, 81st Force Support Squadron, was respective schools. Captain Shankle Captain Amador deployed last year. After a discussion with Trisha Col. Allison Plunk, 81st Become a Keesler fan! Meagher, wife of Staff Sgt. Frank Meagher, a deployed Medical Group chief nurse, member of his squadron, Sergeant Margavich decided said, “The competition for www.facebook.com/81stTRW.Keesler to use the candles as a tribute to all deployed troops. these programs is extremely Victoria Nores, a friend he met through the Ocean tough. These Air Force offi- Springs Relay for Life, assisted him with the decorations. cers stood well above their peers in the competition.” Airman Leadership School TRAINING, announces 2011 schedule EDUCATION 81st Force Support Squadron 12-1 — Nov. 3, Dec. 14. NOTES The Airman Leadership “This takes into account School class schedule for federal holidays, Air USM visitor 2011 has been announced. Education and Training Employment specialist The first class for fiscal 2011 Command family days and Michelle Lane from the is under way, but for calendar non-training Fridays, with 24 Joint Expeditionary Tasking University of Southern year 2011, the class start dates academic training days sched- Mississippi visits the USM and graduation dates are: uled for each class,” said office in Room 219, Sablich Airmen 11-2 — Jan. 11, Feb. 16. Senior Master Sgt. Vanessa Center, 2-5 p.m. Tuesday. 11-3 — Feb. 22, March 30. Polk, ALS commandant. USM’s spring semester now on Facebook 11-4 — April 6, May 12. “Dates are subject to change starts Jan. 18. 11-5 — May 23, June 30. due to mission requirements.” For an appointment, call www.facebook.com 11-6 — July 29, Sept. 7. For more information, call 376-8479. 11-7 — Sept. 19, Oct. 26. 377-3034. Academy briefing Base shuttle schedules are found at jetairmenfanpage An Air Force Academy http://www.keesler.af.mil/library/ briefing is 10 a.m. Nov. 30 in factsheets/factsheet.asp the education services center, Room 224, Sablich Center. Jan. 31 is the deadline for enlisted members to submit applications. Parking lot closed The Mathies NCO Academy parking lot is closed 7-11:40 a.m. Tuesday and 7-10:45 a.m. Dec. 7 for drill evaluations. OTS boards The Officer Training School recruiting services board schedule is: 11OT01 — rated board; application cutoff Dec. 2; board date Jan. 24-28, esti- mated release date Feb. 25. 11OT02 — nonrated board; application cutoff Feb. 24; board date April 11-15; estimated release date June 2. 11OT03 — rated as needed; application cutoff June 23, board date Aug. 8-12; estimated release date Sept. 9, 2011. Civilian training Information about civilian training opportunities is avail- able from the civilian force development corner on the Keesler public Web site, http://www.keesler.af.mil/ civilianforcedevelopmentcenter. asp CCAF program The Community College of the Air Force’s General Education Mobile is a partner- ship between CCAF and civil- ian academic institutions that offers clustered online general education courses to meet CCAF degree requirements. For more information, call 376-8708. or 8710. NE WS AN D F E ATURE S Keesler celebrates excellence IN T HE NEWS By Airman 1st Class Heather Holcomb Staff sergeant promotions Keesler Public Affairs Three senior airmen have been selected for promotion. Sirens, cheers, and air 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron — Marc Skinner. horns aren’t usually the 81st Medical Operations Squadron — Mark Butanis. sounds associated with a 338th Training Squadron — Noah Erdman. briefing, but the Unit Compliance Inspection out- brief Nov. 2 was more of a Combined Federal Campaign celebration. Keesler’s Combined Federal Campaign has exceeded its Brig. Gen. Andrew Mueller, goal for this year. 81st Training Wing commander, As of Nov. 5, $135,960.81 has been pledged, 100.31 per- said, “Two months ago I chal- cent of this year’s goal of $135,542. lenged each and every one of you to look each other in the eye Limited legal assistance Tuesday and ask one question — are you Legal office ready?” After months and months of The legal office is minimally manned Tuesday because preparation and a week of of an official function. Waiting times may be longer. meticulous inspection, Keesler was deemed “excellent” by the Photo by Kemberly Groue Assistance for citizenship seekers General Mueller congratulates Team Keesler on receiving visiting Air Education and Legal office Training Command Inspector an ‘excellent’ rating during the UCI outbrief Nov. 2 at the From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 18, a representative from the General team. Bay Breeze Event Center. U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is in the legal “Today we found out that office to meet with military members, their families, each and every one of the formance or operation meets The 81st TRG received an retirees and their dependents to answer questions about the members of our team was mission requirements. Pro- “excellent” rating overall. The immigration application process and how being a military ready,” said General Mueller. cedures and activities are carried 338th Training Squadron’s mili- The UCI was broken down member helps the immigration process. out in an effective and compe- tary training program receiving into six categories: comman- an “outstanding” rating. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome. For more tent manner. Resources and pro- der’s items, 81st Training grams are efficiently managed. The 81st Mission Support information or to schedule an appointment, call the legal Group, 81st Mission Support Minor deficiencies may exist Group received an “excellent” office, 376-8601. Group, 81st Medical Group, but do not impede or limit mis- rating overall with the 81st major accident response exer- sion accomplishment. Force Support Squadron Grass enhancement in housing cise and programs management. Marginal indicates perform- receiving an “outstanding” in 81st Infrastructure Division Each category could ance or operation does not meet sustainment services and the Work is being done in base housing areas to fix ero- receive either “unsatisfacto- some mission requirements. 81st Security Forces Squadron sion, washout and areas that are prone to voids of grass. ry,” “marginal,” “satisfacto- Procedures and activities are not receiving an “outstanding” in People in affected areas are asked not to remove the small ry,” “excellent” or “outstand- carried out in an efficient man- instillation security. orange flags that mark areas to be treated. ing” ratings. According to the ner. Resources and programs are The 81st Medical Group IG team, the definitions for each rating are: not efficiently managed. Deficiencies exist that impede received a “satisfactory” rat- ing overall. Arnold Annex renovation Outstanding indicates per- or limit mission accomplish- Oct. 26, the entire base came 81st Medical Group Public Affairs formance or operation far ment. together during the major acci- Renovation of Arnold Annex is expected to last through exceeds mission require- Unsatisfactory indicates dent response exercise. In the March. ments. Procedures and activi- performance or operation does scenario, an aircraft went off Visitors are asked to use the large parking lot across the ties are carried out in a far not meet mission require- the runway into the Triangle street instead of next to the building. superior manner. Resources ments. Procedures and activi- training area and people all For more information, call 376-0385. and programs are very effi- ties are not carried out in an across the base had a part to ciently managed and are of adequate manner. Resources play in responding to the inci- dent. The base as a whole Early Keesler News deadline exceptional merit. Minimal and programs are not ade- deficiencies exist. quately managed. Significant received a “satisfactory” rating This week, the Keesler News is published one day ear- Excellent indicates perform- deficiencies exist that pre- on the MARE. The base also lier than usual because of Thursday’s Veterans Day federal ance or operation exceeds mis- clude or seriously limit mis- received a “satisfactory” rating holiday. sion requirements. Procedures sion accomplishment. in programs management. The paper will also be published Nov. 24, one day ear- and activities are carried out in a The commander’s items Four teams were recognized lier than usual, because of the Thanksgiving Day federal superior manner. Resources and received a “satisfactory” rat- by the IG team for exceeding holiday. programs are very efficiently ing overall with the chaplain expectations. They are the The submission deadline for that issue is noon Nov. 18. managed and relatively free of and equal opportunity pro- modular control equipment deficiencies. Satisfactory indicates per- grams receiving “outstanding” ratings. Please see Excellence, Page 9 Dragons deployed — 247 Excellence, Keesler involved in Veterans Day events from Page 8 Team Keesler is observing trainer team, the food service Veterans Day with a variety of quality assurance team, the activities. integrated defense plan devel- Thursday Retired Lt. Col. Dean opment team and the system Todd is framed by 10 a.m. —-Veterans of For- administration team. Airman Basic Chelsea eign Wars Mississippi Medal Five individuals received of Honor Recipients monu- Air Education and Training Martin, left, 332nd ment unveiling. Col. Lynn Training Squadron, Command IG coins from the Connett, 81st Training Group inspector general, Col. Mike and Airman 1st Class commander, speaks. Brown, for their superior per- 11 a.m. — Biloxi Veterans Marissa Chitis, 338th formance during the UCI. Affairs Medical Center cele- TRS, at Sunday’s ecu- They are Demetria Richard, bration, Recreational Hall, menical worship serv- 334th Training Squadron; Building 17. Brig. Gen. Airman 1st Class Siera ice at Triangle Chapel Andrew Mueller, 81st Train- Wilson, 81st Training Group; ing Wing commander, speaks. that began Keesler’s Staff Sgt. Yolanda Jackson, 81st 11 a.m. — American Veterans Day obser- Security Forces Squadron; Legion Post 33 ceremony, vance. Master Sgt. Michael Freeck, Biloxi. Col. Glen Downing, Photo by Kemberly Groue 81st SFS; and Capt. Jennifer 81st TRW vice commander, Mack, 335th TRS. speaks. 4:30 p.m. — Commanders Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Mary Kay Hertog, 2nd Air After all the ratings were 11 a.m. — American cruise aboard the Biloxi 2539, 23rd Avenue, Gulfport. Force commander; General announced and the IG team Legion Post 119, Gulfport. Schooner sponsored by Biloxi Col. Rodney Berk, 81st Mis- Mueller, Colonel Downing, departed, General Mueller Honor guard participates. Bay Chamber of Commerce. sion Support Group com- 50-state flag team, drum and acknowledged the efforts and 1 p.m. — Biloxi High mander, speaks. bugle corps, students and hard work of the entire Keesler School program. Senior Air- Saturday 11 a.m. — Annual Gulf other Team Keesler members family and said, “We’re going man Natalie Barnes, 81st 10 a.m. — Veterans Day Coast Veterans Day Parade, are marching. For parade to sustain that excellent rating Logistics Readiness Squad- celebration, Disabled Ameri- with reception at IP Casino route, log on to http:// — I promise you.” ron, speaks. can Veterans Chapter 5 and Resort and Spa. Maj. Gen. www.msveteransparade.com. Excellence, Keesler involved in Veterans Day events from Page 8 Team Keesler is observing trainer team, the food service Veterans Day with a variety of quality assurance team, the activities. integrated defense plan devel- Thursday Retired Lt. Col. Dean opment team and the system Todd is framed by 10 a.m. —-Veterans of For- administration team. Airman Basic Chelsea eign Wars Mississippi Medal Five individuals received of Honor Recipients monu- Air Education and Training Martin, left, 332nd ment unveiling. Col. Lynn Training Squadron, Command IG coins from the Connett, 81st Training Group inspector general, Col. Mike and Airman 1st Class commander, speaks. Brown, for their superior per- 11 a.m. — Biloxi Veterans Marissa Chitis, 338th formance during the UCI. Affairs Medical Center cele- TRS, at Sunday’s ecu- They are Demetria Richard, bration, Recreational Hall, menical worship serv- 334th Training Squadron; Building 17. Brig. Gen. Airman 1st Class Siera ice at Triangle Chapel Andrew Mueller, 81st Train- Wilson, 81st Training Group; ing Wing commander, speaks. that began Keesler’s Staff Sgt. Yolanda Jackson, 81st 11 a.m. — American Veterans Day obser- Security Forces Squadron; Legion Post 33 ceremony, vance. Master Sgt. Michael Freeck, Biloxi. Col. Glen Downing, Photo by Kemberly Groue 81st SFS; and Capt. Jennifer 81st TRW vice commander, Mack, 335th TRS. speaks. 4:30 p.m. — Commanders Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Mary Kay Hertog, 2nd Air After all the ratings were 11 a.m. — American cruise aboard the Biloxi 2539, 23rd Avenue, Gulfport. Force commander; General announced and the IG team Legion Post 119, Gulfport. Schooner sponsored by Biloxi Col. Rodney Berk, 81st Mis- Mueller, Colonel Downing, departed, General Mueller Honor guard participates. Bay Chamber of Commerce. sion Support Group com- 50-state flag team, drum and acknowledged the efforts and 1 p.m. — Biloxi High mander, speaks. bugle corps, students and hard work of the entire Keesler School program. Senior Air- Saturday 11 a.m. — Annual Gulf other Team Keesler members family and said, “We’re going man Natalie Barnes, 81st 10 a.m. — Veterans Day Coast Veterans Day Parade, are marching. For parade to sustain that excellent rating Logistics Readiness Squad- celebration, Disabled Ameri- with reception at IP Casino route, log on to http:// — I promise you.” ron, speaks. can Veterans Chapter 5 and Resort and Spa. Maj. Gen. www.msveteransparade.com. P E RS O N N EL N O T E S Air Force adds new Informed decision briefing enlisted career field An informed decision briefing for personnel within for cyberspace 15 months of their projected date of separation is 8 a.m. to noon today in the Keesler Professional Development defense opertors Center, Building 2902, at the south end of Airman Leadership School. By Master Sgt. Raheem Moore The briefing is mandatory for first and second term Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Airmen within 12-15 months of their DOS regardless of current reenlistment intent, unless pending involuntary WASHINGTON — Air Force officials added a new enlisted separation per Air Force Instruction 36-2624. career field for cyberspace defense For more information, call 377-3697. operators Nov. 1. Health insurance open season The new specialty code, 1B4X1, is a retrain-in only specialty The open season for health benefits runs through focused on computer network Dec. 13. During this period, employees can enroll or operations. The initial 1B4X1 change your plans in the Employee Benefits Informa- cadre will comprise Airmen who tion System by logging on to https//www.afpc. ran- are retraining from intelligence and dolph.af.mil or calling 1-800-525-0102. cyberspace support specialties. For more information, visit Room 214, Sablich “The 1B4X1 cadre will solidify Center, or call 376-8326. and strengthen our ability to estab- lish, control, defend and leverage Classes for job hunters cyberspace,” said Lt. Gen. William Lord, chief of warfighting integra- Job hunters can improve their chances for success with tion and chief information officer. several upcoming classes at the airman and family readi- “Their expertise is vital to achiev- ness center. ing information dominance in the Classes are held in the center’s conference room in cyber domain.” Sablich Center. There’s a limit of 10 people per class, and Air Force officials are investing registration is required. in its cyberspace professionals, cul- Interview skills and salary negotiation — 11 a.m. tivating career fields that are trained Nov. 23 and Dec. 28. and equipped as robustly as air and Federal format resume writing — 9 a.m. today and space forces, and this restructuring 2 p.m. Nov. 18 and Dec. 8. helps with that process.” Civilian format resume writing — 2 p.m. Dec. 2 or 15. Individuals were identified by After attending a class, call 376-8728 to have your their major commands based on resume reviewed. current or past duties, special expe- For more information, call 376-8728. rience identifiers and training courses they attended such as Transition assistance briefings undergraduate network warfare training. The airman and family readiness center has a num- The first enlisted course of ber of upcoming programs for members planning to undergraduate cyberspace training separate or retire. starts in January at Keesler with 12 Mandatory pre-separation briefings –— 1 p.m. students retraining into the 1B4X1 Tuesdays for those separating with honorable discharges career field. Fifty Airmen per year and 2:30 p.m. for retirees; Room 110, Sablich Center. are scheduled to attend UCT in fis- Bring one copy of separation or retirement orders. This cal 2011 and 2012. appointment is required by law, and must be accom- The officer cyberspace defense plished 90 calendar days before the separation or retire- operator AFSC stood up in May ment date. For short-notice separations or retirements, and the first class of 16 officers the briefing should be done as soon as possible. will graduate from officer UCT in Transition assistance program workshop — 8 a.m. December. to 4:30 p.m. Nov 15-17 and Dec 13-15, Room 108A, Airmen in the 1B4X1 career Sablich Center. Dress is business casual; no jeans, T- field will also have the opportunity shirts or uniforms. to attend professional continuing Women veterans after-TAP gathering — 8:30- education for cyberspace. Officials 11:30 a.m. Nov. 30, Room 108A, Sablich Center. will release guidance shortly on Veterans benefits briefing — 8-11 a.m. Nov. 18 how Airmen can crosstrain into the and Dec. 16, Room 108A, Sablich Center. 1B4X1 AFSC. Retirement briefings — intended for those with Major command officials will have to complete the identification less than a year until retirement, 1-3:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and conversion process of enlisted and Dec. 16, Room 108A, Sablich Center. members to the 1B4X1 career field To pre-register or for more information on these pro- by Nov. 30. grams, call 376-8728. ‘Smokeout’ DOD supports Great American Smokeout observed Department of Defense In addition to Tricare Quit- lines, brochures and counsel- FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Nov. 18 The Department of Defense ing, the website includes a special GASO section featur- encourages its military per- Health and wellness center sonnel to join troops around ing an online pledge for serv- Keesler’s Great Ameri- the globe by taking a 24-hour ice members to publicly can Smokeout begins at break from smoking Nov. 18. announce their intent to stop 7 a.m. Nov. 18 at the health “Every day, our military smoking for the day. Health and wellness center. men and women train hard so professionals can get ideas for It includes a cigarette they are well prepared when this year’s GASO event and bonfire, a 5-kilometer run duty calls. Now we are urging then register the event to pub- starting at the health and them to prepare for another licize it locally and across the wellness center, T-shirts, important mission, the Great country. Individuals can pub- trophies, and turkey raffle. American Smokeout,” said licly pledge or send e-cards of Participants may sign up Cmdr. (Dr.) Aileen Buckler, their intentions to quit smok- anytime during the week ing for the day. Family and U.S. Public Health Service and are asked to drop off friends can also send e-cards officer and chairman of an empty pack, full pack of encouragement to those try- or carton of cigarettes for DOD’s alcohol and tobacco advisory committee. find support through DOD’s beneficiaries can receive ing to quit. Free GASO mate- the bonfire. tobacco cessation campaign assistance with smoking ces- rials are available for health The HAWC offers one- GASO is the American Cancer Society’s nationally website, www.ucanquit2.org, sation through Tricare’s toll- professionals and other instal- hour tobacco cessation as well as through several Tri- free Smoking Quitline. Toll- lation leaders to order or classes, noon and 5 p.m. recognized day that urges smokers to take the first steps care resources. The website free telephone lines are download to help promote Wednesdays. events. For more information, to quitting for a lifetime. has tools and support to assist available in each Tricare Military members wanting individuals to quit smoking. region offering support around “Using the resources on call the HAWC, 376-3170. this very comprehensive web- to participate in GASO can All non-Medicare eligible the clock daily. site is a great way to prepare for GASO and help ensure a successful smoke-free opera- tion,” Cmdr. Buckler said. The website features Train2Quit, an online support system that uses interactive components such as quit tools, self-assessment question- naires, quizzes and other activities. Service members can create a customizable quit plan with a calendar to track progress and learn how to beat cravings, overcome weight gain and cope with the effects of nicotine withdrawal. A savings calculator pro- vides motivation by showing how much extra cash is saved and accumulated over time. Personal quit coaches, avail- able 24/7, answer questions about quitting smoking and how to stay tobacco-free. Also available through the website are games like Texas Hold ‘Em and blogs for peer support, as well as social net- working links to Twitter, Face- book and YouTube. Users can sign up to receive quit tips via text messages or personal widget downloads. The site provides medication informa- tion, news articles, podcasts, RSS feeds, special monthly features and more. Airman Tipton Sergeant Potter Sergeant Shepherd Lieutenant Koukal Wing presents quarterly awards By Susan Griggs Civilian Category II — John Fox, 81st Civilian Category II supervisor — Alfred Comptroller Squadron. Keesler News editor Twelve Team Keesler members were spot- Honor guard airman —-Airman 1st Class Watkins, 81st Infrastructure Division. lighted at the 81st Training Wing quarterly Airman — Senior Airman Stephanie Tip- awards luncheon Thursday. Honor guard CO — Tech. Sgt. James Justin Whitaker, 81st MDSS. oncommissioned officer — Staff Sgt. ton, 81st Medical Group. Military volunteer — Staff Sgt. Christo- Shealey, 332nd Training Squadron. Senior CO — Master Sgt. Joel Shepherd, Alex Potter, 81st Contracting Squadron. Civilian volunteer — Lana Smith, airman pher Freimann, 332nd TRS. Company grade officer — 1st Lt. Aileen 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron. Spartan award (dormitory room excel- and family readiness center. Civilian Category I — Joy Young, 81st lence) — Airman 1st Class Heather Holcomb, Koukal. Medical Support Squadron. public affairs. Ms. Young Mr. Fox Mr. Watkins Airman Whitaker Sergeant Shealey Sergeant Freimann Ms. Smith Airman Holcomb News tips? Call the Keesler News, 377-4130. Affordable Care Act impacts federal civilian benefits in 2011 Air Force Personnel Center the 2010 Open Season begin- tions based on a qualifying life RANDOLPH Air Force ning lasting through Dec. 13 event will be effective Dec. 19, Base, Texas — Several provi- or as a qualifying life event. in order to make a child’s cov- sions of the Affordable Care Those currently enrolled in erage effective Jan. 1. Act being implemented Jan. 1 self and family coverage should The Affordable Care Act has affect eligibility and benefits contact their plan provider to also extended the eligibility for appropriated civilian add eligible children to their age for reimbursement of eligi- employees under the Federal FEHB. Employees who are ble expenses under an Employees Health Benefits enrolled in self and family cov- employee’s health care flexible and Federal Flexible Spending erage and are planning on mak- spending account. This change Account programs. ing an open season election to will allow employees to One of the provisions of elect coverage with another car- request reimbursement of eligi- Public Law 111-148 changes rier can add their eligible chil- ble expenses through the tax- FEHB dependent eligibility dren when processing their able year prior to their child rules. election. turning age 27. Eligible chil- “One of the most welcomed Employees enrolled in self- dren include the employee’s changes is the extension of only coverage or not enrolled natural child, stepchild, health benefits coverage for in FEHB may make an open adopted child, foster child or a children under their parent’s season election for self and child placed with the employee health benefit until the age of family coverage to add their for legal adoption. This act has 26,” said Kathryn Iapichino, a children to their FEHB. also removed the requirement human resources specialist at Employees may process an that children reside with the the Air Force Personnel Center. open season election through employee or qualify as the “This is a relief to many par- the Benefits and Entitlements employee’s tax dependent. ents whose children are attend- Service Team system at 800- Also effective for the 2011 ing college and do not have 565-0102, or the Employee plan year, over-the-counter access to affordable health Benefits Information System products that are classified as care. This also precludes par- Web application available medicines or drugs will ents from having to purchase through the Air Force Portal or require a prescription from a additional health care coverage AFPC secure applications physician in order to receive for this child, often at 75 per- website. Open season elec- reimbursement from a health cent more than what the federal tions will be effective Jan. 2. care FSA. This does not employee would pay for family Employees enrolled in self- include insulin. Other over- coverage.” only coverage or are not the-counter items that are not The provision includes enrolled in FEHB may also classified as medicines or married children; however, it enroll in self and family cover- drugs will not require a pre- does not include their spouses age as a qualifying life event, scription. or children. It also removes electing “Change in Family For additional information, the residency and dependency Status.” To elect coverage due Air Force-serviced employees requirements and allows chil- to a “Change in Family Sta- call the Total Force Service dren who currently have or are tus,” employees must contact Center, 800-525-0102. Hear- eligible for their own insur- the Total Force Service Center ing-im1-paired employees ance to be placed on their par- between Dec. 1 and March 1, with access to TDD equip- ents’ FEHB plan. 2011. This change cannot be ment may reach a benefits Employees may add their accomplished using the BEST counselor by calling 1-800- Don’t drink and drive. eligible children either during phone or EBIS systems. Elec- 382-0893 or 1-210-565-2276. Call Airmen Against Drunk Driving, 377-SAVE, for a safe ride home. 318 saves so far this year Staff Sgt. Antonio Howard, MacDill AFB, Fla., belts out a selection during the Tops in Blue Airman Basic Emili Simerson, concert. Tops in Blue is an active-duty special left, a student in the 336th unit made up of talented amateurs that per- Training Squadron, is sere- forms across the U.S. and around the world naded by Senior Airman Photos by Kemberly Groue as Air Force musical ambassadors. Devin Martin at the Tops in Blue show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi Nov. 4. Airman Martin is from Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. Senior Airman Adam Rideaux “beatboxes” during “Thriller,” part of a medley of Michael Jackson songs. Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion that produces drum beats, rhythm and musical sounds using one’s mouth, lips, tongue and voice. Airman Rideaux is assigned to Malmstrom AFB, Mont. Left, Staff Sgts. James Alston, Buckley AFB, Colo., and Chonte Walker, Barksdale AFB, La., perform a duet at Tops in Blue performs nearly 100 shows during its 2010 tour, in addition to two extended trips to Southwest the Nov. 4 show. Asia to play for deployed troops. Right, Airman 1st Class Jette Left, Tops in Blue’s musical Warnick, left, and Staff Sgt. ensemble takes the stage. Candice Fagan do their ver- Right, Tech. Sgt. Katie sion of “Paparazzi” by Lady Badowski, McChord AFB, Gaga. Airman Warnick is Wash., does her rendition of from Cannon AFB, N.M., and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” Sergeant Fagan is assigned to Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airman Basic Leonil Castillo dances down the aisle with Senior Airman Lacy Jones, a member of the Tops in Blue team, to Cher’s “Do You Believe in Life After Love.” Airman Castillo is a student in the 336th TRS. Airman Jones is stationed at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy remains during appeals process By Lisa Daniel stay was approved. The deference in cases involving request said Department of the military. American Forces Press Service Defense officials need more “We also conclude that the WASHINGTON —-The time to prepare for an orderly public interest in ensuring so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t repeal of the statute. The orderly change of this magni- Tell” policy will stay in place court’s ruling extends that tude in the military, if that is while Justice Department offi- stay. what is to happen, strongly cials appeal a federal judge’s “For the reasons stated in militates in favor of a stay,” ruling last month that the law the government’s submission the decision says. that bans gay men and les- bians from serving openly is to the appellate court, we President Barack Obama, unconstitutional. believe the stay is appropri- Defense Secretary Robert The U.S. Court of Appeals ate,” a DOD spokesman said Gates and Chairman of the for the 9th Circuit voted 2-1 after the ruling. Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy yesterday to extend a stay on In its Nov. 1 decision, the Adm. Mike Mullen all have the lower judge’s ruling that appeals court wrote that the said they support repeal of the put an immediate suspension government was convincing law by Congress. The Log on the law. in its argument that the lack of Cabin Republicans, a gay District Judge Virginia an orderly transition “will pro- rights group, brought the case Phillips’ Oct. 12 injunction duce immediate harm and pre- to court. stopped enforcement of the cipitous injury.” A DOD review of the 1993 law until Oct. 20, when a Jus- The panel further stated law is expected to be com- tice Department request for a that the courts should show pleted Dec. 1. Safety office implements federal program to lessen injuries, raise operational capabilities Safety office The 81st Training Wing is implementing a program designed to drive down injury rates and increase operational capabilities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Volun- tary Protection Program is designed to hold management accountable for the safety and health of all workers through education, identifying and elim- inating hazards, and actively involving all employees in their that are already in place. The part of the program by evalu- own protection. goal of this program is to get all ating their home and office for Wing safety officials believe Team Keesler members to iden- potential safety and health everyone at Keesler, from senior leadership to the newest airman tify hazards and take action risks. Involvement includes basic, must be involved in the immediately, ultimately elimi- performing self inspections, VPP process. All Keesler mem- nating safety and work hazards reporting hazards up the chain bers will be trained to identify on and off duty. of command and implement- hazards in the workplace and to Safety officials expect VPP to ing a safety training program become part of the solution. lower the overall mishap rate as within each unit. The VPP process won’t cre- well as to increase the health and For more information, call ate new wing safety programs. wellness of Keesler’s military 377-2007 or visit OSHA’s Instead, it focuses on streamlin- and civilian work force. VPP page, http://www.osha. ing and enhancing processes All base personnel can be a gov/dcsp/vpp/index.html. Don’t fix the blame — fix the problem. ‘The other’ General Cornum visits Keesler medics By Steve Pivnick ing liquid blood preservation academic and clinical respon- Medical Center, Germany. and transfusion therapy. sibilities, she renewed her During this time, Landstuhl 81st Medical Group Public Affairs From 1982-1986, she blood and metabolic research cared for over 26,000 war Army Brig. Gen. (Dr.) attended medical school at interests, including use of the heroes, including 5,540 battle Rhonda Cornum, director of the Uniformed Services Uni- absorbable fibrin bandage and injuries, evacuated from Iraq comprehensive soldier fitness versity of the Health Sci- evaluating alternate strategies and Afghanistan. In June in the Army G-3/5/7 and wife ences, Bethesda,Md., for treating prostate cancer. 2005, she became the U.S. of Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Kory Cor- received her medical degree Following graduation in Army Forces command sur- num, 81st Medical Group and completed a general sur- 1998, she was assigned as the geon, Fort McPherson, Ga., commander, addresses 81st gery internship at Walter assistant deputy commander Reed Army Medical Center, of clinical services and staff where her responsibilities MDG enlisted members 8:30 included casualty care of the a.m. Nov. 17 in the hospital’s Washington, D.C. urologist at Eisenhower Army In 1987, she transferred to Medical Center in Augusta, deployed force and providing Don Wylie Auditorium. She the Army Aeromedical Center Ga. She is board certified in medical expertise to the will speak about her experi- at Fort Rucker, Ala., first as urology and a fellow in the higher headquarters for all ence as a prisoner of war in Iraq during the Persian Gulf chief, primary care and com- American College of Sur- CONUS-based Army Forces. conflict. munity medicine, then chief geons and Aerospace Medical In her preceding assign- of aviation medicine. In 1989, Association. ment, General Cornum served In August 1990, General Cornum was assigned as the General Cornum research again became her She took command of the as the U.S. Army’s assistant primary duty as chief, Crew 28th Combat Support Hospi- surgeon general for force pro- flight surgeon to the 2/229 conflict and her eight days in Life Support Branch at the tal at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Attack Helicopter Battalion. jection with responsibilities captivity. “She Went to War: Army Aeromedical Research July 25, 2000. In this posi- including policy develop- During the last week of Feb- The Rhonda Cornum Story” Laboratory, also at Fort tion she deployed as the Med- ruary 1991, while performing ment, organization and over- was published in 1992. Rucker. While there, her ical Task Force commander to all management of the Army- a search and rescue mission General Cornum was com- interests revolved around Bosnia for SFOR 9, and for a downed Air Force F-16 wide health services system. missioned into the Army and enhancing pilot performance deployed three subordinate pilot, her Blackhawk helicop- began a research career in In addition to senior flight and use of helmet-mounted units to Afghanistan for Oper- ter was shot down. Five 1978 after receiving her displays in advanced attack ation Enduring Freedom. surgeon wings, the general members of the eight-person Ph.D. in nutrition and bio- helicopters. After that command tour she wears the airborne, air assault crew were killed. The three chemistry from Cornell Uni- The general attended Air attended the National War and the expert field medic survivors, including General versity. Assigned to the Let- Command and Staff College College, Fort Lesley J. badges. She sits on numerous Cornum, were captured by terman Army Institute of at Maxwell AFB, Ala., from McNair, Washington, D.C., committees and advisory Iraqi forces. She was repatri- Research in San Francisco, 1991 through 1992. She and graduated in June 2003. boards, including the Secre- ated on March 6, 1991. She she focused on wound heal- began urologic surgery train- General Cornum then com- tary’s POW Advisory Com- wrote a memoir about the ing metabolism and improv- ing in 1993. In addition to manded Landstuhl Regional mittee for the VA. For more news, photos, videos and information, visit Keesler’s public website, www.keesler.af.mil Nurse finds calling serving wounded warriors By Susan Griggs Army National Guard contact person; Naomi Kraima from Keesler News editor the Disabled American Veter- Donna Anderson has been ans; Linda Davis, the health a nurse since 1989. When benefits adviser and many she became Keesler’s more — we are a team,” she wounded warrior program emphasized. manager two years ago, she She meets personally with found her true calling. the services to know and “It’s so rewarding to be understand how they operate able to serve,” said Ms. and develops a good relation- Anderson, who came to ship with them, then puts a Keesler’s second annual service members. Last Keesler 19 years ago. “That’s good contact list in place. “Wounded Warrior Walk” is year’s walk raised $1,400. what I became a nurse for — “Sometimes you can speak Saturday on the Ocean Monday, the Bay Breeze that’s what it’s all about.” to three to five different peo- Springs-Biloxi Bridge. The Event Center takes $1 off Before assuming her cur- ple on the phone before you walking or running starts at the lunch of non-club mem- rent position, she served as a get to the right person,” she 8 a.m. and ends at 11. Donations will be accepted ber in uniform between 11 nurse in oncology, radiology said. “I believe it’s better to nursing, internal medicine Ms. Anderson as they were last year with a.m. and 1 p.m. All club engage and put a name with a clinic and same-day surgery. face. It’s much easier to put all proceeds going to local members receive an addi- he does and it shows with the As nurse consultant, Ms. processes in place when you wounded, injured or ill tional $1 off their meals. care and time he gives our Anderson assists with care wounded service members.” can see firsthand how things coordination and case man- Ms. Anderson is clear operate.” wasn’t able to because one of bers who go through a med- agement of active-duty about the needs of the It’s hard for her to put her his buddy’s flesh was falling ical evaluation board process wounded warriors from all wounded warriors she serves. job aside when she goes off his body and the other and can no longer serve in the branches of service to help “They need to become home at the end of the day. was blown to pieces. He said military.” manage their treatment plan. knowledgeable about their “What keeps me awake at he was determined to bring Ms. Anderson is clear “I empower members to benefits and entitlements and night is worrying about what them back. about the importance of her take ownership of their care, gain an understanding of their I forgot to do,” Ms. Anderson “He started crying, and all job. discuss their treatment plan disease processes, whether admitted. “I’ll wake up I could see was that this man “I feel anyone can do this with the interdisciplinary physical or behavioral,” she sometimes to jot my note for was my child’s age — he was job if their heart is in the right team and provide the appro- stated. “They need under- the next day — there’s a lot around 30 years old,” she place,” she said. “It’s impor- priate resources that can standing from our medical to do and not enough time to continued. “I got up from my tant for our men and women guide them through their tran- community.” do it.” chair and just hugged him. I who sacrifice their lives, and sition process if they’re One of the biggest chal- As much as she loves her told him he did all he could the sacrifice the families unable to stay in the mili- lenges for Ms. Anderson has job, her heart breaks with do — he is so brave. Now make to have a place to go — tary,” she explained. “My been learning how each serv- some of the cases she’s han- whenever he comes to his a person that they can connect role is to get the member to ice functions, since she works dled. appointments, he stops in and with. I have an open door the right place at the right with Air Force, Army, and “I’ve cried with a member hugs me.” policy —they know if they time and aligned with the Navy entities. She realizes who suffers from post trau- Ms. Anderson said one of need to talk or need help, right care and the right per- there’s no way she can read matic stress disorder and the biggest rewards of her job they can call or come by. son.” every regulation, so she other medical conditions,” is being able to see the fruits We’ll do what we can to Ms. Anderson is a firm employs a team approach. she recalled. “He began to of her labors. assist and intervene on their believer in good communica- “I find my champions — tell me about his experience “It’s wonderful when a behalf to get them headed in tion with her counterparts. Dan Ransom, recovery care while he was in Baghdad, member calls me and tells me the right direction.” “Without all the wonderful coordinator; Capt. Tara how he witnessed his buddies he finally got his rating and it Ms. Anderson is grateful champions within our medical Southward in mental health; being blown up. He was enough for him to take for the opportunity she’s been treatment facility, I wouldn’t Chief Petty Officer Kenneth describes jumping off the care of his family,” she given to serve wounded war- have been able to do what I Jordan, the Navy liasion; Ms. tank, running to them. He remarked. “That’s a huge riors at the grass roots level. do — it takes all of us,” she Cherielynne Phillips, the tried to carry both, but he fear with our service mem- “I am so blessed,” she said. insisted. One of her inspirations is Dr. James Gasque, a retired colonel who’s the chief med- ical doctor for the program. “I remember his words, ‘It’s like peeling an orange one rind at a time,” she said. “He is so right — I want things to happen for our members right away. Dr. Gasque has been a good men- tor for me — he loves what Keesler’s got talent Photos by Kemberly Groue From left, Mallory LeBlanc, 10, and her sister Megan, 11, play “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby” on their banjos at the youth center talent show Friday. Their parents are Master Sgt. Robert and Misty LeBlanc, 333rd Training Squadron. Right, Junie Robles, 9, son of Tech. Sgt. Maria and Lupe Robles, 81st Medical Operations Squadron, plays “The First Rock” and “Riffs and Melodies on One String.” News tips? America Recycles Day is Monday Call the Keesler News, 377-4130, or e-mail email@example.com CSC environmental office (except alkaline) and mercury “I Recycle” is the theme of thermostats. Universal waste Keep America Beautiful’s can also be turned in 9-10 a.m. 2010 America Recycles Day, every Tuesday at this location. Monday. Typical household haz- At Keesler, the CSC envi- ardous waste containers, such ronmental office will be at the as paints and used bulbs, are exchange, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to also accepted. distribute information and Any unused consumer accept donations for the Cell products can be collected and Phones for Soldiers program issued free of charge. Items that uses proceeds from recy- 4420 near the corner of Z and that won’t be accepted are cling old cell phones to pur- M Streets. Military organiza- oils, gasoline, aerosols, sol- chase calling cards for vents, munitions, tires and deployed troops. tions can drop off universal white goods. A universal waste turn-in is waste items such as used fluo- For information, call the 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Building rescent bulbs, batteries environmental office, 377-1262. Here are 10 reasons to reuse, recycle National Recycling Coalition virgin materials. For example, manufacturing There are many good reasons for recycling. with recycled aluminum cans uses 95 percent It’s good for the economy — American less energy. companies rely on recycling programs to pro- It preserves landfill space — No one vide the raw materials they need to make new wants to live next door to a landfill. products. It prevents global warming — Recycling It creates jobs — Recycling in the U.S. is of solid waste reduces the release of carbon a $236 billion a year industry. More than into the air. 56,000 recycling and reuse enterprises employ It reduces water pollution — Making 1.1 million workers nationwide. goods from recycled materials generates far It reduces waste — The average American less water pollution than manufacturing from discards 7½ pounds of garbage every day. virgin materials. Most of this garbage goes into landfills, where It protects wildlife — Using recycled it’s compacted and buried. materials reduces the need to damage forests, It’s good for the environment — Recy- wetlands, rivers and other places essential to cling requires far less energy, uses fewer natu- wildlife. ral resources and keeps waste from piling up It creates new demand — Recycling and in landfills. buying recycled products creates demand for It saves energy — Recycling offers signifi- more recycled products, decreasing waste and cant energy savings over manufacturing with helping our economy. Recycling conserves natural resources National Recycling Coalition enough energy to power a TV for three hours. Recycling paper, aluminum, plastic and The U.S. recycled 3.3 billion pounds of glass can make a significant difference in con- post-consumer plastics in 2005, keeping it out serving our natural resources. of landfills. Here are some points to ponder: The plastic recycling industry provides Americans throw away enough office jobs for more than 52,000 American workers. paper each year to build a 12-foot-high wall of Five plastic soda bottles yield enough fiber paper from New York to Seattle. for one extra large T-shirt, one square foot of Making paper from recycled paper reduces carpet or enough fiber fill to fill one ski jacket. contributions to air pollution by 95 percent. Recycling a stack of newspapers just 3 feet Glass can be recycled an indefinite number high saves one tree. of times and never wears out. Every three months, Americans landfill Making glass from recycled material cuts enough aluminum to rebuild our entire com- related water pollution by 50 percent. mercial air fleet. Recycling one glass jar saves enough elec- The average person has the opportunity to tricity to light a conventional 60-watt bulb for recycle more than 25,000 cans in a lifetime. four hours or an 11-watt compact fluorescent Recycling a single aluminum can saves bulb for 20 hours. KEESLER NOTES Housing office closed days. Clinics have reduced Block I basic supply class is The military family housing Dec. 1 is Holiday in the Park staffs on non-training Fridays. Clinics are closed on fed- 9 a.m. Dec. 15. All newly-assigned supply office closes at 11 a.m. today for Holiday in the Park is 4-7 p.m. Dec. 1 in marina park. eral holidays and Air Educa- custodians and resource man- an official function. Festivities start with a per- tion and Training Command agers are required to attend. Airman, family readiness formance by the drum and bugle family days, Nov. 26, Dec. 27 For more information, con- The airman and family corps, along with free along with and Jan. 3. tact Patrick Governale, 377- readiness center is closed free food and drinks, hayrides, The emergency department 5998 or patrick.governale.ctr@ Monday and Tuesday for children’s activities, horse and is always open. us.af.mil, or Paulette Powell, leadership training. buggy rides and balloons. 377-2270, paulette.powell.1.ctr At 5 p.m., Santa arrives by Thrift shop hours @us.af.mil. This includes offices at the Sablich Center and the Levi- fire truck, the chapel choir sings The Keesler Thrift Shop, Block IIA-Bench Stock is tow Training Support Facility. carols and the petting zoo opens. operated by the Keesler Spouses 9-9:30 a.m. Dec 9. To sched- The transition assistance Brig. Gen. Andrew Mueller, Club, is at the corner of ule an appointment, call program workshop takes 81st Training Wing commander, Meadows Drive and First Street. Crystal Simpson, 377-9955. place as scheduled, but pre- speaks at 6 p.m., followed by Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Block IIB-Repair Cycle is separation counseling and the tree lighting and announce- Mondays and Wednesdays. 10-11 a.m. Dec 9. To schedule post-deployment briefings ment of the holiday card contest. Donations are accepted during an appointment, call Nathaniel won’t be conducted Tuesday. “Holiday Season” is the regular hours. Consignments Parks, 377-2310. Only emergency financial theme of the card contest, which are accepted 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Block III training is 1 p.m. aid travel requests are han- offers an opportunity to display Mondays. Dec. 15. All newly-assigned dled. unit spirit. For more information, call supply equipment custodians To schedule assistance, call Organizations provide sup- 377-3217. are required to attend as well as 376-8728. plies, including card size of a 4-foot by 8-foot sheet of ply- Airman’s Attic hours all other custodians annually. wood for a free-standing display so no holes will be dug For more information, con- Wounded Warrior Walk The entire plywood card is painted front and back, with Airman’s Attic is at the cor- tact Willie McDonald, 377- As part of its observance of the name of squadron and point of contact on the back. ner of Meadows Drive and 1st 2660 or willie.mcdonald.1.ctr Warrior Care Month, Keesler Entries must be registered at the marina’s outdoor recre- Street. @us.af. mil or Paulette Powell, hosts its second annual ation office, in place by noon Nov. 30 and removed by Jan. 4. Airmen’s Attic assists junior 377-2270, paulette.powell.1.ctr Wounded Warrior Walk across “Dragon Dollars” are the prizes — 300 for first place, enlisted members with obtain- ing free basic household items. @us.af.mil the Biloxi/Ocean Springs 200 for second and 100 for third. Dragon Dollars may be Bridge, 7-11 a.m. Saturday. used to offset the cost of holiday parties, rent a pavilion at Donations are needed such Visitor center hours The event raises funds to the marina, use of the bowling center, golf tournaments or as furniture, area rugs, cutlery, The Keesler Visitor Center assist wounded and ill war- other base recreational facilities. dishware, infant wear and is open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. week- riors in the local area. A holiday tree will be erected in the field along Larcher maternity clothes which are days and closed on weekends. For more information, call Boulevard in the former Muse Manor location where the clean and in good condition. 376-3068, 257-0541 or 376- 3076. holiday cards will be displayed. For more information, call 377-0002. Bring donations to Airman’s Attic during regular hours, 10 CORRECTION a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, AFSA luncheon Wednesdays, non-training Fri- The correct phone number agencies to present the program. or civil service with access to for the massage therapist at the Air Force Sergeants Asso- days and the last Saturday of ciation Chapter 652 meets 11 Topics include legal aspects the base and the ability to host Dragon Fitness Center is 348- of adoption, emotions and two or more Airmen. the month. a.m. Tuesday in the Bay 6698. Breeze Event Center second preparing the current family, Host registration forms are Supply classes An incorrect number was floor ballroom. reimbursement of adoption available and must be returned Quarterly supply classes provided in the “Happenings” A free lunch is served to expenses according to Defense to the Fishbowl Student Min- are held in Room 109, Taylor supplement in the Oct. 28 members. Department guidelines, home istry Center or any base chapel Logistics Building . Keesler News. If you plan to attend, call study process, and information by Nov. 22. Online registration 377-2934. from Mississippi state and pri- is also available at http://www. vate agencies. keesler.af.mil. Top III meeting To register, call 376-8728 For information, call Chap- The Keesler Top III meets by Nov. 10. lain (Capt.) Ruben Covos or at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Home Away from Home Staff Sgt. Tawny Crutcher, Bay Breeze Event Center, 377-2331. third floor. The chapel’s Home Away For more information, call from Home program has Clinic holiday hours 376-3055. paired non-prior service Air- The 81st Medical Group men with host families for Hospital’s primary care and Adoption options Thanksgiving. specialty clinics maintain Adoption Options, a semi- This program gives host operating hours aligned with nar for military families con- families to welcome two stu- the 81st Training Wing sched- sidering adopting a child, is dents into their home, provid- ule during the holiday season. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in Room ing them with home cooked Except for the actual holi- 108A, Sablich Center. meal and a family experience days, the clinics are open 7 The airman and family readi- on Thanksgiving Day. a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thurs- ness center is partnering with Host families can be active day and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri- several base and community duty, Reserve, Guard, retired SPORTS AND RECREATION Medic finishes 1st marathon By Susan Griggs Keesler News editor Eric Knight, a surgical technician in the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron, com- pleted the Marine Corps Marathon Oct. 31 with a time of 4:25:01. It was the first marathon for Knight, 28, who came in 868th out of about 7,000 active-duty men and women ranging from 25-29 years old. Overall, he was 8,142nd out of 30,000 participants. Out of that 30,000, 21,800 finished the 26.2 mile event. The marathon was estab- lished in 1976 and traditionally takes place a week or two before the Marine Corps birth- day, which is today. As of last year, it’s the fourth largest marathon in the United States and the eighth largest in the world, with runners from more Photo by Kemberly Groue than 50 countries participating. It’s commonly referred to Knight finished 868th out of about 7,000 active-duty men as “The People’s Marathon” and women ages 25-29. Overall, he was 8,142nd out of because it’s open to all run- 30,000 participants. ners ages 14 and up and is the largest marathon not to offer Knight, from Hayneville, ning on the track and timing prize money. Ala., began running races myself each time,” he added. “The atmosphere was early in 2009, just before join- Knight admits he’s caught amazing — 30,000 people ing the Air Force in May of marathon fever and is already from all over the place com- that year. He arrived at thinking about future Marine ing together to run an amazing Keesler last December. Corps Marathons. course,” Knight remarked. “I’ve raced in several 10K “I love the reputation of the The marathon course winds runs, including one last sum- Marine Corps, and I love through Arlington, Va., and mer while I was at tech school Washington,” he said. “I have Washington, D.C., past many at Sheppard (Air Force Base, friends there from every monuments, memorials and Texas) and the Azalea Trail branch of the service and I landmarks. The race passes Run in Mobile, Ala., in March,” he said. have a place to stay there — the Pentagon before reaching the Marine Corps War Memo- Knight started training for it’s a very expensive place if rial finish line. the marathon back in July, you have to stay in a hotel.” “Washington is the perfect doing several long runs across Knight starts training again city to run a marathon, because the Biloxi-Ocean Springs next month to prepare for the it’s full of life and history,” Bridge and along U.S. High- Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Knight said. “There were more way 90 which borders the Marathon, Feb. 13 in New than 250,000 spectators, and the south Mississippi shoreline. Orleans. And next year, he support from the crowds along “I worked a lot on my hopes he’ll be able to run in the the route was very uplifting.” speed and pace as well, run- Air Force Marathon, too. Registration under way for youth center basketball Registration for youth bas- child in a family and $25 for Games are scheduled ketball runs through Nov.. 30. each additional child. Jan. 15-March 19. The coed program is for Coaches are needed. A For more information, ages 3-14. parent meeting is 6 p.m. call the youth center, 377- The fee is $50 for the first Dec. 2. 4116.
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