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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

         Commentary, 2-3   Training and Education, 4-7   News and Features, 8-22 Sports and Recreation, 23
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
  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
                                                                                                                                                   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
                                                                                                                                                 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
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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-
                                                                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

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Meagher, wife of Staff Sgt. Frank Meagher, a deployed        Medical Group chief nurse,
member of his squadron, Sergeant Margavich decided           said, “The competition for

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.
                                 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

                                 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
                                 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
                                                                                                      An Air Force Academy
                                                                                                   briefing is 10 a.m. Nov. 30 in
                                                                                                   the education services center,
                                                                                                   Room 224, Sablich Center.
                                                                                                      Jan. 31 is the deadline for
                                                                                                   enlisted members to submit
                                                                                                   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,
                                                                                                   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.
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
   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
   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.
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.
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 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
   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,,       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,

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.

                                          Airmen Against Drunk Driving,
                                                  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,

                                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
   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,
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.
    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
                                   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.
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.           , 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         
   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.
                                                                                                                                      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.
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-
                                      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.           
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
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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