Vol. 41, No. 12
McChord Air Force Base, Wash. Connecting Team McChord with the Combat Airlift Mission April 3, 2009
‘Green’ demolition, 62nd CES power production, ALS Class 09-C graduates,
Page 3 Pages 8-9 Page 15
McChord lends support, hangar to Elmendorf Airmen
By tionship with the 3rd Wing since
Tyler Hemstreet their C-17s used to be assigned to
Staff writer McChord and some of their main-
_____________________________________ tainers came from here as well,”
Colonel Smiedendorf said. “As soon
McChord continues to lend its as we learned about the volcano
support to Airmen and aircraft from erupting, we’ve tried to go the extra
Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, mile to help them out any way we
providing heavy maintenance sup- can to keep the global mobility mis-
port for two C-17 Globemaster IIIs sion moving.”
evacuated in advance of the March While the hangars are a busy
22 eruption of Mount Redoubt. place with Elmendorf C-17s and Air-
The 3rd Wing has repositioned men are here, because of the close
aircraft as a precautionary measure relationship and familiarity the two
to prevent possible ash damage. The wings share, day-to-day operations
base moved four F-15 Eagles, one are going very smoothly, said Chief
E-3 Sentry AWACS and one C-17 to Master Sgt. Robert Thomas, 62nd
Eielson AFB, Alaska, and sent the Maintenance Squadron superinten-
other two C-17s to McChord. All dent.
other Elmendorf aircraft are shel- “They’ve come down here and re-
Photo by Abner Guzman
tered in place. ally integrated their workforce into
The 62nd Airlift Wing is providing ours,” Chief Thomas said. “We had
a hangar and support equipment to previously laid the ground work and
allow Elmendorf maintainers to ac- formulated a playbook for every-
complish home station checks on thing, so it’s really an established
the two aircraft they evacuated here, process.”
said Col. Tracy Smiedendorf, 62nd McChord maintainers are pro-
Senior Airman Timothy Shelton, 3rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron, removes
Maintenance Group commander. viding assistance to the Elmendorf
engine covers as part of a home station check of a C-17 Globemaster III in Hangar 1
Last week one of the Elmendorf maintainers as they accomplish
aircraft required an axle change and their mission, as well as providing
the wing provided personnel and sheet metal, fuel cell and commu- over the weekend in order to work Squadron maintenance ﬂight super-
support equipment to help certify nication/navigation support for the with McChord maintainers’ sched- intendent.
the Elmendorf technicians to ac- Elmendorf aircraft as well, he said. ules when it comes to using the “McChord has really stepped-up
complish the task. Elmendorf maintainers have been hangars, said Master Sgt. Phil Big- to help us out with anything we
“We’ve always had a close rela- working around the clock and even ham, 3rd Equipment Maintenance need,” Sergeant Bigham said.
Sport bike class prepares riders for ‘bumps in road’
________________________ _______________________ with why the bike does what it does and how it
Tyler Hemstreet handles in certain situations.”
Staff writer Many young riders go out and purchase a
___________________________________________________ sport bike before experiencing ﬁrst-hand the
great power-to-weight ratio many of the new
Youth and inexperience mixed with a high- bikes have and just how dangerous they can be,
horsepower sport bike can be a potentially dead- Sergeant Damian said. “Every time I see a young
ly combination. The 62nd Airlift Wing Ground Airman on a powerful bike it still makes me ner-
Safety team aims to educate young sport bike vous.”
Photo by Abner Guzman
riders and keep them safe on the roads. Using a mentoring approach to teach the class
The ground safety ofﬁce hosted its ﬁrst sport and giving young riders the tools and techniques
bike class of the season Monday as eight rid- to handle their bike and attitudes about riding,
ers discussed technique and bike speciﬁcations, some of those risks can be mitigated, he said.
viewed a safety video and put “tire to the tar- Airman 1st Class Kayla Whitehurst, 62nd
mac” on the ﬂightline. Maintenance Squadron, spent most of her early
The class aims at changing the behavior of years riding sport bikes on ﬂat roads in North
young riders and educating them on proper rid- Airman 1st Class Kayla Whitehurst, 62nd Maintenance Carolina. After moving to McChord, she’s seen
ing techniques, said co-instructor Tech. Sgt. Squadron, left, looks on as Master Sgt. Mark Gilbertson, more mountain roads than ﬂat roads. The class
Carlos Damian, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance 373rd Training Squadron, Det. 12, performs a suspension helped her develop her technique to better han-
Squadron. check of her sport bike prior to the riding portion of the dle mountain roads.
“We’re not here to beat them over the head class. “The different handling techniques were good,”
with safety videos,” Sergeant Damian said. said Airman Whitehurst, who’s been riding for
“We’re concerned with teaching them the prop- Gilbertson, 373rd Training Squadron, Det. 12, four years. “I learned about how body positing
er cornering techniques. Anyone can ride in a Sergeant Damian also taught a session on how on the bike really comes into play when you’re
straight line, but the turns are where the acci- to set up and interpret each bike’s suspension. going into a corner. The class was very helpful.”
dents happen.” “A lot of riders don’t even know about the sus- The next sport bike class is April 21. To regis-
Along with co-instructor Master Sgt. Mark pension setup,” he said. “It can have a lot to do ter call the ground safety ofﬁce at 982-5325.
FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
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FROM THE TOP
Airman’s Roll Call: Air Force team of the year
Each year, the Air Force attract the praise of their superiors While in the district, the Airmen of our fellow warriors in the EOD
Association, working with and provide leadership and inspi- will tour the Capitol and other community and the tremendous
major command level ration to others. sites, meet senior Air Force and job they are doing around the
command chief master The following individuals are Congressional leaders, and ac- globe,” said Chief Master Sgt. of
sergeants and the Ofﬁce of the representing the EOD career ﬁeld cept awards on behalf of their ca- the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley.
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air this year: reer ﬁeld at a ceremony hosted by “Their dedication, skill, and de-
Force, selects a speciﬁc Air Force • Senior Master Sgt. Gus Hamil- the AFA. This year’s ceremony is termination are securing and pro-
career ﬁeld for recognition as the ton III scheduled Monday at the Air Force tecting the lives of fellow Airmen,
Air Force Team of the Year. • Technical Sgt. Heath T. Tempel Memorial. Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and Co-
This year’s team of the year are • Staff Sgt. Phillip M. Dyer In the recent past, the following alition forces everyday.”
the Airmen of Air Force Specialty • Senior Airman Cooper W. Gib- career ﬁelds have been recognized Airman’s Roll Call is designed
Code 3E8X1, Explosive Ordnance son as the team of the year: Air Force for supervisors at all levels to help
Disposal. • Senior Airman Jasmine M. Na- Ofﬁce of Special Investigations, keep Airmen informed on current
The individual members selected kayama Expeditionary Medics, Services, issues, clear up confusion, dispel
to represent the chosen career ﬁeld These ﬁve Airmen will represent Vehicle Operators, and Command rumors, and provide additional
are professionals who clearly dis- their profession in a presentation and Control. face-to-face communication between
play superior technical expertise, ceremony in Washington, D.C. “Every Airman can be proud supervisors and their teams.
‘Fit to Fight’ — an essential element of service
________________________ By _______________________
part of your service.” commanders and base members.
Lt. Col. Robert Kafka It’s important to be ‘Fit to Fight’ because Ultimately, you are responsible for your ﬁt-
62nd Security Forces Squadron you’re less prone to develop certain diseases, ness/health level and being ‘Fit to Fight’.
commander you’re more mentally sharp, you can perform Whether at home station or in a deployed envi-
___________________________________________________ your duties better and can be relied upon to ronment, you never know when your being ‘Fit
complete your duties and handle more stress. to Fight’ will be called into question. Being ‘Fit
Are you ‘Fit to Fight’? No, really, are you ‘Fit Eating wisely and in moderation, not smoking, to Fight’ cannot happen overnight and must be
to Fight’? Before you answer this question you drinking alcohol in moderation (or not at all), maintained year round. Even during the week-
need to know: What is ‘Fit to Fight’ and why is it and getting sufﬁcient sleep can assist you in be- end and off-duty time, while it is okay to relax
important to be ‘Fit to Fight’? ing ‘Fit to Fight’ (in addition to having a struc- and unwind, don’t forget to exercise, too!
Being ‘Fit to Fight’, according to a former Air tured physical ﬁtness workout program). I’ll ask again, are you ‘Fit to Fight’? If you are
Force chief of staff, is not about “passing a ﬁt- So, who’s in charge of your unit’s ‘Fit to Fight’ not ‘Fit to Fight’, today is a great day to get ‘Fit to
ness test once a year. More importantly, we are program? According to the Air Force, your unit Fight’ for not only yourself but also your family,
changing the culture of the Air Force … pre- commander is responsible for establishing and friends and fellow Airmen. I’ll see you around the
paredness to deploy and ﬁght. It’s about war- executing the ﬁtness portion of your ‘Fit to Fight’ gym, running track, ﬂightline for wing runs, and
riors. It’s about instilling an expectation that program. Additionally, the base’s Health and elsewhere on base exercising in order to be ‘Fit to
makes ﬁtness a daily standard — an essential Wellness Center provides ﬁtness guidance to Fight’!
The Sharp Airman ... - Ensure Breathing
- Support Circulation (stop bleeding, immobilize neck inju
- Prevent further Disability (place dressings over open
knows the “A-B-C”s of Self-Aid and Buddy Care.
- Open Airway (possible neck injury, use jaw thrust ma wounds and splint obvious limb deformities)
neuver, DO NOT turn head) - Minimize further Exposure to adverse weather
of the week
62nd Maintenance Operations Squadron
Christine Blosser Tech. Sgt. Cleophus Burks
Duty Title: Duty Title:
62nd MOS secretary Communication/navigation mission
62nd MOS commander’s support staff Duty section:
62nd MOS training ﬂight
Lakewood, Wash. Hometown:
Why she’s super: Why he’s tops:
Ms. Blosser has served more than 20 Sergeant Burks teaches three C-17
years in the civil service sector, including Globemaster III maintenance courses, and
16 years in the 62nd MOS. She has served recently taught more than 100 students
many squadron commanders and is key to the long-term continuity Self-Aid and Buddy Care in two days to prepare for the mobility
in the squadron. She is a member of the squadron booster club and exercise. He also audited the 5/6 Club as a result of transitioning
mentors young Airmen performing booster club duties, fostering and treasures without error, and serves at the squadron’s lead physical
improving squadron morale. She is a skilled and valuable squadron training leader. In addition, Sergeant Burks also led PT sessions for
member. First Term Airman Center and Airman Leadership School students
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Equity officials utilizing ‘green’ demolition practices
_________________ By ________________ Lucas, Vice President of Con- tors, stoves and stacks of ceiling said Cal Lovering, 62nd Civil En-
Tyler Hemstreet struction Management for Equity fans. All of the items are staged to gineer Squadron housing privati-
Staff writer Residential. “Ten years ago nearly be moved to a secondhand ware- zation project support contractor.
_____________________________________ all of this would have gone to the house in Thurston County owned “There was also some substantial
landﬁll.” by a local Habitat for Humanity cost savings in the reuse of mate-
There is a ‘green’ purpose be- The mountain of wood scrap group. rials in the overall project.”
hind the many piles of demolition is headed for a plant in Everett “Those items can really come in “Green demolition beneﬁts the
debris throughout Cascade Village which will grind it up to generate handy for residents down south project and our community” said
housing complex. power for a steam plant, while the who lost everything during the Donna Dahlstrom, 62nd CES
Scattered around a mountain of concrete and brick rubble will be ﬂoods in January,” Mr. Lucas said. housing asset manager. “This is
torn-up wood are piles of vinyl sid- ground up and reutilized as road Although the ‘green’ demolition something that we fostered since
ing, scrap metal ﬂashings, brick ﬁll elsewhere in the housing proj- takes a little longer than a stan- the beginning of the project. It’s
and concrete rubble. ect, Lucas said. dard demo, McChord housing of- a real positive for us to be able to
All of the piles will be recycled The scrap metal and vinyl will ﬁcials say it was an initiative they give back to the local community
or reused in one way or another also be recycled. eagerly supported and it ﬁt perfect with many of the items going to
with very little going to the landﬁll. Neatly arranged under carports with the project timeline. the secondhand warehouse which
“It’s becoming a whole new gen- are rows of bedroom doors, wash- “The base has been very sup- under normal circumstances may
eration of demolition,” said Boyd ing machines, driers, refrigera- portive of the green demolition,” have gone to a landﬁll.”
Photos by Abner Guzman
Equity Residential workers load scrap wood into a pile which will be trucked to a Water heaters, stoves, doors and ceiling fans will be donated to a secondhand
steam plant in Everett where it will be used for fuel. warehouse in Thurston County run by Habitat for Humanity.
AIR FORCE NEWS
USAFE CCM discusses Women’s History Month
_________________ By ________________
Senior Airman Kristopher Levasseur
48th Fighter Wing
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH,
England (AFNS) — The U.S. Air Forc-
es in Europe command chief spoke
recently with Royal Air Force Laken-
heath Airmen about how women have
played a large part in history, which
is especially true in the military.
Chief Master Sgt. Pamela Der-
row visited RAF Lakenheath March
25 and spoke to base Airmen about
Photo by Airman 1st Class Perry Aston
the signiﬁcance of Women’s History
“Women’s History Month is very
important because it recognizes and
celebrates the historic achievements
of women,” Chief Derrow said. “I think
that in the past, the role of American
women was consistently overlooked
and probably undervalued sometimes
in literature, teachings and history
prior to the 1980s. Since then, I think Chief Master Sgt. Pamela Derrow visits the new child development center March 25 at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. Chief
we have done a much better job edu- Derrow visited RAF Lakenheath as a guest speaker for the Women’s History Month luncheon, responded to Airmen’s questions
cating people on the signiﬁcant role and concerns, and visited various units. Chief Derrow is the U.S. Air Forces in Europe command chief.
women play in American history and
contemporary society.” “It is upon us to make our world about the conservation of energy. Now “I always think ‘Airmen ﬁrst,’ and
Women’s History Month has a no- safer,” the chief said. “We also have to that I have a son who is in the Air in the military, I don’t really consider
table signiﬁcance for the military in balance that with taking care of our Force, I think, “Will the environment myself a woman, I consider myself
particular because of the important environment. It is important that we be there for him? Will he have the an Airman,” Chief Derrow said. “That
job the military has, she said. get together to try to solve the prob- same things that I had growing up? being said, Women’s History Month
Chief Derrow also took a moment lems and issues. Will the parks, nature reserves, lakes is an excellent opportunity to bring
to discuss this year’s Women’s His- “This year’s theme was very timely and wilderness be there for him and not just women, but men together to
tory Month theme, “Women taking considering that we are facing the hopefully my grandchildren in the fu- celebrate what women bring to the
the lead to save our planet.” The goal repercussions of climate change and ture?’” ﬁght. Only by working together, will
of this year’s campaign is to focus on diminishing natural resources,” Chief Chief Derrow went on to explain we be able to come up with solutions
the wonders of the earth and the role Derrow said. “When I was an Airman that Women’s History month is not to common problems such as the en-
women can play in saving it. growing up, I never really thought just a celebration for women. vironment.”
Col. Jeffrey Stephenson, 62nd Airlift
Wing commander, right, presents
guest speakers Eva Abram, right
of podium, and Sylvia Maine, 62nd
Force Support Squadron, with a
token of appreciation following the
Women’s History Month celebration
Friday at the base theater. Ms. Abram
performed theatrical impersonations
at the event, acting out roles of female
pioneers such as Rosa Parks and
Photo by Abner Guzman
Eleanor Roosevelt. The celebration
honored women throughout history
whose courage and dedication have
sustained the American spirit, broken
down barriers and created new
Retiree Dining Out set for April 17 Command
_________________ ________________ director, is the guest speaker for
the event, and volunteers Dorothy
and Norman Johnson will receive
_____________________________________ the Volunteer of the Year award.
“We’re very excited to have Colo-
Retirees from all branches of nel Hershman speak this year,”
the military have the opportunity said Retiree Activities Ofﬁce vol-
to gather, enjoy a meal and honor unteer Hal Halford. “His presen- Col. Robert Evans accepts
their own April 17 as part of the tation will be of great interest to command of the 1st Air
annual Retiree Dining Out event those who utilize the services of- Support Operations Group
at the McChord Clubs and Com- fered at McChord and Fort Lewis.” from Brig. Gen. Douglas
munity Center. For registration, people can call Owens, 13th Air Force vice
The bar opens at 6 p.m. and a the McChord Clubs and Commu- commander, as Senior
choice of king salmon or prime rib nity Center at 982-5581, or com- Master Sgt. Amy Morgan,
dinner is served at 6:40 p.m. plete the reservation form includ- 1st ASOG ﬁrst sergeant,
The event gives local retirees ed in the March-April issue of the stands by to secure the
and their spouses a chance to vis- Hanger Flying Newsletter. Those guidon March 23. Outgoing
it with each other and talk about interested can also visit the RAO 1st ASOG Commander Col.
the different volunteer opportuni- Web Site at www.mcchordrao.com Vicent Savino relinquished
ties the McChord Retiree Ofﬁce of- and print out a copy of the reser- command. Prior to accepting
fers, said volunteer Ruth Sharp. vation form. Event ofﬁcials hope command, Colonel Evans
“It’s a great chance to meet new to have all reservations conﬁrmed served as the Chief of Strategy,
Photo by Jason Kaye
people and get more information by April 15. Concepts and Wargaming
on events we have going on at the The RAO is located in the Cus- Division, Directorate of
R-A-O,” Ms. Sharp said. tomer Service Mall area of Bldg. Operational Planning, Policy
Col. Shane Hershman, Mc- 100 and is open weekdays from 9 and Strategy, Headquarters,
Chord’s Joint Base realignment a.m. to noon. Air Force.
AROUND THE AIR FORCE
AROUND THE WORLD
SOUTHWEST ASIA – Staff Sgt. Nathan Schasse, 62nd Operations Support
Squadron, acquires satellite information on a Combat Survivor/Evader TURKEY – Tech. Sgt. Amy Weger and Airman 1st Class Fernando
Locator preﬂight during a recent deployment. Mendoza, Jr., both 62nd Operations Support Squadron, program
Combat Survivor/Evader Locator radios during a recent deployment to
Incirlik Air Base.
Airman McNabb positions the shops automatic Airman McNabb performs a monthly inspection
crane before relocating a mobile generator. of the barrier arresting kit on the southeast end
of the ﬂightline.
Senior Airmen Osealoa McNabb, left, and Dominic Okapal, both 62nd Civil Engineer Squadron, spray an aerosol sealer on the barrier arresting kit tape while performing a monthly operational inspection on the ﬂightline.
n a below-ground bunker mere feet from the run-
ﬁed brakes. It is these brakes that bring the aircraft
way, Senior Airman Osealoa McNabb, 62nd Civil to a stop, Airman McNabb said.
Engineer Squadron, marvels at the 24,000-pound “It’s a great system that saves lives and aircraft,”
piece of machinery he spends a majority of his he said.
time maintaining. Once the system is unraveled, a small diesel motor
“Lots of people don’t know what we do,” Airman helps the hydraulic pump reel back in the chords.
McNabb said. “Aircraft arresting systems are pretty 62nd CES Airmen perform daily, weekly and monthly
much out of sight, out of mind.” inspections on various parts of the system from ev-
But that’s not the case for the 62nd CES 12-person erything to the motor which drives the pump to the
power production shop. Maintaining, servicing and nylon tapes which catch the hook.
observing the systems are a large part of the In addition to overseeing the arresting
shop’s work load. By system, the shop also inspects and main-
The arresting system is strictly for stop- Tyler Hemstreet tains more than 75 portable and stationary
ping ﬁghter and bomber aircraft in emer- Staff writer generators on base, said Staff Sgt. Preston
gency situations, and is tested once per Teegarden, 62nd CES.
year here, usually by an A-6 Intruder from The shop’s generator arsenal includes
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in nearby Oak Har- the small generators which can be carried by two peo-
bor, Airman McNabb said. ple all the way up to the enormous ones which have
McChord’s two aircraft arresting systems — one to be towed by a truck.
at each end of the ﬂightline — are buried in separate “The 30-K generators will run a good size building,”
bunkers on adjacent sides of the runway. When an Sergeant Teegarden said.
in-motion aircraft develops an emergency, the aircrew The shop saves aircraft on the ﬂightline, but also in
has to decide if it needs to use the arresting system. If the hangars, as it maintains the deluge pumps in the
needed, the pilot deploys the aircraft’s arresting hook, rafters.
and lands the plane at least 1,000 feet from the ar- “In the event of a ﬁre, these pumps shoot foam into Photos by Abner Guzman
resting system. the hangar to coat the aircraft and save it from poten-
The hook drags on the surface of the runway until tial damage,” Sergeant Teegarden said.
it comes in contact with the 1.25-inch steel cable. Even the shop’s location at the south end of the
Once the aircraft’s hook captures the cable, the cable base near the E Ramp — allowing for quick response
rips the nylon cords, holding it ﬂat on the runway, to the ﬂightline for the arresting system — adds to its
and unravels its attached nylon tapes from the stor- status as having a quiet role in the mission.
age reels housed in the bunkers. Airman McNabb is ﬁne with that.
Airman Okapal inspects one of the aircraft arresting systems. As the tapes are unraveled, the reels turn a hy- “When the power goes out, everybody comes run- Airmen McNabb and Okapal prepare to hoist a defective generator to a DRMO staging area in preparation for
draulic pump that applies pressure to a set of modi- ning looking for us,” he said with a laugh. transportation.
AIR FORCE NEWS
Air Force leaders discuss top Air Force issues
WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air and subsequent related congressio- into implementation, was briefed. workforce and internal procedures
Force senior leaders discussed key nal hearing schedule. Both the secretary and the chief so we can deliver products and ser-
issues facing the service during Co- In his opening remarks, General expressed support to engage unit vices that perform as promised, on
rona South March 27 and Saturday Schwartz told participants he wel- commanders now that the major time, within budget.”
at Bolling Air Force Base here. comed their “frank discussions” on policy pieces have been addressed Developing Airmen was another
Corona meetings, hosted by the the issues presented. and as Global Strike Command-re- priority area addressed through
secretary of the Air Force and Air Attendees received an update lated activities move ahead. numerous personnel and man-
Force chief of staff, are held sev- on the process for the Defense De- “Bringing commanders into the power brieﬁngs. Personnel issues
eral times a year to bring together partment’s upcoming Quadrennial process now will operationally included an update on Air Force di-
major command commanders, Air Defense Review, as well as brieﬁngs ground those policies,” said Gen- versity efforts, advanced academic
Staff civilian leaders, Air Force on counterinsurgency/irregular eral Schwartz, “helping to re-estab- degree consideration and the com-
combatant commanders and the warfare, Air Force network com- lish the culture of precision and re- mand chief selection process.
chief master sergeant of the Air mand and control and a case study liability in our nuclear enterprise.” On the enlisted side, senior rat-
Force. The purpose is to advance on readiness. The Corona agenda also included ers will play a larger role in the
discussion or make decisions on Air component sizing was also a discussion of signiﬁcant initiatives command chief selection process,
challenges facing the Air Force. discussion item, including how to to address the Air Force’s priority helping to widen the list of chief
Air Force Secretary Michael best use the manpower authoriza- to recapture acquisition excellence, master sergeant candidates consid-
Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff tions committed to that mission together with progress on the de- ered for these leadership positions.
Gen. Norton Schwartz also use Co- set. Attendees were advised that velopment of the service’s acquisi- Regarding Air Force organiza-
rona as a forum to solicit feedback this topic would be further exam- tion improvement plan. tion, attendees were briefed on or-
on major Air Force initiatives prior ined in the coming months, with a The secretary called the intended ganizational thresholds and criteria
to implementation and keep senior proposal expected for delivery this spring rollout of the acquisition im- for deﬁning squadron, group and
leaders informed on Department of summer. provement plan “good news.” wing units. The group decided ma-
Defense and administration issues. Key Air Force priorities also were “The Air Force has taken a close jor commands must re-certify all
Secretary Donley opened addressed, including progress re- look at itself and has been work- non-standard organizations to en-
the “Executing the Joint Fight” ports on nuclear enterprise and ac- ing the issue hard,” said Secretary sure the structure of each doesn’t
themed-conference with a general quisition excellence initiatives. Donley. “We recognize how complex exceed the established manpower
update on the current status and A status update on the Air Force the acquisition enterprise is and we standard for unit size without a
timeline for the president’s budget nuclear roadmap, now six months must continue to strengthen our waiver.
AIR FORCE NEWS
Air Force officials hold Caring for People Forum
By chief of staff for manpower, person- port for our family members as might deal with it by writing in a
Staff Sgt. Patrick Brown nel and services at Headquarters they serve alongside us, so they are journal and another would have
Defense Media Activity — San Antonio Air Force. better prepared to meet the chal- another idea, so they got to come
_____________________________________ “We have Airmen deployed in lenges that Air Force life has to of- up with a whole new repertoire of
over 135 different locations across fer.” things they could do when they got
ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) — More the world,” he said. “All the while, Dr. Angela Huebner, an associate stressed.”
than 200 Air Force behavioral spe- we still have Airmen launching professor with Virginia Polytech- Dr. Huebner echoed General
cialists, chaplains, family advocacy F-22 (Raptors) off the ﬂightline at nic Institutes and State Universi- Newton’s stance on the Air Force
personnel and other family sup- Langley (Air Force Base in Virginia), ty’s Department of Human Devel- family and the branch’s duty to
port members gathered to discuss maintaining and safeguarding (in- opment was the keynote speaker. commit to its family.
how to care for the Air Force family tercontinental ballistic missiles) at Dr. Huebner conducts research on “There are a lot of issues fac-
Wednesday here. Minot (AFB in North Dakota) in all military family issues, particularly ing military families today,” she
The Year of the Air Force Family: kinds of weather ... so my message those related to deployment adjust- said. “The more we can get that out
Caring for People Forum started to you is this: this is not a passing ment. Her work is widely cited and there, including what’s going well,
in a hotel in the shadow of the Air fancy of ours for 2009; this will be often used to help inform family the better off they’ll be. They’re giv-
Force Memorial and blocks away the year of the family. It’s about support initiatives. ing such a service to the country
from Arlington National Cemetery. taking care of our families because In her last Defense Department and we need to be able to give that
The forum is the ofﬁcial start they are absolutely vital to our Air study, Dr. Huebner worked with back.”
of the Year of the Air Force family Force and our nation.” military children face-to-face and Forum attendees broke into
and will provide professionals from General Newton stressed that said the most immediate impact of working groups to discuss needs
around the Air Force an opportu- family members are part of the Air her work helped to give the chil- and initiatives in ﬁve areas: de-
nity to discuss issues and develop Force team and must be provided dren a sense of community. ployment support, family support,
programs to better suit the needs for in order for the Air Force to “I feel like it gives them an idea school support, special needs child
of the Air Force family. maintain excellence in air, space that they are not alone,” she said. support, Guard and Reserve fam-
“It’s vitally important to take care and cyberspace. “In our study, these kids were sit- ily support and single Airman
of our family members because “I want you to roll up your ting around talking to each other support. The groups were sched-
they take care of us,” said Lt. Gen. sleeves and think broadly in terms about how they dealt with stress. uled to present the top ﬁve initia-
Richard Y. Newton III, the deputy of how we can provide more sup- One young person would say they tives Thursday to General Newton.
AIR FORCE NEWS
Language emerges as element of national security
_________________ By ________________ available elsewhere through contract- deep-culture concepts that are arising survival kits,’ which are kind of what
Tim Kilbride ed programs. from the same sort of impulses that you would need if you are going in on
Defense Media Activity A separate school, the Defense the language itself arises from,” Colo- a humanitarian mission,” she said.
_____________________________________ Language Institute English Language nel Sandusky said. Just a very basic familiarization: Stop.
Center in San Antonio, teaches Eng- “We see language and culture as Don’t shoot. Take me to your leader.
WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Language lish mostly to foreign ofﬁcers who very intertwined, almost inextricably Where does it hurt? Is this water
and culture are “almost inextricably come to train in U.S. schools. The Air intertwined, and we handle them to- clean? All kinds of very basic survival-
intertwined,” and military person- Force administers that program. gether right from Day 1,” she said. oriented phrases. It’s not a language-
nel must be knowledgeable in both “We’re driven by the requirements At any one time, about 3,000 learning course at all, but they cer-
to be fully effective when operating of the services,” she said. “They come students are served by about 1,700 tainly would serve you well if you were
overseas, the director of a military lan- up with their requirements based on civilian faculty and staff, Colonel San- going into an unfamiliar setting.”
guage school said. the assessments of the different areas dusky said. In addition to language Pre-deployment training for large
Army Col. Sue Ann Sandusky, com- of operation, ... coming up with what instructors, staff members are in- units is done through mobile training
mandant of the Defense Language In- you might call a strategic language volved in test, curriculum and faculty teams, Colonel Sandusky said. About
stitute Foreign Language Center, told list, and then passing speciﬁc require- development, among other supporting 80,000 servicemembers have been
bloggers and online journalists dur- ments for training down to DLI.” functions. Ninety-eight percent of the trained in practical, military-oriented
ing a “DOD Live” bloggers roundtable For mission success, learning about instructors are native speakers of the words and phrases using language
Monday that the DLI directly supports the cultures they will be operating in languages they teach. survival kits, as well as other DLI pro-
military commanders by instructing is as important to servicemembers as Students are instructed and tested grams and materials.
servicemembers in the foreign lan- learning the languages, Colonel San- in three major areas: reading, listen- She noted that DLI has the capac-
guages that regional combatant com- dusky said. ing and speaking. Writing is also ity to embed instructors with deployed
mands identify as mission-essential. “Culture is both implicit and explic- taught, but not tested. Listening and units.
“We are the primary deliverer of it in our curriculum,” she explained. reading proﬁciency are graded with DLI instructors make available a
military culturally-based language “[It is] explicit in the sense that we the Defense Language Proﬁciency variety of other language and culture
training,” Colonel Sandusky said of have area studies and culture courses Test, and speaking is tested with the tools to servicemembers and members
the Monterey, Calif., school. ... delivered in the target language, Oral Proﬁciency Interview. of the public wishing to maintain or
The school was established in se- so they’re learning about the history, As a measure of effectiveness, enhance their foreign language skills,
cret just prior to the Japanese attack politics, geography, culture, ceremo- Colonel Sandusky explained, gradu- Colonel Sandusky said.
on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941. nies, art [and] literature in the target ates of a six-month Spanish course at Among the materials available on
Since then, it has been perceived as language in the course. ... And the DLI will typically speak better than a the DLI Web site, the Global Language
a resource speciﬁc to the intelligence implicit part is our instructors come graduating Spanish major at a four- Online Support System offers pre-
and translation military career ﬁelds, from the cultures where the language year university. An 18-month Arabic packaged lessons at various proﬁcien-
but in fact it also serves the needs of is used.” course at DLI equates to roughly 10.5 cy levels for autonomous students.
the “general-purpose forces,” Colonel Having native speakers from the full-load semester hours of language These are available at http://gloss.
Sandusky said. target countries work as instructors and area studies at a university. lingnet.org.
Educating the general service has means they bring into the classroom While students attending the school DLI offers “Countries in Perspec-
been a major growth area for DLI “culture at many different levels, for immersion courses achieve the tive” and “Field Support” multimedia
since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, she from the behavioral dos and don’ts best results, DLI instructors also work downloads that give overviews of
noted. to food, ﬁlm, music, art, artifacts, up with the military services and com- language and culture, broken down
DLI teaches 24 foreign languages to the more abstract sort of frames of mands to offer introductory familiar- by country and language, Colonel
in Monterey, Colonel Sandusky said. reference: deﬁnitions of culture, the ization and training in a variety of ca- Sandusky said. These are available at
Instruction in additional languages is understanding of beauty and evil and pacities, Colonel Sandusky said. http://ﬁeldsupport.lingnet.org/index.
authority and obligation, all of those “We’ve got what we call ‘language aspx.
NAMES TO NOTE
NAMES TO NOTE More than 70 tickets are still available at Ad-
ventures Unlimited for the seventh annual “Salute
to Armed Forces Night” as the Seattle Mariners
Congratulations to the Air Force Sergeants Associa-
tion Chapter 1461 annual award winners! take on the Detroit Tigers April 18.
Tickets are just $10 – seats are
First-term Airman of the year – Airman 1st Class
Bethany Pattee, previously 62nd Medical Support in rows 14-18 of section 323. The
NCO of the year – Tech. Sgt. Shane Hobrecht, 5th
deadline to pre-order tickets is
Annual Air Support Operations Squadron Monday. For more information,
Awards call 982-2206.
Do you have a story idea? Spread the news in The NW Airlifter! Call Public Affairs
at 982-5637 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Back-to-Basics’ safety focus day from the McChord Clubs and Com- at the McChord Clubs and Com- Lee@mcchord.af.mil with your full
April 10 is “Back-to-Basics” day, munity Center on West Entrance munity Center. In addition to the name and telephone number. The
and group brieﬁngs are scheduled Road, between Fairway Drive and banquet, the event includes a guest wait list will be used to notify a
in the base theater as follows: Warehouse Road. For more infor- speaker and historical military re- group of ﬁrewood cutters to obtain
7 to 8:30 a.m. – 62nd Mainte- mation, call 982-3913. enactment. a ﬁrewood permit.
nance Group day shift The RAO is open Monday
8:30 to 10 a.m. – 62nd Director Rape Aggression Defense classes through Friday from 9 a.m. to Enlisted force structure
of Staff and 62nd Medical Squad- RAD classes for women are 1 to 4 noon. For more information on the The latest version of Air Force
ron p.m. Tuesday; April 13, 20 and 27. RAO or the dining out event, call Instruction 26-2618, the enlisted
10 a.m. to noon – 62nd Opera- To register or for more information, the ofﬁce at 982-3214 or visit www. force structure, is available online
tions Group call 982-0473. mcchordrao.com. at: http://www.e-publishing.af.mil/
1 to 2:30 p.m. – 62nd Mission shared/media/epubs/AFI36-2618.
Support Group Tree planting ceremony Flu shots now available pdf.
3 to 4:30 p.m. – 62nd MXG night The Sexual Assault Awareness Flu vaccine is now available for New hours at wing self-help store
shift month tree planting ceremony is 1 active duty family members and re- The new wing self-help store
p.m. April 13 in front of the Chapel tirees at the Immunizations Clinic hours of operation are 8 a.m. to
Parent University Support Complex. For more infor- on McChord. For more information, noon weekdays. The store is closed
The 12th annual Parent Uni- mation, call 982-0473. call 982-5189. on weekends, holidays and Air
versity seminar is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mobility Command Family Days.
Saturday at Evergreen Elementary Fort Lewis-McChord Autism run/walk Base ﬁrewood permits
School on Fort Lewis. For more The second Autism “fun run/ A considerable supply of “you- Earth Day celebration
information, call 982-9043 or 967- walk” and resource fair, presented cut” ﬁrewood will soon be available An Earth Day celebration is 9
5901. by the Fort Lewis-McChord Autism for personnel willing to obtain a a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 in front of
Support Group, is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. base ﬁrewood permit. To add your the base commissary. For more in-
McChord Phoenix Spouse voicemail April 18 at Cowan Stadium on Fort name to the wait list, email Carol. formation, call 982-3913.
The Phoenix Spouse program Lewis. The event is open to every-
here now has voicemail (982-PHNX) one with access to the installation,
for families wanting to contact or and registration is recommended, McChord Chaplain Corps For more information on Chapel services
and programs, please call 982-5556.
get more information about their but not required. For more informa-
unit’s Phoenix Spouses. The voice- tion, call 589-2572, 588-8783, or
Faith & Worship To contact Duty Chaplain after
duty hours, contact the Command Post
mail gives every squadron the abil- visit: http://ﬂmcafbasg.clubspaces. Programs at 982-2635.
ity to have a personalized mailbox com.
where people can leave messages CATHOLIC SERVICES and Wednesday: JEWISH SERVICES:
for Phoenix Spouses. Retiree Activities RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: 6:30 p.m. Faith Formation: 1st,2nd Friday:
The Retiree Activities Ofﬁce is All Catholic services are in chapel two. & 3rd Wednesday of the month: 6 p.m. Every 1st, 3rd & 5th Friday of
Saturday: Chapel Support Center, Bldg. 746 the month: Ft. Lewis, Chapel 5, Bldg.
Chili cook off looking for volunteers to assist with 4 p.m. Confession: Chapel 2, Bldg. 6:30 p.m. Why Catholic? Small T-2270
The 4th Airlift Squadron’s annual upcoming events and work in the 181 Group Study: Chapel Support Center,
chili cook off and homebrew compe- ofﬁce located in the customer ser- 5 p.m. Mass: Chapel 2, Bldg. 181
Bldg. 746 OTHER PROGRAMS:
The following Chapel programs take
tition is 4:44 p.m. Saturday at Holi- vice mall in Bldg. 100. The RAO is a 9:30 a.m. Mass: Chapel 2, Bldg. 181 PROTESTANT SERVICES and place at the Chapel Support Center,
day Park. This year’s contest also resource and referral center which 11 a.m. Mass: Chapel 2, Bldg. 181 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Bldg. 746.
12:30 p.m. Why Catholic? Small Sunday: Tuesday:
features family activities and door offers information concerning is- Group Study: Chapel Support Center, 8:30 a.m. Liturgical Worship: Chapel 9:30 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers
prizes. For more information or to sues pertinent to retirees, including Bldg. 746 1, Bldg. 180 (MOPS); 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the
RSVP, call 982-4111. ID cards, DEERS, Tri-Care, health Monday: 9:45 a.m. Sunday School: Chapel month
Noon. Why Catholic? Small Group Support Center, Bldg. 746 6 p.m. Mothers of Preschoolers
beneﬁt changes, social security and Study: Chapel Support Center, Bldg. 11 a.m. Traditional Worship: Chapel (MOPS) Bible Study; 1st, 3rd & 5th
Arbor Day celebration Space available travel. 746 1, Bldg. 180 Tuesday of the month
11 a.m. Contemporary Worship: Wednesday:
The McChord Arbor Day celebra- This year’s annual dining out Chapel Support Center, Bldg. 746 11 a.m. Adult Bible Study
tion is 3:30 p.m. April 16 across event is set for 6 p.m. April 17
NAMES TO NOTE
The following Airmen graduated March 26 as • Senior Airman William Hunnicutt, 62nd • Senior Airman Robert Tingle, 62nd AMXS
part of the Julius A. Kolb Airman Leadership OSS • Senior Airman Mitchell Vines, 62nd AMXS
School Class 09-C. • Senior Airman Bradley Johnson, Det.1, • Senior Airman Todd Viney, 62nd SFS
• Senior Airman Steven Arrowood, 62nd Air- 10th Combat Weather Squadron • Senior Airman Jarrod Wetherill, 62nd
craft Maintenance Squadron • Senior Airman Jonathon May, 62nd APS Communications Squadron
• Senior Airman Mark Broadhead, 62nd Lo- • Senior Airman Nicholas Miano, 62nd APS • Senior Airman Salvador Ynostroza, 62nd
gistics Readiness Squadron
• Senior Airman Christopher Buck, 446th • Senior Airman Michael Redick, 62nd MXS
• Senior Airman Larry Craig, 62nd Aerial • Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Reiss, 22nd Special Tac- AWARD RECIPIENTS:
Port Squadron tics Squadron John L. Levitow recipient: Senior Airman
• Senior Airman Gary Ellis, 62nd Security • Senior Airman Clinton Riley, 62 AMXS David D. Yorton, 22nd STS
Forces Squadron • Senior Airman Steven Southworth, 194th Distinguished Graduate and Leadership
• Senior Airman Darren Firth, 62nd Opera- Intelligence Squadron Award: Senior Airman Kristopher Savell, 62nd
tions Support Squadron • Staff Sgt. Adam Stabler, 62nd Civil Engi- AMXS
• Senior Airman Jason Flynn, 4th Airlift neer Squadron Distinguished Graduate and Academic
Squadron • Senior Airman Charles Swaggart, 62nd Achievement Award: Senior Airman Aindrea
• Senior Airman Brett Gjeﬂe, 62nd LRS SFS Tait, 62nd MXS