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CMSAF to bring back “Roll call” Page 4 Elementary school holds geography bee Page 5 Weather Today: 43/26 cloudy Saturday: 37/32 snowy Sunday: 32/27 snowy TM Vol. 49, No. 43 Dec. 15, 2006 Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea Postal volunteers wanted: Volunteers are needed through Jan. 5 to assist with increased work load at the base post office. For more information, call Staff. Sgt Christopher Barze at 784-4655. Holiday calorie budgeting The Health and Wellness Center will be offering two “Holiday Calorie Budgeting” classes Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. To sign up, call the HAWC at 784-4292. No school! Osan American Elementary and High School students’ last day of school before the Christmas and New Year's break is Thursday. Classes are scheduled to resume Jan. 8. For more information, call Dr. Candice Ward-Enecio at 784-9098. Letters to Santa “Dear Santa” letters can be mailed to the following address: SANTA’S MAILBAG ATTN: 354 OSS/OSW 1215 FLIGHTLINE AVE. EIELSON AFB, AK 99702 To receive a response from Santa, enclose a postage paid self-addressed envelope with each child’s letter. All letters received by Dec. 25 will be answered. You heard it here COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE Today is the last day to contribute to the Combined Federal Campaign. Here’s how Team Osan’s figures look as of Dec. 8: Total contributions so far: $335,949 Percent of the base contacted: 100 percent Percent base participation goal reached: 100 percent Anyone who hasn’t been contacted and would like to donate should contact a unit key worker, unit coordinator or the base project officer by close of business today. ) Annual goal 5,614 Annual flown 1,197 Annual goal 5,825 Annual flown 1,232 Capt. Andre Cardoza, 25th Fighter Squadron (far right), teaches pilots of the Republic of Korea Air Force, from the left: Capt. Pyoum, Capt. Suk, Capt. Chow, Maj. Som, 2nd Lt. Cho, Capt. Lee, about the use of the GCP-1C Ground Command Pointer and Panoramic Night Vision goggles during the Buddy Wing exercise here Dec. 5. Photo by Airman Jason Epley Osan participates in Buddy Wing By Airman Jason Epley 51st Communications Squadron "It's good to know the guys you would go to war with," says 1st Lt. Brad Wethington, 25th Fighter Squadron pilot. Over the past week, pilots from the 25th FS participated in a Buddy Wing program, an exercise between the 25th FS and Republic of Korea Air Force pilots from the 238th Fighter Squadron. The Buddy Wing program allows ROKAF and U.S. Air Force pilots to practice with one another. The biannual exercise took place over a three day period and helped to integrate attack and close air support missions. "The buddy wing program pays big dividends to both our units in terms of preparing us to work together," said, Lt. Col. Scott Caine, 25 FS commander. "Our mission to defend the Republic of Korea is closely tied to our ability to fly and fight with our ROKAF counterparts." continued on Page 6 Commentary How Airmen and ants are different Page 2 News Tips for filing taxes over the holiday season Page 3 Sorties Monthly goal 388 Monthly flown 213 Vehicle registration 25th Fighter Squadron Airmen learn to ski Korean style 36th Fighter Squadron Monthly goal 455 Monthly flown 256 See Page 7 A representative from the local city hall will be at Pass and Registration Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This person is only available to provide assistance in registration and transferring ownership of vehicles. (Current as of Tuesday) The Dec. 22 MiG Alley Flyer is the final issue for the year 2 MiG Alley Flyer Dec. 15, 2006 Commentary Letter to Airmen Commander’s action line 784-4811 SECAF/CSAF holiday safety message By Honorable Michael W. Wynne and Gen. T. Michael Moseley n Secretary of the Air Force and Air Force Chief of Staff The holiday season gives many of us the well-deserved opportunity to relax and celebrate with friends and family. But for some the holidays can be stressful, especially when heightened by separation from loved ones. This time of year includes unique opportunities for activities and emotions that we should be both grateful for and wary of. We're asking you once again to keep a close eye on your Wingmen your friends, loved ones and fellow Airmen - this holiday season, thus continuing to play an important role in preserving the Air Force's most precious resource - you. Although we already put a lot of emphasis on safety, we can all do more to look out for our Wingmen. Eight of our precious Airmen have committed suicide this fiscal year. Many of these heartbreaking tragedies could have been avoided if Wingmen had intervened. In FY06, we lost 45 Airmen to private motor vehicle mishaps and countless others were injured. Most of these could have been avoided with proper risk management decisions. During this season, in particular, many offduty activities carry significant inherent risk that can easily be compounded by exceeding individual capabilities, drinking alcohol, failing to follow proper procedures or wear the proper gear, and failing to plan for winter travel. It takes leadership - both from individuals and the chain of command - to prevent needless losses. Leaders at all levels must focus attention on sound individual decision making, a disciplined approach to risk management, and the importance of Educating, Motivating, and Activating. Educating means building the knowledge, skills, and character to behave safely and decrease risk exposure. Motivating means giving fellow Airmen the incentive to make the right decisions. Activating means providing the tools to act safely and ensuring each Airman understands the importance of making the right choice. Ultimately, we can all make a difference, both for the friends and families of our Airmen and for the nation as a whole. Each life we save and each mishap we prevent translates directly into preserving combat capability for our nation. We are at war and need every Airman combat ready and in the fight. We are grateful for the friends and family who understand and support your sacrifices, and wish them warmth and comfort this season under the blanket of security you provide. And we're grateful for Airmen who demonstrate that the defense of freedom is an unyielding endeavor and live by ideals that never take a holiday. Today, nearly 700,000 total force Airmen are answering the call to serve as part of the Joint Team, defending our nation at home or deployed a world away. Wherever your service takes you this holiday season, be safe, proud and certain that all Americans value and appreciate you. We remain amazed by what you do every day for our great nation. You have our heartfelt thanks. Brig. Gen. Joe Reynes 51st Fighter Wing commander The Commander’s action line is a vital communication tool that gives members of the base community a chance to talk to me, and gives me a chance to ensure people get accurate replies. When you can’t resolve an issue through your chain of command, I welcome you to contact me with your questions, comments and suggestions, via phone or e-mail. Please leave your name and phone number if you’d like a personal response. To contact my action line, call 784-4811 or send an e-mail to 51FWPA@osan.af.mil. Key customer service numbers Base exchange..............784-4239 Civilian pay.....................784-4586 Legal claims office.........784-5828 Clinic patient advocate...784-8285 Commissary...................784-4496 Contracting.....................784-6683 Inspector General..........784-4995 Law enforcement...........784-5515 Legal assistance............784-6713 Military pay.....................784-1851 Military personnel...........784-1845 Safety office...................784-1842 CES customer service...784-4303 ...Of ants and Airmen By Col. Peter Vandenbosch 7th Air Force director of staff Remarkable little beasts, army ants. With a brain no larger than, well, an ant head, they still have managed to survive for tens of millions of years, basically unchanged. What kind of a survival strategy can fit into an ant head? One primary survival strategy is that they always follow their leader. When foragers go out on patrol and get lost, they have one simple rule that usually works: find another ant and they follow it. Usually this works, and the ants all find their way back home. On rare occasions, though, they all get lost and take this rule to extremes. In the Amazon, explorers have found circles of dead army ants a mile or more across, thousands of ants that each died by following the ant in front of them, round and round and round ... What makes us military non-insects any better? What advantage do we get from a brain a thousand times as large? Like the ants, we Airmen know that our strength is almost always in following our leader, that we can get nowhere if we waste our efforts in needless dissension. But with the other 99.9 percent of our brains, we realize the occasional situations in which our leader may not have all the facts or the best judgment, and we take action. The challenge of military judgment is that we need to put that 99.9 percent of our brains aside and be followers in the vast majority of cases, but each of us needs to use that gray matter to take leadership on occasion. Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st century is part of that leadership responsibility. It asks us to look somewhere else than the posterior of the ant in front of us. Our leaders want us to follow them, but they also want us propose better ways of doing our jobs. Here is the true strength of the Air Force; we have members who know when to conform, but they also know when -and how -- to propose changes. Ask yourself if it's time to propose a better way of doing things. If you decide you have an idea to offer, raise it to your boss, or check out the process on http://www.osan.af.mil/publicaffairs/AFSO%2021/AFSO21.htm The Osan perspective What’s the one gift you want this holiday season? Master Sgt. Donald Lake 51st MXG “If I could get any gift for the holidays, I would wish for the end of curfew hours.” Senior Airman Juanna Blake 51st OSS “If I could get any gift, it would be my family. Family is the best gift and you have to cherish them because materials come and go, but family is always there.” Senior Airman Jeromie Harris 51st MXS “I would love to have a personal computer for Christmas. It would allow my wife and me to communicate better.” Staff Sgt. Andrew Jones 51st CS “The only thing I want this holiday season is to be step promoted to technical sergeant.” Master Sgt. Dennis Mont'Ros 607th ACOMG “The best gift any of us can ask for is the safety and well-being of servicemembers all over the world.” Editorial staff Brig. Gen. Joe Reynes, 51st Fighter Wing commander; Maj. Michael Shavers, Public Affairs chief; 1st Lt. Kevin Coffman, Public Affairs deputy; Master Sgt. Steve Goetsch, Public Affairs superintendent; Staff Sgt. Andrea Knudson, NCOIC, internal information; Senior Airman Brok McCarthy, editor; Jae Back, services publicist Submissions and contact information The MiG Alley Flyer staff reserves the right to edit all material submitted for publication. To submit bulletins, commentaries, news, sports or feature articles, e-mail email@example.com or find Osan MiG Alley Flyer in the global e-mail directory. Deadline is 4 p.m. the Thursday one week prior to the desired publication date. For weekend activities, notify the PA staff prior to the event. Submission does not guarantee publication. Correspondence may be sent to 51st FW/PA, UNIT 2067, APO AP 96278-2067. For editorial and on-base circulation information, call public affairs at 784-5556; fax at 784-8434. This funded Air Force newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. military services overseas. Content of the MiG Alley Flyer are not necessarily the official view of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the Department of the Air Force. The editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the public affairs office of the 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. All photographs are Air Force photographs unless otherwise indicated. The MiG Alley Flyer is printed by Il Sung Enterprise Co., LTD, Room 1202, Chang Kyo Bldg. 1, Chang Kyou Dong, Choong-Ku. NEWS Top Charger Senior Airman Brandon Miles 607th Air Intelligence Squadron Hometown: Raleigh, N.C. How long on station: Four months Job title: Operations intelligence fusion analyst Most rewarding job aspect: Strategic level involvement; contributing to decisions that may drive U.S. national policy Goals: Complete a bachelor's degree and start a masters program within the next two years What motivates my winning attitude? Ambition without fear Favorite TV shows: HBOs “The Wire” and vintage “The Twilight Zone” Favorite book: The Holy Bible and 38 Laws of Power I'm proudest of: My Daughter People I admire most: Jesus Christ Best day of my life: The day my daughter was born What I like most about Korea: The cultural experience If I could change anything about Osan, it would be: Facilitate more accompanied tours for families Supervisor’s comments: Senior Airman Miles’s assignment into the 607th Air Intelligence Squadron has had an immediate influence on flight operations. From his first day of in-processing, he took the flight in-processing checklist and developed improvements: he coordinated with outside agencies, streamlined timelines and updated checklist items. This directly shortened in-processing time for new incoming flight personnel. He has also tackled IQT/MQT and positional training with much fervor and is ahead of schedule. --Senior Master Sgt. Noel Concepcion 607th Air Intelligence Squadron MiG Alley Flyer Dec. 15, 2006 3 DOD, U.K. sign next stage Joint Strike Fighter agreement WASHINGTON -- U.S. and United Kingdom officials signed a memorandum of understanding Dec. 12 to begin future cooperation in the production, sustainment and follow-on development, called PSFD, phase of the Joint Strike Fighter program. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon R. England and United Kingdom Minister for Defense Procurement Lord Paul R. Drayson signed the MOU as England joins Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the United States as nations that have signed the JSF PSFD agreement. Denmark, Italy, Norway, and Turkey are scheduled to sign in the near future. This new MOU will expand cooperation among the nine JSF partner nations beyond the ongoing JSF system development and demonstration phase, providing a framework for future JSF program efforts in production and beyond. The United Kingdom was the first JSF partner, and is committing more than $2 billion to the development phase of the overall JSF program. The U.K. plans to acquire up to 150 short take-off and vertical landing versions of the JSF, and will participate with the U.S. in the JSF aircraft's operational test and evaluation prior to achievement of initial operational capability early in the next decade. The United Kingdom's signature of the PSFD MOU will continue to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, not only in terms of providing air dominance, but also interoperability, defense transformation, modernization, cost reduction, acquisition excellence, and best possible use of the nations' respective industrial bases. Joint Strike Fighter, as the largest ever U.S. Defense Department acquisition program, continues to set new standards in development of manufacturing technologies, acquisition and business practices, technology transfer, and export licensing. The first test aircraft is on-track for its first flight in mid December. The JSF program is providing opportunities for partner industries through the best value model, selecting manufacturers and maintainers based on a combination of quality, price, and timeliness. Once the JSF PSFD MOU signing process is completed, the partners will cooperatively develop, produce, test, train and operate a Lightning II JSF Air System that will enhance the interoperability, survivability, and affordability of our future forces. Continued U.K. participation reinforces the longstanding and close relationship between the U.S. and U.K. armed forces, providing a solid foundation for future air operations with other allied and friendly nations in a joint and coalition environment. Graduated! Members of the 51st Fighter Wing Medical Group attended the Ajou University Hospital Medical English Class Graduation Ceremony Dec 5. Nurses stationed here helped the Korean students with conversational-speaking skills to better prepare them for working with and caring for English-speaking people. Photo by Ms. Hyojung Woo Tips for filing taxes overseas By Tech. Sgt. Jerry Boyce 51st Fighter Wing Legal Office An article about taxes already? With Christmas just around the corner, filing a U.S. tax return is probably the last thing on people’s minds. However, now's the time to lay the groundwork to make life easier during the upcoming tax season. Listed below are some of the more common issues that can have significant impacts on your one’s ability to file federal taxes. What if I'm married and I will be filing taxes for both myself and my spouse? If you're married and you plan to file on behalf of your family, you will need your spouse to complete an IRS Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative. The Form 2848 must contain your spouse's original signature, but doesn't need to be notarized. This form can also be obtained from the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov/formspubs/lists/0,,id=97817,00.html and then searching for the form by number. What do I do if the name on my or my spouse's social security card is wrong? If either you or your spouse recently changed your legal name because of marriage, divorce or any other legal reason, you must notify the Social Security Administration of the name change as soon as possible so that a new card may be issued. Otherwise, you will not be able to electronically file your taxes and the error may prevent your wages from being posted correctly to your social security record. Information and instructions may be found at the following web address: http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10002.html#identity What is my Taxpayer Identification Number? Before you can file federal taxes, be claimed as a dependent, or be claimed for exemption purposes, you must have an IRS Taxpayer Identification Number. This can be either a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. If you had a child this year, you should apply for your child's SSN or ITIN now. Many hospitals automatically provide SSN applications upon the child's birth, but in the event they didn't you'll want Osan loses team member A member of the 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron passed away Dec. 4 at the 121 Hospital at Yongson Army Garrison. Airman 1st Class Derek Webb, 51st LRS vehicle mechanic, was originally admitted to the 51st Fighter Wing emergency room Nov. 19 and was later transferred to Ajou Hospital in Suwon and then to the hospital in Yongsan. "Airman 1st Class Webb was an exceptionally hard worker who's passion for the mission, the Air Force and his family and friends will be sorely missed," said Lt. Col. James Wilkie, 51st LRS commander. Before Airman 1st Class Webb passed away, his parents were able to see him. to get things rolling as soon as possible. How do I know if I need a SSN or ITIN? Generally, the following categories of people will need a SSN if they don't already have one: U.S. citizens Newborn children born to U.S. citizens, U.S. resident aliens with permission from the Department of Homeland Security to work in the U.S. Aliens with U.S. Green Cards. People who fall into one of these categories and do not have a SSN must contact the Social Security Administration to apply for a SSN. If you don't fall into one of the above categories or you're a nonresident alien who's not eligible for a SSN and you want to be claimed as a dependent or for an exemption, you'll need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. Keep in mind you can't simply apply for an ITIN if you already have a pending SSN application or are eligible for a SSN. ITINs are only for those people who are not eligible for a SSN. How do I apply for a SSN or ITIN? If you don't have a SSN, the first step is to contact the Social Security Administration at http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10002.html, where there is an easy step-by-step section covering how to apply for a SSN, as well as a downloadable version of the form SS-5, application for social security card. If you need an ITIN, you'll want to contact the Internal Revenue Service at http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=96287,00.html. You'll find tons of information related to the ITIN and an electronic copy of the form W-7, Application for Individual Taxpayer Identification Number at this web address. It may take five to six weeks to process your application for an ITIN, and probably several more weeks to process an application for a SSN so you'll want to get them in early. It's critical all servicemembers and their dependents have their SSN or ITIN ready so their tax filing will run smoothly. Also, remember when filing taxes, everyone must correctly write or type his or her SSN or ITIN on all tax forms. Any mistakes will cause unnecessary processing delays when you try to file your taxes. For more information, call Tech. Sgt. Jerry Boyce at the 51st Fighter Wing legal office at 784-4131. Disposition of personal effects 1st Lt. Sarah McDaniel, is authorized to make disposition of the personal effects of Airman 1st Class Derek Webb, 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron, as stated in AFI 34-244. Any person having claims for or against the deceased should contact 1st Lt. McDaniel at 784-4696. 4 MiG Alley Flyer Dec. 15, 2006 NEWS ers expect them to find out about what is going on in the Air Force. "But our Airmen, they work long hours. And when they're finished with their long days, a lot of times they don't have time or don't really want to get on the Air Force Web link and search and find out what's going on," the chief said. Another reason for the roll calls is to take Airmen back to their heritage. In the past, most supervisors had daily roll calls to pass on and receive information. Some units still have roll call, but most do not. The chief remembers his past duties as a crew chief, and how daily roll calls made clear what each Airmen had to do that day. "When I was an aircraft mechanic, we always had roll call," he said. "We'd meet with Airmen every morning before we went (to work) and find out what mission we had for the day and how many aircraft we were going to launch, how many tires we needed to change -- whatever." But the meetings also gave supervisors the opportunity to look Airmen "in the eye and see how they were doing and to make sure they were fit before they went out there and climbed over the back of an F-4 (Phantom)." Going back to having roll calls is good for Air Force business, he said. "The more we know about our Airmen, the safer they're going to be and the better our Air Force is going to be," he said. CMSAF says roll call good for Air Force By Louis A. Arana-Barradas Air Force Print News MANTA FORWARD OPERATING BASE, Ecuador -- Some Airmen are not getting information they need to make them better and more productive, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley said. That is why he believes the start of a roll call program, which he said could start "within days," will help bridge the communications gap between senior Air Force leaders and Airmen around the globe. "Our goal is to keep our Airmen informed," the Air Force's top enlisted leader said before departing Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. "To make sure that information [they receive] is current and easy to understand." The chief said the first topic for the roll call, which will come in the form of Roll Call Notes on the Air Force Web site, Air Force Link, is still pending. But he said the topics are of concern to Airmen -- chosen from their feedback during the chief's many travels. "We need, as leaders, to make sure our Airmen are informed," he said. "I want to hear what these Airmen have to say." The chief said supervisors are the key to getting top-level Air Force information to Airmen. He believes face-to-face communication will help Airmen find out what is going on in the Air Force. But it is two-way street, he said. At roll calls, supervisors also have an important avenue Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley speaks to Airmen Dec. 12 at Manta Forward Operating Base in Ecuador. Manta is at the center of the U.S. war on drugs in Latin America. He discussed the importance of bringing back roll call, saying that supervisors are the key to getting top-level Air Force information to Airmen as well as getting feedback from the Airmen. Courtesy Photo to also find out about Airmen's needs. Chief McKinley is enthused about the roll call program and its potential to help top to bottom communication. "Because keeping our Airmen informed and finding out what's going on with them and what their questions are is better for the whole Air Force," he said. To reach Airmen, the roll call program will revolve around Roll Call Notes available each week on the Air Force's Web site, Air Force Link, the chief said. The notes will have information all Airmen need to know about the Air Force each week. The goal is for supervisors across the service to hold roll calls to pass this information and get feedback from their Airman. The chief said there are several reasons driving the effort to bring back roll calls. One is to communicate better. Another is to get Airmen out from behind the computer, where some lead- Practice safe stress for the holidays By Capt. Arnold Sauve 51st Medical Operations Squadron The holidays, a time of festivity, parties, shopping, entertaining, religious observances, family gatherings, decorating and … stress! With all the extra demands we place on ourselves and expectations of the season, is it any wonder most of us feel some stress during the holiday season? Here are some strategies for making the holidays a time of renewal. Set priorities People tend to overextend themselves during the holidays. It's not necessary to attend every party and religious celebration that comes along. When allotting your limited time, choose quality over quantity. Decide what activities you and your family would most enjoy doing and focus on those. Learn to say "no" gently but firmly to social events that are over your limit. Smooth jazz Christmas music The Sax Trio from Yokota Air Base, Japan, played a variety of traditional singalong and jazzy Christmas music for Osan American Elementary School students and faculty Tuesday. Tech. Sgt. James Butler, and Staff Sgts. Jason Baedke and Joe Wagner, wrapped up the day with a performance during the 51st Security Forces Squadron guardmount. The performance at Osan was part of a week-long tour to military and civilian communities in the Republic of Korea. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael O’Connor Plan ahead Nothing creates more holiday stress than last minute shopping and preparations. Take charge of your holidays in advance by making lists of things to do and setting aside each day for them. Consider setting a cut off date; after that date, things that haven't gotten done will be deferred until next year. Keep it simple A holiday feast does not have to be elaborate to be wonderful. Often traditional fare is appreciated most, with guests providing some of the dishes. When shopping, take advantage of gift-wrapping services. Try shopping at home from mail order catalogs or online. Let someone else compete for the, "most fabulous holiday preparations" award. Battle uniform available to deploying Airmen this spring The Airman Battle Uniform is on track for distribution this spring to Airmen deploying as part of Air Expeditionary Forces 7 and 8. Production of the new ABU started Dec. 7 and uniforms are being warehoused. Most Airmen will get two ABU sets and two Desert Combat Uniform sets for their deployment. Battlefield Airmen with Air Force specialty codes for combat rescue, special tactics, pararescue jumper, combat control, tactical air control Airmen, members of the special operations weather team, battlefield weather Airmen and explosive ordnance members will each receive four ABU sets. By October 2007, the Air Force will begin issuing the ABU to Airmen in basic military training, and in June 2008, the uniform will be available for purchase by the rest of the Air Force in Army and Air Force Exchange Service outlets. The ABU boasts 236 different size options in both male and female sizes. Additionally, its permanent press finish means the uniform cannot be starched, pressed or dry-cleaned. Airmen will be able to pull the ABU from the clothes dryer and wear it without further treatment. Any ironing could degrade the effectiveness of the uniform. The cost for the uniform, pants and coat, runs about $81. Additional items, such as socks, T-shirts, belts, and ABU-style hats will also need to be purchased. Airmen are authorized to wear DCU-style boots with the ABU until the newly designed green boots become readily available. The green boots are priced at $100. The expected mandatory wear date for the new ABU is October 2011. Riding the emotional roller coaster The holidays are hard on your emotions. The holidays of your childhood may take on a magical glow that's often impossible to recover in adulthood. While radio stations and department stores are blaring messages of peace and joy, you're dreading the family gatherings that sometimes lead to someone not speaking to someone else. If family gatherings are stressful, avoid long visits, either in your house or away. Defer settling family arguments until some other time. Be willing to let go of old traditions if they no longer work for your family and try to find new ones that do. Take care of yourself Counter the holiday pressures by giving yourself some time for rest and renewal each day. Avoid overindulgence in holiday food, alcohol and caffeine. Think about what the holidays are actually celebrating and try to stay true to that spirit. Peace and joy can be more than just a department store come-on. NEWS By Senior Airman Brok McCarthy MiG Alley Flyer Dec. 15, 2006 5 Elementary school holds geography bee 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs If someone were to ask you, "Colombia, with low coastal plains along both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean borders which Central American country?" would you know the answer? If you were to ask Thomas Stokes, a sixth grade student from Osan American Elementary School, he would be able to tell you it is Panama because that's the question he answered to win the OAES National Geographic Bee Dec. 11. He is now eligible to compete for a $25,000 college scholarship and $500 cash sponsored by The National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Bee is held yearly at all Department of Defense Dependents schools. Individual social studies teachers began training their students about two months prior to the competition using questions from the previous years, and Web sites such as www.mywonderfulworld.org The competition had seven preliminary rounds followed by a finalist round and finally the championship round. "This year, we had 29 students participate in the Bee," said Ms. Erin Howe, a teacher at the elementary school and National Geographic Bee sponsor for more than 15 years. "We had 12 sixth graders, eight fifth graders, eight fourth graders, and a second grader. The second grader, Joshua Breckenridge, did very well, making it to the semi-final round." Overall, the competition was stiff. So stiff, in fact, that, "We had to add another qualifying round and call it the semi-final round," said Ms. Howe. "After the preliminary round, there were supposed to be only 10 finalists, but we ended up with fifteen! Those fifteen students answered questions until we had our first finalist, Michael Gonzales, a sixth grader." Four other students tied to compete with Michael for the championship round. Thomas, won the next phase and the opportunity to challenge Michael. Due to another tie in the end, the championship round had to go to a single elimination tie-breaker, which Thomas Stokes won. Thomas’ next step is to take a written 70 question test, which will be scored against all other DODDS students. If he out performs all other school winners in DODDS, he will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national competition May Ms. Erin Howe prepares to ask students a question during the first round of the Osan American Elementary School's Geography Bee Dec. 8. Photo by Airman Jason Epley 22 and 23, where he will compete against winners from all 50 states. Jeopardy's Alex Trebek is scheduled to host the competition. USFK Off limit areas Editor’s note: The following areas are off limits to all U.S. Forces Korea servicemembers. For more information, call the 51st Fighter Wing Anti terrorism Force Protection office at 784-3909 or 784-9542. Osan Rex Bar Area II (Itaewon) 4 Seasons Tiger Tavern ABC Club Tae Pyung Hotel Ambrosia/Royal Club Uncle Jack's Apple Venus Club Baring/Starbutt Club VIP Club Best Club Yes Club Dong In Inn Eve/Dragon Flowers Happy Days/Forever Together Indian Joe's Club Kwang Sun Jang Motel Lily Club Madrid Markins/Townhouse Distinguished visitors Thirty members of the Pyongtaek mayor's staff and business owners from Pyongtaek got a close look at wing operations Dec. 8. The visitors saw all the wing’s aircraft up close, visited the A10 simulator and saw the construction around the base. Photo by Senior Airman Eunique Stevens Moonshine / Hypnotic/ Dallas Moulin Rouge Number One Club Nymph Club Old Hard Rock Sports Pub/Happy Hour T.N.T Club Mommy House/Boston Club Y.I. Starbutt's/Butterfly/ Utopoa Blue Rain/Kiss in the Dark Hong-Ik University Area Bridge Club Miari Area (SeungbukGu) Cabin Club Trans Rose Club Starbutt's (New) Felina Capital Club Cheers Club Coyote Ugly Club DMC Club (Kangnam, under Novotel Hotel) One More Try Peach Fuzz Rainbow/Moulin Rouge Club Red Fox Club Rosy/Sunny's Club Sun Club Sweetheart Texas Club Miss Young The Rous Club Today Yongsan Station area Between gate 19 and Electronics Market Glass Houses Moomba Kunsan The Boss Kunsan Train Station (ticket holders only) Waterfront Area/ Foreigner's Supermarket Open Market, P-Vill/ Makkoli Alley Small Makkoi Alley A-Club Camp Humphreys Thousand Won Alley Hanseoung Red Light District Wonju Train Station General areas Hospitals Exclusions: appointments and emergencies Pharmacies Barber shops Gambling houses Soju Tents Steam/Turkish/Glass/ Prostitution Houses Tattoo Parlors Acupuncture Clinics Keep up on where you can and can’t go in Korea. Visit http://www.usfk.mil anytime for the most up-to-date off-limits locations 6 MiG Alley Flyer Dec. 15, 2006 NEWS (Left) Master Sgt. Hong, and (center) Airman 1st Class Lee, ROKAF A-638 Maintenance Squadron, guide an A-37B Dragonfly out of a hanger during the Buddy Wing exercise here Dec. 6. Practicing together continued from Page 1 "These experiences are important, considering the fact that there are no ROK-only air operations within the Korea theatre of operations and therefore these are good practices to enhance our combined war fighting capabilities," said ROKAF pilot Capt. Cho, 238th FS. By flying missions together, the two squadrons were able to integrate tactics, techniques and procedures, and to develop better working relationships between ROKAF A-37 crews and U.S. Air Force A-10 crews. "The U.S. Air Force was able to show us various realworld wartime operations employments and realistic tactics we will be able to use if we ever need to," said ROKAF Capt. Pyoum, 238th FS. The exercise also gave the squadrons an idea of how things would work if they ever needed to integrate. Pilots of the 25th flew with ROKAF A-37 crews as both fighters and forward air controller-airborne (FAC-A). During the time they were here, the ROKAF expressed interest in learning more about the 25th's night FAC-A. Tactics demonstrations of panoramic night vision goggles, and GCP-1C Ground Command Pointer gave the ROKAF insight into the U.S. Air Force's night operations. The ROKAF 238 Fighter Squadron flew out of Wonju meeting their maintenance crew here Dec. 5. The maintenance team participated in the exercise by supporting the air crew, completing any maintenance that needed to be done on their jets. During their downtime the ROKAF maintenance crew, escorted by Airman 1st Class Jeremy Ward of the 51st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron had the opportunity to see an A-10. "We enjoyed our time seeing the A-10s and the size of their hangers," said ROKAF Private First Class Lee of the 638th Maintenance Squadron. "Much is learned and exchanged during exercises like the buddy wing." "It gives us confidence in their abilities and gives us the chance to work with them," said 1st Lt. Josh Arrowood, 25th FS, after expressing that his favorite part of the exercise was getting to know the pilots from the 238th Fighter Squadron. ROKAF members prepare to leave the A-10 hanger area after a tour that included seeing one of the squadrons jets up close. (Left) Airman 1st Class Lee, ROKAF 638th Maintenance Squadron, checks out an A-10 with Airman 1st Class Jeremy Ward 51st Maintenance Squadron Dec. 6. Photos by Airman Jason Epley Capt. Andre Cardoza, 25th Fighter Squadron (left), escorts ROKAF Capt. Lee (middle) and ROKAF Capt. Suk, 238th Fighter Squadron, to the 25th Fighter Squadron Building Dec. 5. NEWS MiG Alley Flyer Dec. 15, 2006 7 A group of beginner and intermediate level skiers receive basic and refresher skiing instructions prior to hitting the slopes of Yong Pyong Ski Resort Dec. 8. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael O’Connor Airmen ski, snowboard Korean-style Article and photos by Tech. Sgt. Michael O’Connor 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs Twenty-two Airmen from Osan and Kunsan met on the slopes at Yong Pyong Ski Resort in Gangwon Province Dec. 8 through Saturday. In all, 68 U.S. Forces Korea servicemembers took part in a two-day ski and snowboarding trip sponsored by the Korea-America Good Neighbor Society. The trip is one of the many ways in which organizations throughout the Republic of Korea express their appreciation to USFK personnel for their service and contributions to Korean peace and security. "I've been in Korea seven months now and this is the first weekend I've totally relaxed," said Capt. Michael Buchanan, 51st Operations Support Squadron. "I've lived and worked in England, Germany, Holland, Saudi Arabia, Scotland and now Korea for a second time, and I must say, the Korean people are very hospitable and this weekend proved how very gracious they can be, also." "This past weekend was an experience I have never had before. From the very beginning to Saturday night's dinner, I felt Skiers from the 7th Air Force component command ride a ski lift to the top of the mountain for an early morning run. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael O’Connor very fortunate to be a part of [everything]," said Capt. Buchanan. "When I was here in '93-'94, I never experienced something like this on such a large scale." During the two-day trip, servicemembers were provided ski lessons and lift tickets, lodging, meals and entertainment. "The entire trip was 'chill' and everyone I've spoken to appreciated the opportunity to get away from their respective base or camp for a couple of days and have a good time," said Staff Sgt. Christopher Blair, 51st Maintenance Squadron. "This was my third time away from the local community outside the Osan Main Gate. It was great to see and experience a more formal and traditional side of the Korean culture." For most of the participants, the trip to Yong Pyong was just what the doctor ordered. For others, it took a little coaxing from leadership and peers. "At first, I thought about backing out because I had never skied before, not to mention the amount of work I needed to get done at the office, but I'm really glad I came on this trip," said Capt. Reginald Smith, 8th Fighter Wing. "I had a lot more fun than I thought I would and look forward to the next opportunity." The trip was an approved USFK Good Neighbor Program event and concluded with a formal dinner hosted by Mr. Kim, Yun Pil, KAGNS chairman, at the Naija Ballroom of the Dragon Hill Lodge located at Yongsan Army Garrison. Two of the senior civilian and military leaders who attended the dinner included Mr. Alexander Vershbow, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and Gen. B. B. Bell, USFK commander. More details about the Good Neighbor Program can be found at www.usfk.mil Left: Army Capt. Marilisse Gonzalez and Sgt. Sadie Bleisthstein, 8th Army, Yongsan Army Garrison, warm-up on the bunny slope Saturday before hitting the tougher slopes with their fellow Soldiers. Right: Skiers and snowboarders take to the slopes Saturday morning to enjoy the four inches of fresh snow which fell on the 31 slopes of the Yong Pyong Resort overnight. The resort is equipped with 14 lifts and one gondola, has six approved slopes for international competitions, and offers night skiing on eight slopes. The gondola travels the distance of 3.7 kilometers and carries skiers to the summit of Mt. Balwang where skiers can enjoy the panoramic view of neighboring mountains and East Sea. Photos by Tech. Sgt. Michael O’Connor 8 MiG Alley Flyer Dec. 15, 2006 MUSTANG LIFE Team Osan Channel Channel 14 is now available for announcement slides on subjects that affect all of Osan. For more information call 1st Lt. Kevin Coffman, 51st Fighter Wing public affairs, at 7844044. Chapel activities 784-5000 Catholic Weekdays: Mass 11:30 a.m. Sunday: Mass 9:45 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. Protestant Sunday: Liturgical 8:15 a.m. Traditional: 11:15 a.m. Contemporary: 4:30 p.m. Evangelical: Friday 7 p.m. Inspirational: 11 a.m. at Osan American High School. Jewish Base chapel, the last Friday of the month, 5:45 p.m., Sabbath Prayer 6 p.m. worship service. For more information, call 784-5000. Eastern Orthodox For more information, call 784-5000. Church of Christ Sunday worship, 10 a.m. at Osan Elementary School. United Pentecostal Church Sunday service, 1:30 p.m. at the chapel. Muslim For Muslim services, call the chapel. Earth based/Pagan Circle Saturday, 6:30 p.m. For more information, call the chapel. Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sunday, 1 p.m., Songtan Chapel. For service information, call Staff Sgt. John Burger at 668-1685. Seventh Day Adventist English and Korean services. For service information, call Fred Cerne at 784-2521. OOSC function The 7th Air Force will host this month's Officers' Spouses' club function, a Christmas Tea, at the officer club Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. The club will be welcoming its new honorary president, Mrs. Denise Wood. There will also be a teacup exchange. Anyone wishing to participate should bring a wrapped teacup and saucer. For more information, visit the Osan OSC’s website at http://www.osanosc.com DODEA survey The Department of Defense Education Activity is conducting its biannual customer satisfaction survey. Parents can log visit www.dodea.edu and click the CSS link to take the survey by Feb. 28. Speed limits passing troops When approaching or passing a formation, the speed limit drops to 10 MPH (15 KPH) regardless of the speed limit on the roadway. This speed limit is in effect 50 meters before and after the formation to ensure safety of the pedestrians in formation. For more information, refer to USFK Regulation 190-1, Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervisor, Appendix D, Paragraph D-8.C.2. AFN T.V. previews Sign up for the American Forces Network-Korea e-mail service. Get daily summaries of the evening’s newscasts, information on primetime shows and other programming choices. To sign up, visit www.afnkorea.net Education center outage OAES students give ARC big check The Osan American Elementary School Student Council made a $305 donation to the American Red Cross Dec. 5. The student council raised the money by selling drinks to customers at the Parent Teacher Organization Fall Bazaar Nov. 18. Photo by Monica Hoagland Due to computer system upgrades, no testing will be conducted at the education office from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5. This will impact personnel who need to take CDC, AWC, SOS, ACSC, Course 12 and Course 14 exams. DANTES and distance learning exams will not be administered during this timeframe due to the unavailability of the testing room. Additional test sessions have been approved prior to the testing suspension to accommodate Team Osan’s testing needs. To schedule an exam after Jan. 5, call 784-4220. At the movies For up-to-date movie listings, call 1221968. Today 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. The Holiday. Rated PG-13 (sexual content, language). Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet. Iris is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda realizes the man she lives with has been unfaithful. 132 min Midnight. Jackass Number Two. Rated R (crude/dangerous stunts, sexual content, nudity, language). Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera. After smearing the world with all sorts of ridiculous stuff, the original creators and cast of the MTV series are back at it again. 92 min Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. Rated G. Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell. It's Christmas time once again and Scott Calvin juggles a full house of family and the mischievous Jack Frost, who is trying to take over the "big guy's" holiday. 98 min 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. The Holiday. Rated PG-13. Monday 7 p.m. Man of the Year. Rated PG-13 (language, crude sexual references, drug related material, violence). Robin Williams, Laura Linney. Acerbic performer Tom Dobbs has made his career out of skewering politicians and speaking the mind of the exasperated nation on his talk show. 115 min Tuesday and Wednesday Closed Thursday 7 p.m. The Prestige. Rated PG-13 (violence, disturbing images). Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale. A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences. From the time they first met as young magicians on the rise, Robert Angier and Alfred Borden were competitors. 130 min CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS FOR SALE: Beautiful ladies heart shaped ring. Size 8, has 10 bagget diamonds and 14 round diamonds. 14k gold, SI in clarity, G to J in color, approximately 1 carat total weight. One small bagget missing, but is easy to have repaired, gorgeous ring. Appraised at $2,299 (papers included). Will sell for $800. Contact Ron Spradling at firstname.lastname@example.org FOR SALE: Relocating to F.E. Warren? 1746 sq ft. home built May 2005. Many upgrades, 3 BD, 3 BA with fireplace, 315 sq ft. lighted patio, upgraded carpet, cabinetry. Located 500 ft. from brand new elementary school. $227,000. Contact Steven Goetsch at email@example.com for photos. FOR SALE: 30GB iPod extended battery with black silicone cover and adapter $40. Contact Kynise Simms at 010-4842-4449. FOR SALE: PROLIFE Treadmill 2004 Model. Gym quality: Multiple speeds and elevations $275. Call Kimberly Youngquist at 013-0377-0237, (520) 225-0550 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org FOR SALE: 2005 Sportster 1200C, two-tone sierra red pearl and brilliant silver pearl, Rinehart headers, Kurykayn Pro-R Hyper charger, custom wheels, rejetted carb, bike cover, less than 1,200 miles. Absolutely immaculate! $9,800 OBO. Contact Grant Embrey at 0103003-1428 or e-mail email@example.com FOR SALE: 2005 Harley Low Rider. 3,500 miles, lots of extras, photos at www.koslosky.com/harley.htm $15,000. Contact Don Koslosky at 011-799-1088. FOR SALE: '93 Toyota Carina, Automatic, great heat and A/C, tilt wheel, power doors and locks, rear window defogger, nice interior, very reliable, great gas mileage, and excellent running condition. Contact Sam Sansone at 010-328-6972, 031-668-8867 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Dining facility weekly menus Today -- Lunch: Oven fried fish, beef and corn pie, roast turkey Dinner: Simmered corn beef, pineapple chicken, yankee pot roast Saturday -- Lunch: Savory baked chicken, Swedish meatballs, creole shrimp Dinner: Baked fish, Hungarian goulash, barbeque chicken Sunday -- Lunch: Oven fried fish, Cantonese spareribs, grilled mustard chicken breast Dinner: Stir fry beef with broccoli, turkey nuggets, loin strip steak Monday -- Lunch: Pot roast, baked stuffed fish, roast loin of pork Dinner: Chili mac, cannelloni beef, southern fried chicken Tuesday -- Lunch: Teriyaki chicken, veal parmesan, salmon cakes Dinner: Country captain chicken, meat loaf, turkey a la king Wednesday -- Lunch: Barbeque ham steak, turkey and noodles, beef ball stroganoff Dinner: Lemon-herb chicken, barbeque spareribs, stuffed Hours: Weekdays: Breakfast: 5:30 to 8 a.m. Lunch: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Midnight meal: 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. pork chops Thursday -- Lunch: Herbed baked chicken, stuffed cabbage rolls, southern fried catfish Dinner: Roast loin of pork, jaeger with mushroom sauce, glazed cornish hen Weekends and holidays: Breakfast: 7 to 10 a.m. Lunch 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Midnight meal: 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. MUSTANG LIFE MiG Alley Flyer Dec. 15, 2006 9 Officials announce tax statement release schedule WASHINGTON -- Servicemembers, military retirees and annuitants, and federal civilian employees paid by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service can expect to receive their 2006 tax statements beginning this month, DFAS officials announced recently. DFAS customers with access to the secure, Web-based "myPay" system will be able to retrieve their tax statements electronically up to two weeks sooner than those relying on regular mail delivery, officials said. The myPay system includes layers of defense against identity theft, officials noted, adding that its technology meets or exceeds security requirements in private industry worldwide. "Tax statements are available online, allowing customers to view and print W2s and 1099Rs," said Patrick Shine, DFAS operations director. "Whether anyone needs the statements to complete taxes or just wants an extra copy for their records, the tax statements can be accessed and printed at any time. The printable statements are approved by the Internal Revenue Service." Here are projected distribution dates for DFAS customers' tax statements: Retiree Annual Statement: Available on myPay now, mailed via U.S. Postal Service Saturday through Dec. 31 Retiree 1099R: Available on myPay today, mailed Saturday through Dec. 31 Annuitant Account Statement: Available on myPay Monday, mailed Tuesday through Dec. 31 Annuitant 1099R: Available on myPay Monday, mailed Tuesday through Dec. 31 VSI/SSB W-2: Not available on myPay, mailed Jan. 4-5 Active duty Air Force, Army, Navy W-2: Available on myPay Jan. 22, mailed Jan. 23-29 Reserve Air Force, Army, Navy W-2: Available on myPay Jan. 2, mailed Jan. 58 Marine Corps active and reserve W2: Available on myPay Jan. 5, mailed Jan. 9-10 Civilian employee W-2: Available on myPay Jan. 9, mailed Jan. 11-18 Savings Deposit Program 1099INT: Available on myPay Jan. 19, mailed Jan. 19-20 Vendor Pay 1099: Not available on myPay, mailed Jan. 27-31 Mr. Shine added that current myPay account holders can eliminate the costs associated with generating and distributing the tax statements immediately by signing up and using myPay. A personal identification number, or PIN, is required to use the system, and eligible users can apply for one at the myPay Web site at www.mypay.dfas.mil. Users with military e-mail addresses -addresses in the .mil domain -- or a preregistered personal e-mail address can receive their new PIN via e-mail. All others will receive their new PIN via mail in about 10 working days from the date of request, officials said. Customers who already had obtained a PIN, but have forgotten it can apply for a new one at the myPay site. Volunteer of the week Mrs. Robin Diller Mrs. Robin Diller volunteers 25 hours a month at the Catholic Parish as the religious education teacher for the preschool class providing creative lessons that focus on the three and four year olds. Robin is the editor of the parish newsletter, providing the Catholic community with a professional and informative news source. Finally, as a member of the parish council she works closely with all ministries to ensure that the communication lines are kept open. Volunteer Opportunities Youth Center: Coaches needed for co-ed basketball, cheerleading and winter swim team. For more information, call Mr. Cliff Carroll at 784-4607. Teen Center: Tutors are needed Tuesday through Thursday from 4-5 pm to help with Honors English/History, Algebra, Geometry and Science. Instructors are needed to teach "Money Matters" to teens each Thursday in January. For more information, call Ms. Amy Maness at 784-1492. High School: Tutors needed in all subjects on Mondays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. For more information, call Mr. John Cogswell at 784-9098. AFRC Loan Closet: Coordinator needed for a few hours each week. Contact Mrs. Sherri Kitchens at 784-5440 for details. Post office: Volunteers are needed through Jan. 5 to assist with increased work load at the base post office. For more information, call Staff. Sgt Christopher Barze at 784-4655. Those interested in volunteering should register at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 769 or call 784-5440. Free childcare is available for registered base volunteers. OHA utilities survey The annual Overseas Housing Allowance Utility Survey for Korea runs through Jan 12. All servicemembers receiving OHA should take the survey at https://www.perdiem.osd.mil/oha/SURVEY/NOVOHA.H TML or http://175fincom.korea.army.mil/ To take the survey, people should submit the average utilities price over the last 12 months. Individuals whose utility price is included in the rent don't need to know how much the landlord pays, but still need to take the survey. (i.e., 9627820975) prior to ordering an exam. Call 784-4220 to schedule an exam. Substitutes needed! The Osan American High School is in need of substitute teachers for all subjects. Subs only need a high school diploma and U.S. citizenship to be hired. For more information, call Ms. Andrea Geer 784-9098. Family member employment Family members seeking Federal Civil Service employment on Osan may stop by the civilian personnel office in Bldg. 403 or call 7844218 or 784-8176. People can also visit the Air Force Personnel Center Web site at www.afpc.randolph.af.mil to submit a resume and also see what jobs are available at Osan. AFRC instructor needed The Airman and Family Readiness Center is looking for an instructor to teach, “Home Buying Seminar.” The seminar deals with equity, loans, taxes, mortgage, financing, selling and dealing with realtors. For more information, call Mr. Clarence Figgs at 784-5440. Education information Central Texas College Closure: The Central Texas College office at Osan is closed every Wednesday. The liaison can be reached at Suwon AB at 788-5025. Air War College: Air War College students who are new to Osan should log into the Student Information System at https://awcap.maxwell.af.mil/SIS/app and update their current mailing address with their APO address and the Test Control Facility Number Leave donation Civilian personnel wishing to donate leave, through the voluntary leave transfer program, to individuals who have exhausted annual and sick leave due to illness may submit a leave donation form to the civilian personnel flight. This form is available on the office of personnel management Web site at http://www.opm.gov. For more information, call Ms. Kim, Song at 784-4434 or 784-8177. Korean language and culture Description: To the left are two ways to tell someone Merry Christmas in Hangeul. The language is read from left to right and from top to bottom. The first phrase is pronounced “Merry Christmas” and is the common phrase used in Korea. The second phrase also means Merry Christmas, but is pronounced “Jul geo un sung tan tae ship si o” and is a more traditional way to wish someone Merry Christmas. 10 MiG Alley Flyer Dec. 15, 2006 MiG Alley Flyer Dec. 15, 2006 11 SPORTS MiG Alley Flyer Dec. 15, 2006 Fit tip: Stretch Fifteen seconds is better than five, though five is still better than nothing when it comes to improving flexibility. Another benefit you may notice if you stretch on a regular basis is less soreness after you're finished with your workout. The 607th Air and Space Communications Squadron football team holds up the base football championship trophy Monday night after defeating the 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron #2 team 13-6. Photo by Senior Airman Brok McCarthy 607th ACOMS takes football championship By Senior Airman Brok McCarthy 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs The Team Osan flag football season came to an end Monday at the Osan American High School football field following an exciting season. The 607th Air and Space Communications Squadron was victorious after narrowly defeating the 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron #2 team 13 to 7. In the first half, both teams had their game faces on, neither defense let the opposing offense score, though both teams came close several times. As the second half started, both teams stayed strong, but about half way through the third quarter, Justin "No Cal" Kinnear was able to break through the LRS team's defense to score the first points of the game. The LRS team wouldn't be outdone though. After they received the kickoff, they immediately drove down the field toward the goal where Zeke "The Bus" Suter put the LRS team on the board. After a few more unsuccessful scoring attempts and near interceptions by both teams, Joseph "Sleeveless" Michael brought the score to 13-7, which is where it stayed after a failed conversion attempt by the ACOMS team. The ball was then turned over to the LRS team with 27 seconds left on the clock, but two plays later and with 10 seconds less on the clock, the game ended when Kinnear intercepted a pass attempt. "The game was pretty tough, both teams did well" said Thomas "Andsteel" Campos, the 607th ACOMS quarterback. "This has been an all around tough season," said William Jackson, the base intramural sports director. "We have had several problems with rain and some safety issues with the playing fields." He said mother nature wasn’t the only thing that made the season difficult this year -- all of the teams gave each other stiff competition. "Up through week eight, we had four undefeated teams and even then there was a very close race with more than half the teams," Staff Sgt. Jackson said Out of the 24 teams that started the season, only eight entered the playoffs. For more information about when The 607th Air and Space Communications Squadron football team prepares to face off against the 51st Communications Squadron team earlier in the season. The 51st CS team finished the season with a record of 4-6. Photo by Airman Jason Epley other intramural games will be played or other fitness programs, call the base fitness center at 784-5568. Spang Airmen compete for Mr. Universe title By Staff Sgt. Tammie Moore 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, GERMANY (AFPN) -- Representing the United States and the Air Force, two Airmen from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, traveled to Cuxhaven, Germany, to compete in the legendary Mr. Universe competition Dec. 2. Troy Saunders, Men's Class II competitor, and Justin Usery, Men's Class III competitor, were asked to participate in the event based on their performance at various other competitions throughout the year, each placed 11th in their categories. Altogether, six Americans were invited to compete in this year's event alongside more than 200 athletes from around the world. The Mr. Universe competition is viewed by bodybuilders as the biggest event in the sport, Usery said. Both began training for this contest months ago. Saunders traveled across Europe competing in other events to prepare for this event. Usery, was deployed to Qatar until the beginning of November. Participating in the competition after just coming off from a deployment was challenging for him. "It was really hard to cut back on certain things like carbs because of the heat," Usery said. "I really needed another three or four more weeks to be fully prepared." Both lifters look forward to using their Mr. Universe experience for preparing for other events. "It is going to take me a good year to get ready for the next Mr. Universe competition," Usery said. For those who are new to bodybuilding, Usery offered the following thought: "You really have to work out every day, stay motivated and eat right," Usery said. "If you do everything, it will fall into place." Overall, both Saunders and Usery said they feel very proud having received the opportunity to be part of this year’s Mr. Universe competition. "I was very honored to be selected to compete and represent the U.S. team," Saunders said. "The camaraderie was unequaled and the support they showed toward the military and its athletes was humbling."