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AIR FORCE RESERVE COMMAND 917th WING, BARKSDALE AFB, LA SEPTEMBER 2001
A-10 finds a new home and saves the Air Force $1.5 million
PHOTO BY TECH. SGT. DIANA PERUSIN
The A-10 prepared for the 917th
Maintenance Squadron paint booth.
The 1980s aircraft was originally assigned
to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., and was
decommissioned after a hard landing bent its
frame. The aircraft transferred to Keesler
AFB, Miss., where it sat for many years
untouched and neglected. During that time,
parts were cannibalized or damaged due to a
lack of use.
Early this year, it made yet another move
to Barksdale where it was modified to fit its
new mission. March 6 marked the beginning
of the aircraft’s new life with a full inspec-
PHOTO BY SENIOR AIRMAN SHANNON COLLINS tion and a series of operational checks. It
Master Sgt. Joseph Dukatz, 47th Fighter Squadron aircraft guidance and control was then ready for modification. Approxi-
mechanic, performs maintenance on the restored A-10 training aircraft for Sheppard
mately 2,194 man-hours and $86,000 were
expended on maintenance and time compli-
By Tech. Sgt. Diana Perusin ance technical orders. The TCTO modifications included low
Wing Public Affairs altitude targeting enhancement, global positioning navigational
system and countermeasures set.
A n A-10 had only one stop left, the bone-yard, but it was
rescued; it now has a new home and mission. The 47th
Fighter Squadron, the 917th Maintenance Squadron and Lear
The modifications went well but not without problems.
According to Master Sgt. Stacy Bauer, A-10 crew chief, “Many
of the TCTO kits were unavailable for issue and required “build-
Ciegler Services spent numerous hours to bring the doomed up” and many of the parts…required replacement prior to the
aircraft back to life. starting of the modifications.”
The Air Education and Training Command will use the A-10 Additionally, Chief Master Sgt. Bob Murray, maintenance
as an avionics trainer. According to Maj. Ken Honaker, 47 FS superintendent, said, “We had problems getting many of the
maintenance officer, AETC students graduate with a good parts; we had to call upon our active duty counterparts and other
portion of their technical school training incomplete because of resources to obtain them.” The modifications are completed, the
the lack of an avionics training aircraft. The aircraft’s new A-10 is repainted, disassembled, and shipped by truck to its new
mission will change the way AETC does business and will make home at Sheppard AFB, Texas. “Without the knowledge and
an old plane useful again. dedication of the men and women of the 917th Wing, along with
This not only improves the training capabilities for aircraft Lear Ciegler Services, the A-10 would have met its untimely
avionics technicians, but it also saves the Air Force approxi- demise.” Instead, years after decommissioning, aircraft 80-0143
mately $1.5 million, the cost of a new simulator. finally has a new home and a new mission.
Success depends on people
Once more into the breech...as a Captain sta- external impact
tioned in Germany, my unit was in the same posi- the tarmac, as
tion as the 917th Wing is today, getting ready for did engine cowl-
an Operational Readiness Inspection. Our senior ings, followed
leaders made sure we were doing the right things; by the right
we trained, practiced, spit-shined and painted (if wingtip. As the
it wasn’t quick enough to get out of the way, it props shed ex-
got a coat of paint, including rocks). Finally, prac- cess weight, sev-
tice and preparations were over, and it was time eral hundred
917th Wing to show our stuff. vent holes were
Office of Public Affairs The Inspector General in-brief went great; the created in the
1000 Davis Avenue E first sortie launched on-time, as did the next 265 starboard fuse- Lt. Col. John Douglas
Bldg. 6803, Rm. 229 in a row (a record to this day). But, back to the lage, but amaz- Logistic Group Commander
Barksdale AFB, LA 71110 first sortie...as the aircraft approached ingly none of the
Vol. 8 No. 9 Nuremburg, Germany, with 27 excited souls on shrapnel touched flesh. The only injury, other
September 2001 board and a lot of cargo, the pilot forgot himself than pride, when the C-130 stopped sliding and
for a moment. In his haste and desire to impress the fires were put out, was the IG representative
Commander the inspectors, he was determined to land, on time, standing behind our now grounded aviator, who
Brig. Gen. Jack C. Ihle in a cross-wind (within limits), and he was hav- had a busted wing of his own.
Chief, Public Affairs ing difficulty keeping the C-130 lined up because All this occurring on our first sortie, we
Jessica D’Aurizio he was high, fast, and crabbing severely. To im- thought that must have busted this ORI big
prove his efforts, he added power, rudder, and time…happily, we were wrong. All the training
Public Affairs Officer altered glide path to compensate, which increased and preparation paid off, and except for this one
speed and sink rates. error in judgment, the rest of the ORI went flaw-
Editor The IG representative standing behind him of- less. The IG took our destruction of a C-130 as a
Vacant fered advice on airspeed and approach proce- textbook evaluation opportunity and spent the
dures, but our aviator said, “Got it.” The co-pi- next week evaluating our recovery efforts.
Public Affairs Assistant
Mrs. Betty Stephens lot, busy with the command post about arriving No one wants to be a part of such a screw up;
on time, took the time to ask which runway he getting ready for the ORI was bad enough. The
Staff Writers was shooting for, and the engineer interrupted to great part was that our team came together when
Master Sgt. Greg Steele request a go-around, all to no avail. Before any- it counted.
Tech. Sgt. Diana Perusin
Senior Airman Shannon Collins one was ready, they touched down at 165 (sup- As we prepare for our ORI, what’s your
Senior Airman Sherri Savant posed to be 125) knots, in a crab, on the parallel mindset about personal and professional readi-
Senior Airman Nathan Holland taxiway (not the runway?). The right main land- ness? You hear war stories, good and bad, but it
ing gear performed as advertised under such isn’t the stories that make a unit successful, it’s
This funded Air Force the people, and our success is up to us.
stress, heading for the heavens, which helped the
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2 G A T O R G A Z E T T E
Save a life today
By Tech. Sgt. Diana Perusin
Wing Public Affairs
he 917th Wing Safety Program how that involvement can help prevent saved a life that day, but I chose to look
is in place to ensure the safety mishap occurrences. the other way.
and well being of all personnel But I didn’t want to seem a fool, or argue If you see a risk and walk away, then you
and Air Force assets. over a safety rule. I knew he’d done the hope you never have to say, I could have
“Basically the safety program is the job before, if I called it wrong, he might saved a life that day, but I chose to look
commander’s program,” said Chief of get sore. the other way.
Safety Lt Col. Johnny Weaver. “ But as The chances didn’t seem that bad, I’ve “Everyone has a responsibility to
far as I am concerned it is everyone’s done the same, he knew I had. I shook my themselves and their buddy that works
program.” It is broken down into three head and walked on by, he knew the risks next to them when it comes to safety,”
primary sections, ground, weapons and as well as I. said Maj. Frank Stepongzi, 917th Wing
flight safety. He took the chance, I closed my eye, and Flight Safety officer. “Don’t be the one
The safety program covers everything with that act, I let him die. I could have that looked the other way.”
from aircraft flight and maintenance to
environmental issues. It is administered
917th Wing types of mishaps for 2001
and monitored by the safety office and 917TH WING MISHAPS
unit safety representatives.
“There are five of us in the office and CONTUSIONS
1500 personnel in the Wing,” said 4%
Weaver. “Everyone has to help make the FRACTURES
safety program the best it can be for the 4%
commander.” Each squadron has person-
nel assigned as USRs. SMASHED
“USRs are the eyes and ears of the
commander,” said Master Sgt. Harry EYE
Bauer, ground safety manager and the 4% BACK
person that maintains the USR program. “ BACK STRAINS
They each play a vital part in reducing the 13% 37%
number of mishaps within the wing.” LACERATIONS
The end of fiscal year 2001 is drawing EYE
near, and with that the safety statistics are
wrapping up. SMASHED
According to the statistics from the FRACTURES
Wing Safety office, the wing noted 26
mishaps so far for fiscal year 2001. There STRAINS CONTUSIONS
were 14 mishaps from October-May and 38%
12 during the months of June and July
When asked what are the possible
causes of the mishaps, Bauer said, “The
lack of situational awareness caused 60 Where to go for more information on safety
percent, 20 percent from not following
technical data, 10 percent from the AFOSH 161-21 Hazardous Communication
improper use of personal protective AFOSH 91-31 Personal Protective Equipment
equipment, and 10 percent from poor AFOSH 91-56 Fire Protection and Prevention
According to Bauer, a term he refers to
AFOSH 91-100 Aircraft Flight Line - Ground Operations and
as “91-convenience” (doing the job based Activities
on convenience) also causes a large www-afsc.saia.af.mil - (Air Force)
percentage of our mishaps.” A few words 917wing.barksdale.af.mil/safety - (917 Wing)
taken from a poem written by Don rmis.saia.af.mil - (ORM)
Merrell of the J.R. Simplot Company
expresses the importance of everyone
917wing.barksdale.af.mil/safety/flight/index.htm - (Flight Safety)
being involved in the safety program and
SEPTEMBER 2001 3
Changes made to force protection programs
By Staff Sgt. Amy Parr
Air Force Print News
The challenge will be educating people to recognize FPCON
WASHINGTON — The word “THREATCON,” for terrorist as they do THREATCON, Allen said.
threat condition, is fast becoming a thing of the past. As the “Installations routinely post their THREATCON status at
military moves ahead, a force protection condition — or FPCON entry control points and building entrances,” he said. “These will
— is the wave of the future. all be changed to read FPCON.”
This change is effective immediately, said Maj. Melvin Allen, Another change is the classification of the Antiterrorism Plan
from Air Force Security Forces at the Pentagon. and FPCON measures. In the past, measures were generally for
Even though there has been a name change, he said the official use only, Allen said. Now, the policy requires the AT plan
condition levels — normal, alpha, bravo, charlie and delta — to be classified confidential, at a minimum, if it contains a
remain the same. The Defense Department, however, is updating complete listing of site-specific AT measures linked to a FPCON.
the associated protective measures, and these will be released to To keep awareness at the forefront, level 1 antiterrorism
the field within the next few months. awareness training is now an annual requirement for all military,
The conditions are used to describe progressive levels of regardless of duty station.
protective measures taken in response to terrorist threats to U.S. Later this month, Web-based level 1 training will be available
military facilities and people. for individuals to complete on any Web-accessible computer.
The USS Cole Commission recommended the name change to This will alleviate the need for training classes at installations,
avoid confusion with the term Threat Level. That term is used to Allen said.
quantify the terrorist level of threat on a country-by-country For more information contact Staff Sgt. Christopher Bowman,
basis. Threat level terms are low, moderate, significant and high. 917th Security Manager at 456-9457.
Barksdale host Fall Festival has a talent. The Wing is looking for folks who are truly
Attention all auto enthusiasts, crafters, and those who love interested and motivated to represent your section as their Unit
to have a good time! The 3rd Annual Fall Festival is rapidly Public Affairs Representative.
approaching! The event will take place on Saturday, October 13 Anyone interested, please contact Master Sgt. Jessica
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the large parking lot and grassy area D’Aurizio at 456-9181.
across from Hoban Hall.
One of the events is a judged car show with over 20 Yearly Fitness Walk Approaching
different categories ranging from antique cars to newer
It’s time once again to pull those tennis shoes out of the deep
modeled sports cars. The fee is $20 to enter, and all auto
crevice way in the back of your closet and blow off the dust.
enthusiasts are welcome to participate. The prize categories are
The Annual Fitness Walk is Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. outside the A-10
as follows: Commanders Choice where the commander
chooses the top entry; Chief’s Choice where the Command
Dress will be casual. No military uniforms or boots will be
Chief Master Sgt. chooses a winner; and Top Military Entry
allowed.Water will be provided.
where all retired military/active duty members choose a winner.
If you are unable to make the fitness walk in October, make-
Arts and crafts booths can be set up at a fee of $35 each.
up walks are conducted in the same location at 2 p.m on
Those military squadrons interested in selling squadron
Saturday of the November and December UTAs.
memorabilia may set up a booth at a half-price rate of $17.50.
For more information, you may contact Tech Sgt. Jeffrey
Last years festival had over 5,000 in attendance, and this
Butler or 1st Lt. Susan Taylor, 917th Medical Squadron at 456-
year is expected to be equally exciting. There is a pumpkin
patch for the children as well as a carnival and a disc jockey
playing “oldies” all day long. For the hearty appetites, BBQ
beef sandwiches, gilled sausages, and cold drinks will be
served. CCAF report available via web
Come out and have a great time. For more information, The 917th Wing Education and Training Office can provide
contact Joanne Williams at 456-6955, 2nd Bomb Wing Ser- Community College of the Air Force Web Progress reports on
vices. the spot!
CCAF students can now be advised on their degree pro-
grams in a timely and accurate manner. Students no longer have
Unit PA representatives needed to wait two months for a paper product to be mailed from
If you are interested in photography, layout and design,
CCAF. Come by the Wing Education and Training Office and
journalism and overall people skills, we need you.
find out where you stand with your CCAF academic degree
In the past, Unit Public Affairs Representatives have been
assigned by their units, but this job requires someone that really
4 G A T O R G A Z E T T E
Summer hires train for work force
By Catrina Lockard –Schopp
917th Wing summerhire
PHOTOS BY CATRINA LOCKARD-SCHOPP
Andrew Farrell and Jason Mackey, 917th Civil Justin Hopper and Joshua Evans, both 917th Maintenance Squadron
Engineer Squadron summer hire, assist in the summer hires, bend pipes in the SheetMetal Shop for construction of a
remolding of the Logistics training area. tool box.
ho are the strangers and mom said, “It pays well and
what are they doing on its perfect for my schedule
base? You may have because I was able to take
asked yourself this question when you two weeks off after I gradu-
didn’t recognize the young adults in the ated from high school, and
office you just left, or the person on the I’ll have two weeks off
phone that transferred your call. They before I go to college.” She
are the Barksdale summer hires and the plans to attend Louisiana
future of America. Tech at Ruston for the fall
In the early 1990s Barksdale orga- semester majoring in the
nized a program to help teenagers get a Physician Assistant program.
better understanding of what the Air The summer hires
Force is about and provide a first hand assigned to the 917th Wing
look at what they do best. had an opportunity during
“While working in the 917th Recruit- their assignment to take a trip
ing office, I learned about the programs to Claiborne, Louisiana to the Senior Airman LaToya Dorsey, assistance wing career
and benefits the Air Force Reserves A-10 bombing range. They advisor and Duke Maitland, 917th Mission Support
Squadron summerhire prepare material for
have to offer,” said Yolanda Johnson. received a tour of the
“I’m happy with my experience because bombing range and were
I learned more about office work and briefed on the exercises that
improved my clerical skills.” take place there from the top
The program is designed to provide a of an 80-foot control tower. On Aug. 10 the summer hires said
positive environment to help teenagers “I feel privileged to have had the goodbye to all the new people they had
better understand the working world. opportunity to see the A-10s practice met during their employment with the
Nicole Baker, a summer hire as- bombing and shooting at targets,” said Wing during a farewell luncheon that
signed to 917th Mission Support Squad- Nolan Fletcher, a summer hire assigned to included pizza and drinks.
ron Personnel Relocations, who was told the 917th Maintenance Squadron. “It was
about the summer hire program from her a great experience I will never forget.”
SEPTEMBER 2001 5
Do you know your entitlements?
By Senior Airman Sherri Savent
Wing Public Affairs
L osing a loved one is never easy, especially in the
face of unexpected tragedy. An average of 2,000
service members make the ultimate sacrifice of their
lives each year, according to Bonnie Carroll, Founder
and President of the organization Tragedy Assistance
Program for Survivors, Inc. For family members left
behind, there are many questions.
Spouses wonder what are their family’s entitlements
from the Air Force Reserve if the reservist passes.
These and other questions need to be answered and
explained to families before tragedy occurs.
Duty status and, in some cases length of tour, are
primary or limiting factors in determining entitlements.
Survivors benefits are listed and explained in the chart
on page 7:
-Line 2 – Death gratuity – Payment is $6,000. Death
gratuity may be paid to the surviving spouse of a
member who dies of a service-connected cause within
120 days of release from active duty.
-Line 3- Mortuary services – Transportation of the PHOTO BY SENIOR AIRMAN SHERRI SAVANT
remains of a retiree who dies while properly admitted to Staff Sgt. Rick Bingham, 917th Mission Support Squadron customer
a military medical facility may be paid by the Air Force service specialist issues identification cards to Jose and Teresa, family
within certain limitations. members of Master Sgt. Jose Limon, 47th Fighter Squadron aircraft
-Line 6- Survivor Benefit Plan – Member on extended armanent system mechanic.
active duty of Air National Guard-Active Guard and
Reserve, USC Title 32 must have more than 20 years active duty
for benefit to be payable. Retiree must have elected coverage. Helpful websites for survivor benefits
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation and Social Security
may offset the annuity. Air Force Reserve: http://www.Afreserve.com
-Line 7- Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan – Should the
member die after completing the requirements for retired pay at Air National Guard: http://www.Ang.af.mil
age 60, but before making an election under Reserve Command
Survivor Benefit Plan during the 90-day response period, their DEERS E-mail: http://www.ochampus.mil/
survivors would be entitled to an annuity. Otherwise, benefit DEERSAddress(E-mail changes to Defense
depends on election made by member. Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System)
-Line 11- Medical care and TRICARE are available when the
member would have been age 60. Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS)
-Line 12- Air Force Services programs – Includes arts and crafts, Indianapolis: http://www.asafm.army.mil/DFAS
bowling alleys, child care centers, golf courses, Services supply, Department of Defense (DoD): http://
libraries, recreation center and youth activities. The support www.defenselink.mil
group commander determines the use of Services facilities based
on the requirements of assigned personnel. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve: http://
-Line 13- Officer, NCO and Airmen Open Mess – Surviving www.ncesgr.osd.mil
spouse is eligible for honorary membership as determined by the
Support Group commander. Lifelines: http://www.lifelines4qol.org
All benefits must be applied for within certain time limits.
Family members should be advised to contact the member’s unit Military Assistance Program “MAPsite”: http://
as soon as possible for assistance. www.dticaw.dtic.mil/mapsite
“Service members need to inform their families of the (Helpful information on family services, finances,
benefits which they are entitled, said Tech Sgt. Lenka Isaac, chief and more.)
of customer service. Families are often left behind, completely
unaware of the rights they well deserve. The member must also Military periodicals: http://www.dtic.mil/
remain aware of changes made in benefits, particularly search97doc/aulimp/main.htm (Index to Miltiary
Serviceman’s Group Life Insurance.” Periodicals)
6 G A T O R G A Z E T T E
Air Force Reserve survivor benefits
A surviving spouse of a participating ANG/Reservist with less than 20 years of satisfactory
service who died while not on IDT, AT, ADS, or MPA mandays
A surviving spouse of a participating ANG/Reservist with 20 or more years of satisfactory
service who died while on IDT, AT, ADS or MPA mandays. Also includes Retired Reservist
entitled to retired pay at age 60 (letter of eligibility for retired pay at age 60)
Surviving spouse of an ANG/Reservist who died while on unit training
assembly or IDT, including travel to and from
Surviving spouse of an ANG/Reservist who died on AT, ADS, MPA
mandays, active duty regardless of purpose, including travel to and from
(orders) or serving on AD (Title 10 USC) or ANG/AGR (Title 32 USC)
Surviving spouse of an Air Force retiree (Retired Reserve
drawing retired pay) (Blue ID Card)
1. Casualty Assistance (AFI 36-3002) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
* 2. Death gratuity payment (DoD Pay Manual, Part 8 ) None Yes Yes None None
* 3. Mortuary services (AFI 34-501) Yes Yes Yes None None
4. Arrears of pay (DoD Pay Manual, Part 8) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
5. Servicemember’s Group Life Ins. (AFI 36-3008) None = = = =
* 6. Survivor Benefit Plan (AFI 36-3006) + + None None None
* 7. Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan + + + + None
8. ID & privilege card (AFJI 36-3026) Yes Yes Yes Yes None
9. Commissary (DoD 1330. 17-R) Yes Yes Yes Yes None
10. Exchange service & theater (AFJI 34-210) Yes Yes Yes Yes None
11. Medical (AFI 41-115) TRICARE (see Health
* Benefits Advisor) Yes Yes Yes Yes None
* 12. AF Services programs (AFI 34-262) Yes Yes Yes Yes None
* 13. Officer, NCO, & Airman Open Mess (AFI 34-115) Yes Yes Yes Yes None
“Yes” indicates general entitlements
+ Benefits depend on RCSBP/SBP election
= Individual’s option - Eligible to collect SGLI if beneficiary; not eligible to be insured
*See notes on page 6
This chart is not meant to imply that all benefits and entitlements are immediate or total. For more informtion, contact The Depart-
ment of Veterans Affairs at (800) 827-1000, Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213, or the 917 th Mission Support Squadron
Customer Service at (318) 456-9205.
SEPTEMBER 2001 7
becomes annual event
A Hero Among Us
The first Senior Non-commissioned
Officers Induction Banquet took place at
Barksdale AFB, on Jul 20 in Hoban Hall.
This event is planned to take place
annually to honor individuals promoted
to Master Sgt.
Individuals at the July ceremony
received certificates and a Barksdale Top
3 Coin. Spouses, family members and
friends attended to support these citizen
This event was hosted by the 2nd
Bomb Wing and honored promotees that
advanced during the period of January
through July 2001.
According to Master Sgt. Tamara
Stephens, 917th Customer Service, the
next banquet is planned for July 2002 and
will honor individuals promoted from
August 2001 until July 2002.
For more information contact Stephens
at 456-1003. PHOTO BY MASTER SGT. JESSICA D’AURIZIO
Individuals honored at this years Tech. Sgt. Joseph Javens, 917th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural
banquet from the 917th Wing included mechanic,was branded a hero when he unselfishly went into a neighboring
house engulfed in flames and smoke to rescue toddlers, July 1. Javens
Master Sgts. Shirley Brown, Delma
was outside mowing his lawn when his fiancée yelled to him that the house
Carter, Curtis Chaffin, Susie Deshotel, was on fire. He, along with others, did their best to rescue the children
Darren Ellingwood, Donald Matthews, trapped inside. Javens was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the
John Smith, James Taliaferro and Thomas House of Representatives, presented by Representative Jane Smith, July
Templin. 17, at the Bossier City Civic Center. He was also given a Citizens Life Saving
Award from Bossier City the same day.
Reservists join 917th Wing
Twenty-nine new reservists joined the 307th RED HORSE Squadron 917th Civil Engineer Squadron
917th Wing. They will attend the new- Master Sgt. Linda K. Smith, Shreveport, La. Capt. Michael B. McClanahan, Downsville,
comers briefing and then join their Tech. Sgt. Raymond D. Owen, Dekalb, Texas La.
Staff Sgt. Richard L. Rodriguez, Hooks, Texas Senior Airman Jason E. Smith, Frisco, Texas
917th Security Forces Squadron 93rd Bomb Squadron
917th Maintenance Squadron
Staff Sgt. Paul P. Jarisch, Pineville, La. Staff Sgt. Heather Pearson, Keller, Texas
Capt. Chris D. Evers, Lufkin, Texas
Staff Sgt. Benjamin M. Carter, Ferguson, Mo.
Tech. Sgt. Bonnie L. Reeves, St. Amant, La.
917th Mission Support Squadron Staff Sgt. James R. Edmonds, Star City, Ark.
Senior Airman David C. Long, Bossier City,
Senior Airman Sherelle White, Texarkana, Senior Airman Paul M. Trosclair, Pineville, La.
Senior Airman Roger D. Wehrenberg, Texas
Henderson, Texas 917th Logistic Support Squadron
917th Communication Flight Senior Airman Christopher Brownless,
Staff Sgt. Kevin M. Childers, Bossier City, La. Shreveport, La.
917th Medical Squadron
Senior Airman Danilo L. Armand, Dallas, Senior Airman Christopher E. Brownlee Jr.,
Tech. Sgt. Jennifer J. Stringer, Fort Polk, La.
Texas Shreveport, La.
Staff Sgt. Joey Allette Jr., Allen, Texas
Senior Airman Caesar White Jr., Alexandria, Senior Airman Christopher D. Kaleta,
Senior Airman Jonathan A. McMurtray, Tyler,
La. Shreveport, La.
Senior Airman Darcy A. Salberry, Monroe, La. Senior Airman Benjamin L. Steiner, Doyline,
Senior Airman Sharetha Wigfall, New Orleans,
Senior Airman Derek R. Drew, Nacogodoches, 47th Fighter Squadron
La. Tech. Sgt. Hollis L. Reeves, St. Amant, La.
8 G A T O R G A Z E T T E
New Vision, Mission, Goals and Strategies announced
By Master Sgt. Jessica D’Aurizio
Wing Public Affairs
To provide Citizen Airmen to defend the U.S. and protect its
interests through Aerospace Power
Citizen Airmen fully engaged in global vigilance, reach and power
*Cultivate a diverse and highly motivated force
*Ensure safe working environments
*Maximize individual and career growth
*Develop effective and accountable leaders at all levels
Commanders from Air Force Reserve *Highlight the critical role of families in mission success
Wings all over the world attended the
annual Commander’s conference in July
at Robins AFB, Ga., and witnessed the *Provide and sustain a fully capable combat ready force
unveiling of the new AFRC Vision, *Operate as a seamless member of the Expeditionary Aerospace
Mission, Goals and Strategies. Force
Presenting the plan was AFRC
Director of Plans and Programs Maj. Gen.
*Utilize innovative technologies to enhance readiness
David Tanzi. This is the first revisions to *Leverage strengths of citizen airman to enhance the aerospace
the mission and vision statements since force
May 1995 and January 1997.
According to Tanzi, the statements
define where AFRC is headed and what it *Upgrade and recapitalize weapons systems and equipment to
wants to accomplish with a narrow remain capable and interoperable
enough focus that all reservists can *Optimize and recapitalize facilities and infrastructure
readily understand the command’s key
strength is “citizen airmen.” Also, the
*Posture a force capable of meeting future needs
statements now more directly reflect our *Seek a variety of aerospace missions reflecting Air Force Core
participation in the total Air Force and Competencies
emphasize how this command is directly *Structure agile Reserve organizations supporting a broad
contributing to the Air Force’s global spectrum of aerospace missions
The new Strategic Agenda is designed Employer & Community Support Goals
to provide the necessary guidance, in the *Foster employer support for Reservists
form of goals and strategies, to help
leaders at all levels of the command as
*Partner with community and professional organizations to support
they develop the detailed plans that will national defense objectives
shape and improve the Reserve. *Outreach to American -telling the story of today’s citizen airman
Chaplain’s Corner Integrity: A key to Successful Living
By Chaplain (Capt.) Ralph DeVaul
of integrity and the biblical view of integ- and incorruptibility to a “degree that one is
Have you ever wondered what your rity. incapable of being false to a trust, respon-
neighborhood, community, school or this Both views require courage, honesty, sibility or pledge. The biblical view calls
country would look like if every person fol- self-respect, responsibility and accountabil- for “faithfulness:” the act of a person show-
lowed one simple conviction: integrity? ity. A person of integrity is not just some- ing themselves faithful in the transaction of
According to the dictionary, integrity has one that is reliable, but is a person who will business, the execution of commands, and
at its core three conditions: (1) adherence stand for what is right and just, even if that or the discharge of official duties.
to a code of moral values, (2) an unimpaired position is not popular. Think about it; what would this world
condition, and (3) the quality of being un- A person with integrity is incapable of look like if we had more people of integ-
divided. corruption or bribery. People with integrity rity. More importantly, think about the fi-
There are some amazingly interesting are honest, that is, they refuse to lie, steal, nancial, community and societal benefits of
parallels between the Air Force Core Value or deceive. Integrity implies trustworthiness integrity.
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Voices: Do you find tatoos offensivethem? is your opinion on
service members that have
Staff Sgt. Sue Gray Tech. Sgt. Keith Lawson Staff Sgt. Jerry Porter Senior Airman James Frizzell
917th Comm. Squadron 47th Fighter Squadron 917th Maint. Squadron 307th Red Horse Squadron
“Tatoos which may be “I do find tatoos offensive “It’s really up to the individual, but “Tatoos which tend to be
deemed offensive shouldn’t be when they tend to be radical, I think it can be offensive when extreme may offend some and
visible in or out of uniform.” when there is no way to hide there is an excessive amount on the not others, depending on each
them in uniform.” person.” individual’s preference.”
Displaying nose rings, tattoos and accessories
Editors Note: This is the second in a three part series on Air Force Instruction 36-2903.
By Master Sgt. Jessica D’Aurizio
Wing Public Affairs
ne may wonder what is going tightly without extending below the earlobe sult in blindness. Now let’s take a look at
though the minds of the parents except for the connecting band on clip ear- some other accessories.
dropping their teenage children rings. These are the rules for women, but If you’re right handed, maybe you should
off at the movie with ten holes in their head. for men they are much different. practice pushups with your left hand be-
Maybe they have the sudden urge to rush Military men are not allowed to wear ear- cause it seems every accessory you’re al-
them instead to the emergency room and get rings on or off base. This not only applies lowed to carry has to be in the left hand.
the holes stitched up before they deflate or while they are in uniform, but also while This includes beepers and cellular phones.
just the feeling of no control. wearing civilian clothing. If they’re not in your left hand they must be
These holes are not made from a shot- Now think about it, if you spotted one clipped to your waistband or in a purse and
gun during a drive-by-shooting or an ice of your military guy friends with an ear- the purse must also be in your left hand.
pick that slipped while they were chopping ring, what would you do? Tackle him on the These two items are prohibited while in uni-
ice but are self-inflicted. Yes, I’m talking spot, take hold of the ring and run or just form unless required to perform duties as
about body piercing. It seems to be the in politely let him know that he is in big are headphones and earphones.
thing to see how many rings or studs you trouble. Other left handed accessories are the
can put in any part of your body. It’s always hard to tell a friend that he’s plain, black or dark blue umbrella, attaché
According to Air Force Instruction 36- breaking the rules. It may result in you com- case, gym bag and backpack. The bags can
2903, Military members are prohibited from monly hearing there’s the Mole whispered also be carried over the left shoulder. If
attaching, affixing or displaying objects, ar- as you pass by groups of people. How cool something goes wrong when you’re doing
ticles, jewelry or ornamentation (including do you feel with that hanging over your head the left handed pushups, and you end up on
Christmas tree decorations) to or through like a dark cloud. crutches you must use both shoulder straps
the ear, nose, tongue, or any exposed body While on the cool subject, let’s take a on your backpack.
parts (including visible through the uni- look at eyeglasses and sunglasses. There are This pretty much covers body piercing,
form). Of course there are always excep- also rules that apply to these. They must be tattoos and accessories, now I’ve got to get
tions to the rule. free of ornamentation on the frames and to my left handed pushups. In case it rains,
Women are allowed to wear one small lenses. I wonder if that means paperclips? I want to be able to carry my cellular phone,
spherical, conservative, diamond, gold, Also, sunglasses are prohibited while in brief case, purse and umbrella in the same
white pearl, or silver pierced, or clip ear- formation, nor can they be worn around the hand. Who knows, I may have a Popeye left
ring per earlobe and the earring worn in each neck at any time. Let’s hope for no forma- arm the next time you see me.
earlobe must match. Earrings should fit tions on the flighline that in itself could re-
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917th Wing Training Schedule SERVICES
Time Event Location
Military Personnel Flight
Bldg. 6803, Room 140, ext. 9205
0600 UTA prayer breakfast Red River Inn Dining 7 - 11 a.m. - Newcomers in-processing.
0630-0700 Sign-in Assigned unit 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. -All customer service
0700 Wing staff meeting Bldg. 6803, Rm. 105 functions (open during lunch)
0700 Intro -- all newcomers Bldg. 6803, Rm. 227 Sunday
0700-1200 Immunizations Base hospital, 1st floor 7 - 8 a.m. - Closed for training.
0730 Long & Short fly physicals Flight surgeon office 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. - All customer service functions
0730-1000 Body fat measurement Base hospital (open during lunch)
0800 Physicals (non-fly) Base hospital foyer 2:30 - 4 p.m. - Closed for training.
0800 Chem. Warfare Refresher Hangar 7 Monday - Friday
0900 OJT Unit Training Managers Bldg. 6803, Rm. 105 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. All service.
0900 Anti-terrorism training Bldg. 6803, Rm 227 NOTE: Customer Service functions
0900-1000, 1300-1400 Yellow fever shots Base hospital include in & out processing, ID cards,
0930, 1030 & 1330 Family readiness briefing Bldg. 4713, Rm. 17 DEERS, DD93s, SGLI, Vehicle Decals,
1000 Unit deployment managers Bldg. 6803, Rm. 227 Record Reviews, etc.
1000 First sergeants’ meeting Bldg. 6803, Rm. 105 Base Billeting
1100 - 1200 917th Praise Team rehearsal MPF Auditorium Bldg. 5155, 456-3091/3092
1300 Chem. Warfare Refresher Hangar 7 Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
1300 Unit Safety Rep. meeting Bldg. 6803, Rm. 227 (reservations required).
1300 Flightline drivers training Bldg. 6825, Rm. 243 Chaplain
1400 MSSQ commander’s call Bldg. 6803, Rm. 227 Bldg. 6803, Room 239, 456-9179
1550-1615 Sign-out 1550-- LG 1600--MS 1610--CES, MSS, WG Friday & Saturday - 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday Red River Dining Hall
0630-0700 Sign in Assigned Unit Bldg. 4631
0730 Information Management Training Bldg. 4238, STARBASE Breakfast - 5:30 - 6:30 a.m.
0800 Initial Warfare (appointment only) Bldg. 4713, Rm. 329 Lunch MS - 11 - 1 47FS - 11:45
0800 Career advisor training Bldg. 6815, T-Net WG - 11 MSS - 11:45 93 BS - 11:15
0800 Human Relations Bldg. 6803, Rm. 227 CES - noon SFS - 12:15
0800 Chem. Warfare Refresher Hangar 7 Shuttle service to the dining hall runs every 20
0900-1200 Immunizations Base hospital, 1st floor minutes starting at 11 a.m. Pick-up points are Bldg.
0900 Unit advisory council Bldg. 6803, Rm. 105 6850, 6825 and 6803.
0900 Substance Abuse Bldg. 6803, Rm. 227 NOTE: You must show ID card,
0900 Catholic Mass Base Chapel 2 newcomer’s letter or DD form 1172.
1000-1030 Protestant services Bldg. 6803, Rm. 227 Family Readiness
1030 Family readiness briefing Bldg. 4713, Rm. 17 Bldg. 4713
1230 EOC testing Bldg. 4314, 3rd floor Saturday & Sunday - 8 - 11 a.m.
1300 UPARs meeting Bldg. 6803, Rm. 105 Military drivers license
1300 Eyeglass inserts Bldg. 4845 (by hospital) Military drivers license issue is available on the
1400 SORTS meeting Bldg. 6803, Rm. 105 main UTA in Bldg. 6825, Rm. 240. Issue hours:
1500 Wing commander’s call A-10 Hangar Saturday & Sunday noon - 2 p.m.
1550-1615 Sign-out 1550-- LG 1600--MS 1610--CES, MSS, WG Lodging
For information on official or space “A” lodging
call 1-888-AF-LODGE. Once the automated
system answers, key in the first three letters of the
Know anyone who is looking for a recruiter? base you are trying to reach.
Barksdale AFB, La. Shreveport, La. Military Pay
Senior Master Sgt. Dave Myers Master Sgt. Don Copeland Main UTA Schedule
Master Sgt. Joe Menna 318-683-0331 Sat. 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Master Sgt. Ellen Shaheed Gov. Credit Card Service
1-800-241-4071 Bldg. 6803, Room 203, 456-9546
Little Rock AFB, Ark. Texarkana, Texas Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Master Sgt. Kris Jaso Tech. Sgt. TeNeuss Land Main UTA - 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Saturday only)
501-987-7188 903-223-7030 Military clothing issue
Mesquite/Tyler, Texas Monroe, La. Wednesday 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Tech. Sgt. Clark Fitzpatrick Senior Airman Mike Devillier Main UTA Saturday 10 a.m. - noon and
972-681-6384/903-534-8618 318-323-1898 1 - 3 p.m.
SEPTEMBER 2001 11
Aircrew practices water survival
PHOTO BY SENIOR AIRMAN SHANNON COLLINS
Maj. Jim Travis, 47th Fighter Squadron, fights to stay above water during the drag portion of water survival training Aug.
3 at Bossier City’s Cypress Black Bayou. Approximately 30, 47 FS and 93rd Bomb Squadron pilots completed the training
required once every two years. Life support technicians begin the training by pulling the pilots through the water while
the aviators attempt to release their parachute canopies before being dragged under the water and possibly drowned.
Parachutes are designed to automatically release, but if for some reason the system malfunctions or the wind is strong,
the pilots will be able to break free.
PHOTO BY TECH. SGT. DIANA PERUSIN PHOTO BY SENIOR AIRMAN SHANNON COLLINS
Maj. Jim MacCaulay, 47 FS, listens as Staff Sgt. Davey Ellis, 93 BS, shows Lt. Col. Johnny Weaver, 47 FS,
Master Sgt. Carl Anthony Whitaker, 47 how to inflate the bottom of his raft. Pilots inflate the bottom to create
FS, discusses life support equipment. layers of air between themselves and the water.
UTA Schedule 1000 Davis Ave. East PRESORTED
Barksdale AFB, LA 71110-2287 FIRST-CLASS MAIL
Main Alternate U.S. POSTAGE PAID
Sept. 8-9 Sept. 15-16 OFFICIAL BUSINESS
Penalty for Private Use $300 NEW ORLEANS, LA
Oct. 13-14 Oct. 20-21 PERMIT NO. 2250
Nov. 3-4 Nov. 17-18
Dec. 1-2 No alternate
Jan. 5-6, 2002 Jan. 12-13, 2002
Feb. 2-3 Feb. 9-10
Mar. 2-3 Mar. 16-17
April 6-7 April 20-21
May 4-5 May 18-19
June 8-9 No alternate
July 13-14 July 20-21
August 3-4 August 17-18
Sept. 7-8 Sept. 21-22
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