Electronic Warfare Graduating Class 03-09
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Volume 20, Issue 6 The Association of Old Crows Page 1 June 2003 Billy Mitchell Chapter EL GRITO DEL CUERVO Special points of interest: THE CRY OF THE CROW • BMC - AOC Electronic Warfare Graduating Luncheon 18 June Class 03-09 The Electronic Warfare class 03- • Chapter Elections 09 of the 563rd FTS at Randolph AFB, Texas graduated on 8 May 03. Lt.Col (ret) Bob Franklin of the • 14 June is FLAG DAY Billy Mitchell Chapter of the AOC, presented AOC coins to all of the graduating EWOs. • Next Games Night 14 June Inside this issue: Electronic Warfare 1 Pictured above left to right are 2d Lt Kevin Class Graduation Kretz, 2d Lt Diego Uribe, 1st Lt Neil Theisen, 2d Navigator / EW Roles 1 Lt Dan Alford, 2d Lt Kane Kettles, Capt Tim Change Lyon- Flt Commmnader, 2d Lt Jon Ard, 2d Lt Cary Mittlemark, 2d Lt Matt Epplin. Kneeling Radios, Giveaways 2 Hasten the Peace L-R: 2d Lt Joe Valentino, 2d Lt Nick Anthony. Pictured at left are Lt.Col (ret) Bob Franklin President’s Corner 2 and 2Lt Neil M. Theisen the class Gilroy award winner. Editor’s Corner 3 role of Navigators and Electronic Warfare Sesame Street Breaks 4 Officers to Change Iraqi POWs The traditional roles for Navigators awareness, air leadership, and additional BMC Luncheon 5 and Electronic Warfare officers has EW knowledge. AETC is currently defin- changed, as the Air Force has procured ing the final pipeline, and will start staffing Plane Beams Broadcasts 6 modern systems and revamped aircraft resource requirements and implementation to Cuba mission employment roles. timelines. Watching the Watchers 7 With that in mind, the Air Staff de- Hear about this initiative at the BMC veloped an initiative to redesign the Luncheon on 18 June at the Kelly USA BMC-AOC Board 8 entire navigator/EWO training pipe- Club. LtCol Peet's presentation will ad- Members line/program. This new aviator will dress the Air Staff's initiative to redesign have more situational the entire navigator/EWO training pipeline/ Volume 20, Issue 6 Page 2 June 2003 board with regard to the possibility of holding a National Presidents Corner Symposium in San Antonio. Discussions during the last It is getting to be that board meeting indicated that a majority of the members time of year again when everyone is getting ready to were in favor of inviting National to our area and sug- go on vacation as soon as gested the time frame be the fall 2005 or fall 2007. school is out. Everything Since a majority of the members approved a motion else is slowing down a bit electronically to invite national I will be generating a let- due to the hot weather we ter in the next few days doing just that. It will be inter- have been having here in San Antonio. Let me bring esting to see just what the outcome will be to that invita- you up to date on some of tion. the happenings with your chapter. Many of you may have heard that the chapter in the Elections will be coming up soon and our Houston area has closed and for that reason, the BMC- elections chairman, Andy Lease is looking for AOC will be sending a letter to national requesting that candidates for 3 board members and President. selected zip codes in the Houston area be included as If anyone is interested I suggest you contact members of the Billy Mitchell Chapter. We realize that Andy and let him know that you would like to Houston is a long drive from here but at least we can be put on the ballot, as you are interested in keep those crows that are interested in the association making some of the decisions for the chapter. informed and possibly involved in some way. Andy can be contacted by e-mail at vicepresi- I hope all of you have a great summer and request firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to hear from that you VOTE for your favorite candidates for the board you. and president. During FiestaCrow ’03, discussions were Respectively, held with representatives from the National Don Macaulay, President BMC-AOC. Radios, Giveaways Hasten said. The Peace “You would be surprised what this stuff can do,” said the unit’s Captain Curt Barker of Macomb, Ill., while in an Iraqi neighborhood By Ray Quintanilla, Chicago Trib- distributing 800 radios one recent afternoon. Thousands more will be une, 4/29/2003 given away in the coming weeks, he said. BAGHDAD—Just over a week “It worked in Bosnia, and Kosovo, and it can work here, too,” he ago, US troops spent two days said. Barker’s team is attached to the Army’s 2-70th Armored Battal- walking the streets of Baghdad, ion, and helps put things back in order once Abrams tanks clear sidestepping unexploded grenades neighborhoods of Iraqi troops. and other litter of war, to deliver Barker said soldiers in his unit are urging Iraqi civilians to tune in to what they consider their primary three AM frequencies for information on where to find food, drinking weapon: a $2.99 AM/FM radio. water, medical care, and other necessities. A few days later, they also be- In the coming weeks, there will be information about the installa- gan distributing thousands of soc- tion of a new government, he said. cer balls, baseball equipment, and (Continued on page 3) even comic books in Arabic to children in these war-torn neighborhoods. El Grito del Cuervo (USPS 014176 ISSN 10886249) is published by the Billy Mitchell Chapter These are unusual methods, to of the Association of Old Crows, Inc. [IRS Code 501c(6)] and AOC Educational Foundation, Inc. Billy Mitchell Chapter [(IRS Code 501c(3)], 4335 West Piedras Drive, Suite 203, San be sure, but for the Army’s Psy- Antonio, Texas 78228-1210. Periodical postage will be paid in San Antonio, Texas. Mailings in chological Operations Unit—which even number years are as follows: January through July, one mailing; August, two mailings; September through November, one mailing; December, two mailings. For odd numbered has about 40 soldiers—such items years; January, February, one mailing; March, two mailings, April through December, one are their primary weapons. It is an mailing. POSTMASTER: Send change of address to El Grito del Cuervo, c/o BMC-AOC, 4335 West important part of how the peace Piedras Drive, Suite 203, San Antonio, Texas 78228-1210. will be won in the days ahead, they Volume 20, Issue 6 Page 3 June 2003 (Continued from page 2) Editor’s Corner “It might look funny on the outside, but there’s a Lots of good stuff in this lot riding on this radio,” Barker related, handing an month’s newsletter. Iraqi man a small yellow package with Chinese writ- FiestaCrow is over and plan- ing on the sides. ning for 2005 shouldn’t start “If it works the way it’s suppose to, people will for a couple of months. Yes, it be a lot better off,” Barker said. does take that long. Ask Mark While much of the fighting is over, US troops con- Ashton or anyone that has been tinue to encounter small pockets of resistance in on the FiestaCrow committee. Baghdad. It’s only been a week since I finished up the last That has slowed the progress of a postwar newsletter. I got a little behind with traveling and cleanup, military officials say. A 6 p.m. curfew re- FiestaCrow. So, I can’t tell ya I’ve just returned mains in effect. Most grocery stores are still not from some exotic local. I am working on a trip to the open, and it’s estimated that hundreds of the city’s Pentagon, but nobody in their right mind wants to go primary power lines will be down for several more to DC in the summer so that trip may not happen. weeks. I got a couple of great articles from the CNO/IO Sergeant Ted Vytlacil, who has been on the psycho- Newsletter compiled by Mr. Jeff Harley, SAIC of the logical operations team for five years, said the soccer US Army Space Command, G3 Plans, Information balls being given away will carry messages aimed at Operations Branch. I hope you enjoy them. I try and keeping children away from minefields, unexploded pick ones of interest that aren’t too long. bombs on the streets, and downed power lines. Chapter elections are coming up soon. Andy “It gets the message across really well,” Vytlacil Lease has an article on page 4 along with a mug shot said, as a small group of Iraqi men gathered around (he’ll love that). He’s got the unenviable job of try- his vehicle. “When we give these items away, there ing to recruit members to run for the board of direc- will be tons of kids lining up for them.” tors and this year for president. You would think Kalid Abdul Malik Mohammed, a father of two, with a membership the size of the Billy Mitchell was among the first to receive a radio and grasped it chapter he wouldn’t have a problem finding candi- with a look of confusion on his face. Under Saddam dates, but everyone seems to have an excuse why Hussein, he said, radios often were not available in they can’t participate. Hell the only reason I stay on stores, and most of his neighbors do not own one. the board is because we have beer and pizza at every “Thank you. I haven’t seen a radio in a long board meeting paid for by the chapter. What better time,” he said, through an Army interpreter as he reason to become a board member? Personally, I’d stuffed the small package into his coat pocket. like to see some new blood on the board. Don’t get Mohammed hasn’t had running water since a US me wrong I think everyone currently on the BOD is bombing four weeks ago destroyed a major water- doing a great job. They are energetic, work hard and line. And there has been no word, other than through are selfless volunteers. It’s just that most of us are his local mosque, about anything related to formation on our 2nd and 3rd terms in office, it’s time to spread of a new government. the responsibility to the rest of the chapter member- “The best thing about it is that I will be able to ship. If you’re interested in running for one of the know what is happening all over Iraq,” Mohammed board of directors positions or chapter president con- said. “We all know very little about our own future. tact Andy Lease at email@example.com. It would be a good idea to help us understand what is The BMC-AOC luncheon is the 18th at the Kelly going to happen next.” USA Club this month. Come on over and rub shoul- ders with the rest of the membership. Bring along a non-member, we’ll sit him/her next to DAK and Show me a nation whose national beverage is he’ll probably sign them up for a lifetime member- beer, and I’ll show you an advanced toilet ship. If I know DAK he’ll even convince them to technology. run for a position on the board of directors. Mark Hawkins in the New York Times, 1977 See ya next month — Miller, out Volume 20, Issue 6 Page 4 June 2003 Sesame Street Breaks Iraqi POWs have the end result of breaking down the individual’s will to resist questioning.” Unattributed, BBC News, 20 May 2003 Amnesty International told BBC News Online Heavy metal music and popular American chil- that at least one Iraqi captive - a civilian, later re- dren’s songs are being used by US interrogators to leased - had reported being kept awake for up to four break the will of their captives in Iraq. days by loud music. Uncooperative prisoners are being exposed for pro- “This is an issue that seriously concerns us. If longed periods to tracks by rock group Metallica there is a prolonged period of sleep deprivation, it and music from children’s TV programmes Sesame could well be considered torture,” said a spokes- Street and Barney in the hope of making them talk. woman. The US’s Psychological Operations Company “It is a very difficult line to draw between what (Psy Ops) said the aim was to break a prisoner’s constitutes discomfort and what constitutes torture - resistance through sleep deprivation and playing that line will vary for individuals and it would de- music that was culturally offensive to them. pend on each particular case,” she added. However, human rights organisation, Amnesty She said they were looking into whether the US International, said such tactics may constitute tor- and UK were abiding by their responsibilities under ture - and coalition forces could be in breach of the the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners Geneva Convention. of war. Sergeant Mark Hadsell, of Psy Ops, told News- The UK’s Ministry of Defence has said all its week magazine: “These people haven’t heard prisoners are being held under the terms of the Ge- heavy metal. neva Convention and are visited by members of the “They can’t take it. If you play it for 24 hours, International Red Cross. your brain and body functions start to slide, your train of thought slows down and your will is bro- ? Want to Make a Difference ? ken. That’s when we come in and talk to them.” Sgt Hadsell’s favourites are said to be ‘Bodies’ It is that time of the year again. from the XXX film soundtrack and Metallica’s The time when your Billy ‘Enter Sandman’. Mitchell Chapter begins its search for enthusiastic Crows who want The theme tune from the US children’s pro- to make a difference. Make a dif- gramme Sesame Street and songs from the purple ference in how the Chapter and singing dinosaur Barney are also on their hit list. indeed the International “In training, they forced me to listen to the Association supports its members Barney “I Love You” song for 45 minutes. I never and also where the Chapter and want to go through that again,” one US operative the Association head into the future. Make a differ- told the magazine. ence in the Chapter’s social events like the Saint Pat- ‘No lasting effect’ rick’s Day River Parade, Member Luncheons, Christmas Party and so on. Make a difference to as- Rick Hoffman, vice president of the Psy Ops piring young men and women of the local military Veterans Association, told BBC Radio 4’s Today with the Enlisted Tuition Assistance Program. Make programme that such a tactic would have no long- a difference to local college students pursuing de- lasting effect on prisoners. grees in majors relevant to the Chapter and Associa- “The use of this kind of audio-technique is tion through the Chapter’s scholarships. Make a dif- rather new in interrogation,” he said. ference in aerospace industry and related Govern- “There have been other kinds of non-lethal, ment programs. Make a difference in the Chapter’s non-harmful techniques, such as sleep depriva- National Symposium, FIESTACROW that happens tion... which leave no long-lasting effects but do (Continued on page 6) Volume 20, Issue 6 Page 5 June 2003 BMC-AOC Luncheon 18 June 2003 Guest Speaker LtCol Peet, HQ AETC Where – Kelly USA Club When – 18 June 2003 Check—In at 1100. Lunch at 1130. Speaker at 1200. Go to BMC-AOC web site for directions/map. LtCol Peet will be speaking on Next Generation Undergraduate Navigator Training Program. Col Peet is currently assigned as the Command Undergraduate Flying Training Program Manager, Air and Space Operations Directorate, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, at Randolph AFB, TX. Cost $15.00 per person Menu Alamo Grilled Chicken or Pasta Lover’s Treat For reservations, sign up by 16 June using the On-Line Luncheon Registration Form WWW.BMCAOC.ORG or call Marsha Ocain at the BMC Office (210) 732-7697 Reservations should be made or canceled NLT 16 Jun. If you find you cannot attend after that date please send a substitute to take your place, otherwise you are still responsible for the reservation. (ContinuedIssue 6 page 4) Volume 20, from Page 6 June 2003 every other April in the odd-numbered years. Make a difference in how the Chapter spends the altered its normal transmissions of the two stations, money that comes from National and FI- but said they were ineffective and hinted that the ESTACROW and the list goes on. Castro government might retaliate. “How” you say, “can I do that?” You can join “Those transmissions did not constitute a techni- us on the Billy Mitchell Chapter Board of Directors cal success to be proud of. Very few [Cubans] heard either as a Board Member or President of the Billy the noise,” an editorial in the Communist Party Mitchell Chapter. “How on earth can I do that?” newspaper Granma said. you say. I say…SIMPLE…you run for office!!! “The government of the United States should not The Billy Mitchell Chapter will soon be electing forget that Cuban radio might be heard on standard three Board Members and Chapter President. We frequency in many American states,” the editorial meet for a couple of hours the first Thursday eve- added. ning of every month and then, spend a little more time on our individual responsibilities. It is not The statement appeared to suggest that Cuba might hard, it is not boring, it is NOT thankless…it is fun consider boosting the power of its own radio stations, and gratifying. You will enjoy the influence you a move that could disrupt the broadcasts of commer- can have over Chapter operations and you will love cial radio stations in South Florida. the company of other board members all there be- Radio and TV Martí have been controversial en- cause they want to…MAKE A DIFFERENCE. As deavors, popular with many Cuban Americans who the Chairman of the Elections Committee, I am want Cubans on the island to receive alternative seeking energetic Crows who have a desire to GET sources of information. But the two stations have INVOLVED and have a little time to donate to the been plagued by morale problems. They get little cause. Please throw YOUR name into the hat! congressional oversight and are generally seen as in- If you have questions, want to run for these of- effective in penetrating the jamming by the Castro fices or know someone who does (or should!) regime. please e-mail me at AndyLease@meritecservices. Radio Martí began broadcasting in 1985 on me- com soonest. Thanks and please come join us on dium wave and short wave. In the past several years, the Board!! criticism has soared that its programming had be- come stale—sometimes lacking in elemental news judgment. In May 2002, Radio Martí delayed a Plane Beams Broadcasts to Cuba broadcast of a historic speech in Havana by former President Jimmy Carter calling for political change. By Tim Johnson, Miami Herald, May 22, 2003 On April 1, the White House replaced Radio WASHINGTON - On orders from the White Martí’s chief, Salvador Lew, with aother executive, House, the Pentagon deployed a special airplane Pedro Roig. this week to beam the signals of Radio and TV Marti to Cuba, using a technology that one admini- Among recent changes to brighten the station’s stration official said “breached the wall” of Cuban programming are broadcasts of Major League base- jamming efforts. ball games. “The political green light is on” to make the A White House statement said the Tuesday night controversial U.S.-operated stations more effective broadcasts “used a transmission platform that we be- at reaching Cubans, said the senior official, who lieve is not susceptible to Cuban jamming. We are spoke on condition of anonymity. currently evaluating the results of that transmission.” An Air Force EC-130 plane conducted the The administration did not say how often it would transmissions between 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tues- use the EC-130 plane to beam the radio and TV sig- day, several officials said. It operated within U.S. nals. airspace, not passing into Cuban territory. “We may not want to do it every day,” the official Cuba acknowledged that the United States had said. “We realize this puts some binds on the (Continued on page 8) Volume 20, Issue 6 Page 7 June 2003 Watching the Watchers: Web Users Fight viders and e-mail providers, before finally landing in Back for Their Privacy on the ‘Net’ the mailbox of the recipient. Almost anywhere along the way, someone with the right tools can sneak a From The Bradenton Herald, May 05, 2003 peek. These are sobering times for Internet users who The best way to foil would-be mail snoopers is to value their privacy. encrypt your e-mail. Encryption scrambles the mes- sages you send to others, requiring the recipient to The government has expanded its online sur- unscramble the message to read it. The encryption veillance authority in the wake of Sept. 11. And itself is virtually unbreakable. But it requires users Web users are bombarded almost daily with warn- on both ends to have a pair of “keys” to encrypt and ings about cyberterrorism, hackers, worms, spy- un-encrypt messages. ware, identity theft and cookies. I tried to install a freeware version of Pretty Good It seems you can’t wander down the Informa- Privacy, easily the most popular encryption program, tion Superhighway these days without wondering on our Windows box. The program integrated seam- who is spying on you or surreptitiously sucking up lessly into our Outlook mail program. But it was all your personal information. cumbersome and a little confusing to install, and a Fortunately, there are myriad tools for Internet couple of weeks later, I still haven’t figured out how users who want to reclaim at least some of their to use it. privacy. After e-mail, Internet users might want to con- Encrypted e-mail, “anonymous” Web surfing, sider the vulnerability of their Web surfing habits. and software that crushes cookies and eats spyware Web surfing litters the Internet with personal infor- can all help reduce your online exposure. mation, from Internet protocol addresses, which can Consider, though, how paranoid you want to be. identify individual computers, to sometimes personal Building a virtual wall around your online self can information like names and e-mail addresses. be time-consuming and hinder your Internet ex- Moreover, hidden scripts on a Web page can bore perience. into your hard drive and retrieve private information, Law-abiding citizens probably do not have to often without your knowledge. worry about the government trolling their e-mail or Some of that information is merged with “offline” logging their Web surfing habits, privacy experts information, such as credit reports, to draw up a say. On the other hand, hackers, unscrupulous net- clearer picture of your buying habits, said Lance work administrators, co-workers and online mar- Cottrell, president of Anonymizer.com, an online ser- keters all could be trying to scoop up personal in- vice and software program that makes Web surfing formation about you without your knowledge. anonymous. E-mail is perhaps the most ubiquitous form of Cookies, those little text files silently placed on Internet use, and in many ways the most insecure. your computer by the Web sites you visit, continue to Far from being a direct communication between be a privacy issue. people, an e-mail makes several hops across com- Many cookies serve a useful purpose, such as re- puters on workplace networks, Internet service pro- membering log-in information or helping e- commerce Web sites keep track of what’s in your Check the Billy Mitchell shopping cart. Chapter Web Site for But cookies are also used by advertisers to track your surfing and shopping habits. Privacy experts information about the next said users should be more aggressive in managing BMC Luncheon. their cookies. Look in the preferences menu of your browser. www.bmcaoc.org Volume 20, Issue 6 Page 8 June 2003 THE ASSOCIATION OF OLD CROWS B I L L Y M I T C H E L L CH A P T E R 4335 W. Piedras Drive, Suite 203 San Antonio, Texas 78228-1210 (Voice) (210) 73CROWS (732-7697) (Fax) (210) 738CROW (738-2769) (E-mail) firstname.lastname@example.org Newsletter Editor: Mike Miller Telephone: (210) 977-4712 Fax: (210) 977-4233 PERIODICAL E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org We're on the web Http://www.bmcaoc.org BMC-AOC Board Mem- (Continued from page 6) audience.” But he said the administration will allot the money necessary to make the signals bers and Committee more effective on a constant basis. Chairs Both Radio and TV Martí have transmitted from the Florida Keys. The TV Martí signal is Board Position Name sent from a balloon tethered 10,000 feet above E-mail President/ Don Macaulay email@example.com Cudjoe Key at a low angle toward Cuba that is Vice President Andy Lease firstname.lastname@example.org easily blocked. Nominations & Elections The EC-130 aircraft used in the test Tuesday Secretary Mike Tackett email@example.com Treasurer/ Bill Ocain firstname.lastname@example.org is the same type of aircraft that beamed signals Web Master to Iraqis during the war, a Pentagon official Director/ Dak Proctor email@example.com said. Emeritus At Large Lt.Col Bob Franklin firstname.lastname@example.org Newsletter Mike Miller email@example.com Military Liaison/ Maj. Pat Gallogly firstname.lastname@example.org Scholarships Constitution Tom White email@example.com Membership E-Mail Addresses By-laws Marsha Ocain our membership POC for the Military Liaison Capt. Rick Hauf firstname.lastname@example.org BMC is updating the e-mail rooster and would Programs Tom Eisenhut email@example.com like everyone to send her an email at Social Sam Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org Awards, Ron Poland email@example.com Awareness, Goals so she can have the latest and greatest contact list & Objectives available for our use. ETG Robert Flores firstname.lastname@example.org Membership/ Marsha Ocain email@example.com Office Manager FiestaCrow ‘03 Mark Ashton firstname.lastname@example.org Chairman If you are interested in assisting or have any questions in any of the areas listed please contact the individuals via their e-mail ad- dress listed.