"Reservist passes judgment"
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio Volume 46, No. 4 April 2007 entrance. His second stint as a judge was about to begin. “I have 10 funerals today and six tomorrow,” Sgt. Lyle said as he squeezed past a team from Wisconsin, all sporting matching berets of kids. The sergeant had gathered a group of his Honor Guard members to serve as judges at the drill meet. But a few were placed on stand-by for Honor Guard duty in case they were needed at any of the funerals. Senior Master Sgt. Dani Peters, 88th Medical Support Squadron, spent several hours scrutinizing teams. “This is my first time judging,” the sergeant said. Sgt. Peters and Sgt. Lyle switched off being head judges and had an active duty Navy petty officer and a Wright State Master Sgt. Mark Lyle, Superintendent of the 445th Airlift Wing Honor Guard, University ROTC cadet on their is surrounded by trophies. Sergeant Lyle was a judge at the Junior Reserve crew. Officers' Training Corps (JROTC), "All Air Force" Regional Drill Meet held at There are 869 Air Force Tecumseh High School, New Carlisle, Ohio, March 10. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Junior ROTC units with Tech. Sgt. Charlie Miller) 105,000 cadets in high schools across the United States and Reservist passes judgment selected Department of Defense Dependent Schools world wide. Air Force Junior ROTC staff By Tech. Sgt. Charlie Miller program again were actively invol- 445th Public Affairs ved supplying judges and support includes more than 1,800 people as they have for a number of retired Air Force military A ll I could see was a huge years. instructors and headquarters wave of blue. Blue fabric, Master Sgt. Mark Lyle, Super- staff. that is. And it was intendent of the 445th Airlift Wing “These young people are our adorning some 650 Junior Honor Guard, served as one of the future; the future of America,” Reserve Officers Training Corps volunteer judges again at the drill said retired Master Sgt. Antonio (JROTC) cadets. They had come meet. This year was his fourth. Ruiz, the enlisted advisor at to Tecumseh High School, New “I always enjoy being in this Tecumseh. He’s got 11 years in Carlisle, Ohio, for the 18th atmosphere,” the sergeant said. and says he’s been a perfec- Annual “All Air Force” Regional “I’m glad some of the Honor Guard tionist since day one. “It’s all Drill Meet March 10. members could be here to help part of JROTC. I give them a From as far away as Missouri with the judging.” hard time but they need that and Maryland, seven states in I ran into Sergeant Lyle in the sense of responsibility and cam- all, 21 high schools were repre- hallway outside the main gym. It araderie to steer them in the sented at Tecumseh, the host was highly congested with blue right direction. They won’t take school, which is about 10 miles suited participants waiting for everything away we teach them from Wright-Patterson AFB. The their turns to perform. It was loud. but hopefully they will take 445th Airlift Wing, 88th Air Base The sergeant cradled two cell away the good.” Wing and the Wright-State phones in his service cap as he University Air Force ROTC knifed his way to the main floor Continued on page 3 Commentary Commander attributes success to the right attitude By Col. Robert Hunter Certainly we all have many war stories to tell 445th Maintenance and I would like to share one with you which Group Commander exemplifies the result of positive thinking. It is a true story that unfolded when I was a 2nd Lt. in 1976 W hat a fantastic at Langley AFB. It was late afternoon; many of the way to finish maintainers were sitting in a smoky conference my 32 year room with the ash trays full, at an F-106 squadron career with an discussing all the broken aircraft and deciding swing assignment as the shift priorities. A loud banging sound of crushing maintenance group metal was heard out in the hangar, swearing, and commander right here the conference room cleared out to see what had at the 445th Airlift happened. Well some maintainers were jacking our Wing. The wing has the only two seat fighter and they placed the nose jack right attitude and a in the mooring point, instead of using the jacking collection of highly Col. Robert Hunter point. The jack ram was driven through the avionics qualified members who bay and rendered the aircraft useless. It so happens step forward to accomplish the most difficult tasks. that the 20th Air Division Commander General Each of you can be justifiably proud of your Humphries was scheduled to fly the jet the next day contribution to the total effort and I would like to at 1000 with his instructor pilot to Colorado, yes especially thank each member of the maintenance with his golf clubs. Hurriedly the maintenance group for your drive and can-do attitude which has technicians gathered around and assessed the resulted in many successes. damage. Our gray haired maintenance commander The activation, which started March 2003 and gritting his teeth asked for an ETIC (Expected time lasted for two years, is a prime example. Members in commission]. The messenger was a staff set up a 24/7 C-141 stage at Wright-Patterson and sergeant from the sheet metal shop who told him superbly generated all C-141 sorties to the AOR. This “20 days Sir.” The commander looked at him and was a busy time, successes were many, hours were said you will have this ready to fly by tomorrow long, and many injured soldiers are alive and in morning at 0800. Of course that was preceded by much better condition because of your dedication. some colorful language that I can’t put to print and Reflecting on my career, I find time speeds up then silence! the older you are and most significant is that the Well the bottom line was missing the morning rate of change is also increasing, analogous to what ETIC, but many technicians worked all night at a happens with that new computer you just frantic pace doing some permanent and temporary purchased. It seems no sooner have you set up the repairs and it did launch that afternoon with the new machine, and then a new faster more capable general and his golf clubs to Colorado. I learned a product hits the market which costs less money. great deal about human perseverance from This concept has a tremendous impact on the way watching that whole episode unfold and hope you we perform our duties and you have to be always too exceed your expectations and enjoy your military willing to accept change. And that new lap-top I just days as much as I have. A special thanks to all my purchased; hope it lasts a while longer. folks who work so hard to make good things happen! 445th Golf Scramble Buckeye Flyer 445th Airlift Wing (Air Force Reserve Command) The 445th Golf Scramble is Editorial Staff This funded Air Force Reserve newspaper is scheduled for Friday, June 15 at Brig. Gen. Bruce E. Davis..Commander an authorized publication for members of the 9:00. The event is taking place Maj.Ted Theopolos..Chief Public Affairs U.S. military services. Contents of the Buckeye Maj. Jose Cardenas...Asst.Chief Public Affairs Flyer are not necessarily the official views of, or at Sugar Isle Golf Course, New endorsed by the U. S. Government, Depart- 1st Lt. Erica Donahoe..Asst. Chief Public Affairs Carlisle, Ohio. The cost is Mary Allen..Public Affairs Asst./Editor ment of the Air Force or Department of De- $200.00 per team which includes Laura Darden...Administrative Clerk fense. Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the 445th Airlift Wing Office of food and drink. For more infor- Master Sgt. Douglas Moore....NCOIC/AV Public Affairs. Photographs are U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Charles Miller....NCOIC/PA mation contact Chief Master Sgt. Senior Airman Martin Moleski....Writer photographs unless otherwise indicated. John Gram at 7-3434. U.S. Government Printing Office 5-00001-445AW 2 www.445aw.afrc.af.mil Buckeye Flyer Spotlight Aerial Porters sends care packages to orphanage By Tech. Sgt. Charlie Miller “I’m head of the donation 445th Public Affairs committee at the store and talked S enior Master Sgt. Ron to the manager and we thought it Kanoza had an idea. was a very worthwhile cause,” “Sometimes you get an idea Coleman said. She presented in your head and it’s like ‘I Airman West with a $150 Wal- wonder if people will like this, if Mart gift card. She also suggested they’d support it." Well, “they,” that the Airman contact the Wal- the 87th Aerial Port Squadron Mart Foundation, which has much members and a local Wal-Mart deeper pockets. liked the idea and are certainly But the money collected from supporting it. the 87th members and the gift Sgt. Kanoza started sending a card are not going solely for care greeting card to any member of packages. Technical Sgt. Jack the 87th that was deployed not Lake III, currently deployed at long after 9/11. Since then it has Manas contacted his fellow aerial grown into a much bigger animal. porters and alerted them that “We were having a supervisors there was an orphanage close by meeting and I said we ought to that needed help. send a Care package type box. We No problem. A list of kids brainstormed and since we have clothing items was relayed and about 60 members at Manas Air Wal-Mart had everything on the Base, Kyrgyzstan we changed it to Tech. Sgt. Shawntel Golden, 87th list. unit thing, not just an individually Aerial Port Squadron, prepares care “This is huge for us,” Sergeant addressed package.” packages for an orphanage. (U.S. Kanoza said. “Those of us The 87th took up donations Air Force photo/Maj. Jose Cardenas) stateside wanted the deployed to and came away with $400. They know that we appreciate their bought cookies, popcorn, local Commons Wal-Mart where he sacrifice, what they are doing. We newspapers, Easter candy, beef works when not on duty to pick up are still ‘one’ unit even with all jerky and much more. Aerial Port boxes for shipping the packages. the deployments.” member Senior Airman Jordan His supervisor, Barb Coleman, Well, one unit reaching out to West went to the Fairfield asked him what was going on. help orphaned kids, too. Reservist passes judgment daughter enlisting in the Air Force. Former Air Force Reservist and retired C-141 Continued from cover pilot Colonel Fred Schuster is the Senior Aerospace The parents of the cadets are an interesting lot. Science Instructor at Tecumseh High School. The Some have sons or daughters following in either colonel, a Vietnam veteran, was in charge of the mom or dad’s military footsteps. Other parents are drill meet. witnessing a form of military life for the first time ”This JROTC program gives one a renewed and seeing positive changes in their sons and sense of confidence in our young people,” Colonel daughters. A few of the parents are scared stiff that, Schuster said. “I believe this program helps them to ultimately, their child will end up on the front lines succeed in life, to learn and be ready for life. I think in Iraq. that it’s important for senior Air Force leadership to Craig and Evvie Moore of Dayton were at the see what’s happening down here. We don’t grow meet to support their granddaughter Alyssa Shaffer them to be in the military, we grow them to be who is a 9th grader at Tecumseh. Alyssa’s mom, citizens.” grandparents and great grand parents all served in When the drill competition was complete, judges the military. put down their grading pens and handed in their “Freedom is not free,” said Evvie Moore, who score sheets to be tallied. The top teams were served as a surgical nurse during the Vietnam handed a trophy by Lt. Gen. Terry L. Gabreski, Vice Conflict. “Not every child is going to be a Commander, Air Force Materiel Command from cheerleader or a jock.” The Moore’s said they have Wright-Patt. Even though there was only one over absolutely zero reservations about their grand- all winner, they were all winners in my eyes. April 2007 www.445aw.afrc.af.mil 3 Spotlight Women, Wings and Warmth By 1st. Lt. Erica N. Donahoe 445th Public Affairs M aybe the impressive line-up of exhibitors drew the largest crowd in the 18 year history of the 2007 Women in Aviation Conference, but perhaps the lure of sunny Orlando in the middle of February helped. Either way, the 445th Airlift Wing was well represented at the record-breaking conference by attendees Master Sgt. Kathy Barnes, Capt. Shelly Benson, Capt. Ladonna Schreffler, Lt. Col. Kathryn Staiger, and Tech. Sgt. Elizabeth Tinsley. Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit organ- ization dedicated to providing net- working, mentoring and scholar- Representatives from the 445th Airlift Wing pose with Women's ship opportunities for men and Airforce Service Pilots of WWII and Mickey Mouse at the 2007 Women women who are interested in in Aviation Conference held in Orlando, Fla. (Courtesy Photo) careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. “Aviation is a great equalizer,” said Captain the Museum of Flight in Seattle Bonnie Dunbar, Benson, “an airplane doesn’t care what gender the first female USAF Thunderbird pilot Maj. you are.” Nicole Malachowski, and Lisa Piccione, Senior The annual conference boasted over 3,200 Vice President, National Business Aviation participants and nearly 150 exhibitors, including Association were just a few of the aviation most companies at the forefront of aviation. celebrities present. “It’s not just women and it’s not just pilots,” Also present were members of the Women’s said Captain Schreffler, “It’s the support Airforce Service Pilots of WWII, including Iris surrounding aviation, it’s everything”. The Cummings Mitchell, who, at 89 years old was still conference is jam packed with workshops, break- zooming around the conference in her high heels, out sessions, seminars and discussions. said Captain Schreffler. The 445th participated in a panel on “Those women were feisty,” Captain Benson aeromedical evacuation. The panel consisted of laughed. representatives from several units who discussed Another perk of the conference was the in-flight emergency care and the role medical plethora of companies looking to hire. “What’s technicians have played in support of Operations amazing is that you can make contacts and wind Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. up with a job on the spot, or a contact that will Colonel Staiger also served as moderator for a lead to a job,” said Captain Benson. panel on enlisted flying careers. The panel All the 445th attendees agreed with Sergeant provided insight into the lives of boom operators, Stein who summed up the experience with, “It loadmasters, flight engineers, aeromedical was just an awesome conference.” technicians, and flying crew chiefs. The conference attracted guest speakers and Note: The 2008 Women in Aviation Conference attendees who comprised a veritable who’s who will be held March 13-15, at the Town and Country list in the history of women in aviation. CEO of Resort in San Diego, Calif. 4 www.445aw.afrc.af.mil Buckeye Flyer Feature NCO gets most out of deployment By Senior Airman Martin Moleski 445th Public Affairs S taff Sergeant Stoni Warwick answers questions like you’d expect from an NCO; with precision, accuracy and honesty. If he doesn’t know the answer, he finds it. When he knows it, he explains it until you understand. Sitting in a spotless office no larger than a walk- in closet, Sergeant Warwick quickly scrolls through work orders in his computer that he needs to complete. As an aerospace ground equipment technician for the 445th Maintenance Squadron, Sergeant Warwick is responsible for all the cargo from the squadron that will be shipped during the Operational Readiness Inspection February 2008. But before the preparation for the ORI began in January, Sergeant Warwick volunteered for deployment to Al Udeid AB, Qatar. During his deployment, Sergeant Warwick was a member of the Redeployment Assistance Team and contributed to the passenger movement in the busiest Joint Mobility Processing Center and provided critical Staff Sergeant Stoni Warwick, 445th Maintenance support to more than ten bases in CENTCOM. He Squadron, ensures that the cargo matches the created a passenger tracking system and briefed manifest before it leaves the unit. Sergeant Warwick more than 5,000 passengers returning from or serves as an aerospace ground equipment technician deploying to their area of responsibility. and as unit deployment manager and was recently “I actually went on a deployment that required deployed to Al Udeid AB, Qatar. (U.S. Air Force photo/ public speaking for a person with fear of public Senior Airman Martin Moleski.) speaking,” said Sergeant Warwick. “I knew that when I went over there I’d be responsible for Sergeant Warwick also serves as unit deployment speaking, and you either get up and do it or you manager for the 445th MXS and will have his hands don’t.” full during the ORI preparation. He arrives for a later While strong communication skills and shift during the UTA so that he can oversee the speaking in front of large crowds are important for process until the very end. With his schedule full for every Airman, not everyone possesses the skills or the next 11 months, Sergeant Warwick understands the desire to improve. that it will be some time before he goes on his next “Public speaking is an important part of being an deployment. NCO, and if you have that chance to improve “The deployment to Qatar was my last opportunity yourself you have to take it,” Sergeant Warwick to go on a deployment before the ORI preparation said. “If you want to move up to the top 3 tier, you began,” Sergeant Warwick said. “I want to go on as have to be able to get up and speak in front of many as I can. I just want to see the world.” people. For me, it was a big personal achievement.” April 2007 www.445aw.afrc.af.mil 5 News Pick a card…..NOT just any card By Senior Airman Martin Moleski 445th Public Affairs travel.” The easiest way to ensure you Y ou’ve been waiting in line don’t misuse your GTC is to for more than twenty separate it from the rest of your minutes, the kids behind credit cards. If you insist on you are screaming for candy, and keeping it in your wallet, place it all you want to do is get out of the in a different section of your wallet. store. You reach into your wallet The goal for the Air Force – and the “Split Disbursement Option” to pay the cashier and walk out other government agencies that on your travel claim form for the door. use travel cards – is to keep the direct payment of lodging and It can happen in an instant, number of delinquencies under 2 transportation to Bank of but the consequences last much percent. Yet the Air Force has a America. Furthermore don’t longer. Using your Government factor working against it. Of all the obtain travel advances unless you Travel Card when not on official government agencies, the Air are on travel or will be within government travel can lead to Force owns 42 percent of the cards. three days, don’t make late letters of counseling, letters of Units monitor GTC activity by payments and never let anyone reprimand or possibly an Article performing random audits to else use your card. Most 15. As defined by its name, the ensure proper use. The random importantly, don’t forget that the Government Travel Card audit shows me month by month card is issued in your name and provides Air Force travelers the travel card balances in relation liability for payment is your freedom and flexibility only while to a member’s status, said Lt. Col. responsibility. on official government travel. Eileen Kelly, Executive Officer, Colonel Kelly’s advice is So why is it that service- 445th Airlift Wing. If suspicion simple, “If you can’t put it on a members are issued a LOC arises, the report can show the travel voucher, don’t put in on without ever knowing about the actual purchases. your travel card.” GTC misuse? For most, it’s However, it is just as important Take a look at the above photo. because many use the card by to use the card properly when you Do you know which card you accident. are officially traveling for the Air shouldn’t be using? Well, the “You should take steps so that Force. answer is all of them because you don’t inadvertently use it,” In order to protect yourself while they are my credit cards. But said Lt. Col David Franklin, Staff on travel you should always keep when holding your own cards in Judge Advocate, 445th Airlift track of your expenses, file your your hand, take a moment and Wing. “The card must be used travel claim within five days after make sure you are using the only in conjuncture with military completing your travel and utilize proper card for your purchases. 445th Public Affairs reservist wins command award Technical Sgt. The sergeant’s stories and photos have not only Charlie Miller from been published in the Buckeye Flyer and Skywriter the 445th Airlift publications but also throughout the Air Force. Wing won Air Force Sergeant Miller will advance to the Air Force Reserve competition in San Antonio, Texas, representing Command’s Print the Air Force Reserve Command. Journalist of the “Certainly, this is a highlight in my military Year for 2006. career,” said Sergeant Miller. “I was totally stunned Sergeant Miller, by this award. Without the great support from the an eighteen-year other members of the public affairs office and the veteran, is the members from the wing who gave me wonderful Noncommissioned stories to write about, this prestigious award would Officer-in-Charge Technical Sgt. Charlie Miller not have happened.” of Public Affairs. In his civilian job, Sergeant Miller works for the He joined the staff in April of 1999 and is one of the Springfield Post Office. The sergeant has also been most valuable writers according to his supervisor, published in the Springfield News and Sun stating Maj. Ted Theopolos. his opinions as a citizen. (445 AW/PA News Release) 6 www.445aw.afrc.af.mil Buckeye Flyer Welcome and Congratulations! Awards Lacey Wager, 445 AMDS David Wolf, 445 AMXS Visitor Center closes at Gate 12A Congratulations to the following Brandon Wright, 445 LRS 445th AW members who recently As a part of an ongoing effort earned an award. Staff Sergeant by the 88th Security Forces Meritorious Service Medal Christopher Braun, 445 Squadron to streamline oper- CMSgt Douglas Norton, 445 MSF MXS ations and provide the best SMSgt Barbara Welshhans, 89 AS Stephanie Green, 445 AES service to Wright-Patt, Gate 12A MSgt Gerald Ewing, 445 AMXS Scott Trivett, 445 CES Visitor Center will be perm- MSgt Michael Hartberger, 445 anently closed beginning April 2, Technical Sergeant 2007. Anyone requiring base ALCF David Fill, 445 AES access will now be served by our MSgt Daniel Lantis, 445 LRS Russell Hippensteel, 89 AS Pass and Registration office in TSgt Rickford Reineke, 445 MXS Hershel Lemaster, 445 LRS Bldg 286. This merger will allow for much needed additional Air Force Commendation Medal Thomas Stock, 445 AMXS parking and enhance customer Capt Michael Martini, 445 MXS service by offering one-stop SSgt Gregory Justice, 445 MXS Master Sergeant shopping for both Visitor Passes SSgt Brian Knouse, 445 MXS Tina McNamara, 445 AES & Vehicle Registration. SSgt Nathan Metcalf, 445 MOF Mahrae Meek, 445 MXS Our Pass and Registration Christopher Williams, 445 office will operate 7 days a week, Air Force Achievement Medal SVF Monday-Friday 0600 to 1800 and SSgt Caroline McIntier, 445 MXS Saturday and Sunday from 0800- SSgt Stephen Nelson, 445 OSS Correction: TSgt 1600. Operations at Area B Vis- Zaenkert’s name was itor Center remain unaffected. misspelled: TSgt Amy Zaenkert, 445 Promotions MOF was promoted to TSgt Manning increases Congratulations to the following for 445 AES reservists recently promoted to the rank indicated. Newcomers The 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron has Welcome to the following reservists, recently assigned to the 445th AW: received authority to increase their manning from 137 to Airman TSgt David Knutson, 445 AMXS 162. Jamille Hicks, 89 AS SSgt Jaimi Bowers, 445 MOF “What this means is that the squadron will bump-up Eric Hollopeter, 87 APS SSgt Ryan Collins, 89 AS their flying aircrews to 22 Candice Wallace, 445 CES SSgt Ming Ferver, 445 AMDS crews,” said Col. Alan Gilbar, SSgt Joseph Heitzenrter, 445 CES commander of the 445th AES. Airman First Class SSgt Timothy Horgan, 445 MSF “This increase will make us Hugh Gibbs, 445 CES SSgt Jason Niederwerder, 445 the largest AES with flying Daniel Smith, 445 MXS AMXS crews in the Air Force. There Brandon Vance, 445 CES SSgt Daniel Wayman, 445 CF is only one squadron larger Cordell Washington, 445 SrA Brandi Conrad, 445 AMDS than us but are tasked with CES SrA Claude Jennings, 445 CES ground and control personnel.” Marshae White, 445 ASTS SrA Austin Melcher, 445 AMXS The increase would jump Kortnee Widup, 445 OSS SrA Christopher Starkey, 445 from 100 to 110 aeromedical AMDS evacuation aircrew members. Senior Airman SrA Ryan Thompson, 445 MXS There are five members on a Robert Corn, 445 AES SrA Benjamin Underwood, 445 crew, two flight nurses and Katie Dulin, 445 MXS AMXS three aeromedical Brianne Fowle, 445 AES A1C Sean Fowler, 445 MXS technicians. Medical Jason Hardman, 445 MOF A1C Brittany Ramsey, 445 AW personnel are trained on all Danielle Kremer, 89 AS A1C Daniel Roten, 445 MXS types of Air Force and civilian Michael Leek, 87 APS Amn Mark Vickers, 445 AES aircraft to ensure their ready Kevin Randall, 445 ASTS no matter what the flying Alisha Tague, 445 ASTS platform is. April 2007 www.445aw.afrc.af.mil 7 Employer Recognition Da 2007 Emplo er R gnition Day May 19, 2007 Reservists who wish to nominate their supervisor for a day with the unit can complete this form and submit it to the 445th Public Affairs office no later than May 1, 2007. Don’t miss this great opportunity to show and tell the unit’s new mission with the C-5 Galaxy. (You are welcome to stay with your employer for all activities with supervisor’s approval.) 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