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www.elmendorf.af.mil Vol. 57, No. 11 Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska March 17, 2006 Survival shop Tax Center: one month remaining keeps – Page 2 pilots alive Clubs change food operations – Page 3 Women’s History Month information – Page 4 Elmendorf supports good cause – Page 11 Adult baseball tryouts — Pages 10-11 – Sports PHOTO BY SENIOR AIRMAN GARRETT HOTHAN 2 March 17, 2006 Up Front Sourdough Sentinel How much do we get back? Airman 1st Class Michael Crotty, 3rd Medical Opera- tions Squadron, embodies the ideals of integrity, selﬂess service and dedication. He has continually been on 24-hour call for emergency procedures for two weeks every month for the past two years. And his meticulous care and expertise as an endoscopy assistant has directly resulted in success- ful completion of life-saving, urgent and emergency proce- dures without any complica- tions. Staff Sgt. Jason Bobo, PHOTO BY AIRMAN JONATHAN STEFFEN 3rd Component Maintenance Capt. Amanda Osborne, a student at Air Force Institute Technology, and her husband Luke, work with Squadron, created a stream- Tech. Sgt. Ronald Johnson to ﬁll out their taxes at the Tax Center March 10. Sergeant Johnson is a lined battery tracking process Volunteer Income Tax Advisor. Active-duty, Guard, reserve and retired military members can receive free tax assistance at the Tax Center. Appointments for people needing tax assistance are available from 8 that ensured 100 percent ac- a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays. Walk-in hours are 8 a.m.-noon countability with instant and Tuesdays and Fridays. The Tax Center also offers free e-ﬁling. The ofﬁce is located in the basement of the accurate status for all aircraft People Center and can be reached at 552-3832. The tax ofﬁce is open until April 17. batteries. He rearranged the lead acid battery section, creat- ing a ready line for quick iden- tiﬁcation of serviceable vehicle Do you have a problem you can’t seem to get solved? Would you like to recognize someone for a job well done? The following commanders stand batteries. He also displayed The commander’s action line is your avenue to com- ready to help you and can answer the attention to detail in recovering municate your questions, comments and concerns directly majority of your questions. If they can’t a lost tool on an F-15C aircraft, to the commander, Brig. Gen. Hawk Carlisle. Your calls help, then please call the Action Line. preventing the grounding of a will get the commander’s personal attention and be an- valuable 3rd Wing asset. swered in a timely manner. Key phone numbers: If you have a question, call or e-mail the action line at: Col. Mike Hass, 3rd CES/CC 1st Lt. Keagan McLeese, 552-3007 19th Fighter Squadron, was 552-2224 Lt. Col. David Aupperle, 3rd SVS/CC selected as the 19th FS Top Brig. Gen. Hawk Carlisle 552-2468 Gun Wingman of the Year and 3rd Wing commander email@example.com Lt. Col. Brett Meyer, 3rd SFS/CC Capt. Brad Darling, 19th FS, 552-4304 was selected as the 19th Fight- er Squadron Top Gun Flight Movie goers applaud theater renovations Lead of the Year. The two were selected above their peers for most accurate employment Q: Thank you very much for use it and put our money into it, it Although we will miss it for a of missiles in parameters and the new movie theatre. will fail and close. few months, we look forward to its the highest air-to-air kill ratio. Even though my family has However, we sure didn’t mind makeover and grand opening. Their focused tactical perfor- never complained about the looks the price to get in either. mance reﬂects great credit of the theatre from the outside, the Furthermore, we think patrons to A: Thank you for your com- upon themselves and the 19th seats, the sounds of the movie or movie theatres throughout America ments. Fighter Squadron’s combat the snacks, we are very appreciative should also stand to the National Also, the construction is on- readiness. of what is to come. Anthem before a movie, and re- schedule and the Talkeetna Theater We have always told our chil- member how lucky they are to have is expected to reopen at the end of dren that if the base is supplying us the freedom to even go to a movie. April. with a movie theatre, then we need Thanks again from a family who Ensuring quality of life for our to use it. has enjoyed and made great use of members is, and will continue to be, We explained that if we don’t the Talkeetna Theatre. one of my top priorities. CORRECTION: In the March 10 issue of the Sourdough Sentinel, Iditarod musher Maj. (Dr.) Thomas Knolmayer was inadvertently identiﬁed as the ﬁrst active-duty military member to ever complete the nearly 1,150-mile race. Major Knolmayer, 3rd Medical Group chief of surgery, actually was the only active-duty military member to complete the Iditarod in 2005. He is competing in the race again this year. Sourdough Sentinel Contents of the Sourdough Sentinel are not necessarily the Editorial Staff ofﬁcial view of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Air Force. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including Elmendorf Moment in History March 15, 1952: Brig. Gen. Hawk Carlisle inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the DoD, the Department of the Air Force, or Anchorage Publish- 3rd Wing Commander ing, Inc., of the products or services advertised. Lt. Col. Michael T. Halbig Everything advertised in this publication shall be made The 3rd Bombardment Wing ﬂew its ﬁrst Operation Saturate mis- available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, Chief, Public Affairs color, age, religion, national origin, political afﬁliation, marital sion. These missions were directed at destroying sections of the railroad Staff Sgt. Francesca Popp status, sex, physical handicap, or any other non-merit factor NCOIC, Internal Information of the purchaser, user, or patron. Editorial content is edited, used by North Korea to move supplies and troops. The wing ﬂew 49 prepared and provided by the 3rd Wing, Elmendorf AFB, Senior Airman Jared Marquis Alaska. All photos in the Sourdough Sentinel are ofﬁcial U.S. B-26 sorties each night supporting the operation. Air Force photos, unless otherwise noted. The Services Eaglet Editor is a supplement to the Sourdough Sentinel and is provided by Staff Sgt. Alan Port the 3rd Services Squadron. 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Elmendorf AFB, AK 99506 Sourdough Sentinel News March 17, 2006 3 Elmendorf clubs revamp available services By Shena Jones and Al Spurlin Services YMCA, is putting more emphasis on our ing within the guidelines that Paciﬁc Air Forces 3rd Services Squadron younger enlisted members with jointly offered states services squadrons must follow in meeting events such as Texas Hold ‘Em, which takes place ﬁnancial operational goals, and ensuring services Catering to customer needs is the primary con- Friday nights. and products are the best afforded its club mem- cern of every business. The most notable change to take place at the bers within the given resources. The changes will Equally important, however, is being ﬁnan- Kashim Club will be the revival of an evening also enhance facilities and programs at both clubs cially sound. food operation which will feature home made here. Elmendorf’s clubs’ food operations, like most grilled sirloin steak burgers, char-grilled chicken The clubs will continue to provide the meeting clubs in the Air Force, are not ﬁnancially sound. sandwiches, Philly Steak sandwiches and deep- and special function needs of the general public The 3rd Services Squadron, in an effort to fried catﬁsh sandwiches as our main menu items. and will continue the lounge operations in “The work these two priorities hand-in-hand, is In addition to the ASYMCA Cave” at the Susitna Club. implementing a new concept for the operations, the game room The most noticeable change at the Susitna Elmendorf Clubs, which will change will be upgraded and the Club will be the cessation of all regularly sched- the way they do business. This lobby will be renovated in uled food services. will be the ﬁrst base in the Air the Kashim Club. The Susitna Club will be converted to a Force at which the new con- The new ASYMCA loca- Conference Center which will have a contracted cept will be used, and it may tion, on the second ﬂoor of the food catering program available. To enhance the end up as the template for Kashim Club, is being renovated conference experience, people will be allowed to future Air Force clubs. and should be fully operational in bring their own food. However, there will be a For the past few years, April. nominal set up charge. Air Force Clubs have Also, year-round The clubs’ operating hours will remain rela- been viewed dif- sports and music tively as they are now. The Kashim Club will ferently as our Air channels have been operate daily, and the Susitna Club, much like its Force culture has added to the lineups current operations, will be available to book for changed. Clubs, not available on the special functions; “The Cave” will continue to be only at Elmendorf, wide-screen TVs in open on Friday nights. but throughout the Air Force, must change to meet the ballroom. These, along with many other addi- The clubs are an Air Force tradition, and will the different demands of our customers. tions are being planned for the Kashim Club. continue to provide a safe meeting place for These changes will be in place by July. The changes are happening with emphasis and Elmendorf members to enjoy and experience life The Kashim Club, working with the Armed focus on the needs of the community and work- in the military, both for work and for play. Heritage to horizons: Advice from former chiefs spans generations By Staff Sgt. Julie Weckerlein setting a proper example, like taking describe his daughter again, to make shaping going on in today’s Air Air Force Print News care of your people, by not being so sure I had the right girl. He did, and Force is very similar to what he difﬁcult to get along with, by being it sounded about right, but I told him experienced during his time as chief There is one distinct common fair but ﬁrm … all of those are at- I didn’t see a klutz. What I saw was master sergeant of the Air Force. observation most former chief master tributes that go into good leadership a young woman with a shiny face, “(My time) was the beginning sergeants of the Air Force have about qualiﬁcations.” bright eyes and oh, by the way, she of the drawdown,” he said. “People today’s Airmen, and that’s the level Retired Chief Master Sgt. Gary had a rope on her uniform, which is think we are drawing down now, of education and sophistication com- Pﬁngston served as the chief mas- a sign of leadership. So, I think even but 20 years ago, in 1986, that was ing out of today’s society. ter sergeant of the Air Force from parents sometimes sell their kids the beginning of ‘We’re too big and “[When] you talk about our Air- August 1990 to October 1994. He short, and it’s the experience of basic we’ve got to get smaller.’ I don’t men of today, you also have to talk agreed setting a good example is training that brings it out and they think we did it very smart back then, about the young citizens of today in vital to good leadership. come into the Air Force looking for but we didn’t have many choices. America,” said retired Chief Master “You manage things and you leadership.” We sort of gutted the senior airman Sgt. James McCoy, who served as lead people,” he said. “You do that Air Force culture corps and that left us with a ‘bathtub’ the sixth chief master sergeant of the by being up front, honest, sincere “I’m looking back at 63 years effect, it takes about seven years to Air Force from August 1979 to July and visible. I’ve always felt strongly since I enlisted in the Army Air grow a staff sergeant, so if you take 1981. “They’re better educated and that you can’t ask somebody to do Corps,” said retired Chief Master that chunk out from the senior air- they’re more attuned to what’s going something that either you won’t do, Sgt. Paul Airey, who served as the man level, you are going to have that on because of modern communica- or that you haven’t done someplace ﬁrst chief master sergeant of the Air hole for a long time.” tion.” along the line before. It’s not ‘do as I Force from April 1967 to July 1969. He added that another issue he Chief McCoy was one of nine say, not as I do’ – it just doesn’t work “It is impossible to compare the had to deal with was an inﬂated Air- former top enlisted Airmen to gather that way.” Army Air Corps of yesteryear to the men review process. in Washington recently. During their Quality of Airmen Air Force of today. So when we talk “We also took on the almost Her- visit, a number of them were able Retired Chief Master Sgt. James about culture and we talk about tradi- culean task of changing the APR to to share their views on a variety of Binnicker served as chief master tion and heritage, we do not have the EPR,” he said. “It was ugly to say topics involving the Air Force today sergeant of the Air Force from July much tradition, but we are rich in the least, in trying to get the force to and the Air Force past, all the while 1986 to July 1990. He said he’s very heritage. And certainly the culture of accept a new performance program. offering a glimpse of how life was proud of the Airmen he sees serving the Air Force today is a far cry from I was convinced that we had to do it like in Air Force-past. today. what it was many, many years ago,” because it was very difﬁcult to differ- Retired Chief Master Sgt. Robert “It’s safe to say (Airmen today) Chief Airey said. entiate, with all these great airmen. Gaylor, who served as the ﬁfth chief are more informed thanks to tech- Retired Chief Master Sgt. Sam “Well, our problem was that we master sergeant of the Air Force from nology,” he said. “They are more Parish, who served as the eighth had so few mediocre people that it’s August 1977 to July 1979, said it’s motivated and it just never ceases to chief master sergeant from August difﬁcult to differentiate between ex- important for Airmen today to know amaze me when I go down to basic 1983 to June 1986, agreed today’s cellence, but differentiate we must,” their service’s history and heritage. training and see the look on their Air Force culture is different and Chief Binnicker said. “We couldn’t “You keep from making the same faces (as they graduate.)” evolving. because it was the same kind of mistakes more than once,” he said. He said the motivation and com- “Changing a culture is not easy reports. The records all looked alike. “You learn from others. Why rein- mitment of Airmen coming out of in any situation,” he said, “and the I would venture to say the EPR is vent the wheel and make the same basic training hasn’t changed over culture of the United States Air Force as inﬂated as the old APR was 20 mistakes if you can check back and the years. has undergone transformation in the years ago, so maybe its time to take see how someone else did it? You “When I was a chief, I had a ‘50s because of Korea, in the ‘60s another look at it.” also realize how good you have it friend who was also a chief, and one because of Vietnam, in the ‘70s and (Editors note: More personal today based on what we didn’t have day he called me about his daughter ‘80s the (Berlin) Wall fell and the reﬂections on past chief master years before.” who was attending basic training,” ‘90s was expeditionary. It’s a con- sergeants of the Air Force are avail- The following are some of their he said. “My friend was concerned tinuous cultural change. And there’s able in the publication “Generation reﬂections and observations about about her because at home she was nothing about the United States of Chevrons,” which is ﬁlled with leadership, today’s pedigree of Air- always a klutz and he couldn’t see Air Force today – except the name, a brief overview of enlisted Airmen men and the Air Force culture. her in uniform. So, I went down to maybe – that is the same as it was history, as well as personal accounts Leadership basic training and met up with her when I retired just a few short years and biographies from each of the “The main thing I was taught – with her not knowing her father ago.” chief master sergeants of the Air – and I continue to teach it – prob- contacted me. Past challenges and lessons Force. It can be found in the publica- ably the best trait of any leadership “And afterward, I called her fa- learned tions section of the Web site, www. is example,” Chief McCoy said. “By ther again,” he said. “I asked him to Chief Binnicker said the force- airforcehistory.hq.af.mil.) 4 March 17, 2006 News Sourdough Sentinel Sourdough Spotlights Celebrating Women‛s Paciﬁc Air Forces Logistics Feature Article — Second Place: History Month Tech. Sgt. Michael Edwards, 3rd WG/PA Plans Functional Awards George F. Ruestow Air Force Logistics Sports Article — Third Place: Readiness Senior Civilian Manager of the Tech. Sgt. Michael Edwards, 3rd WG/PA Year Donna Arnold, 3rd Civil Engineer Squadron Photojournalism — First Place: Airman 1st Class Garrett Hothan, Fuels Civilian Supervisor/Leader of the Year 3rd Communications Squadron Patrick Douck, 3rd Logistics Readiness Squadron Art/Graphic — First Place: Senior Airman Miguel Lara III, 3rd CS Fuels Civilian Technician of the Year William Vaughn, 3rd LRS Contribution by Contractor/Stringer Writer — Third Place: PACAF Flight Surgeon and Canadian Warrant Ofﬁcer Cameron Winters, There will be a Women’s History Month Luncheon at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Susitna Operational Flight Surgeon 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron Club. People interested in attending must Safety Award Winner Contribution by Contractor/Stringer R.S.V.P. today. Flight Surgeon of the Year: Photographer — First Place: The cost is $14.35 for club members, and Maj. Mark Shideler, 517th Airlift Squadron Tech. Sgt. Keith Brown, 3rd CS $16.35 for nonmembers. The guest speaker will be Lavone Taber Anchorage Women’s Club PACAF Airﬁeld Operations Outstanding New Writer —Second Place: president. Call Senior Airman Laura Narvaez, Senior Airman Jared Marquis 3rd WG/PA Flight Awards 552-9942 or Airman 1st Class Staci Fisher, Terminal Instrument Procedures Specialist of 552-9986, to R.S.V.P. Print Journalist Of The Year — First Place: the Year: Tech. Sgt. Michael Edwards, 3rd WG/PA Tech. Sgt. David Silvas, Women’s history fact: Dec. 4, 1970, Staff 3rd Operations Support Squadron Sgt. Carolyn Blansett and Sgt. Cheryl McGhee, ions 1931st Communications Group, and Staff Sgt. lat Barbara Johnson, 5008th Support Squadron, 2005 PACAF Public Affairs ratu were the ﬁrst women to enter the Alaskan Air Media Contest Awards ong Command NCO Leadership School as full- Tabloid Format Newspaper — First Place: ﬂedged students. Women participated in por- C Sourdough Sentinel tions of the course before but never for the full course. They were assigned dormitory rooms on News Article — First Place: Staff Sgt. the ﬁrst ﬂoor and were involved in all aspects Francesca Popp, 3rd Wing Public Affairs of the course. Sourdough Sentinel Feature March 17, 2006 5 Former hostage shares lessons with terrorism conference By Joe N. Wiggins “After hitting me from behind, they then while another one was using his expense account Air Intelligence Agency Public Affairs placed me in restraints and in a box marked to to steal money from the group,” he said. “Some look like it contained a small refrigerator,” he of them were very hard core, while others were “They came to the door dressed as plumbers, said. “I was taken downstairs, into a van and just ordinary criminals.” claiming they needed to ﬁx a leak,” said retired then later transferred into another car.” According to the general, the lessons he Army Maj. Gen. James Dozier. Over the next six weeks, he worked to gain learned about the Red Brigade still apply to ter- But, that was only the beginning of the the conﬁdence of his captors. He hoped they rorist groups today. general’s six-week ordeal as a hostage of the would see him as a reliable hostage and relax “They were broken down into regional orga- Italian terrorist organization, the Red Brigade. their security around him. He credits this with nizations or columns, a strategic control section He described his ordeal to a group of conference possibly saving his life when the Italian authori- and an executive committee, which was the attendees in San Antonio, Texas, March 10. ties rescued him. controlling body,” he said. “The columns carried “I didn’t know at the time that I or any mem- “I did the same things at the same time every out the decisions passed down from the execu- ber of NATO was being targeted,” the general day. I asked for and was given a deck of cards, tive committee, which isn’t very different from said. “Later I learned they had been observing which helped them to see me as more human the way terrorist groups are organized today.” me and other NATO rather than just a hos- His rescuers even used many of the same ofﬁcials for some tage,” he said. kinds of tactics used today, including interrogat- time.” “I also continually ing suspected members, surveillance, creating a Italian police of- “After hitting me from behind, they asked about my wife,” distraction, and using speed and surprise when ﬁcials became aware then placed me in restraints and in he said. “Later, they executing the rescue. of some of those sur- started bringing me General Dozier shared his experiences with veillance efforts by a box marked to look like it con- news clippings about 650 people attending the Dynamics of Interna- interviewing his wife tained a small refrigerator. I was her and international tional Terrorism course. Conference attendees after his capture. versions of American included local, regional and federal law enforce- “Some of them taken downstairs, into a van and news magazines. ment ofﬁcials as well as military members from had come into my then later transferred into “While using the all branches including the U.S. Coast Guard. apartment building cards, I kept scores General Dozier, then the highest ranking in groups of three another car.” by scratching my Army ofﬁcer assigned to the NATO, was cap- posing as meter read- ﬁngernail on a piece tured Dec. 17, 1981 by members of the Red – retired Army Maj. Gen. James Dozier ers,” he said. “When of cardboard. They Brigade, a Marxist-Leninist group attempting to the Italian police later brought me some cause an Italian civil war forcing the nation to heard this, they paper and a pencil, leave the NATO alliance. knew something was which I used to keep The Dynamics of International Terror- wrong because the meter reader worked alone a diary and track the time,” the general said. “By ism course is offered by the Air Force Special and was authorized to read all the meters in that the time I was rescued, my count of the days I Operations School, which is part of the Joint building.” had been held was only off by two.” Information Operations University, located at As he described each step of his journey, he He also said that the terrorists didn’t all hold Hurlburt Field, Fla. The Joint Special Operations passed on the lessons he learned to help those in to the same ideals. University was established in September 2000 as attendance – hoping they will better understand “Of the ﬁve people they arrested for my an institution of higher learning focused on joint how terrorists operate. kidnapping, one was later linked to 17 murders, special operations education. 6 March 17, 2006 Briefs Sourdough Sentinel myPay scams Learn to quilt Open house There is an explosion of The Armed Services YMCA is The PME Center celebrates its myPay look-a-like and copycat sponsoring a quilting class 1-5 p.m. 40th anniversary March 30. Web sites. Many of the sites in- Saturday. The classes take place An open house and cake recep- clude “myPay” in the Web address weekly through April at the Warrior tion begins immediately after the — www.mypay.com, www.mypay. Zone, Bldg. 655, on Ft. Richardson. Airman Leadership School/NCO se/indexen.html, www.mypaysolu- No child care is available. The ﬁrst Academy Class 06-3 ﬁnal retreat at tions.com and www.mypayloanser- class is a rag quilt. Bring a snack to 11 a.m. The open house takes place vices.com. share. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Members are led to believe that Call Judy Atkins at 384-9622 for For more information, call they are in the ofﬁcial myPay Web more information, or to sign up and 552-3150. site and unwittingly give personal get fabric requirements and cutting information, making themselves instructions. Essay, coloring vulnerable to identity theft and contest other problems. Free concert The Elmendorf Library is spon- The ofﬁcial myPay Web site is The U.S. Air Force Band of the soring a Military Child Month essay https://mypay.dfas.mil. Paciﬁc presents the Alaska Brass in and coloring contest for children a free concert beginning at of military parents. Children ages Bargain Shop closure 3 p.m. Sunday in the Wilda Marsten 7 and under can color and display The Bargain Shop is closed Theater at the Loussac Library. This their pages at the library. These today-March 24 for spring break. family event features the music of pages are available at the Library’s The Bargain Shop will have a American and Canadian composers. front desk. bag sale March 31. Shoppers can The doors open 30 minutes Children ages 8-12 can write ﬁll a paper grocery bag full of before show time and tickets are not an essay using the topic “What I select merchandise for $3. necessary. A reception will follow like/dislike about being a military For more information, call the concert. The Wilda Marsten child? Why?” 753-6134. Theater is on the ﬁrst ﬂoor of the The essay topic for children ages Loussac Library located on the 13-18 is “Words of Wisdoms from Free movies corner of Denali Street and 36th the Military Teenagers.” The Armed Services YMCA Avenue. The essays must be turned in by will show “Glory Road” at 7 p.m. For more information, call April 15. Saturday at Ft. Richardson Frontier 552-7591. For more information, call Theater and “Harry Potter and the 552-2700. Goblet of Fire” at 1 p.m. Wednes- Home buying seminar day at the Kashim Club. The Elmendorf Housing Ofﬁce UAA course, tests Active-duty members and offers a home buying seminar at The University of Alaska An- military families can pick up free 1 p.m. Monday at 6346 Arctic War- chorage offers a special intensive tickets at the central ofﬁce at rior Dr. The class lasts two to three fundamentals of oral communica- 7179 Fighter Dr. hours. Seating is limited. tion course noon-4 p.m. weekdays For more information, call For details or to make a reserva- March 24-April 6 at the Base Taryn Perez at 552-9622. tion, call 552-4439 or 552-4328. Education Center. Sourdough Sentinel Briefs March 17, 2006 7 The two-week course provides Housing residents may store mittee is seeking 2,000 volunteers to three college credits applicable to their weapons in quarters, but must help prepare for events and coordi- Community College of the Air Force use gun cabinets, mechanical locks nate logistics for the NVWG June degree requirements in 10 four-hour or other safety devices to render it 28-July 9. sessions. inoperable. Volunteers are needed for a UAA also offers the Meyers- Weapons are not authorized in variety of jobs from food service, to Briggs Type Indicator test and the the dormitories or temporary lodging transportation, site setup, scoring, Strong Interest Inventory Proﬁle tests units. These weapons must be stored timing, registration, photography and for spouses and dependents. These in the 3rd SFS armory upon arrival. water distribution. Volunteers will Chapel Schedule tests are designed to help make ca- For details, call the 3rd SFS at receive a free T-shirt. Food will be reer choices. 552-6576. provided to anyone who works more Catholic Parish For details, call 753-0204. than a four-hour shift in a day. Monday through Elmendorf year tabs To download a volunteer applica- Wednesday and Friday Mass: Absentee voting The Elmendorf Pass and Registra- tion, visit www.wheelchairgamesan- 11:30 a.m. at the Chapel Center Elections for the Municipality of tion Ofﬁce has extended the 2005 chorage.net. Thursday Mass: 11:30 a.m. Anchorage are April 4. For eligible tab renewal grace period until further To request more information, at the Hospital Chapel residents who cannot make it to the notice due to a shortage of Air Force e-mail volunteers@alaskadestinati Sunday Mass: 10:30 a.m. at polls due to the Polar Force exercise, Registered Vehicle Expiration Stick- ons.com or call 276-5550. For more Chapel 1 Sunday Evening Mass: Anchorage has several absentee ers. details, visit www.wheelchairgames. 5 p.m. at Chapel 2 voting options. For more informa- Once adequate supplies of stick- org. Confession: 4:30 p.m. tion about voting absentee, go to the ers are received, people needing to Sundays at Chapel 2 city’s election Web site at www.muni. renew their year tab must show cur- NMFA Family Award Catholic Religious org/assembly2/election.cfm. rent proof of insurance and vehicle The National Military Family Education: 9 a.m. Sundays at the registration. Association is accepting nomina- Chapel Center. For Sale Lot The Elmendorf Pass and Registra- tions for the NMFA Family Award Stations of the Cross begin Items placed in the For Sale Lot tion Ofﬁce is located in the basement to be presented to 12 families each at 6 p.m. today, March 24 and 31 must have a current state registration of the People Center. year who exemplify the best of the in Chapel 2 followed by dinner. and base sticker. For more information, call Staff military family lifestyle. The cost to place an item there is Sgt. Amy Anderson at 551-3202. Each winning family will receive Protestant Sunday Liturgical Service: 9 a.m. at $2 per day with a seven-day mini- a cash prize and be eligible for the mum. Payment envelopes and in- Volunteers needed NMFA Family of the Year. Chapel 2 Traditional Service: 9 a.m. structions are located at the lot. There Volunteers are needed for the Any active duty, reserve compo- at Chapel 1 are no refunds. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. nent, or retired family of the Army, Gospel Service: noon at Vehicles and other items not in This event takes place 9 a.m.-noon Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Chapel 1 compliance will be removed. April 8 at the Susitna Club. Coast Guard, as well as surviving Fellowship Praise: 6 p.m. Volunteers will run craft tables, families, or families of servicemem- at Chapel 1 Weapons registration assist with the cooking and clean up, bers who were injured in the line Protestant Sunday School: Military members residing in base and dress up in the bunny suit. of duty within the past three years 10:30 a.m. at the Chapel Center. housing, temporary lodging, and dor- To volunteer, call Lauren Mc- and have since been discharged, are mitories must register their privately Grain at 552-8529. eligible to apply. For more details, call the Cha- pel at 552-4422. owned weapons with the 3rd Secu- The 26th National Veterans Nominations must be submitted rity Forces Squadron Armory. Wheelchair Games Organizing Com- online at www.nmfa.org/familyaward. 8 March 17, 2006 Arctic Warrior of the Week Sourdough Sentinel PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. ALAN PORT PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. DAVID DONOVAN Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Pittman Staff Sgt. Nicole Frost Organization and duty title: Alaskan Command human resources Organization and duty title: 3rd Comptroller Squadron accounting sergeant technician Hometown: Newberry, Fla. Hometown: Uniontown, Pa. Hobbies: Fishing and hunting Hobbies: Swimming and dancing Mission contributions: Provide personnel support for all U.S. Army Mission contributions: Account for all government purchase card bills members assigned to Alaskan Command headquarters for Elmendorf. Provides ﬁnancial management assistance to resource Time at Elmendorf: One year, one month advisors and acts as a liaison between Elmendorf and Defense Finance Time in the Army: Eight years, six months and Accounting Service in Hawaii for accounting transactions. Best part about being in Alaska: The summers Time at Elmendorf: Five months Quote from supervisor: “Sergeant Pittman professionally performs Time in the Air Force: Eight years, six months his duties as the Army human resource sergeant. He continually provides Best part about being in Alaska: The friends I’ve made expertise on operation plans, personnel augmentation requirements and Quote from supervisor: “Sergeant Frost exudes professionalism in all Army personnel policies and procedures in addition to performing rou- she does. Her will to learn and master tasks as well as lead by example tine personnel actions for sister service members.” Senior Master Sgt. shows her commitment to her unit, the 3rd Wing and to the Air Force.” Mary Bousson Marian Lee Sourdough Sentinel News March 17, 2006 9 Elmendorf Airmen receive nonjudicial punishment Article 15s: His punishment was a reduction to technical sergeant, An airman with the 3rd suspended forfeiture of $500 Component Maintenance per month for two months and Squadron received a vacation 30 days extra duty suspended. action for being late to work. A vacation action imposes a A senior airman with the 3rd suspended punishment that had Operations Support Squadron been adjudged by a previous wrongfully used marijuana. Article 15. In this case, his pun- Her punishment was a ishment was forfeiture of $323. reduction to airman ﬁrst class, with a suspended reduction to An airman ﬁrst class with airman. the 3rd CMS used indecent language with a person under A senior airman with the age 16. 3rd Equipment Maintenance His punishment was a Squadron was caught living in suspended reduction to airman, his girlfriend’s dorm room. forfeiture of $100 per month for His punishment was a reduc- two months and 14 days extra tion to airman ﬁrst class, with a duty. suspended reduction to airman, suspended forfeiture of $713 for An airman ﬁrst class with two months and 30 days extra the 3rd Medical Operations duty. Squadron was caught using a fake identiﬁcation card, and An airman ﬁrst class with then made a false ofﬁcial state- the 3rd EMS damaged govern- ment. ment property by throwing a Her punishment was a rock and breaking a window on suspended reduction to air- a forklift. COURTESY PHOTO man, 30 days extra duty and a His punishment was a reduc- What to eat? reprimand. tion to airman with a suspended Capt. Matthew Hill (front) and Tech. Sgt. Melinda Smith, 3rd Wing Legal reduction to airman basic, Ofﬁce, select Meals Ready-to-Eat to get them through the ﬁve-day Paciﬁc A master sergeant assigned suspended forfeiture of $636 for Joint Legal Exercise March 5-10. Captain Hill and Sergeant Smith were to a squadron in the 3rd Opera- two months and 30 days extra two of nearly 30 legal professionals participating in PACJOLE at the tions Group committed adultery duty. Pohakuloa Training Area on the island of Hawaii. The exercise focused on with a senior airman in his (Courtesy of the 3rd Wing legal issues in a deployed environment. section. Legal Ofﬁce) Sourdough Sentinel Feature March 17, 2006 11 Military members help ‘special’ athletes PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. SUELLYN NUCKOLLS Staff Sgt. Cassidy Wilson, 732nd Air Mobility Squadron, watches the Special Olympics athletes come down the hill and ensures they hit all of the gates before crossing the ﬁnish line. The Special Olympics Alaska 2006 Winter Games drew nearly 275 athletes, coaches and volunteers to Anchorage March 10-Sunday. The Winter Games are one of four major Special Olympics Alaska events held each year. Summer Games are in June, Fall Games are in September and a Bowling Tournament is in November. PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. SUELLYN NUCKOLLS Special Olympian Bryan Carey and Staff Sgt. Christopher Block, 3rd Services Squadron, wait to go up on the slope for Bryan’s second run. Sergeant Block was a volunteer coach for Bryan at Hilltop Ski Area during Special Olympics Alaska Winter Games Saturday and Sunday. PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. SUELLYN NUCKOLLS Staff Sgt. Christopher Block, 3rd Services Squadron, gives Christopher Vance, a Special Olympics athlete, a high ﬁve after his snowboard run Saturday at Hilltop Ski Area. Sergeant Block was one of more than 100 military who volunteers at the Special Olympics Alaska Winter Games. PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. ALAN PORT Airman 1st Class Zach Davis, 381st Intelligence Squadron, keeps track of time for the referee during the timed puck shoot as part of the individual ﬂoor hockey skills competition of the Special Olympics at South High School Saturday. PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. ALAN PORT Airman 1st Class Zach Davis, 381st Intelligence Squadron, helps set up the net for the Special Olympics ﬂoor hockey event. 12 Sourdough Sentinel Feature March 17, 2006 13 Parachute shop: Pilots last chance for survival By Senior Airman Jared Marquis equipment ready to use for the ﬁve Elmendorf ﬂying squadrons 3rd Wing Public Affairs and six different aircraft models, including the C-130H, C-12, E-3B, and F-15C/D/E. If something goes wrong and a pilot has to eject, the last The members receive their training at Sheppard Air Force thing they should worry about is whether or not their parachute Base, Texas, during an almost 15-week tech school, followed will open. Twenty-three Elmendorf Airmen make sure that they by four volumes of Career Development Courses and 15-month don’t have to. upgrade training. “We take our job very seriously with the understanding that The men and women of the survival equipment shop are we cannot make a mistake. We know that if our equipment is aware that their equipment is usually only used in dire situa- being used that someone is counting on us, and trusting us with tions. their life,” said Tech. Sgt. Roscoe Youngblood, 3rd Equipment Senior Airman Michael Jenkins, 3rd EMS survival equip- Maintenance Squadron Survival Equipment Shop. ment craftsman, said the importance of his job is why he chose “We maintain, inspect and repack more than 200 differ- it. ent components such as life rafts, life preservers, ﬂight suits, “I like survival equipment because on a daily basis I can see anti-gravity suits, anti-exposure suits, back automatic personnel the effects it has on other people’s lives. There was an F-15E chutes, drogue parachutes, and the Advanced Concept Ejection crash at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., in 2003 which Seats,” said Sergeant Youngblood “It is our job to work hand- forced the crew to have to eject. I packed the ACES II parachute in-hand with egress and life support to provide aircrew one last that saved those crewmembers lives and I am proud to know my chance for life when all else fails.” skills did that. The average day of someone in the survival equipment shop “I chose this career because it is a humble and self rewarding consists of inspecting, and repacking parachutes, said Sergeant job with all the beneﬁts of knowing that survival equipment is Youngblood. the last to let you down,” he said. “It takes six hours to complete this task. It may take longer if “Our motto is ‘Last to let you down,’ because everyone else there is a time change component needing to be replaced due to who may make a mistake counts on us not to. If an emergency expiration of service life, or if a repair is needed,” he said. egress situation arises, we are the ones you trust with your life,” The survival equipment shop is responsible for keeping said Sergeant Youngblood. Above: Airman 1st Class Mathew Laughlin, 3rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron, repairs a zipper on a ﬂight suit using a Technical Operations Manual as a reference. Left: A survival equipment troop repairs a zipper. The members of the shop are charged with inspecting and maintaining a variety of egress equipment. Below: Senior Airman Michael Jenkins prepares a parachute to be repacked. Photos by Senior Airman Garrett Hothan Above: Senior Airman Bill Payne, 3rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron Survival Equipment Shop, repairs a four-line harness on a parachute. Top center: Stenciling an LPU 38/P life preserver is part of a functional inspection that guarantees the equipment is in working order. Bottom center: A parachute is stretched out to be inspected and repaired. The inspection process can take up to four hours. Right: Senior Airman Nick Spring hems a large piece of material to form a stab pad. Services Eaglet “Telling the Services Story” in daily activities and special events for the Elmendorf community Elmendor f Eagles Basketball Tryouts 6-8 p.m. Today 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Ft. Richardson Fitness Center The Elmendorf men’s basketball team needs players to compete in base-level sports. Come ready to jump into the action. Comradery, respect and team pride are just a few of the perks. Call Tech. Sgt. Darryl Sample at 230-7965 or Staff Sgt. Thomas Jones at 830-0095. Slush Cup Season Finalé noon-7 p.m. 2 p.m. March 26 March 25 and 26 Hillberg Ski Area Tubing Ski and Snowboard Races Big Air and Rail Competition Today Xtreme Bowling with DJ 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Spring Break Bowling Special Barbara Lavallee presents Preschool Snowmachine Trip 5 p.m., $50, $18 includes shoe rental, Polar Bowl, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today thru March 24, 50 Story Hour 10:30-11 a.m., ages 5 and Hillberg Ski Area, 552-4527 552-4108 cents per game ages 18 and under, 75 under, Library, 552-3787 RC DJ (The Rajun Cajun) Kids Corner “Candle Art” 1-3 p.m., cents for adults, Polar Bowl, 552-410 Take It, Make It Crafts 11-11:30 a.m., 9 p.m.-3 a.m., adults only, Kashim ages 3-10, $15, Arts & Crafts Center, Gray Whale Season Begins make ages 5 and under, Library, 552-3787 Lounge, 753-6131 552-7012 or 552-2470 your cruise reservations with Information, Barbara Lavallee print and book Southern Barbecue Buffet Give Parents a Break 1-5 p.m., must Tickets & Travel, 753-2378 signing 11:30 a.m., meet Alaskan artist, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $8.95 Members First have a referral, care given at the Sitka Library, 552-3787 price, $11.95 regular price, children 6-12 Child Development Center, make Monday Introduction to Photography eat for $4.50, Susitna Café, 753-3131 reservations by calling the Denali CDC, E-4 and Below Special 5-9 p.m., 5:30-9:30 p.m., $5, bring camera, limit Club Member Social Hour 5-6 p.m., 552-8304 50 percent off bowling and shoes. If the six people, Arts & Crafts Center, adults only, Kashim Lounge, 753-6131 Pottery – Sculpting and Hand- military member is deployed, their family 552-7012 or 552-2470 and The Cave, 753-3131 Builders Club 11 a.m.-2 p.m., $65, Arts can still participate, just bring a copy of Bike Maintenance Clinic 1 p.m., $5, Night Hoops 8:45-11:30 p.m. at the & Crafts Center, 552-7012 or 552-2470 the orders, Polar Bowl, 552-4108 Outdoor Recreation, 552-2023 Youth Center gym, Teen Center, Alyeska Ski Trip 8 a.m.-7 p.m., $49 753-2371 Sunday with equipment from Equipment Rental, Thursday St. Patrick’s Day Party 8 p.m., play Hillberg Sourdough Races 1 p.m., $37 without equipment, $10 transporta- Free Lift Ticket 5-9 p.m., receive a silly games and win prizes with the races for snowboarders and skiers, $2 race tion only, Information, Tickets & Travel, complimentary lift ticket with the rental Armed Services YMCA for not wearing entry, bring a trash bag for the “Prospec- 552-0297 of a complete $6 ski package or $7.50 green, beverage specials, food and lots of tor’s Pancho” race, Hillberg Ski Area, Spring Break Arts & Crafts Camp snowboard package, Hillberg Ski Area, fun, Kashim Club, 753-6131 552-4838 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today thru March 24, 552-4838 Beginner Crochet 6-8 p.m. today and Family Xtreme Bowling 1-8 p.m., $130, ages 5-15, Arts & Crafts Center, Keystone Club Field Trip to March 24, $35, bring yarn and needle, $30 for up to six bowlers, shoe rental, one 552-7012 or 552-2470 Mountain View Boys and Girls Club Arts & Crafts Center, 552-7012 or lane for two hours, two pitchers of soda 5-8 p.m., ages 13-18, Teen Center, 552-2470 and popcorn, Polar Bowl, 552-4108 Tuesday 753-2371 Report Card Special 4-6 p.m. Snowmachine Trips noon, 3 p.m. and Dollar Daze 5-9 p.m., $1 per game, $1 Bingo 6 p.m., adults only, $10 cards, Monday-Thursday, one free game for 6 p.m., $50, Hillberg Ski Area, 552-4838 for shoe rental, Polar Bowl, 552-4108 one jackpot worth $1,000, Arctic Oasis “A’s” or “O’s,” limit three games, Polar Beginner Cross Country Ski Lessons Lunch and Learn “Bed Time Fun” Community Center, 552-8529 Bowl, 552-4108 1 p.m., $5 or free if skis are purchased 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., open to the public, or rented for the season from Equipment Sitka CDC, 552-6403 March 24 Saturday Rental, 552-2023 Trip to H2Oasis 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $15, Teen Trip to Dimond Mall and Hillberg Ice Fishing Tournament Sunday Brunch 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., ages 9-12, limit 13 participants, Youth Movie 3-8 p.m., ages 13-18, $8, Teen noon-4 p.m. at Hillberg Lake, prizes, $16.95 Members First price, $19.95 Center, 552-2266 Center, 753-2371 Outdoor Adventure, 552-4527 regular price, $7.95 for children age 6-12, Hilltop Ski Trip 8 a.m.-7 p.m., $49 Cross Country Ski Waxing Clinic Susitna Café, 753-3131 Wednesday with equipment from Equipment Rental, 1 p.m., Outdoor Recreation, 552-2023 Roller skating at Skateland 1-5 p.m., Wednesday Night Madness 5-9 p.m., $37 without equipment, $10 transporta- Karaoke 9 p.m., adults only, Kashim $6.50, ages 9-12, limit 13 participants, $18 per lane, up to ﬁve bowlers, shoes not tion only, Information, Tickets & Travel, Lounge, 753-6131 Youth Center, 552-2266 included, Polar Bowl, 552-4108 552-0297 16 March 17, 2006 Advertisements Sourdough Sentinel Old Blood & Guts By Capt. 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Sean Carroll, 381st Intelligence Squadron, runs between gloves and ﬁelds ground balls during tryouts for the Elmendorf Eagles Adult baseball team March 7-9. The team is part of the Anchorage Adult Baseball League, and will start play in May. The team also participates in various tournaments throughout the season, which ends in early September. PHOTOS BY STAFF SGT. ALAN PORT Sport Shorts Black Sheep Archery Recreation. The staff can also stamp a license for ﬁshing on Elmendorf. Club Black Sheep Bowmen Archery Club target leagues begin at 7 p.m. Storage lot combo Thursdays through March. changes Cost is $6. Leagues are open to Outdoor Recreation will change everybody the lock combinations on all RV stor- Youth archery classes take age lots May 1. Stop in or call place 10 a.m.-noon April 8-May 13. 552-2023 for a new combination. The classes are for children ages 8-16. Camper reservations The classes are free. Bows and Outdoor Recreation will begin arrows are provided. Parental super- taking reservations for camper rentals vision is required. beginning April 15. Camper rentals PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. ALAN PORT The class is open to military and must be done in person at civilian families. The range is located at Bldg. 7301 Jerstad Ave. Have a ball Daisy Vyvial, 3rd Aerospace Medicine Squadron (center), 7271 on Gibson Avenue. Bicycle tune-up teaches students how to exercise using the stability ball at For more information, call Bike maintenance clinics begin at the Health and Wellness Center. People who are interested in 753-1855 or visit www.black- 1 p.m. April 15, 22 and 29 at Outdoor learning how to use a stability ball can attend a class beginning sheeparchery.com. Recreation. at 1 p.m. April 6, May 4 and June 1. For more information or to sign up, call 552-2361. Cross country ski Skeet tourney returns The Alaska Armed Forces Skeet Season rentals must be turned in Championship takes place May 4-7 no later than April 15 at Equipment at the Ft. Richardson Trap & Skeet Rental. Range. The cost is $28 per gauge/100 bird event. Fishing licenses For more information, call Henry Alaska 2006 ﬁshing licenses and Martin at 552-2817 or Paul Taitt at king stamps are available at Outdoor 552-6669.