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Vol. 12 No. 36                                            Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.                                                                     September 3, 2010

Fleet Week San Diego honors military past, present
                   Lance Cpl.                                 “Fleet Week San Diego was created by commu-
               Alexandra M. Harris                        nity and business leaders who understood the great
                                                          depth of public support for our sailors, Marines and
                   C OMBAT C ORRESPONDENT
                                                          coast guardsmen,” according to the Fleet Week web-
     Come September, thousands of San Diegans and         site. “This group sought to provide a means for San
service members from all military branches will crowd     Diego to express its support in a way that would es-
downtown to celebrate Fleet Week San Diego 2010.          tablish San Diego as a patriotic, pro-military city.”
    This yearʼs fleet week runs Sept. 17 through Oct. 3,       The events that encompass fleet week are: the
and features more than 10 events open to the public.      Foundation Breakfast and Operation Liberty Call
    The event honors and celebrates the men and           Sept. 17; Big Bay Family Festival Sept. 18 and 19;
women of the military by providing entertaining pub-
lic events for everyone to enjoy.                                                          GO TO FLEET, PAGE 3
                                                                                                                                                                                       Lance Cpl. Steven Posy
                                                                                                                          Maj. Justin W. Knox, the operations officer with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron
                                                                                                                          314, and Capt. William J. Moran, a pilot with VMFA-314, congratulate “Hot

  ‘Forerunners’ return home
                                                                                                                          Dog,” a former Navy pilot with Fighter Squadron 151, for trying on a new helmet
                                                                                                                          during a reunion here Aug. 27. “Hot Dog,” was part of a group of former Navy
                                                                                                                          pilots and crewmen stationed at Miramar more than 30 years ago.

                                                                                                                          Vietnam pilots unite
                                                                                                                          40 years after war
                                                                                                                              Lance Cpl. Steven Posy                  Upon arrival, the group re-
                                                                                                                                                                   ceived a tour of the air station
                                                                                                                                   C OMBAT C ORRESPONDENT
                                                                                                                                                                   and stopped at Marine Fighter
                                                                                                                              Navy pilots from the Vietnam         Attack Squadron 314, the “Black
                                                                                                                          era paved the way for modern avi-        Knights,” to see some F/A-18D
                                                                                                                          ation, and when some of them re-         Hornets.
                                                                                                                          turned to the flight line more than          Each of the former pilots and
                                                                                                                          40 years later, they brought back        crewmen, along with their wives,
                                                                                                                          the magic of the past to todayʼs         climbed ladders leading to the
                                                                                                                          generation.                              cockpits of the Hornets to get
                                                                                                                              A group of 40 former Navy F-4        a closer look. Afterward, they
                                                                                                                          “Phantom II” pilots and crewmen          took a tour of the hangar and met
                                                                                                                          from Fighter Squadron 151, the           with pilots and Marines from the
                                                                                                                          “Vigilantes,” reunited at Miramar        squadron.
                                                                                                                          Aug. 27.                                    At the end of the tour, the
                                                                                           Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot       The former service mem-              group went up to the ready room,
   Gunnery Sgt. Ignacio Gonzales, the avionics shop chief with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16, greets              bers were stationed together at          where Lt. Col. Max W. Cain II,
   his daughter Elyanna upon his return from Afghanistan at the flight line here Aug. 27.                                  Miramar more than 40 years ago
                                                                                                                          and served together in Vietnam.                     GO TO REUNION, PAGE 3

                                                       MACG-38 REDEDICATES                                                    PROS VS JOES; SERVICEMEMBERS
                                                                                                                                                                                     REACH US
  MCAS Miramar                                         BATTLE COLORS                                                          HIT THE ICE FOR CHARITY
                                                         Marine Air Control Group 38 played                                   Players from the San Diego Gulls
    Web site                                          host to hundreds of Marines and specta-                                 challenged servicemembers from
                                                      tors as they rededicated their battle col-                              the San Diego to a match to benefit                               ors and celebrates 43-years of history.                                 the Wounded Warrior Fund. For full                     EDITORIAL
                                                      For full story see page 6.                                              story see page 7.                                      858-577-6000
                                                                Fighting the battle against suicide                                                                                    Religious Services
                                                                                  Lance Cpl.                               ties, has experienced some significant loss in their life,
                                                                               Jacob D. Osborne                            or has demonstrated a desire to die, you need to take         The Chaplainʼs Office,
                                                                                 C OMBAT C ORRESPONDENT                    on the responsibility of getting them to a care-giving      located in Building 5632
                                                                              H EADQUARTERS M ARINE C ORPS                 professional for an evaluation,” said Cmdr. Charles R.
                                                                                                                           Kessler, chaplain for Marine Corps Air Station Beau-
                                                                                                                                                                                        on Bauer Road, coordi-
                                                                    ARLINGTON, Va. — At a rate of 24 deaths per            fort, S.C.                                                  nates regularly scheduled
                                                                100,000 people, 52 Marines took their lives last year.         Depression could be a sign that somebody is con-        services. For the location
                                                                    Having exceeded the rate of civilian suicides, as      sidering suicide, but some people show a renewed            and meeting schedules of
                                                                well as its sister services, the Corps initiated the Ma-   sense of calm because they have come to terms with           religious activities, call
                                                                rine Corps Suicide Prevention Program in hopes of          their problem, Kessler said.                                  858-577-1333, or visit
                                                                reducing the number of suicides.                               He added that 75 to 80 percent of all suicides are
                                                                    “Since we launched our new course, ʻNever Leave        related to depression, but there is no typical or com-
                                                                a Marine Behind,ʼ privates to sergeants now make up        mon reason for someone to commit suicide.
                                                                a smaller proportion of our suicides than they did pre-        Abusing alcohol or drugs, deliberately injuring                   Sunday:
         Maj. Gen.                                              viously,” said Col. Grant Olbrich, section head of Ma-     themselves, extreme mood swings, giving away of                   9 a.m. Protestant
      Thomas L. Conant                                          rine Corps Suicide Prevention Program, Marine Corps        personal possessions, talking about wanting to die and            Worship Service
       Commanding General                                       Base Quantico, Va.                                         threatening suicide are all common signs that some-
     3rd Marine Aircraft Wing                                       The course is taught, trained and mandated to all      one is suicidal, Kessler said.
                                                                                                                                                                                            9:30 a.m. Protestant
                                                                Marine noncommissioned officers and the length of               The Marine Corps Suicide Prevention Program
                                                                the course varies depending on the needs of the unit.      has paired up with the Tragedy Assistance Program                Childrenʼs Worship
                                                                The instructors of the course are fellow NCOs that         for Survivors to help families who are victim to sui-
                                                                have finished the Train-the-Trainer course and are          cide.                                                                11 a.m.
                                                                certified for the training.                                     “TAPS is recognized nationally as the leading               Roman Catholic Mass
                                                                    “We initially targeted our NCOs due to their           provider of comfort and care to anyone who has suf-
                                                                unique position to impact their peers and the younger      fered the loss of a military loved one,” Olbrich said.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Religious Education/Sunday:
                                                                Marines they lead,” Olbrich added.                         “Our Casualty Affairs Branch at Headquarters Marine
                                                                    The reason NCOs are in such an exclusive situ-         Corps and local chaplains from the unit are always                9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
                                                                ation is because they work more closely with junior        available to assist grieving families.”                     Catholic CCD Children K-12
                                                                Marines and typically know them better, he said.               The Marine Corps Suicide Prevention Program
                                                                    “It is very important to get to know your Marines.     is only one of many to help prevent suicide. Also                 10 a.m. Protestant
                                                                If you get to know them then you will know when            available is the chaplain services, counselors, suicide           Adult Bible Study
                                                                they are getting out of character,” said Brenda Ray,       hotlines, unit medical, chain of command and many
                                                                a health and education coordinator at Marine Corps         more.
     Col. Frank A. Richie                                       Logistics Base Albany, Ga.                                     “Education is the key to prevention. We need to let     Weekday Worship Service:
          Commanding Officer                                         Olbrich said multiple stressors are usually a pre-     Marines know that there is help,” Ray said.                   Mon. – Fri. 11:30 a.m.
            MCAS Miramar                                        cursor to suicide or an attempt.                               For more information on suicide prevention, visit            Catholic Mass
                                                                    “If someone in your shop is having some difficul-
           Maj. Jay Delarosa                                                                                                                                                           Mon. 6:30 p.m. Contemporary
          Public Affairs Director                                                                                                                                                       Praise and Worship Service
                                                                MCAS Miramar
      Master Sgt. Robert Knoll
        Public Affairs Chief
                                                                     reminds                                                                                                            Wed. 7 p.m. Baptist Service
        Staff Sgt.Tiffany Carter
       Internal Information Chief
                                                                    to recycle                                                                                                                Study Groups:
                                                                                                                                                                                                Mon. 7 p.m.
                                                                plastics, paper,                                                                                                             Night Bible Study,
        Cpl. Justis Beauregard
                                                                 cardboard and                                                                                                          Classroom in the Chapel area
                                                                 electronics at
                                                                                                                                                                                              Tues. 6 a.m.
     Lance Cpl. Z. L. Majors
    Layout and Design Specialist
                                                                  the Miramar                                                                                                             Morning Prayer Service
        The Flight Jacket is published every Friday.
                                                                   Recycling                                                                                                                and Study Group
        This newspaper is an authorized publication for
 the military services, contents of the Flight Jacket are not
 necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S.                                                                                                                             Islamic Worship Service:
 government, the Department of Defense, Department of
 the Navy or U.S. Marine Corps. It is for informational                                                                                                                                        Fri. at noon.
 purposes only and in no way should be considered direc-
 tive in nature.                                                                                                                                                                       Located in the Chapel or visit
        The editorial content is edited, prepared and pro-
 vided by the Public Affairs Office. Comments or questions
                                                                 If you, or someone you know is suffering from a suicidal crisis -- there is help                                   
 should be directed to 858-577-6000.

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                                                                                     Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot

     Sgt. Maj. Roger E. Jenness (left), Marine Corps Air Station Miramar sergeant major and Sgt. Maj.
     Don W. Gallagher (right), 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing sergeant major, judge their next putts at the MCAS
     Miramar Golf Classic here Sept. 1. The golf tournament and luncheon, hosted by Marine Corps Com-
     munity Services, served as a thank you to the sponsors of this year’s air show.

                                                            The two, once stationed at Miramar together
REUNION,                                                in 1972, reunited here and shared some memo-
                                                        ries of the war and the air station with the rest of
the commanding officer of VMFA-314, briefed              the group.
them on modern-day aviation.                                “We developed a friendship and have stayed
    “Naval aviation paved the way for us and is         in touch with each other,” said Everett. “It
part of our heritage,” said Cain. “It plays a large     is great to see all of these guys after so many
role in our history and in our current mission in       years.”
Afghanistan.”                                               The group shared distinctive memories of
    The group shared stories with the command-          the hangars and the squadrons that occupied
ing officer and fired off questions about modern-         Miramar during the late 1960ʼs and early 70ʼs.
day aircraft and avionics.                                   “1972 was a golden age in aviation, and this
    Many of the former pilots and crewmem-              was a booming base,” said Everett.
bers had not seen each other after Vietnam and              “It was 100 percent about flying.
were thrilled to reunite with their comrades once           “Although Miramar changed in the past 40
again.                                                  years, the flight line looks much like it did back
    “I am happy to be here,” said Ted “Hawk”            then. This is a very special place,” he continued.
Triebel, a retired Navy captain of VF-151. “Itʼs            After the tour, the group returned to the Of-
great to be here and share memories with good           ficerʼs Club for lunch. The next day the group
friends.”                                               visited the USS Midway as part of their visit.
    Triebel flew 327 missions over four combat           They later returned back to their homes, scat-
deployments and was shot down during Viet-              tered across the country.
nam, along with his co-pilot Dave S. Everett.                     For many of the former pilots, crewmen
Both were captured alive and detained as prison-        and their wives, it was a nostalgic reminder of a
ers of war by the North Vietnamese.                     historic era, combined with a glimpse into the

FLEET,                                                   tival is free to active duty military members and
CONTINUED FROM PAGE   1                                  their families. The Miramar Air Show, Big Bay
                                                         Family Festival, Coronado Village Car Parade and
Enlisted Recognition Luncheon Sept. 21; Coro-            MCRD San Diego Boot Camp Challenge are free
nado Village Car Parade Sept. 23; Marine Corps           for everyone.
Recruit Depot San Diego Boot Camp Challenge                  The fleet week foundation donates proceeds
Sept. 25; Coronado Speed Festival Sept. 25 and 26;       from the events to charities, such as the Navy and
All Enlisted Golf Tournament Sept. 28; Baseball          Marine Corps Relief Society, which provides criti-
Game Sept. 29; Golf Tournament Sept. 30; and the         cal support to military families.
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show Oct.               For more information on event locations, event
1 through 3.                                             times and admission fees, visit the fleet week web-
    General admission to the Coronado Speed Fes-         site at

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 Ties that bond:
  in Afghanistan
    bonded by
 more than Corps

              Story and photo by
               Cpl. Ryan Rholes
                C OMBAT C ORRESPONDENT

         Afghanistan — The
         legendary bond between
   Marines has proven one of the
   greatest strengths in combat
   for the world’s finest fighting
   force. Two Marines serving
   here have strong roots that                                                                                                                                                       Cpl. Ryan Rholes

   fuse them tighter than the title                    CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Sgts. Cory Neal and Vincent Laughlin, step brothers from Bronx, N.Y., are deployed
                                                       to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan together. Neal is serving with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward)’s Personal Security
   they share.                                         Detachment and Laughlin is working for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force’s camp commandant. Laughlin is serving on
                                                       his fourth deployment and Neal is on his second.
       They are not quite blood brothers. They became insep-         gether, but left for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Is-           “Seeing him even for those few days brought my spir-
   arable since their parents started dating in 1996. And al-        land, S.C., about three weeks apart. Laughlin was anxious        its up,” said Laughlin, who was spending most of his time
   though they are not technically brothers, they still consider     to begin his new career, but Neal wanted to enjoy his last bit   outside the wire as part of an embedded training team. “We
   each other family.                                                of time as a civilian.                                           were just stopping to take real showers and get some food,
       When Sgts. Cory Neal and Vincent Laughlin met as                  Although they left their civilian lives behind almost a      and instead I ended up getting to see my brother.”
   teenagers, they never imagined serving together in the mili-      month apart, they ended up serving in the same company               Laughlin finished his time in TwentyNine Palms and
   tary. Instead, they spent their summers in Bronx, N.Y., pull-     and living in the same barracks at boot camp; a situation        moved to Camp Pendleton right after Neal moved from
   ing pranks and chasing girls.                                     unbeknownst to them until about halfway through training.        Pendleton to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.
       So it was somewhat surprising when the teenagers both             “We ran into each other after church one day, snuck off      Within months of their moves, the brothers both had orders
   wanted to talk to the other about joining the Marine Corps.       to the side and were able to talk for a few minutes,” said       to Afghanistan.
   Neither had expressed an interest while growing up.               Neal. “Seeing each other and getting to talk to someone who          “I saw him off when he left from Miramar,” said Laugh-
       “We were just walking the streets like normal the sum-        cared made it easier.”                                           lin. “When I got orders I knew we would be in country to-
   mer before my junior year and I told him I was thinking               Neal and his brother saw each other once more in train-      gether, but had no idea we would even be in the same area,
   about joining the Corps,” said Neal, serving with 3rd Ma-         ing as their platoons marched past each other. Neal, more        much less the same base.”
   rine Aircraft Wing (Forward)ʼs Personal Security Detach-          than a month from graduating, remembers feeling proud of             Now they live just a few blocks apart and see each other
   ment here. “I expected him to talk me out of it, but he said      his brother, graduating in a few weeks.                          at least once a week. They get together every Saturday to
   he had been thinking about the same thing.”                           The two were sent to different duty stations on the West     cut each otherʼs hair and catch up. They also lift weights or
       Laughlin tells the story a little differently.                Coast after graduating. Laughlin went to Marine Corps Air        meet for lunch as often as possible.
       “I told him I wanted to join, and he waited to see if I       Ground Combat Center TwentyNine Palms, Calif., and Neal              “Part of what makes a deployment hard is missing your
   would actually do it,” he said with a laugh.                      went to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Though          family and friends back home, but I have family right down
       The mutual support encouraged the pair to break the           the two brothers were busy with their new units, they visited    the street,” said Neal. “Besides, I get free haircuts.”
   news to their parents, who were both veterans. Although           each other on weekends.                                              Laughlin echoed his brotherʼs sentiments, explaining
   Laughlinʼs father, a former coast guardsman, supported the            Laughlinʼs first deployment to Iraq in 2005 as a motor        this deployment – his fourth so far – has been much easier
   idea, Nealʼs mother initially disagreed. Yet, a little persuad-   transportation Marine interrupted those weekend visits. Neal     having family close by.
   ing and a few promises about job choice finally won her            deployed next to Iraq, and Laughlin deployed twice more in           They are serving with different units and doing very dif-
   over.                                                             the following years. The brothers even crossed paths for a       ferent jobs; however, sharing the bond of serving as Marines
       The step brothers prepared for the rigors of training to-     few days at Camp Al Asad, Iraq.                                  in a combat zone together is a memory that will last .                                                                                                                                   September 3, 2010 Flight Jacket Page 4
Labor Day celebrates
working Americans
       Lance Cpl.                       to hold a celebration every year
                                        following. However, the days on
   Alexandra M. Harris
                                        which New Yorkers celebrated
                                        Labor Day varied from Tuesday
                                        to Monday. Observing the day
    Across the country, Americans       with similar celebrations eventu-
will fire up the grills, parade the      ally spread to other states across
streets and relax during the final       the country. Oregon was the first
weekend of summer as they cel-          state to make Labor Day an official
ebrate more than 100 years of “the      holiday.
working man” on Labor Day.                   Although recognized in most
    Labor Day is always the first        states, Labor Day was not officially
Monday of September, and will be        made a national holiday by Con-
celebrated Sept. 6 this year.           gress until 1894.
    The purpose of Labor Day is             Today, Americans celebrate La-
to observe those who fought for         bor Day in much the same way they
working Americansʼ rights and           did more than 100 years ago, with                                                                                                        Lance Cpl. Jeremy Fasci
continue to fight for better working     parades and speeches. Almost every       CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Allawadin, a police recruit at the Joint Security Acad-
conditions.                             year, a parade marches through the    emy Southwest, Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, shows what he has sacrificed while protecting
    “Labor Day differs ... from         streets of New York City to honor     his country and ensuring a safer future for the next generation.
the other holidays of the year in       the first march of 1882.
any country,” said Samuel Gomp-
ers, the founder of the American
Federation of Labor in 1881. “All
                                            Around San Diego, several
                                        Labor Day cruises, concerts and
                                        events are available for service
                                                                              Marjah police officer sacrifices for country
other holidays are in more or less      members to enjoy. For more             Lance Cpl. Jeremy Fasci                of their power. Taliban fighters         “Now in Helmand province there
degree connected with conflicts and      information on Labor Day events                COMBAT CORRESPONDENT           destroyed his school when he was        are police offices, so we went there,
battles of manʼs prowess over man,      around San Diego, visit sandiego.                                             in ninth grade, forcing him to con-     joined and came here for training.”
of strife and discord for greed and                  CAMP LEATHERNECK,                  tinue his studies at home.                   His experience as a policeman
power, of glories achieved by one           Labor Day is a day to remember    Afghanistan - Allawadin, a 24-              His father, a teacher, educated     made Allawadin a prime candidate
nation over another. Labor Day ... is   the achievements of past Ameri-       year-old Afghan police recruit is       Allawadin after his school was          to attend the training at JSAS. He
devoted to no man, living or dead,      cans who fought for better work-      lacking one very important feature      destroyed, allowing him to become       has knowledge and skills that can
to no sect, race or nation.”            ing conditions and honor those        necessary to being a cop here.          well educated despite the Talibanʼs     only be learned by being in the field
    Labor Dayʼs history stretches       who continue working for a better     Mainly, he doesnʼt have a trigger       push for the destruction of formal      and demands only the best from his
back to the end of the 1800s.           tomorrow.                             finger.                                  education in Afghanistan.               fellow recruits.
More than 10,000 Americans first             “The rights and benefits we             “According to the rules of the         Seeing the terrible things the           “He demands a lot from his
observed Labor Day with a parade,       enjoy today werenʼt simply handed     military, I shouldnʼt be a policeman    Taliban were doing to the people        leaders,” said 1st Lt. Nicholas J.
a picnic, a concert and speeches in     to Americaʼs working men and          because I lost my finger, especially     of Marjah, Allawadin decided to         Wilkes, a team officer-in-charge
New York City on Sept. 5, 1882.         women,” said President Barack         my trigger finger, but I will be one     become a police officer to help pro-     at JSAS. “He is very forceful and
The Central Labor Union, an or-         Obama during a 2009 Labor Day         until I die,” Allawadin said.           tect his community. By doing this,      gives direction. He does a very
ganization made of several unions       picnic in Cincinnati, Ohio.                Allawadin, a police recruit        he has put himself and his family       good job of corporal-level leader-
around New York City, organized              “They had to be won. They        at the Joint Security Academy           in harmʼs way to make things safer      ship, probably one of the best Iʼve
the event. The unions were groups       had to be fought for, by men and      Southwest, Camp Leatherneck,            for the people of his community.        ever seen.”
of workers, farmers and reformers       women of courage and convic-          Afghanistan, is willing to give up          After becoming a policeman, he           Experience alone did not make
who demanded legislative changes        tion, from the factory floors of the   everything to fight for his country.     opted to move his family to Lash-       this recruit stand out at JSAS.
for the work place.                     Industrial Revolution to the shop-    Losing his index finger during a         kar Gah, the capital of Helmand         The JSAS instructors dubbed him
    New York City continued             ping aisles of todayʼs superstores.   fire-fight with the Taliban didnʼt        province, to ensure their safety.       ʻtrigger fingerʼ after shooting tight
                                                                              faze his commitment to his family           “They were shooting at our          groups and being the best shot on
                                                                              and community.                          homes in Marjah because we              the range, using his middle finger in
                                                                                   He has been fighting the            worked with the government,” Al-        place of his index finger.
                                                                              Taliban for the last nine years in      lawadin said.                                As he prepares to graduate
                                                                              Marjah and has seen first-hand the           When Allawadin first joined the      from recruit training, he is better
                                                                              toll of Taliban intimidation on the     police force there were no official      equipped and just as motivated to
                                                                              people of Afghanistan.                  recruiting offices or police stations    return to Marjah to bring peace and
                                                                                   “I saw that the Taliban was        in Marjah. The lack of formal gov-      security to his community.
                                                                              bothering or killing the people that    ernment in the area made it difficult         “My biggest goal is to serve my
                                                                              supported other governments,”           for the police to receive training or   country and fight against our en-
                                                                              Allawadin said. “I saw a lot of or-     receive pay. Allawadin fought and       emies,” Allawadin said. “My other
                                                                              phans who lost their families to this   served his district without being       goal is to make the tribal fighting
                                                                              and I couldnʼt tolerate that.”          paid for almost five years.              go away. We are just Afghans, we
                                                                                   Even though his family was not         “We didnʼt get paid for almost      are all brothers. If this kind of fight-
                                                                              broken during the Talibanʼs rule,       five years because we didnʼt train       ing doesnʼt go away our country is
                                                                              he still endured the consequences       at the academy,” Allawadin said.        not going to get better.”

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  MACG-38 celebrates
  history, rededicates
  battle colors

    Srory and photos by Lance Cpl. Alexandra M. Harris                             recognize and thank all the Marines who have served
                               COMBAT CORRESPONDENT                                in our ranks – both past and present. As we celebrate our
                                                                                   forty-third birthday, letʼs take a moment to rededicate ourselves.”
     Hundreds of Marines and spectators gathered at the Marine Air Control             Following Davisʼ remarks, Marines lined up to attach MACG-38ʼs
 Group 38 Headquarters building to gaze at the unitʼs Battle Colors Rededica-      battle color streamers. The streamers signified several awards and
 tion Ceremony here Sept. 1.                                                       achievements MACG-38 received in the past 43 years.
     The ceremony marked MACG-38ʼs 43rd year of coordinating support                   These streamers included: the Presidential Unit Citation streamer;
 between air and ground units, and featured seven formations of Marines.           the Navy Unit Commendation streamer with two bronze stars; the
     Since its activation Sept. 1, 1967, the unit contributed to operations such   Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer with two bronze stars; the
 as Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.               National Defense Service streamer with two bronze stars; the Armed
     “This rededication ceremony lets the young Marines know their history         Forces Expeditionary streamer; the Southwest Asia Service streamer
 and heritage,” said Maj. Phillip Woodward, the officer in charge of the per-       with three bronze stars; the Iraq Campaign streamer with four bronze
 sonnel support detachment, MACG-38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine            stars; the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary streamer and the Global
  Expeditionary Force.                                                             War on Terrorism Service streamer.
      During the event Col. Jeffrey Davis, MACG-38ʼs 24th commanding offi-              “The guys on the ground know their worth,” said Sgt. Maj. Howard
  cer, spoke to the Marines and visitors about the significance of the ceremony.    Long, the sergeant major of MACG-38. “A lot of what we do is
      “Forty-three years ago our colors were unfurled at [Marine Corps Air         transparent. Doing something like this shows them that we are a
  Station] El Toro,” said Davis during the ceremony. “Today, we remember,          significant unit.”

    Local charities benefit by millions from CFC donations
                                                                    knowing that other federal employees screen the organiza-       explained Mackar.
                             Lance Cpl.
                                                                    tions ... the choice of more than 2,500 charities ... and the        Donors can choose from more than 2,500 charities, with
                          Lisa M. Tourtelot                         convenience of payroll deductions.”                             273 charities in the San Diego area. Local charities include
                           C OMBAT C ORRESPONDENT                       Many federal employees have personal reasons to             Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego Inc., San Diego Habi-
                                                                    donate to the CFC.                                              tat for Humanity, San Diego Humane Society and SPCA,
        Sept.ember 1 marks the beginning of the annual fund             “I donate because (cancer) affects many, many Ameri-        Wounded Warrior Project and Susan G. Komen San Diego
    drive for the Combined Federal Campaigns and the unique         cans every year. They can find a cure,” said Gunnery Sgt.        Affiliate.
    opportunity for federal employees to donate to their favorite   Ryan Lincoln, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron                 The CFC screens potential organizations to ensure
    charities by payroll deduction.                                 gunnery sergeant, of his yearly contribution to the American    they meet specific eligibility requirements, such as a
        Last year, San Diegoʼs CFC raised more than 6 million       Cancer Society.                                                 tax-exempt status from the IRS and a certification the
    dollars for its various organizations.                              “I can provide my assets to finding a cure as soon as        organization provides human health and welfare services,
        “It was a big difference from 2008; a 21.7 percent          possible,” said Lincoln.                                        explained Mackar.
    increase,” said Lisa Mackar, assistant director of the San          Federal employees have the option of selecting an                “We know [federal employees] give of themselves
    Diego CFC, which encompasses all federal employees in           amount as low as $1 per pay period, which adds up to a $24      every day, but this is another way to give,” said Mackar.
    the San Diego area. Mackar cited an improving economy           donation each year to any CFC-sponsored organization a               The official campaign is scheduled to close Dec. 15.
    for the significant increase in donations.                       federal employee chooses.                                       however, payroll deductions continue year round.
        Mackar explained three important reasons to chose the           Small donations from individual employees add up                 For more information about donating, contact a CFC
    CFC.                                                            to a huge gift for CFC organizations. The San Diego             representative, or visit San Diegoʼs CFC website at
         “Itʼs the three Cʼs,” said Mackar. “The confidence of       area alone has the potential to raise $220 million a year,                                                                                                                                 September 3, 2010 Flight Jacket Page 6

  UFC hosts worst
  fight in history                   mixed martial artist? Bet-
                                     ter yet, why would you
                                     do it against former UFC
                                     heavyweight champion
                                     Randy Couture?
                                         Maybe the fat 43-year-
                                     old thought Couture, at
                                     47, had lost something.
                                     But the only thing lost was
                                     James Toneyʼs mind.
                                         The 5ʼ10” Toney, who
                                     began his career at 156
                                     pounds, lost 40 pounds
                                     training for this fight
                                     and still showed up at a
                                     sloppy, disgusting-looking
                                     237 pounds.
                                         Grossly out of shape                                                                                                 Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot
                                     and untrained in grappling,   The U.S. Military All-Stars and the San Diego Gulls face off in a charity game to support the Wounded War-
                                     Toney boasted before          riors Battalion West at the San Diego Ice Arena Aug. 28.
    Lance Cpl. Steven H. Posy the fight that anyone

   Editorʼs note: Lance Cpl. Posy
                                     who stood in the way of
                                     his right hand would get
                                     knocked out.
                                        Not only did he fail to
                                                                   Military takes on pros for charity                    vised by Sterling, only 17 formed the All-Stars.
                                                                                       Lance Cpl.
    is a regular contributor to the realize that most MMA                                                                    Every All-Star is a locally stationed service
                                    fighters are used to getting                    Lisa M. Tourtelot                    member and former high school, college or minor
      sports section of the Flight
    Jacket and an avid sports fan. knocked down and punched
                                                                                     C OMBAT C ORRESPONDENT              league hockey player, including Capt. Andrew
                                    repeatedly while on their                                                            Casci and Lance Cpl. Phillip Brown, both sta-
      Professional boxing           backs, he also failed to           SAN DIEGO -- An hour before the start of the      tioned at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
  was once a premier sport,         realize he stood no chance     game, the stands at the San Diego Ice Arena had          In the two previous games, the Gulls found
  but in the past two decades       in a ground fight.             begun to fill with more than 1,200 people to sup-     easy victory, acknowledged Sterling, but exhaus-
  its popularity has dimin-             Perhaps sold on the idea   port Wounded Warrior Battalion West and enjoy a       tive tryouts garnered serious and experienced
  ished, and the limelight has      that he could punch his        hockey game Aug. 28.                                  players who surprised the Gulls.
  shifted to mixed martial          way to victory, he tried it        Players from the now disbanded San Diego             The All-Stars started the game with a bang by
  arts. Now, boxers are jump- anyway. The end result was           Gulls reunited to face off against service members    scoring the first goal within minutes, and kept the
  ing ship and appearing on         beyond predictable.            on the U.S. Military All-Stars team to raise money    crowd on its feet with an aggressive offense.
  the MMA circuit.                      He walked across the       for local Wounded Warriors.                              In the playerʼs box, the All-Stars were pure
      James “Lights Out”            ring, got taken down,              Between ticket sales, donations and a raffle,     business, but often couldnʼt hold back smiles for
  Toney was once a great            beaten up and choked out.      the game raised approximately $3,000 for the          the love of the game.
  boxer with the punching               The most surprising        Wounded Warriors, explained Craig Sterling,              Army Maj. Jade P. Miller, the All-Stars assis-
  power to knock out the            thing about the whole fight    hockey director at the SDIA.                          tant coach, said that it was “nice to see these guys
  most formidable of adver-         was that he lasted three           The large turnout called for volunteers from      back from multiple deployments doing what they
  saries. His brilliant career      minutes - without needing      various SDIA classes and hockey teams to direct       love.”
  was highlighted by numer-         to eat a donut.                traffic and parking, as well as provide additional       The enthusiasm reverberated in a crowd that
  ous championships through-            This fight was an embar-   ticket-takers and concessionaires.                    cheered when either team scored or blocked a
  out the middleweight, super rassment to the UFC, and                 Although the Gulls are no longer an official      particularly close shot.
  middleweight, cruiser-            even more so to the failing    team, this is the third year its former members          Tensions on the ice ran high as the All-Stars
  weight and heavyweight            sport of boxing.               have volunteered to participate, explained Ster-      nipped at the heels of the Gulls throughout the
  divisions.                            Maybe boxers will take     ling.                                                 game; however, the Gulls ended the game with a
      Recently, Toney an-           this as a sign to stay away        “Itʼs a terrific charity event,” said Brad Bel-   13-9 victory.
  nounced he would fight            from mixed martial arts and    land, former Gulls vice president. “I would be           Although it was an intense game, players from
  in UFC 118 against MMA            keep their 10 million-dollar   here every time for it.”                              both the All-Stars and the Gulls remained on the
  legend Randy Couture.             purses for over-hyped, un-         Forty-five service members competed for a         ice to skate with eager fans, all to support Wound-
      Bad idea! Shame on you interesting boxing matches.           team spot, and after five rounds of tryouts super-    ed Warrior Battalion West.
  James, because thatʼs the             In the meantime, I wish
  dumbest thing Iʼve ever           James Toney a speedy
  heard.                            recovery, and I hope Randy
      Why in the world would        Couture literally knocked                                                                                      Lance Cpl. Steven H. Posy

  you enter the ring with a         some sense into him.
                                                                     Now available on
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       friday                   saturday                        sunday                      monday                    tuesday wednesday thursday
         3                         4                               5                           6                         7        8        9
                                *Open Cockpit Event, F-5,                                                            *Tobacco Cessation Class (1   N/MC Relief Society Budget          Anger Management I
                                   F-18, CH-46 & T-34                                                                           of 3)                   for Baby Class                      1 – 3 p.m.
                                     9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.                                                                11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.           9 – 10:30 a.m.                  Counseling Center
                                Flying Leatherneck Museum                                                                 Semper Fit Center              LINKS House                  858-577-6585 to register
                                         693-1723                                                                      858-577-1331 to register       577-1807 to register

                                                                                                                                                   FREE Golf Clinic for Active
                                                                                                                                                      11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                         Golf Course
                                                             MCCS FREE PRIZE
                                                              GIVEAWAYS...                                                                             Domestic Violence
                                                                                                                        SHOP AT THE                       Awareness
                                                              ITT/Travel Office: Old                                       MCX...                           1 – 3 p.m.
                                                              Town Trolley Gift Pack                                                                   Counseling Center
                                                             Winner will be drawn on                                60% off Effy Peridot             858-577-6585 to register
                                                                     August 31                                       Jewelry, Aug. 1 - 31
                                                            Stop in and fill out an entry      Paintball Mega        Labor Day Huge Sale              Career Resource Center
                                                                    form today!                                     and Clearance Sept.                 “Federal Jobs &
                                                                                            Arena open every                 1-6                         Applications”
                                                                                               Saturday and         Designer Month Sale                    1-3:30 p.m.
                                                                                           Sunday from 10 a.m.         Sept. 9 – Oct. 1                The Hub Room 132
                                                                                           to 5 p.m. east of the                                         858-577-6710
     • Sports Complex Marine Teen training Tues. & Sat. 858-577-4128/4129                      Miramar Inn
     • Deployment support for preschoolers, elementary and teenagers Mon.                     619-228-4446.
     through Wed. 858-577-4588
     • QOL Golf: Two Hours After Twilight free Golf for Active Duty

                                                        FINAL 2010 OPEN COCKPIT EVENTS AT THE FLYING LEATHERNECK AVIATION MUSEUM
                                                        Make sure to include the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum in your summer plans. They will be hosting the Open Cockpit
                                                        Events again this year. Experience sitting in the F-5 Tiger Cockpit, the F/A-18 Hornet Cockpit, the CH-46 Sea Knight Cabin
                                                        Section and the T-34 Mentor. The open cockpit events will be held from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on the following Saturdays and
                                                        Sundays, September 4 & 5. Call 858-693-1723 for more information.

                                                        TOBACCO CESSATION CLASS AT THE SEMPER FIT CENTER
                                                        Want to Stop Smoking? Semper Fit offers Tobacco Cessation Classes for Active Duty and Family Members. The three-class
                                                        series (must attend all three classes) is held on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Semper Fit Center. March class
                                                        dates are September 7, 14 & 21. Participants will receive education and pharmaceuticals to help kick the habit. Call 858-577-
                                                        1331 to register or for more information.

                                                                                                                                           Fri. Sept 3:
                                                                                                                                           Ramona and Beezus (G) 6:30 p.m.
    Get help paying for child care              Cockpit, the F/A-18 Hornet Cockpit,           a suggestion visit the ICE website at        Salt (PG-13) 9:00 p.m.
    Visit the National Association of           the CH-46 Sea Knight Cabin Section                           Sat. Sept 4:
    Child Care Resource and Referral            and the T-34 Mentor. The open cockpit                                                      Swap Meet 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Agencies website at         events will be held from 9 a.m. – 3:30        University of California San Diego           Ramona and Beezus (G) 1:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                           The Sorcererʼs Apprentice (PG) 6:30 p.m.
    to see information on eligibility for       p.m., Sept. 4 & 5. Call 858-693-1723          (UCSD) IR/PS                                 Inception (PG-13) 9:00 p.m.
    assistance to pay for and find child care    for more information.                         has visiting hours on station from 1530-
    services. Contact 1-800-424-2246 for                                                      1659, on the 2nd and Monday of each          Sun. Sept 5:
                                                                                                                                           *Despicable Me (Not 3-D) (PG) 1:00 p.m.
    information.                                ICE ready for use                             month. USCSD offers one year Master          *Predators (R) 6:30 p.m.
                                                The Interactive Customer Evaluation           of Advanced Studies in International
    Open Cockpit Events                         set up for Miramar is ready for use. ICE      Affairs Executive Degree. Brochures          Wed. Sept 8:
                                                                                                                                           Charlie St. Cloud (PG-13) 6:30 p.m.
    Make sure to include the Flying             is the internet version of the “Customer      are available at the Education Center in
    Leatherneck Aviation Museum in your         Suggestion Box” and is a Web-based            the Hub. Interested individuals should       Thurs. Sept 9:
    summer plans. They will be hosting          tool that collects feedback on services       make an apointment by emailing Renate        Ramona and Beezus (G) 2:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                           Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) 6:30 p.m.
    the Open Cockpit Events again this          provided by installations throughout          Kwan at, or calling
    year. Experience sitting in the F-5 Tiger   the Department of Defense. To submit          858-534-7420.                                *Indicates Last Showing                                                                                                                                        September 3, 2010 Flight Jacket Page 8

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