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ReseRvist helps put knowledge in deployeRs’ pockets, pg. 4-5 Welcome Home! Also In ThIs Issue: Eliminating vouchEr middlE mEn Wing to host dining out in novEmbEr halloWEEn safEty tips 908th Airlift Wing, Maxwell AFB october 2010 2 S o u t he r n F ly e r Com m e n ta ry N e w s / Com m e n ta ry o c tobe r 2 0 1 0 3 Southern Where Do I Fit in Today’s Fight? Step into the future M ost of us are aware but we also deploy our wing members Flyer that Secretary Donley to fill individual requirements. and General Schwartz For instance, Col Clark is cur- Ch. (Maj.) David Dersch By SSgt Mary Evelyn Baxter 908th AW/FM out your paperwork and turn it in to your squadron-appointed travel voucher examiner. By the way, if have established five pri- rently performing a criti- Step into the future by using the Vol. 47 Issue 09 “Welcome Home.” you don’t know who your examiner orities to guide the Air cal function in support of new electronic system of filing your October 2010 These are some of the most beau- is, check the list below. Force’s future. General the ground component travel voucher — e-Finance. tiful words in the English language. To close the loop on filing your Stenner has shaped the commander in South- E-Finance is used for multi-status They have taken on added meaning voucher with e-Finance, submit a Table of Contents orders such as IDT, ADT, ADSW, Air Force Reserve priori- west Asia as part of a since I’ve come back “home” to the school, AT, MPA, civilian, etc. Once copy of the tracking sheet submis- ties as supporting pillars joint force. These discrete 908th recently after 18 months. It’s a voucher is submitted it electroni- sion from e-Finance to the wing 02 Commentary Col. Robert H. Shepherd upon which we can taskings give our Airmen great to be back in time to welcome cally routes from you the member, to finance office when you turn in your focus our efforts. a chance to participate home our Airmen who have spent your supervisor, to the FSO, then to Pay Document. Either way you file 03 Travel Vouchers: Cutting I’d like to further as their schedules permit the last four months superbly doing Ellsworth where it should process in your vouchers or take care of your out the middle man highlight our wing’s role and often in areas outside seven to 10 business days. travel, we are here to help. what they have trained to do. And 04-05 908th Reservist helps in sustaining our their specific skill. now they’re home. What a feeling! Filing your travel voucher For more information you can Col. Robert H. Shepherd aim field guide project combat capability 908th Wing Commander We must also re- It’s important to realize that the through e-Finance allows you to cut access the e-Finance website via the where the rubber tain the capability of warm glow of reunion will some- out the middle man and the op- AF Portal, or directly via their web 06-07 Our deployers return address at https://www.my.af.mil/ meets the road. responding to emerging threats. As what fade as we face the cold reality portunity to view the status of your home from SW Asia efinanceprod/GovWarning.aspx. AF Priority: Partner with the members of the Selected Reserve, we of fitting back in. Like it or not, voucher at any time. 08 Wing will host Dining Out Joint and Coalition team to win represent the first layer of that capa- e-Finance cannot be used for To access user guides, FAQ’s, and things aren’t exactly the same after a event in November today’s fight bility through voluntary service and supplementals, accruals, partial to find other helpful information long absence. There may be drastic 09 All Hallow’s Eve: Keep USAFR Priority: Provide an involuntary mobilization. We offer a vouchers, or when performing mili- about e-Finance visit the e-Finance differences, like the arrival of a new tary/civilian conversions or MPA to Workspace CoP at https://www. your kids safe operational, combat-ready force place for trained Airmen to continue family member or pet. There may be RPA conversions. When you have a afkm.wpafb.af.mil/community/views/ 10 Newcomers, Retirements, while maintaining a strategic reserve their service after leaving the active small ones, such as new procedures voucher of this nature, you will fill home.aspx?Filter=AF-FM-FH-03. Promotions 908 AW Mission: Provide force, as well as providing a starting in the shop. Whatever the case, those unrivaled theater airlift and flexible point for some folks. who return and those who receive 11 UTA schedule/ General info combat support across the spectrum Our ability to organize, train and them both have to re-adjust. Unit Travel Voucher Examiners of military operations equip — our UTA focus points — at The process of finding a new 12 Back Page No one can doubt that winning the same readiness level as our active AES Ms. Cook LRS SMSgt Rollins normal after a long absence is called AES Maj Hilyard MOF CMSgt Dearth today’s fight is an immediate concern component counterparts gives us “re-integration.” Don’t let this word and we are meeting the challenge. this ability to join the fight at a mo- AMX CMSgt Alexander MOF MSgt Watts Public Affairs scare you or make it sound difficult. AMX MSgt Sims MSF Ms Hails We have just welcomed back a large ment’s notice. Re-integration is simply getting com- PA Officer: Lt. Col. Jerry Lobb group of ops and maintenance per- We’re in the fight every day and APS MSgt Ballentine MSF SMSgt Roy Editor: Gene H. Hughesl fortable and adjusting to the changes APS TSgt Owens MXG CMSgt Corporon Writer: VACANT sonnel — mostly volunteers — who stand ready to answer our nation’s that occurred while away. supported the AEF in Southwest Asia, call tomorrow, too. APS CMSgt Whited MXG TSgt Lazenby It’s getting you back into the flow AS SSgt Livingston MXS SMSgt Eubanks of your family or unit. AS SMSgt Molloy MXS CMSgt Scott Southern Flyer Sometimes there are bumps in ASTS TSgt Dunning OG SSgt Livingston the road as we re-integrate. This is ASTS Maj Woodsmall OG SMSgt Molloy This funded Air Force Reserve Command newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. military services. Contents of the “Southern Flyer” are not normal. Accept the bumps and don’t AW TSgt Mitchell OSF SSgt Livingston necessarily the official views of or endorsed by the U.S. Government, Department of Cover photo: Defense or the Department of the Air Force. Editorial content of the “Southern Flyer” is edited, prepared and provided by the 908th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office. All photos get bent out of shape. However, if AW Ms Ray OSF SMSgt Molloy Friends and family members of are Air Force photos unless otherwise indicated. the bumps continue, or become CES SMSgt Fenn SVF SMSgt Godwin We solicit articles, drawings and photographs and reserve the right to edit materials the 908th Airlift Wing gathered at to conform to “Southern Flyer” editorial policies. Because of the printing and mail-out mountains, don’t be afraid to seek CES MSgt Pfeiffer SVF TSgt Mason schedule the newspaper goes to press on Friday, two weeks prior to the unit training Maxwell AFB to welcome home ap- some help with the re-integration. CF MSgt O’Connor SFS TSgt Foote assembly. The submission deadline for articles or information is the Monday two weeks prior to proximately 150 members after their Our chapel section is always avail- CF SMSgt Williams SFS MSgt Oliver the UTA. Send inquiries and submissions to 908AW/PA, 401 W. Maxwell Blvd., Maxwell four-month deployment. AFB, AL 36112 or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our phone number is (334) U.S. Air Force Photo/ 953-6804 or DSN 493-6804; our fax number is (334) 953-2202 or DSN 493-2202. For information about this schedule, call this office at (334) 953-7874. able to help. We can help keep the LRS MSgt Geiselman SFS TSgt Williams Gene H. Hughes warmth in the “welcome home.” 4 S o u t he r n F ly e r N e w s F e at u r e N e w s F e at u r e o c tobe r 2 0 1 0 5 Climatizing aCross Cultures Reservist helps produce expeditionary field guides to aid Airmen acclimate to strange surroundings By Gene H. Hughes specific classes on Iraq and Afghani- get nothing accomplished.” information, select photographs, 908th AW Public Affairs stan and computer-based training, When Carver came aboard the design pages and produce the guides When servicemembers deploy, it’s the Expeditionary Airmen Field field guide project, the information on time and within budget. Starting not uncommon for them to receive Guides for Iraq and Afghanistan has for the Iraq guide and most for the with $850,000, Carver provided the a variety of classes on the geography, been making a successful splash since Afghanistan guide had already been initial 250,000 guides printed for history, people, customs and courte- they first came out. accumulated in Word-version text. a cost of $400,000, or less than $2 sies of the area of operations to which “The question was how to train The first task was to pass the text per guide. The guides were printed they’ll be sent. In the War on Terror, a total force of 507,000 Airmen, around through the anthropologists in March and are currently being these countries are thousands of years and specifically, more than 100,000 and cultural experts, to make sure distributed. Approximately one-third old and are ex- deployers, in an Air Force way.,” Maj. facts were not only correct, but care- of the guides have been passed out so tremely complex. Carver said. “But Dr. Dan Henk and fully worded. far, including one for each graduate of With this kind Mr. Hank Finn at the AFCLC had a “You have to be very wary, es- an AU school. of information, vision of what was needed, and the pecially in religion,” he said. “Ev- “So far the only responses we’ve American military result was the formation of the cen- erything has to be presented from a gotten on them have been ‘These are personnel can avoid ter’s Expeditionary Skills Training.” neutral point of view. We just wanted great, Send us more.’” cultural clashes and The first issue was getting some to present the facts. A lot of people Following meetings with the 17th giving offense in sort of “instant training” that could who may have spent time in Iraq, and Air Force at Ramstien AB, the USAF cARveR extremely sensitive be provided to everyone quickly. are now deploying to Afghanistan for component of AFRICOM, the CLC areas, like religion. A major problem The next problem dealt with putting the first time, might make assump- and Carver are about to expand the with classes is that there’s not enough training aids into Airmen’s hands, tions that everything’s the same. And “library” to include six African coun- Courtesy photo/357 AS information, or far too much, and les- something that could be easily refer- it’s not. It’s very different. tries. Major Carver recently returned Recently deployed members of the 908th Airlift Wing, including Master Sgt. Pam enced and referred to when needed. “One example of a topic we from Botswana, not only to work on Rhodes and Lt. Col. Ken Ostrat, were some of the first Airmen to make use of the Expe- sons are often dismissed or forgotten. That’s really where the Expeditionary wrangled with was how to say that in the guide, but also to produce the ditionary Airmen Field Guides in Southwest Asia. The military has been develop- ing easy-carry manuals, for decades, Airmen Field Guide concept came Islam, Muslims believe that the Jew- Visual Expeditionary Skills Training, slated for production by the end of further. but the concept still hasn’t been into being. ish and Christian scriptures have been (VEST) the Tier Three-level, for that the fiscal year. As a follow on to the field guides, perfected yet. Major Charles Carver, Air Force expeditionary skills corrupted and the Koran is the only country. While CLC is focused on the the AFCLC has been working to commander of the 908th Logistics training is broken into four tiers. The perfect word of God. How do you ex- “I took a lot of pictures and video. guides as a strictly Air Force tool, produce a scenario-based “choose- Readiness Squadron, has been part of field guides fall into Tier Two: area- plain that Muslims believe they, Jews The (U.S.) embassy had community Carver said requests from other orga- your-own-ending” video training an Air Force Culture and Language specific general knowledge needed by and Christians all worship the same relations people, and I met with the nizations, such as the Defense Lan- tool. The VEST episodes for Iraq and Center (AFCLC) project here at deployers. God, but Jews and Christians don’t? Botswana Defense Force’s public guage Institute, have been received. In Afghanistan are slated to be released Maxwell that might have the answer. “You have a meeting scheduled We had to work hard to make sure affairs officer,” He said. I got to play fact, Maj. Carver just filled a request in FY11. “Our overall task is to deliver cul- at 10 a.m., but your native opposite it was worded right so it wouldn’t be tourist and see some things, but with for 50,000 Afghanistan field guides “As a logistics specialist, I’ve typi- ture training to over 507,000 Airmen doesn’t arrive until noon,” he said. offensive to anyone who read it. the goal of being able to read a script from the US Forces-Afghanistan staff. cally dealt with supporting a whole across the total force, and more spe- “Due to your schedule, you no longer “My concern is that Airmen who and decide whether a scenario is “Since they’re the Cadillac of cul- unit to deploy to a combat environ- cifically to 100,000 deployers across have time, but to simply bow out and have strong views would flip through relevant for an Airman deployed to ture guides in the DoD, General Pa- ment. Now it’s the fact that I’ve been all ranks and career fields, although leave might be taken as an insult. As the guide and get the impression that Botswana or not. treaus wants all his Soldiers, Marines, able to have an effect across the entire we also help enhance the training of an Airman, you’re under pressure to it endorses Islam, and dismiss the “I also sat down with some of 17th Sailors, and Airmen in the FOBs to Air Force in a mission-focused, yet our special ops and other specialized get your mission accomplished, but if guide altogether, thereby losing the Air Force’s people who have been there have one,” he said. non-combat way, has been pretty career fields,” he said. you transfer the pressure to your host benefits.” and listened to their stories.” There might be a possibility that neat. Hopefully, this will help us Aside from culture-general and nation counterparts, you’ll probably Carver’s main task was to edit He said the African guides are the guide project might expand even avoid the combat environment.” S weet Home A labama 6 S o u t he r n F ly e r Cover Story H i r io v e r n t o r y C n g a S A RT o c tobe r 2 0 1 0 7 By Gene H. Hughes a large section of the North Atlantic and In addition to its duties as part of the medical and aerial port Airmen, departed 908th AW Public Affairs disrupted a huge volume of trans-Atlantic war on terror, two aircrews of the 908th also for a four-month tour in Southwest Asia Approximately 150 members of the and European air traffic. took part in humanitarian relief missions during January. 908th Airlift Wing returned to their home The Reservists provided airlift in sup- to Pakistan after that country was struck by The wing also provided rapid humanitar- base recently after a four-month deployment port of United States Central Command for devastating floods in late July. The Alabama ian response when earthquakes struck the to Southwest Asia. The main body arrived Operation Iraqi Freedom, recently renamed Reservists participated in the delivery of island nation of Haiti. via a commercial airliner late Oct. 17, while New Dawn. During the deployment, the more than 60,000 pounds of food and sup- “We’re very proud of the sacrifices made the unit’s C-130 Hercules transports and wing’s aircraft and crews transported people plies. by our warriors and their families,” said Col. aircrews arrived during the next two days. and cargo in support of Operation Iraqi It has been an active year for the 908th. Robert H. Shepherd, wing commander. The Reservists, aircrews and maintenance Freedom, recently renamed as Operation After being graded as deployment ready by “Their efforts during the deployment, to personnel, departed in May. Their departure New Dawn. One aircrew was recognized Air Mobility Command at its Operational include forward deploying to support a sig- was held for several days due to the huge by its parent deployed command, the 379th Readiness Inspection in December, the unit nificant humanitarian relief operation, were cloud of ash spewing from the Eyjafjalla- Air Expeditionary Wing, for safety awards worked furiously to prepare for duty over- vital to our nation’s defense and in keeping jokull volcano in Iceland. The cloud covered for the months of May and June. seas. Several members of the unit, mostly with our traditions of service.” U.S. Air Force photos/ Lt. Col. Jerry Lobb & Gene H. Hughes 8 S o u t he r n F ly e r E n l iu t e d tC a l l i n g Aro s nd he W hol id ay S a f e t y o c tobe r 2 0 1 0 9 908th AW to host first Dining Out in a decade Halloween Safety Tips BEFORE HALLOWEEN: • Take extra effort to eliminate trip- • REMIND TRICK-or-TREATERS: • Plan costumes that are bright and ping hazards on your porch and walk- •By using a flashlight, they can see Tix available through squadron 1st shirts reflective. Make sure that shoes fit way. Check around your property for and be seen by others. By Lt. Col. Donna Roberts good food and beverages, beautiful well and that costumes are short low limbs, wires or garden hoses that • Stay in a group and communicate 908 ASTS decorations, and a guest speaker. All enough to prevent tripping, entangle- may prove hazardous to young chil- where they will be going. wing members are encouraged to ment or contact with flame. dren rushing from house to house. • Only go to porch-lit homes. The 908th Airlift Wing is plan- attend and bring a guest. The attire • Consider adding reflective tape or • Remain on well-lit streets and ning a Dining Out for the evening of striping to costumes and Trick-or- always use the sidewalk. for the evening is Mess Dress for PRE-HALLOWEEN NIGHT: Nov. 6 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Treat bags for greater visibility. • If no sidewalk is available, walk at officers. Enlisted personnel’s attire is • A good meal prior to parties and 300 Tallapoosa St. in Montgomery. • Secure emergency ID (name, ad- the farthest edge of the roadway fac- mess dress or military semi-formal. trick-or-treating will discourage It will honor our wing members for dress, phone number) discreetly ing traffic. Refer to AFI 36-2903 for pictures youngsters from filling up on Hal- their dedicated service and welcome within the costume or on a bracelet. • Never cut across yards or use alleys. and details of attire. Civilian attire is loween treats. home our deployed members. • Because masks can limit or block eye- • Consider fire safety when decorating. • Never enter a stranger’s home or The event will begin with a cock- formal or semi-formal. sight, consider non-toxic makeup and Do not overload electrical outlets with car. tail hour at 6 p.m., followed by the decorative hats as safer alternatives. holiday lighting or special effects. • Obey all traffic and pedestrian dinner at 7. Rules of the Mess: Tickets are available in each squadron with First Sergeants as the point of contact. Ticket prices • When shopping for costumes, wigs • Always keep Jack O’ Lanterns and regulations. A Dining Out represents the 1. Thou shalt arrive within 10 min- are as follows; and accessories, look for and purchase hot electric lamps away from drapes, • Never run across a street. most formal aspects of Air Force utes of the appointed hour. E1 - E4 and guest: $35 each only those with a label clearly indicat- • Only cross the street as a group in decorations, flammable materials or social life, bringing together unit 2. Thou shalt make every effort to E5 - E6 and guest: $45 each ing they are flame resistant. areas where children will be standing established crosswalks (as recognized members of all ranks in an atmo- meet all guests. E7 and above: $55 each 3. Thou shalt move to the mess • Think twice before using simulated or walking. by local custom). sphere of camaraderie, good fel- Alumni: $55 each when thou hear the chimes and knives, guns or swords. If such props • Plan and review with your children • Remove any mask or item that lowship, and social rapport. Formal remain standing until seated by the 12.Thou shalt fall into disrepute with must be used, be certain they do not the route and behavior which is ac- will limit eyesight before crossing a military dinners are a tradition in all President. thy peers if the pleas of thy appear authentic and are soft and ceptable to you. Agree on a specific street, driveway or alley. branches of the US Armed services. 4. Thou shalt not bring cocktails or cummerbund are not properly faced. flexible to prevent injury. time when revelers must return home. • Don’t assume the right of way. The Army refers to it as the lighted smoking material into the 13.Thou shalt also be painfully re- • Obtain flashlights with fresh batter- Motorists may have trouble seeing • Along with flashlights for all, older regimental dinner; while the Ma- mess. garded if thy clip-on bow tie rides ies for all children and their escorts. children and escorts should wear a Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one 5. Thou shalt not leave the mess at an obvious list. Thou shalt be for- rines and Coast Guard describe it as • Plan to use only battery powered lan- wristwatch and carry coins for non- car stops, doesn’t mean others will! whilst convened. Military protocol given, however, if thou also ride at a Mess Night. The Navy and Air Force overrides all calls of nature. comparable list. terns or chemical lightsticks in place of emergency phone calls. • Never consume food items or traditionally call it Dining In. When 6. Thou shalt participate in all toasts 14.Thou shalt consume thy meal in a candles in decorations and costumes. • Confine, segregate or otherwise drinks that may be offered. spouses and guests are invited, it is unless thyself or thy group is manner becoming gentlepersons. • Teach children how to call 9-1-1 prepare household pets for an eve- • No treats are to be eaten until they referred to as “Dining Out.” honored with a toast. 15.Thou shalt not laugh at ridicu- (or their local emergency number) if ning of frightful sights and sounds. are thoroughly checked by a parent. The origin of formal military 7. Thou shalt ensure that thy glass is lously funny comments unless the they have an emergency or become • Law Enforcement authorities Be sure that all dogs and cats are always charged when toasting. President first shows approval by dinners can be traced to the con- lost. Remind them that 9-1-1 can be wearing collars and proper ID tags. should be notified immediately of 8. Thou shalt keep toasts and com- laughing. tinental army of General George ments within the limits of good taste 16.Thou shalt express thy approval dialed free at any payphone. • Remind all household drivers to any suspicious or unlawful activity. Washington, with Air Force customs and mutual respect. Degrading or in- by tapping thy spoon on the table, • Review with your children the remain cautious and drive slowly enhanced by General Hap Arnold sulting remarks will be frowned upon clapping of thy hands will not be principle of “Stop-Drop-Roll”, should throughout the community. AFTER TRICK-OR-TREATING: during World War II. Most military by the membership. However, good tolerated. their clothes catch on fire. • Adult partygoers should establish a • Wait until children are home to units plan this event every ten years. natured needling is encouraged. 17.Thou shalt not question the deci- • Openly discuss appropriate and inap- designated driver. sort and check treats. 9. Thou shalt not murder the sions of the President. propriate behavior at Halloween time. The 908 Airlift Wing’s last Dining • Though tampering is rare, a re- Queen’s English. 18.When the mess adjourns, thou Out was in 2000. • Consider purchasing individually WHEN TRICK-OR-TREATING: sponsible adult should closely ex- 10. Thou shalt not open the hangar shalt rise and wait for the President The theme of this year’s Dining doors (talk shop) and guests to leave. packaged healthy food alternatives (or • A parent or responsible adult amine all treats and throw away any Out is “The Airmen’s Creed”. There 11.Thou shalt always use the proper 19.Thou shalt enjoy thyself to thy safe non-food treats) for those who should always accompany young spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious are plans for a band with dancing, toasting procedures. fullest. visit your home. children on their rounds. items. 10 S o u t he r n F ly e r Ne ws Briefs 12 908th Airlift Wing Presorted First Class Welcome Newcomers! 401 W. Maxwell Blvd. U.S. Postage PAID Maxwell AFB AL 36112-6501 Permit #700 Montgomery, AL To the Family of: Gaining Maj. Gregory W. Slayton, 25 APS SrA Cynthia J. Fogelman, AW Altitude TSgt. Cladie L. May, SVF SrA Jeffrey Gnann, AW SSgt. Erick J. Anderson, MXS SrA Jeremiah McGough, 25 APS Enlisted SSgt. Christopher Gardner, LRS SrA Samantha M. Shipley, 25 APS Master Sergeant SSgt. Ashley Guerro, 25 APS A1C Kisha K. Irvins, 25 APS SSgt. Shiera B. Irving, ASTS AB Amber A. Alexander, ASTS Prentice D. Tucker SSgt. Christopher M. Peterson, CES AB Theresa Eatmon, LRS SrA Kashif Z. Chowhan, ASTS AB Mekesha J. Leavell, 25 APS Technical Sergeant DID YOU KNOW? Melissa L. Bayer Christopher S. Moore Health records are the prop- filling out a release form located Jeffrey K. Paul erty of the United States Govern- at the 908 ASTS front desk. Joshua W. Phillips ment, not the individual. Do you have your original Staff Sergeant Maintenance of health records medical and/or dental records? If at the MTF is required IAW AFI so, please turn them over to 908th Chad S. Braunschweig 41-210. Patients may request a ASTS personnel as soon as pos- William T. Garrison copy of their medical records by sible. Amber T. Jackson Senior Airman Christopher B. Bridges Employer Day Nominations Claudia A. Caldwell Kelvin L. Kendrick Brittany N. Kramer Employer’s name/title:________________________________ Matthew R. Mulligan __________________________________________________ Airman First Class Company/organization:_______________________________ Christopher T. Adams __________________________________________________ Airman Company mailing address:____________________________ Anna P. Corban __________________________________________________ Dominique L. Montgomery Dustin C. Smith Employer’s phone number:____________________________ Brian K. Tice Gregory S. Vandiver Nominating Reservist name:___________________________ Your civilian job title:_________________________________ Congratulations! Employer Day Thanks to everyone who nominated Employers will see your part of the Nominations close Oct. 8! Fill out their pastors and ministers for this year’s wing mission and how their support of the form above and return it to the Pub- Oct. 1 Clergy Day, but we still need your service helps accomplish that mis- lic Affairs office, Bldg. 1056, room 100 nominations for the Nov. 5 Employer sion. They will also get an opportunity or fax it to (334) 953-6355. Due to the Day. This events will provide your su- to learn about the Air Force Reserve, time factor, the information also can be pervisors and managers a firsthand look and your activities over the past year. E-mailed to email@example.com. at what you do, including a local area Employers Day is planned for Nov. 5, For more information, call the PA office orientation flight. the Friday before the November UTA. at (334) 953-6804/7874.