A P U B L I C AT I O N O F T H E 5 0 2 n d A I R B A S E W I N G – J O I N T B A S E S A N A N T O N I O L A C K L A N D A I R F O R C E B A S E , T E X A S • w w w. l a c k l a n d . a f . m i l • Vo l . 6 8 N o . 1 6 • A P R I L 2 2 , 2 0 1 1 INSIDE Commentary Recognition What’s Happening 18 2 6 PJ instructor earns DFC By Mike Joseph Staff Writer News & Features A pararescueman was awarded the Dis- tinguished Flying Cross with valor during a ceremony at Forbes Hall Monday. The Dis- tinguished Flying Cross is awarded to of- ﬁcers or enlisted members who distinguish themselves in combat by performing acts of heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial ﬂight. Studying TBI 3 Staff Sgt. John Hatzidakis, a pararescue instructor with the 342nd Training Squad- ron, received the medal from Lt. Gen. Douglas Owens, Air Education and Train- ing Command vice commander, for heroic actions during the evacuation of a critical- ly wounded British soldier near Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, March 19, 2009. Reunion tour 5 While en route to Camp Bastion, the HH-60G Pave Hawk carrying Sergeant Hatzidakis, ﬁve other crew members, and a wounded British soldier, was struck in the tail by a rocket-propelled grenade. Blown back by the explosion while at- Photo by Alan Boedeker tending to the soldier’s wounds, Sergeant Lt. Gen. Douglas Owens, Air Education and Training Command vice commander, presents Staff Hatzidakis immediately used his body to Sgt. John Hatzidakis with the Distinguished Flying Cross with valor during an awards presentation Center of excellence 13 shield the patient from ﬂying debris. He at Forbes Hall Monday. checked to see if others needed medical attention before assisting with damage as- INSIDE: PJs Honored Together • Page 4 damaged helicopter, a response of, “It’s sessment in the rear of the helicopter. actually ﬂying better,” was heard over the The attack came on a second trip out had just switched sides. radio. The pilot’s comment inadvertently of Lashkar Gah that day. Sergeant Hatz- “We didn’t see them (the attackers) from helped relieve the tension. idakis was rewrapping a bandage on the the aircraft. It must have been like we “The time between when Sergeant Hatz- wounded soldier’s arm when the RPG ﬂew over the bad guys and then Sergeant idakis’ aircraft was hit and the pilot’s com- SW military tournament 20 struck the aircraft about a quarter mile Hatzidakis’ aircraft came across,” said ment was very, very tense,” Sergeant Nil- away from Lashkar Gah, leaving the tail Sergeant Nilson. “I guess it was lucky for son said. “His pilot is a matter-of-fact kind section barely hanging on. the bad guys.” of guy who we knew from home base. I “I was just doing my job and what I Luck is also how Sergeant Hatzidakis think he literally meant it, that it was ac- thought was right,” Sergeant Hatzidakis described it. tually ﬂying a little bit better.” said. “(When we were hit) a lot of things “For some reason, they had a lucky After the damaged helicopter landed went through my mind. My ﬁrst thoughts shot,” he said. “But we had a lucky day safely at Camp Bastion, Sergeant Hatz- were to check my patient and team mem- and we’re all alive. An inch or two further idakis said the wounded British soldier ber, talk to the pilot, and then see if anyone toward the cabin where I was located and kept asking him, “What happened; what else was shooting at us.” one of us would have been hurt.” happened?” View the Talespinner online Staff Sgt. Christopher Nilson, the pa- The lead Pave Hawk circled back after “You had a real bad day,” he told his pa- at www.lackland.af.mil rarescue team leader onboard an accom- the attack for an in-air assessment. As the tient, who’d been shot earlier that morn- panying Pave Hawk, said the two aircraft pilots discussed maneuverability of the ing. “But, you’re all right now.” PAGE 2 TALESPINNER APRIL 22, 2011 COMMENTARY Never the same again: Editorial staff A bystander’s true story BRIG. GEN. LEONARD PATRICK, 502ND AIR BASE WING COMMANDER OSCAR BALLADARES, DIRECTOR, 502ND ABW OL-A PUBLIC AFFAIRS By Allen Blair of us, both boys and girls. We couldn’t wait to JOE BELA, SAPO Training Specialist get there and “get our groove on” by dancing CHIEF OF INTERNAL the night away. We always had a blast – at COMMUNICATIONS, 671-4111 It happened almost 20 years ago. I was least until that one night in February 1991. only 15 years old. Still seems like yesterday, That night my friends and I followed SHANNON CARABAJAL, probably because I still carry many feelings another car driven by a group of girls who MANAGING EDITOR, 671-1786 about that day. also wanted to hang out at the club. The MIKE JOSEPH, The “it” was a crime. The crime was a minute we got to the club, we were out on STAFF WRITER, 671-4357 rape. No, I wasn’t the victim. I wasn’t the the dance ﬂoor. perpetrator, either. However, I was involved. At one point during the night, while I was PATRICK DESMOND, Unfortunately, I didn’t involve myself enough. dancing with a young lady, I got a tap on my SPORTS EDITOR/STAFF WRITER, I knew in my gut something wasn’t right, shoulder. It was Kenny, one of my “boys” who 671-5049 but I didn’t act. Because I didn’t act, many I traveled with to the club. PAUL NOVAK, people, including me, have not been the same Kenny said that he and some of the other DESIGN/LAYOUT, 671-0478 since. guys were going outside with Sarah, one I was a freshman in high school, hanging of the girls who were in the other car. He out with my friends and starting to date girls. wanted to know if I wanted to go with them. Ofﬁce: I lived in a small town, so ﬁnding things to I looked at Sarah. She looked drunk. I was 1701 Kenly Ave. Suite 102 do could be challenging. I remember how pretty sure she had been drinking before we Lackland AFB, Texas excited we were when we found out about a even arrived to the club that night. I didn’t 78236-5103 (210) 671-1786; new teenage dance club in the adjacent town. know why they were going outside, but I (fax) 671-2022 We started making the drive there almost E-mail: email@example.com every weekend. It would usually be a group See NEVER P8 Commander’s Action Line: actionline@lackland. af.mil. DOD launches sexual assault response helpline Straight Talk: 671-6397 (NEWS) For advertising information: Prime Time Military Newspapers 2203 S. Hackberry San Antonio, Texas 78210 WASHINGTON – Defense Department (210) 534-8848 ofﬁcials launched the Pentagon’s newest (fax) 534-7134 initiative April 15 to support victims of sexual assault. This newspaper is published by The DOD Safe Helpline allows service Prime Time Military Newspapers, a members to click, call or text for victim private ﬁrm in no way connected with the U.S. Air Force, under exclusive writ- support services for themselves or oth- ten contract with Lackland AFB, Texas. ers. 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All photos, “We believe the Safe Helpline will pro- Helpline staff for personalized advice and mil. unless otherwise indicated, are U.S. Air vide DOD sexual assault victims with a support. (Courtesy of American Forces Press Ser- Force photos. Deadline for submissions variety of support outlets, which will lead Safe Helpline staff also can transfer vice) is noon Thursday the week prior to publication. APRIL 22, 2011 TALESPINNER PAGE 3 SLIMY News BRIEFS BASE EASTER ACTIVITIES Easter weekend events at Lackland include: Easter sunrise service, basic military training parade grounds behind 37th Training Wing headquarters, Bldg. 2484, Sunday, 7 a.m. Complimentary tickets will be distributed to the ﬁrst 400 attendees for breakfast at Mitchell Hall following the service. The alternate rain site is Freedom Chapel. For more information, call Freedom Chapel at 671-4208 or e-mail Chaplain (Capt.) Jonathan Runnels or Staff Sgt. Bradley Barkhauer. Chapel worship services, regularly scheduled times, Sunday. Easter Sunday brunch, Gateway Club, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Club members and trainees, $17.95; non-members, $20.95; ages 6-12, $9.95; aged 5 and under, free. PARENTING ORDER LEGAL CLINIC The Ofﬁce of the Attorney General of Texas will host a free parenting order legal clinic for military parents on May 11, noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Airman and Family Photo by Mark Kinkade Readiness Center. The clinics are for Chadwick Avery, Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment’s Technical Division, rakes up algae and garbage from the military parents who have questions about Eagleland Segment of the San Antonio River Tuesday. About 120 people from Joint Base San Antonio participated in the clean- their legal rights as parents, problems up project, which included picking up trash, pulling large weeds, and pulling algae from the river. The clean-up was part of San seeing or locating their children, changing Antonio Armed Forces Earth Day celebration activities held throughout JBSA and San Antonio this month. their visitation plan, etc. Family law attorneys and representa- tives from the Ofﬁce of the Attorney Gen- eral of Texas will be available to discuss common questions and concerns. For more information, contact the Lack- Study targets treatment for TBI land Legal Ofﬁce at 671-3362. By Sue Campbell TBI,” said Air Force Colonel (Dr.) Ran- members who suffer TBI on the battle- 59th Medical Wing Public Affairs dall McCafferty, Chief of Neurosurgery ﬁeld, it’s exciting to be part of this re- LACKLAND ELEMENTARY EVENT at BAMC and lead researcher on the search,” he said. The Books on Bases, Smiles on Faces Air Force doctors at Brooke Army TBI study there. “In fact, no medication Progesterone is a hormone found in program will be at Lackland Elementary Medical Center will soon begin a re- has been helpful in treating TBI in over the human body and is a Food and Drug School May 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. search study to see if progesterone 30 years.” Administration-approved medication Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, will can decrease damage from a traumatic Since there is no speciﬁc drug treat- that has been used for decades, but not read to the group at 1 p.m. Clifford the brain injury. ment for TBI, currently physicians try for treatment of TBI. Many animal stud- Big Red Dog will also attend. Traumatic brain injury is sudden to control blood pressure and oxygen ies show that giving progesterone soon Volunteers are needed one week prior damage to the brain caused by an out- levels to limit the amount of damage to after a TBI may reduce brain swelling and on the day of the event. side force such as a car crash, a fall, the brain. However, recent studies have and damage. Contact the Lackland School Liaison of- or something hitting the head. Every 15 shown that progesterone may be effec- “There are possible side effects as ﬁce at Lackland.firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer. seconds someone in the U.S. suffers a tive to decrease brain damage from a progesterone can increase liver en- major TBI and every ﬁve minutes some- TBI. zymes and the risk of blood clots and WHMC PARKING LOT CLOSURES one is forever disabled as a result of “Small studies in humans have shown infection, but since we do not have a Wilford Hall Medical Center Loop Road a TBI. that progesterone is safe and might de- treatment that is best for TBI, a person from parking lot A to the U.S. Highway 90 TBI is expensive to families and the crease brain injury. A large study is now entered into this study has a chance to gate will be closed for several years and society. The lifetime cost to care for a ongoing to ﬁnd out whether it is help- beneﬁt signiﬁcantly by participating,” WHMC parking lot B near the Highway 90 survivor of a severe TBI can be greater ful in treating TBI,” said Dr. McCafferty. said Dr. McCafferty. gate will be permanently closed to allow than $4 million and the total yearly cost “There are 17 medical centers across The ProTECT III study will involve in- for the construction of a parking garage. of TBI in the U.S. was almost $60 bil- the U.S. that are already participating dividuals who have suffered a TBI and The garage is scheduled to be com- lion in 2000. in the study and BAMC was recently are brought to the BAMC emergency pleted in approximately one year. “Even though it is a huge problem, chosen as an additional research par- department for care. For questions, call 671-0177. scientists have not been able to come ticipant.” up with a drug treatment that works for “Considering the number of military See TREATMENT P14 PAGE 4 TALESPINNER APRIL 22, 2011 Fitting tribute: PJs honored together By Mike Joseph gether as instructors. Staff Writer General Owens, who presented the medals in front of an audience that It was ﬁtting two decorated para- included pararescue trainees, said, rescuemen were recognized together “They have been through a great deal in an awards ceremony at Forbes Hall together and it is by no small design Monday. that they are here today as part of this Staff Sgts. John Hatzidakis and Chris- instructor cadre. topher Nilson are pararescue instruc- “These are two terriﬁc examples of tors with the 342nd Training Squadron. what the Air Force can do, and does do, They joined the Air Force at about the every day in terms of producing Airmen same time in 2002, went through pa- who can do it all,” he added. rarescue training together, and served Air Medals are awarded to mili- on the same team from the 129th Ex- tary members or civilian personnel peditionary Rescue Squadron during a who perform in combat, single acts of 2009 deployment to Afghanistan. heroism or meritorious achievements, The two PJs were given multiple hon- while participating in an aerial ﬂight. ors for their actions during that deploy- General Owens said the honorees ment. Sergeant Hatzidakis received the were the two most uncomfortable peo- Distinguished Flying Cross with valor ple in the auditorium. and an Air Medal, while Sergeant Nil- “I am sure they would much prefer son was awarded an Air Medal with to have the decorations sent to them Photo by Alan Boedeker valor for heroism. in the mail, put them on their service Staff Sgts. John W. Hatzidakis (center) and Christopher Nilson, pararescue Airmen with Lt. Gen. Douglas Owens, Air Educa- dress, and then go about their business the 342nd Training Squadron, received Air Medals from Lt. Gen. Douglas H. Owens, Air tion and Training Command vice com- of training all of you,” he said. “I’m Education and Training Command vice commander, during an awards presentation at mander, said it was no coincidence the honored to pin these medals you’ve Forbes Hall Monday. two pararescuemen were assigned to- earned in great fashion.” APRIL 22, 2011 TALESPINNER PAGE 5 World War II heroes visit JBSA By Robert Goetz “I cannot tell you how privileged 502nd Air Base Wing OL-B Public Affairs and honored I am to be with you today.” More than a dozen former Air- AFEES members started the day men who exempliﬁed the ﬁghting as honored guests at Lackland’s spirit of the Greatest Generation Air Force Basic Military Training saw the Air Force’s latest genera- graduation, then crossed town for tion up close last week. the AETC brief and tours of the Members of the U.S. Air Forces Taj Mahal and the 12th Flying Escape and Evasion Society, allied Training Wing’s 99th and 560th airmen who were forced behind Flying Training Squadrons. enemy lines only to avoid captiv- John Katsaros, AFEES’ current ity or escape from captivity, vis- president and a member since ited Lackland and Randolph Air 1986, said he was impressed by Force Bases April 15, a highlight what he saw at Lackland and of their four-day reunion in San Randolph. Antonio. “It’s amazing what they can “I absolutely understand that do with these kids in just eight we stand on your shoulders,” said weeks,” he said, talking about the Lt. Gen. Douglas Owens, Air Ed- BMT graduates. “At Randolph, I ucation and Training Command was so impressed by the ofﬁcers vice commander, as he welcomed there. The way they handled the the World War II aviators to an reunion was unbelievable.” AETC brief, the ﬁrst stop on their AFEES, which now has more trip to Randolph, and credited than 600 members, most of Photo by Robbin Cresswell them for their part in preserving Members of the Air Force Escape and Evasion Society watch the Air Force Basic Military Training the freedoms Americans enjoy. See HEROES P10 graduation parade April 15. PAGE 6 TALESPINNER APRIL 22, 2011 BMT HONORS Congratulations to the fol- Jay Connelley Stephanie Ashley Michelle Thiberville Flight 296 lowing 68 Airmen for being Richard Edwards Abbi Call Matthew Jarvis, 322nd TRS, selected as honor graduates Flight 290 Chelsea Dimarco 331st Training Squadron Flight 285 among 683 trainees graduat- Jason Beland Sharon Gulski Flight 291 Zachary Thorsky, 320nd TRS, ing today: Emmanuel Broussard Asia Hollingsworth Gregory Eilenstein Flight 296 Skyler Dobbin Lindsay Longtine Wessly Parker Kahlfanie Carabon, 324th 320th Training Squadron Joshua Luce Keonna Shaw Steven Santiago TRS, Flight 288 Flight 295 Jeffrey Schuitema Flight 292 Clinton Packham Tevin Tolver 324th Training Squadron Christopher Adams Female Airmen John Pahkala Flight 287 Saxon Hanwacker Asia Hollingsworth, 323rd Jeremy Sawmiller 322nd Training Squadron Norris Fields Trevor Kennon TRS, Flight 298 Nathanial Taylor Flight 285 Brett Shanks Clinton Mathias Corrie Smith, 323rd TRS, Flight 296 Kyle Brislan Flight 288 Joseph Morello Flight 298 Zachary Downey Eric Clyatt Aammata Xaymountry Marshall Rickards Sharon Gulski, 323rd TRS, Jared Fitts Christopher Silk Christopher Vore Flight 298 Alexander Grant John Walker 326th Training Squadron Jeffrey Weaver Jacob Jerzewski Flight 293 Jonathan Welsher Male Flights Aaron Lewis 323rd Training Squadron William Butler Blake Westbrook 320rd TRS, Flight 296 Andrew Meier Flight 297 Colton Ford Paul Wozniak 323rd TRS, Flight 297 Jeremy Rasmussen Colton Garrett Adam Gates Brandon Rothrock David Kenzler Robert Guerrero Top BMT Airman Female Flights Nicholas Sevigny James Klaszky Kyle Hauck Jacob Jerzewski, 320th TRS, 323rd TRS, Flight 298 Zachary Thorsky Matthew Lanham Paul Reinhart Flight 296 322nd TRS, Flight 286 Alexander Wilson Nathan Reynolds Tayn Waterworth Nicholas Shipley Flight 294 Most Physically Fit Top Academic Flights 321st Training Squadron Flight 298 Victoria Allstott Male Airmen 321st TRS, Flight 290 Flight 289 Kandiann Ashley Cathryn Mahoney Alexander Wilson, 320th TRS, 331st TRS, Flight 292 BUBBLE TIME Gateway Showcase Staff Sgt. Joseph Green: 344th Training Squadron Duty title: Military Training Leader Time in service: Nine years Hometown: San Diego, California First Sergeant’s comments: As Military Train- ing Leader, Staff Sgt. Green counsels, mentors and guides more than 200 Airmen on a daily basis. He also directs more than 7,000 non-prior service Air- men each year and is responsible for safeguard and Courtesy photo upkeep of more than $10.2 million assets and dor- mitory facilities. Most recently, Sergeant Green was elected President of Joint Base San Antonio’s inau- gural MTL Association where he is charged to lead ond Sha m r 47 MTL peers. As MTL in charge of all drill and ia ceremony for the 344th Training Squadron, Sergeant p D Green has coordinated numerous events in which drill and saber teams comprised of non-prior ser- vice Airmen have showcased their talents through- out the 37th Training Wing. He also pioneered the ﬁrst ever 344th TRS satellite ﬁtness center where acquired $30,000 in gym equipment which greatly enhanced the overall ﬁtness and health of more than 200 military and civilian staff. He is the “go to guy” for almost anything and ensures all things are done superbly, and in a timely manner. Sergeant Green constantly exempliﬁes dress appearance standards for his peers and Airmen to emulate. Photo by Robbin Cresswell – Master Sgt. Marcus Glover Hilda Perales opens bubbles for children during the Fiesta celebration at the Lackland 344th Training Squadron First Sergeant Child Development Center April 15. The celebration included games, arts and crafts, music, food, family photos and piñatas. APRIL 22, 2011 TALESPINNER PAGE 7 Associated Press photo by Eric Gay First Lady Michelle Obama, left, visits with Tech. Sgt. Israel Del Toro, 342nd Training Squadron, and other wounded warriors during a tour of the Warrior and Family Support Center, April 13. First Lady, Dr. Biden spotlight warrior family center support Story and photo by Maria Gallegos home, the 12,500 square foot facility BAMC, Public Affairs now called the Warrior Family Support Center came a long way from a small First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. meeting room in the Powless Guest Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe House formerly known as the Soldier Biden, visited Brooke Army Medical and Family Assistance Center in De- Center, April 13, as part of their two- cember 2003. day tour to launch a national initiative Realizing the need to expand the called “Joining Forces.” facility to accommodate the increas- Joining Forces is a campaign de- ing population of wounded warriors signed to mobilize all sectors of society and their families, local and national to support and honor America’s service communities came together to open the members and their families. new facility in December 2008. The campaign’s goals are to enhance The WFSC is supported by dona- the well-being and psychological health tions from businesses, organizations of military families, ensure excellence and communities around the world; the in military children’s education and funding for operational expenses is se- their development, develop career and cured from the Army Support Activity. educational opportunities for military Its facility is staffed by civilian person- spouses, increase child-care availabil- nel, volunteers and wounded warriors ity, and improve quality of life. with more than 470,000 individual vis- While at Brooke Army Medical Cen- its since it ﬁrst opened in 2003. ter, the ﬁrst lady and Dr. Biden spent The facility offers a “living room” private time with wounded warriors environment for the wounded warriors and their families, toured the Warrior and their families to take a break from Family Support Center and met with their medical appointments to relax, key leaders of Brooke Army Medical watch a movie on a big-screen, play Center and the Center for the Intrep- video games, check email use the inter- id. Resembling the look of a Hill Country See SUPPORT P14 PAGE 8 TALESPINNER APRIL 22, 2011 NEVER from P2 knew that I didn’t want to leave the dance ﬂoor or the young lady I was dancing with. I told them to go without me, so they left. Before I knew it, the night was coming to an end. I wandered back out in the parking lot, looking for my friends. That is when I saw Sarah. She was crying. When I asked her what was wrong, she said, “They hurt me.” She wouldn’t tell me who hurt her, what happened, or anything else. Just, “they hurt me.” She walked away toward where her friends had parked. I was confused and concerned. I caught up with my friends and asked them if they knew what happened. They said they took Sarah outside and just “kicked it,” or hung out. I felt something was strange, so I asked them again. They said nothing happened – they just hung out. My friends and I made the trip back home. I found out the next morning that Sarah went to the police station instead. I discovered my friends were capable of doing the unimaginable. What they called “hanging out” actually involved each of them taking turns, viciously raping Sarah. She was their friend. I was her friend. I could have stopped it. Looking back, I should have asked more questions about their intentions, gone with them to protect Sarah or stopped Sarah from going. But instead of thinking about Sarah, I thought only of myself. I rationalized away the red ﬂags I noticed, including seeing Sarah vulnerable and intoxicated, all because I didn’t want to be bothered. But being inconvenienced to help a friend could have saved another person a lifetime of pain. Why didn’t I do something? I think about that quite a lot. Some people use my age at the time as a defense. Teenagers can act stupid, self centered. Could I have ever imagined this would happen? No, but that’s not an excuse for not helping out someone who appeared vulnerable. For me, the bottom-line is, no matter what the situation, there is NEVER an excuse for not being a good Wingman. EVER. I learned a lot about my friends and about myself that night. This event happened almost 20 years ago, and it was a life altering experience for me. I share this story with the young Airmen I train today. I want to do my best to help them out before they ﬁnd themselves in the same situation that Sarah and I were in back in 1991. I wonder how Sarah is doing today. I wonder if she thinks about me too. PAGE 10 TALESPINNER APRIL 22, 2011 HEROES from P5 stapo and twice he escaped with the assistance of the French Resistance them from World War II, dates back before struggling over the Pyrenees to 1964, when a reunion in Buffalo, Mountains into Spain. N.Y., brought together American avi- Retired Air Force Col. Steve Mac ators who had escaped from enemy- Isaac, an AFEES director who was occupied territory during World War lead planner for the reunion, said he II and their European “helpers.” Les- was introduced to the organization lie Atkinson, a reserve captain in the when he was serving as the 6th Air French Air Force, and Ralph Patton, Refueling Wing chief of staff at Mac- an AFEES founder, had separately en- Dill AFB, Fla. He said his commander visioned such an organization before asked him to assist AFEES members they began to communicate and lay during one of their reunions. the foundation for the society. “Once you’re around one, you can In addition to airmen, the organi- never say no,” he said. “My father was zation includes helpers, their family a World War II pilot and I lost him. It members and friends. was like hanging out with his broth- Mr. Katsaros, who survived a B-17 ers.” bailout over France in 1944 despite Mr. Mac Isaac, who now lives in being badly injured, said he owes his New Mexico, said the San Antonio life to his helpers. reunion was the organization’s fourth “Without the French Resistance and “ﬁnal” reunion, coming on the heels the many people who treated me like of reunions in Savannah, Ga., site of their son, brother or uncle, I would Hunter Army Airﬁeld; Dayton, Ohio, not be alive today,” he said. “I have home of the Air Force Museum; and so much regard for the French Resis- the Air Force Academy in Colorado tance and the French people. I go and Springs, Colo. visit them often.” “Every year we take them to a place Mr. Katsaros, who now has homes that is signiﬁcant in their history,” he in Florida and Massachusetts, chroni- said. “Randolph is one of those places cled his experiences in the book “Code where aviation was most prominent. Burgundy – The Long Escape.” There’s so much history there.” He was a 20-year-old waist gunner Mr. Katsaros said he is looking for- on a B-17 that was en route to bomb ward to a reunion in Albuquerque, a factory in Frankfurt, Germany, when N.M., next year, but in the meantime their aircraft was riddled with anti- there is plenty of unﬁnished busi- aircraft ﬁre and he was injured by ness. shrapnel. “There are a lot of fellows we have He assisted some of his crew mates, to get in so the organization won’t but was forced to bail out and, after die,” he said. “We want all the airmen a 25,000-foot free fall, broke six ribs, from Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghani- fractured both ankles and broke his stan and other wars who evaded the right arm, beginning a three-month- enemy. I am about the youngest one long ordeal to escape to freedom. from World War II who is still living Twice he was captured by the Ge- and I am 87.” 43.2% APRIL 22, 2011 TALESPINNER PAGE 11 JBSA schedules strategic planning workshop Edwards Aquifer Level A strategic planning work- The format for the work- quality of life. in feet above sea level shop for Joint Base San Anto- shop has been designed to This project develops a nio will take place April 25-27 provide each attendee a plat- web-based comprehensive at a local venue. form for direct participation Installation Master Plan and The workshop is being con- and to help inform the infra- Capital Investment Plan for CURRENT LEVEL* = 657.2’ ducted as part of the ongoing structure framework of the JBSA. process for the Joint Base Joint Base as we move for- This plan will address the *determines Joint Base San Antonio water conservation stage San Antonio Integrated Mas- ward in the future. relationships between the In- ter Plan. This work has immediacy stallations and the functional To kick off the workshop, due to JBSA now operating areas within to integrate them an ice breaker event will be at FOC effective as of Oct. 1, into a comprehensive long- held for workshop attendees 2010, and in the context of term regional plan. Normal - above 660’ and community stakeholders. multiple ongoing strategic ef- The plan encompasses: At the April 26-27 session, forts. • Randolph Air Force Base Stage I - 660’ a diverse group of decision- The Master Plan will es- • Fort Sam Houston Stage II - 650’ makers from the Joint Base tablish the framework for • Lackland Air Force Base Partnership Council and ma- decision-making with regard • Canyon Lake Recreation Stage III - 642’ jor mission partners will work to the future development of Area Stage IV - 640.5’ together with professional fa- Joint Base San Antonio. • Seguin Auxiliary Airﬁeld cilitators and physical plan- It incorporates elements • Camp Bullis Stage V - 637’ ners to craft a vision for JBSA such as operational, environ- (Courtesy 502nd Air Base – today and into the future. mental, urban planning and Wing) PAGE 12 TALESPINNER APRIL 22, 2011 F iesta 2011! Photo by Robbin Cresswell Col. William H. Mott V, 37th Training Wing commander, presents Fiesta medals to Sam Bell Steves II, Fiesta San Antonio Commission; William Franklin Mitchell, King Antonio LXXXIX; and Bill Drain, El Rey Feo LXIII, during the Lackland Fiesta Military Parade April 13. The parade showcased Lackland to Fiesta-goers as more than 1,000 people representing the 37th Training Wing, 802nd Mission Support Group, 59th Medical Wing and Lackland Independent School District passed in review. Photo by Robbin Cresswell Tech. Sgt. Lisa Drefke, Tech. Sgt. Kristin Foley and Master Sgt. Rosemary Castillo- Photo by Alan Boedeker Sartin, Air Force Band of the West, perform as the Andrew Sisters during the Fiesta Military ambassadors salute as they pass on their ﬂoat during the Battle of Flowers in Blue Concert April 12 at Laurie Auditorium in San Antonio. This year’s theme was Parade in downtown San Antonio April 15. “Heroes to Remember, A Salute to Our Veterans.” APRIL 22, 2011 TALESPINNER PAGE 13 Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Barnett 59th Medical Wing Public Affairs When the troops deploy, they are issued weapons and armor. Knowing the improvised explosive devices and enemies that they may encounter, their armor consists of vests that contain bullet-proof plates. Many wear knee and elbow pads. Their helmets are Kevlar and they are issued hearing protection to defend against the loud, often very close, explosions. They carry all of this despite intense desert heat and sun. But among the most important to their mission is their M-16 riﬂe. Unfortunately, the troops encounter a problem; there is a conﬂict between their hearing protection and proper use of their riﬂe. In the heat of battle, when lives are at stake and the heavy weight of gear and the stress of heat is ignored, the riﬂe is chosen as the ﬁrst priority and the hearing protection is ultimately left behind. The troops do what they have to do in order to accomplish the mission and return home. In the process, their ears take the brunt of extremely loud explosions and shocks. “I was the ﬁrst otolaryngology member deployed as part of the head and neck surgical team. I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2004,” said Col. (Dr.) Joseph Brennan, 59th Medical Wing Otolaryngology Program director. “I saw 600 to 700 patients, and the number of hearing loss injuries was the most by far.” Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark Packer performs operative care and inspection on U.S. Army Specialist James Tillery’s ears at Wilford Hall In response, the National Defense Authorization Medical Center's Hearing Center of Excellence March 2. Working to further the medical science, Dr. Packer is the director of act was established in 2009, pushed forward by the several Department of Defense-directed Centers of Excellence and is an otolaryngologist. Specialist Tillery was injured by California’s Congressman Duncan Hunter, the an improvised explosive device during a tour in Afghanistan. He is being treated for tympano-mastoidectomy with ossicular ﬁrst Marine combat veteran of the wars in Iraq reconstruction at Wilford Hall and is currently stationed at Fort Polk, La. and Afghanistan elected to Congress, according to his website. It states that the Secretary of As patients are seen and information is collected, it association. The incidents of tinnitus and hearing Defense shall establish, within the Department of is added to a national auditory registry, coordinated loss rose throughout the war from 2001 and are Defense, a center of excellence in the prevention, at Wilford Hall. This enables the information to be rising; there has been a 12-18% increase in the diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation shared to continuously improve practices and the rate of injuries. of hearing loss and auditory system injuries. For knowledge database. So the scope or magnitude of the problem is that this, it authorized the development of centers for The Hearing Center of Excellence is a collaborative, it is a highly prevalent injury in relation to all other excellence. integrated effort from the Department of Defense injuries, Dr. Packer explained. “The ﬁrst to begin operation was the disability and Veterans Affairs to focus on auditory system “We’re looking at all aspects of care for our troops center of excellence,” said Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark injury prevention and care for the beneﬁt of the to counter such injuries,” he said. “The organization Packer, 59th Medical Wing Hearing Center of service member, Dr. Packer explained. is set up to be the virtual hub for this system where Excellence director, “The next was the vision center Its mission is to heighten readiness and to the executive ofﬁces will be here at Lackland and of excellence which looked at ocular injuries. The continuously improve the health and quality of life we’ll have a small staff that coordinates, integrates hearing/vision and extremity and amputation center for members of the Armed Forces and Veterans and facilitates the care and research that happens of excellence followed. through advocacy and leadership in the development at other medical centers.” “The surgeon general really looked at military of initiatives focused on the prevention, diagnosis, The spoke sites are the six medical centers: Wilford health services and designated the Air Force as the mitigation, treatment, rehabilitation, and research of Hall, Brooke Army Medical Center, the National lead to develop these Centers of Excellence.” hearing loss and audio-vestibular system injuries. Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, While Dr. Packer’s specialty is otolaryngology, “The most common diagnosis for today’s injuries Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, and his hospital contains the Hearing Center of is tinnitus, the perception of sound within the human D.C., the National Capillary, and Madigan Army Excellence, he has a much larger role than that. ear in the absence of corresponding external sound, Medical Center. This totals six research labs and The coordination for these Centers of Excellence and the second is hearing loss,” said Dr. Packer. six centers. is centered at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Dr. Within the era of the Golf War conﬂict there have “Our goal is to interconnect those principle Packer said, “I was designated as the director. This been nearly 750,000 cases of tinnitus and 700,000 investigators and doctors so they can have a is one of ﬁve congressionally mandated Centers of cases of hearing loss that were service-related, he Excellence.” said. These became claims to the veteran’s beneﬁts See INJURY P14 PAGE 14 TALESPINNER APRIL 22, 2011 TREATMENT from P3 from Informed Consent. study. Dr. McCafferty and SUPPORT from P7 fought with honor, and EFIC guidelines require members of his team will be shame on us if we forget If individuals meet the the BAMC emergency de- scheduling town hall meet- net, take a nap or grab a their sacriﬁce.” research criteria, they will partment to attempt, for ings with various organiza- coffee in a safe environ- Mrs. Obama pointed be included in the study one hour, to locate a legally tions in the San Antonio ment. out the Warrior Fam- unless they have indicated authorized representative area to explain the study It is where they can ily Support Center is a they do not wish to partici- to get permission to enter and assess public opinion. reconnect during medi- prime example of what Be pate in advance. a patient into the study. “The study has not been cal treatment and restart the communities can do “Normally people have If an LAR cannot be lo- ofﬁcially approved or start- their lives with the full to assist and support mil- Responsible! ample time to decide cated in that time, the pa- ed here yet and we are ea- support of the military itary families. Seat Belts whether they want to par- tient will be started on the ger to hear comments from community. “The thing that is amaz- Save Lives! ticipate in a research study, study medicine without anyone in the San Antonio The facility also sched- ing, one of the reasons but individuals who have consent, but the treatment area who has a concern or ules more than 48 ac- why we wanted to come just suffered a TBI are not can be stopped if an LAR is wishes to voice their sup- tivities every month with to this facility, is because, Buckle Up alert enough to understand located and objects to the port,” said Dr. McCafferty. opportunities to attend as Judy explained, all of And Wear the study or to consent,” study. “We are excited to proceed sporting events, movie this that you see around said Dr. McCafferty. If a person does not want and be part of something night, plays at the Ma- is donated by the commu- Yours! “The study medicine has to be in the study they will that may beneﬁt future jestic Theater, concerts, nity – 100 percent of ev- to be given quickly, so there be able to log on to the Pro- TBI patients at home and Fiesta, shopping trips, ery salary, of every brick, may not be enough time to TECT III website at www. at war.” luncheons and dinners, of every piece of wood, of reach a legal guardian who protectiii.com to sign up for For more information bingo, ﬁshing trips and every bit of food, this is can give permission.” the opt-out registry. about ProTECT III, contact more. all done by the commu- Therefore, this study will EFIC rules also require the study team at 916-1827 All activities are do- nity,” Mrs. Obama said. fall under very speciﬁc fed- the researchers to inform or access the research web nated from various com- “This family center is eral rules called Exception the community about the site at www.protectiii.com. munities and are free of an example of how com- charge to the warriors munities step up and sup- and their families. port the military families “Everything in this and the troops, and they building [WFSC] is all do it with their own dol- donated from the com- lars, with their own en- munity. Without the ergy,” she added. community’s support, America needs thou- this facility would not be sands of more commu- standing here today,” said nities like San Antonio Judith Markelz, program to step up to support manager for the Warrior military families, Mrs. Family Support Center. Obama added. For more “The work we do here information about the is secondary to what “Joining Forces” initia- they have done for us. tive, visit www.white- They [wounded warriors] house.gov/joiningforces. INJURY from P13 platform to talk to each other and to develop the best practices which will then translate into the medical centers and care for our patients,” Dr. Brennan said. The research has led to various advancements in technology that help service members, depending on their speciﬁc mission, protect their ears without hindering their weapons. “We’re looking for better ways to treat pre- and post deployment-related tinnitus injuries. Those sorts of things are already happening and help us to better understand the problem,” said Dr. Brennan. “The more we understand the problem, the better we can treat it.” APRIL 22, 2011 TALESPINNER PAGE 15 LACKLAND AFB CHAPEL 2011 Stay up-to-date during special events SPRING HOLY DAY SCHEDULE and rough skies. Call 671-NEWS FOR PERMANENT PARTY PERSONNEL AND TECHNICAL TRAINING STUDENTS Catholic and Protestant Services Regular Sunday Services at Freedom Chapel Holy Week and Easter Services Orthodox Christian Easter Sunday, April 24 Today Airmen Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 5432 2 p.m., Catholic Good Friday 9:30 a.m., Orthodox Christian Service Service, Freedom Chapel, Bldg. 1528 5 p.m., Protestant Service, Jewish Services Freedom Chapel, Bldg. 1528 Airmen Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 5432 Holy Saturday, April 23 Passover 8 p.m., Catholic Easter Vigil, April 25 – 26, 8 – 10:30 a.m. Freedom Chapel, Bldg. 1528 Shavuot Easter Sunday, April 24 June 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Evening Service 7 a.m., Easter Sunrise June 8 – 9, 8 – 10:30 a.m., Service, Parade Grounds Shavuot Morning Service APRIL 22, 2011 TALESPINNER PAGE 17 COMMUNITY Local BRIEFS ALCOHOL EDUCATION BOOTH For self registration questions, Medical Center, will address the each month at Grady’s BBQ, 6510 Bariatric Clinic at 292-2210. The Alcohol and Drug Abuse contact 802nd LRS customer service TRICARE programs. San Pedro Avenue. Prevention and Treatment Ofﬁce will at 671-3801, 671-3611 or 671- For more information or to reg- The association brings together HOMESCHOOL FAIR, CURRICULUM SWAP have a booth at the mini mall today, 2575. ister, contact Audrey Jolivette, EFMP the military, government, and A homeschool fair and curriculum 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for Alcohol Aware- coordinator, at 671-3722. commercial sectors to enhance swap is May 20, 9 a.m. to noon, at ness Month. JUMP IT OUT NIGHT knowledge, broaden professional the Lackland Youth Center. Drunken goggles will demonstrate The Wilford Hall Medical Center HYPERTENSION EDUCATION CLASS horizons, assist local and military Available at the event are the effects of alcohol, and free items Auxiliary hosts a free “Jump It Out” A hypertension education class is communities, and share experience homeschool curriculum publish- are available at the booth. Night, Thursday, 6:15 p.m., for fami- May 2, 12:45-3:30 p.m., at Wilford and expertise from all realms of ers, learning products, games and For more information, contact lies of deployed military members at Hall Medical Center. The class is logistics. educational toys, and resources for Senior Airman Julie Branham at Pump it Up the Inﬂatable Party Zone, open to anyone interested in learning For more information on the San Joint Base San Antonio homeschool- 292-4452. 7723 Guilbeau Rd., Suite 102. more about hypertension. Antonio chapter or membership, ers. Parents currently homeschooling Each family will have 75 minutes Contact the Nephrology Clinic at contact Victor Wherry at 652-3305 or can offer used curriculum for sale CLASSIFIED ASSETS REGISTRATION on the bouncers and slides, followed 292-6868 for more information or to (830) 422-1547. or swap. Today is the deadline for all by free pizza, drinks, and door prizes. register for the class. For more information or to be a equipment and supply custodians For more information or to RSVP, DIABETES RESEARCH STUDY vendor, e-mail Lackland.email@example.com. who receive classiﬁed assets to be e-mail Martha Zarr at mczarr@satx. PISTOL MATCH COMPETITION The Wilford Hall Medical Center mil. registered in enterprise solution-sup- rr.com. The 37th Training Support Bariatric Clinic is looking for ply with the standard asset supply Squadron will hold an elementary individuals with Type 2 diabetes SCHOOL EVENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED system migrating to ES-S. TRICARE SPECIAL NEEDS SEMINAR level excellence in competition pistol to participate in a research study, Career day speakers and ﬁeld day Self registration instructions are An informational brown bag match May 21. The pistol match is “Sleeve gastrectomy versus medi- volunteers are needed to help local available at https://www.my.af.mil/ seminar on TRICARE special needs open to any military member. cal management for remission of schools. E-mail Lackland.firstname.lastname@example.org. gcss-ess/ess/admin/user/access/ is April 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., For more information, call 671- diabetes in mild to moderately obese mil for more information. useraccess/index.shtml. Completed at the Airman and Family Readiness 4541. patients.” customer information should be Center. Military medical beneﬁciaries WHMC SPEED LIMIT CHANGE e-mailed to 802nd Logistics Readi- The seminar is sponsored by the LOGISTICS GROUP MEETS MONTHLY aged 18-65 with Type 2 diabetes The posted speed limit for roads ness Squadron customer service at Lackland Exceptional Family Member The Association for Global Logis- are invited to participate, excluding around Wilford Hall Medical Center email@example.com or Program. Maria Guerrero, TRICARE tics and Transportation, San Antonio active-duty members. is now 20 mph. Call 292-7233 for the firstname.lastname@example.org inbox. operations chief at Brooke Army chapter, meets the ﬁrst Thursday For more information, contact the more information. CHAPEL SERVICES KEY FAMILY SUPPORT RESOURCES Christian Airmen Memorial Chapel Sunday: Religious Ed., 4:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy, 9:30 a.m. Gateway Chapel Air Force Aid Society 671-3722 Catholic Religious Ed., 10:45 a.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Wicca Airman & Family Readiness Center 671-3722 Tuesday-Friday: Latter Day Saints 1st Wednesday: Airman’s Attic 671-1780 Freedom Chapel 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Freedom Chapel Room 8, Base Post Ofﬁce 671-1058 Daily Eucharist, 11:30 a.m. Protestant San Antonio Military Open Bowling Center 671-2271 Saturday: Wilford Hall Chapel Circle, 6 p.m. DEERS 800-538-9552 Wilford Hall Chapel Gateway Chapel Traditional Service, 1:30 p.m. Exceptional Family Member Program 671-3722 Mass, 11 a.m Seventh-Day Adventist Buddist Family Child Care 671-3376 Service, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Islamic Sunday: Legal Ofﬁce 671-3362 Saturday: Friday: BMT Reception Center, Library 671-3610 Freedom Chapel Sunday: Defense Language 10 a.m. - noon. Eucharist, 5:30 p.m. Airmen Memorial Chapel Institute Medical Appointment Line 916-9900 Reconciliation after Eucharist Liturgical Service, 8 a.m. Student Center MPF ID Cards 671-6006 Faith Study, 1:30 p.m. Outdoor Recreation 925-5532 Sunday: Freedom Chapel Jummah Prayer, 1:30-2:30 For more information, TRICARE Info 800-444-5445 Freedom Chapel Contemporary Service, p.m. contact the chapel staff: Thrift Shop 671-3600 Religious Ed., 9 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Sunday: Eucharist, 11 a.m. Gospel Service, Religious Ed., 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Freedom Chapel • 671-4208 Lackland Enlisted Spouses’ Club www.lacklandesc.org 12:30 p.m. Lackland Force Support Squadron www.lacklandfss.com Wilford Hall Chapel Children’s Church Jewish Gateway Chapel • 671-2911 Lackland ISD www.lacklandisd.net Mass, 3 p.m. provided Friday: Religious Ed., 11 a.m. Airmen Memorial Chapel Hope Chapel • 671-2941 Lackland Ofﬁcers’ Spouses’ Club www.lacklandosc.org Orthodox Wednesday and Thursday: Sabbath Eve Service, WHMC Chapel • 292-7373 Lackland Public website www.lackland.af.mil Sunday: Bible Study, 6 p.m. 5:45 p.m. My Air Force Life www.MyAirForceLife.com PAGE 18 TALESPINNER APRIL 22, 2011 What’s Happening � � Family Support Events APRIL 25 day, at the Airman and Family Readi- meets for Bible study May 5, 6 p.m., MONTHLY MEETINGS PERFORMING ARTS GROUP MEETING RETURN AND REUNION SEMINAR ness Center. The Lackland Performing Arts at Freedom Chapel. A return and reunion seminar is The program is presented by the Group meets May 4, 6-7 p.m., at For more information, call 671- Monday, 2:30-3:30 p.m., at the Air- Department of Labor and the Texas ENLISTED SPOUSES’ CLUB Arnold Hall Community Center. 4208. man and Family Readiness Center. Workforce Commission, and focuses The Lackland Enlisted Spouses’ Club meets every third Tuesday of the month “Expressions,” an open micro- The seminar is an informal on how to job search and employ- at the AFRC, Bldg. 1249. For more information, visit www.lacklandesc.org. phone forum, follows the meeting MAY 10 forum about the stress families and ment-related topics. from 7-9 p.m. DISABILITY TAP SEMINAR OFFICERS’ SPOUSES’ CLUB individuals experience during their For more information, call 671- For more information, call 671- A disability transition assistance The Lackland Ofﬁcers’ Spouses’ Club meets every third Tuesday of the separation. 3722. 2619 or 671-2352. program seminar is May 10, 11 a.m. month at the Kelly Club. For more information, visit www.lacklandosc.org. For more information or to make to noon, at the Airman and Family MILITARY COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN reservations for the seminar, call APRIL 28 The Military Council of Catholic Women meets the ﬁrst Friday of the month, MAY 3-5 Readiness Center. 671-3722. PROTESTANT WOMEN OF THE CHAPEL TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM The seminar provides separating 10 a.m., at Freedom Chapel. For more information, call 671-4208. Protestant Women of the Chapel A three-day transition assistance or retiring personnel with information APRIL 26 meets for Bible study Thursday, 6 program for separating or retiring on the criteria and beneﬁts to be PROTESTANT WOMEN OF THE CHAPEL p.m., at Freedom Chapel. reservations for the seminar, call study, call 671-4208. military personnel is May 3-5, 7:45 considered a disabled veteran. Protestant Women of the Chapel For more information, call 671- 671-3722. a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, at the Air- For more information, call 671- meets for Bible study Tuesday, 10 4208. MAY 4 man and Family Readiness Center. 3722. a.m., at Freedom Chapel with children MAY 3 RIGHT START ORIENTATION The program is presented by the ministry during the meeting. MAY 2 PROTESTANT WOMEN OF THE CHAPEL Right Start Orientation, a class Department of Labor and the Texas FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT SEMINAR For more information, call 671- RETURN AND REUNION SEMINAR Protestant Women of the Chapel designed for Lackland newcomers, Workforce Commission, and focuses A seminar on “How to Apply for 4208. A return and reunion seminar is meets for Bible study May 3, 10 a.m., is May 4, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the on how to job search and employ- Federal Employment” is May 10, 1-3 May 2, 2:30-3:30 p.m., at the Airman at Freedom Chapel with children Gateway Club. ment-related topics. p.m., at the Airman and Family Readi- APRIL 26-28 and Family Readiness Center. ministry during the meeting. For more information, call 671- For more information, call 671- ness Center. TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM The seminar is an informal For more information on the Bible 3722. 3722. The class teaches participants A three-day transition assistance forum about the stress families and how to enhance the job-hunting WWW.LACKLANDFSS.COM program for separating or retiring individuals experience during their MAY 5 process. military personnel is Tuesday through separation. PROTESTANT WOMEN OF THE CHAPEL For more information, call 671- Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. each For more information or to make Protestant Women of the Chapel 3722. APRIL 22, 2011 TALESPINNER PAGE 19 SPORTS Upcoming NEXT WEEK’S FC2 WORKOUT: The workout is total rounds of three deadlifts, 95-percent of From underdog to undergrad maximum lift, six hand-release push-ups, 10 barbell jump Stacey guard earns NAIA overs and 20 overhead dumbell lunges in 10 minutes. Division I basketball ride ZUMBA JAM By Patrick Desmond runs during summer vacation The free, two-hour Latin Sports Editor or hours-long free-throw shoot- dance workout is May 7, 10 ing sessions. a.m., at the Chaparral Fitness During his formative years at His sophomore year, Desmond Center. Stacey High School, all of Des- started coming into his own and mond Clark’s coaches and train- even earned a starting role on a JBSA GOLF CLASSIC ers agreed: they weren’t sure the very talented 2008-2009 squad, The three-day Joint Base 5-foot-8 guard would make it on which included his older brother. San Antonio Military tourna- their team, much less with a col- That year, Stacey went on to earn ment is played May 28-30 at legiate basketball program. its ﬁrst-ever state championship the Randolph, Lackland and Stacey coach Mike Flores re- appearance. Fort Sam Houston golf courses. members the freshman at ﬁrst “Playing with my brother for Entry, $130 per player, is due glance. my ﬁrst year of varsity helped May 20. He thought, “I guess there’s a me develop a lot faster than oth- chance he could get to college ers,” he said. CHEER CLASSES and play.” At the same time, he was regu- The instructional cheer Fast forward four years, the larly playing with AAU teams the classes, for children 5-12 years senior was now accepting a full Jayhawks and Overtime Select. old, are held Fridays at the ride to play with the St. Gregory’s Stacey missed another run youth center gym. Call 671- University NAIA Division I bas- into the postseason his junior 2388 for more details. ketball program. year. By now, more and more of The event April 12 celebrated the responsibility was falling on Scoreboard Clark’s determination to not be his shoulders as Stacey’s second denied on the court. leading scorer. SOFTBALL “Playing basketball on the “We ran a lot of plays to get National W L next level has always been a him the ball in situations where 1. NIOC 2 0 dream of mine and I am truly he could score or make a play 2. 433rd AW 1 0 blessed,” Clark said after signing for someone else,” Flores said. 3. 802nd OSS 1 1 the letter of intent. “It means a “I usually also put Desmond on 4. Navy-Marines 1 1 lot … it shows that through the other team’s best perimeter 5. 543rd Spt Sq 1 1 prayer and hard work anything player.” Stacey starter 6. 93rd IS 0 1 can happen.” As a senior, Clark helped Sta- . 7 688th IOW 0 2 That day, there was another cey back to the Region IV ﬁnal. (2008-2011) American W L agreement among the coaches. “Those experiences helped 1. LAB 2 0 Coming from Amateur Athletic me be a more determined com- 2. Crypto Div 1 0 12.9 – POINTS PER GAME Union coaches, trainers and his petitor,” Clark said about the two high school coach, Desmond was postseason runs. “It showed me 3. 701st MP Bn 4. Security Forces 1 1 0 1 3.4 – ASSIST PER GAME said to be the “hardest worker” how much hard work it takes to they’ve ever coached. 5. AFISRA 6. 717th MI Bn 0 0 1 1 2.9 – REBOUNDS PER GAME “He always tried his best on become a winner.” Now, he’s ready for more. As 7 624th OC . 0 2 2.13 – STEALS PER GAME the court and I could never ques- tion his effort,” Flores said. a college freshman, Clark said he hopes to maintain at least Competitive W L 1221 – TOTAL POINTS At a smaller stature than many 3.5 GPA and have impact on the 1. Radiology 3 1 other players, Desmond used the team. 2. 737th TRG 3 1 height disadvantage to fuel his In the long term, his plans 3. 343rd TRS 2 2 passion for basketball. include studying for a career in 4. CES 2 2 Photo by Tony Morano Speaking about the younger sports medicine and playing bas- 5. FSS 2 2 Clark’s determination, both his ketball overseas. Desmond Clark speaks to a group of supporters during an event celebrating 6. 668th ALIS 2 2 father, David Jr., and older broth- And, if that sounds like too his signing of a letter of intent to play basketball at St. Gregory’s University, . 7 149th FW 2 2 April 12 on the Stacey High School campus. Members of the Clark family and er, David III, recall Desmond’s in- much to handle, just tell him he 8. Dental 0 3 coaches and trainers all spoke at the event, while members of the faculty and delible work ethic, whether that can’t – it will probably make him staff, and Desmond’s friends were all in attendance. manifested in daily three-mile want it that much more. PAGE 20 TALESPINNER APRIL 22, 2011 Photo by Alan Boedeker Fort Leonard Wood’s Brandon Har- ris beats a Fort Bliss defender to the baseline, ﬁnding a lane to the bas- ket during the Southwest Military Athletic Conference championship at the Warhawk Fitness Center. By Patrick Desmond They were ready to keep running. scoring runs and a 30-21 lead. teammate Harris kept pace, scoring 10 of Sports Editor Watching Fort Bliss play into the cham- After the ﬁrst scoring run, Fort Bliss his team-high 17 points in the ﬁnal half. pionship the game before, Fort Leonard remained stubborn, getting points in the “We were well rested and able to keep Its ﬁrst time qualifying for the South- Wood coach Howard Reed knew exhaus- paint, while Lorenzo Gathers hit a 3-point- our composure to ﬁnish the way we’re sup- west Military Athletic Conference basket- tion would be a factor. er to tie the game at 17-17. posed to,” Harris said, ball tournament, Fort Leonard Wood was “We deﬁnitely wanted to up the tempo Not to be outdone, Fort Leonard Wood The 9-point halftime lead began to bal- determined to make it count. to keep them on their heels,” he said. “We quickly regained the lead in its next pos- loon. First to 20, then 30 before game’s And with host team Lackland – SWMAC knew that fatigue would start to set in at session and never looked back. end. champion the past ﬁve years – missing the some point.” Harris beat his defender to the baseline Following a Gatorade shower and pre- cut, the road to the title was wide open. But not at the very start. Fort Bliss’ for a layup, kick starting a 13-2 run to ﬁn- sentation of the ﬁrst place trophy, the win- “We won a few tournaments already, so tough interior defense was messing with ish the ﬁrst half. ning coach looked back at his ﬁrst year I knew we had a pretty good chance. I was their game plan. The eventual champions Fort Leonard Wood continued its domi- with Fort Leonard Wood. conﬁdent,” said Larry Wilcox, swingman had to ﬁnd a work around. nance in the second half, outscoring Fort He credited the team’s success to great for Fort Leonard Wood. “We were settling for our jump shots,” Bliss 40-25. discipline, esprit de corps and team play. Not only did Fort Leonard Wood make Fort Leonard Wood guard Brandon Harris Fort Leonard Wood’s conﬁdent swing- “Everyone knows his role,” he added. their ﬁrst trip count, but they blew out No. said. “Once we changed our focus, lanes man, Wilcox, caught ﬁre, sinking four “That’s one of the pillars we play by.” 1 seed Fort Bliss, 70-46, for the champion- opened up more. The big men were able 3-pointers during the ﬁnal 18 minutes to Fort Leonard Wood beat Dyess Air Force ship Sunday. to kick it back out, and then we could shot add to the deﬁcit. Base in the ﬁrst round and Fort Sill AFB, After three straight victories, including fake and go by them.” “I kind of got in the zone,” said Wilcox, Okla., in the quarterﬁnals before taking on a semiﬁnal win over Fort Bliss to send the Now scoring with more ease, Fort Leon- the tournament MVP. “I wanted this bad. Fort Bliss in the semiﬁnals and ﬁnals. team into the loser’s bracket, conﬁdence ard Wood really got going, with quick tran- It’s one of the best groups I’ve ever been Both Fort Leonard Wood and Fort Sill was swelling within the 12-member squad sitions on fastbreaks and setting up on around, and I wanted to give it my all.” will play teams from the three other con- from Missouri. defense. By halftime, they had two large While Wilcox was sharpshooting, his ferences for a National title May 20.