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                               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.”
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Never the same again:                                                                                                                           Editorial staff

           A bystander’s true story
                                                                                                                                                BRIG. GEN. LEONARD PATRICK,
                                                                                                                                                502ND AIR BASE WING

                                                                                                                                                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.
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;
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We started making the drive there almost                                                                                                        E-mail: talespinner@lackland.af.mil
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APRIL 22, 2011                                                                      TALESPINNER                                                                         PAGE 3
   Easter weekend events at Lackland
   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.

    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.slo@us.af.mil 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
   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

  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

                                                                                                                       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-
   Resembling the look of a Hill Country                           See SUPPORT P14
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                       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
                          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
                          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.
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                        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.”

  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)
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                                  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-
               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-
                  “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

 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
        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

  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.slo@us.af.
  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.slo@us.af.
  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
  802lrs.customerservice@us.af.mil or      Program. Maria Guerrero, TRICARE          tics and Transportation, San Antonio     active-duty members.                    is now 20 mph. Call 292-7233 for
  the 802lrs.lgrm@us.af.mil 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
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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

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.
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   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.
                                                                                                                           “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.
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                        3.4 – ASSIST PER GAME                                           said to be the “hardest worker”       how much hard work it takes to
                                                                                                                        they’ve ever coached.
6. 717th MI Bn
                                                       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.
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                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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