August 2004 Vol. 50 No. 7
Brig. Gen. Dutch Remkes
Chief, Public Affairs
Lt. Col. R. Steven Murray
Superintendent, Public Affairs
Senior Master Sgt. Linda Brandon
Staff Sgt. Marti Ribeiro
This funded Air Force magazine is an
authorized publication for members of the Purple Heart
U.S. military services. Contents of the
Recruiter are not necessarily the official Brig. Gen. Dutch Remkes, Air Force Recruiting Service com-
view of, nor endorsed by, the U.S. mander, awards the Purple Heart to Master Sgt. Greg Elmore
government, the Department of Defense, during an Aug. 11 ceremony at Boerne, Texas. Sergeant Elmore,
or the Department of the Air Force.
AFRS standardization and training manager, earned the award for
The editorial content is edited, prepared,
and provided by the public affairs office injuries sustained during Operation Iraqi Freedom. While helping
of Air Force Recruiting Service, Randolph recruit for the Iraqi Army, Sergeant Elmore's duty station was
Air Force Base, Texas. All photos are Air attacked by a suicide bomber that killed 47 Iraqis.
Force photos unless otherwise indicated.
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Correspondence should be addressed Staff Sgt.
to AFRS/PA, 550 D STREET WEST STE 1,
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4678 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. recruiter, 362nd Recruiting Squadron
cover photo Office location: Temecula, Calif.
Hometown: Murrieta, Calif.
Time in Air Force: Eight years
Time in AFRS: Two years
Hobbies: Golf and mechanics
What inspires you to do what you
do? My family and my belief in what
we do in the Air Force
What is the best advice you have
received? It’s not a got to, it’s a get to
Career goals: Stay in recruiting, make rank, progress in my
As a member of the customer support
center, Staff Sgt. Jon Singletary makes
career with my next assignment being in officer accessions
up one of three levels of support What hints can you give others about recruiting? Work
available by Air Force Recruiting Service smart, be creative and have fun
to meet the monumental demands of
information technology. His support along Personal motto: Life is full of ups and downs. It’s what you do
with online tools allow users across the with the downs that counts
globe to accomplish their recruiting
mission. (Graphic illustration by Staff Sgt.
AFRS conducts IT like no other
By Col. John Boggess
Chief, Information Systems
These folks are in
fter serving in the
military for more than have a huge area of
24 years, I can truly responsibility to cover,
say my last two years at Air and they are on the road
Force Recruiting Service have
a lot taking care of the
been the best. With its unique
challenges, AFRS is the first IT needs of our
organization I have been a part of recruiters.
that has complete control over its
information management systems,
Air Force Recruiting Information
Support System and network of IT issues before reaching the allow systems within AFRS to be
resources. headquarters customer support touched from a central location.
This gives us an advantage center or network control center. Hopefully, this will reduce the
when trying to implement new These folks are in one-deep amount of time the squadron SAs
information technology ideas. We positions, have a huge area of and WGMs spend on the road.
conduct IT support like no other responsibility to cover, and they In addition to working initia-
unit in the Air Force. are on the road a lot taking care tives to reduce the workload for
Last month we held our first of the IT needs of our recruiters. SAs and WGMs, AFRS is
Air Force Recruiting Information Headquarters AFRS is con- looking at ways to make our
Technology Conference in three tinually trying to provide better IT systems and services more user
years. The feedback I received tools for SAs and WGMs to friendly.
from the conference was ex- make their jobs easier. Currently, our No. 1 initiative
tremely positive and our team This month the command is to wrap up our computer room
must continue to host this event began its Windows XP deploy- renovation project. We’ve
each year. ment and our team provided expanded the size of the room as
During the conference, I had hardware and software to reduce well as purchased replacements
the opportunity to meet with the workload associated with this for antiquated equipment.
system administrators, workgroup deployment. Upon completion of the
managers and information man- Another tool we’re working project, recruiters and support
agement professionals. I truly on with the AFRS information personnel should see a significant
appreciate the hard work they do protection experts involves increase in performance for
in the field and the support they researching and evaluating prod- AFRISS.
continually provide my staff on a ucts that will allow SAs and The IT industry is moving very
daily basis. WGMs to perform virus scans of quickly, and it will always be a
These professionals are the their networks. challenge to keep up, but I’m
first level of support for our field Also, we’re looking at remote confident that AFRS will stay on
recruiters. Thus, they handle a lot administration tools, which will the cutting edge of technology.
By Tech. Sgt. Daniel Elkins perform the job … from troubleshooting problems
Air Force Recruiting Service over the phone and configuring laptop computers to
setting up e-mail accounts and resolving connectivity
They’re perhaps the most skilled in any squadron issues,” said Master Sgt. Kirk Clement, Headquar-
at crisis resolution. However, what may be a crisis ters AFRS Network Control Center chief, who
on one end of a phone line often results in a simple spent four years as a systems administrator with the
troubleshooting solution on the other end of the line. 361st Recruiting Squadron. “We realize that by the
System administrators at squadrons throughout time someone has to make a call for help, he or she
Air Force Recruiting Service are usually at the top of has already tried everything they can to make their
the list for business calls first thing in the morning. computer work and are at the end of their rope.
Before they can even find the time to pour a cup of While many problems can be solved with a call to
Java and check their own e-mail, these computer the system administrator or help desk, there’s
technical experts are glued to a phone troubleshoot- sometimes no substitute for hands on a computer.”
ing connection problems with a frantic caller on the Systems administrators, commonly referred to as
other end or having to juggle their schedules for the SAs, serve in one-deep positions assigned to each
day to make an impromptu office visit as far as three of the command’s 28 squadrons. Adding to the
or four hours away. challenge of their jobs is the enormity of area for
“Systems administrators have a critical job in which they are responsible, explained 1st Lt.
making sure the field has the support it needs to Edmund Williams, AFRS Information Technology
“That’s the unique part of the position of an IM –
we wear various hats,” Sergeant Huffman said.
“Although we’re administrators, the majority of my
job is workgroup management requiring more
hands-on work with computers instead of spending
time on administrative duties.”
Although she won’t overtly admit her anticipation
for the arrival of a system administrator to the
squadron in October, Sergeant Huffman clearly
recognizes the value of temporarily filling the posi-
tion, which takes about 60 percent of her time.
- Return to primary workgroup managers as
“IMers are appointed as AFSC
- Compete for reassignment in through
part of our core tasks and receive trainingAFRS
- development courses) and information
(careerRequest one-year extension at current location
technology classes,” she explained. “Since we work
hand in hand with system administrators, temporarily
filling the position is a perfect avenue for honing
those skills and being prepared to step up whenever
assistance is needed in order to accomplish the
mission.” copy is provided to the recruiter
One copy of support for AFRS
As-the first levelis sent to HQthe field, systems
administrators and information managers are able to
Branch chief. answer most of the questions from the field and
“They spend a lot of time on the road in their troubleshooting problems.
areas of responsibility providing assistance to the For some technical issues requiring additional
recruiters, particularly if there is a deployment of help, the customer support center at Headquarters
equipment to the field or necessary software updates AFRS provides a staff that fields approximately 300
requiring them to spend one or two weeks visiting service calls a day. Sergeant Clement said customer
recruiting offices,” Lieutenant Williams said. support center representatives typically resolve most
Helping relieve some of that burden, according to problems in about one to two minutes. The roughly
the lieutenant, are squadron information managers 20 or so calls requiring additional expertise are
who, in addition to their primary duties, serve in a referred to Sergeant Clement and his staff, who
backup role as workgroup managers. make up the third level support, in the network
One of those information managers whose job control center.
has taken a sudden shift in support of systems “The 1,000-plus calls made across the command
administration is Staff Sgt. Dana Huffman of the for support can be dwindled down to only about 20
345th Recruiting Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, needing additional support from the network control
Ill. While immersed in her duties as part of the center,” Sergeant Clement said. “This is a true
marketing office, the absence of a squadron system testament to the quality of work our people at the
administrator necessitates she stay abreast of the squadrons and in the customer supporter center are
latest in information technology. performing on a daily basis.”
AFRS combines separate
Web sites to create XTRAnet
Air Force Recruiting Service officials hope to which provided strictly public information, officials
provide a central location for recruiters and support created www.afrecruiting.com in order to incorpo-
personnel to gather and exchange information and rate the collection of limited personnel data from
clear confusion over competing Web sites with the users. Resources from this site, along with the
creation of the new XTRAnet. Intranet, were eventually combined to create the
Previously, two recruiting service Web sites XTRAnet.
competed for the public’s attention. Those were The XTRAnet allows AFRS members to
www.afrecruiting.com and www.rs.af.mil. share resources over a publicly accessible Web site
Originally designed to replace www.rs.af.mil, while still maintaining security of sensitive informa-
tion. Not only has this new system made it easier to
“The XTRAnet provides us a secure place to track information, it continues to grow and find ways
continue the development and placement of systems to alleviate some of the paperwork traps.
that track recruiting-sensitive information,” said John The Web site already tracks hundreds of items to
Noss, Headquarters AFRS Web development include reports of survey, postal expenditures,
technician. computer equipment accounts, computer security
By offering products formerly available on the ordinances and fitness records.
two previous systems, along with additional features A retirement pay and compensation calculator,
aimed at easing use by anyone with an AFRS e-mail and other training resources are also on the horizon
account, AFRS is now able to satisfy requirements for the XTRAnet.
for information sharing across the command that was Another feature of the XTRAnet that benefits
not previously available, Mr. Noss added. squadron and group personnel is the local unit
“One of the features of the new system is an support of activities, which includes a calendar of
online library that recruiting personnel can use to events, library resources, personnel directory, local
store and retrieve information and files, as opposed weather conditions and alerts, system controls, unit
to the old method only allowing select personnel to resources, leadership information, and a way for the
share files and information via Outlook public commander to immediately flash alert news items
folders,” Mr. Noss said. across the top of the web page in a moment’s
He added that this new platform, from a field notice.
perspective, offers much more than a place to share “The XTRAnet is an amalgamation of what we
information and resources – personnel can also post were attempting to do with afrecruiting.com with the
bulletins and become involved with online discus- potential of what could have been done with the
sions in support of popular topics in recruiting, using Intranet,” Mr. Noss said. “Combined, it offers one
the XTRAnet bulletin board. user-friendly site of new systems, more information
“Now they’ll all have a way of reaching out and and additional features to help recruiters and support
touching each other, which wasn’t possible before,” personnel accomplish their mission.”
Mr. Noss said.
The Web development technician explained
that the XTRAnet also provides a better means for How do you get into the XTRAnet?
tracking personnel. Because there is a command-
wide need for personnel information, directories,
For those at HQ/AFRS, go to:
and rosters, the benefit of the XTRAnet is that its
personnel records are maintained by two methods.
“The first method collects information for new http://xtranet/
personnel from the global (e-mail) address book as
well as removes that information from the XTRAnet For those outside of an Air Force
when his or her e-mail account is removed from the base, type http://afrsnet.rs.af.mil, input
AFRS system,” he explained. “The second method your e-mail address and password
is driven by the fact that personnel can maintain their and you’ll be greeted with a screen
own contact and other identifying information on the that gives you four options. Click on
XTRAnet. the fourth option, XTRAnet.
“So, ideally the information should always be
current,” he said.
Personal recruiting Web sites
could impact network security
By Capt. Joni Grunewald AFRS does not authorize Web Recruiters, however, are not
Air Force Recruiting Service sites for recruiters. totally kept out of the information
“Recruiting school gives each age. Recruiters can send their
With today’s technology, recruiter the tools they need to applicants to airforce.com.
building a personal Web site is perform their job in the field,” said The AFRS marketing depart-
just a click away. But recruiters Chief Master Sgt. David ment is dedicated to the content
conducting military business on Gaertner, HQ AFRS Operations and maintenance of airforce.com.
personal Web sites may be Division superintendent. “Indi- This Web site contains current
unintentionally opening the “back vidual Web sites are not currently information for people interested
door” to dot-mil locations. one of those tools, even though in joining the Air Force as well as
A dot-mil site has limited links the technology is there.” people in the delayed entry
that are available to the public and Not only are our recruiters program.
certain links that can only be provided other tools for recruit- “Airforce.com is the company
accessed by military people. By ing, the approval process, design, Web site,” said Chief Master Sgt
linking to a dot-mil Web page you content and maintenance of a Jeffery Martin, HQ AFRS Mar-
run the risk of violating Air Force Web site is a full-time job. A keting Division superintendent.
instructions and compromising maintainer is responsible for “It has the latest and greatest
security features in place to keep obtaining necessary coordination recruiting tools, programs and
the dot-com world out of the dot- and approval and keeping Web special events. This should be the
mil domain, granting access to sites and pages updated. This home page on every recruiter’s
Privacy Act information, detailed process includes maintaining an computer.”
maps or training schedules. original Internet Release Package For more information on Air
Master Sgt. Larry Gonzales, and necessary coordination with Force and DOD Web policy and
Headquarters Air Force Recruit- the public affairs office and keeping the back door locked go
ing Service information assurance communication squadron. to www.af.mil/webpolicy/.
section chief, has experienced
links that allow people around Air Force Recruiting Service is re-introducing
Department of Defense firewalls, www.rs.af.mil this month. This Web site is a user-
the electronic barricade intended friendly source for researching a multitude of
to keep the public out. AFRS programs including Recruiter Assis-
“It’s a scary situation,” Ser- tance and the We Are All Recruit-
geant Gonzales said. “The ers. It also has information for
becoming a recruiter or
information someone can access
squadron commander, the
by avoiding a firewall puts us all in latest news releases as well
danger. With terrorism knocking as instructions for requesting
at our front door, I wouldn’t want Boy and Girl Scout recognition letters.
to be the recruiter who lets them
AFRISS gets makeover
Recruiting database “We’re also looking at the requirements of the
Reserve and the Guard’s officer accessions and
receives major upgrade readdressing the requirements of active duty, par-
By Tech. Sgt. John Asselin ticularly officer accessions,” she said. “So, while the
Air Force Recruiting Service techies are upgrading the system, the functional
people are looking at what new features are needed
The computer application that keeps the Air to support business requirements. The goal is to
Force Recruiting Service running is getting a make a system that all the components can use, and
makeover. provide functionality and features present users
The AFRS Information Systems Division is in the don’t have.”
process of reengineering AFRISS to create a faster, Requirements will be added piece by piece, with
more flexible and reliable information support multiple efforts taking place at the same time, Ms.
system. Jarratt said.
“Rather than starting from the “We’ll match and imple-
ground up and building a new ment requirements with the
system, we’re taking the current section of the software being
system and reengineering it to “Rather than starting upgraded. When a require-
support the Guard, Reserve and from the ground up ment logically fits a part of
active duty with the functionality and building a new the software, we’ll work
they need,” said Gail Jarratt, system, we’re taking them together, as well as the
project manager for AFRISS the current system and ‘behind-the-scenes’ up-
reengineering. grades. Then we’ll take the
reengineering it to
To do this, the AFRS is upgrad- next chunk that fits together.
ing software, gathering require- support the guard, We’ll roll out pieces as we
ments and making some “behind- Reserve and active go.”
the-scenes” updates, according to duty with the function- AFRISS reengineering is
Ms. Jarratt. ality they need.” under way, with changes
“One of the things we’re doing being made in the near
is bringing the current system up to Gail Jarratt future, according to Ms.
the highest level of Air Force- AFRISS project manager Jarratt.
approved technology,” she said. “We should have the total
During the next few months, the software upgrade completed
software will be brought up to an interim level and in five to six months. Then we can start rolling out
stabilized. It will then move to the highest level, Ms. the additional Reserve, Guard and OA pieces. We
Jarratt added. plan to have full functionality for the Reserve in 18 to
“By being on the higher level of software, we are 24 months following the software upgrade.”
allowed flexibility for functionality that we do not When the project is complete, the payback
have at our level,” she said. “We also need to be on should be immense, Ms. Jarratt said.
a version approved for maintenance, so we must “All of the technology and the people that run and
upgrade to be compliant with the Air Force.” maintain it will be in one spot, instead of each of the
At the same time, AFRS is working on the components running their own systems,” she added.
functionality it needs to add to the system. “It’s a large savings for everyone.”
Recruiting school marks
50 years at Lackland AFB Photo by James Coburn
By James Coburn
37th Training Wing
LACKLAND AIR FORCE
BASE, Texas (AFPN) — More
than 4.3 million people have
joined the Air Force in the past
50 years through the efforts of
enthusiastic recruiters trained at
the Air Force Recruiting School
“Every recruiter has to come
through this school first,” said
Tech. Sgt. Lynn Bryan, one of 14
active-duty recruiting instructors
at the school, which is celebrating
its 50th anniversary, along with Recruiter instructor Tech. Sgt. Lynn Bryan shows Air Force Recruiting
the Air Force Recruiting Service. School commandant, Chief Master Sgt. Gerald Thayer, the school’s
Sergeant Bryan said the entrance redecorated with newspaper and magazine stories covering the
school’s 50-year history.
school’s 23-member staff also
includes two Air National Guard search,” she said. “I love being a Talespinner, Defense Secretary
instructors and one Air Force recruiter. I think it’s the most Charles E. Wilson authorized the
Reserve instructor. rewarding job I’ve ever had. To Air Force to take full control of its
The Air Force began recruit- learn about our history and just be own recruiting, withdrawing from
ing its own Airmen July 1, 1954, a part of it is very rewarding for a joint Army-Air Force system. It
but Lackland’s school began me.” was believed that more Airmen
teaching its eight-week charter The school has a training would remain for longer than a
class of 20 enlisted recruiters and requirement of 589 active-duty single tour if the Air Force signed
four officer recruiters eight weeks recruiters, 96 Reserve recruiters up its own men. At the time, the
before that, on May 12, accord- and 72 Guard recruiters for the Air Force was below its autho-
ing to base newspaper articles fiscal year ending Sept. 30. rized strength of 970,000 men.
published in 1954. Chief Master Sgt. Gerald Nowadays, recruiters who
Sergeant Bryan found the Thayer, commandant of the have first served for three years in
articles while doing research to school, said there are about the United States have the option
decorate the school’s entrance 1,750 recruiters in the field today, of going back to their original jobs
with newspaper and magazine including about 310 working to or moving up to a second-tier
stories about Air Force recruiting recruit officers. position, such as being an instruc-
in chronological order. According to an April 1, tor or one of the 10 to 15 re-
“I really enjoyed the re- 1954, article in the Lackland cruiter positions overseas.
Photo by Tech. Sgt. Steve Marciniak
Brig. Gen. Dutch Remkes (front), Air Force Recruiting Service commander, leads the charge for the Air Force
cyclist team during the Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa July 25. RAGBRAI takes
cyclists across Iowa from July 25 - 31.
Air Force cyclists continue
RAGBRAI legacy for 10th year
By Cynthia Bauer three from the 343rd Recruiting Air Force Recruiting Service
Air Mobility Command Squadron and members from supports the team by arranging
Public Affairs Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., for permissive temporary-duty
formed a RAGBRAI team to status for eligible riders and
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. bolster Air Force awareness in provides special promotional
(AMCNS) – For the 10th year, Iowa. items to give to others throughout
Air Force cyclists took to their Retired Lt. Col. Stu Carter the ride.
bikes for the Des Moines rode in eight of the nine past Recruiters also take advantage
Register’s Annual Great Bike RAGBRAIs and has served as of RAGBRAI, akin to a “rolling
Ride Across Iowa. the team’s executive director. county fair,” to set up displays at
RAGBRAI XXXII got under “One of the precepts of our the overnight stops.
way July 25 and concluded July team is that we are all recruiters,” This year, the commander of
31, covering about 500 miles said Colonel Carter. AFRS, Brig. Gen. Dutch
through the middle of the state. “We set a positive image all Remkes, led the charge for the
The “Team Air Force” legacy week long — on and off the bike team on the first day of the ride
began in 1995 when a group of — and talk to people about the from Onawa to Lake View,
28 active-duty Air Force bicycling Air Force and what we do in the featuring a total elevation climb of
enthusiasts, a support crew of Air Force.” 2,685 feet in 69 miles.
Air Force officials announce
staff sergant promotion rates
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas
(AFPN) — Twenty-three members in Air Force AFRS Staff Sergeant selectees
Recruiting Service are among 13,625 selected by
the Air Force for promotion to staff sergeant. A total Clifton E. Hensley 313 RCS
of 33,306 senior airmen were eligible, representing a Michael P. Spinelli 314 RCS
40.91 percent selection rate. Ronetta T. Williams 319 RCS
The Air Charles A. Caskey 332 RCS
Force released Vincent O. Johnson 336 RCS
the promotion Thomas F. Roberts 336 RCS
list Aug. 11. The Clifton Fulkerson 337 RCS
complete list of Brandi N. Bushur 341 RCS
selectees is Christopher C. Cook 341 RCS
posted to the Air Richard M. Martin 341 RCS
Force Personnel Michael S. Whitten 343 RCS
Center’s Web Maria T. Beltran 344 RCS
page, www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/eprom. James C. Potter 347 RCS
“Certainly the Air Force has had another banner Regina M. Price 349 RCS
year in terms of promotion,” said Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Stewart 349 RCS
Mark Billingsley, the center’s enlisted promotions Andrew W. Gill III 361 RCS
branch chief. “The Air Force has singled out those Jacob L. Hawkins 361 RCS
senior airmen who have shown they are ready for Veronica Billings 362 RCS
the next big step in their career. This group has Matthew F. Leas 364 RCS
worked hard for their stripes and will make valuable Donald C. Buske Jr. 368 RCS
contributions as our newest (noncommissioned Jill R. Carr 368 RCS
officers).” Ryan G. Schneider 369 RCS
The average score for those selected was 272.33 Jennifer Martinez HQ AFRS
points, with the following averages:
— 130.85 enlisted performance reports People who tested received their score notices at
— 58.23 promotion fitness exam the end of August.
— 54.29 specialty knowledge test This allowed them to see just how their promo-
— 16.43 time in grade tion fitness examination and specialty knowledge test
— 10.88 time in service scores rank against others within their Air Force
— 0.79 decorations specialty.
The average selectee has 1.77 years time in Each Airman can also get an electronic copy of
grade and 4.39 years in service. his or her score notice by logging into the virtual
Those selected will be promoted to staff sergeant military personnel flight at www.afpc.randolph.af.mil.
beginning this month through August 2005. (Courtesy of AFPC News Service)
RAPTOR gaming OA videos
Recruiting squadrons should begin receiving flight Videos aimed at helping recruit health professions
simulator gaming software, joysticks and video should begin arriving at recruiting squadrons in the
cards this month for use with their RAPTOR mar- coming months.
keting displays, according to marketing officials at A general health care video highlighting doctors,
Air Force Recruiting Service. dentists, nurses and biomedical service corps
As a means for appealing to the video game professionals is already being distributed to the field.
target audience, Air Force advertising contractors Officials from the Air Force Recruiting Service
GSD&M and Tribal worked in conjunction with Marketing Division said videos specifically targeting
Critical Mass Interactive to develop a new software the dental and biomedical service corps fields are in
program for the Cross into the Blue tour and RAP- the editing process and expect them to be distrib-
TOR kiosks. uted this month.
The software includes three missions, each lasting
three to five minutes, which highlight an F/A-22 Operation Blue to Green
dogfight, Predator surveillance flight and C-17 The U.S. Army is offering bonuses to Airmen
humanitarian food drop. interested in transferring services as part of the new
Defense Department program Operation Blue to
Sijan nominees Green intended to rebalance the size of the military.
Four members from Air Force Recruiting Service The focus of the effort centers on grades E-1
were nominated for the Lance P. Sijan award through E-5, but the Army will consider other grades
recognizing senior and junior officer and enlisted in meeting their needs. Approximately 120 Air Force
Airmen who demonstrate outstanding leadership specialties can transfer into 37 Army specialties.
abilities. Bonuses are available for the Army’s most critical
Representing AFRS at the Air Education and military occupational specialties.
Training Command level are:
— Maj. Paul Johnson, 347th Recruiting Squad- Marketing displays
ron commander, senior officer category The Air Force Recruiting Service Marketing
— Capt. Michael Bliss, 331st RCS Support Division continues to roll out new F/A-22 minijet
Flight commander, junior officer category and cutaway engine and trailer displays to the field.
— Master Sgt. Kirk Clement, Headquarters Four Midwest recruiting squadrons are the latest
AFRS network control center NCOIC, senior to receive the new F/A-22 minijets for use with their
enlisted category RAPTOR marketing displays.
— Tech. Sgt. Ronnie Dunker, 347th RCS Receiving the new minijet were the 311th Re-
enlisted accessions recruiter, junior enlisted category cruiting Squadron, 317th RCS, 338th RCS and
The Lance P. Sijan award was first given in 1981. 339th RCS. A total of 20 minijets have been deliv-
It was named in honor of the first Air Force Acad- ered to the field with the remainder to be delivered
emy graduate to receive the Medal of Honor. Sijan by the end of October.
was shot down over Vietnam on Nov. 9, 1967, and Delivery of the second cutaway engine and trailer
evaded capture for 45 days despite severe injuries. display is expected in the coming weeks to the
He later died while in a Vietnamese prisoner-of-war 360th Recruiting Group. This is the second of four
camp. displays that will be assigned to each recruiting
Sijan was awarded the Medal of Honor posthu- group. Marketing officials anticipate the two remain-
mously for his heroism. ing displays to be delivered by the end of October.
Photo by Tech. Sgt. Steve Marciniak
RCG command changes
All four Air Force Recruiting Service groups have
changed command during the past few months.
Col. Glenda Raichlen replaced Col. Yvonne
Schilz at the 360th Recruiting Group.
Col. Gary Kirk replaced Col. Daniel Adams at
the 367th RCG.
Col. Mike Wasserman replaced Col. Earl Chase
at the 369th RCG.
Col. Timothy Arrington replaced Col. Gail Gilbert
at the 372nd RCG.
Cosmetic surgery policy
Air Force doctors perform cosmetic and recon-
structive surgeries as part of essential training, but
elective cosmetic procedures such as breast aug-
mentations are not routinely available as perks to
servicemembers and their families, according to Air
Force Medical Service officials.
Recent published reports in civilian media sug-
gested that elective procedures are prevalent in the Tuskegee Airmen
military health care system.
Tech. Sgt. Sonia Kilgore, 343rd Recruiting
Some reports also indicated that free cosmetic Squadron enlisted accessions recruiter, visits
surgery is common among servicemembers and their with veterans during the 33rd Annual Tuskegee
families. Airmen Conference Aug. 4-8 at Omaha, Neb.
Air Force doctors, and their counterparts across The conference featured the Air Force Cross
into the Blue national display and cut-away
the Defense Department, perform elective cosmetic
engine trailer. Recruiters from the 343rd RCS
surgeries, but not to the extent people have been led supported the display and recruiting efforts at
to believe, according to Air Force Medical Service the conference.
Air Force Manual 10-100, more commonly manders and support agencies.
known as the Airman’s Manual, has been condensed With the AFI revision, mental health providers are
to a 250-page guide. required to review all open and closed mental health
The newly condensed version will be distributed records before active-duty Airmen transfer to
to all active duty members on mobility. another base.
They are required to use the review to determine
Suicide prevention if an Airman needs additional resources before and
In a move to reduce suicide risks, the Air Force after the move.
has revised AFI 41-210, Patient Administration Providers will also be allowed to ask command-
Functions, which will help protect privacy rights ers to help with decisions regarding an Airman’s
while ensuring an information flow between com- welfare.
Air Force symbol September
The Air Force symbol is
now official, four years after Promotions
the service first applied for Captain
trademark protection. Angel E. Betancourtoyens 336 RCS
Trademark protection Bryan M. Purtell 318 RCS
designates the symbol as exclusive property of the Tanya H. Rapone 314 RCS
Air Force and gives the service authority to control Senior Master Sergeant
and enforce its use. Ronald P. Atencio 367 RCS
Servicemembers and squadron marketing offices Reginald J. Howell Jr. 344 RCS
that design local promotional items must be aware of
the guidelines when using the Air Force symbol. Master Sergeant
James P. Brown III HQ AFRS
Department of Defense employees have implied Kevin M. Edward 347 RCS
license to use the Air Force symbol on personal Alfredo Gonzalez 333 RCS
products such as printed materials, clothing, litera- Michael T. Jackson 318 RCS
ture, briefings and coins. Rosalind C. Kohl 317 RCS
These items must be intended for internal use and Rodney B. Shepherd 341 RCS
Mark I. Spivak 341 RCS
not for retail sales, advertising or potential endorse- Troy D. Turner 330 RCS
ments. Jonathan R. Weinberg 364 RCS
When displaying the logo, the “U.S. Air Force” is Jonathan P. Wissler Jr. 342 RCS
not mandatory in conjunction with use of the sym-
bol, but is the preferred position. Technical Sergeant
David Aguilar 341 RCS
The logotype is not authorized to be place above David V. Ash 333 RCS
the symbol. The symbol is not to be distorted or Robert W. Ashley HQ AFRS
stretched. Gerald R. Beat 349 RCS
Drawing or portraying objects coming through or Kelly J. Dawson 338 RCS
protruding from the symbol is prohibited. Changing John F. Fetter Jr. 341 RCS
Albert Freeman Jr. 344 RCS
the symbol’s texture, using shadows or using unap- Anthony W. Fullilove 341 RCS
proved colors is also unauthorized. Kimberly A. Gessling 362 RCS
For a complete list of the symbol’s guidelines, William D. Hilton 349 RCS
visit www.af.mil/library/symbol/. James R. House 345 RCS
Delano M. Jackson 368 RCS
Brian K. Johnson 317 RCS
Quarterly Award winners Scott A. Klaas 330 RCS
Five members from Air Force Recruiting Service Joel A. Langton 345 RCS
were recently recognized as the Second Quarter Mark T. Lomax 317 RCS
award winners. Pedro F. Lozano Jr. 341 RCS
Tanya Mitchell 368 RCS
The winners are: Bernhard G. Wallman 362 RCS
- Senior Airman Matthew Leas, 364th RCS, Edward E. Weaver 336 RCS
- Tech. Sgt. Robert West, 349th RCS, NCO Staff Sergeant
category Omar Bolanos 347 RCS
Mark A. Coots 338 RCS
- Master Sgt. Laura Lindsey, 362nd RCS, Jeremiah J. Mollman 368 RCS
Senior NCO category Tiara M. Smith 341 RCS
- Capt. Pete Ellum, 319th RCS, CGO category Lateisha M. Wise 349 RCS
- Vilma Bernal, HQ AFRS, Civilian category I
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