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RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE                                                              65th Year • No. 35 • SEPTEMBER 2, 2011

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                                        COMMENTARY                                                                                          ON THE COVER
                                                                                                                                       Airman 1st Class Katie Bowling, 902nd
                                               HOLIDAY SAFETY                                                                          Security Forces Squadron, fires from
                                                                                                                                       the prone position during small arms

Choices we make now affect our entire lives
                                                                                                                                       training at the Randolph Air Force Base
                                                                                                                                       firing range Aug. 23. For more coverage
                                                                                                                                       on the training facility, see page 8.
By Brig. Gen. Theresa Carter                                     members of the            through us all.                             Photo by Rich McFadden
Commander, 502nd Air Base Wing                                   52nd Civil Engineer          We wanted answers, wanted to know
                                                                 Squadron at Span-         why this happened, wanted to under-
   When you think about                                          gdahlem Air Base          stand why a trucker would choose to
the Labor Day weekend,                                           watched him accept        drink and drive, but no answer could
what comes to mind?                                              his diploma.              bring back the members of my squad-
   Images of past vacations                                          I have a photo of     ron. Four lives cut short and thousands
with family and friends?                                         them, smiling broad-      of lives changed forever.                          502nd Air Base Wing
Summer’s end and a return                                        ly for the camera            So what can we do to ensure the              Operating Location Bravo
to the classroom? The                                            before the ceremony       memories we share with co-workers on                   Editorial Staff
first kickoff of the college                                     started, celebrat-        Tuesday are ones of good times shared            Brig. Gen. Theresa Carter
football season? Or is it a                                      ing this significant      with family and friends and not the tale                Commander
loved one who is no longer                                       milestone.                of a tragic accident?                                Marilyn Holliday
with us?                                                             I can’t look at the      First, we can make good risk-man-               Chief of Public Affairs
   The difference between                                        photo without get-        agement decisions and make respon-            Airman 1st Class Alexis Siekert
a great memory of this                                           ting choked up – for      sible choices.                                             Editor
holiday weekend and one                                          you see, on the drive        If you’re planning to spend time out-
                                                                                                                                         Airman 1st Class Precious Yett
we’d rather forget often                                         back to Spang-            doors, make sure everyone is properly
                                                                 dahlem, when they         hydrated. This is a record-setting sum-
                                                                                                                                           Robert Goetz, Alex Salinas
comes down to the choices
we make and the risks we take.               were only five miles from home, Tech.         mer for high temperatures and it’s easy                 Staff Writers
   Don’t drink and drive – use a des-        Sgt. Terry Jennings’ Isuzu Trooper was        for folks to get overheated, particularly           Maggie Armstrong
ignated driver. We all know that’s the       hit head-on by an 18-wheeler, driven          children.                                            Graphic Designer
right thing to do, yet each day hun-         by a drunk driver who fell asleep at the         If you’re going to fire up the grill,
dreds, if not thousands, choose to get       wheel.                                        make sure it’s in good working condi-
                                                                                                                                                   Wingspread Office
behind the wheel anyway.                        Jennings, Staff Sgt. Kevin Sullivan,       tion and be extra careful given the dry
                                                                                                                                                  1150 5th Street East
   While some make it to their destina-      Senior Airman Angela Fralick and Mrs.         conditions.                                         Randolph AFB, Texas 78150
tion without incident, others end up         Jackson were killed instantly.                   If you’re heading to the lake or beach             Phone: (210) 652-4410
causing accidents that claim innocent           Miraculously, then-Staff Sgt. Teresa       and will be in a boat, wear the ap-
lives. It’s likely many of us have family,   Hall survived despite serious injuries        propriate safety gear. Sadly, every year       Wingspread Advertisement Office
friends and co-workers who’ve been           that required her to spend over a year        many deaths on the water are caused            Prime Time Military Newspapers
hurt or killed by drunk drivers … I do.      at Wilford Hall Medical Center for reha-      by the lack of flotation devices.                     2203 S. Hackberry
   July 11, 1997. On that day, Tech.         bilitation.                                      Finally, if you’re going to be operat-         San Antonio, Texas 78210
Sgt. Jeffrey Jackson graduated from the         I still remember the gasps and             ing a motor vehicle, on the water or on            Phone: (210) 534-8848
Kisling NCO Academy at Ramstein Air          screams in the theater at Spangdahlem         the road, please don’t drink and drive.               Wingspread email
Base in Germany.                             as my squadron commander told us              Buckle up and arrive alive.          
   It was a proud moment for him and         what happened ... shock, anger, sadness          And on Tuesday, I look forward to
his wife, Hiroko, as she and four other      and a thousand other emotions coursed         hearing your stories …
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      For complete information on the Randolph Air Force Base Air Show 2011, including featured attractions,
             civilian base entry and parking, and security requirements, visit

Delay for enlisted guide won’t delay promotion testing
   Distribution of the printed version of the 2011 Air   before December, Airmen can go online to the              tween the online version (dated Oct. 1, 2011) and the
Force Pamphlet 36-2241, Professional Development         e-publishing website and download the digital             printed version being distributed in December.”
Guide, will be delayed until late December.              version of the PDG to use,” said Chief Master                The “not for implementation” moniker is used by
   Promotion cycles, including the upcoming 12E8         Sgt. Michael Helfer, the Air Force Personnel              Air Force E-Publishing when an approved revision is
senior master sergeant promotion cycle Dec. 5-16,        Center’s Enlisted Promotions and Military Test-           made, but hasn’t become effective. The newest PDG
will not be affected by the distribution delay. The      ing Branch chief.                                         becomes effective Oct. 1.
delay is a result of the Air Force Publishing Distri-       The online version of the newest PDG was posted           Airmen concerned about not having a printed
bution Center transitioning their operations from        on the Air Force E-Publishing website in April and        version of the PDG to study can download the on-
the facility in Baltimore to the Army’s Media Dis-       met the Air Force’s requirement make study materi-        line version into portable digital devices like smart
tribution Division in St. Louis, Mo.                     als accessible at least 60 days prior to a test date.     phones, e-readers and tablets.
   “While the printed version of the Professional        While it has the “not for implementation” moniker            (Courtesy of the Air Force Personnel, Services and
Development Guide won’t make it to individuals           attached to it, Helfer said “there is no difference be-   Manpower Public Affairs)
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Area 9/11 events to observe 10th anniversary
   To remember those who lost their         emony pays tribute to the victims             The Air Force Intelligence, Surveil-
lives Sept. 11, 2001, San Antonio is        of Sept. 11, 2001, at the exact mo-        lance and Reconnaissance Agency             vsm/pages/408/5-817201150126.pdf
hosting many events of commemo-             ments the attacks occurred.                remembrance ceremony will feature           and can be dropped off at the fitness
ration. Below is a list of all cer-            Speakers will include San Antonio       a guest speaker and a reception.            center. The first 500 registrants will
emonies and remembrance runs.               Mayor Julián Castro, Gen. Edward A.                                                    receive a T-shirt. For more informa-
                                            Rice Jr., Air Education and Training         • Noncommissioned Officer Acad-           tion, call 221-1234 or visit http://
   • Randolph Air Force Base 10-Year        Command commander, Lt. Gen. Guy            emy 9/11 Remembrance Run          
9/11 Commemoration Ceremony                 Swan, Army North commanding gen-           Sept. 11, Lackland Air Force Base
Sept. 9, 9-10 a.m. at the Ran-              eral, and the chiefs of the San Antonio    Robert D. Gaylor NCO Academy.                  • Military museum exhibit
dolph AFB theater.                          Police and Fire Departments. Special         For more information, call Tech.             A 9/11 exhibit opens Sept. 10 at
    Retired Air Force Chief of Chaplains    seating is reserved for Gold Star fami-    Sgt. Marygail Harmon at 671-0321 or         The Texas Military Forces Mu-
Maj. Gen. Charles Baldwin, who was          lies – those who have lost immediate, or Senior        seum, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas.
in the Pentagon on 9/11, will reflect on    family members in the wars in Iraq         Airman Elizabeth Valentin at 671-              At 9 a.m., an F-16 aircraft exhibit
10 years of change since the terrorist      and Afghanistan – and other special        3766 or       opens, preceding an 11 a.m. ceremony
attacks. The Air Force Band of the West,    guests. A joint-service color guard and                                                followed by a noon gallery open-
and base leadership to include Brig. Gen.   patriotic music from a combined Army/         • 2011 Freedom Walk & Run                ing of the exhibit titled “9-11 and
Theresa Carter, 502nd Air Base Wing         Air Force band will be featured.           Sept. 10, 8:30 a.m. at Fort Sam Hous-       Beyond: The Texas National Guard
commander, and Col. Scott Peel, 902nd                                                  ton Jimmy Brought Fitness Center.           in the War on Terror.” For more
Mission Support Group commander, will         • 9/11 Reveille & Taps                      The Freedom Walk & Run is a non-         information, call (512) 782-5659.
be present at the commemoration.            Sept. 9, 6:30 a.m. at Lackland Air Force   competitive, 1-mile walk or 5K run
    Transportation will be provided at      Base 37th Training Wing flagpole.          in honor of military families and first        • Run for Remembrance 9/11
Hangar 6, Base Operations and Build-           All military personnel are wel-         responders, and remembrance of the          Relay & Ultra-marathon
ings 499 and 905 from 8:15-8:45 a.m.        come to “fall-in” for a 9/11 Remem-        10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror-           Sept. 10, 10 p.m. at Olmos Park
A return shuttle will run at 10 a.m.        brance Reveille and Taps ceremony.         ist attacks. Runners are advised to         on Devine Road in San Antonio.
                                                                                       arrive at least 30 minutes prior for           Live music precedes a nighttime
   • Alamo Plaza Commemoration                • AFRISA Remembrance Ceremony            late registration and a safety brief-       nine-hour and 11-minute relay run
Sept. 11, 7:30-9:05 a.m. at Alamo Plaza     Sept. 9, 11 a.m. at Lackland Air           ing. The event is sponsored in part         at the park or single ultra-marathon.
in San Antonio, open to the public.         Force Base Bernard A. Larg-                by Operation Homefront of Texas;               Sept. 11 at 7:46 a.m., there
   The morning observance cer-              er Auditorium Bldg. 2000.                  registration forms are available at
                                                                                                                                                      See 9/11 EVENTS P5

Randolph ESOHCAMP wraps up with positive marks
By Airman 1st Class Alexis Siekert                        together showcasing Randolph as the “Showplace
502nd Air Base Wing OL-B Public Affairs                   of the Air Force.”
                                                             “We have gone through a very thorough ESOH-
   Last week, Randolph took part in a week-long           CAMP inspection and been cited as having a ‘strong
external Environmental Safety and Occupational            occupational health program,’” Capt. Bernardo Gar-
Health Compliance Assessment and Management               cia, 359th AMDS bioenvironmental engineering oc-
Program inspection, conducted by Air Education and        cupational health element chief, said. “We would not
Training Command every three years, and faired            have accomplished this without the conscientious ef-
positive results.                                         forts of the shop supervisors and workers in their
   The inspection is made to help commanders              respective areas.”
assess the status of ESOH risks, identify and                During the inspection, 114 facilities on base were
track solutions, and build supporting financial           inspected, 706 documents were reviewed, 113 peo-
programs and budgets for compliance require-              ple were interviewed and 91 percent of those con-
ments, according to the 2011 Randolph Exter-              tacted were aware of their ESOH responsibilities.
nal ESOHCAMP preliminary report. The overall                 “We did really well,” Verna Cyr, 902nd CES envi-
effect of this approach reduces the number of             ronmental compliance chief, said. “We had a signifi-
compliance deficiencies and the number of en-             cant decrease in findings from 2008’s inspection.”
forcement actions from regulatory agencies. The              Although few discrepancies were found, plans are
management action plan is developed based on              being made to ensure they are corrected.                                                          Photo by Don Lindsey
issues identified during the assessment and serve            “Getting everyone to understand their roles and        Bob Chabot (right), Air Education and Training Command
to prioritize the corrective action.                      responsibilities for environmental awareness will be      Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Compliance
   The 902nd Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental        the key,” she said. “And even though the inspec-          Assessment and Management Program inspector, evaluates
Section, 359th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvi-       tion is done, it doesn’t end here. We must focus on       the 12th Flying Training Wing Hazardous Waste Program
ronmental Engineering and 502nd Air Base Wing Op-         continual improvement with even fewer findings on         Aug. 23 while Greg Fruscella, 12th FTW Hazardous Waste
erating Location Bravo Ground Safety offices worked       the next one.”                                            Program environmental manager, facilitates the inspection.
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                                                      Base BRIEFS                                                                                      NOW SHOWING at
  Denial barrier testing                                                 Enlisted Spouses Club
     The deployable denial barriers will be tested at each of the base       The Randolph Enlisted Spouses Club holds a membership social             the Randolph Theater
  gates over several alternating weeks starting Sept. 9 and ending       Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Kendrick E’Club. Spouses of any en-
  Nov. 30. Flagmen will be at the barriers during testing. Motorists     listed military member are invited. To sign up, email randolphesc@                   "Friends with Benefits" (R)
  should be prepared for minor delays.                                                                                            Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Patricia Clarkson
                                                                                                                                                                            Today at 7 p.m.
  Main Circle closures                                                   Waiting Families Dinner
      Main Circle will have lane closures starting Tuesday and ending       The Airman and Family Readiness Center hosts a Waiting
  Sept. 30 to facilitate road repairs in the area of Bldg. 900, Air      Families Dinner Thursday 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Randolph Oaks                             "Winnie the Pooh" (G)
  Education and Training Command headquarters. Local residents           Golf Course. Author Sara Horn, who started Wives of Faith, a                Voices of Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, John Cleese
  will maintain access. For more information, call Peggy Hill at         military wives support ministry, will be special guest speaker. The                Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
  652-1249.                                                              Waiting Families Dinner is a regular support event for the families
                                                                         of deployed Airmen.                                                                $4.50 for adults – $2.25 for children 11 and younger
  Night construction                                                        Call the A&FRC at 652-5321 by today to make a reservation.
     Night construction will begin at the Air Education and              The event is sponsored by the Randolph Chapel.
  Training Command headquarters, Bldg. 900, in Septem-                                                                                           Randolph Chapel Schedule
  ber. To minimize disturbance, disruptive work will be done             Wreath-laying ceremony
  during daytime hours.                                                     The 12th Flying Training Wing will hold a wreath-laying ceremo-            • CATHOLIC                             • PROTESTANT
     For more information, call the Pinnacle-Hunt Housing                ny Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Bldg. 100 in honor of National POW/MIA            Monday-Friday                              Traditional
  Office at 659-9061.                                                    Recognition Day. Traffic will be rerouted around Washington Circle
                                                                                                                                                   11:30 a.m. - Bldg. 975                           Sunday
                                                                         beginning at 4 p.m. Delays and road closures are expected.
                                                                                                                                                          Saturday                                  Service
  Gate closures
     Fifth Street East at the East Gate is closed to one                                                                        5:30 p.m. - Bldg. 975                   8:15 a.m. - Base theater
  lane through Saturday and South Gate Road at the South                    A free tutoring service,, is available for active-duty               Sunday
  Gate will be closed to one lane through Sept. 11. Flag-                military and family members and Department of Defense civilians           8:30 a.m. - Bldg. 975                        Contemporary
  men will be used to direct opposing traffic through the                in a deployed status. Funded by the Department of Defense Morale,         11:30 a.m. - Bldg. 975                          Sunday
  open lane.                                                             Welfare and Recreation Library Program for the 2011-12 school                   Confession                                Service
     For more information, call Joseph Domeier at 508-2870.              year, allows users to work with a certified professional               Saturday                          11 a.m. - Base theater
                                                                         tutor online 24/7.                                                        4:30 p.m. - Bldg. 975

  To submit a news or sports brief for publication in the Wingspread, email all information to

9/11 EVENTS from P4                                                        • Castle Hills Baptist Church 10th An-                                 • Tunnel to Towers 5K Run
will be a moment of silence for Flight 11                                niversary Memorial Service                                               Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m. at The Alamo.
and the North Tower victims, followed by                                   Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Castle Hill First                    The race pays tribute to firefighter Stephen
the national anthem with color guard. Re-                                Baptist Church, 2220 N.W. Military Highway.                           Siller, who ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tun-
lay and ultra-marathon awards will follow.                                 The service will include the unveiling of the                       nel with 60 pounds of gear strapped to his back
   At 8:03 a.m., another moment of silence will                          Castle Hills First Responders Monument which will                     and took his final heroic steps to the World Trade
be observed for Flight 175 and the victims of the                        be placed at the Castle Hills Fire Department. A                      Center. Stiller perished in the towers with 342
South Tower followed by the pledge of allegiance.                        continental breakfast is served at 9:30 a.m., with                    other New York Fire Department firefighters. The
   More awards will follow, until 8:37 a.m., when                        the memorial service and unveiling at 10:30 a.m.                      run starts on North Alamo Street at Peacock Al-
a moment of silence is observed for Flight 77 and                                                                                              ley. Online registration is available at http://www.
the victims at the Pentagon. The event will con-                            • Universal City 9/11 Heroes Walk                         and closes
clude with a breakfast, patriotic music and color                           Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m. at the Univer-                                  at 10 a.m. Sept. 10. Save $5 by registering early.
guard presentation. Go to http://www.runintexas.                         sal City Park Pavilion, 302 North Blvd.
com for more information. Click on “Run for Re-                             Universal City hosts its third annual 9/11 He-                         • 9/11 Heroes Run
memberance” to download a PDF entry form.                                roes Walk. The event is free. For more informa-                           Sept. 11, 5 p.m. at the Al Becken Pavillion in McAl-
                                                                         tion, call 659-0333, ext. 721. To download a                          lister Park, 13102 Jones Maltsberger Road, San Antonio.
   • Converse 9/11 Memorial Service and Reception                        registration form, visit http://www.universalci-                          The first Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 He-
   Sept. 11, 8 a.m. at Converse City Park,                                                     roes 5K Run takes place in honor of Marine 1st
305 School St., open to the public.                                                                                                            Lt. Travis Manion who died in combat. Before his
   The William M. Randolph American Legion Post                            • Seguin Patriot’s Day Celebration                                  second deployment to Iraq, Manion spent a day
593 and the city of Converse will host a remem-                            Sept. 11, 7-10 p.m. at Central Park in down-                        and night with the firefighters of Rescue One in
brance service honoring the victims of the Sept. 11,                     town Seguin. This 9/11 10th anniversary event                         New York City, which lost nearly all its men dur-
2001, attacks. A reception will follow the ceremony                      honors all present and past military, law enforce-                    ing the 9/11 attacks. For registration and more
at the Legion Post, 326 W. Legion Drive in Converse.                     ment, firefighters and emergency responders.                          information, visit http://www.911heroesrun.
                                                                                                                                               com or
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Mental health: ‘wise up’ about suicide prevention
By Alex Salinas                                                 judgmental way, so individuals who have thoughts                    A systematic approach to dealing with suicide is
502nd Air Base Wing OL-B Public Affairs                         of suicide feel they can express what is going on and            twofold: eliminate the word’s negative associations,
                                                                can receive the help needed,” she said.                          and help those deeply distressed and on the edge
   Lt. Col. Denise Thompson, 359th Medical Operations              According to the American Heritage Dictionary, suicide        about deciding to end their life.
Squadron clinical social worker, believes the subject of        is “the act or instance of intentionally killing oneself,” and      A good first step is being aware of warning signs,
suicide is often “the elephant in the room.”                    the reasons behind this act are unique to the individual.        such as feelings of hopelessness, no sense of purpose
   As part of National Suicide Prevention Week,                 Thompson, who is part of the mental health flight, teaches       in life, withdrawal from friends, family and society,
which starts Sunday and ends Sept. 10, Thompson                 people to understand suicide is more about ending pain           and reckless activities.
hopes to promote suicide awareness, refocusing on               and overwhelming emotions, and not recognizing an al-               The AAS and Air Force Suicide Prevention Program
the individual in crisis, to alleviate any discomfort           ternate solution than an ending their life.                      provide additional ways to help someone who is at risk of
attached to suicide.                                               For Thompson, this reinforces the idea suicide                suicide. A few steps are getting involved with the person
   “There is a bad perception attached to suicide               prevention should be handled with care from a                    and showing interest and support, asking the person up-
that prevents open communication,” Thompson                     community perspective, with family, friends and co-              front and direct if they are thinking about suicide, being
said. “We need to eliminate the stigma attached                 workers able to recognize the warning signs and                  nonjudgmental, not giving advice or making decisions for
to someone who is overwhelmed, depressed, with                  ask, “Are you thinking about suicide?”                           the person and offering alternatives to get the individual
no positive outlook on life and who is thinking                    Thompson added people assume those who think about            immediate help.
about committing suicide.”                                      suicide are being selfish, but the opposite is true. Individu-      For the individual helping, as well as the individual
   Suicide’s negative stigma comes with heavy statistical       als with suicidal thoughts want to remove themselves from        seeking help, these are positive solutions that are proactive
significance. Suicide is the 11th-leading cause of all deaths   their current situation because for them, this is the only       in preventing suicide. This directly ties in with the mental
in the U.S., and the third-leading cause of death for in-       way to eliminate their afflictions. Often, the person with       health flight’s “Resiliency Strengthens Military Commu-
dividuals ages 15 to 24, according to the American As-          suicidal thoughts convinces himself his family and friends       nities,” which seeks to promote solutions to increase a
sociation of Suicidology. Suicide is also the second-leading    are better off without him. A person’s ability to rationalize    person’s overall wellness.
cause of death in the Air Force.                                and make positive decisions is affected.                            Call 911 for those at imminent risk. To speak with a
   The word suicide tends to make people uncom-                    “People thinking about suicide don’t see a support sys-       mental health professional via hotline, call 1-800-237-
fortable and something they don’t want to talk                  tem, a way out and they don’t see the time it takes to           8255. Randolph Mental Health Flight’s number is 652-
about, Thompson said.                                           recover,” Thompson said. “Suicide affects the relationships      2448 for anyone needing an appointment, more informa-
   “We have to be able to say ‘suicide’ in a non-               left behind by the person.”                                      tion or to schedule a unit briefing.

                       Honoring a President
                                                                                                         JBSA Stage III
                                                                                                   September watering schedule
                                                                                                           Building number ending in ...

                                                                                                                           1         3        5         7         9

                                                                                                                           0        2         4         6         8

                                                                                                                           1        3         5         7         9

                                                                                                                           0        2         4         6         8

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                                                                       Photo by Joel Martinez
  Col. Richard Murphy (right), 12th Flying Training Wing commander, and Russ Whit-                          Watering allowed only from 3-8 a.m. and 8-10 p.m.
  lock, Johnson City, Texas, park superintendent, lay a wreath at the gravesite of former
  United States President Lyndon Baines Johnson Aug. 27 during his annual birthday
  celebration at the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, Texas. Johnson, a Texas native, became the
  36th president after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
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Regular cholesterol checks aid in achieving healthy heart
By Robert Goetz                                                                                                                  process,” Carlsen said. “It helps us screen those we should
502nd Air Base Wing OL-B Public Affairs                          “Your body needs just a small                                   be more aggressive with. Looking at family history gives
                                                                 amount of cholesterol to do its                                 us good insight into what we will do for patients.”
   During National Cholesterol Education Month in Sep-                                                                              As an example, he mentioned an 18-year-old whose
tember, health officials emphasize the importance of          metabolic functioning. When levels                                 total cholesterol exceeded 300 milligrams per deciliter.
adults getting their blood cholesterol checked and taking     exceed desirable limits, plaque can                                   “His family had a history of cardiovascular dis-
steps to lower it if it is high.                                                                                                 ease,” Carlsen said.
   “Your body needs just a small amount of cholesterol
                                                              form on the inside of blood vessels.                                  For some people, those with borderline high
to do its metabolic functioning,” 1st Lt. Steven Carlsen,       Too much plaque can lead to a                                    readings of total and LDL cholesterol, modifying
359th Medical Operations Squadron physician assistant,              heart attack or stroke.”                                     their diet and getting more exercise can result in
said. “When levels exceed desirable limits, plaque can                                                                           lower numbers, he said. A healthy diet includes
form on the inside of blood vessels. Too much plaque can                                        1st Lt. Steven Carlsen           a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish
lead to a heart attack or stroke.”                                   359th Medical Operations Squadron physician assistant       and lean protein; a minimum of 30 minutes of
   Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that cir-                                                                           cardiovascular exercise at least three times a
culates in the body, providing material for cell repair                                                                          week is recommended.
and metabolism. Most of it is made by the body,              another form of fat in the bloodstream.                                If diet and exercise are not enough to lower those num-
dependent on a person’s heredity, and about 25 per-             “The first goal of treatment is to lower bad cho-                bers, typically over a six-month period, medication can
cent of it comes from foods such as meat, poultry,           lesterol,” Carlsen said.                                            play a key role in a treatment plan, Carlsen said.
fish, eggs, butter, cheese and whole milk.                      Health care professionals also look at the cho-                     “Drug therapy is effective, depending on the medi-
   It comes in two forms – LDL (low-density lipo-            lesterol ratio – total cholesterol divided by HDL.                  cation you take,” he said.
protein), or bad cholesterol, which forms a thick,           That ratio should be at or below 5:1, with less                        Statins are a class of drugs that lower the level of cho-
hard substance that can clog blood vessels, and HDL          than 3.5:1 considered the ideal, according to the                   lesterol in the body by reducing the production of choles-
(high-density lipoprotein), or good cholesterol, which       American Heart Association.                                         terol by the liver. The most serious side-effects are muscle
helps the body get rid of LDL cholesterol.                      A person who has normal readings generally re-                   pain and liver damage.
   Checking cholesterol levels is an integral part of reg-   quires a cholesterol screening every five years, but a                 “We try to find a good balance between lifestyle modi-
ular checkups at the Randolph Family Health Clinic,          patient with less desirable readings or other risk factors          fications and use of medications,” Carlsen said.
Carlsen said. The cholesterol screening test, called the     – family history, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure               Patients whose treatment plan involves diet, exercise
blood lipid panel, measures LDL cholesterol, HDL cho-        and smoking – needs more scrutiny.                                  and drug therapy should be monitored at six weeks, three
lesterol and total cholesterol as well as triglycerides,        “Family history is an important part of the screening            months, six months and then annually, he said.

Financial services return to local centers
By Staff Sgt. Richard Williams Jr.           backroom military pay and travel                    fect on Airmen,” Franklin said. “Process-       workload, Franklin said. AFFSC will still
Air Force Public Affairs Agency              functions in a single consolidated loca-            ing these actions at base-level provides        employ 161 civilians to process travel pay
                                             tion. All military pay transactions were            better support, allows faster update of         requests for active duty, Reserve Airmen
   WASHINGTON – The processing of            initiated at the local financial services           a document-driven process and permits           and Air Force civilians.
military pay transactions will move from     offices and sent to the AFFSC at Ells-              face-to-face resolution of pay issues.”            “The benefit to Airmen will be
the Air Force Financial Service Center at    worth AFB for final processing.                        The review revealed that military pay        quicker processing of changes made
Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., to base-        The plan was for military pay trans-             transactions processed at the AFFSC             to their military pay records and the
level financial services offices beginning   action processing to eventually be                  had a higher rejection rate, and often          ability of the local financial services
in August.                                   transitioned to the Defense Integrated              required corrections by the individual,         office to respond more immediately
   The return of military pay trans-         Military Human Resources System,                    he said. Also, civilian contractors pro-        to questions about processing of pay
actions to local level is a part of the      which would have combined military                  cessing military pay transactions re-           transactions without having to con-
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s          personnel and pay processes into a                  quire a 100 percent audit of their work,        sult the AFFSC,” Franklin said.
efficiencies agenda, and is geared           single system, Franklin said. That pro-             adding more time to the process, which             Franklin said some finance offices are
toward improving the service-wide            gram was terminated in 2009.                        will be eliminated with the move.               already processing military pay transac-
military pay process, said Lee Frank-           “Following careful review, it was                   With the return of military pay processes    tions locally, but it will take time to transi-
lin, the AFFSC director.                     concluded that processing military pay              to local financial services offices, 286 Air-   tion every office.
   AFFSC was created in 2007 as a “one-      actions centrally actually delayed pro-             men will be reassigned to finance offices          All military pay processing activities and
stop shop” for all financial transactions,   cessing time for updating military pay              Air Force-wide to provide the manpower          personnel will be returned to local financial
Franklin said. The center processed          entitlements and caused a negative ef-              necessary to accomplish the base-level          services offices by the end of fiscal 2012.
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                                                                                                                                     With weekly M-9 pistol classes, M-4 and M-16 rifle classes and the
                                                                                                                                      responsibility of maintaining and inspecting the more than 2,500
                                                                                                                                     weapons on base, the pace at which the six 902nd Security Forces
                                                                                                                                    Squadron sergeants who execute Randolph’s Combat Arms Training
                                                                                                                                             and Maintenance can be described as “rapid fire.”
                                                                                                                                   Classes currently begin with three to four hours of classroom work cov-
                                                                                                                                     ering safety, inspections, descriptions, characteristics, cleaning and
                                                                                                                                    much more. Following class, students go to the shooting range for two
                                                                                                                                   to four hours of hands-on training; however, a new course is soon to be
                                                                                                                                        implemented, changing the time in both class and at the range.
                                                                                                                                     The range is adapted to each group and each person’s skill level to
                                                                                                                                    ensure shooters grasp all necessary concepts and are equipped with
                                                                                                                                             the skills needed to succeed in a deployed setting.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Top right: Cleaning weapons is an intregral part of Combat
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Arms and Maintenance Training.

                                                                                                                                                                                 Middle right: Randolph Airmen load magazines to prepare for
                                                                                                                                                                                 small arms qualification training at the Randolph firing range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Aug. 15.
                                                                                                         Photos by Rich McFadden
 A muzzle flash can be seen as (right to left) Chief Master Sgt. George Skender, Air Force Recruiting Service Inspector General
                                                                                                                                                                                    Bottom right: Lt. Col. Tim Fanning, 559th Flying Training
 Office, Master Sgt. Brian Thornton, 902nd Contracting Squadron, and Master Sgt. Justin Carrington, Air Force Recruiting
                                                                                                                                                                                  Squadron, counts bullet holes in his target during M-9 train-
 Service, fire their M-9 pistols during small arms training at the Randolph Air Force Base firing range Aug. 15.
                                                                                                                                                                                     ing at the Randolph Air Force Base firing range Aug. 15.
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          902nd Force Support Squadron Briefs
SEPTEMBER 2, 2011                                                                          WINGSPREAD                                                                                     PAGE 11

      Sports                                               SPORTS – HEALTH – FITNESS
 Two-person team biathlon
 A two-person team biathlon
 takes place Saturday at
                                        Pigskin flies for flag football at Randolph
                                        By Alex Salinas
 Eberle Park at 7:30 a.m.               502nd Air Base Wing OL-B Public Affairs
 The first team member must
 complete the 10-mile bike                 The scorching sun brought record book
 route in order for the second          temperatures and drought to San Antonio this
 team member to start run-              summer, enough to decrease our water supply.
 ning the 5K. There will be             But it was not enough to stop Randolph’s thirst
 age categories for female and          for football action.
 male. The first-, second- and             Flag football, that is.
 third-place winner in each                Tuesday night officially kicked off another
 category will receive a trophy.        year of Randolph’s annual eight-versus-eight
                                        flag football season. The preseason started last
 Labor Day golf                         week, when seven teams representing various
 tournament                             units across base scrimmaged against each
    The Randolph Oaks Golf              other to get a feel for their players, the ball
 Course offers a Labor Day              and the field, however parched it was.
 golf tournament Monday, with              The seven registered teams for this season
 tee times from 7-9 a.m. The            are from the Air Force Personnel Center, 561st
 entry fee is $10 plus greens           Network Operations Squadron, Air Force Re-
 fees and golf cart rental.             cruiting Service, 359th Aerospace Medicine
 Call 652-4653 to sign up.              Squadron, 359th Medical Group, 902nd Force
                                        Support Squadron and the 902nd Civil Engi-
 Hispanic Heritage Month                neer Squadron.
 Golf Tournament                           For Senior Airman Colby Albright,
    The Randolph Hispanic               359th Medical Operations Squadron Men-
 Heritage Month commit-                 tal Health Flight technician, beating the
 tee is hosting the Randolph            heat, and the competition, is part of what
 Hispanic Heritage Month Golf           makes flag football a great morale booster
 Tournament Sept. 16 with               for Randolph Air Force Base.                                                                                             Photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Siekert
 registration at 11:30 a.m.                “People should come out to see what’s            Members of the 902nd Security Forces Squadron and 359th Medical Group flag football teams take
 at the Randolph Oaks Golf              happening,” Albright said. “We’re out here          part in a preseason scrimmage Aug. 25 in preparation for the regular season.
 Course. To register, email             not only representing our squadron, but            Randolph as well.”                                  to support the competing teams.                        then play for the Randolph championship.
                                           He is a member of the medical group’s flag          Rikk Prado, 902nd Force Support                        Prado said the regular season is prep-
 Tee times                              football team, the reigning champions from last     Squadron Rambler Fitness Center sports                 aration for the playoffs, where a team’s
    Golfers should sign up              season’s competition.                               manager, said crowd turnout has been                   wins and losses really count. A seventh
 forGolfers should sign up                 As a reigning champion, Albright knows           refreshing for the players.                            seed team coming into the playoffs can still
 for weekday tee times at the           all too well in his third season as a wide             Commenting on the overall competition of            win the entire competition.
 Randolph Oaks Golf Course              receiver that football is a game of speed           the seven registered teams, Prado does not see            After the Randolph playoffs, the top four
 two days in advance.                   and aggressiveness, bringing out fast-              one team standing out over another.                    teams are entered into the Joint Base San Anto-
    Drawings are held every             paced action and tough competition.                    “Football is the most competitive sport on          nio flag football tournament, now in its second
 Thursday for weekend tee times.           “It gets really competitive regardless which     base, even if it’s flag football,” Prado said. “It’s   year, to compete for bragging rights against the
 Those wishing to participate           team you play,” he said. “There’s a competitive     a non-contact sport, but it still gets competitive     top four teams from Lackland AFB and Fort
 should include the number of           spirit about football and I love it.”               out there and is fun to watch.”                        Sam Houston in single-elimination games.
 people in the group and what              The games take place every Tuesday                  The season lasts 10 games, or 10 weeks, and            Last year, Albright’s team placed second in
 each person’s status is (i.e. active   and Thursday starting at 6 p.m., and                the games are played in two 20-minute halves,          the JBSA tournament. Prado hopes to see any
 duty, retired, guest) and what         are held on the football field across from          with referees calling the games. After the sea-        of the four teams that make it to the JBSA tour-
 time your group would like to          the Rambler Fitness Center. There are               son, all seven teams make the playoffs, seeded         nament win the event to officially call Randolph
 play. Groups must have at least        bleachers where spectators are welcome              first to seventh place based on their wins, to         AFB home to the best flag football team.
 two active-duty members to
 qualify for a priority tee time.
    To sign up for weekend                                                                 Labor Day Holiday Hours
 tee times, email tee.time@ Emails                                     The Rambler Fitness Center is open Monday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 must be received by 10 a.m.                              The center pool is open today 4-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
 Thursday to be included in                                            Sunday 1-6 p.m. and Monday 1-8 p.m.
 the drawing.