A publication of the 502nd Air Base Wing – Joint Base San Antonio RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE 65th Year • No. 35 • SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 PAGE 8 INSIDE ... ESOHCAMP WRAP UP, P4 ... 9/11 EVENTS, P4 ... TABOO SUBJECT LOSES STIGMA, P6 ... FINANCIAL SERVICES GO LOCAL, P7 PAGE 2 WINGSPREAD SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 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. 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SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 WINGSPREAD PAGE 3 For complete information on the Randolph Air Force Base Air Show 2011, including featured attractions, civilian base entry and parking, and security requirements, visit www.randolph.af.mil. 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) PAGE 4 WINGSPREAD SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 NEWS 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- http://www.fortsamhoustonmwr.com/ 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 www.operationhomefront.net/texas. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com. 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. SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 WINGSPREAD PAGE 5 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. hotmail.com. 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 Tutor.com 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, Tutor.com, 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, Tutor.com 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 502ABW.firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 tunneltotowersrun.org/san_antonio.aspx 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, tytexas.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=580. 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 http://www.travismanion.com. PAGE 6 WINGSPREAD SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 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 1 3 5 7 9 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. SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 WINGSPREAD PAGE 7 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. PAGE 8 WINGSPREAD SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 WINGSPREAD PAGE 9 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. PAGE 10 WINGSPREAD SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 902nd Force Support Squadron Briefs SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 WINGSPREAD PAGE 11 Sports SPORTS – HEALTH – FITNESS BRIEFS 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 email@example.com. 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@ randolph.af.mil. 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.