A P U B L I C AT I O N O F T H E 5 0 2 n d A I R B A S E W I N G – J O I N T B A S E S A N A N T O N I O L A C K L A N D A I R F O R C E B A S E , T E X A S • w w w. l a c k l a n d . a f . m i l • Vo l . 6 8 N o . 1 8 • M AY 6 , 2 0 1 1 TAKING COMMAND INSIDE Commentary 2 Recognition 6 What’s Happening 18 News & Features Showtime for LPAG 3 Unique promotion 12 Photo by William Belcher General William L. Shelton (left), Air Force Space Command commander, gives command of 24th Air Force to Maj. Gen. Suzanne M. Vautrinot dur- ing a ceremony at the Lackland Gateway Club April 29. General Vautrinot is responsible for the Air Force’s newest numbered Air Force providing combatant commanders with trained and ready cyber forces which plan and conduct cyberspace operations. ED staff shines 13 Baseball tryouts 20 US operation kills bin Laden By John D. Banusiewicz extraordinary courage and capability. No Obama said. American Forces Press Service Americans were harmed. They took care “There is no doubt that al-Qaida will to avoid civilian casualties. After a ﬁreﬁght, continue to pursue attacks against us. We WASHINGTON – An intelligence-driven they killed Osama bin Laden and took cus- must, and we will, remain vigilant at home U.S. operation in Pakistan killed al-Qaida tody of his body.” and abroad.” leader Osama bin Laden Sunday, President President Obama noted that bin Laden The president revealed that shortly after Barack Obama announced in a nationally had been al-Qaida’s leader and symbol for taking ofﬁce in January 2009, he ordered televised address from the White House more than 20 years and continued to plot CIA Director Leon E. Panetta to make bin late Sunday night. attacks against the United States and its Laden’s death or capture the top priority of “Today, at my direction, the United States allies. the U.S. war against the al-Qaida terrorist launched a targeted operation against “The death of bin Laden marks the most organization. View the Talespinner online at www.lackland.af.mil that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan,” signiﬁcant achievement to date in our na- “Then, last August, after years of pains- President Obama said. “A small team of tion’s effort to defeat al-Qaida, yet his Americans carried out the operation with death does not mark the end of our effort,” See bin Laden P9 PAGE 2 TALESPINNER MAY 6, 2011 COMMENTARY Editorial staff BRIG. GEN. LEONARD PATRICK, 502ND AIR BASE WING COMMANDER OSCAR BALLADARES, DIRECTOR, 502ND ABW OL-A PUBLIC AFFAIRS JOE BELA, CHIEF OF INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS, 671-4111 SHANNON CARABAJAL, MANAGING EDITOR, 671-1786 MIKE JOSEPH, STAFF WRITER, 671-4357 PATRICK DESMOND, SPORTS EDITOR/STAFF WRITER, 671-5049 PAUL NOVAK, DESIGN/LAYOUT, 671-0478 Ofﬁce: 1701 Kenly Ave. Suite 102 Lackland AFB, Texas 78236-5103 (210) 671-1786; Courtesy photo (fax) 671-2022 Basic trainees carry state ﬂags during their graduation ceremony at Lackland. 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Anonymous inquiries will not is noon Thursday the week prior Air Force basic training, e-mail If you leave your name and be published. to publication. MAY 6, 2011 TALESPINNER PAGE 3 News BRIEFS ENTRY POINT DELAYS Persons entering Lackland should anticipate delays at all entry points with the increased Force Protection Condition. Police ofﬁcers at all gates are conducting 100 percent identiﬁcation checks in the el- evated FPCON. Additionally, trusted traveler access policies have been suspended until further notice. For installation access, a Common Access Card (CAC), Teslin card, Defense Biometric Identiﬁcation System (DBIDS) card or pass are required. Tenant organization ID badges are not valid installation access credentials. Registration into DBIDS is available at the Pass and Registration ofﬁce in Bldg. 5616, Room 109, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or a visitor reception center during non-duty hours, weekends or holidays. MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday at the Gateway Club begins at 10:30 a.m. and con- tinues until 3 p.m. Photo by Robbin Cresswell Meal prices include mothers, $15.95; club Members of the Lackland Performing Arts Group, from left, Staff Sgt. Brandon Smith, Airman 1st Class Erika Salmons, Senior Airman Jen- members, BMT graduates and their guests, nifer Hardin and Rebekah Chandler, rehearse for their production of “The Girl In The Mirror” at Arnold Hall Community Center April 28. LPAG set to take center stage $17.95; non-club members, $20.95; children ages 6-12, $9.95; and under age 5, free. For information, call 645-7034 or visit www.lacklandfss.com. PARENTING ORDER LEGAL CLINIC A free parenting order legal clinic for By Mike Joseph suicide and the family. military parents by the Ofﬁce of the Attorney Staff Writer “It’s a really dark subject matter General of Texas is Wednesday, noon to 1:30 ‘The Girl In The Mirror’ but it needs to be told,” she said. “It’s p.m., at the Airman and Family Readiness The Lackland Performing Arts uncomfortable for me to talk about it. Center. Group will raise the curtain during When: 7 p.m., May 13-14, May It’s uncomfortable for people to hear The clinics are for military parents who the next two weekends for its latest 20-21 about it. I thought it’s exactly the kind have questions about their legal rights as production, “The Girl In The Mirror,” Where: Arnold Hall Community of thing I want to do: tackle a subject parents, problems seeing or locating their at Arnold Hall Community Center. Center nobody wants to talk about.” children, changing their visitation plan, etc. Performances of “The Girl In The Tickets: General admission, Airman Olson directs a cast of 14, Family law attorneys and representatives Mirror,” an original Bruce Jacoby $15; age 65 and over, $10; plus ﬁve extras. Nine other members from the Ofﬁce of the Attorney General of play about a dying 17-year-old girl’s technical training students, make up the stage crew, including Texas will be available to discuss common thoughts as she lies comatose in a hos- $5. Price includes light hors sound and lighting. The all-volunteer questions and concerns. For details, contact pital bed from an attempted suicide, d’oeuvres; cash bar. group has spent the last 2½ months the Lackland Legal Ofﬁce at 671-3362. are May 13-14 and May 20-21. Tables available for 2-8 per- rehearsing while also designing and The script addresses depression, sons, call 671-2619. building the set. CARING FOR PEOPLE FORUM suicide, and how easily people can Not recommended for chil- The play is the second of four pro- The Lackland Integrated Service Delivery misunderstand one another with dren under age 15. ductions scheduled this year. Follow- team’s “Caring for People” forum is Tuesday, tragic results. The performances are ing “The Girl In The Mirror,” auditions 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Gateway Club. not recommended for children under begin for a September musical to be Military members, civilians, spouses, chil- age 15. selected by the group. twice before trying to commit suicide.' dren and retirees are needed to help identify “It’s a subject matter that people “We have a lot of fun,” said Tracy Life may be hard right now, but in the quality of life issues that impact Airmen and deﬁnitely don’t want to talk about, Parmer, LPAG president. “It’s all vol- end you’re hurting the people around their families. The discussion groups will they want to shut their eyes to it,” unteer, free to join and an activity for you, not just yourself.” make recommendations to improve quality of said Airman 1st Class Trisha Olson, military members. Airman Olson said the main char- life at Lackland and in the Air Force. the play’s director. “We’re hoping this “Anyone with base access can join: acter doesn’t realize how much she For information, contact Capt. Daniel can be a way to open them up a bit. dependent, spouse, civilian or con- is loved by those around her and the Cassidy. “We’re really focused on (deliver- tractor. Whatever your talent is, we’ll effect her death would have on them. ing) the message, 'You need to think It presents an outside perspective on ﬁnd a way to use it.” PAGE 4 TALESPINNER MAY 6, 2011 Randolph pilot killed in Afghanistan By Bekah A. Clark Richard Murphy, the 12th 12th Flying Training Wing FTW commander. “Our hearts and prayers go out to Jeff's RANDOLPH – An Airman family and to the families of assigned to the 12th Flying those affected by this terrible Training Wing was killed act.” April 27 in Kabul, Afghani- According to his wife, Su- stan, when a shooter opened zanna Ausborn, Major Aus- ﬁre at the Kabul Internation- born volunteered in 2010 al Airport, killing eight U.S. to deploy to Afghanistan to servicemembers and one con- teach new Afghan pilots to tractor. ﬂy the C-27. Maj. Jeff Ausborn, a 99th He was in a meeting when Flying Training Squadron in- the attack occurred. structor pilot, was deployed “He was the most compas- to the 438th Air Expedition- sionate, kind, patient and un- ary Wing, where he served derstanding husband, father, as a C-27 Spartan instructor pilot and supervisor,” she pilot. said. The 19-year Air Force vet- “He was a great communi- eran and native of Gadsden, cator; we talked nearly every Ala., died of wounds sustained day. in the shooting. He was 41. “That’s how I knew some- Courtesy photo “The loss of Jeff is devas- thing was wrong; I didn't Maj. Jeff Ausborn was killed April 27 when a tating not only to the squad- hear from him. I miss him so shooter opened ﬁre at Kabul International Air- ron, but the wing as well. He much.” port killing eight U.S. service members and one has served our wing and his Major Ausborn is survived contractor. nation honorably,” said Col. by his wife and ﬁve children. PAGE 6 TALESPINNER MAY 6, 2011 BMT HONORS Congratulations to the Keith Warner Jacob Tilley Ashley Bopp Top BMT Airman following 72 Airmen for being Joey Zwack Flight 314 Alicia Braun Joel Adriance, 323rd TRS, selected as honor graduates Flight 340 Tyanna Church Flight 315 among 722 trainees Krista Abernethy Anna Donovan 326th Training Squadron graduating today: Christina Charles Stevi Lau Flight 333 Most Physically Fit Kirsten Luebrecht Aaron Eldridge Male Airmen 320th Training Squadron 321st Training Squadron Laura Parker James Hammerling Joey Zwack, 320th TRS, Flight 339 Flight 317 Alexis Samloff Jerad Oliver Flight 339 Brendan Broussard Elisha Johnson Deidre Spoor Flight 334 Rogelio Naranja, 320th TRS, John Groat Robert McClung Brent Ford Flight 339 Peter Kraines Sean Minnis 323rd Training Squadron Lloyd Frederick Matthew Salim, 320th TRS, Rogelio Naranja Thomas Robinson Flight 315 Matthew Galvas Flight 339 Matthew Nelson Flight 318 Joel Adriance Matthew Huber Mathew Guajardo, 320th Chad Turko Jesse Dunsmore Scott Beneﬁeld Richard Schorling TRS, Flight 339 Estevan Vasquez Brian Garcia Joseph Bubeck Christopher Tindall Female Airmen Kevin Vella Jacob Peterson Tailon Dow Natalie Showalter, 324th TRS, Keith Warner Daniel Rakowski Jason Emerich Flight 336 Joey Zwack Robert Rebouche Flight 316 331st Training Squadron Janelle Ward, 322nd TRS, Flight 340 Chad Shinn Jeremiah Arnett Flight 337 Flight 314 Krista Abernethy Marc Nettles Joshua Escobar Male Flights Christina Charles 322nd Training Squadron Christopher O’Connor Levi Garner 331st TRS, Flight 337 Flight 339 Flight 313 Evan Schrader Shane Harris-Capuano 320th TRS, Flight 339 Brendan Broussard Robert Castanon John King Female Flights John Groat Doroteo Garibay 324th Training Squadron Nathan Marion 324th TRS, Flight 336 Peter Kraines Mario Harper Flight 335 Kyle Rice 322nd TRS, Flight 314 Rogelio Naranja Michael Hodge Tyler Hamer Nuri Stephen Matthew Nelson Austin Marsh Lino Melara David Wine Top Academic Flights Chad Turko Thomas Pennington Jake Verheyen Flight 338 322nd TRS, Flight 313 Estevan Vasquez Cleveland Robinson Jonathan White Stephen Culbertson 321st TRS, Flight 318 Kevin Vella Theodore Souza Flight 336 Dillen Stuhlsatz LOOKING SHARP Col. William R. conducting origi- Buhler: 59th nal research. The Dental Training tri-service staff Squadron ensure worldwide Date assumed dental readiness command: May 4 and advanced Previous assign- training, conduct- ment: Military ing six residency, Consultant for Pe- two fellowships diatric Dentistry and 66 weeks of to the Air Force continuing educa- Surgeon General, Col. William R. tion courses for 59th Dental Train- Buhler ofﬁcers and enlist- ing Squadron ed members. Time in Service: 25 years Command philosophy: A Family: Five children and common sense approach one grandson to meeting both the Air Hobbies: Outdoor recre- Force’s and the squadron ation members’ needs in order to Why the squadron is im- accomplish our readiness, portant to the Air Force dental training and deploy- mission: The 238-member ment missions squadron is the Air Force Goals for new position: To ﬂagship for dental educa- continue the 59th DTS’s 55- tion and specialty consul- year history of providing Courtesy photo tation. world class dental residen- Master Sgt. Alucia Davis (middle), 37th Training Support Squadron, receives the Lackland Chiefs’ Group Look The squadron is a referral cy training while developing Sharp award April 19 in recognition of her outstanding job as the ﬂight chief for the 37th Airman Transition center, providing compre- leaders who will mentor the Assistance Flight. Robert Rubio (left), 37th Training Wing character development program manager, and Chief hensive oral and maxil- future generations of our Master Sgt. Brenda Massey, 37th Training Group, presented the award. lofacial healthcare while Air Force Dental Service. MAY 6, 2011 TALESPINNER PAGE 7 75% PAGE 8 TALESPINNER MAY 6, 2011 ~ Mi casa es su casa ~ AMIGO picnic treats DLI students and staff to local culture About 875 people attended the annual Defense Language Institute English Lan- guage Center AMIGO picnic April 29 at Stillman Park. The American Members of International Good- will to Others spon- sorship program ac- quaints international students with Ameri- can society, customs and culture. Photo by Robbin Cresswell Above, Mariachi Las Coronelas, an all-female Mariachi band, performs during the Defense Lan- guage Institute English Language Center’s annual AMIGO picnic on April 29. The event offered free food and featured games, sports, music and children’s activities. At right, Frank Lawrence, DLIELC, gets splashed by a water balloon during the AMIGO picnic at Stillman Park. Be Responsible! Seat Belts Save Lives! Buckle Up And Wear Yours! MAY 6, 2011 TALESPINNER PAGE 9 bin Laden from P1 people. Tonight, I called [Pakistani] President [Asif Ali] Zardari, and my taking work by our intelligence com- team has also spoken with their Paki- munity, I was briefed on a possible lead stani counterparts. They agree that to bin Laden. It was far from certain, this is a good and historic day for both and it took many months to run this of our nations, and going forward, it is thread to ground,” he said. essential that Pakistan continue to join The president said he met repeat- us in the ﬁght against al-Qaida and its edly with his national security team afﬁliates.” as information developed indicating The president praised those who bin Laden was at a compound in Paki- worked to ﬁnd bin Laden and those stan, and that last week he determined who carried out the operation that enough information was available and killed him. authorized the operation. “Tonight, we give thanks to the The president emphasized that the countless intelligence and counterter- war against al-Qaida is not a war rorism professionals who’ve worked against Islam. tirelessly to achieve this outcome,” he “Bin Laden was not a Muslim lead- said. er,” he said. “The American people do not see “He was a mass murderer of Mus- their work, nor know their names. lims. Indeed, al-Qaida has slaughtered But tonight, they feel the satisfaction scores of Muslims in many countries, of their work and the result of their including our own. So his demise pursuit of justice. should be welcomed by all who believe “We give thanks for the men who in peace and human dignity.” carried out this operation,” he contin- Counterterrorism cooperation with ued, “for they exemplify the profes- Pakistan helped in ﬁnding bin Laden sionalism, patriotism, and unparal- and the compound where he was hid- leled courage of those who serve our ing, the president said. country. And they are part of a genera- “Indeed, bin Laden had declared tion that has borne the heaviest share war against Pakistan as well, and or- of the burden since that September dered attacks against the Pakistani day.” PAGE 10 TALESPINNER MAY 6, 2011 Edwards Aquifer Level in feet above sea level CURRENT LEVEL* = 654.2’ *determines Joint Base San Antonio water conservation stage Normal - above 660’ Stage I - 660’ Stage II - 650’ Stage III - 642’ Stage IV - 640.5’ Stage V - 637’ PAGE 12 TALESPINNER MAY 6, 2011 Skype brings JBSA couple together for promotion By Mike Joseph Staff Writer A Joint Base San Antonio military couple found a creative way to over- come the separation of 8,113 miles and a 9½-hour time difference to share a major event in their lives. The use of modern computer technol- ogy at the Airman and Family Readiness Center enabled Capt. Teresa Hernandez to preside over her husband’s April 29 promotion to master sergeant. In a computer room at the AFRC early that morning, Tech. Sgt. Joe Hernandez, a 319th Training Squadron Military Training Instructor, reafﬁrmed the oath of enlistment via Skype to his wife, who is deployed to Kandahar Air Base, Af- ghanistan. Three 319th TRS leaders – Senior Master Sgt. Warren Rosebrough, ﬁrst sergeant; Master Sgt. Sean Naglic, a training superintendent; and Capt. Troy Lane, director of operations – stood be- side Sergeant Hernandez while he re- peated the oath back to his wife as she watched and listened via computer from Afghanistan, and vice versa. Photo by Robbin Cresswell “I’m so excited and proud to do this Tech. Sgt. Joe Hernandez, 319th Training Squadron, reafﬁrms the oath of enlistment via Skype to his wife, Capt. Teresa Hernandez, Defense from Kandahar,” Captain Hernandez Logistics Agency ofﬁcer in charge at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, during his promotion ceremony April 29 at the Airman and Family Readi- said, concluding with, “congratulations, ness Center. Sergeant Hernandez was promoted to master sergeant. Master Sgt. Hernandez. I’m so excited: hug, hug, kiss, kiss.” ian job, who suggested using the AFRC “Talk to you tonight,” replied her hus- service. band. “I’ve got to get to work.” “She was upset she wasn’t going to be The Lackland obstacle course ﬂight part of the promotion,” Sergeant Her- AFRC offers family support during deployment chief was just beginning his work day nandez said. “She used to work in family Personal and family readiness provides mobility and deployment assis- while his wife was completing hers readiness and knew AFRC had Skype. I tance to help single and married Department of Defense personnel and as Defense Logistics Agency ofﬁcer in thought it made a lot of sense.” families meet pre-deployment, sustainment, reintegration, and post-deploy- charge at Kandahar. Captain Hernandez The couple is also grateful to the ment challenges. had been activated from her Reserve Lackland AFRC for their assistance in Family Readiness Brieﬁng – Class held every Monday to help prepare DLA assignment at Fort Sam Houston. making a special occasion even more for military separations. Spouses welcome. Since the February deployment, Cap- unique. Hearts Apart – Family members are authorized to make one free 15-min- tain Hernandez has called their home “We wouldn’t have been able to do ute phone call per week using DSN lines from their home. Deploying mem- daily through Skype, a computer soft- this if it weren’t for them,” Captain Her- bers must ﬁrst register for this program ware application that permits video nandez said. “I’m so glad I got this op- Give Parents A Break – Sponsored by the AFAS, free child care certiﬁcates conferencing through a secure Internet portunity.” are issued to families separated by deployments or remote assignments. connection, as the sun is going down in “To do a promotion with my wife Child care is provided by the base CDC facilities on a monthly basis. San Antonio while rising in Kandahar. (while she’s in Afghanistan) is special,” Car Care Because We Care – Sponsored by the AFAS, a $30 voucher will “Teresa gets to talk to our boys every Sergeant Hernandez said. “She’s done issued for an oil/ﬁlter change for spouses of active duty Air Force members single day,” Sergeant Hernandez said. my re-enlistments, and I’m fortunate deployed for more than 30 days or on remote assignment “She normally calls about 8 o’clock, she could pin on my master sergeant Reunion and Reintegration Support – Classes held every Monday to help which is 5:30 in the morning there. stripe. The AFRC was awesome. It’s a families return to a state of normalcy. “Technology is great. It’s not the same great service they provide.” Webcam Service – Webcams are available for use by families separated as being here, but it’s pretty close. It’s For more information about pro- due to assignment. Service must be used in the resource room within the the next best thing.” grams and services available to families facility and may not be taken home. Service is provided on a ﬁrst-come, Sergeant Hernandez said it was his of deployed military members, call the ﬁrst-served basis. wife, installation deployment ofﬁcer at Airman and Family Readiness Center at Randolph Air Force Base in her civil- 671-3722. MAY 6, 2011 TALESPINNER PAGE 13 ED staff pays it forward By Maj. Nancy A. Eastman 59th Emergency Medical Squadron In a collaborative effort to provide the best patient services possible, se- nior leaders of the 59th Emergency Medical Squadron are redesigning care processes and at the same time imple- menting morale enhancing strategies that foster a culture of collaboration and cohesiveness. Col. (Dr.) Linda Lawrence, 59th EMDS commander, honored Capt. Nelanette Clemmons, an emergency department nurse, and Staff Sgt. Thomas Nance, ED administrative clerk, at a recent com- mander’s call, in tribute to the squad- ron’s “Green Box” Outstanding Leader- ship/Team Player Recognition Award. In March, Lt. Col. Richard Conte, 59th Emergency Operations Flight commander, honored Capt. Jasmine Cook, ED nurse, and Airman 1st Class Gina Calcaterra, medical technician. Each individual received accolades for performing outstanding leadership and team player clinical skills. The 59th EMDS recently spearhead- ed the “Green Box” recognition pro- gram which describes a staff member’s achievement, task, or job performance, Photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Barnett giving special gratitude to individuals Capt. (Dr.) Joseph Sontgerath (top center) leads a resuscitation team working on a patient in the trauma section of the Wilford Hall Medical Cen- who exceed standards of care and/or ter Emergency Department April 13. Dr. Sontgerath is an emergency medicine resident assigned to the 59th Emergency Medical Squadron. strive to improve customer service. “A recognition program does not include giving our hard-working people program. “The Wilford Hall UCC will be staffed have to be expensive,” said Maj. Er- a boost in morale while producing sig- One phase is to guarantee that ser- by physicians, physician assistants, icka Hooper, Emergency Operations niﬁcant gains in patient ﬂow.” vices are closely synchronized while nurses and technicians,” said Capt. Element leader. “An effective recogni- Operational efﬁciency is dependent implementing the Lean Six Sigma Edgar Miller, ED nurse. “People with tion program comprises fairness, high on decreasing lengths of stay and en- concepts, a well-known approach for sore throats or twisted ankles will visibility and consistency.” hancing patient ﬂow in the ED. Meeting achieving operational excellence. have a place to go on Lackland to be The ED physicians, nurses, techni- the needs of patients requires leaders The ED staff continues to improve treated.” cians, and administration clerks are of healthcare personnel to get it right in the ﬂow of patients on a daily basis, Air Force emergency medicine pro- staffed and equipped to provide a wide terms of patient and staff satisfaction. so they do not experience unnecessary fessionals will be working alongside range of services that can take care of “Positive attitudes are the only way waits as they streamline through a mili- their Army counterparts in the only all Lackland military members and to press forward in order to meet mis- tary healthcare system. remaining military ED in San Antonio, their dependents. Many times the ED sion needs,” said Capt. Cook, a March “Bottom line, the process is a day- the San Antonio Military Medical Cen- is the front door or the primary entry 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Pre- by-day routine in which good service is ter ED at Fort Sam Houston. By com- point for their healthcare needs during ceptor Award given from the Critical based on the patient,” said Capt. Keith bining positivity with great leaders and an emergency crisis. Care/Emergency Nursing Fellowship Smith, ED nurse. team players, the 59th EMDS makes a The daily experience of an emergency Class. Changes are fast approaching in strong case for getting it right, in terms healthcare worker can bring a unique The Critical Care/Emergency Nurs- how Wilford Hall will provide urgent of personal accountability and provid- combination of physical and emotional ing Fellowship Class is taught at both and emergency care to eligible mili- ing practical strategies for supporting challenges such as long hours, large Wilford Hall and Brooke Army Medi- tary medical beneﬁciaries in the San staff in a positive way. numbers of sick and sometimes dif- cal Centers, preparing nurses to work Antonio area. Beginning July 1, Wilford “The ED at Wilford Hall Medical ﬁcult patients, and one of the worse in critical care areas and to attain the Hall will close its emergency depart- Center remains among the top military scenarios, the death of a child. skills to be deployed. The 59th EMDS ment and re-designate the area as an treatment facilities in the world, valued “Based on our unique mission, it is also demonstrates a commitment in im- urgent care center, or UCC. The urgent for their contributions to providing the sometimes difﬁcult to see the positivity proving healthcare through an ongoing care center will be able to perform ba- highest quality patient care accompa- in the work place,” said Capt. Belinda process of the Air Force Smart Opera- sic X-rays and lab work and dispense nied with compassion and trust,” Major Conti, ED charge nurse. “Top priorities tions of the 21st Century, or AFSO21, prescriptions. Hooper said. PAGE 14 TALESPINNER MAY 6, 2011 CELEBRATING ARBOR DAY LACKLAND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Volunteerism makes Lackland a better place to live and work. Whether you are an enlisted member, ofﬁcer, spouse, retiree or teen, help Lackland improve quality of life for everyone. If you have a few free hours each week, please consider volunteering in our community. • The Airman’s Attic – Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Master Sgt. Stacy Grice, 6395-9894. • CAMP (Children’s Association for Maximum Potential) – Vol- unteers, 14 and older, assist with Special Needs, Parents Night Out and Respite Weekends. Call Sarah Colume, 671-5229. (www. campcamp.org) • Lackland Fisher House – Volunteers, 16 and older or younger when accompanied by a parent, assist the retiree community with a range of needs. Call Cathy Guertin, 671-6029. (www. ﬁsherhouseinc.org) • Lackland Thrift Shop – Monday through Wednesday and the ﬁrst Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 671-3608. Photo by Robbin Cresswell Lt. Col. Kara Neuse (right), 802nd Mission Support Group deputy commander, and Lackland children celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree at the youth center April 29. Lackland has been observing the Arbor Day tradition since its designation as a Tree City USA community by the National Arbor Day Foundation in 1993. PAGE 16 TALESPINNER MAY 6, 2011 Planning workshop charts future of JBSA By Steve Elliot tors and physical planners to craft a and potential future paths for JBSA, ners, as well as leaders from the local FSH Public Affairs vision for JBSA – today and into the some of them locally driven and others community and the private sector,” future. based on future DOD policy and infra- Ms. Harkiewicz said. “There are a lot Military and civilian leaders from “The reason for the workshop was structure,” Colonel Garr added. of commonalities in what we want to the 502nd Air Base Wing, Fort Sam to start developing a vision of what “We are in the early stages of a achieve such as operational efﬁcien- Houston, and Lackland and Randolph JBSA might look like in 2030,” said 16-month process of building a mas- cies, energy conservation, and ﬁnding Air Force Bases gathered recently for Col. Mary Garr, 502nd Mission Sup- ter plan for Joint Base San Antonio better ways to conduct business.” a strategic planning workshop to chart port Group commander. “The 502nd that will set the stage for shaping our The master plan will establish the the future of Joint Base San Antonio. Air Base Wing brought in some com- future,” said Debra Harkiewicz, 502nd framework for decision-making with The workshop – conducted as part munity partners, including CPS Energy, ABW Director of Civil Engineering. “In regard to the future development of of the ongoing process for the JBSA In- San Antonio Water System, Defense these meetings, we were able to high- JBSA, incorporating elements such tegrated Master Plan – was held April Transformation Institute, City of San light the important things our mission as operational, environmental, urban 25 through 27 at the City Public Ser- Antonio International and Economic partners need to do their missions into planning and quality of life. vice Energy Management and Training Development and others to interact the future.” “This workshop is an initial step in Center. with leaders at FSH, Lackland, and The workshop also included break- future strategic planning across JBSA,” A diverse group of decision-makers Randolph at a CPS hosted ice-breaker out exercise sessions for groups from Colonel Garr said. “It will be valuable from the Joint Base Partnership Coun- April 25. the three installations to envision as it pulls together all major mission cil, including major mission partners “In small and large group forums where their respective bases would be partners in helping to develop strategic and mission support group command- held on April 26 and 27, the attendees in 2030 and talk about how they would installation support planning and op- ers, worked with professional facilita- had a chance to discuss opportunities get to that point. portunities.” Since the 502nd ABW and JBSA The project will help in developing a came into full operational capability web-based comprehensive Installation in October 2010, the workshop held Master Plan and Capital Investment a special immediacy in the context of Plan for JBSA. This plan will address multiple ongoing strategic efforts. the relationships between the installa- “There are more meetings planned tions and the functional areas within in the next 16 months where we will to integrate them into a comprehensive bring in even more of our mission part- long-term regional plan. MAY 6, 2011 TALESPINNER PAGE 17 COMMUNITY Local BRIEFS THRIFT SHOP BAG SALE 17-20 and May 31-June 3. remain the standard asset supply to the developing fetus. a written consultation from their The Lackland Thrift Shop bag Students must have their supervi- system can still register into enter- Work restrictions may be neces- referring dentist. It can be brought sale is Saturday, 9:30 p.m. Proceeds sor’s permission, be world-wide prise solution-supply (ES-S). sary to protect the mother’s and to MacKown Dental Clinic or faxed beneﬁt military-afﬁliated charities deployable and hold a current secret Self registration instructions are the fetus’ health. Supervisors are to 292-6431 during normal duty and scholarships to military high clearance. available at https://www.my.af.mil/ responsible for ensuring that military hours. Patients will be selected for school students and spouses. For more information or to regis- gcss-ess/ess/admin/user/access/ and civilian employees comply with treatment based on the needs of the The Lackland Ofﬁcers’ Spouses’ ter, contact Tech. Sgt. James Davis useraccess/index.shtml. Completed fetal protection program require- endodontic training program. Club will present $17,000 in at 671-0280. customer information should be ments, and must provide training For information, call 292-7831. scholarships at an awards reception Information is also available on e-mailed to 802nd Logistics Readi- that makes them aware of this Thursday at the Gateway Club. ECAC page through the Air Force ness Squadron customer service at program. AF SERVICES SCHOLARSHIPS For more information, call 671- portal. email@example.com or Expectant mothers must visit Air Force Services will give away 3600 or visit www.lacklandosc.org. the firstname.lastname@example.org inbox. the Public Health Ofﬁce in the Reid 25 $1,000 scholarships this year CHAPEL SETS MARRIAGE RETREAT For questions, contact 802nd LRS Health Services Center, Bldg. 6612, to current Air Force club members TALENT CONTEST REGISTRATION Lackland Chapel marriage care is customer service at 671-3801, 671- Room 420. For more information, and their family members. Family A family and teen talent contest sponsoring a free marriage retreat 3611 or 671-2575. contact Staff Sgt. Jennifer Bynum at members include spouse, dependent is Saturday, 6:30 p.m., at Arnold Hall May 13-15 at the Mayan Dude 671-9667 or 671-3605. children or step-children, and depen- Community Center. Ranch in Bandera. PREGNANCY PROFILE REQUIREMENT dent grandchildren of club members The contest features solo, group Priority placement for the work- All expectant active duty and ENDODONTIC PROGRAM SEEKS PATIENTS who have been accepted or are or family acts, ages 6 to adult. shop will be given to Airmen who civilian women working at Lackland The MacKown Dental Clinic enrolled for the fall 2011 semester Admission is free. are preparing to deploy, or who have are required to obtain a pregnancy Endodontic Residency Program seeks as a full or part-time student in an For more information, call 671- returned from deployment in the proﬁle within ﬁve duty days of a patients who need root canal therapy accredited college or university. 2619. past year. Limited child care is also positive pregnancy test. treatment. Scholarships are awarded available. In addition to duty and mobility Applicants must be a military for the essay contest topic “My ECAC COURSE DATES For more information, call Free- restrictions, the individual’s worksite retiree, retiree family member or Contribution(s) to the Air Force.” The Evasion and Conduct After dom Chapel at 671-4208. will be evaluated for any physical or active-duty family member, and have Rules, eligibility and applications Capture (ECAC) course at Lackland chemical hazards that could affect recently been diagnosed by a dentist are available at the Gateway and is open to qualiﬁed students to at- CLASSIFIED ASSETS REGISTRATION the mother or the fetus. Research with an endodontic condition requir- Kelly Clubs or www.afclubs.net. tend a 40-hour course. Course dates Equipment and supply custodians has shown some chemicals and ex- ing root canal therapy. The submission deadline is July 1. are Tuesday through May 13, May who receive classiﬁed assets who posure to toxic materials are harmful Eligible patients should obtain For more information, call 645-7034. CHAPEL SERVICES KEY FAMILY SUPPORT RESOURCES Christian Airmen Memorial Chapel Sunday: Religious Ed., 4:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy, 9:30 a.m. Gateway Chapel Air Force Aid Society 671-3722 Catholic Religious Ed., 10:45 a.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Wicca Airman & Family Readiness Center 671-3722 Tuesday-Friday: Latter Day Saints 1st Wednesday: Airman’s Attic 671-1780 Freedom Chapel 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Freedom Chapel Room 8, Base Post Ofﬁce 671-1058 Daily Eucharist, 11:30 a.m. Protestant San Antonio Military Open Bowling Center 671-2271 Saturday: Wilford Hall Chapel Circle, 6 p.m. DEERS 800-538-9552 Wilford Hall Chapel Gateway Chapel Traditional Service, 1:30 p.m. Exceptional Family Member Program 671-3722 Mass, 11 a.m Seventh-Day Adventist Buddist Family Child Care 671-3376 Service, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Islamic Sunday: Legal Ofﬁce 671-3362 Saturday: Friday: BMT Reception Center, Library 671-3610 Freedom Chapel Sunday: Defense Language 10 a.m. - noon. Eucharist, 5:30 p.m. Airmen Memorial Chapel Institute Medical Appointment Line 916-9900 Reconciliation after Eucharist Liturgical Service, 8 a.m. Student Center MPF ID Cards 671-6006 Faith Study, 1:30 p.m. Outdoor Recreation 925-5532 Sunday: Freedom Chapel Jummah Prayer, 1:30-2:30 For more information, TRICARE Info 800-444-5445 Freedom Chapel Contemporary Service, p.m. contact the chapel staff: Thrift Shop 671-3600 Religious Ed., 9 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Sunday: Eucharist, 11 a.m. Gospel Service, Religious Ed., 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Freedom Chapel • 671-4208 Lackland Enlisted Spouses’ Club www.lacklandesc.org 12:30 p.m. Lackland Force Support Squadron www.lacklandfss.com Wilford Hall Chapel Children’s Church Jewish Gateway Chapel • 671-2911 Lackland ISD www.lacklandisd.net Mass, 3 p.m. provided Friday: Religious Ed., 11 a.m. Airmen Memorial Chapel Hope Chapel • 671-2941 Lackland Ofﬁcers’ Spouses’ Club www.lacklandosc.org Orthodox Wednesday and Thursday: Sabbath Eve Service, WHMC Chapel • 292-7373 Lackland Public website www.lackland.af.mil Sunday: Bible Study, 6 p.m. 5:45 p.m. My Air Force Life www.MyAirForceLife.com PAGE 18 TALESPINNER MAY 6, 2011 What’s Happening � � Family Support Events MAY 9 The seminar provides separating For more information, call 671- man and Family Readiness Center. RETURN AND REUNION SEMINAR A return and reunion seminar is or retiring personnel with information on the criteria and beneﬁts to be MONTHLY MEETINGS 3722. The seminar is an informal forum about the stress families and Monday, 2:30-3:30 p.m., at the Air- considered a disabled veteran. ENLISTED SPOUSES’ CLUB PROTESTANT WOMEN OF THE CHAPEL individuals experience during their man and Family Readiness Center. For more information, call 671- The Lackland Enlisted Spouses’ Club meets every third Tuesday of the month Protestant Women of the Chapel separation. The seminar is an informal 3722. at the AFRC, Bldg. 1249. For more information, visit www.lacklandesc.org. meets for Bible study Thursday, 6 For more information, call 671- forum about the stress families and p.m., at Freedom Chapel. 3722. OFFICERS’ SPOUSES’ CLUB individuals experience during their FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT SEMINAR For more information, call 671- The Lackland Ofﬁcers’ Spouses’ Club meets every third Tuesday of the separation. A seminar on “How to Apply for month at the Kelly Club. For more information, visit www.lacklandosc.org. 4208. MAY 17 For more information, call 671- Federal Employment” is Tuesday, PRE-PREPARATION RETIREES' CLASS MILITARY COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN 3722. 1-3 p.m., at the Airman and Family The Military Council of Catholic Women meets the ﬁrst Friday of the month, MAY 13 A mandatory counseling class for Readiness Center. TROOPS TO TEACHERS SEMINAR pre-separation retirees is May 17, 10 a.m., at Freedom Chapel. For more information, call 671-4208. MAY 10 The class teaches participants A Troops to Teachers coordinator 9-11 a.m., at the Airman and Family PRE-SEPARATION RETIREES’ CLASS how to enhance the job-hunting will present a “Teaching as a Second Readiness Center. A mandatory counseling class for process. station personal ﬁnance management Wednesday, noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Career” seminar May 13, 1-3 p.m., Attendees will be briefed about pre-separation retirees is Tuesday, For more information, call 671- class is Wednesday, 8-10:30 a.m., Airman and Family Readiness Center. at the Airmen and Family Readiness beneﬁts and services. 9-11 a.m., at the Airman and Family 3722. at the Airman and Family Readiness For more information, contact the Center. For more details, call 671-3722. Readiness Center. Center. For more information, call Lackland Legal Ofﬁce at 671-3362. Troops to Teachers is a Depart- Attendees will be briefed about PROTESTANT WOMEN OF THE CHAPEL 671-3722. ment of Defense program designed to DISABILITY TAP SEMINAR beneﬁts and services. Protestant Women of the Chapel MAY 12 help eligible service members begin a A disability transition assistance For more information, call 671- meets for Bible study Tuesday, 10 PARENTING ORDER LEGAL CLINIC RESUME WRITING CLASS teaching career in public schools. program seminar is May 17, 11 a.m. 3722. a.m., at Freedom Chapel with children The Ofﬁce of the Attorney General A class on writing an effective For more information or to regis- to noon, at the Airman and Family ministry during the meeting. of Texas will host a free parenting resume is Thursday, 1-3 p.m., at the ter, call 671-3722. Readiness Center. DISABILITY TAP SEMINAR For more details, call 671-4208. order legal clinic for military parents Airman and Family Readiness Center. The seminar provides separating A disability transition assistance MAY 16 or retiring personnel with information WWW.LACKLANDFSS.COM program seminar is Tuesday, 11 a.m. MAY 11 RETURN AND REUNION SEMINAR on the criteria and beneﬁts to be to noon, at the Airman and Family FIRST DUTY STATION CLASS A return and reunion seminar is considered a disabled veteran. Readiness Center. A mandatory ofﬁcer’s ﬁrst duty May 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m., at the Air- For more details, call 671-3722. MAY 6, 2011 TALESPINNER PAGE 19 SPORTS Upcoming – 2011 Armed Forces Championships – Air Force teams claim NEXT WEEK’S FC2 WORKOUT Complete four rounds of a 400-meter run on the treadmill at a 7.2 speed, 10 push-ups gold in 3 spring sports and 20 air squat jumps1 for time. The women’s workout is the same, except a speed of 6.5 is used during the 400-me- ter run. TV: ARMED FORCES BOXING Coverage of the 2011 Armed As of April, the men’s basketball team is now reaching dynasty-status, having won six straight Forces Boxing Championships titles; both male and female Airmen triathletes dominated the Olympic-distance course at Point continues on The Pentagon Mugu, Calif., and the men’s volleyball team proved its game extends outdoors, winning the second- Channel at http://www.pen- ever beach tournament. tagonchannel.mil/. The program Here’s a more in-depth look at how the Airmen-athletes performed at recent Armed Forces com- airs today at 12:30 p.m. petition: Scoreboard Volleyball Basketball Triathlon SOFTBALL Armed Forces Beach/ In- Armed Forces Basketball Armed Forces Triathlon Varsity door Volleyball Championships Championship at Marine Corps Base Championship at Naval Base The Lady Warhawks ﬁnished ﬁfth of at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 10-27 Ventura County, Calif., April 6-10 24 teams at the Budweiser Softball Cherry Point, N.C., April 6-15 Festival. this past weekend in College Station. Leading the team at The undefeated Air Force men’s The Air Force female triathlon team the place, Corinna Vieyra had a .692 The Air Force men won gold in the team won the gold medal, while the won its third consecutive gold medal; batting average, Laura Newberg had beach volleyball competition while the women’s team overcame three early the male team captured gold for the a .667 batting average and Vonda women won gold in indoor volleyball. losses to beat Army in the ﬁnals. second year in row. Ware had a .600 batting average. BEACH VOLLEYBALL Men: The Air Force won its sixth FINAL STANDINGS National W L 1. NIOC 2 0 Women: The A team won silver, with straight title, going undefeated Men: (1) Air Force, (2) Navy, (3) Ma- 2. 433rd AW 1 0 a 2-1 record. The B team took bronze, through six games during the tourna- rine Corps, (4) Army 3. 802nd OSS 1 1 beating Navy before losing to the Ma- ment. Championship game: Air Force 4. Navy-Marines 1 1 rines in tiebreaker games. Brooke 71, Army 65. Women: (1) Air Force, (2) Navy, (3) 5. 543rd Spt Sq 1 1 Cultra, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Five Airmen were selected to the Army, (4) Marine Corps 6. 93rd IS 0 1 was selected to the four-member U.S. 12-member All-Armed Forces men’s . 7 688th IOW 0 2 Armed Forces Conseil International du basketball team: forward Jammer Ma- TOP 10 FINISHERS American W L Sport Militaire team. jor, Hurlburt Field, Fla., guard Ony- Men: The four Airmen ﬁnished in the 1. LAB 4 1 enma Nwaelele, Keesler AFB, Miss., top 10. 2. Crypto Div 3 1 Men: The B team won gold, with a center John Frye, Shriever AFB, Colo., (1) Capt James Bales, Peterson AFB, 3. AFISRA 2 1 3-0 record. The A team took bronze, guard Matt McCraw, Malmstrom AFB, Colo., 1:50:05, (4) Scott Tonder, Van- 4. Security Forces 3 2 with a 1-2 record. Joe Gross, Hurlburt Mont., and guard Andrew Henke, Scott denberg AFB, Calif., 1:53:19, (7) Ken- 5. 701st MP Bn 1 2 6. 624th OC 1 3 Field AFB, Fla., was selected to the AFB, Ill. neth Corrigliano, Cannon AFB, N.M., . 7 717th MI Bn 0 4 four-member U.S. Armed Forces CISM 1:56:05, and (10) Michael McCoy, Scott team. Women: The Air Force went 1-3, AFB, Ill, 1:57:07. Competitive W L INDOOR VOLLEYBALL before winning four straight, includ- 1. Radiology 5 1 Women: The women won bronze, los- ing back-to-back ﬁnals victories over Women: The ﬁve Airmen ﬁnished in 2. 737th TRG 5 1 ing to Navy in a second-place tiebreak- the defending champion Army team. the top 10. 3. FSS 4 2 4. 149th FW 3 3 er. Michelle Harrington, Hanscom AFB, Championship games: Air Forces 56, (1) Kathy Rakel, Luke AFB, Ariz., 5. CES 3 3 Mass., was selected to the 12-member Army 47 (Game 1); Air Force 67, Army 2:04:51, (2) Colleen O’Connor, Andrews 6. 668th ALIS 2 4 U.S. Armed Forces CISM team. 51 (Game 2). Three Airmen made the AFB, Md., 2:09:51, (3) Erin O’Connor, . 7 343rd TRS 2 4 12-member All-Armed Forces team: Charleston AFB, S.C., 2:11:48, (4) 8. Dental 0 5 Men: The men’s team ﬁnished 2-5. forward Williamina Folks, MacDill Jolene Wilkinson, Hill AFB, Utah, Two Airmen made the 12-member U.S. AFB, Fla., guard Denasha Mondy, Joint 2:12:30 and (8) Stephanie Hirst, Pat- Women W L 1. Crypto Div 2 0 Armed Forces CISM team: Thomas Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, rick AFB, Fla., 2:17:03. 2. 59th Med Wing 1 1 Read, Hurlburt Field AFB, Fla., and and guard Javita Cotton, Spangdahlem 3. MSS 1 1 Tipton Street, Scott AFB, Ill. Air Base, Germany. 4.NIOC 0 2 PAGE 20 TALESPINNER MAY 6, 2011 ‘Heroes’ tryout a shot at diamond’s best By Patrick Desmond has had at least two of his own players Sports Editor become members of the all-star team over the years. “Some of the pitchers Ever dreamed of walking onto a ﬁne- even have Major League Baseball po- ly-manicured baseball diamond, step- tential, if only they had time to go out ping up to the plate against the best and train. in the world and crushing a baseball to “It’s high quality baseball.” the delight of thousands of fans. Minimum requirements for joining Well, wake up – the open tryout for the team include a focus on spreading the traveling military all-star team, He- the team’s message of supporting de- roes of the Diamond, May 13 at Lack- ployed Armed Forces personnel, being land, can make that dream reality. in competitive shape, having a current One of many recruiting stops over performance report, valid passport the next few months, the Heroes of and membership with Heroes of the the Diamond tryout offers active-duty, Diamond, and possession of equipment veteran, reserve and emergency ﬁrst- and team uniforms. responders a chance to join the team Members are responsible for non- on its 2011 Red, White and Blue Tour. game day meals, entertainment and Current players represent the Marine, travel to and from the tour. Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force. By deﬁnition, the team is a young, Floating somewhere between ama- Heroes of the Diamond program is a the fact that a limited number of for- elite crew and making the cut is rare. teur- and professional-level baseball, vehicle for exposing military players to mer MLB, professional, and collegiate But so is the chance to round the bases the Heroes of the Diamond play in 100 Major League Baseball organizations. players are on the roster, it’s hard to and the world in military service. games annually, competing against in- In 2007, the San Diego Padres picked make the team. The tryout will be held at the War- ternational, college, minor league and up then Marine and Heroes player Cpl. No stranger to serving the military hawk baseball ﬁeld, 7 p.m., on the major league ballclubs. Cooper Brannan. on and off the baseball diamond, War- training side of Lackland. For more in- In the past, the military-minded However, not everyone’s path is as hawks varsity coach Davin Dukes un- formation regarding the Heroes of the team visited 45 states and eight coun- storied. derstands the rarity of joining such a Diamond program visit its website at tries, and even took the ﬁeld against The team’s website warns interest- select group. http://www.heroesofthediamond.com/ the Boston Red Sox. ed ball players to ﬁrst take a “reality “A lot of these guys are just short index.html. For more details about the In addition to the chance to play check” when thinking about joining the of having the opportunity to play mi- tryout, call Dwayne Reed, sports and in a highly competitive platform, the team. Due to wartime conditions and nor league baseball,” Dukes said, who ﬁtness program director, at 671-3716. Services ofﬁcials strike down barriers for wounded warriors By Erin Tindell of the armed forces to offer this option.” Air Force Personnel, Service and Manpower Public Affairs Wounded warriors and those with special needs, including civilians and dependents, have priority to SAN ANTONIO (AFNS) – As part of continuing ef- use the balls at bowling centers at no charge. forts to support wounded warriors, Air Force Servic- All other bowlers can use the ball for a fee. es Agency ofﬁcials recently purchased and distrib- The remote-controlled bowling ball looks like a uted 85 remote-controlled bowling balls and ramps traditional ball, but is equipped with a computer for installations worldwide. chip and motor inside that allows the ball to self The purchase makes the Air Force both the single propel. A battery-operated remote allows the user largest purchaser of the bowling balls and the ﬁrst to sync control of the ball’s speed and direction of service within the Department of Defense to pur- movement. chase and distribute them. The ball also lights up as it travels down the According to Don Freund, the bowling program lane. manager at the agency, the balls were initially pur- The technology allows wounded warriors and chased with wounded warriors in mind. those with special needs to bowl on any lane instead But eligibility was expanded to others looking for of being limited to outside lanes that are compliant a new way to enjoy the game. with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. “This is another way we’re ensuring the Air Force Demonstrations of the remote-controlled bowling is a great place to live, work and play,” Freund said. ball can be seen at installation bowling centers. “We own more remote-controlled bowling balls than For more information about Air Force quality of any bowling center in the U.S., and we’re the ﬁrst life programs, visit www.usafservices.com.