Arkansas Air National Guard Ebbing Air National Guard Base Volume 54 Issue 3 April 2009
What’s inside... Commander’s Comments Page 2 Feature: Weapons Loading Page 4
The Flying Razorback Spotlight Page 6 Ammo Troop of the Year Page 9
Making the grade
Family members of personnel from the 188th Security
Forces Squadron hold up ‘Welcome home’ signs at
Ebbing Air National Guard Base in Fort Smith, Ark.,
March 2. The SFS members returned home from a
six-month deployment to Manas Air Base, Kyrgyz
Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt.
Dennis Brambl/188th Public Affairs)
188th SFS members
return from deployment
By Capt. Heath Allen
188th Public Affairs officer
T here’s no place like home. And on
March 2, twenty-four members of the
188th Fighter Wing Arkansas Air National
G u a r d ’s S e c u r i t y F o r c e s S q u a d r o n
returned from a six-month deployment to
Manas Air Base, Kyrgyz Republic.
The 188th deployed alongside eight Lt. Col. David Sheely, left, and Capt. Kim Sosebee, right, both members of the 188th Fighter Wing,
other Air National Guard units including consult with IG Team inspectors during a Unit Compliance Inspection in-briefing at the unit’s Regional
Training Site at Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Feb. 26. The 188th Fighter Wing scored “Best Seen to
SEE 188TH SFS RETURN PAGE 10 Date” comments in multiple areas and produced 80 percent “Complies” on inspected areas. The 188th
scored in the top 10 percent of Air National Guard units and logged just three “Do Not Comply” ratings,
tying the ANG record over the past 10 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Stephen Hornsey/
188th tests hangar fire 188th Public Affairs)
suppression system 188th aces Unit Compliance Inspection,
By Capt. Heath Allen
188th Public Affairs officer earns ‘Best Seen to Date’ comments
T he conversion from F-16s Falcons
to A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthogs”
has continued to send shockwaves of
By Capt. Heath Allen
188th Public Affairs officer
The Flying Razorbacks surmounted
even lofty expectations, achieving 80
change through the 188th Fighter Wing.
The 21st century has featured a constant
E ven under a microscope, the 188th
Fighter Wing came up big. The
188th again proved large when it
percent “Comply” ratings and only
three total “Do Not Comply” marks
flux of modifications from the new base-wide, tying an Air National Guard
counted most while sixty-four record. The 188th’s performance placed
headquarters building to the brand new
inspectors dissected the unit’s methods it in the top 10 percent of ANG units in
vehicle maintenance facility; the 188th has
and procedures during a Unit the country.
been under a barrage of transformation.
Compliance Inspection Feb. 27-March 2. SEE UCI PAGE 8
SEE FIRE SUPPRESSION PAGE 11
2 The Flying Razorback, April 2009
188th Fighter Wing should savor
UCI success after much hard work
Col. Tom Anderson By Col. Tom Anderson research dates back 10 years. The 188th’s
188th Fighter Wing commander 188th Fighter Wing commander astounding number of “Comply” ratings places
Col. Brad Peterson
188th Fighter Wing vice commander
W ow! What an outstanding job by the Flying Razorbacks in the top 10 percent of
everyone on the
UCI. You worked very hard
all ACC Guard units over the
last five years. These results
preparing for the UCI, have been noticed throughout
ensuring we are doing the Guard. I have received
Publication Staff things the right way. multiple congratulatory words
188TH FIGHTER WING Immediately prior to the from various folks outside our
PUBLIC AFFAIRS UCI, I asked you to unit since the UCI.
Capt. Heath Allen, PAO remember that it is our job The day the IG team
to do things correctly, and departed, the team chief spoke
Senior Master Sgt. Dennis Brambl, PA it was the inspectors’ job to me and said that our attitude
NCOIC to check and see that we toward the IG team and the way
are doing things correctly. we do business allowed the IG
Master Sgt. Keith Brown I also asked you to team to develop great working
listen, seek the IG’s relationships with our unit
Tech Sgt. Stephen Hornsey advice, and take members. This in turn allowed
advantage of their the team to exchange ideas and
Tech Sgt. Joshua Jones expertise when they find information with our unit to
things we were not doing help us improve the way we
Amn. Melanie Stout exactly right. You did just Col. Tom Anderson operate.
that, and this along with 188th Fighter Wing commander It also allowed the team
PRINTING your hard work, to get information and ideas
Chief Master Sgt. Gene Kremers preparation, attitude, and professionalism led from us that they will pass to other units in
to one of the best UCI performances by an ACC order to help those units improve the way they
MAILROOM DISTRIBUTION National Guard unit in the past 10 years. operate.
Senior Airman Eric Waterbury The goals I set for the unit were 80 percent In fact, the team chief told me that they
“Comply” and 0 percent “Does definitely received more
About Not Comply.” Those were lofty information from us than we
goals but going in to the UCI I did from his team. This speaks
The Flying Razorback believed we shouldn’t settle for volumes of how well the IG team
anything less than excellence. thought we did.
T his funded Air Force newspaper is
an authorized publication for mem-
bers of the U.S. military services. Con-
After the final outbrief, we had
79.51 percent “Comply,” on par
Words cannot express how
proud I am of each and every one
tents of The Flying Razorback are not with 80 percent, and .056 percent “Does Not of you. Once again, you demonstrated
necessarily the official view of, or en- Comply.” to the world what professionals you are and I
dorsed by, the U.S. Government, the De- This ties the 188th with the lowest number could not be more thankful to be a member of
partment of Defense or the Department of DNCs by any ACC Air National Guard unit such an outstanding unit.
of the Air Force. for as far as we can find statistics. Our statistical Thanks again for a job well done.
The Flying Razorback news articles
and information are welcomed, and
should be submitted prior to the dead- 188th Public Affairs encourages vMPF e-mail updates
line, which is the UTA preceding the next
The 188th Fighter Wing Public Affairs the newspaper via e-mail. But only about 725
publication. Articles for publication
office is encouraging all unit members to visit e-mails from a potential 1,000 unit members
should be submitted in a Microsoft Word
the vMPF to update their e-mail addresses. are sent out each month because of either
attachment via e-mail to
The PA office publishes The Flying inactive e-mail addresses or members who do
Razorback monthly and along with a not list an e-mail address. Please visit vMPF
Submitted photos should be 300 dpi
hardcopy that is mailed to each unit member’s to make updates and additions so that PA can
or higher and in a JPEG format.
address listed in their vMPF file, it distributes better serve its readers.
The Flying Razorback, April 2009 3
188th Fighter Wing UTA information
vacancy announcements: 2009 UTA/AT pay dates
month Pays on
Unit Training Assemblies April April 15
Public Affairs specialist and April 4-5 May May 13
May 2-3 June June 15
Public Affairs photojournalist June 6-7 July July 22
July 11-12 AFT Aug. 7
The 188th Fighter Wing Public technical sergeant slots. It’s the September 12-13 September Sept. 23
Affairs Office is currently perfect opportunity to crosstrain
searching for both a PA specialist into a field that will furnish 2009 Annual Training
(3NOX1) and PA photojournalist valuable training that will benefit July 25-Aug. 8 (Operational Readiness Exercise)
(3NOX4). The ideal candidates the candidate in the civilian Note: Pay dates listed are for the scheduled monthly
should possess journalism, workforce. UTA unless otherwise stated.
photography, graphic design or Applicants must be willing to For additional pay dates please contact the 188th Fi-
public relations experience. attend the Defense Information nance Office at extention 5227.
The responsibilities of these School in Fort George Meade,
positions will include sit-down Md. The length of the 3NOX1
interviews with various base school is eight weeks and the
personnel, commanders and
section supervisors; composing
3NOX4 school is 15 weeks.
Individuals interested in
Citizen Airman Dining Hall menu
written stories and compiling telling the 188th’s story, Main line Assorted breads
information for publication in The preserving its history and Saturday, April 4 Pineapple upside-down cake
Flying Razorback; and taking helping to ensure its future, Chopped steak with mushroom Ice cream
and processing digital photos please contact the 188th Fighter gravy Coffee/tea/milk
and video packages. Wing Recruiting Office at 1-800- Oven Glo potatoes
The positions are both 446-8373 ext. 1. Green beans Short-order Line
Dinner rolls Hamburger/cheeseburger
Brownies and cake with Hot dogs
A special thanks to 188th family chocolate icing Chips and salsa
Ice cream Baked beans
“We sincerely appreciate your thoughts, prayers, visits,
words of encouragement, cards and flowers.Your kindness has
Note: Civilians and fam-
touched our hearts and uplifted our spirits.Your prayers have
Sunday, April 5 ily members are not allowed
strengthened us during our time of loss. In loving memory of
Teriyaki chicken to eat in the Citizen Airman
Horton Howery Walker.
Steamed rice Dining Hall. The one excep-
— Master Sgt. Mike Walker and Stacy, Bailey and Jared Steamed carrots tion is the annual holiday
Walker Fried cabbage meal.
188th Fighter Wing promotions Antiterrorism/Force Protection tips
Antiterrorism is defined as facilities and critical information.
To Technical Sergeant (E-6) defensive measures used to These actions conserve the
reduce the vulnerability of forces fighting potential so it can
Stephen L. McCormick
individuals and property to be applied at the decisive time
terrorist attacks. Physical security, and place and incorporate
To Staff Sergeant (E-5) synchronized defensive
CBRNE Defense, OPSEC and
Jason M. Morris measures to enable effective
Counter-intelligence are a part of a
Mindy R. Webb employment of force while
comprehensive program designed
Christopher S. Corbit degrading any opportunity off
to protect against terrorist attacks.
James L. Currier the enemy actions.
Force Protection is defined as
actions taken to prevent or mitigate Remember, every Airman is a
To Senior Airman (E-4) hostile actions against Department sensor; report any suspicious
John A. Seibel of Defense personnel to include activity and conduct daily random
family members, resources, antiterrorism measures.
4 The Flying Razorback, April 2009
188th Weapons Loading crews labor diligently to
complete required training for transition to A-10C
By Maj. John C. Easley
188th MXG executive officer
C hange is in the air. Just take
a stroll around base and
one can easily see the 188th
Fighter Wing is evolving. From
the multiple construction
projects to the on-going aircraft
conversion from F-16 Falcons
to A-10 Thunderbolt II
“ Wa r t h o g s , ” T h e F l y i n g
Razorbacks are constantly
adapting in preparation for the
The 188th We a p o n s
Loading section has been
nearly in a constant state of
Beginning in April 2007 with
the conversion from the F-16Cs
to the A10-A model, Weapons
Loading has been training and
qualifying to be certified
Weapons Loading crews on each
of the aircraft.
On Feb. 26, 2008, the 188th
inducted its first A-10A into the
depot at Hill Air Force Base,
Utah, to begin the conversion
Above: Weapons Loading instructors Master Sgt. Ron Doyal, left, and Master Sgt. Larry Sterling, right, look on as Airman
from the A-10A to the A-10C. 1st Class Jeremy Polk, Staff Sgt. Joshua Cunningham and Tech Sgt. Cory McCain (crew chief), members of the 188th Fighter
The first A-10C arrived on Wing Load Crew No. 11, load a GBU 31, 2,000-pound JDAM GPS-guided bomb onto the bomb rack on an A-10C March 9.
station at Ebbing Air National Below: Staff Sgt. Joshua Cunningham, left, and Tech Sgt. Cory McCain, right, complete the final checklist items after
Guard Base on Sept. 18, 2008. loading a GBU 31, 2,000-pound JDAM GPS-guided bomb onto the bomb rack on an A-10C while Tech Sgt. Michael Aponte,
Currently the 188th has 12 A- a 188th Weapons Loading instructor, observes. (U.S. Air Force photos by Maj. John C. Easley/188th Fighter Wing)
10Cs on station and nine aircraft
still in the conversion process at loading all ordnance on the
Hill AFB. aircraft.
The last of the upgraded “The A-10A to A-10C
aircraft are due to arrive in Fort conversion is primarily an
Smith in May 2009. While the avionics upgrade,” said Master
aircraft are arriving and going Sgt. Larry Sterling, 188th
through the acceptance process, Weapons Loading instructor.
the Weapons Loading crews are “The A-10A cockpit was an
busy in the school house here at analog system with dials and
Ebbing ANGB training to become buttons; the A-10C cockpit is
fully certified load crews on the digital with color displays.
A-10C. “Moving from the F-16 to the
A Weapons Loading crew A-10C has been an advantage for
consists of a three-member team, our load crews and our Airmen
lead by a Weapons Loading crew have made the change to the A-
chief, who is responsible for SEE WEAPONS LOADING PAGE 5
The Flying Razorback, April 2009 5
Family, faith,188th, help us get through tough times
By Capt. Shane Pair most of those accomplishments would not simplicity of God’s love.
188th Fighter Wing chaplain Easter is more than bunnies, eggs and
have happened without this family I have
I t is hard to believe that we are already
into Spring. It seems like the older one
gets the faster time seems to go by. I will
come to love so dearly.
Why am I talking about this? Am I retiring
or going somewhere else? No. I am talking
chocolate candy. Easter is about
remembering God’s love for us, and as I have
thought about God’s love I was reminded of
have been a part of the Arkansas National about this because it is Easter, a time that each or you, my 188th family and all you have
Guard for 20 years in July and it seems reminds me of God’s unconditional love. done and continue to do for me and one
just like yesterday that I stood in As I sat at the table eating another.
L t C o l . J o h n M c C o r m i c k ’s dinner with my family a couple I must admit there are weekends that it
office raising my right hand of weeks ago, my wife and I doesn’t feel very convenient to make the two-
taking my oath as an were discussing what topic hour commute for drill, but then I stop and
enlisted member of the should be preached on that remember my 188th family and realize just how
1 8 8 t h Ta c t i c a l F i g h t e r particular Sunday when my worth the trip you are. You are Easter people
Group. eight-year-old son, Luke, who continually remind me of God’s love.
I had big dreams and high stood up in his chair using You are the ones who have encouraged,
expectations, but did not exaggerated hand gestures, guided, corrected and accepted me, and for
honestly know if I would make facial expressions and that I will always be grateful. You are the
it through my first six-year conviction in his voice. family that lives out the command: “Love your
enlistment. “It’s simple,” he said. “People just need neighbor as yourself.” (Mt 19:19, 22:39, Lk
Life for me at that time was up in the air. I to know that God loves them. God came from 10:27 & Gal 5:14)
had just gone through a divorce and it heaven to earth where he walked around and If you are a new family member, welcome
seemed life was just swinging me around and then died for us. But the most important thing and know someday you will be looking back
around. But the 188th family was there to he did is he rose, so we could live forever. and saying: “Thank you, God, for my Easter
guide me and help me focus. It wasn’t long “Mom, Dad, it’s simple; God loves us and family, the 188th, who has loved and guided
before I realized the 188th had become a that’s all you need to preach. So why don’t me through the years.”
family that supported me and saw me through you try that this Sunday.” Happy Easter and may each of you
many challenges. Luke went on for another five minutes or experience “the simple truth” that God loved
When the times came where I felt I so telling us of God’s love and acceptance. you enough to die for you, and God loved
couldn’t do something, it was my 188th family When he finished I sat there with tears in my you enough to rise again that you can live
that proved to me that I could do more than I eyes and a smile on my face, because it took forever.
could imagine. As I have looked over my life an eight year old to remind me of what life I pray that each one of you have a
and the things I have accomplished, I know and faith is all about. It is about the blessed Easter.
All 11 load crews will spend having the ‘Best Seen to Date’ reported that the majority of load
Weapons Loading four days training on the A-10Cs, Weapons Load Crew crews at the 188th were fully
Continued from Page 4 conducting functional checks, Standardization program,” certified. Additional load crews
loading and downloading all the Krimmel said. “The IG further began training at night,
10C cockpit seamlessly because primary and support munitions stated that this program should beginning March 9, 2009.
of their F-16 experience.” utilized in the A-10C mission. be mirrored by all units in the Air “Our traditional Guardsmen
Sterling said the conversion “The whole business of the Combat Command.” are giving up their time after
to the A-10C will give the Flying A-10 is dropping bombs and The status of the load crews school or work,” Pope said.
Razorbacks a more lethal weapons shooting bullets,” said Lt. Col. has a direct effect on the Combat “They train through the night to
system. James Krimmel, 188th Aircraft Readiness (C) rating of the 188th. support the 188th mission.
“With the conversion to the Maintenance Squadron Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Pope, Without their dedication we
A-10C, we are going from dumb commander. “Without qualified 188th Weapons manager, reports wouldn’t be ready for the Tactics
bombs to smart bombs [Laser and load crews we can’t support the the status of the load crews deployment to Davis-Monthan
GPS guided] capability,” Sterling mission on the ground.” monthly to the National Guard Air Force Base [Ariz.] this
said. “The fuses are going from Krimmel also discussed the Bureau. The current “C” rating summer.”
Vietnam-era mechanical to recent Unit Compliance of any unit is classified Pope said with the current
modern electrical fuses, which Inspection. information. pace, he expects all load crews
give the pilots more options in “Master Sgt. Sterling was In a recent expanded will be fully certified long before
munitions delivery.” identified by the ACC IG team as maintenance meeting, Pope the deployment.
6 The Flying Razorback, April 2009
The Flying Razorback member spotlight
Hometown: Bella Vista.
Job Title: Ground radio maintenance.
Civilian job: Student.
In the 188th: 2007.
Hobbies: Fishing and spending time with my children.
Goals: Finish school.
Favorite TV show: “Without a Trace,” “CSI.”
Favorite actor: Will Farrell.
Favorite comedians: Will Farrell, Adam Sandler, Kat Williams.
Favorite movie: “Talladega Nights.”
Favorite restaurant: Chipotle.
Favorite soft drink: Dr. Pepper.
Favorite foods: Chinese, Italian.
Favorite book: Mysteries, “Chronicles of Narnia.”
Favorite author: James Patterson.
Favorite song: “Until the End.”
Favorite music genre: Rock (anything but Country).
Favorite word or phrase: Shake n’ Bake.
Favorite super hero: “The Punisher.”
Favorite U.S. President: George Washington.
Favorite historical figure: Mother Theresa. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Stephen Hornsey/188th Public Affairs
Favorite sport: Hockey.
Favorite pro sports team: Colorado Avalanche.
Favorite sports individual: Patrick Roy.
Favorite college team: Colorado Buffaloes.
My worst job ever: Customer service rep at MCI.
My dream shopping spree: Lamborghini dealership.
Favorite cartoon character: Popeye.
Favorite automobile: Anything out of my price range. What scares me the most: My children.
My first car was: 1988 Ford Taurus with the paint peeling off. The people I admire most: My parents.
My worst habit: Procrastination. The best day of my life: Birth of my sons.
I am proudest of: My children. Favorite moment at the 188th: UCI completion.
Air Force Officer Qualifying Test administered monthly by 188th MPF
By Tech Sgt. Patrick Crumby Military Personnel Flight. The test takes t e s t i n g c o n c e r n s c o n t a c t Te c h S g t .
188th Fighter Wing MPF
approximately four hours. Members will be Crumby.
A ny member of the
Fighter Wing may take the Air Force
O ff i c e r Q u a l i f y i n g Te s t ( A F O Q T )
notified of results within a week of taking
To s e l e c t o n e o f t h e d a t e s i n t h e AFOQT testing schedule
regardless of whether or not they possess adjacent box, please contact Tech Sgt.
a college degree. Patrick Crumby, ext. 5762. Also, AFCT April 8 (full)
The test is administered by the 188th testing will be conducted in the afternoons
Military Personnel Flight. You have two o n t h e s a m e d a y o f t h e A F O Q T. N o May 13 (full)
opportunities in which you can take the scheduling exceptions.
AFOQT. The 188th Career Enhancement section June 10 (spots available)
The third time must be approved at the will administer AFOQT/AFCT once a
MAJCOM level. If you are interested in month. The 188th Military Personnel Flight July 15 (spots available)
taking the AFOQT please schedule ahead will continue to conduct testing a once a
in the future because spaces are limited. month. Aug. 19 (spots available)
The 188th can only schedule two Out of cycle requests must have the
personnel per testing session. approval of Lt. Col. Scott Langdon, 188th Sept. 16 (spots available)
Report time is 7 a.m. at the 188th MPF commander. For all other AFOQT
The Flying Razorback, April 2009 7
Physical fitness safety key to preventing injury, meeting exercise goals
By Senior Master Sgt. Mike Francis injury. Needless to say, your safety can also lead to injury if not used
188th Fighter Wing Safety
Get a physical checkup from guy did one day of the program properly and should be used only
T hink you are in good
physical shape? Maybe
you are a fitness guru, who works
your doctor prior to starting an
exercise program. In addition to an
initial exam, take time to get regular
followed up by several days in the
chiropractor’s office. The injury
could have been avoided if I
after consulting the operating
Use technology to your
out daily and watches every checkups. would have read the caution notes advantage. There are a variety of
calorie. Maybe you are in moderate Know your limits and give in the instructions and if I would inexpensive, personal, heart
physical condition, or maybe you yourself an honest assessment of have honestly assessed my monitors and other devices
are the type that works out for a your physical capabilities. Before physical condition. available to help you know what
week or two prior to the PT test? beginning a workout program, take Warm up prior to exercise and your body is doing during exercise.
Whatever your physical fitness an inventory of your past fitness cool down after exercise. This will If you use a treadmill or elliptical
personality may be, we are all goals, injuries and weaknesses. allow your body to prepare for machine, most new models have
susceptible to injury while Let me give you a great example strenuous activity and the cool built-in heart monitors on the
exercising. of what not to do. down will allow your body to machine.
In the last four months the Air Maybe I should have been a gradually recover rather than a To sum it all up, consider a visit
Force has had four fatalities due little more honest with myself sudden stop. Incorporate to your doctor prior to starting a
to exercise-related injuries. Three about my physical condition, but I stretching into your warm up and workout routine, start out slowly
of the four collapsed after had been running almost daily. I cool down to loosen muscles and and work up to a more strenuous
completing the run portion of the had to be in great shape, right? to help move lactic acid out of your workout.
PT test and one person drowned Wrong! I should have probably muscles after workout. Familiarize yourself with the
after loosing consciousness while noticed the words “Extreme Familiarize yourself with the equipment and take advantage of
participating in an exercise at an fitness” on the books that equipment you are going to use. the technology available to help
on base pool. accompanied the particular workout Prior to use, make sure you you reach your fitness goals.
Exercise is great; it is good program I was determined to do. If understand how equipment works. Most importantly, listen to your
stress relief, and it ultimately makes that wasn’t enough of a deterrent, I If you are using free weights use body. It will generally let you know
you feel better. The negative should have definitely noticed that caution. when something is not right. By
effects of exercise come when we part of the program called “Ab Just last year, an individual cut knowing your physical limitations
fail to get regular checkups from a Ripper” that I also failed to read the off a portion of his finger on our and using a little caution, you can
doctor. Below are a few instructions. I mean, who really base facility while putting a heavy be successful in reaching your
considerations to help prevent needs instructions, right? dumb bell away. Cable equipment exercise goals and avoid injury.
Guard members’ responsibility to safeguard licensed software
By Tech Sgt. Jacob E. Lambert violation of infringement includes liability for ensure there is no illegal (pirated) software or
188th software license manager
damages suffered plus any profits made by the unauthorized copies of COTS or other software
Y our responsibility is to safeguard the
hardware and software you use. Do you
know that any software installed on computer
infringer that are attributable to the copying or
statutory damages of up to $100,000 for each
installed. The Communications Flight does this
periodically via a network scan.
The Communications Flight is responsible
systems must go through the approval process If copying is done willfully and for the for ensuring that personnel do not install
conducted by the Wing IA office? purpose of commercial advantage or private freeware, shareware, or personally owned
There are many facts you should know financial gain, this infringement becomes a software on government systems without
about use of licensed software. federal crime that can carry criminal penalties approval. Written approval must be from the
First, when a unit acquires a software of as much as $250,000 and up to five years in Designated Approving Authority (DAA). (AFI
program, it is not buying the right to copy, jail. 33-202, Vol. 1)
distribute or adapt that software; it is obtaining IAW AFI 33-114, we are mandated to The Communications Flight must also
only a license to use. annually instruct personnel on licensed ensure personnel do not make any illegal
Copyright means literally “the right to software usage. Maintain a record of the copies of copyrighted software and ensure
copy.” This, along with other exclusive rights, Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) software/ personnel do not install and use copies of
belong to the copyright owner and not the licensing/registration controlled by the government-owned software on a home
person or agency who acquires a copy of the organization and store evidence of licenses in computer unless the software license explicitly
copyrighted work. a secure location. This is done by the 188th allows users to do so and it’s approved by the
Copyright Law enables copyright owners Communications Flight. DAA.
to recover damages for anyone who violates The Communications Flight must also audit If you have any questions, please contact
the exclusive right of the copyright holder. This all computers and server software annually to the wing software manager at ext. 5123
8 The Flying Razorback, April 2009
188th Fighter Wing Family Razorback Readiness news
By Eva Patton forget about one main activity, which is the Benefit Plan (SBP) stopped? Any retiree who
Family Razorback Readiness Group fishing tournament. Be sure to give that is age 70 or older and whose retired pay has
T here are some things in life that pretty
much hold true as time goes on, and so it
is with the military. Whether it is planning
fishing pole a great tune up!
Babysitter training course
Do you know of someone who would like
been reduced for Survivor Benefit Plan
premiums for at least 360 months will qualify
to have their costs terminated.
for a deployment or a family event, the actual to take the babysitter training course? Be sure Will all retirees be notified of their paid-
time for the event to take place may change to mark April 4 down on your calendars. This is up status? Yes. A Paid-up Survivor Benefit
as time goes on. open to any military youth ages 8 to 21. Plan premium counter will be added to the
The 188th Security Forces were on their It is a certified course taught by Red Retiree Account Statement (RAS).
way home to reunite with their families after Cross. Parents will feel more at ease knowing The counter will show how many months
being gone for six months. Unfortunately, that they have a hired a certified sitter. This of Survivor Benefit Plan premium payments
though, circumstances beyond anyone’s is an opportunity to develop skills and DFAS has credited to the individual’s retired
control delayed their arrival. There was a knowledge when applying and interviewing pay account. The Survivor Benefit Plan
tornado in Atlanta that caused the airport to for a job. Remember, this is a tool that can premium counter will be updated each month
completely close down. There would be no boost your potential when seeking a to show the current number of months a
flights in or out. scholarship. Please call the Airman and retiree has credited to their account.
Then, to make matters worse, several Family Readiness Office to sign up. There Any RAS received by the retiree will show
inches of snow were expected where the are 18 slots open. Don’t delay, call today to the current number of months credited by
service members were staying and it was schedule. It’s free of charge. Call 1-800-446- DFAS. I will direct you to http://www.dfas.mil/
already covering the ground while they made 8373, extension 5167 or 479-573-5167. retiredpay.html for more information.
their way back to the hotel. Scholarships available FRRG volunteers needed
Do not worry, though, because they had Do you know about the Arkansas Service Have you ever thought about becoming a
someone back at base searching for another way Memorial Scholarship Fund? The purpose of volunteer with the 188th Fighter Wing Family
to bring the members home to their families. That the Arkansas Service Memorial Scholarship Program? We would love to have you come
someone was Master Sgt. John Selby. He would Fund is to provide scholarships to Arkansas join us. Your skills are needed in the program.
find a way to make things happen. colleges for children of Arkansans who have Are you someone who would like to meet
Luau theme slated for family picnic lost their lives in service to the state, the other military families, work with the youth
May is the perfect time to hold this event nation or their local communities. and possibly develop a youth program at the
since it will be Asian Pacific Observance. For Scholarship awards are also based on 188th? Use your people skills while serving
us the luau will be our theme for the first need, scholarship and leadership. Priority will on the Telephone Tree or planning for a
annual Top III Council/Family Readiness Iron be given to applications received by May 1. welcome home event.
Chef Competition. We invite all of our families To receive an application, contact Margaret Diversity is the key ingredient to all great
to come and join us for the festivities. The Birdsong of the Arkansas Community programs. I would encourage each family to
agenda will be released to the service Foundation at 501-372-1116 or by email become a participant in the Family Program.
members at the April Unit Training Assembly. email@example.com. Call the Airman and Family Readiness
Be sure to ask your member where the agenda Survivor Benefit Plan Office today at 1-800-446-8373, extension
is so you will not miss out on the fun. Don’t Who is eligible to have their Survivor 5167 or 479-573-5167.
we’re one of the best Air items. The IG said their methods
UCI National Guard units in the The IG Team said of the should be mirrored by all units.
Continued from Page 1 county.” 188th’s Financial Management The unit’s Mission Support
The IG Team said the 188th shop is “without a doubt one Group also scored accolades in
“The stellar achievements displayed pride in ownership of of the best units that we’ve multiple sections. The
of this unit are a direct result individual programs, which seen in a long time.” The FM’s Communications Flight and
of the countless hours put in enabled the majority of UCI performance ranked No. 2 Contracting were both
by many dedicated programs to be found in among the Top 15 Air National identified as “Best Seen to
professionals,” said Col. Tom compliance. Commendable Guard Inspections. Date.” The IG Team said both
Anderson, 188th Fighter Wing attitudes were displayed by all The IG Team also lauded displayed immense pride in
commander. “I’m very proud of personnel throughout, the IG the 188th Maintenance Group’s their programs.
the way everyone performed. It Team said. Inspection Element CTK The Maintenance Group’s
wasn’t easy but we came The 188th’s Command Post management and Wheel and crew chief section received
together as a unit, exhibited a received 100 percent “Comply” Tire program, which earned a positive remarks for its
lot of pride and showed that ratings on all of its inspected “Best Seen to Date” comment. SEE UCI PAGE 11
The Flying Razorback, April 2009 9
Eye on diversity: You don’t Ammo Troop of the Year
have to be one of to stand with
By Senior Master Sgt. Stephen undergoing the process of
Bradley change in their journey of
188th Human Resources advisor
T he topic for this month’s
continuing lesson on
diversity is “You do not have
“We are given the gift of
exerting some influence on the
future of our Air National
to be one of to stand with.” Guard. We are given a chance
Helen Keller once said, “I am at leadership. As an Air
only one, but still I am one. I National Guardsman we
cannot do everything, but still should all feel the crushing
I can do something. And burden of our moral
because I cannot do responsibility to lead by
everything, I will not refuse to example and focus on
do the something that I can developing Airmen
do.” competencies and creating a
We at the 188th Fighter productive culture, which we
Wing must be sensitive to all define as one that respects
Airmen around us as we individuals and their
conduct our duties and to differences, fosters teamwork,
conduct ourselves by the Air promotes flexibility and Tech. Sgt. Brandon K. Jones was named the Maintenance Storage Element’s
(MXMW) “Ammo Troop of the Year” for 2008. Jones earned the accolade
Force Core Values. The supports a balance between for his hard work, attention to detail and positive attitude. Jones is pictured
following section is taken from personal and professional above holding the award, huddled with his wife, son and two daughters. (U.S.
A Commander ’s Guide to lives. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Stephen Hornsey /188th Public Affairs)
Diversity. As you read ask Diversity and the Air
yourself these questions: As a National Guard encompass a
leader am I reliable? Do I
support my Airmen in moments
wide range of behaviors
expected of every Airman, at
188th Fighter Wing
that matter? Am I there for them
when it counts?
every level, including treating
all with dignity and respect,
“As leaders in the Air
National Guard, we are
collaborating with others,
privileged to be strategically exhibiting behaviors that reflect The 188th Fighter Wing is The education requirement
situated at the crossroads of a high degree of integrity and currently taking applications for this position is a bachelor’s
change and hope for our ethics, and building effective to fill an Intelligence officer degree from an accredited
Airmen. We are fortunate to working relationships. (14NX) vacancy. Intel officers college or u n i v e r s i t y.
be involved in an ANG that is We all have a part in the are responsible for direction of Applicants must also be able
fundamentally about efforts to maximize a diverse ground and aerial surveillance; to obtain a TOP SECRET
betterment: betterment of ANG that demonstrates the preparing plans to intercept security clearance.
oneself as well as others. We moral courage to realize that foreign communications The application deadline is
have a chance to be involved you don’t have to be ‘one of transmissions; directing the close of business April 10.
with our Airmen when they are to stand with.’” analysis of aerial photos and Contact Master Sgt. Craig
other intelligence data; Gardner at 479-573-5149 or Ms.
oversight of the writing of Trina Hansen 479-573-5728 for
Check your awards and decs intelligence reports; briefing additional information.
You can check your Awards picture of your awarded feder- commanders on intelligence Please submit AF Form 24,
and Decorations, by visiting ally recognized ribbons and list findings; helping plan military AF Form 883, AFOQT results,
h t t p : / / your state swards. missions; directing the use of resume and college transcript/
www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/vs/ If you have any questions computer systems to store and diploma to 188 FW/DPR, Attn:
default.htm. about any of your ribbons, process intelligence data; and MSgt. T. Craig Gardner, 4850
Clicking on Awards and please call Tech Sgt. Patrick gathering and analyzing Leigh Ave., Fort Smith, AR
Decorations will provide you a Crumby at ext. 5762. technical intelligence. 72903.
10 The Flying Razorback, April 2009
188th SFS return
Continued from Page 1
Stewart and Gabreski Air National Guard bases,
N.Y.; Birmingham ANGB, Ala., Tulsa ANGB,
Okla.; Reno ANGB, Nev.; Terre Haute ANGB,
Ind.; Peoria ANGB, Ill.; and Langley ANGB, Va.
The 188th’s rotation marks only the third
time the 376th ESFS has consisted entirely
of ANG personnel. Roughly 95 percent of the
current rotation consists of Guardsmen.
“We’re very proud of our Security
Forces,” said Col. Tom Anderson, 188th
Fighter Wing commander. “They continue to
go above and beyond to ensure that all
mission requirements are met. We know the
difficult sacrifices each one of them had to make
and the hardships their families endured in their
absence. The 188th Fighter Wing is a family
and we’re glad to have them home safe.”
While deployed, the 188th SFS helped
enhance and improve numerous security
measures, including sensor upgrades and
improved technologies to search and scan
visitors and cargo entering the installation.
Security is paramount at all U.S. military
installations in the Air Forces Central area of
operations. Manas Air Base functions as the
home to the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing and
serves as the premier air mobility hub for the Above: Staff Sgt. Frank Koeth, reunites with his two daughters March 2 at Ebbing Air National Guard Base in
Fort Smith, Ark., following a six-month deployment to Manas Air Base, Kyrgyz Republic. Koeth was one of
International Security Assistance Force and 26 members of the 188th Security Forces Squadron who deployed. Below: A 188th SFS member hugs his wife
Coalition military operations in Afghanistan. March 2 at a welcome home gathering at Ebbing ANG Base. (U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Master Sgt.
The 376th’s around-the-clock missions Dennis Brambl/188th Public Affairs)
“We’re very proud of our Security Forces ... We know the difficult sacrifices
each one of them had to make and the hardships their families endured in their
absence. The 188th Fighter Wing is a family and we’re glad to have them home
— Col. Tom Anderson, 188th Fighter Wing commander
included aerial refueling, combat airlift and the most heavily deployed and rigorous
airdrop, aeromedical evacuation and strategic specialties in today’s expeditionary Air Force.
airlift operations. The base also provides Resource and personnel protection is a critical
support for Coalition personnel and cargo responsibility and is required 24 hours a day,
transiting in and out of Afghanistan. seven days a week. Security forces Airmen at
Approximately 1,000 military personnel from the most locations serve 12-16 hour shifts for their
United States, Spain and France are assigned entire six-month deployment.
to the wing, along with 650 U.S. and host- Prior to deploying to Manas AB, the 188th might encounter during their deployment.
nation contractor personnel. Coalition aircraft SFS members completed two weeks of ground They also received warrior skills training
supporting the mission include U.S. KC-135s, combat training at Fort Bliss, Texas. While there, and advanced ground combat weapons and
Spanish C-130s and French C135FRs. they received training in real-world scenarios tactics instruction to enhance their ground
The security forces career field is one of to help them better prepare for situations they combat capabilities.
The Flying Razorback, April 2009 11
Continued from Page 1
That was never more evident than on Feb.
18 when the 188th unveiled a foaming fire
suppression system. The unit tested the device
and along with civilian contractors looked on
as the contraption executed its task with
precision, foam barreling on to the hangar floor
at a rapid rate.
The test run was to complete the validation
of the High Expansion Foam System, which
resides in the 188th’s new Corrosion Control/
Weapon Loading/Fuels hangar.
“This was the last test we had to do before
we commission this facility and begin to use it
on a daily basis for aircraft maintenance,” said
Maj. Joe Harrison, 188th base civil engineer.
“We have to validate the high-expansion foam Civilian contractors and 188th members watch the
validation of the High Expansion Foam System, which
will meet the test criteria established by the Air resides in the 188th’s new Corrosion Control/Weapon
Force guidelines. This allows us to ensure we Loading/Fuels hangar, Feb. 18.(U.S. Air Force photo
can protect our aircraft resources.” by Tech Sgt. Stephen Hornsey/188th Public Affairs)
The system did not disappoint. A heavy
stream of foam spilled from the machine, which
is mounted to the hangar ceiling. garner a “lead certification.”
The entire project, which took about 12 “Right now we feel pretty comfortable that
months and cost $10 million, was funded by we will obtain that certification,” Harrison said.
Base Realignment and Closure funds allotted “We’re also looking at getting Silver Certification,
to help the 188th complete its aircraft transition. which would make us one of the first in the Air
Harrison said thanks to the new fire National Guard for an industrial and admin
suppression system, the facility will likely complex to get that kind of certification.”
Squadron; Information Master Sgt. Troy Halsey, AMXS; Sgt. Albert Wright, AMXS; Tech
UCI Assurance Team, 188th Master Sgt. Gary Hamilton, CF; Sgt. Mark Barger, LRS; Tech Sgt.
Continued from Page 8 Communications Flight; Network Master Sgt. Jodie Haralson, CF; Jimmy Hudlow, MXS; Tech Sgt.
Control Center Team, 188th CF; Master Sgt. Gregory Harwood, Philip Hughes, MXS; Tech Sgt.
management of the travel pod and Razorback Bombing Range AMXS; Master Sgt. Jeffery Michael Keener, OSF; Tech Sgt.
program, its JST for annual Team, Detachment 1. Hogue, LRS; Master Sgt. Joanne Thomas Mata, LRS; Tech Sgt.
inspections, lug control, Myriad Superior Individual Kramer, MXS; Master Sgt. Gene Mort, LRS; Tech Sgt. Hoang
inspections and documentation. Performers were also identified as Geneva McConnell, CES; Master Pham, FW; Tech Sgt. Derrick
The Logistics Plans section key cogs in the success of the Sgt. Joel McDonald, CF; Master Phillips, MXS; Tech Sgt. Melissa
received acclaim from the IG UCI. Those are as follows: Capt. Sgt. Timothy Myers, MXS; Simmons, MXG; Tech Sgt.
Team for “maintaining a Andrew Nash, OSF; Capt. Jay Master Sgt. Gregory Palmer, SFS; Crystal Voak, FW; Tech Sgt.
meticulous program while Spohn, OSF; Senior Master Sgt. Master Sgt. Vincent Prince, Richard Wright, LRS; Staff Sgt.
providing superb deployment Jerid Carter, MXG; Senior Master AMXS; Master Sgt. Blaine Morris Beauford, AMXS; Staff
preparation support to the wing Sgt. Angelia Daniels, LRS; Senior Schulze, MXS; Master Sgt. Larry Sgt. Jonathon Berg, CF; Staff
unit deployment managers and Master Sgt. Tony Wallace, MXS; Sterling, MXG; Master Sgt. Sonya Sgt. Kala Brewer, MXS; Staff Sgt.
commanders.” Master Sgt. Elizabeth Beckman; Trentham, MSG; Master Sgt. Lisa Jeremy Gillingham, MXS; Staff
Several teams also earned Master Sgt. Bruce Brewer, MXS; Vanderford, LRS; Master Sgt. Sgt. Joseph Hart, 184 FS; Staff
Superior Performer tags. Those Master Sgt. Coty Davis, OSF; Michael Walker, SFS; Master Sgt. Sgt. Briane McCaslin, LRS; Staff
were: Aircrew Extraction Team, Master Sgt. Laura English, MSG; Jeffery Weaver, MXS; Master Sgt. Rachael Parker, MSG; Senior
188th Civil Engineering Master Sgt. John Greer, AMXS; Sgt. Ramona Willis, FW; Master Airman Jade Hollis, 184 FS.
Join the 188th Fighter Wing
Air National Guard team
ncentives are authorized for enlistments and reenlist- 2A5X1 Aerospace maintenance
ments in the following AFSCs. Prior service accessions, 2A6X3 Aircrew egress systems
as well as reenlistments will automatically be eligible 2A6X4 Aircraft fuel systems
for the MGIB-SR kicker, a $15,000 cash bonus or the stu- 2A6X5 Aircraft hydraulics systems
dent-loan repayment program, provided all other bonus eli- 2A6X6 Aircraft electrical and environmental systems
gibility requirements are met. 2A7X3 A i r c r a f t s t r u c t u r a l
Non-Prior Service and Affiliation members maintenance
will receive $20,000. 2E1X3 Ground radio
For more information contact Mas- communications
ter Sgt. Craig Gardner, 188th Fighter 2S0X1 Supply man-
Wing Retention office manager, at 1- agement
800-446-8373, extension 5360. 2W0X1 M u n i t i o n s
All incentives are contingent systems
on the National Defense 3C0X1 Communica-
Authorization Act being tions computer systems
signed and approved. 3E2X1 Pavements
and construction equipment
The incentive eligible list is as follows: 3E3X1 Structural
3E4X1 Utilities systems
1NOX1 Intel applications 3M0X1 Services
2A0X1 Integrated avionics systems (backshop) 3P0X1 Security forces
2A3X2 Avionics systems 4N0X1 Medical services
2A3X3 Tactical aircraft maintenance
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