Edward G. Rendell
The Adjutant General
Jessica L. Wright
Final Roll Call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Driving home a difference in Afghanistan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Death on call: A new breed of air combat warrior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Governor 112th AOS: Maestros over mayhem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Edward G. Rendell
When life hands you Lemmons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
The Adjutant General
Maj. Gen. Jessica L. Wright From snowdrifts to sand dunes: 1/104th Cavalry readies for Egypt . . . 22
Executive Editor/State Public Affairs Officer Stryker’s sly Fox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Lt. Col. Christopher Cleaver
Hate is enough . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
1st Lt. Jay Ostrich Jumping to conclusions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
State Public Affairs Staff
Capt. Cory Angell
Sgt. Damian Smith
Spc. Matt Jones From The Adjutant General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
State Public Affairs Office Guardians on Guard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
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Fort Indiantown Gap Army Newsmakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
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Air Newsmakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Curator’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
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FROM THE ADJUTANT GENERAL
Maj. Gen. Jessica L. Wright
The recent passage of the fiscal 2008 Defense Authorization Act will mean much more
than a well deserved pay raise for our Soldiers and Airmen. The authorization also includes
the National Guard Empowerment Act, which will significantly enhance our ability to
perform the full spectrum of Guard missions.
From the smallest domestic response to full-scale combat operations, the Guard will have
increased visibility to include fair and equitable funding considerations from the Pentagon and
the promotion of chief, National Guard Bureau to four stars.
This sweeping legislation also postures the Guard to respond to present and future threats
by designating the Joint Force Headquarters and the National Guard Bureau as joint activities
of the Department of Defense. This will streamline a number of processes and allow for a
more rapid response to emergencies here at home and abroad.
It is important to note that the National Guard Empowerment Act would never have passed
without the proven track record of you our citizen Soldiers and Airmen. You have earned the
respect of our nation. Thanks to your efforts, America’s best insurance policy just got better.
Jessica L. Wright, MG, PAARNG
The Adjutant General
Final Roll Call
“These heroes are dead. They died for liberty – they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free,
under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows and the embracing vines.
They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest.
Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of
death. I have one sentiment for Soldiers living and dead: Cheers for the living; tears for the dead.”
– Robert G. Ingersoll
A senior Pennsylvania Army National Guard officer died at “If I had one word to describe ‘Doc’
Brooke Army Medical Center, Texas, due to injuries received from Berrettini, the word would be ‘inspiring,’”
an improvised explosive device attack in Khowst province, said Chaplain (Capt.) Iris Dickerson. “He
Afghanistan. touched the lives of everyone he came in
Lt. Col. Richard J. Berrettini, 52, Eldred, McKean County, died contact with.”
Jan. 11, nine days after the HMMWV he was a passenger in was Berrettini is the second Pennsylvania
attacked. He was serving a one-year tour and was scheduled to National Guard officer lost in combat since
return home at the end of the month. the Sept. 11 attacks. Lt. Col. Michael
A South Carolina National Guard Soldier and an interpreter McLaughlin, 44, of Mercer was killed
were also killed in the incident. A Maryland National Guard Soldier Jan. 5, 2006, by a suicide bomber at an Iraqi police recruiting
was injured. station in Ramadi, Iraq. Thirty Pennsylvania National Guard
Berrettini, a nurse practitioner, was assigned to the Soldiers have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Pennsylvania Army National Guard Medical Detachment, Erie As a civilian, Berrettini was a Port Allegheny High School
Clinic. He volunteered to serve in Afghanistan and was assigned nurse. He was a former active duty Sailor and joined the
to the South Carolina National Guard. Pennsylvania National Guard in 1984.
“Lieutenant Colonel Berrettini was a committed and dedicated Berrettini is survived by his wife, Jane; mother, Doris; brother,
Soldier who deeply cared for his fellow service members,” said Nello; and two sons Vincent, 26, and Christopher, 22. Vincent is a
Maj. Gen. Jessica L. Wright, state adjutant general. “We mourn the U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and an Air Force pilot.
loss of Richard and our thoughts and prayers are with his family Christopher is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy.
during this very trying time. He represented the best of our He was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Combat
commonwealth and country and he made the ultimate sacrifice.” Action Badge. O
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Guardians on Guard
Editor’s note: Graphics
represent just some of the
recent PA Guard
San Diego, CA
201st Red Horse
OSA – Detachment 22
Members of the 1/104th Cavalry don chemical masks
during a training event at Fort Lewis, Wash. The unit
recently arrived in the Sinai to enforce the 1979 Camp
David Accords between Egypt and Israel.
The stars of The Learning Channel’s American Chopper pose with a group of Pa. Guardsmen
July 31. Paul, Paulie and Mikey Teutal, along with Orange County Chopper executive vice president
Steve Moreau spent the day at Fort Indiantown Gap to get footage for an episode of their Dressed in civilian attire, members of
television show featuring the building of a National Guard-themed bike. The OCC crew brought Detachment 22 of OSACOM pause in
two of their famous custom choppers; the Commanche Bike and the POW/MIA Bike. The Columbia before supporting active duty
Keystone Soldiers brought along their own American chopper, a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. forces there.
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28th MP Company
Egypt Services Detachment
Members of the 1/104th Cav. recently traded in the snows of
Washington for the sands of Egypt.
Headquarters 213th Area Support Group
128th Chemical Company
Soldiers from the 213th Area Support Group received a special
Master Sgt. Beth Bieren, member of the 112th Air holiday touch when several Pennsylvania organizations shipped
Operations Squadron, had the opportunity to meet Gen. fresh Christmas trees and plants to the unit. Led by the state
David Petraeus, commander of Multi-National Force-Iraq. Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Mushroom
Bieren is serving six months in Iraq supporting intelligence Growers Association, several dozen trees and shrubs were sent to
operations. the unit in Balad, Iraq.
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Story and photos by Lt. Col. George M. Schwartz
Throughout 2007, a small team of
Pennsylvania Army National Guardsmen
assigned to the 55th Brigade Combat
Team (Forward) of the Pennsylvania
National Guard’s 28th Infantry Division,
advised and supported a unit of the
fledgling Afghan national army.
Throughout the year, the experiences of
the 55th BCT (FWD) were broad, pro-
fessionally fulfilling and at times, tragic.
I had the honor of leading the team.
Upon arrival in Afghanistan in Pennsylvania Guardsmen
on a patrol pass through
January 2007, we were assigned to work
a tunnel in Laghman
with the 1st Brigade, 201st Corps – the Province, March 2007.
ANA’s very first brigade. Garrisoned
at Camp Darulaman on the southern
outskirts of Kabul, the brigade was con-
ducting counter-insurgency and security
operations in Kabul and four key
provinces around the capital. Our brigade
advisory team included two U.S. Marine three directions. About half of the team and I took over the brigade headquarters
Corps mentoring teams and one head- mission, the role for which we had been trained. Half of the team was handpicked
quarters team comprised of Army to take on the job of advising the brigade’s 5th Kandak, the combat service support
Soldiers from every component, Navy battalion, under the leadership of Maj. Robert C. Jorgensen Jr. Two other team
Petty Officers and an Air Force officer. members with law enforcement experience, 1st Lt. Joe Mitchell and Master Sgt. Kevin
Due to a massive reorganization Bittenbender, volunteered to be mentors to the ANP.
within TF Phoenix – the U.S. joint task In early May 2007, the majority of the brigade deployed to the 201st Corps
force responsible for training the ANA eastern zone area of responsibility, adding four additional provinces to its area of
and the Afghan national police – the responsibility. The EZAO is bounded by the Tora Bora region in the south, the
original 16-man team was soon split in Hindu Kush mountain range in the north, and Pakistan to the east. May is the
beginning of the combat season in eastern Afghanistan because as the snow melts in
the mountain passes, the insurgents and foreign fighters cross into Afghanistan and
renew the insurgency.
For the next six months, the brigade was based in Jalalabad in an old fort that had
been the last stronghold of the Taliban. Most of the 5th Kandak team and our two
ANP advisors were based in Asadabad. The environment in the EZAO is similar to
that of the Indian sub-continent, so our Soldiers had to persevere against natural
hazards such as temperatures up to 120 degrees, cobra snakes in the FOBs and
tropical diseases like malaria, in addition to the enemy.
Contact with the insurgents was frequent, and included improvised explosive
devices, rocket attacks and direct fire engagements. For a two-month period, Kunar
Province alone accounted for half of all enemy contacts in the country, more than
even the infamous Helmand Province. Violence and the American death toll in
Afghanistan actually reached the highest level since the U.S.-led invasion toppled the
Taliban movement in 2001.
We were personally familiar with this tragic statistic because we lost our close
comrades Master Sgt. Scott Ball and Sgt. Jan Argonish on August 27. Both were killed
Lt. Col. Schwartz and 1st Sgt. Walter, team leader by enemy fire during a violent ambush in the Kunar River Valley. Throughout the
and team NCOIC of the 55th BCT (FWD) discuss year, three other advisors from the brigade team died in combat and 11 more were
Afghan national army operations at FOB Maiwand wounded. In addition to our fellow mentors, 35 soldiers from the 1st ANA Brigade
in Logar Province, September 2007. were killed and 56 wounded in action.
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Despite our tragedy, there was also great
accomplishment. In 2007, the ANA with our
advisers by their side, completed more than
1,250 combat patrols, 440 resupply convoys
and combat logistic patrols, 250 security
missions and 220 combat operations.
Together, we also prevailed in more than
250 kinetic contacts with the enemy.
As our year came to a close, the 55th
BCT (FWD) was helping to make history as
it turned over the brigade advisory mission
to the first French team to join TF Phoenix.
For a great part of 2007, French battalion
advisory teams served under the direction of
our U.S. headquarters. Several Pennsylvania
Guardsmen were recognized with French
medals for their efforts in making their new
mission a success. The effort is an important
part of the new French policy in Afghanistan
and President Nicholas Sarkozy visited the
brigade in December to talk with the U.S.
and French soldiers making it happen.
We made a strong investment in the
Afghan national security forces in 2007, and
leave with the satisfaction of knowing that we
made a difference. “Our” Afghans are better
able of ensuring the security of their country; An Afghan national army major looks out the door of a Black Hawk helicopter during an aerial recon
and, as a result, our own country is safer. O in the Kunar Valley, May 2007.
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1-112th Infantry live fire Aviator recognized for
training a lifetime of service
By Pfc. Sherece Maddox and Pfc. Coltin Heller, By Capt. Cory Angell
109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
The Chapel of Four Chaplains presented
The woods at Fort Indiantown Gap retired Chief Warrant Officer John Travers with
seem still, the trees standing like skeletal the Bronze Medallion of the Legion of Honor,
sentinels. However, amidst the stillness Nov. 2 at Fort Indiantown Gap.
are the Soldiers of the 1-112th Infantry “The Chapel of the Four Chaplains was
of Bradford, Pa., actively moving through founded in memory of four Army chaplains who
the woods as they train on Range 34, the died during the sinking of the Dorchester off the
Infantry Squad Battle Course. coast of Greenland in World War II,” said
The ISBC is designed for infantry Patricia Aversa, program coordinator for
units such as the Pennsylvania National the chapel. Chief Warrant Officer John Travers
Guard’s 1-112th to conduct live fire drills. She said the chaplains gave up their own life discusses the significance of history
The course included pop-up targets and jackets to Soldiers who did not have them and with the local media.
silhouettes of buildings. calmed men in the panic. They were last seen
The procedures the unit conducted with their arms linked kneeling on the slanting deck in prayer.
were advancing to an objective, line of “The organization strives to recognize those who selflessly serve their com-
fire toward an objective, basic fire and munity and nation,” said Aversa. “It’s important that we recognize those who have
maneuvering assaults to clear the objec- done so much for others.”
tive. These tasks set the foundation for “Travers served with the Pennsylvania National Guard as a UH-1 pilot for
proper squad solidarity. nearly 30 years,” said Larry Babitts who serves on the board of directors for the
The unit was broken down into Chapel of the Four Chaplains.
nine-man squads for the exercise, with According to the award citation Travers started his service with the regular
the squads rotating throughout the day. Army in Viet Nam where he was awarded 31 Air Medals and a Silver Star.
They started out by making a dry run In 1972 during Hurricane Agnes, Travers, then a pilot with the 104th Armored
through the course and progressed to Cavalry, was credited with rescuing 53 civilians.
blank and live ammunition to simulate “His military service and continuing work with statewide veteran’s organizations
a real world scenario. is exactly what this organization tries to recognize,” said Babitts. “His devotion to
To further simulate a combat environ- his country, community and fellow veterans is an example we should all live by.”
ment, mock improvised explosive devices “It’s an organization that I have always admired and never thought of myself as
were used in the mission. After the one of its possible honorees,” said Travers. “It was a very pleasant surprise.”
objective was reached and security was
established, Stryker vehicles arrived to
transport the squads and any mock
casualties. To familiarize themselves with The draft Supplemental Environ- Light Utility Helicopter
medical evacuation procedures and mental Assessment looks at potential headed to PNG
entering and exiting vehicles, the squads environmental, cultural and socio-
and simulated casualties were taken to a economic impacts related to operation Already the envy of many with its
UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. of a Multi-Purpose Training Range on Stryker Brigade, the Pennsylvania
The exercise was focused on practic- Fort Indiantown Gap. National Guard will add another mile-
ing reacting to contact and preparing According to computer studies done stone system to its arsenal later this year.
for what could happen overseas. The by Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., some rounds The Lakota Light Utility Helicopter
unit as a whole is ready for any type of fired at the MPTR will ricochet off post will be assigned to the Eastern Army
deployment, said Sgt. William Hasson of and into SGL 211 along the north National Guard Aviation Training Site
B Company of the 1-112th. border of the installation. This requires at Muir Field by June.
Spc. Dale Rupp, B Co. of the 1-112th, military officials to establish a surface EAATS will be the only schoolhouse
said, “This is a vital training asset aid for danger zone on 900 acres of state Game in the Army for the UH-72A. Eight
future missions.” Lands 211 land. aircraft will eventually be assigned to
After comments are received on the the program and two other aircraft
Environmental Assessment draft, a final document will be prepared will be assigned to the Security and
for release in several months. The lengthy Support Battalion.
study found no significant impact to the The Lakota is a general support
A long awaited environmental docu- physical environment. helicopter that can support Homeland
ment was released to the public and To review the draft Supplemental Security and counter drug operations.
regulatory agencies for comment in Environmental Assessment go to The $5 million aircraft has a crew of two
mid-January. www.dmva.state.pa.us. and can carry six passengers.
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171st Air Refueling Wing six observers Jan. 23. These inspectors Corey Pierce worked on the ISP rewire
inspection joined the remainder of their team down- of four buildings at Balad AB, Iraq.
range. Nearly 200 inspectors watched During this period, the team installed
The 171st Air Refueling Wing has and recorded the performance of the more than 158,000 ft. of extensive
received good preliminary reports in 171st in all phases of 8044, deployment, premise rewiring along with more than
response to its Operational Readiness Ability to Survive and Operate and 2,500 terminations. To avoid any dis-
Inspection, which took place late January redeployment operations to validate ruption, this work had to be done in the
through early February. mission capabilities. evening hours since the buildings were
The inspection involved a one-week Brig. Gen. Roy Uptegraff, 171 ARW active during the day.
intra-theater air refueling scenario with commander, was to receive the official In Afghanistan, Master Sgt. Robert
flying packages, headquarters, medical outbrief in Pittsburgh, Feb. 14. The out- Muth led a team comprised of Staff Sgt.
and associated support taskings. Eight brief was scheduled to be conducted at Frank McHenry, Staff Sgt. Chris Swisher,
KC-135s and four C-17s moved 77 short the 171st Steel City Café. Staff Sgt. Adam Morton and Senior
tons of cargo and 380 unit members Airman Ray MacGregor, installing six
from Pittsburgh to Gulfport, Miss., home VSAT antennas upon a 60 ft. tower at
of the Air National Guard’s Combat 270th EIS plays integral Kabul AB, Afghanistan, dramatically
Readiness Training Center. There the role in GWOT increasing the base communications
unit joined members from the 151st Air capability.
Refueling Wing and the 85th Aerial Port Personnel from the 270th EIS played At Bagram AB, Afghanistan,
Squadron to combine as the 802nd Air an integral role in installing major Muth’s team overcame weather issues
Expeditionary Wing. More than 300 communications infrastructure in Iraq and regional instability, to complete an
unit members made up the “mobility and Afghanistan. install 15 days ahead of deadline.
machine” that ensured personnel and Under the supervision of Master Sgt. Considered the number one project in
cargo were ready for movement. Stephen Coulbourn, Senior Master Sgt. the AOR at the time, the team placed
Twenty Air Mobility Command Charles Peek, Staff Sgt. Darryl Oliver, more than 60,000 ft. of cable along with
inspectors arrived in Pittsburgh along Staff Sgt. Christopher Murphy and Staff 13 underground splices necessary for
with 13 outside unit augmentees and Sgt. Richard Ellis and Senior Airman fiber and copper connectivity.
193rd receives funding to assist flight operations
Space for aircraft parking
and safe taxiway operations
have long been a concern for
Airmen at the 193rd Special
This problem will be alle-
viated thanks to recent govern-
ment funding. U.S. Rep. Tim
Holden provided a $1 million
check to go with $5 million
previously appropriated during
a ceremony at the wing Dec. 27.
The additional funds will assist
with meeting the project’s cost.
Collocated at Harrisburg
International Airport, civilian
flights taxi very close to the
unit’s aircraft. In addition, the
unit has long dealt with cramped
Construction for the joint
aircraft parking apron expansion
and taxiway relocation project is
Flanked by U.S. Rep. Tim Holden and State Rep. John Payne, Tech. Sgt. Georgia Powell and Staff Sgt. Ashley scheduled to begin later this year.
Roughsedge receive a ceremonial check for the upgrade of wing facilities. Photo: Tech. Sgt. Matt Schwartz
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A s Airmen, they are the nation’s
premier multi-dimension maneuver force,
with the agility, reach, speed, stealth, Finding their way behind enemy
lines and putting bombs on target
payload, precision and persistence to is what 148th ASOS Staff Sgt.
control air, space and cyberspace any- Shawn Bearinger and Airman
Murphy Fountain III are all about
where on the planet. during exercises at FTIG.
But, ask citizens how more than Photo: Tech. Sgt. Matt Schwartz
4,000 members of the Pennsylvania Air
National Guard achieve this mission and
you will invariably hear something about
airplanes and flying. Although pilots or
aircrew comprise less than 10 percent of
the U.S. Air Force, in the public eye, if
you are an Airman, you fly.
Perception may be reality, but as the
landscape of 21st century warfare
evolves, the demands upon the PANG
continue to change with it. Add to this a
steady growth of “Purple” operations
with other services, and the drumbeat to By 1st Lt. Jay Ostrich and
change this misperception grows louder Senior Airman Raina Kane
than a sonic boom.
Behind the camouflaged and steely-eyed glare of a 148th Air Support
Ultimately, the PANG continues to Operations Squadron member you’ll find the new face of an Air combat
modernize their highly deployed flying warrior. But unlike their brothers and sisters who bravely take to the skies
force with a battle tested arsenal of to defend our freedom, this new generation of Airmen find their future
A-10s, EC-130Js and KC-135s. But in and mission on solid ground.
“In a split second, you go from quiet and relative calm to your entire
this edition of Pennsylvania Guardians, world erupting around you as time slows to a crawl,” said Master Sgt.
we take a look at two unique units that Aaron Gibbs, 148th ASOS Tactical Air Control Party, of his mission
are simultaneously changing their behind enemy lines. “You don’t have time to think things through; you
missions and public perception by have time to react or die.”
Known affectionately as “Air Force Infantry,” Gibbs is one of a select
showing why modern-day Pennsylvania few who has earned the privilege of wearing the black beret and crest of
airpower finds itself on solid ground. this new face of Air combat warrior. Headquartered at Fort Indiantown
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Gap, the mission of this elite unit is to to be able to
provide combat ready TACP assets to shoot, move
their supported Army units. This includes and communi-
the 55th Brigade Combat Team and cate. During
56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the FTX we
the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, stressed all
said Lt. Col. Terrence L. Koudelka, three to ensure
148th commander. that our men are
So intertwined and critical are TACPs trained to
to successful Pennsylvania Army National standard. The more
Guard missions, Airmen here are they use the radios and
authorized to wear the Keystone patch of equipment while they are here,
the 28th Division. With this honor, their the better off they will be when they are
combat duties require them to maneuver in theater.”
behind enemy lines while they meticu- Since the 148th ASOS is a new unit,
lously plan, request and direct air strikes they are always on the lookout for
against targets in close proximity to new members.
friendly forces. On the battlefield, they “We try to educate people as we meet
are known by bogged down friendly forces them, but we’re always looking to get
as “Death on call.” members and leadership from the wing
“The 148th ASOS advises those to come out and see what an ASOS is all
Army Brigades on U.S. and allied air and about,” said Ball.
space power, war fighting doctrine and “We find that in talking to new
capabilities, integrates close air support, recruits or guys interested in being a
airlift and reconnaissance air assets into TACP that they want to be challenged
the ground commanders joint battle and want to have a direct result in the
plan,” said Koudelka. Global War on Terror,” said Staff Sgt.
The TACP motto tells more of the Shawn Bearinger, 148th ASOS TACP.
tale: “The strong shall stand, the weak “Being a TACP fills both of those voids.
will fall by the wayside.” For the members You put bombs on target and see the
of the 148th, living this motto as a team immediate results, knowing that you
is an uncompromising way of life. saved American lives.”
“This means that everyone works Ready to head over and join up? First
together to accomplish the same mission you should read over our core values.
– putting bombs on target,” said Master “Integrity first is a core value that
Sgt. Scott Ball, 148th ASOS TACP. we take very seriously in an ASOS,”
“TACPs work in groups of two men, and said Ball. “We need to accomplish the
we need to know that we can trust each mission and know that the guy standing
other explicitly.” next to you will be able to handle the
That trust will now be forged with pressure while under fire from the
their new partners in the Stryker Brigade. enemy and that you can trust him to do
“The tradition of TACPs working with the right thing.”
the Army is an old concept dating back Just as quickly as the chaos ensues,
to the Korean War, but it’s the newest the engagement is over and time is back
mission in the Pennsylvania Air National to its normal pace.
Guard,” said Ball. “I would venture to “For the first time in 30 minutes,
say that most people have no idea what you actually have time to breathe and
our job entails, the specialized gear that think about what just happened,” said
we need and the training it takes to Gibbs. “It is only now that you under-
become a TACP and stay proficient.” stand why the training has been so hard,
During a recent field training exercise, and why the motto of ‘train like we fight’
the 148th ASOS had the opportunity to is so important.
show what makes them “train like they “You feel the pride, you are a
fight,” their squadron motto. The FTX member of the brotherhood of combat
lasted four days, where members worked warriors, which, when asked, stepped
day and night to simulate actual deploy- forward and took the fight to the enemy
ment scenarios. – right into their backyard. You and your
“Deployments require a lot of the partner are the two deadliest men on the Airmen are familiar with flying over mountains, but now
same training as the FTX,” said Gibbs. battlefield. they scale them. The 148th ASOS members search for
“The three tenets of our career field are “You are a TACP.” O a rendezvous point during field training exercises at
FTIG. Photo: Tech. Sgt. Matt Schwartz
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As if conducting an air war symphony, Master Sgt. Beth Bieren, 112th intelligence specialist,
explains to Airmen why a particular target needs to be taken out.
Story and photos by 1st Lt. Jay Ostrich
Within sight of the glitz and kitsch of the Las Vegas Strip, mayhem, a 17-member team from Happy Valley ready to take
another finely tuned concert prepares to take a desert stage. It the wand as a conductor who makes sure all players are in
has all the trimmings of high-tech sound systems, coordinated unison, hitting precise notes at the right time.
wardrobes and full-throttle pyrotechnics. But unlike those for
mere public folly, this performance is a matter of life, death
and national security.
The stage is an intimidating 12,000-square-mile range in the
desert sands adjacent to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The two-
Their job as maestro is set within the relatively safe con-
week production, called Operation Red Flag, aims to provide fines of a Combined Air and Space Operations Center, a nerve
advanced combat training for U.S. and Allied aircrews in a center of operators and systems used to prosecute an air
highly realistic threat environment. The orchestra, a combina- campaign. This small but vital force allows the Air Force to
tion of airmen from the U.S., Canada and France, hopes to accurately target enemies anywhere on the planet while avoid-
synthesize their efforts and aircraft to make sweet sounds of ing fratricide and unnecessary collateral damage.
freedom ring throughout the world. As a fiery red sunset descends upon the desert, Maj. Aaron
Flawless communication and careful coordination are Vance, 112th AOS chief of training and senior air defense
needed to seamlessly execute this mission though. Strike one officer, sits confidently behind a massive bank of computers
sour chord here and the whole opera, the entire mission, falls and microphones. It is the calm before the storm. He knows
miserably flat. that within a few minutes, his team must coordinate their
Enter center stage the 112th Air Operations Squadron, efforts to help F-16s and French Mirage fighter planes deliver
Pennsylvania Air National Guard, from State College. It is one a deadly payload of justice to a formidable enemy.
of only five such Guard and Reserve units capable of coordi- Vance’s job is to communicate specific CAOC decisions to
nating this intricate air symphony. They are the maestro of this an E-3 Sentry, an airborne warning and control system,
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AWACS, aircraft that provides in air prioritize what targets are more valuable As for the decisions made by these
surveillance, command and control to the overall mission. Happy Valley airmen, Fast seemed
and communications to in-theater “We have to be quick, flexible and genuinely impressed.
fighter planes. calm,” said Sublett. “You can’t just focus “They did an outstanding job,”
“After all the analysis, we issue on one aspect or contingency of war. You said Fast. “These folks are knife-
through the AWACS an Air Tasking need to see the bigger picture.” in-the-teeth kind of airmen and I am
Order, which basically tells pilots what After concluding that available fighter confident they are now ready to
to do, where to go and when they should aircraft can get the job done effectively augment any mission anywhere around
do it,” said Vance, a Tyrone native and and safely, a plan is approved and relayed the world.”
U.S. Air Force Academy graduate. to the AWACS, who in turn pass it on to Staff Sgt. Adam Walters, an air
“Essentially, we tell these instruments the pilots who can get it done. The con- tasking order technician with the 112th
what notes they should play.” cert can now resume in full force. on his first Red Flag mission, agreed
Their mission tonight is to deftly with the overall assessment.
interpret endless streams of incoming
intelligence and data in order to
destroy valuable targets in less than 20
minutes of their identification. The
Finale “At first I was nervous as can be
to be here,” said Walters, who learned
a completely new system at Red Flag
and works as an auditor in Altoona.
Just minutes later, bombs and live
goal: 100 percent mission effectiveness fire rain hell upon the selective targets “Now I have no idea what I was
and zero coalition casualties. and light up the desert night. The stage sweating about – this has been a
“Tonight is a culmination of train- is now silent, and although the enemy great experience.”
ing and a conclusion to our conversion has been destroyed and much of the Behind him, 112th Lt. Col. Bob
from simulation to live bombs and audience has returned home, the mission Petersen finishes up his paperwork as
missions,” said Vance. “The end result, of the 112th AOS continues. It is time to acting CAOC chief here and reflected
we hope, is to end the war. Some targets read the reviews. on what has been an intense two weeks
allow you to do so more quickly.” The main critic of tonight’s 112th of training.
performance is Maj. Paul Fast, 505th “They did an exceptional job,” said
Intermezzo Operations Squadron, a lead strategy
instructor, whose small cadre of CAOC
experts have guided this group through
Petersen, who added that this was the
best exercise he had ever been
through. “Everybody was working
together to get the job done and I am
If accurate analysis is the sheet weeks of painstaking performances. He
music for mission effectiveness and will begin a detailed brief aimed at very proud of the folks who came
ending the war, then the men and analyzing the good, the bad and the ugly out here.”
women of the 112th who operate the of tonight’s mission that will last into the With the reviews in, and the critics
intelligence cell of the CAOC hold a wee hours of the morning. pleased, the 112th AOS heads back to
steady quill. “In the debrief process, we figure out Happy Valley, ready for the next show
The team must help strategically what happened and why it happened,” in any venue around the world that
navigate pilots and airmen through a said Fast. “Operation Red Flag provides needs the maestro’s touch. O
tangled web of weapons, warmongers a realistic environment and this is a
and innocent civilians, by determining fantastic way for these airmen to see the
threats, assessing damage and moni- impacts of good and bad decisions.”
toring the execution of orders. Without
proper intelligence, pilots would not
have the knowledge they need for
mission effectiveness and targets could
escape. Moreover, pilots themselves
can quickly become enemy targets.
“If our mission fails, the political
side of the house won’t be happy,”
said Lt. Col. Lee Sublett, a senior
intelligence officer for the 112th.
“Ultimately, good people can die.”
Tonight, Sublett and his team
receive information that a key
enemy scientist working on weapons
of mass destruction has been located
in a building near a mosque and a
high-ranking official has been located
in a stationary railcar near civilians.
They must now decipher whether Staff Sgt. Adam Walters looks at mission tactics with Lt. Col. Aaron Vance while he communicates
the target can be taken out without with a myriad of aircraft flying above during Red Flag exercises at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
undesired collateral damage and
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By Kevin Cramsey
As a member of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s “In 2005, we started to revisit the idea,” Scott said. “Then,
l93rd Special Operations Wing, Tech. Sgt. Scott Lemmon has the following year, we put our names on the list.”
been deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation In August 2006, they attended their first educational class
Enduring Freedom. at the Lancaster-area adoption agency they enlisted to help
Having fulfilled his role in those missions, Lemmon, with the adoption.
together with his wife, Becky, is immersed in another inter- “They shock you into reality and show you a film with the
national mission. worst-case scenarios,” Scott
Call it OPERATION EVA. recalled. “Then they ask you if
At the core of the mission is you want to proceed.”
a “deployment” to Guatemala Undeterred, the couple
to bring little Eva to America to moved forward with the
start her new life with her new process, and proceeded to
parents in Mount Holly Springs, the home study phase, where
Cumberland County. prospective parents are
The Lemmons have been evaluated for their suitability
going through the meticulous to adopt.
international adoption process “It’s amazing how they boil
since shortly after Eva was born your life down to 10 pages,”
Aug. 20, 2007. Scott said.
Recently, they traveled to After receiving a referral
her Central American homeland for a child in June 2007, the
for their first face-to-face visit Lemmons experienced a set-
with their soon-to-be-delivered back when the birth mother
bundle of joy. If all goes accord- decided not to put her child up
ing to plan, they will be bringing for adoption.
Eva to her new home in America “As devastating as it was, it
this spring. validated our understanding of
A 12-year member of the the process,” Scott said. “They
Pennsylvania Air National do have the right to change
Guard, Scott has been doing their mind if they feel they
quite a balancing act in recent Resplendent in a red outfit sent overseas to her home in Guatemala
made a mistake.”
years, juggling his “Citizen- by her soon-to-be-parents, Pennsylvania Air National Guard Tech. Disappointed, but not
Soldier” duties with his personal Sgt. Scott Lemmon and his wife, Becky, little Eva will soon be coming defeated, Scott and Becky
and professional responsibilities. to America to start her new life with her new family. waited for another referral
Since he and Becky married Photo: Courtesy of Scott Lemmon from the agency. And, on
six years ago, Scott has Sept. 6, that referral came in
deployed three times with the the form of a little 6-lb. 7-oz.
193rd Communications “I’m both nervous and excited bundle named Eva Naomi. The
Squadron; resumed his studies about going through with this. Lemmons changed her middle
and earned two master’s I’m looking forward to sharing name to Bonita. “It literally
degrees from Penn State in translates into ‘Beautiful
Harrisburg; started a new job as this experience with my wife because I know Life,’” said Scott. “It is a name
a data base administrator at the she is going to be a great mother.” that will hopefully serve her
U.S. Army War College in well all during her life.”
Carlisle; and kept up his Eva was placed with a foster
fatherly duties to 11-year-old Becca and 14-year-old Matt, his mother who has been seeing to all of her needs since shortly
children from his first marriage. Add to this he and his wife’s after her birth. The couple has been receiving regular updates
efforts to adopt Eva and, well, you’ve got a full dance card. on Eva since that time, but the overall process has been some-
Adopting a child was discussed in the days after their what slow, due in part to a new adoption treaty being worked
marriage, Scott said, but he and Becky opted to enjoy one out by the United States and Guatemalan governments.
another’s company and travel during the initial years of “I’m both nervous and excited about going through with
their union. this,” Scott said. “I’m looking forward to sharing this experience
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with my wife because I know she is going
to be a great mother. I know it sounds
cliché, but in the six years we’ve been
together, we’ve never had an argument.”
Becky said she can’t wait to have a
little girl in the house, which the couple is
remodeling in anticipation of Eva’s arrival.
“We live in an older house, so we’re
rearranging it,” said Becky. “She (Eva)
is going to have a little window seat in
Becky, a native of Cumberland
County, has also been busying herself by
learning about Eva’s homeland.
“I’ve read a few books,” she said.
“And, actually, there are a lot of children’s
books and other books about the history
of Guatemala. I love to read, so I’m really
looking forward to reading to her.”
While Eva has certainly spurred their
interest in Guatemala and Central
America, Becky said their interest in
Central and South America can actually The Lemmon family – Becky, Becca, Matt and Scott – celebrate Scott’s recent graduation from Penn
be traced back to Scott’s deployment to State University’s Harrisburg campus, where he earned two master’s degrees.
Ecuador in fall 2002. Photo: Courtesy of Scott Lemmon
“Scott really became interested in
the culture when he was there,” Becky said.
In addition to the Ecuadorian deployment, Scott deployed goals and his family,” Kann said. “Even now, as changes in the
to the Persian Gulf twice, first in spring 2003, and then Air Force and Air National Guard have forced him to
again in the fall 2005, when he was asked to join the retrain into a new military path, I’m certain his track
deployment as a last-minute fill-in. record of commitment and success will follow him
Although the 2005 deployment interrupted his down this path as well.”
master’s studies once more, Scott answered the call to For Scott, the decision to serve his country
duty with the same resolve he has always shown since was not a difficult one. “I did not want to hit 40
joining the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in 1996. one day and say I was able to serve but not willing
Chief Master Sgt. David Kann, Lemmon’s super- to serve,” he said.
visor at the 193rd Communications Squadron, said Having made good on that pledge,
Lemmon has made outstanding contributions to the Lemmon, at age 38, is now happily waiting to
wing during his career. begin the long, yet rewarding service
“He has amazingly found the that OPERATION EVA will no
correct balance between his civilian job, doubt require. O
his military obligations, his personal
A 12-year member of the Pennsylvania
Air National Guard, Tech. Sgt. Scott
Lemmon proudly displays the flag
during one of his overseas
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“Dealing Story and photos by Capt. Cory Angell
with the As the wind snaps sharply against their “Last night we had to collapse one tent
elements is just uniforms, Sgt. Michael Wodopuja and his and move everyone into the other,” said
squad stand on a mountain at the Yakima Wodopuja. “We tried to secure it, but the
part of what Training Center. After 24 hours at the obser- wind was too strong so we just dropped it
vation point, these cold but lively Soldiers before it blew away on us.”
a Soldier does.” eagerly grab their gear as relief arrives. Ironically, the Soldiers of the 1/104th
Cavalry would endure wintry
conditions in the mountains of
Washington in preparation for
duty as Multinational Force
Observers in the sand dunes of
the Sinai desert in Egypt.
“Dealing with the elements
is just part of what a Soldier
does,” said Wodopuja. “The
guys haven’t complained. They
just know it’s what we do, and
they are excited about the
Even though this is the first
time the Pennsylvania National
Guard has performed the MFO
mission, Command Sgt. Maj.
Timothy Zaengle will be
returning for the second time.
Behind the frozen wire, Pfc. Clarence Wilkins, Philadelphia, and Spc. “Twenty-five years later, I
Andrew Torres, East Stroudsburg, discuss their duties as gate guards. went over for a reconnaissance
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and the mission hasn’t changed very
much,” said Zaengle, who was
22 years old and serving in the 82nd
Airborne on his first trip to the region.
“I feel very confident that these troops
are well prepared.”
The Camp David Peace Accord
between Egypt and Israel was signed in
March 1979. The United Nations was
charged with enforcing the peacekeeping
pact until 1981. Thereafter, the MFO
was developed, and it has been perform-
ing the mission ever since.
This particular mission is unique,
Zaengle explained, because operating
the observation posts will not only
ensure the continued success of the long-
standing agreement, it will also develop
future Guard leaders.
“This mission places a great deal
of responsibility on our team and squad
leaders” said Zaengle. “They run the
show out at these remote observation
posts. They will have to make a lot of
decisions with no guidance from higher.
The mission is sure to hone their
Soldiers are sure to benefit from
working with other armies from around
the world. Columbia and Fiji will have
troops there as well, said Zaengle.
“It’s always good for Soldiers to have
that experience,” said Zaengle. “They
will get to see how other armies operate
and what their customs and training
Lt. Col. Robert Langol, squadron
commander, said the unit has overcome
many challenges since it mobilized and
has become a cohesive unit.
“About half of the troops have come
to us from other units,” said Langol.
“They have come together as a team, a
very diverse one with many different
talents. They were not all cavalry troops.
“I think we will see that benefit when
we finally perform the mission, because
having Soldiers with different skills will
grant us certain abilities that your average
cavalry unit wouldn’t possess.”
As Wodopuja’s Soldiers pack their
equipment onto the truck and eagerly
await the opportunity to get out of the
cold, they are reenergized by knowing
that their long training has come to a
“They are happy because now they
are done with the training and now
they just want to get there and do the
mission,” he continued. “Right now
they want to get warm and they’re sure
to in Egypt.” O
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This young second lieutenant is John A. Jones of Company G, 14th
Infantry Regiment of Pittsburgh. He enlisted as a private in Company C,
14th Regiment, Feb. 1, 1880, then transferred to Company G in June 1891,
with the rank of corporal. He was promoted to sergeant July 15, 1892.
Jones was commissioned a second lieutenant July 10, 1893. He resigned
from the Guard on Feb. 3, 1898, after 18 years of service.
He is wearing a Model 1892 dress coat with the shoulder straps of a
second lieutenant and regimental numbers on the collar. He wears a
bronze basic marksman’s badge with bars showing four years of qualifica-
tion and a silver keystone badge for the fifth year of qualification as a
marksman. The tiny pendant suspended below the keystone badge would
indicate years of qualification for years five through nine. O
This is the 20th in a series of historical photographs of Pennsylvania National
Guardsmen of the past, submitted by Charles Oellig, curator of the
Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum at Fort Indiantown Gap. The
museum is open Monday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or other days
by appointment. Call (717) 861-2402 for more information or to schedule an
appointment. The museum is closed on major holidays.
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“The M93 Fox is a light-armored
vehicle that acts as a conduit for NBC
missions down range,” said Sgt 1st Class
James E. Brickel, platoon sergeant for
D Troop, 2-104 Cavalry. “It is self-
contained and has the ability to function
independently until fuel, water and
food supplies are diminished. Almost all
testing can be done without the inter-
vention and possible compromise of
The MM-1 Chemical Warfare
Computer, which can be installed in
the Fox or the Stryker, employs sampling
The Fox is a six-wheeled, light-armored vehicle, similar in many ways to the Stryker. The members of tubes lined in plastic, sampling tongs
the Pennsylvania Guard's 2-104th Cavalry’s NBC platoon know it will get the job done if the unit is and sampling wheels that operate in a
deployed by the end of 2008. Photo: Pfc. Megan Gautsch potential chemical environment while
Soldiers are inside.
“The days of rolling out in full
MOPP4 are over,” said Brickel.
By Spc. Matthew E. Jones and Pfc. Megan Gautsch, 109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
MOPP4 is a protective posture
Starting out the new year, approximately 650 Pennsylvania Guard members had making Soldiers wear rubber boots,
been engaged in international operations, including Operation Iraqi Freedom. That gloves, and a heavy suit, regardless of
is likely to change soon. By the end of the heat.
the year, what is poised to be a historic “It is an excellent system as a whole,
deployment for Pennsylvania could but adaptation is a challenge,” said
send nearly 6,000 Soldiers from the Brickel. “This equipment needs to be
commonwealth to Iraq. run for a minimum of four hours per
Among those to potentially deploy week, which is a lot for us to do when
with the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat preparing for deployment,” said Brickel.
Team are Soldiers of the 2-104 Cavalry Regardless of their affiliation with
D Troop, a York-based Stryker unit. the Stryker brigade, D Troop will likely
The Stryker vehicles are the pinnacle be deploying with the Fox.
of accessible military technology and “We don’t expect to deploy with the
highly sought-after tools of the trade Strykers, we might be outfitted with the
for modern cavalry units. Those who new vehicles when we return though.”
operate these stealthy vehicles, nick- Soldiers like Spc. Camilo A.
named “Ghost Riders” by Iraqis, are Gonzales, a chemical operations
just as elite. specialist with the unit, continue to do
A great majority of this force preventative maintenance checks on the
slated for deployment to Iraq with the vehicles without complaint.
Stryker brigade has naturally been “I do the PMCS for the Fox, ‘it isn’t
outfitted with the Stryker. With a difficult,’” he said.
passing glance, one might think D Gonzalez admits certain quirks do
Troop’s NBC (nuclear, biological and exist with using the Fox in lieu of the
chemical) reconnaissance team has Stryker, but as platoon leader 2nd Lt.
Sgt. Tamelle P. Hill, NBC operations specialist,
2-104th Cavalry, notices something wrong during a been equipped with this vehicle as Jordan T. Seiler said, if the 2-104th as a
January vehicle inspection. The crew of this Fox well. A closer look reveals that they whole call themselves “the eyes and ears
vehicle worked hard to get the vehicle in perfect are actually using what might be of the Army,” D Troop’s NBC team will
shape during the unit’s drill weekend. considered a cousin of the Stryker, the continue to act as their nose, regardless
Photo: Pfc. Megan Gautsch six-wheeled Fox. of their assigned vehicle. O
Spring 2008 / GUARDIANS / 25
For 12-year-old Rhiannon Kerstetter, the joys
and simple pleasures of celebrating a birthday
have long since passed. As fate would have it, the
attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, came on her special day.
Since then, this daughter of Senior Master Sgt.
Michelle Kerstetter, 193rd Special Operations
Wing’s finance supervisor, has looked upon her
birthday with a sense of foreboding and dread.
“Bad things always seem to happen on that
date,” said Kerstetter, whose husband Staff Sgt. Senior Master Sgt. Kerstetter's niece and
Jason Kerstetter, serves in the Pennsylvania nephews find moments of hope and levity among
Army National Guard. area attractions in Central Pennsylvania.
So last year, when Rhiannon anxiously asked
her mother what terrible things would happen on her birthday, Kerstetter, a mother of five,
lovingly reassured her that nothing bad was going to happen.
By 1st Lt Jay Ostrich
As the family awaited a special birthday phone call from the child’s grandmother in
Kentucky, her worst nightmares would painfully unfold. Indeed, the call would come from
there, but it wasn’t from her beloved grandmother.
“They were gone,” said a teary-eyed Kerstetter.
“For the Guard, Her sister had called to break the news. Their mother, Karen Comer, and sister-in-law,
Tracy Burke, a mother of three, had been found murdered in their home in Kentucky, along
this is about family. with a family dog. According to police reports, a gunman entered the residence and shot the
two women while three children were still inside the home. The children hid for more than nine
We would like to hours before 9-year-old son, Matthew, called 911 for help.
In the weeks following the investigation, Kerstetter has opened up her heart and already
take as much off bustling home to her 2-year-old niece and two nephews, aged 9 and 4. Eight was not enough
their plate as Love and support for the children flows with abundance, but overcoming financial hardships
possible in order to and added responsibilities for a grieving household of 10 has presented Kerstetter with signi-
ficant obstacles. Between getting the children to school, taking them to counseling, balancing
let this family bond daily routines and traveling to Kentucky for custody and criminal court proceedings, Kerstetter
said this Guard family is stretched thin.
and heal.” “Sergeant Kerstetter has always been in the role of taking care of the needs of others and
now she could use a little help,” said Master Sgt. Sherri Foy, force sustainment supervisor and
friend. “It just broke your heart to look at that gorgeous little girl and realize she no longer had
a mommy. I knew we had to do anything we could to help them.”
Several members of the unit, past and present, were among the first to step up and relieve
some of the stresses. They provided help with meals, chores around
the house and access to resources that would help restore some
normalcy to the household.
But for the children, the nightmare would continue. On Oct. 15,
Kentucky State Police arrested military police officer, Sgt. Brent A.
Burke, 29, stationed at Fort Campbell. The father of the two youngest
children was charged with two counts of murder, burglary, three
counts of wanton endangerment and cruelty to animals.
Hate was indeed enough for this newly blended family.
Although the children are getting steady counseling to help with
coping, the effects of this tragedy are ongoing.
“The kids have hidden under the table thinking it was the robber
coming back again,” said Kerstetter. “It’s sad to see.”
But love and hope are taking an even stronger hold of the family,
she said. Just knowing her Guard family is standing behind her, has
come as much relief.
“For the Guard, this is about family,” said Foy. “We would like to
Master Sgt. Sherri Foy helps unpack take as much off their plate as possible in order to let this family bond and heal.”
food, clothing and toys donated by Providing gift cards for food, entertainment and gas, as well as toys and clothes will make a
citizen Jennifer Chapman, difference, said Foy.
Middletown. Chapmen felt com-
And as surely as those words went out over the airwaves of Central Pennsylvania, those
pelled to help bring some relief in
this time of tragedy after seeing a prayers were answered as help from civilians started to pour into the base.
local news station story on Senior For the Kerstetter family, it was a sign of hope through the goodness of humanity. Just as
Master Sgt. Kerstetter and her Americans rebuilt after the tragic losses of Sept.11, this family will look to heal and grow
family. Photo: Tech Sgt. Matt Schwartz stronger with a little help from their friends in the Pennsylvania National Guard. O
Spring 2008 / GUARDIANS / 27
Jumping to conclusions – The Pennsylvania Army National
Guard’s only official airborne unit took the final leap. On the morning of
Oct. 21, the 104th Infantry Detachment (long-range surveillance)
performed its final jump as a unit at Fort Indiantown Gap’s west field.
The unit, which was the only 28th Infantry Division unit with its own
unique beret flash, officially disbanded near the beginning of 2008, due
to modularity. Many Soldiers expressed an interest in joining the
Pennsylvania Guard’s 28th Aviation Brigade. Others plan on going active
and joining the 82nd Airborne Division. Photos: Spc. Matthew E. Jones
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