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310TH SPACE WING

UTA Newsletter

9 JANUARY 2009 VOLUME 2, ISSUE 1

Wing redefines Vision, Mission

by Capt. Maren P. Barney 310th Space Wing Public Affairs At the Air Force Academy on Dec. 11 and 12, 310th Space Wing commander Col. Karen A. Rizzuti led 12 wing members (including group commanders, first sergeants and other space ninjas) in a series of exercises designed to shape the goals and direct the focus of the wing as we move forward as the Air Force Reserve's first and only space wing. "The purpose of this meeting is to refine and define who we are as a wing and why we are here," said Col. Rizzuti. "We'll develop our priorities as a wing for the upcoming year and come up with an action plan to get where we need to be. " It was an eye-opening experience for me because not only was it the first time I'd participated in creating a vision statement, it was also the place that I received my first nickname since being in the 310th (FYI, it's "Penguin." I know, totally not hot. But I'll explain where it came from later). The first few minutes were spent explaining the "ground rules" by facilitators Scott Larkin (an AFSO21 contractor with Mainstream) and Lt. Col. Lisa Johnson: no leaving the room angry; don't shut down others' ideas; hear what others have to say. What exactly was going to happen here? I couldn't stop myself from looking around the room to see who would be the first to throw a chair. Although during the two days strong opinions were voiced and emotions certainly were part of the mix, this family of professionals never crossed the line into Springer Territory. To emphasize the importance of keeping an open mind to any and all ideas, Mr. Larkin told of an airstrip in Antarctica that was located right along the ocean's edge. Every day a flock of

(see VISION page 4)

This Month's Points of Interest:

Year of Leadership: Compassion Airmen Encouraged to Apply at USAFA 310th Airmen at War: Iraqi Memoirs

Inside this issue:

New Vision, Mission UTA Schedule 12 Month Outlook From the Secretary Promotions 310th Airmen at War MPF Update Care Package Drive 7th SOPS Wreaths Financial Cents Cmdr's Call Topics Leadership 13 Things

Col. Karen A. Rizzuti, Chief Master Sgt. Rocky V. Hart, Col. Susan Rhodes, Chief Master Sgt. Troy Wilds and Col. Kevin Cavanaugh brainstorm during the creation of the wing's vision and mission statements.

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UTA Schedule of Events

Friday, 9 Jan - OG Pre-UTA briefing, CC Conf Rm., 1000-1130, all OG unit CCs - Wing Pre-UTA briefing, CC Conf Rm., 1300-1430, Grp CCs & Wing staff

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Wing Commander: Col. Karen A. Rizzuti Chief of Public Affairs: Capt. Maren P. Barney NCOIC Public Affairs: Vacant Public Affairs Staff: Vacant Newsletter Production: Maj. Eric A. Johnson Contributing Writers: Col. Karen Rizzuti 1st Lt. Andrew Williams Tech. Sgt. Russ Vaughn Mr. Randy Halfpop This unfunded unit newsletter is an authorized publication for the members of the 310th Space Wing. Contents of the UTA Newsletter are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U. S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Air Force. The editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the Newsletter Production staff of the 310th Space Wing Public Affairs office, Schriever AFB, Colo. All photographs are official Air Force Reserve photos unless otherwise indicated. Send comments, story suggestions, and other correspondence to the 310 SW Public Affairs office at [email protected] or call (719)567-7094. The article submission deadline for the next issue is COB on the Friday of the weekend prior to the scheduled UTA.

Saturday, 10 Jan - Wing/CC Call, Peterson Auditorium, 0730-0930, all SAFB/PAFB/RNSSI personnel - SMSgt Demboski's promotion, PAFB Auditorium, 1000, all invited - 302 AW Change of Command, Building 210 PAFB, 1000, all invited - MSgt Wilkinson's retirement, WestPac Restorations, 1400, all invited - Wing/CC Call, AFRC Auditorium, 1430-1600, all BAFB & AFRC personnel Sunday, 11 Jan - Wing Staff breakfast, Satellite Dish, 0715-0830, Wing Staff - Top 3 Meeting, Wing Conf Room, 1300, all Top 3 invited - 19 SOPS Decoration Ceremony, Bldg 300 Auditorium, 1430-1500, all invited - Wing Staff PT, PAFB gymnasium, 1530-1700, Wing Staff

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18 Month Schedule of Wing Events

2009 February 7-8, Feb UTA 13, AFSPC Family Day (Duty Holiday) 16, President's Day (Duty Holiday) 5-9, 10 AF Staff Assistance Visit 7-8, Mar UTA 4-5, Apr UTA 2-3, May UTA 6-7, Jun UTA 11-12, Jul UTA August 1-2, Aug UTA

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We're on the Web!

https://wwwd.my.af.mil/afknprod/ DocView.asp?DocID=3430411 Or https://www.my.af.mil/ reservenetprod/classic/home.asp? Unit=310+SW

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008 We Care About You Our Air Force's number three priority is "Develop and care for Airmen and their families." This isn't a catch-phrase our senior leadership developed, it is true - we care about you. Throughout my career, a core principle of our Air Force leadership has always remained true - we take care of Airmen and their families. At every level of leadership, from first-line supervisors, to first sergeants, chiefs and commanders, to the Secretary of the Air Force, we are committed to doing what's right for our Airmen and their loved ones. I know there are many issues causing us stress today. We are a nation fighting a war on two fronts. Many Airmen are in a tough deployment schedule. Others remaining at home station may be swamped from picking up the extra workload of the deployed Airmen. Our nation is in the midst of the biggest financial crisis seen in a long while. Some Airmen are being hit hard in their investments or by fluctuations in the housing market. Many more may struggle to pay their bills or from the strain of higher day-to-day living expenses. I know there are Airmen who battle seemingly desperate situations. Sometimes Airmen or their family members feel legal, relationship, financial or medical burdens are insurmountable and beyond bearing - but they are not. Recently we have experienced an increase in the number of suicides within our Air Force family. These are terrible, tragic losses - not only for the Air Force, but also for the family left behind, their friends, peers and wingmen. This hurts us all deeply; right to the core. We want you to know; no matter the trouble or how hopeless the situation may seem, there is always someone who can help... someone you can turn to. Every Airman matters, regardless of where you are stationed, or whether you are active duty, guard, reserve, or civilian - you are part of our Air Force family. So many people care about you - more than you know; family, friends, co-workers, supervisors, first sergeants, chaplains, medical professionals and senior leaders are ready and willing to listen and help. Just give them a chance. If you are feeling overwhelmed by circumstances in your life, share your burdens with those who care greatly about you. There is always someone who will be there for you. Don't ever think you are alone or that no one will understand. We will understand and we will help you. It doesn't matter whether you write, call, or e-mail, please reach out. We are an Air Force family and you mean a lot to all of us. If you feel you are at the end of your road, you are not - call me. I care about you and I will ensure you receive the help you need.

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Wing Vision: Course laid out with priorities, goals

(from VISION page 1)

penguins would line up along the water's edge to dive for food. But they'd watch and see whether or not the first penguin to jump in was eaten by a shark. If the penguin was unharmed, then they'd all follow suit and dive in. So the idea during the next two days was to create a "shark-free zone." (Hint: my nickname has to do with this story). The first exercise was to determine the vision of the 310th SW. A vision statement is a broad concept that is supposed to show us where we are going and what we aspire to be. We were asked to write down our own versions of a vision. These drafts were taped to the wall and we were asked to look at them and select our favorite phrases or concepts. We then divided into two groups and were tasked with incorporating those concepts into a cohesive statement to be presented to the other group. Then came the time to defend our vision to the opposing group. Trust me, by this time we were all feeling pretty proud and protective of what we'd written. I think some people may even have been crying, but I can't verify that. Thus, after much discussion, debate and graceful compromise, we proudly present the vision of the 310 th Space wing:

Col. Karen A. Rizzuti and Chief Master Sgt. Rocky V. Hart consider their options while developing the mission and vision statements for the wing.

World's best citizen Airmen bringing unrivaled expertise to secure space and cyber superiority for US and Allied global interests

Next on the agenda was constructing the mission statement. This statement should reflect the purpose of the 310 th and what makes it so unique. Following the same procedure as before, the resulting mission statement for the 310th is:

Provide optimized, scalable combat ready forces delivering air, space and cyberspace power for faster, more lethal, more accurate effects everyday, everywhere.

(Keep in mind that the term "kicking ass" is just implied as an inherent part of the statement.) As I mentioned earlier, most participants were emotionally committed to their ideas and an amenable "sharkfree zone" existed until discussion about the mission statement. When, in my almost total ignorance about space missions, I suggested a phrase and totally became the first penguin. Serious bloodbath. I hesitate even now to repeat the offending phrase lest I bring the wrath upon me again. Other than that one little incident, the process flowed along smoothly and many ideas were thrown around and discussed. The final two phases of group collaboration was coming up with wing priorities and goals. The priorities are

Mission Support Group commander Col. Gene M. Odom salutes proudly next to his group's proposed vision statement.

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(from previous page)

Priorities

Excellence in Operations: Foster a culture whereby our Airmen are trained, equipped and empowered to achieve 100% mission success as recognized experts providing indispensable continuity to the mission. Develop Leaders: Proactively develop a culture whereby we are providing opportunities for personal and professional growth through deliberate force development with focus on supervisory opportunities, mentoring, increased training and purposeful two-way communication. Take care of Airmen and their families: Foster a culture that promotes quality of life for our Airmen and families that balances military, personal and civilian priorities. Grow Smartly: Execute new missions with proper resources in response to well established and vetted requirements while maintaining excellence in current mission areas. Mature the Wing: Implement and continuously improve an infrastructure of people, programs and processes that fully supports our Airmen and missions.

areas that wing members can focus on every day. The goals are how we measure our success in attaining our desired end state as individuals and as a wing. In the coming months, we'll be sharing with you the specific goals that resulted from this meeting. And as members of a large organization that believes in change and adaptation, the priorities, goals, mission and vision will be reviewed periodically and altered as needed.

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Officials announce Reserve colonel promotions

Air Reserve Personnel Center Public Affairs 12/16/2008 - Air Reserve Personnel Center officials announced the fiscal 2009 Air Force Reserve Line and Nonline Colonel Promotion Selection Board results today. A selection board convened at the center here Oct. 6-10 to determine those officers qualified to assume the next higher grade. Board members selected 96 of 1,664 Air Force Reserve officers considered. A complete list of Citizen Airmen selected for promotion is available online. Categories considered during this promotion board are: Line, Chaplain, Dental Corps (DC), Line of the Air Force-Judge Advocate (LAF-J), Medical Corps (MC), Nurse Corps (NC), Medical Service Corps (MSC) and Biomedical Sciences Corp (BSC) officers. Promotion effective dates are based on the individual's line number. Increments will be posted on the ARPC Web site, www.arpc.afrc.af.mil, after Senate confirmation.

January Promotees!

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Demboski, Jonathan D. Hire, Danny J. Casey, John J. Ammed, Dana J. Hamilton, James C. Nunez, Rigoberto Hostetter, Timothy G. Kifer, Emily R. Magliaro, Suzy C. Miller, Dwight D. Nantz, Devin W. Picard, Christian J. Adkins, Kamahinaonawai B. Benavidez, Isaiah T.

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CMSGT SMSGT SMSGT MSGT MSGT TSGT TSGT TSGT TSGT TSGT TSGT TSGT SRA SRA

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RNSSI 310 OGV 310 OSF 6 SOPS 19 SOPS 19 SOPS 710 CF 310 MSS 6 SOPS 710 SFS 710 SFS 710 SFS 310 CF 310 MSS

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310th Airmen at War: Iraqi Memoirs

Editors Note: This is the second installment by Tech. Sgt. Russ Vaughn, 710 SFS,. He's offering a glimpse into the daily happenings and ponderings of our 310th brothers and sisters who recently volunteered to go back into harm's way. by Tech. Sgt. Russel D. Vaughn 506th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron We are A BIG FAT IMMOBILE TARGET. The best defense is to catch the insurgents setting up and attack them first. If we fail to see them, they will fire a couple of rounds towards the base and beat a hasty retreat. The primary indirect fire weapons are rockets and mortars. Rockets come in several sizes: 57mm, 107mm and 122mm. Once in awhile a modified or homemade rocket will fall from the sky. The mortars range in size from 60mm to 120mm. Rockets, like lightning strikes; have a random point of impact. The little 57mm rocket is a nuisance. It contains roughly 14 oz of explosive. Originally designed as an air to ground weapon, the insurgency has adapted this French weapon to launch in a ground-toground mode. They are small, lightweight, and fired from homemade launchers made of PVC pipe or simple angel iron rail. The good news is the system is inaccurate; the bad news is one lucky shot will ruin your day. The larger rockets can do some serious damage. Sometimes you catch a glimpse of them flying overhead. If you are near the flight path you can hear them whistle as they pass by. On the last deployment after an indirect fire attack, we found pieces of a 122mm rocket 800 meters from the impact point. Even under protective cover, the blast from a near miss can damage your hearing and give you a concussion. Mortars are cheap, simple to use, and highly mobile. A competent crew can launch several rounds in a short period. A good gunner can be very accurate. The average mortar shell will contain more high explosive in its warhead than a similar sized rocket or howitzer shell because the outer casings are generally thinner. More bang for the buck. What follows is a combination of a couple of IDF attacks. It maybe a tad difficult to follow, but it will provide you a clearer picture of what we go through. Please understand that I cannot use the real call signs and names of some places on base. So here it goes. The sun has set. A heavy pallor of dust and smoke fills the air. A HUMVEE cruises slowly in blackout drive along the fence line. The clatter of the diesel engine and rattling chassis accost the ears. The pungent smells of the burn pit irritate the nostrils. The crew of PATROL 1 is soaked in sweat, layered in grime, and exhausted. The long 12-hour shift is almost over. Near TOWER E two other patrols have pulled up to each other. The crews get out of the vehicles. They joke with each other as they stretch out cramped limbs and adjust body armor. The flight chief pulls up to check on them. Off duty airmen are playing volleyball on an outside court. Friendly taunts and laughter at missed balls mixes with cheers for good plays. Everyone is having a good time under the lights. Back at TOWER E the flight chief talks to his crews, in mid sentence he stops, his brain is telling him something's wrong. "That sound, I know that sound. CRAP." "TAKE COVER!" yells the flight chief Instantly six crewmen hit the ground. As flight chief takes cover, he keys his radio calling out, "LAUNCH! LAUNCH! LAUNCH!" PATROL 1 hears the call. The driver and truck commander look at each other. "Hit the gas and go to (Stand-to point)." says the TC. The driver hits the accelerator, turns on the headlights, and tells the gunner to hang on. The vehicle turns and makes a beeline for the hardball road. On the volleyball court, the boisterous laughter abruptly ends in silence. Without a word everyone briefly looks at each other and drop flat. The rocket explodes on impact with a View from inside the base. (Photos courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Russel Vaughn) deep "WHUMP". The shock wave rattles win-

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dows and walls. The patrols at TOWER E start standing up to mount their vehicles. As the crews rise from the ground a second rocket flies overhead. The crewmen hit the dirt again. As PATROL 1 nears the asphalt road, the gunner shouts, "Clear!" so the driver knows it is safe drive onto the road with stopping. The truck bounces as it hits the pavement. "Did you hear that?" asks the gunner. The TC leans over, looks up at the gunner and yells over the engine noise "Hear what?" "That explosion." replies the gunner "I didn't hear a thing." the driver chimes in. "NO, I didn't, which direction?" asks the TC. The gunner yells back, "Off at our two o'clock." The base siren comes to life with its whirling tone rising and falling. The volleyball players scramble to their feet heading for shelter. Like football players doing grass drills at practice they hear the whistle of the second rocket and hit the sand again. "WHUMP" the second warhead detonates. Again the volleyball players rapidly rise as one, running full tilt to shelter. Back on PATROL 1 the gunner yells down into the HUMVEE, "I heard another one!" Before the two patrols at TOWER E can rise and third rocket imOn patrol in the HUMVEE. pacts nearby. The violence of the explosion vibrates the ground beneath the crews. They rapidly rise after the blast and jump into their vehicles. The HUMVEE engines roar as the patrols head off to their respective defensive positions. All over base phones and radios come to life. Command posts clamor for information through a bevy of questions asking: "What is going on? What hit where? What is your status? What is your location?" They also tell subordinate CPs to send a situation report and get personnel accountability. Finally, at the bottom of the food chain, the lowest CP tells the patrols where to go. Controlled chaos. The patrols get frustrated very quickly if the radio/telephone operator is not on the ball. Command has to remain calm and proceed in a logical manner. The RTO has to translate information up and down the chain of command. With several phones ringing, several radio nets going and conversations going on in the bunker, it gets tad tough for the RTO to keep track of everyone. The patrols call in when they are in position and wait for instructions. PATROL 1 sets up next to TOWER C. The TC yells over to the tower, "Hey did you guys see or hear anything?" "Yeah," comes a reply from a silhouette standing at the rear of the tower. The dark figure points to the northeast, "We heard a couple of explosions back over there." The guard then points toward the south and continues, "But we saw dirt and debris flying back that way." The TC turns to his gunner, "Which direction did you hear the explosions from?" "Back that way, where they heard it." replies the gunner as he gestures toward the northeast. The radio comes to life ordering the patrols to sweep their sectors. PATROL 1 heads off toward northeast corner of their sector to begin the hunt for points of impact, possible unexploded ordnance and damage. I need to end the narrative at this point and finish this with a simpler and less detailed description of what transpires after an attack for security reasons. After an attack, the patrols sweep their area of responsibility. The results determine if we stay in the bunkers or resume normal operation. Once the commander is satisfied the threat is over the base is notified by the giant voice. People go back to their tasks as if nothing happened. It is just one more day closer to going home. Finding POI's is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Generally, small warheads leave about an 18-inch diameter blast scar on the hard-packed earth. The fusing is normally quick, leaving little or no cratering. Even the 107mm impact site can be hard to locate. Sometimes finding a POI is just pure happenstance. Take SrA Brown and his partner for example. They were in the middle of a sweep after an attack. Brown's partner needed to use the latrine. They stopped at a large latrine CHU known as a Cadillac. When Browns buddy comes out of the Cadillac he says, "Man they (the Army) left this place full of trash." Brown gets out of the HUMVEE and goes in to the Cadillac to investigate. Walking into to the latrine Brown realizes it is not trash but the result of shrapnel. He walks back out and calls in the POI. I hope this has given you an insight to our occasional disruption of calm. We have been fortunate thus far. God willing it will stay that way. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Be safe and we will see you soon.

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News from the 310th MPF

Paternity Leave for Service Members This Memorandum applies to active duty and Title 10, USC 12310 (HQ AGRs-Reserve/HQ Statutory tour ANG-Guard) ONLY. On 14 Oct 08, the President signed the FY2009 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This Act authorizes 10 days of permissive (non-chargeable) paternity leave to married members of the armed forces on active duty whose wife gives birth to a child on or after 14 Oct 08. Upon approval by the unit commander, the absence will be taken over consecutive days and must be taken within 60 days following the birth. For extraordinary circumstances, unit commanders may authorize use of paternity leave up to a maximum of the 90th day following the birth of the child. Paternity leave is not authorized for members who are deployed/TDY during this specified period. Paternity leave is authorized in conjunction with ordinary leave. Ordinary leave used prior to the established policy will not be restored (not waiverable). However, Airmen remain eligible for paternity leave within 60 days of this memorandum. Please contact the MPF if you have any questions. Retirement Eligibility Age Reduced! The National Defense Authorization Act for 2008, Section 647, has reduced the eligibility age for reserve retirement pay. To be eligible for this reduction you must perform active duty service on/after 29 January 2008 (this is NOT retroactive) as a member of the Ready Reserve. Eligibility is reduced below age 60 by 3 months for EACH cumulative total of 90 eligible days of active duty service per FISCAL YEAR. However, it may not be reduced below the age of 50. The retiree health care remains at age 60. The following is NOT considered credible active duty service for purposes of reducing eligibility age: AGR member, Annual Tour, As a member not assigned to, or participating satisfactorily in units, Disciplinary/courts-martial, Muster duty, as a member o the Regular component, and Inactive duty. Member Responsibility: As a reservist it is up to you to ensure all of your active duty orders specify the authorizing section of law (i.e., Title 10 USC, Sec. 12301(d) or applicable section), monitor days served (remember - 189 days is a date short), and keep copies of all orders! Again, just to reiterate: You need 90 cumulative active duty days IAW NDAA for 2008, Section 247, per FISCAL YEAR (not calendar or R/R). For more information please visit: http:// www.citamn.afrc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123127687 or visit the RE site on the Air Force Portal.

310 MPF ART Staff

DSN 926-xxxx, Commercial (303) 676-xxxx MPF General number: 8812 1Lt Andrew Williams, MPF/CC: 6247 SMS Lori Deardorff, MPF Superintendent:7937 MSgt Mike Goggins, Wing Training Mgr: 8652 MSgt Doreen Bradley, Chief, Relocations: 6214 TSgt Suzzanne Harwood, Chief Personnel Systems: 8812

Disney Offers Affordable Vacation for Service Members

by William Bradner American Forces Press Service A Disney vacation just got more affordable for military members and their f a m i l i e s . With the "Disney's Armed Forces Salute" offer, active and retired military personnel, including activated members of the National Guard or Reserve, can enjoy complimentary, multiday admission into Disney's U.S. theme parks, and additional special ticket offers for family members and friends. At the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, from Jan. 4 to Dec. 23 each active or retired member of the U.S. military may obtain one free five-day "Disney's Armed Forces Salute" ticket with "Park Hopper" and water park options. The ticket is valid for five days of admission into the four Walt Disney World theme parks, plus a total of five visits to a choice of a Disney water park, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park or certain other attractions. During this offer period, active or retired U.S. military personnel also may make a one-time purchase up to five "Disney's Armed Forces Salute Companion" tickets -- good for five days -- for $99 each, plus tax, for family members or friends. Although this ticket for family members and friends does not include either the Park Hopper or Water Park Fun and More options, it can be upgraded to add either such option, or both, for an additional $25, plus tax, per option. All tickets and options are nontransferable and must be used by Dec. 23. A similar offer is in place at Walt Disney Land in California. More information is available at installation ITT/ITR offices.

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Taking care of the troops for the holidays

310th Security Forces Squadron family support group and unit members compiled at least 110 care packages during December's drill that were sent to 310th and 710th SFS members in the Middle East. A special thank-you to the community groups who have organized care package drives: -Blue Star Mothers; Rio Rancho, NM - Blue Star Mothers; Grand Valley, Colo. Chapter 4 -Front Slope; Denver, Colo. -Craig Hospital; Director, Department of Speech/Language Pathology -New Mexico Patriots; a motorcycling group -Kirtland Civitan group

7th Space Ops Honors the Fallen with Wreaths Across America

Story and photo courtesy of Lt. Col. Hung K. Tang Commander, 7th Space Operations Squadron Several members of the 7th Space Operations Squadron and their families traveled to Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver Dec. 13 to take part in the Wreaths Across America project. The wreath-laying ceremony is held simultaneously with other State and National cemeteries at precisely 12 p.m. EST across the country. Following the official ceremony, several members of the 7SOPS and their families helped place the donated wreaths in front of the tombstones of those who served and sacrificed for our freedoms. Wreaths Across America was formed as a nonprofit organization with a mission to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom. The Parker Civil Air Patrol Squadron organized the wreath-laying ceremony at Ft Logan National Cemetery as well as raised funds for the wreaths that the volunteers placed in front of the tombstones. A big thanks to Master Sgt. Chuck Howard for leading the effort and getting the squadron members involved with this year's ceremony. I am so honored to attend and take part in it. Hopefully, we can get more people involved and expand this tradition next year. The image of rows and rows of headstones such as this is another reminder that freedom is not free.

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Financial Cents: Investing Guidelines for Changing Times

by Randy Halfpop Certified Financial Planner One thing remains certain when investing: uncertainty. It's what makes investing so difficult emotionally. While the longterm performance of equity markets has historically been a steady up trend, short-term direction is always unpredictable. Amid all of this misgiving about the market's course, what should investors do? Here are some suggestions: Stay balanced Build a well-diversified portfolio where different sectors will complement each other and may not always move in the same direction at the same time. It should comprise of cash equivalents, bonds, equities, and real estate and tangibles. You need to determine how much weighting to give each category and how to sub-allocate within each given your individual time horizon and risk tolerance. Reassess risk tolerance Amid market turmoil, investors may realize that they don't quite have the stomach for stock market volatility. Upon discovering that your risk tolerance is much lower than imagined, move incrementally toward a more appropriate investment mix. Not everyone can withstand extreme stock market volatility, and shouldn't have to. A well-diversified portfolio generally Keep a diary Consider keeping an investing diary. Investors sometimes suffer from selective memory. They may remember thoughts of selling stocks right before a market downturn, but forget that they had that same thought many other times prior to the market's rise. By keeping a diary, investors can see how often their instincts may be right or wrong. Take advice from a financial coach if need be People have advisors for various aspects of their life, whether religion, athletics, tax or legal, among others. However, investing is one of the most difficult activities you may undertake. You may need to seek the advice of a "financial coach" to help you through the ups and downs of the emotional investing roller coaster to remain focused on your long-term goals. Mr. Halfpop is a Certified Financial Planner® and holds a Masters degree in Financial Planning. He is also a traditional reserve member of the 310 OG/ OGV. If you have financial questions or suggested topics for future "Financial Cents" columns, please contact him at [email protected]

helps to offset instability and can put investors on the path toward achieving financial goals. Count cash ­ liquidity is key In the event of a market downturn, investors should determine how long they could go without selling stocks, considering income, pension, Social Security and cash and bond holdings. This exercise can help bring the market's shortterm swings back into perspective and help re-focus your long-term goals.

Leaders encourage Airmen to apply for Academy

Young, hard-charging Airmen are sought for entry into the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Air Force Academy Preparatory School with the end goal of earning a commission, but must apply by Jan. 31, 2009. The Academy sets aside up to 85 slots for active-duty Airmen and up to 85 more slots for Guard and Reserve members in each cadet class for young, hard-charging Airmen to join its cadet ranks. Likewise, the Academy's Preparatory School offers 60 slots for Airmen to join the one-year prep school. Completing the prep school earns graduates entry into the Academy's next class of cadets. For more information on the LEAD program, contact Donna Najar at DSN 333-3089 or via e-mail at [email protected] Additional information is available on the Academy Admissions Web site at www.academyadmissions.com or at each base education office. You can also read the Air Force Print News story at http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123126787.

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General Schwartz releases 2009 CSAF Reading List "Continued education is a crucial part of being a professional warrior reinforcing our core values of integrity, service and excellence. The books we have selected for our 2009 reading list capture a rich history, both intense and compelling, that offer a perspective to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow." The reading list is divided into three areas: Military History; Mission, Doctrine and Profession; and Our Nation and World. The CSAF Reading List can be accessed at www.af.mil/library/csafreading and is available at Air Force libraries. CSAF: Airmen, Air Force integral part of joint fight With his first 100 days in office under his belt, the 19th chief of staff of the Air Force says the Air Force is in good shape. Gen. Norton Schwartz says that on a daily basis, Airmen at bases and deployed to locations around the world are not just accomplishing their missions, but are doing so with innovation and enthusiasm. "The truth of the matter is that the folks who are out there are hustling," the general said. "They're working hard, they have a sense of mission and they have a sense of purpose. And so it's our job, as senior leaders, to make sure the mission and their sense of purpose is properly directed and that we take care of and cultivate their spirit. We intend to do that." For more information, read the Air Force Print News story at http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123126283. Re-invigorating nuclear enterprise a top priority Maintaining accountability and improving stewardship of the Air Force's nuclear program is the top priority. Air Force officials have a rigorous accountability and "back to basics" approach for compliance, precision and reliability within the nuclear arena. The goal is to restore the Air Force's nuclear mission to the standard of excellence for which it was known throughout the entire Cold War. One way the service plans to accomplish this is by setting up a nuclear-only major command, called the Global Strike Command. This organization will include both the 8th and 20th Air Forces and will be responsible for the management of the Air Force's nuclear assets. In addition to establishing this new command, Air Force leaders also created a new Air Staff directorate, or A10, for nuclear matters. Called the Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration Office, and led by Maj. Gen. C. Donald Alston, the office will be the focal point on the Air Staff for the Air Force nuclear enterprise. Other changes to the Air Force's nuclear enterprise are also under way. The Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., has been revitalized and expanded, with clearly understood chains of command to prevent repeats of past problems. For more information, read the Air Force Print News story at http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123126602. New year brings new tools to quit tobacco Department of Defense and Tricare officials are offering new innovative online tools to help servicemembers keep their New Year's resolutions to quit tobacco. The DOD-sponsored educational campaign, Quit Tobacco--Make Everyone Proud, is expanding its interactive Web site at http:// www.ucanquit2.org/. Users can now create a blog when they register on the site to share their experiences with family and friends and sign an electronic "I Resolve to Quit" pledge on the Bulletin Board to publicly announce their resolution to become tobacco free. For more information, read the Air Force Print News story at http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123127538.

2009 Scholarships for Military Children Program continues The 2009 Scholarships for Military Children Program began Nov. 3. Scholarship applications are available in commissaries worldwide and online through a link at https://www.commissaries.com and at http://www.militaryscholar.org. Qualified applicants should prepare to submit an essay on the following topic: "What would you place inside a time capsule to help people in the next century understand military life today?" Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business on Feb. 18, 2009. At least one scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location with qualified applicants. For more information, read the Air Force Print News story at http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123123142.

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Speak Out Military Kids (SOMK) Training

Do you want to be a SOMK ambassador? If you are considering being a part of the SOMK Team there are a few things to consider and be willing to do! Every SOMK Ambassador must be ready, united and willing to make a yearlong commitment to community service. Typically youth will find opportunities in their own communities to serve the Operation: Military Kids (OMK) project in an area of interest to you. The role of the Colorado SOMK Training Team is to raise public awareness of issues facing military families during mobilization and deployment of a family member. Youth may: - create speeches/displays and are available to speak or set up displays in their local community at events. - write newspaper articles based on their experiences and interviews and have those published in local papers or in school. - create Public Service Announcements with professionals. - participate in community events such as Veteran's Day parades and organize an OMK float or presence in the parade or ceremonies. The SOMK Ambassador program is a time commitment, challenging, educational and a lot of fun! Decide now to become an SOMK Ambassador. Date: January 23-24, 2009 at the State 4 -H Leadership Development Conference Location: Denver Renaissance Hotel, two people per room, all expenses paid Send in your application and $25 refundable deposit by January 13If interested please contact: Shauna Woods, Operation Military Kids Colorado State University Extension, University Square 1D Fort Collins, CO 80523-4040 [email protected] 970.491.1807 phone or 970.988.6104

The Compassionate Leader

Commentary by Lt. Col. Shannon Klug 30th Weather Squadron Commander ple. Many poignant examples come from war zones. In my opinion, one of the most compassionate images of Operation Iraqi Freedom is that of Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt sleeping in 12/11/2008 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -a chair while cradling an injured Iraqi girl because he was the First things first. Everyone is a leader. Everyone has the power only one who could calm her down. Medevac units are another to influence others. Therefore, what I have to say applies to eveexample of extreme compassion in the military. These units treat ryone. battlefield injuries without question and are blind to the nationNo one cares how much you know, until they know how ality of their patients. A little compassion can go a long way much you care. Trite ... but true, if you stop and think about it. toward helping folks forget, for a time, an unpleasant situation. That's compassion. Leaders gain legitimacy by paying thoughtWhen I was in Baghdad, I was overwhelmed by the compasful attention to the needs of their Airmen. In turn, Airsion of the American people in support of the troops. The men readily accomplish the mission. Teams function outpouring of care-packages from family, friends, best when they have camaraderie, which is built on schools, church-groups corporations, etc., was humcompassion for one another. It is like cebling. I never wanted for a piece of chocoment that bonds the team together. late or a tube of toothpaste. Without a dose of compassion, no team Closer to home, is compassion intercan achieve greatness. In other words, it twined into your daily life? It should be. behooves leaders to have compassion Compassion is an essential ingredient to and foster it within their units. being a good Wingman. It's about being Compassion is an essential counternon-judgmental of friends and co-workers balance to discipline. Gen. John Michael Loh, while letting them know they can depend on you. It's writing on the responsibility of leadership in comcovering a shift for someone that needs some special mand, stated that, "Commanders must understand when time with his or her family. It's being a soundto administer discipline and compassion, and The "Year of Leadership" takes place from ing board for a friend that needs someone to September 2008 to August 2009. not get the two mixed up." Compassion talk to. It's taking care of those around us in (U.S. Air Force graphic means taking the time to appreciate another little ways everyday. person's concerns, motivations and ideas ... to We are living in uncertain times and cerput yourself in their shoes. Likewise, one of the most compastainly feeling the ripple effects of world events in our globalized sionate things a leader can do is ensure their followers undersociety. The health of our economy and our national security are stand the importance of the mission and their contribution to its in question. Reaching out to people is the way to build bridges success. across cultures and lifestyles. It helps us to realize that our huMilitary compassion may seem like an oxymoron. However, manity transcends gender, race, age and religion. It will take the profession of arms is chock-full of compassion. I believe it's compassionate leadership across every walk of life to help us because sometimes the worst in life brings out the best in peoweather the storms of our generation.

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13 Things Airmen Must Know for 2009

by STAFF REPORT, Air Force Times Say so long to 2008, which saw more turmoil than perhaps any year in Air Force history. But here's what's coming down the pike in 2009, the 14 things you need to know in the new Air Force year. 1. More airmen The Air Force is poised to grow by more than 4,000 airmen in 2009, part of a plan to boost end strength by 10,000 airmen by the end of fiscal 2010. 2. More stripes, faster A likely result of the plan to grow the Air Force will be faster promotions and higher promotion rates in 2009. The chief master sergeant's list in November was the first enlisted promotion cycle since the plus-up began. Promotion rates for that cycle were about 5 percentage points higher and time-in-service was about a year lower than in 2007. 3. PT to shape up The Air Force's physical training program will change in 2009, though exactly how remains unclear. Expect the number of PT tests you take each year to at least double -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney McKinley said recently that he doesn't think one is enough. And be warned: He's a fan of surprise PT tests. 4. Your last best pay raise? With the U.S. economy in meltdown mode, the 3.9 percent basic pay hike for 2009 -- which the Military Officers Association of America calculates leaves a remaining pay gap of 2.9 percent between the civilian and military sectors -- could be the last military raise to outpace the private sector for years to come. 5. Your updated uniform Wear testing of the lightweight Airmen Battle Uniform blouse should begin in the spring, with widespread distribution in summer 2010. The remake of the PT uniform is targeted for a fall 2009 debut. And a decision on whether the Air Force will adopt the heritage dress blue jacket could come later in 2009. 6. Good time to stay in your updated uniform The Air Force dramatically expanded its selective re-enlistment bonus program for 2009, offering bonuses worth $136 million for airmen in 88 career fields in an attempt to boost flagging retention numbers. The service expects 9,800 airmen -- roughly 56 percent of those who qualify -- to take the re-enlistment money in fiscal 2009. 7. Spread the good nukes If 2008 was a hellish year for the Air Force's nuclear enterprise, 2009 will be one to reshape it. The service will shift all its nuclear missions to the new Global Strike Command in the largest service reorganization since the early 1990s. The command is temporarily headquartered at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C., but a permanent location has not yet been selected. 8. Cyber takes shape The Air Force is expected to announce early in the new year a short list with four or five finalists for the 24th Air Force headquarters -- that's the long-planned Air Force Cyber Command. Turns out the unit will not be a command, but instead will be within Air Force Space Command. 9. UAV population explosion The number of UAV orbits -- defined as round-the-clock combat air patrols -- above Iraq and Afghanistan jumped to 33 in 2008 and will grow to 50 by 2010. The biggest challenge in getting more Predators and Reapers in the air remains finding enough crews to operate them. 10. Tanks a lot By the end of 2009, airmen finally should know which new tanker and combat rescue helicopter they'll be flying and maintaining -- unless politics and protests drive the decisions into 2010. Unsuccessful efforts to choose the CSAR-X helicopter in 2006 and the KC-X tanker in 2008, combined with the change of White House administrations, pushed the second try at choosing both aircraft into 2009. 11. EPRs get real Look for the era of "firewall 5s" to come to an end. Chief McKinley has spoken publicly about the need to end grade inflation on enlisted performance reports. Not every airman is outstanding and deserves 5s across the board, he has said. 12. Better GI Bill, baby One of the biggest advances in veterans' benefits since World War II takes effect Aug. 1, when the flat-rate GI Bill transforms overnight into a plan that pays full public-school tuition plus stipends for housing and books for most students. 13. More family leave Two changes in the Family and Medical Leave Act aimed directly at military families will take full effect in 2009, expanding unpaid leave for some family members. One change allows up to 26 weeks of time off for family members to care for their severely injured service member. The second change applies to families of National Guard and reserve troops, who can receive up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for a variety of deployment-related reasons, including taking time off for vacation if a mobilized reservist gets rest and relaxation leave during a deployment.

310th SPACE WING at a glance

The 310th Space Wing, the only space wing in the Air Force Reserve, is located at Schriever AFB, Colorado, and has units assigned to Schriever, Peterson and Buckley AFBs in Colorado and Vandenberg AFB, California Vision Statement World's best citizen airmen bringing unrivaled expertise to secure space and cyber superiority for US and Allied global interests. Mission Provide optimized, scalable combat ready forces delivering air, space and cyberspace power for faster, more lethal, more accurate effects everyday, everywhere. Organization The wing is composed of 16 units, under the 310 th Operations Group and 310th Mission Support Group, that support various military and other government organizations including, but not limited to, the Department of Commerce, Air Force Space Command, Air Combat Command, Air Force Cyber Command, the Space Innovation and Development Center, 14th Air Force, 50th Space Wing, 21st Space Wing, and 460th Space Wing.

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