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Bldg. 171 project right on schedule

By Mike Joseph Staff Writer

Renovation of one of the largest buildings in San Antonio, Bldg. 171 at Port San Antonio, is on time as the first permanent tenants prepare to move into their new surroundings in midOctober. "Everything is running on schedule," said Heath Drader, Bldg. 171 program manager and chief of Air Education and Training Command's Base Realignment and Closure program management office. "The contractor has done a superior job although we've thrown him a few curves as we've gone along." The renovated building, more than 450,000 square feet, is a singlestory structure that stretches one-quarter mile. When complete, Mr. Drader said it would be one of the largest singlelevel administrative buildings in the Department of Defense. A former shipping depot and logistics center before BRAC 1995 closed Kelly Air Force Base, Bldg. 171 was

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Members of the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency Color Guard unfurl the POW/MIA flag during a ceremony Sept. 17. The agency's annual remembrance of those held prisoner of war and missing in action recognized five exPOWs in attendance and paid tribute to fallen comrades from the U.S. Armed Forces.

divided into eight bays after Port San Antonio took control of the facility. Each bay runs between 40,000 and 50,000 square feet. Port San Antonio was unable to find enough occupants to fill the building, and an agreement was worked out following BRAC 2005 that now will allow the Air Force to take back the building through a series of fair market value land and building exchanges between the two parties. BRAC 2005 provided the Air Force with money to move and consolidate agencies. With some additional program dollars, Bldg. 171 became a viable housing option for these new agencies. "When you crunch all the numbers (and do) a cost benefit analysis, it makes perfect sense to do it all in this building versus new buildings at Lackland," Mr. Drader said. Mr. Drader said as much as possible was salvaged but basically, each bay had to be renovated. Still, renovating




SEPTEMBER 25, 2009

SFS implements new visitor access policy

A new policy is changing the way visitors can be sponsored on base at Lackland. Sponsoring a visitor onto the installation requires an authorized sponsor. Authorized sponsors are limited to active duty and retired military and their dependents over age 18, Department of Defense civilian employees, Reserve and National Guard on orders, and Inter-American Air Force Academy instructors. There are no other personnel categories that can sponsor a visitor onto the installation. Authorized sponsors may request visitor entry in one of three ways: · Send a digitally signed e-mail from a government e-mail account to [email protected]; · Personally go to one of the visitor centers to vouch for the guest; or · Send a hardcopy memo to 37th Security Forces Squadron, Pass and Registration. The hardcopy memo option requires a signed signature card be on file in Pass and Registration. E-mail requests can be sent while a visitor is at the VRC although advance notice is preferred. For groups of 30 or more, 10 business days is required for processing. According to Mark Levasseur, chief, plans and programs for 37th SFS, the change may be an inconvenience, but a necessary step in securing Lackland assets. All sponsors and visitors to the installation should be aware that a criminal history check may be conducted on all non-DoD individuals requesting access. All visitors over the age of 18 must have a valid photo identification card in their possession and have an authorized sponsor. "Every visitor on the installation, be it a contractor, personal guest, pizza delivery person, etc., are the responsibility of the wing commander," Mr. Levasseur said. "To mitigate risk to the Lackland personnel and mission, stringent entry protocols are a must." Personal visit requests of less than 30 days require an authorized sponsor. Visit requests of more than 30 days but less than 179 days require an authorized sponsor along with an endorsed memo from the unit commander. The 37th Mission Support Group commander must approve visits in excess of 180 days. "Although the base entry procedures may seem to be inconvenient, they are necessary to ensure Lackland remains a secure place to live, work and play," said Mr. Levasseur. "Through education and cooperation by all Team Lackland members, we can help to ensure we aren't the next national headline reporting a vicious attack." Additional information can be obtained by calling 37th SFS Police Services at 671-7255. (Courtesy of 37th SFS) into Bldg. 171 as bays are completed. "But those BRAC agencies weren't going to fill up the building, so several other agencies that needed to regionalize are moving here that aren't tied to BRAC," said Mr. Bohannon-Bey. One of the agencies relocated into Bldg. 171 before October 2010 is the Air Force Services Agency. Consolidating the services agency operations and moving to Bldg. 171 will save the Air Force about $2.5 million a year in leases. Barring any unforeseen problems,

Photo by Alan Boedeker

James Ramos checks an ID card at Lackland's Airman's Gate Monday. The 37th Security Forces Squadron no longer accepts phone call requests to sponsor a non-DoD ID cardholder onto Lackland. Authorized sponsors may request visitor entry in person, through a digitally signed e-mail from a government account, or by sending a hardcopy memo to 37th SFS, Pass and Registration.


Bldg. 171 was more cost effective for the Air Force than erecting new facilities. "Nobody can afford to build anything," said George DeCoux, 37th Mission Support Group deputy commander. "Everyone wants to renovate existing buildings if possible." According to Rumel Bohannon-Bey, Lackland BRAC/Joint Basing program manager, over the next year, several units from Brooks City-Base will move

Mr. Drader said bays 1, 3 and 4 should be completely occupied by mid-November. Bay 2, which is being used as swing space now, and bays 5, 6, 7 and 8 will be finished and occupied in multiple phases during 2010. When the $70 million project is complete, about 2,900 workers will call Bldg. 171 their new office home. Although the BRAC programming office is managing the massive renovation project, the building will be turned over to the 37th Mission

Support Group upon completion in late 2010. Recently, Lackland, Port San Antonio and the City of San Antonio entered into an agreement to fund a growth management study to provide traffic and infrastructure recommendations at Port San Antonio. The increased traffic flow, Mr. DeCoux said, should not affect Lackland as a minimum of two gated entries are planned for Bldg. 171. "It's like having another wing to support," said Mr. Bohannon-Bey.

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The seasonal flu vaccine is available at several base locations, and base medical officials recommend that it be taken within the next two weeks. Locations are: · Wilford Hall Medical Center flu vaccine tent, WHMC front lawn, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. · Kelly and North Central clinics, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. · Immunization clinic, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Activities for Hispanic Heritage Month continue for Team Lackland. A Hispanic Heritage-themed 5K run is Wednesday, a luncheon Thursday at the Gateway Club and a Latin dance Oct. 3 at Mitchell Hall.


Photo by Robbin Cresswell

Members of the Air Force Honor Guard drill with M-1 Garand rifles with fixed bayonets during a Sept. 18 performance. The Air Force Honor Guard drill team tours worldwide in public and military venues to recruit, retain and inspire Airmen.

Personnel officials launch new civilian employment Web site

By Staff Sgt. Steve Grever Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE (AFNS) ­ Air Force Personnel Center officials have developed a new Air Force civilian employment Web site to educate potential applicants and the general public about available civilian jobs, the eligibility and application process and finding job opportunities in various specialties and career fields. "Over the next five years, the Air Force plans to hire 20,000 more civilians into civil service," said Michelle LoweSolis, Civilian Force Integration director at AFPC. "The new civilian employment Web site is a proactive approach to arm job seekers with every tool they need to confidently apply for Air Force jobs." Ms. LoweSolis also said the new site will help clarify the Air Force's current civilian hiring process and provide site

The Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency will celebrate its 61st anniversary today and Saturday with a series of events. A dedication ceremony for an RF-4 aircraft is 9-10 a.m. today in front for Bldg. 2012 on Kirknewton Street. Also today, a remembrance ceremony and special tribute for 1st Lt. Roslyn Schulte, who was killed in May while deployed to Afghanistan as an intelligence officer, is 11:30 a.m. to noon in front of Bldg. 2000. An anniversary picnic follows at Stapleton Park from noon to 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, past members will be inducted in the Hall of Honor between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. in the Ardisana courtyard between Bldgs. 2000 and 2007. Maj. Gen. Brad Heithold, AFISRA commander, will deliver a state of the agency address. An anniversary banquet is Saturday night at the Gateway Club. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and dress is civilian semi-formal. Contact Maj. Marcos Garcia at 9776106 for more information.

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Air Force Personnel Center officials developed a new Air Force civilian employment Web site to better inform interested applicants about available civilian jobs.

visitors with detailed information about available career fields. The site also helps explain federal employment benefits and educates visitors on student job opportunities. The launch of the new civilian

employment site also aligns with AFPC's roll out of the "Your Future" employment marketing and recruiting campaign this month. "The overall strategy of the `Your Future' campaign is to help market and brand the Air Force as a premier civilian employer," said Shirlene LeBleu, the Force Renewal and Development Division chief at AFPC's Civilian Force Integration Directorate. "The initiative, once released Air Force-wide, will help fill civilian vacancies more quickly by targeting qualified, local candidates as well as increase employment opportunities for military dependents." Air Force civilian employment opportunities can be found at the new Web site, http://www.afpc.randolph. For more information call the Total Force Service Center at 1-800-525-0102 or e-mail tfsc.sa_ [email protected]

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2009


The world in your backyard

By Lt. Col. James DeLoach DLIELC Operations Squadron commander

Lackland is changing the world. Most people are aware of Lackland's impact on the Air Force in sustaining the flow of trained Airmen into the ranks. Some, however, may not be aware that Lackland has an impact far beyond the Air Force. Every day, officers and enlisted personnel from more than 100 partner nations are trained on Lackland. Lackland has hosted English language training for more than 55 years; this program has had a direct and indirect impact on U.S. government international relations. The Defense Language Institute English Language Center is a Department of Defense agency whose campus is the first assignment for many international military students enrolled in U.S. training programs. Students are provided the English language training necessary to qualify them for military professional and technical training in the U.S. After training, some will return home to operate hardware bought through foreign military sales while others will fill key positions in their military or government. DLIELC English training is not your high school English class studying "Catcher in the Rye;" rather, it prepares IMS to better function in a coalition and use U.S. hardware in defense of their own country. DLIELC hosts 800 to 1,200 students on its campus in any given week. Each week, 50-90 international students graduate and proudly move on to the next training site or return to their country to teach the American Language Course. DLIELC brings together the DoD's most diverse student body to teach, train and build partnerships with nations that historically are not friendly with one another. Students learn to leave politics to the politicians and focus on their mission of learning English. The program has fostered international relationships on an unprecedented scale and has been a key enabler for partner nation missions. Not only do the international military members have the opportunity to learn English at Lackland, they also have the chance to experience U.S. military professionalism and American culture. DLIELC provides the opportunity for Team Lackland to have a global impact and be ambassadors for the U.S. If you see someone wearing a uniform you don't recognize while shopping at the base exchange or walking down the street, offer a friendly greeting and issue proper customs and courtesies to demonstrate Lackland's professionalism and hospitality. To help you identify their rank, international students have U.S. rank displayed on the front of their uniforms. Don't hesitate to ask questions; but remember, if you get a blank stare it might be because this student has just arrived in the U.S. You are a key component of Lackland's world-changing mission. Together, we'll be building partner capacity one international student at a time.

Editorial staff


Safety begins with personal choices

By Lauren Pena 37th Training Wing Safety Office

member of the Air Force. As an Airman you have a responsibility to make good decisions, especially when it comes to your well-being and the wellbeing of those around you. Be an example for your peers instead of another statistic. We are constantly faced with decisions that could affect our safety and well-being. It is vital to remember to think these decisions through. Should I drive even though I may have had too much to drink? Is it really safe for me to be out here this late at night? Am I really able to trust this person? Should I skip the sunscreen? Should I run that yellow light? Did I check both ways when crossing the street? Did I drink enough water before I went outside? The list goes on. At times you may be ridiculed by some for choosing not to drink and drive or choosing to play it safe in a number of situations. In reality, you are far stronger than the people who mock you. It is not always easy or enjoyable to do the right thing, but always keep the possible consequences of your decisions in sight. Many people care about you. When you are making a decision regarding your personal safety, this decision does not only affect you. Consider how your decision will affect those you love and those who love you. Any dangerous choices you choose to make that may harm you will harm them too. Every choice you make has repercussions for the people around you, even those you have never met. Take time to recognize that. Do not deny others the opportunity to know what an exceptional person you are by making an irresponsible decision that could change the course of your life forever or even cut it short. Do not deny yourself the opportunity to fulfill your potential. In the end, no one can tell you what to do in a tough situation. You are responsible for the choices you make. Even if something appears to be a trivial action, remember that everything has consequences. Enjoy this time of your life and take actions necessary to minimize the risks involved in your activities. There is a difference between being brave and being reckless. Making the right call and tough call is not always easy but you and I can make a difference if we will step up to the challenges.

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2009


Health care was a big reason for me. That, and knowing I can provide for my family on a consistent basis rather than working at Taco Bell wondering if I was going to get the hours I need. ­ Staff Sgt. Alan Quevy, 882nd

Training Squadron.



By Patrick Desmond Staff Writer

Why did you join the Air Force?

To do something different; I was in the Army. There really isn't that much of a difference, but facilities are a lot better (in the Air Force). ­ Staff Sgt. Jose

Marrero, 204th Security Forces Squadron.

I joined the Air Force for the college benefits. I put in my time on the enlisted side, got my degree and then got picked up for Officer Training School. ­

Capt. Jose Geiger, 346th Test Squadron.

For fun and adventure. ­ Airman 1st Class Zachariah Warren, 59th Diagnostic and Therapeutics Squadron.

Lackland Conservation Corner

A common misconception is that screen savers reduce energy use by monitors; they do not. Automatic switching to sleep mode or manually turning monitors off is always the better energy-saving strategy.



Congratulations to the following 62 Airmen for being selected as honor graduates among 752 trainees graduating today: 320th Training Squadron Flight 637 Matthew McDonald Flight 638 Jonathan Nickel John Wildey 321st Training Squadron Flight 639 Alec Callahan Corey Haun Jeffrey Lewis Christian Marshall Kellen Rice Andre Richardson Taylor Spence Randee White Flight 640 Sarah Foote Amber Jacobs



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Kelly Powers Kathryn Tarlton Kaitlin Vollmer 322nd Training Squadron Flight 645 Andrew Condon Casey Dwyer Benjamin Wells Derrick Wyatt Flight 646 Chase Bryan Kyle Head 323rd Training Squadron Flight 631 Eric Hill Matthew Waite Flight 643 Daniel Burns Steven Chamble Richard Hunter Steven La Rue Derek Paterson Erich Reitz Mitchell Spees

Flight 644 Brittany Tryon 324th Training Squadron Flight 633 Craig Brock Joshua Larwood Jeffery Lyons Joshua McIntosh Brett Schickler Joseph Senteno Ryan Thomas Michael Yurchak Flight 634 Peter Bailey Joseph Rice Zachary Rosenberg Steven Sands 326th Training Squadron Flight 635 Robert Monks Brett Peltz Eric Plants Benjamin Woelfel Flight 636

Courtney Burrows Alysha Davis Ashley McGill Kendra Schmitt Crystal Smith Alexandra Vaquera 331st Training Squadron Flight 641 Nicholas Eberhart Andrew Laborin Gavin Lowery Adam McDaniel Cameron Smith Lee Wilson Flight 642 Rachael Fishman Top BMT Airman Ashley McGill, 326th TRS, Flight 636 Most Physically Fit Male Airmen Matthew Waite, 323rd TRS, Flight 631

Joseph Senteno, 324th TRS, Flight 633 Female Airmen Nairi Cornejo, 321th TRS, Flight 640 Morgan McGrew, 323rd TRS, Flight 644 Top PT Flights Male Flights 323rd TRS, Flight 643 323rd TRS, Flight 631 Female Flights 326th TRS, Flight 636 323rd TRS, Flight 644 Top Academic Flights 321st TRS, Flight 639 326th TRS, Flight 635

Airmen complete leadership school

Congratulations to the following Airmen who graduated from Airman Leadership School Tuesday. Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency Senior Airman Joseph McClelland Senior Airman Karina Nilva Senior Airman Justin Moore Senior Airman Robbie Tedder Senior Airman Aaron Wendel Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Allen Shouse 323rd Training Squadron Senior Airman Adam Massey 342nd Training Squadron Senior Airman Andrew Caygill Senior Airman Jason Smith Senior Airman Nathan Clark Senior Airman Brandon Layton Senior Airman Quentin Gray 346th Test Squadron Senior Airman Stephen Colegrove 37th Communications Squadron Senior Airman Shanikqua Kinlaw 37th Force Support Squadron Senior Airman Gladys Robinson 37th Medical Operations Squadron Senior Airman Rebecca Flores 37th Security Forces Squadron Senior Airman Christopher Whiting 59th Dental Support Squadron Senior Airman Lekaya Land 59th Dental Training Squadron Senior Airman Marivel Vasquez Senior Airman Santana Koszarek 59th Inpatient Operation Group Staff Sgt. Robert Perryman 59th Medical Logistics and Readiness Squadron Senior Airman Linwood Cypress Senior Airman James Beaulieu Senior Airman Matthew Lee Senior Airman Jose Morga 59th Medical Support Squadron Senior Airman Latoya Seals Senior Airman Carlos Leija Senior Airman Jacob Miller Senior Airman Carlos Urcuyo 59th Radiology Squadron Senior Airman Lindsay Taylor 68th Network Warfare Squadron Senior Airman Alphonzo Doss Senior Airman Joshua Widick 90th Information Operation Squadron Senior Airman Alfred Kelly 93rd Intelligence Squadron Senior Airman Jeffrey Nestor Senior Airman Sophia Perez Senior Airman Joquanna Wengerd Award winners John L. Levitow Senior Airman Andrew Caygill Academic Achievement Senior Airman Carlos Urcuyo Leadership Award Senior Airman Joseph McClelland Distinguished Graduate Senior Airman Jason Smith Senior Airman Alfred Kelly Senior Airman Adam Massey

SEPTEMBER 25, 2009



Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight

Tech. Sgt. Cybèl Luna: 59th Diagnostic and Therapeutics Squadron Duty title: NCOIC, Clinical Nutrition Flight Ti m e i n s e r v i c e : years, three months Hometown: El Paso 12 has a Luna military family wall that I always admired. On that wall, there are pictures, starting with my grandpa who was an Army medic in World War II, streaming down to all her sons and grandsons who are all in the military. When I was 7, I told my grandma that she would have military women on that wall soon, but I was going to be the first. I was the first woman to be part of the Luna military family wall, something I am very proud of. What do you admire most about the Hispanics you have met in your career? There is one Hispanic that comes to mind immediately whom I admire the most: that is the love of my life. He takes his culture and Air Force core values and embraces them so fiercely that there is no room other than total success without forgetting where he comes from and what he was taught as a young child. What family value(s) have you applied most as an Airman to help you accomplish the Air Force mission? My Mexican heritage is rich and proud; it embraces God and family. This value has enhanced the overall success of my Air Force career and helped me accomplish my mission in many ways. We never give up; the key is perseverance, determination, and hard work. My parents taught me that there is nothing I could not do. No one could dictate what I was capable of doing unless I gave them that power, but that is not an option.

Tech. Sgt. Cybèl Luna

Ethnic group ground: Mexican


Describe your proudest moment as a Hispanic during your career and why? My grandmother



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Photo by Alan Boedeker

Mussad Almotiri serves a traditional Ghohoa, a spiced coffee to Col. Howard Jones III, Defense Language Institute English Language Center commandant, during the 2009 Eid al-Fiter celebration at the Gateway Club Wednesday. Eid al-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. The celebration included dinner, music and dancing.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2009



341st Recruiting Squadron recognizes future Airmen

By Tech. Sgt. LaCanta Corbin 341st Recruiting Squadron

Lt. Col. Eric Johnson, 341st Recruiting Squadron commander recently presented certificates of achievement to Adrienne Devore and Romana McKinley, commending them for their support to the Air Force recruiting mission. Ms. Devore and Ms. McKinley, both from Houston, are members of the Air Force's Delayed Entry Program, which allows Airmen recruits to enter basic military training at a later date after swearing in. These future Airmen have each dedicated more than four hours per week assisting 10 people with improving their Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test scores. "They've made a significant impact in just their first five weeks of mentoring, "said Tech. Sgt. Derek Rivera, 341st RCS, F-Flight chief. The ASVAB scores of the potential Airmen increased by an average of 18 points as a result of the mentoring. About half are now in the highest enlistment category and two who did not previously meet entry standards are now qualified and awaiting a BMT class date. Ms. Devore and Ms. McKinley's recruiter has nothing but praise for them and said their hard work and dedication contribute to the mission of the Air Force. Staff Sgt. Cheryl Vercellona, a 341st RCS recruiter whose applicants have benefited from the tutoring sessions, described these women as selfless. "They truly understand the meaning of what it means to be a wingman," Sergeant Vercellona said. Ms. McKinley is scheduled to attend Air Force BMT in December, while Ms. Devore's BMT date is still to be determined.

Photo by Tech. Sgt. Derek Rivera

(From left to right) Tech. Sgt. LaCanta Corbin, 341st Recruiting Squadron recruiter; Romana McKinley; Adrienne Devore; and Staff Sgt. Cheryl Vercellona, 341st RCS recruiter. Ms. McKinley and Ms. Devore were recently recognized for their support of the Air Force recruiting mission.



SEPTEMBER 25, 2009

Generals look to future challenges, opportunities

By Master Sgt. Paul Dean Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) ­ Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz joined 13 other generals during a panel discussion Sept. 16 at the 2009 Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition held at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. "This is the group of leaders that strives every day to be worthy of the brilliance and excellence of our Airmen," General Schwartz said in kicking off the forum. Each general offered an opening remark addressing their two main challenges on the 5-to-10 year horizon, answered questions from audience members, and closed the forum by addressing the theoretical question, "If you had one more dollar to spend, what would you do with it?" Many of the generals focused on recapitalization and Airmen development in the midst of a "resource constrained environment." "[Special Operations Command] has what it needs to do what we're doing now," said Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, Air Force Special Operations Command commander. But the AFSOC commander also reminded the audience that many of the airframes his command flies entered service in the 1960s. He stressed that special operations missions rely heavily on the reliability of equipment, and that his major command would benefit from more CV-22 Ospreys or some other vertical lift platform. Generals Donald Hoffman, Air Force Materiel Command commander; Arthur Lichte, Air Mobility Command commander; and Duncan McNabb, U.S. Transportation Command commander, all indicated their commitment to move forward with a new tanker program. "I think you can all guess where my next ­ and any dollar ­ would go," said General Lichte. "Tankers, tankers, tankers!" Without a new tanker airframe, the service's KC135 Stratotankers and KC-10 Extenders are shouldering the load. "With our tankers operating in a new steady state that was once a surge, the combatant commanders can be confident that we will always get them the forces and supplies they need to win," said General McNabb. "We will always get through." The training and equipping of Airmen was also in sharp focus for many of the panel members. Gen. William Fraser III, Air Combat Command commander, said it is clear to him after just a short time in the job that one of his main priorities will be to take a hard look at unmanned aerial system personnel issues, including how to ensure Airmen have appropriate opportunities for career progression. The Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve face unique, yet complimentary challenges to those of the active force. Lt. Gen. Charles Stenner Jr., chief of Air Force Reserve specifically indicated he would spend any new money for the Air Force Reserve's seasoning training program, which speeds upgrade from 3 to 5-level for enlisted reservists as they perform temporary, active-duty tours. General Stenner is committed to providing "tierone readiness" as a partner with the active-duty component, which drives his commitment to seasoning training. "I used to have 85 percent prior service Airmen," said the general. "Now it's 65 percent." Gen. Roger Brady, U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander, believes the best approach is to operate as if today's funding level will be the norm. "We need to train, mentor and teach our young people to live in the present and make do with what they've got," General Brady said. "We have to get people out of the habit of thinking that they can't solve a problem if there isn't money attached to it." The diversity of perspectives, needs and issues they raised spotlighted the complexity of the Air Force. In concluding, the chief of staff of the Air Force indicated his sense that the Air Force mandate for moving ahead is clear. "As we go forward, it is absolutely important that ... we live in the present, but also put an eye on where we want to be, and who we want to be," said General Schwartz. "And we are going to make those two charges resonate for our Airmen. The panel discussion also featured Gens. C. Robert Kehler Air Force Space Command commander; Stephen Lorenz, Air Education and Training Command commander; Craig McKinley, National Guard Bureau chief; Gary North, Pacific Air Forces commander; Lt. Gens. Frank Klotz, Air Force Global Strike Command commander; and Harry Wyatt III, Air National Guard director.

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2009

AF doc performs first DoD stem cell transplant

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Barnett 59th Medical Wing Public Affairs

On Sept. 10, Maj. (Dr.) Dustin Stevenson, medical director for bone marrow transplants at Lackland's Wilford Hall Medical Center, was the first physician to perform a stem cell transplant involving a matching unrelated donor in a Department of Defense hospital. Stem cell transplants from a donor's bone marrow are a relatively common practice when the donor is closely related to the patient, including siblings or other close relatives. It is rare for a perfect match to come up when the donor is not related to the patient. Christine Jackson was the first patient to receive this type of transplant at a military treatment facility. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in 2007 and began chemotherapy. The cancer causes white blood cells to stop defending against bacteria. "She was diagnosed with lymphoma that relapsed after her initial therapy," Dr. Stevenson explained. "This situation is 100 percent fatal without a transplant." More than 6,000 people search for a donor daily, and thousands die without one every year. Any DoD beneficiary having bone marrow failure, lymphoma or any other situation where a stem cell transplant would cure them is eligible for this procedure. "We'd like more people to be potential donors," he said. "All that is needed is a swab in the mouth to see if you are eligible." Eligibility requirements include being between 18 and 60 years of age, of good health, and a DoD employee or immediate family of an active-duty member.

Christine Jackson (left) watches as Roland Bautista, staff registered nurse, and Maj. (Dr.) Dustin Stevenson, medical director for bone marrow transplants (right) prepare to give her a stem cell transplant at Wilford Hall Medical Center.

There are two ways to donate. The first is having it harvested in the operating room. The second is a much more common method using an apheresis machine, which separates out one specific part of the blood and puts the rest back into the donor. This method doesn't involve an operating room or even

anesthesia; it is similar to donating platelets. "It gives me a very good feeling to have the opportunity to provide this procedure," Dr. Stevenson said. "As a physician it is very rewarding. I hope to expand our services and perform more of these types of transplants."


Photo by Tech. Sgt. Rene Castillo


SEPTEMBER 25, 2009

Members of the 149th Civil Engineer Squadron use a front-end loader to move construction supplies at the site of the Expeditionary Medical Support building during their deployment to Yerevan, Armenia. Forty-nine Texas National Guard Airmen deployed from San Antonio to support security cooperation initiatives and humanitarian assistance projects.

149th Civil Engineers tackle projects in Armenia

By Master Sgt. Gregory Ripps 149th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

YEREVAN, Armenia ­ Airmen from the 149th Civil Engineer Squadron recently deployed to Armenia for several projects providing humanitarian assistance and improving the Armenian's military ability to support operations worldwide. In early August, 45 civil engineers from the 149th CES, along with two medical technicians and two public affairs specialists, traveled to Armenia with only basic tools and supplies for their mission. From a language barrier to difficulty finding all the necessary parts and tools to complete the project, the engineers encountered many challenges along the way. "Use your imagination" and "be flexible" quickly became slogans for the deployment. "These projects not only provide excellent opportunities for our (civil engineers) to practice their skills but it also offers them experience in deploying to a far-away, developing country and interacting with its people," said Lt. Col. Susan Vaneau, 149th CES commander. "They have to learn how to deal with situations when tools or supplies are not readily available." The main project continued work on the Expeditionary Medical Support, or EMEDS, building on the grounds of the Military Central Hospital. The building will house medical equipment, supplies and tents to assist Armenian military medical personnel providing rapid response to natural disasters or military contingencies. "We needed a separate space to store our EMEDS equipment," explained Armenian Maj. (Dr.) Ara Ghazaryan. The doctor became involved in the project because of his fluency in English. He said the EMEDS team was already formed and equipment was temporarily stored elsewhere. "Our government and (the United States) made an agreement to build the building," he said. Army Maj. Michael McCullough,


SEPTEMBER 25, 2009



Officials outline adoption process for military working dogs

By Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) ­ Modern battlefield and customs conditions bring forth complex and ever-changing challenges, and as such, Department of Defense officials have created a clear standard operating procedure used by all kennels to ensure excess military working dogs have a chance to go to deserving adoptive homes. The DoD, in accordance with the November 2000 "Robby Law," enables military working dogs to be transferred or adopted out to former handlers, law enforcement agencies or families who are willing and able to take on the responsibility of former MWDs. Currently the DoD adopts out about 300 dogs per year to private homes; of that 300, about 100 dogs go to law enforcement agencies outside of the DoD. Dogs are also available for adoption throughout the United States and some overseas locations. Most available dogs have failed to meet MWD standards while others become available for adoption once they have completed their military service. Although the Military Working Dog schoolhouse's adoption process is rigorous, contingent on demand and eligibility, officials said families can expediently obtain former MWDs. According to officials, families can normally complete the adoption process in less than 30 days if they and the dogs meet the eligibility requirements. Maj. Kathy Jordan, 341st Training Squadron commander, described the two-page adoption application as a simple tool to garner information about the prospective family. "It's an application, not an essay ­ we're seeking basic information about other pets or children in the household to ensure that we have the right fit and that you're able to properly take care of your dog," the major said. A follow-up interview queries prospective families about their expectations of a DoD dog. "Are the adopters looking for a dog to guard their house or go walking with them?" the major asked. "Are they seeking a high activity or low activity dog? We collect these details because we want the adoption to be successful." High demand for adoption, not the adoption process, can put prospective adopters on the waiting list for 2-3 months. On most days there are about 250 dogs training at Lackland and a small percentage of dogs unfit to work in the field will become eligible for adoption. All MWDs are trained at Lackland then sent to operational units throughout the DoD. Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherd, German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever dogs, ranging in age from 212 years, are declared "excess" when they are no longer in the DOD program. Dogs adopted from field kennels are typically 8-12 years old, while dogs adopted from the schoolhouse range in age from 2-4 years old. Eligibility requirements include suitability testing, a veterinary screening, eligible home location and required paperwork completion. Major Jordan said the stateside and overseas demand for MWDs, especially explosive detector dogs, has spiked since 9/11 and the average retirement age has dropped from 10 1/2 to 8 1/2 years due to the rigors of the MWDs' jobs. The DoD has also added combat tracker and off-leash specialized search dog capabilities to the MWD program. Most field dogs have deployed at least once, often multiple times, while dogs adopted from the schoolhouse have almost never deployed, Major Jordan said. She added that the various experiences a DoD dog may have warrants a thorough assessment of their temperament and acclimation back into a home. "These dogs, for the most part, have been aggression trained, so rigorous screening is critical," Major Jordan said. "The bite muzzle process involves muzzled and unmuzzled scenarios for the dog, putting him in the training environment and seeing how likely he or she is to attack the decoy." Depending on the score rating at the end of the test, the dog is deemed "suitable," "guarded" or "not suit-

Photo by Senior Airman Christopher Griffin

Staff Sgt. William Riney, 341st Training Squadron, rewards his military working dog for detecting narcotics around vehicles on the training grounds of Lackland. Department of Defense officials have recently created a clear standard operating procedure used by all kennels to ensure excess military working dogs have a chance to go to deserving adoptive homes.

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2009

Smart Choices help shoppers meet caloric needs

By Lt. Col. Karen Hawkins DeCA dietitian

FORT LEE, Va. ­ The search just got easier for customers looking for nutrition guidance on the front of the foods purchased in the commissary. The Smart Choices Program was developed based on the value of a single, credible and uniform front-ofpackage nutrition labeling system that U.S. food manufacturers and retailers can voluntarily adopt. This system is designed to help shoppers identify smarter food and beverage choices within product categories that fit within their daily calorie needs. The new symbol will be allowed only on those products that meet strict science-based nutrition criteria derived from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, reports from the Institute of Medicine and other sources of consensus dietary guidance. Specific qualifying criteria were developed for 19 product categories, such as beverages, cereals, meats, dairy and snacks, based on the presence of nutrients to limit (for example, fats and added sugars), nutrients to encourage (for example, calcium and potassium), and food groups to encourage (for example, fruits and vegetables and whole grains). By developing nutrition criteria for these 19 product categories based on consensus dietary guidance, the Smart Choices Program is designed to help guide consumer choices within each product category. More information about the program is located at www. For more information about making healthy choices, visit Ask the Dietitian on http://www. and post your questions on the DeCA Dietitian Forum. Be sure to look for other useful information in the Dietitian's Voice archive. Sign up with the DeCA Dietitian on and get messages sent to your cell phone today. For delicious recipes, check out Kay's Kitchen. And to enjoy all your commissary has to offer, sign up for the Commissary Connection.

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2009



Air Force doctor studies new medication for TBI patients

Story and photo by Senior Airman Amber Bressler 59th Medical Wing Public Affairs

A neurologist at Wilford Hall Medical Center is studying a medication that may significantly reduce chronic headaches and migraines without all the usual side effects from oral medications. M a j . (Dr. ) Ma r i a A l v a r e z , 5 9 t h M e di c a l Operations Squadron, is the principal investigator for a case study involving 125 traumatic brain injury patients receiving a series of botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox, injections to control their pain. According to Dr. Alvarez, patients will receive the botulinum toxin injections every 12 weeks, which would be a huge improvement compared to taking oral medications up to three times a day. "Standard methods of treating TBI-related headaches are oral medications that usually have adverse side effects, such as sleepiness and poor concen tra ti o n , m a k i n g t h e s y m pt om s t h e y already have worse," said Dr. Alvarez, staff neurologist with a special interest in pain management. "The only side effect patients may get from the botulinum toxin injection is dryness of mouth." TBI is a brain injury caused by sudden trauma to the brain. It occurs when the head suddenly and violently hits an object or when an object hits the head. TBI can range from mild, moderate or severe, depending on the extent of damage done to the brain. Symptoms of mild TBI are, but not limited to, headache, confusion, fatigue, mood changes, and trouble with memory, concentration, attention or thinking. Some of the moderate symptoms can be a headache that gets worse or doesn't go away, vom i ti n g , s ei zu r e s , lo s s o f c oordi n a t i o n ,

"Traumatic brain injury is an increasingly recognized disorder affecting Armed Forces members returning from deployments to recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Maj. (Dr.) Maria Alvarez 59th Medical Operations Squadron

increased confusion and agitation. The most p r o m i n e n t o f t h e s e s y m p t o m s ar e c h r o n i c headaches and cognitive dysfunction, also described as "brain fog." "TBI is an increasingly recognized disorder affecting Armed Forces members returning from deployments to recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Dr. Alvarez. "Sixty-six percent of individuals wounded sustained blast injuries and, of these individuals, more than 8,600 suffer from TBI." Many patients are willing to do anything to feel normal again. "Since my injury, I've had some memory loss, migraines every week and at least a headache every day," said retired Chief Warrant Officer Robert O'Reilly. "I am willing to try anything at this point for some relief." "If the results of the study are positive, it will benefit TBI patients, civilian and military alike, who are affected with chronic headaches," Dr. Alvarez said.

N e u r o l o g i s t M a j . ( D r. ) M a r i a A l v a r e z , 5 9 t h M e d i c a l Operations Squadron, injects Mr. Robert O'Reilly with botulinum toxin Sept. 9 at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Dr. Alvarez is leading a case study to improve treatment of traumatic brain injury patients with chronic headaches.



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chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Armenia, said the EMEDS package would boost the Armenian military's ability to contribute to global operations. "The facility is the first step in the certification process for deployment," he said, adding that the EMEDS team would be deployable in 2010. "And because Armenia is in a seismic zone [susceptible to earthquakes], the EMEDS will be a national asset for internal emergencies as well." The 149th CES engineers installed insulation and weather proofing, provided the electrical wiring for air conditioning units and light fixtures along with switches and outlets, and built a tworoom office in the back of the building. The engineers also had to make several trips to the embassy to pick up materials. Captain Raul Martinez, 149th CES, led half the civil engineers in completing the EMEDS project and said the deployment was a good experience. "It was good (training) for them to go to a place, have to decide what they needed and determine how to get it," he said. "The (civil engineers) did very good work," said Dr. Ghazaryan. He said that once the EMEDS equipment is formally accepted, it will be moved to the building. Airmen from the 149th CES also helped with the rehabilitation of three classrooms and conference rooms at the St. Grigor Lusavorich Medical Center's Regional Training Center. Because St. Grigor's and three other hospitals make up the

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medical system for the entire country, the project was important to Armenia's ability to respond to large-scale emergencies. Originally, the project aimed to replace the flooring. After tearing up about 160 square meters of the old flooring, engineers realized extensive electrical work was needed before further improvements could be made. Master Sgt. John Montoya, NCO in charge of the project, said the work included routing the plaster walls to run the electrical wire for the ceiling lights, wall-mounted lamps, light switches and electrical outlets. Engineers also renovated the Shengavit's Region No. 301 Nursery, a day care center for 150 children in Shengavit, a district of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Though the nursery was built in 1983, Capt. Vincent Salazar, project officer for this site, said the plumbing and wiring appeared much older or at least reflected older workmanship. Captain Salazar said that though the original task was to complete rehabilitation of five rooms on the first floor, installation of new light fixtures required new wiring, and the new wiring required a new distribution box. Master Sgt. David Lewis said old, bare wiring had been strung along the wall, creating a danger to the children. The civil engineers had to put off painting the walls until they completed the electrical work, patched walls, reinforced wall paneling, replaced woodwork and smoothed down and wiped off the walls. "They never have everything they need, but

when they're finished, it will be beautiful," said Sergeant Lewis. "They never cease to amaze me." Other civil engineers repaired or replaced plumbing fixtures, fixed a sink counter and stopped a leak from a tub. "When we walked in, there were hazardous electrical conditions. There were two restrooms without running water and three toilets that were inoperable," Captain Salazar added. "We left the place a lot safer than when we found it." The final projects were at the Military Aviation Institute. Located on Yerevan's southeast side, the institute is Armenia's center for pilot and signal corpsmen training. Master Sgt. William Strodtman led the work detail to install two large air conditioning units atop the simulator room in the institute's main building. Once again, the straight-forward tasking proved more complicated when they had to find brackets and came up against an unexpectedly thick, stubborn wall. "It took hours just to drill through the wall," Sergeant Strodtman said. "But we got the job done." As work wrapped up on all the projects, the work to redeploy began. Despite frustrations and inconveniences to go with arduous work, the deployment was a success. "Even though we had difficult challenges, all the teams considered all the options and thought outside the box," said Captain Martinez. "They not only successfully completed the mission and their training, but also bonded together as a squadron."

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able." MWD adoption officials consider such factors as children, other dogs in the home, and prior handler experience when determining placement for a given dog, the major said. Dogs wanted by neither their handlers nor law enforcement agencies are posted on the adoption Web site, and families of handlers who have been killed in action also have first opportunity to adopt the handler's dog. The DoD MWD adoption program has even placed some terminally ill dogs with adoptive families, giving them an opportunity to live out their lives in loving homes, Major Jordan said. "That dog is not just a piece of equipment ­ it's what enables us to save lives so we exhaust all avenues to ensure the dogs remain as healthy as possible," she asserted. Retired MWDs, unless deemed by a veterinarian as seriously ill and suffering, or unsuitable due to aggression, are not typically euthanized following military service. Since November 2000, only a few MWDs have been euthanized for lack of a good home, while thousands have been placed in private homes, she added. The DoD MWD program also offers a breeder and foster program for families who live in the San Antonio area and are interested in offering short-term care to dogs. Currently, there are more than 100 puppies that can be fostered for the first 2-6 months of their lives. Foster families must not only bring the dogs to Lackland for monthly check-ups, but they must diligently work to socialize the puppy. "We want the puppies to spend time with the families to socialize them to their new environment," Major Jordan said. "Foster families are screened just as rigorously, if not more so, than adopting families." In an effort to further clarify the adoption process, the DoD MWD schoolhouse recently launched an adoption Web site for families who want to take in MWDs for fostering or former MWDs for adoption. For more information, visit 341stmwd/index.asp.

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The Lackland library's second annual back-to-school bash is today, 6:15-7:15 p.m., at the library. Participants will enjoy stories, a craft and back-to-school bingo. For more information, call 6713610.


point of contact for all supply related questions, concerns and complaints. LRS customer service also manages the zero overpricing program, and defense reutilization and marketing office transaction assistance. To contact LRS customer service, call 671-2575, 671-3801 or 6713802.



Training sessions for Southwest Independent School District mentors are Oct. 1 and Oct. 15, 9-11 a.m., at the Skylark Community Center Fiesta Room. Contact Sally Sobey at 977-5563 for more information.


A military marriage and family retreat for active-duty servicemembers and their families is today through Sunday at T bar M Ranch in New Braunfels. The retreat will focus on pre- and post-deployment challenges and family wellness. Contact Freedom Chapel, 6714208, to register or for more information. A $100 deposit, refundable at the retreat, is due at registration.




Catholic Monday-Friday: WHMC Chapel Mass, 11 a.m Wednesday-Friday: Freedom Chapel Mass, 11:30 a.m. Saturday: Freedom Chapel Confessions, 4:45 p.m. Mass, 5:30 p.m. Sunday: Freedom Chapel Religious Education, 9 a.m. Mass, 11 a.m. Hope Chapel Hispanic Mass, 9:15 a.m.

The 37th Logistics Readiness Squadron customer service is the

Nominations are being accepted for the monthly Lackland Wingman Awards. The program creates a direct line for Airmen or their families to get word to wing leadership of the daily efforts their peers are taking to help one another. Nomination forms can be emailed to [email protected] For more information and nomination forms, contact Master Sgt. Jason Hohenstreiter at 671-3722.

A hypertension education class is Oct. 5, 12:30-3:30 p.m., at Wilford Hall Medical Center. The class is open to any patient or family member interested in learning more about hypertension. For more information or to register, call the Nephrology Clinic at 292-6868.


and treatment recommendations or alternatives but no orthodontic evaluations. A copy of the child's treatment plan or referral letter from their dentist is required. The screenings will be offered Oct. 7 and Oct. 21 in the Longhorn Room of the Skylark Community Center, 8-11 a.m. For more information, contact Staff Sgt. Dianet Santos at 6719876.


Community Center. Vendor spots are available for $10 to the first 30 registered and paid. For more information, call 671-3191.


A collectibles show for sports, movie and toy memorabilia is Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Skylark

Wilford Hall Medical Center seeks individuals who can volunteer four or more hours a week. WHMC has an immediate need for step saver cart drivers and administrative positions in various clinics. To sign up, the volunteer office is located in Room 1C33 in the main


To see menus for Lackland dining halls, go online to mil and click on the "Services" link.

The Lackland Pediatric Dental Department is providing drop-in dental screenings for children under 13 in October. The screening will offer opinions

Wilford Hall Medical Center Chapel Mass, 3 p.m. Orthodox Sunday: Airmen Memorial Chapel Divine Liturgy, 9:30 a.m. Religious Education, 10:45 a.m. Protestant Sunday: Airmen Memorial Chapel Liturgical Service, 8 a.m. Hope Chapel Spanish Contemporary, 12:45 p.m Freedom Chapel Contemporary Service, 9:30 a.m. Gospel Service, 12:30 p.m. Children's Church provided Religious Education, 11 a.m.

Wednesday and Thursday: Bible Study, 6 p.m. Sunday: Medina Chapel Contemporary Service, 9 a.m. WHMC Chapel Traditional Service, 1:30 p.m.


Wednesday (1st only): Freedom Chapel, Room 8, San Antonio Military Open Circle, 6:30 p.m.


Friday: Defense Language Institute Student Center Faith Study, 1:30 p.m. Jummah Prayer, 2 p.m.

For more information, contact the chapel staff:

Freedom Chapel 671-4208 Gateway Chapel 671-2911 Hope Chapel 671-2941 Wilford Hall Medical Center Chapel 292-7373


Friday: Airmen Memorial Chapel Sabbath Eve Service, 5:45 p.m.

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building. It is open Monday through Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:303:30 p.m. For more information, contact Patricia Gill at 292-6592.


The American Society of Military Comptrollers is looking for volunteers to assist with a Habitat for Humanity project Oct. 24, 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Habitat is constructing a new community of 17 homes in the Palo Alto heights area, and the ASMC team will work on one home under a house leader. Family members 14 and older are welcome to participate. Painting, landscaping and general carpentry is involved. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Mike Sonderman at 6713570.

If you are preparing a speech or document for public release on defense-related subjects, contact the public affairs office first. The appropriate authorities must review material relating to the plans, policies, programs or operations of the DoD or U.S. Government before the presentation or publication. Call the 37th Training Wing Public Affairs Media Division at 671-2909 or 671-3439 for more details.


How would you respond if a news reporter approached you to comment on a matter related to the Air Force or your job? Here are some tips to know: Think before you speak. Contact the public affairs office first if you are asked to do a media interview and want to do it. If you are approached on the street by a reporter, you will be quoted in the

newspaper or appear on the 10 p.m. newscast answering questions that may prove embarrassing. Reporters may also ask for interviews online. Don't appear to be the Air Force's spokesperson; make it clear you are giving your personal opinion during an interview. Don't try to address Air Force policy issues without first consulting public affairs. And remember, your right of free speech also means you can refuse to speak. Politely tell the media no, or to contact public affairs. Keep in mind, your on-screen presence reflects the Air Force image to the public. If you are interviewed off duty, make sure you project the image you and your commander want to see as representative of the Air Force. If in doubt, call the 37th Training Wing Public Affairs Media Division at 671-2909 or 671-3439.

A Perfect Getaway

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FRIDAY A Perfect Getaway, 6 p.m. (R), starring Steve Zahn and Timothy Olyphant.



The Time Traveler's Wife

SATURDAY Post Grad, noon (PG-13), starring Alixis Biedel and Jane Lynch. The Time Traveler's Wife, 3 p.m. (PG13), starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, 6 p.m. (R, starring Jeremy Piven and Ving Rhames. SUNDAY G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, noon (PG13), starring Dennis Quaid and Channing Tatum. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, 3 p.m. (R). THURSDAY The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, 4 p.m. (R).

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2009

SCOREBOARD 24-hour POW/MIA Vigil Run


National Conference

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BMT carries the POW baton

By Patrick Desmond Sports Editor

Honor. Power. Dedication. These are some of the words that weighted the air during Lackland's first-ever POW/MIA 24-hour Vigil Run, Sept. 18. Col. William H. Mott's, 37th Training Wing commander, words were equally succinct on National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Standing in the middle of eight flights of basic military trainees forming a cross, Colonel Mott traced the heritage of servicemembers that served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War ­ a legacy ubiquitous when he entered the Air Force in 1981. "Those men were prepared and they had the fortitude to withstand seven years in confinement," Colonel Mott said. "Think about this course ­ eight and a half weeks ­ this is fun. They were there for years." For Colonel Mott, the day served to recognize the service's heritage. "What we carry forward, we use to prepare for the next conflict," he said. "Remember those who have gone before, who gave it all, who are missing in action, who have served as POWs." Integral to BMT, it's also about preparing for the future. "Some people say (POW/MIA


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Tech. Sgt. Jason Azua, 323rd Training Squadron, starts his scheduled 30minute run at the 323rd TRS track after receiving the POW/MIA baton.

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Recognition Day is) sorrowful and very sad," Col. Mott said. "I think it is very powerful and very strong to take the strength that those men exhibited almost 40 years ago and apply it to what you are going to do out in the Air Force. There's a reason why (BMT) is tough because eventually, perhaps unfortunately, some of you may be in an equally tough situation." Moments later, Col. Shane P. Courville, 737th Training Group commander, watched nearly the

400 trainees in attendance march in silence at the 323rd Training Squadron's track. "The importance of this day, for BMT specifically, is it happens to coincide on a Friday, the day we graduate our newest Airmen," Colonel Courville said about remembering POWs and MIAs." The vigil, organized by the 323rd TRS, began midnight with members of squadron teams running in 30-minute blocks throughout the day until mid-

night Saturday. While the 737th TRG commander illuminated the big picture, Lt. Col Matthew J. Whiat, 323rd TRS commander, narrowed the lens a bit more. "The whole point of this is to create warrior Airmen of character," Colonel Whiat said. "This is part of their heritage. That's why they are running in silence, why there are no jodies." He said the 24-hour run was also indicative of the Military Training Instructor work ethic. "When they are pushing a flight, my guys are going to work on average 120 hours per week," the lieutenant colonel said. The fact that we're doing a 24-hour run shows exactly the dedication shown day in and day out." 323rd TRS MTIs Tech. Sgt. Michael Padgett and Staff Sgt. Scott Weimer set the day's objectives into action. "We ran with it," Sergeant Padgett said. "When I was at Tyndall AFB, Fla., we did this very same event. I didn't have to be asked twice to come out here. Even when they played taps, you get (goose) bumps just being apart of this day." Sergeant Weimer said it's a way to teach trainees and recognize the people that once stood in their place.



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Lackland's inaugural Gateway Half-Marathon is Oct. 24 at 8 a.m. Registration is open to all Department of Defense cardholders and their guests. The day's other events include a 10K and 5K run. For more details, call 671-2725.

The inaugural Military City Open Veteran's Day indoor soccer tournament is Nov. 6-8 at Aztec Indoor Soccer. Ten-player team registration is $150 for premier, open and coed divisions. For more information, call Stewart Hess at 875-8143.

Lackland's Defender Cup, Oct. 1012, is home to the largest stateside Air Force soccer tournament with 20 military teams participating. The championship is at Warhawk Field. For more information, contact the sports office at 671-2725.

The men's and women's volleyball programs are slated to start Oct. 5. Women's games are Tuesday with the Men's league games on Wednesday. People interested in joining the program, can contact the sports office at 671-2725.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2009



Lackland takes on AF Marathon

By Patrick Desmond Sports Editor

Of the 10,000 faces that crowded the start line at the Air Force Marathon at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, Sept. 19, little more than half completed the fulland half-marathon courses. Among the finishers were five familiar faces to Team Lackland in Johnny Phelps, Maria Miranda, Zachary Foulk, Anthony Milunas and Infinity Smith. Competing in the full marathon, Phelps and Smith both improved on performances set at San Antonio's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon last year. Running the 26.2 miles past sites such as the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Phelps recorded a personal best with a time of three hours, fortyfour minutes and sixteen seconds to place 375th out of the 2,013 competitors. "It was a great opportunity, especially since the 37th (Training Wing) had sponsored travel and arrangements so that was great to be able to do that for the five of us," he said. Phelps said the support during the portion of the race that ran through neighborhoods bordering the base was great, too, with "folks out in their front yards making a lot of noise." In her second showing, Smith ran nearly a minute faster at WrightPatterson than she did in San Antonio, finishing 790th with a time of 4:13:39.

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He said, "We wanted to do something where we could have the POW flag visible at all times, and obviously we can't put these trainees in a box for 24 hours ­ we can't put them through what these people went through. It calls attention to the day." Master Sgt. Pete Candelario, section II supervisor, 323rd TRS, had already been out at the track for six hours by 5:30 a.m. "Pretty much the whole squadron staff ran the first hour when we kicked it off," he said, watching the trainees on the track before sunrise. "I'm ready to run again as soon as the flights are done. The commander and the staff will also run the final hour tonight." In addition to the physical effort, 450 T-shirts were sold. Proceeds were donated to a POW/MIA charity through the government philanthropy program, the Combined Federal Campaign. And like the handing off of the baton, laser-engraved with the POW/MIA symbol, from one runner to another, so the story of the POWs has been passed on as well. "If I have 500 trainees here, and I only reach five percent of the them, then (they) will go on to their next base and do something on POW/MIA day and reach others," Colonel Whiat said. "We hope to make this event even bigger and better. This will start to become a staple here at Lackland."

Photo by Al Bright

Marathon runners launch from the starting line of the Air Force Marathon Saturday.

Zachary Foulk, Maria Miranda and Anthony Milunas lined up for the halfmarathon an hour later. Leading the way for Team Lackland, Foulk finished sixth overall with a time of 1:10:50 ­ a pace faster than his top military marathon time set last year ­ in the half-marathon. Foulk is using the half-marathon as training for his trip to the Armed Forces Marathon, Oct. 22-26, in Washington, D.C. All-Air Force triathlete, Milunas traversed the 13.1 miles in 1:33:07 for 115th place and Miranda's time of

2:01:22 in the half-marathon is nearly a minute and a half faster than her finish at the San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll event. Back at Lackland, moments that will serve to remind Phelps of the trip are seeing the aircraft that returned then prisoner of war Sen. John McCain to American soil, but also just bonding with his fellow Lacklanders. "Traveling with the other runners was really great," he said. "We were all talking about running and just getting enthusiastic about upcoming events and continuing our trek toward bigger and better things."


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