Oct. 19, 2012 - San Antonio News


Oct. 19, 2012 - San Antonio News

A publication of the 502nd Air Base Wing – Joint Base San Antonio


66th Year • No. 42 • OCTOBER 19, 2012


JBSA-Randolph firefi ghters

host Fire Prevention Week

Page 6



By Master Sgt. Bruce Harrison

502nd Air Base Wing

command chief executive assistant

“The only real reason to be a

leader is to add value to people, add

value to yourself and know what

those around you value,” John Maxwell,

a leadership expert, speaker

and author, said. These words also

express my personal philosophy on

effective leadership in the United

States Air Force.

Twelve years ago, I began my mission

to fly, fight and win. Thus far,

I have been stationed at six different

bases and deployed three times.

During these years, I witnessed the

loss of coworkers, some leaving the

service and others their lives on

Earth. At one point, I too considered

separating from the service, but my

drive, competitiveness and perseverance

would not allow me to.

My fight within wouldn’t let me

walk away from my career as a

leader who would influence our new

Airmen, eager to learn and serve

our great country. Most importantly,

I couldn’t walk away from the best

camaraderie in the world.

I’ve learned leadership is a way of

life. For example, during my study of

leadership, I stumbled across a very

interesting article. It shared the king

of Thailand’s beliefs in the inverted

pyramid. The king said most leaders

consider themselves on top of the pyramid

and people at the bottom of it,

below them. But he felt real success is

shown in an inverted pyramid, where

people are on top and he is below, doing

his best to hold up the pyramid. In

other words, a great leader constantly




Great leaders serve needs of others

“It’s said that people don’t care how

much you know, until they know how

much you care. This reflects one of

the best lessons I’ve learned –

invest in people.”

serves the needs of others.

Another demonstration, one I regard

as leadership at its best, comes

from a story about Gen. Dwight D.

Eisenhower. He would place string on

a table and say, “Pull the string and

it will follow wherever you wish, push

it and it will go nowhere at all; it’s

just that way when it comes to leading


As a leader, it’s important to also add

value to yourself. For me, adding value

and growing as an NCO meant reading

more books, taking more college classes,

spending more time with my family,

running more miles, eating healthier

and doing all the right things in order

for me to be a better leader.

I find the third purpose of leadership

to be best described by Colin

Powell. “Leadership is solving problems;

the day soldiers stop bringing

you their problems is the day you

have stopped leading them,” he said,

“They have either lost confidence that

you can help or concluded you do

not care; either case is a failure of


Great Air Force leaders must

understand what their Airmen value.

Some things to help you understand

what people value are to be a great

listener, learner and leader. I myself

am learning to walk slowly through

the crowd to be able to learn and

understand who my Airmen are and

what’s important to them.

It’s said that people don’t care how

much you know, until they know how

much you care. This reflects one of

the best lessons I’ve learned – invest

in people. To be a mentor and affect

someone’s life, you must get to a personal

level. It can and must happen

without showing favoritism or crossing

a line. It must happen because

our future leaders need us to help

them recognize and decide which of

the three types of people in the Air

Force they will ultimately be – the

people who watch things happen, the

people who make things happen or

the people who ask what happened.

A great leader – a “fly, fight and

win” leader is the kind of person who

makes things happen.

My fight within to be a better

leader is exactly what I

plan on accomplishing

throughout my remaining

years in the Air


Graphic by Rich McFadden

OCTOBER 19, 2012


Nathan Hascall, a pre-school student at

the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph

Child Development Center, dons fire

fighters’ personal protective equipment

Oct. 9 during Fire Prevention Week at

Randolph. For more coverage of the

week-long observance, see page 6.

Photo by Benjamin Faske

Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph

Editorial Staff

Brig. Gen. Theresa C. Carter

JBSA/502nd Air Base Wing Commander

Todd G. White

JBSA/502nd ABW Public Affairs Director

Marilyn C. Holliday

JBSA-Randolph Public Affairs Chief

Airman 1st Class Lincoln Korver


Robert Goetz

Alex Salinas

Staff Writers

Maggie Armstrong

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CFC donors get informed, involved, inspired, invested

By Mike Joseph

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

Public Affairs

This year’s annual Combined

Federal Campaign has found Joint Base

San Antonio and the city of San Antonio

contributors to be in a giving mood.

Five weeks into the 2012 campaign,

the three JBSA locations combined have

reached almost 40 percent of their $4.6

million total goal. City-wide, contributions

from San Antonio federal employees are

running $251,000 ahead of last year’s

pace toward its $5.5 million goal.

“The JBSA campaign is going very

well,” 1st Lt. Anthony Anderson, JBSA

campaign project officer, said. “We

have seen donations coming in at a

faster pace than last year, and we expect

this to continue.

“I had high expectations when

we kicked off the campaign (Sept.

1), and those expectations have

been exceeded,” he said about

the campaign, which continues

through Dec. 15.

The CFC was created to shield federal

employees from constant year-round

solicitation in the work place. It affords

them the opportunity to decide and donate

without leaving their work center.

The 2012 campaign guidebook for potential

contributors lists more than 2,700

different charities, local to international.

Donors can make one-time contributions

or payroll deductions; donations can also

be distributed among the charities in accordance

with the donor’s wishes.

JBSA has raised more than $1.8 million,

one-third of the way into the fundraising.

By location, JBSA-Randolph has reached

more than 55 percent of its $1.1 million

goal, JBSA-Lackland is at 39 percent of

its $2.1 million target and JBSA-Fort Sam

Houston has collected 27 percent toward

its $1.4 million objective.

This year’s theme, “iGive,” comprises

four parts: “I’m informed, I’m involved,

I’m inspired and I’m invested.” It augments

an “effective communications”

approach to the campaign, and Anderson

said it has been one of the keys to a

successful start.

“We have seen marked improvement

this year in receptiveness to the campaign

simply by ensuring we use effective

communication,” he said. “Our key

workers have made sure not to just drop

the brochure on an individual’s desk, but

rather take the time to explain CFC so

they can make an informed decision.”

Dave Carletti, senior vice president,

public sector campaigns, United Way

of San Antonio and Bexar County, who

is responsible for the San Antonio CFC,

also said helping potential contributors

understand the campaign’s significance

is paying off.

“Our primary focus this year was

to provide meaningful information so

donors could make informed decisions

and really understand the impact their

investments make,” Carletti said. “We

look to be on track for a successful

campaign to meet and exceed our $5.5

million goal.

“I believe most people are willing to

give if given the opportunity and provided

a good reason to be involved,” he

said. “The No. 1 reason people don’t

give is they are not asked. Through

our efforts to create more meaningful

See CFC P5

Engineers to save bigger bucks on AC, lighting

By Tech. Sgt. Kelly White

Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs

In today’s culture of cost-consciousness,

the onus for frugal spending of taxpayer dollars

must be the priority for every uniformed and civilian

member of Air Education and Training Command,

throughout the Air Force, all the way to the top of the

Department of Defense.

At Joint Base San Antonio, there’s an energy team

committed to reducing energy consumption and operating

costs – and doing so in ways that result in zero

perceived impact on its mission or personnel.

“Our long-term JBSA energy plan includes a blend

of technologies that will lower monthly utility bills and

increase our maintenance budget for energy-related

equipment,” Ruben Ramos, 902nd Civil Engineer Squadron

energy manager, said.

The plan is called demand side management.

“Large electric utility customers such as JBSA pay

a unit cost for each kilowatt-hour consumed, and a

demand charge which is the rate (kw) at which those

kwh are consumed,” Ramos explained. “Utility companies

must meet the total peak demand of all customers

at all times. If they can’t meet customer demand, they

either buy additional capacity or curtail customers’ use

via rolling blackouts.”

JBSA’s electricity provider, CPS Energy, offers its Demand

Response Program.

“Under this program, if JBSA can reduce the rate

at which it uses energy during critical

periods, specifically noon-7 p.m. daily,

June through September, the utility

pays JBSA,” he said. “It’s cheaper for

the utility to reward its own customers

than to activate an additional generating

plant or buy supplementary

capacity on the open market.

“Air conditioning is the most expensive

electrical load at Randolph,

as well as the other JBSA locations,”

he continued. “The 902nd CES has

systematically cycled air-conditioning

system components on and off to reduce the

total demand during cooling seasons. Since

2010, these ‘events’ have occurred at Randolph

up to 25 times, providing CPS with 200-

400 kilowatts, lasting 3-6 p.m. as needed.”

Randolph’s reward has totaled about $73,000

over the last three years, and the JBSA energy

team intends to expand this strategy across all its

locations, turning the 300kw from Randolph alone into

10-12 megawatts collectively.

To achieve this, the JBSA energy team and CPS

will seek financial means to put thermal energy storage

tanks at major chiller plants on each installation

that will store cold water needed for air conditioning,

while allowing the machines that produce the

cold water to be dropped off-line during peak demand

periods, Ramos explained.

“The chiller plants will be turned

back on to ‘charge’ depleted storage

tanks with cold water during off-peak

or evening hours,” he added. “By shifting

the load and leveling generating

profiles, CPS generating plants will

run more efficiently, ultimately keeping

customer rates more stable.”

But the JBSA energy team isn’t

stopping there.

“The second highest load is lighting,”

Ramos said. “When thermal energy

tanks are added to JBSA and chiller

plants run at night, the base load will understandably


“To counter this, we’ll improve the efficiency

of night-time exterior lighting through solid state

lighting, more commonly known as light-emitting

diodes, and related controls, across JBSA to lower

energy consumption and also become a key tool

in demand side management,” Ramos said.

This technology cuts energy requirements by considerably

more than half and is a light source that can be

dimmed or started instantaneously to illuminate roadways,

parking lots and building exteriors across the locations

nightly, he said. Adding timing devices will result

in JBSA’s utility bills being significantly cheaper.

For more information about energy conservation,

call the JBSA energy manager, Anthony Martinez,

at 808-0180.


By Tech. Sgt. Andy Stephens

Air Force Recruiting Service Public Affairs

Brig. Gen. John P. Horner succeeded

Brig. Gen. Balan R. Ayyar as commander,

Air Force Recruiting Service, in a change of command

ceremony at the Kendrick Club at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph

Oct. 11. The new commander expressed

enthusiasm for his new assignment and credited the

hard work and resourcefulness of Air Force recruiters

worldwide for continuing to recruit quality Airmen for

the world’s greatest Air Force.

“I’m both excited and humbled to be entrusted with

command of the Air Force Recruiting Service,” Horner

said. “This is a wonderful organization where leadership

is absolutely dependent on teamwork and empowering

our recruiters -- some of the most gifted, most

inspired people in America’s Air Force.”

Horner cited the active-duty and civil-service workforce

at San Antonio for their role in supporting more

than 1,200 recruiting offices worldwide. He stated his

commitment to upholding the tradition of AFRS – to be

the most agile, effective and professional recruiting force

in the world.

Horner described the drive for recruiters to balance

the innovations of marketing with the steadfast, traditional

values of the Air Force that remain appealing to

not just the next generation of Airmen, but their families.

The pressure on recruiters to find the right skill set for


these future Airmen requires balancing the needs of the

service with the attributes of the recruit in a challenging

new era of national service.

“Whether you are recruiters or support staff, we

have all been entrusted to find America’s best and

brightest and inspire them into service,” the general

said. “We’re going to face many of the same

challenges we have before, but this command will

always be supportive of its personnel because of the

demands that are asked of them. For us, people are

our mission. Any new challenges will be met with

that trademark dedication and perseverance that

motivates tomorrow’s Airmen to service today.”

While AFRS has traditionally focused on recruiting

the “best and brightest” enlisted applicants who

have no prior military service, into more than 150

enlisted career fields, AFRS also recruits officer candidates

in a variety of unique skills sets such as

chaplains and physicians. The command is responsible

for accessioning 100 percent of the enlisted

force, 90 percent of the Air Force’s health profession

officers, approximately 16 percent of today’s overall

officer corps and 100 percent of Air Force chaplains.

These numbers represent an annual accession average

of more than 27,000 enlisted members and

1,000 officers every year.

Horner’s previous assignment was at the Pentagon

as the director of Intelligence, Surveillance,

and Reconnaissance Capabilities, Headquarters U.S.

OCTOBER 19, 2012

New commander takes charge of AF Recruiting Service

Photo by Rich McFadden

General Edward A. Rice Jr. (left), Air Education and Training

Command commander, presides over the Air Force

Recruiting Service change of command ceremony at the

Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Kendrick Club Oct. 11.

Brig. Gen. John Horner (right) succeeded Brig. Gen. Balan

R. Ayyar as AFRS commander. Chief Master Sgt. William

Cavenaugh (middle), AFRS command chief, presented the

guidon during the ceremony.

Air Force in Washington, D.C. Among his duties in

that assignment, he directed and managed Air Force

remotely piloted aircraft and their associated air,

space and cyberspace systems.

42nd Celebrate America’s Military Schedule of Events

Nov. 1

• Celebrate America’s Military Kickoff Luncheon – 11:30 a.m.

registration, noon lunch. Guest speaker is Robin Lineberger,

CEO, Deloitte Federal Government Services chief executive offi

cer; San Antonio Exposition Hall at Freeman Coliseum, 3201

E. Houston St. Members, $40 per individual or $450 for table

of eight; non-members $50 per individual or $550 for table of

eight. Registration is required.

• Senior NCO Salute – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Chamber reception at San

Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. Free public performance

by the 323rd Army Band “Fort Sam’s Own.”

Nov. 2

• Association of the U.S. Army Luncheon – 11:30 a.m. Guest speaker

is Texas Military Preparedness Commissioner Arthur Emerson, Sam

Houston Community Center.

Nov. 3

• Saluting America’s Heroes – 2:30-8:30 p.m., Texas A&M University-

San Antonio Main Campus, 1 University Way. Displays, exhibits,

military enlistment ceremony, benefits fair and more.

San Antonio Spurs CAM Game Night – 7:30 p.m. at AT&T

Center, One AT&T Center Parkway. Opponent is the Utah Jazz.

Ticket for game required.

Nov. 4

• “Listen” Tops in Blue Concert – 4 p.m. at Laurie Auditorium, Trinity

University, 715 Stadium Drive. Free and open to the public.

• Concert at the Quadrangle – 5 p.m. at the Joint Base San Antonio-

Fort Sam Houston Quadrangle, 1400 E. Grayson St., with the 323rd

Army Band “Fort Sam’s Own.” The Grayson Street pedestrian gate will

be open at 3:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

• SeaWorld San Antonio Military Family Day – During regular

park hours.

Nov. 5

• CAM Birdies for the Brave Golf Tournament – 9:30 a.m. registration

and noon shotgun start at TPC San Antonio, JW Marriott San Antonio

Hill Country Resort and Spa, 23808 Resort Parkway.

Nov. 6

• Employer Support for the Guard & Reserve “Salute to Employers

Awards Luncheon” – Noon at Doubletree Hotel Downtown, 502

W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. Guest speaker is Brig. Gen. Kirk Vollmecke,

Mission and Installation Contracting Command commander.

Nov. 7

• Air Force Association Combat Breakfast – 7 a.m. at JBSA-Randolph

Kendrick Club. Guest speaker is Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vautrinot, 24th Air

Force commander.

• Welcome Home, Vietnam Veterans – 4 p.m. at the JBSA-Fort Sam

Houston Staff Post Parade Field with Vietnam Veteran reception following

at the Quadrangle. Open to the public.

Nov. 8

• Spirit of America Dinner – 6:15 p.m. cocktails and 7 p.m. dinner at

Grand Hyatt Hotel, 600 E. Market St. Guest speaker is Gen. Charles

H. Jacoby Jr., North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S.

Northern Command commander. By invitation only. Registration is

required and available at http://www.CelebrateAmericasMilitary.com or

call 229-2119.

Nov. 9

• JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa presents a Salute

to Fisher House Gala – 6 p.m. cocktails and 7:30 p.m. dinner and

program at the resort, 23808 Resort Parkway. Registration is required.

Call (240) 559-2470 for information.

Nov. 10

• Veterans parade and wreath-laying ceremony – 10:30 a.m. ceremony

and parade at noon at Alamo Plaza. Open to the public.

• UTSA Military Day Football Game – 4 p.m. at Alamodome,

100 Montana St. Game features UTSA Roadrunners hosting

the McNeese State Cowboys. Ticket purchase required at


Nov. 11

San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, Half-Marathon and Mini-Marathon

– 7:30 a.m. start in downtown San Antonio near South Alamo

Street and East Market Street. $15 registration discount for military

members with code MILITARY2012. See http://runrocknroll.competitor.

com/san-antonio for more information.

• Veterans Day Ceremonies – 9:30 a.m. musical prelude, 10 a.m. program

at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach

Road. Open to the public.

• Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers Commemorative Ceremony – 1:30

p.m. at San Antonio National Cemetery, 517 Paso Hondo St. Open to

the public

• Veterans Day Concert “Salute to Service” – 7 p.m. at Majestic

Theater, 224 E. Houston Street, with the San Antonio Symphony and

Air Force Band of the West. Open to the public




JBSA-Randolph Theater

"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" (PG)

Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams

Today at 7 p.m.

"Paranorman" (PG)

Voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck

Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

$5 for adults, $2.50 for children 11 and under

Free Tops in Blue tickets

A free Tops in Blue show takes place 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at

the Laurie Auditorium. Seating is on a fi rst-come, fi rstserved

basis and patrons must have a ticket to get in.

Tickets can be picked up at the Randolph Community

Services Mall, Bldg. 895; Sam Houston Community Center;

and Lackland Information, Tickets and Travel, Bldg. 5506.

Doors open 45 minutes prior to show time.

Energy fair

JBSA’s fourth annual Energy Fair is scheduled for

Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Fort Sam Houston Community

Center, Bldg. 1395, Chaffee Road.


“Boo-fest,” for children is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Thursday at the JBSA Library. Games, crafts and light

refreshments will be provided. For more information, call


CFC from P3

contact, we hope to educate all CFC donors so they

see the value in participating.”

The JBSA campaign project officer said the CFC

provides choice, convenience and confidence for contributors.

“Federal employees can choose from more than 2,700

agencies, donate conveniently through payroll deduction

and be confident the organization they are donating to

has been screened to ensure their money is being used

as the agency advertises,” he said.

Carletti added the military and civilian federal workforce

has always shown the capacity and willingness to

help others.

“Albert Schweitzer once wrote, ‘You don’t live in a

world all alone. Your brothers are here, too,’” he said.

“Participating in the CFC allows us to help others who

are in need of a helping hand … to make a difference

in someone’s life. You never know when that someone

might be you, a family member or a friend.”

By Airman 1st Class Lincoln Korver

Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs

Billy Walker (left), Randolph Field

Independent School District superintendent,

and Miles Cabra (right),

Randolph High School principal,

congratulate Deborah Magnon-Nolting,

Randolph High School teacher Oct.

17 after she received the Humanities

Texas Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities

Award and a $5,000 prize.

Photo by Sylvia Kuwamura

JBSA-Randolph teacher

earns statewide award

“Congratulations!” Michael Gillette, Humanities

Texas executive director, said in

an email to Deborah Magnon-Nolting, Randolph High

School humanities teacher. “Humanities Texas has

selected you to receive a 2012 Outstanding Teaching

of the Humanities Award.”

Along with the honor of ranking her among the

best humanities teachers in the state, Humanities Texas

gave Magnon-Nolting $5,000 to complement her

achievement, as well as $500 to benefit the Randolph

humanities department in whatever way she sees most


Of the 300 teachers nominated in Texas, 13 received

the statewide award.

Once notified, Magnon-Nolting selected the date

she would be presented her award by Congressman

Lamar Smith.

“I requested Sept. 17 specifically because it was

the Constitution’s 225th birthday,” she said.

In support of Magnon-Nolting, the Randolph

High School student body and faculty assembled

as she received the award. Along with representatives

from Humanities Texas, including Gillette,

the Randolph marching band performed, and two

Randolph seniors, Aliyah Encarnacion and Danielle

Derlein, presented a speech on the American


“This award recognizes not only Ms. Magnon-

Nolting’s skill and talent as a teacher, but also

her dedication to the educational excellence of

her students,” Smith said. “As any parent knows,

it is not always easy to teach our children lessons

they need to know for their future. As a society,

we entrust much of that work to our teachers.

Ms. Magnon-Nolting deserves our appreciation

and gratitude for her extraordinary efforts on

behalf of our children.”

Her plan for the award money she received is

to continue her own professional development.

“I’m always going to be going to school,” she said.

“I’m a lifelong learner.”

Of her 35 years teaching, 19 have been at Randolph.

“I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was about 4

years old,” Magnon-Nolting said. “I’m a social studies

teacher; that’s all I’ve ever wanted to teach and

that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.”





Photos by Josh Rodriguez

JBSA-Randolph community learns importance of fire prevention

Fire Emergency Services at Joint

Base San Antonio-Randolph teamed

with the National Fire Protection Association,

Oct. 7-Saturday, to present Fire

Prevention Week’s 2012 theme, “Have 2

Ways Out.” This year’s fire prevention focus

was the importance of planning and

practicing fire escapes.

While promoting Fire Prevention

Week, 902nd Civil Engineer Squadron

firefighters visited various Randolph

facilities, including the child develop-

ment center, and the elementary school,

where children learned about fire safety

and evacuation procedures.

Completing this year’s Fire Prevention

Week, Randolph Fire Emergency Services

had an open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Families who attended saw vehicle

displays from both military and nonmilitary

fire departments, vehicle extrication

and confined space rescue demonstrations,

and participated in interactive

educational stations.

Kenny Shepard, 902nd

Civil Engineer Squadron

firefighter and emergency

medical technician, oversees

a Randolph Elementary

School student demonstrating

the proper stop,

drop and roll procedure during

the annual Fire Prevention

Week demonstration

Oct. 10 at Joint Base San


Students from Randolph Elementary School demonstrate the proper house fire

exit procedure during a Fire Prevention Week demonstration Oct. 10 at Joint Base

San Antonio-Randolph.

Aaron Wholly, the son of Master Sgt. Arthur Wholly, assigned to Joint

Base San Antonio-Randolph, simulates extinguishing a fire while Airman

1st Class Brett Olsen, 902nd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, assists

him at a Fire Prevention Week observance Oct. 13 at Randolph.

Staff Sgt. Garcia Tarver, 902nd Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Service

B shift crew chief, demonstrates firefighters’ personal protective equipment to a

class of students from Randolph Elementary School at the annual Fire Prevention

Week demonstration Oct 10. at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.



OCTOBER 19, 2012

Noelia Sacriste

902nd Contracting Squadron

Photo by Josh Rodriguez

Duty Title

902nd CONS secretary


San Antonio, Texas


Crafts, fishing and cooking

Greatest Accomplishment

Raising my four kids (three girls and one boy) as

a single parent

Personal Inspiration

My father, who came to the United States from

Mexico and never asked for a helping hand. He

worked hard, learned the English language and

educated himself to become a great chef.


To have a success-filled career

Personal Motto

“Adversity is another way to measure the greatness

of individuals. I never had a crisis that

didn’t make me stronger.”

Pet Peeve

People who chew their food loudly

Supervisor's Comments

“Noelia has a big heart and is very personable.

She strives to learn more and more every day

and is always willing to help others with work.

She does many things for me, as the first sergeant,

especially when I get behind. She is definitely

one of those “unsung heroes” in my book.

She is a very valuable asset to our team.”

Senior Master Sgt. Chip Coleman

902nd CONS first sergeant




6-8 p.m. Oct. 31

902nd Security Forces

Squadron members will

patrol all Joint Base San

Antonio-Randolph military

family housing areas

and hand out goody bags to


Energy-Saving Tips

• Lower the thermostat on your water

heater to 120 degrees: Water heaters sometimes

come from the factory with higher

temperature settings than are necessary.

• If any of your appliances come with

energy-saving features, be sure to use


• Replace any incandescent bulbs with

energy-saving compact fl uorescents light

bulbs. CFLs can last up to 10 times longer

and use one-fourth to one-third the energy

compared to incandescent bulbs.

• Install water-saving showerheads and

faucet aerators as needed.

• Clean the lint fi lter after every load of

laundry to improve air circulation and don’t

over-dry clothes.

• Use the cool-down cycle to allow

clothes to fi nish drying with residual heat.

• In natural gas appliances, look for

blue fl ames; yellow fl ames indicate the gas

is burning ineffi ciently and an adjustment

may be needed.

• Don’t over-dry your clothes. If your

machine has a moisture sensor, use it.

• Dry towels and heavier cottons in

a separate load from lighter-weight


Courtesy of the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Energy Offi ce





Free fi tness classes

Rambler Fitness Center

is offering the following

free classes to participants

wearing something pink

to class, in observation of

Breast Cancer Awareness

Month: cycling, 6 p.m.

Monday; yoga, 9 a.m. Oct.

27; and kickboxing, 6 p.m.

Oct. 30. For more information,

call 652-7263.

Football Frenzy

Randolph Kendrick Club

hosts Football Frenzy every

Sunday and Monday during

the NFL season, with lots

of food specials and prizes.

The event is open to all

Department of Defense ID

card holders, but participants

must be a Randolph

Club member to win.

‘Monster Dash’ 5K

The fi rst JBSA-Randolph

First Sergeant Council

“Monster Dash” 5K is

scheduled for Oct. 26. at

Eberle Park. Registration

starts at 7 a.m. Participants

are highly encouraged

to run in Halloween

costumes. The fi rst 50 to

register get a free T-shirt

and there will be treats

and mystery prizes. Combined

Federal Campaign

donations will be accepted.

Halloween bowling

The Randolph Bowling

Center offers Halloween

Thunder Alley 8 p.m.-midnight

Oct. 27. There will

be a disc jockey, bowling

games, prizes and Spare

Time Grille specials. The

cost is $10 per person for

ages 17 and older, and $5

for ages 16 and younger,

plus $2 per game, which

includes shoes.

By Robert Goetz

Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph

Public Affairs



Medical staff: early detection key

In his proclamation announcing

October as National

Breast Cancer Awareness

Month, President Barack

Obama called early detection

one of the keys in the

fight against the deadly disease

that claims the lives of

tens of thousands of women

each year.

At Joint Base San Antonio-

Randolph, 359th Medical Group

health care professionals, in accordance

with the American

Cancer Society, stress the

importance of early detection

by encouraging yearly

mammograms for women

starting at age 40

and monthly breast

self-exams as early as

age 18. They also recommend

clinical breast

exams by a health care

professional at least every

three years for women in

their 20s and 30s and every

year for women 40 and older.

“It’s important to get a mammogram every

year and to do self-exams monthly,”

Senior Airman Leona Rodriguez, 59th Radiology

Squadron X-ray mammography

technician, said. “If you’re doing these

things, you have a lot more options if something

is discovered.”

Rodriguez, who handles about 200 mammograms

per month at Randolph, said the

clinic is observing National Breast Cancer

Awareness Month with an informational table

set up in the lobby.

In addition, mammography locations at

Randolph, San Antonio Military Medical Center

and Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center

will offer walk-in screenings 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Oct. 26 with no appointment required. Participation

is limited to patients at least 40 years

of age who also meet other criteria.

Annual mammograms and regular breast

“Obesity has been linked to an increase in

risk of breast cancer, so maintaining normal

weight, especially following menopause may

decrease a woman’s chance of developing

breast cancer.”

exams are important because they

can detect breast cancer before it

causes any symptoms – and before

it has time to spread.

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Brian York,

359th MDG chief of medical

staff, said annual wellness

visits with mammography

and screening for cervical

cancer with a Pap smear

are a TRICARE benefit.

“We strongly encourage

all beneficiaries to take

advantage of this benefit,” he


Although the Randolph clinic

recommends a baseline mammogram

at age 35 or 36 and annual screenings

starting at age 40 for patients at average risk

of developing a breast cancer, family history

and other factors may dictate screenings at

a younger age if a relative was diagnosed in

her 20s.

“There are patients with a higher risk of

cancer or whose concern for cancer may

prompt an earlier discussion with their health

care provider about the risks and benefits of

early screening for breast cancer,” York said.

“Breast cancer is a devastating disease for the

patient and the people who care for them.”

Family history is just one of breast cancer’s

risk factors, according to the American Cancer

Society. Others include gender, age, genetics,

personal history, race and ethnicity.

The disease is 100 times more common

among women than men, the risk of developing

breast cancer increases as people age

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Brian York

359th Medical Group chief of medical staff

and about 5 to 10 percent of cases

are believed to be hereditary, according

to the ACS. In addition,

white women are slightly more

likely to develop the disease than

African-American women, but African-American

women are more likely to die of breast


Although women whose close blood relatives

have breast cancer are at greater risk

of developing the disease, Rodriguez said

women without a family history should still

get a mammogram annually and do selfexams


“Just because you don‘t have women in

your family who have had breast cancer

doesn’t mean you won’t get it,” she said.

“Most women who get breast cancer do not

have a family history.”

The ACS estimates more than 85 percent of

women who get breast cancer do not have a

family history of the disease.

York said some lifestyle changes in patients

at average risk of developing breast cancer

“have been shown to limit their chance of developing

breast cancer.

“Brisk walking for 1.25 to 2.5 hours a day

was shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer

by 18 percent,” he said. “Obesity has been

linked to an increase in risk of breast cancer,

so maintaining normal weight, especially following

menopause may decrease a woman’s

chance of developing breast cancer.”

York also said alcohol intake is linked to

developing breast cancer.

“The risk appears to increase as you drink

more alcohol,” he said.

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