A publication of the 502nd Air Base Wing – Joint Base San Antonio
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH
66th Year • No. 42 • OCTOBER 19, 2012
JBSA-Randolph firefi ghters
host Fire Prevention Week
INSIDE ... ENERGY AWARENESS, P3 ... AFRS CHANGE OF COMMAND, P4 ... BREAST CANCER AWARENESS, P9
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
SERVICE BEFORE SELF
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
ON THE COVER
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
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
1150 5th Street East
Randolph AFB, Texas 78150
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OCTOBER 19, 2012 WINGSPREAD
CFC donors get informed, involved, inspired, invested
By Mike Joseph
Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
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
“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
“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
“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
“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,
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
• 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.”
• Association of the U.S. Army Luncheon – 11:30 a.m. Guest speaker
is Texas Military Preparedness Commissioner Arthur Emerson, Sam
Houston Community Center.
• 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.
• “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
• 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.
• 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.
• Air Force Association Combat Breakfast – 7 a.m. at JBSA-Randolph
Kendrick Club. Guest speaker is Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vautrinot, 24th Air
• 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.
• 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
• 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.
• 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
• 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
• 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
OCTOBER 19, 2012 WINGSPREAD
NOW SHOWING at the
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" (PG)
Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams
Today at 7 p.m.
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.
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
“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
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
“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.”
PAGE 6 WINGSPREAD OCTOBER 19, 2012
OCTOBER 19, 2012 WINGSPREAD
NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
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
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
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
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
902nd Contracting Squadron
Photo by Josh Rodriguez
902nd CONS secretary
San Antonio, Texas
Crafts, fishing and cooking
Raising my four kids (three girls and one boy) as
a single parent
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
“Adversity is another way to measure the greatness
of individuals. I never had a crisis that
didn’t make me stronger.”
People who chew their food loudly
“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
family housing areas
and hand out goody bags to
• 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
• 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
OCTOBER 19, 2012 WINGSPREAD
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,
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
donations will be accepted.
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
By Robert Goetz
Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph
SPORTS - HEALTH - FITNESS
NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
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
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
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
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
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
“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
“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.