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Newsphoto by Lt. Col. Ann Peru KnabeActive duty and Reserve Army Paratroopers from Fort Bragg, N.C., prepare to jump out of a 440th C-130 during a recent Joint Airborne/Air TransportabilityTraining exercise at the Sicily Drop Zone in December. The 440th’s 95th Airlift Squadron C-130 provided airlift for the JAATT exercise.440th recruiters ranked third in nationby Dennis MehringThe Air Force Reserve Commandmoved the 440 th Airlift Wingto Pope Air Force Base, N.C., inJune, but the unit was having an impacton North Carolina long beforethen.Reserve units primarily recruittheir members from the people wholive and work in the communitieswhere they are located. A Reserverecruiting flight was put together thatbegan working in December 2006.Nine men and women, all Air ForceNCOs, opened offices in NorthCarolina on Pope AFB, inFayetteville, Greensboro and Charlotteand also in Greenville, S.C.Recruiters start tracking their jobperformance on Oct. 1, the first dayon the federal government’s fiscalyear calendar; so the 440 th ’s recruitersstarted work three months aftereveryone else did.The performance of military recruitersis closely tracked, so beingrated 45 th out of 45 Reserve RecruitingOperating Locations did not makeanyone smile. They have reason tosmile now.When the recruiting numberswere added up in June, the NorthCarolina recruiters had gone from 45 th(dead last) in the nation to 5 th .When the numbers were addedup in October, the 440 th ’s recruitingstaff was No. 3 in the nation.Senior Master Sgt. Lonnie Taylor,the 440 th Recruiting flight chief,said the numbers were “a testamentthat we are the absolute best at whatwe do. Pope AFB is on the map andwe conducted nearly a clean sweepof the recruiting awards” for the lastfiscal year.The 440th’s recruiters finished 3rdof 45 operating locations by recruiting161.72 percent of their goal bybringing in 198 recruits even thoughthey started three months late andcould only recruit non-prior servicemembers. The 440 th Carolina Flight’sdramatic performance earned thestaff the Commander’s EmphasisGold Award.Master Sgt. Jo Ann Shaw, whohas an office in Greensboro and wasrecognized as the top recruiter, wasnamed a member of the CenturyClub, an award given to recruiterswho bring in more than 150 percentof their assigned goal.Senior Master Sgt. Lonnie Taylorwas awarded the Gold and SilverMedals as the Top Senior Recruiterand Sergeant Shaw earned the TopLine Recruiter award and was alsohonored for Outstanding Achievement.The Carolina Flight also earnedthe Gold level Recruit the RecruiterAward.A “Superior Achievement Award- Top 50” went to Tech. Sgt. CharlesAnderson, a Greenville, S.C., basedrecruiter.The Pope AFB Operating Locationwas also named the top OL inthe Carolina Flight and was also honoredfor recruiting excellence.The Combat Airlifter January 2008 Page 3


440th Partners with Reserve, Active DutyAirmen and Soldiers in Operation Toy DropBy Lt. Col. Ann Peru KnabeIt was a return to the past for Maj. GlennCollins, a C-130 pilot assigned to the 440 th AirliftWing at Pope Air Force Base, N.C.The Reservist who used to belong to the Armyspent his fair share of time jumping out of aircraftbefore becoming a pilot with the Air Force. Lastmonth he flew five missions in support of OperationToy Drop; 223 paratroopers jumped out whileMajor Collins flew over the Sicily Drop Zone onFort Bragg, N.C.But for Major Collins, Operation Toy Dropmeant more than joint Air Force – Army training.“This mission was particularly rewarding becauseit provided valuable training while servingthe greater military community during the holidays,”he said, explaining the charitable emphasison the collection of gifts in Operation Toy Drop.“We also performed international training with theIrish Army jumpmasters, which helped our U.S.troops earn their foreign jump wings.”Celebrating its 10th year, Operation Toy Dropis an international exercise that trains alliedjumpmasters to workwith U.S. active dutyand Reserve paratroopers.The soldiers’airlift is providedby activeduty and ReserveC-130 aircrews.Named after Sgt. 1 st Class Randy Oler, the founder ofthe original toy drop, the mission attracts internationaljumpmasters and U.S. soldiers eager to earn internationaljump wings. The majority of the event is run by Fort Bragg’sCivil Affairs and Psychological Operations unit. The airliftwas provided by the 2 nd Airlift Squadron and 95 th Airlift Squadron– Air Force Reserve.This year’s participants included jumpmasters fromCanada, Chile, Germany and Ireland.“It’s a meaningful exercise,” said Sgt. Kai Becker,a German airborne soldier participating in OperationToy Drop. “As a jumpmaster I get to giveAmerican soldiers wings after they jump, and it’sa wonderful way to meet other airborne soldiersPage 4 The Combat Airlifter January 2008


from around the world.”Sergeant Becker said the toy dropmade the event extra special. “Idonated a car for a young boy,”he said. “Maybe it will be theson of a deployed soldier whoreceives it.” The Germanjumpmaster described theweekend as an excitingbuildup to the jump.“First we (U.S.and international soldiers)donate a toyor two,” he explained.“Thenthe soldiersget a lottery number. The random number determineswhat chalk they will fly on the nextday, and what international jumpmaster theywill work with. The event is very festive.”By Saturday morning, hundreds ofparatroopers lined up at the Sicily DropZone. At timed intervals, the C-130slanded and the soldiers marched onto theaircraft with the engines still running.Within five minutes, the C-130s took offin the dust, and a short time later thesoldiers jumped from the C-130s ashundreds of families and friendswatched from the ground.Mission Commander Capt.Adam Shockley, a navigator with the43 rd Airlift Wing, monitored the C-130s from the Sicily Drop Zone.“Everyone wins in Operation Toy Drop,” he said,holding a radio to his ear as he watched soldiersjump from a C-130.“This is the first year the 440 th is a player, andwe’re seeing integration between the active dutyand Reserve, and learning from each other in theprocess. We’re also seeing the Army and Air Forcework together, and including the foreign jumpmasters.It’s really an amazing operation.”Operation Toy Drop veteran 18 th Airborne CorpsArmy Sgt. Major Kevin Quinn agreed.“By bringing all these people together, we areexchanging a lot of knowledge,” said the soldier. “Weshare practices, procedures and techniques for agood cause, and will be better prepared for NATOmissions and combined joint operations.”More than 1050 soldiers jumped this year, averagingabout 50 per plane.Sergeants Tom Fahrenholz and Christian Rhode,both German jumpmasters, pause for a moment asU.S. paratroopers board an Air Force Reserve C-130 during Operation Toy Drop. The exerciseincluded jumpmasters from Canada, Chile andIreland, and active duty and Reserve paratroopersand Airmen from the U.S. The 440 th Airlift Wing, AirForce Reserve, supported the combined jointexercise with C-130 airlift. More than 1,050paratroopers jumped during the exercise.photo by Senior Airman Susan ParentThe Combat Airlifter January 2008 Page 5


Page 6 The Combat Airlifter January 2008Total Force IntegrationSanta’s elves: Reserve and Guard flychildren to the ‘North Pole’ on Santalinerby Lt. Col. Ann KnabeAfter participating in “Operation Santaliner,”Staff Sgt. Robert Landeck told his wife he didn’tneed anything else for Christmas.“The joy of seeing the excitement and happinesson these children’s faces was more than I’veever wished for,” said the 440 th Airlift Wing flightengineer, referring to a special community relationsprogram for children with life-threatening illnesses.“They were thrilled to be heading to the‘North Pole’ to see Santa. You could just feel itand see it when you talked with them. It brings aphoto by Staff Sgt. Jeremy WilsonLt. Col. Andrew Krafft, 95th Airlift Squadron, helps a young Santa fan feel the magic of the season.whole new meaning to the holidays through theeyes of a child.”Lt. Col. Andrew Krafft and Senior Master Sgt.Daniel Hirn joined Sergeant Landeck on theSantaliner, a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the128 th Air Refueling Wing in Milwaukee. Guardsmentaxied around the runway as excited childrenwaited in the back of the aircraft to “land at theNorth Pole.”The children visited the flight deck, ate lunchand even “talked to Santa” on the radio. “Santa,”of course, was really Airmen working the commandpost radio less than a mile away.Once the children landed at the “North Pole,”they were greeted by Santa himself in a festivewinter wonderland.The “flight” to the North Pole has been takingplace for more than two decades. The nationalprogram includes 20 cities. Prior to moving to PopeAir Force Base, N.C., the 440 th offered its ownC-130 Hercules and Airmen to support the program.Wanting to keep the traditional alive, the three95 th Airlift Squadron aircrew members offered tohelp the 128 th .“Because of the severity of their illnesses, everychild has an escort,” said Colonel Krafft. “Thisway each of them gets special attention throughoutthe event.”Colonel Krafft said the experience was priceless.“I stayed with a young cancer patient whowanted to climb back in the boom area,” he explained.“He was amazed at the experience, andhis feelings of excitement and awe were contagious.”Sergeant Landeck said he talked with all thechildren and their families, but was most struck bya 6-year-old boy.“He wasn’t sure if he should believe in SantaClaus. But after our trip to the ‘North Pole,’ therewas no doubt in his mind Santa existed. He smiledthe whole flight; it was absolutely incredible.”All three Reservists agreed the experience isone of their best memories of 2007.“It’s a wonderful way to partner with theGuard to have an impact on our local community,”said Colonel Krafft. “None of use will ever forgetthe magic of Santaliner.”


2nd Airlift Squadronbrings proud historyto 440th Airlift WingTotal Force Integrationby Capt. Jim IvieThe 440th Airlift Wing will soonadd another squadron with a proudhistory when the 2nd Airlift Squadronjoins the wing in 2008. Currentlyan active duty C-130 flying squadronunder the 43rd Airlift Wing, the 2ndAS history goes all the way back to1935.The 2nd AS began as the 2ndTransport Squadron at OlmsteadField, Penn., on July 2, 1935. At thattime, its primary duty was transportingsupplies and personnel to all partsof North and South America usingthe Bellanca C-27 “Aircruiser”.Soon after the start of World WarII, the unit was transferred to StoutField, Ind., where it provided transitiontraining for new pilots in multienginecargo aircraft. In July 1942,the squadron moved again, this timeto Kellogg Field, Mich., and was designatedthe 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron.In October 1942, the 2nd AS wastransferred to Pope Field, N.C.,where it began flying the Douglas C-47 to provide air and ground trainingof airborne infantry and parachutetroops.On Feb. 17, 1943, the 2nd enteredthe fight overseas for the first timewhen it transferred to the China-Burma-India theater to serve underthe 10th Air Force. Here, the unitsupported the famed “Merrill’s Marauders”and the Mars Task Forcein the battle for Burma. It also supportedBritish forces in their battlefor Mandalay Island.After liberating Burma, the squadronreturned to India to fly suppliesto southern China over theHimalayas, a mission that becameknown as “Flying the Hump.”This proved to be one of the mostdangerous flying missions of WorldWar II due to poor weather, monsoonseasons and the high altitude of theflights over the mountains.After the end of World War II,the 2nd AS was moved to China onAug. 24, 1945, where it providedtransportation support to the ChineseArmy. The squadron finally returnedto the U.S. on Dec. 4, 1945, and wasdeactivated on Dec. 24, 1945.For its heroic efforts in World WarII, the 2nd AS received two PresidentialUnit Citations and three CampaignStars for Battle Participationwhile its personnel earned numerousDistinguished Flying Crosses, AirMedals, Bronze Star Medals, andSoldier’s Medals.Forty-seven years later, on June2, 1992, the unit was reactivated asthe 2nd Airlift Squadron under the23rd Fighter Wing. Under the newAir Combat Command, the squadrontook possession of 16 C-130E Herculestransports at Pope Air ForceBase, N.C. In the spring of 1997,the squadron joined the 43rd Airlift.poto by Lt. Col. Ann Peru KnabeCapt. Adam Shockley, a navigator with the 2nd Airlift Squadron, calls fromthe ground during a recent exercise involving the 440th and 43rd AirliftWings. Captain Shockley’s flying squadron will become part of the 440thAirlift Wing in 2008.Wing under reorganization to AirMobility Command.The 2nd AS has distinguished itselfin numerous multinational cooperativeefforts, humanitarian relief,combat, and combat support operationssuch as Provide Promise, ProvideHope, Desert Calm, VigilantWarrior, Joint Guardian, Joint Forge,Cooperative Key, Southern Watch,Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom andIraqi Freedom.In addition, the squadron has providedairlift support to the Presidentand Vice President of the UnitedStates.The squadron was recognized asthe “Best Overall Squadron” at theAirlift Rodeo ’94 competition andearned the “Best Aircrew” award atRodeo ’96.The 2nd AS also earned the AirForce Outstanding Unit Award forthe periods July 6, 1992, to July 5,1994; May 31, 1995, to Mar. 31, 1997;July 1, 1998, to June 30, 2000; Jun 1,2002 to May 31, 2004; and June 1,2004 to May 31, 2006.“The 2nd Airlift Squadron is goingto be a vital part of our wing operations,”said Col. Merle Hart, 440AW commander. “The Reserve andactive duty synergy will help maximizeour effectiveness in today’sTotal Force environment. It’s (theassociation) really a win-win situation,and a first of its kind in the AirForce.”The Combat Airlifter January 2008 Page 7


History and Heritage440th aircraft from World War II survivessix decades, links 95th AS to its rich pastby Lt. Col. Ann Peru KnabeAfter more than 60 years, a sturdy memberof the 440 th Troop Carrier Group was finally recognizedfor its service — literally.A French soldier on duty on a Bosnian airbase recognized an old C-47 aircraft – the exactairframe flown during World War II by the 440 thTCG. Further inspection of the plane’s original dataplate showed its roots belonged to the U.S. military.That set off a chain of events that led thetelephone ringing in Col. Merle D. Hart’s office.“This may seem like an extremely strangephone call,” said the voice on the other line toColonel Hart, commander of the 440 th Airlift Wing.“But I have some information you will probably bevery interested in.”Chris Buckner certainly did have some excitingnews to share with Colonel Hart. Mr.Buckner called to say a C-47 once belonging tothe 440 th TCG had been located in Bosnia. Turnsout the aircraft, named “SNAFU Special” had beenflown by Mr. Buckner’s father, Staff Sgt. JosephBuckner, a radio operator, during World War II.Originally assigned to the 95th Squadron, theC-47 had been shot up during supply drops inBastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. It wasalso flown during Operation Market Garden.The aircraft also dropped paratroopers aroundSt. Mare-Eglise on D-Day. After the war it flewwith the French Air Force, and was later sold to aBefore SelfAir Force file photoThe SNAFU Special, a C-47 used by the 95th Airlift Squadron in World War II, was recently discovered in Bosnia. The aircraft’s World War II crew wascomprised of Pilot 1st Lt. James P. Harper, Copilot 2nd Lt. Donald M. Smaltz, Radio Operator Staff Sgt. Joseph Buckner and Crew Chief Tech. Sgt. LayfetteNerren. The surviving son of Sergeant Buckner, Mr. Chris Buckner, was contacted by a museum curator from Merville, France, when the aircraft was“rediscovered” in Bosnia Herzegovina. The aircraft is being restored in France, and will be rededicated on June 7, 2008.Page 8 The Combat Airlifter January 2008


History and HeritageStaff Sgt. Joseph Buckner was the radio operatoron the SNAFU Special during World War II. Hisson was called when the aircraft was found inBosnia Herzogivina earlier his year.Czechoslovakian airline. The C-47 was finally retiredin 1994 and ended up on the base in Bosnia.Mr. Buckner told Colonel Hart the aircraft wasrecently discovered at a European Forces baseoutside of Sarajevo. The aircraft was still intact,but far from pristine.But the C-47 wasn’t out of danger. Duringthe Bosnian War, the aircraft was hit by machineguns to keep from being used. By happenstance,a French soldier saw the SNAFU Special andcalled a cease-fire so he could look at the aircraft.He found the original data plate that identified theC-47 by Army contract. Like its four crew members,the aircraft had “survived” more than 60years. Mr. Buckner told Colonel Hart he had foundout about the “SNAFU Special” in August whenhe was contacted by a museum in Merville,France.“A woman with very thick French accent introducedherself to me on the phone,” said theyounger Buckner. “At first I thought it was a scam.But then she asked me if I was the son of StaffSgt. Joseph R. Buckner of the 95 th Squadron, 440thTroop Carrier. At that point I knew she wasn’t afraud.”The woman then asked him if he ever heardof the SNAFU Special. It was the same aircrafthis father flew in World War II, and from that pointon he became personally involved in the aircraft’smove across Europe. Once museum curators identifiedthe C-47s tail number, 43-15073, as belongingto the 95th Squadron, 440th TCG, they wereeager to bring the aging aircraft to France.By coincidence, the site of the museum wasa German shore battery during World War II thatBritish paratroopers landed at to take out the gunsprior to the Normandy invasion. On Veterans Daythis year, the presidents of Bosnia and Herzegovinareleased the aircraft to France, contingent uponthem picking it up. By the end of November, ateam of French engineers had taken the plane apartand shipped it to the museum.Colonel Hart said the aircraft’s movement involveddiplomatic efforts and a group of committedhistorians. Mr. Buckner wrote letters to everyonehe knew trying to move the plane, includingrepresentatives, senators and a former ambassador.“The French’s interest in today’s 440th isextremely high,” Colonel Hart said. “They wereecstatic to find out the 440th is still in existence,and plan to rededicate the plane on June 7, 2008.”The emotions tied to the SNAFU Special affectmore than today’s Airmen.“It’s been a tremendous emotionalrollercoaster,” Mr. Buckner said. “Everyone tooktheir first deep breath in several months when wefound out the C-47 had crossed into France.”Although his father passed away severalyears ago, Mr. Buckner said he would have been“totally amazed and incredulous” to find out theSNAFU Special was still around.“According to flight logs, my father spentmore time on this plane than anyone,” Mr. Bucknersaid. “Like today’s patriots, my father had perseverance,dedication to duty and dedication to hiscountry. He was a manager from a hardware storewho wound up crossing the ocean, getting shot atand almost not making it back. That’s a lot like ourAirmen of today, hometown heroes doing the unthinkablewhen the unthinkable is needed.”Want to be part of theliving history of the440th? Join HRDC!The 440th Airlift Wing is undergoing an excitingtime of transformation. During the last year,we moved several hundred miles across the nationto a new home at Pope Air Force Base, N.C.Along with the physical move of equipment andaircraft came the move of our greatest asset --our people.Recruiting and retention continue to be criticalkeys to the wing’s success in the next fewyears. We have a record number of new Reservists,many who have never worn the uniform before.The senior leadership is placing great effortin reaching out to our new Airmen, while retainingthe “corporate knowledge” of seasoned veterans.Part of the wing’s strategic plan involves theintegration of input from Airmen from all levels.The Human Resource Development Council is thefocal point for ideas for improvements, the advancementof mission and individual excellence.The 440 th HRDC has created six subcommitteesgeared toward supporting airmen needs,making reserve participation easier & more efficient,ultimately improving overall wing effectiveness.The six subcommittees include• Recruiting and Retention• Heritage (Diversity and Wing History)• Cyber Squad (computer and related technologysolutions for Airmen• Airmen and Family Support• Awards and Decorations• An ad-hoc committee for different issues thatmay come upReservists are encouraged to attend themonthly HRDC meeting during the primary UTAat 1:30 p.m. on Sundays in the second floor conferenceroom of building 308.“Our best ideas come from the Airmen themselves,”said Col. Timothy Ward, 440th Airlift Wingvice commander. “If you have a complaint, HRDCis the place for you to voice your concern and bringin ideas for improvement. Together, we can allmake a difference. ”The HRDC focuses on identifying the mostcritical issues affecting our wing, and coming upwith the best solutions to resolve or minimize theseissues.The Combat Airlifter January 2008 Page 9


PeopleABC program offers Reserve Airmen fasttrack to bachelor’s degreeby Capt. Jim IvieA new program called the Air UniversityAssociate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative givesenlisted Airmen the ability to more easily earn theirbachelor’s degree through accredited universities.An agreement between the Community Collegeof the Air Force and dozens of colleges and universitieswill allow Airmen with their CCAF degreeto transfer a minimum of 60 credits fromCCAF toward their bachelor’s degree.“This is a wonderful avenue for Airmen toearn their bachelor’s degree,” said Tech. Sgt.Nisha White, education and training technician forthe 440th Airlift Wing education and training office.“I’m finding a lot of people already haveenough credits for their CCAF degree and theydon’t even know it, and with this program they arealready at least half way toward their bachelor’sdegree.”The 60 transferable credits are only a minimum.Many Airmen will have more than 60 creditsavailable to transfer and could be much closerto their bachelor’s degree than they realize, saidSergeant White.New schools are being added to the programall the time and there are several tuition assistanceoptions available, even for reservists. In addition,once Airmen sign up and transfer credits, the ABCprogram can be continued after separation or retirementfrom the military.Another advantage to the ABC program isthat it can all be managed online through the AirForce Portal and the Air Force Virtual EducationCenter. Airmen can explore degree programs, registerfor classes, apply for tuition assistance andtrack their progress toward their degree from theirhome computers. All classes are also offeredonline. “This is really a great program for our enlistedforce,” said Chief Master Sgt. Karen Brandt,440th AW chief of education and training. “It iseasy to find an accredited school to transfer yourcredits to and to get your degree from becauseCCAF has done all of the work for you.”Anyone interested in learning more about theABC program should visit the Air Force Portaland the Air Force Virtual Education Center or contactSergeant White at 910-394-4027 orNisha.White@pope.af.mil, or stop by the educationoffice in building 397, room 102. Sergeant Whiteis available anytime during the week or during UTAweekends.How is your report card?OPRs and EPRs determine your futureby Senior Master Sgt. Gerald GreenIn elementary school when the dreaded reportcard was due, your parents would ask, “Isthis report card going to be a good one?” Some ofus would cringe and say “I think so.” In the AirForce, there is a report card due on each of us,yearly for officers and every two years for theenlisted Airmen. Instead of dreading this reportcard we need to make sure the report is a properdocumentation of our performance in the Air Force.The OPR and EPR are mandated under AirForce Instruction 36-2406. The AFI states thesystem provides meaningful feedback to individualson what is expected of them, advice on howwell they are meeting those expectations, and adviceon how to better meet those expectations.They become the source to provide a reliable, longterm,cumulative record of performance and potentialbased on that performance. They provideofficer central selection boards, senior NCO evaluationboards, and other personnel managers thesound information to assist in identifying the bestPage 10 The Combat Airlifter January 2008qualified officers and enlisted personnel. Theevaluation system focuses on performance. Thisreflects the fact that how well the individual doeshis or her job, and the qualities the individual bringsto the job, are of paramount importance to the AirForce.Performance is most important for successfulmission accomplishment. It is also importantfor development of skills and leadership abilitiesand in determining who will be selected for advancementthrough assignments and promotions.The evaluation systems emphasize the importanceof performance in several ways—using periodicperformance feedback, as the basis for formalevaluation reports, and, for officers, through performance-basedpromotion recommendations.All Airmen need to take an active role intheir OPR/EPRs. They need to have a good reportcard. Everyone gets “a grade,” from thewing commander to the newest Airman assignedto the wing. If you are a NCO or an officer, youalso will be writing performance reports.The single most important tool for the raterand those getting rated is the feedback session.Clearly stated “feedback is the single most importantmeans for changing behavior.” This valuabletool should be used on a regular schedule bythe supervisor and the Airman taking the opportunityto review and change behavior with theirjob if necessary and reinforce good work performance.Recently I was asked if the EPR was reallythat important for the enlisted force. The perceptionwas that they cannot be that important dueto the fact that sometimes they are three or fourmonths late so maybe not that important. We knowthat the Air Force relies on the OPR/EPR systemto gauge the ability for personnel to perform theirduties. If you want a successful career in the AirForce Reserve it is up to you to make your performancereport a good one. That next promotion,that deserved award, and the satisfaction of contributingto the “Quality Air Force” will be the result!


PeopleMother, son enjoy benefits of Air ForceReserve while serving togetherphoto and story by Master Sgt. Kevin BrodyIf asked, what does the 440th Medical SquadronNCOIC have in common with biomedicalequipment technician; the answer would be theMcKnights.Master Sgt. Janet McKnight, a 15-year veteranwith the 440 th Medical Squadron, serves withher oldest son of three, Senior Airman BrandonMcKnight.During the summer between his junior andsenior year of high school, Airman McKnight joinedthe Air Force Reserve before attending basic militarytraining and his 11 month biomedical equipmenttechnician school at Sheppard Air ForceBase, Texas.Although more than a decade spanned betweentheir enlistments, both McKnights joined themilitary because each had a sense of patriotismand were looking for a way to earn a college degree.“Joining the Air Force was my way of sayingI was not going to attend the same university asmy father and follow in the foot steps of my foursisters,” said Sergeant McKnight, smiling. She explainedthat the Army was her son’s first choice todeclare his independence.The younger McKnight confirmed that he wasgoing to be different than his parents, but in theend he was glad he listened to their experience.Airman McKnight said working with hismother on base has been an interesting and uniqueexperience.“It’s not a nightmare like some people mightthink,” he said. The younger McKnight explainedhis mother was a little protective and mothering atfirst, but said it was also helpful to have all herexperience as a new Airman. He recalls that theAir Force was not totally new to him. As a youngboy, his mom would bring him to the base and hebecame familiar with the surroundings and peopleand this helped when he arrived on base in uniform.“For the first few years, it was challengingnot to address my ‘coworker’ as ‘mom,’” he said.Sergeant McKnight said she was pleased andrelieved to have her son in the military and at thesame base.“This keeps Brandon away from his mischievousways,” she said. “I really enjoy the opportunityto share work experiences with him.”Airman McKnight’s brothers have alsoshown interest in the military. Younger brother Robleaves Jan. 15 for active duty Air Force, and thebaby, Allen, is thinking about Reserve OfficerTraining Corps after finishing high school.As for Airman McKnight, his immediate goalis to complete his bachelor’s degree and earn anactive duty commission. He’d like to accomplishthis goal before “Master Sgt. Mom” retires fromthe military.photo by Master Sgt. Kevin BrodyMaster Sgt. Janet McKnight and her son, Senior Airman Brandon McKnight, both serve with the 440thMedical Squadron at Pope Air Force Base, N.C.The Combat Airlifter January 2008 Page 11


440th PROMOTIONSThe following Airmen have been promoted to therank indicated.MSgt. Gregory DzuraninTSgt. Scott A. JonesTSgt. Angela M. HarrisTSgt. Farrell L. HowardTSgt. Joshua J. MeisenhelderTSgt. Derrick J. RayTSgt. Barry R. SatterfieldTSgt. Faneita S. ScottSSgt. Matthew K. DodsonA1C Jaime R. DavisAmn Kristal J. BrownAmn Rajvir S. DhaliwalAmn Kenneth W. Malloy, Jr.QUOTABLE QUOTES“We all know being part of a military family isn’teasy. From frequent moves and unpredictable dutyschedules, to missed birthdays, anniversaries andholidays, we ask a lot of our families. Their willingnessto stand strong in the face of these demandsis vital to our success and inspires us toachieve greater things - to go the extra mile.”— Rodney J. McKinley, Chief Master Sergeantof the Air Force, from his Enlisted Perspective:Air Force Families http://www.af.mil/library/viewpoints/cmsaf.asp?id=352FROM THE SECRETARYIn the latest Letter to Airmen, the secretary of theAir Force focuses on how Air Force people andthe exchange of ideas are integral to the goals helaid out earlier this year.“Every day our Airmen hold themselves accountableto the highest standards of safety, quality, andprocedures. But when leadership communicatesthe Air Force goals to their people, our Airmen areenabled with the knowledge to perform their tasksand better support the Air Force mission.”Read the complete Letter to Airmen at http://www.af.mil/library/viewpoints/secaf.asp?id=355.FROM THE CMSAFIn his latest “Enlisted Perspective,” the Air Force’stop enlisted Airman comments on the new way torelease promotion results which will resolve severalissues with the current notification process.“The Air Force Personnel Center will now postthe promotion announcement and list directly tosecure and non-secure worldwide Web sites. Thisnew procedure ensures timely notification for everyone.”News & NotesTo view the complete Enlisted Perspective, visithttp://www.af.mil/library/viewpoints/cmsaf.asp?id=354.ROLL CALLRoll call is now available for subscription throughAir Force Link at http://www.af.mil/subscribe/.The last Roll Call for Airmen was about PersonalWeb Sites and Blogging.“When associating yourmilitary affiliation on a public Web site, rememberthat you represent the Air Force as ambassadorfor the United States and Air Force. Incarrying out this awesome responsibility, thelives of others and the security of our nationrest on your shoulders.”http://www.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-071120-044.pdfPORTRAITS IN COURAGEOver trouble spots or on the ground, today’s Airmendemonstrate their mettle in the face of danger— that’s the underlying message of the 2ndedition of the chief of staff’s Portraits in Courage.The 13 Airmen chosen for this edition represent asmall sampling of the tens of thousands of currentlydeployed Airmen who courageously fulfilltheir missions day after day in harm’s way.The link to the newest Portraits in Courage is availableon the Air Force Link home page atwww.af.mil.DEPLOYMENT GUIDESThe “Deployed Leader’s Guide to the AEF” providesdeployed leaders one place to overview themajor issues they face in the area of responsibility.The guide is for all deployed members fromtechnical sergeants to general officers.The DLG keys on knowledge areas to provide abasic foundation to everyone.These areas include rotation of Airmen, securityand force protection, base operating support, deployedorganizational structure, morale and discipline,resource management, operating in a Jointenvironment, sister services and host countryawareness.Used in conjunction with the Airman’s Manual, theguide ensures leaders are prepared to address themyriad of concerns they face in a deployed environment.Published by DAPS, 25,000 copies are currentlybeing sent to locations in the U.S. Central CommandAir Forces AOR and to bases in the Cycle 7AEF 1/2 target. Other bases will follow.For more information, read the Air Force PrintNews story at http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123075971.FORMAL TRAINING TO CENTRALIZEScheduling of all Air Force-directed formal trainingis being centralized at the Air Force PersonnelCenter. Formal training includes all Air Forcelevelsupplemental training (security, communications,electronics, etc.) and instruction at 7-level in-resident schools, as well as training at inresidentsenior NCO and NCO academies.Currently, Air Force scheduling for these coursesfalls to training offices located at each major command.By March 2008, those tasks will be centralizedat AFPC’s Directorate of Personnel Services.For more information, read the Air Force PrintNews story at http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123075399.AFIT DEGREE PROGRAM FOR 10ENLISTED AIRMENAir Force Institute of Technology officials are offering10 noncommissioned officers the opportunityto pursue an advanced science, engineeringor management degree at Wright-Patterson AirForce Base, Ohio.Airmen interested in applying for the 18-monthprogram must be at least a technical sergeant witha minimum of eight years time in service, 24 monthstime on station and three years retainability upongraduation.They must have completed the appropriate skilllevelupgrade and resident professional militaryeducation schooling for their rank. Applicants mustalso possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionallyaccredited college or university.Nominations are due to the Air Force PersonnelCenter at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, by Jan.15. Prospective students can review program requirementsand nomination procedures at http://www.afit.edu/en/Admissions/Default.cfm?l=enl.For more information, read the Air Force PrintNews story at http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123075843.AIR FORCE TO OPERATE WITH FEWERRESERVISTSThe fiscal 2008 Defense Appropriations Act fundsan end-strength of 67,500 reservists. Last year theprojected end strength was 74,900. The new legislationalso approves 9,999 full-time air reservetechnicians and 2,721 full-time Active Guard andReserve reservists.The defense bill provides DOD with nearly $460billion in discretionary funding and funds a 3.5-percent,across-the-board military pay raise for activeand reserve forces.For more information, read the Air Force PrintNews story at http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123075918.Page 12 The Combat Airlifter January 2008


News & NotesNew MEO chiefoffers open doorphoto by Tech. Sgt. Steve StaedlerCapt. Josh Ziebell, 440th Medical Squadron optomestrist, performs an eye exam on Senior AirmanStephen Young, a medical technician.Service before Self: Featured Citizen Airmanphoto by Lt. Col . Ann Peru KnabeSenior Airman Ruel Taylor has served threeyears in the 440th Airlift Wing. His hobbiesare family and football. He enjoys spendingfree time with his fiance, Destiny, andplaying with his two children, Sydney andJaden.The Combat Airlifter took a few minutesto chat with Senior Airman Ruel Taylor,an optometrist technician with the 440thMedical Squadron.Civilian occupations: Optometristtechnician and semipro football playerYears in football?More than 10. “I played in high school, Iplayed arena ball for a year, and now I playsemipro with the Elkhart Shamrocks.”Most Memorable Air Force Experience?“When I found out the 440 th was closing inMilwaukee. I seriously considered going tothe Navy, and one day Colonel Hart askedme what I was going to do with BRAC. Itold him I was thinking Navy, but whatimpressed me the most was that helistened, and didn’t try to talk me out of it.Instead he wished me luck in my decision,and told me there would always be an opendoor at the 440 th for me. From that point on,I knew the 440 th was family. The commanderdidn’t beg me to stay, and I felt hewas really interested in me doing what wasright for me. Ironically, that was the day Irealized I was going to stay with the wing.”photo by Lt. Col . Ann Peru KnabeCapt. Jessica Thomasec is the new militaryequal opportunity chief for the 440th Airlift Wingat Pope Air Force Base, N.C. In this capacity,she is responsible for improving mission effectivenessby promoting an environment free from personal,social, or institutional barriers that preventAir Force members from rising to the highest levelof responsibility.“My goal is simply 100 percent contact witheach member of the 440th,” said CaptainThomasec. “ All members must know who we areand where to go for help. We encourage militarymembers to try and resolve allegations of unlawfuldiscrimination or sexual harassment at the lowestlevel or within their chain of command.”The MEO chief said Airmen have several optionsavailable to assist them. They may lodge anMEO informal or formal complaint of unlawful discriminationor sexual harassment with the MEOoffice.Captain Thomasec’s previous assignments includemilitary personnel flight chief, Eglin Air ForceBase, Fla., protocol officer, executive officer andsquadron section commander, Edwards AFB, Calif.In addition, she deployed to Djibouti and DiegoGarcia. She is a graduate of the University of NorthCarolina at Pembroke.The MEO office is located in building 397rooms 316, 317, 318, 319.The Combat Airlifter January 2008 Page 13


photo by Master Sgt. Bill KnightThe Power of OneDo you know anyone who might be a goodfit for the Reserve? Do you have friends orcolleagues who want to be part of a winningteam? The 440th Airlift Wing is looking forprofessionals to serve in the Air Force Reservein the following critical areas:440th Airlift Wing374 Maynard St. Suite 301Pope AFB, NC 28308-2409photo by Master Sgt. BillPRESORTEDFIRST-CLASS MAILU.S. POSTAGE PAIDMilwaukee, WIPermit No. 1885- Aerospace Maintenance- Aircraft Loadmasters- Flight Engineers- First Sergeants- Security Forces SpecialistsRefer qualified professionals through the Get1 Program. Recommendations are recognizedthrough the commemorative coin program.To the family of:For more information, call 1-877-786-2372or visit www.Get1now.usPage 14 The Combat Airlifter January 2008

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