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Combat Airlifter - 440th Airlift Wing

Combat Airlifter440th Airlift Wing, Pope AFB, N.C. “Vincit qui primum gerit” June 2008 Volume 2, No. 4


TheCombat AirlifterVolume 2, No. 4June 2008Wing CommanderCol. Merle D. HartDirector, Public AffairsDennis J. MehringWing Chief, Public AffairsLt. Col. Ann Peru KnabePublic Affairs StaffCapt. Jim IvieCapt. Lt. Jeff SchoenMaster Sgt. Kevin BrodyTech. Sgt. Steve StaedlerStaff Sgt. Erica NeubauerMultiMedia StaffTech. Sgt. Cynthia AidooSenior Airman Susan ParentSenior Airman Jacqueline PenderOffice of Public Affairs440th Airlift Wing374 Maynard St. Suite 301Pope AFB, NC 28308-2409Phone: 910.394.5455FAX: 910.394.5459http://440aw.afrc.af.milThis funded Air Force newspaperis an authorized publication formembers of the U.S. military andtheir families. Contents of theCombat Airlifter are notnecessarily the official view of, orendorsed by, the U.S. government,Department of Defense orDepartment of the Air Force.Content is compiled, originated anddeveloped by the Public Affairsstaff of the 440th Airlift Wing, AirForce Reserve Command. Allphotos are Air Force photosunless otherwise indicated in thephoto byline.On the cover:Senior Master Sgt. Bill Westling,95th Airlift Squadron flightengineer, is the last of the hybridsfeatured on the Combat Airliftercover. The hybrids were theoriginal wing members who movedto Pope Air Force Base, N.C.photo by Master Sgt. Kevin BrodyBy Col. Jon Thorell440 th Airlift Wing Vice CommanderThis year is proving to be a busy time for the wing.Our long-lasting lineage of excellence and reputationfor success depends on all our Airmen embracing threestrategic areas: ReserveNet, AFSO21 and ORI preparation.ReserveNetReserveNet is a comprehensive web-based managementsystem that allows Reservists to log in from anyinternet connection in the world. The amount of informationthat could be available on ReserveNet is nearlyunlimited. Current uses include tracking of trainingcompletion, broadcast emails to home and base accounts,medical qualification data and tracking of annualtour requests. In addition, the system pulls allinspection checklists into one program. With the managementcontrol toolset, units can complete virtual unitcompliance inspections. But this is just the tip of theiceberg – official military uses of ReserveNet are limitedonly to the imagination.Wing leadership expects ReserveNet to help Airmencomplete computer-based training prior to UTAs fromtheir homes. Through ReserveNet, Airmen will be ableto use Reserve management periods under thetelecommute option and complete required training forpay. ReserveNet relies on centralized control and decentralizedexecution anywhere, anytime. This meansmanagement (the controllers) can place informationonline, and Reservists can access the information theyneed from their homes. The system is fully supportedby 22 nd Air Force and Air Force Reserve Command.ReserveNet training sessions are offered every UTA.AFSO21 – Air Force Smart Operationsfor the 21 st CenturyLike ReserveNet, AFSO21 also presents the 440 th withgreat opportunities to save time and money. AFSO21stands for Air Force Smart Operations for the 21 stCentury. The purpose of AFSO21 is to generate efficienciesto improve combat capability. AFSO21 requirescommander involvement, participation, and leadershipat all levels.Command Perspective440th moves toward dynamicfuture with three key programsphoto by Tech. Sgt. Steve StaedlerCol. Jon Thorell, 440th Vice CommanderThe emphasis here is on leadership. Commanders andfrontline supervisors best understand the processes thatare needed to effectively operate their units and theyknow where the greatest potential improvement in combatcapability and return on investment can come from.It is the commanders’ and leaders’ role to remove barriersfor our Airmen in getting the job done effectively andefficiently. Our Airmen need to let leadership know whatthese barriers are.AFSO21 needs to be tied to measurable results. Improvementscan come in many fashions - quality, cost,manpower, and equipment availability, to name just afew. The bottom line is that we need to understand whatit is that we desire from any given AFSO21 effort andthen be able to measure and assess the results.As Reservists, we have 12 weekends a year to completemost of our work. It’s critical we maximize our UTAswith minimal space, time and money costs, and AFSO21will help us reach goals under these constraints. If yousee an area where the wing can save time, money orefficiency, let your voice be heard. AFSO21 initiativesspan across the Air Force.~ continued on page 3Page 2 The Combat Airlifter June 2008


Command Perspective~ continued from page 2ORI - Operational ReadinessInspectionThe last key to our success is preparationfor the 2010 Operational ReadinessInspection. The ORI will test our skills,and validate our ability to fight and win.In the next 18 months we can expect tosee increased emphasis on exercises,training and deployment preparations.Training will take place a home stationand Volk Field, Wis. If you are tasked toparticipate in ORI preparations or trainingor asked to serve on an exercise evaluationteam, you need to give it your besteffort. In the months to come, we willbe practicing our ability to survive andoperate (ATSO), undergoing staff assistancevisits from higher headquarters,deployment training and an operationalreadiness exercise.Education critical part of Air Force cultureby Maj. Betsy SchoellerLogistics Readiness Squadron CommanderEvery Airman knows from the moment they enterthe Air Force that education is an importantpart of the Air Force culture. We have to taketests to discover if we are even eligible to enterthe Air Force. Those test scores help determinewhich jobs we can choose. The first real thing wedo as Air Force members is go to basic training,and then job skill training at technical school.We just barely get going on the job, and then weneed to work on career development courses andprofessional military education. We annotate trainingrecords every UTA weekend in order to documentthe training and proficiency we attain. If wedecide to change jobs, someone checks to see ifour test scores are high enough, and if they are,then it’s back to technical school. Any civilianeducation we get is noted on our military recordsand helps us at promotion time. Our emphasison education helps keep us flexible, helps us thinkunder pressure and adapt to a changing Air Forceenvironment.The inscription on the Eagle and Fledglings statueat the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado remindsus that “Man’s flight through life is sustainedby the power of his knowledge.”The Air Force understands the importance of lifelonglearning. Knowledge isn’t something you getone time and have forever. Knowledge is somethingthat must be pursued continually and consistently.We are lucky to have leaders who support thisphilosophy. Each year the Air Force Chief ofStaff publishes a reading list to help us focus onan area of study and guide us to some of the bestexamples of reading in these areas.Air Force General Ronald Fogleman (a formerCSAF) created the CSAF Professional ReadingProgram in 1996 to develop a common frame ofreference among Air Force officers, enlisted, andcivilians to help each of us become better, moreeffective advocates of air and space power. GeneralJohn Jumper and now General T. Michaelphoto by Master Sgt. Kevin Brody440th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Merle D. Hart promotes Col. Jon Thorell, the 440th’s vice commander, to hiscurrent rank on the April UTA.Moseley have wholeheartedly embraced and continuedthe Professional Reading Program.The Professional Reading Program is accessiblethrough the Air Force Portal (https://www.my.af.mil/faf/FAF/fafHome.jsp). Many ofthe books on the list are available through locallibraries for no cost. Most of us don’t have hoursand hours of time to devote to another set ofreadings. Try setting aside just 15 minutes everyday to read for professional development.As General Moseley says, “Developing Airmenremains one of my key priorities. Victory —whether on the front lines of today’s long war orin the air, space and cyberspace surroundingtomorrow’s foes — will be determined in largepart by the expertise of our Airmen. Lifelong educationis a crucial part of being a professionalwarrior and professional reading enhances ourwarrior ethos. There is no room in our Air Forcefor anyone too busy to expand his or her horizons.”The Combat Airlifter June 2008 Page 3


LeadershipAll-StarVisitorLt. Gen. John A. Bradley, chief of Air ForceReserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force,Washington D.C., and commander, AirForce Reserve Command, Robins AirForce Base, Ga., spent a day visiting withAirmen from the 440th Airlift Wing on April7. During General Bradley’s visit, theAFRC chief received an update on howthe wing is adapting to its new home atPope Air Force Base, N.C.He talked with Airmen such as SeniorMaster Sgt. Candice Chesley, 440thMedical Squadron, about the challengesand opportunities facing the wing in thenext decade. General Bradley retires inJune.Lt. Gen. John A. Bradley, commander ofAir Force Reserve Command, is one ofthe first Airmen to receive a certificate from440th Airlift Wing Commander Col. MerleD. Hart naming him an “Honorary CombatAirlifter.” General Bradley was assignedaircraft No. 4401.The general is a command pilot with morethan 7,000 flying hours in the T-38, A-37,A-10, F-4 and F-16. As a fighter pilot,General Bradley flew 337 combat missionsin Vietnam. He has commanded afighter training squadron, fighter group,fighter wing and numbered air force.photos by Master Sgt. Kevin BrodyPage 4 The Combat Airlifter June 2008


LeadershipChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffvisits with 440th Airlift Wing Reservistsby 2nd Lt. Chris Hoyler43rd Airlift Wing Public AffairsAdm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefsof Staff, visited Pope Air Force Base, N.C. onMarch 31. While at Pope, he toured Pope’s GreenRamp, visiting with warfighters from many ofPope’s squadrons.He met with an aeromedical evacuation crew fromthe 43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron; a C-130 Hercules crew from the 2nd Airlift Squadron;crew chiefs from the 43rd and 440th MaintenanceSquadrons; convoy Airmen from the 43rdLogistics Readiness Squadron; and special tacticsAirmen from the 14th Air Support OperationsSquadron, 342nd Training Squadron and18th Weather Squadron.In addition, he watched a military working dogdemo and a sniper presentation from the 43rdSecurity Forces Squadron, a 60K loader presentationfrom the 3rd Aerial Port Squadron and adisplay by a 95th Airlift Squadron C-130 crew ofan aircraft configured to accept cargo.Admiral Mullen also spent more than an hourspeaking with Pope Airmen and Fort Bragg Soldiersat the Pope theatre, addressing a wide rangeof questions on topics including concerns overdeployment lengths and the future care for thosewounded in action.“What goes on at your level is an important partof what I bring back to the president,” AdmiralMullen said.After a brief opening statement, the admiralopened up the floor to questions from the audience,which consisted of Soldiers and Airmen E-6 and below.An audience member asked how the admiral plansto work with future budgets in light of a possiblerecession of the American economy.photo by Lt. Col . Ann Peru Knabe“All of us need to focus on responsible use ofU.S. taxpayer dollars,” the admiral said. He drewon his experience as chief of Naval Operations,when he said he spent 60 to 70 percent of hisresources on people. “We have to have the rightamount,” he said. “Obviously we can’t afford morethan we need.”“For the time we live in, this is very unprecedented,”Admiral Mullen said. “This is the mostdangerous time since I have been in. We need abudget to reflect the challenges we face.”Tech. Sgt. Angela Harris, from the 440th AirliftWing command post, asked the admiral about howhis mission may change in light of the Novemberpresidential election. The admiral said he will continueto carry out the mission presented to him,but that he expects the focus in Iraq and Afghanistanto continue. “I was very satisfied with hisresponse,” Sergeant Harris said. “He is concernedabout us and it showed.”So Long “Buzz”440th Airlift Wing Operations Groupcommander, Col. Brett J. Clark, departedthe wing on May 28 and headed to his newassignment as the wing commander forthe 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell Air ForceBase, Ala.Colonel Clark said he is proudest of hisunit’s work in helping establish the firstactive associate C-130 wing in Air ForceReserve Command.“This new wing is the Air Force’s latestinnovation to advance and improve C-130mission effectiveness through creativeforce integration,” said the colonel. “The440th Airlift Wing is quickly establishingitself as a benchmark C-130 unit and themodel to emulate within AFRC.”The Combat Airlifter June 2008 Page 5


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Tailgating at Popephotos by Tech. Sgt. Cynthia AidooRamp fills up as 11 of 16 aircraft now assigned at Pope;440th moves closer to full associationby Capt. Jim IvieThe 440th Airlift Wing continues to move closerto its final goal of a full active association unit,with reservists and active duty personnel workingside by side under the 440 th command structure.The wing now has 11 of its 16 assigned C-130’s at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., with theadditional five due to arrive as soon as the winghas the active and Reserve personnel on board tomaintain and fly the aircraft.Currently, the five outstanding aircraft are on loanto Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Pa., Minneapolis-St.Paul ARS, Minn., and Maxwell AFB,Ala. Col. Willie Cooper, 440th MaintenanceGroup commander, reviews the status of the activeassociation every quarter and will make thedetermination when the wing is ready to bring inits additional aircraft.“I am personally excited because this is a newthing for the Air Force. This is the true utilizationof total force,” said Colonel Cooper. “When all16 aircraft are on the ramp it means that we havemade the active association complete and we arenow free to do what we do best – get our aircraftready to fly.”The 440 th was an eight aircraft unit in Milwaukeeand in the span of only one year, will double itsinventory to 16 C-130 H models. According toCol. Brett Clark, 440 th Operations Group commander,that doubling will result in more thandouble mission capability. “Not only are we goingfrom eight to 16 aircraft, but we have increasedour crews dramatically and our number of crewsper aircraft will be at an all time high,” said ColonelClark. “And with the active association someof our crews will be available 24 hours, so ourutilization rate will be much higher. The C-130mission sets are going to be options to be executedthrough the 440th.” The process of bringingthe active duty personnel under the 440 th is aphased association that is taking place as the 43 rdAirlift Wing active duty mission draws down andthe 440 th mission stands up, explained ColonelCooper. Right now, the 43 rd ’s E model C-130’sstill have a mission to perform and the remainingtransition process will occur over the next fewmonths, with the completion to occur no laterthan October 2008. According to Colonel Cooper,other units around the Air Force are closelywatching the 440 th ’s transition since several ofthem are also poised to transition to active associationstatus. The 440 th is the first reserve unitin the Air Force to have an active association.“I am in constant contact with the other maintenancegroup commanders about what we havelearned, because some of them will be as close assix months behind us to make the same transition,”he said. “The full transition of the associationis what we are all looking forward to, andwhen we are there, then I can make the call tobring in the remainder of our aircraft.”The Combat Airlifter June 2008 Page 7


MissionGearingTech. Sgt. Matt Davis and Staff Sgt. Matt Dodson, 440th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, walkthe wing performing a post dock inspection on a C-130 aircraft.UpAction on the 440th Airlift Wing’sflightline at Pope Air Force Base, N.C.,is heating up as more C-130 aircraftare arriving. Photographers MasterSgt. Kevin Brody and Tech. Sgt.Cynthia Aidoo recently spent a morningon the flightline capturing what ittakes to launch and receive aircraft.Master Sgt. Richard Bobber, 440th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron - Electro-Environmental,prepares equipment to run a hot purging liquid oxygen system on a C-130 aircraft.Page 8 The Combat Airlifter June 2008


MissionStaff Sgt. Stephen Talbert, 440th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, finalizes paperwork in preparation for a C-130 departure.The Combat Airlifter June 2008 Page 9


y Lt. Col. Ann Peru KnabeFeature440 th medic uses educational benefits topursue dream as master musicianTech. Sgt. James DeFilippo, a medicaltechnician with the 440 th AirliftWing, spent years working as a substituteteacher. But his heart alwayswent back to music.“I took music lessons in 2 nd and 3 rdgrade,” he said. “And I spent a yearlearning the organ in 8 th grade. Otherthan that, I was just the kind of kidwho picked up music whenever Ihad a chance.”The reservist’s sister played pianoat home, and Sergeant DeFilipposaid he “doodled” on the piano inhis free time, experimenting withdifferent rhythms and chords.When serving on active duty AirForce as a refueler, he joined a bandat Kunsan Air Base, Korea, playingkeyboard on the weekends. After sixyears, he joined the Air Force Reserve.As a reservist living in Wisconsin,he’s been able to fuel hispassion playing in local garage bands.photo by Tech. Sgt. Steve StaedlerTech. Sgt. James DeFilippo, 440th Medical Squadron, plays a tune at the club on Pope Air Force Base, N.C.opportunity to develop my passion– music.”Sergeant DeFilippo is now going toschool full-time for a 2-year degreeThe Reservist said in some wayscomposing music is simple.“Composition is based on an eightmeasure piece,” he explained. “Mostsharing his passion for music withyoung people.”The Reservist took advantage of theREAP (1607) educational benefit“Most of all, I love just jammin’”It wasn’t until he returned from a90-day activation that he realizedhe could formally cultivate his musicalinterests using the GI Bill.“I had been activated and served inGermany,” he said. “And when I gotback, I was told I told I had educationalbenefits. The timing was perfect,and I took advantage of thein music operations. He’s takingcourses in music theory, instruments,harmony and ensemble. He continuesto compose music as a hobby.“Most of all, I love just jammin’ withmy classmates,” he said. “We’regraded on participation, so it’s partof course requirements.”people are already familiar with themajor chords in music, and the minorsare the ones that sound sad.And I develop themes around thesedifferent chords.”Once he finishes his degree, SergeantDeFilippo plans to go back to teachingin Milwaukee public schools,through the Veterans Administration.The program benefits reservistswho have served 90 days ormore in support of a contingency.He has also been able to use theWisconsin GI Bill. For more informationon educational benefits forreservists, contact the 440 th educationoffice at 910-394-4000.The Combat Airlifter June 2008 Page 11


FeatureStill serving ... clipped wings and allDespite being “retired,” 440th C-130 continues to serve in GWOTby Lt. Col. Ann Peru KnabeHave you ever thought about what happens toan aircraft when it “retires?”440th Reservists often see Airmen retire, but seldomthink about the retirement of the C-130sthey flew.Aircraft #560496, a C-130A model, was replacedwith a C-130H in 1989 when the 440th receivedits new fleet of modern aircraft.A workhorse in the military world, aircraft #496wasn’t destined for the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Instead, the C-130 “lives” a rich legacy, and is still serving theArmy and Air Force today at the U.S. ArmyYuma Proving Ground in Yuma , Ariz.“The aircraft came off the line at Lockheed in1957,” said Mark Heflin, the current caretakerof the C-130. “When the aircraft arrived at itsfirst duty station of Ardmore AFB, Okla., inlate 1957 it was one of the newest aircraft inTactical Airlift Command and was selected asa ‘camera ship’ for filming of a movie called‘The Hunters.’”In 1959, #496 was transferred to Sewart AFB,Tenn. From 1962-1970 the C-130 was assignedto the 817th Tactical Airlift Squadron at NahaAir Base, Okinawa. The “bird” flew multiplemissions in Vietnam. In 1971, the aircraft wasreturned to the U.S. and the 374th Tactical AirliftWing was disbanded, so the aircraft was given tothe Air Force Reserve. Aircraft #496 remainedwith the 440th Airlift Wing from Sept. 1971through August 1989.But the aircraft didn’t die when it “retired” fromthe 95th Airlift Squadron in Milwaukee .“A whole batch of A-models were getting turnedin, and the Air Force offered them up to the U.S.Forest service to fight fires,” said Mr. Heflin,who serves as the operations officer for the AirborneTest Force at the Yuma Proving Grounds.“The Forest Service took the planes, but didn’thave a budget to operate them. So the C-130swere sold to industry under a certification thatPage 12 The Combat Airlifter June 2008


Featurerestricted them to flying solely for the US government.”Some companies converted them to firefightertankers. The C-130 with the tail # 560496 initiallywas sent to Wyoming to be transformedinto a fire tanker, but the conversion never tookplace. Eventually, #496 was sold to InternationalAir Response and the plan once again was toconvert it to a fire tanker. However, for a varietyof reasons the conversion didn’t take place andthe aircraft sat deteriorating on an airfield in California.IAR determined in 2006 that it would notbe economically feasible to return the aircraft toflying condition and began using it for “parts”.The Airborne Test Force at Yuma purchased theC-130 in 2007 to help with its testing and trainingmission.“The Guard and Reserve are notorious for takingreally good care of aircraft,” said Mr. Heflin.“Aircraft #496 was no exception. The 440th dida great job preserving and caring for this aircraftwhen it was in their possession. It was the perfectC-130 for us to test and train with.”The Airborne Test Force requires the use of aircraftduring the very early stages of prototypeprograms to conduct fit and functionality testsof new aerial delivery components, equipmentand systems. The developmental testing directlybenefits the ATF’s Department of Defense customersas jumpers and dispatch crews performpretest rehearsals and complicated airborne testoperations.fits on a ‘Herc,’ it will most likely go on any AirMobility Command cargo aircraft. So we wantedto have a fuselage (not necessarily a flyable plane)to perform loading tests on. We also want to dofit and function to ensure it fits on a plane. Forexample, the power source and cable routing mustbe able to interface with aircraft in the field.Mr. Heflin traced the history on tail # 560496through the Air University at Maxwell AFB, Ala.,and tracked down the life cycle of airplane. He’sproud to say #496 is still active in the Global Waron Terror.The dimensions of A and J model are same, floorstrength the same, ramp angle the same. “Theonly difference in the backend is the rollers onthe J model flip over and are a little bit lower,” hesaid. “But the interface is the same and doesn’taffect vehicles, so we are still actively testingnew equipment for the war.”The Enhanced Combat Vehicle (ECV), an updatedHUMVEE, was tested on # 496 in March, andwhen eventually fielded will be heading towardthe AOR.The Yuma unit intends on using the 440th’s retiredaircraft to test a wireless gate release mechanism,designed to drop container delivery systemswithout using the aircraft’s winch, pulleysand knives.“When the system’s ‘green light’ goes on, it willelectronically activate the gate,” said Mr. Heflin.“If it makes it through our static testing processon the C-130, it will most likely transition to livetesting and if successful be implemented andfielded to reduce the potential of malfunction.”Mr. Heflin said the 440th should be proud itsbird is still serving its citizen Airmen. “This C-130 (#496) is an amazing thing - the Army ismoving toward future combat systems - and westill have one of the oldest C-130s still on activeduty, now paving the way to the future.”Mr. Heflin is looking for Airmen who flew #496while assigned to the 440th AW under the 95thAirlift Squadron. He is hoping to identify noteworthymissions or photos depicting the aircraftduring its prime airdropping days.“Bringing her (#496) here is labor of love,” hesaid. “We want to honor the rich legacy of thisparticular aircraft that continues to serve.”Reservists and retired 440th members who flewAircraft #56496 from 1972-1989 may contacthim at Mark.Heflin@us.army.milThe 440th’s former aircraft has full electrical andhydraulic power in the cargo compartment, providinglights, auxiliary power for a winch and afunctional cargo ramp. The test force also installeda cargo handling system. All of these featuresenhance developmental testing of new combatvehicles, combat systems (ranging from artilleryto mobile fuel and water transportation systems)to the development of new aerial delivery systemsand parachutes.“Whenever we test new vehicles, we see if theycan be air-transported,” said Mr. Heflin. “If itphotos submittedMark Heflin, operations officer for the Airborne Test Force at the Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz.,tests the loading capabilities of Aircraft #496. The C-130 once belonged to the 440th Airlift Wing,and is now “retired” from its flying missions.The Combat Airlifter June 2008 Page 13


Employer SupportEmployer Support of the Guard andReserve offers ways to thank employersby Lt. Col. Ann Peru KnabeSenior Master Sgt. Kenny Schuetz, 440 th MaintenanceSquadron, knew he had a “terrific” civilianemployer. The Reservist with almost threedecades of military service said Harley-DavidsonMotor Company worked with him to ensure hecould easily fulfill obligations during deploymentsand Reserve weekends. So the Wisconsin Reservistnominated his boss for Employer Support ofthe Guard and Reserve’s “My Boss is a Patriot”certificate. He wrote a short nomination detailingHarley-Davidson’s benefits and support programsfor Reserve component members, but the maintainernever dreamed his employer would earnESGR’s highest honor, the Freedom Award.“Harley-Davidson supported me by making upthe difference between my military pay and 100percent of my straight time hourly rate,” saidSergeant Schuetz, who was activated for morethan two years in support of Operations IraqiFreedom and Enduring Freedom.“They supplied my family with the same medical,dental, and vision coverage,” he said.Harley-Davidson garnered support for its employeesfor Airmen serving overseas.“The manufacturing plants held collections ofitems for all servicemembers deployed overseas,”explained Sergeant Schuetz.The propulsion flight chief said all Reservistscan nominate their civilian employers for “MyBoss is a Patriot” certificates. “It’s simple … allyou need to do is enter company data online atthe ESGR website (http://www.esgr.org/forms.asp?p=patriot),” he said.photo by Tech. Sgt. Pat KuminezHarley-Davidson Motor Company held a Statement of Support signing ceremony with 440th Airmen, symbolically showing its support for the troops.Page 14 The Combat Airlifter June 2008


Employer SupportHe also encourages Reservists to get their companiesto sign an ESGR Statement of Support.Statement of Supports are not legal documents –instead they are symbolic commitments signedby companies publicly stating support of theirReserve component employees.Sergeant Schuetz said Harley-Davidson employsmore than 90 servicemembers in the company.“They have been simply terrific,” he said. “Lastyear Harley-Davidson started the Harley’s Heroesprogram which supports the disabled veterans,Mobil Service Office.” The program, fundedby a $1 million dollar pledge from the Harley-Davidson Foundation, made stops through theU.S. to provide benefits assistance to veterans ofall ages in communities where they lived. Harley-Davidson dealers wee invited to host the Harley-Heroes events through the year. They also sponsorthe annual Rolling Thunder ride to WashingtonDC every Memorial Day to the Vietnam VeteransWall.While Harley-Davidson qualifies as a “large” companyunder ESGR’s award criteria, smaller firmscan also net national awards.“It all starts with taking the time to fill out anomination,” said Sergeant Schuetz. “If you wantto qualify for higher level awards, you need to bespecific and clear in your writing, and use concreteexamples to prove your points.”Sergeant Schuetz said Employer Day events andbosslifts are excellent tools to inform employersabout the Reserve mission.“We have an Employer Day and flight coming upin September,” he said. “And now is the time tonominate your boss or human resource staff members.”Sergeant Schuetz plans to retire from the 440 thAirlift Wing in August, but will continue to volunteerwith the Wisconsin Committee for ESGR.Nominate YOUR boss for440th Employer DayThe 440th Airlift Wing is hosting its annual Employer Day on Saturdayof the September UTA. The educational day allows your boss, CEO, presidentor human resources manager to see what happens in the Air ForceReserve at Pope Air Force Base. The day includes a welcome from thecommander, base tour, informational briefings, lunch and a C-130 orientationflight (subject to operational considerations). Nominated employers willreceive a written invitation and reporting instructions for this exciting day.To nominate your boss, fill out this form and return no later than July 13,2008, to Dennis Mehring, 440 AW/PA, 374 Maynard St. Suite 301Pope AFB, NC 28308-2409.Nominations may also be emailed to Mr. Mehring atDennis.Mehring@pope.af.milReservist’s Name and Rank_________________________________Reservist’s Unit and civilian phone ____________________________Reservist’s civilian email ___________________________________Employer’s Name (Supervisor, etc) __________________________Supervisor’s Email _______________________________________Supervisor’s Phone ______________________________________Supervisor’s AddressCompany______________________________________________Street Address __________________________________________Address 2 _____________________________________________City, State, Zip __________________________________________Total employees at company________ Total Reservists at company ___* 440th Airlift Wing Employer Day flights are limited to Reservists’ civilian employers. Familymembers are not allowed to participate in the flight. The flight is subject to cancellation.Employers are responsible for transportation to Pope AFB. The event is FREE for qualifiedemployers. For more information, contact Dennis.Mehring@pope.af.milThe Combat Airlifter June 2008 Page 15


Page 16 The Combat Airlifter June 2008History and Heritage


History and HeritageLegacies toRememberDuring the twilight months that brought World War II to an end, the 440th, then the 440th Troop Carrier GroupIX Troop Carrier Command, not only made history but recorded an illustrated narrative of the activities of theunit during the hostilities in Europe from D-Day - June 6, 1944, until VE Day “Victory in Europe.” The book DZEurope included facts, data and photographs to salute the courage and duty of those who wrote the book withtheir deeds and to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. A copy of the book was given to eachmember of the 440th Troop Carrier Wing. Master Sgt. Mark Aragon, 440th Airlift Wing historian, summarizedseveral stories from DZ Europe for this month’s Combat Airlifter. These are the first three in a series.Jeanne d’ArcIt was in Orleans, France, in 1945, that the warriorsof the 440 th Troop Carrier Group found anunexpected opportunity to pay homage toFrance’s most cherished warrior, Jeanne d’Arc.Jeanne d’Arc was a 15th century saint and a nationalheroine of France. She led the French armyto several important victories and led king CharlesVII to his coronation. She was captured by theEnglish and tried by an ecclesiastical court, subsequentlyconvicted of heresy and was burned atthe stake by the English when she was 19 yearsold. Twenty-four years later, the Vatican reviewedthe decision of the ecclesiastical court, found herinnocent. She was beatified in 1909 and canonizedas a saint in 1920.In the city on the Loire River, an equestrian statuerises in the cafe-bordered Place du Martroi, memorializingthe maid of Orleans. A valiant bronzestatue that was ravaged by a World War had thebase pockmarked by shells, and one random Germanshot had removed the sword from her hand.The 440 th decided that among themselves theywould raise a fund to buy a sword to replace theshattered one.On June 6, 1945, one year after the D-Day invasiona bronze sword was presented by the membersof the 440 th Troop Carrier Group to the cityof Orleans. On the base of the statue, in bothEnglish and French, the inscription:BRONZE SWORDPRESENTEDBY 440 TH TROOPCARRIER GROUP456 TH AIR SERVICES GROUPUNITED STATESARMY AIR FORCESTO THE CITY OF ORLEANS6 June 1945The Combat Airlifter June 2008 Page 17


History and HeritageOrphans Under Their WingAfter the ravages war inevitably flows with the most touching of warcasualties — the war orphan. After World War II in battle wracked France,orphan children were everywhere.Instituted by the “Stars and Stripes” newspaper, it was becoming customfor American units to “adopt” one or more children by collecting funds tosupport a child for a period of five years.Each of the squadrons of the 440 th Troop Carrier Group adopted a Frenchchild during the war. On August 15, 1945, the 440 th played host to theirsmall protégés shortly before the unit’s departure back to the United States.Brought to the base by Miss Margaret Lanigan of the American Red Cross,the children were introduced to their American friends and benefactors,who showered them with gifts of chocolate, goodies and clothing. Thechildren were given jeep rides, tours around the base and inside C-47 aircraft,and insights into the workings of a military installation.The children, three girls and two boys, between the ages of 8 and 10-yearsold,were at first bewildered by all the unaccustomed attention and thefriendliness, but as the day went on they made fast friends.The dining hall, out did each other in preparing meals with floral decorationson the tables in honor of the occasion. The children’s time was dividedbetween the officers and the enlisted. At the end of the day, all five childrenagreed they had more fun with the enlisted then the officers.Sgt. Dobbins and Sgt. Watson, 440th Troop Carrier Group, pose with war orphans.Page 18 The Combat Airlifter June 2008


History and HeritageThe Filthy ThirteenOn June 6, 1944, at 1:43 a.m., the 440 th Troop CarrierGroup joined the battle for Europe with 45 C-47 troopaircraft. On board were elements of the 101 st AirborneDivision, comprised of the 3rd Battalion of the 506 thParachute Infantry and two platoons of Company C,326 th Airborne Engineers.In the ranks of the 101 st Airborne was a famous subunitcalled the “Filthy Thirteen.” This demolitionsquad made up of volunteers had the mission of parachutingbehind enemy lines in the dark night prior tothe land invasion of France, and blowing up the bridgesat the Douve River and creating chaos behind the linesto disrupt the enemy. Months prior to the drop onD-Day these “Bad Boys” agreed not to bathe untilthe invasion, and the faithful manner in which theycarried out this promise, it forced their comrades toisolate the Filthy Thirteen’s living quarters.The Filthy Thirteen — comprised of Jake McNiece,Jack Womer, John Agnew, Joseph Oleskiewicz, JohnHale, James T. Green, George Radeka, Clarence Ware,Robert S. Cone, Roland R. Baribeau, James Leach andAndrew Rassmussen, quickly gained a reputation astough and ready to fight anyone.Taking orders only from Lt. Charles Mellen, who hadwon their respect, these 13 men typified the ruggednessof the paratroopers. On the invasion the FilthyThirteen suffered heavy casualties as some werewounded and captured, and others killed in action.The members of the unit did complete their missionin blowing the bridges over the Douve River. LieutenantMellen was killed in action in Normandy. He wasfound bandaged up at the arm and leg. Apparently hecontinued to fight even after he was wounded.The “Filthy Thirteen” are a proud part of the 440th’s history and legacy from World War II. TheFilthy Thirteen quickly gained a reputation as tough and ready to fight anyone. The demolition mobof volunteers had the mission of parachuting behind enemy lines in the dark night prior to the landinvasion of France. The book DZ Europe chronicles the story of the Filthy Thirteen and otherheroes from World War II.The Combat Airlifter June 2008 Page 19


Mission440th aircrew flew a C-130 over the Biltmore Estates in North Carolina during the first week of May.95th Airlift Squadron continues legacy ofexcellence, success at its new home, Pope AFBWhether flying night combat missions into Iraq,support missions into Africa, or training missionsover legendary landmarks, the 95th Airlift Squadroncontinues it rich legacy of excellence.The 100 + pilots, navigators, flight engineers, loadmasters and support specialists fall under the440th Operations Group, one of the three administrativegroups that make up the 440th AirliftWing.The 95th AS has 16 C-130 transport aircraft assignedto it. The C-130 is designed for the transportor airdrop of people, supplies and equipmentto airfields or undeveloped areas anywherein the world. The “Flying Badgers” practice toaccomplish their airdrop and transport missionsduring the day and at night with the help of nightPage 20 The Combat Airlifter June 2008vision goggles. The 95th was one of the first unittactical airlift units in the Air Force Reserve Commandto qualify on night vision goggles. The unofficialmotto for the unit is, “On Time, On Target.”The entire 95th AS was mobilized for two yearsof active duty just before Thanksgiving 2003 tosupport Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.The 95th flew its first mission into Iraq on Dec.8, 2003.Fliers and maintainers from the 440th rotated intoand out of the Central Command area until theywere deactivated in November 2005.The unit flew missions that ranged from the Hornof Africa to Afghanistan. While serving in thatphoto by Joe Olivapart of world, a 95th aircrew flew the first reliefsupplies into Iran after a major earthquake in late2004.The members of another 95th aircrew wereawarded the Distinguished Flying Cross after losingone engine to hostile ground fire over Iraq.The aircrew managed a safe landing on a closedairstrip with 57 soldiers on board. The soldierswere on their way back to the U.S. Nobody wasinjured and the plane was repaired. Shortly afterreturning from Southwest Asia, the squadron wascalled to support Hurricane Rita and Katrina reliefmissions in the Gulf of Mexico region. Theunit’s most recent mission is flying aeromedicalmissions around the U.S. The primary mission isto take sick and injured soldiers to bases neartheir homes.


Mission440th Airmen prove their mettle, staminaduring Coronet Oak rotation deploymentby Lt. Col. Ann Peru KnabeIn less than two weeks, 440 th AirliftWing aircrews recently flew morethan 122.2 tons of cargo and 316passengers throughout Central andSouth America in support of CoronetOak.“While I can’t speak for overallrecords, I can confidently say the440 th flew more hours, moved morecargo and carried more passengersin a two week period than any otherunit did during fiscal year 2008,” saidLt. Col. John “JT” Bowen, 95 th AirliftSquadron pilot, referring to otherC-130 units and two week rotationalsupport of Coronet Oak.Coronet Oak is the continuing operationin which Air Force ReserveCommand and Air National GuardC-130 aircraft, aircrews and relatedsupport personnel deploy to MunizAir National Guard Base, PuertoRico, to provide theater airlift supportfor the U.S. Southern Command.The wing sent 18 aircrew, 24maintainers and 9 additional Airmento support the operation.Lt. Col. Glenn Collins, 95 th AS pilot,said this Coronet Oak was differentthan the two he previouslyflew.“We were directly supporting contingencyoperations in SouthAmerica which increased significantlydue to current events,” he said.“This necessitated our forward-deploymentto South America, whichis not our normal base of operationsduring Coronet Oak.”The majority of the 95 th AS sortiesoriginated in Colombia. Aircrew andmaintainers also flew missions to andfrom Panama, Trinidad/Tobago, theDominican Republic and the UnitedStates.“We flew in mountainous terrain,dirt strips, austere and remote areas– often with short landing strips,”said Colonel Collins. “These landingstrips provided new challengesbeyond the routine training environmentsat Pope Air Force Base,N.C.”The wing flew 48 sorties in 12days, averaging 3 sorties per day.The taskings were far from predictable.“Each day brought an intricate balletof trade-offs,” said ColonelCollins. “The crew for each leg hadto balance multiple factors … howmuch cargo we could carry versesthe necessary fuel to accomplishthe mission, the runway lengthneeded to takeoff verses the runwayavailable, the aircraft weight andthe altitude (which could result inreduced aircraft performance), andrestrictions on fuel locations andnight operations.Coronet Oak missions typically featureembassy resupply, support ofU.S. troops and the Drug EnforcementAgency, medical evacuation andalert missions. C-130 aircraft areideal for these missions because oftheir capacity and flexibility to flymultiple types of human and airliftcargo long distances in all types ofweather, land at small airstrips rangingfrom dirt to asphalt to concrete,and perform airdrops from low tohigh altitudes at night and under adverseconditions.440 th Airmen couldn’t offer in-depthdetails about their missions.“This sounds very Hollywood-ish,but we can’t discuss the particularsof the most interesting missions becausewhat made them interesting,made them classified,” said ColonelBowen, who served as the missioncommander. “I can tell you that ourcrews were supporting operationsin Colombia during the recent tensionsalong the Colombia-Ecuadorborder and Colombia-Venezuela border..”The 95 th also flew a mission to transportmembers of the Trinidad/Tobagomilitary to the Dominican Republicso they could participate inthe multinational exercise,Tradewinds 2008. But it’s the teamworkunder a “high ops” tempo thatColonel Bowen will remember.“This was our first major deploymentsince the unit’s realignment toLt. Col. Glenn Collins, 95th Airlift Squadron pilot, flew missions in the 440th’s 2008Coronet Oak rotations. It was the Reservist’s third time serving on the Coronet Oakrotation.Pope Air Force, N.C.,” said ColonelBowen, who has supported fourCoronet Oak rotations.“While both operations and maintenancewere stretched, they provedtheir mettle by meeting a demandingoperations tempo.“Everyone just pitched in and gotthe job done, and done right. It’s the440 th ’s hallmark. To experience thisprofessionalism … in such a starkway … is what I will remembermost about this Coronet Oak.”The Combat Airlifter June 2008 Page 21


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photo by Senior Airman Susan ParentMaster Sgt. Ken Kiefer, a traditional Reservist with the 440 th Airlift Wing Life Support section, inspects an aircrew member’s HGU-55/P helmet whileAirman Canvis Thomas looks on. The Life Support section is looking for sharp Airmen to join the team.Life Support merger brings opportunityby Tech. Sgt. Steve StaedlerAircrew life support and survival equipment Airmenalways have had jobs that mirrored each othersomewhat. Now, under an Air Mobility Commanddirective last year, the two Air Force specialtycodes have merged to form the new AircrewFlight Equipment.The new career field was created to take advantageof the skills both former specialties had atinspecting, repairing and issuing the same aircrewequipment.The merger applies to all E-7s and below, andto E-8s with the 2A790 fabrication AFSC whohave a background in survival equipment. Airmencoming from the aircrew life support andsurvival equipment schools are still maintainingtheir respective AFSCs until the merger is fullyimplemented by October 2008.The 440 th Airlift Wing has 10 Airmen assigned tothe new flight, with seven coming from the formerlife support career field and three from fabrication,said Tech. Sgt. Scott Eisenhauer, an AircrewFlight Equipment technician with the wing.The first phase was integrating allaffected Airmen into the new Aircrew FlightEquipment and training to three-level, or basicknowledge as that taught in technical school.Phase two, to be completed by October 2008,entails having all members trained to the moreproficient five-level. All cross utilization trainingis to be completed, the aircrew life support andsurvival equipment schools merge into the aircrewflight equipment school, and the new AFSCtakes effect.Left: Staff Sgt. Tiffany Bigwood-McIntosh, anAircrew flight equipment technician with the440th Operations Support Squadron, performsan inspection on a 358/P mask inside their shopat Pope AFB, N.C.photo by Tech. Sgt. Cynthia AidooThe Combat Airlifter June 2008 Page 23


Our CommunityThe Pope Special Activities Committee shows good willby Dennis MehringBrig. Gen. Theodore P. Crichton, commander ofthe 839 th Air Division at Pope Air Force Base,N.C., asked a group of businessmen fromFayetteville to form a civilian advisory council ofabout 15 leading citizens from the area in 1974.The mission of the council was to promote goodwill between downtown Fayetteville and the menand women serving at Pope. The Committee’sother functions included helping the commanderas he welcomed dignitaries to Pope by hostingdinners, receptions and other events to introduceguests to our community. Each member was askedto cover his own costs at these events. The originalcommittee was called the Pope Air Force BaseAdvisory Committee. It was made up of 26 leadingbusinessmen from Cumberland County.The committee is now called the Pope SpecialActivities Committee, and although some programssponsored by the committee have changedover the years, the core mission has not.PSAC is still here to support and assist the baseleadership, and to provide much needed funds tosupport programs which benefit the Air Forcecommunity at Pope.PSAC has 25 members who pay dues to belongand the monies are used to support a variety ofprograms. PSAC also holds an annual golf tournamentfund raiser which supplements thecommittee’s income and allows them to do morefor the Air Force.This year’s programs were brought before thecommittee, voted on and approved for funding.They include: the Pope AFB Annual Awards Program,the Pope AFB Food Closet, the LittleGryphon Program, Santa’s Attic, Breakfast withSanta, Holiday Food Basket program, the AngelTree, the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, theAirmen’s Appreciation Dinner, flower programsand other family programs.As in the past, the PSAC also helped the commanderwith visiting dignitaries and guests. PSACmembers teamed up with the Cumberland CountyBusiness Councils Military Affairs Council towelcome Lt. Gen. Arthur J. Lichte, commanderof Air Mobility Command, to Pope AFB and tothe Fayetteville community earlier this year.PSAC members also helped with the welcomingof a dignitary from France who came to researchthe connection between the 440 th Troop CarrierGroup and her home town during WW II.The PSAC will host three receptions yearly towelcome or say good-bye to a commander orDOD civilians who may be leaving.Many PSAC members take part in the “HonoraryCommanders” programs and they are alwayslooking for chances to be at the “Green Ramp” towelcome home our Airmen who are returning toPope AFB. PSAC also holds an annual “Shrimpa-Roo”dinner at which they get the local AirForce command group and command chiefs andtheir spouses together with committee membersso they can say “thanks” for all they do for ourcountry, the Air Force and our community. RobertGrover, the president of PSAC, said, “We arefortunate that Pope AFB is here. It is the peoplethat server there that makes Pope so special andwe truly appreciate all that our Air Force men,women, and their families do for us as a nationand this great community.Area Attractions - Area Attractions - Area Attractions -Moores Creek National Battlefield: the siteof the first patriot victory of the RevolutionaryWar is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It is 70 mileseast of Fayetteville via N.C. 87 or N.C. 210.Admission is free. Call (910) 283-5591 orwww.nps.gov/mocrFort Fisher Historic Site: Fort Fisher is a CivilWar battle site at Kure Beach. Checkwww.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/fisher/fisher.htm or call (919) 733-7862, or (919) 458-5538.Gov Charles B. Aycock Birthplace: educationalvisits with guided tours, films, farm animals anda picnic area. There is an 1893 one-room school-house. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday throughSaturday. Admission is free. Information at (919)242-5581 or www.esn.net/aycockCape Fear Botanical Garden: open 10 a.m. to 5p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5p.m. on Sunday at 536 N. Eastern Blvd. Entranceis free to the public on the first Saturday of eachmonth. Call 486-0221 for details.Arts Center: Rotating exhibitions of visual artthat often feature local artists. Open 8:30 a.m. to5 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. tonoon, Friday; noon to 4 p.m., Saturday. Call 323-1776 for more information.Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum: 10a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, at 325Franklin St. Admission is free. Call 433-1455for more information.Museum of the Cape Fear: Open 10 a.m. to 5p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. onSunday. Call 486-1330 for more information.Airborne & Special Operations Museum: Explores60 years of airborne and special operationsthrough exhibits and interactive displays.Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturdayand noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Closed mostMondays. Located at 100 Bragg Blvd. Call 483-3003 or check www.asomf.org for information.Page 24 The Combat Airlifter June 2008


y Dennis MehringThe Cumberland County Business Councilstrives to improve the quality of life in this areaby creating wealth, jobs and investment in ourcommunity but it also boosts the military througha Military Affairs Council. The MAC exists toenhance relationships and foster a heightened understandingbetween council members and themilitary community and to support and expandthe defense industry in the Fayetteville region.The present day MAC proudly traces its originback to 1956 during a period of substantial growthat Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base. From itsearly origins the CCBC’s Military Affairs Councilhas continued its strong bonds with Fort Braggand Pope Air Force Base.Our CommunityCumberland County Business Councilsupports 440th servicemembersA former Secretary of the Army at a CCBC receptionin Washington, D.C., summed up MAC’sefforts best when he said; “Your CCBC’s MilitaryAffairs Council does a tremendous job withthe military.“Ties between the military and the Fayetteville-Cumberland County communities have never beenstronger or more visible.”The Military Affairs Council has a number ofactivities that are held year round:• MAC Spring and Fall Social events that buildbetter relationships and communications betweencivilians and the military• The annual MAC Command PerformanceBreakfast• Annual MAC Golf Tournament• MAC members get updates on Fort Bragg andPope AFB at monthly Coffee Club sessions• MAC also represents community positionswith the military by keeping the lines of communicationopen• The Council arranges site visits to Fort Braggand Pope AFB for briefings on specific missionsand accomplishments of each military installationand their impact on the community at large• Assists newly arrived military personnel-acquaintingthem with the local community• They offer a quarterly Families United as Neighborsprograms and resources to the Fort Braggand Pope AFB communities• The MAC also holds an annual governmentpurchase card trade show at Fort Bragg to introducebuyers to suppliers. The show includes vendorand cardholder briefings.• Project Care (Companies Adopting CompaniesProgram) and Airborne and Airmen Attic• MAC members also get invitations to take partin command change and promotion ceremoniesArea Attractions - Area Attractions - Area AttractionsFayetteville Museum of Art: open 10 a.m. to 5p.m., Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. onSaturday and Sunday at 839 Stamper Rd. Admissionis free. Call 485-5121 for more information.Cape Fear Studios: open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. onSaturday. The studio presents free exhibitionsand offers workshops, mentoring and classes. Call433-2986 or check www.capefearstudios.com formore information.82 nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum:open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdaythrough Saturday at the corner of Gela andArdennes Streets on Fort Bragg. Call 432-5307for more information.JFK Special Warfare Museum: open from11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.Located at the corner of Ardennes and MarionStreets on Ft. Bragg. Closed on federal holidaysexcept for Memorial Day, July 4 th , Veterans andLabor Day. Admission is free. Call 432-1533 formore information.July 4 th : The annual July 4th Celebration will beheld from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Main Post ParadeField on Ft. Bragg. Activities include a concert bycountry music star Wynonna Judd; patrioticmusic; carnival rides; the Golden Knights ParachuteTeam; a flag ceremony; fireworks; and foodand beverages. Pets and glass bottles are not allowed.Tents and shelters must be erected in designatedareas. Attendees are encouraged to arriveearly due to heavy traffic flow. The event is freeand open to the public. For information call 396-9126.Fourth Friday: The Arts Council sponsors thiscelebration of the arts on the fourth Friday ofevery month in the Hay Street area. Each monthhas a different theme. Check local publicationsfor details.The Combat Airlifter June 2008 Page 25


PromotionsThe following people have been promoted to therank shown:CMSgt. Raymond E. Batman Jr., AMXSCMSgt. Linda A. Dilley, OSFCMSgt. Mark A. Koenig, OGCMSgt. Laverne McCoy, SVFCMSgt. Donald V. Roberts, MOFSMSgt. Raymond C. Bowman Jr., MXSSMSgt. Randall R. Davila, OGSMSgt. Edward M. Ferch, AMXSSMSgt. Steven R. Grosshuesch, MXSSMSgt. Jeffrey W. Hoffman, AMXSSMSgt. Shannon McMenamin, OSFSMSgt. Andrew Nadzan, AMXSSMSgt. Jeffrey S. Wheeless, SVFMSgt. Jeffrey D. Bello, AWMSgt. Sakon Charoobhathiran, ASMSgt. Richard, R. Davila, ASMSgt. Arbrister G. Gowdy, AMXSMSgt. Farrell L. Howard, MDSMSgt. Robert M. Jones, MXSMSgt. William J.M. Knight, ASMSgt. John M. Manion, LRSMSgt. Joshua J. Meisenhelder,MSG MSgt. David E. Passow,MSG MSgt. Jose Rosado, OGMSgt. Kevin R. Speed, AWMSgt. Joseph P. Strohmeyer, MXSMSgt. Donald D. Watson, OGMSgt. Richard D. Webster, MSFMSgt. Erik C. Wielinga, ASTSgt. Beau J. Clark, MXSTSgt. Sean R. Bailey, AMXSTSgt. Kimberly M. Beecher, MSFTSgt. Melanie V. Davis, MDSTSgt. Matthew K. Dodson, AMXSTSgt. Gregory Dzuranin, CFTSgt. Angela M. Harris, AWTSgt. Alan J. Hunter, AMXSTSgt. Robert Jones, MXSNews & NotesTSgt. Scott A. Jones, ASTSgt. Eric B. Junot, MXSTSgt. Mark L. Kutella, AMXSTSgt. Mark L. Kutella, AMXSTSgt. Murjani J. Law, MSFTSgt. Michael A. Lock, APSTSgt. Donette Mathison, MDSTSgt. Robert W. McKinney Jr., APSTSgt. Shaponica Mende Griddine, MXSTSgt. Alexis E. Morrison, MDSTSgt Reginald L. Nash, AWTSgt. Saneeann N. Obrien, MDSTSgt. Brent M. Piatti, APSTSgt. Alicia L. Raschke, MXSTSgt. Derrick J. Ray, SFSTSgt. Paul M. Renken, MXGTSgt. Barry R. Satterfield, MDSTSgt. Craig A. Schwinden, ASTSgt. Faneitas S. Scott, MDSTSgt. Tamara A. Shaffer, OSFTSgt. Stephen M. Simkonis, AMXSTSgt. Robert C. Stafford, MDSTSgt. Patrick A. Taylor, MXSTSgt. Nikki T. Thomas APSTSgt. Arnita Tunstall, MDSTSgt. William T. Wagners, MXSTSgt. Dawn E. Watson, CFTSgt. Edward D. Wilkerson, APSTSgt. Edward C. Zanto, MOFSSgt. Carrie A. Cacchione, MDSSSgt. Natalie A. Gootee, MXSSSgt. Jeannette L. Hemphill, MSFSSgt. Taisha L. Valentine, MSFSSgt. Mildrid Walker, AMXSSrA Ryan T. Breazeale, MDSSrA Christopher C. Breitbarth, LRSSrA Dustin T. Brown, AMXSSrA Jason R. Bryant, CFSrA Martin Dunovsky, AWSrA Adam M. Easey, MXSSrA Brian M. Fuller, MXSSrA Derrick L. Green, CFSrA Amy M. Hunt, SFSSrA Joseph O, Johnson, MDSSrA Jeremy R. Lowe, CFSrA Ivan P. Machowicz, MDSSrA Rashawn M. Mazyck, MDSSrA Johnathan D. McConaha, LRSSrA Denean M. McMillian, MDSSrA Jerrod F. Moody, MDSSrA Lorenzo E. Pauling, APSSrA Meghan N. Payne, SVFSrA Pauline A. Rose-Moore, ASSrA Christine I. Shannon, SVFSrA Crystal L. Simmons, MDSSrA Sheryl B. Sorensen, MDSSrA Richard D. Spofford, MOFSrA Leighann Stanley, MXSSrA Janet M. Steverson, CFSrA Shaneka N. Thompson, ASSrA Candace A. Tisdale, MDSSrA Steven Turkvan, ASSrA Diana L. Vejar, ASDSrA Shaun E. Wallace, ASSrA Mille A. Walls, MDSA1C Robert Laquan Brown, AMXSA1C Gilbert Candelaria, MDSA1C Courtney Gerald, SVFA1C Darrell D. Howell, CFA1C Martin K. Landers, MDSA1C Kay A. Lyonsmitchell, LRSA1C Kenneth W. Malloy Jr., AMXSA1C Shaquita D. Wright, ASAMN Dustin P. Absher, CFAMN Kristal J. Brown, MDSAMN Jaime R. Davis, MDSAMN Rajvir S. Dhaliwal, MDSAMN Adrianna R. Gallegos, MDSAMN Christina E. Gourdine, APSAMN Bettina O. Harrison, MDSAMN Carla N. Maurice, MDSAMN James C. Smalls, SFSAMN Kimberly D. Smith, APSAMN Canvis D. Thomas, ASCalling all Superstars!Have you done something noteworthy like graduatefrom tech school, join the wing, earn an award,or get promoted?If your answer is “yes,” then fill out a hometownnews release data form.The new system is automated and reviewed bypublic affairs. Your story of success will be sharedwith newspapers and magazines relevant to youand your family.It’s super fast - only five minutes of your time -and your family and friends back home can allsee your accomplishments in the Reserve. Visitthe wing’s website and enter your data now...https://hnforms.afnews.af.mil:8443/lfserver/440AWPOPEAFBPage 26 The Combat Airlifter June 2008


News & NotesLegacy of theSNAFU SpecialCombat Airlifter insertfeatures C-47 fromwing’s rich historyThe legacy of the “SNAFU SPECIAL” ispreserved for future generations thanks tothe heart and hands of a few and the heartsand donations of many.Answering our nation’s call at a criticalmoment, the “SNAFU SPECIAL” was aninstrumental tool used in the liberation ofEurope during World War II while assignedto the 440 th Troop Carrier Group, 95 th TroopCarrier Squadron.photo by Tech. Sgt. Cynthia AidooCol. Merle D. Hart, 440th Airlift Wing commander, congratulates Master Sgt. Kevin Speed at theNCO Induction Ceremony on the May UTA, as 440th Command Chief Cliff Van Yahres looks on.Service before Self: Featured Citizen AirmanTech. Sgt. Larry Meggett, a briefer with the440th Airlift Wing Newcomers Flight, joined theunit less than a year ago after spending thepast seven years as a reservists with the916th Airlift Wing at Seymour-Johnson AirForce Base, N.C.The Combat Airlifter took a few minutes tochat with Tech. Sgt. Larry Meggett, a brieferwith the 440th Airlift Wing Newcomers Flight.Civilian job: For the past eight monthshe’s been a computer systems administratorwith the South Carolina Departmentof Mental Health in Columbia, S.C.Career with the 440th: Sergeant Meggettjoined the unit in December 2007. He hasmore than 12 years combined service –five active duty and seven with theReserve.What is your goal with the 440 th ? Toprovide the best service I can to the unit.I’m looking forward to growing with theunit and to continue being part of theteam. Maybe down the road I’d like toexplore becoming a first sergeant or arecruiter.Family: Sergeant Meggett has twodaughters, ages 10 and 9.Launched from Pope Army Airfield in 1941for the first combat operations during D-Day and carrying on through today’s globalcontingencies, the 440 th Airlift Wing and 95 thAirlift Squadron continue the originalmission of responding to the operationalneeds of the United States, our allies, andcoalition forces throughout the world. TheC-47 is a proud link of our unit’s history aswe currently fly its spiritual descendent, theC-130H2 Hercules, at Pope Air Force Baseattached to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. FortBragg continues to be the home of the XVIIIAirborne Corps and the 82 nd AirborneDivision which serve as a strategic crisisresponse forces, manned and trained todeploy rapidly by air, sea, and land. The440 th provides the capability to place theseforces anywhere in the world, prepared tofight and win upon arrival.The traditions of honor and the legacies ofvalor forged in blood to be forever heraldedby those who flew the “SNAFU SPECIAL”continues to this day as the 440 th Airlift Wingand the 95 th Airlift Squadron proudly putthe “Air” in Airborne!The Combat Airlifter June 2008 Page 27


440th Airlift Wing374 Maynard St. Suite 301Pope AFB, NC 28308-2409To the family of:Page 28 The Combat Airlifter June 2008

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