Combat Airlifter - 440th Airlift Wing

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Combat Airlifter - 440th Airlift Wing

By Capt. Lauri TurpinEight Airmen from the 440 th ServicesFlight travelled to Atlanta,Sept. 22-24, to compete in the22d Air Force Home Station TrainingCompetition. Theycontended in a variety ofevents, including postattackreconnaissance(PAR) teams, commandand control, mortuary affairs,search and recovery,M-16 training, vehicletransport and single palletexpeditionary kitchen(SPEK).“We tied first-place forthe SPEK event,” saidMaj. Anna Hill, ServicesSquadron commander. “This wassuch an accomplishment becausemost of our troops are young – 19 or20 years old.”The competition is an annualevent hosted by Dobbins Air ForceBase, Ga., and included units fromCommand PerspectivePope Command Post Training is PerfectionBy Capt. Lauri TurpinWhen it comes to seamless integrationbetween active dutyand Reserve Airmen, one needs tolook no further than the commandpost at Pope Air Force Base, N.C.That’s because on UTA weekends,active duty Airmen andReservists work side-by-sideaccomplishing the mission tokeep the base running smooth.“We don’t even recognize the differentunits,” said Master Sgt.Jeffrey D. Bello, AFRC commandpost superintendent. “We don’tsay, ‘He’s with the 43 rd , or she’swith the 440 th .’ We say, ‘They’rewith the Pope command post.’”Part of that harmony includes acomprehensive training program –one that was labeled as perfect bythe Air Force Inspector General (IG)team during the Operational ReadinessInspection held last month.SPEK and Span - 440th Services Squadron Takes First Placethe 22 nd , 10 th and 4 th Air Force. The440 th team consisted of Master Sgt.William Garrison, Tech. Sgt. DeronDay and Senior Airmen KimberlyHolmes, Brian Jones, ChrystianchilaCunningham, Ronald Mitchell,Tamika Taylor and Brian Byrd.“The most exciting competition wasthe M-16 race,” Major Hill said. “Theteam ran to their M-16 and had todisassemble, clean and reassembleit, and clear it with this huge crowdwatching.“Needless to say, we had a lot of“We got absolutely no write-upson our training program,” saidTech. Sgt. Angela Harris, trainingmanager for the command post.“This is basically unheard of,” SergeantBello added. “They alwayshave at least one or two findings.”Sergeant Harris and Mrs. CrystalMoore, also a training managerfor the command post, developeda combined training plan thatmixes together all elements of theactive-duty and Reserve traininginto one comprehensive program.“We constructed a very integratedprogram following newguidance that came out in July,”Sergeant Harris said. “All of ourtraining folders look the same;all of the guidance is the same.”With the new training program andthe perfect score in last month’sinspection, Sergeant Harris said thecamaraderie between active duty andReserve Airmen is as strong as ever.“We all work together,” she said. “Thebottom line is it’s all about teamwork.”Airmen operating under stressfulsituations and they really camethrough.”“Out of all the events, I would saythe most challenging was the SPEK,”Airman Jones said. “It took the longesttime and took the most effort.”Lt. Col. ChristopherCronce with the Air ForceReserve Command, saidthat the 440 th Airmenfar exceeded his expectations.“This is a man who doesnot give out kudos lightly,”Major Hill said. “Goingin he told me that he wasconcerned that my troopswere so young, but theyproved to him they coulddo it. They’re fired up and ready togo back.”“I wanted to participate to seewhere our unit stands among otherunits of the Reserve,” Airman Jonessaid, adding he plans to attend theevent again next year.440 Airlift Wing, Pope AFB, Page 3

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