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COMBAT AIRLIFTER - 440th Airlift Wing

Combat AirliftersVolume 3, No.4September 2009Wing CommanderCol. Merle D. HartChief, Public AffairsDennis J. MehringReserve Chief,Public AffairsCapt. Lauri TurpinPublic Affairs StaffCapt. Jeff SchoenMaster Sgt. Kevin BrodyMaster Sgt. Steve StaedlerSenior Airman Peter MillerSenior Airman Jacqueline PenderChief Master Sgt. (retired) Gerald GreenOffice of Public Affairs440th Airlift Wing374 Maynard Street, Suite 301Pope AFB, NC, 28308-2409Phone: 910.394.5455FAX: 910.394.5459 funded Air Forcenewspaper is anauthorized publicationfor members of the U.S.military and their families.Content of the CombatAirlifter is notnecessarily the officialview of, or endorsed by,the U.S. government,Department of Defenseor Department of theAir Force. Content iscompiled, originated anddeveloped by the PublicAffairs staff of the 440thAirlift Wing, Air ForceReserve Command. Allphotos are Air Forcephotos unless otherwiseindicated in the photocaption.On the cover:440th AW dedicatesaircraft #86-0418complete with nose artto the XVIII AirborneCorps.Illustration created bySenior AirmenJacqueline PenderFellow Combat Airliftersand friends,Command PerspectiveCol. Merle HartCommander 440th AWThanks to all of you who made 2009 a greatyear for the 440 th Airlift Wing!We thank our Active Associate brothers inarms, the 2nd Airlift Squadron and the 43rdAeromedical Evacuation Squadron, our trueteam members. We thank all of the Pope warfighting partners who contributed to our success.We give thanks to our Army warriorswho give us the opportunity to put the “Air inAirborne.”This year we placed many new mile markersalong our road which we continue to build.Our journey continues as we look forward toanother very productive new year. Our wingwill always strive hard to improve and modernize.The current task of establishing thefirst ever AFRC-AMC Active Association willcontinue to be challenging and rewarding. Ithank each of you who gave and continue togive in our quest.This past year we have met all tasking as weprepared and send active duty and volunteerforces to the far corners of the world. Ournumbers have increased and our training remainsin high gear. There are challenges thatremain as we continue to establish ground. Theculture of our wing is steadily being created.Ten years from now the current challenges willbe long forgotten; those of us who establishedthe wings framework will be forever gratefulfor today’s opportunities.This year marked the 65th anniversary ofboth D-Day and the creation of the XVIIIAirborne Corps. Each event gave our unit anexceptional opportunity to honor our past aswell as strengthen our bonds with our Airbornetroopers. On Aug. 25, we dedicatedAircraft No. 418 to the “Sky Dragons” of theXVIII Airborne Corps. The pride of servingalong side of “Americas Contingency Corps”and “Americas Guard of Honor,” our 82ndAirborne Division, is beyond words. AircraftNo. 282, which was dedicated to the 82ndAirborne Division, is currently deployed tothe AOR and is serving our brothers in arms.Both aircraft Nos. 418 and 282 display the respectand admiration we have for our Airbornetroopers.Our outreach into the great state of NorthCarolina increased as we continued to hiremany of our neighbors — Citizen Airmenfrom the state now make up the majority ofour wing. We will continue to grow this year asthe wing takes on more duties and responsibilitiesfor running the airfield and tower operations.Other growth opportunities are in theworks as well. Our recruiters are phenomenaland continue to fill our ranks. Each of us needsto become an avid recruiter with the “GetOne” program; 2010 will be the 440ths “GetOne” year. We are pleased and grateful for thesupport of our local civilian organizations thattakecare of our Airman. Their support helpsour families deal with difficulties encounteredduring deployments and family separation.We are knee-deep in ORI preparation. TheORTP exercises will prepare us for an “excellent”grade while updating required wartimeskills. The efforts of those who prepare theORTP’s are noteworthy and most appreciated.The ORTP training is for everyone in the wingand not for the few who will participate in theinspection. Many hours of planning and hardwork go into each exercise, and I urge you totake full advantage of the training so you willbe prepared if ever called into action. Trainhard and we will prevail.From a safety standpoint we were blessedwith a fairly uneventful year. The holidayseason is in full gear and we need to remainvigilant as safety is an individual responsibility.Take the time to do things right, as very fewtimes does haste not make waste. Maintaininga clean and safe work environment is vital tounit morale and personal pride. During yourholiday travels, take plenty of time getting toyour destinations. We need everyone back safeand sound so we can welcome another grandyear.Where the wing has come in two years isimpressive. The development in the next three,five and 10 years will be even more so. Set personaland professional goals before the NewYear. Always strive for excellence in all we do.Our efforts are noted by many, your work is requiredand you are part of an exceptional teamthat grows stronger every day. Thank you forall you do for our wing and our nation.It is an extreme honor to be yourwing commander.Welcome to “COMM 101” for the ORIThe first in a series of “info-mercials” aimed at dispellingrumors, enlightening the un-enlightened and highlightingthe “hot-spots” as we identify them. We are here to fine tuneskill sets and focus our team on the objective. So if you havequestions, ASK – and we will find the answer!Please take the time to review this information carefully – itis absolutely essential that everyone have a thorough understandingof the following topics for one simple reason…Communication will determineour successDuring the exercises--and most importantly during our ORI--we need to have the ability to pass accurate information in atimely manner. This involves coordination, common terminology,clarity, and an understanding of the overall communicationflow.Everything we discuss in these messages can be found in yourairman’s manual, but we will include some of the “basics” inour articles as simple examples. Here is the basic deployedstructure from the wing commander to the personnel in thefield. In the deployed environment you will report to your applicablesquadron or workplace. At your workplace, identifyyour facility manager and your unit control center (UCC) rep.They will be an important focal point, and you should channelimportant information through them to leadership (refer tonext page).ICC (Wing Commander and Group Commanders)1. EOC (Emergency Operations Center)2. UCC (Unit Control Center)3. Facility Manager4. Entry ControlPAR TeamSABC TeamLitter Team5. Individual in the fieldIn a “perfect world”, the wing commander will disseminate themajority of the information you receive (i.e. Alarm Conditions,MOPP Levels, Force Protection Conditions…) via giant voice,the base-wide public address system. There are other processesfor communication (such as base siren, bugle call, land mobileradios - LMRs, phones, flags or lights).Every individual inthe field must thinkof themself as a “sensor”and recognizethe importance ofpassing on good information.The moreaccurate the information,the shorterthe time requiredto make decisionsthat may shorten thetime in MOPP gearor even save lives.The format is listedin AFMAN 10-100according to theSALUTE acronym(refer to page eight).Combat AirliftersCol. William Edwards440th Vice CommanderEach of you must be intimately familiar with how to reach acontact at every level in the chain to pass on the info. It is appropriateto skip levels if there is a communication breakdownand the information is important. Go until you’ve passed it onand don’t sit on critical info! Work centers must have the mostaccurate/relevant information if they are to make the best possibledecisions for you – the personnel in the field (…countingthe minutes in MOPP 4!) and time is critical!A few of the more common “critical communication items” area DIMC (dead, injured, missing, contaminated) count, numberof vehicles “slimed”, buildings evacuated, incursions into theplay area, etc. Now is the time to get with your work centersand personnel for coordination. Plan your plan, review terminologyand begin the process of anticipating the needs of otherfunctional areas. We are all intertwined in this operation andwe have to function as a single unit—despite the fact that weperform hundreds of uniquely essential, individual tasks.Congratulations, you have survived COMM 101! Be sure tolook for the soon-to-be-released sequel, “ATSO 101 - Ability toSurvive and Operate ” where we will reveal the deeply covetedsecrets of how to easily and painlessly go from MOPP 0 toMOPP 4 in six minutes – or less! Look for it in the next editionof Combat Airlifter.Everyone has a leadership role. Take the initiative to seek outand clarify information.COMMUNICATE…COOPERATE…GRADUATE!!Page 2, The Combat Airlifter November 2009 440th Airlift Wing, Pope AFB, Page 3

y Chief Master Sgt. Jerry Green (ret)photos and layout by Senior Airman Jacqueline PenderWith the military spirit alive for those in the audience, theemcee for the ceremony, Tech. Sgt. Frank Mason, a flightPope tail design of the 440 AW. The audience’s attention wasdirected to the C-130 aircraft, where Staff Sgt. Dale Etter, ahas been a wonderful uplifting event and I am proud to havebeen part of it.”engineer with the 95th Airlift Squadron, introduced the guest440th crew chief, assisted by Army Specialist Nelson Montalvo, Mr. Tommy Bolton, civilian aide to the Secretary of the ArmyOn August 25, 1944, the XVIII Airborne Corps wasspeaker, Maj. Gen. James Rubeor, 22nd Air Force Commander.pulled the protective covering from the nose of the aircraft and a member of the Military Affairs Council was elated withorganized, forming the nucleus of the airborne forces Gen. Rubeor began his speech acknowledging that thisrevealing the unique nose art that now adorned the fuselage. the efforts of Col. “Mad Dog” Hart, and the men and womendestined to fight in Europe during WWII. The formation of theCorps consisted of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Brigades. Justone month later, soldiersfrom the XVIII Corpswould be sent into actionin support of OperationMarket Garden andOperation Varsity. Theywere carried into battle bythe crews and aircraft of the440th Troop Carrier Group.Exactly 65 years later,the XVIII Airborne Corpsand what is now the 440thAirlift Wing came togetheron August 25, 2009 at Popewas indeed a historical event. He said, “With this nose artdedication we are celebrating the relationship that ties thebonds of these two great units andtheir continuing relationship today asit was in 1944. Col. Merle Hart, 440 AWcommander, spoke of the commitmenthe and the members of the 440 AW haveto the continuing support of the Corps.“Supporting the XVIII Airborne Corpsis an integral part of the 440th mission -today and in the future, said Col. Hart .The strength of the wing and the Corpsis a vital link in the war against forcesthat want to harm the United States.”Col. Hart then turned the podiumover to the DeputyAircraft tail # 60418 numerically identifies with the C-130Hercules aircraft and the 18thAirborne Corps.After the unveiling, the 440thAirlift Wing’s Chaplain, Maj.Montgomery Kirk, offeredthe invocation asking that theaircraft be protected throughoutits service to the country. Heasked that the men and womenwho fly the aircraft remainunder his watchful eye andguidance, and to keep safeall who travel on 418 now andforever.The 82nd Airborneof the 440th who put the event together. He said, “It was avery important day in thecontinuing integrationof the Army here at FortBragg and the members ofthe 440 AW.”Affixing names andpainting decorative noseart to aircraft dates backfor decades. Pilots wouldname their aircraft aftera mother, girlfriend, wifeor favorite pinup iconassuming their aircraftwas female in nature.As the tables andAir Force Base, N.C., toCommander of theChorus ended thechairs were loaded andhonor the birth date of the XVIII CorpsXVIII Airbornededication ceremonyhauled away, 60418 sat aloneand the lasting relationship they haveCorps, Maj. Gen.with one of their mostwaiting for the tow tractor towith the 440th Airlift Wing that beganDaniel Allyn. Gen.requested songs, “Thetake her back to the flight linein 1944. To mark this historic event, theAllyn commentedArmed Forces Medley.”where she would be readied for440th AW hosted a unique aircraft noseon the historic valueThe emcee then invitedthe next mission displaying theart dedication to the XVIII Airborneattached to thisairmen, soldiers, andXVIII Airborne Corps insigniaCorps. The ceremony was held innose-art dedication,guests to stay foraffixed to her nose. Col. “Madrefreshments and enjoyDog” Hart commented, “whereHangar 4, one of the oldest buildingshe said, “Thethe nose art and displays.ever this aircraft goes and whoon Pope. More than 300 members ofrelationship of theAs the audience movedever this aircraft carries, theythe Army and Air Force, along withCorps and the 440thabout the hangar, Col.will see this aircraft and knowstate and local dignitaries, attended thehas indeed come fullHart showed his gratitudewhere she came from and whatceremony and witnessed the unveilingcircle.”to the civilian guests,the nose art signifies. The tailof the aircraft nose art.Maj. Gen. Allynas well as the 82nd ABflash says Bragg-Pope and noseThe ceremony started as membersand Col. Hart thenChorus by coining each soldier with a specially designed art says, 18th Corps.”of the 82nd Airborne Chorus exited from the back of a C-130 proceeded to unveil a mock-up of a C-130 tail flash. Gen. Allyncommemorative challenge coin.Today the XVIII Airborne Corps — the Army’s largest warperforming their unique entrance cadence. This spirited and members of the audience were visibly awed. The panelOne of the dignitaries attending the ceremony was Mayor fighting organization — is the only airborne corps in theopening was followed by the chorus singing a stirring rendition resembled a smaller version of the C-130 tail section brandedEthel Clark, mayor of the Town of Spring Lake. When asked defense establishment of the United States and exercisesof the National Anthem.with the XVIII Corps insignia and the signature Bragg-Page 8, The Combat Airlifter November 2009 her thoughts about the dedication, she graciously said, “This control over approximately 440th 88,000 Airlift Soldiers. Wing, Pope AFB, Page 9

Combat AirliftersWHAT IS YOUR LEGAL READINESS STATUS?by Lt. Col. Karen L. Hecker440 AW/Reserve Staff Judge AdvocateLegal readiness is a critical aspect of your operationalreadiness. Legal readiness is defined as “the degree towhich Air Force members are ready to deploy in both personaland mission capacities.” On a personal level, this involvesawareness of personal legal issues that may arise duringa deployment and the remedies available to mitigate anyadverse effects of those issues. Regarding the mission, legalreadiness involves the ability of individuals and their organizationsto deal with the military-legal aspects of the operationalenvironment, including the law of armed conflict,rules of engagement and status of forces agreements. Thisarticle is the first in a series designed to provide informationon these issues.Having your legal affairs in order is vital to your personaland professional well-being. Military members, who findthemselves with their legal affairs in disarray, especially whileclose to or on a deployment, are often unable to effectivelytackle those problems and instead become overwhelmedand unable to focus on mission-critical aspects of their jobs.Because these problems can create a distraction even whenthe military member is not deployed, it is important thatmilitary members ensure a constant state of legal readiness.A key part of your legal readiness is having a last will andtestament. If you die without a will, your property will bedistributed according to state law, which may not be whatyou intended causing unnecessary complications and stressfor those you left behind. In addition to providing for thedisposition of your personal property, a will is also a way foryou to name a guardian for your children, should both youand your spouse pass away or if you are a single parent. Youcan also set up a trust and name a trustee to take careof any assets left to your minor children. Keep inmind that a will does not change your lifeinsurance elections, including SGLI, asthe proceeds from those policies will bepaid according to the election decisionyou made on the insurance paperwork.Also, you should periodically reviewand update your will, especially followingchanges in the compositionof your family (including divorce),changes in assets and other factors.If you are scheduled to deploy,you should consider executing apower of attorney, which authorizesa designated representativeto conduct specific transactionsin your name. A “general powerof attorney” is very powerful and could authorizethe holder to do whatever he or she wantsLt. Col. Karen HeckerReserve Staff Judge Advocatewith your assets. In contrast,a “special power ofattorney” can be limitedto specific actions and/orperiods.Some military membersalso sign health careproxies and advancedmedical directives. Ahealth care proxy givessomeone you name theability to make healthcare decisions for youshould you become incapacitated.An advancedmedical directive (alsoknown as a living will)states what types of medicaltreatments you desire — or do not desire — should youbecome incapacitated. This is extremely important; it givesthe person you designate as your health care proxy someguidance as to what your preferences for treatment wouldbe.Single parents, dual military couples with family membersand members with civilian spouses who have unique familysituations, are required by AFI 36-2908 to develop a writtenfamily care plan (AF Form 357) to be maintained by thecommander or first sergeant. It will detail and provide asmooth, rapid transfer of responsibilities for your family’scare during your absence and is a mandatory part of yourlegal readiness.As reservists, we juggle multiple aspects of our personaland professional lives. Given how busy we are, it is easyto avoid addressing legal matters, especially those thatdeal with life and death issues, and to instead focuson operational matters in your workplace. However, you owe it to yourselfand your family members to accomplishthis paperwork and achievethe peace of mind that will comealong with it.I encourage you to come by our officeduring the UTA weekends sowe can discuss these matters ingreater detail. We can generallycomplete this paperwork for youduring a UTA weekend. We arelocated in building 306, thirdfloor room 308, x1986. Noappointment is necessary.Dot your ‘I’s and cross your ‘T’s it’s ORE timeby Master Sgt. Steven StaedlerWhen it comes to processing through a mobility line,Master Sgt. Michael Lock has been there, done that.The air transportation manager for the 53 rd Aerial PortSquadron has deployed 18 times in the past eight years: 13to the Area of Responsibility (AOR) and five to statesidelocations. Still, Sergeant Lock sat in the bleachers holdinghis mobility folder with other Airmen from the squadron,waiting to be called upon to walk through the mobility line.“For me this is old hat, but it’s good for the younger guyscoming up in the squadron go to through the line and seewhat it’s like,” Sergeant Lock said. “It’s good for them to getthe experience and to make sure they’re taking care of.”Sergeant Lock was one of about 100 Airmen processingthrough the mock mobility line at Pope Air Force Base, N.C.on Saturday of the October UTA. The mobility processingline exercise, which ensures Airmen are eligible to deployby having all their affairs in order, is one of the first eventsundertaken by the base as it prepares to gear up for itsOperational Readiness Exercise in January 2011.Although the ORI date seems like a long time away, Airmenonly have about 50 UTA and annual tour days to prepare forthe exercise. That’s why much of the upcoming UTAs andannual tours will be devoted toward practicing events andCombat Airliftersactivities for the ORI.Capt. Shary Acevedo, 440th Mission Support Group, saidthe processing line serves as a good opportunity, not only forAirmen going through the line, but those who are workingthe line as a way to evaluate their processes and procedures.“Our No. 1 priority is to make it a smooth transition fromPhotographs by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jacqueline PenderAirmen from the 440th Airlift Wing participate in a mobility deployment line exercise. Left image: Airman Sarak Mayernik (right) and Staff Sgt. CynthiaFlaherty check ID cards and dog tags. (center) Capt. Shary Acevedo, acting MPF commander, and Lt. Col. Anne Low discuss PRF requirements. (left)Master Michael Lock completes the inprocessing paperwork before processing through the individual processing line stations.the time Airmen walk in the door until the moment they exitthe facility,” she said. “Our goal is to receive and “excellent”rating in the ORI and we plan to do that by supporting thedeploying Airmen and making the transition an easy one forthem.”Checking ID cards and dog tags is the first stop for Airmenon the processing line. There, Staff Sgt Cynthia Flaherty andAirman Sarah Mayernik, 440th Mission Personnel Flight,check records and mobility folders to ensure everyone iseligible to deploy.While the exercise is “old hat” to Sergeant Lock, it’s allvery new to Airman Mayernik, who just graduated from basictraining this summer before joining the unit in August.“I’m really just taking it all in and learning as much as Ican,” Airman Mayernik said. “I want to do everything I canto help people as they process through.”Airmen from Pope AFB are expected to participate inthe ORI with Reservists from the 916th ARW at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.Page 10, The Combat Airlifter November 2009 440th Airlift Wing, Pope AFB, Page 11

Combat Airlifters2009 H1N1INFLUENZAVACCINEWhat is 2009 H1N1 Influenza2009 H1N1 influenza (also called Swine Flu) is caused by a newstrain of influenza virus. It has spread to many countries. Like otherflu viruses, 2009 H1N1 spreads from person to person throughcoughing, sneezing, and sometimes through touching objects contaminatedwith the virusSigns of 2009 H1N1 can include:• Fatigue • Fever • Sore Throat • Muscle Aches• Chills • Coughing • SneezingSome people also have diarrhea and vomiting.Most people feel better within a week. But some peopleget pneumonia or other serious illnesses. Some peoplehave to be hospitalized and some die.How is 2009 H1N1 different from regular(seasonal) flu?Seasonal flu viruses change from year to year, but they are closelyrelated to each other. People who have had flu infections in the pastusually have some immunity to seasonal flu viruses (their bodieshave built up some ability to fight off the viruses). The 2009 H1N1flu is a new flu virus. It is very different from seasonal fl u viruses.Most people have little or no immunity to 2009 H1N1 flu (their bodiesare not prepared to fight off the virus).2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine.Vaccines are available to protect against 2009 H1N1influenza.• These vaccines are made just like seasonal fluvaccines.• They are expected to be as safe and effective asseasonal fl u vaccines.• They will not prevent “influenza-like” illnessescaused by other viruses.• They will not prevent seasonal flu. You should alsoget seasonal influenza vaccine, if you want to beprotected against seasonal flu.- Inactivated vaccine (vaccine that has killed virus in it)is injected into the muscle, like the annual fl u shot. Thissheet describes the inactivated vaccine.- A live, intranasal vaccine (the nasal spray vaccine) is also available.It is described in a separate sheet. Some inactivated 2009 H1N1vaccine contains a preservative called thimerosal to keep it free fromgerms. Some people have suggested that thimerosal might be relatedto autism. In 2004 a group of experts at the Institute of Medicine reviewedmany studies looking into this theory, and found no associationbetween thimerosal and autism. Additionalstudies since then reached the same conclusion.Who should get 2009 H1N1 influenzavaccine and when?Groups recommended to receive 2009 H1N1 vaccine first are:• Pregnant women• People who live with or care for infants youngerthan 6 months of age• Health care and emergency medical personnel• Anyone from 6 months through 24 years of age• Anyone from 25 through 64 years of age with certain chronicmedical conditions or a weakened immune system. As more vaccineWhat you need to knowbecomes available, these groups should also be vaccinated:• Healthy 25 through 64 year olds• Adults 65 years and olderThe Federal government is providing this vaccine for receipt on avoluntary basis. However, state law or employers may require vaccinationfor certain persons.- Get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available.- Children through 9 years of age should get two doses ofvaccine, about a month apart. Older children and adultsneed only one dose.Some people should not get thevaccine or should waitYou should not get 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine if you havea severe (life-threatening) allergy to eggs, or to any other substancein the vaccine. Tell the person giving you the vaccine if you have anysevere allergies. Also tell them if you have ever had:• a life-threatening allergic reaction after a dose of seasonal fluvaccine,• Guillain Barré Syndrome (a severe paralytic illness also calledGBS). These may not be reasons to avoid the vaccine, but themedical staff can help you decide. If you are moderately or severelyill, you might be advised to wait until you recover before getting thevaccine. If you have a mild cold or other illness, there is usually noneed to wait.- Pregnant or breastfeeding women can get inactivated2009 H1N1 flu vaccine.- Inactivated 2009 H1N1 vaccine may be given at the same time asother vaccines, including seasonal influenza vaccine.What if there is a severe reaction?What should I look for?Any unusual condition, such as a high fever or behavior changes.Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include difficulty breathing,hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, weakness, a fast heart beator dizziness.What should I do?• Call a doctor, or get the person to a doctor right away.• Tell the doctor what happened, the date and time ithappened, and when the vaccination was given.• Ask your provider to report the reaction by fi ling aVaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)form. Or you can file this report through the VAERSwebsite at, or by calling1-800-822-7967.How can I learn more?• Ask your provider. They can give you the vaccine package insert orsuggest other sources of information.• Call your local or state health department.• Contact the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC):-Call 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO) or-Visit CDC’s website at• Visit the web at www.flu.govDEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICESCenters for Disease Control and PreventionPope AFB reaches out to the local communityHonorary Commanders and Civic Leadersby Chief Master Sgt. Jerry Green (ret)Last month the 440 th and 43 rd Public Affairsoffices hosted civic leaders fromthe local area to a mission brief andfacility tour. The quarterly held civic visit wasin conjunction with the 43 rd Airlift Wing’sHonorary Commanders program. The programpairs up civic leaders with commandersfrom different groups and squadrons withinthe 43 rd AW. This provides civic leaders amore in depth view of the mission here atPope Air Force Base.Col. James Johnson, 43 rd Wing Commanderand Col. Merle Hart, 440 th Wing Commanderwelcomed the 18 honorary commanders atthe base lub providing them with an overviewof the morningsactivities.The group’s first stop was the headquartersbuilding of the 440 th Airlift Wing where Col.Hart briefed the civic leaders on the wing’sstatus, mission accomplishments and goalsfor the future build up of the wing’s personnel.“I am truly honored to have you visit usand see the men and women working side-bysidewith active-duty personnel making ourmission safe, seamless and productive,” saidHart.Col. Hart then introduced members of hiswing staff who briefed on their specific areasof importance.Col. Willie Cooper II, Maintenance Groupcommander, briefed the status of the aircraftfrom the maintainer’s perspective includingthe number of aircraft that are available to flyeach day and the scheduled modifications beingpreformed on the aircraft.Lt. Col. Bill Whittenberger, OperationsGroup commander, briefed the day-to-dayflying operations at the wing. Col. Whittenbergerdescribed the increasing operationstempo for the 95 th (Reserve) and 2 nd (Active)Airlift Squadrons, explaining the requirementsof aircrew training, support requirementsfor the 18 th Airborne Corps and realworld missions requiring continual rotationsfor aircraft and crews in the Area Of Responsibility(AOR).Capt. Jessica Thomasec, speaking on behalfof the Mission Support Group (MSG)discussed the vital roles of the subordinatesquadrons in the MSG and how they supportthe wing’s overall mission. For Capt. Thomasecthis would be her final briefing as MSG’sExecutive Officer. Soon she will be transferringto the Executive Officer position at the440 th Operations Group.After the civic leaders boarded a bus tocontinue the tour one of the civic leaders, aveteran of many tours at Pope AFB, commentedthat he was very familiar with thebase and these tours. Hearing this the tourcoordinator promised the civic leader thatthis tour had something different to offer.As the tour arrived at Hangar 4, the 440ISO dock, they were met by Col. Cooperand Chief Master Sgt. Danny Formanski,Maintenance Supervisor. As the groupentered the facility they saw a C-130 elevatedon aircraft jacks surrounded by yellowscaffolding with teams of maintainersworking on aircraft engines, landing gearand electrical wiring. Senior Master Sgt.Ed Ferch, ISO dock supervisor, explainedthat the aircraft is literally stripped ofmany components and a close inspectionof the aircraft is performed. As part of thisinspection the unit employs X-ray technologyto check for hidden cracks or fuselagedamage that is invisible to the human eye.The third stop on the tour was the LifeSupport section that maintains combatgear for aircrew use during flight duties.Staff Sgt. Fox , NCOIC, for the shop gavea detailed description of the survival gearthat is included in the survival vest. SeniorAirman Jackson explained the inner workingof the aircrew helmet and describedhow the helmet is assembled. Sgt. Fox thenbrought the group over to the night visiongoggle room (NVG) where he turned outthe lights, allowing each member to donthe equipment so they could see what aircrewssee when using the goggles.The next stop on the tour was the CommandPost, the hub of operations at Pope.Command Post personnel briefed theduties of the controllers, explained howinformation is coordinated among thevarious sections at Pope and outlined theresponsibilities required to keep the wingoperating smoothly in times of emergencyand war..Thoroughly briefed, the tour ended infront of the airpark’s C-130 where a groupphoto was taken. Just before the tourgroup went to the club for lunch, Col.Johnson thanked the group saying, “Whatyou have seen here today is the way membersof the 43 rd and the 440 th are integratingto keep Pope Air Force Base viable todayand in the future. Col. Hart and I wantto thank you again for coming out to seeus, and look forward to your next visit.”At the end of the tour many in the groupcommented about the unique things theysaw. Even the veteran tour member commentedthat he had never seen a C-130 upon jacks, and the work being preformed atthe ISO dock was very impressive!Combat AirliftersPage 12, The Combat Airlifter November 2009 440th Airlift Wing, Pope AFB, Page 13

Combat AirliftersFree military benefitshandbooks availableThe Airman and Family Readiness Center sent out a noticeto all wing members last month that announced theavailability of free military benefits handbooks at this web site handbooks cover benefits for retired military members,veterans and dependents, paying for college, what to do afterleaving the military, veterans’ healthcare, and military children’sscholarships.ARCNetReserveNet has a new name and a new mission. After a yearof coordination between Air Force Reserve and Air NationalGuard officials, ARCNet was established Sept. 1 to provideReserveNet capabilities to Air Guard members. Americans Valueand Efficiency (SAVE) Award.On April 25, 2009, President Obama announced in hisweekly address his intent to establish “a process throughwhich every government worker can submit their ideas forhow their agency can save money and perform better.” Tofulfillthis commitment, the President’s SAVE Award was created inlate September to encourage innovative thinking that generatessavings and improves how government operates.This is an opportunity for our Air Force employees to bringtheir best ideas forward and serve our national and agencygoals. The President will select a winner in November andwill include the new idea in the FY11 Budget. The winnerwill also meet with the President to personally present his/herentry. An award will also be given to the agency with the mostparticipation.Employees can submit their ideas to the Office of Managementand Budget at http://www.saveaward.govRoles of the IG in Relation to the Commander:Be the “eyes and ears” of the commander. Keep thecommander informed of potential areas of concern.Function as the ombudsman, fact-finder, and honest broker inthe resolution of complaints. Educate and train commandersand members of the base population on their rights andresponsibilities in regard to the Air Force IG system. Helpcommanders prevent, detect, and correct fraud, waste andabuse, and mismanagement.440th Airlift Wing/InspectorGeneral:DSN:424-2303/1798Commercial: 910-394-2303/1798FAX: 910-394-2308“People do not decide to become extraordinary.They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”– Sir Edmund Hillary (1919 – 2008), explorer andhumanitarian; in 1953, he and Sherpa mountaineer TenzingNorgay became the first climbers known to have reached thesummit of Mount EverestNEWS & NOTESRadar system enhancesC-130 operationsCol. Merle Hart speaks to the Fayetteville observer concerningaircraft modifications at Pope Air Force Base. order bans feds from textingwhile drivingIn an executive order issued Oct. 1, President Barack Obamabanned federal employees from text messaging whilebehind the wheel on government business.Text messaging, or ‘‘texting,” encompasses more than simplysending a text message via a handheld communicationdevice. It also includes reading from any handheld or otherelectronic device, including for the purpose of SMS texting,e-mailing, instant messaging, obtaining navigational information,or ‘‘engaging in any other form of electronic data retrievalor electronic data communication,” the order said.The order defines driving as ‘‘operating a motor vehicle onan active roadway with the motor running.” This includes thetime the vehicle is temporarily stationary because of traffic, atraffic light, stop sign or other cause.While the order applies specifically to federal employees, italso asks contractors to follow suit and encourages civilians toadopt the same measures while operating their own vehicles.Airmen have the opportunity for education,commission with LEADAirmen have the opportunity to compete for admission tothe U.S. Air Force Academy through the Leaders encouragingAirman Development program where they can earn adegree and a commission.LEAD is an ongoing effort for unit and wing commandersto nominate their best and brightest enlisted Airmen to competefor admission to the Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.Each year, the Academy accepts up to 85 Air Force active-dutyAirmen and 85 Air Force Reserve and Air National GuardAirmen.Enlisted Air Force members also have the option of attendingthe Air Force Academy Preparatory School, located aboutfive miles from the Academy campus. The duration of theprep school is 10 months, and it provides extensive instructionin English, science, math, as well as military training and athleticdevelopment.For a complete list of eligibility requirements, applicationevaluation factors and application procedures, visit,or read the Air Force Print News story at Orr Spouse AwardAopen for nominationsir Force members can now submit nominations for theirspouse as the 2010 Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of theYear. The period of the award runs Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2009.The award is sponsored by the Air Force Association andhonors the significant contributions made by non-militaryspouses of Air Force military members. The nominee’s husbandor wife must currently be serving in the Air Force (activeduty, Guard or Reserve).For more information and application requirements,visit AFPC’s “Ask” Web site; call the Total Force ServiceCenter-San Antonio at 800-525-0102; or read the AirForce Print News story at Richard E. Phillips 440 MSGMSGT William R. Bell 440 MXSMSGT Harold W. Stanberry 440 SFSTSGT Nelson O. Ajagbawa 440 MXSTSGT Christina L. Scott 95 ASSSGT Christopher C. Breitbarth 440 LRSCMSGT Jeffrey Roeder 440 AWSMSGT Brian Quenga, 440 MSFSMSGT Barry Blevins 53 APSMSGT Jason J. Metoxen 440 MXSTSGT Todd R. Redenbaugh 440 CFTSGT Kandace L. Ferri 53 APSTSGT William R. Haynes 53 APSOn the morning of Sept. 8, soon after arriving at work, SeniorAirman Thomas Walton met with his supervisor who informedhim he had a meeting with the Maintenance Group Commanderat 8 a.m. His supervisor told him the meeting concerned a specificfinance issue he was having. Unaware of what was about to unfoldAirman Walton entered the commander’s office where he was met byCol. Willie Cooper, 440 th Maintenance Group commander and Col.James Johnson, 43rd Airlift Wing commander.When asked what he was thinking when he entered the room hesaid, “I really thought it was about a finance issue, but when I saidthat to Col. Cooper he looked straight at me and said nope, that’s notit. Walton went on to explain that he was totally confused and didnot know what to think.”After being brought to attention Airman Walton was told he has animportant phone call from Lt. Gen. Vern Findley, vice commanderNew PromotionsSeptember 2009October 2009SSGT Sharissa L. Jones 440 MXSSSGT James E. Sparrow 440 SFSSRA Jonathan A. Ward 36 AESSRA Joshua T. Case 440 OSFAMN Rasheed M. Smith 440 MXSSSGT Frederick D. Lebrun 440 MXSSSGT Tod L. Bonello 440 SFSSSGT Daniel Ganus 440 SFSSRA Casandra D. Ballard 440 LRSSRA Joshua D. Spencer 440 AWSRA Karl M. Kircher 440 MXSSRA Kimberly D. Smith 53 APSMatch Up 2009 Grand Prize WinnerCombat Airliftersfor Air Mobility Command. Walton stood with his eyes fixed straightahead and a bewildered look on his face as the general informed himthat he was the winner of ten thousand dollars for the 2009 Match-Up Game.“I was shocked and did not know what to think.” said Walton.“Two weeks afterward, I still did not believe what happened to me.”When I called my wife that day she jumped for joy and then made itclear to come straight home with the check,” he added.Airman Walton plans to take care of a few bills and get somethingnice for his wife and two children.The intent of the MatchUP game was to help increase participationand awareness of Air Force programs and services and to furtherimprove the Quality of Life of our military community. To find outmore about the contest go to website.Left image: Col. James Johnson,43rd AW commander, looks on as Senior Airman Thomas Walton hears the voice of Gen. Findley as he wonders why thegeneral is calling about his finance issue. (right side image) After the general informs Walton that he has won ten thousand dollars in the Match Up gameAirman Walton can hardly believe his ears. (center image) Col. Willie Cooper, 440 AW Maintenance commander, is full of laughter as he knowing that Waltonhad no idea that he won the contest.Page 14, The Combat Airlifter November 2009 440th Airlift Wing, Pope AFB, Page 15

440th Airlift Wing374 maynard St., Suite 301Pope AFB, NC, 28308-2409PRESORTEDFIRST CLASS MAILU.S. POSTAGEFAYETTEVILLE, NCPERMIT NO. 478Page 16, The Combat Airlifter November 2009

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