Combat Airlifter January 2010.indd - 440th Airlift Wing

Combat Airlifter January 2010.indd - 440th Airlift Wing

COMBATAIRLIFTER440th Airlift Wing “Vincit qui primum gerit” January 2010 Vol. 4, No. 1440th Airlift Wing, Pope AFB, Page 1

Combat AirliftersVolume 4, No.1January 2010Wing 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:The 440 AW prepares foran Operational ReadinessInspectionIllustration created bySenior AirmanJacqueline PenderNew Year - New GoalsThe wing is starting a new year and the futureis bright for us as we move into 2010. It is mysincere hope that your holiday season was joyousand safe. The holiday period allows us the timeto reset our focus on family and friendships. TheAir Force has launched “Year of the Air ForceFamily.” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. NortonSchwartz and Secretary of the Air Force MichaelDonley promote this event as a yearlong focus onAir Force programs highlighting the importanceand commitment to the entire Air Force family:all airmen, spouses, children, Air Force civilians,and retirees. In his message introducing the“Year of the Air Force Family” Gen. Schwartzsaid, “The strength of the nation’s Air Force is notthe platforms we operate or the technologies weemploy, as good as they are, it is our Airmen andtheir families. The Air Force is a great place towork, live and play. Our intent is to make it evenbetter.” ( back over the past year, we continuedto build as a wing and develop our relationshipwith our active-duty associates. The wingsupported multiple 120 day deployments to theAOR in support of Operation Enduring Freedomand Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 2 nd airliftSquadron continues to deploy crews and supportstaff on continuous rotations to overseas dutylocations providing an important link in the waron terrorism.On a weekly basis, the wing assigns crews tosupport the Tanker Airlift Control Center (TACC)mission moving wounded military members fromeast coast bases to various locations in the UnitedStates. These ongoing missions combined withlocal training requirements have kept the 440 thAirlift Wing very busy.In less than 13 months, 51 training days, the wingwill have its first Operational Readiness Inspectionsince relocating to Pope Air Force Base. This willrequire a lot of work to be accomplished in a shortperiod of time. To that end, I hope everyone hasa better perspective about the ATSO environmentafter receiving assistance from the Volk FieldCadre during the November UTA. I want tothank every one of you for stepping up to the platedemonstrating the “can do” attitude that is neededto pass an ORI. It has been years for most of ussince we were last involved in that type of training,so I’m asking you to stay focused as we train.According to the IG; “Attitude makes a differencebetween passing and failing.” Most of us havenever failed in anything that we have attempted.Let’s keep the streak alive and prove to ourselves,we can be successful.In January, a group of wing members aredeploying to Gulfport, Mississippi for ORTP3.Command PerspectiveLt. Col. John Gorse440 AW Operations Group DeputyThis training will assist wing leadership to gainfirsthand knowledge of the ATSO environment.During the February UTA, the unit will performTask Qualification Training. This will requiremembers to perform their specific jobs whilewearing their chemical suits. In April, the wingwill participate in an ATSO Rodeo that willconsist of different stations designed to train onspecific ATSO tasks. These training sessionswill help prepare the wing for ORTP 4 beingheld at the Volk Field Wisconsin training facility.The cadre at Volk Field will critique the way eachtask is being performed and will then providefeedback. Then in October, the wing will deployback to Gulfport for an Operational ReadinessExercise before the actual ORI in January, 2011.So buckle up sports fan, we have got some workto do!As I finish up this column, the after-actionreport about Operation Toy Drop is complete.The numbers show that more than 1200Army paratroopers jumped out of C-130s overthe Sicily drop zone on Fort Bragg over theDecember UTA. I want to send my thanks toour friends at the 145 th Air National Guard overin Charlotte, North Carolina and our sister wingthe 910 th from Youngstown, Ohio for supportingthis event.At the end of my work day after the dust hassettled from my flight suit, I can honestly say, Iam proud and thankful for each and every oneof you regardless of whom you work for or whopays you. We are building a proud traditionhere at the 440 th ; one that will last for the nextgeneration of airmen.CHIN STRAP BUCKLEDUSAF RANKFIRST/LAST NAMEPage 2, The Combat Airlifter January 2010 440th Airlift Wing, Pope AFB, Page 3M9FULL CANTEENRight Leg Pocket- Airman’s Manual- M-291 Kits- M-295 Kits- Individual First Aid Kit(IFAK)M9M9M9M9M9REFELCTIVE BELT- WORN 24/7Mask Carrier:- Antidote Treatment NerveAgent Autoinjector (ATNAA)- Convulscant Antidote forNerve Agent (CANA)- Pyridostigmine BromideTablets (P-Tabs)Personnel indentification: Use O.D. green duct tape on front andback of helmet and right breast pocket of body armor.Combat Airlifters

Combat AirliftersAfter Fort Hoodby Chaplain (Capt.) David Fink“I Tam going to do God’s work.”hese are the last words spoken by Army Maj. Nidal Hasanto a neighbor on the morning of Nov. 5, several hours beforehe walked into an Army processing center at Fort Hoodand opened fire on his fellow soldiers, killing 13 and injuringmany more.Our picture of the events leading up to that day remainsincomplete, but investigators are hard at work looking for answers.Was Hasan merely a troubled individual, acting alone,or was he part of a larger network of radical extremists?Were there warning signs that could have tipped off his fellowsoldiers that something was wrong? Was he the victim of discriminationbecause of his Muslim faith, as he claims, or didhis radical ideology set him apart from his fellow soldiers?Whatever the answers to these questions turn out to be, theevents at Fort Hood have raised once again the troubling issueof religious violence and reminded us that this is not simply aproblem in foreign cultures and in other parts of the world.It’s a problem that exists right here in our midst, and just afew days ago it claimed the lives of 13 comrades-in-arms.If you’re wondering whether Fort Hood can happen here,or what impact these events might have on the mission of the440 th Airlift Wing, let me encourage you to keep a number ofpoints in mind.First, there is no inherent connection between religion andviolence, or between extremism and any particular religiousfaith. Terrorists come in all shapes and sizes, and they aremotivated by a wide range of religious, non-religious, andeven anti-religious ideologies. Timothy McVeigh, who killed168 people in the most deadly terrorist attack on Americansoil prior to Sept. 11, 2001, and Scott Roeder, who earlierthis year murdered Dr. George Tiller at point-blank range,were both driven by radical reinterpretations of Christianity.But religious people aren’t the only ones shooting peopleand blowing things up—witness the carnage wrought by theBasque separatist group ETA in Spain, or the Marxist-inspiredFARC in Colombia, or by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, thetroubled teens who shot up Columbine High School in 1999.Religious beliefs may sometimes be a contributing factor inacts of violent extremism, but they are never the sole cause ofviolence. The mere fact that a person identifies as Christian,Muslim, atheist or indifferent tells us absolutely nothing aboutwhether that person may be on a path to terrorism or murder.Second, while there may not always be clear warning signsthat a particular individual is meditating an act of violence orterrorism, there are ways we can make our work environmentmore or less conducive to extremism. People do not usuallydecide to become terrorists on their own. Historically, radicalgroups have arisen within Western societies primarily amongimmigrant populations who feel isolated from mainstream societydue to their differing cultural and religious values. Thesegroups often identify themselves even more strongly with thereligious beliefs and moral values of their home traditions asa way of coping with the difficulty of being outsiders. In theUnited States, where we have traditionally embraced the ideaChaplain David Fink440th Airlift Wingof assimilating these culturesin the “melting pot,”this effect has been muchless pronounced than inEurope, where immigrantcommunities often maintaintheir own national and ethnicidentities indefinitely.The rise of the internet,however, has created newopportunities for individualsto network and formcommunities of commoninterest, and this may workto threaten the American“melting pot” system.While many of the detailsare still unclear, investigatorshave reported that Major Hasan had developed ties withradical Muslim extremists via the internet. This “self-radicalization,”as some experts are calling it, is a type of terrorismthat is rapidly spreading and has law enforcement officialsconcerned, precisely because it is so difficult to detect. Theseindividuals have no direct ties to foreign terrorists, they do notlive in immigrant enclaves, and they seem in many respects tobe fully integrated into American culture. Like Major Hasan,many are highly educated and have achieved positions of respectand responsibility in their professions. But because thiskind of terrorism is so difficult for law enforcement agenciesto track, it is all the more important for individual militarymembers to be on the lookout. But what exactly should webe looking for?If the Fort Hood case is at all typical, this “self-radicalization”goes hand-in-hand with an increasing alienation both inthe workplace and in the religious community: Major Hasanwas estranged from his colleagues in the Army and wantedout, but he was also a stranger to virtually everyone in hismosque. Although he regularly attended prayer services, hereportedly formed no lasting friendships. This should havebeen a warning sign to someone—but who knew enoughabout him to put all the pieces together? As military membersserving in a diverse force, it is in our own best intereststo provide an atmosphere of respect and support that makesthis kind of alienation and radicalization less likely to flourish.This isn’t about any sort of mealy-mouthed political correctness—it’sabout knowing and supporting our troops. Peopleare far less likely to turn to the internet for community if theycan find it closer to home.I’ve been in the military for 15 years now, and it’s alwaysbeen like a second family for me—maybe that’s why this crimeseemed so shocking and unthinkable to me. Clearly not everyonefeels this way. Maybe the most effective thing we cando as individual members is to remember the ties that bind ustogether in support of a common mission and bear in mindthe words of the Airman’s Creed: “I will never leave an airmanbehind.” Those words don’t just apply to the battlefield;they apply with equal force to the kind of community we’rebuilding on a daily basis as we work and train together. Now,more than ever, we need to remember that we are family. Andeveryone has a place at the table.With serving utensils in hand officers and chiefs from the 440thMaintenance Group prepare to dish out a Thanksgiving-day meal to thetroops at Pope AFB.Senior Airman Paul Gutierrez enjoys an afternoon is thesun as he prepares deep-fried turkey for the annual MaintenanceGroup Thanksgiving lunchoen held at Pope AFB,N.C. Airman Gutierrez is an electronic counter measurespecialist with the 2nd Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photographby Master Sgt. Kevin Brody)Combat Airlifters440th Maintenance Group serves a Thanksgiving luncheonby Chief Master Sgt. (ret) Jerry GreenTthhe 440 Airlift Wing’s Maintenance Group carried on thetradition established several yearsago with the “Feed the Troops” pre-Thanksgiving luncheon. More than200 wing members of the 440 th and2 nd Airlift Maintenance Squadronsjoined in the annual event feastingon a traditional meal of turkey, ham,mashed potatoes, corn, and gravy,followed by the traditional pumpkinpie for dessert.With deep fryers and largegrills surrounding him, luncheoncoordinator Captain Steven Keenan,2 nd Airlift Squadron MaintenanceOfficer, explained that this luncheonwas a way for wing leadership toshow their gratitude to the hardworking maintenance troops, manywho will not be home for theThanksgiving holiday. A native ofCharleston, South Carolina, Keenansaid, “The officers and senior NCOscontributed by purchasing the hamsand turkeys that are being servedtoday. Without them we wouldprobably be cooking hamburgers.”Nearby, volunteers were carvingand stacking the fresh cooked meatson serving trays. Standing close bywere the “cooking assistants” readyto transfer the food to the servingline. One of those ready to help outwas California native, Senior AirmanChris Campos. Campos has been in the Air Force for threeyears and has been stationed at Pope AFB for two and onehalfyears after graduating from tech. school. “This is reallygreat getting everybody together for this meal, and the foodis excellent”, said Campos. When asked what his duties at thecarving table were, Campos said, “Imake sure the food tastes okay.”When not carving food AirmanCampos is an analysis technician,monitoring the aircraft maintenanceprocess and trend analysis.Enjoying the meal with the aircraftmechanics and specialists from MXS,were personnel from other sectionson base. Security Forces andFirefighters gathered their meals in“to-go” containers to be delivered towing members on duty.Serving the spuds was Lt.Col. EdRuth, 440 th Maintenance Officer, whotook over serving duties from ChiefsFormanski and Houston explaining,“They were not serving right, so Ihad to take over.”The “Feed the Troops” luncheonwill be a tradition at the 440 MXGas long as there are C-130s basedat Pope AFB and deserving airmenworking on them. Thanksgiving Dayis traditionally a time to give thanksfor the year’s achievements and expressgratitude to those who deserveit. Many of the airmen will spendtheir Thanksgiving Holiday at homestation away from friends and family.While the “Feed the Troops” luncheondoes not replace the holiday,here at Pope Air Force Base it is ameasure of the leadership’s gratitude for a job well done bythe units who put the “Air in Airborne.”Captain Steven Keenan, 2 nd Airlift Squadron Maintenance officer, operatesthe grill for a Thanksgiving-day lunchoen held by the 440th MaintenanceGroup. Captain Keenan was the coordinator for the event.Page4, The Combat Airlifter January 2010 0 440th Airlift ift Wing, PopeAFB, Page 5

Combat AirliftersResolutions That Can ReallyMake a DifferenceDo New Year’s resolutions really do any good? Itdepends on what they are and whether you can keepthem. Studies show that people who follow the federalnutrition guidelines closely have a lower than averageincidence of cancer.Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released by the federalgovernment and aimed at overall good health, and theAmerican Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) Diet andHealth Guidelines for Cancer Prevention, together form anexcellent basis for resolutions that can make a real differencein your life. Consider these guidelines goals to work toward;make resolutions about specific behavior changes that willhelp you reach them.The first two DietaryGuidelines for Americans are,“Aim for a healthy weight” and“Be physically active each day.”These messages are alsokey points in the AICRguidelines. These goalsare included in dietaryguidelines because morethan half of U.S. adultsare now at unhealthy weightsthat put them at risk of cancer,heart disease, diabetes and high bloodpressure. The federal guideline’s use of“aim” means you shouldn’t tplantoachievetheto achieve thegoal overnight, but change behaviors gradually over time.To “maintain” a healthy weight is not to drop weight ona fad diet and regain it, which is typical, but permanentlychange eating and lifestyle habits to reach and stay at ahealthy weight.To get there, AICR emphasizes the importance of portionsizes appropriate to your body’s real needs. That meansconsidering a resolution to avoid supersized portions.AICR’s “New American Plate” approach to eatingemphasizes that besides portion control, healthy eating alsomeans a balanced, mostly plant-based diet in which grains(preferably whole grains), vegetables and fruits make uptwo-thirds (or more) of our plates and animal protein onethird(or less). A recent report in the American Journal ofClinical Nutrition emphasizes that eating only low-fat foodsis not the key to weight control; balanced eating, with plentyof high-fiber foods, is also important.Both sets of dietary guidelines talk about the importanceof being active every day. AICR encourages accumulatingan hour of moderate activity each day, and an hour ofvigorous activity sometime each week. You can make thesegoals achievable by breaking up active time into 10- or15-minute blocks at lunchtime and before and after work.Or make activity a fun part of your day by setting walkinggoals using a pedometer, or finding co-workers who enjoy asport or activity that you can share.Both sets of guidelines also emphasize making wholegrains, vegetables and fruits the main focus of our meals.Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is not just importantfor weight control. ol. Meeting the minimum goal offive servings a day could lowercancer risk up to 20 percent,and provide other healthbenefits, too. Considera resolution to includea fruit or vegetable (orboth!) at lunch each day, tohave fruit for a snack ordessert at least once daily.Change the proportion of yourmain course. One tactic is toprepare combination dishes, likestews and stir-fries, with less meat andmore vegetables. Try switching from refinedbreads or cereals to whole-grain products.Moderation in alcohol (no more than one standard drinkdaily for women, or no more than two for men) is part ofboth guidelines, too. Try switching to sparkling water orcider, or a tangy tomato juice. Guidelines to avoid foodshigh in fat and salt offer plenty of other opportunitiesto make resolutions that will improve the quality of youreating. Perhaps the best start might be a resolution to stoptaking your health for granted.Reprinted with permission from the American Institutefor Cancer ResearchHaving Problems with Your Civilian Employer?by Lt. Col. Karen HeckerFor some reservists, the following scenarios are all too real:-“Welcome back from reserve duty, Bob. While you were gone,we moved you to the night shift and you’re no longer in a supervisoryposition.”-“I heard you volunteered to deploy for six months. I don’t know ifthere will be a job here for you when you get back.”-“No, you can’t go to your UTA this weekend as we need you here atthe office. You don’t have military orders so I don’t have to let you go.”Fortunately, Congress has enacted a statute that is specificallydesigned to prohibit discrimination against employeesbecause of their service in the Armed Forces, Reserves, orNational Guard. The federal law: the Uniformed Services Employmentand Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), was strengthenedconsiderably after September 11, 2001. Most employerswho violate this law do so unknowingly so it is important thatyou understand your rights and know how to seek assistancein exercising them if problems arise.Bottom line, USERRA prohibits an employer from denyingany benefit of employment on the basis of an individual’smembership, application for future membership, performanceof service or obligation for military service in the UnitedStates of America. Like wise,an employer must not denyinitial employment, reemployment, retention in employment,promotion, or any benefit of employment to an individual onthe basis of his or her membership, application for membership,performance of service, application for service or obligationfor military service. USERRA also protects the rightof veterans, reservists, National Guard members, and certainother military members to reclaim their civilian employmentafter an absence due to military service, testing or training.USERRA potentially covers every individual who hasserved or will serve in the military and applies to allemployers in the public and private sector including federalemployers. The law seeks to minimize disruption to the livesof service members by ensuring that they are able to retaintheir civilian employment and benefits while serving theircountry, and by providing protection from discriminationbecause of their service. USERRA protections apply to allmilitary service, whether voluntary, involuntary, on ordersor during UTAs.People are most familiar with the “reemployment” rightsgranted by USERRA. There are four basic entitlements thatmust be provided by the employer: prompt reinstatement,accrued seniority during your absence, training/retrainingor similar accommodations upon your return and specialprotection against discharge, except for cause.However, USERRA also protects reservists under othermore common scenarios. For example, if you miss workwhile you perform military service, your employer is not obligatedto reschedule you to make up the time lost. However,if employees who miss work for non-military reasons are affordedopportunities to make up the time lost, you must betreated in the same manner. Further, you cannot be requiredto find a replacement worker for the shift(s) you will miss asa condition of being given the time off by your employer toperform military service.Federal law allows youthe option to use earnedvacation while performingmilitary service, butyou cannot be requiredto do so. You are alsoentitled to, in most circumstances,maintainyour civilian healthinsurance during yourabsence.USERRA providesthat a denial of employmentor an adverseaction taken by an employeris unlawful if amember’s connectionwith military service is aCombat AirliftersLt. Col. Karen HeckerReserve Staff Judge Advocatemotivating factor (not necessarily the only factor) in the denialof reemployment or other adverse action, “unless the employercan prove that the action would have been taken in the absenceof such membership, application for membership … orobligation.”Remedies to a claimant under the law may flow fromtwo different processes. The first is the administrativeroute (handled by the United States Department of Labor,VETS). The second is the litigation route (handled by theU.S. Attorney General or the Office of Special Counsel).Remedies may differ depending on which route is chosen.Remedies available through the administrative route caninclude return to a position, back pay, restored benefits,restored promotional opportunities and other remediesdesigned to restore the service member to the position he/sheshould have been in.Most USERRA situations can be resolved short oflitigation or a claim. If you are having problems with yourcivilian employer that you believe are related to your militaryservice, please contact the Legal Office for assistance. Wealso recommend that you contact the Employer Supportof the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). This organization hasestablished an Ombudsman Services Program to provideinformation, counseling and mediation on issues relatedUSERRA. They staff a customer service center specifically toanswer phone calls and e-mails involving USERRA questions.Specially trained Ombudsmen are available to assist membersof the Guard and Reserve in resolving disputes with theircivilian employers related to military service throughmediation. ESGR Ombudsmen are volunteers locatedthroughout the United States. and U.S. territories. Therewebsite ( contains informationon this program and detailed information on USERRA.The Department of Labor also has a website dedicatedto USERRA issues and provides on-line advisors to helpemployees and employers understand their rights andresponsibilities( 6, The Combat Airlifter January 2010 440th Airlift Wing, Pope AFB, Page 7

Combat AirliftersCombat Airliftersby Master Sgt. Steve Staedlerphotographic illustration by Senior Airman Jackie PenderSenior Airman Meagan Hunt and Airman First ClassDavid Sledge were the unlucky ones.The two 440 th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airmenwere outside at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., when it came“under attack” Nov. 8. A short while later a post-attackreconnaissance (PAR) team came upon the injured duo,sitting together on the sidewalk in front of building 753with their faces ashen from exposure to a chemical agent.After identifying the extent of their injuries, PAR teammembers summoned more help for the two airmen andcontinued searching the building’s perimeter for morecasualties and unexploded ordnances.Of course the two airmen weren’t really injured; theywere just sporting some light white paint over their facesto simulate the chemical exposure. What they were doingwas preparing, along with the rest of the base populace,for the upcoming operational readiness inspection (ORI)scheduled for January 2011.Much of the November UTA was devoted to ORI prep.Activities actually began a day earlier, on Friday, as baseleadership brought instructors in from other Reserve andGuard bases to provide instruction to Airmen during theweekend of events.Wing airmen spent much of the day Friday cleaningtheir gas masks and donningtheir chemical warfare suits,ensuring they had everythingthey would need to survive achemical attack.“This has been very wellorganized and I’m learninga lot more than I thought Iwould,” Airman Hunt said.“It’s good that we’re puttingon our gear and making sureit’s all there. Once we do this afew times it gets easier. This isgood practice.”On Saturday and Sundayinstructors walked airmenthrough a series of scenariosthey would be evaluated onduring the ORI, including PARteam training and self-aid andbuddy care.“We’re showing them the basic concepts of dealingwith big traumatic injuries and the ability to takequick steps in providing first aid,” said Master Sgt.Rusty Scott, medical NCOIC at Volk Field ANGBin Wisconsin. “For a lot of these people, they’re notin the patient-care business. So a lot of them will ask‘how do I check his airway?’ And I tell them ‘why areyou talking to me – you should be talking to him.’But as a layman administering medical care can be ahard thing to grasp, but once they do grasp it they’llcatch on real quick and do a good job at the ORI.”Donning the chemical gear and walking throughthe various scenarios was particularly helpful to StaffSgt. Cary Fowler.“I haven’t received any training like this before,”said sergeant Fowler, 53 rd Aerial Port Squadron. “IfI get into a situation like this I think I’ll be betterprepared for it. Even though this is just an exercise,this could be real-world stuff one day. It’s verypractical and meaningful I think.”A group of airmen from the 440 th Airlift Wing areplanning a “fly-away” to Mississippi for three days priorto the January 2010 UTA weekend to continue their ORItraining and practice more in-depth scenarios.“Everyone has a great attitude and they’re picking upthe pace and running with it,” Master Sgt. James Hartzog,622 nd Emergency Management, Dobbins ARB, Ga., saidwhile instructing 53 rd APS Airmen. “The key is motivationand attitude. As long as you’re motivated and show apositive attitude inspectors will see that.”Page 8, The Combat Airlifter January 2010 440th Airlift Wing, Pope AFB, Page 9

Combat AirliftersNew Base Environmental Policyby 2 nd Lt. Nicole WarnerEnvironmental Management Systems CoordinatorThe 43d Civil Engineering Squadron’s EnvironmentalFlight is committed to providing the guidance and oversightto ensure Pope AFB’s impact on the environment iskept to a minimum. However, environmentalprotection and compliance is theresponsibility of all members of the Popecommunity. A person working in an officewho recycles paper, aluminum cans,and plastic bottles is just as vital in helpingprotect the environment as the airmanon the flightline who properly handlesjet fuel and oil. Although most of theseactions are part of routine procedures forthose conducting them, there is an underlyingreason for their importance.Shortly after taking command of the 43d Airlift Wing, Col.James Johnson signed a new environmental policy letter forPope AFB. This new policy is being implemented as part ofPope’s continuing efforts to satisfy the requirements of theInternational Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001,Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant (POL) recycling containersThe Homeowner’s Assistance Program (HAP) has been expandedby the ARRA of 2009. The Demonstration Citiesand Metropolitan Development Act was modified to providetemporary expansion of HAP to respond to the mortgage foreclosureand credit crisis. A total of $555 million in appropriatedfunds were provided to finance this expansion.The expanded HAP provides some monetary relief to servicemember (including Coast Guard) and federal employee (includingnon appropriated fund)homeowners who suffer financial loss on the saleof their primary residences. The program assistswounded members of the Armed Forces(30% or greater disability), surviving spousesof fallen warriors, and wounded DoD civilianhomeowners reassigned in furtherance ofmedical treatment or rehabilitation or due tomedical retirement in connection with their disability; BaseRealignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 impacted homeownersrelocating during the mortgage crisis; and Service memberhomeowners undergoing Permanent Change of Station (PCS)JP-8 recycling containersthe Plan-Do-Check-Act frame work that all federal agenciesuse to manage their environmental programs. All personnelare required to be aware of the new policy and do theirpart to ensure the seven primary commitments are met. Thecommitments made in Pope’s Environmental Policy are:- Continue to implement our EnvironmentalManagement System (EMS)- Set and review environmental objectives and targets- Promote conservation and sustainable use of materials- Comply with legal and other requirements like AFIs- Continually improve environmental performance- Integrate pollution prevention practices- Promote environmental awareness.Proper procedures for implementing these commitments arealready in place in most base shops, but continued awarenessand emphasis on their importance ensures Pope’s operationswill continue to have minimal impact on the environment.The full policy letter can be found under Policy Letters onthe 43 AW Homepage ( anyone has questions related to this policy or their rolein supporting the Pope AFB EMS, please contact your unitenvironmental coordinator or the base EMS coordinator, Ms.Omega Weeks, 43 CES/CEVP, 394-1639.moves during the mortgage crisis.The Army is the Executive Agent for implementing theHAP and uses the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) toimplement the program. The Under Secretary of Defense forAcquisition, Technology and Logistics has overall responsibilityand oversight for this program.We need your help to ensure Air Force members and theirfamilies are made aware of the expanded HAP and potentialassistance. Please provide this information, the attachedbriefing, expanded HAP brochure, and the list offrequently asked questions (FAQs) to yourHousing Offices and request they publicizeusing all available means. Members should beencouraged to access the US Army Corps ofEngineer website ( for detailed program information,including application process, points of contacts, benefits,etc., and to seek assistance, as needed, from the local HousingOffice in applying. Airlift Wing participates in JFEX exerciseby Chief Master Sgt. (ret) Jerry GreenPope Air Force Base, N.C. - Despite overcast skies andintermittent rain, more than a dozen community, civic, andbusiness leaders, including Katherine Southard, Miss NorthCarolina 2009, attended a Joint Forcible Entry Exercise(JFEX) on Fort Bragg’s Sicily Drop Zone.After arriving at Green Ramp located on Pope Air ForceBase, the DV’s were shuttled to the PAX sheds where theywere briefed by the XVIII Airborne Corps about the JFEXexercise they would observe that afternoon.Col. Gregory C. Kane, director of operations, G3, XVIIIAirborne Corps participated in the briefing. Col. Kanesaid, “Much like what we did with the JFEX by buildingrelationships with 19th and 18th Air Wings, we are alsobuilding relationships with the community leaders and our AirForce counterparts.”After the briefing instructors from Fort Bragg’s AdvancedAirborne School demonstrated various components of airborneoperations that airborne paratroopers would perform duringthe day’s exercise. The civic leaders then took their turnsgetting fitted with the same equipment that the soldiers wouldbe using.Obviously impressed with the procedures, Fayetteville nativeDon Price, owner and president of Lafayette Ford said. “Iappreciate the military and the professionalism, and the jobthey do for us every day,” said Price. “I’m having a great time-Iwould say I wish I could go out there and jump, but I think I’llhave to pass on that!”After boarding the C-130 aircraft the civic leaders watchedas the aircrew completed their preflight duties and soldierschecked their jump gear. As the engines roared to life theanticipation of the mission was evident as the jumpmasterschecked the jumpers to make sure they were buckled in.Dodging light-rain showers, the aircrew guided the C-130 tothe initial turning point notifying the loadmaster to alert thejumpmasters. Less than 10 minutes from the jump, the soldierswaited as the loadmasters opened the paratroop doors. Thejumpmaster took over the door space checking to see if thedrop zone was clear to drop. After several minutes of waitingLocal civic leaders line up in formation at Pope Air Force Base during a parachutedemonstration, Oct. 27, 2009. The local leaders visited the Pope AFBand Fort Bragg areas to witness some of the key capabilities of XVIII AirborneCorps during a joint forcible entry exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C., Oct. 27 through30. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Eric Guzman, 50th Public Affairs Detachment)Combat AirliftersSgt. 1st Class Michael A. Reyna, a platoon sergeant from 1st Battalion, 325Airborne Infantry Regiment, Company C, waits for his jumpmaster to clearhim as he readies to jump over Sicily drop zone October 27 for a Joint ForcibleEntry Exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Eric Guzman, 50th Public AffairsDetachment)for the green light and two passes over the DZ, weatherconditions deteriorated to the point that the drop had to bescrubbed.Watching from a safe seat on the aircraft, North Carolinanative Katherine Southard said, “I was actually here at FortBragg on the 4 th of July, so it’s neat to come back and see thisside of the airdrop instead of watching from the ground.”After the aircraft landed and the engines had stopped thepassengers and paratroopers exited the aircraft greeted by asteady rain. It was a “No Drop” day, but the demonstrationwas a success.If the JFEX exercise had good weather the plan was toproceed with a Joint Forcible Entry Exercise at the SicilyDrop Zone, dropping more than 1,300 paratroopers and theirequipment.The JFEX exercise was scheduled over a four-day periodinvolving airborne units from the 2 nd Brigade Combat Team,82 nd Airborne Division, Tennessee and South CarolinaNational Guard units, and joined by an Air Force fighter wingand three airlift wings.Ever the optimist, Col. Merle “Mad Dog” Hart, 440 th AirliftWing commander told Don Price “keep the parachute handy,we can use it tomorrow.” Not convinced with that suggestion,Price, with a big smile on his face, shook Hart’s hand as he toldhim that he didn’t think that was necessarily a good idea.The 440 th Air Force Reserve wing has more than 1400 menand women assigned to the wing supporting missions aroundthe world and supplying airlift for U.S. Army airborne forcesstationed at Fort Bragg.Page10,TheCombat Airlifter ifteJanuary ary 2010440th Airlift ift Wing, PopeAFB, Page 11

Combat AirliftersCombat AirliftersOperation Toy Drop: Everybody knowsthat Santa is a Paratrooperby Capt. Lauri Turpinphotographs by Senior Airman Peter MillerYou know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. Buton Dec. 6 at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., it was not a teamof reindeer, but Maj. Jeff Dasher a navigator in the 95th AirliftSquadron who guided the mission for the 440th Airlift Wing’sC-130 that flew a group of soldier Santas across the morningsky. You might say he was born for this mission.“It’s the name,” Major Dasher said, laughing. “I had to be onthis flight.”His flight was a part of the 12th annual Randy Oler MemorialOperation Toy Drop, a program sponsored by Ft. Bragg,N.C., and Pope AFB providing toys to needy children in theFayetteville area. The toys, donated by the participating servicemembers, are delivered to children in time for Christmas.More than 1,200 Army paratroopers from the 82nd AirborneDivision and 18th Airborne Corps suited up in their jump gearto be a part of the charity event that brought participants fromas far away as Germany.Col. Merle D. Hart, 440th Airlift Wingcommander, greeted the paratroopers as theychecked their gear, and marched toward theflight line to board Maj. Dasher’s C-130.“I’m proud that the 440th can be a partof this operation,” Col. Hart said. “This is agreat outreach that our soldiers can provideand a token of our support to the childrenof other military members and the localcommunity.”This year, the 440th Airlift Wing, in conjunctionwith the 145th Air National GuardAirlift Wing from Charlotte, NC, and the910th Air Force Reserve Airlift Wing fromYoungstown, Ohio, provided airlift for theday’s event.Since its inception 12 years ago, the programhas become so popular that Army paratroopers have towin a lottery in order to participate. To enter the lottery, eachindividual must buy a toy for one of the many needy area children.Though only 1,200 lucky winners actually jump, far morechoose to participate and bring donated gifts to Ft. Bragg.“They have a massive wrapping session,“ said Lt. Col. WilliamWhittenberger, 440th Operations Group commander. “Alot of the wives and families help out; it becomes a big party.”Lt. Col. Whittenberger who was mission commander for thisyear’s Toy Drop also piloted one of the C-130s.“We’ve got 1,200 troops to drop in a fairly short time frame,so we’re doing a parallel runing course that’s 17 miles long, andit is about 12 minutes from take off to drop,” he said. “Ourgoal is five minutes between each air frame.”For Private First Class Caleb Wood, a 20-year old soldier stationedat Ft. Bragg, it would be only his sixth jump. Pfc. Wood,along with other members of his chalk, waited inthe PAX 3 shelter on the Pope AFB flight lineas other soldiers methodically yanked on parachutestraps, tugged on helmets and ran experthands over their gear.“It’s my first year doing this,” said Pfc. Wood,who looked impossibly young, seated amongthe scores of older, more experienced paratroopers.“I bought a tricycle to support theevent.”As Pfc. Wood stood in line for his turn, 1stLt. Judith Wood, 126th Transportation Co.,82nd Sustainment Brigade waited for her turnto climb inside the fuselage of a C-130 for herturn to jump.“I enjoy this because it’s a rush, and it’s greatfor the kids,” she said. “I hope I’m here againnext year. They tell you not to look down, butwhen you’re there you can’t help it. We ask ourselves why we’redoing this, but when we jump it’s all worth it.”Seated on the bleachers set out in the red sand against thestark-winter blue sky, family members waited alongside theSicily Drop Zone located on the far side of Ft. Bragg for theirloved ones. As the C-130 approached, they held up their handsto shield their eyes against the glare of the sun. The plane flewin smoothly, and one by one the dark silhouettes of the soldiersdipped out of the plane and snapped straight as one after anothertheir parachutes ballooned into perfect mushrooms. Theline of parachutes stretched along the field, as those soldierswho had already completed their flight marched in formationpast the bleachers.Meghan Scott, and her husband, Army Captain Andrew Scottof the Air Defense Battalion donated a Candyland game.“He (Capt. Scott) loves to jump, and it’s a great way to helpout,” she said. “We’re very fortunate to live the way we do, sothis is just a small way to give back.”It’s striking that during a year of financial turmoil and incessantdeployments, so many servicemen and women wouldvolunteer their time, effort and money to support those lessfortunate.For more than a thousand children, these soldiers and airmenflew in a promise to them that they would have a very MerryChristmas. It’s the spirit of the season, but it’s also a hallmarkof the beliefs of our Armed Forces – that service to others isnot just a saying; it’s a way of life.Page 12, The Combat Airlifter January 2010 440th Airlift Wing, Pope AFB, Page 13

Combat AirliftersFree military benefitsThandbooks availablehe 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. injuries up among troopsAir Force Reserve Col. Paul Dwan, a neurosurgeonhere, held up his forefinger and thumb in the shapeof a flattened letter “C” illustrating how the servicemember’s back is affected by the blast inside the MRAP.“They’re getting clammed up, they’re getting scruncheddown,” Dwan says. Insurgents are “ using bigger IEDs(improvised explosive devices). We’re seeing the nature ofthe injuries change.” ROTC instructor jobsAir Force Reserve captains, majors and lieutenant colonelscan now apply for more Air Force ROTC instructor positions.These jobs are available under the AFROTC LimitedPeriod Recall Program. Information and job applications areavailable online at by clickingon “Voluntary Officer Return to Active Duty” under the MilitaryQuick Links section and selecting the “AFROTC LPRPDetachments” link and the “AFROTC Limited Period RecallProgram” link.File travel and paydocuments on lineSend your travel vouchers to: mil pay documents to: can also file in person at the Comptroller building,building 315 between 1 and 3 p.m. during UTA weekends.For more information call the Finance Office at:DSN: 424-1330 or (910) 394-1330.“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 & NOTESExecutive order bans feds fromtexting while 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.C-130 dedication honorsAsoldiers in Afghanistanir Force officials at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, dedicateda C-130 Hercules Oct. 5 to the soldiers of the 82ndAirborne Division deployed to the airfield. The transport wasoriginally dedicated Oct. 25, 2008, in North Carolina at PopeAir Force Base to Fort Bragg’s entire 82nd Airborne Division.Tail No. 79282 from Air Force Reserve Command’s 440thAirlift Wing at Pope AFB has official nose art prominentlydisplaying an American eagle in flight surrounding the iconic82nd Airborne’s insignia wings on the aircraft’s fuselage. Theplane also sports “Bragg-Pope” on its tail flash, showing theclose relationship between Fort Bragg and Pope AFB.Accepting applications for1st. Sergent positionsApplications are now being accepted to fill several firstsergeant positions in the 440th Airlift Wing. First sergeantsexercise general supervision over enlisted membersand are the focal point within a unit for all matters concerningenlisted members. First sergeants must be knowledgeableabout Air Force and Reserve Command missions,policies and personnel programs, with emphasis on personnel,administration and counseling techniques.Applicants must submit a complete package no later thanMarch 1. Interested NCOs who want more information onthe application requirements and process should contacttheir unit first sergeant or the 440 th Airlift Wing CommandChief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Roeder by, DSN 424-5036, (910)-644-5036 orMaster Sgt. Mark A. Honn, (910)394-3952, DSN 424-3952,E-mail: for eligibility include: the ability to speakand write distinctly; be in the grade of master sergeant oreligible for immediate promotion to master sergeant; holda current seven level in any AFSC; have a minimum physicalprofile of PULHES 333231, minimum ASVAB scoresof 41 Administrative or 62 General; must be in good physicalhealth; good physical appearance and military image;must have completed NCOA prior to application and mustattend the three week Air Force First Sergeant Academywithin 12 months from the date of appointment. This requirementwill not be waived. Successful applicants mustcomplete Senior NCO Academy within 18 months upongraduation from the First Sergeants Academy.SMSGT Thomas E. Doyle 440 MXMSGT Scott A. Zane 95 ASTSGT Natalie A. Schaubroeck 440 MXSTSGT Robbie L. Harrell 95 ASTSGT Christopher S. Humphrey 53 APSTSGT Natalie N. Mcfadden 53 APSTSGT Joy P. Wiggs 440 MDSSSGT Steven L Collazo 440 SFSSSGT Timothy H. Dawson 53 APSSMSGT Michael J. Dederich 440 SFSSMSGT Jada L. Holland 440 SFSSMSGT Patrick J. Kortsch 440 SFSMSGT Michael J. Brofka 95 ASMSGT Aurora J. Broughman 440 SFSMSGT Tracy D. Cornett 440 LRSMSGT Derrick J. Ray 440 SFSMSGT Barry R. Satterfield 440 MDSMSGT Arnita Tunstall 440 MDSTSGT Barbara B. Jones 440 OSFTSGT Jackie W. Lawson 440 MXSTSGT Russell P. Thompson 440 SFSSSGT Senna M. Bennett 36 AESSSGT Stephen D. Carroll 440 MXSPromotions November 2009Promotions October 2009Combat Airlifters440th Yellow Ribbon Program retreats to Myrtle Beachby Capt. Joshua ParsonsYellow Ribbon Program Coordinatorphotographs by Senior Airman Jackie PenderThe 440 th Airlift Wing Yellow Ribbon Program kicked offits first family retreat on November 21, 2009, in MyrtleBeach, South Carolina with over 80 attendees from SeymourJohnson and Pope Air Force Base. Fourteen military supportagencies from Pope and Seymour Johnson were present toanswer questions and provide seminars on services available todeploying members and their families. There were plenty offree information packages handed out and the City of MyrtleBeach showed their military appreciation with gift bags andlocal discounts.The Yellow Ribbon program is command driven and designedto bring tailored services to members and their families duringdeployment rotations. The program has successfully laid theground work to facilitate family services throughout the entiredeployment cycle starting with the first mobilization notificationand continuing through the deployed, demobilization andSenior Airman Tamika Taylor and her mother AnnDanzy enjoy a day of arts and crafts while attendingthe 440th AW Yellow Ribbon Retreat Weekend atthe Crown Reef Resort located in Myrtle Beach, S.C.reconstitution phases.Airmen and their family members are provided informationdirectly from the source to include health care, finance and pay,education benefits, youth programs, civilian employment, legalrights, and other relative information specific to reserve units.The strategy behind the family retreat is two-fold: it allows forthe distribution of helpful information and resources throughvarious informal seminars and it gives families the time toreintegrate in a relaxing-upbeat environment. Retreats rangefrom 1 to 3 days and include meals, lodging, transportation, andchildcare at no cost to service members and their families.The Yellow Ribbon Program strives to ensure that familymembers are well taken care of while their loved ones aredeployed.Servicemen deploying or returning from a deployment lasting90 days or more who would like more information please contactyour 1 st Sergeant. We look forward to serving you at our nextevent planned for February 2010. Please contact Captain JoshuaParsons at e-mail: Sgt. Kevin Wood looks on as his familyassembles a snow globe during an arts and craft demonstrationwhile attending the 440 AW Yellow Ribbonevent in Myrtle Beach, S.C., November 11, 2009.While attending a 440th AW Yellow RibbonRetreat weekend at the Crown Reef Resort inMyrtle Beach, S.C., Tech Sgt. John Battaglia andhis son Andrew spend some family time together.SRA Brandon L. Bullock 440 MXSSRA Stefan T. Mabry 440 SFSSRA Cody D. Stoll 440 AMXSSRA Kelsey P. Walsh 440 LRSSRA Robert D. Walters 440 MXSA1C Hillari L. Burgess 440 SFSAMN Derry Brown 440 MSFAMN Christian S. Izzard 53 APSAMN Sarah A. Mayernik 440 MSFSSGT Michael G. Hughes 440 MXSSSGT Brian M. Weller 440 MXSSSGT Bryan M. Rudy 440 AMXSSSGT Christina M. Butler 440 OSFSRA Deborah L. Dickman 440 MXSSRA Travis B. Johnson 440 MXSSRA Sharad R. Lindsey 440 SFSSRA Justina A. Gilliam 53 APSSRA Donnell C. Highsmith 440 SFSSRA Tara L. Riggins 440 MXSSRA Gabrielle C. Shaw 440 OSFSRA Rashad V. Wise 440 AMXSAMN Samuel Burnett 440 SFSAMN Tanika R. Ballard 36 AESPage 14, The Combat Airlifter January 2010 440th Airlift Wing, Pope AFB, Page 15

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