By unitedweroll on Jul 19, 2014 | In Military News and Support
United We Roll World Tour Show
Stardust Radio Network Inc www.stardustradio.com
Saturday 07/19/14 10:00am - 11:45am Central (Live Show)
Live Show To Be Followed by Repeat Presentations*
through appr 10am Central on Sunday 07/20/14
Welcome Stardust Listeners! We thank you for joining us on Saturday, July 19th of 2014.
This week we bring three new interviews from deployed members for all of you. Our first two guests are from the 386th AEW (Air Expeditionary Wing) which is currently located in Southwest Asia and our third guest is from the 379th AEW which is located in the Qatar.
Our first guest is Technical Sergeant Sarah J Gann, who is serving in the Protocol Office of the 386 AEW while on deployment. If you are familiar with the duties of this office, you will understand the high amount of detail it involves. It is always interesting to hear about the types of VIP's (Very Important Persons) who come to the base and who receive assistance from the members of Protocol Office team. TSgt Gann joined the Air National Guard for benefits such as education and travel, but enjoys her service so much that she plans to stay in as long as possible. She is also studying for her Master's Degree and plans to go on for her Doctorate.
Our second guest for this week is Master Sergeant Uridissee A Johnson who is a member of the 386 AEW Command Post. As the nerve center of command communications for the base, the Command Post Specialists are responsible for the accurate and timely relay of vital communications involving all types of operations involving base units. Though MSgt Johnson originally enlisted with the idea of possibly staying in about 4 years, she has now served for 13 years. Even with three deployments and other TDY's that require separations from home, MSgt Johnson continues to enjoy her service and plans to stay in until retirement.
Our third and final guest for this week is on deployment in Southwest Asia under the 379th AEW with the 379th EMDOS (Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron). Senior Airman Joshua M Long is an Air Force Medic who has received training for everything from administering medications to assisting with newborn deliveries and emergency medicine. On deployment, SrA Long is very active in the base hospital with duties including outprocessing, immunizations, ambulance responses, minor aches & pains, in-flight emergencies, and emergency department shifts. As we know, a dose of humor is always good for the health and SrA Long brings us some of that with his visit, too. Stay tuned!
So that family members will find it easier to hear their loved ones in the interviews, we will repeat the show for about 24 hours - until appr 10am Sunday morning. After the broadcast period, an MP3 copy will be made of this show and placed on our Archive site where anyone can listen or download a copy. Please allow about a week before looking for the show on the Archive site at www.stardustradio.info.
The taped visits contained in this show take us up to our 1,287th interview with our Heroes of Freedom who are serving far from home.
We are extremely honored to bring these outstanding guests to you all. Once again, we believe you will find each of these visits to be inspirational, informational and a wonderful opportunity to meet men and women who are keeping our families safe and our freedom secure from their duty stations around the world.
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386 AEW / The Rock
Interview #1 (appr 10:11am) - TSgt Sarah J Gann
386 AEW / Protocol
Interview #2 (appr 10:40am) - MSgt Uridissee A Johnson
379 AEW / Grand Slam Wing
Interview #3 (appr 11:12am) - SrA Joshua M Long
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Training and immediate response (Muscle Memory) saves yet another life in an Alaskan off duty situation
By unitedweroll on Jul 17, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Blog Note: We have shared several articles where off duty military members have been exposed to a situation where a person's life is in danger due to some form of accident. Due to the immediate response using their life saving skills from training, the members have been able to stabilize the injured or ill person until a medical unit could take over. Many of our neighbors here at home are alive today because they were fortunate to have a trained military member nearby who did not hesitate to help when they were needed. Just one more reason why we describe these men and women with words like givers, special, caring, selfless, and why we offer them our deepest gratitude and pride with each opportunity.
Alaska Reservist saves Airman's arm after ATV rollover
Posted 7/15/2014 Updated 7/16/2014
by Maj. Ashley Conner
477th Fighter Group Public Affairs
7/15/2014 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- The swift actions of an Airman during an ATV accident saved the limb and probably the life of a fellow Airman.
Airman 1st Class Makayla Conant, 477th Security Forces Squadron, was the passenger in a Razor ATV being driven by fellow Security Forces member, Staff Sgt. Philip Strumsky, when the ATV fell on its side after accelerating too quickly from a stopped position.
"The ATV flipped over on my side and the roll cage landed on my arm just below my elbow and trapped me in," said Strumsky. "It was excruciating pain and I looked down to see if my hand was still attached."
Conant immediately unbuckled herself and Strumsky, who was wearing his seat belt, helmet and gloves, and with the help of another friend lifted the roll cage off of Strumsky.
"We had just completed Combat Casualty Care training during Commando Warrior in Guam where they taught us what to do during a Humvee roll over and how to handle that kind of situation," said Conant. "My instincts kicked in and I did what anyone else in the situation would have done."
Conant applied a T-shirt to the wound that was now bleeding heavily, stabilized his arm and called 911.
"I was very impressed that she didn't hesitate or have a deer in the headlights moment. She remembered her training and they immediately got me out," he said. "I was glad. I knew I needed an ambulance. Quick."
The group was on an isolated dirt road five miles from civilization near Houston, Alaska. Their friend rode out to the main road to meet the paramedics and lead them back to the scene.
A member from the Houston Volunteer Fire Department arrived followed by an ambulance that took Strumsky to the Mat-Su Regional Hospital for x-rays. He was then transported to the JBER hospital where he was met by his girlfriend, Lindsey, and 477th SFS superintendent, Master Sgt. Hiram Gunter.
"I was very proud of how Makayla responded and glad that [Staff Sgt.] Strumsky wasn't hurt any worse than he was," said Gunter. "There wasn't any alcohol involved, they were all wearing the appropriate safety protection gear, they had a wingman and they remembered their training. Self-Aid and Buddy Care is more than just computer based training. It is applicable training that could save a life."
After four surgeries and seven days in the hospital Strumsky was released. He has some advice for other outdoor enthusiasts.
"It really is important to make sure that you take a friend with you when you go out," said Strumsky. "If I had been riding alone that day I doubt I would have been able to free myself with one working arm."
The 477th Security Forces Squadron is nominating Conant for a decoration for her rescue efforts that day.
Ref: Original Article and Photo - www.afrc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123417848&source=GovD
By unitedweroll on Jul 17, 2014 | In Military News and Support
By Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings
455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs / Published July 15, 2014
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Brothers born seven minutes apart, have ventured through life side by side and now their journey has brought them to Afghanistan.
Master Sgts. Jeremiah and Joshua Graves are identical twin brothers deployed here with the 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, and are from the Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minnesota. The brothers have relied on each other throughout their lives and now are doing the same in a combat zone.
"We have accomplished many things together," said Joshua, a project manager for the 455th ECES. "Our lives have nearly mirrored one another's. It has been like having your best friend there for almost everything."
The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research conducted a study on the Graves brothers and concluded they are the most genetically similar twins they've studied. The choices they have made reinforce their similarities.
They enlisted in the Air Force and attended basic military training together May 1992, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Their military training instructor often got them confused because they look so much alike.
According to Jeremiah, the eldest of the two and a heavy equipment supervisor for the 455th ECES, the Air Force has enabled them to experience many adventures together. They have traveled to countries such as Germany, Panama, South Korea, and Afghanistan twice, the first time in 2010.
"We have been roommates on each of our deployments here," Jeremiah said. "We both are grateful for that. It is easy to talk to him because he can relate so easily to what I am going through. We also push one another to be the best we can be, but that is nothing new. We have always been competitive with one another."
In 2007 Joshua volunteered for a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq, with another unit. Jeremiah had to remain home. When reflecting on his experience while deployed without Jeremiah, Joshua considers himself fortunate to now have his brother with him.
"Being deployed with my brother is completely different," Joshua said. "It's somebody there that I truly know, trust and have always depended upon. It's never easy being deployed but with my brother alongside me it is easier."
According to Brenda Graves, Jeremiah's wife, Joshua and Jeremiah have always been close, choosing similar career paths in their civilian and military careers. Outside of the Air Force, the brothers lead similar lifestyles. Jeremiah is a sergeant of the drug and violent crime task force for the Duluth Police Department and Joshua serves as a sheriff for the local county.
In their spare time the duo camp, hunt and fish together. Both of them are fathers, coach youth hockey and live only two miles apart.
"I'm glad Jeremiah has someone there with him that he has such a strong bond with," Brenda said. "It gives our entire family comfort knowing they have one another and we are very proud of them."
Every individual who has raised their right hand to serve in the U.S. military has their own reasons. Not surprisingly, Joshua and Jeremiahs' motives as to why they serve are nearly identical.
"I am a patriot," Joshua said. "Many people came before us and sacrificed themselves for our country, and I am here to do my part."
"The reason why I am here is to serve my country," Jeremiah said. "In civilian life I'm a police officer and I serve my local community but here it's a much bigger picture I have the opportunity to serve the nation."
Ref: Original Article & Photos - http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/486233/wingmen-for-life-twins-serve-together-in-afghanistan.aspx
By unitedweroll on Jul 17, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Four WWII Vets awarded the French Legion D'Honneur
by Airman 1st Class Ned T. Johnston
6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
7/16/2014 - MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Seventy years ago on June 6, 1944, U.S. and French forces led an invasion on German-occupied Western Europe in the invasion of Normandy, which led to the restoration of the French Republic and contributed to the victory of the Allies in the war.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy opened eligibility to all U.S. veterans who fought on French territory in any of four major campaigns during World War II to be awarded the Legion D'Honneur, the highest decoration in France.
In commemoration of the actions of four Florida World War II veterans, French nationals assigned to the U.S. Central Command on MacDill Air Force Base awarded each veteran with the French Legion D'Honneur during a French National Day celebration July 14, 2014.
In attendance were more than 200 military members from U.S., French and coalition forces, World War II veterans and their family members.
Key note speaker for the event was French army Brig. Gen. Bernard Commins, CENTCOM French senior national representative.
"It is my honor to award these gentlemen who came to help our country when it was under duress," said Commins. "The fact that 70 years later we can celebrate these men is proof of the long lasting friendship between our countries."
Along with the French medal, the World War II veterans received a letter of congratulations from the French Consul in Miami, Florida, a medallion filled with sand from Omaha Beach, and a French detachment coin.
Army Private 1st Class Philip Melici was a pipeline patrolman and served for 23 months in England, France, Belgium and Holland. He landed on beaches at Normandy and constructed gasoline storage tanks while under fire and pumped gasoline from ship tanks to the constructed storage tanks. Melici laid four and six-inch pipes up to the front lines and pumped fuel to gasoline depots. Melici was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four service stars, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Honorable Service Lapel Button.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Vincent Dematteo was a radioman assigned to USS Maloy and served in Normandy and Omaha Beach. His actions contributed to the shooting down of a German bomber. Dematteo was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two service stars.
Army Sgt. Orman Feltz was a cook assigned to the 3rd Army Headquarters. He took part in the Battle of France, Normandy, the Battle for Brittany, and the push across France. Feltz was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.
Army Capt. Robert Staib was assigned to the 524th Signal Battalion and the Tactical Air Command. He served in Normandy, Ardennes, Central Europe, Northern Europe and Rhineland. Staib was wounded in action in Belgium on Dec. 28, 1944. Staib was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, a Purple Heart, the European-African-Middle Eastern with six service stars, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Ref: Original Article and Photos - http://www.amc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123417812&source=GovD
By unitedweroll on Jul 12, 2014 | In Military News and Support
United We Roll World Tour
Stardust Radio Network
Show Announcement 7/12/14 - 7/13/14
Due to technical issues in our Florida studio, we will be playing repeat performances of our United We Roll World Tour Show beginning at 10am Central on this weekend of Saturday 7/12/14 and Sunday 7/13/14.
Our first show for this weekend was originally broadcast on Saturday 06/21/14 and Sunday 6/22/14 and brought 5 outstanding visits with deployed members. This show is chock full of information from each of our guests who include SSgt John Paul B Diaz of 379 AEW, SSgt Jarrod R McMillan of 386 EAMX, SSgt James J Owens of 386 EMXS, SrA James S Stevenson of 386 EFSS/FSVF, & SSgt Whitney L O'Neill of 386 EFSS.
The second show that we will share with our listeners this weekend goes back to March 18th
of this year, when we brought you a great visit with a member of the 379th AEW, and we also brought you our final visit from the Transit Center at Manas in Kyrgyzstan. This ended our run of weekly interviews with deployed members from this location which began back in 2006. The guests who shared their time with us during this show were: Command CMSgt Gregory A. Warren of the 376 AEW at the Transit Center and TSgt Jason P. Foster of the AFCENT Band who was bringing entertainment to the members of the 379th and to some of the local community around the base.
These shows will begin at 10am Central on Saturday 7/12/14 and will repeat throughout the weekend, until late Sunday night 7/13/14 or early Monday morning 7/14/14.
In 2012, we were very honored to follow the 3rd ESC (Expeditionary Sustainment Command) through their deployment in Afghanistan and bring home the voices of their soldiers. Anyone who is familiar with the Sustainment Command knows that these are the folks who are the lifeline of supplies to be delivered to every US unit on duty in this large, often dangerous, country. Add on top of that duties involved in the drawdown, and you can imagine how very busy these soldiers are in 2014. Well, the 3rd ESC is back in Afghanistan and we will begin to host visits with the members by the end of this month.
Please join us next Saturday when we will bring you several new visits with our deployed Heroes of Freedom who are protecting our Country and Freedom while serving so very far from home.
May God watch over all the men and women of our Armed Forces and their families, as well as the First Responders who protect our communities.
May God Bless all of You and the USA!
By unitedweroll on Jul 9, 2014 | In Military News and Support
... as Air Force units move planes and Navy moves ships out of the path of the storm.
Kadena Reopens After Typhoon, Sasebo Braces for Storm
By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 – American facilities at Kadena Air Base, Japan, are reopening in the wake of Typhoon Neoguri, and while Okinawa has weathered the typhoon, it is now mainland Japan’s turn to feel the wrath of the storm.
Neoguri, one of the strongest storms to hit the Ryukyu Islands in years, knocked down trees and utility poles and caused some localized flooding, but precautions minimized damage, base officials said.
Some 61 Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft flew to bases in South Korea, mainland Japan and the Philippines in advance of the storm. They will return to Kadena when all debris is cleaned up, officials said.
Kadena is now at the lowest tropical cyclone condition of readiness the minimum readiness state from June 1 to Nov. 30, the season for such storms, base officials said. Okinawa gets hit by an average of 10 typhoons annually.
The Navy base at Sasebo, Japan, -- located on Kyushu, one of the country’s three main islands -- is taking precautions now because of Neoguri. Navy officials said four ships have left the naval base and all aircraft have been moved. The George Washington Carrier Strike Group is at sea and is not affected by the storm or evacuation, officials said. Many ships remain berthed in Sasebo, including the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, they added.
The typhoon has weakened, but still poses a danger. Forecasters say the area may receive up to 28 inches of rain by tomorrow night. Flooding and landslides are dangers.
(Follow Jim Garamone on Twitter: @GaramoneDoDNews)
Kadena Air Base
Fleet Activities Sasebo
American Service Members Secure Bases on Okinawa
Sailors in Okinawa Brace for Super Typhoon