By unitedweroll on Dec 17, 2014 | In Military News and Support
by 129th Rescue Wing Public Affairs
12/15/2014 - MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing completed an overwater rescue mission Dec. 15, saving the life of a 24-year-old male on a commercial fishing vessel approximately 160 nautical miles off the coast of Monterey.
At approximately 3 p.m. the 129th RQW accepted a mission tasking from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center concerning an ill 24-year-old male onboard a 65-foot commercial fishing vessel, Temptation.
The patient required treatment beyond the capabilities of those onboard.
A team of three Guardian Angel pararescuemen from the 129th RQW onboard an Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter flew to Temptation to administer care to the 24-year-old patient. The pararescuemen extracted the patient from the vessel at 5 p.m. and flew him to San Jose Regional Medical Center. The patient arrived in San Jose after 6 p.m. and is in stable condition according to the 129th RQW Command Post.
The primary mission of the 129th RQW is to perform its wartime mission of personnel recovery anywhere in the world. Equipped with Air Force MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft and HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters, the 129th RQW has performed a wide variety of civilian personnel recovery missions, including the rescue of distressed persons aboard ships, lost or injured hikers, and medical evacuations. To date, the wing is credited with saving the lives of more than 1,000 people.
By unitedweroll on Dec 17, 2014 | In Military News and Support
By Maj. Craig Savage
Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs
Published December 17, 2014
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) -- Recognizing extraordinary heroism shown in combat, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presented the Air Force Cross to an Air Commando during a ceremony here, Dec. 17.
Master Sgt. Ivan Ruiz, a pararescueman deployed with the 22nd Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron, was awarded the U.S. military’s second highest decoration for an Airman. He earned the medal for protecting and saving the lives of two wounded teammates while under heavy enemy fire at close range during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 10, 2013.
“We reserve the Air Force Cross for those special few who exhibit unequaled courage and bravery despite overwhelming odds, and that’s exactly what (Ruiz) did,” James said. “Today we are adding his name to an extremely small list of five additional Airmen, since Sept. 11, 2001, who demonstrated this highest caliber of service and excellence.”
While moving through several compounds after infiltrating enemy territory with his special operations forces counterparts, Ruiz and two U.S. Army Special Forces teammates became separated from the main friendly element. They were immediately confronted by four insurgents in a point-blank engagement. Ruiz and his teammates quickly killed the enemy, but suddenly became trapped in a courtyard by vicious and intense insurgent crossfire.
“I didn't really think, I reacted,” Ruiz said. “Anytime something bad happens in my career, I just fall back on my training. It prepares us for what we can encounter when we are doing our work.”
The two Soldiers were immediately wounded by the enemy’s barrage of heavy gunfire and grenades, rendering them immobile and exposed. According to the medal citation, Ruiz sprinted through the waves of gunfire with complete disregard for his own personal safety to defend his teammates in their exposed position.
Ruiz was forced to fight lying flat on the ground due to grenades exploding around him, some only 15 feet from his position. He continued to return fire at multiple enemy locations to prevent enemy fighters from maneuvering toward his teammates.
“I just wanted to make sure my guys didn't get hurt any more than they already were,” Ruiz said. “I just wanted to do my job.”
Refusing to take cover or leave his wounded teammates exposed to potentially fatal shots, Ruiz continued to fight the enemy alone in the courtyard until reinforcements arrived. Once they did, he advanced again through a hail of gunfire, dragged his teammates to a nearby position of concealment and immediately administered life-saving trauma care. Due to the lack of light, Ruiz had to use night vision goggles to administer the care.
“It is not an understatement at all to say that you have made an indelible imprint on Air Force history,” James said to Ruiz prior to presenting the Air Force Cross medal.
Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, the commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, opened the ceremony by addressing the Airmen and guests who packed the venue’s seats and sidelines.
“This is what ‘right’ looks like,” he said. “This is when Air Commandos from all specialties come out and recognize the heroic deeds of one of our fellow Air Commandos. This is a proud day for Air Force Special Operations Command and for the U.S. Air Force.”
Also in attendance were two of Ruiz’s Army Special Forces teammates on the mission, one of whom Ruiz saved in the courtyard that night.
“I have a great deal of respect for what (Ruiz) and guys like him bring to the fight,” the Soldier said. “It’s always good to know you have guys like that out there with you.”
Ref: Original Article and Photos - http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/558401/pjs-extraordinary-heroism-earns-an-air-force-cross.aspx?source=GovD
By unitedweroll on Dec 12, 2014 | In Military News and Support
United We Roll World Tour Show
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Saturday 12/13/14 10:00am - 12:40pm Central (Live Show)
*Live Show To Be Followed by Repeat Presentations
through appr 12pm Central on Sunday 12/14/14
Welcome Stardust Listeners! We thank you for joining us on Saturday, Dec 13th of 2014.
12/13/14 - Cool date!
Due to some technical issues during our show last Saturday (some early Christmas presents from a hacker), we were not able to broadcast our interviews with you. So, this week, we will bring you the two interviews we had scheduled for that show in addition to two new interviews we prepared for this week's show. Bottom line, we bring you four great visits with deployed members who are serving in various units associated with the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing located in Southwest Asia.
Both of our first two guests are air crew members from the 737th EAS (Expeditionary Airlift Squadron) and they are also Air Force Reserve members from the same unit at home in the USA.
Our first guest is Capt Kyle M Randolph, who is a C-130 Co-Pilot from the AF Reserve, although the latter part of his deployment is being spent as a Duty Officer in Operations for the 737 EAS. Capt Randolph helps us to understand the differences between the older and newer versions of the C-130 which also involves a difference in the number of crew members and their duties. The versatility of the aircraft lends itself to a variety of missions from medevac to cargo to passengers to a combination. In a message to our listeners, Capt Randolph says," We all sincerely appreciate everyone’s support back home, it speaks volumes and keeps us going." This is an outstanding visit and we thank Capt Randolph for his time an information shared with us. The sound quality of this interview suffered some during the technical issues, but the information is so strong and it is such a great visit, that we believe it is well worth a bit of fuzzy sound to hear all of the visit. (1369)
Our second guest is Staff Sergeant Nick P. Kaufenberg, who is a member of the same flight crew with Capt Randolph and where he serves as a Loadmaster. Each time we speak with a member in this field of duty, we learn more and this week is no exception. SSgt Kaufenberg lets us know about why fuel and other fluids must be at certain levels before vehicles can be loaded onto a plane and so much more information. SSgt Kaufenberg has also been appointed as a Joint Airdrop Inspector for US and Coalition crews and is also an instructor. Being in Boston on 9/11 and the loss of a good friend who was deployed to Iraq were some major influences in SSgt Kaufenberg's decision to join the AF Reserve. He enjoys the combination of military and civilian lives and hopes to make a career in the Reserve. This is another outstanding interview and could be of interest to young guys and gals who are interested in joining the Air Force. Although this visit was taped immediately after that of Capt Randolph, it did not suffer any damage, and we know that this visit will also bring you a wealth of information. (1370)
Our next two visits also came from the home of the 386th AEW, but both of these guests came from the 386 ESFS of Expeditionary Security Force Squadron.
Our third guest and first from the 386 ESFS is Staff Sergeant William C Summerfield, who is the NCOIC (Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge) of Pass and Registration. This is an interesting job and offers a broad look at many of the Coalition Partners and others who will be using the base as do our deployed troops. Forty percent of operations down range are handled out of this location, so you can imagine the increase in personnel who must also be serviced. SSgt Summerfield is on his 4th deployment and has served for almost 8 1/2 years. He has a lot to share with us about service and military lifestyle. (1371)
Our fourth and final guest for this weekend is Senior Airman Everett M Bateman III, who is also assigned to the 386 ESFS where his duties rotate among such areas as patrol and gate duty. Ultimately, the members of the ESFS are responsible for keeping the base, its personnel and assets secure and safe. SrA Bateman is not one to sleep through his time off as you will hear. Instead he is busy playing Hockey and enjoying activities with his fellow ESFS members. We also enjoy hearing about SrA Bateman feels about this, his first deployment since joining the Air Force just a little over 2 years ago. With a family legacy full of military service, it is no surprise to find SrA Bateman also protecting the freedom of people he has not even met. (1372)
Of course, our expressions of gratitude to our guests would not be complete without also thanking their families who provide such incredible support for their deployed member and also to our country!
We appreciate this opportunity to say Thank You to All who serve - Members & Families!
Our live show will run 10am - 12:40pm Central on Saturday morning, which we will also record. Then we will let the copy of the show play for the following 24 hours (until appr 12pm Sunday morning) so that family members will find it easier to hear their loved ones in the interviews. 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.
Please tune in next Saturday, December 20th, when we will bring you more new visits with deployed men and women who are protecting us while serving far from home.
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By unitedweroll on Dec 8, 2014 | In Military News and Support
ISAF Joint Command in Afghanistan Formally Ceases Operations
From an International Security Assistance Force News Release
KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2014 – International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, which has handled day-to-day operations in Afghanistan for five years, formally cased its colors during a ceremony today at the command’s headquarters at Kabul International Airport. The ceremony symbolizes the end of the ISAF Joint Command mission.
"Today, IJC will be subsumed into a coalition that is soon downsizing to about 13,000 personnel," said Army Gen. John F. Campbell, ISAF commander. "This is a historic transformation and reflects the progress that our coalition has made with our Afghan partners.
“As the Afghan National Security Forces have become increasingly capable,” he continued, “we shift our focus from combat operations to building [Afghan] systems and processes to ensure long-term sustainability.”
Full Partnership With Afghan, NATO Forces
Working in full partnership with Afghan national security forces and NATO partner nations, ISAF Joint Command’s mission was to conduct population-centric comprehensive operations to neutralize the insurgency and support improved governance and development to protect the Afghan people and provide a secure environment for sustainable peace.
“You’ve done your job well -- so well that you’ve worked yourself out of a job,” Campbell told members of the joint command at the casing ceremony.
The International Security Assistance Force is transitioning to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission, which begins Jan. 1. Resolute Support will focus on training, advising and assisting Afghan security institutions and Afghan national security forces at the ministerial, institutional and operational levels.
By unitedweroll on Dec 7, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Sad to say, the score is an ugly one!
The Technical Issues took us down for a third of our show last week, Saturday 11/30. We thought we were coming back with all issues corrected for this week's show on Saturday 12/6, but only minutes into the show, our sound was terribly distorted. So, we rallied and tried again on Sunday 12/7, only to be shot down again with baaad sound.
Apparently the fellow with the tech no-how has it figured out and we WILL get ALL of our interviews played for you by this weekend's show on Saturday 12/13/14 (don't you like that date?).
We will keep you posted as to when these will definitely be played with a show announcement so everyone can get a chance to hear these outstanding visits.
Thank you for your patience!
By unitedweroll on Dec 7, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Release No: 262
Dec. 4, 2014
by Janis El Shabazz
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Air Force officials are accepting nominations for the 2015 USO Service Member of the Year Award.
This award, sponsored by the USO, recognizes specific acts of heroism by E-5 or below enlisted members from each branch of the military.
Organizations and base-level personnel must contact their major command, field operating agency, direct reporting unit or major command equivalent for suspense dates and nomination procedures.
Each MAJCOM/COCOM/FOA/DRU may submit only one nomination and nominations are due to AFPC by April 1.
For more information about other personnel issues, go to myPers at https://mypers.af.mil. Air Force retirees who do not have a myPers account can request one at www.retirees.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-120510-068.pdf.