By unitedweroll on Mar 10, 2014 | In Military News and Support
United We Roll World Tour Show
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Tuesday 03/11/14 1:00pm - 4:00pm Central (Live)
Wednesday 03/12/14 6:00pm - 9:00pm Central (Repeat)
Welcome Stardust Listeners -
We thank you for joining us on Tuesday, March 11th of 2014.
This week we bring you five visits with deployed members which will certainly bring you some new & interesting information about service and missions while away from home as well as other military service experiences. The taped visits contained in this show were recorded last week (03/02 - 08/14) and represent our 1,229th through 1,233rd interviews with deployed members.
Due to a night of heavy thunder storms with sky to ground lightening which knocked out phone service here, we had to reschedule two of our visits with the 386th AEW from the previous week to this week. The end result is that four of our five interviews this week are with members who are currently deployed in southwest Asia with the 386th AEW/The Rock.
These Marauder guests include:
1) Staff Sergeant Jonathan D Garrett of the 386 EMXS (Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron) known as the SANDWIZARDS. As a Munitions Systems Technician and Inspector, SSgt Garrett's duties involve a variety of controls over the AMMO, making sure that the quantity and quality is always ready for those who rely on this equipment to complete their missions.
2) Staff Sergeant Andrew Snow also serves with the 386th EMXS, however his duties are as an AGE (Aerospace Ground Equipment) Journeyman and his duties involve maintenance of both powered and non-powered ground equipment in the service of US, joint and coalition C-130's. C-17's and other aircraft that fly into and out of this Southwest Asia base.
3) Senior Airman Lawrence E Huff is serving with the 387 ESFS (Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron) where his duties include security of the base and of the flightline for safe transfers of passengers and cargo. Continuing on a family legacy of service, this 4 1/2 year Veteran hopes to makes his career in the US Air Force. We hope so, too.
4) Staff Sergeant Dan J Dikin is also a member of the 387 ESFS serving under the 386 AEW in Southwest Asia. Also coming from a family of military members, this five year Veteran has already been on three deployments, but his love of service and the Air Force remains strong as ever. SSgt Dikin is also looking for a career with the USAF of standing guard over our country and our freedom while providing the first line of defense for the bases where he is stationed.
Our final visit for this week comes from the Transit Center at Manas in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, which is currently home to the 376th AEW. We appreciate the time that LtCol Martha "Max" Despain, Chief of Public Affairs, was able to spend with us as we hear about the history of the Transit Center at Manas and the changes involving both the missions and the base itself as it will soon be closed. So much has been accomplished during the 12 years since the base first opened here under the name of Pete Ganci Air Base - named for a New York City Fire Department Chief who fell on September 11th. What will happen to the 376th AEW, a unit that is rich in its legacy of service for our country? We cannot begin to thank LtCol Despain for the time and information we are able to bring to you during this show.
As always, we believe you will find each and every one of our visits today to be informational, inspirational and a wonderful opportunity to meet members who are currently standing guard over our freedom.
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Tuesday 3/11/14 1:00pm
Wednesday 3/12/14 6:00pm (repeat)
1:00pm - Introduction / Announcements
386 AEW / The Rock
Interview #1 (appr 1:10pm/6:10pm) - SSgt Jonathan D Garrett
Interview #2 (appr 1:45pm/6:45pm) - SSgt Andrew Snow
Interview #3 (appr 2:12pm/7:12pm) - SrA Lawrence E Huff
Interview #4 (appr 2:44pm/7:44pm) - SSgt Dan J Dikin
376 AEW / Liberandos
Interview #5 (appr 3:14pm/8:14pm) - LtCol Martha "Max" Despain
376 AEW / Transit Center at Manas
Republic of Kyrgyzstan
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By unitedweroll on Mar 10, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Blog Note: With our deepest gratitude for our freedom, we salute these American Heroes, and will always remember Staff Sgt. Todd T.J. Lobraico Jr for his ultimate sacrifice. May our prayers of comfort wrap around all of you and your loved ones.
Top Air National Guard officer presents awards to 105th Airlift Wing Airmen
by Courtesy Story
New York National Guard
3/10/2014 - STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Twenty members of the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing -including two airmen who received two Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in action - were recognized by the Air National Guard's top general at a ceremony here on Sunday, March 2.
The 20 members of the 105th Base Defense Squadron, who deployed to Afghanistan last year, received a total of 29 medals during from Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, the director of the 100,000-member Air National Guard.
It was the first time he had ever awarded a Purple Heart medal and it was unusual to present 12 of them and present two airmen with more than one, Clarke said.
"What an honor, I am truly humbled," Clarke said.
The awards included five Bronze Stars, 12 Purple Hearts and 12 Air Force Combat Action Medal.
The 20 airmen deployed to Bagram Air Field alongside members of the active Air Force's 820th Base Defense Group to provide security at the base. Their missions took them "outside the wire" regularly.
One member of the 105th Base Defense Squadron Team, Staff Sgt. Todd T.J. Lobraico Jr., was killed in action during the deployment in September 2013.
"We are thankful for the manner in which you conducted yourselves under the most challenging of circumstances and we are most thankful for you being here with us today," Col. Timothy LaBarge, the commander of the 105th Airlift Wing told the airmen.
"Staff Sergeant TJ Lobraico, a true American hero, may not be physically present in the room with us today, but he is with us spiritually and will be forever," LaBarge added.
"I've done multiple award ceremonies throughout my thirty something years, but never one like this; in any capacity, in any place that I've ever served," Clarke said. " It's a historic day obviously for the members themselves, their families, the unit, the New York National Guard, the Air National Guard, and the United States Air Force, and the nation."
Receiving awards during the March 2 ceremony were:
• Chief Master Sgt. David Pritchard from Washingtonville, N.Y.: A full-time guardsman, Pritchard received the Bronze Star.
• Master Sgt. Shawn Knowlton from Watertown, N.Y.: A federal marshal in civilian life, Knowlton received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
• Master Sgt. Jose Pena Rojas from the Bronx: A New Rochelle police officer, Pena Rojas received the Bronze Star.
• Master Sgt. Michael O'Connell, from Washingtonville, N.Y.: A full-time Guard airman, O'Connell received the Bronze Star.
• Staff Sgt. Nigel Dabry, from Queens: An employee of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Dabry received two Purple Hearts and the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
• Senior Airman Amanda Martino, from Lindenhurst, N.Y.: A college student, Martino received two Purple Hearts and the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
• Staff Sgt. Winston Rios, from Clifton, N.J.: A college student, Rios received the Purple Heart and Air Force Combat Action Medal.
• Senior Airman Michael Hansen, from Newburgh, N.Y.: A Walden New York police officer, Hansen received the Purple Heart and Air Force Combat Action Medal.
• Senior Airman Thomas Pulaski, from Wallkill, N.Y.: A college student, Pulaski received the Purple Heart and Air Force Combat Action Medal.
• Airman 1st Class Samuel Davies, from Warwick, N.Y.: A college student Davies received the Purple Heart and the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
• Airman 1st Class Matthew Zungia, from Newburgh, N.Y.: A college student Zuniga received the Purple Heart and the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
• Airman 1st Class Marieann Raguso, from Yorktown Heights, N.Y.: A college student Raguso received the Purple Heart and the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
• Tech Sgt. Michael Pacenza, from Newburgh, N.Y.: A full-time Guard airman, Pacenza received the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
• Staff Sgt. John Bellino, from Wappingers Falls, N.Y.: A college student Bellino received the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
• Staff Sgt. Dustin Helms, from Pine Bush, N.Y.: A business owner Helms received the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
• Staff Sgt. Vinh Taylor, from Vacaville, Calif.: A police officer, Taylor received the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
• Staff Sgt. Miguel Nin, from the Bronx: A New York State Corrections Officer, Nin received the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
• Senior Airman Justin Murphy, from Bergenfield, N.J.: A full-time employee of the Air National Guard, Murphy received the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
• Senior Airman Luis Giron, from Newburgh, N.Y.: A college student, Giron received the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
• Senior Airman David Smith, from Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: A technician at Best Buy, Smith received the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
• Senior Airman Adrian Torres, from Queens, a Metropolitan Transit Authority police officer, Torres received the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
The Air Force Combat Action Medal is awarded to members of the Air Force who actively engage the enemy with direct fire in ground operations.
The Bronze Star is awarded to acts of merit or for meritorious service in a combat zone.
The Purple Heart is awarded for wounds sustained during combat operations. The award of more than one medal indicates wounds sustained during two separate incidents.
Photographs from the award ceremony can be found here:
By unitedweroll on Mar 10, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Blog Note: At home or away, we can never thank all of you and your families enough for all you do!
New York Air National Guard Pararescue Jumpers Hone Emergency Medical Skills
by Senior Airman Christopher Muncy
New York Air National Guard
3/10/2014 - WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. -- New York Air National Guard Pararescuemen and Combat Rescue Officers of the 106th Rescue Wing's 103rd Rescue Squadron tested their emergency medical skills with real-world scenarios that modeled what they would see on the battlefield or in a crash.
The Feb. 27 training sent the pararescuemen, known as PJs, and the Combat Rescue Officers, dubbed CROS for short, rotating through various trauma and medical scenarios, replicating the types of injuries and illnesses often seen on the battlefield, or in rescue settings.
"The courses offered here are a requirement for paramedic and Pararescue recertification," Major Glyn Weir, a Combat Rescue Officer said. "It's being put together by LtCol. Stephen Rush, a doctor who has been appointed the Air Force Pararescue Medical Director. "
PJ's and CRO's moved from one scenario to another, treating patients with simulated combat wounds and complex injuries.
"We're slowing things down a bit," Weir explained. "We're training for perfection through repetition. No matter how stressful the situation may be when we are on the battlefield, treatment and diagnosis become automatic when it is ingrained. We are repeating it and reinforcing it so that it becomes muscle memory."
"The thing about this training as opposed to what we do in a civilian paramedic course, is that it's operationally focused, but still meets the requirements of the National Registry for these men to have their full Paramedic Certification, " Rush explained.
Instead of using pure civilian motor vehicle accident protocols, the training concentrates on problems like blast trauma and gunshot wounds.
By accomplishing this training "in house," the 103rd was able to save a significant amount of money that can later be applied to other types of training that complement the course.
Keeping it local also allows the 103rd to take advantage of local facilities like North Shore LIJ, which has offered use of their Patient Safety Institute.
"North Shore LIJ has hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment that we've been able to use," Doctor Rush said
"We've had access to simulation rooms with the most sophisticated mannequins and two way mirrors and microphones, as well as the cadaver lab, which is a surgical skills laboratory. PJ's can learn invasive battlefield procedures on human anatomy," he said.
"We also benefit from their professional faculty interacting with and teaching the men. For example, that we have a real-world heart and thoracic surgeon actually showing the techniques to them, and watching the PJ's to make sure they're doing it right."
"The things that we do when we practice are the actual procedures and protocols that the PJ's execute in theater. Most important, the first time they are doing these procedures is in a controlled environment with direct medical supervision, not on the battlefield with a young man or woman where he have [only] one opportunity to get it exactly right. So we know we're sending them into the worst circumstances to do the best job they can to save our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines," Rush said.
In addition to the 103rd Rescue Squadron's participation, Pararescuemen from the Field Training Unit in Arizona and a Flight Surgeon from the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base took part.
The PJ's from 38th RQS and Field Training Unit will be bringing the training they receive here back to their units, Weir said.
"They're getting a lot of hands on training from Doc Rush, who is really pushing to streamline the process and standardize medical care throughout the pararescue community," he said.
By unitedweroll on Mar 7, 2014 | In Military News and Support
48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
3/7/2014 - ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- The 48th Fighter Wing has sent additional aircraft and personnel to support NATO's air policing mission in Lithuania, at the request of U.S. allies in the Baltics.
Six F-15C Eagles departed RAF Lakenheath and two KC-135 Stratotankers carrying more than 60 Airmen departed RAF Mildenhall March 6.
Nearly 150 Airmen and four F-15C Eagles from the 48th FW have been supporting the Baltic Air Policing mission out of Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania, since January as the 48th Air Expeditionary Group.
"This is the advantage of being forward-based," said Col. Mark Ciero, 48th Fighter Wing vice commander. "If called upon, we can quickly respond to support our allies and partners."
Air policing is part of NATO's "Smart Defense" model that incorporates allied nations conducting operations through shared capabilities and coordinated efforts to effectively accomplish missions. NATO countries rotate to provide Airmen and aircraft for the BAP mission, which is slated to continue through 2018.
In the last decade, 14 NATO nations have participated in this mission. This deployment marks the fourth rotation for U.S. forces.
Ref: original article and photos - http://www.usafe.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123402678
By unitedweroll on Mar 6, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Major promotion release delayed
Air Reserve Personnel Center Public Affairs
3/6/2014 - BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The release for the 2014 major promotion selection board that convened Jan. 13 - 18 is pending Secretary of the Air Force approval. Expect an update by April 1.
As a reminder, Airmen selected for promotion cannot pin on earlier than the public release date. Reference AFI 36-2504 for instruction on date of rank.
For more information about promotions and other personnel services, visit myPers.
SMSgt promotion release rescheduled
By Debbie Gildea, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs / Published March 04, 2014
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) -- The 2014 senior master sergeant promotion selection release slated for March 6 has been rescheduled for March 20, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced.
"Air staff distributes promotion quotas based on fiscal and statutory constraints, and projected grade vacancies," said Col. Joe Atkins, the AFPC operations division chief. "We are working carefully to make final adjustments associated with fiscal year 2015 to ensure we have the correct promotions to meet projected Air Force senior noncommissioned officer requirements."
The promotion release procedures will remain the same. Public release will occur at 8 a.m. Central Standard Time and individual score notices will be available at the same time on the Air Force secure site (accessible via myPers).
Additionally, this change will not delay the pin-on dates for any Airman selected for senior master sergeant. The first month of promotion increments will be April 2014.
For more information about promotions and other personnel issues, visit the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil.
By unitedweroll on Mar 6, 2014 | In Military News and Support
By Nick Simeone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Mar. 6, 2014 – If U.S. and NATO forces are required to leave Afghanistan at the end of the year in the absence of a security agreement, the Afghan government’s long-term viability “is likely to be at high risk,” the commander of U.S. Central Command has told Congress.
Of all the conflicts and security issues on his watch, Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III told the House Armed Services Committee yesterday, operations in Afghanistan remain his top priority -- in particular, ensuring that the progress achieved during America’s longest war is not lost.
But despite repeated urgings by U.S. officials, Afghan President Hamid Karzai refuses to sign a bilateral security agreement negotiated with the United States that would allow for a continued post-2014 U.S. military presence to train and advise Afghan forces and to conduct counterterror operations, a presence Austin described as being vitally important to Afghanistan’s future.
“We have invested lives and other precious resources to improve security and stability in that country,” he said. “Going forward, we want to do all that we can to preserve those hard earned gains,” among them, an Afghan security force numbering nearly 344,000 and leading nearly all security operations in the country.
“If the United States and Afghanistan are unable to achieve a BSA, we will move rapidly to consider alternatives for continuing a security cooperation relationship with Afghanistan,” Austin told the committee in prepared testimony.
During testimony today at the Senate Armed Services Committee, Austin said he doubts Karzai will sign the agreement and believes the United States will have to be prepared to negotiate with the Afghan government that comes to power after April’s national elections. He told the panel it ultimately will be up to President Barack Obama to decide on the size of any future U.S. military presence in Afghanistan if there is to be one, but added, “I have been consistent in saying we think a force the size of 8,000 to 12,000, plus special operations forces, would be about the right size to conduct the type of things that we think ought to be conducted going forward.”
Ultimately, he testified, Afghanistan’s future will be in the hands of the Afghans themselves.
“If the Afghan leadership does not make the right decisions going forward, the opportunities they have been afforded could easily be squandered,” the general said.
Austin’s testimony covered the range of issues and threats facing the United States across the Middle East and South Asia, including the civil war in Syria, which he called the most difficult challenge he has faced in his nearly 40-year military career. The conflict, which has claimed several hundred thousand lives, has reached a “dynamic stalemate,” Austin told the House panel, with neither President Bashar Assad’s government nor rebels fighting to topple him able to achieve their objectives.
Under questioning in his Senate testimony today, Austin went further, saying he sees no indication that rebels currently threaten Assad’s hold on power.
In addition to creating regional instability, the flow of foreign fighters into the country, which Austin put at upwards of 7,000, remains a concern, given that many of them will eventually return home. And while Assad pledged last year to turn over his stockpile of chemical weapons, Austin said, the Syrian government has missed milestones for their removal and destruction. Only 36 percent of the material has been transferred, he told senators, while the country faces a June deadline for completion.
In neighboring Iraq, Austin described a security situation that has deteriorated significantly, with levels of violence reaching those seen at the height of sectarian conflict in 2006 to 2008.
“The principal cause of the growing instability has been the Shiia-led government’s lack of meaningful reform and inclusiveness of minority Sunni and Kurds,” the general said, adding that the situation is exacerbated by the active presence of al-Qaida and a steady influx of jihadists from the war in Syria.
The United States has expanded security cooperation with Baghdad by supplying the government with small arms, rockets and Hellfire missiles, Austin said, but it is going to take “major internal political reform and the sincere inclusion of the Sunnis and Kurds into the political process” to make a significant difference in levels of violence.
In Iran, Austin cited progress in negotiations over halting the country’s nuclear program, but said significant concerns remain about the behavior of the Iranian government. “We are seeing a significant increase in Iranian proxy activity in Syria, principally through Iran’s support of Lebanese Hezbollah and the regime,” he said.
In Egypt, Austin said, the interim government, despite making some strides toward more democratic and inclusive rule, has yet to take up the dire economic problems affecting the country. Still, he said, the United States will continue to work with the Egyptian military to advance mutual security interests.
Overall, while the United States has made progress in countering terrorism in the region, Austin said, al-Qaida and its affiliates continue to pose the most significant threat to the United States and its allies.
The region’s explosion of unemployed young people demanding political change and increased opportunity, combined with increasing ethnic and sectarian violence, continue to drive instability and recruitment by terrorists, he said, creating what he called “underlying currents” that may not be possible to halt or reverse.
(Follow Nick Simeone on Twitter: @SimoneAFPS)
Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III
U.S. Central Command
NATO International Security Assistance Force