By unitedweroll on Apr 16, 2012 | In Military News and Support
National Volunteer Week 2012
April 15 - 21, 2012
If you are not a volunteer yet, this would be a great week to look into opportunities in your area. You do not have to put in a lot of time each week to be a volunteer, but the time and effort that you do put in will be greatly appreciated by those you support. And you may be amazed at the incredibly wonderful feelings that you will receive as result of your participation.
Volunteers come in all sizes, shapes and ages. From children to grandparents and beyond, people have been reaching out to others whether it is through community organizations, church groups or national support associations. You can be a volunteer without having to pay in anything other than your time and participation, you can be a volunteer who donates both time and money or you can be a volunteer who supports an organization financially through donations if you do not have time to participate.
You can find organizations who support our military, our first responders, children who need help due to illness or abuse or other needs, animals, wildlife, sealife, gardening, birds, and on and on. As the old expression used to say "whatever floats your boat". In other words, where your interests and people/things you care about are, you will probably find a way to support them. Even the smallest donation of $1.00 per month is greatly appreciated and your smiling face can make a huge difference in the day of a child, a Veteran, a teacher who needs someone to read to her class, a lunch for homeless persons and more.
What better way to come home tired than from time spent helping others? What better way to feel good inside than from time spent helping others? What better way to earn those angel wings than from time helping others? What better way to get to know some pretty special people than by working with those who also volunteer?
Apr 16th - Already some heart touching stories about people who volunteer in a variety of ways are popping up on the Internet, including many who spend their time at VA facilities with our Veterans. It usually makes us feel good just to read about the wonderful way that volunteers reach out to others. Below are just a few of the stories and websites to visit in celebration of this year's National Volunteer Week.
Stories to check out:
High School Senior Has Volunteered Since She Was Four - Eighteen-year-old Elizabeth Leneski has been volunteering at the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., since she was four-years-old. http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/20120416a.asp
For more information on VA’s outstanding volunteers, and how you can volunteer: www.volunteer.va.gov
People Who Volunteer - Volunteering is often so meaningful to people who try it, that they are inspired to share their experiences with others. Read the personal reflections below to see how people who volunteer, are people like you. http://www.networkforgood.org/volunteer/volunteerstories.aspx
Lots of great stories - http://www.redcrossblood.org/volunteer/volunteer-stories
We feature volunteers each month to showcase the inner beauty of VolunteerMatch members. If you have a story to tell about your volunteer experiences, we want to hear it! http://www.volunteermatch.org/volunteers/stories/spotlight.jsp?id=45
By unitedweroll on Apr 16, 2012 | In Military News and Support
United We Roll World Tour Show
Stardust Radio www.stardustradio.com
Tuesday 4/17/12 2:00pm- 4:05pm Central (Live)
Wednesday 4/18/12 6:30pm- 8:35pm Central (Repeat)
Welcome Stardust Listeners -
We thank you for joining us on Tuesday, April 17th.
On this United We Roll, we are bringing you three outstanding interviews with deployed military members located around the globe - the Kyrgyzstan Republic, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. We also bring you a very interesting conversation with the commander of the nuclear powered submarine, the USS Dallas.
(2:10pm) We begin with our first visit at Transit Center Manas in the Kyrgyzstan Republic with Capt Holly L. Gebert, who is an Air Force Reserve member and on deployment with the 376th AEW in the TSC or Theater Security Cooperation. Capt Gebert's duties involve Humanitarian Assistance Projects throughout the country with a focus on medical projects specifically such as procurement of medical equipment and immunization.
(2:43pm) Our next visit takes us to Submarine Base New London, Conn, home base to Submarine Group 2, where we have an outstanding conversation with CDR Jack Houdeshell, commander of the USS Dallas. We learn a great deal from CDR Houdeshell about what it is like to live on this nuclear powered submarine, typical time at sea and more. It was an added treat that we were speaking on the 112th Birthday of the US Submarine Forces, which was on Wednesday, April 11th. You can check our blog for follow-up information to this visit by going to http://stardustradio.info/b2evolution/blog1.php?blog=1.
(3:02pm) Our third interview takes us to Afghanistan where we visit with Maj David Polizzotti of the 1st Sqdn 14th CAV, 3rd Stryker Brigade 2nd ID. As the squadron XO (Executive Officer), Maj Polizzotti is the squadron commander's "right hand man" and is tuned in to the overall pulse of the squadron operations and the hundreds of members. Now on his 3rd deployment, Maj Polizzotti shares information about living conditions, talented people with whom they work and much more.
By the way, at the beginning of this interview, you might hear a bit of growling. That is not me or our guest - those are our show mascots (Snowball & Buffy) as they were trying to get the microphone. They want to give a shoutout to all the MWD's out there - the Military Working Dogs.
(3:37pm) Our fourth visit takes us on our weekly visit by phone to the Horn of Africa where we speak with SSG James B. Horan of the CJTF-HOA. Being familiar with deployments (this being his 7th), SSG Horan also brings us a visit rich in information about his current location at Djibouti, Africa and his military experiences. With 18 years of service (15 active and 3 in the National Guard), SSG Horan is in for the full career run for reasons that again command our respect and gratitude.
(4:10pm) Our fifth and final visit keeps us in the Horn of Africa where we visit with SrA Trevor M. Sullivan, also of the CJTF-HOA. With just 3 years of service, SrA Sullivan is already on his 3rd deployment. Working in his field of interest which is similar to that of a civilian cop, is keeping this airman happy, but it is in addition to the rest of what the Air Force offers that has made his decision to stay in for a full career. This visit is so full of information and energy, that you will not want to miss it.
If all goes according to schedule here on live radio, our show will end at 4:30pm Central. Remember, if you are not able to stay with us through the afternoon, this show will repeat again Wednesday evening - that is April 18th at 6:30pm Central.
Once again we are very grateful to have the opportunity to bring you these beautiful visits with our Heroes of Freedom today and every Tuesday. We hope that you have enjoyed them and will join us again next week, Tuesday, April 17th for more interviews and news from our units as they stand guard over our country and our freedom.
As always, our hearts and our prayers go out to all of our military members and Veterans, our first responders and to all their families, who also serve.
Of course, we thank all of you, our Stardust Listeners, for tuning in to United We Roll and to all of our programs here at Stardust Radio today and over the past ten years.
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By unitedweroll on Apr 14, 2012 | In Military News and Support
Either on deployment or here at home, our Citizen Soldiers are constantly working to protect our
country, our families and our freedom. Living on the Gulf Coast, I have been a direct recipient of help from National Guard members after a hurricane landfall - and I can remember the tears of relief when they arrived.
We salute the members and families of our National Guard!
South Dakota Guard Civil Support Team trains with civilian first responders
By Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Theanne Tangen
South Dakota National Guard
KEYSTONE, S.D. (4/13/12) – The South Dakota National Guard 82nd Civil Support Team worked through a new training scenario involving the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation's bomb squad and personnel from the National Park Service at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial April 11.
The exercise gave South Dakota's all-hazard response team, the 82nd CST and the state's DCI bomb squad, the opportunity to test their equipment and procedures while working together. The CST specializes in chemical, biological and radiological detection while the DCI has expertise with the disposal of explosive ordnances.
The emergency response exercise was based on a scenario in which a Mount Rushmore park ranger and his bomb detection dog discovered two suspicious packages in the parking lot. One of the packages was leaking fluid causing the ranger and the dog to become ill.
Twenty-two members of the CST and five members of the DCI bomb squad paired up to investigate the suspicious packages.
Having a combination of chemical and bomb materials further enabled both the CST and the DCI to test how the teams will work together in a real life event, said Maj. Dale Gadbois, the 82nd CST operations officer.
"Our Soldiers and Airmen benefit from this training by being able to interact with other agencies in our area with the local first responders, FBI, DCI, and the National Park Service here at Mount Rushmore," Gadbois said. "It's important to practice this in a peace time environment, and the more we practice the better off we will be if an event like this would occur."
To begin the investigation, the DCI sent their bomb disposal HD-1 robot, with the CST's chemical sensors attached to it, to assess the packages.
"Our role is to take care of any explosive device that may or may not be present," said Dan Satterlee, the DCI bomb squad assistant director. "When dealing with any kind of chemical or biological threat, it is hard to operate without the CST. They have equipment and personnel that we don't have, and we have [explosive ordnance disposal] equipment the CST doesn't have."
After the robot assessed the packages, the DCI suited up one of their men, Riley Cook, with a 100 pound bomb suit and a CST oxygen tank and mask to protect him from a possible hazardous chemical.
Cook took samples and x-rays while fully covered in equipment and used the robot to communicate with the rest of the team. Once he extracted the samples from the packages, Cook brought them to the CST's decontamination team and lab for testing.
Ten hours after the CST and the DCI received the initial call, the results confirmed that one package did have a hazardous chemical and the other one was an explosive device. During this particular exercise, the team decided to contain the chemical package and use the robot to disassemble the bomb.
"This training is realistic, and it is a good chance to test our equipment," said Army Staff Sgt. Erik Haivala, a survey team member. "The only thing that is unrealistic is the time frame. An operation like this would take more than a day; it is usually up to a week long. We do work with the National Park Service on a regular basis because this is a high profile place and Mount Rushmore gets millions of visitors every year."
The CST has multiple trainings throughout the year with various state and federal agencies. Each exercise has a unique scenario to give personnel opportunities to train and ensure everyone is well-rounded in their fields, he said.
"I am always able to learn something from these exercises the biggest challenge tends to be our communication skills, but practice makes perfect," Haivala said.
By unitedweroll on Apr 13, 2012 | In Military News and Support
Please check out the dates/locations of the competitions in the article below and give them your support.
Use the contact info if you are interested in partcipating. Sending our best wishes of success to those who
do compete and to their support teams.
More opportunities to compete through 2012 Paralympic Sport
Regional Competition Program
April 12, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, today announced that seven regional competitions will be taking place this spring to offer increased competitive sport opportunities for disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.
The seven regional competitions, which are partially funded through support from Veterans Affairs, will take place across the country spanning from April through June. Each competition features a mix of sports ranging from archery, cycling, powerlifting, rowing, shooting, swimming, table tennis and track & field.
Below is a listing of the regional competitions, dates and event websites for more information.
• Texas Regional Games, San Antonio, Texas – April 20-22, www.sanantoniosports.org
• Dixie Games, Tampa, Florida – May 11-13, www.dixiegames.com
• Tri State Games, Jersey City, New Jersey – May 18-20, www.tswaa.com
• Gateway Games, St. Louis, Missouri – May 18-20, www.dasasports.org
• Dessert Challenge, Mesa, Arizona – May 18-20, www.desertchallengegames.com
• Endeavor Games, Edmond, Oklahoma – June 7-10, 2012, www.ucoendeavorgames.com
• Great Lakes Games, Lake Forest, Illinois – June 15-17, www.glasa.org
Research has shown that regular participation in physical activity has a positive effect
on the rehabilitation process, self-esteem, education, employment and overall
For more information, please contact Beth Bourgeois, U.S. Paralympics, at
719-866-2039 or email@example.com.
By unitedweroll on Apr 13, 2012 | In Military News and Support
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 264-12
April 13, 2012
Navy Names Five New Submarines
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today the next five Virginia-class attack submarines will be named the USS Illinois, the USS Washington, the USS Colorado, the USS Indiana, and the USS South Dakota.
Mabus named the Virginia-class submarines to honor the great contributions and support these states have given the military through the years.
“Each of these five states serves as home to military bases that support our national defense and provides men and women who volunteer to serve their country,” Mabus said. “I look forward to these submarines joining the fleet and representing these great states around the world.”
None of the five states has had a ship named for it for more than 49 years. The most recent to serve was the battleship the USS Indiana, which was decommissioned in October 1963.
The selection of Illinois, designated SSN 786, is the second ship to bear the state name and is home to the Navy’s one and only Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes where every enlisted sailor begins his or her service.
The selection of Washington, designated SSN 787, is the third ship to bear the state name and the state’s Puget Sound area, where the Navy’s third-largest fleet concentration is located.
The selection of Colorado, designated SSN 788, is the third ship to bear the state name. The second ship was a battleship that stood as the lead ship of her class and took part in the Tarawa invasion.
The selection of Indiana, designated SSN 789, is the third ship to bear the state name and is the home to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, in Crane, Ind., the Navy’s premier engineering, acquisition and sustainment organization which supports our maritime warriors.
The selection of South Dakota, designated SSN 790, is the third ship to bear the state name. The second ship was a battleship that also stood as the lead ship of her class and fought extensively in the Pacific theater during World War II.
“Prior ships carrying the names of these five states stood as defenders of freedom on the water. Now these states will represent the latest and greatest technology ever assembled to submerge below the surface and project power forward,” Mabus said.
These next-generation attack submarines will provide the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation's undersea supremacy well into the 21st century. They will have enhanced stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities, and special warfare enhancements that will enable them to meet the Navy's multi-mission requirements.
These submarines will have the capability to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces. Other missions include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; mine delivery and minefield mapping. They are also designed for special forces delivery and support.
Each Virginia-class submarine is 7,800-tons and 377 feet in length, has a beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged. It is designed with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship, reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway time. The submarines will be built in partnership with General Dynamics/Electric Boat Corp. SSN 786, 788 and 790 will be built by Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. SSN 787 and 789 will be built by Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.
Media may direct queries to the Navy Office of Information at 703-697-5342. For more news from secretary of the Navy public affairs, visit http://www.navy.mil/SECNAV .
For more information about the Virginia-class attack submarine, visit http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4100&tid=100&ct=4 .
CORRECTION: Apr. 13, 2012, no. 264-12 -- The name of the USS Indiana, SSN 789, home center is corrected to Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, in Crane, Ind.
CORRECTION: Apr. 13, 2012, no. 264-12 -- The companies building each ship have been corrected from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding to Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., for the USS Illinois, SSN 786; the USS Colorado, SSN 788; and the USS South Dakota, SSN 790, and Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., for the USS Washington, SSN 787 and the USS Indiana, SSN 789.
By unitedweroll on Apr 13, 2012 | In Military News and Support
Release Date: 4/11/2012 8:31:00 AM
By Lt. Hayley Sims, Commander, Submarine Force, Atlantic Public Affairs
NORFOLK, Va (NNS) -- The submarine force was born April 11, 1900 when the U.S. Navy bought the submersible Holland VI from John Holland.
Since that historic day, undersea warfighters and submarines have used fortitude and creativity to sustain their superiority beneath the sea and develop the force into the indispensable asset that patrols world-wide today.
As submariners celebrate their birthday around the world this month, they will honor the heroes on eternal patrol and those who have served past and present.
Rear Adm. Frank Caldwell, commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet, understands the value of submariners.
"For 112 years, the broad military advantages created by undersea concealment have resulted in a wide range of undersea platforms and missions that have enhanced our national security," said Rear Adm. Caldwell. "Throughout history, what has remained constant is the bold character of submariners."
Throughout the last 11 decades, submariners have advanced through four generations. The first generation produced fleet boats with the speed, endurance, weapons and payload that would make the submarine a warfighting platform. The second generation, defined by World War II heroes, made a decisive difference in the war and dominated the seas which set high standards of performance. The third generation of undersea warfare during the Cold War was defined by the advent of nuclear power - in weapons and propulsion. This advanced technology prevented a nuclear world war and secured the nation's interests.
The current generation of submariners, Generation IV, is being defined by the increase of long-range precision sensors and weapons. Today's submariners stay ahead of these threats and work hard to preserve their superiority in the undersea environment with the help of the "Design for Undersea Warfare" a guiding document which articulates how undersea warfighters provide "Ready Forces, Effective Employment, and Future Forces."
Vice Adm. John M. Richardson, commander, Submarine Forces, recognizes the hard, outstanding work of submariners and their families.
"I am incredibly proud of each and every member of the undersea warfare team, including our families who sacrifice along with us," said Vice Adm. Richardson. "Just as earlier generations did before us, we fourth generation undersea warriors will be ready to surge to any crisis - first to arrive and last to leave. Let it always be a comforting reassurance to our friends and the worst nightmare for our enemies to know that the U.S. Submarine Force is on the job."
Today's submarine force consists of 53 attack, 14 ballistic-missile and four guided-missile submarines that enable the Navy and the nation to win wars, deter wars, defeat terrorists, and ease disasters.
Happy birthday U.S. Submarine Force and congratulations on 112 years of rich success running silent through history and running deep into the future.
For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.<br < a />>
For more news from Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/sublant/.
See some great photos at:
Facebook photo album for USS Dallas -