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.
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Sailors in Okinawa Brace for Super Typhoon
By unitedweroll on Jul 9, 2014 | In Military News and Support
... uniforms they have already been wearing as they have also been serving our country and protecting our freedom. Thank You!
Airmen officially become U.S. citizens on Independence Day aboard naval vessel
by Staff Sgt. Scott Saldukas
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs
7/8/2014 - JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- Three active-duty Airmen stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst took their oath of allegiance to the USA during a naturalization ceremony July 4, 2014, aboard USS New Jersey in Camden, N.J.
Airmen 1st Class Eric Re Guerrero, Bonelnelson Rosset Bouangalolo and Belinda Wilson from JB MDL were three of 38 attendees who became official U.S. citizens on Independence Day.
"It was a really great reminder of how amazing and welcoming this country is and I really wanted the ability to vote and right to call myself American," Rosset Bouangalolo said, 87th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineer apprentice and Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, native.
The Airmen, like all other naturalized citizens, filed applications to become citizens, pass all requirements to include history, civics, English reading, writing, and speaking test as well as have background security checks. The last requirement in order to become a U.S. citizen is for the candidate to swear their allegiance to the USA during the ceremony.
"I think the ceremony being held on USS New Jersey on the nation's birthday made it that much more special," Re Guerrero said, 87th Contracting Squadron contracting specialist and Ensenada, Mexico, native. "Now, every Fourth of July is that much more special and I will never forget it."
While the event was a special and joyous day for all of the Airmen, they all shared the same opinion about their reasons of wanting to become an American citizen.
"Becoming a U.S. citizen was important to me because I would be able to enjoy all the rights as an American, be able vote and voice my opinion," said Wilson, 87th AMDS Health Service Management apprentice and Agona Swedru, Ghana, native.
Even though becoming a citizen was a major priority for the new citizens, they wanted to give back to their new country by serving in the Armed Forces.
"Freedom is the reason why I am in this country and wanted to be part of those that sustain that freedom, Rosset Bouangalolo said. "It's a great feeling to know you're the backbone of the greatest nation on earth. I felt so special to have the honor of being naturalized on the most decorated U.S. Naval vessel."
By unitedweroll on Jul 4, 2014 | In Military News and Support
United We Roll World Tour Show
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Saturday 07/05/14 10:00am - 11:25am Central (Live Show)
Live Show To Be Followed by Repeat Presentations of This and
a Show from 2009 (Requested)
through Midnight Central on Sunday 07/06/14
Welcome Stardust Listeners! We thank you for joining us on Saturday, July 5th of 2014. We have just taken time out on July 4th to celebrate the birth of our nation after our forefathers fought for our freedom and worked so very hard on our Law of the Land - our Constitution. We also reflected on all the men and women who lived by their deep dedication to our country throughout our history, brave Americans who also fought for those values that we represent to so many other countries around the world. And, as many of us gathered together with friends and family around the BBQ grills, we also gave thought and prayers to the thousands of men and women- and families - from our Armed Forces who are serving around this world in the name of peace and freedom.
Fortunately, most of our units at these far away locations - except for some of the very remote camps - have MWR people get who with the Dining Facility staff and they all get with the folks who run the gyms to decide on events, decor, menus, etc. and they make sure that holidays and their meanings are well presented for all who are at the base. There are 5K and other events, some have parades with decorated "floats" and more. We hear during our interviews after such a holiday as July 4th, the meaning of that day often becomes even stronger as these members reach out to each other like family members do at home, because that is their family - their Military Family.
This week's show we have two new interviews for you from the 386th AEW (Air Expeditionary Wing) which is currently located in Southwest Asia.
Our first guest is Master Sergeant Lonnie S Bean of the 386th AEW Emergency Management. MSgt Bean has had a full and interesting 26 years of service, including his first 8 which were served as a Navy Seal. Emergency Management with the AEW is very similar to the Emergency Manager for a town or community where you may need to go from zero to 100 mph in 2 seconds. It is a very interesting job and you will hear more about this and many other interesting aspects of MSgt Bean's life. Do you know what "Justintime" means? Stay tuned!
Our second guest for this week is Senior Airman Jonna L Kienzl, who is with the 386 ECES/FP (Expeditionary Civil Engineers Squadron/Force Protection) which falls under the 386 AEW. Though SrA Kienzl is a Dental Assistant at home base and is studying in that field, while on deployment in the FP (Force Protection), she is working in the VCC (Visitor Control Center) where individuals are greeted and checked before being allowed on base (or not). SrA Kienzl shares some experiences with us and brings us a truly delightful visit.
So that family members will find it easier to hear their loved ones in the interviews, we will repeat the show throughout Saturday until early Sunday morning when we will add another repeat show to play until after midnight Sunday. 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 1,284th 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. Also be on the lookout as we add another Army unit to our host of interviews in the very near future.
Our show will end at appr 11:25am today. If you cannot stay with us for the duration of this show, remember it will repeat continuously until after midnight Saturday 7/5 and then will repeat in rotation throughout Sunday 7/6 until early Monday morning 7/7. After about a week, look for the MP3 copy on our Archive site.
On Sunday, 7/6, we will play two repeat shows on a continuous basis. We will include the show from today and we will include a show from June 2009 (per request) as units were preparing to withdraw from Iraq.
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By unitedweroll on Jul 4, 2014 | In Military News and Support
We are honored to bring the voices of deployed members from the 379th AEW to our listeners on a variety of job types, military experiences and more.
379th AEW receives Meritorious Unit Award
by Staff Sgt. Ciara Wymbs
379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
6/25/2014 - AL UDEID AIR BASE, QATAR -- Airmen assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and its tenant units can add another distinguished accomplishment to their records. The 379th AEW was awarded the Meritorious Unit Award, for the dates between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014, by U.S. Air Forces Central Command, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, June 23.
The wing received the award for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding achievement or service in direct support of combat operations lasting at least 90 consecutive days. The actions of those assigned must display outstanding devotion and superior performance.
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Darren Hartford, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, congratulated the Grand Slam Wing on a job well done.
"Thanks to your hard work and dedication to our mission over the past year," said Hartford. "Thank you for enabling and executing decisive, combat power."
Some of the accomplishments that add to the award include: over 22,000 joint and coalition personnel rotating through AUAB, 11,500 combat sorties, 322 million pounds of fuel supplied to more than 26,000 receivers through air refueling operations, the first forward deployment of tanker aircraft to Afghanistan and a three-day surge of close air support, airborne intelligence collection and air refueling to support the Afghanistan national elections in May.
"Congratulations and keep up the great work," said Hartford.
The MUA may be added to permanent records by contacting your home station military personnel section. For those permanently assigned to the wing during this time period, the addition will be handled by Shaw Air Force Base.
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