By unitedweroll on Feb 20, 2014 | In Military News and Support
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2014
Contact: HHS Press Office
Winners designed innovative ways to aid people with durable medical equipment in emergencies
Three innovative solutions are winners of an idea challenge to help communities support patients who depend on durable medical equipment (DME), such as oxygen concentrators and portable ventilators, during emergencies. The contest was sponsored by HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).
Thousands of people in the United States rely on electrically powered DME equipment to meet their medical needs at home. In emergencies such as prolonged power outages, they often must seek help in shelters or emergency rooms to power the equipment or recharge their battery.
Launched September 2013, the challenge sought inventive ideas on how to create a system that, in emergencies, could signal the location and status of the life-sustaining equipment. With this information, patients and caregivers can prepare and respond to prevent low batteries in emergencies.
Leo Angelo Gumpas and Xadean Ahmasi from Laurel, Md., partnered as a team in the idea challenge to grab first place with the creation of an integrated, internet-based system which automatically monitors and transmits essential data from DME devices to caregivers and responders to provide actionable information in support of emergency planning and response operations.
Stan Barrack from Forest Park, Ill., came in second with the idea to create an integrated set of tools that could use inexpensive technology, such as a cellular phone application, to securely share critical information on the status of DMEs in impacted areas with existing data centers where specific patient information is stored.
Third place was awarded to An-Hu-Li and his son David-Li from Commack, N.Y., who developed an idea for a cost-effective wireless DME status reporter based on two-way radio technology. The device would send and receive vital information between a patient DME unit and authorized users, such as caregivers and first responders, operating on the same radio frequency. The technology would include security features to prevent interception of confidential patient data.
“We hope these innovative solutions can serve as a foundation for further research and development of tools to help DME users during emergencies,” said HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response Dr. Nicole Lurie.
First place winners of the challenge receive $5,000; second place receive $3,000, and third place receive $2,000.
To learn more about application challenges sponsored by federal agencies, including challenges that support emergency preparedness, visit challenge.gov.
HHS is the principal federal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. ASPR leads HHS in preparing the nation to respond to and recover from adverse health effects of emergencies, supporting communities’ ability to withstand adversity, strengthening health and response systems, and enhancing national health security.
Visit www.phe.gov to learn more about ASPR and public health and medical emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
By unitedweroll on Feb 17, 2014 | In Military News and Support
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Tuesday 02/18/14 1:00pm - 3:30pm Central (Live)
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We thank you for joining us on Tuesday, Feb 18th of 2014.
This week we are honored to bring you four new visits with deployed members from three different units who are serving in countries thousands of miles from home and loved ones.
The first two of our visits come from Southwest Asia and the 386th AEW. Both of our guests are in Force Protection under the 387th Air Expeditionary Group. SrA Brandon J Newman, a definite Colts fan, explains the ins and outs of Force Protection and A1C Jessica Bicy not only serves in Force Protection, but she also volunteers with the Rising IV (Airmen Council) and as a member of the Honor Guard.
Our third guest is currently serving in a unit that is a part of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, located in Qatar. As a member of the 379 EOSS (Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron), Capt. Joseph R. Clark is the manager of the Air Traffic Control System and safety of the airport operations. (In civilian terms, Airport Manager). Working hand in hand with Qatari ATC and more has given Capt Clark the opportunity to develop some very meaningful relationships as you will hear.
Our fourth and final guest for this week is spending a very cold winter in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan with the 376th AEW at the Transit Center at Manas. As a licensed attorney, Major Tiaundra Moncrief provides a wide variety of legal assistance to service members, advice to commanders and other legal issues that may arise during day to day operations. Maj Moncrief also shares some very meaningful thoughts about military life as you will hear in this most inspirational visit.
We believe you will find our visits today not only to be informational, but will also increase pride and respect for those who serve. We hope that you will join us again next Tuesday, February 25th, for more new visits with members from our units.
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386 AEW / The Rock
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387 AEG Force Support
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387 AEG Force Support
379 AEW / Grand Slam Wing
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Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar
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376th AEW JAG / Transit Center at Manas
Republic of Kyrgyzstan
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Marauder wins AF-level Medical Service Annual Award
by Senior Airman Desiree W. Moye
386th Air Expeditionary Wing
2/16/2014 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Senior Airman Tiffany Dickerson, assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron force protection flight, was recently awarded the 2013 U.S. Air Force Physical Medicine Apprentice Award by the Surgeon General's Medical Force Development Directorate.
This honor is designated to distinguish outstanding five-level Airmen in the Physical Therapy Technician career field.
Tiffany is not only exceptional at her job, according to her nominator and commander, Col. Paul Gardetto, 23rd Medical Group, but she's a leader who understands the whole Airmen concept.
Dickerson, who is deployed from the 23rd Medical Operations Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga. and a native of Statesboro, Ga., is very excited about the award and what she believes it says about her ability.
"I felt endorsed as a vital team member and an unparalleled airman AF wide," she said, after the knowledge of her winning among her peers. "It's truly wonderful being able to say, I'm an USAF award winner."
Reaching for further excellence as a PT technician is what Dickerson strives to do once returning to homestation by testing for staff sergeant and preparing for her PT assistant national certification.
Aside from the actual award, Dickerson received a personal letter and certificate of recognition from the USAF Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Thomas Travis, and she is now authorized to wear the AF Recognition Ribbon as an AF-level award winner.
Ref: http://www.386aew.afcent.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123400326 Photo and original article
Volunteering during off duty time can often help to fill the
loneliness felt for family and pets at home while deployed ....
(See Photo on Facebook)
Deployed Airmen lend a paw to
those in need at local animal shelter
by Maj. Nicole David
379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
2/14/2014 - DOHA, Qatar -- Deployed Airmen miss home when they are away for extended periods of time, and that includes four-legged family members - their pets.
On February 9, 2014, six Airmen deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, volunteered their time to help a local animal shelter walk dogs, ensuring those canines had the chance to be outside their kennels for just a little while.
Through the private organization on base, Jar Saleh, meaning "Good Neighbor," Airmen volunteered at the Qatar Animal Welfare Society, a local rescue and no-kill shelter that has been in existence since 2003. The six volunteers walked seven dogs each over a three hour time period.
It doesn't sound like much, but according to co-founder and shelter coordinator, Kelly Allen, it was an enormous help to know that the U.S. Air Force provided care for 35% of the canines that day.
"Q.A.W.S. is entirely dependent on the goodwill and gestures of the surrounding community including the air force base and the army camp, which are always offering up time to help us," said Allen. "There are only seven of us that work here full time, three of which get paid, the others, including myself, volunteer full time. It is the only way to ensure the welfare of over 150 animals we have here at any given time."
While volunteering provides a great service to Q.A.W.S., it is also rewarding to the Airmen that have left behind their own pets or simply have a love for animals.
Staff Sgt. Scott Turmell, the volunteer coordinator and member of the 379th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron says he misses his dogs, Sugar and Barkley.
"Giving my time and attention to dogs that wouldn't otherwise get much makes me feel like I am making the most of my time here," said Turmell, deployed from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. and a Mecosta, Mich. native.
Allen explained that they make sure every dog gets two walks a day, for at least 15 minutes. Doing the math, the walking doesn't always get finished before sun down, so every helping hand makes a difference.
"I grew up in a family that always had rescue dogs," said Staff Sgt. Michael Callahan, a member of the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, deployed from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI and native of Myersville, Md. "I just wanted to give back while I am deployed and this is something I connected with."
Q.A.W.S. is currently facing some imminent challenges. The shelter is being evicted from the land leased from the government and must relocate by March 31st. Not only does the shelter need to relocate, but they have to start all over again rebuilding the facilities for the animals.
"I am very concerned about our future and the welfare of these animals," said Allen. "For fourteen months, no organization has stepped forward to help and without the assistance of our supporters, like the military, local schools and businesses, we simply can't exist."
Donations of any kind are greatly appreciated. The shelter and its furry residents are always in need of food, leashes, collars, toys, cleaning supplies and so much more. Anyone interested in making a donation should visit www.qaws.org to see how you can make a difference.
Disclaimer: IAW AFI 35-107, para. 5.2.8. - The United States Air Force does not endorse the organizational entity, Q.A.W.S., and does not exercise any responsibility or oversight of the content at destination.
*Staff Sgt. Scott Turmell gave us a great interview which we shared during our United We Roll World Tour show on December 10th, 2013.
Sailor's passion pushes full speed ahead
by Staff Sgt. Travis Edwards
376th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
2/15/2014 - TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan -- What is passion?
Passion is putting up with only sleeping a few hours a night. It's living off of peanut butter sandwiches and cheese crackers. It's having the fortitude to push past your own body's limits for the sake of the race.
She knows passion.
You could spot this Sailor taking first place in almost every running-based event here; or maybe in the fitness center, working out for hours, using a unique routine, activating nearly every muscle group. Known for having great speed and strength, she was seen wearing a bright, yellow-orange, Navy shirt running around the base or in the forest blazing up the running trail.
She isn't just in it for the healthy lifestyle; she said she's staying in shape for her next adventure race.
This non-stop, multi-day, multi-sport competition encompasses running, mountain biking, trekking, land navigation and a host of other sport-related events.
Lt. Cmdr. Melissa Coombes, Navy Central Command Forward Headquarters Manas/Qatar assistant officer in charge, can run for days -- for fun. Literally, for days at a time, she has raced anywhere from 24 hours to seven days; from the mountains of West Virginia to the sweltering heat of South Africa.
"It's fun; I enjoy doing it," said Coombes, a reservist out of Spokane, Wash. "Once I get started, my stubbornness kicks in and I won't give up."
Coombes started her love of racing when she was 19. She began with orienteering, which is a fast-paced sport that requires navigational skills; participants are given a map and compass to navigate to points in a diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain.
Just two short years later, her love of orienteering blossomed into a life-long craving for adventure racing.
Her passion for racing has taken her to more than 10 countries around the world where she has completed more than 50 different races, to include a race in South Africa.
"When I raced in Africa, we had a three-person team. It was a blast; it was a seven-day event and a started really slow because I wasn't feeling my best," she said. "But I didn't let me beat myself; half way through, I started feeling better."
She explained how some of the designated stopping areas had native dancers, as well as food and spirits waiting to entertain incoming racers.
"It was a blast!" she said smiling. "I remember seeing the kids running with us, asking to ride the bikes we were on, what an experience." Her stubbornness kicked in toward the end of the race while biking. She ended up tethering her two male teammates to her bike and hauling them past finish line.
Coombes and her team took first place in that event. She currently holds about 30 first-place victories in orienteering and adventure races.
But, when she isn't running, this 34 year old is an associate at a law firm where she says her employers there are accommodating to her love of competition.
"My firm is super supportive," said the former Navy helicopter pilot. "My team and I were going to race in an Adventure Race World Championship in Costa Rica last December. My firm was all about giving me the time to go, and was thrilled for me."
However, Coombes received order to mobilize and deploy to the Transit Center at Manas and then to Qatar, where she is now, tracking Navy individual augmentees in and out of Afghanistan.
"Even though I'm not actively out completing races, I'm still keeping up with my fitness," she said. "My workout routine ebbs and flows depending on work constraints and opportunities where I live.
"In San Diego, I used to run just over an hour, five days a week and I would go for long runs on the weekends. In Pensacola, (Fla.,) I raced road bikes on a team and spent the weekends training with the team on long rides or racing around the area. I fit in runs whenever I could on trails, and had a six-mile course around my neighborhood," she explained.
However, while deployed, the one thing she said that has been consistent is training 23 times a week; mostly body weight and core exercises like pull-ups, push-ups, dips and handstands. "It changes all the time. I bore easily, so I like to switch it up," Coombes said.
The next event on Coombes' list is an orienteering World Championship in South Dakota scheduled for the fall.
If anyone is looking into getting into orienteering or adventure racing, Coombes recommends a quick search on the internet for your local or regional area. "It really is a challenge. It takes perseverance, persistence and a whole lot of determination to finish your first one. Stick to it and don't doubt yourself, when you start doubting yourself is when you can start seeing yourself quit - never quit."
*We had the honor of hosting an awesome interview with Lt Cmdr Coombes which was broadcast in our United We Roll World Tour show on December 10, 2013.
TOUCH OF HOME
The Stardust Radio Family salutes an American Legend and Leader
as we also send our prayers of comfort to the family of
Senator/Code Talker Arthur Hubbard
According to the Navajo Nation Council:
"Our Nation and Diné Citizens were truly blessed to have had such a highly respected and distinguished warrior on our side that fought for our Nation, both as a Navajo Code Talker and as a state leader," said [Navajo Nation Council] Speaker [Johnny] Naize. "We will always honor and cherish his sacrifices to make our Nation stronger."
Code Talker Hubbard was born on Jan. 23, 1912 in Topawa, Ariz., located on the Tohono O'odham Nation. He later answered the call to enlist with the U.S. Marine Corps and trained hundreds of men to transmit coded messages using the Navajo language during World War II. In 1972, he became the first Native American to be elected to the Arizona State Legislature, serving as a State Senator for 12 years. Sen. Hubbard is recognized for his tremendous contributions in areas such as welfare, education, and health care which benefited many people across the Navajo Nation and the State of Arizona.
Code Talker Hubbard also served as a water rights advisor to the Tohono O'odham Nation, a Navajo culture and language instructor at Arizona State University, and played an instrumental role in establishing Diné College, the first college established within the Navajo Nation.
Senator Arthur Hubbard passed away on Friday, Feb 7th, 2014
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By unitedweroll on Feb 17, 2014 | In Military News and Support
by Master Sgt. Shawn J. Jones
Air Force Reserve Command Recruiting Service
2/12/2014 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Force management programs will push thousands of active-duty Airmen out of their jobs, but opportunities exist in the Air Force Reserve for Airmen who don't want to hang-up their uniforms for good.
"Force management will cost many Airmen their jobs, but not necessarily their careers," said Col. Steve Fulaytar, the Air Force Reserve's director of recruiting. "They can continue their service as Citizen Airmen."
Reserve service provides a benefits package highlighted by programs familiar to most Airmen such as tuition assistance, the Post 9-11 G.I. Bill and the opportunity to work toward a military retirement plan. Additionally, low-cost healthcare insurance is available to most reservists at significantly lower rates than comparable plans, and enlistment bonuses are available for some career fields at specific duty locations.
Airmen transitioning into the Reserve stand to receive many benefits, but they also provide plenty of benefits themselves. New Citizen Airmen who have active-duty experience are valuable to Reserve units because they are mission-ready.
"When an active-duty Airman decides to continue their career in the Reserve, everyone wins," Col. Fulaytar said. "The Airman retains the benefits of continued service, the Reserve gains an Airman who can contribute immediately and the regular Air Force has one less Airman that must be involuntarily separated."
One key difference between active and Reserve service is that Citizen Airmen won't have to relocate to suit the needs of the Air Force. Many reservists spend the majority of their career with one unit and only agree to a permanent change of station when the timing is right for them.
Airmen who are ready to separate don't have to wait until their original enlistment or commission obligation is complete. The Palace Chase program enables Airmen to separate from their active enlistment or commission as long as they continue their service with the Reserve Component.
Airmen should be aware the recruiting process is somewhat different from when they joined the active-duty Air Force. Once Airmen are deemed eligible for Reserve service, they must work with an in-service recruiter to locate a duty location and position that meet their needs.
"Our Reserve units love fully qualified Airmen who can hit the ground running," Fulaytar said. "But finding duty positions for new recruits takes time, so they can help themselves by contacting their in-service recruiter as soon as possible."
By unitedweroll on Feb 16, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Salute to Marine Corps Capt. Brian Jordan upon receipt of British Honor and to all members of the crew who made the decision to land and save the lives of wounded British soldiers. Thank You!
Face of Defense: Marine Aviator Receives British Honor
By Marine Corps Sgt. Justin M. Boling
Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps
FORT MEADE, Md., Feb. 13, 2014 – A UH-1Y Venom helicopter pilot received the British Distinguished Flying Cross yesterday at the British Embassy in Washington.
Marine Corps Capt. Brian Jordan, the second Marine aviator to earn the medal since World War II, was honored for his actions June 21, 2012, while deployed in Afghanistan.
“This has been a very amazing and humbling experience for me,” Jordan said. “I really am accepting this on behalf of my flight crew and all of the maintainers who work tirelessly on keeping these aircraft operating. Without them, none of these actions would have been possible.”
Jordan said he the direct efforts of his aircrew -- Capt. Joshua Miller, Gunnery Sgt. Andrew Bond, Staff Sgt. Steven Seay and Cpl. Joshua Martinez – made the award possible. The captain also gave credit to the support of Lt. Col. Stephen Lightfoot and Capt. Frank Jublonski, the pilots of the AH-1Z Viper Super Cobra accompanying them on the mission.
“I am happy for him and anyone else who could accomplish something like this,” said Bond, the crew chief during the mission. “I am very proud of him.”
Jordan arrived on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan’s Helmand province in late May 2012 with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469. He and his flight crew were tasked with a mission to support the British Grenadier Guards.
“We worked together as a constant combat crew, and I had become very used to working with him,” Bond, with more than 14 years of experience, said. “Still being a relatively young pilot, he was doing well and was always open to listen to us.”
The squadron’s aircraft spent 40 minutes providing reconnaissance of buildings surrounding the area the guardsmen were patrolling, and when requested, they supplied cover fire. Jordan and his aircrew had depleted most of their fuel and spent ordinance to suppress an enemy attack, which had pinned down the British soldiers.
Jordan and his crew were preparing to return to Bastion when they saw an explosion.
“I remember the [joint tactical air controller] saying over the radio, ‘Man Down, man down, request immediate medevac,” Jordan said. “One of the guardsmen had stepped on an [improvised explosive device]. He had lost a limb and was going into shock.”
Jordan and his crew began to discuss the situation and began preparing a medical evacuation request form for higher headquarters.
“It can be a little frustrating at times, but you have to follow the orders you are briefed,” Bond said. “The end state was somebody needs our help, and you don’t want to let them down.”
The crew calculated it would take more than 30 minutes for another aircraft to come and pick up the two wounded British guardsmen.
“I talked to the crew, and we made the assessment that we were all comfortable with going down to pick up the wounded soldier,” Jordan said. “We then heard over the radio that there was no time and he won’t make it. We all agreed this is what we need to do. We talked to our section leader and told him our intention, and he said they would provide cover fire as we went down for the pick.”
“Both Staff Sergeant Seay and I are search and rescue qualified, so we began to rearrange and prepare the inside of the aircraft the best we could,” Bond said.
The aircrew landed between enemy fighters and the British troops to pick up the wounded soldiers.
“The situation made it feel like we were on the ground for an eternity,” Jordan said, “even though we could not have been on the ground for more than 10 seconds. Both aircraft were in a very low fuel state. We pulled full torque and got the soldier back to Bastion for medical attention.”
Both wounded British soldiers survived.
“I feel like we were just doing our duty,” Jordan said. “We took the actions we needed to make sure we saved a soldier’s life. Do I think I went above and beyond? No, absolutely not. We are just doing our job to support all the ground forces in any way possible.”
Jordan is preparing to serve as a pilot instructor at Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. He will teach newly commissioned pilots to fly the UH-1Y Venom.
“You go through a lot of training to make sure you can make the hard decision when things do not go the way you anticipate,” Jordan said. “It is not just pilots. It is all Marines — Marines always do what is right.”
By unitedweroll on Feb 16, 2014 | In Military News and Support
You may be one of many Americans who are not aware of Lajes Field, which is located on the island of Terceira in the Azore Islands. This field is home to the 65th Air Base Wing. The following article brings news of the storm that caused damages to some of the facilities and housing. There are no reports of injuries in the following article, so we hope everyone is well and recovery is on the way.
Lajes Field hit with strong winds, recovery underway
by Capt. Mark Graff
65th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
2/14/2014 - LAJES FIELD, Azores -- Lajes Field was hit with a low pressure weather system Feb. 13, and strong winds caused damages to base facilities and military family housing here.
Gusts as high as 100 miles per hour were reported on Terceira, the mid-Atlantic, Azorean Island where the 65th Air Base Wing is located. The 65th Operations Support Squadron weather flight recorded winds at 89 miles per hour at 12:37 p.m., Feb. 13.
"All personnel are accounted for and no injuries have been reported to date," said Col. Chris Bargery, 65th ABW commander. "We have sustained some damages to facilities, but our wing mission remains intact and our airfield is operational."
Personnel assigned to the 65th ABW - including local national employees - and U.S. Air Force tenant units were released early Feb. 13 and the wing commander authorized delayed reporting for Feb. 14.
"Throughout the entire situation, 65th Air Base Wing leaders were focused on the safety and well-being of Lajes Airmen," said Bargery. "Our damage assessment teams, first responders, emergency operations center team and Airmen at every level acted safely and conservatively."
The wing's emergency operations center and crisis action team were activated to ensure personnel safety and accountability, assess damages, direct repairs and ensure essential services remained operational. Some units - including the 65th OSS weather flight and the 65th Civil Engineer Squadron unit control center - worked overnight to provide updates and assess damage.
As of Feb. 14, personnel were reporting to work as usual.
"The base is starting to return to normal," said Bargery. "We're pleased to be opening facilities and services to our community. But we need everyone to go into the weekend and be more careful and conservative in their decision-making."
Significant damages included downed trees and limbs, portions of clay-tile roofing, downed power lines and fencing, broken street lights and some personal property damages.
Damage assessment and response teams from the 65th CES evaluated damages and completed repairs, said Maj. Timothy Barnard, 65th CES director of operations. Barnard led the unit control center and dispatched assessment teams throughout the night.
"Our teams have noted a total of 133 items damaged and we have already made repairs to 12 of those items," said Barnard. "We will continue making repairs as conditions allow. We have to be mindful of safety considerations as we send our repair teams out, of course."
One major repair the CES teams made was to restore base power, said Barnard. The majority of the base temporarily lost power during the storm.
"Our electrical crews restored power to the base in about an hour after a power feeder went down," the major said. "They isolated the broken wiring phase and re-routed power to the main base. Most importantly, we never lost power to the airfield."
Barnard encouraged Lajes Airmen to remain safe as they collect debris, especially in base housing.
"We're asking people to remain very safe and mindful that the clay roof tiles may continue to come loose and blow around. Those objects are quite heavy, so just be safe," Barnard said.
Lajes Field personnel who had personal property damaged due to the storm should work with the 65th ABW legal office to file a claim. Those who wish to file a claim should call 535-3546.
Security personnel from the 65th Security Forces Squadron worked with their Portuguese Air Force counterparts throughout the night, said Maj. Lawrence Wyatt, 65th SFS commander.
"Defenders from the U.S. and Portuguese Air Force teamed to secure some downed perimeter fences, but the base remained secure at all times," said Wyatt. "We also ensure mobile patrols occurred within base housing all evening."
U.S. Air Force personnel are coordinating response and recovery operations with the Portuguese Air Force.
By unitedweroll on Feb 16, 2014 | In Military News and Support
As with most any weather system that puts fellow Americans in danger, members of the National Guard were out and helping in a variety of ways. Once you have been rescued by these men and women, you will never forget it - from one who knows! We hope the rest of our country also is aware of everything that our National Guard Members & families do for our country, our communities and our families.
Soldiers and Airmen in nine states helping as storm pummels South and Middle Atlantic
By Staff Sgt. Tracci Dorgan
South Carolina National Guard
GAFFNEY, S.C. (2/13/14) - The mammoth winter storm that sliced through southern and Middle Atlantic states Wednesday was keeping about 3,000 National Guard members busy in nine states and the District of Columbia.
As daylight was coming to an end, forecasters predicted more precipitation in some areas, taking the form of either snow, sleet or a mix of both.
Soldiers and Airmen were assisting local authorities in Alabama, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, according to the National Guard Bureau and other officials.
On Wednesday night, as the snow fell on Delaware, Soldiers and Airmen were prepositioned in each of the three counties. The majority of missions involved transportation. "So far we have transported patients to the Veterans Administration Hospital for dialysis treatment, medical workers to the Christiana Hospital to start work shifts, and first responders to emergency operations centers," said Col. Dallas Wingate, the Delaware Guard's Director of Military Support.
In the District of Columbia, National Guard personnel were called up Wednesday by order of the Secretary of the Army.
Air Guard and active duty personnel from the 11th Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Md., were clearing snow to keep the D.C. Guard's 24/7 alert mission up and running throughout the storm, protecting the skies over the nation's capital with F-16 fighters standing by, a mission they have had since 9/11.
D.C. National Guard soldiers and airmen are conducting 24-hour operations at the D.C. National Guard Armory, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, in D.C., Davison Army Airfield, Va., and Joint Base Andrews. One of their jobs is to transport Metropolitan Police and Fire personnel to duty.
"Our hearts go out to those who have had their homes or property damaged in this storm," D.C. National Guard Commanding General Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz said. "We are doing everything we can to help the city return to normal operations. The city has asked for us for help, and we are responding, just as we always have in every emergency throughout its history."
Guard personnel said that prepositioning resources helped officials deal with the effects of the ice and snow, which pummeled areas already hard hit by a storm late last month that paralyzed areas of Georgia.
"We accomplished our objective of getting our units into place before the snow started to fall, and now we are staged and ready to assist with response operations if we are needed," said. Col. James Zollar, director of joint operations for the Virginia National Guard.
Typical of the responses was in South Carolina, where Army National Guard wrecker teams moved out in full force to help during the winter storm that made roads dangerous around the Southeast.
Wrecker teams were stationed throughout the state to help wherever they were called Wednesday, when the storm began.
Staff Sgt. Richard Krause was one of more than 100 Soldiers put on state active duty to support one of 14 wrecker teams from the South Carolina Army National Guard assigned to assist the state Department of Public Safety.
Krause is a maintenance sergeant for the 124th Engineer Company in Saluda and was assigned to wrecker team 5. His team was comprised of other soldiers who live and work around the Columbia area, but were tasked with providing assistance in the Gaffney area.
The team was prepositioned in the Upstate off of I-85 to be ready for whatever was needed.
"We recovered an 18-wheeler that broke down, partially blocking a lane, on I-85," said Krause. "He was having transmission problems and couldn't drive anymore. He was stuck for more than three hours before we got the call to help him. We arrived and towed him to the next exit where he was able to park his truck safely and get out of the storm."
Krause said no other towing vehicles could reach him so it was important for a larger towing vehicle to get him clear of the road to keep all lanes clear on the highway. The South Carolina Army National Guard's 1089 A-1 wrecker weighs about 80,000 pounds, so it was able to safely drive on ice-covered roads.
The wrecker team, in addition to Krause, included Staff Sgt. Jeffery Shaw, Sgt. Chris Barefoot and Sgt. Chris Grant. They were able to move the 18-wheeler off the road within 30 minutes of arriving.
"The team and I were happy we were able use our skills to help our community," Krause said. "We were here before we were needed, staged off exit 90 at the Pilot gas station, ready to help. Because of our planning, we were able to respond quickly when we were needed."
Krause said he was humbled by the number of people who stopped by and expressed their gratitude to the wrecker team while they waited to respond to calls.
Throughout the day and into the night, they, along with other wrecker teams also responded to calls for assistance by stranded motorists and other 18-wheelers who were stuck in areas around Spartanburg, Inman, as well as Gaffney.
"It was a great experience to be able to help," said Krause. "People who passed us were happy for us just being there."
The situation was much the same in North Carolina, where a television news crew came across state National Guard members working to free a stuck civilian ambulance and fire truck. The Soldiers helped reinforce a crucial message in these types of emergencies: Don't travel on the roads unless you absolutely must.
Contributing: Steve Marshall of the National Guard Bureau