By unitedweroll on Aug 12, 2013 | In Military News and Support
United We Roll World Tour Show
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This week we bring you a truly outstanding visit with a deployed member from the Transit Center at Manas in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. Our guest, Master Sergeant Daniel H Pena, is a linguist who has approximately 16 years of using his knowledge of language to serve in the Air Force and on special operations.
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Interview #1 (appr 1:12pm) - MSgt Daniel H Pena
376 AEW / TSC - Transit Center at Manas
Republic of Kyrgyzstan
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By unitedweroll on Aug 12, 2013 | In Military News and Support
Release No: 141
Aug. 12, 2013
by Debbie Gildea
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Active duty enlisted Airmen who qualify can now apply for a new pilot program designed to prepare them for medical school, but “intent to apply” emails must be submitted no later than Sept. 6, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today.
The Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program offers enlisted members a chance to attend medical prep school full time for two years, all expenses paid, while maintaining active duty status and full pay and benefits. The program will include coursework in a traditional classroom setting with structured pre-health advising and formal medical college admission test preparation.
Those selected for the program will transfer on permanent change of station orders to Bethesda, MD, where they will attend school at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. Following successful completion of the 24-month program, graduates will apply for acceptance to the USUHS medical school or civilian medical schools.
Enlisted members from all career fields are eligible to apply, if they meet other criteria in the application guidelines, available on the myPers website. Applicants must be younger than 33 as of June 30, 2014, have at least 36 months but no more than 10 years time in service as of Sept. 30, 2013, and hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
Selected senior airmen and above with promotion line numbers will be able to sew on while attending the program, but those who do not have a line number will not be eligible to test for promotion while attending the course. Senior airmen who do not have a promotion line number will be automatically promoted to staff sergeant one day prior to the course start.
Following graduation and upon acceptance in an approved medical school, program participants will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Medical Services Corps. As fourth year medical students, those lieutenants will be eligible to apply for medical residencies approved by the Air Force Health Professions Education Requirements Board.
Applicants who meet all eligibility criteria must email an “Intent to Apply” statement to the Total Force Service Center by Sept. 6. Those who do so will be notified by Sept. 16 whether or not they have been released from their career field to compete for selection. Once notified of their eligibility to compete, Airmen must submit their applications by Nov. 1, 2013. Classes for the pilot program begin July 1, 2014.
Full eligibility criteria and application guidelines for the program, which incurs a three-year active duty service commitment, are available on myPers at https://mypers.af.mil. Enter “EMDP2” in the search window.
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By unitedweroll on Aug 10, 2013 | In Military News and Support
by Senior Airman Madelyn Brown
60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
8/9/2013 - TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- As Pepper leapt over a 5-foot fence to catch up with a "bad guy," his left hind paw was caught in one of the chain links. As the rest of his body catapulted forward, his paw remained snagged in the fence. When he wrangled his paw out of the fence, his leg hung distorted and lifeless. His handler knew something was terribly wrong with his K-9.
"My initial reaction when I saw what happened was to run to his aid," said Tech. Sgt. Chris Smith, 60th Security Forces Squadron kennel master. "The crazy thing was that Pepper was still more interested in chasing a ball than staying off his limp, injured leg."
This training injury shattered Pepper's leg from the knee down, and tore all three tendons in his knee. There was no choice but to amputate the leg. This was the end of Pepper's time as a military working dog.
At the time of the injury, Smith was a staff sergeant stationed at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. He was new to the K-9 subsection of security forces and Pepper was his first assigned dog. Just as Smith was new to this, Pepper only was operational as a military working dog for six months with Smith as his first handler. Pepper was 2 years old at the time.
"It was scary bringing him home after his leg amputation," Smith said. "When he went out in the yard for the first time, he kind of stumbled with his first few steps. Then he was off like a rocket and was able to move naturally with three legs."
After the surgery, Pepper adjusted to retirement and became a member of the family.
"On my wedding day, Pepper was the ring bearer," Smith said. "He came barreling down the aisle on three legs and halted when he got to us. The ring was tied around his neck and when he gave me a high-five, his paw caught the necklace so it looked like he put the ring in my hand."
Now 9 years old, Pepper has maintained this agility.
Pepper has the energy and playfulness of a puppy with the discipline of a retired military working dog, Smith said. He can do pretty much anything any other dog can do, and then some.
At the K-9 competition Aug. 2 in Alameda Calif., the Belgian malinois had the opportunity to test his skills beside active police and military working dogs. The task was to sniff out narcotics in a cluttered garage, as well as in a lineup of four stationary vehicles.
For a military working dog to be successful in these tasks, an understanding between handler and dog must exist.
"When a dog is on a scent that they've been trained to sniff out, they'll show you a change in behavior," Smith said. "You have to know your dog well enough to understand what they're trying to tell you."
For example, when Pepper is on a scent, he will start to pitter patter his front paws on the ground and look back and forth from his handler to the scent, Smith said.
In the narcotics garage, Pepper sniffed out cocaine, marijuana and heroin, which placed his performance better than many of the competing active working dogs.
"Pepper was unbelievable," Smith said. "He was so excited to be working again. He was searching as hard as I have ever seen and he was sharp."
For Smith, Pepper is more than just a former military working dog.
"I love Pepper like he's my kid," he said. "He's an amazing dog."
By unitedweroll on Aug 9, 2013 | In Military News and Support
May Pfc Posey be blessed with everlasting peace as our hearts and prayers also reach out to his loved ones. Welcome Home American Hero! Thank You for Our Freedom!
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 575-13
August 09, 2013
Marine Missing From Korean War Identified
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. service member, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
Marine Corps Pfc. Jonathan R. Posey Jr., 20, of Dallas, will be buried Aug. 12 in Arlington National Cemetery. In December 1950, Posey, assigned to L Battery, 4th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, was serving provisionally as an infantryman with the 7th Marine Regiment at Yudam-ni in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir. On Dec. 2, 1950, Posey was killed in action while the 5th and 7th Marine Regiments were withdrawing to Hagaru-ri.
In 1954, United Nations and Communist Forces exchanged the remains of war dead in what came to be called "Operation Glory." All remains recovered in Operation Glory were turned over to the Army Central Identification Unit for analysis. Those that were unable to be identified were interred as unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii, known as the "Punchbowl."
In 2012, analysts from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command reevaluated
Posey's records and determined that portions of the remains recovered from Operation Glory should be exhumed for identification. To identify the remains, scientists from JPAC used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, such as dental and radiograph comparison, which matched Posey's records.
Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously recovered from North and South Korea. More than 7,900 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.
For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO web site at www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1169.
By unitedweroll on Aug 9, 2013 | In Military News and Support
... "We still have 60,000 men and women in uniform in harm's way, and the American people need to understand why they are here, what they are doing and what they are trying to accomplish," he said." ...
ISAF Chief Briefs Reservists on Afghan Progress, Future
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2013 - The NATO-led effort in Afghanistan is "in the red zone," and now is the time to carry the ball over the goal line, the commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said today.
Speaking via satellite from the Afghan capital of Kabul, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., delivered a decidedly upbeat report to the Reserve Officers Association's national security symposium here today.
Dunford said he is pleased with the campaign plan and that the Afghan forces, which took over lead security responsibility in June, have fought well. Afghanistan, he said, now "has the opportunity to be successful."
With nearly 352,000 members of the Afghan national security forces in place, the general said, the Afghans are demonstrating for all to see that they can handle the load. All Americans need to understand this, he added.
Dunford said he is concerned about a recent poll which shows that 67 percent of Americans believe the war in Afghanistan has not been worth fighting, and that 43 percent believe all U.S. forces should come home next year.
"We still have 60,000 men and women in uniform in harm's way, and the American people need to understand why they are here, what they are doing and what they are trying to accomplish," he said.
Americans need to remember that the 9/11 terrorists planned and funded their operation in Afghanistan, the general told the symposium audience. The United States sent forces into Afghanistan to end that, he added, and the idea of keeping Americans safe has not changed over the past decade.
The United States must keep pressure on al-Qaida and other terrorist groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Dunford said. He acknowledged that despite coalition successes, al-Qaida and other groups are resilient.
U.S. and NATO troops are needed in Afghanistan today to keep the pressure on these groups, Dunford said, but in the future, the hammer against these terrorists will be Afghan forces.
"Over the past few years, Afghan forces have become increasingly competent, capable and credible," Dunford said, adding that in his opinion, Afghan forces are providing security for the Afghan people today. They will be able to secure the April 5 presidential elections, he said, and they will be able
--with some qualifications -- to shoulder the entire security burden when the ISAF mission in Afghanistan ends on Dec. 31, 2014.
The surge of coalition forces into Afghanistan created the space for the Afghan forces to grow and mature, Dunford said. Today, he added, NATO and partner-nation forces have transitioned to a "train, advise and assist" mode.
Dunford described an operation in Logar province that used Afghan forces from two separate corps and an Afghan division. The fledgling Afghan air force also participated, airlifting 250 Afghan infantrymen into position and keeping them resupplied.
"The only coalition support was close-air support," the general said. "This doesn't reflect what we're seeing everywhere, but it shows what can be done."
Noting that perception is important, the general said that some 90 percent of Afghans rate their security situations as fair to good. "Ninety-one percent of Afghans have a favorable opinion of the Afghan army, and 80 percent have a favorable opinion of the Afghan police," he said.
The real problem today is uncertainty, Dunford said. "There is a growing sense in Kabul that December 2014 is actually a cliff for the Afghan people," he explained. "It affects the leaders, it affects civil society, and it affects the ranks of the Afghan security forces."
A bilateral security agreement between the United States and Afghanistan is necessary to eliminate this uncertainty, the general said. This will allow not only Afghans, but also NATO and partner-nations, to plan for the future. He noted that Germany, Italy, Turkey and the United States already have agreed to a post-2014 role. What those roles will be, he added, remains to be determined.
Winning means setting the conditions for the Afghans to exploit opportunities while developing the Afghan forces and sustaining them, Dunford told the audience. This can be done, he added.
"It is by no means inevitable, but it is achievable," Dunford said. "If the trajectory that we've been on for the past couple of years continues for the next 16 months, I am very comfortable about where we will be with the Afghan forces."
Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr.
NATO International Security Assistance Force
FDA Extends Public Comment Period 60 Days for Proposed Rules on Preventive Controls for Human Food, Produce Safety
By unitedweroll on Aug 8, 2013 | In Military News and Support
August 8, 2013
FDA today issued Federal Register notices to extend the comment periods on the proposed rules for Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food and Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption 60 days until November 15, 2013. This is the second and final extension of the comment period for these two rules. The extension of the comment period also applies to the information collection provisions associated with the proposed rules.
FDA is taking this action to allow interested persons the opportunity to consider the interrelationships between these two proposals, which were published on January 16, 2013, and the two new proposed rules that published on July 29, 2013, Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals and the Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications.
These four proposed rules are part of the foundation of, and central framework for, the modern food safety system envisioned by Congress in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
To learn more about the rules, including how to submit comments electronically::
• Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals Proposed Rule
• Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications Proposed Rule
• Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food Proposed Rule
• Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption Proposed Rule
For more information:
• Federal Register Notice for Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food - Extension of Comment Period
• Federal Register Notice for Standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption - Extension of Comment Period
Ref: Constituent Updates are also available on the web at