By unitedweroll on May 4, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Blog Note: During our interviews about the SAPR program and in articles like this, the enthusiasm and dedication of volunteers is clearly a key part of the overall success to control sexual assault and to provide quick , proper response for victims.
Victim advocates help survivors live again
by Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Barnett
673d Air Base Wing Public Affairs
5/1/2014 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- A phone rang; the sound echoed throughout the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator office. Air Force Staff Sgt. Carly Smith picked up the receiver.
"JBER SARC hotline," she answered with a smile, not knowing what she'd hear on the other end of the line.
More often than not, callers simply have questions about the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program. But then there are times when the calls are victims and survivors of sexual assault looking for help.
Whether it's educating a caller or helping a traumatized victim, that's what a victim advocate is there for.
"I think on a daily basis, I feel pretty good about being someone people can trust and count on to give them the right information," said Smith, a 3rd Munitions Squadron program manager and victim advocate at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. "It makes me feel like helpful support."
The purpose of a victim advocate is to be a liaison and support asset for someone who's been a victim of a sexual assault, walking them through the entire legal process. It's not just for the survivor, it's also for their family, command section and coworkers, Smith said. She has served in the role for four years.
According to the Department of Defense SAPR website, the goal for the victim assistance line is to provide high-quality services and support to survivors of sexual assault - to strengthen their resilience and instill confidence and trust in the reporting process.
According to the SAPR website, it is critical every survivor is treated with the sensitivity they deserve, the privacy they prefer and the responsive support they need. This consistent and effective response may inspire other sexual assault victims to come forward and report it. Reporting this crime is essential to deliver care and hold offenders accountable.
"I'm able to provide a service by helping people who may not necessarily realize that," Smith said. "It's almost like you never know which role you're going to play. Sometimes you may have to be a mother to help them through, sometimes you have to be a sister to help them get through their situation."
Either way, Smith said, "[When] I receive a call, there's a victim who needs somebody [to talk to]. Our biggest goal is to make sure they can be productive survivors."
According to the SAPR website, every branch of service offers programs to help. The Army uses the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program; the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and National Guard use SAPR; and the Coast Guard uses the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. The Military OneSource website is another resource, providing comprehensive information on multiple topics and counseling services. Through each of the SAPR or SHARP programs, victim advocates are the ones taking the calls.
People should call whether they have been assaulted, know someone who's been assaulted, or just have questions, Smith said.
It's a volunteer program and anyone with pay grade E-5 or above can help out. Once someone volunteers for the additional duty; their commander has to sign off saying they will be allowed to fulfill the responsibilities, she said.
"We attempt to recruit individuals who really have a caring and nurturing sense - who can openly help deal with someone," she said.
In addition to taking the calls, responsibilities include coordinating SAPR-related events and giving briefings to newcomers, at the First Term Airmen Center, commander's calls, outreach tables and self-defense classes, she said.
"They put their all into it," Williams said. "You don't necessarily get that anywhere or with everybody, so I truly appreciate that."
Smith said she wants to make a difference.
"For me, it means not only am I trying to change the environment, this base, the culture and the Air Force to help people get through situations," she said. "I'm very family oriented."
Victim advocates are the backbone of the SAPR program, said Darmaly Williams SAPR program manager.
For more information, call a victim advocate 24/7 at 384-7272 or 551-7272.
By unitedweroll on May 3, 2014 | In Military News and Support
You will recognize his jockey - he is wearing yellow silks with purple heart on his chest and purple
stripes on his sleeves, purple cap.
Wounded Warrior Stables & Anthony C. Robertson
George (Chip) McEwen III races as Wounded Warrior Stables and has been racing horses for 17 years. About two years ago Chip turned his focus on helping injured troops. Wounded Warrior Stables gives 10% of any purses or sales to the Wounded Warrior Project. Wounded Warrior Stables has partnered with Anthony C. Robertson to campaign Uncle Sigh
By unitedweroll on Apr 28, 2014 | In Military News and Support
United We Roll World Tour Show
Stardust Radio Network Inc www.stardustradio.com
Tuesday 04/29/14 1:00pm - 2:50pm Central (Live)
Wednesday 04/30/14 6:00pm - 7:50pm Central (Repeat)
Welcome Stardust Listeners -
We thank you for joining us on Tuesday, April 29th of 2014.
Many Americans have been deeply concerned over the tragic shootings that have taken place here in the USA on military installations such as Fort Hood and the Washington Navy Yard.
Our first guest for today is SSgt Xavier Drake of the 379th AEW/FP (Air Expeditionary Wing/Force Protection) in Qatar. As a Check Six Active Shooter Facilitator and Combative Instructor, SSgt Drake brings awareness and training to the base populace on how not to freeze but the right way to respond in the event that a shooter is present. He also teaches Combative Courses where members learn how to protect themselves in a hand to hand situation.
For the past several months, we have had some outstanding guests join us on our interviews from the 379th AEW, which was largely due to the efforts of Maj Nicole David. As the Chief of the Public Affairs office, telling the stories of the airmen is part of the job and Maj David has been our POC or Point of Contact during her deployment with this unit. Also, with her being a member of the Colorado National Guard, we have learned more about the Guard and some of the fantastic programs they have like the SPP (State Partnership Program) with foreign counterparts. We take advantage of a few moments with Maj David before her departure to say "Thank You" and to wish her a safe trip home.
Our next two visits come from the 386th AEW which is currently deployed to Southwest Asia. Both of our guests are with the 386th EMDG (Expeditionary Medical Group) though they have very different jobs.
On deployment, Staff Sergeant Rafael Galvao is the Hospital X-Ray Technician and he also helps out other medics as needed. At home base, SSgt Galvao is more on the IT side as he works with the servers to archive millions of digital X-rays. Originally from Brazil, this dedicated Airman chose to serve his new country and enjoys it so much, he hopes to make a career with the Air Force.
SrA Nicholas Forster-Curnew works as an EMT when on duty in the Emergency Room and as an LPN when serving in the Clinic, which is open 24/7. The types of injuries and illnesses run a wide range and even included helping a K9 with a heat problem. On top of 12 hour days with 6 on duty and only one off, SrA Forster-Curnew is also taking four classes, having just finished two others. This Airman is continuing on a family legacy of serving our country and protecting our freedom..
The taped visits contained in this show represent our 1,258th through 1,261st interviews with our Heroes of Freedom.
We believe you will find each of these outstanding visits to be inspirational, informational and a wonderful opportunity to meet men and women who are keeping our country safe from their duty stations around the world and also protecting those with whom they serve.
United We Roll World Tour at Stardust Radio Network, Inc
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Tuesday 4/29/14 1:00pm
Wednesday 4/30/14 6:00pm (repeat)
1:00pm - Introduction / Announcements
(6:00pm - Introduction / Announcements)
379 AEW / Grand Slam Wing
Interview #1 (appr 1:12pm/6:12pm) - SSgt Xavier Drake
379 AEW/FP - Check Six
Interview #2 (appr 1:43pm/6:43pm) - Maj Nicole David
379 AEW/PA - Public Affairs
386 AEW / The Rock
Interview #3 (appr 2:02pm/7:02pm) - SSgt Rafael Galvao
Interview #4 (appr 2:22pm/7:22pm) - SrA Nicholas Forster-Curnew
Live show on Tuesday ends at appr 2:50pm Central
Repeat show on Wednesday ends at appr 7:50pm Central
If you are not able to stay through the show on Tuesday, it will repeat on Wednesday,
April 30th at 6:00pm Central. After the repeat show has been broadcast, an MP3 copy
will be posted on the Stardust Radio Network Inc Archive site at www.stardustradio.info.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL & MAY GOD BLESS THE USA!
*Qatar and Southwest Asia are 8 hours ahead of US Central Daylight Savings Time.
By unitedweroll on Apr 25, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Blog Note: Even after hitting the family's car, the drunk driver continued to interfere - thanks to SSgt Jordan for being there and taking charge ...
Hero to three: Buckley NCO saves lives from drunken driving accident
by Airman Emily E. Amyotte
460th Space Wing Public Affairs
4/21/2014 - BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- It had already been dark for hours when the two were driving through the frozen housing complex. Minutes away from home, laughing and discussing the night they just shared, they pulled up on a cluster of taillights pushed to the side of the road.
This past December, Staff Sgt. Jordan Gunterman, 460th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, was a witness and hero to the victims of a drunken driving accident.
It was a Sunday night in single-digit temperatures; he and his wife, Starlla, were heading back home after a friend's birthday dinner. The two came up on an accident that couldn't have taken place more than five minutes before, leaving a red sedan smashed to pieces.
There were five or six people already surrounding the wreckage. Gunterman told his wife to pull over so he could see if he could offer any help. Making his way over to the crowd, he heard screams muffled through the broken glass and crumpled car. He sprinted towards the wreck, shining his light into the passenger seat.
"I saw a woman who was a bloody mess; confused and bleeding out of her nose, mouth and ears," he remembered. "I asked if she was okay to make sure she was breathing and she answered with, 'Who are you? I don't know what happened.'"
He swung open her door and frantically looked to see if she had any further injuries. A man walked up from behind and nonchalantly admitted to being the one who had hit them.
Gunterman asked if he was alright, but he needed to continue to help without the man getting in his way.
A boy sitting in the back seat, who didn't know his own name or where he was, caught Gunterman's eye. After only talking for a moment, he noticed the six-year-old's attention was fixed on the driver's seat.
"And that's when my flashlight went to him," he paused.
Behind the steering wheel was the grandfather to the two children in the back seat, covered in his own blood. Gunterman ran around to the side of the car that had taken the impact and started checking for the man's vitals, but he couldn't take back what had happened.
The little girl that sat behind the driver's seat cried out for her grandfather. Gunterman tried over and over again to bring life into the man, but nothing worked. A helpless feeling overwhelmed him and he couldn't hold back his tears.
"I checked vitals one last time and felt something move," he said. "I instantly assumed it was a heartbeat but when I looked over, the man that had tried to start a previous conversation with me was trying to pick the mom up."
Furious, Gunterman ordered the man to not move the mother and to come stand behind him. He didn't listen. His breath reeked of alcohol as he was belligerently cussing and refusing to obey.
He was drunk, Gunterman said. He just killed this man and tore apart his family.
Looking over the mangled car with blood on his hands, tears continued to roll down his cheeks.
"That's when someone said the car is leaking fuel and the car is smoking," he said. "So I ran over, pulled the mom, son and daughter out of the car and put them in my warm car with Starlla."
Shortly after the three were safe with his wife, the police and paramedics arrived. The drunken man who had hit the small car was now shut into the back seat of a police car with handcuffs on his wrists. An ambulance rushed the family off to the nearest hospital, leaving the staff sergeant and his wife to look back on what happened.
Gunterman constantly begs everyone to never risk driving under the influence; to never say, "I'm good" or "I do this all the time," because he has seen firsthand that it's not worth it.
"I pray that no one ever feels what that family is dealing with right now and I pray it never happens to them personally," he said. "My thoughts and prayers are with this family."
A night that was originally planned for a laidback dinner and some laughs quickly turned into an event that will have a lasting impression on Gunterman.
"So many thoughts cloud my mind when I am not busy working," he said. "The most asked question is why? Why did that man decide to drink and drive? Was it really worth it? A few good drinks and a stupid decision killed an innocent man."
By unitedweroll on Apr 23, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Deployed AWACS squadron flies 4,000th combat sortie
by Maj. Khalid Cannon
380th Air Expeditionary Wing
4/22/2014 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- On April 5, the 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron flew their 4,000th combat sortie, a milestone that began in 2007.
"This accomplishment is not only a testament to the aircrews and staff that have rotated through the AOR, but also a phenomenal feat for AWACS maintainers," said Air Force Lt. Col. Ed Goebel, 968th EAACS commander and a native of Norman, Okla. "The significance of this is even greater because it occurred in conjunction with the Afghanistan elections."
The aircrew integrated with elements of the Theater Air Control System to provide tactical command and control to coalition air assets in Afghanistan, protecting ground forces and providing security on election day, said Goebel.
Goebel highlighted the behind the scenes work of the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
"The Airmen of Sentry Aircraft Maintenance Unit were key to this milestone of 4,000 sorties," Goebel said. "The effort of the maintenance team is impressive as the combined operations and maintenance AWACS team ensures E-3B/Cs are successfully launched every day."
The mission of the 968th EAACS is to provide battle space awareness and tactical command and control in any mission set throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
The squadron, which is the only deployed Airborne Warning and Control System unit in the CENTCOM area of responsibility, also works with other TACS elements to provide situational awareness of friendly, neutral and hostile activity, as well as command and control.
"The sortie was a benchmark not only for our squadron and the AWACS community, but for Operation Enduring Freedom," said Air Force Capt. Kinsley Jordan, aircraft commander and a native of Little River, Kan. "We are able to go up every day and offer the best combat support in every way, shape and form."
The most important thing Captain Jordan's aircrew provides is vital information to troops on the ground and the pilots that support them, he added.
"We give the commanders the full combat picture," said Captain Jordan. "Every mission counts and every time we step to the jet, people are depending on us. This is the most impactful job I've ever had."
According to unit history, the squadron was formed during World War II as the 858 Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on September 14, 1943. The B-24 Liberator squadron flew bombing missions over Germany and received the Distinguished Unit Citation.
The AWACS aircraft returned to Southwest Asia following the end of major combat operations in 2003, said Goebel. The original units deployed from Air Combat Command and Pacific Air Forces and the enduring squadron activated in the spring of 2013.
"I was an Air Force Academy cadet on 9/11, and right after it happened I purchased a nickel from Ground Zero," said Air Force Capt. Tysen Pina, an air battle manager and native of Roswell, Ga.
"I've carried it with me on every combat sortie I've flown over Afghanistan and Iraq," Tyson said. "To be here to support Afghanistan's first free election and contribute to the democratic process is important to me."
By unitedweroll on Apr 23, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Hagel Notifies Egypt of Upcoming U.S. Certification
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed his Egyptian counterpart yesterday that Secretary of State John F. Kerry soon will certify to Congress that Egypt is sustaining the strategic relationship with the United States and is meeting its obligations under the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.
In a statement summarizing Hagel'S phone call to Egyptian Defense Minister Col. Gen. Sedki Sobhy, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said these certifications are required to obligate fiscal year 2014 funds for assistance to the Egyptian government.
"Secretary Hagel told General Sobhy that we are not yet able to certify that Egypt is taking steps to support a democratic transition," Kirby said, "and he urged the Egyptian government to demonstrate progress on a more inclusive transition that respects the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Egyptians."
Hagel also informed Sobhy of President Barack Obama's decision to deliver 10 Apache helicopters in support of Egypt's counterterrorism operations in the Sinai, Kirby said.
"The secretary noted that we believe these new helicopters will help the Egyptian government counter extremists who threaten U.S., Egyptian, and Israeli security," he added. "This is one element of the president's broader efforts to work with partners across the region to build their capacity to counter terrorist threats, and is in the United States' national security interest."
State Department Fact Sheet on Egypt
Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Call with Egyptian Minister of Defense Col. General Sedki Sobhy
State Department Fact Sheet on Egypt
U.S. Relations With Egypt
BUREAU OF NEAR EASTERN AFFAIRS
August 30, 2013
More information about Egypt is available on the Egypt Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
The United States established diplomatic relations with Egypt in 1922, following its independence from protectorate status under the United Kingdom. The United States and Egypt share a relationship based on mutual interest in Middle East peace and stability, revitalizing the Egyptian economy and strengthening trade relations, and promoting regional security. Egypt has been a key U.S. partner in ensuring regional stability and on a wide range of common security issues, including Middle East peace and countering terrorism.
Egypt’s historic transition to democracy, launched in early 2011, will have a profound impact on the political future, not only of Egypt, but also the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region at large. Supporting a successful transition to democracy and economic stability in Egypt, one that protects the basic rights of its citizens and fulfills the aspirations of the Egyptian people, will continue to be a core objective of U.S. policy toward Egypt. A prosperous and democratic Egypt, buoyed by economic growth and a strong private sector, can be an anchor of stability for the MENA region.
U.S. Assistance to Egypt
U.S. assistance to Egypt has long played a central role in Egypt’s economic and military development, and in furthering the strategic partnership. With Egypt embarking on a transition to democracy, U.S. support can bolster Egypt’s nascent democratic system and achieve inclusive economic growth. U.S. assistance supports Egyptian efforts to protect civil liberties and human rights, introduce transparency and accountability in government, foster economic growth and democratic institutions, and develop a robust, independent civil society.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Egypt has one of the most diversified economies in the Middle East. U.S. exports to Egypt include wheat and corn, mineral fuel and oil, machinery, aircraft, and iron and steel products. U.S. imports from Egypt include apparel, natural gas and oil, fertilizers, textile coverings, and agricultural products.
Under the Qualifying Industrial Zone agreement, the United States waives duties on imports from Egypt if the value includes 10.5% Israeli content; this program is meant to promote stronger ties between the region's peace partners. Egypt and the United States have signed a trade and investment framework agreement, a step toward creating freer trade and increasing investment flows. The two also have a bilateral investment treaty that provides for fair, equitable, and nondiscriminatory treatment for investors of both nations.
Egypt's Membership in International Organizations
Egypt and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Egypt also is a Partner for Cooperation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, an observer to the Organization of American States, and a non-party state to the International Criminal Court.
The U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Egypt is David M. Satterfield; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.
Egypt maintains an embassy in the United States at 3521 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008 (tel. 202-895-5400).
More information about Egypt is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:
Department of State Egypt Country Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Egypt Page
U.S. Embassy: Egypt
USAID Egypt Page
History of U.S. Relations With Egypt
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Countries Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel and Business Information