By unitedweroll on Jan 7, 2013 | In Military News and Support
United We Roll World Tour Show
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Tuesday 01/08/13 1:00pm- 2:25pm Central (Live)
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We thank you for joining us on Tuesday, January 8th of 2013.
This week, we bring you two more outstanding and very informative visits with deployed members from two of our Armed Forces (US Air Force and US Army) who are serving in countries far, far from home. For them the calendar year may have changed, but their missions continue on. By listening to these visits we learn information from the men and women who are making accomplishments every day that we should be seeing on our news each evening. We appreciate the time that these deployed Heroes of Freedom are able to make for us even when their duty schedules are very long and time is precious.
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376 AEW "Liberandos"
Interview #1 (appr 1:08pm) - MSgt Darnell S Walls
376 AEW / ECES - Transit Center at Manas
Republic of Kyrgyzstan
702D BSB "Forge"
Interview #1 (appr 1:41pm) - PFC Nathan C Fanton
C Co 702D BSB "Crusaders", CTF 4-2
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By unitedweroll on Jan 6, 2013 | In Military News and Support
We have been honored to host some interviews with married couples who have been serving on deployments either together or on bases that were close to each other. It presents a whole different set of planning and other tasks when both spouses go on deployment together. Who will take care of the children is just one at the top of the list. This article brings out a few other points that are included in both being stationed in a combat zone, in harm's way.
We send our best wishes and prayers to SPC Brendon & SPC Stacia Brown and to all deployed couples. We salute you for continuing to serve despite the additional challenges with which you may have to deal.
Deployed couple relies on battlefield travel, luck to see each other
January 1, 2013
By Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth
FORWARD OPERATING BASE MASUM GHAR, Afghanistan (Jan. 1, 2012) -- On Dec. 26, Spc. Brendon Brown stepped off his Stryker Combat Vehicle at Combat Outpost Talukan, looking for a familiar face.
After talking to a few Soldiers on the combat outpost, he made his way to a group of parked Strykers.
Out of one of the top hatches of a Mobile Gun System Stryker popped a petite redhead. She diligently climbed off the Stryker and into the arms of Brown, her husband.
If it weren't for him being on the Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division) commander's personal security detachment, Brown might never have seen his wife, Spc. Stacia Brown, a preventative medicine specialist, during the deployment, he said.
The couple, who married in Sept. 2010, met in an airport in Korea when they were on their way to their first duty stations after graduating from Advanced Individual Training, which is where Soldiers learn their specific military jobs.
Since being married, this is their first deployment together. Being able to see each other during deployment is a welcome experience for both Soldiers.
"It definitely gives me something to look forward to," said Brendon, explaining that the little chances he gets to talk to his wife remind him he's still a husband, not just a Soldier.
Stacia said her reaction when she gets to see her husband is always the same.
"I see him and I always jump on him almost every single time," said Stacia. "It's kind of overwhelming."
Two months into the deployment, the couple has been able to see each other at least once a month, but there is never a guarantee that that pattern will continue throughout the next seven months.
Having each other in the same time zone is comforting for the couple, however, that means they are both in a combat zone as well.
"I think it makes it a little bit worse than him being home, because he's in immediate danger too and knowing that kind of makes it a little more stressful," said Stacia.
Brendon said he feels a similar worry about his spouse.
"It's stressful knowing she's in a danger zone, and I'm not there to make sure she's OK and protect her like a husband's supposed to," he said.
In preparation for the deployment, the Browns had to leave behind their only son, Gauge, with Stacia's family.
Gauge was born prematurely nearly a year after Brendon and Stacia married. Now, a year later, they both missed their son's first birthday, Dec. 21. In an effort to cope, they lean on each other for support and do whatever they can to stay close.
The Browns said they try to talk every night, whether it is through video chat or email.
Communicating daily is one of the pieces of advice Stacia gives to other couples who are deployed, but not in the same area.
"Stay focused, but definitely take advantage of your amenities," she said. "If you do have the Internet, you know, whenever you do have your time to yourself, do check it because you are on the same time and everything."
"Even if he's not on, I always leave him a message letting him know that I'm OK and he does the same thing too," she added.
Communication is one of Brendon's top three things he said are needed for dual military couples deployed together. The other two things are trust and understanding.
The Browns have a good understanding, said Brendon.
"It's the understanding that we have something that takes priority over our marriage right now, and that's our job," he said.
That advice resonates for at least four couples in Brendon's company alone who are toughing out a deployment whether they're on the same base as their spouse or in different provinces.
By unitedweroll on Jan 6, 2013 | In Military News and Support
Congratulations SSgt Lora Begley for having absorbed your training and being able to call on it in a situation that must surely have ranked among the adrenalin kickers. It is the dependability of service members such as yourself that makes you desirable people to have around in any situation. Not to mention that fantastic sense of humor that seems to come along with the uniforms.
On a most serious note, Thank You! You deserve every bit of the recognition you have and are receiving for your actions in saving the life of a fellow service member.
Life-saving actions earn Transit Center Airman recognition
Posted 12/31/2012 Updated 12/31/2012
by Tech. Sgt. Rachel Martinez
376th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
12/31/2012 - TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan -- An Airman assigned to the Transit Center at Manas was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal during a ceremony today for her quick and deliberate actions in saving a fellow service member's life.
On Aug. 23, 2012, Staff Sgt. Lora Begley, 376th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron security escort, was on a flight in route to her deployed location when another deploying service member experienced severe convulsions and was unable to breathe.
The award citation reads, "Without hesitation, Sergeant Begley immediately responded upon hearing surrounding service members call for a medic. Rushing to the victim through the crowded airplane, she arrived to find the victim unresponsive and in distress. Sergeant Begley helped maneuver the individual into the confined airplane aisle where she expertly applied self-aid and buddy care techniques by rendering cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Shortly thereafter, the patient regained a pulse and began to breathe on his own."
A medic at her home station of Lajes Field, Azores, Sergeant Begley said she didn't think twice about helping when she heard calls for a medic.
"Your training just kicks in," she said. "I thought to myself, 'This guy needs help and I'm a medic.' So I go and help him. It was an automatic response."
Sergeant Begley and a lieutenant colonel flight surgeon on board the flight continued to monitor the service member and treat him for shock until they arrived at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, where his care was handed off to a local flight surgeon. With the service member taken care of, Sergeant Begley continued on to her deployed location. Four months later, Sergeant Begley said she was surprised to hear she would be receiving an award for her actions on the plane that day.
"The lieutenant colonel, who's downrange now, submitted me for this award," she said. "I was just doing what I was trained to, but I think this is awesome. I'm very thankful for it."
By unitedweroll on Jan 6, 2013 | In Military News and Support
The following article reminded me of an icy car accident that took place on a highway in Virginia with two of my college classmates. Before we had a chance for panic to set in, a small convoy of military vehicles had pulled over and we had some wonderful help. Two of us were standing in the icy snow mix with no shoes on and none of us had coats. We were quickly wrapped in blankets and whisked into the cabs of some toasty warm vehicles until the officials arrived and we could get things squared away.
This past summer alone, we posted a couple of articles where military members used their quick thinking and training to save lives. Once was at a lake with a boating incident that involved a few people who needed immediate help.
I often think that the men and women who serve in the armed forces have a similar set of values and dedication as do those who serve as First Responders - Firefighters, Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical. I know that when I think of the safety of our families and our homes, all of these very special Americans and their families come to mind and they remain in my heart and my prayers.
Face of Defense: Germany-based Soldiers Rescue Family
By Ignacio Rubalcava
U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder
BAUMHOLDER, Germany, Jan. 3, 2013 – An early morning drive here turned into a nightmare for Heather Majorwitz and her two children, Kaitie and Bret.
They were on their way to school recently when their car hit a patch of ice and started to skid across the road toward an oncoming bus. Majorwitz, a librarian at a local elementary school, swerved to avoid the bus and slid off the road, rolling her car.
"One minute we were on the road and the next we were hanging from our seatbelts," Majorwitz recalled during a recent recognition ceremony held at U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder here.
The car’s wheels were still turning when a group of soldiers from the 421st Multifunctional Medical Battalion came upon the scene. Without hesitation, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Vladimir Sequera and three other soldiers stopped their Humvee and dashed out to help. The children were already making their way out of the car’s shattered back window when the soldiers approached.
Sequera and the other soldiers, Sgt. 1st Class Winston Smith, Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Lehman and Sgt. Cheryl Henneberry quickly brought the children to safety and wrapped them with their jackets to stay warm. By then, Majorwitz was trying to get out of the car and Sequera and the other soldiers turned their attention to helping her.
"When we saw the vehicle we immediately pulled to the side. We all had the same thought. There's somebody in the vehicle," Sequera said. "We didn't know if they were American or German. We just wanted to help.”
"I just remember the car rolling and lots of glass. I felt blessed to walk away from the wreck but I also felt really blessed that we had soldiers there that would go above and beyond and help us. You guys are my heroes,” Majorwitz said.
"I'm glad that we were there to help out. I don't think it's a hero thing. I think it's a human behavior that we help each other out. It is part of what we do in the military," Sequera said.
Madeleine Dwoiakowski, public affairs officer for the Baumholder garrison, drives the same route on her way to work.
"I saw soldiers and hoped that none of our guys were injured, not knowing that the soldiers were actually assisting on the scene," Dwoiakowski said. "I then saw the car and it looked like it had gone through a press. They were extremely fortunate to walk away with no injuries and they were also equally fortunate that the soldiers were there almost immediately to help."
For Majorwitz, it was the scariest moment she's experienced as a mother.
"I wasn't sure if the children were OK. Everybody said they were OK but even at the hospital I wasn't sure,” she said. “My little boy gets anxious about things and I was worried that he'd have this anxiety and wouldn't want to ride in a car again.” Majorwitz explained that they had a flat tire once and for the next year her son checked the tires before getting in the car.
But her son “was fine, he was a trooper," Majorwitz said. Turning to Sequera, she added, "I think he was fine because you guys were there immediately. There wasn't that second to even worry about it because we were taken care of right away."
Later, Majorwitz, called her 15-year-old daughter in the states and told her why she enjoys working with soldiers and their families.
"This is why I do what I do to serve these guys, because they're there and they step in -- no matter what,” Majorwitz said. “It's automatic, because that's who they are. This makes me even more proud to be able to teach the kids of our soldiers because I know that they're out there taking care of everybody else."
Majorwitz expressed her gratitude to the soldiers who rescued her and her children.
"I think that's why you are soldiers,” Majorwitz said, as she fought back tears. “We could have died but we didn't. We were very fortunate all around so I just want to thank you."
Majorwitz then embraced Sequera and repeated her appreciation for their help.
"You guys are my heroes," she said.