By unitedweroll on Nov 28, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Blog Note: We were honored to host many weekly interviews with the 332nd during their deployment to Balad during OIF. We are glad to see this unit's flag flying once again.
332nd Air Expeditionary Squadron reactivates
By Tech. Sgt. Jared Marquis,
386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
Published November 25, 2014
SOUTHWEST ASIA --
Col. Michael Stohler assumed command of the 332ndAir Expeditionary Group during a reactivation ceremony here Nov. 16, 2014.
The 332nd AEG has a storied history and is descended from the 332nd Fighter Group - the famed Tuskegee Airmen, also known as the Red Tails.
This is the second time the 332nd has been activated in Southwest Asia, standing up in 1998 as part of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. The unit was last activated as the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Balad Air Base, Iraq, and was inactivated on May 8, 2012.
Following the national anthem and posting of the colors, Col. Jason Hanover, 386th AEW commander and presiding official began by thanking those who set up the ceremony, as well as distinguished guests and partners. He then drew attention to two significant events taking place.
“First, we celebrate the return of one of the most historic aerial fighting forces the world has ever seen as we stand up the 332ndAir Expeditionary Group,” Hanover said. “Second, we get to witness Col.
Michael Stohler assume command of the Red Tails and write the next storied chapter of this organization.”
The Red Tails stood up 72 years ago to battle a global evil with their coalition partners, Hanover said. From 2000 to 2012, the 332nd AEW, along with the United States' closest coalition partners, play a significant role in defeating a second global evil -- Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
“Today, we once again call on the Red Tails to stand… as our nation’s sword and shield to join a powerful coalition to fight a third global evil,” Hanover said.
Following Hanover’s speech, the 332nd AEG guidon was uncased, unfurled and passed to Stohler signifying the reactivation and his assumption of command.
As the new 332nd AEG commander, Stohler talked about the success of the Red Tails during WWII despite the adversity of the times and how his Airmen would honor their legacy.
“It didn’t matter to them that they were scrutinized, discriminated against, initially operated older aircraft, or flew in the harshest combat missions of the war,” he said. “They knew the importance of their actions, and they adapted and overcame all obstacles to reach mission success. They never faltered, and they never failed.
“As Airmen of the 332nd, through our hard work and dedication, we will carry forward the honor (the Red Tails) deserve by remembering their sacrifices and successes,” said Stohler.
By unitedweroll on Nov 22, 2014 | In Military News and Support
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By unitedweroll on Nov 22, 2014 | In Military News and Support
by Staff Sgt. Jason J. Brown
633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
11/18/2014 - JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. (AFNS) -- U.S. service members arrived at Joint Base Langley-Eustis' Langley Transit Center Nov. 13 to begin a 21-day controlled monitoring period prior to returning to their home stations.
The group of 90 service members, which included Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, returned from supporting Operation United Assistance missions combating the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa.
Per direction from the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, all military personnel returning to the U.S. from Ebola missions in West Africa will undergo a 21-day controlled monitoring program, where they will be physically separated from family members and the general public.
Commanders and fellow service members greeted the returnees as they arrived as the transit center, congratulating them on a job well done before entering the transit center for in-processing.
The 633rd Air Base Wing recently finished preparation at Langley Transit Center, which will provide comfortable accommodations and routine medical check-ups, including twice-daily body temperature checks, for the returning members during the controlled monitoring period.
While the returning personnel have no known exposure to Ebola patients, the transit center staff has a robust disease monitoring and mitigation plan in place in the event a service member exhibits symptoms consistent with Ebola.
Capt. Jasamine Pettie, who as "camp mayor" will manage the administrative contingent servicing the transit center, said her top priority is the safety, security and well-being of those undergoing controlled monitoring.
"We're the eyes and ears on the ground," Pettie said. "Yes, the personnel are here to be monitored, but we're here to make sure they have what they need to live comfortably. We're making sure they're prepared, know what to do and who to call in case of an emergency."
No additional service members will enter monitoring at Langley Transit Center until the current personnel complete the 21-day period and return to their home stations.
While no announcement regarding additional returnees to Langley Transit Center has been made, Col. John J. Allen, Jr., the joint base installation commander, said the transit center will remain open to accommodate returning personnel "for as long as necessary."
By unitedweroll on Nov 22, 2014 | In Military News and Support
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Welcome Stardust Listeners! We thank you for joining us on Saturday, Nov 22nd of 2014.
As we prepare for Thanksgiving this coming Thursday, we realize once more that thousands of our men and women in uniform will be miles and of miles away from home and their loved ones. There will also be many, many more here in the states who will be on duty at their stations and will not be able to make it to their home towns and families. There are many things we can do to support our Heroes of Freedom and their Families. We can start by keeping all of these most special people in our prayers every day. For those serving far from home we have two great opportunities: 1) Send letters and cards to thank them for their protection of our country and our freedom - maybe even put the cards in a care package with some snacks/candy/coffee, puzzle books, sketch supplies, so on. 2) Check to see if there are any families in your neighborhood who have a deployed member and take them a basket with cards and baked goodies. Invite them out, let them know you are there to support them.
For those serving at home, if you are near a military installation, call the Public Affairs Office or Chaplain's Office and ask how you can invite one or a couple of single members to spend Thanksgiving Day with your family. Wouldn't you appreciate a family doing the same for your young son or daughter if they were miles away on such a meaningful holiday? And think how much your younger children can learn from an afternoon spent with young men and women who have so much to share about their service and why they serve.
Now on to our show! This week brings us three more new and outstanding visits with deployed US Air Force members who are stationed far from home as they protect our country, our freedom, our families and us. All three of our visits this week come from the 386th AEW (Air Expeditionary Wing) which is currently located in Southwest Asia.
Our first guest is 1LT Tiffany M. Caguitla, who has been serving with the 386th EMDG (Expeditionary Medical Group) since July of this year. As a member of Healthcare Administration & Management, 1LT Caguitla tells us how this section involves a large area of responsibility in keeping the Medical Group going, not to mention that this young officer is also the "XO" (Executive Officer) for the Medical Group Commander. As a third generation member of her family to serve, 1LT Caguitla laughingly refers to the military as their "family business", but on a serious side states: " I’ve been blessed as a citizen of the USA and I want to “pay it forward” by serving my country because she’s done so much for me." Thank you 1LT Tiffany Caguitla - and your family - for your service! (1362)
Our second guest, TSgt Anthony P. Rector is also serving with the 386th EMDG, though as a part of the medical team. As a Mental Health Technician, TSgt Rector provides a variety of mental health services to include programs on Substance Abuse, Clinical Services and Community Prevention. Add to those the education classes on stress management and more, and you can see how valuable TSgt Rector is to the welfare of our men and women as they serve far from home. Stay tuned for a most interesting visit. Thank you for all you do to help those with whom you serve! (1363)
Our third and final visit keeps us with the 386 AEW, but we do move to another unit as we visit with SrA Damon P. Bray of the 386th ECS (Expeditionary Communications Squadron). As a Client Systems Technician assigned to the Help Desk, SrA Bray is on the front line where calls for come in from fellow units needing help and/or repairs with their communications equipment. Having lived outside the US for a couple of years before joining the Air Force and now on this deployment, SrA Bray offers a great observation when he states "There are greater opportunities (both in number and in quality) to better yourself" ... in the USA. We again thank SrA Bray for a very interesting visit and for protecting our country and our freedom!
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By unitedweroll on Nov 15, 2014 | In Military News and Support
"We aren't modernizing as fast as we should in a highly competitive technical landscape; our capability overmatch is slipping," he said. ...
By Lisa Ferdinando
Army News Service
SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 15, 2014 - Sharp cuts and continued uncertainty in the U.S. defense budget have upset the strategic balance of the nation's security, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
If we're wise, we'll drive that strategic balance back to a favorable equilibrium before it's too late," Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. said. "If we're not, then we're going to have to live together with the consequences."
Winnefeld was the keynote speaker at a luncheon at the day-long Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
"The trajectory of the security environment and the ongoing turbulence in defense funding have upset the strategic balance among the ends, ways, and means of our nation's security and we need to reset it," he said.
Winnefeld spoke in place of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who is visiting with U.S. troops in Iraq today.
Russia, China Among International Challenges
As the United States was engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade, the "rest of the world did not stand idly by," Winnefeld said.
"Major states like Russia and China, convinced that the unipolar moment was fading fast, and capitalizing on our distraction, began asserting themselves," he said.
Russia's recent aggression in Ukraine is an example, but is by far not the only example, the admiral said.
"In protecting our allies against potential mischief from these powers, we've always counted on our overmatch in capability and capacity to offset the challenges of distance and initiative," Winnefeld said.
"That overmatch is now in jeopardy," he said.
Russia and China are investing in new capabilities, such as precision-guided weapons, stealth, unmanned platforms in traditional domains, and new capabilities in the space and cyber domains, Winnefeld said.
They are also modernizing their nuclear forces, the admiral said.
Meanwhile, he said, the United States "contends every day with two insecure, authoritarian regimes in
North Korea and Iran, who covet weapons of mass destruction as insurance policies."
Other threats to the balance of national security include "violent extremism and deep instability" in
North and East Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, Winnefeld said.
Other threats with other challenges include transnational criminal organizations, pandemics such as the
Ebola crisis, and natural disasters and tensions exacerbated by droughts and food shortages.
"Our world remains a dynamic and very dangerous place," Winnefeld said.
Budget Uncertainty a Major Challenge
The U.S. strategic balance is being impacted by decreased defense spending, the admiral said, and continued budget uncertainty.
"We aren't modernizing as fast as we should in a highly competitive technical landscape; our capability overmatch is slipping," he said.
While the United States is meeting its daily military deployment demands, the fiscal environment has put a "real dent in our ability to surge," the admiral said.
The budget challenges and reductions have "pushed us hard against the bounds of manageable risk," he said.
Meanwhile, the "sequester is a bet that went terribly wrong and its salami-slice method is the most-destructive way possible to reduce a budget," he said.
Winnefeld said the strategic balance "truly becomes untenable under sequester-sized cuts."
DoD Needs to 'Reach Even Harder for Efficiencies'
The Department of Defense, the admiral said, needs to find the next technological offset. He predicts that could be more about payloads than platforms, and involve every warfighting domain, and will likely be a combination of diverse technologies.
"We need to get to the far side of the whole ends, ways, and means discussion if we're going to get ourselves back in balance," the admiral said.
Winnefeld said he would like to restore equilibrium by preserving the ends of the national security interests while maintaining manageable risk.
There are several things, he said, that need to be done.
The admiral said the Department of Defense needs to "reach even harder for efficiencies" and Congress should support it and remove some of the barriers in aiding the department in becoming more efficient.
The department needs to "embrace new operational plans, concepts, and technologies that could change the complexion of our force," he said.
U.S. Aided Afghan, Iraqi People
In response to a question from an audience member, Winnefeld said he believes United States military involvement has aided the people in Iraq or Afghanistan.
"What we did in Iraq was give the Iraqi people the chance to set themselves on a course that would allow them to have a government that would look out for the needs and the rights and the prosperity of all Iraqis," the admiral said.
Now, the United States is helping the Iraqi people battle Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, the admiral said. ISIL, he added, possessed the potential to threaten the United States.
Winnefeld said he's optimistic about the battle against ISIL, noting Iraqi security forces are ready to fight and the current Iraqi government will work with the United States and has said it has the goal of looking out for the interest of all the Iraqi people.
"We think they've a good shot of recovering from the disruption they've just been through," the admiral said.
The same thing has happened in Afghanistan, he said.
"We have given the Afghan people, through the blood and sacrifice of many American young men and women, an opportunity to have a brighter future," Winnefeld said.
The United States has put Afghanistan on a course where "success is in their hands," the admiral said.
By unitedweroll on Nov 14, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Happy Anniversary to Stardust Radio Network
13 Years of Non-Stop Military Support on Both
AM and Internet Radio!
November 11, 2001 - November 11, 2014
Stardust Radio Network celebrated its 13th anniversary of non-stop military support on November 11th, 2014. The United We Roll World Tour Show has brought hundreds of interviews with people who have created organizations to support military members & families from all walks of the military community, special shows with issues of interest to active duty and Veterans, more than 1,360 interviews with deployed members and more. Jeff Showalter and his wife, Linda, have provided most of the financial support to keep this AM Radio and Internet station fully licensed with multiple phone lines and technical equipment for operations, etc. Stardust Radio Network Inc is totally supported by volunteers and no one who is a part of SRN Inc has received any profit from their participation.
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Stardust Radio Network, Inc began shortly before 9/11 and then reverted its format to one of military support immediately after this tragic date. Stardust features the United We Roll World Tour Show, which is dedicated to bringing voices of support and entertainment to our troops 24/7, and to bringing real news home direct from our deployed troops with positive reports to acknowledge the numerous accomplishments made by them, their Coalition counterparts and the local citizens in country. There is no political platform at Stardust Radio Network, a member of the original America Supports You organization.
As it did with so many Americans, the September 11 attacks on our homeland with the plans for deployment of our troops to the Middle East to fight the War on Terror, brought three civilians together in a dedicated effort to show our troops and their loved ones that they have the support of their countrymen. Thus, with money from their own pockets, these individuals changed the entire format of Stardust Radio Network into one of military support, with special programming and entertaining music playing on a 24 hour basis over this fully licensed AM station located in Riverside, Iowa on 1690AM and available over national/international Internet on www.stardustradio.com.
These volunteers have kept the broadcasts going for 13 years as of November 11th 2014, and have added special programs which focus on Veteran health, legislative and family issues, just to name a few. The first interview guests involved most of the dedicated fellow Americans who formed support organizations early on to support our military community in a variety of ways. Many of these amazing people were parents with sons and daughters deployed into harm's way. In late 2005 and 2006, interviews by phone with deployed members began and became so popular with both the listeners and the participating units, that the main content of the United We Roll World Tour Show was dedicated to these visits and have continued to the present. As of mid-November 2014, SRN has hosted interviews with more than 1,360 deployed men and women in various locations around the world.
The United We Roll show at Stardust Radio Network is one of the few media outlets where people can tune in to hear real, current news direct from deployed troops through the interviews that are conducted every week with men and women whose duties range from cooks to commanders, medics to maintainers, security to show bands. Some of the items discussed are job duties, why members joined and still serve, living arrangements, off duty activities, family separations and getting through holidays. The show also offers information to the listeners as to how they can participate through support organizations and events to help the military and Veteran communities. The guest list reads like a Who’s Who of outstanding Veterans, civilians and others who are working to ensure that our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen know that they are appreciated for the sacrifices made by them and their families as they stand guard over our freedom in far away lands or seas and at home.
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