By unitedweroll on Dec 8, 2014 | In Military News and Support
ISAF Joint Command in Afghanistan Formally Ceases Operations
From an International Security Assistance Force News Release
KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2014 – International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, which has handled day-to-day operations in Afghanistan for five years, formally cased its colors during a ceremony today at the command’s headquarters at Kabul International Airport. The ceremony symbolizes the end of the ISAF Joint Command mission.
"Today, IJC will be subsumed into a coalition that is soon downsizing to about 13,000 personnel," said Army Gen. John F. Campbell, ISAF commander. "This is a historic transformation and reflects the progress that our coalition has made with our Afghan partners.
“As the Afghan National Security Forces have become increasingly capable,” he continued, “we shift our focus from combat operations to building [Afghan] systems and processes to ensure long-term sustainability.”
Full Partnership With Afghan, NATO Forces
Working in full partnership with Afghan national security forces and NATO partner nations, ISAF Joint Command’s mission was to conduct population-centric comprehensive operations to neutralize the insurgency and support improved governance and development to protect the Afghan people and provide a secure environment for sustainable peace.
“You’ve done your job well -- so well that you’ve worked yourself out of a job,” Campbell told members of the joint command at the casing ceremony.
The International Security Assistance Force is transitioning to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission, which begins Jan. 1. Resolute Support will focus on training, advising and assisting Afghan security institutions and Afghan national security forces at the ministerial, institutional and operational levels.
By unitedweroll on Dec 7, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Sad to say, the score is an ugly one!
The Technical Issues took us down for a third of our show last week, Saturday 11/30. We thought we were coming back with all issues corrected for this week's show on Saturday 12/6, but only minutes into the show, our sound was terribly distorted. So, we rallied and tried again on Sunday 12/7, only to be shot down again with baaad sound.
Apparently the fellow with the tech no-how has it figured out and we WILL get ALL of our interviews played for you by this weekend's show on Saturday 12/13/14 (don't you like that date?).
We will keep you posted as to when these will definitely be played with a show announcement so everyone can get a chance to hear these outstanding visits.
Thank you for your patience!
By unitedweroll on Dec 7, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Release No: 262
Dec. 4, 2014
by Janis El Shabazz
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Air Force officials are accepting nominations for the 2015 USO Service Member of the Year Award.
This award, sponsored by the USO, recognizes specific acts of heroism by E-5 or below enlisted members from each branch of the military.
Organizations and base-level personnel must contact their major command, field operating agency, direct reporting unit or major command equivalent for suspense dates and nomination procedures.
Each MAJCOM/COCOM/FOA/DRU may submit only one nomination and nominations are due to AFPC by April 1.
For more information about other personnel issues, go to myPers at https://mypers.af.mil. Air Force retirees who do not have a myPers account can request one at www.retirees.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-120510-068.pdf.
By unitedweroll on Dec 7, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Due to technical issues with our live show on Saturday, we have rescheduled it to be broadcast at 10am CST Sunday 12/7 and repeat through Monday 12/8 afternoon:
Join us for our United We Roll World Tour Show Sunday 12/07/14 10am - 11:30am CDT (then will repeat until Monday 12/8 afternoon) as we welcome deployed members to share information about their missions and military experiences with you. Guests are: Capt Kyle M Randolph & SSgt Nick P Kaufenberg of 737 EAS. To hear the show broadcast, tune in on www.stardustradio.com and click the Listen Live button. For full show schedule and guest information, click on the World Tour blog button on the United We Roll page or go direct to http://stardustradio.info/b2evolution/blog1.php?blog=1.
By unitedweroll on Dec 6, 2014 | In Military News and Support
United We Roll World Tour Show
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Saturday 12/06/14 10:00am - 12:10pm Central (Live Show)
*Live Show To Be Followed by Repeat Presentations
through appr 12pm Central on Sunday 12/07/14
Welcome Stardust Listeners! We thank you for joining us on Saturday, Dec 6th of 2014.
Our new word of the day is "Voluntold" and comes to us from our second guest in today's show. Who could know better what this word means than the men and women who volunteer to serve and from then are mostly "voluntold" where they will be sent to serve and what they will be doing - far from home, in harm's way and/or a combination of both.
Both of our first two guests come to us from the home of the 386th AEW in Southwest Asia where they serve with the 737th EAS (Expeditionary Airlift Squadron). Both of these members are also AF Reserve members from the same unit in the USA.
Our first guest is Capt Kyle M Randolph, who is a C-130 Co-Pilot from the AF Reserve, although the latter part of his deployment is being spent as a Duty Officer in Operations for the 737 EAS. Capt Randolph helps us to understand the differences between the older and newer versions of the C-130 which also involves a difference in the number of crew members and their duties. The versatility of the aircraft lends itself to a variety of missions from medevac to cargo to passengers to a combination. In a message to our listeners, Capt Randolph says," We all sincerely appreciate everyone’s support back home, it speaks volumes and keeps us going." This is an outstanding visit and we thank Capt Randolph for his time an information shared with us. (1369)
Our second guest is Staff Sergeant Nick P. Kaufenberg, who is a member of the same flight crew with Capt Randolph and where he serves as a Loadmaster. Each time we speak with a member in this field of duty, we learn more and this week is no exception. SSgt Kaufenberg lets us know about why fuel and other fluids must be at certain levels before vehicles can be loaded onto a plane and so much more information. SSgt Kaufenberg has also been appointed as a Joint Airdrop Inspector for US and Coalition crews and is also an instructor. Being in Boston on 9/11 and the loss of a good friend who was deployed to Iraq were some major influences in SSgt Kaufenberg's decision to join the AF Reserve. He enjoys the combination of military and civilian lives and hopes to make a career in the Reserve. This is another outstanding interview and could be of interest to young guys and gals who are interested in joining the Air Force. (1370)
We hope to bring you the last interview we hosted with the 3rd ESC prior to their redeployment from Afghanistan. However, if the recording of this great visit is not yet ready, it will be delayed until next week's show. During this interview, we met with two soldiers from the Special Staff, MAJ Jared D. Auchey and MSG LaShay White. As with each of our visits with members from the 3rd ESC, this visit is chock full of interesting information from the unit to individual members and is not one to be missed. Both Maj Auchey and MSG White have so much to share from their wealth of experiences including what it is like to be a parent on deployment. We also wish to thank MAJ Auchey for all of the time and effort he put into the coordination of our interviews throughout this 8 month deployment. Thank you to MAJ Jared Auchey and MSG LaShay White! We want to say "Welcome Home" to you and all the soldiers of the 3rd ESC who just returned to the US in the past few days. Thanks again to all of you and your families for everything that you do! (1367-1368)
Of course, our expressions of gratitude to our guests would not be complete without also thanking their families who provide such incredible support for their deployed member and also to our country!
We appreciate this opportunity to say Thank You to all who serve - Members & Families!
Our live show will run 10am - 11:30am (12:10pm with 3 interviews) Central on Saturday morning, which we will also record. Then we will let the copy of the show play for the following 24 hours (until appr 12pm Sunday morning) so that family members will find it easier to hear their loved ones in the interviews. After the broadcast period, an MP3 copy will be made of this show and placed on our Archive site where anyone can listen or download a copy. Please allow about a week before looking for the show on the Archive site at www.stardustradio.info.
Please tune in next Saturday, December 13th, when we will bring you more new visits with deployed men and women who are protecting us while serving far from home. By the way, have you noticed that date is 12/13/14?
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Saturday 12/06/14 10:00am CDT
10:00am - Introduction / Announcements
386 AEW / The Rock - Southwest Asia
Interview #1 (appr 10:12am) - Capt Kyle M Randolph
Interview #2 (appr 10:47am) - SSgt Nick P Kaufenberg
3d ESC Special Staff / Afghanistan *
(pending availability of recording)
Interview #3 (appr 11:31am) - MAJ Jared D Auchey
and MSG LaShay White
Live show on Saturday ends at appr 11:30am Central (12:10pm with 3 interviews), but will run on continuous repeat for 24 hours until appr 12pm CDT Sunday 12/07/14.
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By unitedweroll on Dec 5, 2014 | In Military News and Support
By Col. Richard Goldenberg
New York National Guard
December 05, 2014 —
BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – Nearly 20 Soldiers and Airmen of the New York National Guard turned out to volunteer their support of Trees for Troops at Ellms Christmas Tree Farm in Ballston Spa, New York Dec. 3. The Guard members helped load Christmas trees donated from area tree farms as part of a nationwide effort to deliver Christmas trees to troops and military families around the world.
“This year, from here, there’s probably going to be over 160 trees from 16 farms and nurseries that are local here,” said owner and coordinator Chip Ellms.
“We’ve now delivered more than 135,000 trees to families and service members all around the country,” Ellms said of the nationwide program.
This marks the 10th year of New York National Guard members volunteering their time to assist in the loading of trees destined for fellow service members and their families around the country and around the world. This year’s collection from Ballston Spa is destined for Fort Bragg military families, Ellms said.
“You know, after 10 years, I would have thought that the support for this program would have tapered off, but we’ve seen this continue to grow year after year,” Ellms said. “The support we’ve had from area growers and the community just gets bigger each year.”
The National Guard Soldier volunteers came from Latham’s 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade Headquarters and Army Aviation Support Facility. Their turnout follows the unit’s deployment to Kuwait during the Christmas season of 2013. The Soldiers offered their volunteer time to show appreciation to the program and assist other military forces deployed this year.
“I’ve seen Soldiers come home and they’re elated,” said Sgt. 1st Class Greg Martin, who returned from deployment with the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade this fall. “They’re happy that somebody cared for their family at Christmas time just by giving them a simple tree.”
The Soldiers were joined by Airmen of the 109th Airlift Wing based in Scotia, N.Y., to honor their fellow Airmen deployed to Antarctica each holiday season at the South Pole supporting the National Science Foundation and Operation Deep Freeze.
“It’s great knowing that you have that support back home, just lets you know that people have your six,” said Tech. Sgt. Michael Crisalli from the 109th Airlift Wing.
The Trees for Troops program was launched in 2005, and with the help of FedEx Corp., delivered more than 4,300 Christmas trees to five U.S. military bases in its initial year, as well as an overseas shipment to the Middle East that year.
Since 2005, Trees for Troops has delivered more than 139,000 real Christmas trees to thankful troops and military families. Each year, thousands of trees are donated by Christmas tree growers and consumers. FedEx and its team members generously provide shipping to bases in the U.S. and overseas, through FedEx Express air operations and the FedEx Freight trucking network.
For the past several years the effort has helped to deliver, on average, 17,000 real Christmas trees each year to 60+ military bases throughout the U.S. and overseas.
“It’s a nice reminder,” said Sgt. 1st Class David Vetter from the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade Headquarters Company. “One, that people care to spend the time to even do that. And to have that bit of home, to kind of bring it all back together, especially with your friends that are over there at least you can kind of cling together and celebrate together.”
“If you can’t be home for the holidays, you’re in our hearts,” said Vetter.