By unitedweroll on Sep 12, 2014 | In Military News and Support
United We Roll World Tour Show
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Saturday 09/13/14 10:00am - 11:20am Central (Live Show)
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through appr 10am Central on Sunday 09/14/14
Welcome Stardust Listeners! We thank you for joining us on Saturday, Sept 13th 2014.
This week we have two new interviews with 2 Heroes of Freedom who are on deployment with the 386 AEW (Air Expeditionary Wing) in Southwest Asia.
Our first guest is TSgt Louis A. Almaguer of the 387th ESPTS (Expeditionary Support Squadron)
where he is the NCOIC (Non Commissioned Officer In Charge) with the Civil Engineer unit. Currently on his 6th deployment including a prior tour to this location, TSgt Almaguer does not slow down much on his time off as he teaches exercise and dance classes and attends Men's Bible Studies. Thank you, TSgt Almaguer, for the 13 years you have already protected our freedom and for your service yet to come! (Guest #1,324)
Our second guest is also deployed with the 387th ESPTS, although in a different area. SrA Justin A. Franklin is assigned to the Force Protection unit where he greets and escorts service contractors who come to the base to perform their jobs. With almost 4 years of service so far, SrA Franklin says that he knew during his first year that he would stay for a career in the military. As he says, "I love my job and am proud to put the uniform on every day". Thank You, SrA Franklin, for your dedication, for protecting our country and for protecting those with whom you serve! (Guest 1,325)
Our live show will run 10am - 11:20am 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.
We are extremely honored to bring the voices of these outstanding guests to all of you and to their families. We cannot begin to express our gratitude and pride for all of our Military members and Families who do so much and make so many accomplishments every day for our country and our freedom. We hope that these visits will also help our other listeners to understand more about the duties that our Heroes of Freedom perform from their locations around the world and to learn about ways that we can show our support to these members and their loved ones. We appreciate the opportunity it gives us to say "Thank You" on behalf of our Stardust Radio family to all of the members and families who serve.
Please tune in next Saturday, September 20th, when we will bring you visits we taped with deployed members on September 11th and later.
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By unitedweroll on Sep 9, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Blog Note: This article contains helpful information for all of us!
by Capt. Relinda Hatcher
31st Medical Operations Squadron
9/8/2014 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- September 8th through the 14th is National Suicide Prevention Week. Many people are hesitant to get involved in the discussion on the topic of suicide prevention.
This is concerning because the ability to get involved and intervene is critical to saving lives.
Suicide and suicidal behavior affect all people, regardless of gender, race, sexual, or religious orientation. Suicide is a problem of epidemic proportions that spans across the globe. There are roughly 39,000 suicides annually in the United States and the number increases to 1 million worldwide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death amongst individuals aged 15-24 in the U.S.
Many individuals that have contemplated and completed suicide erroneously believe their death will not impact others; but the truth is suicide impacts entire communities. In fact, it is estimated that for every suicide there are at least six survivors. Not only does suicide impact others, it very often shatters and devastates the lives of family and friends for years to come.
Another common misconception about suicide is if people want to kill themselves, there is nothing anyone can about it. This is not true. Experts believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die. They just want to end the pain they are experiencing. Experts also know that crisis tends to be brief. When suicidal intent or risk is detected early, lives can be saved.
Major depression is the psychiatric diagnosis most commonly associated with suicide. Leading mental health psychologists emphasize the strongest risk factor for suicide is depression, but the good news is that depression is treatable, and 80 percent of people who seek help for depression are treated successfully. Other risks factors include relationship problems, other mental illness, substance abuse, previous suicide attempts, hopelessness, access to lethal means, recent loss of loved ones and unemployment to name a few.
By promoting positive self-esteem, connectedness, resiliency and recognizing individual achievement; family members, co-workers, friends and wingmen can play a vital role in preventing suicides. If someone mentions they are thinking about committing suicide, never keep this information a secret because physicians, mental health providers, chaplains, first sergeants and commanders can expedite resources to assist individuals who are exhibiting severe depression or suicidal behaviors.
With this in mind it is also important to understand that people who seek help will not get into any trouble for seeking help, and since suicidal behaviors are considered medical emergencies, these individuals should see a doctor or mental health professional without delay. If a suicidal person has a plan, or is in the process of carrying out a plan, to commit suicide, contact emergency assistance immediately. On base you would contact security forces or the command post. For emergencies that occur off base, dial 112, the Italian equivalent of 911.
As Airmen, we live and breathe the "Wingman" concept. As such, it is imperative that we look out for one another at all times, no matter the circumstance. How can we do this? We can do this by situational awareness, talking and listening to one another, getting to know co-workers, celebrating each other's accomplishments, and by caring and encouraging one another.
Awareness, education and treatment are the keys to suicide prevention.
The Aviano Mental Health Clinic at urges everyone to be familiar with the resources available to assist with suicidal behaviors. If someone mentions they are having thoughts about suicide, always take thoughts or plans seriously. If you are in a position to help, do not assume your presence is unwanted or intrusive. Your wingman needs your help, so stay vigilant ask, care, and escort.
Resources: Aviano Air Base
Mental health clinic: 632-5321
Military and family life consultants: 632 - 5029
Emergency contacts numbers:
Carabinieri (off base emergency): 112
On-base emergency: 911, or commercial: 0430-30-8911
Command post: 632-3100, or commercial: 0434-30-3100
By unitedweroll on Sep 5, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Blog Note: The following article features one of our guests from the 3rd ESC on today's show, SFC Daniel P. Adam.
Story by Staff Sgt. Justin Silvers
BAGRAM, Afghanistan – In this day and age almost any successful organization, at least in some part, relies upon the technical advancement known as the personal computer. In this aspect the Army is no different; so it is essential that these systems are operating, and are doing so efficiently and effectively.
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Adam’s responsibility is just that. Adam, a native of Reading, Pennsylvania, is an information systems supervisor with the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), and works with computers on a daily basis.
“My job consists of fixing computers mostly, but I also provide signal support (communication) to the rest of the unit and supervise other Soldiers in our section who do information technology work,” said Adam.
Adam’s interest in computers began at an early age, tinkering with a computer powered by an Intel 286 processor. The 286 computer, which was originally released in 1982, gave Adam his first taste of computer technology.
“The first computer I had was a 286 back in the early 90’s,” said Adam. “It was a computer my stepdad brought home from work and I would always get on and play. As years progressed and technology increased, I started seeing the invention of graphical displays which (sparked) my interest.”
As time passed, Adam continued to self-teach; with his interest in computers ever increasing as he entered his high school.
“Most of my time (in high school) revolved around typing classes and basic programming with a visual aid,” said Adam. “I also saw the networking capabilities between computers.”
As an adult, Adam said the Army gave him the opportunity to work with what he enjoyed since the young age of 12.
“My parents couldn’t afford college, so college just wasn’t an option,” said Adam. “So when I started looking at joining the Army and they showed me a computer job - that’s what I wanted to do.”
While Adam’s first enlistment allowed him to work with computers as a telecommunications professional, he re-enlisted at a later time in his career to become an information systems Soldier and said he learned a lot through his training at Fort Gordon, Georgia.
“I learned a lot more about balancing the different types of parts that go into a computer; learned how to troubleshoot why something doesn’t work and how to fix it,” said Adam. “I also learned about routing and networking devices together and programming routers and switches.”
As luck would have it, Adam also met his wife, Wendy, while he was traveling to Fort Gordon and has enjoyed her support throughout his career.
“Every re-enlistment has been with her approval,” said Adam. Adam went on to say it was a blessing to have her support during his career in the Army.
Adam is no novice to deployments, and is on his 5th deployment, currently serving with the 3d ESC. His technical skills as an information systems supervisor keeps all the computer systems running smoothly, ensuring the 3d ESC is able to complete its sustainment mission in Afghanistan.
Adam’s supervisor Maj. Robert Loyd, the deputy G6 with the 3d ESC, said Adam is a great asset to the G6 team.
“He is an invaluable asset to our team, he’s a technical subject matter expert and is able to keep all the users up and operational,” said Loyd. “He has earned the respect of and can interact with all levels of the command.”
Loyd said Adam’s greatest strength lies in his professionalism as a Soldier and leader.
“He has a diverse background, a lot of technical experience and he always takes care of Soldiers,” said Loyd. “He balances all his responsibilities and tasks well and ensures the section runs smoothly.”
For those Soldiers considering the information technology career field, Adam said continuing education is important, and Soldiers should have a passion for computers.
“The biggest bit of advice I can give is make sure it’s something you want to do; if you’re not good with computers or they make you mad on a frequent basis, than the job isn’t for you,” said Adam. “You need to have a passion for computers, you have to enjoy working on them all the time – you have to understand them.”
By unitedweroll on Sep 5, 2014 | In Military News and Support
By Senior Master Sgt. Mike Hammond, NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan public affairs / Published September 05, 2014
KABUL, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Thirty-nine security forces Airmen received the Air Force Combat Action Medal Sept. 2, for their actions in defending U.S., NATO, and Afghan military bases from an insurgent attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.
At approximately 4:15 a.m., July 17, the Afghan air force's Kabul Air Wing, Forward Operating Base Oqab and a NATO base, all located within the grounds of Kabul International Airport, came under a complex attack by Taliban-linked insurgents fighting from a multistoried building approximately 350 meters from the perimeter.
In the initial moments of the attack alone, the attackers launched more than a dozen rocket-propelled grenades and fired automatic rifles at the three bases.
Some of the security forces members were on duty standing guard at the time the attacks began. Others were asleep in bed and awakened by explosions and gunfire. While those on duty began identifying the enemies and their positions and fighting back, the off-duty members donned protective gear over the clothes they'd been sleeping in and ran to help.
With bullets flying and RPGs exploding and hitting nearby, the Airmen fought from guard towers and launched two quick reaction forces, along with an Afghan QRF, to take the fight closer to the enemy position. Fighting with M4 carbines, M203 grenade launchers, and M240B medium machine guns, the Air Force defenders unleashed a withering barrage of more than 3,000 total rounds to keep the enemy fighters suppressed and decrease the volume and accuracy of their fire.
The siege on the base lasted for more than five hours and ended when the Afghan-led QRF, enabled by the suppressive fire from Air Force and Afghan forces on the base, arrived at the attackers' position and cleared the building, eliminating the threat. The coalition and Afghan forces sustained no significant injuries during the firefight, and only moderate damage to facilities and grounds on the bases occurred.
Maj. Gen. John K. McMullen, the commander of 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force- Afghanistan; commander of NATO Air Command-Afghanistan, and the deputy commander-Air, U.S. Forces- Afghanistan, presented the medals to each Airman during a brief ceremony at FOB Oqab.
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Overcoming fear, Airman's training takes over during firefight
By unitedweroll on Sep 5, 2014 | In Military News and Support
It takes courage to face the fight, more than most can muster as is evidenced by the fact that less than 1% of the US population fights for the freedom of 100% of the population. It also takes courage to talk about what it takes to go into battle. We salute SrA Julian Rangel for standing guard over our country and our freedom and for sharing his thoughts in the following article.
Overcoming fear: Airman’s training takes over during firefight
By Senior Master Sgt. Mike Hammond, NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan public affairs /
Published July 27, 2014
KABUL, Afghanistan -- (This feature is part of the "Through Airmen's Eyes" series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.)
It was just after 4 a.m., July 17. Many on the base at Kabul International Airport, and forward operating base Oqab nearby, were still catching a last hour or two of sleep before the day would begin.
The bad guys, however, were not sleeping. Under the cover of darkness, a small force determined to attack the Kabul Airport and Afghan air force Base next to it, took over a multi-story building under construction just north of the target. Armed with multiple rocket propelled grenades, automatic weapons, suicide vests, and a vehicle rigged to explode, the attackers crept up to the rooftop and prepared to unleash hell.
Fortunately for the coalition members living and working on base, a small group of Air Force security forces defenders were not sleeping -- they were paying very close attention to their duties. Those who weren’t on shift would be ready to go within minutes -- from a comfy bed to slinging lead.
Senior Airman Julian Rangel, deployed from the 30th Security Forces Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, was in bed on his day off when he heard what sounded like indirect fire and indiscriminate mortars, followed by the more unusual sound of small arms fire.
Dressed in shorts, skater-style shoes and his body armor, Rangel rushed to see how he could help. Soon, he was assigned as gunner for one of two Air Force quick reaction force, or QRF, teams. The teams would be sent outside the FOB in mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to try and gain a closer and more advantageous position from which to engage the enemy.
“It was a roller coaster of emotions for me,” Rangel said. “When I was in that vehicle waiting for the gate to open so we could go out and fight from closer, I was scared. I was breathing fast, almost hyperventilating. That’s when Tech. Sgt. (Rafael) Melendez (the vehicle commander) turned to me, made eye contact, and told me to slow down; to take deep breaths. He calmed me down.”
Once the vehicle left, the Airmen maneuvered to a position between two buildings on the Afghan air force’s Kabul Air Wing, which surrounds FOB Oqab.
“Almost immediately, I spotted two guys on the rooftop firing and then my training automatically kicked in,” Rangel said. “I started laying down 6-9 round bursts (from the M-240, 7.62mm machine gun), just like I’d been taught. In fact, it actually felt like training to me at the time.”
Maneuvering to a new position, Rangel and his teammates were dangerously close when the attackers detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device near a checkpoint.
“That was my ‘oh (shoot)!’ moment, and I got scared then!” Rangel said. “But it didn’t get a whole lot better. We moved up near a gate and an RPG hit just 35 meters away from us. When we moved to some other buildings, another RPG hit the building above us. I still remember the glass shattering and blowing outward.”
Throughout this time, Rangel, from the gunner position in the vehicle, was sending a lot of lead downrange as suppressive fire. He estimates he went through about 400 rounds in total during the firefight. Eventually, fear for his life gave way to frustration.
“My particular weapon isn’t necessarily meant for precision so much as suppressive fire,” Rangel said. “But still, it was frustrating me that I kept hitting the building right where the guy was and he’d duck, then pop up and shoot more, and then run to a different window.”
Eventually, the operations center called out a cease-fire. The majority of the attackers were eliminated and the rest were about to meet a quick reaction force of Afghan Security and coalition members who had surrounded the attack position and began clearing the building from within.
For a period of time that seemed to last forever, the Air Force defenders had to hunker down as the attackers who had not encountered the QRF yet continued firing. Finally, the QRF cleared the last of the attackers and after some additional procedures the firefight finally ended.
The attack and defense had taken over four hours overall and for the first two it was constant action for the Air Force security forces.
“When it was done, I was truly glad it was over,” Rangel said. “Shooting at someone and being shot at is not a good feeling.”
“As we were driving back to our FOB, through the Afghan Air Force base, the Afghans were coming out to see us drive by – giving us thumbs up, smiling, giving us applause,” Rangel said. “I felt very proud and felt truly like we were a part of a team.”
Looking ahead, Rangel said he will approach the rest of the tour with a different perspective than he had prior to the attack.
“Although it is done, it really isn’t; because every time I go into a tower, every time I get in a vehicle, it replays for me in my head,” Rangel said. “To be honest, I’m scared. I think most of us are. We don’t want to go through something like that again. But if we have to, I’m confident we’ll get through it again.
“In training, they preach to us about muscle memory,” Rangel said. “Actions are very repetitive and seem redundant. It was very frustrating at the time. But Thursday morning (July 17), I finally understood what that meant, why it was important. When it mattered most, the training took over and we got through it with no serious injuries to our side!”
By unitedweroll on Sep 5, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Published August 25, 2014
WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Nominations are being accepted and reviewed for inclusion in Portraits in Courage, Vol. IX, now through Oct. 13.
“For seven years now Portraits in Courage has told Airmen’s stories of courage, valor and heroism,” said Lt. Col. Paul Baldwin, the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Engagement Division deputy. “Airmen perform incredible feats every day and their stories exemplify our warrior ethos. This is an excellent way to share them.”
Air Force officials said packages should focus on leadership, valor, courage, exemplary performance and commitment, or service above self in either a combat, combat support role or extraordinary event outside the normal call of duty.
Submissions should highlight the nominees’ accomplishments during the previous two years and appeal to an audience of Airmen, their families and civilians.
The 300-500 word pieces, officials added, should be in narrative format and not only shed light on the Airman’s career field, but relate a compelling story that reinforces the service’s core values, culture and the Airman’s Creed.
Packages must include the nominees’ biography, SURF, nomination form and three supporting high-resolution digital photos (no less than 300 pixels per inch), featuring the Airman in action and donned in his or her Airman battle uniform, flight-duty uniform or equivalent tactical uniform.
Individuals wishing to submit a story should contact their base public affairs office and submit their nomination packages to their respective major command, two-letter or direct reporting unit, who can each send up to five packages.
Questions regarding submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view previous editions of Portraits in Courage, click here.
The following is an example of a narrative submission: “Veronica [Cox] is an intel Airman. She was acting as an intel analyst when the earthquake devastated Japan and all the aftermath that came. Because she spoke fluent Japanese she volunteered to help any way she could. So one night, sitting on a Pave Hawk helicopter doing damage assessment and intel collection from that helicopter they flew over an area of the local landscape where she saw a bunch of rocks arranged on the ground in the low light that looked like Japanese characters. So she asked the pilot to descend. She saw that no kidding, it was a sign calling for help. She directed him to go lower, and they found 200 isolated civilians. She hoisted down to the roof of the building they were in and when her feet hit the top of the roof she yelled in Japanese, “We’re the U.S. Air Force and we’re here to help.” …What an incredible story. She helped save 200 lives that night. And on nine more combat search and rescue missions she saved a lot more.” - General Welsh, CSAF