By unitedweroll on May 12, 2014 | In Military News and Support
United We Roll World Tour Show
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Tuesday 05/13/14 1:00pm - 3:00pm Central (Live)
Wednesday 05/14/14 6:00pm - 8:00pm Central (Repeat)
Welcome Stardust Listeners -
We thank you for joining us on Tuesday, May 13th of 2014.
Our deployed guests for this week come from the US Air Force. Two of our guests bring brand new visits from the 386th AEW Wing/The Rock which is currently serving in Southwest Asia. Our third visit is actually a requested encore presentation from the 379th AEW / Grand Slam Wing which originally played on our show two weeks ago (April 29th, 2014).
Our first two guests are currently deployed with the 386th ECONS or Expeditionary Contracting Squadron, though they both came from different bases in the USA and their jobs are a bit different. This unit is so busy that we truly appreciate the time that both guests were able to spend with us.
SSgt Kelli A Floyd has 6 years of service behind her and totally enjoys her job in the Contracting Squadron where almost all units on the base submit purchase orders to have supplies purchased and brought in for them to do their jobs. Just imagine the amount of knowledge one must have to be sure the correct parts or items are ordered, not to mention working with vendors who are from the country in which the base is located. What a busy and yet interesting job! With her husband also on deployment, living with three roommates is a bit different than home, but SSgt Floyd takes it all in stride.
SSgt Randall C Kyllo has been serving for 9 years and is a Flight Chief in the ECONS or Contracting Squadron where he also processes purchases requests and provides supervisory duties. Working with local vendors also requires several trips off base where hospitality traditions include time out to enjoy a cup of tea before concluding business. This is SSgt Kyllo's second deployment to this location where temperatures can get up above 120 degrees and the wind is frequently blowing sand around, so he will be ready to return to his beachside US base in just a couple of months.
Our third visit today is, as stated above, a requested repeat from our April 29th show. Our guest is SSgt Xavier Drake who was with the 379th AEW in FP (Force Protection) where he is a part of the Check Six Program as an Active Shooter Facilitator and Combative Instructor. In response to the tragic shootings at Fort Hood and the Washington Naval Yard, a training program has been developed to help members respond and survive in the event they are faces with such a situation. SSgt Drake does an excellent job of helping us to understand how effective training becomes "muscle memory" and how members use this technique to "automatically" respond.
The taped visits contained in this show take us up to our 1,267th interview with our deployed Heroes of Freedom.
We are extremely honored to bring these outstanding guests to you all. Once again, we believe you will find each of these visits to be inspirational, informational and a wonderful opportunity to meet men and women who are keeping our families safe and our freedom secure from their duty stations around the world.
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Tuesday 5/13/14 1:00pm
Wednesday 5/14/14 6:00pm (repeat)
1:00pm - Introduction / Announcements
(6:00pm - Introduction / Announcements)
386 AEW / The Rock
Interview #1 (appr 1:12pm/6:12pm) - SSgt Kelli A Floyd
Interview #2 (appr 1:41pm/6:41pm) - SSgt Randall C Kyllo
379 AEW / Grand Slam Wing
Interview #3 (appr 2:17pm/7:17pm) - SSgt Xavier Drake
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By unitedweroll on May 11, 2014 | In Military News and Support
We have heard several stories over these past years of forces being "blended" - Air force with Army, Navy with Army and so on - in order to best use the talents and skills of military members to successfully complete missions. Here comes yet another such story that also includes the award of a Bronze Star.
Logistics Airman is top officer, earns Bronze Star
by Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Barnett
JBER Public Affairs
5/8/2014 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Air Force Capt. Dayton Blume sat in a helicopter as it approached a forward operating base at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. The helicopter was filled with several Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), which Blume was assigned to in a Joint Expeditionary Tasking.
The helicopter landed at the base and the Air Force captain got out with more than 30 Soldiers, quickly performing security checks for insurgents or improvised explosive devices to clear the helicopter landing zone. He'd volunteered to help out - it wasn't his regular job.
The 673d Logistics Readiness officer deployed from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to Afghanistan from May 28, 2013, until April 11. His actions earned him a Bronze Star and the Air Force Logistics Readiness Company Grade Officer of the Year.
Having been in the Air Force for about five years, the year in Afghanistan was Blume's first deployment.
"I was itching to deploy and volunteering left and right," said the native of Overland Park, Kan. "I put on captain the day I flew over there."
Blume was initially assigned to the 966th Air Expeditionary Squadron. As a Joint Expeditionary Tasking Airman, he was operationally assigned to the 101st.
"They were the 'Band of Brothers' unit," he said. "In about a month, they are decommissioning that unit. I got to be part of their last deployment."
When that unit left, the Air Force logistics officer became a part of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.
"It was interesting being the Air Force guy in the Army world," he said. "Until you're with an Army unit, you don't realize how different the jargon is."
Blume said he enjoyed working with the Army, and was amazed by the Afghan people. In his time there, his successes included leading a joint coalition team of more than 50 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and civilians teamed with six coalition partner nations to provide logistical support to the Afghan National Security Forces.
"It's kind of a different mission," he said. "In [Afghan] culture, we don't tell them what they are doing is wrong. We tried to lead them to the answer we thought was right, so they could take ownership of the decisions. It's kind of a blending of cultures and processes.
"I loved doing it; I really enjoyed working with the Afghans. For all the bad publicity, I think there are a lot of really good, smart people over there. Granted, some of their stuff may be a little behind ours, but I really enjoyed learning from them. These guys know how to work. They know how to motivate their people. They are really good at the less technical stuff."
Blume said he would talk to the Afghan leadership about logistics, he found they were good at convoys, and considered their work a logistical enterprise. He found some areas to give advice on, such as supply management.
"I'd sit down and talk to them almost on a daily basis, sometimes two or three times a day," he said. "I really liked to get out and work side-by-side with the guys loading trucks. They'd stack equipment 20 feet high on their trucks and tie it down. We'd say 'hey, maybe this isn't the best way of doing things.'"
Blume said much of what they did amazed him.
"One cool thing I did was seeing their depot warehouse in Kabul," he said, explaining how every piece of supply or ammunition that comes in would go to that warehouse. "It is truly the most beautiful, most organized warehouse I've ever seen. Everything's put away on the shelf; it is incredible. The problem is that if you call them up and say you need a tire, if they see an empty box, they don't look next to it where there's the same tire from a different brand. That's a logistical problem, but it is truly an amazing thing we've given them.
"One of the real problems that stood out is the Soviet mentality versus the American mentality. The Soviets used a push style of logistics supply. They get 10 units and 100 pieces of stuff in. Say it's brake pads; they all get 10 brake pads. In the American system, we keep those at the warehouse until a unit says they need them. That was one of the things we were battling in our advising."
Blume's role allowed him to travel a lot. With that travel came the necessary situational awareness of potential dangers.
"The constant looking over your shoulder part was interesting," he said. "The whole time you're out there, you're looking for threats. This guy that I'm advising, he could turn and shoot me. We had some insider attacks on the FOB. After one of them, an Afghan guy turned and shot the guy who had attacked the Americans. [The Afghans] want to protect you and are very good about it.
There was another guy in my career field who was killed while I was there. Just driving around Kabul keeps you on edge. I drove around in an armored SUV with bullet-proof glass and, at any time, we could have run over something. We were not out actively searching for the enemy; the Afghans were doing that and they are good. They like to fight and kill insurgents. I stayed safe."
Blume said he was glad he deployed for a year.
"Captain Blume has done a remarkable job taking on the task at hand and delivering the goods that our Airmen have been known for," said Air Force Col. Brian Duffy, JBER and 673d Air Base Wing commander. "On behalf of the whole team, you have my sincere congratulations and thanks for a job well done."
After returning from the deployment, the logistics officer said he didn't expect to win awards.
"I was shocked," he said. "It's the first award I've ever won. I feel like I was just out there doing what I was supposed to do."
By unitedweroll on May 10, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Blog Note: To ALL Military Spouses - THANK YOU for all that you do every day!
Marine Wife Selected as Military Spouse of the Year
By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
American Forces Press Service
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va., May 9, 2014 - Lakesha Cole, the wife of Okinawa-based Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Deonte Cole, was selected today as the Military Spouse of the Year.
The award, given by Armed Forces Insurance and Military Spouse Magazine, honors spouses "who support and maintain the home front".
Cole thanked her mother, daughter and the Okinawa community, as well as her husband who is based at Okinawa's Camp Butler. "He's always been my biggest cheerleader for any crazy idea that I come up with."
She said she was honored to represent military spouses all over the world and to help them bring their ideas and dreams to reality.
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos presented Cole with a certificate of commendation and expressed his gratitude to her on behalf of all Marines.
"We couldn't be more proud of you. You're representing all of us in here -- all of the spouses and the services."
"Your husband may wear this cloth," Amos said of the Marine Corps uniform, "... but for today, we're all part of the joint community."
On hand for the event were members and spouses of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as each military service's nominee for the award.
"It's a great day to be a military spouse," Deanie Dempsey, wife of Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. "And thank God, we now have a day designed to honor all military spouses."
"The six spouses here today that we will be honoring -- representing each of the services -- has gone above and beyond what every great military spouse does," Dempsey said. "They're even greater if you can believe it."
They represent all military spouses, she said, and while we're only awarding six today, truthfully, there are many more out there that deserve this award.
"So those six of you have to feel pretty darn good," Dempsey said. "You represent the best of the best. Congratulations to all."
Mary Winnefeld, wife of Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, explained the criteria for the finalists.
"Our military community is perhaps one of the closest knit families stretched out all over the world," she said. Each of our branch finalists separated themselves through efforts to better the community and give others the tools to do the same.
"These spouses truly distinguished themselves as great leaders in the military," Winnefeld said, "and will continue to accomplish great feats."
The 2014 Branch Winners are:
2014 Army Spouse of the Year – Reda Hicks
2014 Marine Corps Spouse of the Year – Lakesha Cole
2014 Navy Spouse of the Year – Tammy Meyer
2014 Air Force Spouse of the Year – Chris Pape
2014 Coast Guard Spouse of the Year – Danielle Medolla
2014 National Guard Spouse of the Year – Ingrid Herrera-Yee
By unitedweroll on May 8, 2014 | In Military News and Support
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By unitedweroll on May 8, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Release No: 095
May 6, 2014
by Debbie Gildea
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Active duty officers interested in expanding their horizons by building, sustaining, and expanding international relationships while embedded in another country’s air force have until May 22 to indicate their interest on their Airman Development Plan in time for the next assignment cycle, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today.
The Air Force Military Personnel Exchange Program allows Airmen who qualify to serve as embedded officers in foreign nation air forces, said Sundy Muniz, AFPC special duty assignments branch.
“The program enhances our ability to perform coalition operations with global partners, who are critical enablers for expeditionary air and space forces,” said Muniz. “Participants support Department of Defense, Air Force and regional combatant commanders’ strategic goals.”
Opportunities exist with such participating nations as Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Australia, Bangladesh, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Thailand.
Officers selected for the MPEP serve two- or three-year assignments, depending on the specific requirement. In addition to performing primary career field duties, exchange officers support United States national security goals by promoting mutual understanding and trust between the United States Air Force and foreign forces.
“Most MPEP officers gain valuable foreign language skills and in-depth international experience during their tour, so they are particularly strong candidates for future assignments as international affairs specialists or attachés,” Muniz said. “However, to compete for these programs, the core career field assignment team must support release.”
Applicants who are not proficient in the required language must take the Defense Language Aptitude Battery and, if selected, will attend language training before the exchange assignment.
For more information about the program, go to the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil. Select “search all components” in the keyword drop down menu and enter “MPEP” in the search window. To review current requirements, go to the AFPC secure site, accessible via myPers, and click on the Assignment Management System link.
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By unitedweroll on May 8, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Face of Defense: Pilot Flies Again After Highway Crash
By Air Force Airman 1st Class Jimmie D. Pike
47th Flying Training Wing
LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas, May 2, 2014 - Her career seemed ruined, her dreams grounded.
"At the beginning, I thought I'd never fly again," Air Force 1st Lt. Laura Jones said, recalling her Jan. 2 accident.
On her way from San Antonio International Airport back to base, a car next to her had a tire blow out. The driver lost control and swerved into Jones's vehicle traveling at about 75 mph, she said.
"Shortly after, a passing National Guardsman arrived, held my neck to immobilize and keep me from damaging my cervical spine and talked to me until the paramedics arrived," said Jones, a T-6 Texan instructor pilot from the 85th Flying Training Squadron. "It all happened pretty quickly -- from getting hit to the helicopter taking me to San Antonio Military Medical Center, only a couple of hours had passed. I maintained consciousness the entire time."
Jones suffered broken bones and other injuries during the collision -- injuries that grounded her flying career.
"The accident left me with a shattered left femur, lacerations on my kidney and spleen, my right wrist was broken in four places, my jaw was broken in two places, and my lungs were bruised, among other scrapes," Jones said. "After I heard there were no neck, spine or eye injuries, I knew I would be flying soon enough."
The accident was followed by 11 days in the hospital and several grueling months of physical therapy and rehabilitation.
"We started her with basic range-of-motion exercises to work up to light weights and ensure she didn't overwork herself," said Kira Pie, a physical therapy assistant. "We now have her going through impact workouts, like skipping, to get her body adjusted to the feel of pressure on the joints and bones."
Even though her body was aching and her workouts were strenuous, Jones worked through the difficulties with a single goal: to return to flying.
"My main concern was when I would be able fly again," she said. "When I talked to the flight doctors, they said I'd be shooting to fly again in June. I was bummed that it would take so long. After I started progressing so quickly, I knew I could fly sooner."
Jones' hard work and dedication in physical therapy paid off April 21, when she had her first flight since the accident and felt as if things had gone well.
"The flight went great. I knocked off a lot of rust and have my confidence back," Jones said. "I felt better than I expected I would."
Jones' group commander took notice and commended Jones for her initiative.
"The fact that she is flying this soon after an accident that should have been fatal is testament to her hard work, determination and desire to fly," said Air Force Col. Timothy MacGregor, the 47th Operations Group commander. "She belongs here as a first-assignment instructor pilot to teach the students what it means to be a pilot in the world's greatest Air Force."
Jones' next step is preparing to take the reins as an instructor once again.
"I'm hoping to be back flying with students in the next week," Jones said. "The only obstacle at this point is coming off a four-month break and getting proficient in every maneuver so I can be the best instructor possible."
As Jones works toward instructing again, she remembers why she has worked so hard in the first place.
"I was one of the kids who always knew they wanted to be a pilot," she said. "I grew up around Air Force jets; I knew that's where I belonged. Now, I'm looking forward to being one of the Tigers again. This is the best squadron I could ask for."
Laughlin Air Force Base