The Rock Lajes Field Newsletter

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THE ROCK Lajes Field Newsletter ere is always the potential of one moment turning an ordinary day upside down. It is in that moment where there is a separation between bystanders and individuals that step up and step in. For one Lajes couple, that moment arrived and they were ready. At the end of an ordinary workday, Tech. Sgt. Jamie Gielczowski, 65th Force Support Squadron manpower analyst, and his wife Laura Gielczowski, Protestant education coordinator at the base chapel, were heading home. All of a sudden a green hatchback in front of them stalled out and started rolling backwards. Two screaming women immediately exited the hatchback holding a baby. e only word the Gielczowskis could understand was, hos pital, and they knew something was wrong. Laura jumped out of the truck, ran towards the women and was handed a motionless little girl. Laura told the mother to get in the truck and they drove to the emergency room. I was so focused on making sure that (the mother) and the baby were ok, Laura said, Lets just get them there, that was all I was focused on. As they drove o Tech. Sgt. Gielczowski used hand gestures and told the mother to lay the baby at to open up the airway. Despite the language barrier, the mother understood. When emergencies arise its easy to let a situation become overwhelming. It benets everyone to remain calm and focused. I think the reason I stayed so calm was because Jamie was giving such good instruc tions, Laura said. At one point Tech. Sgt. Gielczowski looked in the rear view mirror and saw the baby Youtube Lajes Field DOD Air Force Facebook USAFE March 20, 2015 US Embassy, Portugal Lajes couple Step Up, Step In to save life By: Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf 65th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Jeanne M. Holm was the rst woman in the armed forces to be promoted to the rank of major general in 1973, and is credited as single driving force in achieving parity for military women and making them a viable part of the mainstream military. Holm was born in 1921, in Portland, Ore., and enlisted in the Army in July 1942, soon aer the Womens Army Auxiliary Corps was established by Congress. She at tended Ocer Candidate School at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and in January 1943 received a commission as a third ocer, the WAAC equivalent to second lieutenant. During World War II, Holm was assigned to the Womens Army Corps Training Center at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., where she rst com manded a basic training company and then a training regiment. At the end of the war, she commanded the 106th WAC Hospital Company at Newton D. Baker General Hospital, W.Va. She then le active military duty in 1946 and at tended Lewis and Clark College for two years, returning in 1956 for her Bachelor of Arts degree. In October 1948 during the Berlin crisis, she was re called to active duty with the Army and went to Camp Lee, Va., as a company commander. e following year she transferred to the Air Force, when a new law inte grated women in the regular armed forces, and was sent to Erding Air First AF female general paves way for military women For more on "First AF female general" see page 2 It has been noticed recently that there continue to be aircra delays in the commissary and mail shipments. ese delays then cause stock at the commissary to be depleted. What are the reasons for the delays and is anything be done to x this? We understand that there have been issues with air cargo arriving on time. is stems from a variety of issues related to aircra delays. At Lajes, we are normally the fourth leg of a scheduled weekly resupply mission. Being the fourth stop brings with it an increased probabil ity of an aircra delay. ere are a variety of circumstances that can cause an aircra to be delayed such as bad weather, aireld operating hour limitations, diplomatic clearance denials, aircrew availability, and maintenance issues. However, leadership is continuing to work with the appropriate agencies to alleviate issues with delayed cargo in the future. Additionally, this weeks KC-10 was delayed again and leadership at the 729th AMS and the Wing worked with Air Mobility Command to address the issue. In response to the issue, AMC generated another aircra to ensure our cargo arrives. COMMANDERS ACTION LINE CLICK TO READ MORE


2015 Total Force Climate Survey 13 March 27 Apr 15 e Air Force Credentialing Opportunities Online (AF COOL) Program: Base Honor Guard Eagle Eyes GTC Payment Options Expanded Inuenza Vaccine Available New housing website All members PCSing from Lajes Field with Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) TMO Information Civilian Personnel Newsletter Non-command sponsored dependents memorandum BAH Revalidation Required for All Airmen 65th Medical Group Closed for Training 2nd Tuesday of Each Month JA Tax Center Opens Protestant Service combined into one service at 1100 AFAF Kick-o Bowling Tournament March 27 Womens History Month Luncheon March 27 Wing Promotion Ceremony March 31 USAFE Family Day 3 April Community Events Base Announcements Commanders Action Line Produced by 2015 65th Air Base Wing Public Aairs Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal Island Events Photo Perspective Depot, Germany. Holm served in a variety of personnel assignments, including Direc tor of Women in the Air Force from 1965-1973. She played a signi cant role in eliminating restrictions on numbers of women serving in all ranks, expanding job and duty station assignments for women, opening ROTC and service academies to women, and changing the policies on the status of women in the armed forces. For her excep tionally meritorious service in this assignment; she was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. On March 1, 1973, Holm was appointed director of the Secretary of the Air Force Personnel Council. She was promoted to the grade of brigadier general July 16, 1971, the rst woman to be appointed in this grade in the Air Force. She was promoted to the grade of major general eective June 1, 1973, with date of rank July 1, 1970. e general retired in 1975. She served three presidential administra tions: special assistant on women for President Gerald Ford, policy consultant for President James Carter and rst chairperson of the Veterans Administrations Committee on Women Veterans for Presi dent Ronald Reagan. In recognition of General Holms pioneering career, Air Force of cials renamed the Air Force Ocer Accession and Training Schools at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., the Jeanne M. Holm Ocer Acces sion and Citizen Development Center in June 2008. Its mission is Air Force ocer recruitment and training within the Air University. Holm authored two books about women in the military. Women in the Military: An Unnished Revolution came out in 1982 and was updated in 1994. Four years later she wrote In Defense of a Nation: Servicewomen in World War II. Holm died Feb. 15, 2010. Happy First Day of Spring Concerts Movies: Angra eater (Located at Angra Cultural Center) Praia eater Click to read for more Base Announcements Click to read for more Community Events Click to read for more Island Events "First AF female general" from page 1