The Rock Lajes Field Newsletter

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THE ROCK Lajes Field Newsletter Air Force senior leaders testied to the Senate Armed Services Com mittee Subcommittee on Airland March 19, and said with the return of sequestration-level funding, Americas airpower advantage is increasingly at risk. We are the greatest Air Force in the world and remain so, said Dr. William LaPlante, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisi tion. But, to be honest, many of us are growing concerned that we are losing our margin. e enemies, and potential adversaries, have been watching us very carefully. ey understand where our seams are. ey understand how to apply asymmetries against us and its very concerning. e written testimony stated a return to sequestration-level funding would result in a less ready, less capable, less viable Air Force that is unable to fully execute the defense strategy. Less than half of our combat career squadrons are suciently ready for a high-end ght, said Lt. Gen. Tod D. Wolters, the deputy chief of sta for operations, plans and requirements for Headquarters Air Force. ere is no excess. ere is no bench. Everything is commit ted. America needs a force ready for a full spectrum of operations. Wolters cited all eorts by the Air Force within the last year, from hu manitarian aid to support in the Middle East, All of that has showed just how unpredictable world conditions can be. With an unforeseen future, the Air Force will need to win in complex battlespaces such as: rapidly changing technological breakthroughs, geopolitical instability, a wide range of operating environments, and an increasingly important and vulnerable global commons, the ser Youtube Lajes Field DOD Air Force Facebook USAFE March 27, 2015 US Embassy, Portugal Sequestration threatens Americas airpower advantage By: Senior Airman Hailey Haux, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information Top Navy and Air Force ocials today told the House Armed Services subcommittee on tactical air and land forces the presidents budget request for scal year 2016 will sup port modernizing combat aviation programs. Navy Vice Adm. Paul A. Grosklags, princi pal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisitions; Air Force Lt. Gen. James M. Mike Holmes, deputy chief of sta for strategic plans and requirements, Air Force headquarters; and Air Force Maj. Gen. Timo thy M. Ray, director, global power programs, oce of the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, all testied on the need for a modern force. Navy and Marine Corps aviation allows seabased and expeditionary naval forces to bring simultaneous inuence over vast stretches of the maritime environment across the shore line and deep inland, Grosklags said. Aviation Must Stay Ready, Poised It is therefore critical that U.S. aviation forces remain always ready and poised to engage at a moments notice with required capacity and capability to inuence events, and if neces sary, to ght and win, he said. As global threats and demands increase, the Navys budget grows more challenging, Grosklags said, adding that the Navy and Marine Corps depend on todays moderniza tion and readiness eorts. Across the department, the strategies for our development, procurement and sustainment of [existing] and future weapons systems are critically dependent upon stable, and predictable funding at a level commensurate with [the presidents 2016 budget request], he said. Navy, Air Force Advocate for Modernizing Combat Aviation By: Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity For more on "Combat Aviation" see page 2 Social Media Security Some of you may have seen the recent news regarding ISIS speci cally targeting military members and their families by releasing per sonal information they got o social media accounts. In light of these events Airmen and family members are encouraged to take a look at their social media accounts. ere are very simple steps individuals can take to secure their online presence. Here is a great link that with tips on making social media accounts more secure. Social_Media_Accounts_Secure_2015.pdf Youth Center Playground e Youth Center Playground will be open 24/7 starting this week and can be accessed through the Nascer do Sol personnel gate at the back of the playground. e personnel gate will be closed dur ing Yard Sale days (3rd weekend of every month) however housing members can still access the playground via the front of the building. As a reminder, the playground is intended for children ages 5-12. 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 Airman 1st Class Craig Marks, 65th Security Forces Squadron base defense operations center controller, pins Airman 1st Class Tyler Fulghum, 65th SFS patrolman to the ground as part of a combatives class at the Chace Fitness Center on Lajes Field, Azores Portugal, March 24, 2015. This training helps hone members close-quarters combat techniques and this class will certify them in security forces combatives. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf) Community Events Base Announcements Commanders Action Line Produced by 2015 65th Air Base Wing Public Aairs Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal Island Events Photo Perspective Members of the 729th Air Mobility Squadron unload a KC-10 on Lajes Field, Azores, March 25, 2015. The 729th AMS processes cargo, such as household goods, mail, general cargo, base supplies, commissary rations and medical items and ensures they are loaded or unloaded onto the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf) e alternative has been made clear by our secretaries and service chiefs, the admiral emphasized. A smaller force, a force less for ward deployed; a force slower to respond in a crisis, is a force, which, when it does respond, will be less capable and more vulnerable. Budget Would Help Balance Air Force Needs e National Defense Strategy is increasingly at risk, Holmes said, and the proposed budget takes steps to balance the many challenges the Air Force faces. e Air Force continues every day to deliver global vigilance, he said. However, [aer] more than 25 years of sustained combat operations and years of constrained budgets, it is becoming more dicult to achieve our mission. e rst of many dicult capacity decisions before the Air Force is whether to divest itself of the A-10 ghter jet, he said. eres no question the A-10 has been a steady and stellar performer in recent con icts, Holmes told the panel. Nevertheless, our force structure is simply unaordable in todays scal environment. Divesting the entire A-10 eet would free up $4.7 billion for the Air Forces future defense program, which would pay for priority capac ity, capability and readiness needs, he said. But overall, the Air Force ghter jet eet is facing an average age of 30 years, the oldest in the services history, Holmes said. e fourth-generation F-15s and F-16s, that are the majority of our ghter eet, require upgrades to extend their life span and provide the combat capability required to prevail in todays increasingly contested environments, Rally Car Races March 27 & 28 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 "Combat Aviation" from page 1 CLICK TO READ MORE