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The skibird magazine of the 109th Airlift Wing, Stratton Air National Guard
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Vol. 44, no. 5 (Sept. 2006)-
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2 The Skibird Commanders Call By Col. Timothy LaBarge 109th AW Vice Commander (effective 1 March) Several months ago I had my first opportunity to fly with the 109th Airlift Wing. The occasion was a short trip to Stewart Air National Guard Base to attend the promotion ceremony of the 105th Wing Commander, Brig. Gen. Verle Johnston, a name that is somewhat familiar to the members of the 109th. In his remarks to the assembled crowd, General Johnston indicated that he was uniquely privileged to have served with Force, the 105th, the acknowledged best in class strategic airlift wing, and the 109th, the premier C-130 / LC-130 airlift wing. Looking back on those remarks, two things become apparent. First that his experience is no longer unique in that I am about to be afforded the same opportunity, and second, that I have already begun to experience the truth in his words with respect to the world class expertise of the 109th AW. It is my singular pleasure to be afforded the opportunity to work with and serve the men and women of the 109th AW. I bring an experience base and skill set that is diversified and hopefully will be complementary to the corporate structure of the 109th. Coming from the strat air community it is a given that I have much to learn about the tactical airlift community in general and the LC-130 mission in particular. The good news for me is that I will be learning it from the best in the business, and I am very much looking forward to the process and experience. Over the last several years I have worked with many distinguished members of the 109th at various events and in varying capacities. In fact there are a few members who I have known since high school. For those of you who dont know me, the thumbnail version looks like this: Hometown Tupper Lake, NY; Tupper Lake High School class of 1979; St. NYANG at Stewart ANGB 1991, played C-5 and Wing Leadership roles, HQ-NYANG Working with 109th Airmen a great opportunityAnother home, another family, a place of employment, travel and adventure, a way to serve your state and country and all from your backyard how lucky can one get belonging to theColonel Kinowski says farewell to 109th membersBy Col. Edward Kinowski 109th AW Vice Commander File photo ANGB years is 15 years of experience in the small and large corporate business world. It is my hope that this business experience will translate well into the dealings that we at the 109th have with our primary customer the National Science Foundation. This Supplier / Customer model is no longer unique to the business community as we have seen here. Our continued success with the National Science Foundation is based on being accountable, being good stewards of the NSF resources, and providing world class logistical support in the worlds most demanding environments. All of these elements have been routinely and repeatedly demonstrated by the 109th over the years. So, thats who I am. Now, it will be my complete pleasure in getting to know who all of you are. Thanks for this opportunity to introduce myself and thanks to Colonel German and the leadership of the 109th for this chance to work with and serve the distinguished members of Stratton ANGB. 109th! Im not one for long good byes, mostly because hello years. So Ill spare you the details and just leave my Bio highlights on the 109th Web site for a least a few more months. So, to the membership of the 109th (both past and present), my thanks for a tremendous life. I owe a debit of gratitude to just way too many to mention. I have great faith with the membership and new leadership and know you are on the right road to a long and prosperous future. From the Family Support CenterWould you like to know about events on base? Would you like information on new programs for military families? Would you like to know what is available for military families when a family member is deployed?


3 Winter 2008 Inside Commander Col. Anthony German Vice Commander Col. Edward Kinowski WINTER 2008 VOLUME 46, NO. 1 Editorial Staff Maj. Jody AnkabrandtCapt. Shane GernandMaster Sgt. Willie GizaraMaster Sgt. Christine WoodTech. Sgt. Terry SommersStaff Sgt. Catharine Schmidt The Skibird 1 Air National Guard Road, Scotia, NY 12302-9752; PHONE: (518) 344-2396, DSN: 344-2396, FAX:344-2331, EMAIL: This funded Air Force publication is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Military services. Contents of The Skibird are not the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the Department of the Air Force. The editorial content is edited, prepared, and th Airlift Wing. All photographs are Air Force photographs unless otherwise indicated. DEADLINE NOTICE: All items for The Skibird each quarter. Address changes for individuals not in the 109AW should be directed to: 109AW/ PA, 1 Air National Guard Road, Scotia, New York 12302-9752 or by phone at (518) 344-2396 or DSN: 344-2396.Winter 2008 Volume 46, No. 1Plus: Guard news 11 Alumni News 13 Recruiting Update 14 Retirement Spotlight 14 Awards, Promotions 15 Senior leader viewpoint 4 By CSAF, CMSAF Hemstreet leaves behind legacy 5By Staff Sgt. Catharine Schmidt Photos by Master Sgt. Willie GizaraPartners in history 6By 1st Lt. Ernest LanctoToday Show in Antarctica 7Photos by Senior Airman Stephen GirolamiGillibrand visits base 8-9Photos by Master Sgt. Christine FordYoung, old vets share memories 10Gazette report Airman presents ESGR award 12By Staff Sgt. Catharine SchmidtOn the cover: SkibirdThe 109th Airlift WingSkibirdThe


4 The Skibird Letter to Airmen: Make 2008 Senior Leader ViewpointFile photo The following is from Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne: Happy New Year! I am so proud to begin another year serving with all of you as Secretary of this great Air Force. our nation needs you to have As we begin this new year together, I want us all to set the personal and organizational goals necessary to capitalize on The Year of Achievement. Set Your Goals for the Year. I encourage each of you to set personal goals that will take care of your mind, body and your family so you are ready to defend our great nation today and in the future. Additionally, each organization should set goals focused on accomplishing their and taking care of their people. To accomplish the Air Force Mission, General Moseley and I need every unit and individual to continue to develop, maintain so you are prepared to fight alongside our Joint brothers and sisters anytime, anywhere. Achieving Our Air Force will continue to train and equip warrior Airmen to fight and win the current war while also preparing our Air Force for the uncertain future. This year we will also continue to achieve results towards the Air Force Goals I previously established. For example, we will achieve successful results in the critical modernization of our aging aircraft inventory by putting the top two Air Force acquisition priorities on contract -the new air refueling tanker and the new Combat Search and As we set the stage for the future, we will also break new ground by applying innovative technologies in areas such as alternative energy and cyberspace. Building on last years fly on synthetic fuel and the on synfuel by a C-17, we are taking aggressive steps to dependence on foreign oil. We will also achieve a major step towards providing global effects across our air, space and cyberspace domains when the new Air Force Cyber Command Operational Capability status This new command will lead our cyberspace forces and ensure dominant air, space and century. All of the program successes incredible efforts by our Guard, did an excellent job of planting the seeds -let us all set goals to achieve and harvest the results in Chaplains CornerIn less than two weeks from the time I am writing this, a young man who I have worked with for about a year and a half will head out to basic training for the Army. Hes a great guy who realizes he needs some discipline and direction in his Ive been praying with him and for him for several months, and now as his departure is imminent, there are a few things Id like to say to him. Pay attention to people. Not just to the drill sergeant, but to your peers. Cut the loud obnoxious ones some slack; pay attention to the ones who seem real quiet and held differently. Be friendly, be yourself. You are about to make some very close friends. By Chaplain (Capt.) Jake Marvel Staff Chaplain Join the team. You have a great opportunity to become part of something bigger than yourself. Get together with friends to study, encourage and play. Something significant happens to us when we join a team. Its as if God made us to need other people and direction. Make peace. Yes, you are preparing for war. But facing combat doesnt mean you need to embrace hatred for an enemy. Treat small ways to make peace. Never forget that every human you meet is created by and loved by God. Be ready to fail. Your measure is made by how you react to challenges and apply what you learn, not by getting everything Remember your roots. The ups and downs, the values, the lessons you have learned in your life are about to be put into play. You dont need to reinvent yourself; what you are becoming is an evolution of where you have been. Pray. I believe you have been gifted by God with a unique set of talents, passions gifts within you and enable you to share reach their potential. Know you are not alone. Many people who care for you very much myself MarvelSee CHAPLAIN, page 7


5 Winter 2008 Local News In October, Airmen here gathered to pay tribute to the father of the polar missions by naming the bases main road after him. Only a few months later, Airmen gathered again to honor the general, but this time on a much more somber note. in Hangar 7. About 100 friends and family, as well as 109th Airmen, attended to say good-bye to the man who pioneered the wings mission. After the memorial, where many family members spoke about the man they loved and admired, the procession was led to the generals burial at Schaghticoke Cemetery. He was given full military honors, including General Hemstreet signed up for the Army Air Corps before graduating from high school After two more years of aeronautics schooling By Staff Sgt. Catharine Schmidt to his hometown of Schaghticoke and applied for a job at what was to become Stratton Air National Guard Base. Wing and left only a few spaces at the base for mechanics, restricted to enlisted men. The Guard ultimately gave him a choice: either retain his commission and keep looking for a job or accept a demotion and start a different line of work. So he resigned his commission and became an enlisted man, recalled Stana Iseman, his eldest daughter. General Hemstreet stayed with the unit here as a master sergeant in the maintenance and worked in about every section the unit had to offer. In 1971, he became commander that role. As base commander, General Hemstreet is credited with bringing in the units trademark See HEMSTREET, page 7 A buglar with an Army Honor guard plays Taps Hemstreet is laid to rest in from the wood


6 The Skibird Local News On a rainy day in April at park, a partnership was developed from a request for a piece of history. Master Sgt. Martin Mailhot Sector located at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., contacted Craig Williams of the New York who is the senior historian and maintains museum property for the state of New York. Mr. Williams jokingly refers to himself as, the keeper of big heavy things. Sergeant Mailhot was attempting to locate something from the 9-11 attack to display at Tyndall AFB. A nearly 9,000-pound piece of steel I-beam is that piece of history he was looking for. Sector is part of 1st Air Force which during wartime and contingencies becomes the and defends our homeland from outside attack and was witnessed the terrorist attacks on that tragic Mr. Williams and Sergeant Mailhot were put into contact with Tech. Sgt. Scott Molyneaux flight. Sergeant Molyneaux received this special request for assistance with great enthusiasm. He first connected with Mr. Williams to find out all the pertinent details regarding this shipment and assess the needs of the customer. Second, a similar call was made with the consignee, Sergeant Mailhot, to clarify any delivery location or time constraints. Third, Sergeant Molyneaux researched price quotes from contracted civilian transportation companies to Partners in historyBy 1st Lt. Ernest Lancto arrange the over-the-road transport on a flatbed truck. Finally, he reached out to a nearby Army hold of Lawrence Carter to make use of a heavy equipment crane to load the large piece of steel on the long piece of steel I-beam is part of the main structure from It is now a part of history, both state and federal, a reminder of soil. We were able to assist the Molyneaux and Jeff Stringer view under the steel Courtesy photo Courtesy photo Courtesy photoSee PARTNERS, page 12


7 Winter 2008 Local News included cannot go with you on this journey, but we will keep you in our prayers and thoughts. We will hold your spirit close to ours and hope for the days we can again be together. We are tied together by the one Spirit that has promised never to leave you alone. future is guarded by the God who made you and knows you and will never leave you. May God bless you and keep you led you into this new stage of your journey. May you discover in yourself the strength that God has placed within you for such a time as this. Chaplain (Above) Ann Curry reports a Today (Left) Airmen pose with Ann Curry in front of a ski-equipped C-130 in Photos by Senior Airman Stephen GirolamiHemstreetAbove, Army Honor Guard members give a military gun salute and at left, Kolterman performs a C-130 aircraft equipped with ski landing gear and establishing supply missions to both polar icecaps. When he retired from the Guard, he set the record for the longest time on active The missions he brought to the 109th have kept the 109th here for as long as its commander of the 109th. He emulates what I would call the true citizen soldier. (This article was combined with an article written by Justin Mason of the Daily Gazette.)


8 The Skibird Photo Feature


9 Winter 2008 Photo FeaturePhotos by Christine Wood Gillibrand with a photo of a


10 The Skibird Local News Young, old vets share meal, memoriesServicemembers of today paid homage to the men and women who served Glendale Home. About 10 active-duty members of the 109th Airlift Wing volunteered to cook and serve meals to an equal number of elderly veterans at the Schenectady Countyowned nursing home on Hetcheltown veterans at Summit Towers and prepared meals for residents of the City Mission of Schenectady. City Mission of Schenectady sponsored the event and provided use of its kitchen to cook the meals. Mission to support veterans, said Tech. Sgt. National Guard base in Glenville. We are showing solidarity for veterans who paved the way for us. Saccocio said the program is the missions beyond the regular meal service at its Smith Street facility. This isnt about us. Its to say thank possible, Mr. Saccocio said. The 109th members spent about two hours preparing the meals and then spent another hour serving and talking with the Glendale Home veterans. had something in common with Chuck Air Corps: They both were in Hawaii. months ago before transferring to the Stratton By Michael Lamendola Gazette reporter Air National Guard base in Glenville; Mr. Claydon was there during World War II, The connection opened a flood of memories for both of them. I was at Hickam Field, Mr. Claydon said. So was I. Its a lot bigger now, replied I didnt see you there, Mr. Claydon joked. My parents werent even married then, Laughter, smiles, more kidding. Honolulu on the island of Oahu. It borders entry into World War II. War II. Other retired veterans at Glendale had their own stories to share. and participated in two of the Corps most famous battles: Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Mr. Boucher pronounces the name Okey now wa. He joined at 17, because he wanted to get into the Marine Corps, according to the former Mechanicville resident. He served 3 class. Mr. Boucher said he usually spends of meeting other veterans and sharing a meal and a story. Im not a storyteller. I like to keep to myself. If I have to, I can bend out one or two stories, he said. who served in the Womens Army Corps during World War II. She was stationed in London. Her job, she said, was to get there and back again. of Schenectady. He joined the Army Air Corps at 15, lying about his age. He wore a baseball cap festooned with campaign insignia. retiring as a master sergeant. Beach in Normandy, France, on June He recalled sharing his Army food with starving children in St. Lo, France, and then eating hardtack. You can survive on that, he said. He also remembers strolling through wearing his Army uniform and feeling 10 feet high. As he spoke, he pulled memories from his wallet: faded pictures, some in black and and of himself in full uniform or with his arm around Georgianna. At the end of the meal, the veterans, both young and old, sang God Bless America and The Star Spangled Banner, their voices clear and strong.This isnt about us. Its to say thank you to the people who made Veterans Day possible. -Michael Saccocio Because of this, submission deadlines have also changed. If youd like to submit an article to be published, it The next issue will be published in May. Therefore, submissions for that issue are due no later than April 5 For submissions and story ideas, please e-mail or Staff Sgt. Catharine Schmidt


11 Winter 2008 Guard News ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AFPN) When completed, the four-story complex its Air Guard offices in Arlington, Va. Guard director, said the expansion on Andrews The reason we are here today is that, after 9/11, force protection became a major issue, especially in the city, he said. He explained of terrorist attack away from downtown areas. An added benefit from the project is that the Air Guard will have all nine of directorates serve the Air Guards day-toIt will give the commander of the over all the people that work for him, and it will streamline and make more orderly be occupied by more than 1,100 airmen and federal employees by September Md., has the contract for the expansion. It will be one of the most sustainable and has built to date, said Ben Lawless, chief of the engineering division in the Air Guards Installation and Mission Support directorate. lighting that will adjust automatically with the amount of natural daylight. Storm water drainage system before its discharged. Air conditioning and heating controls will be located at work stations and fed underneath for new readiness centerBy Tech. Sgt. Mike R. Smith benchmark for green buildings. Its going to set the example for energy conservation, which is really important to everyone, Mr. Lawless said. I think its also going to set the tone for the future of the Air Guard in terms of occupants and new missions and functions. Mr. Lawless explained that moveable wall partitions will allow occupants to simply reconfigure their office space to meet future mission requirements. Officials also hope to lay out an openworking environment that fosters teamwork. The new building will be landscaped with a variety of native plants and trees, and it will be next to Conaway renamed in 1991 after retired Lt. Gen. John Conaway. General Conaway, who attended the groundbreaking ceremony, is a former Air Guard director and chief of the National Guard Bureau. Its going to set the example for energy conservation, which is really important to everyone. I think its also going to set the tone for the future of the Air Guard in terms of facilities that can be Ben Lawless


12 The Skibird Local News Senior Master Sgt. Mark Mann, of the 109th for their support of his military career. By Staff Sgt. Catharine Schmidt during a Town Board meeting Jan. 9. been supportive, from my deployment to Mann said. They continue my familys health insurance, make up the differential in my military pay so that I do not lose money, and when I was away, co-workers always made sure my family was checked on and helped whenever the need arose. They increase my military leave during activation, and every little bit helps. Nominating them is small compared to what they have done for me and my family, he said. maintain active support from all public and private employers for the men and women of to its Web site. We like to recognize those employers who go out of their way to support employees honor comes directly from Washington. civilian employers play a critical role in the defense of the nation by complying with existing employment laws protecting the component. promote co-operation and understanding their civilian employers and to assist in employees military commitment. Shaw of The Independent.)Courtesy photo of our brothers in arms, to get and touch a little bit of modern day history. A memorial park is planned to display this piece of the World Trade Center as well as a segment of concrete wall Wing members Sergeant Molyneaux, Master Sgt. Lawrence Belak and 1st Lt. members Warrant Officer 1 Baldwin and Staff Sgt. Borden, personnel Mr. Williams, Aaron Noble and Jeff Stringer were all present for this low key, but nonethe-less important movement of a piece of history. (Top) Courtesy photoPartners


13 Winter 2008 Alumni News By Retired Lt. Col. Tom Noel The Annual Holiday always one of our premier events of the year, was held and their spouses attended this last year. As in the past, ladies brought a new, unwrapped toy to be given to a local charity. This year a different atmosphere was created with a and only one person winning, donations from members and local business were donated for Alumni Association will be listed in the next Skibird quarterly publication. Congratulations to well done during the past year. Thank you all for your service Some of the upcoming premier events and functions to look forward to in this new meal in March, the Wednesday noon lunches starting in April, and running through August, the annual summer picnic in July and the annual Holiday More details for these events and future functions will be forthcoming in this Skibird publication. The Firebird Association will the LaQuinta Inn and Suites in The Firebird Association has asked the 109th AW to supply a static display LC-130H Hercules ski aircraft for their reunion. Heres to a New Year The Firebird Association is dedicated to those women and men, who gallantly and courageously served their country during World War II and the Vietnam era as members of the 17th Troop Carrier Swuadron and later as the 17th Tactical Airlift Squadron. Special recognition is given to the extraordinary accomplishments of the personnel who have crewed or supported the C-130 Hercules Airlift squadron of the 109th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard. It would be great to have many past and Gang attend this reunion. For more information and details visit their Web site at www. The members of the 109th Airlift Wing Alumni Association would like to send their condolences to the families of the following individuals who have passed away over the past few months: Scotia passed away on Sept 10, Schenectady passed away on Saratoga Springs passed away Schenectady passed away on Our thoughts and prayers are with these individuals and their families. There have been a lot of 109th AW individuals who have retired in the past year. If you know any of them, please invite them to our meeting the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in year membership of the Alumni Association is free. We always look forward to seeing new faces and members at our meetings. Skibird publication, have a Happy, Healthy, Safe and Wing Airmen of the Year for 2007: Airman Senior Airman Slade W. Tulip, Fuels Honor Guard Member Staff Sgt. Allen Moon Maintenance Group Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2007: If you answered yes, highlight them in the next issue of the Skibird for the Who We Are section! your Airmen recognized for a job well done!


14 The Skibird Recruiting By Master Sgt. Kim Bowman SkillsUSA! We are hosting regional competition on March 19. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the soon as possible. We need volunteers to set up, judge competitions, break down, and provide security for the event. Last year we supported more than 150 students and educators. This program gives local vo-tech students the chance to compete within their respective trade skills and earn a chance to compete at state and national levels! Competition winners can receive tools, prizes and even full scholarships! The ANG is a national sponsor of this program, and its a vital link for the unit to our local vo-tech to and thanks for your continued support! Unit Referrals remain vacancies with great applicants. Mainly because our unit members have known the people for quite some time and can give us a good idea what to expect when we meet the referrals. We always appreciate the chance to share the same opportunities with new members, whether its career training, travel, or the us with your referrals! How can you earn $2k for an enlistment? For more information, visit www.guardrecruitingassistant. com and get started in the program. All retraining actions must Office Manager, Master Sgt. requirement is that a member who is an incentive program participant may be faced with recoupment of bonus money if voluntarily retraining to a non-bonus Air Force Specialty Code. For information about retraining opportunities, or to coordinate a retraining action, opportunities throughout the base. Long and successful careers in the Air National Guard often begin with a simple call to our Retirement Spotlight C his military career with spanned numerous aircraft maintenance functions and aircraft. Aircraft include the various C-130 models including with support and counter drug Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He attended technical training at Sheppard AFB, Texas and then was assigned to the 109th AW aircraft engine shop, later cross training into the Shop Chief position. He later cross trained again as a Quality Assurance Inspector achieving Assurance Superintendent Branch Chief in the 109th Maintenance Squadron until his on the 109th AW base Crash/Fire period before the implementation career aircraft recoveries that Iceland, Greenland, including two Greenland Ice Cap recovery missions, North West Territories, Goose Bay Spain, Azores, and while deployed to Operation the Maintenance Superintendent coordinated the recoveries of three disabled aircraft. Numerous recoveries were AFB, N.C., Fort Campbell, Wright Army Air Field, Ga. and numerous Air National Guard Courtesy photoBases throughout the country. the 109th AW.


15 Winter 2008 Promotions & Awards TSgt Frank Iadicicco SFS SSgt Stephen Coonradt SFS SSgt Charles Hatch SFS SSgt Jeffrey Ostermann SFS SrA Michael Crisalli SFS Major William Carraher AS Joshua Nielson AS Senior Airman Chief Master Sergeant Senior Master Sergeant Technical Sergeant Theresa Barone-Lopez MSF Larry Howington AMXS Staff Sergeant Matthew Begin AMXS Joseph Costandi MG Howard Heesch AS Michael Stark SFS Master Sergeant Meritorious Service Medal Lt Col Timothy Guiry AW SMSgt Louis Salerno AW MSgt Alexander Arroyo JFHQ Captain Air Force Commendation Medal Air Force Achievement Medal SrA Miguel Torres SFS SrA Thomas Tuthill SFS Airman 1st Class Ashley Byerwalters, a trainee from the Communication/Navigation Section, was selected as the recipient of the Master Sgt. Joseph A. Longobardo Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. This scholarship was initiated by members of the 109th Security Forces Squadron in the memory of Sergeant Longobardo, a New Airman 1st Class Ashley ByerwaltersCourtesy photo


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