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The skibird magazine of the 109th Airlift Wing, Stratton Air National Guard
United States -- Air Force. -- Airlift Wing, 109th
New York (State) -- Air National Guard
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109th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard
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Vol. 44, no. 5 (Sept. 2006)-
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2 The Skibird 3 Fall 2008 The 109th Airlift Wing was selected to test the eight-bladed propeller, the NP2000-11. the new eight-bladed propellers on Sept. 16. Inside FALL 2008 VOLUME 46, NO. 4Plus: From the Top 4 Chaplains Corner 4 Guard News 14 New Drill pay, Healthy Living 15 Alumni News, Antiterrorism 16 Who We Are, Family Support 17 Firehouse Facts, Recruiting 18 Promotions, Awards 19109th AW awarded Spaatz Trophy 5 Public Affairs C-5 airlifts C-130 fuselage 6By Tech. Sgt. Catharine SchmidtODF season gears up 7By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 8By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt Public Affairs 10-11By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt Photos by Master Sgt. Willie Gizara 12Photo FocusSFS Airmen return home 13By Tech. Sgt. Catharine SchmidtSkibirdTheCommanders Call On the cover:The 109th Airlift Wing celebrated 60 years with a Hangar Dance on Oct. 4. The 139th Fighter Squadron See Page 10-11 for more Hangar Dance coverage. (Photo illustration by Master Sgt. Willie Gizara) Commander Col. Anthony German Vice Commander Col. Timothy LaBarge Editorial Staff Maj. Jody AnkabrandtCapt. Shane GernandPublic Affairs Deputy Master Sgt. Willie GizaraMultimedia ManagerMaster Sgt. Christine WoodBase Videographer/PhotographerTech. Sgt. Terry SommersInformation Management SpecialistTech. Sgt. Catharine SchmidtAirman 1st Class Ben GermanBase Photographer The Skibird 1 ANG Road, Scotia, NY 12302-9752; PHONE: (518) 344-2396/2423 DSN: 344-2396/2423, 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. The Skibird 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.Fall 2008 Volume 46, No. 4SkibirdThe 109th Airlift Wing During the last few months, the 109th Airlift Wing has received some interesting new airplane parts. Propellers to be exact. These are not just parts, but are historic in nature. Prior to receiving the new props, this unit was bladed propellers. The new one has eight blades. The 109th has been selected to do the operational testing of this eight bladed receive it once testing is complete. weight and blade diameter and operates NP2000 has increased performance, better being tested is an Electronic Propeller Wing receives 8-bladed propellersBy Col. Brian Gomula Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) such as propeller blades, pitch change actuator and hubs. Installation and rigging of the entire propeller has been made easier mechanical rigging procedures. During the months of August and bladed propellers. was installed, engine runs were completed. operational testing. The plan for operational testing will start and landings, windmill taxi starts, airdrops, are met, testing will begin in Antarctica or in either location will be the same. then move to open snow areas. The basic idea is to see if increased thrust generated the life of the airplane, reduce noise and vibration to the aircrew, and provide a better/ cost effective aircraft to our customer. A total File Photo Photo by Airman 1st Class Ben German Photo by Master Sgt. Willie Gizara


4 The Skibird 5 Fall 2008 By Capt. Sung Lee From the Top Local News Chaplains Corner The 109th Airlift Wing was awarded the prestigious National state and national objectives in according to the citation. As the operator of the aircraft, the unit achieved new expanding its combat operations. and filled a short notice aircraft and four crews with associated maintenance and support personnel. This effort while, the 109th AW sustained operations in the War on Terror support these global missions. This wing continues to of our Airmen for continuing to excel in the performance of their duties, whether it be here at or in hostile lands supporting overall combat readiness and included in the evaluation are qualifications, retention, drill attendance, operational readiness inspections, outstanding accomplishments and special missions and exercises.109th AW awarded Spaatz TrophyPhoto by Staff Sgt. Stephen GirolamiThe 109th Airlift Wing was awarded the Spaatz Trophy, which recognizes Guard. describe church in one of these descriptions is that all people of faith who their denominations, are the aspect in their beliefs. IntegrityBy CMSgt. Michael Cristiano This is the answer to one question I member of the Air Force has a requirement to the mission and at the extreme the lives of our fellow Airmen. A few of the moral traits of a cost. Does the sergeant who signs off an the conviction and courage to act upon that value which requires constant attention. You courage to do what is right all the time. We are all responsible for each other, and it is vital that we all share a sense of ownership The Airmen of the Year for their respective congratulate the following Airmen: Medical Group Maintenance Group Support Group Operations Group Airmen of the Year. group. It is going to be next to impossible See CHAPLAIN, page 7File Photo arguments or other assignments. people of faith in the world are Engaging the spiritual battlecourse over the summer, I have culture. It would not be wise if people of faith with the culture we are militant. Courtesy photo The 109th Airlift Wing is participating in Tuesday and Thursday nights from 4 to schedule at McGhee Tyson in December. This program allows the students to earn Military Education. Congratulations to are (top row from left) Tech Sgts. Joshua and Gary Whitworth. (Bottom row from


6 The Skibird 7 Fall 2008 C-5 airlifts C-130 fuselage to StrattonBy Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt Public Affairs landed here with precious cargo a AW in Rhode Island no longer needed. It carried this cargo. The fuselage was brought here to provide more training opportunities for guardsmen. mentioned that Rhode Island received their to get things started. to cut the wings off and towed it to Rhode unit agreed to help out. The most challenging part of the process unit we installed to lower the nose gear to prove that we could raise the mains and he said. And then we had to build a shoring I would estimate that the entire shoring we stepped it up was a lot of math and the crew went down to Rhode Island to load the training fuselage. something that big with a couple inches to spare in clearance, there are going to be The next step was transporting it here and unloading it. That ended up being a little But with the help of guardsmen around with no major mishaps. training. loadmasters, aeromeds, aerial port, and Irvin said. it, but in the wintertime most of our aircraft A training fuselage from Rhode Island Air National Guards 143rd Airlift Wing is unloaded off a C-5 training here. Photo by Master Sgt. Christine WoodSee FUSELAGE, page 9 By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt Public Affairs Staff Sgt. Les Gould taxis in an LC-130 at Willie Field, Antarctica, during the 2007/08 Operation Deep Freeze season. He is a crew chief with the 109th Airlift Wing. Local News The 109th Airlift Wing Foundation in Antarctica with its maintenance equipment, such Zealand setting up their base of operations and then head Antarctica to get things going Antarctica, the first mission This season, financial challenges have lessened the missions required for the unit. million pounds of cargo moved Another change this season bladed propellers. That aircraft will be going to Antarctica as be added to the rotation. well and get done fast and it Wing prepares for 20th year supporting NSF missioncan be proven that the aircraft Axe said. During the testing bit of cargo and increasing that for this season even before last gathered and sent up the chain so improvements can be made for the next season. the attitude of our Airmen and their dedication to completing commander. successful in the environments characteristic that led us to being season has its own challenges, and this season the challenge less people and consolidate jobs in a number of areas, but in the end we will continue to serve the the same professional manner forward to the upcoming season Photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen Girolami (such as exploitation of children in some countries and starving people of the world), we are engaged in the spiritual battle. life, death and resurrection of From this perspective of of faith here at the 109th Airlift Wing. We are nothing but a for our base families. When people of faith lifting them up As long as we are in the Air It is important that we the terrorists and insurgents, but against the spiritual forces of claimed) the battle belongs to the Lord. Chaplain Local News


8 The Skibird 9 Fall 2008 Preece. (The 109th Airlift Wing equipped aircraft to aid in the who was part of the crew that transported the fuselage. The loadmaster superintendent with people involved, to include ops and maintenance. The support Fuselage Photo by Tech. Sgt. Ty Moore Photo by Master Sgt. Christine WoodNew York and Rhode Island Air National Guardsmen load a C-130 training fuselage onto a C-5 at Quonset Point, R.I., for transport here using a shoring kit guardsmen built. It took about three weeks to build the shoring kit and a lot of planning. The kit weighs about 22,000 pounds. Guardsmen help push a C-130 fuselage out of a C-5 here. The training fuselage was transported from the Rhode Island Air National Guard. Loadmasters, aeromeds and aerial port personnel will now be able to train at any time.T is now up and running. The Air National consolidating its public Web sites under one The 109th AW site ( Air Force Web sites was one of the main goals of the AFPW program. content providers one Web publishing tool, performance while decreasing infrastructure, our umbrella is the last major project we face are local news, photos, video, senior leader within the next months. The Web site is aimed at providing the public current information about the Wing, its people and its operations. Wing launches new, improved public Web siteBy Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt Public Affairs Photo by Master Sgt. Willie Gizara(From left) Jim Barnes, Tom Kennedy, Daniel Trask, Scott DeHart and Brian Kissinger were part of the crew that responded to an aircraft crash at Schenectady County Airport on Sept. 23. They are all Stratton Air National Local News Local News F to an aircraft crash across The team was on scene within aircraft. The aircraft was described as an experimental plane built Times Union the pilot lost The crew said when from the aircraft. if he was conscience, and at the said. opening larger to get the pilot out. There was a moment where concern was to get him out as his injuries worse. We airbagged the left up airbagging the tail to pull the firefighters were able to free succumbed to his severe injuries We all tried our best to save were also on scene from Thomas was the dispatcher. ATTENTION ALL BASE PERSONNEL: Articles for the next issue of the Skibird are due Jan. 11.Deadline Notice


10 The Skibird 11 Fall 2008 By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt Public Affairs Airmen, guests and the Liberty Belles, celebrate the 109th Airlift Wings 60 years at the Hangar Feature history during Hangar DanceA video about the wing being the recent Airmen and guests dressed up in dresses that represented eras dating World War II vintage aircraft (the lined up outside the hangar next to see the planes up close. The whole setup was great as of the old aircraft were also great to said he heard throughout the night. 109th AW vice commander and planning committee. This result of months of planning, fundraising, negotiating and 109th members in conjunction with leaders. product was evidence of what can be talents, resources, energies and ideas said. was part of the planning committee. night was a true success. past and present, for all that we have Photos by Master Sgt. Willie Gizara Denise. On Nov. 18, 1948 the 139th Fighter Squadron was established and federally Center at the Scotia Naval Supply Depot. Happy Birthday, 109th!The Liberty Belles, a USO-style group and part of the entertainment for the night, sing the National Anthem at the bases 60th Anniversary Hangar Dance on Oct. 4. The Stratton Base Honor Guard starts off the 60th Anniversary celebration Oct. 4.


12 The Skibird 13 Fall 2008 Photo Focus By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt Public Affairs Photo by Master Sgt. Willie Gizara Photo by Master Sgt. Willie Gizara Photo by Master Sgt. Willie GizaraFamilies and friends wait for their loved ones to return from a six-month deployment to Southwest Asia. The 109th Security Forces Squadron Airmen returned home Sept. 16. Staff Sgt. Donald Quigan says hello to his 11-week-old daughter, Ellie, as his wife, Samantha, holds her. Sergeant Quigan returned home with other 109th Security Forces Airmen from a six-month deployment. Senior Airman Carlton Kuhlmeier hugs Mirranda Lynn Noll after she accepts his marriage proposal.Local News F Airmen to the 109th Airlift Wing The troops arrived via an Washington International Airport Families waited with anticipation to see their loved waited with excitement to see matter of minutes. she was pregnant right before her time was different. This time a little bit harder and a lot more but had to leave to return to his But I am so excited right now to made an important decision about Airmen welcomed home with open arms to her moments after he stepped off the plane. of us of course, but we both have fought through the rough times and have been there for each other even though we were miles apart. one waiting for Airman As the Airmen began to deboard the aircraft, families their loved ones. As families welcomed home had been planning this moment for months, with the help of both their families. Along with all the greetings from families, other Airmen were them for their service. remember that there are other Airmen on the base out there A crew from the 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron was called to provide relief in Texas for Hurricane Ike. Here, they wait by their LC-130 Hercules in Beaumont, Texas until they are given access to one of the Texas Air National Guard aircraft. Master Sgt. James Welch helps secure people on a C-130 for transport to College Station, Texas. Airmen with the 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron return to Stratton Air National Guard Base after providing Hurricane Ike relief in Texas. (Right) A Texas Air National Guard C-130 carries patients and passengers from Beaumont, Texas, to College Station, Texas on Sept. 11. 139th AES personnel were called to provide Hurricane Ike relief. More than 400 people were evacuated from Beaumont. Master Sgt. Jennifer Ray helps load a patient onto a C-130 in Beaumont, Texas. The 139th AES had three air evac crews deploy to evacuate patients and passengers affected by Hurricane Ike.Photo byTech. Sgt. Jared Semerad Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jared Semerad Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jared Semerad Photo by Master Sgt. Willie Gizara Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jared Semerad


14 The Skibird 15 Fall 2008 Healthy Living launched a new Web page at new page serves as campaign Tricare is partnering with the raise awareness of childhood of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults. health problems, including cancer and osteoarthritis. efforts to encourage children to The campaign is geared toward ongoing efforts to raise awareness of childhood to eat right and exercise, and information about those efforts is available on the new page. From articles and video something for users of all Partner initiatives include at additional information on losing weight, getting in shape and maintaining good health at the open question and answer forum. the effort going in November through special coupon offers in shopper circulars. Resources to better educate and assist parents in the battle Also visit www.surgeongeneral. Tricare takes aim at childhood obesity MPF Hours of Operation No ID Cards Friday except Pay & Personnel Guard News career. Local employer receives Freedom Award and achieve business goals. them. have been sent to servicemembers to the difference service comes to an end, the a reintegration program that in transitioning and civilian life, and participates in support activities. all its associates chief executive officer and chairman, said in a statement published on the goes to our colleagues who serve in at the Pentagon. England, who held top positions in the private sector prior to his tenure in public service, told awardees their efforts, in part, are responsible for improving the economic health of Iraq. a reservist or a member of the (National he said. things in balance, we will continue to Forces Press Service stories)DOD photo by John J. Krizel Thomas F. Hall, assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs; Lt. Gen. Craig R. McKinley, director of the Air National Guard; and David S.C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, prepare to present the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award at the Employer Support of Guard and Reserve ceremony Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C.


16 The Skibird 17 Fall 2008 By Lt. Col. Sharon Stepp By Retired Lt. Col. Tom Noel Alumni Representative Who We Are Maj. Rob Donaldson12M3B-Navigator Air Force where he served as an airborne spending time at Ellsworth Air Force Base, enlisted aeromedical evacuation technician school and graduated at the top of his Air aircraft. Upon graduating from law school, I also representing those unfortunate victims suffering from asbestos related exposures, which would include mesothelioma and Photo by Master Sgt. Christine Woodmost elite team of professionals in the entire personnel who are capable of climbing into performing at a level that most people never Family Support Center event is free and open to children and grandchildren of 109th 109th Childrens Christmas Party Golden Corral Military Appreciation Dinner Christmas Toy Donations The Family Support Group meets Alumni News Antiterrorism A at the 109th Airlift Wing, I will be serving as the Antiterrorism Force Protection. a comprehensive Antiterrorism Program to include Antiterrorism and Force Plan along with the ensures immediate response and effective program will ensure the protection of installation personnel and assets. To intervene at all levels of the wing requires assistance from the commanders and personnel from meetings to include: Antiterrorism serves on the Exercise Evaluation local, state and federal agencies on base exercises, resources and and executes a local Random coordinates the mitigation of out funding for crucial projects I Force Protection training and the wing AT program and and project information in the suspicious items or acts since 9/11 has provided authorities to prevent catastrophes. Being participation at the meetings and of providing the leadership and emphasis needed for success. measures require Wing Protection Program. But observe their surroundings and report concerns. File PhotoThe 109th Airlift Wing celebrated its celebration. demonstrating increased performance and requirements. The new propellers are expected The wing was awarded the prestigious The members of the 109th Airlift Wing members of the 109th Airlift Wing at this annual event. all had a wonderful and safe autumn/fall.


18 The Skibird 19 Fall 2008 Aerial Achievement Medal Air Force Commendation Medal Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Chief Master Sergeant Senior Master Sergeant Master Sergeant Technical Sergeant Staff Sergeant Erin Labate AW Airman First Class Meritorious Service Medal Air Medal Army Commendation Medal Air Force Achievement Medal Army Achievement Medal Air Force Combat Action Medal By Master Sgt. John Saupp Base Firehouse Firehouse Facts It has been a while since the last Firehouse Facts, so we will cover a lot in this The 109th Fire Protection team was stationed overseas at an active Air Force base and sound with us. promotions to staff sergeant We continue to train and in vehicle extrication and patient This allowed for real world experience and training using our special rescue tools. Also, Firefighters with the 109th and rescue and ventilation ground conditions. A special for their tremendous assistance session. was held here at the base. The state fire instructor covered and related to our mission. valuable training activities were covered. Throughout the summer and responded to numerous alarms, aircraft incidents, medical calls of a small plane crash on the departments began to disentangle the aircraft and extricate the rescue tools and equipment, the difficult extrication was completed and the pilot was turned over for advanced medical treatment and transport the pilot succumbed to his response agencies did a great job at this tragic accident scene. A into our Air Force Recruiting in the morning. Recruiting By Tech. Sgt. Drew Stearns prepared. Default.aspx. There are minimum scores noted questions. to all personnel whenever an opening exists here at the 109th. You must prepare a the particular requirements Unit Referrals remain the best because our unit members have time and can give us a good idea what to expect when we appreciate the chance to share the same opportunities with career training, travel, or the For more information go to www.guardrecruitingassistant. requirement is that a member who is an incentive program about retraining opportunities, or to coordinate a retraining action, opportunities throughout the base. Promotions & Awards


PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO. 47 Schenectady, NY 109th Airlift Wing 1 Air National Guard Road Scotia, NY 12302-9752Mission statement Vision statement meet combat and peacetime challenges throughout the world. Photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Brett Bouchard