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2 The Skibird 3 Winter 2009 Inside WINTER 2009 VOLUME 47, NO. 1Plus: From the Top 4 Chaplains Corner 4 NCOA class graduates 7 UCI Fever 8 MS Exchange 2007 17 Guard News 18, 20, 22 Family Support, Anti-terrorism 23 Alumni News 24 Who We Are 25 Promotions, Awards 27Crew aids in Antarctic rescue 5 13th Air Force Aeromeds provide aid 7By Airman 1st Class Jonathan MarkowiczGym gets new equipment 10By Tech. Sgt. Catharine SchmidtLift well, keep back in tact 11By Tech. Sgt. Scott BaileyMaintainers in Antarctica 13Photos by Staff Sgt. Stephen Girolami Obama inauguration 14-15American Forces Press ServiceAPF Deployed 19Courtesy photosSkibirdTheCommanders Call On the cover: storm Jan. 11. See Page 9 for more coverage. Commander Col. Anthony German Vice Commander Col. Timothy LaBarge Editorial Staff Maj. Jody AnkabrandtCapt. Shane GernandPublic Affairs Deputy Master Sgt. Willie GizaraMaster Sgt. Christine WoodTech. Sgt. Catharine SchmidtEditor, The SkibirdAirman 1st Class Ben German 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. 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 2009 Volume 47, No. 1SkibirdThe 109th Airlift WingBy Col. Anthony German 109th Airlift Wing commander File PhotoHappy New Year. As you read this I will be deployed to Antarctica. Once again life at the 109th remains action packed and fast paced. In these uncertain times we can be thankful that we have a great mission and a great place to work. The Antarctic season has gone well up to this point. The Maintenance Group is doing an outstanding job giving Operations airplanes to are tasked to do. All of our deployed 109th AW members from the Wing, Support Group, MXG and OG once again are demonstrating how to operate in the worlds toughest working environment. Typically each season has a challenge or two, and unfortunately this season is no different we had a loading incident in December that damaged one of the aircraft. This just drives home the point that we need to ensure that we all maintain our focus and watch out for one another. All of us are responsible for guarding against complacency. The next few months will provide us with plenty of opportunities to demonstrate our professionalism. As we finish off the Antarctic season we have a string of Distinguished Visitors coming to Antarctica, and we need to show them the Outstanding Wing we are. We have a UCI in April. I need touches on all of your hard work. Each section needs to complete their required tasks. I know that with the effort put forth by all of you we will doing the things we are supposed to do each and every day. When we are working with DVs or the inspection team we need to be especially sharp on our military customs, courtesies and bearing. The first impressions really do make a lasting impression. I had the privilege of escorting my new boss, Col. Tony Basile, to Antarctica in December. He was very impressed with the mission that we fly. He had nothing but great things to say about all the folks he came in contact with. So often we take for granted the mission that we have. As I escorted Colonel Basile to the South Pole and listened to Jerry Marty speak about the 109ths role in the construction of the new South Pole station, moving more than 25 million A busy year ahead The following is a message from Maj. Gen. Robert A. Knauff, New York Air National Guard commander: The past year has been one of great accomplishment for NYANG. In response to the changing needs of our Air Force, NYANG missions have either changed completely or dramatically expanded. The 106 RQW continues to distinguish itself in combat in its augmented mission supporting civilian search and rescue and through its space shuttle support mission. The 105 AW is actively exploring new airlifter options to replace the C-5As. This would put them in the forefront of airlift throughout the Air National Guard. The 109 AW has earned its place in polar history through its conveyance of an almost unimaginable amount of cargo to the South Pole, enabling the construction of a new South Pole Station. The 274 ASOS and 213 EIS continue to make a name for themselves as go-to people in the Global War on Terrorism. One Civil Support Team has been formed from members of the NYARNG and NYANG, with a second unit being added downstate at Fort Hamilton to assist in supporting our homeland security efforts statewide. A further augmentation in the homeland security arena is the newly formed CERFPP team, which brings together extraordinary capability from throughout the New York military forces. The Northeast Air Defense Sector is now responsible for monitoring half of all domestic airspace and will soon be known as the Eastern Air Defense Sector. A brand new NYANG unit, the 222nd Command and New Years messageControl Squadron (CACS), will be activated this December in a facility adjacent to NEADS to support the work of the National Reconnaissance Office. The 174 FW is trading F-16s for File PhotoSee GERMAN, page 6 See KNAUFF, page 6


4 The Skibird 5 Winter 2009 By Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Todd Luce Wing Chaplain From the Top Local News Chaplains Corner The core values of our Air Force must be lived out in our day-to-day civilian lives unique to the reserve component. We are in communities, off base. Spiritual grounding is very helpful and the complete freedom in this arena is one of Chaplains are not only to be a visible reminder of the holy, but also provide spiritual and moral guidance. Lets consider the latter two core values then Service before self is seen in your continued voluntary devotion to the defense of our great nation and way of life, routinely deploying and contributing in the struggle to protect our citizenry at home from the battles that rage elsewhere. Excellence is seen in all we WingmanBy CMSgt. Michael Cristiano 109th AW Command Chief See CHAPLAIN, page 6File Photoand its the people who get it done. Integrity is above both. Character matters. How you deal with circumstances and others in the work place, how loyal and reliable you are, and your fidelity in marriage are all matters of integrity. You can only control how you yourself behave and how you conduct yourself, yet most of the time thats 50 percent of do, sometimes manifesting itself in trophies and awards, but more often in your workmanship and relationships contributing to a steady streak of reliability and safety. Integrity is to be first, but there are so many top priorities in our lives. Mission and people have traditionally competed for (and alternated as) head of reconciled in the idea that the mission is always there Core values important in day-to-day lives HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing were part of a combined U.S. and Australian crew that successfully evacuated a severely injured Australian civilian in Antarctica to a hospital in Hobart, Australia, on Nov. 5. The patient, 31-year-old Dwayne Rooke, was part of an Australian Antarctic Division research at Davis Station, Antarctica. He is now in stable condition and received medical care in Hobart for multiple fractures caused by an all-terrain vehicle accident. miles from McMurdo Station, Antarctica, to Davis Station Nov. 3 aboard an LC-130 Hercules. The ski-equipped aircraft landed on an improvised runway prepared by Davis Station personnel earlier in the week. The medical team, along with aircrew members and an aircraft maintenance team, spent the night at Davis Station in order to rest, refuel the aircraft and prepare the patient before Hobart on Nov. 4. Down on the ice every country works together, said Maj. David LaFrance, the rescue mission commander. Based on the severity of the emergency, they look at the best possible option. Capt. Greg Richert, the on-board is forward-deployed from 13th Air Force to McMurdo Station, said it was especially gratifying to use the teams medical movement capability to help the Australians in Antarctica. The United States and Australia have long enjoyed a strong bond, and it was really evident in how our combined team was able to help this patient in his time of need, Captain Richert said. Dr. Tony Press, director of the Australian Antarctic Division, said he was grateful for the support the United States provided. Its a tribute to our excellent U.S., Australian team conducts medical movement in Antarcticarelationship with the U.S. Antarctic Program and a fantastic example of the collaboration that Doctor Press said. major mission for the LC-130 in the current Operation Deep Freeze season. Besides LaFrance, other 109th members who were part of the crew were Maj. Paul Bernasconi, Lt. Col. Mark LeCours, Senior Master Sgt. Mark Olena, Master Sgt. Jennifer Ray, Master Sgt. Jamie Hill and Tech. Sgt. Joe Axe. (This article was combined with various news reports.)Todays wingman concept is nothing new. Col. Francis Gabby Gabreski, an early Air Force pioneer who is credited with 28 aerial victories in World War II, said this: The wingman is absolutely indispensable. I look after the wingman. The wingman looks after me. Its another set of eyes protecting you. Thats the defensive part. Offensively, it gives you a lot more We fight together. The wingman knows what his responsibilities are and knows what mine are. Wars are not won by individuals. Theyre won by teams. Today, having a good wingman is still relevant, but it reaches far beyond aerial combat. Todays challenges are more about making responsible choices which ensures the completion of your units mission. These may include decisions in your job or it may be about looking out for your fellow Airmen. Recently the Wing has experienced a small outbreak of individuals making bad choices that has jeopardized the safety and reputation of our deployed Airmen. In some of these incidents, the individual had a wingman who was trying to help, but it was too late. Someone should have tried to break the chain of events before the situation was out of control. Everyone is entitled to make a few mistakes over their career, but what is unacceptable is the fact that a lot of us look the other way or dont want to get involved to prevent these problems from occurring. It seems the culture is we dont want to interfere in other peoples decisions. If you do, you are accused of meddling or not allowing people the freedom to make their own choices. This may be true to some extent, but we all know when things are beginning to get out of hand. This is when we must roll in and look out for our fellow Airmen. The challenge is that it can sometimes The path of least resistance shouts for us to do nothing while a fellow Airman makes a bad decision; however, accepting the challenge of being a comrade in arms is for us to become involved. The moral courage to do the right thing is more than just words; it is the foundation of our Air Force Core Values: Integrity First. Your role as a wingman is vital to any level of success. This may be in a work environment or a social setting. The bottom line is to look out for yourself and your wingmen. Stop the problem when its small before it becomes a letter of counseling, an Article 15 or the loss of a career. Look out for each other. Make good decisions. Lets all be a part of the solution.Courtesy Photo Courtesy Photo Courtesy PhotoInjured Antarctic expeditioner Dwayne Rooke, is transported to an LC-130 in Antarctica. Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing were part of a combined U.S. and Australian crew that successfully evacuated him to Hobart, Australia. Maj. Dave LaFrance was part of the crew that rescued a severely injured Australian civilian from Antarctica. Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing were part of a combined U.S. and Australian crew that transported Dwayne Rooke, 31, of Davenport, Australia, who had suffered multiple fractures to his ankles and feet after a quad bike accident.


6 The Skibird 7 Winter 2009 News pounds of cargo over the past few years, it hit me as to how big a task this really was. When you look around and realize that 96 percent or more of all the stuff that is scattered around the South Pole was delivered by a 109th AW C-130, you realize that this is really an amazing feat, and it is a credit to each and every one of you past and present. Resting on our laurels however will not be an option. After the UCI will be an ASEV, HSI, Greenland, Afghanistan, Antarctica, etc, etc. The 109th perpetual calendar will continue to move from one season to the next each with its own challenges and stresses. However the great news is that we are all employed and we are providing a vital service to our nation. I thank each of you for your service, and I look forward to all the challenges the New Year brings. unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and maintaining its rightful place as a 21st century Air Force leader. Finally, the 107 AW, after performing in exemplary fashion as unparalleled aerial refueling experts, has joined its Niagara Falls neighbors at the 914 AW in creating an air reserve component associated Throughout 2008 and this period of radical change, our units have performed in outstanding fashion in all inspections and have provided extraordinary support at home and around the world, particularly in support of Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM. On behalf of all of us at Joint Forces Headquarters-NYANG, thank you for your tireless dedication this past year. Also convey my gratitude to your families and employers. Without them, none of your outstanding work could happen. I wish you all the very best for a peaceful and prosperous new year. the battle (and often more). So do something about you! I challenge you to stop and evaluate how well you live out the Air Force core values in everyday life. Are you always faithful in your marriage? Are you giving your spouse the best of who you are? Are your children seeing consistency in how you live your life? Can your friends tell that you are ahead of your peers? Do people notice that you live by a higher standard? Now take your answers to those tough questions and ask yourself how spirituality is involved. We can help you explore how to integrate spirituality and core values. As you take the time and effort to focus on how you live out the core values, we will military, our communities, our families and you. Know that we are praying for you and your family, as you faithfully serve. German, from page 2 Knauff, from page 2 Chaplain, from page 4Chaplain air support Marvel listens to an injured aeromedical evacuation to a medical facility in the United States from Ramstein Air Marvel is with the New York Jeremiah Henderson visits with a wounded warrior from chaplain assistant and is with Photo by Master Sgt. Scott Wagers Photo by Senior Airman Amber BresslerLocal News Courtesy photoBy Airman 1st Class Jonathan Markowicz 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Congratulations to NCOA class 08-02 Major Mark Armstrong and I had the privilege of attending the satellite NCO Academy course Graduation Ceremony at McGhee Tyson ANGB on the 16th of December 2008 for NCOA class 08-02. Unit members who chose to complete the NCO academy in this fashion dedicated two nights a week four hours a night, for four months prior to attending in-residence at McGhee Tyson for their last 2 weeks. This course required intense classroom activity, and was not a short cut method to completing PME. All members worked hard and are worthy of our praise for a job well done. This course was made possible by the dedicated efforts of all unit members who chose to attended, and the efforts of CMSgt Don Morrell and SMSgt Bob Bolger who were responsible for facilitating the course. Please take the time to acknowledge the accomplishments of these members and welcome them back from this major career milestone achievement. -Chief Master Sgt. Douglas Miller Pictured are (from left) Chief Master Sgt. Doug Miller, 109th Communications Flight; and Tech Sgts. Justin green rope), 109th Recruiting; Jeffrey Dorman (Award for Academic Achievement and class leader red rope), 109th Maintenance Group; Nicole Dellarocco (Award for Academic Achievement), 109th Aerial Port Flight; Henry Smith, 109th CF; Dennis Berg, 109th APF; Kelly Yerg, 109th APF; David Miller, 109th Civil Engineer Squadron; Josh Muscato, 109th Logistics Readiness Squadron; leader green rope), 109th APF. In theater, the trained personnel from the 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron serve the brave Soldiers and civilians of our joint military forces. The UTA schedules prepared each and importance of this mission to the squadron ensuring that 139th personnel regularly receive missionessential training, that medical teams and UTCs are deployment ready, and that all medical, communications, administrative, and other necessary equipment are prepared for rapid implementation in theater. But the responsibilities of the 139th AES extend beyond the air and space expeditionary force cycle. In addition to serving in the desert or on peace-keeping missions, the medical and nonmedical personnel of the 139th respond to our nation in crisis, much like during hurricanes Gustav and Ike in early September 2008. When New York Governor David A. Patterson announced in a press release on Sept. 13, 2008, that he was sending additional aeromedical evacuation personnel from Scotias base to Carswell Air Force Base, Texas, he referred to these individuals as citizen-Soldiers. Much as we did when Gustav bore down on Louisiana earlier this month, New York has deployed our citizen-Soldiers When disaster strikes, 139th AES stands ready to help those in needSee AES, page 12


8 The Skibird 9 Winter 2009 Photo Focus Crews clear the way after snow covers base(Left) Staff Sgts. Matt Kergel and Brian Gonzales deice one of the wings LC-130s snowstorm hit the area.They are assigned to the 109th Maintenance Group. (Right) The snow removal crew plows snowstorm hit the area. While the 109th Maintenance Group is responsible for deicing aircraft when needed, a group of volunteers, made up of state and federal employees, is responsible for snow removal on the base, coming out at all hours nearly every time they are called. This winter, there have been about 12 storms the crew has been called out for. State employees have clocked more than 250 hours off their regular schedule for snow removal, and the federal employees have almost matched that. These gentlemen work very hard to get the base operational before anyone arrives, said Tom Tilison, Snow Team chief. At times we are able to take a 20-minute break, but that all depends on our accomplishment throughout the night. If you see one of the team members, give them a pat on the back and a thank you. They certainly deserve it. This years snow team members are: Tom Chico, Joe Fedor, Doug Fredenburg, Pete Latniak, Lance Peck, Bruce Weatherwax, Joe Dover, Jim Welch, Todd Ulman, Gary Fiorillo, Jason Allen and Mike Beauregard. Also on the team are Maj. Ty Randall, Snow Team commander; Tom Tilison, Team Chief; Dennis Morgan, 1st Assistant; Chuck Powers, controller; and Lisa Jansen, record keeper.The Stratton Snow Team is responsible for base snow removal. This winter, the team has responded to 12 storms putting in more than 250 hours to Photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine SchmidtPhotos by Staff Sgt. Stephen Girolami


10 The Skibird 11 Winter 2009 Local News Base gym continues to improve with new workout equipmentBy Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt Public Affairs (Right) Lt. Col. Sharon Stepp presents a certificate of appreciation from the MWR committee to Staff Sgt. Michael Aversano. For the past two years, Sergeant Aversao has volunteered countless hours to assist in maintaining the base gym equipment. He is assigned to the 109th Maintenance Squadron.Throughout the years, the 109th Services Flight has made multiple efforts to bring the base gym up to everyones satisfaction, from walls, to most recently, brand new equipment. The gym started out with practically nothing years ago, but thanks to the Scotia MWR facility and the National Guard Bureau, the wing was able to receive donated gym equipment to get things going. Last year, numerous Airmen from different sections came to the gym to volunteer to help lay Chief Morris said was a huge improvement. If you havent made it to the gym in awhile, you may not be aware of all the new equipment. In January, new weight equipment arrived and about a month prior, all the treadmills, elliptical trainers and bikes were swapped out for brand-new ones. This year we were extremely fortunate to be awarded $75,000 total of unfunded money, said Chief Master Sgt. Deb Morris, 109th SVF chief. We would buy in such a volume of equipment that we got some incredible deals. Were virtually almost going to end up with a brand-new gym by the time we get done. Chief Morris said with the improvements to the gym, she has seen an increase in people using the facility. Theres been a huge increase since the new equipment arrived, she said. Ive had nothing but positive feedback. People have told me that theyve dropped outside gym memberships and are exclusively using our gym equipment. According to the sign-in sheets, the gym averages about 150 people a month. Chief Morris compares the base gym to those you would base. In the last three years, Services has the primary role of program. And because weve had the equipment, it mirrors the active Air Force, she said. Everyone from inspectors to people just visiting the base are blown away by what we have for facilities. When you look at the number of customers we have, its obviously appreciated. But all the improvements to the gym couldnt have been done without the people on base who have volunteered their time and the support from the wing leaders. Im so grateful to our wing commander and command staff for all of their support, Chief Morris said. A lot of assistance has been needed for cleanup and moving equipment, and Chief Morris thanks supervisors for letting their people come out and help. Theres also been a few people on base who have gone above and beyond to get the gym looking good. Staff Sgt. Michael Aversano, of the 109th Maintenance Group, personally came up and repaired several pieces of equipment, saving the base money from having to hire an outside contractor. Tech. Sgt. Jackie Fritche, of the 109th Supply Section, has assisted with forklifting and moving gym equipment. Civil engineers have done multiple repairs, from Healthy Living Weve all done it, we lifted something a little too heavy, something with an awkward shape or maybe we just moved wrong and now your back hurts. Well, it is your own fault! Its your own fault because, Im sure that youve heard it all before, lift with your legs, not your back, bend at the knees, and hold it close to your body. Youve all heard it, but do you DO it? If you did, your back wouldnt hurt! The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, state that more than 1 million workers suffer back injuries each year. of all workplace injuries or illnesses. These injuries cost industry (and the military) billions of dollars. Not to mention the pain and suffering (and lost work time) experienced by those injured. The worst part of all this is that the injury was (in most cases) completely preventable! With a little education and a little common sense, you can do the job without causing an injury an injury that could affect you for the rest of your life. First, lets look at the common sense part. Look at what you want to lift and check the overall conditions. Dont be a hero, if the load appears to be too heavy or awkward, GET HELP! Can the load be done in smaller chunks? Open the crate/box and make a couple of lifts instead of one. Is there any equipment (i.e. forklift, pallet jack or hoist) that might make lifting easier and safer? Make sure you have enough space for movement, and that there is good footing. Move anything that might cause you to trip or stumble. Now, the education part. Lets go over the basics lift with your legs, not your back. Why? Well, your leg muscles are some of the largest and strongest muscles in your body USE THEM! In most people, the back muscles are capable of doing only a small percentage of what the leg muscles can do. Make certain that your balance is good. Any loss of balance or twisting while you lift can allow even small loads to cause injury. When you position yourself for the lift, your feet should be about shoulder width apart, with one foot beside and the other foot behind the object that is to be lifted. This keeps the load close to your body and sets you up to lift with all together now your legs! Squat next to the load, DO NOT bend at the waist. Again, you want to use the stronger muscles of you legs, not your back. Keep your back straight, tucking in your chin will help keep your back straight. Grip the load with the palms The palm grip is much more secure, if there is any possibility of cuts or hand injury, use gloves. Tuck in your chin again to make certain your back is straight Lift well, keep back in tactBy Tech. Sgt. Scott Bailey Bioenvironmental Engineering before starting to lift. Use a slight rocking motion of your body to start the load moving, then, lift by pushing up with your legs. Did I mention that this makes use of some of the strongest muscles in your body? Keep your arms and elbows close to the body while lifting. While carrying, keep the load close to your body. Dont twist your body while carrying the load. If you need to change direction, shift your foot position and turn your whole body. When its time to lower the object, bend at the knees, not at the waist (leg muscles, remember?). When doing a team lift there are a couple of items I would like to point out. Ideally, workers should be of about the same size for team lifting David and Goliath didnt work well as a team in ancient Judah, and they dont work in a team lift either. And, as in all military situations, one individual needs to be in charge to ensure proper coordination. If one worker lifts too soon, shifts the load, or lowers it improperly, either they or the person working with them may be injured. Finally, (this is my favorite part too, the end!) when possible, place objects to be lifted onto a table or platform so that the worker is not lifting all the way to or from the ground. Lifting which occurs below knee height or above shoulder height is more strenuous than lifting between these limits. In one study it was determined that at least one-third of compensable back injuries could be prevented through better job design. A little planning can go a long way. Lift Well!Courtesy photoSenior Master Sgt. Chuck Muscato uses the leg press in the base gym. The leg press is just one of many new pieces of weight equipment at the gym now.Photo by Master Sgt. Christine WoodSee GYM, page 12


12 The Skibird 13 Winter 2009 Local News windows. All the MWR committee members get credit because theyre the ones who have pushed extra equipment and made things happen, Chief Morris said. Everybody benefits from the gym, she said. Even our tenant units use our gym. We accommodate the 109th but also support any tenant on base. To help keep the gym in excellent condition, people need to remember to do their part in taking care of the equipment. An ongoing struggle is people need to be gym-savvy, meaning that when youre done with a piece of equipment, clean it down, bring a change of shoes so youre not bringing in extra dirt or salt in the wintertime; thats whats really tough on the equipment, she said. Chief Morris said the gym year plan, and people can expect even more improvements in the future. We have an open door policy; if someone has suggestions on what they would like to see, they can pick up the phone to contact us or participate in our MWR meeting, Chief Morris said. MWR meetings are held every Saturday of the UTA. after a mission. Jeremy Trentini and Alexandra Leo hydraulics. Photo Focus Maintenance on the icePhotos by Staff Sgt. Stephen Girolami from the New York National Guard to assist another state threatened by the furies of nature. We are fortunate to have welltrained personnel and advanced equipment in New York, and we have an obligation to help our fellow states. We stand ready to provide all possible assistance to help Texas recover from this storm. The 139th AES had been preparing for a hurricane response. Months earlier, the squadron notified personnel that they would be supporting the 142nd AES from Delaware, who were the lead unit, if aeromedical evacuation services were needed for September, October, or November of 2008. The typical hurricane season for the Atlantic region, according to the National Hurricane Center, runs between June 1 and Nov. 30. The 139th AES would be one of the supporting units for the second half of the hurricane season. Even with this preparation, flexibility is critical because of the unpredictability of the storms and the type of medical assistance necessary. Lt. Col. Elaine Jacksland, Chief Nurse of the 139th AES and Troop Commander of an 11-person augmentation package for hurricane Ike, learned of the need for deployment four hours before wheels up. Around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday of the September Guard drill, Maj. Brian Backus, Executive the 139th asked for volunteers to rapidly deploy and 11 people stood up to the task, remembers Colonel Jacksland. We were told we would be taking off at (7:30 p.m.), so the turnaround time was fast. All 11 went home, packed bags, and got back (to the base) ready to go. Upon arriving in Texas, Colonel Jackslands unit learned that their assistance was needed at the Mobile Air Staging Facility (MASF) in Beaumont because of the incredible surge in people from area hospitals and nursing homes needing emergency evacuation. For 139th personnel, the type of casualties needing medical assistance or individuals requiring emergency evacuation is different than in theater. The majority of folks were elderly and medically frail, recalls Colonel Jacksland. Many did not have the medications or feeding tubes with them that they needed. Quite a number of litters required more than a 4-man carry to load (the individuals) safely onto the aircraft. Many were traveling with their pets that were evacuated along with them. Through the night, personnel from the 139th worked with the 142nd from Delaware and FEMA volunteers in the large airplane hangar, which became the evacuation teams Mobile Air Staging Facility in Beaumont. From the hangar, patients could be airlifted to safe, secure, hardened facilities for treatment. We were not there to run the MASF. We assisted as needed, Colonel Jacksland notes as she keeps in mind the challenges inherent in coordinating with the nurses and medical technicians of other units and organizations who may operate differently. On that night, more than 428 patients were evacuated from Beaumont by means of that MASF and taken out of harms way. The life-saving services of the 139th AES are needed both home and abroad, whether in times of natural disaster or international Sometimes, they will be saving the life of a brave Soldier; other times, they will be at the aid of a sick citizen. Either way, the 139th personnel are trained to respond to the call of our State and our Nation at any time. I was very proud to be a part of the 26 people who deployed for Hurricane Ike; the medical knowledge, nursing care, and compassion they showed to the people of Texas, plus the tireless energy in getting them onboard the various aircraft was exemplary, Colonel Jacksland said.AES, from page 7 Gym, from page 10Senior Master Sgt. Brian Alix uses one of the new treadmills in the base gym. The 109th Services Flight bought brand-new equipment for the entire gym recently.Photo by Master Sgt. Christine Wood


14 The Skibird 15 Winter 2009 By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON President Barack Obama pledged a prudent use of military power as the nation works toward ushering in a new era of peace in his inaugural address to the nation Jan. 20. Our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint, he said from the west side of the Capitol here after taking the 2 million people crowded the National Mall and surrounding area to hear his address. The use of these principles will allow America to develop greater understanding of other nations and greater cooperation against common threats from them, he said. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan, President Obama said. With old friends and former foes, we'll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. President Obama said Americans will not apologize for their way of life, nor waver in its defense. And for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you, he said. America is a country of doers and risk-takers; it is an immigrant country where each generation worked hard to provide for the next, he said. For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life, President Obama said. For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West, endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth. For us, they fought and died in places like Concord and Gettysburg, Normandy and Khe Sahn, he continued. Time and again, these men their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions, greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction. Americans today must continue this journey, he said. It is time for hard decisions and a time of change. Our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions, that time has surely passed, he said. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America. President Obama rejected the idea that the nation has to choose between its safety and its ideals. Our Founding Fathers -faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine -drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. In the United States, all languages are spoken, all religions are practiced, and all good people are welcomed, he said. And because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation and Troops bid former President Bush farewell at AndrewsBy Donna Mills American Forces Press Service ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. to the outgoing commander in chief during a departure ceremony Jan. 20 at Andrews Air Force Base where he called leading men and women in uniform the highlight of his presidency. A joint service honor guard, military waving fans greeted former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush as they arrived here from what's been called "the ultimate change of command ceremony." The participants -former staffers, invited guests and servicemembers and their families -waited inside the 316th Airlift Wing's Hangar Six to hail the president and former Vice President Dick Cheney. They watched the inaugural ceremonies on a jumbotron screen suspended from the hangar ceiling, then waited with anticipation as former President Bush lifted off from the Capitol grounds aboard the Marine Corps VH-60 helicopter referred to as "Executive One." The crowd roared as the former president and vice president made their dramatic entrance into the hangar. The rousing sounds of the "Air Force One" movie theme rung out as the huge hangar slowly opened, revealing the huge blue-and-white presidential aircraft glistening in the sunlight. Children climbed onto their parents' shoulders to catch a better glimpse, and spectators hoisted cameras high to capture the moment in history. NY National Guard Soldiers, Airmen support inaugurationemerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace, he said. President Obama reached out to the nations of the world in his speech. He told them that America is a friend of each nation, and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more. He also spoke to the Muslim world, saying America seeks a new way forward, based on mutual interest and respect. As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains, the president said. They have something to tell us, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington [National Cemetery] whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a than themselves. By Army Staff Sgt. Dannis Gravelle 369th Sustainment Brigade President Barack Obama waves to the crowd at the conclusion of his inaugural address in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20. The 44th president of the United States assumed his duties as commander in chief and vowed not to waver in defending America. Control Point during the 56th Presidential Inauguration held in Washington on Jan. 20. Goodridge stated that he is very proud of his country and is proud to support his new Commander in Chief. Goodridge was assigned to Task Force 104 which assisted local civil authorities during this historic event. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Dannis GravelleSee FAREWELL, page 16 See GUARD, page 16Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady people gathered to wish them a fond farewell prior to their Photo by Tech. Sgt. Craig Clapper WASHINGTON More than 200 Citizen Soldiers and Airmen of the New York National Guard provided security for the inauguration of President Barack Obama, on Jan. 20. Working in eight-hour shifts the New Yorkers provided both outer and inner cordon security north of the Capitol in the Dupont Circle area of the city during the 56th presidential inauguration. The Soldiers and Airmen were deputized as special police to assist local law Control Points, which gave them temporary police powers in the District of Columbia. Dubbed Task Force 104, for the 104th Military Police Battalion, which provided the leadership for the mission, the task force was made up of Soldiers from the 104th Military Police Battalion, 442 MP Company, the 727 MP Detachment, and Airmen from the 174th Fighter Wing, and 105th and 107th Airlift Wings. I am very proud to be here and to be able to support our new Commander in Chief, said Airman 1st Class Marcus Obama vows not to waver in Americas defenseNational News


16 The Skibird 17 Winter 2009 Former President Bush said he wasn't sure how he would feel passing the presidency to the next administration, but declared, "I am thankful, I am grateful and I am joyful! "I've had a lot of great experiences," but none has been better than leading military members who have volunteered to serve the country in a time of danger, he told the group of military officials and family members. Former President Bush said he'll miss being commander in chief and being able to stand in front of the troops to tell them "how much we respect you and how much we admire you." Former President Bush said he'll leave the presidency with that he took the right course in Historians will sort out his belief that they'll note "we did not shirk our duty, we did not shy away" from difficult decisions and that "we served with conviction." Former Vice President Cheney praised former President Bush for taking on "the big jobs that needed doing" after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks launched some of the greatest challenges to ever confront the United States. "George W. Bush protected America," he said. "History remembers such leaders and marks them well." Former President Bush shook hands with many in the crowd, then turned toward the VC-25 aircraft that would take him designated Special Air Mission 28000 rather than Air Force One, which belongs only to the airplane carrying the sitting president. On the tarmac, Brig. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward, the 89th Airlift Wing commander, escorted the Bushes to a red carpet stretching to the aircraft. A 42-piece joint honor guard flanked both sides of the carpet. At the end of the carpet, Col. Steven Shepro, the 316th Wing commander, and Col. Eric Snadecki, his vice commander, former President Bush climbed the steps to the plane. Colonel Shepro said he felt honored for him and his Airmen to bid a personal goodbye to the departing former president. "It's like saying goodbye to an old friend," he said. He credited his elite team who regularly serves the president -with to-none security detachment, among them -with bringing honor to the Air Force. "This is another moment in history that they share," he sendoff just like we always do." Chief Master Sgt. James Davis, the Andrews AFB command chief, relished his base's role in the inauguration and presidential departure ceremony. "We are a part of history, from the person working the logistics to the ones in the cordon to the ones marching in the parade," he said. "It's wonderful being a part of (the farewell ceremony), especially as a military member," said Tech. Sgt. Steven Hawkens, from the 316th Security Forces. "It's breathtaking. It's exciting. It's wonderful to see these things going on." Farewell, from page 14 Guard, from page 15Goodridge, 105th Security Forces Squadron, Stewart Air National Guard Base. My family is very proud of me being here, due to this being a historic event. I am extremely happy with the way the Airmen and Soldiers get along with each other, morale is very high, said Master Sgt. Thomas Young, from the 105th Security Forces Detachment at Stewart Air National Guard Base. Some of these individuals may never get another opportunity to do something as great as this, so they are making it a very memorable moment, and I can say I am very proud of everyone, Sergeant Young added. The road to inauguration day started at Camp Smith, N.Y., on Jan. 17 for this task force, where they received a Physical Health Assessment. Once given the green light, they were cleared to attend the mission. On Jan. 18, the team boarded buses and began their six-hour journey to D.C. When they arrived at the National Guard Armory they were sworn is as special police. Being sworn as special police gives Soldiers and Airmen the ability to make arrests in certain situations when a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer is not present, said Capt. Mike Gottert, commander of the departments 1st District Civil Disturbance Unit. The MPD and Chief of Police Cathy Lanier would like to thank all of the Guard personnel who helped make historic event possible, he said. It would have been impossible to handle this event without them. The Task Force was based at Trinity College, a 100-yearold university that started as a Catholic womens college, and is still an undergraduate womens college with coeducational graduate and professional programs. It was quite a scene seeing the parade of buses lined up on Cuvily Driveway, and seeing the troops marching into Trinity Center with their full packs; it was incredible, said Pat McGuire, president of the university. felt very proud of Trinity to be able to host (the National Guard), and see so many wonderful women and men ready to devote their time and talent to ensuring our national security, and a smooth execution of the inauguration. For some of these Soldiers and Airmen, a historic event like this and supporting their new Commander in Chief is a once-in-a-life time opportunity and makes them proud to be able to participate. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Morrissey, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 104th MP Battalion, added that it is an honor to be chosen to be at an event as significant and historic as this is. Besides Iraq and Afghanistan, this is one of the most important missions we have been tasked with, said Sergeant Morrissey. We assist, protect, and defend the people of the United States, and our Commander in Chief is our top priority. MS Exchange 2007 is Coming ... 27 Feb 2009 BENEFITS OF THE NEW EMAIL SOLUTION: Outlook Web Access 2007: From any CAC-enabled internet connection, you will have an easy and secure method of accessing your ANG mailbox and all data within. HTTPS:// information for all other ANG individuals. Air Force and Army National Guard contact lists. All users will need to manage their email by utilizing Electronic Records Management and PSTs. All users email address will change to You will continue to receive email at your old address for one year. THIS OR THIS


18 The Skibird 19 Winter 2009 U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) -A crowd of more than 300 people from all ranks and services watched as the secretary of Defense swore in general to lead the National Guard in its 372-year history Nov. 17 in the Pentagon. Gen. Craig R. McKinley became the chief of the National Guard Bureau and received his fourth star by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. Secretary Gates and Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as General McKinleys wife, daughter and son helped add the fourth star to the generals uniform. The promotion of General Craig McKinley to this rank, to serve in this post, is in recognition of his outstanding leadership abilities and shows the confidence the president and I have in him to be the nations senior time, Secretary Gates said. General McKinley succeeds Army Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, who served 5.5 years as chief of the Bureau and in January became deputy commander of U.S. Northern Command, the first Guard officer to hold that position. General McKinley joins the ranks of Army Generals George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant, and two other former, four-star during their military careers. Its a rich and high honor to be the 26th chief of the National Guard Bureau, General McKinley said. I will give it every bit of energy, every bit of heart and soul that I can possess to make sure that our National Guard and our Soldiers and Airmen are well taken care general ready to take Minutemen forwardby Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith National Guard Bureau Public AffairsGen. Craig R. McKinley is sworn in by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates as the 26th chief of the National Guard Bureau as his wife, Cheryl McKinley, holds a bible during a Nov. 17 ceremony at the Pentagon. General McKinley promoted to the four-star rank.of, and I will work very closely and faithfully with the services. Of the more than 460,000 Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen, some 68,000 Army and 5,700 Air Guard members were on active duty for operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom today. Furthermore, on any given day an average of 17 governors call out their National Guard for a variety of domestic needs. General McKinley is the fourth Air Guard officer to serve as chief of the National Guard Bureau. He most recently served as director for the Air National Guard. There, he was responsible for policies, plans and programs affecting more than 106,000 Airmen. Secretary Gates credited General McKinley for successfully leading the Air Guard during a time of severe manpower reductions and other, major challenges from the war on terrorism, Base Realignment and Closure implementation, budget changes and the transformation of the National Guard from a strategic reserve to an operational force. RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -Eligible Airmen are now authorized 10 days of nonchargeable paternity leave following the birth of their newborns, courtesy of the 2009 Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress. The law applies to married, active-duty Airmen. The Airmans wife must have given birth to the child on or after Oct. 14, 2008. This is going to have a positive impact on our Air Force families, said Senior Master Sgt. Rhonda Britt, the Directorate of Personnel Services Special Programs superintendent. By giving our new dads more time to bond with mom and baby, were building a stronger Air Force family. Paternity leave, which may be authorized in conjunction with ordinary leave, must be taken on consecutive days and within 60 days following the birth of the baby. For extraordinary circumstances, commanders Congress authorizes paternity leavemay authorize paternity leave up to a maximum of 90 days following the babys birth. As with any administrative absence, the commander may disapprove paternity leave when it would have an adverse impact on the readiness or operational mission of the unit. For more information, call your military personnel section or the Air Force Contact Center at (800) 616-3775. Guard News Air Force News Deserving Amn packages are due to the military personnel Family Day is currently scheduled for Aug. 2. If you are interested in forming a team for a sporting event, get with the Chiefs Council to make a suggestion. Meal prices at the Dining Facility have changed for member. NYACK College: A representative from NYACK College will be here Feb. 14 to discuss NYACKs bachelor program to pursue a degree in Organizational Management. The information sessions will be held in the SFS classroom starting at 4 p.m. Military OneSource is now providing tax filing services. Services will include (both state and federal), and free telephonic tax consultations. To get access to the free tax filing services, please visit the Military OneSource Web site, www.militaryonesource. com, and enter the tax filing services via the link provided. VITA, a program of the IRS, for free. VITA sites are open through April 15. The VITA Program offers free tax help to lowto moderate-income (generally, $42,000 and below) people who cannot prepare volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. Most locations also offer free electronic filing. Navy Fleet and Family Services Center in Saratoga Springs is offering this program. For more information please call 886-0200 x 146 for additional information. For other VITA sites, call (800) 829-1040. Reserve Personnel Contact Center counselors will provide service Feb. 7, 14 and 21. They can be reached by calling (800) 525-0102 (preferred) or DSN 926-6528 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. MT. Airmen can always request assistance by logging onto virtual Personnel CenterGuard and Reserve, the customer service Web portal for personnel support, online at http://arpc. .ITEMS OF INTEREST(Back, from left) Tech. Sgt. Scott Zapisek, Tech. Sgt. Barry MacDonald, Staff Sgt. Jeremy Kelley, Senior Airman John Brannigan and Tech. Sgt. Mike Byerwalters (Front, from left) Senior Airman Zachary Weakley, Master Sgt. Hank Fountain, Master Sgt. Diana Buehler and Senior Master Sgt. Mark Mann. The Airmen, part of the 109th Aerial Port Flight, were deployed to Southwest Courtesy photo Courtesy photo Courtesy photoAirman 1st Class Zachary Weakley (109th APF) was promoted to senior airman by Brig. Gen. Michael R. Moeller, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing commander. Staff Sgt. Jeremy Kelley re-enlisted for another six-year term while deployed to Southwest Asia. Articles for the next issue of the Skibird are due by April 19.Deadline Notice APF DeployedLocal News


20 The Skibird 21 Winter 2009 By Master Sgt. John Saupp Base Firehouse Firehouse Facts Well 2008 has come and gone. It was another busy year for the firefighters of the Stratton Air National Guard Base Fire Department. This article will highlight the events of 2008 for the 109th Fire Protection Section. The fire department handled more than 250 calls throughout the year, both on and off base. These included aircraft emergencies, for military and civilian aircraft, structural alarms, hazardous material incidents, service calls and emergency medical calls. The Stratton ANGB Fire Dept has members on duty 365 days year, 24 hours a day. Some throughout 2008 included two structure fires in April, where we worked with the Scotia Fire Department. In August, there was a technical rescue response for a person who was involved in a construction accident and had plunged over a cliff toward the Mohawk River and had to be October at the scene of a working in October, a crew responded to the New York State Thruway Exit 26 for a tanker truck roll over. Finally in December, during the massive ice storm, back to back working structure fires in the Village of Alplaus kept Stratton frigid evening. Also numerous vehicle accidents and structural alarms were handled off base through our mutual aid program. By far the biggest call of 2008 happened on Sept. 23 when a replica P-51 Mustang crashed during a test flight here at the Schenectady County Airport. The pilot had to be extricated from the wreckage by Stratton and local emergency services crews. Unfortunately the pilot succumbed to his injuries a few days later. deployed to Southwest Asia as part of AEF 3 & 4. While there, emergency services to the air base community. All 109th members returned safely in September. They proudly and professionally represented their country and the 109th. In the always busy training area, members continued to train utilizing facilities on base and in the local community. Both deployed to Niagara Falls AFB or Westover AFB in May for live aircraft fire training. CDC and CBT courses are a priority for We welcomed in many new We would also like to wish the best of luck to Master Sgt. Dan Trask who retired in November after 20 years with the 109th Fire Department. A new 2008 Ford F-450 pickup truck was placed into service as 718. This unit serves as a command and control vehicle for the on duty Assistant Chief. In conclusion, 2008 was an extremely busy year and 2009 is already off to a busy start. Along with answering alarms both on and off base, as well as preparing reminder that the base now has 911. Please call this number for situation. Sheriff Mahar for the award. Airman Robelotto, a traditional has deployed several times, and each time Sheriff Mahar Patriotic award 911 IS NOW ON BASEATTENTION ALL BASE PERSONNEL:If you have a Fire / EMS emergency you now dial 911 on all base phonesLocal News Scholarships for military children: The Defense Commissary Agency will offer their annual scholarships to military children. Applications will be available in commissaries worldwide and online though a link at: https://www. or directly at Applications must be turned in to a commissary by COB Feb. 18. At least one scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location with Discount Ski Vouchers: MWR offers discounted lift tickets to Gore and Whiteface Mountain: Gore discount vouchers : (adult) $43 (junior) $27 Whiteface discount vouchers: (adult) $37 (teen) $30 (junior) $23 Vouchers can be purchased at good for all Military personnel (including retirees) and their families and can be used on weekends and holidays. Extra Innings Saratoga: An indoor baseball and indoor softball training facility in Saratoga the needs of players of all ages and abilities. State of the art, year round, indoor facility has over 20,000 square feet of training area with 35 foot ceilings, 8 multi-use indoor batting and pitching tunnels, 4 coin-operated batting cages, a fully stocked pro shop, members training area, and private birthday area. For all Extra Inning information go to www. Child Development Homes: If you are a parent looking for quality child care or would consider being a childcare provider, please contact the the Fleet and Family Support Center at NSU. (518) 885-0200 x9160 or x9161. We are located and Family Support Center at NSU, Saratoga Springs. Phone: (518) 886-0200 ext. 161 Fax: (518) 886-0121 Naval Exchange & Commissary: Telephone: 3776440 Scotia Commissary Hours: Sun/ Mon closed; Tues/Wed 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thurs/Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Navy Mini-Mart (NEX) Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun noon to 4 p.m.MWR ANNOUNCEMENTS Guard News BROOKS CITY-BASE, Texas Finding a single drug abuser among thousands of servicemembers can compare to a shell game, but the National Guard is placing all odds in its favor. The National Guard is striving to keep its CitizenSoldiers and -Airmen drug free through an increase in drug tests and the integration of new prevention programs. Current Defense Department policy dictates that each service component test 100 percent of their end-strength, and increased funding since 2003 has helped the Guards counterdrug experts toward their 100 percent drug testing goal. We want to test everyone, every year, in addition to random testing to keep testing fair, said Army Col. Ronald Shippee, director, Defense Department Drug Testing and Program Policy. Colonel Shippee said he receives a Quarterly Illicit Drug Positive Rate Report compiled from six laboratories that test for the Defense Department. Three years ago, the National Guard tested 50 percent and 40 percent of its Soldiers and Airmen. It now tests about 70 percent of non-deployed units. In comparison, the Army tests about 200 percent and the Air Force tests about 100 percent of servicemembers, said Colonel Shippee. Its a challenge to test the National Guard (more) because they only drill two days a month, and theres a lot to pack into a drill weekend, said Colonel Shippee. Deployments also affect testing; although, once on active duty, guardsmen are tested frequently. Colonel Shippees report identifies the militarys highest at-risk population as enlisted men, ages 18 to 25. To reduce drug positives, the Guard implements a program of smart testing, post testing and education. Smart testing includes decentralized testing; more frequent and random testing; testing on different days; testing at different times during drill; testing full-time guardsmen during their work weeks; and testing their own counterdrug personnel throughout the year. The National Guard administers drug tests to deter use, bring awareness, maintain unit readiness and reduce drug positives, said Army Master Sgt. Ervin Steinly, eastern regional program manager. Guardsmen coordinate closely with the other service components and their state-ofthe-art detection laboratories. Effective in early 2008, all Guards Counterdrug warriors endeavor to test one and all by Tech. Sgt. Cheryl Hackley National Guard BureauGuard drug test specimens are analyzed here at the Headquarters, Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory. The hightech Texas facility is one of six drug abuse detection laboratories used by the Defense Department. We shifted all Guard specimens here to help balance the workload among the six laboratories, said Colonel Shippee. The 54-person staff at Brooks also maintains testing for the Air Force, Army and Air Force Reserve, which totals 700,000 specimens annually or about 55,000 per month. In all, the laboratories test 4.5 million specimens a year. According to its unit commander, drug testing at Brooks serves a three-pronged mission: We deter and detect illicit use of controlled and illegal drugs by military personnel through random urinalysis testing; we report test results and prepare documentation for courts-martial; and we develop new methods for drug testing, explained Lt. Col. Kabrena Rodda, commander.


22 The Skibird 23 Winter 2009 ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) -Department of Defense officials here have issued new guidelines for early receipt of retired pay for members of the Reserve components. Instead of having to wait until age 60 to receive Reserve retired pay, eligible members may receive retired pay prior to age 60 but not before age 50. Under interim changes to Department of Defense Instruction 1215.07, Service Credit for Reserve Retirement, issued under a law passed by Congress effective Jan. 28, 2008, Reserve component members are able to reduce the age at which they are eligible to receive retirement pay by three months for each cumulative period of 90 days served on active Under the new law, members eligible to receive retired pay earlier than age 60 must still wait until age 60 to receive healthInvoluntary mobilization and voluntary active duty in support of a contingency qualify, but there is no requirement to be involuntarily mobilized, to support a contingency or to serve on active duty outside the continental United States to receive credit under the law. including training, operational support duties and school tours. It does not matter whether activeduty time is paid for under military or reserve personnel appropriation accounts, provided such active duty is performed under the authority of 10 U.S. Code 12301 (d). Also included is full-time National Guard duty served under a call to active service by a governor and authorized by the president or the secretary of Defense under 32 U.S.C. 502(f) for purposes of responding to either a national emergency declared by the president or a national emergency supported by federal funds. The following time served on active duty is not creditable service for purposes of reducing retired pay age: as a member of the active Guard and Reserve (10 U.S.C. 12310); on annual tour (10 U.S.C. 12301(b)); while in captive status (10 U.S.C. 12301(g)); for medical treatment, medical evaluation for disability purposes or medical study (10 U.S.C. 12301(h)); as a member not assigned to, or participating satisfactorily in, units (10 U.S.C. 12303); under activeduty agreements (10 U.S.C. 12311); for disciplinary/courtsmartial (10 U.S.C. 12315); or for muster duty (10 U.S.C. ). Qualifying active-duty service performed after Jan. 28, 2008, the date on which the fiscal 2008 National Defense Authorization Act was enacted, is creditable. The law does not provide credit for time served on or before that date. Heres an example of how these new guidelines work. A reservist performed five days of active-duty service on MPA orders in February 2008. He then volunteered for active duty beginning June 1 and ending Nov. 30 (leave, reconstitution and post-deployment/ mobilization respite absence included, as applicable). The reservist performed a total of 127 days of active-duty service Under this scenario, all of the active-duty time the reservist performed could be credited toward reduced retirement age eligibility because it was activeduty time performed under circumstances permitted under the new law (i.e., orders for voluntary service, 10 U.S.C. 12301(d)). However, because time credited must total 90 days or must be in multiples of 90 days year in order to correspondingly reduce his retirement age by three months, or multiples of three months, the reservist will be able to reduce his retirement 2008. Had he performed 53 more days of active-duty service after Jan. 28 and before going on active duty June 1, he would have accumulated 180 total days able to reduce his retirement age by six months. Similarly, because the reservist has so far served on he must perform an additional 29 days of active-duty service some time during the year in order to reduce his retirement age by an additional three months. All Airmen are encouraged to ensure their orders specify the statutory provision under which their active-duty service is performed. Airmen are also encouraged to keep track of their active-duty service and orders to ensure they receive proper credit and they meet the cumulative 90-day thresholds to reduce retirement age. More information is available on the Air Reserve Personnel Center Web site at www.arpc. Reservists may qualify for early retired payGuard News By Lt. Col. Sharon Stepp Family Support Center As with all programs, Family Programs experiences ongoing changes, and I am pleased to be part of the most recent change. As many of you may remember, I started my career in Family Programs here at the 109th AW in 2002 and spent three years with all of you before assuming my position as State Family Program Director at DMNA. I spent three years at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA) building a new program for all branches serving active duty, Guard and Reserve. It was a very challenging and rewarding three years watching new programs that would join each state, while would take care of our members and their families in the ways they deserve.109th Family Programs homecomingBy Beverly Keating Wing Family Program Coordinator Through all my travels and experiences, the most impressive part was working with the families. They are proud, strong and resilient. They stand behind the servicemember when the decision is made to deploy and carry the extra responsibilities with pride and dignity. Military families are unique and serve their country in a different, yet distinguished way. It has always been my belief that they are the unsung heroes! When the position at the 109th became available again, I knew it was time for me to come home to my roots. While the three years at DMNA were very rewarding, it was time to pass the torch and be able to spend additional quality time with my own family and return to where it all began. My greatest desire is to help each individual on a one-onone basis and Family Programs at the 109th allows for that and much more. It was with great pride and honor that I was given the opportunity to return to the 109th and share things learned over the past several years. As we continue to move forward in Family Programs, please remember that this the family. We will do our best to move the program to the next level and keep everyone updated on the new resources and tools available to you. Many of these new programs will be highlighted in the outstanding Family Support Group newsletter, Family Matters. The support group has grown and includes very dedicated, caring people. Im happy to be working with all of them. These are very exciting times for Family Programs at the 109th, and I look forward to working with all of you once again!MPF Hours of OperationMon: 0800-1530 Tues: 0800-1530 Wed: 0800-1530 Thurs: 0800-1530 Friday: 0800-1530 ID CARDS: By appointment, but we will accommodate walk-ins, time permitting.Mon: 0800-1100 1200-1500 Tues: 0800-1100 1200-1500 Wed: 0800-1100 1200-1500 Thurs: 0800-1100 1200-1500No ID Cards Friday except for emergencies.UTA HOURS: *Sat: 0730-1500 *Sun: 0730-1500 CSS training from 12001300 on SundayAnti-terrorism File PhotoAs we leave 2008, it is clear to see the world events threats that our nation continues to address. Across the country last fall, 40 National Guard bases, to include our own, received suspicious packages in the mail. All personnel responded to the suspicious items with standard procedures, and all items were found to be benign. Since the 2001 attacks, our country has stepped up and implemented many preventive anti-terrorism measures. At the base level we have provided several levels of added protection and the 109th Airlift Wing antiterrorism advisers deliver that support on a daily basis. There are more than 40 personnel throughout the squadrons and to assist the security measures in protecting our personnel and equipment. These Airmen, to include civilians, eagerly perform these additional duties because it takes everyones participation to ensure we conduct our missions safely. Many of the AT advisers have stepped up to take antiterrorism courses above the basic requirements. As the sole Anti-terrorism Officer at the unit, I could not accomplish my duties without these people. To enhance their skills, I have coordinated with the Air Force at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., to bring a Level II Force Protection class here to the 109th AW in February. This course will provide an increased level of training and on Anti-terrorism preventive measures. Participation from our commanders, Joint Forces Headquarters personnel and local community law enforcement are projected to attend. I thank the commanders for providing the leadership and appointing such dedicated personnel to assist me in delivering an effective Anti-terrorism Program. Chaplain ServicesCATHOLIC SERVICE UTA Sunday 7:45 a.m. PROTESTANT SERVICE UTA Sunday 7:45 a.m.


24 The Skibird 25 Winter 2009 Airman 1st Class Darren Landerway decided to join the military when a friend told him it could help put him through college. We went to check out the Navy and the active duty Air Force, and when asking questions, didnt get the answers I was looking for, he said. After waiting to see if anything would change, I found out about the Guard from a co-worker. He found something he liked and joined. Airman Landerway joined two years ago, and has already deployed to Southwest Asia with the 109th Security Forces Squadron. One of the awards he received for deploying is the Army Achievement Medal. Now Airman Landerway stays focused on school and currently attends Schenectady County Community College. Hes working to try and get into medical school colleges for a BA in science. His end goal is to be a radiologist. Along with school, Airman Landerway works as a Resident Counselor with the Schenectady County Center for Disabilities. He also volunteers his time at Ellis Hospital in the Radiology Department. Airman of the Year NCO of the Year Airman 1st Class Darren Landerway109th Security Forces SquadronMaster Sgt. Ronald Jemmott109th Maintenance Group Master Sgt. Ronald Jemmott joined the 109th Airlift Wing as graduating Amsterdam High School in 1995. A few years later, he was hired AGR, in support of the National Science Foundation. After his four-year tour, he entered the civilian technician program as an assistant crew chief and then on to a dedicated crew chief. He also served in the Base Honor Guard from 1997-2002. Most recently he was hired as a quality assurance specialist where he reviews and evaluates quality control performance. He inspections of aircraft systems and engines. Among his numerous awards are the Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Reserves Forces Meritorious Service Medal and the Antarctica Service Medal. First Sgt. of the Year SNCO of the Year Master Sgt. Darrell Pinckney109th Logistics Readiness SquadronMaster Sgt. John Lawlor109th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Master Sgt. John Lawlor began his military career right out of high school when he joined the U.S. Army as an Armored Crewmen. After his two-year tour with the Army he entered the civilian work force and attended Parks College in St. Louis, Mo., where he studied Aviation Science and received his Private Pilots License. He then joined the Missouri Air National Guard as an F-15 crew chief. In 1998, he was transferred to the 109th Airlift Wing as an aviation maintenance journyeman. In December of 2007, Sergeant Lawlor volunteered for a deployment to Sather Air Base, Iraq as the 447th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadrons maintenance superintendent and additional duty first sergeant. He is now the primary crew chief for aircraft 96, where he is in charge of maintaining, documenting and ensuring the overall mission readiness of the aircraft. Master Sgt. Darrell Pinckney has more than 24 years of military service, which includes time in the active duty Air Force. It was when his active-duty tour was up in 1988, that he realized he wanted to join the Air National Guard. I wanted to stay in the loop of the military, he said. I also took advantage of the tuition program benefits and GI Bill to help defray the rising cost of colleges and universities. The retirement missions all appealed to me as a member. Sergeant Pinckney transferred here when a civilian job opportunity opened up in the Albany area. I am employed as an archaeologist and conservator for a Cultural Resource Management firm in Albany, he said. This requires me to travel a lot to both historic and pre-contact sites to excavate the sites and then preserve the artifacts at our laboratory facility. I also teach courses in archaeology and artifact conservation at Schenectady County Community College. He is currently the 109th Logistics Readiness Squadron Who We Are By Retired Lt. Col. Tom Noel Alumni Representative Heres to a Happy New YearAlumni News The Annual Holiday Christmas Party, which is always one of our premier events of the year, was held at the Rotterdam Elks Lodge on Dec. 17. It was a great party with more than 100 alumni members and their spouses and guests in attendance. As in the past, ladies brought new, unwrapped toys to be given to a local charity by Carl Montanina. A Chinese Auction was conducted by Charlie Shatley and his son, Gerry Shatley, with prizes donated by alumni members, and local everyone present. Election of officers was held at our Jan. 21st monthly meeting, and the new officers of the 109th Airlift Wing Alumni Association will be published in the next Skibird Quarterly Magazine. service and dedication. Some of the upcoming premier events and functions to look forward to in this 2009 New Year are the Annual St. Patricks Day corned beef and cabbage meal scheduled for March. The Wednesday Noon Lunches are scheduled to start in April and continue through August. The Annual Summer Picnic is scheduled for August, and the Annual Holiday Christmas Party is scheduled for December. More details for these events and future events and functions will be forthcoming in future issues of The Skibird Quarterly Magazine. The Antarctic Deep Freeze Association (ADFA) Reunion is scheduled to meet in Madison, Wis., on June 2-4. Feel free to contact Dr. Ed Ehrlich, host and local coordinator, if you have questions or need additional information, telephone (608) 826-0477 or e-mail eehrlich@facstaff.wisc. edu. This association is formed for the benevolent, education, recreation and general welfare of the military and civilian personal, their families and friends, who participated with the militarys Operation Deep Freeze on the Antarctic continent commencing in 1955 and extending through today. Membership into the association is open to all military and civilian personnel who have and are participating with the military and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of Operation Deep Freeze. The ADFA Web site page is www. The 109th Airlift Wing prepared to begin its 20th year supporting Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) from McMurdo Station in the continent of Antarctica. Two skiequipped LC-130 Hercules transports took off Oct. 27, followed by two more LC-130s and a C-5 Galaxy from the 105th Airlift Wing from Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., on Oct. 28. A 109th Airlift Wing ski-equipped LC-130 Hercules transport aircraft left McMurdo Station for an Ice Rescue Mission on Nov. 5 for a 2,400 kilometer the Antarctic coast. The crew picked up an injured person, who Australian authorities described as in serious but stable condition, for the 2,600 miles, Tasmania. The 109th AW aircrew did an excellent job getting him to the hospital in time for recovery. The 2009 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for military retired pay is now 5.8 percent. This increase, which went into effect Dec. 1, also applies to ABP annuities, Social Security checks, and VA disability Retirees should have seen the increase in their January checks. Retirees who Services on or after Sept. 8, 1980, and retired in 2008 under the High-36 retirement will receive a Partial COLA on a prorated basis. This COLA is the highest seen in more than 15 years. A new report from the congressional retirees and veterans could face higher outof-pocket costs if the Obama administration and Congress take bold moves to reform the U.S. health system and to make federal Among 115 options presented, though not endorsed, in the CBO report, several focus on raising Tricare out-of-pocket costs for retirees and one for families. Others would tighten access to VA hospitals and clinics, or raise VA health fees, for veterans with no service-connected conditions. To learn more, read the full article on the Internet at The 109th Airlift Wing has a new public Web site, There will be an alumni page added so we have some place to put updates, meeting times, special functions, etc. The members of the 109th Airlift Wing Alumni Association would like to send their condolences and prayers to the families of the following individuals who have passed away over the last few months: Floyd VanDyke Jr, 86, passed away Oct. 21. He served for 31 years as an air technician and supply supervisor for the 109th AW retiring as a senior master sergeant in 1979. He also was a past president of the Alumni Association. Retired Lt. Col. Raymond H. Sowalsky, 85, passed away on Nov. 8. He was a pilot Vietnam War and retired from military service in 1975. Thomas F. Green, 58, passed away Dec. 7. Tom joined the 109th AW in 1970, working for aircraft fuels systems in maintenance and retired as a master sergeant in 2004. Elisabeth Ellen Shatley, 79, wife of Charles W. Shatley and mother of Gerald F. Shatley, both members of the Alumni Association, passed away Dec. 22. Retired Lt. Col. Theodore R. Bell, 61, passed away on Jan. 12. He was a navigator for the 109th Airlift Wing for many years Out thoughts and prayers are with these individuals, and they will be missed greatly. Until the next quarterly issue of this Skibird Magazine, I hope you all had a wonderful and a safe Merry Christmas and a great Happy New Year. Stay Happy, Healthy, Safe and I hope Prosperous and Think Spring.


26 The Skibird 27 Winter 2009 Lieutenant Colonel Paul Dallemagne AS Frank Falvo AS Christopher Green AS Doreen Streeter MG Major Maryann Jones MDG Colonel John Russo MSG Captain Nicholas Garren AS Scott Helmer AES Ryan Marshall AES Joshua Rogers AS Kelly Williams AS Chief Master Sergeant John Pangborn AS Senior Master Sergeant Brian Alix AS Michael Blake MXM Michelle Shafer MSF Master Sergeant Paul Fobare AS Scott French MXM Ronald Jemmott MXM Jeremy Martelle OSF Frank Shoemaker CES Michael Spiak AS Frank Vallsdelosreyes CES Technical Sergeant Melissa Glove MDG Adam Rinaldi AMXS Michael Touchette MXM Richard Vanpatten AS Senior Airman Hillary Bennett MDG Brian Berg LRS Jared Bohl MXM Catlin Boyle SFS Sean Chester AMXS Ryan Cook LRS Michael Crouse AES Jesse Miner AS Corey Prinzo LRS Adam Scott SFS Diane Solmo AES Steven Taber SFS Staff Sergeant Daniel Chevrette LRS Brian Empett MXS Anna Franklin MSF Patrick Horan LRS Peter Knutson AMXS Robert Madison AES Corey Shields AS Tiffany Southard AS Blake Wells AMXS Airman First Class John Fountain MXM Meritorious Service Medal Maj Christian Sander AS MSgt John Lawlor AES MSgt Glen Preece AS MSgt Joanna Serna AW Air Medal MSgt Matthew Ausfeld AES Aerial Achievement Medal Maj Stephen Yandik AS Capt Timothy Novak AS Capt Eric Wood AS SMSgt Mark Olena AS TSgt Brian Irvin AS TSgt Timothy Lucier AS TSgt Michael Spiak AS TSgt Daniel Swatling AS Air Force Commendation Medal MSgt Stephen Oughton MXM TSgt Timothy Jones MSF TSgt Christopher Russett AES Army Commendation Medal SSgt Allen Moon SFS Army Achievement Medal SSgt Christopher Orth SFS SSgt Eric Peters SFS A1C Darren Landerway SFS Enlisted Association of the New York Association offers up to six other members and family. Top dollar education Wed like to hear from you about how the Skibird is doing. Is there something youd like to see more of or even less of? Let us know! Well be looking closely at the results of the survey to see how we can make the Skibird an even better magazine for our readers. The link to the survey is, Newspaper readership surveyPromotions & Awards Oct. 4, 2008 through Jan. 9, 2009Courtesy photo All Ranks ClubOfficers board of directors hoursPRESIDENT MSgt. Pete Latniak VICE PRESIDENT TSgt. John Curtiss TREASURER MSgt. Bob McCormick SECRETARY TSgt. Jackie Fritche Capt. Ernie Lancto MSgt. Hank Fountain TSgt. Terra Martin MSgt. John Dellio TSgt. Bill Gauthier Wed, Thurs, Fri 3 to 7 p.m. UTA WEEKENDS 3 to 7 p.m. Free pizza served on Saturday nights. Safety Is Up To You. 109th Wing Safety January 2009 Snow Blower TipsThe Following Safety Tips Should be Followed at All Times: The main cause of injury is from users trying to clear the discharge chute of clogged snow. Rule Number One for safe operation of snow blowers is Never Attempt to Clear Debris from Your Snow Blower, Make Adjustments Without First Turning the Engine Off and Disconnecting the Spark Plug. The wire should be kept at least two inches away from the plug. If the blower is electrically powered, unplug the power cord. Always read the instruction manuel and safety precautions furnished with your snow blower before attempting to assemble or start it. Do not begin to operate it until you are familiar with the controls and assembly unless you are sure it is in good repair. Never allow anyone to stand in the path of the discharge chute. Even before the snow sticks, toys and other hard objects, hidden under a blanket of snow, wont be picked up and hurled by the snow blower. Dont operate the unit on precarious surfaces such as hills and steep grades and never leave the blower running while unattended. machine is hot. Wipe off all gasoline spills and be sure that the tank cap is snug. If your unit is electrically powered, make sure that it is grounded or double insulated to avoid accidental electric shock. Before starting the engine, be sure to disengage all clutches and check to see that all rotors, augers and impellers are free to rotate. Never place hands, feet or loose clothing near any moving part. Always keep guards in place. If it is necessary to operate the engine in a garage or other enclosed space, open a door or window to provide adequate ventilation. Do not try to force the snow blower to operate faster than the manufacturer intended. If you notice undue vibration, have the machine checked prior to using it. February UTA Lunch Menu Dining Hall Hours 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.SATURDAY, FEB 7 Pork Chops Baked Chicken Breast Meatloaf Egg Noodles Broccoli Gravy Cream of Tomato SoupSUNDAY, FEB 8 Beef Stew Fried Fish BBQ Chicken Biscuits Mashed Potatoes Mixed Vegetables Green Beans Chicken Rice Soup


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 Provide the most professional theatre combat forces, ready to rapidly deploy statewide, worldwide and pole to pole.Photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Brett Bouchard