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The skibird magazine of the 109th Airlift Wing, Stratton Air National Guard
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2 The Skibird 3 Summer 2009 With another month left of summer, its already been a busy, busy year. April started a string of inspections and deployments that continue through September and already put us right back into the next DEEP FREEZE season. Although this past years ODF season goals were less robust than the past, this last season was just as busy to those down south have been in past years. When we look back at our accomplishments this September, we will have collectively been through four deployments (Operations DEEP FREEZE, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and RAVEN DEW); a UCI, HSI, JSIVA, MSEV, and ASEV, and a big, busy bowl of alphabet soup! Youre probably asking or thinking to yourself, why is this good news? I think so, because I believe being busy is good, especially in Wing Airmen stay busy, focused todays economy. First, it keeps us focused on the mission. Second, it clearly says to anyone watching us that we are a valuable military commodity. While other active duty, Reserve and Guard units are being closed or realigned via the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, we continue to perform the tasks of our nation. And being busy doesnt mean we need to run ourselves into the ground. As we stay busy, Id like to remind all the wing supervisors to make sure you take care of your people. Afford them time off when you can. Encourage them to use their leave and grant them the passes they deserve. To all the wings deployers, please take time to recharge your batteries when you can: reconstitution time is there for you to get things done at home that went neglected while you were deployed. The wing has a pass and leave policy (109AWI 36-3003) that gives you down time for your time away. Use it: your family needs you! Guard unit with a Guard mission. We serve our nation proudly and we are accustomed to the highest scrutiny. Other than the 89th AW (Presidential and other VIP airlift), Id wing that has more contact with high ranking government officials, both civilian and military than does the 109th AW. Inside SUMMER 2009 VOLUME 47, NO. 3Plus: Guard News 7, 20 Air Force News 10 Sexual Assault Prevention 23 Alumni News 24 Family Support 25 Who We Are 25 Promotions, Awards 27Deployed news 4-6 109th mourns death of doctor 7 Post 9/11 GI Bill information 12-13 Crew chief designs new COMM logo 14-16By Tech. Sgt. Catharine SchmidtBase Honor Guard spotlight 18-19By Tech. Sgt. Al Moon Greenland Photo Focus 21-22SkibirdTheCommanders Call On the cover:(Top center) Chief Master Sgt. Jerry Stoddard and his wife, Cindy, at his retirement ceremony July 9. (Left) Chief Master Sgt. Mike Cristiano (left) and Chief Master Sgt. Ray Morgan (right) congratulate (Right) Col. Timothy LaBarge (left) See Pages 8-9 for more coverage. Commander Col. Anthony German Vice Commander Col. Timothy LaBarge Editorial Staff Maj. Jody AnkabrandtChief of Public AffairsCapt. Shane GernandPublic Affairs Deputy Master Sgt. Willie GizaraPublic Affairs ManagerMaster Sgt. Christine WoodBase Videographer/PhotographerTech. Sgt. Catharine SchmidtEditor, The SkibirdAirman 1st Class Ben GermanBase Photographer The Skibird 1 ANG Road, Scotia, NY 12302-9752; PHONE: (518) 344-2423/2396 DSN: 344-2423/2396, FAX:344-2331 EMAIL: This funded Air Force publication is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Military services. Contents of The Skibird are not the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the Department of the Air Force. The editorial content is edited, prepared, and th Airlift Wing. All photographs are Air Force photographs unless otherwise indicated. DEADLINE NOTICE: All items for The Skibird each quarter. Address changes for individuals not in the 109AW should be directed to: 109AW/ PA, 1 Air National Guard Road, Scotia, New York 12302-9752 or by phone at (518) 344-2423/2396 or DSN: 344-2423/2396.Summer 2009 Volume 47, No. 3SkibirdThe 109th Airlift WingBy Col. Gary James 109th Operations Group commander File Photo David Stott ScholarshipTSgt David Stott was a member of the 139AES who passed away 13 Jan 03 following a short illness. TSgt Stotts parents continue to carry on his memory by offering a scholarship in his name each year. The scholarship is worth $1,500. pursuing a medically related degree are eligible to apply. Applications should be made through your respective 1st Sgt on a standard AF form 1206. Submissions will be due to your respective 1st Sgt by close of business Saturday of the October UTA


4 The Skibird 5 Summer 2009 (From Lt. Col. Paul Breton, Aircraft Commander) We had a very memorable 4th of July here. Our crew was who were there. Deployed News While many of us enjoyed barbecues with our friends and families this Fourth of July, some of the units members spent the holiday in deployed locations. For one of our crews in Afghanistan, it was an Independence Day theyll never forget...Fourth of July in Afghanistan Deployed News(From Chief Master Sgt. Don Morrell, Flight Engineer) th of July we of you do the same.


6 The Skibird 7 Summer 2009 ARLINGTON, Va. Members of the 109th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard are mourning the death of Dr. Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald, who was rescued by the unit when she was diagnosed with breast cancer while stationed at the South Pole in 1999. She lived life to the fullest and squeezed every last bit out of life until the very end, said Lt. Col Kim Terpening at a news conference at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Schenectady, N.Y., on June 24. She was such a good-hearted soul, who expressed gratitude for being given 10 additional years of life. Dr. Nielsen FitzGerald, who was stationed at a National Science Foundation facility in Antarctica at the time of 109th mourns death of South Pole doctorBy news reports her diagnosis, died June 23 at her home in Southwick Mass., said her husband, Thomas FitzGerald. Her cancer had been in remission, but returned in 2005. The rescue made headlines around the world, and in her memoir, Ice Bound, A Doctors Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole, she praised the 109th crew that saved her. Theyre heroes, and I owe them my life, she wrote. Dr. Nielsen FitzGerald was the only doctor at the NSF facility when she discovered a lump in her breast. She performed a biopsy on herself and gave herself chemotherapy for several months while waiting for the weather to improve so she could be rescued. Her condition worsened in the weeks leading up to the the year, so the leadership of the 109th decided to attempt a rescue. It was risky, because the temperature was about 58 degrees below zero, which is cold enough to turn the LC-130s fuel into gel. Colonel Terpening, who was the flight nurse on the rescue mission, said the pilots made two attempts to land on Oct. 15, but aborted because of the weather. they landed successfully. It was the area. Everything was a normal mission except for the extreme cold, said Colonel Terpening. It takes a great deal of skill to do that. The 109th provides logistical support to the NSF each year and is the only airlift wing in the world with ski-equipped C-130s. It does not usually start is mission to Antarctica until November, when temperatures rise above 50 degrees below zero. After the rescue, the 109th crew returned to a heros welcome in New York. We had no idea the world was watching, said Colonel Terpening, who added that she and Dr. Nielsen stayed in touch over the years. Dr. Nielsen FitzGerald visited Stratton ANGB several times, and last year she attended the wings 60th anniversary. Colonel Terpening said Dr. Nielsen FitzGerald told her several weeks ago that her cancer was terminal, but she was ready, she was upbeat and she was very determined. Colonel Terpening learned of her death on June 25, when she where the 109th trains for its polar mission. I was sad, she said. I knew she celebrated life. We should be so fortunate to do such wonderful things as she did. Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Greg Urstadt Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Greg Urstadt Photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Urstadt Air National Guard Base, N.Y., on July 17. From left, Tech. Sgt. Dan McLoughlin, Staff Sgt. Greg Urstadt, Master Sgt. Scott French and Tech. Sgt. Jim Touchette build a pallet box with scraps from old buildings while deployed to support with the 109th Airlift Wing. Deployed News News WASHINGTON (AFNS) -The National Guard is giving more back to the America in the 21st Century through its increased readiness and ability to rapidly deploy for federal and state callouts, the Guard Bureaus Gen. Craig R. McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told an audience June 1 at the Center for National Policy here that since 9/11 the Guard has drastically reduced the time it takes to mobilize in support of the president and the governors. Weve accelerated the training, weve accelerated the equipping, our leadership has changed dramatically, so today most of our formations take less than 90 days to go through a premobilization buildup, said the general. Aside from the advantage of getting boots on the ground faster in support of theater commanders, General McKinley said the consequences of a Guard thats always ready is that it provides a highly trained force that can be used in state callouts for disasters and national security events. in a state more than likely today will be your National Guard, he General McKinley said the National Guard has continued its engagements around the globe while responding to historic callouts by the governors for support in disasters like the Kentucky ice storms in late January and security events like the presidential inauguration. General McKinley also Chief: Guards mobilization training, readiness good for America By Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith National Guard Bureau pointed out that the National Guard is heavily involved in supporting the active-duty Army and the Air Force overseas. While we sit here, between 30,000 and 35,000 members of the National Guard are involved either in Iraq or Afghanistan, he said.


8 The Skibird 9 Summer 2009 Fini Flights His wife, Nancy, was there to watch with numerous 109th Airlift Wing members. Scotia, N.Y., on July 14. His brother, Chief Master Sgt. Ray Morgan, along with Chief Master Sgt. Mike Cristiano Cover Story Chief Stoddard says farewell Wing celebrates chiefs 25-year career with ceremony, dinnerChief Master Sgt. Jerry Stoddard speaks during his retirement dinner celebration at the Glen Sanders Mansion on July 9. About 150 guests attended the dinner. Left, Col. Anthony German (left), wing commander, waits to retire Chief Master Sgt. Jerry Stoddard (right) as Airman 1st Class Anthony Amico (center) reads the retirement order during a ceremony on base July 9. Above, Base Honor Guard during his retirement dinner at Glen Sanders Mansion July 9.Photo by Master Sgt. Willie Gizara Photo by Master Sgt. Willie Gizara Photo by Airman 1st Class Ben German Cover Story


10 The Skibird 11 Summer 2009 Air Force News award nominations RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -Air Force Personnel Center officials here are currently seeking nominations for the 2009 Government Employees Insurance Companys Military Service Awards. The annual GEICO awards recognize enlisted servicemembers from all military service branches, Guard and Reserve for their contributions to military and civilian communities. Awards will be given in three categories: drug and alcohol abuse prevention, fire safety safety and accident prevention. The accident prevention vehicle or motorcycle related accomplishments. Organizations and base-level personnel must contact their agency, direct reporting unit or MAJCOM equivalent for applicable suspense dates and for additional information regarding nomination procedures. Nomination packages for all MAJCOM or equivalent agencies are due to AFPC by Oct. 15. The awards period of service runs from Oct. 1, 2008, to Sept. 30, 2009. However, nominees accomplishments could have been performed during the award period, be ongoing or span a period of several years. Nominees must have at least one year of obligated service through Dec. 31, 2010, to be eligible. For more information, contact Tech. Sgt. Aletha Della Rocco in 344-2336. update uniform board decisionsBy Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON (AFNS) June 12 policy updates in the 98th Virtual Uniform Board decisions posted June 10. The following provides a snapshot of approved uniform wear. Follow-on messages will be released that contain detailed guidance and instructions. All information will be incorporated into AFI 36-2903. Effective Oct. 1, 2010, trousers on utility uniforms will be tucked into boots and give a bloused appearance. Tucking had previously been optional. worn only as the AllPurpose Environmental Clothing System liner is authorized Air Force-wide as an outer-wear garment. The addition of the name, rank and service designators to the green fleece when worn as an outer-wear garment is authorized. Airmen may use personal cellular telephones while in uniform and walking. Cell phones may be worn on either left or right side; however, the cell phone must be a conservative color. Military customs and courtesies are required and take precedence. Talking on a phone is no excuse for not saluting. Still prohibited is wearing handsfree devices such as cell phones attachments worn on the ears. Enlisted chevrons will be worn on light weight blue jacket sleeves instead of the metal rank insignias on the collar effective Jan. 1, 2010. The ends of boot laces must be tucked into boots. Wrapping the laces around boot is authorized. The length of airman battle uniform lower leg pocket will increase by approximately 1/2 inch. Upper sleeve pockets are clothing authorized for the Central Command region. Airmen earning and awarded the Army Parachute Riggers badge are authorized permanent wear on all uniform combinations. For the airman battle uniform and the battle dress uniform, the badge will be blue. On the desert combat uniform the approved color is brown. Wearing the black Army Air Assault Badge on the battle dress uniform is authorized upon graduation from Air Assault School. Organizational ball caps are not authorized to be attached to either lower leg cargo pockets on the BDU trousers. buttons will be the same as on mens pants. First-Place Finish Logistics Readiness Squadron, crosses Airlift Wing members ran the event, including Staff Sgt. Angela Vasilakos of and Airmen and their families during deployment emergencies. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Connelly Articles for the next issue of the are due by Oct. 4.Deadline Notice RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -On June 22, President Obama signed into law the Thrift Savings Plan Enhancement Act of 2009 as part of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Public Law 111-31). One of the provisions of the new law eliminates the waiting period of appropriated fund civilian employees covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System to receive Agency Automatic 1 percent and Agency Matching Contributions to their TSP accounts.President signs bill authorizing changes to TSP for civilians Prior to enactment of the new law, new FERS employees had to wait 6 to 12 months, depending on their date of hire, before becoming eligible for agency TSP contributions. Employees covered by the Civil Service Retirement System are not eligible for agency TSP contributions. Department of Defense employees who are covered under FERS and who are hired or rehired on or after July 5 will be immediately eligible for Agency Automatic 1 percent News contributions. When they begin contributing to TSP, they are also immediately eligible for Agency Matching Contributions. This is good news for FERS employees who are currently waiting to become eligible for agency contributions, said Fran Campbell, a human resources specialist at the Air Force Personnel Center. They will become eligible for Agency Automatic 1 percent contributions on July 5, and if they are contributing to TSP, they will also be immediately eligible for Agency Matching Contributions. FERS employees who are currently serving agency TSP contributions on their Leave and Earnings Statements for pay date July 24. New FERS employees who have delayed enrolling in TSP because they were waiting to become eligible for agency contributions should make their election as soon as possible to take advantage of this new provision, said Ms. Campbell. Employees may contribute a whole dollar amount or a whole percentage of their basic Photo by Staff Sgt. David Murphy Prevention and Controls Urban Search and Rescue Center in Albany.Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!TSP, from page 10pay to TSP, but they must contribute at least 5 percent of basic pay each pay period in order to receive the maximum Agency Matching Contributions. Employee contributions are subject to the $16,500 annual maximum for 2009. Air Force-serviced civilians can enroll or submit TSP contribution elections by Entitlements Service Teams phone system. EBIS can be found on the Air Force Portal and on AFPCs Ask site by entering in the search function. Employees can reach the BEST phone system by dialing 800-525-0102. When the phone system answers, press 2 for civilian and entitlements, and follow the prompts. AT&T direct access numbers can be found at jsp. day of the next pay period after the election is submitted.


12 The Skibird 13 Summer 2009 Post-9/11 GI Bill $500 is issued directly to a student who resides in a county with six persons or fewer per square mile (as determined by the most recent decennial census), and who either: Physically relocates at least 500 miles to attend an educational institution, or Relocates by air (any distance) to physically attend an educational institution, if no other land-based transportation exists. What kind of education and training does the Post-9/11 GI Bill cover? Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees. All training programs must be offered by a degree-granting institution of higher learning (IHL) and are available under the Post9/11 GI Bill. NOTE: If an individual is eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill as were previously eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (MGIB-AD, Chapter 30), Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR, Chapter 1606), or the Reserve Educational Assistance for approved programs not offered by degree-granting institutions. the-job training, preparatory courses, and national tests. Individuals under Chapters 30, 1606, and 1607. The Post-9/11 GI Bill is effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. What is the eligibility period? The period of eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill ends 15 years from the date of the last discharge or release from active duty of at least: 90 consecutive days 30 days but less than 90 days if released for a serviceconnected disability Or: 15 years from the date of discharge for the last period of service used to meet the minimum service requirements of 90 aggregate days of service. For more information, visit the VA GI Bill Web site at http://www., or call toll-free 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). WASHINGTON The Post-9/11 GI Bill takes effect Aug. 1, but in the meantime, servicemembers may submit a request to transfer benefits to their spouses and children now. Transferability of Post 9/11 requested initiative we receive from our servicemembers, said Bill Carr, deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel policy, and we believe it will assist us in retaining highly qualified military personnel. Career servicemembers on active duty or in the selected reserve on Aug. 1 may be entitled to transfer all or a portion of their unused entitlement to one or more family members. Army 1st Sgt. Steven Colbert, who serves with Headquarters By Rob McIlvaine Special to American Forces Press Service and Headquarters Company, 3rd U.S. Infantry, at Fort Myer, Va., advantage of the new entitlement. the Army is probably the best thing that has ever happened to me, Colbert said. It has given me some of the advantages that I didnt have as a child growing up. One of the reasons why I stayed in so long is because of Jordan, my son. Now I have the opportunity to give him something I never had. Colbert has spent 23 years in the Army with tours throughout Europe and across the United States. During that time, he took advantage of tuition assistance and graduated with a bachelors degree in management. His wife, Danielle, is working on a bachelors degree in business administration at Prince Georges Community College in Maryland. Jordan Colbert already has similar plans. I want to go in the Army and play football, he said with a big smile. But I want to attend Virginia Tech first. I didnt put that in his head, his father said. He already has picked that out, and with us being here in the D.C. area, the Post 9/11 GI Bill is perfect. [Virginia Tech] is a pricey school, but these be able to take care of that. Its just wonderful, he continued. Im just overwhelmed about the opportunity to really be able to take care of him. For servicemembers and spouses who might want to continue with their studies, the Post 9/11 GI Bill can be used for all levels of degree programs, including a second degree, a masters degree or even a doctorate. Defense officials advise servicemembers to transfer at least a months worth of GI before they leave service to lock in an opportunity to change the number of months transferred at a later time. Any family member not approved for transferability before a member retires or separates will be denied the opportunity forever, unless the member re-enters service. Likewise, veterans who remarry or have more children after leaving service will not be to these new family members. Its recommended that soldiers add all family members as potential beneficiaries of said Bob Clark, the Defense Departments assistant director for accession policy and military personnel policy. Once servicemembers retire or separate, he explained, they can no longer add new family members Post-9/11 GI Bill Individuals who serve at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001 are eligible. have served an aggregate of 36 months of active duty service, or have been discharged for a service-connected disability after 30 days of continuous service. For those who served fewer than 36 months, the percentage of 90 percent 30 total months (including service on active duty in entry level and skill training) 80 percent 24 total months (including service on active duty in entry level and skill training) 70 percent 18 total months (excluding service on active duty in entry level and skill training) 60 percent 12 total months (excluding service on active duty in entry level and skill training) 50 percent 6 total months (excluding service on active duty in entry level and skill training) 40 percent 90 or more days (excluding service on active duty in entry level and skill training). For example, an individual service could receive 40 percent the monthly housing allowance, and a maximum of $400 books and supplies stipend. Veterans must have an honorable discharge or other qualifying discharge (e.g. hardship, condition interfering with duty, etc.) to be eligible. payment of tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance, a stipend for books and supplies, college fund (kicker) payments, a rural type of payment is issued separately, with some payments made directly to the school and others issued to the individual. : These payments are issued to the school on behalf Not on active duty: For individuals not on active duty, the amount is prorated according to length of service. The amount paid is limited to the highest amount of tuition and fees charged for full-time, undergraduate training at a public institution of higher learning in the state where the student is enrolled. (A chart of maximum in-state tuition and fees for 2008-2009 is on the VA GI Bill website at http://www.gibill. On active duty: Individuals on active duty may receive the total amount of tuition and fees. The amount is not limited to the state maximum. : This payment is issued directly to the student at the beginning of each month for education and training pursued the previous month. The amount is prorated based on length of service. : This payment issued directly to the and VA processes the enrollment. on length of service. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows degree-granting institutions to enter into a voluntary agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate for individuals eligible for the 100% payment tier. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. This payment is students enrollment. (For details on this program see Yellow Ribbon Program on the web page CH33/Yellow_ribbon.htm.) These payments are issued directly to the student based on rate of pursuit (fullor part-time study) and Post-9/11 GI Bill kickers will be issued monthly with the housing allowance; all other kickers will be issued in a lump sum when the : This one-time, lump-sum payment of Post-9/11 GI Bill: General Information


14 The Skibird 15 Summer 2009 Summer 2009 The Skibird The Skibird A sketch that began on the back of an Air Force sticker now encompasses one of the walls in the 109th Communications Flights new building. Staff Sgt. Stephen Girolami, a crew chief with the 109th Maintenance Squadron, brought his artistic abilities to the unit and created a new logo for the Communications Flight. Sergeant Girolami, a traditional guardsman, began picking up days wherever and whenever he could. One of his stints was with the Communications Flight helping them with various computer talent. existing logo and how it would work with our reorganization Armstrong, 109th Communications Flight commander. We wanted to see if we could come up with something (that would represent the new squadron) better and take advantage of Stephs capabilities, which we thought were going to be very suitable to our project. Sergeant Girolami got right to work and began sketching out ideas. We gave him some very loose parameters; we wanted Steph to use his unique ability, Colonel Armstrong said. Colonel Armstrong said he wanted the units unique polar mission somehow included in the logo. He also wanted a lightning bolt, the traditional Communications symbol. Through the course of my years being with the unit, I know that we played off the polar bear and penguin concept in a lot of different organizations, said Chief Master Sgt. Doug Miller, 109th Communications Flight Plans Branch chief. Chief Miller and Colonel Armstrong wanted to incorporate those ideas into a more professional-looking logo. I just told Steph that we were going to rely on his abilities as an artist to bring all those different factors together, Chief Miller said. They gave me some ideas, but then gave me the freedom to interpret it the way I wanted to, Sergeant Girolami said. As Sergeant Girolami started bringing his ideas to paper, coincidentally, the 109th Airlift Wing logos artist, Dave Getty, stopped in. The two began talking about the logo Sergeant Girolami had started, and Mr. Getty offered some advice. Hes the one who told me that everything had to mean something, Sergeant Girolami said. I kind of already knew that things needed to have symbolism, but he said everything, even the colors, had to mean something. During the sketching process, Sergeant Girolami also did a Pentagon, on the images he was creating and the symbolism he would bring into his drawing. He would then transfer his sketches, which were scanned into illustration was transferred to a computer, and thats when he was able to put all the aspects of the logo together and perfect the details. From there, he projected his drawing onto the wall where the mural would go, and began painting. Over the course of several weeks in between jobs, the new Communications logo covered an We needed a new building to process our lifecycle computer replacement; we get about 25 percent of our computers replaced every year, Colonel Armstrong said. We thought this would be a great location for a Comm logo and a good way to spruce up the space. Members of the Communications Flight were nothing but impressed with what Sergeant Girolami came up with. Colonel Armstrong said. It was just incredible. The level of sophistication and the level of skill that he possesses is remarkable. Im surprised, but then again I shouldnt be. People on this base have so many different talents. Master Sgt. Craig Gronlund, 109th Communications Flight Plans and Programs superintendent, was so impressed that he now has a framed picture of the mural, with all the meanings Its just unbelievable, he said. He did such a good job and there was so much meaning in there, which is I why I wanted to somehow honor that. Steph by far took it to the extreme where I never envisioned that he could possibly take this thing, Chief Miller said. He has so much symbolism built into this logo. Everything from part of our state mission to our federal mission. Theres so much there that hes brought in. We had the perfect guy for the job. outlined, on page 16. By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt Public Affairs Photos by Master Sgt. Christine WoodStaff Sgt. Stephen Girolami transfers his sketches to a wall in the new Communications Flight building. The Staff Sgt. Stephen Girolami paints the Communications Flight logo he created as a mural onto one of the walls in the new (Background photo) Staff Sgt. Stephen Girolami sketches out his design of a new logo for the Communications Flight. He is a crew chief with the 109th Maintenance Squadron. Art MissionThe Skibird 14 Summer 2009 15 Feature


16 The Skibird 17 Summer 2009 Healthy Living Heat Cat / Flag Color WBGT (F) EASY WORK MODERATE WORK HARD WORK Work Rest Cycle Water Intake Qt/hr Work Rest Cycle Water Intake Qt/hr Work Rest Cycle Water Intake Qt/hr1 78-81.9 No Limit 0.5 No Limit 0.75 40/20 min 0.75 2 81-84.9 No Limit 0.5 50/10 min 0.75 30/30 min 1.0 3 85-87.9 No Limit 0.75 40/20 min 0.75 30/30 min 1.0 4 88-89.9 No Limit 0.75 30/30 min 0.75 20/40 min 1.0 5 >90 50/10 min 1.0 20/40 min 1.0 10/50 min 1.0 HEAT DISORDERS SYMPTOMS, FIRST AID AND PREVENTIONHeat Cramps due to an excessive loss of salt Symptoms: Painful spasms of extremities and abdominal wall muscles Vomiting Fatigue First Aid: Promptly relieve by drinking .1% saline solution (1/2 + salt in 1-8 oz glass of water), replacing the salt loss from the body, and allowing rest Heat Exhaustion due to excessive water loss Symptoms: Profuse sweating Pale, moist and cool skin Rapid pulse Weakness, fatigue, thirst Giddiness, in coordination, confusion, and headache First Aid: Cool Immediately!! Get out of sun Sprinkle with water, submerge in cool water, or place ice in groin, armpits and neck Remove clothing Fan Massage extremities Drink water Elevate legs Seek medical attention immediately Heat Stroke Medical Emergency!! Thermoregulatory system simply breaks down Symptoms: Skin is dry, red and hot (sweating has stopped) High core temperature (over 105.8 degrees F) Abrupt onset Confusion Loss of consciousness Delirium Convulsions And sometimes death First Aid: Cool Immediately!! (same ways as for heat exhaustion) Transport immediately to medical facility HEAT STRESS PREVENTION:Education Signs/symptoms of heat stress First Aid procedures Protective clothing/equipment Effects of various factors (ex. Obesity, alcohol) Buddy System watch each other for early warning signs of heat illness Maintain proper hydration Pre-hydrate drink 1 pt to 1 qt before you start work Forced or mandatory water intake may be necessary Drink 1 cup to 1 pint every 15-20 minutes Cool (60-70 degrees F) water is better vitamin c which neutralize water disinfectants Perform midday urine checks if necessary: shouldnt be darker than diluted lemonade. Wear Proper Clothing Cover body if working in sunlight to avoid getting sunburn Choose permeable material (ex. Cotton) Get 8 hours of sleep a night Maintain good physical condition Modify Schedules/Conditions Allow for more frequent and/or longer breaks (rest periods) and provide cool areas to rest Schedule hard/hot jobs for cooler part of the day or year. Add extra personnel or use machines to complete the job, if needed. Environmental Controls Decrease air temperature Increase air circulation Shield workers from source OSHA Heat FactsAFPAM 48-151 Emperor Penguin is a native of Antarctica Lightning bolt depicts peacetime mission Penguins shield is the Air Mobility Command badge Emperor Crown 15 1/2 garnets represent 62 counties of New York. (15 1/2 stones x 4 crown sides = 62 counties.) Skua Orange outline of shield and orange banner coincide with LC-130 tail markings Dark blue background 13 U.S. stars represent stars at night as well as 13 colonies on upper left-hand corner in compliance with U.S. Flag displaying regulations Constellation, Southern Cros Antarctica. Satellite McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and the other points to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Red and white shapes between bands signify red and white stripes of U.S. Flag, and each shape represents 10 states Light blue background Globe shows graphic of Greenland Island on the top right and graphic of Antarctica on the lower left side The North Star is depicted above the Earth Bald Eagle the National Symbol,carries the Communications Flights shield by its Air Force blue and gold torse. The eagle looks to its right, portraying its call for peace. The penguin and bear stand on a tri-colored, curved Pentagon. The white illustrates icecaps/glaciers; the teal green illustrates The Latin phrase Orbis Terrarum Subsidium on the banner translates to World support provided by the military Polar Bear is a native of Greenland The bear is holding the Air Force sword which represents the Air Forces historical role in the Cold War Bears shield is the 109th Airlift Wing badge Common Raven 109th Communications Flight logoIllustration by Staff Sgt. Stephen Girolami


18 The Skibird 19 Summer 2009 Spotlight 109th BHG Spotlight:Volunteerism is key!T Operation Deep Freeze and a high tempo spring burial season have posed various challenges in completing the mission we are tasked, and honored, to perform. to perform. The number of details can vary from a few a week, to 12 in the same timeframe. Performing these many honors in a short period of time can only be achieved through the use of the volunteer team of the Base Honor Guard. The four personnel assigned to the full-time team do handle the bulk of the honors during the year; however, when the tempo picks up and were looking at up to four details in one day, the volunteers come to the rescue! The 109th Base Honor Guard is on pace to perform more than 200 details this year, honoring veterans, retirees and active members of the U.S. Air Force/Army Air Corps/Army Air Forces. We will cover a 175-mile radius to ensure all requests for our presence are aspects of military funeral honors in addition to their full-time duties. why the 109th Base Honor Guard is a top-notch team. The mission could not be completed without them! We would like to recognize a few volunteers who have truly stepped up and made the effort to answer the call in the last six months:By Staff Sgt. Al Moon 109th Base Honor Guard Without the assistance of these volunteers, the ability of the 109th Base Honor Guard to perform its mission would have been severely impaired. Every volunteer, whether they perform 10 details a year or 100, enhances our ability to continue performing the most honorable of duties. Maj. Benson Louie Member since: 2007 Details performed this CY: 31 Details performed career: 67 1st Lt. John Shakeshaft Member since: 2003 Details performed this CY: 18 Details performed career: 118 Tech. Sgt. Terra Martin Member since: 2003 Details performed this CY: 7 Details performed career: 42 Senior Airman Michael Crouse Member since: 2008 Details performed this CY: 29 Details performed career: 31 Senior Airman Anastatsios Mantzouris Member since: 2008 Details performed this CY: 19 Details performed career: 78 Photo by Master Sgt. Willie Gizara Photo by Master Sgt. Willie GizaraSenior Airman Anastasios Mantzouris (left) and Master Jerry Stoddards retirement July 9 at the Glen Sanders Mansion. Staff Sgt. Gregory McMullen dresses the U.S. Flag at Chief Master Sgt. Jerry Stoddards retirement dinner July 9 at the Glen Sanders Mansion. Chief Stoddard was instrumental in the forming of the 109th Base Honor Guard. He will be missed! (Background photo by Master Sgt. Christine Wood) volleys to honor a U.S. Air Force retiree.


20 The Skibird 21 Summer 2009 Load em up conjunction with the International Polar Year. and brought them back to Kangerlussuaq the Greenland.Royal visit WASHINGTON (AFNS) -One of the biggest challenges facing the Air National that are approaching the end of their service said July 29. A big problem we have in the Air National Guard is figuring out how to Wyatt III, director of the Air National Guard, said here at a Defense Writers Group breakfast. airlifters, its AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control Systems), its the early warning radars. Its the whole system that is old and needs to be recapitalized. Its an issue facing not only the Air Guard, but the Air Force as a whole. To be quite honest with you, the Air Force has the same recapitalization problem as the Air National Guard, he said. Ours is a little bit more acute and a little more immediate, because our airplanes are a little bit older. And that immediacy affects the readiness status of Air Guard units. If you take a look at our F-16s that do the air sovereignty alert mission, 80 percent of those will be aging out within the next eight years, said General Wyatt. Right now the recapitalization plan for those units doesnt have (replacements) going to those units until the mid-2020s, and that is several years too late. Discussions are under way about how to with the Air Force to address that problem, and were making some progress, but to date there is no plan that addresses Air National Guard issues, said General Wyatt. One of the issues that is taking shape within those discussions is rebalancing the force structure of the Air Force as a whole. For General Wyatt, that rebalancing should come at the same rate across all components of the Air Force. In my opinion, since the Air National Guard provides 34 percent of the capabilities of the United States Air Force-at 7 percent of the budget I might add-that the smart thing to do would be to take a look at bedding down whatever capability the Air Force requires concurrently and proportionally in the Guard. General Wyatt said he is afraid to see a castoffs from the active duty force. He has personal experiences with the results of that Oklahoma Air National Guard in the early 1990s. When Desert Storm kicked off, we had some great capability within the Air National Guard and the A-7 platform, said General Wyatt. But the active duty was not getting the top of the line weapons in the That seems to me to be a great waste of money. It makes no sense to have a platform that youre not going to use in war. General: Air Guard facing recapitalization issuesBy Army Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy National Guard Bureau Tickets for Troops is a new program from Proctors in Schenectady. This is an effort to show appreciation to the men and women in uniform and their families. They have generously offered a 20% military discount to most of their shows. You must times and dates and order your tickets. The discount is for military ID card holders. Please visit their website for a complete listing of events at Airport Clear Program: Members will be pre-registered and given a biometric card (requires you to physically go to the Air scan) which will afford you special processing through the security line at certain airports across the country including Albany. Normally a $100 annual fee, it is free to active duty, guard and reserve military members (not retired) with the presentation of card. It is NOT just limited to military travel. Bronx Zoo & New York Aquar ium Discount Ticket Program: You may purchase tickets immediately by visiting the exclusive Wildlife Conservation Society Online Discount Ticket Store in one or both of the following ways: 1: Clicking on the web link (URL) Intranet site: https:// asp?ID=12D3D2A2-0E2B-47C8-890D-21100054D241 2: Go to the online store at https:// and enter this per sonalized Store Name: 109aw Child Development Homes: If you are a parent looking for quality child care or would consider being a childcare provider, which is located in the Fleet and Family Support Center at NSU. (518) 885-0200 x9160 or x9161. inside the Fleet and Family Support Center at NSU, Saratoga Springs. Phone: (518) 886-0200 ext. 161 Fax: (518) 886-0121 Hero Salute: You can receive free admission for you and your family (military dependents) at Sea World, Busch Gardens and Sesame Place. Visit and register when you are planning your trip. You are only eligible to use this offer once a year so plan accordingly. Six Flags Tickets: $26.50 per person Regal Tickets: On sale at MWR for $7.25 Naval Exchange & Commissary: Telephone: 581-2181; Saratoga NSU Commissary Hours: Sun/Mon closed; Tues/ Wed 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thurs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri/Sat 10 a.m. to 6 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.Guard News MWR Announcements Photo by Col. Gary James Courtesy photo Photo Focus


22 The Skibird 23 Summer 2009 Sexual Assault Prevention RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -To reinforce the Air Forces commitment to eliminating incidents of sexual assault, officials here have debuted a new sexual assault prevention and response Web site to raise awareness and provide prevention training, education and victim advocacy. Sexual assault is absolutely inconsistent with our core values and it has no place in our Air Force; in a deployed context, at or anywhere in between, said Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley. The new SAPR Web site provides prevention and awareness information and recommendations that may prove useful in reducing and eliminating sexual assaults in the Air Force, said Lawna Swellander, the Air Forces sexual assault prevention and response operations chief. The Web site contains informational video spots that highlight ways in which members can intervene as bystanders to help others from becoming victims of sexual assault, Mrs. Swellander said. However, the primary focus of our new Web site is to serve as a resource for anyone who is interested in learning more about what the Air Force is doing to combat sexual assault and provide comprehensive listings of available resources. The Web site contains a range and policy, general information to victims and the public, and discusses the availability of medical treatment, advocacy, and referral services with contact lists for the proper agencies that provide critical services. The site will also include contacts for local sexual assault response coordinators and links to military and civilian organizations like the Department of Defense SAPR Program and Military OneSource. It will also contain current policies and Air Force Instructions as well as photos, news articles, and public service announcements. The Air Force SAPR Program is focusing their efforts on the primary levels of prevention that work to stop sexual assaults before they occur. The key to prevention is for all Airmen to be engaged and committed to stopping these crimes before they occur by intervening when they witness situations or circumstances that lead to sexual assault, said Carl Buchanan, Air Force SAPR program manager. While prevention has been included in the formal Air Force SAPR Program since it began in 2005, Mr. Buchanan said the new initiative concentrates extensively on educating Airmen and caring for victims of sexual assault. To shift to a full-scale prevention approach requires consistent and continuing education and training. It also requires emphasizing standards and values by leadership as well as a consistent, visible support for victims. Deterrence and holding perpetrators accountable is represented by our well-trained investigators, prosecutors, and commanders, he said. Air Force SAPR Program, Air Force leaders have dedicated full-time resources for SARCs, enhanced collaboration between first-responder communities, developed career-stream learning, continued partnerships with civilian subject matter experts, and released supportive New AF sexual assault prevention, response Web site announcedcampaign messaging to enhance the well being of all Airmen. The United States Air Force does not tolerate sexual assault, said Gen. Norton Schwartz, the Air Force chief of staff. Sexual assault is criminal conduct that falls well short of the standards America expects of its men and women in uniform. The Air Force is dedicated to eliminating sexual assault by fostering a culture of prevention, providing education and training, response capability, victim support, reporting procedures, and accountability that enhances the safety and well-being of all its members. All members redeploying to the 109th AW are reminded that counseling services on any subject to do with Sexual Assault are available free of charge in the Schenectady community. Please contact Lt. Col. Sharon Stepp, 109th AW SARC, at 344-2084 or 588-7308 (24/7). For more information, visit the new SAPR Web site at library/sapr/index.asp or call the Air Force SAPR Program In addition, the 109th Airlift Wing has its own Community of Practice site for local information along with the Wings training statistics. The site is https:// CoP/EntryCoP.asp?Filter=ANED-00-66. From Scotia to Kanger Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, during a Community Day Chaplain Services UTA Sunday 7:45 a.m. Room UTA Sunday 7:45 a.m. Photo FocusBy Staff Sgt. Steve Grever Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs Students from Stevens Elementary School collected supplies to send to students in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Squadron, carries out supplies donated by Stevens Elementary School to students in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. toys and school supplies donated by Stevens Elementary Students in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, Photo by Master Sgt. Christine Wood Photo by Master Sgt. Christine Wood Courtesy photo Courtesy photo Courtesy photo


24 The Skibird 25 Summer 2009 Master Sgt. Ottavio Lo Piccolo became interested in joining the New York Air National Guard after leaving active duty. I liked the military discipline, job training and educational opportunities that I received. He came to the unit in 1996 where he spent a few years in the audio-visual shop. He transferred over to the Services Squadron where he spent 12 years before becoming a chaplains assistant in 2007. Off duty, Sergeant Lo Piccolo is very active in the community and has been an itinerant ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher since 2001. He graduated from UAlbany with a Masters of Science degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I teach children and adults who speak another language at home and need to learn all English skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), he said. Sergeant Lo Piccolo came to the U.S. as a in Italian, understands Spanish and knows a little bit of French. I was deployed to Saudi Arabia after 9/11 for over three months and taught ESL to French air force personnel stationed there, he said. He also holds a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Utica College. Hes had several art exhibits and even painted many murals seen throughout the Services Squadron. Sergeant LoPiccolo coaches youth soccer for the Schenectady Soccer Club and paints and restores religious statues during the summer and maintains many of the statues at his parish, St. Anthonys, as a volunteer in-resident artist. Sergeant Lo Piccolo said the people and their teamwork have made the Air National Guard a wonderful experience. The people in the military have taught me valuable skills, lessons and values that I believe are central to success when dealing with others, he said. Some of those values are integrity (doing the right thing even when Master Sgt. Ottavio Lo Piccolo109th Chaplain AssistantWho We Are The 109th Airlift Wing Alumni Associations Annual Summer Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Pavilion at Stratton Air National Guard Base. Lunch is noon to 3 p.m. The lunch menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, clams (both steamed and raw), clam chowder, baked beans, salad, and chips and dips. Dinner is scheduled to be served around 5 p.m., and the menu includes shrimp, steak, salads, corn on the cob, coffee and dessert. Beer, wine and soda will be available throughout the day. Reservation deadline was July 26. Our Wednesday Lunch Enterprise at the Base allowed us to keep the cost at $10; additional guests are $20 each. Make checks out to: 109th Alumni Association, send to: Ken Bliss, 365 Wolf Hallow Road, Scotia, NY 12302, Any questions, call Bob Guzior at (518) 372-5135. The Firebird Association Reunion for 2010 is scheduled for April 11-14, 2010, in Galveston, Texas. They are trying to get approval from the U.S. Air Force representative at the Pentagon to allow the 109th Airlift Wing to fly a LC-130H ski Hercules aircraft down to Galveston for a static display during the reunion. If approved, I hope as many members of the Firebird Association from the 109th AW will be able to attend the 2010 Reunion. Doctor in Dramatic South Pole Rescue Dies at Age 57: Dr. Jerri (Nielsen) FitzGerald, who diagnosed and treated her own breast cancer before a dramatic rescue by the 109th Airlift Wing from the South Pole in October of 1999, died June 23. Her husband, Thomas FitzGerald, said she died at their home in Southwick, Mass. Her cancer had been in remission until it returned in August of 2005, he said. She was the only doctor at the National Science Foundations AmundsenScott South Pole Station in the winter of 1999 when she discovered a cancer lump in her breast. Extreme cold didnt permit a rescue, so with guidance from U.S. based doctors via the Internet, she performed a biopsy on herself with the help of the staff. She treated herself Summer picnic just around the corner with anti-cancer drugs delivered during a midJuly airdrop by a U.S. Air Force aircraft in blackout, freezing conditions, until she could be rescued by the 109th AW Air National Guard in October of 1999. Dr. Nielsen documented her ordeal in a best-selling book Ice Bound: A Doctors Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole. She spent the last decade speaking around the world about the cancer and how it changed her life, and also worked as a roving ER doctor in hospitals around the Northeast. She fought bravely, she was able to make the best of what life and circumstance gave her, and she had the most resilience I have ever seen in anyone, said her husband. The couple would have celebrated their third anniversary the following week after she died. In addition to her husband, the Ohio native is survived by her parents, two brothers and three children. 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: Retired Chief Master Sgt. Anthony (Tony) Perretta, age 72, of Charlton, died June 15 at home after a short cancer illness. He was born in Schenectady, and graduated from Nott Terrace High School, class of 1955. Anthony worked for and was a member of the 109th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, for 38 years, retiring in 1992. He was a former 109th AW Alumni Association member, and also a former member of the Charlton Volunteer Fire Department, coached Little League baseball, and was involved with Boy Scout Troop 65, and enjoyed gardening years, Sandra (Maisenbecker) Perretta; sons, Anthony (Debbie) Perretta, Maj. Patrick (Cathy) Perretta, United States National Guard, and James W. (Mia) Perretta. Joe Fitzgibons passed away June 7. Joe was an aircraft radio repairman, and after retiring he was also a member of the 109th AW Alumni Association until he could no longer drive at night. Retired Senior Master Sgt. Wes Ryersons wife Betty (Beth) has passed away. Wes worked at the 109th AW for Recruiting/Photo by Airman 1st Class Ben German Photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt Senior Master Sgt. Bill Pickney and Retired Master Sgt. Howard Ray cook up hamburgers and hot dogs during the Alumni Associations Summer Wednesday Lunch Program at the base. Retention and the Mission Support Flight. He retired militarily in November 2005 and left as a technician in December 2007. It is with deep sympathy that we heard the announcement about the passing of his wife. Kathy Knauff, the wife of Maj. Gen. Robert Knauff, has also passed away. It is with great sorrow that we heard of her death. Please keep the General and his family in your thoughts and prayers. The 109th Airlift Wing Alumni Association members would like to welcome home many members of the 109th that spent a lot of weeks deployed in Afghanistan this year. There have been many individuals who have retired in the past few months. If you know any of them, please invite them to our meeting the third Wednesday of each month at of membership of the alumni Association is free. We always look forward to seeing new faces and new members at our meetings. Until the next quarterly issue of this Skibird Magazine publication, stay Happy, Healthy, Safe, Prosperous and Think Fall. no one is looking), leading by example, taking care of the people under and above me by treating them with respect and dignity, and excellence (doing/accepting only the best I possibly can.) In addition, having a sense of belonging and similar vision are other factors that make my Guard experience worthwhile and meaningful. Strong Bonds-Marriage Enrichment Seminar Our Strong Bonds-Marriage Enrichment Seminar is a hands-on, team building weekend along with PREP, (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program) which is one of the most comprehensive and well respected marriage enrichment programs in the world. PREP is a skills and principles-building curriculum designed to help partners increase their connection with each other. PREP is a fresh approach and is education, not therapy, for couples who want offered by Chaplains and the Family Program Coordinator at an offsite location to encourage relaxation, fun and education. This year the Strong Bonds-Marriage Enrichment Seminar will be held Sept. 25-27 at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark in Queensbury, NY. Check-in starts Friday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. with a maximum of 25 couples. Registration begins Aug. 1 with forms and additional information Family Support Center By Retired Lt. Col. Tom Noel Alumni Representative Alumni News


26 The Skibird 27 Summer 2009 Lieutenant Colonel Tammy Street JFHQ First Lieutenant Paul Benintende AS James McCauley AS Captain Nathan Phelps AES John Patton AS Senior Master Sergeant Jeff Lapp CF Master Sergeant Gary Brown SFS Nicole Della Rocco LRS Craig Gronlund CF Jonathan Michael AES Mark Rising AW David Ristau MXM Dustin Snyder AS Joshua Walters SFS Technical Sergeant Sean Bathrick AW Carlos Bonilla-Diaz AMXS Robert Florio LRS Thomas Heyman AES Shawn Keating MSF Marshall Kline LRS Glenn Mitchell LRS Matthew Pierce LRS Daniel Price LRS Shawn Rulison LRS Ronald Valentine MXM Senior Airman Jamie Mehm AMXS Leonard Munday CES Staff Sergeant Joshua German MXM Jessica Mattingly SVS Matthew Plank LRS Meritorious Service Medal Lt Col Vance Bateman JFHQ Lt Col Mark Doll ANG Lt Col Wendell Garlic MSF Maj Bridget Crouch LRS SMSgt Fred Bochenek AMXS Air Force Commendation Medal Lt Col Shawn Clouthier OSF Maj David LaFrance AS MSgt Stephen Boomhower LRS Air Force Achievement Medal Lt Col Mark Armstrong CF Lt Col Marc Lecours AS Maj Paul Bernasconi AS CMSgt Charles Del Toro AMXS 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 SMSgt Brian Bik AMXS SMSgt Mark Olena AS SMSgt Robert Thivierge AMXS MSgt Joseph Archambeault AMXS MSgt Thomas Flynn AMXS MSgt Jamie Hill AS MSgt Mark Piehler AMXS MSgt Jennifer Ray AES MSgt Jerard Roper AMXS MSgt Darren Rutigliano AMXS MSgt Joseph Sinatra AMXS MSgt Kenneth Towne MXM MSgt Kenneth Voelker AMXS TSgt Joseph Axe AS TSgt Carlos Bonilla-Diaz AMXS TSgt Richard Carrier AMXS TSgt Michael Dixon LRS TSgt George Dunkley AMXS TSgt Ralph Fiorillo AMXS TSgt Anthony Fusco LRS TSgt William Lounsbery AMXS TSgt Michael Manzi AMXS TSgt Pedro Negron CF TSgt Christopher Nelson AMXS TSgt Brian Pritchard AMXS TSgt Stephen Radz AMXS TSgt Kevin Ritton AMXS TSgt Paula Sinatra AMXS TSgt Raphael Smith AMXS TSgt Daniel Spiewak AMXS TSgt John Stiles AMXS TSgt Daniel Swatling AS TSgt Justin Taylor AS TSgt Shawn Wells AMXS


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 tradition of serving country, state and community; leaning forward, ready to meet combat and peacetime challenges throughout the world. Provide the most professional theatre combat forces, ready to rapidly deploy statewide, worldwide and pole to pole.Photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Brett Bouchard