Inside SUMMER 2011 VOLUME 49, NO. 1 SkibirdTheOn the cover: Commander Col. Timothy LaBarge Vice Commander Col. John Russo Editorial Staff Lt. Col. Jody AnkabrandtChief of Public AffairsMaster Sgt. Willie GizaraPublic Affairs ManagerMaster Sgt. Christine WoodBase Videographer/PhotographerTech. Sgt. Catharine SchmidtEditor, The SkibirdSenior Airman 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: 109AW.Public.Affairs@ang.af.mil 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, 109th Airlift Wing. All photographs are Air DEADLINE NOTICE: All items for The Skibird each quarter. Address changes for individuals not in the 109AW should be directed to: 109AW/ 12302-9752 or by phone at (518) 344-2423/2396 or DSN: 344-2423/2396.Summer 2011 Volume 49, No. 1SkibirdThe 109th Airlift WingThe Skibird2Plus:State Youth Programs 12-13Who We Are 14 14 15 Commanders CallWellness Center has grand opening 4Wellness Center StaffAirmen of the Year 2010 5 Staying energy conscience 9By Master Sgt. Tom GergWing participates in ORE 8-9By Tech. Sgt. Catharine SchmidtORI tips 10-11ALPENA, Mich. -Staff Sgt. Jessica Mattingley, a Security Forces augmentee, stands guard during an exercise March 23. Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing deployed to Alpena CRTC, Mich., for the Wings Operational Readiness Exercise March 21-25. The Wing will be deploying again in June for its Operational Readiness Inspection. (Photo by Master Sgt. Willie Gizara) Full coverage on Page 83Summer 2011Its time. The 2011 Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) is upon us. weve practiced deploying our cargo and spent hours and hours training on the tasks in our Airmans Manual. Whenever so much time and energy is always the risk that the preparation ceases to become the means to an end and becomes the end itself. As we complete 18 months of sight of the fact that in this era of declining resources we must continually demonstrate ensure we remain viable. Our ability to continue providing support to the National Science Foundation in Antarctica and Greenland and provide combat support overseas is a direct result of our staying ahead of the curve. The ORI ORI is just around the cornerBy Col. John Russo 109th AW Vice Commander is our prime opportunity to remain ahead of that curve. Its our opportunity to prove our mettle to the Air Force and Department of Defense. Its our opportunity to complete a task that directly impacts the bases ability to retain our missions and remain in our community. This is our opportunity to showcase the 109th Airlift providing real world joint base support for the war effort. It is our time to shine. space to individually list each of your accomplishments and everything that has been done to prepare for this ORI. I have witnessed the time and effort each of you has put in preparing for this. I have seen you in action. would like to offer a few things to keep in mind as you are engrossed in the ORI: If attitudes lead action. that each of you is ready. Thank you for Col. John Russo took part in the Operational Readiness Exercise in March. Colonel Russo and more than 250 Airmen are preparing to leave for the Operational Readiness Inspection.U.S. Air Force photo Thank you for the effort you are making to maintain the Wings mission and future. kick off the Critical Days of Summer safety campaign for 2011 on May 28th. most important objective for this summers campaign is protecting military and civilian personnel and their families. and our Nation. Senior Leader Viewpoints
Summer 2011 The Skibird45A members and community Airlift Wing Wellness Center on June 3 to help celebrate its ribbon cutting ceremony. the New York Air National the Director of Psychological the Medical Clinic. Along with the services each of the stop-shop for information and resources on a variety of Airmen and family members will be able to come to the Center to Skype during their loved ones deployments CDs on a variety of topics. Educational programs and classes will also be offered throughout the year on a range being. to be able to offer this support th AW the Center. We would also like this to be a model for other Wings. Todays ops tempo means our Airmen are Wellness Center offers Airmen, families information, education, relaxation Local109th AW Wellness Center (From left) Chaplain Jacob Marvel, Dr. Brett Wood, Master Sgt. Jackie SweetMcNeill, Jolene Kent-Stanley, Beverly Keating and Master Sgt. Michelle Brunt cut the ribbon to dedicate the new 109th Airlift Wing Wellness Center on June 3. They are all part of the Wellness Center support staff.Photo by Senior Airman Ben German weekends and evenings by appointment. and longer deployments. In addition to shouldering more families also have the added stress of worrying about their loved ones being in harms way. This Center is our commitment to helping cope with these stressors. Colonel Russo also local units and their families to use the Center. We want their members and families to feel as welcome here as our own families. stayed to discuss some of the upcoming programs while atmosphere. This one-stop shop will comfortable environment that supports resilient Airmen and families while focusing on and Family Readiness Program Manager. Director of Psychological place to get away from the stresses of everyday life no matter how big or small. The Wellness Center is located Airmen, families and community leaders gathered at the new 109th Airlift Wing Wellness Center for its grand opening June 3.Photo by Senior Airman Ben GermanThe relaxation room in the 109th Airlift Wing Wellness Center.Photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt First Sergeant Honor Guard Superintendent Airman SNCO NCOSenior Airman Anastasios Mantzouris Logistics Readiness Squadron Tech. Sgt. Pedro Negron Communications Flight Master Sgt. Jeffrey Hanna Maintenance Group Honor GuardMaster Sgt. Nicole DellaRocco Logistics Readiness Squadron Staff Sgt. Gregory McMullen Logistics Readiness Squadron Chief Master Sgt. Denny Richardson 139th Airlift Squadron Airmen of the Year 2010
Summer 2011 The Skibird67As the budgets decrease and Stratton Air National Guard Base must become more and more energy conscious in everything we do. How many times do we walk center and leave on our monitors or the lights? Do we have task lighting we could use vs. running the entire area? Energy usage may not be something we think about in dramatic effect on how we maintain and repair the base. Every dollar allocated against our utility bills directly affects the dollars we have Energy in all that we do LocalBy Master Sgt. Tom Gerg Civil Engineer Squadron left to repair everyday things around the base. We have made great strides in decreasing our energy consumption since our baselines were measured in 2003 and 2004. The mandates that were established at that time by 2015. many changes to our facilities in order to meet those goals. This was achieved through new and more of our base Direct Digital control in our facilities. We are continually looking for new technologies to everyone to help us conserve everywhere we can. photo voltaic (PV) systems to reduce our energy demands. We are also currently installing digital smart electric meters on many facilities to closely monitor trends and help identify areas we can further our reduction goals. With everyones effort we will continue to lead the way toward an a smaller carbon foot print in our world. (See energy insert on Page 7)LATHAM Tech Sgt. Al Moon sounds Taps as members of the New York Military Forces Honor Guard present arms during a Memorial Day service held May 26th at Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters here. The event, presided over by Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General, and New York National Guard Command Sgt. Major Frank Wick, recognized the 32 members of the New York Army National Guard, and one Marine Corps Reservist who was also a member of the New York Naval Militia who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Remembering the fallenU.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Steven Petibone7 End of Day Energy Saver Checklist Cubicle/Oce Make Energy a Consideration in All We Do 1. Overhead lights, task lightingturn off 2. Desk lights off 3. Computer speakers off 4. Computer monitor off 5. Personal audio systems off 6. Personal fans or environmental systems 7. Printers off or on standby as required 8. FAX machines off 9. Other peripherals off Note: Unplugging peripherals saves more energy! End of Day Energy Saver Checklist Shared Work Areas Make Energy a Consideration in All We Do 1. Printers off or on standby as required 2. FAX machines off 3. Plotters off Note: Unplugging peripherals saves more energy! End of Day Energy Saver Checklist Kitchen/Break areas Make Energy a Consideration in All We Do 1. Lights off 2. Coffee Pots off 3. Dishes cleaned 4. General area clean, garbage in appropriate receptable 5. Refrigerators clean, old food discarded End of Day Energy Saver Checklist Cubicle/Oce Make Energy a Consideration in All We Do 1. Overhead lights, task lightingturn off 2. Desk lights off 3. Computer speakers off 4. Computer monitor off 5. Personal audio systems off 6. Personal fans or environmental systems 7. Printers off or on standby as required 8. FAX machines off 9. Other peripherals off Note: Unplugging peripherals saves more energy! End of Day Energy Saver Checklist Shared Work Areas Make Energy a Consideration in All We Do 1. Printers off or on standby as required 2. FAX machines off 3. Plotters off Note: Unplugging peripherals saves more energy! End of Day Energy Saver Checklist Kitchen/Break areas Make Energy a Consideration in All We Do 1. Lights off 2. Coffee Pots off 3. Dishes cleaned 4. General area clean, garbage in appropriate receptable 5. Refrigerators clean, old food discarded
Spring 2010 9 The Skibird 8 ORIORE prepares Airmen for upcoming inspection Story by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt and Photos by Master Sgt. Willie Gizara Public Affairs I think we showed up prepared and it 109th AW vice commander who served as commander of the 114th AEW night shift. used to. Other challenges people faced were counterparts and additional duties. We went to great lengths to be a Fredenburg said. Many agreed that this ORE prepared hands-on training they might not have been learned. I think this ORE was invaluable in answered all our questions and allowed us to for it. We can hit the ground running in June now because of what we have just learned. the purpose behind them. That goes much farther than yelling at people. to see where they stood in relation to Now we can adjust whats needed to be that much more successful. More than 250 Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing deployed to Alpena Combat Readiness March 19 for a week to hone their wartime readiness skills during an Operational with reservists from the 439th Airlift Wing The OREs purpose was to serve Operational Readiness Inspection scheduled for June. Airmen were faced with ground all the while had different scenarios thrown Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) skills in a way some had never been tested before. home station leading up to the ORE. Airmen around the base studied their Airmans they went into the ORE ready. Vehicle maintenance practiced inserved as a facility manager during the than prepared. ALPENA CRTC, Mich. -Senior Airman Berardino Mancino, Security Forces, takes post during an exercise here March 23. Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing deployed to Alpena CRTC, Mich., for the Wings Operational Readiness Exercise March 21-25. The Wing will be deploying again in June for its Operational Readiness Inspection. STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. -Airmen are briefed on the correct standard of packing their mobility bags during processing here March 21. Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing deployed to Alpena CRTC, Mich., for the Wings Operational Readiness Exercise March 21-25. The Wing will be deploying again in June for its Operational Readiness Inspection. ALPENA CRTC, Mich. -Tech. Sgt. Darin Cook, 109th Civil Engineer Squadron, checks his gas mask before reporting for duty March 22. Those who participated in the ORE had advice for all the players and those who might be just starting to prepare for an ORE/ ORI. dont get frustrated and think through their said. Study your Airmans Manual and complete the Airmans Manual test that is going around. A positive attitude and steady wins doing all the little things that need to be done be completed and no longer daunting.\ said. Show a sense of urgency especially around your command and the inspectors. something. Be patient with your co-workers and stay positive. Its only one week. ALPENA CRTC, Mich.-Security Forces troops try to back off mock protestors during the Operational REadiness Exercise.
Summer 2011 The Skibird1011 11 ORISize The number of persons and vehicles Activity Description of enemy activity (asLocation Where the enemy was sighted (grid coordinate or reference point) Unit Time Time the activity is observed Equipment Equipment and vehicles associated with the activity (Ref pg 91, AFPAM 10-100) Reporting an Attack using the S-A-L-U-T-E report BASIC LIFESAVING STEPSAirwayBreathingCirculationDisabilityE (Ref pg174, AFPAM 10100)Bleeding-Conventional CareDirect pressure Pressure points with elevation Tourniquet as last resort Consider QuikClot if available (Ref pg 176, AFPAM 10-100)Sucking Chest WoundSymptoms: Sucking noise from chest Frothy red blood from wound Treatment: Tape down all four sides preferably on affected side (Ref pg 178, AFPAM 10-100) 10 ORIIMMEDIATE ACTION PROCEDURES (SPORTS)SP-Pull charging handle to rearO-Observe to see if a round or cartridge casing was ejected and chamber remedial action)R-Release charging handle (allow bolt to slam forward)T-Tap forward assist button to ensure bolt is fully forwardS-Shoot (Ref pg 105, AFPAM 10-100)FUNCTION CHECK Pull the trigger Place on SEMI and pull the trigger Hold the trigger to the rear and charge the weapon Release trigger slowly and smoothly (you should hear an audible click) Place the weapon on BURST and pull the trigger Hold the trigger to the rear and release the weapon charging handle three times Release the trigger. Pull the trigger and hammer should fall (Ref pg 102, AFPAM 10-100)
Summer 2011 The Skibird1213 O ation Military Kids (OMK) builds partnerships to increase capacity for youth, families and communities to support youth of Military Families. Quarterly Newsletter Military Youth Pen Pals Jr. Counselor Training Teen CouncilProviding high quality, affordable military -sponsored child care subsidies for qualifying Service Members. 24/7 program offering information, referrals and support to Service Members and their Families. Grants available to pay the fees for children of deployed Service Members to participate in youth sports, fine arts, and tutor programs. A national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. (MCEC)'s work is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. 1
Summer 2011 The Skibird1415 Alumni NewsBy Retired Lt. Col. Tom Noel Alumni RepresentativeSummer lunch program ongoing The Summer Tuesday Lunch Program began the last Tuesday in April on base at the All Ranks Club. We are always looking for volunteers to help with this program. Volunteers are needed between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on scheduled Tuesday lunch days. The meal program runs through the last Tuesday in August. I have been a member of the burnt Hills/ Ballston Lake American Legion Post 1817 for the past four years. They are looking for additional members. If anybody is interested in joining please contact Commander Don meetings are held upstairs over Carneys Wednesday of each month starting at 7:30 p.m. normally lasting no later than an hour. I hope some of you are interested in joining Airlift Wing veterans are already members. Januarys monthly Alumni meeting. The same The 109th Airlift Wing Alumni Association Summer Picnic will be held on a Saturday afternoon in August (date to be determined) this summer on base at the picnic area. Plan on attending for some plain old camaraderie. The Skibird Quarterly Publication at http://dmna.state.ny.us of Guard News. There have been a lot of new 109th AW retirees during the past three months. If you or her to join our Alumni Association. All meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the All Ranks Club in Bldg. 24 at Stratton Air National Guard Base. We always look forward to seeing new faces at our meetings. Summer. Tech. Sgt. Joanna Walters is currently the Recruiting Supervisor for the 109th Airlift Wing. She has 14 years of service with the Air National Guard. Sergeant Walters had always wanted to be a part of the military. I was immediately interested in becoming a guardsman upon hearing about the Air close to my home and family. This gave me the opportunity to do this and so much more. Sergeant Walters said she loves to travel and spend time with her family. She is also using the AGR tuition program to complete her bachelors degree. she said. Tech. Sgt. Joanna Walters109th Recruiting Supervisor U.S. Air Force photo Who We Are Nov. 2, 2010 May 14, 2011 Promotions Enlisted Promotions Promotions & AwardsChief Master Sergeant Brian Bik AMXS Vincent Princiotto LRS Michelle Shafer FSS Senior Master Sergeant Jeffrey Archibald FSS Robert Keller MXS Daniel McCabe AW Robert Michaels MXG Master Sergeant Raymond Cole Jr. LRS Marlene Frankovic SFS Robert Gregory MXS Mark Herdman AS Lino Pepe SFS Technical Sergeant Jason Bagnardi MXM Katy Behany LRS Kevin Byrns AMXS Dale Catlett AES Jeremy Dengler MXS Michael EldredLRS Rachel Farchione AES Timothy Gifford LRS Misty Guthinger JFHQ Thomas Houck LRS Edward Lovett MXM Robert Madison AES Stephen Marra AW Mark Milian CPTF Eric Peters SFS Anna Pierce FSS Corey Shields AS Tiffany Southard AS Jeffery Tucker LRS Staff Sergeant Clayton Allen MXS Ryan Cook LRS Joseph Corra MXS Yamayra Corraro FSS Lynsey Cross FSS Michael Jenkins AS Darren Landerway SFS Jesse Miner AS Brittany Nations JFHQ Duncan Newberry FSS Diane Solmo AES Kristina Squillo JFHQ Zachary Weakley LRS Senior Airman Caleb Bagwell MXS Ryan Burnah AES Christopher Donlan MXS James Fake AMXS Christian Guere MXM Joshua Hague OPG Nick Hochmuth FSS Robert Loomis AES Daniel Marchand CES William Medina AMXS Derek Monaghan AMXS Christopher Pierson CES Wayne Riley MXM Airman First Class Gabriel Montgomery AES Stephanie Perkins FSS Lieutenant Colonel Brian Backus AES Lisa Bowman AES Andy Fitorre OSF Christine Goodwill MDS Dean Johnson AS Major Matthew Johnson AS Aaron Lancaster AS Jeffrey Quinn AMXS Captain Emery Jankord II AS Heather Miner AES James Nicholson AS Justin Taylor AS First Lieutenant Brian Pustolka AS James Roth CPTF Daniel Tripp OPG Christie Wilhelms AES Second Lieutenant Angela Vasilakos -AW Meritorious Service Medal Maj Allen Styno AES CMSgt Samuel Bursese MXM CMSgt Charles Lucia AW CMSgt Hardy Pierce JFHQ SMSgt Charles Weissend MXM MSgt Gary Brown SFS MSgt David Guest JFHQ MSgt Michael Pingitore LRS TSgt William Lounsbery AMXSAwards Air Force Commendation Medal CMSgt Denny Richardson AS MSgt Nicole DellaRocco LRS MSgt Karolyn Devito AW MSgt Jeffrey Hanna MXG MSgt Edward Holub MXS MSgt Robert Keller MXS MSgt Ronald St. John MXS MSgt Kevin Willoughby MXM MSgt Christine Wood AW TSgt Pedro Negron CF SSgt Gregory McMullen LRS Air Force Achievement Medal MSgt Barry MacDonald LRS TSgt John Blackburn FSS TSgt Jason Gardinier MOF TSgt Scott Zapisek LRS SSgt Steven Chandler MXS SSgt Travis Hadcock MXS SSgt Andrew Nowacki MXS SSgt Anna Pierce FSS SrA Benjamin German AW SSgt Brittany Nations JFHQJanuary to April Deadline NoticeArticles for the next issue of the Skibird are due by Aug. 7
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