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The skibird magazine of the 109th Airlift Wing, Stratton Air National Guard
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Commanders Corner I think Im an inclusive leader. I want to get as many people involved in solving problems as possible; I want to hear what people have to say. A leader has to make decisions, but I dont want to make decisions in a vacuum. I want to know what people think. Lt. Col. Alan Ross, 109th Airlift Wing Vice CommanderRoss selected as Vice Commander By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 109th AW Public Affairs Lt.Col. Alan Ross, a nearly 30year veteran who most recently served as the Wing chief of staff, was selected as the 109th Airlift Wing Vice Commander. Ross joined the Wing in 1998 as an LC130 pilot with the 139th Airlift Squadron. Before joining the Wing, he worked as a special agent with the FBI and before that I saw articles about the 109th becoming involved in the Antarctic mission, he said. I knew they were ramping up and looking for people to come into the unit for this mission, and Id always wanted to big as a C-130. I thought it would be a great challenge, and it was something Id always wanted to do. A little less than 10 years later, during his time as Chief of Wing Plans, Ross had the opportunity to deploy for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission in There was a need, and I thought that I should do my part, he said. It gave me a totally different perspective. I was the Chief of Wing Plans at the time, so I was used to helping people get out the door and get to theater, but I didnt know what it was and what they went through and also do my part for the war efforts. Ross said its important for Airmen to come out of their comfort zones as he did and try new things to get a broader perspective. I think just working here at Wing staff has given me a much broader sense of what happens in the Wing. There are so many things going on that just arent obvious to people when theyre in their sections. One thing were working on is to get people into different areas on the base and encourage them to try new things, fostering growth in new areas and helping them understand how other units work. This will help improve communication and understanding basewide, he said. Ross said he has witnessed many changes, including the obvious changes after 9/11 with ops tempo, deployments and training. He also said that the amount of young people joining the unit is a lot different than when he said. Its really neat to see, because when I came here it seemed like a lieutenant was an anomaly, something that you just didnt see very often. But now, we have Airmen, and you see these people taking on responsibilities at a lower rank than maybe we had before. ... Its been a good change. through the door with new and different ideas. It allows us to grow. Ross said as Vice Commander he will be focusing on strategic planning, both short and long term, with the Group Commanders. Our strategy and what we want to accomplish in the long run is to keep this place ready and relevant in the future so that people who are just coming in the door can look forward to a worrying about us going away. He said he also wants the Wing to focus There was a good focus on it for the (Unit Effectiveness Inspection), and after the UEI, I think people got the idea that they could let the air out and get back to business as usual, but its a new business as usual. Its continuous. File Photo We have to make sure that were ready and were compliant. And it really is a good way to make sure that we stay ahead of the game and focus on that readiness and compliance. As the Vice Commander, Ross said people day for the Wing. I will work as hard as anyone here to make sure that our folks have what they need to accomplish the mission, he said. I like The mission is our No. 1 priority, but without the people, we cant accomplish the mission. We want to take care of our people to the them opportunities and benefits, but we because the mission is why were here and what were for. I want to continue to move the unit forward in a positive direction, he said. To get out and talk to people as much as thoughts are, what their goals are, what their aspirations are, and how we can make this a better unit for everyone. How to make it a place where people are happy to come to work and want to do the best job they can. The Skibird 2


MSG Change of Command Page 5 ODF Page 6 Distinguished Visitors Page 8 State Mission Page 10 IG Page 11 Remembrance Page 13 Greenland Page 16 Family Page 18 In the Community Page 20 First Six Council Page 22 Honor Guard Page 24 Chaplains Corner Page 26 Around the Wing Page 28 Spotlight Page 30 A collage of what the 109th Airlift Wing has been up to the last six months. (Graphic by Master Sgt. William Gizara.) Fall/Winter 2014 3


Command Chief Notes Focusing on the positive By Chief Master Sgt. Amy Giaquinto 109th AW Command Chief E proud about, and in this issue I would like to focus on the wins throughout the Wing. The 109th is taking the lead in developing went through the new Leadership Development Course; 11 Airmen are Airman Leadership School held here; 11 technical sergeants attended the TIME Workshop in Massachusetts; Five noncommissioned officers attended the Fort Ticonderoga War College; 30 members attended the State Command Chiefs Military Museum, and the list goes on. Senior enlisted members and company grade officers have been busy working together to create further professional development throughout the wing. Thirty staff sergeants and above participated in a leadership development staff ride to Concord, Massachusetts, which focused on airmen and below participated in a staff ride about the decision making process. The 109th moves forward with the revamped ANG Ancillary Training Program which has proven to be a huge success. We had an 83-percent completion rate for October. We are off to a great start! The 109th keeps moving forward with future initiatives. Your senior enlisted is forming a Top 3 Association and will be formalizing the bi-laws and will have elections very soon. One of their first initiatives is to sponsor/create the new Enlisted Development Course for staff class is scheduled for January. All of these things I have mentioned are positive. Sometimes we get caught up in File Photo the mistakes or things that are wrong. We can always turn those around and learn from it. Acknowledge the small steps toward success, and one day you will look back and see just how much progress youve made. To the members of the 109th, as always, thank you for everything you do! I wish you and your families a happy and safe holiday season. Statewide enlisted call Photos by Staff Sgt. Benjamin German Airmen from Air National Guard units throughout New York attended the fourth annual NYANG Command Chief Enlisted Development Call on June 11-13, 2014, this year hosted by the 109th Airlift Wing. The three-day event included a tour of the Eastern Air Defense Sector, the Saratoga Military Museum and the Saratoga National the different Wings and their missions. (Above) Brig. Gen. Anthony German, NYANG chief of staff, addresses the attendees at the museum. (Left) Airmen get a guided tour of the Saratoga 4


Mission Talk Support Group welcomes new commander By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 109th AW Public Affairs Lt.Col. Jeffrey Hedges assumed command of the 109th Mission Support Group during a change of command ceremony here Sept. 13. Hedges, previous 109th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, assumed command from Col. Walter Wintsch in a ceremony officiated by Col. Shawn Clouthier, 109th Airlift Wing commander. Changes of command are a military tradition representing the transfer of responsibilities What the Support Group is getting is a already shown how he cares for you by the community events hes set up to Gettysburg and Massachusetts, and his day in and day out operations down in LRS, Clouthier said to the audience. Hes done a super job, and as the Support Group commander. Wintsch spoke to the audience and said that the ceremony wasnt so much about him, as it was for Hedges. He thanked the Wing members for the support they had given him over the years. The last couple of years as the Support Group commander have probably been the most rewarding couple of years Ive ever had in my life on the professional side, said and Airmen, youre the ones who really make it happen in the Support Group. You push hard every day, and I really appreciate that. Thank you all for a great run as your Support Group commander. And to Colonel level. After the Mission Support Group guidon was passed to Hedges, he addressed the audience. Hedges thanked the LRS for all they had done, as well as many others throughout the Wing and his family for their support. He also spoke about the importance of three familiar symbols to the 109th AWs members the LC-130, the U.S. Flag, and the U.S. Air Force uniform. Hedges then Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara Lt. Col. Jeffrey Hedges (right) assumes command of the 109th Mission Support Group from Col. Shawn Clouthier (center), 109th Airlift Wing commander, during a change of command ceremony Sept. 13, 2014. Col. Walter Wintsch (left) relinquished command during the ceremony. Hedges served as the 109th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander before taking the position as MSG commander. turned his attention to Wintsch. Colonel Wintsch said that the change of command ceremony really wasnt about him, it was about me. But thats not true. In most cases it would be, but not today, he said. Because no matter what I say, my words are simply going to be in the shadow of everything you have done, Sir. So on behalf of the 109th Airlift Wing, thank you for leading so many, so well, for so long. Following the ceremony, Wintsch 40 years in the military; almost 30 of those years with the 109th Airlift Wing. (Right) Col. Walter Wintsch retired in a ceremony after relinquishing command of the 109th Mission Support Group. Wintsch retired with nearly 40 years of service. Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara 5


Mission Talk Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara The aircrew heads out to an LC-130 Hercules that will begin its journey to the South Pole. The LC-130 and crew with the 109th Airlift Wing took off from Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, New York, on Oct. 17, 2014. The aircraft is headed to Antarctica for the Wings 27th year participating in Operation Deep Freeze in support of the National Science Foundation. Airmen, aircraft start 27th year of ODF By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 109th AW Public Affairs T took off for Antarctica Oct. 17, marking the 27th season the 109th Airlift Wing has supported the National Science Foundation with Operation Deep Freeze. This season is expected to be the biggest About 120 Airmen will be deployed to the which will run through about March. only one of its kind in the U.S. military, able to land on snow and ice. The primary mission of the 109th AW airlift within Antarctica, Its like being part of a team. We practice all year to do this. Its a good job, and its rewarding. Were making a contribution to science. Along with their primary mission of transporting people and supplies, crews will also be flying IcePod missions this McMurdo Station. We transport scientists, support personnel, fuel, supplies, medical supplies year. an integrated ice imaging system that can measure in detail both the ice surface and Mission Talk the ice bed, helping in the understanding of why ice sheets are changing at such a chief of Antarctic Operations at the 109th. for testing. communication and position reporting system mission reporting, weather updates, and Squadron commander, said the squadron is ready to start their annual mission. training to use that equipment properly, and The biggest challenge for not only the Airmen, but also the aircraft in Antarctica, has always been the weather. Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara watching the weather. While weather is a constant challenge, behind. family. (Left) Maj. Joshua Hicks, co-pilot, waves goodbye from inside the cockpit of an LC-130Hercules headed for Antarctica. The 109th Airlift Wing aircraft and crew took off from Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, New York, on Oct. 17, 2014. (Below) An LC-130 Hercules takes off for Antarctica on Oct. 17, 2014, for the Wings 27th year participating in Operation Deep Freeze in support of the National Science Foundation. The 109th AW boasts the U.S. militarys only ski-equipped aircraft, which has been supporting the NSFs South Pole research since 1988. a contribution to science. The 109th AW has been supporting the of this type of airlift to the NSF and U.S. Antarctic research efforts. Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara 6 7


Distinguished Visitors Retired CMSAF gives motivating speech to Airmen By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 109th AW Public Affairs Some of you are about to launch out of here for a place called Antarctica. When you come back, do you feel good? I hope so. You deserve to. Think of the contribution youre making. Think of what it is that youre doing. Think of the uniqueness of it. Think of the opportunity you never dreamt of when you were a little kid that someday you would go to Antarctica to perform duty. You think of it in those terms, you think, Wow, whens the plane leaving? And you put up with the separation and the luxury of life because of the feelings you get from what it is youre doing. Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert D. Gaylor spoke these words and many more to a room full of enlisted Airmen during a visit here Sept. 25. This was the third visit to the 109th Airlift Wing for the now 84-year-old. The 109th AW Chiefs Council invited him to be the guest speaker at the annual Senior Noncommissioned the retired chief took some time a few hours before the ceremony to talk to the enlisted personnel on the base. Gaylor enlisted in the Air Force 66 years ago September 1948 in the security police as a military training instructor chief master sgt. of the Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert D. Gaylor speaks at the on the mailbox, and his motto, People like hot french fries. When Gaylor says my name is on the mailbox hes talking about ownership and accountability and how that alone is what improves motivation. I assume your name is on the 109th mailbox, he said. If it isnt, your motivation level is probably 40-50 percent. Only when you feel that ownership, that accountability does motivation go up. Believe me, theyre connected. ... There is no substitute for a feeling of achievement, contribution, accountability. His motto he uses is about passion. Gaylor told a story about a visit to a small hamburger stand and a young delivery boy who worked there. When the boy received an order, The kid took off running, and I have to emphasize running. Young kid with a sack of food running full speed down the street. He said the boy came running back at the what stirred him up. So Gaylor talked to him. I said You were really running! He said, I always do. Every order? Yes, Sir. There and back? Yes, Sir. That fast? Yes, Sir. Why? People like hot french fries.And I said, Youre probably right. Gaylor said later on he thought about what the boy said, and asked the audience, Do you deliver hot fries? I know someone who does. Me. I have all kinds of passion. I have a passion for my country, my city, my Air Force. I have an abundance of passion I deliver hot fries. then, he visits Airmen throughout the world to talk about his time in the Air Force, how the Air Force has evolved throughout the years, and gives some insight into how to be motivated Airmen. Gaylor said one of the most popular questions he gets is how the Air Force has changed in the last 66 years. He sums it up with the four Ts training, technology, tribe (family), and what he says may be the most important, trust. It might be the most important T of all to me, because I entered an Air Force where it wasnt there, Gaylor said. I joined an Air Force where there was no trust. Enlisted people were in no way trusted. The belief was we had to be watched every minute. Gaylor said the trust Airmen enjoy today wasnt earned overnight. He said he and others who served years before, earned it by showing they could handle it. You better not screw it up, he told the Airmen in the audience. You have a right to do a lot of things, but you do not have the right to violate the trust that we worked hard to earn over the years. You make sure that you take that trust thats been invested in you and use it appropriately in a positive way. For anyone who is familiar with Gaylors speeches, they are more than likely familiar with his popular phrase, My name is 8


Distinguished Visitors Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara Photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt Command Chief meets 109th Airmen Command Chief Master Sgt. of the Air National Guard James Hotaling held an enlisted town hall meeting during a visit Sept. 30, 2014. Before his meeting, Hotaling spent the morning visiting Airmen at their sections, including new Security Forces Airmen (pictured). He was at the base in preparation for a trip to Antarctica with the 109th Airlift Wing in support of Operation Preparing to board Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, 111th District, and Amy Amoroso, New York State Director of Veterans Business Outreach, stand outside of an LC-130 Skibird during a base tour Aug. 9, 2014. The two got to see the inside of the aircraft and also learned about the 109ths unique mission. Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara Sitting in the pilots seat Col. Shawn Clouthier (right), 109th Airlift Wing commander, and Lt. Col. Alan Ross, then 109th AW chief of staff, give Moran Banai, military legislative assistant to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, an inside look of an LC-130. Banai came to the base Aug. 27, 2014, to learn more about the 109ths unique mission and tour an LC-130 aircraft. 9


By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 109th AW Public Affairs Four Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing have been part of a statewide program to help provide citizens the tools they would need to aid their families and neighbors in a disaster situation. In February, Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program to provide residents with the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions, according to the programs fact sheet. New York National Guardsmen work with experts from the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and local emergency management personnel to hold classes across the state. The classes cover a broad range of emergency preparedness topics like developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies, the programs fact sheet stated. Headquartered at the Division of Military and Naval Affairs in Latham, New York, the corps has Airmen and Soldiers located in eight different areas throughout New York. As of Oct. 2, 2014, the teams have held 146 events, training 20,512 citizens across the state. 109th Airlift Wing members Chief Master Sgt. Mark Mann, Master Sgt. Daniel Price, Staff Sgt. Megan Lane and Senior Airman Nicholas Mancuso have all had a part in helping to make the program successful. Mission Talk Airmen support state preparedness mission Photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt Master Sgt. Daniel Price trains citizens during a session of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomos Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program at Schenectady County Community College in Schenectady, New York, on Sept. 27, 2014. As of Oct. 2, 2014, New York National Guard troops have given disaster and emergency training to more than 20,500 citizens across New York. Price is an instructor with the preparedness program as well as the Air Terminal Operations Center NCOIC with the 109th Small Air Terminal. The concept behind the program is to start discussion with family members to see what type of disasters may be in U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Raymond Drumsta/New York Army National Guard Senior Airman Nicholas Mancuso (left) registers Christine Cha for a session of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomos Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program at the United Nations International School in New York City on Aug. 12, 2014. New York National Guard troops gave disaster and emergency training to about 300 people who attended the event. Mancuso is a technical adviser with the preparedness program as well as a chaplains assistant with the 109th Airlift Wing. your region, how it may directly impact you and your family and neighborhood, and then make plans around how youre going to sustain yourself and your family through those events, said Price, an instructor who As a traditional guardsman, he is the Air Terminal Operations in charge with the 109th Small Air Terminal. Events can be as small as 40 people to a large executive chamber-sponsored event. On average, Price said events usually have about 150-200 citizens in attendance. Mancuso, who works as a technical adviser with the program at DMNA, said he has had a lot of hands-on experience in disaster situations both as a chaplains assistant with the 109th AW as well as a New York state hazardous materials technician. He said hes noticed a difference in how communities Mission Talk While it may seem that the 109th gone through a lot of changes over the past year, its philosophy stays the same the right information at the right time, identifying areas of improvement, and focusing on limited resources to ensure mission accomplishment. National Guard unit to undergo the Unit Effectiveness Inspection under the new inspection process in March and came out on top. Since then, numerous units have reached out to the 109th AW for their expertise. The IG team has also made visits to other units to share their experiences and how the team has been working within the unit. has undergone some changes, including new personnel as well as a more streamlined inspection process, making it simpler for the base as a whole. We have more guidance and more Air National Guard), said Senior Airman mission accomplishment By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 109th AW Public Affairs There are different checklists being Control Toolset), said Lt. Col. Ronald Ankabrandt, 109th Inspector General. MICT has evolved and expectations are much more manageable. MICT is a self-inspection tool each area is able to execute in order to maintain compliance. Each areas self-assessment manager is responsible for uploading the checklist that particular section will need. Air Mobility Command has visibility of this website and is able to see what is being reported. MICT, along with the entire inspection program, is done on a continuous basis. The Wing is graded on four major areas managing resources, improving the unit, leading people and executing the mission Wing Inspection Team members, will hold exercises to demonstrate the bases ability in these areas. We are the eyes and ears of the Wing commander, Ankabrandt said. Some sections will go through we can use those results, Ankabrandt said. They should make sure to get us a copy of the report. We want to eliminate redundant inspections. They stressed that sections should report discrepancies. If discrepancies are highlighted then its possible we could get funding for needed resources to correct those discrepancies. One of the biggest points Ankabrandt wanted 109th Airmen to know is that, We are here to help, not look for mistakes. Bldg 1, First Floor Lt. Col. Ronald Ankabrandt 109th Inspector General Maj. Charles Longlois 109th Director of Inspections & Complaints Resolution Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Shafer 109th Inspections Superintendent Senior Master Sgt. Greg Mihalko Self-Assessment Program and MICT Manage r Senior Airman Brittany Rankin 109th Inspection Team Admin STATE PREPAREDNESS MISSION respond in different areas, stressing the importance of this program. When I responded to Hurricane Sandy we went to two different take care of themselves, he said. Im very familiar with emergency disaster and response. By in large they seemed to not have the location) they banded together as a community and they took charge. We cant supply them with what they need to survive thats just logistically impossible, so what we do is we teach them how to do that themselves, how to stock up on water and food, how to be mentally and physically prepared for a disaster ahead of time, Mancuso said. Its very important for families to have that discussion before an emergency occurs, Price said. That way if they have that when a disaster actually occurs. Both Price and Mancuso said they have received positive feedback on the events from those in attendance. A lot of people usually come up and share stories afterward about their past experiences and that theyre grateful these type of events are taking place, Price said. They said they never wouldve thought of having documents like insurance or where to obtain additional information like county wide emergency management or how to get information from FEMA. Mann, the programs chief, said everyone in the program has been doing a great job in their respective roles, from administrative and technical roles to being an instructor. really have to believe in what youre doing. Along with Saratoga County, two-person teams are also located in the New York City region, Rochester, Syracuse and Westchester areas. 10 11


The nieaning of our patch Aircraft rising off the snow (slipstream) Flying Squadron & Support Squadron (they are equal) 3 Portions of Mission: Cargo People Med Evac Wreath is for peace Under and over the arrow; Guard is there to support peace or enforce action. Ou r local Indian heritage Arrow Head Futuristic arrow head m eans Communication, Flight and the Future in Aerospace. Inspired by Roger Ram Jet "To future & beyond Blue and Gold are New York State colors used as outline Graphic by Master Sgt. William Gizara 12


Remembrance NYNG pays tribute to President Arthur Photos by Master Sgt. William Gizara The New York National Guard honored Chester A. Arthur, 21st president of the United States, with a formal wreath laying at his grave at Albany Rural Cemetery on Oct. 5, 2014, the 185th anniversary of his birth. 13


Remembrance Remembrance Courtesy photos Lt. Col. Frederick J. Zilly Jr. Base Commander 1950-1962 Retired Col. Frederick J. Zilly Jr., a was base commander from 1950tanker missions. A few years later, in Zilly retired in 1978 to Sarasota, Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Vice Commander, attended, as well Retired Col. Frederick J. Zilly Jr. Dec. 31, 1919 Dec. 1, 2013 Photos by Master Sgt. William Gizara 14 15


Mission Talk NSF support continues in Greenland By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt KANGERLUSSUAQ, Greenland to a close. Antarctica. mission. Mission Talk An LC-130 Skibird with the 109th Airlift Wing from Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, New York, takes off from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, on June 29, 2014, for Summit Camp. The unit to various camps in support of the National Science Foundation and also trains for the Operation Deep Freeze mission in Antarctica. Photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin German Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara Maj. Joshua Hicks, deployed commander for the most recent Greenland Greenland on June 28, 2014. Staff Sgt. Christopher Smith, 109th Maintenance Group, works on a propeller of an LC-130 Skibird at Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, on June 29, 2014. (Background photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin German) An LC-130 Skibird with the 109th Airlift Wing from Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, New York, takes off from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, on June 29, 2014, for Summit Camp. 16 17


Family About 3,000 people attended the 109th Airlift Wings Family Day at Stratton Air National Guard Base, New York, on Sept. 14, 2014. The day included food, music, games, static displays and much more for Airmen and their families. Photos by Master Sgt. William Gizara Airmen, families enjoy day of fun 18


Family Family Matters Group connects base, families By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 109th AW Public Affairs She encourages me to do whats best for me. He takes good care of my children. She protects us as a family unit. He is my best friend, and I can tell him anything. When I deploy, she deploys too just differently. These are just a few of the descriptions of what a military spouse means to some of the Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing. Many will agree that families are the backbone of any military member. Thats no exception for the 109th AW Airmen. With drill weekends, annual training and deployments, whether members are full-timers or traditional guardsmen, the military lifestyle can be tough on loved ones. Thats where the 109th AW Family Matters Group comes in. The all-volunteer group of family members is the communication link between whats going on at the base and the families at home. Their biggest role is planning social activities for members and their families, and reaching out to families of those Airmen who are deployed. We want to make sure they know they are still part of the 109th even though their family member is away, said Lindsay Knott, the groups lead. The group, which is commandsponsored, started as a way to improve communication with families. If we hear from families about hardships or if things arent working right, well pass that information on to command and the Airman and Family Readiness Program Manager, Knott said. Some of the events the Family Matters Group plans include Fall Fest, the Childrens Holiday Spouse and Partner Appreciation luncheon. The group hopes to make the luncheon an annual event. The event turned out wonderful, Knott said. Our whole goal was to say thank you to the spouses, the partners, kids everyone for all they do for the Wing. The group is already making plans for future events, such as starting a contact group within the base to improve communication even more, and they are also talking about hosting a childrens summer event at the base. Their work hasnt gone unnoticed. During the luncheon, held May 18, Knott was presented the award for the 2013 New York Air National Guard Key Volunteer. The 109th Airlift Wing is indebted to the exceptional level of support Lindsay, and the entire Family Matters Group, have provided the Wing, said Col. John Russo, 109th AW vice commander. Lindsay has been instrumental in standing up the Family Matters Group and development of a long-term plan to increase the groups outreach and support of all the Wings Airmen and families. We are fortunate to have her. The Family Matters Group isnt the typical enlisted wives club that many remember. The group can include spouses, partners, Airmen and even their children. While Knotts husband is enlisted, Kristen Rinaldi, who is the groups co-lead, is Cristiano, the groups treasurer, is the wife of a retiree. Rinaldi said its been very rewarding for her since joining. Its been a good learning experience for me Ive learned so much about the base, and Ive been able to help others because of it. just having a network of other military families can be helpful. Non-military families sometimes dont understand what goes along with that role. It must be so hard for you How do you handle it? How can you live without him for that long? You hear a lot of that from other spouses who dont know much about the military, Rinaldi said. Its nice to have a network of people who understand what we go through as a military spouse. Weve all been there, Knott said. Weve been through deployments, through training, through drill weekends. Its just rewarding knowing that youre able to help one other spouse whos been in your shoes, Rinaldi said. Someone whos had the same hardships. Its about being able to connect people with each other, making sure they know there are others like them, and making sure families in general are part of the base. Knott said. Knott and Rinaldi said volunteers are only required to give as much time as they are able whether its 20 minutes or 10 hours. The group is always looking for volunteers to help plan events. If youd like to volunteer, or to just be part of the 109th military family network, you can contact them through their Facebook page at th Airlift Family Matters Group) or request to be part of their email distribution list by emailing 109th AW Childrens Christmas PartyFrosty & Rudolph Dec. 14th, 2014 1 p.m. 4 p.m. Main Dining Hall Special Guest: Santa Click here to see the e-vite and to RSVP by Dec. 10th, 2014. 19


In the Community Airmen hand out free lunches to Schenectady youth By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 109th AW Public Affairs Children at Steinmetz Park in Schenectady waited in line anxiously for lunch to be served. In July, the children not only got a free lunch, but they also got to meet Airmen from the 109th Airlift Wing. The Airmen had been there all week serving lunch as part of the Schenectady Inner City Ministrys Free Summer Lunch Program. This year was the ministrys 20th year offering free lunches to children throughout the entire city of Schenectady. About 30 Airmen volunteered their time July 20-25 to help out once again. Many of the volunteers who came out throughout the week agreed that the program was very important for the youth in Schenectady. This may be the only meal some of the kids get each day, said Senior Master Sgt. Deborah Gardner, 109th Logistics Readiness Squadron, who has been volunteering for the program for years. The ministry has 25 sites they provide lunches at during the summer, with additional mobile sites throughout the city. Schenectady City School District provides free lunches during the school year, and this program allows the kids to continue to receive those free meals, said Erin Thiessen, site supervisor for the lunch program at Steinmetz. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing hand out lunches to youth at Steinmetz Park in Schenectady, New York, July 25, 2014. About 30 Airmen from the 109th Airlift Wing volunteered throughout the week to help with Schenectady Inner City Ministrys Summer Lunch Program. The ministry has been providing free lunches to youth throughout Schenectady for 20 years. them that we are here for them, said Tech. Sgt. Sara Eldred, 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. Gardner said its very important for the 109th AW to have a presence in the surrounding communities. I think there is a stereotype most civilians have that anyone in uniform is regular military that goes away to war, Gardner said. Many do not know that the National Guard is here, the counties, the towns and villages. The local community will better learn and know what we do through contact with 109th members. With military downsizing and bases being closed, the community needs to have a positive opinion of us. The best way for that is through personal interaction. Capt. Ashley FitzGibbon, 109th AW community manager, said the Airmen here are always more than willing to help out with community events. For a weeklong event, we had support this important program every day, said FitzGibbon. Id like to thank the volunteers and the base for their continued support for all the community events that we participate in. I like seeing what a difference this makes for the kids, Gardner said. They are always happy been doing this for a few years has given me the opportunity to see the kids get older. Over the years I have seen many of the same kids at the Summer Lunch Program that I do during the Yates Reading Program. You get a look at lives that you would otherwise not see. It gives me an appreciation for what I have and a sense of civic pride. Not only do the children they also get to meet the Airmen and see that the military is there to help. (The children) are very excited about having the military here, Thiessen said. And they behave a lot better when they are here, too. In my experience of walking about the community in uniform, a lot of people have preconceived notions of what the military actually does, especially kids, said Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Hayes, 109th Airlift Wing staff. I thought this would be a great opportunity to support the community by interacting with some local kids. department showed up to have lunch with us in preschool Im hoping this will stick with them forever as well. This is a good opportunity to help the community and show 20


In the Community Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara Photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt VFW sends cool gifts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 358 in Ballston Spa, New York, donated $6,000 worth of goods for Airmen deployed to Antarctica supporting Operation Deep Freeze. Care packages included hygiene products, magazines, pillows and more. Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing collected the care packages Oct. 8, 2014, to go on aircraft headed for the ice. Airmen read for the record (From left) 1st Lt. Jared Semerad, Tech. Sgt. Brittany Rinaldi and Airman 1st Class Justin Tobin read to preschoolers at Howe Early Childhood Education Center in Schenectady, New York, on Oct. 21, 2014. Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing and other community members read to children throughout the school as part of Howes participation in Jumpstarts national campaign of Read for the Record. 109th AW, VA celebrate Air Forces 67th birthday Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing went to the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York, on Sept. 18, 2014 to celebrate the Air Forces 67th birthday with hospitalized veterans. Courtesy photos 21


First Six Council Airmen clean up community Photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 109th AW Public Affairs More than 30 Airmen came together Aug. 10 to clean up the community, thanks to the efforts of the 109th Airlift Wing First Six Council and their initiative with the AdoptA-Highway Program. The First Six Council represents the junior enlisted of the Wing at Stratton Air National Airman James Comstock, has been planning the Wings involvement with Adopt-AHighway for a little more than a year. We really want to get Airmen involved in portraying that the Air National Guard is here to support and help the community, he said. What better way to do that than the streets. According to its website, the Department of Transportations Adopt-A-Highway Program was formalized in 1990 to encourage individuals or groups to clean up highway roadsides and to recognize those volunteers who do. Participation in the program also fosters a sense of community ownership of the roadway as well as a sense of pride in the appearance. Comstock got the idea for this program even before he was elected the councils president, and said he just ran with it. As I started getting more and more people involved, the word got out and it kind of just snowballed from there. picking up trash and debris as they went along. With the large number of volunteers, from junior enlisted to wing leadership, the Photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt job didnt take long to do at all. This is a great way for us to do community outreach, said Tech. Sgt. John Albert, 109th Maintenance Group. And it feels good to be out here doing this. This is a huge event for us, said Col. Shawn Clouthier, 109th AW commander. It shows that we are part of the community that were out in every day, and that we live in. We want the community to be a good place for everyone to live, and our Airmen out there cleaning up the highway is a good way to show support for the community. (The First Six Council) is doing great work for us as well as Schenectady and ScotiaGlenville. This is just another way our junior enlisted are making it happen, said Chief Master Sgt. Amy Giaquinto, 109th AW command chief. Its another way for the entire Wing to show our support for the community, who consistently show their support for us. Comstock said this will be an ongoing event and he and other volunteers will be out four times a year. As long as the garbage keeps piling up, well be here, he said. VIDEO Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing participated in the Adopt-A-Highway program in Schenectady, New York, on Aug. 10, 2014. The First Six Council planned the event to clean up the Wings neighboring community and will be out four times a year. 22


First Six Council Council donates to family in need Photos by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt The 109th Airlift Wings First Six Council donated $500 to the LeClaire family Oct. 5, 2014. Their 22-month-old daughter, Sophia, has cerebral palsy. The council raised the money during the Wings Family Day with a dunk booth. The donated money will go toward Sophias medical expenses. Gene LeClaire holds his 22-month-old daughter, Sophia, during a visit to the base Oct. 5, 2014. The First Six Council raised $500 during the 109th Airlift Wing Family Day to donate to the LeClaire family for medical expenses for Sophia who has cerebral palsy. Senior Airman James Comstock (left) and Staff Sgt. Jason Stark (right) presented a check of $500 on behalf of the 109th Airlift Wings First Six Council to the LeClaire family, Gene, Dena and 22-month-old Sophia. Sophia has cerebral palsy, and the council raised money to help with her medical expenses during the wings recent Family Day. SharePoint Wing Programs-Special Programs and Councils-First Six Council Facebook Group 109th 1st 6 Council Council updates can be found on both SharePoint and Facebook. 23


Honor Guard 24 Evolution of Honor By Master Sgt. Allen P. Moon 109th Base Honor Guard Superintendent Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara Tosay the Stratton Base Honor Guard has gone through som e changes over the years would be a gross understatement. In the early 1980s, members of the Maintenance Squadron noticed there were no dedicated personnel rendering honors to veterans in the area. There were a few American Legion and VFW posts that had color guards, but nothing in the way of a structured, military team. These first members of the Stratton Base Honor Guard were volunteers in the truest existed in rendering honors to our local veteransall without full-time personnel, budgets, or much protocol guidance. During the late 1990s the team was given funding for full-time positions, guidance and training from the 66th Services Flights Base Honor Guard at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. Across the Air Force, active duty installations are assigned an area of responsibility (AOR) to perform Military Funeral Honors. Installations, like Hanscom AFB (Strattons AOR/HQ), utilize Air Reserve Component wings to extend their reach in completing assigned honors within their AOR. Tech. Sgt. Jason Jernigan, NCOIC of the 66th Patriot Honor Guard states that, We are the second largest program in the Air Force, completing 7 percent of the more than 38,000 Military Funeral Honors the Air Force rendered in 2013. He goes on to state that, ARC Base Honor Guard teams render 79 percent of the Military Funeral Honors in this AOR. Today, the Stratton Base full-time ceremonial guardsmen and 15 volunteers. The full-time staffs priority is the completion of Military Funeral Honors and reports to the 66th SVF/ BHG. Additionally, they must train, equip, and manage the volunteer corps, as well as, develop relations with the local community. The team is routinely responsible for rendering honors over an 11,000-square-mile area, covering 21 counties in New York, Vermont and Massachusetts. Since November of 2012 the Stratton BHG has traveled more than 38,000 miles to perform over 525 Military Funeral Honors and is the second most cost-effective team in Hanscoms AOR. Rendering honors is a 24/7/365 endeavor that involves long days, weekend duty and road trips that often result in missing time with family and work. Committing to honor our nations fallen, as a representative of the Air Force, also means standing sharp, crisp and motionless in all weather and conditions. The Stratton Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara Staff Sgt. Megan Lane (above) and Staff Sgt. Michael Ignecia (left page) are part of the Stratton Base Honor Guard and were assigned to the detail that attended retired Col. Frederick Zillys interment of ashes in Schenectady, New York, on Oct. 18, 2014. Lane is assigned to the 109th Medical Group, and Ignecia is with the 109th Force Support Squadron. File photo of Military Funeral Honors. Base Honor Guard continues its proud legacy and rich heritage by constantly developing and improving the means to honor each veteran with dignity. If you would like information on joining the team, please contact Master Sgt. Jennifer Dippo at 344-2586. 25


Chaplains Corner By Chaplain (Maj.) Jacob Marvel 109th AW Chaplain Ive been watching the news and feeling a little helpless lately about increased violence in the world. And also, as a chaplain, upset that religion seems to fuel so many battles. Sometimes when cultures and religions meet, there is arguing Im also aware that even in my neighborhood, families who have moved from the Middle East are sometimes regarded with suspicion or confusion. We arent arguing with our neighbors, but maybe we tend to avoid talking with them. My grandmothers advice sometimes rings in my ears: In polite company, dont talk about religion. Spiritual beliefs can be something As a chaplain, I dont think that religious differences necessarily lead to conflict; neither do I think they need to be ignored. Rather, if we approach someone who is different with curiosity and respect, we are better neighbors. I think there are other someone different. I have two civilian colleagues who live and work in the Middle East, in communities in which they are the religious minority. They have both shared in the past several weeks how much they value being engaged in conversation and relationship with Muslims. They tell stories of when they first moved into a different community and felt very much like outsiders. In time, as their neighbors initiated conversations and invited them to community events, they felt less like outsiders. One man in particular tells of being invited recently to a neighbors party to celebrate their sons graduation; he was introduced as a friend. His neighbors and their extended family were curious and respectful about his religious beliefs; different beliefs did not lead to arguments, nor did they need to be ignored. He now feels more genuinely welcome because he and his neighbors share the values of respect and curiosity, even if they dont share the same religion. SAVE THE DATES Feb. 13-15: Valentines Weekend Couples Getaway April 10-12: Single Airmen Weekend June 12-14 (or June 26-28): Family Weekend Retreat Sept. 19-21: Couples Getaway Weekend I encourage you, as you have opportunity, to consider other peoples differences, even their faith differences, as opportunities to be friendly and welcoming. Spiritual beliefs dont need to be reasons for conflict or something to be ignored. They can also be ways to interact with others and deepen relationships with our neighbors. 26


Around the Wing Wing aims for Net Zero status By Kimberly Kotkoskie 109th CES Environmental Manager On Nov. 1, the 109th Airlift Wing made another step toward being a Net Zero Air Force facility. If you ate lunch at the dining facility during November drill, then you were part of this new thinking. The food and paper waste associated with 350 lunchtime meals was separated to allow for composting. Why is composting important? In June 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency published statistics showing as much as 40 percent of food produced in America is thrown away, amounting to $400 per person per year. This waste adds up to 31 million tons of food added of filling landfills, the better solution is to compost. When food waste is composted it is mixed with other organic wastes (leaves, plant material, etc.), rainwater, and air to allow for decomposition over several weeks and months. The result is a rich and reusable soil amendment that naturally boosts the nutrient value of our yards and gardens. Now, thinking forward toward being a Net Zero Air Force Installation is that a good thing? In June 2012 the Air Force released a Net Zero Energy, Water and Waste Policy. A Net Zero waste policy is of waste in all its forms through the application of pollution prevention in order to maximize Eliminating waste from the outset requires everyones involvement. Our dining facility will soon be replacing items such as disposable cups with reusable cups; Styrofoam bowls with reusable bowls; and salad dressing packets with bulk dressing containers. It is a change and a different way of thinking. Please take this way of thinking back to your work areas. It can be applied to EVERYTHING you do. Also remember our installation has Single Stream Recycling available. Every break room and building should have multiple recycle containers that are collecting not only plastic soda bottles, but other items such as rinsed yogurt cups, paperboard cereal boxes, newspapers, glass, rinsed milk cartons, etc. They can all be mixed in the same recycle bin. The Thursday curbside pickup Air Force activities are focused on sustainability, referring to the capacity to continue the mission without compromise and to operate into the future without decline either in the mission, or the natural and man-made systems that support it. The Air Force has realized We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Have you? Make sure your car is prepared for cold temperatures and wintery conditions like snow and ice. Keep your equipment properly maintained and include a winter survival kit in your vehicle: an ice scraper, snow shovel and sand/salt. Jumper cables are also a good idea since batteries are prone to failure during cold weather. *Clear snow and ice off your vehicle prior to operation. Drive with your headlights on, and be sure to keep them clean to improve visibility. Use caution when snow banks limit your view of *Avoid using cruise control in snowy or icy conditions. Know how to brake on slippery surfaces. Vehicles with anti-lock brakes operate much differently from those that do not have anti-lock brakes. Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season. This helps ensure you have a source of heat if you are stuck or stranded. If you do venture out or are unexpectedly caught in a snowstorm and encounter problems, stay in your car and wait for help. You can run the car heater to stay warm for 10 minutes every hour, but make sure your exhaust pipe is clear of snow. Keep your windshield washer reservoir full, and make sure your car has wiper blades that are in good condition. Remember that speed limits are meant for dry roads, not roads covered in snow and ice. You should reduce your speed and increase your following distance as road conditions and visibility worsen. Be cautious on bridges and overpasses as they are Avoid passing snow plows and sand trucks. The drivers can have limited visibility, and the road in front of them could be worse than the road behind. Monitor road and weather conditions by checking local If you must travel during a snowstorm or in blizzard conditions, be sure to let a relative, friend or co-worker know where you are headed and your expected arrival time. Avoid the temptation to check or be on your phone while driving as all of your attention should be on arriving safely. 27


Spotlight Around the Wing Respecting faith, ideals, others culture part of our standards, discipline By Master Sgt. Ottavio LoPiccolo 109th AW Chaplains Assistant Id like to share an event that happened to me when I was a young Airman. I was a 23-year-old senior airman and working as a graphic artist in the audiovisual signs, etc., for Air Force commanders. There was a technical sergeant who used to come over my design table and talk to me about his faith and how great it was. But then he would say negative and offensive things about my own Catholic faith. In fact, he tried to convince me to switch, because according to him I was doomed! I felt offended and humiliated, but I didnt do anything about it. I was afraid of the rank and I was unsure who to turn to. I forced myself to listen to his put down sermons. I just didnt know how to respond. I was afraid and honestly, I was intimidated by the rank. Im also sure others have found themselves in similar situations, or may experience a similar incident in the future. What would you do in a situation like this? We all understand that an NCO, or an faith, culture, nationality, gender or sexual orientation. It is part of our military culture, What that technical sergeant did was wrong, to say the least. He abused his rank and his authority. But at the time, in my youth and with my own inexperience, I didnt know any better. Dont be afraid when you see something Alumni News: New year, new faces By Retired Chief Master Sgt. Bill McBride Alumni Secretary YourAlumni is looking forward to another successful year and more new members. Once again, we had a good Summer Wednesday Lunch Program. Our goal was to turn out a good product at a reasonable price. We think we succeeded. We had a great team of volunteers there getting it done every week. We wish to thank everyone that supported our weekly lunches at the All Ranks Club. A bit about whom we are: The 109th Alumni was formed back in the early 1980s as a support organization for the 109th Airlift Wing. The Alumni, since its existence, has been involved with and has supported Wing Family Days, Fulltimers Picnics, All Ranks Club events and Wing Anniversary celebrations. The Alumni has donated benches for the Base Flagpole area and bicycles to local schools for merit programs. Our Alumni also provides tuition funds to send Junior Class Boys to the American Legion Boys State Program every June. Alumni Membership is open to any former 109th member. You do not have to be retired to belong to the Alumni. At this time we have about 90 members on our membership rolls. We would like to see that number get bigger. Our dues are just $15 per wrong. We are all responsible to take corrective action. We all have a right to our individual dignity, and it is protected within our force through enforcing standards and discipline. a senior master sergeant, know what right looks like. Know that you can take corrective action, either on-the-spot or through your unit chaplaincy. If a supervisor or boss is part of the problem or doesnt take action, go see your chaplain or you can also talk to the Inspector General. As a military force, we respect all of our calendar year. And newly discharged 109th year free. Applications are available in the All Ranks Club and 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. Alumni Election of Officers will be held at the January 2015 monthly Alumni meeting. (You just may recognize some of these people). President John Ryan Vice President Milt Terwilliger Secretary Bill McBride Treasurer Ken Bliss Board of Director Members Bill Pickney, Howard Ray, Charlie Shatley and Annette Briggs The 109th Airlift Wing Alumni Association Summer Picnic was held on Saturday afternoon Aug. 2 at the picnic area. We had 85 people at that one. Great time! We also have a swell Christmas party every year. The party is always held on our December meeting night. The last two of these were held in the dining hall and were catered by the Turf Tavern from Scotia and were wonderful events. We hope to see you at the next one. Until the next issue of this Skibird Magazine Alumni News, stay happy, healthy, safe and enjoy Fall and Winter and think Spring. members and protect their individuality. It is fundamental to building great teams and achieving great tasks. It is what right looks like. In conclusion, let me add the following. If anyone, no matter their rank, says and/ or does anything to you that offends you, puts down your faith and/or your culture (country, place of birth, traditions, etc.), and/ or makes sarcastic remarks (laughs at you, and makes others laugh, makes unwanted sexual remarks and/or actions) know that this behavior is morally wrong. The person who acts disrespectfully it doesnt matter Courtesy photo Lt.Col. Kurt Bedore has been with the 109th Airlift Wing since 1996, around the same time the unit took over the Operation Deep Freeze mission from the U.S. Navy. He will be retiring in 2015 after nearly 30 years of service and said he has many memorable moments with the Wing. Before joining the New York Air National Guard, Bedore served on active duty as a B-52 before coming into the unit as a navigator. He has been a traditional guardsman ever since. On the civilian side, Bedore has been a licensed Professional (Civil and Environmental) Engineer in private practice providing services such as house, foundation and addition plans, site plans, subdivisions, utility design and more. the go-to, on-call nav the Wing has needed from time to time. Service before self has always been important to me, he said. Bedore said some of the highlights throughout his career included being on the backup crew for Dr. Nielsons South Pole rescue mission in 1999, providing tactical airlift in the Joint Forge (Bosnia) theater, and numerous humanitarian and MEDEVAC missions. The unique mission of the 109th AW will always stay with him. Like many of my squadron-mates, we spent a great deal of time and effort over 10 years bringing the parts of the new South Pole station to the Pole, 13 tons at a time, piece by piece. Of course, the challenging missions we routinely do in the polar regions have always been great to be a part of. I will especially miss that and the unit camaraderie. We really do have a special unit and mission that I feel honored to have been a part of for so many years. Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara SeniorAirman Nicholas Mancuso is a chaplains assistant with the 109th Airlift Wing. Full time, he is on a state active duty tour as a technical adviser with the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program. On Sept. 10, 2014, Mancuso came across a three-car motor vehicle accident, immediately exited his vehicle and rendered aide to a civilian motorist who fell out of a vehicle. He then began checking the other two vehicles when he noticed one of the drivers was still in her vehicle. Mancuso saw with smoke, immediately checked the driver for injury, spoke with her and helped her out of the vehicle. He went back to the vehicle, noticed it was in gear, put the vehicle in park and shut off the ignition. Mancusos training as a volunteer firefighter, his military training, and his genuine caring demeanor played a very important role in his heroic actions. RESPECTING FAITH, IDEALS his/her authority, breaking the destructive/offensive behavior law, and hurting us and/or can be corrected before it gets others. They are betraying our out of control and ruins your trust, and putting our unit, our career and/or your life. We can all make mistakes in such a situation, dont be sometimes no one is perfect afraid to get assistance, talk but we should never abuse our to someone you trust and can authority and trust. We must help you, so that the negative/ remember to respect others as if they were our mothers/fathers and/or sisters/brothers. When we do hurt others, in any way, we should quickly correct our behavior, accept responsibility for our uncaring behavior and apologize right away. Thats the right thing to do. It is the golden rule treat others as you would want to be treated yourself! We must be kind and considerate of others, no matter who they are, and/or their rank. Being appreciated and respected (cared for and loved) is the only way we can be happy, accomplish our mission and protect our country. 28 29


Spotlight Spotlight Courtesy photo Second Lt. Matthew Begin coins his father, Chief Master Sgt. Rodney Begin, with the Silver Dollar during his commissioning ceremony Oct. 10, 2014 at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., as Chief Begin was Support Flight. Meritorious Service Medal Col. Stephen Maher JFHQ Lt. Col. Brian Backus AES Lt. Col. Christine Lennard FSS Chief Master Sgt. Tammy King MXG Chief Master Sgt. Mary Alice Rebis AW Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Shafer FSS Master Sgt. Diane Power MXG Tech. Sgt. John Flanigan MXM Awards Air Force Commendation Medal Capt. Sean Wettig AW Senior Master Sgt. Kelly Eustis SFS Master Sgt. Michael Cousineau AS Master Sgt. Kyle Defeo SFS Master Sgt. Jim DuPuis SFS Master Sgt. Raymond Roberts SFS Tech. Sgt. Shawn Keating FSS Tech. Sgt. Miguel Torres SFS Staff Sgt. Damon George SFS Staff Sgt. Andrew Menard SFS Staff Sgt. Aaron Muha MXM May 2, 2014 Nov. 1, 2014 Colonel Maureen Murphy JFHQ Lieutenant Colonel William L. Carraher AS Benson Louie MDG Jason C. Reape AS Major Mark J. Jacobson AS David L. Zielinski AS Captain Diane Precil JFHQ Joseph M. Shanahan AS Robert J. Smith AS First Lieutenant Stephanie M. Burwell MDG Sanning M. Pingitore FSS Adam D. Rinaldi MXM Jared N. Semerad LRS Julie R. Taylor AW Second Lieutenant Brian D. Alexander CF Gregory I. Durrant SFS Aerial Achievement Medal Capt. Jennifer Seney AES Master Sgt. Jennifer Dippo AES Tech. Sgt. Dale Catlett AES Tech. Sgt. Robert Madison AES Air Force Achievement Medal Master Sgt. Brandon Rowback CES Tech. Sgt. Todd Howard LRS Staff Sgt. Sabrena Healey AS Staff Sgt. Robert Sardinia SFS Senior Airman Michael Perez OSS Senior Airman Ronald Solis OSS Senior Airman Carl Williams MDG Chief Master Sergeant Jacqueline Sweet-McNeill MDG Senior Master Sergeant John W. Bartow AS Karl E. Burghart MXM Christopher A. Orth SFS Michael A. Pingitore LRS Kathleen A. Reilly MSG Patrick J. Reimann CF Master Sergeant Michael J. Albright LRS Joshua D. Claus MXM Eric W. Fuller MXG Jodi L. Habbinger CF Kristofer M. Kamburelis MXG Darci H. Novak FSS Erik J. Peters SFS Brian L. Pritchard AMXS Stephen R. Radz MXG Michael J. Stark SFS Technical Sergeant Hillary R. Bennett MDG Patrick A. Bruder MXM Michael J. Byerwalters LRS Joshua Christensen MXM Michael J. Crisalli SFS Christian L. Echipare JFHQ Sara M. Eldred AES Jonathan M. Lewis MXM Elizabeth H. Mahan MDG Donald T. Quigan SFS Brittany N. Rinaldi FSS Kristen N. Roberts MDG Raymond M. Roberts SFS David D. Sullivan FSS Christopher W. Wren MXG Staff Sergeant Caleb R. Bagwell MXM Tyler G. Briscoe MDG Nicole L. Cotugno AES Edvin O. Donis OSS William D. Green MXM Frankie L. Houghtaling SFS Travis R. Inman OSS Enlisted Promotions Bilal N. Kimble LRS Christopher M. Meyer CES Matthew T. Murray AES Christopher T. Olden AES Nicholas A. ONeil AS Jeremy T. ONeil-Hopkins MXM Eric M. Palmatier AS Devin D. Reilly CES Julian D. Rodriguez MDG Brandon M. Rowback CES Timothy R. Schmitt AMXS Theodore J. Stickney AS Brianna M. Tator CES Stephen N. Thomas MXM Daniel M. White FSS Senior Airman Andrew T. Archambeault MXM Aaron F. Bagwell AS Karl R. Burghart LRS Ryan A. Burkhardt AMXS Jason W. Burr MXM John A. Burrow MXM Nicholas G. Burrow MXM Isaiah F. Burton SFS Joshua A. Byerwalters LRS David C. Crandall CES Collin J. Eustis CF Steven V. Galante MXM Brett S. Giaconia AS Elizabeth M. Hanrahan MDG Nathan T. Hayden LRS Patrick A. Irwin CES Zachery G. Lettko AMXS Dallas A. Mesick MXM Lisa M. Mierek LRS Adam M. Militar MXM Lauren C. Minholz MXG Esmeralda A. Monteparo MXM Blake E. Pasquarella MXM Derek T. Peschieri AMXS Stacey J. Ranagan MDG Kevin M. Rice MXM Anthony R. Rituno SFS Siaianne J. Roberts MDG Christopher M. Rogan SFS Christopher M. Schermerhorn CES Samantha A. Sherman LRS James A. Staines MXM May 2, 2014 Nov. 1, 2014 Airman 1st Class Alexandra S. Babcock STUF Austin S. Dean STUF Gregory M. Discipio STUF Matthew P. Disorbo STUF Jarrod M. Dolan LRS Bryan J. Fidd STUF Bianca M. Ford STUF Daniel C. Guthrie STUF Rebekah E. Hentnik STUF Austin R. Ingalls STUF Zackery J. Karl STUF Christen D. Kubernach STUF Paul H. Lambert STUF Jaclyn M. Lavin STUF Alex N. Listing STUF Jason S. Malm STUF Sean F. McClendon STUF Gerald M. Mesick LRS Angelo M. Messineo STUF Krista J. Nuite STUF Matthew J. Paparella STUF Stephanie J. Preble STUF David P. Reedy STUF Andrea M. Rivera STUF Charles Rumfelt STUF Cody B. Russell STUF Josana K. Stone STUF Caitlin M. Sutliff STUF Justin A. Tobin FSS Airman Basic Bianca D. Bustamante STUF James W. McPartlin STUF MEDICAL GROUP NOTE: Members on AGR status, please be aware you are now required to have your annual dental exam performed at NSA Saratoga Springs. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any concerns or questions related to your dental care, please feel free to contact us. 30 31