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The Skibird2Commanders CornerFile Photo By Lt. Col. Christian Sander 109th Operations Group Commander Greetings from the 109th Operations Group and happy summer of 2016 to all of us. I am hoping for a fantastic warmweather season for both personal and professional reasons. Today as I sit here contemplating what to write, I am compelled to convey to you what a tremendous honor it is to be selected as the 109th Operations Group commander. I greatly appreciate the opportunity; it is truly the greatest honor of my professional life. and here is why: As part of the 109th Airlift Wing, the 109th Operations Group (OG) is by far, the most complete Air Force Operational package in the Air Force. Our execute missions like no other Air Force Wing on the planet. We take planning to a greater than MAJCOM level, primarily because of being the only skiequipped heavy lift capable unit in the military as well as the lead Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron in the Air National Guard. Our mission designs are fiscally efficient in costs/ people, highly comprehensive and are consistently executed in I saying that we are the best in the are a few examples from just the last six months as to why we are 109th Operations Support Squadron (OSS) The 109th OSS mission is to provide specialized support to the 139th Airlift Squadron and 109th Operations Group to meet 109th AW mission goals. Most of our Wing personnel know that we are the only LCwhat is not commonly known is the level of detailed, behind the scenes, planning that makes LC130 mission execution look easy. To plan for our unique missions, the 109th OSS has special planning shops not found in other C-130 units. Our Antarctic Operations and Greenland Shops respectively do significant coordination with the National Science Foundation, civilian contractors and Department of Defense organizations to develop the Air Tasking Orders and along with Polar Plans often represent the Wing to coordinate detailed logistics requirements such as facilities, lodging, communications support, etc., to ensure a successful and seamless Operation Deep Freeze deployment. Furthermore, our one-of-a-kind Polar Tactics shop single-handedly develops specialized tactics, techniques, and procedures needed to safely operate in remote polar locations. This includes coordinating and analyzing satellite imagery of proposed landing sites to evaluate surface conditions; developing poor weather arrival and departure procedures to avoid terrain; and publishing the to safely execute their assigned missions. This is important because there is no higher headquarters to provide these needed services. Virtually all an attention to detail and zero fail focus on safety and mission accomplishment seldom found in other flying organizations. The other OSS shops, such as Mission execution continuesAircrew Flight Equipment and Intel, perform strong Polar support functions that require specialized training and focus that no other AFE or Intel shop can provide. On top of all that, the Arctic continues to grow in geopolitical importance and there is renewed DOD interest in Arctic military mission sets that only the LC-130 can provide. This is why we have been participating in Canadas Operation Nunalivut for the past three years; to showcase to the DOD the ability to provide tactical airlift reach into the Arctic. Flawless execution of this planning is on display every season and practically all year round with nearly zero dwell time. Just take a look at this years Nunalivut 2016 (NU16) exercise where an eight-person Maintenances SCT (Skiway Construction Team) and Ops SLACO (Skiway Landing Area Certifying Officer) team established 5,000 ft. sea-ice ski landing zone at Polaris arctic. Eleven operational LC130 landings were conducted transporting 92,000 pounds of cargo and validating the bilateral cooperation with allied mission planning and waivers conceived, developed and coordinated by our own 109th OSS personnel. 139th Airlift Squadron (AS) Some may think of the 139th AS as the execution branch of the Wing and OSS, however planner to Operations new strategic plan. The key impetus to the change was the two tail reduction in wheeled combatincrease in Polar activity. The implementation of this plan continues to evolve, but the goals and objective have created a clear path for the future of the unit. Already we have put the plan into action in getting all of our new full-time aircrews fully accomplished this during the the week of May 14. Extensive planning by our training department and outstanding support by the Maintenance Group and Mission Support Group made this week a success 24 students trained with nearly 30 actual airdrops. that Antarcticas ODF mission execution is the mainstay of the Airlift Squadron and the ODF 15-16 season was executed season was highly successful despite a record number of weather cancels. The 139th AS transported 5.1 million pounds of cargo and 3,820 passengers missions, 152 inter-continental for the second time in three seasons, to accomplish ODFs end of season close out when See 109th OG, page 4


3Spring/Summer 2016 LeadershipGerman assumes duties as TAG Page 6 Rice assumes helm as Air Guard director Page 7 Zautner takes command of MDG Page 8Mission Talk 109th AW wraps up Antarctic support Page 9 Airmen take on mission at South Pole Page 10 109th AW aids Australian researchers Page 11 Airmen build ski-way in High Arctic Page 12Readiness Page 14 Base hosts CODE RED training Page 15 Citizen Airmen Page 16 Page 18 Page 19Airman of the Year Page 20 History Page 21In the Community Pages 22-24 Chaplains Corner Page 25 Recruiting Pages 26-29Spotlight Pages 30-31 An overview of the South Pole Station. Read coverage on this years ODF season on Page 9 (Courtesy Photo /139th Airlift Squadron)


4 Command Chief Notes By Chief Master Sgt. Amy Giaquinto 109th AW Command Chief File PhotoAs Guard Airmen the roles and statuses we serve in differ from those of the active component yet we maintain the same readiness and are evaluated to the same standards. Whether federal, state, or civilian status, the Air National Guard will foster career development plans for Guard Airmen to ensure their deliberate professional development in both military and civilian careers. that through the Airmen Development and Leadership Development Courses, staff rides, duty First Sergeants to name a few. by Profession of Arms Center of Excellence (PACE) to be held here at the 109th. PACE is committed to developing Air Force personnel with a professionalism mindset, character, and core values required to succeed today and well into the future. This course is an inspiring, optimistic and enjoyable opportunity that helps us focus on bringing out a better version of ourselves as well as a better version of those around us. health of our daily relations (at work and at home). We are extremely fortunate to have PACE come here and provide this invaluable training. This course will be offered June 20 for master sergeants through chief master see me if you are interested in attending and havent already signed up. The 109th is always in a state of constant improvement. In all that we do, whether attending a course, deployed or performing a UTA, our appearance and military bearing are key to our success. Lets strive not to be complacent about our appearance. As an Air Guard unit it can be easy to stray away from high standards, but we still fall under the same uniform standards as the active component. We must make it everyones responsibility to prevent this. Inspect your uniform before you wear it. Pay close attention to haircuts, realize how much better you will feel about yourself and this unit. Please check your fellow Airmen and dont be afraid to correct a fellow Airman. I know there are those who are hesitant and feel they are meddling. Its Airmen go above and beyond everyone makes mistakes and we are not out to embarrass anyone. Look the best you can Last, but certainly not least, there are a few stories in this issue of the Skibird that highlight Airmen who go above and beyond their normal duties here at the base. This is professionals who always pay it forward. you for all that you do every day. Pegasus Ice runway was unsuitable for wheeled aircraft until the end of February. Then, just when we thought the extended season was over, we agreed to hold back two LC-130 aircraft for a mission to Davis Camp located on the other side of Antarctica to pick up 33 stranded Australians due to their Icebreaker running aground. This very complex mission late in the season was a true testament of the 139th AS ability to realAnd currently, we are off to a great start in Greenland. So far we have completed 23 Arctic missions including 15 SAAMs (Special Assigned Airlift Missions) and eight training sorties accomplished with seven check rides, completed on time and on budget. 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES) The 139th AES has established a reputation of excellence and can-do attitude in the ANG and are recognized as AE subject matter needed to establish the initial Aeromedical Evacuation Liaison Team embedded into a Patient Evacuation Coordination Cell in Iraq earlier this year, the 139th AES was the processes and continuity plans, and being utilized by three different COCOMs. This clearly demonstrates how the 139th AES date in our ongoing deployment, we have been employed in 12 different UTCs scattered across eight time zones and have executed more than 100 AE missions transporting 17 patients to higher echelons of care. We have cared for nearly all of the battle injuries transported out of Iraq and Afghanistan since January 2016. Additionally, we moved in the United States. In my proud opinion, truly one of the most patriotic services that a member can provide for a fellow Airman/ Soldier/Marine/Sailor, and epitomizes I am deeply honored to be the Commander 109th OG




6 Leadership Maj. Gen. Anthony German assumes duties as TAGBy Eric Durr New York National Guard Public Affairs Cuomo has announced his selection of Air Force Maj. Gen. Anthony German as National Guard. resident who previously served as assistant adjutant general. German will replace Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, who has served as adjutant general since 2010, and is leaving the position to serve as director of strategy, plans, policy and international affairs for the record as a National Guard leader dedicated and knowledge in military affairs and in his new role will continue his commitment to Murphy for his many contributions to embodies the service and leadership that the National Guard stands for and I wish New York State Lt. Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul (right) hands the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA) colors to Maj. Gen. Anthony German (left), making him the 53rd adjutant general of the New York National Guard during a change-of-command ceremony at DMNA on April 7, 2016. German assumed adjutant general duties from Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, who became the 52nd adjutant general of New York State in 2010. The adjutant general of New York is responsible to the Governor of New York for the readiness and training of the 10,300 members of the New York Army National Guard, and the 5,600 members of the New York Air National Guard. him the best as he begins an important new Cuomo to lead the men and women who Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, has been an outstanding leader and mentor for our Soldiers and Airmen and I look forward to taking on this new responsibility. Guard have been in combat in Afghanistan, responded to natural disasters here at home, and served around the world, and they have done it all well. I am humbled that he added. German was commissioned in the United States Air Force in 1983 as an aircraft National Guards 109th Airlift Wing in 1989. The 109th Airlift Wing, based at Stratton aircraft in the U.S. military. The wing provides support to the National Science Foundations research efforts in Antarctica and Greenland. German commanded the wing from 2006 2015 and played a key role in coordinating Tropical Storms Irene and Lee in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. National See German, page 7U.S. Army National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Raymond Drumsta


7 Leadership Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Young responsibilities of director, Air National Guard in an assumption of responsibility ceremony held at the Air National Guard lieutenant general during the ceremony, takes the reins as ANG director from Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke, III, who retired in March. A command pilot with more than 4,300 hours in the F-111 Aardvark and A-10 current position after serving as adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard. Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice assumes helm as Air Guard directorBy Staff Sgt. John E. Hillier Air National Guard Readiness Center Public Affairs in the National Guard that we do every a homeland mission for the governors and our communities, and theres a partnership to do this job. All of us are so excited to have Guard I have seen in my 46 years of serving. The men and women are truly the best of experience that the Guard provides.Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice assumed the duties and responsibilities of director, Air National Guard in an assumption of responsibility ceremony held at the Air National Guard Readiness Center, May 10, 2016. Rice, who previously served as the adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard, became the 14th Director of the ANG. Air National Guard. German is a master navigator with over and other aircraft. As adjutant general, German will be responsible for the readiness and training of National Guard, and the 5,600 members of The adjutant general is also responsible for personnel, the bulk of whom are currently serving members of the Navy, Marine Corps to serve on state duty during emergencies. Another 600 people serve as volunteers in the National Guard during emergencies. Oneonta and is a graduate of the United States Naval War College and the Senior years, you become resistant to change. We have to work with the things were strong at, While thanking the many women who had Army nurse, to his wife, sisters, daughters and commitment to diversity. where diversity is not something that we the point where women in our service are not special. Individuals are special, but as a group challenge for Airmen to come together. going to be on a trip, and this trip is going to take us to crazy places, and crazy adventures. Were going to do unbelievable things. And when I say we I mean we the Air National families and friends and the whole country we serve are all in this together.German


8 Leadership Zautner assumes command of Medical GroupBy Master Sgt. William Gizara 109th AW Public Affairs Lt. Col. Janice Zautner assumed command of the 109th Medical Group during a change of command ceremony here Feb. 7. Zautner, previous 139th Aeromedical from Col. Douglas Cromack in a ceremony Airlift Wing commander. Changes of command are a military tradition representing the transfer of responsibilities from the a broad range of professional experiences to the 109th MDG. She will bring a fresh, innovative approach in leading the Medical Lt. Col. Janice Zautner assumes command of the 109th Medical Group from Col. Shawn Clouthier, 109th Airlift Wing commander, during a ceremony here Feb. 7, 2016. Col. Douglas Cromack, outgoing commander, was the 109th MDG commander November 2014 through January 2016.Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara 109th Medical Group in 2005 and is the MDG commander in November 2014. youve made it easy and possible to keep traditional members of the group, thank you concept of the citizen solider. Coming in on your weekends and basically raising your hand many years ago to be a member of Zautner started her career in the Air National Guard in 1985 as an Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron technician, then got her nursing degree and commission in 1992. family in attendance, Zautners son, Airman Glenn Zautner, was able to watch the ceremony live as he streamed in on his Armament Maintenance technical school at people to get to this point of your career. Thank you for having the faith in me and my abilities and selecting me in this group commander position. To my aeromed family, Ive learned so many life lessons over the deployments, everyday life and what we have done is stand strong and support one another as a family. And to the 109th Medical Group, thank you for having me as part of your family now. We have a great team. We are set to face the new challenges, and I know we will be successful. I am very excited to be here and look forward to this


9 Mission Talk 109th Airlift Wing wraps up Antarctic support By Eric Durr New York National Guard Public Affairs T 109th Airlift Wing transported nearly 3,900 people and carried 5.1 million pounds of cargo to stations around Antarctica during its annual support Foundation which ended this week. The wing, which flies the LC-130, a Program in October, 2015, as part of Operation Deep Freeze, the U.S. military support for Antarctic research. The wing wrapped up its mission at the end of February and the six LC-130 personnel began returning to the air base During the support season 500 Airmen served at McMurdo Station, the main American base in Antarctica, in support of the mission. The last of the Airmen and aircraft are expected home on Saturday. During the 2015-2016 season, the wing IcePod. The pod latches onto the standard and the system can be easily switched from plane-to-plane. A GPS system records the plane location every 10 seconds so scientists can pinpoint the data they are getting on what is below the ice. The IcePod imaging system allows scientists to measure the depth of the Antarctic ice sheet and produce three dimensional models of the an area as large as the state of Texas. At the end of this season, the 109th Airlift Wing gave a lift to 35 Australian Antarctic researchers heading back home on Saturday, Feb. 27. Eight members of the 109th flew an LC-130, based at McMurdo Station, the U.S. Antarctic Program logistics hub Australian Antarctic Division Davis station, 1,400 miles away on the other side of the continent. The Australian researchers had been scheduled to leave Davis station on board the though, ran aground at Australia Mawson research station after it broke its mooring lines in a blizzard. The 109th has been supporting the National Science Foundation research since 1988. Since 1999, the unit has been the sole provider of this type of airlift to for science research in Antarctica and Greenland. The 109th has also supported Canadian Forces Photo by Capt. David S. Price An LC-130 Skibird from the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing in Scotia, New York, sits on the ice runway near McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Nov. 9, 2015. A total of seven 109th AW LC-130s were deployed this season and 320 missions completed through the season which ended in February. This is the 28th season that the unit has participated in Operation Deep Freeze, the military component of the U.S. Antarctic Program, which is managed by the National Science Foundation.


10 Mission Talk Airmen take on mission at South Pole StationThe 109th Airlift Wing recently completed its 28th season supporting the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Antarctica as part of Operation Deep Freeze, the U.S. militarys logistical support of the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic program, by transporting people and cargo to various locations throughout Antarctica. This year, however, three Airmen completed a new mission in Antarctica, not at NSFs McMurdo Station where the rest of the Airmen are based at throughout the season, rather out of Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, where they provided support handpicked for the task of building and inspecting pallets of excess and obsolete materials currently stored at the South Pole. Those unneeded items will be airlifted out later this year to McMurdo and eventually taken off the continent by sea. The team was given a goal of building 70 pallets in 12 days; they built 73 in 11 days. Air Transportation Operations section, the section that received the tasking, and has deployed to McMurdo Station as a joint inspector Department, were brought on the team as augmentees; neither had ever built a pallet or been to Antarctica. to get acclimated to not only the process of completing the job they were sent to do, but also to the harsh environment. Not only are the temperatures well below zero, the station sits at over 9,000 feet of elevation. cargo our arms hurt. We chalked it up to not getting the oxygen we The team went toward the end of the season, in late January, to have the retrocargo ready to be airlifted at the beginning of next South Pole. the season starts, theyll start pulling out the cargo we built this year, Once they had their process streamlined and each had their own task, the pallets they built in their 10-hour work days increased from seven to 10. On Day 11, the team headed back to McMurdo.Story by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 109th AW Public Affairs Three Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing were tasked to build and inspect pallets of excess and obsolete materials in January 2016 currently stored at the South Pole. The team built 73 pallets in 11 days. Courtesy photo


11 Mission Talk All agreed that the new mission is a tremendous opportunity for the 109th to continue demonstrating the wings value to the U.S. Antarctic Program. to retain people who normally dont get to support the unique missions the wing is known for. ... This is a great opportunity to get a chance Carkner and Myers said this is a great way to build on the units relationship with the NSF and the people working at the Pole. the 150-200 people who live at the station, this was an eye opener for them. ... Were not now theres a military presence working The team agreed that the overall experience was a great one. at the same time if I go back that means someone else isnt getting the opportunity. Its great that the leadership was willing to Leaders within the 109th Mission Support Group said the team did an outstanding job said Chief Master Sgt. Mark Mann, 109th to the South Pole Station just goes to show what we are capable of doing, from doing a site survey in 2015, to having boots on the ice in 2016 building cargo, shows the dedication and coordination with NSF leading up to the ground surpassed all expectations. The will form the groundwork to plan for future seasons of this multiyear effort. Im proud of our teams hard work in the harsh Antarctic support polar research in dynamic ways that demonstrates our commitment to meeting programmatic needs of the National Science team of Airmen exceeded all expectations and highlights the diverse capability that our 109th AW aids Australian Antarctic researchersBy Eric Durr New York National Guard Public Affairs only ski-equipped aircraft in the American military gave a lift to 35 Australian Antarctic researchers heading back home on Feb. 27. Eight members of the 109th Airlift Wing based at McMurdo Station, the U.S. Antarctic Programs logistics hub at the southern tip Division Davis station, 1,400 miles away on the other side of the continent. The National Science Foundation (NSF) manages the Antarctic Program through which it coordinates all U.S. research on the southernmost continent, makes awards to support the research, and coordinates the infrastructure to facilitate the research. Operation Deep Freeze, the U.S. military support component of the Antarctic program. After arriving at Davis station, the researchers, who were heading home before the Antarctic winter hits, back to McMurdo Station. From there an Australian Airbus The Australian researchers had been scheduled to leave Davis station on board the though, ran aground at Australias Mawson research station after it broke its mooring lines in a blizzard. 27, according to the Australian Antarctic Division. The Australian requested help in transporting the researchers at Davis from the U.S. Antarctic Program because the Aurora Australia was not readily available. See Aid, page 13Courtesy photo (From left) Two contracters with the National Science Foundation helped Tech. Sgts. Adam Myers, Justin Carkner and Caleb Brumleve build pallets of retrocargo at the South Pole Station in January 2016. The team was tasked to build and inspect pallets of excess and obsolete materials currently stored at the South Pole Station as part of the newly established South Pole Retrograde Initiative.


12 Mission Talk Eight Airmen with the 109th Airlift Wing spent two weeks Arctic Island so ski-equipped LC-130s could transport supplies in support of the Canadian Forces Operation Nunalivut, 2016. that averaged -47 degree Fahrenheit, to prepare a snow runway, or ski-way for the LC-130s. two snowmobiles at a time, the groomers worked from the center outward in a circular motion to keep the ski-way clear. The eight Airmen who were part of the team were among 50 109th Airmen who participated in Canadas Operation Nunalivut; a three-week joint exercise conducted annually among U.S., Canadian and Danish forces in the Canadian Arctic. the Canadian military exercise. The ski-way construction team completed the ski-way construction in a matter of days. They continued to maintain the could land on April 13. 47,500 pounds of cargo and nearly 60 passengers. In support of the entire exercise, including deployment and redeployment, the 109th This is the third year Sala has been part of the ski-way construction team for this exercise. agencies that were out there because people have no idea the 109th can do what we do. And every year, time and time again, I get introduced to these people who are like Wow, we had no idea Along with Little Cornwallis Island, the remainder of the group of Airmen, consisting of aircrew and maintainers, operated out of LC-130s. our full range of polar expeditionary airlift capabilities in a joint Braving temps of -47, Airmen build ski-way in High Arctic109th AW Public Affairs Staff great work they are doing in showcasing our unique mission all The Canadians have ski-equipped Twin Otter aircraft that dont have the lift capacity or range the 109th LC-130s have. The LC-130s are able to provide up to 9,000 pounds of cargo can carry. The LC-130 is able to transport in one trip what the Twin Otters Operation Nunalivut is a sovereignty operation conducted annually since 2007 in Canadas North. According to the Canadian Forces Joint Task Force-North, the exercise provides an opportunity for the Canadian Armed Forces to assert Canadas sovereignty over to northernmost regions; demonstrate the ability to operate in the enhance its capability to respond to any situation in Canadas North. the eastern Inuit people who live in the region. to National Science Foundation research operations in Greenland and Antarctica. Tech. Sgt. Abraham Gadway grooms the ski-way at Little Cornwallis Island, Nunavut, Canada, on April 10, 2016, in support of Canadas annual Operation Nunalivut. Photo by Senior Airman Jamie Spaulding(Background photo by Senior Airman Jamie Spaulding) A group of eight Airmen from the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing set up camp and then prepared a ski-way for LC-130 operations at Little Cornwallis Island, Nunavut, Canada, in support of Canadas annual Operation Nunalivut.


13 Mission Talk The mission was passed onto the 87 Airmen on duty at McMurdo Station. because we have an excellent working Foundation spokesman Peter West told the Albany Times Union. very long time, and were always happy with he said. The 109th Airlift Wing is based at Stratton the continent until the onset of the Antarctic winter season in March. With this mission complete, the 109th Airlift Wing crews will begin moving aircraft back home. During the summer months the 109th supports science research in Greenland. For the past two years the wing has also participated in the Canadian Forces Operation Nunalivut exercise in the high Arctic. in equipment used to locate the wreck of the ill-fated Franklin expedition to find the Northwest Passage in 1845, during the Nunalivut exercise. In 1999, a crew from the 109th Airlift at NSFs Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole who was suffering from breast cancer safely out of Antarctica. An LC-130 from the wing landed in bitter cold, far earlier in the doctor. In 2008 another 109th LC-130 rescued an Australian researcher who had broken his Australia, from Antarctica. Each season the 109th Airlift wing deploys about 700 personnel to Antarctica and back, with about 125 people and six to seven aircraft at McMurdo Station during each period. Airmen with the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing prepare ski-way grooming equipment to be loaded onto an LC-130 aircraft at Little Cornwallis Island, Nunavut, Canada, on April 13, 2016, in support of Canadas annual Operation Nunalivut. (Left) Maj. Matthew Sala and Senior Master Sgt. Ronald Jemmott place markers on the ski-way for LC-130 operations. A group of eight Airmen from the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing prepared the ski-way for LC-130 operations. Nearly 50 Airmen and two LC-130s from the 109th were part of the exercise which also had operations in Resolute Bay, Canada, and Thule Air Base, Greenland. This is the third year the 109th has participated.Photo by Senior Airman Jamie Spaulding Aid Photo by Senior Airman Jamie Spaulding


14 Readiness By Staff Sgt. Benjamin German 109th AW Public Affairs Firefighters with the 109th Civil Engineer Squadrons Fire Department County Fire Training Center on Dec. 5. dynamics giving them controlled experience with live fire behavior. The training was completed in compliance with the annual requirements for the 109th Fire Department; structural drills are one of the two primary live Airman 1st Class Adam Derepentigny, 109th firefighter, said training like this is imperative for job competency. just going at it not knowing what youre One of the exercise instructors, Tech. Sgt. real world stuff, this is really whats required on Dec. 5, 2015. Photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Germanopportunity to) check out all the good stuff professionals who are able to do that job, day Many of the traditional guardsmen at the sector, including Tech. Sgt. Adam Meyers, a guardsman who works for the Schuyler background in related disciplines (as civilians) and professionals; Im proud of what each of


15 Readiness Nearly 50 Airmen and community emergency responders attended 20. The three-hour training, led by Alan Antenucci, all hazards training coordinator, response protocol. Various sections throughout the Wing stands for Control the scene, Open dialog, Determine biohazard credibility, Employ Enter information, and Dispatch specimen. Antenucci is an expert in the biological response network and testing capabilities of several high priority pathogens and toxins and the field response associated biological agents, detection devices and their capabilities, assistance resources, agent collection/sampling/transportation protocols. experiences to make the presentation varied, interesting, and relevant. The one-hour handson portion covered bulk collection, swipe sampling, and evidence collection from a powder contaminated mail sample. involving WMD materials or devices throughout the capital region, was also on hand providing comments and contributions. Students were actively engaged in the classroom and hands-on training. Feedback from students on the course was positive; they said they felt it was an interesting and worthwhile experience. Col. Shawn Clouthier, 109th AW commander, presented Antenucci with the wings commander coin acknowledging Antenuccis experience and dedication. (Lt. Col. Benson Louie, 109th MDG, also contributed to this article)Base hosts CODE RED trainingBy Maj. Chuck Longlois Photo by Maj. Chuck Longlois Photo by Lt. Col. Ronald Ankabrandt(Top and bottom) Airmen from various sections at the 109th Airlift Wing joined local community FBI, Glenville Police and Scotia Fire for CODE RED training, which focused on New York State biological threat response protocol.


1617 Citizen Airmen Citizen Airmen Nearly every day after work, Staff Sgt. Christopher Meyer heads over to the Mohawk River with about 25 kids and a few boats. Meyer, who is a Wing, coaches a rowing team for homeschooled students. mission of Mohawk Rowing is to prepare homeschooled youth for a life of service through teamwork the sport of competitive rowing. He was the assistant coach with him the entire time, said got a lot of experience under his the equipment on his own time, awesome to have a coach who is committed as he is. Kids start off practice with a warm-up, and then bring their boats down to the water, which is where they spend the majority of the practice as Meyer and his assistant coach direct them on forms they should use and encourage them to give it their all. and recently expanded by adding an adaptive rowing program. equipment adaptations for rowers with disabilities and the sport as a whole. amputee through the knee and years old. Right away, Meyer said he realized he could go far with the sport. Possibly even as far as U.S. Team in the Paralympics. Meyer joined Isaac in Sarasota, Florida, in February, at a weeklong Paralympic training camp. Their mission was to try different pairs throughout the send them off to the trials. Isaac was really there for development, but it really opened his eyes of the possibilities for him. I never thought the Paralympics would be a possibility, said Isaac. I just wanted to have some fun, stay in shape and meet some people. It was a great learning experience, Meyer said of his experience at the camp. I some great people. Meyer said coaching has been an extremely rewarding experience. The best part of coaching for me is having the opportunity to see the kids who I coach develop, into great athletes or just maturing into young adults, I get to see that process play out on and off the water. I honestly hope the kids take away a sense of worth and accomplishment, he continued. Rowing in general is a very physically and mentally demanding sport and you need a certain level of maturity to really succeed at it. Learning the technique of rowing is only part of making the boat go fast. You truly rely on the other individuals in the boat and you really begin to understand the meaning of teamwork. By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 109th AW Public Affairs Fireghter coaches youth rowing clubPhoto by Master Sgt. William Gizara Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara PHOTO CAPTIONS (Right) Isaac French, 15, has been part of the Mohawk Rowing Club for about three years. Isaac, a double amputee, recently went to a weeklong Paralympic training camp and could be a contender for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. (Bottom Left) Staff Sgt. his off time he coaches a rowing team for homeschooled students. (Bottom right) About 25 homeschooled students are part of the Mohawk Rowing club Meyer coaches. The team was founded in 2003 and recently expanded by adding an adaptive rowing program. (Background photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt) Meyer coaches a team out on the water on May 12, 2016. The team practices nearly every day and competes against other schools during the weekend.


18 Citizen Airmen Airman uses SABC training in real-world incident By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 109th AW Public Affairs This type of training will well as just being able to know what (you need to do) He had no idea he would be put Just a month ago, it did, as he came to the aid of a pedestrian who had collapsed, potentially assigned to the 109th Small Air Terminal, was driving home when he noticed a man suddenly collapse in the road in front of the way I was driving and where he was positioned, I just angled my truck and turned on my hazards so no one would hit When Winters got to the man He was also in what appeared to Senior Airman Patrick Irwin, 109th Civil Engineer Squadrons emergency management office, came to the rescue of a woman May 24 who was suffering from an apparent heroin According to a news report, police said Irwin rushed to help the woman, performing chest compressions until the womans pulse was restored and paramedics arrived on the I was at the right place at the right time, kicked in, and I am glad I was able to assist Giaquinto, 109th Airlift Wing command chief, recognized commanders call, presenting him the 109th AW command I dont consider myself a just able to be at the right place at the right time, and thats what onto him to make sure he wasnt going to keep shaking and his head wouldnt slam into the concrete, put that under his head to protect his head from slamming into the A pedestrian passing by called 911 as Winters kept reassuring the man that help was on the way could hear me he just wasnt able that help was on the way and to After his shaking had subsided, I proceeded to place the man into a recovery position, to ensure he did not choke on his own blood, and to hopefully control some of the bleeding and placed his hat between his head and the concrete to protect him from further harm should another When medical help arrived, Winters informed them of the situation and what he had done Winters for what he had done and the training he has received in self-aid buddy care over the last few years is single-handedly what (That training) was what made me able to respond and not freak ability from all the years of selfaid buddy care training gave me the knowledge to generally control the bleeding and place him in the proper position to prevent Mann, 109th Air Transportation Operations superintendent, said Winters action didnt surprise Thats just the type of special person to do what he did, and military people are the type of people who would do something that service to that individual with no worry about himself, EM Airman comes to aid of woman at local shop By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 109th AW Public Affairs this young lady to get the treatment that she needs so she can end her battle with Irwin has been with the 109th Airlift Wing for four years and is also a three-year veteran When I heard of Senior Airman Irwin's impressed not only by his quick response to the situation but also his compassion towards the young lady and her battle with the Air National Guard and Schenectady PD to the highest degree, and we are thankful An incredible story that encourages doubt this Airman will continue making contributions!File PhotoTech. Sgt. Adam WintersPhoto by Tech. Sgt. Catharine SchmidtSenior Airman Patrick Irwin assists an Airman during handson CBRNE training in April 2015.


19 Story by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 109th AW Public AffairsKeeping the balanceT passengers and cargo for missions such as Antarctica Airlift Wing, after the drill weekend is over, hes out of his ABUs I talked to some people I knew who were part of the unit, and your own schedule, and I dont mind the risk, it doesnt bother the massive manhunt of two escaped prisoners in upstate New The team manned various posts armed, checking vehicles and Its basically a culmination of everything youre trained for, Pierce and his team were out at the location for about a week About a year and half before the manhunt, Pierce was in a Bagram was (intense) it seemed like we took IDF (indirect Pierce said both being in the military and being a corrections The challenges that you do face are so different than an Citizen Airmen Airman works as New York State Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara Pierce was part of the team involved in the massive manhunt of two escaped prisoners in upstate New York in June 2015.


20 Airmen of the YearTwo Airmen with the 109th Airlift the New York Air National Guards Medical Group cardiopulmonary lab technician, were selected as the NYANG First Sergeant of the Year and Noncommissioned This is a major accomplishment for SMSgt Nordyke and TSgt Mahan, said devotion to duty, and leadership performance have led them to be highlighted as the New Nordyke, who is a substitute teacher on the civilian side, has served as the 109th According to her biography, Nordyke is responsible for matters influencing the health, morale and welfare, and professional development of more than 200 Airmen Nordyke said the support she has received from her family, the base and the teaching community have helped contribute to her selection as the NYANG 109th Airmen receive state recognition By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 109th AW Public Affairs She was chosen because she was a dedicated first sergeant for the largest and welfare of Airmen within the squadron and engaged in programs and councils that had direct impact on families and careers of Mahan is a respiratory therapist on the civilian side at both Ellis Hospital and the completing prerequisites at Hudson Valley Community College so she can apply for Physician Assistant school, with a goal of Mahan said being selected as NCO of the Year at both the wing level and state level has tons of people who are out here working hard Mahan is currently the Noncommissioned in transporting and furthering the care of the most critically ill and injured patients in the This spring I did a CCAT deployment It was really rewarding because youre bringing people home to their families, all while learning so much from the people you TSgt Mahan is a true leader and has working with her, and were proud to have TSgt Mahan is dedicated to the mission and strives to improve our effectiveness and Mahan and Nordyke joined the other 109th AW Airmen of the Year at the annual Airman Senior Airman Thomas Gallagher, 109th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airman of the Year Maintenance Squadron Senior NCO of the Year Member of the Year Guard Manager of the Year Graphic by Master Sgt. William Gizara


21 History Graphic by Master Sgt. William Gizara


22 Community Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities: SICM Summer Lunch Program July 25-29, 2016 Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities: Base Tour Guides Speakers to talk to groups about the 109th AW mission To volunteer, contact the 109th AW Community Manager, Maj. Melissa Cucchi Santoro at 344 Photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephen GirolamiMemorial MarchMembers of the 109th Airlift Wing joined the community to march in the annual Scotia Memorial Day Parade on May 25, 2016.


23 Community Staff Sgt. Megan Lane visits students at Woodlawn Elementary School in Schenectady on April 21, 2016. Each Thursday throughout the school year, Airmen volunteered a few hours to visit the students and also help them with reading. Lane is a full-time member of the Stratton Base Honor Guard. The 109th Airlift Wing's Company Grade Officers' Council Miracle Center in Albany on April 14 from funds raised during the council's annual golf tournament the proceeds from the tournament "We chose the Miracle Center in Albany because they are local and they provide direct assistance to veterans and active duty members in our community The center opened in November 2014, and according to its website, is mission "is to offer veterans and activeduty military personnel real solutions that will provide clothing, personal care and hygiene products, houseware items, ambulatory equipment, toys for their children and much more as well as specialists available in counseling for personal needs, goods and services are available free-of-charge to veterans and The golf tournament took place in September with more than 70 participants from the 109th Airlift Wing, including families "The businesses and people in our local community help out immensely with sponsorship and tournament wouldn't be possible," The CGO Council is made up lieutenant through captain) donates proceeds to Veterans Miracle Center By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 109th AW Public Affairs Photographic Expressions Studio & Gallery, LLC. photo by V. Pilar ArthurSnead Photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt Plane PullAirmen with the 109th Airlift Wing pull an LC-130 aircraft at Richmor Aviation, Schenectady County Airport, on May 14, with a time of 9:03 seconds. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine SchmidtPictured are (from left) 1st Lt. Jared Semerad; Capt. James Vendetti, CGO Council president; Melody Burns, VMC Director of Operations; Barry Feinman, Jezreel International CEO; and Capt. Shawn Rulison.


24 CommunitySouth Colonie school district dedicates new officials were joined by local military, veterans and community leaders on May 21, Armed Forces Day, to dedicate the new high The Hill of Heroes, located opposite the school entrance, showcases emblems and and created in high school classes under the High School junior, Nick Morrison, a 9-foot painted by Nick, parent Mario Gabriel and the hill tribute as a permanent, symbolic gesture of South Colonies respect and The inspiration behind the Hill of Heroes John designed the Hill of Heroes to honor who has served in the military since he, raised to respect those who serve and thought it would be a great idea to honor them through a beautiful, thoughtfully Following graduation in June, John will enlist in the Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing, where he is currently a member of the Student Flight, and carry on his The Hill of Heroes monument dedication was especially significant this year as year focused on raising money for and helping three military support groups Blue Star and Gold Star Mothers, Soldier On and the Story and photos courtesy of South Colonie School District speaks during a dedication ceremony of the new Master Sgt. John Lawlor. John is also a member father Chief Lawlor is the Aircraft Manager for the United States Antarctic Program at the 109th AW. veterans and community leaders on May 21, 2016, Armed Forces Day, to dedicate the new high school located opposite the school entrance, showcases emblems and creeds on granite slabs representing Chief Master Sgts. John Lawlor and Brian Bik attend the dedication ceremony of the new Colonie father. John is currently assigned to the 109th following his high school graduation.


25 Chaplains Corner By Chaplain (1st Lt.) Xiomara Diaz Creating communication bridgeHello Air force families! Many of you have probably seen me around the 109th lately as part As a mother, Ive found some very useful parent of a teenage boy, I know that the way I communicate with him is crucial for the continued development of our mother/son Healthy Families (part of our Strong Bonds The best way to get your children to talk When you add your own opinions, or correct the spotlight on them what you heard them and identify success 2) Acknowledge your childs point of view, even if you disagree you 4) Encourage your child to make choices I am blessed to be my sons track and agree in his choice of time management (school, athletics, video games, cleaning the steps above and successfully create a good communication bridge that can help I hope these tips can help strengthen your lookout for future Family Strong Bonds strengthen your family ties! The 109th Airlift Wing Chaplain Corps (from left): Chaplain (1st Lt.) Julie Taylor, Chaplain (Capt.) Joshua Choquette, Senior Airman Nicholas Mancuso, Master Photo by Master Sgt. William Gizara


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30 Retirements Spotlight AwardsAir MedalNov. 2, 2015 May 1, 2016Air Force Achievement Medal Senior Airman Alanna Guay SFS Meritorious Service Medal Air Force Commendation Medal Senior Airman Samuel Comini AS December 2015 May 2016Aerial Achievement Medal


31 Senior AirmanJennatte Berger MXS Stephen Cernack SFS Andrew Congdon SFS Adam Derepentigny CES Samantha Gifford OSS Alanna Guay SFS Melissa Hardcastle MXS Samuel Hartz AMXS Jacob Hentnik AMXS Jacey Hill AW Samuel Mitchell MXS Jessica Peck AS Justin Pierce AW Dominic Scaringe SFS Jamie Spaulding AW Sean Winters SFSAirman 1st ClassAirmanTaylor Wetsky MDGEnlisted Promotions Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Dean Joshua Nielson MajorNicholas Garren Heather Miner CaptainEric Chan John Hughes Sanning Pingitore Jared SemeradFirst Lieutenant Matthew Cotter Gregory Durrant Andrea Jensen Tiernan NolanSenior Master Sergeant Siobhan Macaulay MOF Frank Vallsdelosreyes CESMaster Sergeant Carlos Bonilladiaz AMXS Sean Carty MDG James Czwakiel MXS Timothy Macaulay AS Daniel Spiewak AMXS Mark Swiderski OSS Gary Warn MXG Technical Sergeant Matthew Bohigian MOF Nickolas Cross MXS John Drzewiecki MXS John Fountain AS Damon George SFS Jeffrey Hayes CF Aaron Muha MXS Abby Nelson MDG Patrick Nowacki MXS Patrick Tanella SFS Staff SergeantChristopher Audi MXS Stephanie Dirolf SFS Thomas Gallagher AMXS Brett Giaconia AS Justin Miller AS Philip Piombino STUF Jonathan Saunders FSS Jeffrey Valk OSS Spotlight Nov. 2, 2015 May 15, 2016