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The skibird magazine of the 109th Airlift Wing, Stratton Air National Guard
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Fall / Winter 2017


TheSkibirdthe biannual magazine of the 109th Airlift WingFall/Winter 2017 Vol. 53, No. 2 WING COMMANDER Col. Michele Kilgore VICE COMMANDER Col. Alan Ross COMMAND CHIEF Chief Master Sgt. Denny RichardsonWING PUBLIC AFFAIRSPUBLIC AFFAIRS SUPERINTENDENT Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara EDITOR, THE SKIBIRD / PHOTOJOURNALIST Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt BROADCAST JOURNALIST Master Sgt. Christine Wood Staff Sgt. Jamie Spaulding PHOTOJOURNALIST Staff Sgt. Benjamin German Staff Sgt. Stephanie Lambert 109TH AIRL WING I WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE 1 Air National Guard Rd., Scotia, NY 12302 (518) 344-2423 funded Air Force publication is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Military services. Contents of The Skibird are not the Department of Defense or the Department of the Air Force. The editorial content is edited, prepared, and provided by the th Airlift Wing. All photographs are Air Force photographs unless otherwise indicated.COVER PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SENIOR MASTER SGT. WILLIAM GIZARASenior Airman Sarah Anderson of the 109th Maintenance Group was the recipient of the 109th Airlift Wings CCM Guardian Award. This award is presented to an Airman annually who has demonstrated outstanding volunteerism and relentless pursuit of professional development and growth. As part of the award, Chief Master Sgt. Denny Richardson sponsors the recipient as a guardian for the Leatherstocking Honor Flight. Leatherstocking Honor Flight, a hub of the national Honor Flight Network, is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to taking Veterans, at no cost, to every Veteran has a safe and memorable experience. Duties include, but are not It is with deep regret that we announce the untimely passing of Airman First Class Logan P. Wieland of the 109th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, New York. Lt Col Ty Randall, 109th Maintenance Group, has been appointed the sumAll claims for or against the estate of the deceased must be submitted to the 344-2514 or cell (518) 275-8020.


TABLE OF CONTENTS07 | Kilgore assumes command of Wing 08 | Airmen provide hurricane support 09 | Airman adopts dog from Puerto Rico 10 | Giaquinto NYNG top enlisted leader 12 | Guardsman guides in great outdoors 13 | Augmentee program gives Airman new perspective on ODF mission 14 | Crew completes South Pole mission despite extreme weather conditions 16 | Navigator writes childrens book about Antarctic adventures 18 | Aircrews train for polar operations 20 | Airmen come together to improve LC-130 static display 22 | Airmen provide care in Missouri 24 | Wing conference room named in honor of community leader 25 | 26 | Airmen help deliver Trees for Troops 27 | Honoring President Van Buren 28 | 30 | Wing hosts emergency response symposium 31 | Debris Clearing exercise conducted 32 | RCSBP options 33 | Recognition 34 | Promotions / AwardsFIND US ON FACEBOOK th Airlift Wing 3


CHIEFS CORNER Greetings fellow Airmen! FY 2017 has been another successful, memorable and high ops tempo year for the 109th; highlighted by Operation Deep Freeze, Greenland and RCP 05 deployments. Other highlights include the strides made in professional development; we graduated 23 members from in-residence Professional Military Education (PME), 57 Airmen received their Community College of the Air Force degrees and more than 75 members participated in several professional development events. We also recognized Senior Airman Sarah Anderson from the Maintenance Group Anderson had the honor of traveling with a Korean War Veteran onboard Leatherstocking Honor Flight for Airmen of the Year for 2016; Master Sgt. Lynette Tangredi from Security Forces won the First Sergeant Category and Senior Airman Jason Malm from the Medical Group won Airman Category. I continue to be impressed with all you are able to accomplish with limited resources and time. Wing leadership fully understands that support is required to keep this positive momentum moving Commanders to manage shortfalls and accept risks when required. The health and safety of the force is my number one concern and I will focus FY 2018 on ensuring requirements are met to pave the way for another successful year. The 109th Command Chief priorities for FY 2018 were developed focusing on AFI 36-2618 standards of mission effectiveness, professional development, military readiness, training and unit morale. The construct of the Air Force Inspection System four major areas, Executing The Mission, Leading People, Managing Resources and Improving The Unit, will further explain these expectations. Executing the Mission: and spiritually to enhance mission effectiveness. We all have the responsibility to defend our homeland, must remain at a high level, built on a solid foundation of consistent behaviors. To meet current and future missions we must be a viable and competent Total Force Component capable of world-wide deployments far, abroad and near. Leading People: Leading People is a critical element in successful mission execution. Our members are the cornerstone of our operation and must be mentored, developed and treated with respect and dignity. We must exhaust all opportunities to ensure our members are developed and shaped to become 21st Century Airmen. Leadership at all levels must clearly communicate expectations, and hold themselves and members accountable through fair and consistent enforcement. An environment built on professionalism and respect is the standard and nothing less will be tolerated. We are only as successful as the people we Managing Resources: in managing resources. The management of resources wing-wide is critical to leading people, executing the mission and improving the unit. The correct placement of manpower to correct shortfalls must be may lead to increased stress levels and lower unit morale. .... (Continued on page 6) GRAPHIC Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara COMMANDERS CORNER The work of the 109th Medical Group cannot be underscored enough. After 32 years of multiple deployments for aeromedical evacuation (AE) and importance and critical role of a medical group. As the 109th AW has been part of my family, it was a natural decision to apply for the MDG Commander position and to To assist with understanding the depth and breadth of the medical group, it is important to share In addition to the traditional mission, you may be unaware other support 109th MDG provides: trained critical care team members trained patient staging personnel Greenland medical support Kool School Hurricane ground medical support AED base program owner Drug Demand Program support Operation Healthy Delta. component training event coordinated with Delta Regional Authority and Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation (DAEOC). OHD 2017 was a 14-day mission designed to improve readiness capabilities of military units while augmenting the healthcare needs (offering no-cost healthcare) of to support the Operation Healthy Delta (OHD)-Innovative Readiness Training (IRT). The OHD mission targeted the exercise of asset movements and operations with a vision of strengthened civil-military relations through strengthening community health and cohesiveness. Sergeant Graham stated, The healthcare needs of the community provided an opportunity for meeting readiness training needs through execution of operations in a live environment with tangible and measurable outcomes. (See Page 22 for story) Metrics are as follows: Patient Population: 4,546; 1,787 Medical patients (wellness visits); Optometry patients (comprehensive eye exams, refractions, eyeglasses, referrals); .... (Continued on page 6) 4 5


..... (Continued from page 5) Improving the Unit: ..... (Continued from page 4) Bioenvironmental symposium. MED BEACH 2017 6


CHANGE OF COMMAND STORY Staff Sgt. Stephanie Lambert PHOTOGRAPHY Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara 7


The 109th Airlift Wing joined other wings across New York to support hurricane relief missions in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Answering the call W Courtesy Photo Airman deploys for hurricane support, returns with new friendSTORY & PHOTOGRAPHY Staff Sgt. Stephanie Lambert W 8 9


GRAINAU, Germany Chief Master Sgt. Amy Giaquinto, senior enlisted leader, New York Air National Guard, addresses African partner senior enlisted shared challenges and opportunities. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones) File Photo 10 11


Guardsman guides in great outdoorsFor many people starting a small business is a daunting prospect. For Tech. Sgt. Abraham Gadway, its following his passion. Gadway, a quality assurance evaluator with the 109th Maintenance Group here, started his own wilderness guiding service in April 2017, combining his love of the outdoors from a young age with his military experience. As a QA evaluator, Gadway works directly for the maintenance group command, serving as a primary technical adviser in the maintenance organization, assisting to identify, and resolve workmanship and compliance issues impacting the mission. In contrast to his military career, as a guide in the eastcentral Adirondack Mountains, Gadway provides clients with hiking, canoeing and even whitewater rafting on the Indian and upper Hudson rivers. This year Gadway began a different kind of adventure by starting his own wilderness guiding service. He began by that helped him get the funds needed to grow the guiding and outdoor custom retail service side of his business. Gadway said the leadership and management skills he learned at the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing motivated him in his business endeavor. For years Gadway worked as a guide for a private agency, but after branching out on his own he decided to increase his business skills by attending the Boots to Business entrepreneurial education course here. (Boots to Business) gave me a new perspective and several great ideas as well to help grow and expand the business said Gadway. Gadway grew up in the Indian Lake region of the Adirondack Mountains and as a young man also served as a volunteer firefighter and first responder, working on nearly a dozen search, aid scenarios. For him, it was a natural progression to want to share his love for the outdoors with others, it was for this reason he decided to become a New York State licensed guide. My passion is being outdoors, he said. He had this advice for fellow Airmen who aspire to accomplish personal goals: If anybody has a desire or a goal that they want to do in life If you are passionate about it and love it, just do it! STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY Staff Sgt. Benjamin German 12


Casey didnt think shed have the opportunity to see the other side of the world many Airmen at her unit frequent each and every year. Now, as an augmentee for Joint Task Force Support Forces Antarctica (JTF-SFA) here, Casey, a West Sand Lake, N.Y. resident, has a brand-new perspective on the mission the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing from Scotia, New York, has been a part of for almost 30 years. Having the worlds only ski-equipped cargo aircraft LC-130 Skibirds the wing supports Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) which is the Department of Defenses logistical support to the National Science Foundations U.S. Antarctic Program. Casey works directly for JTF-SFA as a Mission Support information manager. Her duties include staff support, publishing records, administrative communication and workgroup management. The augmentee program gives people an opportunity to see the mission close up and understand it, said Col. Al Ross, 13th Air ODF season. Issues dealing with pay orders and travel orders from the other side of the world make more sense to Casey now. through and what issues theyre having, especially when it comes to getting paid or signing orders. Casey has also had the opportunity to see all the work it takes to keep the aircraft going in the harsh environment. incredibly proud to be part of the 109th and the mission that were doing here. Not only will Casey return home with a new outlook on the overall mission, shell also return home one rank higher than when she She said the promotion and the entire experience here is something shell never forget.Augmentee program gives Airman new perspective on ODF missionSTORY & PHOTOGRAPHY Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt 13


MCMURDO STATION, Antarctica -The harsh, unforgiving and unpredictable weather of Antarctica made a routine mission to the South Pole a little more than an LC-130 Skibird crew with the 139th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron had bargained for Nov. 9. Despite the extreme cold, minimum visibility and maximum crosswinds, the crew safely landed at the National Science Foundations Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station after three attempts during a resupply mission. The squadron is part of the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing, based at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, After loading and unloading cargo and passengers at the South Pole, the crew headed back to McMurdo Station on the coast. aircraft. This forced the crew to make an emergency weather divert to Mario Zuchelli Station. The station, owned by Italys National Antarctic Research Program, is located a little less than 200 miles from McMurdo at Terra Nova Bay. The stop at Mario Zuchelli Station allowed the crew to refuel and get much needed rest before returning to McMurdo safely on Nov. 10. According to Capt. Brandon Caldwell, the mission pilot, encountering one or two issues is normal throughout the Operation Deep Freeze season. However, encountering so many issues during one mission is quite rare. Throughout the years, our weather restrictions have become stricter so we can try and avoid situations like this one, he added. The crew attributes their teamwork, quick thinking and training to the landing at the South Pole and the decision to make the emergency weather divert. Teamwork is crucial when landing in extreme weather, said Lt. Col. Ronald Ankabrandt, the mission navigator. Everyone on the The crews train to land on snow and ice with the Skibirds in Greenland every summer. Alexander said that while the training they are continent. Not only do the crews have to maintain their composure while landing on a skiwaya runway made out of snow and ice-with minimum visibility, they also endure the extreme cold as they move cargo. During this mission, crews loaded 15,000 pounds of cargo with wind chill temperatures estimated at 65 degrees below zero. and he wondered how he would fare. I completely understand it now, he said. Our unit needs to be able to overcome and adapt when things like this happen and this really makes me appreciate the mission we have. Senior Master Sgt. David Vesper, an instructor loadmaster, added that the cold temperatures mixed with the wind chill coming off the The Skibirds, known for their ability to land on snow and ice, provide supplies and transport fuel and people to the various research stations across the continent. Operation Deep Freeze is the logistical support provided by the Department of Defense to the U.S. Antarctic Program, which is managed by the National Science Foundation. This is the 30th season the Airmen from the 109th Airlift Wing have been part of Operation Deep Freeze.LC-130 crew completes South Pole mission despite extreme weather conditionsSTORY & PHOTOGRAPHY Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt The crew (from left): 1st Lt. Brian Alexander, co-pilot; Airman 1st Class Ryan Rhoads, loadmaster; Lt. Col. Ronald Ankabrandt, navigator; Senior Master Sgt. Michael Messineo, David Vesper, loadmaster; and Capt. Brandon Caldwell, pilot. 14 15


STORY Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt PHOTOGRAPHY Staff Sgt. Benjamin German Her mighty 109th Airlift Wing provides support for Science Exploration. Flying gives her adventure and pride serving her glorious dangerous and challenging terrain. Air Force Amanda: Adventure in AntarcticaA Her daughter, Amelia, was just 7 months old, and Coonradt wanted to explain to her why her mom was 9,500 miles away from Grafton, New York, where Amelia was. So she decided to write a book to not only make her feel closer to her daughter back home but to also help other children of the 109th understand why the mission that took their parents to the other side of the world was so important. I made it a goal of mine during my quiet time while I was on the ice and missing her, Coonradt explained. Id go to the library or write in my room and try to get inspired to get the ball rolling. I wrote about three-quarters of it while I was on the ice that year, she said. adventure of Air Force Amanda with children everywhere through Air Force Amanda: Adventure in Antarctica. Since I had Amelia, Im always on the lookout for books about military parents or a military female parent who deploys or does exciting things, Coonradt said. mission year after year. And sometimes its hard to explain to their loved ones what theyre doing when they deploy. Along with being a navigator, Coonradt holds a bachelors degree in childhood education and a masters degree in education and navigator. She got her commission in 2007. In April of 2015, Coonradt and her husband, Russ, had their daughter, Amelia. since her daughter was born. children that this was going to be part of our lifestyle, she said. The book discusses the history, science, animals and landscape of Antarctica from the perspective of a female LC-130 navigator. The next step was to get the book published. Force Amanda adventure series. I want to educate and empower! I have joined my love for education and my profession as an Air Force aviator by bringing to life Air Force Amandas adventure series, she said. I might go into a little bit more detail about what the navigator really does on the airplane, with plotting and mission planning and fuel planning, Coonradt said. Ive completed this goal, and I have this for her. Antarctica Airman writes about Antarctic adventures 16 17


STORY Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt LC-130 Skibird aircrews train for polar operationsKANGERLUSSUAQ, Greenland -Having the worlds only ski-equipped LC-130 aircraft, commonly referred to as Skibirds, the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing is able to provide the airlift needed to get to remote locations in Antarctica and Greenland in support of the National Science Foundation. Its a mission unique to the wing and one that requires specialized training. While upstate New York, where the 109th Airlift Wing is based, is known to have some brutal winter weather, it still isnt enough to get these aircrews trained to land and take off on snow and ice. Thats where Raven Camp comes in. Located 108 miles southeast of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, on the Greenland ice cap, the camp With 50 training missions already completed since the Greenland season began in April, aircrews are well on their way to be ready Greenland Operations chief. Well work on special procedures on the ground for the loadmasters to load and unload on the snow. Maj. Dia Ham, a ski mission co-pilot student with the 139th Airlift Squadron, is see it myself with my own eyes and be in the seat. Ham went on to say that while the procedures and steps they are taught to follow are expected, it still cant compare to landing on the snow for the Theres no way to change the steps that we follow or the procedures or the sequence of the aircraft. Because of the remote locations for some of the camps the wing supports, aircraft is running with the ramp down 18 inches above the snow. Its very important to learn the technique and get it right, said Master Sgt. Randy Powell, a loadmaster instructor who has been training students this season. Theres a lot you have to learn really quickly, said Airman 1st Class Taylor Richards, a student loadmaster who is currently on his second trip here this season. The stuff that we do, they cant teach you in loadmaster school because its only stuff that we do. There are only about 60 loadmasters in the unit, and were the only ones in the world who do this, so theres a little bit of a learning curve. out. The training here is so valuable. PHOTOGRAPHY Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara Master Sgt. Randy Powell loads a training pallet onto an LC-130 aircraft at Raven Camp, Greenland, on July 28, 2017. Powell is an instructor loadmaster with the 139th Airlift Squadron. 18 19


Pride. History. Tradition. that sits in front of the base. Throughout the years, the 1957 LC-130 model has lost some of its vibrancy, so about 15 Airmen throughout the Wing got together out each and every year. prove that we can live up to our reputation. The project began Aug. 10 and continued through Aug. 31. Airmen cleaned up the aircraft through pressure washing, waxing, buffering it to protect it from the elements. The windows had been cracking and some of the windows they were that soft, Begin said. Our sheet metal professional, Tech. Sgt. Ernie Labounty, 109th Equipment Maintenance Flight, came up with the idea of sealing the windows in, by installing a thin plastic inlay over top of the windows, and painting them black to preserve it. Master Sgt. Sarah Helligrass, 109th Communications Flight, heard about the need for volunteers and immediately saw it as an opportunity for her to help preserve the history of the base. Its our history, she said. We are the I hope my little contribution can help toward more base-wide visibility. Begin said the plan is to make this an annual Wing-wide effort to keep the aircraft looking the best it can. Working the static is about bringing the 109th family together for pride, he said. Its what the 109th is all about coming together and making the time to focus on the good stuff, preserving history, and our reputation.Airmen come together to improve LC-130 static display STORY Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt PHOTOGRAPHY Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara Master Sgt. Sarah Helligrass, 109th Communications Flight, paints a propeller on the LC-130 static display that sits in front of Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, New York, on Aug. 23, 2017. 20 21


Airmen assigned to the 109th Medical Group participated in Operation Healthy Delta, an innovative readiness training exercise which provided health care services in the Bootheel Region of southeastern Missouri at no-direct cost to local residents, Sept. 13-21. component training event. The 14-day mission was coordinated with Delta Regional Authority and Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation and was designed to improve readiness capabilities of military units while augmenting the healthcare needs of communities in southeastern Missouri. It was evident that the Bootheel region had a very real need for access to health care, said Senior Master Sgt. Rebecca Graham, ANG Graham said the OHD mission not only allowed military personnel to have hands-on training, but afforded the community an opportunity to receive no-cost health care they would not have had access to otherwise. mission ran smoothly. help a community that desperately needed it through service to individuals, said Bailey. I know the focus of the IRT was training, but for me that faded into the background the more I spoke to and heard from the people we were helping. The amount of people who were helped and training gained through OHD was staggering. A total of 15,892 procedures were performed with an overall worth of care totaling $1,411,208. The care given was: 1,235 optometry visits, 1,787 wellness visits, and 1,524 dental visits. The total number of training hours was 10,196 of exceptional real-world training. One of the biggest things that I took from this experience was how so many people from different areas come together to help a community in need, said Senior Airman Ashley Bochenek, OHD participant. Taylor, Master Sgt. David Morrison, Tech. Sgt. Kevin Partlow, Staff Sgt. Chad Alaimo, Staff Sgt. Ronald Butler, Senior Airman Emily Roth and Senior Airman Ayla Bardin.Airmen provide health care in MissouriSTORY Staff Sgt. Stephanie Lambert Courtesy photo Courtesy photoSenior Airman Ayla Bardin treats a young girl during Operation Healthy Delta in southeastern Missouri in September. 22 23


STORY Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt PHOTOGRAPHY Senior Master Sgt. William GizaraThe new wing conference room in the 109th Airlift Wing headquarters building here is now the Chuck Steiner Memorial Conference Room following a dedication ceremony in Chuck Steiners name Aug. 4. Steiner, Capital Region Chamber president, passed away April 18. About 50 people including Steiners wife, Marcy, and son, Matt; Sen. James Tedisco; Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara; Maj. Gen. Anthony German, New York Adjutant General; and Chief Master Sgt. Amy Giaquinto, New York Air National Guard command chief, attended the ceremony. The ceremony began with the presentation of the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal, awarded to any individual who distinguishes themselves by exceptionally meritorious service in a capacity of great responsibility. An excerpt from the citation read: Through dedication and leadership, and keen insight and perceptive discourse, Mr. Steiner greatly assisted in securing the future, viability and stability of the 109th Airlift Wing in Glenville, the Navy Operational Support Center in Glenville, the Niskayuna Army Reserve Center in Schenectady, the Navy Support Activity in Saratoga Springs, the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Schenectady, and the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston Spa. German presented the citation and medal to Steiners family. Chuck was as much a member of the militia as the folks who do wear the uniform, because he fought it on a different battle, German said. Chuck was an American patriot he truly bled red, white and blue in everything that our country stands for, said Mark Eagan, Capital Region Chamber CEO. When Chuck thought about those values, he quickly thought about our military, and what our military does every day to protect and preserve the freedoms that we have. I think this recognition today really speaks to the impact of his work, and how much the military valued that work, Eagan continued. Its an honor to be able to recognize him, German said. I miss him, and think about him often. He was just such a good person. I wanted to thank Marcy and Matt and the rest of the family for allowing Chuck to share a great deal of his time for this base, said Col. Shawn Clouthier, 109th Airlift Wing commander. We never really had a large conference room in this building for our headquarters, Marcy and Matt unveiled the plaque at the end of the ceremony. The plaque, which now hangs in the center of the conference room, reads: In recognition of his invaluable vision, determination and service to the 109th Airlift Wing, Schenectady County, the Greater Capital endeavored to ensure its long-term viability and success. Wing conference room named in honor of community leaderMaj. Gen. Anthony German (right), New York Adjutant General, presents Marcy and Matt Steiner with the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal awarded to the late Chuck Steiner during a dedication ceremony here Aug. 4, 2017. AIRMAN RECLAIMS FITNESS AFTER PT FAIL 24


STORY Master Sgt. Catharine Schmidt PHOTOGRAPHY Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara AIRMAN RECLAIMS FITNESS AFTER PT FAILI work leader assigned to the 109th Maintenance Squadron here, but it ended up being the wake-up call he didnt even know he needed. The cold reality of a PT failure gave Jordan the realization he could no longer skate by doing the minimum. a mere halfinch. Jordan said his lifestyle before the failure consisted of poor eating habits and inactivity. 109th Services Flight, taped Jordan three times and could not pass him because his waist was over acceptable inches allowed by Air Force standards. no matter how well they did on the other components, said Eriole. I felt miserable, said Jordan. I did what I had to do each year to pass with a minimum score by practicing only what I had to do, no more, said Jordan. In this case, Jordan failed his waist measurement; even though it was not by much there was nothing I could do for him at that point, said Eriole. Fast forward to September 2017, Jordan passed every component including the waist measurement. I appreciate Erioles integrity in the program, it forced me to take action to correct my own inadequacies and be able to look myself in the mirror, said Jordan. for that but the member decided to do that on his own; I was just doing my job, said Eriole. The PT score affects all aspects of an Airmans military career; a failure could keep them from promotions and educational training opportunities, according to Air Force guidance. assessment, because if you fail the assessment one time you are not eligible to be promoted, second time ineligible to reenlist and so forth, said Eriole. You cant wait and worry about passing once a year, it has to be continuous, said Jordan. When I ask if they have been practicing, most of the time the answer is no; my advice is to keep practicing throughout the year and not wait until its time to do the assessment. it; consistency is key to long-term success. with and continued. while I maintain a healthy diet with a watchful eye on portion size, said Jordan. Jordan said he encourages the Airmen in his unit with words that his coach used to encourage Jordan said he has planned to keep up the hard work and said that he may even try a 5-k in the future. Airmen who may be struggling with low PT scores or have failed and would like help are urged STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY Staff Sgt. Stephanie Lambert 25


PHOTOGRAPHY Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara Christmas trees bound for military families on Monday, Nov. 27, at the Ellms Family Farm here. This is the 13th year that the National Guard troops turned out alongside veterans and Patriot Guard riders to assist Ellms in the nationwide Trees for Troops initiative. Some three dozen volunteers were on hand to support the packing of trees with donated decorations and loading them for shipment. Having that little slice of home is a great reminder of how much the homefront cares, said Chip Ellms, owner of the tree farm and coordinator of the event. Approximately 150 trees donated by 15 local tree farms in Upstate New York were loaded onto a FedEx truck headed to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where they will be distributed to military families. The Ellms family grows almost 800 trees per acre on 50 acres on the farm north of Albany, N.Y. The operation stated in 1983 and has grown to become a year-around agro-tourism attraction. The Ellms trees added to more than 200,000 trees donated since 2005 by the national program of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, in partnership with FedEx, delivers farm-grown trees to U.S. military personnel and their families from all branches stationed at more than 60 bases around the globe. Many of the National Guard volunteers have previously deployed during the holidays and spoke about the impact that this kind of event can have on a deployed Soldier or Airman. Other volunteers have also been the family member missing their loved one. Airman 1st Class John Lawlor, a medical technician assigned to the 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, part of the 109th Airlift My whole life, my father has been away every year so it hits close to home for me; people truly do care, he said. Lawlors father, Chief Master Sgt. John Lawlor, is also assigned to the 109th Airlift Wing, and has deployed annually as part of the support of Operation Deep Freeze to Antarctica; the mission coincides with the holiday season every year. Among the other volunteers was Edward Czuchrey, a Patriot Guard Rider and retired Air Force master sergeant. I think its a wonderful thing these folks do for the veterans; we do anything we can to help, Czuchrey said. The trees were packed with holiday decorations and cards made by children from the local Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake elementary and middle schools.New York National Guard Troops help deliver Trees for Troops STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY Staff Sgt. Stephanie Lambert Master Sgt. Kyle Defeo, 109th Security Forces Squad ron, helps load Christmas trees on a delivery truck as part of the Trees for Troops event at Ellms Family Farm in Ballston Spa, N.Y., on Nov. 27, 2017. 26


STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY Staff Sgt. Stephanie Lambert Brig. Gen. Timothy LaBarge, the Chief of Staff for the New York Air National Guard and Command Chief Master Sgt. Denny Richardson, 109th Airlift Wing command chief, marked the 235th birthday of President Martin Van Buren by laying a wreath at Van Burens grave site in Kinderhook, New York on Dec. 5, 2017. The annual event recognizes the former President Martin Van Buren, a Columbia County native who died on July 24, 1862 in Kinderhook, N.Y. He was born on Dec. 5, 1782. The United States Military honors former presidents by laying wreaths presented by the current president at their gravesites on the anniversary of their birth. NYANG honors President Martin Van BurenPHOTOGRAPHY Tech. Sgt. Stephen Girolami 27


H James M. Roth, 109th Airlift Wing comptroller, strives to achieve every day. Lean forward means to get out in front of issues before they become a problem, said Roth. Were here to support the people here in any way possible; were trying to be proactive, said Roth. We are always available to answer questions. Roth said by calling the main number at (518) 344-2493 Airmen will be able to get an answer to their question regardless of who answers the phone. payment transactions to vendors, as well as allocating and tracking the budgets for the National Science Foundation and Wing funds. Deep Freeze and Greenland, said Roth. We dont expect to be thanked for what we do for the Airmen; were here to support them, said Roth. We have a responsibility to the American taxpayer to be legally appropriate with the funds provided to our base, said Dowd. There will always be problems, if its a systemic one, lets teach the Airmen through training, said Roth. on time, said Roth.STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY Staff Sgt. Stephanie Lambert 28


STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY Staff Sgt. Stephanie Lambert WANT HELP WITH F I NA NCIA L M A T T ER S ? MA KE T H E MO ST O F YOUR MON EY AND YOUR LIFE Personal Financial Counseling (PFC) can help you and your family : manage finances, resolve financial problems and reach long term goals such as getting an education, buying a home and planning for r etirement. S U PPO RT AND COUN SELI NG SERVI C ES Confidential financial consultations for individuals and families Referrals to military and community resources Support for family members during deployment Help with cr edit management and budgeting Help navigating benefits Services provided through DoD TR A I N I NG AND W ORKSHOPS INCLUDE Money Management Budgeting and Developing Spending Plans Debt and Cr edit Car d Management Consumer Rights and Obligations (dealing with creditors) Financial Planning: Reaching Life Goals Financial Readiness and Economic Security Financial Readiness for Deployment Transitioning to Civilian Life Home Buying Understanding Mortgages Pr eventing Foreclosure Kids and Money: Raising Financially Savvy Kids Military Benefits, Pay and Entitlements Savings and Investments Retir ement Planning Estate Planning Tax Planning PFC services are Purple, no cost and confidential for: All a ctive service members their families, surviving unmarried spouses, and service members separated/retired within the past 180 days (Appointments held in base offices, conference rooms, and public meeting spaces.) Y our contact is: Laurie Bonser, CFP, CPA, MBA Personal Financial Counselor Based : Stratton Air National Guard Scotia, NY (50 mile service radius) Phone : 518.948.7028 Email Address : 29


By Maj. Andrew McUmber, 109th Bioenvironmental EngineeringT consisted of presentations and demonstrations from multiple state and federal agencies. The event resulted in shared knowledge of contingency operations within the Air National Guard Bioenvironmental Engineering participated. Broadly, the BE core mission consists of hazard recognition, evaluation and control across the spectrum of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats. The list of possible threat pathways includes routine industrial applications, water system detection assets. The intent of the symposium was twofold: build BE knowledge of emergency response assets at local, state, and Federal levels, and presenters were composed of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH), US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Department of Energy (DOE), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 2nd Civil Support Team (WMD-CST), and National Park Service (NPS). On the last day, attendees completed a military heritage tour at Saratoga National Park. Wing hosts emergency response symposium PHOTOGRAPHY Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara 30


JTF 3 Debris Clearing Team conducts exerciseBy Senior Master Sgt. Greg Mihalko, 109th Emergency ManagerThe Joint Task Force 3 Debris Clearing Team teamed up with members of the New York Guard led by Maj. Guy Van Baalen on Nov. 4 to exercise the $176,000 debris clearing package in a limited one-day exercise. Team members were placed into a scenario that morning when the Emergency Operations Center manager performed a stranding residents on the north side of the event. The team was ordered to convoy to the mock disaster site located behind Building 52 The New York Guard is pleased to be participating in this joint exercise, Van Baalen said. Events such as this serve our continuing efforts to integrate with the National Guard and Air National Guard and do our part to ensure the safety of our fellow citizens. The objectives and skills evaluated in this exercise included the activation of the debris clearing team during a very busy time of year for the wing, the operation of the equipment and assessment of its condition, and the speed in which the chainsaw operators and skid steer drivers could work in such an austere environment. We need to be trained and ready to provide this kind of support whenever called to do so, said Col. Maureen Murphy, 109th Mission Support Group commander. Having our roster supplemented with skilled members of the New York Guard increases our readiness and capabilities, especially during the Operation Deep Freeze season. I would like to thank everyone who participated in this training exercise. Although the exercise was expected to run over multiple days, the debris clearing team managed to remove an estimated 16,000 pounds of trees and mud in a mere four hours. For more information on emergency management activities, please contact Senior Master Sgt. Greg Mihalko at 344-2312. Courtesy photo 31


survivors each and every month. You have three options regarding RCSBP protection for your family: Option A (DECLINE TO MAKE AN ELECTION UNTIL AGE 60) If you choose not to participate in the Plan at this time, and you live to age 60, you will be given another opportunity to enroll in the SBP. If you die before age 60, your survivor(s) will be ineligible to receive a percentage of your retired pay. Option B (DEFERRED ANNUITY) Provide coverage for an annuity to begin on the 60th anniversary of your birth, if you die before age 60, or to begin immediately if annuity for 13 years, when you would have been age 60. Option C (IMMEDIATE ANNUITY) Provide coverage for an annuity to begin immediately, whether you die before or after age 60. For example: Option C elected at age made within a timely manner or the default selection of Spouse only (C) will be entered. Selection must be made and returned within 90 days of RCSBP package receipt! For more information about this program and the options available, please visit your FSS Customer Service Section or click here. 109th AW Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) Maj. Heather Miner-Goetz, 109th AW, 344-2500 109th AW Victim Advocates Maj. Amanda Coonradt, 139th AS/ 109th AW IG, 344-2024 Capt. Jenny Hitzges, 139th AS, 344-2302 2nd Lt. Nicholas Chakurmanian, 139th AS, 344-2586 Senior Master Sgt. Shawn Talbot, 109th MXS, 344-2685 Tech. Sgt. David Rodriguez, 139th AS, 344-2401 Staff Sgt. Matthew Gleason, 109th LRS, 344-2376 Staff Sgt. Molly Kennerley, 109th MXS, 344-2369 Senior Airman Heather Jackson, 109th MSG/CSS, 344-2692Did you know? 32


Did you know? The following Airmen received their Community College of the Air Force Degrees during a Wing commanders call Sept. 17, 2017: (Back row, from left) Tech. Sgt. Christopher Pierson, Fire Science; Chief Master Sgt. Michael Pingitore, Transportation; Master Sgt. William Roe, Bioenvironmental Engineering Technology; Senior Master Sgt. Kelly Eustis, Criminal Justice; Master Sgt. Seth Bathrick, Safety; Tech. Sgt. Matthew Murray, Aviation Management; Tech. Sgt. Robert Harrington, Information Systems Technology; Staff Sgt. Andrew Archambeault, Avionic Systems Technology; Staff Sgt. Joseph Dugan, Aviation Maintenance Technology. (Front row, from left) Master Sgt. Lynette Tangredi, Human Resource Management; Staff Sgt. Ethan Schager, Aviation Maintenance Technology; Tech. Sgt. Daniel White Jr., Human Resource Management; Staff Sgt. Robert Baldascini II, Aviation Maintenance Technology; Staff Sgt. Grace Varney, Information Management; Master Sgt. Darci Novack, Criminal Justice; Tech. Sgt. Kimberly Labunski, Transportation; Master Sgt. Aletha Camack, Human Resource Management; Master Sgt. Allison Snyder, Health Care Management; Senior Airman Jennatte Berger, Avionic Systems Technology; Tech. Sgt. Devin Reilly, Emergency Management.PHOTOGRAPHY Senior Master Sgt. William Gizara 109th Airmen receive CCAF DegreesAirman 1st Class Rachael Wehrenberg, 109th Medical Group, was selected as the winner of the 2017 David V. Stott Scholarship. Airman Wehrenberg is pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy through Russell Sage College. Tech. Sgt. David Stott was a member of the 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron as well as the 109th MDG. Stott passed away in 2003 following a short illness. His parents continue to carry on his memory by offering a scholarship in his name each year. David V. Stott Scholarship WinnerFile photo 33


PROMOTIONS May 21 Dec. 1, 2017Major Dia Beshara AS Drew Brewer AS David Price AS Captain Adetokunbo Ajibulu MDG First Lieutenant Joshua Eldredge AS Chief Master Sergeant Michael Blake MXG Deborah Nordyke AW Senior Master Sergeant Jennifer Dippo AES David Vesper AS Master Sergeant John Albert MXS Patrick Bornt AS David Burt AES Chad Conti OG James Cronce MXS George Dunkley AMXS Sara Eldred AES Jeremiah Henderson AW Thomas Heyman AES Michael Ignecia FSS Shane Long LRS Lukasz Liaszkiewicz CF Jeffrey Lyons CF Robert Madison AES Ernesto Morales SFS Joshua Myers CES Michael Peckham SFS Felicia Valentine MXG Technical Sergeant Natale Alessandro MXS Connie Anderson AES Amanda Cimorelli OSS James Comstock LRS Jonathan Corcoran SFS Shayne Galarneau MXS Technical Sergeant (Cont.) David Gillis OSS Michael Ginalski MXS James Healey AS Sabrina Healey AES Chad Hotaling LRS Trevor Hunter MXS Robert Johnson FSS Matthew King LRS Aaron Marshall MXG Patrick McCormack MXG Luke Morizio FSS Brian Reith OG Joshua Spagnola 2dCST Theodore Stickney AS Laurence Truscello AW Daniel White Jr. FSS Staff Sergeant Aaron Bagwell AS Jennatte Berger MXS Leighann Brash FSS Courtney Cereo AS Stephen Cernak III SFS Marc Cerrone SFS Sarah Chandler AES Samuel Comini AS Andrew Congon SFS John Cox LRS Darren Durfee Jr. LRS Ryan Esposito MXS Jarrod Fowler MDG Frederick Freeman SFS Jeremy Frye LRS Lake Gibbins AMXS Alanna Guay SFS Patrick Irwin CES Amy Kintner FSS Brendan Leach SFS Gregory Markel LRS Armando Maldonado SFS Troy McCullen AS Lisa Mierek MSG Samantha Mills MXS Esmeralda Monteparo MXS Isidora Monteparo MDG Staff Sergeant (Cont.) Wyatt Peters AS Vincent Pricolo MXS Brian Purtell MXS Perry Rayner FSS Dominic Scaringe SFS Jamie Spaulding AW Andrew Tomlinson AES Brett Voelker AMXS David Wallace MXS Scott Winchell Jr. LRS Sean Winters SFS Senior Airman Ayla Bardin MDG Anthony Bartlett AS Bianca Boccio MDG Ashely Bochenek MDG Kayla Casey CPTF Israel Covey CF James Denney MXS Matthew Disorbo FSS Rebecca Eldred AES Bryan Fidd JFHQ Benjamin Gunn AES Rebekah Hentnik FSS Ryan Leach LRS Margaret Lunquist FSS Nicholas Macholdt AS James McPartlin OSS Angelo Messineo AS Kyle Mullan AES Matthew Paparella MDG Christian Ruiz OSS Corey Russo AS Kevin Sarsick CES Stephanie Seney MDG Josana Stone FSS Daniel Taormina AS Taylor Wetsky MDG Airman 1st Class Thomas Connolly STUF Nicholas Maniacek STUF Jonathan Magaletti AES Paige Shovelton OSS AWARDS May 2 Dec. 1, 2017Meritorious Service Medal Col. Michele Kilgore AW Lt. Col. Ty Randall MXG Lt. Col. (Dr.) Bret Wood MDG Maj. Steven Sweet AS Senior Master Sgt. Greg Mihalko CES Master Sgt. David Morrison MDG Air Force Commendation Medal Chaplain (Capt.) Xiomara Diaz AW Capt. Salem Jacobsen LRS Chaplain (Capt.) Julie Taylor AW 2nd Lt. Benjamin Reiser OSS Senior Master Sgt. Marsha Barrows LRS Senior Master Sgt. Rebecca Graham MDG Master Sgt. Scott Bailey MDG Master Sgt. Johnny Cope CF Master Sgt. Sarah Helligrass CF Master Sgt. Brian Kissinger CES Master Sgt. Jason Moore CES Master Sgt. David Morrison MDG Master Sgt. Joshua Myers CES Master Sgt. Wanda Yarbor MSG Tech. Sgt. Brian Devlin CES Tech. Sgt. Kevin Facteau CES Staff Sgt. Matthew Gleason LRS Staff Sgt. Brittney Morse CES Staff Sgt. Aaron Rodgers AS Staff Sgt. Grace Varney FSS Air Force Achievement Medal Capt. Eric Chan AS Master Sgt. Scott Bailey MDG Master Sgt. Joshua Bartman SFS Master Sgt. Ernesto Morales SFS Air Force Achievement Medal (Cont) Master Sgt. Felicia Valentine MXG Master Sgt. Roger Yurko CF Tech. Sgt. Connie Anderson AES Tech. Sgt. Erin Byrns CPTF Tech. Sgt. Come Ketchakeu AW Tech. Sgt. Stephen Marra AW Staff Sgt. Chad Alaimo AW Staff Sgt. Curt Beall CPTF Staff Sgt. Ronald Butler Jr. MDG Staff Sgt. Stephen Cernak III SFS Staff Sgt. Marc Cerrone SFS Staff Sgt. Gabriella Diaz MDG Staff Sgt. Stephanie Dirolf SFS Staff Sgt. Alanna Guay SFS Staff Sgt. Elijah Hammondwood AES Staff Sgt. John Konczeski CF Staff Sgt. Brendan Leach SFS Staff Sgt. Berardino Mancino SFS Staff Sgt. James Olson CES Staff Sgt. Jide Osipitan SFS Staff Sgt. Brian Pelletier CPTF Staff Sgt. Thomas Rorick SFS Staff Sgt. Dominic Scaringe SFS Staff Sgt. Christopher Smith MXS Staff Sgt. Andrew Tomlinson AES Senior Airman Ayla Bardin AES Senior Airman Ashley Bochenek MDG Senior Airman Jason Burr MXS Senior Airman Heather Jackson SFS Senior Airman Alex Listing AMXS Senior Airman Rafael Lopez CES Senior Airman Emily Roth MDG Senior Airman Scott Squadere AES Senior Airman Daniel Guthrie LRS Senior Airman Nyan Tun MXS RETIREMENTS May NovemberKarl Burghart Scott Carpenter Marlene Frankovic Leslie Gould Charles Hatch Eugene Kaufmann Michael Kelly Stephen Maher Ross Manwarren James Maunz Maureen Moffett Scott Molyneaux Joshua Nielson Mary PerezTucker Brian Ray Paul Russo Damaris Santiago Singer Sueann Stone Jeremy Westervelt Anthony Williams Mark Wilson 34 35


109th Airlift Wing 1 Air National Guard Road Scotia, NY 12302-9752Photo by Master Sgt. Catharine SchmidtMission statement Vision statementUnparalleled tactical airlift to remote polar environments, propelled by highly trained, combat-ready Airmen. The 109th Airlift Wing employs the Department of Defenses only ski-equipped aircraft to conduct operations in remote Polar Regions. We train, equip and deploy premier, combat-ready Airmen to support state and national objectives.