Patrick Air Force Base/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Jan. 16, 2009
Fallen Airman honored with building dedication
By 'Ach. Sgt. ly ill crewman. He was After parachuting
Fi the first 920th member from the IlC-130 into
920th Rescue Wing
The 920th Rescue
Wing paid tribute to
a pararescueman who
died in the line of
duty by naming a new
building In his memory
here during a ceremo-
ny at the Base Theater
Staff Sgt. Douglas
Eccleston was killed
Dec. 7. 2001. during
a rescue mission off
Bermuda when his
inflatable raft capsized
while leaving the 600
foot supertanker Alam
Bella, where he and
a 920th Rescue \%lIig
leam Ireated a crilical-
to die during a rescue.
The wing's new para-
chule- rigging facility.
completed in 2007.
was .,friillv re design
nated as the Eccleston
during the ceremony.
and eight others left
Patrick AFB Dec. 7 on
all ICC-130P/N aircraft
headed for the Alam
200 miles southeast
of Bermuda. The wing
had been asked to
send a team of para
rescuemen to provide
medical attention for a
Philippine sailor on lithe
the Atlantic. S. 1i. mi
Eccleston and two
other PJs Inflated a
zodiac boat, sped to
the tanker and climtxed
aboard the vessel while
a crane on the tanker
hoisted their zodiac
onto the deck.
ing includes 22 weeks
learning how to man-
age trauma pll lclIs
prior to evacuation
and provide emerge
cy medical treatment.
and the three PJs were
able to stabilize the
and accompany him to
Bermuda onboard the
Fl ..3 F i ,:l I I .aI Ft I J
Tech. Sgt. Daniel Murray comforts Stacle Eccleston.
widow of Staff Sgt. Douglas Eccleston during the
building renaming ceremony held Sunday.
Once the pallent sel. Eccleston and the
was transferred to two other PJs, Tech.
shore on a smaller ves- Se 920th, page 3
AFPC "Spread the Word" teams land Wednesday
45th SW Public Affairs
An Air Force Personnel Center"Spread
Ihe Word" briefing Is scheduled for 9
a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Base
Theatre. All Airmen and civilians are
encouraged to attend.
"One of the Air Force's top priorities
Is to develop and care for our Air Force
people, and we want to hear from you
about what works mad what we can
Improve. Our AFPC tears look for-
ward to sharing useful Infornuation with
you and receivtig feedback on what's
Important to you." said Maj. Gen. K.C.
McClain. Air Force Personnel Center
They will provide Inlormation on iper
sonnel Issues and el r- n i\ transforna-
tion. as well as allowing all Air Force
members direct, face to face contact
with AFPC personnel to address con-
cerns and provide feedback.
Specific topics covered in the "Spread
the Word" briefings will Include, among
others. '!6i' .vl r deploymerni .1puiii-.
the Global AEF tempo banding system.
civilian hiring procedures, and assign-
The teams also Include military and
civilian assignments experts, as well as
deployment experts, who will be avail
able for questions after each "Spread tih-
Word" !.rII ing session.
For more Inlormation, contact 2nd LL
Jacob Kahn at 494 3513.
Vol. 51 No. 2
Air Force Space Command: delivering space and missile
capabilities to America and its warfighting commands
2 Jan. 16, 2009 Missileer
Commitment, flexibility remain key to success
By Brig. Gen.
Edward L. Bolton, Jr.
45th SW commander
When people say "the only con
start is change." I don't always
know for sure tf they are specifically
referring to the space and launch
business, but It seems to fit these
Never before in my 20-plus years
of experience as an Air Force offi-
cer have I seen an environment
as dynamic as this one. From the
charngng economic conditions, to
the impending end of the shuttle
program and Delta II program, to
the arrival of Space X's Falcon 9 and
the future opportunities with SLC
36 and Space Florida, being able to
adapt, to be flexible while keeping
our eye on the mission and main-
taining that same level of commit-
ment to excellence, Is Imperative to
Those two words commitment
and flexibility define who we are
as a Wing, who we are as Airmen,
and who we are In our jobs. And as
I am sure you Well know. those two
words were put to use orte again
- earlier this week when the planned
launch of a Delta IV Heavy rocket on
a classified National Reconnaissance
Office mission was pushed back.
But in the launch world, like
virtually everything else In our Air
Force, team work ensures that
From the top
we adapt to changes and execute
successful launches from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station.
And I have every confidence we'll
continue that record of success in
the near and not-so-near future.
hlow will we do that? Glad you
asked. We are constantly taking
every necessary step to ensure our
assets are ready to support -while
at the same time working to identify
those areas that need to be modern-
We are continuing to increase the
number of -rehearsals" prior to each
and every launch. We are Integrating
crew exercises and academic ses-
sions In preparation for each launch.
In addition, I have asked both
our Launch and Operations Group
commanders to examine and then
re-examine their respective mission
areas to ensure we are "planning for
success" from a mission assurance
perspective, which enhances our
nation's assured access to space
On the range side, I understand
Its fragility and an working with
leadership to take every necessary
step to ensure our assets are ready
to support while at the same time
working to identify those areas that
need to be modernized,
While these are Just some of the
things we are doing, the bottom line
Is we will work within the current
environment to ensure we succeed at
our mission In the most safe, effec-
tive and efficient manner possible.
And in doing so, we will always be
mindftl of how much we. space pro
fessionals bring to the light on the
Global War on Terror. A point driven
home to me last weekend, when I
attended an emotional ceremony for
a 920th Rescue Wing member who
died on a medical mission to save a
America Is fortunate to have people
like Staff Sgt. Douglas Eccleston, who
gave his life In Decemlber 2001 to try
to save a life. Members of the 920th
wing told me how much they rely on
the systems thai. space provides, like
GPS. to do their important missions.
whether it he here In the United
States or on the fields of battle across
We will never forget the sacrifleles
they make and will work to ensure
the besi systems get employed to help)
people like Sergeant Eccleston do
what they do.
Again, thanks for all you do. We'll
have plenty of chances to excel again
Because, quite frankly, failure is
just not an option. Too many people
need us. Go Sharks!
Give your best to get their best
By Maj. Stephen Finn
45th Civil Engineer Sqwu-lmn
We hear the word leadership'
dally, but do we really know what
it means to be a good leader? Some
think leadership is showing up
to work on time, attending all the
meetings and taking care of the
mission. Not true! While leadership
incorporates these activities. much
more goes into being a "good lead
er" than the daily grind.
Leadership is an art. It comes
easier to some than others, but
remains vital to the success of the
mission and, most importantly. the
well being of the men and women of
the 45th Space Wing. Without moti
vated, dedicated people, the mission
How do we motivate those
around us to strive to be the very
best in everything they do'? Lead by
example. By living our core values:
Integrity first service before self arnd
excellence in all we do.
Of course, everyone knows integ
rlty Is doing the right thing all the
time, even when no one is looking.
We must be an example of Integrity
in all face s of our lives. President
Dwight D. Eisenhower summed it
up, "The supreme quality for lead
ership Is unquestionably Integrity.
Without it. no real success is pos-
sible, no matter whether it is on a
section gang, a football field, In the
Army, or in an office." These are
words we all need to strive to live
In order to become a good lead-
er. a key core value to achieve Is
See FINN, page 10
Brig. Gen, Edward L. Balton. Jr.
45th Space Wirl Lornmmlider
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PAFB Info Line
Submission deadline I 2 p.m. the Friday
Jan. 16, 2009 Missileer 3
Wing wins Outstanding Unit Award
By Airman 1st Class David Dobrydney
45)th SW Prbil, .l\, ui
Gen, C. Rober1 Keller. commander, U.S. Air
Force Spa1ce Coniniar d, ir iii llv signed certilicales
honoring l he 15th Space Wing as one of four uillls
to earn the i', -ilul'-.l Air Force Space Counmmand
u )-itil.lin'-, Unit Award for 2(X)8.
Also earning the distinction are Headquarters.
141h Air Force. Vandenlerg Air Force Base, Calif..
901h Mission .s'i.| .ri Group, FE. Warren Air
after fallen Airman
920th, from page 1
Sgts. Mitch Vance and Mike ZI.l -c r., prepared Ihe
zodiac for the trip ashore.
Sergeants Eccleston ard Vance were aboard the
craft as It was lowered to the ocean, But the zodiac
flipped Ilbi. L-lI l both men into the water.
Sergeant Vance was recovered ahnost tIlne
diately and sustained no serious injuries, but
it took rescuers Ihree hours to find Sergeant
Before leaving for the mission that would take
his life. Eccleston called his wife. Stacie, to tell
her how excited lie was to be going on a mission
that would involve his first rescue jump.
"I'll cherish that phone call forever." she said.
"He called me on Ihe phone and told me. "There's
a guy dying out here. I'm going to save him
Stace. 1 love you. 1 love you. I love you. I'll see you
soon,' Thai was the last I heard from him."
Sergeant Ziegler and Eccleslon had been
friends since the two entered the Air Force
i.u-'llr i 15 years before. The two friends spoke
islello on the deck of the Alanl Belia shortly
before the fatal accident.
"We just stood there on the tanker, and I said,
'dude, who would've ever thought we'd be here
ig, il,-i saving lives.'" said Si iv, ani ZIth l' i. "We
slapped knuckles and both said. '1 love you bro.'
Then. as quick as you can count to five, It was
More than 400 family remembers and friends
gathered on a local beach for a memorial service
a week after Doug's death. The service culnil
nated with six of Doug's fellow Airmen and surf
ing buddies paddling their surltoards to a buoy
some 200 yards away. casting a wreath In their
friend's honor and surfing back lo shore.
A week later. Florida Congressman Dave
Force Base. Wyo.. and the 90th Operations Group.
F.E. Warren Air Force Base. Wyo.
All assigned or attached personnel (including
reservists and civilians), who served with a unit
for at least one day between Dec. 6, 2006 and
ASfpt, 30, 2008 are authorized the appropriate rib
bon If iI -v directly contributed to the mission and
accomrlplishlunents of lthe ulit,
For active duty persormel previously assigned
to tlise rmits during the inclusive dates, present a
copy of the AFOUA orders and PCS ordes to your
servicing Military Pesonnel Flicli
For Air Force Reserve personnel, obtain a copy
of the AFOUA orders and forward them to the
activity which maintains your UIPR for filling and
For civilian pesonntel your servicing Civilian
Personal Flight will provide your i *m. il i. II pin.
MPS's should contact Master Sgl. Sharmon
Robbins at (DSN) 692-0555.
lOIOt DV Och t ql q i ul Hips V
Members of the 920th Rescue Wing pause in prayer during the building renaming ceremony held Sunday
in the Base Theater.
Weldon conmnemorated the fallen PJ It a speech Weldon. "Doug Eccleston is a true hero."
before the state House of Representatives. The During his 15-years In the Air Force. .-,i i11i
congressman called Eccleston "heroic." and Eccleston received the Air Force Commendation
recalled Ihe awards Doug had received during his Medal. Air Force Achievement Medal. Air Force
career. Reserve Meritorious Service Medal and National
"We will all miss him." said ii I.--.oniin, Defense Medal.
The following indivduals were recently selected
for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel: Maj. Marc Sands
Maj. Steve Fin AFTAC
415th Civil Engineer Squadron
Maj. Patrick White
Maj. Jennifer Guess 45th Force Support Squadron
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Volunteer income tax assistance
preparation program starts soon
45th SW Legal
Office Staff Report
The Volunteer [n
come Tax Assistance
[VITA) Program will
provide free Income lax
return preparation for
all Active Duty. Reserve
and Retired Military
and civilian person
nel of the Patrick AFB
community. The VITA
Program is sponsored
by the Legal Office
and Project Emeritus.
This service is pro
vtded by volunteer Tax
Counselors who have
been trainer and certi
fled by the IRS.
The service will be
provided at Ihe Shark
Center (Bldg. 3655)
which is located just
north of ihe Chapel
in the South Patrick
The Shark Center is
on Harrier Avenue and
can be accessed from
South Patrick Drive or
SRAIA via Shearwater
Parkway. (the fourth
traffic signal south of
Pineda Causeway). The
Shark Center entrance
to the VITA office is on
the south side of the
In order for your
VITA Tax Counselor
to prepare your return
the following docu-
mentation is required:
Picture I.D.; Social
Security cards (or
Military I.D. with social
security number) for
taxpayer, spouse and
all dependents list-
ed on the tax return:
Income statements for
wages, Interest, dlivi-
dends. pensions, social
security. and other (W
2s. and 1099s): expense
statements to itemize
deductions; a copy of
last year's tax return
(if available): and the
account number and
ruling number If direct
deposit of refunds (or
to make debit payment
of any taxes due] is
Real Estate Tax
Deduction There is
an additional standard
deduction for those
who don't Itemize their
deductions, but pay
real estate taxes. The
amount Is equal to the
amount of real estate
taxes paid up to $500
for single filers or up
to $1,000 for joint fll
ers. This deduction is
available for the 2008
tax year and increases
your standard dedue-
tion. Documentaltlon of
real estate taxes paid
should be brought to
the Tax Center,
Credit If you did not
qualify or did not receive
the maximnuml amount
for the 2008 economic
stimulus payment you
may be entitled to a
recovery rebate credit
when you file your 2008
tax return. You need
to know the amount
of the payment you
received in 2008. which
can be found on your
Payment Notice (Notice
The Tax Return
Preparation Assist -ance
service will be avail-
able Monday through
Friday from 9 a.mn. to 5
p.m. beginning Feb. 2.
Appointments are being
taken now and can be
made by calling 494-
Leave your namn
and phone number on
the answering machine
and someone will return
AAFES Martin Luther
King holiday hours
Hours for the below listed facilities will le as
* Main Store: 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
" Mall Concessions: 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
" Dunkin Donuls: 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
* Charley's Subs: 9 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
* Gas Station: 8 a.m. 6 p.m.
The following listed facilities will be closed:
* North Shoppette Mall Concessions
* North Shoppette/Clothing Sales
SCape Food Court
* Cape Shoppette
* Cape Barber Shop
* Anthony's Pizza
* Taco Bell
* Optometry Clinic
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The Legal Office will be closed this morning and
all day Wednesday.
The Airmanl and Family Readiness Center is
hosting the following class, located at the A&FRC,
Building 722 unless otherwise noted:
*Newcomers Orientation: Tuesday. 7:30-11:30
Are you still looking for a place to hold your
team building. birthday, or squadron fund-raiser
party? Call the Rocket Lanes Bowling Center at
494 2958 for special rates.
Youth Programs' Torch Club meets every
Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. his leadership group is
exclusively for youth ages 11-13 and affords them
an excellent opportunity to make a difference
within Youth Programs and the community. For
more information, call 494-3770,
Safe Boater Course
Outdoor Recreation's Safe Boater Course is
held every Saturday and Monday from 9:30 to
11:30 a.m. Cost is 85. For more Information and
to register, call 494-2042.
Youth Walking Club
Youth Programs' FitFactor 'Walk Around the
World" walking club is a yearlong walking pro-
gram for youth and their family members to help
Youth Programs reach its goal of walking 42,000
miles in a year. The club meets every Thursday
front 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Warit Track. All
youth must be registered In FitFactor in order for
the miles they walk to count. For more informa-
tion, call 494 3770.
Soccer and Baseball Registration
Spring soccer and baseball/softball/T-ball
registration Is underway at Youth Programs.
Registrations are accepted Monday through
Friday from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Youth must be a cur
rent member of Youth Programs and must have
a current physical on file that Is current through
the entire season. Cost is 830 per youth. Uniform.
participation medal, and a closing ceremony are
included In the price, For more tnformatlon and
to register, call 494 4747.
Walk Around the World
Help Youth Programs reach their goal of walk
Ing 42.000 miles (the distance to every Air Force
Base in the U.S.) by Nov. 5. 2009. Their FitFactor
"Walk Around the World" ororamn is for vouth
B__ NIFS __
5-18 years of age. Youth must be a registered
participant In the FitFactor program to log miles
walked. There will te prizes awarded. Parents
may register in the program to help achieve the
goal. For more Information and to register, call
School Age Program
Give your kindergarten through 5th grader a
well supervised, fun and safe place to he after
school. Openings are now available in Youth
Programs' School Age Program. The program
offers a great variety of extended fun and educa-
tional activities that enable continuous learning
while parents complete their work day. For more
Information, call 494-4749.
Surf Fishing Classes
Outdoor Recreation will hold a surf fishing class
tonight, front 5 to 7 p.m. (classroom Instruction),
with fishing on the beach Saturday from 7 to 11
a.m. A second surf fishing class will be held Jan.
29 from 9 to 11 am. (classroom instruction), with
fishing on the beach Jan. 30 from 7 to 11 a.m.
Cost is only 415 per person and includes Instruc
tion, rod & reel rental, and bait & tackle. For more
Information and to register, call 494 2042.
Dive with the Sharks
Outdoor Recreation will host a special 3-tank
open water shark dive on Monday, This dive will
target the lemon sharks during their annual migra-
tion to the Jupiter area. The lemon shark migra
tion has been featured on a National Geographic
television program, mid scientists from all over
the globe travel to Florida to study this unique
event. Cost is only $100 per person, For more
Information and to register. call 494-2042.
Girl's Night Out
Youth Programs will host a "Girl's Night Out"
Friday, from 6:30 to 9-30 p.m. for ages 9-12.
Members have planned a fun evening out on the
town and it's just for girls. There is no charge for
members. Cost for non-members and guests Is
only $3 per person. For more Information and to
sign up, call 494 4747.
The Arts & Crafts Center will hold a watercolor
workshop Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is
only $40 and Includes all supplies. Registration Is
required by Wednesday. For more information and
to register, call 494 4270.
Ultimate Frisbee Challenge
The Patrick AFB and CCAFS Fitness Centers
will hold an Ultimate Frisbee Challenge Jan. 28.
at 7 a.m. at the multi-purpose field at Patrick AFB.
Registration is required by Jan. 26, The event is
open to active duty. Guard. Reserve, DoD and
NAF employees, contractors, and family members
18 years or older. Commander's Cup Points will
be awarded. For more Information and to register,
call 494-4947 (Patrick) or 853-3966 (Cape).
Youth Programs will host an "Out of the Center"
Teen Night Jan. 30. from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Teen
Nights are planned by and for teen members Ib
grades 7 12, For more information and to sign
up, call 494 3770.
Library Learning Resources
Do you home school your children? Patrick's
library just added new resources to support stu
dents. Their Reading Rainbow literacy kits include
books, DVDs mid the entire family can enjoy. For
older students, the Great Courses collection and
Core Knowledge curriculum development resourc-
es are available for checkout. For more inform
tion. call 494-6881.
Auto Hobby Shop Special
Get a free tire rotation when you take your
vehicle in for a front end alignment during the
month of January. For more information and to
schedule an appointment, call 494-2537.
Bowling Center Specials
The Rocket Lanes Bowling Center will feature
the following specials in January:
-Marlin Luther King Day Special sl games (plus
regular shoe rental) Jan. 19. from noon to 5 p.m.
*Tuesday Special $1 games every Tuesday from
2 to 9 p.m.
-Lunch & Bowl Special Every Tuesday through
Friday, from 11 a.m, lo 1 p.m., order a lunch val
1 ed at $5 or more and bowl for free
-Saturday Special for Kids Jan, 10 and 24. frort
1 to 5 p.m.. kids get two games (shoes Included)
and a small soft drink for only $7.50.
Frame classes will he held at the Arts & Crafts
Center on Feb. 7 and 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost Is only 825 plus materials. Registration is
required a minimum of 10 days prior to class date
so materials can be ordered. For more tnforma-
tion and to register, call 494-4270.
Family Child Care Certification Classes
If you enjoy spending time with children and
want to earn an income while staying at lhorte,
consider signing up for the Family Child Care
(FCC) Certification classes on Feb. 24, 26 and 27,
from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. In the FCC Office.
Bldg 1391, For more information and to sign up,
call Tina Washindton at 494-8381,
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]7 Space officer winner of Florida National Defense Space Award
45th SW Public
Affairs Staff Report
During the National
Space Club Florida
lcetling held n1 Cocoa
Beach Tuesday, Capt.
Wade, II. McGrew was
presented with the
] >I, -I ,iip- Florida
National Defense Space
Award. The presen-
station was made by
Brig. Gen. Roy Tharpe.
chairman of the coin
nmltee, and Brig. Gen.
Edward L. Bollon. 45th
Space Wing command
er. who also served
as the event's guest
to the U.S. Air Force
School, llurlbrt Fiehl.
Fla.. Cpalain McGrew
has directed the
for Special Operations
Course and created
an educational bridge
between Air Force
Command. Air Force
and U.S. Sir .i. ui'
Ile aligned (he course
with war fi rlilr needs
and developed lessons
on missile warning.,
missile defense, coun
ter space, blue force
tracking (BFT) and
These new lessons
allowed tim to pres-
ent space lessons into
courses and also to
develop a space threats
lesson for 1he U.S. Air
Force Academy and
National Air and Space
Il .mIIIi. l .- e Center,
A conservative esti
mate is that Captain
McGrew has instnrcted
more than 1,000 stu-
dents on the role of
space hi operations
and In the defense of
our nation, troops and
Wing member receives coveted award
By Maj. Bill Hobson
Dettachmnl 3. 45th Operations Group
If you ever want to know what It feels like
to be recognized as being In the top one per-
cent, all you have to do is ask Chris Malbon of
Detachment 3, 45th 01'.rM.n iit, Group. Chris
recently received a surprise visit from NASA
Astronaut Navy Capt. Kay Ilire. She made a spe-
cial trip from Johnson Space Center. Iouston.
Texas, to present Chris with the Silver Snoopy
Award In recognition for his outstanding
achievenlments related to human I'I ftiln safety and
mission success. The award Is given personally
by NASA astronauts as it represents the astro-
nauts own r -nrdlii;c.i of excellence.
The Silver Si v Award, which was first
awarded in 1968, is limited to no more than
one percent of tiLhlbl, recipients and is a once
in a lifetime recognition. After the completion of
the Mercury and Gemint projects. NASA wanted
a way to promote a greater awareness of the
impact participants had on lmhill safety. the
[light crews arid their missions. After ii il- -Iiu
the support of Charles Schultz. the creator of
the Peanuts comic strip character Snoopy and
an avid space program supporter, the award
program was created. In fact, Schulz himself
drew (ile tillage the award pin was based on
and lie also drew promotional art for posters to
promole the award program. Once recognized,
the reclpleni Is presented with a sterling silver
"Silver Snoopy" lapel pin that had flown on a
NASA mission, a conmmendallon letter -IIIIti
the mission the Silver S il pv pin had flown on
and a signed, framed Silver Snoopy certificate.
It is presented at the workplace of the recipient
with the recipient's coworkers present. In addl
tion. many of Chris' family and past co workers
showed up unexpectedly to add to the surprise
Chris has been in the Humana Space Flight
support business for more than 20 years. After
Chris Malbon receives his Silver Snoopy award plaque from NASA Astronaut Kay Hire.
12 years of active duty association with the mis-
slon. Chris retired and rejoined the team as
a civil servant, providing vital iill1iiillllv Ills
knowledge and contribution to the procedures.
policies and tactics employed by DOD to support
NASA in their effort to make Human Space Flight
as safe as possible can only be seen as a relent-
less pursuit of excellence. His vast experience
makes him an indisputable iconic player in the
;-r iin 1111 iii success of Detachment 3 and Human
Space Flight support, While Ir.- Iliiige the
award, Captain Hire said that she had known
Chris for as long as she could remember and his
personal agenda was the continuous evolvement
and improvement of DOD support.
In order to receive the Silver Snoopy Award.
the recipient must tneet one of eight possible cri-
teria. Chris's contributions and efforts easily sat-
isfied at least five of those and made Ids selec-
tion as a Silver Snoopy a cinch. Although Chris
was somewhat speechless at the award presen-
tation, if you see him around the base, give him
a pat on the back and ask him what his "Silver
Snoopy" neans to him, ...if you have the time.
Jan. 16, 2009 Missileer 7
They're No. 1!
Launch Group, Security Forces NCO take top honors
Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton, Jr. (left), 45th Space Wing commander, and Command Chief
Master Sgt. Larry Malcom (right) are all smiles as they present the Commander's Cup to the
Launch Support Squadron at The Tides Jan. 9.
In addition, Staff Sgt. Michael Garnsey (right) of the 45th Security Forces Squadron took
home the hardware and was named the Wing's "Athlete of the Year." Twenty-seven units
competed In the year-long event. In the unit level event, the 45th Comptroller Squadron took
third place, while the 45th Space Communications Squadron and 45th Space Wing staff tied
for second place.
Also claiming first place trophies were:
Softball: Air Force Tactical Applications Center
Basketball: 45th Force Support Squadron
Flag Football: 45th Civil Engineer Squadron
8 Jan. 16,2009 Missileer
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Surf Fishing class
Texas Hold 'em
Safe Boater Course
Surf Fishing Class
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Sunday Brunch Martin Luther King Day Newcomers' Early Bird Bingo Girl's ,g'tql C'ur Safe Boater Course
10 a.m. 1:30 p.m, Bowling Special, $1 Orientation 6:15 p.m. 6:30-9:30 p.m. 9:30-11:30 am.
The Tides games 7:30 a.m. 11:30 p.m. The Tides Youth Programs Outdoor Recreation
Rocket Lanes Airman & Family
Readiness Center Sass 'N Brass Framing Class
3-Tank Open Water 6-10 p.m. 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Shark Dive Pajama Club Story The Tides 'noii-,r"1 i : ,.':l l.: -p
Outdoor Recreation Time a.m. 4 p.m.
6:15 p.m. Arts & Crafts
I': .Aling Special for
1-5 p m.
25 26 27 28 29 30 I ....' '- 31
Sunday Brunch Safe Boater Course BEiir, ,11 rJi.91. Ultimate Frlsbee -IurT Fihiln Class Surf Safe Boater Course
10 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 9:30-11:30 a.m. The Tides Challenge 9-11 a.m. Fishin. Ciazs 9:30-11:30 a.m.
The Tides Outdoor Recreation 7 a.m. Outdoor Recreation 7-11 a.m. Outdoor Recreation
Multi-Purpose Field Outdoor Recreation
Story Time ..ilini class
10 a.m. Early Bird Bingo Teen Night 2-3:30 p.m.
Base Library 6:15 p.m. 7-10:30 p.m. Outdoor Recreation
The Tides Youth Programs
Janice & Rene
Feb 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Sunday Brunch Safe Boater Course Early Bird singo A La Carte Dining with Cape Canaveral Bus
10 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 9:30-11:30 a.m. 6:15 p.m. American Express Trip
The Tides Outdoor Recreation The Tides 6-10 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 1 p.m.
The Tides Outdoor Recreation
Super Bowl XLIII Story Time CGOA Fundraiser Golf
3 p.m. 10 a.m. Tournament (in support Texas Hold 'em Framing class
The Tides Base Library of Special -j, mp't r1 5-10 p.m. 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Noon The Tides Arts & Crafts
Chili Competition Manatee Cove Golf
5 p.m. Course Sailing class
Marina 2-3:30 p.m.
To publish events of base-wide interest in future
issues, e-mat et8enlsc':andari patliLk at ml
Jan. 16, 2009 Missileer 9
Have you seen the new crosswalk signs and signals In front
of the Fitness Center?
Even though pedestrians have the right of way In the cross-
walk, they also have responsibilities: Pedestrians must
ensure vehicles are not at a point where they can't stop
safely for you to cross. Be courteous and cognizant of their
distance in relation to the crosswalk. Also, don't assume
that the vehicle operator sees you and enter the crosswalk
The crosswalk system is conveniently set up lo activate aulo-
matically as you leave the Fitness Center. If you are coming
from the parking lot across from the Fitness Center, YOU
must push the pedestrian button on the vertical light pole.
"We need a concerted effort by both pedestrians and vehicle
operators to be observant at all base crosswalks and espe-
cially at Ihis location since it has the highest volume of pedes-
tran traffic," said Chris Olesnevich of the Safety Office.
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10 Jan. 16, 2009 Missileer
Facrea l When upscale.
]l-i PilV unmarlred
San Franetsco couple
Kate and Brad flud
themselves socked In
hy fog on Christmas
lmorrirg, their exotic
vacation plans morph
into the I.ur ll\ i. illri
holiday they had until
now, gleefully avoid
ed. hO t of i.llliclli: .l
and unable to escape
I hey Irudlge to not one.
not two, but four rela-
Rated PG-13 (sexual
humor, language) 82
Day the Earth Stodk
Sill (Keantu Reeves,
Jennifer ( ilUielll
Renowned scientist Dr.
Helen Benson finds
herself face to face wit h
an alien called Klaatu,
who travels across the
universe to warn of an
lI l i nlIIll belll.l ri i-
When forces beyond
her control treat the
extraterrestrial as a
hostile and deny his
request to address the
world's leaders, she
quickly discovers the
of Klaatu's claim that
he Is a friend to the
Earth. Rated PG-13
(set fl disaster Images/
violence) 103 runtl
Adults 12 & older
81, children 6 11 $2.
children 5 & under are
Doors open at 7
p.m. Shows begin al
How do you lead?
FINN, from page 2
"Servirc lx'eore sell'." Tls lakes more work to
allaln. The most ceffclive way to actlieve this
crucial slep Is lo pll your people first in eve ry
IIiiit; you do. Wllhout Ihose tI Ihc Irenches,
dooing wlial III.\ do. we are ni llhirin but a shell
wilh al ideal.
We all have that Airman Firsi Class or Staff
SeFrgeant who just seems to gel iliiiII 1 done. You
never have to check oln them because you know
Il's right tie first time, every time. Remember
Itose who excel with thle off. quarterly awards.
or more responsibility in your secllon. You are
only as good as your people.
lasl ilt not leasi Is "excellence In all we do."
The Iroops can tell if you're not giving your all
each and every day. Your example can lead them
i. greatness, or failure. If you don't give your
best, your troops won't give their best. Without
excellence in our work, we are left with 50 per
cent solutions. Would you accept that success
rale from your auto ttechanic or contractor
- i,_ilriin. v ilir home?
Expect the very best from your people, In
return, always gia them your very best.
Patrick's Riverside Din-
ing Facility supports
the mission by serv-
ing more than 127,500
meals annually to
Patrick's enlisted per-
sonnel and was the only
food facility on base to
stay open during Trop-
ical Storm Fay last year.
Jan. 16, 2009 Missileer 11
When firebrands rained on Complex 17
By Mark Cleary
45th SW His-flu Office
'This montolh rlarks
the 12th anniversary
of a rather sp]ctacur
lar Delta 11 launch
failure on Complex 17
at Cape Canaverld.
No one was killed
or seriously injured
in the mishap, but
the vehicle was only
1.590 feet alxwe the
ground and 101) leel
downvrange when It
afler fllt-off Jan. 17,
1997. As a cata
strophic cvent the
the dangers inherent
in launching powerful
rockets at the Cape,
It also demonstrated
why the Air Force and
its launch cusltom-
crs at the Cape make
range s ii' 1i and
ground safety their
the Delta II launch
to place the first
NAVSTAR Block IIR
G global I. '.- l I-..riilliiL,
S '- "i-i i it .1'SI replen
into orbil to upgrade
conslellation of GPS
satellites. I-'nhlin11 is
and technicians erect
ed the Delta II with
Its extremely potent
Graphite E'] ,v'
Motors (GEMs) In
December 1996. They
mated the payload
Jan. 2. I:lilllwillc sec
ond slage propellant
and the installation
of flight termination
around Jan. 13, offi
cdals scrubbed Ithe
Ilrsl coulltdown Jaln.
16 due to upper level
wind concerns, They
recycled the count
down 24 hours, and
the Delta 11 lifted off
cleanly at 4:28 p.m.i
a 71 inch long split
developed In GEM
#2 about 7.2 see
bonds after ri111 I. nii
The split lengthened
to 254 inches before
the motor failed cata-
strophically five see
bonds later Mission
Fliclin Control Officers
destrut flhurctions to
control the vehicle's
breakup, and their
act ions destroyed
the second and third
stages, Fir iii, iIl-
of solid rocket fuel
conllnued to burn
between 2,000 and
2.500 -"irebrands" fell
on the launch complex
and its environs. Many
of tire fragments left
craters on the corm
plex, and four of them
were powerful i nii2 l
to cause secondary
to 1,250 to 2,000
pounds of TNT.
A large piece of one
of the GEMs landed on
the northeast corner of
Ilie Complex 17 block-
house. but it did not
penetrate the berned
thrive people were
in the blockhouse
when the explosion
occurred. arnd srnoke
filtered In via a cable-
way before per~s)n-
nel were evacualed.
Foll unately breathing
apparatus was pro
vided, and emergency
everyone safely. There
were no smoke inhala
The rmishap caused
about 8429.000 worth
of damage to parked
vehicles and leased
trailers on the com-
plex. but It also accel
of a remote launch
control site for Delta
s I he 1st Space
- already under con-
struction well outside
the launch danger
area. Four days after
the launch failure the
wing commander corn-
mended his people
for their professional-
isnr In ll ll1,lli.,L the
mishap and its afler-
math. Range Safety
engineers had ealcu.
lated blast damage
and impact nliit lines
properly, and they
had taken measures
to reinforce the block
house with berms in
tle early 1990s. The
1 SLS Operations
Building was lr n ll iid
up quickly, and the
next Delta II mission
frorn the Cape flew
successLfully May 20.
1997. It featured the
Thor II-A commercial
12 Jan. 16, 2009 Missileer
Learning from the sound of music
By Chaplain (Lt.
Col.) David Turner
45th SW Chapel
One of the blessed
duties of a chaplain
that engenders all
sorts of comments.
some of good will.
some of benign toler
ance, some of outright
rebellion, is the task
and art of picking
Over the years I
have had the privilege
of presenting to the
choir and congrega-
lion hyxms of great
and insight, hymns
that have spoken to
the sermon topic and
reflected the history of
the centuries, hymns
that have blessed the
lives and passages of
Christians through the
ages. Over the years I
have taken the abuse
for hymns with tunes
unfamiliar to modern
ears. songs with words
of dubious pronun-
ciation, and tempos
that have ranged from
dirges to calypso. I
have been accused
(usually by the choir)
of searching for ones
that are too modern.
or looking for the most
ancient, but once in a
while 1 have found one
that has spoken to the
heart, make someone
think, or was Just sim-
ply a blessing. I trea-
sure those hymns.
Music is an amaz
ing medium, To some
a hymn is just noise;
to others it's a song
touching their hearts.
Many find a hymn to
be a memory of value.
Daily Mass (Tues. Fri,) at 1 1:30
anm. In the Seaside Chapel.
Saturday: 4 p.m. confession.
5 p.m. Mass in the South Patrick
Sunday: 8:30 am. Mass in
South Patrick Chapel, and 1 L:30
a,m. Mass in the Seaside Chapel.
Religious education classes: 10-
11 a.m. at the Education Center for
pre-K 6th grade. Youth Ministry
for 7th 8th grade. 10 11:30 a.m.
at the Education center; for 9th-
12th grade 6-8 p.m. at the Shark
Sunday: 9 a.m. Traditional
or an encouragement
to be shared; a way of
release, or a moment
of assurance. Music
plays an important
part in our lives and
can give us a means
to face uncertain days.
As I was pondering the
New Year and all that
is happening in the
world, I have hummed
several hymns and
been fascinated at the
they ha havhad for me.
As I lhve thought
of the challenges we
will face in the New
Year and as I pray for
the new administra
tion. the words of the
song "Lead on 0 King
Eternal" have been on
my mind, for surely
"the day of march has
come." The gift of the
Church to us Is one
of faith because the
future will come and
we. like generations
of the past, pray to be
led to do what is right
and good, The line.
"Through days of prep-
Worship in the Seaside Chapel,
11 a.m. Praise and Worship
Service in the South Patrick
Wednesday: 5:15 p.m. Family
Night meal and study at South
For more information, contact
Barry Chefcr at 494-6063.
Tuesday: 6 7 p.m. Islamic
studies. South Chapel, room 105.
For Islamic worship services, con
tact Marvin Hagan at 254 6727
or the Islamic Society of Brevard
County at 984 4129.
aration." reminds us to
he ready. yet tells us
to remember the days
of frustration as we
prepared, only by dili-
gence and training can
we prevail. Even so we
must realize we depend
on a greater power
whose "grace has made
us strong." It is the
grace of the Lord that
las carried us through
and enables us "to fol
low not with fear" and
answer the call to duty
We face this corm
ing year with all of
its challenges and
troubles, we need to
continue to build our
faith and trust. This is
a great nation and we
are called to the great
lask of preserving it
for the generations to
come. Trust that the
same power of grace
and love. who led
Americans In the past.
is the same power and
strength we can rely
on today, tomorrow,