VoL 51 No. 15 Patrick Air Force Base/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. April 17, 2009
AFAF campaign a
Hang up and drive!
Ascension wins Air Force award for
best overseas environmental
By Airman 1st Class
45th SW i1'"- t(,.ir,5i
Ascension Air Field.
a vital link in the sup
port chain of the 45th
Space Wing. r-,'-lIrl\
won the Air Force's
Gen. Thomas D. White
Award for Overseas
This Is the second
time Ascension has
won an award for envi-
S 5111 Iin l the Atlainlic
Ocean 4.400 nautical
miles from Patrick Air
Force Base, Ascension
is unique In Its isola-
"It's the end of the
supply line." said
Dale Hawkins of the
45th Civil Engineer
Yet despite the dis
lance, among Ascen-
sion's achievements Is
continuing to have zero
mishaps in transport of
hazardous waste. Mr.
Hawkins said that the
head of Environmental
l:'ilji ia -i in at Ascen-
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Fhct. by Fri t. Cim
Residents of Ascension Island help clear trash during a recent beach clean-
up. Events like this one helped net Ascension the Air Force's top award for
Environmental Quality for a Overseas Installations.
ston. Frances Dixon,
deserves much cred
it. "I am real proud of
Frances for her per-
feel record," said Mr.
Maj. Jay Block, coin
mander of Detachment
2, 45th Operations
Group, agrees. "I am
very proud of our envl
ronmental team," he
said. 'They are the
. l.ni.i -i of day to day
menl al lilliii r [ liil
has also spearheaded
multiple projects to
Improve and restore the
Island. For Instance,. .t
has formed a new pol-
Icy requiring reduction
of Invasive acacia &
Mexican thorn plants.
for erosion control, the
new policy requires an
annual reduction of the
At the same (tine
unneeded plants are
being removed and one
of the world's rarest
plants. the Ascension
Island Situr, Is
li'iiii ,'i lin Office Is
with the world's lead-
ing expert on the plant
to survey where the
plants are growing and
helping the Ascension
office to grow plants
for seeds. These seeds
are then either saved
for the seed bank or
distributed in known
Animal life has
also been protected.
Obsolete antennas that
posed a strike hazard
are now slated to be
endangered birds. A
study to move anten-
nas resulted In a high
level analysis of the
process, which led to
changes that will ullt
inately save $300,000
In maintenance costs.
Ms. Dixon and her
coworker Robert Yon
have also been very
active In keeping the
sea turtle nesting
beaches free of Inva-
stves and trash that
hinder IIn.-liI'n adult
See AWARD, page 9
Sa Welcome, Air Force Space Command Environmental,
Safety and Occupational Health Compliance Team!
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Vol. S INo. 15
Patrick Air Force Base/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
April 17, 2009
2 April 17, 2009 Missileer
Retirees deserve utmost respect, gratitude
By Brig. Gen.
Edward L. Bolton Jr.
45th SW corru rtnder
All of us who wear die nlliforni
are fadmliar will those people who
proudly served oatr nation over thre
years and are now enjoying dtie
fruits of their selfless service as
retirees. SortielJnies, though, In the
hustle and bustle of our daily lives
we may not remember what they
But not this weekend. Saturday is
Retiree AlI ri i i I.n n!. Day here, This
event will allow for all retirees, their
dependents and surviving tniremt'ers
to come to Patrick front all over
Florida and get a full day of activi-
ties anid some ., -ll j iJ, ifi-'.l honors,
As we enter that weekend, I wanted
to spend some time and recap some
Items about retirees.
Retirees warrant and certainly
deserve the support of Our entire
nation. B3e mindldft to show your
appreciation for what they've done,
Listen to their stories. Ask them to
tell yon about what they've done,
where Ihey've served, what it was
like. You may find you have more int
common than yolu 11'girIr
Ma1I\ of their tours mid deploy
ments were served under tremen-
dous hardship, almost always unac-
cotmpanied. They endured long sepa-
rations from their lamillies and loved
ones., missed out ol intlnumerable
birthdays, anniversaries and special
moments. Sound familiar?
During his Gettysburg Address.
Abraham Lincoln challenged
Americans to complete thle boundless
task of ensuring that liberty "not per
ish from the earth." Retirees stepped
up and answered Lincoln's call. And
so have yolu.
leading from the front, driving in
a convoy or even patrolling outside
the wire Is no different today that 11
was on a Gertlan battlefield in 194-4.
or In a Vietnam jungle In 1968. Or in
die Iraqi desert In 1991.
Keep tn lltind tIhal not everyone
who served wore a runilorin. Oil's
never forget the great accomplish
mIents of the lmen anmd women who
served as DX)D civilians or volulI
steered Iln such organizations as lLie
Women Airforce Service Pilots during
World War II. Their efforts were arnd
are important to the success this
nation has and will achieve.
The gratitude and appreciation
given for all ourr retirees should never
fall to die wayside. Too many have
paid too high a price for that to ever
happen. So take the time to thank
our retirees this weekend, as I'm
sure they will do the same for you.
Let ime show you how it's done...
Thanks again for all you do.
Saying thanks to the whole team
By Lt. Col. Bill Rittershaus
45th Range I\A.Jrrl r il rq Squadron
I IIrrrI I tIrlp Ir'-
The 45th Space Wti i had a very
eventful past month: the largest
wing deployment exercise In a long
time, four successful launches and
a successful shuttle landing. The
success of these events did not
happen by charge, rather through
the hard work, attention to detail
and dedication of the entire Shark
Team, 11 required every group work
Ing I .u, ir, r toward the common
goal: the operations group prepar-
ing. maintaining antd i- lr.ll11 l the
range; the launch group processing
the satellites and lautlich vehicles:
the mission support group ensur-
ing Cape Canaveral facilities were
secure and in operable condition:
and the medical group providing
treatment to and assuring our crews
were medically qualified.
While the wing may riot have a
quite as eventful launch schedule
over the nexl couple of months, our
operation tempo will not wane. Our
focus will shift to preparing for a
readiness and compliance inspec-
tion. We will be running selfinspec-
tions, recalls and exercising our nis
sion critical processes, And by the
way, we also have a few launches
during this time that demand our
So. we have been a very busy.
successful wing over the past month
and will continue this tempo lor at
least die next couple months. This
type of tempo will take a loll on
the members of the Shark Team,
blt let's rnot forget about our entire
team. Our family and friends also
pay a sacrifice In this venture.
When our duty hours start to
grow and/or occur during odd tnmes,
It Is our falilly and friends who hear
a large brtnn of the increased opera-
tons tempo: taking care of kids and
the home; rearranging their schedule
to find time for a meal I.I.cLlii' or
simply talking oni tle phone; waking
up to a late night/early morning call
from the base.
They often do this without ques-
tion and with the same dedication
as those of us serving as a inlili ni
member, civil servant or missiort
partner. AldI I. ii d we may be the
ones who made a commitment to the
Air Force mission, our service also
lays claims on our relationships with
faintly and friends. They deserve a
big thank you for their sacrifees. So,
I challenge each of you to fnld a little
time over the next few days to tell
them thanks and to show them your
appreciation for their contribution.
Our high ops teLmpo, which
will conluittue for the next several
tmolths, affects all our teamnt trem
hers to Include families and friends
and 1 am grateful for thelr/your sac
Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton Jr.
451h Space Wing Commander
Mr. Brad Swezey
Chlie of Public Alfairs
2nd Lt. Karl Wieal
Deputy Chief of Public Affairs
Master Sgt Robert Burgess
Airman 1st Class David Dobrydney
Mr. John Connell
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2009 Air Force Assistance Fund Astronaut panel planned
campaign a resounding success
AFAF Projefc fli,, r
The 2009 Palrick
Air Force Base/
Cape Canaveral Air
Force Slation Air
Fund (AFAF) camln
to C iull-", officially
concluded April 10.
The caimpalgn, which
kicked off March 2,
was a resounding suc-
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year's 6 week cain
paign was $39.201
with 100 percent con
tact of all assigned AF
Thanks to the gen
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the men and women of
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Mission Partners, as
well as, donations front
those it the local comn-
minui., the 2009 AFAF
campaign was one of
Ih e most successful in
history, The 2009 AFAF
campaign exceeded its
goal with more than
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donations and more
contributIons are silll
corning hi. While beat
ing tilhe goal by near
ly Sl(0,000 is a good
ihiil11 litillV Is the fact
that the PAFB/C'CAIFS
comminllity stepped up
and raised money for
charities that provide
support to the Air Force
family, during a time of
tough econoleic condl
Special thanks go
out to all of the Unit
Project Officers and
section key workers
that were instrumental
in canvassing all thcir
people and y.linut! the
word out helping make
this year's campaign a
Application deadline set for
industry, academic programs
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE
BASE, Texas O)fcers consider
Ing advanced academic degree and
experience broadening programs in
2010 have until April 30 to apply.
Officers in space/missiles opera-
liotis, intelligence, weather, I'.ci, lIE-
pii ".i111I manlagetment, development
tal engineering, communications
and Information, public affairs, per
sonnel and other mission support
and rated career fields Imay be ell
ctl I., to apply for one or more devel
opnmental programs. Addlilii|n ills.
officers may apply for inslruclor
pipeline Iri' 1ir ile wtllh the Air Force
Academy and Air Force lisl.llttte of
Available programs include:
* The Air Force Institute of
* Education with Industry
* Space Lift Educallon and Crossover
* Naval I',slr.,l III.iti School
* Space and Missile Acquisition
iE. I.iu n, Program
* Acquisition and Intelligence
Experience I:. 11,I.1IL Tour
*A..ll-U i ll..iiuiul I.. ..,til' I.l\p. ih.ii,'.
1N' Ii uiS,. Tour
* Comptroller Operallon l.,ilci N
* Marine Corps Expeditionary
* Missile Operations and Misstle
Maintenance -'t'l|.uI I;. Program
*The Informlation Offieer 1I iui Pil Ln ligI
Il '. I I' t I
Interested officers must submit a
completed Air Force IMT 3849. -1 'M /
AFIT/IfTfli Officer Worksheet." to
lhe Air Force Personnel Center by
April 30. Details about each program
and where to submit .I pl ].I1lIIn-
are available online at the Ask AFPC
Webslte, .i-k .dalp. .u1illll, al 11i1ll,
kev word search "AAD" or "SPEED."
In celebration of 50 years of Department of Defense service to NASA. the
Humani Space Flight Support Office will host an Astronaut Panel April 24
from 9 lo 11 a.m. at the Base Theater. Attending will he former asroInauts
Jon McBride. Robert Springer and current astronaut Gregory Johnson, All
are welcome to attend.
Spring beach cleanup
45th SW Public Affairs Staff
Patrick Air Force Base and Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station will
hold their Spring Beach Cleanups
this week ill -)ii ll I io ln with "Keep
Conducted twice a year. the cleat
ups remove approximately 12 18
tons of garbage front local beaches.
The Patrick cleanup is sched
tiled for S. niirldV from 8 a.lm. to
noon. The check in point Is at the
AIA Pier/Central Beach parking lot
(just northeast of PAFB Fire Station's
Il.isliine, yellow traffic signals).
Cleanup t shirts will e oan sale for
6. Pre r. 1..lir.atln is not required,
The Cape cleanup Is scheduled for
Wednesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Volunteers are invited to a free picnic
from 11:30 to 12:30 at Facltly 1360
next to the Cape l.iebhlil....ii- on Pier
Road which will also be the check-in
Cleanup supplies will be provided
at the check-in points. I'.l rii I!..uls
should bring hats, suitscreein and
additional water. Contact Martha
Carroll at 853-6858 or inartha.
carroll'pat rick. af.mil or Angy
Chambers at 853 6822 to sign up
for tie Cape cleanup.
For additional information on
the Patrick cleanup please contact
Ketlla Datlllo-Bain at 494-5286 or
Lynda Dawe at 494 9259.
The following individuals
recently graduated front Ihe NCO
Academy at l'yndall AFB. Fla.:
Tech. Sgt. David Demeter
333rd h.. ruling g Slnui Il iun
Tech. Sgt. Tadaichi Milburn
Tech. Sgt. Joshua Richolson
Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Sheldon
45th Aeromedical Dental
Tech. Sgt. Timothy Trexler
45th Space Communications
Tech. Sgt. Shawn Wilson
45th Launch Support Squadron
Tech. Sgt. William Witt
Southern Coniniand 11i
Longtime space worker to receive prestigious Debus Award
By Margot Witcher
National Syxe Club
Jolun "Dick" Lyon, vice
president of Florida oper
alions and program man
ager for ASRC Aerospace
Corporation, has been select
ed by the National Space
Club Florida Cotmmittee to
receive Its 2009 Dr. Kutrl H.
Debus Award. Mr. Lyon will
be honored at Ihe Debus
Award Dinner Saturday. The
formal event. which begins at
6:30 p.m., will Ix held at the
Debus Conference Facility at
the K ii,-r'l Space Center
I K.ii Visitor Complex.
The Space Club is proud
to honor Dick for this presti-
glous award," said National
Space Club Chair Roy
Tharpe. "Dick's almost 50
year service to our nation's
space program has spanned
from his work for NASA dur
ing the Apollo era with Dr.
Debus to his current role
at ASRC, which Is support
Ing the next era of lunrtan
spaceflighit His dedication
toward excellent halis been
both steadfast and notewor
(ihy in Its Influence in our
The Debus Award was ere
ated by the National Space
Club Florida Conunittec to
recognize signifcanIt aclieve-
mentls and contributions
made in Florida to American
aerospace efforts. It is named
for KSC's firsl Direclor. Dr,
Kurt H, Debus.
Ih Mr. Lyon's present role
as Vice President and leader
of an ASRC Aerospace team
of 600, he supports NASA
in the design and develop-
mnent of KSC ground cheek
out and servicing systesis
for the tialion's next huninan
space 1ll1iji endeavor to the
Moon, Mars, and beyond,
From 1997 lo 2003. he led
an Engineering Development
Contract rmn by Dynacs
LilIl in, erin Company at
KSC that received a special
agency wide award for the
most significant innovation
of the year, a design that
allowed a timely and safe
repair of the Space Shul tle at
ihe laltuch pad.
Before his industry roles,
Mr, Lyon had a 34-year
career as a KSC civil servant,
with leadership positions as a
senior executive for 17 years.
Arriving al KSC inL 1964. Mr.
Lyou was assigned the role
of planning and managing
tile layout of ground servtc
Ing equipmentl for the Apollo
antd Lulnar Module spacecraft
at Launch Complexes 34, 37,
and 39. In tills role he worked
with many NASA icons, lead-
ing design review discussions
with Dr, Debus and Dr. Von
Braun and I'aillllal[ling Dr.
George Low and the Apollo
astronauts with the Mobile
Launcher and launch pad.
As the Project Manager for
the Space Nuclear Power arnd
Lunar Surface Experiments.
Mr. Lyon worked directly
with Dr. Debus to establish
ground breaking policy for
handling nuclear materials
at KSC. As (le KSC expert.
tie worked dliilri'lv with the
Alomric Energy Commission
and was among those who
briefed President Jimtmy
Carter and the seven original
Mercury astronauts during
their visits to KSC.
Mr. Lyon has also served
iit many other capaci-
ties durlrng his KSC career.
including President of the
NASA Kennedy Management
Association. Chairman of
the 27th Space Congress.
Chairman of the Center
Awards Committee, and
was a featured speaker at
numerous events Including
a Nickelodeon TV production
on the Space Slation.
AF officials look at bigger role for small business
By Chuck Paone
366h Air Base t *r.,i PliJil. .1ffir.s
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE.
Mass (AFNS) The Air Force Is look
ing to support small businesses in a
big way. two top service officials said
during a visit here April 2.
David Van Buren, principal dep
uty assistant secretary of the Air
Force for acquisition, and Ronald
Poussard, director of Air Force small
business programs, said during a
joint interview that the Air Force
acquisition ( iI iImll it\i\ is redoubling
efforts to reach oul to small compa
"We wanIt lo bring small bust
nesses in, not because somelxdy
sel some percentage goal and said
'thal's what you need to do,' but
because they add value to the mis-
silo and value to Iln wdi lijii i Mr.
This is tile key message behind
his 'Beyond Goals' initiative, which
seeks to remove the "check-thc-
block" mentality often associated
with small business outreach.
"Ker-pihne I I r. v.11II 111 .- Vision and
Mission of the U.S. Air Force Small
Business Beyond Goals: the 45th
Space Wing Stall Business Office
Vision and Mission Is to determine
(lhe best way Small Businesses can
support Ihe mission on each acquist-
tion at Patrick AFB and Its arnnexes."
said Alice O'Neal, Small Business
Specialist for the 45th Space Wing.
"to make using Small Business the
smuart solution rather than a required
program. Most inlpli.iindlyv we want
to bring Small Businesses to the fore-
front as providers In support of the
war I'l II -."
Innovation, agility, responsiveness
and efficiency are Just some of the
attributes that make small business
contributions so valuable, according
to both men. They also touted the
benefits of increasing vendor supply.
"We don't have enough competition
now," Mr. Van Buren said. 'G;rinwii
these timovative small businesses
will help us nrectuy that by increasing
the Industrial base."
lHe also noted tlha small bust-
nesses, perhaps more than any time
in recent memory, need the govern-
inent's help now.
"Tils is all very serious stuff." Mr.
Van Buren said. "And it's made even
more serious by the current eco-
lHe said that small businesses are
"under attack." :liii4i thai lluding
tie 11in i lll I\m need (o develop
tlelr products Is much harder now
than during normal times.
"If large companies of the country
are having diffllculies, and lending Is
a big issue for themn. can you Inag-
ine what a small business is going
ilir iu i,'.' he asked.
Tihe Air Force .- ii L ii lh does about
89 billion of annual business with
small companies, a number which
has held fairly steady for many years.
according to Mr. Poussard. As a por-
tion of Air Force contracting. that
uniRbter trends to about 15 percent.
rising an d flllti in concert With the
size and number of lit-1i dlll.ll con
tracts awarded in a given year.
However, it is that percentage
based measuring that the Air Force
wants to move beyond. What these
officials would rather measure are
fie substantive contrlbuillons to Air
Force systems bIxtng made by small-
"We're not I.ilkliiit about the small
businesses that provide base ser
vices like sweeping the floors or cut-
ting the grass." Mr. Van Buren said.
"W're talking about the small busi-
nesses that provide Innovative tech
Biology and -illl.h --rile Ii 's ilcuml
bent on us to grow these companies
to participate In the current and
fillure direction of the Air Force.
"Why? Because that's where 60-
80 percent of American innovation
comes from, and we need that truo-
vation." he said.
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A irmain Ist Class Damvd Dolbndnry,
45th SW Public A 0flr;t 4
4 April 17, 2009 Missileer
April 17, 2009 Missileer 5
A mouna uog in rnigm,
800 miles from Graceland:
By Mark Cleary
45th SW History gOffie
Not all the Air Force
missiles tested at
Cape Canaveral were
weapon systems like
the Atlas, Minuteman
or Titan. The Air
Force launched Lark
missiles for practice in
the early 1950s. and
the Cape also sup-
ported 15 Bull Goose
before that program
in 1958. Strategic
Air Command's B
47s launched Bold
Orion missiles on
the Eastern Range
on a dozen different
occasions in the late
1950s, and B-52s
were used to launch
a handful of CAM 87
Skybolt test missiles
before that program
was cancelled abrupt-
ly in December 1962.
The Eastern Range
also supported the
first of 16 B-52 Short
Dogs fly at the Cape
a deeply swept wing Hound Dog weighed
History span of 12 feet. It gave five tons. but its Pratt
the missile what we & Whit ney J52 turbo-
Highlights kids back in the 1950s jet engine gave it a top
used to call a futurer speed of 1.200 miles
Range Attack Missile istic" appearance. The per hour. The inls-
(SRAM) launches Aug.
20. 1974. Weighing
slightly more than a
ton, the 14-foot-long
SRAM was a short,
sharp, wickedly 'bust-
attack ballistic missile.
As its name suggested,
the solid-fueled SRAM
had a range of about
50 nautical miles. It
replaced a much more
called the Hound Dog
- the hero of our story.
Now this may be
hard to believe, but
the AGM-28 Hound
Dog was named
In honor of Elvis
Presley's big hit, "You
Ain't Nothin' but a
Hound Dog." Who said
SAC never had a sense
of humor? Unlike
the less than lovable
"hound dog" in the
song, the slender, 42-
foot-long missile had Technicians work on a Hound Dog at Eglin Air Force
sile looked like it was
going that fast just sit-
ting on the ground.
Launched from a
B-52 bomber specially
equipped to carry one
Hound Dog under
each wing. the missile
operated at altitudes
up to 56,200 feet. In a
typical flight scenario.
the Hound Dog was
launched from its B-
52 carrier aircraft at
an altitude of 45.000
feet before It climbed
to a cruising altitude
of 56.000 feet. Once
It reached the target
area. the missile went
Into a terminal dive.
The Hound Dog had
a range of about 600
miles. so it provided
B-52s wilh a con-
siderable 'stand off
capability. This fea-
ture was dceslsned to
enhance the aircraft's
survivability as it
defended areas. As
things turned out. the
Hound Dog was never
used in combal.
A B-52 launched
the first of 77 Hound
Dog missiles on the
Eastern Range April
23. 1959. Each B-52/
Hound Dog test usu-
ally entailed a single
missile launch, but
two of the missiles
were launched on the
same day on six sepa-
rate occasions. Hound
Dog launches contin-
ued on the Eastern
Range through August
30. 1965. Nearly 700
of the missiles were
built. and the Hound
Dog remained In ser
vice with the Air Force
M---ovWs--- Car keys and cell phones don't mix!
FRIDAY Waclhmen (Carla Gtnll ih. ,h II'-.'
Dean Mli.p.ui) When a former superhero Is
murdered, the washed up but. no less deter
milned masked vini;liiihr Riorschach sels out to
uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and
present superheroes. As he reconnects with
lls former t ri. fijiinliit legion. Rorschach
glimpses a wide ranging and .'i-ni. Il-il : conI
spiracy. Raled R (strong graphic violence,
sexuality, nudily, language) 155 min
SATURDAY The Last House on the L eft
(Garret Dillahunt, Martha Maclsaac) The night
she arrives at a remote lakehouse, Mart and
her friend are kidnapped by a prison escapee
and lis crew. Terrified and left for dead,
Mari's only hope is to make it back to parents
John and Entmma. Iinfortunately, her attackers
iuknowingly seek shelter at the one place she
could be safe. And when her family learns the
hI.rrihlJi story, they will make three strang-
ers curse the day they came to the Last House
on the Left. Rated R (sadistic brutal violence
Including rape, disturbing images, language,
nudity, drug use) 110 min
Adults 12 & older $4. children 6-11 $2.
children 5 & under are free. Doors open at 7
p.m. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m.
By Tech. Sgt. Christopher Kaiser
45th SW S-ifty it ,l, "'
I ave you ever been twhind someone who was
all over thei road. stopping unexpectedly. ad nol
paying alleIllion? You pull lup next to (thenl and
Ih. \ are on their cell phone. Cell phones have
become a part of everylxdy's life. They have also
become a distraction. Whl]e on your cell phone
your reaction time is slower, Cell phone use Is like
A survey released earlier this year by the
National Highway Tralfcl Safety Administration
found that 8 percent of drivers, or 1.2 million peo-
ple, were using cell phones during daylight hours
last year. It represented a 50 percent increase
Everyone has done it, young, old, men and
women. It has gotten so had that some states
and certain comun.rls have made t1 against (he
law to use cell phones without using a hands
free device. The flues vary from state to state. For
example. In the Net lierlands fines are 2000 euros
or two weeks in jail.
Here are some options you can use: use a
hands free device, pull over and stop, wait until
you get to your destination, use the cell phone
before you start driving, or don't use your cell
phone at all.
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April 17, 2009 Missileer 7
AFTAC technicians visit bottom of the world
By Master SgL. Patrick Murphy
ATACC Pubic Affairs
(third in a series)
From the sunny climate at Patrick in central
Florida. it's about a five-day trip to the ice and
cold at the bottom of the world. The team flew to
Los Angeles and Joined a larger group of people
bound for Antarctica, The group flew to Aukland.
New Zealand. and then to Christchurch. At a
National Science Foundation facility there the
staging point for all U.S. operations in Antarctica
- they were Issued cold-weather clothing. inchid-
ing the signature red parkas of the NSF. Aboard
a C-17 Globernaster il, they made the final leg
1.o McMurdo Station. the main U.S. station in
Antarctica. The team's supplies and equipment
were waiting In one of the warehouses when
"Logistics were a challenge." Sergeant Bliss
said. "Our equipment and materials had to be
prioritized and delivered in the right order, and
we had to interact with other agencies to get
Team members met with MeMurdo Station
leadership and coordinated helicopter transport
station for themselves and the supplies. Before
heading out to the sites, the team had to take
part in the NSF-sponsored arctic climate famnl-
iarlzation course. They learned how to prevent,
identify arid treat cold weather Injuries, how to
survive in the harsh environment and how to
make an emergency Ice shelter. [n addition, they
had to sleep outside overnight at least once.
"This training gave us the opportunity to test
the theory of how to survive in an emergency.
but under conditions where there was less risk."
Captain Rickert said.
With the training complete, supplies prior
tized and transportation to the sites arranged,
the team left McMurdo for Bull Pass. After a one
hour helicopter flight, the team settled in at the
sile. Now the work could begin.
Once Inside, Sergeant Bliss, the Antarctica
veteran, led the first timers through the building.
showing them where eve thing was while they
assessed the situation.
"We felt a lot better after the first 10 minutes,"
Captain Rickeri said. "We knew by visual trspee-
tion that the generators did not have any cata-
Despite exposure to temperatures averaging
around 70 degrees, the equipment was in sur
prisingly good shape. The batteries were frozen
as expected. but the crew found the generator
engine fluids did not cause arty damage. The
freeze plugs were Intact, so there weren't any
frozen fluids to clean or struchiral repairs neces-
sary for the engines.
"We didn't know going in whether we had
five minutes or three months worth of work."
See AFTAC, page 9
Reserve Pararescuemen conduct test of new NASA space capsule
By Tech. Sgt. Paul Flipse
920th Rescue Wing PIIta .\lri .l
Six pararesscuemlen from the Air
Force Reserve's 920th Rescue WH'lii
conducted recovery testing on a
mockup of NASA's next generation
spacecraft at the Trident Turn Basin
The team of pararescuemien il'. I-
Master Sergeants Robert Smith,
Chris Selnkner. Mall Roche. Jeffrey
McManus and Kennel Surrey. along
with Senior Airman Richard Boyd,
deployed an Inflatable Ilotation col
lar during the test of the Orion crew
exploration vehicle. NASA's replace
ment for the space shuttle.
The collar Is designed both to sta
bilize the capsule after water landing
and provide a platform for recovery
personnel to stand on during the
The operation, called the Post
landing Orion Recovery Test, or
PORT. allowed the PJs to test the
capsule in outside conditions, and
also for NASA personnel to discover
what kind of motion astronauts can
expect after landing.
Air Force pararescuemen will be
the first on scene after a splashdown
and will be responsible for recovery
and innmediate, post landing medit
cal treatment of all astronauts.
According to NASA, Orion is tar
geted to begin carrying humans to
the International Space Station in
2015 and to the moon by 2020.
Orion is part of NASA's Constellation
Reservists from the 920th provide
11lllill.ll*n v medical and recovery
support for all NASA shuttle launch-
es. The unit's primary mission is
combat search and rescue.
The 920th Rescue \llini provides
first-response medical. i ni iinl ,I v
rescue and recovery support for all
space shuttle launches. Air Force
pararescuemen have provided astro-
naut recovery support to NASA as far
back as the Mercury program, and
were the first on scene to help leg-
endary astronauts Neil Armstrong,
Buzz Aldrin Gus Grissom from their
i T- F i -,:
(above) Pararescuemen from the Air Force
Reserve's 920th Rescue Wing test the
hatch mechanism during recovery testing
on a mockup of the Orion crew explora-
tion vehicle at the Trident Basin at Port
Canaveral April 8. The team also tested
an inflatable flotation collar (the blue and
yellow ring seen around the base of the
capsule), which is designed both to sta-
bilize the capsule after water landing and
provide a platform for recovery personnel
to stand on during the operation.
(left) Air Force pararescuemen flank
Astronauts Neil Armstrong and David
Scott, sitting in the Gemini 8 space craft,
while awaiting the arrival of the recovery
ship, the USS Leonard F. Mason, after
splashdown in the Pacific Ocean March
16, 1966. With the advent of NASA's new
capsule-based, manned-spaceflight pro-
gram, Constellation, Air Force parares-
cuemen will once again greet astronauts
on the high seas following splashdown,
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April 17, 2009 Missileer 9
2nd Lt. Scott Nakatani
1st Space Launch Squadron
Reason for nomination
"Lieutenant Nakatani provided critical engineer-
ing support on console during the launch of a Delta
II booster carrying the Kepler spacecraft. Ills hard
work and meticulous oii-r.-lehl ensured that the
propulsion systems operated i r'r-rcilv. ensuring a
successful execution of a $590 million mission."
Ist LL. Jonathan McGuire, 1st SLS
How long have you been at this duty station?
AWARD, from page 1
sea turtles as well as hatch
lings, said Mr. Hawkins.
"Ms. Dixon and her team
have i.,.'lisln '-nl lv done out
standing work," said Major
"ITheirl work will have
positive lailinaiv effects not
only on this base but the
entire Island for future gen
(right) Sooty Terns, a pro-
tected species, take flight on
What is your hometown?
What's your favorite motto or words you live/
"We nutst have faith that ;ilit's will turn out the
way they should, we only win or lose within our
selves." Coach John Wooden
What inspired you to go beyond the call of duty?
The 1 st SLS makes my job and learning a new
system easy and enjoyable, everyone here has been
welcoming and quick to help me learn the ropes.
With a team like tils, t1 is second nature to work
hard and collaborate to achieve mission success"
Why do you serve?
"1 feel very iPrivilegd,_: to have been born In this
country with the rltrits and freedoms we enjoy every
day. I believe the Air Force is a superb way to protect
and defend our nation and what It stands for."
V. ''~ c~
Solving problems at seventy below zero
AFTAC, from page 7
Sergeaml Boris said, "We were prepared for the
worst. btlt the engines were In much belt er
shape than we I ,i 'i "
The AFTAC maintainers had always used
a unique blend of antifreeze li the generator
engines as part of the annual maintenance, and
this procedure protected the equipment from the
never r-.illy' ilr ilhil It was necessary, never
in-.ilv expected the entire system to shut down
and be exposed to such low temrperantres,"
Sergeant Bliss said. "It turned out to be very
Important. I don't think anyone will ever ques
lion why we do that again."
The temperature Inside the building was cold-
er than outside. The crew used a propane heater
to slowly warm the lill diih and the equipment
over the next six hours. They also changed out a
couple of balterles to see If the rest of the system
was still operational.
"We had to manually override some of the pro-
gramming to get the system to run. but once we
did It began working right away," Sergeant Boris
said. "We just let It be while we continued to run
,h.In,,-II, .-. We were able to find out right away
1.\i 11i\ when the system went down, hut we
weren't able to determine what caused the shut
(conmltnud next week)
Patrick AFB Technology Exposition
The annual Patrick Air Force Base Technology
Exposition will be held Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. at The Tides. This event is being hosted by the Cape
Caravcral chapter o" rlhe Armed Forces Communications
& Electronics Assoclation, All nilllan. ciillai. and
contractor persoimel are Invited to attend. Mnrc than
25 r.xhibtilors 1wi demonstrate the lateds in document
storage. IT reyrn products. seeurily & nctelllgerncc pro-
grains remoir imanaigeiniI software lesI q.uilpmcnt
data eunitr soltillons rack power rrnlagrelmert. and
more. Conipllmnitarv rILrtshimcnitLI & giveavay;s will
IK- availabk- wile supplies last. There Is no charge. For
aonrc Uiformlnlloln r io re'itIesi a iornip.U or lcchnr-ologv.
contact Lacey LIvingslon at 301 -59 8899 lEx. 237 nr
Liv Instmn on r st .(c.n
10 April 17, 2009 Missileer
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
12 13 14 15 16 17 | wf7,M 9 I 18
Airman Leadership Framing class
School class 09-05 9 a.m. 4 pm.
starts Scrapbook workshop
10 am. noon
10 a.m. noon
10 a.m. 2 p.m.
Arts & Crafts
Free Car Care class
Auto Hobby Shop
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Sunday Brunch Safe Boater Class Newcomers Orientation Troops to Teachers Volunteer Awards/Ice 3-Tank Advanced Or-rn "C ilir Class
10 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 9:30-11 a.m. 7:30 a.m. noon 9-11:30 a.rr, Cream Social Water & Dive 2-3:30 p.m.
The Tides Outdoor Recreation Airman & Family A&FRC 1-3 p.m. Outdoor Recreation Outdoor Recreation
Readiness Center A&FRC
Family Fishing Story Time Technology E', r-' Teen Night Four Season Discover
Tournament 10 am, Banana River Swim & 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Unlimited B. iing 7-10:30 p.m. Camping Trip
8 am. Base Library K aal, Pace The Tides Special Youth Programs 3 p.m.
Outdoor Recreation 3:30 p.m. 2-9 p.m. Outdoor Recreation
Outdoor Recreation Spouse Orientation Rocket Lanes
Pavilion 1-3 p.m.
A&FRC Pajama Club Story Time
26 27 28 29 30 May 2
Sunday Brunch Summer Swimming CD-erl. e J Families Credit Reports class Unlimited Bowling Teen 'igrh Open House and Yard
10 a.m. 1:30 pm. Lessons registration Dinner 5:30-7 p.m. Special 7-10:30 p.m. Sale
The Tides starts 6-7 p.m. A&FRC 2-9 p.m. Youth Center 8 a.m.
Outdoor Recreation A&FRC Bawling Center Outdoor Recreation
Rock 'it Glow Bowl
5K Run/1.5 mile walk How to Start a Small 7-10 p.m. aling C :'
7 a.m. (Patrick Fitness Business Rocket Lanes 2-3:30 p.m.
Center) 5-7:30 p.m. Outdoor Recreation
7:30 a.m (Cape A&FRC Mexican Buffet and
Fitness Center) Karaoke Bowling Special
10 pm 1-7 p.m.
G -11 C :,ur w Rocket Lanes
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Sunday Brunch Safe Boater Course Story Time Unlimited Bowling Peddle, Paddle & Pant "Grindin' Gears" Car &
10 a.m, 1:30 p.m. 9:30-11:30 p.m. 10 am. Special Challenge Motorcycle Show
The Tides Outdoor Recreation Base Library 2-9 p.m. 8 a.m. 10 am. 3 p.m.
Bowling Center Warfit Track The Tides (South
Paddle Sports class Open Water Scuba Parking Lot)
2-3:30 p.m. class starts Parent Snack Day
Outdoor Recreation Outdoor Recreation 2:15 p.m. Saturday Bowling
Child Development special
Center 1-7 p.m.
I Kids' Night Out
To publish events of base-wide interest in future Night O
issues, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 61 p.m
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12 April 17, 2009 Missileer
Is it all about the money?
By Chaplain (Lt.
Col.) David Turner
45th SW Chaplain
We are living In an
Interesting time when
politicians and busi-
ness people speak of a
trillion dollars as if it
were Just the price of
a cup of coffee. We are
faced with a downturn
In the economy, some
are declaring that the
sky Is falling and oth-
ers are declaring It Is
Jusl a market adjust
ment. but in truth It is
all about the money:
who has It, who wants
it. who can get it.
Congress is passing
an economic stimulus
package that may pull
us out of the recession
(or depression) It seems
we are slipping into.
but some are saying
it will not be effective
and will not work, oth-
ers declare our grand-
children will hear the
cost. If nothing Is done
there will be likely be a
full edged depression
and yet if something
Is done it may nhlibit
the market correction
itself. My only hope is
that the Congress and
our President utilize the
best wisdom possible to
get us back on track.
For each of us, as
Individuals. is there
any escape from the
ravages of the economic
crisis we find ourselves
in? We see people who
have lost fortunes in
the stock market: who
have trusted financial
advisors only to discov
er that they have been
duped and defrauded;
who have discovered
with bitterness that
what they thought they
had is gone and the
very ones who have
failed to keep their
trust have benefited
To say thai life is not
fair is a cruel reality
for those who have lost
their retirement nest
Is there any hope
In the situation we
find ourselves in?
About three thousand
years ago the writer of
the Proverbs wrote a
prayer that has always
touched my heart and
made really good sense
to me, "Give me neither
poverty nor riches: feed
me with the food that is
my portion, that I not
hw ill mry nrlfrtnu Veil,
and say. 'Who is the
Lord?' Or that I not be
in want and steal, and
profane the name of rmy
God." Proverbs 30:8 9
The simple truth is
that we should seek
and expect only that
which we need from
the Lord. His provi
sion is adequate and
sufficient. If we would
win in tLhs ecoonomic
situation and overcome
the crisis our goals
and desires should be
simple. to trust the
Lord, not for an over
abundance, but for
what we need. not for
what we desire, but
for whal completes our
lives. Our Lord knows
what our needs are and
provides for our needs.
I think the prayer is a
powerful lesson of hone
and trusL We car trust
our God to provide for
our needs, and trust
him nrot to allow us to
be led astray Into the
materialism and greed
that caused this mess
in the first place. Our
trust is in the Lord
who provides what we
truly need. and helps
us understand tie dif
ference between desire
and sufficiency. Lord.
so bless us.
Retiree Activities Day
Saturday is Retiree Activities Day. This event
Is for all retirees, dependents, surviving mem
bers, etc. to comc to Patrick from all over Florida
and get a full day of activities. There will be
guest speakers at the theater. ,D, card renewal,
Information tables, and so on.
Dining Facility & ID Card Section Open
for 2009 Military Retirees Day
The Riverside Dining Facility will be open
during normal business hours. 7-8:30 am.
and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.. In support of Military
Retirees Day. The ID Card Section, Bldg 537,
will also be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more
information, call the Retiree Affairs Office at 494-
Free Car Care Class
The Auto Hobby Shop will hold a free car care
class on Saturday, at 10 a,ni. The class will help
you get your vehicle ready for summer and keep
your family safe. Participants will learn how to
check belts, tires, wipers, fluids, hoses, lights.
mirrors, brakes, and air conditioning systems.
For more information. call 494-2537.
Outdoor Recreation will hold a 2 tank sport
dive Saturday, Cost is $70 per person. A 3-tank
advanced open water & nitrox dive will be held
April 24. Cost Is $100 per person. Cost for dive
trips include round trip transportation, boat fees.
and rental gear, Air tanks are available for $3 per
tank. and nitrox tanks are available for $6 per
tank, Reservations are required. ID cardholders
are allowed to bring guests. For more information
and to register, call 494-2042.
Family Fishing Tournament
Outdoor Recreation will host a free Family
Fishing Tournament Saturday. at 8 am. All bait
and tackle [excluding rods) will be provided.
Final weigh in Is at 11:30 a.m. Immediately fol
lowing the weigh-in, light refreshments will be
served. Winners of each age group will receive a
rod & reel combo. Parents are encouraged to fish
in the event and compete for prizes too. For more
Information and to register, call 494 2042.
Marina Spring Golf Tournament
The Manatee Cove Marina will host their
Spring Golf Tournament Sunday, with a 1 p.m.
shotgun start (sign up required by 12:30 p.m.).
This best ball tournament includes closest to
the hole, and most accurate and longest drives.
Door prizes will be awarded, along with a 1st
Place trophy. There will be a limit on the number
of teams allowed to play. Cost is !28 per person
for golf, cart. and the "Burger Burn" following the
tournament. Musical entertainment provided by
The Ttki Band. Cost for those who want to enjoy
the food and music only is $3 per person. For
more information, call 494.7-155.
People living In Brevard County are encour
aged to adopt for $5 one of the highly prized
Crosswinds Youth Services yellow rubber Ducks
at various local banks and businesses: the
purpose Is to support this award winning local
non-profit, while entering a race to win prizes.
Crosswinds Youth Services creates opportunities
for young people to succeed by helping young
people strengthen skills, develop leadership abill
ties. and reach their full potential. For more
Information about this year's Great Brevard Duck
Race, to he held Sunday during the 34th Annual
Indian River Festival in Titusville, please contact
Douglas Parker at 321 452 0800. or DouglasPar
email@example.com. You may also
visit the CYS website at www.crosswindsyouth-
Youth Programs will host a Teen Night Friday.
from 7 to 10:30 p.m. The night will feature a flip-
Flop Dance and the snack bar will be open, There
will be photo opportunities with friends, and the
teens can show their skills in the gym. The event
is for teens in grades 7- 12 Registration required
by Thursday. For more Information. call 494
The 45th Space Wing will have a display on
Recycling for Earth Day Friday from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. In the Cape cafeteria. There will also be a
display at Kennedy Space Center in the Mission
Briefing Room in the Operations and Checkout
building Thursday along with 15 to 20 additional
displays from NASA and other environmental
Open Water Scuba Class
Outdoor Recreation will hold the next Open
Water Scuba Class through April 26. This entry
level 2 week class is held from 6 to 9 p.m., with
open water dives on Saturdays. Cost is $240 per
person and includes student learning materials.
dive boat fees, and equipment rentals to Include
mask, snorkel, fins, weights/weight belt, BC.
regulalor. gauges. and wel sull. Ages 12 through
adult are eligible to participate. For more Infor
mation and to register, call 494-2042.
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Outdoor Recreation will hold a 4 Season
Discover Camping Trip April 25 starting at 3
p.m. The Discover programs are designed to
introduce first-time participants into new recre-
ational activltles. The Outdoor Recreation staff
will Instruct and lead participants in the selec-
tion and packing of rental gear for the trip.
Participants will then go to the primitive camp
ing area at the FanCamp and learn how to pit ch
tents, prepare a campsite, and prepare and cook
their meals for that evening. The following morn
ing, campers will prepare breakfast, breakdown
the campsite, and pack up the equipment for
the return trip hack to Outdoor Recreation. Cost
is $10 per family member and registration Is
required. For more information and to register,
call 494 2042.
Drop Anchor at Barnacles
Check out the newest place to grab a bite to eat
on Friday evenings. It's called Barnacles, and it's
located at the Manatee Cove complex (between
the marina and tile golf course). Starting tonight,
Barnacles will be open every Friday evening
between 6 and 9 p.m. You do not have to be a
marina member or a golfer to enjoy the tasty food
Barnacles Is open to everyone. For more Infor
nation, call the Manatee Cove Golf Course at
494-GOLF, or the Manatee Cove Marina at 494-
7455. Complete details are also available on the
45th Force Support Squadron websile at www.
Auto Hobby Shop Specials
Auto Hobby Shop patrons born In April will
receive half price on stall fees every Thursday in
April, Get a free 7-point safety inspection by the
Auto Hobby Shop staff includes s belts, wipers.
tires. fluids, hoses, lights, and mirrors) when you
use a stall during the month of April. For more
information, call 494 2537.
Bowling Center Specials
The Rocket Lanes Bowling Center will feature
the following specials in April:
Unlimited Bowling Special Thursday
and 30 from 2 to 9 p.m. (bowl all the games you
can for only $6.50 per person and add a personal
size pizza and a fountain drink for only $12.95
S Month of the Military Child Special- mll-
tary dependents bowl for only .95 cents per game
every Saturday in April. from 1 to 7 p.m.
April Snack Bar Special ham & cheese
croissant, steak fries. and a fountain drink for
For more information. call 494-2958.