New Sim center spotlights tools, capabilities



New Sim center spotlights tools, capabilities
A P U B L I C AT I O N O F T H E 5 0 2 n d A I R B A S E W I N G
New Sim center spotlights
tools, capabilities
Photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma
Mark Tuazon, 59th Medical Wing simulations operator, prepares mannequins for the simulation center open house March 4 at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base
San Antonio-Lackland. Many of the mannequins bare realistic characteristics and respond in ways that can parallel high-stress medical environments.
Commentary 2
News 3
Community Briefs 14
Sports 17
APRIL 8, 2016
Ordinary heroes do extraordinary things
By Maj. Christopher Jackson
71st Security Forces Squadron commander
Vance Air Force Base, Okla.
he musician Dave Grohl,
leader of the band Foo
Fighters, once said “there
goes my hero, he’s ordinary.”
While song lyrics can be interpreted
in many ways, the words to the Foo
Fighters’ “My Hero,” in my mind, have
long payed homage to the ordinary individual that does extraordinary things.
During my time in the military, I have
seen many examples of ordinary people
who have changed the world for the
better. One of my favorite examples is
Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff
Sgt. Ty Carter.
Carter joined the Marine Corps in
1998 where he served as a combat
engineer and an intelligence clerk until
2002, when he was reduced in rank to
lance corporal for fighting with another
Shortly after his reduction in rank,
Carter left the Marine Corps and gave
civilian life a try.
He attended Los Medanos Community
College in California. But in 2008, he
enlisted in the Army as a cavalry scout
at Fort Lewis, Wash.
In May 2009, he deployed to Nuristan
Province, Afghanistan, where he engaged in the Battle of Kamdesh at
Combat Outpost Keating.
COP Keating was the site of the
bloodiest battles of Operation Enduring
“My everyday ordinary heroes are the
people that have signed the dotted line to
serve this country – the uniformed military
member, civil servant and the contractor.”
– Maj. Christopher Jackson
71st Security Forces Squadron commander
Freedom. It was a 12-hour firefight
against a force of 300 Taliban fighters
and ended with eight U.S. Forces killed
in action and 22 wounded.
This particular battle resulted in
many decorated combat veterans and
is the first, since Mogadishu in 1993, in
which two soldiers, Carter and Staff Sgt.
Clinton Romesha, received the Medal of
Carter was awarded the medal for
running through enemy fire twice to
resupply his comrades who were pinned
down. Carter’s actions were caught on
camera by terrorists and eventually fell
into the hands of U.S. forces documenting his brave actions that day.
Carter’s story stands as testament
that many people do make mistakes
in their careers, but not only can they
recover from those mistakes, they can
go on to do incredible things for their
brothers and sisters on the battlefield,
including risking their own lives.
His story is an inspiration to me because there are heroes among us, many
of which are ordinary people whom
you would never expect. My everyday
ordinary heroes are the people that
have signed the dotted line to serve this
country – the uniformed military member, civil servant and the contractor.
These heroes endure long tedious hours,
time away from loved ones and the
daily grind whether at home or abroad.
Another hero, often overlooked, is the
family member. They serve in a different capacity – supporting the long hours
away at work, the holidays alone and
the quiet moments of agony. Our family
members support us and what we do
because they understand that our service is more than an eight-hour day.
Remember, service is about the men
and women you serve. It’s not about
you. It is about the day you may be
called to lay down your life for another.
When the job gets tough and life
brings you down, be a person of action.
Be like Ty Carter. Make your life about
the people, the mission and the family
around you.
The Edwards Aquifer: where our water comes from
By Brian Hummel
502nd Civil Engineer Squadron Pollution prevention manager
and aquifer recharge specialist
In celebration of Earth Day April 22
and National Environmental Education
Week April 17-23, this week features
an exploration about where our water
comes from, as well as how Joint Base
San Antonio is working to enhance
pollinator habitat while reducing its
Edwards Aquifer water demand.
JBSA and the vast majority of San
Antonio pumps its water from the Edwards
Aquifer. The aquifer springs are the
reason many Central Texas cities were
located where they are and why the
Spanish chose to establish San Antonio in
the early 1700s.
Some notable Edwards Aquifer Springs
are (from west to east): Las Moras Springs at
Fort Clark in Bracketville; San Pedro Springs
north of downtown San Antonio; San Antonio
Springs located on University of the
Incarnate Word campus, near Broadway and
Hildebrand Streets; Comal Springs in New
Braunfels, which are the largest springs in
Texas; San Marcos Springs which has a nice
park and excellent interactive and interpretive exhibits; Barton Springs in Austin,
which feeds the natural pool in Zilker Park;
and Salado Springs near Salado, Texas.
Millions of people use the water from
these springs each year for drinking,
irrigation, swimming and recreation.
The raised pollinator gardens laid out
on contour near the Cunningham gate on
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston are designed to
deeply irrigate the landscape with storm
water runoff.
These native wildflower seeds quickly
vegetated the exposed soil during cooler,
wetter winter months and do not require
See AQUIFER Page 16
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APRIL 8, 2016
News in Brief
AFSVA on trend with mystery escape rooms
enlisted character development
chapter two: resilience
By Carole Chiles Fuller
AFCEC Public Affairs
The Airmen Heritage Museum is hosting
the second chapter of the Enlisted Character
Development series noon to 3 p.m. April 13
at the Pfingston Reception Center. Refreshments will be provided. The guest speaker
will be Master Sgt. Del Toro, who is the first
100 percent disabled Airman to re-enlist,
and he will share one of the most
important traits of his character that
enabled him to survive and thrive through
some of the most challenging situations a
human being can endure: resilience.
The objective of this seminar is to
promote character development through an
individual’s stages of awareness, maturity,
growth and understanding of their mental, ethical and moral qualities and their
alignment with universal, institutional and
organizational expectations. This is applicable and relevant to enlisted members of all
grades, age groups and service branches.
To register, visit
refresh relationships with marriage checkup
Behavioral health consultants at the
Wilford Hall Medical Center Primary Care
Clinic are offering a Marriage Checkup as
part of a research study sponsored by the
U.S. Army Medical Research and Material
Command. It is offered to military members
and their spouses who would like to find
out more about the health of their marriage.
Marriage Checkup will give participants the
tools and resources to strengthen their connection. Couples may receive compensation
for participating in the study. Call 446-8857
or email [email protected]
for more information.
make money staying home
Family Child Care is looking for
individuals interested in caring for children.
All startup materials and training is provided
by the Family Child Care Office. The FCC
program is looking for individuals that can
care for children in the Extended Child Care
program as well as individuals who can
care for children with special needs, chronic
health problems including HIV positive
individuals. Providers are needed to care for
infants and children with special needs such
Master criminal James Moriarty is
expecting Sherlock Holmes to walk into
his parlor. He’s laid a trap, of course,
for the brilliant detective. Unfortunately,
you and your companions have arrived
instead. Now you have 60 minutes to
outsmart Moriarty and escape. The
clock is ticking…
Interactive, immersive escape rooms,
such as Moriarty’s Parlor, are gaining
popularity worldwide as entertainment
and team-building experiences. The
Air Force Services Activity is offering
a choice of six room scenarios to 20
Air Force installations enterprise-wide
as part of its Recharge for Resiliency
“We’re on trend and on time,”
said Sandy Hillard, AFSVA Programs
Directorate community and leisure
branch chief. “Mystery Escape Room
concepts/businesses are popping up
across the nation. We are ecstatic to
serve our military communities with
the opportunity.”
Participants are provided a background story before being placed in a
themed room containing puzzles, clues
and riddles. A story unfolds as they work
together through the room’s challenges,
which may include math puzzles, word
puzzles, puzzle boxes, secret codes or
history questions.
AFSVA contracted with Mystery
Escape Room LLC, a family-owned business based in Salt Lake City, to provide
the room kits and train community center and outdoor recreation staff members or designated force support squadron personnel and volunteers.
“The rooms are designed to be challenging and be a series of small victories for the participants,” said company founder Les Pardew, who trained
the first set of community center staff
members in early March at Joint Base
San Antonio-Lackland’s Arnold Hall
featuring DaVinci’s Secret room. Other
themes are Moriarty’s Parlor; Houdini’s
Challenge, inspired by escape artist
Harry Houdini; Port Royal: A Pirate’s
Mystery; the Invisible Files, a spy game;
and the Ghosts of Christmas, inspired by
“A Christmas Carol.”
No matter the theme, communication, collaboration, teamwork and sharing are keys to success, Pardew said.
Airman 1st Class Jonathan Brokaw and other Mystery Escape Room participants work on a
puzzle in DaVinci’s Secret room in Arnold Hall Community Center, Joint Base San AntonioLackland March 1. Teamwork, communication and collaboration are keys to success in
this team-building exercise.
But don’t expect complete victories:
Most escape rooms have a success rate
of 15 to 20 percent. Room moderators
or game masters, dressed in character
to suit the room’s theme, can help lead
participants to solve clues for themselves.
“Participants should be right on the
verge of getting out after the 60-minute
time window,” Pardew said. “Say, they
get out in 62 minutes; that makes them
want to return and try to escape within
the allotted time.”
Moderators help keep the mood light.
One group of Airmen was asked to sing
the Air Force song in exchange for a
hint during a DaVinci’s Secret game.
They enthusiastically obliged.
“The puzzles take different skill sets
to solve. In DaVinci’s Secret, some puzzles involve math, some engineering,
and others art. In order to solve the
puzzles, they have to collaborate and
use each other’s strong points. It’s a
microcosm of what Airmen would do on
a mission,” Pardew said.
Capt. Christopher W. Dillard, AFSVA
chief of new products and program
development, praised the program for
being a mental team-building activity.
“The Air Force has become a total force, with military and civilians.
Every time we have team-building
events, they’re built around the military
section,” Dillard said. “This is strictly
a mental challenge. So much of the
military is hierarchal. In this scenario,
it’s without a formal structure. You get
leadership from every different level
based on a participant’s skill set or
capability rather than rank.”
“Squadrons, families and office
groups will definitely want to take part
in this fully interactive and immersive
experience,” Hillard added.
In addition to JBSA-Lackland, escape rooms will be available at Altus
Air Force Base, Okla.; Dyess Air
Force Base, Texas; Incirlik Air Base,
Turkey; Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.;
Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United
Kingdom; Little Rock Air Force Base,
Ark.; Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.; March
Air Reserve Base, Calif.; and McConnell
Air Force Base, Kan. They will also be
at Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve
Station, Minn.; Moody Air Force Base,
Ga.; Morón Air Base, Spain; Osan Air
Base, Republic of Korea; Patrick Air
Force Base, Fla.; Ramstein Air Base,
Germany; Schriever Air Force Base,
Colo.; Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base,
N.C.; Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.;
and F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.
Roll out of the escape rooms is being
planned now. Check with the local force
support squadron for dates, and be sure
to brush up on Italian polymaths, escape artists, pirate lore, spy games and
classic British literature. Or just wing it.
APRIL 8, 2016
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
By Jose T. Garza III
JBSA-Lackland Public Affairs
Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men
are rape victims, and its effects can have
short and long-term impact on the victim’s overall health and well-being, according to the National Assault Violence
Resource Center.
In recognition of April as Sexual Assault
Awareness and Prevention Month, Joint
Base San Antonio Sexual Assault Prevention and Response officials want military
and civilian members to know there is
help available year-round in the event
of a sexual assault.
“We have victim advocates that
will respond to calls and make sure
that their needs are being met,” said
William Hall, 502nd Air Base Wing SAPR
program coordinator.
Individuals located at duty stations
around the United States can call the
Department of Defense Safe Helpline at
877-995-5247 or the SAPR 24/7 Crisis
Hotline at 210-808-SARC for information on restricted or unrestricted report
If individuals choose to make an unrestricted report, SAPR officials would
then get the victims’ leadership and law
enforcement officer involved to initiate
an investigation, Hall said.
Photo by Photo by Steve Elliott
(From left) Air Force Col. Michael Gimbrone, 502nd Security Forces and Logistics
Support Group commander; Army Lt. Gen. Perry L. Wiggins, commanding general
of U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) and senior commander Fort Sam Houston and Camp
Bullis; Navy Rear Adm. Rebecca J. McCormick-Bayle, commander of Navy Medicine
Education and Training Command; Marine Lt. Col. Eric C. Dill. 4th Reconnaissance
Battalion Commander; and Coast Guard Cdr. Benjamin M. Golightly, Coast Guard
Cryptologic Unit Texas commander, pose with the signed Sexual Assault Awareness and
Prevention Month proclamation at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston's Academic Support Center
April 1
A restricted report, on the other hand,
allows individuals to confidentially disclose the crime to specifically identified
individuals without triggering the official
investigative process or notification to
command. Those individuals are the sexual assault response coordinator, SAPR
victim advocate or healthcare provider
or personnel.
A restricted reporte can become unrestricted at any time if the individual
wishes, but an unrestricted report cannot become restricted.
Because of the time it takes to gather
evidence for a report, Hall encourages
individuals to contact SAPR officials immediately after an incident.
“A lot of folks are either afraid to come
forward for help or are not aware of our
program,” he said. “We want to give victims support and help them make the
choices they need to make.”
To create sexual assault awareness,
the SAPR office put up banners with
#STOP107 in red and black letters
around JBSA.
The significance is that every 107 seconds an American is sexually assaulted,
according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest
National Network, amounting to an average of 293,066 victims who are age 12
or older per year.
The goal of the #STOP107 campaign
is to stop an assault before it gets to 107
seconds, Hall said.
“Sexual assault is a serious problem in
our society,” he said. “We want people to
step in and break up a potential situation. Be a good wingman and take care
of one another. We tell folks to go out in
groups and leave in groups. Don’t leave
anybody behind because that’s when
someone could become a victim of sexual
Contact the SAPR office for JBSALackland at 671-7273, JBSA-Randolph
at 652-4386 and JBSA Fort Sam
Houston at 808-8990. Their hours are
from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information, visit http://
Joint Base San Antonio Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month Events
Second Annual Student
Poetry Slam
Medical Education and Training Campus Student Activity
Center basement, Join Base San
Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, 6 p.m.
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, this
poetry competition will feature
original works by METC students while their peers
judge from the audience. Army, Air Force and Navy
students are all welcome. Free food, drinks and door
prizes. Call 542-4115.
April 15
“Kill the Silence. A Survivor’s Life Reclaimed”
Brooke Army Medical Center Auditorium, JBSAFort Sam Houston, 2 p.m. Guest speaker Monika
Korra is the founder and chief executive officer of
The Monika Korra Foundation. After she was kidnapped and raped in 2009, she decided she would
not live her life defined as a victim. She has grown
into a national speaker and author since her trauma,
empowering others who hear her.
Open to people with base access
April 16
Color Run SAAPM 5K Run/Walk
Aquatics Center, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, 9 a.m.
A SAAPM 5K “Paint the Post TEAL!” color run/walk
to raise public awareness and spread the message
about the prevention of sexual violence. Free race,
food, drinks and door prizes; must register online at
April 20
Military & Family Readiness Center,
building 2797, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, 10 a.m. and
1:30 p.m. Provided by the Texas Office of the
Attorney General Criminal Investigations Unit,
session will cover human trafficking, exploitation,
online privacy, reputations, cyberbullying, sexting and
online predator situations. Sponsored by the 106th
Signal Brigade. Call 221-1919 for more information.
April 21
“Gender Violence as a Leadership Issue” by
Jackson Katz, Ph.D.
Blesse Auditorium, building 2841, JBSA-Fort Sam
Houston, 10:30 a.m. Katz is a nationally acclaimed
speaker and activist against sexism and gender
violence. His works include the award-winning film
“Tough Guise” and book titled The Macho Paradox.
He will speak to senior leaders, SAPR/SHARP program personnel and other personnel who work in the
area of violence prevention.
April 23
“The Hunting Ground” viewing and discussion
Evans Theatre, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston,
12:30-2:30 p.m.
An expose of rape crimes on U.S. college
campuses. The viewing of the film will be followed
by interactive discussion. Refreshments and/or small
giveaways may be provided. For additional information, call 652-4386 at JBSA-Randolph or
875-1284 at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.
April 29
The “Drive Out Sexual Assault” Golf Tournament
Gateway Hills Golf Club,
JBSA-Lackland, 1 p.m. shotgun start time. The
tournament is an event to heighten awareness and
show support to those affected by sexual assault.
The format is a four person scramble with prizes
for first-, second and third-place finishers, longest
drive and closet to pin. Golf goodies and chances to
win prizes. To register, email [email protected]
mil or call 671-7273. Registration ends April 22 and
fees will be accepted the day of the event.
Throughout April All JBSA Locations
Sexual assault awareness information tables
Sexual assault awareness information will be
distributed on base at various locations throughout
April. Staff will share info about sexual assault realities, victim services and prevention tips.
Sexual assault awareness ribbon,
flag displays
Teal is the color representing Sexual Assault
Awareness Month. All JBSA locations will have teal
ribbons and flags or special teal lighting to demonstrate support to those JBSA survivors recovering
from sexual assault.
E L I M I N A T E S E X U A L A S S A U L T: K N O W Y O U R P A R T. D O Y O U R P A R T.
JBSA·Fort Sam Houston
JBSA-Randolph SAPR
APRIL 8, 2016
X-ray technician makes sure doctors aren’t operating blind
Story and photo by Jeremy Gerlach
JBSA-Lackland Public Affairs
Senior Airman Meagan Tavares, 59th Medical
Wing radiology technician, has a gift for seeing
through people.
Her X-ray machine helps, but Tavares relies just
as much on her people skills.
“I get excited when I have a challenging patient
that other techs think is too difficult,” said Tavares,
who works at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland’s
Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center. “If I can
help that person – if I can get that image that other
people think is impossible – if I can do that exam
that other people think is too hard, that really gets
me fired up.”
Starting at 7 a.m., Tavares takes X-rays of patients
ranging from active-duty Airmen and their families
to retirees. Beyond these basic procedures, she also
administers steroid injections for patients with joint
pain and fluoroscopy exams for those with digestive
tract problems.
“When I can help a patient walk out of our clinic
feeling better than they did when they came in, and
they walk out in a better mood, there’s nothing that’s
more satisfying,” said Tavares, who also loves working with pediatric patients. “You think kids and Xrays don’t mix, – you have to get them to hold still,
and some of them are afraid of the doctor- but they’re
actually the most fun patients to work with.”
These services, Tavares noted, are vital to the 59th
Medical Wing’s mission.
“Without X-ray imaging in general, most doctors
would be operating blind,” Tavares said. “If doctors
are unable to see the body part or issue they’re looking for, it’s really hard for them to get an accurate
Caring for the families of servicemen and women
can be just as important, Tavares added.
“We make sure our forces get to fight, but they’re
not worrying about their families,” she explained.
“If they know their families are in good hands, that
takes a huge weight off the shoulders of people who
are deployed or who are working on training for long
hours. That way they’re focused on their mission.”
Tavares knows a thing or two about working long
Senior Airman Meagan Tavares, 59th Medical Wing radiology technician, adjusts her X-ray machine at Wilford Hall
Ambulatory Surgical Center before seeing a patient. Tavares wants to become a physician’s assistant after leaving the
Air Force.
hours. Technical school for most jobs is under three going to school for free thanks to the Air Force’s
months, but lasts about 13 months for radiologic tuition assistance. “I’m just very fortunate to have
technicians. That’s the longest-running medical tech been given these opportunities.”
Even after several years of training, Tavares’s endschool in the Air Force, and one of the longest in the
entire armed services, according to the Air Force less fascination with the human body keeps her fresh
and engaged at work.
“To be able to watch even something as simple as
“This is not just button pushing,” noted Tavares,
who spent hours learning the complete human somebody swallowing – to watch that process and
anatomy. “We also learn about physics so we can see how the esophagus has this motion called ‘peri... minimize the radiation exposure to our patients. stalsis’ – to watch that in motion is the coolest thing
This is so much more than standing behind a wall to me,” said Tavares. “The human body is so much
more complicated than we give it credit for. It blows
and pushing a button.”
Tavares is aiming to become a physician’s assistant my mind every time I see it – it never gets old.”
Keeping that enthusiasm is important, because the
after the Air Force. She’s taking pre-requisite classes
at the Alamo Colleges, and said she plans on applying patients at Wilford Hall keep Tavares and the rest of
to the Inter-Service Physician’s Assistant program at the radiology department on their toes, Tavares said.
“Every morning when I get to work, I’m so exJBSA-Fort Sam Houston later this year.
“I never thought the military was going to be an cited,” she explained. “No two days are exactly the
option for me, but the Air Force has just opened so same. Every patient is different- you never know
many doors,” said Tavares, who noted that she’s not what you’re going to get. Even after two years, I’m
just making money at a job she loves, but is also learning new things every day.”
• 6 p.m. London Has Fallen (R)
• Noon Studio Appreciation Advance
Screening – Free Admission – Rated *. Tickets available at
your local Exchange Food Court. Seating open to non-ticket
holders 30 minutes prior to showtime.
• 3 p.m.
• 6 p.m.
• Noon
• 3 p.m.
• 4 p.m.
London Has Fallen (R)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (R)
London Has Fallen (R)
Zootopia (3D) (PG)
London Has Fallen (R))
Movie Line: 671-3985 or view schedules at:
We have one movie screen, one movie per show
Doors open 30 minutes prior to each show time.
APRIL 8, 2016
24th Air Force -AFCYBER
announces 2015 Annual Award winners
By 24th Air Force Public Affairs
Maj. Gen. Ed Wilson, 24th Air Force
commander, announced the 24th Air Force/
Air Force Cyber 2015 Annual Award winners
March 28. The awards recognize outstanding
Airmen and their contributions and accomplishments provided within the Air Force cyber
community, often going above and beyond daily
operations. The commander also thanked the supervisors, superintendents, directors and board
members for working so diligently to ensure the
award winners are recognized for their tremendous efforts.
Company Grade Officer of the Year
Capt. Raymond Hoffman
33rd Network Warfare Squadron
Outstanding Airman of the Year
Senior Airman Marco Brown
690th Cyber Operations Squadron
Outstanding NCO of the Year
Tech. Sgt. Anthony Particini
33rd Network Warfare Squadron
Outstanding Senior NCO of the Year
Master Sgt. Jean-Pierre Howard
690th Cyber Operations Squadron
First Sergeant of the Year
Master Sgt. Darrius Smith
690th Cyber Operations Squadron
Category I Non-Supervisory
Civilian of the Year
Vincent Faust
26th Operation Support Squadron
Category II Non-Supervisory
Civilian of the Year
Terrence Alexander
315th Cyber Operations Squadron, Det. 3
Category II Supervisory
Civilian of the Year
Michael Ward,
690th Network Support Squadron
from Page 3
as asthma, allergies, cerebral palsy and physical impairments,
etc. They also need providers to care for children in the evenings,
weekends, swing and midnight shifts, extended duty hours and for
the Expanded Child Care program. For additional information,
call 671-4987 or stop by building 8210.
national volunteer week takes place april 10-16
National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and
encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in
their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by
working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and
accomplish our goals. Take action and encourage individuals and
their respective communities to be at the center of social change
– discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to
make a difference.
JBsa is hosting proud week clean up
Joint Base San Antonio will conduct the Spring Proud Week
Cleanup Monday through April 15 in order to promote pride and
maintain a high beautification standard throughout JBSA. Proud
Week is conducted twice annually, in the spring and fall, and
provides a specified time period where resources are allocated to
conduct general area building maintenance, environmental maintenance (landscaping), clean up of work areas and enhance the
appearance of JBSA and its facilities.
This is a four-phased operation (phases may overlap if additional time is required) that includes pre-inspection, cleanup
operations, final inspection and after action review.
APRIL 8, 2016
25th Air Force STEM
outreach team members
help judge science fair
By William B. Belcher
25th Air Force Public Affairs
Three people from the 25th Air Force’s
Science, Technology, Engineering and
Math Education Outreach team were
among the roughly 200 volunteers judging the multiple categories and grade
levels at the Texas Educational Region
Six 2016 Alamo Regional Science and
Engineering Fair at Saint Mary’s
University in San Antonio Feb. 25 - 26.
The young science and engineering
fair participants made a very positive impression on Marc Smith, who leads the
25th’s STEM Outreach initiative.
“I was assigned to judge the junior high
school level chemistry category and one
of the students was in the sixth grade,”
Smith said. “All the students were highly
motivated and excited to present their
The projects consisted of 12 junior
and senior categories: chemistry, earth
and space, botany, math and computers, physics, biochemistry, medicine and
health, microbiology, behavior and social science, engineering, environmental
science and zoology.
“Projects were from basic in
nature, to more complex,” Smith added. “For example, one of the students
I judged demonstrated measuring the
temperature characteristics over time
for different mixtures of materials and
chemicals, and radiated light intensity.”
Rex Kliner, also with the 25th Air Force
team, judged the sixth through eighthgrade physics projects, and was very
impressed with one student in particular.
“One student … was extremely impressive,” said Kliner. “Without fully
understanding what he was doing, he
made an optical spectrometer with
a triangular prism and a red laser,
then using diffraction and refraction,
measured the amount of sugar in (sugar)
water solutions.
“I am very familiar with spectral imaging and I spoke with him about the
science he was experimenting with, and
how the Air Force uses it on a day-to-day
basis to collect information on the world
ranging from atmospheric conditions,
to the health of crops in Africa, to the
spectral signatures given off by different
Kliner encouraged the student to continue his research, and suggested using
a green laser to see if the results would
be different. He then praised him for the
sophistication of the experiment at such
a young age.
“Besides helping young students to do
well in school, there is the self-satisfaction in helping kids to be motivated about
STEM, and some of that is accomplished
by judging at science fairs,” Smith said.
The 491 students participated from 22
high and 27 middle schools. Winners of
this fair move on to the upcoming San
Antonio-hosted Texas State Science and
Engineering Fair, along with the winners
from 11 other regions.
JBSA Proud Week:
‘Keep calm and clean on’
By Airman 1st Class Stormy Archer
JBSA-Randolph Public Affairs
Members of the Joint Base San
Antonio community will join forces
Monday through April 15 for an installation-wide spring cleanup effort.
The 502nd Air Base Wing in coordination with the 502nd Civil Engineer
Squadron is conducting Proud Week
Spring Cleanup, an event that will
unite mission partners, tenant units,
organizations and agencies throughout JBSA.
“The purpose of Proud Week is to
really focus on cleaning up our areas
around us,” Chief Master Sgt. Katie
McCool, 502nd Security Forces and
Logistics Support Group superintendent, said. “This is our opportunity to
come together and focus on enhancing the appearance and beautification of JBSA and its facilities, conduct
environmental maintenance and
promote a clean work environment.”
Key tasks will be to remove trash,
old furniture, fallen tree limbs, brush,
grass from sidewalks and non-household trash. Personnel will sweep
sidewalks and curbs, and conduct a
general inspection of fields, streets
and parking lots in areas of responsibilities to include assigned work
areas, storage and warehouse areas,
bag and bundle all trash as appropriate and transport to trash collection
points or nearest dumpsters.
Senior enlisted members will lead
cleanup efforts for each organization.
“Whatever organization you belong
to, if you find your senior enlisted
leader, they should be able to point
you in the direction of what you can
do to help,” McCool said.
Supplies for cleanup efforts can
be acquired at the self-help store at
each JBSA operating location: building 4197 at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston,
building 5495 at JBSA-Lackland and
building 891 at JBSA-Randolph. In
addition, lawn and garden supplies
and equipment such as rakes, wheelbarrows, brooms and other items will
be available in limited quantities for
Bulk trash sites will be designated
at all JBSA locations, and participants
may use dumpsters near their work
areas for items that aren’t bulk trash.
Examples of bulk trash items
are tree limbs, broken-down picnic
tables, old fence materials, bricks and
old landscaping timbers.
Items that are not accepted for
bulk removal are hazardous materials, furniture and other items appropriate for defense reutilization and
marketing office disposal, equipment
and food waste.
“Keeping JBSA clean is part of
excellence in all we do,” McCool said.
“You should be proud of where you
live and where you work, and you
should want to take the effort to make
it a good place.”
For information on supplies available or how to check out equipment
call 652-2242 for JBSA-Randolph,
652-2055 for JBSA-Lackland and 8086079 for JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.
APRIL 8, 2016
Volunteer fair connects agencies with military volunteers
By Jeremy Gerlach
JBSA-Lackland Public Affairs
The Military and Family Readiness Center at
Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland hosted a fair
to reward its hard-working corps of volunteers
Tuesday at Arnold Hall.
The event, held in honor of Volunteer
Appreciation Month, included standard fare like
cake and raffles.
It also gave the local volunteer community
opportunity, said Tracy Bramlett, MFRC consultant.
“We wanted to let all our volunteers know that
they’re an important part of the military community
and we appreciate them,” Bramlett said. “Having
all the agencies here at the fair gives volunteers a
chance to get to know the agencies that work in
San Antonio and also gives these organizations the
chance to recruit some more.”
National organizations such as Red Cross,
Christian Senior Services, and Solomon and Fisher
House had representatives at the fair.
Diana Saucedo is a volunteer coordinator with
Christian Senior Services’ Meal on Wheels, which
brings food and company to senior citizens who
have trouble leaving their houses to get food.
She said military volunteers strike up a special
bond with their clients.
“Military members bring more than a meal to our
clients,” Saucedo noted. “They bring stories and
they can relate to our clients. When our clients see
personnel with their uniforms on, they start talking
and it just brings joy to everybody.”
Military volunteers typically are among the most
dedicated of any organization’s volunteer corps,
Saucedo continued.
“They’re really reliable,” she explained. “Even
once military personnel leave the service, I’ve had
so many keep on volunteering on their own as civil-
ians. They just want to help out.”
This strong sense of volunteerism plays a crucial
role in connecting JBSA-Lackland to the local community, Bramlett noted.
“My slogan is ‘go beyond the gates’, which means
we encourage people to go outside into the San
Antonio community by working with different agencies,” she said. “A lot of times, people come to
JBSA-Lackland for training, and they don’t know
the community, but volunteering can put you out
there. It’s very important for us to get a holistic
view on what the San Antonio community needs.”
Military volunteers will always in high demand
for local non-profits and charities, Bramlett said.
“These organizations love having military volunteers,” she explained. “These are upstanding individuals who are not only serving their country, but
even going beyond that.”
For more information on volunteer opportunities,
call the M&FRC at 671-3722.
Recognizing military children, their health JBSA-Lackland events
By Prerana Korpe
Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs
April is the month of the military child and this
time of year is an opportunity to recognize the children of our nation’s heroes – military children – and
highlight their contributions to their communities,
and the military’s role in caring for its children.
Within the Armed Forces community, there are an
estimated two million military children, according
to data from the National Child Traumatic Stress
The Air Force Medical Service was formally established in 1949 and the Air Force has been providing
medical care to safeguard the health and wellbeing
of Airmen and their families ever since. In order to
truly care for the warfighter and maintain readiness
of the total force, it is imperative to care for the
warfighter’s family – especially children.
The Air Force provides medical care to its Airmen
and families around the world. Air Force children
are cared for at 63 medical facilities in the continental U.S. and 12 overseas locations.
Military children are heroes in their own right.
Much like their parents, military children are serving their country. They face many challenging issues
dealt with by military families, such as coping with
deployments, routinely picking up and moving to the
next duty location and frequently being the new kid
at school. With challenges however, come stories of
great courage, determination and strength.
Military Kids Connect at http://militarykids is a Department of Defense initiative that the National Center for Telehealth and
Technology formed. MKC is an online resource for
military children between the ages of 6 to 17. Within
MKC, military children and families share stories of
coping with deployment.
Ten-year-old Michael is part of an Air Force
family. His father is a chief master sergeant. The
day his father was leaving for Afghanistan, was a
hard day for Michael. He thought about how much
he would miss his father – everything from hugs
from his dad to his father’s special hotdogs and hamburgers. Considering the violence going on in the
deployed theater, Michael worried for his father’s
safety and feared he would not make it another day.
That was when his older sister Nicole, stepped in. Nicole spent extra time with Michael, took him to do activities he normally did with his dad and helped to lift
Michael’s spirits. The siblings were able to strengthen their bond and keep each other company while
their father was away from home on deployment.
Gavin started a teddy bear drive when he was 12.
Every time his father deployed, he would give Gavin
a teddy bear – these bears reminded Gavin of his
father. The bears provided comfort – as something
to hold onto and be there while he talked. Gavin
decided the bears could provide comfort to other
kids too. He would visit military family centers, giving out teddy bears to other military kids. When
asked how it made him feel, Gavin said, “It made
me feel happy that I made a child happy.”
Eleven-year-old Mika is very close with his family, especially his active duty father. His father’s
13-month deployment was especially hard, shared
Mika. “We had a lot of things together that just were
not there anymore.”
To help cope with his father’s deployment, Mika
turned to volunteering. “My dad’s deployment really
inspired me to volunteer.”
Mika began giving back at home and within the
community, on base and off. His volunteer duties
included everything from keeping parks clean by
for Military Child Month
• The family appreciation dinner with
paper dress fashion show runs from 3:30-5:30
p.m. Saturday at the Joint Base San AntonioLackland Youth Center and it is free for families
in the youth program.
• Kids LiveWell, a partnership between the
National Restaurant Association and Healthy
Dining, will be presenting a healthy snack expo
from 4-6 p.m. April 14 at the Joint Base San
Antonio-Lackland Youth Center.
• The Family Minute to Win It Day is a free
family event that takes place from 3:30-5 p.m.
April 23 at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
Youth Center.
• The Light Camera Action Club will perform
for the Kelly Field Child Development Center
from 3:45-4:30 p.m. April 30 at the Joint Base
San Antonio-Lackland Youth Center.
picking up trash, to mowing lawns for neighbors. Mika
contributed over 350 hours of volunteer service to
his community.
“When my dad is deployed, volunteering really
helps because I am helping other people,” Mika said.
“I am giving back to the community, helping people
who maybe really cannot help themselves, so I do
not feel sad.”
Military OneSource is a DOD-funded confidential
program which provides around the clock support to
military families, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Visit Military OneSource at to learn more about available resources.
APRIL 8, 2016
Fort Belvoir dentist: How to improve children’s dental health
By Military Health System Communications Office
An estimated 51 million school hours
are lost each year due to dental-related
absence. Although tooth decay is largely
preventable, it remains the most common chronic disease of children aged
6 to 11 years and adolescents aged 12
to 19.
The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention has found that tooth decay is four times more common than
asthma among adolescents aged 14 to
17, according to the American Dental
Army Capt. Jesse Thietten, Fort
Belvoir Community Hospital dentist,
has some guidelines that can help keep
your children’s teeth healthy, and keeping you and them out of the dentist’s
“A child’s teeth begin to come in between 6 and 12 months,” he said. “I
recommend to parents they bring their
children in for their first dental appointment at or around their first birthday.
And in the event that an emergency
might occur, I recommend to parents
that they have a dentist with whom they
are familiar on speed dial. Also, please
don’t make your first appointment with
a dentist when your child has a cavity
or an emergency. Being proactive is key
to ensuring your children have optimal
dental health.”
Thietten cited what he called “baby
bottle cavities” as the biggest issue for
children under 2 years of age.
“That’s caused from children drinking juice, milk and baby formula
throughout the day, so it’s a good idea
make sure you rinse your baby’s mouth
before putting them to sleep,” he elaborated.
It helps to develop a good relationship with the child’s dentist, because
the interaction the child sees will help
ease potential fears of dental appointments, he added.
Once they turns 3 years old, it is
recommended to schedule a dental appointment every six months.
In between appointments, children should brush and floss, and it is
advised that lessons in should begin
early on.
“Do not use toothpaste that has
fluoride with young children,” he cautioned. “This is because children have
a tendency to swallow toothpaste when
learning how to brush their teeth. Once
they’ve developed the habit of spitting
out toothpaste, then you can have them
use toothpaste with fluoride.”
As for flossing, Thietten says it’s best
to teach children how to floss when
their teeth begin touching.
“This usually occurs when a child’s
adult teeth begin to come in,” he said.
“Just make sure you take time to show
them the proper way to use dental
He also said use of fluoride rinses
should be age appropriate “as long as
you teach them to rinse and spit.”
“While candy and other sweets do
cause damage to children’s teeth, parents need to be aware that many kids
these days consume beverages that are
acidic and contain high amounts of sugar,” he said. “Many parents overlook
this, because sports and energy drinks
are high in carbohydrates. However,
the acidity can also cause cavities.”
It is advised that children brush at
least twice a day.
“The best time to have your kids
brush their teeth is right after breakfast, not the first thing in the morning,”
he said. “And then be sure to have them
do the same before they go to bed at
DOD announces pilot tutoring program for service members
By Erin Roberts
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support Public Affairs
Pensacola, Fla.
Officials with the Department of Defense Voluntary
Education Program and the Defense Activity for
Non-Traditional Education Support announced the
launch of a pilot tutoring program that will provide
service members with tutoring support at no cost,
anytime, anywhere.
“If a service member is struggling with a college course or simply needs help with a homework
assignment, this DOD-funded tool offers a place to
go to get answers,” said Jeff Allen, DANTES director.
The program provides around-the-clock, online
tutoring services for active-duty service members,
Coast Guard members and full/part time National
Guard and Reserve component members. Some
family members are also eligible to use the tutoring
The program is available online at http://www., and provides one-on-one tutoring with educators in more than 40 college subjects,
including algebra, statistics, physiology and more.
The tutors provide help with all types of homework
assignments and test preparation.
Tutors and students communicate in a secure online classroom using text chat and by drawing on
an interactive whiteboard. There are no webcams
or telephones used and no personal information is
shared between the tutor and student.
Students can access the online service using any
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internet-enabled device, including smart phones and
tablets. If it’s just a quick question, tutors are available on demand, or students can schedule future
tutoring sessions or upload papers for offline review.
“The DOD wants service members to be successful in pursuing professional development,” Allen
said. “DOD currently maintains a variety of education resources to help members pursue their education. Tutoring services are being piloted to further
explore the addition of this type of tool as another
way to help service members succeed in their military careers.”
Find out more about DOD’s pilot tutoring program
by going to the For more information on tutoring services and other DOD education
resources, visit
Straight Talk Line
For current, automated information during
a natural disaster, crisis or emergency, call
your local Straight Talk line.
•JBSA-Fort Sam Houston:
JBSA Sexual Assault
Prevention and Response
808-SARC (7272)
(877) 995-5247
APRIL 8, 2016
59th MDW improving clinical
care, occupational services
By Shannon Carabajal
59th Medical Wing Public Affairs
Now open on the Wilford Hall Ambulatory
Surgical Center’s second floor, a 59th Medical Wing Base
Operational Medicine Clinic is improving access to
health care for beneficiaries at Joint Base San AntonioLackland.
The BOMC initiative improves the patient experience and streamlines administrative health care
processes by separating traditional clinical services
from occupational medicine.
“Upon receiving the request to implement the Base
Operational Medicine Clinic, the 59th Medical Wing
immediately organized resources and executed a well
thought out plan. We are genuinely committed to providing innovative and patient-centered health care to
our beneficiaries and BOMC is another tool that allows
us to do just that,” said Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Bart Iddins,
59th MDW commander.
“BOMC puts a focus on continuous process improvement and quality patient care. We’re standardizing processes and increasing access for everybody,
whether they are sick, injured or in need of administrative, occupational services,” said Col. (Dr.) Karyn
Condie, 59th MDW chief of Aerospace Medicine and
JBSA public health emergency officer.
Separating clinical care from occupational medicine lets medical providers devote more time to taking
care of ill and injured patients. But the true man-hour
savings benefits patients who can now accomplish
the majority of required tasks in one location, saving
many hours in travel and scheduling, said Lt. Col. Judy
Rattan, 559th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight and
operational medicine flight commander.
“I’m very excited about this initiative. In the past,
folks had to visit three or four different clinical locations in order to complete administrative functions.
Under BOMC, all these clinical services are collocated
in one area – a one-stop shop,” Rattan said.
BOMC services include:
• Occupational Health
• Occupational Medicine
• Deployment Health
• The Medical Employee Health Program
• Medical Standards Management Element
• Preventative Health Assessment
• Personal Reliability Program
• Separation History Physical Examinations
A BOMC detachment at the Reid Clinic administers initial flight physicals for Air Force basic military
trainees going into an enlisted firefighter or aviation
career field. Annually, the clinic cares for more than
86,000 basic trainees and technical training students
at JBSA-Lackland.
Because up to 5,000 trainees need initial flight physicals each year, a detachment near the BMT campus
Photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma
Senior Airman Jherico Guerrero, 559th Medical Group
public health technician, checks a patient’s ear prior to
administering a hearing test Feb 24 at the Deployment
Related Health Clinic, which is part of 59th Medical
Wing Base Operational Medicine Clinic at Wilford Hall
Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San AntonioLackland. The DRHC sees approximately 250 patients a
month for deployment health assessments.
makes sense. It limits missed training time for basic
trainees, said Jose Rodriguez, physical exams manager
with the 559th AMDS.
Condie said that although the wing stood up BOMC,
it did not reduce staff at the primary care clinics.
“Manning that was once in the separate occupational medicine clinics will now be pooled into one
location and become more integrated,” she explained.
“This is the way of the future. All 75 Air Force military treatment facilities will be conducting operations
the same way, using the same checklists. This will
improve efficiency. As medical technicians change assignments from one location to another, they will not
need to retrain to learn how to do the same job at a
different base,” Rattan added.
A BOMC is also open at the 359th Medical Group’s
flight medicine clinic on JBSA-Randolph. For more
information on BOMC services, call 292-9556 for JBSALackland and 652-0314 for JBSA-Randolph.
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APRIL 8, 2016
MiCare updates process for personal health record
By Prerana Korpe
Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs
Falls Church, Va.
The Air Force’s secure patient portal, MiCare,
also known as RelayHealth, made changes to the
personal health record process March 28.
Automatic updates to MiCare PHR are discontinued; however, electronic health records will
continue to be available through the Blue Button
feature on TRICARE Online. Beneficiaries can use
TOL to access both past health records and health
records which become available moving forward.
TOL meets the cyber security requirements of the
Department of Defense to keep personal information safe and secure.
TOL Blue Button provides the following:
• Medication profile (DOD and Veterans Affairs
• Allergy profile (DOD and VA data)
• Problem lists (DOD and VA data)
• Encounters (DOD data only)
• Laboratory results (DOD and VA data)
• Radiology results (DOD and VA data)
• Vital signs (DOD and VA data)
• Immunizations Armed Forces Health Longitu-
dinal Technology Application data only)
TOL Blue Button users are able to view all
available personal health data or tailor a summary report; download, save and print personal
health data; and share personal health data in an
XML-formatted continuity of care document.
MiCare remains a secure patient portal for
online communications between beneficiaries and
their health care team. Secure messaging services remain available and beneficiaries and health
care providers can continue to exchange messages
through MiCare.
In addition, beneficiaries can download existing MiCare PHR information and message history
through RelayHealth.
Instructions for accessing electronic health
records through TRICARE Online’s Blue Button feature:
1. Go to and click “Log
2. Log in with your premium DS logon, DOD CAC
or Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS)
myPay credentials. If you do not have DS logon credentials you may register by clicking “Register.”
3. Click “Blue Button” on the TOL homepage
or top navigation bar to access your personal
TRICARE offers relief for spring allergies
The weather is finally warming and we can spend more time
outdoors. Unfortunately for some,
warm weather brings suffering
from seasonal allergies. However,
there is hope. TRICARE covers
proven services and supplies needed to diagnose and treat allergies.
According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention,
allergies are the sixth leading
cause of chronic illness in the U.S.
with an annual cost in excess of
$18 billion. More than 50 million
Americans suffer from allergies
each year. There are several types
of allergic diseases or diseases
worsened by allergies, but the
most common are:
• Hay fever
• Asthma
• Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
• Allergic skin conditions (hives,
eczema, dermatitis)
• Sinusitis (sinus infections)
If you think you have seasonal
allergies, talk to your health care
provider. Your provider can provide
you with tips on how to reduce
or eliminate your exposure in
addition to explaining the range
of possible test and treatment if
recommended. They can use skin
and blood tests to diagnose you
and treatments can include medications or allergy shots. You should
also try to avoid the substance(s)
that cause a reaction, also known
as allergens. Common allergens
are pollens, plants and animal
When exposed to allergens,
individual reactions can vary from
person to person. First time exposure may only produce a mild
reaction while repeat exposures
may result in more symptoms and
in some instances more serious
This season, don’t suffer in
silence, get help. Talk to your
regional contractor for more
information about how you can get
treatment for your allergies.
(Source: TRICARE)
health data.
4. Click “Blue Button Download My Data.”
5. Select the data types and date range for download and then click “Save as CCD.”
6. Select “Save File” and click “OK” to save.
Instructions for downloading existing MiCare
Patient Health Record through RelayHealth:
1. Sign in to your secure messaging account from
a laptop or desktop computer.
2. Click on “Download My Data” from the home
3. Select the name of the individual whose information to download, and then click “Download
Health Data.”
4. Choose the health data download format. For a
readable format, choose “PDF.” For a format which
can be recognized by a health record repository,
choose “XML.” It is advisable to save both formats.
5. To download, click “Download my data.”
6. Choose the location where to save the file(s) on
your laptop or desktop and click “Save.”
7. To print the data, click on “Print Health
8. Click “Print” at the top or bottom of the page.
For more information about MiCare visit http://
What’s your cholesterol score?
Since the number one killer of
men and women in the U.S. is heart
disease, it’s important to know your
cholesterol numbers. Cholesterol,
an important substance made by
your liver, forms cell structures,
produces hormones, and helps with
digestion. Here are the cholesterol
numbers to know:
• Good, or high-density lipoprotein
(HDL), cholesterol helps prevent fat
and cholesterol from clogging your
arteries. Know your HDL: Think H
for healthy! A healthy number is
greater than 60 mg/dL.
• Bad, or low-density lipoprotein (LDL), cholesterol can cause
cholesterol buildup and block your
arteries. Know your LDL: Think L
for lousy! A healthy number is less
than 100 mg/dL.
• Your total cholesterol score
should be less than 200 mg/dL.
Starting at age 20, get your
cholesterol checked every 5 years.
Doctors use these numbers along
with your age, blood pressure, and
weight to help you manage your
cardiac health. Smoking, diabetes,
and heredity play important roles
There are ways to manage
your cholesterol and heart health!
Regular physical activity can lower
LDL and raise HDL. A diet low in
saturated fats can help as well, so
make sure to check out the New
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
(Source: Human Performance
Resource Center Staff)
single parent support group
The Single Parent Support Group
is an open forum for both long- and
short-term single parents. This
support group is a brown bag forum
for single parents to meet and share
helpful resources and ways to overcome challenges of single parenting.
This month’s topic is on personal
financial management, thrift
savings plan.
This group meets 11:30 a.m. to
1 p.m. at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center Annex, building
4600. Bring a lunch.
changing permanent duty stations
with school age youth course
Participants will review information on moving schools and tools to
ease the transition for children in
grades K-12. Discuss the different responses children have when
changing schools; brush up on the
enrollment process, immunizations,
and records; placement and attendance, transcripts, special needs
and more. It will be held 10 a.m. to
APRIL 8, 2016
noon at the Joint Base San AntonioLackland Military & Family Readiness Center, building 1249. Call
671-3722 for additional information.
of free games and fun at the Youth
center, building 8420. For information, call 671-2388.
chapel is hosting connect: a
relationship enhancement luncheon
heart link
Heart Link is an orientation for
military spouses and will be 8:30
a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Wilford Hall
Ambulatory Surgical Center Annex,
building 4600. Meet new friends
while learning about the military
mission, lifestyle, protocol and other
programs available.
A light breakfast will be provided.
To register or for more information,
call 292-3543.
The Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland chapel staff is sponsoring
Connect: a Relationship
Enhancement Luncheon 11 a.m. to
1 p.m. at the Gateway Club’s Alamo
Room. Lunch will be provided. Space
is limited; call 671-2911 or 6714208 to sign up.
investing in your future
Learn how to build a strong
financial foundation and understand
the investment and the role of
money. Air Force Federal Credit Union
is facilitating this workshop from
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the
Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical
Center Annex, building 4600. For
more information, call 671-3722.
Bundles for BaBies
Information will be provided on
financial planning from conception
to college, support programs offered
within the community, and parenting
Military members and their
spouses will receive a free gift paid
by Air Force Aid Society at the end
of the class, which will be held 1
p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Wilford Hall
Ambulatory Surgical Center Annex,
building 4600. For more information,
call 292-3543.
celeBrate kids fair
Families are invited to the Month
of the Military Child celebration from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and enjoy a day
peer-to-peer support
Caregivers meet 12:30-2:30 p.m.
at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical
Center Annex, building 4600, to
build a peer support network, share
experiences, and information. A light
lunch is provided from 11:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. For more information,
call 557-2018.
tug-of-war contest
Teams are invited to sign up for
a tug-of-war contest. 7 a.m. at the
Gillum Fitness Center. Teams will
have a 1,400-pound limit and must
have at least one female participant.
Sign up no later than noon April 21
for this free event. For additional
information, call 977-2353.
preteen spring social
Kids, ages 9-12, are invited to
join Youth Programs 7-9 p.m. on a
scavenger hunt, cookie decorating,
springtime games and activities. The
cost is $3 per youth. For additional
information, call 671-2388.
the clinical psychology residency
The Chaplain Corps is sponsor-
New BMT Reception Center – Building 6330
Global Ministry Center – Building 7452
Contemporary Service
Religious Education Sun.
Gospel Service
Youth Ministry
Jumu'ah Prayer
Airman Memorial Chapel – Building 5432
8:00 a.m
New BMT Reception Center – Building 6330
7:30 a.m. (Rm. 175)
Gateway Chapel – Building 6300
12:30 p.m.
New BMT Reception Center – Building 6330
7:30 a.m. (Rm. 112)
Airmen Memorial Chapel – Building 5432
9:30 a.m.
Religious Education Building 6330
8:00 a.m. (Rm. 112)
school-age summer camp registration
Summer Camp registration takes
place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April
12-15 is reserved for Priority 2
(active duty or DOD employees assigned to JBSA). Both parents must
be employed full time or a full time
student enrolled. April 20-until full
is for Priorities 3-6, if any spaces
are available. Registration packets
available to download at http://www. beginning
April 1. School-age summer camp
takes place June 6-Aug. 22. For more
information, call 671-2388.
Freedom Chapel – Building 1528
Sun. 9:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
ing the annual Couples’ Workshop
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 at Joint
Base San Antonio-Lackand’s Freedom
Chapel, 2200 Truemper St., building
1528. All Department of Defense
and contract employees, retirees
and their spouses are eligible to
attend. A light breakfast, lunch and
workshop materials will be provided.
Additionally, all participants will be
entered to win one of three raffle
prizes. Unfortunately, childcare will
not be available. To enroll or request
additional information, email
[email protected] or call 292-7361.
9:00 – 11:00 (Auditorium)
Freedom Chapel – Building 1528
Wicca Open Circle
1st Tues.
6 – 7 p.m.
Building 9122 (Tech Training & TDY Students)
Wednesday 6 – 8 p.m.
6 – 8 p.m.
Friday 6 – 11 p.m.
12 – 9 p.m.
11 – 5 p.m.
Airmen Memorial Chapel – Building 5432
Sabbath & Kiddush Fri.
Religious Education Sun.
4:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Freedom Chapel – Building 1528
Religious Education Sun. 9:00 a.m.
Adult Religious Education Sun. 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Mass Sat. 5:00 p.m. Sun. 11:00 a.m.
Youth Ministry
Sun. 4:00 p.m.
Sat. 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Daily Mass
Mon., Tues. & Thur. 11:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
New BMT Reception Center – Building 6330
10 a.m. (Rm. 175)
Gateway Chapel – Building 6300
1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturdays
12:30 p.m.
Gateway Chapel – Building 6300
1st, 3rd, and 5th Sun.
11:00 a.m.
Gateway Chapel – Building 6300
Religious Education Tues.
LDS Institute
LDS Service
6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
Gateway Chapel Building 6330
Every third Sun.
Note: Reconciliation(s) may be scheduled by appointment
For more details, contact Freedom Chapel - 671-4208 • Gateway Chapel - 671-2911
3:30 p.m.
Air Force Aid Society
Airman & Family Readiness Center
Airman’s Attic
American Red Cross
Base Post Office
Bowling Center
Exceptional Family Member Program
Family Child Care
Legal Office
Medical Appointment Line
MPF ID Cards
Outdoor Recreation
Thrift Shop
Enlisted Spouses’ Club
Force Support Squadron
Lackland ISD
Officers’ Spouses’ Club
JBSA Public website
My Air Force Life
APRIL 8, 2016
Congratulations to the
following 69 Airmen
for being selected as
honor graduates among
the 692 Air Force basic
military trainees who
graduate today:
319th Training Squadron
–Flight 319
Kathryn Tankersley
320th Training Squadron
–Flight 257
Tristan Emminger
David Harris II
Timothy Nguyen
Richard Rao
Nathan Tidwell
Timothy Tweet A
–Flight 258
Kaleb Konoff
Luca Lagares
Michael Ridgeway II
Jordan Utter
–Flight 259
Matthew Bauman
Gary Gillespie
Bryce Lang
Juan Lopez
Ryan Patterson
Dejon Rencher
Vincent Tran
Joseph Williams
321st Training Squadron
–Flight 269
Travis Hardin
Matthew Hilken
Patrick Madan
Ryan Nichols
David Nickols
Logan Sommer
–Flight 270
Ryan Henderson
Ryan Muller
Master Pennington
–Flight 271
Ryan Cain
Austin Sutten
Alexander Young
–Flight 272
Jeanna Daeseleer
Jamie Figley
322nd Training Squadron
–Flight 265
Clark Albers
David Byrley
Ryan Gorman
Christopher Groot
Andrew Hutter
Michael Lawhorn
–Flight 266
Morgan Cisna
Jared Sivec
–Flight 267
Markus Davenport
Trevor Feuerhak
Craig Jozwiak
Connor Ringling
Chase Westphal
Tyler Young
–Flight 268
Taylor Abram
Brittney Lohn
Jessica Romito
331st Training Squadron
–Flight 261
Jacob Burk
Arthur Clay
Nathan Drew
Michael Goodwin
Brannon Mcdowell
Weston Roudebush
Jared Walker
–Flight 262
Deven Gannon
Joshua Lee
Carnell Montgomery
Kole Rhodes
–Flight 263
Samuel Alexander
Connor Bambico
Patrick Baum
Devon Buckner
William Ensley
Jordan Pitts
James Yarbrough
–Flight 264
Courtney Milas-Rosillo
Top BMT Airman
James Yarbrough
331st TRS, Flight 263
Most Physically Fit
–Female Airmen
Dominique Case
321st TRS, Flight 272
Brittney Lohn
322nd TRS, Flight 268
Savannah Mercado
320th TRS, Flight 260
Sydney Siegfried
320th TRS, Flight 260
–Male Airmen
Morgan Cisna
322nd TRS, Flight 266
Anthony Foreman
322nd TRS, Flight 267
Matthew Bauman
320th TRS, Flight 259
Luca Lagares
320th TRS, Flight 258
–Female Flights
331st TRS, Flight 264
320th TRS, Flight 260
321st TRS, Flight 272
322nd TRS, Flight 268
–Male Flights
320th TRS, Flight 259
320th TRS, Flight 258
320th TRS, Flight 257
322nd TRS, Flight 267
331st TRS, Flight 263
331st TRS, Flight 261
322nd TRS, Flight 265
331st TRS, Flight 262
322nd TRS, Flight 266
321st TRS, Flight 270
321st TRS, Flight 269
321st TRS, Flight 271
Top Academic Flights
321st TRS, Flight 272
321st TRS, Flight 270
320th TRS, Flight 258
322nd TRS, Flight 265
321st TRS, Flight 269
320th TRS, Flight 259
322nd TRS, Flight 266
320th TRS, Flight 257
331st TRS, Flight 263
331st TRS, Flight 262
321st TRS, Flight 271
322nd TRS, Flight 267
331st TRS, Flight 261
322nd TRS, Flight 268
331st TRS, Flight 264
320th TRS, Flight 260
AFSVA gets ready for
2016 youth camps
By Steve Warns
AFCEC Public Affairs
Teenagers looking to cure those
summertime blues will have various
camps to choose from this year,
thanks to central funding from the
Air Force Services Activity, or AFSVA.
Teen family members of activeduty military assigned to or working
or living on an Air Force led/joint installation, retired Airmen, Air Force
civilian employees, Air National Guard
or Air Force Reserve are eligible.
Teen Aviation Camp
The camp is offered June 17-24.
Youth entering their sophomore or
junior year of high school in fall 2016
can apply to attend the Teen Aviation
Camp at the U.S. Air Force Academy
in Colorado Springs, Colo.
This isn’t your ordinary summer
camp, said Kevin Hansen, youth
specialist for AFSVA. Several camp
attendees have gone on to attend
the Air Force Academy, other service academies or pursued ROTC in
“It’s extremely competitive,” Hansen
said of the camp. “There are 36
spaces available and on average 150
youth apply.”
During the application process,
academics and extracurricular activities are evaluated. Once accepted,
Hansen said, attendees experience a
week in the life of a cadet, from sleeping in prep dorms to briefings on the
workload and expectations. There are
also rigorous physical training elements, such as a high and low ropes
course challenge.
But it’s not all work and no play at
the camp, Hansen said. There are exciting elements, such as a whitewater
rafting trip, a tour of the U.S. Olympic
Training Center and even flying in a
Cessna with an instructor.
The deadline to submit an application is April 22. Selections will be
announced May 6.
Space Camp
For youth who want to explore the
final frontier, Space Camp at the U.S.
Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville,
Alabama, might whet their appetite.
Beginning July 31 and ending Aug. 5,
youth ages 12-14 can apply for the
Space Academy, Robotics Academy
or Aviation Challenge Mach II. Youth
ages 15-18 may apply to attend
the Advanced Space Academy. The
Advanced Space Academy is divided into two portions: the Aviation
Challenge, which is a pilot track, and
SCUBA diving, which is a mission specialist track to simulate space travel.
A common theme throughout the
camp is the application of science,
technology, engineering and math,
or STEM principles, especially in
the Robotics Academy and Aviation
There are 80 positions available.
The deadline to submit an application is April 22. Selections will be announced May 20.
Leadership summits
Teen family members of Air
National Guard and Air Force
Reserve are eligible to attend leadership summits.
Youth interested in becoming tomorrow’s leaders can decide to attend one of two leadership summits:
the Classic Summit in Dahlonega,
Ga., from July 17-22; or the
Adventure Summit in Estes Park,
Colo., from Aug. 9-14.
Each summit can accommodate up
to 120 youth, said Penny Dale, from
the 4-H/Air Force Partnership at
Texas A&M University.
In addition to developing youth
leadership skills, Dale said specialized activities are offered to the youth.
“In Georgia, the focus is on environmental sciences and ecosystems,” she
said. “Activities stay within the camp.
They even have sessions in herpetology
and panning for gold.”
Since the Adventure Summit borders
R o c ky M o unt ai n Nat i o nal Par k,
activities aren’t confined to the
camp. “The youth are offered adventure-type sports, such as mountain
biking,” Dale said.
At the end of the camps, Dale said,
a distinguished VIP speaks to the
campers. Last year, Air Force Reserve
Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson spoke to
the campers.
Interested teens of AFR and ANG
parents can go online and apply here.
The deadline for application is May
1, with selections announced June 1.
Air Force summer hire
program now open
Now is the time for those interested
in temporary summer employment to
apply for an Air Force job. Air Force
summer vacancies will be posted for
positions such as office automation and
computer clerk, laborer, lifeguard, recreation aide and food service worker.
To be considered for a summer position, an individual must meet one or
more of the four following criteria:
• Applicants must be enrolled in
an accredited high school or enrolled/
accepted for enrollment as degreeseeking students, taking at least a
half-time course load in an accredited
technical, vocational, two- or four-year
college or university or graduate or
professional school.
• Applicants must be a disabled
veteran or a veteran who served on
active duty in the Armed Forces during
a war, or in a campaign or expedition
for which a campaign badge has been
authorized; or a veteran who, while
serving on active duty in the armed
forces, participated in a United States
military operation for which an Armed
Forces Service Medal was awarded; or
a recently separated veteran.
• Applicants must have served in
the military, be able to produce proof
of service and disability (DD Form
214 Member 4 copy and VA Disability
Rating), and have a service-connected
disability of 30 percent or more.
• Applicants must have held a federal career or career-conditional appointment at some time in the past.
Duty hours will vary by base and
announcement. Vacancies are announced at
Applicants can find summer vacancies by entering “summer hire” in the
keyword search box. For information
on a specific job, enter the title into
the key word search. The application
period ends June 30.
To apply, applicants must create
an account in USAJOBS and upload a
resume. Required documentation will
vary depending on the position and applicants should follow the application
USAJOBS can be accessed by computer or smart phone 24 hours a day,
seven days a week, and account holders can sign up for automatic job announcement notices.
For more information about summer jobs and other civilian employment opportunities, visit http://www.
For more details about Air Force
personnel programs, visit http:www. Individuals can request a
myPers account by following instructions at
(Source: Air Force Personnel Center
Public Affairs)
APRIL 8, 2016
Have you ever considered a
career as a special agent?
Are You Ready for a New
Challenge? The Air Force Office of
Special Investigations is always looking for the best, brightest, and most
qualified candidates for investigative
and support duty. AFOSI provides a
position in an elite organization with
first class training and an opportunity
to make a difference.
may apply for special agent duty
once they’ve first served in another career field. Those eligible
are Master Sergeants, Technical
Sergeants, and Staff Sergeants with
fewer than 12 years of military service. Senior airmen with fewer than
six years of service are also eligible.
Current active-duty Air Force
officers may be able to retrain into
OSI from most Air Force career fields.
Applicants must meet the following criteria: have no more than six
years federal commissioned service,
have no more than 12 years of total
federal military service, and be
released by their Air Force Personnel
Center assignment team.
Most eagerly sought by the command are applicants who possess computer skills or speak foreign languages
(Japanese, Turkish, Korean, and
Arabic are most critical). Those knowledgeable in electronics are encouraged to seek investigative duties with
AFOSI’s technical services division or
computer crime division.
Civilians interested in serving as
AQUIFER from Page 2
any artificial irrigation to thrive in
the Texas climate. There are several
similar projects installed at JBSA-Camp
Bullis as well.
The wildflowers do more than just
add some color to the landscape.
The Department of Defense is part
of the “Pollinator Health Task Force”
and projects such as these help the
DOD meet their pollinator health
Projects like these also help the City
of San Antonio meet their pledge to
be the First Monarch Champion City in
the nation. We are in the middle of the
Monarch butterfly migration route and
our pollinator habitat enhancements
help sustain the Monarchs and countless
native pollinators.
special agents with OSI have two options. One option is to apply for a position posted at the “Vacancies” page at
Applications are only accepted against a particular vacancy
announcement. Each vacancy requires
specific knowledge, skills, and abilities.
The other way to apply is to enter OSI through an entry-level program run by the Air Force Personnel
Center. This program offers criminal
investigator positions with OSI through
the Program. This extremely competitive program selects approximately 10
applicants a year. Individuals chosen
are hired into entry-level criminal
investigator positions. Two separate
types of positions are available – some
positions require fluency in certain foreign languages, and some positions do
not. One window of opportunity exists
each year to apply for either type of
If interested, attend the AFOSI
walk in briefing held at 2 p.m. every
third Friday of the month at AFOSI
11 Field Investigation Squadron, 2170
Kenly Ave, building 1250. Please attend the briefing prepared with questions and spouses are welcomed. Dress
uniform of the day or, if on leave
business casual.
For more information, call 671-4000
ext. 1.
(Source: Air Force
Special Investigations)
One of the best things about ICE is that
people can let
service providers know when
they do a great
job, not just for
poor service.
It takes five minutes or
less to submit a comment
Photo courtesy Monarch Watch
San Antonio is in the middle of the
Monarch migration route each spring
and fall.
APRIL 8, 2016
Register at any Joint Base
San Antonio golf course through
May 1 to become a JBSA golf
member. Membership benefits
include preferred advance tee
times, no daily green fees
excluding cart rental, five free
rounds of golf at each of the
other two JBSA locations, 10
percent discount off all merchandise purchased in the pro
shops except for Ping products,
priority for club storage and
locker rental and free handicap
service, discounted fees for all
JBSA-sponsored tournaments,
access to member-only tournaments and events, five percent
discount for catered events at
the clubhouse, etc. Call
671-3466 for more details.
Registration for the third
annual Joint Base San Antonio
Half-Marathon is underway. The
race is April 24 at JBSARandolph, and starts and
finishes at Harmon Drive next
to Heritage Park. Registration
is $25, and cash or check payments can be made at the JBSALackland Health and Wellness
Center, JBSA-Randolph Rambler
Fitness Center or the JBSA-Fort
Sam Houston Jimmy Brought
and METC Fitness Centers.
Deadline to register is April 20.
Interested participants can print
out a registration form at http://
The Gillum Fitness Center
offers a Strength and Cardio
class from 11:30 a.m. to noon
Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Students can burn calories and
strengthen muscles during this
free workout. Call 671-2565 for
additional information.
Core fitness levels from
beginners to advanced levels
are tested during this class
Tuesdays and Thursdays at the
Gateway Fitness Center. Classes
begin at 11:30 a.m. and are
free. For more information, call
The need for speed workouts
“Long, slow-distance runs,” the coaching
phrase goes, “make long, slow-distance runners.” A leisurely long run isn’t bad for you
– it just means that if you want to run faster,
you have to train faster. Mix it up instead and
incorporate speed workouts into your runs:
interval, tempo and fartlek, which is Swedish
for speed play.
Always include a warm-up and cooldown
with your workout. Limit speed workouts to
twice a week and get enough rest and recovery
in between. Actively rest by going on a lighter
run or bike ride or even doing some yoga.
Interval workouts require running fairly
fast for relatively short distances, taking rest
breaks and repeating. For example, you could
run a hard mile then recovery mile, then hard
mile, and recovery mile.
If you can find a track (typically 400 metor)
or know the distance around your block, you
can run ladder workouts.
For example: Run 200 metor, rest 30-60
seconds, then 400 metor, rest, 600 metor, rest,
800 metor, rest, 1000 metor, rest, and 1200
metor. Then decrease from 1200 metor, 1000
metor, 800 metor…etc., back down to 200
metor. Your pace should be higher in intensity
and faster than your usual distance pace. You
shouldn’t be able to talk during these intervals,
and breathing pretty hard near the end.
Tempo runs consist of warm-up and
cooldown, while maintaining a somewhat
faster-than-normal pace for the “meat” of the
run. The pace shouldn’t be so fast that it can’t
be maintained, but you should feel slightly
uncomfortable and not easily able to talk.
Depending on your fitness level, you can
start with 20 minutes of tempo run and
gradually work your way to longer durations.
Fartlek workouts can help keep your run
interesting and enjoyable, while also improving your speed. These workouts are less
structured and incorporate speed work at
various paces and distances into your run. For
example, sprint the distance between two
trees, take a rest break, and then pick up the
pace again for a longer interval. These can be
fun to do with a friend or in a group
(Source: Human Performance Resource
Center Staff.)
343rd TRS aims for success with confidence
By Jose T. Garza III
JBSA-Lackland Public Affairs
The 343rd Training Squadron is not
short of confidence when it comes to returning to the Joint Base San AntonioLackland intramural volleyball playoffs,
after losing in the semifinals in 2015.
“We beat the Cryptologic and Cyber
Systems Division, a runner up in the
Finals last year, in the first game of
the season,” said Tech. Sgt. Shaun
Dube, 341st Training Squadron Military
Working Dog Handlers Course instructor
supervisor. “If we can come together as
a team and have everyone here, then we
should have no problem returning to the
The team is stamping their mark in the
league’s West Division with a 4-1 record.
They are half a game ahead of the 668th
Alteration and Installation Squadron, 35th
Intelligence Squadron and 75th Intelligence Squadron for first place.
Despite their impressive record, the
team has noted that military commitments
have kept them from having a full roster
available for games.
Staff Sgt. Randi Guerrero, 343rd
TRS Security Forces Apprentice Course
instructor, said the team is peaceful
enough to adapt to circumstances.
“Security Forces is a tight knit family,”
Guerrero said. “Anytime we come together,
we adapt well and strategically find a way
to win.”
One of the keys to winning games, Dube
said, is approaching each one with a
relaxed mindset.
“We are here to have fun,” he said.
“Winning comes with having fun. Whether
you’re winning early and often or it takes
you while, as long as you’re having fun
then wins will come.”
To continue winning and advance to the
playoffs, the team has to have improved
communication, Dube added.
“When you have six to eight alpha
personalities on the same court then it can
be a little hard to cooperate and work together as a team,” he said. “The biggest
thing is knowing each other’s strengths
and weaknesses. We have to try to maximize and utilize each other’s strengths and
try to build on our weaknesses to become
better players.”

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