Read June 12 edition - MacDill Thunderbolt
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Vol. 38, No. 23 MatchUP kickoff picnic makes a big splash - page 16 Friday, June 12, 2009 COMMENTARY How ready is your team? by Maj. Jay Alonzo 6th Maintenance Squadron commander This past April the 6th Air Mobility Wing updated the format of the Weekly Activity Report to report twelve key readiness and performance metrics to 18th Air Force. One of these metrics is the Preventive Health Assessment and Individual Medical Readiness (PIMR) rate. This rate measures the medical deployment readiness by tracking immunization status, Duty Limiting Conditions (DLC), and other medical information with a goal of 80 percent currency. Take a moment and think about that goal. The Air Force expects 80 percent of our force to be medically ready all the time. That means only 1 out of 5 can be injured our noncompliant with their medical care at any moment. Is this a tough goal to achieve? It can be. Take a look at your duty section. How many of your fellow Airmen are recovering from an injury or need other time consuming medical or dental care? A broken bone or dental surgery can easily take several weeks to heal. After you subtract these individuals, you can’t “afford” to have Airmen non-mission ready for simple things like immunizations, lab tests, or a short Physical Health Assessments (PHA). In small duty sections, as few as one or two personnel could drop your unit below the 80 percent goal. Consider that medical is just one of the limitations that prevent Airmen from being deployment ready. AFI 10-403 contains a long list of Deployment Availability (DAV) Codes. Also consider that very few Air Force units are 100 percent manned to begin with, and it is easy to see how a unit’s PIMR rate and other DAV limitations could prevent it from being ready to execute its assigned mission. To some extent, I view my unit and our readiness like a sports team. To accomplish our assigned mission we need X number of players ready to take the field and all members must be qualified and proficient at their position. However, unlike a sports team the cost of the military losing are much higher than a game or even a championship. Additionally, we do not aim for the narrow victory of an extra point or one run. As a military, our goal is to dominate our opponent and unquestionably win all battles. Since the cost of losing and desire to win is so high, we cannot afford to play with anything less than our complete All-star team. As leaders and supervisors in an expeditionary Air Force, we should constantly monitor PIMR rates and make ensure the team is always ready. We need to work with Airmen to resolve DLCs and look hard at the easy “kills” such as overdue PHA and immunizations. Additionally, you may need to make the hard call of retention or retraining in the Air Maj Jay Alonzo Force in the unfortunate instance of a long term health problem that prevents full participation. An individual may have the best intentions and give their best effort, but in many cases what we need is their best performance without limitations. We are the best in the world at what we do and our country expects us to bring our “A” game every time we are called upon. ACTION LINE The Action Line provides a two-way communication between the 6th Air Mobility Wing commander and the MacDill community. A 24-hour recording service is provided so personnel may submit questions, concerns or comments. Call the Action Line at 828-INFO (4636) MacDill Thunderbolt Publisher: Denise Palmer Editor: Nick Stubbs The MacDill Thunderbolt is published by Sunbelt Newspapers, Inc., a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Air Force. 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News items for the MacDill Thunderbolt can be submitted to the 6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs office, Bldg. 299, at 8208 Hangar Loop Drive, Suite 14, MacDill AFB, FL 33621, or call the MacDill Thunderbolt staff at 828-4586. Email: [email protected] Deadline for article submissions is noon, Thursdays to appear in the next week’s publication. Articles received after deadline may be considered for future use. All submissions are considered for publication based on news value and timeliness. Every article and photograph is edited for accuracy, clarity, brevity, conformance with the “Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual” and Air Force Instruction 35-101. NEWS/FEATURES Your T-bolt Today NEWS/FEATURES: page 4 Air Force justice NEWS/FEATURES: page 4 Fire Safety for summer NEWS/FEATURES: page 5 Annual drinking water survey READINESS: page 6 Flag Day NEWS: page 8 Kids golf FITNESS: page 12 Weight training for health Photo by Senior Airman Nancy Hooks Col. Dennis Beatty (left), 6th Medical Group commander, hands over command of the 6th Medical Operations Squadron to Lt. Col. Patrick Williams in the Officers Club June 4. New MDOS commander weighs in The Thunderbolt got the opportunity to ask the new 6th Medical Operations Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Williams, some questions about what his leadership will bring and his expectations of the Airmen he will lead. 1) What do you expect of the Airmen under your command? NEWS: page 18 Helping Hands anniversary FEATURES: page 20 Diamond Sharp COMMUNITY: page 24 Events, around MacDill I expect them not to take military service for granted. It is a privilege that is only afforded to a small percentage of our society and we should be thankful for the opportunity to serve and do our very best while doing so. 2) Who are your favorite leaders and role models? My parents are my role models and have been all of my life. They instilled the values in me that I hold today. I am lucky to have them. 3) What does it mean to you to be the 6 MDOS commander? It is humbling to be a commander in the finest Air Force on the Planet. I have had a lot of really good commanders in the past who were so committed to making their Airmen better and helping them reach their goals and I look forward to the opportunity to do the same. 4) When you hold your first commander’s call what is the first thing you are going to tell your Airmen? I will tell the 6 MDOS that everyone’s job, no matter who they are or what they do, is important. Every single thing we do affects someone tangibly or intangibly and many times we may not even realize it the impact we are having. 5) What are your thoughts about MacDill and living in Tampa? I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and professionalism of the Airmen in every organization I have encountered since arriving. I am excited about living in Tampa and joining the great team here at MacDill! NEWS/FEATURES An awakening by Airman Tiffany Spradlin PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, COCO BEACH, FL — My name is Airman Tiffany Spradlin, and here is my story. On April 2, I was convicted in a Special Court Martial for marijuana use at Patrick AFB, Florida. My punishment consisted of reduction from E-4 to E-2, confinement for 30 days, and hard labor for 30 days. I believe I was a good Airman up to this point in my career, but I threw it all away by smoking marijuana. I can only learn from my illegal conduct and try to be a true wingman by helping other airmen from making the same wrong decisions that I did. I’m an accurate example that substantiates the seriousness of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and what may happen to you if you compromise your core values and violate the law that was estab- April/May Article 15’s lished to maintain good order and discipline. I recently completed my 30 days of confinement and my 30 days of hard labor. I want my fellow Airmen to know that my sentence is not a joke; it is not “funny.” Thirty days of confinement permits you more time than you would ever want to reflect on all your mistakes. The walls continue to close in on you and you begin to miss everything more and more each day. All the things you once enjoyed doing fade away through the feelings of guilt and embarrassment. My hard labor is the most excruciating and time consuming labor I have ever known. To begin understanding the details associated with hard labor, imagine every dirty detail you have witnessed someone else doing while you pointed and said, “I’m glad that’s not me doing On April 22 a technical sergeant from the 6th Maintenance Squadron accepted an Article 15 for making a False Official Statement regarding his physical fitness test. His punishment consisted of a reduction to the grade of staff sergeant and a reprimand. On May 4 an airman first class from the 6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron accepted an Article 15 for being absent without leave (AWOL) on two separate occasions and for being derelict in the performance of his duties due to the underage possession of alcohol. His punishment consisted of a suspended reduction to the grade of Airman, forfeiture of $876.00 for one month and a reprimand. On May 6 a master sergeant from United States Central Command accepted an Article 15 for use of a controlled substance (prescription medication). Her punishment consisted of a suspended reduction to the grade of technical sergeant, and a reprimand. On May 13 an Airman from the 6th Air Mobility Wing Staff accepted an Article 15 for failure to go to her appointed place of duty and for being derelict in the performance of her duties due to the underage consumption of alcohol. Her punishment consisted of a suspended reduction to the grade of airman basic, 5 days extra duty, and a reprimand. See AWAKENING, Page 22 Summer is for fireworks, makes fire safety top priority by Staff Sgt. Stephen Pina MacDill Fire Department fire inspector It would be hard to imagine July 4th festivities in the United States without public displays of fireworks. But celebrations can become tragic when someone is seriously injured by consumer fireworks. Every year Americans look “...exercise caution this year when using fireworks around vegetation.” forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. The fourth of July, however, also brings fires and injuries due to fireworks. Annually just under 10,000 Americans are injured by fireworks. In 2007, 64 percent of fireworks injuries occurred between June 22 and July 22. If you decide to go camping or watch the local display please keep in mind that knowing these few safety tips and instructions will help everyone have a safe summer. • The best way to enjoy fireworks is to visit public fireworks displays put on by professionals who know how to safely handle fireworks. • If you plan to use fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area. • Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass. • Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly. If you are camping, follow the instructions of the campgrounds. • Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks. • Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a devise does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it. • Always read the directions and warning labels on fireworks. If a devise is not marked with the contents, direction and a warning label, do not light it. • Supervise children around fireworks at all times • After the fireworks display, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over; they may still be active. Although Hillsborough County has lifted its burn ban and it is legal to use fireworks, exercise caution this year when using fireworks around vegetation. The most common thermal burn injuries to children 14 and younger are fireworks mishaps and approximately 58 percent of all fireworks related injuries are burns to the hands, head, and eyes. If you have any questions concerning fireworks please contact the Fire Prevention office at 828-3630. Please have a safe and joyous Fourth of July celebration. NEWS Annual Drinking Water Quality Report Is Available Courtesy 6th Civil Engineer Squadron and 6th Aeromedical Squadron MacDill Air Force Base’s annual drinking water report is now available. The report, called a Consumer Confidence Report or CCR, provides information about drinking water quality on base. In addition, because Madill AFB obtains all of its drinking water from the City of Tampa, the report also provides information on the quality of water that the city provides to us. We are pleased to report that our water is safe to drink, and our drinking water system meets state and federal standards. MacDill AFB is committed to providing a safe and dependable supply of drinking water and wants all personnel to be informed about our water system and the quality of water delivered each day. The CCR includes this information. The CCR will be provided to all facility managers and mailed to all units on base that purchased water from MacDill AFB during 2008. The CCR is posted on the 6th Medical Group E.I.M SharePoint. A basewide e-mail was sent out to inform base personnel that the report has been published and where they can find it on the web page. Personnel without access to a computer or MacDill’s web page may obtain a copy by calling the Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight at 827-9570. If you have any questions regarding drinking water, please contact Tech. Sgt Melody M. Bell, 6 AMDS/SGPB at 827-9570 or Rick Frahn, 6 CES/CEV at 828-0462. NEWS/FEATURES Flag Day history; the story behind the Stars and Stripes Courtesy U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation. This was the resolution adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The resolution was made following the report of a special committee which had been assigned to suggest the flag’s design. A flag of this design was first carried into battle on September 11, 1777, in the Battle of the Brandywine. The American flag was first saluted by foreign naval vessels on February 14, 1778, when the Ranger, bearing the Stars and Stripes and under the command of Captain Paul Jones, arrived in a French port. The flag first flew over a foreign territory in early 1778 at Nassau, Bahama Islands, where Americans captured a British fort. Observance of the adoption of the flag was not soon in coming, however. Although there are many claims to the first official observance of Flag Day, all but one took place more than an entire century after the flag’s adoption in 1777. The first claim was from a Hartford, Conn., celebration during the first summer of 1861. In the late 1800s, schools all over the United States held Flag Day programs to contribute to the Americanization of immigrant children, and the observance caught on with individual communities. The most recognized claim, however, comes from New York. On June 14, 1889, Professor George Bolch, principal of a free kindergarten See FLAG DAY, Page 20 FEATURES Kids getting their golf swings grooved this summer – for free by Nick Stubbs Thunderbolt editor “Get them while their young. That’s the strategy for making good, or even great golfers,” said Lou Harris, director of golf at MacDill’s Bay Pines Golf Club. Starting this week, a special summer program for children began, offering free driving range practice Tuesdays and Thursday’s between noon and 1 p.m. until Aug. 22. Mr. Harris is hoping kids gravitate to the activity, which has been limited to active duty, as his goal is to make the game more enjoyable by providing the skills needed to achieve success. “Our intention is to make it fun, and the way you do that is providing the help they need to improve,” he said. “It is absolutely easier (teaching youngsters), because you are starting them off on the right path and they are not as set in their ways.” J.J. Martin, son of Col. Lawrence Martin, is a good example of putty in Mr. Harris’ hands. “There it is; you have a common problem,” Mr. Harris said, after watching young J.J. drive a ball down range. “You are transferring your weight (rearward).” Photo by Nick Stubbs “It’s the most common mistake he sees at the range,” said Mr. Jeff Martin, son of Col. Lawrence Martin, 6th Air Mobility Wing comHarris. “After the swing, the body mander prepares to send a ball down range during the free youth driving range session Tuesday. Kids can drive free Tuesdays and Thursdays See GOLF, Page 10 between noon and 1 p.m. until Aug. 22. golf From Page 8 weight shifts back, sometimes so much the player loses balance and has to step back.” The idea he said, is to keep the weight forward, following through with the swing and leaning into it. “Little things like that make a lot of difference,” said Mr. Harris. J.J. nodded his head and teed up another ball. Kids, particularly boys, tend to want to crush the ball on their drive, “trying to hit those houses over there,” Mr. Harris said, laughing at the idea of a youngster who would have to best Tiger Woods’ best ever to even come close to the housing units some 400 yards down range. “We focus on hitting it straight,” he said. “When you are hitting it straight, you know you already are doing a lot of things right.” Distance comes later. J.J. and Brother Jeff have played golf in the past, but say they want to get better at the game. “That’s the attitude to have,” said Mr. Harris. “We have three instructors out here walking the line to help, and some of the players who come out don’t want to hear anything from us, but others want to learn or call us over for some tips on improving.” Special summer youth specials are Saturday’s 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. between June 6 and Aug. 22 – Junior Golf Clinic for ages 8 through 17. The cost is $3 per child and includes the use of clubs. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m., June 9 through Aug. 20, the free active duty golf clinic will be open to children. Tuesday through Friday, June 5 through Aug. 21, special open play rates for youths ages 8 to 17 will apply. A round including greens fees and a pull cart will be $5, with junior rental clubs provided free of charge if available. Children may play unescorted if they have a certificate showing completion of a junior golf camp or instruction. Youths with drivers licenses may rent a golf cart, though they will have to pay cart fees. SPORTS/FITNESS Weight training for fitness, health by Senior Airman Tania Reid 6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs Sticking to a workout plan in the summer can be a challenge. Being in the gym to avoid battling the intense heat can cause some to become weary. Doing the same elliptical workout followed by a circuit of the same weight machines may prevent you from achieving your fitness goals. If you’re not getting positive results right away, don’t get discouraged, here are some changes you can make to get results before the summer ends. The Get Fit This Summer website recommends the following workout tips to help jumpstart or support any fitness plan. Lift Heavier Weights Switch up the weights every time you work out. Challenge your muscles with heavier weights than what you’ve been using because the body adapts quickly to stresses placed on it. Trying different exercises or types of equipment will produce change in the body. Sometimes women fear lifting heavier weights, concerned heavier weights will cause their muscles to bulk up. This is simply not going to happen. Building a little muscle mass is a good thing. You’ll appear leaner, firmer, and more toned--not bigger---and add great definition. Also, adding a few pounds of muscle means a slight bump in your metabolism: more calories burned per day, even when you’re resting. This will allow you to better maintain your weight loss over time. Add Interval Training to Your Cardio Routine Avoid following common practice. Resist gravitating toward a single type of cardio equipment, pressing start, and exercising for See WEIGHTS, Page 26 Lots of freebies were available for family and friends who came out to enjoy a ba day picnic. Giveaways were just one of the perks, along with good food, drink and Master Sgt. Jerry Stevens, 6th Maintenance Operations Squadron, gets drenched during the “Wet Shirt” contest at the basewide barbecue for the MatchUP family fun day picnic. MatchUP kicks off with bang by Senior Airman Tania Reid 6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs The MatchUP game is in full swing this summer and Team MacDill is certainly feeling the itch. The competition kicked off with a 5k run at the fitness center June 3 and a base wide family fun day at the beach June 5. The day’s activities were organized by the 6th Force Support Squadron’s marketing department members who coordinated with both on and off base officials for the event. In attendance at the MatchUP game were various off base sponsors. They were the Coca Cola Company, Grow Financial, USAA federal credit union, Tyson foods and more. They offered prizes and surprises for the attendants as well as live band performances by “Lucky Penny”. Some of the activities and entertainment were provided by the base representatives such as the First Sergeants Council with the “wet shirt” competition. This event gave any takers an opportunity to hit a target which resulted in splashing water down on the 1st shirt in the wet seat. The winner was the person with the most dunks and the prizes ranged from $50 to $200. Additionally the fun day had body art booths for temporary fun tattoos, Mike the magician, water slides for the children and lots of refreshments. The MatchUP game gives participants the chance to scratch and win $10,000 and many more prizes throughout the summer. Anyone from Team MacDill can enter! For more information on where to get MatchUP game pieces log on to: www.macdillfss.com. Kevin Roberts, son of First Lt. Michael Ro ceives an airbrushed tattoo on his arm by ra the base-wide barbecue for the MatchUP fa plimentary food, game stations, water slide the Magician, sponsor booths, and giveaway First Lt. Eric Peterson, 6th Communications Squadron, plays a MatchUP game during the MatchUP picnic. The games were not only fun, but provided participants with a chance to win prizes. ase-wide barbecue for the MatchUP family fun d games. oberts, 6th Logistic Readiness Squadron, readio station WQYK FM’s Norm Bullock during amily fun day picnic. The event included comes, live entertainment by “Lucky Penny,” Mike ys. Mike the magician makes balloon animals during the picnic, which was a hit with the kids, who got to make request for their favorite animals. NEWS/FEATURES Operation Helping Hand celebrates its fifth anniversary Courtesy photo Proudly celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Operation Helping Hand are left to right, Brigadier General Arne Skjaerpe, Senior Norwegian Representative, US Central Command; Captain Robert J. Silah, USN, Retired, President of the Tampa Chapter of MOAA and Chairman of Operation Helping Hand; Major General Michael Diamond, US Army, Retired and Mr. Stephen M. Lucas, Director of the James A. Haley VA Hospital. Special to the Thunderbolt contributions in order to help the military patients, and, just as imIn May 2004, Operation Helping portant, their families. Hand (Op HH) began as a special Strong support also came from project of the Tampa Chapter of the International Coalition which the Military Officers Association consists of over sixty country repof America (MOAA). With a sud- resentatives at US Central Comden influx of wounded and injured mand at MacDill AFB. military personnel from Iraq and Captain Robert J. Silah, USN, Afghanistan, and a large number Retired, Carrollwood, President of coming to the James A. Haley VA the Tampa Chapter and Chairman Hospital here in Tampa, it was evi- of Operation Helping Hand stated dent that there was urgent need that over the next five years, Op for our help. HH continued to grow, and continAfter discussions with the medi- ued to provide support. Over 400 cal staff at the Hospital, and the active duty patients received our approval of the Tampa MOAA help, along with about 650 family Chapter Board of Directors, the members. $250,000 in cash and/or Tampa Chapter started educat- checks has been directly provided ing many civic groups and getting See HELPING HAND, Page 22 Diamond Sharp flag day E-5 (IS2) David A. Solomon Joint Intelligence Center, U.S. CENTCOM(JICCENT) Job Title: Iranian Naval Intelligence Analyst Home town: La Center, KY Short-term goals: Be a good husband and father; continually improve my physical fitness; obtain my level 1 Crossfit Certification; produce timely and actionable intelligence to support the commander and deployed warfighters.. Long-term goals: Finish my Masters degree; apply for Naval Officer Candidate School; work in the Naval Special Warfare community. From Page 6 for the poor of New York City, had his school hold patriotic ceremonies to observe the anniversary of the Flag Day resolution. This initiative attracted attention from the State Department of Education, which arranged to have the day observed in all public schools thereafter. Soon the state legislature passed a law making it the responsibility of the state superintendent of public schools to ensure that schools hold observances for Lincoln ’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day and Flag Day. In 1897, the governor of New York ordered the displaying of the flag over all public buildings in the state, an observance considered by some to be the first official recognition of the anniversary of the adoption of the flag outside of schools. Another claim comes from Philadelphia. In 1893, the Society of Colonial Dames succeeded in getting a resolution passed to have the flag displayed on all of the city’s public buildings. Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, a direct descendant of Benjamin Franklin and the president of the Colonial Dames of Pennsylvania, that same year tried to get the city to call June 14 Flag Day. Resolutions by women were not granted much notice, however, and it was not until May 7, 1937, that Pennsylvania became the first state to establish the June 14 Flag Day as a legal holiday. Flag Day is a nationwide observance today, but Pennsylvania is the only state that recognizes it as a legal holiday. Bernard J. Cigrand, a school teacher in Waubeka, Wisconsin, reportedly spent years trying to get Congress to declare June 14 as a national holiday. Although his attempts failed, the day was widely observed. “Father of Flag Day” honors have been given to William T. Kerr, who was credited with founding the American Flag Day Association in 1888 while still a schoolboy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Both President Wilson, in 1916, and President Coolidge, in 1927, issued proclamations asking for June 14 to be observed as the National Flag Day. But it wasn’t until August 3, 1949, that Congress approved the national observance, and President Harry Truman signed it into law. AWAKENING From Page 4 that,” and then multiply that by six days a week. With all this in mind, I would like all Airmen to learn from my terrible choices and obey the law. Also, I would like all airmen to know that the loyalty and desire to “fit in” with your friends or negative influences from the past or present, does not compare to the honor of serving your country honorably. I have learned that lesson the hard way, and I hope that if you are feeling the pressures of your friends to do the wrong thing, really look inside yourself and know who you are and where you want your future to take you. Please heed my story and don’t make the same terrible decisions that I did. Airman Spradlin is currently entering the Return to Duty Program at Lackland AFB. The program is an intensive 6-month re-bluing process designed for qualified Airmen with court martial convictions. There are no guarantees she will be allowed to re-enter active duty service after she completes the program. Drug abuse is a mandatory basis for discharge according to AFI 36-3208, Administrative Separation of Airmen, paragraph 5.54. helping hand From Page 18 to them, and $675,000 in in-kind material and services. Silah also states now with the additional troops being sent to Afghanistan, and the probable in- crease of hostilities, Op HH will be standing by to support and assist the wounded/ injured active duty military patients and their families as long as necessary. Op HH consists of all volunteers and many of the volunteers have been with Op HH for five years. Working with Captain Silah on the Op HH Executive Council are Lieutenant Colonel Richard E. Siegman, USAF, Retired, Valrico, Treasurer; Commander Stanley J. Ewanowski, USN, Retired, Tampa, Chief Administrator and Chief Warrant Officer Thomas E. South, USA, Retired, Carrollwood, Special Projects. Op HH is a 501(c) (3) organization. Donations may be sent to MOAA Operation Helping Hand, PO Box 6383, MacDill Air Force Base, Fl 336080383. NEWS/FEATURES Office energy checklist Courtesy 6th Civil Engineer Squadron Did you know that 31 percent of all electricity in the United States is used to run commercial buildings? This rate continues to rise as companies add new office equipment. Energy use for office equipment is expected to rise by 500 percent in the next decade. In a small office, Energy Star equipment can save more than 3,500 kilowatt hours of electricity per year (about $265 dollars at current energy prices). Overall, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the Energy Star Office Equipment program will save 21 billion kilowatt-hours and 2.3 billion pounds of carbon dioxide a year -- the equivalent of taking 807,000 cars off the road. Here is a simple checklist of energy conservation/efficiency measures to use at the office. Always use Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) in desk lamps as opposed to incandescent lights Switch off all unnecessary lights Use natural lighting when possible When working late, use task lighting to directly illuminate work areas Unplug equipment that drains energy even when not in use (i.e. cell phone chargers, fans, coffeemakers, desktop printers, radios, etc.) If possible, turn off your office equipment and or computer monitors at the end of the work day Use efficient EN- ERGY STAR® products Close or tilt window blinds to block direct sunlight to reduce cooling needs during warm months Photocopy only what you need Always use the second side of paper, either by printing on both sides or using the blank side as scrap paper Collect your utility bills. Separate electricity and fuel bills. Target the biggest bill for energy conservation remedies. Carpool, bike, or use mass transit when commuting to work To save gas: drive the speed limit, accelerate and decelerate slower, and make sure tires are pumped up Use durable coffee mugs instead of disposable cups weights From Page 12 45 minutes or more at a preselected level of intensity speed on the treadmill, or resistance on the elliptical. As a result your body gets used to the routine fast and sabotages the results altogether. The result, your weight loss may slow or stop all together. Additionally, this type of workout doesn’t encourage you to increase the intensity as it becomes less challenging. If you typically do a long (40 minutes or more), moderate-intensity cardio workout, consider high-intensity interval training. Here you’ll alternate intervals of work at a high intensity---think an 8 or 9 on a difficulty scale of 1 to 10---with moderate-intensity “recovery” periods (about a 6). An example would be running on the treadmill followed by brisk walking. While there’s no set formula, a 1:3 ratio of high-intensity work to recovery is a good place to start: try alternating 30 seconds of work with 90 seconds of recovery for 20 minutes. Include a lower intensity warm-up and cool-down for up to five minutes each, and you’ve got a 30-minute workout that will shock your system into burning more calories than it would with a longer, lower intensity routine. Also as your workout intensifies don’t forget to hydrate. Water cleanses the body and allows your body to function more efficiently. Make sure you are drinking about 16 ounces every 30 minutes, before, during, and after exercise. Some sports drinks such as PowerAde and Gatorade have special ingredients that help replenish fluids to prevent dehydration. Equally important is breathing correctly. When exercising, there is a proper way to breath that will allow adequate amounts of oxygen into the system and providing better endurance. For example, marathon runners will tell you that they use a rhythm when running that allows them to run longer and healthier than normal breathing. A fitness plan this summer doesn’t have to be a challenge. Alternate the weights used in your workout and the machines used at the gym to see results. Additionally,don’t forget to hydrate and practice proper breathing to allow sufficient oxygen to the body and provide endurance. Master Sgt. Mark Borosch Senior Airman Tyler Jones from the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit, explains the detonation process to the local news media June 9. The detonation was a coordinated effort to destroy an inert AIM-9 missile found off the coast at Panama City by a commercial fisherman and brought to MacDill for destruction. The event put MacDill in the spotlight, attracting national media attention, and local media covered the detonation on base this week. Photo by Senior Airman Nancy Hooks Members from Macdill AFB participate in the Matchup 5K kickoff run June 3. Matchup is an Air Mobility Command sponsored for military members, dependents and civilians to enter in a chance to win &10,000 cash and other prizes.
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