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A publication of the 502nd Air Base Wing ? Joint Base San Antonio 65th Year ? No. 2 ? JANUARY 14, 2011
Page 3 INSIDE ... AETC COMMANDER ON TWITTER, P2 ... INFO FAIR FOR SPECIAL-NEEDS FAMILIES, P4 ... AETC AWARD WINNER, P8 ... JOGGING COURSE GETS FACE LIFT, P11
AETC commander connects through Twitter
By Lt. Col Sean McKenna Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs
The commander of Air Education and Training Command has taken to the micro-blog site Twitter to more effectively reach those interested in hearing what he has to say.
Gen. Edward Rice Jr. "tweets" via the username "AETCBoss" on the popular social media site. His aim is to reach a wide variety of audiences, including AETC Airmen, civic and government leaders, as well as senior defense officials. The general's messages center on command priorities and activities, personal experiences and historical lessons.
Gen. Edward Rice
General Rice is one of a handful of senior Air Force officials who have delved into the social media arena. He said he sees the media as a vital tool that meets the command's philosophy of applying innovation and leveraging technology to improve the Air Force's capabilities.
"Social media sites play an important role in connecting the world," General Rice said. "There are millions of people connected every day through these sites, so I feel it's critical for AETC to have a voice in that discourse. It's a primary communication tool for our Airmen and I want to engage with them in a format they feel most comfortable with."
Those interested in signing up to receive General Rice's tweets can follow him using the AETCBoss Twitter page at aetcboss.
DBIDS essential for future safety
By Brig. Gen. Leonard Patrick 502nd Air Base Wing commander
There's a good chance you've been hearing about the new installation security technology getting tested throughout Joint Base San Antonio. At least, I hope you have been getting the word.
This technology is new to Joint Base San Antonio, but it has been in operation at many other installations in the United States and around the world for several years. It's called the Defense Biometric Identification System, or DBIDS. This is a Department of Defense owned and operated system developed as a force protection tool, and we are required to use it to manage personnel identity and access onto our installations. We want to ensure people entering our installations are who they say they are.
At the core of this system is a personal database that meshes with the Defense Eligibility Reporting System.
Everyone who needs routine access to Joint Base San Antonio installations will be required to register their current DoD ID cards at one of the many sites available on Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph AFB and Fort Sam Houston. I've included a list of those locations at the end of this article. People required to register include military members, civilian workers, contractors, dependents over 16
years old and retirees. When retirees register their ID cards, they will see no changes in access privileges.
A benefit of DBIDS in JBSA is once you're registered on one installation, you are automatically registered on all JBSA installations because we share a common database. In the long term (still under development), once you're in DBIDS, you'll be registered for access to every DoD installation worldwide.
The process is simple. Take your ID card to the registration site where it will be scanned into the data repository. Your credentials are authenticated at this point. Then, you'll have your fingerprints taken electronically. The whole process takes about five minutes.
During the DBIDS phase-in process, gate guards will use handheld biometric scanners that will scan the bar code on the back of your ID card. This will verify the authenticity of your credentials at our access points. Many lost and unauthorized IDs have been discovered throughout the country thanks to this system.
Lackland and Randolph are currently operationally testing the system intermittently at the base gates, so you may encounter a backup from time to time as the process is refined. I ask that you be patient and have your ID card ready. Fort Sam Houston has completed DBIDS installation and is conducting DoD ID card
registration. Eventually, this system will save time since the handheld scanners can verify an ID in an instant.
You may initially view the DBIDS registration and verification process as an inconvenience, but people who would attempt to enter our installations with nefarious intent will stop at nothing to fake or steal an ID. Because biometric screening includes physical attributes unique to an individual and non-physical attributes, security breaches are far less likely. That ultimately serves to protect our installation assets, most notably our workers and your families.
I'd encourage you to embrace the DBIDS process and register as soon as possible, because when the system is fully implemented in nine months or so, your routine entry to our Joint Base San Antonio installations will depend on it. ? Fort Sam Houston registration sites: Bldg. 367 (In/Out Processing) Bldg. 1290 (Recruit area) Bldg. 260 ? near 502nd MSG IG office ? Lackland registration sites: Visitor Control Center, Bldg. 2196 Military Personnel Section, Bldg. 5616, Rm. 109 ? Randolph registration sites: Visitor Control Center, Bldg. 1032 Military Personnel Section, Bldg. 399
JANUARY 14, 2011
ON THE COVER
The nation honors the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday. For a commentary on Dr. King, see page 3. Graphic illustration by Joe Beach
502nd Air Base Wing Operating Location Bravo
Editorial Staff Brig. Gen. Leonard Patrick
Commander Marilyn Holliday Chief of Public Affairs Airman 1st Class Precious Yett
Editor Robert Goetz, Brian McGloin
Airman Alexis Siekert Staff Writers
Maggie Armstrong Graphic Designer
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JANUARY 14, 2011
MLK Day: Living the dream, walking in love
By Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Shon Neyland 502nd Air Base Wing Chaplain
Each year the nation pauses during the month of January to celebrate and remember the life and times of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King stood for change and hope in the midst of a world that was filled with despair. What can we learn from the legacy of Dr. King? The permanent national theme is "Remember, Celebrate, Act: A Day On, Not a Day Off."
We can best pay tribute to Dr. King by carrying out his dream for equality of all mankind. His dream was to live in a nation where all men and women are free. He believed all men were created equal and had the innate ability to achieve and succeed in life if given the chance.
Dr. King often spoke about love being the key ingredient that bonds human beings together despite ethnic, racial and cultural differences. Among other things, we help keep the dream alive by treating each other with kindness and love. Unconditional love was the key to the nonviolence that propelled the civil rights movement. It was love that moved the conscience of a nation and ultimately the world.
"Dr. King often spoke about love being the key ingredient that bonds human beings together despite ethnic, racial and cultural differences. Among other
things, we help keep the dream alive by treating each other with kindness and love."
Dr. King was a great man of faith and often relied on the holy scriptures for guidance. Love is defined quite eloquently in the 13th chapter of the first book of Corinthians: "Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs, love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails."
Further, it was love that helped end overt segregation America once had to deal with. It was love
that helped forge the way ahead for voting rights, equal education and fair housing. I submit it is love for justice, righteousness and goodness for all that we continue to defend our nation and the world against terrorism. This love can be personalized when we reach out to one another.
May I encourage you to take a moment out of your busy schedules to check in with your Wingman and make sure they are doing OK ? that is the essence of love. We can, together, build a stronger America and military because there is love and strength in diversity.
Survey will assess Air Force community well-being
SAN ANTONIO ? Invitations to take the 2011 Air Force Community Assessment will be sent out Jan. 25.
The assessment is designed to assist chaplains and people working in installation-level Airman and family readiness centers, family advocacy programs, health and wellness centers, mental health clinics and child and youth programs to better meet the needs of service members and their families.
"This important survey provides ... a means to ensure that community interventions are timely, focused and data-driven," said Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Charles Green, Air Force surgeon general. "In its 20-year history, the Community Assessment has been instrumental in determining the strengths and needs of Air Force communities and tailoring programs at the installation, major command and Air Force levels."
Topics covered in the survey include personal and family adjustment, individual and family adaptation, community well-being, deployment, resiliency, posttraumatic stress and help-seeking stigma.
Approximately 160,000 active duty members, 40,000 reservists, 160,000 spouses of active duty members and 10,000 spouses of reservists will be randomly selected to participate in the survey. All appropriated fund civilians also will be asked to par-
"This important survey provides ... a means to ensure that community interventions are timely, focused and data-driven."
Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Charles Green Air Force surgeon general
ticipate in the survey. The survey will be available through March 25 and is anonymous.
A notification letter including a link to the Webbased survey will be sent out to the work e-mail address of each service member selected to participate. Spouses will be sent a postcard in the mail with the Web link. Everyone selected is encouraged to participate to aid in the success in the project.
The survey should take service member and spouse participants 30-45 minutes to complete.
Data collected from the survey will be analyzed and briefed to wing and Air Force leaders. The information will help make community-wide program planning and resource allocation decisions, which ultimately enhance the quality of life, readiness and retention of Air Force personnel.
During an address to members of the Air Force Sergeants Association, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley noted that Airmen perform to their highest potential if they are unencumbered by homefront or family issues.
"The Air Force has long been recognized as the service for its exceptional commitment to people and to families," he said.
Previous survey results are credited with expanding financial counseling programs to members and their families, developing a user-friendly support network for Air Force single parents and setting up marriagesupport seminars for junior enlisted members and their spouses.
This survey is not to be confused with The Caring For People Survey which assesses quality of life and base support programs. The Caring For People Survey ended Dec. 31.
JANUARY 14, 2011
Fair spotlights services for special-needs families
By Robert Goetz 502nd Air Base Wing OL-B Public Affairs
An array of community services for families with special-needs members will be showcased during an information fair this month at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 693.
Presented by Randolph's Exceptional Family Member Program, the event takes place Jan. 26 from 5-6:30 p.m.
"The purpose of the information fair is to provide information on the resources available at Randolph and in the local community to special-needs families here," said Tracy Bramlett, EFMP coordinator.
The Air Force established the program to prevent active-duty assignment failures due to lack of resources for special-needs family members and to minimize stress during permanent changes of station.
The EFMP seeks to identify medical and educational needs of family members in support of active-duty sponsor reassignment and civilian employment.
Ms. Bramlett, who began her duties in October, said one of her duties is to ensure families with specialneeds members are given information on community resources at current and future assignments.
More than a dozen organizations and programs will be represented at the EFMP information fair, including the military and family life consultant and Tricare ECHO, or extended care health option, programs at Randolph.
Among the organizations in the San Antonio area that will be featured are Project MEND, or Medical Equipment Network for Those With Disabilities; the Pediatric Therapy Association, which offers speech, occupational and physical therapy; Morgan's Wonderland, a fun park for children and adults with special needs; Children's Association for Maximum Potential, also known as CAMP, which offers camping experiences to persons with special needs; and the
Photo by Don Lindsey Visitors to Morgan's Wonderland, an amusement park in San Antonio geared specifically for those with special needs and their families, enjoy a train ride during the Joint Base San Antonio Special Needs Resource Fair and Activity Day last summer. Morgan's Wonderland is one of more than a dozen entities that will be represented at the Randolph Exceptional Family Member Program Information Fair Jan. 26.
Brighton School, which provides family and community education and developmental services to children with disabilities.
Representatives of local school districts are also expected to attend.
Ms. Bramlett, who hopes to conduct an information fair twice a year, said the event will provide variety and allow parents to more easily seek out the
resources they need. "I want parents to be well-equipped with informa-
tion so they can also network themselves," she said. "Also, I still don't know what all of their needs are, so I wanted to make sure I covered a gamut of services."
For more information on the Exceptional Family Member Program Information Fair, call Ms. Bramlett at 652-5321 or e-mail email@example.com.
System upgrade limits services at clinic through Monday
A computer system upgrade will result in a temporary service interuption at the Randolph Medical Clinic today through Monday.
The upgrade, a relocation of the Composite Health Care System's computer server operation system at Lackland Air Force Base, will limit clinic personnel's ability to see patients, process prescriptions or schedule appointments.
The only patients who will be seen at the clinic today are active-duty acute walk-ins, but only from 7:30-11 a.m. The clinic will be closed for training this afternoon and all day for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The clinic's normal monthly training day, the fourth Wednesday of the month, was changed to today to coincide with the system upgrade in an effort to provide patients with greater access to care.
The clinic pharmacy's Audiocare and Tricare online call-in system for prescriptions is down until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Both the clinic and base exchange pharmacies are closed for training today and for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
For up-to-date information, visit or search for "359th Medical Group" on Facebook or the Knowledge Exchange.
JANUARY 14, 2011
Spice ingredients become controlled substances
By Cindy Middleton 17th Training Wing Legal Office
GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas ? Chemicals used to make the synthetic cannabis known as Spice or K-2 were added to the controlled substance list by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration under an emergency scheduling authority that began Dec. 24 and will span the next year.
The DEA is using its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control five chemicals used to make `fake pot' products commonly found in various varieties of Spice: JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497 and cannabicyclohexanol.
The DEA's authority will make it a federal crime for anyone to sell, distribute, manufacture, possess and use these chemicals. During the ensuing year, the DEA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will conduct studies to determine if the ban should be
The DEA's authority will make it a federal crime for anyone to sell, distribute, manufacture, possess and use these chemicals.
made permanent. Use of Spice or any other legal substance mar-
keted, sold or used for the primary purpose of getting "high" or altering mood or function, has been unlawful Air Force-wide since June 9, when Guidance Memorandum 44-121 was issued. Failure to comply with the prohibitions contained in this GM is a violation of Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
The Air Force has determined that the use of these substances poses serious personal risks, risks to others, risks to the mission, and can be service-discrediting and prejudicial to good order and discipline.
Motorcycle popularity raises safety concern
By Brian McGloin 502nd Air Base Wing OL-B Public Affairs
Riding a motorcycle can be a fun and economical means of transportation or recreation, free from the problems of driving a car.
The 502nd Air Base Wing as well as the Air Force have rules and guidelines to operate a motorcycle safely and comfortably on Randolph. If done right, they may keep a motorcycle rider safe in a crash ? or even prevent one ? while extolling the benefits of travel on two wheels.
Air Force Instruction 91-207, The U.S. Air Force Traffic Safety Program, which describes the rules of the road on Air Force bases, said like driving a government or personal car, talking on a cell phone or using headphones is not allowed on a motorcycle. Hands-free wireless or single-ear wired devices are allowed. One exception to the head phones rule is a motorcycle helmet intercom system between operator and passenger.
The 502nd ABW Operating Location Bravo Safety Office said motorcycle operators and their passengers must wear a Department of Transportation-approved helmet and eyewear such as goggles, properly-attached face shields or sunglasses designed to meet or exceed American National Standards Institute Standard Z87.1 for impact and shatter resistance. Many high-quality sunglasses adhere to this standard, but not all. It's best to consult the manufacturer. Motorcycle cowlings or windshields don't fulfill the eye protection requirement.
In addition to the helmet and eye cover, both passenger and operator must wear a brightly-colored and contrasting vest, reflective belt or jacket over
whatever outer garment or jacket they have on, including uniforms. The operator's vest or jacket must be reflective during hours of darkness and cannot be covered at anytime. Backpacks must have a reflective belt or similar device for visibility.
Riders and their passengers need to wear long sleeve shirts and long trousers and gloves when riding on base. Sturdy shoes or boots are also required. Riders' feet and ankles need to be covered with sturdy shoes or boots. Sneakers, sandals or low-quarter shoes aren't allowed.
The Air Force encourages wearing motorcycle jacket and trousers made of padded and abrasion-resistant materials, but the minimum requirements are met with the Airman Battle Uniform.
Motorcycles need to have properly working headlights and they need to be on whenever the motorcycle is running. In addition to the headlight and proper personal protective equipment for riders, motorcycles need to have left and right rear view mirrors mounted on the handlebar or fairing.
Before the wing safety office can issue a decal, active duty and DOD civilians who want to ride their motorcycles on base, need to attend a training class or have the completion card from one, similar to how young car drivers need to take a drivers' education course prior to licensing.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the state of Texas offer training classes as well as the wing safety office, which holds classes every third Saturday of the month.
In addition to the training, registering a motorcycle on base requires motorcycle registration, proof of insurance and driver's license with motorcycle
Photo by Dave Terry Ronald Dalton, Randolph volunteer motorcycle safety instructor, demonstrates how to take a curve during the monthly motorcycle safety course.
endorsement. The wing safety office can issue temporary passes for
operators with temporary tags or awaiting training. For more information about riding a motorcycle on
Randolph, call the 502nd ABW/OLB safety office at 652-1842 or 652-5542.
JANUARY 14, 2011
Foster parents needed for future MWDs
The Department of Defense Military Working Dog breeding program at Lackland Air Force Base is seeking volunteers to raise and socialize future military working dogs. Puppies are fostered out from the time they are 9 weeks old until they are 6 months old.
All supplies are provided, including a crate, food, toys and all veterinary services. The puppies are required to return to Lackland AFB for monthly vaccinations and evaluations. Civilians and active- duty members are encouraged to foster these future military working dogs.
For more information, call 671-3686 or e-mail 341TRSPP@us.af.mil.
"I need a foster home!"
AETC 2011 Symposium next week
Free shuttle service from area bases available
By Capt. John Severns Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs
Air Education and Training Command officials are in the final stages of preparation for next week's symposium, being held in downtown San Antonio at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
People attending the Symposium have the option of taking buses and shuttles from Randolph, Lackland AFB and Fort Sam Houston.
The shuttles are a free service offered and will save attendees the expense of driving and parking downtown.
The shuttles will depart at the following locations and times: ? Lackland ? Pick-up and drop-off will
take place at the Gateway Club. Shuttles will depart for the symposium at 6:45 and 7:30 a.m. both days. Shuttles will return to Lackland at 4:45 and 7:15 p.m. Thursday, and 2:45 and 4:15 p.m. Jan. 21. ? Randolph ? Pick-up and drop-off will take place at the B-Xtra parking lot. Shuttles will depart for the sSymposium at 6:30 and 7:15 a.m. both days. Shuttles will return to Randolph at 4:45 and 7:15 p.m. Thursday, and 2:45 and 4:15 p.m. Jan. 21. ? Fort Sam Houston ? Pick-up and dropoff will take place at the Jimmy Brought Fitness Center. Shuttles will depart for the symposium at 6:45 a.m. both days. Shuttles will return to Fort Sam Houston at 4:45 p.m. Thursday and 2:45 p.m. Jan. 21.
A limited number of surreys will be available the night of Jan. 21 for transportation to the AETC Ball. Shuttles will provide transportation between the satellite hotels and the ball starting at 5:30 p.m. One surrey will depart from both Randolph and Lackland at 5:30 p.m., using the same locations as the symposium shuttles.
Photo by Joel Martinez A donation from the funds collected during the Holiday Tour of Historic Homes was presented to the "Friends of the Family Support Center" by members of the Randolph Officers' Spouses Club. (Left to right) Julia Whitmore and Lori Kendall, Beth McKinley, Airman and Family Readiness Flight chief, and Tech. Sgt. Karla Iglesias, Readiness NCO in charge.
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