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RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE

A publication of the 502nd Air Base Wing ? Joint Base San Antonio 65th Year ? No. 5 ? FEBRUARY 4, 2011

Page 10 INSIDE ... PROGRAM AIDS MILITARY SPOUSES, P3 ... COMMISSARY WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR, P7 ... RANDOLPH RAMBLERS TAKE BASKETBALL TROPHY, P12

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WINGSPREAD

COMMENTARY

Physical health leads to readiness

By Lt. Col. Cliff Altizer JPPSO-SAT/Det 3 Commander

I recently participated in what is now a semiannual ritual for Airmen ? the physical fitness test. This was my first opportunity to go through the fitness assessment cell and I took away a few thoughts I wanted to jot down and pass along to anyone interested.

Before I get into that, you need to understand I am a sitting commander, and if you talk to people in my unit, they're likely to tell you I'm a big PT guy. The truth of the matter is I'm a big readiness guy and the PT assessment happens to be a critical part of ensuring personal readiness to deploy when our nation asks us to. With that in mind, let me move on.

As with any test that has components to it, you should do a couple things to prepare. The first thing for PT is obvious ? practice. You don't get any faster on the mile-and-a-half run without getting out on a track and running for time. You have to know how you measure up, so having a stopwatch with you is important. Make PT practice a normal routine for your body to prevent injury and eliminate the anxiety I saw on display at the testing site.

Get with a physical training leader in your unit to do push-ups and sit-ups to

"The truth of the matter is I'm a big readiness guy and the PT assessment

happens to be a critical part of ensuring personal readiness to deploy

when our nation asks us to."

make sure you're doing them correctly. It's hugely frustrating during the test to have one push-up after another not count because you don't "go down far enough" or your sit-ups don't count due to your fingers not maintaining contact with your upper chest.

The next thing you need as you prepare is a strategy. You must know what is required of you. Air Force Instruction 36-2905, Fitness Program, has all the information needed to answer this question.

I have overheard too many people talking about what their minimum number of push-ups or sit-ups were for their test. While that may seem like an important number to know, I think this looks at the test from the wrong perspective. I tell my Airmen to look at the

number needed to get the maximum points on each component. You have a very different outcome if you come up short two or three push-ups aiming at the maximum point value than you do coming up two or three short aiming at the minimum required.

Finally, raise your expectation. Too many folks have convinced themselves they can't do more than a few pushups or sit-ups. I firmly believe that with practice, a strategy and belief in yourself that you can indeed get the maximum point value for each component; you'll see your PT score increase significantly.

Keep these thoughts in mind as you prepare for the next assessment. Remember, it's about being fit to fight--nothing else.

Brigadier General Leonard Patrick, 502nd Air Base Wing commander,

cordially invites you to attend the

2nd Annual African American Heritage Legacy Ball

celebrating "African Americans and the Civil War"

Saturday, February 12th at six o'clock in the evening

at the Marriott Rivercenter, Grand Ballroom, 101 Bowie Street, San Antonio, Texas

Tickets are $40 per person ~ Tickets not available at the door

R.S.V.P. to miranda.drummond@us.af.mil 210.395.7282

Military: Mess Dress/Semi-formal Civilian: Formal/Semi-formal

FEBRUARY 4, 2011

ON THE COVER

Left to right: Randolph Elementary School students Jaila Suarez, Casey Hinman, Natasha Maldonado, and Nicole Aldover arrange beads into the shape of a heart to create note cards containing unique art and inspirational quotes to raise money for donation to the Red Cross. For the complete story, see Page 10. Photo by Steve Thurow

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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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Heart Link gives military spouses sense of belonging

By Robert Goetz 502nd Air Base Wing OL-B Public Affairs

Newcomers to Randolph, whether they're new to the base, the military culture or both, may feel lost at times, unsure of their bearings as they navigate their new life.

The First-Term Airman's Course and the newcomers' orientation offered a few times a month at the Airman and Family Readiness Center help ease this transition for Airmen, but assistance may not seem as readily available for servicemembers' spouses, who can be especially vulnerable to feelings of detachment.

At Randolph, the Heart Link program offered quarterly at the A&FRC helps fill this void, feeding spouses the knowledge they need and giving them a sense of belonging.

"Heart Link targets spouses who are new to the military and/or Randolph," said Denise Blount, A&FRC community readiness technician and Heart Link coordinator. "We teach spouses about the military ? its customs and lifestyle ? and about the area. We hope they'll make contacts and friends and build support networks."

Heart Link is a nearly day-long program filled with useful information, including briefings by the military personnel flight, health and wellness center, protocol office, Exceptional Family Member Program and others, and an information fair offering fliers and pamphlets about the base's many services.

Participants also see military life through the eyes of

spouses well-acquainted with the culture. "These are spouses whose husbands have been in

the military for a long time," said Ms. Blount. "They answer any questions the other spouses have and give helpful hints. Some of the questions are about babysitters, places to eat and places to shop."

Deployments and employment opportunities are just a few of the newcomers' other concerns, she said.

Heart Link also features a social component: participants play games and get to know each other and are provided breakfast and lunch as well as child care for their children.

Jessica Ray, who attended Heart Link in September, said she especially enjoyed the camaraderie. She even became reacquainted with a spouse she had met while their husbands were stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

"The information was absolutely wonderful, but the best feeling was being able to talk with people who were in your same situation," said Ms. Ray, whose husband, Tech. Sgt. Patrick Ray, is assigned to Air Force Recruiting Service.

She said health care was an important issue for her. "Most of my questions were along the lines of health care because I have three kids," Ms. Ray said. "It's good to know where I can get care." Ms. Blount said she had never attended a Heart Link session. She learned about the program as a Heart Link facilitator at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. "I learned so many things I didn't know," she said. Ms. Blount said the program in the states provides participants with even more contacts.

"The information was absolutely wonderful, but the best feeling was being able to talk with people who were in

your same situation."

Jessica Ray Military spouse

"You can give them a lot more information stateside," she said.

Learning all these contacts is one of the things that make the program so worthwhile.

"We make sure they know all the helping agencies on base," Ms. Blount said. "Those agencies are here to help."

Heart Link also shows spouses they "are not alone."

"We are a family here," Ms. Blount said. Ms. Ray, who now volunteers at the A&FRC three days a week, said she was unaware of Heart Link until she received a letter advertising a session last year. "I thought I'd give it a shot," she said. "I had no expectations, but I learned so much. I think it's a wonderful program." The next Heart Link session is April 12 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 652-5321 for more information.

New dorm council

The 2011 Dorm Council officers are (back row from left) Airman 1st Class Precious Yett, 502nd Air Base Wing OLB Public Affairs, vice president; Airman 1st Class Ashlee Baldon, 359th Medical Support Squadron, president; (front row from left) Airman 1st Class Kristie Bashon, 359th Medical Support Squadron, treasurer; and Airman 1st Class Candice Kennedy, 359th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, secretary. Photo by Airman Alexis Siekert

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FEBRUARY 4, 2011

NEWS

AFRS program provides information on special-duty assignments

By Kelly Parsons Air Force Recruiting Service Public Affairs

Members from the Air Force Recruiting Service hosted "Recruit the Recruiter" Jan. 27 at the base theater.

"Recruit the Recruiter" informs prospective specialduty Airmen about the requirements and quality of life for individuals who assume a special-duty assignment. Representatives from the Military Training Instructor Corps, Military Training Leader Team, professional military education and Air Force Recruiting spoke on behalf of their own experiences in each special duty assignment.

Staff Sgt. Scott Weimer, an MTI at Lackland Air Force Base, reminded the audience about their own first day of basic training. Few can forget the discipline and no-nonsense attitude of Air Force MTIs. Sergeant Weimer emphasized that MTIs shape Airmen and guide them through the ins and outs of Air Force culture while enforcing attention to detail and excellence.

"The mission of an MTI is to transform a civilian into a motivated world-class warrior-Airman," Sergeant Weimer said.

Sergeant Weimer explained the benefits of becoming an MTI includes special duty pay, leadership experience, stability of a four-year tour and seeing the impact of all your hard work. Sergeant Weimer emphasized the long

"The mission of an MTI

is to transform a civilian

into a motivated world-

class warrior-Airman."

Staff Sgt. Scott Weimer Military Training Instructor at Lackland Air Force Base

hours and dedication that MTIs must be willing to give in order to complete the mission.

As part of Air Force Instruction 36-3003, permissive TDY is allowed for Airmen who are interested in applying to be an MTI. Airmen can visit Lackland and shadow an MTI in order to see what the job entails.

Staff Sgt. Malcolm Summers, an MTL assigned to the MTL Schoolhouse, spoke on behalf of the MTL team and said that MTLs have a mission to "lead, mentor and develop our Airmen into an Airman of character." MTLs serve at the first-line supervisor to new Airmen during technical training.

Sergeant Summers said that his own MTL helped get him on the right track. Along with earning credits toward a Community College of the Air Force degree,

MTLs gain valuable supervisory experience that puts them far ahead of their peers.

A briefer from professional military education explained what it takes to be a PME instructor. Exemplary Airmen who wish to educate, mentor and inspire other Airmen are needed to be leaders in the continuing education field.

Lastly, Senior Master Sgt. Kathleen McCool told audience members about life as a recruiter. Recruiters are entrusted to run their own shops outside of traditional Air Force bases. While there are more freedoms and flexibility, it takes a diligent worker to meet Air Force goals. According to data provided at the briefing, it takes about 110 contacts to recruit just one person into basic military training.

Sergeant McCool commented that "the basis of everything in the Air Force is built upon the recruiter."

Whatever the duty, the mission of these special fields is to keep Airmen on the path of excellence.

Information is available for individuals seeking a special-duty assignment. To learn more about becoming an MTI, contact the MTI recruiting team at 737trg.mtir@us.af.mil. Individuals interested in MTL duty can e-mail 2nd Air Force at 2af/dotm@keesler .af.mil. Airmen interested in becoming PME instructors can call 652-5928. For information about becoming a recruiter, call 565-0584 or visit rs.af.mil.

Reading in school

Senior Master Sgt. Eliezer Cruz, 902nd Security Forces Squadron, and the Joint Base San Antonio Reading in School Team are welcomed to Lamar Elementary School Jan. 25. The team, under the guidance of the JBSA school liaison officers, read in classrooms and answered questions from the pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students. Courtesy photo

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Airman 1st Class Sergey Marinin

Air Force Personnel Center

Photo by David Terry

Duty Title: Sustainment apprentice Hometown: Mozyr, Belarus Hobbies: Photography, internet surfing Personal Inspiration: My family ? they always support me in any decision I make. Personal Motto: There is nothing impossible in this world. Greatest Accomplishment: U.S. citizenship Goals: I want to become an U.S. Air Force officer.

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Pet Peeve: I hate when people lie to me. Commander's Comments: "Airman 1st Class Sergey Marinin is the epitome of the American dream. He finished his masters degree in electronic and communication engineering from Belarusian State University in 2006. After marrying the love of his life, he joined the United States Air Force. He has done nothing but excel since he has joined. He is a great example for his peers to follow. He finished his first block of CDCs with a score of 88. It needs to be mentioned that English is his third language. Airman Marinin is a perfect choice for Showplace Showcase."

Col. Jim Davis AFPC/DPT

Base BRIEFS

Blood Drive A blood drive takes place today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the

Kendrick Club.

Kendrick Club Super Bowl party The Kendrick Club will host a Super Bowl party Sunday with fes-

tivities beginning at 11 a.m. for a tailgate party. A ribeye steak special will be offered all day and complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served in the lobby during halftime.

Active shooter briefing All military and civilian personnel assigned to Randolph who

have yet to attend an active shooter briefing may do so Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. in the base theater.

Spring break camp Spring break camp registration takes place Feb. 15-18 from 9

a.m. to 5 p.m. in Bldg. 585. For more information, call Shelta Reese at 652-2052.

Wingman Day Randolph will host its Winter Wingman Day Feb. 11 from 8 a.m.

to noon to help build resilient Airmen, and focus on unit health. The highlight is the small group discussions among co-workers to provide the skills and strategies demonstrated to strengthen resilience. For details, call Senior Master Sgt. Eliezer Cruz at 652-1355.

National Prayer Luncheon The National Prayer Luncheon will be held at the Parr Club Feb.

15 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available through unit first sergeants and Randolph Chapel Center.

3rd Street West lane closures Motorists can expect lane closures on West 3rd Street until Feb.

25 due to the construction of a parking addition. The west lane of south bound 3rd Street West will be closed during this period, but the West Gate will remain open.

African American History Month "Soul Food" lunch The African American History Committee invites the Randolph

community to attend the "Soul Food Lunch" at the Rendezvous Dining Facility Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cupcakes The Parr Club is accepting orders for Valentine cupcakes. Boxes

of four, six or 12 cupcakes are available for order. For more information or to order, call 652-4864.

Winter blowout chili cook-off The 902nd Force Support Squadron will host a Winter Blowout

Chili Cook-Off at the Scout Hut, Bldg 1143, Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The entire Randolph community is invited to participate. Propane stoves will be needed for cooking. For more information, call Shelta Reese 652-2052.

NOW SHOWING at the Randolph Theater

"How Do You Know?" (PG-13) Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd Today @ 7 p.m.

"The Chronicles of Narnia" (PG) Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes

Saturday @ 6 p.m. and Sunday @ 3 p.m.

$4.50 for adults, $2.25 for children 0-11

The Randolph Rambler Fitness Center hosts the

2011 Joint Base San Antonio Dodgeball Tournament Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

See page 12 for details and sign up your team by Feb 11.

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FEBRUARY 4, 2011

Native American Indian Heritage Month creates winner

By Airman 1st Class Precious Yett 502nd Air Base Wing OL-B Public Affairs

Edward Blauvelt (left), 12th Flying Training Wing, awards Hannah Ringler the

Native American Heritage Month 2010

scholarship. Photo by David Terry

Native American Indian Heritage Month is celebrated annually in November to honor and recognize the original people of America. Randolph distinguished this month with several events, including storytelling at the elementary school, a powwow at Fort Sam Houston, a poster contest, exhibition dancing and a scholarship essay contest.

"This was the first year we offered a scholarship program," said Michael Redfern, civil engineer career field administrator, Air Force Personnel Center. "The committee thought it fit perfectly with this year's theme, which was `Telling our Story.' We didn't just want to convey our history to the children of Randolph; we wanted to find out what they had on their minds. We're hoping that in the future we can continue the program and increase the value of the scholarship."

The premise of the essay was American Indian Warrior culture, how it matches military core values and why American Indians should be honored on a military base. The contest was only offered at Randolph High School and there were four applicants. The winner of the contest was Hannah Ringler. Hannah is a senior at RHS and the daughter of Senior Master Sgt. Gordon and Lisa Ringler. Sergeant Ringler is with the 313th Flight Test Flight at Port San Antonio.

"The winner was selected by the NAIH committee," said Mr. Redfern. "She captured the essence of why celebrating NAIH is important on a military base. Her essay was wellwritten and followed the rules we had in place."

"Why is it important to celebrate

Native American Heritage Month on a military installation?"

An essay by Hannah Ringler Randolph High School student

"My platoon commander always sent me out on patrols. He ... probably thought that I could track down the enemy. I don't know for sure, but I guess he figured that Indians were warriors and hunters by nature." ? Fox/Creek Korean veteran

With America's population having roots in almost every culture around the world, one of the least recognized or appreciated is that of the Native American. The Native Americans were in America for years before even the earliest pilgrims and have played one of the most substantial roles in America's history, especially in regards to war and military endeavors. Though it is essential to remember other cultures and their contributions to America and its history, it is specifically important for those in the military to celebrate the heritage and contributions of the Native American culture because of their direct connection to the military and its purpose.

Native American culture values qualities such as strength, honor, pride, devotion and wisdom, which all closely resemble the Seven Core Army Values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. These resemblances prove that the Native American could easily make a valued and effective soldier in the United States Armed Forces; consequently, throughout history, this has proven true. The Native Americans have been active in United States military actions for more than 200 years and have the highest record of service per capita in comparison to other ethnic groups. For example, in World War II, roughly 44,000 Native Americans fought for the United States, playing significant roles such as helping to raise the flag over Mt. Suribachi after the battle of Iwo

Jima and serving as code talkers in the Pacific, creating a code which was never cracked by the enemy Japanese. Contributions such as these make the Native Americans a valuable addition to the United States military to provide for the common defense of our country.

Besides being recognized for the additions to the security of the nation, the Native Americans should be recognized for their selfless and complete devotion to their country. Though the early Americans pushed the Native Americans off their original land through the Trail of Tears and the Indian Removal Act of 1830 in pursuance of "Manifest Destiny," the Native Americans still joined the fight with Americans in the Civil War only a few years later and then in the next wars to follow. The Native Americans' devotion to their land is proven several times over and over again and proves them as an important asset to the United States Armed Forces.

Americans are known to be a people who remember where they came from and those who helped them get there, as evidenced through cultural and heritage appreciation months and present- day foreign relations. Because of this, it is incredibly important that those on a military institution uphold this timed tradition and celebrate the heritage of one of the most impactful cultures in the United States and most influential in upholding the defense of the nation. Citations ? "Naval History and Heritage Command." Native Americans and the U.S. Military. U.S. Navy, 1996. Web. 29 Nov 2010. history.navy.mil/faqs/faq61-1.htm. ? "Soldier Life." Living the Army Values. Go Army, 1996. Web. 29 Nov 2010. soldierlife/being-a-soldier/living-the-army-values.html

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