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RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE
A publication of the 502nd Air Base Wing ? Joint Base San Antonio 65th Year ? No. 6 ? FEBRUARY 11, 2011
PAGE 6 INSIDE ... FORCE MANAGEMENT MEASURES RESUME, P3 ... AETC COMMANDER VISITS 12TH FTW, P4 ... RANDOLPH ANNIVERSARY, P7... CEDAR FEVER ILLS, P8
Travel restrictions to Mexico necessary
By Matt Barido and Lt. Col. Ed Schneider 802nd Security Forces Squadron
Force protection and fear of crime: It seems like these two terms would be connected, but they are often the farthest apart.
As a security forces leader, my biggest challenge is bridging the gap between fear and protection. If I'm successful, then members of the military force can make educated operational risk management decisions both on and off duty.
In this article I want to concentrate on force protection and fear when off duty, especially when it relates to travel to and from Mexico.
We have all seen the news. All you have to do is turn on your favorite news channel and there is another headline detailing the latest violent incident along the border of Mexico.
According to published reports monitored by the National Drug Intelligence Center, 22,700 people have been killed in narcotics-related violence since 2006. An estimated 13,000 people were killed in Mexico amid the drug cartel violence last year alone. The great majority of those killed have been members of cartels. However, innocent bystanders have also been killed in shootouts between the cartels and Mexican law enforcement or between rival cartels.
Much of the country's narcotics-related violence has occurred in the northern border region. Since 2006, three times as many people have been murdered in Juarez than in any other city in
"Be smart, practice good operational risk management
and think twice before travelling to Mexico."
Mexico. More than half of all Americans killed in Mexico in 2009 were killed in the border cities of Juarez and Tijuana.
Taken in total, the situation in Mexico continues to worsen.
Last year and for the first time ever, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety urged all Texans to avoid travelling to the border areas of Mexico. At the same time, we have become desensitized to the constant flow of information concerning violence and bloodshed at the hands of the brutal cartels.
Perhaps we are from or have families in these areas of Mexico. This can make it easy to disregard the warnings in the news, leading us to believe it cannot or will not happen to us. We are also aware that military members are prohibited from travelling to the border areas and select other areas of Mexico without a waiver.
With the spring break season approaching, the temptation to travel to these areas will be great. But,
whether you are officially prohibited from travelling to these certain areas of Mexico or not, all personnel should think seriously about their need to travel before they embark.
All Joint Base San Antonio military personnel are prohibited from travelling to or through any portion of Mexico located within 50 statute miles of the U.S.-Mexico border to include the communities of: Tijuana, Nogales, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Acuna, Piedras Negras, Reynosa, Matamoros, Las Palomas, Agua Prieta, Sasabe, Naco, Sonoyta and anywhere in the state of Chihuahua.
Exceptions to this travel restriction policy may be granted on a case-bycase basis, and must be coordinated through your chain of command.
Although this policy only applies to those in Title 10 status, none of us should ignore the risk associated with such travel. Be smart, practice good operational risk management and think twice before travelling to Mexico.
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
ON THE COVER
Dr. Granville Coggs (left) and Warren Eusan, original Tuskegee Airmen, share their stories with the audience at the third annual Tuskegee Heritage Breakfast Feb. 7. For the complete story, see Page 6. Photo by Rich McFadden
502nd Air Base Wing Operating Location Bravo
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Commander Marilyn Holliday Chief of Public Affairs Airman 1st Class Precious Yett
Editor Robert Goetz, Brian McGloin
Airman Alexis Siekert Staff Writers
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FEBRUARY 11, 2011
Officials announce additional force management measures
WASHINGTON ? Air Force leaders announced involuntary force management programs Feb. 2 to reduce personnel as a supplement to the voluntary programs announced in December.
These measures are part of the Air Force's multiyear Force Management Program aimed at shaping and sizing the force. With more Airmen choosing to stay in the Air Force, retention is at the highest level in 16 years.
Air Force leaders implemented a tailored, multiyear program in 2010 to reduce the number of personnel to operate at the service's authorized endstrength levels. According to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, even with those efforts, the Air Force ended fiscal 2010 approximately 2,300 officers over end strength.
"Retention projections for fiscal years 2011 and 2012 continue to be high," General Schwartz said. "Without additional measures, we could grow to 7,000 over our authorized end strength by the end of fiscal year 2012. Based on these projections, and our need to operate within our means, the secretary of the Air Force and I made the decision to intensify force management actions to meet our congressionally mandated ceiling by the end of fiscal year 2012."
The fiscal 2011 involuntary force management efforts predominantly affect officers.
"We were successful in managing enlisted end strength levels last year using a combination of volun-
"We fully understand how difficult these actions are on the Airmen affected by them. This is why leaders at all levels will be engaged to assist Airmen with transition options."
Brig. Gen. Sharon Dunbar Air Force director of force management policy
tary programs, accession reductions, technical training eliminations and date-of-separation rollbacks," said Brig. Gen. Sharon Dunbar, the director of force management policy. "We plan to continue use of this strategy over the next year."
For all Airmen, there will be programs to reduce personnel at various phase points along a career.
"Reducing officer and enlisted accessions will help us minimize the impact on active-duty personnel who are currently serving," General Dunbar said.
For junior officers, the plan includes force-shaping boards beginning this May. The FSB initially will consider year groups with excess officers in the judge
advocate general, biomedical science corps and medical service corps competitive categories. The May FSB impacts officers in the 2006 through 2008 commissioned year groups. Officers not selected for retention by this FSB will be required to separate no later than October.
Air Force officials also will conduct a reduction-inforce board in September for mid-grade officers. In lieu of meeting the board, eligible officers will have a one-month window in March to apply for voluntary separation pay, with separation by Oct. The RIF board will consider all year groups with excess officers in the line-of-the-Air Force, chaplain, JAG, BSC and MSC competitive categories. This impacts officers in the 1999 through 2005 commissioned year groups. Officers not selected for retention by the RIF board will be required to separate no later than Feb. 1, 2012.
For both the RIF board and the FSB, Air Force leaders decided to apply a quality review of the entire competitive category, instead of the methodology used in past retention boards which focused only on certain Air Force specialties. The boards will retain the top 90 percent of officers within the affected competitive categories in eligible year groups. Following retention board results, Air Force officials will use the recently announced officer crossflow process to rebalance between line specialties as needed.
See FORCE P11
TRESPASS NOTICE FOR RAFB FIRING RANGE
The firing range facility is OFF LIMITS to all personnel at all times unless on official business by Randolph Air Force Base personnel ONLY, coordinated through the 902nd Security Forces Squadron Combat Arms section and the 502nd Air Base Wing Ground Safety office. The combat arms facility is located at Bldg. 1298, near the south gate of Randolph AFB. CAUTION: All personnel entering this area during weapons firing are at risk of hazards caused by secondary fragmentation. All entrances and boundaries are marked with warning signs. Privately owned weapons are not allowed in these areas. Anyone illegally entering these areas will be held liable for their actions. Trespassing is not only illegal, but is also extremely dangerous due to no-notice live firing and other hazards inherent to ranges. Questions may be directed to the 902nd SFS Combat Arms section at 652-3275.
2nd Lt. Keith Casey
Air Education and Training Command Studies and Analysis Squadron
Photo by David Terry
Duty Title: Operational test engineer Hometown: Butler, Pa. Hobbies: Swing dancing, exercising, reading Personal Inspiration: I had a lot of inspiration during high school. A lot of my teachers had given me advice that I've carried throughout my life. Personal Motto: You don't only do things because you want to; you do them because you have to. Greatest Accomplishment: I am the youngest member of my family and received my bachelor's degree before my brother.
Goals: I would like to obtain a master's degree in business and eventually start a small business making remote controlled aircraft. Pet Peeve: Being late for appointments or set meeting times Commander's Comments: "2nd Lt. Keith Casey is a hard-working officer who is not afraid to take on the tough tasks. He has a great attitude and always has a smile on his face. He is a quick learner, and brings a lot of energy to everything he does. He definitely has a bright future ahead of him, in the Air Force and beyond."
Lt. Col. Kirsten Messer AETC Studies and Analysis Squadron commander
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
General Rice visits Randolph's 12th FTW
Gen. Edward Rice Jr., Air Education and Training Command commander, visited the 12th Flying Training Wing Feb. 3 for an orientation as he begins
his command. During his tour, the general received
a status report on the wing and a wing mission brief. His day-long visit included a tour of operations
and maintenance facilities. Along the way, the general met with wing leadership and later discussed
his vision for AETC during a 12th Flying Training Wing All Call. He fielded questions from wing
members regarding future training platforms, civilian career advance-
ment and force management programs.
Photo by Melissa Peterson Gen. Edward Rice Jr. (left), Air Education and Training Command commander, addresses students from the 558th Flying Training Squadron during a tour of the 12th Flying Training Wing here Feb. 3. General Rice assumed command of AETC Nov. 17.
Photo by Melissa Peterson Left to right: Col. Richard Murphy, 12th Flying Training Wing commander; Gen. Edward Rice Jr., AETC commander; Col. Christopher Richardson, 12th FTW vice commander; and Lt. Col. Bryan Runkle, 558th FTS commander; have lunch at the dining facility here along with remotely piloted aircraft pilot training students during General Rice's visit to the 12th FTW Feb. 3.
Photo by Joel Martinez Teresa Rice, wife of Gen. Edward Rice Jr., AETC commander, flies the T-38 simulator during her orientation tour of the 12th Flying Training Wing here Feb. 3.
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
Retirement Congratulations to Master Sgt. Orville Alleyne,
Air Force Manpower Agency, on his retirement.
National Prayer Luncheon The National Prayer Luncheon takes place
Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Parr Club. Tickets are available through unit first sergeants and Randolph Chapel Center.
Third Street West lane closures Motorists can expect lane closures on West
Third Street until Feb. 25 due to the construction of a parking addition. The west lane of south bound Third Street West will be closed during this period, but the West Gate will remain open.
Active shooter briefing All military and civilian personnel assigned
to Randolph who have yet to attend an active shooter briefing may do so Wednesday at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. in the base theater.
Town hall meeting A town hall meeting will be held Thursday
at 6 p.m. in the Randolph Elementary School cafeteria to discuss state and federal revenue reductions and possible impact on the school district. Child care will be provided at the meeting. For more information, call Lorrie Remick at 357-2479.
Spring break camp Spring break camp registration takes place
Tuesday through Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Bldg. 585. For more information, call Shelta Reese at 652-2052.
Heart cards Randolph Elementary School's Team heART is
selling heart-printed note cards to raise money for the American Red Cross. To order cards, call Linda Heier at 352-2339.
"Soul Food" lunch The African American History Committee
invites the Randolph community to attend the "Soul Food Lunch" at the Rendezvous Dining Facility Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dinner theater The Lackland Performing Arts Group hosts its
Valentine's Dinner Theater today, Saturday, Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 beginning at 6 p.m. The evening includes a cocktail hour, live entertainment, dinner and the presentation of Adam's Eve. To order tickets, call the Arnold Hall Community Center at 671-2619.
Winter blowout chili cook-off The 902nd Force Support Squadron hosts 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. For details, call 652-2052.
Enlisted spouses' club The Randolph Enlisted Spouses' Club invites
all enlisted and retired spouses from any branch of service to their monthly activities: ? 1st Tuesday - Welcome coffee at 9:30 a.m. ? 3rd Tuesday - Bingo at 9:30 a.m. ? 4th Tuesday - Game night at 6:30 p.m.
All activites take place at the Kendrick Club. For more details, call Lona Moore at 659-4896.
NOW SHOWING at the Randolph Theater
"Season of the Witch" (PG-13) Nicholas Cage, Ron Perlman Today @ 7 p.m.
AF aviator completes CSO training
Congratulations to 1st Lt. Andrew Vogel, who completed the final combat systems officer course offered at Randolph Feb. 7.
During the CSO course, students learn fundamental, system and intermediate navigation. Students spend about 12 months in training, including an Introductory Flight School.
A new CSO training course is already underway at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.
1st Lt. Andrew Vogel EC-130
Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
Winter Wingman Day to
instill wingman concept
By Airman Alexis Siekert 502nd Air Base Wing OL-B Public Affairs
Randolph Air Force Base celebrates its Winter Wingman Day today from 8 a.m. to noon.
Wingman Day focuses on relationships between Airmen and boost morale throughout units.
"Winter Wingman Day 2011 offers a pause in the day-to-day operations and missions to reinforce the wingman concept, help build resilient Airmen and focus on unit health," said Senior Master Sgt. Eliezer Cruz, 902nd Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent. "The goal is to encourage wingmen to be vigilant and resilient by devoting time for structured unit discussions of these important topics, thus enhancing their wingman skills. The highlight is the small group discussions among co-workers to provide the skills and strategies demonstrated to strengthen resilience."
The day should begin with the unit commander making opening comments about resiliency and the importance of the wingman concept, followed by group discussions, he said. The last activity should be a team building exercise including all personnel.
Wingman Day is open to all civilian employees and family members. "The wingman concept is more than an event; it is a culture of Airmen taking care of Airmen, 24/7, 365 days," Sergeant Cruz said.
"Gulliver's Travels" (PG) Jack Black, Jason Segel
Saturday @ 6 p.m. and Sunday @ 3 p.m.
$4.50 for adults, $2.25 for children 0-11
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
Base celebrates legacy of Tuskegee Airmen
By Robert Goetz 502nd Air Base Wing OL-B Public Affairs
A member of an elite group of World War II-era American aviators proudly displayed his bronze duplicate of the Congressional Gold Medal during a special breakfast this week at Randolph's 99th Flying Training Squadron.
Presented four years ago in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., at a ceremony attended by President George W. Bush, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate majority leader Harry Reid and other dignitaries, the prestigious medal saluted the contributions of the only AfricanAmerican fighter group in the Army Air Corps to the war effort.
Calling the medal his "status symbol," Dr. Granville Coggs, who was trained as an aerial gunner, aerial bombardier and multi-engine pilot for the 332nd Fighter Group, better known as the Tuskegee Airmen, said it represented the efforts of 16,000 to 19,000 people ? "basically anybody who set foot on the Tuskegee Army Air Field between 1942 and 1946 ... because it took six or seven people on the ground to keep one pilot in the air."
Dr. Coggs, a Harvard Medical School graduate who went on to a distinguished career as a radiologist, joined another Tuskegee Airman, retired educator Warren Eusan, in addressing members of the Randolph community and other guests during the 99th FTS' third annual Tuskegee Heritage Breakfast. Part of the 99th FTS' history, the 99th Fighter Squadron was one of four squadrons that were part of the 332nd Fighter Group.
The original Tuskegee Airmen were awarded gold medals by the U.S. Congress.
Photos by Rich McFadden Dr. Granville Coggs (left) and Warren Eusan, original Tuskegee Airmen, receive framed commemorative photos of the T-1A
Jayhawk with the distinctive Tuskegee red tail at the third annual Tuskegee Heritage Breakfast Feb. 7.
Although it took decades for the Tuskegee Airmen, who overcame racial prejudice and racial stereotypes to excel in their fighting mission, to receive recognition, their legacy lives on in the organization that tells their story and promotes their ideals. Dr. Coggs said young people can learn from that example.
"This is what our chapter is about in addition to promoting the legacy of those who have gone by ? to encourage people to do their best, to be excellent," he said. "That's what we're all about."
Mr. Eusan, a longtime sixth-grade teacher in the San Antonio Independent School District, said his teaching position enabled him to tell the Tuskegee Airmen's story and inspire some of his students to join the Air Force.
"When I started working with the school children, I used to tell them about Tuskegee," he said, "and I inspired or helped them, whatever you want to call it, to go in."
The segregated flight-training program was created in 1942 and based at Tuskegee Institute and Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama; its graduates took part in more than 15,500 sorties and more than 1,500 missions in Europe and North Africa. Though they fought bravely for their country, they had to endure the Jim Crow segregation that afflicted their hometowns and had to attain higher standards than their white counterparts, including an early requirement for two years of college that didn't apply to prospective white pilots.
Despite the treatment, Mr. Eusan recalled the kindness of a commanding officer who allowed him and another black student at the Army Air Corps' instrument flying
school in Bryan, Texas, to study in his office to avoid the noise created by enlisted Airmen in another barracks.
Dr. Coggs said the Tuskegee Airmen's story was largely untold until an HBO movie about the AfricanAmerican fighter group, which starred Laurence Fishburne, appeared in 1995. He said another film about the Tuskegee Airmen, "Red Tails," written by George Lucas, should premiere soon.
"The people that I was in school with didn't know I was a Tuskegee Airman because I didn't talk about it and nobody knew about the Tuskegee Airmen," he said, referring to his undergraduate years at the University of Nebraska. "It really took the movie `The Tuskegee Airmen' for people to become aware."
The heritage breakfast also featured presentations by Lt. Col. Jay Fisher, 99th FTS commander, who gave a mock check of $99.99 on behalf of the squadron to the Tuskegee Airman Educational Assistance Fund, and Col. Richard Murphy, 12th Flying Training Wing commander, who presented his ceremonial coin to Dr. Coggs and Mr. Eusan.
Colonel Murphy said listening to the recitation of the Declaration of Independence prior to Sunday's Super Bowl made him "proud to be an American."
"That's who you really are and what you carry forward is the greatness of being an American," he said. "I know the part in history you had to live through didn't really recognize you as true Americans. What's great is today we can say you are and you were true Americans and we appreciate everything you've done for our nation and for everything you've done to advance the United States Air Force."
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