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Vol. 2 No. 3 RAF Croughton, England Feb.

10, 2006

Tax Center
opens for
service
Staff Sgt. Chris Stagner
422nd ABS Public Affairs

The RAF Croughton Tax


Center opened Monday and
is accepting appointments
for servicemembers and their
family members who require
assistance filing their taxes.
The Tax Center offers
free tax advice, preparation
and assistance; and the vol-
unteers are specially trained
and equipped to address mil-
itary-specific issues such as
combat zone tax benefits and
the effect of the new earned
income tax credit.
The Volunteer Tax Income
Assistance team is headed
by Tech. Sgt. Cathie Snider,
422nd Air Base Group Staff
Judge Advocate paralegal, Photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Robert Ashley

and supported by Tech. Sgt. RUBB it down


Milton Tapper, 422nd Air
Base Squadron Public Health Senior Master Sgt. Michael DeShon, 422nd Air Base Squadron superin-
NCO in charge; Staff tendent, tears down the RUBB using a track-mounted excavator. The en-
tire building was removed in less than eight hours.
See TAX on Page 3

Dynamic Duo It’s magic


Inside Dentists keep almost Project Wizard pro-
The 4,000 patients smiling. vides opportunities to
Croughton library.

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2 Feb. 10, 2006 Commanders Corner The Uplink

Exercises fundamental to Croughton mission


Col. Vincent D’Angelo receive serious injuries while sup-
422nd ABG commander porting OEF. The quick thinking and
support of the highly trained Airmen
Editorial Staff
W
e recently completed a around him saved his life. Heroic
major exercise here on actions such as those of the Airmen
Lt. Col. Jim Ryan base, and I must say not who supported him are more and more
422nd Air Base Squadron only was I was very pleased with the often becoming the norm for us as a
commander results; the exercise also raised the force. We train and exercise regularly
Staff Sgt. Chris Stagner standard at which we operate. Every so we can handle situations like this
NCO in charge of Public Affairs member of Team Croughton per- when they confront us.
formed well, and we continue to raise We are a small base in size, but we
Multimedia support is provided by the bar on our already outstanding have grown over eight months to func-
Tech. Sgt. Robert Ashley performance. tion at the same levels as any large
Even though we’ve taken the base in the Air Force. From security
This funded Air Force newspaper is level of our readiness preparations forces to network administrators, I
an authorized publication for members up a notch, there is always room for have seen all of us as Airmen become
of the U.S. military services overseas. improvement. That is the exact reason better able to adjust to any situation
Contents of The Uplink are not neces-
we have exercises … to improve our that might arise. We have to be pre-
sarily the official view of, or endorsed
processes to the point that they be- pared for any contingency that might
by, the U.S. Government, the Depart-
ment of Defense or the Department of
come a fluid part of who we are and impact us.
the Air Force. what we do. There are times at Croughton and
The editorial content is edited, pre- We are an Air Force in a time of during their careers when Airmen will
pared and provided by the Public Af- war. We’ve been in a steady state of be asked to do things that aren’t part of
fairs office of RAF Croughton. All deployment for more than 15 years their day-to-day responsibilities. When
photographs are Air Force photographs and Airmen have come to accept their we exercise, we afford them the op-
unless otherwise indicated. tour in the Air and Space Expedition- portunity to prepare for incidents they
The PA office can be reached via ary Force as a natural part of their will most likely experience here or
mail at 422nd ABS/PA, Unit 5855, career. RAF Croughton is no different later in their careers, particularly when
APO, AE 09494, via telephone at 236- in this aspect. they get assigned to a main operating
8468 or 01280 708 468; or via e-mail at We are more than Airmen in arms, base.
422abs.pa@croughton.af.mil. we are a family. We exercise to ensure With that in mind, we will continue
The deadline for submissions to The our readiness as a fighting force main- to make training and exercises a regu-
Uplink is no later than close of busi- tains a level for us to adequately take lar part of the mission at Croughton.
ness the Thursday eight days prior to care of our family members when they I’m sure that you will all continue
the desired publication date. Briefs are need it most … in combat. to impress me with your knowledge,
due no later than 3 p.m. the Wednesday Not more than a year ago we had ingenuity and professionalism! Many
nine days prior to the desired publica-
one of our Team Croughton Airmen thanks for all you do.
tion date.
Articles must be submitted elec-
tronically with contact information
reference the article directly to the
Commander’s Action Line
422nd Air Base Squadron Public Af- The Action Line is your direct line phone number or
fairs Office via e-mail to 422abs.pa@ for comments and suggestions on how e-mail address,
croughton.af.mil. to make RAF Croughton a better place you will receive a
All material is edited for accuracy, to live and work. reply. Anonymous
brevity, clarity and conformity to regu- It is also an avenue to resolve is- inquiries will not
lations. sues you have been unable to resolve be published.
Corrections: The 422nd Air Base through the responsible agency or your Including your
Squadron Public Affairs Office strives chain of command. contact informa-
for accuracy in each edition of The Up- If your concern still can’t be re- tion will also give Col. Vincent
link. If an error is noticed, contact The D’Angelo
solved, please call the Action Line or us a chance to get
Uplink staff, 422nd Air Base Squadron
send your concern via e-mail. more information if needed to solve
Public Affairs at 236-8468 or 01280
708 468 or via e-mail at 422abs.pa@
Items of interest to all RAF the problem.
croughton.af.mil and a correction will Croughton readers may be published in To submit an Action Line, call 236-
be published. The Uplink. 8017 or e-mail 422abg.commanders.
If you leave your name and tele- actionline@croughton.af.mil.
Feb. 10, 2006 News The Uplink 3
LEAD Program seeks Airmen for U.S. Air Force Academy
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (USAFENS) – The than six years of service. There are also 85 slots available for
Air Force is looking for outstanding enlisted Airmen with active duty Airmen for direct entry into the academy. Those
leadership potential to fill appointments to the U.S. Air Force Airmen must be no older than 23 on July 1 of the year enter-
Academy. ing the Academy.
There are 135 slots available each year through the Lead- The initial application -- AF Form 1786 -- requires the
ers Encouraging Airmen Development Program. The dead- Airman’s personal information, immediate commander’s
line for completing the initial application is Feb. 15 for entry endorsement (no lower than squadron commander or equiv-
into the fall 2006 class. The LEAD Program is an ongoing alent), and Military Personnel Flight (MPF) Assignments
Air Force effort to provide its brightest Airmen the opportu- coordination.
nity to excel by offering them appointments to the academy The completed form must reach the Air Force Academy
in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Admissions Office no later than Feb. 15 of the entry year.
The LEAD program delegates authority to unit and wing Once an application has been processed, Airmen will be
commanders to nominate highly qualified Airmen to attend notified by the admissions office concerning additional re-
the Prep School with the intention of an academy appoint- quirements such as the physical aptitude exam, an extensive
ment to follow. Fifty slots are reserved at the Prep School medical evaluation, completion of an interview with an Ad-
for Airmen who meet entry criteria. Airmen must be a U.S. missions Liaison Officer, completion of the writing sample,
citizen or be able to obtain citizenship before entry into the and attainment of qualifying scores on the Scholastic Apti-
academy the following year, be unmarried and have no de- tude Test or the American College Test.
pendents, must not have passed their 22nd birthday by July For more information, contact Tech. Sgt. Ronald Tucker
1 of the entry year, be of high moral character and have less at 236-8620.

Air Force Assistance Fund to start Monday


The Air Force Assistance Fund starts Monday. The tion, Air Force Enlisted Village, Inc.) that provide support
AFAF is an annual effort to raise funds for the charitable to the Air Force members and families in need. For more
affiliates (Air Force Village Foundation, Inc., Air Force Aid information, contact Master Sgt. Jeffery Vallery at 236-
Society, Inc., General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Founda- 8296 or Master Sgt. William Elmore at 236-8216.

because of the simplicity and their tax


Tax knowledge.”
Ms. Knoblock says she uses the Tax
Items needed by VITA

Continued from Page 1 Center for more than its simplicity, Photo Identification
though. Social Security card for all
Sgt. Sophia Tilman, 422nd ABS Mili- “Last year, due to tax changes that family members
tary Pay NCO in charge; Jacque Knoop were implemented, I thought I was go- Birth dates for all family mem-
and Randy Powers. ing to lose money due to my invest- bers
“The VITA team saved the commu- ments,” she said. “The people at the Current year’s tax package
nity $41,875 in (filing) fees last year,” Tax Center really took care of me. I Wage and earnings statement
said Sergeant Snider. “We’re excited ended up getting more money back from all employers
to be here to do the same or more this than I expected.” Interest and dividends state-
year.” The Tax Center will not maintain pa- ments
Flora Knoblock, 422nd Air Base per forms for filing, but all necessary Bank routing and account num-
Group Financial Management officer, forms can be found at www.irs.gov. bers (for electronic returns)
arrived here in 1999 and has used the The site also provides links for Air- Other relevant information
Tax Center every year since she ar- men who prefer to file their own taxes. about income and expenses
rived. The Tax Center is located in the Le- If filing a married, joint elec-
“I started using it when I got here gal Office and will accept appointments tronic return, both spouses must
because of my move and investments,” between 8 and 10 a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m. be present to sign
she said. “I’ve been using it ever since Monday through Friday.
4 Feb. 10, 2006 News The Uplink

Security forces transformation:


News Briefs
More than meets the eye
Hail and Farewell Senior Airman J.G. Buzanowski identify additional ways to train.”
A 422nd Air Base Group
Air Force Print News While security forces will focus more
Hail and Farewell will be held
on their warfighting competencies, Air
Monday at the Community
WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- As the Force leaders are reviewing several op-
Center at 3 p.m.
Air Force continues to adapt for the fu- tions for installation protection duties,
ture, changes to the security forces ca- like entry control, at home stations. Plans
Red Cross reer field will affect the total force. call for more DoD civilians, greater af-
The RAF Croughton Medi- Brig. Gen. Robert Holmes, director filiation with the Guard and Reserve and
cal Clinic will offer a Red of security forces and force protection, better use of technologies, General Hol-
Cross Babysitters Certifica- calls these transformations a “refocus” mes said.
tion Course for youths aged 12 on how his people train and fight. The changes to the security forces
and older who are eligible for “We’re not in the Cold War anymore; career field will present the opportunity
certification. The course will we have to alter our mentality and our for other Airman to participate in instal-
be scheduled when there are practices for today’s reality,” the general lation security.
at least six youths signed up. said. “Because of the nature of the threat, While that doesn’t necessarily mean
Price is $32 per person. For our Airmen are fighting the global war everyone will have a rotation check-
more information or to sign on terror on the front lines, and we owe ing identification cards at a gate, it does
up, contact Staff Sgt. Kimberly it to them to provide training, equipment mean more comprehensive training,
Flanagan at 236-8198. and resources to be effective.” awareness and capability to respond and
Essentially security forces Airmen participate, he said.
will focus on preparing for their warf- “Will every Airman be a cop? No. But
Prescriptions ighting mission at forward locations, as every Airman will be a warrior,” General
Prescriptions may be re- well as security at a fixed installation, Holmes said. “Every Airman needs to be
trieved only by the patient or General Holmes said. trained in basic force protection skills
patient’s representative who As an example, he cited an Air Force and must be prepared to defend an air
presents the patient’s identi- Task Force that operated around Balad base and themselves in the event of an
fication card (or a copy of the Air Base, Iraq, for two months last year. attack. This means more than just quali-
front and back) and/or written The unit patrolled the local towns and fying with a weapon. We want Airmen to
permission. Prescriptions for found weapons caches as well as indi- be comfortable with their duty weapon
children under the age of 18 viduals who posed a threat to the base. and to develop their shooting skills.”
may be given to the parent after “Our Airmen are going ‘outside the While definitive plans have not been
viewing the parent’s ID card. wire’ to conduct missions and are prov- finalized, General Holmes also said one
The Medical Release of Infor- ing successful in keeping people safe,” of the transformation goals is bring-
mation forms are located at the General Holmes said. ing security forces Airmen back in step
clinic and can be completed “Not only for the folks stationed at with standard Air Force 120-day deploy-
and placed in medical records the base, but people who live and work ments.
to fulfill the written permis- in the local area as well. This is very “Right now our folks are going out for
sion requirement. Prescriptions important in the present war on terror,” 179-day rotations,” he said. “Our Air-
not picked up after seven day he added. men need time to reconstitute and train,
will be returned to RAF Lak- Security forces Airmen must learn so it’s important to get them in line with
enheath. counter-insurgency techniques and in the rest of the Air Force. We aim to do
doing so, they’ll operate more effec- just that.”
CPMC tively in joint operations, said Maj. Gen. Overall, General Holmes said the
The Civilian Personnel Norman Seip, assistant deputy chief of changes would make security forces Air-
Management Course will be staff for air and space operations. men more effective and relevant to Air
held here April 10 to 12 from “We need to be prepared for a full- Force needs in the face of the current
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is man- spectrum of threats against an air field,” changing nature of warfare.
datory for anyone who super- General Seip said. “That means taking “We want to make our Airmen more
vises general schedule or wage more responsibility for defense of our proficient, and to do that, we need to
grade employees. For more mission, so our sister services can con- adapt,” Gen. Holmes said. “We’re going
information, contact Christina centrate on their own tasks. We need to to change our training, our tactics and
Switzer at 236-4063 understand how they operate, so we’re our procedures and the Air Force will be
working closely with the Army to better for it.”
Feb. 10, 2006 Recognition The Uplink 5
Unit and job title: 422nd ABS/FMA
NCOIC Accounting Liaison

Time in service: 9 years, 4 months

Time on station: 1 year, 6 months

Family: Wife - Izumi

Hobbies: Computers, guitars, anime


(Japanese animation) and Formula 1
Staff Sgt. Scott Baker
Supervisor’s quote: Sergeant Baker
is the accounting liaison officer for the
payment center and all the contractors
who provide supplies and service to
Croughton. He single-handedly vali-
dates more than $3 million in contracts
annually.

How do you support the RAF


Croughton mission? I liaise between
here and DFAS to ensure customers’
funds are loaded and paid properly.

If you could do one thing to improve


Croughton, what would it be? I
would like to see the hours at the Auto
Skills Center extended a couple of The Spotlight On ... is intended to recognize technical sergeants and below who
more days a week since it’s hard to get epitomize what it means to be a part of Team Croughton. Submissions must be
there during the week. sent to 422abs.pa@croughton.af.mil by squadron superintendents.

Annual Award Winners No photograph


available:
Simon Martin
422nd ABS
Civilian Category II
Tech. Sgt.
Judy Khamphan
422nd ABS
Staff Sgt. NCO
Ryan Cote
Linda Tallent
422nd CS
Honor Guard Member Senior Master Sgt.
Volunteer
Maj. Gary Dorman 2nd Lt. Nicholas Kuc
Joe Carenza 422nd CES
422nd CS 422nd CS
FGO
SNCO CSIP
Airman 1st Class
Josh Reisner
422nd SFS
Superior Performer
Capt. Steven Cruz
422nd CS
Flight Commander
Senior Airman Senior Master Sgt.
Jonathan Youhanaie Capt. Joseph Quinn Rick Cavuto Rudolph Montez
422nd SFS 422nd SFS 422nd CS 422nd ABG
Airman CGO Civilian Category II 1st Sergeant
6 Feb. 10, 2006 Commentary The Uplink

Cyberspace ... How Croughton provides


operational relevance in AF’s new mission
New Air Force mission brings need to fight to protect our national surveillance technology to identify
Croughton Airmen to the forefront of interests. and capture known subversives able to
success. The Air Force defines cyberspace to penetrate our physical base defenses.
include network security, data trans- I fully expect the expanded Air Force
Lt. Col. George Lamont mission and the sharing of informa- focus on the cyberspace arena to bring
422nd Communications Squadron tion. Cyberspace is a somewhat ab- further guidance to help develop im-
stract concept for most. Cyberspace is proved tactics, techniques and proce-
Cyberspace is not new to the virtually impossible to detect through dures to ensure sustained operations.
Air Force and certainly not to RAF our unrefined human senses. How- However, we can still do more.
Croughton. The traditional image ever, it drives almost all aspects of our We all need to better understand the
of air power conjures up visions of everyday lives. operational relevance of what we do.
aircraft traveling at supersonic speeds, Entertainment, retail, banking, news It is no longer enough, for example,
engaging in air-to-air combat or media, navigation, telephones, radio to be a Tech Controller who watches
conducting bombing campaigns on and transportation systems all run or circuit actions and restores them when
massed enemy forces and strategic are built around computer networks. they go down.
targets. Since 9/11 our enemies are Only recently have we as a people A higher level of insight is required
no longer the superpowers we spent become familiar with the terms “vi- to assess what the impact of that
decades going toe to toe with us- rus” and “spam” as they apply to the particular circuit has on customers,
ing conventional weapons and huge network and understand their negative mission and operations and relay that
military budgets. We are now faced impacts. Previously, the occasional information up the chain. Each outage
with an asymmetric threat, one where office network outage was merely an in itself may not seem significant, but
our enemies can strike with incredible annoyance. the aggregate could spell disaster.
lethality and devastating force ... and Today, when the network goes It is nearly impossible to be in the
they are extremely adaptable. Our en- down things grind to a halt, billions Air Force today and not face deploy-
emy is the terrorist. The terrorist’s sole of dollars in productivity are lost and ing through the Air Expeditionary
purpose is to get us to change our way lives are put at risk. These are exactly Force process. Imagine you being
of life and question our values. This the effects terrorists want. on the downrange end of that faulty
enemy’s realm is cyberspace. Croughton has been on the cyber- circuit in the middle of a firefight and
Long gone is the image of renegade space front line for more than four your buddies are relying on you to call
terrorists who simply want their 15 decades providing dedicated com- for backup ... not such an insignifi-
minutes of fame before going down in munications throughout the Euro- cant circuit as you might have once
a fiery blast for their political cause. pean theater. We understand the new thought.
These new terrorists are million-dollar lexicon of network defense, informa- Develop the bigger picture and un-
businessmen, lawyers and technologi- tion superiority and Time Compliance derstand where you and your actions
cally savvy individuals who have the Network Order. Our young Airmen fit within that picture. Everything we
means to disrupt almost every aspect are well trained and understand the do should be geared toward the mis-
of our life through a simple device ... a technology of cyberspace, its benefits sion, and the future of communications
computer. and the risks. at Croughton will rest largely on our
Some say we have only ourselves Whether it is our telephone switch, ability to stay relevant. I have com-
to blame for allowing this situation High Frequency antennas, base plete confidence we can not only adapt
to develop by relying so heavily on network services or satellite mission, to operating in the realm of cyberspace
technology and often unquestioningly we continue to innovate and improve ... but we will excel.
adopting its utility to improve opera- the maintenance of our systems and As we celebrate President’s Day
tions or eliminate menial tasks. The defend them from all possible forms of and reflect upon two of our nation’s
debate is moot since technology is attack. greatest leaders, Washington and Lin-
here to stay. We’ve thwarted thousands of coln, think of how they faced equally
The Air Force feels so strongly viruses by implementing hundreds determined enemies and employed an
about the potential risks posed by this of network security patches, reduced innovative military to achieve victory
enemy, they’ve made a revolutionary procedural vulnerabilities through and secure our freedom. Yesterday we
change to our core mission objective dozens of work center inspections enabled the warfighter ... today, we are
and included cyberspace as an area we and even managed to successfully use the new warfighter.
Feb. 10, 2006 Feature The Uplink 7

Dynamic Duo:
Dentists keep base smiling
Staff Sgt. Chris Stagner smile.”
422nd ABS Public Affairs Doctor Randall
knew she wanted to
With only two dentists on staff, the be a dentist, but for
RAF Croughton Dental Clinic is what Dr. (Maj.) Bryan Tal-
some might describe as small. This lent, chief of dental
small clinic with only two dentists services at the clinic,
treats almost 4,000 patients every year. the decision wasn’t Photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Stagner
The two dentists work tirelessly to quite so cut and dry. Dr. (Capt.) Letitia Randall (left) and Dr. (Maj.) Bry-
ensure each patient receives the best “I got my [under- an Tallent treat almost 4,000 patients annually at
treatment possible, and they do it with graduate] degree in
the RAF Croughton Dental Clinic.
a smile while they maintain smiles chemistry, but when
around the community. I finally graduated I
“I just like helping people smile,” wasn’t sure I wanted to go work for dentists would be more than capable
422nd Air Base Squadron Dental a large company,” said the dentist. “I of handling the situation.
Clinic General Dentist Dr. (Capt.) started looking at other jobs, and being Both dentists have attended the Ad-
Letitia Randall said with a smile of her a dentist seemed like a fun job with a vanced Education General Dentistry
own as she explained why she became lot of autonomy.” course. Doctor Tallent attended the
a dentist. “Nothing makes me happier Many days for the dentists are a program for two years at Wilford Hall
than when kids come into the office routine of exams and cleanings. The in San Antonio, and Doctor Randall
scared of the dentist and then leave most important part of the routine, ac- attended the program for one year at
with no pain and come back with a cording to Doctor Randall, is stressing the Air Force Academy.
preventive maintenance to the “Most dentists don’t receive any
patients who pass through the additional training after college,” said
clinic doors. Doctor Tallent. “Air Force dentists
“People have got to take care continue training and, in general, have
of their teeth,” she said. “It’s more advanced knowledge than civil-
important to brush and floss ian dentists. It’s amazing what I didn’t
everyday. It’s also important to know when I finished [dental school]
use a mouth wash with fluoride that I thought I knew.”
in it. The water here doesn’t re- The dentists’ enthusiasm is evident
ally have much fluoride in it, so in their customer service.
we’re not getting it in our teeth “I’ve been to Doctor Randall a
everyday.” couple of times, and she’s always done
She went on to discuss the im- good work,” said Master Sgt. John
portance of not refraining from Nelson, 422nd ABS Financial Man-
seeing a dentist when something agement Flight NCO in charge. “She
starts to hurt. had the patience of a saint when she
“If they’re having pain and went through a two-and-a-half hour
wait for three months to tell us procedure with my son.”
about it, it’s probably too late,” A new policy started Feb. 1 which
she said. allows non-active duty patients to see
Doctor Tallent agreed with her civilian dentists for anything other
when he said, “When you take a than braces and implants without a
tooth out and pus starts coming nonavailability form. The question
out like a river, the person prob- is; with their additional training and
Photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Ashley
ably waited too long to come to knack for making patients leave with
Doctor Randall places a rubber dam the dentist,” he said. a smile, would anyone want to see any
into a patient’s mouth while Senior If a tooth did erupt the way dentist but one of Croughton’s dy-
Airman Jonathan Barrie assists. Doctor Tallent described, the namic duo?
8 Feb. 10, 2006 Combat Special Interest Programs The Uplink

CSIP
POCs
Combat Education
Tech. Sgt.
Ronald Tucker
236-8620
Combat Fitness
Master Sgt.
Dan Gallagher
236-8541
Combat Intro/Exit
Master Sgt.
William Franklin
236-8228
Combat Nighthawk
1st Lt. Chad Johnson
236-8191
Combat Proud
Master Sgt.
Martin Jimenez Photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Stagner

236-8754 Evette Pearson (center), RAF Croughton librarian, works with children during
Combat Touch story and craft hour. The event is held every week for children aged 2 to 5.
Chaplain (Capt.)
Eddie Jones
236-8287
Hidden Heroes Library
Master Sgt.
James Foreman
236-8584 improved by ...
Project CHEER
Hannah Slatter Staff Sgt. Chris Stagner the activities [Evette Pearson, librarian] has
236-8294 422nd ABS Public Affairs planned,” she said. “Plus, it gives them the
Project Wizard opportunity to socialize with other kids.”
Evette Pearson The sounds of children laughing can The Project Wizard improvements don’t
be heard from outside. Inside, it’s even stop with the story hour. The library re-
236-8245
more raucous. The squeals and giggles ceived $46,200 in additional funding in
Project SMART and screams are a preemptive strike on the 2005, and the library put those funds to use.
Tech. Sgt. Justin Grant senses that can catch someone off guard … “Project Wizard has really empowered
236-8580 unless you’re involved in making the noise. us to better involve all of the people in our
Customer College This is the scene at the RAF Croughton community,” said Miss Pearson. “We’re
2nd Lt. Amanda Phelps Library every Tuesday morning during able to provide more books, CDs, DVDs
236-8375 Story and Crafts Hour. The weekly event is and programs due to the extra funding.”
Combat Care for children between the ages of 2 and 5 and She went on to say that the money was
Capt. Michele Ashley lets them take advantage of all the library used to purchase five computers and flat-
236-8371 has to offer. From reading to making their screen monitors; new printers and upgrades
own art, the library – through its Project for the children’s computer area. The library
Project Connect
Wizard program – entertains and educates also plans to allow customers to search the
Col. Vincent D’Angelo the Croughton community. library from the comfort of their homes.
236-8974 Tammy Bierman, a family childcare “We’re upgrading our circulation sys-
Combat Wingman provider on Croughton, thinks the Project tem,” said Miss Pearson. “Customers will
1st Lt. Tim Soehner Wizard-sponsored story hour is a great be able to check our catalogs and those of
236-8220 program. any base in USAFE. We’re really opening
“The kids really like the interaction and things up.”
Feb. 10, 2006 Sports The Uplink 9
Super Bowl XL hits croughton

Scott Baker (front) squeals with


excitement as he takes a 14-7 lead
over Jim Bane during the pre-Super
Bowl Madden Tournament. Bane re-
Photos by Staff Sgt. Chris Stagner covered an on-side kick to win the

Fans jump with joy as the Steelers score their first touchdown. game 21-20.
Team Croughton members turned out in scores at the “I really liked what the club did for the Super Bowl,”
Consolidated Club to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat said Scott Baker. “It was nice to take a little piece of home
the Seattle Seahawks 21-10. and make it an event the entire base enjoyed.
The club started the night with a pre-Super Bowl Mad- “I can’t wait to do it again next year; except it would be
den Tournament and followed on with free food and door nice to actually win the Madden Tournament. I went 0-3
prizes. this year. That wasn’t fun.”

And the survey says ...


What do you miss most about watching the Super Bowl in the states?

Col. Vincent D’Angelo Staff Sgt. Airman 1st Class Senior Master Sgt.
422nd ABG Aaron Billingsley Frank McDonald Rudolph Montez
422nd CS 422nd SFS 422nd ABG
“I miss the commercials
and the time. I’d rather “I wish it didn’t come “I miss the million-dol- “I miss the commer-
have a barbecue (during on so late here, but that’s a lar commercials. Those are cials. They added some
the game). But the cama- sacrifice I proudly make to the best commercials in liveliness to the game.
raderie here is good, and defend my country.” the world every year.” Plus, it was nice to see
I can’t think of anywhere what idiot paid $2.5 mil-
else I’d rather be.” lion for 30 seconds.”
10 Feb. 10, 2006 Community The Uplink

free tour of Sulgrave Manor, Croughton Crust


ancestral home of President The Croughton Crust is
Washington, will be given now open Monday through
afterward for those in atten- Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.,
dance. For more informa- Thursday and Friday from 4
tion, contact Chaplain Philio to 9 p.m. and Saturday from
at 236-8287. noon to 5 p.m.
The National Prayer Lun-
cheon will be held March Outdoor Rec
6 from noon to 1:15 p.m. 236-8419
at the Consolidated Club.
Guest speaker will be Air Malvern Hills
Force Chief of Chaplains Outdoor Recreation will
Maj. Gen. Charles C. Bald- host a trip to Malvern Hills
win. Tickets are $5. Meal Feb. 26. The walk is suitable
is chicken schnitzel or roast for an active family. The area
beef, vegetable medley, new is famous for being the home
potatoes, salad, rolls, drink. of composer Elgar. The trip
There are only 100 tickets costs $20 for adults and $10
and they will be sold on a for children under the age of
first-come, first-served ba- 16. Transportation will de-
sis. For more information or part at 8:30 a.m.
to purchase tickets, contact
Chaplain (Capt.) Shannon Youth/Teen
Philio at 236-8287. Center
Christian Men’s Lun-
cheon and Bible Study meets 236-8545
Photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Ashley
in the Chapel Annex every
The Youth and Teen Cen-
Croughton’s #1 Mouseketeer! Wednesday at noon.
ter will host a trip to Milton
Capt. Joseph Quinn, 422nd Security Forces Consolidated Keynes on Feb. 26 to watch
Squadron operations officer, celebrates at the the Milton Keynes team play
first RAF Croughton Annual Award Banquet
Club Birmingham. The trip is
as SFS Airmen win one of their four awards. 236-8432 open to youths between the
ages of 13 and 18 and de-
Luna Angel show parts the Caversfield Youth
Chapel The Protestant Youth The club will host a free and Teen Center at 2 p.m.
Group meets every Sunday show featuring Reggae Band Cost is £8 for adults and £5
236-8287 at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel Luna Angel on Feb. 22 at for children.
Annex. For more informa- 6 p.m.
Catholic services: tion, contact 1st Lt. Chad A Jamaican-themed buffet Human
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Johnson at 236-8191. will be served at
Monday through Thurs- General Chapel Infor- 5 p.m. for a cost of $6.25 for
Resources
day at noon mation: club members and $7.25 for 236-8298
Communion Service is Christian Men’s Lun- non-club members.
Friday at noon cheon and Bible Study The 422nd Air Base
Religious education is ev- meets in the Chapel Annex Valentine’s Dinner Squadron Services Flight has
ery Sunday from 11 a.m. to every Wednesday at noon. Command Chef Jean- job opportunities available.
noon at Croughton Ameri- The Dorm Dinners are Marc will prepare a Valen- Jobs are currently available
can School. held the fourth Tuesday of tine’s meal at the club Feb. at the Child Development
Protestant services: each month at 6 p.m. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is Center, Consolidated Club,
General Protestant Wor- A Washington Memo- $50 per couple, and reserva- Bowling Center, Youth Cen-
ship is every Sunday at rial Service will be held tions must be made by close ter and Lodging. Pay rates
11 a.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. in Sul- of business today. range from $6.97 to $9.01
Sunday school is every grave Parish Church. Chap- per hour.
Sunday at Croughton Amer- lain (Capt.) Shannon Philio Mardi Gras party For more information,
ican School from 9:30 to will preach a brief message The club will host a party contact the Human Resourc-
10:30 a.m. on Air Force Core Values. A Feb. 24 at 9 p.m. es Office.
Feb. 10, 2006 Lighter Side The Uplink 11
ACROSS 45. Grammy-winning rap group ___ DMC
1. Simpson trial judge 46. Tolkien character
4. Stroke 47. Body of water
7. Black botanist, agricultural chemist, educator 48. North-central North Carolina river
10. Ciliate 49. Finales
14. Complied 51. Valved brass wind instruments
15. American slave leader Nat 53. Spy org.
16. Age 54. Actress Dolenz
17. Boardinghouse 55. Mortals
18. Country _____; Grammy Artist Nelly’s first 59. Underground Railroad conductor Harriet ___
album 62. Fertilized egg
22. Carter G. __; known as “Father of Black 63. Brightly colored marine fish
History” 64. Knee ligament, in short
26. TV character Monk’s illness, in short 65. Picnic pest
27. Bother DOWN
28. Football stat 1. ___ League
29. Bullfight cheer 2. Golf prop
30. Bonnet denizen? 3. Former California fort
31. Discounts 4. Tap lightly
33. Mil. confidential disclosure statement 5. Flightless bird
34. German article 6. Rocky cliff
35. Japanese sash 7. Force
38. First black, female sheriff (Fulton Co., GA) 8. Chafe
42. HHG movement org. 9. Bore
11. Home to Vance AFB
12. Liberian president Stephen ___ (1855)
13. Tennessee AFB
18. Lump
19. Damage
20. Sweetened beverage
21. First black, female Cabinet member Patricia__
Harris
22. 1985 Ford movie
23. Unity
24. USAF commissioning source
25. Public education labor union, in short
32. Demeanor
35. Mining goal 41. Levy 56. Appendage
36. First black Nobel Peace Prize winner 42. Black Supreme Court justice Clarence 57. The Big Apple, in short
37. Element IN 43. POTUS helicopter ____ One 58. Resort area Costa del ___
38. Black Grammy-nominated artist Harper 44. Possess 59. Orig. air carrier
39. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director Lee 50. Stressed syllable 60. Vase
40. Afternoon beverage 52. Overacting performer 61. Baseball item
Jan. 27 Solutions

And the survey says ...


If you could say one thing to your significant other for Valentine’s Day, what would it be?

Eric Watts Staff Sgt. Tech. Sgt. Airman 1st Class


422nd ABS Jahi Uzzell Amy Conaghan Shannon McPherson
422nd CS 422nd ABS 422nd SFS
“Of all the stars that
reside in the heavens, you “I love you, baby. I “Andy, WAYF! All of “I love you, poopie.
shine the brightest. None couldn’t have made it my love.” Jason and I miss you and
are as complete as you. through the last three years can’t wait for you to get
Thanks you for being my without you.” home.”
light, friend and wife. I
will always cherish you,
my queen.”