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Jan. 13, 2006
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‘And with this piece of equipment, I can see into the future’
Senior Airman Jason Barker (right), 422nd Communications Squadron SATCOM journeyman, briefs Maj. Gen. Paul Fletcher (middle), 16th Air Force vice commander, and Col. Blake Lindner, 501st Combat Support Wing commander, about SATCOM operations during the general’s December visit. The general came to RAF Croughton to visit the base and provide mentoring for its NCOs and CGOs.
Air Force releases new mission statement
Master Sgt. Mitch Gettle Air Force Print News WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- The realities of the world have changed dramatically since the creation of the Air Force in 1947 and continue to change almost daily. With these changes in mind, Air Force leaders released a new mission statement Dec. 7 that deﬁnes the current and future direction of the Air Force. “Today, our world is fast paced, constantly shifting and ﬁlled with a wide range of challenges,” Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley wrote in a joint Letter to Airmen. “Our mission is our guiding compass, and it must be clearer than ever before.” The mission statement deﬁnes the See Mission on Page 4
Inside The Uplink
Air Force declares F-22A Raptor operational.
CAS Students compete in geography bee.
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From 2005 to 2006 …
Col. Vincent D’Angelo 422nd Air Base Group commander
Lt. Col. Jim Ryan 422nd Air Base Squadron commander Staff Sgt. Chris Stagner NCO in charge of Public Affairs
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Welcome back and happy New Year to all! As we start this new year, I want to share some thoughts with you. During the holiday period, I made a number of visits all over the base with shift workers, gate guards and Airmen in other functional areas during both morning and evening hours. I had the opportunity to talk with our proud Airmen and am amazed, humbled, honored and, most of all; thankful for all that we have here at RAF Croughton. I am amazed at the great progress we have made getting our facilities squared away, the big strides in standardizing, understanding and tackling head-on our Combat Special Interest Programs; particularly Combat Fitness, Combat Intro/Exit, Combat Proud, and Customer College. I am so pleased at how well we perform our primary mission. I am so very proud to tell you we get very high marks from the wing commander in all areas! Many of you have heard me at commander’s calls and in other venues talk to our motto of “Raising the Bar” and “Always Forward.” By standing up a new wing and transforming Croughton to a group we have written a new history for this installation, and you are all a part of that. “Always Forward” means continu-
ous improvements in ourselves, the mission, our processes and the base. Make no mistake, over the last eight months we have turned the corner. The normalization of our processes, organizations and the effective changes we’ve made have absolutely made the difference in our success – we know there is no turning back. We’ll continue to train hard, teach, mentor, perform the missions, deploy the troops, protect this base, work the CSIPs, and look for improvements to all these areas, continuously, so we can always provide the most effective support we can to the warﬁghter. To have a realistic and relevant impact on our combat Air Forces, we must take our missions and understanding of them to the next level. That’s where “Raise the Bar” really hits home. We’ll keep analyzing our mission areas, focus on maximizing our impact to the warﬁghter and to raise it to a level that everyone can appreciate at ﬁrst glance. We’ll continue to integrate our CSIPs with our limited manpower, volunteers and organizations to meet the main objectives set forth for Croughton by our leadership in USAFE and the wing. 2005 was a great inaugural year for the 422nd Air Base Group and Team Croughton! I look forward to working with each and every one of you for an even better year in 2006!
Commander’s Action Line
The Action Line is your direct line for comments and suggestions on how to make RAF Croughton a better place to live and work. It is also an avenue to resolve issues you have been unable to resolve through the responsible agency or your chain of command. If your concern still can’t be resolved, please call the Action Line or send your concern via e-mail. Items of interest to all RAF Croughton readers may be published in The Uplink. If you leave your name and telephone number or e-mail address, you will receive a reply. Anonymous inquiries will not be published. Including your contact informaCol. Vincent tion will also give D’Angelo us a chance to get more information if needed to solve the problem. To submit an Action Line, call 2368017 or e-mail 422abg.commanders. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 13, 2006
USAFE gets new commander
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (USAFENS) – Gen. William T. Hobbins assumed command of United States Air Forces in Europe from Gen. Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong today at a ceremony on Ramstein AB. General Hobbins, who previously worked as Warﬁghting Deputy Chief of Staff for Warﬁghting Integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and acting Chief of Information Ofﬁcer for the ofﬁce of the Secretary of the Air Force, will begin his term as USAFE commander just ﬁve years after he last left the command as its director of Aerospace Operations. “Robbin and I are absolutely thrilled to be back in Germany,” the general said. “We look forward to rekindling the friendships we shared just a few short years ago.” During today’s ceremony, General Hobbins shared his admiration for the command’s previous commander, as well as spoke of his plans for the future. “In my last function, I found inspiration in the understanding that decision superiority is not narrowly about technology, but broadly about the emerging military response to the information age,” the general said. “Our history of air dominance using agile deployability and geographically dispersed forces makes complete battleﬁeld awareness essential for success. My goal is to lead a command instilled with these world-class information capabilities.” After assuming command, General Hobbins spoke in English and German to thank his distinguished guests, including Gen. James L. Jones, U.S. European Command commander; Gen. T. Michael Moseley, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force; General Foglesong and his family; as well local community, state and federal workers, in addition to the men and women of USAFE. In his farewell speech, General Foglesong expressed his admiration for USAFE’s Airmen and the tremendous job they’ve done during his term as commander. “We have done great things and I have been privileged to work with such a ﬁne group; not only of Airmen, but of Marines, Soldiers, and Sailors as well as our European Allies. We have continued the incredible legacy of accomplishments that NATO has achieved over the last ﬁve decades,” General Foglesong said. During General Foglesong’s tenure, USAFE stood up the Air Force’s Warﬁghting Headquarters and established Centers of Excellence for Expeditionary Operations, Air Dominance and Joint Fires. The general also led a robust theater security cooperation effort, visited more than 60 countries and established new relationships in USAFE’s area of operations. Since taking the USAFE ﬂag, he instituted 15 Combat and Special Interest Programs that have signiﬁcantly improved mission readiness and quality of life throughout the command. As the new USAFE commander, General Hobbins also has three other titles: commander, Allied Air Component Command Ramstein; air component commander, U.S. European Command, Ramstein AB, Germany; and director, Multinational Joint Air Power Competence Center, Kalkar, Germany. General Hobbins is a 1969 Ofﬁcer Training School graduate and command pilot with more than 4,275 ﬂying hours. He entered the Air Force in December 1969 as a graduate of Ofﬁcer Training School. He has commanded two tactical ﬁghter wings and a composite air group. He has served as the Director of Plans and Operations for U.S. Forces Japan, Director of Plans and Policy for U.S. Atlantic Command, and the Director of Operations for U.S. Air Forces in Europe. As the USAFE Director of Operations, General Hobbins was responsible for the planning, beddown and execution of combat forces in Europe for Operation Allied Force. While serving as Commander, Air Forces Iceland, he led the composite wing in the intercept of 80 Soviet bomber aircraft in nine months. During his tenure as 12th Air Force Commander, General Hobbins deployed the 12th Air Force’s Air Operations Center to Southwest Asia as operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom’s alternate AOC prior to the beginning of the hostilities. He was conﬁrmed for appointment to the grade of general and assignment as USAFE commander on Oct. 28, 2005. General Hobbins now leads USAFE, which includes more than 32,000 active-duty, reserve and civilian members. USAFE’s mission is to plan, conduct and coordinate offensive and defensive air operations based on tasks assigned by the U.S. EUCOM commander. The command’s diverse responsibilities also include in-theater airlift and air refueling operations, and encompass 23 million square miles, from Greenland to Russia and Norway to Africa.
Air Force declares F-22 operational
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. - The Air Force’s most advanced weapon system is ready for combat, Air Force ofﬁcials here announced Dec. 16. In reaching initial operational capability, the F-22A Raptor has been certiﬁed ready for employment. Declaring the transformational ﬁghter IOC means the Raptor’s proven capabilities are now available for use in combat around the globe and are supported by a properly trained and equipped force. It also means the aircraft is qualiﬁed to perform homeland defense missions when required. In the words of Gen. Ronald E. Keys, Air Combat Command commander, “If we go to war tomorrow, the Raptor will go with us.” “F-22A IOC means our warﬁghters now have an unprecedented lethal mix of air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities at their disposal,” General Keys said. “The Raptor’s cutting-edge tech See F-22 on Page 4
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New clinic hours
The RAF Croughton Clinic will start new operating hours Wednesday. They are as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday the clinic will be open from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday the clinic will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 12:30 p.m. for training. Patients are reminded to dial 911 on base for emergencies and 999 off base. The Nurse Advice Line is available at 0800 896 409. After hours medical providers can be contacted at 07718 512 741.
Continued from Page 1 “where and what” the Air Force accomplishes on a daily basis: The mission of the United States Air Force is to deliver sovereign options for the defense of the United States of America and its global interests -- to ﬂy and ﬁght in Air, Space, and Cyberspace. The statement includes two new concepts, “sovereign options” and “cyberspace,” which the secretary and chief deﬁned. They said having sovereign options is the essence of being a superpower. “Our task is to provide the National Command Authority and the combatant commanders with an array of options ... options that are not limited by the tyranny of distance, the urgency of time, or the strength of our enemy’s defenses,” they said. “With one hand the Air Force can deliver humanitarian assistance to the farthest reaches of the globe, while with the other hand we can destroy a target any-
The 422nd Air Base Group will have a commanders call Feb. 3 at 8 a.m. in the Community Center.
where in the world.” The term cyberspace includes network security, data transmission and the sharing of information. “We have quite a few of our Airmen dedicated to cyberspace ... from security awareness, making sure the networks can’t be penetrated, as well as ﬁguring out countermeasures,” Secretary Wynne said. “The Air Force is a natural leader in the cyber world and we thought it would be best to recognize that talent.” Adversaries of the United States will use any method or venue necessary to contest America, and it is an Airman’s calling to dominate air, space and cyberspace, the leaders said. “If we can decisively and consistently dominate our assigned commons, then we will deter countless conﬂicts,” they said. “If our enemies are foolish and underestimate our resolve, then we will ﬂy, ﬁght, and destroy them.” Using past air power pioneers as examples of understanding the mission, they said, “Our new mission statement has evolved over time, but it does not change the nature of who we are or what we do.” day,” General Keys said. “Now that we have met our ﬁrst promised milestone of a fully capable, multimission platform ready for combat, we are already focused on furthering our integrated tactics development, reﬁning our deployability, and growing and training our force.” Designed to ensure America’s air dominance, the F-22A will ensure U.S. joint forces’ freedom from attack and freedom to attack, even as adversaries advance their weapons and technologies. “As I told (Air Force Chief of Staff) Gen. (T. Michael) Moseley, he and I have spent our lifetime executing, instructing, and providing air dominance for the joint force. Lamentably, we have never been privileged to hold a weapon like this in our hands. After reviewing our test results, seeing our operational deployment performance and talking to the pilots that will go to war with it, I am conﬁdent that the F-22A joins the combat force at a far more mature and capable level than any of our previous great aircraft, and will take its rightful place in a long line of U.S. Air Force legends of the air,” said the general.
The Retiree Ofﬁce is now located in Building 72. The ofﬁce is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact the ofﬁce at 236-8182.
Continued from Page 3 nology brings us continued joint air dominance despite advancing enemy threats.” Reaching the IOC milestone culminates a collaborative effort between Air Force organizations and the service’s industry partners over the past 25 years. The road to IOC included the F-22A System Program Ofﬁce turning Air Force requirements into a successful acquisition program; developmental ﬂight test and evaluation, simulation and ground testing at Edwards AFB, Calif., and Eglin AFB, Fla.; engine testing at Arnold AFB, Tenn.; missile testing at Holloman AFB, N.M., and over the Paciﬁc Test Range; tactics development at Nellis AFB, Nev.; pilot and maintenance training at Tyndall AFB, Fla.; and deployability here. “The F-22A fulﬁlls a long quest to bring ﬁfth-generation capabilities of stealth, supercruise and precision to the warﬁghter today and 30 years from to-
Information for Croughton American School is now available online at www.crou-ems. eu.dodea.edu.
Ministry of Defence Police Constable Keith Herring is offering a property marking scheme to help recover lost or stolen property. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Constable Herring at 01869 360 693 or at 14 Davis Garden in Caversﬁeld.
Jan. 13, 2006
Unit and job title: 422nd ABS, NCO in charge of military pay Time in service: 5 years, 2 months Time on station: 1 year, 6 months Family: None Hobbies: Going to the gym Supervisor’s quote: “Sergeant Tilman continually exceeds all my expectations. She is solely responsible for ensuring every military member stationed at RAF Croughton is paid correctly. If you have a problem with your pay, she’ll ﬁx it.” How do you support the RAF Croughton mission? By giving the best customer support possible and ensuring each military member here and in the London area receives proper pay entitlements on time. If you could do one thing to improve Croughton, what would it be? “I would expand the Base Exchange to allow for a great selection, especially in our uniform items.”
Staff Sgt. Sophia Tilman
The Spotlight On ... is intended to recognize technical sergeants and below who epitomize what it means to be a part of Team Croughton. Submissions must be sent to email@example.com by squadron superintendents.
Congratulations to the following Airmen for the promotions they will receive in January
Airman 1st Class
Miguel Almenara 422nd Communications Squadron Adriano Delgado-Garcia 422nd CS
Delia Menchaca 422nd CS
William Stevens 422nd SFS George Gregg 422nd Civil Engineer Squadron Joseph Carter 422nd CS
Jonathan Cissna 422nd CS
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Paul Kyberd 422nd Air Base Group In August, two Airmen from RAF Fairford went to Swindon. During the evening they visited a number of pubs. They traveled from Fairford in a private vehicle owned by one of the Airmen. During the early evening, the passenger noticed his colleague – the driver – was drinking. The Airman voiced his objection, warning the driver of the consequences of driving under the inﬂuence. When the driver had another drink, the passenger demanded the car keys. The remainder of the evening was spent enjoying themselves in the town, and just around midnight they departed Swindon to return to base. The sober passenger drove the vehicle, intending to prevent any DUI involving his colleague. The Airman is a Saint! All the education the military give us relating to the dangers of DUIs has worked: Airmen Against Drunk Driving and, even more importantly, Combat Wingman. The Airman should be rewarded for his acts that evening and for looking out for his wingman. However, the story doesn’t end there. On the way home, the Airman was driving slowly in Swindon because he didn’t know the area and was getting directions from his colleague who had been driving. Because the car was going at such a slow speed, the police in Swindon suspected drunk driving and stopped the vehicle. The police ofﬁcers questioned both the driver and the passenger. The Airmen explained the situation to the police who in turn conducted a breath test on both of them. The driver, who had not consumed any alcohol that evening, tested negative. The passenger, on the other hand, tested positive. Because he wasn’t driving, he didn’t commit an offense. That is proof of AADD and Combat Wingman efforts to save an Airman from a possible conviction for DUI. Morally, the sober Airman did the right thing. If he had allowed his col-
league to drive, the other Airman would have been arrested for DUI, charged, convicted, ﬁned and disqualiﬁed from driving. His career in the Air Force could have been harmed. Is the Airman who drove a saint or what? Now we come to the sinner part. On the legal side of things, unfortunately, the driver was not covered by insurance to drive this particular vehicle. In the UK the vehicle is insured and only persons named on the insurance may drive the vehicle. In the eyes of the UK law, driving without proper insurance is a serious offence, punishable with a hefty ﬁnancial penalty. So what did the police do? They waited until the other Airman was sober enough to take another breath test. After about half an hour he was found to be below the prescribed legal limit and was allowed to drive his vehicle back to the base. The driver received a summons to appear at Swindon Magistrates Court for driving a vehicle without insurance. He was found guilty because the law imposes strict liability: he was deﬁnitely driving the vehicle and there was no insurance to cover him. On one hand the sober Airman is a saint following the military policy on helping a colleague; on the other hand he’s a sinner because he didn’t follow host nation laws. Attempts to get the case dropped or waived failed. On legal advice, he pleaded guilty to the charge. The court sympathized with him but had no option but to ﬁne him and give him six points on his license. They ﬁned him the minimum they could: 100 pounds plus court costs of 34 pounds. The moral of this story has many parts. f you are the designated driver you don’t drink. Failing to follow the plan affected both Airmen. The Airman who drank could have committed a serious offense if his wing-
SAINT OR SINNER? Airman drives, receives ﬁne
man hadn’t been ready to step in. At the same time, the driver who drank unwittingly put his fellow Airman into a position where the sober Airman’s good deed was rewarded with a ﬁne and points against his license. ake sure you are legally able to drive the vehicle. The United Kingdom Road Trafﬁc Act of 1988 prohibits a person from driving a car on the roads unless there is an insurance policy in force “in relation to the use of the vehicle by that person.” Most insurance companies in the UK only insure vehicles with drivers who are listed by name. In general, if you have a vehicle insured with ‘liability only’ then you will ﬁnd that it is the only vehicle you can drive. f you lend a car to a friend, ensure that the friend is legally allowed to drive it. If you, as the owner of a vehicle, allow someone else to drive it and he or she is not included in your insurance coverage, then you may be committing the offense of allowing or permitting someone to use a vehicle without any insurance. That can also lead to a large ﬁne. hink of alternatives if you ﬁnd yourself in an unexpected situation. Having taken the driver’s keys, the sober Airman could have telephoned Airmen Against Drunk Driving or a buddy for a ride. If this situation ever happens to you, be aware of the potential consequences. Despite the best intentions of helping out a friend, failing to think ahead and ensure that a person is legally authorized to drive a particular car could turn a saint into a sinner.
Jan. 13, 2006
Some thoughts for the future
501st CSW command chief shares ways to achieve, maintain resolutions
Chief Master Sgt. Bobby Dandridge 501st Combat Support Wing command chief As we look beyond the 2005 holiday season, thousands of military-connected people will make goals for the New Year – many of which will quickly be forgotten. While some resolve to do their share in helping the less fortunate, others wish for promotion, love or more money. What promises have you made to yourself for this year? Here are some tips I am sure will help during your quest for success in 2006. Understand that arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. Here are some thoughts for the future! that had drifted into near defeat. With his resolve and eloquence, he turned it into a ﬁghting force. Britain under Churchill had no more tanks or planes at ﬁrst than it had under Chamberlain. But Churchill’s Britain was a far more formidable nation because of his leadership. My last point: work to become a life-long student of leadership. Chief Master Sgt. Use your personal Bobby Dandridge knowledge, experience and education to become the leader your supervisor, co-workers and commanders know you will be. We trust you to lead our number one resource [your people] toward successful completion of tasks, mission, family and community dealings. Keep learning about people and life: Just because you’re out of college or reached the highest rank you may obtain doesn’t mean learning should stop. People who realize this tend to succeed and manage better than others. People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy. Take care of others: Many of us have been TDY during the holidays or will go in the near future. However, their children, spouses and friends are here at home. Show your concern by helping them the same way you would your own family. No, it isn’t a mandatory thing, but it is the right thing to do. If the shoe was on the other foot, we would want to know that someone cares about our family and us. Take the time to be there for them. This is especially true for personnel who just arrived in the United Kingdom. For some, it’s their ﬁrst time away from home. Show them you care by accepting them as a member of Team 501st’s ﬁnest. Be thankful for what you’ve received: Holidays are a time for rejoicing and sharing time with family and friends. If someone gives you a gift, it’s the thought that counts. Not the price tag on the gift. Everyone’s budget isn’t the same. Some can afford to do things better than others … that’s a part of life that will never change. Again, we should focus on why the gift was given and what it really meant. In 2006 let’s resolve to have a better knowledge of others and ourselves. By acting on what we learn we’ll trust ourselves and others more, and we can make our base a better place to call home!
Keep your spouse and personal life happy:
I believe anyone who wants to achieve their goals needs an excellent partner on their side … whether it’s a spouse, another family member or a signiﬁcant other. Remember, we all need someone we can share our lives with and those special people can in-turn provide comfort, guidance, motivation and encouragement. Focus on your goals: Then work hard at obtaining results. In 1970, Kenneth Cooper came out with his wellknown point system for ﬁguring out how much aerobic exercise we get for jogging, swimming and other exercises. We could go and run around the block and say, “Boy! I really feel great!” But Cooper changed that. Suddenly, there was an easyto-understand, foolproof way to determine how much cardiovascular beneﬁt we were really getting from those jogs around the block. He told us how many points we got for every exercise and how many points we needed each week to maintain good cardiovascular ﬁtness. No ifs, ands or buts. Cooper’s goal changed the way our Air Force addressed ﬁtness. If this is your goal, consider visiting the Health and Wellness Center to better prepare yourself for 2006. Work hard to attract mentors: Getting a mentor means more than saying, “I want you for my mentor.” By working hard and performing well, you’ll be amazed at the number of people who will want to make themselves available to you. Do your duty in all things and it will determine your destiny. Learn different leadership styles: Take the example of Alexander the Great, who in the year 331 led his troops across a hot and desolate plain. After 11 days out, he and all the soldiers were near death from thirst. Alexander pressed on. At midday, two scouts brought him what little water they had been able to ﬁnd. It hardly ﬁlled a cup. Alexander’s troops stood back and watched as he poured the water into the hot sand. He said, “It’s of no use for one to drink when many thirst.” Being a leader, Alexander gave his followers the only thing he had: inspiration. In 1940, Winston Churchill took command of a nation
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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 236-8754 Combat Touch Chaplain (Capt.) Eddie Jones 236-8287 Hidden Heroes Master Sgt. James Foreman 236-8584 Project CHEER Hannah Slatter 236-8294 Project Wizard Evette Pearson 236-8245 Project SMART Tech. Sgt. Justin Grant 236-8580 Customer College 2nd Lt. Amanda Phelps 236-8375 Combat Care Capt. Michele Ashley 236-8371 Project Connect Col. Vincent D’Angelo 236-8974 Combat Wingman 1st Lt. Tim Soehner 236-8220
Michael W. Wynne Secretary of the Air Force Gen. T. Michael Moseley Chief of Staff of the Air Force Almost 60 years ago the president and Congress created our Air Force. The world we live in today has changed dramatically over those six decades. Today, our world is fast paced, constantly shifting and ﬁlled with a wide range of challenges. Our mission is our guiding compass, and now more than ever we need it to be clear and precise. Therefore, we have rewritten the Air Force’s mission statement to deﬁne where and what we do … The mission of the United States Air Force is to deliver sovereign options for the defense of the United States of America and its global interests – to ﬂy and ﬁght in Air, Space and Cyberspace. Our task is to provide the president, the combatant commanders and our nation with an array of options … options that are not limited by the tyranny of distance, the urgency of time or the strength of our enemy’s defenses. With one hand the Air Force can deliver humanitarian assistance to the farthest reaches of the globe, while with
AF Mission statement changes
the other we can destroy a target anywhere in the world. This is the meaning of sovereign options and the essence of being a superpower. We will be the best at what we do, and we will accomplish our mission as part of a joint, coalition team. Our adversaries will contest us across all of the domains: land, sea, air, space and cyberspace. As Airmen, it is our calling to dominate air, space and cyberspace. If we can decisively and consistently control these commons, then we will deter countless conﬂicts. If our enemies underestimate our resolve; then we will ﬂy, ﬁght and destroy them. The pioneers of airpower – Billy Mitchell, Hap Arnold, Curtis LeMay, Bennie Schriever – knew what their mission was: to ﬂy and ﬁght wherever our nation calls. The Air Force’s mission statement has evolved over time, but it does not change the nature of who we are or what we do. Our heritage has given us a limitless horizon. Just as our predecessors did in the past, we will continue to ﬂy, to ﬁght and to win wherever we are called. We are the greatest Air Force in the world, because of you … because of your sacriﬁce, dedication and skill. Keep up the great work!
Free speech doesn’t mean careless talk
2nd Lt. Daniel Fulk 501st Combat Support Wing The conclusion of the Cold War fostered a perception that security practices are not as important as they once were. That is simply not true. Operations Security is just as critical now as it was in the days of superpower confrontation. Potential adversaries may be different, but intelligence collection efforts against the United States continue. The following are steps we can take to ensure the integrity of our operations: Use the “OPSEC Check” mental button before sending an e-mail. Information from Critical Information Lists may be discussed via NIPRNET when restricted to your base domain. However, information sent to addresses outside the base ﬁrewall is more vulnerable to interception, thus e-mails containing CIL data must be communicated via SIPRNET. Finally, at no time should sensitive mission-related information be sent to a personal e-mail address. For a copy of your CIL, contact your OPSEC manager. Shred 100 percent of paper containing personal information such as social security numbers, addresses, etc. Our adversaries are not only the ones who would like to sabotage our military operations. Criminals can use your personal information to gain access to your ﬁnances. Adhere to USAFE’s electronic device policy which states: “Cellular phones, twoway radios, beepers and any other electronic equipment that can receive and transmit a signal are prohibited in all staff ofﬁces where sensitive information may be discussed.” Refrain from discussing critical information in public. Personal Web pages, restaurants and nightclubs are not secure environments. However, they are prime targets for our adversaries to obtain desired information.
Jan. 13, 2006
Photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Stagner
Devin White, son of Terri and Tech. Sgt. Darrin White at RAF Fairford, writes down the answer to a question on his way to ﬁnishing as the runner up at the Croughton American School Geography Bee.
Ryan Bond, son of Karen and Master Sgt. Roger Bond at Fairford, won the bee. He will now compete at the DoDDS level. If he wins there, he will go to the national championship in Washington D.C.
Students compete at Geography Bee
Staff Sgt. Chris Stagner 422nd ABS Public Affairs The imperial cities of Fez, Meknes and Marrakech attract tourists to which country in North Africa? Community gardens dot the landscape in Ljubljana, the capital of which European country? Which country is bordered by the Guld of Gdansk to the north and the Carpathian Mountains to the south? These were some of the questions that were asked or could have been asked at the Croughton American School Geography Bee on Monday. Ryan Bond, son of Karen and Master Sgt. Roger Bond from RAF Fairford won the bee, earning him the privilege of representing the school against all
Geo Bee Finalists
Austin Bailey Sarah Pace Devin White Mark Tallent Jordan Rowe Ryan Rowe Unique Pumphrey Isaac Combs Alexes Liggins Ryan Bond
other Department of Defense Schools. The competition started Dec. 9 with 30 students and was narrowed to Monday’s ﬁeld of 10. Students were eliminated after answering two questions incorrectly. After the elimination of the other eight competitors, it came down to
Ryan and Devin White, son of Terri and Tech. Sgt. Darrin White from Fairford. With both ﬁnalists having already answered one question each incorrectly, the format at the end changed. The students were asked three questions and, the one with the most correct answers of the three won. After Ryan won, he was presented with a medal, shirt and game. With a large smile on his face, the 11 year old said, “I feel great. I feel really lucky.” It wasn’t all luck for him, though, some of it was pure guts. “Answering the questions was tough, because I was real nervous,” he said. Now that Ryan has won the bee locally, he will take a written test to compete against other schools. If he scores high enough, he will represent DoDDS at the national championship.
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School Age Program 236-8545
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The School Age Program is providing a no-cost program for children in kindergarten to 8th grade. Children can choose from 1,000s of titles to create their own reading lists. They earn points and rewards for literary progress. For more information, contact Janet Evans.
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday at noon Communion Service is Thursday at noon Religious education is every Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon at Croughton American School.
Photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Stagner
‘I want to hear Feliz Navidad!’
Master Sgt. Cindy Swanson, member of the USAFE Woodwind Quintet, plays the oboe at the Consolidated Club. The quintet provided Christmas background music for a Project Cheer event at the club and played at an assisted living home in Brackley. Protestant Parish Advisory Council Meetings take place every other month on the second Sunday. The next meeting is Nov. 13. Protestant Parish Advisory Council Meetings take place every other month on the second Sunday.
General Protestant Worship is every Sunday at 11 a.m. Sunday school is every Sunday at Croughton American School from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Protestant Youth Group meets every Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel Annex. For more information, contact 1st Lt. Chad Johnson at 236-8191.
Community Center 236-8706
Great Western Designer Outlet Village
The Community Center will host a trip to the Great Western Designer Outlet Village in Swindon on Jan. 22. The cost for the trip is $12 for adults and $6 for children. Transportation will depart RAF Croughton at 9 a.m. and Caversﬁeld at 9:20 a.m.
Vet Clinic 226-7097
The Feltwell Vet Clinic will visit RAF Croughton on Feb. 15 to provide animal health care appointments. Services offered include vaccinations, micro chipping, health certiﬁcates, de-worming and heartworm preventive medication.
Consolidated Club 236-8432
‘Croughton Idol’ will be Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. Admission is free. To register to compete or for more information, contact the club.
General Chapel Information:
Christian Men’s Luncheon and Bible Study meets in the Chapel Annex every Wednesday at noon. The Dorm Dinners are held the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Catholic Parish Council Meetings take place every month on the Monday before the last Sunday.
Chinese New Year
The Community Center will host a trip to the Chinatown area of London on Jan. 29 to celebrate the Chinese New Year and the ‘Year of the Dog.’ Cost for the trip is $20 for adults and $10 for children. Transportation will depart RAF Croughton at 8 a.m. and Caversﬁeld at 8:20 a.m.
Human Resources 236-8298
The 422nd Air Base Squadron Services Flight has job opportunities available. Jobs are currently available at the Child Development Center, Consolidated Club, Bowling Center, Youth Center and Lodging. Pay rates range from $6.97 to $9.01 per hour.
The club hosts Football Frenzy every Sunday at 6 p.m. NFL games will be played on big-screen TVs. Prizes will be given every week with the opportunity to win a trip to the Super Bowl or Pro Bowl.
Jan. 13, 2006
ACROSS 1. Fringe 4. Cable movie channel 7. Swab 10. Fancy mushrooms 11. Law & Order actress Elisabeth 13. Undoing 14. Rope plant 15. Car racing league 16. Singing voice 17. Dab 18. Banister 20. Anger 21. Quaff 23. Tense 24. AFMC commander 26. Wane 27. USAF Intel org. 30. Approves 31. Atlantic Ocean sea in northern Europe 33. Mocked 36. Forget 37. Brook 40. Neither’s partner 42. Bad review 43. Unused 45. AFRC commander 49. ___ Domini 50. Hearing instrument 51. Western Saharan river Rio de __ 52. Roman garb 55. Lullaby 57. Mork’s home world 58. Grad 59. Obstruct 60. Lake transport 62. ACC commander 63. Zeus’ wife 64. Dutch colonist in South Africa 65. Goddess of the dawn 66. Boat handling term 67. Cunning DOWN 1. PACAF commander 2. Federal environmental org. 3. Singer Torme
4. Rose 5. Beetle Bailey’s Walker 6. Mass. politician Rufus 7. West Africa country 8. Atop 9. Slave 10. 1, 2, Step singer 12. AMC commander 13. Thai currency 14. ___ and Span cleaner 19. Gitmo home 21. Question 22. ___ Angeles 25. Deposit 27. Cash machine 28. 3, to Julius Caesar 29. Perform 32. AFSPC commander 33. Cleo killer 34. School org. 35. Sea bird 38. Actress Heche 39. Person having admirable characteristics 40. Gun lobby 41. Paddle
Dec. 9 Solutions
44. AFSOC commander 45. Panhandler 46. AETC commander 47. Mistake 48. Coupling 49. Item for 45 DOWN 52. Grab
53. Margarine 54. ___ and Dolls 56. Northern Lights writer Roberts 60. NBC rival 61. Eathlink competitor
And the survey says ...
What is your New Years resolution?
Tech. Sgt. Robert Ashley 422nd CS “I quit making New Year’s resolutions a long time ago, because I never stuck to them. I decided to quit lying to myself.”
Natalie Reyes 422nd ABS “My New Year’s resolution is to save money and invest more aggressively.”
Kevin Bartolf Royal Air Force Ministry of Defence Personnel Ofﬁce “I don’t even bother with them actually. I just don’t think about them.”
Staff Sgt. Scott Baker 422nd ABS “My main focus for the New Year is to make tech.”
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