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  • Base BriefsFood drive for local needy

    The 302nd Airlift Wing’s Junior Enlisted Advisory Council sponsors a food drive from 4-8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Peterson Air Force Base commissary. The JEAC is seeking canned goods and non-per-ishable food items to be donated to Colorado Springs area homeless shel-ters to help feed the needy during the 2010 holiday season. The drive is open to all. For more information on the food drive or the JEAC, call Staff Sgt. Jason Hanson at (719) 556-7550.

    Children’s holiday fest Candyland set for Saturday

    Mark your calendars now for the an-nual Children’s holiday fest, featuring Santa and all his friends this Saturday. There will be free face painting, a bal-loon artist, bouncy houses, games and lots of prizes to entertain the whole family. The event is held at the Main Fitness Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The entire Schriever AFB Community is welcome. For more information con-tact Lynn Sleeth at 567-4740.

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    InsideOur Air Force Family ................... 3Why I wear the uniform ................. 4Combating loneliness ...................... 6

    Children’s Holiday Party, 10 a.m. at the main fitness center

    By Scott PraterSchriever Sentinel

    To the casual observer, Nov. 19th’s Turkey Trot may have seemed like your average Thanksgiving-time 5-kilometer fun run, but at Schriever, the event took on a different feel depending on whom you asked.

    Eliza Enyart was the first female to cross the finish line in 24 minutes, 25 seconds, but she saw the Turkey Trot as a “fun” run. Three participants even chose to walk the course east of the fitness center. Meanwhile, Josh

    Burdick and Heath Busche began the race by elbowing each other for tactical position at the start line.

    The pair set the trail ablaze as Fitness Center Director Seth Cannello counted down and shouted “GO!” As they battled for the lead, however, many of the some 40 partici-pants held their own motivations.

    Tom Hull, viewing the trot as chance to toughen his body, ran the second half of the race bare footed.

    “A lot of martial artists run barefoot,” he

    said. “I practice both Muay Thai and Jujutsu, and part of Muay Thai is body hardening,” he said. “Running barefoot is a really good way to strengthen and toughen your feet.”

    Following the race, he gasped for air and struggled to recover like everyone else, but when some of his fellow runners noticed his bare feet, he was more than happy to show how they were free of blisters and cuts.

    “You have to work your way up to

    5K runners trot to their own beat

    U.S. Air Force photo/Scott Prater

    Josh Burdick and Heath Busche, front right, set their stop watches prior to the start of the Turkey Trot 5K run Nov. 19. Burdick took first place in 20 minutes, 38 seconds.

    See Runners page 8

    By 2nd Lt. Marie Denson50th Space Wing Public Affairs

    Schriever Security Forces member’s knowl-edge of first aid and a willingness to help others became critical on Nov. 15 when they encountered a gun-shot victim.

    Airmen Tyler Chason and Emmanuel Valenzuela were dropping a friend off at an apartment complex in Colorado Springs when they heard gun-shots. Airman Chason immediately called 911. While he was on the phone with the dispatcher he saw two men

    run past him, jump into a waiting car and drive off. Seconds later, the Airmen saw a man stumbling down the street.

    “We immediately went over to him,” said Airman Chason. “He told us he’d been shot. My first thought was — let’s get him some help.”

    Airman Valenzuela introduced himself to the wounded man and informed him that they were in the military and they wanted to help. The man, a Fort Carson Soldier, said he had just come back from Iraq.

    “He was obviously in shock, so I was trying to calm him down,” said Airman Valenzuela. “I didn’t want to turn my head and leave him until the police got there. We’ve been training for this kind of thing; we might as well take advantage of it.”

    Calling on their self aid buddy care skills, the Airmen began applying pressure to the wounds on the soldier’s leg and rib cage to control the bleeding. They continued to treat the victim until emergency medical techni-cians arrived. Once EMTs were on scene they took over and transported the victim to a medical facility while Airmen Chason and Valenzuela spoke with police.

    According to local news reports the vic-tim is in stable condition and is expected to live.

    Airman Valenzuela figures he acted on pure instinct, but only because his training allowed him to do so.

    U.S. Air Force photo/Scott Prater

    Airman 1st Class Tyler Chason and Airman Emmanuel Valenzuela were at the right place at the right time Nov. 15. After dropping off a friend at a local apartment complex they encountered a gunshot victim, whom they aided until emergency medical personnel arrived on scene.

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    U.S. Air Force photo/Scott Prater

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  • 2 Schriever SentinelDecember 2, 2010

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  • 3December 2, 2010Schriever Sentinel

    Commentary by Lt. Col. Theresa Malasavage

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    Each year as the holidays approach, I can’t help but think of all the wonderful childhood memories I had growing up with my family in small town Pennsylvania. The time we spent together celebrating and upholding traditions lingers in my mind as I feel the weather chang-ing, see the decorations in the local department stores and seek out the best turkey sales in the local supermarkets. As military members we face the reality that we may not be able to spend the holidays and special occasions with our families. Instead we celebrate with the folks around us. The reality is that we don’t have to settle; we have an amazing Air Force family that surrounds us and supports us every day.

    There are many references to and opinions about the meaning of Air Force family. I just recently witnessed an event that highlighted the resilience and unwavering strength of our fam-ily. Nothing touched me so deeply regarding the power of Air Force family, until tragedy struck close to home.

    What began as a story of misfortune and near death, developed into a story of strength, hope and true family. You see, one of the members of

    my squadron was severely injured and I faced the arduous task of notifying his mother and father. A difficult undertaking eased by my (and your) Air Force family...a First Sergeant, a Casualty Assistance Representative, a supervisor, a spouse and surprisingly enough, a family (I never met) who opened their hearts to their son’s Air Force family who also faced a devastating situation.

    During the course of several weeks I really be-gan to understand what Air Force family means. Squadron members donated meals for the family; a tight-knit group spent countless hours at the hospital and our Air Force medical community championed topnotch care. A chaplain provided spiritual support; the Services team secured the family a place to stay and a legal team assisted with the details ... all in the name of the Air Force. Thank you. All of these support structures launching into action should really come as no surprise to anyone in this our Air Force, but to see it all in action was extraordinary. I stepped back in awe. That’s my Air Force. This is why I serve. The tragedy unequivocally reinforced the strength of our Air Force family bond.

    We said farewell to a young Airman who’s facing a long road to recovery with the hope

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  • 4 Schriever SentinelDecember 2, 2010

    Why I wear the uniformCommentary by

    Airman 1st Class Landell Brown50th Security Forces Squadron

    “When you put on a uniform there are certain inhibitions that you accept.”

    – General Dwight D. EisenhowerI made the choice to put on the U.S.

    Air Force uniform April 15th, 2009. That day I decided to take the [Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery] and raise my right hand to take the oath and swear into the United States Air Force.

    From that day on I prepared myself physically and mentally to become an Airman. On April 27th, 2010 I arrived at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas for Basic Military Training to start my career.

    During BMT we were issued our Airman Battle Dress Uniforms, ser-vice blue’s and also our physical train-ing uniform. In BMT our instructors taught us the meaning of why we wear the uniform. Every day we marched in our uniforms, did physical training in our uniforms and on some occasions even slept in our uniforms. By the end of the day I was exhausted, but it made me

    even more motivated to be an Airman and proudly wear the uniform.

    I was the trainee that stayed up all night clipping strings and rolling T-shirts and socks until I fell asleep. I did that because I always wanted to look sharp, plus I never wanted to get any demerits during inspections or get yelled at.

    My instructor always told us, “When you wear this uniform you are on pa-rade,” meaning that everyone is look-ing at you and you represent the United States Armed Forces.

    I also wear the uniform because it represents the strength, power, and freedom we have in America today. The uniform has our rank insignia, last name, function badge, shield and what we represent — U.S. Air Force.

    This uniform gives me a purpose to be here and it is a privilege and honor to wear it today. In conclusion, as I advance in my career earning more stripes and responsibilities and wherever God takes me every day I will wear this uniform as if it was my last day to wear it.

    U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers

    Airman 1st Class Landell Brown, 50th Security Forces Squadron, recently completed a course through the First Term Airman Center and is one of 19 of Schriever’s newest Airmen. His paper, “Why I wear the Uniform” was selected as the top paper from the class.

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    limb-saving training, enabling wounded or injured persons to survive until medical personnel are available to continue care. It is taught initially when you enter active

    duty and typically refresher training is every 24 months.

    “This confirmed that I can handle this (type of situation),” Airman Valenzuela said. “(Faced with a similar scenario in the future), I know my subconscious will take over and my training will kick in.”

    Airman Chason agreed.“When I was taught to do SABC, I never

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    duty,” he said. “You think that you would use it in the worst case scenario while you were deployed. Self aid buddy care is as useful here as it is anywhere else. I’m not a paramedic but I couldn’t let someone be in pain and I knew what to do.”

    Both Airmen are slotted to deploy in 2011. They feel this experience showed them their training has paid off and will help them during their deployments.

    “People need to realize that SABC train-ing could help save someone’s life outside of combat. It’s not just for when you de-ploy,” said Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Johnson, 50th Space Wing Self Aid Buddy Care instructor.

    “It’s good to know basic life saving skills,” added Airman Chason. “It’s something everyone should learn because you never know — the unexpected happens.”

  • 5December 2, 2010Schriever Sentinel

    By Staff Sgt. Patrice Clarke50th Space Wing Public Affairs

    If you notice the members working in the Satellite Dish dining facility have a little extra pep in their step or their smiles are a little brighter while they serve you rest assured they have good reason. The Satellite Dish din-ing facility was selected as Air Force Space Command’s Hennessey Award nominee for 2010 and will move on to compete at the Air Force level.

    “The Hennessey Award for excellence is given to the best food service program in the Air Force,” said Chief Master Sgt. Bernadette Borders, AFSPC Services chief. “This year, without a doubt, Schriever’s facility showed us that.”

    They earned the right to compete at the Air Force level after winning the AFSPC level which included a $10,000 award.

    It wasn’t just the facility, but the entire pro-cess that impressed the judges.

    “This team, the way they work together day in and day out really pleased us,” said Chief Borders. “You can tell that they weren’t just putting on a show because we were inspecting. This level of excellence is how they work day in and day out.”

    Maintaining an outstanding level of excel-lence isn’t an easy feat for the busiest dining facility in space command.

    “We don’t have a typical dining facility,” said Thea Wasche, 50th Force Support Squadron director.

    Schriever’s dining facility is open to all en-listed, officer, DoD civilians and contractors on certain days; which equals out to about 322,000 meals a year.

    “We try our hardest to accommodate the mission of Schriever,” said Ms. Wasche. “We know that our customers don’t have a lot of choices when it comes to food services on base so we try to give them as many choices as possible.”

    Patrons can choose from multiple hot bars, salad bars, fish bars, snack lines and full menu hot items each day. With so many choices seamless operations are a must.

    “Our folks do an outstanding job in that din-ing facility every single day,” said Ms. Wasche. “They work like clockwork. Every person in that dining facility knows what they are sup-posed to be doing at any given time and that equals seamless operations.”

    To the folks who work in the dining facility, it’s all about the team.

    “We have very limited turnover,” said Jack Riley, Dining Facility Contract owner/opera-tor. “We really consider ourselves a family. We have continuous employee interaction. If we see someone struggling we try our best to pick that person up, because we know down the line we are going to need someone to do that for us.”

    “It’s not just the Satellite Dish team that gets credit for the world class dining facility,” commented Ms. Wasche, “It’s leadership and the patrons that make our dining facility the best.”

    “Team Schriever leadership supports us in every way,” she said. “Whether it’s serv-ing a holiday meal or handling any issue that we might have, they are a big reason why the Satellite Dish is such an amazing dining facility.”

    Schriever’s everyday mission played a part in the award and will hopefully be brought to the forefront when the Satellite Dish competes at the Air Force level.

    “This dining facility does a tremendous job of supporting the men and women of Team Schriever, which in turn, supports the Schriever mission,” said Chief Borders. “The Satellite Dish is a tremendous dining facility and we at space command are very proud to have this dining facility representing us at the Air Force level.”

    Satellite Dish is AFSPC Hennessy Award Nominee

    U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Patrice Clarke

    Jesus Alvarez slices up some ham to serve to guests of the Schriever dining facility recently. The base dining facility is the Air Force Space Command nominee for the Air Force’s Hennessey award that rec-ognizes the best food service program.


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    Team Schriever members become potential donors

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    Navy Lt. Brandon Brooks, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, performs a cheek swab to become a potential bone marrow donor.

    Tech. Sgt. Lee Anne Schulte, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron, helps some Team Schriever members properly fill out the forms to be a po-tential bone marrow donor Nov. 18.

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    Combating loneliness through the holidaysBy Staff Sgt. Patrice Clarke

    50th Space Wing Public Affairs

    Do you know how it feels to be completely lonely; to be in a room full of people and feel alone? To have a smile on your face when inside you are missing the people you love the most? I am far from the depressed type. I am the social butterfly in the room. I like to know people, be around people, talk to people. Which makes public affairs and I fit like peanut butter and chocolate.

    When November hit in my house it was decorating season in my mom’s mind. She would pull out pine cones, clove-adorned oranges, old leaves and sticks. Our house suddenly transformed into the center spread of Home and Garden Magazine. Following on the heels of Thanksgiving, usually the same day, we would start pulling out the immense amount of Christmas decorations. To say the holidays have always been a big deal in my

    family is kind of an understatement.I’ve always felt pretty lucky when it came to

    my Air Force family. My first years in the Air Force; I was stationed far from home. Even though it was just North Dakota, it was the farthest I had ever been away from home and it felt like I was in another country. Lucky for me though, I had a great supervisor, suite mate and friends who made my first ever Thanksgiving and Christmas away from the great state of Texas feel like the holidays I had grown accustomed.

    After that first time away from home, I knew I was able to get through it. I’ve been in about eight years and have missed birthdays, anniver-saries, holidays and the births of my nieces and nephew all in the name of the Air Force.

    So it caught me completely off guard last Christmas when the weight of being away from home really hit me. I was stationed in Kunsan, South Korea, and was about halfway

    through my year-long tour there. It wasn’t like this was my first holiday season halfway around the world and it wasn’t like I didn’t know anyone there.

    That Christmas Day for me was deeply depressing. Despite my decorated dorm room and my plans to bake odd shaped cookies, I couldn’t shake this heavy cloud over me. I felt like I was completely alone in the world. I wasn’t with my family and no amount of cookies and good cheer was going to pull me out of this. I just wanted to sit in my dorm room and cry a little.

    Lucky for me, my coworkers were not going to let me wallow. They knew something was up. They knew me and knew how I usually was day in and day out. They made me get dressed and join them for their festivities. They pulled me out of a very dark place that day and I thank them for that.

    Get to know your people. It’s important.

    Even the most outgoing and happy person can get depressed sometimes, especially around the holidays. Take a special look at your folks, talk to them. Maybe this is their first holiday season away from home, or their first holiday season without the person they cared for most. Or even their first holiday season in a place where it doesn’t snow .... you never know so you need to ask.

    Supervisors, send out the invitation for your Airmen to come to your house for those special holiday dinners. You have no idea how comforting it is to eat a home-cooked holiday meal instead of an awesome microwave tur-key dinner. You’ll be surprised just how much that invitation means to your Airmen.

    I’ll be away from my family again this year for the holiday season. I know this time will be hard for me but I have faith that my Air Force family in my new location will be just as supportive as my Kunsan family was.


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    The Ellicott Elementary School choir crowds around Santa Clause during the second annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony here. The children entertained the audience with holiday carols prior to the lighting of the base Christmas tree Nov. 29.

    Tech. Sgt. Angela Grannis, 595th Operations Support Squadron, and her two sons, Joey and Tyler, assist Col. Wayne Monteith, 50th Space Wing commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Randy LaCombe,Santa, with lighting the base Christmas tree during Schriever’s second annual ceremony Nov. 29.

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  • 8 Schriever SentinelDecember 2, 2010

    something like this,” he said. “People who want to try it should probably start on a rub-berized track, or on a sandy trail. I run six times a week, but usually only two or three times while barefoot.”

    Josh Morell runs roughly five times a week as well, only he’s training for his next Air Force Fitness Assessment. Since joining the mission support group physical training program roughly five weeks ago, Morell has slashed more than 40 seconds off his 1.5 mile run time. He finished 10th in the Turkey Trot, crossing the finish line in 24:35.

    “We actually caught a bit of a break with the Turkey Trot today,” Morell said. “Normally on Fridays we start at 6:15 a.m. and run 6.5 miles. “But, it’s a great program. I plan to max out both the push-ups and sit-ups seg-ments on my next test and my goal is lose another 20 pounds.”

    While Morell ran near the front of the pack,

    Burdick and Busche separated themselves.“We work and run together a lot,” Burdick

    said, referring to Busche. “And yeah, we have a little friendly rivalry going. We both ran in a 5K at Palmer Park last weekend and he beat me by like 36 seconds, so I was determined to beat him here.”

    Burdick led from the start, but didn’t feel com-fortable up front until the final kilometer.

    “He (Busche) is a better technical runner than me, and he runs faster downhill, so I was constantly looking back to see if he was catch-ing up,” Burdick said. “That helped push me, I think. This was my personal best for sure.”

    With a time of 20:38, he took the win by more than a minute over Busche.

    Cannello said the turnout for this year’s event was above average, thanks to group participation from squadrons like the 50th Contracting Squadron and the 50th Mission Support Group.

    “I always appreciate it when squadrons participate as a group,” he said. “I believe it builds espirit de corps and is great way to spend time with your coworkers in a non-work environment.”

    U.S. Air Force photo/Scott Prater

    Sara Dozier and 39 others competed in the Turkey Trot 5K run Nov. 19. Dozier completed the course in 24 minutes, 32 seconds.

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    History QuizWeek of Dec. 2, 2010

    Answer to previous question: On November 1, 1965, the 50th Network Operations Group activated as the 1879th Communications Squadron at what foreign air base? The 50th Network Operations Group initially activated as the 1879th Communications Squadron at Nha Trang Air Base, Vietnam.

    This week’s question: On December 10, 1959, the 50th Tactical Fighter (now Space) Wing returned to Hahn Air Base, Germany. From what base did the 50th relocate?


    Local Residents in Amazement Yesterday as Collectors Provide a Stimulus Package to Colorado Springs!


    ICCA will be placing ads in newspapers, radio and running television spots this week asking people to bring in any old silver and gold coins made before 1965. Those that do bring in their coins will be able to speak with collectors one on one and have their coins looked at with an expert set of eyes. With the help of these ICCA members o� ers will be made to those that have coins made before 1965. O� ers will be made based on silver or gold content and the rarity of the coins. All coins made before 1965 will be examined and purchased including gold coins, silver coins, silver dollars, all types of nickels and pennies, Those that decide to sell their coins will be paid on the spot.

    The rarest coins these collectors are looking for include $20, $10, $5 and $2 1/2 gold coins and any coin made before 1850. These coins always bring big premiums according to the ICCA. Silver dollars are also very sought after nowadays.

    Other types of items the ICCA will be purchasing during this event include U.S. currency, gold bullion, investment gold, silver bars, silver rounds, proof sets, etc. Even foreign coins are sought after and will be purchased.

    Also at this event anyone can sell their gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made of gold on the spot. Gold is currently trading at over $1,100.00 per ounce near an all time high. Bring anything you think might be gold and the collectors will examine, test and price it for free. If you decide to sell you will be paid on the spot – it has been an unknown fact that coin dealers have always paid more for jewelry and scrap gold than other jewelers and pawn brokers.

    So whether you have one coin you think might be valuable or a large collection you recently inherited you can talk to these collectors for free and if your lucky you may have a rarity worth thousands. Either way, there is nothing to lose and it sounds like fun!

    For more information on this event visit the ICCA website at www.internationalcoincollectors.com.

    What We Buy:

    COINS Any and all coins made before 1965, rare coins, entire collections, Silver Dollars, Half Dollars, Quarters, Dimes, Half Dimes, Nickels, Three Cent Pieces, Two Cent Pieces, Cents, Large Cents, Half Cents and all others.PAPER MONEYAll denominations made before 1934.GOLD COINSIncluding $20, $10, $5, $4, $3, $2.5, $1, Private Gold, Gold Bars, etc.INVESTMENT GOLDKruggerands, Canadian Maple Leafs, Pandas, Gold Bars, U.S. Eagles and Bu� alos, etc.SCRAP GOLD Broken and unused jewelry, dental gold.JEWELRYDiamond rings, bracelets, earrings, loose diamonds, all gem stones, etc.PLATINUMAnything made of platinum.SILVERFlatware, tea sets, goblets, jewelry, etc. and anything marked sterling.WAR ITEMSCivil war, WWI AND II, all others,swords, daggers, bayonets, etc.OTHER ANTIQUESGuns, toys, trains, dolls, advertising, banks (basically anything old we want to see).

    Here’s How It Works:

    • Gather items of interest from your attic, safe deposit box, garage, basement, etc. There is no limit to the amount of items you can bring

    • No appointment necessary

    • If interested in selling, we will consult our collector’s database to see if a buyer exists. 90% of all items have o� ers in our database

    • The offer is made on the spot on behalf of our collectors making the offer

    • If you decide to accept the off er, we will pay you on the spot!

    • You get 100% of the off er with no hidden fees




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    Air Force News ServiceSpace Vehicle Number 23, Global Positioning System

    constellation, is a testament to how Air Force officials con-tinue to meet and exceed their operational requirements with GPS.

    GPS Block IIA-10 (SVN-23), built by Boeing (formerly Rockwell Corporation), was launched Nov. 26, 1990, and set healthy to navigation and timing users Dec. 10, 1990. The satellite was the first in the series of GPS IIA satellites to be launched with a design life of 7.5 years. To date, the satellite has operated longer than any other satellite and is predicted to last another 12 to 18 months.

    “Boeing has a solid history of delivering satellites that live beyond their contractual lives,” said Craig Cooning, the vice president and general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. “The same commitment that was evident with the first GPS IIA satellite in 1990 lives on in Boeing’s newest GPS satellite, GPS IIF. The first of 12 GPS IIF satellites entered service on Aug. 26. One important device on GPS IIF is the atomic clock, and we are very satisfied with its performance, which is the highest in the history of the entire GPS fleet.”

    The satellite has provided many years of service to users around the world.

    In the 1st year of service, there appeared to be a flaw in the satellite’s solar array drive, a device that keeps the solar arrays trained toward the sun. At that point, members of the 2nd Space Operational Squadron in Colorado Springs, Colo., began to manually slew the solar arrays. After 14 years of manually slewing, that technique became prob-lematic and the satellite was put in standby mode. About three years later, 2nd SOPS members decided to try the satellites’ auto track feature again. Much to the surprise of everyone, the satellite functioned adequately and even improved over time. To this day, it still has all four reaction wheels operating and one of the best atomic clocks in the remaining group of GPS IIA satellites.

    Modernization efforts are underway to provide new space-based capabilities to ensure GPS remains the gold

    standard for positioning, navigation and timing service worldwide. GPS will deliver sustained, reliable GPS ca-pabilities to the warfighter, our allies and civil users. The GPS constellation remains healthy, stable and robust with 31 operational satellites on-orbit, 11 IIA, 12 IIR, 7 IIR-M and 1 IIF.

    The IIR-M satellites have additional modernized signals, one on L1 frequency and two on L2. The IIF satellite has all the new modernized signals, plus improved accuracy through advanced clocks, a longer design life than previous GPS satel-lites and a new operational third civil signal (L5) to be used for commercial aviation and safety-of-life application.

    The next GPS IIF satellite is expected to launch in 2011. GPS III, a new generation of GPS satellites, will imple-ment improvements in timing and positioning, accuracy, signal strength, integrity, design life and interoperability. These improvements are being implemented based on high-heritage technology as part of a low-risk, high-confidence program.

    In the future, directional cross-links and directional spot beam will be added to further enhance the constel-lation performance. These enhancements will contribute to improved accuracy and assured availability for military and civilian users worldwide. The first GPS IIIA satellite is projected to be available for launch in 2014.

    “Steady progress is being made to synchronize space, control and user equipment programs for timely delivery of integrated GPS capabilities,” said Col. Bernie Gruber, the director of Global Positioning Systems Wing at the Space and Missile Systems Center here. “Our number one prior-ity is mission success in everything we do. We have high confidence that the path set for GPS is going to allow us to continue to meet or exceed our worldwide civil and military positioning, navigation and timing commitments.”

    Air Force and Air Force Space Command officials have been the stewards of GPS since its conception in the 1970s.

    (Courtesy of the Space and Missile Systems Center Global Positioning System Directorate)

    GPS satellite achieves 20 years in orbit

  • 10 Schriever SentinelDecember 2, 2010BAse Briefs

    Leaders serving troops at the dish Dec. 15

    Attention Schriever Leadership, consid-er serving the troops Dec. 15, during the Satellite Dish dining facility holiday meal. Eight volunteers are needed to fill each of five 30-minute slots from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., for a total of 40 individuals. For more information, please contact Charles Dietz of 50FSS at 567-4732.

    Open season for health benefits, dental, vision insurance, flexible spending accounts

    During the open season, now through Dec. 13, eligible federal civilian employees may enroll, change plans or options, change to self-and-family or self-only, or cancel coverage. Air Force-serviced civilian employees can submit their FEHB enrollment or changes electroni-cally via the Employee Benefits Information System web application or contact the Benefits Entitlement Service Team automated tele-phone system at 1-800-525-0102. Hardcopy enrollment forms are not accepted. Visit the following web site for more information and instructions on how to update your health benefits plan. http://www.opm.gov/insure/openseason/index.asp. For more information contact David Duhe at 567-5769.

    Squadron Holiday Greeting Card Contest looking for participants-

    50th Force Support Squadron is hosting the annual Schriever AFB Holiday Greeting Card Contest right now. Enter your squadron’s Holiday Greeting card and see it displayed on Falcon Pkway through Jan. 3, 2011. Completed display cards can be no larger than two 4’x8’ pieces of plywood, nor can they include re-ligious-based themes (per Air Force Policy). Prizes will be awarded: 1st place — $100, 2nd place — $50, 3rd place — $25. Electronic or Jpg format drafts of squadron designs must be emailed to [email protected] by Monday. For more information contact John Brunfeldt at 567-2421.

    AFMA position review moratorium lifted

    The AFMA position review moratorium has been lifted. The Civilian Personnel Section is now accepting position review packages from Schriever CPS-serviced or-ganizations. Position review packages can only be submitted by the supervisor of the position concerned and each package will be reviewed for completeness by the CPS. For more information contact Christopher Paino at 567-3734.

    Free popcorn at the AFRCIf you live in base housing, come join us

    Friday, at 2:30 p.m. for free popcorn and a chance to tour our facility. We have a lot of resources available for just about anyone: spouse employment, financial matters, up-coming PCS information, Rosetta Stone, and much more. You don’t need to sign up, just show up! For more information contact Heidi Tintle at 567-3920.

    Air Force Aid Society offers scholarships

    Concerned about the soaring cost of higher education for your children? Maybe the Air Force Aid Society can help. Under its General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program, the society awards $2,000 to selected appli-cants. The program continues to be offered to dependent children of active duty, Title 10 AGR/Reservists on extended active duty, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired Reservists with more than 20 qualifying years of service, and de-ceased Air Force members. Spouses (residing stateside) of active duty and Title 10 AGR/Reservists on extended active duty and sur-viving spouses of deceased members are also eligible candidates. Don’t think you won’t qualify. Last year 85 percent of Schriever families who applied received the grant. For more information and application, visit the Air Force Aid Society’s web site at www.afas.org or contact Heidi Tintle at 567-3920.

    Disney announces 2010-11 Armed Forces Salute

    Now available to order through ODR/ITT 4-Day Park Hopper for Walt Disney World Florida for $138.00, 4-Day Base with water park option $138.00, and 4-Day Hopper with water park for $165.00- a maximum of six tickets can be purchased. This promotion will run through Sept. 28, 2011. Eligible service members for this are active or retired military, including activated members of the National Guard, as well as, active and retired members of the Coast Guard. Walt Disney World tickets have to be redeemed at the main entrance to the park no later than Sept. 24, 2011. Blackout dates are: Dec. 27-31 and April 17-23 2011 at all Disney World theme parks and July 4, 2011 at Magic Kingdom Park only. For more informa-tion, contact Brian Mitchell at 567-6050.

    Seeking input for recreational/instructional classes

    The 50th Force Support Squadron is working hard to improve the quality of life for the Schriever community. You are in-vited to provide input about what kind of recreational and instructional classes you would most like to see conducted on base by completing the very short survey at the following link: http://www.usafservue.com/se.ashx?s=3D6717A35BFA299F. Your opin-ion matters! For more information, please contact Lynn Sleeth at 567-3588.

    Avalanche tickets available at ODR/ITT

    ITT now has Colorado Avalanche tickets on sale and we print the ticket off right when you purchase. Tickets prices range from $22 to $218. All tickets are priced according to which game and section you choose. Please stop by Building 300 Room 133 for more info or call Brian Mitchell 567-6050. Denver Nuggets tick-ets are coming soon. For more information, please contact Brian Mitchell at 567-6050.

    Van Pool opportunities are available

    If you’re spending a small fortune on gas every week, how does a free ride sound? The government sponsors “van pool” programs for government employees, and provides the vehicle and the gas for six individuals per van. If you are looking at joining a van pool from southeast Aurora/Parker or from Pueblo/Pueblo West call 567-3920. For more information, please contact Heidi Tintle at 567-3920.

    Loan closet available to Schriever community

    Did you know the Schriever Airman and Family Readiness Center Loan Closet is avail-able to anyone working on Schriever? The loan closet is a free service providing common household items for use during PCS moves to or from Schriever AFB. Now there is no need to go without before your household goods ar-rive, or when your household items are packed and shipped. For more information, please contact Heidi Tintle at 567-3920.

    Fitness classes offered at the gym

    The fitness center is offering a revised schedule of free fitness classes. New classes include Triple Threat Aerobics: Dynamic blend of step aerobics, cardio-kickboxing and strength training; Body Blitz Aerobics, an interval-style workout including basic aerobic movements, calisthenics, plyometrics and strength training. This class may incor-porate the use of steps, BOSUs, balls, resis-tance bands, hand weights and/or body bars; and Zumba, a high energy cardio dance class that uses a combination of rhythms (Latin, international and contemporary) to provide a fun, calorie-burning workout. The weekly schedule of classes is as follows: Mondays: 11 a.m. Spinning, 3 p.m. Triple Threat Aerobics; Tuesdays: 6 a.m. Spinning, 1:30 p.m. FIP, 4 p.m. Yoga; Wednesdays: 11am Zumba, 3 p.m. Body Blitz Aerobics; Thursdays: 6 a.m. Spinning, 1:30 p.m. FIP, 4 p.m. Yoga; Fridays: 3 p.m. Zumba. For more information, please contact Seth Cannello at 567-6628

    Retirement webinar availableThe webinar is designed to cover things to

    consider when contemplating retirement, the application process, and pertinent data on benefits and entitlements, retired pay, and so forth. For more information, please contact Senior Airman Bretta Marshall at 567-5343.

    NSPS to GS conversion classifications can be reviewed

    As a result of the recent transition of NSPS employees to the GS system, some supervi-sors may elect to submit for a classification appeal or classification review. A document package will be required for each action. Each package will be provided to the Civilian Personnel Section for review and submission. For more information, contact Christopher Paino at 567-3734.

    Running path lights can be lit upThe running path behind the main fit-

    ness center has two loops. The outer loop is 1.5 miles and the inner loop is one mile. The one-mile lighted loop is on a timing system to conserve energy; however, if you ever find yourself wanting to run when the lights aren’t on, we have a solution. There’s a light switch that will activate the lights during off times. The switch is at the base of a light pole just north of the first shade sta-tion. Turn the switch on and run, but please make sure to turn it off when you are done. For more information, please contact Seth Cannello at 567-6628.

    SNOfest tickets coming soonSNOfest is Jan. 28-30 at Keystone Resort.

    ITT has SNOfest lift tickets and party tickets available now. Lodging went on sale Oct. 1. Friday party tickets will be $17 for adults (13 years and older), and $10 for children (5-12). Children ages 4-and-under are free if not oc-cupying a chair. Saturday party tickets will be $19 for adults and $12 for children. Lift ticket prices are still TBD. SNOfest tickets are available to all ID card holders, contrac-tors and their guests. For more information, please contact Brian Mitchell at 567-6050.

    Lawyers are availableFree Assistance Monday/Thursday from 3

    to 4 p.m., Tuesday/Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Walk-in service, no appointments re-quired. Lawyers are not allowed to give ad-vice via phone. You must speak to them in person. In the base legal office, Bldg. 210, Room 116. For more information, please contact Betty Sansone at 567-5050.

    PME testing has resumedProfessional military education testing has

    resumed. Please contact Victoria Brautigam at 567-5903 to schedule testing.

    Site lists NAF jobsVisit the non-appropriated funds jobs web-

    site at http://www.nafjobs.org. Whether you are looking for a NAF position at Schriever, Peterson, Randolph or a new PCS destination, this website has all the NAF jobs available at each base. For more information, please contact Vicky Schumacher at 567-4737.

    Support Textbooks 4 Troops program

    Are you interested in helping fellow Airmen in pursuit of advanced knowledge? If you have any college textbooks you would like to donate or you are in need of textbooks for the coming semester please visit www.textbooks4troops.org The website provides a complete listing of currently available and free textbooks for exchange for local college courses of all levels. If your book is not listed please use the contact page to let me know what you need, so I can add it, and hopefully match you with someone that has it avail-able for loan. For more information, please contact Bekah Nugent at 567-5234.

    Patriot Season ski pass now available

    Patriot Pass and Patriot Pass Plus are now available for active duty only. Patriot Pass is a season ski pass to Winter Park and Copper Mountain. Patriot Pass Plus is a season ski

    pass to Winter Park and Copper Mountain with an additional six days to Steamboat. Prices are: Patriot Pass adult — $229, Patriot Pass Plus adult — $239, Patriot Pass child (ages 6-13) — $114, Patriot Pass Plus child — $124. For more information, please contact Brian Mitchell at 567-6050.

    Liberty season ski pass available now

    Liberty season ski passes are now available. Liberty Pass is a season ski pass to Keystone and A-basin (active duty only). Prices are: $195 — adult, and $112 — child (ages 5-12). For more information, please contact Brian Mitchell at 567-6050

    Schriever custom gifts availableAre you looking for the perfect gift to me-

    morialize a special occasion or to send off a co-worker or friend with fond memories? Try looking at Schriever Awards, Framing and Engraving. A wide range of suitable items such as keepsake boxes, picture frames, and game sets can be custom engraved for a beautiful gift. Stop by Bldg. 300, Room 133 to see the selection. For more information, please contact Wendy DeRosier at 567-4370 or 567-6050.

    50 FSS is on FacebookSearch for Schriever AFB Outdoor

    Recreation, Schriever Airman and Family Readiness Center, and Schriever AFB 50th Force Support Squadron on Facebook to see all the latest events and news. For more informa-tion, please contact Lynn Sleeth at 567-4740.

    MyCAA is re-activatedThe military spouse career advancement

    account program — MyCAA — has been revised and is now available to spouses of service members in the pay grades of E1-E5, W1-W2 and O1-O2, beginning Oct. 25. Eligible spouses will receive a total of $4,000 in DoD-funded financial aid, with an annual cap of $2,000 per fiscal year. Funding must be used within a three-year time period from the start date of the first class; and must be used to obtain an associ-ates’ degree, licensure, or certification. A waiver may be granted when fees for licen-sure or certification require an up-front fee greater than $2,000 and up to the total maximum assistance of $4,000. For more information, log into MilitaryOneSource at https://www.militaryonesource.com/MOS/FindInformation/Category/Military SpouseCareerAdvancementAccounts.aspx. For more information, please contact Heidi Tintle at 567-3920.

    Need a listening ear?The Military and Family Life Consultant

    is here to listen and address marriage and relationship issues, parenting, sibling and family issues, communication challenges, stress and anxiety, grief and loss, and other daily life issues. The MFLC is available every day, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. T-65. This consultant is also available at the chaplain’s office Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. At either location, drop-in appoint-ments are available, or you can schedule a time by calling the MLFC directly at 651-3379. For more information, please contact Heidi Tintle at 567-3920.

    Pre-separation counseling briefing available weekly

    The Pre-separation Counseling briefing is the first step to separating or retiring from the military. This briefing is mandatory and a prerequisite to all other transition-related briefings such as TAP. During this one-hour briefing you will learn about all the benefits and services available to you when you leave the military. Documentation of this briefing is accomplished through the completion of the DD Form 2648. If you are a year from separation or two years from retirement, start the transition process now. The class is held every Tuesday, 2 p.m. at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. T-65. For more information, please contact Geydy Tintle at 567-3920.

  • 11December 2, 2010Schriever Sentinel

    that one day he will return to us. Until then the mission continues. Hard work. Dedication. Focus. Flawlessness.

    For the last five months I’ve had the privilege of commanding a first-class squadron. It’s been a blessing to have the diverse mission responsibility — intelligence, weapons and tactics, training man-agement, deployment management and operations training. There is an incredible amount of talent and diversity that surrounds me every day. People continually amaze me with their dedication and focus on our mission. For this I am fortunate to serve the men and women of the 50th Operations Support Squadron.

    Airmen will come and go. There are the fun loving ones, the hard chargers, the disgruntled ones, and the ones that remind you of your most “interesting” cousins. It’s been a great opportunity and privilege to get to know folks from all walks of life and to learn what makes them tick. I’ve watched my OSS family struggle and shine, and through it all we have become better Airmen.

    My advice ... get to know the people around you. Put the emails aside and talk. Everyone has a story. No regrets. We were lucky that we did not lose a fellow Airman, a member of our Air Force family. Two families came together, became stronger and established a bond like I could have never anticipated. I am better for it ... a better commander and a strong believer in the power of the Air Force family.

    The Schriever Straight Talk Line, 567-8255, is used to disseminate information about a disturbance, crisis or incident, exercise or real-world, on or off-base, which might affect day-to-day activities of base person-nel. The line will provide base personnel with accurate information about the status of any disturbance or cri-sis situation and the actions taken or being taken.

    50th Space Wing Public Affairs will activate and maintain the Straight Talk Line, updating information as received by the Crisis Action Team or On-Scene Public Affairs representative.

    For more information regarding the Straight Talk Line, please contact 50th Space Wing Public Affairs at 567-5040.

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