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<ul><li> 1. theFVolume 1, Issue 2 alconlyer Marne Air!December 1, 2012Falcon Games, FITNESS FRENZYU.S. Army photo by Sgt. Scott Tant 3rd CAB Soldiers Compete in Functional Fitness Challengeby Capt. Chad Ashe, 3rd CAB Public Affairs tained a challenge, but thewere just as much a mentalHUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD,when preparing for deploy-team events tested the ability challenge as they were aGa. The 3rd Combat Avia- ment, and physical fitnessof the task performer whilephysical challenge. You havetion Brigade held the Falcon assists when dealing with encouraging team unity.to keep the idea of quitting outGames on the Hunter Army stressful situations beforeThis is about being physi- of your mind in spite of theAirfield flight line Nov. 8 to and during combat.cally fit, but also designed tophysical discomfort. My teamdisplay espirit de corps andThe event which encour-make you think as a team and was relying on me to perform,raise resiliency as it relates to aged and recognized excel-push each other through thejust like they will when we arephysical fitness.lence in physical fitness in aevent, said Col. Allan Pepin, deployed.Resiliency is a known factor friendly competition ex-commander of 3rd CAB.After the games, Col. PepinINSIDEhibited constantlyvaried, high-intensityMajor Bryan Donohue is the operations officer from 3rdthanked 3rd CAB Soldiers fortheir efforts leading to thefunctional movement. CAB, and was a part of the first upcoming deployment.The functional fitness place team from Headquarters I thank you for everythingPilots Recognized . . . . . . . 2 exercises ranged and Headquarters Compa-youve done up to this point.Chaplains Corner . . . . . . 3-4 from various Soldier ny, 3rd CAB. He agrees withIts been a great few months,carries, to weight commander and said that hisits been a great two years. IUSAACE CG Visit . . . . . . . . . 4 thrusters, to a dead participation was counted on appreciate what you do andlift relay.by his teammates.continue to do every singleAll exercises con-The Falcon Games events day, said Col. Pepin. </li></ul><p> 2. The Falcon FlyerDecember 1, 2012Helicopter Pilots Recognized for Combat Flying Timeby Capt. Chad Ashe, 3rd CAB Public Affairsservice, said Simmons. Wereand equates to over 112,000 com-HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD,and acoustic signatures, accord- proud to provide this product bat flight hours. Its an amazingGa. The Military Businessing to Bells website. that the Army can deploy in the feat that takes the entire unit toDevelopment Manager for BellThe Pipe-Tomahawk unit andnations service.accomplish. From the aircraftHelicopters presented unit and individual awards recognized Simmons said the awardsmechanics to the Soldiers onindividual awards to pilots from and expressed gratitude foriconography was inspired by the refueling points, the pilots3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Kiowa Warrior pilots and their interactions between the Euro-couldnt fly without the supportRegiment, 3rd Combat Aviationparent units who have flownpean settlers of colonial Amer- from the squadron.Brigade at Hunter Army Airfieldthe aircraft for more than 1,000 ica and their Native AmericanThe commander of the unit, Lt.Nov. 7 on the HAAF flight line.hours in combat, said Mike counterparts. The pipe, a symbolCol. Michael Demirjian said that Bell manufactures the OH-58D Simmons, military business of peace and leadership, washis unit is fortunate to have anKiowa Warrior used by 3-17 development manager with Bellshared among the participants incredible aircraft to fly. BellCAV for its capabilities suchHelicopter.of an exchange. The tomahawkprovides our pilots a productas long-range day and night Its a way that we can comesymbolizes the martial power of and we appreciate the com-target acquisition, multipurpose back to our most valued custom-the helicopter. panys efforts to recognize allquick-change kits, and multipleer and just in a very meaningful The unit award transcends Kiowa Warrior Squadrons, saidarmaments with low infraredway say thank you for your three different combat periodsDemirjian. Lt. Col. Michael Demirjian, far right, commander of the 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Avia- tion Brigade, and Command Sgt. Maj. James Hall, far left, command sergeant major of the 3-17 CAV, accept the Pipe-Tomahawk Award from Mike Simmons, center-right, military business develop- ment manager from Bell Helicopter, and Lt. Col. Kirk McCauley, product director with Armed Scout Fielded Systems, during a ceremony Nov. 7 at the Hunter Army Airfield flight line. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Chad Ashe)The Falcon FlyerThe Falcon Flyer is an authorized publication for members of the U.S.Army. Contents of The Falcon Flyer are not necessarily official viewsof, or endorsed by the U.S. Government, Department of the Army or Task Force Falconthe 3rd Infantry Division. Everything advertised in this publication Commander - Col. Allan M. Pepinshall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard Command Sergeant Major - Command Sgt. Maj. James Snyderto race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical Chief Warrant Officer of the Brigade - Chief Warrant Officer 5handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of theRandy Godfreypurchaser, user, or patron. All editorial content of The Falcon Flyeris prepared, edited, provided and approved by the Task Force FalconPublic Affairs Office. Task Force Falcon Public Affairs TF Falcon PAO - Capt. Chad AsheDo you have a story to share? The Falcon Flyer welcomes submissionsTF Falcon PA NCOIC, Falcon Flyer Editor - Sgt. Luke Rollinsfrom readers. Send to the Task Force Falcon PAO at pao3cab@hotmail.com. The Falcon Flyer reserves the right to edit all submissions. Forfurther information on deadlines, questions or comments, email TaskForce Falcon Public Affairs.2 3. The Falcon FlyerDecember 1, 2012Chaplains er mental health themselves when they arrive issues can rob us of home to unwind and to switch inner peace and of gears before being bombarded Corner a strong inner self. by the family. Physical exer-with Maj. Tammie Crews,Depression in thecise, meditation, prayer, doing workplace has an hobbies, and so forth are all ways3rd CAB Chaplain estimated annual to relieve stress. Stress out ofS uicide prevention and resil-iency are two sides of the sameflexible attitude that can project price tag of $44 billion. This doesa serendipitous capacity to look not begin to take into accountfor the best even in the worst the impact on the individual orcontrol is costly to us as individ-uals and to our families. Stressaffects the work environment.coin. Resiliency is the ability situations. The ability to looktheir families. Resilient individ- Stress related issues such asof an individual to bounce back for the best is a key factor thatuals and resilient organizations absenteeism, turnover, short andfrom the ups and downs of life. carries resilient people through constantly seek and find posi- long-term disability payments,Building resiliency is sometimes hard times. tive, creative ways to build inner medical costs, and work placereferred to as building human The second is developing a strength and healthy organiza- accidents cost US companies ancapacity or strengthening lifestrong inner self. A person with tional strength. estimated $300 billion per year.skills. Resiliency is about devel- a strong inner self is not one who The third is overcoming the Resiliency is that capacity to dealoping skills in life that assist us is an egotist, but a person whodaily effects of stress. Especial- with the daily stress of life in awith the life-long quest to dis-has a strong ego capacity char-ly as economic factors becomemanner which builds rather thancover what it means to be fully acterized by healthy self-esteem, more critical, we are called upon diminishes our human capacity.human. Resiliency is the pres-The fourth is striking a bal-ence of hope in spite of whatever ance between work and play.we might be called upon to face Resilient people enjoy life byin life. What are some resiliency making the intentional choice toskills that assist us? Some ofparticipate in life to the full-those skills include fostering aest. On the days when we dosense of optimism, developing not feel like working, we do ita strong inner self, overcoming anyway, but duty is not the sumthe daily effects of stress, strik- total of life for the person whoing a balance between work andhas learned resiliency. To haveplay, and building on the tradi-fun is just as important as totions and stories of our families.work. We all need things to lookThe first is fostering a sense of forward to in life. We all knowoptimism. There is somethingthe old saying, All work and noabout attitude that is contagious.play makes for a dull boy. TheWe tend to shy away from thosebalance of responsibility andwho go through life with a badfreedom, of work and play, keepsattitude; they have that ten- us fresh and alive. We shoulddency to quickly wear everyone self-confidence, and a positive to do more with less at work experience each day both a sensedown around them and to cause self concept. In other words, to and at home. Those who haveof accomplishment and of joyus to shy away from them before have a strong inner self means children know the stress thatand so gain new energy for life.we too adopt the same drearythat we know who we are, and can occur when the childrenThe renewed energy for life is aoutlook. On the other hand, we are comfortable living in our want more than we are able to booster shot of resiliency whenwe all like to be around thoseown skin. We are at peace and give and they cannot understandlife is becomes a struggle.who are positive about life not at odds with our inner selves why they are told No. Life is The fifth is building on theyou know, those who have theregardless of what is going on naturally stressful, but as we traditions and stories of ourability to see the glass as half full around us. A strong inner self learn the lessons of resiliency we families. Another old adageinstead of half empty. Genuinely is necessary for maintaininglearn how to manage stress sostates, A burden shared is apositive people are not exemptboth spiritual and emotional that stress does not manage us.burden halved. Families andfrom problems nor do they live health. Spirituality above allAs difficult as it may seem at the those who are like family toin denial. They choose to takeother aspects of life gives us the time, we learn how to say No us give us a sense of belongingan optimistic outlook on life.capacity for inner peace. Prayer, and set boundaries. The other and a safe place to share ourA resilient attitude is one ofin the deepest sense, persistently side of overcoming stress is toproblems so that the burdenshopeful expectations for positive guides us to the source of our practice unwinding from stress.indeed are halved, Since I haveresults. However, if the resultsinner strength. When emotional Some people unwind as they been at Tobyhanna, I continueare not quite what was expected, health begins to fail, clinical de- drive home from work. Others,to be amazed by the strength ofthe resilient individual displays a pression, clinical stress, and oth- need that little bit of time to See CHAP, Pg. 4 4. The Falcon FlyerDecember 1, 2012CHAP, contd from pg. 4so many of our families bound learned and who continue toUSAACE CG Visits 3rd CABby Capt. Chad Ashe, 3rd CAB Public Affairstogether by a deep sense of her-learn the lessons of resiliencyitage and religion. My grand- have a far greater capacity forparents seemed to know a greattaking care of others. They aredeal of what resiliency was able to maintain motivation,about without ever knowingcontrol stress, and enjoy whatthe word. They were southernthey do. Resiliency gives ussharecroppers not an easy the capacity to bounce back, tolife to be sure but a life rich maintain hope that regardlessin resiliency in all the seasonsof the situation there is still a U.S. Army photo by Capt. Chad Asheof life. My fondest memories of deep hope that keeps us alive.HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga.ented leadership philosophy,my grandparents were to listenTo a large extent suicide is the-- Major General Kevin Mang- Maj. Gen. Mangum said, whichto them tell the family stories.loss of hope and the capacity for um, commanding general ofkeeps the focus on Soldiers. AThe accounts were sometimes hope; it is the loss of resiliency. United States Army Aviationself-proclaimed Boston Red Soxfunny stories, sometimes sadIt is a resignation to an ethos ofCenter of Excellence, visitedfan, Maj. Gen. Mangum said hestories, sometimes stories of hopelessness that penetratesleaders from the 3rd Combatwas unashamed to admit thestruggle, and sometimes stories the entire being of a person so Aviation Brigade, Nov. 28, atinspiration for this humble ser-of simple daily living. The com-that they cannot see that prob- Hunter Army Airfield, deliver- vant leadership style was nonemon thread that ran through lems at their longest are short.ing words of encouragement asother than New York Yankeesall the stories was a sense ofThe inner self collapses andthe unit readies to deploy.manager Joe Girardi.belonging, strength, acceptance,the ability to face life no longerThe 3rd CAB is scheduled toColonel Allan Pepin, com-survival, and overcoming theexists. We can do our best to deploy to Afghanistan before mander of 3rd CAB, who servedmeat and potatoes of resilien-prevent suicide, but we cannotthe end of the year, marking the with the commanding generalcy. Our families are one of our prevent all suicides. Buildingsixth time the Falcon brigadebefore on previous assignments,greatest resource in building resiliency, however, goes a longhas deployed since 2001. thanked him for visiting hisresiliency. They are the firstway toward the prevention ofThe commanding general gaveSoldiers and imparting his lead-ones who teach us about copingconditions that might otherwise awards to four 3rd CAB Soldiers. ership experience.endurance, connection and sur-lead to suicide.Major General Mangum thenMajor General Mangum, invival by example and throughspoke on the three verses of turn, thanked the deployingthe family stories. They are aleadership as they related to3rd CAB Soldiers, underliningtestimony to us that problems illustrations he applied to histhe role of selfless service inare not permanent fixtures andown career. He also mentionedeffective leadership and as athat more importantly, we are the importance of being a team governing life principle.connected and loved. In thisplayer. The purpose of aviationThe most precious gift thatway, they pass on to us an heri-operations is supporting the we can give somebody elsetage of resiliency. ground commander in combat,is the gift of selfless service.Both individuals, families, Maj. Gen. Mangum said. Youre doing that, Maj. Gen.and organizations who haveThis breeds an other-ori- Mangum said.Marne Air Social MediaTo re...</p>