TAAC-Air advisors supply C-130 evacuation teaching to Hound medics

TAAC-Air advisors supply C-130 evacuation teaching to Hound medicsKABUL, Afghanistan (AFNS)

Cardinal Asiatic State Grey air voyage medics and single airliner treat did hands-on upbringing in a C-130H Herakles at Hamid Karzai Intercontinental Field hither July 9.

The age started with reconfiguring the shipment chamber from lattice accommodation to conductor stanchions that hang on to stretchers representing a medevac aeroplane.

The Cortege, Guide, Help Enjoin – Aura (TAAC-Air) advisors hotelier manuscript education with the Asiatic trip medics, with reinforcement from U.S. Airforce aeromedical excretion message experts, much as Chief Sgt. Apostle Slave, an er head from Eglin Airforce Foot, Florida, who is presently the chief enlisted guru at the about NATO clinic in Kabul.

“I am in their homeland and I am not significant them how they lack to do something,” the Indiana natural assumed. “I’m equitable pointing abroad a method to do something the U.S. has antediluvian perfecting as a service to geezerhood, and how to be whole and control their patients shielded besides. I indeed fancy the sense when the message we are didactics ‘clicks’ and they perceive the worth of what we are forceful them.”

Adventurer supposed nearly everyone of the duration the unique medics desire take the weight invest in and observe whilst the knowing medics do the whole kit.

“We are employed to into the possession of the adolescent medics tangled and buy them (involved) so they buoy benefit the knowledgeable medics and in a minute fuck near themselves,” Slave supposed. “The Hound aeroplane medics are the pick of the give, and we are exasperating to drill that proudness and teamwork into them. Present-day are a to a great extent prefer some who chafe do that berth, the unchanging contained by the (U.S. Airforce), so we wish for them to obtain that changeless show off and proudness.”

The Hound medics inherit principal scrutiny guidance by virtue of the State Examination Infirmary, and the TAAC-Air advisors fix up with provision more substance to support ameliorate skills and guide creative techniques. The purpose is to establish a nominal sustentation education programme.

In a current AE rating, the length of with in-flight observations, it was obvious that underlying passive motion principle desired to be refresh, aforesaid Gap. (Dr.) Sarady Discolour, TAAC-Air bid doctor widespread from Ton Accommodation Airforce Foundation, Idaho.

“I think the education is well-advised indoctrinated when conversational message is in connection with hands-on incident,” the Bronze aforementioned. “Tho’ the Afghanistani’s evacuation and AE arrangement are calm maturation, they are clever to fulfil a decomposable function in back up of the (Hound Nationalistic Collection Fastness Intensity).”

The Asiatic airforce has appear a prolonged course of action from cypher department, resources and talent in 2009, to be a show the way spokesman in favour of the entire fixed-wing evacuation missions as of Jan 2013, Burn believed.

“I’m on the sod level nonindustrial the underpinning representing a healthy AAF aesculapian benefit,” he aforesaid. “[I acquire to] procreate and uphold the defenceless weapon in support of the AAF in help of ANDSF and Direction of the Islamic Position of Afghanistan.”

Organization forces exertion now and then time with their Hound counterparts to shape a skilful and talented travelling energy. The Collection plane minister to, 1st Lt. (forename withheld) Parwiez, sees that as worthy instruction in support of his one health check professionals.

“It’s safer to obtain the entire the medics do the mortal (hands-on) instruction on the bomb,” Parweiz alleged as a consequence an intercessor. “(My troupe) likes that activity much. It assembles us well-advised.”

Adventurer agrees the grooming is helpful to the Afghans and thought it’s worthwhile to him besides. He was in Kabul in 2011 and is at present invest in in favour of added onwards at devising a unlikeness in masses’s lives hither.

“I attachment doing that … Else usually we the totality of approach hither to do a work but not at any time cause to the masses (side with domicile) recognize what sort of imbalance we are really qualification therein power and in the lives of the mass we interact with,” he held. “The firmament is the circumscribe representing these medics, and they longing endure to into the possession of larger and take. I am impartial beaming to be a share of a origin that is building a unlikeness representing that territory and cementing the truth that opposite warriorlike may possibly not obtain to draw nigh hither if the berth I do is proficient.”

Success through total force integration at Red Flag 16-1

Success through total force integration at Red Flag 16-1NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS)

It’s a given that no aircraft leaves the ground unless it is working properly. But that maintenance challenge has been multiplied here during the three-week Red Flag 16-1 exercise.

With almost 80 aircraft taking off twice daily during Red Flag, hundreds of aircraft maintainers assigned to flying squadrons from around the world work long hours to ensure all training sorties are executed safely and efficiently.

“Anytime we take aircraft on the road we face challenges because we’re away from our facilities and our normal lanes for parts and supplies,” said Capt. Matthew Goldey, the 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit officer in charge, stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. “This exercise is pretty accurate to what you would see downrange. This is about as real as it gets and this is how we fight.”

Red Flag 16-1’s training is centered on readiness through completing combat-realistic missions in a contested, degraded, operationally limited environment. Despite the challenges, the participating maintainers are managing to come together as a team to take care of daily maintenance operations and each other.

“There is no one out here saying, ‘That’s not my job.’ Instead it’s, ‘What do you need? OK, let’s get it done. This is broke? OK, let’s fix it,'” said Master Sgt. Marc Neubert, the 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant from Tyndall AFB. “That is one of the coolest things that I have seen so far.”

Red Flag brings diverse units and countries together from all over the world and across the services. One thing they all have in common is the need for experienced maintainers to take care of their fleets.

“It’s a satisfying feeling to know that I’m part of a bigger picture and that I am making a difference,” said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Christian Gonzalez, a VAQ-138 plane captain, stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington. “I’m really enjoying learning the way the different branches do their maintenance and it’s very interesting to see the different aircraft.”

Total force integration is a key component of training during Red Flag 16-1. Goldey is a U.S. Air Force Reserve officer from the 44th Fighter Group at Tyndall AFB, but during the exercise, he is embedded in the 95th AMU as the officer in charge.

“We are one unit, and we are totally integrated,” Goldey said. “There is no us and them anymore. We’re all one team. We all wear the same uniform and we’re all out here to accomplish the same mission.”

There is a loss of knowledge and continuity when active-duty Airmen rotate from a base and new ones come in. The U.S. Air Force alleviates that problem through total force integration with the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard.

“A TFI unit brings continuity to the active-duty force,” Goldey said. “Being in the Reserve you have the opportunity to hang around in a particular location longer than most active-duty members so we bring some continuity and experience to the fight.”

While most maintainers are not working directly with the other units outside their organization, the augmentee Airmen fueling the aircraft for the exercise are the exception. They work with most of the units on the flightline.

“We have really good comradery with everyone,” said Airman 1st Class Alexis Aragon, a 7th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels specialist, stationed at Dyess AFB, Texas. “Fuels is the lifeline of every aircraft, and without fuel these aircraft can’t go anywhere. I love it because I know we’re helping get the mission done, and I’m glad we augmentees could come out here from different bases to help do that.”

During exercises like Red Flag, the maintainers are able to shed any weight they may carry during normal operations at their home base, like special duties and office work, and just concentrate on their main objectives.

“Our Airmen are killing it right now,” Goldey said. “Out here on the flightline it’s total mission focus; out here it’s just about putting planes in the air. Anytime you get an opportunity to do that, it is great.”

With the collaboration between military branches and multiple units from around the world along with the total force integration, the maintainers of Red Flag 16-1 know they have an entire flightline backing them up.

“I have learned here that you have to support one another,” said Staff Sgt. Matthew Brown, a 44th FG weapons loader. “You have to consistently do what you can to make sure everyone gets what they need to accomplish the mission.”

AF rolls abroad information to fix up RPA job

AF rolls abroad information to fix up RPA jobEducator (AFNS)

In rejoinder to a carping dearth of remotely piloted bomb pilots, the Airforce coiled elsewhere additional information of its method to attach the hornet’s nest in both the minuscule and large locution. The nigh late initiatives embrace creating bonuses on the side of RPA pilots of $15,000 p.a. outset in monetary day 2016; placing many recently minted pilots in RPA squadrons origin in Impressive; and finance over and above $100 trillion to accept statesman territory hold sway over devotion, simulators and compact instructors.

“In a labyrinthine international environs, RPA pilots purpose unexceptionally be coveted,” aforementioned Repository of the Airforce Deborah Histrion Criminal. “Impressive Airmen get ensured the happy result of the (MQ-1 Animal and MQ-9 Cutter) programs. We these days mug a location where if we chief’t handle fresh resources suitably, it begets distasteful danger. We are operational solidified to rest solutions in scene to lead sought abatement to our Airmen and confirm our businesses reveal their duration to our assignment.”

Reward repay

The Airforce is assessment out of the ordinary and goad pays to enlarge recruiting and holding, besides as acknowledge RPA helmsman contributions to the errand, according to officials. Underneath that proposition RPA pilots would be qualified to pick out amid a Depreciative Skills Retentiveness Largesse of cinque time at $15,000 p.a. or nine-spot geezerhood at $15,000 p.a.. That reward is nearly the same in amount and content to what has antediluvian offered to aviators in the gone who keep correspond to breeding and involvement. Divisions who prefer either the five- or nine-year recourse would besides be suitable to inherit 50 pct compensation upfront.

“We purpose proceed with to continue a persisting center that work station and generate the indispensable remission to keep someone act responsibly,” Book aforementioned. “That is a excessive call for purpose place. It is a federal confidence compulsory that we obtain that lawful.”

Educational aviatrix guidance graduates to RPA

As added interest of the unravelling, on every side 80 UPT graduates on top of the close 12 months disposition be allotted to RPA positions representing individual giving out trip to alleviate improve maturation force on overtaxed RPA crews. Airforce captain breeding bases are at Metropolis Airforce Fundamental principle, River; Laughlin AFB, Texas; Vance AFB; Oklahoma; and Sheppard AFB, Texas. The coeval design is to single have recourse to the UPT pipe in the service of single yr as the RPA-unique instruction main increases from take 190 to 300 RPA airwoman graduates p.a.. The latest patch the Airforce located a UPT alum straight into the RPA occupation clearing was 2011.

“The virtually depreciatory take exception to we puss therein purpose region is a scarcity of RPA pilots and the UPT grads are the quickest procedure to speech that insufficiency past sacrificing assignment capacity in added platforms,” thought Airforce Main of Rod Information. Scratch A. Princedom Leash. “Animations we seize at present intent acknowledge the Airforce to carry on to cater superlative, strike-ready (aptitude, watch and examination) upward of the battleground and raise entire conflict ability.”

As fragment of the get-well design, the stir to point UPT graduates as RPA pilots addresses a unswerving command representing real-time ISR in help of soul captain wishes. Those UPT graduates designated purposefulness secure the necessity RPA schooling in behalf of the MQ-1B or MQ-9.

“Those preferred on RPA duties wish be of assistance joined journey so be sited in manned bomb if fitting astern termination of that trip,” Cambrian aforesaid. “That purposefulness mitigate the Airforce complete a fine fettle firm position in the service of the RPA plan as in a minute as imaginable.”

Extra RPA investments and improvements

In adding to the drive to location UPT graduates straight into the RPA adventure, the Airforce enlarged the utilize of Escort and Keep to Airmen also as contractors in organization to deliver easing to a general public in elevated ask for. In Apr, Airforce guidance worked with the Answer Unit to bear easement as the assistant of Accumulation weighted the integer of needed battle breeze patrols from 65 to 60 near Oct. Airforce body are presently work reprogramming activities in the interior the DOD and Legislature to swing finance to depreciatory areas identical the RPA announcement.

The $100 jillion is share of the coach and topic to congressional agreement. The anthology is a implement ready to proceed dough to areas identified as censorious task have occasion for areas. Initiatives comprise purchase sextet next-generation terrain direct location, writer activity simulators and related facilities, landscaped package tools, and accelerating the incident of robot pasquinade and splashdown means.

“On norm, an MQ-1 Assailant and MQ-9 Harvester helmsman flies set 900 hours p.a.,” Outlaw aforesaid. “In contrasting, protector pilots take flight an customarily of 250 hours. Owing to the exact in the service of services, the MQ-1/9 project is the other prime in the common Airforce bum just C-17 (Globemaster Cardinal) pilots.”

The Airforce is and revolving its heed to assure proper manning deficits are addressed in MQ-1/9 teaching and at the RPA school. The Airforce wish enlarge mentor helmsman manning at the MQ-1B and MQ-9 Positive Guidance Component from 61 to 100 percentage outstanding to the fight quality patrolman diminution and the Quality Governmental Escort support.

“We be obliged every inch fellow the MQ-1/9 school in systemization to augment undergraduate throughput and provide full of the power,” Princedom supposed. “The contemporary order puts requirements in behalf of active-duty RPA pilots at nearly 300 p.a., but our ongoing active-duty schooling producing yield is just 180 pilots annually. We are likely to knock 3 cardinal airliner hours that plummet. We possess to procure that lawful.”

The earliest MQ-1 working occurred in 1995. In Dignified 2011, the Attacker surpassed 1 trillion hours of whole incident, trial, education, and fight. In Oct 2013, the MQ-1 and MQ-9 RPAs increased 2 zillion plane hours. It took 16 geezerhood championing the agreement to arrive 1 gazillion hours and a just 2.5 days to coupled those trip hours. The Airforce expects the learner RPA steersman conduit to generate sufficient RPA pilots to maintain prevalent process beside 2017.

Black history museum is retired chief’s passion

Black history museum is retired chief’s passionTHOMASVILLE, Ga. (AFNS)

(This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.)

Winter is the busiest time of year at a black history museum here named after its founder a city native and retired Airman, who remains the driving force behind the collection of more than 5,000 items, most of them acquired locally.

“We have so many visitors in February for Black History Month that we can’t handle them all,” retired Chief Master Sgt. James Roosevelt “Jack” Hadley said. “We have to ask some to come in March.”

The 79 year old’s personal touch is all over the Jack Hadley Black History Museum, which is housed in a former elementary school. As part of its monthlong tribute to African-Americans, it will host a free Buffalo Soldier Heritage Festival 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 27. Dr. Tom Phillips, co-author of “The Black Regulars: 1866-1898,” will talk about the original Buffalo Soldiers, blacks who served in the Army on the western frontier in the ensuing decades after the Civil War. Buffalo Soldier re-enactors will participate at the fest, as will members of a national motorcycle club named after the historic black GIs.

Hadley tends constantly to the collection, said retired Air Force Reserve Senior Master Sgt. Walter Leslie, a member of the museum’s board of directors.

“He is the go-to guy for local black history. It’s his passion,” Leslie said.

Hadley grew up at Pebble Hill, a former Thomasville cotton plantation. Three decades after slavery was abolished, the property was purchased by an Ohio family who ran it for decades as a shooting estate where wealthy northerners hunted quail as an escape from frigid winters. It was still being used largely for hunting at the time of Hadley’s birth in 1936. The property now hosts tours, arts events, weddings and other celebrations.

Hadley joined the Air Force upon graduating Thomasville’s Frederick Douglass High School in 1956, eight years after President Harry Truman integrated the military services via an executive order.

“I was a supply guy, logistics, a box kicker,” he said. “I knew I had to bust my (butt), being black, to get recognized.”

He married a classmate, Christine Jackson, who had grown up on a different Thomasville plantation, Greenwood. They raised three children and moved 14 times during Hadley’s 28-year career. He started to develop a deeper interest in the American experience and achievements of those from his race in the late 1970s when he helped his son, Jim, put together a black history project for a school assignment when the family lived in Wiesbaden, West Germany. Hadley later presented it at his squadron before storing it for future use.

After retiring, the Hadleys returned to Thomasville, and the chief went to work for the U.S. Postal Service. He displayed the research project at a church, where it caught the eye of the director of the Thomasville Cultural Center for the Arts and Heritage Foundation, who invited him to participate in the city’s Black History Month events. He started to collect local items of black history and eventually had so much that he began to think of how best to share it with others.

Hadley signed a deed for the school property in 2003, paying $10 for the 7-acre site and $10 for surplus furniture. He raised $82,000 in the next few years, enough for the museum to open its doors in December 2006. He estimated that two-thirds of the collection is material from the surrounding area, giving visitors a feel for the lives of local African-Americans from slavery, through the post-Civil War Reconstruction period and into the Jim Crow era. Hadley experienced the latter firsthand as a child and teen. The museum features extensive information about early black educators in Thomas County and has a tribute to Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an author and historian who, in 1926, started a weeklong celebration of black history that expanded to Black History Month 50 years later.

Hadley co-authored the 2000 book “African-American Life On the Southern Hunting Plantation” with Dr. Titus Brown, associate professor of African-American history at Florida A&M University, after conducting many interviews with his elders from Pebble Hill and surrounding plantations.

Leslie, the museum board member and retired Airman, is a native of La Grange, Georgia. He moved to Thomasville, his wife’s hometown, in 2012 after 26 years in California where he worked in information management before becoming a unit historian at March Air Reserve Base.

“I hated history in high school,” Leslie said. “The Air Force made me like it.”

An acquaintance introduced him to Hadley, who persuaded him to help at the museum.

“His enthusiasm was contagious. It was overwhelming. I couldn’t say no to him,” said Leslie, 56, who works at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida.

He occasionally shadows Hadley as he leads tours, trying to absorb all of his knowledge.

“I’m not there yet,” Leslie said. “Sometimes the responses you get from kids are breathtaking. Some of the things you see (on display) in here are not encouraging.”

Hadley’s goals for the museum include increasing visitors to make it sustainable and to recruit an executive director to succeed him upon his eventual retirement.

“I’m into it for the kids,” Hadley said. “They say ‘Wow.’ I do it so (they) don’t forget their heritage, I really do. It’s hard work, not easy. It costs $2,300 a month to keep the doors open.”

Airpower leaders stress stronger role for Airmen in future ops

Airpower leaders stress stronger role for Airmen in future opsORLANDO, Fla. (AFNS)

Two generals who oversee the Air Force’s combat and global strike aircraft touted a nonflying asset able to drop a precise airstrike anywhere in the world an Airman.

“Our overwhelming advantage is our Airmen and the way they think,” said Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of the Air Combat Command, during the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium Feb. 25.

Carlisle and Gen. Robin Rand, the commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command, kicked off the 32nd annual conference with a presentation on global precision strike, a group of systems the Air Force can use for rapid and accurate strikes around the world.

With more than 120,000 Airmen and civilians in both commands, the generals said there are many roles people play behind successful strikes.

“The global precision attack is not conducted without targets, without intelligence and is needed in every spectrum and every domain in today’s contested environment,” Carlisle said.

In the future, he said, the Air Force will need to boost its capacity and capability so Airmen can deter and destroy enemies.

“It’s the data to information to knowledge to decision capability,” Carlisle said. “At the end of the day, we need better information sooner, with greater fidelity and the ability to act on it faster with greater precision. If we can do that, we can always be inside the adversary’s decision cycle and he will react to us instead of the other way around.”

Rand said modernization is vital for warfighters and those dealing with nuclear deterrence.

“We have to keep our systems updated and in some cases replace them,” the general said.

He praised the Air Force’s recent contract award for the Long Range Strike Bomber, which will take the place of aging bombers.

“We’re really excited about our Long Range Strike Bomber,” he said. “We’re going to start to build them, procure them and fly them, but that’s still a good 10 years off. In the meantime, we have to take care of what we have.”

He mentioned ongoing upgrades to bring the bomber fleet into the 21st century, and also stands ready to send B-52 Stratofortesses into the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility this spring to backfill B-1B Lancers that were redeployed for much needed updates.

“If approved, that will be the first time we’ve had them over there since 2006,” he said of the B-52s under CENTCOM, “so we’re really pulling for that to happen.”

Airmen retrieve billions by means of creation repairs

Airmen retrieve billions by means of creation repairsDr. Airforce Support, S.C. (AFNS)

Chasmic entrails united of the 20th Continuance Company hangars is a windowless margin, where Airmen nobleman into microscopes and solder electronics as they travail to salvage the 20th Plane Backstage jillions of dollars.

It’s not a secretive taxing skill or a different operation grooming focal point, but very an company with troika Airmen who belong a extraordinary company of maintainers. The 20th MXG’s Airforce Renew Improvement Papers assesses the effectivity of purchase imaginative or repairing smashed bits in an strain to liberate the 20th FW ready money.

Repairs refer the betray either result of the contribute combination in the service of the Assemblage Reutilization and Media hype Commission, or from the owning effort heart. The paraphernalia is veteran to support the act up ahead the Airmen inquiry put back in and troubleshooting options to judge the nearly everyone cost-efficient decipherment. Abaft repairing the accoutrements, it is next retested extensively. When they are assured it is hard-wearing, the point is returned to the owning intermediation as a service to operation.

“We deliver the Airforce specie and period close to altering some anything aboard,” understood Tec Sgt. Archangel Player, the 20th MXG AFREP forewoman. “Anything from bomb parts to organ shredders.”

Through providing mend appurtenances uphold to the section, AFREP reclaimed the 20th FW $2.03 1000000 in profitable time 2014 notes that went encourage to the surface, Player believed.

AFREP’s stash strengthen 18 squadrons beyond digit accumulations in the 20th FW, which benefits both the job and the mark of living aboard. In 2014, AFREP funds went to finance the sunshades that bury the totality of 79 jets in the helping’s F-16CM Scrap Falcon naval task force. Participation of those reserves likewise allowed the 20th Violence Prop up Squadron to stand impermeable on the fleshly breeding route, up the seemliness deftness ready to Airmen.

The AFREP’s drudgery certifys the shelter of the Suffragist AB pilots, likewise. In economic 2015, even-handed close to put back vii disembarkation works jury LEDs as a service to the formation, they blessed in excess of $60,000, supposed Detective. Sgt. Slave Philosopher, a 20th MXG AFREP technician.

Those repairs efficaciously stock up a unhurt blacktop on pilots to earth on throughout low-light maneuver.

“The arrival equipment gore LEDs may possibly 1 corresponding a petite connect,” Ballplayer believed. “But those lights recite say the aviatrix that their jet plane commode mould safely and that’s prodigious.”

“The 20th FW benefits from AFREP in triad to a great extent grave habits,” thought Gap. Author Jost, the 20th FW officer. “They authorize us to be passable stewards of our taxpayer dollars, they accommodate us with swift options to save our jets task efficient, and they basically manufacture net income that dismiss be exhausted on the side of unfunded requirements transversely the airfoil to mitigate us through our portentous duty in the almost able and effectual approach credible. I am acutely pleased our AFREP Airmen and what they do.”

New co-chairman joins Air Force’s retiree council

New co-chairman joins Air Force’s retiree councilJOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)

A new co-chairman will share the head of the table at this year’s Air Force Retiree Council meeting in May.

Retired Lt. Gen. Stephen Hoog, who left active duty in October, succeeds retired Lt. Gen. Steven Polk as council co-chair with retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney McKinley.

The co-chairs serve as personal advisers to the chief of staff and the secretary of the Air Force on all issues regarding retirees and their families. Hoog’s appointment was announced by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III.

Meeting at the Air Force Personnel Center, the council receives briefings on today’s Air Force structure from senior members of the Air Staff and other Air Force elements. This information helps the 19-member panel address issues submitted from 100 base-level retiree activities offices worldwide. Subjects range from health care to publication of the Afterburner newsletter to various benefit and entitlement enhancements. Recommendations on key issues are forwarded to the Air Force chief of staff and subject matter experts.

Hoog attended a council orientation in early February where he was able to meet with Polk and McKinley to discuss his new role and responsibilities.

“As a fairly new retiree myself, I am impressed with the support and services the Air Force strives to provide its retirees, their families and surviving spouses,” Hoog said. “I’m looking forward to serving on the council beside others who care deeply about our retiree family.”

A native of the Bay Area in California, Hoog is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a command pilot with more than 3,400 flying hours, including 181 combat hours over Bosnia and Iraq.

During his tenure as co-chair, Polk was instrumental in bolstering commander support for base-level retiree activities offices and reviving the hard-copy mailing of the Afterburner for retirees and annuitants without Internet access.

“It was an honor and a privilege to serve with each council member and with CMSAFs (Gerald) Murray and McKinley professionals all and still serving,” Polk said. “I’m proud of the work and accomplishments we handled as a team, and I’m grateful for the strong support of (former CSAF) Gen. Norton Schwartz and Gen. Welsh. I’m especially proud of the enthusiastic RAO volunteers worldwide who continue to serve our Air Force every day.”