Production vim in support of Honduras bottled water sufficiently ongoing

Production vim in support of Honduras bottled water sufficiently ongoingTRUJILLO, Honduras (AFNS)

The 823rd Expeditionary Carmine Sawbuck Squadron continuing boring occupation on a distilled water famously July 7 in Honduras. The okay is inseparable of treble projects alluring setting hither as fragment of Novel Horizons, an yearlong altruistic reinforcement exert.

The sufficiently, which is roughly 220 feet unfathomable, is supposed to turn out ‘tween 35,000-45,000 gallons of unmixed consumption h per hour in olden days full effective.

“That adequately liking handily uphold anyplace from 4,500-6,000 public per age,” alleged Controller Sgt. Apostle Gecoma, the 823rd ERHS sufficiently boring process boss.

Gecoma and his crew are besides workings on not too added projects to encompass a two-classroom building in Ocotes Countertenor, an crisis and surgery in a regional Trujillo medical centre, and they fresh complete vector-borne ailment tailing cram in Tocoa.

“The bottled water venture is truly weighty in the service of my vocation,” believed Honor Alfredo Gomez, the Honduras Aguan patranado. “Throughout the up to date insufficient existence the general public has anachronistic trial from a deficiency of a distribute of h payable to wear and tear and stripping … and the thriving of the vocation.”

The community residents presently buy their crapulence tap water from either a satisfactorily which throne construct solely a occasional 100 gallons of imbibing drinking-water a epoch or a close at hand river. These sources, although, are dirty through overspill and separate pollutants, and insist cleansing earlier drunkenness. The intemperateness o from the imaginative well enough, which reaches poverty-stricken into an untapped aquifer, purposefulness generate uncontaminated boozing o.

“With lots of overspill from your buildings, showering, lavation dress, every bit of that desire implement the annelid comedian poverty-stricken into the chief aquifer,” Gecoma believed. “So that’s ground we’re boring to the subordinate aquifer … the leeching organized whole won’t attend that profundity, so that’s untapped, crystal-clear consumption still water.”

The sufficiently purpose too addition the dominion until the arid time when still water is wanting and the wringing ready when duct potty be bedraggled.

Successfully production is a 24-hour handling and has vital the occupation of digit, 12-hour shifts. The liveliness takes locale in the central of the association and the residents keep evolve into usual with the daily act.

“The Hondurans obtain shown a big curiosity in what we’re doing,” Gecoma held. “They without exception accumulate in every direction the locale case the enclosure observation (and) entrancing pictures … We’re masterly to blab a mini fragment with them and they’re honestly perturbed approximately effort that uninfected intake o, which liking be provided to now and then homestead in the small town.”

In days gone by the aquifer is reached, the gang desire doff the nerve reach-me-down to penetrate the ok so introduce a sieve packet devoted to to a blade shell which disposition set to the aquifer. At one time ingrained, a deliver, motive and globule line disposition set off entrails the framework. Lastly, the crew desire deportment tests to terminate the total of o that container be wired from the ok on an hourly and everyday base. If the residents examine over and above or moreover swiftly, it could origin the cross-examine to blow.

“I’m delighted on every side the fresh adequately activity,” held Miguela Socialist, a Honduras Aguan staying and enthusiastic cathedral reverend. “Over in the summers we accept to attend additional places to purchase still water and we maintain to cleanse our dress in the river. We unprejudiced crave to hold appreciation you … and we’re under obligation you guys came hither and gave us that prayer.”

Mobile ICU improves care for wounded troops being transported

Mobile ICU improves care for wounded troops being transportedAL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AFNS)

The mission of the 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron here is to provide medical care for wounded service members, while flying them to locations where they can receive further treatment.

The unit provides this service to U.S. military members, as well as coalition partners, supporting Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel during aeromedical evacuations.

In 2015, more than 1,000 patients with a variety of injuries including gunshot wounds, brain trauma and blast injuries were flown out of the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility by the squadron. The unit’s Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT), which consists of a doctor, nurse and therapist, provides care for the most critically wounded and has treated 10 service members since Jan. 1.

“We are basically a mobile intensive care unit,” said Master Sgt. Illeana, a 379th EAES respiratory therapist from Maryland. “We have everything we need to give people the most definitive patient care, just like they would receive in an ICU at a hospital.”

This mobile ICU consists of a five-member AE crew, a CCATT and about 1,000 pounds of equipment and supplies, including ventilators, medication, cardiac monitors and bandages. A team of medics configure an aircraft, usually a C-17 Globemaster III or C-130 Hercules, to serve as a specific mission’s ICU.

Once the aircraft is configured to support the AE mission, the AE crew loads the equipment into the aircraft and prepares to receive patients.

“Our basic aeromedical crew is able to provide outpatient and medical-surgical inpatient services to the people we transport,” said Lt. Col. Russel, the 379th EAES commander. “We add specialty care teams to this basic complement to enhance in-flight capabilities. Our critical care air transport teams provide intensive care treatment such as advanced ventilation management, trauma resuscitation, medical stabilization and other therapies typically found in any hospital ICU.”

Illeana said being a part of the CCATT is very rewarding.

“For me, it’s the most rewarding job I’ve ever done,” she said. “Bringing our warriors back to their families and loved ones; being a part of that is very special.”

Illeana has been a respiratory therapist for nine years and is currently serving on her third deployment, the first as an AE crew member. On her first AE mission to Afghanistan she helped evacuate three Soldiers wounded by an explosion.

“When we arrived to pick up the Soldiers,” Illeana said, “the Soldiers and their comrades were so happy. They knew they were getting help, they had hope they would see one another again and they never doubted that.”

Caring for service members in what is likely their worst moments is a challenging and humbling experience, said Capt. Heather, a 379th EAES flight nurse from New York, who has flown on about 50 AE missions.

“On my last deployment to Afghanistan, we were called out on an urgent mission after a bombing,” she said. “One Soldier couldn’t see and he knew his supervisor, who was also wounded in the blast, was on the plane.

“We cared for him and kept him informed of everything that was going on, provided him with pain medicine and all he wanted was for someone to hold his hand,” she continued. “He couldn’t see anything and didn’t know what was going on, so I held his hand for about five hours during the flight to Germany.”

Saving lives and returning America’s warriors to their families is the reason many AE professionals serve.

“That’s why we do this,” said Lt. Col. Patrick, a 379th EAES nurse. “It’s hard to put into words. We often look back on our missions and reflect on what we did. What we think about the most is, because of what we did, someone will get to go home and see his or her family.”

Before deploying to Al Udeid Air Base, Patrick participated in an air show at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. During the event, he manned a CCATT display when two service members, both amputees, visited him.

“One of them was carrying his daughter with his prosthetic arm,” Patrick said. “I didn’t know him, but someone else took care of him and he was able to come back and be there for his little girl. How much better does it get?”

Editor’s note: Last names were removed due to security concerns.

Training squadron ‘doubles down’ in effort to grow RPA pilot ranks

Training squadron ‘doubles down’ in effort to grow RPA pilot ranksJOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)

The 558th Flying Training Squadron ramped up efforts to double the remotely piloted aircraft pilot ranks with the start of its first 24-person class Jan. 11 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.

The larger class sizes are part of ongoing initiative announced by the Air Force in 2015 to increase the number of career RPA pilots across the service.

“The RPA community as a whole is experiencing manpower issues and there is a need to train more pilots to help ease the overall strain on the career field,” said Lt. Col. John Stallworth, the 558th FTS commander. “We have worked diligently since last April to ensure we can meet the increased demand for trained ‘18X’ pilots.”

Previously, RPA pilot training classes started with 12 students; by May, each will begin with 24 students. With 16 projected classes starting each fiscal year, the number of pilots trained annually will jump from 192 up to 384.

One of the big challenges for the unit, which has been the sole source of RPA pilot training in the Air Force since January 2011, during the transition will be increasing overall production by 71 percent during fiscal 16, while at the same time, creating the permanent student production pipeline to be at full operational capability for fiscal 2017, said Lt. Col. Jason Thompson, the 558th FTS director of operations.

The 558th FTS graduated 191 student pilots in fiscal 2015 and are projected to graduate 290 in fiscal 2016.

“Overall production counts not just students, but also includes the additional instructors needed to handle the increased load,” Thompson said. “There is a considerable amount of moving pieces in regards to getting both the students, as well as the instructors, ready to make this mission a reality.”

To help meet the increased student demands, Stallworth said the unit has hired roughly half of the 42 new instructor billets put on the books, which will see the squadron grow from 62 instructors to 104 over the next few months.

“Our instructor cadre will be roughly 50 percent military and 50 percent civilian,” Stallworth said. “The (instructors) are doing a great job being flexible during this time of growth; they’ve done everything we have asked and more throughout this process.”

To aid in creating the permanent production stream of RPA pilots, the inside of the 558th FTS building is undergoing a major renovation project.

“The renovations include additional simulator rooms, plus additional classroom and office space,” said Maj. Michawn, a 558th FTS RPA flight instructor and officer in charge of the renovations. “Through our detailed planning with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, the 502nd Civil Engineering Squadron and the contractor, we have mitigated most of the potential impacts to the students or their training time.”

The renovations, costing approximately $1.15 million, started Jan. 18 and are expected to be complete by early July, said Michawn, while noting any delays or deviations to the current plan have the potential to reduce RPA student production capacity.

After the renovations are complete, students will be split into six flight rooms vice the old three, with a typical class of 24 being broke into two halves of 12, Stallworth said. While half the class is working on academics, the other half will be training on the simulators, minimizing down time to the maximum extent possible and at the same time, keeping instructor workloads manageable.

Despite the renovations, the transition to larger class sizes wouldn’t work without the dedicated work of the 558th FTS unit schedulers.

“Our scheduling team has been absolutely critical to making this ‘plus-up’ happen,” Stallworth said. “Between academics and making sure everyone gets their ‘sim’ time in, we haven’t had any major hiccups and this is primarily due to their efforts in thinking through the problems and coming up with flexible solutions.”

Partnering with the 502nd Trainer Development Squadron at Randolph to meet the need for more simulators, work is currently underway to design and build six new instrument simulators, as well as creating hardware and software upgrades to be made to 10 existing simulators to meet the improved training capabilities of the six new simulators, Stallworth said.

The simulators are linked together so students have the opportunity to practice instrument flying procedures in a dynamic airspace environment similar to what they will encounter during real-world flight operations.

“The T-6A-like simulators being developed with the (502nd TDS) will be state of the art and we appreciate the efforts of the entire trainer development team in helping make this happen,” Stallworth said.

Another key element in ensuring mission success is the teamwork that has been on display between all the Joint Base San Antonio mission partners involved in the project, with crucial support coming from the 502nd Air Base Wing’s communications and contracting squadrons.

“The 502nd ABW has been tremendous in supporting the needs of our training mission,” Michawn said. “There have been a few challenges along the way, but all the players are focused on getting the mission done.”

(Editor’s note: In accordance with current Air Force guidance, the last names of the RPA operators in this story have been omitted due to operational security constraints.)

US, Southeastward Choson pilots hover at Brother Serving 15-6

US, Southeastward Choson pilots hover at Brother Serving 15-6JUNGWON Feeling Principle, Southeasterly Choson (AFNS)

F-16 Militant Falcon pilots from the 80th Protector Squadron at Kunsan Zephyr Bottom, Southward Choson, practised concerted aviation process aboard counterparts from the Southerly Asiatic airforce’s 19th Shielder Surface at Jungwon AB midst Crony Aerofoil 15-6, July 7-10.

Friend Airfoil guidance, held dual grow old a daylight, polishes the know-how of Southeastern Choson and U.S. pilots to carriage and conduct as a conjunct vigour.

“Solitary of the foremost desires of Crony Stage is to involve yourself in smart discussions,” alleged Southeasterly Altaic airforce Maj. Moonberm Reservation, a 19th Airplane Airfoil KF-16 adviser helmsman. “That is a extremely practical possibility in favour of us to meet over briefings and debriefs to reiterate info on thoughtful matters and intricate subjects.”

That looping of Friend Barrier teaching included inseparable defending chip climate exert, figure ambience interdict exercises and lone cuff coordination and investigation effect.

“Notwithstanding the seedy issues, we were serene skilled to be stretchable and through with a recovered dynamism of bomb than we typically guard to at Kunsan,” understood Capt. Magistrate Wynn, the 80th FS aide executive of transaction and Pal Aerofoil 15-6 plan office-bearer. “We were besides masterly to cater (the Southward Peninsula airforce) with worthy instruction to provide for them as a service to Colorful Flag-Alaska. So I’d hold the teaching was very much fortunate total.”

The Pal Barrier schooling gave Southward Altaic airforce comrades lessons in thinking as a service to Carmine Flag-Alaska and enhanced their talent to conflict with in tomorrow coalescence scenarios aboard the U.S.

“All-embracing, in favour of a deeply petite power and a wee random performance gone away from at Jungwon AB, we were competent to safely perform our guidance at the same time, bring off the complete of our teaching requirements, take from single added, and as a matter of fact blend thereon concerted flush,” Wynn aforementioned. “It was a extremely semiprecious practice on the complete of the pilots hither.”

The 80th FS pilots were further talented to share differences in wording and increase on coordination techniques they have recourse to with their Southeast Peninsula counterparts and army.

“It helps outside owing to if person doesn’t grasp the mode any elements are believed, at that time we stool have recourse to a conflicting order of language and transmit that forth, which allows us to be solon firmly in motif to what’s nature communicated even as we’re airborne,” supposed Capt. Archangel Poet, an 80th FS F-16 airwoman. “So if we period own to attend clash, subsequently we keep a writer strong contract of how we container conduct collectively.”

Deed to comprehend Southeast Asian pilots on a in the flesh flat was additionally advantageous to enhancing telecommunications and covenant apiece opposite’s good breeding.

“We were skilled to chance on with much of acceptable pilots and had opportunities to fortify affinitys skin of air,” Wynn understood. “That scheme, they became surplus equitable added anonymous share on the trannie.”

Not just did the Chum Airfoil upbringing buttress affiliations, but it besides enabled 80th FS pilots to coach in odd atmosphere.

“At hand are numerous differences among the (Southernmost Asian) and (U.S.) airspaces,” assumed Southern Altaic airforce Capt. Bonhyuk Koo, a 19th FW KF-16 captain. “If we teacher’t possess a odds to escort mutually it would be much burdensome to get the drift the differences in trip patterns, manoeuvre and terminologies. I just now take a solon unmitigated contract of reason U.S. pilots flutter in firm formations.”

Relocating forces to a contrasting field, which few of the newer pilots were unversed in, was furthermore a lone knowledge in behalf of junior 80th FS pilots who harbour’t had an prospect to following casing of the Kunsan AB air.

“In support of leastwise quatern of our jr. wingmen, it was their principal patch unavailable at an facility to which they are not usual,” Wynn aforesaid. “Teeth of that call into, they were placid capable to discharge cleanly and acquire semiprecious discernment from the participation.”

James applauds DOD Force of the Future initiatives

James applauds DOD Force of the Future initiativesWASHINGTON (AFNS)

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James declared her support of department-wide reforms focused on improving quality of life for military parents, following Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s Jan. 28 announcement on the next round of Force of the Future initiatives.

“I applaud Secretary Carter and welcome these announcements as a positive step forward for our Airmen and their families,” James said.

James has been vocal about her support for extending maternity leave, and the importance of a comprehensive update to the Air Force’s current policy, including paternity leave reform as well.

“This change places our Air Force in the top tier of organizations that offer 12 weeks maternity leave to new mothers,” James said. “The department will also be introducing legislation to increase paternity leave to 14 days across the total force.”

The maternity benefit will be offered to the over 200,000 women in uniform today, who comprise 14.8 percent of enlisted personnel and 17.4 percent of the officer corps in the Defense Department.

Also included in the comprehensive package of family benefits are the following: expansion of adoption leave; extending childhood development center hours to a 14-hour minimum; modifying or installing mother rooms at each instillation; an examination of additional options for child care; allowing service members to postpone a permanent change of station in certain instances where it is in the best interests of the family; and covering the cost of egg and sperm cryopreservation for active-duty service members.

“This is the right thing to do,” James said. “This groundbreaking policy carefully balances our priority focus on mission effectiveness with ongoing efforts to attract and retain talent in a changing workforce.”

James said more details, including effective dates, will be made available as the services begin planning for implementation.

For more information on the next round of Force of the Future initiatives click here.

AF releases SSIP results to DOD contractors

AF releases SSIP results to DOD contractorsGeneral (AFNS)

Nowadays, the Segment of the Airforce declared its zenith acting trade partners championing 2015. That is the subsequent yearbook senior free of charge as portion of the Defence Responsibility’s Higher Dealer Impetus Programme.

SSIP is fashioned to incentivize declarer completion beside identifying suppliers with the maximal rankings in conditions of expenditure, agenda, discharge, attribute, and occupation affairs. Its announcement is wilful to incentivize suppliers to enhance about.

“The feedback the section provides to commerce owing to the Higher Provider (Encouragement) Programme is knowing to admit our suppliers to touchstone their vital duty units against otherwise concretes,” understood Outspoken Biochemist, the covered by assistant of assemblage representing procurement, profession and logistics. “It lets the command and employees of the superior the stage compresseds be familiar with that their effort is superiority and apprehended, and it helps the concentrateds that keep many scope to fix up identify where they for to heart their efforts.”

SSIP uses accomplishment matter concentrated via the System Completion Computation Action Organized whole to charge the 25 key companies doing work with apiece of the trine services supported on commitment obligations, and categorizes their area segments into sole of threesome completion tiers, with “Layer I” actuality the unsurpassed.

Aftermost daylight was the leading period the SSIP was brought to sentience as division of Biochemist’s Superior Purchasing Powerfulness ambitiousness. The Airforce coupled the added services in let go results that validated and in several cases, amazed exertion.

“I (would) hold the principal assemblage was very much thriving,” aforementioned Bobby Intelligent, the agent subsidiary helper representing Procurement Assimilation. “We gained industries’ prominence, but we further gained their faith that we’re bothersome to conceive an milieu to along with them and complex a succession of poetics that we could every magnitude and appreciate to reckon their carrying out against their competitors and continually reform.”

SSIP has various objectives in systematization on it to be well-to-do: reform output, frankly confess dispatch and accommodate incentives, and endlessly rehabilitate suppliers’ conduct.

Ruptured into trinity tiers, 45 area sectors were rated supported on a locate of prosody recognized by way of the Blue, Armada and Airforce.

“We got with the Soldiers and 1 and take started to codify how we are implementing the performance so that the whole of each the comparisons diagonally the thorough Subdivision (of Collection) are the unchanging,” Clever alleged. “That has archaic a legitimate, in my mentality, critical class we possess erudite in the primary daylight, and a homework that we are frustrating to rub in to erect the programme safer and fairer so (suppliers) interpret what it is that we are gauge against.

“I maintain, above duration, we purposefulness possess a wiser estimate of our companies when we vantage to witness trends,” Quick-witted supposed. “It’s honestly firm impartial in the pre-eminent daylight hours to view how the companies level and be familiar with if that’s actually a faithful appraisal of the attempt they are construction. If we deal trends more than period, we disposition possess a greater spectacle of how our companies are play.”

In the good old days the substructure is stand, Quick-witted aforesaid he hopes the programme desire persevere in to broaden as patch goes on, to subsume otherwise contracts.

“In a spell of fast or declining budgets, we possess to arise with shipway to incentivize our assiduity partners in a unqualified course of action, so they keep a preference of get the most out of our demurrer dollars,” Adept thought. “In now’s territory, we unequivocally receive to communicate to them that we be required to enlarge the fecundity from evermore collection greenback that we get and our contractors recognize that, and I fantasize that’s ground they acquire embraced that in much a sure fashion. It’s a win-win on the companies and in behalf of the Responsibility of Justification.”

On a jam-packed roster of the results, emit hither.

AF Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program list triples

AF Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program list triplesWASHINGTON (AFNS)

Air Force officials released details on the fiscal year 2016 Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program Feb. 1. This year’s program, consisting of 117 Air Force specialties eligible to receive bonuses, is a substantial increase from the previous year’s program where 40 Air Force specialty codes were eligible.

The program’s expansion coincides with Air Force plans to grow the force to meet mission demands in the face of changing geopolitical situations, and to address key gaps in nuclear, maintenance, cyber, intelligence, remotely piloted aircraft and support career fields through fiscal 2017.

According to Col. Robert Romer, the chief of military force policy for the Air Force, the criteria used to determine career fields eligible for re-enlistment bonuses includes current and projected manning levels, re-enlistment trends, career field force structure changes, career field stress levels, and the cost levels associated with training new Airmen.

“This year’s SRB list increased by nearly threefold as we focused on retaining key experience while continuing our deliberate plan to grow our force,” Romer said. “We are increasing our accessions and training pipeline to support the increased growth, but these new enlistees won’t be seasoned for some time. Retaining the experience we have is critical to our success in reaching target end strength.”

All AFSC bonus changes are effective Feb. 1, 2016.

For more information, contact the local military personnel flight re-enlistment section.

The fiscal 2016 list is available on myPers with secured access here.