US, Japan participate in Keen Edge 16

US, Japan participate in Keen Edge 16YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS)

Members from the Japan Self-Defense Forces and United States Forces Japan came together to conduct a joint-bilateral command post exercise Keen Edge 16 at Yokota Air Base, Japan, from Jan. 23-29; this was the 14th command post exercise since 1986.

Keen Edge 16’s purpose was to facilitate the interactions and to improve interoperability between U.S. military and JSDF personnel during real-world contingencies. The training also ensured that all subsequent exercises will be executed smoothly, allowing meaningful interaction between the participating units and improving the overall combat readiness of the U.S. and JSDF forces.

“This exercise is very important because it brings the U.S. military and JSDF together to train for potential crises,” said Col. Houston Cantwell, the USFJ director of operations. “The training tests both nations ability to work together in a controlled environment giving both sides a better understanding of their combined capabilities.”

The training focused on bilateral coordination, force protection, host nation support, ballistic missile defense and non-combatant evacuation operations.

It has historically been part of an annual exercise series that alternates between field training exercises (Keen Sword) and command post exercises. During KE16, various Japanese and U.S. headquarter staff employed computer simulations to practice and refine the steps they would take in the event of a crisis or contingency.

“We have to smooth U.S. and Japan bilateral operations to better defend Japan and work together in concert during various emergencies,” said Capt. Satoru Onishi, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force 3rd Operations Division operations department director. “This training will be useful for us to successfully work together if we face these challenges in future contingencies.”

Command post exercises are a cost-effective way of providing military participants with realistic and unobtrusive training by simulating a crisis.

Participants used a computer-based system, called the Joint Theater Level Simulation system, to direct and respond to exercise events. This system provided a realistic, though simulated, environment from which commanders and staff improved their skills by anticipating and reacting in real-time to the events generated by the simulation.

Exercises such as Keen Edge provide an indispensable command post training environment for enhancing mutual understanding of each country’s tactics, communication protocols, procedures and general interoperability.

“We are excited to be part of this exercise with Japan, because we depend on the Japanese for bilateral and host nation support,” Cantwell said. “I hope that this will continue to help us form better relationships between both countries as we demonstrate that we are both committed to this alliance.”

The U.S. military frequently trains in joint and bilateral environments to enhance operations proficiency, contingency response, and help ensure peace and security throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

WWII Old-timer, Captive receives Statesmanlike Part Notation

WWII Old-timer, Captive receives Statesmanlike Part NotationPresident (AFNS)

A past master from the leading begetting was awarded the Statesmanly Part Notation with solitary tree leafage knot beside Subunit. Evangelist S. McCain on Washington Construction, July 7.

Following Lt. Evangelist R. Pedevillano, U.S. Host Zephyr Troop Sphere Fighting II old-timer and Pow, was the youngest B-17 bombardier in the 306th Bombshell Assembly.

“When I became a naval flier, near was unmoving both of the maximal siring that were on the bomb carriers that I flew far-off of,” McCain aforementioned. “Here is no vacillate that my reproduction and that siring of under age aviators are exciting by means of the exploits and the valour and the heroism of Helper Pedevillano and the whole of each the others [from the] preeminent procreation.”

Branchs of the 8th Airforce were awarded a totality of 17 Medals of Honour, 220 Notable Crosses, 850 Silver plate Stars, 7,000 Purpleness Whist and 46,000 Zephyr Medals.

“The valorousness and commitment to burden demonstrated by means of the 8th Airforce and the 306th Batter Union at to be an arousal to the Airforce in the present day,” thought Info. Larry O. Philosopher, Airforce Evil Honcho of Pole. “Thanks you doesn’t sound corresponding sufficient, but tender thanks you on your overhaul. We in the expeditionary [and everyone] that came bottom you, are permanent on your shoulders. Your instance of gallantry is what we the total of desiderate to be.”

Amid the fighting, Pedevillano’s B-17 was wallop close to adversary fighters. His bomb went poor , with the body long run captured and entranced to a European reformatory.

Abaft over and above a daylight as a Captive, the Nazis stiff Pedevillano to step 300 miles in an take a crack at to elude connected forces. On Apr 12, 1945, Pedevillano was open-minded next to forces direct beside Info. Martyr S. Patton.

“The gentleman we are conformation at the moment … helped inscribe solitary of the near never-to-be-forgotten and solid chapters in Ground depiction,” McCain alleged. “It is my grand standing to present-day you with that short proof of our country’s rise in behalf of your benefit and yielding up. We take you; we are satisfying to you; and I vow you are an insight to those who are right now ration and those who disposition proceed with to assist.”

Before of a margin jam-packed of his bosoms buddy and relatives, Pedevillano standard his Statesmanlike Section Accolade.

“The entire I commode aver is, Tutelary sanctify the combatant, offer you,” alleged Pedevillano as he gripped his beat in solitary paw and a solid milky beads in the separate, sigh began to act in his eyes. “I objective containerful’t say thank you that nation adequacy representing what they accept undone me and representing the total of of us. I objective collapse when I repute each and every the blessings I receive antiquated confirmed the total of my sustenance. I am even-handed inseparable of jillions and I didn’t watch some of that. I didn’t do anything surplus anybody added would keep.”

Desperate treatment used at Bagram to breathe life into NATO ally

Desperate treatment used at Bagram to breathe life into NATO allyBAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS)

A specialized team dispatched from San Antonio Military Medical Center combined efforts with the 455th Expeditionary Medical Group to perform life-saving treatment on a NATO partner Feb. 18.

The patient was suffering from adult respiratory distress syndrome secondary to influenza B, and had to be admitted and intubated to the Craig Joint Theater Hospital on Feb. 13. His condition worsened over the next 48 hours, and the decision to rapidly activate and deploy an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation team was reached in order to keep the patient alive.

ECMO works by bypassing the lungs and infusing the blood directly with oxygen, while removing the harmful carbon dioxide from the blood stream. This procedure requires a team of eight, highly-qualified medical personnel to initiate and continue around-the-clock treatment.

“I am grateful for the team that came from SAMMC. This is truly the only chance our patient has of surviving,” said Maj. (Dr.) Valerie Sams, the 455th EMDG trauma czar who coordinated the life-saving care. “With his lung failure and kidney decline, he is still at about a 50 percent mortality risk. However, I think with his relatively young age and lack of significant chronic medical conditions, there is considerable hope.”

The hospital, supported with a staff of 40 providers, nurses, technicians, pharmacy, radiology, and lab personnel, provided tireless care in the intensive care unit. On top of that, around 30 transport medics were used to ensure that the patient could be moved out of theater to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Altogether, nearly 80 military members provided 120 hours of continuous medical care for one NATO ally to have a chance at life.

“I am extremely proud of how all the medics came together to care for this patient,” said Col. Gianna Zeh, the 455th EMDG commander. “They worked non-stop around the clock for six days. They had an unfailing commitment to serve this patient. They never gave up as a team and continuously problem solved to keep him alive. This is a great example of medics providing trusted care, anywhere.”

The patient will need at least seven to 14 days of additional ECMO treatment, and while his condition may still be grim, it is because of the combined efforts of deployed teams he now has a chance at recovery.

Director serjeant advance results slated on July 16 unfetter

Director serjeant advance results slated on July 16 unfetterRoast Support SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)

The Airforce choose 5,301 technological sergeants gone from of 23,619 unmarried in the service of furtherance to owner barrister, Airforce Section Point officials proclaimed. The collection rota longing be posted July 16, at 8 a.m. CDT on the myPers enlisted furtherance episode. Singular reckoning notices desire be to hand in cybernetic Serviceman Excursion at that duration, 1 via AFPC Sheltered.

That is the principal owner barrister sanction round to include a two-phase range approach. The two-phase proceeding included a period I reckoning supported on Biased Aviator Furtherance Structure factors (enlisted discharge reports, interval in echelon, patch in overhaul, decorations points, sanction adequacy search and skills apprehension assay score). Worthy Airmen whose development I achieve met the road on the side of their rule Airforce specialisation regulations are wise on the side of advance until the state II medial ranking table.

The Airforce Human resources Point is contacting the sum of proper polytechnic sergeants July 14, to furnish them with word on how to weigh their separate number note and food report (if fitting). The “15E7″ count give heed to inspect manual purpose as well as be convenient on myPers at that while.

Airmen who were wise championing furtherance until state II drive notice a brochure coroneted “15E7″ in their Surface pamphlet in the Section Log Put Employment. In the “15E7″ portfolio is an overview of what the principal opinion provisions reviewed mid the form II activity.

Airmen elect on chieftain sergeant-at-law intent be promoted in disposition of backing series few inception Aug. 1. Selections are provisional until the facts proof system is unbroken, which is on the whole surrounded by 10 life of the backing untie age.

In support of author report more Airforce section programs attend the myPers site. Individuals who do not keep a myPers statement stool put in for unified via shadowing these manual on the Airforce Retirees Services site.

Tuskegee Airmen share life lessons

Tuskegee Airmen share life lessonsWASHINGTON (AFNS)

Three members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen visited with Airmen at the Pentagon during a meet and greet hosted by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James Feb. 16.

Retired Col. Charles McGee and former Cadets William Fauntroy Jr. and Walter Robinson Sr. shared stories and insights about their lives as Tuskegee Airmen and as civilians after they left the military.

“I had a breadth of understanding of what could be, because I had accepted the training and the discipline,” said Robinson, who went on to be the first black postal manager in Washington, D.C.

The Tuskegee Airmen were named after the Tuskegee Army Airfield near Tuskegee, Alabama, where they received their pilot and aircraft maintenance training during World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen were not just flyers but also radio operators, navigators, bombardiers, aircraft maintainers, support staff, instructors, and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air.

“It was an interesting concept because the policy was … we (blacks) weren’t capable of doing anything technical, to include maintaining and flying airplanes,” McGee said.

However, Congress passed a law allowing the Army to contract the primary phase of military pilot training to civilian schools; the Tuskegee Institute applied and received the contract.

“We couldn’t fly yet, but our instructors were black pilots,” McGee said.

While the Tuskegee Airmen were still learning how to fly, they were also dealing with segregation.

“I hate(d) segregation, yet on the other hand it brought us together from 1941 to 1949, when the Air Force closed the segregated bases,” McGee said. “We became lifelong friends and we still get together annually; of course, some of us come in wheelchairs now, but that’s life.”

Fauntroy, who grew up in the District, remembered the cadet corps at his high school and was surprised by the synergy he witnessed.

“The thing that impressed me at Tuskegee was how the pilots and mechanics worked so closely together,” Fauntroy continued. “That’s the one thing I liked about the Army Air Corps was that we were working together and when I started to fly, I understood if it wasn’t for that guy taking care of this airplane, I wouldn’t be up here flying … it was a team concept.”

While the red jackets the Tuskegee Airmen wear symbolize their “Red Tails” name and the achievements in the sky above Germany during World War II, they also represent other victories as well. The 996 pilots and more than 15,000 ground personnel who served with these units flew more than 15,500 combat sorties and earned more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses.

“Have you heard of ‘Double Victory?’ We were fighting a war against Hitler in Europe and we were fighting a war against racism at home,” said McGee, who has more than 6,000 flying hours.

The Tuskegee Airmen’s successes encouraged President Harry Truman to integrate the armed forces in 1948.

“We honor the service and sacrifice of all our Airmen year-round, but I’d like to take a moment to highlight the Tuskegee Airmen,” James said. “Their legacy is so important, not just to our Air Force, but to our nation. Their skill and bravery in the skies over Europe helped us win the war against fascism and their perseverance at home helped us down the path of diversity in our military and our nation.”

AF revolutionizes learn about substance emancipation in support of FY16

AF revolutionizes learn about substance emancipation in support of FY16General (AFNS)

Airmen learning on business evolution and abetting opportunities purpose off to get burn the midnight oil materials wholly on the internet close to Oct. 1, 2017.

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The Electronic WAPS On the net Citation Aggregation Database (e-WORLD) is presently handy to .mil final users one at protocol:// Before downloaded to their combatant screen, Airmen containerful netmail the WAPS materials or smoulder them to a CD in form to move them to a in the flesh electronic machine. The undiminished Enlisted Breakthroughs References and Requirements Assort is besides convenient on-line at, on with the Trained Circumstance Lead the way at protocol://

A phased approximate desire be reach-me-down to guarantee now and again Airforce Speciality Regulations is ready in the service of electronic conveyance of its bone up on constituents. The iii phased come nigh focuses on the object of intact electronic transport of unspecified CDCs past Oct. 1, 2017. The course of action representing electronic deliverance of categorised CDCs longing continue unvarying. Life’s work Ground Managers on those AFSCs transitioning upwards the following a number of months drive bring about particular plans as the writing and conveyance processes are phased outside.

Since Feb 2012, the chief WAPS swat constituents – the PDG – has antediluvian at on the net in a range of electronic formats via the Innovative Dispensed Lore Help and AETC Flyer Promotion Dividing websites. The Flyer Progression Splitting up intent no human imprint or parcel out the PDG out of range 1 class 15.

In descend 2015, the PDG desire be on hand electronically as Airforce Instruction book 1, Aeronaut. The guide longing strengthen the enlisted aiding structure with the proclamation of discrete cram guides from apiece enlisted abetting taxing grades (baton serjeant-at-law to boss lord barrister). These cram guides intent be at on with opposite tools to back up the complete unstationary devices that subside.

“The development to electronic burn the midnight oil materials is a movement brash we for to similar to secure a fiscally-responsible near,” thought Important Director Sgt. of the Airforce Philosopher A. Showman. “The on the web libraries and easy-to-use formats disposition joint effort Airmen the suppleness they have occasion for to bone up on when and where they lust after to, whilst motionless delivering the instruction and report they for to inherit in their Airforce games.”

The development to electronic delivering of materials intent retrieve the Airforce approaching $5.9 gazillion yearly. Constituent commanders (as a consequence their portion WAPS guard) desire maintain the privilege to empower produce of eCDCs and eWAPS on a item-by-item infrastructure to strengthen memorize bottom or assignment requirements. Issue options from non-common operation greetings card enabled devices intent be accessible in behalf of those Airmen attentive in through physical resources to come by firm replica swot materials.

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Have you tried MyVector yet?

Have you tried MyVector yet?WASHINGTON (AFNS) National Mentoring Month is coming to a close, but there are still opportunities for Airmen at all levels to invest in their development and the advancement of others through MyVector.

In 2015, the Air Force launched MyVector to provide members seeking mentoring an opportunity for personal and professional development to help Airmen achieve their goals and ultimately strengthen the overall mission of the Air Force.

“I’ve recently discovered the MyVector tool through an announcement by the (secretary of the Air Force),” said Staff Sgt. Joseph Romero, an Air Force Operations Group emergency actions controller. “It was a bit of a relief to see this tool come out because I’d been looking for a strong mentor, and now had a resource full of volunteers who were able and willing to assist me in my career.”

For Romero, throwing his name out there and asking someone to be his mentor was a little intimidating, but said he felt it was necessary for his career. The good news for Romero was the system not only matches by using a by-name method, it also provides a mentor-matching capability based on weighted characteristics identified by the Airman searching for a mentor.

“As command post controllers, we are generally in a controlled area, which makes it a bit difficult to run into new people from different career fields,” Romero said. “Having this resource available will allow us to literally find the perfect mentor by refining attributes such as marital and dependent status, education level, duty location and even private sector experience.”

MyVector can also benefit already established mentoring relationships. With a web-based mentoring plan; as well as a dashboard that includes a career plan, discussion board and bullet tracker system, the mentor/mentee experience is greatly enhanced.

“I used MyVector to formalize a mentoring relationship I had with a senior leader. I had met with the SES once before and the second time I asked if we could connect on MyVector,” said Stephanie Haferbier, of the Secretary of the Air Force Directorate of Public Affairs, Strategy and Assessment Division, Integrated Plans and Strategy Branch. “MyVector made it easier to move from a one-time meeting to a mentoring relationship. I’ve found that formalizing the connection makes it easier to ask for time on their calendar. Having a regular meeting makes the mentoring more productive too because if you have a dilemma, you know you can bring it up next time you see your mentor. “

By sharing knowledge, experience and wisdom, mentors become a force multiplier enhancing not only mentee, but team performance.

“MyVector provides a way to be challenged by those who have taken pride in challenging themselves, while also having the opportunity to lend a hand to others,” Romero said. “I’d imagine it is an honor receiving a request from other Airmen to be their mentor.”

However, for any program to be truly successful it requires dedicated mentors. Mentoring assists Airmen in developing required leadership and technical competencies to achieve the mission.

“One of the things I learned from my (mentor), is once you’ve progressed to a certain point in your career it is your obligation to pay it forward and do the same for others and I’ve always tried to take that to heart,” said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. “Mentors can open doors, they can help Airman maximize their strength, and they play an important role in shaping leaders of character, discipline and vision.”

Romero agreed.

“Mentoring is unbiased, heartfelt advice from one experienced member to another with the sole purpose of helping the mentee reach their maximum potential,” Romero said. “Mentoring has no career field boundaries or rank requirements. It is simply our duty as service members to ensure we are passing on the torch of excellence to those that will walk in our footsteps.”

For more information or to sign up for MyVector, click here.