Sparks flap take flight in element application boutique

Sparks flap take flight in element application boutiqueYOKOTA Atmosphere Fundamental principle, Nihon (AFNS)

Sparks sail as Airmen alleviate pieces of alloy create. These Airmen on sire something from naught or ameliorate needed kit representing squadrons to keep up their commonplace tasks.

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Official urges families to learn about veteran burial honors

Official urges families to learn about veteran burial honorsWASHINGTON (AFNS)

Planning funerals for military veterans and retirees can be overwhelming for their families, and the Defense Department’s director of casualty and mortuary affairs wants family members to familiarize themselves in advance, when possible, to know what to expect with military funeral honors.

Deborah S. Skillman said families should learn about military funeral honors eligibility ahead of time to know what choices are available. She also recommended that family members should ensure they have access to the veteran’s discharge papers, also called DD Form 214, to prove eligibility.

It’s also critical for family members who want military funeral honors to tell the funeral director, who can make the request for them, Skillman said. The honors are not automatic, and must be requested through the veteran’s branch of service, she noted.

“Families (also) need to know DOD is going to be there when the honors are requested,” Skillman added.

DOD policy is mandated by law to provide a minimum of a two-person uniformed detail to present the core elements of the funeral honors ceremony, and one service member must represent the veteran’s branch of service, she said. The core elements include playing taps, folding the American flag and presenting the flag to the family.

Burials with military funeral honors can be conducted at national, veterans’ or private cemeteries, she said.

Options exist if resources permit

“While DOD is required to provide a (two-service-member) detail, policy encourages each service secretary to provide additional elements, such as the firing team and pallbearers, if resources permit. However, full honors are always provided for active-duty deaths,” Skillman said.

“Military honors may consist of three-rifle volleys by a firing team,” she said, and added that veteran service organizations often participate in burials with military honors to serve as pallbearers and to provide a firing team.

The Veterans Affairs Department also offers other benefits, such as headstones, Skillman said.

“We want to honor every eligible service member and make sure (the services) are there to render honors,” Skillman said.

Here are the team sizes and what they provide, if resources allow:

- 7: Provides for six- or seven-member firing party, six pallbearers, two to six flag folding detail, one to present the flag, one to initiate taps.

- 6: Provides for six in firing party, six pallbearers, two to six flag folding detail, one to present the flag, one to initiate taps.

- 5: Provides for three in stationary firing party, two for flag folding and presentation detail, one from either flag or firing detail can initiate taps.

- 4: Provides for three in firing party, two to leave and tend to flag while one dedicated to taps.

- 3: Provides for three in firing party, two leave to tend to flag and also initiate taps – minimum for a firing party.

- 2: Legal minimum – cannot execute firing party, as weapons must be attended at all times. The two-person team can accomplish taps, flag folding and flag presentation.

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STRATCOM chief talks nuclear deterrence, modernization

STRATCOM chief talks nuclear deterrence, modernizationWASHINGTON (AFNS)

The global security environment calls for a continued strong nuclear deterrent along with modernization for elements of the nuclear triad and advanced training for U.S. Strategic Command’s workforce, the STRATCOM commander said here Jan. 22.

Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney addressed an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, discussing strategic deterrent forces as a foundation for national security.

Haney said today’s security environment is complex, dynamic and volatile, compounded by asymmetric methods, proliferation of advanced technologies, and provocative and destabilizing behavior by current and potential adversaries.

At the same time, he said, while the United States is engaged in a campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other violent extremists, the behavior on an international stage by Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran warrants U.S. attention.

Russia’s programs

Haney noted Moscow’s continued efforts to modernize conventional and strategic military programs, “emphasizing new strategic approaches, declaring and at times demonstrating their ability to escalate … and conducting destabilizing actions associated with Syria, Ukraine and Crimea while also violating the Intermediate Nuclear Force Treaty and other international accords and norms.”

Russia also is developing counter-space capabilities and conducting malicious activities in cyberspace, the admiral said, noting that Russia claims to be establishing its own cyber command that will conduct offensive cyber activities.

Still, Haney said, there is continued progress in the New START treaty, which reduces the number of nuclear weapons and launchers that the United States and Russia deploy.

New START progress

“By complying with a series of treaties, the United States has reduced its stockpile by 85 percent relative to its Cold War peak,” the admiral said. “Instead of dozens of delivery systems, we’re well on our way to only four. We are retaining and modernizing only those systems needed to sustain a stable and effective deterrent capability.”

Given continued funding and authority, Haney said, “we’re on track to achieve New START limits of 1,550 deployed warheads and 700 deployed delivery systems by February 2018.”

The treaty, he added, engenders stability by maintaining rough equivalency in size, capability and transparency through inspections, and it helps to assure non-nuclear nations that they don’t need their own nuclear deterrents.

On China, Haney said, “It’s not just the build-up of features into larger land masses in the South China Sea, it’s also the build-up of their overarching military capabilities to support their anti-access, area denial campaign and quest for sovereignty in the East and South China seas.”

China’s military investments

China continues to make significant military investments in its nuclear and conventional capabilities with a stated goal of defending its sovereignty, he added. For example, China is re-engineering its long-range ballistic missiles to carry multiple nuclear warheads, and it recently conducted a sixth successful test of a hyperglide vehicle.

China also is “parading missiles, clearly displaying their modernization and their capability advancements. China’s pursuit of conventional global strike capabilities, offensive counter-space technologies and exploitation of computer networks raises questions about China’s global aspirations,” Haney said.

North Korea and Iran

North Korea, with claims of miniaturized warheads, recent claims of a successful hydrogen bomb test and developments in road-mobile and submarine-launched ballistic missile technologies, shows disrespect for United Nations Security Council mandates and a lack of regard for regional stability, the admiral said.

And with Iran, he added, even with the joint comprehensive plan of action, the United States must remain vigilant of any shift in actions regarding nuclear weapon ambitions, ballistic missile programs and continued involvement in Middle East conflicts.

As a functional combatant command, Haney said, Stratcom has transregional responsibility that extends from under the sea all the way up to geosynchronous orbit.

Six priorities

Haney listed what he called his six overarching priorities for the strategic command:

- Deter strategic attack against the United States and provide assurance to allies;

- Provide a safe, secure, effective and ready nuclear deterrent force;

- Deliver comprehensive warfighting solutions;

- Address challenges in space and cyberspace;

- Build, sustain and support partnerships; and

- Anticipate change and confront uncertainty.

“Achieving comprehensive deterrence and assurance requires more than just nuclear weapons systems,” the admiral said. It rests on a whole-of-government approach, he explained, and includes having a robust intelligence apparatus; space, cyber, conventional and missile defense capabilities; global command, control and communications; and comprehensive plans that link organizations and coherently knit their capabilities.

America’s nuclear deterrent

America’s nuclear deterrent, Haney added, is a synthesis of dedicated sensors, assured command and control, a triad of delivery systems, nuclear weapons, enabling infrastructure, trained and ready people and treaties and nonproliferation activities.

“All remain essential to our national security and continue to provide a stabilizing force in the global geopolitical fabric of the world,” he added.

Deterrence also requires a comprehensive understanding and perception of the strategic environment from an adversary’s point of view, the admiral noted.

Haney said the command has made great strides in force improvement, readiness tracking and resource commitments, but most of its delivery systems and the nuclear command, control and communications architecture must be replaced in the 2025 to 2030 timeframe.

Strategic stability

“We are fast approaching the point where (failing to modernize these elements) will put at risk our safe, secure and effective and ready nuclear deterrent, potentially jeopardizing strategic stability,” he said.

The budget has a deterrent value of its own and reflects the nation’s commitment to its deterrent strategy, he added. “If we are to meet future challenges, we must have a synchronized campaign of investment supporting the full range of military operations that secure our national security objectives across the globe,” Haney said.

In the same way that STRATCOM sustains and modernizes its platforms and weapons, the admiral said, the command also must sustain and modernize its workforce.

Future force

“We must invest in the future of the professionals, both civilian and military, who operate, maintain, secure, engineer and support our nuclear enterprise,” he said, adding that his command is working in this area. “For example, we’ve established an academic alliance program focused on developing a community of interest of deterrence and assurance in the context of national security.”

STRATCOM is partnered with 20 universities and military higher-education institutes, including Stanford University, Georgetown University, National Defense University and several Nebraska universities, he said.

“Tomorrow, we will kick off the third 13-week fellowship program at the University of Nebraska-Omaha aimed specifically at providing professional growth opportunities for my civilian workforce,” Haney explained.

In March, he added, the same university will host an inaugural deterrence and assurance workshop aimed at bringing those professionals together for discussions.

“We must modernize the force, including the people, to ensure this force remains capable of delivering strategic stability and foundational deterrence well into the future, even as we pursue third-offset strategic choices,” Haney said.

The Defense Department’s “Third Offset Strategy” builds on work done in the 1950s and 1970s to ensure the United States and its allies maintain their technological edge over potential adversaries.

Al Udeid shop operates most productive AF wheel, tire repair facility

Al Udeid shop operates most productive AF wheel, tire repair facilityAL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AFNS)

The 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron operates the only wheel and tire repair facility in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility and the most productive facility in the Air Force.

In the past year, the squadron’s wheel and tire maintenance team produced 3,000 serviceable tires, more than any other Air Force wheel and tire shop.

“We average between eight and 10 tires a day,” said Staff Sgt. James Mercatell, a 379th EMXS aerospace maintenance craftsman from Sebastian, Florida. “There are days when we’ve received 25 tires, and we have the capability to turn 30 wheels and tires in a single day.”

Unserviceable wheels are pulled off aircraft and delivered to the shop. Once received, each wheel is broken down and inspected.

“A couple days ago we received 30 wheels and we had stuff everywhere, but we got every wheel and tire out, with 15 being completed in one shift,” Mercatell said. “We inspect everything to ensure each wheel is serviceable, and it can be reassembled safely and properly.”

Nearly 10 Airmen work in the wheel and tire repair facility. These Airmen look for anything that would make a wheel unserviceable such as cracks or signs of corrosion. The inspection is a thorough process and includes hand cleaning of every wheel, as well as an inspection by the 379th EMXS nondestructive inspection team to detect potential micro fractures, which are invisible to the human eye.

“As the only wheel and tire repair facility in the AOR, we disassemble, inspect and reassemble wheels and tires for any aircraft in the AOR,” said Senior Airman Michael Dalleo, a 379th EMXS aerospace maintenance apprentice from Enfield, Connecticut.

Dalleo said the work he does has an impact every day.

“I get to work on seven different aircraft, and I see the direct effect of what we do and how it supports operations,” Dalleo said. “I take great pride in knowing what we do enables missions across the AOR. Planes can’t take off or land without tires.”

The 379th EMXS has enabled more than 20,000 sorties and more than 683 million pounds of fuel to be off-loaded in 2015. Because of the unit’s dedicated mechanics, Al Udeid Air Base’s KC-135 Stratotanker fleet was able to take-off from the base and fly more than 100,000 combat hours and perform more than 54,000 aerial fuel transfers.

Having a hand in those accomplishments has special meaning for every one of his Airmen, Mercatell said.

“We provide a lot to the fight and we all understand the magnitude of what we do every day,” Mercatell said. “That’s why we carefully inspect each item. We want to make sure we support the fight so our planes can fly; if they’re not flying, then they’re not able to support our brothers and sisters in arms who need us.

“The best part of the job is knowing we support the fight,” he added. “We make a difference. The wheels we work on go on aircraft across the AOR and those aircraft fly missions to take out bad guys.”

Senior Master Sgt. Adam Otto, the 379th EMXS maintenance flight chief from Hastings, Michigan, said the dedication the Airmen in the wheel and tire section display is impressive.

“Most of the Airmen here have never worked together before and many have never worked in a wheel and tire shop,” Otto said. “They get trained, they come here and they come together to support the mission. We rely on them to become a cohesive team in a minimal amount of time.

“They’re turning more tires than any other shop in the Air Force and they have the capability to produce up to 30 tires in a day,” he continued. “The work this team does is very important because without our aircraft flying, more people would be in harm’s way.”

AFSC amalgamation ices airborne situational cognisance

AFSC amalgamation ices airborne situational cognisancePedagogue (AFNS)

With the profitable constraints freshly seen in the Airforce, innumerable changes own entranced point to guard the survivability of missions and employment comic. Any of those changes came in the structure of career-field mergers, unusually indoor the employment enlisted pilot specialties.

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Lxxxiv AFSC 1A4X1, AC-130 gunship sensors, were engrossed underneath the AFSC 1A9X1, exceptional missions accumulation, life’s work arable to consolidate the unusual function forces duty position.

“The consolidation has accrued nearby assignments and positions in behalf of these aviators,” aforementioned Superior Director Sgt. Annika L’Ecuyer, the Hq Airforce deputy CEA business ground foreman. “It allows author suppleness in the vocation arable and broadens the Airmen’s talent plant.”

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Approximating the entire changes, that career-field grouping has its be in possession of stand of challenges and ontogeny caution.

“Mergers are solidified and time-consuming,” understood Supervisor Governor Sgt. Al Actress, the Office Airforce CEA calling pasture executive. “The whole world inevitably to be in lockstep, and that every starts at the CEA Area of Goodness.”

The midpoint stood up in 2006, and provides the foundational activity championing the whole of each enlisted crew associates previously they at preparation in their single specialties. The point saves the Airforce halfway $1.6 and $1.8 cardinal a period in tourism costs.

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The updates to the preparation disposition secure AFSC 1A3X1 Airmen are capable to cater eyes and ears on the battlespace, and synergy the Airforce the entire the conception considered necessary to fashion a energising sentence on whatsoever dormant or existent risk.

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Airmen strengthen forward capability in Bulgaria

Airmen strengthen forward capability in BulgariaPLOVDIV, Bulgaria (AFNS)

Airmen from the 352nd Special Operations Wing supported deterrence-specific training here in conjunction with the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron Feb. 9-11.

A-10C Thunderbolt II pilots, assigned to the 74th EFS and currently deployed to Bulgaria as part of the European Theater Security Package, performed unimproved surface landings on an austere landing strip to simulate conditions of a deployed environment.

“The A-10 is a fighter aircraft that specializes in close air support,” said Lt. Col. Bryan France, the 74th EFS commander. “This training will prepare our pilots to land in a variety of surface conditions allowing us to bring the fight even further.”

To aid the pilots, 321st Special Tactics Squadron combat controllers surveyed and set up the landing strip with visual reference markers while also providing air traffic control.

“A lot of preparation is done by the combat controllers to make the austere landing strip as favorable as possible for the pilots,” France said. “They go in early to control that airfield and provide to the pilots’ needs.”

Austere landings are nothing new for the TSP mission; however, the A-10s were not the only aircraft using the landing strip. An MC-130J Commando II, assigned to 67th Special Operations Squadron, also practiced landing on the unimproved surface, bringing with it a key capability.

“The MC-130 is a tactical airlifter designed to operate in austere environments,” said Capt. Justin Nadal, a 67th SOS MC-130J aircraft commander. “Because it can carry a lot more cargo while simultaneously having the ability to land in these difficult conditions, it makes for an effective aircraft to provide supplies to troops on the ground or in this case a forward area refueling point to extend the range of our aircraft assets.”

A forward area refueling point, or FARP, is a location where fuel can be transferred from one aircraft to another; in this case from the MC-130 to the A-10s.

There are less than 60 Airmen in the Air Force that share the title of FARP team member and Senior Airman Tristan Mitchell, a 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels operator, is one of them.

“We can provide fuel to a range of different aircraft,” Mitchell said. “Our job is to make sure our birds get the fuel they need quickly to get back in the fight faster.”

The FARP team can be ready to transfer fuel in less than 15 minutes after exiting the MC-130. Once set up, the MC-130 can provide tens of thousands of pounds of fuel to multiple aircraft in a matter of minutes.

This fast-paced refueling and interoperability between different groups is a continued effort to sustain enemy deterrence and assure European allies the U.S. commitment to the region.

“FARP operations in combination with austere field operations provide commanders the ability to project combat capability to areas otherwise denied by traditional airpower methods,” France said. “This exercise demonstrates our ability to integrate across commands with joint forces while supporting our NATO allies.”