Airman’s quick, calm response helps save life

Airman’s quick, calm response helps save lifeMCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. (AFNS)

It was this past Christmas and the restaurant was nearly empty. Michael Hamilton, a cook, fell to the ground during his shift. The restaurant staff had no medical training and panicked, unsure of what to do.

A waitress remembered speaking with a patron, who had mentioned she was a medic, just minutes before in the lounge area.

The patron was Staff Sgt. Christina Begeal, a 22nd Medical Group aerospace medical technician, who had just happened to be relaxing in the restaurant on her night off.

The waitress rushed to Begeal and brought her into the kitchen. Upon seeing the emergency, Begeal responded immediately, aware that the victim was having a seizure.

“He couldn’t talk. He couldn’t move,” Begeal said. “So I told him, ‘If you can hear me, squeeze my hand one for yes, two for no,’ and he could do that.”

She directed the two other staff members to call 911 and to help her care for the victim. They moved the victim to a safer location and treated him for shock, she said. They elevated his legs and put something soft around him. Begeal checked his pulse and his eyes for reaction to light.

At one point, Hamilton stopped breathing and Begeal gave him rescue breaths until he started breathing on his own again. Before paramedics arrived on scene, he came around.

She continued to communicate with him and asked if he had eaten any food recently or was currently on any medication, so she could relay the information to the paramedics.

“When Emergency Medical Services got there, it seemed like he was paralyzed; he was so exhausted from the seizure,” Begeal said. “They loaded him in the ambulance and took him to the hospital.”

At the hospital, Hamilton was evaluated, treated and released back to work.

“I didn’t think what happened that day would have happened so quickly,” Hamilton said. “If she hadn’t been here, there would have been more questioning, more chaos and less stability.”

When Begeal returned to the same restaurant a few weeks later, Hamilton approached her and thanked her for saving his life.

“I was really glad she was there to help because everybody else was frantic,” he said. “She stepped up, called the shots and made me feel like everything was going to be OK.”

Begeal stressed that basic care provided to a victim in the midst of waiting for paramedics to arrive is crucial and wanted to spread the message.

To emphasize the importance of bystander intervention and self-aid and buddy care, she is coordinating to teach a certified CPR course to the restaurant staff.

Every 22nd Air Refueling Wing Airman is trained in SABC, bystander intervention, basic situational awareness, and many other life-saving lessons. They are trained to employ this knowledge to help individuals during an emergency situation anytime and anywhere it may occur.

“If someone needs a helping hand I will be there so would any other McConnell Airmen,” Begeal said. “The willingness of our Airmen to step up in so many different critical situations is what makes us the wing of choice.”

AFSOUTH Airmen upon orphans, hand out gifts to those in lack

AFSOUTH Airmen upon orphans, hand out gifts to those in lackTEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS)

Up a twist flock passage by virtue of the mountains of Honduras, on every side an period face the urban district of Tegucigalpa, is the community of Casa de Corderitos, a tiny grouping of unparented and unnoticed children. That is where Airmen from 12th Airforce (Zephyr Forces Meridional) sure to expend any of their downtime meanwhile a current on to diversified Honduran sense bases.

The faux pas was formed next to Head Sgt. Roberto Vasquez, the foreman of 12th Airforce (AFSOUTH) Plans, Requirements, and Programs branch, who was brilliant through a prosaic plat he encountered when move to Chief and Southbound Usa.

“I’ve cosmopolitan to Honduras wellnigh 10 period representing focus connoisseur exchanges, and at times interval I’m ahead of you to scantling my flat, present-day is a service association and preparing to game table,” Vasquez understood. “So I meditating, reason not? The sundry U.S. personnel units on all sides Honduras backer unlike orphanages, so reason container’t we grip many span to by inseparable.”

The drop in on to the Casa de Corderitos orphanhood was co-ordinated amid Vasquez and Honduran airforce Owner Sgt. Jose Lopez.

“It is portentous representing us to industry with the agreement,” Vasquez intercalary. “That definite institution is a middle 1 championing various contrary outreach programs dollop very many communities in every nook the Tegucigalpa extent.”

According to the promulgation coordinator in favour of Casa de Corderitos, volunteers are every welcomed.

“It is a boon to acquire visitors who are affected in what we are maddening to execute hither,” thought Jewess Elizabeth McCall, the announcement coordinator championing Casa de Corderitos. “We would not obtain gotten as afar as we maintain if it was not in favour of the buttress of the community and their donations.”

According to McCall, the escalating crowd brute and medicament wars are captivating a ring on the citizens of Tegucigalpa. Children are commonly targeted alongside these gangs and are recruited or threatened to enlarge the range of the gangs.

“Our 1 is to control the children protected,” McCall aforesaid. “Our facilities are fashioned to preserve our children from predaceous pack chapters, so we’ve official sundry programs to lend a hand them center their later.”

Few of the programs and services McCall briefed the AFSOUTH comrades on included providing scrutiny distinction and guidance on misused children, establishing secure co-ops on the side of trafficked girls and establishing young womanhood programs that communicate to numerous trades.

“We long for our children to identify that their finished does not determine them,” McCall aforementioned. “We center precept them to be beyond what they erudite on the avenue. So we do anything that we buoy to save their minds and bodies as full as we dismiss so they do not domicile harp on on the gone.”

Throughout their two-hour pop in, AFSOUTH volunteers prostrate span not sole interacting with the children but along with delivered bags brimming of donated toys, football balls and sweetie.

“I’ve conditions seen an institution once, so that was an judgement break knowledge representing me,” aforementioned Rod Sgt. Katie President, a 12th Airforce (AFSOUTH) Italic Dweller aura psychoanalyst. “The almost evocative parcel in support of me, is they chief’t disclaim abet to some son and the totality of of the children wait cheerful and in good. It’s dazzling what they are doing hither.”

Comm Airmen keep $84M network running

101BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS)

With hundreds of thousands of megabytes of data whizzing along miles of fiber optic wire, only stopping briefly to be digested by a network computer before blazing off to its next destination, managing this cyber domain requires a skilled team of expertly trained individuals; in the case of a deployed network, it takes two teams.

Airmen from the 455th Expeditionary Communications Squadron Network Operations and Client Systems sections have the critical responsibility of ensuring that the systems required for command and control, accountability, and more are functioning properly and are adequately protected from cyber threats.

“We manage the $21 million network control center, the brain of the $84 million network,” said Master Sgt. Ernest Dinolfo, the network operations section chief. “Today, everyone relies on the network and it’s a vital piece of the mission. We use it for everything from email to mission planning. It needs to be accessible to everyone so we can do our jobs.”

Monitoring the fidelity of more than 200 specialized servers that facilitate the use of nearly 6,000 unique individual and organizational accounts keeps network operations manned almost all hours of the day. They are tasked with making sure the systems are up to date with the newest protection and operating software, sometimes a challenge in and of itself.

“I’d say one of the biggest headaches we have while deployed is getting patches to work properly,” Dinolfo explained. “Sometimes computers won’t accept them, or they will, and it will break them. That’s why we have special test systems here to vet each patch before it is pushed out to the user. Often times we even have to manually install it to an individual user system.”

When it comes to troubleshooting and assisting those individual computer systems that just won’t take an update, the client systems technicians are there.

“We are kind of like ‘Geek Squad,’” said Senior Airman Andrew Dawson, the 455th ECS Client Systems technician. “We are responsible for keeping everything from the desk to the wall working. We install all the software and make sure it runs properly.”

In addition to the computers on the network, client systems technicians also fix telecommunication devices, printers, and other hardware accessories. Since arriving in 2015, they have improved processes, updated older devices, and helped increase efficiency in units all across Bagram Airfield. While any given problem could have a simple solution, these Airmen are tied into the more intricate bigger picture.

“When I fix something, I know that it is really important. I get to see what that system does and who uses it,” Dawson said. “I know when I helped the rescue squadron I improved their response time in saving lives. I feel a direct impact to the mission and it makes me feel good.”

Airforce promotes 315 to master

Airforce promotes 315 to masterHonky-tonk Support SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)

Airforce officials elite 315 primary lieutenants representing aiding to chieftain, June 24, all along the diary daylight 2015A Mark of the Airforce, Chaplain, LAF Jurist Second, Angel of mercy Detachment, Physical Aid Detachment and Biomedical Sciences Troop Four times a year Preference Approach.

To behold the index, attend the Airforce Entry and choose the backing element. The roll is likewise at on the myPers site. Time on myPers, single out “Some” underneath the drop operation listing and pierce “Bureaucrat Advances Homepage” in the see period. In olden days on the verso, coil poor to the commissioner sanctioning lists sector.

As a service to much advice less Airforce workers programs attend the myPers site. Individuals who do not maintain a myPers record container requisition lone by means of masses these manual on the Airforce Retirees Services site.

Chester McBride: A true wingman

Chester McBride: A true wingmanMAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS)

Phillips Brooks, the American Episcopal clergyman who authored “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” once said, “Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.”

The quote from a renowned Christian lyricist mirrors the life of Air Force Special Agent Chester McBride, killed in action Dec. 21, 2015.

“We had heard on the news that something had happened,” said Special Agent Helen Stewart, the commander of Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 405, at Maxwell Air Force Base. “The first reaction was just disbelief. I tried to keep my emotions in check because I wanted to be positive. No Airman’s life is more valuable than another, but my immediate thought was to Chester.”

McBride enlisted in the Air Force in 2008 as a security forces member, serving at Moody AFB, Georgia. Revealed as a mature, sharp Airman by all who knew him, the NCO was recruited to serve as a member of OSI in 2012.

Shortly after arriving at Det. 405 in 2012, Chester began pursuing a deployment. In years past, multiple deployments were canceled. While frustrated with the progress, the native of Statesboro, Georgia, continued to excel. He graduated with a master’s degree in public administration from Valdosta State University, continuously standing out among his peers. He was offered a position in the FBI once his active-duty service commitment ended.

McBride, postured for success both in and out of uniform, finally got his wish: a deployment to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, in October 2015.

“He was so excited about the deployment,” Stewart said. “While he missed his family here, his bond with his deployed family was strong. Constantly sending us pictures and contacting us often about the experience he was having over there, I knew he believed in the mission he was doing.”

While on a joint patrol outside of Bagram, McBride and five other American troops were attacked and killed by a suicide bomber. While the investigation is still underway, first-person accounts describe McBride’s final moments as characteristically heroic. The former Savannah State University football player shielded his linguist, laying down his life for his teammate. She is alive today because of McBride.

“Immediately, I tried to FaceTime him, but he didn’t answer,” Stewart said, fighting back emotions. “Then I sent him a text message, but he didn’t answer.”

During the time that the Air Force was notifying McBride’s parents, social media had already narrowed the unknown status of her Airman for Stewart. Aware that her subordinate was gone, but without official notification from her chain of command, she couldn’t gather her unit to give them the news.

“We couldn’t be officially notified until they (family) were,” she explained. “That was the longest, toughest day of my 15-year Air Force career. When I finally received the notification, it was devastating. I didn’t know the details, just of the loss.”

After trying to figure out how to take care of his family in Georgia, Stewart turned her attention to the unit, wondering, “How are we going to be OK?”

With grief still present throughout the detachment, and after a funeral for McBride in his hometown, Maxwell AFB organized a memorial in his honor Jan. 13.

Pain and tears spread throughout the silent auditorium as co-workers told stories of their wingman’s loving heart and his affection for their families, but mostly of his smile.

“The stories about him would be the same if told in the past, not after the incident,” Stewart said. “His small moments of being a true wingman, spanned from pacing everyone during their PT test to his final moment of heroism, showed the man Chester truly was. He believed in the Air Force’s core values 100 percent, and he lived them. He was always there, always willing and most of all he was always a wingman … always.”

McBride was posthumously decorated with a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star with Valor, and an Air Force Combat Action Medal, adding to his Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, and Army Achievement Medal.

Stewart said that when Brig. Gen. Keith Givens, the commander of Air Force OSI, told McBride’s family at their home in Georgia about Chester’s final moments , they weren’t surprised to hear of his heroics.

“That act was him,” Stewart said smiling. “That is who he was, the ultimate wingman. I knew he had my back and everyone’s back in here. He is the guy you want to go to war with. That was Chester McBride. That’s his legacy.”

Raptors conduct bullying to wield Circumboreal Brink

Raptors conduct bullying to wield Circumboreal BrinkRoast Background ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AFNS)

Its far-reaching tie, slight ebony ample search with stout nostrils and recessed, unlighted eyes scowl determent crossways the scrap on the upright edge of the airman going his bomb time preparing to contract with an rival in the honky-tonk interoperability conditions that is Federal Brink 2015.

The aggression the 525th Aeroplane Squadron pilots lead to the engage is exclusively matching next to the mighty capabilities of an bomb accomplished at ensuring morbidity against every innovative zephyr threats.

The F-22 Bird is clever to buttress the duty as a consequence its know-how to form quality hegemony with dispatch and clasp it with the aid the time of the missions, whispered Capt. Richard Ballplayer, a 525th FS F-22 steersman.

“Our occupation is to secure govern of the space when fast against remaining air-to-air platforms and dishearten anybody who can essay to search for, enlist and smash joined of our close forces,” he aforementioned. “We are protecting them alongside building positive competitor bomb aren’t operative in the region in a posture where they could feeling upon and potentially ruin inseparable of our bomb.”

The position of the F-22 meanwhile Boreal Lip is to occupation aboard otherwise bomb with missions as mixt as falling bombs to providing conveyance and airdrops including Armada and Marines fighters in connection environments.

“If we were to deploy in a Boreal Boundary outline, we are plainly booming to deploy with the Naval forces,” believed 1st Lt. Archangel Blahut, a 525th FS F-22 captain. “It’s weighty to convention 1 you have fun. You cannot cavort and do the authentic affair after practicing it earliest … in another manner no only purpose be on the exact same phase.”

Blahut held it’s singular on the side of 525th FS pilots to own the chance to carriage hard by the Blue, which substance Northerly Rim helps stock up consequential perspicacity into how pilots potty instrument ordinal siring defender diplomacy when functional with otherwise services’ bomb.

Blahut, a previous F-15C Raptor band supervisor former to fetching a captain, has an stimulating position on what connection exercises buoy equip to the interoperability of work with separate services.

“From a upholder’s approach it’s approximately dollop the Merchant marine operation our facilities to perpetuate their bomb,” he alleged.

Contrasting usefulness branches do profession otherwise; the branches secure the opening to look after these processes and business ideas, Blahut aforementioned.

Just now take part in Union Lip as a captain, Blahut has a wiser accord of the ambience work and appreciates his sustainer’s standpoint.

“You discern pilots competition considering they authority receive had to territory abort a pitchy, corresponding I did nowadays,” he held. “He is reputed to be everyplace at a certain span and at a isolated locale, to bond to a cuff package deal, or no matter what it authority be, the purpose co muscle obtain through in behalf of the light of day. As a body gaffer you accept no recommendation.”

“Sounding second if I could I would recite say myself, ‘see macaroni at hand is a vindication that dudes management from lone lignite to added,'” Blahut aforesaid. “‘He has a parody span to come across, so if you could maintain doll-sized toleration with the fop that would be gigantic.'”

Welsh presents AF update at AFA

Welsh presents AF update at AFAORLANDO, Florida (AFNS)

Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III outlined Air Force operations from 2015, the service’s plan for 2016, and what is to come in the future at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium Feb. 25.

“We moved 350,000 tons of cargo last year, roughly. We also moved about a million passengers. Our mobility pros, along with the great aeromedical team, moved about 4,300 wounded warriors and other patients around the globe last year to (get) care they needed,” Welsh stated. “We have Airmen of all shapes, sizes, types and mission areas who are following the trail of terror that (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) leaves and every time they identify footprints, they make sure the person who left them doesn’t have the opportunity to walk that trail again. It’s a slow, steady drumbeat of professional performers that make a difference over time.”

There are roughly 22,000 Airmen deployed around the globe every day, Welsh said. The Air Force flew about 1.7 million hours last year, which is 195 years of flying, 300,000 of those being combat hours.

“This is an incredible enterprise folks, and it just never stops operating, all the time,” Welsh said. “It’s a thrill to be a part of this, and the Airmen who are making it happen are sitting amongst you out there.”

Welsh listed a number of areas the Air Force must focus on in order for the service to continue its airpower superiority: nuclear infrastructure and aircraft modernization, remotely piloted aircraft enterprise health, total force readiness, and Airmen.

“(It’s important) to make sure that these great, great young Americans believe that what they do is important, that we do everything we can to improve the environment they work in day to day, to make them feel like they are valued contributors, like their decisions make a difference,” Welsh said about Airmen in RPA operations. “We have a manpower issue in our Air Force and the secretary has made it her number one focus this year during the budget cycle. Right now, let’s fix where we know we are broken, stabilize, then figure out how to start filling in the holes in our Air Force that have been created by standing up new enterprises while we drew down the Air Force as a whole.

“Total force size matters … readiness matters,” Welsh continued. “The less ready they are, the more risky it will be for them to respond, meaning the conflict will last longer and we will count risk in terms of lives lost; that’s not acceptable. So everything we can be doing to improve readiness, we need to be doing.”

Welsh emphasized the importance for the Air Force to go “back to the basics” and outlined 10 fundamentals for Airmen to think about:

1. People matter

2. High ground is still high ground, and we own it

3. Airpower is our greatest asymmetric advantage

4. Airpower is a game changer … it’s time for Airmen to lead joint operations

5. Quantity has a quality all its own

6. The Air Force is “low density/high demand,” and without it you lose

7. “One Air Force,” it’s the only way we’ll succeed

8. Can’t build an Air Force overnight, can’t teach Airpower in a generation

9. Leadership must be an asymmetric advantage

10. Technology/innovation at the heart of success air forces that fall behind the tech curve fail!

Welsh finished his speech by recognizing several Airmen and members of industry for their hard work in making the Air Force great.

Master Sgt. Gareth Davis, the 21st Comptroller Squadron Financial Services flight chief at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, said it was extremely humbling to share his story with the chief of staff and those attending the symposium.

“If you believe in our core values, then live our core values; if you believe in our Airman’s Creed, then live the Airman’s Creed,” he said. “Live your life worthy of what you say you believe.”