AFSOUTH paves fashion to augment capabilities in Honduras

AFSOUTH paves fashion to augment capabilities in HondurasTEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS)

A five-member estimate side from 12th Airforce (Quality Forces Austral) at Davis-Monthan Airforce Groundwork, Arizona, and the 571st Mobility Strengthen Notice Squadron at Travis AFB, Calif., tour to Honduras June 15-19 to effect a three-day capabilities judgement at various Honduran quality bases as parcel of constant partnership function.

The side focussed on communicating, keenness hoard and enquiry, and sustention capabilities at Hernan Acosta Mejia Breeze Principle, Soto Cano AB, Armando Escalon Espinal AB and Boast Caraccioli Moncada AB.

“That upon went actually nicely,” thought Leader Sgt. Roberto Vasquez, the head of 12th Airforce (AFSOUTH) Plans, Requirements and Programs sector. “We brought a assortment of substance experts so we could center providing in-depth feedback supported on our separate specialties.”

According to Vasquez the advance to assessments is writer stretch intense but the extremity effect is justifiable. Ensuring the complete the bases were visited was additionally a tall preference in behalf of the line-up.

“We unmistakable to stop in as innumerable bases as realizable in much a little turn of term so that we could come by a replete computation of their operable capabilities,” Vasquez supposed.

As piece of the U.S. South Enjoin, 12th Airforce (AFSOUTH) helps to apply the SOUTHCOM immediacy of encouraging our partners and construction up our ally homeland competence. AFSOUTH seeks to support gird the capabilities of the Honduran Airforce in structure to succour the confederate political entity challenge intramural challenges to their safety.

“Thanks to the brace of the 1 aggregation legitimate/assemblage briefcase, that is the earliest interval multitudinous of us get bent talented to right away comply with maneuver at far-away bases,” understood Capt. Wife Hartenstein, the 12th Airforce (AFSOUTH) important of theatre engagements. “The tidings we gained helps us assess Honduran airforce capabilities and instruction wants as a unharmed, and intent at long last authorize us to ameliorate our guideline in the service of time to come engagements.”

As a brand-new putting together to the assessments’ line-up that is Hartenstein’s earliest false step to Honduras.

“I’m satisfied to be competent to pursue the employment of my precursor serving the Honduran airforce expand their keenness capabilities via leave the dirt drudgery in the service of them to found their individual processing, enquiry and distribution lockup,” Hartenstein supposed.

As piece of edifice up Honduras’ capabilities, 12th Airforce (AFSOUTH) likewise provides guidance and logistics fortify, likewise as outlets on the side of units to ration knowledge and tidings.

“We are a unique times airforce,” believed Gap. Javier Barrientos, the co of Intimidate Caraccioli Moncada AB in La Ceiba. “Thanks to our acquaintances at the 6th Exceptional Transaction Squadron (Hurlburt Lawn, Florida,) we are in good, we are qualified and we are in readiness to start a writer workforce on grooming relation with the U.S. Airforce.”

These guidance activities and exercises are allied with the U.S. rule’s contributions to regional confidence initiatives similar to the Key Dweller Regional Safe keeping Aggressiveness, which helps disorder the motion of criminals and black to, contained by, and halfway the nations of Key Ground.

“Our function purpose go on with undeterred by the challenges our airforce faces,” believed Gap. Jose Saeceda, the officer of Armand Escalon Espinal AB in San Pedro Sula. “We are sworn to ensuring our purpose of countering global gangdom and preparing in support of philanthropic assist is complete. We are adept to carry out our job objectives because of our critical ustment with many else institutions.”

AFSOUTH uses the assessments to serve set up regional certainty as a consequence unremitting engagements in disposition to prevent adversaries, take care of firmness during Inner U.s.a., prop up alliance and partners, and in concert with others to speech customary shelter challenges.

“I ambition that on account of that reciprocate we, Honduras and the U.S. (Airforce), throne persevere in to arm our affiliation,” alleged Lt. Notch. Cristobal Statesman, the director of Hernan Acosta Mejia AB in Tegucigalpa.

A look back at Desert Storm, 25 years later

A look back at Desert Storm, 25 years laterWASHINGTON (AFNS)

Twenty-five years ago, the Air Force participated in Operation Desert Storm, the largest air campaign since the conflict in Southeast Asia. The campaign’s purpose was to drive the Iraqi military out of Kuwait, release the country from Saddam Hussein’s invasion and reestablish its sovereignty.

On the morning of Aug. 2, 1990, Iraq invaded nearby Kuwait. In less than four hours, Iraqi forces occupied the capital, Kuwait City, and Hussein soon annexed the country as the 19th province of Iraq. The U.S. government initiated Operation Desert Shield in response.

Several months later on Jan. 16, 1991, following Congressional concurrence with United Nations efforts to enforce a resolution that demanded Iraq’s withdrawal from Kuwait, Desert Storm was launched.

“The real mission, the immediacy of that mission … was to deploy as many forces as possible to deter further aggressiveness by the Iraqi military and of course the Air Force was the first on the list, along with the Navy and the aircraft carriers, to deploy in the region,” said retired Lt. Gen. Bruce A. “Orville” Wright, a Desert Shield/Storm veteran. “It was a rapid deployment of forces from the continental United States (and some forces from Europe) to put enough airpower in place so the Iraqi military would be discouraged, if not deterred.

“We took out their eyes and ears, their control capability,” he continued. “The entire ground operations lasted about 100 hours and that’s a credit to the joint coalition airpower that was employed against the Iraqi military. We were all excited, that’s what we trained for our whole career. To take 24 F-16s and a squadron of very capable highly-trained pilots and maintenance professionals … and defeat what was then the largest ground force.”

The air campaign marked the initial phase of the war and for the Air Force, air superiority was the goal. With more than 68,800 total force Airmen being rapidly deployed in support of Desert Storm, there were approximately 69,406 sorties flown by 30 different types of aircraft.

“I remember thinking, ‘Saddam Hussein has no idea what’s coming,’ and after the first 60 minutes of the war, he will be largely disconnected from his tactical forces and he was. They tried to reconnect, but in many ways we began the decapitation of the leadership within the first 15 minutes of the war,” said Maj. Gen. Paul T. Johnson, an operational capability requirements director and Desert Shield veteran. “I really hope we can remember how we came together as a joint and a coalition team, nations from all over the world, all of the services supporting each other, generating effects for one another to achieve an effect in an incredibly short period of time.”

Desert Storm marked the first conflict in history to make comprehensive use of stealth and space systems support capabilities against a modern, integrated air defense, allowing the Air Force to succeed in their endeavor of air superiority.

“Over time I have come to understand the enabling capabilities that came to us from space, came to us out of stealth (and) that came to us out of new weapons and ammunitions that allowed us to do things in ways that we hadn’t done them before,” Johnson said. “Our ability to dynamically command and control across an entire theater there were things that, looking back now in hindsight, fundamentally began the transformation of airpower. There are so many things that we take for granted today … that saw their beginnings in Desert Storm.”

As with any mission, operation or task, there are lessons learned. Desert Storm taught the Air Force that being on the cutting edge of revolutionary technology is critical to success.

“That was the first time the investments, that had been made in some cases a decade or two decades earlier, came together on the battlefield and for the first time the world saw what the United States Air Force could do,” said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. “Looking back and learning from Desert Storm, it is more important than ever before that we continue to modernize our force, gaining the advantage to defeat any adversary we may face in the future.”

On Feb. 28, 1991, following six weeks of air attacks and 100 hours of a ground campaign, President George H.W. Bush declared a cessation of operations and announced that Kuwait had been liberated.

“The memories and lessons learned from Desert Storm continue to define today who we are,” Wright said. “We have the ability to defend the nation that’s founded on, not just the history of Desert Storm but the history of airpower from World War I to World War II to Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and today. We have been in this fight now for 25 years and those Airmen who are out there today are critical. They are critically important to the safety of our fellow citizens and critically important to the future of the United States of America.”

A shared love, goal, mission

A shared love, goal, missionLAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS)

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

Joining the Air Force, commissioning, becoming a pilot, progressing to the rank of major all of these things define the word “minority.” Majs. Regina Wall and her husband, Jared Wall, have done all of the above.

Regina, the 86th Flying Training Squadron assistant director of operations, and Jared, the 47th Operations Group T-6A Texan II standardization and evaluation branch chief, have shared almost every duty station and three deployments since beginning their careers in 2005.

The Walls’ story began in 2005 at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, where they first met during the Air and Space Basic

Course. Upon completion of ASBC, they found themselves on their way to Offutt AFB, Nebraska, where they completed Initial Flight Training with a follow-on to Laughlin AFB.

After arriving to Laughlin AFB, the Walls officially began their pilot careers in the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training program.

“Not only did we both get assigned to class 07-04, but our assigned seats were right next to each other in the flight room,” Regina said.

After the completion of the T-6 program, Jared continued at Laughlin AFB as a T-1 Jayhawk student and Regina moved to Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, Texas, to fly the T-44A Pegasus. This was the couple’s first experience with a long-distance relationship.

“It was a good test for our relationship,” Regina said. “We both knew by being in the military we might have to spend some time apart, and it was something we needed to be prepared for.”

But this long-distance relationship was only temporary. On Dec. 14, 2006, toward the end of pilot training, Jared proposed to Regina. Two days later, the newly engaged couple got married. Now join-spouse, Jared and Regina got assignments to fly the C-130 Hercules at Dyess AFB, Texas.

From Dyess AFB, the Walls deployed together three times to Kuwait and were able to see various parts of the world and share unique and life-changing experiences.

“Sharing our deployments together and day-to-day Air Force life together has been a great experience,” Jared said. “It has allowed us to easily relate to each other. It also helps that during those deployments and during much of our career, we have had very similar jobs and the same mission.”

After their time at Dyess AFB, Jared and Regina relocated to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, in the spring of 2012.

Once in Alaska, the Wall family grew by one. Their first child was born in the fall of 2012 and would change the way Regina and Jared would go about their lives.

“It wasn’t just about us anymore,” Regina said. “Making decisions about our positions, assignments and deployments affected more than ourselves. We had to do what was best for our whole family.”

While still keeping their family’s needs in mind, the Walls kept progressing with their careers and moved back to Laughlin AFB in January 2014. Regina became a T-1A Jayhawk instructor pilot and Jared, a T-6A Texan II instructor pilot.

Since arriving here, the Walls have changed more than duty titles. They have also had their second child and have both promoted to the rank of major together.

Though they were promoted to major on the same day, this is unlikely to be the case for the next rank of lieutenant colonel, as the Walls will have to compete against each other to see who pins on first.

“We have a healthy competition,” Regina said. “Of course I like to win, but if I was to get beat-out by anyone, I’d want it to be him.”

At this point Jared and Regina aren’t sure of an exact career path to take, but they are ready for whatever the future holds.

“We’re just going to do our best in the positions we hold now and go from there,” Jared said. “We know we can’t always get the exact assignment we want, but we’ve learned to compromise with each other and find a balance.”

Although moving from base to base, deploying and working long and erratic hours can be stressful for mil-to-mil spouses; Jared, Regina and their two children have found a balance in the military and their personal lives.

“We’ve learned to craft many of our career decisions around our family and relationship,” Regina said. “It’s not always easy, but sometimes what’s best for our careers may not be what’s best for our family.”

While there are many stressors and roadblocks in a mil-to-mil marriage, Jared and Regina have clung to the positives.

“It is very easy for us to relate to each other,” Jared said. “We speak the same Air Force language.”

Both Jared and Regina are thankful for what they have thus far and are eager to see what comes next.

“We’ve overcome every obstacle we’ve been presented with so far,” Regina said. “Only time will tell what comes next.”

Alaska’s warriorlike continues Running Body Glacier back up

Alaska's warriorlike continues Running Body Glacier back upDive Background ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AFNS)

Alongside an Alaska Public Defend UH-60 Sooty Mortarboard, the party breaks because of the clouds and acquires the primary peek of the dreamboat American glaciers sell. In behalf of uncountable miles, the complete that is seen is break the ice begin 50 to 100 feet towering with crevasses highlighted in a lamplight blue timbre. Upon dock on the glacier and exiting the chopper, it doesn’t take hold of protracted to make happen a disaster occurred therein comely site lacerated bomb bits locomote on the side of hundreds of yards.

In Nov 1952, an Airforce C-124 Globemaster II with 52 passengers and crewmembers alongside took distant from McChord Airforce Pedestal, President, en way to Elmendorf Airforce Groundwork, Alaska. As the bomb neared its stopping-place, unstable out of sorts caused the C-124 to force into Mate Gannett, a lesser amount of than 40 miles from Elmendorf AFB.

A hunting social gathering was dispatched to the smash locale, a part of the bomb’s dock was marked, but the scratchy seedy weather and the spartan American territory upset efforts and necessitated the elimination of the revival trouble.

The 1 construct at the background of the hatful upon a glacier, hiding the sum of data of the fall too as the ambition to get the utility branchs.

Approximately 60 being subsequent, June 9, 2012, an Alaska Nationalistic Look after Coal-black Vend body on a teaching office discern about junk on Settlement Glacier. The Nationalist Protect conveyed a band on hoof to scrutinize the spot and they retrieved bits that were identified as organism from the C-124 drive.

Since next, every so often summertime until a teeny transom of moment, American Request and Alaska Country-wide Look after force take back number underneath the dive labour of Handling Body Glacier. ALCOM coordinates assignment arrangement and performs bomb detritus healing time the Alaska Civil Look after provides specialists and charge.

That daylight, Movement Body Glacier started June 8, and is designed to onwards until the close of June, ill permitting.

Since the invention a infrequent living past, 17 of the 52 Airmen alongside the bomb maintain dated identified and returned house. Providing closedown to families is reason multitudinous lift up their help at the occasion to relieve.

“It is an honour and prerogative to be parcel of that assignment … to deo volente contribute termination on each the families snarled,” aforementioned Naval forces Lt. Cmdr. Missionary Mollycoddle, the ALCOM stand-in principal of days action and Functioning Settlement Glacier programme public official. “We are pledged to assisting in the uninjured turn for the better of some anthropoid stiff, luggage and tackle at the bang location. As with some manipulation of that features, big worry and solicitude representing next of kin comrades purpose be our earliest pre-eminence in the turn for the better of cadaver at the spot.

“Our hankering and purpose is to hit upon and revert the uneaten 35 use chapters,” Coddle continuing. “Our younger preference is maintaining our environmental stewardship and improvement up the bomb rubble.”

The American soldierly gang is workings unitedly to certain that work is realised successfully, he thought. That has anachronistic a party labour the unreserved approach, with ALCOM, Alaska Country-wide Defend, active-duty force components and civilians the whole of each combination their many talents toward that work.