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The official magazine of the Joint Sustainment Command - Afghanistan and the 3d Expeditionary Sustainment Command.

The official magazine of the Joint Sustainment Command - Afghanistan and the 3d Expeditionary Sustainment Command.

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  • 1. September2012 Sustainer Published in the interest of Joint Sustainment Command - Afghanistan Soldiers and their FamiliesRiggers inspect airdrop bundles Page 6Medics tackle battlefield stress Page 10
  • 2. Volume4 Sustainer September2012On the inside ... From the editor:Commander’s Corner Welcome to the fourth edition of Sustainer magazine - a monthly publication by the Joint Sus- Page 3 tainment Command - Afghanistan Public Affairs Of- fice.The Chaplain’s Office Page 3 This magazine is for you - Soldiers and Fami- lies of the JSC-A. We’d like to get your feedback onCSM’s Corner the content and anything you’d like to see in future Page 4 issues, so send me an e-mail, or write on our Face- book wall (www.facebook.com/3dESC).Truck rodeo I want to remind everyone that the deadlines Page 5 for submitting absentee ballot requests are coming up soon. It is extremely important that every SoldierKAF riggers inspect bundles and Family member takes the time to vote - it is a Page 6 right we defend, so we need to take the time to exer- cise that right.Wounded Warrior run Page 7 Each state has different deadlines and re- quirements, so head on over to FVAP.gov to find theAir drop mission exact details for your home state, and as always, if you have any questions, or need any help, please let Page 8 me know.WLC graduation As always, be sure to keep informed through Page 9 the 3d ESC and FRG Facebook pages for the latest on events and information.Battlefield stress training Page 10 Sgt. 1st Class Rob Strain Sustainer EditorUMO rodeo Page 11Cooks back in the kitchen Page 13And much more ... The Sustainer magazine is an authorized publication for members of the DOD. Contents of Sustainer are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or the Department of the Army. The editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs Office. Brig. Gen. Kristin French, Comanding General, 3d ESC Maj. Jim Bono, Public Affairs Officer Sgt. 1st Class Rob Strain, Sustainer Editor Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, Sustainer Staff Writer Sgt. Candice L. Funchess, Sustainer Staff Writer Contributing Writers: Sgt. Gregory Williams The Sustainer staff can be reached by email at robert.j.strain.mil@mail.mil, by phone: (502) 624-8523, or by mail to 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), ATTN: PAO, 1747 Old Ironsides Ave, Fort Knox, KY 40121. Spc. Tiffany D. Major, a parachute rigger, 647th Quartermaster Detachment, secures cargo on a C-130 aircraft on August 1, 2012 at Kandahar Air- field. Cargo must be properly loaded in order to make sure it lands intact at a landing zone (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams) Page 2
  • 3. Volume4 Sustainer September2012 Commander’s Corner - Afghanistan Joint Sustainment Command Brig. Gen. Kristin FrenchSustainer Families and friends, forces, the remainder of JSC-A has been extremely busy with Greetings Sustainers and sustaining the Warfighters andFamilies! It is hard to believe, but facilitating the reset and redeploy-we are at the half-way mark on ment of personnel and equipment.our current Afghanistan deploy- On every occasion, your Soldiersment! As with all long deploy- have worked hard and executedments, the first half of our time missions well above their expecta-away seems to take forever, but we tions.expect the second half to pass bya lot quicker. The good news is we With the start of theare closer to returning to you, our school-year, there are many fami-Families and friends, at Fort Knox ly-related programs and agenciesand elsewhere in the United States. now available on-post. I highly encourage you to use them. Also, A lot has happened over contact our Family Readinessthe past thirty days and I expect Support Assistant, Family Readi-more updates and modifications as ness Group POCs and 3d ESCwe continue our deployment. The rear detachment to ensure thatbiggest change this past month you are receiving the most currentis that we added another subor- who are responsible for advising, information from homestation asdinate brigade to our formation. assisting and processing equip- well as updates from Afghanistan.The 593d Sustainment Brigade, ment departing the country. Allfrom Fort Lewis, Washington, 3000+ individuals are assigned to As always, thank you forrecently arrived in Afghanistan to an organization called the CENT- the support you’ve showed us tolead/manage selected units who COM Materiel Recovery Element date on this deployment. We ap-are here assisting in US Forces’ (CMRE). They have a lot to do, but preciate everything. Have a greatretrograde/drawdown. The bri- the 593d and subordinate units September!gade is currently headquartered are part of the first wave of logisti-with us in Kandahar Airfield and cians dedicated to this task. Sustaining the Line!oversees over 3000 newly-arrived Brig. Gen. Kristin K. Frenchmilitary and civilian personnel Along with the CMRE Sustainer 6 The Chaplain’s Command - Afghanistan Joint Sustainment Office Chaplain David VanderJagtThe Halfway Point goal. this mission of sustainment and retrograde going strong. We have There is something spe- Once we cross that half finished the first half, and thecial that happens to one’s psyche, way point, we are reminded that journey ahead is ours for the tak-one’s emotions, and sometimes the journey ahead of us is shorter ing. We can, we will, and we musteven one’s spirit when they reach than the journey behind. It is at finish strong.the half way point in any impor- this point in which we take a deeptant endeavor. breath, re-gather our resolve, and We look ahead knowing determine not to be stopped before now that the journey left before I think we all have set the goal, the task, or the mission us is now shorter than what isgoals in our past, that with reflec- is accomplished. behind. As a chaplain, I also knowtion, we can remember the exhila- that during this journey we do notration that we felt when we knew Well JSC-A, we are at that travel alone. May God, who hasthat we were half way there. An special time in our journey. We sustained us this far, carry us theexample would be, if we are moti- are running the race hard, we are rest of the way, until we all arrivevated about losing twenty pounds, fighting a good fight, and the mis- safely at home. Mission Complete.then when ten pounds have been sion is being accomplished. Let uslost, we “know” we can make our resolve to finish to the end, to keep Chaplain VanderJagt Page 3
  • 4. Volume4 Sustainer September2012 Command Sgt. Command - Afghanistan Joint Sustainment Maj.’s Corner Command Sgt. Maj. Karl RobertsGreetings from Kandahar Air- Resiliency is basically thefield, ability to bounce back or adjust easily from unexpected changes or Team - I would like to first issues.say thank you to the families,friends and community supporters Although we as Soldiersof the 3d Sustainment Command are trained to be resilient, we(Expeditionary) for the continued sometimes need a push from ouramount of support for our Soldiers support network to keep us going.as we continue through this de-ployment. If we continue to practice resilience as one team, there isn’t I would also like to thank anything we can’t accomplish.our Rear Detachment for theirdedication to our forward mission Again, thank you all forand their flexibility. your support. Remember to sus- tain the line! We are a fortunate organi-zation to have such amazing sup- Sustaining the Line!porters on our team. CSM Karl A. Roberts Sustainer 7 We are heading into thesecond half of our deployment andthings are rapidly changing. bers of the 3rd ESC team. As you know 3rd ESCis shifting personnel due to the Because of these events, Idrawdown of troops in theater. thought it would be a good time to stress the importance of resilience. Those sent to UL and thosesent home are still valuable mem-Find something that worked - or didnt work? Let CALL knowCALL Lessons Learned NIPR website:https://call2army.milArmy Professional Forums:https://forums.army.milCALL SIPRNET Homepage:http://call.army.smil.milCALL SIPRNET OEF Current Operations:http://calloif.leavenworth.army.smil.milThe Center for Army Lessons Learned rapidly collects, analyzes, disseminates and archives OIL, TTP and op-erational records in order to facilitate rapid adapation initiatives and conduct focused knowledge sharing andtransfer that informs the Army and enables operationally based decision making, integration, and innovation throughout the Army and within the JIIM environment. Page4
  • 5. Volume4 Sustainer September2012Truckers collide at first ever KAF rodeo Sgt. Gregory Williams KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The25th Transportation Company hosted the first everKandahar Airfield Truck Rodeo on August 17, 2012. The units that participated were the 515th,781st, 25th and 1486th Transportation Companies,whose mission is to support Joint Sustainment Com-mand- Afghanistan Soldiers throughout southernAfghanistan. “This competition is great because it givesdrivers the opportunity to prove just how good theyare,” said Spc. Audrie W. Dary, a truck driver andteam member with the 515th Transportation Com-pany. “The hardest thing at this competition is going A M915 navigates through a Serpentine obstacle during the first ever Kan-to be that backward Serpentine obstacle though.” dahar Airfield Truck Rodeo on August 17, 2012. The truck rodeo graded truck drivers on their maneuvering and abilities on different vehicles. (U.S. The goal of the truck rodeo was to not only Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams)provide an opportunity for truck drivers to sharpen minating mystery event.their skills, but to also allow the winning unit tohave bragging rights and be called the best transpor- To take part in the rodeo, drivers had to betation company at Kandahar Airfield. licensed on both the M915 and PLS. Each transpor- tation company had the opportunity to send three “The armor on these vehicles takes away their personnel per vehicle type to compete in the competi-peripheral vision and forces the drivers to use their tion.better judgment,” said Sgt. 1st Class Rohan Duncanof the 25th Transportation Company, who was also Drivers were graded by a point system de-one of the rodeo’s judges. “The rodeo is to not only termined by judges which included deductions forprovide motivation and morale, but it makes them hitting cones, time taken to complete an obstacle andbetter drivers too.” not following safe practices. For most Soldiers who operate both the up- “These guys drive through a lot of narrowarmored Palletized Load System and M915 vehicles, roads and bridges on their convoy routes so we’rethe only opportunity to become better drivers are looking at how they maneuver through the obsta-during convoys, which can present challenges rang- cles,” Duncan said. “This is a simulation of what theying from tight alleys to rough terrain. encounter out there already and 75% of the rodeo is based on judgment.” The obstacles simulated during the rodeoincluded the alley dock, serpentine course and a cul- Duncan said that competitions like this could help the government save money. “Simple accidents cost money,” Duncan said. “People don’t realize that just like in the civilian world, broken mirrors and vehicles sideswiping each other costs money. The less accidents truck drivers have, the more money the Army saves so definitely this is still helping us train.” Duncan said there are no losers when it comes to training because the truck rodeo brought drivers together from different Army components. “We have active duty and National Guard out here learning from each other so regardless to who- ever wins we all had fun and this has left me feeling humble,” Duncan said.Soldiers with the 515th Transportation Company change a Palletized LoadSystem’s tire during the truck rodeo competition on August 17, 2012 atKandahar Airfield. The truck rodeo’s culminating mystery event chal- “I’m glad we had the chance to build camara-lenged drivers to change a tire and load cargo on the PLS as fast as they derie with one another.”could. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams) Page5
  • 6. Volume4 Sustainer September2012KAF riggers inspect air drop bundles Sgt. Gregory Williams KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Af-ghanistan - Work starts at 1 a.m.for a group of Soldiers with the647th Quartermaster Detachment.As one of the Soldiers, Spc. Manu-el A. Perez, a parachute rigger withthe 647th Quartermaster Detach-ment inspects a cargo load, thepitch black morning sky causeshim to use a mini flashlight as heclimbs on top of the 5-foot stack. Sifting and shivering, Perezcontinues to inspect and tie knotson the load trying to ensure thatit will pass flight inspection. If theload is rejected, the fuel will notreach the Soldiers out in the fieldand these days fuel is more pre-cious to them than gold. Spc. Tiffany D. Major, a parachute rigger with the 647th Quartermaster Detachment, ties a knot on a cargo load on August 1, 2012 at Kandahar Airfield. Parachute riggers must make sure all knots and straps are correctly tied down on each cargo load. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams) After an hour of makingsure the loads are ready for in- the load to burn in.” that air drop missions are crucialspection, Perez rubs his hands to the Soldiers in the field.together and yells, “Alright, let’s When cargo that is airmove out”, signaling the riggers to dropped crashes to a landing site, “Some of the smaller out-move the cargo to the flight line. it is considered a burn in, which stations that we support can only could result in wasted supplies be supplied by air drop,” Bradford “Other than working long and government dollars. said. “Not only does utilizationhours I would say getting last min- of air drop give us the ability toute missions are a big challenge, Warrant Officer Roger ensure the war fighter receivesbut hey it is what it is,” Perez Bradford, an air drop systems the commodities they need, it alsosaid. “Passing inspection is really technician with the 647th Quar- reduces the requirement for itemsimportant because you don’t want termaster Detachment, said some to be convoyed.” of the things important to the rig- gers before getting the cargo ready The work loads may vary are the weight and quantity of the and the hours may be long, but commodities a unit in the field sometimes the riggers get to enjoy requests. the fruits of their labor. “We have to calculate how “Sometimes we get to go many bundles it will take to rig out in a Chinook helicopter on an the commodities and depending on air drop mission to push out our how many bundles we calculate own loads so that’s always cool to we may require multiple aircraft,” do,” Perez said. Bradford said. Whether the cargo is In order to make sure dropped out of a hovering Chinook the detachment books the right or out of a C-130 aircraft flying amount of aircraft and cargo thousands of feet in the air, the doesn’t burn in, the riggers work riggers don’t care how the cargo with the 772nd Expeditionary gets there; it just has to get there Airlift Squadron to make sure in one piece. each bundle gets to the drop zoneA loadmaster with the 772nd ExpeditionaryAirlift Squadron signals for a cargo load to be securely.released out of a C-130 aircraft August 1, 2012over Southern Afghanistan. Air drop operations As the two services workare conducted by the squadron in order to sus-tain troops in the field. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. together to get cargo from theGregory Williams) skies to the field, the riggers know Page 6
  • 7. Volume4 Sustainer September2012KAF hosts Wounded Warrior fundraiser Sgt. Candice L. Funchess KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Thereare few causes that Soldiers, civilians and local na-tionals in a deployed environment come together insupport of. Friday morning, the Joint SustainmentCommand- Afghanistan Chapter of the SergeantAudie Murphy Club sponsored such a cause bringingroughly 475 participants together in support of a runfor the Wounded Warrior Project here at KandaharAirfield. The JSC-A Chapter, headquartered by the3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) based inFort Knox, Ky., hosted a week-long fundraiser whichculminated in a check presentation of nearly $11,000 Roughly 475 participants wait for the horn to start the 5K run for theto the Wounded Warrior Project and a 5k run. Wounded Warrior Project at Kandahar Airfield Aug. 10. The run was hosted by the Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Candice L. Funch- Sergeant Audie Murphy Club members held ess)several meetings to decide how to give back to the The “he” Smith referred to was Sgt. Audielocal community here on KAF. That is, after all, what Leon Murphy himself. Murphy was the most deco-the club is all about according to Sgt. 1st Class Ches- rated combat soldier of World War II. The advocatetine Sanders, the brigade operations non commis- for veterans, was awarded the Medal of Honor forsioned officer in charge for Headquarters and Head- “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk ofquarters Company, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade his life and above the call of duty.” The S.A.M.C. wasand chapter secretary, originally from Pine Bluff, founded on the principles Murphy exemplified.Arkansas. “The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is anelite group of NCOs that give back to the community.” The wounded warriors appreciated the sup- port the S.A.M.C. generated according to Staff Sgt. “We thought it would be a good way to let the Scott Mason, the KAF Wounded Warrior Centerwounded warriors know they’re not forgotten,” said NCOIC, originally from Rochester, N.Y. Mason at-Master Sgt. Wyman E. Loveless, senior enlisted advi- tended the event and received the check on behalf ofsor for religious support operations for JSC-A and the the center. “They [wounded warriors] were also sur-chapter president, originally from Lawton, Okla. “It’s prised by the amount [of the check],” said Mason. Theone thing to say something but it sends a totally dif- center plans to use the money to buy the necessaryferent message when you do something for someone.” items first, such as eye protection, shower shoes and One of the participants of the run, Sgt. 1st wounded warrior physical training gear.Class Scott D. Smith, a decorated wounded warrior Appreciation was the common theme from allfrom San Antonio, Texas definitely received the mes- the people involved in the event. The participantssage. “He did a lot in his time and the club is living and club members were appreciative of the sacrificeson in his name by supporting the rest of the wounded the wounded warriors made. The wounded warriorswarriors.” were grateful for the sentiment the club members and participants showed. The club members were thank- ful for the support of the community as well. “We want to let people know there’s no way we could’ve done this event without people’s sup- port,” said Loveless. “The amount of support we have received over this last week has been overwhelming.” The JSC-A Chapter is scheduled to host sev- eral more events in support of soldiers in the coming months. “It’s just about taking care of soldiers,” said Sgt. Maj. Cynthia R. Johnson, operations seniorMembers of the S.A.M.C. and volunteers of the event take a photo withthe check that was presented in honor of the Wounded Warrior Project at enlisted advisor for JSC-A and S.A.M.C. member.Kandahar Airfield Aug. 10. The money raised will help purchase needed “That’s just what we do.”supplies for the wounded warriors. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Candice L.Funchess) Page7
  • 8. Volume4 Sustainer September2012 10th SB coordinates air drop missions for JSC-A Soldiers Sgt. Gregory WilliamsDavid R. Thompson, a loadmaster with the Flightworks Inc., begins asystems check on an automatic cargo release system on August 8, 2012inside of a Caribou aircraft. Thompson has completed 50 air drop missionsas a loadmaster, helping to deliver cargo to Joint Sustainment Command– Afghanistan Soldiers and Special Forces Operational Teams. (U.S. Armyphoto by Sgt. Gregory Williams) ABOVE: David R. Thompson, a loadmaster with Flightworks Inc., and 2nd Lt. David McDevitt, the officer in charge of air movement for the 622nd Movement Control Detachment, rig cargo loads on August 8, 2012 inside of a Caribou aircraft. The 622nd MCT helps coordinate air drop missions for Joint Sustainment Command- Afghanistan units who need supplies in southern Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams) LEFT: A Soldier stands on a 25K Loader as cargo is loaded onto a Caribou aircraft on August 8, 2012 at Bagram Airfield. The 10th Sustainment Brigade coordinates with contractors to drop supplies, food and water by air to Troops in the field who fall under the Joint Sustainment Com- mand – Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams) Page8
  • 9. Volume4 Sustainer September2012Sustainer speaks at Third Army WLC graduation Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin one of the places where you get the basics.” KANDAHAR AIRFIELD,Afghanistan – Command Sgt. Maj. Third Army’s WLC is theKarl A. Roberts, the senior enlist- Army’s only forward deployed WLCed advisor for Joint Sustainment course.Command – Afghanistan and the3d Sustainment Command (Ex- Over the course of 15 days,peditionary), recently served as Soldiers are tested on the fun-the guest speaker for the Third damentals of leadership, both inArmy Noncommissioned Officer and out of the classroom. TrainingAcademy’s Warrior Leader Course during the course included conductinggraduation ceremony at Camp squad tactics exercises and sur-Buehring, Kuwait on August 6, veying counter improvised explo-2012. sive devices. Roberts considered his par- For Command Sgt. Maj.ticipation in the event to be special Franko J. Antolovich, the Thirdas the Soldiers attending received Army NCO Academy Comman-the opportunity to attend a Non- dant, his choice to select Robertscommissioned Officer Education as guest speaker was special as heSystem school while deployed to a considers him a great role modelcombat zone. for the Army’s junior leaders. Command Sgt. Maj. Karl A. Roberts, the senior enlisted advisor for Joint Sustainment Com- “CSM Roberts’ words of Roberts said he was hon- mand – Afghanistan and the 3d Sustainmentored to have the opportunity to Command (Expeditionary), recently served as wisdom to the graduates of War-speak to the future leaders of the the guest speaker for the Third Army Noncom- rior Leader Course Class 12-708 missioned Officer Academy’s Warrior LeaderU.S. Army. Course graduation ceremony at Camp Buehring, were especially pertinent and ap- Kuwait on August 6, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by preciated as these Soldiers take Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin) “With your graduation charge on the challenging journeyhere, you’ve become members of “It is often said amongst of leadership and assume theira select group who’ve attended an us older, seasoned NCO’s that we positions as leaders in the U.S.NCOES while deployed,” Roberts need to get back to the basics. Army,” said Antolovich.told the graduating Soldiers. Here, in Warrior Leader Course, is “We thank CSM Roberts for investing his time and energy into the future of all Soldiers. He is an awesome role model for whom I have the utmost respect and admi- ration for.” In all, 125 Soldiers gradu- ated during the ceremony for WLC Class 12-708. In his remarks to the graduates, Antolovich encour- aged them to perform the duties expected of a NCO. “Go back to your units and have the courage to take charge; you owe it to America’s sons and daughters to lead well,” Antolovich said. “Train America’s warriors to think critically and creatively, and to operate in any environmentCommand Sgt. Maj. Karl A. Roberts, the senior enlisted advisor for Joint Sustainment Command – and lead our Army to fight, winAfghanistan and the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), speaks to graduates of the Third and survive our Nations wars.”Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy’s Warrior Leader Course graduation ceremony at CampBuehring, Kuwait on August 6, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin) Page9
  • 10. Volume4 Sustainer September2012Combat medics receive battlefield stress training Sgt. Gregory Williams BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - As fourSoldiers watched Jeopardy in the hospital waitingroom, a female Soldier began looking over the stackof papers she’d just received after a briefing. Her eyes skimming over the front page, Spc.Larre A. Donaldson, a combat medic, 1086th Trans-portation Company, began to read how Soldiers couldemploy daily self relaxation techniques. For Donaldson treating the warfighter is nota game as the task to help Soldiers seek treatmentbegins now. Armed with the new material and playaway Spc. Larre A. Donaldson, a combat medic with the 1086th Transportationlistening devices in hand, she exits the room pre- Company, reads the instructions on the back of a playaway listening devicepared to administer psychological first aid to help on August 7, 2012 at Bagram Airfield. Combat medics give the listening device to their patients for relaxation treatment in order to combat stressSoldiers combat stress on and off the battlefield. and anxiety. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams) Donaldson and four other combat medics with officer in charge of combat stress for the 455th Expe-the 10th Sustainment Brigade attended a battlefield ditionary Medical Operation Squadron, who gave thestress brief on August 7, 2012 at Bagram Airfield. brief to the combat medics, told the combat medics that it takes a lot of swallowed pride for Soldiers to “It’s not just worrying about Soldiers getting seek help dealing with stress.hit in the field,” Donaldson said. “It’s about alwayslooking out for them because it’s not just the physical As he handed out material that describedinjuries that affect how they perform. I just want to emotional reaction to trauma, Sefcik dumped thebe there for support any way I can.” playaways on the table showing the group a new medical instrument they could use to treat the warf- Local combat stress facilities and medical ighters they encounter.units are partnering together to promote mentalhealth to Soldiers they treat out on the battlefield. “Combat medics are the first line of support for our Troops so now they can teach skills that may As the military expands their roles, combat reduce the incidence of mental health problems latermedics are being briefed on how to recognize symp- on down the road,” Sefcik said. “Now combat medicstoms related to combat stress in hopes to not only can provide education to Soldiers on signs of mentalhelp Soldiers heal physically, but mentally. health disorders if they emerge.” Staff Sgt. Rouven Sefcik, a non commissioned As more combat medics attend combat stress training, they will be expected to become more per- sonally involved with their patients. Teaching relaxation exercises to Soldiers and sometimes lending a listening ear can do a lot to help Soldiers deal with stress during deployments. “I’m a combat medic, but I’m also there as a friend because I actually like my job,” Donaldson said. “You have to care about people to be a medic and you have to notice when things are wrong with your patient.” Donaldson is an emergency medical techni- cian back home in Louisiana with a set schedule, but said she prefers to be on call 24/7 if her SoldiersA 10th Sustainment Brigade soldier listens on as Staff Sgt. Rouven Sefcik, need her.a non-commissioned officer in charge of combat stress with the 455thExpeditionary Medical Operation Squadron, explains the function of the “As an EMT back home I don’t know 98% ofplayaway listening device on August 7, 2012 at Bagram Airfield. Sefcik is abig advocate of the listening device, which can help Soldiers to relax in thebattlefield. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams) See MEDICS, next page Page10
  • 11. Volume4 Sustainer September2012MEDICS, from previous consultation.”the patients I treat, but I’m out on the road with my Combat medics are briefed on all the servicesguys every day,” Donaldson said. “Whether it’s for a combat stress facilities offer and can educate Soldiersprescription or if they just want to talk, my door is on the advantages of the stress relieving program.open 24 hours a day for my drivers.” Donaldson said there is a misconception most Combat stress facilities are hoping combat Soldiers have about combat stress facilities.medics will let Soldiers know that combat stressclasses are available for them at their convenience. “Soldiers need to know that going to a combat stress facility doesn’t go on their record,” Donaldson During a combat stress class, Soldiers have said. “An appointment will not hinder their careerthe opportunity to talk about any experiences that and there is a good doctor and patient privacy policy.”may make them feel emotionally numb, agitated, orirritable, which is expected after combat. As Donaldson and the four other soldiers prepare to go back to the unit, she knows stress is “We call emotional reactions after combat nothing to play with. Donaldson said she can tell“normal reactions to abnormal situations” so the when something is wrong with a patient whether it’sbest thing we can do is help the Soldier to return to the melancholy in their voice or uncharacteristic likenormal functioning by continuing to socialize and try body language. All the combat medic said she can doout a variety of coping techniques,” Sefcik said. “If is try to help her patients stay in the fight by treatingthe symptoms persist or are too severe then Soldiers their wounds and healing their mind.are advised to go to a warrior restoration center forSoldiers wrangle in redeployment training at UMO rodeo Sgt. Gregory Williams KANDAHAR AIRFIELD,Afghanistan - The 209th Avia-tion Support Brigade trained morethan 100 Soldiers during a UnitMovement Officer Rodeo on August14, 2012 at Kandahar Airfield. The key tasks for the rodeowas to teach Soldiers how to pre-pare movement documentation,facilitate container managementwith in transit visibility, preparecargo for joint inspection and navi-gate the Transportation Coordi-nator Automated Information forMovement System II class. When a unit is ready toleave Afghanistan, the UMO mustput together a load plan that willtrack and ship equipment that Soldiers with Task Force Lightning measure a M105 trailer during a Unit Movement Officer Rodeo on August 14, 2012 at Kandahar Airfield. The UMO Rodeo provides Soldiers with hands-on experiencecould easily be worth over one mil- in learning about the redeployment process and how to prepare equipment for joint inspection clear-lion dollars back to the states. ance. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams) Joint Sustainment Com- cess so they know what to expect Careful planning is essen-mand – Afghanistan provided so they have enough time to plan tial to the redeployment processtrainers to teach Soldiers how to ahead,” said Staff Sgt. Khris L. De because it could present manyprepare these plans for redeploy- La Pena, a transportation man- challenges.ment, which can make the process agement noncommissioned officerof shipping cargo back home much with the 822nd Movement Con- “I feel if you have every-easier and less strenuous. trol Detachment. “UMO’s have to thing that belongs to the unit know that they only have a certain on a well put together load plan, “It’s important to Soldiers amount of time to get their equip- then a UMO should be good,” saidand especially for the UMO’s to ment ready to be shipped out.” Sgt. Irene Campos, an automatedunderstand the redeployment pro- See UMO, next page 1 Page1
  • 12. Volume4 Sustainer September2012UMO, from previous the military, but instructors were During the rodeo, Campos challenged during the rodeo to said she tried to absorb as muchlogistics noncommissioned officer teach the Soldiers the basics in knowledge as possible because thewith the 25th Combat Aviation two days. systems are always being updatedBrigade. “If not… well then you’re to become more proficient.a ‘SOL’ (Soldier out of luck), be- “The class size was a chal-cause not one container can be left lenge because I’d prefer to teach “Going into AALPS wasbehind.” smaller groups, so I could give good because I have some experi- that individual attention since ev- ence using it manually, but now The rodeo also gave Sol- eryone learns at a different pace,” some of the features are automat-diers the chance to gain hands- De La Pena said. “I’d hope that at ic, which is a time saver,” Cam-on experience with conducting the very least, Soldiers know who pos said. “It’s supposed to be ainspections and weighing equip- to contact if they need help with refresher, but I learned a lot morement, which is usually a job for an any part of the process.” because we went into more detailAir Force cargo load team. about the program.” Besides having the chance As the groups entered the to learn from a transportation The UMO Rodeo train-training yard, Soldiers separated manager, JSC-A provided a Sus- ing was meant to not only giveinto teams as instructors taught tainment Automation Support Soldiers knowledge about theone group to measure and weigh Management Office instructor to redeployment process, but alsothe equipment while the others teach the rodeo participants more gave the instructors the chance tolearned how to prepare packing about the redeployment process. instill an unwavering confidencelists along with special handling in the skills that Soldiers have at-cards. “I help teach Soldiers the tained. air planning applications, which is Once the teams were fin- what the transportation commu- “I hope the Soldiers takeished with their tasks outside, Sol- nity uses to support the warfighter away the skill and confidence todiers headed back inside for more worldwide,” said David Bowman, redeploy their unit home,” Bow-instruction on TC-AIMS II, trying a SASMO trainer with Tapestry man said. “They now have theto cram as much information as Solutions Inc. “With this, the most accurate information totime would allow into the class. Soldiers will learn how to not only ensure that all equipment and use TC-AIMS II, but also the Auto- personnel arrive at their home sta- The TC-AIMS II course mated Air Load Planning System.” tion safely.”is a two-week course offered bySoldiers with Task Force Gunfighter weigh a High- Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle during a Unit Movement Officer Rodeo on August 14, 2012 at KandaharAirfield. The UMO Rodeo taught Soldiers the weighing and marking standards according to joint inspection criteria. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. GregoryWilliams) Page12
  • 13. Volume4 Sustainer September2012Sustainers get back in the kitchen Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Forcooks assigned to the 3d Sustainment Command(Expeditionary) and many other units across theArmy, working in a dining facility was typically notan option, even though it was what they were trainedto do. But with recent cuts to the Army’s diningfacility budget, Installation Management Commandhas recommended assigning more military cooks todo exactly what they were trained to do, “cook”. To accommodate these recommendations, the3d ESC worked with Kandahar Airfield’s Special Op-erations Task Force-South to allow its cooks to workin the DFAC so that they could be prepared for whatthey may face upon returning to Fort Knox. Fort Knox’s 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Divisionrecently reintegrated military cooks back into theDFAC, and the 3d ESC’s cooks could possibly do thesame after their return from Afghanistan in supportof Operation Enduring Freedom. “This is a great opportunity for our youngSoldiers because originally they wouldn’t have hadany opportunity to learn and grow within theircareer field,” said Staff Sgt. Wesley McCarty, a foodservice specialist with the 3d ESC. “We don’t workin the DFAC at Knox, or go to the field in a mannerthat would allow for the operation of a mobile kitchentrailer, so this opportunity is great for our young Sol- Spc. Isaac Montalvo, a food service specialist with the 3d Sustainmentdiers.” Command (Expeditionary), works to prepare a meal while working at the Special Operations Task Force – South dining facility at Kandahar Airfield, McCarty, who has served as a cook in the Afghanistan. Montalvo is one of four Soldiers from the 3d ESC currently working at the SOTF-S dining facility. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mi-Army for 21 years, said that the time away from the chael Behlin)DFAC wouldn’t necessarily affect him as much as it He explained that the job requires lots ofwould the Soldiers working for him. These Soldiers, preparation, time and extended periods of standing.Spc. Isaac Montalvo and Spc. Viviana Baker, both While this is an adjustment from what he’s used to,food service specialists assigned to the 3d ESC, had it’s all a part of the job.no prior experience in their career fields. They botharrived at the 3d ESC fresh from advanced individual The adjustment was just as tough for Baker,training, but are now getting the opportunity to gain but she admitted that this experience would help hervaluable knowledge working in the SOTF-S DFAC. as she progresses in her career. She said that work- ing in the DFAC thus far has helped her gain a better “This has been a good experience for me be- understanding of the Army’s food services processescause I now know what’s expected of me in my job,” and procedures. With the skills and knowledge she’ssaid Montalvo, a native of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. gained by working in the DFAC, she feels as if she Much of the expectations Montalvo speaks of will be better served to lead others in the future.include the early mornings and late nights associated “Most of the cooks I met before I deployed saidwith working in a DFAC. Both Soldiers said the ex- that whenever they deployed, they did everythingperience of working in a DFAC is much different than other than their actual job,” said Baker. “So for mewhat they were used to. Montalvo, who worked the in to do my job on my first deployment is a big deal.”Joint Sustainment Command – Afghanistan’s mailroom when he began the deployment, said the rigorsassociated with working in a DFAC are much morethan what others may think. Page13
  • 14. Volume4 Sustainer September2012JSC-A celebrates Women’s Equality Day Sgt. Candice L. Funchess KANDAHAR AIRFIELD,Afghanistan – The Joint Sustain-ment Command- Afghanistancelebrated Women’s Equality Daywith two independent events onFriday and Saturday here on Kan-dahar Airfield. On Friday, Brig. Gen. Kris-tin K. French, commander of thetenJSC-A headquartered by the 3dSustainment Command (Expedi-tionary), was the guest speaker atthe Women’s Equality Day Ob-servance hosted by the RegionalCommand-South Equal Opportu-nity Office. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jean Ritter, the multiclass senior supply systems technician for Joint Sus- tainment Command-Afghanistan, narrated the reading of “Failure is Impossible” here on Kandahar Airfield Aug. 24, 2012. The reading, authored by Rosemary H. Knower, was based on the women’s “Gen. French was chosen suffrage movement that began in 1848 and concluded in 1920 with Congress passing the 19thto speak because she is the senior Amendment giving women the right to vote. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Candice L. Funchess)female general officer in the Com- knows no rival.bined Joint Operations Area – Af- The reading is based on theghanistan and the commander of “When a woman wants to women’s suffrage movement thatthe JSC-A,” said Master Sgt. Adam serve in our Army – they enter began in 1848 and concluded inEckstein, the command equal op- knowing there are no glass ceil- 1920 with Congress passing theportunity advisor for JSC-A. “So, ings, there are no caveats, and 19th Amendment, giving womenI thought it would be the perfect there are no limits,” said French. the right to vote.caveat for the observance.” “There are only opportunities.” The rendition was narrated In her speech, French French went on to point out by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jeanhighlighted three main points: the accomplishments of Gen. Ann Ritter, the multiclass senior supply Dunwoody as an example of how systems technician for JSC-A. Take pride in the fact that far women have come in the mili-there are opportunities for women tary and noted that there are no On Saturday, the JSC-Ato lead and serve in today’s mili- limits to the heights women can hosted a Women’s Equality Daytary, women have a critical role in reach in the armed forces. Observance 5k Run/Walk inthe military – and their sacrifices which approximately 500 peopleunderscore their dedication and At the conclusion of participated.willingness to serve and lastly, French’s speech, members of thewomen serving in today’s mili- JSC-A did a rendition of the read- The race concluded withtary have proven that the extent ing, “Failure is Impossible” by the top three male and femaleof their patriotism and bravery Rosemary H. Knower. finishers receiving plaques from French and Command Sgt. Maj. Karl A. Roberts, the senior enlist- ed adviser for the JSC-A. At the end of the events Eckstein said, “Women still have the same jobs and are just as capable as a man, still a double standard exists. Until we overcome that barrier, we need to keep emphasizing events such as Women’s Equality Day to show that there are still disparities be- tween men and women.”Approximately 500 participants ran in the Women’s Equality Day 5k held on Kandahar Airfield Aug.25, 2012. The top three male and female runners received plaques from the commander and com-mand sergeant major of the Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt.Candice L. Funchess) Page14
  • 15. Volume4 Sustainer September2012Photos from Facebook: Wounded Warrior Runand Combat Olympics Page15
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