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  1. 1. JOINT STAFF, GEORGIA DEPARTMENT J-9 Focal Point! OF DEFENSE A Newsletter Production of the J-9 Joint and Family Services Directorate Special points of Volume 3, Issue 6 July 6, 2012 interest:  Who Are We? Who Are We? - Editorial: CW2 Barry D. Long  NEW SHARP SYNC This is a question we sel- or “planted” personnel. We must which places us under a binding ORDER dom ask about ourselves, either have the fortitude to open our of honor, integrity, courage and as organizations or as individu- organization to our leadership, service to others (to name a few).  The GGCU als. If fact, it is very unlikely that and the high level leaders must we truly view reality when we We have a history that have the fortitude to:  The Georgia Guard In- ask this about ourselves. It is an leads back over 375 years, with impartial lense we need, so that 1. Avoid snap judg- the creation of militia units to surance Trust we may view others without bias, ments about any group. defend the colonies (principally,  What is the Cost? and an impartial mirror we need, the first militia unit organized in 2. Train with the troops the Massachusetts Bay Colony). so that we can truly see our own at the lowest level, and don’t just  FOUNDING FATHERS faults. We can take this ques- The Army Guard also dates history observe. in line with the Army’s age of 237 SERIES tion from the highest echelons to the lowest, or look up from the 3. Avoid possible plants years, while the Air Guard also  Honoring a Hero bottom. We struggle, constantly, and place themselves at close claims history from the Air Force to defeat the self-aggrandizing proximity with every Soldier. (Aeronautical Division, US Signal assessments of our selves or our Corps, 1907) at 105 years. Our 4. Enforce the principle history is very rich and developed,Inside this issue: organizations, and we struggle of not allowing leaders to take and we rarely teach it fully to our to defeat the tendency to meas- out any repercussions on any members. ure others by our perception of level of Soldier or leader when good, bad, right and wrong, in- We are not a broken organi- they point out our organizations’ stead of viewing the world from zation. We are organization withEDITORIAL: 1 true faults, and never allowing the perspective of our units, an incredible history, and a family leaders to restrict the speech/Who Are We? commands, staffs, etc. Leaders with awesome diversity and a actions of their troops in the view will often look at their organiza- devout following of heroes. 2 of higher leadership. We wantNEW SHARP tion in the best light to avoid personnel to feel free to speak.SYNC ORDER media issues, or they will look at Keep and renew the faith in If we do our jobs as leaders, we our Georgia National Guard. the personnel who don’t seem to fit their personal ideas of perfec- have nothing to fear. Teach your Soldiers our history. tion and consider getting rid of 5. Evaluate faults fairly, Invite your leadership to trainThe Georgia 2 with you. Look closely at the them. and reward successes heavily.Guard Credit Un- creed, values, ethos, and mostion So, how do we judge our Who are we? As the Geor- importantly, the Honor of our people and our organization gia National Guard, we are a organization, and learn to live by 3 through a lens that is clear of our portion of the greatest Armed the definitions of these, not yourEDITORIAL: own personal motivations, and Forces in the entire world. As the own perceptions. Renew yourWhat is the Cost? how do we clean up the mess GA Department of Defense, we faith in family, team, state, and while maintaining a “good face” are a part of the GA State Govern- country. Never forget the count-Founding Fathers: 3 to the public. ment and we support the defense less generations of members,George Washing- of GA, and the GA Government leaders, and heroes who got you We begin by teaching lead-ton efforts to protect our population here, and their diversity of size, ers at the lowest level how to against hostile environments, shape, color and talent. Don’t assess their people by the true ethical, moral, values, and mis- storms, terrorist attacks, etc. disregard those who are not likeHonoring a Hero: 4 sion driven standards proposed you, as they were made that way,LTC Charles We have several sets of by our organization, not by per- and they make our family and“Buck” Bennett overlapping creeds, ethos sonal biases. Then, we teach organization better for it. Diver- (morally guided, transformative leaders at the top what it is like sity in every way, improves us. ethical forms or constraints; the to be at the lowest levels of our The one who isn’t like you may distinguishing character, senti- organization by placing them in have the answers you would ment, moral nature, or guiding true close contact with members never divine from a circumstance, beliefs of a person, group, or of those lowest groups without and will certainly have skills you institution, Webster’s Online biasing their view. It is impor- will never attain. Use these tools, Dictionary, http://www.merriam- tant, here, not to place them in and our rich history, to improve webster.com/dictionary/ethos, contact with special selectees, 2012) and sets of values, each of the Guard, your unit, and yourself.
  2. 2. Page 2 J-9 Focal Point! HEALTH OF THE FORCE ALARACT 170/2012, FRAGO 1 TO ALARACT NEW SHARP SYNC ORDER - 26 JUNE 2012. (from S1 Net) 105/2012 HQDA EXORD 152 -12 TELLING THE ARMY STORY (HEALTH OF THE NEW!! SEXUAL HARASSMENT/ into the Armys SHARP Program. FORCE), DTG 230219Z JUN ASSAULT RESPONSE AND PRE- Phase 1 is to implement an in- 12. Effective immediately, VENTION PROGRAM (SHARP) terim manning solution from ex- the Office of the Chief of SYNCHRONIZATION ORDER isting manpower (bridging solu- Army Public Affairs coordi- (HQDA EXORD 221-12). From tion). The SHARP EXORD nates a Health of the Force communication plan to en- the Army G1: Enacted in Decem- (attached) provides immediate able senior Army leaders ber 2011, the NDAA for FY12 guidance to implement an interim and key spokespersons and subsequent DoD policy di- all-military manning solution. Visit across the Army at the na- rected several key changes to the the following link for more infor- tional, regional, and local to DoDs Sexual Assault Response mation. https://forums.army.mil/ plan, synchronize, execute and Prevention (SAPR) programs. SECURE/ Note: You must have Army and assess their communica- Knowledge Online access to tion efforts with the objective These include changes to policy, CommunityBrowser.aspx? of sustaining the trust and manning requirements, and train- id=1781002&lang=en-US register for this site. Civil- confidence of the American ing. The Army intends to utilize a ians will require a military public. 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  3. 3. Volume 3, Issue 6 Page 3 — An Article from CW2 Jennifer Long, CO, A Co, 4BN, 1BDE GSDF soon near DaNang in November of 1972. to be flown beneath the US flag on post Emergency signals were heard, but the site offices, government buildings, national When I was 13 was in enemy-held territory and the heavy cemeteries, memorials, and on military years old I wrote a storms hampered all rescue attempts. installations. Other than “Old Glory,” letter to my Search teams reached the area three days the POW/MIA flag is the only flag to Congressman after later, but found no sign of the two men. ever fly over the White House, which it having seen a news They were officially listed as “Missing In does each year on POW/MIA Recogni- story about the Action.” As of 03 JULY 2012 there are tion Day. This flag is also flown, year- still 1,664 Americans unaccounted for round, in front of the dome on our na- in Southeast Asia. tion’s capitol. Recently, a popular restaurant near It is the duty of each of us to educate Dobbins/CNGC was cited by a Marietta the public on the cost and meaning of code enforcement official in June for our independence. From the Continen- return of a sol- flying the distinctive black and white tal Congress of 1776, to the trenches of dier’s remains POW/MIA flag and a flag supporting WWI, to Pearl Harbor, to the 38th par- from Vietnam. our troops. Negative press and public allel in Korea, to a plane crash in the How could there be so many still unac- outcry caused the city to back down. In jungles of Vietnam, to our brothers and counted for from a war that was fought actuality, the POW/MIA flag is permitted sisters serving in harm’s way around the before I was born? My Congressman globe today . . . We owe it to all of them put me in touch with JoAnne Shirley of to set the record straight. To borrow a the National League of POW/MIA Fami- cliché, “Freedom isn’t free.” It is often lies, and that began a friendship that has said, “For those who’ve fought for it, spanned over 25 years. freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.” The narrow, red aluminum band that I have worn since I was 13 bears the For more information, visit the website name of MAJ Bobby M. Jones, an Air of the National League of POW/MIA Force Flight Surgeon who was also Families: http://www.pow- JoAnne’s brother. The plane carrying miafamilies.org/ him and his pilot went down in a mon- On April 30, 1789, George Washing- Custis, he devoted himself to a busy and happy life. He did not infringe upon the policy making I now make it my earnest prayer, ton, standing on the But like his fellow planters, Washington felt himself powers that he felt the Constitution gave Congress. that God would have you, and the balcony of Federal exploited by British merchants and hampered by But the determination of foreign policy became British regulations. As the quarrel with the mother preponderantly a Presidential concern. When the State over which you preside, in Hall on Wall Street in New York, took country grew acute, he moderately but firmly voiced French Revolution led to a major war between his holy protection, that he would his oath of office as his resistance to the restrictions. France and England, Washington refused to accept incline the hearts of the Citizens the first President of entirely the recommendations of either his Secretary to cultivate a spirit of subordina- the United States. When the Second Continental Congress assem- of State Thomas Jefferson, who was pro-French, or tion and obedience to Govern- bled in Philadelphia in May 1775, Washington, one of his Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, "As the first of every ment, to entertain a brotherly the Virginia delegates, was elected Commander inthing, in our situation will serve to establish a Prece- who was pro-British. Rather, he insisted upon a affection and love for one another,dent," he wrote James Madison, "it is devoutly Chief of the Continental Army. On July 3, 1775, at neutral course until the United States could grow for their fellow Citizens of thewished on my part, that these precedents may be Cambridge, Massachusetts, he took command of his stronger. United States at large, and particu-fixed on true principles." ill-trained troops and embarked upon a war that was larly for their brethren who have to last six grueling years. To his disappointment, two parties were served in the Field, and finally, that Born in 1732 into a Virginia planter family, he developing by the end of his first term. Wearied of he would most graciously belearned the morals, manners, and body of knowl- He realized early that the best strategy was to politics, feeling old, he retired at the end of his pleased to dispose us all, to doedge requisite for an 18th century Virginia gentle- harass the British. He reported to Congress, "we second. In his Farewell Address, he urged his should on all Occasions avoid a general Action, or put countrymen to forswear excessive party spirit and Justice, to love mercy, and toman. anything to the Risque, unless compelled by a neces- geographical distinctions. In foreign affairs, he demean ourselves with that Char- He pursued two intertwined interests: military sity, into which we ought never to be drawn." Ensuing warned against long-term alliances. ity, humility and pacific temper ofarts and western expansion. At 16 he helped survey battles saw him fall back slowly, then strike unexpect- mind, which were the Characteris-Shenandoah lands for Thomas, Lord Fairfax. Com- edly. Finally in 1781 with the aid of French allies--he Washington enjoyed less than three years of ticks of the Divine Author of ourmissioned a lieutenant colonel in 1754, he fought the forced the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. retirement at Mount Vernon, for he died of a throat blessed Religion, and without anfirst skirmishes of what grew into the French and infection December 14, 1799. For months the humble imitation of whose exam-Indian War. The next year, as an aide to Gen. Washington longed to retire to his fields at Nation mourned him. ple in these things, we can neverEdward Braddock, he escaped injury although four Mount Vernon. But he soon realized that the Nation hope to be a happy Nation.bullets ripped his coat and two horses were shot under its Articles of Confederation was not functioning The Presidential biographies on White-from under him. well, so he became a prime mover in the steps lead- House.gov are from “The Presidents of the United GEORGE WASHINGTON, circu- ing to the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia in States of America,” by Michael Beschloss and Hugh lar to the states, Jun. 8, 1783 From 1759 to the outbreak of the American 1787. When the new Constitution was ratified, the Sidey. Copyright 2009 by the White House Histori-Revolution, Washington managed his lands around Electoral College unanimously elected Washington cal Association.Mount Vernon and served in the Virginia House of President. http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/Burgesses. Married to a widow, Martha Dandridge georgewashington
  4. 4. Serving the Georgia DoD, The U.S. Military, and our Veterans, One Family at a Time. The J-9 Joint and Family Services Directorate and The Georgia Guard Family Program:J-9 JOINT ANDFAMILY SERVICESDIRECTORATEGeorgia Department of Defense Our directorate services the military community of Georgia, providing those1388 First Street, Bldg 840 (Finch Bldg) services, support and information that are vital to their care. Our staff is com-1000 Halsey Avenue, Bldg 447, mitted to providing the best care, in a timely manner, and followed-thru to aMailroomMarietta, GA 30060 successful conclusion so that Military Personnel, their families, and Veterans in Georgia will have the resources, help, and information they need to thrive.Point of Contact:CW2 Barry D. LongHuman Resources/Systems/ATSO/Safety Officerbarry.long@us.army.mil We are on the web: “Military Personnel, www.georgiaguardfamilyprogram.orgFamilies, and Veterans First!” Honoring a Hero! LTC Charles BuckNATIONAL GUARD BUREAUFamily Programs (NGB-FP) Bennett honored— IRVING, Texas, July 4, 2012Mission: To establish and facilitate Brunswick, GA Resident and Deco- helpingongoing communication, involvement, rated Veteran Will Have a Total of From April 25th to June 8th, children cope with the stresses ofsupport, and recognition between Na- $50,000 Donated in His Name to Wonder, in partnership with the USO, military life. Buck will also receivetional Guard families and the National Four USO Programs Supporting invited families across the country to $2,500 and a years supply of WonderGuard in a partnership that promotes American Troops and Their Fami- nominate American heroes in their lives bread for his exceptional heroism.the best in both. lies for a chance to have $50,000 donated "Everything I do is not because IFamily Programs Web Sites IRVING, Texas, July 4, 2012 / to the USO in the winning heros name. have to but because I want to. ForGuardFamily.org - The National Guard Buck Bennett, who was nominated by someone to think what Im doing isFamily Program PRNewswire/ -- Wonder® bread has named Lt. Colonel Charles "Buck" his wife, Joni, was chosen for his deep special humbles me greatly. It is espe-GuardFamilyYouth.org - The National Bennett, a Brunswick, GA resident and dedication to supporting active duty cially touching that my wife thought soGuard Family Youth Program decorated veteran, as the winner of service men and women, veterans and much of me to nominate me for this the 2012 Wonder Bread Heroes pro- military families. Buck volunteers his prestigious recognition," said Mr.NewslettersAir National Guard Family Guide [PDF] gram, which celebrates ordinary time regularly for Gold Star Families (LTC) Bennett. "The USO has sup- Americans making extraordinary con- and Wounded Warriors and provides ported me on two deployments so I tributions to their families, communi- personal financial assistance, counseling appreciate just how wonderful theContact Information ties and country. Buck was selected and employment placement assistance organization is and am so grateful forPhone: (888)777-7731Fax: 703-607-0762 from 2,003 nominations submitted as for veterans. He also gathers and solic- this opportunity to give back thanksEmail: ngb.J1.fp@ng.army.mil part of the program which, for the its items for care packages that he ships to Wonder bread." second year, benefits the USO and its personally to deployed soldiers over- LTC Bennett added, "Growing mission to lift the spirits of our nations seas to provide them with a few com- up my mom would always buy Won- troops and their families. forts of home. der bread and I have fond memories "As Americans celebrate the July As the 2012 Wonder Bread Hero of eating fresh tomatoes sandwiches 4th holiday, its a great time to thank winner, Buck was given the opportunity from our farm on Wonder. I still our countrys everyday heroes for the to direct the $50,000 donation in his grow tomatoes and as soon as I have positive impact they have on the peo- name to four different USO programs: my first crop I always sit down to a ple around them and their local com- the United Through Reading® Military Wonder bread, tomato and mayo munities," said Stephanie Fletcher, Program, Operation Phone Home, sandwich." Brand Manager for the bakers of Won- Sesame Street/USO Experience Tour http:// der. "The Wonder Bread Heroes cam- and the With You All the Way pro- www.prnewswire.com/news- paign gives us a chance to honor gram. He has chosen to divide the releases/lieutenant-colonel- Americans like Buck Bennett while funding equally among the programs, charles-bennett-honored-as-2012 supporting the USOs mission and the which all focus on either keeping fami- -wonder-bread-hero- wonderful programs it offers." lies connected during deployment or 161328465.html