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  1. 1. 5814695-975360Greetings 60 AMW Warriors, <br />After an exciting week at AMC Rally—a semi-annual conference with AMC Wing Commanders and Command Chiefs, your base leadership is glad to be back as we look forward to an exciting week. While at Rally, we 496316043815officially received the AMC Installation Excellence Award along with a check for $200K. If you have ideas on how we should spend our winnings, please get with your Commander or First Sergeant. We are developing a Top 10 list and will solicit your vote in the near future. Travis also had the opportunity to brief multiple AFSO21 initiatives, display our E-Pubs initiatives, and present our Haiti EMEDS Warrior brief. Once again, the efforts and ideas here at Travis are leading the way for AMC. <br />While TDY, the pace continued on base. The cardiovascular operating room ribbon cutting on Tuesday was a great success, and Friday’s Welcome Home Warrior celebration marked the return of Team Travis Airmen who returned from deployments this the past quarter. Hundreds of family and friends joined 22 warriors at the Oktoberfest-themed celebration on a warm fall evening. Unfortunately, this past week also brought an increase in alcohol related incidents on base. This year we’ve had a dramatic decrease in DUIs, and we have been in ALCON GREEN for several months, but we cannot become complacent. One alcohol incident is one too many. And a single DUI can result in unimaginable loss for innocent victims and families. So I urge you to redouble your efforts to make smart choices and be good wingmen. Whether it’s your plan or your wingman’s, recognize when things are headed in the wrong direction, and don’t be afraid call a time-out. Your actions are needed to break the error chain. Do the right thing – for your family, your wingman & your country are depending on it. <br />As we look to the future, our base-wide exercise is only 2 weeks away. You have been working hard to prepare for this exercise for a long time. As we get closer to the execution phase, it’s important to remember the reason for the exercise. We learned many lessons from last year’s very successful ORI, and we honed our skills to a very high level. To ensure that these lessons are not lost and that our skills do not atrophy, we must continually keep practicing. Maintaining a high level of readiness will make it easier when it comes time for our next ORI, but, more importantly, it ensures that we are ready to answer our Nation’s call whenever it might come. So, as you complete final preparations for the exercise, I urge you to keep the big picture in mind and to keep working hard to ensure its success. In less than two weeks we will demonstrate once again why Team Travis is America’s First Choice for Total Global Mobility! Have a great week Team Travis…Air Power!!! <br /> <br />WING FOCUS OF THE WEEK:   <br />317555880Base X ORE Prep<br />Energy Awareness Month <br />Combined Federal Campaign<br />2010 Air Force Climate Survey<br />War on DUIs – ALCON GREEN <br />Compliance Culture – Alcohol Policies and Decision Making<br />Safety Focus: ORE Safety<br />581723533655CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to the following AMC Award Recipients!<br />Maj Gen Clifton D. Wright Award (Operations Flight) – 60th Civil Engineering Squadron<br />Outstanding Civil Engineer Civilian Technician – Mr. Jason McKnight (60 CES)<br />AMC Energy Incentive Award (Base) – Travis Air Force Base<br />AMC Energy Incentive Award (Individual) – Ms. Allison Greco (60 CES)<br />Col Frederick J. Riemer Award (Outstanding Readiness Flight) – Runner up – 60 CES<br />Society of American Military Engineers Goddard Medal – Runner up – MSgt David Richardson (60 CES)<br />5273675106680Military Airmen Dorm Leader – Runner up – TSgt James Colvin (60 CES)<br />Allied Air Component Command Tennis Tournament: Congratulations to Capt Greg Zielinski (21 AS), who brought home the Gold Medal as part of the team representing the United States and the Air Force in this event hosted by the Royal Netherlands Air Force in Amsterdam! <br />FROM THE TOP: <br />12065159385CSAF Discusses Change: The world has changed and the Air Force must change too, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen Norton Schwartz said 12 Oct at the National Press Club. What the United States faces today, he said, is different than anything the nation has confronted in the past. The Air Force must balance today's needs with tomorrow's challenges, he said, adding that the service must be more agile and faster than in the past. General Schwartz said the Air Force also must be more efficient. "An important strategy is to reduce overhead operating costs, create more savings and shift them directly to force structure and modernization, and to warfighting needs," he said. Read the full article here. <br />CAF CORNER: Care: CFC Campaign Continues: The Combined Federal Campaign is going strong. 3175204470We have seen great support with donations to date totaling $206,337 for hundreds of great causes. In order to reach our goal of $375,000, we will be holding a Krispy Kreme drive the morning of Monday 25 Oct. Pre-orders can be taken by your CFC POC by Wed 20 Oct, or drive-thru the Airman Family Readiness Center to pick up your yummy donuts for a suggested donation of $10 for a dozen. Travis AFB is a Community of Stars, and with your support we can help make a Brighter Tomorrow. For more information, visit the CFC Sharepoint page or see your Group POC or Capt Christine Giblin at <br />6024245146050<br />Communicate: Challenges of Reunion and Re-Integration: On Wednesday 20 Oct from 1500 to 1630 the Airmen & Family Readiness Center’s Military Family Life Consultant will present a special seminar. The workshop will cover both the positive and negative aspects of reintegration for both single and married Airmen. In addition, it will explore the effects that reintegration has on children and discuss tips on how to make the reunion successful for the entire family. Sign up at <br />FROM THE HEADLINES: 2010 Air Force Climate Survey Under Way: Total force Airmen and Department of Defense civilians have an opportunity to voice their concerns to Air Force leaders during the 2010 Air Force Climate Survey. "Maximum input is very crucial in providing valuable feedback to Air Force leaders so they may create positive changes in units," said Col. Brian Norman, the Air Force Manpower Agency commander. 12065207645The average time to complete this year's survey is around 25 minutes, and respondents may save their progress and return at a later time. Officials began sending individual e-mail invitations 8 Oct for the confidential survey that will be conducted in stages. For more information about the 2010 Air Force Climate Survey, visit the Air Force Portal.<br />'Stop. Think. Connect.' Helps Keep our Virtual Gates Secure: October is National 3175179070Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and a proclamation released by President Barack Obama said all Americans must understand their responsibility to secure cyber networks. This includes creating strong, varying passwords, proper computer disposal, phishing avoidance and more. The theme, "Stop. Think. Connect." highlights keener awareness and "provides an opportunity to learn more about the importance of cybersecurity.” As the President said in his proclamation, "Through this initiative, Americans can learn about and become more aware of risks in cyberspace, and be empowered to make choices that contribute to our overall security." Read the article here and read more about cyber security here.<br />SAFETY FOCUS: ORE Safety: As we prepare for the Operational Readiness Exercise next month, we need to remember that 317533655small things can become large problems. Focus your attention on personal protective equipment use, weapon safety and vehicle use. Think before acting and employ personal risk management during daily activities. Be sure to hydrate and rest during long duty days. Having a sense of urgency does not mean rushing to accomplish time critical tasks, it means being deliberate and focused to ensure mistake-free accomplishment of duties. Keep safety as a primary concern at all times and NEVER be afraid to call “Knock it off” if you detect a hazard or unsafe condition. And as always, practice how we play, play hard, and play SAFE!<br />Great California ShakeOut: The ShakeOut event, anticipated to be the largest earthquake drill in US 2032019050history, is intended to instill earthquake preparedness in the minds of California residents through a "Drop, Cover, Hold On!" exercise on October 21 at 10:21 a.m. The ShakeOut website contains resources to help individuals, families, and organizations prepare for the drill, assess their preparedness levels, and analyze their workplace, community or home for threats that would appear during an earthquake. You can also see the attachment to the right for more details. The event has 7 million registered participants to date, so register on the web site to become part of history and to learn how to protect yourself and your family in the event of an earthquake. If you’re on base, be prepared to participate. <br />FAMILY FOCUS: <br />-74295156210sHarvest Festival: Come to Chapel One on Sunday, 31 Oct from 1800 to 2000 for the Harvest Festival. There will be a chili cook-off, a cakewalk, caramel apples, candy, games & prizes. So bring your best chili recipe and get ready to enjoy a family-friendly fall evening. Call Tracy Dumlao at 424-4709 for more info or to enter the cook-off. See atch’d flyer for details.<br />s1206517780<br />Movie Schedule: On Halloween 31 Oct, the Theater will offer a special showing of the movie Igor at 1630 to accompany the Harvest Festival. The price is just $2.25 per person, and there will be special treats for those wearing a costume! See flyer on the right for the full Theater schedule. <br />Home-Based Business Expo: The Airman and Family Readiness center will host a Home-Based Business Expo on 1 Nov from 1200 to 1800. In addition to entrepreneurial workshops (1030-1130 and 1700-1800), representatives of home-based businesses will be on hand to provide information about starting your own business. Vendor registration is already underway. Contact Barbara Beougher at 424-2486 or see the attached flyers for additional information.<br />AAFES Announces New Logo and Web Site: The Exchange has a new name that welcomes all authorized 120657620shoppers, regardless of geographic location or branch of service. The upgrade is happening everywhere the Exchange has a presence, including shoppers’ mailboxes and computers as the website changes to and advertisements display a brand new “X‟ logo. Even though there’s a new name, customers around the world will still receive the same competitively-priced products and tax-free shopping they’ve come to expect from their Exchange benefit. See the attached newsletter for more information.<br />578294596520<br />MISSION MINUTE: <br />State-of-the-Art Facility Opens at David Grant Medical Center: A state-of-the-art cardiovascular operating room for patients with diseases of the heart, lungs and circulation is now open at DGMC. The facility has equipment that can be found in only four other hospitals in this country. At the cardiovascular operating room ribbon cutting ceremony, Dr. Brian O'Neill, director of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System, explained that the CVOR provides a whole new level of service for patients. Dr. Jerry Pratt, a colonel and the chief of cardiothoracic surgery in the 60th Surgical Operations Squadron, agreed. "This begins a new era of medical care at David Grant," he said. The first open heart surgery at DGMC was performed in the new operating room on 8 Oct; this was the first heart case in the Air Force since 2006. Read articles here and here.<br />OEF Anniversary: Deployed Tanker Pilots Discuss Supporting Afghanistan Ops: Since OEF began Oct 37465298457, 2001, Air Mobility Command total-force Airmen flying KC-135 Stratotankers and KC-10 Extenders have off loaded more than 12.2 billion pounds of fuel to aircraft for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and other worldwide military operations. Capt. Michael Jackson, a Travis-based KC-10 pilot with the 908th EARS, said having the opportunity to support the recent surge and overall operations in Afghanistan continues to be humbling. "I have friends -- Marines and Airmen -- from high school, who are on the ground currently in Afghanistan," Captain Jackson said. "I'm just glad to be a part of their support and I do it for them." Read the full article here.<br />s3175167005Base Energy Contests Continue: If October’s base-wide energy consumption is 5% less than September’s, Col Vechery will work with AMC to grant an Energy Down Day. Additionally, the Group with the greatest percentage energy decrease in October will receive a party hosted by the Wing. What are you doing to help the base meet the 5% goal and your group win the competition? Here’s another no-cost energy savings tip: turn off external computer speakers and only turn them on when in use. For more energy-saving ideas, see the attachment and the Energy Resources section of the Team Travis Energy Sharepoint page. <br />COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD:<br />Halo Reach game fans: Sign up to compete for the title “Ultimate ‘Master Chief’ ” in a Land vs Air contest between 5 Air Force & 5 Army Exchange locations. Sign-ups at the Travis AFB Exchange begin at 0900 on 1 Nov and will be limited to 64 contestants-there is no entry fee. See your Travis AFB Exchange for more details.<br /> <br />Employee Assistance Program: The Employee Assistance Program is hosting a Health and Wellness Fair on 4 Nov from 1000 to 1800. Classes and seminars focus on a healthy quality of life. See the attached flyer for more details.<br />Community Shred Event: The Airman & Family Readiness Center is hosting a shred event on 6 Nov from 1000 to 1400 in the A&FRC Parking Lot. Prevent identity theft by properly disposing of your personal documents. NOTE: This event is for personal documents only. No official documents can be shredded at this event. See the flyer for additional information.<br />Bed and Breakfasts Across the United States to Honor U.S. Military: B&Bs and Inns are providing free rooms on Wednesday, 10 Nov, in observance of Veterans Day, 11 Nov, to honor servicemen and women currently serving or who have previously served their country. The program was started in 2009 and has expanded to include over 40 states and provinces and more than 300 Inns. Click here for more information and a link to participating Inns and B&Bs.<br />s<br />FSS Events on the horizon: (also visit Travis FSS (upgraded!) or see word document to right): <br />Sierra Inn: New Expanded Operating Hours: As of 1 Oct, the Sierra Inn is open 0530-1930 Monday through Friday, 0600-1900 Saturday and Sunday. “Midnight meal” is served 7 days per week from 2300-0100. Sierra Inn is open to current eligible customers only, more changes to come! <br />Delta Breeze Club: Football Frenzy 1700-2000 every Monday night in the E-Lounge; food specials/prizes <br />Mitchell Library: Costume Ball: You are cordially invited to a Costume Ball at the Mitchell Memorial Library on 27 Oct at 1800. Come dressed as your favorite story book character! There will be carnival games, candy, fun, and prizes for all.<br />Airmen and Family Readiness Center: Single Airmen Halloween Costume Party: 29 Oct from 1800-2100 at the Airmen and Family Readiness Center. Call 424-2486 for more details. <br />Outdoor Recreation: Check us out at<br />Mountain Biking Trip: Saturday, 23 Oct, 0800-1800. Join the Outdoor Adventure Program on Mountain Biking Trip to China Camp State Park! All skill level riders welcome! This trip offers great single trail riding and magnificent panoramic views of the north San Francisco Bay area! Cost $30. Must be at least 12yrs old. Bring Sack lunch and water.<br />Intro to Surfing: Saturday, 6 Nov. Don’t let November’s Travis Air Force Base Weather scare you away! The coast air and water temp stay roughly the same year round, and the full wet suits will keep you toasty! Call Outdoor Recreation at 424-5659 for details.<br />HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS:<br /><ul><li>20 Oct 1980: Units assigned to the U.S. Air Force's Southern Air Division flew 40 tons of food, medical supplies and accessories to northwestern Nicaragua for flood victims lasting through Oct 23.
  2. 2. 19 Oct 1999: An RQ-4A Global Hawk flew a 24.8-hour mission from Edwards AFB, Calif., to Alaska. The extended-range sortie included its first mission over water and its first flight beyond the continental U.S. During the flight, the Global Hawk collected and relayed 193 ground images to ground stations.</li></ul>MENTORING MOMENT: <br />AF Officials Reinstate Captain Central Selection 339725520701206552070Board: Promotion opportunities for active-duty line of the Air Force first lieutenants competing for promotion to captain is being adjusted to 95 percent. Since the promotion opportunity to captain will be less than 100 percent, the Air Force will reinstate a captain central selection board for LAF officers. The new change will be effective with the next captain LAF promotion board, scheduled for July 2011. "It's important that our young officers understand that selection for promotion to the next higher rank is competitive, and promotions become increasingly competitive with each higher grade," said Col Julie Boit, the chief of Military Force Policy chief. Read the full article here.<br />Civilian Health Faire: The Travis AFB Employee Assistance Program is sponsoring a Civilian Health Faire in the Auditorium on the first floor of Bldg 381 on 4 Nov from 1000-1300. In addition to providing important information for the health/dental/vision Open Season, there will be free health screenings, massages, healthy snacks, and prizes. See the attached flyer for more information. <br />Civilian Personnel System Change: As part of the Air Force Single Staffing Tool implementation, effective 15 Nov 10, Travis AFB and most other AF installations will use USA Jobs ( as the exclusive tool to announce and apply for merit promotion opportunities. In order to apply for job opportunities at Travis and most other installations, current permanent Air Force civilian employees will need to develop a resume in USA Jobs and follow application procedures in each vacancy announcement. See the attachment for additional details.<br />Officials Announce New Initial Enlistment Bonuses:<br />Pentagon officials recently released the fiscal 2011 initial enlistment bonus program list. All changes went into effect Oct 1. <br />AFSCs Career field 6-yr bonus 4-yr bonus <br />1A8X1 Airborne linguist $14,000 None <br />1N3XX Crypto linguist $14,000 None <br />1C2X1 Combat controller $17,000 $3,000 <br />1T2X1 Pararescue $17,000 $3,000 <br />1C4X1 TAC-P $15,000 $3,000 <br />1T0X1 SERE$16,000 $3,000 <br />3E8X1 EOD $15,000 $3,000 <br />3P0X1 Security forces $2,000 None <br />1W0X2 Spec ops wx $5,000 $1,000 <br />For more info visit the AFPC personnel services website or call the Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102.<br />Election day less than 30 days away: We are now less than 30 days from the Federal Elections (2 Nov 2010)! If you’ve requested an absentee ballot from your local election official and haven’t yet received it, NOW is the time to submit a “Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot” (FWAB). See your unit voting assistance officer for assistance, or use the new online FWAB Wizard at Your Unit Voting Assistance Officer can also provide you with help on voter registration information and resources if you haven’t yet registered to vote. In addition, for local California residents, Crisis Look 10-07 may affect your ability to vote in the 2 Nov elections. The Travis Installation Voting Committee recommends all California residents request an absentee ballot to ensure they have an opportunity to vote, or pre-arrange your schedule with your supervisor so that you can vote on 2 November.<br />IN THE NEWS: (click each link below for the full story)<br /><ul><li>Memorial Held for Fallen Special Forces Airman
  3. 3. CSAF Discusses AF Budget Outlook
  4. 4. AF Officials Announce C-27J Basing Proposal
  5. 5. Spouse Jobs Program Set to Relaunch
  6. 6. OEF Anniversary: History Shows AMC's Critical Support as Operation Grew
  7. 7. C-17s Vital to Aeromedical Community in Pacific
  8. 8. TRICARE: Early Flu Shots Key to Prevention
  9. 9. Balad Supply Airmen Adjust to New Dawn
  10. 10. AF Wins Back-to-Back Softball Titles
  11. 11. Wounded Warrior Gets Perfect Fit
  12. 12. AF Athletes Claim Ironman Military Division
  13. 13. Airman Recovering after Crash
  14. 14. CJCS: AF Has 'Led the Way' in Energy Security
  15. 15. Basic Trainees Begin Cyber Training</li></ul>USEFUL LINKS:<br />Team Travis Blog (Travis intranet)<br />Archived CC Connection emails (Travis intranet)<br />60 AMW Sharepoint page – CC’s Call slides available under Announcements<br />Travis A&FRC<br />Travis Air Force Base Spouse Connection<br />Follow Travis online! Click the icon to connect!<br />Click the icon to connect to the site and search “tafbca”<br />Have a great week Team Travis…AIR POWER!!! Col V<br />