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Sustainer - July 2012

  1. 1. July2012 Sustainer Published in the interest of Joint Sustainment Command - Afghanistan Soldiers and their Families Transporters inspect vehicles Page 5Soldier serves to honor his father Page 7
  2. 2. Volume2 Sustainer July2012On the inside ... From the editor:Commander’s Corner Welcome to the second 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 ( inspect vehicles The 3d ESC rear detachment just had the Page 5 second monthly town hall meeting of the deployment, and it’s now summer, which means kids are out ofSchool works for the future school, and many Families go on vacation or to see Page 5 family out of town.Keeping Soldiers in the fight But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out Page 6 on the information discussed during the town hall meetings. You can check in live during the town hall233rd reduces waste to our Facebook page and see the information as it is discussed, as well as take part by posting comments Page 7 or questions.Honoring his father So, if you are out of town, or just unable to Page 7 make it to town hall meetings, we’ll see you on Face- book.Hot and heavy Page 9 Sgt. 1st Class Rob Strain Sustainer EditorMotorpool hit ground running Page 9Legal issues? No problem Page 10And 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 Contributing Writers: Sgt. Gregory Williams, Capt. Henry Breton, Capt. James Crump, Sgt. Jessica Gradney, Amy Dyer, Lt. Col. George Trawick, 1st Lt. Donny Skinner The Sustainer staff can be reached by email at, by phone: (502) 624-8523, or by mail to 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), ATTN: PAO, 1747 Old Ironsides Ave, Fort Knox, KY 40121. On the cover: Specialist Adrian Smith, a motor transport operator with the 233rd Transportation Company, inspects a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle for ammunition and explosives at the 401st Army Field Support Brigade’s Redistribution Property Assistance Team yard at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin) Page 2
  3. 3. Volume2 Sustainer July2012 Commander’s Corner - Afghanistan Joint Sustainment Command Brig. Gen. Kristin FrenchSustainer Families and friends, remind us of just how precious our citizenship is. These new Ameri- Greetings! For those of cans demonstrate that being ayou back in the United States, I citizen is not just a collection ofhope you are enjoying your sum- rights, but a set of responsibilities.mer vacations. JSC-A has had an Collectively, we are all responsibleextremely exciting June – and July for America’s success.will be just as busy! Along withour regular sustainment support, I JSC-A is now three monthswant to take the chance to men- into our deployment. We are notion one very special event where longer the “new unit” in Afghani-I had the opportunity to speak… stan – we are fully embedded intoJSC-A hosted a naturalization all logistics support. As we reviewceremony recently at Kandahar our duties and make small ad-Airfield. justments, we continue to sup- port and sustain the Warfighter. During the naturalization More importantly, we continue toceremony, 44 service members be thankful for what we have asfrom 24 different countries gained Americans.their citizenship. These youngpeople did more than just take a led them to the United States. Have a great July! I con-test and sign some required docu- tinue to be extremely proud of youments. Before they applied to be- As we celebrate our Na- and your families and everyonecome citizens, they enlisted in the tion’s independence, we are re- that supports the hard work JSC-military and made a commitment minded that for more than two A is defend the United States by self- centuries, America has been alessly serving in the Armed Forces, beacon of hope and opportunity. Sustaining the Line!and each of them had a unique Brig. Gen. Kristin K. Frenchstory to tell about the journey that These service members Sustainer 6 The Chaplain’s Command - Afghanistan Joint Sustainment Office Chaplain David VanderJagtBlooming in the Desert From heat to cold, from Our values, our hopes, the known to the unknown, from our calling, and our training are A very well know phrase is, home to foreign lands, and our strong roots that are quickly set“Bloom where you are planted.” lives change and flow like the tides deep into any soil that we find of the oceans. ourselves in. We often find ourselves inplaces or circumstances that we Never constant, never the The stronger the rootswould not choose for ourselves, if same, and never able to plant our are that we carry with us, andwe had total control of our lives. roots deeply into the soils of any the sooner we are able to “Bloom one place. where we are planted.” We volunteer to serve inthe military, and soon find our- So how do you “Bloom” Strong roots, nourishedselves in the aortic cold of Alaska, with all this constant change? We with personal honor and faith, andor on the plains of Kansas, or bloom, because we carry our roots furthered nourished by the love ofstrolling in the green hills of North with us. We don’t have to start a grateful nation sustain us as weCarolina. from nothing. sustain the line here in Afghani- stan. Then, we turn around, and When uprooted from onebefore you know it, and we are place to another. That which Chaplain VanderJagtbaking in the hot desert sands of makes us strong comes with us.Afghanistan. Page3
  4. 4. Volume2 Sustainer July2012 Command Sgt. Command - Afghanistan Joint Sustainment Maj.’s Corner Command Sgt. Maj. Karl RobertsGreetings from Kandahar Air- main focus is to promote stressfield, relief, which will be essential in maintaining a stress free environ- First, I would like to thank ment.the families and friends of the 3dSustainment Command (Expedi- We encourage Soldierstionary) for all of the support they to read, stay in touch with fam-continue to show our Soldiers as ily members, work out, and playwe complete our first 100 days in sports as stress relief Since deploying to Af-ghanistan, our Soldiers have con- Once again I would like totinued to exceed our expectations. thank our families, friends, and the Fort Knox communities for As the senior enlisted their tremendous support as weleader of the 3d ESC, one of the continue our mission as the Jointbiggest challenges our command Sustainment Command – Afghani-continues to tackle is coping with stan. We miss you and we lookcombat stress. While the dangers forward to coming home soon.our Soldiers face may be highand the missions challenging, our Sustaining the Line!command continues to battle com- CSM Karl A. Robertsbat stress. Sustainer 7 During our command’sstay at Kandahar Airfield, we have between our Soldiers through vari-actively promoted camaraderie ous activities. With this said, ourFind something that worked - or didn’t work? Let CALL knowCALL LNO to JSC-A:Lt. Col. Mike Lessons Learned NIPR website:https://call2army.milArmy Professional Forums: SIPRNET Homepage: SIPRNET OEF Current Operations: 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. Page 4
  5. 5. Volume2 Sustainer July2012Transporters inspect vehicles for munitions Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Sincetheir change of mission, Soldiers of the 233rd Trans-portation Company have been busily involved in theretrograde process. With the end of United States combat role inAfghanistan quickly approaching, the retrograde pro-cess, which involves the movement of equipment andmaterial from a deployed theater to another theaterof operations to replenish unit stocks, will be a majortopic of discussion in the near future. While the process has begun and will con-tinue until complete, there is a lot of work that goeson behind the scenes before equipment is actuallyshipped out of country. One of the processes relatedto the retrograde mission involves searching andclearing vehicles of ammunition, in which Soldiers ofthe 233rd Trans. Co. are spearheading. “What we do is insure that every vehicle isfree of ammunition and explosives,” said Sgt. JamesDixon, a motor transport operator with the 233rdTrans. Co. who’s now working as a member of themunitions abatement team. “We do a thorough checkof the vehicle and its’ hotspots to make sure it’s safeto move to its next destination.” The process to sterilize vehicles of muni- Spc. Adrian Smith, a motor transport operator with the 233rd Transpor- tation Company, inspects a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicletions is one that is both rigorous and thorough. This for ammunition and explosives at the 401st Army Field Support Brigade’sinvolves checking a vehicles exterior, interior, cargo Redistribution Property Assistance Team yard at Bagram Airfield, Afghani- stan. (Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)bed, compartments and turrets, to name a few. “Making sure vehicles are clear is important If ammunition is found, it is then consolidated because it’s a key part of safety,” said Spc. Adrianand turned in to the proper authorities, unless it is Smith of the 233rd Trans. Co. “If ammunition is leftfound to be unstable. Munitions found to be unstable in a vehicle, someone could possibly get hurt. All inmust then be properly handled by explosive ordnance all, we are all trying to make it back home, safety isdisposal. the key.”Bazaar school works to brighten future Sgt. Gregory Williams recreation staff assistant with do for them…and not just because KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Commander, Kandahar Airfield they behave well,” said Prodan.Afghanistan. -- At 11 o’ clock on headquarters barked in a louda hot Saturday afternoon, Af- voice causing erratic hands to stop Prodan said the Bazaarghan kids ran out of a school in mid-air. As the children start- School has been open for five yearsand hurried to form a line. Their ed the process of washing their at Kandahar Airfield and reachesfaces painted with dirt and cray- hands, choosing a yogurt or fruit, out to over 50 Afghan childrenon marks, the kids pushed and and taking a sample pack of cook- every time the Bazaar opens. Theshoved one another causing a mini ies, the Romanian Soldier smiled Bazaar is the marketplace whereriot. as calmness had finally set in…if customers can buy merchandise only for another minute or two. sold by local nationals and par- “Stop fighting or no one ents usually will employ their ownwill get candy later,” said Roma- “I like to help the kids be- children as merchants.nian Army Master Sgt. George cause they don’t have many thingsProdan, a morale wellness and and they deserve all the things we See SCHOOL, next page Page5
  6. 6. Volume2 Sustainer July2012SCHOOL, from previous “The parents who’re a ma-jority of the shop owners thank usbecause we take care of their kidswhile they set up,” said Prodan.“The school is important becauseit may change not only child’s viewof soldiers, but maybe the parentstoo.” Each week the Bazaarschool opens, International Se-curity Assistance Force Soldiersand officers can contact Prodan tovolunteer to work with the Afghanchildren. “In some way I think thisputs us in touch with the localpopulation and it gives the kidsan opportunity to meet people Soldiers hand out toothbrushes to Afghan children as the kids leave the Bazaar School. ISAF volun-from different countries,” said Spc. teers are given the opportunity to interact with afghan children before the Kandahar Bazaar opens for business. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams)James Gorman, an intelligenceanalyst, with the 163rd Military teers are ordered to put up their it’s noon, the children start to lineIntelligence Battalion. weapons and are encouraged to up by the exit because they know let loose their inner child once the what time it is. As each child takes Gorman said he had fun kids arrive on site. two pieces of candy, they say theirplaying soccer and interacting goodbyes to Prodan and tell himwith the children, which is a good “We’re like the Muppets, they’ll see him next week.change of scenery. “Doing this is a but with standard operating pro-good change of pace for me be- cedures,” said Prodan. “In a lot “If something like thiscause I work a 12-hour shift every of ways the boys here remind me would’ve existed twelve years ago,day, so it’s a good way to get away of my son and my wife, who’s a who knows how things might’vefrom the command for a bit.” teacher, is happy I’m doing this.” changed in Kandahar,” said Pro- dan. Who knows Indeed? All Bazaar school volun- Once word spreads that395th Ordnance Company keeps Soldiers in the fight Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin Deployed now for nearly a year, the 395th Ord. Co. provides munitions support to troops lo- BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Since cated at 9 different locations throughout Afghani-their mobilization in July of 2011, Soldiers of the stan. On a daily basis, Soldiers of the 395th Ord. Co.395th Ordnance Company have been busy keeping working at the ASP handle both the issuance andService Members serving in support of Operation shipping of ammunition through directives. BothEnduring Freedom supplied with the ammunition began with a request for ammunition, and then onceneeded to accomplish their respective missions. approved, the 395th Ord. Co. either issues or ships depending on the request. An Army Reserve unit based out of Apple-ton, Wis., the 395th Ord. Co. is responsible for issu- Another mission the 395th Ord. Co. has beening and distributing ammunition to units deployed busy with involves ammunition amnesty. During anthroughout Afghanistan. Working mainly out of Ba- amnesty day held earlier this year, the 395th Ord.gram Airfield’s ammunition supply point, the 395th Co. partnered with the Joint Munitions Command,Ord. Co. is also responsible for ensuring the base’s 401st Army Field Support Brigade, Explosive Ord-munitions is kept safe and secure. nance Disposal, 10th Sustainment Brigade , and Ba- gram Installation Safety Office to aid in the collection “As far as ammunition is concerned, noth- of more than 120, 050 ammunition and explosiveing in RC-East (Regional Command) moves unless items. Events of this type allow units to turn in am-it comes through the 395th,” said Staff Sgt. Gregory munition not recovered through the normal supplyDuzinske, a movement noncommissioned officer with channels.the 395th Ord. Co. See AMMO, next page Page6
  7. 7. Volume2 Sustainer July2012AMMO, from previous to the facility and are currently preparing for their transfer of authority with their replacements. “For example, if a Soldier finds ammunition,there are amnesty boxes located at various points on Nearing the end of their deployment, Soldiersbase to allow them to turn it in,” said Sgt. Gregory of the 395th Ord. Co. said they were proud of allPollack, an ammunition NCO with the 395th Ord. they’ve accomplished in the past year.Co. “Our Soldiers then collect these boxes and en-sure that the ammunition is disposed of properly.” “In the ammunition world there’s a saying that you can survive weeks without food, days with- While manning the ammunition supply point, out water and minutes without air, but you can’tthe 395th Ord. Co. has made many improvements survive a second without ammunition,” said Pollack. 233rd Trans. Co. Soldiers help to reduce waste at Retro-Sort yard (Left) BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Staff Sgt. Norman Morse, a motor transport operator with the 233rd Transportation Company, prepares items to be shipped out of the Retro-Sort Yard at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The Retro-Sort Yard distributes serviceable items no longer needed by units to those in need, thus reducing waste and the need by units to order them. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin) (Right)Spc. Antonio Martinez, a motor transport operator with the 233rd Transportation Company, uses rough terrain container handler to move a container of serviceable items for shipment at Bagram Airfield’s Retro-Sort Yard. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)Soldier lives dream of serving in military, honors father Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin country and honoring his late fa- volunteered for this, but he was ther. drafted.” BAGRAM AIRFIELD,Afghanistan - It’s not every day The son of a Vietnam vet- Liddle’s dream of becomingthat someone gets to live out their eran, Liddle is a 3rd generation a Soldier began during his time asdreams and goals, but for Spc. Soldier as his grandfather fought a young boy mimicking his father.John Liddle Jr., a member of the in World War II. He said that their He explained that during this822nd Movement Control Team selfless service is what led to his time, he spent countless hoursof the New York Army National wanting to join the military. playing with toy Soldiers wantingGuard, the opportunity to do so is to be just like the guys on the warnow. “I’ve always wanted movies and TV shows. to know what my father went A native New Yorker who through, and overall just thought After years of working ascalls Long Island home, the 42 that joining the military was my a welder and playing semi-pro-year old father of one is getting calling,” said Liddle. “I’m proud of fessional football for the South-the chance to do something he’s everything my father did and whatalways dreamed of, serving his our country called him to do. We See FATHER, next page Page7
  8. 8. Volume2 Sustainer July2012FATHER, from previous “We inspect every vehicle that enters our yard and checkern Tier Warriors, Liddle’s finally for ammunition and anythinggot the opportunity to fulfill his else that shouldn’t be there,” saiddream. Liddle. “We make sure our battle buddies are safe.” At 36 years old, Liddleenlisted in the National Guard as Liddle admitted that whilea motor transport operator, the he’s proud to be serving, he hit asame military occupation special- definite low point when his fatherty as his father. passed away just two weeks into his deployment. But even with his Affectionately known as circumstances, his father’s words“Lids” by teammates and friends, have stuck with him.Liddle said that his experienceswith sports helped him perse- “Not long before my fathervere while dealing with dyslexia, passed he told me to make sure Iamongst other issues that prevent- come home to him and my moth-ed him from enlisting earlier in er,” said Liddle. “He said that helife. He compares most of his life was proud of me and what I wasexperiences to football and feels doing. Those words have stuckthat his dedication is what has led with me.”to him being in his current posi-tion. Liddle said that his fu- At age 42, Spc. John Liddle Jr., a member of the ture in the Army looks bright as 822nd Movement Control Team of the New York “When I get up in the he plans to reenlist later in the Army National Guard, is living his dream of serving his country and honoring his late father,mornings, every day to me is game year and possibly reclassify as who was a Vietnam Veteran. (U.S. Army photo byday,” said Liddle. “We fight every an infantryman. He also plans to Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)day in our lives inch by inch, yard continue his career by becoming Overall, Liddle said that ev-by yard until we reach the goal an active-duty Soldier. eryone has been supportive of hisline.” dream to include his current unit. And while he feels he has He admitted that every now and After years of not being many years of football left in him, then he gets down when thinkingable to deploy, he’s finally getting he said that he may soon plan of his father, but that everyonethe opportunity as an inspector to retire while jokingly admit- rallied around him to help him getfor the 401st Army Field Support ting that many of his teammates through.Brigade’s ammunition abatement once played on a peewee team hemission. coached years ago. “I have my days that I real- ly miss my father, but my officers Even though this mission “I like to think of myself and NCO’s here encourage me,”calls for Liddle to operate mainly like the Brett Favre of the semi- said Liddle. “But I know that he’sat Bagram Airfield and not on the pro’s,” said Liddle, referring to the proud of me for all that I’ve done.”roads, he still feels as though he’s retired National Football Leaguemaking a difference in Afghani- quarterback.stan. Page8
  9. 9. Volume2 Sustainer July2012Endurance contest gets hot and heavy Capt. Henry Breton Not one to be deterred, VanderJagt exclaimed, “The match is still running, we’ve got plenty of time KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – It’s left. It’s David versus Goliath!”another routine day in the Joint Sustainment Com-mand Afghanistan J4, or logistics, office. “I told him if you raise [the bar] more, I’ll do at least 100, so I stopped at 101 so I didn’t discourage Two titans of bicep, Sgt. 1st Class Aaron anyone,” bragged Haynes as he clinched the lead.Haynes, the JSC-A food service noncommissioned of-ficer in charge, and Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David Vander- Since the 3d Sustainment Command (Expe-Jagt, the command chaplain, have been displaying ditionary) deployed in mid-April, both championstheir fortitude in a test of muscular endurance. have been training hard, besting one another again and again with Haynes recently going from 74 to 101 Since the unit arrived in Afghanistan, the bicep curls, topping the chaplain by 27 curls.competition has been heavy, with both contestantscompeting to see who could best the other in a “[Sergeant] Haynes is a big guy, while the“friendly game” of bicep curls. The favorite to win if chaplain has heart,” said Sgt. Mike Wittstock, a J4not by pure physical stature, Haynes completed 101 noncommissioned officer. “I’d say it’s a tough call!”bicep curls to VanderJagt’s 84. Motor pool Soldiers hit the ground running Capt. James Crump KANDAHAR AIRFIELD,Afghanistan – Greetings fromAfghanistan to all of our friends,family and loved ones. The 3dSustainment Command (Expedi-tionary) motor pool has been verybusy since arriving in Afghani-stan. The first part of a deploy-ment is usually filled with projectsthat establish and improve theunit’s footprint and living condi-tions. Your Soldiers have mademany positive changes to their liv-ing quarters, their work areas andthemselves. Not long after we arrivedhere we started training. Therewere several courses required tobring the motor pool up to speed.Since arriving, two Soldiers have The Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d ESC, motor pool section. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. James Crump)attended the Standard ArmyMaintenance System training. pretty amazing things both on- areas and help establish the unit’sThey now manage parts, supplies and off-road. Along with driving footprint here in Afghanistan.and work order contracts for the the M-ATV, four Soldiers attendedwhole command. the Field Level Maintenance Erecting sunshades, build- course, learning the new vehicles ing clearing barrels, and bringing Four more Soldiers attend- inside and out. All of this training new mattresses and wall lock-ed the Mine Resistant Ambush has been conducted in addition to ers to the living quarters are justProtected All Terrain Vehicle (M- the many other things that motor some of the things your SoldiersATV) driver’s course. Your Soldiers pool Soldiers do every day. have done since arriving here.are the only personnel in the com-mand currently qualified on the In addition to training, They have also assisted innewest version of the MRAP, and the motor pool has done a lot to conducting many inventories boththey can make that truck do some improve the command’s work See HHC, next page Page 9
  10. 10. Volume2 Sustainer July2012HHC, from previous many tasks your Soldiers do every selves with weight loss goals, fit- day. ness routines and furthering theirhere on Kandahar and at other college education at the Kandaharsites throughout our area of opera- Motor pool Soldiers are Education Center.tion. Your Soldiers recently assist- busy everyday and we don’t expected the arms room with inspecting the tempo to slow down any time Your Soldiers are makingand inventorying ammunition and soon. There is always more train- great things happen for the 3dmagazines and replacing anything ing or another mission coming up. ESC, our subordinate units andthat was found unserviceable. themselves. In the midst of all of this, These are just a few of the your Soldiers are improving them- Sustaining the Line!Legal Issues? No Problem! Sgt. Jessica Gradney KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Whiledeployed, Soldiers often encounter legal problemsback home or in theater. Luckily for them, the Army has established le-gal assistance offices in their deployed environmentsto help assist and address Soldiers’ legal needs. All 3d Sustainment Command (Expedition-ary) Soldiers can obtain legal assistance from theKandahar Legal Assistance Office, which provides le-gal services throughout Regional Command – Southand Regional Command - West. such as contracts and leases, and will prepare wills, Services are provided to Soldiers, Department living wills, health care power of attorneys, and otherof the Army and Department of Defense civilians, legal documents.retired military, military dependents, and contractors(if their contract makes them eligible for services). Most importantly, attorneys will help Soldiers draft financial liability investigations of property loss Legal assistance attorneys provide advice on and general officer memorandum of reprimand rebut-most personal legal matters to include family law (di- tals.vorce, separation, custody), consumer protection law,landlord-tenant issues, and economic matters (debts, In addition to these services, the Legal As-tax, bankruptcy) to name a few. sistance Office will also provide notaries and special power of attorneys. Attorneys will also review legal documents, Although legal assistance attorneys will pro- vide legal advice to their clients, they are not autho- rized to appear with you as your attorney of record in any court proceeding or draft any legal documents that will be filed with a court. All services of the Legal Assistance Office are provided free of charge. Legal services are provided on a walk-in, first come-first served basis. Appointments are not neces- sary. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday – Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The office is located in building 245 on Chi- nook Road, which is directly across the street fromThe 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) legal assistance team,from left to right: Staff Sgt. Matthew Sullivan, Sgt. Marshall Stevens, Sgt. the KFC and German PX on the boardwalk. If youJessica Gradney, Capt. Patrick Barrett. (Courtesy photo) have any questions please call (813) 841-1163. 10 Page
  11. 11. Volume2 Sustainer July2012Supporting Our Troops: HRC supports the 3d ESC Amy Dyer and Lt. Col. George Trawick began supporting the 3d ESC in earnest, helping with the Pre- FORT KNOX, Ky. - For deployment Fair and other FRGseveral months now, the Human activities.Resouces Command’s ProjectManagement Division has been Trawick, now with Infor-supporting an effort to send care mation Assurance, recruited Staffpackages to deployed soldiers in Sgt. Mirta Cabrera to help get theIraq and Afghanistan. word out to the rest of PERSINSD. The effort started in No- Volunteers from all overvember 2010, when Lt. Col. George PERSINSD supported the depar-Trawick wanted to find a method Care packages for the 3d ESC (Courtesy photo) ture of the 3d ESC ADVON andto connect the members of the meeting with the 3rd Sustainment Main Body with snacks, drinks,Project Management Office with Command, Expeditionary (3d and volunteers to help setup,their customer, the Soldier. ESC) Rear Detachment Command- serve, and clean up. er, Lt. Col. Robin Higgins, and the With the holidays ap- 3d ESC Family Readiness Group The FRG Leader could notproaching, PMO sent Christmas leader, Karla Schuster. From that thank us enough, saying our ef-care packages to deployed Soldiers meeting, a new sponsorship pro- forts allowed the FRG team time toin Iraq and continued to send gram was born. say goodbye to their own Soldiersmore care packages on major holi- and to provide support the otherdays until that unit returned in But, the 3d ESC would families as they deployed.mid-November 2011. not be deploying until April 2012. PMD would not sit idle for that The support effort con- But PMD was not satisfied long. tinues today. In May, PERSINSDwith that - they wanted to do more mailed over 100 pounds of cof-for the Soldiers. So the team searched and fee to the 3d ESC Soldiers. Also, found the 2nd Battalion, 5th In- volunteers donated snacks, drinks So, in October 2011, PMD fantry “Bobcats”, out of Fort Bliss, and time for the FRG Mother’s Dayreached out to a local unit prepar- Texas, and quickly organized and Movie Night for the Soldiers’ wivesing to deploy. shipped eight boxes of goodies at and children here at Fort Knox. Christmas, and several more box- Amy Dyer, Kem Greenwell, es for Valentine’s Day and Easter. PERSINSD will send careand Jenny Murphy in HRC Sup- packages to the deployed Soldiersport Systems led the way to build- PMD employees got their until they return. The next pack-ing a true sponsorship program. children involved, too. Several ages to the 3d ESC will have a local youth groups helped fill the patriotic theme for Independence Trawick found a local unit care packages with letters, cards, Day, and the soldiers have re-that could be supported from the popcorn, and other goodies. quested chips, since they can onlytime of deployment until they get Pringles in their store.returned. The four of them held a In February 2012, PMD3d ESC surgeon cell partners up to support Wounded Warriors 1st Lt. Donny Skinner On Saturday, June 9, Soldiers from the 3d ESC helped organize the first card night for the KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – The wounded warriors.Joint Sustainment Command – Afghanistan haspartnered with the Kandahar Warrior Recovery Cen- Sgt. 1st Class Summer Pressley and Staff Sgt.ter to lend its support to our war fighters. Hector Lugo from the knowledge management office set up the games and provided friendly competition Led by a determined effort from Sgt. 1st Class for the Soldiers.Mi Pak and the JSC-A surgeon’s office, a total of 17volunteers have donated more than 40 hours volun- They, among others, have made it a point toteering to help Soldiers who are recuperating from visit the WRC during their personal time as a showinjuries sustained in support of Operation Endur- of solidarity and concern for their fellow servicemening Freedom. Activities have included morale visits, and set-up, fly fishing classes and facilitybeautification. See WRC, next page Page11
  12. 12. Volume2 Sustainer July2012WRC, from previous The WRC at Kandahar is a joint, multidisci-plinary center that provides Soldiers with a programof coordinated medical management and rehabilita-tion. The WRC is currently comprised of five clinicscovering specialty care in physical therapy, occupa-tional therapy, traumatic brain injury, combat opera-tional stress control and general medicine. Their mission is to provide outstandinghealthcare to aid our Soldiers in the transition backto their units. The WRC has proven to be a valuable theater One of the Warrior Recovery Center clinic areas on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (Courtesy photo)resource for both Soldiers and Commanders.One text or call could wreck it all JSC-A Safety Office WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING? KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Af- Distracted driving is anyghanistan – Distracted driving is a activity that could divert a per-dangerous epidemic on America’s son’s attention away from theroadways. primary task of driving. In 2010, 3092 people were All distractions endangerkilled in crashes involving a dis- driver, passenger, and bystandertracted driver and an estimated safety. These types of distractionsadditional 416,000 were injured in include:motor vehicle crashes involving a Because text messaging re-distracted driver. •Texting quires visual, manual, and cogni- •Using a cell phone or Smartphone tive attention from the driver, it is 18% of injury crashes in by far the most alarming distrac-2010 were reported as distraction- •Eating and drinking tion.affected crashes. 11% of all driv-ers under the age of 20 involved KENTUCKY LAWS •Talking to passengersin fatal crashes were reported asdistracted at the time of the crash. •Grooming •Ban on all cell phone use (hand- held and hands-free) for bus driv- This age group has the •Reading, including maps ers (Primary law)largest proportion of drivers whowere distracted. 40% of all Ameri- •Using a navigation system •Ban on all cell phone use (hand-can teens say they have been in held and hands-free) for novicea car when the driver used a cell •Watching a video drivers (Primary law)phone in a way that put people indanger. •Adjusting a radio, CD player, or •Ban on texting for all drivers (Pri- MP3 player mary law) •Preemption Law prohibits locali- ties from enacting distracted driv- ing bans If you want to know the state laws involving distracted driving and cell phone use, go to content/get-the-facts/state-laws. html#top. Page 12
  13. 13. Volume2 Sustainer July2012 Life in the JSC-A: Photos from Facebook 13 Page