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Falcon Flyer, December 2012

  1. 1. the F Volume 1, Issue 2 alcon lyer “Marne Air!” December 1, 2012 Falcon Games, FITNESS FRENZY U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Scott Tant 3rd CAB Soldiers Compete in Functional Fitness Challenge by Capt. Chad Ashe, 3rd CAB Public Affairs tained a challenge, but the were just as much a mental HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, when preparing for deploy- team events tested the ability challenge as they were a Ga. — The 3rd Combat Avia- ment, and physical fitness of the task performer while physical challenge. You have tion Brigade held the Falcon assists when dealing with encouraging team unity. to keep the idea of quitting out Games on the Hunter Army stressful situations — before “This is about being physi- of your mind in spite of the Airfield flight line Nov. 8 to and during combat. cally fit, but also designed to physical discomfort. My team display espirit de corps andThe event — which encour- make you think as a team and was relying on me to perform, raise resiliency as it relates to aged and recognized excel- push each other through the just like they will when we are physical fitness. lence in physical fitness in a event,” said Col. Allan Pepin, deployed.” Resiliency is a known factor friendly competition — ex- commander of 3rd CAB. After the games, Col. Pepin INSIDE hibited constantly varied, high-intensity Major Bryan Donohue is the operations officer from 3rd thanked 3rd CAB Soldiers for their efforts leading to the functional movement. CAB, and was a part of the first upcoming deployment. The functional fitness place team from Headquarters “I thank you for everythingPilots Recognized . . . . . . . 2 exercises ranged and Headquarters Compa- you’ve done up to this point.Chaplain’s Corner . . . . . . 3-4 from various Soldier ny, 3rd CAB. He agrees with It’s been a great few months, carries, to weight commander and said that his it’s been a great two years. IUSAACE CG Visit . . . . . . . . . 4 ‘thrusters’, to a dead participation was counted on appreciate what you do and lift relay. by his teammates. continue to do every single All exercises con- “The Falcon Games’ events day,” said Col. Pepin. •
  2. 2. The Falcon Flyer December 1, 2012Helicopter Pilots Recognized for Combat Flying Timeby Capt. Chad Ashe, 3rd CAB Public Affairs service,” said Simmons. “We’re and equates to over 112,000 com-HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, and acoustic signatures, accord- proud to provide this product bat flight hours. It’s an amazingGa. — The Military Business ing to Bell’s website. that the Army can deploy in the feat that takes the entire unit toDevelopment Manager for Bell The Pipe-Tomahawk unit and nation’s service.” accomplish. From the aircraftHelicopters presented unit and individual awards recognized Simmons said the awards’ mechanics to the Soldiers onindividual awards to pilots from and expressed gratitude for iconography was inspired by the refueling points, the pilots3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Kiowa Warrior pilots and their interactions between the Euro- couldn’t fly without the supportRegiment, 3rd Combat Aviation parent units who have flown pean settlers of colonial Amer- from the squadron.Brigade at Hunter Army Airfield the aircraft for more than 1,000 ica and their Native American The commander of the unit, Lt.Nov. 7 on the HAAF flight line. hours in combat, said Mike counterparts. The pipe, a symbol Col. Michael Demirjian said that Bell manufactures the OH-58D  Simmons, military business of peace and leadership, was his unit is fortunate to have anKiowa Warrior used by 3-17 development manager with Bell shared among the participants incredible aircraft to fly. “BellCAV for its capabilities such Helicopter. of an exchange. The tomahawk provides our pilots a productas long-range day and night “It’s a way that we can come symbolizes the martial power of and we appreciate the com-target acquisition, multipurpose back to our most valued custom- the helicopter. pany’s efforts to recognize allquick-change kits, and multiple er and just in a very meaningful The unit award transcends Kiowa Warrior Squadrons,” saidarmaments with low infrared way say thank you for your three different combat periods Demirjian. • Lt. Col. Michael Demirjian, far right, commander of the 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Avia- tion Brigade, and Command Sgt. Maj. James Hall, far left, command sergeant major of the 3-17 CAV, accept the Pipe-Tomahawk Award from Mike Simmons, center-right, military business develop- ment manager from Bell Helicopter, and Lt. Col. Kirk McCauley, product director with Armed Scout Fielded Systems, during a ceremony Nov. 7 at the Hunter Army Airfield flight line. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Chad Ashe) The Falcon Flyer The Falcon Flyer is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Army. Contents of The Falcon Flyer are not necessarily official views of, or endorsed by the U.S. Government, Department of the Army or Task Force Falcon the 3rd Infantry Division. Everything advertised in this publication Commander - Col. Allan M. Pepin shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard Command Sergeant Major - Command Sgt. Maj. James Snyder to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical Chief Warrant Officer of the Brigade - Chief Warrant Officer 5 handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of the Randy Godfrey purchaser, user, or patron. All editorial content of The Falcon Flyer is prepared, edited, provided and approved by the Task Force Falcon Public Affairs Office. Task Force Falcon Public Affairs TF Falcon PAO - Capt. Chad Ashe Do you have a story to share? The Falcon Flyer welcomes submissions TF Falcon PA NCOIC, Falcon Flyer Editor - Sgt. Luke Rollins from readers. Send to the Task Force Falcon PAO at pao3cab@hotmail. com. The Falcon Flyer reserves the right to edit all submissions. For further information on deadlines, questions or comments, email Task Force Falcon Public Affairs. 2
  3. 3. The Falcon Flyer December 1, 2012Chaplain’s er mental health themselves when they arrive issues can rob us of home to unwind and to switch inner peace and of gears before being bombarded Corner a strong inner self. by the family. Physical exer- with Maj. Tammie Crews, Depression in the cise, meditation, prayer, doing workplace has an hobbies, and so forth are all ways 3rd CAB Chaplain estimated annual to relieve stress. Stress out ofS uicide prevention and resil-iency are two sides of the same flexible attitude that can project price tag of $44 billion. This does a serendipitous capacity to look not begin to take into account for the best even in the worst the impact on the individual or control is costly to us as individ- uals and to our families. Stress affects the work environment.coin. Resiliency is the ability situations. The ability to look their families. Resilient individ- Stress related issues such asof an individual to bounce back for the best is a key factor that uals and resilient organizations absenteeism, turnover, short andfrom the ups and downs of life. carries resilient people through constantly seek and find posi- long-term disability payments,Building resiliency is sometimes hard times. tive, creative ways to build inner medical costs, and work placereferred to as building human The second is developing a strength and healthy organiza- accidents cost US companies ancapacity or strengthening life strong inner self. A person with tional strength. estimated $300 billion per year.skills. Resiliency is about devel- a strong inner self is not one who The third is overcoming the Resiliency is that capacity to dealoping skills in life that assist us is an egotist, but a person who daily effects of stress. Especial- with the daily stress of life in awith the life-long quest to dis- has a strong ego capacity char- ly as economic factors become manner which builds rather thancover what it means to be fully acterized by healthy self-esteem, more critical, we are called upon diminishes our human capacity.human. Resiliency is the pres- The fourth is striking a bal-ence of hope in spite of whatever ance between work and play.we might be called upon to face Resilient people enjoy life byin life. What are some resiliency making the intentional choice toskills that assist us? Some of participate in life to the full-those skills include fostering a est. On the days when we dosense of optimism, developing not feel like working, we do ita strong inner self, overcoming anyway, but duty is not the sumthe daily effects of stress, strik- total of life for the person whoing a balance between work and has learned resiliency. To haveplay, and building on the tradi- fun is just as important as totions and stories of our families. work. We all need things to look The first is fostering a sense of forward to in life. We all knowoptimism. There is something the old saying, “All work and noabout attitude that is contagious. play makes for a dull boy.” TheWe tend to shy away from those balance of responsibility andwho go through life with a bad freedom, of work and play, keepsattitude; they have that ten- us fresh and alive. We shoulddency to quickly wear everyone self-confidence, and a positive to do more with less at work experience each day both a sensedown around them and to cause self concept. In other words, to and at home. Those who have of accomplishment and of joyus to shy away from them before have a strong inner self means children know the stress that and so gain new energy for life.we too adopt the same dreary that we know who we are, and can occur when the children The renewed energy for life is aoutlook. On the other hand, we are comfortable living in “our want more than we are able to booster shot of resiliency whenwe all like to be around those own skin.” We are at peace and give and they cannot understand life is becomes a struggle.who are positive about life – not at odds with our inner selves why they are told “No.” Life is The fifth is building on theyou know, those who have the regardless of what is going on naturally stressful, but as we traditions and stories of ourability to see the glass as half full around us. A strong inner self learn the lessons of resiliency we families. Another old adageinstead of half empty. Genuinely is necessary for maintaining learn how to manage stress so states, “A burden shared is apositive people are not exempt both spiritual and emotional that stress does not manage us. burden halved.” Families andfrom problems nor do they live health. Spirituality above all As difficult as it may seem at the those who are like family toin denial. They choose to take other aspects of life gives us the time, we learn how to say “No” us give us a sense of belongingan optimistic outlook on life. capacity for inner peace. Prayer, and set boundaries. The other and a safe place to share ourA resilient attitude is one of in the deepest sense, persistently side of overcoming stress is to problems so that the burdenshopeful expectations for positive guides us to the source of our practice unwinding from stress. indeed are halved, Since I haveresults. However, if the results inner strength. When emotional Some people unwind as they been at Tobyhanna, I continueare not quite what was expected, health begins to fail, clinical de- drive home from work. Others, to be amazed by the strength ofthe resilient individual displays a pression, clinical stress, and oth- need that little bit of time to See CHAP, Pg. 4
  4. 4. The Falcon Flyer December 1, 2012CHAP, cont’d from pg. 4so many of our families bound learned and who continue to USAACE CG Visits 3rd CAB by Capt. Chad Ashe, 3rd CAB Public Affairstogether by a deep sense of her- learn the lessons of resiliencyitage and religion. My grand- have a far greater capacity forparents seemed to know a great taking care of others. They aredeal of what resiliency was able to maintain motivation,about without ever knowing control stress, and enjoy whatthe word. They were southern they do. Resiliency gives ussharecroppers – not an easy the capacity to bounce back, tolife to be sure – but a life rich maintain hope that regardlessin resiliency in all the seasons of the situation there is still a U.S. Army photo by Capt. Chad Asheof life. My fondest memories of deep hope that keeps us alive. HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. ented” leadership philosophy,my grandparents were to listen To a large extent suicide is the -- Major General Kevin Mang- Maj. Gen. Mangum said, whichto them tell the family stories. loss of hope and the capacity for um, commanding general of keeps the focus on Soldiers. AThe accounts were sometimes hope; it is the loss of resiliency. United States Army Aviation self-proclaimed Boston Red Soxfunny stories, sometimes sad It is a resignation to an ethos of Center of Excellence, visited fan, Maj. Gen. Mangum said hestories, sometimes stories of hopelessness that penetrates leaders from the 3rd Combat was unashamed to admit thestruggle, and sometimes stories the entire being of a person so Aviation Brigade, Nov. 28, at inspiration for this “humble ser-of simple daily living. The com- that they cannot see that prob- Hunter Army Airfield, deliver- vant” leadership style was nonemon thread that ran through lems at their longest are short. ing words of encouragement as other than New York Yankeesall the stories was a sense of The inner self collapses and the unit readies to deploy. manager Joe Girardi.belonging, strength, acceptance, the ability to face life no longer The 3rd CAB is scheduled to Colonel Allan Pepin, com-survival, and overcoming – the exists. We can do our best to deploy to Afghanistan before mander of 3rd CAB, who servedmeat and potatoes of resilien- prevent suicide, but we cannot the end of the year, marking the with the commanding generalcy. Our families are one of our prevent all suicides. Building sixth time the Falcon brigade before on previous assignments,greatest resource in building resiliency, however, goes a long has deployed since 2001. thanked him for visiting hisresiliency. They are the first way toward the prevention of The commanding general gave Soldiers and imparting his lead-ones who teach us about coping conditions that might otherwise awards to four 3rd CAB Soldiers. ership experience.endurance, connection and sur- lead to suicide. Major General Mangum then Major General Mangum, invival by example and through spoke on the three verses of turn, thanked the deployingthe family stories. They are a leadership as they related to 3rd CAB Soldiers, underliningtestimony to us that problems illustrations he applied to his the role of selfless service inare not permanent fixtures and own career. He also mentioned effective leadership and as athat more importantly, we are the importance of being a team governing life principle.connected and loved. In this player. The purpose of aviation “The most precious gift thatway, they pass on to us an heri- operations is supporting the we can give somebody elsetage of resiliency. ground commander in combat, is the gift of selfless service. Both individuals, families, Maj. Gen. Mangum said. You’re doing that,” Maj. Gen.and organizations who have This breeds an “other-ori- Mangum said. Marne Air Social Media To read more stories and see the photos that go with them, as well as some videos, check out the links be- low. Read and share what you see and pass along the Soldiers’ stories. www.facebook.com/3rdCAB www.twitter.com/3rdCAB www.flickr.com/3rdCAB