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  1. 1. JOINT STAFF, GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE A Newsletter Production of the J-9 Joint and Family Services DirectorateSpecial points of Volume 3, Issue 14 November 30, 2012interest: THE APPROACH- ING STORM PEARL HARBOR AGRESSION AND ship USS Arizona and landed in her FEAR: THE ROAD TO forward ammunition magazine. The ship MEMORIES exploded and sank with more than 1,000 WAR men trapped inside. Next, torpedoes FOUNDING FA- pierced the shell of the battleship USS Oklahoma. With 400 sailors aboard, the THERS SERIES Oklahoma lost her balance, rolled onto her side and slipped underwater. By the WINTER STORMS time the attack was over, every battle- ship in Pearl Harbor–USS Arizona, USS sion, the American people in their Oklahoma, USS California, USS West righteous might will win through to DOD INNOVA- Virginia, USS Utah, USS Maryland, USS absolute victory. I believe I interpret TIONS Pennsylvania, USS Tennessee and USS the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not Nevada–had sustained significant dam- By 1937 the U.S. and her allies were age. (All but USS Arizona and USS Utah only defend ourselves to the utter- becoming increasingly disenfranchised with were eventually salvaged and repaired.) most, but will make very certain that the Imperial Government of Japan. Japa- In all, the Japanese attack on Pearl Har- this form of treachery shall never nese treatment of China was at an all time bor crippled or destroyed 18 American endanger us again.” After the Pearl low. Lands from the Indian Sea to the coast ships and nearly 300 airplanes. Dry Harbor attack, and for the first time of Alaska were feeling the fear and tension docks and airfields were likewise de- after years of discussion and debate, created by the aggression of Japan. Dec- stroyed. Most important, almost 2,500 the American people were united in ades of useless negotiations, petty conflicts men were killed and another 1,000 were their determination to go to war. TheInside this issue: and maritime losses in the region were wounded. Japanese had wanted to goad the taking their toll. The Japanese-Chinese war But the Japanese had failed to cripple the United States into an agreement to lift began in earnest in 1937 with the advent of Pacific Fleet. By the 1940s, battleships the economic sanctions against them;THE APPROACH- 1 the “Nanking Massacre.” were no longer the most important instead, they had pushed their adver-ING STORM The U.S. was experiencing an upsurge in naval vessel: Aircraft carriers were, and sary into a global conflict that ulti- patriotism with the upsurge in new economic as it happened, all of the Pacific Fleet’s mately resulted in Japan’s first occupa- growth. The expanding war in Europe, lead carriers were away from the base on tion by a foreign power. by Germany’s Nazi party, seemed reminis- December 7. (Some had returned to the On December 8, Congress approvedPEARL HARBOR 2-4 cent of the previous World War to some. In mainland and others were delivering Roosevelt’s declaration of war. Three 1940, the U.S. placed a trade embargo planes to troops on Midway and Wake days later, Japanese allies Germany and against Japan for its mis-treatment of the Islands.) Moreover, the Pearl Harbor Italy declared war against the UnitedMEMORIES 4 Chinese and its poor management of its assault had left the base’s most vital States. For the second time, Congress holdings in the region. onshore facilities–oil storage depots, reciprocated. More than two years The time was ripe for global war. repair shops, shipyards and submarine after the start of the conflict, the docks–intact. As a result, the U.S. Navy United States had entered World War The following is an excerpt from the website: was able to rebound relatively quickly II.FOUNDING FA- 4 from the attack.THERS: PAT- Pearl HarborRICK HENRY "A Date Which Will Live in In- Awakens the famy" "Sleeping Giant" The Japanese plan was simple: Destroy “Yesterday,” Presi- the Pacific Fleet. That way, the Ameri- dent Roosevelt saidDOD INNOVA- 5-6 cans would not be able to fight back as on December 8,TIONS Japan’s armed forces spread across the “the United States South Pacific. On December 7, after of America was months of planning and practice, the suddenly and delib- Japanese launched their attack. erately attacked.”WINTER 5 At about 8 a.m., Japanese planes filled He went on to say,STORMS the sky over Pearl Harbor. Bombs and “No matter now bullets rained onto the vessels moored long it may take us below. At 8:10, a 1,800-pound bomb to overcome this smashed through the deck of the battle- premeditated inva-
  2. 2. Page 2From,0,2764406.storyPearl Harbor Part 2: The height of the attack70 Years From Infamy: Hampton Roads remembersBy Hugh Lessig, | 247- here I try to write a story of the happenings of Reaching the shore, he was directed to a mess7821 The Attack when I know I cant write. hall where the tables held wounded men. ThePart two of four. 19-year-old Ohio farm boy got his first taste of "Heres a dive bomber" war.Growing up in Allentown, Pa., Bill Muehleibwould visit his grandmothers house and listen Bill Temple, stationed well inland at Wheeler "Some of them had been burned, and there wasto Hawaiian music on the Victrola. A curious Field, probably wished the battle had been far- just flesh hanging off them," he said. "Youvekid by nature, he always wanted to visit the ther away. never seen nothing like that. Id seen a guy cutislands. his thumb once, and that was the limit of what Japanese planes targeted Wheeler in a furious Id seen before that. You can imagine. Im aHe got his wish when he arrived in Hawaii in bid to destroy sitting American aircraft before country boy here that maybe sees a guy get hisNovember 1940 as a member of the Army they could take off. Tech Sgt. Temple, a member foot cut on a bottle or something."Air Corps. A little more than one year later, of the Army Air Corps, had witnessed the firsthe watched from Hickam Field as Japanese rush of the attack and gone to fetch ammunition. One confirmed killaircraft unleashed a lethal fury of bombs and But had grabbed .45-caliber rounds. He neededtorpedoes on Pearl Harbor. ordnance capable of bringing down aircraft. On the USS Phelps, ships cook Frank Chebetar of Virginia Beach was at the controls of a four-As the attack escalated, Muehleib found him- As the attack intensified, he began a return trip barreled anti-aircraft gun that he operated withself away from the flight line and with a good to the same hangar. a foot pedal. As members of the gun crew fedview of the action. Enemy aircraft flew over, in rounds, Chebetar took aim at incoming Japa-and he could see the bombs drop. He could "I didnt want to run down the street again be- nese fighters and bombers as the ship got un-see the impact. cause I knew they were shooting past me," said der way. He saw the USS Utah, an old training Temple, now 92 and a resident of Virginia Beach. battleship. It had capsized.Strangely, Hawaii seemed like a far-off place all "I didnt get hit, but I didnt want to take thatover again. chance again." "The men were crawling over the side like ants," he said. "And they were still strafing"It was a rather disorganized experience," said He decided to run behind a row of buildings everybody, even the men in the water."Muehleib, now 89 and living in Virginia Beach. where workers had begun to dig foundations for"You actually felt like you were watching new structures. He figured to hide in the founda- Fighting through his fear, Chebetar and his gunsomething that was happening somewhere tions and gradually work his way to the hangar. crew kept pounding away at low-flying Japaneseelse." As he began his trek, he noticed two men com- planes. He shot down one plane, but he wasnt ing toward him. celebrating."It just cant be true" "One had on a white jacket," Temple said. "The "I was so scared that I even cried," he said.Betty Campen, a civilian government worker, next thing I know, heres a dive bomber. I saw "Thats how bad it was."lived near Waikiki, some miles away from the him release his bomb and you could tell rightattack. Glued to the radio for news, she re- when he released the bomb where it was going Radio and typewritercorded events in her diary as they occurred. to hit. And sure enough, it hit those two guys. The next thing I know that white shirt was way If Pearl Harbor happened today, civilians would“I hear a call for a number of doctors being up in the air." turn to their smart phones and dash off theircalled to the Tripler General Hospital. It must thoughts. As the attack intensified, Bettybe there really was damage done. It just cant Dove into the water Campen was doing a fairly good imitation withbe that this is all happening. It just cant be a clunky typewriter. Listening to a short-wavetrue and yet, when you hear these things over Russell Argabrite was trapped below decks on radio, she was tweeting without being able tothe radio and see the deserted streets, well, it the battleship USS California. A spring-loaded hit send:really begins to sink in. This call for the doc- hatch blocked his way and above him came thetors, really sounds bad.” sound of men yelling "Abandon ship!" Years No more lulls, heres some more. Flash! Keep later, he recalled the moment with a chuckle. all fire engines going. Another flash: 3 enemyA young woman with a sense of adventure, planes and 4 Jap transports sighted off BarberCampen had moved to Hawaii from Oregon. "Of course," he said, "there wasnt nowhere to Point. The enemy is coming in toward the PointShe clearly thought women could hold their go." -- 90 miles off coast . . . Im rather confusedown in the 1940s, an attitude destined to with these Japs hitting all these different placesbecome more fashionable as men moved to Then someone opened the hatch. A moment but Ill try to make it more systematic.the battlefield and women moved to the later, he dove over the side of the ship, stillworkplace. wearing his shoes, and swam toward Ford Island Later, she paused to reflect. through a sea of black fuel oil.Now they change one of their former state- Yes, I mustnt forget. We heard this morningments that civilian employees of Pearl Harbor "I think it took me a month to get it out of the around 12 that Japan had declared war on us.are now permitted to report to Pearl Harbor roots of my hair," he said. "Its really gooey and So I guess were in it now. After they hit they-- except women. Darn, why cant they let the its really uncomfortable, and slick. You cant declare war, nice of them, and they haventwomen (in) on a little excitement, instead of stand up. You got over there, and its on the even declared war on China yet. Oh well, theymaking us just sit here and wonder what its soles of your shoes and you can hardly stand have to treat U.S. with respect.all about. I cant even take any exciting movie up."shots. My chance to make myself famous and CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
  3. 3. Page 3 By CW2 Jennifer Long November is Alzheimer’s foods in your diet such CO, A Co, 4/1, GSDF Awareness Month. There are as fish and fresh fruits 5.4 million Americans living and vegetables.“Yesterday, December 7, I can remember a coffee mug with Alzheimer’s disease.  Engage in activities that1941—a date which will live my grandparents had that This means 1 out of 8 older challenge your mind,in infamy—the United States read, “Let me tell you about Americans has it. Alzheimers such as crosswordof America was suddenly and my grandchildren.” To switch disease is the sixth-leading puzzles and strategydeliberately attacked by it around just a bit, let me tell cause of death in the United gamesnaval and air forces of the you about my grandmother: States and the only cause of  Exercise regularlyEmpire of Japan… No matter death among the top 10 inhow long it may take us to Granny celebrated her 85th the United States that cannot My mother has been theovercome this premeditated birthday on Veterans Day. In be prevented, cured or even primary caregiver for myinvasion, the American these 85 years she has seen slowed. It was first described grandparents since last yearpeople will through their and done so many things that in 1906 by Dr. Alois Alz- when they were no longerrighteous might win through most of us only read about. heimer as a “peculiar disease” able to live alone. It hasto absolute victory… With She can recall Orson Wells’ in which the patient became been an emotional rollerconfidence in our armed famous “War of the Worlds” progressively more confused, coaster for her. There areforces-with the unbounded broadcast, and the people suspicious, and had difficulty tips that are suggestions anddetermination of our people- panicking in the streets out- with everyday motor skills. resources for those caringwe will gain the inevitable side her home in 1938. She Since then many famous peo- for loved ones with the dis-triumph-so help us God. I, remembers Pearl Harbor, and ple have been diagnosed with wedding her handsome Sol- ease.therefore, ask that the the disease including former  Try not to take theCongress declare that since dier secretly 67 years ago so President Ronald Reagan, behaviors personally.the dastardly and unprovoked she would be allowed to boxer Sugar Ray Robinson,  Remain patient andattack by Japan on Sunday, complete her senior year of actress Rita Hayworth, singer calm.December seventh, a state of high school. She remembers Glen Campbell, and civil V-mail and USO dances dur-  Don’t argue.war has existed between the rights icon Rosa Parks. ing WWII. She remembers  Know that pain andUnited States and the the births of her two chil- illness, such as urinaryJapanese Empire.” There are a number of treat- dren, three grandchildren, tract infections, can- Franklin D. Roosevelt on able conditions that mimic and six great-grandsons. She dementia or the beginning make things worse.Dec. 8, 1941, asking is still funny, witty, and has a  Don’t be afraid to getCongress to declare war on stages of Alzheimer’s disease.Japan capacity to love like no other. These include side effects help. from some medications, de-"A military man can scarcely Granny struggles to remem- Read more: http:// pression, vitamin B-12 defi-pride himself on having ber some ordinary things. ciency, thyroid disease, meta- dementia-stages-smitten a sleeping enemy; it Some days she cannot quite bolic and organ system disor- behaviors.asp#ixzz2Ck3blbgAis more a matter of shame, remember which end of a ders, and alcohol abuse.simply, for the one smitten. I fork to use. She will ask you While there is not yet a cure,would rather you made your the same question or tell the there are things you can doappraisal after seeing what same story over and over, or to improve your overallthe enemy does, since it is will search for the right health and reduce your riskcertain that, angered and words. Putting on a jacket of Alzheimer’s disease, asoutraged, he will soon launch always requires help. She can well as diabetes, heart dis-a determined counterattack." only get in a car on the pas- ease, and stroke.- The Reluctant Admiral by senger side because she can-  Don’t smoke. If youHiroyuki Agawa (from a reply not change the process in her are already a smoker,by Admiral Yamamoto to mind to do it the other direc- stop now.Ogata Taketora on January 9, tion. She no longer walks and  Avoid a high-fat diet1941) requires assistance for almost and limit your salt every activity of daily life. intake. Include more
  4. 4. Volume 3, Issue 14 Page 4 PEARL HARBOR: Continued from Page 2 Saving the car late night party on Saturday -- ran and changed into his flight suit. Russell Argabrite: The career Navy man died in Carl Ferreira, now living in Poquoson, was 11 years 1990 and lived much of his later life in Norfolk. His old that morning, and his father worked for the Army Being the crew chief, Temple stood on the wing as the Pearl Harbor memories aboard the USS California Corps of Engineers. He lived about 16 miles from pilot settled in. He hooked up his oxygen supply, his were documented in the North Texas State Univer- Pearl Harbor on Wilhelmina Rise, basically on the side safety belt, and performed other checks. About that sity Oral History Project, excerpts of which were of a mountain. He had a panoramic view. time, a line of Japanese fighters made another run at the provided to the Daily Press by his daughter, Martha field. The pilot didnt wait for Temple to finish. Cassidy, also of Norfolk. That morning, he and his family listened intently to the radio as the first reports of the attack came in. His "He just reached out and pushed the throttle forward, Betty Campen: A wife and mother of two, Betty uncle, a bachelor, had been living with the family in a and here we go down the runway," Temple said. "Im Campen died in 2007 in Chesapeake. She left behind basement apartment and working at Pearl Harbor as a hanging on the wing. Im thinking, If I drop off now, that a diary that was shared with the Daily Press by her civilian blacksmith. tails gonna cut me in two." Once the plane gained daughter, Cindy Campen Graham of Smithfield. enough speed for the tail to rise out of the way, he was His uncle worked through the night on Dec. 6 and able to drop down. Frank Chebetar: The Virginia Beach resident served planned to leave work the morning of the 7th. Once on the USS Phelps. He heads the Tidewater chapter the attack broke out, his family didnt see him until 10 That pilot made it into the air and shot down three of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. a.m. He pulled into the driveway with his brand new Japanese fighters in succession, Temple said. Later, Tem- car, a maroon Oldsmobile convertible with one of ple and other men would cobble together 13 P-40 fight- Frederick Crow: The son of a Navy chief, he wit- those spiffy Hydra-Matic transmissions, a true auto- ers from spare parts scattered over the airfield. Thinking nessed the attack as a boy and now lives in Wil- matic. He parked the car, got out, and said he needed back, he cant believe he made it through the day. liamsburg. to hitch a ride back to Pearl. And he saw more than he needed to see. Carl Ferreira: A resident of Poquoson, Ferreira was So ... why did he come home? 11 years old on the morning of the attack. His per- "A guy trying to run from one place to another, they just spective comes from living "up on the heights," what "I dont want some Jap blowing up my new car!" shot him, cut him right in two. His legs kept -- and then his family called Wilhelmina Rise. they fell over. Some of the things, I just dont like to tell The family didnt see him for the next few days. other people." William Muehleib: A private in the Army Air Corps, Muehleib was stationed at Hickam Field and assigned Taking a tumble Tomorrow: As day turns into night, fear and paranoia to the 6th Pursuit Squadron in the 18th Pursuit rule the island. Group, and is the president of the Pearl Harbor Back at Wheeler Field, Tech Sgt. Bill Temple had run a About these stories Survivors Association. He lives in Virginia Beach. gauntlet of enemy fire to reach a hangar, hoping to retrieve right-size ammunition. He found none, but he Over the next four days, the Daily Press reflects on the Bill Temple: The Virginia Beach resident, now 92, did come across an American pilot trying to get his P- 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor through was a flight chief in Army Air Corps, stationed at 40 into the air. Temple and another man loaded the the eyes of seven people who witnessed it from various Wheeler Field, a member of the 19th Pursuit Squad- plane as the pilot -- still dressed in a tuxedo from a perspectives. Here, in alphabetical order, is the cast: ron in the same 18th Pursuit Group as Muehleib. Born: May 29, 1736, academe. He would not apply himself to studies either. tution proposed in 1787. He was in favor of the Hanover County At age 21 his father set him up in a business that he strongest possible government for the individual Died: June 6, 1799, Red bankrupted shortly thereafter. Finally the general states, and a weak federal government. He was also Hill Patrick Henry Na- public disgust in Hanover and pressure from his young very critical of the fact that the convention was tional Memorial family (he had married at the age of eighteen) caused conducted in secret. Children: Elizabeth him to study for six weeks and take the bar exam, President Washington appointed him Secretary of Henry, Nathaniel Henry, which he passed, and begin work as a lawyer. State in 1795, but Henry declined the office. In 1799, Anne Henry, Patrick In 1764 he moved to Louisa county, Virginia, where, as President Adams appointed him envoy to France, Henry Jr., More a lawyer, he argued in defense of broad voting rights but failing health required him to decline this office Spouse: Dorothea Dan- (suffrage) before the House of Burgesses. The follow- too. He died on June 6, 1799 at age of 63. dridge (m. 1777–1799), ing year he was elected to the House and soon be- Sarah Shelton (m. 1754– came its leading radical member. It was that year that Article provided by:"Radical," is a title that few 1775) he proposed the Virginia Stamp Act Resolutions. Few Siblings: Elizabeth can wear with ease. members of the Burgesses, as aristocratic a group of Henry Campbell Russell, henry.htmThe name Patrick Henry, legislators as existed in the colonies, would argueduring the revolution and William Henry Parents: John Henry, openly for defiance of Gr. Britain. Henry argued withfor some time after, was remarkable eloquence and fervor in favor of the five "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to thesynonymous with that word Sarah Winston Syme acts, which by most accounts amounted to a treason vigilant, the active, the brave." - Speech to thein the minds of colonists against the mother country. In 1774 he represented Virginia Convention at St. Johns Church,and Empire alike. Henrys reputation as a passionate Virginia in the First Continental Congress where heand fiery orator exceeded even that of Samuel Adams. Richmond, Virginia, March 23, 1775 continued in the role of firebrand. At the outbreak ofHis Stamp Act Resolutions were, arguably, the first the revolution, he returned to his native state and leadshot fired in the Revolutionary War. militia in defense of Virginias gunpowder store, whenPatrick Henrys personality was a curious antidote to the royal Governor spirited it aboard a British ship. "I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided,the stern honor of Washington, the refined logic of Henry forced the Governor Lord Dunmore to pay for and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way ofJefferson, and the well-tempered industry of Franklin. the powder at fair price.Young Henry was an idler and by many accounts a judging of the future but by the past." -Speech to In 1776, Henry was elected Governor of Virginia. Hederelict; though everyone knew he was bright, he the Virginia Convention at St. Johns was re-elected for three terms and then succeeded bysimply would not lift a finger except to his own pleas- Thomas Jefferson. He was again elected to the office in Church, Richmond, Virginia, March 25,ure. By the age of 10, his family knew that he would 1784. Patrick Henry was a strong critic of the consti- 1775not be a farmer, and tried instead to train him toward
  5. 5. Volume 3, Issue 14 Page 5 avoid these extreme dangers. You also need to know what to do if you see symptoms of these threats. • A major winter storm can last for several Message 1 days and be accompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall and cold From: FEMA (Federal Emergency temperatures. Management Agency) <> • People can become trapped at home or in a Date: 11/29/2012 car, without utilities or other assistance. Subject: FEMA (Federal Emergency • Attempting to walk for help in a winter Management Agency) FEMA on Face- storm can be a deadly decision. book Update Timeline Photos • The aftermath of a winter storm can have Subscribe to FEMA on Facebook for Are You Prepared for Winter Weather? an impact on a community or region for days, weeks or even months. FEMA (Federal Emergency Manage- • Each year, dozens of Americans die due to ment Agency). This information has exposure to cold. 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Cannon and his ECMO team members had one The case marked the first time the medical center thought after assessing Jane: "Shes going to die if has treated an adult with extracorporeal membrane we dont use ECMO." oxygenation, or ECMO, a heart-lung bypass system Cannon and a select team of specialists had been that circulates blood through an external artificial lung training for this moment for more than a year, and sends it back into the patients bloodstream. thanks to a Defense Department grant that pro- "This is a true success story," said Air Force Lt. vided ECMO supplies, training funds and equipment Col. (Dr.) Jeremy Cannon, the hospitals trauma chief to explore the use of ECMO on adults. and a key player in the case. "I firmly believe this ECMO is commonly used in neonatal intensive patient would not be here if it wasnt for ECMO and a care units around the world on newborns with lung tremendous team effort." issues such as meconium aspiration, a medical con- Cannon first heard of the case a few months ago, dition that occurs when infants ingest their first while he was in the midst of a surgery. He had asked stool before or during delivery. However, adult to be paged whenever patients in the hospital devel- applications are much less common, mainly due to a Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Jeremy Cannon, right, and Dr. oped severe lung injury so he could assess them for lack of recent patient data. Jeremy Pamplin place a patient on extracorporeal Cannon, however, had been observing ECMO suc- ECMO treatment. membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, in September 2012 The patient -- referred to as "Jane" in this article cesses since his residency and strongly believed in at San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas. to protect her privacy -- woke up several days earlier its outcomes for adults, particularly for patients on ECMO is a heart-lung bypass system that circulates with itchy, irritated eyes, but she and her doctor the brink of death. He had transferred to SAMMC blood through an external artificial lung and sends it chalked it up to an infection or a virus. It wasnt until from the Air Forces Wilford Hall Medical Center, her symptoms spread and worsened that she decided which had the militarys only infant and child ECMO back into the patients bloodstream. Photo courtesy of an emergency room visit was in order. center, so he had ongoing exposure to the technol- U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research A few hours later, Jane was diagnosed with severe ogy. Along with its experts, the neonatal ECMO (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high- toxic epidermal necrolysis, or TENS, an autoimmune center transferred to SAMMC last year. resolution image available. reaction to medication. She was flown by helicopter Cannon said he brought his strong convictionsMilitary Docs Use Cutting-edge Device to from her south Texas hometown to the U.S. Army about the lifesaving potential of the technology to Institute of Surgical Researchs Burn Center, the De- his leadership and requested for Jane to beSave Patient fense Departments only burn center, which is located SAMMCs first adult ECMO patient. "Ive been11/29/2012 12:57 PM CSTBy Elaine Sanchez in the medical center here. involved in ECMO cases for 15 years," he said. "I The TENS progressed quickly, and by the time she saw the benefit and felt confident we had the teamBrooke Army Medical Center reached the hospital, Janes skin was sloughing off, her structure and protocols in place."JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUS- lungs were filling with fluid and tissue, and her vitalTON, Texas, Nov. 29, 2012 - Doctors from San organs were failing. She was admitted to the Burn CONTINUED ON PAGE 6...Antonio Military Medical Center here saved a young Center on Sept. 15 and initially was stabilized. How-mothers life last month using cutting-edge technol- ever, when her condition worsened, Cannon wasogy historically reserved for infants and young chil- alerted.
  6. 6. 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 We are on the web: “Military Personnel, www.georgiaguardfamilyprogram.orgFamilies, and Veterans First!”NATIONAL GUARD BUREAUFamily Programs (NGB-FP)Mission: To establish and facilitateongoing communication, involvement,support, and recognition between Na- Continued from page 5... ceived here." patients, and Im very optimistic welltional Guard families and the National Janes lungs and skin are still healing, be able to offer these services toGuard in a partnership that promotesthe best in both. The same day she checked in, Jane was but Cannon said he has high hopes for wounded warriors throughout their put on ECMO, and stayed on it for 23 his patient, as well as for other SAMMC continuum of care," he said.Family Programs Web Sites days. patients who can be helped through Based on recent successes - The National Guard the nation, Cannon said, he expectsFamily Program It was touch-and-go at first, Can- ECMO. non noted. "It was agonizing for 22 of Cannon also said he hopes to see an to see a resurgence in ECMO - The National those 23 days," he recalled. increased use of adult ECMO in the war search around the world, which willGuard Family Youth Program Finally, on Day 21, Janes lungs zone, where its already proved lifesav- help to build confidence in the tech- started to clear, and two days later, ing for several troops. In 2010, an nology for adults. A trial with strictNewslettersAir National Guard Family Guide [PDF] staff transitioned her from ECMO to a ECMO-trained team picked up a soldier research protocols based in France is standard ventilator. "Within a day and in Kandahar, Afghanistan, who had been now under way and promises to a half, she went from profoundly ill to shot in the chest. His right lung had to answer some of the unknowns thatContact InformationPhone: (888)777-7731 greatly improved," Cannon said, noting be removed, a procedure that typically remain about the use of ECMO inFax: 703-607-0762 the team effort of experts across the carries a 100 percent mortality rate. adults, he noted.Email: hospital. However, the lung team placed him on Whatever the future holds, Can- "It was exhilarating to see her get ECMO and he quickly recovered in a non said, hell never forget the lifesav- better, thanks to a concerted effort," hospital in Germany. ing impact of ECMO for Jane. "All of he added. Cannon recalled meeting this patient this came together beautifully, and it Maria Serio-Melvin, ISR nurse re- a few weeks after he arrived at worked," he said. "Shes alive because search consultant, also credited the SAMMC. "Hes married now and enjoy- of an amazing team effort." procedures success to an "intense, ing life," he said. Since then, there have The day she improved, he added, collaborative, cooperative effort" be- been five ECMO transports from the "was the pinnacle day in my medical tween the ISR and ECMO teams. battlefield to Germany, he added. career." A few weeks later, Jane is now an Cannon said his long-term vision is outpatient, staying with her mother in to see ECMO patients transported town until she gains enough strength directly from the battlefield to a state- to return home. "Its been tough, but side location, such as the medical cen- Im not going to give up," Jane said in a ter here, for their recovery. recent interview at the hospital. "I cant "Weve proven we can very safely say enough about the care Ive re- take care of even most critically ill