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with whatever you decide Regardless of whether your decision is ultimately to stay in the Army or get out to stay at Fort Campbell Ky or move on thank you for your service As a Soldier or Family member you have already done what less than one percent of Americans have and that is to serve It is an honor to serve with each of you
Table of Contents Commander s Corner,Col Kenneth T Royar. Brigade Commander, 3 Commander s Corner 22 Returning home from deployment their advantages and disadvantages care. fully weigh all considerations to include, 4 CSM 24 Operation Rising Star The search is on everything from family stability to finan. cial compensation and other benefits like, 5 From Command Chief Warrant Officer 26 Retention health care that are sometimes hard to. quantify Also know that with the removal, 6 Target in sight 27 Legal of troops from Iraq the time between de. ployments will continue to increase, 8 KY 123rd ARNG celebrates 50 years since 28 A day in the life If your decision is to remain in the Army. last activationxs then of course you must consider the next. 10 Combat 10 Miler 30 A letter from PAO Duffle bag step in your career Is it professionally. enhancing to stay at Fort Campbell Ky, 12 TF Thunder Soldier receives Bronze Star AR 31 EO or is it better to do a permanent change. COM with Valor medals of station Do you have the option to go. 14 Sounds of Thunder 32 Through your eyes,to a non deployable unit or organization. I recommend finding a mentor to discuss, 16 Comms keeps air ground talking 34 Chaplain s Message Reintegration Strong. career options, Bond events In the end decide what is best for you. and your family Professional careers, 18 Operation Colorful Hope III Placing a painting 35 Powerplant repairers ensure aircraft engine is. in every hospital and clinic in th world safe prior to flight must be balanced with family consid. erations and many times the decisions,20 Weapons Gauging Ensuring combat readiness. are not clear cut Know that the chain,of command is here to help you make an. Decisions Decisions informed decision and then support you. At this point in the deployment many with whatever you decide. Editorial Staff The 159th CAB TF Thunder Enlightening of us are faced with important decisions Regardless of whether your decision is. Brigade Commander This newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the U S Army about our future Should we stay in the ultimately to stay in the Army or get out. Col Kenneth T Royar Content for the 159th CAB TF Thunder are not necessarily the official view Army or end our terms of service or re to stay at Fort Campbell Ky or move on. Brigade Command Sgt Maj, of or endorsed by the U S Government Department of Defense Depart tire If we decide to stay in should we ask thank you for your service As a Soldier. Eric C Thom ment of the Army or Fort Campbell Ky to stay at Fort Campbell Ky or elect to or Family member you have already done. Public Affairs Officer It is published monthly using the 159th CAB Public Affairs Officer services move on to another duty station These what less than one percent of Americans. Sgt 1st Class Stephanie L Carl are all important decisions that need to be have and that is to serve It is an honor to. All editorial content of the 159th CAB TF Thunder is prepared edited serve with each of you. Editor thought through, provided and approved by the Public Affairs Office of the 159th CAB of Fort. Sgt Shanika L Futrell Campbell Ky In making the decision about whether to. Journalist,stay in or get out of the Army consider. Spc Jennifer Andersson All news items articles and photographs must be submitted to the Public what the Army has to offer in compari. Affairs Office Items may also be e mailed to the editor at 159cabpao son to a civilian career While both have. A word from, Brigade Command Sergeant Major From the Command Chief Warrant Officer. Eric C Thom Joe Roberts, Soldier training such as weapons qualification physical. training tests sexual harassment and assault preven. tion training and medical examinations to include flight. physicals and dental screening, We also must tell the positive story of the great impacts. our warriors have made as members of the unit Nothing. sets a Soldier up for success faster than a positive im. age told by his previous unit team members If you have. nothing positive to say then say nothing For the mes. sage we send is a critical enabler that will help our young. warrant officers as they grow and develop into our future. warrant officer leaders, Speaking of leadership our branch has made the deci. sion to formalize the position of command chief warrant. officer CCWO as a command team position within, each combat aviation brigade Currently the develop. ment is on going to include the creation of a formal. modified table of equipment position nominative se. lection of candidates for the position at the HRC level. and assignments to coincide with that of the brigade. commander and command sergeant major This means, Hello to all the best we have to offer now they get warrant officers will have an advocate and voice at the. So far October has been a very good the opportunity to prove they are the best brigade level as a full time job However expect the. CCWO s priorities to match that of the brigade com. month for Task Force Thunder 159th of the best mander just as they currently do. We recently had another milestone the Regional Com. Combat Aviation Brigade promotions We must also say congratulations to mand South transfer of authority from the 10th Mountain. were abundant we had over 100 reen Chief Warrant Officer 4 Rick Bebb Division to the 82nd Airborne Division The transition has. been relatively seamless and smooth with little impact to. listments in the first week and the long from TF Wings for his selection as the our formation We welcome the senior staff of the 82nd. hot days of summer are finally starting to Army Aviation Association of America Another month has passed and Task Force Thunder to RC South and look forward to their leadership and. 159th Combat Aviation Brigade continues to keep the wisdom as we move into the fall winter fighting season. cool down AAAA winner of the annual Aircraft pressure on the enemy as we head into the last third of Additionally we certainly welcome the new Chairman of. our deployment the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Martin Dempsey and our. I want to congratulate Sgt Andrew Survivability Equipment Award and I recently returned from rest and recovery and got to new Army Chief of Staff Gen Ray Odierno. Herndon from TF Lift and Spc Revanth Sgt Angel Jordan from TF Palehorse experience the sheer joy of returning to family for a very. enjoyable and memorable couple of weeks For those,What lies ahead for us Although we are two thirds. through the deployment there is still much to be done As. Renduchintala from TF Fighting as they for receiving AAAA s annual Avionics who have yet to go on your R R be sure to enjoy ev the senior brigade staff continues planning for redeploy. ery minute of it it goes quickly ment our war fighters continue to provide outstanding. were the winners of the fourth quarter Award I predict these are just the first It s also great to be back with TF Thunder during this support to our ground force commanders while integrat. fiscal year 2011 NCO and Soldier of the of many individual and unit awards that truly exciting time as we have transitioned to the fall ing our allies and Afghan forces However the time. is passing quickly as we approach the holiday season. season and the weather is cooler, quarter board winners respectively They we will receive I say that with all the The personnel distribution roster is now complete and Halloween will be within a week or so by the time this. we were very successful in fulfilling our warrant officers is published and then about three weeks later there s. will compete Oct 20 until Oct 21 with confidence in the world because I know assignment desires be it a permanent change of station Thanksgiving About four weeks after that we will cel. the other quarter board winners for the the quality of the Soldiers in this brigade or to remain at Fort Campbell Ky We are fortunate to ebrate Christmas followed closely by New Years Day. have a great working relationship with the Human Re Then shortly afterward the relief in place process and. right to be known as the TF Thunder have no equal ANYWHERE sources Command Additionally most of you were able transfer of authority will occur followed immediately by. NCO and Soldier of the Year I wish all As always it is my honor to serve as to realize your goal to obtain skill qualification track redeployment For now though we must keep our eye. training As a result many will be leaving TF Thunder on the ball and our head in the game We do that best by. the participants the best of luck and want your command sergeant major next summer with a heightened anticipation of their next focusing on the basics setting and enforcing high stan. assignment dards living the Army values and providing engaged. them to know that there are over three As leaders it s important that we ask ourselves what we leadership. thousand personnel in this Task Force can do to enhance our warriors transition to their next. assignments For one thing we should be very proactive. and they have already been chosen to be in ensuring all their training and evaluations are up to. date to include flight training and evaluations common. Target in Sight,with Company A 4th Bn 101st Avn,Fenwick is actually a supply special. ist who served with the unit during its t Sgt Alex Williams a crew. 2009 deployment then volunteered to chief with Company A Task. Aviation gunnery keeps be a door gunner for this deployment. When I went through my first pro,Force Wings 4th Battalion. 101st Aviation Regiment, crews proficient ready gressions at Fort Irwin Calif I told. myself I could get better he said leans out his window to gain. situational awareness of local, to engage the enemy Throughout the past year Fenwick. has learned more about both the weap nationals as he prepares to. on system and the aircraft which has conduct gunnery qualification. Story and Photos by helped him prepare for this gunnery at FOB Wolverine Oct 8. He explained that when he took his ac, Sgt 1st Class Stephanie L Carl ademics test his biggest problem was. FORWARD OPERATING BASE getting the different numbers mixed up. WOLVERINE Afghanistan Target You don t just want to start shooting. in sight Sgt Alex Williams voice at a target he said You want to know. crackled over the headset the different distances you can effec. You re clear to engage when you re tively shoot at when you re in the air. ready came the pilot s response The academics test helps Williams. Moments later Williams began fir and his company standardization in. ing the M 240H machine gun slowly structors find the Soldiers weaknesses. at first as he followed the path of the and retrain them. tracer rounds and watched for dust Overall I was very pleased with the. test results he said About 90 percent,clouds so he could adjust fire as need. ed Meanwhile the brass casings from, pStaff Sgt Brian Williams the standardization instructor for of our guys scored in the 90 to 100th. Task Force Wings 4th Battalion 101st Aviation Regiment sorts percentile But those test results give us. the rounds flew back into the helicopter, and to the ground 7 62mm ammunition during gunnery at FOB Wolverine Oct 8 a clue to what we need to train on. Shooting an area target with a machine which they turn in at nearby bases training starts out on the ground as For some of the more seasoned crew. gun that fires as many as 650 rounds Here we fly over anywhere from 50 to many of the door gunners have no members the training may seem re. per minute might seem like an easy 100 feet to make sure the area is clear background in aviation dundant but that doesn t mean it s not. task but try doing it from a helicopter We constantly monitor who s around They re new to progressing in an air important. up to 200 feet in the air while moving and where they are said Staff Sgt craft he said Plus when they first You don t know what s going to hap. up to 115 knots per hour Brian Williams the standardization in start out as door gunners a lot of them pen it s the unknown said 1st Sgt. This annual requirement for all UH structor for Task Force Wings 4th Bat are scared of the weapon It s a ma Jeff Harstine the Co A first sergeant. 60 Blackhawk crew chiefs and door talion 101st Aviation Regiment They chine gun that fires at a high rate and a crew chief for 18 years The. gunners ensures they are prepared to want our brass so they re running out The M 240B machine gun or M more you do it it becomes muscle. engage the enemy effectively on the there to collect the brass But as long 240H if it s in the helicopter mounted memory and you don t have to think. battlefield and it doesn t go away just as we re conscious of them and where configuration serves as the primary about it If you don t have to think. because a unit is deployed they are we re good It helps with the defense for most UH 60 Blackhawks about it then it works. In fact maintaining this standard be crew coordination which requires the door gunners to Fortunately none of Co A s Soldiers. comes a little more challenging while Throughout September and October completely understand how the weapon have been in a situation this deploy. deployed not just because of ongoing Task Force Thunder s Soldiers have works and to instinctively know how to ment where they ve had to fire their. operations but because of the environ been completing their annual gunnery respond if something goes wrong weapons for anything other than a test. mental considerations that come into qualification requirements which start Part of the testing for the crew chiefs fire But the continued training and. play ed with eight hours of academics train and door gunners requires them to an qualifications which are expected to. Before an air crew can begin engag ing nounce a weapon malfunction and be increase soon from an annual require. ing targets as part of their qualifications The training focuses on weapon con gin remedial action within 10 seconds ment to a biannual requirement contin. here they have to make sure the area trol status and configuration the posi of the problem presenting itself ue to reinforce what the Soldiers need. is clear In Afghanistan there are con tion of the weapon Williams said This also tests the crew coordination to know and do if they ever are placed. stantly people on the ground tending to It also includes some of the basic ra aspect of working on an aircraft in that situation. I know my guys have been trained to, p Cpl David O Connell right a door gunner with Company A. crops and herds As soon as the crew dio calls that are required as part of the Learning the calls was one of the Task Force Wings 4th Battalion 101st Aviation Regiment con. chiefs and gunners begin firing the crew coordination hardest parts in the beginning said do what s right and can make the quick. decision Williams said, ducts immediate action on his M 240H machine gun after it jams. locals scramble to collect the casings Williams explained that a lot of the Spc Tycer M Fenwick a door gunner. during gunnery qualification at FOB Wolverine Oct 8. KY 123rd ARNG,RUSSELLVILLE Ky Oct 13 2011,Soldiers of the Task Force Lift 7th. Battalion 101st Aviation Regiment,escort veterans of Co A 3rd Bn 123rd. Armor Kentucky Army National Guard,celebrates 50 years. during the 2011 Tobacco and Heritage,Festival in Russellville Oct 8 This. year marked the 50th anniversary of the,Kentucky National Guard s last call to. national duty in 1961 in support of the,Berlin Crisis. since last activation,accomplished said Staff Sgt,Thomas Capouch of Marsing Idaho. a medium helicopter repairer techni,cal inspector for Co D Hats off to. them It would be a privilege and an,honor to have served with them. TF Lift Soldiers drove through the,streets of Russellville carrying re. tired National Guardsmen in the bed,of Humvees during the parade. The Tobacco and Heritage Festival,began in 1941 though during World. War II activities ceased It was,revived in 1957 According to its. official website By the mid 1970s,the festival had taken on an added. purpose to call attention to Logan,County Ky itself Traditionally it. is a time for examining and appre,ciating our heritage and for taking. stock of progress and aspirations,for the future One observer stated. The Tobacco Festival helps make,us more conscious of ourselves as a. community of friends and neighbors,who live and work together. The Tobacco and Heritage Festival,has become a time of homecoming. for friends family and former resi,dents of Russellville a town of less. than 7 000 people,Capouch said he knows how im,portant a festival is to a small town. like Russellville,Compared to my hometown this,is a big city he joked Parades. get the community going You don t,really get a sense of community. beginning of the parade the 123rd gave him the chance to interact with pride and what the community is do. Armor held a special reunion for the the National Guard retirees ing until there are events that bring. RUSSELLVILLE Ky Oct 13 2011 Soldiers of the Task Force Lift 7th Battalion 101st Aviation Regiment Color Guard lead National Guardsmen who were mo Many of the Soldiers who partici everybody together You could have. the Russellville s 2011 Tobacco and Heritage Festival here Oct 8 Task Force Lift volunteered to escort the veterans of Co A bilized to Fort Knox 50 years ago pated said they really enjoyed it and events going on all year long that. 3rd Bn 123rd Armor Kentucky Army National Guard as they celebrated the 50th anniversary of their last call to national duty Seeing the fellows in the unit who would love to do it again next year if don t get out in local newspapers. were called up and remembering they were given the opportunity and nobody shows up but when you. By Spc Jennifer Andersson This year marked the 50th anniver have been limited to state and local those who are no longer with us are I love listening to their stories have something like a city parade. Task Force Thunder Public Affairs sary of the last national activation of support during emergencies the main things I m going to remem from long ago said Sgt 1st Class the turnout is amazing It s good. the Russellville National Guard unit This was the first year the Rus ber about today Bentley said Timothy Gawarecki of Louisville to see people still enjoy taking the. Soldiers of Task Force Lift 7th The last time Company A 3rd Battal sellville National Guard has been Bentley who participated in the Ky a platoon sergeant for Co D kids out to see parades good fun. Battalion 101st Aviation Regiment ion 123rd Armor was mobilized was involved in the parade said retired parade said he was honored to be Someday that ll be me Overall I not just sitting home in front of the. helped commemorate a very special in 1961 for 11 months to Fort Knox Col Daniel Ellis Bentley who had escorted by the Soldiers of TF Lift think they have better stories be television playing video games. date for Russellville Ky National Ky in support of the Berlin Crisis not been back to Russellville since Sgt Michael Hawes of East Ber cause there were worse conditions Small towns big heroes was. Guard unit during the annual Tobac Since 1962 the Kentucky Army Na 1963 nard Texas a squad leader for Com for them compared to what we have the theme for the 2011 Tobacco and. co and Heritage Festival Oct 8 tional Guard and Air National Guard In addition to being featured at the pany D TF Lift said he was happy now Heritage Festival and this year the. to participate in the event because it I m always in awe of what they festival delivered both. Combat 10 Miler,t Capt Ben Summers com,mander of Co A Task Force. Wings 4th Battalion 101st Avia,tion Regiment finishes the FOB. Wolverine shadow Army 10 Mil,er Oct 9 in 1 hour 12 minutes. FOB Wolverine hosts shadow Army 10 Miler 34 seconds. Story and Photos by entry control point if one of us could win. q Coalition members at FOB, Sgt 1st Class Stephanie L Carl Peden a crew chief with Company A In total 69 runners who participated. Task Force Wings 4th Battalion 101st in the race originally more than 90 Wolverine gather at the finish. Task Force Thunder Public Affairs, FORWARD OPERATING BASE Aviation Regiment began coordinat people signed up to run One of the line of the shadow Army 10 Mil. WOLVERINE Afghanistan About ing the run in May unique aspects of the run was the pop er Oct 9 for a group photo. 6 000 feet higher 15 degrees cooler The hardest part was getting all the ulation it encompassed Some of the. and eight hours ahead of runners in pieces people and places to come to runners were from the Lithuanian and. Washington D C Coalition mem gether he said We drove the course Romanian units based at FOB Wolver. bers here lined up in front of the Task seven times trying to get 10 miles out ine while others were third country. Force Wings 4th Battalion 101st Avia of what we had to work with nationals who work on the base There. tion Regiment headquarters here to Peden was one of several Soldiers were more Soldiers from Task Force. begin the Army 10 Miler Oct 9 who participated in the Army 10 Miler Wings signed up for the run but one. The time zone was just a small differ at Forward Operating Base Shank in of the challenges in a combat zone is. ence the big ones were the OH 58D 2009 Another Soldier who partici the need to continue operations. Kiowa helicopters providing security pated in that run was Capt Ben Sum We tried to adjust the schedules as. overhead and the safety briefing that mers the commander of Company A much as possible but we still had to. included the typical advice to drink Summers finished this year s run in launch six ships aircraft during that. water but more importantly what first place with a time of 1 hour 12 time Peden explained. actions to take in the event of indirect minutes Next year though the unit doesn t. fire I think the best part of this year s run expect to have that problem. When you get to the stop sign take is that we had 14 Comancheros who We ll probably see if we can get a. a right said Sgt 1st Class William started and finished he said I really team from our company to go to D C. M Peden the run coordinator as he wanted to run as a team but since we together to run in the actual race next. briefed the route Don t go out the had 14 guys running we wanted to see year Summers said. TF Thunder Soldier t FORT CAMPBELL Ky Oct 18 2011 Capt Thomas Buller right a. platoon leader for Task Force Wings 4th Battalion 101st Aviation Regiment. greets well wishers after he received his Army Commendation medal with Valor. receives Bronze Star,during a ceremony here Oct 6, ARCOM q FORT CAMPBELL Ky Oct 18 2011 Capt Thomas Buller right a. platoon leader for Task Force Wings 4th Battalion 101st Aviation Regiment. smiles proudly as Brig Gen Jeffrey Colt pins on an Army Commendation medal. with Valor during a ceremony here Oct 6 Buller received the ARCOM with Valor. with Valor medals for heroic actions during his 2009 depoyment as well as a Bronze Star medal. for his contribution to building a partnership with Afghan forces during his 2011. deployment,Story and Photos by,Spc Jennifer Andersson. Task Force Thunder Public Affairs,ORT CAMPBELL Ky Oct 17 2011. Capt Thomas Buller a platoon leader,for Task Force Thunder s 159th Combat. Aviation Brigade Pathfinders received,two awards during a ceremony here Oct 6 for. actions as far back as February 2009,Buller of Brookfield Ill received an Army. Commendation medal with Valor and a Bronze,Star medal. The Army Commendation medal was for,an event in February 2009 for a personnel. recovery mission outside of Forward Operat,ing Base Salerno in Khowst Province Af. ghanistan when he was attached to Task Force, Attack 3rd Battalion 101st Aviation with the tools we have Let us give it copters not through armor ground up with the 2nd Afghan Na. Regiment The Army Commenda a shot The TF Thunder Soldiers success tional Civil Order of Police Buller. tion medal is awarded for distin From the time of the explosion to fully extracted the patient conducted said We the Pathfinders and the 2nd. guishing oneself by heroism meri the time the MEDEVAC was in the first aid and got him out on a MEDE ANCOP started conducting hasty. torious achievement or meritorious air was about nine minutes Buller VAC flight He was in surgery within air assaults and they became very. service The Valor device is for spe said the hour good at them We worked together. cific heroic acts during or supporting We volunteered to go out and ex Buller kept a cool head by relying destroying the lethal aid network. direct combat with the enemy tract the guy to try to save him with on his training Drill organization homemade explosives And we part. There was a vehicle borne impro our MEDEVAC chase birds Buller and teamwork were the key to the nered with all kinds of inner agency. vised explosive device that attacked said We assaulted into where the success of this mission he said groups. a U S convoy returning to the FOB kill zone was The vehicle was still Buller also received the Bronze Star The awards he received are worn. The lead vehicle was an up armored on fire from the explosion The medal for his service in Afghanistan by individuals but earned by and. Humvee Buller said It got blown passenger was trapped We had to from February to May 2011 when represent teams Buller said. off the road It killed two guys and take our armor off to get to him The he was attached to Task Force Wings It s more for the guys who work. trapped and critically injured the ground commander recommended 4th Battalion 101st Aviation Regi with you Buller said I couldn t. third we leave because he thought the ment The Bronze Star is the fourth have done this without a good. Normally first responders are from vehicle was going to explode there highest combat award of the U S platoon sergeant to groom me to be. your own unit Buller said We was still a lot of live ordinance in Armed Services and the ninth high the lieutenant I was or the company. were not part of their unit but we d there We were open to ambush too est military award including both commander to groom me into the. heard the explosion and we liter Still we went in there and cut him combat and non combat awards in leader I became I see it as a celebra. ally jumped on a MEDEVAC chase out with extractions tools we had the order of precedence of U S mili tion of the culture that we have in the. helicopter No one invited us but we which was difficult because the tools tary decorations Army the selfless service not so. said Hey we can go out and help were designed to cut through heli We built a partnership from the much for personal recognition. Sounds of Thunder,What is your most memorable Halloween costume. My most memorable Halloween costume was a The most memorable costume for me was when. few years back when I dressed up as Santa Claus my son dressed up as a monkey for Halloween I. I d have to say it was the most memorable be remember this costume because this was his first. cause I took so many pictures with the children Halloween experience. that day that I could never forget how excited,Spc Erich Kerkow Spc Denita Samuel. Radio Telephone Operator Signal Support Systems Specialist. HHC TF Attack HHC TF Dragonlords, About two years ago my The most memorable Halloween. daughter dressed up as the tooth costume for me was when my. fairy This was the most memo daughter was 2 years old and. rable Halloween costume for me she dressed up as a pumpkin. because she was adorable She was so cute as a toddler in. Spc Jason Vogel Staff Sgt Terrell Craig,Blackhawk mechanic Liason Officer. Co B TF Fighting Co E TF Attack,Comms keeps,Air Ground talking. Story by Sgt Shanika L Futrell,Task Force Thunder Public Affairs. KANDAHAR AIRFIELD Afghani,stan Sept 22 2011 As the U S. Army continues its efforts in Af,ghanistan to aid the Afghan military. to neutralize the insurgency protect,the population enhance freedom of. maneuvers and build their own capac,ity it needs to ensure its forces can. deliver and receive the information,needed to complete a mission while. several divisions are spread through,out the different regions of Afghani. With personnel and aircraft spread,across an area roughly the size of. Indiana the Avionics Communication,section s responsibility is to ensure. the communications equipment,within the aircraft is in top work. ing order This is important because,communication permits the Soldiers. within a unit to track and direct troop,and aircraft movements here. There s communication happening,all over this country from the ground. elements to the pilots in the aircraft, and even going as far as communicat tions security repairer performs and tomatically goes into Bravo status. ing with our friendly forces in their supervises field or sustainment level which means my shop is in posses. aircraft said Staff Sgt Kester Scott maintenance by testing and perform sion of this piece of equipment and. the avionics communication section ing preventative checks and services we can now conduct maintenance. sergeant with the Company B Task on equipment said Vargas. Force Fighting 563rd Aviation Sup Prior to receiving the faulty equip The first thing the radio communica. port Battalion Ultra high frequen ment the process it goes though to tions security repairer does is a visual. cy very high frequency and satellite get to a radio communications secu inspection of the equipment. communication are the three differ rity repairer is fairly quick I want to make sure the equipment. ent radios that can be installed in an When a radio has tested for faults has all of its screws and washers it. aircraft to transmit to a vast amount through the unit level maintenance came with before conducting the test. of receivers These systems enable teams they take the equipment to the on it said Vargas. pilots to communicate effectively main production control office where After the visual inspection the radio. with troops on the ground air traffic the personnel in that shop will gener comsec repairer hooks the cable from duct the necessary maintenance to fix the problem The TI has the final say before the equipment is returned. control towers flight operations sta ate a work order in the system said the GRM 204A test set to the radio to Scott said the most common fault in a radio is with re back to the main production control office said Vargas. tions and more Without these radios Spc Emanuel Vargas a radio and check for faults ceiving and transmitting He rechecks the radio to see if it is clear of faults and he. the pilot will not be able to commu communications security repairer When there is a fault with the This is why it is important the aircraft have more than visually inspects the equipment to see if all the parts are. nicate to the battlefield he will not technician with Co B TF Fighting equipment a LIT number which is the one radio transmitting off of different frequencies he put together properly. know when he is cleared for takeoff When the equipment is logged in fault code will show at the bottom of said Communication is extremely important in a time Once the technical inspector checks the equipment and it. or landing and he will not know what the main production control office it the screen A complete check takes 70 of war it could save your life or your battle buddies No is good to be returned to the unit for use it is logged back. areas to avoid because of the threat is logged as a Charlie status piece of minutes to finish said Vargas one wants to be the one who is responsible for the loss into the system as romeo status which notifies the unit it s. levels changing as often as they do equipment which means it is await Next the radio comsec repairer corre of another person s life and that is exactly what is going ready for pick up. This could put the lives in the aircraft ing shops or waiting to be picked up lates the fault code with his technical through my mind and what I instill in my Soldiers as we Our job is completed once the equipment is given back. in danger so my team works hard to by me or my fellow battles in my sec manual repair the radios to go back into the aircraft to the main production control office said Scott Then. ensure the systems are always up and tion Then it is ready to be picked up The tech manual tells us exactly After the radios are repaired the technical inspector has we move on to the next work order to save potentially. running in a timely manner by a radio communications security what is wrong with the equipment to check and ensure the maintenance has been properly another life The job is never done until we are safely. In order to keep the maintenance up repairer according to the code the GRM 204A conducted home. on radios the radio and communica Once the item is retrieved it au gave us said Scott We then con. Operation Colorful Hope III, Placing a painting in every hospital and clinic in the world Story and photos by Staff Sgt Charles Cartwright. Task Force Lift Unit Public Affairs Representative. tals was contacted by Feight to bring his charity program to the people of. Afghanistan this day marked the birth of Operation Colorful Hope. Baker with the help of many Soldiers in his unit was able to distribute. paintings to hospitals located in Kandahar Kabul Bagram and Tarin. The best part of the program is that all of the artwork gets painted by the. Soldiers delivering the paintings The artwork is painted in sections and. done just like the paint by the numbers pictures many of have done as. Baker has kept the program through another deployment in Iraq and now. has brought the program here to Kandahar Airfield resulting in Operation. Colorful Hope III With the help of 194 volunteers Baker has already. been able to deliver paintings to Role III on KAF Hutal Public Clinic in. the Maiwand District Special Operation Soldiers working to. build clinics in several areas the KAF USO the wounded war. rior Soldiers here and seven other paintings to be delivered to. hospitals throughout Regional Command South, When asked what his ultimate goal with the program is Baker. said My goal corresponds with the mission of the foundation. which is to place a painting in every hospital and clinic in the. There are many missions that we Soldiers serving in Afghani world. stan take on But the most important are those that help to. bring joy to others and Operation Colorful Hope does just that. Operation Colorful Hope donates free painting to hospitals. and clinics in Afghanistan to give comfort to patients families. and medical staff, The program comes from the charity Foundation of Hospital. Art which was started 27 years ago by John Feight an adver. tising and marketing executive from Atlanta who donates art. to hospitals in the area, In 2002 during Operation Enduring Freedom 1 7th Battalion. 101st Aviation Regiment s Chief Warrant Officer 3 Samuel. Baker a Soldier who now paints and donates artwork to hospi. Weapons gauging, combat readiness Sgt Eric Cavinta a small arms and artillery repairman. with Task Force Fighting 563rd Aviation Support Battaion. center gauges an M4 rifle as his Soldier Pfc Isaac Parks. a small arms and artillery repairman with TF Fighting left. and Spc Adam Massie the armorer for Headquarters and. Headquaters Company 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, write down deficiencies to keep track of the weapons that. are good and the ones that have faults during an annual. weapons gauging for HHC 159th CAB on Kandahar Airfield. Afghanistan Sept 30, Pfc Isaac Parks a 91F with TF Fighting said he went. to a forward operating base in Afghanistan to con, duct weapons gauging on all weapons in his brigade s. I decided to check a weapon used for roving guard, before it headed back out on duty to ensure all weap. ons were checked properly prior to my leave said, Parks While performing the checks needed I found a. bullet stuck in the barrel This was a good time for me. to check the weapons systems in this particular area. because if the Soldier fired this weapon the weapon. would have blown up in his face,TF Thunder intends to decrease the number of mal. functions with the weapons systems by conducting the. checks that are required to be annually biannually. This will be a very lengthy weapons check process, due to all of the weapons systems in our inventory but. we are up to the challenge said Cavinta We know, what this means and how important it is so we do our. job thoroughly and effectively to ensure mission suc. The inventory for the brigade contains several weap. ons to include the M240B and H machine guns M4,and M16 rifles and the M9 pistols These Soldiers. will take one or two days to go through and conduct. Story by Sgt Shanika L Futrell artillery repairers who are responsible for third level artillery and also to diagnose and troubleshoot mal weapons gauging for a company that has an inventory. Task Force Thunder Public Affairs maintenance on the entire brigade s ground weap functions of hundreds of weapons. KANDAHAR AIRFIELD Afghanistan Oct 10 ons and some aviation weapons systems such as the It is extremely important to have all weapons gauged My Soldiers do an outstanding job considering a. 2011 Soldiers from Headquarters Support Com M240H machine gun that are used by the door gun during the deployment because it ensures combat read couple of them came directly from advanced individ. pany Task Force Fighting 563rd Aviation Support Bat ners on the UH 60 Blackhawk and the CH 47 Chi iness and that all weapons are up to standard but more ual training to deployment said Cavinta Catching. talion conducted weapons gauging for Headquarters nook importantly it saves lives said Sgt Eric Cavinta a many of the faults in a weapon and understanding the. and Headquarters Company TF Thunder 159th Com The 91F job is to provide the brigade with direct small arms and artillery repairman with TF Fighting outcome if we did not conduct these checks enables. bat Aviation Brigade Sept 29 30 here support and general support maintenance and repairs Cavinta said one of his Soldiers prevented a possible them to understand just how important our job is to the. TF Thunder currently has four 91F small arms and on small arms and other infantry weapons and towed accident that could have cost a Soldier his life mission. Returning Home from Deployment, Part 1 of 4 This article is the first in a series of four that will address the reintegration process If there s a topic you would like to see addressed in more detail please contact the Task Force. Thunder Public Affairs Office via email at 159cabpao gmail com. After a year away from home serving in a combat zone both you and the people you associate with will have changed You might not notice the changes in yourself immediately. but chances are some of these changes will at least temporarily impact your day to day interactions with others Below are some general tips to help make your transition home. go a little more smoothly, Taking Time for Yourself Reconnecting with your Spouse Reconnecting with your Kids Reconnecting with Your Parents. Be patient The process of reintegration and sta Understand that it s normal to feel out of sync Learn all you can about your children s lives Be patient with your parents They want to recon. bilization can take several months as you rebuild with your spouse at first Both of you have grown while you were gone Let them share pictures nect with you but may not know how. your relationships and changed during the separation It takes time crafts stories and memories. to reconnect Be patient and be flexible Negotiate new roles responsibilities Your parents. Take care of yourself Manage your stress as Be patient with your children and yourself You may want you to be the way you were before you. much as possible eat a healthy diet and exercise Spend time talking with each other Make your can t make up the time missed overnight It will left and you probably don t feel the same Let. partner your priority Time spent with your part take time for your children to reconnect with you them know up front and patiently the new rela. Make time to rest Negotiate the number of social ner is an investment in your future trust you and bond again with you tionship you want to have with them Help them. events you and your family attend define new boundaries and new ways to relate to. Ease back into intimacy It s not easy to regain Expect your children to test the rules now that you. Limit your use of alcohol If you choose to drink physical and emotional closeness after stressful both parents are home Set aside time with your. ease back into a responsible pattern that doesn t situations spouse to come up with an approach you both Share with them what is appropriate Try not to. interfere with the process of renewing important agree on shut your parents out of your life Share what you. relationships Avoid using alcohol as a crutch if Listen to your partner s experience Learn how can with them about your combat duty Let them. you re having problems since this doesn t make he or she has been living while you were gone Make time in your schedule for family activi know your plans and your whereabouts. the problems go away and can actually make Let go of your expectations of how your partner ties Include one on one time with each of your. them worse should have behaved while you were away and children If you have younger siblings be respectful of. accept reality your parents rules for them and be aware that. Go slowly in getting back into the swing of Negotiate your role as a parent While you were you are a role model for your siblings Remem. things Depend on family your unit and friends Rebuild a routine Your partner has developed a gone your spouse or your child s guardian set the ber your military language may not be appro. for support way of life while you were gone Learn his or her pace as a parent You can t take over all at once priate for your siblings. routine and build a new routine together Work your way back into the parent role one step. Watch your spending It s tempting to celebrate at a time Respect what was done while you were Celebrate Realize your parents sacrificed a lot. your return with dinners out or special gifts but Celebrate Your partner ran a tough marathon gone while you were gone They worried about you. it s important to stay within your budget and con of stress anxiety and loneliness while you were and supported you Celebrate their accomplish. tinue to save for the future gone and managed and succeeded with a lot of Remember this is your child not a member of ments and thank them for their support. responsibilities Celebrate these victories and let the military Learn the developmental stage your. Know when to seek help If you your spouse or your partner know you are proud of him or her child is in and use age appropriate parenting tech Anticipate that your parents may want to cel. other family members are feeling signs of stress niques One size doesn t fit all ebrate your return and reconnect you with your. physical or emotional it s important to seek Work to resolve conflict Yes you will have relatives and their friends This may be over. expert help the earlier the better Your military disagreements That is normal Work the conflicts Accept guidance from your spouse or your child s whelming for you Make your parents aware of. service Family Support Center on the installation through to a healthy resolution guardian Your most recent job has been as a what you are comfortable with and negotiate with. offers groups classes and counseling for a variety member of the military You need some retrain them regarding their intentions for you. of issues Get help if you need it Attend a Prevention and ing Listen to the person with the most experience. Relationship Enhancement Program marriage with your child TRICARE Assistance Program TRIAP. enrichment weekend if you are married The, program teaches couples effective communica Active duty service members and their families can. tion skills and successful problem resolution connect via webcam or instant message to TRIAP. strategies and reveals how to discover the hidden for free confidential Web based counseling. issues in a relationship Licensed behavioral health professionals are. available 24 7 to provide short term non medical,Story by Sgt Shanika L Futrell worked. Task Force Thunder Public Affairs During the auditions the judges would always offer. KANDAHAR AIRFIELD Afghanistan Oct 16 advice before the contestant started and after the. 2011 Morale Welfare and Recreation is currently contestant finished his performance These judges. holding a Department of Defense Armed Forces are no amateurs when it comes to performing they. singing competition here to find the most talented have performed in front of several audiences in. singer in Afghanistan groups or solo in various locations. Operation Rising Star is held in Afghanistan other Move around on the stage and on it said Spc. overseas locations and the United States and it is Robert Edward Diehl one of the ORS judges. open to contestants in the Active Duty National Look at the audience make them feel as if you are. Guard or Reserves from any branch of service or singing to them. Department of Defense contractor who is 18 years Now that the auditions are over and the top 12. or older with a valid military or other government contestants have been chosen to compete the judges. agency identification card so this competition offer some small tips to further progress in the com. knows no bounds when it comes to the location or petition. branch of service Watch yourself in the mirror before you come. The contestants had to fill out an application to ap to perform a song said Diehl If you have video. ply and meet all of the rules and requirements speci capabilities record yourself singing and performing. fied in the application said Staff Sgt Charlene Fick so you are able to work on the mechanics. an event coordinator for ORS Practice music outside your genre said Lt Col. Some of the rules and requirements were that the Rose Bean a judge with ORS When you choose. contestants must not have any adverse actions pend the music ensure that it is within your voice range. ing must compete as a vocalist and must be in the You have to be prepared every week said Brian. amateur status and not perform professionally Red Williamson a judge with ORS It s not prac. The auditions started on Oct 11 with 23 contestants tice makes perfect its perfect practice makes per. to compete for the top 12 spots fect, There are some awesome talents here and this event After the first round of the competition three con. will be great during the competition that starts on testants will be eliminated leaving nine to progress. Oct 22 said Fick to the next level in the competition. When the contestants auditioned many were sick Just go out there and have fun that is what this is. because of the weather changing here all about said Red. My name is Sharyne Johnson and I have a cold In order for the 12 contestants to move on to the. said Johnson during her introduction to the judges next round they need the help of the audience. Despite the cough and cold symptoms she had it The audience will be given a ballot to vote for their. did not stop her from making it into the top 12 to favorite performer which will count for 50 percent. compete in the first of the competition of the total score and the judges votes will be the. Task Force Thunder 159th Combat Aviation Bri other half to determine the top nine contestants to. gade had one talented Soldier of the few who tried move on to the next round of the competition. out make it to the first round to compete to win the Will the contestants be able to set their nerves aside. number one spot in the ORS competition and take Red s advice Come out and see for your. Spc Ashley Perrymon a TF Lift 7th Battalion self Join us at the Fest tent every Saturday from. 101st Aviation Regiment human resources special Oct 22 to Nov 19 starting at 7 p m to help us find. ist sung her heart out to win the judges over and it Afghanistan s best performer. Screaming Eagle Blvd,Retention NIPR 841 2235,SIPR 841 2031. CENTRIXS 265 0418, The new General Order Number 1 GO 1 is dated 1 October 2011 and is signed by Major. General James L Huggins Jr There are minor changes to the Order to include changes to. Paragraph 4d which covers drugs drug paraphernalia and prescription medication Addi. tionally changes were made to the uniform policy Wearing of ballistic eye protection is. mandatory any time outside of a building during all outdoor activities including PT. The policy states that U S Army personnel assigned or attached to Task Force Thunder. are forbidden to obtain or perform any body modifications to include but not limited to. tattoos body piercings and branding while stationed in Afghanistan. Congratulations to all of the Task Force Thunder Sol. diers who ve re enlisted so far this fiscal year If you. are within one year of your contract ending please see. your retention NCO as soon as possible to discuss your. options The window for retention is extremely limited. this year due to force drawdowns,A day in the life.