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AN INDEPENDENT PUBLICATION OF COMPRINT MILITARY PUBLICATIONS AT JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD. DCMILITARY.COM FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 | VOL. 4 NO. 38 AIR FORCE NEWS Department of Defense honors heroes with highest recognition, Page 6 COMMUNITY Annual Hyattsville Arts Festival a kaleidoscope of artistry, Page 8 EVENTS Hot tickets around town, Page 2 BY STAFF SGT. NICHELLE ANDERSON 11TH WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS In honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day, Team Andrews participated in a 24-hour remembrance run Sept. 17-18. More than 300 civil- ians and military service members participated in the run. Unlike years past, the run took place at the Motorcycle Safety Course. Remembrance run honors POW/ MIA at Airshow U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/STAFF SGT. NICHELLE ANDERSON Marine Corps (Ret.) GySgt Ryan Rivera and members of Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 102, run the POW/MIA flag to the show center to mark the start of the 2015 Joint Base Andrews Airshow, Sept. 18. BY 1ST LT. ESTHER WILLETT AIR FORCE DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON Airmen from the Air Force Dis- trict of Washington brought the Air Force’s rich history and heri- tage to life with a celebration of music, drill and ceremony, aircraft, and fireworks as the service com- memorated its 68th birthday on the Air Force Ceremonial Lawn at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling today. The United States Air Force Tattoo, themed “The U.S. Air Force: Yesterday, Today, and To- morrow,” featured flyovers by the USAF Thunderbirds, the F-22 Raptor demonstration team, and AFDW Commemorates Air Force Birthday with USAF Tattoo U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/JIM LOTZ The United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performs during the United States Air Force Tattoo on Sept. 17. see RUN, page 7 see BIRTHDAY, page 5 BY BOBBY JONES STAFF PHOTOJOURNALIST On Oct 3, Dr. Clifford L. Thomas, founder of We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ram- blers Self Defense Sys- tems will be leading a 2.7.mile Walk and Rally in observation on Na- tional Bullying Preven- tion Month. The event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and a rally will commence at noon with refreshments at the Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 57th Ave. Labeling his school and participants as Bul- ly Busters, Thomas has invited local politicians and Bladensburg Police members to join the Let’s Stop the Bullying pro- gram and rally against bullying at the beginning of the new school year. “We’ll also have a young girl give her testi- mony about how she was bullied and what she fi- nally did to stop it,” said Thomas. During the rally the Ramblers school will also perform a couple of sketches on how to deal with bullies. “I’ve been speaking out against bullying since 1970,” said Thomas, a noted Grand Master of 10 different martial arts disciplines. “We’ve got to bring this bullying to a head because we need to avoid National Bullying Prevention Month Walk and Rally see WALK, page 7 POPE ARRIVES AT JBA U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/AIRMAN 1ST CLASS PHILIP BRYANT Pope Francis and President Barack Obama are greeted by catholic school children at the flightline Sept. 22 on Joint Base Andrews. The children are local to the National Capital Region and presented Pope Francis with a gift of flowers.
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  • AN INDEPENDENT PUBLICATION OF COMPRINTMILITARY PUBLICATIONS AT JOINT BASE ANDREWS,MD.

    DCMILITARY.COM FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 | VOL. 4 NO. 38

    AIR FORCE NEWS

    Department of Defense honors heroes

    with highest recognition, Page 6

    COMMUNITY

    Annual Hyattsville Arts Festival a

    kaleidoscope of artistry, Page 8

    EVENTS

    Hot tickets around town,

    Page 2

    BY STAFF SGT.

    NICHELLE ANDERSON

    11TH WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

    In honor of POW/MIA

    Recognition Day, Team

    Andrews participated in

    a 24-hour remembrance

    run Sept. 17-18.

    More than 300 civil-

    ians and military service

    members participated

    in the run. Unlike years

    past, the run took place

    at the Motorcycle Safety

    Course.

    Remembrance

    run honors POW/

    MIA at Airshow

    U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/STAFF SGT. NICHELLE ANDERSON

    Marine Corps (Ret.) GySgt Ryan Rivera andmembers

    of Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 102, run

    the POW/MIA ag to the show center tomark the start

    of the 2015 Joint Base Andrews Airshow, Sept. 18.

    BY 1ST LT. ESTHER WILLETT

    AIR FORCE DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON

    Airmen from the Air Force Dis-

    trict of Washington brought the

    Air Forces rich history and heri-

    tage to life with a celebration of

    music, drill and ceremony, aircraft,

    and reworks as the service com-

    memorated its 68th birthday on

    the Air Force Ceremonial Lawn

    at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

    today.

    The United States Air Force

    Tattoo, themed The U.S. Air

    Force: Yesterday, Today, and To-

    morrow, featured yovers by the

    USAF Thunderbirds, the F-22

    Raptor demonstration team, and

    AFDWCommemorates Air Force

    Birthdaywith USAF Tattoo

    U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/JIM LOTZ

    The United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performs during

    the United States Air Force Tattoo on Sept. 17.

    see RUN, page 7 see BIRTHDAY, page 5

    BY BOBBY JONES

    STAFF PHOTOJOURNALIST

    On Oct 3, Dr. Clifford

    L. Thomas, founder of

    We Lead By Example,

    Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ram-

    blers Self Defense Sys-

    tems will be leading a

    2.7.mile Walk and Rally

    in observation on Na-

    tional Bullying Preven-

    tion Month. The event

    will be from 9:30 a.m. to

    11:30 a.m.; and a rally

    will commence at noon

    with refreshments at the

    Bladensburg Community

    Center, 4500 57th Ave.

    Labeling his school

    and participants as Bul-

    ly Busters, Thomas has

    invited local politicians

    and Bladensburg Police

    members to join the Lets

    Stop the Bullying pro-

    gram and rally against

    bullying at the beginning

    of the new school year.

    Well also have a

    young girl give her testi-

    mony about how she was

    bullied and what she fi-

    nally did to stop it, said

    Thomas. During the rally

    the Ramblers school will

    also perform a couple of

    sketches on how to deal

    with bullies.

    Ive been speaking

    out against bullying

    since 1970, said Thomas,

    a noted Grand Master of

    10 different martial arts

    disciplines.

    Weve got to bring

    this bullying to a head

    because we need to avoid

    National Bullying

    Prevention Month

    Walk and Rally

    seeWALK, page 7

    POPE ARRIVES AT JBA

    U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/AIRMAN 1ST CLASS PHILIP BRYANT

    Pope Francis and President Barack Obama are greeted by catholic school children at the ightline Sept. 22

    on Joint Base Andrews. The children are local to the National Capital Region and presented Pope Francis

    with a gift of owers.

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    2

    Friday, September 25, 2015

    Andrews Gazette is published by Comprint Military

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    September 26

    Food for Thought Festival

    Noon-5 p.m.

    Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park, 3400

    Bryan Point Road, Accokeek

    Join the Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway

    Park exploring strategies for reducing food waste

    through discussion, theater, DIY workshops, games

    and of course food. Call 301-283-2113 or visit http://

    accokeekfoundation.org/event/food-for-thought/

    September 26-30

    Capital Challenge Horse Show

    The Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave.,

    Upper Marlboro

    This annual horse show is a must-see. Call 301-

    952-7900 or visit http://www.showplacearena.com/

    September 26

    Noon

    Das Best Oktoberfest

    National Harbor, 137 National Plaza, National

    Harbor

    This Oktoberfest event features food, fun and

    more. For more information, visit http://www.nation-

    alharbor.com/ or http://www.dasbestoktoberfest.com/

    September 26-November 1

    Frightfest

    Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave., Bowie

    Enjoy Thrills by Day and Fright by Night Sept.

    19 Nov. 1. FREE with park admission. Call 301-

    249-1500 or visit https://www.sixags.com/america

    September 26

    Fighting For Freedom: African American Partici-

    pation in The War Of 1812

    1-2 p.m.

    Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis

    Road, Bladensburg

    Learn about the participation and stories of African

    Americans, who fought with the American and British

    troops during the War of 1812. Also discussed, the op-

    portunities provided to runaway slaves who joined the

    British to be granted freedom in Canada.Call 301-779-

    0371 or visit http://www.pgparks.com/page65612.aspx

    September 26

    Tribute to the Music of Motown

    8 p.m.

    The Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road,

    Cheverly

    A night of live entertainment featuring the big-

    gest Motown hits in a series of medleys and power-

    house songs. Call 301-277-1710 or visit www.arts.

    pgparks.com

    Hot tickets

    around town

    Your Care Choice

    Tricare Online and MiCare Se-

    cure Messaging are designed to

    enhance access to care for military

    beneciaries. Both programs are

    endorsed by the Military Heath

    System, said Col. Gwendolyn

    Johnson, chief of Air Force secure

    messaging at the Air Force Medical

    Operations Agency. While they do

    have some features in common, our

    beneciaries decide which tool they

    desire to use.

    In both programs beneciaries

    can validate medication lists and

    obtain test results, including labs.

    Both systems facilitate appoint-

    ments. With Tricare Online, ben-

    eciaries schedule appointments

    themselves, whereas MiCare, ben-

    eciaries request appointments via

    secure messaging. Once the request

    is made, clinic staff schedules an

    appointment with the provider.

    Tricare Online allows patients to

    track their claims and deductibles,

    and to obtain proof of medical in-

    surance. In comparison, MiCare is

    focused on secure messaging com-

    munication between patients and

    their health-care teams. For more

    information on Tricare Online and

    MiCare Secure Messaging, contact

    a local military treatment facility.

    Early Layaways

    The Army & Air Force Exchange

    Service is offering fee-free layaway

    purchases. The program ensures

    plenty of time to pay for gifts while

    keeping them hidden from prying

    eyes. The exchange will waive the

    $3 service fee for items placed on

    layaway and paid for by Dec. 24.

    Purchases of $25 or more are eligi-

    ble for the layaway plan. A deposit

    of 15 percent is required to hold

    items.

    Housing Renewal Funds

    Thousands of low-income veter-

    an families permanently housed or

    transitioning to permanent hous-

    ing will benet from the renewal of

    approximately $300 million in VA

    grants under the Supportive Ser-

    vices for Veteran Families (SSVF)

    program. The funding supports out-

    reach, case management and other

    exible assistance to prevent vet-

    eran homelessness. It went to 286

    non-prot organizations and con-

    sumer cooperatives in all 50 states,

    the District of Columbia, Guam,

    Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

    SSFV grantees serve veterans

    with incomes below 30 percent of

    the area median income. Grantees

    must center on permanently hous-

    ing homeless veterans without pre-

    conditions and provide supportive

    services.

    The Retiree Activities Ofce is

    open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday

    through Friday. Visit the ofce in

    Building 1604 at California and

    Colorado Avenues or call 301 981-

    2726. Call before your visit to ensure

    a volunteer is on duty. The RAO has

    a website at www.andrews.af.mil.

    Retiree Corner

    BY BOBBY JONES

    STAFF PHOTOJOURNALIST

    Learning never exhausts the

    mind.- Leonardo da Vinci

    Go ahead and exercise those

    neurons by reading and open the

    world at your local library during

    Library Card Sign-up Month.

    The Prince Georges Memorial

    Library System has a plethora

    of books, e-books and e-readers,

    digital audio books, movies, mag-

    azines, games, and many other

    traditional and digital resources

    to excite your senses at a local li-

    brary near you. There are so many

    reasons for signing up for your li-

    brary card.

    According to Kathleen Teaze,

    CEO of the Prince Georges Coun-

    ty Memorial Library System,

    the Library Card Sign-up Month

    draws attention to the benefits

    of having a free library card. At

    Prince Georges County Memorial

    Library System, library card-hold-

    ers gain access to the librarys vast

    print collection and public-access

    computers as well as to online re-

    sources, such as electronic books,

    streaming audio and video servic-

    es, more than 50 online databases

    and free training, tutoring, test

    prep and language education. Li-

    brary cards are gateways to one of

    the best free community resources

    you can find, said Teaze.

    Teaze noted some of the more

    tangible opportunities available to

    card holders that are not apparent

    are that they gain free access to

    cutting-edge technology at PGC-

    MLS.

    Customers can borrow iPads at

    the South Bowie Branch Library,

    for example, or use the Fairmount

    Heights Branchs D.R.E.A.M. Lab,

    a digital resource center for mu-

    sic production, video projects and

    Web and graphic design.

    She further stated Library

    card-holders also have access to

    online entertainment providing

    free streaming music, movies, TV

    shows and audio books. Its all

    available free with a library card,

    the best deal in town, said Teaze.

    Library cards are portals to a

    whole world of free activities for

    all ages, beginning with early lit-

    eracy opportunities to materials

    easily accessible through your

    computer or tablet, Teaze added.

    Additionally, the Prince

    Georges County Memorial Library

    System introduced a new mo-

    bile app to give customers access

    to the library from their smart

    phones. Check the mobile app or

    website at www.pgcmls.info for

    all the many online opportunities,

    programs and activities available

    free to library card holders.

    Anyone living in Maryland,

    Washington, D.C., and North-

    ern Virginia with a photo ID and

    proof of address may sign up for

    a free Prince Georges County li-

    brary card at any of the systems

    19 branches. Students age 17 or

    younger unaccompanied by a par-

    ent or guardian may apply for a

    student library card, which al-

    lows holders to borrow up to three

    items and access online services

    and library computers. For more

    information about how to sign up

    for a library card, visit any branch

    of Prince Georges County Memo-

    rial Library System or online at

    www.pgcmls.info.

    Some of the ideas for the

    youngsters or young-at-heart, the

    PGMLS offers hoopla digital Free

    Comics online with a library card.

    All library card holders can in-

    stantly explore, borrow and enjoy

    comics from DC Entertainment,

    IDW Publishing, Titan Comics

    and more. These are now available

    for mobile and online access the

    Librarys partnership with hoopla

    digital.

    Most of the materials and pro-

    grams available to you are free at

    your library. But if youre looking

    for some quick ideas for celebrat-

    ing Library Card Sign-Up Month

    online, search for http://www.

    librarianlisa.com/librarycard-

    signupmonth/.

    Celebrate Library Card

    Sign-up Month

    For more news from other bases around the Washington, D.C. area,

    visit www.dcmilitary.com.

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    Friday, September 25, 2015

    BY MASTER SGT.

    ERIC SULLIVAN

    USAFB

    The U.S. Air Force

    Bands Max Impact has

    made unique contributions

    to our Airman culture,

    writing career eld-specic

    songs for the Honor Guard

    (Stand) and Air Force

    Special Operations (Send

    Me). However, for their

    next project, the mem-

    bers of the band wanted to

    broaden the scope of their

    message. The result of this

    desire for force-wide inclu-

    sivity is the song American

    Airman, which was pre-

    miered at the Outstanding

    Airmen of theYear banquet

    at this years Air Force As-

    sociation convention.

    The song was written

    by Technical Sgt. Nalani

    Quintello and Senior Mas-

    ter Sgt. Matt Ascione, both

    members of Max Impact.

    They were inspired to write

    the song, Quintello said, by

    the desire to incorporate

    (into a song) every aspect

    of being an American Air-

    man ... we all raised our

    right hand and swore to

    defend our country with

    our lives. Were all ghting

    for the same thing on the

    same team, and thats what

    brings us so close together.

    She continued, Were one

    big family. One of my favor-

    ite lines in the song is, We

    stand together on freedoms

    ride/Brothers and sisters

    you can never divide.

    Said Ascione, Once the

    tune started coming togeth-

    er, I knew I wanted to pre-

    miere it at AFA. Our com-

    mander (Col. Larry Lang)

    had previously requested

    that we write a sort of ght

    song for the Air Force, and

    we hope this song ts the

    bill perfectly. As for writ-

    ing the song with newest

    Max Impact member Quin-

    tello, Ascione said, Shes a

    fantastic collaborator. Its

    great to have someone who

    has just come from the edge

    of the popular music scene

    (American Idol) to bounce

    ideas off and to have fresh

    ideas.

    Quintello offered her

    thoughts on the process as

    well. Its always a pleasure

    to write with Master Sgt.

    Ascione ... we just fed off

    of each other and created

    our interpretation of what

    it means to be anAmerican

    Airman. The song also in-

    cludes some Air Force his-

    tory, referencing Gen. Hen-

    ry Hap Arnold, the only

    5-star Air Force general,

    and Gen. Billy Mitchell, an

    early advocate of the worth

    of air power.

    The intended audience

    for the song isnt the only

    thing that sets American

    Airman apart from Max

    Impacts previous offerings.

    Where Stand and Send

    Me take their musical

    cues from hard rock and

    metal, American Airman

    is rmly in the vein of New

    Nashville Country, and

    Ascione says this is a good

    thing. I feel that the musi-

    cal style is more accessible

    to a wider range of listen-

    ers, and Nalanis voice is a

    perfect match for the tune.

    There is also a shout cho-

    rus at the end, which is a

    perfect spot for an audience

    or listener to join in.

    The world premiere for

    American Airman and

    the accompanying music

    video took place on Mon-

    day evening at the yearly

    AFA Convention, during

    the Outstanding Airmen of

    the Year awards banquet.

    This annual event is regu-

    larly attended by the high-

    est rankingmembers of the

    Air Force, along with other

    distinguished visitors from

    government and industry.

    But, for Quintello, there

    was more excitement than

    nerves. I never would have

    thought Id be co-writing a

    song specically for the Air

    Force and premiering it in

    front of our leaders, includ-

    ing the Chief of Staff, Gen.

    Welsh. Its such an honor

    to be able to write and sing

    for something much bigger

    than myself.

    Max Impact lmed the

    music video using the ight

    line at Joint Base Andrews

    as their backdrop. The U.S.

    Air Force Bands producer,

    Chief Master Sgt. Jebodiah

    Eaton, supervised the proj-

    ect, which brought together

    professionals fromAir Force

    Television and the 11th

    Wing public affairs team

    to shoot and edit the music

    video. The synergy on the

    project was a testament to

    the professionalism of all of

    those involved, said Eaton.

    Aircraft were supplied by

    the 811 Operations Group,

    459 Air Refueling Wing

    and 113 Fighter Wing. Ea-

    ton explained, This proj-

    ect came together rather

    quickly and represents the

    exibility and seamless in-

    tegration of active, guard

    and reserve components of

    the Air Force. The video is

    currently available on You-

    Tube and can be download-

    ed from the Defense Video

    & Imagery Distribution

    site (DVIDS) https://www.

    dvidshub.net/video/423791/

    american-airmen.

    Max Impact releases new original song and video, American Airman

    U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/STAFF SGT. KAT LYNN JUSTEN

    The U.S. Air Force band Max Impact performs in front of a 459th Air Refueling

    Wing KC-135R Stratocaster during production of their up-and-coming music video

    on the Joint Base Andrews ight line Aug. 26.

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    U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/JIM LOTZ

    The United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team

    and Air Force Band present the colors during the

    United States Air Force Tattoo on Sept. 17. The Air

    Force District of Washington commemorated the

    United States Air Forces 68th birthday September

    17 with a celebration of music, drill and ceremony,

    aircraft, and reworks on the Air Force Ceremonial

    Lawn at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

    a Warbird vintage air-

    craft squadron, as well as

    performances by the U.S.

    Special Operations com-

    mands Para-Comman-

    dos jump team, and the

    USAF Band and Honor

    Guard.

    The ceremony re-

    minds us of the contri-

    butions and sacrifices

    made by Airmen - past

    and present - who have

    served the Nation in our

    Air Force, said Air Force

    Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark

    A. Welsh III.

    Tonight we thank

    millions of patriots who

    raised their hands and

    swore to support and

    defend the Constitu-

    tion as members of the

    United States Air Force.

    We thank the millions

    more who supported

    them from home and we

    thank the millions yet to

    come who will raise their

    hands and follow us into

    the wild blue yonder,

    said Welsh.

    Senior leaders from

    the Air Force and oth-

    er branches of service

    joined in the celebration,

    along with leaders from

    Capitol Hill, community

    and business leaders, as

    well as a number of se-

    nior Air Force officers

    from countries in the

    Pacific region. The event

    was a perfect opportuni-

    ty to showcase and cel-

    ebrate this point in the

    U.S. Air Forces history

    and to invest in coopera-

    tive relationships with

    global partners which

    remain critical to ensur-

    ing continued safety and

    stability in key regions

    around the world, said

    Col. Jon Julian, the 11th

    Operations Group Com-

    mander at Joint Base

    Anacostia-Bolling.

    This is an opportu-

    nity to show off preci-

    sion, excellence, and

    professionalism in a

    traditional military tat-

    too setting to our friends

    and allies, Julian said.

    We are building those

    relationships right now

    in our backyard, sharing

    the celebration of Air

    Power and our birthday.

    Planners and perform-

    ers worked for more than

    ten months to execute a

    seamless event. Coordi-

    nating the ight portions

    of the Tattoo posed the

    largest logistical chal-

    lenge. A lot of legwork

    went into ensuring that

    flyovers looked smooth

    and uncomplicated on ex-

    ecution, said Julian.

    As the planning com-

    mittee navigated logisti-

    cal obstacles, performers

    faced unique challenges

    of their own.

    This is a joint effort

    between multiple units

    coming together, and the

    challenge is all the mov-

    ing parts. We have as-

    sets in the air and lots

    of troops on the ground

    so timings are critical,

    said Senior Master Sgt.

    Ryan Carson, lead sing-

    er for Max Impact, the

    premier rock band of the

    U.S. Air Force. Technol-

    ogy is our enemy some-

    times, so we try to work

    out all those kinks and

    make sure everything

    flows smoothly and gives

    a good show.

    Performing in low

    light also presents a

    challenge when you are

    manipulating a sword or

    a rifle in close quarters.

    The hardest part for

    the drill team is adapt-

    ing to the different cir-

    cumstances when we

    drill, said Senior Amn.

    Angela Mitchell, a drill

    team member of the U.S.

    Honor Guard. Were not

    used to drilling at night,

    and our eyes are trying

    to adjust in the dark. Its

    a challenge.

    But when the lights

    go down and the music

    turns up, the adrenaline

    carries the performers

    through, said Staff Sgt.

    Sasha Escobedo, a drill

    team member of the U.S.

    Honor Guard.

    There have been

    hours and hours of prac-

    tice that have gone into

    this, said Escobedo.

    But it all paid off. It

    was incredible.

    Air Force District of

    Washington Commander

    Maj. Gen. Darryl Burke

    said it was a unique

    privilege for AFDW Air-

    men to be able to honor

    the service as it cele-

    brates its 68th birthday.

    This event demon-

    strates Air Force excel-

    lence and capabilities to

    our global partners, our

    senior leaders, and our

    community, said Burke.

    The talented men and

    women who performed

    today represent our

    proud legacy as Airmen,

    they represent the Air-

    men defending our free-

    dom around the globe to-

    day, and they represent

    the Airmen who will

    follow us as we look to

    confront the challenges

    of the future.

    BIRTHDAY , from page 1

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    Friday, September 25, 2015

    BY SENIOR AIRMAN

    HAILEY HAUX

    SECRETARY OF THE AIR

    FORCE PUBLIC AFFAIRS

    COMMAND INFORMATION

    Secretary of Defense

    Ash Carter honored Air-

    man 1st Class Spencer

    Stone, Army Spc. Alek

    Skarlatos and Anthony

    Sadler for their heroism

    during an award ceremo-

    ny at the Pentagon Sept.

    17.

    The three men made

    headlines when they sub-

    dued a heavily armed

    gunman on a Paris-bound

    train Aug. 21.

    The world is a very

    dangerous place. Not be-

    cause of the people who

    wish to do evil but because

    there are so few of us that

    try to make a difference

    and do anything about it,

    said Gen. Paul Selva, the

    vice chairman of the Joint

    Chiefs of Staff, quoting Al-

    bert Einstein. It is a priv-

    ilege to share this stage

    with three young men who

    did something about evil.

    Today we are here to honor

    Army Spc. Alek Skarlatos,

    Airman 1st Class Spencer

    Stone and Mr. Anthony

    Sadler for what they did

    in their heroic action that

    day on the train bound for

    Paris.

    Selva expressed how

    difcult it is to imagine

    what might have hap-

    pened on that train that

    day had the three not tak-

    en action.

    For that heroism, we

    are here to present the

    Soldiers Medal and the

    Airmans Medal, the ser-

    vices highest award for

    members who have dis-

    tinguished themselves in

    non-combat heroic action,

    which involved risking

    their own lives, Selva

    said. (We also present)

    the Medal of Valor, a med-

    al that was brought into

    being after September 11,

    2001, for civilians who

    took the same risk.

    Stone, Sadler, and

    Skarlatos each took a

    turn getting their medals

    pinned on by the secretary

    of Defense.

    Carter gave the credit

    for having a world of op-

    portunities and challenges

    to heroes like Skarlatos

    and Stone, adding both

    servicemembers and

    young citizens like Sadler,

    give us condence in the

    future.

    Secretary of the Air

    Force Deborah Lee James

    pinned the Purple Heart

    to Stones chest for the

    wounds he received during

    the attack.

    I stand before you to-

    day as a person who owes

    his life to an Airman.

    Selva said. That Airman

    risked his life to save mine,

    not unlike these three men

    did that day on that train.

    I have lived my life and led

    my career with the abiding

    belief that when each of us

    who wear this uniform or

    choose to defend this na-

    tion are called, we will do

    the right thing. Gentle-

    men, thank you for acting,

    thank you for being people

    who cared enough to make

    a difference.

    Department of Defense honors heroeswith highest recognition

    Secretary of Defense Ash Carter shakes hands with

    Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone after presenting him

    the Airmans Medal at the Heroes of the Rails cer-

    emony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17.

    Stone was awarded the Airmans Medal and the Pur-

    ple Heart for bravery and valor for his heroic actions

    on the train bound for Paris.

    U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTOS/SCOTT ASH

    The Heroes of the Rails stand with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Gen.

    Paul J. Selva, the Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman, during a ceremony at the

    Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17 to honor the three men for their heroic

    actions on Aug. 21 on a train bound for Paris.

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    To kick-off the remembrance run,

    Ann Mills-Grifths, CEO and Chair-

    man of the Board of Directors for the

    National League of POW/MIA Families,

    spoke to attendees and runners about

    the importance of remembering our

    POWs and how her organization assists

    in that endeavor.

    Your role in this cant be understat-

    ed, Grifths said. Ending uncertainty

    and bringing facts to waiting families,

    friends and to our nation has been what

    weve done since 1970, what youre do-

    ing upholds the spirit and the letter

    of the Code of Conduct and what you

    all accept as the best possible effort to

    leave no one behind.

    During the entirety of the event,mem-

    bers carried the POW/MIA ag around

    the course. The intent was for the ag to

    stay in motion at all times, signifying the

    constant search for all POW/MIA.

    Because of your adherence to such

    high principals, Americans across the

    country are indebted to all of you, said

    Mills, not only for your service to our

    country, but what you do for those who

    have not yet returned.

    POW/MIA Recognition Day is ob-

    served annually across the country on

    the third Friday of September. On this

    day, service members take time to pay

    homage to those who were POW or are

    still MIA.

    Coincidently, the recognition day co-

    incided with Andrews Airshow this year

    and the two planning committees worked

    together to ensure the remembrance run

    was part of the show.

    The end of the run began the An-

    drews Airshows DoD-only Rehearsal

    Day opening ceremony, said Tech. Sgt.

    Joshua Erhard, POW/MIA Remembrance

    Run committee chairmen.

    Marine Corps (Ret.) GySgt Ryan Ri-

    vera and members of Air Force Sergeants

    Association Chapter 102 ran the POW/

    MIA ag to the show center to mark the

    start of the show.

    We do this run every year and we do

    it in honor of POW/MIAs, said Erhard.

    President Obama stated in a procla-

    mation, On National POW/MIA Recog-

    nition Day, we express the solemn prom-

    ise of a country and its people to our

    service members who have not returned

    home and their families: you are not for-

    gotten.

    RUN, from page 1

    U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/STAFF SGT. NICHELLE ANDERSON

    Ann Mills-Grifths, CEO and Chair-

    man of the Board of Directors for the

    National League of POW/MIA Families,

    speaks during the opening ceremony

    for the POW/MIA 24-hour Remem-

    brance Run. During the entirety of the

    event, members carried the POW/

    MIA ag around the course. The intent

    was for the ag to stay in motion at all

    times, signifying the constant search

    for all POW/MIA.

    altercations like the young football

    player who beat another player half

    to death in the lunch room at school

    last week in Baltimore. A lot of things

    are happening on the bus before the

    kids even reach school, said Thomas.

    I teach my students to defend

    themselves with alternative tech-

    niques against bullies. There was one

    of my students who had another kid

    throw a ball of paper at him on the

    bus. He threw it back at him and the

    kid beat him up very badly. The first

    thing I asked my student was did you

    block his punches. He answered yes,

    I kept on blocking, but he kept on

    punching. I asked what him what did

    he do next. He said I told my teacher

    about the incident and then I told my

    parents when I got home. The first

    thing I teach my kids to do is block

    weapons such as pencils or knives to

    protect them from serious danger,

    said Thomas.

    Dr. Thomas realizes the long term

    adverse effects bullying has on peo-

    ple of all ages, including students,

    parents, family members, seniors and

    even within the work force, whether

    experienced through cyberspace and

    or in person, said Thomas, who re-

    cently received a Maryland citation

    from Governor Larry Hogan for his

    efforts against bullying in the schools

    and his senior safety program. We

    hope that the governor and everyone

    else will be able to attend our worth-

    while event, said Thomas.

    To register to participate in the

    walk/rally go to: tkdmccutch@yahoo.

    com. Place on the subject line: Octo-

    ber 3 Bullying Busters and indicate

    the number of participants. For infor-

    mation on upcoming events regard-

    ing bullying prevention and supports

    efforts against bullying throughout

    the year, visit: www.ramblers-tkd.org

    or call 301-277-2124. For questions,

    feel free to contact Dr. Thomas at

    202-251-1030.

    We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae

    Kwon Do Ramblers Self Defense Sys-

    tems is a registered 501 (c) and 501(c)

    3 nonprofit organization. To view a

    map of the walk route go to http://

    www.plotaroute.com/route/114856.

    WALK, from page 1

    For more news from other bases around the Washington, D.C. area,

    visit www.dcmilitary.com.

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    Friday, September 25, 2015

    BY BOBBY JONES

    STAFF PHOTOJOURNALIST

    Noted as Prince Georges Countys

    GatewayArts District, artists from various

    disciplines, including music, sculptors and

    painters and more, displayed their talents

    for local visitors and surrounding anchor

    restaurants to enjoy during the 8th An-

    nual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival

    Sept. 19.

    Originally organized by the Hyattsville

    Community Development Corporation

    and EYA, an urban home builder of new

    home communities throughout DC, Mary-

    land andVirginia the community art event

    brought together more than 70 exhibiting

    and performing artists for artistic displays,

    live entertainment and food in the arts dis-

    trict founded in 2001.

    According to Stuart Eisenberg, HCDC

    Executive Director, there are many rel-

    evant purposes to sponsoring the annual

    event. First of all we are in the Prince

    Georges County Gateway of Arts and En-

    tertainment District; [where] arts are im-

    portant to the community, said Eisenberg.

    As far as the variety of entertainment

    invited, Eisenberg noted, a certain num-

    ber of remaining festival applicants are ju-

    ried for participation, which allowed us to

    get an interesting mix of talent and show-

    case certain artists. Essentially, we were

    looking for the eclectic, unique and high

    quality artists, Eisenberg said.

    More than 3,900 to 4,000 visitors

    browsed the colorfully cordoned street way,

    between the anchored entrance of Busboys

    and Poets and Elevation Burger, patron-

    izing the artisans, vendors and local busi-

    nesses, while listening to music and allow-

    ing their children to be treated to free face

    painting. Some the artists shared their

    works and thoughts on participating in the

    community event.

    Emily Fanning, Riverdale Park Youth

    Doll Study Club founder and board mem-

    ber, proudly answered questions from

    potential patrons about their handmade

    dolls. Based out of Riverdale Park, the

    club teaches girls, age 7 years and older,

    how to make early 1800 bedpost dolls out

    of nials.

    Its a lost art, so Im teaching them how

    to do it.Theres also furniture they can put

    renish and assemble for the dolls, said

    Fanning, who learned ne art through

    summer classes at Corcoran Gallery of Art

    inWashington, D.C.

    I dont really play with dolls anymore,

    said Tamryn Thornton-Fillyaw, 14, a four-

    year student at RPAC. But its a good skill

    to have because it teaches you how to sew

    and have patience. I really enjoy doing the

    faces. It also teaches you to be disciplined

    because it really takes a long time to nish a

    doll.When youre done, its really awesome.

    Delia Mychajluk, a 1986 graduate of

    Corcoran has been a member of the Hy-

    attsville Community Arts Alliance for

    more than ve years. She has shared her

    talents with the local community for 30

    years.

    A nurse by profession, Mychajluk

    earned a Bachelors and Masters in Psy-

    chology Nursing. Although I still work as

    a nurse, art is my passion. Ive been com-

    ing to these art festivals for about three

    years. I enjoy coming to interact with my

    community.

    Stuart Eisenberg, Hyattsville Commu-

    nity Development Corporation Executive

    Director explained the event originated as

    a means to attract people to the area to

    show themwhat was happening with revi-

    talization and potentially to sell more row

    homes and support future retail. Once the

    retail center was completed the event was

    moved to Jefferson Street, which seemed

    to be a nice backdrop for the festival, said

    Eisenberg.

    In relevance to the future revitalization

    of the arts district Eisenberg noted, plans

    are tomaintainwhatwearedoingandmove

    toward the transit-oriented development at

    the Prince Georges Plaza andWest Hyatts-

    ville Metro stations. Realizing the potential

    at those very important sites will help our

    community realize its full potential.

    Among the other entertainment was six

    mainstream artists, included Brle, In-

    voke, Anthony Swamp Dog Clark, Cissa

    Paz, Urban Artistry and Cheick Hamala

    Diabate

    Along the Route 1 corridor,The Shoppes

    at Arts District Hyattsville town center

    featured the following retailers and res-

    taurants: Big Bad Woof Pet Supply, Bus-

    boys and Poets, Chipotle, Elevation Burg-

    er, Caf Azul and Shagga Coffee, Essential

    Day Spa, Frame Savvy, Hair Cuttery, My-

    EyeDr., Spice 6, Tara Thai, Yes! Organic

    Market, Yogi Castle and Jimmy Johns.

    Visitors could also experience Franklins

    Restaurant, Brewery, and General Store.

    Annual Hyattsville Arts Festival a kaleidoscope of artistry, community involvement

    Fine glassware was on display from

    Bella Art Mosaics, a local business that

    specializes in unique mosaics, jewelry,

    mirrors, ne art, home dcor and gar-

    den accents.

    PHOTOS/BOBBY JONES

    DeliaMychajluk, a 1986 graduate of

    Corcoran andmember of theHyattsville

    Community Arts Alliance for over ve

    years stands beside one of hermany cre-

    ations called AMothers Burden,made of

    cement over recycled bottles and cans.

    The hands and face aremade of polymer

    clay. She has shared her talentswith the

    local community for 30 years.

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    Friday, September 25, 2015

    9

    BY AIRMAN 1ST CLASS

    J.D. MAIDENS

    11TH WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

    Joint Base Andrews

    held an Air Show on

    Sept. 19.

    Months of preparation

    culminated in a show

    featuring static, aviation

    displays and flights.

    The flights were

    headlined by the United

    States Air Force aerial

    demonstration team, the

    Thunderbirds.

    Its great to be here

    at Joint Base Andrews!

    We couldnt think of a

    better place to celebrate

    68 years of Air Force his-

    tory, said Capt. Sara

    Harper, Thunderbirds

    public affairs officer. It

    was an honor to be a

    part of the air tattoo on

    Friday that honored past

    and present Airmen of

    the worlds greatest Air

    Force!

    Also flying: an F-22

    Raptor; P-51 Mustangs;

    F-16 Fighting Falcons;

    a U-2 Dragon Lady;

    the U.S. Special Opera-

    tions Command Para-

    chute team; a KC-135

    Stratotanker; Kent Pi-

    etsch, professional stunt

    pilot; UH-1N Iroquois;

    the Warbirds aerial dem-

    onstration team; Scott

    Francis, an acrobatic

    pilot; the Trojan Horse-

    men; and David Wind-

    miller, an acrobatic pilot.

    The flights took place

    over a flightline covered

    in static displays and re-

    freshments provided by

    local vendors.

    Its been great, I re-

    ally enjoyed it, Angela

    DeBellis, air show at-

    tendee. Its been a long

    time since I went to one

    of these, I cant wait to

    come to another.

    Distinguished visi-

    tors included Gen. Mark

    A. Welsh III, Air Force

    Chief of Staff, and Air-

    man 1st Class Spencer

    Stone, who assisted in

    stopping an in-progress

    French terrorist attack.

    The announcer was

    Matt Jolley, current host

    of the Edward R. Mur-

    row Award winning ra-

    dio talk show for military

    aviation fans, Warbird

    Radio LIVE.

    JBA and Naval Air

    Facility Washington per-

    sonnel provided logistic,

    medical and security

    support.

    We wanted to show

    our air superiority capa-

    bilities and say thanks

    to the community, said

    Lt. Col. Marc Milligan,

    Air Show director. Judg-

    ing by the attendance

    and enthusiasm from

    the audience for our dis-

    plays, Id call this a suc-

    cess.

    Visit www.andrews.

    af.mil or the Joint Base

    Andrews Facebook page

    to see more photos from

    the 2015 Air Show.

    Thunderbirds y high over JBA

    U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTOS BY SENIOR AIRMAN PRESTON WEBB

    A P-51 Mustang and an F-22 Raptor perform a heri-

    tage ight at the 2015 Joint Base Andrews Air Show

    Sept. 19. These aircraft represent more than half a

    century of U.S. Air Force history.

    U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/AIRMAN 1ST CLASS RYAN J. SONNIER

    The Trojan Horsemen perform during the 2015 Joint Base Andrews Air Show,

    Sept. 19. The demonstration aircraft used were T-28 Trojans.

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    Friday, September 25, 2015

    COL. ROGER LAW TAKES COMMAND OF

    459TH MAINTENANCE GROUP

    U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO / SENIOR AIRMAN KRISTIN KURTZ

    Col. Thomas K. Smith Jr., 459th Air Refueling Wing commander, Joint Base Andrews, passes the guidon to

    Col. Roger S. Law, during the 459th Maintenance Group Assumption of Command ceremony held on Septem-

    ber 12th. This will be Col. Laws third maintenance commander position.

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