Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Helping Hands

Jim Thoreson, the chief deputy of the Cass County Sherriff's Department, helps Mili Sherman up a ladder and into a quick response force vehicle from the North Dakota National Guard March 22, 2010, in Cass County, North Dakota. Thoreson and members of a quick response force team are assisting Sherman as she temporarily vacates her home due to the floodwater covering the road to her home. (DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, U.S. Air Force/Released)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 51) transits the coast of Southern California March 20, 2010, while conducting a composite training unit exercise in preparation for a deployment. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell, U.S. Navy/Released)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

USS Bunker Hill (CG 52)

U.S. Navy quartermasters aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) chart a course as the ship transits the Strait of Magellan March 16, 2010. Bunker Hill is supporting Southern Seas 2010, a U.S. Southern Command-directed operation that provides U.S. and international forces the opportunity to operate in a multinational environment. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker, U.S. Navy/Released)

Friday, March 19, 2010

U.S. Soldiers speak with a village elder in Afghanistan

U.S. Soldiers with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment speak with a village elder in a Kuchi village in Hutal, Afghanistan, March 17, 2010. Kuchis are Afghan Pashtun nomads which make up approximately 40 percent of the population of Afghanistan. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Dayton Mitchell, U.S. Air Force/Released)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A landing craft

A landing craft, air cushion from Assault Craft Unit 5 prepares to enter the well deck of the forward deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) while off the coast of Luzon, Philippines, March 16, 2010. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Smith, U.S. Navy/Released)

Security during a shura in Luy Kariz, Afghanistan

From right, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin B. Marshall, Sgt. Joshua B. Hupe and Afghan Border Police officers provide security during a shura in Luy Kariz, Afghanistan, March 15, 2010. The Soldiers are with 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II, U.S. Air Force/Released)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A U.S. Navy ground crew

A U.S. Navy ground crew from Strike Fighter Squadron 94 prepares an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft for a flight at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 12, 2010. The unit, based out of Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., is in the area training with Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-2 pilots for aviation training relocation exercises. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse, U.S. Air Force/Released)

The Blue Angels

The U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, fly in a delta formation over Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif., March 11, 2010, during a practice air show. The El Centro air show is the first of 35 air shows in the team’s 2010 season. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen D. Doyle II, U.S. Navy/Released)

The Marines

A U.S. service member directs a landing craft, air cushion carrying Marines and equipment onto the beach in Djibouti on March 4, 2010. The Marines, who are assigned to Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment and Combat Logistics Battalion 24, attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, are in the area to conduct training and live-fire ranges. DoD photo by Sgt. Andrew J. Carlson, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Mike Mizes punches William Petersen

U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) cadet Mike Mizes punches fellow cadet William Petersen during the USAFA's Wing Open Championships held at Clune Arena March 5, 2010, at the academy in Colorado. Mizes went on to defeat Petersen, both freshmen, by judge’s decision. (DoD photo by Bill Evans, U.S. Air Force/Released)

U.S. Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship

U.S. Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) conduct qualification training drills on a .50-caliber gun mount system March 10, 2010, while under way in the Caribbean Sea. Fort McHenry is returning from participation in Operation Unified Response as part of the USS Bataan (LHD 5) relief mission, providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Haiti since a 7.0 earthquake struck the area of Port-au-Prince Jan. 12, 2010. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Darryl I. Wood, U.S. Navy/Released)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Future Immersive Training Environment

U.S. Marines from 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment walk through a scenario during a Future Immersive Training Environment (FITE) joint capability technology demonstration at Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 4, 2010. FITE is part of a broad U.S. Joint Forces Command campaign to enhance ground-based simulation through realistic, immersive training. (DoD photo by Sgt. Josh LeCappelain, U.S. Army/Released)

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Face of Defense: Airman Draws Motivation From Father, Uncle

By Air Force Master Sgt. 
Scott T. Sturkol Special to AFPS

SOUTHWEST ASIA : After Sept. 11, 2001, Air Force Staff Sgt. Sparkle Reid was a different person. She was in one of the 2,973 families who grieved after losing a family member in the tragedy.

Reid lost her uncle, Louie A. Williams, when the World Trade Center towers came down. He worked on the 66th floor in the North Tower for the New York Port Authority as a paralegal. She had what she called "one of those deep cries."

On Feb. 27, 2009, Reid lost her father, Charles T. Reid, after complications from surgery. Again, she cried.

Now deployed as the nonappropriated funds custodian for the 380th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron at an air base in Southwest Asia, Reid said she looked up to both men.

"I looked up to them full of love and inspiration," the Queens, N.Y, native said. "My uncle really wanted me to finish school, so that inspired my enlistment.

"With my dad, he was so proud of me," added Reid, who is deployed from the 48th Force Support Squadron at Lakenheath, England. "He'd say, 'My baby girl is in the military.' We'd just started to rebuild our relationship when he passed. It hurt, a lot, to lose them both, but their deaths inspired me to be a better person. It inspired me to love and to forgive, because you never know when you won't have someone in your life anymore."

Reid has been in the Air Force for nearly seven years. Though she joined the military with the intention of furthering her education, she said, her service has given her even more.

"I have more stability in the military than I did as a civilian," she explained. "Originally, I wanted to go into the Army to be like my uncles and my dad. But my uncle told me, 'If you go, go to the Air Force.' There is a certain amount of pride that comes with being an airman. As far as being deployed, in my opinion, this is our real job. What we do at home station just prepares us to come here and complete our mission."

In her current job Reid prepares a quarterly budget and ensures inventories are completed and reported. She also completes financial statements, reconciles them and forwards them to theater command every month. She also purchases equipment for nonappropriated funds facilities.

"I have to make sure nonappropriated funds from self-generated activities are used to increase the quality of life and morale of our deployed airmen," Reid said.

Squadron leaders took notice, and nominated her for the honor she earned as the wing's "Warrior of the Week" for the week of Feb. 17 to 23.

"She's a hard-working airman and deserves the recognition for her can-do attitude every day," said Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Mark Miller, 380th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron first sergeant.

Reid appreciates the recognition, but she emphasized that her work is "all about the team" and that she'll continue to work hard and also try to complete some goals on her deployment.

The airman said the memory of her departed father and uncle inspires her to do the best job she can every day.

"I like the small-town feeling this deployed base has and it will help me work to complete at least half of my Community College of the Air Force degree and to study for [promotion to] technical sergeant," Reid said. "I know my dad and my uncle would be proud of me for what I'm doing on this deployment. It's their inspiration that keeps me going."

(Air Force Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol serves in the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing public affairs office.)
                                                (Issued on :March 5, 2010)  

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Remembering Gen. Frederick C. Weyand

Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) Gen. George W. Casey Jr. presents a folded American flag to the daughter of Gen. Frederick C. Weyand during his interment ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu Feb. 27, 2010. Weyand, who died Feb. 10, 2010, at the age of 93, served through three wars during his 38 years of active duty in the Army. His final assignment was as the 28th CSA. (DoD photo by Myles Cullen/Released)