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COMMENTARY Everyone can improve a child's life Hilltop Times February 9, 2006 fflLB BY LAURA MCGOWAN Aeronautical Systems Center Public Affairs WRIGHT-PATTERSO- (AFPN) What has been your most memorable N "I like My AFB, Ohio this year's African American History Month theme, 'Reaching out to youth: a strategy for excellence' because it's targeting the resources of the future our children." For me it ties in with the words of Elie Wiesel, a Jew who was deported by the Nazis to the Auschwitz concentration camp with his family in 1944 when he was a teenager. He is currently a professor in humanities at Boston University. "The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference," Mr. Wiesel said. I don't think people intend to be indifferent. I think it just happens. Their lives' hurried schedules don't lend to reachlet alone ing out to their own children somebody else's. How do I know? Since December 2000, I've been a single parent. My son is now 19 and recently married. My daughter is 13. After their dad left us in 1999, my life as a Staff Sgt. Matt Duncan 388th Equipment Maintenance Squadron "My wife and I went skiing in Tahoe, stayed at a romantic hotel and had some cabernet and great Italian food." stay-at-hom- e, tf " -- 1 life ended abruptly. I didn't have much time to sit back and take a breath. Senior Airman Mike Rogers 388th Equipment Maintenance Squadron learning how to ski and fractured my arm." BY COL. BRAD SPACY Senior Airman Aaron Law 729th Aircraft Control Squadron "My most memorable was from last year because I was able to keep my wife in the dark as far as what I picked out. She gave me some hints as to what she wanted, but instead I bought her a new diamond ring." I 3 -- J y spi-rale- d, acting out their hurt and fear of not having their dad them. with My son regularly exploded with anger and my daughter cried every day. People at church told us they were praying for us and family members were in different states. I won't go into the whole teary-eye- d story, but the bottom line is that everyone was so busy with their lives that they were indifferent They didn't mean to be it just happened. Some people feel they aren't qualified to mentor someone else. They may not feel smart enough, successful enough, the right race, etc. If you fall into that category, hear this. My children could not have cared less about the color of your skin, what kind of car you drove or if you would buy them things. A regular or phone call just to talk to them or see how they were doing in school, home x child's life outside of my own family? Why ' not? Do I know of a family that might appreciate making myself available to their child in a safe environment such as school lunch time or homework help? Do I have a hang-u-p if the child's famis ily of a different race? Do I know a child who is interested in the same things my children are interested in, and can I include that child periodically in a scheduled event? . If you don't have a clue on where to start making a difference, contact your local educational outreach office. They can help you to be a Big Brother or Big Sister, a tutor or a job shadowing mentor. They can also give you other ideas how you can touch the lives of our youth. n As we recognize the upcoming History Month, let's reach outto our children. Who knows, you may touch the life of the next Rosa Parks, Chappie James, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., teacher, doctor, military leader, president of the United States mom. or a wonderful Courtesy ofAir Force Materiel Command Newsservice African-America- task force also showed the world that Air Force security forces are an exceptionally capable ground combat force. This is a key point as security forces transform from a Cold War industrial security force to a relevant ground combat force for the joint warfighter area of operations was one of in the 21st century. the most violent areas in the During Operation Desert region, roughly 10 kilometers Storm, the lines of battle were wide and six deep, from the fairly well defined with major Balad perimeter fence to the combat at the "front" and air bases supposedly tucked safeTigris River. and ly in the rear area. The first Throughout January Colonel widely publicized indications February 2005, Bargery led the men and that the enemy was changwomen of TF 1041 in more ing tactics was seen during than 500 combat missions that the attack on Khobar Towers, included raids, ambushes and Saudi Arabia, but the full imsniper operations aimed at pact of these changes weren't taking back the initiative en- - fully exposed until operations jayeft.1whfcncv.for- more Enduring Freedom and Iraqi . Every Airman is a warrior "When I was 13 years old, I was at Snowbird in Washington where I was J- diately - Valentine's Day? or sports would have brought a smile to their faces. ; Ask yourself a few questions: Am I regularly involved in another chil- dren imme- Nerissa Freeman 75th Mission Support Group "My husband sent roses to my office, then that night we had a nice dinner, went for a ride on a carriage and spent the evening in Salt Lake City." Tech. Sgt. Wilfredo Nunez 649th Combat Logistics Support Squadron U.S. Air Force Headquarters Security Forces & Force Protection WAS H I N G T O N (AFPN) In the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2005, the first combat patrols of Operation Desert Safeside left the northern perimeter of Balad Air Base, Iraq, and began an y combat opaggressive eration to kill or capture insurgents attacking the air base. This was a historic mission for Air Force security force. It was bold and the stakes were high. We knew the results of Operation Desert Safeside would have implications on the future of Air Force security forces as a credible ground combat force. Operation Desert Safeside was carried out by the men and women of Task Force 1041, or TF 1041. Specially built around a squadron of the 820th Security Forces Group, TF 1041 was led by a young security forces lieutenant colonel named Chris Bargery, chosen for his reputation as an innovative combat leader. The task force's designated 60-da- Freedom.-"?'';- - . The task force did not disappoint. In just 60 days they cap- When previous Air Force-Arm- y agreements were dise tured 17 targets, solved last year, the Air Force eight major weapons caches was left with a tough problem: and 98 other insurgents. They While security forces are eareduced enemy attacks from ger to fight outside the wire, their area of operations to most are untested in the comnearly zero. Although TF 1041 bat environment experienced endured numerous firefights, by TF 1041. This situation is improvised explosive devices exacerbated by the fact that and indirect fire attacks, they security forces are spread sustained no injuries. Operathin conducting security mistion Desert Safeside was by sions and other tasks throughall accounts an overwhelming out the theater. This is where success. security forces transformaHowever, TF 1041's success tion comes in. It will help the Air Force on the battlefield had a larger effect than its immediate imdeliberately embrace the air pact around Balad AB. The base defense mission by ad high-valu- dressing requirements in all areas, from doctrine to training and equipping, and even' leadership preparation. Security forces transformation will also the organizational structure to ensure we have the number of troops available to take the fight to the enemy outside the wire. However, air base defense is a tough mission, and security forces can't do it alone. Effective air base defense requires an integrated approach. The Air Force needs to truly embrace the "every Airman is a warrior" culture and enlist the whole force in defending an air base much like Sailors do on an aircraft carrier. All Airmen must be trained and equipped to man "battle stations," and leaders rout. be - prepared to lead them In W2 r. ground fight. Security forces might be tKe ones outside the wire, but the whole Air Force team will have to ensure the base remains protected from penetrative attacks and insider threats, and be ready to respond when called upon. This is the reality of the world today. The brave men and women of TF 1041 proved this in drare-to- ol . matic fashion. Operation Desert Safeside provides a look at the future of Air Force ground combat, and security forces transformation is the key to ensuring we're all ready to protect and defend. Phone numbers The base agencies listed can be contacted directly if you have a complaint or a problem with their services: "The best one was when my wife and I went to Puerto Rico and stayed in a nice, romantic hotel. It was expensive!" tou Staff Sgt. Alicia Valenzuela 649th Combat Logistics Support Squadron I "The most memorable Valentine's was when I was deployed to Saudi Arabia and one of my coworkers brought in chocolate for al of the ladies." 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