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11 HILLTOP TIMES EOD holds stand down safety day at Hill AFB TIMES December 4, 2008 them to have in-depth conversations and learn from each other's experience. 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs The safety day held Nov. 20, consisted of a video from Gen. Eulberg, a discussion of recent experiences at dehe 775th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive ployed locations from Airmen who have recently reOrdnance Disposal Flight recently particiturned, an analysis of critical mistakes, as well as medical pated in an Air Force Headquarters directed information, and a segment about the mission and family. safety day for all EOD flights not operating in a hosAirman 1st Class Christopher Rodenberg, 775th CES tile fire or combat zone. EOD, said he felt the safety day format was more comMaj. Gen. Del Eulberg, Air Force Civil Engineer, directed this safety day because since the start of Opera- prehensive and allowed for more knowledge sharing than tions Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, joint service Explosive regular training. "Typically due to our mission requirements, everyone Ordnance Disposal personnel have responded to more can't be in the shop at once for training," Rodenberg said. than 80,000 incidents. Air Force EOD Airmen have responded to more than 24,000 of these incidents with eight "With this command-directed training day, we were able to sit down as a whole shop and discuss current trends EOD Airmen losing their lives and 33 Airmen injured and recent experiences." In a memorandum from Gen. Eulberg, he explained He added that since he is about to deploy, this was the reason and goal of the EOD safety day. 'The United States Air Force EOD program continues beneficial because it gave him the opportunity to hear individual stories from personnel he is not able to work with to evolve as our Airmen become more ground combat on a day-to-day basis due to the mission. oriented. The operations tempo for our EOD personnel "This reinforces the training I have done so far and has continued to increase since the start of operations helps put a face with scenarios I have heard about," said OEF and OIF," said the general. "Many of our Airmen Rodenberg, who feels that these stories and the lessons are experiencing a one-to-one dwell with many on their third or fourth combat tour. These factors have driven the they teach carry more weight when told by a fellow Airneed for us to direct a tactical pause' to focus on standard men than when reading it in a training manual. Senior Airman Benjamin Clement, 775th CES EOD, operating procedures: tactics, techniques, procedures and the health of our EOD warriors." recently returned from a deployment in Iraq and said Capt Jay Ferguson, 775th CES EOD flight commander, knowledge exchange is probably the most important thing EOD Airmen can do for fellow EOD technicians said by having a single day focused on reviewing and about to deploy. discussing different types of EOD situations, it allowed BY SENIOR AIRMAN JASON BURTON T "With new Airmen and new team chiefs, most of them have only been able to read reports of incidents that have happened overseas, whereas during this safety day, they can pick someone's brain apart about what they did during a situation and why they made those decisions," Clement said "That is the closest thing to actually being there." Another benefit, besides getting the entire shop together at once, was the inclusion of medical briefings to inform EOD Airmen about post traumatic stress syndrome, traumatic brain injuries and different recourses available to them while deployed and after returning home. Master Sgt Curtis Keel, 775th CES EOD NCO incharge-of EOD logistics, felt the day's success would not have been possible without the mandate. "We are one of the largest EOD shops in the Air Force," Keel said. "We don't have the ability to pull everyone off missions for an entire day... but with the directive from the general, we were able to arrange our schedule to get maximum participation." Keel added that a requirement at the conclusion of the EOD safety day was to forward feedback and suggestions to headquarters for review. Keel felt the day was such a success he suggested the career field does it more frequently and in conjunction with deployment cycles so Airmen returning can exchange information with Airmen about to deploy. Ferguson agreed adding that the battle field changes daily and if EOD Airmen don't learn information from those returning from a deployment a good thing is being wasted. Kadena volunteers spread cheer to single service members Left, members of the National Honor Society from Kadena High School prepare cookies at Kadena Air Base, Japan, on Nov. 19. Below right, Christine Comia, a member of the National Honor Society from Kadena High School, prepares to bake a batch of cookies. BY STAFF SGT. ANGEUQUE PEREZ 18th Wing Public Affairs K ADENA AIR BASE, Japan — Bringing a taste of home to almost 2,000 single service members, 500 volunteers from various organizations here recently baked more than 24,000 cookies for Operation Hometown Kadena Cookie Drop. This is the second year a cookie drive has been organized for single E-4s and below during the holidays, and the entire community worked together to make it a success. "Last year, our cookie drive started as a way to spread a little holiday cheer to our single Airmen living in the dorms," said Marianne Williams, wife of Brig. Gen. Brett Williams, 18th Wing commander. "This year the project has grown exponentially." What began as a way for the Kadena Officer Spouses Club to provide treats for unaccompanied Airmen became a huge operation involving several hundred volunteers who worked over the course of four days to make the cookies. This year Soldiers, Sailors and Marines living in Kadena's dorms will also receive a bundle of cookies. Donations came from different vendors at the commissary who provided the butter, eggs and oil. The local Boy Scout chapter organized a cookie drive to collect donations of cookie dough from commissary patrons. The USO donated other cookie ingredients and ribbon while AAFES provided the bags used to package the cookies. The 18th Force Support Squadron provided the facilities for baking. "This has been one of the most amazing experiences and so much fun," said Kathy Banks, cochairwoman for the event and the spouse of 18th Operations Group commander, Col. Ronald Banks. "We've had about 20 different groups in here, and I think everyone has had just a wonderful time. Everyone wants to come back next year and participate so hopefully it will be just as good, if not better next year." Almost every unit at Kadena assisted in one way or another, including the 18th Wing's Operations, Mission Support, Maintenance, Medical and Civil Engineer Groups as well as the 353rd Special Operations Group and many of Kadena's other tenant units. In addition, the Officer and Enlisted Spouses Clubs, Army Spouses, Navy Spouses, Department of Defense Schools, American Red Cross, Kadena High School National Honor Society, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and Kadena Child Development Center all lent their time and energy to the effort. "The outpouring of generosity is unbelievable," said Sheri Fletcher, co-chairwoman for the event and spouse of Col. Kelly Fletcher, 18th Mission Support Group commander. Anson Winsor, a volunteer from the Kadena High School National Honor Society, said the cookie drop helps service members "get some holiday fun and holiday treats. It makes me feel happy because I'm giving back to them because they do fight for our country, and they sacrifice a lot. So for me to personally be able to do this for them makes me feel pretty special." Among the many groups that volunteered to help were Okinawans from the Nikkei Business College in Okinawa City who saw this as an opportunity to practice their English skills and experi- AIRMAN 1ST CLASS CHAD WARREN U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Brett T. Williams, 18th Wing Commander, visits members of the National Honor Society from Kadena High School as they prepare cookies at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Volunteers prepared more than 24,000 cookies that will be delivered to service members living in the dorms here on base. ence how Americans celebrate the holidays. Shoko Yamamoto, an English teacher at the college who set up the trip for her students, said that it was a great way to experience an American Christmas and a good opportunity for the students to know a different culture. "We don't make Christmas cookies in Japan and we don't use sprinkles either; our cookies are very plain, so making them was fun," she said. "I could not be more proud of everyone's dedication and teamwork," said Mrs. Williams. "This would not have happened without the enthusiastic leadership of our co-chairwomen, Kathy Banks and Sheri Fletcher." Kadena Air Base's first sergeants and local Boy Scouts will deliver the cookies door-to-door in the dorms Monday, Dec. 8. - •<;•••-•• V ' \ ADD A LINER FOR WARMTH Clothing sales now has a limited supply of Airman Battle Uniform Rain Coats. When used with a liner the rain coats can help Airmen that do not have an All Purpose Environmental Clothing System jacket stay warm. Clothing sales is not able to order APECS jackets because of limited supply.