Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Enjoy the below complaint posted in a Arizona Newspaper and response at Luke AFB

Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before they were. A certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back. Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper complaining about a group of F-16s that disturbed his/her day at the mall.

When that individual read the response from a Luke AFB officer, it must Have stung quite a bit.

The complaint:
Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base:Whom do we thank for the morning air show? Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 A.M, a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune! Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns early bird special? Any response would be appreciated.

The response:
Regarding 'A wake-up call from Luke's jets' On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four- ship fly by of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques. Capt Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day.

At 9 a. m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend. Based on the letter writer's recount of the fly by, and because of the jet noise, I'm sure you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son's flag on behalf of the President of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured..

A four-ship fly by is a display of respect the Air Force gives to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.

The letter writer asks, 'Whom do we thank for the morning air show? The 56th Fighter Wing will make the call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.

Only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you....Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr.

CCA Blog Editors Note: Capt Fresques was a Combat Controller killed along with two other Controllers Capt Derek Argel and SSgt Casey Crate in an aircraft crash while deployed to Iraq.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Stephan Honored for His Legacy in Infrastructure Protection

On January 12, 2009, over 250 guests gathered at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a farewell reception honoring U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection Robert B. Stephan.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff led a host of well-wishers who commended Stephan for his vision and leadership. He referred to Stephan as the architect of infrastructure protection in the 21st century.

Ann M. Beauchesne, Executive Director of the Homeland Security Division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, acknowledged Stephan’s leadership in developing the public private framework as part of the NIPP. Tributes followed from DHS’ Under Secretary for National Protection & Programs, Robert D. Jamison; the Vice-Chair of the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security, Turner Madden; the Chair of the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council, Brigadier General Michael McDaniel; the Vice Chair of Constellation Energy and member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, Mike Wallace; and Governmental Affairs Advisor with the Governmental Relations Team, Adams and Reese LLP, David M. Barron.

Noting Stephan’s passion for Civil War history, Jim Caverly, Director of the Office of Infrastructure Protection’s (IP) Partnership and Outreach Division, presented Stephan with a print by Dale Gallon entitled “Buying Time” that depicts General John Buford and his dismounted cavalry holding off Confederate infantry on the morning of July 1, 1863 – the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. IP Chief of Staff Jock Bond pledged to Stephan that the IP team will continue to carry his vision forward.

Stephan praised IP and its public and private sector partners. “You got the mission done from scratch,” he said. Not many people over the history of the country can say they got an opportunity to build something out of whole cloth [that is] focused every day on trying to figure out creative ways to save people’s lives and perhaps millions of dollars to the U.S. and international economy.”

He described IP as the first and last line of defense of the United States against threats posed by terrorists and Mother Nature. “If they get by you, there’s nobody else; you are the best. You are the envy of the world.”

Stephan’s new position in the private sector will continue his service to the country’s homeland security and infrastructure protection mission through public-private partnerships.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Assault Zone Personnel Positions

Assault Zone Personnel Positions
Cannon AFB, NM

To qualify, candidates must have:
Completed a Department of Defense or Department of Transportation basic ATC course
· Prior or current Air Traffic Control certification
· Working knowledge of the organizational interface of military, local, state and federal agencies as applicable to ALZ/DZ/HLZ operations
· Experience with military command and control structures
· Excellent land navigation/map and compass skill s
· Ability to conduct ALZ usability assessments, ALZ/DZ scoring procedures, DZ surveys, weather observations and marshal aircraft
· &nb sp; Be able to obtain and maintain a government issued security clearance
· Valid civilian driver’s license and ability hold a valid military driver’s license
&nb sp;

Andre Barnes
Human Resources Representative
Akima Management Services
13777 Ballantyne Corporate Place
Suite 400
Charlotte, NC 28277
Office 704-714-6470
Fax 704-714-4502

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sim Operator

Reference Position:

Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) is looking for any names you might have on TACP/CCT JTAC's who might be looking for employment. I am writing the requirements and looking for names to request by name. The position will be CTR not GS.

Opening would be immediate but will be willing to hold if the right guy needed breathing room.

I know your reading this with your heads to one side with eye brow raised but I am serious. I am not pleased with the closed cell thinking of USMC FS dudes and pilots that think they know everything (AH/AV8/F18)

I want a guy who knows and understands FS integration as well as planning fires, be able to conceptualize scheduling worksheets, series, groups as well as he knows terminal control. I am looking for a guy who can talk to a Hornet one minute using text book 9-line then be able to talk a Hog pilot who thinks he is a ground commander using friendly centric CAS TTP's. Must
be able to flex from USMC RW CAS to USA RW CCA using ABF positions.


John "Rhino" Dillard
MARSOC G-3 Fires Specialist/JTAC(E)
Cml: 910.451.3764
Cell: 910.378.6365