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A fire engine is parked in the department loading bay at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 27, 2020. Engines are always parked facing out so when an emergency call happens they are ready to go. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)
Beale firefighters stand at parade rest for an official photo at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 27, 2020. The 9th Civil Engineering Squadron firefighters are credited with receiving the Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ralph E. Sanborn, Fire Department of the Year Award for medium sized fire department across the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)
A wooden American flag is mounted on the wall surrounded by patches of various fire departments that Beale firefighters have worked with, at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 27, 2020. Beale firefighters train and assist local fire departments in times of local crisis or during upgrade training. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)
Staff Sgt. Brandon Green, 99th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, sprays disinfectant liquid on a rag to sanitize a U-2 Dragon Lady’s cockpit Mar. 23, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. The cockpits on Beale’s fleet of U-2s will be sanitized on a regular basis to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)
Staff Sgt. Brandon Green, 99th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, disinfects the side of a U-2’s canopy Mar. 23, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Airmen are sanitizing the U-2 Dragon Lady’s cockpit regularly, ensuring the safety of U-2 pilots and Airmen working on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)
The Commissary on Beale Air Force Base California, Mar. 23, 2020. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Jason W. Cochran)
Airman Leon Guico, Left, 9th Medical Group (MDG) health administrator, and Senior Airman Christopher Miracle, 9th MDG optometry technician, guard the Entry Control Point (ECP) at the Clinic on Beale Air Force Base, California, Mar. 12, 2020. The ECP was set up at the Beale Clinic to protect Airmen and their families from the growing COVID-19 threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)
Lynn Bergmann, 9th Medical Group (MDG) patient safety program coordinator, right, and Denise Ross, 9th MDG Patient Advocate, left, pose for a photo in front of the clinic’s marquee on Beale Air Force Base, California, March 11, 2020. National Patient Safety Week occurred from 8-14 March 2020.
Lynn Bergmann, 9th Medical Group (MDG) Patient Safety Program Coordinator, center, and Denise Ross, 9th MDG Patient Advocate, right, speak to an Airman about patient safety on Beale Air Force Base, California, March 11, 2020. Educating Beale personnel was one of several things Bergmann and Ross did to promote Patient Safety week.
A beaker of Liquid Oxygen (LOX) is stationed in a testing area at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 4, 2020. Airmen observe the beaker and the film of white paper inside to see and smell if the LOX has any discoloration, discrepancies or smell. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee)

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I am an American Airman

Too often I hear the statement, “The Air Force has no tradition…certainly not like the other services.” Or there’s the comment, “The Air Force changes everything all the time.  New uniforms, AFI’s, etc….how can we expect to maintain any heritage or tradition?”
I submit there is one decisive, deliberate, and motivating action each of us can take.  No matter the position you hold, the grade you wear, or if you are active duty, guard, reserve, retired, every single one of us can implement this small, yet powerful change today.  The change refers to a facet of our current culture.
Malcolm Gladwell speaks about culture change in his book, ‘Tipping Point’.  In his book, the author posits that even the smallest adjustments to habits, routines, or attitudes can have a significant impact on the culture or perception of an organization, population, or product.
Therefore, I challenge everyone to stop referring to members of our Air Force as ‘TROOPS’. 
According to Merriam-Webster, the primary definition of the word troop is:
a. A group of soldiers
b. A cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company
c. A flock of mammals or birds
I understand a definition is literal, however, there are two problems with the way we throw this term around to refer to our Airmen.  First, the word troop is actually plural…referring to a group of soldiers.  Lastly, and most poignantly, the word troop is actually rooted in a tradition and heritage of another service.  And before we start the “But Chief, we were born out of the Army” conversation, I would ask you to consider a few points. 
We were born out of the Army for a reason.  We fulfill several needs that no other organization can: to keep up with advancing technology and to take warfighting to an entirely different level, both geographically and mentally.  The Army and Navy were long-time competitors for military leadership and neither service thought that the other should take on the new tasks of strategic deterrence missions associated with the advent of the atomic bomb.  This, along with many other great reasons, is why our Air Force, and our AIRMEN were created.
Think about it.  The United States Air Force was created for some of the most sophisticated warfare challenges of the time. 
So, let’s continue the tradition born in 1947 and call each other what we truly are.  Please, call me Airman.

Chief Hall

 

 

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195th ISRG provides intelligence support for Camp and Woolsey Fires

195th ISRG provides intelligence support for Camp and Woolsey Fires

Tech Sgt. Bradley French, 234th Intelligence Squadron intelligence analyst, performs damage assessment for the California wildfires Nov. 14, 2018, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. The 234th IS analysts providing damage assessment and monitoring the fire perimeter and size for agencies fighting the Camp and Woolsey Fires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan D. Viglianco)

195th ISRG provides intelligence support for Camp and Woolsey Fires

Tech. Sgt. Roy Davis and Staff Sgt. Matt Lemaire, 234th Intelligence Squadron intelligence analysts, sit on a conference call with various civilian and military agencies regarding the California wildfires Nov. 14, 2018, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. The 234th IS Airmen are providing aerial imagery support to agencies battling the Camp and Woolsey Fires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan D. Viglianco)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- -- Air National Guardsmen from the 195th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group have been aerial imagery support to agencies battling fires in the California since Nov. 8, here. 

 

The 195th ISRG team, known as a processing, assessment, and distribution (PAD) cell, have continued their support since their activation last week by Gov. Jerry Brown. The Airmen  analyzing video and other intelligence collected on the Camp and Woolsey Fires.

 

“We are using imagery analysts to look at full motion video coming from medium altitude assets supporting the fire,” said Tech. Sgt. Roy Davis, 234th Intelligence Squadron intelligence analyst. “Our analysts are looking at that and doing damage assessment. They are also doing fire perimeter support, so ground agencies have an idea of how big the fire is, where it is at, and whether or not is breaching.”

 

According to Davis, there are also fusion analysts going through other forms of intelligence, including social media, online data, and info collected by responding agencies.

 

All of this isn’t possible without the help of communication troops in their units and in other cooperating agencies.

 

“We give comm support, whether it is maintaining the internet network, fixing technical issues, or installing software on the computers,” said Staff Sgt. Olivia McCray, 222nd Intelligence Support Squadron communication support. “We are also out in the field doing the same thing so the pilots can communicate to the different platforms.”

 

The team of analysts are working with a variety of local and national civilian and military agencies, including the Army National Guard, the Air Force Reserve, CAL FIRE, and California Office of Emergency Services.

 

“It is not just the state of California using its agencies,” Davis said. “It is really a national effort at this point.”

 

According to CAL FIRE, the Woolsey Fire has killed 3 people, destroyed approximately 500 structures, and is 57 percent contained. The Camp Fire has killed 56 people, destroyed approximately 9,000 structures, and is 40 percent contained. The Camp Fire is now the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history.

 

“There has been so much loss and with that an element of emotions,” Davis said. “As guard members we are civilians most of the month, but to be able to step into a full-time function and know we are supporting people who are members of our community is a humbling experience.”

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