<![CDATA[Torch Magazine - Around the Command]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil en-US Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:02:49 GMT Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:02:49 GMT Air Force Link RSS Generator <![CDATA[AIRMEN SAVE COUPLE FROM FLASH FLOOD]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123428492 Seven Airmen from Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases in Nevada saved an elderly couple during a flash flood Aug. 4.

Three Airmen from the 820th RED HORSE, three members of the 799th Air Base Squadron and one Airman from the 432nd Maintenance Group teamed up during the harrowing rescue, which was caught on tape.

All of the Airmen were headed home from worksites at Creech that afternoon. Tech. Sgt. Adam Dixon, the first 820th RED HORSE responder, saw the elderly couple's Toyota Prius stuck in the median after they had attempted to evade the rapidly rising water by crossing over U.S. Route 95, north of Las Vegas.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123428492 Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EST
<![CDATA['MOMMY ISN'T COMING HOME']]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123428495 As a young child, you don't think much if someone doesn't show up when they're supposed to because you have better, more important things to worry about ... like bugs and dolls.

But occasionally, a child will stop and ask a question about the sky, their toys ... or where their mother is.

I stopped playing long enough one night in 1998 to ask, "Daddy, when is Mommy coming home?"

My father cleared his throat and blinked a few times. Obviously shaken, he seemed unprepared to answer his little 3-year-old daughter's innocent question.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Airman 1st Class Madison Sylvester) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123428495 Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[AIRMEN SAVE DAD FROM DROWNING - Another dies in river ordeal]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123422569 Four Airmen from Columbus Air Force Base pulled two drowning men from the Buttahatchee River in Caledonia, Miss., on Memorial Day. They resuscitated one of the men; the other died.

Staff Sgts. Joshua Keith and Alexander Gordy and Senior AirmanRyan Werner and Airman 1st Class Kyle Carpenter, all of the 14th Operations Support Squadron, are being hailed as heroes for their actions that day. The Airmen were enjoying a day at the river when they heard a loud commotion downstream.

torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Airman 1st Class Daniel Lile) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123422569 Sun, 1 Jun 2014 12:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[DRUNK DRIVING CONVICTION - Sheppard airman found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in death of base civilian employee]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123367638 A 22-year-old Airman assigned to the 82nd Dental Squadron at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, was sentenced to 30 months confinement, a bad conduct discharge and reduction to the lowest enlisted grade in late July after admitting she drove drunk and caused an off-base vehicle collision resulting in the death of a base civilian employee in June 2012.

Senior Airman Anjelika L. Faul pled guilty to one specification of drunken or reckless operation of a motor vehicle, a violation of Article 111, Uniform Code of Military Justice, and one specification of involuntary manslaughter, a violation of UCMJ Article 119, during a general court-martial here July 29-30.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (By Tech. Sgt. Mike Meares) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123367638 Sun, 1 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[LIGHTNING STRIKES WEATHERMAN]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123355390 A weather Airman who issues warnings when lightning strikes take place within five miles of an air base here knows the danger: He's a lightning-strike survivor.

Senior Airman Erik White, a 386th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron weather journeyman, was taking pictures when he was struck by lightning as a thunderstorm rolled in while he was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

He suffered second- and third-degree burns from his knee to his foot, but he was lucky. According to the National Weather Service, lightning has killed 9,235 people in the United States since the agency started tracking fatalities in 1940.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Senior Master Sgt. George Thompson) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123355390 Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[AIRMAN RECOUNTS HURT CAUSED BY DRUNK DRIVER]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123355396 Some things occur in life that you never forget -- things that leave a scar or never heal -- but still serve as teaching moments. My lesson in drunk driving came at the tender age of 11.

It was Friday, date night for my parents.

I was 11, and my little sister, Jen, was 9.

It was awesome! Jen and I had the whole house to ourselves.

At around 2 a.m., however, excitement turned to fear. ...

Someone was knocking on our front door.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Tech. Sgt. Crystal Lee) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123355396 Mon, 1 Apr 2013 11:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[WHEN TRAIN SLAMS INTO PARADE, MASTER SERGEANT ANSWERS CALL]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123344657 When a freight train slammed into a parade float in Midland, Texas, Nov. 15, killing four people and injuring 17 others, a heroic Airman here used his Self-Aid and Buddy Care training to help ensure the death toll didn't rise even further.

Master Sgt. Christopher Doggett, a military training leader at Goodfellow, was participating in a Hunt for Heroes parade, honoring wounded veterans. Doggett had been wounded by enemy forces while deployed to Khobar Towers, Saudi Arabia, in support of Operation Southern Watch. His combat injuries earned him a Purple Heart and an invitation to Midland's hunting trip and parade. Doggett, along with nearly two dozen other veterans and their spouses, would ride through the town on trailer floats pulled by trucks, while crowds of people cheered for them.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (-- Airman 1st Class Erica Rodriguez) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123344657 Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EST
<![CDATA['CAGED' DRIVERS WATCH OUT]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123344663 Col. Dana Morel knows the dangers of motorcycles as well as anyone.

A biker herself, Morel was a lieutenant at Mather Air Force Base, Calif., in 1986 when a young Airman she knew with the base honor guard took off speeding one night. Distraught over the end of a romance, he missed a turn and crashed his motorcycle into a telephone pole. He died at the scene.

As traumatic as that was, nothing could prepare Morel for a crash that happened last July that took the life of her good friend and fellow biker, Tyler Cowherd, and left his wife, Carolyn, and a friend who was riding with them permanently disabled.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Lisa Daniel) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123344663 Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[BEST GROUND SAFETY PROGRAM]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123344666 Air Education and Training Command Safety earned the Colonel Will L. Tubbs Memorial Award for ground safety for fiscal 2012.

The award recognizes the most effective major command, direct reporting unit or forward operating agency ground safety program.

"We're very excited about this award because it captures a command-wide success story," said Col. Tal Metzgar, AETC director of safety. "The Tubbs award recognizes the leadership of the headquarters safety staff, wing safety professionals, line-level supervisors and individual Airmen and civilians who own mishap prevention."
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Tech. Sgt. Beth Anschutz) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123344666 Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[AIRMAN SAVES LITTLE BROTHER'S LIFE - 'He didn't have a heartbeat; he wasn't breathing']]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123331672 If the Air Force needs to validate the importance of teaching Self Aid Buddy Care in basic military training, a former trainee's little brother is living proof of its effectiveness.

Airman Basic Shelby Goff used CPR, a technique taught during basic, to revive her 6-year-old brother, Amadeaus Foster of Grand Junction, Colo., Aug. 4. The boy nearly drowned in a downtown San Antonio motel swimming pool the day after his older sister graduated from basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Mike Joseph) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123331672 Sat, 1 Dec 2012 12:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[SEVEN COLD, HARD FACTS FOR WINTER SPORTS, RECREATION]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123331674 According to officials at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, being able to recognize these seven dangers is key to avoid cold-weather exposure injuries.

1. FROSTBITE is the freezing of skin tissue that can extend through all layers of the skin and freeze muscle and bone. Frozen skin may turn red and then gray-blue with blisters. In the worst cases, the skin dies and turns blue-black, often requiring amputation. Deep frozen skin feels "wooden" to the touch, with zero mobility of the affected body part. Instantaneous frostbite can occur when skin comes into contact with super-cooled liquids including petroleum, oils and lubricants, antifreeze and alcohol, all of which remain liquid at temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (from Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123331674 Sat, 1 Dec 2012 11:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[TUMBLEWEED TAKEDOWN - Airmen survive motorcycle crash thanks to protective gear, wingmen]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123321339 "When I woke up in the ambulance, the paramedic took my helmet, shoved it in my face and said, 'If you hadn't been wearing this, we would be scraping your brains up off the pavement.' "

As the reality of those words sunk in, Maj. Adam Travis, 97th Air Mobility Wing flight safety officer at Altus AFB, realized that fateful ride on Jan. 15 easily could have been his last. As a matter of fact, across the Air Force this fiscal year, there have been 228 motorcycle mishaps, 17 of which were fatalities or led to total disability. Had Travis and another Altus Airmen not worn the proper personal protective equipment, they likely would be numbers 18 and 19 on the victim list.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Senior Airman Kenneth W. Norman) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123321339 Sun, 1 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[MOTORCYCLE MISHAPS TOP SUMMER DEATH TOLL]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123321340 When the Critical Days of Summer wrapped up Sept. 3, the Air Force had suffered 16 fatalities, more than half from motorcycle mishaps.

The Critical Days of Summer is a high-risk time period from Memorial Day weekend in May to Labor Day weekend in September that historically sees mishaps rise. Of the Air Force's 16 fatalities, Air Education and Training Command suffered two, both from motorcycles.

In a July 24 memorandum to commanders, AETC Commander Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr. stressed the need to curb this alarming trend.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Tim Barela) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123321340 Sun, 1 Jul 2012 11:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[INJURED DOCTOR SAVES COP HIT BY HELICOPTOR ROTOR BLADE]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123321341 An Air Force doctor who had broken his leg while hiking had to rescue his rescuer after a police officer who responded to his mishap was struck in the head by a helicopter rotor blade.

Maj. (Dr.) Jeremy Kilburn, a 34-year-old critical care pulmonologist assigned to the 99th Medical Operations Squadron at Nellis AFB, had been on vacation with his dog, Virgil, and childhood friend, Dan Grasso, July 5 when the accident occurred near Big Bear Lake in the Shasta Trinity Forest, Calif.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Master Sgt. Kelley J. Stewart) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123321341 Sun, 1 Jul 2012 10:00:00 EST
<![CDATA['COMEBACK KID' CONTINUES TO SHINE - Pilot, amputee wins big at wounded warrior games, meets Prince Harry]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123304863 First Lt. Ryan McGuire, 4th Airlift Squadron C-17 pilot, won five medals at the 2012 Warrior Games April 30 through May 5 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and was also one of only five Department of Defense service members selected to meet Prince Harry of Wales May 7 at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.
McGuire, featured on the cover of the May/June 2010 issue of Torch, has become something of a "comeback kid" after suffering a below-the-knee amputation of his right leg in a September 2009 boating accident. Seven months after he lost his limb, he competed in the inaugural Warrior Games, winning a gold medal in the 50-meter backstroke. After about eight months of rehabilitation, McGuire faced a medical board in August 2010, and was able to stay in the Air Force with a waiver to fly. A year after he'd lost his limb, he ran in the Air Force Marathon. Then in May 2011, a little over a year and a half after the boating mishap, McGuire became the first amputee to complete pilot training. By October of that same year -- and two years after he'd lost his leg -- he was the first amputee to finish C-17 qualification training.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Senior Airman Amber R. Kelly-Herard) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123304863 Sun, 1 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[LAUGHLIN RESPONDS TO TRAIN WRECK]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123292341 When at least 30 railroad cars derailed about 11 miles east of Laughlin Feb. 7, the Kinney County Sheriff's Office called upon experts here to assist with identifying potentially hazardous material at the scene.

Earlier that morning, Kinney County officials smelled a faint chemical odor at the scene and determined that at least one of the derailed cars was an empty tanker previously carrying chlorine. There were no injuries during the derailing.

Laughlin holds a mutual memorandum of agreement with Val Verde and Kinney Counties to offer assistance and resources during emergency situations.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (2nd Lt. Angela Martin) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123292341 Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[AETC SURPASSES TWO YEARS WITHOUT MOTORCYCLE FATALITY]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123292343  Air Education and Training Command has surpassed a significant safety milestone -- no service member fatalities have occurred as a result of operating a motorcycle in more than two years.

The last time the command hit such a streak was Aug. 8, 1998. On that day, the no-fatalities run hit 786 days. The current record is 876 days (as of Feb. 22).

"Teamwork made this happen," said Col. Creig Rice, AETC director of safety, "Commanders set the tone, our safety offices provided training and education, our motorcycle mentorship clubs aided our inexperienced riders, and our motorcyclists exercised sound risk management. As long as leaders stay involved and individuals continue to use sound risk management, we can continue this positive trend."
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Staff Sgt. Clinton Atkins) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123292343 Sun, 1 Jan 2012 11:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[VIRTUAL WINGMAN MAKES SMART CHOICES EASY]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123292350 Air Education and Training Command unveiled a new website accessible by smart phones and tablets that is designed to provide resiliency and safety information to Airmen. The website was shown at the Air Force Community Action Information Board meeting March 29.

Among the highlights of the website are features such as a local taxi finder and information on high-risk activities, according to Mr. Robbie Bogard, AETC ground safety manager.

"For people who live in the continental United States, the (website) will allow people to use GPS tracking to determine where you are and show phone numbers for local taxis," he said. This makes it easier for people to make a smart decision when they find themselves without a designated driver in a strange place.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Maj. Rosaire Bushey) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123292350 Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[CHILD ORPHANED BY DRUNK DRIVER NOW LOSES GRANDPA (UPDATE)]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123282583 He lost his mom and dad to a drunk driver at age 4. Now at age 7, Nathaniel Britt has lost one of his legal guardians ... his grandfather, Ronald Lee.

Lee, a 57-year-old retired master sergeant, died Sept. 24, six weeks after suffering a stroke. Nathaniel appeared on the cover of the March/April 2011 issue of Torch, in a feature that detailed the deaths of his parents, Tech. Sgts. Maurice and Audra Britt, who were both stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. They had been killed by a drunk driver who smashed his truck into their motorcycle April 5, 2009. The drunk driver, who had been driving 65 mph the wrong way into on-coming traffic in Austin, Texas, was arrested and ultimately sent to prison to serve a 20-year sentence for intoxication manslaughter and another five years for fleeing the scene.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Tim Barela) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123282583 Thu, 1 Dec 2011 12:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[A RIDER'S REALITY CHECK]]> http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123282586 On April 28, 2008, I became a dad for the first time. I was on cloud nine as I dreamt about all the great times and fun memories we would create with our new beautiful baby girl.

Then two weeks later, those dreams nearly came to a sudden and violent end.

May 12 would mark my first day back to work since the birth of my daughter. On the way to my job as the assistant NCO in charge of the Dunn Dental Laboratory at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, I lost control of my motorcycle on the interchange between Interstate 35 South and Highway 90 West.
torch.magazine@randolph.af.mil (Master Sgt. Matt Petrie) http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123282586 Thu, 1 Dec 2011 11:00:00 EST