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Soldiers from the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) take a break after a 50-meter underwater swim at Eglin’s pool during the Maritime Preparation Course on July 9. The Soldiers train in proper procedures and performance to properly succeed at the Combat Diver Qualification Course.

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Sgt. Eric M. Gregory shakes hands with 1st. Sgt. Charles E. Chenault II, Branch Chief for the Warrior Leader Course, after receiving his certificate of completion during the Warrior Leader Course class 008-13 graduation at the Maneuver Center of Excellence Henry Caro Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Fort Benning, Ga., on July 12. Sgts. Eric M. Gregory, Jesse Britton, Nomar M. Pagani-Otero, Joseph R. Page and Spc. Trae A. Valentine, all from 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), attended and successfully graduated the course.

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Sgt. Nomar M. Pagani-Otero shakes hands with Command Sgt. Major, Samuel J. Roark, 5th Squadron, 15th Calvary Regiment, Command Sergeant Major, after receiving his certificate of completion. Sgt. Jesse Britton awaits for her name to be called before receiving her certificate of completion during the Warrior Leader Course class 008-13 graduation. Staff Sgt. Ramon M Marrero | U.S. Army

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Army medicine, VA share focus on behavioral health in that, she said, is a focus on sleep, nutrition, and even brain health. “It’s really a strategic vulnerability,” Horoho said. “We need to take care of our children today to make sure they are healthy mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally; to be able to serve in our nation’s military or within civilian industry.” While the Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA, mandate focuses on transition assistance for veterans, the department has also been focusing on ensuring a solid foundation for families as they transition with their veterans, said John Medve, the executive director of the VA/DOD Collaboration Service. “One of the areas we’ve been working very hard on is to make sure there is alignment between DOD

programs and VA programs, so we can seamlessly move people across,” Medve said. “We have federal recovery coordinators who work to ensure families understand all the dynamics they need as they transition.” Medve also said there is now an integrated mental health strategy that is the result of collaboration between the departments. Now, treatments and protocols are in synch and include VA representatives embedded in military medical facilities. Horoho said that alignment is part of a strategy that puts patients first. “We’ve looked at the disability process and have aligned DOD’s strategies, processes and standards with the VA, because we’re looking at a patient care experience and continuity of

care,” Horoho said. “We’ve increased our capabilities to share records so disability from both the VA side and DOD are in synch, collaboration has definitely increased.” Another area of collaboration between the Army and the VA is in tele-health, which Medve said is expanding in the VA. “It’s clearly important for us, from the rural aspect, in trying to get mental health clinician services out to those parts of the country that aren’t serviced by a major metropolitan area,” Medve said. The Army has been using tele-behavioral health and distance counseling for several years. The Army has even provided such services to remote command operating posts in Afghanistan, Horoho said.

Army to link online training to NCO advancement WASHINGTON (Army News Service) — The Army will soon require noncommissioned officers to complete online training prior to promotion eligibility. Additionally, NCO schools will no longer be waived. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the Army will formally link completion of Structured Self Development, or SSD training, with professional military education courses for promotion eligibility. The changes are outlined in Army Directive 2013-15, dated July 1. Gerald Purcell, Army personnel policy integrator for NCO Professional Development, G-1, said the goal is to shape a new career timeline for NCOs that includes all the tenets of leader development, in-

cluding education, training and experiences. “Over the last 10 years, we were really an Army out of balance in terms of those three tenets of developing leaders,” Purcell said. “The accumulation of experiences alone does not equate to a fully-developed leader.” The change is part of an initiative to select, train and promote Soldiers who are best qualified in their current grade, and who show the greatest potential to serve in positions of increased responsibility, Purcell said. “Our NCOs are charged with the training and care of our Soldiers while enforcing standards, so it is imperative we equip them See NCO page 4

“We use tele-behavioral health so that instead of waiting for service members to get back home to deal with something, they can deal with it right there in theater,” she said. “We find that our younger service members love it because that’s the world they operate in. But we offer both types of counseling, because some of our more seasoned Soldiers prefer face-to-face. We have both capabilities, it’s very effective.” Army medicine is also working with the American Pediatric Association to look at how to put wellness into

its pediatric clinics as well as primary care clinics, Horoho said. Oftentimes, she said, a parent or child will show up at one of the clinics complaining of aches and pains. But the underlying problems may actually be anxiety, stress or family challenges, Horoho said. The Army wants to embed behavioral health in those teams. Both Horoho and Medve spoke, July 8, during a presentation at the Military Child Education Coalition’s national training seminar, just outside Washington, D.C. 1110050

WASHINGTON (Army News Service) — Both the Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs share a concern for Soldier behavioral health, and are working together to further mutual goals. As the war in Afghanistan winds down and Army medicine moves into the future, behavioral health concerns will remain one of the biggest challenges faced by the Army, said Surgeon General of the Army Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho. And after 12 years of conflict, it’s not just service members who will face behavioral health challenges, it is their families as well. As a response to that concern, Horoho said that Army Medicine has embedded behavioral health into military patient centers and medical facilities. Included

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Rotary Club donation to help pay for 7th SFG rec area By MATTHEW BROWN Crestview Bulletin CRESTVIEW — Soldiers who live at the Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) cantonment could use a recreation area, service members say. A $10,000 donation from the Crestview Rotary Club will help. Proceeds from the club’s

fall corn maze in Baker funded the donation, former Rotary President Pat Dingess said. “We really had no idea how successful it was going to be,” she said. Members discussed several causes to help, but Heidi Blair, Northwest Florida’s United Service Organization director and wife of Rotarian John Blair, suggested the 7th SFG.

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should get a lot use. “There are a lot of good reasons to have that out there,” said 7th SFG Lt. Col. Chad Reiman, who accepted the check. “Enlisted officers and warrant officers have no place to gather and have a barbecue.” Many Soldiers who live at the cantonment lack transportation and can’t travel to Crestview, Fort Walton Beach or Destin, he said. Working with the USO

allowed the Rotary Club to ensure the money was earmarked for the specific project, Dingess said. “People want to support the military (but) a lot of times they just don’t know how,” Blair said. “If there are other community groups or individuals who want to donate towards the project, they can donate to the USO … and I will make sure the money is sent that way.”

cell said the NCO timeline was extended to 32 years to allow for the completion of those three tenets and to foster the development of the world’s most professional NCO Corps. This timeline facilitates an environment where Army Professionals can meet the Army’s certification criteria of competence, character, and commitment. The Army is an “up or out” organization, Purcell said. The policies support a fundamental baseline by which professionals remain technically and tactically proficient with continued opportunities for development and advancement. The directive says Soldiers should be considered for promotion when they achieve competency in their current rank and exhibit the potential to serve successfully at the next higher rank, which entails an increased level of responsibility. The areas Soldiers must excel in to advance include professional competence, team building, adaptability, lifelong learning, and comprehensive fitness. Some of the requirements for advancement include:  Specialists and corporals must complete SSD-1 before they can be

recommended (boarded) to sergeant.  Sergeants must complete the Warrior Leader Course before they can be recommended (boarded) to staff sergeant.  Staff sergeants must complete SSD-3 before they are eligible for consideration for sergeant first class.  Sergeants first class must complete SSD-4 before they are eligible for consideration for master sergeant. The directive states waivers for the Warrior Leader Course, known as WLC, will no longer allow sergeants to be considered for promotion. Soldiers who had been previously granted WLC waivers must graduate from the course no later than Sept. 30, 2014. Soldiers who are deployed when the changes go into effect, Jan. 1, will have up to 270 days after redeployment to complete the course. Reservecomponent Soldiers will have up to 270 days after release from active duty to complete the WLC. The directive says Soldiers who do not complete the required WLC training will be removed from the promotion list for staff sergeant or reduced to sergeant.

NCO From page 3 with the best tools we can to help them do their job,” said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III. “Connecting the NCO Education System and promotions in a deliberate, continuous, sequential and progressive manner produces the best NCO Corps possible. It gives us the competent and committed leaders of character our Army needs and deserves.” The effort, according to Purcell, will foster a balance of training, education and experience, while encouraging life-long learning and development of broadly-skilled NCOs. Another important aspect is to sustain an all-volunteer force by providing viable career paths. He said that while the Army is an efficient organization that is effective operationally, the other aspects of leader development must not be overlooked. “We’ve really paid the price because while operational experience is great, it in and of itself doesn’t make great leaders because you still need the education and the training to round it all out,” said Purcell. NCOs had been allowed to serve 30 years, and then would have to retire. Pur-

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Locals are looking forward to the National Veterans Wheelchair Games Thomas Bailey is not one to brag, but just a few days before he was scheduled to compete in the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games he said confidently that he would bring home some medals. “It’s almost guaranteed,” the 46-year-old Navarre man said. “I haven’t really practiced. I don’t have any way to get somewhere to practice, but I’m pretty confident.” About 600 veterans are in Tampa to compete in the games. Events include an air rifle shooting, bowling, basketball and table tennis. Bailey, a former Navy man who was injured in a diving accident, is one of 10 local veterans who are competing. “This is my second time

“I’m going to try and laugh as much as I can. This is more about fun than competition.” Johnson said he will compete in archery, air hockey, tennis and air rifle. He said it’s been about 20 years since he shot a bow and arrow but that he was pretty good at the time. “I just hope I hit the dang target,” Johnson said, laughing. “I’ll do the best I can, but more than anything I’m exciting and a little apprehensive to meet some people like me. “It’s a different outlook on life that you have, so I should be meeting some interesting people.”

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competing,” Bailey said. “In 2007, I achieved two gold medals and one silver. For me, though, it’s not really about competition. It’s about communication. “We’re getting out and getting involved doing things and being active.” John Johnson of Navarre will compete for the first time this year. The 46year-old Navy veteran said he wasn’t confident in his ability but was looking forward to talking to people who are dealing with circumstances similar to his. “It’s a chance to not sit at home,” said Johnson, who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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Hagel: freeze possible on promotions, recruiting, PCS moves Hagel warned in a letter Wednesday to leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Automatic budget cuts already are “severely damaging military readiness,” Hagel wrote to committee

Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, DMich., and Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican.  Without relief, defense spending will take another $52 billion hit in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. If Congress lets that happen by continuing to refuse to compromise on a debt reduction deal, the Department of Defense

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will keep a civilian hiring freeze in place, continue to neglect facilities maintenance, deepen cuts to weapon programs and impose “an extremely severe package of military personnel actions, including halting all accessions, ending all permanent change-ofstation moves, stopping discretionary bonuses and freezing all promotions,” Hagel wrote to introduce a budget “contingency plan.” Levin and Inhofe had asked Hagel to describe how keeping sequestration in place would impact defense budgets and national

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security.  They are worried that “many members of Congress and the American public still seem to have the view that sequestration is an effective way to cut government spending, and can be made workable simply by providing the Department with additional flexibility or making minor adjustments.” Hagel wrote that any debt-reduction deal to remove sequestration still would require Congress to make hard choices as defense budgets fall to be able to preserve readiness, modernize weapon systems and sustain combat power.  The hard choices, he added, must include temporary caps on military pay raises and higher TRICARE fees on military retirees. Congress also must allow retirement of lowerpriority weapons, including older ships and aircraft, remove restrictions on the rate of drawdown for U.S. ground forces and support other cost-saving moves, including a new round of base closings, Hagel wrote. If sequestration continues and Congress won’t support those cost-saving proposals in President Obama’s budget, U.S. combat capability will take an even deeper hit in 2014 and beyond, Hagel suggested. There are plenty of details in his plan to frighten legislators about deepening defense budget cuts.  This Congress, however, has shown itself more immune than most to reasoned arguments and rational compromise. If sequestration continues into the new fiscal year, Hagel said, there will be “serious adverse effects” on the “readiness and technological superiority of our military” even if Congress was to provide some special flexibility in how

the $52 billion in cuts are administered.  The department, Hagel said, “would seek to minimize cuts in the day-today operating costs most closely related to training and readiness.”  It would keep in place a hiring freeze on civilian employees and continue to reduce facilities maintenance.  That would mean more understaffing of units and offices, and some employees working in “substandard conditions.” DoD wants to avoid another civilian employee furlough.  But in fiscal 2014, if sequester takes another bite, DoD would consider an involuntary reductionin-force and deeper training cuts for defense civilian employees. Military personnel accounts were spared the brunt of sequestration in fiscal 2013.  If, as expected, these accounts are not protected from new acrossthe-board cuts this fall, DoD predicts having to make draconian moves impacting promotions, change of station moves, recruiting and “discretionary” bonuses, presumably to include re-enlistment bonuses, to shape the military’s skill mix. Hagel had ordered a Strategic Choices and Management Review to develop options to try to accommodate sequestration without serious damage to military capabilities.  The resulting options won’t do that, he said. A cut of $52 billion in defense spending would be large and steep, but the portion that could be taken out of military personnel accounts would be relatively modest, the report said.  That’s because costsavings from force cuts would be offset by separation pay, exit travel costs, See freeze page 7

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red 7 Briefs Changes to Eglin operations during sequestration Satellite Pharmacy During furlough, the satellite pharmacy opens an hour later at 9 a.m. and closes the inside windows a half hour earlier at 4:30 p.m. Patients can still pick up their medications via drive thru until 5:30 p.m. The main hospital and inpatient pharmacies hours will remain the same.

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The AF Armament MuThe new walk-in hours Housing Office seum is closed on Mon- for the AFRC are Monday There is minimum man- days through the end of through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 The housing office is ning in the civilian per- September. p.m. The center is open for closed on Fridays through sonnel section on Fridays emergencies from 8 a.m. to Sept. 30. The new temporary during the furlough period. 4 p.m. These hours will re- hours of operation are MonThe Air Force Personnel Center will be closed every Friday; therefore, the Eglin CPS staffing personnel are taking Friday furlough days to maximize throughput. Employees who are out-processing on Friday should clear through the Employee Relations Element, Room 132, Bldg. 210. For assistance with employee relations or labor relations matters, contact your servicing EMR/LMR specialist directly or at 882-4298.

freeze From page 6 unused leave payments and, for some members, unemployment insurance. So if personnel accounts were directed to absorb just a 10 percent share of the 2014 sequestration hit —- $5.2 billion — that would require the “extremely severe package” of personnel actions described earlier.    “The inability to reduce military personnel costs quickly would put additional downward pressure on other portions of the FY 2014 budget,” Hagel’s plan said. If Congress keeps sequestration in place, Hagel calls for a more rapid force drawdown than current law allows, with some involuntary separations likely, perhaps even affecting personnel recently returned from Afghanistan. “Implementing sequester-level cuts would be made even more difficult if Congress fails to support the military pay raise of 1 percent proposed in the President’s FY 2014

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budget.  If that raise grows to 1.8 percent, as some in Congress have proposed, it would add about $500 million in FY 2014 funding requirements, which would force even larger cuts in other spending categories,” Hagel’s plan said. One impact on readiness from a $52 billion cut might be reduced flight hours for two Navy air wings, which the plan calls key counter-terrorism assets.  The Army already has canceled many training rotations at its combat training centers, with more cancelations likely. The Air Force stopped flying one third of its “combat coded” active squadrons, significantly reducing training at more than half of its active flying units. Maintenance cutbacks could worsen, further threatening future readiness, Hagel reported. Tom Philpott is a syndicated columnist. You may write to him at Military Update, P.O. Box 231111, Centreville, VA 201201111; or at [email protected]

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