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Security Forces 9/11 Ruck March to Remember: Team Hurlburt

By Tech. Sgt. Chad M. Reemtsma
1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron

We started with a sense of pride in the fact that there were only four of us doing what other bases were using four or five times the amount of members we had to accomplish the ruck march. We finished deeply humbled by the supporters’ sincere appreciation of the statement we were taking part in.

Tech. Sgt. Dance volunteered his personally owned vehicle as our transportation due to it having the most practical amount of space for our needs.

We departed July 28, 2011, at around 4:30 a.m. We met Team Columbus at noon at State Police Troop M, east of Brookhaven, Miss. Senior Airman Allen Buning and I took the first leg. We developed a 30 minute ruck / 1.5 hour down time schedule that worked out very well.

At roughly 6 p.m. Staff Sgt. McQuiggin and I brought our team into Monticello, Miss. We were greeted by the town with an escort and supporters on the street led by retired Master Sgt. Tim Lea of VFW Post #4889. The post let us stay the night at the Monticello Baptist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary cooked us dinner and let us use the showers.

At 5:30 a.m. we set out From Monticello, Miss., headed east toward Collins, Miss., and beyond. Around 2 p.m. Tech. Sgt. Dance brought us into Collins and it seemed like the whole town was on Main Street. Fire trucks blocked the side roads as we were led in by the Collins Police Department and the rear was brought up by Covington County who had been with us since Prentiss, Miss. The Collins city mayor was on main street and greeted us with city pins and handshakes. By 6 p.m. July 29 we made it 44 miles. We passed Collins, so we backtracked and headed into town to meet the residents of the Collins VA home. We also met James Sanford and his fellow supporters from the Veterans Outreach organization.

Heading out again at 5:30 in the morning we set out from our stopping point east of Collins toward Laurel, Miss. Around 10:30 a.m. we arrived in Laurel and received escort from the Laurel Police Department and fire dept. They escorted us to Laurel’s Veterans Memorial Museum where all members of the community were represented, from veterans to young people wanting to join the military as well as community leaders. We pressed on and made it several miles out of town before we quit for the night and headed back to Laurel for dinner, showers and lodging. The showers and lodging were provided by the Laurel Police Department, at their police training center located next to the Veterans Memorial Museum. We were treated to dinner by Laurel’s Fraternal Order of Police and the police chief.

We set out from east of Laurel at 5:30 a.m. and headed for our final destination in Bolinger/Silas, Ala. We met that deadline around 5:30 p.m. and headed back to the Waynesboro Fire Dept for the night. Waynesboro had some folks come to meet us and set us up with showers, a place to stay and a great barbecue dinner.

We slept in Aug. 1 and rendezvoused with the Tyndall Air Force Base team at around 10:30 a.m. and organized a change over ceremony and then hit the road and headed home.

Photo: (from left ro right) Staff Sgt. Michael McQuiggin, Senior Airman Allen Buning, Tech. Sgt. Daniel Dance and Tech. Sgt. Chad Reemtsma line up with their squadron’s guidon before heading out for their leg of the ruck march. The previous photo was removed due to some uniform items not being within regulations.

Keesler participates in 9/11 Ruck March to Remember

Master Sgt. Daniel Fuentes participated in a portion of the 9/11 Ruck March to Remember, which is composed of Air Force security forces members. The march started July 12 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas and is being conducted in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. They will finish their march Sept. 11 at Ground Zero in New York City.

By Master Sgt. Daniel Fuentes
Keesler Air Force Base

The reason I did the Security Forces 9/11 Ruck March to Remember is I wanted to honor the memory of the men and women who perished during the terrorist attacks and also honor my fellow fallen “Defenders.”

When I heard of the event I volunteered to be team leader and solicited the rest of my squadron to volunteer and join me. Initially 18 people volunteered but due to work schedules a total of nine of us formed the team. We trained for approximately two months rucking around 15 miles a week in preparation of our portion of the march.

Keesler Ruck March team

Even though the temperatures were hot and muggy when our team marched, I was driven and filled with energy due to the heartwarming support of my fellow Americans who lined the roadways and waved U.S. flags, thanking our team for our military service. The patriotism I observed and felt within was unlike any I had ever experienced before.

My team was blessed to have outstanding financial and vehicle support from home station. We raised funds to help offset the expenses of our march. The Keesler community generously contributed toward our cause.

I feel the keys to our success as a team during our ruck march was pre-planning, practice rucks, media coverage, and mostly the positive attitudes of all team members.

It was a tremendous privilege to be able to participate in this event. Long after I retire from the Air Force, which will be soon, I will always remember the joy I felt when I saw the smiles on my team members’ faces knowing that they were participating in an awesome historic event, and that the nation and people we help to defend really appreciate and support what we do.

Photo: The 9/11 Ruck March team from Keesler Air Force Base completes a 148-mile portion of the march in Gardner, La. (Photo courtesy of Airman 1st Class Anthony Wilson)

Airman trains with Marines

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An Airman fell in with the Marine Corps recently.

Master Sgt. David Wolfe, a security forces Airman from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is training at the Marine Corps Staff NCO Academy at Camp Pendleton in southern California. He volunteered for it after learning slots were available for Air Force senior NCOs.

“I knew this would be a challenge and the opportunity to work with the Marine Corps for seven weeks sounded like an awesome chance to grow personally and professionally,” said Sergeant Wolfe, who enlisted in the Air Force in 1992 and has served all over the world, to include the Middle East, Germany, Italy, Alaska and Wyoming. “My wife did three years in the Marine Corps and my oldest son enlisted last summer just after I left for Iraq, and is currently in tech school, so we have some family connection to the Corps as well.”

Sergeant Wolfe shared his first week experience with Air Force Live.

Week One

As our military continues to fight and train as a joint team, opportunities to gain experience working with different services grow. Training here at the Staff NCO Academy at Camp Pendleton, California is one of those chances that may only surface once in a career. That’s where I have been since leaving my job in the 375th Security Forces Squadron at Scott AFB, Illinois April 28th – attending the Marine Corps’s equivalent of the AFSNCOA with 103 United States Marine Gunnery Sergeants, and one Sergeant Major from the Taiwanese Marine Corps.

When I arrived, I had little idea what to expect, and was greeted by my roommate who just happens to be from my hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gunnery Sergeant Dan Raterink, a 13 year E-7 stationed at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii has been keeping me in line and on track from the start.

The biggest difference so far, expectedly, is the frequency and intensity of the physical training program. PT is conducted five days per week, and it’s tough! We began by taking the Marine Corps physical fitness test on day one, a test that was recorded in the permanent personnel folder of each Marine. Everyone passed, and my roommate scored 290 out of 300, one of the highest in the class. I knew then I was not going to be permitted any slacking off in the PT department. Our schedule calls for 32 PT sessions in a 35 training day schedule.

The academics thus far have been largely similar to what we teach in our PME, with the obvious exception of the lingo barrier. Some common phrases used by the Marines are foreign to me, but everyone understands and is doing their best to keep me informed if start to look a little lost.

One interesting and motivating item I have enjoyed is the acceptance of yelling under what some might deem inappropriate circumstances. In the Air Force, we sometimes adopt the Army term “HUA” for a motivating yell or even a greeting, and of course the Marines use a different “OORAH” for the same basic purposes. However, the use of barking, grunting, or any other loud yell seems totally acceptable at any time to express ones acceptance of an order or instruction. They say I’ll be doing it too before long and I think they could be right!

Several homework assignments are taking up the first full weekend here in sunny southern California, and we are working together as a team to get done our mission requirements. My roommate asked me to attend some PT sessions with him after duty hours as well, and I have been. With 14 work outs in just 10 days, and the concentration on nutrition, I think seeing some progress in the fit of my clothing is a good possibility.

Being here with some of the finest men and women our country has to offer has been a true blessing and I am looking forward to the next five weeks.

Until next week, “OORAH” from Camp Pendleton.