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1 Michigan Air Guard Bulletin and News Gazette, October 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS PG TAPS, Tidbits, Editorial th Airlift Wing Happenings 2 Views from the 2014 Selfridge Air Show 3 At look back in time 1932 Selfridge Air Show 4 Letters Home th Wing Happenings 6 Selfridge Pilots Recall Sept You Know You re a True Michigander/Tuition Aid 9 Concealed Pistol Licenses at Selfridge 10 Grandchildren & Grandparents 11 Embarassing Medical Exams 12 Reader Information Survey 13 Additions to the Workplace Vocabulary 14 Memorial Wall 15 MAGHA Membership Application 16 MI ANG History Books 17 Enhanced Special Pension Capt Bob Brodowicz (??-??)?? Aug 14 TSgt Marvin L. Huss (69-88) 8 Jul 14 Dr Irwin G. Madison (40-45) 1 Sep 14 MSgt William (Bill) Tegge (57-85) 26 May 14 TIDBITS Coming soon to the Selfridge Air Park: A T-6 Texan in Michigan ANG markings. Check out our newly redesigned website at AN EDITORIAL By Lt Col Lou Nigro Editorial Disclaimer: These are my thoughts, my thoughts alone, and do not represent the views of our Board of Directors or our membership. If you re going to yell at someone, yell at me! There was a time, it seems like it was decades ago, that we could maintain a dialogue with former members of the Michigan ANG about what s going on in the organization that we served in for so many years. Lansing, Battle Creek, Alpena, and Selfridge shared the name and address of members who, for whatever reason, left the Michigan ANG and we would enter those names and addresses into a database of former members of the Michigan ANG that we could use, if the member desired, to keep those folks in the loop. But because we are not a Governmental agency and because of increased emphasis of Personally Identifiable Information (PII), we can no longer get that information. What a shame. MANGBANG 1 OCTOBER 2014

2 110 th Airlift Wing Happenings Michigan National Guard disaster response team prepares for "first muster" by Master Sgt. Denice Rankin Joint Force Headquarters, Michigan When natural and man-made disasters overwhelm first responder capabilities, the Michigan National Guard's Disaster Assistance Response Team can help. Organized by Lt. Col. Edward Schmidt of the 110th Airlift Wing located at the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base and supported by members of the 110th Airlift Wing Office of Emergency Management (and others), the DART mission is to help save lives, safeguard public health and security, and mitigate property and environmental damage to Michigan's citizens and resources. Guidance from Michigan National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais charged the DART with creating a blended pool of skills, uniforms and backgrounds who can quickly and efficiently deliver services throughout the state. "Make the team joint. Don't promise what you can't deliver, and spread the team across the state," were his specific instructions. The DART began training in March with almost 100 volunteers from the 110th Airlift Wing and Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing. Representatives from Consumers Power, the BCANGB chaplain's office, Psychological Health Associates, and other professionals, provided physical and psychological training in a variety of disaster scenario situations. DART volunteers learned the proper procedure for securing downed power lines, handling hazardous materials, basic first aid and emotional support techniques in a classroom setting then went outside to practice safe chain-saw operations and debris-clearing processes under the supervision of BCANGB civil engineers. The group also observed an operational Joint Incident Site Communications Capability system which provides mobile communications capabilities (phone, Internet, satellite) when traditional network services are inoperable. Army Brig. Gen. Phillip Owens, spoke with the training team about their importance during disaster recovery and emergency response in Michigan. "In a disaster, you guys will be where the rubber meets the road," said Owens who serves as the assistant adjutant general for Michigan National Guard Joint Operations. With the initial training completed, the team is preparing for two upcoming exercises where their status will be assessed by the base commander, Col. Ronald Wilson. Wilson will then determine if the team is ready to support the state in the event of a disaster. One requirement for all team members is an individual task. All DART members must pass a number of Federal Emergency Management Agency online training modules before they can be on the team and officially activated. In the event of an emergency, DART activation will be triggered by an order from the governor of Michigan to the MING adjutant general. The team will work in close collaboration with MING headquarters components to answer the call of duty when disaster strikes. MANGBANG 2 OCTOBER 2014

3 Views from the SELFRIDGE AIRSHOW - September 6 th & 7 Th 2014 MANGBANG 3 OCTOBER 2014

4 A look back at the 1932 Selfridge Air Show MANGBANG 4 OCTOBER 2014

5 From TSgt James Czarkowski, MI ANG, : LETTERS HOME Thank you for keeping the spirit of the 127 th alive as nothing is so tragic as to forget. On the East Leroy side of the State, the Air Guard is usually noted in the local Shopper newspaper or some gossip and we are more than that. MAGHA is prompt in getting things across. Sometimes things are lost in cyber space but you make cyber space user friendly. People can use cyber space as another great tool or to keep an exclusive group in place. I m happy to say MAGHA s use is appropriate and inclusive. It is interesting to note which places of employment have connection with their history. I am amazed when I read in the Shopper about smaller institutions who remember the seniors and others, who for whatever reasons, forget. I am finally getting into a book on Napoleon by Emil Ludwig. I do enjoy books on Washington, Franklin, Lincoln our bedrock. The book on Napoleon notes his character. One is he is a stickler for equality in the army. We had that in our 127 th family equality. Also noted in the book is his ethic honour before all. Keep up the good work and keep me posted on the family there. MANGBANG 5 OCTOBER 2014

6 127 th Wing Happenings Slocum selected to lead 127th Wing by 127th Wing Public Affairs 8/22/ SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- Col. John D. Slocum from the Air National Guard Readiness Center has been selected as the next commander of the 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard. As commander of the 127th Wing, Slocum will also provide overall support and services to 44 tenant organizations, including all branches of the military and numerous DHS organizations. Slocum received his commission in 1984 and served as an F-4 and F-16 pilot. He joined the Arizona ANG in 1992 and has had several leadership positions at the ANG Readiness Center, most recently serving as the ANG Inspector General. Slocum will succeed Col Philip Sheridan, who has served as 127th Wing Commander since January A change of command ceremony will be held in November. Comprised of approximately 1,700 personnel and flying both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the KC-135 Stratotanker, the 127th Wing supports Air Mobility Command, Air Combat Command and Air Force Special Operation Command by providing highly-skilled Airmen to missions domestically and overseas. The 127th Wing is the host unit at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, which marks its 97th year of continuous military air operations in MANGBANG 6 OCTOBER 2014

7 Selfridge Pilots Recall Sept. 11 by TSgt. Dan Heaton 127th Wing Public Affairs 6/30/ SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. "Are you OK?" "It's bad." Two simple messages, delivered to pilots wearing different uniforms, perhaps 1,000 miles apart. That they were delivered on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, seared them into the memories of the men who received them. Lt. Col. Rolf Mammen and Lt. Col. Doug Champagne, both pilots at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, heard those messages on that chaotic morning when America came under attack. Both men were flying that day - Champagne in an F-16 Falcon in Michigan, and Mammen in a United Airlines airliner, over the Atlantic Ocean on a trip from London to New York City's JFK Airport. The two shared their memories of that day during a June 21 luncheon meeting of the Selfridge Base Community Council, a civic organization that promotes partnership between the base and the community. Like many pilots who serve in the Air National Guard, Mammen works for a commercial airline as his full-time job, while serving parttime in the Guard. He continues to work for United and is now the deputy commander of the 127th Maintenance Group at Selfridge, which is charged with maintaining the base's fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. Champagne works full-time at Selfridge and is the commander of the 107th Fighter Squadron, which flies those A-10s. While in Canadian airspace, headed for New York on what had been a routine flight that morning, Mammen was the first officer on a United flight when the crew received an odd message over a text communication system from United's flight control center. It simply read: "Are you OK?" "We had no idea what that could mean," Mammen recalled at the luncheon. "Hijacking and crashing an airplane into a tower in New York was the last thing on our mind." Mammen would spend most of the rest of that flight armed with a fire axe, guarding the cockpit door as his two fellow pilots responded to orders to land the aircraft. "If anyone came through that door, I was going to start swinging," he said. About that same time, Champagne and another pilot from Selfridge were just finishing up dropping some inert practice bombs on a target range near Grayling in northern Michigan. They had also fired all 100 live rounds of gun ammunition they had been carrying in strafing runs at the range. As they were returning to Selfridge, the two starting pick up some odd radio traffic from Air Traffic Control, but, being in military aircraft, they were not hearing all of the civilian ATC traffic. As they were passing Saginaw on the way back to base, the operations group commander at Selfridge came on the radio. He asked pointedly several times about their exact weapons status - had they fired all of their ammo at the target range? Champagne said he began getting worried that something had gone wrong during his practice strafing runs. Had a round hit the ground in an odd way and skipped out of the impact area and hit something or someone? Had there been a maintenance crew in the range when he had been shooting? Eventually instructed to land at Selfridge, they were told to immediately taxi to an area on the base designated for live ammunition re- MANGBANG 7 OCTOBER 2014

8 arming of aircraft. A fellow pilot came out in a truck to meet them. "I can't read lips at all, but I will never forget the words I saw him mouth to me, 'It's bad,'" Champagne said. He was still thinking something had gone wrong at the target range. Only after Champagne and his wingman were on the ground did they learn how truly bad it was - about how two commercial airliners had hit the World Trade Center in New York, causing the eventual collapse of those towers; about how another had slammed into the Pentagon; about how another had crashed in Pennsylvania after the crew and passengers discovered what was happening and rushed the cockpit; about how some 3,000 Americans had been killed and that the country was now at war. Back on the ground at Selfridge, Champagne learned that higher commanders had briefly considered ordering him to fly straight south to use his unarmed fighter jet as a shield to protect Chicago from a possible attack. Later that day, Champagne and another pilot would take to the skies again, to fly the first combat-loaded patrol over Detroit. Within hours of the attack, hundreds of Citizen-Airmen had reported for duty at Selfridge and the 127th Wing began standing 24-hour alert duty to provide aerial cover for much of the Great Lakes region. While Mammen was enduring the stress of flying on Sept. 11, his family was suffering as well. As his wife watched the events of the morning unfold on television, she knew that her husband - a United pilot - was due to land at New York that morning. And she had watched a hijacked United aircraft crash into one of the Trade Center towers. It would be hours before she learned that her husband was safe - diverted to a landing in Halifax, Canada with some 4 dozen other airliners. His daughter, who was nearing her 11th birthday at the time, learned at school that "planes were crashing in New York" - and knew her dad flew into New York. "For me, 9-11 was personal, very personal," Mammen said. "People I knew, people I had flown with before, had been on those planes that had been hijacked and crashed. My daughter lost part of her childhood that day. "Those hijackers came into my office that morning, killed some of my friends and then used my office to kill about 3,000 Americans. You bet that is personal." Since Sept. 11, 2001, hundreds, perhaps even a couple thousand, of Citizen-Airmen in the 127th Wing at Selfridge have been recalled to duty either locally or been deployed overseas to respond to the Global War on Terror. This year alone, more than 200 members of the Wing have been deployed to locations in more than a dozen countries. "This is a long war," Champagne said. "And it is not over." In memory of our fallen this and every September 11th; may God bless each of them. We will never forget our lost children of freedom. MANGBANG 8 OCTOBER 2014

9 You know you're a TRUE Michigander when 1. "Vacation" means going up north on I You measure distance in hours. 3. You know several people who have hit a deer more than once. 4. You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day. 5. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching. 6. You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings). 7. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked. 8. You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them. 9. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit. 10. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with ice. 11. You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and pothole repair. 12. You can identify a southern or eastern accent. 13. Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your snow fence. 14. You were unaware that there is a legal drinking age. 15. Down South to you means Ohio. 16. A brat is something you eat. 17. Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new pole barn. 18. You go out to a fish fry every Friday. 19. Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost. 20. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car. 21. You find 0 degrees "a little chilly" 22. You drink pop and bake with soda. 23. Your doctor tells you to drink Vernors and you know it's not medicine. 24. You can actually drink Vernors without coughing. 25. You know what a Yooper is. 26. You think owning a Honda is Un-American. 27. You know that UP is a place, not a direction. 28. You know it's possible to live in a thumb. 29. You understand that when visiting Detroit, the best thing to wear is a Kevlar vest. 30. You actually understand these jokes. Law grants tuition aid to National Guard members By Associated Press LANSING Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law re-establishing a state-based tuition assistance program for members of the Michigan National Guard. It will cover 100 percent of tuition and fees, up to $4,500 a year. The state had a similar program for a decade that ended in 2009 because of budget cuts and expanded federal education benefits after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Supporters say Michigan's program will help soldiers whose tuition and fees aren't fully covered by a similar federal tuition-assistance program. It's expected to cost Michigan about $4.7 million in the next fiscal year. Snyder signed the bill in July 2014 during an event at the Michigan National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Lansing. MANGBANG 9 OCTOBER 2014

10 CONCEALED PISTOL LICENSES AT SELFRIDGE SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- Michigan is a gun-friendly state. Statewide, there are 426,000 active Concealed Pistol Licenses, according to a Michigan State Police report released January 7. In Macomb County alone, there are 38,000 active CPLs. And those who prefer to open carry don't even need a license to do so. While open and concealed carry are both legal outside the gate, they are not authorized on Selfridge Air National Guard Base. "Concealed carry licenses issued at the state level are not honored here at Selfridge," said Master Sgt. Charles Cain, NCO-in-charge of Security Forces Operations for the 127th Security Forces Squadron. "The installation commander has the authority to approve or disapprove the validity of these licenses on base. The decision to disapprove CPLs was made because Selfridge is a 'federal enclave,' and federal law prohibits the possession of privately owned firearms or other dangerous weapons on the installation." There are several types of weapons prohibited on base. Banned weapons include bows and arrows, hunting knives, knives with a blade longer than three inches, switch and spring blade knives, stiletto knives, bolos, bayonets, trench knives, machetes, straight razors, throwing stars, nunchakus, sand clubs and metal knuckles. "It is also unlawful to use, carry or have in your vehicle air pistols and rifles or any other firearm, weapon or instrument from which a projectile or missile is ejected by a propellant or propulsion device. This includes seemingly harmless projectiles such as BBs and pellets," Cain said. "These types of weapons are authorized on base, however, if the individual is engaged in or traveling to or from a sanctioned sporting event authorized by the installation commander that requires the use of the weapon." The only other individuals authorized to carry weapons on base, concealed or open, are law enforcement officers performing official duties, and those who have just purchased a weapon from the Exchange. Once a weapon has been purchased at the Exchange, that individual must take the most direct route off the installation, without stopping at any other installation facility. If someone who doesn't fit any of these categories approaches the gate with a weapon in their vehicle, they need to turn around and either take the weapon back home or store it at another trusted location off base. "Selfridge's firearm storage facilities will not be used to store privately owned weapons," Cain said. Weapon storage is prohibited at all other facilities on base too, including exterior storage sheds, campers, trailers and privately owned vehicles. For more information, call the 127th SFS Law Enforcement Desk at MANGBANG 10 OCTOBER 2014

11 Grandchildren & Grandparents 1. A grandmother was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she'd done many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, "But Grandma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!" I will probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about kissing the toilet paper good-bye My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was, and I told him, 62. My grandson was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, "Did you start at 1?" 3. After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, "Who was THAT?" 4. A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like. "We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods." The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, "I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!" 5. My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, "Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?" I mentally polished my halo and I said, "No, how are we alike?'' "You're both old," he replied. 6. A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather's word processor. She told him she was writing a story. "What's it about?" he asked. "I don't know," she replied. "I can't read." 7. I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I continued. At last, she headed for the door, saying, "Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these colors yourself!" 8. When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects. Still, a few fireflies followed us in. Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, "It's no use Grandpa. Now the mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights." 9. When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, "I'm not sure." "Look in your underwear, Grandpa," he advised "Mine says I'm 4 to 6." 10. A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, "Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today." The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. "That's interesting." she said. "How do you make babies?" "It's simple," replied the girl. "You just change 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'." 11. Children's Logic: "Give me a sentence about a public servant," said a teacher. The small boy wrote: "The fireman came down the ladder pregnant." The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. "Don't you know what pregnant means?" she asked. "Sure," said the young boy confidently. 'It means carrying a child." 12. A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren to their home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog's duties. "They use him to keep crowds back," said one child. "No," said another. "He's just for good luck." A third child brought the argument to a close. "They use the dogs," she said firmly, "to find the fire hydrants." MANGBANG 11 OCTOBER 2014

12 EMBARRASSING MEDICAL EXAMS 1. A man comes into the ER and yells... My wife s going to have her baby in the cab. I grabbed my stuff, rushed out to the cab, lifted the lady's dress and began to take off her underwear. Suddenly I noticed that there were several cabs and I was in the wrong one. Submitted by Dr. Mark MacDonald 2. At the beginning of my shift I placed a stethoscope on an elderly and slightly deaf female patient s anterior chest wall. Big breaths I instructed. Yes, they used to be replied the patient. Submitted by Dr. Richard Byrnes 3. One day I had to be the bearer of bad news when I told a wife that her husband had died of a massive myocardial infarction. Not more than five minutes later, I heard her reporting to the rest of the family that he had died of a Massive internal fart. Submitted by Dr. Susan Steinberg 4. During a patient ' s two week follow-up appointment with his cardiologist, he informed me, his doctor, that he was having trouble with one of his medications. Which one? I asked. The patch... the Nurse told me to put on a new one every six hours and now I ' m running out of places to put it! I had him quickly undress and discovered what I hoped I wouldn t see. Yes, the man had over fifty patches on his body! Now, the instructions include removal of the old patch before applying a new one. Submitted by Dr. Rebecca St. Clair 5. While acquainting myself with a new elderly patient, I asked, How long have you been bedridden? After a look of complete confusion she answered Why, not for about twenty years - when my husband was alive. Submitted by Dr. Steven Swanson 6. I was performing rounds at the hospital one morning and while checking up on a man I asked So how s your breakfast this morning? It s very good except for the Kentucky Jelly. I can t seem to get used to the taste. Bob replied. I then asked to see the jelly and Bob produced a foil packet labeled KY Jelly. Submitted by Dr. Leonard Kransdorf 7. A nurse was on duty in the Emergency Room when a young woman with purple hair styled into a punk rocker Mohawk, sporting a variety of tattoos, and wearing strange clothing, entered... It was quickly determined that The patient had acute appendicitis, so she was scheduled for immediate surgery... When she was completely disrobed on the operating table, the staff noticed that her pubic hair had been dyed green and above it there was a tattoo that read Keep off the grass. Once the surgery was completed, the surgeon wrote a short note on the patient s dressing, which said Sorry... had to mow the lawn. Submitted by anonymous RN 8. As a new, young MD doing his residency in OB I was quite embarrassed when performing female pelvic exams. To cover my embarrassment I had unconsciously formed a habit of whistling softly. The middle-aged lady upon whom I was performing this exam suddenly burst out laughing and further embarrassing me. I looked up from my work and sheepishly said I ' m sorry was I tickling you? She replied with tears running down her cheeks from laughing so hard. No doctor but the song you were whistling was I wish I was an Oscar Meyer Wiener. Anonymous A woman and a baby were in the doctor's examining room, waiting for the doctor to come in for the baby s first exam. The doctor arrived and examined the baby, checked his weight, and being a little concerned, asked if the baby was breast-fed or bottle-fed. Breast-fed she replied. Well, strip down to your waist the doctor ordered. She did He pinched her nipples, pressed, kneaded, and rubbed both breasts for a while in a very professional and detailed examination. Motioning to her to get dressed, the doctor said, No wonder this baby is underweight. You don't have any milk. I know she said, I'm his Grandma. But I'm so glad I came. MANGBANG 12 OCTOBER 2014

13 READER INFORMATION SURVEY One of the well-received features of the MANGBANG is information on our individual members that is shared with the at-large membership. Please help us continue this feature by completing the survey below and mailing it to MAGHA,, C Street, Bldg 1011, Selfridge ANG Base MI or the information to FULL NAME AND RANK DATE I JOINED THE GUARD DATE I LEFT THE GUARD LAST UNIT WHEN I LEFT THE GUARD WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO SINCE YOU LEFT THE GUARD? WHAT DO YOU ENJOY READING IN THE MANGBANG AND WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE INCLUDED IN FUTURE ISSUES? MANGBANG 13 OCTOBER 2014

14 Essential Additions for the Workplace Vocabulary From Pauline Crowder BLAMESTORMING: Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible. SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager, who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything and then leaves. ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard. SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die in the end. CUBE FARM: An office filled with cubicles. PRAIRIE DOGGING: When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on. MOUSE POTATO: The on-line answer to the couch potato. SITCOM: Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids. STARTER MARRIAGE: A short-lived first marriage that ends in divorce with no kids, no property and no regrets. STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny. SWIPEOUT: An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because the magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use. XEROX SUBSIDY: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one's workplace. IRRITAINMENT: Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying but you find yourself unable to stop watching them. PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again. VULCAN NERVE PINCH: The taxing hand position required to reach all the appropriate keys for some computer commands. ADMINISPHERE: The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve. 404: Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web error message "404 Not Found," meaning that the requested document could not be located. GENERICA: Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, subdivisions. OHNOSECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake. The Michigan Air Guard Bulletin and News Gazette (MANGBANG) is a semi-annual newsletter distributed in January and July by the Michigan Air Guard Historical Association (MAGHA), C Street, Building 1011, Selfridge ANG Base MI exclusively for the members of the Michigan Air Guard Historical Association. Zero percent of MAGHA dues is designated for publication of the newsletter. Standard postage using MAGHA s non-profit mailing permit is paid at the Mount Clemens MI Post Office. Time-sensitive input for publication must be received at the address above at least 45 days before the publication date for inclusion in the upcoming news- letter. MANGBANG 14 OCTOBER 2014

15 MEMORIAL WALL SELFRIDGE MILITARY AIR MUSEUM The Michigan Air Guard Historical Association (MAGHA) has completed construction of a Memorial Area in the center of the Air Park at the Selfridge Military Air Museum. The memorial is a place to honor all members of the military who gave their lives in the line of duty and in the service of this great nation, to recognize all those who have in the past or who are currently serving their country, and to acknowledge the contributions made by families and companies to the preservation of freedom. Pictures of the Memorial Area and the Memorial Wall are above. The centerpiece is an elevated F-86 Sabre aircraft, an aircraft flown, maintained, and supported by three Michigan Air Guard units in the mid-1950s. Flanking the F-86 is the Memorial Wall topped by engraved Memorial Bricks such as those shown below. We invite you to become part of this memorial and to recognize a unit, an individual, or a family by purchasing an engraved brick that will become a permanent part of the Memorial Wall. Cash donations for the Memorial project are also welcome. All memorial brick purchases and donations for this effort are tax-deductible per Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Engraved memorial bricks cost $ per brick for non-members (cost includes a one-year membership in MAGHA), $75.00 per brick for members, and $50.00 per brick when multiple brick orders are made. For example, a one-brick order from a MAGHA member would cost $75.00, a two-brick order would cost $125.00, and a three-brick order $ Information about MAGHA can be obtained by calling , by visiting our web site at or by writing to us at the address below. If you would like to participate in this worthwhile project, please complete the order form and indicate your payment method below and mail this form to MAGHA, C Street, Bldg 1011, Selfridge ANG Base MI An asterisk (*) will be added after the honoree s name for veterans. MEMORIAL BRICK ORDER FORM Name: Address: Day Time Phone Number: Please install an engraved memorial brick in the Memorial Wall at the Selfridge Military Air Museum in honor of the following. This individual is a veteran. Please add an asterisk (*) after their name. This individual is not a veteran. Please send me information on joining the Michigan Air Guard Historical Association. Three lines are possible with a maximum of 12 characters per line and a maximum of 36 characters per brick. Periods, commas, asterisks, and spaces between words counts as characters. You will be sent a receipt with a proposed layout. O Check # dated enclosed. Checks should be made payable to MAGHA. Please charge my: O VISA CARD O MASTER CARD O AMERICAN EXPRESS CARD O DISCOVER CARD Account # Expiration Date: Signature: MANGBANG 15 OCTOBER 2014

16 MAGHA MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION I believe that my support for the goals of the Michigan Air Guard Historical Association will attest to my commitment to the Michigan Air National Guard and the thousands of dedicated men and women who have served our great nation. I wish to demonstrate this commitment by becoming a member of MAGHA as follows: NEW MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION RENEWAL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION RANK & NAME UNIT OF AFFILIAT ION (ONLY ONE PLEASE) MEMBER OF THE MI ANG (YEARS ONLY) FROM TO ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP CODE ADDRESS HOW WOULD YOU PREFER TO RECEIVE YOUR NEWSLETTER (check one) O PATRON MEMBERSHIP ($1,000.00) O SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP ($500.00) O LIFE MEMBERSHIP ($250.00) O REGULAR MEMBERSHIP ($25.00) O DONATION ONLY BY BY US MAIL FROM THE WEBSITE ( O Check # dated enclosed. Checks should be made payable to MAGHA. Please charge my: Account # Expiration Date: Signature: VISA CARD MASTER CARD DISCOVER CARD AMERICAN EXPRESS CARD MICHIGAN SOLICITATION LICENSE NUMBER: MICS 26603, MICHIGAN NON-PROFIT REGISTRATION NUMBER: , FEDERAL EIN: , DUNS NUMBER: MAILING ADDRESS: MAGHA, C STREET, BLDG 1011, SELFRIDGE ANG BASE MI TELEPHONE NUMBER: ADDRESS: MANGBANG 16 OCTOBER 2014

17 Michigan Air Guard Historical Association MICHIGAN AIR NATIONAL GUARD HISTORY BOOK The Michigan Air Guard Historical Association created a four volume set of history books covering the periods Volume 1 covers the period from 1926 to 1976 Volume 2 covers the period from 1976 to 1986 Volume 3 covers the period from 1986 to 1996 Volume 4 covers the period from 1996 to 2010 If you wish to purchase one or more of these volumes, please complete the order form and indicate your payment method below then mail this form to MAGHA, C St, Bldg 1011, Selfridge ANGB MI Please send the volumes I have circled below to: NAME: ADDRESS Volume 1 ( ) $1.00 Number Requested Volume 2 ( ) $4.00 Number Requested Volume 3 ( ) $1.00 Number Requested Volume 4 ( ) B&W inside $6.00 Number Requested Full Color $35.00 Number Requested Shipping/Handling $4.00 (APPLICABLE TO ALL MAIL ORDERS) TOTAL REMITTED $ O Check # dated enclosed. Checks should be made payable to MAGHA. Please charge my: Account # O VISA CARD O MASTER CARD O AMERICAN EXPRESS CARD O DISCOVER CARD Expiration Date: Signature: MAGHA C Street, Bldg 1011 Selfridge ANG Base MI Phone: Fax: Michigan Air Guard Historical Association MANGBANG 17 OCTOBER 2014

18 ENHANCED OR SPECIAL MONTHLY PENSION (AID AND ATTENDANCE OR HOUSEBOUND) WHAT IS ENHANCED OR SPECIAL MONTHLY PENSION? Aid and Attendance (A&A) is an increased monthly pension amount paid to a Veteran or surviving spouse. You may be eligible if: You require the aid of another person in order to perform activities of daily living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, toileting, adjusting prosthetic devices, or protecting yourself from the hazards of your daily environment, OR You are bedridden, in that your disability or disabilities requires that you remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment, OR You are a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity, OR You have corrected visual acuity of 5/200 or less, in both eyes, or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less. Housebound is an increased monthly pension amount paid to a claimant who is substantially confined to his or her home because of permanent disability. Additionally, if you are a Veteran, you may quality for the increased housebound amount if: You have a single permanent disability evaluated as 100-percent disabling AND, due to such disability, you are permanently and substantially confined to your immediate premises, OR, You have single permanent disability evaluated as 100-percent disabling AND, another disability, or disabilities, evaluated as 60-percent or more disabling. You may not receive enhanced or special monthly pension without first establishing eligibility for VA pension. However, because enhanced pension is based upon a higher income limit, a claimant ineligible for basic pension due to excessive income may be eligible for increased pension benefits. You may not receive pension at the A&A and Housebound rate at the same time. Disabilities determined by VA to be related to your military service can lead to monthly non-taxable compensation, enrollment in the VA health care system, a 10-point hiring preference for federal employment and other important benefits. Ask your VA representative or Veterans Service Organization representative about Disability Compensation, Pension, Health Care, Caregiver Program, Career Services, Educational Assistance, Home Loan Guaranty, Insurance and/or Dependents and Survivors Benefits. MANGBANG 18 OCTOBER 2014

19 H O W T O A P P L Y F O R A I D A N D A T T E N D A N C E A N D H O U S E B O U N D : You may apply for pension at the A&A or Housebound rate by writing to the VA Regional Office having jurisdiction over your claim. If you do not know which regional office has jurisdiction over your claim, you may submit your request to the VA Regional Office closest to your current residence. A directory of VA regional offices is available at If you have previously submitted a VA Form , Veteran s Application for Compensation and/or Pension, or VA Form , Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), Death Pension and Accrued Benefits by a Surviving Spouse or Child, you should attach the completed form to your claim. You should provide copies of any evidence that would help establish that you need A&A or are Housebound. Such evidence would include a report from your physician validating the need for aid and attendance or demonstrating that you are housebound. If possible, the evidence should be in sufficient detail to enable VA to determine generally whether there is a disease or injury producing physical or mental impairment that renders you unable to perform the activities of daily living without assistance, or confined to your home or immediate premises. E N H A N C E D P E N S I O N R A T E S F O R : V E T E R A N S INCOME LIMITS (EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1, 2012) If you are a Your yearly income must be less than Housebound veteran with no dependents $15,233 Housebound veteran with one dependent* $19,093 Veteran who needs aid and attendance and has no dependents $20,795 Veteran who needs aid and attendance and has one dependent* $24,652 *For each additional dependent, add $2,129 Note: Some income is not counted toward the yearly limited (for example, some wages earned by dependent children, and Supplemental Security Income.) Contact us: Pension and Fiduciary Service November 2013 MANGBANG 19 OCTOBER 2014

20 SURVIVING SPOUSES INCOME LIMITS (EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1,2011) If you are a Your yearly income must be less than Housebound surviving spouse with no dependents $10,217 Housebound surviving spouse with one dependent* $12,796 Surviving spouse who needs aid and attendance with no dependents $13,362 Surviving spouse who needs aid and attendance with one dependent $15,940 *For each additional dependent, add $2,129 Note: Some income is not counted toward the yearly limited (for example, some wages earned by dependent children, and Supplemental Security Income.) Contact us: Pension and Fiduciary Service November 2013 MANGBANG 20 OCTOBER 2014

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