Military News

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Senior Enlisted Advisor Approaches Retirement With New Outlook

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

April 18, 2008 - As he approaches retirement next week after 33 and a half years of service,
Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. "Joe" Gainey said he's preparing for the next phase of his life with a new outlook: It's not necessary to always be "Number One." In his final "all-hands call" with enlisted members of the Joint Staff here today, the first senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff explained the dramatic genesis of his change of heart.

In his past two and a half years as senior enlisted advisor, Gainey has told servicemembers in the most far-flung reaches of the globe that they should always strive to be Number One.

A favorite adage was: "You've got to strive to be number one, because number two is just the first place loser. It's like a team of sled dogs -- the first dog sees white snow; all the other dogs see the butt of the dog in front of them."

Gainey was in Walter Reed
Army Medical Center here earlier this year recovering from surgery to correct an old neck injury that had not healed correctly when he suffered a stroke. Doctors kept him in a medically induced coma for seven days; and he spoke here today a mere two weeks after leaving the hospital.

His voice was slightly slurred -- but still easily understood -- as he spoke to the enlisted servicemembers. And he joked that the feeding tube he still must use because he has problems swallowing is more like being refueled like an airplane than eating.
But the brush with death changed him, he said. "Being Number One is not what matters; I know that now," he said. "Being the best you can be in your job is what matters.

"Where you sit doesn't matter. It's what you do for others that makes you value-added," he added. "If each of us can't do something for somebody else every single day, then why do we come to work?"

Gainey recounted visiting the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier and being greeted by young sailors who took pride in what they did. Even the sailors who kept the flight decks free of debris realized they had a vital part in the ship's mission and took pride in what they do, he said.

He also urged servicemembers to maintain the professional standards of their individual branches of service even when serving in a joint environment, like the Pentagon. "Even though you're in a joint world, remember what uniform you have on. Do your joint job, but every morning look at your ... uniform and remember that you are in that branch of service," the sergeant major said. "You are a sailor, airman,
Marine, soldier, Coastie first. The reason I say that is, maintain your appearance for whatever your service is."

After Gainey's remarks today, enlisted members of the Joint Staff told him they had dedicated a bench in his name at the Armed Forces Retirement Home here.

In his time as senior enlisted advisor, Gainey has been a tireless advocate of the home for retired enlisted servicemembers. He and his staff routinely visited residents there, completing projects and sometimes just visiting at bedsides. He recounted that he and his wife, Cindy, visited just yesterday.

"If you've never been out there, you have to make time," he said. "They are our past warriors.

"Their eyes just light up," he said about elderly retired servicemembers he's visited at the home. "If they want to tell you war stories, listen to them, because that's the life they lived."

He particularly encouraged women servicemembers to visit the Armed Forces Retirement Home to spend time with a 97-year-old former member of the Women's
Army Corps. "That's your history," he said. "And when she passes, it's gone."

Residents at the home die at the rate of eight to 15 per month, and Gainey regularly attends monthly memorial services. He pressed servicemembers on the joint staff to do the same. "I would love to see that chapel filled with troops for those monthly memorial services," he said.

The home is funded partially through $.50 monthly deductions from enlisted servicemembers' and warrant officers' paychecks, and Gainey urged the troops here today to lobby their service leaders to approve an increase of that deduction to $1 per month, which would result in $7 million in addition funding per year for the home, Gainey said.

"I've talked to, I think, well over 5,000 troops and asked them, 'Would a dollar a month break your bank?' No one has said 'yes' yet," he said.

"I'm a believer that, if we cannot take care of the past, how do we take care of the future?" Gainey said. "If we can't take care of our past, how in the heck are we going to be able to take care of our wounded warriors in the future?"

Gainey will retire April 25 in a full-honors retirement ceremony at Fort Myer, Va.

Robot Introduces Deployed Soldier to Baby Boy

By Cheryl Harrison
Special to American Forces Press Service

Texas, April 18, 2008 - A robot normally used by doctors to perform work remotely allowed a soldier in Baghdad to virtually interact with his newborn son in Texas for the first time. An RP-7 Remote Presence Robotic System, wireless, mobile, remote-presence robot that allows a doctor to be in two places at once, allowed
Army Staff Sgt. Erik Lloyd to meet his seven-day-old boy Blake on April 10.

The RP-7 can move untethered, allowing a remote physician seated at a control station to freely interact with patients, family members and hospital staff from anywhere, anytime.

In this case, the robot gave Lloyd the opportunity to interact with Blake and with his wife, Kristie. Because of his deployment, Lloyd had missed Blake's April 4 birth.

Lloyd is assigned to the U.S.
Army Institute of Surgical Research here, and he is currently serving with the Deployed Combat Casualty Research Team, located with 86th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad.

While Lloyd looked through a
computer screen in Iraq, his wife Kristi and members of the institute's staff gathered around an RP-7 in a conference room at Brooke Army Medical Center here, to introduce the soldier to his baby boy.

"So, who do we have here?" said Lloyd from Baghdad, panning the monitor of the robot around to see everyone gathered around the 5-and-a-half-foot tall robot.

Lloyd used a joystick connected to a laptop to control the robot's advanced digital camera to zoom in and focus on his son. The camera's high resolution, which normally allows a physician at the control station to read monitor screens or printouts, allowed the soldier to clearly focus on his son's features.

"Hey! Is he asleep? Poke him to wake him up. Hold his head so we can get a picture from our end," said Lloyd playing with the controls and making the most of the robot's capabilities.

Between the "ooohs" and "aaahs" over the 2-week-old infant, Lloyd kept a grin on his face and eyes on his son. He asked Kristie questions about his son and conducted conversations with other members of the group in the room, while using the robot's controls to look at people around the room.

"He'll be walking and potty trained by the time I get back, right?" joked Lloyd, who is due to return home in six months.

Lloyd said he was delighted to have the opportunity to see his son in a way that allowed him to have control over the interaction.

"It was such a wonderful experience to be able to actively interact with my wife while she was able to show me our son for the first time," Lloyd said. "I was able to control the robot and actually move around the room a bit to get a different perspective than what a conventional video camera would have allowed."

Lloyd said he was grateful to his
leadership and his units for allowing him to have this experience.

"I am very appreciative of the command groups, both here at the 86th CSH and the Institute of Surgical Research, for allowing me to utilize this amazing piece of
technology. It is really a wonderful feeling to be part of two commands that know how to take care of their soldiers and their families in a time of need." Lloyd said.

"It was an awesome experience. I am far from the first father in this conflict who has missed the birth of their child. ... However, with this
technology I was in a small way allowed to feel more like I was part of a family than I had been ... since he was born," Lloyd said.

Kristie said she was also impressed with the robot's capabilities and what it allowed her husband to experience.

"I talk to him every day, and he demands pictures all the time. We use a Webcam but the connection isn't good," Kristie Lloyd said. "But this was great. Erik was playing with the controls and trying to figure out how to use the robot."

Unlike Lloyd,
Army Maj. Kevin Chung, medical director for the burn intensive care unit at Brooke, is an expert on using the robot. So much so, in fact, that members of the staff have nicknamed the robot "Chungbot." Chung uses it from home, while on leave, temporary duty assignments, or while at conferences from outside of the state in order to have access to the Intensive Care Unit. When outside the ICU, Chung is available to the ICU via the robot.

Chung said Lloyd was "amazed at the
technology and the clarity of the video link" and really benefitted from the experience.

"The interaction they had was amplified by his ability to move the robot around and zoom in and out with the camera. He was able to see his son close up. Granted nothing is better than being there in person, but given the circumstances with him being half a world away, this
technology allowed him to be 'remotely' present with his newly expanded family."

Chung added that "the entire session was very emotional for all those who had the opportunity to witness the remote interaction."

(Cheryl Harrison works for the Fort Sam Houston Public Information Office.)

Regenerative Medicine Seen as Means to Repair Wounded Warriors

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

April 17, 2008 - The Defense Department today launched a five-year,
Army-led cooperative effort to leverage cutting-edge medical technology to develop new ways to assist servicemembers who've suffered severe, disfiguring wounds during their wartime service. The newly established Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine, known by the acronym AFIRM, will serve as the military's operational agency for the effort, Dr. S. Ward Casscells, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, told reporters at a Pentagon news conference.

A key component of the initiative is to harness stem cell research and
technology in finding innovative ways to use a patient's natural cellular structure to reconstruct new skin, muscles and tendons, and even ears, noses and fingers, Casscells said.

Just more than 900 U.S. servicemembers have undergone amputations of some kind due to injuries suffered in wartime service in Afghanistan or Iraq, Casscells said. Other troops have been badly burned or suffered spinal cord injuries or significant vision loss.

"Getting these people up to where they are functioning and reintegrated, employed, (and) able to help their families and be fully participating members of society" is the task at hand in which AFIRM will play a major role, Casscells said.

AFIRM will fall under the auspices of the U.S.
Army Medical Research and Material Command, based at Fort Detrick, Md., and it also will work in conjunction with U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, in San Antonio.

The Medical Research and Material Command is the
Army's lead medical research, development and related-material acquisition agency. It comes under U.S. Army Medical Command, which is led by Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, the Army's surgeon general. Schoomaker accompanied Casscells at the news conference.

"The cells that we're talking about actually exist in our bodies today," Schoomaker pointed out. "We, even as adults, possess in our bodies small quantities of cells which have the potential, under the right kind of stimulation, to become any one of a number of different kinds of cells.

For example, Schoomaker said, the human body routinely regenerates bone marrow or liver cells.

AFIRM will have an overall budget of about $250 million for the initial five-year period, of which about $80 million will be provided by the Defense Department, Schoomaker said. Other program funding will be provided by the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Md., the Department of Veterans Affairs, and local public and private matching funding.

Rutgers University, in N.J.; Wake Forest University, in N.C.; and the University of Pittsburgh also will participate in the initiative.

Dr. Anthony Atala, a surgeon and director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest, also attended the news conference. Atala's current research keys on growing new human cells and tissue.

"All the parts of your body, tissues and organs, have a natural repository of cells that are ready to replicate when an injury occurs," Atala told reporters.

Medical technicians now can select cells from human donors and, through a series of scientific processes, can "regrow" new tissue, Atala said.

"Then, you can plant that (regenerated tissue) back into the same patient, thus avoiding rejection," Atala said.

Special techniques are being developed to employ regrown tissue in the fabrication of new muscles and tendons, Atala observed, or for the repair/replacement of damaged or missing extremities such as noses, ears and fingers.

Continued advancement in regenerative medicine would greatly benefit those servicemembers and veterans who've been severely scarred by war, Schoomaker said.

The three-star general cited animals like salamanders that can regrow lost tails or limbs. "Why can't a mammal do the same thing?" he asked.

Army Reserve to Celebrate Century of Service

American Forces Press Service

April 17, 2008 - Since April 23, 1908, the men and women of the U.S.
Army Reserve have answered the nation's call to service at home and around the globe. Next week, the reserve will mark its 100th birthday with ceremonies in and around the nation's capital. To celebrate a century of service, the Army Reserve will hold a mass re-enlistment on the Capitol Hill steps here and remembrance ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va. Slated to attend the events are Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz and Command Sgt. Maj. Leon Caffie, respectively the Army Reserve chief and senior enlisted soldier.

Kicking off the event at 10 am, 100
Army Reserve soldiers will raise their right hands, once again pledging their service to the nation. Their re-enlistment symbolizes the Army Reserve's commitment to another century of service, according to an information sheet distributed by the Army Reserve.

Following the re-enlistment, past Army Reserve soldiers will be honored at 2:15 p.m. during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. Later at the cemetery, current and future reservists will be commemorated with a tree-planting and plaque dedication.

Unlike the component of the past, which served primarily as a strategic reserve, today's
Army Reserve is an operational force that plays an integral role in the world's greatest Army, the information sheet states.

"Today's
Army Reserve soldiers represent the values upon which our country was founded. They are citizens who are willing to lay down their plows and pick up their rifles when called upon," according to information made available by the service. "They're proud of their service. They're proud to say they're part of the Army Reserve."

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the military has mobilized more than 216,000
Army reservists. Currently, more than 26,000 of these soldiers are deployed worldwide.

From Iwo Jima to Computer Crime

April 21, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) Police-Writers.com is a website that lists state and local police officers who have written books. The website added three police officers who have written a variety of works, from a personal account of the Battle of Iwo Jima to a text on investigating computer crime.

Alfred Stone left his home in Marlin (Texas) as a teenager to join the U.S. Marines during World War II. As a member of the Fifth Marine Division, he participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima and after served with the occupying forces in Japan. He was called back to duty during the Korean conflict. Alfred Stone’s 38 year law enforcement career included service as a highway patrol officer and other service with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Alfred Stone is the author of The Investigating of Crimes: An introduction and A Marine Remembers Iwo Jima: Dog Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Marines, Fifth Marine Division; and, a co-author of Strategies for Community Policing.

According to a reader of A Marine Remembers Iwo Jima: Dog Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Marines, Fifth Marine Division, “This is an outstanding transcript of one Marines personal account of the many men who fought on IWO JIMA. The author more importantly wishes the reader to draw their on conclusions from these personal accounts. The history of these events is depicted in the most accurate rendition, more importantly the writer wants the reader to understand these events as they unfold from that standpoint.”

Michael Knetzger is a fourteen-year law enforcement veteran and currently a Lieutenant with the Green Bay Police Department (Wisconsin). Michael Knetzger began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer and detective for the Town of Brookfield Police Department. He is a certified State of Wisconsin Technical College Instructor and teaches criminal justice courses at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Colorado Technical University Online and ITT Technical Institute. Michael Knetzger has successfully completed the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists forensic examiner program, Basic Data Recovery & Analysis course, and several other courses and seminars on investigating internet crimes. He is also a certified tactical instructor and teaches defensive and arrest tactics, firearms, and professional communications skills courses to new law enforcement recruits. Michael Knetzger has a BA in Justice and Public Policy and a Masters in Public Administration. He is the co-author of True Crime in Titletown, USA: Cold Cases and Investigating High-Tech Crime.

Jeremy Muraski is an eight-year law enforcement veteran and currently an Advanced Patrol Officer, Webmaster and Field Training Officer with the Green Bay Police Department. He has worked as a Network Administrator for Kimberly Clark Corporation and at various jobs as a Computer Support Engineer and Help Desk Specialist supporting online investors for Fidelity Investments. Jeremy Muraski is certified to teach for The Wisconsin Technical College System and teaches criminal justice courses at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, including Investigating High Tech Crimes, and Juvenile Law.

Jeremy Muraski has completed AccessData's Forensic Toolkit Course, the National White Collar Crime Center's Basic Data Recovery & Analysis (BDRA) course, and several other courses and seminars on investigating Internet crimes. In addition to having developed college level course work in computer crime, he holds a number of computer certifications such as Microsoft Access Database Design and Administration and Website Design and Computer Network Administration. Jeremy Muraski is a co-author of Investigating High-Tech Crime.

Police-Writers.com now hosts 981
police officers (representing 411 police departments) and their 2079 police books in 35 categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.