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624th Regional Support Group, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI

 

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We collected 148 pounds of trash along a Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam beach to help keep Hawaii beautiful! #Earthday Hawaii 808 Clean-Up

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On April 14th, the Air Force Reserve celebrated its 70th birthday. Our heritage dates back to the National Defense Act of 1916, when the need for a standby force lead to the creation of the Federal Reserve.

The Air Force Reserve was officially established on April 14th, 1948, when President Truman transferred the Army Air Corp Reserve to the Air Force. Barely two years later the Reserve would mobilize for the first time; activing nearly 147,000 Citizen Airmen during the Korean War. Since that date, we have provided essential capabilities and manpower to every major conflict and numerous smaller operations.

"Today, we fly in formation as one Air Force. There is no distinction between active, guard and reserve airmen. Our nation relies on us, not only for readiness, but as an operational force providing critical capabilities both home and abroad. We are privileged to defend this great nation alongside our joint partners and allies. We have always been, and will continue to be there to provide combat-ready forces to fly, fight, and win," said Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller.

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Congratulations to Mrs. Leslie Lute for being nominated as the Volunteer Spouse of the Year for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Military and Family Support Center. She is also a member of the Hickam Officers' Spouses' Club, who won Volunteer Community/Non-profit Agency of the Year for 2017. She and the group were recognized today during a volunteer recognition ceremony aboard the USS Missouri.

Mrs. Lute fully embraced the spirit of volunteerism and made significant impacts to our Joint Base Ohana. The Hickam Officers’ Spouses Club’s oversight of the Hickam thrift shop led to a 22 percent increase in gross profit, helping to fund more than $60,000 in grants and scholarships to High School seniors, spouses and continuing education students. The group served more than 5,000 hours to supporting community events, such as the Fischer House, 2017 First Sergeant Cookie Caper, funding for technology upgrades in schools, and holiday meal donations.

Thank you to Mrs. Lute and the Hickam Officers’ Spouses Club for promoting a positive wave of change to our community! #volunteer

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Pacific Airmen showcase building skills

A team of structural engineers from the Air Force Reserve's 624th Civil Engineer Squadron work on their construction skills during our April unit training assembly. #ReserveCitizenAirmen #engineers

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Senior Master Sgt. Antonio Gumataotao from the 44th Aerial Port Squadron, Guam, gifts Col. Kenneth Lute, 624th Regional Support Group, commander, with a handcrafted bowl made of coconut leaves. #knowyourmil #hawaii #guam

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After a long day of work, Capt. Elbert Laza learns how to weave a bowl made of coconut palms with the guidance of Master Sgt. Antonio Gumataotao from the 44th Aerial Port Squadron, Guam, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. #culture #knowyourmil #hawaii #guam

The Way of the Leaf

After a long day of work, Capt. Elbert Laza learns how to weave a bowl made of coconut palms with the guidance of Master Sgt. Antonio Gumataotao from the 44th Aerial Port Squadron, Guam, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. #culture #knowyourmil #hawaii #guam

Posted by 624th Regional Support Group on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

In celebration of the Air Force Reserve’s 70th anniversary we are launching an Instagram page! Follow us!

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Happy 70th anniversary Air Force Reserve!
http://www.624rsg.afrc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1493598/pacific-airmen-celebrate-reserves-70th-birthday/

FREE BOOKS! The 15th Wing is hosting a celebration for the Month of the Military Child by giving away 600 free books! Bring your children and pick up a book!
#militarychild

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A few of our Airmen met Air Force Reserve Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller and AFRC Command Chief Master Sergeant Erika Kelly during the annual Outstanding Airman of the Year Ceremony in Saint Augustine, Florida.

Go to http://www.afrc.af.mil/News/Article/1438898/air-force-seeks-2018-nominations-for-12-outstanding-airmen-of-the-year-award/igphoto/2001897242/ to learn more about the ceremony.

The 48th Aerial Port Squadron has a new commander! The 624th Regional Support Group congratulates Maj. Kenneth Ruggles Jr. and his wife, Michelle, along with their children, Kadyn and Davenon. Visit http://www.624rsg.afrc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1487595/hawaii-port-dawgs-welcome-new-commander/ for the full story. The Port Dawg Life

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Congratulations to our 2017 Outstanding Airman of the Year! We are happy to have these Airmen among our ranks; Airman of the Year; Senior Airman Jan Daniel Sarsona, NCO of the Year; Tech. Sgt. Jean Paul, Senior NCO of the Year; Senior Master Sgt. Edgardo Santos and Company Grade Officer; Capt. Louise Albertine Sarabosing.

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Have you downloaded the Get1Now app yet?

This is a easy tool for our Reservists to use when they have a qualified friend or family member interested in joining the Air Force Reserve.

Learn more about it https://www.get1now.us

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For our Reserve Citizen Airmen in Hawaii and Guam, living on an island is no joke when it comes to tsunami awareness. In Hawaii, April has been designated to promoting tsunami safety and awareness. If there is a tsunami warning, here are a few things you can do to help you and your family stay safe …

1. If you are near the ocean and you feel the earth shake, move immediately to higher ground. DO NOT wait for a tsunami warning to be issued. Also, stay away from rivers and streams that lead to the ocean. A tsunami from a local earthquake could strike before a tsunami warning can be issued. Tsunamis generated from distant locations can take four (4) or more hours to strike the island.

2. When the sirens go off, immediately turn on your radio, TV, or NOAA Weather Radio for additional information.

3. If you are in school during a tsunami warning, follow the advice of teachers and other school personnel.

4. If you are at home, make sure your family is aware of the warning. Your family should evacuate only if in a tsunami evacuation zone. Move in a calm and safe manner to a pre-planned evacuation site or to a safe place outside the evacuation zone.

5. Tall, multi-story, reinforced concrete buildings are located in many low-lying coastal areas. The upper floors can provide a safe refuge if you cannot move quickly inland to higher ground. Homes and small buildings are not designed to withstand tsunami impacts.

6. After a tsunami, wait for an “all-clear” issued by an emergency management agency before returning to evacuation zones.

7. In Hawaii, to find if your home or workplace is in an evacuation zone, look at the phone book or use the tsunami evacuation map tool at http://ptwc.weather.gov/ptwc/hawaii.php. In Guam, visit http://ptwc.weather.gov for more information.

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This year, Sexual Assault Awareness Month is celebrating its 17th anniversary with the theme "Embrace Your Voice" to inform individuals on how they can use their words to promote safety, respect and equality to stop sexual violence before it happens.

Individuals can embrace their voices to show their support for survivors, stand up to victim blaming, shut down rape jokes, correct harmful misconceptions, promote everyday consent and practive healthy communications with children.

We know that one month isn't enough to solve the serious and widespread issue of sexual violence. However, the attention April generates is an opportunity to energize and expand prevention efforts throughout the year.
#SAAM

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There are a lot of great activities going on during the next few days … check out the MWR site Great Life Hawaii to see if there's something for you and your family!

A visual look at what’s going on around the Air Force with this week’s photos …

Help us congratulate First Sergeants Jonathan Onekea, 624th Aeromedical Staging Squadron and Celsa Salazar, 624th Civil Engineer Squardron, who recently graduated from the USAF First Sergeant Academy at Maxwell Air Force Base Montgomery, Alabama.

The training consists of 115 hours of blended facilitated distance and resident learning.

Onekea and Salazar will now serve as advisors to commanders on issues that impact our Airmen in successfully accomplishing the Air Force mission.

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During Women's History Month, we look back at how women were able to gain a permanent place in the military …

In observation of Women's History Month, let’s take a look women aviators who broke ground for U.S. Air Force female pilots who would follow in their footsteps …

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/196133/wasps-breaking-ground-for-todays-female-usaf-pilots/

A photographic look at what’s going on around the Air Force …

Next time you are in Washington, D.C. be sure to visit the Women's Memorial. If you served or are currenlty serving join your Sisters in Arms by registering as a Member of the Memorial. Add your name to the roll call of heroic women who have served our nation. #womenshistorymonth

Call for Airmen to particpate in the 2018 Armed Forces Triathlon Championship

Air Force sports is accepting applications for Airmen to compete for a position on the 2018 Armed Forces Triathlon team.

The championship is scheduled from June 6-10, at Naval Base Ventura County, California.

Applications are due no later than April 20 via the news sports Application Tracking (APPTRAC) system. Candidates must create an account to complete the application at: https://cloud.mwr.army.mil/apptrac/atwsc/apptrac.wsc/wb1000.html?wbp=5

For instructions on how register please visit the AFSVA Portal - Fitness and Sports "What's New" webpage at: https://cs2.eis.af.mil/sites/10042/Pages/FitnessSports/Home.aspx

For more information, contact AFSVA.FitnessSports@us.af.mil

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Check out the great work one of our Reserve Citizen Airman is doing in Guam ...

Professional Military Education and career field upgrade testing were a significant challenge for Reservist in Guam. Not because of the materials being tested, but because testing facilities were limited.

Senior Airman Jamie Matanane, assigned to the 624th Regional Support Group Knowledge Operations Management, put her hands and mind to work to solve the problem.