EXTRA EXTRA !!!
The HEALTH AND WELLNESS BULLETIN for the Fall of 2018 is in !!!
Please go to the Medical Academy page or click below to read it:
EXTRA EXTRA !!!
The HEALTH AND WELLNESS BULLETIN for the Fall of 2018 is in !!!
Please go to the Medical Academy page or click below to read it:
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Please go to the following link to register and buy your event/training sessions tickets:
The SGAUS 2018 Annual Conference will take place on 30 NOV – 2 DEC 2018 in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.
We are in the process of securing some of the best training sessions from our Academies. We’ll also provide Search and Rescue training.
The conference will coincide with our President, MG Mullikin’s change of command event and banquet on 1 DEC.
More information and registration details will come soon; however, if you want to get a jump start by securing your hotel room, here is the booking link:
Hope to see y’all there!!!
Chago Santiago, BG (TN)
Article by James Moschgat, USAF (Ret.)
William “Bill” Crawford was an unimpressive figure, one you could easily overlook during a hectic day at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Mr. Crawford, as most of us referred to him back in the late 1970s, was our squadron janitor. Army Master Sergeant William J. Crawford (Ret.), poses for a photo for a Denver Post photographer shortly before a Fourth of July parade in Denver, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Beverly Crawford Kite.
While we cadets busied ourselves preparing for academic exams, athletic events, Saturday morning parades, and room inspections — or never — ending leadership classes—Bill quietly moved about the squadron mopping and buffing floors, emptying trash cans, cleaning toilets, or just tidying up the mess 100 college-age kids can leave in a dormitory.
Sadly, and for many years, few of us gave him much notice, rendering little more than a passing nod or throwing a curt, “G’morning!” in his direction as we hurried off to our daily duties. Why? Perhaps it was because of the way he did his job — he always kept the squadron area spotlessly clean, even the toilets and showers gleamed. Frankly, he did his job so well, none of us had to notice or get involved. After all, cleaning toilets was his job, not ours.
Maybe it was his physical appearance that made him disappear into the background. Bill didn’t move very quickly, and in fact, you could say he even shuffled a bit, as if he suffered from some sort of injury. His gray hair and wrinkled face made him appear ancient to a group of young cadets. And his crooked smile, well, it looked a little funny. Face it, Bill was an old man working in a young person’s world. What did he have to offer us on a personal level?
Maybe it was Mr. Crawford’s personality that rendered him almost invisible to the young people around him. Bill was shy, almost painfully so. He seldom spoke to a cadet unless they addressed him first, and that didn’t happen very often.
Army Master Sergeant William J. Crawford (Ret.), poses for a photo for a Denver Post photographer shortly before a Fourth of July parade in Denver, Colorado.
Our janitor always buried himself in his work, moving about with stooped shoulders, a quiet gait, and an averted gaze. If he noticed the hustle and bustle of cadet life around him, it was hard to tell. For whatever reason, Bill blended into the woodwork and became just another fixture around the squadron. The Academy, one of our nation’s premier leadership laboratories, kept us busy from dawn till dusk. And Mr. Crawford… well, he was just a janitor. That changed one fall Saturday afternoon in 1976. I was reading a book about World War II and the tough Allied ground campaign in Italy, when I stumbled across an incredible story. On September 13, 1943, a Private William Crawford from Colorado, assigned to the 36th Infantry Division, had been involved in some bloody fighting on Hill 424 near Altavilla, Italy. The words on the page leapt out at me, “in the face of intense and overwhelming hostile fire… with no regard for personal safety… on his own initiative, Private Crawford single-handedly attacked fortified enemy positions.” It continued, “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, the President of the United States…” “Holy cow,” I said to my roommate, “you’re not going to believe this, but I think our janitor is a Medal of Honor recipient.” We all knew Mr. Crawford was a World War II Army vet, but that didn’t keep my friend from looking at me as if I was some sort of alien being. Nonetheless, we couldn’t wait to ask Bill about the story. We met Mr. Crawford bright and early Monday and showed him the page in question from the book, anticipation and doubt on our faces. He stared at it for a few silent moments and then quietly uttered something like, “Yep, that’s me.” Mouths agape, my roommate and I looked at one another, then at the book, and quickly back at our janitor. Almost at once, we both stuttered, “Why didn’t you ever tell us about it?” He slowly replied after some thought, “That was one day in my life and it happened a long time ago.” I guess we were all at a loss for words after that. We had to hurry off to class and Bill, well, he had chores to attend to. After that brief exchange, things were never again the same around our squadron. Word spread like wildfire among the cadets that we had a hero in our midst — Mr. Crawford, our janitor, had been bestowed The Medal! Cadets who had once passed by Bill with hardly a glance, now greeted him with a smile and a respectful, “Good morning, Mr. Crawford.” Those who had before left a mess for the “janitor” to clean up, started taking it upon themselves to put things in order. Cadets routinely stopped to talk to Bill throughout the day and we even began inviting him to our formal squadron functions. He’d show up dressed in a conservative dark suit and quietly talk to those who approached him, the only sign of his heroics being a simple blue, star-spangled lapel pin. Almost overnight, Bill went from being a simple fixture in our squadron to one of our teammates. Mr. Crawford changed too, but you had to look closely to notice the difference. After that fall day in 1976, he seemed to move with more purpose, his shoulders didn’t seem to be as stooped, he met our greetings with a direct gaze and a stronger “good morning” in return, and he flashed his crooked smile more often. The squadron gleamed as always, but everyone now seemed to notice it more. Bill even got to know most of us by our first names, something that didn’t happen often at the Academy. While no one ever formally acknowledged the change, I think we became Bill’s cadets and his squadron. As often happens in life, events sweep us away from those in our past. The last time I saw Bill was on graduation day in June 1977. As I walked out of the squadron for the last time, he shook my hand and simply said, “Good luck, young man.” With that, I embarked on a career that has been truly lucky and blessed. Mr. Crawford continued to work at the Academy and eventually retired in his native Colorado, one of four Medal of Honor recipients who lived in the small town of Pueblo.
A wise person once said, “It’s not life that’s important, but those you meet along the way that make the difference.” Bill was one who made a difference for me. Bill Crawford, our janitor, taught me many valuable, unforgettable leadership lessons, and I think of him often.
Here are ten I’d like to share:
1.) Be Cautious of Labels. Labels you place on people may define your relationship to them and bind their potential. Sadly, and for a long time, we labeled Bill as just a janitor, but he was so much more. Therefore, be cautious of a leader who callously says, “Hey, he’s just an Airman.” Likewise, don’t tolerate the O-1, who says, “I can’t do that, I’m just a lieutenant.”
2.) Everyone Deserves Respect. Because we hung the “janitor” label on Mr. Crawford, we often wrongly treated him with less respect than others. He deserved much more, and not just because he was received the Medal of Honor. Bill deserved respect because he was a janitor, walked among us, and was a part of our team.
3.) Courtesy Makes a Difference. Be courteous to all around you, regardless of rank or position. Military customs, as well as common courtesies, help bond a team. When our daily words to Mr. Crawford turned from perfunctory “hellos” to heartfelt greetings, his demeanor and personality outwardly changed. It made a difference for all of us.
4.) Take Time to Know Your People. Life in the military is hectic, but that’s no excuse for not knowing the people you work for and with. For years a hero walked among us at the Academy and we never knew it. Who are the heroes that walk in your midst?
5.) Anyone Can Be a Hero. Mr. Crawford certainly didn’t fit anyone’s standard definition of a hero. Moreover, he was just a private on the day he earned his Medal. Don’t sell your people short, for any one of them may be the hero who rises to the occasion when duty calls. On the other hand, it’s easy to turn to your proven performers when the chips are down, but don’t ignore the rest of the team. Today’s rookie could and should be tomorrow’s superstar.
6.) Leaders Should Be Humble. Most modern day heroes, and some leaders, are anything but humble, especially if you calibrate your “hero meter” on today’s athletic fields. End zone celebrations and self-aggrandizement are what we’ve come to expect from sports greats. Not Mr. Crawford—he was too busy working to celebrate his past heroics. Leaders would be well served to do the same.
7.) Life Won’t Always Hand You What You Think You Deserve. We in the military work hard and, dang it, we deserve recognition, right? However, sometimes you just have to persevere, even when accolades don’t come your way. Perhaps you weren’t nominated for junior officer or airman of the quarter as you thought you should — don’t let that stop you. Don’t pursue glory; pursue excellence. Private Bill Crawford didn’t pursue glory — he did his duty and then swept floors for a living.
8.) No Job is Beneath a Leader. If Bill Crawford, a Medal of Honor recipient, could clean latrines and smile, is there a job beneath your dignity? Think about it.
9.) Pursue Excellence. No matter what task life hands you, do it well. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “If life makes you a street sweeper, be the best street sweeper you can be.” Mr. Crawford modeled that philosophy and helped make our dormitory area a home.
10.) Life is a Leadership Laboratory. All too often we look to some school or class to teach us about leadership when, in fact, life is a leadership laboratory. Those you meet everyday will teach you enduring lessons if you just take time to stop, look, and listen. I spent four years at the Air Force Academy, took dozens of classes, read hundreds of books, and met thousands of great people. I gleaned leadership skills from all of them, but one of the people I remember most is Mr. Bill Crawford and the lessons he unknowingly taught. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn.
Bill Crawford was a janitor. However, he was also a teacher, friend, role model, and one great American hero. Thanks, Mr. Crawford, for some valuable leadership lessons.
Welcome to the landing page for the 2017 SGAUS Conference!
For information about the conference and the workshops offered: Information.
Hotel and area video: Video.
For family activities and area attractions: Activities & Attractions.
On behalf of the Executive Board and all the members, we wish to express our gratitude for the great partnership our Corporate and individual sponsors have established with our Association. Please take the time to view the list and visit their web sites by following the link below.
Attention! ROTHCO Products Now in the SGAUS Store
SGAUS has partnered with Rothco, the world’s foremost supplier of military, tactical, outdoor clothing and gear. We have increased our store offerings from 68 to 1,375 items. Check us out at the SGAUS and/or Rothco store.
Founded in 1953, Rothco has provided the military clothing and outdoor retailer with top quality merchandise. Today Rothco serves over 10,000 dealers globally. While Rothco’s heritage is rooted in authentic military apparel and gear, Rothco also serves the Tactical, Public Safety, Survival & Preparedness, Outdoor & Camping, and Government Suppliers.
You must be a member of SGAUS to access the Rothco store though the SGAUS website. Price compare our products online, and you will see that our sales prices are below the retail prices of others.
Another value added service is provided to you as a member of SGAUS. Thank you for your support and your service in your State Defense Force.
Board of Directors, State Guard Association of the United States.
2018 SGAUS Chaplain School will teach four classes on Friday November 30 from 0800 to 1000; 1000 to 1200; 1200 -1300 lunch; 1300 to 1500; 1500 to 1700.
Content: The class topics will range from Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), Grief and Bereavement, Military Funerals, Recovery of Soul, Spiritual Diagnosis, to Military Chaplain Protocol, and Military Chaplain History.
To register click on the following link and buy the Chaplain Training ticket: 2018 SGAUS Conference Registration Link
POC: CH(LTC-SC) Donald Hayes at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Content: UPAR training will be held on 30 November, and will include the opportunity for earning a 1.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for a $30 fee (CEU participation is optional). Training will include preparation prior to the conference training (2 hours), and an 8-hour training Columbia. The focus of the 2018 training will be social media; additional topics are basic news writing, photography, photo captioning, operational security, and a completed article for publication in the SDF Times. Requirements for attendance are SGAUS membership and conference registration.
Registration and tickets for the UPAR training – follow the following link: SGAUS Annual Conference Registration Page
For more information click on the following link: UPAR
POC: CPT (TN) Steven Estes: email@example.com
Content: NASAR ISAR/SARTECH III COURSE, EXAMINATION. Please see below a registration link to register for the course. The Registration process will need to be completed by 10 Nov 2018 by 1700 HRS to ensure that we have an accurate headcount for printing of material, as well to get any books that they may want to purchase completed.
Also Note that all payment will need to be completed upon registration.
To attend click on the following link to register/buy tickets for the training: 2018 SGAUS Conference Registration Link
** PLEASE ALSO COMPLETE THIS FORM: Additional Registration Form
Please indicate, in the form, if you would like to have any Pre Conference training put on as we have several other classes to offer below are a list.
1. SAR Intial Actions ( Planning) great for senior leadership 1 day course
2. Sar Initial Actions Instructor Course 1 day must complete option 1 and 2
3. Wilderness First Aid great for any team Operations in a SAR Environment and required as a prerequisite for FUNSAR/ SARTECH II
POC: 1SG Christopher M. Bryant at: firstname.lastname@example.org
QUEENS, NY – On 22 January 2017, the New York
Guard 88th Brigade held a Consolidated Drill at JFK Airport. The drill centered on the Brigade’s annual Soldier Readiness Processing (SPR) which fundamentally supports the concept of the quick responding citizen soldier.
The morning began with an address by the Brigade Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Lamboy who detailed the objectives of the day for each solider. Following LTC Lamboy’s address, Chaplain (CPT) John Muniz, the Brigade Chaplain, gave an invocation, after which the business of the SRP drill began.
The format of this drill was unique to SRP, with numerous stations located around Classroom One at the Joint Task Force Empire Shield facility at JFK Airport. The SRP began with Recruiting and Retention, where soldiers updated their mobilization forms, a critical task which helps to insure a timely muster in the face of an emergency, followed by the next station where ID were checked to be updated if necessary.
In addition to the “on the spot” advice, each soldier was informed of the Free Legal Clinic which was conducted and provided by the New York Guard Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corp at Fort Hamilton and is available to NYG Soldiers on the first Saturday of each month.
The health and safety of soldiers is a primary concern of the New York Guard, and at the SRP drill the 88th Brigade’s Medical Corps, updated records, conducted medical examinations and updated the Soldier’s medical records or information as needed.
The 88th Brigade’s Consolidated SRP Drill was a resounding success. As the New York Guard prepares to meet the challenges of the future, events such as this SRP Drill are critical to maintaining readiness to perform State missions.