Arctic weather comes to Randolph, Team Randolph urged to know recall procedures, reporting information
By Gabriel J. Myers
| 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs | Jan. 18, 2007
Cactus near the flightline here are crystallized with ice after an ice storm barreled through the San Antonio area Jan. 16-17. (U.S Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth DelVecchio)
Ice cystals hang from the roof of the horse stables after an ice storm barreled through the San Antonio area Jan. 16-17. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth DelVecchio)
A T-37 static display is covered with ice after an ice storm barreled through the San Antonio Jan 16-17. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth DelVecchio)
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas —
Team Randolph unexpectedly experienced an extended weekend when severe winter weather swept through the San Antonio area this past week.
Freezing rain, sleet and ice froze business on base for two days, as roads closed and organizations and schools shut down to keep people from traveling in the inclement weather.
Only mission-essential personnel such as security forces, fire department and command post were required to report for duty on Jan. 16 and 17.
The inclement weather tested recall procedures as well as the 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs ability to keep people informed of delays and cancellations.
"Team Randolph should be familiar with their organization's recall procedures as well as where they can get immediate information on their duty status," said Capt. Heather Kekic, 12th FTW Public Affairs chief. "The best option for Team Randolph to get up-to-date information is the Randolph homepage, www.randolph.af.mil. The second source available is the Randolph straight-talk line at 652-7469."
In addition, PA will contact local television and radio stations to report delays and cancellations.
"People should keep in mind that news and radio stations report cancellations and delays for the entire San Antonio area, where as the Randolph homepage and straight-talk line are for Randolph only," Capt. Kekic said.
Once a decision is made to delay or cancel the duty day, the Randolph Web site and straight-talk line are updated within minutes.
"I urge everyone to check these sources first, they provide the most accurate and up-to-date information," the captain said. "Make sure to refresh the screen when dealing with the Randolph homepage to ensure you have the latest posts."