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GULF


DEFENDER


Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Home of Air Dominance Training


Tyndall loss
Debra Whitcomb, 325th
Mission Support Squadron
civilian personnel passed
away Wednesday. The
wake will be held from 6
to 8 p.m. today, and the fu-
neral will be held at 2 p.m.
Saturday. Services are at
The Kent Forest Funeral
Home on 2403 Harrison
Ave.
Safety Day today
Safety Day 2006, featuring
a variety of competitions,
demonstrations, displays,
music and food, will be
held at Heritage Park today
from 7:30 a.m. to approxi-
mately 2 p.m. Everyone is
invited to attend.
Change of command
Brig. Gen. Jack Egg-
inton will relinquish
command of the 325th
Fighter Wing to Brig.
Gen. (select) Tod Wolt-
ers in a change of com-
mand ceremony at 9:30
a.m. June 2 in Hangar 2.
All Tyndall Airmen are
invited to attend. Buses
will pick up Airmen at 8
a.m. from Buildings 662
(Headquarters), 1281
(Air Control Squadron),
1465 (Hospital) and
1550 (Enlisted Club).




PATROL helps deter
Airman alcoholism ...
PAGE 4

"Fightin' Furies storm
Canadian skies during
exercise ...
PAGES 10-11


Tyndall medic makes house call for nomads


CAPT. JOE CAMPBELL
Panjshir PRT Public Affairs
PANJSHIR PROVINCE,
Afghanistan Medics, in-
terpreters and support per-
sonnel from the Panjshir
Provincial Reconstruction
Team set up a short-notice
medical outreach May 18 for
the nomadic Kuchi people
during their spring migration
through the Panj shir Valley.
Known as a Medical Civic
Action Program or MEDCAP,
the event provided treatment
for Kuchi families as they
move their sheep, goats,
donkeys, camels and cattle to
the high country for the sum-
mer. The Kuchi are Afghan
Pashtun who migrate among
the lowlands and highlands
of Afghanistan and Pakistan
each year.
"We've seen the Kuchi
families on the road the last
week or so as they move their
herds North and we wanted
to meet them and learn from
them," said Lt. Col. Neal
Kringel, Panjshir PRT com-
mander.
Fletcher Burton, Panjshir
PRT director, and Colonel
Kringel met with Abdul Qa-
deer, the Panjshir Chief of
Traffic Police, to discuss a
coordinated meeting with the
Kuchi.
"We brought the impromp-
tu meeting ideato Mr. Qadeer
and he quickly agreed that
we should do it," said Mr.
Burton. "In fact, he led us
out right then to meet some
of the Kuchi who happened
to be in the area."
The delegation met with
a Kuchi family who were
camped along the Panjshir


The Kuchi are Afghan Pashtun who migrate among the lowlands and
and Pakistan each year.


River north of Bazarak. They
received a warm welcome
and learned more about the
culture and history of the Ku-
chi people. In addition, Mr.
Burton and Colonel Kringel
discussed the mission and
capabilities of the PRT.
"A few people had nagging
medical issues, so we re-
turned with our medics," said
Colonel Kringel. "We need
friends and allies all around
and this was a chance to help
people who are often left off
to the side."
The medical needs ranged
from a teenager with a recur-
ring back injury to a baby
with diarrhea and several


adults with eye irritations.
"What began as a house call
of sorts turned into a mini sick
call," said Maj. Kurt Work-
master, a reservist deployed
from Duke Field at Eglin Air
Force Base in Florida who is
the Panjshir PRT physician
assistant. "We saw ten pa-
tients ranging from an infant
to the elders of the families."
This was the PRT's first
MEDCAP since arriving in
the valley earlier this month.
The team learned a few les-
sons from this first event.
"Our current bags are set
up for mass trauma situa-
tions," said Technical Sgt.
Charles Campbell, deployed


Shahla Hammond
highlands of Afghanistan


from Tyndall Air Force Base
in Florida. He is the NCO in
Charge of the Panjshir PRT
medics. "We need to set up a
bag geared more toward fam-
ily medicine versus emergen-
cy medicine."
The multi-service PRT in-
cludes various military spe-
cialties from Army Civil Af-
fairs Soldiers to Air Force
security, services and trans-
portation specialists.
The team's mission is
to help extend the author-
ity of the Afghan government
through regional reconstruc-
tion, security and stability
through projects and outreach
programs.


/ a A a a e t al e Are


Vol. 65, No. 21


May 26, 2006






Gulf Defender


May 26, 2006


"'Iron Eagle,' because there's
amazing aircraft footage in it."


1ST LT. RUSSELL ISEMINGER
Student F-15 pilot


'"Black Hawk Down.' I have
friends who were there. It's an ac-
curate depiction of real-life heroes,
especially, if you know them."


"'Patton,' because my grandfather
served under him."


GENE WANKOWSKI
Technical Support


"'Platoon.' It gave me a glimpse of
the war in Vietnam."


TECH SGT. MICHEAL MUMFORD
Life Support


2ND LT. PAUL KOCEL
Scheduler


Gulf Defender Editorial Staff

Brig. Gen. Jack Egginton ...................325th FW commander
Maj. Susan A. Romano ..............chief, 325th FW public affairs
Capt. Elaine Hunnicutt.................... chief, internal information
Senior Airman Sarah McDowell.................................... editor
Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga ........... ....... ........ .......... staff writer


The Gulf Defender is published by the Panama City News Herald, a private firm in
no way connected with the U S Air Force, under exclusive written contract with Tyndall
Air Force Base, Fla This civilian enterprise Air Force newspaper is an authorized pub-
lication for members of the U S military services Contents of the Gulf Defender are
not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U S government, Department
of Defense or Department of the Air Force
The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supple-
ments, does not constitute endorsement by the DOD, the Department of the Air Force
or the Panama City News Herald of the products or services advertised
Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use
or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital
status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the pur-


chaser, user or patron
Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the 325th Fighter Wing public
affairs office Photographs are U S Air Force photos unless otherwise noted
The deadline for article submissions to the Gulf Defender is 4 p m Friday, prior to
the week of publication unless otherwise noted Articles must be typed and double-
spaced, preferably on a 3 5-inch disc Stories should be submitted directly to the public
affairs office, Building 662, Room 129 or mailed to 325 FW/PAI, 445 Suwannee Ave,
Tyndall AFB, FL, 32403-5425 or e-mailed to editor@tyndall af mil Public affairs staff
members edit all material for accuracy, brevity, clarity, conformity to regulations and
journalistic style The delivery of the Gulf Defender to Tyndall base housing sections is
provided by the Panama City News Herald
For more information, or to advertise in the newspaper, call (850) 747-5000


Page 2


Welcome ...

Staff Sgt. Natasha
Hebert, 320th Train-
ing Squadron military
training instructor,
welcomes an ROTC
cadet to Tyndall AFB.
The cadets arrived
May 17 to begin nine
weeks of summer
field training.


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Identity y s ,,,


Can you identify this
object? If so, send an
e-mail to editor@tyn-
dall.af.mil with "Identify
This" in the subject line.
Three correct entries
will be chosen at ran-
dom and drawn from a
hat to select the final
winner. The prize can
be claimed at the Public
Affairs office.Congratu-
lations to Staff Sgt.
Ramon Martinez, who
is the winner from May
19 identify this. He cor-
rectly guessed it was
the shark tail on the
NCO beach board walk
warning sign.


2nd Fighter Squadron:



What is your favorite


military-theme movie?






Gulf Defender Page 3


Small unit that carries 'a big stick'


1ST LT. CHRISTOPHER REESE
372nd Training Squadron/Detachment 4 commander
As I left Air Force Special Op-
erations Command and entered into
AETC as a detachment commander, I
didn't know what to expect. However,
I remember the first day of work after
taking command, an NCO telling me,
"Sir, you're going to love it here."
I'm glad to say, that NCO was abso-
lutely right. Thus far, I have enjoyed
working for the men and women of
the 372nd TRS/Det. 4. I enjoy put-
ting and keeping the resources in their
hands to do their job.
Who are they?
They are highly skilled and mo-
tivated NCOs in their respective
maintenance career fields. The
unit is composed of 42
instructors across six
Air Force Specialty
Codes to include
crew chiefs, avi-
onics, ammo, en-
gines, weapons,
electro-environ-
mental and one de-
tachment chief. In
addition, we have
two personnelists AI1jIN
who take good care of us
administratively and three mili-
tary training leaders.
Our mission at Tyndall is to pro-
vide world-class initial-skills hands-
on training to the Air Force's newest
F-15C crew chiefs while providing
state-of-the-art maintenance training
to the 325th Fighter Wing maintainers
in support of the F-15 Eagle and the F-


"Sometimes, the pressure of manning constraints
or life in general can cause us to lose focus on
some things. However, we must consistently re-
member why we came into the Air Force and that
is to be the best at what we do."
1ST LT. CHRISTOPHER REESE
372nd Training Squadron/Detachment 4 commander


22A Raptor. Our military training lead-
ers have a very unique mission. They
take the hand off from Basic Training
instructors and continue with teaching
Air Force Core Values. The qualities
of these three individuals can be seen
in their dress and appearance, customs
and courtesies, and their profes-
sionalism. They take pride
in mentoring the Air
Force's newest and
youngest Airmen.
Instructors and
MTLs are always
on stage and in the
spotlight. Students
look to them for in-
struction, guidance
of and mentoring. It is
; sQ' a job where you must
not just preach the Air
Force Core Values, you must live
them.
I think the detachment has one of
the most critical jobs in the Air Force.
We are one of three detachments out
of 25 in our squadron that has a Mis-
sion Ready Airmen program. I con-
sider this detachment the last stop to
evaluate whether Airmen are cut out


to be in the Air Force. We take pride in
making sure Airmen will make a posi-
tive impact when they get to their per-
manent-duty station and not be a thorn
in their squadron commander's side.
Amongst the downsizing and budget
constraints within the Air Force, it
is critical that we send out only the
best Airmen into the operational Air
Force.
This year our vision is "Success is
Imminent." We have taken that vision
and ran with it. In March, our instruc-
tors taught close to 5,000 hours which
no detachment has ever accomplished.
The average detachment with our size
is only teaching close to 3,960 hours.
Our average instructor hours were at
126 which crushed the AETC goal of
88.


When we are not teaching in the
classroom, the men and women of
Det. 4 spring into action in a different
way.
We are a small unit, but find time to
support Tyndall and the community.
The detachment has accumulated more
than 1,800 community service hours.
Each year the detachment participates
in setting up Kidsfest, Special Olym-
pics, POW/MIA run and the Ameri-
can Heart Association Silent Auction
where this year more than $200,000
was raised. We are also active on base
and in the community coaching bas-
ketball and soccer and working with
the Cub Scouts. These are only a few
of the things that the detachment does.
As we teach our young Airmen the
skills to become one of the Air Force's
best F-15C crew chiefs, we also learn
from them. We see the motivation and
the desire in the students to be the best
at what they do and we remember that,
we too, must be like them.
Sometimes, the pressure of manning
constraints or life in general can cause
us to lose focus on some things. How-
ever, we must consistently remember
why we came into the Air Force and
that is to be the best at what we do.
I am proud to be a part of this unit.
A unit that is small, but carries a big
stick.


The Action Line is your direct line to
me. It is one way to make Tyndall a bet-
ter place to work and live.
The goal is to provide you with an ac-
curate, timely response. You must leave
your name, phone number or address to
receive a response.
Questions or comments of general in-
terest will be published in this forum.
This avenue should only be used af-
ter coordinating problems or concerns
with supervisors, commanders, first
sergeants or facility managers.
If you're not satisfied with the re-
sponse or you are unable to resolve the


problem, call me at 283-2255.
For fraud, waste and abuse calls,
you should talk to the 325th Fighter
Wing Inspector General's Office,
283-4646.
Calls concerning energy abuse
should be referred to the energy
hot line, 283-3995.
Below are more phone numbers
that help you in resolving any is-
sues with a base agency.
Commissary 283-4825
Pass and I.D. 283-4191
Medical and Dental 283-7515
MEO 283-2739


MPF 283-2276
SFS Desk Sgt. 283-2254
Services 283-2501
Legal 283-4681
Housing 283-2036
CDC 283-4747
Wing Safety 283-4231
Area Defense Counsel 283-2911
Finance
283-4117
Civil Engineer 283-4949
Civilian Personnel 283-3203
Base Information 283-1113
Thank you for helping me im-
prove Tyndall and I look forward
to hearing from you.


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BRIG. GEN. JACK EGGINTON
325th Fighter Wing commander


May 26, 2006






Page 4 Gulf Defender


PATROL helps deter Tyndall Airmen


from alcohol-related


STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
A research program called Program
for Alcohol Training, Research, and
Online Learning is currently avail-
able online for Tyndall military per-
sonnel until May 31.
The goal of PATROL is to increase
the Department of Defense's knowl-
edge of alcohol use among mili-
tary members and increase military
readiness by reducing the problems
associated with heavy alcohol use,
said Dr. Jon Poehlman, Health Com-
munication Researcher, who is the
lead formative researcher for the
program.
"The PATROL survey was directed
by the DOD; they realize that there
is a great need in addressing the al-
cohol misuse of our troops and in or-
der to do this a baseline assessment
must be made of our base needs,"
said Maj. Tena Buffington, 325th
Medical Operations Squadron Alco-
hol and Drug Abuse Prevention and
Treatment program manager.
The program is available to ac-
tive- duty members only, whether
they drink or not, and consists of an
online confidential survey that takes
approximately 30 minutes to com-
plete, said Doctor Poehlman.
"Individuals who complete this
base-line survey will then be contact-
ed in a month and asked to complete
a similar survey. Eventually, these
Airmen will also be given the oppor-
tunity to review alcohol intervention
programs developed for TRICARE as


incidents


part of the PATROL," said Doctor
Poehlman.
The program is conducted confi-
dentially by Research Triangle In-
stitute International, an independent
research firm, and is sponsored by
the DOD and TRICARE, according
to the PATROL Web site, www.pro-
jectpatrol.org.
Participants will receive a free
confidential screening on their alco-
hol use, learn facts about alcohol use
and influence future alcohol training
in the Air Force, said Doctor Poehl-
man.
"The PATROL survey is a way of
getting your opinion heard. Airmen
can help shape the future training
and education guidelines by letting
us know what is currently an issue
for their age group in regards to al-
cohol," said Major Buffington.
"The appeal of a Web-based ap-
proach is that it is available at a
person's convenience, is cost effec-
tive, can be completed in private to
reduce any stigma of seeking help,
and can be personalized for the spe-
cific needs of different personnel,"
said Doctor Poehlman.
Tyndall is one of two Air Force
bases that have been selected for
this research program.

Get involved ...
To participate in PATROL or
to learn more information on
the program, go to www.pro-
jectpatrol.org.


May 26, 2006






Gulf Defender Page 5


Base legal office warns Airmen of current scam


A recent scam has been breaking
out all over the nation, and it has to
deal with cashing checks.
The set-up for the scam can be dif-
ferent every time: maybe the culprit
is buying something a person ad-
vertised, paying them to do work at
home, or giving them an "advance"
on a sweepstakes.
But, the Federal Trade Commission
and the National Consumers League
warn that after the initial hook, all
"check overpayment" scams end the
same way with a request for you to
wire money back. The scams are the


fifth most common telemarketing
fraud and the fourth most common
Internet scam reported to the NCL.
"The person you are doing busi-
ness with sends you a check for
more than the amount they owe
you, and then instructs you to wire
the balance back to them," accord-
ing to the base legal office. "Or,
they send a check, and tell you to
deposit it, keep part of the amount
for your own compensation, and
then wire the rest back for one rea-
son or another."
The results are the same: the


check eventually bounces, and the
victim is responsible for the full
amount, including what was wired
to the scammer. The checks in these
scams are fake, but they look real
enough to fool bankers.
The FTC and NCL offer these tips
for avoiding check overpayment
scams: First, know who you're
dealing with independently con-
firm your buyer's name, street ad-
dress, and telephone number.
Second, if you're selling some-
thing over the Internet, say "no" to
a check for more than your selling


price, no matter how tempting the
plea or convincing the story. Third,
realize that there is no legitimate
reason for someone who is giving
you money to ask you to wire mon-
ey back.
Consumers should report check
overpayment scams to their state At-
torney General, the National Fraud
Information Center/Interet Fraud
Watch, a service of the National Con-
sumers League at www.fraud.org or
1-800-876-7060, or the FTC at www.
ftc.gov or 1-877-FTC-HELP. (Cour-
tesy 325th Legal Office)


Air Force launches civilian self-service system


RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas
(AFPN) -- The Air Force will launch two self-
service modules that will allow civilians to ac-
cess their personnel information June 1.
My Biz will provide civilian employees ac-
cess and the ability to update information about
themselves. My Workplace will provide mili-
tary and civilian managers access to informa-
tion about their staff.
"These modules provide enhanced access to
personnel information by enabling civilians to
access information they need immediately us-
ing the power of the Internet," said Col. James
Sturch, Air Force Personnel Center director of
civilian force integration.
"These modules are a key part of our effort to
transform the way we deliver personnel services
and our goal to put information in the hands of


those who own it."
My Biz allows employees secure, real-time, on-
line access to view information such as benefits,
awards and bonuses, and positions from their offi-
cial personnel records. In addition, employees may
update their telephone number and e-mail address,
disability codes, race and national origin (ethnic-
ity and race identification), and foreign language
proficiency online with My Biz.
My Workplace brings key information to civil-
ian and military managers and supervisors about
their employees together in one place, streamlin-
ing the human resources decision-making pro-
cess and helping to balance managerial tasks with
day-to-day demands more easily.
My Workplace keeps managers and supervisors
informed about their employees' personnel ac-
tions. With online access to employees' personnel


information, managers are able to make budget
decisions, manage staffing plans and work dis-
tributions more efficiently.
For more information about My Biz and My
Workplace contact your local civilian person-
nel flight or visit ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/
main_content.asp?prods3=2469&prods2=264
&prodsl=44.
(Courtesy Air Force Personnel Center News
Service)


May 26, 2006






Gulf Defender


May 26, 2006


~/__ --_--" Staff Sgt. Ryan Roush -------
























Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
Staff Sgt. Ryan Roush receives the Checkertail Salute Warrior of the Week award from Brig.
Gen. Jack Egginton, 325th Fighter Wing commander.

Name: Ryan Roush The Checkertail Clan salutes Staff Sgt.
Duty Title: F-15 IFTU Instructor Ryan Roush, 325th OSS F-15C Intelli-
Time on Station: 2 years gence Formal Training Unit instructor. He
Time in service: 8 years has trained 56 warfighters that now support
Hometown: Zanesville, OH Eagle operations around the world. Sergeant
Hobbies: Golf, poker, paintball Roush coordinated a syllabus and devised a
Goals: Make technical sergeant
Favorite thing I like about Tyndall AFB: The schedule consisting of 159.5 training hours
beaches, of course for the F-15C IFTU with 10 successful
Favorite movie: "The Devil's Advocate" courses completed thus far. He also created
Pet Peeves: "Yes men" a global F-15C Web site for intelligence per-
Proudest moment in the military: Becoming sonnel.
an instructor.
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Page 6






Gulf Defender Page 7


Base vet facility receives accreditation


The Tyndall AFB Veterinary Treatment Facil-
ity has received accreditation following a com-
prehensive evaluation by the American Animal
Hospital Association. The evaluation includes
a quality assessment review of the hospital's
facility, medical equipment, practice methods
and pet health-care management.


oraTrr gi
Dagny Johnston, a Tyndall vet technician, examines
that is available for adoption at the Bay County Hurr
city. Many kittens are currently in need of a good I


Only 12 percent of all small animal veteri-
nary practices in the U.S. have achieved ac-
creditation by the AAHA. In order to maintain
accredited status, Tyndall Veterinary Treatment
Facility must continue to be evaluated regularly
by the association's trained consultants.
"Tyndall Air Force Base Veterinary Treatment
Facility belongs to a select group of
practices that are committed to meet-
ing the highest standards in veterinary
medicine," says Michael P. Andrews,
DVM, AAHA president. "AAHA hos-
pitals pass a stringent evaluation of
more than 900 standards covering pa-
S tient care, client service and medical
protocols. By attaining accreditation,
Tyndall Veterinary Treatment Facil-
ity is demonstrating its dedication to
offering the best care to its patients
and clients."
The AAHA is an international or-
ganization of more than 36,000 vet-
erinary care providers who treat com-
panion animals. Established in 1933,
the association is well known among
S veterinarians for its high standards
for hospitals and pet health care. For
pet care information or a referral to an
AAHA hospital, pet owners can visit
the AAHA web site at www.healthy-
pet.com.
'= Tyndall Veterinary Treatment Facil-
ity is located at 1309 Suwanee Road
StaceyHaga and can be reached at (850)283-2434.
a kitten (Courtesy ofAmerican Animal Hospi-
iane So- talAssociation)
S tal Association)


Tyndall Airman wins

cover-model contest
Master Sgt. Michael Ward, public affairs chief for
the Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency here,
took top prize in the reader's choice in a cover-model
contest sponsored by Romantic Times, the trade orga-
nization for the romance novel industry.
"It's nice to have been chosen, but I have to admit,
I do smile some when I think about the whole cover
model thing," said Sergeant Ward. "I'm really just a
regular guy who would much rather be working be-
hind the scenes instead of in the spotlight."
Sergeant Ward said he entered the contest after a
friend who writes romance novels contacted him.
"For three years she asked if I would enter. The first
year I declined because I didn't feel I was in good
enough shape, and last year I was in the desert during
the competition. I agreed this time because I had no le-
gitimate excuse. I wrote
down several, but none
were really legitimate. I
had gotten in pretty good
shape in the desert, and
the competition was only
a short drive away."
Sergeant Ward, who
will retire from the Air
Force after 22 years of
active duty service in June, said he doesn't see being a
cover model as his next career.
"This is all fun and fantasy, and you can't get too
wrapped up in it," he said. "I'll have fun and enjoy
the experience, but I'm already doing the type of work
I really enjoy. I just didn't want to go through life
knowing that I was afraid to try something different
when the opportunity was presented." (Courtesy AF-
CESA Public Affairs)


May 26, 2006






Page 8 Gulf Defender


Airmen keep airfield operations flying


CAPT. J. ELAINE HUNNICUTT
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Air Traffic controllers and airfield managers are
responsible for training low-density, high-demand
Airmen to ensure a safe environment from the
ground up surrounding Tyndall Air Force Base for
aircraft to transition.
More than 80 of 100 people are in training at
any one given time for various upgrades and pro-
ficiency in the airfield operations flight; the flight
is made up of airfield managers, radar controllers
and tower controllers. The three distinct entities
work hand-in-hand.
"Everyone knows their role, and we always
come together to make it work," said Tech. Sgt.
Comelious Thompson, 325th Operations Support
Squadron airfield manager NCO in charge.
Responsibilities
Tyndall controllers are responsible for: Panama
City Airport radar control, the Weapons Evalua-
tions Group departures and arrivals, civilian over
flights up to flight level 230 or 23,000 feet above
ground level, controlling the Air Control Squadron




-I--I


Capt J Elaine Hunnicutt
Tech. Sgt. Matthew Vanderwal, tower chief control-
ler, observes crew training during a day shift. Ser-
geant Vanderwal has been an air traffic controller
for more than 18 years.


aircraft in addition to the F-15 and F-22A air traf-
fic training.
Airfield managers are responsible for: filing
flight plans, tracking transient inbound aircraft,
filing NOTAMS or notices for civilian and military
pilots, distributing flight information publication
updates, tracking arrivals and departures for evacu-
ations and temporary duty assignments, eliminating
bird strike and wildlife hazards, and airfield mainte-
nance and construction.
Training program
The training programs last from a year to two
years, depending on what level and type of training
an Airman is in. "Training is a way of life for us.
We don't just decide to have a training day. It is
what we do; we train on live planes every day," said
Master Sgt. Kirby Rich, 325th Operations Support
Squadron Radar Approach Control assistant chief.
As with many Air Force jobs, lives are at stake,
but few ask young Airmen to "control" the fate of
so many with their own judgment.
The "routine" is not taught; these Airmen are pre-
paring for the "what if scenarios." "We train them to
think and use good judgment, to be able to handle
situations that they have never seen before," said
Sergeant Rich. "If we don't teach them the proper
way and give them the tools that they need to suc-
ceed ... people die."
Training is taken seriously by all in the Airfield
Operations Flight. Each section is critical to the
others, and communications is key.
"If we do our job right, the pilots come back
alive. They get to hug their kids at the end of the
day," said Tech. Sgt. Matthew Vanderwal, 325th
Operations Support Squadron tower chief.
The responsibilities are great for controllers.
"Young Airmen sit side-by-side with experienced
civilian controllers ... they are all expected to per-
form to the same level, plus these young Airmen
participate in the extra duties that are expected
of them. I am proud of them, and I never have
a shortage of volunteers willing to deploy," said
Sergeant Rich.
The Tyndall airfield managers won Air Educa-
tion and Training Command recognition for their
training program for 2005; the program was re-
vamped by Tech. Sgt. Anthony Matthews. "Train-
ing is the key to our success. I can give you the
tools but you have to want to use them," said Ser-
geant Matthews.
All agree trainees must be dedicated to learning,
self study, willing to accept criticism profession-
ally ... make corrections and press on.
"You should train like you wish you would have
been trained," said Sergeant Vanderwal.
"When a trainee can catch their own mistakes
and fix it ... something clicks and it is great to see
someone go off on their own and get it," said Ser-
geant Rich.


Quality Airmen
Jobs are competitive on the outside; our trainers
are younger. We ask them to do more and more
with less ... we keep asking them that and they keep
producing quality controllers. The experience has
gone down, with Airmen leaving for the civilian
market, but the quality has not," said Rich.


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AIRMAN 1ST CLASS SHEA WILSON
325th Operations Support Squadron
air traffic controller
Airman 1st Class Shea Wilson, 325th OSS
radar controller, completed an intense 12-
month training course in a record eight
months for the basic 5-level radar control
certification.

Is your training program tough, and what
motivates you to get through it?


"The program is tough and stressful;
you are scrutinized by everyone around you.
That scrutiny drives you to prove yourself
and to be the best."


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Sparring with different aircraft hones pilots' skills


MASTER SGT. MARY MCHALE
325th Fighter wing Public Affairs

When Tyndall pilots train on war
fighting skills here, they often fly
against the same-type aircraft de-
pending on their squadron, either an
F-15 Eagle or F-22A Raptor, so they
have some knowledge of the aircraft's
capabilities and employment tech-
niques.
But, since this will not likely be the
case in a real world wartime situation,
they also use what's known as dis-
similar air combat training.
This type of training affords pilots
an opportunity to hone their warfight-
ing skills against adversaries in differ-
ent weapons systems.
"This kind of training is very im-
portant," said Lt. Col. Thomas Behn-
ke, 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron
director of operations.
"In the Air Force, you grow up as
a fighter pilot flying against the same
plane you fly. The objective of DACT
is to train pilots to quickly adapt to
different types of airplanes and dif-
ferent tactics," he said. "Every fighter
pilot likes to fly against different air-
planes."
Maj. Robert Espejo, assistant DO,
83rd FWS, agrees.
"With each aircraft, you have a cer-
tain way of fighting, certain visual
characteristics, maneuvers and com-
bat techniques. With DACT, you get
to fight aircraft that fight differently
with different capabilities"
The major, who has fought against
numerous dissimilar aircraft in both
the United States and NATO inven-
tory, said the goal is to find out as
much as possible about an adversary's


strength and weaknesses and exploit
them.
"If you do your best maneuvering at
15,000 feet and your adversary does
best at 400 feet, you don't want to
fight there," he said. "You want to be
able to engage on terms favorable to
you." He also added that a key to any
DACT engagement is not only the ad-
versary's platform, but the adversary's
own flying and fighting skills.
"You gather as much knowledge as


you can to bring to the fight, and de-
velop your own techniques. You talk
with other pilots about their engage-
ments and learn from each other."
But another point about DACT
training is it's not always adversarial.
The major said it's also an oppor-
tunity to learn to fight with allies
and their aircraft, to learn about each
other's capabilities to enhance com-
plimentary performance of each plat-
form.


And Major Espejo said another im-
portant point about DACT is the main-
tenance portion. He said no matter
how well a platform can be employed,
it first has to get in the air.
"Sure it matters how you use it as
a tool and who's flying it," he said.
"But it also really matters how well
it's maintained. We tend to take for
granted how important the mainte-
nance portion is and what a huge ef-
fort goes into every sortie. Personally,
I think we do that better than anyone
else in the world."


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Dissimilar air combat training can often involve NATO aircraft, such as these German Air Force Tornados that recently
visited Tyndall.


Center saves millions, improves warfighting abilities


Airmen deploying in support of operations
Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom can
travel a little lighter now, thanks to the new
Expeditionary Theater Distribution Center.
The center is one of three consolidated mobility
bag distribution hubs that went fully operational
this rotation, saving taxpayers an average of $51
million annually.
It houses thousands of bags of mili-


tary equipment, chemical warfare
first aid kits, body armor and plenty
placement parts for the mobility


gear,
of re-
bags.


"We make sure the people who go downrange
have reliable equipment to perform the mis-
sion," said Senior Airman Cheryl Burney, a
379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squad-
ron supply journeyman deployed from Ramstein
Air Base, Germany. "We check the equip-
ment for damage and outdated items. In a way,
we're responsible for (keeping Airmen alive)."
Since the base began storing equipment, the
ETDC has grown exponentially, said Capt. Chris
Esoldo, 379th ELRS readiness flight commander.
"It's amazing to see how much the program has


grown in the 10 months I've been here," Captain
Esoldo said.
"We didn't have the supply or return tents
and we only had one-third of the warehouse."
The warehouse, a 120,000-square-foot storage
facility, houses a newly finished $1.2 million
racking system that can hold approximately
4,400 pallets, and features state-of-the-art piv-
oting forklifts called stock selectors.
The stock selector has swinging front forks

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May 26, 2006





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1st Fighter Squadron 'Fightin' Furies !


The 1st Fighter Squadron returns from an Exercise "Trident Fury" mission, May 18. The two week exercise was held in Victoria, British Columbia Canada.


MAJ. VERONICA KEMENY
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The Fightin' Furies showcased air superiority at its
best over the Canadian skies.
More than 2000 international military personnel in-
cluding 20 pilots, 6 F-15Cs and 50 maintainers from
the 1st Fighter Squadron and 1st Aircraft Maintenance
Unit participated in Exercise Trident Fury. The exercise
has been hailed the largest military exercise ever held
in western Canada and ran from May 8th through May
19th.
Ships, sailors, aircraft and airmen from the Canadian
Air Force and Navy, the United Kingdom and U.S. Air
Force and U.S. Navy participated in Trident Fury held
in Victoria, British Colombia. The Trident Fury exercise
is devised to enhance Canadian military capabilities of
command and control at the opertional level and show-
case the interoperability between allies.
"The 1FS served the purpose of being an asset whose
actions in the battle space had to be coordinated by the
Canadian command and control infrastructure," said Lt.
Col. Tom "Lasher" Menker, 1st Fighter Squadron com-
mander. "Organizing and planning for the conduct of
these large scale missions is no small task considering
the number of assets involved and the fact that these as-
sets are not collocated."
Flying at Tyndall and flying up north proved to be a
very different state of affairs for Tyndall pilots.


"Student training at Tyndall is very basic and is syl-
labus driven," said Major Marcelo "Splitter" Morales,
1st Fighter squadron safety officer. "This deployment al-
lowed (F-15) instructor pilots to hone their tactical skills,
practice large force employment and train against dis-
similar adversaries, opportunities that are very rare at a
training base."
The squadron also benefited by being in a new and
largely bare-base austere location that required a modifi-
cation of our normal routines said Colonel Menker.
"That transition encompasses one of the biggest chal-
lenges in combat," continued Colonel Menker. "Wars
are easier if you don't have to leave the comfort of your
own airport, hangars, and offices. But when U.S. forces
have to deploy to new locations and establish an opera-
tion from scratch, it's a lot more difficult and makes us
far more effective airmen."
The deployment has been a tremendous training ex-
perience.
"In addition to dissimilar air combat training with the
Canadian CF-18's, we also were able to work with sev-
eral command and control platforms including the (U.S.)
Navy E-2 Hawkeye and NATO E-3," said Major Mo-
mles. "The exercise also incorporated naval vessels and
other Joint Maritime Operations; training that is critical
when going to war."
Simply operating at a new airfield and in new airspace
is a challenge to a fighter pilot's skills and is extremely


beneficial said Colonel Menker.
"I cannot say enough about the quality of the training
the 1FS instructor pilots have been exposed to in Victo-
ria," said Colonel Menker. "The training has been phe-
nomenal, both with respects to being outnumbered by
our flight adversaries as well as flying in some of the
most spectacular mountain ranges I've ever seen."
Lt. Col. Menker took command of the squadron and
deployed three days later with his squadron as its new
commander to Canada.
"It's great to see the big machine in operation," said
Colonel Menker. "An undertaking of this size can't be
accomplished by a single person. It truly takes a team.
My job was largely to ensure all the different parts of the
machine understood their shared but competing interests.
It's as simple as letting the stallions run and only tugging
left or right on the reins to ensure the chariot goes where
it needs to. The team couldn't have responded better.
There were a variety of challenges arising from operat-
ing from bare base facilities but all those challenges were
met by imaginative aggressive people."
The Canadian experience was advantageous to both
the Fury pilots and the Fury maintainers.
"It's an increasingly rare opportunity in this time of fis-
cal restraint to visit such a great location and experience
such wonderful culture all while making a big impact on
our combat capability," said Colonel Menker.
"The 1st Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainers did





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Tyndall jets refuel over Washington State on their way home from the Canadian deployment.


an excellent job throughout the exercise," said Lt. Col.
Malcolm "X" Kemeny, 1st Fighter Squadron Operations
Officer. "They were able to generate aircraft for our mis-
sions in spite of operating with limited equipment. We
flew 63 of 64 planned exercise sorties. They absolutely
maximized our training."
The Canadian people demonstrated they were pleased
to host the American F-15 squadron as well.
"A local farmer plowed "F-15's Rock" into his field
next to the Victoria airport from where we operated,"
said Colonel Kemeny. "It was the most amazing display
of support I have ever seen and was quite a treat to see
after each mission."
"There was always a crowd around the airport watch-
ing us take-offand land with at least 50 people along the
fence waving and cheering," said Major Morales. "What
a great feeling of appreciation!"
Exercise Trident Fury proved to be valuable training to
both the U.S. and our allies.
"Flying and operating with our allies was a very re-
warding experience," said Colonel Kemeny. "We were
able to share tactics and techniques that allow us to em-
ploy better as a coalition force. Each country and service
has something unique to contribute to the team."
"These are the same units and the same people with
whom we will fight in our next war, added Major Mo-
rales. "It would be foolhardy not to train with them before
the missiles start flying and the bombs start dropping."


First Aircraft Maintenance Unit personal recover a jet during the exercise, which tested Canadian Command
and Control. It has been hailed the largest military exercise ever held in western Canada.








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BX Memorial Day Hours
Main store 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shoal Point 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Class Six 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Felix Lake 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Anthony's 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
GNC 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All other Army Air Force Exchange
facilities will be closed May 29.

GCCC closure
Gulf Coast Community College will
be closed May 27-29 in observance of
Memorial Day. The withdrawal dead-
line for Summer A semester is June 1.
Tuition assistance forms will be avail-
able for Summer B as of today and the
fees are due by June 9.

New Commissary hours
Beginning June 6, the Commissary
will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Tuesday for a six-month trial period.

ACS Changes command
Lt. Col. Theodore Davis assumes
command of the 325th Air Control
Squadron at 9 a.m. June 9 in Hangar 1
from Lt. Col. Dennis McDevitt.

Bay County DAV
The Disabled American Veterans
or DAV has a local chapter in Bay
County. Chapter 17 meets monthly
in Springfield at the Springfield Com-
munity building behind the Fire De-
partment on Highway 22. Meetings
are the second Monday of the month
at 7:00 p.m. Call 785-7707 or 215-
0933 for more information.

TRICARE online registration
Tyndall's Family Practice is almost
completely Web enabled with the
Department of Defense's TRICARE
Online Internet medical portal. Ben-
eficiaries can register for TRICARE
online at www.tricareonline.com or
call TRICARE customer service at 1-
800-600-9332.

OSC positions available
The Officers' Spouses' Club is look-
ing for chair people for the upcoming
year. No experience is necessary, just
a great attitude and the desire to work
with a team. For more information,
contact LeAnne Daniel, ed.daniel@
comcast.com or 230-0698.


Thrift Shop position available
The Thrift Shop manager position
will be available by June. If you are
interested in taking over this Tyndall
Officers' Spouses' Club paid position,
please contact the current manager,
Donna Dickerson, at 286-5484.

Thrift Shop hours
Consignments are 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesdays-Thursdays. The Thrift
Shop is in Bldg. 743, across from
the Post Office. Personnel with per-
manent change of station orders may
consign 80 items, of which 40 may
be in-season clothing. They can con-
sign one time starting 60 days prior to
departure to 60 days after arrival, by
appointment. A copy of PCS orders is
required. Call 286-5888.

AAFES rewards good grades
Qualifying students receive a coupon
booklet that includes free admission
to an AAFES Reel Time movie, a free
magazine and a free slice of Antho-
ny's pizza with drink, as well as other
coupons.
Each booklet also contains an en-
try form for a quarterly savings bond
drawing in which three winners are
randomly awarded savings bonds in


$2,000, $3,000 or $5,000 denomina-
tions. To receive the booklet, students
must present a valid military ID card
and proof of an overall "B" or better
average to their local PX/BX. Stu-
dents may receive one "You Made
the Grade" coupon package for every
grade report they receive, but may
enter the savings bond drawing only
once per calendar quarter. For more
information, call 286-5804.

Suspicious activity?
Report suspicious activities to the
325th Security Forces at 283-2254 or
Air Force Office of Special Investiga-
tions at 283-3261.

Airman's Attic seeks donations
The Tyndall Airman's Attic is in need
of small household items, infant boys
clothing and children's toys. Items
donated to the Airman's Attic are
made available to E-5's and below at
no charge.
These items are essential to help-
ing young members and families cope
with the expenses of raising families
and establishing households. For
more information please contact Fam-
ily Services at 283-4913, Monday -
Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.


Catholic services
Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday,
Chapel Two
Reconciliation, before Saturday-
Mass or by appointment
Saturday Mass, 5 p.m.,
Chapel Two
Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m.,
Chapel Two
Religious Education, 11 a.m.,
Bldg. 1476
Protestant services
Traditional worship service,
9:30 a.m., Chapel One
Contemporary worship ser-
vice, 11 a.m., Chapel Two
Wednesday Fellowship,
5 p.m., Chapel Two
(For more information on other services
in the local area, call the Chaplain's office
at 283-2925.)


Idol returns
Tech. Sgt. Allison Helder, last
year's Tyndall Idol winner, sings at
the finals competition August. 26,
2005. This year, Tyndall Idol II will
run from June 2 23. Each compe-
tition will be held at 6 p.m. Friday
in The Zone located in the Enlisted
Club. Participants must be club
members and at least 18 years old.
Those who wish to participate, but
are not club members, may sign up
by Wednesday to join. Practices
are being held each Wednesday
evening in the Pizza Pub. Only
eight more slots are available. For
more information, e-mail Sylvia.
bowles@tyndall.af.mil or call 283-
4357.


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Air Force women first, men second in armed forces volleyball


STEVE BROWN
AIR FORCE SERVICES AGENCY
FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz.
(AFPN) -- The Air Force wom-
en's team took top honors and the
men's team came in second at the
2006 Armed Forces Volleyball
Championship here May 11 to 18.
The Air Force women faced the
host Army team in their first
match, beating them three straight
games -- 25-13, 25-16 and 25-13.
Kristin Huitt directed the attack with
34 assists. Molly Stowers had 14
kills, while Alice Bartek added eight.
Dawn Rawlins and Shaylor Bill-
ings each had seven kills in this
three-game match. Huitt, Rawlins
and Gina Marino each had two aces.
The Air Force women won their sec-
ond match of the day by defeating the
Marines 25-18, 19-25, 25-13 and 25-
21. Huittagainbalancedthe attackwith
41 assists. Stowers had 13 kills, while
Rawlins and Billings both had 12.
Navy started play on the second
day by defeating the Army 25-19,
25-13, 19-25 and 25-13. They then
played Air Force in a tough five-game
match. Navy took the first game 25-
20, but the Air Force came back be-
hind Huitt's 11 assists and Bartek's


seven kills in the second game.
Stowers served seven straight points,
including three aces in this pivotal 25-
16 game. The Air Force lost the third
game 24-26, before coming back to
win the final two games 25-16 and
15-11. Defensive specialist Mon-
ika Johncour had countless digs
and excellent passes in this match.
The third day of competition had the
Navy defeating the Marine Corps
25-18, 25-16 and 25-20. Air Force
then dispatched the Army wom-
en in like fashion, 25-16, 25-23 and
25-19. Huitt had 31 assists while
Rawlins had 13 kills. The Air Force
women then beat the Marine Corps
25-20, 25-12 and 25-21, with Bill-
ings leading the team will 10 kills.
The final day opened with the tourna-
ment's deciding match between 5-0
Air Force and 4-1 Navy. The Air Force
won the first game 25-21, which in-
cluded two serving aces from Cassie
Sepulveda, Huitt's 12 assists, Stowers'
seven kills and Rawlins' six kills. The
trend continued in the second game
with Huitt's 13 assists, Bartek's seven
kills and Johncour's point-saving digs
and passes. Air Force won 25-22. The
third and final game ended with Ma-
rino's firm block, squashing Navy's


hopes with a final score of 25-22.
Final records in the women's cham-
pionship were Air Force 6-0, Navy 4-
2, Army 2-4, and Marine Corps 0-6.
Four of the six starters on the Air
Force women's team were named to
the seven-player all-tournament team.
Johncour was named the best "libero"
(defensive specialist); Huitt, best set-
ter; Rawlins, best opposite hitter; and
Stowers, top middle. Based on avail-
ability, Stowers,Marinoand Sepulveda
will remain on site to train and partici-
pate in the 2006 Conseil International
du Sport Militarire Volleyball Cham-
pionship, scheduled here June 9 to 21.
On the first day of play in the men's
tournament, Army beat Air Force
in five games -- 25-18, 25-22, 20-
25, 18-25 and 15-13. Jamie Cum-
mins directed the Air Force attack
with 38 assists. Chris had 14 kills,
while Thomas Klemas and Steven
Lorenzo had 13 and 10 respectively.
The Air Force then beat the Marine
Corps 25-20, 25-18, 23-25 and 25-16.
Cummins had 38 assists and Lorenzo
led the team with 12 kills. Both Kl-
emas and Miguel Garcia had nine
kills, while Kaialii Kahele had eight.
Defensive specialist Aaron Lacar
contributed many saves during this


match and throughout the tournament.
In tournament play on day two, the
Navy bounced back from a loss
to Army by defeating Air Force
28-26, 25-20 and 25-21. Cum-
mins had 27 assists, Kahele 11 kills
and Garcia seven point-gaining
blocks, but their efforts fell short.
The Marines opened the second round
of the double round-robin tournament
with a 25-22, 25-23 and 25-22 win
overNavy. The Air Force men once
again came out on the short end when
the team lost a close match to Army
-- 25-20, 21-25, 25-21 and 25-19.
Shawn Manning entered the second
game as the primary setter and had
25 assists in the final three games.
Rice had 13 kills while Loren-
zo had five point-gaining blocks.
The Air Force men returned to their
winning ways over the Marine Corps.
The first game was a close 29-27 win,
followed by a 22-25 loss. The team
then won the remaining two games
25-9 and 25-22. Manning had 41 as-
sists in this match, while Klemas had
12 kills, four blocks and three serv-
ing aces. Garcia had 12 kills and five
blocks, Miguel Vallejo had nine kills

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May 26, 2006


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Airman dreams to explore Asian-Pacific roots


STAFF SGT. TAMMY LIST
325th Operations Support Squadron
Growing up with a mother who was foreign-
bom and spoke broken English was very interest-
ing. To be able to have some different (experi-
ences) and share (them) with others is a special
gift. I think that everyone should respect all
people from all backgrounds because that is what
makes us true Americans.
Asian-Americans are unique because they are
not as plentiful as most other races. In the Unit-
ed States Air Force, there are less than 10,000
Asian- Americans. It became very important to
me to know about my heredity and descent when
I was in high school. I think that is probably im-
portant to everyone though.
In 1965, while my father was stationed in Thai-
land during his Army tenure, he met my mother.
They fell in love, married, and returned to the
states in 1968. They traveled to many different
places before my sister and I were born.
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My mother was diagnosed early in her life with
many different health problems which led her to
be in hospitals and nursing homes as far back as
I can remember. With that in mind, there were
hardly any opportunities for us to meet her side
of the family.
I met my mother's sister, Aunt Penny, for the
first time when I was only 3 years old. After all
these years, I have kept in touch with my aunt
and have visited her in Los Angeles twice. Both
times I saw her she told me there is so much
family in Thailand that I need to visit and get to
know.
I joined the Air Force in February of 2000 as
an aviation resource manager and have been sta-
tioned at various stateside locations.
My husband and I have been trying to plan a
trip to Thailand for the last three years, but so
many things always came up that made it impos-
sible.
I have always wanted to learn more about my
background, because it is who I am. Being half
Asian, and not knowing too much about it has
been very frustrating.
In February of this year, I was notified that I
had an assignment to Kadena AB in Okinawa,
Japan, this fall. After six years of my enlistment
at Tyndall AFB, I was ecstatic for the chance to
travel overseas, especially to the Pacific. Okina-
wa is right around the comer from Thailand and
just a hop away.
Not only was I thrilled that I finally received
orders, but I will be able to see Asia a part of
me that I have never been able to fully know. I
am also thankful that I am serving in the United
States Air Force which has allowed me this great
opportunity to do many different things.
It will have given me the chance to live in a
foreign land and also to learn more about my eth-
nic cultural background. Lastly, it has instilled
within me an even greater pride, knowing that so
many of my successes in life have been provided
to me through my service in our Air Force.


The Gulf Defender is

published for

Senior Airman

Dean Cardenas,

325th Maintenance

Operations Squadron

controller


May 26, 2006


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May 26, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 15


Realism of movies, TV can stir emotions


Sometimes the realism of today's movies
and television programs can stir up emotions
some people have a hard time dealing with.
Such might be the case with the new
HBO documentary, "Baghdad ER,"
which airs Sunday, May 21 at 8 p.m.
The film documents the lives of the doc-
tors, nurses and medics at the Army's 86th
Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad's
Green Zone. Over a two-month period, the
filmmakers captured the hectic, and of-
ten horrific, life the Soldiers must endure.
The HBO Web page states the documentary
allows the viewers to "experience the physi-
cal and emotional toll of war by capturing
soldiers and care providers in personal mo-
ments amidst intense crises inside" the hos-
pital. The film offers "an unflinching and at
times graphic look at the realities of war."
But the film's powerful images, which depict
the horrors, anguish and ravages of war, might
be too much for some viewers to deal with,
said retired Air Force Col. (Dr.) Bob Ursano.
He directs the Center for the Study of Trau-
matic Stress at the Uniformed Services Uni-
versity of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.
"Watching movies and reminders of the stress


and pain of war can be difficult," the doctor said.
But he said it may be particularly hard to
watch for people who have been to war,
are going to war, or who have loved ones
serving or going to serve in war zones.
"The emotional issues that arise from watching
these movies can be painful and, atthe same time,
remind one ofthe camaraderie and closeness that
such difficult events create," Dr. Ursano said.
When the graphic war movie Saving Private
Ryan premiered, the opening scene affected
many veterans of the World War II D-Day in-
vasion the movie depicted. When the U.S.
troops landed on the beaches of Normandy
in the movie, the reality of the scene trig-
gered a host of emotional effects in some of
the veterans. Many got up and left the movie.
That is why the doctor said it is important to
help servicemembers and their families who
want to watch the documentary and other such
films.
The Center for the Study of Traumatic
Stress has prepared information to help peo-
ple who may want to watch the documentary.
The fact sheets and other information is avail-
able at www.usuhs.mil/csts (Courtesy Air
Force Print News)


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that allow it to maneuver in 5-foot walk-
ways, compared to tohe 8- to 12-foot walk-
ways reserved for traditional forklifts.
Stockpiles began growing when Airmen from
previous deployments turned their gear in to the
newly formed center.
Since that time, Airmen and U.S. Air Force
Central Command officials have helped the
equipment stock grow, with the value con-
stantly floating around the $100 million mark.
During one deployment alone, the center took
on 6,500 mobility bags, saving more than
$520,000.
Officials hope to house more than 2,700
A Bags (military equipment), 4,000 B bags
(cold-weather gear) and 17,000 C Bags (chem-
ical warfare gear) by the end of this rotation.
But this isjustthe beginning, Captain Esoldo said.
"This is just a stepping stone marker," Captain
Esoldo said. "I'd like to see Airmen receive their
equipment at the LRS unit at their final destina-
tion.
Intra-theatre movement can still be hin-
dering because loadmasters have to add just
that much more cargo to the plane when they
could be moving bombs or aircraft parts."
Whether or not intra-theater movement occurs,
the center has improved the Air Force's ability to
fight the war more safely while saving taxpay-
ers' money. (Courtesy Air Force Print News)


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and Kevin Szymanski had eight kills.
The first game of the last day of play
would determine second place for
the men's championship, as the Air
Force and the Navy entered the match
with identical 2-3 records. Manning
again directed play with 27 assists.
Szymanski had 11 kills and Klemas
had eight. Garcia matched Klemas'
eight kills and also contributed
six point-gaining blocks. The final
game scores for the Air Force men's
team was 25-21, 25-20 and 25-18.
Final men's standings were Army
5-1, Air Force 3-3, and Navy
and Marine Corps both 2-4.
Lacar was the only Air Force player
selected to the All-Tournament team
when he was named the tournament's
best "libero." He, along with Constan-
cio Torres, and Lorenzo were selected
to the Armed Forces CISM Team.


Softball


American Division
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COMM 3 0
SEADS 3 0
AMXS 2 1
MSS 2 1
AMXS 3 1 1
TEST 1 1
ACS 1 1
SFS 1 2
83FWS 1 3
WEG 0 2
SVS 0 2
CONS 0 3


National Division
Team W L
CES 4
MXS 3 0
OSS 3 0
MDG 2 1
SEADS 2 2 2
AFCESA 1 1
LRD 1 1
RHS 1 3
ACS 2 0 3
372 TRS 0 4


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