Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts
Snack bar closure
The Oasis Snack
Bar at the Commu-
nity Center will be
until Wednesday for
The Pizza Pub will
remain open 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Monday-Fri-
day, 5-9 p.m. Tuesday
and Thursday, and
5-10 p.m. Wednesday
For more informa-
tion on the Community
Center call 283-2495.
Lt. Col. Sarady Tan
will assume com-
mand of the 325th
Squadron at 9 a.m.
July 6 at the Officers'
Lt. Col. George
will relinquish com-
mand to Lt. Col. Deb-
orah Meserve 9 a.m.
July 7 in Hangar 2.
Members may get
charged for ER visits ...
Tyndall shelters en-
dangered turtles ...
Lockheed works on
Alaska's first Raptor...
Nearly 250 personnel from the 1st Fighter Wing are deployed here for four weeks while the Langley AFB,
Va., runway is being renovated. Sixteen Raptors, along with pilots, maintenance, intelligence and commu-
nication personnel among others arrived Wednesday to complete training missions and participate in the
Weapon System Evaluation Program from July 9-21.
Leaders hold key to AFSO 21 success
MASTER SGT. MITCH GETTLE
Air Force Print News
WASHINGTON (AFPN) -
A cornerstone of the secre-
tary of the Air Force's tenure
is Air Force Smart Operations
21. He recently said that Air
Force leaders hold the key to
success for the initiative.
"I have told our leaders that
we cannot allow AFSO 21 to
escape the wing leadership,
whether that is the wing com-
mander, group or squadron
commanders or command
chief," said Michael Wynne,
Secretary of the Air Force.
"(Ownership ofAFSO21) has
to stay in that cradle. This is
the leverage that we need to
make innovative Airmen feel
comfortable bringing forward
ideas that make their job eas-
Secretary Wynne believes
where a leader spends his time
is where a leader is really com-
"Our command sections
have to think about how much
time they are spending on
Smart Operations," he said.
"If those leaders spend a fair
amount of time on it, learn-
ing it themselves and learning
it on behalf of their people, it
will become an institutional-
For AFSO 21 to work, it is
important that a good idea does
not get stuck at the lower ech-
elons. Every Airman should
feel comfortable bringing an
improvement idea to the com-
mand section as long as there
is a rationale on whether it is
a good thing to change, keep
or get rid of, Secretary Wynne
"Sometimes people feel
bound and constrained by
their immediate work environ-
ment," Secretary Wynne said.
"It will take command leader-
ship to expand (those people's
thought process) to see that
their environment impinges
upon their suppliers and cus-
"This is all about making
sure we get ideas from the
people who are actually in-
volved in a process to make
the Air Force more efficient
and effective," he said.
AFSO 21 is not something
that comes and goes. It will be
with the Air Force for a long
time, he said.
"Some of our segments have
been using AFSO 21 principles
for a long time," Secretary
Wynne said. "We are identify-
ing different ways to do busi-
ness by looking for continual
process improvement. Cutting
waste time is significant to im-
He gave an example for cut-
ting waste time by explaining
the process for a staff sum-
mary sheet that must go from
office to office or building to
"The waste time is in the
fact that the paper sits in the
inbox, not the fact that we had
a diligent individual deliver it
from office to office," he said.
"There is no value added by
rushing the paper from place
to place if the paper just sits in
"Finding process improve-
ments takes time and not all
things can be changed. Some
processes have been put in
place for good reasons like
safety and continuity. But, the
Air Force needs to reexam-
ine some of its constraints to
make sure they are still valid,
"This means we also need to
have a process to change (or re-
scind) Air Force instructions,"
Secretary Wynne said. "I know
Air Force instructions are valid
and I don't want to see them go
away unless they are an imped-
iment to good performance or
are irrelevant today."
Trust, T eamwork, Train
Vol. 65, No. 26
June 30, 2006
Can you identify this
object? If so, send
an e-mail to editor@
"Identify this" in the
subject line. Three
correct entries will
be chosen at ran-
dom and drawn from
a hat to select the fi-
nal winner. The prize
can be claimed at the
Public Affairs office.
No one correctly
guessed the June 23
edition of "Identify
this." Look out for
the photo again in a
future issue of The
"I liked Portland, Ore. They put
me up in a nice place and I got to
see my first professional basketball
TECH. SGT. DENNIS HARPER
F-15 assistant aircraft section chief
"Victoria, Canada was the best. I
like the scenery and the people."
SENIOR AIRMAN THOMAS HAESSLY
Weapons Load Crew Chief
"Key West was my favorite be-
cause the atmosphere and people
"Key West was my favorite be-
cause the jets didn't break."
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS
Gulf Defender Editorial Staff
Col. Tod Wolters.....................................325th FW commander
Maj. Susan A. Romano...............chief, 325th FW public affairs
Chrissy Cutitta................................chief, internal information
Senior Airman Sarah McDowell....................................editor
Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga ................. ......... .............staff writer
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The newest Tyndall Idol
First place winner, Airman 1st Class David Justin Williams,
325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, sings to the judges
during the Tyndall Idol competition Friday. Second place went
to Master Sgt. Derrick Moore of the 325th Security Forces
Squadron, and third went to Airman 1st Class Keenan Cole-
man of the 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron focus:
What was your best
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Air Force leaders
send July 4 message
(AFPN) (Editor's note:
The following is an Inde-
pendence Day message
from Secretary of the Air
Force Michael W Wynne
and Air Force Chief of
Staff Gen. Michael Mose-
Happy Birthday, Amer-
ica! For 230 years, this
nation and its people have
represented freedom and
democracy. We earned
that reputation through
courageous acts of patrio-
tism by our founding fa-
thers and through bravery
on battlefields across the
world. Today we mark not
a resounding victory in a
great battle, but instead
the day when we stood up
as a free and independent
nation and told the world
we would no longer live
under tyrannical rule.
This year, as you gather
to celebrate the founding
of our great nation, pause
a moment to remember our
heroes currently serving
away from home, fighting
to preserve the very same
freedoms the patriots be-
fore us secured. Their ef-
forts are helping us soar to
a future bounded by limit-
You, the men and wom-
en of America's Air Force,
reflect the generations of
patriots who, through their
actions, displayed the val-
ues of integrity first, ser-
vice before self and excel-
lence in all we do. Thank
you for your unyielding
commitment, and have a
happy and safe holiday!
AADD Phone Number:
Hours of Operation:
5 p.m. to 5 a.m.
COL. TOD WOLTERS
325th Fighter Wing commander
More than backyard barbecues, day off
COL. TOD WOLTERS
325th Fighter Wing commander
Ahh...the sights, sounds
and smells of the Fourth
of July fireworks filling
the skies overhead, chil-
dren playing on the beach,
hamburgers and hot dogs
grilling on the backyard
barbecue. I know these are
some of my favorite parts of
the holiday, and each year I
look forward to it.
As we gear up for this
long four-day weekend to-
day, I want to encourage ev-
eryone to enjoy and partake
in all that the time off has to
offer, especially here in the
But it's important that we
keep something in mind as
we sit outside this weekend
enjoying time off with our
families and friends. This
holiday is about more than
just a day off, backyard bar-
becues, pool parties, or trips
to the beach.
It's about our indepen-
dence. It's about the free-
doms and liberties we enjoy
each and every day. It's
about democracy. It's about
patriotism. It's about ev-
erything that makes Ameri-
ca the greatest and most en-
vied nation on the planet.
As members of the mili-
tary, whether you are active
duty, guard or reserve, a
The Action Line is your direct line to
me. It is one way to make Tyndall a better
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
interest will be published in this forum.
This avenue should only be used after
coordinating problems or concerns with
supervisors, commanders, first sergeants
or facility managers.
If you're not satisfied with the response
or you are unable to resolve the problem,
Military members convoy through the streets of Iraq.
Members are reminded to keep in mind those sacri-
ficing for freedom this holiday weekend.
family member, a govern-
ment civilian, a veteran or
retiree, we all share a great
love for our country, and
we cherish what the United
States stands for here at
home and also abroad. Cur-
rently, we have several hun-
dred members of our wing
deployed to various parts
around the world, fighting
for freedom, demonstrating
the core value of Service
Before Self, and carrying
the torch of our forefathers
in the name of indepen-
I am extremely proud of
each and every one of you
call me at 283-2255.
For fraud, waste and abuse calls,
you should talk to the 325th Fighter
Wing Inspector General's Office,
Calls concerning energy abuse
should be referred to the energy hot
Below are more phone numbers
that help you in resolving any issues
who has chosen the voca-
tion of military service, and
I know the citizens of our
nation thank you as well.
I ask you on this Fourth of
July holiday to remember
those who have gone before
us fighting for our indepen-
dence, for those who are
currently waging the fight
in every corner of the globe,
and for those who will come
after us in the name of free-
Enjoy the time off, and
make it a safe and hap-
py Fourth of July. We'll
see you back to work on
SFS Desk Sgt. 283-2254
Wing Safety 283-4231
Civil Engineer 283-4949
Civilian Personnel 283-3203
Base Information 283-1113
Thank you for helping me improve
Tyndall and I look forward to hearing
with a base agency.
Pass and I.D.
Medical and Dental
June 30, 2006
June 30, 2006
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Taking care of our own one cat's tale
MASTER SGT. BILLIE HAYDEN
53rd Weapons Evaluation Group
Last week a friend expressed an interest in adopting
a pet. I thought, "How exciting! I get to help someone
discover the joys of pet ownership!"
I asked her to go to the Humane Society with me,
where hundreds of cats, dogs, and other animals sit in
kennels waiting for a loving human to rescue them.
As we walked into the shelter that day, the
sights, sounds, and smells assaulted our senses
and were overwhelming.
I saw a beautiful Siamese adult cat in quaran-
tine with a nasty wound on her left hip. I asked
if I could adopt her and assured the staff I would
seek vet care and tend to her injury. Thirty
minutes after walking into the shelter, we were
walking out again with a new pet in my arms.
My friend was still pet-less and I was thinking it
wasn't supposed to happen this way!
Siamese cats are unique, vocal, affection-
ate and possessive with their humans. These qualities
earned my new cat the name "Diva." I bought her a
cute diamond studded collar with name tag (to suit her
namesake) and took her to a veterinarian downtown.
While I was there, I also had her scanned for a micro-
chip under her skin. It turns out that she did have one
from a previous owner. My heart sank.
"Somebody loves this cat and had lost her somehow,"
The owner's address and phone number wasn't up-
dated on the microchip. Most people would have
stopped searching right there, and technically, I adopted
this beautiful cat and legally she was mine. The mi-
crochip company said they thought the previous owner
was connected with the military and gave me the family
name but had no other information.
What should I do? If I had lost her, I would be heart-
It was a moment to decide what the best course of
action would be for my new companion. I knew that
if someone was missing their pet I should do whatever
I could to help them find it. More importantly, when I
found out it was a military member who was separated
from his four-legged family member, I had to help. It is
all about military taking care of military, and also about
a word we hear so often -- integrity. We have to take
care of our own.
So, I called the base veterinary treatment facility and
told them the story. They confirmed the owner was
stationed at Tyndall and had a Siamese cat. I left my
phone number and the vet said they would contact the
I had Diva for eight days, her wound was almost
healed and she settled nicely into my home. I almost
began to forget my quest to find the previous owner.
'Then my phone rang.
"I'm calling about my cat, Ellie," the caller said.
"Do you have her?"
Before giving her up so easily, I insisted on
knowing all the details. It tums out this mili-
tary family loves Diva (I mean Ellie) and have
been sick with worry about her. They have three
daughters ages eight, six and two. Three weeks ago,
one of the daughters left the door open and Ellie slipped
out. They searched all over for her with no luck and
hoped she would find her way back home.
Yes, they really wanted her back. I told the father they
could have her back under one condition -- update her
microchip and promise to keep a collar with name tag on
her. He eagerly agreed.
That day my eyeballs were stinging with held back
tears as I watched a happy reunion with the father and
It was hard for me to give her up, but I know it was the
right thing to do. That is what we are asked to do as Air-
men daily, the right thing even when no one is looking.
The bottom line is; get a collar with name tag and
phone number and a current microchip for your pets.
Luck, fate or destiny worked out in Ellie's favor.
If you have a pet, your pet may not be so lucky. The
ending of this story could have been much different for
Ellie, but this story has a happy ending. She had her mili-
tary family looking out for her.
(Editor note: The Tyndall Veterinarian Clinic per-
forms microchipping on domestic pets. For more infor-
mation, call 283-2434 4038)
Congratulations to Tyndall's
newest lieutenant colonels
AFELM JT FLY TRNG GP
Associate unit engineer wins DOD award
SENIOR AIRMAN SAMUEL KING JR.
53rd Wing Public Affairs
Cost savings and modernization, in
a time of "Smart Ops" and cyberspace,
the people with the ideas to accomplish
both those things become a valuable as-
That's the case of Maj. Raul Parra Jr.,
28th Test and Evaluation Squadron/
Det. 2, who won the DoD Value Engi-
neering Individual Award last month.
Major Parra, the director of operations
for the Integrated Avionics Test Facil-
ity at Tyndall AFB, said he hasn't fully
grasped the achievement yet.
"Of course I'm excited it was very
unexpected," the major said. "I haven't
taken it in yet though, we've been so
busy." Major Parra said the most mean-
ingful accomplishment he was involved
in was garnering $3 million from the
Productivity Enhancing Capital Invest-
"In years past, we've struggled to get
better equipment, but creating those
value engineering packages to earn the
PECI funds means further improvements
we're able to provide the warfighters and
reduce cost savings to the Air Force,"
said Major Parra, who was also named
Air Combat Command's Outstanding
Mid-Career Military Engineer for 2004.
He added that those improvements will
help the IATF produce better controlled
results and further supplement more
The major said he is humbled by his
fellow professionals at the IATF and
dedicated the award to them.
"None of this would have been pos-
sible without the 54 other men and
women at the facility and their dedica-
tion, integrity and hard work," he said.
"This is a great opportunity to talk about
these quality folks."
In his letter announcing Major Parra's
award, Lt. Gen. William Fraser III, ACC
vice commander, showed appreciation
for his efforts.
"I laud his hard work reducing the
costs associated with our modernization
J .. -. -i -
Maj. Raul Parra received the Department of Defense Value En-
gineering Individual Award during a formal presentation cer-
emony in the Pentagon. He was the Air Force's only nominee in
2006. Team and individual award winner attendees were Army,
Navy, Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency, Missile Defense
Agency, Defense Contract Management Agency and Defense
Intelligence Agency. The 28th TSS/Det. 2 is a Tyndall tenant
organization, under the 53rd Wing at Eglin AFB, Fla.
June 30, 2006
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Emergency room visits may cost members money
CAPT. ERIN VANDERWALL
325th Medical Group marketing
If members visit the emergency
room without proper cause, they now
may have to foot the bill.
ER visits are for true emergencies
such as the possibility of loss of life,
loss of limb, loss of eye sight, severe
pain, fractures, head trauma, and chil-
dren with significant fever. No benefi-
ciary in an emergency situation needs
to contact their Primary Care Manager
prior to calling 911 for an ambulance
or proceeding to the ER.
If unsure about going to the ER, call
the clinic at 283-2778 to ask someone
from the PCM team or the on-call
provider (after clinic hours) to discuss
symptoms and conditions. They will
help determine if the ER is the appro-
priate level of care required.
It is important to know that some
legitimate ER visits may be coded as
a non-emergency. An example would
be visiting the ER for chest pains, and
discovering the pain was caused by
heartburn. The patient will receive a
bill as a result. Take the bill to the Tri-
care Service Center within 30 days to
appeal based on the Prudent Layperson
Standard. This standard determines if
the situation would have caused other
reasonable adults to think that this was
a risk to life, limb, or eyesight, then
Humana Military Health Services will
override the non-emergency codes and
reprocess the bill as an emergency.
The Tricare Service Center is located
by the main pharmacy on the first floor
of the clinic.
Beneficiaries should note that non-
legitimate ER visits for things such as
birth control refills or minor illness
that could wait until the next duty day
or would more appropriately be seen
in an urgent care center may not be
accepted during an appeal.
If Humana determines that the ER
visit was not appropriate using the
Prudent Layperson Standard, the spon-
sor may be financially responsible for
point of service charges incurred for
that visit. If patients do not need an
ambulance, but are unsure if about go-
ing to the ER, he or she should talk to
the PCM team or the on-call provider
Follow-up visits after a discharge
from the ER or hospitalization, urgent
care center visits, or recommenda-
tions from a current specialist to seek
additional specialty care all require
A patient is rushed through a hosl
prior authorization. Call the clinic
prior to obtaining these services, and
a health care provider will advise you
and set up the necessary referrals. If
chosen not to follow this plan of care,
point of service charges may apply to
unauthorized care received outside of
the Military Treatment Facility.
Active duty members are required
to receive authorization for all care
received outside of the MTF. Active
Duty ER retroactive authorizations can
be obtained by calling the clinic after
your situation stabilizes, regardless of
All active duty patients receiving
bills for any type of care should visit
the Tricare Operations and Patient
Administration flight on the third floor
of the 325th Medical Group or call
283-7331 for assistance.
For more information on this policy
or other benefit issues, visit the Tricare
Service Center located next to the main
clinic pharmacy, or the TOPA flight on
the third floor of the main clinic.
June 30, 2006
Gulf Defender Page 7
Preparing and repairing:
Be ready for the next storm
With hurricane season here, there are many things to prepare for in an emer-
gency. Here are a few tips on how to keep homes at minimal damage.
Before the Storm:
Check windows, doors and skylights: Securing all windows, doors and sky-
lights is a critical step to ensure a properly sealed building envelope. Keep all
entry points covered tightly to prevent storm winds from entering by installing
protective hurricane shutters or other coverings that meet local building code
Screened enclosures: Inspect the cross braces, fasteners and clips that hold
the enclosure's framing and screening in place. If a storm is coming, remove a
six-foot-wide panel on each side of the enclosure to allow wind to pass. This
will help reduce pressure on the entire structure.
Yard debris: Prior to any storm, be sure to move any outdoor furniture,
equipment or yard debris into a secure place that is protected from high winds.
These items, including trash cans and landscaping materials, can easily become
dangerous projectiles when picked up by severe storm winds.
Porches: Porches often have weaker roofs than the main structure of a house,
which makes them more susceptible to storm damage. A porch's roof and floor
may be reinforced by bolting them to the exterior wall of the house.
Insurance: Photograph or videotape homes and personal property. Doing so
provides a visual identity preceding any possible damage that may result in an
Electric & Gas: It's wise to turn off the home's main electric breaker, water
valve and gas valve to prepare for many storm situations. Doing so could help
minimize a home's damage if problems with the utilities were to occur. Break-
ers and valves should also be shut off even if the home is being evacuated.
Flooding: All valuables located in the home's basement or ground floor
should be elevated or moved to a higher location to help protect them from pos-
sible storm flooding.
After The Storm:
Assess roof damage: The roof is a critical, yet extremely vulnerable com-
ponent to any home. After the storm passes, remain on ground level and use
binoculars to examine the roof for areas where shingles may have blown off.
Do not go up on the roof to check for damage, as bad storms may weaken the
roof's ability to bear weight.
Water damage: Roofs that aren't protected by a water-repellent membrane,
or underlayment, can increase a home's susceptibility to major water damage.
Check the attic, ceiling and all walls for visible water stains, which are indica-
tors of larger problems that may be looming.
Major roof damage: Hire a licensed, professional roofing contractor
for major re-roof construction. Don't gamble on the next major storm.
Demand that the con-
tractor use a premium
for maximum roof
Don't be intimidated
by roofing contractors
when it comes to the
safety of your home's
roof. Educate your-
self on how to detect
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The Gulf Defender is published for people
like Airman 1st Class Otis Latson,
325th Medical Operations Squadron
June 30, 2006
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Troop support, by the numbers
Alaska to see Raptors
Raptor 4087, the first F-22 scheduled for delivery to Elmen-
dorfAFB, Alaska's 90th Fighter Squadron, was recently moved
from the forward fuselage line into the major mate fixture lo-
cation at Lockheed Martin's Marietta, Ga., production facility.
The vertical tail sections will be attached this summer, and it is
scheduled to roll out of the production line in October 2006.
Congratulations to Tyndall's
newest captain select
1st. Lt. Steven Fox,
1k.. I 325th MDSS
DALLAS One look at the data
and it's easy to see that summer, par-
ticularly Fourth of July, is a time for
Americans to celebrate how fortunate
we are as a nation and enjoy numer-
ous parades, picnics, fireworks and
In fact, according to the U.S. Cen-
sus bureau, 150 million hot dogs are
expected to be consumed on Indepen-
dence Day alone.
While folks back home enjoy a per-
son-to-frankfurter ratio of one dog for
every two revelers, troops deployed
halfway around the world and their
families back home will be marking
some significant milestones of their
*122 Iraq's average high tempera-
ture in July
*5 Average number of dust storms
expected in Baghdad in July
*70+ Pounds of gear troops typi-
cally carry on patrol in contingency
*12 million Expected number of
minutes troops deployed to Opera-
tions Iraqi and Enduring Freedom will
spend on the phone in July
"As any deployed service member
can tell you, most locations where
America's military are called to serve
can hardly be described as 'garden
spots"' said the Army and
Air Force Exchange Ser-
vice's Senior Enlisted Advi-
sor Chief Master Sgt. Bryan
Eaton. "In such austere and
often harsh environments,
something as simple as a
phone call home has the abil-
ity, however briefly, to trans-
port troops from the war
zone to a comfort zone."
Short of rain or an air con-
ditioner, a Military Exchange
Global Prepaid Phone card
is the one of the most com-
monly requested items in
the contingency theater. The
toll-free number for those
wishing to send tangible sup-
port to deployed Soldiers,
Airmen, Sailors or Marines
far from home is 800-527-
2345. By calling this number
or logging on to www.aafes.
org, any American can send
a phone card designed spe-
cifically for the unique needs of de-
The 550-unit Military Exchange
Global Prepaid card, for example, of-
fers deployed servicemen and women
the best value when calling back to
the U.S. from Afghanistan, Iraq and
Kuwait for as low as 19 cents per min-
ute. The AAFES telecommunication
support program, dubbed "Help Our
Troops Call Home," makes it easy
and affordable for anyone, even those
without military affiliation, to lever-
age this exclusive calling platform on
behalf of deployed American troops
through 50 phone centers in Iraq, 14
in Kuwait and 3 in Afghanistan.
Military Exchange Global Prepaid
Phone cards sent through "Help Our
Troops Call Home" can be earmarked
for individual service members (des-
ignated by the purchaser) or distribut-
ed to "any service member" through
the Air Force Aid Society, American
Red Cross, Fisher House Foundation,
Navy-Marine Corps Relief, United
Service Organization, and Soldier &
Family Assistance Center. Additional
information about AAFES and "Help
Our Troops Call Home" is available
at www.aafes.org or (800) 527-2345.
June 30, 2006
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Intelligence students critical to Air Force mission success
Intelligence students critical to Air Force mission success
Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
Capt. Benjamin Gardner, 366th Operations Support Squadron,
Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, and Airman 1st Class Jeremiah Howe,
67th Fighter Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan, research aircraft infor-
mation for a future intelligence brief.
STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing public affairs
The knowledge of known threats in an
area is crucial in order for a pilot to be
able to complete his or her mission suc-
Tyndall is where intelligence person-
nel receive F-15 Eagle-specific training.
The four-week course is in addition to the
general intelligence information taught at
Goodfellow AFB, Texas.
Here, students learn how to give Eagle
drivers a clear picture of the battlefield,
what threats they are up against, and how
their aircraft compare to the adversary's.
It is their job to take large amounts of
data from various sources, determine
the threats and condense it into an infor-
mative briefing for a pilot to understand
what he may face during a mission.
Pilots are mandated to be briefed on
a predetermined number of threats each
year. These briefings may cover, ground
threats, aircraft, weapons, or adversary
countries and their activities.
"One way we inform a pilot about po-
tential threats is the 'threat of the day'
briefing," said Staff Sgt. Ramon Marti-
nez, 325th Operations Support Squadron
Intelligence Flight Training Unit NCO in
charge and instructor. "The briefings dis-
cuss different weapon systems that could
theoretically shoot the pilots down, and
the students (will eventually) give about
six threat briefings a day at their home
Although a significant amount of in-
telligence work is done before the pilot
takes off, they also have to debrief pilots
after landing to learn what happened dur-
ing a mission, he said.
"We need to know of any threats the
pilots faced and if they were shot at,"
said Sergeant Martinez. "This informa-
tion helps us build quality reports to send
up through the leadership, which is used
to decide if a mission was successful or
if changes are necessary for future mis-
To effectively prepare students for
debriefings and other operational du-
ties, the instructors designed the course
to combine enlisted members and offi-
cers in one class where they learn the
same tasks. The goal of this environ-
ment is to foster teamwork between the
ranks to get the job done efficiently and
"In the intelligence profession, indi-
viduals have to work together, whether
they are enlisted or officer, and that's
what we teach here," said Sergeant
Martinez. "The class is given assign-
ments that are due within a few hours,
and we evaluate how well they work
The assignments will start off with the
students learning specific systems of the
Eagle and then they will research that
system on an adversary's aircraft. They
will then work up to comparing the ca-
pabilities of the Eagle to anotherjet and
give briefings based on their findings.
Some other tasks they face in train-
ing are learning to decipher intelligence
messages, determine what needs to be
briefed, writing reports, and proper de-
The teamwork experience and the ad-
vanced systems knowledge help the stu-
dents understand the capabilities of the
Eagle and its threats, which will benefit
the students when they put their newly
learned knowledge to the test at their
"While I am here, I hope to learn how
the pilot employs the F-15 Eagle, so I
know how they use it and will be able to
assist them better. Without (intelligence
support,) the pilot would not have the
same threat knowledge they have now,"
said Airman 1st Class Jeremiah Howe a
student from the 67th Fighter Squadron,
Overall, the continued training of in-
telligence personnel is necessary to ef-
fectively prepare a pilot for any threat
he may face to maintain the perfect kill
ratio the Eagle boasts.
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"I get the knowledge I need
to do my job. They teach me
the basics, like post flight
inspection that is done after
an aircraft's last flight of the
day so we keep it and its pilot
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A female Loggerhead turtle lays her eggs on one of Tyndall's beaches. The average size of a clutch is 110-120 eggs. The turtle will throw
sand over her eggs to cover them before heading back to the ocean.
Turtle power: Endangered species fights to survive
STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
They break through their shell
and the white sand immediately sur-
Their small flippers flap against
each other and the gritty surround-
ings as they fight to reach the sur-
They have a one mission that
echoes through their entire body. Get
to the water and swim out to sea!
Shortly following this process of
their birth, many of these baby sea
turtles will not reach their salty des-
tination and the ones that do, may not
live long enough to return to the san-
dy beaches where they were born.
"Out of every 1,000 eggs that are
laid, maybe one turtle may make it
to adulthood," said Dr. Jack Mobley,
325th Civil Engineer Squadron Nat-
ural Resources wildlife biologist.
Why do these turtles have it so
Part of the reason is nature, but the
other is humans.
There is not much that Natural Re-
sources can do about nature taking
its course, but they try to limit the
effects humans have on the hatching
From mid-May until the beginning
of October, sea turtles like the logger-
back and the occasional leatherback
or green sea turtle, will come onto
Tyndall's beaches to lay their eggs.
Each season is different, but the nat-
ural resources team stays persistent in
checking the 17.7 miles of beach ev-
ery day of the season and spot check-
ing for early clutches (nests) prior to
the season starting, said Mr. Mobley.
"We go out and look for turtle
tracks and nests early each morning
and make sure the nests are safe,"
said Donald Jenkins, Natural Re-
sources conservation officer.
"We expect 50 70 clutches each
season, but we have had as many as
99 in the past," said Dr. Mobley.
This year has been off to a slow
start, with 18 clutches so far, but that
doesn't necessarily mean there will
be less than the average clutches this
year. The season is very rough to pre-
dict, he explains.
Even the incubation period for the
egg is hard to predict.
"Most hatch 60 days after they are
laid, but warmer weather could make
them develop quicker," said Dr. Mo-
bley. "Ours averages a little longer at
Natural resources will check the
clutches after the eruption of turtles
hatch and assist any of the turtles that
were unable to get out of the nest.
But even in the incubation period
buried under the sand, many threats
Predators, like coyotes, love to eat
the eggs before they hatch, tides may
wash away a nest that is too close to
the water, people may damage the
nests and eggs by stepping on them
or disturbing the eggs.
To help lessen the dangers, Natural
Resources will move nests, if needed,
further away from the water and put a
screen over the nest to keep the pred-
ators and people out of the nest.
When the turtles do hatch, they
can get out of the screen and head
towards their home by light of the
moon, but it is very easy for the turtle
to get confused by other bright lights
coming from inland.
To help in this matter, Natural Re-
sources will limit the amount of light
near the beach by changing the lights,
shielding them, or removing them if
"Anything we can do to increase
their chance of survival while on the
beach, we do," said Dr. Mobley.
Persons visiting the Tyndall beach
can also help the livelihood of these
"If you come across what you think
is a track, stay away from it, and con-
tact Natural Resources" said Mr. Jen-
kins. "Also, contact us immediately
if you come across a turtle that is in-
jured or dead."
For more information or to make a
report, contact Natural Resources at
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Will Holmes, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron wildlife technician, exercises caution
as he transfers eggs to a safer location on the beach. Natural Resources moves
the eggs from nests that are in danger of a washover within 12 hours of the eggs
being laid to avoid harming them.
is a turtle egg from a nest on the Gulf
How we can help the sea turtles
- Do not bring pets on the beach.
- Minimize lighting near the beach between the
months of June and October.
Remove recreational equipment from the beach at
Do not have campfires on the beach.
Properly dispose of trash.
Use your natural vision or moonlight when
walking on the beach at night.
If you see a turtle, keep a distance, refrain from
flash photography and contact Natural Resources.
Do not walk on the dunes or trample vegetation.
If you see turtle tracks, do not step on them and
alert Natural Resources
June 30, 2006
The Commissary will be open from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Fourth of
School physical offered
School and sport physical are by
appointment only at Tyndall. Call
the appointment line 283-2778 to
schedule. If a child's medical record
does not reside at the Tyndall clinic,
the child must bring a copy to the ap-
pointment, or reschedule. Families
with records in transit due to PCS are
exempt from this rule and will receive
a review upon the record's arrival.
Any child who is new to Bay Coun-
ty schools needs a physical within 30
days of entry into school. Any child
who will be playing sports for the
Tyndall Youth Center, Bay County
Middle or High Schools needs a cur-
rent physical (past 12 months). In
both cases, the provider may be able
to sign the forms without a physical
exam if the parent can show proof
of a wellness visit or physical in the
past 12 months, and the child has no
change in their health status.
Base lawn watering schedule
The following is the lawn watering
schedule for military family housing.
Redfish Point, Shoal Point, Bay
View, Wood Manor, and Felix Lake
- Odd-numbered buildings may run
sprinklers Tuesdays, Thursdays and
The even-numbered buildings may
run sprinklers Wednesdays, Fridays
The times sprinklers may run from
6:30-8:30 a.m. if they are manual
systems and 6:30-8 p.m. if they are
Other than base-housing
Odd-numbered buildings on Mon-
days, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Even-numbered buildings on Sun-
days, Tuesdays and Fridays.
Manual systems are allowed from
7-9 a.m. Automatic systems are al-
lowed from 8-10 p.m.
No more than 30 minutes per zone.
Education Center news
The Gulf Coast Community Col-
lege office will be open and classes
2nd Lt Matthew Perry
Christa Bowman, 6, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Chester Bowman, is working on sand art at the Tyndall
Library, which is hosting a summer reading program 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday until
Aug. 2. During the Reading Adventure Program, Children ages 6 -16 read stories, engage in activities,
conduct Web quests and learn about the library. For more information, call the Library at 283-4287.
will be held Monday. They will be
closed July 4 for the holiday.
The next placement test to be held
at the Tyndall Center will be given at
1 p.m. Wednesday. The cost is $4 and
due to limited space, students should
sign up early.
GCCC is now accepting applica-
tions for a Military Scholarship. For
information about the scholarship,
stop by Room 45-A in the education
office or call 283-4332.
GCCC Tyndall Center is now ac-
cepting applications for the Military
Scholarship. The deadline is July 31.
Tuition Assistance for the Fall Term
can be obtained as of July 16.
Active duty members must print
the tuition assistance form and bring
it by the GCCC Tyndall office or fax
it to 872-3836.
For more information stop by room
45-A of the education office or call
Dining facility limitations
Due to limited space and increased
temporary duty commitments, the
facility will be limited to meal-card
holders, on-duty security police
(weapons carrying), firemen and tem-
porary duty personnel during lunch
meal until Aug. 1. From June 19 to
Aug. 1, the Eagle Quick Turn (flight
kitchen) will be limited to personnel
with flight line badges for all meals.
Send gifts through AAFES
This Tuesday, any American can
leverage AAFES' supply chain on
behalf of deployed troops through
the "Gifts from the Homefront"
program. Started in March 2003,
this troop support campaign allows
anyone to make a direct and tangi-
ble contribution to military morale
with a gift certificate that can be re-
deemed for nearly anything that a
specific service member wants.
"Gifts from the Homefront" can
be sent to troops deployed to Iraq,
Afghanistan and elsewhere overseas
or away from home this Indepen-
dence Day by logging on to www.
aafes.org or calling 877-770-4438.
From there, "Gifts from the Home-
front" are sent to individual service
Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m.
Reconciliation, before Saturday
Mass or by appointment
Saturday Mass, 5 p.m.,
Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m.,
Religious Education, 11 a.m.,
Traditional worship service,
9:30 a.m., Chapel One
service, 11 a.m., Chapel Two
5 p.m., Chapel Two
(For more information on other
services in the local area, call the
Chaplain's office at 283-2925.)
Tyndall offers charters, fishing from Marina
STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.
Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a life-
Give a man a charter boat for
deep sea fishing and he may have
more fish than he knows what to
Fortunately, for Tyndall Airmen
and their families, charter services
are now conveniently located on
base at Beacon Beach Marina.
Gulf Pro Charters came to the
marina in April and offers fish-
ing excursions, sunset cruises and
special event excursions for those
with access to Tyndall. The owner
of the charter wanted to offer the
Tyndall community this service at
"I am active duty and about to
retire. Staying a part of the mili-
tary community is enjoyable. As
a military member, I know that
getting a good deal and having a
great time is important, especially Gulf Pro C
with the work schedules and op-
erations tempo," said Master Sgt.
John Wolfe, 325th Maintenance Squadron F-15
phase production supervisor, who is the owner
and operator of Gulf Pro Charters.
The charter specializes in an eight to 10 hour
fishing excursion for up to six people and will
go up to 50 miles offshore in the 32-foot Twin
"The boat is very fast compared to most charter
boats (due to its twin-hull design). Being fast
larters cruises out to sea from Beacon Beach I
allows us to get to the fishing area quickly and re-
turn quickly, which allows more time for fishing,"
"The fish we consistently encounter are Grouper,
P.J. Sykes, left, captain of Gulf Pro Charters, helps Shawn Davis, 325th MXG contractor,
hold up the 53 pound gag grouper he caught while fishing with the charter.
snapper, amberjack, king mackerel, triggerfish and
shark. The seasonal and occasional catches include
tuna, mahi-mahi and wahoo," said Sergeant Wolfe.
"On an average day we return with 300 to 400
The day of fishing starts early with a
safety brief at 5:15 a.m. at the marina.
The charter then leaves about 6 a.m.
Even the trip out to the fishing site
offers entertainment for the fisher-
i "8 "We stop outside the pass to catch
live bait. It's highly competitive
among customers with a contest to
S see who can catch the most bait on
one cast (there are six hooks on each
rod)," he said.
..m After 30 minutes to an hour of bait
fishing, the charter heads 40 to 50
"Once offshore we use a variety of
techniques: trolling, drifting, bottom
fishing and fly-lining ... what ever
conditions dictate," said Sergeant
Wolfe. "We change spots a few times
throughout the day to get a variety of
Courtesy photos fish."
Vlarina. "They're fantastic," said Shawn
Davis, 325th Maintenance Group con-
tractor, who recently caught a world record grouper
with Gulf Pro charters. "They're real friendly. I can't
imagine going out with anybody else, really. I've
tried a bunch of different boats, but once I found
these guys I won't go anywhere else."
Anyone, regardless of their fishing skill level can
go on the charter. Captain of the charter, P.J. Sykes
and Sergeant Wolfe are both experienced fishermen
who enjoy getting beginners hooked on fishing. The
long-time friends assist the fishermen on the boat
and provide all the equipment, licenses and advice
"We love to fish and really enjoy taking people
out whether it's a first-timer or a seasoned fisherman.
We like getting them 'hooked up' on some nice fish,"
said Sergeant Wolfe. "We thrive on chaos, multiple
fish coming in at the same time. It's a lot of fun."
But for those who prefer to relax and enjoy the
beautiful scenery of the emerald coast, the charter
has a sunset cruise that lasts two hours. The boat
departs the marina about 90 minutes before sunset
and cruises along Shell Island and Panama City
The charter also has special event cruises like
watching the Fourth of July fireworks and the Christ-
mas boat light parade.
Charter services are available every other Friday
and every Saturday and Sunday and holidays. The
sunset cruises are offered Monday through Friday.
For more information or to book the charter,
contact the marina at 283-3059.
June 30, 2006
Gulf Defender Page 13
Tyndall member helps provide companions for disabled
A canine companion helps out his master by pulling a door open
for her. Ms. Kimmit raises dogs
on to help out someone in need.
SENIOR AIRMAN SARAH MCDOWELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
For people with certain disabilities,
saying their canine was their best
friend would be an understatement.
Saying they are their eyes, ears,
hands or feet might be the truth.
People with certain disabilities
need a constant companion to help
them do certain tasks, such as pull-
ing a wheelchair, retrieving dropped
like these so the canines can go
objects, opening doors and drawers
and flipping switches for lights or
automatic doors. One Tyndall mem-
ber has chosen to raise dogs for that
Anne Kimmit from the Air Force
Civil Engineer Support Agency has
become a part of Canine Compan-
ions for Independence by fostering
and raising these puppies until they
are the age they need to be to be
trained. She is currently raising her
"I am responsible for teaching the
puppy nice house manners such as not
jumping on the furniture, sitting to be
greeted and basic obedience," Ms.
Kimmit said. "We teach simple com-
mands like sit, stay, down, wait, off,
jump, shake and speak. When the pup
is returned to CCI at about 16 months
of age, they teach the more advanced
commands the pup will need to help
a person with a wheelchair disability.
We also take the puppy out in public a
lot so it is exposed to a lot of different
The biggest challenge when raising
a CCI pup is potty training, she says.
"It involves a lot of middle of the
night trips outside," Ms. Kimmit said.
"But the CCI pups are very smart and
catch on quickly, so it doesn't last too
All of this training happens so the
canine will be ready for its eventual
owner, someone with a disability,
who requires a constant companion.
According to the CCI Web site,
"Service Dogs enhance independence
for people with disabilities. They do
this by reducing reliance on other
people to perform tasks that they have
difficulty performing themselves."
The dogs begin their journey when
they are born in the homes of volun-
teer breeders and caretakers. When
the puppies are two-months old, they
are taken to the Santa Rosa, Calif.,
Schulz campus that houses a full-time
veterinary staff and kennel care staff.
Following examination and vaccina-
tion, the pups are placed in the homes
of volunteer puppy raisers, like Ms.
Kimmit, through one ofCCI's five re-
The dogs are returned to their re-
gional centers at approximately 14-
months old and begin a six- to nine-
month program of advanced training.
They are fully trained and introduced
to the people who may become their
The training of the disabled person
with a CCI dog is called Team Train-
ing, and lasts for two very full weeks.
At the end of the training, a public
graduation ceremony takes place
marking the beginning of a long-term
relationship between the person and
their dog, and between the team and
CCI. Graduates remain in touch with
CCI through regular follow-up pro-
grams, workshops and reunions, ac-
cording to the Web site.
"For me, this program is a way to
give something back," Ms. Kimmit
said. "I like helping other people and
I like training dogs, so this is a good
activity for me. Raising pups became
my cure for 'empty nest' syndrome
when my son went off to college, too.
CCI people are some of the nicest
people I've ever met and it's really
like being a part of a big family."
Train the trainer
Tyndall supervisors complete
the National Security Per-
sonnel System "Interactive
Supervisory Skills" training
sessions June 22. The new
human resources manage-
ment system compensates
and rewards employees
based on performance and
contribution to the mission.
It can change many aspects
of the current HR system, in-
cluding how pay is set, pay
for performance, job clas-
sification, how promotions
are handled, and workforce
Statt Sgt Stacey Haga
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June 30, 2006
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Jamie Butler and Aman-
da Dyke from the Mis-
soula Children's theater,
tell Youth Center children
what they are looking for
in their auditions June 26.
More than 30 children au-
ditioned and all will be per-
forming tonight in "Robin
Hood" at 6:30 tonight at
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Senior Airman Angel Arias
Staff Sgt StaceyHaga
Airman Arias receives the Checkertail Salute Warrior of the
Week award from Col. Tod Wolters, 325th Fighter Wing com-
Senior Airman Angel Arias, 325th Medical Operations Squadron
health services management journeyman, manages a patient workload
of 6,000 appointments a month. She provided support to more than
55,000 spectators during the Gulf Coast Salute air show. Her expertise
and quality care to patients enables the family practice clinic to main-
tain its proficiency and keep customer satisfaction at 99 percent.
Duty title: Health services management journeyman
Time on station: One year and one month
Time in service: Four years and six months
Hometown: Columbus, Ga.
Hobbies: Reading books, shopping, traveling
Goals: Receive my bachelor's degree in psychology
Favorite thing about Tyndall: I love the beautiful
beaches and I'm close to home
Favorite movie: "Barefoot in the Park"
Favorite book: "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
Proudest moment in the military: Graduating from
Basic Military Training and Airman Leadership School
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing commander program designed
to recognize Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can nominate individu-
als via their squadron and group commanders. Award recipients receive a cer-
tificate, letter from the commander and a one-day pass.
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+% Fish must be weighed by 6pm on the marina club scales
' A member ofthefishing committee will act as weigh-master
1 Entries also qualify for the Annual Marina Club Fishing Tournament
SIn the event of inclement weather or seas preclude safe boating on the
tournament date, the tournament will be re-scheduled at the
discretion of the fishing committee.
For details call 283-3059 ,-i
choice of soft drink or
domestic draft $5.95
5 p.m- Close
Pizza Pub Hours of Operations
Monday- Friday 1 a.m, p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday 1 a.m. -1p.m. and 5-9 p,m,
Every Thursday is"free movie night".
Wednesday and Friday 11 a.m. -1 p.m. and 5 -10 p.m.
For details, call the Pizza Pub 283-3222.
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Military classified ads are placed in the Gulf Defender on a space
available basis. Ads must be for a one-time sale of personal goods
and should include a complete description, 30 words or less, of
item being sold. Forms must be turned in by 2 p.m. Thursday for
publication in the following Friday's Gulf Defender. Completed
forms can be dropped off or mailed to the 325th Fighter Wing
Public Affairs Office at 445 Suwannee Rd. Ste. 129, T yndall AFB,
FL 32403, or faxed to 283-3225. Ads can also be sent in by e-mail
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June 23, 2006
New prescription policy
Snowy on the beach
The Snowy Plover, an endangered species, makes its home on
the sand dunes on Tyndall beach. Natural resources reminds
Tyndall Airmen to not walk on the dunes or bring pets onto the
beach. Please use designated walkways to get to the beaches
and keep our wildlife safe.
"It is a great example
of how collaboration
with our pharmacy
ly enhances our phar-
macy program," said
Army Maj. Gen. Elder
Granger, deputy direc-
tor, Tricare Manage-
ment Activity. "This
new process will sig-
nificantly reduce the
hassle factor for our
ly, Tricare beneficiaries
with other health in-
surance no longer have
to file paper claims for
prescriptions filled at
most retail pharmacies.
Retail pharmacists can
electronic claims to
Tricare when a benefi-
ciary purchases medi-
Beneficiaries may still
submit paper claims
from pharmacies that do
not yet participate in this
paid claims for benefi-
ciaries with other health
insurance through a
manual process. Tricare
required the beneficiary
to mail a claim form and
their receipt to Express
Scripts Inc., the pharma-
The new process al-
lows a pharmacy to re-
ceive Tricare's payment
before requesting a co-
payment from the benefi-
ciary. In many instances,
the beneficiary can leave
the pharmacy with lesser
and no requirement to
file a claim.
(Courtesy of Tricare)
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