Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts
briefing will be held
9 a.m. July 25 at the
Education Center. The
briefing will cover the Air
Force Academy and Prep
School, Air Force Reserve
Officer Training Corps,
Officer Training School,
the Airman Education and
and the PhysicianAssistant
Program. For more infor-
mation, call 283-4285.
325th CES CoC
Lt. Col. Curt Van De
Walle, 325th Civil Engi-
neer Squadron command-
er, will relinquish com-
mand to Lt. Col. F Susan
Grumbach 9 a.m. July 26
at the Officers' Club. All
are invited to attend. For
more information, call
Master Sgt. Badly Coon
at 283-3072, or Judy Baker
at 283-3283. The squadron
will be closed for this func-
tion from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Report suspicious activi-
ties to the 325th Security
Forces Squadron at 283-
2254, or the Air Force Of-
fice of Special Investiga-
tions at 283-3261.
Airmen train for 'in-
lieu-of' taskings ...
Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets work together to finish the leadership response course during
training. The officers-in-training also spent the day learning leadership skills on the confidence course.
For more on ROTC training, and to see how they spend their time at Tyndall, see Pages 10-11.
British pilot finishes Raptor training here
CAPT. J. ELAINE HUNNICUTT
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The first British pilot to
complete F-22 Raptor training
graduated this week at Tyndall
Flight Lt. Dan Robinson,
from the Royal Air Force, is
assigned to Langley AFB, Va.
He has completed two months
of training with the 43rd
Fighter Squadron as part of an
exchange program. In return,
an American fighter pilot will
be trained and fly side-by-side
with the RAF on the new EF-
2000 Eurofighter Typhoon.
For the coalition, the ben-
efit of the exchange program
is the implementation of the
aircraft capabilities into the
multi-national planning pro-
cess. Both fighters' Raptor
and Typhoon potential and
capabilities will be better un-
derstood by both America and
the United Kingdom in battle
providing better results and
minimizing collateral damage
and loss of coalition life.
Lieutenant Robinson is
a combat veteran who has
served in the RAF since
"I have been fascinated
with aircraft since I was a
child; I was that kid who al-
ways wanted to talk to the
pilot. My father was a busi-
nessman and we traveled a lot
on planes while I was grow-
ing up," he said.
He comes from a family of
warriors; both of his grand-
fathers served in the military
during World War II.
Lieutenant Robinson was
flying F-3 Tornados with the
RAF 25th Fighter Squadron in
England prior to the exchange
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claimed at the Public
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from the 2nd Aircraft
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"We have a spouses' club and
booster club that provide meals
to the troops and family members
during our extended work hours."
MASTER SGT. MICHAEL CROW
Readiness Contingency Instructor Superintendent
"During non-training weeks, we
have sports and family activities."
STAFF SGT. SEAN SCAVETTA
Prime Readiness in Base Services Instructor
"We use 'Pau Hana,' (a Ha-
waiin saying) which means we
get to go home when our work is
STAFF SGT. STEPHANIE NELSEN
Readiness Contingency Instructor
"We have fishing trips and our
Top Three sponsors different
events for the squadron."
MASTER SGT. KIM YANCEY
Manpower Contingency Instructor
Gulf Defender Editorial Staff
Col. Tod Wolters.....................................325th FW commander
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The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supple-
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Senior Airman Sarah McDowell
SeniorAirman Jesse Kilgore, Tech Sgt. Brian Head and Senior
Airman Stephen Jordan, all 325th Maintenance Group Weap-
ons Standardization weapons loaders, carry an AIM-9 Side-
winder missile after a recent load competition here. The Muni-
tions Storage Area will be closed to all customers from July 31
to Aug. 4. All munitions customers should project their needs
accordingly and plan ahead for this closure. Only valid emer-
gency issues will be processed during this period. For more
information, call 283-4010/2374.
REDHORSE Squadron Focus:
What does your squadron
do to raise morale?
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View from the top: General reflects on past year
GENERAL WILLIAM LOONEY III
Air Education and Training Command commander
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas
(AETCNS) Recently, I celebrated my first anniversary
as a member of the Air Education and Training Com-
mand team. During this time, we've faced a number of
challenges and achieved tremendous success fulfilling
our mission to develop America's Airmen today for to-
Shortly after I arrived, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
devastated Keesler and a large portion of the Gulf Coast
region. Instantly, I was amazed by your willingness to
roll up your sleeves, jump in and help those overpowered
by these destructive storms. From performing heroic res-
cues to delivering emergency medical care to providing
safety and security, First Command Airmen made a dif-
Despite heavy damage to its infrastructure, the arduous
task of rebuilding Keesler was quickly underway, thanks
again to your efforts. In fact, just days after Katrina
wrought unspeakable destruction on the Biloxi and Gulf-
port areas, Keesler was back in business, tmining Airmen
in critical career fields to keep ourAir Force strong in the
Global War on Terrorism.
Even through our recovery efforts, First Command
Airmen remained focused on our mission, taking AETC
to new heights in the process.
Our recruiters smoothly shifted efforts to help the Air
Force meet our congressionally mandated end-strength,
bringing in more than 20,000 new enlisted and officer
personnel in the process. In addition, Basic Military
Training graduated more than 22,000 enlisted person-
nel and restructured the course to match a typical AEF
cycle in order to provide our new recruits more readiness
and combat skills instruction. Along with their BMT ac-
complishments, in the arena of initial and advanced skills
training, 2nd Air Force and their technical training units
graduated nearly 190,000 students.
Execution of the flying mission was outstanding! The
organizations of the 19th Air Force flew nearly 560,000
hours, graduated 1,259 pilots and almost 20,000 new air-
ivlasier ogr cfraln ^ounyaler
Senior Airman Aidaliz Lagueux, 305th Mission Support Squadron, McGuire Air Force
Base, N.J., takes a moment from her volunteer work to offer 11-month-old Nasier Dixon
a lollipop at a donation center. Airman Lagueux was deployed to nearby Keesler AFB,
Miss., supporting the base's hurricane recovery operation.
crew members. Additionally, the modernized avionics
and glass cockpits in the T-6A and T-38C, combined with
the stand-up of the F-22 Raptor training program at Tyn-
dall AFB, allowed AETC-trained pilots to become com-
bat ready and continue our tradition of air dominance.
All along, Air University continued to be a recognized
pillar of excellence, providing educational opportunities
to more than 179,000 graduates via residence and dis-
tance leading programs.
All total, AETC recruited, trained, and educated more
than 432,000 Airmen for our Air Force and the joint com-
manders during our first year together. And you accom-
plished all of this while deploying 3,822 AETC Airmen
to fight the GWOT
Marilyn and I have had the opportunity to visit all
of our installations and meet the magnificent men and
women who make up AETC. At each and every stop, we
are awed and overwhelmed with the dedication, commit-
ment and performance of our Airmen and their families.
It is so obvious that the strength and foundation ofAETC
is our people. Your commitment to integrity, service and
excellence keep us the recognized world center of excel-
lence for training and education. And you the Airmen
of the First Command are the key in making AETC a
"command of choice." Let me also take this opportunity
to thank all our family members for their unwavering
support and sacrifice. Without you, we would not be the
world's greatest Air and Space Force.
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,
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
with a base agency.
Pass and I.D.
Medical and Dental
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
COL. TOD WOLTERS
325th Fighter Wing commander
/*- ~ -i r-.c-- - i*- --
Page 4 Gulf Defender
Dietary supplements a blessing or curse?
COL. GEORGE NICOLAS
325th Medical Group commander
In our new air expeditionary force cul-
ture, an increasing number of duties and
decreasing number of Airmen demand
new-found levels of excellence in all ar-
Technical ability, time management,
critical thinking and physical stamina are
but a few areas we must constantly work
on to operate at peak performance levels.
Being overzealous to be the best, we all
look for ways to enhance ourselves.
One of the areas some concentrate on
most is increasing physical stamina.
Even though a solid exercise routine,
a nutritionally balanced diet, and a rest-
cycle plan is key to any physical train-
ing endeavor, and the nutritional balance
portion of any plan is not real difficult for
the average person, those who want that
edge, can be attracted to nutritional or
Today's marketing of these products can
be very seductive, which is why they are so
The supplements industry is more than a
$1 trillion a year business that is es-
sentially unregulated due to the 1994
Dietary Supplement Health and
Education Act. Manufacturers of
these products are not held to
content, concentration, or purity _
standards. Just because some-
thing is deemed natural or organic
does not automatically make it good
There has been a recent increase in Airmen
purchasing performance enhancing supple-
ments online. It is very important that all
Airmen realize these products are not regu-
lated by the FDA or any government entity,
and many of these products are banned by
Air Force regulations. They can contain
ephedrine, hemp extract or even anabolic ste-
roids which really carry a serious safety risk
for Airmen who use them, even short term,
in hopes of increasing their physical perfor-
mance, whether to help pass their physical
fitness test or prepare for deployment.
'"These products are dangerous
and will often cause severe medical
problems such as liver failure, kidney
] failure, heart damage, stroke, and hor-
monal imbalances within a month
of their use," said Capt. Richard
Greco, 325th Medical Group Fam-
ily Practice physician. "They can also
cause sleep disturbance and even sexual
One $50 bottle of a performance en-
hancing supplement taken more than a one
month period can easily result in $16,000
in medical bills and lost duty time, not to
mention the possibility of a liver transplant
to save a life.
Airmen interested in improving their per-
* SEE SUPPLEMENTS PAGE 7
July 14, 2006
Page 6 Gulf Defender
Ask, and you shall receive
STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Do you wish you could change things about Tyn-
dall's housing or do you think everything is perfect as
Whatever your opinion is about on-base housing at
Tyndall, residents have a chance to let their voices be
heard in the 2006 Family Housing Resident Satisfac-
"Surveys were sent to 848 residents at Tyndall
June 9," said Yvonne Brabham, 325th Civil Engineer-
ing Squadron housing flight chief. "So far, the response
rate is 11.7 percent and the housing office hopes to
have a response rate of more than 20 percent."
The survey, mandated by the Office of the Under
Secretary of Defense, was sent by a private contractor
to base housing residents to be filled out and returned
voluntarily by the resident.
The survey asks the resident to rate nine categories
such as property appearance and condition, quality of
management services and maintenance, property rat-
ing and renewal intention on a scale from one-to-five.
"The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. It
will give the residents an opportunity for their voice to
be heard by the people responsible for the future direc-
tion of military housing," said Mrs. Brabham.
Last year, the housing office had a survey return rate
of 23 percent and an overall satisfaction score of 66
"The residents were pleased with the response and
repair of their housing maintenance issues," said Mrs.
However, some residents wanted more information
on housing privatization, better pest and stray pet con-
trol, better ground maintenance and yard appearance,
and better customer service, she added.
To fix those issues, housing has made several
"We changed our yard inspection procedures and
we established a stray-pet program," said Mrs. Brab-
ham. "We also provide more pest control products in
the self-help store for the residents to use."
The staff also received in-house customer-service
training to better focus on meeting the needs of their
"As funds permit, we are trimming more trees to
help improve yard appearance," she added.
The housing office will also provide more timely in-
formation on privatization by holding town hall meet-
ings and news articles.
Once the results of this year's survey are in, the
housing office will focus on meeting the needs ad-
dressed in the survey.
"It is important that residents complete the survey,"
said Mrs. Brabham. "The Air Force wants to know
what is important to them, what can be done to make
living on base more enjoyable."
The survey will not only provide input to current
housing situations. It will provide guidance for the fu-
ture privatized communities.
"The results will provide a baseline for measuring
privatized projects' performance in the future," said
Col. Leonard Patrick, AETC civil engineer, in a mem-
orandum concerning the survey. "As the privatization
program matures, project owners will be required to
continue the periodic resident surveys."
* FROM SUPPLEMENTS PAGE 4
formance should make an appointment
with their primary care manager and visit
our experts at the Health and Wellness
Many of these supplements have me-
dicinal properties that can and do interact
negatively with prescribed medication as
well as directly affect critical organs like
the heart, liver and kidney. Most impor-
tantly, all Airmen should avoid commer-
cially available performance enhancing
supplements. They are marketed under
various names and often contain ingredi-
ents that are in violation of USAF regula-
tions and could ruin a career or a life.
While not all supplements are bad, get
as much information as you can from the
professionals. Research the product. A
good place to start is www.fda.gov. A
product that sounds too good to be true,
If you know a fellow Airman who is
taking one of these products, especially
the performance enhancers, be a good
Wingman and advise them to stop using
them and see their PCM. They may be
endangering their life.
Airman 1st Class Amber Atherton
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
Airman Atherton receives the Checkertail Sa-
lute Warrior of the Week award from Col. Tod
Wolters, 325th Fighter Wing commander.
Airman Atherton, 325th Logistics Readiness Divi-
sion logistics planner, recently managed three Dissimi-
larAircraft Combat Training fighter unit receptions. She
received and redeployed 292 personnel, 30 tons of cargo
and 18 F-16s. Airman Atherton is the head of the mem-
bership board for Tyndall's Active Airmen Association.
Duty title: Logistics Planner
Time on station: One year
Time in service: 19 months
Hometown: Clinton, Wis.
Hobbies: Family, motorcycles and music
Goals: To make senior airman below-the-
zone and complete my CCAF degree
Favorite thing about Tyndall: The beach
Favorite movie: "Legends of the Fall"
Favorite book: Anything by J.A. Jance
Pet peeves: Liars
Proudest moment in the military: Getting
coined by the former 325th Fighter Wing
commander, Brig. Gen. Jack Egginton
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing commander program de-
signed to recognize Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can nomi-
nate individuals via their squadron and group commanders. Award recipi-
ents receive a certificate, letter from the commander and a one-day pass.
July 14, 2006
Page 8 Gulf Defender
Airmen train to prepare for 'in-lieu-of' taskings
MASTER SGT. ROGER DRINNON
81st Training Wing Public Affairs
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE,
Miss. (AFPN)-More than 800 Air-
men are attending Army ground com-
bat skills training, preparing them for
operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi
Freedom deployments. The Airmen re-
quire the training because they will be
assigned duties outside their normal Air
Force specialties. In the near-term, these
numbers are expected to increase sub-
Commonly referred to as "in-lieu-of,"
or ILO, taskings, Airmen, Sailors, Sol-
diers and Marines from a cross-section
of all military specialties are performing
nontraditional missions to provide tem-
The 2nd Air Force staff was tasked by
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T Michael
Moseley to add to its technical training
responsibilities oversight of Airmen
throughout their ILO training cycle.
"Our goal is to take care of our people
as our Air Force mission requirements
continue to evolve," said Maj. Gen. Mi-
Military members participate in the joint force ILO training. Airmen
have recently been tasked with this training.
chael C. Gould, 2nd AF commander.
'We want to ensure Airmen can perform
safely and effectively in combat along-
side our sister services while maintain-
ing their Air Force identity."
The aim of ILO training is to prepare
Airmen for nontraditional combat envi-
ronments in support of the combatant
commanders' requirements where Air-
men are deployed to assist Army person-
nel. Second Air Force wants to support
all Airmen engaged in this enhanced, re-
alistic training and address their current
and future service needs.
* FROM PILOT PAGE 1
program. The 29-year-
old pilot arrived in the
U.S. in March.
He originally applied
for the F/A-18 Super
Hornet exchange pro-
gram and was given
the disappointing news
in front of his peers
that he was not select-
ed. As he stood there
dumbfounded and dis-
appointed, his com-
mander announced that
he was going to the
F-22 Raptor exchange
"I didn't even know
that it existed or that I
was up for it. I couldn't
believe it," he said.
He said his biggest
challenge in the pro-
gram was taking all of
the information that is
made available in this
weapon system and us-
The F-22 has the
ability to pull from
General Gould emphasized Airmen
deploying in support of Army mission
requirements must maintain anAir Force
"Airmen will continue to have read-
ily available Air Force leadership eager
to address any concerns," the general
said. "I'm grateful that we have such
high-caliber Airmen in our Air Force
who can step up to these challenges, and
their continuous feedback is essential for
leadership to be able to respond to any
training or personnel issues that might
arise. Second Air Force will ensure all
Airmen have an Air Force chain-of-
command throughout their time in ILO
ILO training is designed to develop a
population of Airmen who are combat-
ready and able to fulfill duties outside
their normal Air Force specialty. Before
deploying, Airmen tasked to augment
certain Army missions receive combat
skills training at one of 14 Army train-
ing locations now designated as Power
SEE ILO PAGE 16
multiple sources of data
collection, allowing the
pilot to gain a much
more detailed and larg-
er picture of the battle-
field. "It is the leading
edge for fifth-genera-
tion aircraft," he said.
will train, exercise and
even deploy with the
Langley squadron that
he is assigned to fol-
"I will be like any
other front-line pilot in
the squadron," he said.
Other than a few
his instructors said he
did outstanding in the
program and will return
to Langley a true asset
for the Raptor program.
Little things like
"flight pattern vs. cir-
cuit" can cause confu-
sion between pilots and
air traffic controllers,
said Maj. Mike Cabral,
43rd Fighter Squadron
chief of weapons and
tactics. "But, once we
got him his decoder ring
for U.S. speak, he was
good to go. Fighter pi-
lots are fighter pilots."
"The fact that we were
to train a British pilot
came as no surprise; it
is a natural progression
to integrate our coali-
tion partners into this
process," said Major
Cabral. "With his com-
bat skill set, it was a
seamless transition. He
has coalition operations
and weapons instructor
experience; he will be
a force multiplier," he
"When Raptors go
into combat, it is high-
ly likely that someone
from the U.K. will go
with us," said the ma-
pilots have graduated
from the Raptor train-
ing program to date.
Gulf Defender Page 9
Who's driving? Sim pilots vital part of ABM training
Photos by Senior Airman Sarah McDowell
Senior Airman Jennifer Aker, 325th Air Control Squadron simulator pi-
lot, controls aircraft for students who use these scenarios for training.
2ND LT. LUCAS WESTERMAN
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Who is behind the scenes?
The simulator drivers of the
325th Air Control Squadron can
answer this question. These Air-
men "drive" the simulator for all air
battle manager trainees.
"We simulate fighter pilots," said
Senior Airman Jennifer Aker, 325th
Air Control Squadron simulator
pilot. "We train ABMs for live
control on various command and
control platforms so they can ID,
intercept and engage targets in ac-
cordance with the rules of engage-
Simulator pilots, also known
as sim drivers, prepare air battle
managers to execute complex com-
mand and control in the combat Air
Force. The students spend three
out of their five blocks of instruc-
tion learning this through simu-
Second Lt. Renee Powell, 325th Air Control Squadron air battle manag-
er student, manages aircraft during a scenario in the simulator room.
lated scenarios. But while they are
at the scope managing the aircraft,
the simulator pilots are behind the
scenes talking to them and "flying"
"The students start with simu-
lated close control scenarios and
finish up with simulated tactical
intercepts during the Introduction
to Weapons Control block of train-
ing," said Airman 1st Class Chris
Route, 325th ACS simulator driver.
"The trainees go through a total
of 27 scenarios to prepare them for
live control," said Airman 1st Class
Tiffany Moore, 325th ACS simula-
"During close control, the stu-
dents have total control of the
fighter," said Airman 1st Class Tra-
van McGhee, 325th ACS simulator
pilot. "We work with stems (roll-
ing the fighter behind the target),
cutoffs, basic tactical intercept, and
simulated air refueling."
The next block is large-force em-
"The students must be well pre-
pared when they get to this block,"
said Airman McGhee.
In this block scenarios usually
last an hour and 15 minutes, but in
another part of the curriculum, sce-
narios can last up to five hours.
The last simulation training be-
fore live control of high perfor-
mance aircraft, high-performance
simulation, the students apply all
the techniques they have learned in
"HP sim is the final training be-
fore live control of F-15 aircraft,"
said Airman 1st Class Jessica
Breedlove, 325th ACS simulator
pilot. "Sometimes it's even done in
conjunction with live control."
The schoolhouse sees 160 to 200
rated officer students go through its
doors each year, including interna-
The international students are in-
troduced to the basics of weapons
control and battle management in a
This highly trained team uses
simulation to develop fundamental
skills for students, and gets them
ready for the real world air battle
What part of the First Term
Airman Course are you
looking forward to?
"I'm looking forward to the
base tour and getting to meet new
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS
83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron
I FORCE TIM IMNG
To learn about becoming a
member of the
Tyndall Honor Guard,
July 14, 2006
Christine Hackworth, Air Force Reserve Of-
ficer Training Corps cadet training assistant,
commands cadets during physical training.
STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
That's the number of cadets from the Air Force Re-
serve Officer Training Corps who will have descended
upon Tyndall this summer for field training.
The training provides ROTC evaluators a measure
of active-duty officer compatibility for the cadets. Each
cadet is evaluated in the areas of communications skills,
duty performance, judgment and decision-making skills,
professional qualities, leadership skills and field training
"We force them into leadership roles they have not
experienced before," said Maj. Jim Maceachem, AF-
ROTC Field Training Officer. "It's an introduction to
basic military leadership for them."
A bus of new cadets arrive at Tyndall and are promptly instructed to read the officer's manual while
The most common way they do this is by putting a
cadet with limited leadership skills in a role where they
are in charge of their peers.
"We then evaluate them against Air Force standards
and give them feedback," said Capt. Jarod Suire, AF-
ROTC Field Training Officer.
The cadets have a very busy schedule. Their training
day lasts from 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. During the 28-day
encampment, they will go through physical fitness train-
ing; drill and ceremonies training; combat and small arms
training; dynamic development programs; the confidence
course; and a leadership reaction course.
"The fitness training is a big aspect. We teach them the
importance of being physically fit and how it helps them
handle stressful situations," said Major Maceachem.
In order to give the best training to the cadets, the
FTOs rely on the help of cadets who have already been
through field training and showed exceptional leadership
qualities. They are called cadet training assistants.
Capt. Donald Hutchinson, ROTC field training
Photos by 2nd Lt Matthew Perry
e waiting. Each cadet will spend 28 days here training. ROTC cadets march to their next appointment.
"It's much better coming back as a CTA, I have a said Cadet Larson. "It's tough but a lot of fun." "I look forward to learning what leadership skills work
different perspective than before," said Matt Larson, AF- Fun, however, doesn't seem to be on the mind of the best with different people and situations," said Cadet
ROTC CTA. "I want to better the future of the cadets." cadets in field training. Walsh. "I believe field training prepares the cadets for
Being a CTA also helps the cadets further their leader- "It has its ups and downs," said Wesley Walsh an active duty."
ship training. AFROTC cadet. "When I first got here, I was my group's
"It helps you look at your leadership traits. I also get commander. It was pretty stressful, but I was thankful for
extratraining and constant feedback on how I am doing," the opportunity."
That opportunity to lead is what the training is about.
officer, inspects a cadet during open ranks. ROTC cadets rest after an early-morning physical training session.
officer, inspects a cadet during open ranks. ROTC cadets rest after an early-morning physical training session.
New Thrift Shop hours
New hours are: Tuesdays and Thurs-
days only from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
No consignments will be accepted unless
you are permanently changing station in
or out. For details or appointments, call
Satellite pharmacy re-opening
The Satellite Refill Pharmacy at the
Base Exchange has been renovated and
will be open for business July 24. All re-
fill operations at the Main Clinic will be
terminated at that time.
The Refill Pharmacy operating hours
are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday Friday.
The automated refill call-in number is
283-7177 or (800) 356-5273
The Troy University registration
for term one 2006 continues through
July 28. The term runs from Aug. 1 to
Oct. 8. Learn more about the 10 under-
graduate- and eight graduate-level pro-
grams available in traditional or online
formats by visiting the local Troy Uni-
versity office in Room 44-A of the Base
Education Center, or call 283-4449.
Air Force Marathon
The Air Force Marathon is open to
runners who would like to self-nominate.
Tyndall members may submit a Form
303 to unit commanders or the base Fit-
ness Center for consideration. For more
information, call 283-2631.
Limited space at the marina
There is limited parking at the Beacon
Beach Marina due to pavement of
the parking area.
The public boat launch is closed;
however, the private boat launch
will be available for usage for all
Tyndall patronage. The Marina
Grill is open. The estimated comple-
tion date of construction is July 28.
For any further questions or con-
cerns, please feel free to call the
marina at 283-3059.
Used Book Sale
The Eglin Officers Spouses' Club will
be conducting a used book sale 10 a.m.
to 7 p.m. July 25 at the Eglin Library.
Funds raised at the book sale will be
used to benefit the Eglin Library and the
EOSC Scholarship and Charitable Re-
quest Program. For more information or
to donate books, contact Troi Reppart at
651-1386 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Fall 2006 Term begins Aug. 7. Regis-
tration is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m July 31 to
Aug. 4 at the Tyndall Education Center
in Room 48. For more information, 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
temporary duty personnel during
lunch meal until Aug. 1. The Eagle
Quick Turn (flight kitchen) will be
limited to personnel with flight line
badges for all meals until Aug. 1.
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
Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The even-numbered buildings may
run sprinklers Wednesdays, Fridays and
Sunday. 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 auto-
Other than base-housing:
Odd-numbered buildings on Mondays,
Thursday and Saturdays.
Even-numbered buildings on Sundays,
Tuesday and Fridays.
Manual systems are allowed from
7-9 a.m. Automatic systems are allowed
from 8-10 p.m.
No more than 30 minutes per zone.
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.)
School physical offered
Michael Fowler, 12, a seventh-grade student at Merritt Brown Middle School, gets his height
checked by Maj. Tamara Hall, 325th Medical Group pediatric nurse practitioner and flight com-
mander. 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 appointment, 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 County schools needs a physical within 30 days of entry into school. Any
child who will be playing sports forthe Tyndall Youth Center, Bay County Middle or High Schools
needs a current 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.
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Frank Muirhead, from the 325th Security Forces Team, rounds second
base and is told to run home by the third-base coach. The team played
against the Southeast Air Defense Sector during the playoffs.
SEADS takes its turn at bat. The team won 16-6 during the playoff game
against 325th SFS. The final championship game is today.
Harold Bostian and Isaac Gibson, from the 325th Communications
Squadron Tennis Team, practice on a court here. The tennis dou-
bles championship is today.
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July 14, 2006
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Deployed Airmen and families 'stay connected'
STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Air Force Services recently
launched a trial program called Stay
Connected, which gives a backpack
filled with various communication
tools to deploying Airmen and their
Tyndall's 325th Services Squad-
ron received the backpacks late
June and plans to give them out to
the deploying Airmen in the next
AEF cycle at the Warrior Farewell
"The backpack has a lot of cre-
ative ways for the family mem-
bers to keep in touch," said Randy
Shircel, 325th Services Squadron
deputy commander. "The program
tries to cover every type of commu-
nication a family can have during
The backpack includes two digi-
tal recorder ink pens that can record
and store a voice message, two jour-
nals, two disposable cameras, two
picture frames, mouse pad, baseball
cap, teddy bear and several other
items. It also includes an instruc-
tional compact disc that explains
which items go to each family mem-
ber and how to use them.
"I think the pen is really neat,"
said Staff Sgt. Mike Zarate, 325th
Services Squadron NCO in charge
of readiness operation, who will be
deploying soon. "It's has a 10-sec-
ond recording and you have their
voice there even when you can't
The Stay Connected program also
offers advice to the deployed Airmen
and his family on developing better
communication through their acro-
nym CONNECT: converse, open up,
notice, nurture, encourage, create new
memories and try new things
"I think it's a great program. Any-
thing the Air Force does to better the
deployment process for the family
and military member is great," said
Feedback on the backpack will be
important in the development of Stay
"We definitely want feedback on the
program to forward to the Air Force
Services agency," said Mr. Shircel.
To give feedback on the Stay
Connected program, log onto
www.325thservices.com, go to the
ICE logo, and leave the feedback
under the family and youth open
Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
Staff Sgt. Mike Zarate, 325th Services Squadron, checks out the Stay
Connected back pack. The back pack will provide deployed Airmen
and their families different ways to keep in touch while apart.
Comic to take stage at E'Club
SENIOR AIRMAN SARAH MCDOWELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The Enlisted Club will feature a comedian July 21
who is ready to take the stage.
MichaelAlcott, also known as "Redbone," will be
showcasing his high-energy stage show at 8 p.m. in
the Enlisted Club Ballroom.
The comedian has been featured on Black En-
tertainment Television and Comedy Central, and
according to his biography, "'Redbone'has been rip-
ping up clubs and colleges all across the country with
his quick wit and unpredictable physical comedy."
He hails from Savannah, Ga., where he started his
comedic career in 1998 at Comedian Aukentunda's
Comedy Bash at age 24 as abet from a friend, and has
been doing shows ever since. He performs a steady
schedule of comedy shows around the country.
The Tyndall Clubs are getting ready for this big
event, and are sure that it will be attracting a large
"The last event we had at the Club, Tyndall
Idol, attracted more than 450 people," said Sylvia
Bowles, 325th Services Squadron Clubs Manager.
"I suggest people get their tickets fast for this
Tickets are selling at $15 for Club members,
$18 for non-Club members, and $20 for those who
purchase them at the door.
For more information, call at 283-4357.
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The Gulf Defender is
published for people like
Senior Airman William Adams,
325th Operations Support
Squadron air traffic controller.
2nd Lt Lucas Westley
Senior Airman Ryan Mahoney, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron readiness chemical warfare
instructor, prepares a hurricane emergency kit. See below for kit suggestions.
A hurricane kit is a valuable tool during a severe storm:
Ensure you have the proper materials on-hand
The following checklist can help:
Foods: Nonperishable and canned foods that do not require cooking. Also, special dietary
foods as required.
Drinking water: At least two quarts per person per day contained in plastic containers.
Important personal property: Identification, cash, valuable papers, insurance policies and
photos. Store these items in a waterproof container.
Battery-operated all-weather radio with extra batteries. A National Oceanic and Atmo-
spheric Administration-capable radio is recommended.
Personal hygiene items: Soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, aspirin, ant-
acid, towels and washcloths.
Utensils: Manual can opener, disposable plates, cups, forks, knives, spoons, napkins.
Personal aids: Eyeglasses, hearing aids and batteries, prosthetic devices.
Leisure items: Books, games, cards, toys.
Infant care items, such as disposable diapers, wipes, formula, baby food.
Flashlight with extra batteries.
First aid kit: Prescription medications (two-week supply), bandages, gauze, adhesive
tape, sterile pads, band aids, triangular bandages, safety scissors, non-prescription medi-
cine, sun screen, insect repellent, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide.
Bedding: Sleeping bags, blankets and sheets, pillows, etc. These items should be stored
in a waterproof container.
Clothing: At least one change of clothing including an extra pair of rugged shoes.
Tools: Screwdrivers (slotted and Phillips), hammer, nails, utility knife, axe, scissors, hand-
saw, pliers, rope, plastic tarp, drop cloths, tape.
Camping accessories: Lantern, portable stove, matches, portable cooler.
Wood to secure broken windows.
July 14, 2006
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* FROM ILO PAGE 8
Typical skill sets taught during ILO training include
enhanced combat weapons proficiency training, land
navigation and Global Positioning Satellite training,
expanded self-aid and buddy-care called "combat life-
saver" training, detecting and responding to improvised
explosive devices and a host of other relevant tactics.
Theater-specific training might vary.
"What we are trying to do here is train Airmen to do
missions and roles they weren't traditionally used to, be-
cause they're helping their buddies in another service,"
saidArmy Col. John Hadjis, commander of 3rd Brigade,
87th Division Training Support, at Camp Shelby, Miss.
"We developed this training out of what is commonly
called 'theater immersion,' which is a philosophy of
take the Soldier, take the Sailor, take the Airman, and
train him or her to fight in the same conditions and same
missions as they would expect to see in-theater," Colo-
nel Hadjis said.
Second Air Force officials said the training initiatives
will be fully implemented by Sept. 30. Ateam from 2nd
AF and an element from the U.S. Central Command Air
Forces received and prepared 183 Airmen beginning
training at Camp Shelby.
"When you get down here, things are a little hectic,
but as time moves on, you're getting into the training,"
said Staff Sgt. Matt Leas, a marketing information man-
ager for the 364th Recruiting Squadron in Sacramento,
"Some of it is intense -- a lot of time (in small arms
training) -- which is good," he said. "It's good to work
with the Army to find out what we'll be doing down-
range. The instructors are good. They really know their
stuff, and that's really what we're looking for down
Colonel Hadjis said the training was designed to im-
prove competencies in essential combat skills.
"The training is built on 41 individual tasks and nine
collective tasks -- tasks an Airman would do as part of a
team," the colonel said. "They're centered around com-
petencies and warrior skills like shooting, communicat-
ing, taking care of your buddy and surviving, dealing
and negotiating in the culture you're going to be in."
Colonel Hadjis said the training exemplifies the con-
cept of taking care of people, as servicemembers face
non-traditional combat environments with "no front
"I think it's the best possible example of taking care of
folks," he said. "Because we're making them as ready
as they possibly can be to succeed at their mission, safe-
guard their people and come home in good shape."
General Gould said he applauds the adaptability of
today's Airmen in overcoming the challenges of ever-
changing combat environments.
"Today, more than ever, our Airmen are warriors," the
general said. "I am proud to be associated with Air Force
people who are so devoted to defending our great nation
while being true team players, even when it means step-
ping outside their normal duties and specialties."
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Air Force seeks physician assistant candidates
Active-duty enlisted airmen who want
to enroll in Physician Assistant Phase I
training classes scheduled for January,
April and August 2008 must apply no
later than Jan. 26, 2007, according to
the Air Force Personnel Center, Ran-
dolph Air Force Base, Texas. The selec-
tion board is scheduled to convene in
Send completed applications to:
HQ AFPC/DPAMW, 550 C St. West,
Suite 27, Randolph Air Force Base, TX
Incomplete applications or those
received after the deadline won't be
considered, according to the Personnel
Eligible applicants must:
Be on active duty in the grade of
E-3 through E-8 with a minimum of two
years and a maximum of 14 years active
military service as ofAug. 31, 2008.
Meet age limitations for appoint-
ment as a second lieutenants in the Bio-
medical Sciences Corps that is, 41
years old or younger upon completion
of Phase II training.
Take the Scholastic Aptitude Test
within four years of the board date,
earning a minimum math score of 450
and a composite score of no less than
950, in the test's old version, or a mini-
mum composite score of 1,425 in the
test's newer version.
Have a minimum general score of
80 points on the Armed Services Vo-
cational Aptitude Battery or Air Force
Possess 60 semester hours oftrans-
ferable college credits and a grade-
point average of 2.5 or better 29
hours must be in-classroom courses
at an accredited college or university
and a combined minimum 3.0 GPA
is required in the math and science
To learn more, check with the local
military personnel flight, education
office or the Personnel Center's Web
(Courtesy of Air Force Personnel
First Lt. William Schultz, 325th Medical Operations Squadron physician
assistant, checks the heartbeat of Airman 1st Class Christopher Mor-
gan, 372nd Training Squadron/Detachment 2 Mission Ready Airman.
July 14, 2006