Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts
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. Wednes-
day at the Officers' Club.
All are invited to attend.
For more information, call
Master Sgt. Bradly Coon
at 283-3072, or Judy Baker
at 283-3283. The squadron
will be closed forthis func-
tion from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
The Satellite Refill
Pharmacy at the Base
Exchange has been reno-
vated and will be open for
business Monday. 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 Fri-
day. The automated refill
call-in number is 283-
7177 or (800) 356-5273.
ments open doors
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Captain in the middle
Capt. Karen Kramer, (center) from the 325th Medical Group, visits an orphanage while deployed to Af-
ghanistan. For more photos of Tyndall members deployed, see Pages 10-11.
Air Force Surgeon General visits Tyndall
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Lt. Gen. George "Peach"
Taylor Jr., Air Force Surgeon
General, visited Tyndall July 12
and 13 as one of his last visits
before officially retiring Oct.
The visit consisted of a tour
of the 325th Medical Group
facilities and a final flight in
an F-15 Eagle with Lt. Col.
George Menker, 1st Fighter
"(For) my first assign-
ment, I was a flight surgeon
for the 67th Tactical Fighter
Squadron flying F-15C and D
models," said General Taylor.
"Twenty-seven years later,
here I am in my last flight in
a D-model. It was a flashback
to when I was a captain. It
was fun. I thank the 1st Fight-
er Squadron for hosting it."
Twenty-seven years of
service delivered many high
points in General Taylor's ca-
reer, but he considers his role
in the Air Force mission to be
the highlight of his career.
"The most fun is always
when you are involved in Air
Force operations. One of the
exciting things about being a
doctor in the Air Force is you
can be involved in something
more than medicine; you can
learn the mission and support
it," he said.
Once retired, General Tay-
lor plans on staying in Wash-
"I don't really call it re-
tirement. I call it graduation.
Serving has been a brilliant
education, and because of
that, it feels more like a grad-
uation than a retirement," the
general said. "I will always be
During General Taylor's
visit to the 325th MDG, he
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July 21, 2006
"I'd like to see a 24-hour shop-
pette to make it more convenient
for shift workers"
STAFF SGT. SHAUN CRAWFORD
Precision Guided Munitions Crew Chief
"A new dining facility on the
flight line side of the base would
IST LT. DAVID PAOLILLO
Maintenance Flight Commander
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"I'd like to see Boy Scout Road
put to use by building a dirtbike
track and some camping spots"
SENIOR AIRMAN LAVINIA GINN
Test Engine Mechanic
"I would like to see people's at-
titude change. I want to see peo-
ple take a serious approach to the
training aspect of the mission."
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Airman 1st Class Robert Perricone, 325th Civil Engineer Squad-
ron firefighter, dressed as "Sparky," greets children at Bonita
Bay. Members of the Tyndall Fire and Emergency Services spent
time July 12 with children from Camp Amigo, a summer camp
for kids ages 6 to 18 who are burn survivors. The program is run
by firefighters, burn-unit nurses and adult burn survivors. The
camp's mission is to provide kids who have physical and emo-
tional scars with a place to be themselves and build a network of
support that will last throughout their lives.
325th Maintenance Squadron Focus:
If you could change anything
at Tyndall, what would it be?
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Enjoy the ride...it goes by at Mach speed
Col. Brian Dickerson, 325th Fighter Wing vice commander, stands as
commander of troops during the wing change of command ceremony.
COL. BRIAN D. DICKERSON
325th Fighter Wing vice commander
I know for a lot of you who have
been around for a while, you have
heard folks about to retire declare,
"Where has the time gone? It feels like
only yesterday that I took the oath to
support and defend the Constitution of
the United States for the first time."
Yet here I am today, about to retire
from the Air Force after nearly 24-
plus years of proud service ... saying
the same thing, "Where has the time
I have been so incredibly fortu-
nate in my career. From having the
privilege of being selected to serve to
the honor of being selected to attend
undergraduate pilot training ... from
getting to fly the F-15 to graduating
from the Fighter Weapons School ...
COL. TOD WOLTERS
325th Fighter Wing commander
from getting wonderful assignments
around the world to being given the
privilege of commanding a fighter
squadron. But the real fortunes are
not these personal achievements;
they are and always have revolved
around the people. You all are truly
Airmen of the greatest Air Force in
history. I have always said that one
of the primary reasons I have stayed
is the people. It has never mattered if
they were active duty "blue suiters,"
civil servants or contractors, National
Guard or Reservists, or of course one
of the most vital parts of "us" -- our
families. The dedication, sacrifices
and excellence of all Airmen and our
families are truly awe inspiring and
it's humbling to be considered a part
of this magnificent team.
The Air Force is so much a part of
The Action Line is your direct line tc
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 tc
receive a response.
Questions or comments of genera
interest will be published in this forum
This avenue should only be used aftei
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
me. I would not change a single thing I
have done over my career and I cannot
think of a better 'corporation' to work
for than the United States Air Force. I
will always "bleed Air Force blue."
As I reflect back on more than two
decades of service, I see some sig-
nificant history. When I was a second
lieutenant sitting "Zulu Alert" at Bit-
burg AB, Germany, the enemy was real
and identifiable, and only five minutes
flight time away. I was on multiple
missions where we intercepted Soviet
bombers in international airspace be-
fore they could complete their practice
bombing missions. I watched with the
rest of the world as the Berlin Wall was
torn down piece by piece. A number of
years later, as a squadron commander,
my squadron flew combat air patrols
over our nation's capital on Sept. 11,
2001 and continued to have at least
two airplanes in the air 24 hours a day
for 120 days straight. And today I
marvel as Air Force Airmen transform
themselves to supply the needs of the
current war. Who would have guessed
that we would send our Airmen to do
convoy duty with our Army brothers
and sisters in arms? That our civilian
Airmen would be in the war zone right
along side of our uniformed military?
Or that we could fly and employ un-
manned weapons systems in Iraq from
the western United States?
But through it all there is one very
similar and common bond patriotism,
devotion and selfless commitment of
my fellow Airmen. There is no other
group of people in the world who are
better than those who wear the uniform
call me at 283-2255.
S 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
I line, 283-3995.
Below are more phone numbers
r that help you in resolving any issues
with a base agency.
Pass and I.D.
Medical and Dental
of the USAF and our fellow military
services. And I'm absolutely positive
and proud to say that I've served with
As I leave this assignment and the
Air Force, I offer you one small bit of
advice, especially for the junior Air-
men ... enjoy the ride, because it goes
by at Mach speed. Even when the job
seems overwhelming or the mission
forces you to deploy to all comers of
the globe, make the best of it, and soak
up every minute of experience, culture
and characteristic, and you'll see it
makes for a lifetime of memories. I
can truly say that the best assignment
I've ever had has always been ... the
one I was in!
I would be remiss if I didn't thank
at least one person by name. She has
been my soul mate, my best friend,
my councilor and my wife. Donna
has been there every step of the way,
sacrificing as much if not more
- than I have. Donna ... thank you ...
I love you.
I do wish I could thank each and
everyone of those who have touched
Donna and me in so many ways but I
would spent the rest of my retired life
doing that and there are so many, I
probably don't have enough years left
to do a good job of it. Instead, Donna
and I want to wish you all Godspeed,
fair winds and best of luck. From the
bottom of my heart, thank you for what
you do for your nation, and thank you
for making my job as the vice wing
commander of the Checkertail Clan
the best in my career.
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
/*- ~ -i r-.c-- - i*- --
Just do it: Special duty assignments enhance NCO careers
MASTER SGT. JOHN Ross
325th Communications Squadron first sergeant
"I don't want to go. I won't like it. I
just want to stay here."
These are things I frequently hear
from my children when I suggest we
do something out of the ordinary.
Unfortunately, these are also com-
mon responses from NCOs and senior
NCOs when I suggest to them that
they, and the Air Force, would be well
served if they volunteered for a special
With our ever-changing Air Force,
the need for individuals to step up and
perform special duties has never been
greater. As SNCOs, it is our respon-
sibility to ensure the needs of the Air
Force are met and to influence others
to help us meet them.
Let's begin by looking at some of the
positive attributes of volunteering for
a special duty assignment.
Most people are apprehensive about
leaving their comfort zone to go to a
special duty assignment, but there are
several things that can be gained by do-
First, a person who accepts a position
in a spe-
a different MVost people are ap
perspec- ing their comfort zone
tive of the
Air Force. assignment, but there
The op- can be gained by doin!
to work 325th Comn
in, or with
tions out of the normal sphere of inter-
action in a primary AFSC will give a
person a greater appreciation for what
all Airmen do and how each Airman im-
pacts the mission. Those who wish to
influence the whole Air Force, should
try doing a tour as a military training
instructor, military training leader, or a
professional military education instruc-
tor. These dedicated people have an im-
pact on the Air Force now, and will for
years to come. As long as
prehensive about leav-
to go to a special-duty
are several things that
SGT. JOHN Ross
lunications Squadron first sergeant
one of their
ence is felt.
A side ben-
efit of these
is a consis-
ule and a
likelihood of deployment. Those look-
ing for a job that has a direct, positive
effect on the lives of individuals, should
try first sergeant duty. This special duty
position directly assists Airmen in deal-
* SEE DUTY PAGE 16
July 21, 2006
Gulf Defender Page 5
Rules of engagement set for political participation
STAFF SGT. JEREMY LARLEE
Air Force Print News
Political freedom is something the
military has defended since the found-
ing of the United States.
But, while free to participate in the
political process, there are some rules
military members need to know.
"Our mainjob is to follow the orders
that come down our chain of com-
mand, which has an elected official
at the top," said Maj. Frank Minogue,
chief of civil law for Air Education
and Training Command at Randolph
Air Force Base, Texas.
"It would undermine our whole
command structure if it appeared that
the Air Force was supporting one side,
or candidate, more than another," Ma-
jor Minogue said.
The November 2006 elections are
fast approaching and will decide all
435 House of Representative seats, 33
of the 100 Senate seats and 36 state
governors, along \ ith lnuLillous other
state and locate elections iacioss the
It is vital that 1iltar1 mnl'mber do
not give the p]cicrc'tioni that the mili-
tary supports one political Ipart. issue
or candidate inorc than anotlhcri. Nlaloi
Political acti\ it rules are listed in1
Air Force Instructrio 51-902, Political
Activities by Members of the U.S. Air
Force. Violators of this instruction can
be punished under the Uniform Code
of Military Justice and receive up to
two years confinement and a dishon-
orable discharge, the major said.
Examples of prohibited activities
listed in the instruction include attend-
ing a political event in uniform, using
official authority to interfere \\ith an
election and affect itS course 01 olit-
coCme. and ing contI11emptuous l\\ords
against officials in public office NIlIi-
tan mic1.ember ari allow \ d to attend
political c\ nts in ci\ ihan clothes but
onl\ as a spectator Speaking puiblicIl
at these' c\ Cnts is not allo\\d in oi otit
There also is a separation in the
rules about participating in partisan
and nonpartisan political activities.
The rules tend to be stricter for parti-
san politics, the instruction states.
Partisan politics are defined in the
instruction as an "activity supporting
or relating to candidates who repre-
sent, or issues specifically identified
with, national or state political parties
or associated or ancillary organiza-
tions. A candidacy, declared or unde-
clared, for national or state office is a
partisan political activity, even if the
candidate is not affiliated with a na-
tional or state political party."
These rules are not in place to re-
strict a military member's political
freedoms, the major said.
"Obviously we want people to vote
and express their opinions," Major
Minogue said. "People are encour-
aged to participate in the political pro-
cess, just not as representatives of the
Contact the local legal office for
more information about the instruc-
July 21, 2006
July 21, 2006
* m- mm mm mm m- mm mm mm mm m m m m mm m- mm -m m m mm m- mm -m
. Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
- Airman Miller receives the Checker-
tail Salute Warrior of the Week award
from Col. Tod Wolters, 325th Fighter
_ Airman Miller orchestrated the scheduling
and maintenance of more than 26 converters
with 100 percent accountability. He orga-
_ nized the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit's
2005 Turkey Shoot team, which was the
_ overall winner in the contest. Airman Miller
also generated 207 combat training sorties,
helping the 325th Fighter Wing reach a 93.3
percent flying schedule effectiveness rate.
Job title: F-15 assistant dedicated crew
Time on station: Three years, 8 months
Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
Hobbies: Golf, hunting, fishing and play-
Goals: Finish college degree
Favorite movie: "Caddy Shack"
Favorite book: "Angels and Demons" by
Favorite thing about Tyndall: The nu-
merous golf courses in the area
Pet Peeves: Laziness
Proudest moment in the military: My
recent tour of duty in Iraq
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing commander pro-
gram designed to recognize Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Su-
pervisors can nominate individuals via their squadron and group
commanders. Award recipients receive a certificate, letter from
the commander and a one-day pass.
July 21, 2006
Gulf Defender Page 7
* FROM TAYLOR PAGE 1
met with several staff members and toured the fa-
"The visit went well," said Col. George Nicolas,
325th MDG commander. "General Taylor was very
The medical group has received many praises re-
cently, receiving high marks in patient satisfaction
in their surveys, according to Colonel Nicolas.
"He was most impressed with the positive energy
and attitude of the staff," said the colonel. "It's the
best he's seen in a medical group, which I took as
an extreme compliment.
General Taylor also provided guidance for the
medical team members regarding the many chang-
es the Air Force is facing.
"He gave us his view on what the future may
bring to the Air Force medical service as well as
hints on how we might be able to tweak our pro-
cesses to be even better," said Colonel Nicolas.
"We were all honored that he chose Tyndall to
visit as one of his last few official trips before his
retirement ceremony in two weeks," added Colonel
General Taylor left the Airmen in the medical
field some sound advice.
"Medics are in the profession of the healing arts
and profession of arms, so your challenge is to
learn both," he encouraged. "In order for the Air
Force to carry out its mission, it needs medics who
are experts in their field, but are also Airmen. We
are on the same team."
The Gulf Defender is
published for people like
Senior Airman Julio Arriola,
Page 8 Gulf Defender
There's no joke about it- the man has a talent
STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Who would have thought that writing in a jour-
nal could get so much publicity?
This question has probably passed through Staff
Sgt. Edward Gyokeres' mind more than once.
What started as a daily journal shared with fam-
ily and friends while he was deployed to Tallil AB, .
Iraq in 2003, has became a national commodity in
the past few years. I
"Writing was the most important tool I had to
help me through my deployment," said the 95th
Aircraft Maintenance Unit load crew chief, "I was
able to share my experiences and stories with peo-
ple I knew wanted to hear them. Knowing I wasn't
alone made a huge difference."
Eventually, the letters he sent home were circu- .
lated around his commander's support staff. One -
of the letters made it to the inbox of Brig. Gen.
Larry New, who at the time was the 325th Fighter
Wing commander. General New requested it be
published in the Gulf Defender.
Subsequently, Sergeant Gyokeres had three of
his journal entries published in the Gulf Defender,
and was featured in USA Weekend magazine.
"Knowing 37 million people would be reading
my writing made me nervous, but I actually got a
letter from my second grade teacher who saw me
in the magazine," he said. "She said she was very
proud of me, so I guess I didn't have too much to
be worried about."
Upon returning from Iraq, several family mem-
bers and friends assisted Sergeant Gyokeres in ed-
iting and putting the journal into a book format
titled, "The Tallil Chronicles."
In February 2005, he attended Operation Home-
coming, a symposium for the National Endow-
ment for the Arts, at Hulburt Field, Fla. The event
was for professional writers and poets and aspiring
writers in the military community that had experi-
ences to share about the war on terror.
stanTT gt dward a yoKe
An Iraqi man holds up a photo of his fami
Sergeant Gyokeres took this photo while doil
guard duty in Iraq.
Airman 1st Class Chad Ghristiansen
Staff Sgt. Edward Gyokeres poses for a picture atop disgarded aircraft cannons. Sergeant
Gyokeres wrote a journal called "The Tallil Chronicles," and has been published several times.
"I gave a copy of my book to a NEA represen-
tative during the event, so I could receive
feedback on my writing," said Sergeant
Almost a year passed by with no answer.
Then in December 2005, he was contact-
ed by an editor on behalf of the NEA. He
told Sergeant Gyokeres an anthology will be
published in September by Random House
publishers and two of his journal entries will
be included the book.
"I fell out of my chair when the NEA called
me. I had no idea my writings were submit-
ted (for the anthology)," the sergeant said.
From there, Sergeant Gyokeres' life almost
reads like a celebrity's profile.
.res First, a journal entry was published in The
ly. New Yorker.
Ig Then, he went to Los Angeles to appear in
an NEA film documentary about military writers.
He was also selected to be in a PBS documentary
about war letters.
Through the documentaries, Sergeant Gyokeres
hopes to encourage other servicemembers to write
while deployed to help cope with the stress brought
on by a war environment.
"Sharing deployment experiences helps you
work through the issues you might be having, and
lets your family know how you are coping," he
Semi-celebrity/author status or not, Sergeant
Gyokeres is still committed to the Air Force and
its mission, and will continue writing.
"I am truly an Airman with a desire and an ability
to help my brothers," he said. "Most importantly,
I realize that in the truth there is great power, and
if you have the strength to voice it, people will
July 21, 2006
July 21, 2006
Fit to fly: Doctors keep student pilots healthy
Gulf Defender Page 9
MASTER SGT. MARY MCHALE
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(Editor note: This is the first in afive-
part series t( g i, ~th training B-course
students go ;li, ,,,gh to get in the air)
For basic F-15 Eagle Basic Course stu-
dents here strapped in aircraft thundering
along at speeds exceeding 500 mph, their
mental and physical fitness levels must
be always be at peak levels.
And here to help ensure those peak
levels are the flight surgeons and aero-
space physiologists of the 325th Aero-
medical-Dental Squadron. From an
initial in-processing assessment to any
required follow-ups, they work to iden-
tify any potential physical or mental is-
sues that could affect a student's flight
"We go over their records with a fine-
tooth comb,' said Dr. (Maj.) Manoj Ravi,
a flight surgeon with the 325th Aero-
medical-Dental Squadron. "We have to
adhere to very stringent standards in the
Air Force Instruction."
Ifa condition is identified here that may
affect a student's training, a waiver pack-
age can be submitted through channels
to Headquarters Air Education and Train-
ing Command. The major said waiver
packages have to be extremely thorough
since officials at higher headquarters can't
physically see the individual.
Dr. Ravi said the once the waiver pack-
age is completed it is routed through the
base chief flight surgeon then on to Air
Education and Training Command for
approval or disapproval. He said in some
complex cases, it can reach Headquarters
First Lt. Jon Quinlan, 325th
Air Control Squadron air
battle manager student,
controls simulated aircraft
during a class while his in-
structor evaluates him.
Once approved, the students continue ally. They also review the aircraft' heads
their training. Dr. Ravi said he enjoys up display tapes to further familiarize
working on waiver packages and it themselves.
provides him a sense of achieve- ::: "We fly one or two sorties a
ment when he can return an aviator month with pilots to see what
to flying status. they go through and frankly, I
Assisting the flight surgeons can tell you, it's like being in
with their task of keep- L a boxing match," he said.
ing the fliers healthy are "It's hard work. Not only
flight physiologists. R. do they have to manage
"We provide aero- the G-forces, they have to
space physiological '. maintain an optimum level
training to all students of situational awareness as
that require it," said 1st they fly and fight. They have
Lt. Sara Senechal, aero- to process a lot of information
space physiologist. "Most, in a short time, so it's critical
however, have been through the they don't get fixated on one ele-
altitude chamber within the past five ment of flight or distracted by out-
years and are current when they show up side concems."
at Tyndall. Another major aspect of our He said once an issue, whether physi-
involvement is working with students to cal or mental, is discovered, a thorough
prepare them to handle the physiological assessment is conducted and a course of
effects of flying on the human body, spe- action involving the appropriate officials
cifically the gravity forces associated with is determined.
flying the Eagle." "A minor ache on the ground can be-
The lieutenant said common reasons come a significant issue in the air," he
students have G-problems are poor G- said. "We have to be aware of any little
strain techniques, dehydration, fatigue in thing that can throw off a pilot's fitness
the jet and ineffective workouts. She said level."
training given to students includes "anti-G "Fighterpilots have some inherent char-
straining maneuver coaching, the impor- acteristics that make them successful,"
tance of good hydration, and maintenance Major Ravi said. "They are extremely
of a proper diet and rest. Additionally, pi- intelligent and good at multitasking. They
lots should get involved in both an intense never do anything half way, no matter the
weight training program and aerobic ex- task, so we have to watch out that they
ercises." don't oversaturate themselves."
To help the doctor furtherunderstandthe "Pilots live to fly and fight," the doc-
stresses and strains students experience in tor said. "They want to be healthy and
the cockpit, the major and the other flight they want to fly, and you're helping them
doctors re required to fly 12 times annu- achieve that goal, it's a great feeling."
What were your thoughts
the first time you
launched a jet?
"I was really ecstatic, but a
little nervous at first. After it
was over, I couldn't wait to do it
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Tyndall deploys: behind-the-scenes look at what A
While in Al Udeid AB, Qatar, Staff Sgt. Samuel Hudson from the
325th Services Squadron, organizes a stock room.
1 Bliml J _W
Tech. Sgt. Philip Sutton, with the 325th Com-
munications Squadron here, runs an inter-
ference deconflict while deployed in Iraq.)
Senior Airman Carol Hysell, from the 325th Services Squadron,
serves food while deployed to Al Udeid AB, Qatar.
Tech. Sgt. Charles Campbell, with Tyndall's 325th Medical Opera-
tions Squadron, sits down with Afghan nationals to have lunch.
Master Sgt. Robert Mayor, 325th Mission Support Group, was deplo]
stan working for Headquarters Combined Forces Command-Afghanis
ter Narcotics with the British government, the Afghanistan governm4
Enforcement Agency trying to cut the poppy and heroin production ir
ing drug labs, and finding caches of narcotics.
Jrmen are doing for GWOT
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processing line during AEF 9/10.
Tech Sgt. Irizarry Merced talks with former
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Gerald
Murray and other command chiefs while de-
ployed to Bogata, Columbia.
red to Kabul, Afghani-
tan. He worked Coun-
mt, and the U.S. Drug
i the country, destroy-
Chiefs golf tourney
The Tyndall Chief's Group An-
nual Golf Tournament will be at
7:30 a.m. Aug. 4 at the Pelican Point
Golf Course. The cost is $45 for
non-course members $35 for mem-
bers. Price includes cart and entry
fee, prizes and meal during award
presentations. The event is open to
everyone; select your own team. The
format is a four person select shot (10
percent total team handicap, max in-
dividual handicap is 36), with a 7:30
a.m. shotgun start. Points of contact
for sign up: Pelican Point Pro Shop
at 283-4389, Chief Master Sgt. Julio
C. Morelos at 283-6306, or email
email@example.com or any
Tyndall chief master sergeant.
Remembrance reunion event
Air Forces Northern, and the
Continental U.S. NORAD Region
9-11 Remembrance-Reunion is
scheduled for Sept. 9 and 10.
The event includes a wreath
laying ceremony, Combined Air
Operations Center/F-22 tour and
mission briefing, remembrance-
reunion dinner and a religious
service. This event will remember
and honor those who served on
Sept. 11, 2001, and also recognize
service members who continue to
defend the nation through Opera-
tion Noble Eagle. For more infor-
mation, visit www.lstaf.tyndall.
af.mil/911/index.htm or call (850)
A commissioning briefing will
be held 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Edu-
cation Center. The briefing will
cover the Air Force Academy and
Prep School, Air Force Reserve
Officer Training Corps, Officer
Training School, the Airman Edu-
cation and Commissioning Pro-
gram and the Physician Assistant
Program. For more information,
Report suspicious activities to
the 325th Security Forces Squad-
ron at 283-2254, or the Air Force
Office of Special Investigations at
The Troy University registra-
tion for term one 2006 continues
through July 28. The term runs
from Aug. 1 to Oct. 8. Learn more
about the 10 undergraduate- and
eight graduate-level programs avail-
able in traditional or online formats
by visiting the local Troy University
office in Room 44-A of the Base Ed-
ucation Center, or call 283-4449.
Used Book Sale
The Eglin Officers' Spouses' Club
will be conducting a used book sale
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Eg-
lin Library. Funds raised at the book
sale will be used to benefit the Eglin
Library and the EOSC Scholarship
and Charitable Request Program.
For more information or to donate
books, contact Troi Reppart at 651-
1386 or tnt.beach ,cox.net.
Air Force Marathon
The Air Force Marathon is open to
runners who would like to self-nom-
inate. Tyndall members may submit
a Form 303 to unit commanders or
the base Fitness Center for consid-
eration. For more information, call
Limited space at the marina
There is limited parking at the
Beacon Beach Marina due to pave-
ment 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 completion date of
construction is July 28. For any fur-
ther questions or concerns, please
feel free to call the marina at 283-
July 21, 2006
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.)
StatT Sgt Benjamln KojeK
Thrift shopping ta
Mathew Ruff checks out a model truck with his mother Diane. Items in the thrift shop are both
donated and are on consignment. New hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays 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 286-5888.
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MXS win softball championship
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Another challenging season of soft-
ball heads out of the park with the
325th Maintenance Squadron back in
the lead as Tyndall's best team.
On July 13, the 325th MXS and
Southeast Air Defense Sector teams
met in the winners' bracket for the
third time this year. The 19-12 final
score put MXS on top.
"Last year, we just had a break in
the action and let someone else en-
joy it for a while," said Jessie Snyder,
MXS team player. "I feel like we had
to hand the trophy over for something
out of our control. We had players at
the AETC championship last year so
seven of our starters were on tempo-
rary duty to Lackland AFB, Texas."
"We were last year's best but lost
this year," said Jeffrey Munn, SEADS
team coach. "MXS won for four years
in a row before we won last year. Be-
cause of that, (the July games) were
the most anticipated game of the
To keep last year's title of best soft-
ball team here, SEADS would have
had to beat MXS twice in a double
elimination, but they only won the
first game July 12.
"That day we were 1-1 against each
other," said Jeffrey Munn, SEADS
team coach. "With us both undefeat-
ed, folks were calling it the 'clash of
the titans' match up."
Before the final game, sports stand-
ings read "SEADS 12-0, MXS 11-0"
The 325th Maintenance Squadron Softball team, pictured here,
won the base intramural championships.
for the season, and they got their play-
ers ready for a head to head competi-
Although SEADS was missing a
few "key" players in the finals, their
team still learned some valuable les-
sons on putting your best team on the
field in critical situations.
"It goes from intramural fun to
a 'have to win it all' mentality in a
critical game," said Munn. "Everyone
played all year. We were strong, so
it didn't matter who showed up dur-
ing league play. We ruled all but two
teams in the regular season. But, come
playoff time, the easier teams were
gone and had to go straight forward
and look for the points."
Because SEADS is a Florida Air
National Guard unit, their core team
doesn't change much. Fifteen of the
sixteen players this year are ready to
play next year.
MXS agrees that a good softball
team takes good continuity. They've
been fortunate to have same core
members for four years and that's
why team has won so many times,
Players from both teams have also
been selected for the Tyndall Varsity
Softball team that competes at com-
"It takes a lot of experience. It's not
an easy game to play. To be good at it
you have to practice," said Snyder.
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Page 14 Gulf Defender
Village provides homes, assistance to war heroes
STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Some of the Air Force's retired war heroes and
their spouses are not able to support themselves
well financially in what is supposed to be their
Some are not even able to afford a roof over their
Fortunately, they have a place they can go for
The Air Force Enlisted Village in Shalimar, Fla.,
was founded in 1967 with a goal to provide a safe
and secure place for retired Airmen and their spous-
es to live. It also provides financial support to the
indigent widows that live there.
"The village was created because there were so
many Air Force widows living below the poverty
level. The majority of our widows came from an era
prior to the Survivor Benefit Plan and many weren't
able to establish careers or significant assets," said
James Binnicker, the ninth chief master sergeant of
the Air Force and president and of the Air Force En-
listed Village. "In many cases, the village is their
Any retired military member or spouse, age 55
or older, with a valid military ID may live in the
With limited funding provided by donations only,
the village assists the surviving spouses with the
greatest needs first, but no one is refused assistance
due to financial status.
The village also offers temporary housing to
spouses of active-duty members who have passed
The Airmen and spouses live in the village among
their peers without the stigma normally associated
with subsidized housing facilities, said Chief Bin-
The enlisted village consists of two independent
living communities, Bob Hope and Teresa Village,
and an assisted living facility, Hawthorn House. The
communities have many amenities for their resi-
Residents at the Air Force Enlisted Village ride scooters for fun and exercise. The village
offers many different activities for the men and women who live in the three communities.
dents including a pool, community center, garden
plots, chapel and transportation to local doctor's
The village's future plans involve building a
skilled nursing facility and additional independent
All the facilities and events offered at the enlist-
ed village are made possible by the generous dona-
tions from Air Force members and the community.
"As a non-profit organization, we don't receive
any federal or state funding or Medicare/Medicaid.
The money we do receive from the Air Force As-
sistance Fund is restricted for the direct support of
indigent widows," said Chief Binnicker.
The rest of the money comes from donations giv-
en by the community and military members.
A group of Teresa Village residents participate in water aerobics.
The village also receives donations in the form of
"The enlisted village is a world-class operation,
but they run on a shoe-string budget," said Chief
Master Sgt. Craig Deatherage, 325th Fighter Wing
command chief. "Our proximity to the village
gives us both the opportunity and the obligation to
preserve and improve this wonderful community.
Contributing time, energy and funds to the village
is one of the noblest acts our Airmen can offer to
senior citizens who laid the foundation for our Air
"We appreciate volunteers at all three of our loca-
tions. Once people see our campuses and meet the
residents, they're hooked," said Chief Binnicker.
"We must certainly act, support and contribute to-
day, not only for the current residents, but to ensure
the village is available for our spouses," said Chief
Deatherage. "There may come a day when your
spouse needs to live in the secure and supportive en-
vironment offered by this community of friends."
Even though donations and volunteer work are
vital to the village's operation, Chief Binnicker en-
courages help in the form of sharing information
with those in need.
"The most important thing anyone can do is to
spread the word about the village," he said. "Tell your
families, friends and co-workers we're here and we're
available to military widows and military families in
their time of need."
For more information on the Air Force Enlisted Vil-
lage visit their Web site, www.afenlistedwidows.org.
July 21, 2006
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Uniform board to release updates to AFI
WASHINGTON (AFPN) An
update to Air Force Instruction 36-
2903, Air Force Uniform Dress and
Appearance, will soon be released,
said Air Force officials.
A key feature of this updated in-
struction will be the return of heri-
tage to the enlisted corps -- chevrons
on the sleeves and circles around the
"Over the years, we've made
changes that made sense at the time,
but had the effect of moving us
away from our heritage," said Air
Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael
Moseley. "Chevrons on sleeves and
circles around the U.S. insignia are
historical symbols of the finest non-
commissioned officer corps on the
planet. We need to return that heri-
tage to them and reconnect them to
the great NCOs who went before
The circle around the U.S. was
eliminated in 1991, said Senior
Master Sgt. Dana Athnos of the Air vilian flights to and from the area of
Force Uniform Board. responsibility. Also, Air Force person-
"Yet, every uniform board since re- nel are not authorized to wear desert
ceived requests to return that to the en- boots with the battle dress uniform.
listed force, so it has been done," she As a reminder, Oct. 1 marks the
said. "Wearing the circle on the lapel has mandatory wear of physical training
a lasting heri-
tage that dates
back to April
the removal of
from the blue
from all up-
per garments, except the optional wool
sweaters. Implementation dates will
be reflected in the revised AFI.
The updates will also include infor-
mation about the new air staff badge
and new space badge. Desert combat
uniforms are now authorized on ci-
gear. All Airmen
will be required to
have one running
suit, two T-shirts
and two pairs of
shorts. Also be-
ginning in Octo-
ber, enlisted Air-
men will receive
an increase in
their clothing al-
lowance to offset
the increase of the mandatory num-
ber of T-shirts and shorts from two
sets to three sets in October 2007.
Air Force officials emphasized that
Airmen should not wait until Octo-
ber to purchase these items. The re-
vised AFI will clarify wear of the PT
gear by specifying that when doing
organized PT, the shorts and T-shirts
will be worn as a set and not mixed
with civilian clothes; however, at
other times the PT gear, to include
the running suit, can be worn with
More clarification will be provided
about sister service badges, as well
as cell phone use in uniform. New
guidance about the wear of flight
clothing also is incorporated in the
The new AFI will be available for
all Airmen later this month.
"The Air Force Uniform Board
reviews any matters related to Air
Force uniforms involving possible
improvements, and in turn, provides
recommendations to the chief of
staff for a final decision," Sergeant
Athnos said. "It's a deliberate pro-
cess that is focused on feedback
from the field to better accomplish
The change will include
the removal of senior NCO
shoulder boards from the
blue uniform and from all
upper garments, except the
optional wool sweaters. Im-
plementation dates will be
reflected in the revised AFI.
July 21, 2006
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* FROM DUTY PAGE 4
ing with unique issues to include
family problems, financial difficul-
ties, and many others.
Former Chief Master Sergeant of
the Air Force Gerald Murray stat-
ed, "The first sergeant is one of the
original enlisted leadership posi-
tions created under General George
Washington.. throughout history,
first sergeants have enforced stan-
dards, maintained good order and
discipline, and given great care to
our enlisted Airmen." What a great
legacy to fulfill and uphold.
Finally, with more and more SN-
COs completing their Community
College of the Air Force degrees
and SNCO academy correspon-
dence course, a special duty assign-
ment is becoming the next big dis-
tinguisher among those vying for
promotion to the top two enlisted
ranks. Recent promotion statis-
tics show those completing special
duty assignments are more likely to
be promoted. Even with so many
positive attributes of special duty
assignments there are also some
When considering a special duty
assignment it is also important to
consider some potentially negative
factors. First, is leaving an AFSC
as a fully qualified troop. With the
advances in technology, being out
of a career field for several years
may cause some difficulty upon
return. Second, you will be com-
peting for promotion with others
in special duty assignments rather
than in your previous career field
can make it more difficult to make
the cutoff while in the special duty
because of the caliber of the group.
While there are some potential
drawbacks to filling a special duty
position, let's look at why, I believe,
it is something well worth doing.
I have had the opportunity to do
special duty assignment tours as
a technical school instructor and
now, a first sergeant. These two
special duties account for 40 per-
cent of my military career to date. I
count these assignments as some of
the most gratifying and important
things I have done. That is why I
endorse special duty assignments
to my peers and subordinates. The
Senior Airman Sarah McDowell
A military training instructor corrects an Air Force Reserve Officer
Training Corps cadet during inprocessing here. MTIs are just one
of the many special duty assignments Airmen may sign up for.
opportunity to make an impact on ers to their career fields once their
the grand scale, and even more im- assignment is complete. Benjamin
portantly, in the individual lives of Disraeli, former Prime Minister of
our Airmen, is tremendous. The England once said, "The more ex-
good done by individuals who step tensive a man's knowledge of what
up and move beyond their comfort has to be done, the greater will be
zone is immeasurable. A break in a his power of knowing what to do."
career may be just what an individu- What better way to learn 'what
al needs to help them prepare for the has to be done' than by stepping out
long run. These duties also return and seeing things from a different
more rounded, better prepared, lead- perspective?
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