Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts
Celebrate with Tyn-
dall's newest staff
sergeants at the Focus
tion party 4 p.m. to-
day at the Enlisted
For the list of new-
ly selected staff ser-
geants, see page 9.
The local Air Force
will host a member ap-
preciation luncheon at
noon today at Heritage
Park. Enlisted personnel
are welcome to attend.
For more information
on the event or member-
ship, contact SeniorAir-
man Justin Vandevender
Updates on uniform
changes ... PAGE 10
F-15 squadrons fly, fight,
learn ... PAGES 12-13
Lady Tigers win AETC
softball ... PAGE 15
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Maj. Paul Moga, 43rd Fighter Squadron pilot, gets ready to exit his F-22 Raptor cockpit after landing on Tyn-
dall's runway. He has since moved from the 43rd FS to be the Air Force's first Raptor demonstration pilot.
Raptor pilot to show skills worldwide
1sT. LT. AMANDA FERRELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The Air Force's first F-22
Raptor demonstration pilot
was selected from the 43rd
Fighter Squadron here.
Maj. Paul Moga, 43rd FS
assistant director of opera-
tions, will be relocating to
the home station of the F-22
demonstration team, Langley
AFB, Va., to begin training for
upcoming airshow circuits.
Air Combat Command con-
sidered all qualified Raptor pilots
for the two-year assignment.
"The demo certification
process is fairly in-depth,"
said Major Moga. "I'll start
by getting certified on Heri-
tage Flights, then move onto
practicing the 'demo profile'
and receive certification from
ing will be conducted at Langley
AFB, but it all began here with
initial F-22 qualifying training.
"I learned how to fly this jet
in the 43rd FS, and I learned
how to instruct this jet in the
43rd FS. All the experience I
have in this jet is due to the
efforts of the 43rd FS and the
43rd Aircraft Maintenance
Unit," said Major Moga.
"The American Hornets
demand absolute dedication
to getting the mission done
perfectly each and every
day that's our legacy," said
Lt. Col. Michael Stapleton,
43rd FS commander. "I cannot
say enough about every one of
the instructors here, including
Max Moga. I'm very proud of
tion training for the F-22
will require approximately 20
flights and multiple simula-
tor missions. Demonstration
pilots also receive training to
prepare them for public ap-
pearances and interaction with
Major Moga will execute
Heritage Flight duties for
his first year while the low-
level demonstration routine
is perfected. The complete
high-speed, low-level dem-
onstration acts are planned to
be showcased during the 2008
"The aerial demonstration
mission is important to the Rap-
tor community," he said. "We
need to get this jet out to the
public so they can see with their
own eyes what it can do in the
visual maneuvering arena."
Many people have worked
very, very hard to bring this
jet and its capacities to the Air
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Vol. 65, No. 31
95th Fighter Squadron focus:
What do you think is the most
important job in the Air Force?
Lighting up the sky
A 500-pound explosive detonates at the Air Force Research
Laboratory/Detachment 2 Sky X range here. The purpose of
the experiment was to validate the blast protection provided
by various earth and water-filled barriers, as well as evaluate
two building walls in the experiment.
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"Any job on the support side of the
house is most important because
without them you can't put the
planes in the air."
Client support administrator
"My job is the most important be-
cause aviation resource helps aid the
pilot and aircrew in their mission."
AIRMAN CAREN MAYES
Aviation resources manager
"I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't
think it was the most important job
out there. Nothing beats being the
tip of the spear"
FIRST LT. STEVEN MWESIGWA
"Communications is the most im-
portant because without that you
won't have successful mission."
SENIOR AIRMAN INISHIA GEORGE
Life support technician
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Maj. Susan A. Romano...............chief, 325th FW public affairs
Chrissy Cuttita................................ chief, internal information
1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell.................... ................ staff writer
Senior Airman Sarah McDowell...........................staff writer
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-- 6 COMMENTARY -
CAA shares experience, helps Airmen with theirs
MASTER SGT. TRAVIS FRITTS
325th Fighter Wing career assistance advisor
"Career assistance advisor, I thought
you were a first sergeant," someone
Someone else on Tyndall remembers
me as a courier, yet another recalls my
days as an Airman Leadership School
instructor. One first sergeant here even
remembered me from my first duty
station, when we were assigned here
together as airmen first class in the
weapons storage area.
I have been trained in seven Air Force
Specialty Codes in twenty-something
years of service. Thanks to the Air
Force's evolving missions and needs,
I've been blessed with change and many
incredibly rewarding experiences.
The world is changing, and so are
the missions of the Air Force. When
the Berlin Wall fell, it signaled a huge
change for our forces. Manning in my
missile shop dwindled by two-thirds. I
loved the job, but the world changed.
Force strength was cut and more respon-
sibilities were earned by junior NCOs
and senior airmen. We ramped up pro-
fessional military education with ALS
and gave our first-line supervisors their
"sheriff's badge." As anALS instructor,
I presented a curriculum to E-4s that
only senior NCOs were accustomed to
receiving. Graduates today are taught
even more complex material.
Later, as the need for stabilization in
eastern European nations increased, so
did the need for an exchange of classi-
fied information. The Defense Courier
Service ensures that the nation's secrets
remain a secret from those who would
use the information against us. For six
years, I helped the U.S. State Depart-
ment and Europe share information in
effort to keep the world safe. As the
Balkan region flared, I joined with the
NATO couriers and worked side-by-side
with the international military commu-
nity. It seems as though myjob follows
whatever is hot and "on the scope."
Over the last few years, the biggest
news has been deployments and the
Global War on Terrorism. One of my
key responsibilities as a first sergeant
was to stand with the commander and
oversee the overall health, morale and
welfare of our Airmen. Having half of
them deployed at any given time was a
pretty good test of responsibility and the
strength of leadership within the unit.
And now, as we once again face
force shaping, I find myself challenged
by filling the role as career assistance
The only constant we can rely on
is change and if the Air Force is to
remain on top, we must make adjust-
ments. My job now is to assist others
in finding the right "fit" for them and
the Air Force. There are 1,113 NCOs
being asked to retrain into different
career fields. Those NCOs may not
fully realize the effects of their cross-
training, but the difference will be felt
throughout the entire Air Force.
Remember that we haven't stopped
recruiting new Airmen; we're just
steering them into the places where
they are needed most, like we have
And for those still on the fence about
re-enlistment, take a moment to recon-
sider the benefits: incredible technical
training (and retraining), leadership
skills, teamwork, world-class health-
care, educational benefits, commis-
sioning programs, tax exemptions,
housing and food allowances, Thrift
Savings Plan, travel, cultural enrich-
ment ... the list goes on and on.
Consider getting your career job res-
ervation, cross-training or applying for a
special duty assignment. There are many
different paths of adventure ahead.
There are very few companies of-
fering the chance for you to personally
shape world events.
Those who have deployed have
seen first-hand that we are making a
huge, positive difference in the lives
of people around the world, and they
are thankful for what they do everyday.
The nation you serve and protect is a
symbol of what others hope to someday
Remember that you are part of a small
society that dedicates a portion of their
lives to the defense of our nation.
Lessons learned: Family first, excellence in duty
MASTER SGT. PAUL CORNELL
325th Security Forces Squadron first sergeant
My first duty station was K.I. SawyerAFB, Mich.
I'm one of the few remaining Strategic Air Command
"trained killers" whatever that meant still kicking
I was trained to build bombs and missiles, load 20 mm
ammunition cans, and stuff chaff and flare modules so
our B-52s could penetrate to the heart ofthe Soviet Union
and deliver a lethal blow to our former arch enemy.
I was young, I was excited, I was pumped up, I
was ... immature.
Everything I did back then was all about me. I
struggled to be accepted by my peers. I stayed out
late, drank (often too much), drove too fast and al-
ways had to be one step ahead of my competition.
I would earn recognition and then have it stripped
away because of something stupid I'd do.
Many times I'd find myself with polished boots
waiting outside the first sergeant's office. I had my
fair share of wild and crazy times, and I became an
expert with a broom, mop, a little floor wax and a
After three years of service in the Air Force, my
wife and I received permanent change of station
orders to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England.
Leaving my wife at home with our young daughter
to go on "pub crawls" or play darts was my normal
life. My career was progressing nicely despite my
SEE LESSONS PAGE 18
BRIG. GEN. (S) TOD WOLTERS
325th Fighter Wing commander
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
accurate, 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 re-
sponse or you are unable to resolve the
problem, call me at 283-2255.
For fraud, waste and abuse calls,
you should talk to the 325th Fighter
Wing Inspector General's Office,
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. 283-4191
Medical and Dental 283-7515
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
A .- A A rT\r\r"
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SFS adopts 'Over the Limit, Under Arrest' program
TECH. SGT. SCOTT BROWN The picture for impaired motorcycle operators is According t(
325th Security Forces Squadron particularly bleak. Forty-one percent of the 1,672 more than 1.4 n
The 325th Security Forces Squadron joined motorcycle operators who died in single-vehicle ing under the ii
thousands of law enforcement and highway safety crashes in 2004 had BAC levels of .08 or higher. "Drunken dr
agencies from across the nation to launch an ag- This level is illegal in every state. said Major Co
gressive crackdown on drunken
The program, called "Drunk
Driving: Over the Limit, Under
Arrest," will begin in August
"Make no mistake," said Maj.
Christopher Corley, 325th SFS
commander. "Our message is
simple. No matter what you
drive a passenger car, pickup, E
sport utility vehicle or motorcy-
cle if we catch you driving im-
paired, we will apprehend you.
No exceptions. No excuses."
Drunken driving is one of America's deadliest
crimes. During 2004, nearly 13,000 people were
killed in vehicle accidents involving an impaired
driver or motorcycle operator with an illegal blood
alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.
"We are out in force conducting sobriety check-
points and saturation patrols," said Major Corley.
"We want everyone to play it safe. Always designate
a sober driver or find a different way to get home if
you have been out drinking."
Limit, Under A
is a comprehe
o the FBI's Uniform Crime Report,
million people were arrested for driv-
nfluence in 2004.
giving is simply not worth the risk,"
rley. "Not only do you risk killing
yourself or someone else, but
the trauma and financial costs of
a crash or an arrest for impaired
driving can be significant."
Violators often face jail time,
the loss of their driver's licenses
higher insurance rates, attorney
fees, time away from work and
other expenses, said Major Cor-
Tyndall security forces per-
sonnel and local law enforce-
ment agencies are committed to
eliminating the threat of drunken
driving, he added.
The "Drunk Driving: Over the
arrest" impaired-driving crackdown
nsive drunken-driving prevention
nized by the U.S. Department of
s National Highway Traffic Safety
Page 6 Gulf Defender
Filing travel vouchers goes virtual on base
1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Tyndall Airmen will soon file all
travel vouchers online through the
Defense Travel System.
The Department of Defense cur-
rently allows contingency deploy-
ment orders, formal training orders,
permissive temporary duty and
invitational travel orders to be filed
through the finance office. These or-
ders will soon be filed electronically
The change will occur throughout
the year as documents are added to
the online system.
"All travel orders will be phased
into DTS over the next few years,
and people can expect to see perma-
nent change of station orders being
done though DTS in the future," said
2nd Lt. Tyler Hess, 325th Comptroller
Squadron finance services officer.
Vouchers that are available through
DTS must be filled out online. The
finance office will no longer certify
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An Airman logs into DTS online
to file a travel voucher.
orders without processing all travel
forms through the DTS system.
"Bottom line is that your Finance
Office's footprint at the base is re-
ducing and DTS saves the Air Force
money," said Lieutenant Hess. "So in
effort to be prepared for the future,
it's important to get on board now."
Effective immediately, DTS will
process temporary duty travel with
leave taken in conjunction, regardless
of the leave location. Travelers and
approving officials also need to be
aware that cost comparisons will be
done when traveling in your personal
"Everyone needs to understand
that DTS orders and vouchers are
the individual's responsibility," said
Richard Brimer, 325th CPTS DTS
manager. "It's up to you to ensure
that information entered into the
system is accurate and correct. DTS
has several online training tools that
you can access at your desk, and we
have classes every Friday here at the
The premise of DTS is that every-
one can do their orders and vouchers
from their duty section and eliminate
the need to travel to finance to turn in
the paperwork, said Mr. Brimer.
With the added convenience, DTS is
intended to make the entire voucher sys-
tem more efficient for personnel here.
For more information on DTS, or
to sign up for an instructional class,
* FROM PILOT PAGE 1
Force, and they deserve to view
the fruits of their labor as well, he
One of the primary missions of
aerial demonstration teams is to
showcase aircraft assets and gain
public interest in the Air Force.
"I can't imagine anything more
motivating than watching an
F-22 execute a demo profile,"
said Major Moga. "I'm looking
forward to getting this jet out
for the general public to see and
be proud of. When they watch
the Heritage and demonstration
flights, they'll hopefully be re-
minded even more of how great
a nation we live in."
The complete demonstration
team, which will be composed of
Raptor maintainers, crew chiefs
and other support assets, will be
established early next year.
"If I can make one more person
feel patriotic, my job is a suc-
cess," said Major Moga.
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Congratulations to Tyndall's newest staff sergeants!
The following senior airmen were selected for promotion Wednesday:
Ryan Paul Bauman
28 TES/Det. 2
28th TES/Det. 2
Michael Thorsen 82nd ATS
Jacob Thomas 325th SFS
Saeger Thomas-Tillman 325th AMXS
Phillip Thompson 325th MXS
Page 10 Gulf Defender
Airmen try uniform board on for size in person
STAFF SGT. JULIE WECKERLEIN
Air Force Print News
WASHINGTON (AFPN) Let-
ters to a newspaper's editor recently
merited 10 Airmen personal invita-
tions to the Pentagon to discuss uni-
form changes with the top Airman
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen.
T. Michael Moseley saw the letters
in the Air Force Times and decided
to personally address the Airmen's
concerns with a face-to-face meeting
along with Chief Master Sgt. of the
Air Force Rodney McKinley.
The Airmen's initial reaction to
the invitation was of hesitation. The
letters were critical of the recent
uniform suggestions in particular,
the T-shirt made by the Air Force.
So, they were understandably appre-
hensive when they learned through
their wing commanders they had
been summoned to the nation's
"I was really surprised and disap-
pointed about the spin put on my let-
ter," said Master Sgt. Lisa Hillman,
a mobility equipment NCO with the
Air National Guard in Springfield, Ill.
She said she thought she was making
suggestions to an official Air Force
publication, and didn't realize that Air
Force Times is a civilian newspaper,
like the Washington Post.
"So, of course the paper took the
constructive criticism and turned it
into just criticism. And I didn't know
how the leaders here were going to
react to that," she said.
As it turned out, though, she and the
others had nothing to fear.
General Moseley was, in fact,
"pretty cool," said Staff Sgt. Daniel
Ruiz-Rosario, a Defense Courier
Service Airman from Ramstein Air
"He really came across as someone
who cares about what Airmen think,"
he said of the 30-minute meeting with
the general. "I got the impression
that even the opinion of the lowest-
ranking Airman out in the field is
important to him. He's looking out
The biggest issue addressed was
the T-shirt designated for the new
Airman Battle Uniform. The Airmen
Airman Grillo receives the Checkertail Salute War-
rior of the Week award from Col. Scott Davis, 325th
Fighter Wing vice commander.
Airman Grillo, a technical training school distinguished gradu-
ate, won his squadron's recent'Turkey Shoot" competition. While
deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, he discovered seven unex-
ploded ordinances, allowing safe evacuation of 250 people.
spent the majority of their visit with
the people who make up the Air
Force Uniform Board to learn more
about it. They touched and put on the
various uniform prototypes, including
the potential service dress uniform,
and provided their opinions about
them the good and the bad. The
Airmen also brought with them the
opinions of people from their bases.
Some of the recommendations they
gave included the making of an Air
Force Web site where prototypes of
uniforms being considered could be
posted for feedback.
"It would be a direct way Airmen
could get updates about uniforms,"
said 2nd Lt. Todd Matheny, an opera-
tions officer from Maxwell AFB, Ala.
"That way, bootleg copies of photos
taken out of context wouldn't be mak-
ing their rounds through e-mail with
no information explaining anything,
like what happened with the service
The Airmen said a lot of their mis-
conceptions were addressed, such as
the wash-and-wear concept of the
Duty title: Pilot simulator instructor
Time on station: One year, six months
Time in service: Thirteen months
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Hobbies: Sports, poker, outdoor activities
Goals: I want to finish my bachelor's
degree and get commissioned
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB:
The beaches and Spring Break
Favorite movie: "Fear and Loathing in
Favortie book: "Angels and Demons"
by Dan Brown
Proudest moment in the military:
Performing honor guard duty during an
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
commander program designed to recognize
Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can
nominate individuals via their squadron and
group commanders. Award recipients receive
a certificate, letter from the commander and a
"The thing that surprised me the
most was the crease," said Tech. Sgt.
Tracy Pingleton, a geophysics re-
search technician from Boulder, Wyo.
"I think a lot of Airmen were misled
by the (Air Force Times)'s headline
'creases are back.' Everyone who
read that assumed it meant we'd have
to iron in the creases every time. But
that's not the case. The creases are
permanent, no matter how many times
you wash it."
All the Airmen said they are leav-
ing the Pentagon with a better un-
derstanding as to how the uniform
board works, and how their opinion
counts when used in the appropriate
means, such as Air Force Web sites
"(The uniform board) has a dif-
ficult job here," Lieutenant Matheny
said. "I have a family of five, and
most times we can't agree on where
to eat for dinner. The people here
have to try and take the opinions
from thousands of Airmen and try
to make a product that appeases the
majority. That's pretty hard to do, and
SEE UNIFORM PAGE 21
HQ AFCESA to
Col. Richard Fryer will as-
sume command of the Air Force
Civil Engineer Support Agency
Aug 31. Col. Gus Elliott will
Colonel Fryer comes to Tyn-
dall from the Air Force Center
for Environmental Excellence,
Brooks City-Base, Texas, where
he was the AFCEE military
commander and executive di-
AFCESA is an Air Force Field
Operating Agency responsible
for providing contingency, op-
erations and technical support
to Air Force installations and
to 59,700 civil engineers. The
agency currently supports 82
major and 10 minor active-duty
installations, plus the 83 Air
Force Reserve and Air National
Airman 1st Class Matthew Grillo
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I Ta S
How will this course help
you take on a supervisory
role when you graduate?
It will give me the tools
I need to help my Airmen
become successful NCOs. I'll
learn how to become a better
supervisor and set standards."
SENIOR AIRMAN TERRY TODD
Airman Leadership School
mission ready airmar
Eves on airs
Second Lt. Diana Kostrna,
325th Operations Support
Squadron Airfield Opera-
tions officer student, scans
the virtual runway while lis-
tening to instructions on her
headset. The officers train
with enlisted air traffic con-
trollers here before heading
to their first assignment.
Left: Jim Miller, Lockheed Martin
instructor pilot, runs through the
pre-flight checklist with Captain
Bobinski while he observes his
actions in the F-15 simulator.
Right: Captain Bobinski performs
the checklist inside.
Photos by Chrissy Cuttlta
Simulated flight adds to B-course in the air
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(This is the fourth of a five-part se-
ries covering the F-15 Eagle training
B-course students receive here.)
You can't fly, fight and win as an
F-15 Eagle pilot without valuable
time in a state-of-the-art aircraft
student simulator located here.
"Student pilots fly four simulator
missions before they get their first
F-15 ride," said Marty Hendrickson,
an instructional systems specialist
for the F-15 training program here.
"The simulator flights help us make
sure the students have the basic
skills required to fly the aircraft
and are prepared to deal with any
emergencies that may arise."
Throughout the 125-day B-course
training program, 35 simulator mis-
sions are 'flown,' which is a total of
nearly 40 simulator hours. Once the
student successfully solos in the air-
Chrissy Cuttita craft, the remaining simulator flights
pace are scheduled at various points in the
"The advantage of simulator
training is that it offers students
the opportunity to experience re-
alistic F-15 missions and prac-
tice emergency procedures in a
controlled environment before
actually operating in the jet," said
Capt. Tim Bobinski, 2nd Fighter
Squadron B-course student.
The initial 12 hours of simulator
training typically consist of testing
the student's response to approxi-
mately 10 different potential emer-
gency situations, as well as standard
ground checks, radio calls and basic
The simulators provide a realistic
training environment with one ex-
ception the students can't feel the
force of gravity acting upon them
during maneuvers, Mr. Hendrickson
"The simulator doesn't pull Gs
like the aircraft, and if the student
crashes, he gets to climb out in one
piece. Therefore, we make sure they
are taught the same discipline that's
required in the aircraft so they don't
take negative skills to the flight-
line," Mr. Hendrickson said.
Even with the limitations of grav-
ity, the simulators are a huge leap
forward from the way training was
previously accomplished, he said.
"Prior to getting full mission train-
ers, we had to teach in operational
flight trainers that offered no visual
system. Once the canopy closed, the
student would be alone in the dark
practicing radar work beyond visual
range," Mr. Hendrickson said. "The
student couldn't practice 'fighting'
up-close, and we couldn't even teach
take-off and landing procedures.
With the new visual system we can
teach basically everything that the
aircraft can do."
Fighter Data Link technology
allows students to fly virtual for-
mations in the simulator. Students
practice with a training version of
the Fighter Data Link system which
simulates the advanced technology
used in operational F-15 aircraft.
The technology provides pilots real-
time radar pictures of surrounding
aircraft and weapons systems both
friendly and hostile. Addition-
ally, students train with night vision
goggles, which prepares them for the
actual night missions flown later in
The simulators offer a cost-saving
benefit to the training program. With
the visual system located on Tyndall,
students don't need to travel to other
bases to get valuable training.
"I don't think there's any way the
simulator can totally prepare you
for flying because of all the sights
and sounds associated with actually
being out on the flightline, being
airborne, looking around and pulling
Gs," said Captain Bobinski.
The captain completed eight
simulated flights before his first real
mission in an Eagle.
"It helps us learn where all the
needed switches are, and how to
correctly operate all the aircraft sys-
tems. It also gives us a realistic view
of the local airspace and an accurate,
yet general idea of how to fly the
jet," said Captain Bobinski.
Remembrance reunion event
Air Forces Northern and the Con-
tinental U.S. NORAD Region 9-11
Remembrance Reunion is scheduled
for Sept.11. Ceremonies will start
with a wreath laying 10:30 a.m. at
Flag Park. Lunch will follow at the
The event will honor those who served
on Sept. 11,2001, and also recognize ser-
vicemembers who continue to defend the
nation through Operation Noble Eagle.
For more information, visit
or call 283-8659.
Sept. 11 Memorial Run
This base-wide event is scheduled for
7:46 a.m. Sept. 11 at the fitness center.
Participants are encouraged to line up at
the start with their squadrons or groups.
Buses will be available to transport
personnel to and from the event. For
more information on the event, call the
Fitness Center at 283-2631.
RAO here may close soon
The Retirees Activities office may
close soon unless more people vol-
unteer to keep it running. The RAO
provides a source of information for
the retiree community about pay and
entitlements, vehicle registration,
identification cards and more.
Office hours are from 9 a.m.
to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday. Volunteers can work as
many or as few hours per week as
they desire. For more information or
to volunteer call 283-2737, or e-mail
"Seven Habits for Highly Effective
Marriages," is a brown bag lunch-time
class that discusses the core concepts
needed to build a strong, solid founda-
tion for marriage. Classes are held atthe
Family Support Center. For information
or to make reservations, call 283-4204.
Spouse Employment Assistance
The Family Support Center mili-
tary family employment specialist
is available from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
every Tuesday and Wednesday at the
FSC. They assist military spouses
with job placement and referrals for
positions in the Panama City area
and register spouses in the workforce
employment system. For more infor-
mation or to make an appointment,
Commissary 'Dollar Days'
"Dollar Days" will continue until
Aug. 23 at the Tyndall commissary.
Hundreds of items throughout the store
will feature dollar pricing. Customers
should look for the "Extra Savings"
signs throughout commissary to find
the best deals. For more information
NCORP seeks to fill positions
The Air Force seeks to fill more than
1,100 special duty positions. NCOs
notified of their vulnerability to retrain
must submit the shortage career field
choices they would most like to retrain
into or apply for a special duty assign-
ment identifier no later than Sept. 18.
Listings by grade and Air Force Spe-
cialty Code are posted on the virtual
Military Personnel Flight Web site at
By clicking on their grade or pro-
jected grade, NCOs may view rank-
ing on the vulnerability list and apply
for retraining through the vMPF as
needed. For more information, Air-
men should contact their CSS per-
sonnel, their base career assistance
advisor or the Air Force Contact
Center at (800) 665-5000.
Officers' Spouses Club updates
The Tyndall Officers' Spouses Club
is holding a special activity coffee,
10:30 a.m. Aug. 22 at the Officers'
Club. Attendees will learn about the
Tyndall and Panama City communities.
This event is for OSC members and
those who would like to become mem-
bers. If you have any questions, please
contact Kate Bobb at 286-5915
Anyone interested in becoming a
new OSC member, should contact
Leslie Schultz at 286-6055 or e-mail
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.)
Sheri Ward, 325th Medical Group Life Skills Support Center outreach manager, provides infor-
mation to Staff Sgt. Brad Nunley, 325th Aeromedical-Dental Squadron aerospace medical techni-
cian and Senior Airman Chris Watts, 2nd Fighter Squadron aircrew life support technician. Air-
men new to the base are greeted by numerous base agencies at Tyndall's Warrior Welcome held
the fourth Thursday of the month at the Enlisted Club.
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Tyndall Lady Tigers swing to top slot in AETC softball
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Tyndall Lady Tigers made
the 13-hour trip to Lackland
AFB, Texas, recently with one
thing in mind bring the Air
Daryl Shines hits the ball
to his team players dur-
ing a practice session
downtown Panama City.
Education and Training Com-
mand softball championship
trophy back to Florida where
it belongs, and they did.
"The ladies set out to win
this tournament from day
one and their determination
showed in all the practice
sections leading up to the
weekend," said Daryl Shines,
Tyndall Lady Tigers coach.
"I could see things coming
together, but as a coach you
never want your team to
think they have nothing more
to work on. I knew this could
be a special weekend."
For the past five years,
AETC teams have gathered
annually at Lackland AFB to
participate in the command's
Varsity Men's and Women's
"It was the best experience
ever," said Gracie Clowe,
team pitcher. "I enjoyed
meeting other women who
love playing softball as much
as I do."
five days and
is full of in-
fun and cama-
not know at
the time, was
the pride this
in the team
that was for-
to be on top
when the dust
Tricia Bell, front, first baseman and Jessica Joepp, second base-
man, get ready to catch an incoming ball. The Tyndall softball team
is part of the Panama City Softball League and regularly play games
at the Oakland Terrace Softball Complex during the season.
The Lady Tigers were first
pitted against the Altus AFB,
Okla. team, easily defeat-
ing them by winning 29-2.
With a first baseman taken
out of the game for medi-
cal reasons, the Lady Tigers
struggled through the second
game, losing to the Lackland
AFB team with a score of
13-11. They would go on to
win their next two games,
proving victorious as com-
"Tyndall dispatched its
first two opponents in the
of the tournament with little
resistance," said Shines.
"Sheppard AFB, Texas, fell
SEE SOFTBALL PAGE 21
Instructor competes to go Air Force green
Jason Jenkins practices his
swing at Tyndall's golf course
before traveling to California
to compete for a slot on the Air
Force golf team.
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Jason Jenkins wasn't the least bit
"tee"ed when Air Forces Services
accepted his application to compete
in the playoff round of the 2006 Air
Force Golf Championship at Marshal-
lia Ranch Golf Course at Vandenberg
AFB, Calif., last week.
"This was my first time getting
invited to qualify," said Jenkins who
instructs mission ready Airmen in
crew-chief training. "The Air Force
selects 40 applicants every year to have
the opportunity to make it."
Jenkins, an avid golfer, spends most
of his free time practicing on the Tyn-
dall course. He also plays as a local
amateur along the Gulf Coast.
"I feel I have the ability to play
some really great golf," he said. "But,
I have a lot of work to do to get to a
tour playing at the professional level.
Bobby Jones said it best, 'Golf is a
game of five inches ... the five inches
between your ears.' That means you
can have limitless talent, but you must
truly have a strong mental game."
Having a competitive spirit and
the need for a challenge, Jenkins has
remained interested in the game for
more than 12 years. Golf became a
passion for Jenkins years ago when
he played a round with an old friend
who had always been his toughest
"Golf is a lot like life," he said. "One
day you can have everything go your
way. The next day you could get every
bad break on the course. When you
feel you are in total control, you find
that you're still very vulnerable."
"Jenkins was selected as a qualifier
for the Air Force Golf Championship
playoff round because he's a very
even-keeled player," said Andrew
Bowles, Tyndall Golf Course man-
ager and local golf pro. "I know he
can hit all the shots; he's an outstand-
Though he was not one of the 10
chosen for the Air Force team this year,
with more tournament experience he
can only get better, said Bowles.
372 TRS 69
NOR 1 64.5
MXS 1 62,5
COMM 1 57
53 WEG 47
MOS 1 38.5
83 FWS 37.5
MXS 2 5.5
COMM 2 3
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SeniorAirman Jennifer Dantzler, 28th Test Squadron/Detach-
ment 2 electronic warfare technician, hooks up wires on to
the electronic warfare defense pod used on Air Force fighter
jets. The squadron, one of Tyndall's tenant units, won the
Air Force Association's 2006 Theodore Von Karman Award
for outstanding contributions to national defense in the field
of science and engineering related to aerospace activities.
Electronic warfare systems, like the one pictured here, and
its associated capabilities are part of more than 400 test mis-
sions in support of 17 programs accomplished in 2006 across
the Combat Air Forces. Specifically, the pod in the picture is
an essential tools for testing and training on F-15 and F-16
aircraft radar and avionics suites.
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k FOD Preventer of the Month holders can pay
at pump here
DALLAS To help accommodate
more military fleet customers and to
speed up fueling transactions, the Army
& Air Force Exchange Service now ac-
cepts Voyager credit cards for payment
at its gasoline pumps at its CONUS
Previously, Voyager credit cards were
only authorized when military custom-
ers physically went into AAFES to pay.
Now, anything from officer staff cars to
S: motor pool vehicles can fill up and pay
r with Voyager at the pump at anytime,
day or night.
AAFES information technology asso-
ciates had to reprogram the gas pumps to
Chrissy Cuttita accept information required by Voyager
Senior Airman Philip Rosa, 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit avionics tech- such as driver identification number and
nician, troubleshoots F-15 Eagle wires necessary to gauge fuel quantity. odometer readings.
Airman Rosa discovered a "flap switch cover" on the ramp, making him Roughly 260 AAFES shoppettes now
the FOD Preventer of the Month for June. accept Voyager for payment at the pump.
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* FROM LESSONS PAGE 3
best efforts to mess it up. Everything was great for
me. After all, that was what I had wanted everything
to be OK for me.
Then fate provided the one situation that sent my
life in a different direction.
In August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait and my
future would be changed forever. Within a couple
of weeks, I received deployment orders and found
myself sitting inside a KC-10 Extender on a non-stop
flight from RAF Mildenhall to Taif, Saudi Arabia.
I was still young, excited and pumped up, but also
a little scared. This was the first time I'd be building
live weapons actually used to fight a war.
We worked hard to establish a daily routine,
and then the worst possible thing imaginable
happened we got bored. We made a five-pound
soccer ball out of duct-tape and played full-contact
indoor soccer. Still, the boredom crept in and funny
things started happening to me.
I started wondering what my wife and daughter
were doing back home. I stood in line for more than
an hour at the pay phone just to make a five-minute
call to my wife back home. I really needed to hear
my daughter say, "Hi, Dad." I distinctly remember
my wife telling me that she'd take my daughter to
bed at night and before she'd tuck her in they'd go
to the window and she'd point to the moon and say,
"See that moon? Your daddy's looking at the same
one right now." I'm not sure if that was more of a
help to my daughter or me.
Thankfully, the war ended and after seven long
months I was on my way back home.
Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm were
turning points in my life. Before then, I never felt
the pain of being separated from the people who
were most important to me. I never realized how
important those people were until I couldn't be with
them every day.
My wife, daughter and I were reunited at the airport
in Denver, Colo., when I returned. That reunion was
probably as close to a religious experience as anything
I can explain. I look back at that point, conveniently
captured on video by that crazy aunt everyone seems
to have who tapes everything, as the defining moment
of my life.
This is an exciting, yet challenging time for our Air
Force. Constant demand for your skills means you'll
be asked to perform your duties at the far reaches of
the earth. Unfortunately for many of us, this means
a prolonged separation from our families. My hope is
that your separation is as bonding and as admittedly
painful as mine have been.
Deployments and temporary duty have helped
me understand who is most important to me. I've
been told by several people throughout my career
to make sure I balance my career with my family.
Well, throw me into that crowd of folks who would
encourage you to do the same.
My family has suffered and rejoiced with me
through every success, failure and trial in my
military career, and they're the ones I'll remi-
nisce with about it long after I retire and hang
up my uniform.
The Gulf Defender is
published for people
325th Fighter Wing
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'Paradise' getaway close to base
Residents of FamCamp enjoy indoor exercise at the facility's
recreation center during winter months.
STAFF. SGT. BENJAMIN ROJEK
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Tucked away on the west end
of Tyndall, a heavily-wooded area
stretches along the waters of Pearl
Bayou. Some call it "Paradise."
Most know it as FamCamp.
A year-round benefit for active
and retired military members, the
325th Services Squadron's Fam-
Camp offers 91 camp sites with
RV hook-ups, a recreation center,
a nature trail and a way for people
to get away from it all while being
right near base.
"Once you're here, you're not
just three or four miles from your
home you're in a different world,"
said Samantha Long, Tyndall's
FamCamp manager. "You forget
that you're on base. You're just in
the woods, by the water."
During the summer, most camp-
ers make their way out to the nearby
beaches or rent boats from the 325th
SVS Outdoor Recreation office. In
winter, however, FamCamp offers
plenty of activities to keep campers
and their families occupied.
The recreation center, located in
the middle ofthe camp, has abillards
table, big screen television and wire-
less Internet access. It is here where
campers gather to play bingo, cards,
perform aerobics, take a computer
class or eat potluck dinners.
For people looking for outdoor
activities, FamCamp's nature trail
stretches along Pearl Bayou and
into the woods surrounding the
camp. Here, hikers can see the flora
and fauna that make up the Gulf
Coast. Amap at the head of the trail
shows where one may encounter
different animals or plants, and
signs along the trail have pictures
identifying native species.
"You don't have to camp here to
use the trail," said Mrs. Long. "But
we require people to check-in at the
front office for safety reasons."
FamCamp also gathers camp-
ers together with festivals such
as the St. Patrick's Day party and
the FamCamp Dog Show. These
festivals feature live bands, food
and raffles. Campers also put on
holiday parties and use the center's
kitchen to prepare and serve Christ-
mas or Thanksgiving meals, said
The camp offers three different
options for getting away from it
all: 91 RV sites with water, elec-
tricity and cable hook-ups, an
area for tents and three furnished
cabins. Some of the RV sites have
sewer hook-ups as well.
"We're working on a project
to put in nine new RV sites," said
With all the activities, the new
construction and running day-
to-day operations, how does the
FamCamp manager keep up with
"The volunteers are the back-
bone of this place," said Mrs.
Long. "The campers built wooden
picnic tables for each site. They
built the recreation center."
The FamCamp has two repair-
men on call, but everyone pitches in
to create a home away from home.
"We're a family here," said
Mrs. Long. "We're always there
to help out especially the people
new to RVing.
"The people and the property
are great," she continued. "Why
wouldn't you want to go to 'Para-
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Pelican Point Golf
Sept.8 -Shootout Friday (Individual gross shootout) $10
Fee includes green fee and cart until you are eliminated.
Sept. 1 & 17 Base Championship (Contact the golf
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* FROM SOFTBALL PAGE 15
with a final score of 15-9 and Max-
well AFB, Ala. was no match, falling
to Tyndall 10-5. The third game was
one of the most exciting games I have
ever been involved with, Tyndall
versus Randolph AFB."
That was the game that deter-
mined who would win the trophy.
"The game was back and forth
right down to the last-at-bat when
Randolph, in their half of the last
inning, scored five runs after being
down 13-10 to lead 15-13," said
Shines. "Tyndall started the in-
ning with a solid hit from Rhonda
Hayes, but the next two batters
flew out. An intentional walk from
Tricia Bell and a single from Laura
McCarn drove in Hayes, and left
runners on first and second. With
two outs, Tyndall was now down by
The action didn't stop there.
"To the plate stepped Jessica
Leopp, and with one swing of the
bat, she hit a line drive over the
head of the right center fielder and
drove Bell home from second. On her
horse, McCam flew around the bases
and scored the winning run from first
base," the coach said.
In the championship game, Tyndall
took the opportunity to win over
Lackland AFB, 7-5.
"I could not be prouder of this
group of women ... the way they
battled all weekend, and never for
one moment, got down on them
selves," said Shines. "This was
a great weekend of softball and a
coach's dream. I can call the team I
coach champions! That's bragging
rights for a year."
Six team players will go to the
all tournament team: Jessica Leopp,
Karrie Warren, Donna Moses, Tricia
Bell, Gracie Clowe, and Laura Mc-
Cam. Warren was deemed the tour-
nament's "Most Valuable Player,"
with unmatched outfield play, a .778
batting average, 10 runs scored and
11 runs batted in.
"I couldn't have done it without
my teammates," said Clowe, who
plans on playing again next year.
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I know I couldn't do it."
said she is now more
critical of the sources
from which she gains
Air Force information.
"This has been a big
lesson in how things
are perceived," said
"It's easy to see some-
thing that looks official
and assume it's correct
but that's not always the
While such a meet-
ing for Airmen is un-
likely for the future,
the Airmen said they
have appreciated the
"I'm leaving here
with a lot more infor-
mation and a better
understanding of how
things are done within
the Air Force than I
had 36 hours ago," said