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Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts

Change of Command
The 43rd Fighter
Squadron Change of
Command Ceremony
will be held at 3:43 p.m.
Aug. 25 in the 43rd FS
hangar, Bldg 290.
Lt. Col. David A.
Krumm will assume
command from Lt. Col.
Michael P. Stapleton.

Military World Soft-
ball Tournament
Tyndall Lady Tigers
teams continue to com-
pete with military soft-
ball varsity teams at the
2006 Military World
Softball Chamionship.
Games started Thursday
and continue through
Sunday at Frank Brown
Park, Panama City
Beach. For more infor-
mation, call the park at
(850) 236-3037.

EPR senior rater policy
update ... PAGE 6

AETC announces force
reduction... PAGE 8

Tyndall and Air Force im-
prove F-22 ... PAGE 9

B-Course students in
flight ... PAGE 11

Power up
Airman 1st Class John Hahn, 325th Maintenance Squadron engine mechanic, performs a post-test in-
spection on an engine in the "Hush House." The test was captured on video by a production company
for the new Air Force ad campaign "Do Something Amazing."

Web service users face OPSEC risks

OSI Detachment 419 Commander
With more than 80 million
users, MySpace service and
other personal Web site provid-
ers empower users to commu-
nicate with a world-wide online
network of friends, and unfor-
tunately, potential enemies.
Operational security is the Air
Force Office of Special Investi-
gations' primary concern with
Air Force members' who use
MySpace and other services.
"Our military and civilian
members need to be aware
that extremist and terrorist

groups are actively seeking to
gain information from them
using the internet as a source,"
said Capt. Mike Garrett, 325th
Fighter Wing Plans deputy chief
and base anti-terrorism officer.
"What you do on these sites
may be personnel, but when
you expose information about
the government and release
operationally secure informa-
tion it becomes a threat to our
national security," he said.
MySpace, and other ser-
vices, don't charge users to
set up profiles or establish an
account. What can be more

alarming, is that some sites
don't independently verify the
identity of its users.
Utilizing the anonymity
of the service, opposing in-
telligence services, terrorist
organizations and enterprising
criminals can use the service
to target Air Force members.
They "become" anyone they
want to be in order to target Air
Force personnel who may have
access to secure information
they are seeking.
"Our enemy has a unique
method of piecing informa-
tion together, so they may find

vulnerabilities in our defense
systems," said Capt. Garrett.
"Don't help them. Do not
place photos that identify you
as a military member. Do not
advertise what your Air Force
job is and do not ever release
OPSEC information.
Be cautious before answer-
ing e-mails. Always think
about force protection and ask
yourself, 'Why is this person
asking more about me and
what I do?"'
The free online social net-
working service Web sites

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Page 2 Gulf Defender

Aug. 18,2006

How do you stay informed on

current events and news?

Holed up

Airman 1st Class Michael Robledo (left), and SeniorAirman David
Franklin, 325th Communications Squadron cable technicians, in-
stall 100-pair copper cable. The four-day project will bring Local
Area Network and telephone services to a building for headquar-
ters Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency.

Identify this...

Can you identify this ob-
ject? If so, send an e-mail
to mil with
"Identify this" in the sub-
ject line. Three correct en-
tries will be chosen at ran-
dom and drawn from a hat
to select the final winner.
The prize can be claimed
at the Public Affairs of-
fice. Kari Baily, a military
spouse, correctly guessed
the Aug. 11 "Identify this"
as birthday candles. Con-
gratulations, Mrs. Baily.
Come claim your prize!

Gulf Defender Editorial Staff

Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters.......................325th FW commander
Maj. Susan A. Romano...............chief, 325th FW public affairs
Chrissy Cuttita................................chief, internal information
1st Lt. Am anda Ferrell................. .............. ......staff w riter
Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga..........................................editor

"I get my news from CNN on
the internet the TV should be
saved for sports."

325th Mission Support Squadron

"The internet has all the infor-
mation you need. I mostly go
online to news sites."

325th Communications Squadron

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

"I watch local news every morn-
ing and watch national news ev-
ery evening."

325th Communications Squadron

"CNN, local newspapers and ra-
dio stations keep me informed."

325th Operations Support Squadron

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

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---------6------- C OM M ENTARY ---------------

History lessons learned, 'basics' take Airmen to future

83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron commander
Throughout our history as an independent ser-
vice, the U.S. Air Force has delivered lethal combat
power in defense of our nation. As the threat to our
national security has evolved, so has our force.
Today's Air Force mission is more complex than
in the past. At one time, we could identify our en-
emy on any grade-school map.
Now, as recent events have
shown, our enemy may be liv-
ing among us. As we continue
to evolve our lethal combat Air
Force, we need to remember
that our past successes were
founded in solid execution of
the basics.
The 83rd Fighter Weapons
Squadron executes Combat Ar-
cher, the Air Combat Command
commander's directed air-to-
air Weapon System Evaluation
Program. The squadron's mis-
sion is to evaluate the air-to- Maj. ark Irvin
AIM-7 Sparrow
air fighter weapon system kill M7 r
SMexico during
chain, from the human, to the
machine, to the weapon.
Combat Archer is unique to the Air Force and is
the only test or evaluation program that uses opera-
tional aircrews, maintainers, aircraft and weapons.
This enables us to evaluate the effectiveness of our
training, aircraft and weapon performance.
By teaming with the four other squadrons in
the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group, the 83rd
FWS hosts fighter units from across the Air Force
and numerous foreign military allies, where they
gain valuable live munitions loading and firing
They also provide critical performance data
on our front-line weapon systems. This data is

reported annually to the Chief of Staff of the Air
Force, and provides the foundation for our combat
performance expectations.
Combat Archer grew out of the air-to-air combat
results from the Vietnam War. In Vietnam, there
was a significant decrease in our success rate com-
pared to that seen during the Korean War. Along
with Red Flag and the Aggressor program, Combat

g, a 95th Fighter Squadron F-15 Eagle instructor
medium range air-to-air radar-guided missile ov
a Combat Archer exercise and weapons evaluation
Archer is designed to strengthen our combat forces
through realistic training in a combat-representative
By evaluating the performance of the entire
weapon system, we are able to identify areas
for improvement, thus strengthening our combat
capability. Since the program's inception in the
early 1980s, the nature and complexity of air-to-air
combat has changed dramatically.
Weapons and aircraft have become more com-
plex, providing more combat potential. This in-
crease in complexity has necessitated a significant
evolution in the men and women who fly and fix
these systems.

Aviators and maintainers of the F-15 and F-22
aircraft have a dramatically different skill set than
their predecessors on the F-100 and F-106. How-
ever, even as systems have become more complex,
success has remained the consistent result through-
out. This is due to one thing constant emphasis
on executing the basics well.
Good maintenance discipline and practices keep
aircraft flying and combat ready.
Flying a good formation and
executing as a solid, dependable
Wingman provides lethal com-
bat capability. No matter how
complex the system, success is
always dependent upon solid
execution of the basics. This
principle applies to everything
we do.
Another one of our basics is
treating each other with respect.
As a military organization, we
have an established hierarchy.
MSgt Michael Ammons It is a tradition and it provides
pilot fires an
l rs an a foundation for the Air Force
er the Gulf of
as a team.
i in April. It guides our daily interaction.
Respect is something earned, but in an organization
as large as the United States military it is inevitable
that you will interact with someone you do not know.
Military rank sets the guidelines for that interaction.
We respect the individual represented by the rank
that they wear on their shoulder or sleeve.
This is a part of who we are as American war-
riors. We maintain our relationship and ability to
function as a team by respecting each other within
the rank structure. It is one of the many long-es-
tablished basics that has made us the lethal force
that we are today. Military members are different
than civilians, and this is one of the ways. It is part
of what defines us and makes us great.

Action Line
Call 283-2255

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
line, 283-3995.
Below are more phone numbers
that help you in resolving any issues
with a base agency.
Commissary 283-4825
Pass and I.D. 283-4191
Medical and Dental 283-7515
MEO 283-2739

MPF 283-2276
SFS Desk Sgt. 283-2254
Services 283-2501
Legal 283-4681
Housing 283-2036
CDC 283-4747
Wing Safety 283-4231
ADC 283-2911
Finance 283-4117
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
from you.

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Page 4 Gulf Defender

Know what to do when lightning strikes close to home

325th Civi Engineer Squadron
Do you know what weather phenomenon kills
more Americans than floods, hurricanes and torna-
does combined?
It's lightning. Lightning kills nearly 100 people
every year and injures another 300, according to
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminis-
tration. According to the Insurance Information
Institute, it also causes more than $1 billion in
insurance industry losses from residential claims
each year.
Packing 100 million volts of electricity a force
similar to a small nuclear reactor lightning is just
too risky for you to ignore. Most lightning deaths
and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors
during storms in the summer months, mostly in the
afternoon and early evening.
Lightning seeks the path of least resistance.
If you are taller than your surroundings or are
standing next to a tall object, such as a tree, you

can become a prime target.
Fortunately, following basic safety guidelines
can greatly reduce your chances of injury or death
from lightning. One of the best personal safety
guidelines, according to the Insurance Information
Institute, is called the "30/30 Rule." If it takes less
than 30 seconds after you see lightning to hear
thunder, you should get indoors and stay inside for
30 minutes.
When lightning is in close proximity and you are
taking shelter indoors, remember to stand clear from
windows, doors and electrical appliances. Don't
attempt to unplug televisions, stereos or computers
during the storm. Avoid contact with metal piping,
including sinks, baths and faucets. Also avoid using
the telephone, except for emergencies.
Never use a tree for shelter when you are outdoors
and unable to find safe cover. Avoid areas that are
higher than the surrounding landscape, and keep
away from metal objects, including bikes, golf carts,
fencing and machinery.

When outdoors during a thunderstorm, immedi-
ately get away from pools, lakes and other bodies of
water. Look for the nearest shelter with a lightning
protection system, like those found at golf courses,
public parks and swimming pools. A car with the
windows rolled up makes an excellent shelter from
If you feel a tingling sensation, your hair stands
on end or you smell sulfur, lightning may be about
to strike. Immediately crouch down and cover your
ears. Don't lie down or place your hands on the
ground because a lightning strike may momentarily
electrify the ground beneath you.
Bottom line ... lightning will kill you if given the
chance. Don't become a statistic. Following these
simple guidelines, paying attention to your surround-
ings and taking heed of nature's warnings will defi-
nitely increase your odds of surviving the storm.
Please direct any questions to the 325th Civil
Engineer Squadron's fire and emergency services at
283-2909 or the readiness office at 283-2010.

Aug. 18, 2006

Aug. 18, 2006

Gulf Defender

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Page 6 Gulf Defender

Officials announce EPR

Air Force Print News
has released a policy to clarify senior rater
endorsement and stratification procedures
for enlisted performance reports.
While many supervisors and senior
NCOs looked to completion of the Senior
NCO Academy and a Community College
of the Air Force degree as criteria for con-
sideration of a senior rater endorsement for
promotion to the ranks of senior and chief
master sergeant, no official policy existed.
The new policy clarifies and standardizes
criteria for endorsement and stratification
"Senior raters must have completed the
Senior NCO Academy either by correspon-
dence or in-residence, and have a CCAF
degree for endorsement eligibility," said
Tech. Sgt. Jamey Kennedy, 325th Mission
Support Squadron NCO in charge of evalu-
ations and decorations.
The policy notes that meeting these
requirements is not a guarantee for senior
rater endorsement.

"Individuals must still meet the same
criteria outlined in the Air Force Instruction
on senior rater qualifications," said Sergeant
Kennedy. "In addition, it's now official
policy that they also complete Senior NCO
Academy and their CCAF degree."
The implementation dates will be for the
calendar year 2007 chief master sergeant
and calendar year 2008 senior master ser-
geant promotion cycles. This transition time
provides senior NCOs the opportunity to
complete the requirements, said Chief Mas-
ter Sgt. Trenda Voegtle, chief of enlisted
evaluations and promotions policy.
The CCAF degree is an occupational
education degree. Specific programs are
designed to provide students with the neces-
sary backgrounds to perform as competent
supervisors in their field.
"This policy re-emphasizes the impor-
tance of deliberate and timely (profes-
sional military education) and CCAF
completion for our enlisted force, formal-
ly instills the developmental expectation,
and ensures a consistent policy for senior
rater endorsement eligibility across the

riteria, policy
Air Force," said Chief Master Sgt. of the
Air Force Rodney J. McKinley.
Stratification statements on EPRs will
also change. Statements will only be al-
lowed on EPR's of those master sergeant
and senior master sergeants who are time-
in-grade promotion eligible for senior rater
endorsement. Stratification statements on all
other EPRs, to include chief master sergeant
reports, is prohibited. Instead of stratifica-
tion statement use on chief master sergeant
EPRs, evaluators will focus comments on
future job recommendations.
"As a result of the perception that strati-
fication is required for promotion, raters
have started using multiple, uncontrolled
stratification schemes that only add to the
confusion promotion board members feel
when trying to identify the right people for
promotion," said Lt. Gen. Roger A. Brady,
deputy chief of staff for manpower and
"To ensure stratification statements re-
main a valuable tool, we must ensure they


Aug. 18, 2006

Gulf Defender Page 7

Thrift Savings
Texas The Thrift Savings Plan's au-
tomatic and matching contributions
form a key part of the Federal Employ-
ees' Retirement System offering fed-
eral civilian employees opportunities
to increase their retirement income.
FERS civilian TSP account holders
automatically receive a deposit equal to
one percent of their basic pay each pay
period once they are eligible, as well
as agency matching contributions up to
four percent if they contribute at least
five percent of their own money.
"These payments into a FERS
employee's account, along with the
Thrift Savings Plan's investment
flexibility and fund options, make it
a potentially valuable part of a FERS
employee's retirement nest egg,"
said Janet Thomas, human resources
specialist at the Air Force Personnel
Center, Randolph AFB, Texas.
The other two parts of the FERS
retirement program consist of a basic
benefit plan, which considers basic

Plan augments federal employee retirement

pay, length of service and other factors
to determine a monthly annuity, and
Social Security benefits.
TSP, also open to Civil Service
Retirement System federal
employees, provides
two investment pro-
grams for civilians:
regular TSP contri-
butions and TSP
catch-up contribu-
tions for eligible
employees age 50
and older.
Plan highlights
for 2006 include:
- Employees cov-
ered by FERS and
CSRS may contribute
upto $15,000 to a regular
TSP account. They may des-
ignate any whole percentage of basic
pay or a whole dollar amount each pay
period. However, if a whole dollar
amount is designated and the amount
exceeds remaining salary after manda-

tory and other voluntary deductions
that occur ahead of TSP contributions,
no TSP contributions will be withheld,
and, if covered by FERS, no
agency matching contribu-
tions will be received.
People age 50 or
older, in a pay sta-
tus and who can
certify they have
contributed (or
will contribute)
the full $15,000
maximum to a
regular TSP ac-
count or other
-401(k) plan, may
contribute an addi-
tional $5,000 as catch-
up contributions.
Eligible individuals
may enroll, change, stop or re-
sume catch-up or regular contribu-
tions at any time during the year.
- The last day civilians may submit
a catch-up contribution election for

calendar year 2006 is Dec. 9. Catch-up
contribution enrollment for 2007 will
be available beginning Dec 10.
"To maximize agency-matching
contributions, FERS employees must
contribute an amount equal to five
percent of their basic pay each pay
period to receive agency matching
contributions each pay period," said
Ms. Thomas. "Early large contribution
attempts to maximize earnings usually
fall short of the value of lost agency
matching contributions."
Air Force-serviced civilians will
submit enrollment elections or changes
for regular TSP or catch-up contri-
butions via the Employee Benefits
Information System Web application
or the BEST automated phone system.
Instructions on how to access these
systems are on the BEST Website, Additional
information on regular TSP and catch-
up contributions are also available on
the site.
(Courtesy ofAFPC)

Aug. 18, 2006

Page 8 Gulf Defender

AETC announces civilian

authorization reductions

Texas Air Education and Training
Command officials are looking at ways
to streamline organizations into smaller,
more agile forces and organizational struc-
tures to reduce the effect of reductions in
the civilian workforce next spring.
The Air Force plans to reduce its
civilian workforce strength by 2,000
positions during FY07 as a result of
Program Budget Decision 720.
"This is not just anAETC effort. Every
command and organization in the Air
Force is transforming to a smaller, leaner
and more capable force all while engaged
in combat operations," said Col. Greg F.
Patterson, AETC manpower and person-
nel director. "Part of this is driven by our
Air Force's urgent need to modernize our
fighter and mobility aircraft."
The colonel explained the people por-
tion of the budget equation is one of the
few places left to attain large, long-term
financial changes.
"It's a very delicate balance between
ensuring we are taking care of our people
while we strive to generate savings in a
constrained budget environment as we
try to recapitalize the Air Force," said
Colonel Patterson.
"I want our civilian work force to know
we are very concerned about the impacts
of any force reductions within the com-
mand," said Gen. Bill Looney, AETC

commander. "We are going to work with
every individual and hope to find viable
options and opportunities to make this
work for us and our Air Force."
"This will not be an easy process, or
one without pain," he said. "We have re-
cently determined the overall number of
positions our command is going to lose.
Now, we are concentrating on finding the
most efficient, least painful approach to
implementing those reductions."
Colonel Patterson said AETC should
pass the number of authorization reduc-
tions to the wings shortly.
"At that time, we will be able to
discuss the options available for us to
provide support to all affected employ-
ees," he said.
Colonel Patterson then described
some of the possible support options
that may include placing employees
in other vacant positions, Voluntary
Early Retirement Authority, Voluntary
Separation Incentive Pay and place-
ment via the Department of Defense
Priority Placement Program.
Noting that any reduction in the
number of civilian authorizations can
potentially lead to a reduction in force,
Colonel Patterson said, "Using the pro-
grams we have available and in place,
we believe we can minimize any impact
on our civilian work force."
(Courtesy ofAETC)

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Price check
Ms. Cynthia A. Nitura, cashier and 2006 Defense Commissary
Agency Equal Employment Opportunity winner of the year,
scans items at Tyndall's commissary. She said she has enjoyed
working for DeCA for nearly 17 years, 10 of which have been at
the commissary here. Outstanding customer service and com-
munity involvement were the criteria for winning the award.

Aug. 18, 2006

Gulf Defender Page 9

33rd Fighter
EGLIN AFB, Fla. Air Force of-
ficials announced plans to assign the
mission of training new Navy, Marine
Corps, Air Force and allied F-35 Light-
ning II Joint Strike Fighter pilots and
maintainers to the 33rd Fighter Wing,
Eglin AFB, Fla.
Final planning for the move is de-
pendent on the results of the ongoing
environmental impact analysis process
that is required by the National Envi-
ronmental Policy Act and designed
to identify and assess potential envi-
ronmental impacts of the proposed
The first of the F-35s, a family of
next generation, stealthy, multi-role
fighter aircraft, should begin arriving
by 2010. The wing will include Sailors,
Marines, Airmen and allied military

Wing slated for F-35 training mission

Chief Pett
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. M
ley announced Lightning II as the
F-35 during a Joint Strike Fighter
ceremony July 7.

personnel and all three versions of
the new fighter conventional takeoff
and landing, short takeoff and vertical
landing and carrier variants.
The Lightning II's advanced airframe,

avionics, propulsion
systems, stealth and
firepower will make
it an affordable, le-
thal, supportable and
survivable aircraft for
warfighters around the
The 33rd FW's
F-15 Eagles will be
y Officer Eric A Clement F-15 a les
ichael Mose- redistributed through-
name of the out the Air Force to
inauguration active duty and Air
National Guard units,
replacing older F- 15s
in the inventory. The final F- 15 is slated
for reassignment in the summer of fiscal
year 2010. The wing also will transfer
from Air Combat Command to Air Edu-
cation and Training Command when it

assumes the F-35 training mission.
In the next few years, AETC will
stand up a new wing structure for the F-
35 training mission with approximately
2,200 people. It is unknown at this time
how many people will transfer from
one mission to another.
The 33rd FW, whose mission is to
"maintain the world's best rapidly de-
ployable air control and air superiority
forces for theater combatant command-
ers," is a combat-flying unit assigned
to ACC's 9th Air Force and is a major
tenant unit at Eglin AFB, Fla.
For additional information on the
new training mission, contact AETC
Public Affairs at (210) 652-4400. For
other questions regarding ACC or the
33rd FW, contact ACC Public Affairs
at (757) 764-5007.

Team Tyndall joins Air Force in developing F-22 FCR

Units save significant cost to solve technical Raptor issues

53rd Wing Public Affairs
System Evaluation Program data collection modi-
fication ... $350 million. Thinking outside of the
box ... $55,000.. Air Force supporting Air Force ...
That's a perfect description of the process used to
analyze, develop and test a new Advanced Medium
Range Air-to-Air Missile data collection system for
the F-22 Raptor.
Four wings, located at three different bases,
worked side-by-side to solve the 83rd FighterWeap-
ons Squadron WSEP's critical data collection issue
in less than three months.
"Early in the F-22 program, the problem of receiv-
ing AMRAAM telemetry signals (transmission of
data from the missile to ground receiving site) while
the missile is still in the bay has been the cause of
great concern for the engineering community due to
the stealth capabilities of the jet," said Doug Ayers,
53rd Weapons Evaluation Group lead Raytheon
Missile Systems engineer.
Due to the Raptor's internal AIM-120C missile
stations, 83rd FWS WSEP evaluators were missing
critical missile cueing data.
"This data is critical in determining the target lo-
cation the F-22 sends to the missile during its launch
cycle," said Gordon Starr, Raytheon senior systems
engineer. "Although many options were discussed,
none were viable due to the high price tag, so an
alternative plan had to be devised."
Originally, the proposed modification plan was to
cost $350 million, he said. Then another plan was

submitted for only some of the Raptors to be modi-
fied, which meant they couldn't be tested at WSEP
and the cost would still be very large.
In May, members of the 53rd WEG were already
brainstorming the problem and possible solutions. Af-
ter a close inspection of an F-22 by Raytheon engineers,
and viewing the in-flight cases housed in the Raptor's
external weapons stations, an idea emerged.
The cases, which held spare wings and fins used
on extra AIM-120 missiles, could be used to store
something else. The engineers made arrangements
to take the cases to Al Berard, 46th Test Wing devel-
opment branch chief assigned to Eglin AFB, Fla.
"Mr. Berard and his team have been modifying jets
at Eglin for decades and have years of experience with
in-flight telemetry systems," said Mr. Starr.
After hearing what was needed, Mr. Berard and
his six-person team put together a working prototype
in less than two weeks.
"We had to provide the means of receiving and
recording data on the F-22 without installing in-
strumentation or deriving power from the aircraft,"
said Mr. Berard.
The flight case was a perfect fit.
Dubbed the "Flight Case Recorder," the battery-
powered unit would contain a programmable re-
ceiver that adjusts to the frequency and transmission
speed of a given missile. The data would record to
a compact flash card like those commonly used in
digital cameras. The unit fits neatly into the Raptor's
in-flight case, keeping it separate from any controls
or electronics.
Now that the idea had become a reality, there was
coordination and certification to be done.

"The unit needed to be funded and flight certified,
security requirements had to be addressed, software
had to be written to read and process the data after
it was recorded," said Jim Moore, 53rd Test Sup-
port Squadron technical advisor. "Tests had to be
developed to verify operation on ajet with multiple
missiles and to verify the unit wouldn't affect the
Raptor's flight controls,"
In June, the first FCR test began with the 43rd
Fighter Squadron. Don Linn and his missile support
team from the 83rd FWS consolidated munitions,
prepared the missiles and worked with Raytheon
and Mr. Berard to ensure the telemetry signal could
be seen and recorded from all four missiles.
Since the first test adjustments, the modified units
have now flown seven times on the Raptor and ac-
curately captured data from two AIM-120C missile
"Analysis confirmed that the data captured by
the FCRs is absolutely pristine with no noise or
dropouts," said Mr. Starr. "And the FCR is not just
limited to the AIM-120 data. It can also collect
AIM-9 data and any other data used in the standard
telemetry band including bombs."
Based on those tests, the FCRs are becoming part of
the F-22 inventory. The total cost for this new equip-
ment is a fraction of the initial modification plan.
"My hat is off to the folks in the 53rd WEG, 46th
TEST, 43rd FS, 83rd FWS, 94th FS, and the F-22
special projects officer," said Col. Mike Winslow,
53rd WEG commander. "This is a prime example
of how tough problems can be solved quickly by
motivated individuals using some 'out of the box'
thinking and teamwork."

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Airman 1st Class Antoinette Doctor

"sI LI rmanaa i-erel
Airman Doctor receives the Checkertail Salute War-
rior of the Week award from Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters,
325th Fighter Wing commander.
Airman Doctor serves 200,000 meals regularly throughout
the year at Tyndall's dinig facility. When cadets were train-
ing here, she served 70,000 more. She has been on numerous
deployments including Iraq, Spain and Mississippi.

Duty title: Services apprentice
Time on station: Three years, two
Time in service: Three years, two
Hometown: Charleston, S.C.
Hobbies: Reading, watching movies
Goals: Earn a bachelor's degree in
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB:
The beaches
Favorite movie: "What's Love Got To
Do With It"
Favorite book: "The Bluest Eyes," by
Toni Morrison
Proudest moment in the military: Re-
ceiving this award
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 one-
day pass.

Sdioccate P3otIrsAo

Tech. Sgt. Michael Patterson

Isaac Gibson
Sergeant Patterson receives the Associate Spot-
light award from Maj. Ann Birchard, 823rd RED
HORSE Squadron/Detachment 1 commander.
Sergeant Patterson provides training to more than 700
firefighters at the Silver Flag Exercise Training Site. He au-
thored a new pit fire lesson plan for his unit. He also helps
the community through Habitat for Humanity and Relay
for Life.

Duty title: Fire contingency training in-
Time on Station: Two years
Hometown: Paducah, Ky.
Hobbies: Water sports, golf, bowling
Favorite book: Any Tom Clancy book
Favorite movie: Any Indiana Jones movie
Favorite thing about Tyndall: I en-
joy seeing the immediate results of the
training we provide I truly believe I
work with the "best of the best."
Proudest moment in the military:
Completing my associate's degree and
competing in the national Fire Fighter
Combat Challenge
The Associate Spotlight is a 325th Fighter
Wing commander program designed to rec-
ognize a Warrior from one of Tyndall's tenant
units. Supervisors can nominate individuals via
their squadron and group commanders. Award
recipients receive a certificate from the wing
commander and other items presented by their



Department of Defense-owned
or leased telephone systems,
facsimile machines, data mo-
dems, cellular telephones, and
automated information systems
and networks are provided for
the transmission of official gov-
ernment communications. They
are subject to telecommunica-
tions monitoring at all times in
accordance with DoD Directive
4640.6 and Air Force Instruction
33-219. Use of these telecom-
munications system devices
constitutes consent by the user
to monitoring.
For more information, con-
tact the 325th Communications
Squadron at 283-4519.

The Gulf Defender is
published for people like
Airman Jayne Duda
325th Aeromedical-
Dental Squadron public
health apprentice.

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ITraining Spotlig

Eagle students begin to slip surly bounds

What is your first im-
pression of becoming an
Airman who has recently
moved to his first Air
Force base?

It was actually a better
transition than I expected."

First Term Airman Center student


325th Fighter Wing PublicAffairs
(Editor note:This is the fifth of afive-
part series c ,w ,,, i g il. F-15 Eagle train-
ing B-course students recieve here.)
It all pays off
After almost two years of Air Force
pilot training and preparation through
academics, flight physical, the altitude
chamber, life support training, and
simulators, F-15 Eagle B-course stu-
dents here are ready to take the mighty
Eagle airborne.
Students from Class 06 in the 2nd
Fighter Squadron venture into local air
space this month as they fly their first
training sorties in the Eagle.
"The two main things I like to see out
of my students on these first flights are
preparedness and the ability to deal with
adversity," said Capt. Mike Boomsma,
2nd FS instructor pilot. "I want them to
show up to the brief with a good idea of
what's going to happen on the sortie."
And when something unexpected
happens or a mistake is made, the stu-
dents need to be able to get through it
and press on without letting it affect
the rest of the flight, he said.
The lesson begins with apre-mission
brief. Then students don life support
gear and receive a weather and flight
safety brief at the operations desk.
On the flightline, students review
a maintenance log and conduct a
"walk-around" inspection to check the
general safety and configuration of the
jet before climbing into the cockpit and
starting the engines.

1st Lt Amanda Ferrell
Airman 1st Class Jesus Ortiz, 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew
chief, right, assists Lieutenant Bursi as the pilot straps into the
cockpit during one of his initial F-15 sorties here.

Crew chiefs from the 2nd Aircraft
Maintenance Unit assist pilots in secur-
ing their harnesses once they're in the
cockpit. Crew chiefs and maintainers
also monitor all systems during start-up
and work to troubleshoot electrical and
mechanical issues when necessary.
When the cockpit closes and the jet
is launched, students take full control
of the aircraft and taxi to the runway
for takeoff.
"The maneuvers and training (dur-
ing the first sorties) focus on basic
aircraft handling and landings," said
1st Lt. Charles Bursi, 2nd FS B-course
The students' first rides can be
stressful, but the preparation and
knowledge they gain through rigorous
training offers a huge reward being

able to successfully fly a superior air-
to-air fighter aircraft.
"The biggest challenge most students
have during the transition phase is dealing
with adversity," said Captain Boomsma.
"Students receive excellent training in
the sim priorto their first flight, and arrive
to the flightline well prepared."
What the simulator cannot replicate
is the actual noise, weather and abnor-
malities students experience on their
first flight, he said.
"It could be anything from a nui-
sance light to something signaling a
no-kidding emergency, but because the
students have no past experience to rely
on, they can sometimes get flustered
when the unexpected occurs," said
Captain Boomsma.

Pressure's on
Airman 1st Class Scott Ledi-
en, 372nd Training Squadron/
Detachment 4 mission ready
airman, checks the pressure
on the front tire of an F-15. He
and three other students grad-
uate today. After training to
become an Eagle crew chief,
he will be stationed at Langley
AFB, Va.

unrlssy Luutlta

To learn about becoming a
member of the
Tyndall Honor Guard,
call 283-4405.

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325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The skyrocketing cost of oil and natural gas has
been a hot issue lately all across America, and
the Air Force, like many Americans, is constantly
looking for ways to save money by reducing en-
ergy and fuel consumption.
The Air Force began its energy conservation
program more than 20 years ago by turning down
thermostats, using energy-efficient lighting and
installing better insulation. But years later, after
all the thermostats have been turned down and all

AFRL researchers are developing smaller, more
compact generators that use alternative fuel
sources. Richard Trotta, an AFRL research me-
chanical engineer, studies the efficiency of such
generators by building sub-scale prototypes.

Richard Trotta observes the settings of a generator
hydrogen-rich product. The hydrogen product is ft

the light bulbs changed, the service has turned to
high-tech forms of energy to save money.
For the past few years, researchers at the Air
Force Research Laboratory's Deployed Base
Systems Branch at Tyndall AFB have been devel-
oping hydrogen fuel cell reformers that convert
JP-8 jet fuel into hydrogen to power generators
for deployed bases.
"Current generators are so big that most of
our cargo aircraft can only haul one at a time,"
said Reza Salavani, AFRL energy research group
project manager.
His team's goal is to slash the generator's size
in half or more to allow more than one genera-
tor to be transported at once, which will signifi-
cantly reduce the amount of necessary sorties to
establish a base in a deployed location.
But successful development of the fuel cell
generators will have a far greater impact than just
saving jet fuel during transportation. The result
is a lighter, cleaner and cheaper energy source.
"A typical internal combustion generator only
produces about 30-35 percent energy from the
fuel, which means about 65 percent of the fuel is
lost as heat," said Mr. Salavani. "Hydrogen fuel
cells are 30 to 40 percent more efficient, which
means less fuel is required to provide the same
amount of power. If you start reducing like that,
imagine the savings in fuel costs."
Hydrogen also burns cleaner because the by-
product of hydrogen
energy is heat and
water, not carbon
_monoxide and car-
bon dioxide.
And the Air Force
is serious about pro-
tecting the environ-
ment. It is now the
.......... largest purchaser of
renewable power in
the federal govern-
ment, accounting
for 41 percent of all
green power pur-
chases by the federal
The AFRL re-
searchers here are
also developing
more flexible, light-
weight and efficient
r that reforms jet fuel into a solar power panels,
ed into a fuel cell to create another green pow-
er, to integrate into

deployed shelters.
Until recently,
solar power was
cost prohibitive,
but advancements
in technology have
lowered develop-
ment costs.
"The solar pan-
els will generate
some of the power
for the load in the
shelter, which re-
duces the demand
for the diesel gen-
erators and the air
conditioning units
because the solar

Robbie Thomas, a WMBB-TV News Reporter, interviews Reza Salavani,
energy research group project manager, about the hydrogen fuel cell re-

panels are absorbing the sunlight and converting but require less maintenance and replacement
it to electrical energy," said Miriam Keith, AFRL cost.
electrical engineer. "With the technology we're "In a salt-corrosive environment like we have
developing, we're looking at reducing the cost at Tyndall and the Panama City area, the coils
per watt around 80 percent. That's a lot less cost and equipment of a normal air conditioning unit
per watt than current technology." corrode quickly and replacement is required fre-
quently, normally
seven to 10 years,"
he said. "A geother-
"Hydrogen fuel cells are 30 to 40 percent more efficient, which he aidA geother-
mal system could
means less fuel is required to provide the same amount of power. last up t 25 years
If you start reducing like that, imagine the savings in fuel costs." and possibly lon-
and possibly lon-

Energy research group project manager

While the AFRL engineers and scientists are de-
veloping alternative power sources for deployed
use, Airmen at the 325th Fighter Wing have been
using alternative power for years, probably with-
out even knowing it.
Beginning as early as 1997, five different facil-
ities and 75 housing units on base were provided
with geothermal heat pump units, also known as
ground-source heat pumps.
According to Gil Walker, Tyndall energy and
utilities manager, heat pumps use the ground as
a source of energy. During the summer months,
the building is cooled by transferring the heat to
the ground through a system of coils and wells,
and during the winter months, heat is removed
from the ground and transferred to the building.
"Because the ground temperature is relatively
constant, the energy recovered is endless," said
Mr. Walker.
Ground-source heat pumps cost more initially,

But Tyndall isn't
the only Air Force
Base using alterna-
tive power. More

than 3,500 geothermal heat pump units are in
place Air Force-wide. Dyess AFB, Texas, and
Fairchild AFB, Wash., receive 100 percent of
their power from wind or other renewable pow-
er sources provided by local utility companies.
Wind farms are being considered at other bases,
as well, according to an Air Force Print News re-
The need for the alternative power sources is
real. Although the Air Force continues to con-
sume less energy each year, the costs continue to
rise. This fiscal year the Air Force is expected
to surpass $1 billion in energy costs, an increase
of nearly $200 million from fiscal year 2004, ac-
cording to Gary Hein, Air Force facility energy
team manager.
However, renewable energy is the future, "be-
cause this is revolutionary technology," said Mr.
Salavani. "Overall, alternative energy is a huge
savings for the Air Force and the warfighters."

Miriam Keith, an electrical engineer and the lead researcher on solar energy here, is developing flex-
ible solar panels that will supply energy to tents used at deployed locations. The panels are lighter
and cleaner than diesel generators, which are expensive and difficult to transport.

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Aug. 18,2006

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 ceremony at 10:30 a.m.
at Flag Park. Lunch will follow at the
Officers' Club.
The event will honor those who
served Sept. 11, 2001, and also recog-
nize servicemembers who continue to
defend the nation through Operation
Noble Eagle.
For more information, visit
or call 283-8659.

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

Marriage class
"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 at
the Family Support Center. For infor-
mation or to make reservations, call

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 work
force employment system. For more
information or to make an appoint-
ment, call 283-4204.

Home buying class
The Family Support Center will of-

fer a Basic Home Buying class from 11
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 28 in Bldg. 743
(across from the post office.) This class
will be taught by a local mortgage edu-
cation professional and include infor-
mation on how to shop for mortgages,
how to determine cost and debt ratios,
insurance and warranty, pre-qualifying
for a mortgage, real estate language and
much more. Class size will be limited
to the first 30 participants who call to
reserve a seat. To make a reservation,
call the FSC at 283-4204.

Commissary 'Dollar Days'
"Dollar Days" will continue until
Wednesday at the Tyndall commissary.
Hundreds of items throughout the store
will feature dollar pricing. Customers
should look for the "Extra Savings"
signs throughout the store to find the
best deals. For more information, call

Officers' Spouses Club updates
The Tyndall Officers' Spouses Club
is holding a special activity coffee at

10:30 a.m. Monday 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

Towel service to end
Air Force fitness centers will discon-
tinue towel service Oct. 1. Tyndall's
fitness center will no longer issue
towels then.

Club membership drive
The annual Air Force Clubs' mem-
bership drive starts Sept. 1 and will
end Nov. 31.
Another club member benefit is the
Military Free Cash Rewards Program.
To sign up for membership stop by the
Officers' or Enlisted Club or call them at
283-4357 or 283-4146, respectively.

Catholic services
Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m.
Chapel Two
Reconciliation, before Saturday
Mass or by appointment
Saturday Mass, 5 p.m.,
Chapel Two
Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m.,
Chapel Two
Religious Education, 11 a.m.,
Bldg. 1476

Protestant services
Traditional worship service,
9:30 a.m., Chapel One
Contemporary worship
service, 11 a.m., Chapel Two
Wednesday Fellowship,
5 p.m., Chapel Two
(For more information on other
services in the local area, call the
Chaplain's office at 283-2925.)

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Chrissy Cuttita
Glowin' good times
Sean Frey enters his name into the score board at Tyndall's Raptor Lanes. This weekend is the
last weekend to register for the youth winter bowling league. There are three age groups; Pee
Wees are 3-6 years old, Shooting Stars are 7-11 years old and Juniors and Seniors are 12-21
years old. For more information, call Raptor Lanes at 283-2380.

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Intramural Sports Standings

372 TRS
53 WEG
83 FWS

28 Test
325 MXS
Phase 1
325 AMXS 4
372nd TRS

Points Team
74.5 SFS
70.5 MOS 1
68,5 SVS
65.5 OSS
62.5 MDG
62.5 601 2
56 ACS
49 MXS 2
44 COMM 2

CS 1
83rd FWS 2
Phase 2
83rd FWS 1


Getting their kicks

McKinlie Rodenbeck, Kieran McMullin, Grady DeSaussure, and Sarah Fernandez
warm up during a Shito-Ryu Karate class at the Youth Center Tuesday. Youth can
sign up for this course offered from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays. For informa-
tion on how to register, call the Youth Center at 283-4366.

Team High Game Scratch
Team High Series Scratch
Team High Game Handicap
Team High Series Handicap
High Male Game Scratch
High Male Series Scratch
High Male Game Handicap
High Male Series Handicap
High Female Game Scratch
High Female Series Scratch
High Female Game Handicap
High Female Series Handicap

28th TES
Jim Garred
Jim Garred
Sparky Sparks
Sparky Sparks
Rachel Petri-Rose
Rachel Petri-Rose
Lisa Rushing
Lisa Rushing

AF marathon looks for relay teams f

88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

-- The 10th annual U.S. Air Force
Marathon on Sept. 16 offers the op-
tion of running on relay teams.
The four-member teams have
each person running a specific
leg of the marathon. The team's
total elapsed time will determine
the winner.
If a relay team has less than four
members on race day, one or more
runners must run consecutive legs.
Runners must also choose to either
run the relay or the marathon, but
they can not run both.
"You don't have to run as much
in the relay, but you still get the

same great benefits," said Rachel
Claridy, U.S. Air Force Marathon
coordinator. "It is truly a team
The four stages are divided
into intervals of five miles, seven
miles, 7.5 miles and 6.7 miles to
finish the race.
Categories ofteam competition
for the relay include coed (with
at least one team member from
each sex); men's open; women's
open; masters (all members must
be at least 40 years old on race
day); ROTC; and military (all
members must be on active-duty,
Reserve or National Guard status
in the United States or foreign
To date, 1,152 individuals

have signed up for the individual
26.2 mile race, 1,016 for the half
marathon, 312 for the 5k, 142
teams for the relay and five for
the wheelchair race.
Registered participants are
roughly double from what the
numbers were last year, Claridy
Anyone interested in reg-
istering for the 2006 U.S. Air
Force Marathon may sign up
Sept. 8 is the deadline to register
Registration may also be done
at the Sports and Fitness Exposi-
tion Sept. 14 and 15 at the Ervin
J. Nutter Center near Wright State
University in Fairborn, Ohio.



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Women's health clinic designs care for patients

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(Editor 's note: This is the first story
in the three-part feature series high-
lighting the 325th Medical Group 's
women 's health clinic, flight medicine,
and family practice.)
The 325th Medical Operations
Squadron Women's Health Clinic aims
to foster an environment for women's
gynecological and some obstetrical
Since the clinic's inception five years
ago, its members have maintained re-
lationships with patients and upgraded
the clinic's systems and technologies to
make visits pleasant and efficient. The
staff includes a nurse practitioner who
sees about 60 patients a day.
"Women's health is a specialty on
its own," said Andrea Moore, wom-
en's health clinic nurse practitioner.
"Women need to know that this clinic
is a place they can come to have some
understanding of their concerns."
The mission of the clinic is to
provide gynecological services to all
female patients from adolescent to
geriatric. The clinic routinely conducts

gynecological examinations, general
gynecology, postpartum care, family
planning, contraceptive counseling and
transitional obstetrical care.
One new program at the clinic is
pregnancy testing management. This
allows the women's health clinic and
the pediatric clinic to capture well baby
exams and postpartum follow-ups after
delivery, which is essential care for
mothers and their babies.
The clinic has also streamlined
the Contraceptive Injection Program
(Depro-Provera) ensuring more ef-
ficient and quality care.
Another service in the clinic is fol-
low-up for patients with abnormal pap
tests. The WHC has a hi-tech medical
device called a Colposcope, which uses
a camera to search for cervical cancer.
"Right now there is research going
on about the human papillomavirus and
how it can cause cervical cancer and
abnormal cervical cells," Ms Moore
said. "To combat this, the clinic will
be offering a vaccination that has been
proven to prevent cervical cancer from
certain types ofHPV by 100 percent in
the near future."

The incorporation of Colo-
poscope, along with Thin
Prep testing, as opposed to
the older version pap test,
has allowed the clinic to track
more than 1,000 diagnostic
procedures to detect cervi-
cal cancer in its early stages.
The improved technology has
helped extend lives and pre-
vent prolonged suffering.
"This technology also al-
lows us to follow our popu-
lation within the facility and
not have to refer them down-
town," Ms. Moore said.
Additionally, to make sure
all of the patients' needs are
met, the clinic has worked to
improve patient access. Andre
"We have reservists as-
sisting us, and leadership is
working to bring in a second-full time
provider for Women's Health, but in
interim there may be some wait times
for annual exams," said Ms. Moore.
The effort to limit this time is just an-
other aspect ofthe environment the WHC
wants to create for its customers.

Senior Airman Sarah McDowell
a Moore takes the blood pressure of
a Johnson, WHC nurse.
"I believe that women need to have a
place especially for them to discuss their
needs and concerns, and we provide
that for them on a daily basis," said Ms.
Moore We want them to be comfortable
with coming to see us and feel they have
been taken care of when they leave."

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Can you beat the Pig-

skin Prognosticator?
The National Football League is soon
beginning its 2006 season. Do you
think you can outsmart the Pig-Prog by
picking each week's winners? Watch
for the Pig-Prog challenge coming
soon only in the Gulf Defender. Maybe
you'll get a chance to lose to the great-
est football forecaster of them all.

Lisa Norman
Meet and greet
Charlene Wolters says hello to Luke Barber, son of Capt. Donna and Tech. Sgt.
Robert Barber, at the Child Development Center. Mrs. Wolters and other military
spouses toured base facilities to get better acquainted with Tyndall's agencies and

There are 105 days
left in the season.


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Golden Bolt Award

Chrissy Cuttita
Senior Airman Joshua Joslin, 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit avionics techni-
cian, inventories the tool cart after launching an aircraft. Airman Joslin won
the Golden Bolt Award in June. He found the Golden Bolt on the runway, near a
metal tie down.

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allow users to create their own
profile pages with lists of their
favorite musicians, books and
movies, photos of themselves
and friends. This information
can act as a database that crimi-
nals as well as intelligence or
terrorist organizations can uti-
lize to "datamine" for potential
For instance, if a perpetra-
tor is looking for an Air Force
member who works in a par-
ticular specialty in order to
gather information regarding
a program or aircraft, he can
search the Web service to iden-
tify a specific person based on
that individual's profile. The
perpetrator can then use the
information in the Airman's
profile to develop a plan to
build rapport.
If the Air Force member's
profile said "enjoys fishing
as a hobby," the perpetrator-
will also assume interest in
fishing in order to develop

a relationship with the Air-
man. The "friendship" may
develop to a point where the
perpetrator asks for more
information about the Air
Force member's specific du-
ties and knowledge of other
secure topics (i.e. weapons
systems that Airmen may
have access to.)
Airmen disclosing OPSEC
information are subject to
the U.S. Code of Military
"At a minimum, disclosure
of OPSEC information would
most likely be an offense that
violates Article 92 ofthe UCMJ
for dereliction of duty," said
Capt. Rosemary Gilliam, 325th
FW Assistant Staff Judge Ad-
"There are some other arti-
cles of the UCMJ that could po-
tentially be violated," she said.
"However, this would depend
on the facts and circumstances
surrounding the disclosure of
information on MySpace (and

other Web sites)."
The bottom line is that Air-
men need to be aware that
some individuals will use an
online service like MySpace
for criminal or intelligence
gathering endeavors.
From an OPSEC perspec-
tive, Air Force members should
never include any photographs
or information that may pro-
vide insight to Air Force tac-
tics, techniques, procedures or
capabilities. Members should
not describe current or im-
pending deployments,aircraft
capabilities or installation
Additionally the use of lan-
guage construed as racially or
sexually disparaging is unac-
ceptable and inappropriate for
Air Force members, whether
online or in person.
Airman who observe
questionable information
online should notify Tyn-
dall OSI at 283-3261 or
Capt. Garrett at 283-4664.

AETC clarifies NSPS facts
The Air Force announced it will convert approximately
37,000 non-bargaining unit employees to the human resources
portion ofthe National Security Personnel System from October
through January 2007. Civilians from organizations across the
Air Force, including overseas locations, are included in this
Splitting implementation into two time frames will help
ensure managers and employees are able to receive training
on the new pay and personnel rules.
The first group within AETC, dubbed Spial 1.2B (indicating
the second pay period in the conversion period), converts Oct. 15
and includes non-bargaining unit, GS employees at Columbus,
Goodfellow, Lackland and Laughlin AFBs. The second group,
known as Spiral 1.2H, converts Jan. 21 and includes non-bar-
gaining unit, GS positions at Altus, Keesler, Little Rock, Luke,
Maxwell, Randolph, Sheppard, Tyndall and Vance AFBs.
Conversion will be based on permanent position of record
without a loss of pay.
Genemlly eligible employees convertto NSPS along with their
servicing installation. However, due to some unique situations,
such as smaller associate and tenant organizations; there may be
some exceptions to this approach. If you have any questions as to
when your organization will transition into NSPS, please contact
Tyndall's civilian personnel flight at 283-3203.
For a listing of DOD activities that will convert to NSPS in
Spiral 1.2, check
(Courtesy ofAETC)

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are limited and used in the proper context," said
General Brady, who personally discussed the issue
with major command vice commanders and com-
mand chief master sergeants.
If a stratification statement is used, it will be
defined in quantitative terms, such as "No. 1 of 178
master sergeants in the wing." Statements based on
percentage or "best in career field" are no longer
"Stratification, if used properly, must rank the indi-
vidual among their peers in their flight, not a general
group or at the wing level," said Sergeant Kennedy.
The rankings must be specific they have to mean
something to the review board, he said.
This policy also states that evaluators will
stratify master sergeants and senior master
sergeants separately and should only consider
the number assigned within their rating scope.
This policy will be included in the revision to Air
Force Instruction 36-2406, Officer and Enlisted
Evaluation Systems.
The evaluations and decorations flight here em-
phasizes the importance of thoroughly reviewing all
EPRs before they are submitted.
"Common mistakes on EPRs are incorrectly stat-
ing the rater or ratee's duty title, the feedback date
is not within the permitted time frame, and having
discrepancies in the 'concur, non-concur' section,"
said Sergeant Kennedy.
"It's the rater and senior rater's responsibility to
ensure EPR forms are correctly filled out and that
the new stratification changes are adhered to," said
Sergeant Kennedy.
(Contributed by 325th Fi ght. r Wng Public Affairs)

The biggest difference between the F-15 simulator
and the jet is the Florida sun, said Lieutenant Bursi.
Students must remain focused in a cockpit that can
reach temperatures of more than 100 degrees in
summer months.
Instructors sit in the back seat of D-model F-15s
during the initial sorties flown by students. And
because the instructor is literally looking over the
student's shoulder, Captain Boomsma said many
learning points can be talked about "real time" dur-
ing the mission.
"For the debrief, I usually save the academic dis-
cussions for why we do things a certain way. I also
offer up alternate techniques if the student is having
trouble with any parts of the sortie," he said.
The stress and pressure students experience during
their initial training sorties in the F-15 are outweighed
by the pride and excitement they feel as they work to
become members of the Eagle community.
"I chose to fly the F-15 because I like the air-to-
air mission, and the C-model is the best at it," said
Lieutenant Bursi.
"What I find to be the rewarding part of the day
is to see these guys fired up to have their first ride in
the mighty Eagle," said Captain Boomsma.

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