Vol. 65, No. 33
Assumption of Com-
The 43rd Fighter
of Command Ceremony
will be held at 3:43 p.m.
today in the 43rd FS han-
gar, Bldg. 290.
Lt. Col. David Krumm
will assume command
from Lt. Col. Michael
Tyndall's Active Air-
men's Association's in-
augural Summer Bash
is planned for all E-1s to
E-4s Saturday at 6 p.m.
at the Enlisted Club.
Home buying class
The Family Support
Center will offer a basic
home buying class from
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Monday in Bldg. 743.
Class size is limited. To
make a reservation, call
the FSC at 283-4204.
Tyndall announces colo-
nel promotions ... PAGE 6
Security Forces addresses
gate security ... PAGE 9
Flight Medicine supports
aircrew here ... PAGE 18
Facilities list Labor Day
holiday hours ... PAGE 21
A memorable moment during his command, Lt. Col. Michael Stapleton, 43rd Fighter Squadron com-
mander, greets Gen. (Ret.) John Jumper, formerAir Force Chief of Staff, after completing the general's
Raptor qualification flight here in January 2005.
Raptor commander reflects, continues legacy
1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The commander of the 43rd
Fighter Squadron will relin-
quish command today after
devoting years of leadership
and dedication to the "Ameri-
Lt. Col. Michael Stapleton,
commander ofthe 43rd Fighter
Squadron, and a member of
the original Raptor Formal
Training Unit cadre, has been
involved with Raptor training
at the 43rd FS since its reacti-
vation in 2002 here.
The 43rd FS is creating a
legacy of air dominance, and
those contributing range from
fighter weapons officers to
maintenance crew chiefs, said
"Our people are amazing,"
he said. "I am continually
impressed with the kind of
Americans who raise their
hand and say, 'I want to defend
this country,' and then come
and join the ranks of the blue
Maintaining training squad-
ron is clearly a team effort, but
leading the way intransformat-
ing a fledgling F-22 squadron
into a fully operational and
mission-ready force of Raptors
was no easy task.
"There have been a lot of
struggles," said Colonel Sta-
pleton. "Early in a weapon
system development program
its common to run into things
that weren't expected. It's
happened with every weapon
system we have ever built. But
at the end of the day, our folks
- our team bonded together
and found ways to overcome
challenges and we delivered
exactly what the Air Force
needed and then some."
When initial operational
capability was determined, and
the number of capable pilots
was evaluated, the 43rd FS had
produced 125 percent of what
the Air Force asked for, and we
did it with half the resources
we were expected to do it with,
said Colonel Stapleton.
"The difference was the
blood, sweat and tears of our
folks and the sacrifices they
made," he said.
Colonel Stapleton com-
mends those committed to the
success of the Raptor program
SEE COMMANDER PAGE 12
Trst Temok Tranin
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts
Page 2 Gulf Defender
Aug. 25, 2006
What is the most important
item to take on deployment?
Col. Scott Davis, 325th Fighter Wing vice commander, throws
the first pitch at the U.S. Slow-pitch Softball Association Military
World Championship Aug. 18. Military teams from around the
world competed in the three-day tournament, including three
Tyndall teams. See story on page 15.
"Dirt always gets under your
nails and caked on your face so
I would need baby wipes."
"Depending on where I am go-
ing, personal protective equip-
ment is important."
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325th Medical Support Squadron
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Aug. 25, 200 Gulf D3I efender Page 3
How Airmen view serving their country impacts career
LT. COL. KEVIN MURRAY
2nd Fighter Squadron Commander
All of us, at one time or another, has had someone
ask us why we joined the Air Force, or why we con-
tinue to serve. There are a lot of different answers to
this question, and probably no wrong answers. Each
of us has our own reasons.
I think it's important that each of us spend some
time thinking about those reasons so we can easily
articulate them to someone the next time we are asked
the question, "Why do you serve?" A well thought
out explanation of the reasons why youjoined the Air
Force, and more importantly, why you continue to
serve, may provide moti\ ati on to that perso n to also
find their own reasons to sen c Nlore importantly. I
submit that if you truly understand the reasons \\ Ih
you serve, it will help you to -cle c bcttr
How do you view sen mj y our couLntri h'ghtin_'
in combat orcombat support' Are \ou training others
to fight? There are obviously man\ reasons to joino
the military. Some may ha\ c oincd out of a sense of
patriotism, a feeling that it is tlhei duti to se c their
country by joining the military and bkin prcparcd to
defend the country and its principles Tins patriotic
feeling and desire to help one's countrII' \\as \ e'
evident after the 9/11 terrorist attacks \ ith a lari'e
wave of people joining the military. and continues
today with the ongoing global \\ r on tcrorisnmi
Or maybe others joined the Air Force to take
advantage of the great education opportuniitIes tlhe
military offers, both in technical training and under-
graduate and graduate degrees.
Perhaps there was a desire to live in and travel to
new places and countries, and do something new and
exciting. It's even possible that some joined because
they had nothing else to do, had no real direction in
life, or joining the military seemed like a good way
to find a focus in life. It could have been any one of
these, or several other reasons, that led you to join
the Air Force.
I joined the Air Force in 1987. To be very honest,
my prime reason for joining was because I wanted
to fly. Although I believed strongly in the principles
our country was founded upon that we continue to
fight for today, I didn't think about joining the Air
Force from a patriotic perspective or think it was my
patriotic duty. While I felt it was important to serve
my country, flying was still the main reason I joined.
I have been very fortunate that my 19-year Air Force
career provided the training and the opportunity to
do something I enjoy very much.
But if you asked me today why I continue to serve
in the Air Force, the answer is not because I get to fly.
Nh reasons ha'\ c' c'h cd o\ c'rthe years, as I suspect
most pi'opllc do HaN\ in' tI' opportunity to fly was
the ti rlci that ,ot mc into the Air Force, but along
thl \\ a\. I disco\ c'id c'\ eral other things that I can
do to s;.er %' Il\ county%
First. I continue to sce\ because I do want to
defend inN country~ and the ideas upon which it was
founded The ficcdom \\ eiiloy cannot be taken for
railntld and it must be cnmed every day.
Nh siquadroIn is a training-coded unit, not a com-
bat-coded unit. so I \\onl't c't to serve by flying in
combat NIu\ minsson hcrc is to produce near combat
read\ F-15 \\Wiin'mcn for the Combat Air Forces,
so I scrn c In\ couLnti\ b\ providing highly-trained
Ildl\ iduals \\ iho \\ ill dep'lo to combat.
I also continluc to scle c because I enjoy the chal-
lenging 'n\ iioini'cnt o'lf the A\ir Force. I enjoy tack-
ling a problem or obstacle, identifying a solution to
the problem, and then executing the course of action
to accomplish the mission.
I've found that service is much more than just do-
ing my job as an F-15 instructor pilot, I also serve by
providing the Airmen in my command the opportu-
nity and the motivation to reach their full potential.
I do this by providing a good leadership example,
and then providing them the opportunity and the
responsibility to be a leader themselves.
I also mentor them. I encourage them to pursue
educational opportunities, both professional and
academic. I counsel them when they have problems,
and I praise them when they do well. I help instill
the values of integrity, service and excellence. I en-
courage them to get involved in their community, to
volunteer and to be a good ambassador for the Air
Force and the U.S.
If I can motivate Airmen to become leaders, to bet-
ter themselves through education and to demonstrate
our service's core values, then I have done something
to serve my country. If I can help Airmen who are
going down the wrong path correct their problems,
become productive in their jobs, and be responsible
people with good character in the Air Force and in
their community, then I have served my country. And
when those Airmen mentor and motivate someone
else to reach their potential, then I have served my
I owe the Air Force a lot. It has given me great
technical training with many leadership and manage-
ment skills as a bonus. The great thing about those
skills is that I get to take them with me when I leave
the Air Force. I can continue to influence people
even after I retire, and I can continue to influence
not only the next generation of Airmen, but the next
generation of Americans.
Also, this allows me to fulfill the final reason I
serve, which is to help provide a safe and free world
for my children to grow up in and realize their own
potential. I will continue to serve my family, my
community and my country long after I retire.
So take a few minutes to think about why you
joined the Air Force, and why you serve today. Keep
in mind the perspective that service is not just doing
your job in the Air Force, but influencing others to
develop their leadership traits, core values and good
moral character. Motivating others to reach their full
potential in whatever they do, whether they wear a
uniform or not, is truly a service to your country.
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~ C\r r\nnrr
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Page 4 Gulf Defender
Domestic violence conviction can shatter military career
An Airman and his girlfriend return
home from a bar and they both had a
few drinks. Their conversation turns
sour and leads to an argument, which
transforms into a minor scuffle.
The police are called and the two are
separated. Charges are pressed and the
Airman is hauled into court.
Feeling ashamed and apologetic
for the altercation, he pleads guilty
to simple assault, which is a misde-
He may have just unintentionally
ended his military career by commit-
ting even a minor act of domestic vio-
lence or by pleading guilty to simple
assault, which in this case, was a crime
of domestic violence.
An extreme result? Perhaps. Some-
thing you need to be aware of? Abso-
Because the law states anyone who
has been convicted of a domestic vio-
lence offense cannot carry a weapon,
a convicted Airman may be forced to
leave the service.
The Gun Control Act defines do-
mestic violence as the use or attempt-
ed use of physical force or threatened
use of a deadly weapon against a
current or former spouse, a parent, a
child or with whom one is
Additionally, the Laut-
enberg Amendment, a 1996
change to the Gun Control
Act, states that anyone who
has been convicted of a
domestic violence offense
is prohibited from possess-
ing firearms or ammunition.
This law affects members
who may carry a weapon,
and supervisors who issue
Convicted persons would
be no longer eligible to train
with any firearms, or go on
deployments requiring pos-
session of small arms. If a
career field requires that an
Airman needs to qualify to
bear a firearm, an Airman convicted of
domestic violence will be withdrawn.
The Airman may be reassigned
to a non-firearm bearing position or
discharged. Additionally, they will be
forced to give up any privately owned
firearms. Put more bluntly, they may
never own or use firearms again.
Going through a fully litigated crimi-
nal case isn't the only way to be con-
victed of a crime. Pleading guilty or no
contest nololo contendre") to a crime of
domestic violence counts just as much,
and will result in the same loss of rights
under the Gun Control Act.
The best way to avoid trouble un-
der the law is to not commit acts of
domestic violence in the first place.
Domestic turmoil should be resolved
through counseling or other channels,
such as the chaplain and life skills.
If you are being charged with an
act of domestic violence, understand
the potential ramifications a plea of
guilty or no contest can have on your
Always talk to the Area Defense
Counsel or civilian attorney before
you make a decision that could end
(Courtesy of Base Legal Office)
Aug. 25, 2006
Page 6 Gulf Defender
Air Force Personnel Center adds SRP, CJR to virtual MPF
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas
- The Air Force will add the Selective Reenlist-
ment and Career Job Reservation programs to
the virtual Military Personnel Flight, furthering
Personnel Services Delivery Transformation.
Beginning Sept. 1, the automated SRP process
will e-mail commanders a monthly roster notify-
ing them of their Airmen projected for reenlist-
ment. Commanders can choose whether or not to
make Airmen ineligible for reenlistment based
on quality force standards. Upon processing
of the subsequent month roster, those Airmen
who meet the requirements will automatically
be made eligible for reenlistment.
Thirty days after the commander receives the
SRP roster, provided Airmen remain eligible,
the system will automatically request a CJR for
Airmen in the first month of their CJR eligibil-
ity window (35th month for four-year enlistees,
59th month for six-year enlistees) in their con-
trol Air Force Specialty Code. Airmen eligible
for a CJR who are in a constrained career field
will be placed on the CJR waiting list. Those
who are initially deemed ineligible for reenlist-
ment will continue to be reviewed monthly to
determine if they become eligible, at which
time the system will request a CJR or place the
member on the CJR waiting list.
"Making the CJR application process au-
tomatic relieves a good deal of stress for the
member, supervisors and commanders," said
Master Sgt. Travis Fritts, 325th Services Squad-
ron first sergeant and 325th Fighter Wing career
assistance advisor. "No longer will you have to
worry if the paperwork 'went through' or if the
member made the cut-off."
Airmen in a constrained AFSC who end up
on the CJR waiting list will be able to track the
status of their CJR request via a vMPF link. The
link will also provide a CJR expiration date for
Airmen who receive a CJR.
"The automation of the CJR process means
Airmen will be reviewed as soon as they become
eligible," said Capt. Jay Johnson, chief of the
future operations integration branch at the Air
Force Personnel Center here. "However, supervi-
sors must still understand the program so they
can convey to Airmen how the process works or
where to go for additional assistance. As always,
the professionals in the Air Force Contact Center
will be standing by to assist if needed."
Airmen still have a large responsibility in the
"The automatic application doesn't relieve
the member from following up to decide his
or her best career option, said Sergeant Fritts.
"That's an automatic application, not automatic
approval; big difference."
"This move will greatly improve the process
for the majority of CJR applications across the
Air Force," said Tech. Sgt. Catrina Baskin,
noncommissioned officer in charge of Air Force
Reenlistments. "However, Airmen will still need
to request a CJR through their base military per-
sonnel flight if they desire one in their secondary
AFSC or for other special circumstances, such
as exceptions to policy."
For more information on either program, contact
the Air Force Contact Center at (800) 616-3775 (Op-
tion 1,1,2), (210) 565-5000, or DSN 665-5000.
(Contributed by 325th Fighter Wing Public
Congratulations to Tyndall's
newest colonel selects!
(The following lieutenant colonels were selectedfor promotion Thursday.)
James Riemens Van Laare
Aug. 25, 2006
Gulf Defender Page 7
Air Force launches
profile on MySpace
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas
(AFPN) The Air Force is joining the Internet's
largest social networking site and entered the
MySpace race when it launched its own user profile
With close to 98 million registered users,
MySpace.com is an ideal venue for the Air Force to
connect with potential recruits and promote aware-
ness for its up-and-coming documentary-style ad
campaign "Do Something Amazing."
As the third most popular Web site, MySpace
reaches 49 percent of all Internet users between the
ages of 18 to 24. The site's users can chat with old
friends, make new friends and post blogs, photos and
videos to their profiles.
"In order to reach young men and women to-
day, we need to be in tune and engaged in their
circles," said Col. Brian Madtes, Air Force Recruit-
ing Service's Strategic Communications director.
"MySpace.com is a great way to get the word out
to the public about the amazing things people are
doing in the Air Force."
When viewing the Air Force profile, users can see
a series of five rough-cut clips that will give them a
behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary things
Airmen accomplish every day. They will also have the
opportunity to vote on which commercial will kick off
the "Do Something Amazing" advertising campaign.
The one with the most votes will air Sept. 18 during
the FOX network's TV show, "Prison Break."
In addition to the 30-second commercials, users will
be able to view expanded videos of Airmen as they fly
and fight, call in air strikes, navigate satellites and jump
out of airplanes. The reality TV film clips include per-
sonal, unscripted interviews from Airmen in today's Air
Force. MySpace users can also become "friends" of the
Air Force, download wallpaper and post messages about
what else they would like to see in the ad campaign.
Following the Sept. 18 commercial premiere, Inter-
net users will be able to go to the DoSomethingAmaz-
ing.com Web site where they can view more than 100
videos of Airmen in action.
(Courtesy ofAir Force Rectriring Service Public
Aug. 25, 2006
Page 8 Gulf Defender
New national Air Force memorial
Web site honors veteran Airmen
STAFF SGT. JEREMY LARLEE
Air Force Print News
SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) A
nonprofit organization's Web site
is letting people pay tribute to Air
A section in the Air Force Memo-
rial Foundation's Web site, titled Air
Force Heroes, allows people to honor
an Airman with a paragraph about
what makes them extraordinary.
With the Air Force memorial
scheduled to open in the mid-Octo-
ber, the Web site is a great resource
for people to prepare for the open-
ing, said Maj. Kimberly Tebrugge, a
public affairs officer for the 60th Air
Force Anniversary Office.
"It is a great opportunity for
people to see those who may have
slipped through the cracks in regards
to recognition," Major Tebrugge
Major Tebrugge thinks the Web
site has been underused because it
is new and not many people know
"It is very important to recognize
the proud heritage we have and
the sacrifices and contributions of
those who pioneered ahead of us,"
she said. "It makes you proud to see
a collective representation of the
similar values that we all share as
Airmen and how they are displayed
in different ways."
People interested in posting a
tribute, or browsing the tributes that
have already been posted, can visit
the Web site at www.airforcememo-
(Editor 's note: The U.S. Air Force
Memorial is scheduled to be of-
ficially dedicated and presented to
the nation at an on-site ceremony
Oct. 14. The new Memorial is lo-
cated in Arlington, Virginia, directly
across from the Pentagon.)
SUp, and away
Staff Sgt. Brandon
Binczak, 325th Secu-
rity Forces combat
arms instructor, raises
the red flag in front of
the range before M-9
training starts Monday
morning. The red flag
serves as a reminder
to personnel, driving
or walking by, that live
fire is on the range.
No one is allowed to
go behind the range at
Aug. 25, 2006
Gulf Defender Page 9
Security Forces cautions motorists entering, exiting gate
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Since 9/11, security at Air Force base
gates has continued to be "beefed up" like
the newly constructed Sabre Gate here.
"Vehicle-Bore Improvised Explo-
sive Devices are a real threat to any
installation and are frequently used by
terrorists," said Capt. Michael Bernatt,
325th Security Forces Squadron opera-
tions officer. "Spike strips are designed
to disable any vehicle attempting
unauthorized access to the installation
and are our first line of defense in force
DoD installations installed spikes
and other barriers at their gates for
"Many terrorist attacks utilized ve-
hicles, so the spikes were put in place
to stop vehicles from forcibly entering
the base and to prevent people from
entering Sabre Gate the wrong way,"
said 2nd Lt. Vernon Frazier, 325th SFS
plans and programs officer in charge.
Adding the extra precaution helps
exiting traffic flow through the base
more smoothly and conveniently.
At Tyndall, posts were installed at
the main gate to provide the DoD rec-
ommended serpentine traffic pattern
going into and out of base. During
the reconstruction of the Sabre Gate,
similar posts and spike stripes were
With the added obstacles at the
gates, Security Forces is urging motor-
ists to drive carefully when entering
and exiting the base.
"The signs posted at the exit to
Sabre Gate say five mph, however,
some motorists may need to drive even
slower to prevent rubbing spikes on
the underside of their vehicles," said
Captain Bernatt. "We coordinated with
325th Civil Engineering Squadron and
the spikes are Department of Trans-
portation compliant and safe."
After a survey done of motorists
exiting the gate, the 325th SFS found
that drivers speeding in excess of the
limit had problems with spikes rub-
bing their vehicles' undercarriage.
"When a vehicle exiting the base
drives over the spike strip, it lowers
into the ground, allowing the vehicle
to pass without incident," said Master
Sgt. John Kelley, 325th SFS installation
A vehicle passes over the spike strip whie exiting the Sabre Gate.
When driving at the correct speed limit, the vehicle is able to com-
press the strip into the road.
security NCO in charge. "If a vehicle
passes over the spikes going too fast, the
vehicle suspension doesn't have time to
adjust to the compression of going over
a speed bump. This causes the spikes
to rub on the undercarriage."
The bottom line is that while Tyn-
dall is working hard at protecting its
gates, its personnel need to be aware
of security precautions, take heed and
patiently work with Security Forces.
"We are asking motorists to drive
safely," said Captain Bernatt. "Do not
attempt to swerve around the strips or
drive over the strips at an angle. Driv-
ing over the spikes strips at an angle
or backing up over them will result in
damage to the vehicles. If you have
lowered your vehicle or you know
your vehicle sits lower to the ground
because ofperformance modifications,
then we are asking drivers to slow
down and be extremely careful while
driving over the spikes."
Airmen join services in combat training before deployment
During Theater Immersion training at
Camp Shelby, Mississippi, 1st Lt. Simon
Huntley,left, Bravo Company B 1/149th In-
fantry Battalion, London, Ky., listens as a
contract interpreter Kadhim Al-Sari, Bas-
rah, Iraq, talks to contractor Heza Yousify,
Baghdad, Iraq, explaining to him why the
military are here and why they cannot en-
ter into the base's Entry Control Point on
August 15, 2006. This scenario teaches
the military how to operate in a Forward
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFPN)
- Tyndall has sent 18 Airmen to attend Army ground
combat skills training, preparing them for operations
Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom deployments.
The Airmen require the training because they will
be assigned duties outside their normal Air Force
specialties. In the near-term, these numbers are ex-
pected to increase substantially.
One Tyndall Airman, Capt. J. Elaine Hunnicutt
from the 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, is un-
dergoing this training now.
"The Army CST program is beneficial forAirmen to
get acclimated to the Army customs and way of life,"
she said. "I have no doubt that the Airman that leave
here will leave with a greater sense of the threats that
await us abroad and a higher level of comfort for the
equipment and weapons that we deploy with."
The aim of ILO training is to prepare Airmen for
nontraditional combat environments in support of the
combatant commanders'requirements where Airmen
are deployed to assist Army personnel. Second Air
Force wants to support all Airmen engaged in this
enhanced, realistic training and address their current
and future service needs.
"Very few of us knew each other when we first got
here," said Maj. Brenda Frye, supportteam command-
er. "We (divided) into an Army company, platoon and
squad. For a squad you (have) a driver, a combat life
saver, two gunners and a troop commander. You learn
how to work with all those people. Our Airmen have
stepped up and done a really good job out here."
"The training definitely makes you appreciate what
you have," said Captain Hunnicutt. "The Soldiers
live a hard life. There is reason for that, they are put
into harms way on the battlefield every day.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T Michael Moseley
tasked 2ndAir Force to manage the oversight ofAirmen
throughout their training cycle for "in-lieu-of' taskings
and individual augmentee taskings to the United States
Central Command area ofresponsibility. This is the first
team to graduate since that tasking.
Tech. Sgt. Alphonso Smith, a readiness NCO at
Brooks City Base, San Antonio, said he advises Air-
men to be mentally and physically prepared before
entering ILO training.
"The Army believes in repetition, so that (a
procedure) is embedded," Sergeant Smith said.
"When a grenade goes off, it's second nature for you
to know exactly what to do."
Under ILO taskings, Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers and
Marines from a cross-section of military specialties
SEE ILO PAGE 16
Aug. 25, 2006
Page 10 Gulf Defender
OSI seeks Reserve volunteers
The Air Force Office of Special
Investigations is recruiting to fill ap-
proximately 40 command Reserve
individual mobilization augmentee
E-5 and E-6 special agent positions.
Staff and technical sergeants from
any career field current reservists
and Airmen leaving active duty can
Accepted applicants will be sent to
the Federal Law Enforcement Training
Center and the Air Force Special In-
vestigations Academy, both in Glynco,
Ga., for special agent training.
New OSI special agent recruits
begin training at FLETC with an
11-week course called the Criminal
Investigator Training Program. It is
attended by trainees from almost all
federal investigative agencies.
The CITP provides basic investi-
gative training in law, interviewing,
informants, defensive tactics, emer-
gency driving, evidence processing,
firearms, search and seizure, arrest
techniques, report writing, testify-
ing and surveillance. Students par-
ticipate in physical training several
times a week.
The CITP is followed by eight
weeks of training in OSI-specific
coursework. Topics include the OSI
organization and mission, ethics,
investigative responsibility and ju-
risdiction, interrogations, military
law, crimes against property and
persons (physical and sexual), liai-
son, the role of investigative experts,
computer crime, forensics, fraud
investigations, environmental crime,
counterintelligence collections and
investigations and force-protection
Interested applicants can contact
OSI Reserve Affairs for more informa-
tion at (240) 857-0866, DSN 857-0866
To find out more about the Air Force
Office of Special Investigations, visit
public.afosi.amc.af.mil. Follow the
link to "Joining OSI" or "Reserve Af-
fairs" to learn more about becoming
a Reserve agent. For more informa-
tion on FLETC and USAFSIA follow
the link to "Training."
Senior Airman Rodr
ISt LI Amanaa -errell
Airman Lee receives the Checkertail Salute Warrior of
the Week award from Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters, 325th
Fighter Wing commander.
Airman Lee managed test, measurement and diagnostic
equipment accounts with zero discrepancies during a 2006 Air
Education and Training Command evaluation. In addition to
producing line replaceable units and filling mission capable
demands, he is his squadron's booster club representative.
^ Golden Bolt Award
Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
Staff Sgt. John Brannon, 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew
chief, conducts an aircraft forms document review. He is help-
ing his squadron with administrative work until his arm heals.
Sergeant Brannon won the Golden Bolt Award in July after he
found the Golden Bolt behind an F-15 left main landing gear.
Duty title: Avionics technician
Time on station: One year, seven
Time in service: Four years, seven
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Goals: Complete Community College
of the Air Force courses and earn a
bachelor's degree from Embry-Riddle
Favorite movie: "Belly"
Favorite book: "Manhattan Hunt Club"
by Toni Morrison
Pet Peeves: "Snakes on a Plane" com-
Proudest moment in the military: My
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-
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MU-2 pilots provide valuable ABM training
What advice would
you give to future NCO
"Come with an open
TECH SGT. PATRICK NEEDHAM
Congratulations to the 325th
Airborne Control Squadron's
newest airborne battle
managers, class 06-14A,
who graduated Wednesday!
Get your Community
College of the Air Force
IST LT. JON QUINLAN
325th Air Control Squadron
Nestled in the middle of the Tyndall
flight line next to some of the most so-
phisticated fighters in the world, are eight
white turbo prop Mitsubishi MU-2 flight
Some may say these aircraft seem
odd parked near the F-22 Raptors or
F-15 Eagles, but the mission of these
MU-2 aircraft and the pilots that fly
them are just as vital to developing
America's Air Dominance.
The MU-2s and the nine retired mili-
tary pilots that fly them provide direct
flying support for the 325th Air Control
Squadron's Air Battle Management
course. These pilots, contracted by Air
1st Aviation Companies, Inc. fly two
missions daily so ABM students get real
world experience controlling aircraft.
"These flights give ABM students
their first look at controlling live air-
craft," said Capt. Art Gerhart, 325th
ACS instructor. "These (MU-2 pilots)
enhance our training by giving us a
stepping stone approach to training."
After ABM students complete exten-
sive simulator training, their next step
is controlling eight MU-2 sorties with a
total of 24 tactical intercepts. Students
also receive one orientation flight in the
MU-2 to see first hand how pilots use the
information that ABMs provide them.
"We simulate F-15 fighter tactics in
the MU-2 even though we are going a
lot slower," said Rich White, Air 1st
chief pilot and retired colonel. "Our
distances are compressed so it's a rela-
1st Lt. Jon Qi
Joe Cannizzo flies the Mitsubishi M
flight training aircraft during an Air B,
Manager training mission.
tively seamless transition."
The shorter distances make the train-
ing and the timing more realistic for
students to help prepare them for high
performance missions. Instructors
from the 325th ACS choose scenarios
for the MU-2 pilots to fly, exposing
students to a variety of formations
and offensive/defensive tactics. Stu-
dents use these training sorties to get
comfortable controlling aircraft, get
experience hearing what tactical mis-
sions will sound like, and practice radio
communication to the pilots. All ABM
students must successfully complete all
eight missions before they start work-
ing with high performance aircraft such
as the F-15 Eagle or F-22 Raptor.
The MU-2 tactical missions simulate a
battle between the "blue" forces, usually
simulating F-15's and the "red" forces,
usually simulating Mig-29's.
The MU-2 pilots are some of the
most experienced pilots on base
with years of experience flying
everything from the F-111, to
the A-10, to the F-15. Seven
are retired Air Force pilots, one
is a retired Navy pilot and one
is a former Marine pilot. All
the pilots have fighter aircraft
"I love it," said Mr. White on
flying MU-2 missions. "We en-
jinlan joy the job because number one,
it keeps us flying, two, this is a
U-2 mission that most of us did some
time in our military careers and
the mission certainly contributes
to national defense."
The pilots enjoy their job and also
enjoy the aircraft they fly.
"The MU-2 is the right airplane for
this mission," said Joe Cannizzo, Air
1st pilot who is also an Air National
Guard lieutenant colonel at the South-
east Air Defense Sector here. "The
MU-2 is a reliable, rugged, maneu-
verable and economical turbo prop
airplane ... It's just the right mix."
The pilots play a big part in training
"It is important for us to see how the
controller is handling the intercept and
adjust our communication appropri-
ately," said Mr. Cannizzo. "We don't
want to over task the controller, but
maximize the learning.
Air 1stAviation Companies, Inc. has
provided contracted flight training for
Tyndall AFB since 1998, flying more
than 4,000 flight hours per year.
Airman 1st Class Darryl Rob-
inson, 325th Operations Sup-
port Squadron air traffic con-
trol specialist, runs a scenario
for air field operations officers
training here. At the comput-
er, he works as a supervisor
and stages the environment.
These specialists guide stu-
dents through air traffic con-
trol situations that they may
observe on the flightline.
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Photo courtesy of the 4
An F-22 Raptor from the 43rd Fighter Squadron taxis to the runway during a deployment to Nellis AFB, Nev. The squadron conducted vari
missions and supported the mission employment phase of the Fighter Weapons School.
Raptor commander makes mark, moves
* FROM COMMANDER PAGE 1
here, and his foresight and leadership as
a commander quickly propelled the Rap-
tor program toward combat-readiness.
"One of the key areas Colonel Staple-
ton took the lead on was designing and
developing a training program that
fostered transformational thinking,"
Col. Timothy Merrell, former 325th Operations Grc
es the 43rd Fighter Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. M
gained command of the "American Hornets" in D
said Col. Jeffrey Harrigian, the first
commander of the 43rd FS and the cur-
rent Chief of the Joint Exercise Division
at the NATO Joint Warfare Center in
Stavanger, Norway. "Some of our pilot
meetings required the ability to get folks
to think differently, yet at the same time,
we needed to leverage all the expertise
we had from other
got folks to com-
municate and come
together to build the
underpinning of the
program being ex-
ecuted right now."
Leading a Rap-
tor training unit,
need to consider
LisaNorman every aspect of
oup commander, pass- performance when
ichael Stapleton as he
ecember 2004. engaging a weapon
system that far surpasses anything the
fighter community has tackled before.
"The lessons learned from past fighter
programs, such as the F-15 and F-16,
were used as the foundation for the F-22
program here," said Colonel Stapleton.
A group of experts from the fighter
community offered guidance during
the initial phases of the Raptor training
program. Based on the challenges of
previous fighter weapon systems, the
experts knew that the technology was
going to be great, but it was going to be
unpredictable, said Colonel Stapleton.
"In the early days there was a lot of
consternation about how this aircraft
was going to be flown," he said. "There
was a lot of concern at the higher levels
of the Air Force amongst some of the
general officers about whether or not
we had the right 'sight picture,' so they
spent a lot of time making sure we had
the right picture."
"I can remember sitting in
Gen. Donald Cook's office one day, and
it was during one of those
of concern," said the co
meeting with the former c
Air Education and Trainir
"We were on our way b
Rantor Nation meeting w
of Staff of the Air Force, who was our
number one supporter and who gave
us that sight picture."
During the meeting, Colonel Staple-
ton said, the original Raptor cadre was
entrusted with the responsibility to
conduct Raptor training using tactically
sound methods based on their own ex-
periences and past lessons learned.
"That was a huge lesson in leadership
and the ability to take the risks on yourself
as a leader and let your people excel," said
Colonel Stapleton. "Having the latitude to
explore the 'rights and wrongs' of a new
program and a new airplane got us on a
tremendously solid path."
Given the responsibility of turning
a viable Raptor training program into
a force of mission-ready Raptor pilots,
gle instructor in the
43rd FS," he said.
about the future of
air dominance, and the capability to
provide freedom of movement through
any battle space out there for our joint
forces. Judgment was the key, and our
instructor pilots know when they've
pushed the envelope too far, and they
know when it's time to bring it back
home. They also know when to push
the envelope little bit more. They know
better than anyone else because they're
the ones doing it."
As an experienced pilot and a concerned
leader, Colonel Stapleton continuallyjudg-
es situations from the perspective of fel-
low instructor pilots in the squadron. And
Colonel Stapleton and the initial team of
Raptor instructors at the 43rd FS tested
tactics and operating procedures that
had never before been executed.
Operational risk is weighed heav-
ily as pilots continue to create a new
doctrine of tactics and global strike
capabilities specific to the F-22.
"We had to take some risks to find out
how to tactically fly the Raptor," said
Colonel Stapleton. "We had to try new
things, so we took seven weapons offi-
cers from the squadron and put them all
together in a room and started thinking
about tactics nothing was off the table.
Colonel Harrigian was the commander
at the time, and he started by getting
us talking about the benefits of the
airplane. We started talking about the
speed, the sensors and the stealth. We
started to put these ideas under the heat
and pressure of these weapons officers
with really big attitudes about how to
fly fighters, and what came out of that
Swas a totally different dynamic in how
to achieve air dominance."
"The frank discussions of tactics and
the proper employment of the F-22's
weapon systems were critical in the
maturation of not only our pilots and
those in the squadron, but of the entire
43rd Fighter Squadron Raptorprogram," said Colonel Harrigian.
ious training "This approach ensured our folks were
engaged and contributing to the plan, thus
S supporting our effort to build a prepared,
o n cohesive team."
A vision of unrivaled air superior-
;e high levels ity backed by sound
lonel about a judgment guided
commander of Colonel Stapleton's
g Command. training philosophy. "Set the high
ack from the "I trust the judg- those standard
vith the Chief ment of every sin-
sometimes, he said, that's hard to do.
"I feel a little bit of pressure from
the system and a lot of responsibility
to the cost of this aircraft, but then my
allegiance, my heart as a fighter pilot,
is to that captain who's pushing the en-
velope for the Raptor community," he
said. "It's a balance, but at the end of
the day, it's their judgment that carries
them and progress is made."
The trust needed to be a part of the
Raptor community reaches beyond the
squadron's secure vaults and briefing
rooms. Every component of the Rap-
tor mission is a significant link to the
"We have worked together on this
program longer than any other pilot
and maintainer at Tyndall," said Chief
Master Sgt. Larry Aderholdt, 43rd Air-
craft Maintenance Unit NCO in charge.
"We respect and have trust and loyalty
for one another. We've shared the same
vision from the start."
Cooperation between operational
units and maintenance units is often
the difference between mission success
"Without his trust in my ability to
do what's right, the AMU may not
have seen as many successes as we
have," said Chief Aderholdt. "Colonel
Stapleton has a relationship with the
maintainers on the line. To them, he's
not the 43rd FS commander, he's Lt.
Col. Stapleton, a guy you feel comfort-
able talking to about anything and who
ing edge of that," he said.
His advice for those who continue
to create and carry on the traditions of
Hornets" is to,
"set the highest
iest standards you can, and demand performance to standards you
rds every day." can, and demand
LT. COL. MICHAEL STAPLETON those standards
43rd Fighter Squadron commander every day."
will listen and sincerely care about your
opinions and concerns."
Because of that relationship, said Chief
Aderholdt, the maintainers are dedicated
like no other group of folks he's worked
with in 20 years of service.
The impact Colonel Stapleton has
made on the Raptor community tran-
scends glass cockpits and discussions of
tactical doctrine. He believes in creating
a strong foundation for the training pro-
gram here, and he's enthusiastic about
the future of the Raptor.
"It's a new aircraft a new horizon
- and it's very exciting to be on the lead-
leadership trait of his is the ability to
communicate and motivate folks,"
said Colonel Harrigian. "Whether it's
a group of fighter pilots or members of
Congress, his communication skills and
passion for the program will make any
Raptor training at the 43rd FS will
continue to build upon the contributions
made by Colonel Stapleton.
"The accomplishments of the 43rd
FS under Colonel Stapleton's leadership
have been legendary," said Lt. Col. David
Krumm, incoming commander of the 43rd
FS. "Over the past four years, the chal-
lenges and obstacles of this new weapon
system truly demanded revolutionary vi-
sion and solutions, and Colonel Stapleton
provided both. I am honored to follow
in his footsteps as the commander of the
43rd FS, and I plan to continue to advance
his ideas and concepts for the Raptor and
produce world-class F-22 pilots for the
Combat Air Forces."
The footsteps Colonel Stapleton
leaves behind as commander of the 43rd
FS can be traced back to what's most
important to him.
"There's no way I could do this with-
out my family," said Colonel Stapleton.
"There's no way I could be a part of
something this big without them. It's
not real to me until I go home and tell
my kids and my wife about it it's just
not real to me. And it could be the most
challenging thing in the world, but it
doesn't set in until I share it with them
and they become a part of it ... they've
Lt. Col. Stapleton will be appointed
as the deputy commander of the 325th
Operations Group following the assump-
tion of command.
Senior Airman James Flemming, an F-22 Raptor crew chief, stands by as
Lt. Col. "Bam Bam" Stapleton reviews the aircraft's computerized main-
tenance log before a Raptor mission.
Aug. 25, 2006
POW/MIA Recognition Day
At 3 p.m. Sept. 14, TyndallAFB will
start the National Prisoners of War/
Missing in Action Recognition Day
Ceremony with a 24-hour vigil run in
Flag Park. This commemoration is set
aside to honor the commitment and the
sacrifices made by this nation's POWs,
MIAs, and their families.
To sign up, contact your first ser-
geant. For more information, contact
Senior Airman Theresa Edmiston at
Remembrance reunion event
Air Forces Northern and the Con-
tinental U.S. NORAD Region 9-11
Remembrance Reunion is scheduled
for 10:30 a.m. Sept.11 at Flag Park.
The event will honor those who served
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.
The POW/MIA luncheon will be at
11:45 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Enlisted Club.
The cost is $14 for club members and $16
for non-members. The price includes a
commemorative coin. For more informa-
tion, please contact your first sergeant.
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 email@example.com.
The next Heart Link is scheduled for
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the En-
listed Club Classics Lounge. Heart Link
is an orientation about the Air Force
mission and available services that can
benefit every Air Force spouse. There
will be games, skits, and prize drawings
throughout the day. For more informa-
tion or to make reservations, contact the
Family Support Center at 283-4205.
Women's chapel activity
The Protestant Women of the Cha-
pel fall kickoff will be from 9:30 to
11:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at the Spiritual Fit-
ness Building 1476. If you would like to
attend the fellowship or have any ques-
tions contact the Chapel at 283-2925.
"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 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,
Case lot sale
The commissary will have a case
lot sale Sept. 15-17. For more in-
formation, call 283-4825 or go to
Towel service to end
Air Force fitness centers will discontinue
towel service. Tyndall's Fitness Centerwill
no longer issue towels beginning Oct. 1.
Club membership drive
The annual Air Force Clubs' mem-
bership drive starts Sept. 1 and will end
Nov. 31. To sign up for club member-
ship stop by the Officers' or Enlisted
Club or call them at 283-4357 or 283-
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.)
Medina Barron gets help from Cheryl Haswell during a "Scrappin' Factory" workshop at Arts and
Crafts CenterAug. 19. Classes are offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. one Saturday a month. The next
two classes are scheduled for Sept. 9 and Oct. 5. For more information or to reserve a seat, call
th Arts and Crafts Center at 283-4511.
Teams play Military World softball
Intramural Sports Standings
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Three Tyndall softball teams
returned from competitive in-
ter-service rivalry with their
heads held up high Sunday.
Airman, Soldiers, Sailors
and Marines from bases around
the world reported to duty on
Frank Brown Park's softball
fields in Panama City Beach
for the U.S. Slow-pitch Softball
Association's Military World
Tyndall's Lady Tigers placed
seventh of 15 in the women's
military category, while the
325th Aircraft Maintenance
Squadron Playmakers placed
seventh and 2NQ Nomads placed
ninth of 13 teams in the military
men's intramural category.
"At the Intramural level, the
teams are becoming stronger
and stronger each year," said
John Atkinson, manager of
the 2NQ Nomads, made up of
players who work at a variety
of squadrons around base.
"This is what makes this tour-
nament fun. This allows you
to compete against the Army,
Navy, and Air Force teams in
the world. After the Military
Worlds were completed, the
2NQ Nomads ranked 12th in
the world based on the num-
ber of points earned during
tournament play throughout
The teams practiced hard
to prepare for this challenge
and fought hard when they
"Our team looks forward
to this tournament along with
the Air Education and Train-
ing Command Championships
every year," said Daryl Shines,
Lady Tigers coach. "We ac-
complished our goals at AETC
this year and next year we will
work hard to be on top of both
The Nomads started prac-
ticing in January for their
2006 tournament schedule
for the Florida Panhandle and
"We played against some
exceptionally talented teams in
these tournaments," said Atkin-
son. "Tournaments allow us to
hone our skills and get used to
playing with each other."
When the competition was
about to close, the champion-
ship sponsors instituted a pilot
program for a co-ed division
so the Tyndall "Catheads"
were created on the spot.
"Participants were made
up of players from the Lady
Tigers and members from the
2NQ Nomads," said Atkin-
son. "This team was thrown
together at the last minute and
placed 5th in the Mixed Divi-
sion. We had a heartbreaking
loss in our last game. The
score was 17 to 16, in eleven
According to managers and
coaches, its all about how you
play the game, not whether
you win or lose.
"The three main ingredients
that make a ballplayer are com-
mitment, loyalty and passion
for the game," said Atkinson.
"The two teams I managed in
the Military Worlds this past
weekend have these outstand-
ing qualities and more. If the
Military Worlds were hap-
pening again this weekend, I
would take these two teams
back with me to battle in the
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Team High Game Handicap
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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
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Bowling championship games to start
Tyndall's Raptor Lanes begins its fifth annual
base bowling championship Sept. 2.
The purpose of the tournament games is to select
the Tyndall representatives for the Raptor Lanes
To be eligible for
the base Team, bowl-
ers must be a member
of the Thursday Night
Intramural League and
have bowled 21 games
in the league.
Four males and two
females will be se-
There will be four
games held Sept. 2,
Oct. 15, Nov. 12 and Dec. 16.
Championship winners must bowl in at least
three of the tournaments. Those having the highest
cumulative pin count for 18 games during these
tournament games will be selected for the base
If a bowler participates in all four tournament
games, the bowler will be allowed to drop the
The bowling tour-
nament is conducted
under the authority
of and sanctioned
by the U.S. Bowling
Congress. All appli-
cable USBC rules
will govern this tour-
nament. All entrants
must be members
of the Panama City
Results will be
posted at Raptor Lanes.
For a list of rules, to sign up or to obtain more
information, call Raptor Lanes at 283-2380.
(Courtesy of Raptor Lanes)
Page 16 Gulf Defender
CGOC hosts Tynman Triathlon/ Duathlon
The Tyndall Company Grade Officers' Council is sponsoring the Tynman
Triathlon/Duathlon Sept. 16. Race sign-in starts at 6:30 a.m., and the race
begins at 8 a.m. at Eagle Drive in base housing here
There are two options for entry:
Sprint triathlon: 600-meter swim, 12-mile bike, 3-mile run
Duathlon: 1.1-Mile run, 12-mile bike, 3-mile run
Registration is available online at www.active.com
For more information, call 283-2060.
* FROM ILO PAGE 9
are performing nontraditional
missions to provide temporary
augmentation. ILO training is
designed to develop a population
of Airmen who are combat-ready
and able to fulfill duties outside
their normal Air Force specialty.
"I'm extremely grateful for our
high-caliberAirmen who have tak-
en on the challenges of ILO train-
ing," said Col. Scott Schafer, vice
commander at 2nd Air Force.
"I have been told on more than
one occasion 'Thank you' because
the Air Force is stepping up to fill
position for the Army," Captain
Hunnicutt said. "It means that Sol-
diers can have more time with their
families before that next rotation."
Colonel Schafer expressed his
gratitude at a picnic held for the
Airmen and their families. He
thanked the families for their sup-
port and prayers "because without
them, the Airmen couldn't have
successfully accomplished the
training," he said.
Col Schafer challenged the grad-
uates, who came together from 50
bases, to continue the partnership
that was forged four years ago be-
tween the U.S. and Afghanistan.
"Airmen join hands with Army
embedded training teams and
work with the new Afghan Na-
tional Army to come together
to rebuild that country," he said.
"I can't think of a greater, more
exciting challenge that you have
before you to be part of history,
to be part of helping Afghani-
stancome to see that freedom that
they've never seen before."
The four-week course included
theater immersion training activi-
ties such as individual movement
techniques, mounted combat pa-
trols, improvised explosion device
identification training, and combat
lifesaver training. The course also
included support missions exercises,
night-firing weapons training, base
defense training and combat tactics
Major Frye said the training also
included a five-day field training
exercise for convoy operations.
She said the training incorporated
relevant scenarios geared toward
experiences and expected situations
in current deployed environments.
"The most important thing we
gained from our experience here
was to be comfortable with carry-
ing and firing a loaded weapon,"
Major Frye said. "Everyone got a
lot more comfortable with (his or
her) M-16 and M-9."
"The Army is happy to have us
here and the Airmen are eager to
learn and get into the fight," Cap-
tain Hunnicutt said.
(Contributed by 325th Fighter
Wing Public Affairs)
Aug. 25, 2006
Gulf Defender Page 17
AAFES offers uniform purchase online
DALLAS With the latest
edition to the Exchange Online
Store, busy troops can now as-
semble their uniforms with just
a few clicks of the mouse.
The virtual exchange's new
"Uniform Ready-to-Wear" site
makes it easy to complete uni-
form orders through one easy-
to-use Web site. The final prod-
uct is shipped to the Soldier or
Airmen's door, ready to wear
right out of the box, with no
ACUs and BDUs can be or-
dered along with add-on items
such as boots, belts, t-shirts
and socks. For a small fee a
local alterations contractor
will even attach all nametapes,
rank, insignia, badges and
patches on BDUs before they
"This is the most convenient
way for an Airman or officer to
purchase a set of BDUs," said
Maj. Brian Schooley, Army and
Air Force Exchange Service Air
Force military clothing program
manager. "The uniform is deliv-
ered directly to
the mailbox and
once the local
is attached the
uniform is ready
since July 24, the
may be accessed
by logging on to
to click shop by
to begin creat- AAFES' onl
ing their custom the opportu
uniform. the "Unifor
"This is a great opportunity
for active and Reserve Soldiers
in remote locations to purchase
their ACUs," said Maj. Lula
Hart-Evans, AAFES Army mili-
ine Web site gives members
nity to order by number using
m Ready-to-Wear feature.
tary clothing program man-
ager. "Assembling a complete
uniform is now as simple as
using a pull down menu."
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Senior Airman Shannon Van Wagner, 325th MDG aerospace medical technician, helps
Maj. Thomas Toffoli, 325th MDG flight surgeon, adjust an oxygen mask to get a proper seal.
Flight medicine keeps aircrew healthy
SENIORAIRMAN SARAH McDowELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(Editor's note: This is the
second story in the three-part
feature series highlighting the
325th Medical Group 's women 's
health clinic, flight medicine and
Whenever something breaks,
such as an aircraft, there is some-
one standing by ready and able to
fix it. But, what happens if those
who fly the aircraft "break?"
Keeping these men and women
flying is a critical task, and that's
when the 325th Medical Group's
Flight Medicine steps in.
"Our goal is to keep fliers
flying and ensure they are physi-
cally capable of doing their job
safely," said Maj. Darin Gun-
ninck, 325thAeromedical Dental
Squadron nurse manager.
The flight provides medi-
cal support for Tyndall's 325th
Fighter Wing and tenant units.
"We go over their records
with a fine toothed comb,' said
Dr. (Maj.) Manoj Ravi, a flight
surgeon with the 325th Aero-
medical-Dental Squadron. "We
have to adhere to very stringent
standards in the Air Force in-
With a staff of only four flight
surgeons for a population of
about 1,600 patients, practicing
flight medicine is a job that can
be demanding, but it appears that
the folks at Tyndall do it well.
As in other shops, even "ordi-
nary" tasks such as deployments
can make the job even more dif-
"As with everybody else in-
volved in the war on terror, we
have been affected by deploy-
ments this year," said Major
Gunnink. "What is unique to us,
is that we had two flight surgeons
deployed this year, and one had a
permanent change of station which
left us with only two doctors for
nine months out of the year."
The doctors may incur these
challenges, but when it comes
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to their patients, they study the chal-
lenges of the unique work environ-
To help the doctor further un-
derstand the stresses and strains
students experience in the cockpit,
flight doctors fly once a month. They
also review the aircraft' heads up
display tapes to further familiarize
"We fly with the pilots to see what
they go through and frankly, I can tell
you, it's like being in a boxing match,"
he said. "It's hard work. Not only do
they have to manage the G-forces,
they have to maintain an optimum
level of situational awareness as they
fly and fight. They have to process a
lot of information in a short time, so
it's critical they don't get fixated on
one element of flight or distracted by
He said once an issue, whether
physical or mental, is discovered, a
thorough assessment is conducted
and a course of action involving the
appropriate officials is determined.
"A minor ache on the ground can
become a significant issue in the air,"
he said. "We have to be aware of any
little thing that can throw off a pilot's
Major Ravi said his interaction with
students can either be formal, through
office visits, or informal, through vis-
its to the fighter squadrons. Referrals
are another source of information,
though the major said that referrals
don't often happen here.
"We hang out at the operations desk
and as the fliers get more comfortable
with you, they'll ask questions. We
try to address the minor issues at the
The doctor said the two favorite
parts of his job are the flying and work-
ing with the instructors and students.
"Fighter pilots have some inherent
characteristics that make them suc-
cessful," Major Ravi said. "They are
extremely intelligent and good at mul-
titasking. They never do anything half
way, no matter the task, so we have to
watch out that they don't oversaturate
Also during their squadron visits,
they are not only interacting with
instructors and students, they are as-
sessing the overall occupational envi-
ronment to ensure it is "conducive to
operational effectiveness," according
to the major.
"Pilots live to fly and fight," the
doctor said. "They want to be healthy
and they want to fly, and you're help-
ing them achieve that goal, it's a great
Tricare helps customers understand
allowable charges with Web site
FALLS CHURCH, Va. Tricare Management
Activity posted its allowable charges on an easy-to-
use Web site.
The cost of medical care varies widely across the
country, and neither hospitals nor doctors' offices usu-
ally post their charges for various procedures.
That makes it hard for patients to judge if they're
being charged a reasonable amount for operations or
examinations. By making its maximum allowable
charges easily available to the public, Tricare's intent
is to level the playing field a little between medical
service providers and users.
"We have a responsibility to help educate the public
on health care issues," said William Winkenwerder, Jr.,
assistant secretary of defense (health affairs.) "With
medical costs continuing to spiral upward, the more the
consumer knows the better. This information could be
especially useful for people with no insurance, who may
be able to negotiate pricing with their physicians."
The new Web site shows the Tricare Maximum al-
lowable charge tables, listing the most frequently used
procedures, more than 300 of them, and the amount
Tricare is legally allowed to pay for them. These
charges are tied to Medicare allowable charges, ef-
fectively making them a federal standard for health
Tricare figures the allowable charge from all
professional (non-institutional) providers' bills
nationwide, with adjustments for specific localities,
over the previous year. A claims processor can tell
a provider the allowable charge amount for specific
services or procedures and now, anyone can see the
charges on the new Web site.
The rate table uses the Healthcare Common Proce-
dure Coding System. The charges in this table don't
reflect discounts regional contractors may negotiate
with Tricare network providers, so they may differ
from the amounts shown on TRICARE beneficiaries'
explanation of benefits.
The Tricare allowable charges are listed on line at
(Courtesy of Tricare)
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