Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts
The National Prison-
ers of War/Missing in
Action Recognition Day
Ceremony will start with
a 24-hour vigil run begin-
ning at 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at
Contact your first ser-
geant to sign up for the
event. For more infor-
mation, contact Senior
Airman Theresa Edmiston
A POW/MIA luncheon
is scheduled 11:45 a.m.
Sept. 15 at the Enlisted
Club. The cost is $14 for
club members and $16 for
non-members. For more
Armed Forces Voters
week starts ... PAGE 7
Medical records are
going electronic ...
The "Pigskin Prog-
nosticator" is back in
action ... PAGE 15
Fill 'er up!
Senior Airman Kelly Timmerman, 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, wheels an external fuel tank un-
der an F-15 Eagle here. The tank holds 600 gallons of fuel and is one of three that can be put on the jet.
Section commander awarded Airman's Medal
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
A Tyndall lieutenant, who
risked her life to save others,
was awarded the Airman's
Medal here Tuesday.
While on her way home
from work Nov. 7, 2005,
2nd Lt. Shannon Bancroft,
325th Maintenance Opera-
tions Squadron section com-
mander, was the first to take
action at the scene of a four-
car accident on Highway 231
in Panama City.
"I have done
it before and it
is something I
would do again,"
she said, referring
to the aid she provided
an injured victim at
Medal is awarded
to Airmen who dis-
by performing a heroic
act not involving
combat, which may
Sput their lives at
F "I understand the
stature that comes
\\ th this medal," said
"I am also very
I could never leave
or walk away from
a situation where
somebody was hurt
and needed help. I only did
what came naturally. I ap-
preciate that others see what
I did as brave, but for me, I
did what seemed right and
didn't think twice about it."
The accident in Novem-
ber was the fourth accident
Lieutenant Bancroft has
responded to in her lifetime,
and she has risen to the chal-
lenge every time.
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Vol. 65, No. 34
Sept. 1, 2006
Page 2 Gulf Defender
Sept. 1, 2006
What team are you cheering
for this football season?
Not even the sergeant of arms can stomach the grog bowl. Senior
Airman Mayra Duarte, 325th Communication Squadron communi-
cations cable system journeyman, adds a "special sauce" to the
grog during the 325th Mission Support Group's dining out cere-
mony held Aug. 25 for the group's Airmen and their families.
Can you identify this ob-
ject? If so, send an e-mail
to email@example.com with
"Identify this" in the sub-
ject line. Three correct
entries will be chosen at
random and drawn from
a hat to determine the fi-
nal winner. The prize can
be claimed at the Public
Affairs office. Staff Sgt.
Lewis Pittman, 325th Air-
craft Maintenance Squad-
ron crew chief, correctly
guessed the Aug. 25
"Identify this" as a rubber
duck bill. Congratulations,
Sergeant Pittman. 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
"To be loyal to my home state, I
cheer for the Green Bay Packers
and University of Wisconsin."
SENIOR MASTER SGT. RON HAGEN
325th Medical Group
"I cheer for the University of Mi-
ami because I'm from Florida."
STAFF SGT. JOHN BERRY
325th Medical Support Squadron
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"I'm a Florida girl, so I cheer forthe
University of Florida and I like the
New England Patriots."
AIRMAN BASIC WHITNEY SOLANO
325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
"Florida State is the best team in
AIRMAN MATT SIMMONS
325th Communications Squadron
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C' .-1 4 f"r t'lC'
CAPT. BRAD DEVOE
Area Defense Counsel
If your first sergeant calls you into his office and
says you are being charged with a crime, you are be-
ing accused of a crime by the Office of Special Inves-
tigation or Security Forces, or
you may have done something
illegal and you want advice "An Article 15
about what to do next, call the
Area Defense Counsel. navigating this prc
As the new ADC on the de-
fense team here, I am a licensed cA
attorney who helps military
members who are in, or could
be in, legal trouble with the
military justice system. Together with my team mem-
ber, a defense paralegal, my duty is to work hard to
represent the interests of our clients.
We provide legal services to military members
who face a variety of situations including courts-
martial, Articles 15, administrative discharges, let-
ters of reprimand, admonishment and counseling,
unfavorable information files and other adverse
I strongly recommend anyone facing court-martial,
administrative discharge or non-judicial punishment
under Article 15, to contact our office for advice.
An Article 15 can
have serious career con-
sequences, and no one
n have serious career
no one should consider should consider navigat-
ess alone." ing this process alone.
We will advise you of
fenBRAD DEVO your legal options, and
review any written re-
sponse you make to an
Article 15. Commanders
and first sergeants can also set up an appointment
with the ADC for any military member facing an
The ADC office is under a separate chain of com-
mand to avoid undue influence or the appearance
of undue influence. We operate independent of any
other agency on base, including the base legal office
or any tenant unit. This allows the ADC office to work
for the client's interest alone.
If we cannot represent a military member on
Tyndall AFB, then a defense counsel from another
base will be obtained.
My team and I are bound by law and our profession
to maintain strict confidentiality with our clients. All
communication we have with our clients is covered
by the attorney-client privilege. Thus, anything Air-
men tell us while we are representing them, remains
The ADC office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday Friday. The ADC can always be reached
through the Command Post for an emergency. All
clients should call ahead to set up an appointment,
but the office will do its best to meet the immediate
needs of walk-in clients. To make an appointment,
It is your right to request an attorney, and ADC
services are free. Remember, it is also your right to
remain silent if accused of a crime, and immediately
contact the ADC for guidance.
Use your voice, vote, to be heard on Capitol Hill
CHIEF MASTER SGT.
325th Maintenance Group superintendent
When I enlisted in 1977, there were
more than 600,000 Airmen in the
Air Force. In the very near future,
because of budget cuts, force shap-
ing, outsourcing and privatization,
the number will most likely be half
its current size. As our Air Force con-
tinues to get smaller, who is speaking
for us on Capitol Hill?
A better question might be, "What
are you doing for your voice to
BRIG. GEN. (S) TOD WOLTERS
325th Fighter Wing commander
be heard?" Some options for be-
ing heard include writing letters to
elected officials, e-mailing politi-
cians through their Web sites or
leaving voice mail messages at their
offices to voice your concerns. If
you are a registered voter, you will
most likely receive a response. But
most elected officials are bombarded
on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis
with e-mail and phone messages to
the extent that most messages don't
get a response.
So with that said, how can you
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
be sure your needs are being met by
lawmakers on Capitol Hill? I can
answer that question with five simple
words: Support a professional mili-
Generally, I am amazed by the
expressions and answers I receive
when I ask Airmen if they are mem-
bers of a professional organization.
Organizations such as the Air Force
Association, Air Force Sergeants
Association, the Noncommissioned
Officers Association, the Retired
Officers Association, the Vietnam
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
to help you resolve any issues with
a base agency.
Pass and Registration 283-4191
Medical and Dental 283-7515
Veterans of America, the American
Legion and the Veterans of Foreign
Wars just to name a few speak for
us daily on Capitol Hill.
Unfortunately, as our total force
gets smaller, so does their member-
ship, resulting in a smaller voice. So
what can we do to provide them with
a louder voice?
An organization with two or three
hundred thousand members has much
more influence to their respective
SSEE VOICE PAGE 4
MPF and I.D. 283-2276
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
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lobbyist than just 100,000 mem-
bers can provide. Much like
voting, registered voters during
an election can provide a very
loud message. Low numbers
of members send messages
like "we don't have the time,"
or "we don't really care about
the impact of the legislation
being considered." As the old
saying goes, "There is safety
in numbers," which essentially
means, the more people are
behind something, the more
Congress will pay attention to
an organization's wants and
Over the years, professional
military associations have had a
tremendous impact on our lives
as service members. Some of
the biggest issues they have
tackled have included: in-
creased allowances and reduc-
tion of out-of-pocket expenses
during permanent change of
station moves; increased pay
and benefits; approval of vari-
ous health care benefit expan-
sion demonstration projects
(i.e. Tricare Senior Prime);
achievement of an expanded
pharmacy benefit, "Tricare for
Life" benefit; quality-of-life
benefits for reservists and their
families; continued protection
of military stores (commissar-
ies and exchanges); elimination
of source taxes; elimination of
the Social Security Earnings
test; retirement protection and
"Impact Aid" funding for local
school districts educating the
children of military families
and many more.
As you can see, these orga-
nizations are here for us, the
men and women in uniform, but
they cannot be an effective and
respected presence on Capital
Hill without a powerful force
behind them. At the risk of
sounding like an old "brown
shoe" chief master sergeant,
if you aren't part of the solu-
tion, you're part of the
I encourage you .":
to consider join-
ing a professional
tion to make your
lifestyle on active
duty the best it
can be, while at the
same time, making
your future retire-
ment as fruitful
and beneficial as
you hope. Will .''
you be heard on
Capitol Hill? 'i
Ii 1 I
Sept. 1, 2006
Gulf Defender Page 5
a Unity run begins 9/11 remembrance here
1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
TyndallAirmen will gather at the start-
ing line not to race, but to remember.
The Sept. 11th Memorial Run is
scheduled to start at 7:46 a.m. in front
of the Fitness Center and continue
for one and a half miles, ending at
Flag Park. All military and civilian
S personnel are highly encouraged to
"The event is intended to honor
S j those lost in the terrorist attacks on
Sept. 11, 2001," said Master Sgt.
Kenneth Young, NCO in charge of
the Fitness Center and event coordi-
nator. "This event is for team unity.
t It's not a competition. People are
encouraged to form up at the starting
line with members of their groups
and squadrons and run or walk the
No official times will be recorded,
and no winners will be announced.
"Participants are encouraged to start
and finish the course together as squad-
rons to show camaraderie and unity,"
said Sergeant Young.
The event is scheduled to begin at
the Fitness Center with a welcome
message from the commander and an
invocation. The Tyndall Honor Guard
will ceremoniously post the colors near
the starting line.
"Posting of the colors at any event
is significant to me," said Tech. Sgt.
Tobin Winebrenner, Tyndall Honor
Guard NCO in charge. "The tragedy
affected people on a national scale,
and while people tend to forget events
over time, the memorial run shows
that Team Tyndall is united and hasn't
The run will end at Flag Park, where
Maj. Gen. Scott Mayes, Air Forces
Northern, Continential U.S. NORAD
Region commander, will lead a wreath
laying ceremony at 9 a.m.
Canadian Forces Brig. Gen. Marcel
Duval will also speak at the ceremony,
which will mark the fifth-year anniver-
sary of the attacks.
The event will honor those who
served on Sept. 11, 2001 and recog-
nize servicemembers who continue to
defend the nation through Operation
For more information or to par-
ticipate in the memorial events, contact
your first sergeant.
Sept. 1, 2006
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The Cedar Grove police department
lauded the lieutenant for her efforts
stating that it was a "brave" act pulling
someone from a gas and smoke-filled car.
"A lot of times people won't get in-
volved," said Lt. Bern Snell, a Cedar
Grove police officer who responded to
the accident. "We appreciate what she
did, and I know the woman (she saved)
After witnessing the accident, Lieutenant
Bancroft immediately established contact
with a woman trapped in her smoke-filled
car. She assessed the woman's injuries and
helped keep her calm. She also assisted the
on-scene police officer with getting every-
one away from the car in case the leaking
gasoline caught fire. The passenger-side
door was then pried open, and the woman
Sept. 1, 2006
was pulled from the car.
"The trunk was in the front seat and the
engine was in the dash (board)," said the
lieutenant. "It was a four-door, but it looked
like atwo-door car when I got there. I hated
to pull her from the car with a possible back
injury, but with gasoline pouring over my
feet, I didn't have a choice."
Once the paramedics arrived, they
asked Lieutenant Bancroft to continue
assisting the woman while they assessed
the other accident victims.
Since the day of the accident, the survi-
vor and the lieutenant have kept in touch. Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters, 325th Fight-
"I kept in contact with her and her hus- er Wing commander, pins the Airman's
band for about a month after the accident Medal on Lieutenant Bancroft during a
until I knew she was going to be alright," ceremony Tuesday.
she said. "When I would talk to her it was
pretty emotional, but I am so grateful she's ries. She always referred to me as her angel,
healthy and able to recover from her inju- which was very humbling as well."
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AEF Center reassigned to personnel center
WASHINGTON (AFPN) The Air
and Space Expeditionary Force Center be-
came assigned to the Air Force Personnel
Center at Randolph AFB, Texas, after an
announcement made by Air Force Chief of
Staff Gen. T Michael Moseley Aug. 29.
"This merger will allow AFPC total
visibility of Air Force requirements
spanning home station to the front lines,"
said Lt. Gen. Roger A. Brady, Air Force
deputy chief of staff, Manpower and Per-
sonnel. "The assignment process will have
clearer vision into the true requirements
and be able to set realistic priorities to
execute assignment policy. We'll be able
to better refine and target personnel policy
and programs within our expeditionary
The reassignment will synergize opera-
tions between the two centers and focus
on operation of personnel by merging
permanent authorizations, wartime re-
quirements and assignments under a single
"We can expect to see a more seam-
less flow of assignments, deployments,
personnel policies and programs that are
more in-tune with the AEF structure,"
said Maj. Joseph Schneider, 325th Mis-
sion Support Squadron military Personnel
flight commander. "This realignment will
allow the deployment process to become
align with other personnel processes as
well as garnering efficiencies from the
Personnel Services Delivery transforma-
Although the merger takes place at
headquarters level, results may be seen
at the base level.
"As time passes, I expect to see an
increased level of coordination in our
assignment and deployment processes,"
said Major Schneider. "MPF Airmen at
the base-level already have their eyes
directly on the wartime requirement.
The personnel readiness unit is the per-
sonnel deployment processing agency.
MPF Airmen, along with the installation
deployment officer in the logistics readi-
ness division, are the people providing
wing leadership visibility of our person-
nel wartime requirements."
"The AEF Center's continued focus
has been on making the AEF better for
our Airmen and the combatant com-
manders," said Col. Brian Kelly, AEFC
commander. "Combined with AFPC's
personnel expertise and worldwide
data systems, it will allow our Air
Force to better integrate total end-to-
end warfighter support."
Wartime requirements include air-
frames, munitions, equipment and many
other aspects necessary forthe fight. But
it's the management of the personnel that
will be the focus of this merger.
"The PRU is the hub of the person-
nel piece," said Maj. Schneider. "That
being said, this change will create
increased synergy between the AFPC
assignment officers, NCOs and their
counterparts at the AEFC which will
affect the assignment process. How
that happens remains to be seen, but the
changes will keep the Air Force's war-
time requirements top priority and serve
the needs of the individual Airman."
The AEFC's mission to execute the Air
Force battle rhythm and deliver versatile
air and space power will not change.
Maj. Gen. Tony Przybyslawski, AFPC
commander, understands the expedition-
ary culture, having been the commander of
the AEFC prior to his arrival at AFPC.
"This will be a seamless transition,"
General Przybyslawski said, "because you
don't get a second chance when it comes
to supporting the warfighter."
(Contributed by 325th Fighl, Wng
Sept. 3-9 is Armed Forces
Voters Week, a DOD-wide
event to promote voting aware-
ness to military members and
Although there is no presi-
dential election this year, many
states have important congres-
sional or gubernatorial elec-
tions Nov. 7. The procedures
and deadlines to vote absentee
vary from state to state. Mem-
bers and dependents must
complete a Federal Postcard
Application to receive an ab-
More information is avail-
able online at www.fvap.gov,
which has specific instructions
for each state, or active-duty
members can contact their unit
voting assistance officers.
Sept. 1, 2006
Page 8 Gulf Defender
Medical records are going electronic with AHLTA
STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The 325th Medical Group, as well
as other medical facilities throughout
the Air Force, will soon be using the
Department of Defense's global elec-
tronic health record system to track
The system, known as Armed
Forces Health Longitudinal Technol-
ogy Application, will be used in 800
clinics and 70 hospitals throughout the
military by the end of December, said
"Tyndall began the conversion to
electronic records in August 2005,
and in October 2005, all new patient
encounters were entered electroni-
cally," said Capt. Robert Orlando,
325th Medical Support Squadron
resource management flight com-
mander. The system here will soon
be fully integrated with AHLTA, and
patient records will be available to
nearly 60,000 military healthcare
The new system has the potential
to serve more than nine million service-
members, retirees and their families.
"This transition gives instant access
to patients' health records 24 hours a
day, seven days a week. AHLTA enables
continuity of care for our military forces
from the battlefield to their home base,"
said Captain Orlando. "When minutes
matter the most, this can mean the dif-
ference between life and death."
AHLTA compiles information from
multiple locations, so beneficiaries will
no longer track records from various
sources. Healthcare providers will have
access to complete medical records,
which will help them determine the ap-
propriate treatment for patients.
The system will also reduce unneces-
sary repetition of lab tests or procedures
due to unavailable or lost records.
"Patients are at the heart of our AHL-
TA efforts," said the captain. "Rather
than a record that begins the day it was
established, this electronic health record
reaches back 25 months into legacy sys-
tems to include lab test results, prescrip-
tions and other ancillary information."
Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
Airman 1st Class Cindy Swain, 325th Medical Group aerospace
medical technician, reviews a medical record before filing it.
The long-term vision is to be able to
update all information in patients' digital
medical records from their first encounter
on the battlefield, to the care they receive
in stateside facilities. Defense officials
expect that feature to be possible within
the next three years.
"AHLTA has revolutionized our
records department. In the past, it could
take hours to find a patient record,"
said Captain Orlando. "Now it is only
a keystroke away."
ISI LI Amanaa a-errell
Ms. Marsh receives the Checkertail Salute Warrior of
the Week award from Col. Scott Davis, 325th Fighter
Wing vice commander.
Ms. Marsh performs squadron administrative duties such as
reviewing and tracking all performance reports, decorations and
memorandums. She also mentors new flight commanders and
organizes squadron social events. She volunteers in the com-
munity by supporting the March of Dimes organization.
Duty title: 325th Aeromedical-Dental
Squadron commander's secretary
Time on station: 15 years
Hometown: Clark Air Base, Philippines
Hobbies: Reading, running, spending
time with my family and home renovation
Goals: Promotion to GS-6 and getting my
computer technician certification
Favorite thing about Tyndall: The people
Favorite movie: "The Green Mile"
Favorite book: "The Real Deal" by Feen
Pet Peeves: Laziness
Proudest moment in the military: Pro-
motion to GS-5 and being part of 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-
The Gulf Defender is pub-
lished for people like
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Sept. 1, 2006
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I Training Stight
SGulf Defender Page 9
Diverse ALS setting enhances learning
What are you looking for-
ward to most about your first
I'll be moving to Royal Air
Force Lakenheath. I'm looking
forward to traveling and seeing
other parts of the world."
AItMAN 1ST CLASS
Mission Ready Airman
I 0BL IN R TOI oLY .AN i
IR, SPAE ND EISPAI
STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
What ob responsibilities do a medi-
cal technician, a crew chief and a pa-
trolman have in common?
The answer is supervision.
Supervision is one of the key ele-
ments taught in Airman Leadership
School throughout the Air Force.
In order to be an effective supervisor,
one important lesson must be learned :
diversity is every where.
Simply put, diversity refers to differ-
ences between people. These differenc-
es go beyond gender and race, and can
have a positive effect on the workplace
when managed properly, according to
ALS instruction material.
One of the many goals ALS instruc-
tors have is to show students how to use
their role as supervisors to ensure that
diversity in the workplace is accepted
Diversity is present in nearly every
aspect ofALS starting with the variety
of career fields represented by students
in the course.
"Each flight room is balanced by
race, gender and occupation prior to
any student entering the classroom,"
said Staff Sgt. James Parker, ALS
This offers a variety of different
answers and information from students
during classroom discussions.
'The variety of the answers allows
the students to explore leadership con-
cepts from multiple viewpoints," said
Sergeant Parker. "The open-minded-
ness to be willing to listen to an alter-
nate viewpoint, or be open to a process
Statt bgt. Stacey Haga
Senior Airmen Ronald Striggles and Jimmy Welch, ALS students, practice giv-
ing a performance feedback session while Senior Airmen Jessica Denard and
Daniel Bautista evaulate their classmates' communication skills.
change, can be an invaluable tool when
faced with the challenges of day-to-day
"Attending ALS with other career
fields gives us a better idea of how oth-
ers contribute to the mission also," said
Senior Airman Ronald Striggles, ALS
Through this diversity, the instructors
aim to teach students the importance of
"Teamwork cannot be truly success-
ful if the concept of diversity is not
understood and put into practice," said
Sergeant Parker. "Each member of a
team brings a unique talent or ability
that enables the team to accomplish
goals more effectively as a collective
unit than they would as an individual."
"Here we learn to understand the dif-
ferences in people and develop tolerance
and patience to better supervise and lead
Airmen," said Airman Striggles.
The lessons taught in ALS through
diversity help prepare Airmen for the
future structure of the Air Force.
"In an era when we are expected to do
'more with less,' we must focus on the
collective strengths, created in our dif-
ferences, to accomplish the mission as
efficiently and effectively as possible,"
said Sergeant Parker.
ALS instructors also strive to help the
students learn to overcome the barriers
of diversity, such as stereotyping and
prejudice, to increase teamwork and
the benefits of having a diverse working
"Everyone, in every Air Force Spe-
cialty Code, in every unit in the Air Force,
encounters diversity on a daily basis," said
Sergeant Parker. 'The benefits come from
capitalizing on the positive differences
and not exploiting the negative ones."
Get your Community
College of the Air Force
Fuel for thought
Airman Shane Moore and Airman 1st
Class Kevin Leonard, 372nd Train-
ing Squadron/Detachment 2 mission
ready Airmen, learn about the compo-
nents of a jet fuel starter with the as-
sistance of their instructor, Staff Sgt.
Michael Kell. The students are two
of six Airmen who graduated from
F-15 crew chief training Monday. In
the classroom, students use unser-
viceable parts to help them identify
aircraft components and understand
how they work in the Eagle.
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101 Critical Days of Summer closes Wednesday
Tyndall to continue applying safety lessons learned
Above: Airman 1st Class Mike Clifford, 325th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural
maintenance journeyman, replaces the rims on his tires at Tyndall's Hobby Shop. Car-
care professionals are available to offer assistance and ensure safety at the shop.
Below: Staff Sgt. Dacia Chenier, 325th Aeromedical-Dental Squadron aerospace physi-
ology technician, buckles her daughter, Aleena, into her car seat before heading home.
Seat belts prevent deaths in 42 percent of all potentially fatal crashes, according to the
AETC safety office. In the past three summers, almost 75 percent of all fatalities were
caused by vehicle accidents. Additionally, 90 percent of Air Force vehicle fatalities
Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga
Second Lieutenants Kevin Unks and Colin Cavanaugh, 325th Air Control Squadron air battle manager students, take a wet approach to fitness by participating in
lap swim at the base pool. Swimming tragedies can be avoided, said Air Education and Training Command's safety office, by observing all risks involved. Swim-
ming without flotation devices, having little aquatic experience, drinking alcohol and swimming alone are hazards to look out for while enjoying the water.
Matthew Hall makes his move during an intense game of
dodge ball at the Youth Center. Adults always referee.
."_ Chrissy Cuttita
Chrissy Cuttita Staff gt. Stacey Haga Staff Sgt. Jessie Snyder bats for the munitions flight softball Team 1
Second Lt. Anthony D'Agostino, 325th Air Control Squadron air battle manager student, Senior Airman Devon Williams, Air Forces Northern com- during this year's Ammo Bowl in August. Sports were listed as one
docks a boat at Bonita Bay after sailing with visiting friends and family. Boaters are encour- munications control center controller, uses weight equip- of the summer's highest mishap-related activities. Operational risk
ages to know how to properly use the equipment, understand rules of boating traffic and ment at the Fitness Center. Proper lifting techniques management is suggested as a way to access all situations.
Chrissy Cuttita wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets. should be used during this activity.
Records go online
Air Force bases are beginning a
two-year project to eliminate hardcopy
Unit Personnel Record Groups from
their respective military personnel
flights. Tyndall AFB is scheduled to
ship UPRGs to the Air Force Personnel
Center Nov. 6.
They will scan all records and have
them available for viewing in the Au-
tomated Records Management System
by Nov. 22. At that time Airmen will
have access to their own records by
logging on to ARMS at the AFPC
Secure Website. The MPF here thanks
casual lieutenants from the 325th Air
Control Squadron who have provided
great assistance in this effort.
Guard/ Reserve retirement
All eligible members of the Air
Force Reserve can now submit retire-
ment applications electronically via
the virtual Personnel Center Guard
This new Web-enabled service gives
Airmen the ability to monitor the status
of their application from start to finish.
Reservists can log on to the vPC-GR at
begin the process.
Protestant Women of the Chapel's
fall kickoff is scheduled from 9:30 to
11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Spiritual
Fitness, Bldg. 1476. To attend the
fellowship or for more information,
contact the Chapel at 283-2925.
The next Heart Link meeting is
scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 at the Enlisted Club Classics
Lounge. Heart Link is an orientation
about the Air Force mission and ser-
vices available to benefit every Air
Force spouse. For more information or
to make reservations, contact the Fam-
ily Support Center at 283-4205.
Best Beginnings Class
The Family Support Center will
host the Best Beginnings Class from
9 a.m. to noon Sept. 15 in the FSC
classroom, Bldg. 743. Infant and Child
CPR will be offered afterwards. When
calling, specify that you want to sign
up for the CPR class in addition to
Best Beginnings. The CPR class is
free; however, it is limited to eight
families. For more information and to
make reservations, call 283-4204.
The Thrift Shop has returned to its
regular operating hours of Wednesday-
Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Consignments are accepted from I.D.
cardholders from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday and Thursdays. The next
scheduled Saturday opening will be
from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 9. For more
information, call 286-5888.
The Seals Swim Club is a junior
league swim team at the Naval
Support Activity Panama City. It is
a competitive swim program that
offers individualized instruction,
stroke development, goal setting
and fun activities. There are six
swim meets scheduled for the fall
season. The club is now taking new
Practice times are from 4:30 p.m. to
6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday,
and 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
For more information, contact
coaches Mike and Kelley Hodges at
233-4831 or 319-0822.
Registration for Troy University
Term 2 runs Sept. 11 through Oct. 6.
Classes start Oct. 9 and end Dec. 17.
Students may register with an advi-
sor at any Troy University location
or online by accessing Trojan Web-
Express at www.troy.edu.
Degree programs, course offer-
ings and an admission application
can be found online at fwr.troy.edu.
Students desiring all online classes
may register through eCampus.
Case lot sale
The Commissary will have a
case lot sale Sept. 15-17. For more
information, call 283-4825 or go to
The Arts and Crafts Center will host
a scrapbooking class from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. Sept. 9. For reservations, call
Sept. 1, 2006
Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m.
Reconciliation, before Saturday
Mass or by appointment
Saturday Mass, 5 p.m.,
Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m.,
Religious Education, 11 a.m.,
Traditional worship service,
9:30 a.m., Chapel One
service, 11 a.m., Chapel Two
5 p.m., Chapel Two
(For more information on other
services in the local area, call the
Chaplain's office at 283-2925.)
Stattf gt Stacey Haga
Got it covered
Mary Glancy, Sand Dollar Inn housekeeper, makes a guest's bed in one of the lodging facilities.
The Sand Dollar Inn is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They cater to servicemembers, re-
tired military and their families. For information or to make a reservation, call 283-4211.
Sept. 1, 2006
Intramural Sports Standings
Striking a Heisman
Justin Murray, 325th Maintenance Squadron intramural flag football team player, clutches
the football as the 325th Civil Engineer Squadron team closes in on him for the flag. MXS
beat CES, 40-21 during their flag football game Aug. 24. The season started Aug. 21.
Super Prog is back who will win?
From the Emerald City
Thank goodness the NFL season is kicking off
Thursday. I finally have a good excuse for all the
cheese dip and beer in the refrigerator.
Seriously, though, I was going through with-
drawals. I've been watching ESPN Classic just
to get a fix of some gridiron action. But now,
beginning with the game in Pittsburgh, I'll have
six months of pigskin bliss.
Speaking of Pittsburgh, do you think they can
repeat their Super Bowl win? They seem pretty
fired up, but two losses in the preseason, Jerome
Bettis retiring and Ben Roethlisberger's Evel
Knievel impersonation may have shaken their
resolve. Let's hope so. I mean, they stole the
Super Bowl once, but can they afford to buy off
referees two years in a row?
The team that lost Super Bowl XL, the Se-
attle Seahawks, looks good on paper, but teams
that lost the championship in the past have not
made it back to the Bowl the next year. But who
knows? Maybe Shaun Alexander and Matt Has-
selbeck can take the 'Hawks down the
road to Super Bowl XLI. Stranger things r1
have happened. 1,
Here at Tyndall, I'm interested to
see who can make it to Super Prog f
II. Last season, 325th CONS took
the trophy home. I have to know:
Can they do it again?
"We don't live in the past," said CONS' newest
picker, Tom Reese. "While others may be focused
on our incredible success from last year, we prefer
to engage our resources on today's battle."
While eloquently put, a simple, "Yes," would
have worked fine.
The squadron CONS went head to head in last
year's Super Prog with the 325th MOS, but didn't
sign up to play this year. Reese wasn't surprised.
"If you can't be the best at something, don't
do it," he said. "Some organizations realize this
and wisely chose not to play."
It feels great to be at the top, but what about
being the last place team?
"We strategically finished last because we're
building a dynasty," said John Trachte of the
325th MXS team. "We wanted to lull people into
a false sense of security before we go on to be
Yeah, yeah. But does that mean you can
knock CONS from their Super Prog throne?
"They should enjoy it while
they can," said Trachte. "They
won't be there for long."
I smell a challenge ... or
maybe it's just all that cheese
dip in the refrigerator.
Now, let's get out there and watch
I. some football!
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Men's Varsity Basketball Try-Outs
Try-outs and practice for the 2006-
2007 Tyndall Tigers Men's Varsity
Basketball team are scheduled to
begin at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday at the Fit-
ness Center. All in-
are encouraged to
sign-up now at the
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Page 14 Gulf Defender
Air Force lieutenant breaks Army push-up record
Air Force Print News
CAMP SHELBY, MISS. -
One hundred and sixty two.
That was the installation
record for the most push-ups
in the Army's Camp Shelby
gas chamber without wearing a
mask. And thus a challenge was
made to the Airmen attending
combat skills training here.
Without a second thought,
1st Lt. Stephen Maddox picked
up the gauntlet.
Lieutenant Maddox, cen-
ter, runs in Tyndall's Pris-
oner of War/Missing in
Action vigil Sept. 2005.
He'd certainly done more
than 162 push-ups before the
lieutenant played football for the
Air Force Academy before his
current assignment to the 325th
Urged on by his fellow Airmen,
he answered with two words:
First up was his actual gas
chamber qualification. He'd have
to knock that out before moving
on to the challenge. After some
quick calisthenics, he dropped
his mask and did 70 push-ups.
For Lieutenant Maddox, it was
"The record was set back in
2004 by a Wisconsin National
Guardsman," said Army Master
Sgt. Jerry Nickles, a nuclear, bio-
logical and chemical non-com-
missioned officer and training
instructor. "The push-ups aren't
the problem I've seen people
do 200. It's staying in there with
all that gas."
With the chamber filled with
tear gas, Lieutenant Maddox
and several supporters entered.
He tore off his mask and imme-
diately hit the ground to start his
shot at the record.
Others joined in, removing
their gas masks as well and
keeping pace with
the lieutenant. One
Airman did 17 be-
fore he had to get
out. Another did
as many as 50. By
the time Lieuten-
ant Maddox hit
his first 70, he'd
hit his stride.
"I knew I had
to just keep at it,"
the lieutenant said.
"There was no
way I was going te record
ups in the
He took a cou-
ple of breaks, but as the effects
of the gas would set in, he im-
mediately got back to task. One
by one, his supporters fled the
room the gas was too much
for them to stay inside.
A few minutes later, Lieuten-
ant Maddox emerged from the
chamber. A crowd of more than
100 Airmen stood by, waiting to
hear if he'd done it.
"165!" someone yelled out.
The crowd went wild; his bois-
terous supporters kept calling
out the number. No one could
believe it, not even the Sol-
diers who instruct the training
Air Force News
it Maddox, left, pumps out
d breaking number of push-
Camp Shelby gas chamber.
"Plenty have tried and have
done 50, 60, 70," Sergeant
Nickles said. "I certainly didn't
think he'd do it. That record will
be around for a while; no one is
For Lieutenant Maddox, the
victory was one of Air Force
pride and friendly competition
with the sister services.
"When they told us about it,
they issued it as a challenge,"
Lieutenant Maddox said. "The
Air Force never backs down
from a challenge.
"Plus it's always good to beat
the Army," laughed the former
'Your Guardians of Freedom' site set to scale down
WASHINGTON (AFPN) Budget
constraints and contract services reductions
have forced officials to make changes to
the "Your Guardians of Freedom" Web site
starting Oct 1.
The Web site enables Air Force members
to order pins for employers of activated
Guardsmen (E pin), parents (P pin) and
spouses (S pin). Pin recipients also receive
a personalized letter signed by the Air Force
secretary and chief of staff thanking them
for supporting the Airman's service.
The pins are a contemporary adaptation of
the World War II "E" flags used to recognize
companies for contributions to the war effort.
The program was established in Novem-
ber 2001 to recognize employer support
of activated Guard and Reserve Airmen. It
expanded in 2003 to recognize parents of
total force Airmen, spouses of Airmen and
Air Force civilians.
"To date more than 833,000 pins have The next phase of the program will
been delivered," said Capt. Tynisha Jones- include a new user-friendly Web site. The
Vincent, YGOF program "S" pin will continue to
manager. "Basic training and Than *RP ri I e be available to order on-
officer accessions have been line for active-duty mem-
the biggest customers of the bers through the Air Force
program." Portal. This will allow Air
Enlisted and officer acces- Force members who have
sions will continue to have married since joining the
the opportunity to order and service the opportunity to
present the "P" pin to their order a spouse pin.
parents or "S" pin to their n l The "E" pin will no lon-
spouses at their graduations. ger be available after the
The change to the program Oct. 1 deadline.
leaves it open only to new accessions. Other Additionally, "My Mommy is an Air-
members have until Oct. 1 to use the Web site men" and "My Daddy is an Airmen" books
for placing orders. are available for distribution through base
"Members still have two months to order agencies. These books are aimed at el-
parent pins; we will make sure all orders ementary-aged children to help give them
and backorders received through Oct. 1 are a better understanding of the Air Force as
fulfilled," Captain Jones-Vincent said. children of deployed Airmen.
Sept. 1, 2006
Gulf Defender Page 15
Family practice fulfills wide range of patient needs
SENIOR AIRMAN SARAH MCDOWELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(Editor 's note: This is the last of a
three-part feature series highlighting
the 325th Medical Group's women's
health clinic, flight medicine, and
For most base members active
duty, retired, family members and
many others this intensely busy
location is the center of their health-
It's where patients of all ages
typically go to visit their medical care
provider and receive routine treatment
for everything from minor body aches
to chronic illnesses.
This hub of the medical wheel at
Tyndall is the 325th Medical Opera-
tions Squadron's family practice clin-
ic. The roughly 46-plus staff members
are part of the squadron's medical
services flight, one that also includes
physical therapy, immunizations and
internal medicine clinics under its
wide umbrella of primary care.
With a total patient pool of 16,200
people, one could infer that, at least
for staff members, this clinic is no
place for the 'faint of heart.'
"As one of the busiest family practic-
es in the command, they currently have
seven total providers (down recently
from nine), who have about 1,500 pa-
tients enrolled to each of them," said
Master Sgt. Alberto Boykin, 325th
Family practice is organized into two
primary care managementteams -Eagle
and Raptor. Each team has four subunits
consisting of a provider (a doctor, phy-
sician assistant or nurse practitioner),
a nurse (usually a captain or major),
two enlisted aerospace medical service
technicians and an administrative tech-
nician. The providers typically care for
more than 30 patients daily.
Incoming patients first meet with
an administrative technician who en-
sures they are fully checked in, pulls
their medical record and posts it to the
member's respective provider.
The medical service technicians
screen the record for any missing or
inconsistent data, ensuring that when
the provider enters the treatment or
examination room, they avoid wast-
ing time because of disconnects in
Next, they perform a variety of
initial checks, such as weight, blood
pressure and temperature. In addition
to assisting providers with routine
appointments, medical service techni-
cians also spend many hours poring
over active-duty members' Physical
Health Assessment records, ensur-
ing Tyndall troops on world wide
deployment status are physically and
administratively fit to fight.
A new practice is on the horizon
called Pulminary Function tests,
which will allow providers to di-
agnose pulmonary-related disease,
said Maj. Timothy Howerton, 325th
MDOS physician assistant.
As for the appointment line, pa-
tients are urged to refrain from calling
the appointment line during the daily
peak period, which is from 7-8 a.m.,
when several hundred callers may be
attempting to get through.
"Our new information help line
has been designed to direct patients
to the appropriate office for needs,"
Sergeant Boykin said. "The Tricare
Service center, where patients can
go if they have needs, is now located
next to the main pharmacy for ben-
efit questions, billing issues or other
Another way the clinic has improved
is by using the Armed Forces Health
Longitudinal Technology Application
Staff Sgt. Allison Bir demonstrates how to attach an electrocar-
diogram machine on Airman Josue Cuevas. An EKG is an impor-
tant part of patients' initial evaluation when they have a heart relat-
ed problem. Both Airmen are 325th Medical Operations Squadron
medical service technicians.
system, which tracks electronic medi- "The mission of family practice is to
cal records, instead of the Provider keep active duty members fit to fight
Graphic User Interface, a patient in- at all times through preventive medi-
formation software program. cine," Major Howerton said.
Sept. 1, 2006
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Tyndall AFB AAFES Labor Day
weekend holiday hours
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Cool Beanz Coffee
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9 a.m. 5 p.
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10 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
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6 a.m. 9 p.m.
10 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
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Other Base Facilities
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