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Vol. 65, No. 35

Change of Command
The 83rd Fighter
Weapons Squadron
Change of Command
Ceremony is at 3 p.m.
today in Hangar 5.
Lt. Col. Raymond
O'Mara will relinquish
command to Lt. Col. Terry

Sept. 11


The memorial run is
scheduled for 7:46 a.m.
Monday at the Fitness
Center. Participants are
encouraged to line up at
the start with their squad-
rons or groups.
The run will end at
Flag Park where a wreath
laying ceremony will be
held at 9 a.m. All military
and civilian personnel
and their families are
encouraged to attend.
For more information,
contact your first sergeant
or call the Fitness Center
at 283-2631.

Tyndall's newest ALS
and NCO Academy grad-
uates ... PAGE 7

Kickoff week for the
NFL and Pig Prog ...

The 325th ACS wel-
comes exchange students
... PAGE 14

AAFES promotes safe-
ty at the fuel pump ...


Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts

Standing Proud
Tyndall Honor Guard members,
Staff Sgts. Joseph Alers and
Austin Weeks (far right), stand
at attention during a graduation
ceremony for 14 newly inducted
Honor Guard members Aug. 18.
Senior Airman Aquilino Alveo-
Forbes (far left), Honor Guard
lead trainer, presented the flight
of graduates to Lt. Col. Cynthia
Brown, 325th Services Squadron
commander, as first sergeants,
supervisors and other support-
ers looked on. For more on the
Honor Guard, turn to Page 10.
1st Lt Amanda Ferrell

Airman, community 'voice' remembered

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Tyndall lost a dear Air
Force family member Sat-
urday with the passing of
Maj. Gen. Larry Fleming, 31
years and one day after he
retired from the Air Force.
He was well known for
his active voice on the base
and in Bay County, where
he lived since shortly after
he retired.
"He was active, no ques-
tion about it," said retired
Maj. Gen. Carl Peterson.
"He was always looking at
what we were doing and how

it affects future generations.
He'd always do his research
and never back off a posi-
Though the two friends
did not hold official titles
downtown, General Peterson
called himself and General
Fleming "neighborhood ex-
On base, the Retirees Ac-
tivities office has definitely
been influenced by General
Fleming. In fact, he was pri-
marily responsible for setting
it up in 1978 and for often
monitoring and manning it
until just one week ago.

Maj. Gen. Larry Fleming

"I thought he was a great
individual," said retired
Chief Master Sgt. Doyle
Wade, RAO volunteer. "He

was always looking out for
the military."
General Fleming's first
experience at Tyndall was as
a student at the Air Tactical
School in 1947. While at-
tending training here, he was
assigned as a fighter pilot
to the 1st Fighter Group at
March Field, Calif.
A decorated war veteran,
General Fleming served in
World War II with the 55th
Fighter Group in England,
flying the P-51 Mustang and
is credited with 197 combat
hours in 38 missions.

Trst Temok Tranin

Sept. 8, 2006

Gulf Defender

Sept. 8, 2006

28th Test Squadron/Detachment 2 focus:

What is the most marketable

skill in your career field?

Hearts apart
Christina Jones points to where she wants a heart painted on
her face by Jan Sheffield, a family readiness consultant from
the Airman and Family Readiness Center here. More than 100
Tyndall Airmen, who will be deploying over the next few weeks,
gathered with their families at the Enlisted Club Aug. 30 for the
"Warrior Farewell" ceremony. The ceremony featured activities
for children and information from base agencies to help fami-
lies prepare for the upcoming deployment.

"Research and problem solving are
the most marketable skills in engi-
neering because you have to form a
plan to attack problems."

"Leadership skills, diverse engi-
neering experience and exposure to
high levels of responsibility are the
most marketable skills."

F-16 lead contract engineer Developmental engineer and flight commander

Can you identify this
object? If so, send an
e-mail to editor@tyndall. with "Identify this"
in the subject line.
Three correct entries
will be chosen at ran-
dom and drawn from a
hat to determine the fi-
nal winner. The prize can
be claimed at the Public
Affairs office.
No one correctly guessed
the "Identify this" for
Sept. 1. Since it was so
difficult, we may run it
again in a future issue of
the Gulf Defender. Better
luck next time!

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

"Computer skills are the most mar-
ketable because as a client support
administrator, I'm the first defense
for computer problems."

Administrative assistant

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

"Knowledge, experience and per-
sonal skills to handle unique and
challenging situations are the most
marketable skills in my field."

Facility security manager

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

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Pivotal time in Air Force calls for new perspective
CAPT. MIKE GARRETT our war fighting skills as Airmen. It's every Airman's from old practices. If the Republic would have lost,
325th Fighter Wing deputy chief of plans responsibility, and it will take each of us to ensure our history would have defined the moment as a setting
As Airmen we will soon, and some have already, feel Air Force's goals are met. sun. At this pivotal time, our Air Force must adjust
the effects of having to do less with less. Why is this? With such a task ahead, I feel it's important to ap- to the transformation at hand.
Take into consideration our aging fleet of aircraft, ply an old vision to today's challenge. In the face of Our commanders are going to need our help. Each
which need to be replaced and debt from the current adversity the words of one of our founding fathers, Airman today has inherited the task of doing less
war, which is soon expected to exceed an estimated Benjamin Franklin, captures it best. During the Con- with less to ensure mission accomplishment and the
$320 billion. These issues, among others, are driving stitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin future success of our Air Force. Do your part. Take
our Air Force to make serious adjustments through was waiting to sign a document that would hold the a look around your work centers and make note of
programs such as Force Shaping and Program Budget fate and destiny of our nation. During the convention, programs and processes that can be done better. Make
Decision 720. By design, these programs will realign his eyes fell upon a carving on the back of George suggestions for improvement through the chain of
and cut our force structure by 40,000 people over the Washington's chair, a carving ofahalfsun. He stared command and "take the football and run with it."
next 15 months. We will all be affected directly or thoughtfully at it for a moment, and then proclaimed Propose solutions to problems, not complaints to
indirectly because it's a part of our lives now and will words that would be remembered forever, problems, and expect to have greater responsibility
be for several years to come. havee oftenlookedatthatpicturebehindthepresident regardless of your rank. These are just a few things
With challenges of modernizing the aircraft fleet without being able to tell whether it was a rising sun or we can all do to contribute.
and maintaining the best trained Airmen in the world setting sun. Now at length, I have the happiness to know Through each of our efforts and team work, we
on a limited budget, we also have the daunting task of that it is indeed a rising, not a setting sun," he said. will ensure that the Air Force will continue to be a
ensuring mission accomplishment. Simply, we cannot What do you think Benjamin Franklin meant and strategic player in our national defense. Tyndall's
continue to operate with the old practices and organi- how does it relate to us now? At a pivotal time of mission of guaranteeing air dominance will remain
national structures that we have in the past. We must change in our history, he knew that we had to sepa- the forefront of supporting the Combat Air Forces,
do it better, smarter and more efficiently without losing rate from the comfortable "norm," and break away and America will always claim victory.

Details make difference, set us apart from others

736th Security Forces Squadron commander
Guam Undoubtedly, at some time in
our life we have all been told, "Don't
sweat the small stuff."
But instead, I would argue to say,
"Sweat the small stuff." It's the small
stuff that is going to set you apart. More
on that in a minute.
We all rose our right hand and vol-
unteered to become part of this great
Air Force for various reasons.
Some may have entered to serve
the country, some to pay for college
and some may have entered out of

Action Line
Call 283-2255

325th Fighter Wing commander

a sense of patriotism following
Sept. 11, 2001.
No matter what our reasons, the
overwhelming majority of today's
Airmen care a great deal about the Air
Force and are passionate about their
job and career field. With that passion
comes the drive to excel and the pride
that is felt from ajob well done.
But for some reason, many people
don't let that passion or pride drive them
all the way through their objective.
Many people have their eyes set on
large targets, but end up missing the small
ones. While large targets are important,
it's the small ones that can add up.

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

"Sweat the small stuff, and the small
stuff will set you apart."
736th Secunty Forces Squadron commander

I had a commander once tell me the
difference between a good unit and a
great unit is the attention to detail. He
couldn't have been more right.
Think of it like this. You have moved
to a new assignment. Upon your ar-
rival, you may have had someone meet
you at the airport. They may have had

problem, call me at 283-2255.
For fraud, waste and abuse calls,
you should talk to the 325th Fighter
Wing Inspector General's Office,
Calls concerning energy abuse
should be referred to the energy hot
line, 283-3995.
Below are more phone numbers
to help you resolve any issues with a
base agency.
Commissary 283-4825
Pass and Registration 283-4191
Medical and Dental 283-7515
MEO 283-2739

a vehicle waiting for you, and they
may have even driven you to your
hotel or on-base lodging.
While there is nothing wrong with
that welcome, some attention to the
small details would really have made
an impact.
Suppose that same sponsor met
you at the airport with a welcome
package, knew not only your name, but
the name of your family members and
pets, took you to pick up your rental car,
gave you a quick tour of the surrounding
area, drove you to your room, and even


MPF and I.D. 283-2276
SFS Desk Sgt. 283-2254
Services 283-2501
Legal 283-4681
Housing 283-2036
CDC 283-4747
Wing Safety 283-4231
ADC 283-2911
Finance 283-4117
Civil Engineer 283-4949
Civilian Personnel 283-3203
Base Information 283-1113
Thank you for helping me improve
Tyndall, and I look forward to hearing
from you.

Sept. 8, 2006

Page 4 Gulf Defender

had some kind of food and drinks waiting
for you in your room.
Those are the little details that delin-
eate a good sponsor program with a great
sponsor program. Just those little details
tell a newly arrived Airman that the unit
they are now assigned to is squared away
and ready for them.
One more example could be your
unit's physical training program.
Suppose your unit's physical train-
ing program is conducted on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday. Stretching is
left up to each individual, the run can be
however far or fast you would like and
then after the run, everyone gets back
together for cool-down stretches.
Now consider that same program
where the unit fell into formation for
stretches, everyone was in the Air Force
PT uniform, everyone participated in
calisthenics, an organized run was con-
ducted for a known distance or pace,
everyone conducted cool-down stretches
together and then "pass-ons" and orders
of the day were issued.
While they are both effective PT
programs, those little details easily set
apart the good PT program from the
great PT program. As good programs

turn into great programs, the standard
will be set.
The next thing you know, the squad-
ron on a whole has transformed from a
good squadron to a great squadron.
To put this all in perspective, small
things not only can set a good unit
apart from a great unit, they can save
The attention to detail that comes
with "sweating the small stuff' will
help maintainers ensure all the tools
are properly secured before the aircraft
engines turn, they will help engineers
ensure the electrical box is locked out
before wires are cut, they will help
trainers ensure the latest information is
taught to teams deploying down range.
The list can go on and on.
Practicing, demanding and enforc-
ing attention to detail does not mean
you are obsessive-compulsive; it
means you care about your job and
your Airmen. It means you have the
passion and pride not only to do what
is right, but to go that extra mile and
make sure your task, unit, wing and
Air Force are as squared away as they
can possibly be.
Sweat the small stuff, and the small
stuff will set you apart.

AETC kicks off CFC

AETC commander
Each year the Combined Federal
Campaign gives us the opportunity
to give much needed support back
to our local communities. Last year
we did a fantastic job of meeting or
exceeding all our set goals. Your
contributions to CFC made an in-
credible difference in the lives of
those less fortunate than ourselves.
As this year's drive begins, I en-
courage you to support the organi-
zations of your choice.
As you know, CFC is impor-

tant to our communities and our
Air Force. CFC is one way of
showing how much we appreciate
our community neighbors, and an
opportunity to give back to those
who support us through thick and
thin. I encourage you to join me
in making this year's CFC our best
effort yet.
Thank you for all you do to
make AETC a "command of
choice," and for the important
role you play in developing
America's Airmen today ... for

Sept. 8, 2006

Gulf Defender Page 5

Tyndall prepares for CFC 2006

BASE, Texas The 2006 to 2007
Combined Federal Campaign
runs Sept. 1 through Dec. 15 for
both continental United States
and overseas bases.
Tyndall's CFC campaign
starts Tuesday followed
by a Kickoff Breakfast,
which is scheduled for
7 a.m. Wednesday at the
Officers' Club for all com-
manders, key workers, first
sergeants and chiefs. The
campaign will end Oct. 24.
Last year, federal employ-
ees and servicemembers donated
a record setting $268 million to
the CFC. Contributions can be in
cash, check or by payroll deduc-
"There are numerous local and
national agencies that need our
help," said Senior Master Sgt.
Billy Simmons, Tyndall's CFC

project officer. "The minimum
contribution is $2 per month."
Military and civilian person-
nel who are deployed or will be
deployed during the campaign
will participate in the overseas

CFC at their deployed location
where they will have access to the
same national and international
Those people who wish to do-
nate to local charities may donate
to charities at the deployed loca-
tion. Ifmarried, they may obtain a
spousal CFC power of attorney to

complete local contribution forms
at their home base.
The CFC was established in 1961
and is the largest workplace charity
campaign in the country. This an-
nual fall fund-raising drive allows
nearly four million federal
employees and military per-
sonnel to contribute to thou-
sands of local and national
nonprofit organizations.
On average, one in four
federal employees or their
dependents will benefit
from the CFC charities this
year, according to CFC
Donors may designate which
charities receive their money by
filling out a pledge card.
The CFC Web site is at www.
For more information, contact
your unit representative or Ser-
geant Simmons at 283-8044.

Sept. 8, 2006

Page 6 Gulf Defender

During the Vietnam War era, he
flew the A-i Skyraider with the
Vietnamese after being transferred
to the Republic of Vietnam as ad-
viser to the Deputy Chief of Staff,
Operations, Vietnamese Air Force,
at Tan Son Nhut Airfield in January
1968. It was at this assignment he
met General Peterson.
"We all worked together; he told
us what to do and we did it," said
General Peterson, who remembers
his friend as someone who was
serious about work but also had a
humorous side.
Their careers crossed a second
time at Tyndall before owning post-
retirement homes down the road
from each other in Panama City.
General Peterson remembered
assuming command from General
Fleming in 1973 at the Air Defense
Weapons Center, Aerospace De-
fense Command here. There were 96
aircraft on Tyndall's runway includ-

ing F-106s, T-33s, a few air rescue
helicopters and additional aircraft
here for air-combat and live-fire
training. General Fleming left the
busy airfield here to command the
24th North American Air Defense
Command Region and the 24th Air
Division at Malmstrom Air Force
Base, Mont. from February 1973
until June 1974.
His last assignment was chief of
staff, U.S. Southern Command with
headquarters at Quarry Heights,
Canal Zone in 1974.
"He was a good friend, a great
Soldier and Airman who flew 7,000
flying hours with only one acci-
dent," said General Peterson.
General Fleming's military deco-
rations and awards include the
Legion of Merit with two oak
leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying
Cross, Meritorious Service Medal,
Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters,
Air Force Commendation Medal
with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished

Unit Citation Emblem, and the Air
Force Outstanding Unit Award Rib-
bon with oak leaf cluster.
"He was honest and straight for-
ward. He was a loving husband
and father," said General Peterson.
"We'd both call each other daily at
6 a.m. We never started out together
but we ended up together (in life)."
General Fleming was born in
1922, in Green Bay, Wis., where he
graduated from high school in 1941.
He then attended St. Norbert's Col-
lege, West DePere, Wis. He enlisted
in the U.S. Army Air Corps in No-
vember 1942 and began his active
military career in January 1943 as
an aviation cadet.
He was commissioned as a second
lieutenant and received his pilot
wings in Jackson, Miss., in March
1944, and then attended P-40 pilot
Services for General Fleming
were held Wednesday, and a memo-
rial mass was held at St. Dominic's

Catholic Church.
"General Fleming was an out-
standing member of our faith com-
munity," said Father Peter Zalewski,
pastor of St. Dominic Catholic
Church in Panama City where Gen-
eral Fleming was a member. "He
was quite active in helping others
and was a great example to other
"He was an exemplary model of
using the talent, skills and abilities
he developed in military service to
continue to serve the community
around him after active duty," said
Father Zalewski.



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Gulf Defender Page 7

Congratulations to Tyndall's
NCO Academy graduates
(Thefollowing technical sergeants graduated Aug. 31.)
Richard Anderson 325th MXG

Albert Badstein
Jeffrey Carstens
John Clowe
Brian Crouse
Danita Del Toro
Robert Nichols
Dennis Price, Jr.
Eric Rinke
Christopher Short
Daniel Slater
James Williams

43rd AMU
325th MXG
325th SFS
16th EWS
325th AMXS
325th CES
313rd TRS
325th AMXS
325th FW
325th AMXS

John L. Levitow Award Jeremy Unterseher

325th CES

Distinguished Graduates Mark Isaacs 372rd TRS/Det. 4
Michael Ratliff 325th AMXS

Congratulations to Tyndall's

Airman Leadership School graduates
(Thefollowing senior airmen graduated Aug. 29.)

Jessica Brown
Thomas Burkhart
Darius Cook
Donald Ellis
William Foreman
Noah Klapprodt
Philip Morris
Ronald Striggles
Jimmy Welch
Corey Dantzler
Jessica Dennard
Aaron Gable
Nathaniel Hensley
Dana McDermott
Rhygin Ramsdell
Kevin Stafford
Terry Todd
Michael Trysnicky
Jason Turner
Justin Usera
Steven Wilkerson

Leadership Award
Daniel Bautista

325th OSS
325th MXS
325th MSS
325th MXS
325th AMXS
325th CS
325th CES
53rd TSS
325th CES
325th SFS
83rd FWS
28th TES/Det. 2
325th AMXS
325th AMXS
325th AMXS
325th MSS
325th AMXS
325th OSS
325th MXS
325th OSS
325th CS

325th AMXS

John L. Levitow Award
Aaron Ward 81st RCS

When in doubt,talk itoutwith your security

Sept. 8, 2006

Page 8 Gulf Defender

AF adds enlisted assignment

preference to virtual MPF

BASE, Texas Enlisted Airmen
are now able to change their assign-
ment preferences online through the
virtual Military Personnel Flight, as
the Air Force continues Personnel
Services Delivery Transformation.
Enlisted Airmen are now respon-
sible for updating their own assign-
ment preferences online through
"This automation streamlines the
assignment process," said Capt. Jay
Johnson, chief of the future opera-
tions integration branch at the Air
Force Personnel Center. "Airmen
will no longer have to visit their
CSS or MPF to update assignment
preferences; they'll be able to do
it from their computer at work or
Airmen wanting to make updates
to the assignment preferences will
be directed to instructions found
in the "Self Service Actions" sec-
tion of the vMPF.

"Each Airman will be responsible
for updating their choices to reflect
current desires, and they will need
to view the Enlisted Quarterly As-
signments Listings frequently to stay
current on available assignments,"
said Captain Johnson.
For more information on this new
initiative, contact the Air Force Con-
tact Center at 1-800-616-3775.

FOD Preventer of the Month

Staff Sgt. Cody Williams, 43rd Aircraft
Maintenance Unit crew chief, inspects the
nain landing gear well of an F-22 Raptor.
Sergeant Williams was named the July
OD Preventer of the Month for eliminat-
na several hazards on the flichtline.

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Tech. Sgt. Tina Crews

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Sergeant Crews receives the Checkertail Salute War-
rior of the Week award from Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters,
325th Fighter Wing commander.
Sergeant Crews assists attorneys by gathering evidence, in-
terviewing witnesses and preparing case notes. Her efforts have
led to the conviction of criminals including DUI offenders. She
also managed Tyndall's tax center, saving military members and
retirees more than $166,000 in tax preparation fees.

Duty title: NCO in charge of civil law
Time on station: Nine months
Time in service: Sixteen years, 10
Hometown: Detroit
Hobbies: Fishing, swimming, sewing
and dancing
Goals: To make master sergeant and
get a master's degree in criminal justice
Favorite movie: "The Matrix"
Favorite book: "Black Hawk Down, A
Story of Modern War" by Mark Bowden
Pet Peeves: People who do not com-
plete computer based training for de-
Proudest moment in the military:
Receiving this award
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
commander program designed to recognize
Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can
nominate individuals via their squadron and
group commanders. Award recipients receive a
certificate, letter from the commander and a one-
day pass.

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The Gulf Defender is
published for people like
Airman Claribel Najera-
Torres, 325th Services
Squadron food services

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Sept. 8, 2006

Trainin Spotlight

SGulf Defender Page 9

Airfield managers compare, integrate, learn

What was the best part
of Airman Leadership

SMNeeting the first Chief
Master Sgt. of the Air Force,
Chief Paul Airey, who in-
spired me to become a great

ALS student

Congratulations to the F-15C
Eagle Basic Course gradu-
ates of Class 06 EBT from
the 1st Fighter Squadron!

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Military and civilian aircraft operate
in overlapping airspace, making the task
of controlling air traffic the joint respon-
sibility of both Air Force and civilian
Airfield operations officer trainees
here are taught the importance of in-
teroperability with civilian controllers
from day one. And before they graduate
the course here and begin supervising air
traffic controllers at operational bases, all
airfield operations officer trainees must
visit a live civilian air control facility
to gain insight on their role in the joint
"Students from all phases ofthe officer
training program attended a four day base
visit to Warner-Robins AFB, Ga., and
Atlanta," said 2nd Lt. Nicole Backes,
325th Operations Support Squadron
airfield operations officertrainee. '"There
was a two-fold purpose to the trip. The
first was to expose us to other areas of air
traffic control and airfield management
that we may encounter while deployed.
The second was to see civilian air traffic
control facilities in action, and under-
stand how military and civilian opera-
tions integrate."
Six students, accompanied by one
instructor, arrived first at Warner-Robins
AFB, Ga., for a lesson in deployed air
traffic control operations.
"Touring mobile air traffic control
equipment gave insight on expedition-
ary operations, and what a typical day is
like for airfield operations officers when

deployed," said
2nd Lt. Charles
Jesse, 325th OSS
airfield operations
"A typical day
for airfield op-
erations officers
when deployed
involves decon-
flicting airspace
and resolving air-
field issues while
maintaining the
highest level of
safety possible," Lieutenant Jessi
said Lieutenant dar Approach C<
Operating in deployed locations puts
airfield operations officers wherever
runways are built, which is often in aus-
tere locations with little time to establish
working facilities.
"The insight I gained from the airfield
managers atWamer-RobinsAFB was how
fastthe Air Force can 'stand up'mobile air
traffic control units for immediate service
in deployed conditions," said Lieutenant
Jesse. "This gives us the ability to control
aircraft anywhere on the globe within one
and a half hours of stand up."
"I also learned just how involved our
role as airfield operations officers will be
while deployed, and how our expertise
is used on a regular basis by multiple
agencies both at home and in deployed
locations," he said.
The students were briefed on mobile
Radar Approach Control systems and

1st Lt Amanda Ferrell
e monitors live air traffic in the Ra-
ontrol center here.
mobile tower units, which bring naviga-
tion devices and other needed air control
systems to isolated locations.
After touring Warner-Robins AFB,
Ga., and becoming acquainted with
Combat Communications facilities, the
trainees traveled to Atlanta to witness
their civilian counterparts in action.
"Our first stop in Atlanta was to the
Terminal Radar Approach Control Cen-
ter," said Lieutenant Backes. "The center
controls air traffic into Atlanta, Macon,
and Columbus, Ga., and they communi-
cate with military aircraft when our pilots
enter their airspace."
The officer trainees learned that the
challenges encountered on military
airfields are similar to those civilian
controllers see every day.
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325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Sharp clicks echo each deliberate
step. The first note of "Taps" slowly
creeps from a bagpipe in the distance
and six Airmen, stoically poised,
carry the casket of a fellow comrade
to its final resting place.
Tyndall Honor Guard members
proudly accept the responsibility of
conducting formal military ceremo-
nies, which recognize and continue
the tradition of reverence for fellow
Airmen who have served, and con-
tinue to serve.
"My most memorable experience
in the Honor Guard was a funeral
ceremony my flight and I performed,"
said Airman 1st Class James Mitchell,
81st Range Control Squadron weapons
director technician and Honor Guard
member. "It was just like many of
the other funerals we had performed
together in the past, except the son
of the man we buried was standing
with his family proudly wearing his
military uniform."
"It made the experience so much

more real and humbling," said the
Airman. "I had the personal honor
of giving (the man's son) three shells
from the rounds we fired during his
father's 21-gun-salute. It was a tre-
mendous honor."
The significance of the Honor Guard
is tremendous to the families and pub-
lic audiences they perform for, and
their impact is lasting. The reaction
they receive from their audience is only
one of the benefits being a part of the
organization offers.
Members are offered a ceremonial
uniform, free dry cleaning for the
ceremonial uniform and two duty
uniforms per week, and an Honor
Guard coin presented after they com-
plete training or perform at their first
funeral ceremony.
"Members are also given the
opportunity to travel throughout
Tyndall Honor Guard's area of re-
sponsibility, which covers 11,546
square miles across Florida, Georgia
and Alabama," said Tech. Sgt. Tobin
Winebrenner, 325th Services Squad-
ron Honor Guard flight commander.

1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell
Airman 1st Class Matthew Helton, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron fire-
fighter, is congratulated by the Honor Guard flight commander, Sergeant
Winebrenner, during the graduation ceremony Aug. 18.

The benefits are enticing, but hav-
ing what it takes to be a valuable
member of the team is crucial.
"The Honor Guard is made up of

Chief Master Sgt. Mark Charles, right, 325th Communications Squadron chief enlisted manager, stands in
position as the Honor Guard marches forward carrying a casket during practice. Chief Charles is an honorary
Honor Guard member who will perform during funerals to honor fellow enlisted members.

64 personnel from all units on Tyn-
dall," said Sergeant Winebrenner.
"They are in 20-plus different Air
Force Specialty Codes and 90 percent
of our members are ranks of senior
airman and below."
The demographics of the team are
diverse, but what every Honor Guard
member has in common is clear.
"The Tyndall Honor Guard team

1st Lt. Amand
During funerals, Honor Guard men
fold the American flag using the tradit
triangular fold. The team practices
because each fold must be precise.

has unquestionable integrity, loyalty,
trustworthiness and dependability,"
said the sergeant.
And that's exactly what draws mo-
tivated Airmen to the organization.
"After hearing a lot of positive
comments pertaining to the Honor
Guard and what it does for the com-
munity, I decided to take the time
to volunteer," said Airman Rashaad
Robinson, 325th Security Forces
Squadron patrolman and one of the
newest members of the team. "As an
Honor Guard member, I am aware
of the fact that we are held to a high
standard. Our uniforms should be
crisp, physical training is three times
each week and training is second
begins with
an initial 6T"

course cov-
ering uni-
form wear,

Each performance has a specific set of
movements and a definite order, and it's
important to perfect each one, he said.
The Honor Guard provides an
awesome learning experience, and
as with any other high-profile duty,
it requires discipline and patience,
said Airman Mitchell.
Each member has a favorite cer-
emony to perform, and each for a
different reason.
"The most fulfilling and honorable
detail is giving a servicemember their
last honors," said Airman Mitchell.
"I particularly like performing the
retirement ceremony for the simple
fact that it gives me a chance to give
thanks to the men and women who
have served in our military," said Air-

I he Tyndall Honor Guard team has un-
questionable integrity, loyalty, trustworthi-
ness and dependability."

Tyndall Honor Guard flight commander

and orienta-
tion to the
Honor Guard
schedule and "lifestyle." Senior Honor
Guard members work closely with each
new recruit to prepare them for the
numerous ceremonies and details they
will perform.
"The initial training class is de-
signed to get members familiar with
the most frequent Honor Guard re-
quests," said Sergeant Wine-
brenner. "The class consists
of more than 40 hours of
proficiency training, which is
continued during each Honor
Guard (one month) rotation.
At the beginning of each
rotation, the flight's trainer
will plan training for the
week based on the requests
we receive and the need for
perfecting a particular per-
The trainees must learn to
perform many detailed move-
ments, becoming proficient in
a variety of ceremonies.
"During our initial train-
ing, we focused on funer-
a Ferrell als, retirement ceremonies,
ibers indoor colors, outdoor col-
:ional ors, and change of command
en ceremonies," said Airman

man Robinson.
Members can
volunteer or be
appointed by
their squadron
for Honor Guard
"The typical
contract is for
13 months,"

said Sergeant
Winebrenner. "The first month is a
training class, followed by 12 month-
ly rotations of performing details."
Whether members are appointed or
volunteer, it doesn't -
take long for a strong ,
sense of pride and ca-
maraderie to set in.
"I am an Honor --
Guard volunteer,"
said Airman Mitch-
ell. "I believe being
on the Honor Guard
is a very unique and
distinguished position
that affords me many
The team gathers
for group social events
and many are close
friends. The joy of be-
ing a part of the Honor
Guard clearly tran-
scends the experience
of performing formal
ceremonial details.
"I enjoy the fact that
I am giving back to the
community and meet-
ing new people," said Col. Scott D
Airman Robinson. are present
ball tournar

1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell
Airman 1 st Class Michael Ward, 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics
technician and Honor Guard member, stands to recognize the graduates.

i .[ I I I

Chrissy Cuttita
avis, 325th Fighter Wing vice commander, salutes the flag as the colors
ed during the opening ceremonies of a military world championship soft-
lent in August at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach.

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Guuz Guiw:

Personnel records go online
Air Force bases are beginning a
two-year project to eliminate hard-
copy Unit Personnel Record Groups
from their respective military person-
nel flights. TyndallAFB is scheduled
to ship hardcopy UPRGs to the Air
Force Personnel Center Nov. 6.
All records will be electronically
scanned and available for viewing in
the Automated Records Management
System by Nov. 22. At that time, Air-
men will have access to their own
records by logging on to ARMS at the
AFPC Secure Website. For more infor-
mation, call military personnel flight
customer service at 283-2276.

POW/MIA Recognition Day
At 3 p.m. Thursday, the National
Prisoners of War/Missing in Action
Recognition Day Ceremony will
start with a 24-hour vigil run at
Flag Park.
To sign up, contact your first ser-
geant. For more information, contact
Senior Airman Theresa Edmiston at

POW/MIA luncheon
The POW/MIA luncheon will be
at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 15 at the En-
listed Club. The cost is $14 for club
members and $16 for non-members.
The price includes a commemorative
coin. Contact your first sergeant for
more information.

Heart Link
A Heart Link meeting is scheduled
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 the services avail-
able for Air Force spouses. For more
information or to make reservations,
contact the Airman and Family Readi-
ness Center at 283-4205.

Best Beginnings Class
The Airman and Family Readiness
Center will host the Best Beginnings
Class from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 15 in
Bldg. 743. Infant and Child CPR will
be offered afterward. When calling,
request 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.

Smooth Move Workshop
A workshop designed to ease the
transition to your next duty station
is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon
Wednesday at the Airman and Family
Readiness Center. Representatives
from finance, Tricare, legal and other
base agencies will be available to
offer their services. For more infor-
mation or to make reservations, call

Troy University
Registration for Troy University Term
2 runs Monday through Oct. 6. Classes
start Oct. 9 and end Dec. 17. Students
may register with an advisor at any Troy
University location or online by accessing
Trojan WebExpress at
Degree programs, course listings and
an admission application can be found
online at For more informa-
tion, call 283-4449.

Thrift Shop
The Thrift Shop has returned to
regular operating hours of 9:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday Friday.
Consignments are accepted from I.D.
card holders from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday and Thursdays. The thrift
shop will be open from 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday. For more information, call

Fee for intramural sports
The 325th Services Squadron
will no longer receive appropriated
funds for intramural sports programs
here starting Oct. 1. Members will
soon pay a fee to participate in the
intramural program. For more in-
formation, call the Fitness Center
at 283-2631.

Scrappin' Factory
The Arts and Crafts Center will
host a scrapbooking class from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For res-
ervations, call 283-4511.

Catholic services
Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m.
Chapel Two
Reconciliation, before Saturday
Mass or by appointment
Saturday Mass, 5 p.m.,
Chapel Two
Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m.,
Chapel Two
Religious Education, 11 a.m.,
Bldg. 1476
Protestant services
Traditional worship service,
9:30 a.m., Chapel One
Contemporary worship
service, 11 a.m., Chapel Two
Wednesday Fellowship,
5 p.m., Chapel Two
(For more information on other
services in the local area, call the
Chaplain's office at 283-2925.)

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Lots o' deals
Capt. Dave Van Pelt, 325th Air Control Squadron intelligence officer, shops for items in the "bulk"
aisle at the Commissary. The Commissary will have a case lot sale Sept. 15-17. Case lot sales offer
shoppers the chance to buy bulk quantities of their favorite products at savings of up to 50 percent
or more. For more information, call 283-4825 or go to

Sept. 8, 2006

Gulf Defender

Opening week is here bring it on

From the city on the Sound

It's here, it's here!
The kickoff for the NFL sea-
son is just like Christmas ... if
Christmas involved 250-pound
men in plastic armor smashing
into each other like runaway
trains. At any rate, my living
room is decorated in my favorite
team's colors, my No. 37 jersey
is laid out and the Monday Night
Football theme song echoes
throughout the house.
As of press time, I still don't
know who won the opening
Pittsburgh vs. Miami game, but
that's alright. The games that
matter won't be played until
I'm keeping an eye on the Jets
vs. Titans game. Rookie Brad
Smith, drafted by New York to
play wide receiver, also stepped
in as quarterback and running
back in their preseason win over

Philadelphia. Talk about versatil-
ity. If Tennessee wants to win,
the team will have to clear up
their quarterback situation. Billy
Volek, Kerry Collins or Vince
Young who's going to start on
I checked around with some
of Tyndall's pickers to see which
games they would be watching
during the opening week. Seth
Foulkes, 325th CES picker, said
he wants to see the Colts vs. Gi-
ants game. I can agree with him
there. A Peyton Manning vs. Eli
Manning match-up will be fun
to watch.
However, Foulkes said he
is also looking forward to the
Steelers vs. Dolphins game. Ap-
parently he is from Pittsburgh
and has been a Steelers fan his
whole life. This seems to cloud
his prognosticator vision.
"Basically, I pick teams based
on past performance," he said.

"Whether it's from the previ-
ous season or many years back,
records give a lot of insight ...
but the Steelers, regardless of
records, get my pick."
Devon Blackwell, 325th CPTS
picker, is similarly loyal to the
"I grew up in L.A. watching
the Raiders play," Blackwell
said. "I'll never turn my back on
the Raiders!"
While loyalty is admirable
and can win over friends, it's
not going to win the Super Prog
But, Blackwell is adamant
that CPTS will bring home the
coveted "Golden Football."
"We'll win by using our supe-
rior brain power," he said.
I hope that isn't the same "brain
power" you used to pick Cincin-
nati to go to Super Bowl XLI.
Now, let's get out there and
watch some football!

Intramural Sports Standings


83 FWS

372nd TRS
53rd WEG
83rd FWS


Team W
AMXS 4 22
Test 20
Phase 1 20
AMXS 1 18
CES 16
ACS 2 16
MSS 14
SVS 14
MOS 14
372nd TRS 14

Team High Game Scra
Team High Series Scra
Team High Game Han
Team High Series Han
High Male Game Scral
High Male Series Scra
High Male Game Hand
High Male Series Han
High Female Game Sc
High Female Series S
High Female Game Ha
High Female Series H.



lag Football
L Team
1 601st 1
1 53rd WEG
2 372 TRS

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MXS2 1

L Team
4 CS2
6 ACS 1
8 AMXS 2
8 DS2
10 83 FWS 2
10 43rd AMU
10 Phase 2
10 83 FWS 1
10 325 MDG
10 CS 1
12 Bye

83rd FWS 1
Jon Tindell
Gary Hite
Chz Veno
Steve Smith
Rachel Petri-Rose
Chong Dodson
Melissa Seguin
Veronica Bailey



Positions open
at Fitness Center

The Tyndall Fitness Center is hiring
aerobics instruc-
tors and sport-
ing officials. Ap-
plicants must be
military or civilian
employees from
Tyndall, or mili-
tary dependents.
For more infor-
mation, contact
the Fitness Center at 283-2631.

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Airman Glenn Moore

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Exchange program brings worlds, missions together

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
There's no better way to
know your allies than to don
their uniform and embed your-
self into the equivalent of your
job intheir country. That's what
seems to work for the 325th Air
Control Squadron here, who
continues to strengthen their
mission by utilizing the Air
Force Military Personnel Ex-
change Program.
While a foreign officer be-
came a member of Tyndall's
team, an Airman works on a
Japanese air base.
Japanese Air Self Defense
Force Capt. Kazunobu Akutsu
is halfway through his two-year
assignment here as a simulator
instructor at the 325th ACS.
The exchange officer takes his
work and the Air Force mission
very seriously.

"Of course, I can't deny I'm
homesick, but this is my duty
and I can overcome it," he said.
"It's good for the students to
have me here with them (every
work day). I have a stronger
responsibility now."
While Captain Akutsu is
here, Air Force Maj. Charles
Grahn has been instructing
weapons controller students
at the 5th Technical School in
Komaki, Japan, as part of the
exchange program since Octo-
ber 2004. The major, a gradu-
ate of the 325th ACS air battle
manager course, was accepted
for the exchange program
which led to the assignment
in Japan.
"The exchange program
helps the Air Force mission
because it increases both of
the countries' understanding
and ability to work with each

other," said Major Grahn, who
volunteered for the professional
challenge and the chance to
learn the Japanese language.
"The most rewarding part of
this assignment for me profes-
sionally is seeing the JASDF
going to bilateral and intera-
tional exercises and using the
skills I have taught."
According to Air Force In-
ternational Affairs, this is the
opportunity the exchange pro-
gram is designed to offer. By
embedding U.S. military per-
sonnel into foreign air forces,
they help Airmen gain valu-
able understanding of how
our international and coalition
partners operate.
"Fifty years ago, who could
have possibly imagined the in-
credibly tight military alliance
that has formed between Japan
and the U.S.," said Norm Her-

rin, 325th ACS instructional
systems specialist who has
sponsored numerous JASDF
exchange officers over the

past decade. "To me, that
friendship is the biggest ben-


Chrissy Cuttita
Captain Akutsu instructs 2nd Lt. Brad Dvorak, 325th
Air Control Squadron air battle manager student, on
a simulator here.

Course prepares acting first sergeants for demanding task

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The duty position of first sergeant has
many stressors of its own, but what about
those who fill in for the first sergeant
when he's out of the office?
In addition to their current job, acting

first sergeants have all of the responsibili-
ties of a first sergeant, without the official
first sergeant training.
That is why the Acting First Sergeant
Certification Course here, a three-day
training program for those taking on this
responsibility, was created.

Chrissy Cuttita
Master Sgts Dennis Robison and Elisabeth Reid role play a domes-
tic violence scenario as their peers evaluate conflict resolution tech-
niques taught in the Acting First Sergeant Certification course.

"The course does not replace the
First Sergeant Academy," said Master
Sgt. John Ross, 325th Communications
Squadron first sergeant. "It helps the
senior NCOs and selects serve as a first
sergeant when needed."
The certification course is for senior
noncommissioned officers and senior
NCO selects recommended by their first
sergeants for acting first sergeant duties.
It also provides training to NCOs acting
as first sergeants in units that are too small
to have one assigned.
"The course was set up by the first
sergeants council and is adapted to meet
the current needs of the wing," said Ser-
geant Ross.
The course is taught here quarterly by
Tyndall's first sergeants and base agen-
cies, such as Life Skills and Security
Forces. Approximately, 80 NCOs are
trained per year here.
Some of the topics covered in the
three days are personnel issues, financial
responsibilities, unfavorable information
files and first sergeant response actions.
The class members are also provided
the opportunity to ask questions to a
commanders' panel and first sergeants'
panel. The last day ofthe course provides
them a chance to put their new found

knowledge to the test with a role play
However, knowledge is not the only
thing the acting first sergeants take away
from the course. The acting first sergeants
receive a first sergeants guide with a list
of contacts for base agencies and first
sergeants, a Uniform Code of Military
Justice guide, a copy of the course slides
and handouts from base agencies.
These guides can prove very valuable
to them while performing first sergeant
"The course sets them up for success,"
said Sergeant Ross. "We provide a net-
work of support for them. This network
is critical to their success."
"The slides were a good reference,"
said Senior Master Sgt. Wil Black, 325th
CS support flight chief, who has been an
acting first sergeant on numerous occa-
sions. "However, the biggest help was
the contacts. I knew where to go when I
needed help."
"We are all here to help each other,"
said Sergeant Ross.
Sergeant Ross also said the duties of a
first sergeant or active first sergeant can
be very rewarding.
"If I am helping someone, it's a great
thing," he said.

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Sept. 8, 2006
its customers, who are pilots, just as the civil-
ian sector does. We operate under the same
federal jurisdictions with the main differences
being the volume of aircraft we control," said
Lieutenant Jesse.
Students were able to better understand their
civilian counterparts' duty as air traffic control-
lers and airfield managers after visiting the
facilities and speaking with the professionals
"Visiting the Atlanta (air traffic control fa-
cilities) gave great insight into the interactions
between military and civilian control centers,
as well as offered a view of the Federal Avia-
tion Administration's equipment and control
methods," said 2nd Lt. Nathan Coyle, 325th
OSS airfield operations officer trainee. "Mili-
tary air traffic control members are in constant
communication and interaction with civilian
controllers. We work together to safely and ex-
peditiously move civilian and military aircraft
to their destinations."
Lieutenant Coyle said that the opportunity
helped him realize "the significant influence
members of our career field may have on the
National Airspace System, specifically those
working as Air Force representatives to the
The trainees broadened their knowledge of air
traffic control, and gained new perspective.
"I have a whole new level of respect for what
our civilian counterparts do on a daily basis," said
Lieutenant Jesse.

Gulf Defender

Second Lt. Eric Cagurangan

Lieutenant Cagurangan recieves the Associate
Spotlight from Lt. Col. Collin Smith, 28th Test
Squadron/Detachment 2 commander.

Lieutenant Cagurangan executed 24 F-16 ground test
missions, saving the Air Force $609,000 and 71 aircraft
sorties. He also added valuable electronic attack threat in-
formation to the Air Force Weapons School course syllabus.
He also volunteered more than 40 hours in the community
with Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army.

Duty title: F-16 flight test engineer
Time on Station: Eleven months
Time in Service: Eleven months
Hometown: Atwater, Calif.
Hobbies: Tennis, reading and run-
Favorite book: "Dune" by Frank Her-
Favorite movie: "The Matrix"
Favorite thing about Tyndall: The
solidarity of those in my unit.
Pet Peeve: Local traffic
Proudest moment in the military:
Earning a commission and becoming
an Air Force officer.

The Associate Spotlight is a 325th Fighter
Wing commander program designed to rec-
ognize a Warrior from one of Tyndall's tenant
units. Supervisors can nominate individuals
via their squadron and group commanders.
Award recipients receive a certificate from the
wing commander and other items presented
by their unit.


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Fuel safety: pay attention at the pump

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
In June, a car burst into flames
destroying 10 other vehicles at
the Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., hos-
pital. What happened? Was it a
No, the owner of the vehicle
had two five-gallon containers of
gasoline in the trunk.
"The Ft. Leonard Wood Fire De-
partment suspects the fire most
likely started when an electrical
spark from the tail or brake light
ignited fumes that accumulated
in the hot enclosed trunk," said
Mike Myers, Army and Air Force
Exchange Service health and
safety manager. "It was a miracle
no one was fatally injured."
This incident has sparked AAF-
ES to re-emphasize the safety
precautions everyone should
practice when handling gaso-
line, whether they are storing or
pumping it.
"Most everyone handles, stores
or uses gasoline nearly everyday
without giving thought as to how
dangerous it is," said Ken Jolley,

325th Fighter Wing ground safe-
ty manager and chief of occu-
pational safety. "Gasoline can
be dangerous if it's not treated
with respect."
The American Petroleum In-
stitute recommends the follow-
ing precautions for storing and
transporting gasoline:
* Store gas at room temperature
and away from potential heat
sources such as the sun.
* Handle gasoline outdoors, or
in ventilated areas.
Mr. Myers also recommends
keeping gasoline containers
tightly closed and not storing
them in a vehicle's trunk for a
prolonged period of time.
"Gasoline and other fuels are
extremely dangerous and we
must exercise great care when
using, transporting or storing
them," he said.
Another hazard at the pump is
static electricity.
* Turn off any auxiliary sources
of ignition such as cell phones.
* Do not smoke, light matches
or lighters at the pump or when

handling gasoline.
* When dispensing gasoline into
a container, use only approved
portable containers. Place them
on the ground to avoid a possi-
ble static electricity ignition of
fuel vapors. Never fill contain-
ers inside a vehicle or its trunk,
the bed of a pickup truck or the
floor of a trailer.
* When filling a portable con-
tainer, manually control the
nozzle valve throughout the
filling process.
* Fill a container no more than
95 percent full to allow for ex-
Many efforts are made at the
269 AAFES gas stations world-
wide to provide gas to custom-
ers in a safe manner. It is up to
the approximate 11.6 million
customers to treat gasoline
with respect and heed all warn-
ings posted at the pump.
"Gasoline and respect, we all need
to have both," said Mr. Jolley.

(Information from an AAFES news
release was used in this article.)

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efit for the young people in uniform on
both sides of the globe."
The squadron here is not an unfamiliar
place for the weapons controller born
in Tokyo. Captain Akutsu spent a few
weeks with the 325th ACS as an inter-
national student studying here in 2003.
In fact, his squadron commander at his
military station, Naha, was an instruc-
tor here in 1993 and recommended the
captain take the exchange instructor posi-
tion because of his knowledge in tactical
Captain Akutsu's squadron in Japan
has experience working with Americans.
His squadron works side-by-side with
Airmen at Kadena Air Base on a daily
basis, and they have participated in exer-
cises like Cope Thunder together.
While Major Grahn went to Kichijoji
Language School, near Tokyo, to learn
Japanese before starting his job in Japan,
CaptainAkutsu "hit the ground running"
as soon as he arrived here.
The Japanese officer learned English
in school and through work, but language
is still a challenge for the officer with
seven years of military experience. Luck-
ily, ABMs and command and control

center personnel have their own operat-
ing language called "brevity words."
Captain Akutsu can attest that the
words ABM students here struggle to
memorize are valuable during daily air
Similar to American ABMs, JASDF
weapons controllers are the "eyes" in the
sky over their country.
He has handled the real-world task of
scrambling to determine who the "dot"
is on the radar screen, which is a task
he simulates for ABM students here on
their scopes.
At his home base, he's also had to
coordinate information with control
centers at Kadena AB to determine
if aircraft over southwest Japan were
friendly or foe.
"We use English (in Japan) because it
is easy to convey in a short time," said
Captain Akutsu.
ABM classes 06011 and 06015 have
already recognized their Japanese ally
as one of the best simulator instructors
Though from different countries,
Captain Akutsu's students have similar
professional backgrounds.

The captain entered the National
Defense Academy in Japan and studied
ground, maritime and air defense for four
years. During his second year, he picked
JASDF as his choice of national service.
Upon completion of the six-month of-
ficer candidate school, he was assigned
as a weapons controller.
"It's very important to manage air
campaigns and also the entire flying or-
ganization including maintenance," said
Captain Akutsu. "International work is
difficult. I must accept the culture and it
takes time to acclimate."
He has had to adjust to the more ad-
vanced and sophisticated avionics tech-
nology ofthe U.S.Air Force, and adapt to
the local Panama City culture. However,
his coworkers welcome him as "a brother
in arms," and he enjoys the beaches like
the rest of Tyndall's personnel. He has
visited three other Air Force bases in his
career, and enjoyed touring Washington
D.C. CaptainAkutsu also keeps in touch
with six of his fellow Japanese officers

benefit their military careers.
"My experience working with the
Japanese military would be a great
help if I were to enter into the new
international affairs officer career field
(the former FAO program) or if I got an
assignment where I would be working
with the JASDF or Japanese officials
in the future," said Major Grahn.

(from various professional backgrounds) La
who are serving at otherAir Force bases Courtesy Photo
through the exchange program. Scopes are used by ABM stu-
Both officers believe this program will dents to view air traffic.

Voluntary Assignments

Applications put on hold

Due to the delay in the Program
Budget Decision 720 authorization
reductions, the Air Force has further
delayed the temporary suspension
of the Voluntary Assignment Ap-
plications consideration further
from Aug. 20 until approximately
Sept. 30.
This includes base of prefer-
ence, voluntary stabilized base
assignment program and follow-on/
home-basing, join spouse, CONUS
isolated and permissive assignments
Airmen may continue to ap-
ply and Military Personnel Fights
will update MilPDS to reflect ap-
plication pending status; however,
consideration of the application
will not occur until after Sept. 30 as
manning projections could change

significantly based on authorization
Short notice follow-on/home-bas-
ing requests, oversees returnee with
a report no later than date within 60
days, and first-term Airmen base of
preference requests with a projected
re-enlistment within 60 days will be
worked on a case- by-case basis.
These requests should be sent
via e-mail to the appropriate Air
Force Personnel Center assignment
noncommisioned officer.
Additional information will be
posted on the AFPC assignments
Web page and provided to the Air
Force Contact Center.
For more information, con-
tact Master Sgt. Noel Lorenzo at
283-8368 or e-mail AFPC at afpc.

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