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Vol. 65, No. 36

POW/MIA luncheon
luncheon will be at
11:45 a.m. today at the
Enlisted Club. The cost
is $14 for club mem-
bers and $16 for non-
members. The price
includes a commemo-
rative coin. Contact
your first sergeant for
more information.

Hispanic Heritage
month begins
Hispanic Heritage month
starts today and will last
until October 15. To
kick-off the month, the
Enlisted Club will host
a Latin Night with the
rhythm of merengue,
bachata and salsa start-
ing at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Beach Clean-up
Tyndall will have its
annual beach clean-up
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Satur-
day at the NCO pavilion
and beach access.

Air Force's Birthday ...

Tyndall remembers
9/11 ... PAGE 10

Child "pilot" visits the
95th FS ... PAGE 14

Sept. 15, 2006

Chrlssy Cuttita
Map quest
Two Airmen from the 325th Communications Squadron trace base fiber circuits to develop a "road
map" of how lines are connected between all of Tyndall's facilities. Airman 1st Class Christopher
Lewis, voice network system apprentice, and SeniorAirman Kristoffer Scott, telephone assistance tech-
nician, are assisting their squadron with the Air Force Combat Information Transport System program
process. For more on CITS, go to Page 6.

Travel orders must be cleared promptly

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Fiscal year 2006 will end
Oct. 1, making it critical for
personnel to promptly clear
all travel orders through the
325th Comptroller Squad-
"Currently, 392 travel or-
ders, totaling more than
$450,000 are outstanding,"

said 2nd Lt. Tyler Hess, 325th
Comptroller Squadron finan-
cial services officer. "The
amounts for these orders can
either settle over or under the
obligated amount, so there's
potential to lose money at
the fiscal year close-out or
possibly overspend."
If outstanding travel orders
are not cleared promptly,

it will affect Tyndall as a
whole, he said.
"It is the individual's re-
sponsibility to clear outstand-
ing travel orders, because he
or she is specifically desig-
nated on the orders," said
Lieutenant Hess. "We en-
courage people to come to the
finance office and file their
voucher, or if the temporary

duty was cancelled, come
in and get amendments to
rescind the order."
Failing to clear generated
travel orders that are not filed
or canceled will leave allo-
cated funds unspent funds
that would otherwise be
available to purchase needed

Trst Temok Tranin

Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts

Gulf Defender

Sept. 15, 2006

Who is your inspiration?

Got ID?

Staff Sgt. Lashondon Brown, 325th Mission Support
Squadron, assists Airman 1st Class Christopher Brown,
325th Maintenance Squadron, with a new military identifi-
cation card. The Military Personnel Flight's Customer Ser-
vice hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday. Appointments are highly encouraged and
sponsors must accompany their dependents when renew-
ing their cards. Call 283-2276 or 2242 to schedule an ap-

Ide tify this 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.
Capt. James Lowther,
325th Air Control Squad-
ron, correctly guessed
the Sept. 8 "Identify this"
as a stapler. Congratula-
tions, Captain Lowther,
- .- .. -... come claim your prize!

"My dad told me to be a good leader
and be a good example."

325th Operations Support Squadron

"My dad has always been a good
role model for me."

325th Aeromedical-Dental Squadron

"My grandfather is my role model
because of his character."

325th Air Control Squadron

"My daughter, Brianna, is my inspi-
ration. I want to provide a good life
for her."

325th Mission Support Squadron

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
Airman Glenn Moore........................... ............staff writer

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

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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Airmen find ways to cope with marriage separation

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
"Soldiers' divorce rates up sharp-
ly," a USA Weekly headline reads.
Due to the war on terror and longer
deployments, more military couples
are calling it quits, reports say.
It's hard being away from the one
you love and even harder when there
is nothing you can do about it.
I'm a newlywed and even though
my husband and I have a great rela-
tionship, hearing about the divorce
statistics is enough to make me want
to panic.
Neither one of us is deployed cur-
rently, but I know what it feels like
to be apart from my partner for an
extended amount of time. We live
more than a thousand miles away
from each other, 1,029.26 miles
door-to-door to be exact.
We were married Feb. 10, two
weeks before I moved to Tyndall,
leaving my husband, Derrick, behind
at Tinker AFB, Okla. To this date, we
are still waiting for our join-spouse
application to be approved and re-
unite us.
I understand why it's taking so
long. The military is going through
very big changes right now. There
is nothing more we can do except
It can feel hopeless at times. I've
spent several evenings crying about
it. But the important thing is we are
still doing well.
To keep the spark going, we have
gotten creative. It's one of the only

Action Line
Call 283-2255

325th Fighter Wing commander

things you can do when you are is reminded of the times we do get to
apart. see each other.
Of course, we call each other ev- It's not always about the material
ery day, even if it's
a quick call to say
"I love you." But,

the regular phone
calls have become ~'
like dates for us. We t's n
always talk in the though.
evening, right when
the free calling time about att
starts. I know when titude to
he's going to call me, they are
so I always make sure
my schedule is clear
when he calls no
distractions. It's just
me and him.
He also calls me
sometimes just to say
"I love you," before I go to bed.
Those phone calls make me smile
even when I am at my lowest.
We also forward each other funny
e-mails, it's quick and easy, but it
lets us know we are thinking of each
other throughout the day.
We send pictures to each other.
Call me crazy, but it's almost as
good as getting to see him in person.
I also have pictures of him at work,
home and even on my phone.
We sometimes send each other
thoughtful gifts. We visited each
other in Atlanta recently and went to
a Braves game. We had so much fun
that day, so I had a mouse pad made
with a picture of us at the game on it.
Now when he is on the computer, he

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

)t always about the mater
've learned first-hand marria
tude. Couples need to have tl
get them through the lonely ti

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

things though. I've learned first-hand
marriage is a lot about attitude. Cou-
ples need to have the right attitude
to get them through the lonely times
when they are apart.
He taught me we can't get upset
over our situation because we have
done everything we can. Eventually,
even if it is March 2008, when he
separates from the military, we will
be back together.
I taught him even though our situ-
ation looks bleak, never give up hope
we will get stationed together.
The attitude to have is trust. Trust
your spouse and give him every rea-
son to trust you. I've learned trust
can keep a lot of unnecessary argu-
ments from happening.

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

Perhaps the most important les-
son I've learned though, is one that
can't easily be expressed. I've often
questioned why
would someone let
this happen to us,
does anyone care,
do they want us
rial things to fail? I've even
ge is a lot blamed myself for
it. After all, it was
e right at- my decision to re-
mes when train into a differ-
ent career field.
But regardless
of why we are
apart, one thing
has become evi-
dent to me the
cliche "absence
makes the heart
grow fonder" is true in our relation-
ship. I thought I loved him before we
moved apart, but that was "child's
play" compared to the love I have
for him now.
Maybe the most important lesson
is something I have started to learn
now and will continue to learn the
rest of my life. I've learned to ap-
preciate the time I do get to spend
with my husband and not spend it
nit-picking the things I don't care
for about him.
And I hope that is something I will
remember when we are growing old
together, because personally, I don't
feel like we are going to become
a statistic. I've learned to put that
panic aside.

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.


/*- -i.c r^-.c- -* -- i-* - -^

Page 4 Gulf Defender

Leaders send AF birthday message

WASHINGTON (AFPN)- The following is ames-
sage from Secretary ofthe Air Force Michael W. Wynne
and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T Michael Moseley
on the Air Force's 59th birthday.
"Over the course of the past 59 years, the
Air Force has established itself as
the dominant force in air, space and
cyberspace. Our knowledge-enabled
Airmen have revolutionized the way
our nation defends itself and its allies
across the full spectrum of threats.
"Before our inception as an inde-
pendent service, the Air Force responded
wherever and whenever needed, whether
for disaster relief, humanitarian operations
or combat operations. We have only gotten better
in time.
"Our heritage is one of technological innova-
tion, courage and dedication. As we build on that
proud heritage and look toward new and unlimited
horizons, we will continue to deliver unmatched air,

space and cyberspace dominance for the interdepen-
dent joint team and our nation.
"Your tireless commitment, agility and profession-
alism are the foundation for our successes. Without
you, and the support of your families, we could not
Sbe the world-class team we are. Ameri-
ca's Airmen exemplify our core values
of Integrity First, Service Before Self
and Excellence in All We Do.
"As we lead into our diamond an-
Sniversary celebration, we count on our
P / most valuable asset our Airmen to
continue the magnificent work our forebears
bcgan. We are confident you'll conquer
tomorrow's challenges with the same courage,
commitment and confidence that defined our first
59 years.
"Thanks to our entire Air Force family across
the globe: active duty, civilian, Guard, Reserve,
retirees, veterans, and all their families. Happy
birthday, Air Force!"

Sept. 15, 2006

Sept. 15, 2006

Gulf Defender

Page 5

Page 6 Gulf Defender

Next generation information network coming to Tyndall

325th Communications Squadron
The 325th Communications Squad-
ron is supporting Team Tyndall with
a next generation network upgrade
through the Air Force Combat Infor-
mation Transport System program this
"This is the first base-wide upgrade of
our fiber optic network since the CITS
was installed at Tyndall eight years ago,"
said Chief Master Sgt. Carol Cox, 325th
CS plans and implementation flight
chief. "It is part of an Air Force plan to
reduce cost by upgrading the system in
major segments versus a piece-by-piece
During the next two years, the

325th CS will work closely with
headquarters Air Education and Train-
ing Command and General Dynamics
to ensure fiber optic connections and
network equipment in more than 200
facilities are ready to meet the needs
of the base's growing information
system. In addition, power and cool-
ing systems will be upgraded in rooms
where communications equipment is
stored if upgrades are needed to sup-
port larger network systems.
The 325th CS will also work closely
with personnel from the Air Force Com-
munications Agency at Scott AFB, Ill.;
the Electronics Systems Center at
Hanscom AFB, Mass. and the 38th
Engineering Installation Group at Tin-

ker AFB, Okla. Personnel from these
organizations will assist with program
management and engineering support
for the planning and implementation of
the network upgrade project here.
"Upgrading the base network will
significantly improve data commu-
nications capabilities for the (325th)
Fighter Wing and tenant units, enhanc-
ing their abilities to perform training
and wartime missions now and well
into the future," said John Alexin,
38th EIG systems telecommunica-
tions engineering manager assigned
to Tyndall.
This effort is designed to increase
bandwidth requirements allowing
advancements in weather and intelli-

gence imagery, desktop video telecon-
ferencing and voice transmissions over
the network. The base will also benefit
from increased network redundancy,
leading to greater survivability. An in-
tegrated team of contractors, civilians
and "blue suites" will begin the project
this month by conducting a survey of
facilities and fiber optic cable routes.
Installation will begin in the summer of
2007 and continue for one year.
Every effort will be made to
minimize impact on the Tyndall
community, but personnel may expe-
rience a few inconveniences during
the upgrade. If you have questions,
contact the 325th CS plans flight at



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Sept. 15, 2006

Gulf Defender

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Page 8 Gulf Defender

'101 Critical Days' ends, safety continues

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Although the Air Force's 101 Critical Days of Summer
campaign ended Sept. 4, Tyndall officials are encouraging
personnel to continue to practice operational risk management
and focus on safety year-round.
During this year's annual campaign, the Air Force experi-
enced 18 fatalities compared to 29 during 2005.
'This yearthe base did great, but everyone needs to continue
to be on their guard to prevent the next mishap lurking right
around the comer," said Ken Jolley, 325th Fighter Wing chief
of ground safety.
As in past years, motor vehicle and motorcycle fatalities
accounted for most of Air Force fatalities and mishaps. Some
of the factors in these mishaps included losing control of the
vehicle, not using seat belts and consuming alcohol.
Other fatalities occurred during off-duty recreational ac-
tivities. With decreasing manning, it becomes increasingly
important to protect every resource, especially our people.
'The warriors ofthe 325th Fighter Wing have excelled," said
Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters, 325th Fighter Wing commander.
"We continue to focus on winning the Global War on Terrorism
and sending our expeditionaryAirmen abroad with war-winning
attitude. Team Tyndall has lost no lives during this campaign ...
a credit to the professionalism of our Airmen."
The 'critical days'campaign has run annually since the early
1980s and was developed to counter an increase in Air Force

mishaps and fatalitiesthatoccurduringthe summermonths. The
campaign attempts to increase personal awareness of risks and
reduce the number of mishaps and fatalities.
"We should always be applying ORM to our decisions
while off-duty the same way we do on duty," said Mr. Jolley,
who is also the wing ORM point of contact. "Our mindset
shouldn't change just because the campaign is over; proper
safety precautions and decisions should be applicable year-
round. It needs to be a true mind-set for everyone at all
times." ORM is a critical process, and all three courses of
ORM training are available on the Air Force Safety Web
site for download.
"The first and maybe biggest step in ORM is to identify haz-
ards that surround any activity we want to do," said Mr. Jolley.
"It's like what we were taught when we learned to cross the
street. You have to stop, look and listen. If you stop and think
about what you are planning to do, you are basically applying
ORM to everyday decision making."
Tyndall keeps those efforts running year-round by continu-
ing to ensure the principals of ORM are learned and applied.
Events like Wingman Day, Safety Day, courses such as mo-
torcycle training and programs like Airman Against Drunk
Driving all contribute to better ORM and aid in educating the
wing populace on aspects of safety.
"ORM is everyone's responsibility," said Mr. Jolley. "The
trick is to know what the risk is, and take the necessary steps
to counter it."

"Beginning in September, re-
maining available funds are pulled
together and managed at wing lev-
el," said Capt. Laura Christensen,
325th CPTS financial analysis
flight commander. "These funds
are used to purchase requirements
on the approved and prioritized
wing unfunded requirements list.
The more funds tied up in out-
standing travel orders reduces the
wing's ability to fund end-of-year
By clearing all travel orders,
individuals will help streamline
the annual close-out process and
ensure an efficient distribution of
financial resources.
For more information on how
to clear outstanding travel vouch-
ers, call the finance office at

Senior Airman Veronica Soto

1st Lt Amanda Ferrell
Airman Soto receives the Checkertail Salute Warrior of
the Week award from Col. Scott Davis, 325th Fighter
Wing vice commander.
Airman Soto ensured more than 100 incentive flyers, in
addition to all assigned aircrew, were properly fit with life
support equipment. She maintains a 98 percent discrepancy-
free average on equipment inspections. She also volunteers in
the local community through the American Red Cross.

Duty title: Aircrew life support specialist
Time on station: Two years
Time in service: Two years, six months
Hometown: Las Cruces, N.M.
Hobbies: Bowling, baseball, watching
movies and shopping
Goals: Get promoted to staff sergeant,
complete a bachelor's degree and earn
a commission in the Air Force
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB:
The beach and the people
Favorite movie: "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"
Favorite book: The Bible
Pet Peeves: Lying and laziness
Proudest moment in the military: Be-
ing selected for senior airman below-
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.

The Gulf Defender is
published for people like
Senior Airman William
Adams, 325th Operations
Support Squadron air
traffic controller.

rmm------- For current online
information about Air
Force pay, benefits,
.:p jobs and more, visit
'" ,,"


Sept. 15, 2006

Sept. 15, 2006

Trainin Spotlight

Gulf Defender Page 9

Student pilots learn to fly in thin air

What aircraft would you like
to operate on as an air bat-
tle manager?

I would like to operate on
the E-3 Airborne Warning and
Control System, because I'm
interested in controlling air-to-
air engagements."

325th ACS air battle manager student

Congratulations to the Air
Battle Manager graduates of
Class 06-016 from the 325th
Air Control Squadron!

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
A pilot is cruising along at 30,000
feet in an F-15 Eagle when suddenly
he begins to feel "different." He gets
light-headed and his vision starts to
blur. What is going on?
That question is answered when F-15
B-Course students go through physiolog-
ical training in the altitude chamber.
Aviators have long known about the
effects of high altitude flight on the hu-
man body, specifically what happens
when the body doesn't get enough
oxygen, but it wasn't until about 50
years ago the Air Force adopted a
physiological training program to
teach pilots how the body reacts to the
stresses of flight.
One such stress is hypoxia, a condi-
tion in which the body is in an oxygen
deficient environment, such as flying
at high altitudes where there are fewer
oxygen molecules. If the condition is
not immediately recognized and cor-
rective actions taken, the results can
be disastrous.
Staff Sgt. Rodrigo Vener, 325th Aero-
medical-Dental Squadron aerospace
physiology technician, said the symp-
toms of hypoxia vary from person to
person. Other physiological factors will
also effect the onset of hypoxia.
"For a healthy individual flying at
18,000 feet, the time of useful con-
sciousness (the period of time which a
person retains normal motor functions)
is about 30 minutes, but is reduced to
three to five minutes at 25,000 feet,

Sergeant Vener said. "If the same in-
dividual smoked, didn't exercise and
maintained an unhealthy lifestyle, his
time of useful consciousness would be
Teaching students about hypoxia, and
letting them actu-
ally experience it,
would be difficult if
the only way to get
the experience was
to fly. Fortunately,
the 325th ADS has
an altitude cham-
ber, which is a small
room-sized struc-
ture that resembles
a contraption out
of a 1950s science
fiction movie. Graphic llust
Inside the chamber, each student is seat-
ed at a console with an oxygen regulator.
To eliminate any confusion on procedures
during actual flight, the regulators in the
chamber are exactly the same type as those
used in Air Force aircraft.
The students don their helmets and
oxygen masks, are given a briefing and
the door is sealed. Air is removed from
the chamber simulating an increase in
altitude. Once they reach the target
pressure altitude, students remove their
oxygen masks and are given a series of
written puzzles to figure out.
Having trouble with mental rea-
soning is a symptom of hypoxia,
so the students' performance while
completing the puzzles is monitored
closely by instructors.

Chrissy Cuttita

Students are taught to gang-load their
oxygen regulators by moving all switches
at once to provide 100 percent oxygen,
which is delivered under pressure. They
are also taught to fasten their oxygen
masks if they begin to feel any symptoms
of hypoxia.
"Teaching the students to
gang-load their regulators is
a critical part of the train-
ing," Sergeant Vener
said. "If hypoxia
sets in and the pi-
lot immediately
sets his regulator
to deliver 100 per-
cent oxygen under
pressure, he will
recover within 30
tion by Staff Sgt Stacey Haga to 60 seconds. But,
ifthe pilot doesn't get the oxygen turned
on or the mask up, he could pass out and
be unable to recover the aircraft."
According to Maj. Brian Biebel, 95th
Fighter Squadron, assistant director of
operations, a rare but possible cause of
oxygen deficiency in fighter aircraft is
decompression, a condition in which
there is a loss of the atmospheric pres-
sure maintained in the cockpit.
"Failures in a system on the jet that
could cause decompression could be
difficult to recognize, so pilots must
be able to recognize the symptoms of
hypoxia as soon as they begin," said
Major Biebel.
By becoming aware of these
symptoms in training, pilots can
recover in the air.

Congratulations to Mission
Ready Airmen graduates of
Classes 2006-070, 2006-071
and 2006-H01
from the 372nd Training
Squadron/Detachment 4!

Scoping out

Airman 1stClass Calvin Smith,
325th Air Control Squadron
pilot simulator technician,
simulates pilot maneuvers
and radio communications
to help train future air bat-
tle managers. This training
prepares air battle managers
for controlling live aircraft
with effective radio commu-


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Gulf Defender

Airman reflects on personal loss in 'massacre'

Air Forces Northern Public Affairs director
More than 3,000 people were mas-
sacred in the Sept. 11 attacks. I say
"massacre" because although tragic,
this was no "tragedy" or "accident"
or "act of God." It was an insane,
blood-thirsty massacre of non-com-
batants defenseless men, women and
children were intended targets.
We all remember where we were
when we heard the terrible news. I
was at work participating in a North
American Aerospace Defense Com-
mand exercise. Most people assumed
it must have been an accident that
a plane had crashed into the World
Trade Center. But I received notifica-
tion from our Northeast Air Defense
Sector in New York that there was
a hijacking. Was the hijacked plane
the one that hit the North Tower? We
weren't sure. My thoughts were with
my younger brother who was on the
84th floor of the South Tower.
I called Adam in his office and
shared our final conversation. In that
two-minute phone call he told me of
the terrible sights he saw from his
window of men and women jumping
to their deaths from the North Tower
rather than suffering certain incinera-
tion. He told me of desperate people
at their windows contemplating that
terrible choice -jump or burn.
I speculated it was the suspected hi-
jacked aircraft that caused the life or
death, human drama to unfold before
my brother's eyes. Over the phone, I
heard the commotion of people look-
ing out of the window and I listened
to their all-too-human responses as
they watched fellow human beings
leap to their deaths. I heard the ur-
gency in my brother's voice, too.
His last words to me were, "I gotta
go now..." As he hung up the phone
I quickly responded,"Go home." I
don't know if he heard me. I never
talked to my brother again.
Then came the second crash and
with it, the terrible confirmation that
this was no accident, this was an at-
tack. Our NORAD exercise ended and
we were in "real-world ops."
When another airliner slammed
into the southwest side of the Pen-
tagon minutes later, it was clear this

Capt. Richie Meo (left), a New York City firefighter, and Lt. Col. Do
Air Forces Northern director of public affairs, unvail a portrait of
onel's brother who was killed in the World Trade Center during
attacks. The portrait will be displayed in the new Air Forces N

complex here.
was a coordinated and organized at-
tack on our country, our government
and our very way of life. Airliners
that normally carry families and busi-
ness travelers became deadly guided
missiles aimed at the symbols of our
Todd Beamer and his fellow pas-
sengers on Flight 93 challenged the
terrorists who commandeered their
plane. Their final words before they
took on the terrorists have become
a rallying cry for all of us: "Let's
When Flight 93 slammed into a
field in Pennsylvania instead of the
terrorists' intended target, we knew
all on that flight were lost.
When my brother didn't come
home from work that night, I knew
in my heart he was gone, too.
The patriots of Sept. 11 were our
mothers and fathers, our sisters and
brothers, our sons and daughters.
They were our friends, our col-
leagues, our loved ones. And we
mourn the loss of each and every one
of them because, unlike the enemies
of America, we value every human

Because we cannot forget
ages of 9/11, we need to reme
are a nation at war. We cann(
the stories of courage and 1
of brother firefighters who r
stairs of the towering inferno
others scrambled to get ou
never forget the courage my
Adam showed as he assisted
leading people to safety. Nc
ever forget the terrible price
for being an American.
We can only imagine th
other stories of courage and
that will never be told becat
lived to tell it.
We should never forget th
taped images of the terror
laughed at our loss, or the sr
ous street celebrations of f
hating fanatics.
The agents of evil who
those planes hate America. T
us not for what we've done
what we stand for: Our belie
determination, freedom and
and the right to govern ourse
Americans, we must all figh
right to live in safety and se(
As vice president of op

for an international trading firm, my
brother was part of the great Ameri-
can economic engine. His agenda was
not politics, religion or ideology it
was prosperity and freedom. He was
light-hearted, determined, smart and
talented. I'll never forget his easy
way and infectious laugh. And I will
never forget why he died.
The terrorists wanted to topple the
U.S. government the way they took
down the Twin Towers. They wanted
to cripple our military power by at-
tacking the Pentagon.
They did not succeed.
They failed because America is
more than just buildings, more than
any one company or institution and
more than any loved one they could
kill. The terrorists may have brought
down symbols of our greatness, but
America's strength is built on so
Lisa Normanmuch more than buildings and people.
in Arias, America is built on ideas, hopes and
the col- dreams that we have cherished for
the 9/11 generations. The terrorists will never
understand these concepts.
This was our generation's "Pearl
the im- Harbor," an unprovoked attack on our
mberwe way of life. More than 2,800 people
ot forget lost their lives in the towers that day.
heroism, But so many more lives were affected.
in up the The lives of the families, friends and
no while colleagues left behind. To them we
t. I will say, "We will never forget."
brother Today, terrorists seek weapons
rescuers of mass destruction. If unchecked,
or will I we could be talking casualty figures
he paid in the millions. As members of the
Armed Forces, we have a sacred duty
ie many to prevent that from happening. The
heroism war on fanatical fascism is a war we
use none simply must win.
Our nation was transformed by
e video- the massacre of 9/11, and so must
sts who we transform our commitment to
pontane- defending our country. We must never
reedom- forget the heroes of Sept. 11 or our
uniformed brothers and sisters who
crashed are fighting far from home to keep us
hey hate free. We must stay focused like never
Sbut for before on the fact that we are fighting
fin self- a war that we dare not lose.
justice, As we observe the fifth anniversary
,lves. As of 9/11, let's remember President
t for our Bush's vow, which is worth repeating:
curity. "We will not tire, we will not falter,
erations and we will not fail."


Lisa Norman
1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell
The American flag flew at half-staff Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters, 325th Fighter Wing commander, was joined by more than 600 members from squad-
ver Flag Park Mnonday in honor of rons across Tyndall during the Memorial Run. The run started at precisely 7:46 a.m. Sept. 11, the time the first
Patriot Day. tower was hit during the 9/11 attacks five years ago.
Patriot Day.

The Southeast Air Defense Sector Honor Guard team modified
the traditional POW/MIA remembrance table to recognize those
lost in the 9/11 attacks. The Honor Guard performed at the Memo-
rial Luncheon held at the Enlisted club here Sept. 11.

Tech. Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo Jr.
Master Sgt. Daniel Rebstock, an Air Forces Northern first sergeant, prepares a
wreath for the remembrance ceremony held in the base chapel Sept. 11 to com-
memorate the victims and heroes of the 9/11 attacks.

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OSC function
The Tyndall Officers' Spouses Club
will host a night of fun and games with
dinner and Bunco 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at
the Officers' Club. Dinner will include
a garden salad, baked potato soup,
Tuscan chicken sandwich, apple crisp,
tea and coffee. The cost is $9 for club
members and $11 for non-club mem-
bers. Please RSVPto Geraldine Traver
at 871-1895 or

All eligible members of the Air Force
Reserve can now submit retirement ap-
plications electronically via the virtual
Personnel Center Guard and Reserve,
a 24/7 customer service Web portal
operated by the Air Reserve Personnel
Center in Denver.
This new Web-enabled service will
give Airmen the ability to monitor the
status of their application from start to
finish. Reservists can log on to the vPC-
GR at
asp to begin the process.

Case lot sale
The Commissary's case lot sale starts
today and ends Sunday. For more infor-
mation call 283-4825.

Troy University
Registration for Troy University
Term 2 runs 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.

Gulf Coast Community College
The Gulf Coast Community College
Tyndall Center is looking to hire an eve-
ning math tutor to work two to four hours
per week.
Applicants should be proficient in
math through the Calculus I level.
To apply, call 283-4332 or visit room
45-A of the Education Building.

Gulf Coast Community College
The Gulf Coast Community College
placement test for the Tyndall Center will
be at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The cost is $5.

The results are instantaneous.
The following short-term classes are
available at the Tyndall Center: Public
Speaking, Western Civilization II and
Macro Economics.
At the main campus the following
courses are available: English Composi-
tion II and Religions of the World.
For more information, call 283-4332.

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 information, call the Fitness
Center at 283-2631.

Hispanic Heritage Committee
Tyndall's Hispanic Heritage Com-
mittee is seeking new board members
(president, vice president and chair-
men). The committee gives Hispanics
an opportunity to get together to plan
community events and learn about the

Latin culture through talking, music
and food. For more information, con-
tact Elisa Esterley at 283-8483.

Thrift Shop
The Thrift Shop is open 9:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Wednesday- Friday. Con-
signments are accepted from all valid
ID card holders 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday and Thursdays. For more
information, call 286-5888.

Eglin Spouses' Club
The Eglin Officers' Spouses Club will
host the 21st Annual Craft Bazaar 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Niceville
Community Center. This event is open to
the public. For more information, please
contact Kim Hoelscher at 850-897-4509

AAFES supplement
The 2006 Exchange Fall/Winter
Home Decor Supplement is avail-
able at all main stores and online at

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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Get your read on
Staff Sgt. Christopher Bucklus, 325th Maintenance Operations Squadron education training manager,
searches for a book at the base library. The library will have a book sale 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. now until
Saturday. The sale will include books, videos and audio books. The money generated from the sale
will be used for children's activities, arts and crafts and DVDs.

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CONS wins week one, Pig Prog will prevail

Intramural Sports Standings

From the merry old land of Boz

The hits just keep on coming. Es-
pecially if you were Aaron Brooks
on Monday Night. Guess how
many times the Oakland Raiders'
quarterback was sacked. Twice?
Four times? Try nine times. That's
no way to start a season.
And how did the Chargers' rookie
quarterback fare? Philip Rivers, in his
first start, used LaDainian Tomlinson
to take San Diego to a 27-0 road vic-
tory. I'm sure he was excited, but he
shouldn't get cocky. His team has
some tough games coming up.
Moving from a horrible beat-
down to a touchy-feely game, the
"Manning Bowl" proved to be fun to
watch. Brothers Eli and Peyton were
the first sibling quarterbacks to meet
in a game, and they kept it amicable,
praising each other afterward.
"I told (Eli) I loved him," Peyton
said after he and the Colts took
down his little brother's Giants
26-21 in field goal-heavy victory.
Awww. Isn't that sweet. Didn't

anyone tell you Peyton? There's
no loving in football!
Here at Tyndall, last year's
champs, 325th Contracting Squad-
ron, got off to a winning start, win-
ning for Week 1 with 12 correct
picks. Their win came down to the
Minnesota vs. Washington game.
Only three squadrons picked the
Vikings to win, and CONS was
one of them.
"I have a crack team ofprognosti-
cators," said Thomas Reese, CONS
picker. "They told me Minnesota
would win no problem... butthey also
said Carolina would kill Atlanta."
While Reese was humble and
said his team would just take each
week as they come, when I told
him I would be the overall victor,
he spoke up.
"The Pig Prog might want to step
up his game," said Reese. "Here's
the bar; come join us!"
The climb up is easy. It's the fall
that's going to be rough on you.
Now, let's get out there and
watch some football!

Pig Prog


MXS 11
1st FS 10
1st Sgts 10
Pig Prog 9
372nd TRS 9
28th TES 9
CS 8
CES / 7


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372nd TRS
53rd WEG

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lag Football
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10 CS 2
10 43rd AMU
10 Phase 2
16 DS2
16 83rd FWS 1
16 SFS
16 ACS 1
16 83rd FWS 2
18 MDG
18 CS 1
20 Bye

Team High Game Scratch
Team High Series Scratch
Team High Game Handicap
Team High Series Handicap
High Male Game Scratch
High Male Series Scratch
High Male Game Handicap
High Male Series Handicap
High Female Game Scratch
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Ken Young
Jeff Kerzan
Julio Morelos
Rachel Petri-Rose
Chong Dodson
Lisa Wyndham
Rhonda McMichael

Staff Sgt Stacey Haga

Row for health
Reggie Hamond, Air Force Civil Engineer Sup-
port Agency chemical biological radiological
nuclear equipment manager uses the back row
machine. September is Cholesterol Awareness
month. Working out is one way to reduce cho-
lesterol. The Health and Wellness Center has
classes on how to control your cholesterol, for
more information, call 283-3826.

Positions open
at Fitness Center

The Tyndall Fitness Center is hiring aer-
obics instructors
and sporting of-
ficials. Applicants
must be military
or civilian employ-
ees from Tyndall,
or military depen-
For more infor-
mation, contact the
Fitness Center at 283-2631.

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Child becomes first 95th FS 'pilot' for a day

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
A young boy sits in the cockpit of an F-15
Eagle simulator. Screens displaying images
of sky and sea surround him. A pilot helps
him "lock on" to an aircraft.
"You got him," said Capt. Chad Spellman,
95th Fighter Squadron instructor pilot.
The boy laughs and asks for another shot
at the target.
In this moment, it is easy to forget the boy,
Austin Sheffield, has been very ill lately.
Austin, at age 11, is in a fight, not against
enemy aircraft, but against cancer.
On Monday, he was a "pilot" in the 95th
FS' first Pilot for a Day program.
The Pilot for a Day program here was
inspired by a program that already exists at
Randolph AFB, Texas.
"My wife saw pictures of their program
in one of the squadrons and suggested we
do the same or something similar," said Lt.
Col. William Routt, 95th FS commander.
"In addition, Master Sgt. Benjamin Rausa
(325th Maintenance Squadron) has led a
similar program for the last few air shows
at Tyndall and he has inspired us."
With that inspiration and a lot of effort,
the 95th FS adapted the program to its
squadron's mission, giving their first "pilot"

Captain Spellman shows Austin how
to wear a pilot's flight gear.

a tour of the squadron,
lunch with their pilots, a
ride in the simulator and
tour of the F-15.
"Everyone in the squad-
ron was very helpful in
making it a success," said
1st Lt. Kristen Gibson,
95th FS adjutant, who
spent many hours coordi-
nating Austin's visit.
Even though the
squadron has a very
busy training schedule,
the commander views
this program as a great
way to give back to the
community and share
their mission.
"There are many who
are not as fortunate and
through what ever means
we can provide, com-
fort or a fun experience,
we can give back," said
Colonel Routt. "Through
this program, I hope to Austin takes
paint a good picture of the 95th FS, the
325th Fighter Wing and the Air Force.
We can tell the Air Force story to the
Austin's mother, step-father and sister
joined him for his pilot for a day adven-
ture and enjoyed the opportunity to come
out and visit the squadron. Austin's sister,
Jessica, even flew against him in the
"My hope for Austin and his family is
simply to offer them an exciting experi-
ence," said Colonel Routt. "If we give him
a fond memory, it will have been a success.
They have had to deal with so many dif-
ficult times, many heart wrenching, and
this day can offer an escape."
"It's an awesome way to make him and
our family feel special," said Geri Papic,
Austin's mother. "It gets him out of his

flight in the F-15 simulator.
daily routine."
"I'd like to thank the whole 95th FS," said
Staff Sgt. Jason Papic, Southeast Air Defense
Sector, Austin's step-father. "They made it
Throughout the day, Austin was given
small keepsakes to remind him of his
special day and at the end of the day, he
was presented a lithograph of himself in
front of the F-15 signed by members of
the 95th FS.
"Hopefully, Austin had fun and forgot
about his illness for awhile," said Lieutenant
When asked if he had a fun time, Austin
smiled and said, "Yes, ma'am."
His smile got bigger when asked what his
favorite part of the day was.
"I got to fly a test plane (in the simulator)
and I shot down my sister," he said.

Fitness station gives users a 'leg up' on getting fit

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Recently, Airman Leader-
ship School class 2006-06
left a legacy of fitness for
The class brought one Air-
man's idea to life as a class
legacy project, building a

fitness station for runners
on the track behind the NCO
The idea was conceived
by Staff Sgt. Philip Morris,
325th Civil Engineer Squadron
"My main motivation for
this station came from a por-

tion of the Air Force physical
training leader class with
Lt. Col. Daniel Kulund," said
Sergeant Morris. "He asked
all of us attending to try
incorporating some kind of
physical station into your
run, whether it be stopping
and doing 30 pushups or do-

ing a few pull-ups."
It was pointed out during
the class there were not many
places along Tyndall's tracks
and trails to do this.
"After the class, I got the
idea of putting (together) a


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your double



FOD Preventer of the Month


Sept. 15, 2006

Master Sgt. Jonathan
Broadway, 95th Aircraft
Maintenance Unit weap-
ons section chief, per-
forms weapons supervi-
sory postload inspection
on an F-15 Eagle.
Sergeant Broadway was
theAugust FOD Preventer
of the Month. He found an
air lock fastener and fas-
aa tener retaining pin lying
on the ground beside an
aircraft. The recovery of
the fastener and retaining
pin prevented an aircraft
impoundment and pos-
sible aircraft damage.
Staff Sgt Stacey Haga

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Gas prices reflect month-to-month U.S. market price

DALLAS As any driver knows, gas prices
can be a pain in the pump. Prices in the U.S., for
example, often change in the blink of an eye.
Fortunately, the Army and Air Force Exchange
Service's overseas gas pricing policy, as approved
by its military board of directors, protects mili-
tary families throughout Europe and the Pacific
from day-to-day or even hour-to-hour fluctua-
tions with prices based on the previous four or
five week Department of Energy average.
The benefit of this policy for military drivers
serving far from home and generally surrounded
by exorbitant gas prices throughout their host
country is pump prices on post are only adjusted
at the first of each month, just 12 times a year.
In addition to predictable, regular adjust-
ments, AAFES often releases details of overseas
pricing changes in advance, allowing troops
to make purchase decisions prior to the actual

With the ability to know what
prices will be for up to thirty days,
unlike CONUS where prices can
change hourly, comes the potential
for confusion as current prices
in the U.S. can be temporarily
inconsistent with prices drivers
pay overseas.
Because AAFES uses the
previous four to five week DOE
average to establish overseas
gas prices, price increases and
decreases are not immediately
seen at bases and posts over-
For example, according to
the DOE, drivers in the U.S.
were paying average pump
prices as high as $2.94 in April,
while military customers were

filling up at AAFES OCONUS stations for as little
as $2.42 a gallon.
"While there may be a four week delay, the
market based policy ensures whenever
U.S. pump prices change, prices at AAF-
ES OCONUS stations will follow," said
Master Sgt. Bryan Eaton, AAFES' senior
enlisted advisor chief. "Whether stateside
fluctuations impact AAFES OCONUS pump
prices at the first of the month or the next,
troops and their families overseas, in the long
term, will always find gas prices in-line with
the national average for U.S. stations."
Authorized exchange customers can find
out more about AAFES' gas pricing policy
by contacting their nearest exchange's General
For more information, contact Penny Madison,
Tyndall AAFES' general manager, at 283-2580.
(Courtesy ofArmy-Air Force Exchange Service)

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station, like that in the fire station,
for everyone to use," said Sergeant
Soon after, he went to ALS and
ended up presenting the idea to the
students and instructors as a possible
legacy project for the class.
"I was assigned to the legacy project
team and they all liked the idea," he
Users can perform pull-ups, back
rows and hanging abdominal routines
at the fitness station. Sergeant Morris
also plans on adding a place to do
dips to the station.
"I would like to see it get put
to good use," he said. "It doesn't
really matter if one person or the
entire base uses it, as long as the
people using it gain something
from it."
The station, when used properly,
can help Airmen increase their
strength levels, while running
to improve their cardiovascular
health. Being fit to fight is essen-
tial to the Air Force and its people,

including Sergeant Morris.
"Fitness for me is very impor-
tant. It not only helps me accom-
plish my job, but it also helps me
manage different aspects of my
personal life," he said. "In my job
fitness is a necessity. We never
know when we might have to run
up a flight of stairs with 60 pounds
of gear on or be faced with carry-
ing someone from a building or an
emergency area."
"As a firefighter and hard-train-
ing athlete, Sergeant Morris knows
pulling is every bit as impor-
tant as pushing," said Colonel
Kulund, 325th Medical Group
chief of medical staff. "He built
a multi-station machine with high
and low climbing bars that rivals
a fully-stocked gym and will be a
training boom for all of Tyndall's
"Without fitness, I or any other
military member, would not be able
to perform our assigned duties or
deployments that come with wearing
the uniform," said Sergeant Morris.

Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
Sergeant Morris maneuvers his way across
the bars of the new fitness station he de-

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