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Publication Date: September 22, 2006
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GULF


DEFENDER


Vol. 65, No. 37


Team Tyndall Wing-
man Day
A 325th Fighter Wing
Commander's Call
will be held 8:30 a.m.,
11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Thursday at the Enlisted
Club. Wing personnel
should attend one of the
sessions.
A mandatory wing fun
rn will be held 3:30 p.m.
Thursday and other sports
events will be scheduled
throughout the day. For
information, contact your
squadron's sports repre-
sentative or call the Fit-
ness Center at 283-2631.

Tyndall Clinic closed
Tyndall Clinic will be
closed Sept. 29. This in-
cludes all Pharmacy, Ra-
diology and Laboratory
services. ForTricare Prime
beneficiaries enrolled at
Tyndall, please contact
the on-call primary care
manager at 283-2778 for
urgent care needs during
this time. For emergen-
cies, call 911 or report to
a emergency room.




Passports becoming a re-
quirement... PAGE 8

Tyndall featured in new
Air Force advertisement
... PAGE 8

Tyndall hosts 2nd Tyn-
man Triathlon... PAGE 16

Hispanic Heritage coun-
cil celebrates tradition...
PAGE 18


A run to remember


Sept. 22, 2006


Stacey Haga


A group of Airmen start the first leg of the 24-hour POW/MIA vigil run Sept. 14 at Flag Park. Tyndall's POW/
MIA remembrance day also included a memorial service and luncheon held Sept. 15.



Base housing privatization process to begin


CHRISSY CUTTITA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
With the signing of the Con-
gressional Notification of Intent
to Award letter Sept. 11, Tyn-
dall's privatization process
will begin for families here.
"Housing privatization is
an exciting initiative that will
greatly improve the quality of
life for many of our Tyndall
Airmen," said Lt. Col. Alan
Lake, 325th Mission Sup-
port Group commander. The


award of this contract will
lead to better housing quicker
than any other available av-
enue and will significantly
enhance living conditions for
military families residing on
the installation."
On Oct. 12, the developer
will be officially named and
permitted to occupy office
space within the housing of-
fice and housing maintenance
facility. The effort to priva-
tize base housing has been


underway since November
2003.
The National Defense
Authorization Act requires
Congressional notification
30 days prior to the award
of a contract for a military
family housing privatization
project.
"During this period, the
housing staff and the devel-
oper will complete behind-
the-scenes functions to allow
for a smooth transition," said


Yvonne Brabham, 325th
Civil Engineer Squadron
housing flight chief.
Housing residents have the
option of staying in priva-
tized housing or moving off
base. If they choose to stay,
the first step is to complete
and sign a "Data Release
Statement," which is due to
the housing office by Oct. 2.
This statement gives the
housing office the authority
SEE HOUSING PAGE 4


Trst Temok Tranin


Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts






Page 2 Gulf Defender


Sept. 22, 2006


What historical event would you


have liked to participate in?


"I would have wanted to help victims
of hurricane Katrina because I'm
from Biloxi, Miss."



ANGELA CROMARTIE
Military spouse


'I would have liked to have seen the
Wright brothers' first flight. It was the
beginning of air power for this nation."

TECH. SGT. LORI SHACKLEFORD
325th Medical Group


"I would have liked to been at Pres-
ident Reagan's funeral because he
was the greatest U.S. President of
the 20th century."

COL. KELLY DUCKETT
Air Forces Northern


"I would have liked to have been there
when we won the American Revolu-
tion and met George Washington."

AIRMAN 1ST CLASS JOSHUA ASH
53rd Weapons Evaluation Group


Gulf Defender Editorial Staff


Brig. Gen. 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


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
noted
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


1st Lt Amanda Ferrell
Clean up

Cody and Nicky Lang collect debris from Tyndall beaches
during the annual Coastal Clean-up held here Sept. 16. Tyn-
dall's 460 volunteers covered 17 miles of beach and col-
lected 8,370 pounds of debris.


Can you identify this
object? If so, send an
e-mail to editor@tyndall.
af.mil 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.
2nd Lt. Adam Franklin, 1st
Fighter Squadron, cor-
rectly guessed the Sept. 15
"Identify this" as a Xbox
360 package. Congratula-
tions Lieutenant Franklin,
come claim your prize!


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Sept. 22, 200 Gulf D3I efender Page
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Joint Chiefs chairman sends Air Force birthday message


WASHINGTON (AFPN) The
following is a message from the
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Peter
Pace, on the Air Force's 59th birth-
day.
"This year marks the 59th an-
niversary of the establishment of
the United States Air Force. Dat-
ing back to the early years as the
Aeronautical Division of the Army
Signal Corps, visionary Airmen


risked their lives in
the quest for domi-
nance of the air.
Due to the vision
of aviation pio-
neers then, the U.S.
Air Force now stands
above all challengers as
the world's premier air
and space force.
"Our Airmen have risen to
the challenges of the post 9/11 era


and will continue to serve
our nation with distinc-
tion. Whether it is a C-17
on the ground in Baghdad,
a Predator in the skies over
Afghanistan, an orbiting
/ satellite, or the support per-
sonnel who make the mission
successful, the U.S. Air Force is
the image of freedom and democ-
racy throughout the world.
"To every member of the Air Force,


thank you for your steadfast dedi-
cation and commitment to defend-
ing the United States. To echo the
words of Gen. Curtis Lemay, 'If
we maintain our love of freedom
and superior global air power, the
future of the U.S. looks good.'
"On behalf of the Joint Chiefs, the
men and women of the armed forc-
es, and a grateful nation, I would
like to wish the United States Air
Force a happy birthday!"


We didn't start this fight, but we must win it for the future


COL. ANTHONY JOHNSON
455th Expeditionary Operations Group commander
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan We sent three
young men and a young woman home in flag-draped,
metal containers a few days ago.
I was flying over the scene shortly after one of the
young men died.
The warrior we were talking to on the radio was
audibly shaken by the event. Looking down on the
situation from two to three miles above, I was too far
removed to truly feel his pain. He obviously wanted
to avenge the loss of a fellow hero and understandably
wanted revenge for the pain he was suffering.
My flight lead may have helped him reap a bit of that
revenge.
However, ladies and gentlemen, we are not in the
revenge business.
Our business is to make it possible again to get on an
airplane without taking our shoes off and to carry a laptop,
tooth paste, perfume and our MP3 player with us.
Our business is about building a free, democratic
nation to let the people of Afghanistan experience a
better way than tyranny.
Our business is about establishing an economy
here, built around commodities that complement
the values most Americans hold close to their hearts


versus one that tears at the fabric of our society.
Our business is to restore the freedoms Americans
enjoyed prior to 9-11.
In short, our business is to make the world a better
place for our children and grandchildren.
I mentioned that I was too far removed to feel the
pain felt by the young man we were talking to on the
radio. But when I landed my airplane safely on an
airfield inside a secure compound, the pain became a bit
more real as I visited the members of the squadron who
had just lost one of their mates.
I felt completely helpless. There was
nothing I could do to relieve their anguish.
They are warriors! Warriors conceal their grief and
continue the mission, but they were hurting and I
wish them God's speed. As I think about the grief on
their faces when they loaded their comrade's body
on an airplane for the journey back to his family, the
thought of my family having to endure that same
pain is unbearable to me.
Although I look forward to going home, it will not be
an occasion to celebrate.
When all of us who have come together for this
common purpose complete our task and have done
some good in this place, when the women and children
ofAfghanistan enjoy the freedoms that most Americans


Maj David Kurle
Colonel Johnson takes off in an A-10 Thunder-
bolt II from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
take for granted, then we can celebrate.
Please pray for the four young people who died
fighting for our freedoms and thank them in the most
sincere way you can.
Thank them for fighting for you and your family.
Thank them for fighting for all the thankless citizens who
are going about their lives as if nothing is happening here
and in Iraq.
Pray that their families' grief will soon subside and
that they will have peace.
Again, I thank you for volunteering to leave your
respective towns, cities and countries and joining in
this worthwhile effort. We didn't start this fight, but
we must win it for our children and grandchildren!


The Action Line is your direct line
to me. It is one way to make Tyndall a
better place to work and live.
The goal is to provide you with an
accurate, timely response. You must
leave your name, phone number or
address to receive a response.
Questions or comments of general
interest will be published in this forum.
This avenue should only be used after
coordinating problems or concerns
with supervisors, commanders, first
sergeants or facility managers.
If you're not satisfied with the re-
sponse or you are unable to resolve the


problem, call me at 283-2255.
For fraud, waste and abuse calls,
you should talk to the 325th Fighter
Wing Inspector General's Office,
283-4646.
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


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.


Action Line
Call 283-2255


BRIG. GEN. TOD WOLTERS
325th Fighter Wing commander


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Sept. 22, 2006


Page 4 Gulf Defender

*FROM HOUSING PAGE 1
to release a resident's housing information to the
developer. All residents must sign this statement
before they will be allowed to sign a lease to oc-
cupy privatized housing.
This statement was e-mailed to first sergeants
and will be distributed throughout the squadrons
here. The housing office can also e-mail one to
anyone who didn't receive it.
Residents are encouraged to attend the town hall
meeting scheduled 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Youth Center.
Residents will have the opportunity to meet the develop-
er's staff, learn the "nuts and bolts" about privatization,
find out what the developer plans to do with housing
and ask questions.
The final step is to sign the approved residential lease.
If residents are deployed or planning to be deployed
within the next three months, a spouse or a "responsible
adult" will need to have a special power of attorney. This
will give someone other than the deployed member the
authority to sign a lease and start the basic allowance for
housing allotment to the developer.
Lease signing is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Oct. 17 20 atthe Education Center. Once residents
complete these steps, they will be prepared to live in
privatized housing.
A base housing resident who chooses to move off
base must move off base before Dec. 1. The move will
be subsidized by the government to move to the local
area of Panama City. The housing office prepares all
the relocation orders.
Beginning Nov. 30, the developer will assume man-
agement and operation of base housing.
The housing office will not close. It will still be the
first place Airmen go to find a place to live when they
get assigned to Tyndall. The housing office will con-
tinue to help Airmen find privatized housing or off-base
housing. The housing office will also help if residents
have problems with their privatized house that are not
resolved through the developer.

TYNDALL AFB





HOME OFN
AIR DOMINANCE





Sept. 22, 2006


Gulf Defender


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Sept. 22, 2006


Page 6 Gulf Defender


DeCA advises

customers to

not eat bagged

fresh spinach
FORT LEE, Va. In response to an alert from
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the De-
fense Commissary Agency is advising its customers
not to eat any bagged fresh spinach. The FDA alert,
dated Sept. 14, warns that the bagged spinach "may
be a possible cause" of the confirmed outbreak of
E. coli.
"The health and safety of our patrons and em-
ployees is always a top priority with the Defense
Commissary Agency," said Patrick B. Nixon,
DeCA director. "We urge everyone to take this alert
seriously and avoid any consumption of bagged
spinach. We also advise everyone to continue to
monitor their local media and the Food Safety area
of our Web site, www.commissaries.com for more
information."
As a precaution, in light of the FDA advisory,
DeCA directed its commissaries to immediately
remove from their shelves all fresh spinach and any
salad mix that contains spinach as an ingredient.
Tyndall's commissary followed this direction and
removed items last week. They do, however, advise
anyone who may have purchased spinach recently
to discard the product.
E. coli can cause diarrhea and in some cases, lead
to kidney failure through a condition known as He-
molytic Uremic Syndrome. HUS particularly affects
young children and the elderly. In more severe cases,
HUS can lead to serious kidney damage and possible
death. One death and eight cases of HUS have been
linked to the recent E. coli outbreak. To date, nearly
50 cases of illness have been reported to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
The FDA has identified the outbreak in eight
states: Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, New
Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin.
Anyone who feels they may have symptoms of ill-
ness related to eating bagged spinach should contact
their local health care provider immediately.





Sept. 22, 2006


Gulf Defender


Page 7






Page 8 Gulf Defender


Passports to be required soon


STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
People traveling to and from the Caribbean,
Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada will
be required to have a passport or other secure,
accepted document to enter or re-enter the
United States by Jan. 1, 2008 according to the
Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention
Act of 2004.
"The State Department has not finalized
what other documents will be accepted,"
said Mary Draper, 325th Mission Sup-
port Squadron passport agent. "They are
strongly encouraging all U.S. citizens to get
a passport."
In order to ease the implementation of this
requirement, the administration is proposing to
complete it in phases, which will be published
in the Federal Register in the near future.
The proposed implementation is Jan. 8, 2007,
the requirement will be applied to all air and sea
travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and
South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda.
Jan. 1, 2008, the requirement will be extended
to all land border crossings as well.
This change in travel requirements will affect
all U.S. citizens entering the United States from
countries in the Western Hemisphere who do
not currently possess valid passports.
It will also affect foreign nationals who are


not currently required to present a passport to
travel to the U.S. and most of the citizens of
Canada, Bermuda and Mexico.
Due to the Western Hemisphere Travel
Initiative, a no-fee passport is required for
U.S. government employees and their eligible
family members, as well as eligible family
members of active duty military members mov-
ing to Canada. Those moving to Alaska and
their eligible family members are authorized
and strongly encouraged to obtain a no-fee
passport.
Currently, a no-fee passport is preferred
for U.S. government employees traveling to
Canada fortemporary duty. Effective Dec. 31,
a no-fee passport will be mandatory for air and
sea travel to Canada and by Dec. 31, 2007 for
land border crossings.
"A no-fee passport is used for official busi-
ness only; if citizens wish to travel for pleasure,
they must have tourist passport, which can be
obtained for a fee, through the main post office
downtown," said Mrs. Draper.
To obtain a government passport, visit the
passport office 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tues-
days and Thursdays, to apply. Appointments
are not necessary.
For more information, e-mail Mary
Draper, at mary.draper@tyndall.af.mil, or
visit www.travel.state.com.


Tyndall featured in new


AF advertising campaign

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas The Air Force unveiled
an innovative television and online advertising campaign Sept. 18 aimed
at giving teens and Internet users a realistic view of life in the military.
Tyndall Airmen were filmed for the Air Force Recruiting's Web site,
www.dosomethingamazing.com. Click "Raptor" to see Tyndall's air
traffic controllers, engine mechanics, pilots, crew chiefs and aircraft.
Friends back home let Airman 1st Class John Hahn know he was
seen on TV.
"I've never seen myself on screen before, so I guess it came out
well," said the 325th Maintenance Squadron jet engine mechanic who is
featured in one of the ads. "It's an honor to be chosen, and I'm glad that
the aircraft maintenance field is getting some well-deserved attention."
Each commercial ties directly into the newly created interactive Web
site featuring Air Force videos and information, according to Lee Pilz,

SEE AD PAGE 21


Sept. 22, 2006






Gulf Defender Page 9


Propulsion shop improves processes using AFSO21


Sergeant McDuffie inspects the intake of an F-15 Eagle engine during an i


TECH SGT. WILLIAM MACCARTY
325th Maintenance Operations Squadron
Air Force Smart Operations for
the 21st century, or AFSO21, as it
is more commonly known, is both a
philosophy and set of tools that give
Tyndall the opportunity to excel in
its mission.
The purpose ofAFSO21 is to make
processes standardized, effective and
more efficient, and is already being
met here, especially at the 325th
Maintenance Squadron's propulsion
shop.
"The propulsion flight has been
one of the most successful events we
have run to date here at Tyndall," said
Capt. Glenn Wright, 325th Fighter
Wing AFSO21 officer. "The reason
for this is that we were able to see
and eliminate waste and make sig-
nificant changes in the propulsion
flight the same week as the event.
We now have some organic lean tools
and methodologies which will enable
them to continue their enhancement
effort."
AFSO21 is an approach to reduce
waste and streamline processes. It is
based on the concept of continually
decreasing the amount of non-value
added activity to a process. AFSO21
offers defect reduction, significantly


reduces waste in any given process,
decreases inventory and floor space
requirements, creates a more enthusi-
astic work environment, utilizes key
operational performance metrics,
and improves work center layouts
for increased flexibility.
For two weeks in August, a diverse
team of experts from around the
Air Force and Tyndall met with the
propulsion shop to discuss plans for
a better future. The team of twelve
completely rearranged the shop, put-
ting logical work solutions in use.
"The facilitator, who came from
the University of Tennessee gave us
ideas of what other bases are doing,"
said Todd Benz, aerospace propul-
sion specialist. "We figured out what
we could accomplish immediately,
without funding."
Three weeks before the team got
together, the propulsion shop's 10
Airmen and 18 contracted employees
wrote a detailed work flow diagram
to show to their visitors. Airmen
explained everything that happens to
an F100 engine from the time it rolls
in, to when it leaves the shop.
"We discussed the day-by-day tear
down and build up of engines," said
Mr. Benz.
Value Stream Analysis, or VSA,


is a technique that
identifies waste within
S the process to spot-
light resources on the
1 issues that will make
i the biggest process
improvements.
A VSA rapidly
Defines the chrono-
logical process and
the information ap-
plicable to each of
its steps, as well as
overall metrics. The
map also shows how
information flows,
where rework occurs
and where there may
be value issues within
the process.
After the initial
gathering of informa-
tion, the propulsion
ChrissyCuttta shop was ready for
inspection. their Rapid Improv-
ment Events.
An RIE is a short-term, high-con-
centration of effort, tool used to focus
on a specific area for improvement. It
focuses on improving the condition in
respect to an exist-
ing problem, while
not striving for per-
fection, which may
take several RIEs to
reach. This event re-
quires three weeks
of preparation and
follow-up time after
the event.
"During the RIE,
we were able to relate
what we do into the
bigger concept ofop-
erations to understand
that the proposed im-
provements would
make it easier," said
Mr. Benz.
Enacting the plan
involves more than
cleaning up the
work area.
By moving sec-
tions to cut down
walk time, moving
equipment closer to
the personnel who Julie Marquez
use it and putting ist, installs a b


everything needed to get the job done
in a more convenient place, the shop
created a blue print of an ideal pro-
pulsion shop. This ideal is something
they hope they set the bar for in the
Air Force and perhaps become the
regional spare engine line.
"I was just shocked everything we
did was backed up by data and we re-
organized the shop in two days," said
Staff Sgt. Lee McDuffie, 325th MXS
aerospace propulsion specialist.
Standard work is a groundwork pro-
cess that sets up the docks in similar
order. Before the lean workplace can
be achieved, work must be standard-
ized and reinforced. Standard work
displays the best practice to accom-
plish a task. The best practice then
becomes the goal to improve upon.
"We freed up 1,200 square feet of
open space," said Mr. Benz.
In the end, applying AFSO21 aid-
ed one of Tyndall's propulsion shops
in delivering war-winning capability
with less non-value added work.
AFSO21 fostered change within
the shop and encouraged Airmen to
examine theirjobs better, faster and
"leaner."


Chrissy Cuttita
, DS2 aerospace propulsion special-
ypass valve on a F100 engine.


Sept. 22, 2006






Page 10 Gulf Defender


Regulations help Airmen understand rules on fundraising


When the holiday season gets close, it seems the de-
sire to lend a helping hand increases. On base, there are
specific rules and laws to follow before personnel can
fundraise here.
Department of Defense personnel may not solicit
gifts, even for others, unless the solicitation is part of
an official fundraising program, such as the Combined
Federal Campaign which is currently running here until
Oct. 24.
There are three types of fundraising; official fundrais-
ing (CFC and Air Force Assistance Fund), unofficial
fundraising (fundraising by or for off-base, non-Federal
organizations, such as Girl Scout cookie sales, the March-
of-Dimes Walk-a-Thon, or an American Cancer Society
fundraising dinner); and fundraising for employee orga-
nization welfare funds (the office fund for flowers and
PCS plaques, or the fund that raises money for the unit
holiday party).
Ifall funds raised by an event or effort will go to CFC,
Air Force Assistance Fund, Army Emergency Relief,
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, oran OPM-approved
emergency or disaster appeal, the event or effort is consid-
ered to be "official fundraising" or "official business."
If any part of the funds will go to an organization or
effort, other than these five, the event or effort is "unof-
ficial fundraising."
Only official fundraising events can be officially
endorsed and attended in an official capacity. In these
events, personnel can use their government title and


organization name; and government time, equipment
and supplies. They may even accept unsolicited free
attendance and travel benefits for themselves and ac-
companying spouses provided it is in accordance with
31 USC 1353.
In an unofficial fundraising event or effort, personnel
may only attend the event in an official capacity if they
are performing official duties. "Official duties" include
receiving an award for meritorious public service or
giving a speech when there has been a determination in
accordance with public affairs guidelines that the event
is an appropriate forum for the expression of an official
DOD position. The sponsoring organization may not
use the fact of the employee's attendance to promote the
event. Personnel should take precaution when "merely
attending" an event perception of "sponsorship" or
"showing Air Force support" can happen, especially if
the attendee is wearing uniform or referring themselves
as an Air Force member or employee.
In a personal capacity, personnel may participate
in a fundraising event or effort. Personnel may use
government e-mail to notify other employees about
the event or effort if the notification does not appear
to be an endorsement of the event or effort, and the
employee has obtained the approval of his or her
supervisor who is a commissioned officer or civilian
GS-12 or above. They cannot use official time to sup-
port the event or effort and they cannot use official
time to serve on a planning committee, advisory


board or oversight board. Official time can be used
to prepare an official speech for an event or effort.
The rules on fundraising for employee organization
welfare funds are generally the same as for "unofficial"
fundraising events or efforts, additionally, may not
hold fundraising events for employee organization
welfare funds during CFC or AFAF if they will be
held "at the workplace." However, personnel may
hold fundraising events for employee organization
welfare funds during CFC if: the event will be held
"away from the workplace" (lobbies of buildings, in
the base housing area, in front of Base Exchange, or in
other areas where people generally are not working),
and if it will not detract from CFC orAFAF. For more
information, see Air Force Instruction 36-3101.
Fundraisers byAir Force-sponsored private organiza-
tions, such as the Company Grade Officers' Council,
must comply with the fundraising rules in this AFI, AFI
on private organizations (AFI 34-223), and the Joint
Ethics Regulation.
A commander may allow a non-Federal organization
to use facilities or equipment for a fundraising event if
the event will be at the 325th Services Squadron or base
golf course provided they follow the regulations.
Putting out boxes to collect toys, clothing, canned
goods, etc., in public areas is not considered to be
"fundraising" and can be approved by the installation
commander.
(Compiled by 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)


Tech. Sgt. Gordon Martin


Chrissy Cuttita
Sergeant Martin receives the Checkertail Salute War-
rior of the Week award from Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters,
325th Fighter Wing commander.
Sergeant Martin increased his squadron's body armor readi-
ness by 45 percent, improved maintenance of weapons used
for training and revitalized Tyndall's aerial and boat patrol. He
has also volunteered as a guest speaker at a local elementary
school.


Duty title: 325th Security Forces Squadron
resource advisor
Time on station: Two years
Time in service: Fourteen years
Hometown: Globe, Ariz.
Hobbies: Riding horses
Goals: To make sure my unit has what
it needs to fight terrorism and make mas-
ter sergeant
Favorite thing about Tyndall: The
people are great
Favorite movie: "Lonesome Dove"
Favorite book: "Lonesome Dove" by
Larry McMurtry
Proudest moment in the military:
Performing CPR on a heart attack vic-
tim who recovered.
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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Sept 22, 2006-TW SPou


Crew chiefs certify for top job honors


Gulf Defender Page 11


T r a n i n Sp o t h


1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Having your name painted on the
side of an F-15 Eagle or an F-22 Rap-
tor is something to be proud of, but
labeling a jet as "your own" comes
with serious responsibility.
The dedicated crew chief program
here assigns top-notch crew chiefs
from each aircraft maintenance unit
to specific aircraft, making that crew
chief responsible for every aspect of
its maintenance and care.
The task is tremendous, and only the
most qualified maintainers are chosen
for the job.
Dedicated crew chiefs are respon-
sible for the air-worthiness of the jet
from nose to tail. This means that every
bit of maintenance must be personally
checked out by them to ensure the
aircraft meets even the most stringent
Air Force standards.
"The DCCs are the guys who greet
the pilots at the jet with a salute and
handshake before every mission," said


Chief Douglas Martin, 2nd Aircraft
Maintenance Unit superintendent, who
has been a DCC for more than 25 years.
"DCCs ensure every aspect of the jet
is safe and ready to fly. They help the
pilots strap into the cockpit, conduct
start-up checks and launch the jets with
confidence."
The dedicated crew chief program,
which is an Air Force tradition that
has been running strong on Tyndall
for decades, gives crew chiefs the
opportunity single themselves out
as the top crew chiefs in their units.
The position is also one of leadership
because younger and less experienced
crew chiefs look up to those who are
recognized as DCCs.
An exceptional DCC has strong mili-
tary bearing, maintains their aircraft to a
level beyond reproach and understands
the importance of keeping ajet in flying
status by conducting the highest quality
of maintenance, said Chief Martin. The
DCC ceremony is a quarterly event that
honors the newest inductees.


Lt. Col. Deborah Meserve, 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
commander and Chief Master Sgt. Douglas Martin, 2nd Aircraft
Maintenance Unit superintendent, congratulate Senior Airman
Leon Warrick, one of the newest dedicated crew chiefs from the
2nd AMU to be inducted.


Before being inducted as an official
DCC, however, the selected Airmen
must complete a one-week course
intended to offer a broad perspective
and clear understanding of flying op-
erations.
"The course teaches crew chiefs
about all aspects of flying operations
here," said Chief Martin. "They learn
about the pilot upgrade process, the
command structure, and 'big picture'
flight line operations."
The purpose of the certification
course is to stress that successful flying
operations are founded on a team effort
between pilots, schedulers, maintain-
ers and squadron leadership. And as a
dedicated crew chief, the Airmen play a
pivotal role in the success of our flying
mission, said Chief Martin.
"The DCC course gives you the
training necessary to know what kind
of responsibility a DCC must take on,"
said Staff Sgt. Marcus James, 95th
AMU dedicated crew chief.
"The certification course teaches
the total maintenance concept, man-
agement and leadership skills," said
Staff Sgt. Matthew Conley, 43rd AMU
dedicated crew chief.
Completing the certification course
is only the beginning. Assuming the
responsibility as a DCC and working to
ensure every part of the aircraft is well
maintained takes more than "turning
wrenches."
"As an F-15 crew chief, I've learned
that a 'can-do' attitude, having the will
to learn and good old-fashion experi-
ence ultimately provides Airman what
it takes to be an effective and valuable
crew chief," said Sergeant James.
A strong sense of pride has already set
in for the newly inducted members.
"The pride of watching your air-
craft take off and return safely," said
Sergeant Conley. "That's what I enjoy
most about being a crew chief."
Each DCC will have their own chal-
lenges as the lead maintainer, but all
DCCs understand the satisfaction of
being the best at what they do.
"My favorite part is when I snap
to attention and salute the pilot that
trusts my work and judgment," said
Sergeant James. "That's what we are
all here for. It's a good feeling, and
nothing can compare to that sense of
accomplishment."


How will the First Term
Airman's Center help you
become a better Airman?

I think FTAC will help me
become more familiar with the
base, and help me meet other
new Airmen. "

AIRMAN BASIC FABIOLA JOURDAIN
FTAC Student



Congratulations to Mission
Ready Airmen graduates of
Classes 2006-H02 and 2006-
073 from the 372nd Training
Squadron/Detachment 4!


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




Page 12 Gulf Defender


FEATURE


Gulf Defender


WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY

Tyndall's focus has always been training


Did you know ...
Fun facts about Tyndall


STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(Editor's note: All of the pictures and information
is courtesy of the 325th FWhistorian.)
As the Air Force celebrates 59 years of air power,
Tyndall looks back on over 60 years of training
America's defense.
Plans for Tyndall in the Panama City area started
as early as September 1940. The area was consid-
ered ideal for aerial gunnery training because of its
proximity to the Gulf of Mexico which could be used
aerial gunnery ranges.
When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on
Dec. 7,1941,the Tyndall site was approximately 75 per-
cent complete and was pushed into early completion.
Because of Pearl Harbor, Tyndall observes
Dec. 7, 1941 as its day of activation, although it's
first flag was raised at its headquarters building until
Feb. 12, 1942.
Gunnery training began later that month. During
World War II. Tv ndall trained thousands of men to
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bomber co-pilots for the B-17 and B-24 aircraft.
During that time the Women's Air Force Service
Pilots began flying here.
After WWII, when the Air Force became a
separate branch of the military, Tyndall Field's name
changed to Tyndall AFB.
The base's mission changed many times over the
years, but the mission was always related to aerial
defense training.
In 1957, Tyndall's primary aircraft was the F-104
while under the Air Defense Command for more than
22 years. In 1966, the base had yet another shift in
mission with the combat crew training for the F-101
and F-106.
Inthe early 1980s, the 325th Tac-
tical Training Wing and 475th Weap- j
ons Evaluation Group were
activated, along with many
other additions to the base,
including the F-15 Eagle.
In 2002, Tyndall received
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An T-38 training jet sits on the flightline here in support of Tyndall's training mission.


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*Archeologists discovered the land Tyndall sits on has been
occupied for almost 5,000 years with Indian settlements.

*In the 1880s the land here was sold at $1.25 per acre.

*The Red Fish Point area was once a citrus farm, which
failed due to freezing temperatures. Two turpentine distill-
eries and one rabbit farm were developed prior to Tyndall,
but also failed.

*Before the Dupont bridge was built there was a ferry ser-
vice at the turn of the century, then a toll bridge followed by
a draw bridge, which delayed Tyndall worker's commutes
for as long as an hour. The draw bridge also failed in the
1950s, forcing people to travel to Wewahitchka and Mexico
Beach to reach Tyndall.

*Tyndall was originally planned to support less than 2,000
troops in 1941. In 1943, there were 10,000 troops.

*Actor Clark Gable was awarded sliver aerial gunner wings
after completing training here.

*Tyndall was one of the first bases to train female pilots,
known as Women's Air Force Service Pilots.




MILITARYY AIRLIFT COMMAND


A group of Airmen pose underneath a sign during the World War II era.


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Tyndall Airmen unload 161,000 tons of cargo from a C-5 Galaxy in 1982.


Aerial gunners train on Tyndall's range in the 1950s.






Gulf Defender


Sept. 22, 2006


Guucz Guiw;:


Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah begins tonight and
the first service will be held 7:30 p.m.
at Temple B'Nai Israel at 1900 Frank-
ford Ave., Panama City. There will
also be a service 10 a.m. Saturday at
the same location. For information
contact the chapel at 283-2925.

Dorm barbecue
The Tyndall Top 3 will host a
dorm barbecue 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday at Bldg. 1149 patio. All
dorm residents are invited.

Bonita Bay changes hours
Outdoor recreation will be closed
Tuesday. Starting Oct. 1, Bonita Bay
will be closed every Tuesday and
Wednesday and open every other
day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. These seasonal
hours will remain in effect until
April 30.
Also, the base swimming pool
closes Thursday for the season.

Airman's Attic
The Airman and Family Readiness
Flight and Airman's Attic is need
of volunteers. This free service is
located in Bldg. 747 and staffed by
volunteers. These services are avail-
able Monday through Friday from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Airman's Attic
is designed to help reduce some cost
of living expenses by providing do-
nated household items or new items
purchased with cash donations to
eligible military members. For more
information, call AFRF at 283-4913
or 283-4204.

Retiree Appreciation Day
Tyndall hosts Retiree Appre-
ciation Day Nov. 4. Events include
base mission tours, free health
screenings, Base Exchange and
Commissary specials for retirees.
To sign up for the base tour, call
283-4204.

Military speakers needed
Community function planners,
schools and local groups often ask
for military to come and brief about
their mission and experience in the
Air Force. Tyndall has a base speak-
er's bureau to provide speakers for


these requests. For more informa-
tion on becoming a speaker, contact
the 325th Fighter Wing Public Af-
fairs office at 283-4500.

Hispanic Heritage Committee
Tyndall's Hispanic Heritage Com-
mittee is seeking new board mem-
bers. The committee provides an
opportunity for its members to
gather and plan community events
and learn about the Latin culture
through talking, music and food.
For more information, contact
Elisa Esterley at 283-8483.

Gulf Coast Community College
The Gulf Coast Community Col-
lege Tyndall Center is looking to hire
an evening 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.


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.

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 Officers' 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 Nicev-
ille Community Center. This event is
open to the public. For more informa-
tion, please contact Kim Hoelscher at
850-897-4509 or mkhoelscher@aol.com.


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Catholic services
Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday,
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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1st Lt Amanda Ferrell


Cody and Kayla Werner (left) and Alejandra Serna, decorate sombreros Sept. 16 at the Youth
Center here during Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids. Created as a day to foster relationships
between adults and children, the mission of BGC Day for Kids is to establish a day to celebrate
and honor American children every third Saturday in September. Tyndall's center provided an
"open house" full of games, activities, information booths and fun.






Sept. 22, 2006


Gulf Defender


Pig prog takes a look at a week of upsets


Intramural Sports Standings


PIGSKIN PROGNOSTICATOR
From the eye of the Needle
Let's take a look at this week of upsets.
First, New Orleans brought its record to 2-0 with a
road victory over Green Bay. I didn't expect the Saints
to be doing this well. Ormaybe it's just that Brett Favre
is doing that bad. The Packers' quarterback had a chance
totie the 34-27 game atthe end
of the fourth quarter, but threw
four incomplete passes. I'm not Who i
sure if New Orleans will getthe
same help from Michael Vick pli
when they face him and the At-
lanta Falcons at the Louisiana 372nd Trai
Superdome Monday night. for NF
Second, there was the re-
cord-setting 9-0 Jacksonville Caroliln a' Ta
victory over Super Bowl Clicno 'a Mi
champs Pittsburgh Steelers. (ClCiiinnIatit P
How was a record set? It was Green Ba. ,,. I
the lowest scoring game in Jackson ilIc ,'
Monday Night Football his- N.Y. Jets, Bt
tory. A game won with three TC-IIIICCC ,
field goals doesn't sound excit- asioi
ing, but if you like watching Balliimoirie a.
good defense, this was your N.Y. Gians ,i.
show. Iwasjust satisfiedto see Philadelphi.a
the Steelers shutout, their nine- St Lotusii' .\r
game winning streak coming Den cr .'a New
to an abrupt close. Sit down, Atlanta ,'1. Nc-
Ben Roethliswhatever.
A man with a shorter name,
Mike Malone, plans on coming
back from a loss as well. Malone, the 325th MDOS
picker, only got nine correct picks for Week 2, but he
says he'll win overall.
"I am going to outpick the rest of the squadrons be-
cause I have several fantasy teams and I go online every
night to make check injury reports, past performances
against certain teams and how well do teams do on the


road versus home," said Malone. "Plus I am counting
on some luck ... it's the leprechaun in me."
For Malone, the pot o' gold lies in Miami.
"My favorite team has always been the Miami Dol-
phins," said the Boston native. "My mom brought me
home from the hospital in a Dolphins' outfit and my
dad was pretty upset."
Speaking of upset, I
was peeved that the 325th
Tyndall ACS' rookie picker Chris
Doran got the best of me
ring? this week. He broughtACS
to a 13-10 victory over the
ing Squadron Pig Prog. Itold him there's
Week 3. no way someone could
pick that good, so where'd
pa Ba he get the tips?
s,;:ta '"What kind of a question
isbur l is that?" asked Doran. "Foot-
etroit ball is a simple game of Xs
ndinnnpolis and Os. We just pick golden
ialo pickshereattheACS. That's
ani how we do it baby!"
Iouston One of his "golden"
Cland picks forthis weekisTam-
catt l pa Bay over Carolina.
San Fanlcisco The game we're watch-
ona ing out for is Bucs vs. Pan-
'nginlad others said Doran. "Both
Orleans 27 hadveryhighexpectations
and both are 0-2. It's go-
ing to be a fun game to
watch."
He's got a point there, but canACS rumble their way
to a Super Prog victory?
"Will Bobby and Whitney make up?" he returned.
"Of course the trophy will be ours!"
Like the infamous tabloid couple, I think this team's
going to crack.
Now, let's get out there and watch some football!


Points
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62
59.5
58
55.5
53.5
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Team High Series Scratch
Team High Game Handicap
Team High Series Handicap
High Male Game Scratch
High Male Series Scratch
High Male Game Handicap
High Male Series Handicap
High Female Game Scratch
High Female Series Scratch
High Female Game Handicap
High Female Series Handicap


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Mine!

Charlie Ray, Thunderbird
team player, stikes the ball
during a youth soccer game
Tuesday. The Youth Center
kicked off its soccer pro-
gram last week and runs to
November.


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Page 16 Gulf Defender


Athletes test their endurance with Tynman Triathlon


1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
More than 80 Tyndall athletes gathered
at the water's edge to participate in the
second Tynman Triathlon and Duathlon
event held here Sept. 16.
Participants ranged in age and
experience level, but everyone had a
similar goal: Successfully completing an
event that would test their physical fitness
and mental focus.
'"The main thing that motivates me
during triathlons is the drive to out-do
myself and strive to do better in each
event while constantly improving on my
past performance," said Kyle Jansen, a
Tynman Triathlon participant and avid
triathlete. "My motivation also stems from
the notion of being 'fit-to-fight' I take
that seriously."
Whether approaching the race like
a tactical mission or a weekend family
activity, members from Tyndall and
surrounding military installations gathered
to compete.
Participants entered one of two
categories. Those entered in the sprint
triathlon category completed a 600-meter
swim, 12-mile bike and 3-mile run. The
duathlon category consisted of a 1.1-mile
run, 12-mile bike, and a 3-mile run.
The Company Grade Officers' Council
sponsored the event with the intention of


bringing Tyndall members together in a
spirit of sportsmanship, whether they're
avid competitors or participating for the
first time.
'"This event is perfect for people of all
skill levels who want to push themselves,"
said Andrew Overton, Tynman event
coordinator and CGOC member.
Standing shoulder-to-shoulder at the
Tynman starting line were first-time
participants, an Ironman hopeful, a
disabled veteran and representatives from
other branches of the military.
Mackey Tyndall, a disabled military
veteran who competes as a physically
challenged athlete, knows what it
takes to overcome mental and physical
challenges.
'"Train well and be prepared for the
event," said Tyndall. "You have train hard
to avoid mentally 'breaking down' during
an endurance race," he said.
Using a push racer, which is similar to
a wheelchair propelled by hand cranks,
Tyndall competes alongside all other
participants and holds his own.
'The most challenging phase for me
was the bike course, because it is the
longest part of the event," he said. "My
shoulders take the biggest beating because
my hands and arms are trying to do the
same thing other athletes'feet and legs are
doing."


1st Lt Amanda Ferrell
Athletes head into the water by base housing to start Tyndall's
second triathlon Sept. 16.


Despite the physical challenges Tyndall
experiences on the course, he encourages
others to participate in events like the
Tynman by committing themselves to a
fitness regimen.
"A very important thing to consider
when you are starting out in any sport is
that you must start slow," said Tyndall.
"You should start slow for two reasons.
First, you could hurt yourself if you do too
much too quickly, and secondly, you want


to have fun and enjoy yourself."
For one athlete, building a strong
foundation by participating in local events
such as the Tynman Triathlon is the first
step to the pinnacle of triathlon competition
- the Ironman.
'"Training for the Tynman and the
upcoming Ironman Florida competition
has improved my physical fitness test

SEE TRIATHLON PAGE 22


Sept. 22, 2006





Gulf Defender Page 17


Heart to Heart


Catherine Tarrant shares information about base agencies with
military spouses at Heartlink. Heartlink is a meeting for military
spouses to learn more about the Air Force mission and also learn
about what services are available to spouses. For more informa-
tion on Heartlink, call the Airman and Family Readiness Flight at
283-4205.


Sept. 22, 2006






Page 18 Gulf Defender


America, base celebrates Hispanic Heritage month


CHRISSY CUTTITA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs


Tyndall
celebrating
month and
the year.


joins the nation in
Hispanic Heritage this
will continue throughout


"I am one of thousands of
Americans who enjoys the diversity
and benefits the Hispanic/Latino
culture brings to our country," said
Maj. Todd Boulware, Air Forces
Northern tanker officer and Hispanic
Heritage Committee member. "Instead
of the dull and monotonous lifestyle
that would surely result from an
isolated society, living in America has
become a life surrounded by beautiful
and diverse people, colors, food,
languages and music. The Hispanic
culture is a critical ingredient in that
delicious recipe."
The monthly Latin dance at the
Enlisted Club, held Sept. 16, proved
that the population here is still enjoys
gathering and sharing Hispanic culture A group of
through the rhythm of merengue,
bachata, salsa and reggatone.
"It's a great way for me to learn about the different
dances my family has been doing for years," said
Senior Airman Mayra Duarte, 325th Communications
Squadron communications cable system journeyman.
"Other Hispanics always say if I hear the traditional
music, I can follow because I have a similarbackground.
The monthly dance also has a way of getting people
together and getting interest in the Hispanic Heritage
Committee."
Sharing the Spanish language with peers is a
reminder of family, especially for those who grew up
in a household that spoke in their native language.
"It's comfortable to meet others who speak Spanish,
and I also like to touch up on my Spanish. It gets
me back in touch with my nationality," said Airmen
Duarte.
Airmen experience Hispanic culture here by
enjoying local Hispanic cuisine, going to dances orjust
gathering at someone's house.
"When a person arrives at a base, the first few days


Airmen dance the merengue at the Enlisted Club
are always a bit confusing, especially for the youngest
Airmen," said Major Boulware. "The one thing that is
sure to give people comfort in a strange new place, is to
meet others who share their culture.
Unfortunately, it may be difficult for that person
to find a group of friends with a similar background.
With the fast pace of today's military, and having to do
more with less and less, connecting with others who
share native cultures can be very difficult unless the
people from that culture are also looking for a group
to associate with. That is what the Hispanic Heritage
Committee does."
Hispanic Airmen here also get together throughout
the year, especially if they are members of the base
Hispanic Heritage Committee whose primary purpose
is to promote a better understanding of Hispanic culture
while allowing its members to share their family
traditions.
Staff sergeants and above can serve as president
or vice president of the committee. Chairmen can be
any rank. Committee members participate in voting


on upcoming events and work to
organize the committee. A May 2005
constitution made the committee an
official Tyndall private organization.
All work aside, members gather for
fun and camaraderie. The next event
the committee plans will be the annual
pot luck, which is open to all those
on base. The potluck is a great place
the get a taste of the Latin flavor, said
Airman Duarte.
"We get the opportunity to express
ourselves through clothing, cultural
symbols, food and historical artifacts,"
she said. "Attendees get to know a little
bit about our background."
"Some people don't know the
history. Hispanics don't always inherit
the language or culture from their
family, so this is a good way to inform
anyone who is interested in learning
more," said Airman Duarte. "One of
my friends is Mexican and another is
Staf Puerto Rican. We are all Hispanic, but
Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
we all have different backgrounds to
share."
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage this month, learning
about different cultures and educating yourself on other
cultures are all aspects of the national recognition of
Hispanic Heritage, which is from Sept. 15 Oct. 15.
"The ability to honor our individually unique heritage
is truly a celebration of America's strength as a diverse
society," said Lt. Col. Alan Lake, 325th Mission Sup-
port Group commander and Hispanic Heritage com-
mittee member. "The Hispanic Heritage committee is
a committee put together to remember the roots of our
heritage and to reinforce that our ancestors' destiny led
to us being proud Americans."


Salsa lessons are
available at the
Community Activi-
ties Center 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday. For more
information call,
283-2945.


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Telecommunications
Monitoring


Department of Defense-owned
or leased telephone systems, fac-
simile machines, data modems,
cellular telephones, and auto-
mated information systems and
networks are provided for the
transmission of official govern-
ment communications. They are
subject to telecommunications
monitoring at all times in accor-
dance with DoD Directive 4640.6
and Air Force Instruction 33-219.
Use of these telecommunications
system devices constitutes con-
sent by the user to monitoring.
For more information, con-
tact the 325th Communications
Squadron at 283-4519.


Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
Filled with hope
Capt. Taona Enriquez and Senior Master Sgt. Billy Simmons, Combined Federal Cam-
paign representatives, review the correct way to fill out a CFC form. The campaign start-
ed Sept. 1 and will continue until Dec. 15. For more information, contact your unit repre-
sentative or Sergeant Simmons at 283-8044.


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Sept. 22, 2006
FROM AD PAGE 8
Air Force account director at GSD&M, the
service's contracted advertising agency in
Austin, Texas.
'"The idea behind the campaign is that
Air Force people are doing amazing things
every day all around the world," said Mr.
Pilz.
Unlike previous Air Force television
commercials that were highly scripted and
produced with special effects in Hollywood,
the new spots were shot
with a hand-held camera
or used existing Air Force
footage featuring Airmen
performing their jobs in
real-world environments.
"There wasn't much
acting involved ... just
the things I do on a daily
basis," said Airman Hahn.
"The most challenging
part of it was trying not
to laugh while being
filmed."
The commercials allow
viewers to experience
the thrills of Air Force
life such as jumping
out the back of a C-130
Hercules at 10,000 feet
with a special-operations
team, calling in air strikes
with joint terminal attack
control Airmen or flying
with the Thunderbirds
aerial photographer Aian H
Airman H;
through corkscrew spins.
"The documentary style Tyndall's h
Air Force (
makes the messages more force
convincing and authentic,
especially to skeptical and media-savvy
teenagers," Pilz said. "They want to see
what it's really like in the Air Force.
That's what we're providing."
Since the commercials are less
expensive to produce, GSD&M plans
to develop more of them.
"In the past, we produced eight
commercials over a four-year period,"
Pilz said. "We can now showcase more
career fields and have a better variety of
TV spots and videos for the Web."
GSD&M developed the DSA concept
after conducting focus group research
among 16-24 year-olds in Chicago and
Phoenix.
Filming for the commercials began
in May and continued throughout the
summer at Charleston AFB, S.C.; Eglin
AFB and Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Lackland
AFB, Texas; Nellis AFB, Nev.; and
Schriever AFB, Colo.
Career fields such as aircraft
mechanic, security forces and


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explosive ordnance disposal are
included in the campaign. Each
commercial is voiced by an Airman
in that career field and ends with
the call to action "Do Something
Amazing."
The Web site allows visitors to
search, view and download video clips
featuring on-the-job interviews with
the Airmen. Teens will also find links
to www.airforce.com to request more


ahn (front) works on an engine in
lush house during the filming of the
:ommericial he was featured in.


information, find a recruiter location
or chat with an online advisor.
"It was a fulfilling experience to
know that I helped the world's greatest
Air Force appeal to the young men and
women of the United States," said Senior
Airman Chris Allen, 325th Operations
Support Squadron air traffic controller
featured in a commercial.
Although initially only enlisted career
fields are featured in the commercials
and online videos, GSD&M plans to add
officer and health-professions careers to
the lineup.
"We're excited about the new
campaign," said Tim Talbert, deputy
chief of the Strategic Communications
Division, Headquarters Air Force
Recruiting Service at Randolph AFB.
"It's a lot different from what we've
done in the past. 'Do Something
Amazing' does not replace our main
campaign theme, 'Cross into the Blue.'
It complements it."




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* FROM TRIATHLON PAGE 14
scores, decreased my weight and increased
my overall fitness," said Lieutenant Jansen,
who is preparing for the Ironman Florida
competition in November. "My body is in
better shape because of this training, which
translates into being mission-ready and
being able to better serve my country."
Being a serious triathlete is a lifestyle
that involves many personal sacrifices,
said Jansen. And realizing that the pain
from pushing yourself to the limit is over
the moment you cross the finish line is a
feeling like none other, he said.
While each participant stood at the
starting line with a personal challenge
to overcome, all finished with the same
sense of accomplishment.
Those who encouraged participants
with cheers from the sidelines, organized
the event and volunteered, felt a similar
sense of satisfaction.
"It's fulfilling to coordinate a successful
event that is fun for both the participants
and volunteers," said Overton. "We were
able to put on an event that not only
entertains the Tyndall family and acts as
an 'ambassador' to the community, but
also gives leadership opportunities to the
nearly 60 Airmen who volunteered."


Overall Male -John McSheehey 1:02:28
Masters Chuck Denegri 1:04:14
Physically Challenged Mackey Tyndall
1:27:28
Clydesdale (200 Ibs +) Walter Roberson
1:08:07
19 & under Thomas Heikkenen 1:10:11
20-24 John Richard Lockard 1:15:50
25-29 Kyle Jansen 1:05:25
30-34 Trevor Teeselink 1:04:20
35-39 Donald Borchett 1:09:00
40-44 John Patrick Stokes 1:05:59
45-49 John Smith 1:09:55
50-54 Ray Maulbeck 1:11:57
55-59 Jerry Armstrong 1:04:55
60-64 George Palmer 1:07:02
65 & up Chuck Law 1:37:46

Overall Female Missy Terry 1:09:46
Masters Carole Ann Thompson 1:14:16
Athena Sara Cunningham 1:24:29


20-24 Jennifer Lepper 1:15:58
25-29 Lyndsey Hornbuck 1:13:21
30-34 Olga Cemore 1:16:28
40-44 Lisa Ann Ramstad 1:19:32
45-49 Noreen Burke 1:16:28
50-54 Eunice Mary Homsley 1:20:47
55-59 Barbara Elliott 1:38:57
60 & up Gwen Sprandel 1:26:21

Team Results
Female Tamsyn Snider & Team 1:25:48
Mixed -Allyson Schutzenhofer & Mike
McDonald 1:21:51

Duathlon Results
Overall Male Lance Souther 1:03:17
Overall Female Caitlin Harris 1:17:32

Team Results
Male -Ackerman & Tatem 1:20:43


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