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Vol. 65, No. 38

Blood drive
Tyndall will have a
blood drive 8 a.m. to
4 p.m. Oct. 6 at the
Community Activi-
ties Center. For more
information, contact
Leslie Richardson at

Fall Festival volun-
teers needed
Those interested in
volunteering or donat-
ing food items for the
Youth Center's Fall
Festival scheduled for
Oct. 20 can sign up at
the Youth Center.
More than 30 vol-
unteers are needed. A
volunteer meeting is
scheduled for 6 p.m.
Oct. 6 at the Youth Cen-
ter. For more informa-
tion, call 283-4366.

Physical training uni-
form becomes man-
datory ... PAGE 6

Maintainers receive
detailed instruction ...

Airman by day, "chief'
by night ... PAGE 14

Tyndall's CFC update...
Page 15

Sept. 29, 2006

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Lisa Norman
"Armed" to save lives
Staff Sgt. Edward Burgess, 325th Aeromedical-Dental Squadron public health journeyman, provides se-
curity for the medical tent during a base-wide exercise Sept. 20. Medical staff train with weapons while
not performing medical duties.

Tax credits 'pay' those most energy efficient

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Energy conservation is
no longer simply the token
issue of grass-roots envi-
ronmental policy debate and
lobbying efforts.
Since the signing of the
Energy Policy Act of 2005,
every taxpayer is affected by
energy conservation legisla-
tion and tax laws, which of-
fer considerable incentives
to those who realize the need
to become more energy-ef-
According to the U.S.

Department of Energy, tax
credits are available for spe-
cific home improvements,
solar energy systems, fuel
cells and high-efficiency ve-
hicles put into service after
Jan. 1, 2006.
Consumers may disregard
energy concerns and the
implications of increased
consumption, but few ignore
the issue when potential tax
credits and money saving
benefits are involved, said
U.S. Department of Energy
A tax credit is general-

ly more valuable than an
equivalent tax deduction
because a tax credit reduces
tax dollar-for-dollar, while
a deduction only removes a
percentage of the tax owed.
Consumers are now able
to itemize purchases of ener-
gy-saving products on their
federal income tax form,
which will lower the total
amount of tax they owe the
government each year.
According to Internal
Revenue Service officials,
tax credits are available
for home improvements

including energy-efficient
windows, insulation, doors,
roofs and heating and cool-
ing equipment.
The maximum amount of
homeowner credit for all
improvements combined is
$500 during the two-year
tax credit period, which ap-
plies to improvements made
from Jan. 1, 2006 through
Dec. 31, 2007, according to
the DOE.
To qualify, improvements
must be installed in or on the


Trst Temok Tranin

Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts

Gulf Defender

Sept. 29, 2006

What is your favorite

fall activity?

"I like to play pick-up football games
or tailgate."

"I like to go camping with my niece
and nephew and build bonfires on
the beach."

325th Air Control Squadron 325th Fighter Wing

"I like to redecorate my house to get a
feeling of the season."

325th Fighter Wing

'1 like to watch college football."

325th Communications Squadron

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
Airm en G lenn M oore ........................... ...................staff w riter

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

Page 2

Isaac Gibson

'Pack'ed with stripes

Kurt Anderson (center) shakes hands with retired Chief Master
Sgt. of the Air Force Paul Airey after he presented the chief with a
Pack 388 appreciation coin. Chief Airey mentored the Boy Scouts
during his Sept. 21 visit and toured a new trailer donated by the
Chief Airey chapter of the Air Force Sergeants Association.

Can you identify this
object? If so, send an
e-mail to editor@tyndall. with "Identify this"
in the subject line.
Three correct entries
will be chosen at ran-
dom and drawn from a
hat to determine the fi-
nal winner. The prize can
be claimed at the Public
Affairs office.
No one correctly guessed
the "Identify This" for
Sept. 22. Since it was so
difficult, we may run it again
in a future issue of the Gulf
Defender. Better luck next

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CAPT. LAURA CHRISTENSEN during conditioning for basketball, our coach
325th Comptroller Squadron would have us run two miles and I would be

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farewell from the 19'

Air Force commander
19th Air Force commander
It has been my professional honor and personal privilege
to serve as commander of 19th Air Force since October
2005. During my base visits, I saw the outstanding quality
of the people who conduct our training mission and the high
caliber of the graduates we send off to be warfighters. Our
mission success is second to none, and the great Airmen
of our Total Force who conduct and support our daily
operations are to thank for that.
During my many assignments before coming to Air
Education Training Command, I saw first-hand how 19th
Air Force training impacts our national defense. I want you
to know your work is appreciated and highly respected by
.the warfighting commanders.
I challenge you to continue striving for the highest levels of
excellence, because your duty is vital to the nation whether
in operations, support or medical disciplines. I am confident
you will continue to make our team the most feared and
respected air and space power on earth.
Even though my wife, Deb and I soon will soon begin
a new chapter in our lives in Germany, we will always be
proud to have served with the outstanding men and women
of 19th Air Force
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No one ever said you had to be "rail thin"
and a six-minute miler to be considered
a runner. Some run for the great feeling
afterward when endorphins kick in and
others run to compete. The point is just to get
out there and get moving to get yourself in
Being physically fit is important for the
mind, body and soul. The problem is most of
us like to make excuses on why we can't get
to the gym, why we can't run or why we can't
do something physical. There comes a time
when we have to stop making excuses and
get serious with ourselves.
That time came more than five years ago
for me. I sat there crying in my apartment
about how out-of-shape I was and how much
weight I had gained. My story may not speak
S to everyone, but I'm sure there are some who
may feel or have felt the same way I did. It
has been a long emotional roller coaster, but I
finally reached my goal of being in shape. If I
can be in shape, anyone can.
I am not an elite runner, nor a competitive
Triathlete; on the contrary, I'm rather slow.
But that doesn't matter to me. It doesn't
matter that the fastest I can run a mile and
half is 11 minutes and 45 seconds or in a big
triathlon I am usually finishing in the middle
of the pack. The enjoyment I get isn't from
winning; it's from finishing and being able to
look at myself in the mirror and say, "I did
it." Some people who know me now think
S I have always been this way meaning, I
could always run, bike or swim for hours.
Those who knew me six to eight years ago
know differently.
I played soccer and basketball and any
other sport I was asked to play. In high school

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

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


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

325th Fighter Wing commander

Sept. 29, 2006

sick inside knowing I had to run that far. It's
funny how things change after 11 years.
Six years ago, I was 30 pounds heavier and
couldn't run more than 30 minutes without
wanting to fall over, never mind the painfully
slow pace. Six years ago, I would starve
myself a few weeks before the mandatory
weigh in each year to ensure I was under my
maximum allowable weight standard. For
most of my life I have battled my weight and
my image of myself. I was tired of the yo-yo
weight gain, tired of being afraid of the scale
and tired of feeling inadequate. So, finally I
decided it was time to make a change.
I was sitting and listening to college friends
of mine talk about their first half marathon
they ran and I thought to myself, "Thirteen
miles? You are crazy!" But, something that
day clicked inside of me. I joined a weight
management club to help lose weight. I hit
the gym and then I hit the road and started
to run again. The first time I ran four miles
I was ecstatic.
A good friend of mine, who is addicted to
running 5Ks, got a group together to run a
5K in Panama City five years ago. I placed
third in my age group and that changed my
life and motivated me to keep going.
Later that same year, I was listening to
some of my Navy friends talk about the
Gulf Coast Half Ironman and I thought to
myself again, "Swim 1.2 miles, bike 56
and run 13? You are crazy. I could never
do that."
I was stationed at Eglin AFB at the time
and each year the base hosts a miniature
triathlon called "My First Tri," so Itried it,


Page 4 Gulf Defender

taxpayer's principal residence in the United States,
said DOE officials.
"All members of Tyndall who have the opportunity
- civilian, military and their family members should
make the best use of the tax credits and re-
bates," said Gilbert Walker, 325th Civil
Engineer Squadron energy and utilities
manager. For example, replacing your
heating, ventilation and air condition-
ing unit with approved fluids makes you
eligible for federal tax credit.
The IRS has also made available tax
credits to buyers of hybrid gasoline-
electric, diesel, battery-electric, alterna-
tive fuel and fuel cell vehicles. The tax credit
amount is based on a formula determined by vehicle
weight, technology and fuel economy compared to
standard year models. These credits are available

Sept. 29, 2006

for vehicles put into service after Jan. 1, 2006.
Credits for energy-efficient vehicles are expected to
be phased out based on the number of vehicles produced
by the manufacturer overtime, and will end December
2010, according to the DOE.
Tax credits are also available for qualified
solar water heating and photo voltaic sys-
tems. The credits are available for systems
placed in service in 2006 and 2007, not
to include systems exclusively used to
heat swimming pools and hottubs. The
tax credit is for 30 percent of the cost
of solar or photo voltaic systems, up to
$2,000, according to the DOE.
In conjunction with tax credits, Florida
residents may also apply for energy rebates on
solar water heating systems. The new Florida
Solar Energy Rebates offer those interested in
installing a solar energy system a rebate of up to

$500 after purchasing and installing the system on
a residence, and a $100 rebate for the installation
of a solar pool heating system, according to the
Florida Energy Office.
Incentives and benefits associated with becom-
ing more energy-efficient and are becoming in-
creasingly common. While individual households
are encouraged to apply for tax credits, rebates
and other advantages, experts believe energy
conservation is more than money in your pocket
- it's a lifestyle.
"People who practice good efforts in their day-to-day
activities at home to conserve energy and water tend to
bring those efforts to work," said Mr. Walker. "And when
we reduce our energy consumption, it reduces the cost
for everyone."
For more information about your benefits as an en-
ergy-efficient consumer, go to
ergy/fla energy/incentives.htm.

Sept. 29, 2006

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and liked it. Before that race, I only swam once
and couldn't swim one lap without stopping. The
farthest I road my bike was maybe 10 miles,and
at that time, the farthest I had run was maybe
five miles. That race was the beginning of my
serious addiction to triathlons and working out,
and it changed my life even more so than the
first 5K.
Today, I am 30 pounds lighter and have
completed more than a dozen sprint triathlons,
three half ironmans, three marathons and this
past year, completed Ironman Florida. That's a
long way from the 30 minutes I could barely run
six years ago.
Why do I tell you all of this? I guess it's to
show you we all have to start somewhere. All it
takes is some dedication and motivation to keep
going and you'll reach your goals. That goal can
be a 5K or an Ironman. The point is just to have
a goal and work at accomplishing it.
Not all of us were born athletes and runners,
but we all have an inner athlete that just needs a
push. Stop making excuses and get to the gym
or hit the road running. You'll thank yourself
the first time you cross the finish line and look
at yourself in the mirror and say, "I did it," and
you won't care if you happen to come in last.
I can't explain the feeling that came over
me when I ran through the tape at Ironman
Florida, and heard the announcer say, "Laura
Christensen, you are an Ironman." Maybe one
day, that will be you.

Sept. 29, 2006

PTU wear mandatory beginning Sunday

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The wear of the Air Force physical training
uniform for unit fitness activities becomes
mandatory Sunday. All Airmen will be required
to have one running suit, two T-shirts and two
pair of shorts.
The Air Force created the PTU to support unit
cohesion and present a professional, standardized
Also beginning in October, enlisted Airmen
will receive an increase in their clothing
allowance to offset the added cost of T-shirts

and shorts when the mandatory number of
uniforms increases from two sets to three sets in
October 2007.
Currently, Tyndall's Military Clothing Sales
Store is sold out of some sizes of shirts and
shorts, but expects new shipments soon. The
shorts in 3X and 4X are on backorder until
December, said Patsy Pandullo, sales associate
As with any official uniform, regulations
govern the proper wear of the PTU. Those


Sept. 29, 2006

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regulations are as follows:
*All Airmen must comply with tattoo and
jewelry standards as stated in Air Force Instruction
36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air
Force Personnel.
In organized fitness activities
*The uniform can be worn in any combination but
will not be mixed with civilian clothes.
*The T-shirt will be tucked in.
*The jacket must be zipped up at least halfway and
hood will be stored and zipped when not being used.
*Pants legs will be zipped.
*Spandex shorts or leggings may be worn under the
shorts, but they must be navy blue or black.
*White ankle or calf length socks will be worn.
Small, conservative logos on the socks are acceptable.
*Shoes must be of a conservative color like white,
black or dark blue.
*Female Airmen may wear their hair free of pins or
other accessories normally required to meet uniform
*Saluting is not required when performing PT
activities, but is required when meeting people
displaying appropriate rank and not performing PT
activities, regardless of uniform type.
*Within the area of responsibility, the Air Force
component commander will coordinate the wear policy
of the PTU to ensure uniformity in ajoint environment
with other services.
*Commanders will determine what uniform items

Sept. 29, 2006

Airmen will wear during unit
fitness events.
*Headphones cannot be worn
in formation, during organized
unit physical training sessions or
while performing official duties.
(Currently, headphone use is still
authorized during the running
portion of the PT test here.)
*The lining of PTU shorts
may be removed, but no other
modifications to the uniform are
*There is no mandated maternity
uniform while participating in
formations or unit activities.
In personal fitness activities
*T-shirts may be worn out or
tucked in.
*Jackets may be zipped, unzipped
and worn with civilian clothes.
*Black or navy blue leggings
or stretch shorts may be worn
under the uniform shorts.
*White socks of any length with
small conservative trademarks are
*Any athletic shoes may be worn.
*Hats or knit caps are authorized,
provided they meet military image

*Bandanas and other
similar head scarves are not
authorized unless the Airman
has a medical waiver.
*The use of headphones
is authorized. Commanders
may deny headphone wear
if conditions are determined
U ato be unsafe. They may
also disallow headphone
use because of operational
Saluting is not required.
The wear of safety items
is authorized with the PTU.
These include reflective belts,
fanny packs and wearable
hydration packs.
The uniform board is
working on optional items
including a long-sleeve shirt,
sweatshirt and another style
of running shorts.
An updated AFI 36-2903 can
Airman Glenn Moore be viewed at www.e-publishing. For more information
regarding the use of the PTU in
Rodriquez, 2nd Aircraft Mainte- fitness activities here, contact
nance Unit crew chief, wears the
PTU during a personal workout. your unit PT monitor.
(Information from Air Force
Print News was used in this story.)

_ _ _ IF

Senior Airman Travis Whitton

Airman Whitton receives the Checkertail Salute War-
rior of the Week award from Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters,
325th Fighter Wing commander.
Airman Whitton, 325th Maintenance Group, designed the 43rd
AMU static display covers for wing and squadron aircraft and
he established a new system to track tools. As a midnight shift
lead, he issued, inspected and tracked equipment worth more
than $8 million.

Duty title: F-22 Support Journeyman
Hometown: Running Springs, Calif.
Hobbies: Flying Cessnas at the Aero Club,
paintball and having barbecues
Goals: Earn my CCAF and Professional
Aeronautics Degree at Embry-Riddle and
get my instrument and commercial aero-
nautical ratings
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB: The
Aero Club, beach and maintenance gym
Favorite movie: "Frailty"
Favorite book: "Investing for Dummies" by
Eric Tyson
Proudest moment in the military:
Joining the Air Force
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 pub-
lished for people like
Airman Ryan Regan,
325th Security Forces

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Maintainers further training on Raptors

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
They've taken offtheir"greenbelts,"
put on the coveted American Hornets
patch, and launched and recovered
F-22 Raptors many times, but these
enlisted maintainers will always make
time to complete more training.
Three years ago, the 372nd
Training Squadron/Detachment 4
here began the F-22 maintenance
course for 43rd Aircraft Maintenance
Unit personnel.
"Every student out of technical
school learned how to maintain
aircraft through a Mission Ready
Airman program using an F-15 Eagle
airframe," said Staff Sgt. Richard
Outenreath, 372nd/Det. 4 instructor.
That is why initially, all 43rd AMU
maintainers go through the Raptor
common course. This introductory
course gives students an overview
of the airframe. They'll take this
knowledge to the 43rd Fighter
Squadron's flightline and use it on
their daily job.
Once they complete the common
course, they'll enroll in additional
classes at the detachment that are more
Air Force Specialty Code specific.
When F-22 maintainers have the
opportunity to return to the detachment
for approximately a month of training,
they will take specialty courses geared
toward their specific career fields such
as crew chief, avionics and weapons

"There are some things on the jet
you don't use in your daily job and
you wonder what they are for," said
Airman 1st Class Michael Stulz,
372nd TRS/Det. 4 student, who is
improving his crew chief abilities.
"This class goes in depth, covering
things I haven't worked on before."
In one part of the curriculum,
students in the F-22 course will
learn how to use the Integrated
Maintenance Information System, as
well as how to operate and maintain
the portable maintenance aid.
They will also be trained in
concepts of operations, hazard
zones, system operations, aerospace
ground equipment and aircraft
ground handling. Additionally, they
will perform canopy operations and
ejection seat positioning procedures,
as well as ground communication and
external power converter operations,
according to the course description.
"Maintainers in the weapons field
will learn how to remove and install
the gun, missile launchers, bomb
racks and weapons bay doors," said
Tech. Sgt. Jody Forcha, 372nd TRS/
Det. 4 instructor.
What instructors teach in the
detachment is knowledge of tasks
performed on the flightline, he said.
"A majority of the course work is
not hands on, but theory," said Tech.
Sgt. Paul Bradley, 372nd TRS/Det. 4
instructor who is currently teaching
avionics. "We get into how the

system works and why we change a
part. That is the big thing."
Maintainers come with the
knowledge and know-how of hands-
on repair and maintenance of parts
on the flightline. Advanced computer
systems give students the "virtual
feel" of hands-on experience in the
"The concept is the same," said
Senior Airman John Green, 372nd
TRS/Det. 4 student. "If I had never
touched an airplane before, this
class it would help me (perform my
When aircraft are available for
training, instructors schedule time
for their students. But with four-hour
tasks like removing panels on an air
conditioning system, the operational
mission comes first.
The training system, featuring in-
sync computer screens (with the
option of a self-paced instructional
mode), surround sound and controlled
lighting, makes for an advanced
learning environment.
"Another thing that is a big plus
for maintainers is all the technical
orders are in one PMA. This replaces
about 25 five-pound books with one
seven to 10-pound computer," said
Sergeant Outenreath.
This PMA will be used in the
classroom, on the aircraft and with any
task the maintainer does. The PMA
can be used separately or integrated
with the classroom computer system
and will be placed on all F-22 jets
so the maintainers can use it at any
In the end, all the education
pays off. Students become more
proficient maintainers, earn
Community College of the Air
Force credit and can look forward
to being a qualified seven-level
maintainer. They can also choose
to take all their maintenance skills
and put it toward training in other
airframes when they get to that
level of experience.
"Basically, every student, new
on the job or experienced, becomes
well-rounded and productive," said
Sergeant Outenreath. "They know
whatthey are doing and howto do itthe
right way. They get aircraft operating
safely and most efficiently."

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What professional qualities
will you take from Airman
Leadership School?

"I have gained the ability to
lead, work with others and
speak to a public audience
with confidence."

ALS Student

Congratulations to Mission
Ready Airmen graduates
of Class 2006-074 from the
372nd Training Squadron/
Detachment 4!


Chrissy Cuttita
Sergeant Outenreath reviews F-22 battery removal and installation with
his students using state-of-the-art classroom training technology.

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


325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Several words come to mind when you think
about serving in the Air Force.
Those new to the military may think of pride,
commitment, duty and service.
However, once Airmen get their "feet in the
door," another word becomes very familiar to
them volunteer.
Airmen have been long-time helpers on their
bases and in their surrounding local communi-
Team Tyndall is not an exception. For years,
many have given free time to help the base
and Panama City through projects like Habitat
for Humanity and blood drives or by working
with base organizations like the Chapel, Thrift
Shop and the Airmen and Family Readiness
"From an Airmen and Family Readiness
Flight perspective, volunteers have been in-
valuable to us," said Catherine Tarrant, com-
munity readiness consultant. "The Airman's
Tom Neubauer Attic and Family Services Loan Closet are
staffed exclusively by volunteers. They assist
Team Tyndall answered the call by volunteering at a local telethon to benefit children with muscular dystrophy. Tyn- staffed exclusively by volunteers. They assist
dall's volunteers filled nearly half of the seats for the event. us in the office by making sponsor packages
and putting together information for our cus-
tomers, as well as many other ways."
Tyndall's Airmen have stepped up for vari-

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Team Tyndall volunteers make impact on base, in community

Airmen dedicate free time to helping others, enriching lives

ous projects, often filling the need for volun-
teers in a matter of minutes. This dedication
has ensured the success of countless organiza-
tions and projects, like the annual beach clean
up project.
"Tyndall personnel should be commended
for the outstanding participation in the annual
beach clean ups," said ChiQuita George, 325th
Civil Engineer Squadron pollution prevention
program manager. "I have the awesome privi-
lege of serving as coordinator for this project,
and have enjoyed witnessing the number of
volunteers increase during the past three
"Team Tyndall volunteers have made
a commitment to excellence in serving
their community and fostering posi-
tive relations between Tyndall and the
local area," said Ms. Tarrant. "They
dedicate an extraordinary amount of
time, talent and energy toward meet-
ing the needs of their neighbors, and
often are Tyndall's informal commu-
nity leaders."
Because of this commitment to excel-
lence, Tyndall is often called upon to
"Volunteers bring a wealth of infor-
mation and a fresh vision to the agen-

cies and organizations requesting assistance,"
said Ms. Tarrant.
The benefits of community service can
transcend to volunteers in the form of rec-
ognition. The Airmen and Family Readiness
Center, with recommendations from base
organizations, recognizes those who "go the
extra mile" with awards like Volunteer of
the Quarter and Year, Volunteer Excellence
Award and the President's Volunteer Service
No matter the type or scale of a project, Air-

men volunteer for, a positive impact is sure to
"Volunteers truly make a difference in our com-
munity wherever they serve," Ms. Tarrant said.
For information on upcoming events or orga-
nizations needing volunteers, contact the Air-
men and Family Readiness Flight at 283-4204,
which refers and recruits volunteers for special
projects. Other sources of information on vol-
unteer opportunities include first sergeants,
e-mail announcements, bulletins and the Gulf

Amanda Dillon
The Tyndall horse stables hosted their first St. Jude Trail Ride Sept. 16th. The Saddle Up for St. Jude Program is a
ten-mile trail ride where participants are sponsored for each mile they ride. All proceeds went to St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital.

Airman Glenn Moore
Donna Desporte, family services coordinator, places a stuffed animal on a shelf at
the Airman's Attic. Volunteers like Ms. Desporte ensure the Airman's Attic is open
and prepared to help Airmen in need.

Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
Students from the Airman Leadership School here spend a Saturday afternoon assisting a lo-
cal church with their Loaves and Fishes program. Volunteers assemble more than 1,000 bagged
lunches and deliver them to those in need in the Panama City area.

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Dry cleaning/Alterations closure
The base cleaners will be closed
starting Saturday until further notice
for renovations. All garments must
be picked up by Saturday. For more
information, call 286-5338.

AAFES retiree appreciation
Army and Air Force Exchange
Service stores here are hosting an
appreciation weekend for retirees
starting today until Sunday with
special sales and events. For more
information, call 283-2580.

Bonita Bay changes hours
Starting Sunday, Bonita Bay will
be closed every Tuesday and Wednes-
day and open every other day 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. These seasonal hours will
remain in effect until April 30.

Airman's Attic
The Airman and Family Readiness
Flight and Airman's Attic are in need
of volunteers. The Airman's Attic is a
free service is located in Bldg. 747 and
staffed by volunteers. The Airman's At-
tic is open Monday through Friday from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Airman's Attic
is designed to help reduce the cost of
living expenses by providing donated
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 Apprecia-
tion Day Nov. 4. Events include base
mission tours, free health screenings
and 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 are re-
questing service members to speak
about their mission and experiences
in the Air Force. If you are inter-
ested in speaking in the local com-
munity, join the speaker's bureau by
contacting the 325th Fighter Wing
Public Affairs 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.

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. Saturday at the Nicev-
ille Community Center. This event is
open to the public. For more infor-
mation, contact Kim Hoelscher at
850-897-4509 or

Squadron closure
The 325th Contracting Squadron will
be closed Oct. 6 for a squadron function.
In case of an emergency, please contact
Master Sgt. Brian Stricker at 774-1152.

Scrappin' Factory
The Arts and Crafts Center will host
a scrapbooking class 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oct. 5. For reservations call 283-4511.

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

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Airman Glenn Moore
Get a caffeine fix
Jennifer Maurer, 325th Services Squadron cook, prepares a coffee beverage for a customer at
the Oasis Snack Bar. A drink menu, using Starbucks products, was recently added to the menu.
At this eatery and the Sports Page Pizza Pub, located in the Community Activities Center, Tyn-
dall members not only can get meals morning until evening; they can spend their leisure time
participating in a variety of recreational activities, classes and events. For more information
call 283-3222 or 283-2814, or visit

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Pig Pro settles in for week four ofpigsin tossing

Intramural Sports Standings

From the base of Sea Quest
Man, I'm looking forward
to Week Four! Games like
undefeated Indianapolis
versus the N.Y. Jets,
New Orleans leaving
the Superdome to face
Carolina, and the web-
footed Seahawks going to
the Windy City to face the
Bears; I won't be leaving
the couch all day.
It's too bad we'll most
likely be stuck watching
Jacksonville prancing
around with the Redskins
... did I say that out loud?
Week Three was a good
watch. The Ravens had a
heck of a game in Cleveland.
Down by 11 points at the
start of the fourth quarter,
Baltimore bested the
Browns offense and used
super-kicker Matt Stover to
score the game-winning 52-
yard field goal. The Ravens'
undefeated record may be at
risk as they face San Diego in
Week Four. That's my official
"game to watch."

The champ forWeek Three here
is the 325th OSS picking squad.
The pickers had 11 correct picks,

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with NCOA, 325th MDOS and
325th CONS following closely
with 10 correct picks each.

OSS moved from 13th place
to 5th place, but CONS is still
holding onto the top spot.
While they feel
CONS is their biggest
competition on the road
to Super Prog glory, the
OSS prognosticators are
sure they'll continue to
move up in the rankings.
"Yes, we can," said
Cornelious Thompson,
OSS picker. "We have
a well-rounded team of
sports enthusiasts!"
While his 'enthusiasm'
is great and all, I was
very disappointed with
his pick for Game to
Watch: Redskins versus
Jacksonville. Why?
"Why?" Thompson
repeated. "I am a 'Skins
fan and I have to support
my team."
Hey, I'm a fan of
the U.S. Olympic
synchronized swimming
team, but that doesn't
mean I'll watch it.
Now, let's get out there and
watch some football!


Flag Football
L Team
1 83rd FWS
2 372rd TRS
4 601st 1

Congratulations to the following teams for qual-
ifying for the 2006 Intramural Golf Playoffs.
372nd TRS SFS
The playoffs started Tuesday and will conclude
Oct. 10.


372nd TRS

83rd FWS 2
43rd AMU
83rd FWS 1
Phase 2
CS 2
CS 1

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
High Female Series Scratch
High Female Game Handicap
High Female Series Handicap

83rd FWS 1
83rd FWS 2
Tim Horton
Steve Murphy
Scott McElroy
Troy Deleon
Rachel Petri-Rose
Chong Dodson
Sherril Callaway
Debbie Laskiewicz

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Brian Billingsley, with a total
score of 153, won the annual
base golf championship held
Sept. 16-17 at the Pelican
Point Golf Course. The NCO
Academy student bonded
with old friends and former
co-workers on the green.
He once was stationed here,
but is now a flight engineer
at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Chrissy Cuttita

CFC Golf Tournament
Noon Oct. 13 at Pelican Point Golf Course
Four-man select shot
$35 per player
To sign up, call 283-4224

Pig Prog Scorebox

CONS 33 Pig Prog 28
MXS 31 CPTS 28
1st FS 31 MDOS 28
1st Sgts. 31 NCOA 28
OSS 30 28th TES 27
ACS 29 372nd TRS 27
SFS 29 CS 27
SVS 26
CES 26

CFC Bowling Tournament
1 p.m. Oct. 20 at Raptor
12 five-person teams
$10 per person
To sign up, call283-2976

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Lady Tiger softball player goes to Air Force 'camp'

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Air Force women' softball team
captain, most valuable player at
the command level, member of the
- .

Karrie Warren at bat as an Air
team player.

command's championship team,
second place winner of the Armed
Forces tournament and identification
technician at the Southeast Air
Defense Sector.
These are all titles held
by Karrie Warren, an avid
softball player for 20 years
and a member of the Lady
Tigers, Tyndall's varsity
Warren was one of three
women in Air Education
and Training Command
accepted for a slot on the
Air Force softball team
during the All Air Force
Women's Softball Camp,
Hill AFB, Utah, in August.
S "I tryout every year with
an open mind," she said.
"I think hard work and the
depth and leadership of the
courtesy photo
Force team got me selected."
In early August, Warren

and the Tyndall team won the
AETC softball championship,
where she was named the MVP of
the tournament.
After the championship, she went
on to tryout for the All Air Force
team and was named team captain.
"I have played or coached for more
than 20 years, and Karrie is one
of those players you wish you had
on every team," said Daryl Shines,
Tyndall Lady Tigers coach. "She is
that rare player with skills in every
part of the game. There was no doubt
in my mind she would make the Air
Force team, and it was no surprise to
me she was picked captain."
During tryouts Warren got the call
she was selected for the Air Force
Tryouts were tough with three
practices a day and double headers
at night. The competitive temporary
duty lasted more than a week.
"We came in 2nd in the Armed

Forces tourney behind the Army,"
said Warren. "I was named to the
all-tournament team and the All
Armed Forces team to represent
the Armed Forces in the Western
Regional tournament. We went on
to win the Western Regionals."
Now the Air Force team waits
for their chance to take on national
"To have the opportunity to
represent the Air Force at the highest
level possible is such an honor," she
Her teammates are what she enjoys
about the game.
"It takes all 10 on the team to
win," Warren said. "The challenges
are physical triumphs. As you get
older you have to play smarter."
The Lady Tiger's softball season
is over, but I look forward to next
season and hopefully Warren and
others will be ready to do it again,
said Coach Shines.

Senior Airman air traffic controller becomes a 'chief'

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
During the day, he scans the sky in his crisply
pressed camouflage uniform as a 325th Operations
Support Squadron air traffic controller.
But at night, he looks up and talks to the "sky" in a
pair of costume pajamas at a staged psychiatric ward
in the Martin Theatre in downtown Panama City.
Pilots hear Senior Airman Chris Allen's voice over
the radio just as loud and clear as the audience does
during his theatrical performances.
Airman Allen hopes to make his part-time
hobby a full-time reality one day. Recently,
he took his talent to the theater to act as Chief
Bromden in the play "One Flew over the Cuckoo's
Nest." It wasn't his first time on stage; he's also
performed in "Damn Yankees," which was his
first play, at the Kaleidoscope Theater in Lynn
Haven in May.
Recently, the control tower he works in became the
stage for one of the new Air Force commercials, aired
online Sept. 18 at
"We never get tired of seeing the planes take off
with the afterburners it's a pretty cool thing to see,"
he said in the advertisement about his Air Force
On stage he speaks with many more words,
especially with long monologues in the warm
spotlight as he acted as Chief Bromden, a Native
American, who converses with his deceased
father about life, the mistreatment of people and

the psychiatric ward environment.
"It's just like job training. You have to take it
very seriously," he said about the time he spent
memorizing his lines. "It was the greatest experience
being able to learn from the director and to be around
other actors."
On the job, Airman Allen trains future air traffic
controllers and has to be
consistent with everything
he does.
"He teaches and treats
all personnel in training
the same, regardless of
their personal interests
outside of work," said
Staff Sgt. Ra'Sean Davis,
325th OSS tower watch
"He is a really hard
worker and a good trainer,"
said Sergeant Davis. "He
makes sure his trainees get
what they need and more.
I feel he has served his
country and is now going
after his dreams."
As a graduate of an arts
high school in Nashville, Chief Bromden, pi
Tenn., Airman Allen always father above in th
had a creative idea for his during a rehearsal
future in the back of his mind. Theater in Panama

However, it wasn't until he was assigned here to his
first operational duty location, that he pursued acting
and has grown to love it.
"I have seven months to decide my future in
the Air Force," said Airman Allen. "I'll probably
be heading to California if I separate to pursue

Chrissy Cuttita
played by Airman Allen, talks to his deceased
e play "One Flew Over the Couckoo's Nest"
I before the Sept. 28 production at the Martin
a City.

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Main store
Shoal point
Class Six
Felix Lake
Service station
Robin Hood
Burger King
Cool Beanz Coffee
Barber shop
Barber (flightline)
Beauty shop
Dry Cleaning
Optical shop
Cell n' Acessories
Smoothie Zone

Columbus Day Weekend Hours
Oct. 7 Oct. 8 Oct. 9

9 a.m. 7 p.m.
9 a.m. 4 p.m.
11a.m. 6 p.m.
8 a.m. 10 p.m.
6 a.m. 9 p.m.
9 a.m. 5 p.m.
lla.m. 5 p.m.
lla.m. 5 p.m.
7 a.m. 8 p.m.
9 a.m. 5 p.m.
10 a.m. 4 p.m.
9:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
9a.m. 6 p.m.
9 a.m. 5:30 p.m

10 a.m. 5 p.m.
11 a.m. 6 p.m.
10 a.m. 6 p.m.
6 a.m. 9 p.m.
11 a.m. 4 p.m.
10 a.m. 5 p.m.
11 a.m. 4 p.m.
10 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

10 a.m. 5 p.m.
10 a.m. 5 p.m.
6 a.m. 9 p.m.
11 a.m. 4 p.m.
10 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Tyndall CFC efforts

need push to meet goal

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Tyndall members interested in contributing to charitable
organizations through the annual Combined Federal Campaign
must submit pledge cards by Oct. 24.
Combined Federal Campaign is an annual program giving
Airmen the opportunity to donate to local, state and national
charitable organizations.
Last year, Tyndall proved to be one of the most charitable
communities in the Air Force by donating more than $232,000
to CFC organizations, far surpassing the projected goal.
"This year's goal is to raise more than $200,000," said Senior
Master Sgt. Billy Simmons, Tyndall CFC representative. "With
$29, 496 raised, we are at 15 percent of our goal."
Tyndall representatives and key personnel strive to contact
every civilian and military member to distribute pledge cards,
offer information and answer questions about the mission of
the campaign.
"Our goal is to make contact with every member on Tyndall
by Oct. 5," said Capt. Taona Enriquez, Northwest Florida
CFC department chairman. "Each squadron and group on

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Community Activities Center

Grand Opening

i b Fresh Flowers Arrangements

Oct. 2 at 10 a.m.

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CLOSED Walk in late? It's ok.
Leave early? No problem.
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Vet Clinic will be closed Oct. 9 & Don'thaveapartner?Youdon'tneedone, O
Oct. 11 after noon. For details call the Community Activities Center, 283-2495.

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Golden Bolt


Master Sgt. James Nichols, 2nd
Aircraft Maintenance Unit sortie
support section chief, invento-
ries a video borascope kit. Ser-
geant Nichols was the Golden
Bolt winner for August. He found
the golden bolt in a grounding
point on the flightline.
Staff Sgt Stacey Haga

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Tyndall has an assigned key worker who is responsible
for working within their units to distribute and collect
pledge cards, and booklets and answer any questions
you may have."
"It's the one chance in the year for Airmen and
civilian members on Tyndall to offer support
to organizations of their choice through payroll
deductions," said Edward Richards, president of the
United Way of Northwest Florida. "Payroll deduction
is an easy and effective way to give, and regardless
of the agency you choose, they all provide needed
All agencies listed as eligible charities in the CFC
contributor's guide have undergone a stringent financial
and administrative review to ensure they are the most
efficient and dedicated organizations working for
charitable causes, Mr. Richards said.
Donations to the CFC benefit local organizations and
military agencies on Tyndall, and they provide funds
for medical research, college scholarships and grants,
environmental groups and a myriad of other causes, he
"If you pick one of the local organizations listed on
pages 16 and 17 of the CFC booklet, your donation is
used to help those in the local community by offering
them a 'hand up,' not a 'hand out.' All of these local
organizations work in Panama City and the surrounding
area providing needed services, which is the fabric that
holds us together."
CFC representatives are hopeful for another
outstanding show of generosity from the Tyndall
community this year.
"We're off to a great start raising money and we're
ahead of where we were last year at this time," said
Captain Enriquez. "The length of time for the campaign
is our biggest challenge Oct. 24 is a short deadline
when trying to contact 5,000 people."
"We are working diligently to make sure everyone
gets the opportunity to give," said Sergeant Simmons.
'This campaign comes and goes so quickly. It's our job
to make sure no one is missed and everyone is given the
resources needed to pledge. There are so many worthy
organizations to contribute to; there's one to meet nearly
every need."
Tyndall sets ambitious CFC goals every year, and
military and civilian personnel assigned here are
known throughout the local area for supporting non-
profit organizations. But Team Tyndall gives back to
the community for reasons other than recognition -
it's an opportunity to extend generosity and financial
support to causes Airmen are passionate about.
"This is our opportunity to give back to those less
fortunate, and to give people a chance who may have
never had one," said Captain Enriquez. "We have a
positive influence on the lives of many we touch in
our everyday jobs, CFC gives us the opportunity to
positively affect those we never have the opportunity to
see or meet."
For more information about the CFC program
here, contact your unit's key personnel, first sergeant
or Tyndall's CFC representative.

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